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Essential Records: 'Electric Ladyland' by The Jimi Hendrix Experience

Posted by Amoebite, June 13, 2016 04:24pm | Post a Comment

Essential Records Electric Ladyland Jimi Hendrix

Somewhere between the murky, secluded sixth and seventh grades, I saw a TV spot for an upcoming magic special in which a then unknown young man performed a card trick straight towards the camera. Not only did he know what card I had seen in his deck but he changed another card into that same card right before my eyes. The young man's name was David Blaine, and the special was called Street Magic. By now we're probably all familiar with David Blaine, and his deadpan style of magic and physical feats, but something that people probably don't remember about his first couple of TV specials is how great the music was. Let me tell ya, it was really good. My oncoming obsession with the David Blaine specials (I recorded them live on VHS, and watched them over and over again) was also my introduction to Dr. John, Sly & The Family Stone, Innervisions-era Stevie Wonder, and, most importantly, Jimi Hendrix.

Sure, I had heard Hendrix before; I vaguely knew "Purple Haze" and "Foxey Lady," and I knew he was considered a legend; but it wasn't until I watched David Blaine walking out of a tunnel in New York City to the wah-wah-ed intro to "Voodoo Child (Slight Return)" that I really heard Jimi Hendrix. Now I'm sure to those folks who were musically aware pre-Street Magic this introduction might not garner major record store cred, but to my twelve-year-old self, this combination of sound and image was monumentally cool.

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Sidewalk Sale at Amoeba Hollywood Saturday, June 18

Posted by Amoebite, June 13, 2016 01:11pm | Post a Comment

sidewalk sale at Amoeba Hollywood

We're having a Sidewalk Sale at Amoeba Hollywood this Saturday, June 18, from 12pm - 4pm, right outside the store. This time around, our prices are even lower! We'll have huge bargains on the following:

  • DVD box sets: $5 each or 2 for $8
  • DVDs: $2 each or 3 for $5
  • Blu-ray: $4 each or 3 for $10
  • CDs: buy 1 get 1 [of equal or lesser value] free
  • Freshly stocked 45s for $1 each
  • Magazines, books & comics 3 for $1
  • $1 LPs plus great deals on posters, toys & collectibles

Our friends at Hubert's Lemonade will also be here with free lemonade for our thirsty customers. Come out and treat yourself to some inexpensive new movies and music from Amoeba!

All sidewalk sale items are aggressively sale priced. Therefore, we do not accept store credits, gift certificates, coupons or other offered store sales for any sidewalk sale items. Additionally, we cannot offer customer holds or mail order. All sales are final.

Hubert's Lemonade

Switchboard Music Festival Returns To SF, June 18

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, June 12, 2016 07:32pm | Post a Comment

Switchboard Music Festival

The ninth annual Switchboard Music Festival returns to Brava Theater in San Francisco on June 18 Tyondai Braxtonfrom 1-9pm. The eight-hour showcase of innovative music from the Bay Area and beyond features 12 sets by over 50 performers, ranging from raucous rock to a capella chorus to amplified mouthpiece-less saxophone to bona fide pop music! The line-up includes headliner Tyondai Braxton, the San Francisco Girls Chorus, the Del Sol String Quartet with composer Daniel Wohl, Aaron Novik’s O+O+, JacobTV’s GRAB IT!, violinist Alisa Rose, Religious Girls, Tonal Masher, Dominique Leone’s San Francisco, ZOFO piano duo, a new project from Majel Connery & Ken Ueno with The Living Earth Show, and Julius Eastman’s Stay On It.
 

Find out more about the festival and performers HERE, and get your tickets HERE!

New Hip-Hop Albums & Videos: Oddisee, Apathy, Craig G, Homeboy Sandman, Rob Kelly + Analog Brothers reissue

Posted by Billyjam, June 11, 2016 08:13pm | Post a Comment
Below is the Ryan Calavano directed music video for the new Oddisee track "Brea" from the artist's brand new album The Odd Tape that arrived into Amoeba this week in CD and vinyl versions: regular LP and  Deluxe LP. The 55 minute, twelve track album from the renowned Brooklyn based, Maryland hip-hop artist was released by Mello Music Group yesterday. A day earlier the video, that appears below along with other new videos, was published by director Calavano who described the Oddisee accompanying visual as a "tribute to the unseen soul......a companion piece to living."

This latest Oddisee album that's technically a mixtape comes from the multi-talented emcee and producer who is both a solo artist and member of the hip-hop trio Diamond District. It is his follow up to 2015's The Good Fight. Unlike that last album, The Odd Tape is an all instrumental outing. Also yesterday Mello Music released Oddisee's seven-track EP Alwasta that he had originally posted for free online a few months back. 

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Watch Lucius Perform Live at Amoeba Hollywood

Posted by Amoebite, June 10, 2016 04:44pm | Post a Comment

Lucius Live at Amoeba Hollywood

Brooklyn indie pop band Lucius stopped by Amoeba Hollywood this past March for a performance featuring sweetly lilting harmonies, soulful country rock guitar and sparse, but effective percussion. Immediately recognizable by their ultra fashionable identical style, frontwomen Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig commanded the stage with a quiet intensity, letting their well-crafted melodies do the talking Lucius Good Grief Amoeba Musicwhile drummer Dan Molad kept time and guitar players Peter Lalish and Andrew Burri contributed some light Americana vibes.

The day after their set, the band's third full-length, Good Grief, came out via Mom + Pop Music, so this was an exciting moment for fans looking forward to new material. A rapt crowd gathered for doo wop-inspired set opener "Turn It Around" before the group slowed things down with the minimalist, moving "Go Home." Lucius closed out their set with "Dusty Trails," a low-key heartbreaker about lost chances and going home. Check out the full performance in the video below.

Lucius - Live at Amoeba Hollywood
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