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Rest In Peace Austin Peralta

Posted by Billyjam, November 30, 2012 10:10am | Post a Comment

As with everyone whose lives have been touched by Austin Peralta - the gifted young LA jazz pianist / composer whose sudden death last week shocked everyone who knew him - we here at Amoeba Music are similarly saddened greatly by this tragic news of the loss of our good friend who played at the Hollywood Amoeba just a few short months ago.

Austin is gone way too soon. But despite his young age, the talented artist had accomplished an incredible amount in his all too short time on this earth. He was only 15 years of age when he recorded and released his debut album of mostly jazz standards Maiden Voyage (on Sony/Japan) with respected jazz sidemen Billy Kilson (drums) and Ron Carter (bass). Then at age 16 the young jazz artist recorded another acclaimed album, Mantra for Sony/Japan, with respected seasoned jazz musicians Steve Nelson (vibraphone) and Buster Williams (bass).

Peralta, the son of skateboarder and film director Stacy Peralta, proved to be a tireless performer (check out this link to hundreds of YouTube clips) and recording artist. Two years ago he recorded his most attention getting album (Stateside) Endless Planets which was released by Flying Lotus' Brainfeeder Records imprint back in March of 2011. Six months ago Ireland's All City Records released his Views of Saturn Vol. 2 - a shared vinyl-only 12" release with the late great Sun Ra who inspired the record. It was four months ago when Austin stopped by Amoeba Hollywood to perform as part of our Brainfeeder series  (picture above was taken at that Amoeba in-store in July). A week ago on November 22nd just four weeks after his 22nd birthday Peralta died - the result of as yet unknown causes. At this sad time our thoughts here at Amoeba are with his family, friends, and fans. Rest in peace Austin Peralta.


Creator of Amoeba Window Display Art Discusses His Creations

Posted by Billy Gil, November 28, 2012 06:15pm | Post a Comment

Graham Moore

Graham Moore is a graphic designer, teacher at FIDM, Art Center and Woodbury University, and artist. He said he visits Amoeba Hollywood weekly to purchase bargain bin vinyl for his art, which involves collage technique to reconfigure old LP covers — some famous, some forgotten — into the creations currently seen hanging in the Ivar St. window of Amoeba Hollywood. I spoke with Moore a bit about how he creates his pieces.

Beatles Abbey Road
The Beatles' Abbey Road reimagined

PST: Did you find all the records you used at Amoeba? Were you looking for specific titles or was it more about the way they looked? What records did you end up using?

Moore: I would say that a good portion of them came from Amoeba (hurrah for the $1 vinyl sections), but I am also constantly scouring thrift stores, estate sales, yard sales, swap meets, etc. and even have friends find stuff for me when they are traveling or working in different parts of the country! I never look for specific titles, it’s more about the colors, shapes, textures and typography and having a vision as to how I can re-interpret the imagery!

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Super Weekend Sale Plus Sidewalk Sale at Amoeba Hollywood, 12/8

Posted by Amoebite, November 28, 2012 05:23pm | Post a Comment

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On Saturday, December 8thall Amoeba locations will hold a sale with 20% off all turntables (plus get a $10 coupon and goodie bag with your turntable purchase), 20% off all T-shirts and 20% off all headphones! It's the perfect chance to stock up on your holiday gifts, and save some cash while you're doing it.

And get this! Amoeba Berkeley is EXTENDING their sale into Sunday as well! So save big at Amoeba Berkeley all weekend long!

 

Sidewalk saleAlso on December 8th, Amoeba Hollywood is having a Sidewalk Sale from noon-5 p.m. Check out the great deals on CDs, DVD box sets, vinyl and more right outside the store on Sunset Blvd.

All sidewalk sales are final. Store credit cannot be used to purchase items from the sidewalk sale. Prices apply to sidewalk sale stock only and this offer is only while supplies last.

 

Amoeba Sidewalk Sale

Show Report: Lord Huron at Amoeba Hollywood; Tame Impala at the El Rey

Posted by Billy Gil, November 20, 2012 08:12pm | Post a Comment

Lord HuronWestern-themed rockers dressed for the part Lord Huron began their set Nov. 19 at Amoeba Hollywood with “Ends of the Earth,” the opener of Lonesome Dreams, the band’s recently released debut record. The fact that the band brought the bongos that appear on the song to the crowded stage shows what detail means for the band, who didn’t skimp on additional instrumentation beyond the typical guitars-and-drums setup. That attention paid off, as Ben Schneider and his band’s music was nicely layered without sounding cluttered. The set made the most of the band’s five-man makeup, utilizing starry guitar lines and soaring harmonies to great effect. The band turned in a splashier version of “I Will Be Back One Day,” rocking out a bit harder while making the vocals less of a priority. The sound of ocean opened to the galloping rhythm of “Time to Run,” a clear crowd favorite. “The Man Who Lives Forever” proved the band’s most impressive song live, beautifully syncopated and stuffed with gorgeous guitar work, complete with slide guitar and harmonic playing. It was amazing to hear what they could accomplish with just a handful of guitars, echoing the sounds of banjo, southern rock and Eastern-influenced tonality. See more photos of the show here. Read my interview with Schneider here.

Friday I caught Tame Impala at The El Rey Theatre. I’ve been sick for over a week with a stupid head cold that makes my eyes start to shut around 10 p.m., but I was determined to see my favorite current band — and El Rey shows end early. The first thing I noticed was that the show was packed, and not entirely with your garden-variety hipsters. Older folks and lots of BROS. But like, cool, sensitive ones. Cause Tame Impala have left their Australian lily pad of coolness with their latest album, Lonerism, which has garnered the band great widespread acclaim and support from Pitchfork, KCRW and the like. So they upgrade to The El Rey from The Echo, where I think they played the last time they were in these parts.

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Amoeba Holds Black Friday Sale Nov. 23-25

Posted by Billy Gil, November 19, 2012 03:00pm | Post a Comment

Black Friday AmoebaThe day after Thanksgiving perennially brings the biggest shopping day of the year, Black Friday. This year Amoeba will hold a sale with limited Record Store Day vinyl releases (see a list of highlights here, or download the full list [pdf file] here). And the sale goes through Sunday, Nov. 25, though if you want any of the exclusive RSD releases, you better get in early!
 

Skullcandy Ink'd Buds

All headphones will be 15% off the regular ticket price. A special sale will be held on Skullcandy Ink'd Buds, which will be on sale for $12.98 (normally $19.98), while Skullycandy’s Lowrider headphones will be on sale for $29.98 (normally $39.98).

Select models of turntables will be on sale for up to 25% off.

Turntables on sale include:

 
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The Audio Technica LP 60 (Non USB) –  $99.98 (regularly $139.98)

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