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Moon Block Party Features BRMC, Black Lips and Spoon, Tickets On Sale Now for Oct. 18 Show

Posted by Billy Gil, August 11, 2014 03:11pm | Post a Comment

Moon Block Party

Moon Block Party is happening at the Fairplex in Pomona on Oct. 18 from 12 p.m. to 10 p.m. It’s an all-ages show, and tickets are $45 (you can also buy them at Amoeba Hollywood with only a $2 service charge). Amoeba is proud to be a sponsor of the event—look for our booth!

Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Black Lips and The Black Angels (notice a pattern?) lead off the show's lineup, along with recently added headliner Spoon. See the rest of the acts participating below:

Band of Skulls

Tinariwen

Unknown Mortal Orchestra

Metz

Shannon & The Clams

Cosmonauts

Deap Vally

Morgan Delt

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Leonard Cohen Likely to Release New Album 'Popular Problems' Next Month Around 80th Birthday

Posted by Billy Gil, August 11, 2014 02:56pm | Post a Comment

leonard cohenThe great, literary singer/songwriter Leonard Cohen celebrates his 80th birthday next month (on Sept. 21). What better way to do that than with a new album?

Popular Problems will likely be out sometime next month, Rolling Stone reports. Though Cohen’s representative could not confirm the album or a release date, it was hinted at during last week’s Cohen fan convention, Leonard Cohen Event 2014, and the album is listed on Amazon France with a Sept. 22 release date.

Here’s what Jarkko Arjatsalo, a Finnish accountant that runs Cohen’s official website, said about the album in the foreward of the event booklet:

“Leonard has worked hard on his next studio album of entirely new songs. He asked me to let you know that Popular Problems will be out at the end of September, shortly after his 80th birthday.”

No tour plans have yet been announced. Cohen’s last album was 2012’s Old Ideas, for which Cohen recorded songs that didn’t make the cut that could make it onto this album, he told RS in 2012:

“I rehearsed some other songs on the road—new songs that didn't make it onto the record. So I have a new record [after this one], at least two-thirds of it, anyway.”

Old Ideas was pretty great, so we're more than OK with that. Hear that album's opening track, "Going Home," below:

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Smashing Pumpkins Release Rick Rubin-Produced 'Let Me Give the World to You' From 'Adore' Reissue

Posted by Billy Gil, August 11, 2014 01:33pm | Post a Comment

smashing pumpkinsWhen Smashing Pumpkins released their beloved-in-retrospect fourth album, Adore, back in 1998, frontman Billy Corgan couldn’t resist talking a lot about a great song he left off the album called “Let Me Give the World to You.” Perhaps to preserve the nocturnal feel of the classic 4AD indebted Adore, the song wasn’t included on the album—the title alone promised a bombastic rock single in the vein of songs like “Tonight, Tonight.” But we got another version of the song later, on the digital-only Machina II, albeit in a different version that sounded quickly recorded in the best way, with gauzy, Cocteau Twins-inspired guitars and jangly pop feel.

Now Corgan has released the original recording, produced by none other than hip-hop producer extraordinaire Rick Rubin. So it’s that over-the-top “Bullet With Butterfly Wings” thing, right? The song is closer in feel to “1979,” with muted new-wave guitars and a level of restraint not typically seen with this band, yet its Beatles-inspired arrangement is, of course, heartfelt and grabbing. Though Adore is lovably imperfect as is, I can’t help but feel this recording would’ve slotted in nicely near the end of the album and perhaps provided a crucial breakthrough third single that could’ve changed the troubled history of the band for the better. Sigh.

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Weekly Wednesday Steal Aug. 13: The Doors' 'R-Evolution'

Posted by Billy Gil, August 11, 2014 12:23pm | Post a Comment

the doors r-evolution dvd sale amoebaThis week’s Weekly Wednesday Steal will be The Doors music DVD R-Evolution for only $10 (regularly $34.98).

The music film combines early appearances by the band along with what are basically music videos, as the band evolved creatively and had more input as to how they were portrayed on TV. This version also comes in a limited edition digibook, for you collectors out there.

The Weekly Wednesday steal is happening every Wednesday, in which we sell some prized piece on discount for only $10 while supplies last. We’ve so far sold records 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 a performance of "Touch Me" below, which is included on the DVD:

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Amoeba Sponsors Joe Driscoll & Sekou Kouyate, Sock Puppet Theater at Grand Performances in Downtown

Posted by Billy Gil, August 8, 2014 04:15pm | Post a Comment

Grand Performances

Amoeba is proud to be a sponsor of Joe Driscoll and Sekou Kouyate with folk singer/songwriter Vikesh Kapoor at Grand Performances in Downtown Los Angeles on Friday, August 15 at 8 p.m. As always with Grand Performances, the show is free. You can RSVP on Facebook here.

Joe Driscoll Sekou Kouyate Faya

Syracuse-born Driscoll is an American musician who uses everything but the kitchen sink in his songwriting, employing acoustic guitar, loops, beatboxing and rapping in his music, which fuses elements of rock, reggae, soul and folk. Guinea-born Kouyate is a virtuosic kora player from a lineage of famous players of the classical African stringed instrument. The album, Faya, released this year, sees the two collaborating as Driscoll spits verses over Kouyate’s lightning-fast riffs and velvety vocal tones.

Watch the the title track from the duo’s Faya album below:

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