This Week At The New Beverly: Screwball Comedies, Federico Fellini, Grindhouse Film Fest, Cloak & Dagger, Scott Pilgrim and MORE!

Posted by phil blankenship, September 30, 2010 05:36pm | Post a Comment
This Week At The New Beverly

Our full upcoming schedule is available online:

Thursday, September 30

Troll 2 star / Best Worst Movie director Michael Stephenson plus dentist / legendary Troll 2 star George Hardy IN PERSON, schedules permitting, to discuss!

Best Worst Movie
2009, USA, 93 minutes
A new documentary telling the story behind the worst movie ever made - Troll 2. Directed by Troll 2 star Michael Stephenson
7:30, Watch The Trailer!

A Film About Feist: Look at What the Light Did Now

Posted by Amoebite, September 30, 2010 04:15pm | Post a Comment

Musical sensation Feist is the star of a brand new documentary film chronicling the past four years of her career including her highly artistic tour in support of her mega hit The Reminder.

You can watch the full trailer here. The film will be playing in cities across the country next month! Click here to see if it's coming to a city near you.

out this week 9/14 & 9/21...blonde redhead...the drums...brandon flowers...

Posted by Brad Schelden, September 30, 2010 01:41pm | Post a Comment
I really do live for weeks like this. 9/14 is a big release day! Tons of great new albums out to end your summer with! At the top of the list is a brilliant new album by Blonde Redhead. Some have been saying this album is too slow or mellow, but it is Blonde Redhead! The album will not get you out of a coma or suddenly make you have an optimistic outlook on life, but it is amazing! I have loved this band for a long time and over the years I have fallen in love with them over and over again. Each time a new album comes out and each time I see them perform live it is like falling in love for the first time. My favorite album is still probably Melody of Certain Damaged Lemons from 2000, their 5th album. Their new album is called Penny Sparkle and it's their 8th album. The new album is of course out on vinyl, and the CD comes out in two formats. There is a regular jewel case version and a Deluxe cardboard box version. No extra tracks, but the packaging is cute and fancy. Inside the hard-to-open box is a drawstring cloth bag and inside the cloth bag is the CD. It also has a fancy fold out booklet that is not included with the regular CD. The Grinderman, Junip, Brandon Flowers, James, & Weezer albums also all have deluxe versions out 9/14.

Anyway, Blonde Redhead is not one of those bands meant for everybody. They have not really changed very much over their 8 albums. If you have ever loved them before then you will probably still love them now. I feel like their fans are a loyal bunch -- at least I am! This new album is dark and dreamy, weird and ethereal. It will most certainly break your heart, just like you would expect from them. I have liked all of their albums but I really have not gotten obsessed with an album this much since Melody of Certain Damaged Lemons. Blonde Redhead is Kazu Makino and twin brothers Simon and Amedeo Pace. The band first started in 1993 in New York and 17 years later I really can't get enough of them. There is just something about them that gets under your skin and they stay with you for life. I still remember exactly where I was and how I felt back when I was listening to Melody in 2000 and In An Expression of the Inexpressible in 1998. Those albums and those feelings will stay with me forever. If you are not already a fan of their music it is not too late! It would be like a treasure hunt for you, going back and discovering all their older brilliant albums.

Watch the video for "Not Getting There" by Blonde Redhead from the new album Penny Sparkle...

the new album Penny Sparkle by Blonde Redhead

The Drums'
debut album came out a couple of months ago in June as an import. It absolutely became one of my favorite albums of the year! The band is from Brooklyn so it seemed silly that it would come out in the UK before it came out over here but sometimes England is just more ready to embrace a band like this before we are. The album is one of those perfect pop albums, and it has finally come out domestic this month, just in time for the final hot weeks of the year! They also released an excellent EP at the end of last year. It was a perfect introduction to the band. "Down by the Water" and "Let's Go Surfing" appear on both the EP and this full length album. The band reminds me a lot of The Smiths; they are sort of a more electronic modern version of The Smiths. The Drums used to be a foursome of young dudes but now seems to have lost one of its members. Like The Smiths, they combine the dark sounds of new wave with a more pop sound --  a mix of new wave and twee, Belle & Sebastian meets Joy Division. The album has its share of hand claps too, which I love. They are the perfect band for me and it was no surprise that I quickly became a big fan. I sort of knew that I was going to love this band before I even heard them. They could easily be mistaken for any of the more current bands coming out of Sweden. Their sound is similar to Swedish bands like The Mary Onettes, Jen Lekman, Pelle Carlberg, The Legends, & The Shout Out Louds. The songs on this album just make me happy. One of my favorite tracks is actually "I Felt Stupid," but you can only find that song on the EP. However, there are a ton of good songs on this new album, too. LIke any of the records by The Smiths, there is not a bad song on the whole album. You will not be needing to skip ahead to the next song. I have not had a chance to see this band live yet but they are doing an instore at Amoeba in Hollywood on TONIGHT at 6pm! Check them out for sure!

the new album The Drums by The Drums

One of my other favorites out this month is the debut solo album from Brandon Flowers of The Killers. Some might consider The Killers a sort of guilty pleasure but I am not ashamed of my love of The Killers. Their first album, Hot Fuss, came out in 2004 and I was hooked. They were sort of a Las Vegas rock band version of Duran Duran. I loved it. I sort of do feel like a teenager when I get out my Killers albums, but I am OK with that! They have released 3 solos albums and a compilation of outakes and b-sides. Day & Age was their third album and it came out during my first year back in Los Angeles (2008). It is not easy for a band like this to keep making hits and big fun albums one after the next but I was super impressed with Day & Age. It was super fun and had tons of great songs on it; it makes me happy to think back on that time in my life. It also makes me really happy whenever a band like this can maintain and continue to put out albums that make their fans happy. Maybe it was not such a bad idea for the group to take a break and let Brandon Flowers explore some other stuff and put out a solo album. A new Killers album will probably be out in 2012.

Brandon Flowers is the voice behind The Killers so it is no surprise that his new solo album, Flamingo, is not a huge depature from the sound of The Killers. Maybe it's a bit more country, at least on some of the songs. If somebody could go and make country new wave work, it would be Brandon Flowers. Flamingo is just as good as any Killers album and it's actually super Vegas-y (his hometown) -- way more Vegas-esque than any of the Killers albums. At least, the theme of the album and the subject of the songs is more Vegas -- it is called Flamingo, after all! I am leaving for Vegas soon for the big Matador party so this album is helping to get me ready! The album still has electronics and it still has the pop and drama of a Killers album. If you never liked the Killers then you probably will not be falling in love with this album but as a fan of The Killers and the voice of Brandon Flowers, I am also a big fan of this album. It is catchy for sure, and being catchy should not be a crime! Another great album to end my summer with. There are two more fantastic records right around the corner as well -- the amazing new Abe Vigoda is out on 10/5 and the new Belle & Sebastian album is out on 10/12! Keep them coming... 

the new album Flamingo by Brandon Flowers

also out 9/14...

Phosphene Dream by The Black Angels

WIlderness Heart by Black Mountain

Who We Touch by The Charlatans UK

Skit I Allt by Dungen

Grinderman 2 by Grinderman

The Morning After the Night Before by James

Fields by Junip

Root for Ruin by Les Savy Fav

What It Means To Be Left-Handed by Mice Parade

Never Let Me Go Soundtrack

You Are Not Alone by Mavis Staples

Majesty Shredding by Superchunk

Sex With an Ex by The Vaselines

Lisbon by The Walkmen

Hurley by Weezer

also out 9/21...

Maximum Balloon by Maximum Balloon

A Good Understanding by Nico Muhly

I Drink the Air Before Me by Nico Muhly

Trip by Laetitia Sadier

Life of Leisure by Washed Out (finally out on cd!!!)

Kurt Cobain's F-You Letter to MTV

Posted by Amoebite, September 30, 2010 11:03am | Post a Comment
A man after our own heart, Kurt Cobain scrawled this f-you letter to MTV in 1993 and unfortunately never sent it.

kurt cobain letter

It's interesting to think what the consequences would have been if he actually had...maybe nothing would have changed at all, or maybe he would have gone down in history as one of the most popular musicians in the world who really took an active stance against corporate idiocy...maybe his label would have dropped him and he would have gone back to Sub Pop. Who knows. Most people who actually listen to music these days don't seem to have much to do with MTV anyway; heck, they don't even show videos anymore! A lot has changed, and in some ways the old-school has gone down, but you are still missed, Kurt.

Leonard Cohen to Play Oakland One Last Time

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, September 30, 2010 10:52am | Post a Comment
Musical icon Leonard Cohen is wrapping up his long lasting tour next month and he has just added two dates at the fabulous Paramount Theater in Oakland! The 76 year old folk maestro will be hitting the Bay Dec. 5 and 6. Tickets will be on sale Oct 9 and 10, respectively.

leonard cohen

Who would have thought that one of the greatest poet songwriters of all time would end his touring career (?) with a two nighter at Caesar's Palace in Vegas of all places? But it's true. Now that's gonna be some show!

For full tour details, click here.

"A Singer Must Die"

The Late, Great Tony Curtis

Posted by Charles Reece, September 30, 2010 08:50am | Post a Comment

If I were to pick my top 10 favorite films, one of them would be Sweet Smell of Success: directed by Alexander Mackendrick, written by Clifford Odets and Ernest Lehman, shot by James Wong Howe, scored by Elmer Bernstein (with jazz supplied by Chico Hamilton), and starring Burt Lancaster and Tony Curtis. Curtis provided the slime that lubricated Lancaster's evil. I guess many consider Curtis a heartthrob, but he was best at his sleaziest (cf. Some Like It Hot). He died at 85.

Actor Tony Curtis Dead at Age 85

Posted by Billyjam, September 30, 2010 07:07am | Post a Comment
Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon +  Marilyn Monroe in Some Like It Hot (1959)

As reported by the Associated Press, legendary Hollywood actor Tony Curtis died yesterday (Sept 29th) Tony Curtisof cardiac arrest at his home in the Las Vegas area. He was 85. Curtis, who made over a hundred films between the years 1949 and 2008, will be best remembered for comic roles he played such as his full-drag impersonation of a female jazz musician ("Josephine") in 1959's Some Like It Hot and for serious roles such as an escaped chain gang prisoner in The Defiant Ones.

The son of Jewish immigrants from Hungary, he was born Bernard Schwartz and had a tough childhood with his parents. They were so broke and desperate during the Depression years that they had to place him, along with his brother, in a state institution. After serving in the Navy during WWII he turned his focus to acting and at first chose James Curtis as his stage name. He then eventually settled on Anthony Curtis. He was billed as Tony Curtis for the first time in the 1950 western Kansas Raiders. 

Curtis' movie career officially began in 1948 when he won a contract with Universal Pictures, which initially resulted in several small roles in movies such as the 1949 Robert Siodmak directed Criss Cross and the 1950 Arthur Lubin directed Francis. In 1951 he would receive top billing for the first time when he starred in the Rudolph Maté directed The Prince Who Was a Thief. Up to this point his parts were Tony Curtis + Janet Leighserious dramatic ones, but in 1952 he got to unveil his comic talents for the first time in Douglas Sirk’s No Room for the Groom. His first role of considerable importance was in 1953's George Marshall directed Houdini, in which he played opposite his wife Janet Leigh. Married in 1951, the equally attractive couple were the equivalent of Brangelina in the movie fan magazines of the day.

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New Electronic 12" Releases 9/29 @ Amoeba Hollywood - Marko Furstenberg, Phonique, Isolee, Luke Hess, Holger Zilske & More

Posted by Oliver / Matt / Jordan, September 29, 2010 03:52pm | Post a Comment


Counter Mode EP 12"

The Mojuba sub-label brings you two new tunes from the vaults of dub techno ambassador Marko Fürstenberg. These two tracks of pure dub techno magic build a seamless connection to his previous releases and capture the special sound and feel of a true Fürstenberg track -- how it can only be done for this label.

Listen to "070120" here:


Perfect Stranger 12"

"Perfect Stranger" is taken from Phonique's album Kissing Strangers (DES 015CD) and is a powerful modern house cut reflecting the many elements of Phonique's intricate sound. Blending raw, soulful throw-downs with tight and crisp next-level production, perfect for those late-night moments when rave is the only option. Phonogenic & Sasse carefully craft an ear-tingling remix -- ever so funky, clear and direct. Guti remixes "Perfect Stranger" into a roaring percussive journey, full of tumbling congas, dramatic fills and fx.

Listen to Phonogenic & Sasse remix here:

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Colombian-Americans - Happy Hispanic Heritage Month!

Posted by Eric Brightwell, September 29, 2010 03:00pm | Post a Comment

In the US, the word "Latino" is used often, regardless of accuracy, as shorthand for a region's dominant Latino population. In the southwest it usually means "Mexican," in the northeast it means "Puerto Rican" and in Florida, "Cuban." Indeed, those are the three largest populations of Latino-Americanos in the country, although it goes without saying that there are many less-recognized groups of Latinos. Each have their own distinct culture, history, and place in America. This entry is about Colombians, who at an estimated 730,510 currently living in the US, make up the seventh largest Latino population, and the largest population of South-American immigrants in the country.

The country of Colombia is home to at least 85 indigenous nations, including the Muisca, Quimbaya, Tairona, Wayuu, Arhuacos, Kuna, Paez, Tucano, Guahibo, Cauca, Guajira and Guainia. The main population of European immigrants to Colombia were from Spain. Basques, Italians, Germans, the French, Swiss, Poles and Russians also migrated in large numbers. Smaller but significant numbers of European immigrants include Belgians, Lithuanians, Dutch, British, Portugese and Croatians in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. From 1825 til 1851 the Spaniards forcibly brought uncounted numbers of slaves from West Africa. Syrians and Lebanese arrived from the Levant. Today, 58% of Colombians self-identify as mestizo, 20% as white, 14% as mulatto, 4% as black, 3% as zambo, and 1% as Native.

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September 28, 2010: Hatchet II

Posted by phil blankenship, September 29, 2010 11:12am | Post a Comment

Check Out Our Classical Section

Posted by Amoebite, September 29, 2010 09:46am | Post a Comment

Shop Amoeba Music for All of Your Classical Musical Needs!

Amoeba Music carries a wide selection of Classical Music from Early Music to Baroque, virtuoso, classical romantic Avant-garde and everything in between. Stop by any of our three stores and pick up classical titles on CD, LP, DVD and Blu-Ray! Below is information on what’s happening now at Amoeba Hollywood and Amoeba San Francisco! More...


20% Off Classical Sale - Friday, October 22 - Sunday, October 24!

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Greenaid Seed Bombs Are the Bomb

Posted by Amoebite, September 29, 2010 09:22am | Post a Comment
Amoeba Holllywood is on a mission to help you think green with our just-installed Greenaid Seed Bomb machine! The machine looks like an innocent gumball dispenser, but beware -- these are far from candy! Made from a mixture of clay, compost, and seeds, the 50 cent bombs are made to be thrown anonymously into derelict urban sites to temporarily reclaim and transform them into lush green places. Amoeba is the first and only retailer in Hollywood to have the machine, so act now and become a Johnny Appleseed for the 21st-Century! More info here.

greenaid seed bomb

Artcar Fest Oct 8 in Berkeley

Posted by Amoebite, September 29, 2010 09:18am | Post a Comment

Artcar Fest is the west coast’s largest gathering of art cars! Amoeba is pleased to once again sponsor this exclusive, annual event founded and run by ArtCar artists. Make a plan to be at Amoeba Berkeley on Friday, October 8 from 11am-12pm as the festival on wheels makes a stop in front of our shop. Bring the kids, bring the camera and expect to be entertained! More info here.

Gilbert O'Sullivan Tells His Side of the Story in Landmark Sampling Court Case Against Biz Markie that Changed the Direction of Hip-Hop

Posted by Billyjam, September 29, 2010 03:00am | Post a Comment

The extremely shy and usually elusive Irish born singer/songwriter Gilbert O'Sullivan made a rare public speaking appearance over the weekend and addressed his landmark court case against Biz Markie that forever changed the direction of hip-hop music. Fielding questions Sunday afternoon at the Branchage Film Festival in Jersey, UK, following a screening of the Aidan McCarthy directed bio-doc Out On His Own: Gilbert O'Sullivan, the artist, who scored a series of hits in the UK (and to a slightly lesser degree in the US) in the early 70's including "Nothing Rhymed," "Alone Again (Naturally)," "Clair," and "Get Down," gave his side of the story of the notorious 1991 court case that he won but also gained the ire of countless hip-hop artists and fans alike.

Gilbert O'Sullivan "Alone Again (Naturally)"

The landmark case, settled in a New York court, was the first sampling lawsuit to go to court and became historic because it forever altered the course of recording hip-hop music. Up until then hip-hop artists were accustomed to freely borrowing snippets of previous recordings, and pretty much sampled whatever they wanted to. If challenged they tended to settle out of court, or in many instances the rap artist would ask permission (sometimes offering money) right before using a particular sample. This was actually Biz Markiethe case with Biz Markie and Gilbert O'Sullivan, but things did not go as hoped for by the Biz and his O'Sullivan sampled song, "Alone Again (Naturally)."

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September 28, 2010: Buried

Posted by phil blankenship, September 28, 2010 06:11pm | Post a Comment

Three Mile Pilot is Back with a New Album

Posted by Amoebite, September 28, 2010 11:44am | Post a Comment
San Diego's Three Mile Pilot has always been incredibly popular with Amoeba customers, even though the band has not put out any new material in 13 years. Well, today all that changes -- Three Mile Pilot has a brand new album out now called The Inevitable Past is the Future Forgotten!

The band had splintered into Black Heart Procession and Pinback in the meantime, and finally came back together, returning to the collaborative process 5 years ago. Pall Jenkins says, "It was always our intention to continue with Three Mile Pilot; then suddenly all these years had passed." Finally, their record is ready to hit stereos across the country today!

Brave the sun and come out to snatch up this album for some heat wave listening!

inevitable past is the future forgotten three mile pilot

Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Fest 2010

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, September 28, 2010 10:35am | Post a Comment
A huge number of the artists set to play at this weekend's Hardly Strictly Bluegrass festival in Golden Gate Park have also performed at Amoeba! Check out some performance videos, interviews and images of Steve Earle, Richard Thompson, Patti Smith, Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings and many more, and get ready for one amazing, incredible weekend at the free festival! 

For all set times and a full schedule of players, please check out the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass website!

Conor Oberst and the Mystic Valley Band - interview
Click here for the performance video

Patti Smith - performance video
Click here for the interview

Gillian with Dave Rawlings Machine - performance video
Gillian Welch will be playing at HSB, no doubt accompanied by Dave Rawlings.

The Late, Great Sally Menke

Posted by Charles Reece, September 28, 2010 08:55am | Post a Comment
From Pulp Fiction, for which Menke received an Oscar nomination.

It's goddamn hot in Los Angeles right now, and it appears that heat was the cause of death for Tarantino's long-time collaborator, film editor Sally Menke. She was too good to have ever actually won an Oscar, of course.

