Ultra Rare Bob Dylan 'Blood on the Tracks' Test Pressing For Sale at Amoeba Hollywood

Posted by Amoebite, June 30, 2015 04:33pm | Post a Comment

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UPDATE 7/2/15: This record has sold and is no longer available.

We recently purchased a large record collection that had a lot of great, rare and one-of-a-kind items. But one piece in particular that stands out from the rest.

One of only five test pressings known to exist of an early version of Bob Dylan’s classic album Blood on the Tracks now sits on the shelves of Amoeba Hollywood. The pressing includes four previously unreleased takes of songs from the album (“Lily, Rosemary & The Jack Of Hearts,” “Idiot Wind,” “If You See Her, Say Hello” and “Tangled Up In Blue”), plus an alternate take of “You’re a Big Girl Now” that was released on 1985’s Biograph box set.

bob dylanThe story goes that in the fall of 1974, Bob Dylan went home for the holidays with a copy of his newly recorded album Blood on the Tracks, which was set to release in weeks. The album had been written after touring with The Band and becoming estranged from his wife, Sara, and though the resulting album delves deeply into troubled relationships, Dylan himself has denied that the album is autobiographical.

Upon listening to the record, which was recorded at A & R Recording in New York, Dylan’s brother, David Zimmerman, suggested that Dylan re-record some of the songs because too many sounded the same. Dylan then stopped production of the album to re-record half of it at Sound 80 in Minneapolis with different musicians, ending up with a 10-song album evenly split between the two sessions.

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Best Friends Animal Society Holds Pet Adoption Event Over July 4 Weekend

Posted by Amoebite, June 26, 2015 02:24pm | Post a Comment

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Best Friends Animal Society is putting on the #Freedom100 Adoption Marathon over the July 4 holiday weekend, with the aim of finding homes for 100-plus cats and dogs.

From July 3-5, Best Friends and NKLA will hold the event in two locations. Pet adoptions will be given for $10 for the first 100 pets adopted at Best Friends’ Mission Hills location, and NKLA’s West L.A. location will have $10 for kittens and cats and $25 for select dogs for 100 pets.

In addition, every pet comes spayed or neutered, microchipped and vaccinated. Adopters will receive a free bag of food and one month of free pet insurance, and there’s an on-site boutique to pick up the essentials for your new pet.

Best Friends Animal Society is an animal welfare organization dedicated to ending the killing of healthy, adoptable pets. NKLA (No Kill Los Angeles) is a coalition of such organizations as well as city shelters and individuals, which is led by Best Friends for the same cause. You can see their adoptable cats here and dogs here.

Best Friends Pet Adoption Center is located at 15321 Brand Boulevard in Mission Hills; their phone number is 818-643-3989. NKLA Pet Adoption Center is at 1845 Pontius Avenue in Los Angeles; their number is 424-208-8840.

LA Street Food Fest Brings Delicious Bites to the Rose Bowl July 11

Posted by Amoebite, June 26, 2015 11:47am | Post a Comment

la street food festThe LA Street Food Fest is back at the Rose Bowl on Saturday, July 11 for its sixth annual Summer Tasting Event from 3-8 p.m. We’ll be on hand with our Prize Wheel, so come by and give it a spin!

The festival boasts bites and drinks from world-class, award-winning top chefs and restaurants, gourmet trucks, street stands and carts and more. Tickets are $60 (plus a $4.29 service fee) for general admission entry at 5 p.m.; VIP early admission at 3 p.m. is $90 (plus a $5.94 service fee). Entry gets you unlimited food and drink, while supplies last. Use promo code amoeba15 and save $5 on tickets now!

The fest will feature artisanal treats from the likes of Boba Bear, La Sriracha Macha and Unbaked a Cookie Dough Bar; mixology drinks from such places as 1933 Bars, Cliff’s Edge and The Church Key; and food from spots like Bling Bling Dumpling, Diablo Tacos, Loteria Grill, Mama Masubi, One Veg World, Poke 2 Go, Spitz and The Pho Burger. There’s also an ice cream social, iced coffee lounge & donut zone, tequila tent, craft beers, wine tasting and more. See a list of all the more than 130 vendors that will be at the festival here.

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New "What's in My Bag?" Episode With Tijuana Panthers

Posted by Amoebite, June 23, 2015 02:10pm | Post a Comment

Despite flying under the mainstream radar for almost a decade, employing the DIY strategy so many do, the Tijuana Panthers are finally poised for a breakthrough. Much like their Innovative Leisure labelmates Hanni El Khatib, Nick Waterhouse, and the Allah-Las, the Tijuana Panthers have been crafting their own brand of alternative surf rock while tucked away in sunny Long Beach, California.

In 2010, the band self-released their debut, Max Baker, following it up with Semi Sweet (Innovative Leisure) in 2013. The latter is a lo-fi rock-pop record at times reminiscent of '50s era doo wop with puppy love themes. For their latest effort, Wayne Interest, the Panthers teamed up with producer and Black Keys touring bassist, Richard Swift. The lo-fi production style is still very intact and guitarist Chad Wachtel's surf licks rock with authenticity. The band shows off their punker minimalism, while still delivering catchy melodies backed by echoey drums.

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Run River North, The Family Crest Play Grand Performances June 26

Posted by Amoebite, June 19, 2015 11:58am | Post a Comment

run river northAmoeba is proud to sponsor the June 26 Grand Performances show at California Plaza featuring folk-rockers Run River North. The show is free and all-ages, and it starts at 8 p.m. We’ll be on hand with the Prize Wheel, so come by and give it a spin!

L.A.’s Run River North combine beautiful folk harmonies with rock dynamics and uplifting, spiritually leaning lyrics. The band rose to notoriety after recording a performance video in a band member’s Honda, prompting the car manufacturer to surprise the band by taking them to “Jimmy Kimmel Live.”

Read Amoeblogger Billy Gil's interview with the band here. And see a video below of the band performing live at Amoeba Music last year.

the family crestAlso performing will be S.F.’s The Family Crest. The band is an NPR favorite who play energetic tunes infused with soaring vocals, strings, choral harmonies and dramatic arrangements. Watch their video for “Love Don’t Go” below.

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