We’ve been waiting for Freddie Gibbs’ new album since his gritty vocals graced last year’s Pinata, his dynamite collaboration with Madlib. And he doesn’t disappoint—Gibbs’ latest is a contender for underground rap album of the year. Over a digital bounce, Gibbs establishes his powerful presence early on with “Fuckin’ Up the Count” (“Gangsta shit in my DNA, I just can’t explain that/Even if I die tell my enemies I remain that”). His collaboration with Black Thought proves inspired on “Extradite,” as Mikhail’s beat blends ’70s soul with “Twilight Zone” organs while Gibbs and Black Thought’s words spill out like rolling dice. Like similarly great albums released this year by Earl Sweatshirt and Vince Staples, Shadow of a Doubt is grim but enlivening—seek the hard-hitting “Packages” as proof. Gibbs is the quintessential thirtysomething rapper who’s toiled in the underground only to see younger guys get the glory—if there’s any justice, Shadow of a Doubt should make that a thing of the past.
99¢ is the title, not the price, of the anticipated, long overdue, third studio album by super-talented Philly born singer/rapper/songwriter/producer extraordinaire Santigold. Scheduled for a recently announced January 22nd, 2016 arrival date at Amoeba Music c/o Atlantic Records in both CD and limited edition clear vinyl formats, the album can now be pre-ordered from Amoeba. The 12 track new album, the mezzo-soprano born Santi White's first since 2012's Master Of My Make- Believe, features the just released lead single "Can't Get Enough Of Myself (feat. BC)" (audio below). Production credits will include such accomplished figures as Zeds Dead, Justin Raisen, Rostam Batmanglij (Vampire Weekend) and David Andrew Sitek (TV On The Radio) to name but some of her new album studio collaborators. Meanwhile the cover (above) for 99¢ is some of the best album cover art to come along in a minute. At a glance it aesthetically reminds me of the cover of Malcolm McLaren's 1983 album Duck Rock (left) with its colors and retro design.
We've got your Thanksgiving weekend all planned out for ya! After the excitement of Amoeba Music's Black Friday deals and releases on 11/27, and before Cyber Monday beams down on 11/30, join us at all three Amoeba store locations for our Small Business Saturday Sale!
In celebration of Small Business Saturday, Amoeba Berkeley, San Francisco, and Hollywood are offering 30% off on all Amoeba logo merchandise. That includes our fashionable Amoeba t-shirts, sweatshirts, totes, turntable mats, and more. Time to stock up on your Amoeba flare! This sale is one day only and applies to Amoeba logo-branded merchandise.
Additionally, Amoeba SF welcomes Stephan Jenkins of Third Eye Blind that Saturday at 2pm for an acoustic set of new songs from Dopamine and fan favorites from past albums! More info.
Get up. Get out. #ShopSmall!
Last night during his soul 45's themed, longtime weekly residency at New York City's Botanica Mr. Fine Wine celebrated the release of his latest retro compilation R&B Hipshakers Vol. 4: Bossa Nova and Grits. This the Detroit born, music loving, lifelong soul/funk/r&b 45's crate digger, and weekly host of WFMU's Downtown Soulville accomplished by playing the music and inviting others to join him for a fun and funky night at the Downtown bar/club along with an array of invited fellow 45's loving guest DJs including Jonathan Toubin, DJ Rata, Mikey, One Mint Julep, Phast Phreddie, Pablo Salinas, Eli "Paperboy" Reed and Matt Fiveash (pictured left). The new 20 track compilation, that has been released as a CD and also as a ten seven inch vinyl box-set, is the fourth and latest in this various artists series for Vampisoul that the D has curated for the respected reissue record label. With a title inspired by the compilation's opening track, Little Joe Washington's 1963 Federal Records single "Bossa Nova and Grits," genre expert Mr Fine Wine has mined the vaults of King Records and its imprint Federal Records. Federal Records, who first gave the world a taste of James Brown, was set up by the influential indie Cincinnati, Ohio based King Records label in 1950. Among those acts featured are on the new collection are Wynonie Harris, Roy Brown & His Mighty Mighty Men, King Syam, Gene Wilson & His Genies, and Sam Anderson & The Telstars.
