Next Amoeba Hollywood Sidewalk Sale Is Aug. 9

Posted by Billy Gil, August 1, 2014 09:45am | Post a Comment

Join us for our next awesome Sidewalk Sale, happening Aug. 9 from noon to 5 p.m. just outside Amoeba Hollywood on Sunset Blvd.

amoeba sidwalk saleSome of the great bargains we’ll have include:

-45s in all genres at three for $1

-DVDs for $3 (or buy three get one free, excluding box sets)

-DVD box sets at $7, or two for $10

-Deals on classical music

-Blu-rays at three for $12

-Books and comics at three for $1

-…plus more!

If you haven’t yet made it to an Amoeba Sidewalk Sale, now’s the time. Come down and get some cheap goodies.

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Weekly Roundup: Meatbodies, Allah-Las, Tijuana Panthers, Devon Williams

Posted by Billy Gil, August 1, 2014 09:15am | Post a Comment

Meatbodies – “Tremmors”

meatbodiesThe latest great garage-rock band from S.F. delivers an explosion of fuzz riffs and reverbed vocals that cut cleanly through like a scalpel on “Tremmors.” The song is heavy and huge, but it’s handled delicately—the solo could only be described as lightly demonic. I love the way the song switches up to a new fuzzed out set of chords two-thirds of the way through—it’s just icing on the cake. Meatbodies comes from L.A.-based Chad Ubovich, who was Mikal Cronin’s bassist and then guitarist as well as the bassist in Ty Segall’s Fuzz project. Segall previously released some of Ubovich’s home recordings under Chad & The Meatbodies, and now the simply titled Meatbodies album is due soon on In the Red. They’ll be at Echo Park Rising Aug. 16 and The Echo Aug. 28.


Allah-Las – “No Werewolf”

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Amoeba Sponsors The Drop at The GRAMMY Museum with Billy Joe Shaver

Posted by Billy Gil, July 30, 2014 05:24pm | Post a Comment

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The GRAMMY Museum’s Drop program next month features country singer Billy Joe Shaver Aug. 7 at 8 p.m. Amoeba is proud to be a sponsor of the event, in conjunction with The Americana Music Association and 88.5FM KCSN. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased here.

Shaver comes to the museum’s Clive Davis Theater just two days after the release of his new album, Long in the Tooth. He’ll be at the theater for an interview, hosted by VP of The GRAMMY Foundation and MusiCares, Scott Goldman, followed by a performance.

Texas-born Shaver worked as a songwriter in Nashville, writing for the likes of Waylon Jennings, Kris Kristofferson and Elvis Presley. His own solo career launched with 1973’s Old Five and Dimers Like Me, a classic of outlaw country. His songs have continued to be performed by others throughout his career, from Patty Loveless to Willie Nelson. Long in the Tooth is his first album of new music in seven years.

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Three More New Videos: Real Estate's "Had to Hear," Mac DeMarco's "Chamber of Reflection" and Foxygen's "How Can You Really"

Posted by Billy Gil, July 30, 2014 04:36pm | Post a Comment

real estate amoebaThis is turning out to be a great day for new music videos!

Real Estate have a new video for the track "Had to Hear," the jangly opener to their excellent Atlas album. There's lots of summery goodness to be had here, like eating Mexican food, chillin' on a boat, playing guitar and generally enjoying life. If you haven't yet picked up Atlas, I highly suggest you do—some, like me, might even call it one of the best albums of the year so far. Real Estate will be playing live at Amoeba SF for FREE Friday Aug. 1 at 1 p.m. If you're here in L.A., they'll be at FYF Fest Aug. 23.

Real Estate will release the song on a limited edition 7" single Aug. 25 via Domino. The B-side will be a cover of The Nerves' "Paper Doll," according to Pitchfork.

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Two New Videos Today: Lana Del Rey's "Ultraviolence" and Janelle Monae's "Electric Lady"

Posted by Billy Gil, July 30, 2014 09:43am | Post a Comment

lana del rey ultraviolence videoTwo of our more exciting pop stars released new videos today.

Lana Del Rey has unveiled a video for the title track to her recently released Ultraviolence. Like the album itself, "Ultraviolence" hushes critics by revealing new layers to her gangster Nancy Sinatra sound, piling layers of Lana over gorgeous orchestration to paint a beautiful tapestry. Perhaps the Crystals-reffing lyrics are a bit silly—"give me all of that ultraviolence" isn't a particularly appealing line—but they sound good coming out of her mouth, and the music itself is immaculate. In this video, Del Rey engages in a soft-focus, Instragrammable wedding. It's typically campy but also sweet—the lone titillation comes from Del Rey licking her soon-to-be hubby's fingers, pretty tame by her standards. Check it out below:


janelle monae electric lady videoMeanwhile, Janelle Monae also released a video for the title track to her last album, the still-great Electric Lady. In it, Monae is hosting a party with like-minded ladies including Esperanza Spalding (who collaborates with Monae on the album's "Dorothy Dandridge Eyes"), Kimbra, T-Boz, Monica and Estelle. Rapper T.I. also makes a cameo. I don't see her cohort in this song, Solange—maybe she's still trying to lay low after that whole Beyonce/Jay Z/elevator thing. Still, looks like a fun party for a great tune. Anyone else need (not want) that skull record player?

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