September 27, 2010: Lottery Ticket

Posted by phil blankenship, September 28, 2010 12:03am | Post a Comment

Cruise to Mexico: Part 2

Posted by Job O Brother, September 27, 2010 03:52pm | Post a Comment

Bon voyage, bitches.

For the boyfriend and myself, going on a second cruise was like a couple of World War II veterans returning to Truk Lagoon – we knew in our hearts we were headed for a piece of paradise, but past experience kept us on edge, worried for the worst. (It’s hard to come back from a cruise where you order 1 bowl of chicken soup and, instead, are brought 14 bowls of rice and 26 hard boiled eggs.) At least this time, we had company: his mother, Chris, and his father, Fred – two people with lots of cruise experience.

Chris and Fred flew in from Texas, where they reside. Early in the morning, the four us took a shuttle to Los Angeles Pier. The driver of the shuttle was the slowest I think I’ve ever witnessed. I mean, kudos on being safe, but when your passengers start thinking they’d make better time on foot, you’ve got a problem. Seriously – he made the Peoplemover seem like the Starship Enterprise.

Once at the Pier, we were guided through a bewildering array of checkpoints, gates, lines, forms and again, more checkpoints. To add to the confusion, there were both mandatory forms and photos to be taken, and optional, “fun” photos and forms. The whole ordeal was kind of like being led to the concentration camp at Auschwitz, if, y’know, instead of wanting to exterminate people, the Nazis were obsessed with tricking them into buying family portraits superimposed on commuter mugs.

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John Coltrane's Military Portrait

Posted by Amoebite, September 27, 2010 12:27pm | Post a Comment
John Coltrane Mug ShotThe Smoking Gun today published this previously unseen portrait of Jazz Legend John Coltrane.

Saying, "In our continuing effort to publish the previously unseen (and rather marvelous) military portraits of famous enlistees, here’s the official U.S. Naval Reserve photo of John Coltrane, the pioneering jazz saxophonist. Coltrane, who would later collaborate with Miles Davis and Thelonious Monk, was photographed in mid-1945 following his voluntary enlistment as an apprentice seaman (Coltrane was 18 at the time)."

September 26, 2010: The Switch

Posted by phil blankenship, September 26, 2010 10:27pm | Post a Comment

The Art of the LP Cover- Clowning

Posted by Mr. Chadwick, September 26, 2010 05:20pm | Post a Comment

Happy Birthday, Winsor McCay!

Posted by Eric Brightwell, September 26, 2010 05:11pm | Post a Comment

Today is the birthday of artist, animator and vaudevillian Winsor McCay, who, were he still alive, would be 139 -- or 144 years old… more on that later. Like many animation pioneers,  McCay's work has been largely overshadowed by his better known successors, Walt Disney and the Fleischer Brothers. But if it weren't for McCay, who knows what they'd have done with their lives. 



Zenas Winsor McKay was born September 26th -- either in 1871 in Spring Lake, Michigan (according to McCay), or in 1869 in Canada (according to his tombstone), or 1867 in Canada (according to the census). What is not disputed is that he was the son of Robert McKay (later changed to McCay) and Janet Murray McKay. Robert worked variously as a teamster, grocer and real estate agent. They sent him to Cleary's Business College in Ypsilanti, Michigan. At Michigan State Normal College (now Eastern Michigan University), John Goodison (a former glass stainer) taught him the fundamentals of art. McCay moved to Chicago in 1889 with the intention of attending the Art Institute of Chicago. However, unable to afford tuition, he found a job at the National Printing and Engraving Company where he made circus and theatrical posters. In 1901, he moved to Cincinnati, where he worked as an artist for Kohl and Middleton's Vine Street Dime Museum and married Maude Leonore Dufour. 

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Mash-Up Of The Week: DJ McFly's 2010 Mashup Pt 4

Posted by Billyjam, September 26, 2010 04:08pm | Post a Comment
DubleJMcFly "2010 Mashup (Pt 4) ft. Usher, MGMT, Jason Derulo, Aerosmith, Nas, LMFAO, Luda +"

This latest mashup of the week is from DJ McFly, aka YouTuber DubleJMcFly, and it's the fourth mash up in his ongoing hyper-action, quick-mix style 2010 Mashup series. As with its predecessors, Pt. 4 packs a lot of music into its three minutes -- 25 songs in all, including Ludacris, MGMT, Dead Prez, Usher, Rolling Stones, Black Eyed Peas, Danzel, Nas, No Doubt, and Lady GaGa feat. Beyonce. And while it is billed as a "2010 Mashup," many of these songs are obviously older than that. But the mashup mix is all 2010 and its maker kindly IDs the songs as they pop up in the mix.

In this same megamix style, the Ministry of Sound superaclub in the UK, which for many years has been releasing best of dance floor hit compilations, has also been releasing all mashup mix CDs for several years also. They recently released their latest mashup mix CD (an import in the US), The Mash Up Mix 2010, which packs in a hundred different dance tunes and, unlike most mash ups floating around on the Internet, is a 100% legal release in that has licenses all of its sources. All of this is further proof that the mash up genre is not going anywhere anytime soon.

East Bay Hip-Hop Artist Erk Tha Jerk Gives Away Prelude EP & Talks to Amoeblog in NYC

Posted by Billyjam, September 25, 2010 04:04am | Post a Comment
 Erk Tha Jerk "Perfect Mistake (feat. Netta)" (2010)

Above is the new video for Bay Area artist Erk Tha Jerk's single "Perfect Mistake" featuring female vocalist Netta (both on the track and in the video). The song is taken off The Prelude, the free EP release and precursor to the Richmond, CA artist's anticipated full-length debut Nerd's Eye View which will arrive in Amoeba on November 9th. Dramatic as the engaging video is, it is even deeper and more profound than it first appears, since according to the artist "Netta represents the music industry in the video. The diamonds represent the fancy things that 'it' can bring. In the video, it makes me feel wanted, then, in the end, sets me up and leaves me worse off that when I started," says the artist, speaking like a music biz vet rather than someone who has yet to release his first album.

Based on the work he has done so far, not to mention the following he has already built for himself, I strongly believe he is going to be one of rare popular Bay Area hip-hop artists who will transcend his NorCal appeal and make it big nationally & internationally.  

Earlier this week the Richmond, CA artist was in NYC visiting various radio stations and rap magazines (word has it he will have a very special item in XXL magazine), and handing out free copies of The Prelude CD (which has an Amoeba logo on the back cover and can be found at the two Bay Amoebas on the counter if you are lucky). But if you cannot find a physical copy of the free EP, don't worry: you can download The Prelude for free here. I met up with him for a minute in the Chelsea district of Manhattan -- video below. And when Erk Tha Jerk's album Nerd's Eye View drops in November check back here on the Amoeblog for an in-depth interview with the artist.

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Paul McCartney's Art and Video Collection Will Soon Be Online

Posted by Amoebite, September 24, 2010 04:44pm | Post a Comment
Music icon Paul McCartney's massive personal collection of art and video will be made public online, it was announced today. Fans will have access to previously private footage of the former Beatle's career, including never-before-seen backstage film from Live Aid.

The date the material will actually be made public is still unknown, but just the thought of all that could be in his vaults makes the imagination flutter! Quite a cool concept, and quite a cool guy to provide all this for us, his eager fans!

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Grass Widow's New 11 of Diamonds Video

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, September 24, 2010 03:52pm | Post a Comment
grass widow

Amoeba staff faves and local ladies Grass Widow have released a new, nature-y video for their song "11 of Diamonds:"

Grass Widow "11 of Diamonds" 

Also, check out pics from their recent instore at Amoeba San Francisco right here!

New Electronic 12" Releases 9/24 @ Amoeba Hollywood - Penner & Muder, Harvey, Pacific Horizons, Aubrey/Skudge & More...

Posted by Oliver / Matt / Jordan, September 24, 2010 01:40pm | Post a Comment

Discreet Unit

Shake Your Body Down 12”
Prime Numbers

Born from a live studio jam this track is a real club groover inspired by early Chicago acid house and old skool Detroit techno. Infectious bassline guaranteed to get the crowd moving. B/w "TWILIGHT" an edited DJ session cut. Cover art done by DISCREET UNIT himself.

Penner & Muder

Let The Music Play 12”

NILS PENNER & JOHN MUDER bring 3 single cuts from their album "SAME MONKEYS DIFFERENT ZOO". The 1st is a hot track with an uplifting late night feel. "TIME HAS COME" is a deep vocal driven track and "ACROSS MY HEART" ends the EP nicely with real nice chugger complete with filtered synthlines & vocals.

Listen to "Let The Music Play" here:

Pacific Horizons

Jack Parsons Lab
Pacific Wizards

Followup to their successful debut that garnered support from HARVEY, RAY MANG and more. Two Balearic tracks ("less Pacha, more Cafe Del Mar") that quietly uphold the West Coast soft rock tradition. B/w "FOREST ELECTRIC". Sleeve features a full color cover painting by Cali artist JAY NELSON.


Tan Sedan 12”
International Feel

HARVEY presents LOCUSSOLUS with a balearic vibe of FLEETWOOD MAC on quaaludes. B-side "THROWDOWN" is a tripped out, chillwave anthem with some sleazy vocals for the perfect ambience. Includes a bonus bass & beats mix of "THROWDOWN". Rave reviews from a who's who of DJ's!


Evacuation – Skudge remix 12”

An official re-release of the 1997 track "EVACUATION" from the label OFF SHOOT RECORDS, here accompanied with a new SKUDGE remix for a new techno feel. On the flip, the huge tech track "SHIMMER" from 1995 gets another spin along with an unreleased 2010 version by AUBREY.

Listen to Skudge remix here:

Dj Sprinkles

House Explosion 1

SKYLAX CLASSIC drops this 4 track EP from DJ SPRINKLES presenting K-S.H.E. Originally released in Japan in 2006, these were extracted from his amazing album. Includes "DOWN HOME KAMI-SAKUNOBE", "DOUBLE SECRET (ORIGINAL MIX)", "FUCK THE DOWN LOW (ORIGINAL MIX)", & lastly "HOBO TRAIN". Essential.

Listen to "Kami-Sakunobe" here:

Gene Hunt & Ron Hardy

Throwback 87’ 12”
Hour House Is Your Rush

HOUR HOUSE IS YOUR RUSH puts out this 3 track EP from GENE HUNT that he produced 'back in the day' along with the late RON HARDY. Whether or not RONNIE was really involved, you can still expect dope old school beats, jackin bass, and signature GENE keys and chords. Recommended!

Listen to "Throwback 87" here:

Terrance McDonald

Mind over Matter

Originally released in 1991 on Chicago TRAX' sublabel SABER, this almost forgotten Chicago house EP gets remastered, recut, and re-released! STEVE POINDEXTER contributes his "NEW MIX" of the title cut and includes the originals of "SPACED OUT" & "BACK FROM CANADA".

Silver Columns

Aways On – Caribou remix

A band on the rise, SILVER COLUMN's wacked out off-kilter brand of electro pop has electrified the UK festical circuit all summer. This new single comes backed with a gloriously sprawling, thrillingly dense 9-minute remix by CARIBOU - turing it inside out into an epic psyche pop odyssey. (MOSHI)

Listen to Caribou remix here:


Others/OFF THE WALL 12”
Thievery Corp/IT TAKES A THIEF EP # 1
Thievery Corp/IT TAKES A THIEF EP #2
Marcos Valle/ESTATICA LP
Kuniyuki/SET ME FREE 12”
Project Club - Fete/FUTURE BALEARICA 12”
Drumsound/FU MANCHU 12"
Mr. Oizo & Gaspard Auge/RUBBER OST 12”
Squarepusher/SHOBALEADER ONE (OIZO) 12”
Synkro/RESERVOIR 10”
Tunnidge/7 BREATHS 12”
Second Floor/PLEASANT PEOPLE 12”
Marvin Gaye/PRAISE (DJ PRIME EDIT) 12”
Bonar Bradberry/SIULA GRANDE 12”
Moonstarr/ILL HARMONICS VOL. 1 12”
Acid Washed/ACID WASHED EP 12”
Recloose/EARLY WORKS PT. 1 12”
Heels Of Love/CRAZY REMIXES 12”
Gotan Project/RAYUELA 10”

Listen to all these new releases on our 12" listening stations!

Check out our New 12" Listening Stations at Amoeba Hollywood

Posted by Oliver / Matt / Jordan, September 24, 2010 11:21am | Post a Comment
Out with the old in with the new! We've updated our listening stations, and you can now browse over 30,000 titles featuring all new 12" releases each week with ease. Browse by artist or by release week...

Hip-Hop Rap Up 09:24:10: Black Milk, Slaine (La Coka Nostra), Rob Swift, Roc Raida Tributes, Cool Nutz, Donwill, Ill Bill + DJ Muggs + More

Posted by Billyjam, September 24, 2010 11:00am | Post a Comment
Amoeba Music Hollywood Weekly Hip-Hop Top Five Chart: 09:24:10

1) Black Milk Album of the Year (Fat Beats)

2) Eminem Recovery (Aftermath, Interscope, Shady)

3) The Roots How I Got Over (Def Jam)

4) Big Boi Sir Lucious Left Foot... The Son of Chico Dusty (Def Jam)

5) Black Eyed Peas The E.N.D. (Interscope)

Thanks to Ricky Ray Rivere at the Hollywood Amoeba Music for this week's hip-hop top chart, which features some releases that have been out for a minute -- most notably the still-going-strong Black Eyed Peas' summer 2009 album The E.N.D. "It's a singles driven market," noted Ricky, adding that the Peas "always have a current hit single it seems." One of the newer chart entries is Black Milk's recently released follow up album to Tronic, the twelve track Album of the Year on Fat Beats that most people seem to be feeling.

Last Sunday, Sept. 19th, 2010, marked the one-year anniversary of the tragic death of New York DJ extraordinaire Roc Raida of the X-Men/X-Ecutioners fame. He was a much loved champion DJ & gifted turntablist (and really nice guy). The occasion has been marked by many over the past week both online and in the clubs.

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California Fool's Gold -- Exploring Monterey Park

Posted by Eric Brightwell, September 23, 2010 07:00pm | Post a Comment


This blog entry is about the Los Angeles County community of Monterey Park. To vote for more Los Angeles County communities to be the subject of future blog entries, click here. To vote for Los Angeles neighborhoods, click here. To vote for Orange County communities, click here.

Monterey Park is located on the western edge of the San Gabriel Valley at the junction of the Eastside and SELACO. It is surrounded by Alhambra to the north, San Gabriel to the northeast, Rosemead to the east, South San Gabriel to the southeast, Montebello to the south, East L.A. to the southwest, and Lincoln Heights to the west.

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Die Antwoord Instore Oct 15, 6pm

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, September 23, 2010 03:45pm | Post a Comment
We at Amoeba are pleased to announce that musical sensation Die Antwoord will be playing an instore here at Amoeba San Francisco on Friday, October 15 at 6pm! Come out and get down! And click here for all the details.

die antwoord

Best of the Fall 2010 Latin Releases: Rita Indiana Y Los Misterios - El Juidero

Posted by Gomez Comes Alive!, September 22, 2010 01:29pm | Post a Comment
Rita Indiana Y Los Misterios-El Juidero
Out October 12th

Rita Indiana is probably the most interesting artist I have heard in a while. Hailing from the Dominican Republic, she was not known for her music at first. Instead, she was known for her literary skills, as the author of two books, Papi (2005) and La Estrategia de Chochueca (2003), that are now are part of the curriculum in some Latin American universities. Thanks to some dedicated blog sites around the world, she started to become somewhat of an internet sensation, offering her music for free downloads. I started to play some of her music in my deejay set throughout last year and this year, especially the beautiful “Jardinera,” which I usually opened my sets with when I could.

Rita Indiana Y Los Misterios-"Jardinera"

Visually, she is striking; her tallish, androgynous look reminds me of Annie Lennox with some Grace Jones mixed in. Musically, she blends her Caribbean influences (Merengue, Afro-Cuban, Reggae & Bachata) and mixes it her Anglophile influences. It’s the synths and scratchy guitars that remind me of what a Caribbean-crazed England was creating in the eighties. Everyone -- The Clash, The Specials, Bow Wow Wow and even Bananarama -- had some Caribbean influence in their hit songs. What makes this album interesting is that Rita’s take is the reversal of the Anglos. She is a resident to Caribbean music and not a visitor, yet she gets the arty side of what the English were trying to do. Whether it’s the Merengue-Techno fusion of “Como Un Landron En La Noche” and “La Hora De Volve” or the Dub meets Bachata of “Paseme A Buca,” it’s the fusion of thoughts and cultures that continues to keep music interesting around the world.

Her take on The Eurhythmics “Sweet Dreams,” translated into Spanish as “Dulces Suenos,” is just striking. I know, I know… I know what you are thinking -- yet another cover of that song? You have to hear her version. Part new wave, part Reggae, and part Bachata, all awesome.

Besides the new album coming out, she is currently working on a screenplay with her girlfriend, Puerto Rican professor of Communications Noelia Quintero, based on and starring the group Calle 13. Quintero also directed Rita’s video for the song “La Hora De Volve.”

Wild Flag - A New Indie Rock Powerhouse

Posted by Miss Ess, September 22, 2010 11:01am | Post a Comment

Merge has announced the existence of a new supergroup called Wild Flag and consisting of heavyhitters Carrie Brownstein, Janet Weiss, Mary Timony and Rebecca Cole! This is an amazing crew who have been in bands like Sleater-Kinney, Quasi, Helium, The Minders, Croissant Cocktail, Feeble Knees, Dogz, Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks, @@@, Asia, The Consortium and The Spells. Obviously they are top-loaded with talent and major skillz, and they will be recording an album for Merge shortly. In the meantime, you can check out more here, and they have also planned a quick tour for us lucky West Coasters:

Nov 10 Olympia, WA The Northern
Nov 12 Seattle, WA High Dive
Nov 13 Portland, OR Doug Fir
Nov 17 Sacramento, CA The Hub
Nov 18 San Francisco, CA Bottom of the Hill
Nov 19 Los Angeles, CA Spaceland
Nov 20 San Diego, CA Casbah
Nov 21 Pomona, CA Aladgins

Robyn Hitchcock and Joe Boyd @ Swedish American Hall Tonight

Posted by Miss Ess, September 22, 2010 09:40am | Post a Comment

Tonight there will be a very special performance at San Francisco's fabulous Swedish American Hall -- Robyn Hitchcock will be covering songs that uber producer/Swinging London man about town Joe Boyd made famous throughout his storied career. Will Hitchcock play "Just Another Diamond Day?" Or "Way To Blue?" The possibilities are tantalizing.

Said career was in fact storied officially in Boyd's amazingly entertaining book White Bicycles, which I highly recommend. Boyd produced artists like Nick Drake, Incredible String Band, Fairport Convention, Vashti Bunyan and many more, and was involved in the careers of Pink Floyd, The Move -- basically every good English rock or folk band or artist through the 60s.

