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Sidewalk Sale at Amoeba Hollywood Saturday, August 20th

Posted by Amoebite, August 9, 2016 01:57pm | Post a Comment

Sidewalk Sale at Amoeba Hollywood

Amoeba Hollywood's next Sidewalk Sale is Saturday, August 20th from 12pm - 4pm, right outside the store. We'll have huge bargains on the following:

  • DVD box sets: $5 each or 2 for $8
  • DVDs: $2 each or 3 for $5
  • Blu-ray: $4 each or 3 for $10
  • CDs: buy 1 get 1 [of equal or lesser value] free
  • Freshly stocked 45s 2 for $1
  • Magazines, books & comics 3 for $1
  • $1 LPs 
  • Plus great deals on posters, toys & collectibles

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.

Sidewalk Sale at Amoeba Hollywood

New "What's in My Bag?" Episode with Gerd Janson

Posted by Amoebite, August 9, 2016 01:20pm | Post a Comment

Gerd Janson Amoeba Music What's In My Bag?

You can be sure that when German DJ, label founder, and record store owner Gerd Janson takes you record shopping he'll have some very informative bits of insight. "It's a promo," he says holding up a 12" single of The Quick's "One Night In A Blackout." "I think you can only find the long-mix on the promo release," Janson informs us before going on to state, "it says mid-tempo disco, but I would say it's a proper slow jam because it's even below 100 BPM." Janson had a lot to say about his record picks when he visited Amoeba Hollywood recently, and we were grateful to be able to listen.

Gerd Janson Fabric 89In 1998, after years spent in disco, house, and jungle clubs, Gerd Janson landed his first DJ residency at Cafe Kesselhaus in Darmstadt. These days he spins house and disco at Frankfurt club Robert Johnson's Liquid nights and travels the international DJ circuit. When he's not DJing, Janson can be found manning the record counter at his hometown store, Pentagon Recordstore, working at the Red Bull Music Academy or writing about music news for Spex or Groove magazine. He is co-owner of the Running Back record label.

This summer, Gerd Janson is DJing at parties from London to Ibiza before playing select dates in the U.S. He's a scheduled performer at this year's FYF Festival in Los Angeles. His latest release is a mix for the Fabric series, Fabric 89, due out August 19, 2016.

Janson holds up a 12" of "Visions Of China" by the UK band Japan. Were they prog rock, new wave or somewhere in between? Either way, he points out that at the time "they were kind of treated as wannabe intellectuals." Being a fan of "drums and sound effects," Janson grabbed Drums of the Caribbean: A Study in High Fidelity Sound, a collection of West Indies percussion. Also in his bag is Dept. of Sunshine's "Rude Boy/Space Tropics" single. "No one actually knows anything about them and this is the only record I've ever came across."

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Pre-Order Local Natives' Sunlit Youth at Amoeba Hollywood & Get Free 10"

Posted by Amoebite, August 8, 2016 04:47pm | Post a Comment

Local Natives Vinyl Gratification at Amoeba Hollywood

LA's own Local Natives are releasing their third album, Sunlit Youth, September 9th via Loma Vista, and they're the newest participants in the vinyl gratification program started by Spoon frontman Britt Daniel. Music fans have become accustomed to pre-ordering new albums digitally and getting instant access to a few new songs when they do. The concept for vinyl gratification was born out of wanting to give fans who pre-order from a physical record store a similar instant bonus. 

Pre-order the Sunlit Youth LP in-store only at Amoeba Hollywood starting Tuesday, August 9th and receive a free 10" on the spot featuring three new tracks from the album and one exclusive song, "Lydon." (While supplies last. Limit 2 per person. In-store pre-orders only.)

Don't live near Amoeba Hollywood? Here is a map of other participating indie record stores.

Local Natives Vinyl Gratifcation at Amoeba

 

Check out the music video for "Villainy" from the band's forthcoming Sunlit Youth:

Essential Records: Gene Vincent and The Blue Caps

Posted by Amoebite, August 8, 2016 03:58pm | Post a Comment

Gene Vincent and The Blue Caps - Amoeba Music

Call it a rough patch, call it a dry spell, call it whatever, but let's just say a while ago the relationship between my guitar and me got a little stale. Now of course I loved that thing dearly but, well, you know how it is: sometimes it just seems like the two of you are stuck in the same old routine. Now the electric guitar is a tricky instrument, there are so many variations, effects, and styles, and it's so overly saturated in the mainstream consciousness that while it can be the most primal and cathartic sounding of instruments, it can also be the most horrendous, self-involved sound known to modern man. At this particular juncture, I just wasn't hearing anything new that was compelling me towards the former sentiment. In an attempt to revive our relationship I pulled out this guitar magazine I had from high school that was all about rockabilly and the late '90s neo-swing revival. In it was a picture I always found striking but was never sure why: five young men all dressed in white, wearing dark, floppy caps. I thought to myself: it's finally time I really dug into Mr. Gene "Be-Bop-A-Lula" Vincent and His Blue Caps. I learned a couple of riffs out of the magazine, all attributed to Gene's original guitarist, Cliff Gallup, then I went to the record store and picked up their second album (thinking it was their first), Gene Vincent and The Blue Caps.

I put the needle on and right out of the gate the band is swaggering and in full swing. My toe's tappin', my hand's snappin' and my hair's getting greasier by the second. Gene finishes his first verse of "Red Bluejeans and a Ponytail" with the order to his band to "Rock!" and the next thing I know Cliff Gallup's guitar struts onto the scene and picks up the lead while someone lets out a banshee wail in the background. Gene comes back into the second verse, singing like he's crooning and panting at the same time, a cross between Dean Martin and that cartoon wolf from the droopy cartoons whose mouth drops to the floor at the sight of the cute redhead, and before I can finish that thought the second verse is ending and Gene calls out, "Rock again!" and Cliff's back with his plunky, shimmering, echo-y tone.

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Vinyl Reissues from Crowded House Out This Fall

Posted by Amoebite, August 6, 2016 03:00pm | Post a Comment

Crowded House Vinyl Reissues

From the mid-'80s to '90s, Melbourne rockers Crowded House achieved commercial success and critical acclaim for their unique fusion of pop rock songwriting and jangle pop/indie influences. Criminally overlooked in the US for many years, the band is receiving some long overdue attention thanks to a series of vinyl reissues by Capitol, out September 16, 2016. This is great news for fans who haven't had new vinyl versions of these old favorites since their initial release. Here's what you need to know about the new and improved LPs available now for pre-order.

Crowded House

Crowded House (1986)

Coming nearly thirty years after its initial release, Crowded House's debut has lost none of its power. The band's self-titled LP features some of their most well-known tracks, including "Don't Dream It's Over," "Something So Strong," "Mean to Me," and "World Where You Live." The album peaked at #1 in Australia, #3 in New Zealand, and #12 in the US.

Temple of Low Men

Temple of Low Men (1988)

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