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14 Vinyl Releases To Look For on Black Friday

Posted by Amoebite, November 14, 2016 03:17pm | Post a Comment

Record Store Day Black Friday Vinyl Highlights 2016

The day after Thanksgiving, or Black Friday, traditionally kicks off the holiday shopping season, but for us we know it as Record Store Day Black Friday! A wide range of must-have collectible new release 7"s, EPs, and full-length albums will hit independent record stores starting on Friday, November 25th. In addition to carrying 100+ RSDBF releases, our stores will also have special one-day sales on turntables, gift certificates (3-4pm), posters, headphones & more. See what's happening at Amoeba on Black Friday.

Once the limited RSDBF releases are gone, they're gone, so be sure to do your research on everything we'll be getting here at Amoeba (download the full .pdf list). Please note: All Record Store Day Black Friday items are limit one per customer, no holds or phone orders. 

If you can't make it in to one of our stores on 11/25, there's still hope you can snag one of these titles. We'll add remaining RSDBF releases to Amoeba.com starting Saturday, 11/26.

Read on to find some of our top vinyl picks you won't want to miss on Nov 25th: 

The Cars

The Cars - "Just What I Needed" (7")

2016: Year of the Listening Party at Amoeba SF

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, November 13, 2016 06:16pm | Post a Comment

Listening Parties at Amoeba San Francisco

By Brent James

Although Amoeba Music is known for the hot live acts that grace the stages in all three brick and mortar store locations, our listening parties are quickly gaining momentum in popularity and rivaling their cousins, the artist signings, in both attendance and presentation.

This year has seen the most listening party events ever in the San Francisco store, each one bringing an ever-growing number of people out and escalating in production. The idea is nothing new; in fact, the very concept recalls "sock hops" and "pizza/record parties" of the '50s and '60s -- the heyday of vinyl records. And in this digital age, where one can listen to anything they want, WHEN they want, it's refreshing to see people come in and hear something for the first time with their peers.

They sit and discuss the record, and compare notes. "I like coming to the parties because I get to meet new people, and there's cookies," says Amoeba customer Christine LaBianca, who has attended the last SIX Amoeba SF listening party events!

Delicious treats are just the literal icing on the (Tame Impala) cake. The parties are usually also accompanied by fabulous contests with even more amazing prizes. Special limited releases are sometimes also available. During the Twin Peaks and Stranger Things soirees, guests had first crack at vinyl versions of the soundtrack. 

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Sidewalk Sale at Amoeba Hollywood Saturday, November 19

Posted by Amoebite, November 12, 2016 02:17pm | Post a Comment

Sidewalk Sale at Amoeba Hollywood

Amoeba Hollywood's final Sidewalk Sale of the year is Saturday, November 19th from 12pm - 4pm, right outside the store. It's your chance to score huge deals on music, movies, books, comics and more!

  • DVD box sets: 2 for $8 (or $5 each)
  • DVDs: 3 for $5 (or $2 each) 
  • Blu-ray: 3 for $10 (or $4 each) 
  • Christmas Clearance CDs: buy 1 get 1 [of equal or lesser value] free
  • Freshly stocked 45s: 2 for $1
  • Great deals on magazines, comics, books, T-shirts & toys
  • $1 LPs

All sidewalk sale items are aggressively sale priced. Therefore, we do not accept store credits, gift certificates, coupons or other offered store sales for any sidewalk sale items. Additionally, we cannot offer customer holds or mail order. All sales are final.

Sidewalk Sale at Amoeba Hollywood

Watch The Lemon Twigs Perform Live at Amoeba Hollywood

Posted by Amoebite, November 12, 2016 01:50pm | Post a Comment

The Lemon Twigs Live at Amoeba Hollywood

Long Island's The Lemon Twigs burned up the Amoeba Hollywood stage with their virtuosic blend of classic rock and baroque pop. The brainchild of brothers Brian and Michael D'Addario, the band's debut album, Do Hollywood (co-produced by Foxygen's Jonathan Rado) hit our shelves in October. Along with band members Danny Ayala and Megan Zeankowski, the brothers are currently finishing up a U.S. tour and getting ready to hit Europe later this November. 

Lemon Twigs Do HollywoodFirst up in the video is "Haroomata," a manic track alternating between a longing ballad and a demonic country picker. Next, is the band's first single from Do Hollywood, "These Words." With touches of Harry Nilsson, Wings, and The Mothers Of Invention, the song is a showcase of their various influences and musical chops. Michael D'Addario channeled both The Who's Keith Moon and Pete Townshend, alternating between drums and guitar in a boiler suit and flailing about like the iconic rockers. "As Long As We're Together" is an anthem worthy of an arena, and set closer "Queen Of My Soul" is a rollicking rocker which the bands plays with furious energy.

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Saluting Leonard Cohen [1934 - 2016]

Posted by Billyjam, November 11, 2016 12:39pm | Post a Comment

This past Monday (Nov. 7, 2016) influential and widely loved longtime poet/author/singer/songwriter Leonard Cohen passed away, as announced last night via the Canadian artist's Facebook page. Cohen, who enjoyed a rich six decade career ending with the new You Want It Darker, was 82 years old. As of yet no exact cause of death has been issued. However a memorial at a to be announced date will take place in Los Angeles where, should the choir sing his most famous/covered song "Hallelujah," things will get most emotional. According to his family, up until the time of his death Cohen had been busy writing, and up until three years ago he had been touring/performing with his final concert in Australia in December 2013. In the time since he has done interviews, in one with the New Yorker he had said he was ready to die. In his final interview four weeks ago at a listening party for You Want It Darker at the Canadian Consulate in Los Angeles with KCRW's Chris Douridas he corrected that by saying, "I intend to live forever."

You Want It Darker (Columbia/Legacy) is the perfect sign off from an amazing artist, a brilliant beatuiful poet who began as a writer, was told by some his voice sucked so maybe not sing, but he did, and people loved him from the get go, and all the way up to his just released swan song, You Want It Darker. His fourteenth album, it was released three weeks ago, Amoeba reviewers called it  "a soulful exploration of life and death." In two weeks was the vinly/LP version of You Want It Darker scheduled for a Record Store Day 2016 release in two weeks time, Nov. 25th. As further noted in the review on the Amoeba page for You Want It Darker, Cohen "intones through his throaty spoken word delivery on the title track, adding, over church-choir backups and stately organ" and continuing that, "If it truly is Cohen’s last album, as he has hinted, he’s gone out on a breathtaking note with You Want it Darker." Although officially 14 albums mark Cohen's discography, his back catalog is way deeper than than, as proven by the 5 pages of Leonard Cohen releases available from Amoeba. Honoring the legacy of the great Leonard Cohen, below are a handful of music videos from his long illustrious career, one that also included many books of poetry and fiction he published before and after his music career began (still have my beat-up, well worn but treasured paperback copy of his second novel, Beautiful Losers).


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