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Watch the Allah-Las Get Dreamy at Amoeba Hollywood

Posted by Amoebite, December 5, 2014 02:07pm | Post a Comment

Allah Las

Backed by the LA based label, Innovative Leisure, the Allah-Las have managed to take their garage/surf-rock sound to an international audience. With tour dates across Europe, Asia, and Australia, the band is racking up frequent flyer miles and growing their fanbase the good ol' fashioned way: touring, touring, and more touring. The group's busy schedule brought them stateside for a special in-store performance at Amoeba Hollywood. Playing to a packed house of devotees of all ages, The Allah-Las brought with them some extra arsenal. On stage the band featured six musicians total, including a percussionist, a keyboard player, and a slide guitar player. The result was a nice warm wall of sound that would make Arthur Lee proud. The Allah-Las are no strangers to Amoeba Hollywood. In fact, Pedrum Siadatian (lead guitar), Matt Correia (drums), and Spencer Dunham (bass) were all employees during the early days of the band back in 2008!

The former Amoebites teamed up with producer and labelmate Nick Waterhouse to deliver their signature Southerrn Cali, lo-fi, surfer sonics on their sophomore effort, Worship The Sun (Innovative Leisure). The band has grown as performers and songwriters since their 2012 self-titled debut and the result is a much more mature sound on Worship the Sun.

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Hip-Hop Rap-Up: Wu-Tang Clan, E-40, Run The Jewels, Trademark Da Skydiver, Rick Ross

Posted by Billyjam, December 5, 2014 12:30pm | Post a Comment

If it seems like an awful lot of tight new hip-hop releases are dropping right now or are about to drop, that's because there are. This is the time of the year - leading up to the holidays - when labels, especially major labels, traditionally unleash new albums, with hip-hop making up a good percentage of said releases. New, recent, and upcoming 2014 hip-hop albums include Trademark Da Skydiver's Return Of The Super Villain (Ihiphopdist); the Wu-Tang Clan's much-heralded return album A Better Tomorrow, which includes all living members the legendary Staten Island hip-hop crew; and Rick Ross' Hood Billionaire, which has been a major seller at Amoeba since its release late last month. Another recent release that continues to sell briskly at Amoeba Music is the highly-recommended second outing from El-P and Killer Mike (aka Run The Jewels), Run The Jewels 2. They just released a video for "Oh My Darling (Don't Cry)," which is the second single and the best track on the album. The video appears below along with ones from the aforementioned Rick Ross, Trademark Da Skydiver ("Keep It 100"), and the Wu-Tang Clan's spanking new video for "A Better Tomorrow," which contains visuals created by Wu-Tang Clan "in the hopes of inspiring change and promoting unity throughout the world." Also below is the video for E-40's "Red Cup," which is the first single off the Bay Area legend's upcoming three-album set Sharp On All 4 Corners -(subtitled: Corner 1, Corner 2 and the Deluxe Edition). The popular party track features guests Kid Ink, T-Pain, and B.O.B.

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50 Essential Albums Released in 2014

Posted by Aaron Detroit, December 5, 2014 09:20am | Post a Comment

Aaron Detroit, Buyer at Amoeba Hollywood. I've worked in Hollywood for ten years, but started my time with Amoeba - way back in 1998 -  at the San Francisco store. Here is my extensive list of new essential listening, released in 2014. There is a wide range of genres and artists represented here because musical passion should not be static.





1. Swans - To Be Kind (Young God)
To Be Kind, Swans’ 3rd LP since their 2010 reformation (and 13th overall,) is an unlikely triumph after 2012’s seemingly unmatchable masterpiece, The Seer. Any trepidation one might have about the sprawling triple-LP’s intimidating track lengths should evaporate under it’s hypnotizing ebb-and-flow of mental blues, super-honed grooves, manic clatter and hushed passages; all of which are eventually crushed by monolithic waves of majesty. Nothing short of classic.



 2. Carla Bozulich - Boy (Constellation)
Boy is Carla Bozulich’s (of Ethyl Meatplow, Geraldine Fibbers and Evangelista-renown) 3rd solo affair, but in a lot of ways it feels like her first. Bozulich pours her famed, devastating whiskey-voice into a cocktail of funeral country, death blues and industrial noise that sticks to your guts. Carla herself refers to this LP as her “pop record,” and if that's a true description, we could sure use a whole lot more “pop” albums like Boy. Don’t overlook this one.

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Shop Our Super Saturday Sale at All Amoeba Stores Dec. 13

Posted by Amoebite, December 4, 2014 03:12pm | Post a Comment

Super Saturday Sale

On December 13, all three Amoeba stores are holding a Super Saturday Sale with deals on tons of items, just in time for all that holiday shopping you still have to do!

At ALL Amoeba stores, we'll have 20% off the following (limited to available stock):

  • Turntables
  • Used Books
  • Posters
  • Headphones
  • Used DVDs (Amoeba Hollywood only)

Not sure which turntable is right for you? Check out our handy turntable guide or come in and ask one of our experts!

Come get all of your holiday shopping done in one fell swoop at Amoeba! Need some more gift ideas? Check out our holiday gift guide for music, movie and merch gift ideas.

Please note Amoeba Hollywood will open early at 10am on Saturday, Dec. 13th. See our full holiday store hours.

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Nick Talbot, aka Warp artist Gravenhurst, Dead At Age 37

Posted by Billyjam, December 4, 2014 01:34pm | Post a Comment

As reported by his record label Warp on their website earlier today, Nick Talbot - better known as Gravenhurst - has passed away. So far no cause of death of the English artist has been announced anywhere. The multi-talented 37-year-old musician/ journalist was about to unleash three new releases of older material via Warp on December 15th. The recently-uncovered collection of basement tape recordingsmade a decade ago are Offerings: Lost Songs 2000-2004, the ten track LP Flashlight Seasons, and the 3 disc  Flashlight Seasons / Black Holes In The Sand / Offerings that includes all three titles (note that Black Holes was originally released in 2004). 

"We are shocked and saddened to share the news that Nick Talbot, aka Gravenhurst, has passed away aged 37. An immensely talented singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, record producer and journalist, he will be hugely missed. Nick's family and friends request privacy at this difficult time," posted Warp Records to their website this morning.

Meanwhile, Gravenhust's longtime manager/friend Michelle Hilborne wrote that Talbot was, "The finest, most extraordinary and inspirational songwriter, singer and performer, and a remarkable producer and journalist, Nick’s work has deeply affected so many people all over the world. Outstandingly intelligent, compassionate, fascinating and witty, Nick was the dearest friend and his absence brings indescribable sorrow."

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