At the event tonight, Boyd will read from his book, and will no doubt elaborate on some of his incredible stories, such as witnessing Dylan's controversial electric performance at the 1965 Newport Folk Festival from backstage, and dating Linda Thompson before she married Richard Thompson. Quite a life he's had, and tonight's show promises to be full of insider details about a fascinating time in music that's long since past but is constantly referenced by artists working today. This is the stuff of legends, people.

For all the details about this evening's performance, please check out the Swedish American Hall/Cafe du Nord website.

San Francisco's Amoebapalooza 2010

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, September 21, 2010 11:23pm | Post a Comment

amoebapalooza 2010

All photos by Kaitlin Layher and Mat Dara

Words by Tarin Muir

On Sunday, September 19th 2010, a magical event took place at Milk Bar on Haight Street in San Francisco.  This event is know only as AMOEBAPALOOZA! Since the beginning of time... or at least Amoeba Music's birth those 20 years ago in Berkeley, California, Amoebapalooza has been our annual celebration of music and entertainment produced and played out by Amoeba employees. One night a year, the hard working, talented folks that work at the greatest record store in the world get to gather together and show off their musical skills. Amoebapalooza is always open to the public, and on Sunday the 19th the public came out en masse to enjoy a night of music, drinking, and dancing with the Amoeba Music San Francisco crew. 

At 8pm on Sunday evening, the doors at Milk Bar opened and the beer began to flow. We had two fantastic DJs, DJ Kindle & DJ Vinnie, start out the evening and spin tunes in between each band. This year we had 7 bands perform total, including a singer song writer, an old fashioned cabaret act, a metal band, a Sting cover band, and so much more. Each band was able to perform for almost 30 minutes, which made Sunday's showcase really fulfilling for the audience and the artists. I could attempt to write out a description of each band and try to give you a visual myself, but I'm a full believer that photos speak louder then words. 

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September 21, 2010: Catfish

Posted by phil blankenship, September 21, 2010 09:10pm | Post a Comment

Guatemalan-Americans - Happy Hispanic Heritage Month!

Posted by Eric Brightwell, September 21, 2010 01:00pm | Post a Comment


In the US, the word "Latino" is used often, regardless of accuracy, as shorthand for a region's dominant Latino population. In the southwest it usually means "Mexican," in the northeast it means "Puerto Rican" and in Florida, "Cuban." Indeed, those are the three largest populations of Latino-Americanos in the country, although it goes without saying that there are many less-recognized groups of Latinos. Each have their own distinct culture, history, and place in America. This entry is about Guatemaltecas, who at around 900,000 estimated to be living in the US, make up the sixth largest Latino population.

The Guatemalan flag

The Guatemalan population is the most purely indigenous in the Americas. 65% of the population identify as Native. Of them, most come from various Mayan groups including K'iche (9%), Kaqchikel (8%), Mam (8%), Q'eqchi (6%) and smaller Mayan groups (9%).

22% identify as white, although only about 5% are descended solely from Europeans. Other notable ethnicities are descended from West Africa and the Garifuna -- those of mixed African and indigenous Caribbean origins who live primarily in the country's Eastern portion. There are large numbers of Guatemalans of Chinese heritage, descendants of farm workers and railroad laborers in the early 20th century. Thousands of Guatemalans are also descended from various locations in the Middle East. After World War I, many Arabs, Lebanese, Palestinians, Syrians and Turks came to Guatemala.

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World Peace Day Message to the Powers Responsible for War: Give Peace a Chance

Posted by Billyjam, September 21, 2010 09:19am | Post a Comment

John Lennon/Yoko Ono "Give Peace A Chance" live (edited version)

Today, September 21st, is World Peace Day 2010, with many scheduled events already ongoing or about to take place all around the world. One World Peace Day event is the wonderful streaming webcast today that features performance from such artists as Patti Smith and Youssou N'Dour. To view this stream or get more information click here.

Of course, while nearly all of us agree that every day should be a day of peace round the world, it clearly is not. Unfortunately, it still seems that certain individuals in power around the globe will never heed the message of World Peace Day. Sadly, war and the (mostly male) greed and ego that motivate it are as old as time itself and show no signs of stopping anytime soon.

But just like the steps forward that have been made in civil rights in recent decades, I like to think that the message of the peace movement and events like this will also eventually sink into the stubborn heads of those who create wars and are responsible for the unnecessary deaths of so many.

To the world leaders responsible for war I say, give peace a chance! We know from experience that war doesn't work.

September 20, 2010: Charlie St. Cloud

Posted by phil blankenship, September 20, 2010 11:15pm | Post a Comment

California Fool's Gold -- Exploring East Los Angeles

Posted by Eric Brightwell, September 20, 2010 06:30pm | Post a Comment


Pendersleigh & Sons' Official Map of East Los Angeles

East Los Angeles is a neighborhood on Los Angeles' EastsidePlease click here to vote for other Los Angeles Neighborhoods to be the subjects of future blog entries. Please also click here to vote for Los Angeles County communities. And lastly, please vote for Orange County neighborhoods by clicking here

Pendersleigh & Sons' Official Map of The Eastside

East Los Angeles is the best known neighborhood on the Eastside and because of the similarity of their designations, some confuse "Eastside" and "East Los Angeles" as synonymous. However, whereas most of the Los Angeles's Eastside is part of the city of Los Angeles (e.g. Boyle Heights, Brooklyn Heights, El Sereno, Happy Valley, Hillside Village, Lincoln Heights, Rose Hill, and University Hills), East Los Angeles (confusingly, given its name) is an unincorporated Eastside community that is part of the County of Los Angeles but not the city. Efforts to incorporate as its own city have occurred several times but thus far been unsuccessful.

East Los Angeles is neighbored by El Sereno to the north, Alhambra to the northeast, Monterey Park to the east, Montebello to the southeast, Commerce to the south, Vernon to the southwest, and Boyle Heights to the west.

East Los Angeles includes within it several smaller neighborhoods including Belvedere Gardens (or just Belvedere), City Terrace, Eastmont, Maravilla Park (or just Maravilla), Palma Heights, Observation Heights, Occidental Heights, the Whittier Shopping District (not to be confused with the city of Whittier), and Wellington Heights.

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Cruise to Mexico: Part 1

Posted by Job O Brother, September 20, 2010 04:34pm | Post a Comment

This last week, the boyfriend and I were treated to a seven day cruise to Mexico, courtesy of his parents, Chris and Fred, who also accompanied us. Those of you who know about our last ill-fated cruise may be surprised to learn we would go on another, but you know what they say…

Anyway, always keeping you, dear reader, in mind, I kept a log of events which I will be extrapolating here on my Amoeblog.

Just as soon as I finish unpacking and figure out where to put my souvenir statue of Saint Jude


Rolling Stone Names Amoeba One of the Top 25 Record Stores in the US!

Posted by Amoebite, September 20, 2010 11:35am | Post a Comment
Rolling Stone picks the Best Record Stores in the USA: The top 25 spots for unique vinyl and CDs, from San Francisco to Boston -- and we're on the list!

Amoeba Music
San Francisco, Hollywood, Berkeley

"Even in the days when record-store chains ruled the music world, nothing compared to Amoeba. It was, and is, simply the most thorough and welcoming place a record lover could hope to shop. Each of its three stores features more than 100,000 items — much of it surprisingly high-grade, and with loads of surprises and rarities around seemingly every corner. Which, as anyone who's been to any of them can tell you, is a lot of corners."

Thanks Rolling Stone and thanks to all of you for the continued love and support!

See the full list here.

Rolling Stones Press

The J-Pop Don't Stop: Amoeba Music Took to the Streets for the 2nd Annual J-Pop Summit!

Posted by Kells, September 20, 2010 09:31am | Post a Comment
This weekend I had a blast workin' it with my fellow J-Pop enthusiasts at the Amoeba Music booth during the 2nd annual J-Pop Summit street fair in San Francisco's Japantown! In terms of people watching alone this was an affair that almost eclipses the Pride parade or Halloween masquerade in that it's virtually a marriage of the two festive events announcing the birth of their fresh to death Japanese love child.
With a table overflowing with both popular and rare J-pop CDs, LPs and DVDs, we stayed busy all day mixing with the ever shuffling crowd that stopped by to pick through the goods we stood by. Chic ladies dressed and tressed in their Loli finery (pictured above) pined for idol artists like Nana Kitade, Mana's Malice Mizerand an astounding avalanche of Gackt offerings, while others plucked hard to find anime soundtracks and bargain priced boxed sets (including a boxed Pink Lady vinyl collection, the complete Zatoichi films boxed set, as well as the Ultraman television series on DVD) from the broad selection.
 From all of us here at Amoeba Music: thanks to all the fans, otaku or otherwise, who stopped by our booth to chat and shop our wares, thanks to all those costumed folks who consistently made the day by merely mosying through our field of vision, and, lastly, thanks to all the other vendors (especially the purveyors of fine shaved ice delights!) for making our appearance at this years' J-Pop Summit a memorable experience! どうもありがとうございました!また来年よろしくお願いいたします!

Fat Beats LA Store on Melrose Closes Today with a DJ Instore Farewell Celebration at the Longtime Hip-Hop Meeting Place

Posted by Billyjam, September 19, 2010 11:30am | Post a Comment

Evidence "To Be Continued" live @ Fat Beats LA on Friday Sept 17th 2010

Two weekends ago the Fat Beats retail store in New York City closed shop for good and today the Fat Beats store in LA will follow suit. And while the shuttering of this longtime SoCal meeting ground for hip-hop fans and artists is most definitely a sad day, the good folks at Fat Beats are going out on a high J-Rocccelebratory note rather than a just a downer tearful farewell. Today's final day for the LA Fat Beats on Melrose is the culmination of a week and a half long series of music industry panels and energized instore performances that included Ras Kass, Dilated Peoples, Evidence (solo, as in video above from Friday), Bishop Lamont, Kurupt, Mellow Man Ace, and 2Mex (as seen in video below from last weekend), with a day long DJ showcase featuring J Rocc, Rhettmatic, DJ Revolution, and other turntable manipulators throughout today.

Don't miss it if you are the LA area! Allow time to get in, as the relatively small space will quickly get crowded. Two weekends ago at the September 4th closing of Fat Beats on Sixth Ave in Greenwich Village, NY, it was so crazy that myself and another two or three hundred fans, who arrived late in the afternoon, got stuck outside listening to the music blaring out the windows of the second floor store. Like the closing of the NYC Fat Beats, the closing of the LA store is more than simply some retail space closing down. It is the loss of an important community common ground, a local hip-hop institution that lovers of the genre gravitated towards and where, it seemed, there was always some must-see instore performance.

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Michael Jackson: The Experience

Posted by Amoebite, September 18, 2010 04:17pm | Post a Comment
Moonwalker Arcade Flyer
For those who just couldn't get enough of Michael Jackson's MOONWALKER (1989), you're in luck. A new Michael Jackson video game is about to be released. Wired magazine reports that Michael Jackson: The Experience is set to be released some time this year in November.

Personally, I cannot wait to grab a little jesus juice and shamon in the privacy of my own home.

Read more at Wired.
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Dominican-Americans - Happy Hispanic Heritage Month!

Posted by Eric Brightwell, September 18, 2010 03:00pm | Post a Comment

In the US, what the word "Latino" connotes varies regionally -- often, regardless of accuracy. In the southwest it usually means "Mexican," in the northeast it means "Puerto Rican" and in Florida, "Cuban." Indeed, those are the three largest populations of Latino-Americanos in the country, although obviously not the only ones. Each have their own distinct culture, history, and place in America. This entry is about the fifth largest Latino population, Dominicans.

At last count, there were approximately 1.3 million people of Dominican descent in the country, the majority of whom are descended from a mixture of Spanish, West African and Taíno (the country's indigenous people). There are also large numbers of Jewish, Japanese, Korean, Lebanese and Syrians in the country, as well as immigrants from throughout the Caribbean.

Genocidal Domincan dictator Rafael "el Jefe" Trujillo was assassinated on May 30th, 1961. Due to fear of retaliation by Trujillo's allies and the ensuing political instability, many Dominicans fled the country for the US, mostly setting in New York and New Jersey. After, the Dominican Republic briefly moved to the left; in April, 1965, Lyndon Johnson sent Marines and the Army's Airborne Corps to the country to make sure they didn't become "another Cuba." Right wing Joaquín Balaguer came to power in the wake of Operation Powerpack, and unleashed twelve years of repression. As a result, more Dominicans fled the county and immigration continued into the 1980s, by then due additionally to high levels of unemployment on the island.

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Richard Thompson to Play Amoeba Hollywood Sunday, September 19th @ 5pm. Don't Miss It!

Posted by Billyjam, September 18, 2010 07:30am | Post a Comment

Richard Thompson "1952 Vincent Black Lightning" - A song he usually includes in his live sets

Even the dedicated legions of lifetime Richard Thompson fans agree, essential as the guitarist/singerRichard Thompson Dream Attic/songwriter's records are, to fully appreciate the brilliance of this British folk legend you simply have to witness him live in concert. The good news is that you will have a chance to see the songwriting guitarist extraordinaire play live for free when he graces the stage at Amoeba Hollywood tomorrow, Sunday, September 19th at 5pm.

The Amoeba Music instore is in support of Thompson's just released new album Dream Attic, which captures the man (and his band) at their best, live in concert. Available to buy online from Amoeba for just $10.98, Dream Attic features thirteen all new songs that were recorded live earlier this year during a West Coast tour by Thompson and band (including mandolin, violin, sax, bass and drums).

Thompson, whose guitar skills have elevated him alongside such other greats as Eric Clapton and Jimmy Page (although he has never gotten the level of mainstream attention of these two lauded guitarists) and who Rolling Stone placed in the Top 20 tier of the magazine's list of The 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time, started out in the legendary British folk-rock group Fairport Convention. Penning such classic early Fairport songs as "Meet On The Ledge" and "Crazy Man Michael," Thompson was a member of Fairport Convention for four years, through 1971. And while no longer officially a member, he occasionally gets together with his old band mates for reunion concerts, typically at the annual August Fairport's Cropredy Convention.

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Amandla! A Revolution in Four-Part Harmony

Posted by Miss Ess, September 17, 2010 04:26pm | Post a Comment
If your spirit is in need of some uplift, the documentary Amandla will do the trick.

The film is about how the anti-apartheid movement in South Africa was propelled and buoyed by song. The stories told within by folks like Hugh Masekela and Miriam Makeba, among many others, are horrifying but the path toward freedom and the power in the songs that were (and still are) sung by the people marching forward toward a free South Africa are beyond moving. Proof that music is a most powerful medium, one that can unite, uplift and empower its listeners.

Check out the trailer here:

Bushwick Bill Faces Deportation

Posted by Amoebite, September 17, 2010 02:44pm | Post a Comment
Bushwick Bill Deportation
Free Dr. Wolfgang Von Bushwickin the Barbarian Mother Funky Stay High Dollar Billstir!!!!!

"Bill fell off the wagon and was arrested by police in DeKalb County. After being brought into custody, his immigration status was revealed — he has a green card, but is not a U.S. citizen — and, due to previous convictions, he now faces the very real threat of deportation." - More at Atlanta CL

Hip-Hop Rap Up 09:17:10: Al'Tariq, Black Milk, Pete Rock & CL Smooth, MF Doom, Rah Digga + More

Posted by Billyjam, September 17, 2010 10:00am | Post a Comment
Amoeba Music San Francisco Weekly Hip-Hop Top Five Chart: 09:17:10

1) Pete Rock & CL Smooth Mecca and the Soul Brother DeLuxe Box Set (Traffic Entertainment)

2)  Black Milk Album of the Year (Fat Beats)

3) Al'Tariq God Connections (Al'Tariq Music)

4) MF Doom Expektoration Live Featuring Big Benn Klingon (Gold Dust Media)

5) Rah Digga Classic (Traffic) 

Thanks to Luis at the San Francisco Amoeba Music for this latest hip-hop chart! The reissued and nicely repackaged deluxe version of the hip-hop classic by Pete Rock & CL Smooth Mecca and the Soul Brother is number one. This re-release by Traffic Entertainment is so impressive that the folks at this fine label made a special video about it (see immediately below) in which they unveil its newly improved contents: two CDs, including the original album plus one disc filled with bonus versions, exclusives, instrumentals, and a capellas. Also included in this new set is a poster, 20 page booklet, and individual ‘paste on’ style jackets. Nice! No wonder it's number one at Amoeba Music this week.

Pete Rock & CL Smooth's Mecca and the Soul Brother 2010 DeLuxe version

Twitter + Amoeba video!

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, September 16, 2010 06:03pm | Post a Comment
Amoeba San Francisco is featured in this video promo for the New Twitter! Can you find two instances of Amoeba SF in the video?? We're excited about the Twitter redesign! Follow us @AmoebaSF, @AmoebaBerkeley or @Amoebamusic for updates, news, in-store info & ticket giveaways.

Rare Betty Davis Interview

Posted by Miss Ess, September 16, 2010 03:31pm | Post a Comment

The incredible, brazen Betty Davis, onetime wife of Miles Davis, made four amazing and funky as hell records spanning the 70s that were instant favorites here at Amoeba when they were reissued by the fine folks at Light in the Attic Records over the past few years. Upon their original release, her albums failed to gain recognition or sales, and Betty retreated into her own life in Pittsburgh.

Thanks to a heads up from the label, you can now check out this rare interview with the "They Say I'm Different" singer right here about her own career, her influence on Miles and her relationship with him. Though her ex husband was undeniably a huge talent in his own right, Betty is also truly one of a kind, and an underrated gem of an artist.

Listen here:

"He Was a Big Freak" from They Say I'm Different

"They Say I'm Different" from the album of the same name

"Game is My Middle Name" from Betty Davis

J Pop Summit Festival with Amoeba This Saturday

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, September 16, 2010 02:48pm | Post a Comment

J-Pop Summit Festival 2010
is happening in San Francisco's Japan Town this Saturday, 9/18, 11am-6pm!

Music, art, live performances, & more from our friends @ New People! Visit Amoeba's booth for the best in J-Pop CDs & DVDs! For full event details click here!

j-pop summit

Soca Musician Arrow, R.I.P.

Posted by Billyjam, September 16, 2010 11:29am | Post a Comment
Arrow "Hot, Hot, Hot" (live 2006)

Alphonsus Cassell, the soca musician known to the world by his stage name Arrow, died yesterday in his home on the Caribbean island of Montserrat as a result of complications from brain cancer. He was 60 years of age. Although he had a good long career, Arrow will always be best remembered for his huge international hit single, the 1982 recording "Hot Hot Hot."' The success of that song not only catapulted the artist's career globally but also spread soca music into new territories around the world. Above is a video of Arrow and his band performing the song four years ago at the OECS (Organization of Eastern Caribbean States) Awards Show.

Salvadoran-Americans - Happy Hispanic Heritage Month!

Posted by Eric Brightwell, September 16, 2010 11:00am | Post a Comment

Salvadorans on the march

In the US, what the word "Latino" connotes varies regionally. Often, regardless of accuracy, in the southwest it means "Mexican;" in the northeast it means "Puerto Rican;" and in Florida, "Cuban." Indeed, those are the three largest populations of Latino-Americanos in the country, although obviously not the only ones. Each have their own distinct culture, history, and place in America. This entry is about the fourth largest Latino population, Salvadorans.

