An Intimate Evening with Matisyahu in San Francisco, November 6

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, October 25, 2015 03:28pm | Post a Comment


Amoeba Music and CIIS Public Programs & Performances present An Intimate Evening with Matisyahu on Friday, November 6th at the Herbst Theatre in San Francisco.

In celebration of the 10th anniversary of his breakthrough album, Live at Stubb's, Matisyahu has taken a new look at the music that first made his reputation with his new release Live at Stubb's III: A 10-Year Journey. In two stripped-back sit-down shows in March of 2015, Matisyahu performed new arrangements of his early reggae hits from the original album, along with a selection of later favorites up through Akeda. This tour reconnects Matisyahu with long-time musical collaborators and friends from his early touring days, including Live at Stubb's guitarist Aaron Dugan.

Matisyahu and his band will present an evening of stripped-back arrangements highlighting the music that launched his career while taking fans of all ages on a journey through his evolution.

Get your tickets now for this for this very special event.


Huge East Coast LP Haul Brings 4,000 Vinyl Pieces to Amoeba Hollywood June 13

Posted by Amoebite, June 3, 2015 03:07pm | Post a Comment

East Coast LP Event at Amoeba Hollywood

We’ve just acquired a choice collection of records from the New Jersey area to resell in our Hollywood store. On Saturday, June 13, we’ll be offering the first of these records for sale to the public, on sale at the Amoeba Hollywood stage.

There are some great classic records from all genres in this collection, and some obscure pieces as well. Coming to us from an iconic industry family, the collection includes well-kept original pressings, a substantial number of reggae and hip hop records, astounding test pressings, rare and import soundtracks, and one-of-a-kind items from major acts.

Check out a sneak preview of some of the pieces we’ll have for sale below:

east coast lp collection sale

amoeba east coast collection sale

So come down to Amoeba on Saturday, when we’ll be having our next Sidewalk Sale as well. Don’t miss out, as this collection will only be separately sold through Sunday.

Before Reggae

Posted by Joe Goldmark, November 21, 2014 06:00pm | Post a Comment

Head to the Vinyl Beat website to check out extensive LP label guides and wild cover galleries!

Before Reggae, Rock Steady, and Ska, Calypso was the folk music of the English speaking Caribbean. Like all good folk music, calypsos told stories in song and were often written to celebrate topical events. The music originated with slaves on the plantations. By the golden era of the late 1920s and '30s, there were many diverse influences including music heard from U.S. radio waves that reached the islands.

Here’s what Wikipedia says: Calypso is a style of Afro-Caribbean music that originated in Trinidad and Tobago during the early to mid-20th century. Its rhythms can be traced back to West African Kaiso and the arrival of French planters and their slaves from the French Antilles in the 1600s.

Some of the earliest recordings were by Atilla the Hun, and The Roaring Lion, in the early 1930s.

Atilla – “Roosevelt in Trinidad”

Roaring Lion – “Ugly Woman”


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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode With Reggae Band SOJA

Posted by Amoebite, August 6, 2014 11:52am | Post a Comment

No one ever thinks to connect Arlington, Virginia to the dreadlocked, rastafarian, blunt smoking genre of SOJAreggae. That is, of course, unless we're talking about SOJA. The eight-piece reggae/dub group has been releasing records for over a decade and touring relentlessley the entire time. The Virginia natives are now amongst the elite reggae bands in the world and have collaborated with the likes of Damian "Junior Gong" Marley, Collie Buddz and Michael Franti. SOJA will release Amid The Noise And Haste (ATO Records) on August 12, 2014, followed by a tour of the United States and Europe. You can pre-order it on CD or LP at now and it'll ship FREE to the U.S.   

Singer Jacob Hemphill, guitarist Trevor Young and sax player Hellman Escorcia shopped around Amoeba Hollywood for some records recently. The guys dig up some really cool finds, grabbing everything from jazz to world and rock music. Trevor starts off with the new Jack White LP, Lazaretto, a definite must have for White fans and vinyl collectors. The LP features dual groove technologies, hidden tracks that play at 78 and 45 rpm, making it a three speed LP! A huge Paul Simon fan, Jacob finds a 25th Anniversary edition of Graceland and shares a cool story about his childhood connection to the record. Hellman digs for some jazz classics, including Dexter Gordon's GO  off the iconic Blue Note label. They also tell a story about paying tribute to Jimi Hendrix at a concert in Monterey, burning a replica guitar on the exact spot on stage that he did.

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Check Out The Drop: Dirty Heads at the Grammy Museum July 7

Posted by Billy Gil, June 25, 2014 04:15pm | Post a Comment

Dirty Heads

Amoeba Music is sponsoring The Grammy Museum's music series "The Drop," the next edition of which will feature reggae band Dirty Heads July 7. The show and band interview start at 8 p.m., and tickets are $15 (they're on sale now for American Express cardholders and will go fully on sale to the public July 1 at 12 p.m. PDT).

The band formed in Huntington Beach, Calif. in 1996, by Jared “Dirty J” Watson and vocalist/guitarist Dustin “Duddy B” Bushnell in their freshman year of high school, writing hip-hop songs with a punk and reggae bent. Later adding percussionist Jon Olazabal, drummer Matt Ochoa and bassist David Foral to the fold, and after an initial deal at Warner Bros. didn't come through, the band took their nearly completed first album, Any Port in a Storm, to Executive, who released it in 2008. The album's special edition included the song "Lay Me Down," featuring Rome Ramirez of Sublime With Rome, which spent 11 weeks at No. 1 on Billboard's Alternative Chart, more than any other artist in 2010.

The band followed up with 2012's Cabin By the Sea, which debuted in the Billboard Top 20, and then released the all-acoustic Home - Phantoms of Summer: The Acoustic Sessions last year. Now, the group brings their ever-evolving reggae-based sound to The Grammy Museum for an interview and performance as they're set to release Sound of Change July 8, featuring the single "My Sweet Summer" and produced by Grammy-winning producer Supa Dups (Nina Sky, Bruno Mars). The new album pops with new energy while staying true to their roots, featuring appearances by Buddah Shampoo (Ty Dolla $ign), Niles (The Cataracs), Ward 21 (311, Major Lazer reggae collaborations) and once again, Rome (Sublime).

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