May 30, 2014: X-Men Days of Future Past

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Comedy Show Festival Supreme Tickets On Sale Now, Show Oct. 25

Posted by Billy Gil, May 30, 2014 10:57am | Post a Comment

Tickets for the comedy extravaganza Festival Supreme are on sale now.

The show takes place Saturday, Oct. 25 at the LA Sports Arena and Exposition Park, which seems to be L.A.'s new go-to place for festivals (same place FYF Fest is now being held). Tickets are $114, or $275 for a VIP ticket.

The comedy and music festival will feature a who's who of alternative comedy and comedy-friendly musicians, including:

Dethklok Metalocalypse

Cheech & Chong


Margaret Cho

The State

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Sunday Spins DJ Series Begins June 1 With Allah-Las' Miles Michaud

Posted by Billy Gil, May 30, 2014 10:10am | Post a Comment
Miles Michaud of Allah-Las

Amoeba Hollywood’s Sunday Spins DJ series in June will begin this Sunday with Miles Michaud, the frontman for hazy L.A. garage-rockers Allah-Las. He’ll be spinning at the store starting at 5 p.m. The June series is curated by our friends at LA Record and takes place every Sunday in June at 5 p.m.

Michaud’s set is a perfect introduction to the new series—he and other members of Allah-Las got their start working at Amoeba Hollywood, so it’s a homecoming of sorts. The band’s excellent, self-titled debut is out now on Innovative Leisure. Check out my interview with the band here.

Here’s their video for “Tell Me What’s On Your Mind,” taken from Allah-Las:


Pop Noir

The series continues June 8 with Pop Noir. The L.A. dance-rock band is fronted by British-born twin brothers Joe and Luke McGarry, who will join us for the DJ set. Check out their video for “Jealousy” below, from their EP of the same name:

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Last First Fridays of the Season Will Host Unknown Mortal Orchestra, De Lux and More June 6

Posted by Billy Gil, May 30, 2014 09:39am | Post a Comment

It’s the last First Fridays of Spring, and they’ve saved one of the best shows for last.

On June 6, the Natural History Museum will host New Zealand psych-rockers Unknown Mortal Orchestra with L.A. dance-rock band De Lux, synth maestro Tobacco and S.F. psych-pop band Painted Palms. The mini-fest of sorts will take place outdoors on two stages from 7:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. Tickets are $20 and can be bought here.

Before that, an indoor tour and discussion at the museum will cover “Tracking and Trapping L.A.’s Insects,” followed by the discussion “Urban Beekeeping in Los Angeles and Around the World” with Dr. Noah Wilson-Rich. And outdoors, KCRW DJs Anthony Valadez and Garth Trinidad will keep things moving throughout the night.

Unknown Mortal Orchestra has two albums out, their self-titled debut and last year’s II, which injected their lo-fi psych rock with classic soul stomp. De Lux just released their debut album, the excellent Voyage, the art-disco revivalism of which makes LCD Soundsystem’s departure easier to bear. Tobacco also just released a new album, the intoxicating, freaky synth-funk opus Ultima Massage II. And Painted Palms released their debut, Forever, this year, full of buoyant beats and spacey, Beach Boys-inspired melodies.

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Weekly Roundup: Woods, Tijuana Panthers, Cold Beat

Posted by Billy Gil, May 30, 2014 08:52am | Post a Comment

Woods – “Tambourine Light”

Even though they just released a new album, the excellent With Light and With Love, Woods already have a new, non-album single headed our way, the warm and luscious “Tambourine Light,” which will be paired with “Tomorrow’s Never Yesterday” (possibly a rejected James Bond movie title) on a single due July 8 from Captured Tracks and the band’s own Woodsist label. If you follow the whole Woodsist gang, you know they’ll be at Big Sur Aug. 5 and Pioneertown Aug. 16 for a pair of Woodsist fests, featuring Woods plus Foxygen, Skygreen Leopards and more.


Tijuana Panthers – “Nobo”

I’m already a fan of the new Tijuana Panthers album, judging by their new-wavey first single “Cherry Street” and now this, a languid poolside rocker called “Nobo.” “Where do you get your money?” makes for an unexpectedly excellent chorus. Wayne Interest is due June 3 (preorder here) on Innovative Leisure, and the band plays The Roxy that night for free with Northern Tigers; they’re touring the West Coast with Fucked Up in August.

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Hip-Hop Rap-Up, Week End 05.30.14: The Roots, PUTS, Atmosphere, Dre's Pay Day, Innocent?, Chynna, Buckshot & P-Money

Posted by Billyjam, May 30, 2014 08:20am | Post a Comment
Amoeba Hollywood Hip-Hop Top Five Chart: Week Ending 05:30:14

1) The Roots ...And Then You Shoot Your Cousin (Def Jam)
  (also available in LP)

2) Blu Good To Be Home (Nature Sounds/Universal)

3) People Under The Stairs 12 Step Program (also avail in LP) (Piecelock 70)

4) The Fugees Score (Music On Vinyl)

5) Atmosphere Southsiders (also avail in LP) (Rhymesayers Entertainment)

In addition to the two new albums on last week's chart - 12 Step Program (also avail in LP) from longtime LA rap duo People Under the Stairs (PUTS) and fellow longtime indie hip-hop duo Atmosphere's Southsiders (also avail in LP) - new hip-hop albums this week include both Blu's Good To Be Home and this week's number one; The Roots ...And Then You Shoot Your Cousin. This new album, also available in LP format, is the eleventh studio album in 21 years from the Philly formed crew who in more recent years gained mainstream acceptance as Jimmy Fallon's Tonight Show band.  The on point Amoeba review of.... Shoot Your Cousin suggests that the new album, the first since 2011's Undun,  comes at a much needed point in the Roots' highly public profile to "the band, once more often noted for their musicianship, emcee skills and social consciousness rather than for being Jimmy Fallon’s house band," to help them reestablish their street cred, and concluding that, "We’ll let The Roots keep their day job, as long as they come back every so often with an album as cool as this one." Clocking in a modest 33 minutes, the ten (technically eleven) track album opens with a song from the late great Nina Simone ("Theme From The Middle Of The Night") and includes such tracks as the lead single "When the People Cheer" (scroll down to see video below). The other chart entry this week is the recently reissued on vinyl from The Fugees Score.

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New CD/Vinyl Releases at Amoeba Hollywood 5/30/14 - Ninos du Brasil, Powell, Napolian and more!

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Ninos du Brasil

Ninos du Brasil

Novos Misterios CD

Novos Misterios LP

Amazing shifting rhythms from the Italian percussionist duo. The group has moved from hardcore punk to this unique hybrid Batucada and Techno, and come up with something you might find nestled deep in a Villalobos marathon set. “Olhar Das Folhas” makes most minimal techno seem rhythmically bland - Ninos du Brasil’s drums are alive, a locktight amalgam of hand-played and electronic drums.

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Visibility is a Trap 12"

Blackest Ever Black

Darksided ambience from the duo formerly known as Young Hunting. That good ol’ Blackest Ever Black sound. Highlight “Success is Her Sensuality” sounds like an 80s gated-snare ballad (eg. In the Air Tonight) put through an austere, string synth grinder. 

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10 Classic New Zealand Albums

Posted by Billy Gil, May 29, 2014 10:26am | Post a Comment

One of New Zeland’s best bands, The Bats, have just had three of their albums reissued on vinyl by their native Flying Nun label, The Law of Things, Compiletely Bats and Daddy’s Highway, plus a three-CD set with all three albums (also available to download). To celebrate, we’re counting off 10 of our favorite albums from the island country, in no particular order.

Split Enz - Mental Notes (1975)

split enz mental notes lpBest known in the States for crossover power-pop hits like “I Got You” (off the True Colours album), Split Enz’s first album is full of epic, prog-pop weirdness, featuring the songwriting talents of brothers Neil and Tim Finn.

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SF DocFest Screens Led Zeppelin Played Here

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, May 28, 2014 06:21pm | Post a Comment
led zeppelin played here

SF DocFest, San Francisco's annual festival of documentary cinema, celebrates its 13th year of being "the film festival that provides a manageable amount of the truth" June 5th - 19th. The two week-long event brings the weird and wonderful aspects of real life to the big screen with showings at Roxie Theater in SF and the Oakland School for the Arts Black Box Theater.

Amoeba Music is proud to be part of the festivities this year by co-presenting the West Coast Premiere of Led Zeppelin Played Here. Directed by Jeff Krulik (Heavy Metal Parking Lot), this documentary takes a look at the epic and possibly mythical 1969 performance Led Zeppelin gave in the gym of the Wheaton Youth Center in front of 50 confused teenagers. Krulik tracks down just about everyone who might have been there that Monday night, which also happened to be the evening of Richard Nixon's Presidential Inauguration.

Catch Led Zeppelin Played Here at Oakland School for the Arts on June 8th at 5pm or at Roxy Theater in SF on June 14th at 9pm. Get your tickets HERE!

X to Play First Four Albums in Their Entirety Live at the Roxy in July

Posted by Billy Gil, May 28, 2014 04:53pm | Post a Comment

Legendary L.A. punks X will play their first four albums, each in their entirety, at four separate shows in July at L.A.'s The Roxy.

First up is Los Angeles, the band's landmark 1980 debut. The band will play the album start-to-finish July 10, the Los Angeles Times reports. After that, the band will play Wild Gift July 11, Under the Big Black Sun July 12 and More Fun in the New World July 13.

Tickets to each show will be available starting at 10 a.m. on May 30. Tickets for the Los Angeles show can be found here, and/or pick up tickets for the Wild Gift, Under the Big Black Sun and More Fun in the New World shows.

Tickets are $35 a piece. The shows are expected to be about an hour long, and they start at 8 p.m.

Some of the songs the band will be playing have never been played in live public setting before, and the band will be using some different-than-usual instrumentation (guitarist Billy Zoom on sax and drummer D.J. Bonebrake on vibes, for instance), so you're in for a treat!

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As Not Heard on Pandora -- After fourteen years, the best music streaming site is still deeply flawed

Posted by Eric Brightwell, May 28, 2014 01:36pm | Post a Comment
"Si hortum in bibliotheca habes, deerit nihil.”
“If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need."
     ― Cicero, Letters to His Friends, Vol 2: Books 7-12

Pandora Internet Radio is an amazing service. Since joining in 2008, it has introduced me to more great music than the AM/FM radio, my friends, and working in a record store have combined. Listeners like me have helped build Pandora into the most popular service of its kind – essentially a sort of online music library – but one not without major flaws.

Most of the complaints made about Pandora -- at least in the media -- relate to its paltry artist payments and high profile protestations that they're too high. One of my own frustrations is that I can't simply ban certain artists from all of my channels with a single click. I don't mind the advertisements much, understanding that Pandora needs to generate money if its going to pay the artists those peanuts but I would actually welcome interruptions if they were to alert me, based upon my listening, to upcoming concerts and in-stores in my area and not just advertisements to shows like X Voice Idol Talent that I will never watch and Mercedes that I will never drive – nobody drives in LA!! A more cusomizable profile might make for more sensical, and thus more effective, advertising and connection to the music world.

It would also be nice if it seemed that more of the empty biographies were being completed – or that the conflated artists (e.g. reggae's Charlie Chaplin and the silent film actor/composer of the same name) showed any signs of being fixed. The subjective musicological misuse of the Music Genome Project is also annoying and, I assume, the reason that my Romani station almost exclusively plays Klezmer or that a station seeded only with Western musicians almost exclusively plays Country. My biggest complaint, however, is the still-small size of the library. After a decade and a half, Pandora's shelves are still missing too much great music... and when/if it's finally added, there is no way to sign up for alerts. The only thing I've figured out to do is write a list and periodically check it. Here's mine:

A Full Moon Consort, A-Do, A. Shaw, A.C. Marias, A-Mei (張惠妹), Aaron-Carl Ragland, The Abandoned, ABC (1970s), ABC Express, Abdel Aziz el Mubarak, Abdel Halim Hafez, Abdu-l Hamuli, Abdullah's Regime, Abe Holzmann, Abecedarians, Abwärts, Acacia, The Acid Kids, The Actioneers, Ad Infinitum, Ada Jones, Adaline Sheppard, Adam de St. Victor, Adam Gregory, ADD4, Adelaide Hall, Adele Rowland, Adolfo R. Avilés Jazz Band, Adrian and his Tap Room Gang, Adrian Copilul Minune,

Adrian Lloyd, Adriana, Advent Call, Adverb, Afroditi Laoutari, AfterImage, Agathonas Iakovidis, Agaw Agimat, Age of Brass, Agitation Free, Agitpop, Ahmad Mounib, Ái Liên, Ái Vân, Aimeric de Belenoi, Aimeric de Peguilhan, Ainslie Henderson, The Airplane Crashers, AKT, Al Bernard, Alain Souchon, Alamid, Alan Jay Lerner, Alan Marulung, Alan Watts, Alastair Riddell, Alb Angela Morley, Albert Hash, Albert One, Albertet de Sestaro, Alberto Sordi, Ale Carr, Ale Möller, Alejandro Gratzer, Alex Cornish,

Alex Fox, Alex Jacobowitz, Alex Keack, Alexia Phillips, Alf Prøysen, Alfred Vance, Ali Hassan Kuban, All City, All Fall Down, The All Girl Topless Band, All Star Trio, Allen Pound's Get Rich, Ally Kerr, Almaz and Mahmud Osman, Alois Hába, Alonso Mudarra, Alpaca Brothers, Alun Woodward, Alva Starr, Amal Hijazi, Amazing Friendly Apple, Amber Lawrence, Ambitious Lovers, Ambros Seelos, American Gypsy, American Jam Band, Amoretto, Amu Nhan, Analog Jones, Ancient Fife and Drum Corps,

Anders Liljefors, Anders Lundqvist, Anders Norudde, Anders Rosén, Andreas Dorau & Die Marinas, Andrew E., Andy Giorbino, Andy Iona and His Hawaiian Troubadours, Ange, Angel, The Angrids, The Angry, Anh Thuu, Ánh Tuyết, Anish, Anita Lane, Anna Chandler, Annapolis Brass Quintet, Annette Peacock, Annexus quam, Another Pretty Face, Anthony
(Italy), Anthony Atkinson, Anthony Chue, Anthony Reebop Kwaku Baah, Antonio Chacón, Antonio Lara, Antonio Rios,

Apolinario Mabini Hiking Society, Apollonia 6, The Apollos, Apostolos Hatzichristos, Apple, April, April Stevens, The Aprils, Aquarian Age, Ara Topouzian, ARB, Arcade Gang, Arcadia Peacock Orchestra of St. Louis, Arcadian Serenaders, Archie Roach, Architechs, Ariel Rivera, Arild Andersen, Aris Maliagros, Arkansas Travelers, Arkie the Arkansas Woodchopper, Arleta, Armani-Cóspito Jazz Band, Arnaut Daniel, Arnaut de Maruoill, Arsenal
(Rap), Art Gillham, Art Guy, Art&Technique, Artery, 

Artful Dodger
(Rock), Arthur Godfrey, Arthur Lloyd, Arthur Marshall, Arthur Roberts, Arthur Wood, Article 58, Artie Matthews, The Artwoods, Arvell Shaw, Arvil Dean and Barry Smail, As Mercenárias, Åsa Jinder, Asher Perkins, Ashley (Freestyle), ASIN, Asphalt Ribbons, Assala, The Assassins, The Assembly, Astra Kid, Astraleinhorn, Asylum Choir, Ataru Nakamura, Athletico Spizz 80, The Atlantics, Atoll, The Attic Sounds, Attik, Attilio Mineo, Augie Colón, August Strömberg,

Aunt Sally, The Australians, Autohaze, Automat, Aux Men, The Avalons, Avant Dernieres Pensees, Avenue, Avon Comedy Four, Axel Stordahl, Ayers Rock, Ayklogic, Azis, Azteca, The Aztecs, The Aztex, Azul (Philippines), B-32, B.C. Gilbert & G. Lewis, Baba Stiltz, The Babeez, Babie & Keyes, Babik Reinhardt, Babis Tsertos, Bachelor Pad, Back to Zero, Bad Boys Blue, The Bad Roads, The Bad Times, Bal Tabarin Jazz Orchestra, "Bald" Bill Hagan And His Trocaderons, Balearic Beach, 

Ballon d'Essai, The Bamboo Shoot, The Ban, Banana & His Bunch, Banana Band, Banco del Mutuo Soccorso, The Band of Holy Joy, Banda Cittá Ruvo Di Puglia, Bandolero, Bằng Kiều, Bảo Thy, Bao Vang, Barabàn, Barbecue Joe and his Hot Dogs, The Bards, Bark Jee-woong, Barrabás, The Barracudas, Barry Blood, Basement Beats, Basil Valdez, Bäsk, The Bathers, Bayandéras, Bayang Barrios, The Baytonians, The Baytovans, Bazooka, The Beach Nuts, Beacon Street Union, 


