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Three New Pink Floyd Vinyl Reissues Coming This Week

Posted by Amoebite, September 19, 2016 02:31pm | Post a Comment

Pink Floyd Vinyl Reissues

This summer Pink Floyd reissued their first four full-length LPs: The Piper at the Gates of Dawn (1967), A Saucerful of Secrets (1968), the More soundtrack, and Ummagumma (both 1969). Now the venerable English rockers are back with another slew of 180-gram vinyl reissues, due September 23rd via their own Pink Floyd Records label. This time, fans will be able to score the next three studio albums in the band's discography, all of which have been in need of the vinyl reissue treatment for some time.

Here's what's unique about each album:

Atom Heart Mother

Atom Heart Mother (1970)

The band's first recording with an orchestra, Atom Heart Mother, also holds the distinction of being their first UK #1 album. Originally available in both stereo and mono versions, this reissue features stereo sound and a gatefold sleeve.

Read A Banned Book

Posted by Amoebite, September 19, 2016 02:01pm | Post a Comment

Banned Book Week

In solidarity with authors, librarians, educators and freedom loving readers everywhere, we give you a small smattering of challenged and banned books. Some old, some strangely new and some just plain shocking; Dr. Seuss, The Lorax? Luckily, it has become very difficult to ban a book, but even today there are many forces challenging intellectual freedom, so defend that First Amendment! Read a banned book!

The Great Gatsby
by F. Scott Fitzgerald

The Bluest Eye
by Toni Morrison

Tropic Of Cancer
by Henry Miller

Persepolis
by Marjane Satrapi

Lamb
by Christopher Moore

The Outsiders
by S.E. Hinton

The Anarchist Cookbook
by William Powell

Lolita
by Vladmir Nabokov

Fight Club
by Chuck Palahniuk

Akumaizer 3: Tokusatsu Friends Forever

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, September 18, 2016 06:17pm | Post a Comment

Akumaizer 3

- By Kai Wada Roath
Ambassador of Confusion Hill and host of the Super Shangri-La Show

"The world is far, the world is wide, the man needs someone by his side..."
-- Eden Ahbez, "The Wanderer"

Akumaizer 3One must ponder if the nature boy Eden Ahbez wrote the lyrics to "The Wanderer" while sitting in lotus position in the famous cave at Leo Carrillo beach in Malibu back in 1960 and astral-projecting his spirit out into the pacific ocean, past the waves and into the future. Fifteen years into the future to be exact, to the floating kingdom of Japan, for it would be there in 1975 that Toei Studios would release the tokusatsu tv series Akumaizer 3, about a half human/half demon hero named Xavitan, who needed someone by his side...to defeat the evil Akuma "Devil" Clan that is!

Those two by his side would soon be none other that his super-demon goofy buddies turned good, Iburu, a yellow-dressed fancy-pants who like to blast bad guys with his famous Jo Gun, and Gabura, a blubbery water demon who seems to always spring leaks and can transform into a huge dorky ostrich-type monster. (Gabura also looks like a giant chocolate soft-serve from a Sizzler dessert station.) At the climax of every battle scene, the three heroes combine forces and use their fencing swords together (cue three musketeers theme) against the Akuma Clan.

Atop Mount Tam, "Sound Summit" [Los Lobos, Wilco, Bill Frisell] Proves That Like Bay Property, Best Venues Are All About Location

Posted by Billyjam, September 16, 2016 08:17pm | Post a Comment

Tomorrow's Sound Summit music event in Marin County featuring Los Lobos, Wilco, Bill Frisell's Guitar In The Space Age, The Stone Foxes, and Matt Jaffe is proof that the location of a venue can greatly enhance the enjoyment of an already great music concert. As with housing, it's all about location, location, location! And the Bay Area is blessed with a rich variety of locations for outdoor concerts. Some are better than others. The Shoreline Amphitheater in Mountain View is generally liked but is not my personal favorite. This is because of fact it was built on reclaimed land (a dump), and consequently has omitted at times  some harsh smells into the air.  Favorable outdoor venue locations in the Bay Area  include the Greek Theater in Berkeley, and Stern Grove in San Francisco. But few outdoor concert spaces in the Bay (or anywhere) can match the majestic location of the annual Sound Summit that takes place in an historic stone amphitheater set high atop Mount Tamalpalis. There, within the high elevation California State Park, the 4000 seater Mountain Theater is surrounded by lush redwoods and has absolutely breathtaking views of the San Francisco Bay. This perfect view provides the perfect backdrop to a concert event like tomorrow's all day music festival.

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New "What's in My Bag?" Episode with Allah-Lahs

Posted by Amoebite, September 16, 2016 05:17pm | Post a Comment

Allah-Lahs - What's In My Bag? Amoeba Music

We recently had the pleasure of having modern garage rock band (and former Amoebites) Allah-Lahs here at Amoeba Hollywood. That's right, not only are they one of the coolest bands around town, but three of the four members are Amoeba alums! When asked what record he was always looking for while working at the store, drummer Matthew Correia answered, "I was always imagining the day when I was gonna find some original Spacemen 3 records." That day never came, but the guys did find some other great albums on their latest visit.

Allah-Lahs Calico Amoeba MusicAllah-Las consisit of vocalist/guitarist Miles Michaud, guitarist/vocalist Pedrum Siadatian, bassist/vocalist Spencer Dunham, and drummer/vocalist Matthew Correia. In 2011 the quartet released their first 7", "Catamaran/Long Journey," featuring production by old school soul-inspired singer and guitarist Nick Waterhouse. A year later, the band released their self-titled debut for Innovative Leisure, which was also produced by Waterhouse.

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