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NightLife at SF's California Academy of Sciences Presents Chrome Sparks, May 19

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, May 10, 2016 01:30pm | Post a Comment

NightLife at California Academy of Science

Chrome Sparks, NightLife
Chrome Sparks

San Francisco's California Academy of Sciences continues to reinvent Thursday nights as their NightLife summer music series returns. Inspired by science and powered by sound, the Academy transforms itself into an oasis of music and art one night a month for NightLife LIVE 2016.

On Thursday, May 19th, catch a live performance by Chrome Sparks, Jeremy Malvin's synth-heavy dance project, and the opening set of funk and soul-influenced dance tracks from Planet Booty. Additional grooves provided by DJs Dials and King Most.

In between sets, sip on NightLife’s signature beer—Magnolia Aliciella Bitter—brewed using plant types found on the museum’s Living Roof. As you take in cutting-edge exhibits and 38,000 live animals in the world’s greenest museum, you can browse local vendors too. Come visit us at the Amoeba Music pop-up shop! We'll be bringing loads of quality used vinyl so prepare to go crate digging.

Get your tix HERE, and RSVP and invite your friends on Facebook HERE.

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Grimes’ 'Halfaxa' Reissued!

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, May 6, 2016 09:01pm | Post a Comment

Grimes, Halfaxa
Halfaxa reissue
Grimes, Halfaxa original cover
Halfaxa original artwork

-- By doubleay

Grimes’ 2010 album, Halfaxa, has been reissued by Arbutus Records with new artwork! This is the first of three Grimes’ reissues from Arbutus including her other 2010 albums, Geidi Primes and Darkbloom. Grimes sophomore album, Halfaxa’s original LP release dates back to 2011 and since then her career has seen exponential growth. Grimes (Claire Boucher) has undoubtedly progressed and evolved her sound over the past five years. Her experimental electronic roots have developed into a bubblier electro pop style, like that heard on her most recent release, Art Angels. But as Boucher has moved away from her more experimental sound, she has maintained a unique and radical element to her music, skyrocketing herself to a platform where she is challenging the norms of pop music by reinventing the appealing, melodic genre.

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20 Vinyl LPs to Look For in Late Spring

Posted by Billy Gil, April 19, 2016 05:00pm | Post a Comment

20 vinyl lps late spring list

 


Aesop RockThe Impossible Kid
Out April 29

aesop rock the impossible kid lpAesop Rock’s follow-up to 2012’s Skelethon is produced by the rapper himself. If you’ve ever wondered what’s going through the motor-mouthed MC’s head, watch the video for “Rings” below.

 

Brian EnoThe Ship
Out April 29

brian eno the ship lpLegendary producer and artist Brian Eno’s latest is an ambient work inspired in part by the sinking of the Titanic and World War I. It also includes a cover of The Velvet Underground’s “I’m Set Free.” Hear the title track below.

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Off the Wall: The Weeknd's 'Kiss Land'

Posted by Billy Gil, April 19, 2016 03:24pm | Post a Comment

I'm starting a new series in which we highlight an item or items from our collectibles. Usually these are only available in-store at Amoeba Hollywood, so come down to the store if you're interested in what you see! (Since quantities are limited, you might want to call ahead to see if it's still available.)

the weeknd kiss land lp

The Weeknd - Kiss Land
Found behind the cash registers at Amoeba Hollywood


Before The Weeknd hit it big with his latest album, Beauty Behind the Madness, and its accompanying huge singles ("The Hills," "Can't Feel My Face"), The Weeknd came through on his debut studio full-length like a cold front from Canada, with gorgeous R&B melodies shrouded in lo-fi sound and cool atmosphere. Along with his excellent first mixtapes, collected on Trilogy, Kiss Land introduces us to Abel Tesfaye's way of injecting creeping menace into gripping songs like "The Town," a song about rekindling an old flame after time on tour that echoes its feelings of longing with dramatic synth work. Musically, he keeps things fascinating throughout. The brutality of his Portishead-inspired beat in "Belong to the World" helps send that song's disaffected love lyrics home. And the album's murky final tracks see Tesfaye showing off at what he does best — creating epic (and epically sad) R&B anthems, like the hip-hop equivalent to tracks from The Cure's Disintegration. Kiss Land may be a downer, but Tesfaye's catharsis makes for a beautiful listening experience.

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Used Record Pull: Kate Bush, The Cars, The National and More

Posted by Billy Gil, April 18, 2016 01:30pm | Post a Comment

Join me on a semi-regular trip down our aisles to see what kinds of stuff we have in our Just Received bins!

the national trouble will find me used vinylcults used vinyl lp the police syncronicity used lpthe cars used vinyl lpkate bush lionheart lp

— Found in a used vinyl bin near the stage at Amoeba Hollywood.

(These records were available as of about 1 p.m. April 18. See something you like? Call the store or come down to pick it up. Don't hate me if it's already sold!)

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