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Cyber Monday on Amoeba.com: Special Online Deals Today! 20% Off Everything, Including Pre-Orders!

Posted by Billyjam, December 2, 2013 05:30am | Post a Comment

For those of you not fortunate enough to live within traveling distance to one of Amoeba Music's three retail stores - Berkeley, San Francisco, and Hollywood - and to have taken advantage of Black Friday Record Store Day, today you can make up for it with Amoeba's Cyber Monday deal: 20% off everything you purchase online. Just use the special code CYBER20 today, December 2nd, to get your discount.

That 20% off discount is applicable across the board on all online purchases today, including vinyl reissues such as Sly & The Family Stone's Higher

The deal also includes 20% off on pre-orders so you can get the big discount on albums that are coming soon! These include anticipated releases such as Lady Gaga's upcoming anticipated album ARTPOP that drops on December 24th and features guest spots from  Too $hort, Twista, and T.I.

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James Blake Listening Party at Amoeba Hollywood Wed, April 3

Posted by Amoebite, April 2, 2013 03:30pm | Post a Comment

James Blake Listening PartyAmoeba Hollywood is having a listening party for the new James Blake album, Overgrown, on Wednesday, April 3 at 6pm! Hear the album in its entirety nearly a week before it comes out, plus we'll have some tasty organic cookies, free buttons, posters and you can enter to win a vinyl test pressing of Overgrown.

The second album from the 24-year old British singer, songwriter and producer, Overgrown, is due out Tuesday, April 9 via Republic. Musically broad and emotionally deep, Blake's growth on Overgrown is similar to the evolution his debut self-titled album evinced from the mercurial Dubstep of his early EPs. It also reflects how much Blake's life has changed in the past two years. His debut sold over 400,000 copies - quite a feat for a record so uncompromisingly introspective and experimental. It also picked up Mercury, BRIT and Ivor Novello nominations, sent him around the world on tour, and brought him into contact with a wide array of fans and collaborators that includes Jay-Z, Kanye West, Bon Iver, Bjork, Drake, Brian Eno, and The RZA.

Pre-order Overgrown on CD or vinyl from Amoeba.com and, as always, you won't pay shipping to US addresses!

James Blake Overgrown


James Blake - Retrograde
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Recap: February Charity Auction to Benefit New Orleans

Posted by Amoebite, February 4, 2013 11:54am | Post a Comment

Tipitina's Foundation logoOn Saturday, February 2 we kicked off "New Orleans Month" at Amoeba Hollywood with a rockin' auction hosted by the inimitable and charming Billy Calhoun. Billy's soothing and unflappable style not only inspired some major bidding, but he deftly and seamlessly dropped some science on all the onlookers about New Orleans and the two foundations we were focusing on (New Orleans Musicians Clinic and Tipitina's Foundation), as well as what we are doing on Amoeba.com and how long we have been doing the charity auctions. People learned a lot while they had fun bidding on really cool items. More than a few customers mentioned that they didn't realize we do these auctions every month, and that they learned a lot from all that Billy had to say. Billy educated folks on our Vinyl Vaults and Louis Armstrong digital restoration, as well as the exclusive release of the Congo Square Project which is an amazing collection of music available only on Amoeba.com. New Orleans Musicians Clinic Logo

We had several bidding wars, and Billy effortlessly kept the momentum going and kept people engaged. Here are some of the highlights for today's auction---one of the highest generating auctions we have had in a long while. Way to go Billy!!

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Amoeba Music Hollywood World Music Best Sellers For 2012

Posted by Gomez Comes Alive!, January 7, 2013 06:48am | Post a Comment

JovanottiTOP 15 WORLD MUSIC NEW RELEASE BEST SELLERS FOR 2012

1. Jovanotti - Italia 1988-2012 (CD only)
2. La Santa Cecilia - El Valor ((CD only)
3. V/A - Original Sound Of Cumbia (CD/LP)
4. Tim Maia - Nobody Can Live Forever (CD/LP)
5. Los Miticos Del Ritmo - Los Miticos Del Ritmo CD/LP)
6. Rodrigo Y Gabriela - Area 52 (CD only)
7. Cafe Tacuba - El Objecto Antes Llamado Disco (CD only)
8. Ondatropica - Ondatropica (CD/LP)
9. Chicano Batman - Joven Navegante (CD only)
10. Los Cafeteras - It’s Time (CD only)
11. Anoushka Shankar - Traveller (CD only)
12. Ana Tijoux - La Bala (CD only)
13. Jenni Rivera - La Mas Completa Collecion (CD only)
14. Yuridia - Para Mi (CD only)
15.  Carla Morrison - Dejenme Llorar (CD only)

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The Big Bang Theory of Jazz - Louis Armstrong Arrives

Posted by Sherwin Dunner, November 26, 2012 05:15pm | Post a Comment

Louis ArmstrongIn what might be dubbed the Big Bang Theory of Jazz, the world began in April 1923 when King Oliver's Creole Jazz Band with Louis Armstrong in tow stepped into the Gennett Recording studio and cut nine sides. The Oliver band had been knocking 'em dead for several months in nearby Chicago at the cavernous South Side dance hall Lincoln Gardens, and these recordings would become the gold standard for early New Orleans jazz. Even more significant for the future of jazz, although Louis would play his first recorded solos on these sessions, he would soon outgrow the limited space for him in such ensembles of collective improvisation. He just wanted to cut loose and blow, and as people heard him and his fame grew, he would evolve into the first star of jazz and almost single-handedly transform jazz from a dance music to that of improvising solo performance.

You can witness what Louis had become by 1933 in the first Louis on film – that year he was captured in a live performance on a Copenhagen concert stage – no Hollywood gimmicks or studio post-dubbing of music. And you can explore that transformation in Amoeba's new Vinyl Vault.  In honor of, and as tribute to Louis, we have added digital files of virtually all of Louis' early records from 1923 to 1928, remastered directly from the cleanest original 78s available. So have fun exploring the Louis Armstrong archive in Amoeba's Vinyl Vault.
 

King Oliver's Creole Jazz Band (April 1923 to December 1923)

King OliverWhen I first started collecting 78s, I avoided early “pre-electric” discs because the sound was a bit distant and thin compared to the electric process, which was still a few years off in the future, and I passed up many of these 1923 King Oliver Gennetts. Now I look back on my screwed up priorities and feel it was akin to throwing away a hundred dollar bill because it was too wrinkled. Musically, if not sonically, these early King Oliver Gennetts still hold up as some of the most exuberant discs ever recorded. Every player attacked the thread of melody at once, each adding fuel to the fire without getting in each other's way – never mind that you're not a jazz fan, and don't confuse these recordings with later derivative white revival “dixieland” (or “dorksieland” as some of my friends call it).  Early jazz was first and foremost dance music, the rock 'n' roll of its day, and New Orleans style was loud, brash, rock solid dance music, activating hormones and posing the same kind of threat to middle America that rock 'n' roll would in the 1950s. Check out this1925 headline from a Cincinnati newspaper zeroing in on the insidious influence of jazz.

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