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Make Music Pasadena, June 11

Posted by Amoebite, May 29, 2016 07:15pm | Post a Comment

Amoeba Music is proud to sponsor Make Music Pasadena, California's largest free all-ages music festival, on Saturday, June 11th. This all-day event features six main stages and 30 venues throughout downtown Pasadena hosting more than 150 performances from an eclectic and diverse mix of bands. Rock out with Atlas Genius, The Mowgli's, LA Girlfriend, James Supercave, Nahko and Medicine for the People, Pr0files, Phantoms, Bear Hands, The Dead Ships, HUNNY, CLARA-NOVA, and so many more. Check out the full line-up HERE.

Stop by the Amoeba Music booth to shop music and more! See you in Pasadena.Make Music Pasadena

Limited Wristbands for Tegan and Sara Events in LA & SF Available at Amoeba June 3

Posted by Amoebite, May 27, 2016 12:41pm | Post a Comment

Tegan and Sara Love You to Death Events in LA & SF

Tegan and Sara's hotly-anticipated new studio album, Love You to Death, comes out Friday, June 3rd on Neil Young's Vapor Records label (via Warner Bros). To celebrate, the Canadian duo is playing two special performances in Los Angeles and San Francisco.

The sisters will be kicking off the weekend with a live show at Space 15Twenty in Hollywood on the day of the release. If you'd like to attend, pick up the new album in-store at Amoeba Hollywood for your ticket to the event. Love You to Death goes on sale at 10:30am on June 3rd. This will be a very intimate, exciting event, so space is limited.

Bay Area fans can check out the dynamic duo the following night, Saturday, June 4 at the Folsom Street Foundry. Again, there are limited tickets available for the performance, as we want to keep it extra special. To snap up one of these coveted tickets, be one of the first to purchase the album in-store at Amoeba San Francisco and you'll immediately earn guaranteed entry. We'll be distributing passes to the show with purchase starting at 11am on Friday, June 3.

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New "What's in My Bag?" Episode with Car Seat Headrest

Posted by Amoebite, May 24, 2016 02:06pm | Post a Comment

Car Seat Headrest Will Toledo Amoeba Music What's In My Bag?

"My twelve-year old self kinda' took over and I ended up just getting a bunch of colorful, bright albums," says Will Toledo, frontman of the Seattle-based Car Seat Headrest. "I don't even think I like this band, but I like the album cover," he says while holding up the Pet Shop Boys' latest album, Super. Toledo was record shopping at Amoeba Hollywood and we got a chance to sit down with him and check out his picks, not all of which were chosen by the cover.

Originally from Williamsburg, VA the indie band takes its name from Toledo's decision to record vocals in the back of his car for privacy. Self-releasing four albums in 2010, and steadily releasing more over the following years on Bandcamp, Toledo's music gained a cult following on the internet, which resulted in a contract with Matador Records in 2015. That year's Teens Of Style was his first release for the label. Car Seat Headrest's second album with Matador, Teens Of Denial, is out now digitally, with CDs and LPs out July 29. (You may have read about a Cars sample not being approved and delaying the physical release of the album until July.)

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New Dinosaur Jr. Album on Translucent Blue Vinyl Amoeba Exclusive

Posted by Amoebite, May 24, 2016 11:27am | Post a Comment

We're thrilled to announce the pre-order of the new Dinosaur Jr. album, Give a Glimpse of What Yer Not, on translucent blue vinyl available exclusively at Amoeba.com! The blue vinyl is limited to 500 pieces, so pre-order it while you can.

Give a Glimpse of What Yer Not, due out August 5th on Jagjaguwar, is the band's first album of new material since 2012's I Bet on Sky.

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Dinosaur Jr Give a Glimpse of What Yer Not vinyl lp album cover

 

And if you haven't seen our "What's In My Bag?" episode with J Mascis:

 

 

The Beach Boys' Pet Sounds 50th Anniversary Reissues Out June 10

Posted by Amoebite, May 23, 2016 12:31pm | Post a Comment

Beach Boys Pet Sounds 50th Anniversary Reissue

Wouldn't it be nice to hear Pet Sounds for the first time again? Well, next month you can experience the next best thing. In commemoration of the monumental album's 50th anniversary The Beach Boys and Capitol Records are re-releasing it in four different editions, some of which include studio outtakes, alternate mixes, and unreleased live versions. What's more Brian Wilson is now on a world tour playing the album in its entirety. Catch him in Los Angeles at the Hollywood Bowl, Jul 10 and in San Francisco at The Masonic, Oct 12-13.

When Pet Sounds was released May 16, 1966 its reception was mixed. The 11th album for the already popular group garnered little critical and commercial success in the States, while in England it was hailed by the music press and hit the number 2 spot on the Top 40 charts. One Mr. Paul McCartney was so impressed with it the album became the main influence on his band's next record, a little thing called Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band

Beach Boys Pet Sounds 50th Anniversary Amoeba MusicWhile it may be a little hard to imagine today, the radical arrangements, un-rock-like orchestrations, and wildly inventive production coupled with subject matter that was less cheery and more introspective than your average pop album of the day, was a lot to take in for some who were just looking for the next fun surf track to dance to down at the beach shack. However Pet Sounds paved the way for the idea that a rock album could be more than a mere collection of singles, but a cohesive piece of art. Brian Wilson's production on the album would open up creative possibilities we take for granted now, would influence all kinds of musical genres, and would bring the concept of production into the mainstream consciousness as an essential part of an album.

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