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Zappa Fans Rejoice The Slew of Frank Zappa / The Mothers of Invention Album Releases

Posted by Billyjam, March 29, 2017 01:00pm | Post a Comment

Many Zappa fans crate-digging at Amoeba Music this week and over the weekend got a nice surprise to discover that a slew of Frank Zappa albums, including many rare recordings, had been quietly reissued Friday last under a new deal between UMe and the estate of the influential late artist / frontman of The Mothers of Invention. Released five days ago with little fanfare shy of a press release sent out a week earlier, two dozen albums by the late Frank Zappa (1940-1993), including many previously limited releases, were issued in CD and download formats by UMe (Universal Music Enterprises) as part of a newly agreed global distribution deal the corporation made with the Zappa Family Trust. That agreement led to 24 Frank Zappa albums been physically released last Friday March 24th in the US, with European, Australian, Japanese and other non US countries release dates to follow five weeks later on April 28th. 2017.  The new deal came about following negotiations between Universal and the late artist's son Ahmet Zappa who is the executor of the Zappa Family Trust. "For more than two decades, the only place to get exclusive Frank Zappa albums was through our mail order and website. We are thrilled to be able to make these titles available to fans across the globe with the help of our friends at Universal," said the executor/artist and younger brother of Dweezil Zappa.

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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with AFI

Posted by Amoebite, March 29, 2017 12:13pm | Post a Comment

AFI What's In My Bag? Amoeba Music

Many people around the world, including the members of the California rock/punk band AFI, were sad to learn of the passing of Alan Vega, half of the influential New York electropunk duo Suicide. "What a rough past year we had, because we lost Alan," says lead singer Davey Havok as he holds up a vinyl reissue of Suicide's self-titled debut. Havok considers the band "wildly ahead of its time and cutting edge in what they were doing with electronics and soundscapes." Davey, Adam, and Hunter from AFI went shopping at Amoeba Hollywood before their in-store performance in January, and they gave us a glimpse into the work of some of their influences, current interests, and musical peers.

AFI formed in Ukiah, CA while its members were still in high school. They released their full-length debut, Answer That and Stay Fashionable, in 1995. The current lineup of Davey Havok, Adam Carson, Hunter Burgan, and Jade Puget solidified in 1998. AFI has steadily released albums throughout their three decade-spanning career, but it wasn't till their 2000 LP, The Art of Drowning, that they found mainstream success and a slot in the Billboard Top 200.

AFI the Blood Album Amoeba MusicTheir next album, Sing the Sorrow, did even better; the album reached number five on the Top 200 and stayed on the charts for just shy of a year. A string of hits followed, with Decemberunderground (2006), Crash Love (2009) and Burials (2013) all faring well in the Billboard charts. The band released AFI [The Blood Album] in mid-January 2017. AFI will be performing at select festival dates in North America and the United Kingdom this spring/summer.

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20 Albums to Look For This Spring

Posted by Amoebite, March 27, 2017 11:23am | Post a Comment

20 Spring Albums to Look For

Spring is officially here and with it comes a flush of new releases, the metaphorical first flowers in our pleasure garden of music. Need some new hip-hop in your life? It's coming. Hankering for more Bob Dylan in your record collection? Never fear...Bob is here! Eager to catch up with some old favorites who've been gone for too long or to discover some much ballyhooed new names? Set yourself down for a spell and scroll on through our twenty albums to look for this spring.

All of these albums are available to pre-order now on Amoeba.com - and they'll ship FREE to U.S. addresses!


OUT MARCH 31

Dylan

Bob Dylan - Triplicate

Behold, the thirty-eighth studio album from legend-in-our-own -time, Mr. Bob Dylan! Like his previous two releases, Triplicate features Dylan's take on classic American songs.

Available on 3-CD, 180-gram 3-LP vinyl, and limited edition deluxe 180-gram 3-LP vinyl.

New Amoeba Green Room Session with Weyes Blood

Posted by Amoebite, March 26, 2017 01:40pm | Post a Comment

Weyes Blood Amoeba Green Room Session

Brooklyn based singer/songwriter Natalie Mering, also known as Weyes Blood, stopped by Amoeba Hollywood for an intimate performance in our green room before heading out on her (mostly) west coast Weyes Blood Front Row Seat to Earthtour, which will end March 30th at The Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn, NY. While Mering's recorded output is already hauntingly minimal, without studio or live accompaniment her performance was singularly pure.

Mering starts off with "Generation Why," from her latest LP, Front Row Seat To Earth. The sincerity of her ethereal vocals are paired with a sarcastic wit, as she sings lyrics like "Y-O-L-O, why?." Up next is the subtle epic "Be Free," a delicate but confident break-up waltz. Mering ends her session with "In The Beginning," off her 2015 EP Cardamom Times. Even without the organ and layered vocals her performance is as hypnotic as the studio version.

Watch Weyes Blood's Green Room Session below:

Weyes Blood - Amoeba Green Room Session
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Hip-Hop Rap Up Video Version: Funky DL's A Tribe Called Quest Tribute + Raekwon, Oddisee, Your Old Droog, & Rick Ross

Posted by Billyjam, March 26, 2017 11:18am | Post a Comment
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1: Oddisee The Iceberg (MMG/Fat Beats) (2017)

Each year in the second half of March, with Record Store Day just weeks away, record labels traditionally have kicked into full gear with a non-stop flow of releases coming out. And this year is no exception with some incredible hip-hop being released by big and small labels on both vinyl and CD and increasingly more on cassette too. Check out the recent Amoeblog on boutique label Get On Down's exclusive Record Store Day (April 22nd 2017) releases that includes an informative interview with Papa D who is one of the partners of the label that's an imprint of Traffic Entertainment. Peep and/or download as PDF the full list of Record Store Day 2017 releases (hip-hop and beyond) here. Meantime new releases to arrive into Amoeba this week include Washington DC super-talent Oddisee' latest full-length release The Iceberg.  Again from Mello Music Group (MMG), who just last year released both Oddisee' Alwasta EP his The Odd Tape album, this latest is a dual release with Fat Beats under their MMG/Fat Beats combo which we can assume means that there is a vinyl version coming soon. Clocking in at just under 48 minutes The Iceberg's 14 tracks include the song "NNGE" that features album guest Toine. See the new accompanying music video below.

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