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Honoring The Late Musical Great, Pioneering Funk Keyboardist Bernie Worrell (1944 - 2016)

Posted by Billyjam, June 24, 2016 07:30pm | Post a Comment

As if 2016 cannot bring any more sad news of musical greats passing, this afternoon confirmed reports began circulating that influential keyboardist/musical great Bernie Worrell (Parliament-Funkadelic, Talking Heads etc.) died at noon today from stage four lung cancer at age 72. Both master and pioneer of the Moog synthesizer and the Minimoog, the New Jersey born George Clinton collaborator, who relocated with Clinton and The Parliaments to Detroit in the 70's, was the backbone of Clinton's various named/themed ensembles. But it was namely the trailblazing Parliament-Funkadelic funk / soul / rock ensemble that garnered Worrell (aka Dr. Woo) the most attention initially. Among his many fans were the members of Talking Heads who invited him to join them in the early 80's as a side project to his P-Funk gig. This he did and continued to do throughout that decade. As a member of both P-Funk and Talking Heads,  Worrell was inducted twice into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, in 1997 and 2002 respectively. In addition to P-Funk and Talking Heads and the dozen solo albums he released over the years including 1978's All The Woo In The World and 1990's Funk of Ages, Worrell collaborated with numerous other artists including Fela Kuti, Jack Bruce, Steve Jordan, Buckethead, and Les Claypool. Just recently the vinyl version of the 2016 career look-back, Retrospectives on Purple Woo, arrived in Amoeba following the CD version. Worrell, who was featured in last year's movie Ricki and The Flash  as member of Meryl Streep’s band in the 2015 film, performed with Clinton and P-Funk as recently as two months ago. See footage below along with a series of other tracks/concert pieces featuring the musical great.
                           Rest in peace "The Wizard of Woo" Bernie Worrell.

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Phono Del Sol Festival in SF, July 9

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, June 23, 2016 12:19pm | Post a Comment

Phono Del Sol

Amoeba is proud to once again partner with The Bay Bridged and Tiny Telephone for the 6th annual Phono del Sol festival on Saturday, July 9th. This all-day music and food festival takes place in the great outdoors in Potrero del Sol Park in San Francisco. From noon till 7pm, rock out with live performances from Alvvays, Chairlift, Born Ruffians, and many more.

Additionally, there are pre-parties, after-parties, and a brunch happening surrounding the festivities. On Friday, June 24 at 25th Street Recording (426 25th Street, Oakland), Hot Flash Heat Wave will showcase songs from their debut LP, Neapolitan, with a special broken-down set. Free admission. A pre-Phono brunch is taking place at Cease and Desist (July 9, 10 am - 12 pm, 2331 Mission Street, San Francisco), where singer-songwriter Travis Hayes will perform his heartfelt songs from his forthcoming second LP, Sleepless. Attendees will enjoy brunch items as well as Bloody Mary's. "Brunch + Festival" tickets are currently on sale on the Phono site. For music lovers who don't want to stop celebrating after the festival ends, an official after-party with Yumi Zouma, The Peach Kings, French Cassettes, and BFF.fm DJs is happening at Rickshaw Stop on July 9 (9 pm, $15 adv/$18 door, all ages, 155 Fell Street, San Francisco).

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of Montreal's Fall 2016 US Tour, in support of band's fourteenth album "Innocence Reaches," To Include Three California Dates

Posted by Billyjam, June 22, 2016 08:50pm | Post a Comment


of Montreal today announced the dates for their Fall 2016 US tour that will include three California dates in late October. The tour will be in support the group's recently announced, forthcoming album Innocence Reaches. That album, that features such tracks as "It's Different For Girls" (audio preview below), is scheduled to arrive in Amoeba on August 12th in CD and vinyl formats via the Athens, GA group's longtime label Polyvinyl. Last month the label released the group's double-A sided 7" single "Chinese Rocks" / "Either Way I Lose."  And last year Polyvinyl released of Montreal's Aureate Gloom (also in LP) in March. Then in April 2015, for Record Store Day, they unleashed the vinyl release of Snare Lustrous Doomings. Six months later in October they again released Snare Lustrous Doomings on CD and on LP formats in wider release numbers.

