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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 November 18, 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)

Black Sabbath Limited Color Vinyl Reissues

Posted by Amoebite, August 5, 2016 11:40am | Post a Comment

Black Sabbath limited edition color vinyl reissues

Ever since they first burst onto the scene nearly fifty years ago, Black Sabbath's influence on music and culture has been prodigious. For a band with such a towering reputation, no ordinary reissue campaign will do; that's why we're super excited about the new limited edition 180 gram color vinyl reissues Rhino is releasing today. In addition to coming out on glorious rainbow-hued vinyl, the first eight studio albums from Ozzy and friends will feature the 2012 remastered audio, which had previously only been available in digital format. CD reissues featuring the 2012 remasters are also now available. Here's what to look out for:


Black Sabbath

Black Sabbath (1970)

It's hard to believe, but when Sabbath released their self-titled debut in 1970, critics panned it. Of course, the album has since gone on to rank highly in pretty much every roundup of Best Metal Albums and Greatest Albums of All Time. Rolling Stone charted Black Sabbath at #44 on their list of 100 Best Debut Albums of All Time, saying the title track "would define the sound of a thousand bands."

Concert Tickets For Sale at Amoeba Hollywood August 2016

Posted by Amoebite, August 3, 2016 01:35pm | Post a Comment

Concert Tickets For Sale at Amoeba HollywoodAmoeba Hollywood regularly sells tickets to local shows. Get physical tickets from us and skip the high fees!

All tickets can be purchased at the registers (while supplies last) for a $2 service fee. We take cash and credit cards for all ticket sales. Store credit and coupons cannot be applied to ticket sales. Limit 4 tickets per person. 

We have a new partnership with Teragram Ballroom, an intimate venue in downtown LA. We are the only place in town to buy physical tickets (aside from the venue itself). We'll have a small amount of tickets for every Teragram show available the day they are announced on a first-come, first-served basis with our low $2 ticket service fee.

For The Novo (formerly Club Nokia) and Shrine Expo Hall shows, we only carry general admission tickets. If you wish to purchase reserved seating at The Novo (where available), you can buy those tickets online here. If you wish to purchase reserved seating at Shrine Expo Hall (where available), you can buy those tickets online here.

Please note that on the day of the show, we will stop selling tickets for that show at 5pm.


Tickets are limited, so please call the store first to make sure they are available: 323-245-6400.
 

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Leimert Park Village Book Fair in LA, 8/20

Posted by Amoebite, August 1, 2016 05:30pm | Post a Comment

Leimert Park Village Book Fair

Bobby Brown, Leimert Park Village Book FairDo you love reading, literature, learning, and fun? Then head out to the Leimert Park Village Book Fair at the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza in Los Angeles on Saturday, August 20th from 10am-6pm and help celebrate its 10th anniversary. This free event merges the worlds of literature, entertainment, and the culinary arts with an exciting and eclectic mix of authors, scholars, poets, television personalities, and celebrities. This year's guests include Bobby Brown, Rolonda Watts, Zane, and more!

Amoeba is delighted to help sponsor the Leimert Park Village Book Fair. Find our booth to say hi, and spin our famous prize wheel for gift certificates and other prizes to benefit Inner-City Arts. Also, be sure to check out the Amoeba-curated "Tribute to Prince: Album Cover Exhibit."

For more information on the event, visit their website HERE.

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