The flag of El Salvador

The indigenous people of what's now El Salvador are the Pipil. Today, 90% of Salvadorans identify as mestizos, in this case usually meaning of Spanish and Pipil backgrounds. Although only 1% of Salvadorans self-identify solely as Pipil, in reality the percentage is likely higher, but, due to prejudice, many Salvadorans are reluctant to embrace their Native side. 

                               Pipil women                                                                         Pipil Ruins - Chalchuapa

9% of Salvadorans self-identify as white. Most of these are of Spanish descent although there are significant numbers of Salvadorans descended from Albanians, Armenians, Australians, Austrians, Belgians, British, Canadians, Croatians, Dutch, French, Georgians, Germans, Greeks, Hungarians, Irish, Italians, Jews, Norwegians, Palestinians, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russians, Swedes, Swiss and Turks. There is also a small but significant population of Chinese.

The Art of the LP Cover- Hot For Teacher

Posted by Mr. Chadwick, September 16, 2010 10:20am | Post a Comment
A belated back to school post...

This Week At The New Bev: Satoshi Kon, Barbara Stanwyck, Jacques Audiard, Stephen King & More!

Posted by phil blankenship, September 16, 2010 01:05am | Post a Comment
This Week At The New Beverly

Our full upcoming schedule is available online:

Thursday, September 16 - FINAL SHOW!

BRAND NEW 35mm print!

The Sound of Music
1965, USA, 174 minutes
directed by Robert Wise; starring Julie Andrews, Christopher Plummer, Eleanor Parker, Richard Haydn, Peggy Wood
Thurs: 8:00, Watch The Trailer!

My Interview with Janeane Garofalo!...New DVD If You Will out this week!...

Posted by Brad Schelden, September 15, 2010 03:51pm | Post a Comment

I have been a big fan of Janeane Garofalo for years -- ever since I saw her in Reality Bites in 1994, when she played Vickie Miner. She reminded me of my friends; she was somebody that I would hang out with. I fell in love with her all over again in Romy & Michele's High School Reunion in 1997. She has showed up in tons of TV shows over the years. SNL, Larry Sanders, Seinfeld, Ellen, The Ben Stiller Show, West Wing, Strangers With Candy, Law & Order, & Dr. Katz! She is currently filming a new version of Criminal Minds. She has also just released a new stand up DVD this week called If You Will. It was filmed live in Seattle, the perfect place to see her. Janeane is busy filming her new show so I only managed to get an email interview out of her, but I was excited to meet her...via email, anyway. Here is our email conversation...

Brad: Hey Janeane! Thank for doing this interview for the Amoeba blog! I have been a big fan of you for years. You tend to work a lot on television. Do you prefer it to working on films? I know that SNL is one of your least favorite shows you have worked on, but what is your favorite? Felicity, Larry Sanders Show, 24, West Wing?

Mighty Uke Roadshow Hits SF's Casto Theater This Sunday

Posted by Amoebite, September 15, 2010 03:39pm | Post a Comment

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Break Out Your Ukes! The Mighty Uke Roadshow hits San Francisco’s Castro Theatre on Sunday, September 26! Please join us for a 3pm screening of the award-winning documentary, Mighty Uke, with a special concert featuring Uni and Her Ukulele, Ukulele Dick, and special guests.

Become a part of music history -- bring your uke to be part of a Guinness record-breaking giant ukulele strum-along! More info here. 

Check out a Uni performance at Amoeba Hollywood and download her track "I'm On My Way" right here!

And check out the trailer for Mighty Uke below:

Space15Twenty Record Fair Sept. 26

Posted by Amoebite, September 15, 2010 03:37pm | Post a Comment

Space15Twenty and B-Music/Finders Keepers present a neighborhood Record Fair on September 26th from 10am-2pm (½ block north of Amoeba in Hollywood). Come down and hang with Amoeba Hollywood, Poobah’s, Origami Vinyl, Burger Records, Drag City, Dublab, Now Again, Numero Group and many more of your favorite stores and record labels!

Expect a host of great guest DJ’s including Adam Bennati (Early Man), Jesspeleta, Jackie Hoodoo + Jason Pandora (Blackeyed Soul), Tony Presedo, Turquoise Wisdom and Joel Black (Sweaters LA) + more!
Click here for all the details!

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Are You Registered to Vote? Amoeba Can Help

Posted by Amoebite, September 15, 2010 12:54pm | Post a Comment
Are you registered to vote? The 2010 midterm election happens on Tuesday, November 2 with at least 36 of the 100 seats in the Senate being contested and all House seats coming up for election!

This is a VERY important event, so if you’re not yet registered (or you’ve recently moved), you have until October 18 in the state of California do so! Act now before it’s too late! Stand up and be heard! Pick up a registration form at any Amoeba Music location beginning on September 20 or visit the Rock the Vote web site here now!

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Linda Perhacs to Play SF

Posted by Miss Ess, September 15, 2010 10:45am | Post a Comment
Wow, this promises to be one of the hipster events of the year! 

Linda Perhacs, whose brilliant 1970 album Parallograms is beloved by Amoebites and psyche folk fans alike, will take to the stage to perform new material with a band at the SF Art Institute Lecture Hall on October 9th. Tickets are on sale right here.

"Hey, Who Really Cares"


Flavorpill Chooses Amoeba As One of America's 10 Greatest Indie Record Stores

Posted by Amoebite, September 15, 2010 10:27am | Post a Comment
Today Flavorpill's staff and readers chose Amoeba Music as one of America's 10 Greatest Indie Record Stores! Thanks, guys! Check out the full article right here.

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It's Hard to Ignore the Poignancy of Camu Tao's Posthumously Released Song, Death

Posted by Billyjam, September 15, 2010 10:00am | Post a Comment
Camu Tao
The new album track "Death" from the late Camu Tao includes a refrain with him singing in a pleading tone, "Death! Where have you been all my life?" It is hard to ignore the poignancy of these passionately sung lyrics by the artist, born Teru Smith, who passed from lung cancer two years ago. It seems like, in a morbidly dark and humorous way, the Ohio born artist was taunting his pending death, which struck him down on May 25th, 2008, a month before his 31st birthday, following a two year battle with cancer.

Although Camu Tao had recorded albums with other artists (including S.A. Smash, Nighthawks, and Central Services), the recently released King of Hearts (or Death, Where Have You Been All My Life? as it was titled at the time of his death) was to be his long awaited solo debut. Signed to the Def Jux label, the album would not have been released had Def Jux's main manEl-P (also his partner in Central Services) not gone ahead and released it in its current, raw sounding form via Fat Possum Records, since Def Jux isn't putting out records right now (even El-P's own recent solo WeAreAllGoingToBurnInHellMegamixxx3 was released on Gold Dust Media).

Camu Tao "Death" (Fat Possum/Def Jux 2010)

King of Hearts is a really good album but by no means is it a hip-hop album, and even former fans of the alternative hip-hop circles that Tao worked in (including Ohio's MHz crew, Weathermen, & the Cardboard City collective) couldn't get into it. As one recent online comment succinctly summed up: "A lot of people been hatin' on this album." Those haters no doubt would be the disappointed hip-hop fans who, much like the disgusted Bob Dylan folk fans who hated him going electric, balked at the fact that the artist sings his way through most of the 16 track rock sounding album. In fact, it isn't until CD track number 10 (the title track) that he raps at all. The lesson here is don't judge someone by their past work or their musical affiliations; rather, listen to the music for itself. Unfortunately, since he didn't live to record a follow up, we will never know if this was merely a temporary detour from hip-hop or not.

Our Brad Interviewed by NPR

Posted by Amoebite, September 15, 2010 09:30am | Post a Comment
Check out this interview NPR did with our very own Brad, indie buyer for Amoeba Hollywood, about the crazy amount of super Tuesday releases that hit the store this week and the thought behind ordering each album!

Lineup Announced for 2010 Bridge School Benefit Concert, Buffalo Springfield Again

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, September 14, 2010 01:43pm | Post a Comment
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Buffalo Springfield is reuniting -- at least, the three surviving members of the classic rock group are! And three fine rock stalwarts they are: Neil Young, Steven Stills and Richie Furay will be hitting the stage at the Young's 2010 Bridge School Benefit Concert and playing tracks from their albums together as the Springfield.

Buffalo Springfield "Broken Arrow" 1967

Buffalo Springfield "On the Way Home" 1968

Other artists set to perform at the always-epic acoustic annual fund raiser Oct 23 and 24 at Shoreline are Modest Mouse, Pearl Jam, Grizzly Bear, Lucinda WIlliams, Merle Haggard with Kris Kristofferson, Jackson Browne with David Lindley, T-Bone Burnett's Speaking Clock Revue (Neko Case, Elvis Costello, Ralph Stanley, Elton John, Leon Russell and Jeff Bridges) and more!

Tickets will be available for snapping up on September 19.

Gang of Four to Release Brand New Album in January

Posted by Amoebite, September 14, 2010 01:20pm | Post a Comment
Billboard and various other sources have announced that seminal band Gang of Four will release their first album of new material in 14 years this coming January! The group reunited in recent years, toured to great success and have parlayed that into writing a record's worth of new songs together.

The album will be called Content and will be released in the US sometime in late January 2011.

Bassist David Allen says to Billboard, "The biggest surprise is that we've been capable getting back to our roots. A whole bunch that we've done sounds like [1979's] Entertainment!. It's more aggressive, more angular. People might also be intrigued that [singer] Jon [King] is singing better than he ever did."

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Synthsual Seduction: Getting Intimate with Blonde Redhead's Penny Sparkle

Posted by Kells, September 14, 2010 11:00am | Post a Comment
A while ago, right here in this blogosphere, I shared a memorable, if somewhat goofy, moment I experienced in conversation with Blonde Redhead where it was determined that their signature sound is, seasonally speaking, " cold, like winter," punctuated by drummer Simone Pace's joking that they've been trying to score a "summer hit" all these years. True, there's nothing very ruddy or relaxing about the raw, malodorous roots they laid down in their hard-rocking early days, prompting fans to coin the multilingual heart-breakers as "art rock" darlings while some persnickety critics underrated them as Sonic Youth wannabes. Alas, that "certain damaged" sound that Guy Picciotto (of Fugazi and Rites of Spring fame) coaxed into the production Blonde Redhead's middle children albums (In An Expression of the Inexpressible, Melody of Certain Damaged Lemons and Misery is a Butterfly) is as gone as the no wave, DNA inspired D.I.Y. joie de vivre captured on the band's Steve Shelly (of, duh, Sonic Youth fame) produced self-titled debut as well as that of their self-produced, non-slump of a sophomore effort La Mia Vita Violenta and it's bewitching follow-up Fake Can Be Just As Good (sigh). However, I believe congratulations are in order as it seems that Blonde Redhead have, with Penny Sparkle --- their eighth full-length album in fifteen years, their third record for the 4AD label --- created the most lusciously polished, goth jewel of a make-out record since the Cure's Disintegration dropped in 1989.

Sonically, Penny Sparkle seems pick up where the last Blonde Redhead album, 23, left off excepting for the storm cloud of synths that drape the landscape of the record like a down comforter blanketing a snow bank, melting even those once raucous guitars into a symphony of layered, atmospheric electro-confessionals (in terms of 23, think "The Dress" and "Publisher" plus that creepy eight-minute 23 outtake "(We Are A real Team) Harry and I"). I'm guessing this shift in the band's sound morphology has something to do with producers Alan Moulder (whose finger prints linger on 23 not to mention his famed "shoegaze" connections and work with artists like Depeche Mode, My Bloody Valentine and The Jesus and Mary Chain --- make-out jams indeed) and Van Rivers & The Subliminal Kid (Fever Ray) who worked with the band in Stockholm thus accounting for the slight dregs Swedish pop influence that lend extra shine to Penny Sparkle's glittery glow. Though none of the ten songs that comprise the record really stand out on their own all of them resonate in comparable, if not reciprocal, aural ensembles that flaunt the usual melange of minor chords and shadowy progressive elements that have endeared Blonde Redhead to their expanding fan base. But, goll-ly day is it synthy!

Overall, I 'm going to continue to push this record as a the make-out record for 2010. Who knows if Blonde Redhead will ever catch up to said "summer hit" that seems somehow out of their reach (I suppose a meeting with Cee-lo wouldn't hurt). At least they've proven they can make a classy "synth" record that not only doesn't sound like it was sugar-coated for mainstream consumption or polished for awards ceremonies, but also seems to, along with current artists like Zola Jesus, herald the return of goth as a sexy trend to be indulged passionately, in darkened dens, with the cutter you love. If that doesn't sound appealing to you just give it a good seasonally synced listen, after all, you can't get more goth than that time of year when autumn meets winter, and winter is their season.

Blonde Redhead performing the single "Here Sometimes" from Penny Sparkle (4AD Session):

Charles Dana Gibson - Happy B-Day, CDG!

Posted by Eric Brightwell, September 14, 2010 10:30am | Post a Comment

Today is the birthday of American artist Charles Dana Gibson, best known for his creation of The Gibson Girl. By some accounts, he's also responsible for the invention of the Gibson martini. Were he still alive, he’d be 143 years old today.

Gibson was born September 14th, 1867 in Roxbury, Massachusetts, today the heart of Boston’s population -- back then, probably not. His parents were DeWolf Gibson and Josephine Elizabeth Lovett. The patriarch was a somewhat gifted artist and encouraged his son to draw. Gibson honed his skill at Manhattan’s Art Students League. In 1886, he sold his first sketch to Life magazine (of a dog chained to a post), for which he became a contributor for the next three decades.

As Gibson’s reputation grew, his works appeared in The Century, Colliers, Harper’s Weekly and Scribners. By 1889, he’d acquired enough money to travel to Europe. In England he met illustrator George du Maurier, known for (among other things), his skill at drawing beautiful women. His subsequent illustrations reflect du Maurier's influence, although they are quite distinct.

                 Irene Langhorne                                         Camille Clifford                                  Evelyn Nesbit

Mash-Up Of The Week: Wax Audio's Whole Lotta Sabbath, a Led Zeppelin vs Black Sabbath Mash-Up

Posted by Billyjam, September 14, 2010 04:04am | Post a Comment

Wax Audio "Whole Lotta Sabbath" Led Zeppelin vs Black Sabbath Mash-Up

This latest Mash-Up of the Week is a refreshing change from the usual mash-ups being produced these days. Typically mash up producers base their tracks off of either solely contemporary pop songs, or else Wax Audiocurrent pop hits mixed with an older era pop tune (such as Lady GaGa + Kei$ha with Michael Jackson). But "Whole Lotta Sabbath" works exclusively off of classic hard rock sources -- namely Zeppelin and Sabbath.

The audio/video mixer of this mash up is Wax Audio out of Australia, who has been creating mixes for the better part of the past decade. I first learned about him six years ago during the Bush administration when, like myself and the DJs of Mass Destruction crew (DJ Pone, Dawgisht, DJ ALF), he was also doing remixes of George W. Bush speeches. One of Wax Audio's greatest pieces was his remix of John Lennon's "Imagine;" retitling it "Imagine This," he chopped, word by word, Bush saying each lyric of the song and matched it over an instrumental.

I caught up with Wax Audio earlier today (later today in Australia), who told me that the "Whole Lotta Sabbath" video is indeed brand new but that the audio track has been done for a minute. "To be honest, my main motive to make the mix at the time was just to get a real classic rock/metal mash-up out there," he told the Amoeblog. "I'm a big fan of the old bands and there didn't seem to be too many mashes of them at the time. But once I started, I thought the concept was really cool. Sabbath singing about the evil of men and war and Zeppelin praising women and love. The track is entirely comprised of the original Zeppelin and Sabbath tracks ("War Pigs" and "Whole Lotta Love") but there's also plenty of other Zep samples in there too -- "Dazed & Confused" mostly, but a few other bits and pieces. The video shows footage from the Vietnam and Iraq wars and also shows Sabbath performing from both those eras, which is interesting. There's also stuff of the Hindenburg disaster, which relates to the Zeppelin name and a photo of a Celtic Cross I took in Scotland (relating to Sabbath and their penchant for crosses)."

Amoeba Hollywood World Music Chart for August 2010

Posted by Gomez Comes Alive!, September 13, 2010 08:54am | Post a Comment

1. Seu Jorge-Seu Jorge & Almaz
2. V/A-Let’s A Go-Go!
3. Arthur Verocai-S/T
4. DJ Sloe Poke- Fiesta Tropical
5. V/A-Afro-Beat Airways:West African Shock Waves Ghana & Togo 1972 to 1979
6. Jane Birkin &Serge Gainsbourg- S/T
7. V/A-Saigon Rock & Roll
8. Enrique Iglesias-Eurphoria
9. V/A-Pomegranates
10. V/A-World Ends: Afro Rock & Psychedelia In 1970s Nigeria

There was little change from July's chart. Seu Jorge & Almaz took the top spot after debuting at number three last month. New releases in August included the reissue of infamous collaboration between Jane Birkin and Serge Gainsbourg, which was released on CD and limited edition vinyl with a bonus seven inch. At number five is the latest release from Analog Africa, Afro-Beat Airways. I’ve had this gem on heavy rotation during much of the month of August. It’s probably the funkiest African compilation to come out in a while.

For those who haven’t been in the Hollywood store in a while, we've made some changes in the World Music section. With the increase in vinyl sales, we decided to change a World Music CD end rack into a World vinyl end rack, with many beautiful World Music and Reggae LPs now on display. The results have been tremendous, especially with the non-traditional world music consumer. People who collect Jazz, Rock, Soul, House and Hip-Hop now have a whole new world (pardon the pun) of vinyl to collect. So whether you’re a seasoned DJ or someone just starting a vinyl collection, here are some must have new World Music releases on LP:

V/A- Anatolia Rocks – A Second Musical Trip Through Turkey 1971 to 1980

Another in the long line of great Turkish Psychedelic compilations, the first Anatolia Rocks compilation sold out within a week, so I wouldn’t sleep on this one. Songs from your favorite Turkish Rock gods -- Alpay, Erkin Koray, Ersen, Edip Akbayram, Mavi Isiklar and more.

Johnny Colon
Boogaloo '67

Johnny Colon’s Boogaloo Blues is probably my all-time favorite boogaloo recording, so when I saw that Fania was going to reissue the long out-of-print Boogaloo ’67 on LP, needless to say, I was excited. This album was recorded the same year as Boogaloo Blues and packs the same Latin heat. Johnny Colon may not be a household name such as Joe Cuba or Ray Barretto, but rest assured, Boogaloo ’67 will have you hooked from the first note.

