20 Albums to Look For in Summer

Posted by Billy Gil, June 10, 2015 03:03pm | Post a Comment

summer albums

Summer doesn’t officially start until June 21, but there are already many albums announced, including a few that are sure to be some of the biggest of the year.

leon bridges coming homeLeon Bridges Coming Home
Out June 23

Young soul singer Leon Bridges’s powerful voice and guitar licks have earned him comparisons to Sam Cooke and a viral hit with the sweetly swaying, vintage-R&B-style “Coming Home.” It’s one of those times when it looks like the hype is on point; Coming Home announces the arrival of a huge new talent.


cayucas dancing at the blue lagoon lpCayucas Dancing at the Blue Lagoon
Out June 23

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Amoeba Sponsors The Drop: Linda Thompson at the Grammy Museum Oct. 15

Posted by Billy Gil, September 30, 2013 05:52pm | Post a Comment

linda thompsonAmoeba Music is proud to be a sponsor of The Drop at the Grammy Museum featuring folk legend Linda Thompson on October 15th at 8 p.m. Tickets are $20 and are available here.

Thompson rose to prominence in the mid-’70s with a run of albums recorded with her then-husband, former Fairport Convention member Richard Thompson (recorded as Richard & Linda Thompson). Following the dissolution of their marriage, Thompson was diagnosed with a rare condition known as hysterical dysphonia, causing her to lose her voice. She returned in 1985 with the solo album One Clear Moment, then largely disappeared from the public eye until returning in the early 2000s with a pair of solo albums. In 2007 she released Versatile Heart, with guest appearances by Martha Wainwright and Antony Hegarty of Antony and the Johnsons, among others.

Her latest album, Won’t Be Long Now, will be released on October 15th, the same day as her appearance at the Grammy Museum, where she’ll appear with vice president of The GRAMMY Foundation and MusiCares Scott Goldman to discuss her music and the new record.

Albums Out 2/5: Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Jim James, Grouper and More

Posted by Billy Gil, February 5, 2013 10:50am | Post a Comment

Album Picks:

Unknown Mortal Orchestra - II

Unknown Mortal OrchestraCD $12.98

LP $14.98

Lo-fi psych-pop band Unknown Mortal Orchestra grow and refine their sound by leaps and bounds on their second album. While the band’s fine self-titled debut reveled in its Syd Barret-inspired weirdness, II ups the ante by funneling its odd turns into pop songs that seem to activate new nodes in your brain. “From the Sun” makes like a White Album demo, stuffing its rich arrangement into the washing machine — it comes out with colors mismatched but intact. “Swim and Sleep (Like a Shark)” is high-flying indie-pop that doesn’t have to ask to make itself at home on loop. By the time you’re three songs in, with the soft vintage soul of “So Good at Being in Trouble,” II becomes remarkable rather than merely enjoyable. From space-rock (“No Need for a Leader”) to glammy soul (“Secret Xtians”) to Madchester-style Britpop (“Faded in the Morning”), Unknown Mortal Orchestra seem to have digested decades worth of bargain-bin records and made the sounds their own on II.

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Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Fest 2010

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, September 28, 2010 10:35am | Post a Comment
A huge number of the artists set to play at this weekend's Hardly Strictly Bluegrass festival in Golden Gate Park have also performed at Amoeba! Check out some performance videos, interviews and images of Steve Earle, Richard Thompson, Patti Smith, Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings and many more, and get ready for one amazing, incredible weekend at the free festival! 

For all set times and a full schedule of players, please check out the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass website!

Conor Oberst and the Mystic Valley Band - interview
Click here for the performance video

Patti Smith - performance video
Click here for the interview

Gillian with Dave Rawlings Machine - performance video
Gillian Welch will be playing at HSB, no doubt accompanied by Dave Rawlings.

Richard Thompson to Play Amoeba Hollywood Sunday, September 19th @ 5pm. Don't Miss It!

Posted by Billyjam, September 18, 2010 07:30am | Post a Comment

Richard Thompson "1952 Vincent Black Lightning" - A song he usually includes in his live sets

Even the dedicated legions of lifetime Richard Thompson fans agree, essential as the guitarist/singerRichard Thompson Dream Attic/songwriter's records are, to fully appreciate the brilliance of this British folk legend you simply have to witness him live in concert. The good news is that you will have a chance to see the songwriting guitarist extraordinaire play live for free when he graces the stage at Amoeba Hollywood tomorrow, Sunday, September 19th at 5pm.

The Amoeba Music instore is in support of Thompson's just released new album Dream Attic, which captures the man (and his band) at their best, live in concert. Available to buy online from Amoeba for just $10.98, Dream Attic features thirteen all new songs that were recorded live earlier this year during a West Coast tour by Thompson and band (including mandolin, violin, sax, bass and drums).

Thompson, whose guitar skills have elevated him alongside such other greats as Eric Clapton and Jimmy Page (although he has never gotten the level of mainstream attention of these two lauded guitarists) and who Rolling Stone placed in the Top 20 tier of the magazine's list of The 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time, started out in the legendary British folk-rock group Fairport Convention. Penning such classic early Fairport songs as "Meet On The Ledge" and "Crazy Man Michael," Thompson was a member of Fairport Convention for four years, through 1971. And while no longer officially a member, he occasionally gets together with his old band mates for reunion concerts, typically at the annual August Fairport's Cropredy Convention.

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