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Reissue Report: Metallica Reissues Early Demo Tape 'No Life 'Til Leather'

Posted by Billy Gil, March 3, 2015 01:38pm | Post a Comment

metallica no life til leather tapeAs Record Store Day looms on April 18, reports of what to expect should start trickling in, along with the official announce of RSD titles next Tuesday March 10 at Rough Trade in New York.

Metallica has announced they’ll reissue their debut demo tape from 1982, No Life ‘Til Leather, as a limited edition cassette April 18. Expanded CD and LP editions will come in the summer, the band told Rolling Stone.

No Life ‘Til Leather saw Metallica in their early incarnation of singer/guitarist James Hetfield, lead guitarist Dave Mustaine (who would go on to play in Megadeth), bassist Ron McGovney and drummer Lars Ulrich. Just one song from the tape, “The Mechanix,” didn’t make it to their debut LP, Kill 'Em All, and the tape maintained its cache as an underground tape traded amongst metal fans. The expanded versions will contain more demos from the era, but there’s no word yet on which tracks those will be.

Metallica also has more reissues planned, as the band owns its own remasters and runs its own label now, Blackened Recordings.

Hear the original version of “The Mechanix” below:

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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