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Amoeba Co-Presents Madi Diaz at the Troubadour Dec. 8

Posted by Amoebite, November 18, 2014 01:15pm | Post a Comment

madi diaz troubadourmadi diaz phatom cdAmoeba is proud to present electro-pop singer/songwriter Madi Diaz live at the Troubadour in West Hollywood Dec. 8. The all-ages show is presented alongside Alt 98.7’s Close to Home. Buy tickets here.

Diaz is currently touring in support of her upbeat new album, Phantom, which was released Sept. 30. Featuring the heartfelt singalong “Stay Together,” Phantom is a sheer delight, full of driving, emotional pop songs. Don’t just take our word for it—according to KCRW, “Rarely has an album about being knocked down by life sounded so attractively catchy. ... Glossy production nicely shapes Diaz’ dance-music flecked songs, which throb with subterranean bass lines, ear-tickling refrains and her own genuine, no-frills vocals. ... A statement record that declares [Madi] as an artist of note.”

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Dip Your Toes into Classical Music with Our Handy Conversion Chart

Posted by Amoebite, November 17, 2014 03:56pm | Post a Comment

Classical Music Conversion Chart

There is a type of customer at Amoeba Music that remains one of my favorites. Those brave souls who sheepishly make their way to the deepest, most remote area of the store: The Classical Section. They look vulnerable but hopeful, curious but intimidated. They come, knowing they want Classical music, but unsure how to find something they’ll like.

I’ve found the most efficient and fun way to lead folks is to learn about the other forms of music they love, and then use that to inspire selections. For every contemporary artist on the scene today, I assure you that there’s a composer in the Classical section with parallels. Beyond that, after working in record stores for over a decade, I’ve learned that people who enjoy certain acts – such as, let’s say, Black Sabbath – typically will also enjoy the string quartets of Dmitri Shostakovich.

It’s these interactions that led me to create the following "conversion chart." While no means infallible, think of it as a fun way to find a starting point in your adventure into the Classical music genre. But remember – no chart can replace a living, breathing, Amoeba Music employee. Don’t be afraid to come in and ask for suggestions. We love that!

The best time to come explore the Classical section will be November 28-30 when we're having a huge Classical blowout at our stores over Black Friday weekend. All red and green tag Classical CDs and vinyl will be 50% off! Sale details here.

Next Sidewalk Sale Features Deals on Vinyl, Blu-ray and More Nov. 22

Posted by Amoebite, November 17, 2014 09:00am | Post a Comment

Sidewalk Sale at Amoeba Hollywood

It’s time once again for a Sidewalk Sale at Amoeba Hollywood! Our next one takes place Saturday, November 22 from 12 to 5 p.m.

We’ll be featuring the following deals:

  • Clearance LPs priced to move
  • DVDs for $3, or buy three get one free (excluding DVD box sets)
  • DVD box sets at $7, or two for $10
  • Blu-rays at three for $12
  • Books and comics at three for $1
  • Stickers and buttons at two for $1
  • Classical deals

And more!

Come by and pick up some fresh goodies from Amoebal!

Sidewalk Sale at Amoeba Hollywood

Top 10 Domino Releases

Posted by Amoebite, November 14, 2014 01:31pm | Post a Comment

Domino Records

For over twenty years, Domino Recording Co. has been one of the most celebrated and creative forces in the world of independent music. Founded in 1993, the London-based label started off by licensing works from acts signed to American record companies for release in the UK. Since that time, they've opened an office in Brooklyn and established the divisions Domino Deutschland and Domino France. Their stable of artists includes some of the most inventive, beloved and influential acts in music today, and we're delighted to welcome Domino to our family of digital labels available on Amoeba.com! To celebrate, we've rounded up some of Domino's best releases from the past decade and a half, listed below in no particular order.

Arctic Monkeys AM

Arctic Monkeys - AM (2013) 

One of the biggest recent records here at the store, AM sees the band collaborating with Josh Homme (Queens of the Stone Age) on what he calls a "really cool, sexy, after-midnight record." This means Queens-style spooky grooving, melodic, laconic, druggy guitar solos, tired-drunk-guy crooning with falsetto doubling, and a shuffling, mid-tempo disco snark turned sneer in a nicer jacket a la someone like Jarvis Cocker's work with Pulp.

Black Friday Deals at Amoeba

Posted by Amoebite, November 14, 2014 11:19am | Post a Comment

Black Friday at Amoeba

Let's talk turkey about Black Friday. Lots of retailers are going to have sales, but Amoeba is throwing a weekend-long celebration of deals, steals, and exclusive releases at each of our stores.

First off, November 28th is Record Store Day Black Friday and that means that you can shop nearly 140 Record Store Day exclusive releases at our stores. Faith No More, Miles Davis, Grateful Dead, The Flaming Lips, Wu-Tang Clan, MORRISSEY CURATES THE RAMONES...so many exciting, limited edition titles. Download the list (.PDF) of this year's Record Store Day Black Friday releases available only at indie record stores. (Also check out Billy Gil's blog Ten Record Store Day Releases to Look For On Black Friday.)

We've also packed Friday full of crazy deals for you and yours because it's the perfect time to start shopping for the holidays (and yourself). Check out these festive offers...

FRIDAY ONLY:

  • 25% off gift certificates (up to $100) 2-4pm only. Redeemable starting 12/1.
  • Buy 3 Green Tag Blu-rays for just $12
  • 25% off headphones, posters, and used books
  • Audio Technica AT-LP60 turntable on sale for just $119.98! 
  • Crosley turntable on sale for $119.98 (Amoeba Hollywood only)

Please note: Amoeba Hollywood's trade counter will open late at 2pm on Black Friday.

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