Douglas Fairbanks, Anna May Wong, Harry Houdini, Shanghai, London, Paris…the world is your oyster at the San Francisco Silent Film Festival's A Day of Silents on Saturday, December 5, at the Castro Theatre. This very special day of silent-era movies will be accompanied by live music from Alloy Orchestra (featuring Roger Miller of Mission to Burma) and Donald Sosin.
Check out this action-packed schedule:
11:00am - THE BLACK PIRATE (1926, USA, Directed by Albert Parker, Cast: Douglas Fairbanks, Billie Dove, Tempe Pigott, Donald Crisp. 84 min)
The Black Pirate stars the dashing Douglas Fairbanks, full of bravura and charm. The film’s spectacular feats of derring-do include exciting swordplay and breathtaking underwater choreography—all in dazzling two-color Technicolor. Fairbanks plays a nobleman who takes the identity of a pirate to infiltrate and take revenge on the cutthroats responsible for his father’s death. The Black Pirate is not the first pirate story put on film, but probably the most influential.
1:00pm - AROUND CHINA WITH A MOVIE CAMERA (Filmed 1900–1948, compiled in 2015. 68 min)
Take a trip as far back as the days of the late Qing dynasty in Imperial China with this program of rarely-seen films, travelogues, and newsreels. See bustling and cosmopolitan Shanghai in 1900, visit Imperial Beijing in 1910, and cruise the picturesque canals of Hangzhou in 1925 on this odyssey of the remarkable and the everyday. Recently compiled from the collections of the BFI National Archive, the footage was shot by a diverse group of British and French filmmakers—some professionals, but mostly amateurs, including tourists, expatriates, and missionaries.
Here is Louis as you’ve never heard him. More than 600 sides have been expertly remastered from pristine original 78s that sound amazing—plus thousands of hard-to-find and undiscovered songs remastered from out-of-print and obscure vinyl sources not found elsewhere digitally!
Check out our beautifully restored rare Louis versions of “Ain’t Misbehavin’,” “Just A Gigolo” and many others. We have also remastered dozens of live shows, including the previously legendary, previously unheard “Live at Kitsilano High School” show from Vancouver in 1952—plus hundreds of lost radio and TV performances for your listening pleasure.
Here’s an example of the remastering we’ve done for these Louis Armstrong tracks on the song “Static Strut” from the original Vocalion 78 released in 1926. Hear the song change from the original to the Amoeba-remastered version at the 20-second mark.
Watch this performance below of Louis Armstrong live in Copenhagen in 1934 for another example of our remastering. Audio restoration begins at the 51-second mark. Songs include “I Cover the Waterfront” and “Dinah.”
Our next Sidewalk Sale at Amoeba Hollywood is Saturday, Nov. 21, from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m., right outside the store. We'll have huge bargains on the following:
- Fresh 45s at two for $1
- Buy-one-get-one-free CDs (free CD must be of equal or lesser value)
- Blu-rays at three for $12
- $5 T-shirts
- $1 Laserdiscs
- DVDs for $3 each, or buy three get one free
- DVD box sets at $7 each, or two for $10
- VHS Deals
- And more!
Come out and treat yourself to some inexpensive new movies and music, or pick up some easy early holiday gifts from Amoeba!
All sidewalk sale items are aggressively sale priced. Therefore, we do not accept store credits, gift certificates, coupons or other offered store sales for any sidewalk sale items. Additionally, we cannot offer customer holds or mail order. All sales are final.
Amoeba Music is proud to sponsor four nights of shows with The Bad Plus Joshua Redman at SFJAZZ Center from December 10 - 13.
Celebrating their new release, The Bad Plus Joshua Redman, iconoclastic trio The Bad Plus and modern saxophone giant Joshua Redman present an evening of sublime, spontaneous invention. The Bad Plus earned an unusually broad following among young music fans through poker-faced interpretations of beloved rock and pop tunes like Black Sabbath’s “Iron Man,” Blondie’s “Heart of Glass,” and Radiohead’s “Karma Police.” The collective trio still traffics in ingenious covers, but pianist Ethan Iverson, bassist Reid Anderson, and drummer Dave King are all dedicated composers. Possessing distinct and divergent aesthetics, they channel their music through a radically democratic group sound that erases traditional distinctions between soloist and accompanist. It’s an approach that rarely invites in outsides, but the Berkeley-raised Redman joined The Bad Plus for a European tour a few years back and quickly made himself part of their quirky Midwestern gestalt. He joins forces with the band again, though Anderson hesitates to call it a collaboration, noting that playing with the trio means “dealing with what the Bad Plus does, and Josh really got that and brought this incredible energy. It’s a lot of new personality for the music, but still The Bad Plus.”