Bearded Lady, Beat Professor, The Beat-Chics, The Beatin' Path, The Beatniks, Beatritz de Dia, The Beau Gens, Beccy Cole, The Bedlam Four, The Bedlam's Offspring, The Beefeaters, Bei Bei, Bell Jar, Belle Baker, Bellemou Messaoud, Bellybelle, Ben Butler, Ben Cheung, Ben Harney, Bengt Lindroth, Bengt Löfberg, Benjamin Frankel, Bennie Smith, Benson Orchestra of Chicago, Berliner Meisterschaft, Bernard Szajner, The Berries, Bertil Westling, Bertran de Born, Bessie Bellwood,


The Better Half Dozen, The Bhagavad Guitars, BHI, Big Al & Lil Tee, Big Ben Hawaiian Band, Big Black (1970s), Big Choo, Big John Patton, The Big Thing, Big Wheel, Bike, Bill Direen & The Builders, Bill Drummond, Bill LaBounty, Billie Maxwell, Billy Arnold's Novelty Jazz Band, Billy Bond y La Pesada Del Rock And Roll, Billy Davis Jr, Billy Golden, Billy Knight and the Plus, Billy Kramer and the Coasters, Billy Mahonie, Billy Mitchell, Billy Munn, Billy Mure, Binary Ghost,  The Birdwatchers, Birth Control,

The Bitter Creek, Bjørn Eidsvåg, Björn Ståbi, Blacasset, Black & The Blues, Black Artists’ Group, Black Assassins, The Black Diamonds, Black Eg, Black Infinity, The Black Knights, Black Menace, The Blackeyed Susans, Blackrock, The Blackstone Singers, Blanche Ring, The Blazers, Blek Bala Mujik, Bless, Blind Boone, Blind Tom, Blissed Out Fatalists, Blood Circus, Blow Up, The Blox, Blue Ash, The Blue Chips, The Blue Comets, The Blue Devils, The Blue Embers, 
Blue Jeans, Blue Orchids, 

Blue Ribbon Syncopators, Blue System, The Bluebells, The Blues Invention, The Bluestars, The Bluethings, Blumfeld, Bo Isaksson, Bob Ferguson, Bob Gordon, Bob Nolan, Bob Zielinski Band, Boban Marković, Bobby Brelyn, Bobby Lee, Bobby Page, Bobby Rey, Bobby Terrance, The Bodines, Body & Style, Bogshed, Bohemian Vendetta, The Bohemians, The Bojax, The Bold, Bolivia Manta, The Bomb Party, Bombay, Bonanza Banzai, Bong Peñera and the Batucada, 
Bonnie St. Claire, The Boogie Boys, 

Boot, The Bootmen, Bored Games, Boris Policeband, The Boss Five, Boss Kite, The Boss Tweeds, Boston Boppers, Boston Brass, The Bostweeds, Botas Tejanas, Bottumless Pit, Bourgie Bourgie, Boutique, Bows, Boy Dirt Car, Boy’s Life, Boyd Rice, The Boyfriends, Boys & Girls At The University, Boys Next Door, Boyz of Kaligula, Bradford
(1980s), The Brain Train, Bram Tchaikovsky, Brave Old World, The Breakers, Breezy Beat MC, Bressa Creeting Cake, Brett Smiley, Brian Cadd, 

Brian Joseph Friel, Brian Pho, The Bridewell Taxis, The Brigands, The Briks, The Brilliant Corners, Brills, The Broadway Bell-Hops, The Brogues, Bronisława Wajs, Bronwyn Adams, The Brooks (1960s), The Brotherhood Of Sleep, The Brothers, The Brothers and Sisters, Brothertiger, Brownlee's Orchestra of New Orleans, Bruce & Bongo, Bruce & Terry, Brun Campbell, The Bruthers, Bức Tường, The Buccaneers, Bud & Kathy, The Buddahs, Buddy Collette, Buddy Emmons, Budowitz, Bülent Arel, 

Bulgarka, Bunnygrunt, The Burgundy Blues, The Burlington Express, Burton Lane, The Bushwackers, Buster Bailey and his Seven Chocolate Dandies, By2, Byron & The Mortals, Byron Harlan, C-Bank, C.C. Catch, Cock C' Nell, Ca Huế, Ca Trù, Cachao López, Cacine Wong, Cadenet, Cafe con Leche, Cage The Elephant, Cải Lương, Calamateur, Calicanto, The Calico Wall,  Calvin Lee Woolsey, Cẩm Ly, Cẩm Vân, 
Camp Creek Boys, Candlewick Green, Cane and Able, Cao Van Lau, Cao Xuan Bin, Capsule,

"Captain Goodtimes" Steve Forde, Car Sick Cars, Caravan of Dreams, Cardin Do Nguyen, The Cardinals, The Caretakers of Deception, Carl Barât, Carl Running Deer, Carl Stevens, Carlos Fendeira, Carmen Amaya, Carmen Rivero, Carmen Villani, Carolina Brass, The Carpets, Carroll Baker, Cartwright Brothers, Casey Jones & The Governors, Casino Music, Cass & The Cassanovas, Cat Butt, Catapult, Cath Carroll, Catherine Henderson
(aka Katherine Henderson), Catherine Ribeiro,

The Cavaliers, The Cavedwellers, The Cavemen, Cazenge, CBC Band, CCG, Cecil Duane Crabb, Cecilia Loftus, Celeste Legaspi, Celia Lipton, Cellophane, The Celtics, The Centremen, The Centurys, Chaba Fadela, The Chaen Reaction, Chain, Chainsaw Masochist, Chairai Chaiyata, Chalermpon Malakum, Champoo, Chan Romero, The Chancellors, The Changin' Times, Chango and the Polynesians, The Channels
(1950s), Chantal Juillet, Chantana Kittiyapan, Chantoozies, The Chants,

The Chaparrals, The Chaps, Charity, Charles Coborn, Charles David Sharp, Charles De Goal, Charles Griffes, Charles H. Thompson, Charles Hunter, Charles Kynard, Charles L. Johnson, Charles McPherson, Charles R. Whittle, Charles Williams, Charley Straight, Charlie Creath, Charlie Hanseen, Charlie Panigoniak, Charlotte Blake, Charly Antolini's Power Dozen, Charly Danone, The Chasers, Chatmonchy, Chầu văn, Chaz & The Classics, The Cheap Nasties, Cheb Hamid,

Checkpoint Charlie, Cheeky Blakk, Cheese, Chemirani ensemble, Chemistry Set
(1980s), Chèo, Cherie Gil, The Cherokees, The Cherry Cokes, Cheryl Hardy, The Chessmen, Chester Grooves, Chester Mahooty, Chestnut Brass Company, Chev Off the Ave, Ch'hom Nimol, Chicago Hot 5, The Chicago Loopers, Chicago Transit Authority, Chico Sesma, The Children of Darkness, The Chillie 3 MCs, The Chimney Sweeps, Chinese Ways, The Chob, The Chocolate Layers,

The Chocolate Light Bulbs, Chocolate Penthouse, Choi Seung-hyun, Choun Malai, Chris Cheek, Chris Curtis, Chris Singleton, Chris Stamey, Christal, Christer Bladin, Christie Allen, Christine Anu, Christy, Chuck & Mariann, Chuck Norris, Chuck Rio, Chung Chi Wing, Chunky, Chylds, Ciccio Busacca, The Cindells, Cindy Thai Tai, The Cirkyt, Citizen Cain, Ciudad, CKC, Claire dela Fuente, Clara Rockmore, Clarence C. Wiley, Clarence Edwards, Clarence Woods, Clarita de Quiroz, Claude Williams, 

Clause Four, Claws Cousteau, Clear Light, The Clee-Shays, Clive Dunn, The Clockwork Orange, The Clue, The Clutha, Clyph, The Coastliners, The Cobras, The Cockroaches, Coco Bryce, Coco Diaz, Collage & Denine, The Collectors (Japan), The Colony, Color It Red, Coloured Stone, Coltemonikha, Comando Bruno, Combo, Combo Audio, Comic Boyz, The Coming Generation, Commercials, Confetti's, Congo Norvell, Connie, The Contemporaries, The Continental Co-ets, The Continentals,

Control-S, Conway Savage, Cookie Crew, Copper Street Brass Quintet, Copter4016882, Corb Lund, Cordas et Cannas, The Cordels, The Cords, Corruption Etc., Cosmetic, Cosmic Pocket, Cosmic Psychos, Cosmic Touch, Costar, Coteau, Count to Twenty, Counterfeit, The Court, The Cox Twins, Crackazat, The Cradle, Craig Davies, The Crash Crew, The Crawling Chaos, Crazyhead, The Creations, The Creations Disciples, The Critters, Cromagnon, Crowder Brothers, The Crucibles,

Crucis, The Crumbsuckers, The Crumpets, Crunch, Crushed Butler, Cruyff in the Bedroom, The Cryers, The Cryin' Shames, The Crystal Set, Crystal Zoom, Cuarteto Continental, Cubby & The Buzzards, Cubismo Grafico, Cuddlefish, Cuddly Toys, Cuong Vu, Cupol, Curious (Yellow), Curky & The Blizzards, Curly Ray Cline, Curtis Counce, Curtis J. Mosby, Cuzz Band, The Cyclones, The Cynics, Cynthia Alexander, Cyril Grantham, Czerwone Gitary, 
The D-Men, D.H. Peligro, D.Ö.F., D'Zyre, 

Da Banggaz 314, Da Hol 9, Da Mobstas, Da Nhat Yen, Da' Sha Ra', Daälbers, Daddy Yo, The Dagenites, Daisy Dormer, Daisy Wood, Dale Gregory & The Shouters, Dale Roberts and the Jaywalkers, Dalek I Love You, Dallas Brass, Daltoni, Dam Vinh Hung, Damas Gratis, Damien Bautista, Damon Albarn & Michael Nyman, Dan & Jerry, Dan Landrum, Dan Leno, Dan Sane, Danaë Stratigopoulou, Dance Chapter, Dance Mania, Đăng Dàn Cung, Dang Huu Phuc, Dangerous Birds,

Daniel Decatur Emmett, Danny Altier and his Orchestra, Danny and The Counts, Danny Bond, Danny D, Danny Dubz, Danny Flores, Danny Noie, Danse Macabre, Darany and Dariya, Darius Campbell, Dariush, Darkside
(1980s), Daryl Braithwaite, Das Damen, Dastan Ensemble, Daude de Pradas, Dave & the Detomics, Dave Kusworth, Dave Stogner, Dave Tarras, David Briggs, David Chesworth, David Chesworth, David McComb, David McWilliams, David Werner, David Westlake, The Dawks, The Dawn,

The Dawnbreakers, Daylight, The Deadly Nightshade, Deadstar, The Dearly Beloved, Death, Débile Menthol, The Debonaires, Debut de Soiree, The Debutantes, Dee & Don, Dee Fenton and the Silhouettes, Dee Kline, Deep Creek, The Deepest Blue, The Defiant 4, Del, Del Jones' Positive Vibes, The Del-Byzanteens, The Del-Vetts, Delia Derbyshire, Demon Fuzz, Den, Den Harrow, Denise Lopez,
Denise Orme, Deniz Tek, Dennie Wong, The Dennisons, Denny Seyton & the Sabres, Der Plan,

Der Tante Renate, Derek B, Derek's Accent, Dermot O'Brien and the Clubmen, Derry and the Seniors, Desireless, Deskee, Despair
(1970s), Destiny's Children, The Detours, Detroit In Effect (D.I.E.), DexDexTer, Diane Pfeifer, Dick Devall, Dick Feller, Dick Himber, Dickie Pride, Didith Reyes, Die Alpenrammler, Die Doraus und die Marinas, Die Electric Eels, Die Erde, Die Goldenen Zitronen, Die Haut, Die Monster Die, Die Sterne, Die Sweetles, Die Tödliche Doris, Die Tödliche Doris, 

Die Unbekannten, Die Zimmermänner, Diego del Gastor, Diem Lien, Dieter Reith, Digital Emotion, Dimos Moutsis, Dingdong Avanzado, Đinh Nhu, Dionigi Burranca, Dionysis Savvopoulos, Dionysius Rodotheatos, Direct Hits, The Dirty Reds, The Dirty Wurds, Disguyz, The Distractions, Disturbing the Peace, Division 4, DJ Alvaro, DJ BDM & Ender MC, DJ Black N Mild, DJ C CUTTA, DJ Cameo, DJ Charma, Dj Cunta, DJ Deeon, DJ Dick, DJ Duck, DJ Gecko, DJ Jezzy, 
DJ Nehpets, DJ Omega,

DJ Oxide, DJ PJ, DJ Sebem, DJ Slugo, DJ Smurf, DJ Spanish Fly, DJ Thrill, Dmitri Kabalevsky, Đỗ Nhuận, Do-Re-Mi, Doan Trang, Doc Nevaquaya, Doctor Mix and the Remix, Doctors of Madness, Dog House Posse, Dog Murras, Dog Rose, The Dogs
(Bass), Dolly Kay, Dolly Mixture, The Dolphin Brothers, Dome, The Dometown Gang, Dominic Frontiere, Don Bestor and his Orchestra, Don Cornelio y la Zona, Don Messer, Don Richardson, Don Tiare, Donald Lambert, Done Lying Down, Đông Nhi,

Donkey Boyz, Donna Cruz, The Donovans, Dorothy Donegan, Double, DoubleHappys, Doucette, Dove Vai Tutta Nuda, Downy, Dr. Jeckel, Dr. Jeckyll & Mr. Hyde, Dr. Ken, Dr. Spec's Optical Illusion, Drafi Deutscher, Dragan Kojić Keba, Dragster, Dreamers Circus, Dreem Teem, The Dribbling Darts Of Love, Drop City, Drum and Ball, Drum and Major, Drums of Bora Bora, The Dubrovniks, Duckhunt, Duet Emmo, Duglas T. Stewart, Duke Kahanamoku, Duncan Powell, Dương Thụ, Dust,

Dust On The Bible, Dynamic Breakers, Dzej Ramadanovski, Dzentlmeni, Dzintars Čīča, E- Dancer, Earl Brutus, Earl Preston & The TTs, Earth Break, Earth Quake, East Ash, Eben E. Rexford, Ebony Eyez, Ed Ball, Ed Kenney, Eddie & the Tide, Eddie Blazonczyk, Eddie Cano, Eddie Cunningham & The Lone Rangers, Eddie Peregrina, Eddie Quinteros, Eddie's Hot Shots, The Eddies, Eddy Huntington, Eden Street Skiffle Group, EDMX, Eduard Artemyev, Eduardo Avila, Edward Dębicki, Edward M. Hiner,

Edward White, Edythe Baker, EeL, Efisio Melis, Ei Mori, 8-Eyed Spy, Eight Living Legs, 808 Ridge, Eileen Flores, Einar Hansander, Eirini Sevastou, El Carbonerillo, El Haragan, El Otro Yo, El Remolón, El Riot & the Rebels, Eläkeläiset, Electric Team, Elekibass, Elena Ledda and Suonofficina, Eleni Papadaki, Elf, Eli Radish Band, Elipse, Elissa, Elizabeth Bunny, Ella del Rosario, Ella May Saison, Ella Shields, Elli & Jacno, Elm Boy Peg, Elmer Wright, Elpida, Elsie Janis, The Embarrassment, 

Emeli Sandé, Emeraude, Emily
(UK), Emma Härdelin, The Empty Hours, The End, Eng Nary, England's Glory, Enrique el Mellizo, Equal I, Equal Local, Era of Sound, Eraserheads, Erasmus Chorum, Erdmöbel, Eric, Eric Fenby, Eric Travis, Erik Ask-Uppmark, Erik Englund, Ernest Ball, Ernest Hare, Ernest Hogan, Ernie Wilkins, Erotek, Erotic Dissidents, Erra, The Escorts (1960s), Esma Redzepova, Essendon Airport, Etant Donnes, Ethel Azama, Etilmon J. Stark, Étoile, Euday L. Bowman,

Eugene Hütz, Eugene Kemp, Eugene Stratton, Eva Eugenio, Eva La Vere Selvaggia, Everette DeVan, Everlasting Hitman, Evert Wernberg, Evil, Evil Enc. Group, Ex/Ex, Excelsior Brigade Fife and Drum Corps, Excuse 17, The Exile, The Exotics, The Exploding Budgies, Explorers Of The Nile, The Expression, Expulsados, Extrabreit, Eyeless in Gaza, The Eyes
(Liverpool), Ezra Buzzington's Rustic Revelers, F.R. David, Fable Time, The Fabulous Baker Boys, Factrix, Fairuz, Fake, Fakes, Falete, 

