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13 Albums That Are Perfect for Halloween

Posted by Billy Gil, October 20, 2014 07:30am | Post a Comment

13 Halloween Albums

It’s hard to believe Halloween is just around the corner. Luckily, there are plenty of great new albums and classics for your Halloween party or just to carry you into scaresville.

 

Krzysztof Penderecki and Jonny Greenwood - Threnody for the Victims of Hiroshima / Polymorphia / Popcorn Superhet Receiver / 48 Responses to Polymorphia

penderecki greenwoodYou might not recognize his name, but Krzysztof Penderecki has soundtracked many a nightmare. The Polish, avant-garde composer was wildly inventive (and controversial) when his compositions first gained notoriety in the late ’50s, and thus his jarring compositions, featuring such innovative techniques as clustering tones, and such foreboding titles as “Threnody to the Victims of Hiroshima,” came to be used by wildly inventive and controversial film directors, from William Friedkin’s The Exorcist to Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining and David Lynch’s Wild at Heart and Inland Empire. Meanwhile, Radiohead’s Jonny Greenwood writes response pieces to both “Therenody” and “Polymorphia,” and his moody, solemn orchestral pieces serve as a terrific foil to Penderecki’s terror-inducing works.

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Digging in the Crates of OMCA's "Vinyl: The Sound and Culture of Records" Pt 2 featuring 12 Man Rambo & Lori Katz

Posted by Billyjam, July 8, 2014 05:33pm | Post a Comment



In the second Amoeblog dedicated to some of the curated crates that are currently on exhibit (through July 27th) at the Oakland Museum of California (OMCA) as part of the Vinyl: The Sound and Culture of Records we present selections from both the creates of Lori Katz  (manager at Amoeba Music which is the primary sponsor of this must-attend exhibit) and 12 Man Rambo. The exhibit includes weekly Talk and Play sessions where folks from the local music community stop by and chat informally with museum goers and play samples of records. Joe Colley will speak this week in the Talk and Play session on the topic of "experiments in sound" on Saturday July 12th 1pm-230pm. Photos in this piece are by permission of OMCA and James Mak for Joysco Photos.

Meanwhile for her crate’s selection Lori Katz explained that, "I dug through the $1.00 bins at Amoeba Music. The records that I chose are examples of what I was listening to when I was beginning to become aware of music. My first memories of listening to music are when I went away to summer camp. This was in 1975-1977. My camp counselors introduced me to Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, and so much great music of that time. Looking at these record covers brings back so many great memories."

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Digging in the Crates of OMCA's "Vinyl: The Sound and Culture of Records" Pt 1 featuring Marc Weinstein

Posted by Billyjam, June 27, 2014 11:35pm | Post a Comment


Since it opened two months ago (fittingly on Record Store Day, April 19th), the Oakland Museum of California's (OMCA) ongoing exhibit Vinyl: The Sound and Culture of Records has been resoundingly popular and is attracting museum visitors of vinyl, the sound and culture of records at oakland museum of californiaall ages and generations, from those who grew up with records to those too young to have ever seen vinyl firsthand or had opportunity (until now) to put down the needle and experience playing vinyl in all its analog glory.

The exhibit, which runs through July 27th, is sponsored by Amoeba Music who supplied nearly all of the vinyl for the hands-on exhibit. The action is in OMCA's Great Hall alongside another cool exhibit scheduled for the same run: Eric Nakamura's  SuperAwesome: Art and Giant Robot exhibit.

As well as supplying nearly all of the records on exhibit and featuring a window display at the Berkeley Amoeba store dedicated solely to the OMCA exhibit, several Amoeba staffers have contributed to the exhibit by way of curating the numerous crates that dot the cavernous exhibit hall. These include Gail Todd, Marc Weinstein, Lori Katz, and myself who are among numerous other contributing music nerds -- such as avid local rap collector 12 Man Rambo, noted San Francisco producer Dan the Automator, and author Denise Sullivan -- who each drew up lists of 33 records per crate (some more, some less).
 

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Meet An Amoebite: Fiona

Posted by Billy Gil, May 7, 2014 09:20am | Post a Comment

fiona amoebaName: Fiona M.

Age: 27

Job: Poster Manager, Sales Rep/Outreach

How long have you been with Amoeba? I have been here for three and a half years!

What else do you do with your time? 

I go to a lot of shows. I am rich in talented friends and friends that have weight over guests lists. I write stuff too, and play guitar in the wee hours of the night. Gotta stay active, so I get outside a lot. If anybody has a baseball glove, I'll meet you at the park. Aside from that, you can usually find me cooking for my friends at home and listening to records. 

Tell us a story about working at Amoeba.

A few months after I started at Amoeba, I signed up to DJ in the store. I decided to compile a themed set: Light N Bouncy Pop Delights. The set included various pop songs spanning the decades. It was a bit nerve wrecking looking out at a store filled with colleagues whose DJ skills and music knowledge hugely surpassed my own. When more than a handful of those same coworkers came up to me during the set to either ask who an artist was that I had played, or to high-five me for a good selection, I distinctly remember feeling like I was at home here. Especially when DJ Mona Lisa threw up her hands and hollered from across the store the second I threw on "Your Smiling Face" by James Taylor. That was a validating moment in my life. 

 

What have you been listening to lately?

Lately I can not get enough Shoes' Present Tense. Cibo Matto has been on my heavy rotation after seeing them at the El Rey in February. That was an honor. 

New "What's In My Bag?" Episode With Chelsea Wolfe

Posted by Amoebite, November 27, 2013 12:58pm | Post a Comment
Chelsea Wolfe

Chelsea Wolfe has been churning out her own brand of Goth Folk music for quite some time now. With her fourth studio album, Pain Is Beauty, Wolfe utilizes many different elements including Rock, Experimental, Folk, Goth, Metal and a little Synth pop to create a well rounded album. Her vocal talent is on display as she easily moves from breathy melancholic lines to angelic harmonies. Violins and guitars are nicely stacked to create plush layers of  sonic beauty.  The overall album is tightly produced but still manages to have an organic aesthetic. She has something for everyone on here!

Chelsea Wolfe took some time out of her busy schedule to shoot another cool episode of  What's In My Bag? She has some really nice picks, such as Black Sabbath Vol. 4 and a couple Townes Van Zandt LPs including Live At The Old Quarter. A big fan of Hank Williams, Chelsea snags 20 Of Hank Williams' Greatest Hits on vinyl. Chelsea also digs through our World, Classical and Soundtrack sections. See what else she likes!

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