V/A-Congotronics Vinyl Box Set

Yes, this box set goes for around 160 bucks, but you get your money's worth for sure! The box set contains vinyl versions of all 5 Congotronics albums: Konono No 1 - Congotronics 1, V/A - Congotronics 2 /Buzz'n'Rumble From The Urb'n'Jungle, Kasai Allstars - In The 7th Moon, The Chief Turned Into A Swimming Fish And Ate The Head Of His Enemy By Magic, Staff Benda Bilili - Très Très Fort and Konono No 1 - Assume Crash Position. On top of those five LPs, you get an exclusive 7” featuring a collaboration between Kasai All-stars and Akron/Family, plus a re-usable Congotronics USB pen drive packed with videos & mp3s, and an album sized booklet. Get yourself an early Christmas gift, or perhaps it's time to trade all those CDs that are cluttering your home and use the trade credit to buy this…at least that is my plan!

Lo Borges-S/T

I don’t think there are many albums as perfect as 1972’s Clube Da Esquina, but Lo Borges' solo album comes close. No, he doesn’t have the angelic voice of Milton Nascimento, the singer who most people associate Clube Da Esquina with. Perhaps that might be the reason he isn’t as known as other great Brazilian songwriters such as Caetano Veloso or Gilberto Gil. But if you are a fan of well-crafted songwriting that is part Beatles, part 60’s American soul with Brazilian folk and some art school charm, this is your record. For fans of Joyce, Nelson Angelo, Arthur Verocai and of course, Milton Nascimento.

Immigrant Wrong: Valhalla Rising and Machete

Posted by Charles Reece, September 12, 2010 11:29pm | Post a Comment
Yet more summer action films! These two deal with America's continuing problem with illegal immigration. In Nicholas Refn's Valhalla Rising, a bunch of crusading Christian Vikings in the 10th century are punished for attempting to force their beliefs on America's indigenous population. In Robert Rodriguez and Ethan Maniquis' Machete, a bunch of Texans in modern day are punished by Mexican invaders for acting as if they were indigenous. Had the Vikings made it to the land we now call Texas and settled there 1,100 years ago, would they be called native Texans?

I was a bit confused about what was going on in Valhalla Rising, where the Vikings leave Norway looking for Jerusalem (but go off course by 1,800 miles), float through some mist for a little while (shorter than flying), go through a collective hallucination involving body paint, mud bathing and burly butt rape, and then wind up getting carved up by a bunch of Native Americans (when I thought they were still near home). The exact meaning of which doesn't really matter, since it's intended as a head film à la the late 60s to early 70s, e.g., 2001, Aguirre: Wrath of God and El Topo. Refn is pastiche filmmaker, like Paul Thomas Anderson or Quentin Tarantino, who wears his influences on his sleeve. You might call it syncretism if you like what he does, or postmodern gimmickry if you don't. I enjoyed his spin on Kubrick last time out, and how many people are making psychotropic films nowadays? The current film answers the question no one probably asked: what would have happened if Werner Herzog were a fan of Frank Miller? In addition to the continuing rejuvenation of the sword-and-sandal genre, the no-name hero is a mute, one-eyed oracle who slaughters people with a hatchet, accompanied by a telepathic boy who does all the talking for him, sort of a tripped-out mix of Lone Wolf & Cub with Fistful of Dollars. And Refn knows better than most how to shoot a Leone-style close up, where the face is part of the geography. The attempt at big metaphysical importance has something to do with One-Eye's journey with the Christians being a fait accompli due to his precognitive visions. He's willing to apologetically martyr himself for the colonial shitstorm that'll be coming to the aboriginal Americans in a few 100 years. But I'm satisfied with the geeky filmic allusions and bodacious butchery. 

While Valhalla Rising dares to be nonsensical, Machete attempts fair-and-balanced discourse, which makes for one dull exploitation film. Its main villain is a Texan senator (Robert DeNiro) whose campaign is based on stirring up fear and hatred of Mexican illegal immigrants (his ads compare them to cockroaches and the like). Yet, he's not really Texan, just a carpetbagger with a phony accent. And not wishing to take sides with a political party, he's an independent in a state of Republicans. You begin to doubt whether there are any actual native Texans against illegal immigrants. To add to the film's fair-mindedness, there's a scene showing that Chicanos are just as opposed to incoming Mexicans as native-born whites. The truly Texan resistance is represented as a rogue organization (based on the vigilante Minuteman Project) run by Don Johnson with white-trash sideburns and a cowboy hat. That this is a rogue group lets off the hook the casual racism of the average voter. To be even more fair minded/completely devoid of real world politics, the man behind it all, who's funding both the Senator and the vigilantes, is a Mexican crime boss (Steven Seagal in brown face). I can't imagine anyone being offended by the ideas in this film, unless (like me) one is offended by the inoffensive. As for the bloodshed, all the best stuff is in the trailer (which is where this project should've remained). On the plus side, it deserves credit for providing a vehicle for Danny Trejo to make out with three of Hollywood's gossip-rag starlets.&a

September 12, 2010: Machete

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Interview with Tim & Eric

Posted by Job O Brother, September 12, 2010 05:19pm | Post a Comment
Hey, kids! I’m coming to you from the Port of Los Angeles, aboard the Mariner of the Seas. The boyfriend and I are daring to take another cruise, despite our last disastrous attempt. Hopefully the amount of time, pain and suffering it has taken me to get online to blog this  is not a harbinger of things to come.

Before we set sail, I wanted to post the now (finally) available interview I did with Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim of Tim & Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! You can view it by clicking on this sweet li'l link right here.

Enjoy! And adios!

Five Reasons To Go See Shonen Knife Play Amoeba San Francisco at 2pm Today

Posted by Billyjam, September 12, 2010 09:19am | Post a Comment
Shonen Knife "Daydream Believer" (1998)

There are dozens of reasons why you should go see Shonen Knife play an instore at Amoeba Music San Francisco at 2pm today. Here are five of those reasons.

1) Shonen Knife is always great in concert (many say even better than on record), as the Japanese trio deliver their infectious retooling of classic American pop, such as their cover of the Carpenters' "Top of the World" (below) or the Monkee's "Daydream Believer." (Above is the promo video for the song that appeared on the all female band's 1998 album Happy Hour, which also featured "Banana Chips," below).

2) They are a musician's band. Kurt Cobain, who had good taste in music, was among their many admirers. So who knows what famous musicians might show up at Amoeba this afternoon to check em out?

3) The three members are adorable people both on and off stage and today's instore may present an opportunity to meet them briefly in person.

4) It's free. This concert will cost you nothing to attend.

5) It's an afternoon show so you will still get home to see the VMA's (spoiler alert -- Lady Gaga will win near everything, the Jersey Shore crew will say something memorably stupid, and  Kanye West will shock by not doing anything shocking).

The Art of the LP Cover- Celebrating Cassettes

Posted by Mr. Chadwick, September 11, 2010 10:05pm | Post a Comment

Maxell Advert w/ Peter Murphy

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Guy Has an EPIC Acid Trip at 2001: Space Odyssey at the Egyptian Theater 2010/9/10

Posted by Amoebite, September 11, 2010 08:11am | Post a Comment
Because movies are more fun in Hollywood.

Community Activist General Jeff Talks About Lost Angels, a Documentary About Los Angeles' Homeless

Posted by Billyjam, September 11, 2010 05:05am | Post a Comment
Lost Angels trailer (2010)

If you live in LA you've no doubt driven or walked past the city's thousands of homeless people, especially if you pass through the downtown area known as Skid Row, where an estimated 11,000 homeless men and women dwell. But unless you've stopped and taken time to talk to these unfortunate individuals who call the streets home, you may not be able to humanize these men and women and their stories. 

The Thomas Napper directed film Lost Angels, which premiered in June at the Los Angeles Film Festival, screens for free tomorrow evening as part of the Downtown Film Festival. The film can help give a better understanding of LA's homeless. With narration by Catherine Keener, Lost Angels puts a human face on these so readily dismissed individuals that inhabit the Skid Row area. The excellent documentary's subjects (as seen in the trailer above) include a former Olympic runner, a transgendered punk rocker, and an eccentric animal lover and her devoted companion. It respectfully tells their individual stories of what led them to this point in their lives.
Tomorrow's Downtown Film Festival free screening of this documentary, which takes place at Gladys Park on a big 50 foot outdoor screen, is special because it is being screened in the heart of Skid Row, where the film was shot and where many of its subjects live. Los Angeles community activist General Jeff, whose last name is Page and who I met recently at Amoeba Hollywood during the KRS-ONE lecture, is a key person behind this unique screening of Lost Angels. Being on the Board of Directors for the Downtown Los Angeles Neighborhood Council and a resident director with Central City East/ Skid Row, Jeff works closely with LA's homeless and has firsthand insights into their plight. I caught up with the man to ask him about Lost Angels and its importance.

Die Antwoord's $0$ Gets Release Date

Posted by Amoebite, September 10, 2010 04:54pm | Post a Comment
Your favorite zef-side, rap/rave, wat pomp band, Die Antwoord, is releasing its official debut album, $0$, October 12 on Cherry Tree/Interscope! Here's the cover:

die antwoord $0$

While you anxiously tie your Dark Side of the Moon boxer shorts in a bunch waiting for this highly anticipated release, check out a What's In My Bag featuring Die Antwoord letting us in on what they found on a recent shopping trip at Amoeba Hollywood!

Adventure! Tonight, O Zone at Oakland Museum of California

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, September 10, 2010 11:45am | Post a Comment
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ADVENTURE! O Zone at OMCA (Oakland Museum of California)

Second Friday-Fest Until Midnight! Sep 10, 2010 | 5:00 pm

oakland museum

Amoeba Music teams up with The Oakland Museum of California and Pixar for a night of films, discussions, dancing, free art classes and more!
 Stop by the Amoeba table and chat with pixar upAmoeba staff, plus win prizes, and gear up with Amoeba Music schwag! It all takes place in the beautiful OMCA in the heart of downtown Oakland.

Hip-Hop Rap Up 09:10:10: Nate Dogg's G-Funk Mix, Fabolous' Pre Album Mixtape, Power to the Peaceful Festival, Too $hort Unplugged, Del & Mixmaster Mike Free Show, QBert Voted Best US DJ, Bootie SF's iPad DJ + More

Posted by Billyjam, September 10, 2010 05:05am | Post a Comment
Amoeba Music Hollywood Weekly Hip-Hop Top Five Chart: 09:10:10

1) Nate Dogg G-Funk Mix (Thump Records)

2) DJ Muggs vs Ill Bill Kill Devil Hills (Fat Beats)

3) KRS-One & True Master Meta-Historical (Fat Beats)

4) Fabolous There Is No Competition 2: The Grieving Music Mixtape (Def Jam)

5) Madlib Madlib Medicine Show #8: Advanced Jazz (Stones Throw)

Thanks to Michael at the Hollywood Amoeba Music for this week's hip-hop top five chart, which includes new releases from both Fabolous and Nate Dogg. Well, technically Nate Dogg's CD is a new release but it is actually all classic material from the Long Beach, CA legend who suffered a stroke three years ago. In his prime the singing/rapping Nate Dogg was kind of like the T-Pain of his day and this dozen track collection features most (but not all) of his G-Funk era classics. Included in this guest-heavy collection are "Friends (feat. Snoop FabolousDogg & Warren G.)," "Bag O' Weed (feat. Tray Deee)," "Me & My Homies (feat. 2PacNancy Fletcher)," "Sexy Girl (feat. Big Syke)," and "First We Pray (feat. Kurupt)." Def worth copping if you don't already have the 1998 2CD Nate Dogg release G-Funk Classics, Vol. 1 & 2.

out this week 8/31 & 9/7...blu-ray...blu-ray...blu-ray...I can't get enough of blu-ray!!!

Posted by Brad Schelden, September 9, 2010 06:20pm | Post a Comment

I have really fallen in love with the Blu-ray. I tried to resist for a long time but I have given in! I am not proud of it. I often give myself a couple of years before I succumb to a new format. I was still buying cassettes in 1993 -- I didn't really trust the whole CD thing! I loved my late 80s and early 90s cassettes and wasn't really ready to jump to compact discs yet. I couldn't really afford it, really. I had spent years putting together my collection of cassettes, and I owned every Depeche Mode album on tape, as well as every Cure album and every album by The Smiths and Morrissey. I did finally switch over in 1993, long after most of my friends had moved on to CDs. One of them got me Staring at the Sea by The Cure as a gift, my first CD. I was, of course, hooked now. I loved that you didn't have to flip over the cassette! Most exciting was that you could skip to whatever track you wanted. And it did sound amazing. No more hissing of my old cassettes! This was still a while before digital music so I was still making tons of mix tapes, but it was now so much easier to make mix tapes from CDs. I remember how it was always hard to get the cassette to the right spot for each song when making a mix tape. I could now even program my CD player to play certain songs or play at random and I loved my new CD player! The same thing happened with DVDs. I was a big fan of VHS -- I still actually really like it. I grew up on VHS! Most of my first time viewing of some of my favorite movies was on VHS. I loved going to rent movies from various rental stores in all the different places I lived. I even worked at a VHS rental shop in San Francisco in the 90s. I loved buying cheap VHS from swap meets and thrift stores. I am a collector of my favorite things; I like to glance at my bookshelf and see all my favorite books alphabetized in front of me. The same goes for my VHS, cassettes, and vinyl. I never really gave up on these old formats. I just added the new format to the list of one of the things that I collected.

vhs rewinderAudio CDs were first commercially available in 1982 but they didn't really become popular until the early 90s. It took me about 10 years to finally catch up. DVDs were first introduced in the United States in 1997 but they didn't really take over VHS until 2003. This was the year when DVD became the more rented format. VHS was officially on its way out. I held out for about 5 years. I got my first DVD player in 2002 and my first DVD was the Muppet Movie. I was a bit sad to leave my VHS behind but I knew that it was over and I also knew that I would never forget it. I quickly fell in love with the DVD, with its directors' commentaries and all the special features. They also looked a lot better on my TV, and the packaging has so far lasted longer than VHS. Some of my VHS was getting worn out and the lines began to appear on the screen, sort of the same problem I had with my overplayed audio cassette tapes. And I really was over having to rewind my VHS tapes when I was done. Remember those rental store fees for not rewinding your VHS tapes? I always wanted one of those rewinders that some of my friends had. I really wanted the one that was a replica of a car. You just took your VHS out of your VCR and put it in the rewinder and it rewound it for you! I guess it was better since it didn't wear out your VCR, and you could start watching another movie right away while your finished VHS was being rewound. You didn't need to rewind DVDs. At least audio cassette tapes could be flipped over -- some stereos even flipped them over for you, but you couldn't flip VHS tapes overs. This was one of coolest things about DVDs. They also had fancy menus and you could skip ahead to different scenes or change the languages!

The first Blu-rays were introduced in June of 2006. The format war between HD and Blu-ray ended in 2008. Blu-ray had won. I felt bad for HD but I really didn't want to get involved until the battle was over. I also wanted to wait a couple of years to make sure the format was going to last. Once I got a new High Definition TV I soon realized that I was going to have to get a Blu-ray player. My old DVDs just didn't look as good. My first Blu-ray was The Dark Knight. It looked amazing and I was hooked. I haven't exactly given up on DVDs yet; I still have my alphabetized audio cassettes, I still collect LPs, and I still have all my VHS. There are some movies that I own on VHS and DVD and Bluray. I sometimes also have the soundtrack on cassette, vinyl, and compact disc. I am lucky I was too young to get into the Laser Disc scene. I don't buy any new movies on DVD if they are available on Bluray but everything is not put out on Blu-ray yet.

It has been fun being able to watch some of my old favorite movies on Blu-ray. It is like watching the movie for the first time, especially if you have never seen it in the theater. There are plenty of movies out there that I have only watched on cable or VHS so I get really excited when an old movie comes out on Blu-ray. Movies like The Dark Knight and Casino Royale look amazing on Blu-ray. These are the sort of movies that you would just expect to look great in High Definition. I just watched Silence of the Lambs on Blu-ray a couple of months ago. I have probably seen that movie more than 30 times but I noticed stuff that I had never seen before. It looked fantastic! The movie seemed to come more alive on the screen. Heat and The Professional are also amazing on Blu-ray. Showgirls is another essential on Blu-ray. Planet Earth narrated by David Attenborough is probably the first Blu-ray that everybody should watch! Even movies like Howard's End and A Single Man look amazing. Days of Heaven also looks fantastic, along with Interview with the Vampire and Lost Boys. It really is like seeing these movies again for the first time! The picture is so clear and it looks 3D. You feel like you could just jump into your TV. And TV on Blu-ray is also fabulous! Mad Men and True Blood are both shows made for Blu-ray. They look amazing. There are some great releases around the corner for Blu-Ray and I am gonna start saving my money now. George Lucas just announced that the Star Wars movies will be out on Blu-ray next year. The Lord of the Rings movies are coming out individually next week. I just watched What's Up Doc with Barbra Streisand on Blu-ray for the fist time this week and it was so amazing to see San Franciso in the early 70s! The costumes and sets and everything looked great in high def. Seriously amazing. I have a long list of things to watch that are already out on Blu-ray. Bullitt is at the top of the list. The Shining, Escape From New York, The Thing, Evil Dead, Dirty Harry, The Bourne Trilogy, Ghostbusters, Sons Of Anarchy, Unforgiven, Traffic, Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, Goodfellas, The Godfather, Casino, Heathers, & Halloween are all on the list.

Here are the awesome Blu-rays coming out in the next couple of months that I am excited about...

The Evil Dead
Sons of Anarchy: Season 2
Red Riding Trilogy

Forbidden Planet
The Office: Season 6
Mars Attacks!
THX 1138
The Player
It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown


The Twilight Zone: Season 1
Return of the Living Dead
Breathless (criterion)
Jacob's Ladder
Star Crash (Roger Corman)
Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring
Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
Lord of the Rings: Return of the King
Big Bang Theory: Season 3


Spartacus: Blood & Sand: Season 1
Charade (Criterion)
Robin Hood
Being Human: Season 2
Modern Family: Season 1


The Thin Red Line (Criterion)
King Kong (1933)
Iron Man 2
Get Him to the Greek
Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence (Criterion)

Grindhouse (Special Edition) Planet Terror/Death Proof + all the trailers!
The Exorcist (Extended Director's Cut & Original Theatrical Edition)
Beauty & the Beast
Troll 2
Maltese Falcon
Bad Lieutenant
Robocop Trilogy
Secret of the Kells
Blair Witch Project
The Year Without A Santa Claus
Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer


Apocalypse Now
Rocky Horror Picture Show
Psycho (50th Anniversary Edition)
Moulin Rouge
Romeo + Juliet
Please Give
Seven Samurai (Criterion)


Alien Anthology
Back to the Future Trilogy
Winter's Bone
House (Criterion)
Elf (collector's edition)
The Girl Who Played With Fire

Toy Story 3
The Sound of Music
Goonies (25th Anniversary)
The Wiz
Bridge on the River Kwai
The Pacific

Metalocalypse: Season 3
Scott Pilgrim Vs. the World
Antichrist (criterion)

Metropolis (1927)
The Twilight Zone: Season 2
Night of the Hunter (Criterion)
Modern Times (Criterion)
Avatar (collector's edition)


Deadwood: The Complete Series
America Lost & Found (criterion)

Waking Sleeping Beauty
Meet the Parents
Meet the Fockers


Lost In Translation
Videodrome (criterion)

Family Guy: It's A Trap

I am patiently awaiting the release of some movies on Blu-ray. I have not found release dates yet but they can't be too far in the future I hope...

