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Slim Pickin's: the Best of the Amoeba SF Vinyl Clearance Section

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, December 14, 2014 02:30pm | Post a Comment

There's a new monthly DJ event happening in San Francisco and Amoeba SF is proud to be involved. DJ Johnnie WalkerThis is no ordinary DJ party. The brainchild of longtime San Francisco resident and DJ Johnnie Walker, Slim Pickin's is a celebration of Amoeba SF's Vinyl Clearance section! Viva la dollar vinyl!

Each month, two DJ's spin nothing but vinyl selections found in the vast Amoeba Vinyl Clearance section at the historic Murio's Trophy Room (1811 Haight Street), just two doors down from Amoeba, from 3pm to 8pm. Sounds easy and fun, right? Well, here's where it gets interesting: the DJ's have just an HOUR before the party to pick their aural offerings. Basically knowledge, intuition, and sense of humor will dictate the vibe and flow of that day's event. At the end of the day, each DJ will receive special prizes.

Slim Pickin's is set to happen on the third Sunday of the month, but please note that December's installment is TODAY (12/14). RSVP on the Facebook invite.

The event is free and 21 & up. Stop by to be considered for a chance on the wheels of steel!?

Gift Ideas for Hip Hop Heads

Posted by Amoebite, December 2, 2014 02:01pm | Post a Comment

gift ideas for hip hop heads

Here is our list of gift ideas culled from recent Hip Hop releases (with a few classics thrown in), plus 10 Hip Hop vinyl reissues from 2014 every fan should have.

Diabolic

Diabolic - Fightin' Words

Fightin' Words is a long delayed release from East Coast rapper Diabolic which has been in the works for four years. Originally intended to come out on Viper Records, the album instead got released via the recently founded WarHorse Records. Mic collaborators include such hard hitters as Vinnie Paz, Apathy, and R.A. the Rugged Man, while production is handled in most part by DJ Premier.

Buy CD | LP.

Freddie Gibbs & Madlib Pinata 

Essential Records: Belle & Sebastian 'If You're Feeling Sinister'

Posted by Billy Gil, October 10, 2014 05:45pm | Post a Comment

belle & sebastian if you're feeling sinister lp

Matador reissued Belle & Sebastian’s classic 1996 album If You’re Feeling Sinister on vinyl recently, and it’s been a lot of fun to revisit an album that meant so much to me in high school.

Last time I wrote about how The Smashing PumpkinsAdore was a gateway album for me when I was 16. Enamored of that album’s nocturnal aura, I sought music with a similarly mellow, melancholic vibe. I was also an avid Rolling Stone junkie at the time. I remember reading their four-star review of The Boy With the Arab Strap and deciding it was something I’d like, and I went out and bought it on a whim. I was right—I became totally hooked on this band, their vintage aesthetic and gently orchestrated sound, which sounded mind-blowingly fresh to me at the time.

I suppose it wasn’t just my decided lack of worldliness that was to blame there. You certainly couldn’t hear anything like Belle & Sebastian on radio or MTV, and this was still the infancy of the Napster years. My parents’ lame computer could only hold about 100 songs. There was still a lot of going out and buying CDs on whims then.

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Huge Jazz Vinyl Collection Hits Amoeba SF This Saturday, 10/11

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, October 8, 2014 06:57pm | Post a Comment

Jazz Vinyl Collection at Amoeba San Francisco

Calling all Jazz vinyl hounds! A fantastically huge and choice used LP collection pressed in the late 1950s to the late 1960s hits the floor here at Amoeba SF this Saturday, October 11th. Expect true gems on Impulse, Blue Note, Verve, and Prestige from artists like John Coltrane, Shirley Scott, Donald Byrd, Stanley Turrentine, Red Garland, Lee Morgan, Miles Davis, Sonny Rollins, Wayne Shorter, and so many more.

The LPs are in excellent condition and they won't last long! Come early for the best selection.
 

Do Vinyl Reissues Lessen the Value of Originals?

Posted by V.B., September 29, 2014 05:40pm | Post a Comment

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

One would correctly assume that a record is reissued because there is a pent up demand for an out of The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Are You Experiencedprint title. Let’s take the latest reissue of Jimi HendrixAre You Experienced for example. Once this demand is sated, one might conclude that the elevated value for the original would come down, citing the law of supply and demand. This should be especially true because the newest release is pressed on 180 gram vinyl and sounds superior to previous versions.

My experience however, is that the added buzz and exposure adds to the mystique of owning the original and raises the value, especially if the original is in great shape. If you buy records just to hear the music, you absolutely shouldn’t pay more just to get an original. But, if you’ve crossed the line into being a “record collector,” all kinds of other considerations start to creep in. Suddenly condition starts to matter, you tend to be more of a completest in regard to an artist’s catalog, you weigh mono versus stereo, and you start to favor original issues.

A simple analogy would be: if you were an art collector would you want the original Mona Lisa, or a $29 copy? No matter how beautiful they might think it is, most art collectors would not put a repro up in their house, even though they could never afford the original.

Getting back to Hendrix, we see below the original Reprise tri-tone label, which was soon replaced by the two tone label, and then by the 1970s a solid brown label was used.
 

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