The Fallen Angel, Falling Joys, The Fallout Club, Fancy
(Germany), The Fantastic Baggys, Fantasy, Fantasy Life, Fantasy Three, Faron & The Flamingos, Fascination, The Fast, Faster Boyz, Fat Tone, Fatal Jelly Space, Fatal Posporos, Fatal Shore, Fati Mariko, Faudel, Fauna, Fearless Four, Fee Waybill, Feet like Fins, Fehlfarben, Felicity Urquhart, Felix Arndt, Felix Mayol, Felix Slatkin, Felony, Fender IV,
Ferus Mustafov, FFWD, Fiat Lux, The 50 Guitars, File Under Pop, Final Approach, Findlay Napier,

Finlay MacDonald, First Crow to the Moon, 1st Impression, Fitzroy North, The 5am Event, Five Go Down to the Sea?, The Fixations, Flak, Flame
(1970s), Flame Dream, Flaming Youth, The Flashcubes, Flashman, Flesh & Blood, The Fleur de Lys, The Flies, Flintlock, Flipper's Guitar, Float Up CP, The Floor Models, Flor de Piedra, Florante, Florrie Ford, Floy Joy, Flucht Nach Vorn, The Fluid, FM, Focus Three, Foil, The Fold (New Zealand), Folquet de Marselha, Forum Band, Fotis Polymeris, The Four Coins, 

Four Hot Hounds, The Four Jays, 404 Soldierz, The 409, The Four Queens, Fourwaycross, Foyer De Arts, Francesco Balilla Pratella, Francis Magalona, Francis Scott Key, Francis Seyrig, Franco De Gemini, Françoise Atlan, Frank Crumit, Frank Hunter, Frank Teschemacher, Frank Tovey, Frank Wojnarowski, Frankie Armstrong, Frankie Dymon Jr., Frankie Liszka, Frankie Miller, Frankie Stein and His Ghouls, Franklin George, Franz Schreker, Fratelli Mancuso, Freak Brothers, Fred Ahlert,

Fred Barnes, Fred Karno, Fred Panopio, Freddie Aguilar, Freddie Starr and the Midnighters, Freddy Weller, Friction (フリクション), Friends Again, Friendship, Frifot, Frightwig, Frl. Menke, From Scratch, Fruit Of Life, FSK, Fun Fun, The Fun Things, Funkatronic, The Funnies, Futants, The Future, Future Screens, Future Soundz Of India, Fuzzbox, The Fydallions, The Fyx, G-Slimm, G.H. Chirgwin, G.H. McDermott, Gabi Luncă, Gandalf the Grey, GANGajang, Gänsehaut, Gänsehaut, Gapu,


Gary & the Knight Lites, Gary Ashiya, Gary Clark, Gary Valentine, Gaston Guilbert, Gata Aggressiva, Gaucelm Faidit, Gawao Siangthong, Gay Kayler, Gaye Bikers on Acid, The Gaytunes, Gaz Elias, Geier Sturzflug, Gemma Fox, Gene MacLellan, Gene Rains, Gene Sedric, Generation, Gentle Touch, Genuine Parts, George Botsford, George Brazier, George Canyon, George Cates, George E. Lee, George F. Root, George Formby Sr., George Kirby, George L. Cobb, George Lashwood, George Leybourne,

George Robey, George Thomas Ireland, George Vital Laine, Georges Cziffra, Georges Guibourg, Gerhard Graf-Martinez, Gerhard Schöne and Barbara Thalheim, German Oak, Gertie Gitana, Gesuino Deiana, Gétatchew Adamassu, Giải Phóng Miền Nam, Giannis Papaioannou, Giannis Spanos, Giggles, Gil Bernal, Giles Farnaby's Dream Band, Gille Love's, Gilt Trip, Gina Jeffreys, Gina T, Giorgos Mouzakis, Giovanna Marini, Giovanni Battista Pergolesi, Giovanni Fusco, The Girls From The Clouds,

The Gist, Gitte Hænning, Gloria Levy, Glowbug, The Go Team, Goblin Mix, The Golden Cups, Golden Rough, Gomorrha, Gonn, Göran Sjölén, Gordie Tapp, Gordon Duthie, Gordon Staples & The String Thing, Gordon Waller, Gotty Boi Chris, Graduate
(1970s), Graeme Bell, Graeme Jeffries, Grant Miller, Grant Nelson, Green Fuz, Greg Guidry, Gregory D & DJ Mannie Fresh, GreyHoundz, Grizzler, Grobschnitt, Groove Chronicles, Grosse Freiheit, Groupa, Growl, Guasones, Gudmunds Nils Larsson,

Gui d'Ussel, Guilhem Ademar, Guilhem Augier Novella, Guilhem de Saint Leidier, Guilhem Magret, Guiraut d'Espanha, Guiraut de Bornelh, Guitar Junior, Günter Schicker, Gus Elen, Gus Haenschen, Gus Thornton, Guttersnipes, Gypsy Woman, H. Vernon Watson, Ha Okio, Hà Phương, Hagibis, Haifa Wehbe, The Hair & Skin Trading Company, Hajji Alejandro, Hal Aloma and His Hawaiian Orchestra, Hal Kemp, Half Life Half Death, Half Pint & the Fifths, Hållbus Totte Mattson, Halp, 

Halvdan Sivertsen, Hammersmith Gorillas, the Hammons Family, Hannes Wader, Hans Kennemark, The Happenings Four, Happiness Boys, The Happy Family, Happy Glad Polka Band, Happy Hate Me Nots, The Hardtimes, Hare-Brained Unity, Harlan Leonard, Harlem Hot Chocolates, Harlem Yu, Harold Ashby, Harold Loeffelmacher, Harri Stojka, Harry Belding, Harry Champion, Harry Fragson, Harry Jentes, Harry Kaapuni & His Royal Hawaiians, Harry P. Guy, Harry Snodgrass, Harry Stephens, 

Harry Tate, Harry Tierney, Harry Warren, Hart P. Danks, Hartfield, Hase Cäsar, Hasse Alatalo, The Hasselhoff Experiment, Haunani, Hawaiian Moonbeams, Haywoode, Hazel Nuts Chocolate, Hazy Osterwald Jet-Set, HDU, He Said, He's Dead Jim, HE6, The Heart Beats, Heartless Crew, Hector, Hector Duhon, Hedmark feat. Sadat X & Twan, Hedningarna, Helen Cornelius, Helen Hudson, Hellmenn, Helter Skelter
(1970s), Hendrikje Wangemann, Henry Ainsworth,

Henry Allen and his New York Orchestra, Henry Brown, Henry C. Work, Henry Grimes, Henry Lodge, Henry Russell, Henry Whitter, The Hep Stars, Herb Reed, Herbal Mixture, Herbert Campbell, Herman Stein, Herman van Veen, Herschel Evans, Hetty King, Hex, Hi-Posi, Hi-Standard, Hiền Thục, Hikaru Yoshida, Hilo Hattie,  Hipnosis
(1980s), The Hippies On LSD, The Hitmen, Hjort Anders Olsson, Hlmens, Hò Khoan, Ho Le Thu, Ho Ngoc Ha, Hồ Quỳnh Hương, Hoang Hai, Hoàng Hiệp, Hoàng Oanh, 

Hoang Thuy Linh, Hoàng Vân, Hoàng Vân, Hoàng Việt, The Hobbits, Hobnail, Hoelderlin, Holger Hiller, Hollywood
(1990s), Hollywood Brats, The Holy Spirits, Homer, Honeymoon In Red, Hong Nhung, Hoodlebug Brass, Horsey's Hot Five, Hoss & The Lords, Hot Boy Ronald, Hot Boys Band, Hot Cold, Hot Half Hour, The Hot Pepper, Hot Streak, Hotdog, Houari Benchenet, Houy, Howard Blake, The Howard Morrison Quartet, Howlings, Huah!, Huancara, Hucbald, Hugh Martin, 

Hugo Race & the True Spirit, Hugo Strasser, Hugo Westling, Human Arts Ensemble, HumppAvanti!, Hunger, Hungry Ghosts, The Hunters Club, Huong Thuy, Huy Du, Hypnotone, I Cantori Moderni Di Alessandroni, I Ribelli, I'm Talking, IAM, Ian and the Zodiacs, Ian Tyson, Ice Cream, Il Balletto di Bronzo, Imago, Imelda Papin, Impackt, The Impossible, In Camera, In Camera, In Yeng, In-D, Ina Deter Band, Inc., Incense & Saccage, Incorporated, Indambinigi, Indecent Obsession, Insane, Intastella,

International Spys, Intonation, Introvoys, Ioanna Yiorgakopoulou, Irene Franklin, Iron Cross
(1970s), Iron Virgin, Isabel Bond, Isidore, Isis (Soul), Iskre, Itchy Worms, Itter Brass, Itumiray, Ivan Drever, Ixi, J-Base, J-Bo, J-Dawg, JJ Lin (林俊傑), J. Russel Robinson, J.C. Heffron, J.C. Johnson and his Five Hot Sparks, J.D. Farley, J.E.T., J.S. Pierpont, Ja Ja Ja, Ja Ja Ja, Jack, Jack and the Beanstalks, Jack Bland, Jack de Mello's Orchestra and Chorus with Gene Merlino, Jack Frost, Jack Kelly, Jack Mayesh,

Jack Weston, The Jackofficers, Jacno, Jacob Henry Ellis, Jacques Higelin, Jacqui Cenci, Jade 4 U, Jade Kwon, JaGoFF, Jaime Sin Tierra, Jakie Quartz, Jam Hsiao (蕭敬騰), James Bland, James Carter Pankow, James Freud, James Grant, James King and the Lone Wolves, James Reyne, Jamie O'Neill, Jan Eggum, Jan Howard, Jan Michael Looking Wolf, The Jane Bradfords, Jang Young-kyu, Janika Balázs, Janno Gibbs, János Bihari, Jasmin, The Jasmine Minks, Jason Merrick & The Finders,

Jason Merrick & The Finders, Jaufre Rudel, Jawoll, Jay Chance, Jay Clarkson, Jay Novelle, Jay Prada, Jay Red Eagle, Jazaq, The Jazz Defektors, The Jazzateers, JD Foster, Jean Barraqué, The Jean Goldkette Orchestra, Jean Jacques Burnel, Jean Sablon, Jean-Jacques Goldman, Jeanne Mas, Jed Davenport, Jeff Ball, Jeff Chang, Jeff Pennington, Jenn Forbes, Jenny Hill, Jeon Sang-yun, The Jerks (Philipinnes), Jerome Richardson, Jerry & The Others, Jerry Cole, Jerry Mcgill, Jess Ferguson,

Jess Jackson, Jessa Zaragoza, The Jessels, Jet
(1970s), The Jet Set, Jezabel, Ji Bark, Jill Jackson, Jim Player, Jimie Rabbit, Jimmy and The Chelsea Five, Jimmy Beasley, Jimmy Christo, Jimmy Gately, Jimmy Jukebox, Jimmy Jukebox, Jimmy McHugh, Jimmy Null & The Inversions, Jimmy O'Bryant and his Chicago Skifflers, Jimmy Tarbuck, Jimmy Uke and His Islanders, Jimmy van Heusen, Jimmy Woods, Jin Sha (aka Kym), Jo Beth Taylor, Jo Jo Falcon, Jo Sung-woo,

Jo Yeong-wook, JoAnne Lorenzana, Jock Tamson's Bairns, Jodie Sands, Jody Harris, Joe Blakk, Joe Buckner, Joe Cook, Joe Egan, Joe Ferrie, Joe Harris, Joe Hudson, Joe Hughes, Joe Jordan, Joe Zeytoonian, Joey Albert, Joey Kidd, Johan Brodd, Johan Hedin, Johannes Tinctoris, John Barry Seven, John Dowie, John Foulds, John Green, John Harley Weston, John Howard Payne, John Howard Payne, John I. White, John Kennedy's Love Gone Wrong, John Mauceri, John McDaniel,

John McFarland, John McGuire, John Mixon, John Sofakolé, John Steel, John Williamson, Johnny and the Semitones, Johnny De Little, Johnny Dodds' Hot Six, Johnny Dole & the Scabs, Johnny Marvin, Johnny Pineapple and His Islanders, Johnny Spencer & the Kona Koasters, Johnny Theakstone & the Tremolos, The Johnnys, The Jolt, Jon Hall, Jones & Collins Astoria Hot Eight, Jong-Shin Yoon, The Jook, Jordan Bonel, José Bethancourt, José Mari Chan, Joseph Firecrow, Joseph Horovitz,

Joseph Koo, Joseph Schillinger, Josephine Johnny, The Joy & Hit Kids, Joy, Joyce Simms, JP Nyströms, JPS Experience, JSD Band, Ju'C, Juan Valderrama, Judy Street, Jules Allen, Jules Blattner, Jules Léotard, Julián Carrillo, Julia Lee Niebergall, Julia Ward Howe, Julian Berntzen, Julie, Julienne Taylor, Julius Hemphill, Julius Lester, The Jumblies, Jumpin' Jesus, June Valli, Junie Bezel, Junior
(Philippines), Junior Eyes, Just-Ice, Justin Balk, Justine, K-Rab, K.C. Redd, K5,

Kai Rautenberger, Kajak, Kala, Kalamarca, Kalima, Kalle Almlöf, Kalle Moraeus, Kalouta Sisters, Kamokila, Kamuela and His South Sea Islanders, Kana TNT, Kang Eun-il, Kang In-gu, Kanjia, Kaputt, Karel Goeyvaerts, Karen Wheeler, Kari Bremnes, Karin Wallin, Karl George, Karl Terry and the Cruisers, Karthago, Kash, Kat Flint, Kate Carney, Kate Ceberano, Katharine Lee Bates, Katie Lawrence, Katie Targett-Adams, Kawina Creole Group, Kay Franzes, Kazoo's, Kazumasa Hashimoto,

Kei Haneoka, KeinMenscH!, Keith Bianchi, Keith Kessler, Keith Tucker, Kelly Brown, Kelly McGuire, Kelt's Cross, Ken Laszlo, Kenny
(1970s), Kenny And The Kasuals, Kenny Dope presents Lucy Hawkins, Kenny Thibadoux, Keo Sokha, Keppel and Betty, Kerry Mills, Kettcar, Kev Carmody, Kevin J. Maclean, Kevin McDermott, Kevin Patterson, Key Boys,  Khalil Fong (方大同), Khanh Ly, Kharkov Klezmer Band, Khong Tu Quynh, KidLogic, Kiều Hưng, The Killermetres, Kilo-G, Kim Choo-Ja,

Kim Del Fierro, Kim Jung Mi,  Kim Salmon and the Surrealists, Kim Se Hwan, King David's Jug Band, King Kolax, Kingone Wang, Kings Of Agreppo, Kingsize Taylor and the Dominoes, Kingsuk Biswas, Kingthing, Kip Lennon, The Kirkbys, Kishidan, The Kiwi Animal, KIZ, Klaas Bijland, Klaus Weiss Orchestra, KLC, The Klezmorim, Kluster, Knights Bridge, The Know, Kō Ōtani, Kokee Band, Komahtron, Komety, Kongk, Konstantin Wecker, Koo de Tah, Korell, Kosmonautentraum,

Kossi Gardner, Kostas Giannidis, Kostas Hatzis, Kostas Kapnisis, Koto, Kristine Sa, Kroke, Kromozone Project, Kruzenshtern & Parohod, Kudsi Erguner, Kuh Ledesma, KUKL, Kungs Levi Nilsson, Kuniaki Haishima, Kuniharu Akiyama, Kym Purling, Kyoko Fukada, L.A. Girls, L.A. Jones, The L.O.D. Crew, L.O.G., L'Arcidiavolo, L'Eta' Del Malessere, La 25, La Ciapa Rusa, La Kabala, La Lionetta, La Macina, La Máquina de Hacer Pájaros, La Muerte, La Otra Cara de un Jardín, La Piazza,

La Prohibida, La Rissa, La Serneta, La Sobrecarga, Laban, Labuyo, The Ladybirds
(1960s), The Ladybyrds, Laissez Faire, Laksminarayana Shankar, Lam Nhat Tien, Lam Phương, Lam Truong, Lammar Wright Jr., Lan và Điệp, Larbi Bensari, Larry & The Blue Notes, Larry Rivera, Lassie Singers, Last Knight, The Last Minute Put Together Boogie Band, The Last Words, The Latin Rascals, Lattimore Brown, Laugh & Peace, Laughing Clowns, Laura Enea, Laurie Marshall, Lê Dung, Le Juan Love,

Le Syndicat, Lệ Thu, Le Visible, Leather & Lace, Leather Boy, Lee Byung-woo, Lee Curtis and the All-Stars, Lee De Forest, Lee Dong-Joon, Lee Karnaghan, Lee Kernaghan, Lee Webber, The Leftovers (Australian), Leiu Thaert, Leland Martin, Lelonek, Len Spencer, Lena Willemark, Leni Okehu, Lennie Niehaus, Lenny Gomulka, Lenny Knox & Freeky Jason, Leo & The Prophets, Leo Addeo, Leo Dryden, Leo Watson, Leon Rausch, Léon Theremin, Les Allen, Les Barker, Les Beatlettes,

