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First City Festival in Monterey with Modest Mouse, Passion Pit, MGMT, Neko Case, Beach House, Toro y Moi + More!

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, May 20, 2013 02:35pm | Post a Comment

Big news! The inaugural weekend of the First City Festival takes place at the Monterey County Fair and Event Center on Saturday, August 24th and Sunday, August 25thJoin Goldenvoice and Amoeba Music in welcoming Modest Mouse, Passion Pit, MGMT, Neko Case, Beach House, Toro y Moi, the west coast debut of Avey Tare's Slasher Flicks (featuring Dave Portner of Animal Collective), and so many more.

Two-day General Admission tickets on sale now at Amoeba SF & Amoeba Berkeley. No additional fees!

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San Francisco Based Symbols Of The West Are A Band To Watch Out For In 2013

Posted by Billyjam, February 21, 2013 06:06am | Post a Comment

Symbols Of The West "Save My City"

Above is a live studio recording of the great track "Save My City" from San Francisco's Symbols Of The West - a group I predict we'll be hearing a lot more of in 2013. The above version, recorded about a year ago, is slightly different from the new version of the song - the lead single off the duo's debut album A Thousand Lights,” that will be released by Rock Shock It! Records next Tuesday, Feb 26th. The indie electro pair, comprised of members Lauren Stark and Nat Kendall, are actually from Montana but based in San Francisco. The new ten song album, which was recorded at Hyde Street Studios and Magnolia Records with producer Chris Wonzer with later mastering by by TJ Lipple, who had mastered the MGMT Time To Pretend EP and also had recorded Nat’s first release back in 1998. captures their refreshingly unique sound that's built on layered guitars and synthesizers with dreamy hypnotic vocals, and has drawn favorable comparisons to such other outfits as Of Monsters and Men and Beach House. A few nights ago they played theNight Light in Oakland (the club/bar that incidentally will be showcased here on the Ameoblog in the coming week). To find out about upcoming shows for the band visit Symbols Of The West's website.



Amoeba's Top 50 Selling Albums of 2012

Posted by Billy Gil, January 3, 2013 01:17pm | Post a Comment

Amoeba's top 50 best sellers

 

The following is a list of Amoeba Hollywood's top CD and vinyl sellers (combined) for 2012.

 

 

 

lana del rey1. Lana Del Rey - Born to Die

All the Internet backlashes and a disastrous SNL performances in the world couldn't wash Ms. Del Rey away. Her Born to Die was Amoeba's bestselling album of 2012 by a longshot. See her Amoeba performance below.

 


Jack White Blunderbuss2. Jack White - Blunderbuss

The main man behind The White Stripes, The Dead Weather and The Raconteurs stepped out solo in 2012 with a winner in the blues-lovin' Blunderbuss.

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The Official Amoeba Top 50 Albums of 2012

Posted by Billy Gil, December 31, 2012 06:33am | Post a Comment

It’s official: Our lists are in and we’ve compiled them to give you our combined knowledge in the form of a top 50 albums list. The following is Amoeba's top picks for 2012 based on those who submitted lists of their favorites of the year. (For world music picks, go here; for classical picks, check out Rubin's list; and see more best of 2012 fun here.)

 

1. Frank OceanChannel Orange

Frank Ocean Channel Orange

Everyone seemed to be able to agree on Frank Ocean this year, from independent purists to mainstream fans. It’s no surprise that when compiling our top lists, Frank Ocean easily made No. 1.

 

“Outside the hype, this guy is the genuine deal. Orange is a cohesive old-school album with vivid modern snapshots of moving to the city and the characters he met there.” — Aaron Detroit

 

 


 

 

2. Light AsylumLight Asylum

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My Top 50 Albums of 2012 - Part II

Posted by Billy Gil, December 17, 2012 07:25pm | Post a Comment

25. SwansThe Seer

Swans The SeerA seer is traditionally thought of as a clairvoyant, a prophet of things to come. Whether you believe such an ability exists, has existed or never did, the 30-minute “The Seer,” the centerpiece of Swans’ excellent return album after more than a decade of dormancy, amazes for its ability to convey such a madness, either by being plagued by visions or the deception, either of self or others, that would come along with proclaiming oneself to be a seer. Michael Gira intones “I see it all” rapidly, without emotion, like someone being driven mad, exploding into an orchestral explosion that lodges itself among the year’s most affecting musical experiences. The rest of the album moves between no wave noise rendered dramatic (“Mother of the World”) and frighteningly beautiful chamber folk, such as the stunning “Song for a Warrior,” abetted by a vocal from Karen O. Though it’s a harrowing experience, The Seer feels entirely essential, even as it sometimes also feels like a thousand ancient hands pulling you into the abyss.

 

24. The MenOpen Your Heart

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