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Weekly Wednesday Steal: Masters of Sex: Season One

Posted by Billy Gil, September 3, 2014 10:27am | Post a Comment

masters of sex season one dvdThis week’s Weekly Wednesday Steal is the Masters of Sex: Season One DVD for only $10 (list price $49.98).

Showtime's critically acclaimed "Masters of Sex" follows Dr. William Masters (Michael Sheen) and Virginia Johnson (Lizzy Caplan) as they research human sexuality at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri in the late 1950s and early '60s. It is based on Thomas Maier's biography Masters of Sex: The Life and Times of William Masters and Virginia Johnson, the Couple Who Taught America How to Love.

The Weekly Wednesday steal is happening every Wednesday, in which we sell some prized piece on discount for only $10 while supplies last. It's limited to one per customer. Previous deals have included releases by Boards of Canada and tUnE-yArDs for only $10. Keep coming back every Wednesday to Amoeba.com to see what we have going on. As always, there’s FREE SHIPPING on Amoeba.com for music and movies in the U.S.

Watch the slightly NSFW trailer for season one of "Masters of Sex" below:

 

 

Album Picks: Half Japanese, Earth, Zammuto

Posted by Billy Gil, September 2, 2014 11:40am | Post a Comment

Half Japanese - Overjoyed (LP, CD, Download)

half japanese overjoyed lpHalf Japanese’s legacy as detuned-guitar weirdos that inspired legions of other important bands is more than solidified at this point. But thankfully, the band has decided to record a new album, their first in 13 years, to go along with their recently announced Neutral Milk Hotel tour. And let’s just say it’s far from a fiasco. Overjoyed is brilliant, teaming with the energy of a band half the age of the Fair brothers. “In its Pull” establishes the band’s core appeal of sing-spoken vocals over a straight-ahead rock beat and guitars that vacillate between Stones riffs and atonal fuckall chords. “Meant to Be That Way” sees the band engaging in squealing, No Wave-style guitar sounds, but they’re pretty reined in, used in the service of creating a potent post-punk groove. “Brave Enough” might be the band’s best pop song yet, full of jangling island guitars, bongo drums and lyrics like “Come on! Let’s do it!” Yet the whole thing is lovably strange, too, a special freak-pop gem that only Half Japanese could produce. That moment of accessibility speaks to how listenable Overjoyed is throughout, even while the band is spitting distorted vitriol into their mics (“Do It Nation”) or singing with only the faintest hint of a melody (“Shining Star”)—these songs are still hooky at their core and a lot of fun to listen to. There’s also a wonderful positive energy to the album that doesn’t feel forced. A song like “Overjoyed and Thankful” might be ironic, but it doesn’t really matter, as its torn-apart rock ‘n’ roll still brings a smile to your face. And “The Time Is Now” is irrepressibly life affirming and musically quite pretty, with shimmering, jazzy guitar lines. “Don’t ever get stuck with that stupid word ‘why’; I never have liked that word,” they sing nakedly on “The Time Is Now.” To borrow a line from the song, the long-awaited Overjoyed puts a few more rainbows in our blue sky.

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Sleater-Kinney to Release 'Start Together' Box Set With All 7 Albums on Vinyl

Posted by Billy Gil, September 2, 2014 11:17am | Post a Comment

sleater-kinneyThe late, great Sleater-Kinney will get the remaster and re-release treatment Oct. 21 when Sub Pop releases all seven of the band’s albums on vinyl in the Start Together box set.

The set will include the band’s self-titled debut (1995), Call the Doctor (1996), Dig Me Out (1997), The Hot Rock (1999), All Hands on the Bad One (2000), One Beat (2002) and The Woods (2005). All seven albums also will be remastered and re-released separately on LP and CD the same day, according to Pitchfork. The remaster work was done by Sterling Sound’s Greg Calbi from the original analog tapes.

It’s a great chance to revisit one of the best and most consistent bands of the past two decades, particularly when all-female or female-fronted bands don’t tend to get venerated through history in the same way that male bands do. That’s especially sad when you consider Sleater-Kinney were better overall than just about every other band out there and that they never got bad—actually, they went out on their highest note, the Dave Fridmann-produced The Woods, which is a classic. Here’s hoping for a reunion too—never got to see this band live!

Hear The Woods’ “Entertain” below, sung by guitarist (and now Wild Flag member and Portlandia co-star/co-creator) Carrie Brownstein:

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Weekly Roundup: Zola Jesus, Tulips, Ruiins, Whirr, together PANGEA, Terry Malts, White Arrows, Babes

Posted by Billy Gil, August 29, 2014 11:21am | Post a Comment

Zola Jesus – “Dangerous Days” video

zola jesus taiga lpFor the video to “Dangerous Days,” from her upcoming album Taiga (out Oct. 7, preorder here), Zola Jesus and director Tim Saccenti take us into the literal landscapes that Zola Jesus’ music often evokes, from chilly arctic lakes to lush forests. It’s a gorgeous video that suits such an inspiring pop song. (Judging by the credits on YouTube, it looks like it was at least partially filmed in Washington’s Olympic National Park; guess we’ll have to book our tickets to go there ASAP.)

 

Tulips – “Hotspur” & “Wait”

tulips bandTulips are a self-described riotgaze trio from L.A. that trade off powerful female vocals over effected surf riffs and new wave beats, like if Lush were reborn as L.A. punks with a shit ton of attitude, or if Bikini Kill got hip to tremolo and reverb. They’ve got a two-song cassingle (!) out now, can you can hear both songs here. Look for it in the Amoeba cassingle section!  See 'em tonight at Pehrspace with Roses for their cassingle release party.

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On Labor Day, Get a $10 Gift Certificate for Spending $60 or More at Amoeba

Posted by Billy Gil, August 28, 2014 06:21pm | Post a Comment

Labor Day Deal at Amoeba

Sept. 1 is Labor Day, which means maybe you have the day off. What to do?

Head to any Amoeba store on Monday, Sept. 1, and spend $60 and you’ll get a $10 gift certificate to Amoeba, which can be used starting the next day, Sept. 2. That’s like a whole cassette. Or 7”. Or shirt. For FREE.

The fine print: offer excludes gift certificate and ticket purchases (cannot be used toward the $60); it’s limited to one per customer, per day; no coupons applied (but trade credits are ok!) and it’s for all three stores but not Amoeba.com.

$10 Free. It’s better than a BBQ!  

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