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20 Gift Ideas for Tweens

Posted by Amoebite, December 8, 2014 12:56pm | Post a Comment

Gift Ideas Tweens

We've got lots of great stuff for tweens at Amoeba, from posters of teen heartthrobs to the latest records by Ariana Grande and One Direction. Here are 20 we think would be perfect gifts for the not-quite-teenagers in your life. 

one direction four cd

For the boy-bander:

One Direction - Four

The fourth album by European boy band One Direction shows added maturity in the lads' songwriting, with help from Good Charlotte, McFly, Kodaline, The 1975, John Legend and Emeli Sande. Features the songs "Steal My Girl" and "Night Changes."

Two New Videos Today: Lana Del Rey's "Ultraviolence" and Janelle Monae's "Electric Lady"

Posted by Billy Gil, July 30, 2014 09:43am | Post a Comment

lana del rey ultraviolence videoTwo of our more exciting pop stars released new videos today.

Lana Del Rey has unveiled a video for the title track to her recently released Ultraviolence. Like the album itself, "Ultraviolence" hushes critics by revealing new layers to her gangster Nancy Sinatra sound, piling layers of Lana over gorgeous orchestration to paint a beautiful tapestry. Perhaps the Crystals-reffing lyrics are a bit silly—"give me all of that ultraviolence" isn't a particularly appealing line—but they sound good coming out of her mouth, and the music itself is immaculate. In this video, Del Rey engages in a soft-focus, Instragrammable wedding. It's typically campy but also sweet—the lone titillation comes from Del Rey licking her soon-to-be hubby's fingers, pretty tame by her standards. Check it out below:

 

janelle monae electric lady videoMeanwhile, Janelle Monae also released a video for the title track to her last album, the still-great Electric Lady. In it, Monae is hosting a party with like-minded ladies including Esperanza Spalding (who collaborates with Monae on the album's "Dorothy Dandridge Eyes"), Kimbra, T-Boz, Monica and Estelle. Rapper T.I. also makes a cameo. I don't see her cohort in this song, Solange—maybe she's still trying to lay low after that whole Beyonce/Jay Z/elevator thing. Still, looks like a fun party for a great tune. Anyone else need (not want) that skull record player?

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Album Picks: Lower, Brian Reitzell, Lana Del Rey, The Antlers, White Lung

Posted by Billy Gil, June 17, 2014 10:14am | Post a Comment

Lower - Seek Warmer Climes (LP, White Vinyl, CD, Download)

lower seek warmer climes lpLower may have the post-hardcore album of the year on their hands on Seek Warmer Climes. The band has been compared with fellow Danes Iceage, and like that band, Lower take hardcore punk to epic proportions not seen since the heyday of bands like Fugazi or ...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead. This isn't to say they can't be pithy; on rumbling opener "Another Life," their atonality is fist-pumpingly catchy and Adrian Toubro's wolf-like barks and cries keep you rapt, and "Lost Weight, Perfect Skin" shows us they know their way around a hooky riff. But Lower aren't looking to make friends. On centerpiece "Expanding Horizons (Dar es Salaam)," their dirtied guitars trudge through the wilderness for more than seven minutes as Toubro sings "we travel far, expand our horizon, but in the process I see that no horizon will ever benefit me." However bleak the worldview may seem on Seek Warmer Climes, the album is never a drag. It's a thrilling, lightning bolt of a record that loudly announces the arrival of yet another great band from Copenhagen's underground.

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Axl Rose Named 'Greatest' Singer Ever

Posted by Billy Gil, May 21, 2014 11:24am | Post a Comment

vocal ranges greatest singers

There’s this thing going around the Internet right now saying Axl Rose is the greatest singer ever.

This list by something called Concert Hotels has actually done something really cool by showing the recorded vocal ranges of some of pop music’s most celebrated singers, taken from Rolling Stone’s 100 Greatest Singers of All Time list. The Guns N’ Roses singer came in at No. 1, meaning he has the widest recorded range.

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Axl Rose (center) in Guns N' Roses

It’s fun to see Bob Dylan, Tom Waits, Lou Reed, Iggy Pop and others represented pretty well on the list—did you know Lana Del Rey’s recorded vocal range is three octaves, dwarfing Taylor Swift’s two-and-change? Or that Eminem has a recorded range of more than three octaves?

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Amoeba's Top 50 Sellers of 2013

Posted by Billy Gil, January 6, 2014 04:20pm | Post a Comment

1. Daft PunkRandom Access Memories

daft punk random access memories cd amoebaDaft Punk’s return to form was one almost everyone could agree on, led by the indelible single “Get Lucky.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2. Queens of the Stone AgeLike Clockwork

queens of the stone age like clockwork amoebaQOTSA returned with a Queen-inspired prog-rock opus.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3. Atoms for PeaceAmok

atoms for peace amok cd amoebaThe supergroup featuring Radiohead’s Thom Yorke released its debut album in 2013.

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