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50 Essential Albums Released in 2012

Posted by Aaron Detroit, December 5, 2012 11:00am | Post a Comment

Aaron Detroit, Buyer at Amoeba Hollywood. I've worked in Hollywood for eight years, but started my time with Amoeba - way back in 1998 -  at the San Francisco store. This is my extensive list of 2012 releases that I fell in love with or had serious affairs over the past 365 days. 2012, for me, was a surprising and amazing year in music. Nearly all 50 releases here could have been a Top-Ten contender almost any other year, and the Top Ten is full of records that could easily have been #1.



50 Essential Albums of 2012


1.  SCOTT WALKER Bish Bosch (4AD) 

The 6-year-long wait was well worth it, as is usually the case with Walker. This isn't the latest indie background music du jour - It's an Absurdist's symphony. Melody is eschewed for repetition, but you still walk away with the damned thing in your head. E-bows, machetes as percussion and disturbing (as well as amusing) scatological metaphors are some of the unlikely ingredients that make up this terrifying (and weirdly infectious) beauty. There's really nothing else like it, so enjoy figuring it out for the rest of your life.  






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Albums Out 11/27: Raime, Wu-Block, Alicia Keys

Posted by Billy Gil, November 26, 2012 06:45pm | Post a Comment

Albums out Nov. 27:

 

Raime – Quarter Turns Over a Living Line

Raime Quarter Turns Over a Living LineLP $29.98

Dubstep has been an intriguing if polarizing new genre thus far, at some point encompassing artists as disparate as Skrillex and Andy Stott, much in the same way a new, seemingly precise but ultimately nebulous genre like emo or grime ended up describing very different music. If Raime are dubstep, they’re the murky bottom of its pit. Songs like “Soils and Coils” offer little in the way of humanity or respite from the brutality of its funeral-march beats and stark, alien sounds. Which means it’s one of my favorite things from the genre I’ve heard yet. Anyone with a taste for bleakness should check this out.

 

 

Wu-Block – Wu-Block

Wu-BlockCD $14.98

Wu-Tang Clan and The Lox team for a hip-hop superstar collaboration, featuring Method Man, Ghostface Killah, Raekwon, GZA, Masta Killah, Jadakiss and Styles P.

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New 12" Releases @ Amoeba Hollywood 2/18 - Efdemin, James Blake, Kassem Mosse, Raime, Ryan Elliott & More

Posted by Oliver / Matt / Jordan, February 18, 2011 12:00pm | Post a Comment

Efdemin

Chicago Remixes 12”
Dial

With surely one of the most exciting releases ever, Dial presents the heavenly dreamteam of DJ Koze, Portable and Efdemin himself remixing tracks off of Chicago (DIAL 021CD/LP). DJ Koze has always been a part of the Dial family so it was just a matter of time to ask him for a remix. Portable and Efdemin have always exchanged music and friendship. Now they share this beautiful and outstanding first part of the Chicago remixes. Also includes a dub version.

Purchase Efdemin - Chicago Remixes here:



James Blake

James Blake DLP
Atlas

Within the last year this producer has gone from relative obscurity to one of the hottest names in the post dubstep underground. Living up to the hype, this debut album further explores his sonic trademarks of melancholy soul & glitchy electronica. Includes 2 bonus cuts not on the CD!

Purchase James Blake - James Blake here:







Kassem Mosse

Workshop 012 12”
Workshop

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