Les C. Copeland, Les Guerrières, Les McKeown, Les Planettes, Les Princes de Kuduro, Les Zarjaz, Leticia, The Letter 5, Levon Zoltar, Li Bing-Bing, Lian Ross, Lien Khuc, Life, Light Fantastic, Lighthouse Keepers,  Liinda Hirst, Lil Elt, Lil Goldie, Lil Whit, Lil' Boys Blue, Lil' Johanna, Lilet, Lili & Susie, Lillebjørn Nilsen, Lily Fields, Lily Morris, Lim Molyna, Limey & The Yanks, Limited Express (Has Gone?), Limonious, Lin Lin, Linda Liao, Linh Nga, Lisa, Liscyn, Little Johnny Truitt, Little Julian Herrera,

Little Murders, Little Tich, Little Willie & The Adolescents, Littlefoot, Llajtaymanta, Lo Ta-yu, Locanda Delle Fate, The Loft, Lokee, Lola Muñoz, London Boys, London Exchange, London Funk Allstars, Lonely Hearts Band, Lonesome Luke & His Farm Hands, Lonestarr, Long Fin Killie, Long John & The Silvermen, Long Tall Shorty, Longstocking, Lonso & Oscar,  Lora Lgic, Lord & The Flies, Los 7 Delfines,
Los Ángeles, Los Beatniks, Los Dinos, Los Encargados, Los Incas, Los Profetas, Los Ronisch, 

Lothar Zagrosek, Lotte Lenya, Lotti Golden, Lottie Collins, Lou and Simon, Lou Holtz, Louis Chauvin, Louis Kennedy, Louis Kennedy, Love Corporation, Lovie Austin and her Blues Serenaders, Lower Level Organization, The Lower Third, Lubricated Goat, Lucía Muñoz, Lucian Porter Gibson, Luciano Maio, Lucienne Boyer, Lucilla Galeazzi, Lucille Mathis, Lucille Starr, Luck & Neat, Lucky Heng, Lucy's Drive, Luigi Lai, Luigi Russolo, Luis de Córdoba, Luis de Narváez, Luke Leilani, Lulu Jam,

Luong Bich Huu, Lupe Diaz, Lưu Hữu Phước, Luu Quang Minh, Luxedo, Luz y Fuerza, Lydia Lee Love, Lynda Trang Đài, M Beat, M-4 Sers, M:G, M.G. & The Escorts, Mamar Kassey and Yacouba Moumouni, The Mabels, Macdonald Duck Eclair, Maceo & the Macks, The Mackenzies, Macrocosm, Mad Romeo, Mădălin Voicu, Madder Lake, Madeleine Allakariallak, Madeleine Dring, Maegan Aguilar, Maeve O'Boyle, Magazine 60, Magic Disco Machine, Magnolia Shorty, Mahmoud Fadl, Mainly Spaniards,

Major Problem, Malachy Tallack, Male, Malicorne and Folgue, Mama's Pride, Mammane Sani Abdullaye, Mamou Playboys, Mamoudou Abdousalam, Mandala
(1960s), Mandarine, Mandrake Paddle Steamer, Manikins, Manikins, Manilyn Reynes, The Manish Boys, Manolis Chiotis, Manos Loïzos, Mansions on the Moon, Mantis (1970s), Manuel Agujetas, Manuel Göttsching, Manuel Torre, Manuel Vallejo, Marcabru, Marcel King, Marching Orders, Marcus Gil, Marg Osburne, Margaret Young,

Margie Rayburn, Maria Carta, Maria Dimitriadi, Maria Farantouri, Marie & the Atom,  Marie Dubas, Marie Kendall, Marie Lloyd, Marie Louka, Marie Stensby, Marie Tyler, Marie-Louise Damien, Marika Krevata, Marika Nezer, Marika Ninou, Marika Papagika, Marino (Japan), Mariza Koch, Marjan, Mark & the Escorts, Mark Peters and the Cyclones, Mark Seymour, Mark Sheridan, Markis Sage, The Markko Polo Adventurers, Markos Vamvakaris, Markus, Marr, Marsha Hunt, Marshall "Rock" Jones,

Marshall McLuhan, Martha Veléz, Martin Ager, Martin Nievera, Martin Pig, Marty Wilson-Piper, Marvel, Marvelous Mixin Miguel, Mary Lo, Mary Lou Zuetta, Mary Roos, Mary Schneider, Mary Stafford, Mary Taylor, Masaya Matsuura, Mashu, Mass, Mass 187,  Massive Ego, Massive Stereo Sellout, The Masterminds, Mathematiques Modernes, Matty Malneck, Maurice Boyler, Mauro Palmas, Maury Laws, Max Lazer, Max Uballes, Maxwell Street Klezmer Band, May Aufderheide, Mazarati, MBSE,

MC Bones, MC Sel, MC Shakie, MC Spud & DJ Def, MC Thick, MC Tom Zanetti, MC Vapour, Mclusky, Meas Samoun, Meat Mouth, Meat Whiplash, Mediterranean Chamber Brass, Meesak Nakaratch, Megatrons, Meiwa Denki, Meldeveien, Melodinamika Sensor and 32 Guajar´s Faraguit., Memphis
(1980s), MEO 245, Mercey Brothers, Meridian Arts Ensemble, Messengers Incorporated, Metropak, Miaow, Michael, Michael and the Messengers, Michael BaiL, Michael Bedford, Michael Cretu, 

Michael Marra, Michaelangelo, Michalis Souyioul, Micheal Been, Mickey & The Cavaliers, Mickey & The Invaders, Mickey Aversa, Micki Marlo, Mid-State Orange, MidWest M.A.F.I.A., Mighty Mighty, Mihalis Violaris, Mike Banks, Milch, Milky Bar Kid, Millie and Dolly Good, Milt Raskin, Milton Cohen's Space Theater, Minao Shibata, Mind Garage, MindXpander, Minh Hằng, Ministry of Compulsory Joy, Minxus, Miramichi, Miss Nicky Trax, Miss Partricola, Missing Scientists, Mission Impossible, Missouri,

Missouri Marley, The Missourians, Missus Beastly, Misswonda, Mittagspause, Mkaio, Mkultra, The Mockingbirds, Model Citizens, Moderne, Modus Noa, Mofungo, Mohamed Lamine, Mohamed Mounir, Mohammed Wardi, The Moment, Monet, The Moneymakers, Monge de Montaudon, Monica Lewis, Mónika Juhász Miczura, Monique Serf, Monocism, Monsterbot, Monz, Mood Six, Moon-hui Lee, The Moonmaids, Moonrra Y Su Batallón, Moonshake, The Moppets, Moraito Chico, More Fire Crew, 

The Morloch, Morny Cash, Morton Sherman Bellucci, Moses "Whispering" Smith, Most, Mother North, Motocompo, The Motorcycle Boy, Motormark, Moulinettes, Mournblade, Mouse
(Australia), Moussa Poussy, Mozzart, Mr. Horse, Mr. Ivan, Mr. Lucky and the Gamblers, Mr. Magic, Mr. Osbyte, Mr. Quimby's Beard, Mrs. Elva Miller, Mrs. Qeada, The Muffin Men, Mummy Calls, The Munchies, Murderbot, Murphy & The Mob, Murray K Hill, Murry the Hump, Musa Basha, Museo Rosenbach,

Música de Maestros, Mutter, Muzak, MVP, My Captains, My Jealous God, My Life Story, My Linh, My Sister's Machine,  My Tam, Myeong-jong, Myrna Lorrie, Myron Floren, N.V., N2-Tain, Naat Veliov, Nabarlek, Nacio Herb Brown, Nacobeta, Nadia Cassini, Naftule Brandwein, Nagisa Cosmetic, naivepop or petitfool, Naked Prey, Nakplang Krumklowna, Namahana, Nancy Ajram, Nancy Boy, Nat Wills, Nathalie France, Nawal Al Zoghbi, Nawal El Kuwaitia, Neal Merrit, The Need, Nellie Power,

Neo Zelanda, Netherworld Dancing Toys, Neue Heimat, Neverslept, Nevillie Dickie, New Age Brass, New Beat Generation, New Beat Sensation, The New House, New York Brass Quintet, The New York Models, The News, Newton Mendonça, Nexus 21, Neyza, NGC-4594, Ngo Thanh Van, Ngoc Bich Ngan, Ngọc Lan, Ngoc Son, Ngũ Cung, Nguyễn Đình Tấn, Nguyen Dinh Thi, Nguyễn Đức Toàn, Nguyên Lê, Nguyen Thanh, Nguyen Thanh Tung, Nguyen Thuy Lam, Nguyễn Văn Thương, Nguyễn Văn Tý, 

Nguyễn Xuân Khoát, Nguyen-Thien Dao, Nhã Nhạc, Nhạc Dân Tộc Cải Biên, Nhạc đỏ, Nhạc Tài Tử, Nhat Son, Nhu Loan, Nhu Quynh, Niagara, Nice & Wild, Nick LaRocca, Nick Lucas, Nick Smith, Nico Fidenco, Nicolae Neacşu, Niedhart von Reuenthal, Niels Lan Doky, Night Society, The Nights And Days, Nihilist Spasm Band, Nikko Smith, Nikolai Obukhov, Nikolaos Mantzaros, Nikos Gounaris, Nils Økland, Nini Raviolette, Ninja Crew, Nino, 9th Ward Tea, The Nips, Nisiru, NO, Noah Lewis Jug Band,

Nobody's Children, Noir
(1970s), Nokturnl, Nolan Porter, Nolan Thomas, Nonoy Zuniga, Nora Aunor, Nordanstigs Spelmanslag, Norman Iceberg, Normon Evans, Norrlåtar, Norrtelje Elitkapell, Not Really Anything (1980s), Notker Balbulus, Nova Mob, Nu Forest, Nuance, Nukariik, Number Girl, Nut Crackers, O.J. Ekemode, O'Chi Brown, O'tôrgs-Kaisa Abrahamsson, Odani Misako, Odd Nordstoga, Odo of Arezzo, Odo of Cluny, Ognir and the Nite People, Oh Jin-ha, Ohi Ho Bang Bang, 

Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps, Ole Paus, Olive Brown, Olla, Olov Johansson, Olufumi, Olympia Orchestra, Omar, OMFGOD, Omodaka, On the Seventh Day, Once Upon a Time, 1. Futurologischer Congress, One Hit Wonders, 101, 1000 Ohm, One Voice, Ongart Jeerapan, Oompah Brass, Opal, The Ophelias, Opisthodhromiki Kompania, Opium Monks, Opus 5, The Orange, Orchester Jürgen Ehlers, The Ordinaires, Orestis Makris, Organisation, Organized Rhyme, Original Creole Orchestra,

Original Love, Original New Orleans Jazz Band, The Original Tuxedo Orchestra, Orion’s Beethoven, Orlando,  Os Lambas, Os Makongo, Osamu Kitajima, Ostracism (村八分), Ostridge Forrester, Oswald von Wolkenstein, The Other Ones, Otis V. Hicks, Ougenweide, Our Gang, The Out Islanders, The Outlaw Four, Øystein Sunde, Ozark Cowboys, Ozark Jubilee Boys, P. Q. Phan, Puto Lilas, Pussy Cat, Pacific 231, Paddy Klaus & Gibson, Pai Diesel, Painters & Dockers, PaK-0, Palais Schaumburg, 

Palani Vaughan, Palito Ortega, Palmerforce Two, Paloma Berganza, Pan Ron, Panadda Chayapark, Panagiotis Toundas, Pandemonio, P.A. (Parental Advisory), Paris Angels, Park In-young, Park Ji-woong, Pärson Sound, The Particles, Pasharos Sefardíes, Paso Doble
(Germany), The Passion, The Past Seven Days, Pastora Soler, Pastoral, Pat Castillo, Pat Farrel & The Believers, Patrick S. Gilmore, Patty Ryan, Paul Ash and his Granada Orchestra, Paul Bearer & The Hearsemen,

Paul Bevoir, Paul Biese, Paul Brandy, Paul Bryant, Paul Conrad, Paul Dresser, Paul King, Paul Leary, Paul Mark & Marlene Sai, Paul Martin, Paul Nero, Paul Page, Paul Pratt, Paul Quinn, Paul Quinn & The Independent Group, Paul Reekie, Paul Ryan, Paul Sarebresole, Paul Sharada, Pavan, Pavel Haas, Pavlos Carrer, Pearl Harbor & the Explosions, Pedicab, Pehr Hörberg, Peire d'Alvernhe, Pele, Peligroso Gorriones, Pelle Björnlert, Pepe de Lucía, Pepe Marchena, Pepe Pinto, Per Gudmundson,

Percy Wenrich, Pernett & The Caribbean Ravers, Perrey-Kingsley, Persecution Complex, Peryodiko, Pescado Rabioso, Pete Doherty, Peter "Puma" Hedlund, Peter & The Wolves, Peter Arnold, Peter Astor, Peter Buck, Peter Doyle, Peter Kam, Peter Posa and the Islanders, Peter Ustinov, Peter Weltner, Petrus de Cruce, Pham Duy, Phạm Quỳnh Anh, Phạm Thị Huệ, Phạm Tuyên, Pham Van Ty, Phan Huỳnh Điểu, Phet Potaram, Phil Baker, Phil Baxter and his Orchestra, Phil Moore,

Phú Quang, Phuong Thanh, Phuong Vy, Pidgeon
(1960s), Pierre Bachelet, The Pigram Brothers, Pilar Muñoz, Pilita Corrales, Pimp Daddy, Pimp Dogg, The Pin Group, Pinay, Pinta Tirru, Pintura Roja, Piper, Pistoleta, Plastic Fantastic, Plastic Pinks, The Playboys (1960s), Plearn Promdan, The Pleasure Crew, Plemo, Plod, Plug Uglies, Plus-tech Squeeze Box, Pluton & the Humanoids, Polaris (1980s), The Polite Force, The Polynesians, Pons d'Ortaffa, Pons de Capduoill, Pookey Blow, 

Pope Gregory I, Pops Fernandez, Positive Choice Band, Potzee, Pounding Serfs, Pov Vannary, Power House, The Prairie Oysters, The Prairie Pioneers, The Prairie Ramblers, Pram, Pranee Thanasri, President Gasolina, Presidio Brass, Pretty Flowers, Prince Kalua and the Tropical Islanders, Prince Ouro Negro, Princess Tinymeat, Prissa, Private Lives, Prix, Probably The Best Band In The World, Products of the Morticians, Promise Circle, Protex, Protonic Storm, Proxyon, The Psychodelicates, 

The Psychosurgeons, Public Relation, Pukatja, Pulsar, Pumpuang Duangjan, Purple Flash Orchestra, The Purple Gang, Putreska, PxMxWx, Pyg, Pyotr Leshchenko, Q65, Qi-Wei, Quan họ, Quan Yeomans, Quang Le, Quang Vinh, Queen Meanie Puss, Quiet Sun, Quill, Quilla Hugh "Porky" Freeman, Quoc Thien, Quý Dương, Quyen Van Minh, Quynh Nguyen, R. J. Hamilton, Rab Noakes, Rachid Baba Ahmed, The Radiators From Space, Radio Ghosts, Radio Texas, Radoslav Banga, Raga & The Talas, 

Raiana Paige, Raimbaut d'Aurenga, Raimon Jordan, Rain, Raïna Raï, Rainmakers
(Philipinnes), Rainy Day, Ralph Font, Ralph Nielson & The Chancellors, Ramases & Selket, Ramón Montoya, Ranarim, Randy & the Rockets, Randy Barracuda, Rangel, Ransta Congregation, Rapid Dance, Rappermatical 5, Rare Arts, The Rats (1960s), Ray Brown & The Whispers, Ray Griff, The Ray Makers, Ray Pillow, Raymond Hitchcock, Raymond Lauchengco, Raymond Wong, Razar, Razorback, RC Succession, 

Re Niliu, The Re-Tros, Reach, The Reals, Red Beard & The Pirates, Red Guitars, Red Light Company, Red Lindsay, Red Lizard
(aka Lizard), Red McKenzie, Red Ponies, Red Turns To, Redgum, Regina (Freestyle), Regine Velasquez, Regional Vermello E Branco, Regurgitator, Reinette L'Oranaise, Reinhard Mey, Reinmar von Hagenau, Reject 707, Rekorday, Relaxed Muscle, Rema-Rema, Rembetiki Kompania, Remedios Amaya, Rena Vlahopoulou, Rene & Ray, René Halkett & David Jay, 

Renée Geyer, Reptile, Restricted Code, Revolver
(UK 1990s), Rex Gildo, Rex Kona, Rey Valera, Reyhan, Rheingold, Rhythm Method, Rhythmcentric, Rich the Factor, Richard A. Whiting, Richard Allison, Richard and the Young Lions, Richard Easton, The Richard Kent Style, Richard Lake and Palmas, Richard Robbins, The Richard Wright Group, Richenel, Richmond Brass Quintet, Rick's Continentals, Ricky B, Rico, Rico J. Puno, Riem Daranoi, The Rifle, Rigaut de Berbezilh, Ringo, 