The Abyss, Dead Alive, Short Cuts, Pulp Fiction, Safe, Taxi Driver, Munich, My Own Private Idaho, Pee Wee's Big Adventure, Ice Storm, Jaws, Woman Under the Influence, Rosemary's Baby, Looking for Mr. Goodbar, Manhunter, Legend of Billie Jean, Valley Girl, Sid & Nancy, Six Feet Under, Sex & the City, Twin Peaks, & all the John Waters movies!

also out 8/31...

Best of Soul Train on DVD

Minotaur by Clientele

Fission by Film School

I'm Having Fun Now by Jenny & Johnny

Familial by Philip Selway

Music from Yo Gabba Gabba Vol. 2

also out 9/7...

Seeing Eye Dog by Helmet

Interpol by Interpol

O by Oval

  Old Punch Card by Sam Prekop

Personal Life by The Thermals

My So-Called by Venetian Snares

Tim Cohen's New Video for I Come Alive

Posted by Miss Ess, September 9, 2010 04:46pm | Post a Comment

"I Come Alive"

Local artist (and, full disclosure, Amoeba employee) Tim Cohen's quite the prolific guy. Aside from fronting the Fresh & Onlys, Tim also has put out several solo records, including The Two Sides of Tim Cohen and Laugh Tracks.

Now, our own Gabriel Wheeler (yes, so much talent stews and brews within the walls and halls of Amoeba!) has directed Tim in a video for "I Come Alive," his track on the Secret Seven release of SF local sounds In A Cloud. The vid is full of dark Guy Maddin-esque flickering imagery and vampire women. Intriguing! You can check out more of his music here.

Amoeba.Com's Videos Offer Incredible Quality Concert Clips Plus Unique Behind the Scenes Footage

Posted by Billyjam, September 9, 2010 09:18am | Post a Comment

For many years now Amoeba Music has been presenting must-see, free instore events spanning all types of music. For the past several years the folks at the Amoeba website have been diligently recording the majority of these unique instores, and then systematically uploading most of them to our website's Fang Islandimpressive Video Gallery where they are neatly sorted into New Videos, Featured Videos, Browse All Videos, and Upcoming Videos, which tracks which ones are being coded, edited, and/or awaiting approval.
The Amoeba videos are great on many levels. It's fun just to go back and re-watch an Amoeba show you attended and to be able to it see from new angles, and, of course, it's even better to be able to catch up on shows you wanted to attend but couldn't make. Sometimes we will even have a live video stream cast of certain instores that you can watch in real time from anywhere in the world!

In addition to the high quality (both video and audio) of these Amoeba instore concert clips, what sets them apart from typical YouTube fare is that they are not limited time wise to ten or so minutes in length. For example, the Tegan & Sara video at Amoeba Berkeley (above) runs 41 minutes and includes five full songs plus an intro with fans outside the Telegraph Ave store. You can also check out an interview video with the ladies right here. Another wonderful aspect of these Amoeba videos is that they also often include behind the scenes interview clips like the Aceyelone concert video below (including the songs "All Balls Don't Bounce," "Anywhere You Go," "My Fantasy," "Rappers Rappers Rapper...," & "Hardship"), which is accompanied by another ten minute piece in which the knowledgeable Luis from the Haight Street store sits down and chops it up with the famous LA emcee.

Matador at 21 Box Set Release

Posted by Miss Ess, September 8, 2010 04:22pm | Post a Comment
More thrilling news from the fine folks at Matador: On September 28th, pretty much the eve of their 21st anniversary blowout party in Vegas, the label will release a limited edition box set of tracks culled from 1989 right up to the present!

Artists such as Steve Malkmus & the Jicks, Sonic Youth, Yo La Tengo, Chavez, Kurt Vile, Interpol, Belle & Sebastian, Arab Strap, Liz Phair and about a zillion others will be represented! There will also be an oh-so-enticing extra disc of exclusive, unreleased live tracks from the 10th year anniversary concert back in 1999 with artists like Cat Power, Pavement, and Bardo Pond.

AND the box set comes with 36 custom Matador poker chips! How fun is that?

If all that wasn't enough, all the proceeds from the box set will be given to three selected charities.

Please hit up the Matador website for full track listings as well as all the details.

September 7, 2010: Takers

Posted by phil blankenship, September 7, 2010 11:18pm | Post a Comment

Made in Taiwan - Taiwanese Cinema and Television

Posted by Eric Brightwell, September 7, 2010 06:30pm | Post a Comment

Taiwan’s official status is complicated. Some view it as a region of China, others as the sole legitimate government of the mainland. Still others believe it to be an island with a unique history stretching back thousands of years and with a distinct culture made up of Austronesian, Han, Japanese and other influences ...and then there are those that think it's the same thing as Thailand, or as the mysterious origin of all our stuff. 

Taiwanese Film Under the Japanese

The first films shown in Taiwan were brought by the Japanese, as early as 1901. As with Japanese films, they relied on a narrator (rather than intertitles) by figures known in Taiwan as benzi. The first Taiwanese benzi was also a musician and composer, Wang Yung-feng.

In 1903, Japanese director 高松豐次郎 (Takamatsu Toyojiro) began exhibiting films from Europe and Japan and built eight theaters. In February 1907, he filmed 台灣實況の紹介 (Introducing Taiwan today), a documentary shot in over a hundred villages and meant to showcase Japan’s civilizing influence on Taiwan. The first Taiwanese feature film was Tanaka King's Da fo de tong kong (The eyes of Buddha), a 1922 film that starred Liu Xiyang, the country's first film actor.

New Electronic 12" Releases 9/07 @ Amoeba Hollywood - Shed, Barker & Baumecker, Conforce, Lawrence, Holger Czukay, Skudge & More

Posted by Oliver / Matt / Jordan, September 7, 2010 05:55pm | Post a Comment

(Ostgut Ton)

This is the second full-length release for Berlin-based DJ/producer Shed. The Traveller is not the perfectly planned-out escape into the safe haven where perfect tools worship the primetime DJ, but rather it's an ode to the heart of electronic dance music that still pumps loud and vigorous. For Shed, that very heartbeat was never clearer, more concise and genre-defining than in the UK in the early '90s. Detroit, Chicago, Berlin: get in line, you've had your time. Needless to say, Shed is not in this to become the copycat of some of rave music's perfect key moments. The Traveller is not another chapter in the ongoing history of the "anything goes" cult, not an overcooked stew praising the power of eclecticism; instead, it is simply an example of untamed fascination for sound. Frankly, Shed masters this almost naive approach perfectly and slaps the guards of the status quo right in the face. Again and again, Shed pulls little melodies from the depths of his studio and lets us discover our enthusiasm for the moment anew. He applies breakbeats bearing more history than the 909 bass drum where the 4/4 attack would have been the obvious choice, grants grandpa acid only a brief yet overwhelming guest appearance and deals with minimal dance music's heritage in a completely new, unexplored way. Always present: euphoria. With The Traveller, Shed manages the intangible and translates techno tracks into a shorter, yet crisper format, playing with tempi and moods. And yet each and every beat is right where it belongs, helping to merge every ingredient into an adventurous trip through a night one always dreams of and yet hardly ever gets. The album resonates from start to finish, is full of ideas, speaks dubstep and chooses radical approaches where other producers opt for the emergency exit of the lowest common denominator. The Traveller is the perfect base for everybody still willing to take a chance.


Candyflip 12"
(Ostgut Ton)

Andreas Baumecker and Sam Barker make up a production partnership closely founded upon their love for more experimental dance sounds. Straddling the boundaries between emotional, classically-inspired techno and heavy broken beat electronics, "Candyflip" is a wonderfully analog-sounding tribute to years in the underground. Echoes of the past resound throughout this moody epic while stark, futuristic elements urge it forward. Stepping into "The Hole," a darker sound takes precedence, as a deep, tripping techno jam unfolds from the pair's machines.


Grace EP 12"

Delsin is proud to present a first EP by Boris Bunnik, aka Conforce. Like fellow Dutch techno talent Delta Funktionen, Conforce is also from the northern parts of The Netherlands. After two debut EPs on Rush Hour and releases on Curle and Modelism, he released his well-received first album on the Meanwhile label. On Delsin, he presents some slick-produced atmospheric tunes in the style of label mates like Quince and D5.


Overture/Mirage 12"

Skudge make their machine music the old way. They channel these processes into their heavyweight dub sound. The results seem to be working -- another colossal 12".

Listen to "Overture" here:


Voices Around The Fire 12"

Mule Electronic presents a single cut from Sebastian Mullaert's (aka Minilogue) first mix CD, WaWuWe (MULE 019CD). The title track is in a very similar style to Minilogue -- hypnotic and groovy and a perfect DJ tool for the dark dancefloor. On "Music Becomes A Function," Sebastian shows his more musical side with some ambient house reminiscent of Thomas Fehlmann or Lawrence.


See Other People/St. Marks Remixes 12"

After the individual releases by Falty DL and Cosmin TRG on the RH-DC series, the third release features them remixing each other. They both turn each other's version up a notch, creating some heavy duty dancefloor pressure, while pushing the borders of house, techno, dubstep and rave. Back to the future!

Listen to "See Other People (Falty DL Remix)" here:


Menta Latte Remixes 12"

Top of Form "Menta Latte" from Matias Aguayo's acclaimed full length Ay Ay Ay (KOMP 076CD/KOM 205LP) gets the remix treatment. Who else could be more perfect to do his own rendition than the maestro of Northern disco Prins Thomas -- keeping the organic sensibility of the original by making it RAW. Acid flirts with bongos and wonky bass in a diatribe of immense magnitude. The results are a tremendous, gallivanting steamroller of a track. Bottom of Form Top of Form.

Holger Czukay
Claremont 56

Limited pressing on GOLD vinyl, 2 new versions of "PERSIAN LOVE," his first compositions after parting with CAN. Created by switching a multitrack to 1/2 speed while playing guitar/drums in slow motion. Persian vocals nicked from short wave radio. Features CAN drummer Jaki.

Listen to the original of "Persian Love" here:

Axel Bomann


Swedish house producer releases a refreshing 3 track EP on DJ KOZE & MARCUS FINK's PAMPA imprint. The title track features J JONASON on vocals for a deep smooth & sexy vocal. "PURPLE DRANK" is a hypnotic joint with a dark bouncy bassline. "NOT SO MUCH" is a perfect tune to end a perfect night.

Listen to "Holy Love" here:



Deep and soulful house EP from LAID. Three tracks: "PRECIOUS HALL" and "PRECIOUS HALL (DUB)" plus the title cut "DWELLING ON THE DUNES," a laid back and atmospheric house cut reminiscent of classic Detroit tracks.




IDEAL: Schöne Frau mit Geld (Losoul Versions) 12" (PLAYRJC 008EP)



214: Cascadian Nights EP 12" (TOUCHIN BASS)

CHARANJIT SINGH: Ten Ragas To A Disco Beat 2LP

FreshRo & Apiento Co: PACIFIC STATE (CLEAR) 7"



Smith & Mudd: SURVEYOR (JAPAN PROMO) 12"

DJ Zinc: WILE OUT-DJ MARKY & S.P.Y RX 12" (INN034)

Eddy Meets Yannah: COMPOST BLACK #66 12" (COMP357)

Filippson & Ulysses: ESCAPE FROM NY 12" (INTSPE001)

Foog: OPEN YOUR EYES 12" (MULE072)

Frisvold & Lindbaek: BOZAK-PRINS THOMAS REMIX 12" (FP027)

Hypno: OVER THE TOP EP 12" (PTN003)

Marvin Gaye: GOT TO GIVE IT UP 12" (MGGT1)


Thabo: THE MACHINES 12" (ORN01)

Washed Ashore: It's Always Summer with Carolina Beach Music

Posted by Kells, September 7, 2010 11:53am | Post a Comment

In a hallmark episode of Mad Men Don Draper said, "Nostalgia -- it's delicate, but potent. Teddy told me that in Greek, 'nostalgia' literally means 'the pain from an old wound.' It’s a twinge in your heart far more powerful than memory alone. This device isn’t a spaceship, it’s a time machine. It goes backwards, and forwards… it takes us to a place where we ache to go again. It’s not called the wheel, it’s called the carousel. It lets us travel the way a child travels – around and around, and back home again, to a place where we know we are loved."

Of course, for all of you out there who, unlike me, don't voraciously follow the AMC series, Don was pitching an ad for a slide projector (nostalgia, indeed) to a potential client. However, I like to think that this quote speaks of yet another rotary mechanism with equal validity, both practically and emotionally speaking, though there may be some folks who'd argue the dingus as obsolete. Well, my record player is still alive and spinning, taking me to new places as often as it swings me back, right 'round, home-bound again like a flawlessly sound-tracked time machine. I can offer no better example of this cyclical sentimental journey than the summer season I spent aboard my little hi-fi this year enjoying an endless rotation summer jams beginning with the fresh sun-soaked (and smog-stained) sounds of Ariel Pink's Haunted Grafitti, what with the extremely timely June 7th release of Before Today on 4AD, and, now that summer is winding down, rounding out the season with a mess of Carolina beach music 7" singles culled from the belly of the 45's bargain bin at Amoeba Music in San Francisco.

Now, if you don't know what Carolina beach music is, chances are it's called something else depending on where you're coming from, but generally it's strictly "oldies but goodies" any way you slice it, genre-wise. Carolina beach music, also known as just plain Beach music, is a regional genre which developed from various musical styles of the forties, fifties and sixties --- ranging from breezy big band swing to rough and raw rhythm and blues, doo-wop, boogie, jazz, reggae, rockabilly and old-time rock 'n' roll --- that enjoys a close association with a style of swing dance called the shag, or the Carolina shag, due to its official status as the state dance of both North and South Carolina. That said, most of the hits fitting this homey genre feature a 4/4 "blues shuffle" rhythmic structure and a moderate to fast tempo that woos shoes to shag-dancing the summer night away. Think the Dirty Dancing soundtrack meets Myrtle Beach, or, better yet, think Shag the movie (1989), brought to you by the good folks who choreographed Dirty Dancing, starring Phoebe "I cain't go around sleepin' with every boy that likes me" Cates and Bridget "Does anyone feel lah-ike dancin'?" Fonda. Check it out:

Instead of outlining the early history of Carolina Beach music and the sociopolitical context of its popularity with white youth in the pre-Civil Rights Act of 1964, Jim Crow South (where youngsters who wished to hear so-called "race music" flocked to beach clubs where popular R&B ruled the scene), I'd like to offer a personal top ten of beach music jams, which I believe speak for themselves in terms of historic significance considering its enduring shelf-life, forever reminding us that it only used to take one dime in the jukebox to fall in love and that when packing for a trip to the beach selecting the right music is just as paramount as remembering to slather on the correct SPF sunscreen or freeing last year's trapped sand from your swimsuit before putting it through another bout of wipeouts. However, whether or not you actually get off the couch to see what all the fuss is about, the music will take you there, I promise. Nostalgia is a hell of a drug.

"Summertime's Calling Me" - The Catalinas

"Double Shot (Of My Baby's Love)" - The Swingin' Medallions

"Lipstick Traces (On A Cigarette)" - Benny Spellman

"Hold Back the Night" - The Trammps

"I've Been Hurt" - Bill Deal & the Rhondells

"Carolina Girls" - General Johnson and the Chairmen of the Board

"39-21-46" - The Showmen

"Washed Ashore (On a Lonely Island in the Sea)" b/w "With This Ring" - The Platters

"Ms. Grace" - The Tymes

"It Will Stand" - The Showmen

Mountain Man's Debut Record, Made the Harbor, Is a Stunner

Posted by Miss Ess, September 7, 2010 11:10am | Post a Comment

I'm a sucker for a three part harmony and the ladies of Mountain Man deliver 'em in spades on their fantastic debut album, Made the Harbor. Their singing creates an effortlessly beautiful sound, one that is refreshingly unlike anything else out there currently in music. Instead, Mountain Man sounds like something crying out from the past, while lyrically remaining in the present. The combination is flawless.

If you are into music that is simultaneously organic and magical, this is the new band for you! Check out some of these gals' songs below, and to read an interview I did with them back in February, click here!

Apparently I am not the only one obsessed with Mountain Man -- international singing sensation Jonsi is bringing them out on his fall US tour, and the ladies will also be performing at Amoeba Berkeley on October 20th.


(In which we write this.)

Posted by Job O Brother, September 6, 2010 01:39pm | Post a Comment

I love everything.

For whatever reason, I am suffering from a rare case of writer’s block. This is my second attempt at writing an Amoeblog today, the first being a page-long history of the adoption of our second cat, Maybe. By the time it had devolved into a story about how she had murdered my family, I finally put a stop to it. I hate cute stories about cats – psychotic or otherwise.

But it leaves me at square one, which is totally my least favorite square. Square eight is the place to be. It’s the one with lemonade.

Here's a picture of lemonade to look at with your eyes. (You're welcome.)

Even though I have no idea what to write about today, since this is the Amoeblog, I know I must introduce music, film or TV into the subject matter, so let’s start with these things:

Yes, that is Phylicia Rashad, (then Phylicia Allen) singing a song from her album, Josephine Superstar, a disco-concept-album merging the music of Josephine Baker with dance beats. I don't actually have an opinion on this one way or the other, but I thought you were old enough to know about it.

But here is something I really love:

John Woo's Well Deserved Golden Lion Lifetime Achievement Award at Venice Film Festival + New Reign of Assassins Trailer

Posted by Billyjam, September 6, 2010 05:47am | Post a Comment

John Woo
, the director of both Hollywood blockbusters (Mission Impossible II, Face/Off, etc) and Hong Kong action films (Hard Boiled, The Killer, etc), was honored at the Venice Film Festival the other day when the 64 year old Chinese film director was given a Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement. The festival also screened Woo's new martial arts tour de force, Reign of Assassins.

Reign of Assassins (see trailer below), which was filmed in China and is set during the Ming Dynasty, is unique in that it is the first time that Woo has had a woman as a protagonist and it is also the first time that a Chinese film has had a real female hero. Michelle Yeoh plays the martial arts expert who is an assassin falling in love with the son of a man killed by her gang.

At the Venice Film Festival on Friday, the clearly pleased Woo told the press, "I want to make movies that will incorporate the good things from the West and the East." Reign of Assassins is the 35th film that Woo has directed in an impressive career that began back in 1968. Check out the DVD section of Amoeba for Woo's work and also check out these websites: God Among, Media Circus, YahooMovies/JohnWoo, IMDb and Cinema of China.

