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New Soundtrack Vinyl Reissues of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, Black Swan & More

Posted by Amoebite, March 18, 2016 05:50pm | Post a Comment

Friday the 13th Part 3 soundtrackFans of film scores and vinyl records, rejoice! A whole bunch of classic film soundtracks have been reissued on vinyl recently and given the deluxe treatment, including Waxwork Records' release of Friday the 13th Part 3 [1982], from the classic 3D slasher flick, which was the first in the series to feature Jason's iconic hockey mask. Not only has every musical cue been re-mastered from the original analog tapes by composer Harry Manfredini, but Ghoulish Gary Pullin has created new artwork for the gatefold cover, including an illustration of the un-used final scene. But that's not all: this deluxe soundtrack comes in two variants: one with the standard cover and blood splattered, 180-gram vinyl, and one featuring a lenticular 3D cover (you know, that scratchy, plastic-y 3D that used to come in card packs), and colored, 180-gram vinyl (one red and one cyan, like the colors of 3D glasses). And in case you're wondering: yes, it does include the infamous "disco theme."

Check out these other killer soundtrack vinyl reissues:

 Black Swan [2010] - music by Clint Mansell (LP)

Celebrate Earth Hour With Amoeba March 19

Posted by Amoebite, March 18, 2016 05:18pm | Post a Comment

earth hour

On Saturday, March 19th we celebrate Earth Hour, a one-hour event in which participants are encouraged to “power down” for one hour, from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m in their local time zone, to help raise awareness about climate change.

We'll participate by turning off our neon signs at all three stores for the duration of the hour. We'll have regular store hours, so you’re still free to come in. 

Everyone can join in for Earth Hour. It can be as simple as turning off the TV, non-essential lights and playing a board game by candlelight with friends and family. Any small way you do it, you can’t go wrong.

world wildlife fundThe event is organized by WWF and volunteer organizations around the world. It famously began in 2007 with a lights-off event in Sydney and has since grown to include more than 172 countries and territories worldwide. Find out more at earthhour.org.

Watch a video highlighting last year’s participants in Earth Hour, which includes such famous landmarks as the Eiffel Tower turning off their lights for one hour.

Hip-Hop Rap Up: ODB Reissue, Homeboy Sandman Video, 2016 DMC Battle Season, Shing02 & A1's Jazz Ensemble + more

Posted by Billyjam, March 18, 2016 01:51pm | Post a Comment
Among the new arrivals at Amoeba, including new releases and reissues, is a vinyl repressing of the Ol' Dirty Bastard (ODB) album Return To The 36 Chambers. The 1998 album by the late great (and crazy eccentric) artist born Russell Jones,  who rose to notoriety initially as part of the Wu-Tang Clan, has been lovingly repressed on vinyl by the Get On Down label who've been doing an excellent job at pressing up hard to find hip-hop releases in vinyl format. These include some singles (12" and 7") as well as LPs. They typically do double LP sets (even if it was a single record originally) too so that the sound is as rich as possible and never too compressed. Other classic hip-hop albums that are hard to find on vinyl that they've similarly repressed  Mecca And The Soul Brother by Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth and Special Ed's Youngest In Charge.  Originally released on Elektra in 1995, Return to the 36 Chambers  was ODB's solo debut and proof that he could deliver equally as well outside of his famous group, albeit with much production input from RZA. Amoeba's Paul Glanting's review of the album accurately described the ODB release in which he wrote the following. Kicking off with a hilariously lewd poem about a “lover”, Ol Dirty amplified his dementia and on cuts like "Drunk Game (Sweet Sugar Pie)” where Dirty gives almost equal attention to his arrhythmical singing as he does his hardcore rhymes.  The album yielded two fairly significant singles, "Shimmy Shimmy Ya" and "Brooklyn Zoo", both of which masterfully showcased ODB's dizzy delivery while not to the point of being inaccessible. It is certainly due in large part to these two singles that Return to the 36 Chambers attained Gold status.  Below is the video for "Shimmy Shimmy Ya."

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Album Picks: HAELOS, Gun Outfit, Drinking Flowers, Primal Scream, Lust for Youth, Liima

Posted by Billy Gil, March 18, 2016 01:01pm | Post a Comment

HAELOSFull Circle

haelos full circle lpSeemingly, all manner of ’90s nostalgia already has come up. But HAELOS find a new place in the hallowed decade to mine, and they come up with gold on their debut record for Matador. Stringing together bits of trip hop and crossover new age (think Enigma), Full Circle forges a unique blend out of forgotten sounds that sounds utterly contemporary — imagine The xx if they were more concerned with upbeat grooves than breathy dramatics. The immediate thing that hits you about tracks like “Pray” are those delicious, turn-of-the-’90s house-inspired beats, but Lotti Benardout’s reverbed, soulful cry and Arthur Delaney and Dom Goldsmith’s hushed whispers keep you around. HAELOS are preternaturally adept at layering sounds together, like the dueling vocal harmonies of “Earth Not Above” and warbling synths in the title track. But they also temper that with space to let the songs breathe, like the heart-stopping breaks in “Dust.” Full Circle is completely enchanting and easily stands strong beyond its influences. Sexiest album of 2016? It’s not too early to call it.

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Kevin Rowland Announces 2016 Album: "Let The Record Show Dexys Do Irish And Country Soul"

Posted by Billyjam, March 17, 2016 08:20pm | Post a Comment
Kevin Rowland strategically chose Saint Patrick's Day to announce his band's upcoming summer 2016 release, Let The Record Show Dexys Do Irish And Country Soul. Formerly known as Dexys Midnight Runners, the current Dexys lineup is an eight-person ensemble with a nucleus consisting of Kevin Rowland, Lucy Morgan and Sean Read.

The new album be the Rowland fronted band's second since they most recently reformed in 2012 and released One Day I'm Going To Soar. That return followed a long extended hiatus of two and a half decades - with some low-key under the radar reunions in the in between years. If the mid '80s lineup of Dexys hadn't broken up, they likely would have recorded this album back in that period. "We had the idea to do this album in 1984 or 1985.  It was to be called Irish and was to feature songs like "Carrickfergus," "Curragh of Kildare," and "Women Of Ireland," recalled Rowland. "Dexys broke up not too long afterwards, so it didn't happen." The twelve track album contains reworkings  / reinterpretations of mostly Irish but some non-Irish songs too. These include "Curragh Of Kildare," "I'll Take You Home Kathleen," "You Wear It Well," "The Town I Loved So Well," and "Both Sides Now."  As if anticipating the complaints of Irish trad purists or others who might expect something other from this new album based on its title, Rowland stressed that, "The album is called Dexys Do Irish and Country Soul, not Become it. We're not trying to be Irish, and we haven't used too many Celtic instruments on there. It's our sound. We're bringing our style to these songs."

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