Rio Reiser, Ripaille, Riplash and Sus, The Rising Storm, Rita Abatzi, Ritchie Venus & The Blue Beetles, Rithy, Rivermaya, Riverside Brass Quintet, Rizal Underground, The Roadrunners, Roan Mountain Hilltoppers, Rob Bernard, Rob Clarkson, Rob Snarski, Robbie Craig, Robbie Dale, Robert Drasnin, Robert Drasnin, Robert Frost, Robert Görl, Robert Hampson, Robert Rental, Robert Russell Bennett, Robert Starks and The Geniuses, Roberto Pregadio, Robin & The Hoods, Robin Fox,

Rock Pilot, Rock Rebellion, The Rock-A-Teens, Rockers All Stars, Les Rockets, The Rockin' Vickers, The Rockmelons, Rocko Schamoni, Rocky & The Riddlers, Rod Torfulson's Armada featuring Herman Menderchuk, Roddy Frame, Rodel Naval, Roderick Falconer, Rodgers and Hart, Rodney Stepp, Roger Tallroth, Roh Hyoung-woo, Rojay Gotee, Roland Keijser, Rolf Gehlhaar, Rolf Wilhelm, Romania, Romica Puceanu, Ronald Stein, Roni Benise, Ronnie Prophet, Ronnie Ronalde, Room at the Top, 

Rory Storm and the Hurricanes, Ros Sereysothea, Rosa Eskenazi, Rosa Henderson accompanied by the Three Hot Eskimos, Roscoe Chenier, Rosenbergs Sjua, Rothko, Roy & The Bristols, Roy Bargy, Royal Chessmen, Royal Sprite, Royale Monarchs, Ruby Hunter, Ruby Jones, Ruck Rover, Rudolph Thompson, Rudy and the Reno Bops, Rufus Jagneaux, Ruka Puff, Rung Petchburi, The Running Jumping Standing Still, Russ Columbo, Russ Garcia, Russ Sainty, Russell Smith, Ruth Roye, 

Ruthless Juveniles, Ryan Cayabyab, Rygar, The S Factor, S.A.C. Mafia, S.J. & The Crossroads, S.P.U.D.,  S.Y.P.H., S.Y.Z., Saâdou Bori, Saal 2, Šaban Bajramović, Saburo Tominaga, Sacred Cowboys, Sadie Koninsky, Sadistic Mika Band, Safe House Staff, Saga de Ragnar Lodbrock, Sally & the Alley Cats, Salomon et Son Groupe, Saltwater Band, Sam Makia and The Makapuu Beach Boys, Sam Most, Sam T. Brown, Sam Taylor & His All Star Jazz, Sambizanga, Samira Said, Sammy Allen, 

Sammy Gardner, Samonikli, Sampaguita, Samuel A. Ward, Samuel Francis Smith, Sand, The Sandoval Sisters, Sandro de América, Sani Aboussa, Sanity Plexus, Sanjalice, Santos Inocentes, Sanullim, Sanz, Saoud L'Oranais, Sapphire Thinkers, Sarah Brightman & Hot Gossip, Sarah Jean, Sardine, Sardine, Sardou, Sarek, Sasha Kolpakov, Satan's Children, Satya Sai Maitreya Kali, Savage (1980s), Savina Yannatou, Sawanee Pattana, Sayed Darwish, Scala, The Scars, Scars, The Schibbinz, 

The Scientists, Scissor Girls, Scooter
(UK), The Scooters, Scorpio Rising, Scott Fitzgerald, Scott Hayden, Scratcha DVA, Screaming Jets, Screaming Tribesmen, Screemer, The Scrotum Poles, Scum Pups, Sean P, Secret Garden, Secrets Of China, Seely, Seems Twice, The Seers, Sekima II, Sekret Sekret, The Sensation, Seona Dancing, Septimus Winner, Sequal, Serge Reggiani, Sergius Golowin, The Servants, The Sets, The 7 Dwarfs, Sexus, Seyfu Yohannes, SF Spanish Fly, SG Wannabe,

Shady Lady, Shah, Shakane, The Shamrock, Shana, Shark Vegas, Sharon Burch, Sharon Cuneta, Sharyn Maceren, Shawn Robinson, Shayne Carter + Peter Jefferies, She, Shea Fisher, Sheena and the Rockets, Sheer Taft, Shelby
(1970s), Shelby Flint, Shelton Brooks, Shelton Dunaway, Sherine, Sherrie Austin, Sheila & B. Devotion, Shinichirô Ikebe, Shirley Collie, Shiro Fukai, Shizuka, Shoko Fujikawa, Shonia Lange, Short Dogs Grow, Short Wave, Shorty Baker, The Shrubs, Shy Cookie and DJ Luck,

Shylock, Siakol, Sick Dick and the Volkswagens, Sid Rumpo, Sidi el Houari, 7 Pistones, Silent Circle, Silicon Teens, Silky, Siluete, Silverhead, Simon Bell, Simon Bonney, The Simpletons, Sin With Sebastian, Sinan Sakić, The Sinceres, Singleton Palmer, Singsing, Sinn Sisamouth, Sipan, Siquisirí, Sir Charles & The Daze of Olde, Sir Henry Bishop, Sir Lawrence & The Innocents, Sir Michael and the Sounds, Sir Winston & The Commons, Sissy Jay, The Sisters, Siu Black, Six Deep, 6 Shot,

Skäggmanslaget, Skepticks, The Skeptics, Skip & Johnny, Skunks
(Punk), SLA, Slabb, Slam Creepers, Slapshock, Slavko Avsenik, Sleeze Boys, Slik, Sloan Matthews, Sloche, Slow Bongo Floyd, The Small Knives, Smegma, Smiley Burnette, The Smoke, Smokey Dawson, Smokey Mountain, Smokie, Smoky Dawson, Smoky Mountain Brass Quintet, Snapper (New Zealand), The Sneetches, Soave, Sofi Marinova, Sofia Vembo, Soft Heap, Sol Kamahele's Diamond Head Beach Boys, Sole Tech, Soli,

Solution, The Sombretones, Somebody's Children, Somebody's Chyldren, The Someloves, Something Pretty Beautiful, Sonia Lopez, Sonic Boom, Sonic Coaster Pop, Sonido Martinez, Sons of Adam, Sorcery
(Electro), Sotiria Bellou, Soul Jugglers, Sound on Sound, Sounds Unlimited, Soundtracks & Head, the SoundWaves, Southborder, Space Angels, Space Project, Space Waltz, Spaide R.I.P.P.E.R., Spartan Lover, SPBrass quintet, Sphinx Tush, Spider Murphy Gang,  Spillsbury, Spirea X, Spizzenergi, Spizzoil, Splatterheads, Spliff, The Sports, Spriguns of Tolgus, Springhouse, Sprung Aus Den Wolken,

Spunky Spider, Spyridon Samaras, Spyridon Xyndas, Spyros Peristeris, Squash Gang, St. Godric, Stacy Lane, Stahlnetz, Stainless Stephen, The Stairs, Stan Laurel, Starchild & 2nd Showdown Crew, Starr's Computer Band, The Stars of Heaven, Starski & Clutch, Stavros Kouyoumtzis, Steamhammer, Stefanie Sun Yan Zi (孫燕姿), Ştefan Bănică, Ştefan de la Bărbuleşti, Stefanie Bennett, Steinwolke, Stelios Perpiniadis, Stella Greca, Stella Mayhew, 
Stella One Eleven, Stephan Remmler, Stephen, 

Stepping Razor, Stevani Valadez, Steve Albini, Steve and Gillian, Steve and the Syndicate, Steve Fisk, Steve Kilbey, Steve Martland, Steven J. Bernstein, Stickem, The Stockholm Monsters, Stompin' Tom Connors, Stonecold GX, Storm Lee, The Storm Society, Stormy Six, The Strangers
(UK), Stratos Payioumtzis, Strava Ganza, Strawberry Machine, Streaky, Street Noise, Streetlife, Strugglin' to Live, Strutz, Stu Davis, Stuart A. Staples, Stump, Sture Sahlström, Styrbjörn Bergelt, 

The Subconscious Mind, Submerse, Suboi, Suburban Knight, Subzero, Sucrette, Sudden Sway, Sue Thompson, Sugar and the Spices, Sugar Free, Sugar Hiccup, Sun La Shan, Suncarriage, Sunday Painters, Sundown Collection, Sunny & the Sunglows, Sunrise Movement, Super K, Super Nova, Super Show de los Vazkez, Super-K, Supercharger (UK), Superette, The Superfine Dandelion,  Supernaut, Supreme Cool Beings, Sure Is Pure, Surfside 6, Surfside Six, The Surftones, The Surrealists, 

The Survivors, Susanne Rosenberg, The Sussed, Svante Lindqvist, Sven Härdelin, SWA, Swallow (1980s), Swan Lee, Swåp, Sweet Connection, The Swingers, Swordxl, Syd Lipton, Sydney Chaplin, Sylvester Lewis, Sylvia Love, Synergy Quintet, Syntech, Synthia Figueroa, Systematics, T. K. Hulin, T. Scales, T.E. Dunville, T.P.E., T&J, Tabby Thomas, Taberna Mylaensis, Takeda, Takefumi Haketa, Takeshi Senoo (妹尾武), Talia Whitman, The Tall Shirts, Tam Doan, Tam Tri, Tangerine, 

Tania Kernaghan, Tanja Savić, Tanya Markova, Tanya Tagaq, Tarantolati di Tricarico, Tarō Iwashiro, Tartan Horde, Taste Of Sugar, Tazenda, Tch-Tch-Tch, The Tears, Tec-9,  The Techno Bastards, Ted Auletta, Ted Mulray Gang, Teddy and His Patches, Teddy Darby, Teenage Radio Stars, The Teenagers (1950s), The Teenbeats, Teeth, Tema Di Oscar, The Tempters, Tennessee Country, Teo Usuelli, Teppo Valimaki, Terpandre, Terror of the Deep, Terry Carisse, Terry Carisse and Prairie Oyster, 

Terry Dee & The Roadrunners, Terry Dene, Terry Knight and the Pack, Terry Lee Whetstone, Tèshomé Meteku, Tet Somnang, Tex & The Horseheads, Tex Morton, The Texas Rangers, Texas Ruby, TGV, Th Del-Tino's, Thái Thanh, Thanh Hà, Thanh Lam, Thanh Thảo, Thanh Tùng, The 'In', Thế Sơn, The (Hypothetical) Prophets, Thea Hjelmeland, Theodore Carpenter, Theodore F. Stewart, Theodore H. Northrup, Theophrastos Sakellaridis, Theresa Teng, Theron C. Bennett, These Immortal Souls

They Were Expendable, Thiefaine and Obispo, Thirsty Moon, 35mm Dreams, 39 Posse, 39 Steps, This is Heaven, This Kind of Punishment, This Sporting Life, Thomas Bateson, Thomas E. Broady, Thomas Flinter, Thomas Greaves, Thomas Moore, Thomas S. Allen, Thore Härdelin, Thought Criminals, Thought Gang, Thra Ka Band, The Three Bells, Three D's, 313 Bass Mechanics, Thrice Mice, The Thrown Ups, Thu Hiền, Thu Minh, Thumbs Carlisle, Thùy Chi, 
Thuy Tien, Tiana, The Tickle, Tiddas, 

Tiger Lily, The Tigers (Japan), Tim Blake, Tim Nichols, Tim Smooth, Tim Spencer, Tina B, Tiny Watkins, Tito Mina, Tjupurru, TNT Clan, To Hell With Burgundy, Tobiah, Toc Tien, Tocotronic, Today's Brass Quintet, Toiling Midgets, Tolga, Tom Brusky, Tom Turpin, Tomás Pavón, Tomi Sovilj i Njegove Siluete, Tommy Haggard, Tommy Hill, Tommy Hunter, Tommy Morgan, Tommy Ngo, Tomte, Tôn-Thất Tiết, Tonasia, Toni Arden, Toni Pearen, Tonino Baliardo, Tony Amado, Tony Lo Dung Lei, Tony Maroudas, 

Tony Pilley, Tony Wretling, The Top, Toshi Ichiyanagi, Toshiro Mayuzumi, Totore Chessa, Totsuzen Danball, Trackboyz, Trackboyz, Tracy Coster, Trần Hiếu, Trần Hoàn, Tran Manh Tuan, Tran Thu Ha, Trần Văn Khê, Trang Trinh, Transatlantic Brass, Traveller, 3 Busserulls, The Tremelons, Tren Loco, Trevor White, Triakel, Tribal Fish, Tribe
(Freestyle), Trinh Cong Son, Trio Balkana, Trio Rio, Trios Los Chasquis, The Trippers, Trish Thuy Trang, Trizzie Phuong Trinh, Trống quân, Trong Tan, 

Tropical Depression, Troy Cassar Daley, Troy Tate, Troy Woods, Troya, Truc Ho, The True Believers, Truly, Trung Kiên, Trường Ca, TT Tucker & DJ Irv, Tuấn Ngọc, Tubthumper, Tudjaat, Tuff Monks, Tuga Aggressiva, Tui Trio, Tunnelvision, The Turnarounds, Tury Q, Tutilo, The 12 Tech Mob, 25 Rifles, Twinkeyz, Two Desperate People, 211, 2-Sweet, 2-3, The 222s, Two Without Hats, Tyga, Tyrone Brunson, Tzimis Makoulis, Uc Brunet, Uc de Saint Circ, Ulf Störling, Uli RoeverUltraman, 

Umm Kulthum, United Balls, United Balls, Universal Jones, Universe
(1990s), The Up, Upp, Urbandub, Uriel, Uyen Linh, The V.I.P.'s, The Vacuum Cleaners, Vakttornet, Val Young, Vamp, Van & Schenck, Van Anh Vo, Văn Cao, Văn Chung, Vân Khánh, Văn Phụng, Vangelis Papazoglou, Vannak, Vasilis Avlonitis, Vassilis Tsitsanis, Velma Middleton, Velvet Monkeys, The Venetians, Veneto, Věra Bílá, Vera Cruz, Veretski Pass, Vermorel, Vertical Smiles, Vesiolie Rebiata, Vesta Tilley, Vesta Victoria, 

Vestlandsfanden, Viana, Vibraslaps, Vic Godard, Vicki Ii Rodrigues, Vicky Leandros, The Victor Dimisich Band, Victor Recording Orchestra, Victor Wood, Viejas Locas, Viet Khang, The Vietnam War, Viktor Ullmann, Villa Diamante, Village, Vina Morales, Vince Clarke & Paul Quinn, Vince Melouney, Vincent Youmans, Vini Reilly, Violet Loraine, The VIPs, Virgil Thompson, Virginia Jetzt!, Virginia Minstrels, Visitors, Vitamin-C, Vitor Hublot, Viva, Vivenza, Vivian Fine, Vla Paris & Sarina, 

Vlassis Bonatsos, Vlastimil Horváth, Voa Saroun, Vockah Redu, Vocoderion, Voice in Fashion, Voight/465, Voigt, Voluntários Da Patriá, Volunteer, Vọng Cổ, Voodoo Queens, VST & Co., The Vulgar Bulgars, Vzyadoq Moe, W. de Wycombe, Wadab, The Waikiki Hula Boys, The Waikiki Surfriders, The Waikikis, Wainani Kanealii, Wallenstein, Walt Groller, Walter Anderson and his Golden Pheasant Hoodlums, Walter Barnes and his Royal Creolians, Walter C. Kelly, Walter Donaldson, 
Walter Family, 

Walter Hensley, Walter Ostanek, Walter Salas-Humara, Wang Jin-Lin, War Time,  The Warner, Warren Ellis, Warren Mayes, Warsaw, Warwick, Washington Flyers, Waterfront Home, Watts & Wilson, Waxmaster, Wayanay Inka, Wayne Cochran and His C.C. Riders, Wayne Horsburgh, Wayne Williams, We've Got a Fuzzbox and We're Gonna Use It, Weave, Weber and Fields, Wee Cherubs, The Weird Sisters, Wendell Hall, Wendell Marshall, The Wendys, Weng Xinyi, Werner Meyer-Eppler, 

Werner Wernberg, Wes And The Airdales, The Wes Minster Five, Wet Taxis, Whirlywind, Whistla, The Whites
(Australia), The Wild Ones, Wild Water, Will Batts, Will Hammer, William “Bill Blue” Thornton Blue, William Beebe, William Billings, William Henry Krell, William Hu, William IX of Aquitaine, William S. Fischer, Willie Brown & Woodie, Willie Puckett, Willis Brothers, Wilson, The Windmills, The Wirtschaftswunder, Wish (1980s), Wish Key, Witthüser & Westrupp, The Wizards of Twiddly, 

Wolfgang (Philippines), The Wolfhounds, Wolfram von Eschenbach, Women in Docs, Workshy, World Famous Supreme Team, World of Twist, World's End Girlfriend, The Worried Men, The X Seamen's Institute, X-Ray-Z, Xavion, Xena, Xero, Xerox Girls, Xie JiaJian, XL Capris, Xu Song, Xuân Hồng, Y Pants, Ya Suy, Yano, Yapoos, Yaqui, Yasmin, Yasmin Levy, Yasushi Akutagawa, Yatha Sidhra, Yiorgos Batis, Yitzhak Algazi, Yol Aularong, Yol Aularong, Yolanda & the Naturals, Yosuke Kakegawa,

The Young Charlatans, Young Modern, Young Thug, The Youth, Youvee, Yu Jae-Ha (유재하), Yuan ChengJie, Yukari Fresh Colorful System, Yukihiro Takanawa, Yulie Ruth, Yusuke Hayashi, Yvonne, Zakariyya Ahmad, Zazen Boys, Zeltinger Band, Zeltinger Band, Zhang Jing
(aka Jeanie Zhang), Zhu Jie, Zia, The Zip Guns, Zit Remedy (aka The Zits), Zizi Adel, Zlatni Dečaci, Zone MC, and Zsa Zsa Padilla.