September 5, 2010: Going The Distance

Posted by phil blankenship, September 5, 2010 11:19pm | Post a Comment

Schedule & Final Line Up Announced for Matador at Twenty One: Includes Liz Phair, The Clean, Sonic Youth, Pavement, Cat Power, Guided by Voices, Belle & Sebastian, New Pornographers, Ted Leo + More

Posted by Billyjam, September 5, 2010 07:30am | Post a Comment

Matador Records
is celebrating its 21st birthday -- Matador At Twenty One -- in style with The Lost Weekend at the Palms Resort & Casino in Las Vegas October 1st - 3rd! The iconic label has just announced the final schedule for the fun music weekend in Sin City as well as some last minute line-up additions. The Matablog says Liz Phair, The Clean, Times New Viking, Esben and the Witch, and Perfume Genius will all additionally be on the weekend bill. They also announced the names of the MC’s for the Vegas event: Jeff Jensen, Bob Nastanovich, and WFMU's Tom Scharpling & Jon Wurster, plus a late Friday evening presentation by Austin’s Karaoke Underground.

Understandably when a uniquely located weekend music festival featuring the likes of Sonic Youth, Pavement, Cat Power, Guided By Voices, Belle & Sebastian, The New Pornographers, Superchunk, Chavez, Yo La Tengo, Cold Cave, Fucked Up, Kurt Vile, and The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion comes around, the tickets sell out fast. And since tickets went on sale July 9th, around the time it was  blogged about here by Miss Ess, they have been selling incredibly fast. Already all the VIP passes are sold out, but Matador has just announced 50 additional pairs of tickets priced at $250.00 per person that will be available via a public lottery sometime this coming week. The Lost Weekend organizers strongly suggest frequently checking here and here during the coming days for details on these much sought after tickets.

Happy Birthday, Los Angeles!!!

Posted by Eric Brightwell, September 4, 2010 06:27pm | Post a Comment

Pendersleigh & Sons Cartography's map of Los Angeles County

Happy Birthday Los Angeles. The City of Angels turns 229 years young today (sort of). Back in 1781, so the story goes, 44 Spaniards from Mexico established El Pueblo de Los Angeles. Of the Spaniards, 26 were black, sixteen were Native or mestizo, and two were white. The city has grown even more diverse in the past two centuries and now L.A. boasts the greatest ethnic and cultural diversity of any city not only in the known universe, but the known space-time continuum.

Pendersleigh & Sons Cartography's bird's eye attempt at a Middle Earth style Southland map

Los Angeles also boasts more food trucks, Scientologists, playhouses, Angelenos, lowriders, smog and miles of freeway than any city in the US. A host of surrounding towns put the "great" in "Greater Los Angeles." Any regular readers will know that I like to explore the Southland, in an attempt to entertain and uncover the music, movie, culinary, cultural histories the many and varied communities of the great sprawl -- sort of Los Angeles' extended family.

If interested, please take a look at the list below and click here to vote for more LA neighborhoods, here for LA County communities, and here for OC communities to be the subject of future blog entries. 

Pendersleigh & Sons Cartography's Map of the Angeles Forest region (Angeles Forest Facebook page)


Acton, Agoura, Agoura Hills, Agua Dulce, 
Alamitos Beach, Alamitos Heights, Alhambra, Aliso Viejo, Aliso Village, Alondra Park, Altadena, Anaheim, Anaheim Colony, Anaheim Hills, Anaheim Island, Angeleno Heights, Antelope Acres, Arcadia, Arleta, Arlington, Arlington Heights, Arlington Park, Arroyo Seco, Arroyo View Estates, Artcraft Manor, Artesia, Arts District, Athens, Athens on the Hill, Atwater Village, Atwood, Avalon, Avocado Heights, Azusa...

Pendersleigh & Sons Cartography's map of the Antelope Valley (Antelope Valley Facebook page)


Balboa, Balboa Highlands, Balboa Island, Balboa Park, Balboa Peninsula, Baldwin Hills, Baldwin Hills Estates, Baldwin Park, Baldwin Village, Baldwin Vista, Bassett, Bay Harbor, Beachwood Canyon, Bel-Air, Bell, Bell Gardens, Bellflower, 
Belmont Heights, Belmont Park, Belmont Shore, Belvedere, Benedict Canyon, Beverly Crest, Beverly Glen, Beverly Hills, Beverlywood, Big Canyon, Big Mountain Ridge, Big Pines, Big Rock, Bixby Hill, Bixby Knolls, Bixby Village, Bluff Heights, Bluff Park, Bouquet Canyon, Boyle Heights, Bradbury, Brea, Brea-Olinda, Brentwood, Brentwood Circle, Brentwood Glen, Brentwood Hills, Brentwood Park, Broadway Corridor, Brooklyn HeightsBrookside Park, Buena Park, Bundy Canyon, Bunker Hill, Burbank, Byzantine-Latino Quarter...

Detail of Pendersleigh & Sons map showing LA County's Channel Islands (Channel Islands Facebook page)


Cahuenga Pass, Calabasas,  California Heights, Cambodia TownCameo Plaza, Cameron Woods, Canoga Park, Canterbury Knolls, Capistrano Beach, Carlton, Carroll Park, Carson, Carson Park, Carthay, Carthay Circle, Carthay Square, Castaic, Castaic Junction, Castellammare, Castle Heights, Central Area [Long Beach], Century City, Century Palms, Cerritos, Charter Oak, Chatsworth, Chesterfield Square, Cheviot Hills, Chinatown, Citrus, City Terrace, Civic Center, Civic Support, Claremont, College Park, College Park West, Commerce, Compton, Cornell, Corona del Mar, Costa Mesa, Coto de Caza, Country Club Island, Country Club Park, Covenant Hills, Covina, Craftsman Village, Crenshaw, Crestview, Crestwood Hills, Cudahy, Culver City, Cypress, Cypress Park...

Pendersleigh & Sons Cartography's map of Downtown (Downtown Facebook page)


Dana Point, Del Aire, Del Lago, Del Rey, Del Sur, Del Valle, Desert Relief, Desert View Highlands, Diamond Bar, Dove Canyon, Downey, Downtown Industrial District, Downtown Long Beach, Drake Park, Duarte...

Pendersleigh & Sons Cartography's map of the Eastside (Eastside Facebook page)


Eagle Rock, East Anaheim, East Compton, East Irvine, East La Mirada, East Lake, East Los Angeles, East Pasadena, East San Gabriel, East Village, Eastmont, Eastside [Long Beach], Eastside/Circle Area, Echo ParkEl Dorado, El Dorado Park, El Dorado Park Estates, El Dorado South, El Modena, El Monte, El Pueblo, El Segundo, El Sereno, El Toro, Elysian Heights, Elysian Park, Elysian Valley, Emerald Bay, Encino, Exposition Park...

Pendersleigh & Sons Cartography's map of The Harbor (The Harbor Facebook page)


Faircrest Heights, Fairfax District, Fashion District, Figueroa Corridor, Figueroa Terrace, Financial District, Fletcher Square, Floral Park, Florence-Graham, Flower District, Foothill Ranch, Fountain Valley, 4th Street Corridor, Franklin Hills, Freemont Place, French Park, Fullerton, Furniture & Decorative Arts District...

Pendersleigh & Sons Cartography's map of Hollywood (Hollywood Facebook page)


Gallery Row, Garden Grove, Gardena, Garvanza, Glassell Park, Glendale, Glendora, Gorman, Gramercy Park, Granada Hills, Green Meadows...

Pendersleigh & Sons Cartography's map of the Inland Empire


Hacienda Heights, Hancock Park, Hansen Hills, Happy Valley, Harbor City, Harbor Gateway, Harbor Pines, Harvard Heights, Hawaiian Gardens, Hawthorne, Hel-Mel, Hellman, Hermon, Hermosa Beach, Hidden Hills, Highland Park, Hillside Village, Historic Core, Historic Filipinotown, Hollywood Dell, Hollywood Heights, Holmby Hills, Home Junction, Huntington Beach, Huntington Harbour, Huntington Palisades, Huntington Park, Hyde Park...

Pendersleigh & Sons Cartography's map of the Mideast Side (Mideast Side Facebook page)


Imperial Estates, Industry, Inglewood, Irvine, Irwindale, Island Village...

Pendersleigh & Sons Cartpgraphy's map of Midtown (Midtown Facebook page)


Jefferson Park, Jewelry District, Juniper Hills...

Pendersleigh & Sons Cartography's map of North Orange County


Kagel Canyon, Kenter Canyon, King Estates, Kinneloa Mesa, Kinney Heights, Kite Hill, Knollwood, Koreatown...

Pendersleigh & Sons Cartography's map of Northeast Los Angeles (NELA Facebook page)


La Brea-Hancock, La Cañada Flintridge, La Cienega Heights, La Crescenta-Montrose, La Habra, La Habra Heights, La Marina Estates, La Mirada, La Palma, La Puente, La Tuna Canyon, La Verne, Ladera Heights, Ladera Ranch, Lafeyette Park, Lafeyette Square, Laguna, Laguna Beach, Laguna Canyon, Laguna Hills, Laguna Niguel, Laguna Woods, Laguna Woods Village, Lake Balboa, Lake Forest, Lake Hughes, Lake Los Angeles, Lake View Terrace, Lakewood, Lakewood Village, Lancaster, Larchmont Village, Largo Vista, Las Flores, Laurel Canyon, Lawndale, Leimert Park, Leisure World, Lennox, Leona Valley, Lido Isle, Lincoln Heights, Little Arabia, Little Armenia, Little Bangladesh, Little Ethiopia, Little India, Little Osaka, Little Saigon, Little Seoul, Little Tokyo, Littlerock, Llano, Lomita, Long Beach, Long Beach Marina, Longwood Highlands, Los Alamitos, Los Altos, Los Angeles International Airport, Los Cerritos - Virginia Country Club, Los Feliz, Loyola Village, Lynwood...

Pendersleigh & Sons Cartography's map of Northwest County (Northwest County Facebook page)


MacArthur Park, Magnolia Square, Malibu, Manchester Square, Mandeville Canyon, Manhattan Beach, Mar Vista, Maravilla, Marina Pacifica, Marina Peninsula, Marina del Rey, Marquez Knolls, Mayflower Village, Maywood, Melody Acres, Melrose District, Melrose Hill, Memorial Heights, Mesa Verde, Midway City, Miracle Mile, Mission Hills, Mission Viejo, Modjeska Canyon, Monarch Beach, Monrovia, Montebello, Montecito Heights, Monterey Hills, Monterey Park, Morningside Circle, Mount Olympus, Mt. Washington...

Penderslieigh & Sons Cartography's map of the Pomona Valley (Pomona Valley Facebook page)


Naples, Neenach, Nelie Gail Ranch, Newport Beach, Newport Coast, Nichols Canyon, North El Monte, North Hills, North Hollywood, North Industrial District, North Laguna Hills, North Long Beach, North University Park, Northridge, Northwood, Norwalk...

Pendersleigh & Sons Cartography's map of the San Fernando Valley (Valley Facebook page)


Oakwood, Old Bank District, Old Lakewood City, Olinda Village, Olive, Olive View, Olympic Park, Orange, Orange Hills, Orange Park Acres, Outpost Estates...

Pendersleigh & Sons Cartography's map of the San Gabriel Valley (SGV Facebook page)


Pacific Palisades, Pacoima, Palisades, Palisades Highlands, Palmdale, Palms, Palos Verdes Estates, Panorama City, Paramount, Park Estates, Park La Brea, Park Mile, Pasadena, Pearblossom, Penninsula, Picfair Village, Pico-Union, Pico Del Mar, Pico Park, Pico Rivera, Placentia, Platinum Triangle, Playa Vista, Playa del Rey, Plaza, Point Fermin, Poly High, Pomona, Porter Ranch, Port of LA, Portola Hills...

Pendersleigh & Sons Cartography's map of the Santa Monica Mountains (SMM Facebook page)


Quail Hill, Quartz Hill...

Pendersleigh & Sons Cartography's map of the South Bay (South Bay Facebook page)

Rancho Estates, Rancho La Tuna Canyon, Rancho Palos Verdes, Rancho Park, Rancho Santa Margarita, Redondo Beach, Regent Square, Reseda, Reseda Ranch, Reynier Village, Ridgewood-Wilton, Rolling Hills, Rolling Hills Estates, Rolling Hills Highlands, Roscomare Valley, Rose Hill, Rose Hills, Rose Park, Rossmoor, Rowland Heights, Rustic Canyon...

Pendersleigh & Sons Cartography's map of South LA's Eastside (South LA's Eastside FB page)


Saint Mary's, San Clemente, San Dimas, San Fernando, San Gabriel, San Joaquin Hills, San Juan Capistrano, San Juan Hills, San Juan Hot Springs, San Marino, San Pedro, Santa Ana Heights, Sandberg, Santa Ana, Santa Clarita, Santa Fe Springs, Santa Monica, Santa Monica Canyon, Santiago Canyon, Santiago Hills, Sawtelle, Seal Beach, Sepulveda, Shadow Hills, Shady Canyon, Sherman Oaks, Sherman Village, Shoreline Village, Sierra Madre, Sierra Vista, Signal Hill, Silver Lake, Silverado Canyon, Skid Row, Solano Canyon, South Brentwood, South Carthay, South Central, South El Monte, South Gate, South Laguna, South of Conant, South Park, South Pasadena, South Robertson, South San Gabriel, South San Jose Hills, South Shores, South Whittier, Spaulding Square, Spinnaker Bay, Spinnaker Cove, St. Andrews Square, Stanton, Stearns Park, Stevenson Ranch, Stonehurst, Stratford Square, Studio City, Sun Valley, Sun Village, Sunland, Sunny Hills, Sunrise, Sunset Beach, Sunset Heights, Sunset Hills, Sunset Junction, Surfside, Sylmar...

Pendersleigh & Sons Cartography's map of South LA's Westside (South LA Westside FB page)


Talega, Tarzana, Tehrangeles (Little Persia), Temple-Beaudry, Temple City, Terminal Island, Thai Town, The Gardens, The Village, Three Arch Bay, Toluca Lake, Toluca Woods, Tonner Canyon, Topanga, Torrance, Toy District, Trabuco Canyon, Trabuco Highlands, Traffic Circle, Tujunga, Turtle Rock, Tustin, Tustin Foothills, Tustin Legacy, Tustin Ranch, Two Harbors...

Pendersleigh & Sons Cartography's map of South Orange County


University Hills, University Park, University Park Estates...

Pendersleigh & Sons Cartography's map of Southeast County (SELACO FB page)


Val Verde, Valinda, Valley Glen, Valley Village, Valyermo, Van Nuys, Venice, Venice Canals, Ventura Business District, Vermont Knolls, Vermont Square, Vermont Vista, Vernon, View Heights, View Park-Windsor Hills, Villa Park, Village Green, Vincent, Vinegar Hill, Virgil Village, Vista del Oro...

Pendersleigh & Sons Cartography's map of The Verdugos (Verdugos Facebook page)

Wagon Wheel, Walnut Park, Walnut, Warner Center, Watts, Wellington Heights, Wellington Square, West Adams, West Alameda, West Athens, West Carson, West Compton, West Covina, West Garden Grove, West Hills, West Hollywood, West Long Beach, West Park Terrace, West Puente Valley, West Toluca, West Whittier-Los Nietos, Westchester, Westdale, Western Heights, Westgate, Westlake, Westlake Village, Westminster, Westmont, Westridge Heights, Westside Village, Westwood, Westwood North Village, Westwood, Village, Whalers Cove, Whitley Heights, Whittier, Wholesale District, Willmore City, Willowbrook, Wilmington, Wilshire Center, Wilshire Highlands, Wilshire Park, Wilshire Vista, Windsor Square, Windsor Village, Winnetka, Woodbridge, Woodbury, Woodland Hills, Wrigley Heights, Wrigley North, Wrigley South...

                      Pendersleigh & Sons Cartography's map of the Westside (Westside Facebook page)


Yorba Linda, Yucca Corridor...

Pendersleigh & Sons Cartography map of The County of Los Angeles


The Art of the LP Cover- Up, Up and Away...Balloons!

Posted by Mr. Chadwick, September 3, 2010 05:30pm | Post a Comment

Cee-Lo's Fuck You Video

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, September 3, 2010 11:55am | Post a Comment
The number one song being discussed and passed around at Amoeba San Francisco of late has been Cee-Lo's impossible to ignore "Fuck You." This week, a video was released for the track, and we dare you to keep this song outta your head! Possible late entry for jam of the summer?

Hip-Hop Rap Up 09:03:10: KRS-One & True Master, DJ Muggs vs Ill Bill, Madlib Medicine Show 8, DJ Inti, Mr E, Dave Chappelle, Doin' It In The Park 2010, Hoodstock, Jay-Z & Eminem, Potluck + More

Posted by Billyjam, September 3, 2010 04:20am | Post a Comment
Amoeba Music Berkeley Weekly Hip-Hop Top Five Chart: 09:03:10

1) The Roots How I Got Over (Def Jam)

2) Big Boi Sir Lucious Left Foot... The Son of Chico Dusty (Def Jam)

3) Madlib Madlib Medicine Show #8: Advanced Jazz (Stones Throw)

4) DJ Muggs vs Ill Bill Kill Devil Hills (Fat Beats)

5) TIE:

KRS-One & True Master Meta-Historical (Fat Beats)

Rick Ross Teflon Don (Def Jam)

Cut Chemist Sound of the Police (A Stable Sound/Soul Kitchen)

El P Weareallgoingtoburninhellmegamixxx3 (Gold Dust Media)

The anticipated new KRS-One and True Master collaboration Meta-Historical on Fat Beats is among the new entries to this latest Amoeba Music hip hop chart. The record puts the Teacher and the Master together for the first time -- blastmaster KRS-One and Wu-Tang Clan producer True Master. This cross-pollination of these two legendary talents works on many levels; True's sharp production brings out the best in KRS, and will appeal to fans of both camps, including the army of Wu Tang fans who will automatically gravitate towards such tracks as "Here's What We Gonna Do (feat. RZA)" and "Street Rhymer (feat. Cappadonna)." Longtime BDP/KRS fans will appreciate the fact that the new album, with tracks such as "Knowledge Reigns Supreme" (hear below with the great line, "I'm not on the radio coz I don't rap about coke or reefer"), "Old School Hip Hop," and the title track, is a continuation of so much of KRS-One's previous work and sounds perfectly compatible next to a track off, say, his 1993 classic Return Of The Boom Bap (Jive).

September 3, 2010: Outrage

Posted by phil blankenship, September 3, 2010 12:03am | Post a Comment

This Week At The New Beverly: Dario Argento, The Doors, Grindhouse Film Fest, Burt Lancaster & Robert Redford, The Transformers & More!

Posted by phil blankenship, September 2, 2010 11:48pm | Post a Comment
This Week At The New Beverly

Our full upcoming schedule is available online:

Friday & Saturday, September 2, 3 & 4

Two By Dario Argento Featuring Music By Goblin

1977, Italy, 92 minutes
directed by Dario Argento, written by Daria Nicolodi & Dario Argento, music by Goblin, starring Jessica Harper, Stefania Casini, Barbara Magnolfi, Flavio Bucci, Udo Kier
Fri: 7:30; Sat: 3:35 & 7:30, Watch The Trailer!

