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Dip Your Toes into Classical Music with Our Handy Conversion Chart

Posted by Amoebite, November 17, 2014 03:56pm | Post a Comment

Classical Music Conversion Chart

There is a type of customer at Amoeba Music that remains one of my favorites. Those brave souls who sheepishly make their way to the deepest, most remote area of the store: The Classical Section. They look vulnerable but hopeful, curious but intimidated. They come, knowing they want Classical music, but unsure how to find something they’ll like.

I’ve found the most efficient and fun way to lead folks is to learn about the other forms of music they love, and then use that to inspire selections. For every contemporary artist on the scene today, I assure you that there’s a composer in the Classical section with parallels. Beyond that, after working in record stores for over a decade, I’ve learned that people who enjoy certain acts – such as, let’s say, Black Sabbath – typically will also enjoy the string quartets of Dmitri Shostakovich.

It’s these interactions that led me to create the following "conversion chart." While no means infallible, think of it as a fun way to find a starting point in your adventure into the Classical music genre. But remember – no chart can replace a living, breathing, Amoeba Music employee. Don’t be afraid to come in and ask for suggestions. We love that!

The best time to come explore the Classical section will be November 28-30 when we're having a huge Classical blowout at our stores over Black Friday weekend. All red and green tag Classical CDs and vinyl will be 50% off! Sale details here.

Top Ten NYC Subway Songs

Posted by Billyjam, September 3, 2014 10:51pm | Post a Comment
New York State of Mind Amoeblog #96:

As this 100 part weekly series winds to a close over the coming weeks I figured I'd do some music best-of lists in these final five installments including this week's Top Ten Best NYC Subway Songs. While a tough list to compile, due to the sheer number of songs out there that reference the most frequently used mode of transportation here in New York City, it was still a fun one to draw up.

For this top ten, rather than just do say 70's rock or 90's hip-hop or any one specific genre, I tried to cover several genres and eras, and even still just scratched the surface. The selections are mostly subway themed songs - although some are overall NYC themed but with subway references in them like the ones by Fear and VU which placed in the last two positions for that very reason. Some others that almost made the list include "F Train" by Babe the Blue Ox, Unsane's “D Train,” "The L Train Is A Swell Train And I Don't Want To Hear You Indies Complain" by Out Hud, "Subway: The Last 'I Love New York' Song" (from the musical Mayor), and another musical one - "Subways Are for Sleeping" from the musical of the same name. In comments below please feel free to add any songs you think should have made the list.



1) Duke Ellington Orchestra “Take the ‘A’ Train” (1941) "You must take the 'A' train / To go to Sugar
Hill, way up in Harlem.
" Even if they don't realize it, everyone knows this song - a jazz standard and signature tune for Duke Ellington and his orchestra with lyrics. Literally a classic and one that pops
into my head every time I take the A train, and I rate it number one on my list for its historic relevance. Honorable mention to another jazz classic: "GG Train" by Charles Mingus about the line now known
simply as the "G" line - as the "L" line used to be the "LL" line.

New "What's In My Bag?" With Our Record Store Day DJ Chuck E. Weiss

Posted by Amoebite, April 16, 2014 02:31pm | Post a Comment

Chuck E. Weiss

Before Chuck E. Weiss became known for his own musical talents, he was known for the company he kept. His circle of friends included the likes of Tom Waits and Johnny Depp to name a few. Back in the day,  Weiss was this trendsetting scenster from Denver who once toured as a drummer for Lightnin' Hopkins and recorded with Blues legends Willie Dixon and Muddy Waters. After relocating to Los Angeles with his buddy Tom Waits, Weiss befriended singer/songwriter Rickie Lee Jones and Chuck E Weiss Red Beans & Weissbecame the subject of her hit song, "Chuck E.'s In Love."  

Weiss is back with his new album, Red Beans & Weiss (Anti-Records), after a seven year gap between his last release. The new album is chock full of zany, retro, blues and rockabilly influenced jams executive produced by Johnny Depp and Tom Waits. The record is fun and catchy!

Weiss is also a bonafide vinyl collector and record store culture runs in his blood (His parents owned the Record Center, a small record store in Denver, Colorado). So it's only fitting that Chuck E. Weiss will be playing a DJ set at Amoeba Hollywood for Record Store Day on Saturday, April 19th. Click here for the full schedule of events on Record Store Day.

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The Art Of The LP Cover- Rainy Day (Umbrella Gallery Pt. 2)

Posted by Mr. Chadwick, March 25, 2012 02:49pm | Post a Comment


We've had so little rain this year in L.A. that I figure I had better take advantage of today's damp weather to launch this blog. Although, I must admit that I cheated with a few parasols and a dude in rain slicks.  Click here to check out the first umbrella gallery, posted back in 2010.


Amoeba Hollywood's Top 100 Albums of 2011

Posted by Amoebite, January 5, 2012 06:40pm | Post a Comment
Here are the Top 100 Best Sellers at Amoeba Hollywood in 2011:

Adele
1. Adele
21
Columbia


Release Date: 2/22/2011
Foster the People 2. Foster the People
Torches
Columbia 


Release Date: 5/23/2011
Radiohead 3. Radiohead
King of Limbs
TBD Records


Release Date: 3/29/2011
Mumford & Sons

4. Mumford & Sons
Sigh No More
Glass Note

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