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New "What's in My Bag?" Episode with Duran Duran

Posted by Amoebite, June 20, 2016 05:50pm | Post a Comment

Duran Duran What's In My Bag? Amoeba Music

"I realize what a pleasure it is going through racks, and actually finding things. That reminds me of my childhood, but also of times, not quite so far away, when you had that choice," says Nick Rhodes, keyboardist and founding member of Duran Duran, about shopping for DVDs at Amoeba Hollywood. Amoeba hosted a signing with the legendary band for the release of their latest album, Paper Gods, and we got a chance to meet up with the band after they went hunting for music and movies.

Duran Duran are one of the quintessential bands to emerge from England's new wave/synth pop scene in the 1980s. Formed in 1978 by keyboardist Nick Rhodes and bassist John Taylor, over time the lineup solidified to include drummer Roger Taylor, frontman Simon Le Bon, and guitarist Andy Taylor. Initially inspired by post-punk and art school ideas and aligned early on with the New Romantic scene, Duran Duran quickly became superstars on the strength of their innovative music videos, fashion-forward image, and impressive number of chart-topping singles.

Duran Duran Paper Gods Amoeba MusicThe band's career took off with the release of their 1981 self-titled debut, which reached number 3 on the UK charts. Success in the US came shortly thereafter, when Duran Duran's sophomore LP, Rioclocked in at number 6 on the Billboard 200. The band's string of successes continued with 1983's Seven and the Ragged Tiger and 1986's Notorious, with the band touring the globe and being feted as teen heartthrobs. By 1993, Duran Duran was back at the top of the charts, thanks to the release of a second self-titled album, dubbed The Wedding Album to differentiate it from the band's debut. Duran Duran continue to release new albums and will be touring the US this summer, including a stop in San Francisco for Outside Lands.

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R.E.M. Reissues Classic LPs on Vinyl

Posted by Amoebite, June 20, 2016 05:45pm | Post a Comment

REM Vinyl Reissues

This summer the mighty R.E.M. are reissuing three of their landmark releases for I.R.S. Records, as well as their major label debut, Green. These albums showcase an interesting point in the band's history, when Michael Stipe and co.'s reputation among indie and college radio circles was translating into more commercial success. Coming courtesy of Capitol Records/Universal Music, the vinyl reissues of Life's Rich Pageant, Dead Letter Office, Eponymous (all out 7/29) and Green (out 8/26) will keep their original artwork.

Lifes Rich Pageant

Life's Rich Pageant

Peaking at #21 on the Billboard charts, R.E.M.'s fourth studio album was their highest chart-topper in the US. The album was recorded at John Mellencamp's Belmont Mall Studios in Indiana and recorded by his longtime producer Don Gehman. It features "Fall on Me," a personal favorite of Stipe's plus the classic "Superman."

Dead Letter Office

Dead Letter Office

Free Concerts at Levitt Pavilion Pasadena

Posted by Amoebite, June 19, 2016 06:42pm | Post a Comment

Levitt Pavilion Pasadena

This Summer, join us for free outdoor concerts under the stars at Pasadena's Memorial Park. See 50 free concerts from a variety of artists at the Levitt Pavilion, the park's restored 1930s band shell, including Bobby Rodriguez on July 3, Albert Lee on July 23, David Lindley on July 29, and many more. While you're there, visit the Amoeba Music booth, spin our prize wheel, win gift certificates, and more. More info on Levitt Pavilion Pasadena's Summer line-up HERE.

 

Vinyl Reissues from Dead Can Dance Coming in July

Posted by Amoebite, June 17, 2016 11:30am | Post a Comment

Dead Can Dance Vinyl Reissues

Dead Can Dance are in the midst of reissuing their entire back catalog on vinyl, with the first three installments coming this July. Their longtime label 4AD is kicking things off with represses of the group's 1984 self-tilted debut, their sophomore album Spleen & Ideal, and their sixth album, Into the Labyrinth. Founded in Melbourne and featuring the core duo of Brendan Perry and Lisa Gerrard, the idiosyncratic Dead Can Dance quickly became 4AD's best-selling act, with a truly unique sound that takes reference points from medieval and world music, as well as goth rock and post-punk. Pre-orders are available now, with a July 8 release date set.

Dead Can Dance

Dead Can Dance

The band's self-titled debut LP placed them alongside their contemporaries in the UK post-punk scene, with comparisons drawn to labelmates Cocteau Twins, as well as The Cure. Sans the more worldbeat-oriented sound with which the group would soon become synonymous, Dead Can Dance's debut features a more sparse, dark sound and is unlike anything else in their oeuvre.

New Allah-Las Album "Calico Review" On White Vinyl, Amoeba Exclusive!

Posted by Amoebite, June 15, 2016 05:16pm | Post a Comment

What's cooler than white vinyl? How about exclusive, limited-edition Amoeba-only white vinyl?! We are proud to announce that Allah-Las' latest album, Calico Review, on white vinyl is now available for pre-order exclusively on Amoeba.com! The album includes a bonus track ("Burning in Heaven") via download card. Pre-order your copy of Calico Review on white vinyl now, because it was limited to just 500 LPs! Orders are limited to one per customer.

Allah-Las White Vinyl Amoeba Exclusive

Watch the official video for "Famous Phone Figure" from Calico Review:

Watch Allah-Las performing live at Amoeba Hollywood:

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