What's on your list?


New York State of Mind Amoeblog #83: CitiBike One Year Anniversary, World Science Festival, WFMU Record Fair, NYC Film Festivals + more

Posted by Billyjam, May 28, 2014 11:53am | Post a Comment

Greetings from New York City where right now am in the Chelsea District on 25th Street down the block from where the production crew trucks from Law & Order are setting up for a shoot that will run through tonight. As I walked by the shoot, I half-expected to hear that L&O signature doom doom sound effect emit from the set.  According to one tech guy I talked to briefly, the television show's film crew are "hoping it won't rain again." That's a valid concern since, over the past week here in NYC, we've been enduring a series of thunderstorms (plus humidity). In fact, the heavy rainstorms over the Memorial Day weekend disrupted a lot of planned outdoor events, which was a bummer for New Yorkers and visitors, including the 1500 sailors in town for Fleet Week. But weather forecasters predict good weather to arrive with June, just round the corner. 

Otherwise, things are pretty good in NYC: a recently released report says that NYPD's stop and frisk incidents under the new mayor are down a whopping 89%. This is good, but from what I've seen round town, random stops of cyclists seems to be on the increase. Alex Baldwin's recent national news-grabbing arrest for riding his bike the wrong way on a one-way street was just one of many citations and arrests made by busy NYPD on cyclists in the past month. Meanwhile CitiBike - the Manhattan bicyle sharing program that boasts 6,000 blue bikes at 330 docking stations from 59th Street all the way downtown - just celebrated its one year anniversary yesterday and, despite a few problems that are all being worked on including budgetary ones and keeping up with demand, is doing real well.

New "What's in My Bag?" Episode With Katy Goodman of La Sera

Posted by Amoebite, May 28, 2014 11:04am | Post a Comment

La Sera

Katy Goodman went from bassist/back up vocalist of indie rock band Vivian Girls to lead vocalist/front woman of the dream-pop band La Sera. Three albums in and Goodman shows no signs of slowing down. In 2011 (while still gigging with Vivian Girls) Goodman moved back home for two weeks, bought a guitar, a tiny practice amp, and wrote some songs. A few weeks later, she realized she had "sort of written an album by accident." The result was a solid 12 track self titled record produced by longtime friend and Vivian Girls' video director, Brady Hall. In 2012, La Sera returned with Sees The Light (Hardly Art) and critics took note of Goodman's progress in songwriting and vocal delivery. Buzz around La Sera started to grow and hasn't stopped since.

La SeraLa Sera now completes the trilogy with Hour of The Dawn (Hardly Art, 2014). The new record finds Todd  Wisenbaker handling producer and guitar duties. Expect to hear songs that are faster, louder, and more aggresive than previous releases with lots of great catchy vocal lines. La Sera keeps evolving and Goodman is quickly becoming a master of her craft, creating songs that resonate with fans of Vivian Girls and new found La Sera die hards. Hour of The Dawn is a testament to Goodman's star power and her steady rise to the mountain tops of rock & roll!  

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May 27, 2014: Cold in July

Posted by phil blankenship, May 27, 2014 11:37pm | Post a Comment

Currently On Tour With Rodriguez, LP Readies To Drop Her New Album "Forever For Now"

Posted by Billyjam, May 27, 2014 10:08pm | Post a Comment

LP's "Forever For Now" - to arrive in Amoeba June 3rd - will the artist's third full-length release

As she prepares to drop her brand new album Forever For Now (Warner Brothers) next week New York singer/songwriter LP (not to be confused with NYC hip-hop artist El-P) is keeping quite busy doing back to back concerts on tour as opener for Rodriguez. Tonight and tomorrow (May 27 & 28th) she plays The Warfield in San Francisco, and on Friday and Saturday (May 30th & 31st) she plays the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles - all on bills with Rodriguez. Then next Tuesday, the date her album drops and in celebration of its release she headlines LA's Sayers Club.  While many only first heard LP in 2011 thanks to her uplifting song "Into the Wild" being chosen as the soundtrack to a national TV commercial for CitiBank (available from Warner at the same name and again included on this new album) the artist had been around for a lot longer than that. Back in 2001 The self-described "working class approach" to music-making artist released her debut album, Heart-Shaped Scar. That first LP album was produced by David Lowery who three years earlier featured her on his band Cracker's album Gentleman's Blues on Virgin. Since then she toured and performed a lot, released a second album in 2004 (Suburban Sprawl & Alcohol) but somehow, despite critical acclaim, never got the level of commercial success she deserved.  She then shifted her career slightly when, in addition to writing and recording her own material, she also began avidly writing and co-writing for other artists including Rihanna, and Christina Aguilera. Then in 2012 she released the 6 song (five live tracks) EP Into the Wild (Live at EastWest Studios), which was reissued on vinyl for last year's Record Store Day (long out of print). Her new album Forever For Now , with the lead single "Night Like This" that drops next week, will feature guest spots from such artists as Isabella "Machine" Summers from Florence + the Machine, and looks set to gain the artist the level of attention that she has long deserved.

Vinyl's Not Dead and Neither is Generosity: the Mysterious @HiddenCash Hits Amoeba SF

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, May 27, 2014 08:46pm | Post a Comment

San Francisco's Twitterverse is abuzz with the doings of an anonymous entity who goes by the handle hiddencash san francisco amoeba we are the world@HiddenCash. True to their name, this generous do-gooder hides envelopes of money around San Francisco and then leads the public to these hidden stashes of cash with clever Tweeted clues. Not much is known about the mysterious giver, but their Twitter profile relays a clear objective: "anonymous social experiment for good."

Reports from news sources such as KTVU and claim @HiddenCash is a "he" and a "wealthy real estate developer" who feels he has the funds to spare. In the current economic climate of San Francisco where average folks are fleeing the city due to soaring rents and so many of our treasured establishments are being turned into condos for a steady stream of incoming rich tech workers, @HiddenCash is a bit of a welcomed miracle. Is it possible that he is doing the work of the collective unconscious conscience of the wealthy? Making amends for the mushrooming condo biz and its collateral damage?

Whatever the motives, it's pretty freaking cool and @HiddenCash decided to stash one of his famous envelopes at Amoeba SF this past Sunday. On May 25th at 6pm, he Tweeted the clue, "They say vinyl is dead, but it still lives here. On a street named the opposite of love. #WeAreTheWorld." Within 19 minutes, the cash was found by a lucky civilian in (drum roll please) the sleeve of a We Are The World LP! Our sources say the winner did not purchase the album, in case you were wondering.

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Led Zeppelin Bow 'Whole Lotta Love' Rough Mix Ahead of Reissues

Posted by Billy Gil, May 27, 2014 02:26pm | Post a Comment

Next week, rock greats Led Zeppelin will reissue their first three albums, the unimpeachable run of Led Zeppelin I, II and III. Ahead of those June 3 releases, the Zep have unveiled a rough mix of the classic "Whole Lotta Love," which will appear on the reissue of Led Zeppelin II. Give it a stream below:

Here's what the band had to say about the mix, via RollingStone:

"This version of 'Whole Lotta Love' is the mix down from the night that we recorded it, so it doesn't have any of the overdubs that everyone will be familiar with, because when they hear this they'll think, 'Oh yeah, that's the original' and all of a sudden they'll go 'No, it's not,'" Robert Plant said in a statement.

"You can see how songs grow," Jimmy Page said. "There must have been five or six other takes of that, which are not present. So the shaping of these things is very interesting and you can hear with this particular version that we haven't quite reached the point yet, and that it's very, very close."

Each of the three albums have been remastered, and their deluxe versions include bonus tracks. Led Zeppelin I will have a bonus concert recorded live in Paris in October 1969. II's bonus disc has this version of "Whole Lotta Love," plus a never-released song, "La La," and the backing tracks for "Thank You" and "Living Loving Maid (She's Just a Woman)." III has the instrumental that would become "Bron-Y-Aur Stomp," called "Jennings Farm Blues," plus and instrumental version of "Out on the Titles" (called "Bathroom Sound") and a blues medley of "Key to the Highway" and "Trouble in Mind."

You can preorder all three albums in various versions below:

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Stuff Your Face at LA Street Food Fest June 28

Posted by Billy Gil, May 27, 2014 01:28pm | Post a Comment

Amoeba is sponsoring the LA Street Food Fest, with gourmet street eats at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena on June 28 from 6 to 10 p.m.

The all-ages Summer Tasting Event, now in its fifth year, features food from nearly 100 chefs, restaurants, carts and trucks, plus craft beer, cocktails, music, free parking and more. It’s a pay-once, eat-and-drink-a-lot deal. Tickets are $55 or $85 for VIP/early admission at 4 p.m. (plus a service fee) for all you can eat and drink.

Participants are still being announced, but here are some things to look forward to:

-A craft beer garden, tequila tent and mixology cocktails (21+)

-An ice cream social, featuring frozen treats

-Vote for a People’s Choice Award in the Street Food Cook-Off

Parking at the Rose Bowl will be free for ticket holders. Find out more at

See a video of what to expect below:

Album Picks: Sharon Van Etten, Hundred Waters, Owen Pallett

Posted by Billy Gil, May 27, 2014 09:26am | Post a Comment

Sharon Van Etten - Are We There (LP, Deluxe LP, CD, Download)

Sharon Van Etten's new release takes the sound she's been carefully crafting over four albums and injects it with a dose of drama, billowing out her songs until they threaten to overwhelm you with emotion. Ambition looks good on her—and the songs on Are We There even seem to address this change. Opener "Afraid of Nothing" gives her voice enough room to belt, shedding some of the modesty of her previous work. "Even I'm taking my chances" she sings knowingly over an electronic beat on "Taking Chances," that foray into electronica carrying over to songs like the delicate, Beach House-ish "Our Love." On showstopper "Your Love Is Killing Me," Van Etten gives it her all, imbuing the chorus with such emotion in her low vibratto, it's impossible not to get goosebumps. Yet even as she's clearly reaching for the brass ring on Are We There, Van Etten still sounds tastefully restrained when need be, never losing her cool. It's a win-win—new listeners will undoubtedly be taken with Van Etten's powerful voice and immaculately crafted songs, while longtime fans are bestowed her best album yet.

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Soul Slam SF 9: Prince & Michael Jackson, June 7 in SF

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, May 26, 2014 06:39pm | Post a Comment

A Bay Area summer tradition returns as Keistar Productions, fresco & Massive Selector present SOUL SLAM SF 9: Prince & Michael Jackson on Saturday, June 7th at Mezzanine in San Francisco. Whether you're a Michael Jackson fanatic or a Prince aficionado, the grooves will make your body move! It's no wonder why SOUL SLAM is considered the best dance party of the year. If you have been one of the lucky ones to dance your booty off at SOUL SLAM in the past, you know it's more than just a party... It's an experience!

All the way from Brooklyn, New York, the legendary DJ SPINNA rocks the best of both Michael Jackson and his Royal Clan (Jackson 5, Janet Jackson, Jermaine, MJ covers, and more) and Prince and all his Disciples (Sheila E, The Time, Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis, Vanity 6, and more). Also with DJs Proof (Massive Selector), Hakobo (fresco), King Most (SF), and hosted by Michael Orange (Top Ten Social).

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11th Annual Berkeley World Music Festival, June 22

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, May 26, 2014 05:05pm | Post a Comment

The fabulous and FREE Berkeley World Music Festival returns to Telegraph Avenue in berkeley world music festivalBerkeley on Sunday, June 22nd from Noon - 9 pm. Continuous musical performances by Bay Area’s finest artists are featured in Telegraph Avenue cafes and at the People’s Park concert (1-6 pm, sponsored by Amoeba Music).

Headliners for the People's Park dance party are Bay Area's top Motown band Pride & Joy, and Manzo Rally (members of the famed Latin band Malo and special guest grammy nominee Johnny Gunn). The award-winning AfroFunk Experience, rising stars in the Bay Area's FUNK scene, opens up this exciting party. People's Park festivities (Noon-6 pm) feature the Crafts Bazaar and a 1pm special performance by the All Nations Singers and Dancers, ending with audience participation in Native American social dancing.

An impressive world music tour will also be presented in a variety of Telegraph Avenue venues. Big Lou “the Accordion Princess” performs at noon with Eastern European and Norteno Polka, followed by The Town Quartet (Trans-Atlantic chamber music from Spain to Argentina), ViBO Simfani (Brazilian, Latin & Beyond), and Tom Chandler Trio (Middle Eastern trance). Along Telegraph Avenue, outdoor performances include Belly Dance Bazaar (a costumed cabaret from DanceVersity), Belinda Salvidge Minstrels (Old English and Irish), Spirit of ’29 (Dixieland Jazz), and Michael Masley's celestial music on his invented "Kalimbolam" and "Eggdawn Autoharp."

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The 20 Best 1980's Hip-Hop Albums

Posted by Billyjam, May 26, 2014 12:00pm | Post a Comment

20 Best Hip-Hop Albums of the 1980s

When fellow Amoeblogger Billy Gil, who has done a number of Best Of lists in various genres, invited me to do some hip-hop best-of lists I had mixed feelings about the task. While I love drawing up lists of my favorite hip-hop releases from different eras and regions, I know that no matter what I include or how I position/rate it, later I will feel some kind of regret thinking that maybe I should have included or excluded a release or not ranked it as high on the list. And I am sure there will be commenters who will have the same critical thoughts (a la "I can't believe you didn't include ______ or that you ranked____ as number one," etc.). Simply put, it is difficult to narrow down Best Of lists because firstly it's personal and subjective, and secondly because a list I (or you) may draw up today will be different from one we might compile in a year's time. Musical tastes and opinions, especially in retrospect, are constantly in flux for me anyway.

Furthermore, sometimes an album or a single will rate high on one list (depending on the category) but not so on another. An example from this list would be Too $hort who would rank up the top of a Bay Area list but lower on an overall hip-hop album list of the 80's. Then there are all of those amazing hip-hop singles that were only singles, non-album cuts, or were culled from albums that otherwise were not as strong overall. Or in the case of Malcolm McLaren's 1983 album Duck Rock, which technically is a diverse genre album with hip-hop content and packaged in a hip-hop fashion from its cover art to how it is meshed together by the Worlds Famous Supreme Team radio show, it doesn't technically qualify as a hip-hop album. Add to my not included on the list 80's albums: such compilations as Mr Magic's Rap Attack series since I tried to focus purely on artist (vs. compilation) releases with the exception of one soundtrack on the list. Anyway, to combat all of this, I plan on doing many more best-of hip-hop lists with the goal being to include as many titles of great records as possible overall.

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Remembering Music Man Murray and His Records Via Richard Parks' Short Film

Posted by Billyjam, May 25, 2014 05:39pm | Post a Comment

It's already a few years old but since a lot of people might have missed it first time around, and even if not, thought it was time to now post here on the Amoeblog the short but most enjoyable 22 minute documentary film on Music Man Murray in the West Adams district of LA following many years in Hollywood. Like the record store that bore his name music man Murray Gershenz, a former opera singer, was truly a treasure. Sadly both are no longer with us. The store closed two years ago and Murray died last August of a heart attack at age 91. But in his rich lifetime Murray was a passionate lifelong record collector whose vast personal collection would have put many self-respecting crate diggers/collectors to shame. In fact it got so large that half a century ago, following 25 years of simply collecting records, when he counted approx half a million pieces of vinyl in his collection, he decided to open his record store to unload some of these records, as well as stay close to records.  As well as running the store in more recent years he had a more lucrative second career as a bit-part character actor in TV shows and movies. As such Murray appeared in such recent film and television productions as The Hangover, I Love You, Man, Mad Men, The Sarah Silverman Program, and Modern Family. But in the film above, lovingly directed by Richard Parks, the ever likable Murray plays himself doing what he loved most in life- being surrounded by records and music.

