Pre-Order Local Natives' Sunlit Youth at Amoeba Hollywood & Get Free 10"

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Local Natives Vinyl Gratification at Amoeba Hollywood

LA's own Local Natives are releasing their third album, Sunlit Youth, September 9th via Loma Vista, and they're the newest participants in the vinyl gratification program started by Spoon frontman Britt Daniel. Music fans have become accustomed to pre-ordering new albums digitally and getting instant access to a few new songs when they do. The concept for vinyl gratification was born out of wanting to give fans who pre-order from a physical record store a similar instant bonus. 

Pre-order the Sunlit Youth LP in-store only at Amoeba Hollywood starting Tuesday, August 9th and receive a free 10" on the spot featuring three new tracks from the album and one exclusive song, "Lydon." (While supplies last. Limit 2 per person. In-store pre-orders only.)

Don't live near Amoeba Hollywood? Here is a map of other participating indie record stores.

Local Natives Vinyl Gratifcation at Amoeba


Check out the music video for "Villainy" from the band's forthcoming Sunlit Youth:

Essential Records: Gene Vincent and The Blue Caps

Posted by Amoebite, August 8, 2016 03:58pm | Post a Comment

Gene Vincent and The Blue Caps - Amoeba Music

Call it a rough patch, call it a dry spell, call it whatever, but let's just say a while ago the relationship between my guitar and me got a little stale. Now of course I loved that thing dearly but, well, you know how it is: sometimes it just seems like the two of you are stuck in the same old routine. Now the electric guitar is a tricky instrument, there are so many variations, effects, and styles, and it's so overly saturated in the mainstream consciousness that while it can be the most primal and cathartic sounding of instruments, it can also be the most horrendous, self-involved sound known to modern man. At this particular juncture, I just wasn't hearing anything new that was compelling me towards the former sentiment. In an attempt to revive our relationship I pulled out this guitar magazine I had from high school that was all about rockabilly and the late '90s neo-swing revival. In it was a picture I always found striking but was never sure why: five young men all dressed in white, wearing dark, floppy caps. I thought to myself: it's finally time I really dug into Mr. Gene "Be-Bop-A-Lula" Vincent and His Blue Caps. I learned a couple of riffs out of the magazine, all attributed to Gene's original guitarist, Cliff Gallup, then I went to the record store and picked up their second album (thinking it was their first), Gene Vincent and The Blue Caps.

I put the needle on and right out of the gate the band is swaggering and in full swing. My toe's tappin', my hand's snappin' and my hair's getting greasier by the second. Gene finishes his first verse of "Red Bluejeans and a Ponytail" with the order to his band to "Rock!" and the next thing I know Cliff Gallup's guitar struts onto the scene and picks up the lead while someone lets out a banshee wail in the background. Gene comes back into the second verse, singing like he's crooning and panting at the same time, a cross between Dean Martin and that cartoon wolf from the droopy cartoons whose mouth drops to the floor at the sight of the cute redhead, and before I can finish that thought the second verse is ending and Gene calls out, "Rock again!" and Cliff's back with his plunky, shimmering, echo-y tone.

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Bay Area Hip-Hop Artist L-Love Gives Back To His Community With School Backpack Drive

Posted by Billyjam, August 8, 2016 12:38pm | Post a Comment
In these current divisive times of selfish hate-fueled political rhetoric on a national level, it's refreshing to hear selfless, community-caring stories on a grassroots level.  Longtime Bay Area hip-hop artist L-Love's "Backpack Drive" is such a story. "People are in need [and] I just feel in my spirit that I have been called to action," said the underground artist born Les Mixon.

Mixon's recently set up Go Fund Me: Backpack Drive is, as its name might imply, a fundraiser to purchase backpacks for underprivileged school kids. Now as the school summer holidays near their end, low income parents are faced with often insurmountable back to school expenses. "I'm doing this drive to purchase backpacks and school supplies for kids whose parents can't afford them," said Mixon of the project that is similar to one that another East Bay artist, Oakland rapper Mistah F.A.B., did a couple of years ago in his community. Like F.A.B.'s direct community action, Mixon too didn't want to just talk about helping out his community. He wanted to do something concrete and to witness results.

"I have always believed in giving back. It is something that was instilled within me as a small child. My great grandfather and great grandmother really helped the community from Compton to San Bernardino. I watched their giving spirit and started helping people around my neighborhood at around 8 years old," Mixon told the Amoeblog this week. "I knew everyone in my neighborhood because I would help all of the elderly. If they needed groceries carried inside: I was doing it, if they needed someone to house sit and feed their animals when they were gone: I was doing it. It was a fire within. Selfless acts. No glory just doing what is right."  Just as Mixon's sense of responsibility for his community and willingness to do good deeds for others was handed down from his family elders, he in turn has provided a positive influence on his own offspring. "My [8 year old] daughter and myself have been growing a garden every year since she was born and donating the vegetables to the homeless. We grow things that do not need to be cooked like tomatoes, green beans, celery, snap beans, and wax beans."

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Young MC Forever Associated with His 1989 Pop Hit "Bust A Move"

Posted by Billyjam, August 6, 2016 04:18pm | Post a Comment

Despite his other accomplishments, including writing hits for others, and the numerous other songs he's recorded, Young MC will forever be remembered for his global 1989 hit "Bust A Move." The single, that appeared on the British-born/US raised artist's debut album Stone Cold Rhymin as well on some compilations and soundtracks, was the artist's biggest hit: staying on the Billboard Top 100 chart for over nine months. It would go on to win Young MC the 1990 Grammy Award for Best Rap Performance. However instead of being seen as one of the talented artist's many good compositions and recordings, the hugely popular record would rank him among the dreaded "one-hit wonder" category.

Of Jamaican heritage, Marvin Young was born in the Wimbledon suburb of South West London, England.  With family relocating across the pond to the USA, he would be raised for much of his life in the Queens borough of New York City. A good student, he first graduated Manhattan's Hunter College before enrolling across the country at the University of Southern California. At USC Young earned a bachelors degree in economics. He also earned the friendship of two fellow students, Michael Ross and Matt Dike. Dike and Ross were the founders of their then fledgling Delicious Vinyl Records.  The pair would sign Young MC as their first artist. In return he helped put their upstart label on the rap map both as their first artist and as the creative force behind the record label's next artist,Tone Loc. Young MC co-wrote his raspy voiced label-mate's 1989 top-ten mega hit "Wild Thing" and "Funky Cold Medina." These moves would prompt many to later opine that Young had foolishly given away some of his best material.

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Vinyl Reissues from Crowded House Out This Fall

Posted by Amoebite, August 6, 2016 03:00pm | Post a Comment

Crowded House Vinyl Reissues

From the mid-'80s to '90s, Melbourne rockers Crowded House achieved commercial success and critical acclaim for their unique fusion of pop rock songwriting and jangle pop/indie influences. Criminally overlooked in the US for many years, the band is receiving some long overdue attention thanks to a series of vinyl reissues by Capitol, out November 18, 2016. This is great news for fans who haven't had new vinyl versions of these old favorites since their initial release. Here's what you need to know about the new and improved LPs available now for pre-order.

Crowded House

Crowded House (1986)

Coming nearly thirty years after its initial release, Crowded House's debut has lost none of its power. The band's self-titled LP features some of their most well-known tracks, including "Don't Dream It's Over," "Something So Strong," "Mean to Me," and "World Where You Live." The album peaked at #1 in Australia, #3 in New Zealand, and #12 in the US.

Temple of Low Men

Temple of Low Men (1988)

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