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How Does Record Store Day Work at Amoeba Music?

Posted by Amoebite, April 11, 2016 04:38pm | Post a Comment

Record Store Day, the magical celebration of independent record stores and the people who love them, comes but once a year and this year's date is fast approaching. On Saturday, April 16, we'll have hundreds of limited edition, RSD-exclusive releases available at our stores. It might seem overwhelming, but the process is actually quite simple. At Amoeba San Francisco and Amoeba Berkeley, you'll be able to find RSD titles on the floor throughout the day. At Amoeba Hollywood, there's a different process; check out our handy guide to navigating Record Store Day at Amoeba Hollywood and you'll be holding those sweet records in your loving hands in no time.

Amoeba Hollywood will open its doors for shopping at 10:30AM on Record Store Day. However, if you want the RSD titles, there will be a separate line which will start forming on Ivar no earlier than 8AM. We'll also have coffee and treats from our friends at The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf® to help fuel the early birds in line for RSD releases.

Before you come down to Amoeba Hollywood, you'll want to take a look at our list of RSD exclusives available and make your picks. Here's what to do:

Step 1: Download the menu of releases and fill out your selections. We'll also have hard copies of the menu on hand for those who forget to print it ahead of time.

Step 2: Give your menu to one of our lovely staff members, who will pull records in the same order as the line formed outdoors.

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The Grammy Museum Presents The Drop: Blaqk Audio April 19

Posted by Amoebite, April 11, 2016 03:19pm | Post a Comment

blaqk audio

blaqk audio material lp cdBlaqk Audio, the band featuring Davey Havok and Jade Puget of punk-rockers AFI, will appear at The Grammy Museum April 19 for its program “The Drop.”

The electronic duo will perform at the Clive Davis Theater from their upcoming album Material, which is due April 15 (preorder here on LP or CD). They’ll also appear for an intimate conversation.

Tickets are $20, and doors open at 7:30 p.m. Amoeba is proud to be a sponsor of this all-ages show.

The band’s third release is inspired by the likes of Devo, Duran Duran, Erasure, Depeche Mode and Skinny Puppy. The band’s mix of synth pop and industrial sounds can be hear on first single “Anointed”; watch the Tron-inspired video for the track below.

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Weekly Rap Round Up: Hip-Hop Top 5, J Dilla's Record Store Day LP, New Releases with E-Lit, Open Mike Eagle, Immortal Technique + more

Posted by Billyjam, April 10, 2016 11:45pm | Post a Comment
Hip-Hop Top 5 Amoeba Music Berkeley: Week end 04:10:16

#1: Open Mike Eagle + Paul White Hella Personal Film Festival (also on LP/vinyl) (Mello Music Group)

#2: RJD2    Dame Fortune () (also on LP/vinyl) (RJ's Electrical Connections)

#3: 2 Chainz  Collegrove (Def Jam) 

#4: Domo Genesis  Genesis (Columbia Legacy)

#5: Dday One Gathered Between (The Content Label)

Thanks to E-Lit for the above top five chart. Scroll down to see accompanying video version in which the KALX DJ / Amoeba Berkeley hip-hop staffer runs down the top new hip-hop releases on both CD and vinyl. Immediately below is the just published music video from the #1 album on the new chart, Hella Personal Film Festival (also on LP/vinyl). That's the highly recommended new joint from LA emcee Open Mike Eagle with UK producer Paul White whose resume includes working alongside Mos Def, Danny Brown, and Homeboy Sandman. Also below is the music video for the lead single "DAPPER (feat. Anderson .Paak)" from Odd Future member Domo Genesis' new album Genesis. Other top five entries include 2 Chainz' solid new album Collegrove and Dday One's Gathered Between , and RJD2's  Dame Fortune (also on LP/vinyl) that actually sounds more like 70's prog rock than 2016 hip-hop. As far as new releases dropping in the week ahead on April 15th (the day before Record  Store Day) E-Lit's top three advance picks are the new one from Factor, Elucid's Save Yourself on Backwoodz, and Offwhyte's Dialog  via Galapaplpgs 4.


Domo Genesis "DAPPER (feat. Anderson .Paak) from Genesis (2016)

Tribute to Structural Film & Drone Music Pioneer Tony Conrad (RIP)

Posted by Billyjam, April 9, 2016 02:11pm | Post a Comment
According to confirmed reports, avant garde American music and film pioneer Tony Conrad has died at age 76. A long rich career as sound artist, teacher, and writer Conrad is considered to be a pioneer of both drone music and structural film. Coincidentally just yesterday Superior Viaduct reissued his landmark 1972 recording collaboration with Faust (who are currently in US doing dates) Outside the Dream Syndicate in both CD and vinyl formats. Back in 2002 it was previously reissued to mark the then 30th anniversary. Hear sample of the music in YouTube clip below.

While the average person may not know Conrad's name, his impact on contemporary music and art is profound. "Tony Conrad is a pioneer, as seminal in his way to American music as Johnny Cash or Captain Beefheart or Ornette Coleman, one of those really savvy old guys whom all the kids want to emulate because their ideas, their style, are electric and new and somehow indivisible," wrote The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, 1998. The quote opens the excellent Amoeba Tony Conrad Bio that traces this important artist's career who for the past 40 years had been a faculty member in the State University of New York at Buffalo. The bio recalls how since the early 1960s, he has "utilized intense amplification, long duration, and precise pitch to forge an aggressively mesmerizing "Dream Music." Conrad articulated the Big Bang of minimalism and played a pivotal role in the formation of the Velvet Underground; he continues to exert a primal influence over succeeding generations with his ecstatic oscillations and hypnotic drones."

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LCD Soundsystem to Play at Fox Theater Pomona This Monday

Posted by Amoebite, April 8, 2016 01:38pm | Post a Comment

LCD Soundsystem at Fox Theater Pomona

LCD Soundsystem just announced a show in Southern California this Monday, April 11 at the Fox Theater in Pomona! Amoeba Hollywood will have a limited number of tickets for this show available for purchase starting Saturday, April 9 at 10AM.

Tickets are $45 and there is a limit of 2 per person. (In-store purchase only. No holds or phone orders.) These tickets are being sold in a different way than our usual ticket sales, so please read on for the specifics.

  • The person purchasing the tickets must also be the primary concert attendee.
  • The purchaser's first and last name will be printed on the ticket and you'll need to provide a valid photo ID for identification. 
  • Tickets are non-transferrable. No name changes allowed.
  • If you purchased 2 tickets, both members of your party will need to enter the venue at the same time.
  • There will be a ticket delivery delay. These will be E-tickets sent out on the morning of the show.

If you can't make it into Amoeba to purchase tickets, they will also be available online starting at 10AM tomorrow.

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