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nocence Reaches will be the fourteenth album from the Kevin Barnes band of two full decades and can be filed under such categories as contemporary electronica, indie pop, and EDM. As for how the album differs from other ones by his group, said Barnes: "I got into this bubble of only being in some other time period. I came up picking apart the Beach Boys, the Beatles, and symphonic pieces. But last year, I was hearing Jack Ü, Chairlift, Arca, and others, thinking about low end and sound collage. It was an extra layer to geek out on." 

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Amoeba Hollywood Collecting Donations For LGBT Communities in Orlando

Posted by Amoebite, June 21, 2016 01:20pm | Post a Comment

Donation Jugs for Orlando at Amoeba Hollywood

On June 12, 2016 the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history took place at Pulse, a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida. A pain that has been felt around the world lingers in all of  us as we attempt to take the next steps to move towards healing and the hope that nonsensical, cowardly acts will someday cease to exist.

Amoeba will be collecting donations in our Hollywood location so that we may match them, and pass along a little something to help those in need. Swing by and leave your leftover change from a purchase, or as much as you can spare, and we'll donate it to The Center, which serves the LGBT communities in Orlando.

More Love. Less Hate.

Hip-Hop Rap Up: Blu & Nottz, REKS, Headnodic & Raashan Ahmad, Lucky Dice, 2Pac Biopic, 2Mex Fund-Drive, Sellassie

Posted by Billyjam, June 20, 2016 07:39pm | Post a Comment


Releases to arrive in Amoeba this past week include the vinyl version of Headnodic and Raashan Ahmad's Low Fidelity, High Quality Vol. 2  on the Vinyl Digital label that was initially released back in September as a digital version. The excellent release by the talented beatmaker and emcee duo from Crown City Rockers, featuring tracks such as "Seasons" (audio below), is a must-have for any collection.
Another recent Amoeba arrival in vinyl is the LP version of the latest Domo Genesis album Genesis that was initially released back in March in CD format, also on the Odd Future label. Both versions pack the same dozen tight tracks with such high profile acts providing cameos as Anderson .Paak, Mac Miller, Wiz Khalifa , Juicy J, and fellow Odd Future crew member Tyler, The Creator.  Note that, as with all Amoeba online store purchases, both the CD and vinyl versions ship free anywhere in the USA. 

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Double Whammy: The Life & Death of Lonnie Mack

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, June 20, 2016 06:04pm | Post a Comment

Lonnie Mack-- By Brett Stillo

Rock & Roll guitarist Lonnie Mack died the same day as Prince. Call it fate, call it show business... whatever, but the death of a big name celebrity will always overshadow the death of a lesser name. C.S. Lewis, Aldous Huxley, Farrah Fawcett, or Groucho Marx all were pushed to the back pages as well.

Lonnie Mack and Prince share a connection beyond a date in an obituary. Both of them played the electric guitar like proverbial bats out of hell. They were players among players with a command of the instrument beyond mere technique. Indeed, their fingers seemed electric, boosting the sound and texture of their guitar solos to stratospheric levels.

Mack, born in 1941, was a first generation Rock and Roller -- part of an echelon of pioneer guitar heroes of the early 1960s that included Duane Eddy, Dick Dale, and Link Wray. Among his peers, however, Mack was ahead of the curve with a cutting-edge guitar style born from the formative sounds of Blues, Gospel, and Bluegrass. Mack took these traditional elements and supercharged them to create a raw, electrifying sound that screamed from his trademark Gibson Flying V, “Number 7” (the seventh model to come out of the factory in the Flying V’s original run in 1958).

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New "What's in My Bag?" Episode with Duran Duran

Posted by Amoebite, June 20, 2016 05:50pm | Post a Comment

Duran Duran What's In My Bag? Amoeba Music

"I realize what a pleasure it is going through racks, and actually finding things. That reminds me of my childhood, but also of times, not quite so far away, when you had that choice," says Nick Rhodes, keyboardist and founding member of Duran Duran, about shopping for DVDs at Amoeba Hollywood. Amoeba hosted a signing with the legendary band for the release of their latest album, Paper Gods, and we got a chance to meet up with the band after they went hunting for music and movies.

