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Exotic Ten-Inch LPs of Eastern Europe (...and a few others)

Posted by Rick Frystak, May 23, 2016 01:34am | Post a Comment

Through the years of collecting and working with vinyl, I've always been enchanted with attractive, forward-thinking album artwork and design. I can still say that to this day I will still buy a record because of its stunning artwork, without regard for the content. These records are wonderfully tactile, touchable things with graphic design that stands out, screams out to be held and admired, displayed or even framed, in addition to being nurtured in one's carefully curated collection.

In 2012, Amoeba bought a record collection in New York (it's here) that contained some absolute gems of 1950's record cover design on 10-inch Long Play (LP) discs.. I stashed some of the most interesting designs as I went through the collection for us to peruse here. Conceived shortly after the 7-inch Extra Play (EP) era, these covers virtually attack one's visual senses, created in such a way by these labels as to literally command a person to pick the thing up! Imagine a record store back then displaying these gems next to a rather austere Perry Como record!  

Never have I encountered more captivating packaging than these 10-inch "Long Players" from eastern Europe, mostly on the Supraphon (Czech) or Melodiya (Russia) labels. The paper quality feels absolutely sublime on the fingers, and some of these covers are actually stitched together! Just holding these records sends me back in time to my Czech brothers-in-music! These are true mid-century iconic designs.

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Next Sidewalk Sale at Amoeba Hollywood Saturday, May 7

Posted by Amoebite, April 22, 2016 06:15pm | Post a Comment

sidewalk sale amoeba may 7

Our next Sidewalk Sale at Amoeba Hollywood is Saturday, May 7, from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m., right outside the store. We'll have huge bargains on the following:

  • $1 LPs and discounted collectible LPs
  • Fresh 45s at three for $1
  • Buy-one-get-one-free CDs (free CD must be of equal or lesser value)
  • Blu-rays at three for $10, or $4 each
  • DVDs for $2 each, or three for $5
  • DVD box sets at $5 each, or two for $8
  • Magazines, books and comics at three for $1
  • Toys and collectibles
  • Great deals on posters and framed memorabilia
  • And more!

Come out and treat yourself to some inexpensive new gifts from Amoeba!

All sidewalk sale items are aggressively sale priced. Therefore, we do not accept store credits, gift certificates, coupons or other offered store sales for any sidewalk sale items. Additionally, we cannot offer customer holds or mail order. All sales are final.

 

20 Vinyl LPs to Look For in Late Spring

Posted by Billy Gil, April 19, 2016 05:00pm | Post a Comment

20 vinyl lps late spring list

 


Aesop RockThe Impossible Kid
Out April 29

aesop rock the impossible kid lpAesop Rock’s follow-up to 2012’s Skelethon is produced by the rapper himself. If you’ve ever wondered what’s going through the motor-mouthed MC’s head, watch the video for “Rings” below.

 

Brian EnoThe Ship
Out April 29

brian eno the ship lpLegendary producer and artist Brian Eno’s latest is an ambient work inspired in part by the sinking of the Titanic and World War I. It also includes a cover of The Velvet Underground’s “I’m Set Free.” Hear the title track below.

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Off the Wall: The Weeknd's 'Kiss Land'

Posted by Billy Gil, April 19, 2016 03:24pm | Post a Comment

I'm starting a new series in which we highlight an item or items from our collectibles. Usually these are only available in-store at Amoeba Hollywood, so come down to the store if you're interested in what you see! (Since quantities are limited, you might want to call ahead to see if it's still available.)

the weeknd kiss land lp

The Weeknd - Kiss Land
Found behind the cash registers at Amoeba Hollywood


Before The Weeknd hit it big with his latest album, Beauty Behind the Madness, and its accompanying huge singles ("The Hills," "Can't Feel My Face"), The Weeknd came through on his debut studio full-length like a cold front from Canada, with gorgeous R&B melodies shrouded in lo-fi sound and cool atmosphere. Along with his excellent first mixtapes, collected on Trilogy, Kiss Land introduces us to Abel Tesfaye's way of injecting creeping menace into gripping songs like "The Town," a song about rekindling an old flame after time on tour that echoes its feelings of longing with dramatic synth work. Musically, he keeps things fascinating throughout. The brutality of his Portishead-inspired beat in "Belong to the World" helps send that song's disaffected love lyrics home. And the album's murky final tracks see Tesfaye showing off at what he does best — creating epic (and epically sad) R&B anthems, like the hip-hop equivalent to tracks from The Cure's Disintegration. Kiss Land may be a downer, but Tesfaye's catharsis makes for a beautiful listening experience.

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Vinyl Sales Highest Since 1998, Making More Money Than Free Streaming

Posted by Billy Gil, March 23, 2016 06:26pm | Post a Comment

picture of vinyl

Today the RIAA revealed numbers showing that vinyl sales made more revenue than ad-supported free streaming services, such as YouTube and Spotify’s free models.

Vinyl sales climbed 32% last year to $416 million, which is the highest they’ve been since 1988, according to the RIAA, which was around the time CDs overtook vinyl and cassettes as the dominant medium for music sales. By contrast, free, ad-supported streaming rose only 31% to $385 million in 2015. The news spurred a number of "Vinyl is back!" headlines once again, although vinyl still only makes up 6% of the music retail sales.

But these numbers only tell part of the story. Even if you include paid subscriptions to Spotify, Apple Music, Tidal etc., artists don’t see much of that money. Spotify themselves admit to paying only between $0.006 and $0.0084 to labels and rights holders per stream (this number combines all paid and unpaid user streams and also takes into account the share labels take). Once labels take their share, an artist might make only $0.001128 per song, according to the Guardian. And these services aren’t even profitable yet.

While streaming might pay out decently for the likes of someone popular like, say, Kendrick Lamar or Katy Perry, who get tens of millions of streams, the payouts are paltry for mid-level and independent artists. Numbers vary as far as how much artists actually make per physical album sold — it can be around 11% when you factor in deductions, according to Rollingstone. But while a nice piece of vinyl can sometimes feel like a splurge, it’s always worth remembering that buying an album physically is a better way of supporting the artists making the music than streaming.

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