Bee Gees 1967 Breakout Hit, New York Mining Disaster 1941, Fits Trapped Chilean Miners' Scenario

Posted by Billyjam, September 2, 2010 10:46am | Post a Comment

Bee Gees "New York Mining Disaster 1941" (Live in Australia, 1971) 

"In the event of something happening to me,
There is something I would like you all to see.
It's just a photograph of someone that I knew.
Have you seen my wife, Mr. Jones?
Do you know what it's like on the outside?"
-The Bee Gees "New York Mining Disaster 1941"

When I first heard the shocking story of the trapped Chilean miners, the song that immediately popped into my head was that old Bee Gees song "New York Mining Disaster 1941," as it so perfectly fits this, and any Bee Geessimilarly tragic scenario. The song was recorded and released in 1967 as a single and was the first hit by the Australian sibling group, then in their Beatles-inspired, harmony-driven, sixties rock band phase. This was a good decade before their phenomenally successful disco phase, spurred by the mega popular Saturday Night Fever soundtrack that they were featured heavily on.

The poignant song's lyrics impressively were written and recorded when the Bee Gees were only in their teens. The lyrics include, "I keep straining my ears to hear a sound. Maybe someone is digging underground, or have they given up and all gone home to bed." Until just two weeks ago, when they miraculously discovered the miners in Chile, authorities in San Jose had actually given up ever finding these trapped men. "Don't go talking too loud, you'll cause a landslide, Mr. Jones," sing the Bee Gees. Their song was actually not about a New York mining disaster but, according to the liner notes for their box-set Tales Bee Geesfrom the Brothers Gibb (1990), was inspired by the 1966 Aberfan mining disaster in Wales.

Glasser Instore at Amoeba Hollywood 9.24

Posted by Amoebite, September 2, 2010 09:05am | Post a Comment
Glasser is coming to Amoeba Hollywood for an instore performance September 24 at 7pm! Her new album, Ring, comes out just a few days later, on Sept 28! This will be her last hometown gig till we're into 2011, so come on out and give 'er a good send off! Get more info here.

glasser amoeba instore

In Praise of Tiny LP's!

Posted by Mark Beaver, September 2, 2010 09:00am | Post a Comment

Not long ago Amoeba brought in an original 1964 Japanese pressing of the Beatles' A Hard Day's Night LP. Typically, we have found that we are able to fetch upwards of $250 for that record in Near Mint condition (which this copy was). However, the LP we purchased also had that strip of paper, printed primarily in Japanese, that it was originally purchased with back in 1964. "Big deal!," one might think, but, is.
The "obi," a t
erm borrowed from the sash worn as a belt around the midsection of a kimono, is a piece of ephemera that many people throw away when they first crack open their Japanese vinyl. A word of advice: Don't do that! Because the Beatles album had that slim belt of paper, 45 years old and in almost all other cases, discarded, it was worth closer to $2,000!

Obi fans and collectors will nod their heads, "of course!" So much is the appeal of the fine attention to detail and the often beautiful "extra something" lent by the obi that, fairly early in the history of the CD, Japanese CD manufacturers began making LP replica CD's, complete with scale versions of their accompanying obis...and another voracious collectors'
market was born.

Amoeba Music has recently
purchased a collection of over 6,000 Japanese LP replica CDs, the vast majority with accompanying obis. What's more, there are many that include additional obis: not only the obi that came with the LP replica CD release, but another scale replica of the obi that came with the original Japanese vinyl release. To make matters even stranger, some of these issues come with an additional obi indicating that the item was a promotional copy intended for reviewers, broadcasters and industry people.

What first struck me in digging through this massive collection was how many of the mini LP's I had not only never seen in CD form, but had never seen even on their original LP equivalent. I have worked 24 years now in some of the busiest record stores in the US, and as I flipped through the collection I saw example after example of albums by known (and many unknown) artists that I had NEVER laid eyes on!

Sure, there are many examples of CD reissues for bands that we have never heard of -- obscure vanity projects that in the ensuing years had gathered enough of a cult following to warrant a CD issue, but dedicating the resources to producing an LP replica CD, often complete with two or more obis, is a whole other level of homage.

Many Japanese LP replica CDs are the only versions available on CD, and most of them have been remastered using cutting-edge technology. Not only are there the Gold discs and 20 and 24-bit masterings that have become more commonplace in the last decade, but there is also SBM Master Sound, DSD, Blue-Spec, SHM-CD, HQCD, DTS and K-2/K-2HD processes (see below for a breakdown of remastering differences), as well, each of them with their different advantages and zealous collectors' markets.

I think the first time that I was really struck by the coolness of the mini LP replica CD was when I bought a replica version of Neil Young's On The Beach. I had owned the vinyl for years and had always admired that the inside of the sleeve was printed with what looked like a 70's wallpaper pattern. When I got my purchase home and opened it I was amazed to find that they had reproduced the pattern of the inner sleeve in perfect scale. Granted, it may be one of those little delights that only a true music geek really indulges in, but, yeah, I loved it.

Regarding the same pure delight in replicated design, while digging through the collection I came across something that I had no reason to believe existed. Many of our readers are likely to remember the Talking Heads album from 1987, Speaking In Tongues. There was a limited edition of that album commissioned from the artist Robert Rauschenburg that was a lucite clamshell style sleeve around a clear LP.

The outer case had three wheels of printed images, one in yellow, one in cyan and the other in magenta, the three primary colors from which printed color is mixed. As the wheels were turned to align the different printed images over the top of each other, a full color image came into view. I never imagined that I would see a CD replica of that album cover, but here it is in all its glory.

As if all that detail wasn't enough, many of the mini LP replicas were also reissued with facsimiles of the original extra 7"s that came with them, or the original posters, stickers, and, in some cases, extra mini LP covers that replicate alternate album covers that appeared in other countries.

For example, both the Jam's Snap and Johnny Thunders & the Heartbreakers' L.A.M.F. come with 3" mini CD-ep's, packaged to replicate their original bonus 7"s.

The mini LP replica of Giles, Giles & Fripp's Cheerful Insanity of Giles, Giles & Fripp was issued with both the Deram and Deram/London labels' original covers.

                                                    Tiny LP's are cool!

If you would like to see more of these amazing Japanese replicas and buy any of them from our site, check out this page!
If you are in the area, there are also items available at the Hollywood store, and they are different from what is available on our website.

Here's the breakdown of some of the remastering techniques used on the Japanese mini LP replica CD's:

Master Sound
20bit Super Bit Mapping “SBM” system developed by Sony using unique quantizing in the analog-to-digital conversion to give the appearance of 20bit sound from a 16bit CD.

LA 4 PK Benefit At Anda 9/4/2010

Posted by Gomez Comes Alive!, September 1, 2010 03:55pm | Post a Comment

It’s been disheartening to see the lack of coverage the floods in Pakistan have been getting in L.A. The relief efforts have been slow, and contributions to relief organizations have been much less than one would expect for a disaster of that magnitude. Surely the media's bias against Muslim countries doesn’t help. Add a depressed economy and other variables and most relief groups will tell you that funds are not rolling in to help the millions affected by the floods.

But how about the people that seem to champion every worldly cause? You, know, the ones that seem to Tweet or send Facebook links about global warming or “Haiti: One Year Later?" When local deejay Kutmah was deported, people came from all over the city to donate and help out, especially those not privy to immigrant rights issues. He is only one person and look at the effort that went to help him! It's amazing what people can do when focused. In Pakistan, there are 20 million people affected by the flooding. You would think there would be an uproar about the lack of aid and humanity.

How bout those artists that seem to write a song about any social issue in the media? There are no “We Are The World” style songs for Pakistan. I guess if the media isn’t covering Pakistan, then there will be no coverage for a song about Pakistan. Like the expression goes, "If a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?" So why bother writing that song, right?

When Katrina and the earthquake in Haiti occurred, there were multiple benefits. I think I played at least two for Haiti in a city that has a very small Haitian community. Retail store had big Sparkletts water bottles to put donations next to their registers and now, nothing. What gives? U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said that the flooding in Pakistan was “the worst disaster he had ever seen.” Still, L.A. is silent.

Well, complaining gets you nowhere, so it’s time, as they say, to “put up or shut up!” Anda is a monthly club I do with Mando Fever and fellow Amoeba employees DJ Juan Lennon and Gazoooo. Our next Anda will be on Saturday, September 4th and 100% of the door will go to an organization called LA 4 PK, who will use the money for relief efforts and for future fund raising events for Pakistan relief. And what a line-up we have for you!  Not only will all the resident Anda DJ’s be there, but we will have DJ sets from Chico Sonido, Glenn Red (Afro Funke), B+ (Mochilla) and a very, very special unannounced DJ set from... All we can tell you is that he is in town this week.

On top of that, because all the deejays are severe crate diggers, this will be an all vinyl night. The computers will have the night off. A whole night of rare Cumbia, Boogaloo, Salsa, Samba, Afro-Beat, Latin Funk and many beautiful people! All this for ten bucks and you will be step one step closer to your brothers and sisters in Pakistan that need your help.

Anda! At Mal's Bar
2331 S Hill St
Los Angeles, CA
10 or $7 before 10:30 with RSVP at: [email protected]
21 & older/9pm-2am

Special guest deejays Chico Sonido, Glenn Red (Afro Funke) B+(Mochilla) and very, very special guest that you don't want to miss.

Out of Africa - Austro-Melanesian History, Culture and Music

Posted by Eric Brightwell, September 1, 2010 12:00pm | Post a Comment
Once upon a time, one or two hundred thousand years ago or so, anatomically human beings appeared on the scene in Africa. About 60,000 years ago, there may have been as many as 5,000 people living on the planet. A number, possibly around 150, decided to cross the Red Sea... following the lead of their cousins, Homo erectus, who'd decided to look for new real estate some 2 million years earlier.

Homo Erectus couple

The humans traveled along the Arabian coast and, once arriving in South Asia, decided to settle down for a while. Over thousands of years, physical differences would develop in humans that spread from this population; lighter skin allowed for the absorption of Vitamin D3 as people moved into less sunny climes. Nowadays we usually call these descendants Asians and white people. But the people that moved on through Southeast Asia to Australia don't have a name nearly as recognized. To my ears, Australoid sounds so clunky... does the "oid" suffix ever sound good? Some of the more widely used terms in their respective cultures include the vague "black," "negrito" and "aborigine." I'm going to stick with Austro-Melanesian (or Australo-Melanesian) for now... If that catches on, maybe future generations will shorten it to AMs, Ausmels or something catchier. But for now, I'd merely like to focus on both the diversity and solidarity of these various peoples.

Andaman and Nicobar Islands
Whereas India became a post-racial fondue, two island groups between the Andaman Sea and the Bay of Bengal existed in relative isolation.

Jarawa lounging

The Great Andamanese, Jarawa, Jangil, Onge, and Sentinelese probably represent the purest example of Africa's original pioneers in Asia.

Traditionally, the music of these islands was vocal, sung either in chorus or solo. The lyrics of their songs, whether about dugong-spearing, bow-making or pig-hunting, could generally be considered work songs.

Malay Peninsula
In southeast Asia, the Mani are a remnant population of the original pioneers that live in modern day Thailand. In Malaysia, the Semang are referred to as one of the nation's groups of orang asli, or "original people." The earliest recorded mention of the Semang in the Malay Peninsula is circa 200 BCE, although their presence obviously stretches much further back.


Mani girls

One of their interesting instruments includes the nose flute. It's pretty much impossible to find any clips though... dang!

Human remains in Papua have been dated to around 50,000 years ago. After India, Papua may've been another major setting point for humans leaving Africa. It was from there that people branched out into Maritime Southeast Asia.

Pro-Independence Papuans observing the Biak Massacre

Study of Papuan music has been discouraged by the Indonesian occupation, which seeks to prevent the promotion of Papuan culture.
In Taiwan, Austronesians were long thought to be the island's aborigines. Nowadays, it's known that there were inhabitants much earlier, the most famous being the so-called (and now vanished or absorbed) Changping Culture.


The Changping culture's best-known site is 八仙洞 (Baxiandong) in Taitung County. In 2009, a team from Academia Sinica discovered and confirmed the age of Taiwan's oldest artifacts inside the cave.
The indigenous peoples of Australia include the Alyawarre, Anmatjera, Arrente, Cammeraygal, Dieri, Eora, Gunai, Gunivugi, Gurindji, Guugu Yimithir, Jarrakan, Kalkadoon, Kamilaroi, Kaurna, Koori Kulin, Lurtija, Maralinga Tjarutja, Murrinh-Patha, Narungga, Ngarrindjeri, Ngunnawal, Noongar, Pitjantjatjara, Spinigex, Tharawal, Tiwi, Warlpiri, Wiradjuri, Wonnarua, Wapa, Yolngu, Yorta Yorta and many others.

Arrarnta boys from Ntaria

They are thought by most to have arrived in Australia between 40,000 and 50,000 years ago. It is believed that first human migration to Australia was achieved when this landmass formed part of the Sahul continent, connected to Papua by a land bridge. Others may've crossed the Timor Sea.

Many forms of traditional music formed across the vast continent. Bunggul developed around the Mann River and is known for its usually epic storytelling. In most cultures there are also clan songs and death wails. The best known symbol of indigenous Australian music is the didgeridoo, one of the oldest known instruments. Traditionally it was played only by men on an aerophone made from eucalyptus with a beeswax mouthpiece. Nowadays they can be made from materials like PVC and are often played by white people with dreadlocks.

The Melanesian subregion of Oceania, (from Greek: μέλας "black" and νῆσος, "islands") includes Amplett Islands, Bismarck Archipelago, d'Entrecasteaux Islands, Fiji, Louisiade Archipelago, Maluku Islands, New Caledonia, Papua, Norfolk Island, Raja Ampat Islands, Rotuma, Schouten Islands, Santa Cruz Islands, Solomon Islands, Torres Strait Islands, Trobriand Islands, Vanuatu and Woodlark Island.

Solomon Islander Children

Some of the islands were settled around 33,000 years ago via boats, and in some cases, land bridges. For tens of thousands of years, they were the only game in town, until, around 4,000 years ago, the Austronesians arrived, resulting in a long period of interaction that resulted in many complex changes in genetics, languages, and culture. In the case of remote Fiji, it appears that the Melanesians actually arrived after their neighbors, the Austronesians, around 2,500 years ago.

Vocal music is very common across Melanesia. Folk instruments included many kinds of drums, flutes, pipes and slit-log gongs.

The indigenous Aetas live primarily in The Philippines' northern Luzon Island. Their Austronesian neighbors, the Ilocano, called them pugut, meaning a sort of forest spirit. They probably arrived to the Philippines some 30,000 years ago via land bridge.

Aeta Men

The Aeta have a musical heritage consisting of various types of agung ensembles. Agung are gongs which provide drone without any accompanying melodic instrument.
The Micronesian subregion of Oceania includes Kiribati, the Marianas, the Marshall Islands, the Caroline Islands, Nauru and Wake Island. The islands were settled by successive waves from Melanesia and Austronesia between 3000 BCE and 1300 CE.

Dancers from Kiribati

Their primarily vocal folk music is based around mythology and rituals and covers a range of styles believed to have been introduced in dreams and trances, rather than composed by people. 

Grinderman & Interpol Listening Party

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, September 1, 2010 10:46am | Post a Comment
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Amoeba, East Bay Express, Anti & Matador Records have joined forces to bring you a Listening Party and Pop-Up Shopping event this Friday! Get a special sneak-listen of Grinderman's Grinderman 2 (in stores Sept 14) as well as Interpol's new self-titled album (in stores Sept 7)!

The Party takes place Friday, Sept. 3 from 6-9 pm at the Uptown in Oakland. Listen to the new records, shop indie vendors, indulge in drink specials and win prizes from Amoeba! We will also be raffling off a pair of tickets to see Interpol at the Fox Theater on Oct 18! See you there!

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Get Tickets to Interpol's Free Show 9.7 @ Amoeba

Posted by Amoebite, September 1, 2010 09:57am | Post a Comment
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On September 7, the release date of their brand new self titled album, Interpol will play an exclusive show across the street from Amoeba Hollywood at Space 15Twenty! To gain access to the show, you can get a free ticket by purchasing the album that day at Amoeba Hollywood! We will have a limited number of wrist bands, so get here early to snag yours!

At Amoeba we will be selling the special indie edition Interpol CD that includes an o-card and poster, and also the special edition 120 gram vinyl with a large 45 rpm sized hole in the middle and a fabulous Interpol adapter to play it!

Come nab your copy and wrist band here at Amoeba the morning of September 7 and then come back at 6pm, when doors open at Space 15Twenty, to stake out your spot. The exclusive show begins at 7! Mark your calendars -- it all happens just one week from today!

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Radical Act - A 1995 Documentary About Women Who Rock

Posted by Miss Ess, September 1, 2010 09:38am | Post a Comment
On September 13, the 1995 documentary Radical Act will be released on DVD! The film contains interviews with female musicians, journalists, and historians about how being a woman has impacted their work. It's gonna be interesting to look back on where we were as women in music back then, and to think about what progress we have made, and where we still could stand to see improvement.

Gals featured in the film include: Kathleen Hanna (Bikini Kill, Le Tigre, Julie Ruin), Toshi Reagon, Gretchen Phillips, Melissa York (Team Dresch, Vitapup, The Butchies), Kim Coletta (Jawbox, co-owner of DeSoto Records), Shirlé Hale (Mary Lou Lord, Gerty, Womyn of Destruction), Sharon Topper (God is My Co-Pilot), journalist Evelyn McDonnell (Mamarama: A Memoir of Sex, Kids and Rock n Roll and Rock She Wrote: Women Write About Rock, Pop and Rap), author Victoria Vicky Starr (KD Lang: All You Get Is Me) and Dr. Kay Turner (now Folk Arts Director of Brooklyn Arts Council).

From Ages 1 to 5: When Very Young Drummers Get Wicked

Posted by Billyjam, September 1, 2010 05:03am | Post a Comment
If I had to pick only one instrument to listen to it would have to be the drum. I love the drums and could listen to drumming all day long, so long as it's played by someone with a bit of rhythm in them, of course. And I've noticed with the drums, as with other instruments, that younger players (as in ages five and under) are often quite adept at playing the instrument.

So I recently went online to find a slew of young drummers aged one (yes, a one year old!) to five and I was surprised at the number of talented young kids out there with some serious raw rhythm & funky drumming talent. Of the five videos below many were shot two or three years ago, so obviously the players have grown up considerably since.

The first drumming clip below is 5 year old Kendall. The 4 year old is Igor Falecki from Poland and you can read more about him here. Three year old Levi Eschelman's video below has already gotten nearly nine million hits on YouTube and was originally featured on the Be a Drumhead  DVD featuring Will Kennedy & Bob Gatzen. The amazing two year old drummer is Zaiven (well, he is actually 2 years, 3 months old). He was captured in the video below playing his first public performance in Denver, Colorado in 2007. And from that same year is the (then) one year old  Baby Charli. Wicked!

5 year old drummer Kendall getting wicked on the drums

4 year old Igor Falecki, Poland

3 year old Levi Eschelman

2 year old drummer Zaiven

1 year old female drummer Baby Charli