Duran Duran are one of the quintessential bands to emerge from England's new wave/synth pop scene in the 1980s. Formed in 1978 by keyboardist Nick Rhodes and bassist John Taylor, over time the lineup solidified to include drummer Roger Taylor, frontman Simon Le Bon, and guitarist Andy Taylor. Initially inspired by post-punk and art school ideas and aligned early on with the New Romantic scene, Duran Duran quickly became superstars on the strength of their innovative music videos, fashion-forward image, and impressive number of chart-topping singles.

Duran Duran Paper Gods Amoeba MusicThe band's career took off with the release of their 1981 self-titled debut, which reached number 3 on the UK charts. Success in the US came shortly thereafter, when Duran Duran's sophomore LP, Rioclocked in at number 6 on the Billboard 200. The band's string of successes continued with 1983's Seven and the Ragged Tiger and 1986's Notorious, with the band touring the globe and being feted as teen heartthrobs. By 1993, Duran Duran was back at the top of the charts, thanks to the release of a second self-titled album, dubbed The Wedding Album to differentiate it from the band's debut. Duran Duran continue to release new albums and will be touring the US this summer, including a stop in San Francisco for Outside Lands.

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R.E.M. Reissues Classic LPs on Vinyl

Posted by Amoebite, June 20, 2016 05:45pm | Post a Comment

REM Vinyl Reissues

On July 1st, the mighty R.E.M. are reissuing three of their landmark releases for I.R.S. Records, as well as their major label debut, Green. These albums showcase an interesting point in the band's history, when Michael Stipe and co.'s reputation among indie and college radio circles was translating into more commercial success. Coming courtesy of Capitol Records/Universal Music, the vinyl reissues of Life's Rich Pageant, Dead Letter Office, Eponymous, and Green will keep their original artwork.

Lifes Rich Pageant

Life's Rich Pageant

Peaking at #21 on the Billboard charts, R.E.M.'s fourth studio album was their highest chart-topper in the US. The album was recorded at John Mellencamp's Belmont Mall Studios in Indiana and recorded by his longtime producer Don Gehman. It features "Fall on Me," a personal favorite of Stipe's plus the classic "Superman."

Dead Letter Office

Dead Letter Office

From the Club to the Shelves, Antwon’s "Double Ecstasy" EP Is Now Available Vinyl & Cassette

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, June 20, 2016 02:20pm | Post a Comment

Antwon, Double Ecstasy-- By doubleay

Antwon’s Double Ecstasy EP is the merging of an artist’s influence, style, and sound, cohesively culminating into a formula for success. Antwon’s roots lie in San Jose’s punk scene, and his tone and delivery are reminiscent of Hip-hops’s big bodies like that of Biggie Smalls, but his music is completely original. Since first coming onto the scene in 2011 with projects My Westside Horizon and Fantasy Beds, Antwon has undoubtedly never released anything subpar. Over the past five years he has indulged in new frontiers via intercontinental touring and connecting with artists at different platforms such as Lil Ugly Mane, Wiki of Ratking, and producer Hot Sugar, all while improving his craft. These experiences and connections have allowed him to develop a wider source of content to draw from in his music.
 

The video for Antwon’s break-in record “Helicopter,” from his 2011 Fantasy Beds Mixtape:


It seems many long and wild evenings in Europe’s night clubs have influenced Antwon on Double Ecstasy, both in terms of lifestyle as well as production. The EP displays rap music’s familiar turn up content but in a scene foreign to the average American rapper. Several times he cites accounts of partying, debauchery with females, and drug use in European clubs, which express and reflect his recent lifestyle. Meanwhile, the progressively drilling 808’s, almost more comparable to electronic dance music than Hip-hop, shape the upbeat yet atmospheric sound of the album (“Club,” “Luv”). Ignorant, fun, and accurate, Antwon is really rapping how he’s living on Double Ecstasy.

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Free Concerts at Levitt Pavilion Pasadena

Posted by Amoebite, June 19, 2016 06:42pm | Post a Comment

Levitt Pavilion Pasadena

This Summer, join us for free outdoor concerts under the stars at Pasadena's Memorial Park. See 50 free concerts from a variety of artists at the Levitt Pavilion, the park's restored 1930s band shell, including Bobby Rodriguez on July 3, Albert Lee on July 23, David Lindley on July 29, and many more. While you're there, visit the Amoeba Music booth, spin our prize wheel, win gift certificates, and more. More info on Levitt Pavilion Pasadena's Summer line-up HERE.