May 25, 2014: Blended

Posted by phil blankenship, May 25, 2014 01:56pm | Post a Comment

Peanut Butter Wolf To Celebrate DVD Release of Stones Throw Documentary Our Vinyl Weighs A Ton @ Amoeba Hollywood, May 28th

Posted by Billyjam, May 24, 2014 06:03pm | Post a Comment

Our Vinyl Weighs a Ton poster "In thirty years I want to see Stones Throw records either in the $100 bin or in the 99 cents bin," says Peanut Butter Wolf in the engaging new Jeff Broadway directed documentary about his label Our Vinyl Weighs A Ton (This Is Stones Throw Records).  He hopes that he doesn't see releases from the now iconic label of his, that he humbly founded back in 1996, in "the $5 bin." It's got to be the 99 cents or a $100 bin, one or the other. "I want people to really hate it or really love it," he stresses.

Those future decade crate diggers the DJ/producer and label founder born Chris Manak imagines, whatever their music tastes might be, are bound to find lots to love from the totally unique and independent Stone Throw Records label's incredibly diverse and prolific roster boasting hundreds upon hundreds of titles released over the past 18 years - all with that instantly recognizable logo known and respected the world over. Shoot, forget all the music releases; even those ubiquitous Stones Throw logo turntable slip-mats have become synonymous with DJ culture of the past two decades - as has The Turntablist's (aka DJ Babu) highly revered 1996 Stones Throw battle record release Super Duck Breaks.

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Twilight Concert Series to Start July 10 with Cults, James Supercave

Posted by Billy Gil, May 23, 2014 02:58pm | Post a Comment

twilight concert seriesSince it's Memorial Day Weekend, we can start saying it's summer, right? Summer concert lineups like FYF Fest are being announced left and right (weekend passes for that festival are still on sale at Amoeba Hollywood, BTW), and now the Twilight Concert Series has announced its summer lineup of free concerts at the Santa Monica Pier.

The 30th anniversary of the concert series will kick off with indie-pop bands Cults and James Supercave July 10 at the pier from 7 to 10 p.m. The series continues every Thursday through Sept. 11.

The rest of the announced lineup is as follows:

July 17 – Heavenly Voices: Yuna w/King


July 24 – PCH Top Down Sounds: Cayucas w/Papa

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Weekly Roundup: HT Heartache, Some Ember, Army Navy, Melted Toys, White Fence

Posted by Billy Gil, May 23, 2014 11:53am | Post a Comment

HT Heartache – “Cowboy Poetry” video premiere

We’ve got the premiere for the new video from HT Heartache, for the melancholy country-noir song “Cowboy Poetry.” Shot in stunning black-and-white in Joshua Tree, the video captures “Cowboy Poetry’s” sense of romantic yearning as well as a feeling of being purposefully lost. HT Heartache is the project of L.A.-based singer/songwriter Mary Roth, with help from multi-instrumentalist Christina Gaillard, who recorded the new album Sundowner over the past year and a half in Highland Park. It’ll be available at Amoeba Hollywood starting May 28, so check it out!


Some Ember – “The Thrashing Whip” and Album Stream

Nina Chase and Dylan Travis remember the other side of synthesized music, calling to mind the darkwave and coldwave momements of the 1980s without being overly referential or reverential. “The Thrashing Whip’s” light pulse beat is more reminiscent of an anxious heartbeat than a dance beat, its disintegrating synthesizers sounding like they’ve been sprayed with acid and Travis’ heartbreak croon traversing heady chord changes and ghostly sounds. However, Chase’s sweet backup vocals and the occasional glittering effect helps give the song a feeling of uplift through the gloom. Very intriguing. If you’d like to hear the rest of the California duo’s Some Ember LP (due May 27 on Dream Recordings), check it out on Stereogum.

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Hip-Hop Rap-Up, Week End 05.23.14: People Under The Stairs, Atmosphere, Iggy Azelea, Tyler, The Creator, MF Doom

Posted by Billyjam, May 23, 2014 09:45am | Post a Comment
Amoeba Hollywood Hip-Hop Top Five Chart: Week Ending 05:23:14

1) People Under The Stairs 12 Step Program (also avail in LP) (Piecelock 70)

2) Atmosphere Southsiders (also avail in LP) (Rhymesayers Entertainment)

3) Iggy Azelea The New Classic (Island/Def Jam)

4) Tyler, The Creator Wolf (Columbia)

5) MF Doom Mm...Food? (Rhymesayers)

Released earlier this month is the brand new album 12 Step Program (also avail in LP) from longtime LA rap duo People Under the Stairs (PUTS) that has shot straight to number one on the new hip-hop chart this week in their hometown Amoeba. It is the ninth album from the talented pair, comprised of Double K and Thes One, of whom wrote in the new album review, "The PUTS are aging like the luxury items they are, becoming better and more valuable with age, forever giving the impression that their most fruitful period is always the current one." I concur and for further proof scroll down to see a video clip from the new 12 track 12 Step Program.  Similarly the number two new chart entry is from another longtime indie hip-hop act duo Atmosphere. Of this new release from the emcee/production duo of Slug and Ant accurately writes, "Slug brings that same honesty to his raps about getting older and wiser on Southsiders, a kind of refocusing for Atmosphere. Rather than try to recapture the fury of Atmosphere’s youthful early albums, Slug portrays a newfound ability to look outward and upward here." Agreed and the album, a 20 song set, deserves repeated listens to fully absorb all he has to say. Read the full review here.

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New CD/Vinyl Releases at Amoeba Hollywood 5/23/14 - Omar S, Lack, Moon B and more!

Posted by Oliver / Matt / Jordan, May 23, 2014 09:13am | Post a Comment

Omar S - Motown Methods

Omar S and Luke Hess

Motown Methods 12"


Omar teams up with longtime collaborator Luke Hess for a motor city summit. Fans of both producers will be delighted with the results."Automatic Midnight" combines AOS's percussive grit with Hess's refined sense of space. It's a dub techno track imbued with gritty personality. The B, "Outerspace Drive" feels like the duo attempted to force Terry Riley's expansive minimalism into a jack track. Perfect for late night trips.

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Lack - Expect Night WorkLack

Expect Night Work 12"


Rabih Beani continues his circuitous path through the mutant US techno underground, this time unearthing Lack, from Carrboro, North Carolina. This is pantomime techno. The only present elements are those necessary to convey a simple point - it's not dance music, rather the implication of it. "Eminence Grace" uses a bold stab which sounds sourced from an early rave record and not much else. "Aphelion" focuses on an unnerving sine wave and a skeletal rhythm. 

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CIIS Public Programs & Performances and Amoeba Music Presents Angelique Kidjo

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, May 21, 2014 07:42pm | Post a Comment

CIIS Public Programs & Performances and Amoeba Music present Grammy Award–winning Beninoise singer-songwriter Angelique KidjoAngelique Kidjo on Saturday, June 21st at the Nourse Theater in San Francisco.

Born in the West African country of Benin and raised in the busy port city of Cotonou, Angelique Kidjo was surrounded by a multi-hued world of music, dance, and art - from the rich sounds, rhythms, and story telling of traditional Beninese culture to the far-ranging fascinations of international pop, rock, blues, Latin music and jazz. Add to that the blessing of parents who honored creativity and supported Angelique's artistic goals unconditionally, encouraging her to give free rein to the talents she began to reveal as a six year old.

Expressing those talents to the fullest, she became a highly visible international artist while she was still in her 20s. Throughout the ‘90s and beyond, she has performed globally, winning honor after honor, including a Grammy, while using her visibility to campaign for women's rights, provide educational opportunities for girls, and support environmental initiatives.

On Eve, her Savoy Records debut named for her own mother as well as the mythical "mother of all living," Angelique Kidjo builds on her evolving legacy with a 13-track, three interlude set of melodically rich, rhythmically powerful expressions of female empowerment. These songs become all the more intimate and emotionally urgent with Kidjo's dynamic collaborations with traditional women's choirs from Kenya and various cities and villages in Benin. The singer and her newfound native vocalists sing in a wide array of native Beninese languages, including Fon (Kidjo's first language), Yoruba, Goun, and Mina.

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Trannyshack Madonna Tribute with Bianca Del Rio, Memorial Day Weekend in SF

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, May 21, 2014 05:39pm | Post a Comment

This Sunday, May 25th, celebrate Memorial Day and the Material Girl Madonna with Trannyshack, San bianca del rioFrancisco's biggest and most fabulous drag performance night club, at DNA Lounge!

This year, Heklina's legendary Trannyshack salute to all things Madonna features special guest Bianca Del Rio (Season 6 contestant of Rupaul's Drag Race), plus performances from Exhibit Q., Roxy-Cotten Candy, Sue Casa, House of Glitter, Rice Rockettes, Sugah Betes, Raya Light, Skid Marks, Cookie Dough, Chaka Korn, Qween and more.

Get your tickets HERE!


trannyshack madonna


New "What"s In My Bag?" Episode With Liars

Posted by Amoebite, May 21, 2014 05:34pm | Post a Comment


The band Liars has come a long way since their formation in the early 2000s. They've released seven studio albums and a slew of  EPs and singles, making these veterans of post-punk a force to be Liarsreckoned with. In support of their newly released album, Mess (Mute), Liars will be playing an all-ages show at the Fonda Theatre in Hollywood Tuesday, May 27th. Tickets for this show are also available at Amoeba Hollywoood. Mess is a fun production full of drone like vocals, electro synth layers, and traces of dub-step. Liars often tow the line between experimental rock and high energy electro-dance and those elements are all well represented on the new album.

The band recently visited Amoeba to do a little shopping and of course our cameras recorded all the action for another fun episode of  What's In My Bag?. Singer Angus Andrew and synth player Aaron Hemphill explored nearly every corner of Amoeba Hollywood, picking up freestyle, rock, '90s hip hop, soundtracks, apparel and more. They get things started with Michael Frank's LP, The Art of Tea, and then show off a couple of AC/DC and Culture Club patches. They also pick up an awesome Ice Cube Kill At Will T-shirt! Check out the full episode below for all of their great finds. 

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'Punk the Capital' Film Seeks to Chronicle D.C. Hardcore Scene

Posted by Billy Gil, May 21, 2014 03:10pm | Post a Comment

A new documentary currently in production seeks to explore the fertile punk and hardcore scene of Washington, D.C. in the late 1970s and ’80s.

Filmmakers Paul Bishow and James Schneider are seeking funding for their documentary Punk the Capital, Straight from Washington D.C. via Kickstarter. The film is more than 10 years in the making and will explore how the hardcore movement began and why it has such staying power, focusing on the period from 1976 to 1985.

Ian MacKaye

The filmmakers say they conducted more than 100 interviews with key figures in the hardcore movement, collecting more than 200 hours of archival footage along with flyers, pictures, zines and more paraphernalia from the time. The film includes interviews with and footage of such hardcore luminaries as Alec and Ian MacKaye (the latter from Minor Threat, Fugazi, The Evens, The Teen Idles and Embrace), Henry Rollins (Black Flag), Jeff Nelson (Minor Threat), Jello Biafra (Dead Kennedys), Tesco Vee (The Meatmen, Touch & Go), Cynthia Connolly (photographer, Dischord), Joe Keithley (D.O.A.), Sharon Cheslow (Chalk Circle) and more.

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New York State of Mind Amoeblog #82: Memorial Day, Governors Island, Top Gun on the Intrepid, Farewell East Village Radio

Posted by Billyjam, May 21, 2014 01:26pm | Post a Comment

After one of the seemingly longest and most brutal (weather-wise) winters, New Yorkers are more than ready for Memorial Day and what it signifies: the beginning of the summer season. Traditionally this time of year in New York is when numerous events begin for the summer season. This weekend that will include the wonderful 172 acre public open park space Governors Island. A true oasis amidst the craziness of New York City, Governors Island offers the perfect one-day mini-vacation even though it is only a mere half mile or ten minute ferry boat ride from the lower tip of Manhattan. It reopens Saturday (May 24th) for the 2014 summer season but, unlike in previous years when it was only open weekends, this island of fun will be open seven days a week this summer. Furthermore, the park will now offers an additional 30 acres of space for the public to enjoy.

Governors Island amenities include sporting facilities, picnic areas, old buildings to view or explore, and lots of art on exhibit...and this is all free to see and do. There are even have bike rentals that are free at certain times (free weekday mornings for one hour between 10 a.m.and noon) and at other times moderately price), but you can always bring your own bike over on the ferry. Similarly entrance to the island park, a former military base and home to the US Army and Coast Guard that first opened to the public nine summers ago, is completely free. The ferry ride (formerly free) over from nearby the Staten Island Ferry Building is now just a minimal fee of $2 round-trip. There are lots of concerts and music events on the island too. For full info on Governors Island summer schedule and general info click here.

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Axl Rose Named 'Greatest' Singer Ever

Posted by Billy Gil, May 21, 2014 11:24am | Post a Comment

There’s this thing going around the Internet right now saying Axl Rose is the greatest singer ever.

This list by something called Concert Hotels has actually done something really cool by showing the recorded vocal ranges of some of pop music’s most celebrated singers, taken from Rolling Stone’s 100 Greatest Singers of All Time list. The Guns N’ Roses singer came in at No. 1, meaning he has the widest recorded range.

Axl Rose (center) in Guns N' Roses

It’s fun to see Bob Dylan, Tom Waits, Lou Reed, Iggy Pop and others represented pretty well on the list—did you know Lana Del Rey’s recorded vocal range is three octaves, dwarfing Taylor Swift’s two-and-change? Or that Eminem has a recorded range of more than three octaves?

Probably the actually coolest thing is to see the actual notes of the range, and what songs they correspond to. You can see Brian Wilson’s lowest recorded note is an F2 (“Shortenin’ Bread”) and highest is a G5 (“Monkey’s Uncle”). Provided these people did their homework, it’s a pretty remarkable thing to catalog, and kudos for including a wide variety of vocalists, from Bjork to Luke Bryan.

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Album Picks: Plaid, Conor Oberst, The Roots

Posted by Billy Gil, May 20, 2014 10:49am | Post a Comment

Plaid - Reachy Prints (LP, CD)

Beloved Warp Records duo Plaid return with their eighth album, a perfect apotheosis of the IDM sound they helped pioneer. Plaid excel at extrapolating emotional material out of whirling synthesizer landscapes, thanks to a reliance on simple melodies beneath the surface of tracks like the melodic “Hawkmoth” or synth-poppy “Matin Lunaire.” Songs like “Nafovanny” and “Wallet” seem to tell a story as the band layers extensively over singular lead synths, perhaps inspired by their recent soundtrack work (including the anime Tekkonkinkreet), whereas songs like “Slam” create mini-epics of house-inspired beat work. Though Plaid never rose to the level of fame of contemporaries like Squarepusher, their remarkably consistency should encase their legacy as IDM greats, as their work on Reachy Prints is nothing short of inspired.


Conor Oberst - Upside Down Mountain (LP, CD)

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May 19, 2014: Neighbors

Posted by phil blankenship, May 19, 2014 10:43pm | Post a Comment

California Fool's Gold -- Exploring Little Seoul

Posted by Eric Brightwell, May 19, 2014 07:53pm | Post a Comment

Welcome sign at Brookhurst

Drive down Garden Grove Boulevard with your windows up (paying proper attention to the road in front of you) and you might not notice that you're passing through Little Seoul. There are no banners, memorials, murals, monuments or that many fluttering South Korean flags. Pass through on a bus and maybe you'll notice the Hangul signs and blue tile roofs. The best way to experience Little Seoul, despite some drawbacks, is by walking in it – although your hair might pick up the smell like bulgogi by the end of your ramble. The other day I headed over there to explore it, accompanied by Una Zipagan and host of the excellent Notebook on Cities and Culture podcast, Colin Marshall

Another blue tile community


Los Angeles currently has the largest population Korean-Americans. In fact, 17% of all Korean-Americans live somewhere in the Southland. Korean business districts have sprung up in Los Angeles's Koreatown and Garden Grove's Little Seoul as well as in Buena Park, Cerritos, Fullerton, Rowland Heights and elsewhere whilst Koreans have more often chosen to make their homes in places like Anaheim, Gardena, Glendale, Hacienda Heights, Huntington Beach, Irvine, La Palma, Santa Clarita, and Torrance (as well as Buena Park, Cerritos, Fullerton, and Rowland Heights).

Pendersleigh & Sons Cartography's Map of North Orange County

Pendersleigh & Sons Cartography's map of Garden Grove

Pendersleigh & Sons Cartography's Map of Little Seoul

Although Koreatown is incontestably the main Korean business district in the entire US, Little Seoul – located about 50 kilometers southeast – is no slouch. By some estimations it's the second largest Korean business district on the West Coast and the fourth largest Korean business district in the nation. Even in Little Seoul, Koreatown's dominance is reflected by the telltale Wilshire addresses of most of the newspapers's offices and business names like Wilshire Bank but the cultural exchange is not completely one-sided; when Colin spotted Ondal Restaurant, he alerted Una and I that Koreatown is home to Ondal 2.

