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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode With Common

Posted by Amoebite, October 23, 2014 07:37pm | Post a Comment

Common at Amoeba Hollywood

You definitely don't have to be a fan of Common to appreciate what he has been able to achieve over the past two decades. He went from humble beginnings as an underground emcee on the Southside of Chicago to a GRAMMY winning rapper and high profile actor in Hollywood. With the recent release of Nobody's Smiling, Common has achieved another milestone few artists can claim (aside from being one of the few rappers interviewed by Oprah) - growing his discogrophy to album number 10. 

Common

Teaming up with producer and former Kanye West mentor No I.D. (aka "the Godfather of Chicago Hip Hop"), Common delivers a stellar album depicting the struggles and tragic conditions that plague Chicago today. The album's context is in line with what fans came to love about Common. In the early '90s, when gangsta rap was taking over radio and selling millions of records, Common stuck to his jazz influenced raps, bringing the "Golden Era" of hip hop to the new millenium. Jay-Z and Drake may rule the Billboard charts, but it's Common who gains the respect of fans from the underground and the mainstream.  

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Join Amoeba for 2014 Halloween Festivities

Posted by Amoebite, October 22, 2014 03:30pm | Post a Comment

Halloween at Amoeba

Here at Amoeba, we're gearing up for Halloween with fun festivities at all three stores. We have costume contests for humans and dogs, spooky DJs, and more! We do close early that evening, so get in all your ghoulish shopping before the witching hour. See you all on Halloween!

Amoeba Berkeley

Amoeba Berkeley
Halloween Hours: 10:30am - 7pm

At Amoeba Berkeley, we're taking the dog costumes beyond just Halloween. Bring in your dressed-up dog any day from Oct. 24-31 for the chance to win a $50 Gift Certificate! Amoeba Berkeley staff will vote and choose a winner the first week of November.

Please Note: You must register and have your dog's photo taken in order to win, and the gift certificate is good for in-store use only.
 
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Amoeba San Francisco
Amoeba San Francisco
Halloween Hours: 11am - 7pm
 
Amoeba SF will also have a bounty of festivities on the Friday of Halloween. The spooky spectacular begins at 2 p.m., with rockin' DJ sets from DJs Ian, Jeff and Andrew!
 
Then at 5 p.m., it's time for Amoeba SF's costume contest, hosted by our very own Leatherface! This one's for the humans. Got a crazy costume you've been dying to show off? You just might win an Amoeba gift certificate by entering our frightfully competitive costume contest on the Amoeba SF stage!
 
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Halloween costume contest at Amoeba San Francisco

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Weekly Wednesday Steal: Royal Trux's 'Hero Zero'

Posted by Amoebite, October 22, 2014 09:10am | Post a Comment

royal trucks hero zero 7"This week's Weekly Wednesday Steal is Royal Trux's Hero Zero on gold vinyl for $10 (regularly $14.98).

This limited-edition 7" is a reissue of Drag City's first-ever release, originally pressed back in 1989. It has two songs by the legendary alt-rock band: "Hero Zero" and "Love Is..."

A new item is featured on Amoeba.com every Wednesday for $10, while supplies last. It's limited to one per customer, and the deal is only available on the website. As always, there’s free shipping on all music and movies you buy on Amoeba.com throughout the United States.

Hear "Love Is..." below:

 

 

Mayer Hawthorne DJs Wax on Wax at Madame Tussauds Nov. 5

Posted by Amoebite, October 21, 2014 05:42pm | Post a Comment

wax on wax madame tussauds

A very cool event is happening Nov. 5 called Wax on Wax, pairing a record swap with the wax figures of celebrities found at Madame Tussauds in Hollywood.

The event is FREE, it’s 21+ and it starts at 8 p.m. RSVP here.

It’s a celebration of all things vinyl, featuring a DJ set from soul man Mayer Hawthorne, along with sets by Dirty Dave, Dan Wilcox and a performance by L.A.’s Beach Party. Amoeba, along with Origami Vinyl and The Record Parlour, is proud to be a part of this pop-up vinyl swap and dance party.

It’s all part of Red Bull Sound Select’s amazing 30 Days in LA series, whereby Red Bull is putting on a new, awesome show every day of November at venues around the city, for a low admission price. Tickets are still available for such shows as Dum Dum Girls Nov. 16 at The Well; Real Estate Nov. 18 at The Belasco; and A$AP Mob Nov. 30 at the Palladium.   

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The Top Ten Merle Haggard Albums

Posted by V.B., October 21, 2014 02:50pm | Post a Comment

It’s been said that during his heyday, 1966-1976, Merle Haggard wrote a good song every day.  I’ve only heard that said about one other artist: Stevie Wonder.  Indeed, Merle’s albums during this period showcase his talents as a songwriter and performer.  When he wasn’t recording his own tunes, his covers of mostly Bakersfield songwriters further displayed his unique ability to get to the heart of a song.

Merle started out playing bass in Wynn Stewart’s band and soon cut some singles for Tally, a small Bakersfield label.  After scoring a top 20 country hit with “Sing a Sad Song,” Merle got signed to Capitol and was teamed up with producer Ken Nelson.  Ken let Merle use his own band, supplemented with some L.A. studio guys like James Burton, to get his Bakersfield sound.  The key components were the hot but sparse sounds of guitarist Roy Nichols, steelers Ralph Mooney and Norm Hamlet, and the stark harmonies of Merle’s then wife, Bonnie Owens.  Merle had more hits when he moved on to MCA, Epic, Curb, Anti- and others, but the hard-biting brilliance of his early Capitol works defines Bakersfield C&W music.  There were also five excellent, mostly instrumental albums by Merle’s band, The Strangers, that are worth seeking out if you like slinky West Coast country pickin’.

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