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50 Favorite Albums of 2011

Posted by Aaron Detroit, December 18, 2011 12:00am | Post a Comment

Aaron Detroit, Buyer at Amoeba Hollywood. As you may know, I've worked in Hollywood for 8 years, but started my time with Amoeba - way back in 1998 -  at the San Francisco store. This is my extensive list of 2011 releases that I fell in love with or had hot and heavy affairs with this year.

50 Favorite Albums of 2011



  1. Wild Beasts Smother

In 2008, Brit quartet Wild Beasts released their shaky-legged -but- stunning debut, Limbo Panto. In the four years since, the band has released two thoroughly dazzling masterpiece full-lengths of deceptively delicate indie rock, lyrically bent towards looking in the dark recesses of the heart and libido, largely sung by co-vocalist Hayden Thorpe in his trademark falsetto. Smother finds the band adding a new restraint to their arrangements that allows the tension in the lyrics to hit with hair-on-end chills. It is a singular LP by a singular band that I expect will eventually reach a Radiohead-level stratosphere. 

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out this week 4/5 & 4/12...cold cave...the kills...the raveonettes...

Posted by Brad Schelden, April 29, 2011 05:50pm | Post a Comment
the raveonettes
April is turning out to be a fantastic month for music! I think some of my favorite albums of the year are probably going to be taken from this month and the next. Two of my fave bands, The Kills & The Raveonettes, both have new albums out April 5th! It is almost too much to handle at once -- too much of a good thing. It has been hard to decide which to listen to but I really have been hitting up both of these albums at least once every day; I even listened to the new Raveonettes album three times in one day! I can't get enough. The Raveonettes have already been around for 10 years, even though it seems like just yesterday that I first heard about them. Their first album, Chain Gang of Love, was released in the US in 2003. I still think they have one of the best names. They are dark and a bit spooky, like a Raven, and sometimes they sound like one of your old favorite girl groups from the 60s -- somebody with a band name that would end in "ettes." Raven in the Grave is the group's fifth album. Over the years I have liked all of their albums to varying degrees but this new album is something fantastic and I can't get the songs out of my head. There don't seem to be as many bands coming out of Denmark as there are from Sweden and Norway (where many of my favorites come from). I don't really get why. The Raveonettes are pretty much alone in being from Denmark...along with Mew and Lars from Metallica, I guess. I love this entire new album but I have my favorite tracks, of course. Here are two of them. If you have not yet fallen in love with The Raveonettes you simply should not wait any longer. The time has come...

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There Are Still Some Amazing Record Store Day Releases Available at Amoeba

Posted by Billyjam, April 18, 2011 11:43am | Post a Comment

Crazy busy as Record Store Day (RSD) at Amoeba Music was on Saturday -- there are still some RSD 2011 releases available for sale. But likely these remaining RSD 2011 releases will be snapped up pretty darn quickly since they are all limited edition pressings, so head over to your local Amoeba Music to get them while you can! Note these are not sold on the website; they are only in the stores.

At Amoeba Hollywood, where Amoebite Rik figured there was about "30% of the Record Store Day stock" left over as of yesterday/Sunday mid afternoon, these numerous RSD 2011 titles include such goodies as the 10" vinyl collectibles from both Adele ("Rolling In The Deep") and Bruce Springsteen ("Gotta Get The Feeling"  / "Racing In The Street"), the Robbie Robertson LP How To Be Clairvoyant, and the Panda Bear Tomboy vinyl LP / /T‐Shirt bundle in blue in both medium and large. Other RSD 2011 goodies still available at the Hollywood Amoeba, where you will find the RSD releases all together in the one area right after you walk in the front door, include the Flaming Lips LP box set Heady Nuggs: The First 5 WB Records 1992 - 2002, and CDs by Jimi Hendrix ("Fire"/"Touch You") and The Decemberists (Live at Bull Moose). 12" vinyl RSD 2011 titles still available include Ray Lamontagne ("Live Fall 2010"), Lady GaGa ("Born This Way"), and Beth Ditto ("I Wrote the Book").
 
Note that due to the limited run on all of the RSD titles that each store has only certain titles left over. The Berkeley and San Francisco Amoebas, which don't have all the exact same titles I've listed available at Amoeba Hollywood, still do have a great many RSD 2011 titles, including the Flaming Lips LP box set and the Hendrix CD.

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New 12" Releases @ Amoeba Hollywood 3/30 - Mike Dehnert, Ellen Allien, Saturn V, Stephen Beaupre, Panda Bear, Steve Bug & More

Posted by Oliver / Matt / Jordan, March 30, 2011 01:20pm | Post a Comment

Mike Dehnert
Framework 2LP
Delsin

2LP version. Berlin-based new school techno producer, DJ and live performer Mike Dehnert releases his first album proper. In just three years, Dehnert has gone from unknown talent to underground hero with (as revered record store Hardwax calls it), his very own "raw techno" sound making waves on labels like his own imprint Fachwerk, hallowed Dutch outlet Clone Basement Series, as well as dub techno stable Echochord Colour, super reticent outlet MD2 and now Delsin, where he finds himself at home amongst the future music of talented cohorts Redshape, A Made Up Sound, Delta Funktionen and more. Framework -- as you'd expect of a man who performs genuinely live for hours, often only ever calling on his own tweaked, edited and skewed productions -- is an uncompromising album made up of pure techno tracks of the sort you'd expect to hear on the dancefloors of places like Berghain or Tresor. They go from pulsing and classic sounding to skipping and glitchy, through greyed-out and sandy via swinging and syncopated but always with a sense of restraint and control whether they are abstract, apocalyptic, atmospheric or whatever else. Drawing from a dusty, dirty toolbox of sounds, the echo-y, cavernous chambers and dusky warehouse aesthetics of Dehnert's moody music betrays the purity and simplicity of his arrangements. Although his records are undeniably functional, at the same time, they are neither nondescript nor forgettable: somehow, through masterful sound designs and an accomplished knack for blending real tension and atmosphere with his obvious Basic Channel and Berghain influences, Mike Dehnert manages to lock you into whatever mood takes his fancy with apparent ease. Make no bones about it (he doesn't), Framework is an album of tracks. Each one is made with various dancefloors in mind, and each is informed by the hundreds of hours Dehnert has spent working away in such places. The results are to-the-point without being unsubtle, each track has a job to do and does so efficiently. Whilst outlining a Framework for his many live sets to come, this debut album also makes for engaging listening and confirms Dehnert to be one of contemporary techno's most exciting current incumbents.

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