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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode With Dan Briggs of Between the Buried and Me

Posted by Amoebite, February 5, 2014 01:12pm | Post a Comment

Dan Briggs

Dan Briggs is one hell of a bass player. Technically gifted and insanely creative when it comes to big bad bass licks. He has no choice but to be good, he plays in Between The Buried And Me!  

The North BTBAMCarolina group is a progressive metal outfit with the chops of a seasoned jazz-bebop quartet. They move seamessly from technical death metal to metalcore to math rock as if it were second nature. From humble beginnings back in 2002, the band went from self-releasing an EP to inking a deal with Chicago hardcore label Victory Records. Now backed by the legendary Metal Blade Records label, BTBAM continue to tour the world pleasing metal heads of all ages. With their latest release, The Parallax II: Future SequenceBTBAM give their fans 72 minutes of musical prowess utilizing jazz fusion and progressive rock. The album marks the band's sixth studio release and the second produced for Metal Blade.  

Bassist Dan Briggs recently visited Amoeba Hollywood and picked up some cool music. We got it all on camera for another awesome episode of  What's in My Bag?. Dan finds Feast Of Love by Pity Sex and Circumambulation by the band True Widow. He digs up a few releases from avant-garde composer John Zorn, including FilmWorks Vol.1: 1986-1990. Being a huge Danny Elfman fan, Briggs finds a copy of Oingo Boingo's Good For Your Soul on vinyl. It's the first time he's got it on wax! Check out the full episode for all of Dan Briggs' excellent picks. 

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Record Store Day Countdown: Scanner CD

Posted by Amoebite, April 5, 2013 04:02pm | Post a Comment

Next up on our Record Store Day countdown, Divebomb presents an exclusive reissue of this classic cult metal release from 1988, Hypertrace by Scanner! A barrage of heavy riffs and Ralf Scheepers' wailing vocals, this helped lay the foundations for much power metal to come. Gloriously remastered sci-fi metal mania for fans of Helloween or Gamma Ray. See you at Amoeba for Record Store Day on April 20!

Download our menu (.pdf) of exclusive Record Store Day titles available on April 20, 2013.

See our list of events and happenings at all three stores on RSD.

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Concerning Hobbit Rock: Exploring A Beloved Micro-Genre

Posted by Kelly S. Osato, January 25, 2013 06:41pm | Post a Comment
Given all the hubbub this past holiday season surrounding the opening of Peter Jackson's newest venture into J.R.R. Tolkien's Middle Earth The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, I think it's time to shift the spotlight onto a little known sub-subgenre tucked away, much like a hobbit hole snugly abutting a hillside, within Amoeba Music's extensive Rock Various Artists section: Hobbit Rock.

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Now, I have to admit the first time I clocked the Hobbit Rock bin card I was taken aback, gagging on the  question: what the heck is this? Browsing though the titles it began to make sense. Much like unfolding a map of Middle Earth to explore a visual representation of the diverse cultures and histories that Tolkien invented to people his fictional universe, browsing Hobbit Rock is to peruse a Led Zeppelin hobbit rock lord of the rings lyrics robert plant hippy hippie rock collection of music that either inspires sincere impressions of Middle Earth or is unequivocally informed by Tolkein's fantasy writings.

In other words, if an artist makes blatant Tolkien-esque references in lyric  (apparently Led Zeppelin couldn't resist slipping more than a little Middle Earthliness into practically every album) or otherwise artistic content (see my list below) then that, friends, is pure, gem mint ten Hobbit Rock.

MASSIVE METAL Vinyl Collection Acquired by Amoeba SF Hits the Shelves This Weekend!

Posted by Kelly S. Osato, August 14, 2012 01:05pm | Post a Comment


Attention all METAL heads
: last weekend a behemoth metal vinyl collection descended upon Amoeba Music's San Francisco location!!! Hundreds of records spanning from roughly 1980 to the early-1990's era of vinyl production disruption, including virtually every style of metal imaginable from heavy, hard, hair (glam), thrash, speed, sleaze, and everything in between, including some far-out regional private press pieces. This hoard of remarkable bangers are in excellent condition or maiden (i.e. factory sealed). We're busy readying the beast for release in stages with the first wave to be presented for sale this weekend on Saturday, August 18th. Come feast your eyes, and beware of Stevil and metal Ben's "Buy Or Die" maxim!

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The images that follow are only a taste of the overall scope and breadth of this collection, from Accept to Zn√∂white. While details concerning the who, what, and whyfores behind the collection remain deliciously mysterious, I can relay (on a personal note) that confronting the prowess and megaforces latent in this darkened pain cave's worth of vinyl treasure is enough to render one's powers physical regulation helpless. I went rogue. And much like attempting an impromptu dual-impression of Nitro's Jim Gillett and Michael Angelo Batio, I found myself short of breath, overwhelmed, and somehow unworthy.

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Metal Masters Mastodon Gear Up For North American Tour and Record Store Day

Posted by Billyjam, April 3, 2012 11:44am | Post a Comment

Mastodon "Dry Bone Valley (Live in Brixton)" (Feb 11th, 2012)

Mastodon have just unveiled a brand new video that captures the much-revered metal band in their best setting - live in concert and killing it on the song "Dry Bone Valley" which is the second single from the band's critically acclaimed Mike Elizondo-produced album The Hunter - the band's fifth studio album that was released by Roadrunner Records via Reprise/Warner in late September.

This is the second video for this song: the first been the Tim Biskup created music video (see below). The above live video of the song was recorded at the Atlanta, GA band's recent sold-out show at London's Brixton Academy on February 11th.  The new video arrives just in time for diehard Mastodon fans (and there are many of those!) who have been anxiously awaiting their anticipated 2012 North American tour that kicks off this week featuring the super-skilled hard rock ensemble's Troy Sanders (bass guitar/vocals), Brent Hinds (guitars/vocals), Bill Kelliher (guitars), and Brann Dailor (drums/vocals).

The new US/Canada tour begins tomorrow night (04/04) in Portland, ME and ends on May 12th in Atlanta, GA. Unfortunately for Cali fans the hectic tour, with co-headliners the Swedish progressive metal band Opeth plus opening act Ghost (who are well worth checking out), includes only two Golden State dates so if you don't already have them, so get tickets now. Those two Cali dates are just three weeks away: Thursday April 26th in LA at the Gibson Amphitheatre and the following night (Friday April 27th) at the Fox Theatre in Oakland.  Pick up Mastodon's The Hunter in each of the three Amoeba Music stores on directly from the online Amoeba.com shop.

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