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Pump Up the Jam: Songs to Jumpstart Your New Year's Resolution

Posted by Billy Gil, January 2, 2013 05:56pm | Post a Comment

I, like many others, engaged in the cliche practice of going to the gym the day after New Year’s Day (which is reserved for hangovers) in order to “start the new year right” and “get on the right track.” During this delusional first couple of weeks — or if you decide to actually stay with an active workout routine (good for you!) — you’ll need some tunes to get you through the slow crawl back to fitness. Here are some of my favorite workout jamz, most of which you can download at Amoeba.com.

 

Technotronic“Pump Up the Jam”

Technotronic PumpDespite its inclusion on questionable Jock Jams albums, this late ’80s banger is a brilliant slab of early minimalist house pop.

 

Prodigy“Smack My Bitch Up”

ProdigyThe only Prodigy song I ever liked. Its misogynistic overtone is unfortunate, even with the “shocking” video they used to try to counter that (which I think made it worse), but its mid-’90s MTV “Amp”-era beats surprisingly hold up.

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Albums Out Dec. 11: Jawbreaker, Green Day, Bruno Mars and More

Posted by Billy Gil, December 10, 2012 07:03pm | Post a Comment

Jawbreaker – Bivouac [20th Anniversary Edition]

Jawbreaker BivouacCD $12.98

LP $18.98

Unlike some of its alt-rock contemporaries (call it emo or whatever, Bivouac is firmly 1991 in sound), Jawbreaker’s Bivouac is ripe for reissue because A) it can’t be found in your average record store, B) it was overlooked during its time and C) it has aged better than your average album of the era. Beginning with the roaring “Shield Your Eyes,” the album still hits hard, thanks to Blake Schwarzenbach razor vocals and the band’s scrappy attack. “Chesterfield King” echoes the boozy swagger of their elders in The Replacements, while “Sleep’s” sheet of guitars and hushed melodies place them as both Husker Du’s heir and as a band making music akin to their shoegazing brethren across the pond. For new listeners, especially those interested in some of the roots of emo, the brutal “Parabola” and the title track, which balances delicate passages with high-octane chunks of ferocious noise for 10 breathtaking minutes, should be elucidating in and of themselves. If only emo had stayed as good as Bivouac, we’d all be better off! The LP has four fewer tracks than the CD (as it did in the original pressing); the Chesterfield King EP also is reissued, including those four tracks (“Tour Song,” “Face Down,” “You Don’t Know…” and “Pack it Up”).

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Grinderman & Interpol Listening Party

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, September 1, 2010 10:46am | Post a Comment
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Amoeba, East Bay Express, Anti & Matador Records have joined forces to bring you a Listening Party and Pop-Up Shopping event this Friday! Get a special sneak-listen of Grinderman's Grinderman 2 (in stores Sept 14) as well as Interpol's new self-titled album (in stores Sept 7)!

The Party takes place Friday, Sept. 3 from 6-9 pm at the Uptown in Oakland. Listen to the new records, shop indie vendors, indulge in drink specials and win prizes from Amoeba! We will also be raffling off a pair of tickets to see Interpol at the Fox Theater on Oct 18! See you there!

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Get Tickets to Interpol's Free Show 9.7 @ Amoeba

Posted by Amoebite, September 1, 2010 09:57am | Post a Comment
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On September 7, the release date of their brand new self titled album, Interpol will play an exclusive show across the street from Amoeba Hollywood at Space 15Twenty! To gain access to the show, you can get a free ticket by purchasing the album that day at Amoeba Hollywood! We will have a limited number of wrist bands, so get here early to snag yours!

At Amoeba we will be selling the special indie edition Interpol CD that includes an o-card and poster, and also the special edition 120 gram vinyl with a large 45 rpm sized hole in the middle and a fabulous Interpol adapter to play it!

Come nab your copy and wrist band here at Amoeba the morning of September 7 and then come back at 6pm, when doors open at Space 15Twenty, to stake out your spot. The exclusive show begins at 7! Mark your calendars -- it all happens just one week from today!

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PREORDER the New INTERPOL Album NOW!...New Album Out 9/7!

Posted by Brad Schelden, August 20, 2010 01:51pm | Post a Comment
PREORDER THE NEW INTERPOL ALBUM AT AMOEBA.COM

INTERPOL IS BACK ON MATADOR RECORDS WITH THEIR AMAZING 4TH ALBUM
INTERPOL!


THE ALBUM COMES OUT ON TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 7TH!

AMOEBA WILL HAVE THE INDIE EXCLUSIVE VERSION W/ LIMITED EDITION O-CARD AND POSTER

AVAILABLE ONLINE AND INSTORE 9/7!





PREORDER IT NOW
TO HAVE IT SHIPPED
TO YOUR DOOR!

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