On his excellent recent release Fear of Flying (Ineffable Music), West Coast producer Markis Precise plays host to a rich array of mic wreckers including such talents as Strong Arm Steady, Fashawn, Ras Kass, Gift of Gab, and Zion I's Zumbi. Noteworthy of the collaborative album, that the artist refers to as a "compilation," is the Fresno producer's gift at pairing just the right music with each of his vocal collaborators. He manages to bring out the very best in his guest emcees. Examples include "Frequency (feat. Zion I)" in which he not only provides the pitch perfect backing track for emcee Zumbi's unique, instantly recognizable flow, but sonically captures that Zion I vibe, particularly early era Zion I. And this is good news for longtime fans of the prolific, popular duo who may have pondered what future lay ahead for them with the announcement earlier this year of the exit of Zumbi's longtime partner in Zion I, producer AmpLive.
Their Only Harvest by Colin Hunter (1879)
I wrote a guide to sea vegetables over at my blog. As a companion piece here at the Amoeblog, I thought I’d compile a guide to modern day sea shanties by vegetarian (or former vegetarian, in some cases) songwriters or bands with vegetarian members.
Seaweed Gatherers (1926) by Harold Harvey
Natalia Lafourcade is a Mexican pop/rock singer and songwriter from Coatepec. While growing up, she performed in a mariachi band and in an all-girl trio called Twist before going solo at age seventeen. Her self-titled debut album was released in 2002, garnering her a GRAMMY nomination for Best Latin Pop Album. Three years later, she released her followup, Casa, as Natalia y La Forquetina, which was the name of her band at the time. In 2006, she announced she would be leaving the band to perform as a solo artist once again.
Lafourcade continued to release solo albums, with her 2009 release, Hu Hu Hu, becoming a Top 10 album in Mexico and receiving nominations for Best Latin Pop Album at the GRAMMYs and Best Female Pop Vocal Album at the Latin GRAMMY Awards. Her 2015 release, Hasta La Raiz, and its single of the same name have been nominated for five awards at this year's Latin GRAMMYs. Watch her perform live on the awards show, held at the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas, Thursday, November 19th.
Get to know Lafourcade a little deeper as she shares many of the albums that influenced her during a recent chat with our "What's In My Bag?" crew at Amoeba Hollywood. She starts with Joni Mitchell's classic Blue, the biggest musical inspiration for her current album. She also talks about Erykah Badu's seminal Mama's Gun, Edith Piaf's Je Ne Regrette Rien, and delves into the catalog of Nick Drake.
In 1919, Russian electro physicist Lev Sergejewitch Termen invented the Theremin - the only instrument that generates sound without being touched. Notoriously hard to play, it is one of the first electronic instruments that inspired the creation of synthesizers in future generations. Horror films and "Good Vibrations" haven't been the same since.
We know learning to play the Theremin has been on your bucket list for a long time. You don't have wait for the New Year to get a jump on this resolution. Luckily, the good folks at Moog have brought the unmistakably memorable, otherworldly sound within the reach of the common man with their new Theremini - a re-imagination of the Theremin. Amoeba SF currently has several in stock and, at $299.98, they will make excellent holiday gifts!
The Theremini design fuses the experience of performing with an instrument you don’t actually touch with a powerful sound engine derived from Moog’s award winning synthesizer, Animoog. The Theremini guarantees immediate success to any player at any skill level, while providing new ways to experiment with music, education, and gestural control.
We at Amoeba SF were honored with a live Theremini demo and in-store performance with Theremin virtuoso Dorit Chrysler who held her one-hour "hands on" workshop, KID COOL THEREMIN SCHOOL, on October 30th. Ten lucky customers got to try out the Theremini under her expert tutelage on the Amoeba stage. The electro joy was contagious as the class gathered a rapt audience who couldn't wait to try it out for themselves.