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Birthday Week Part 6: Siouxsie Sioux, Andre 3000, John Fogerty, Ramsey Lewis, Cilla Black, and Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes

Posted by Billyjam, May 28, 2017 01:25am | Post a Comment

John Fogerty
's (born May 28, 1945) 2013 solo album Wrote A Song For Everyone

For this sixth and final part in the Amoeblog Birthday Week series we salute six artists: John Fogerty who was born on May 28th in 1945 and the five others who were all born on May 27th including Siouxsie Sioux, Andre 3000, Cilla Black, Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes, and Ramsey Lewis. And below is a condensed overview / rough guide to their careers including their main releases, with one video from each, and including links to the artist pages on the Amoeba online store. Note you will find an even wider choice of releases on these (and all other artists) in each of the three Amoeba Music shops: Berkeley, San Francisco, and Hollywood. This final Amoeblog birthday week installment in the series follows the May 26th Miles Davis tribute, the May 25th Paul Weller tribute, the May 24th Bob Dylan one, the May 22nd Morrissey one, and the May 23rd one to Rosemary Clooney, Maxwell, and Robert Moog. Like the latter Amoeblog, today's also combines several different artists. Following a brief overview of these six artists are a series of videos representing one from each plus one album cover from each artist.

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New Vinyl Reissues From Sia, Fleetwood Mac, The Beatles and More

Posted by Amoebite, May 26, 2017 02:32pm | Post a Comment

Vinyl Reissues out May 26

Memorial Day weekend is upon us, and with the holiday comes a slew of new vinyl reissues. If you're a classic rock fan, a Sia fan, OR a classic rock fan who loves Sia, you'll want to perk up your ears and read on to find out about the special releases hitting our shelves today. Lots of your old favorites are getting dusted off and spiffed up -- and they don't just look good, they sound great, too.

Here's what to look for to make your vinyl collection bigger and better.

Burnin' Sky

Bad Company - Burnin' Sky

Released for the first time in 1977, Burnin' Sky has been remastered and pressed on 180-gram vinyl. The LP reissue features several bonus tracks, including an early version of "Too Bad" with vocal duties performed by guitarist Mick Ralphs.

Run with the Pack

Bad Company - Run with the Pack

Amoeba Music Celebrates Birthdate of Late Legendary, Influential Jazz Artist Miles Davis With 20% Storewide Sale

Posted by Billyjam, May 26, 2017 12:38pm | Post a Comment
Miles Davis' 1959 Kind of Blue (also on LP/vinyl) is a landmark album not just for jazz, but all music

"If you only get to own two Miles Davis albums? Hmmm: that's a hard one because he has so many essential collectables. I mean he's the greatest. But if only two Miles albums then I would have to narrow it down to Kind of Blue first. That's a given. And I think most would agree. But for the second MIles album I think would have to recommend  Sketches Of Spain. That was from that same period, released in 1960 a year after Kind of Blue," said Dick Conte when interviewed by the Amoeblog this week. The reason we reached out to the KCSM DJ, whose past radio stations include legendary bygone era Bay Area jazz radio station KJAZ (1959 - 1994), was because today is the birth date of Miles Davis who died at age 65 back in 1991.

The highly influential jazz trumpeter and composer Miles Davis was born on May 26th, 1926. And in recognition of the date and the jazz icon himself, all day today at all three Amoeba Music stores is a 20% sale on all Miles Davis releases and related product (LPs, CDs, cassettes, DVDs, posters, books etc.). This Amoeblog, the fifth in a weeklong series of celebrating important artists' birthdays, is a brief tribute to the man and his vast important back-catalog, and a sort of crash course in what to get by Miles Davis if you are only now beginning to build a collection of the legendary jazz artist's work.

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Happy 59th Birthday Paul Weller [Video Version: Solo, The Style Council, The Jam]

Posted by Billyjam, May 25, 2017 09:07am | Post a Comment

Born in 1958 on this date, May 25th, UK singer, songwriter, guitarist Paul Weller (aka The Modfather) today celebrates his 59th birthday. Happy birthday Paul and thank-you for providing the world with so much great music from your seminal days with The Jam (with Bruce Foxton & Rick Buckler)  through your years with The Style Council (with Mick Talbot etc.) and all your later solo work up to the present. As a fan of Weller's since 1977 when he arrived with his punk / mod revivalist / power-pop trio The Jam, I have always admired the artist for not just his musical skills, but his passion for all types of music from punk to funk to soul and jazz and house and, more importantly, his commitment to follow his heart and go with his gut. Weller has always been an artist who made the music that he wanted to, not what some record company exec dictated to him. And it is because of this insistence on sticking to his gut and soul, I believe, that Weller has been such a prolific artist. Even excluding the body of work with The Jam and The Style Council, Weller's released an impressive 20 + solo albums (studio, live, and compilations).  So in honor of this occasion, which is part 4 of this week's special Amoeblog Birthday Week series that began on Monday with Morrissey, below are over thirty videos from throughout Weller's long illustrious career. Spanning several decades and in chronological order, most are music videos or concert clips or TV performances (inc. Top Of The Pops) but also included is a cool music related interview from 2013 when Weller visited Amoeba Hollywood and took part in a What's In My Bag? (WIMB) episode. Whenever applicable the name of the album that a song is from is included with a link to the Amoeba.com shop page where you can order the album, most of which are vinyl pressings (Free Shipping anywhere in the USA). Thanks for checking out this birthday blog and be sure to view the others: May 22nd Morrissey, May 23rd Maxwell, Rosemary Clooney, & Robert Moog, May 24th Bob Dylan, and tomorrow May 26th will be Miles Davis.

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Tickets for Lil Yachty's 'Teenage Groove' Prom Available at Amoeba Hollywood May 25

Posted by Amoebite, May 24, 2017 03:24pm | Post a Comment

Lil Yachty Prom in LA

Lil Yachty is throwing a Teenage Groove prom in Los Angeles Thursday, May 25th and Amoeba Hollywood has your tickets to this awesome event! Just pre-order his new CD, Teenage Emotions, in-store only at Amoeba Hollywood starting at 10:30am on May 25th and you'll get an invitation to prom. Lil Yachty will be performing, plus there will be a contest for "best dressed" and prom king and queen, so come looking sharp in your best prom attire. There will also be plenty of food and drink, including alcohol for the 21+ fans.

Lil Yachty Teenage EmotionsWhat: Lil Yachty Teenage Groove Prom

Where: Loews Hotel in Hollywood

When: Thursday, May 25th. Doors at 7:30pm

Tickets: Available with in-store pre-order at Amoeba Hollywood starting at 10:30am on May 25th (while supplies last). 1 pre-order will get you 1 ticket, and there's a max 5 per person. 

Please note, it's an all-ages event, but if you're under 18 you need to bring a parent or guardian with you and they will need their own ticket.

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Lil Yachty's debut full-length album, Teenage Emotions, is officially out on CD May 26th. It merges his signature gleeful sing-rap and auto-tuned transmissions with hip-hop bombast, pop, and eighties cultural touchstones. The 19-year-old Atlanta native is proudly genre-defying, mining hip-hop, alternative, and indie sounds, as well as his hometown Atlanta trap DNA to solidify his mosaic approach. The album is a reflection of young lives right now, from happiness to social media-saturated heartbreak to the dance floor, caught in a sound that effortlessly and constantly bounces from rap to pop to something entirely its own. Personally, the nineteen-year-old strives to promote positivity and good vibes. It caters to a teenager's everyday lifestyle -- heartbreak, happiness, and that vibe when you wake up in the morning and just wanna dance.

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