Ladytron To Mark 20 Year Anniversary with Self-Titled Sixth Album Release in February 2019

Posted by Billyjam, October 18, 2018 02:15pm | Post a Comment

Ladytron recently announced a February 15th, 2019 release date for their first album of new music since 2011’s Gravity the Seducer after which they were on hiatus for seven years. The forthcoming eponymous release, to be released on Ladytron Music via !K7, will be the UK electronic pop rock quartet’s sixth album since forming in 1999 in Liverpool, England. The anticipated self-titled album will feature the two acclaimed advance singles (“The Island” and “The Animals”) that were released over the past six months plus eleven other new tracks that will include "Until The Fire," "Paper Highways," "Run" and "Horrorscope." 

Stylistically Ladytron pick up where they left off before their extended hiatus, albeit a little more serious and reflective. Intact are the infectiously catchy hooks and driving rhythms that Ladytron is known for but the lyrical content, described by the group as exploring the disquiet of our times, is a little darker. “For us, it’s like getting together with an old friend. You’ve both changed, but still have that common ground. Familiarity crossed with excitement,” said lead vocalist/synth player  Helen Marnie of the new album in a prepared statement with vocalist/guitarist/synth-player Daniel Hunt adding that, “It’s a lot heavier than Gravity, which was an intentionally more sedate, ethereal record. The atmospheres are there, but there’s more urgency underneath.”

Remembering Beloved Bay Area DJ/Hip-Hop Ambassador DJ Stef in One Word, One Year Later [#DJStefWas]

Posted by Billyjam, October 17, 2018 01:05pm | Post a Comment

On this date exactly one year ago, October 17th 2017, NYC based NorCal transplant promoter Peter Agoston put on an all star tribute show at the Elbo Room in San Francisco to DJ Stef who had suddenly (and shockingly) died at the beginning of that month at age 55 of a heart attack. Her sudden unexpected passing caused much grief within both the Bay Area DJ/hip-hop community and the world at large. A truly beloved figure who loved DJ culture and hip-hop with a passion, this Bay Area DJ and hip-hop 
ambassador who was taken too young, too soon (age 55) had touched the lives of so many - as witnessed by the turnout of friends who came from all over to pay respect to DJ Stef at that Elbo Room event; one of three that week to the late Stephanie Gardner Ornelas (DJ Stef). Read initial Amoeblog In Memoriam here and Amoeblog review of October 2017 tributes here.  

Performers at the October 17th 2017 Elbo Room that night included ef. These included such scheduled acts as Del The Funky Homosapien,  Dan the AutomatorDominoPeanut Butter WolfForeign LegionZion IEclipse 427DJ PlaturnSacred Hoop and Various Blends plus such other talents as R&B vocal powerhouse Melina Jones, pioneering Bay Area turntablist DJ Quest and super talented San Francisco emcee Z-Man.   I was also on the bill doing a DJ set during which I was joined on stage by both veteran Bay Area emcee Bas-One and LA underground hip-hop icon 2Mex. During this time I got on the mic to invite those to write on cards with a sharpie one word that they felt described who DJ Stef was. The video above features some of those cards that included such descriptive words as "welcoming, serene, warn, fly, delightful" with music by Dawgisht and photos by Timi D.... See full Amoeblog review here and news report of Stef's October 1st 2017 passing here.  Rest In Beats DJ Stef.

Sidewalk Sale at Amoeba Hollywood Saturday, October 20

Posted by Amoebite, October 13, 2018 02:42pm | Post a Comment

Sidewalk Sale at Amoeba Hollywood

Amoeba Hollywood is having a sidewalk sale on Saturday, October 20th! We'll have crazy good deals on DVDs, Blu-rays, CDs, vinyl, T-shirts, books & more 12pm-4pm. Everything is priced to move fast and conveniently located just outside the store.

Plus, we'll have a voter registration table set up outside during the sidewalk sale. The deadline to register to vote in the CA midterms is just around the corner on Monday, October 22nd. If you register to vote at Amoeba, we'll mail in the form for you AND you'll get a free vote button!

Check out some of the great bargains you'll find at our sidewalk sale:

  • DVD box sets: 2 for $5 or $3 each
  • DVDs: 3 for $5 or $2 each
  • Blu-ray: 3 for $10 or $4 each
  • CDs: buy one, get one free
    (of equal or lesser value)
  • T-Shirts: $5 & under
  • Clearance and discounted LPs
  • Classical CD and LP deals
  • Books & magazines: 2 for $1
  • Bargain toys & rare artist merch

All sidewalk sale items are aggressively sale priced. Therefore, we do not accept store credits, gift certificates, coupons or other offered store sales for any sidewalk sale items. Additionally, we cannot offer customer holds or mail order. All sales are final.

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Crate Diggin' @ Amoeba: Top 10 New & Upcoming Hip-Hop Vinyl: Travis Scott, Mac Miller, Kids See Ghosts, The Nonce, El-P +

Posted by Billyjam, October 9, 2018 11:51pm | Post a Comment

Increasingly more vinyl/LP versions of albums are being released in both brand new and reissue versions. While some of these new release vinyl titles are being released on the same dates as other formats (CD, MP3) of the same title, most are typically released at a later date that can be anywhere from a week later to two or more months later. Upcoming releases that can be pre-ordered now from Amoeba, as outlined in the YouTube video above, include Travis Scott's  Astroworld 2LP  vinyl version that goes on sale Nov 9th (with Astroworld CD version going on sale Oct 12th).  Post Malone's beerbongs & bentleys 2LP Clear Vinyl  (Republic) will be available October 26th pre-order now while the beerbongs & bentleys CD release from several months ago is still avail. The late Mac Miller's summer released album will be avail on vinyl as a double album set; Swimming 2LP (Warner) will be available on November 2nd pre-order now.

New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Mike Shinoda (Linkin Park)

Posted by Amoebite, October 8, 2018 06:20pm | Post a Comment

Mike Shinoda - What's In My Bag?

Before Mike Shinoda's in-store performance at Amoeba Hollywood, we sat down with the Linkin Park founding member to talk about some of his favorite records, including a bunch of independent DJ LPs he was excited to find at the store. "When we were getting started as a band, our DJ, Joe, and I used to go down to Melrose and find all these independent records," he told us waxing nostalgic, going on to explain how DJs like Q-bert and DJ Swamp pushed the envelope and inspired him and his band mate. Shinoda had a lot of insight into all of his record picks, making for a sincere and enlightening What's In My Bag?

Mike Shinoda co-founded Linkin Park in 1996, serving as the band's rhythm guitarist, main songwriter, keyboardist, producer, and lead vocalist. Together with guitarist Brad Delson, Shinoda engineered and Mike Shinoda - Post Traumatic - Amoeba Musicproduced the band's 1999 Hybrid Theory EP, a teaser of sorts for their groundbreaking full-length of the same name. Linkin Park's second LP, Meteora (2003), and third LP, Minutes to Midnight (2007) were also smash hits for the band, with both albums debuting at #1 on the Billboard Top 200. The band has steadily climbed over the course of its twenty-plus-year career, with A Thousand Suns (2010), Living Things (2012), The Hunting Party (2014), and One More Light (2017) all doing brisk business on the charts. Linkin Park has won two Grammy awards, for the track "Crawling" (Hybrid Theory) and "Numb/Encore," from their 2004 collaboration with Jay-Z, Collision Course.

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