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Big Shot: A SKA/Reggae/Rocksteady Blog

Posted by Amoebite, December 16, 2011 12:04pm | Post a Comment
Los Angeles has such a unique Reggae scene with various clubs and shows paying homage to the Reggae Scene. New artists and bands are popping up all the time...and the Reggae Community is active and supported. Many DJs spin SKA, Rocksteady and Reggae. However, outside California (and some large cities such as Chicago, New York and across the pond in Spain) the Ska/Reggae scenes are deteriorating. Within these cities there are still Reggae labels such as Liquidator in Spain and Jump-Up Records in Chicago which is run by Chuck Ren who renewed the Ska scene in the Mid-West. NY/NJ based Stubborn Records is a DIY label run by King Django, a legend in the Ska scene who has been in such bands as the Stubborn Allstars and Skinnerbox. Django has run the label independently for over 15 years. In Oklahoma, Megalith Records is a fairly new label run by Robert "Bucket" Hinley, the lead singer of The Toasters and who helped start Moon Ska Records in NY...

Speaking of labels, this blog is named after Big Shot Records which went from 1968
to 1971. Big Shot was a subsidiary of Trojan Records that started in 1968, gaining popularity with releases from Judge Dread and The Tennors. Big Shot released over 130 45RPM singles and a handful of LP releases. The label itself has stayed active due to the popularity of Judge Dread and the iconic image of the Big Shot cannon. Most modern Reggae labels try to achieve the visibility that Trojan Records has and garner the appeal to counter culture kids as Big Shot did in 1968.

Peter ToshPeter Tosh - Legalize It (legacy Edition) [CD] 

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New R. Crumb Robert Johnson T-Shirt Exclusively at Amoeba

Posted by Amoebite, December 15, 2011 05:47pm | Post a Comment
Amoeba Music is now carrying an exclusive new T-shirt with artwork by the King of Underground Comics, R. Crumb, featuring the King of the Delta Blues, Robert Johnson!

Amoeba Music has partnered with filmmaker Terry Zwigoff (Crumb, Ghost World, Bad Santa) in producing a T-shirt of iconic Delta blues singer Robert Johnson drawn by underground comic artist R. Crumb from the first found photo of Johnson. This T-shirt is an Amoeba Music exclusive, available only through Amoeba.com or at all three Amoeba stores.

R. Crumb Robert Johnson t-shirt

Here's a brief history of the image on the shirt. Up until 1973, there was no known photo of Robert Johnson, the haunting, mysterious Delta blues singer lionized by countless rock and roll bands. A postage stamp size photo taken by Johnson himself in a photo booth in the early 1930s turned up in 1973 and was published in Rolling Stone in 1986. After it was published, underground comix artist R. Crumb, a life-long 78 collector and blues fan, drew it as a cover for a highly specialized collector's publication called 78 Quarterly, a magazine specializing in stories on rare pre-war blues and jazz artists and their impossibly rare, highly coveted 78s. 
78 Quarterly Robert Johnson

After publication of the 78 Quarterly issue with the Robert Johnson R. Crumb drawing, Terry Zwigoff got permission from both the publisher and Crumb to produce T-shirts with the image, and they were available for a few years in the mid-1990s. Since then, the T-shirts with the R. Crumb rendering of the Robert Johnson photo have been unavailable. Terry is a friend of Amoeba and recently a deal was struck to produce the shirt again. It is now available on a high quality 100% Egyptian cotton T-shirt as an Amoeba exclusive.

Turntables at Amoeba

Posted by Amoebite, December 14, 2011 06:07pm | Post a Comment
Here is a breakdown of some of the turntables Amoeba currently sells and a bit of an overview of each one. Please see store for specific stock as our inventory differs between locations. 

Crosley 249 Crosley Keepsake 249 USB
  • 33 1/3, 45, and 78 RPM
  • Fully Automatic
  • Belt Drive
  • Auxilliary input
  • Adjustable tone control
  • Dynamic full range speakers with switch for line in play (iPod/CD, etc)
  • USB enabled
  • Software suite for ripping and editing audio included
Numark Turntable Numark Portable PT-01 USB
- Available Online -
  • 33 1/3, 45, and 78 RPM
  • Belt Drive
  • RCA line & headphone outputs
  • USB enabled
  • Wall-powered with included AC adaptor or battery powered
  • ±10% pitch control
  • Internal speaker
Numark TTUSB
Numark TTUSB
  • 33 1/3, 45 (78 RPM with software)
  • Adjustable anti-skate control
  • Built in pre-amp
  • Line level RCA outputs
  • USB enabled
  • EZ Converter software included 
Jensen JTA-460
Jensen JTA-460 Compact USB Turntable System
  • 33 1/3, 45, and 78 RPM
  • Belt Drive
  • Built in speakers
  • Remote control
  • AM/FM receiver
  • USB enabled 
AT-LP60 Audio-Technica AT-LP60
- Available Online -

  • 33 1/3 and 45 RPM
  • Fully Automatic
  • No Pitch Control
  • Belt Drive
  • Built-in pre-amp
  • Phono or Line/Aux outputs
  • Replaceable stylus
  • USB model available
AT-LP120 Audio-Technica AT-LP120 USB
  • 33 1/3, 45, and 78 RPM
  • Manual operation
  • Pitch Control
  • Direct Drive
  • Built-in pre-amp
  • Phono or Line/Aux outputs
  • Forward and reverse play
  • USB

 

A Los Angeles Benefit for Jonathan Toubin - Dec 16

Posted by Amoebite, December 14, 2011 02:17pm | Post a Comment
Jonathan ToubinJonathan Toubin, the man behind the sweaty, soul-drenched New York Night Train parties, is in a Portland hospital after a taxi crashed into his hotel room and landed on top of him while he slept. Toubin was in Portland to spin at a Thursday night party and he was staying at the Jupiter Hotel; his room was on the ground floor. - Village Voice

Jonathan has thrown West Coast versions of his Soul Clap parties all over Los Angeles (The Downtown Standard, Nomad Gallery, Spaceland, etc). LA Record and Vice Magazine are presenting a benefit for Jonathan on Friday, December 16 at The Monty. All of the DJs are volunteering their services and 100% of the proceeds will be donated directly to the official paypal account for his medical expenses.

If you can't make it in person, you can paypal funds of love and words of support to ihearttoubin@gmail.com.

Friday, December 16

The Monty
1222 W. 7th St.
Los Angeles, CA 90017 

Suggested donation $5-10

Facebook Invitation.


Jonathan Toubin Benefit Poster

Amoeba Hollywood Now Carries Handmade Faulein Lilly Record Bags

Posted by Amoebite, December 12, 2011 07:18pm | Post a Comment
Amoeba Hollywood recently started carrying Fraulein Lilly Record Bags, cloth LP bags handmade in Long Beach, CA. Each bag holds 25-30 records, and has a pocket for notes, your iPod, or anything else you might need. These handmade bags are $39.98 each.

You can find them on display at Amoeba Hollywood right in the entryway into the Jazz Room.

Fraulein Lilly Record Bags    Fraulein Lilly Record Bags

Here are close-ups of some of the bags we are currently carrying:
LP bag with bicycles    LP bags with owls

LP bags with stripes   LP bags day of the dead
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