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One album wonders: The United States of America's The United States of America

Posted by Eric Brightwell, January 19, 2015 06:23am | Post a Comment
 THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA - THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA (recorded 1967, released 1968)

The United States of America


During the Album Era (mid 1960s-mid 2000s), the LP was the dominant form of recorded music expression and consumption. Some bands recorded just one album during their time and, whether popular or not, they are the so-called one album wonders



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The focus of this edition of one album wonders is United States of America, a band formed and led byJoe Byrd Joseph Byrd for a couple of years in the late 1960s. Their sole album, United States of America, only reached 181 on the Billboard charts after its released but has in the years since achieved well-deserved cult status. 


Byrd was a composer born in Louisville, Kentucky and raised in Tucson, Arizona. In Arizona he’d played in various popcountry, and jazz ensembles before moving to California to attend Stanford University. At Stanford he met avant-garde composer La Monte Young. After relocating to New York, La Monte Young and Yoko Ono curated a series of performances, the Chambers Street loft concerts, which featured pieces by Henry Flynt, Jackson Mac Low, and Byrd -- part of the embryonic art scene which would eventually emerge as the Fluxus movement.

First Sidewalk Sale of 2015 Features Deals on Blu-ray, 45s and More Jan. 24

Posted by Amoebite, January 16, 2015 05:25pm | Post a Comment

amoeba sidewalk sale 1/24/15

It’s time for our first Sidewalk Sale of the year at Amoeba Hollywood! It'll take place Saturday, Jan. 24 from 12 to 5 p.m.

We’ll be featuring the following deals:

  • Clearance LPs priced to move
  • 45s at $1 each
  • DVDs for $3, or buy three get one free (excluding DVD box sets)
  • DVD box sets at $7, or two for $10
  • Blu-rays at three for $12
  • Books and comics at three for $1
  • Classical deals

And more!

Come by and stock up for the year at Amoeba!

 

Amoeba Curates Red Bull Sound Select Show With Blackbird Blackbird, Puro Instinct Jan. 28

Posted by Amoebite, January 16, 2015 04:25pm | Post a Comment

red bull sound selectAmoeba's next entry into Red Bull Sound Select's ongoing showcase of local talent will feature Blackbird Blackbird’s lush electro-soul on Jan. 28 at Sayer's Club, supported by the glittering dream pop of Puro Instinct and hosted by local electro-pop band James Supercave.

The show is $3 with an RSVP and it starts at 8 p.m., but entry isn't guarnateed; arrive early if you want to get in. It's 21+.

 

 

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Blackbird Blackbird aka Mikey Maramag pairs reverbed guitar and sumptuous synths with heartfelt vocals on tracks like "There Is Nowhere" and "Love Unlimited." The Oakland-bred artist has severa releases and remixes out, the most recent full-length being 2014's Tangerine Sky.

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27 Awesome Sub Pop Albums

Posted by Billy Gil, January 16, 2015 04:00pm | Post a Comment

SUB POP ALBUM LIST BEST SUB POP ALBUMS

We’re still a few years shy of the 30-year anniversary of legendary indie label Sub Pop, which started in 1988. But why wait? We’re calling out 27 of our favorite Sub Pop albums that you can download now on Amoeba.com. Browse all of Sub Pop’s catalog that we have available here.

Mudhoney Superfuzz Bigmuff [Deluxe Edition] (1988)

mudhoney superfuzz bigmuffTogether with Mudhoney’s early singles, this is one of the earliest and most potent statements of the grunge movement, including the eternal “Touch Me, I’m Sick.”

 

Nirvana Bleach [Deluxe Edition] (1989)

nirvana bleachObvi.

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Weekly Roundup: The Soft Moon, Hanni El Khatib & Freddie Gibbs, Jack Name, Nedelle Torisi, Wand, Sonny & The Sunsets

Posted by Billy Gil, January 16, 2015 11:21am | Post a Comment

Hello! Welcome back to Weekly Roundup. If it’s your first time here, I gather songs and videos by artists from the greater L.A. and Bay Area that have been released over the past week or so. Here’s the first one of 2015.

The Soft Moon “Black” (Trentemoller Remix)

soft moon black trentemoller remixWe’ve already heard the strangely enlivening dark pulse of “Black,” the first single from Oakland artist The Soft Moon’s new album, Deeper (out March 31 on Captured Tracks; preorder now). This Trentemoller remix gives the darkwave track an even dimmer shade, taking it from hedonistic dancefloor jam to musky afterparty track. The Soft Moon will be at S.F.’s The Chapel April 28 and L.A.’s Roxy April 30.

 

 

Hanni El Khatib & Freddie Gibbs – “Satin Black”

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