Little Seoul – or officially and less charmingly “The Korean Business District” -- is located along a 3.5 kilometer stretch of Garden Grove Boulevard in the city of Garden Grove, abutting against the much larger enclave of Little Saigon. The population of Garden Grove is currently about 38% Asian-American, although 73% of that percentage are Vietnamese. Koreans, after Vietnamese, are the second largest Asian ethnicity in Orange County and Korean is the fourth most spoken language in Orange County homes.



The first Korean to become a naturalized citizen was Philip Jaisohn (Seo Jae-Pil ), who arrived in the US in 1885 as a political exile. In 1902, King Gojong, the first emperor of Korea, granted Koreans the right to work abroad and following that, hundreds and soon thousands of Koreans were lured to American-occupied Hawaii, where the Hawaiian Sugar Planters' Association courted Asians of various ethnicities (so that solidarity and strikes would be difficult to achieve and undertake) to work on their plantations. 

Racist and completely ineffective sidewalk appeal in Little Seoul (possibly written by John McCain)

Koreans faced considerable ignorance and hostility both there and in the mainland. In 1913, California passed a law prohibiting all Asians from buying property. That same year Korean farmers were attacked in Hemet by an anti-Japanese mob of idiots. In 1924, the US Congress passed the Oriental Exclusion Act which barred all Asians from immigrating. Some Koreans, however, were admitted into the US on student visas and by the 1930s, there was a community of a few hundred Koreans living primarily in Chesterfield Square and Vermont Square, two neighborhoods on South Los Angeles's Westside located near the campus of USC.

After the surrender of Japan to the Allies in 1945, Korea (which had been officially “annexed” by Japan in 1910) was divided by the victors of World War II at the 38th parallel. Tensions between North and South Korea escalated into all out war in 1950 and a stalemate was achieved in 1953, after perhaps one million had perished. The McCarran-Walter Act was passed in 1952 which allowed for increased immigration from South Korea. In the years that followed, war brides and mixed-race orphans joined students and professionals in the ranks of Koreans heading to America. The Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965 allowed for even larger numbers of immigrants and, after Filipinos, Koreans became the second fastest-growing Asian ethnicity in the US.

The seeds of Koreatown were planted in in Los Angeles in 1969, when Lee Hi Duk opened Olympic Market on Olympic Boulevard in Wilshire Center. Lee opened several more businesses and by the mid-1970s, Koreatown was established and growing, although it wasn't officially recognized until 1980. Koreatown spread outward in all directions from Olympic, including into South Los Angeles, where there were well-publicized incidents of racial tension. Most infamously, in 1991, a black 15-year-old named Latasha Harlins was shot and killed by a Korean shop keep, Soon Ja Du, at Empire Liquor in Vermont Vista. When the Los Angeles Riots erupted on 29 April, 1992, Koreatown was hit especially hard and 40% of all looted businesses in the city were Korean owned. The incident came to be widely known amongst Korean-Americans as “Sa-I-Gu” (4-2-9).

It has sometimes been hypothesized that the riots were one of the primary catalysts for Koreans' exodus to the suburbs but in fact that movement had been occurring for a while. Koreatown was and is often an entry point for Korean immigrants who in many cases choose to then make their homes in communities with highly ranked school districts rather than convenient access to Korean shopping districts. By 1980 there were more than 11,000 Koreans living in Orange County (nowadays there are Korean populations that exceed that figure in several Orange County cities) and the Korean businesses district of Garden Grove was already firmly established.


Garden Grove was founded by Alonzo Cook in 1874 and the agricultural town's economy depended in its early years on the production of apricots, chickens, chilies, grapes, oranges, peaches, strawberries, and walnuts. When Garden Grove incorporated in 1956, the population had grown to about 44,000 -- mostly white, working class folks would followed the post-war suburban sprawl emanating from the nearby Harbor area and its aerospace industry and transformed the city into an almost entirely residential one.

Garden Grove Boulevard (originally Ocean Boulevard) was designated Highway 22 in 1934. It was the primary thoroughfare until 1965, when construction of the Garden Grove Freeway began, slashing and burning its way through the city and having an especially deleterious effect on the area immediately surrounding it. In the 1970s, a redevelopment program was launched to reverse Garden Grove's declining fortunes. In neighboring Westminster, similarly caught in a downward spiral, anti-Communist (and therefore presumably uber-Capitalist) Vietnamese were wooed to bring business to Bolsa Avenue. Around the same time the first Korean businesses began to appear three kilometers north in Garden Grove.

Possible throwback to the good ol' days -- Romantix and Hip Pocket Adult Bookstore

The Ranch Motel

The stretch of Garden Grove Boulevard that's now home to Little Seoul was then largely undeveloped although there were a couple of strip clubs, adult video stores, seedy motels. One such lodge, the Ranch Motel, was the site of the grisly torture and murder of a Huntington Beach prostitute in 1985. By then the Korean redevelopment of the area was already underway.

Xenophobe-baiting Hangul-heavy sign (with faux gas lamp)

As with Koreatown, the first Korean business established in Little Seoul was a supermarket [was it the now-closed Han Nam Supermarket?]. By 1980 there were 80 Korean-owned businesses in the neighborhood and in 1981, the first Korean Festival was held in nearby Garden Grove Park. The name “Little Seoul” was applied at least as early as 1986 and predictably complaints were made by some about signs written in Hangul. In 2001, signs designating the area the “Korean Business District” were placed at the eastern and western ends of Little Seoul. 

(Click here to read my account of exploring Garden Grove)


OCTA stop in Little Seoul

Right now Little Seoul is served by Orange County Transit Authority's bus lines 29, 33, 35, and 56. The neighborhood is located just west of the old West Santa Ana Branch Line of the Pacific Electric Railway, which connected Santa Ana to Watts until 1950. For the time being the closest train station is 13 kilometers east in the city of Orange. Metro is working on ultimately restoring rail to the neighborhood with its West Santa Ana Transit Corridor project but when that will be completed (or even begun) remains to be seen. 

Vodie's Alignment & Brakes

Luckily, Little Seoul is quite flat and therefore quite easily bikeable and walkable -- provided one is physically able and psychologically predisposed. Garden Grove Boulevard still often gives the impression of being a freeway and the lack of buffering road verges, measurable amounts of shade, benches, or even other pedestrians as well as the inward orientation of businesses and the close proximity of the sidewalks to speeding cars give off a sort of pedestrian-hostile vibe. Walkscore doesn't have a figure for Little Seoul but assigns a score of just 55 out of 100 to the city of Garden Grove. If you need a bicycle, Little Seoul is home to Garden Grove Bike Shop.

A rare, non-linear view of Little Seoul 


If you'd like to stay in Little Seoul overnight, there are several lodging options. There's the aforementioned Ranch Motel, built in 1956 and the Tropic Motel, built in 1955. Perhaps the best motel sign award goes to the Grove Motel.

Other nearby lodges include Best Western Palm Garden Inn, Hospitality Inn-Garden Grove, Little Saigon Inn, Morada Inn & Suites, and Ramada Plaza Garden Grove/Anaheim South.


In contrast to nearby Little Saigon, where on Sundays parking lots are packed both with men hanging out in folding chairs and bad drivers, Little Seoul proved to be decidedly quiet. Many of the parking lots were almost completely empty. Some even had improbably long gates extending across their entrances. When a car alarm sounded in the distance, it only underscored just how quiet it all was.

From the sidewalk it was sometimes difficult to tell which businesses were open, which were closed, and which were completely vacant but we soon learned that within the air-conditioned environment of the great indoors, there were buzzing pockets of activity (if nothing that even approaches the level of pedestrian-dense-and-friendly Koreatown or I suspect, big Seoul) 

Today the number of Korean businesses in Little Seoul reportedly exceeds 1,000. Although most of people that I spotted entering and leaving the neighborhood residences seemed in most cases to be Latino, Anglo, or Vietnamese, under the roofs of the sprawling markets the clientele were almost (with the exception of ourselves) exclusively either Vietnamese or Korean.


Despite its lack of accommodations for pedestrians, there are few errands that one couldn't conceivably accomplish on foot or by bicycle in Little Seoul. The neighborhood is full of dentists offices, spas, optometrists, hair salons, &c.

Police and psychics in the streets

Lost Treasures (Found! on the roof)

Since I most tourists (Korean-American non-Korean alike) are drawn to Korean businesses districts for the food, I'll start there. And because they made Little Seoul possible and still prove to be the centers of human activity, I'll begin with the supermarkets.

Shop smart, shop H-Mart

Inside Arirang Supermarket 

Until a couple of years ago there were three markets to which to pledge one's allegiance. Han Nam Supermarket closed and now, Arirang Supermarket (A.R. Supermarket) and H-Mart compete for commerce and Yelp reviews. Meanwhile a new Wal-mart Neighborhood Market sits poised and ready to possibly destroy both although it's hard to imagine a Wal-mart supporting the food courts and various other shops that make Arirang and H Mart take on the appearance of something akin to a swap meet crossed with a town square.

Shops and food court at H-Mart

Curly-haired cubist men must push their carts behind the X to their McMansions


Korean cuisine is one of those foods that has been cautiously and only partially embraced by most Americans, who seem perfectly happy to draw the line at BBQ, Hite beer, and maybe Korean tacos whilst casting a needlessly suspicious eye at the many any varieties of soups, stews, noodles, rice dishes, banchan, anju, sea vegetables, and sweets.

Thanks in large part to Buddhism (and Buddha's vegetarianism) Korean cuisine is not as vegetarian-unfriendly as many wary vegetarians might suppose. Most restaurants can make a vegetarian bibimbap and even when the menu lists no vegetarian items, I've still never been to a Korean restaurant in Southern California where the cook wasn't capable of making a tasty and filling vegetarian dish... especially if you add alcohol to the mix. 

Han Guk Kwan (right?) where we ate lunch

We started our day at "pariba" (Paris Baguette) albeit the location in St. Andrew's Square. Later we ate in a food court at a place whose sign simply stated something like "Korean Place." In addition to the “purely” Korean restaurants, there are Korean takes on Chinese cuisines, donuts, french pastries, pizza, and sushi and Seoul Do Soon Yi Kimchi Company, a locale kimchi manufacturer. 

Looking through the door of Past Memories (recommended by Colin)

Here's the (incomplete) list of local Korean eats: An Ocean's Story, Anna's Mondu, BCD Tofu House, Boba Loca, Bonjuk, Cafe-T, Cham Sut Gol Korean BBQChu Ga Jip, Chung Dam Keul, Flower Pig, Donut Time, Ga Bo Ja Restaurant, Gae Sung Restaurant, Go Goo Ryeo, Ham-Hung Restaurant, Han WooriHangari Hwang Hae Doh, Hangari Kalgooksu, Hodori Snack, Incheonwan BBQ House, Jang Choong Dong, Jang Mo Gip, Jang TohJong Ro Shul Lung Tang, Kaju Tofu, Korean Folk Village Restaurant, Lee Sook Won Kimchi, Light Town House Korean BBQLove Letter Pizza & Chicken, Mi Ho Restaurant, Mo Ran Gak, Muse Coffee Shop, Myung In Dumplings, New Seoul BBQ Buffet Restaurant, Obok Bakery, Ondal Restaurant, Paris Baguette, Past Memories, Peking Gourmet, Poong Nap Dong, Seoul Soondae Restaurant, Shik Do Rak, Siroo, Smile RestaurantStar BBQ, The Pine, Tous Les JoursYeh Won Korean Restaurant, and Young Pung

Non-Korean eats (but often either Korean owned-and-oriented or Vietnamese) in the neighborhood include Aloha Teriyaki, Alerto's Mexican Food, Artist Crawfish Express, Casa de Soto, David's Vietnamese Restaurant, Diamond Seafood Plaza, Diem Hen, Dzui Lounge, Genki Living, Hong Kong Express, Kim’s RestaurantM & Tôi Vietnamese Restaurant, May Bon Phuong Restaurant, Misoya Rockin' Sushi, Pho and Rolls Vietnamese Cuisine, Pho 2000, Phu Sandwich, and Phuoc Thanh.


The no-use mixed-use Garden Grove Galleria

Construction of the Garden Grove Galleria began in 2005. The original design called for two levels of shops, six levels of condos, and given its size it was set to become an icon of the neighborhood. Construction halted in 2008 and in 2010, the Garden Grove Galleria sued Cathay Bank for a breach of contract. Two months later Cathay counter-sued for essentially the same. More suits followed and the design plans were changed -- the condos were to become apartments -- but nine years later it still stands, only partially complete and rusting.

Quiet Koreatown Mall

Good times just around the corner at New Seoul Plaza

Hanmi Plaza

Quiet Arirang Galleria (built in 2009 and mostly empty)

Complete and functioning (if sometimes barely) shopping centers in Little Seoul including Arirang Galleria, Brookhurst North Shopping Center, Garden Grove Shopping Center, Gilbert Plaza, Golden Plaza, Hanmi Plaza, Ka-Ju Plaza, Korea Plaza, Koreatown Mall, New Seoul Plaza, Newland Plaza, Newton Plaza, Town-Center Plaza, and Western Shopping Center.


The lushly-landscaped Frat House

Rendezvous Nightclub

Idol Karaoke

Cafeoke Ding Dong Dang

B & G Karaoke -- "Grand Reborn"

Business hours in Little Seoul vary greatly but the nightlife seems to make its home in Club Rendevous, Frat House (not a dudebro sports bar) and Soju Belly as well as karaoke clubs (noraebong), which include B & G KaroakeCafeoke Ding Dong Dang, Karaoke Nice, and Idol Karaoke.

Sunday morning at 2000 Points Billiards

Hyundai Billiard or GG Billiards and Ping Pong

There are also several billiard and ping-pong halls too, including GG Billiards and Ping Pong (also listed as Hyundai Billiard), 2000 Points Billiards (which also has ping-pong), and King Billiard (which may or may not have ping pong).

Liquor and Bikes -- A liquor store and Garden Grove Bicycle Shop 

There are more liquor stores than bars in the neighborhood although we ventured into none. Several have nice signage.

A liquor store with a nice, fake gas lamp (a common decoration) atop the sign


In South Korea, only 53% of Koreans identify themselves as religious. Of those, about 29% are Christian and 23% of South Koreans self-identify as Buddhists. In the US it's a different story. In 1902, Changho Ahn and his wife established the first Korean American Church and today, roughly 71% of Korean-Americans self-identify as Christian.

St. Anselm of Canterbury

I'm sure that some of the Korean churches in the area were built by different denominations but ones occupied by Korean denominations now include Gospel First Korean Baptist Church, Korean Garden Grove United Methodist ChurchSaint Anselm of Canterbury Episcopal Church of Garden, and Suh Moon Presbyterian Church. Despite it being a Sunday morning and a Korean neighborhood, the churches all seemed to be oddly quiet. Only 6% of Korean-Americans identify as Buddhists and in Little Seoul there are just two temples from which to choose, Bupwahng sa Korean Buddhist Temple and Orange County Won Buddhist Temple.


Martial Arts and Golf

Little Seoul is perhaps to small to support an actual arts scene. I'm only aware of one arts-oriented space in Little Seoul, Seoul Oriental Art Gallery. There are seemingly more organizations devoted to the martial arts than the creative, performing, or visual. Those institutions include Five Star Tae Kwon Do & Martial Arts, Kenpo United Karate Kung-Fu Studios, King’s Martial Arts, Musashi Martial Arts, Nam Phan Mixed Martial Arts Academy, Orange County Judo Training Center, Shaolin Warrior Academy, Shotokan Karate of Garden Grove, and Yoon Tae Kwon Do School.

Video Town or ghost town? Either way, they still have some copies of Six Days, Seven Nights in the back

A video store in Koreatown Mall

Inside the above video store -- which mostly deal in VHS and sells VCRs

I don't know of any movies shot in Little Seoul or any actors or filmmakers from there. I don't know of any live music venues or bands from there either. There are some mom-and-pop shops, many of which sell or rent video, music, and video games. There's Han Nam Video, Music Town, Sam's Video, Saranbang Video, 20th Century Video, (Spanish language-centric) Video 9, Video Village, and Western Video

Come for the Korean dramas and pick up some seed packets... and a steering wheel cover (or two)

The only music store that I saw was Immanuel Music, which carries a large selection of guitars, violins, and metronomes. There's also at least one music school, Spotlight School of Music.


Being such a small area, there aren't a lot of parks within the neighborhood and as I mentioned, most of the activity seems to take place indoors (or in cars). However, should you wish to go outside, there's Acacia Park, Garden Grove Park (including Garden Grove Dog Park and the Atlantis Play Center), Kiwanisland, and Liberty Park


Though probably un-named -- Donut Time seems to be the popular hangout for male, Korean, retirees and (like as with many donut shops) seems to serve as a sort of de facto community center. More official outlets for community engagement can be pursued through the Little Seoul or the Orange County Korean Community, the Korean American Coalition, the Korean American Federation of Orange County Garden Grove, Korean Community Services, the Korean-American Seniors Assn Garden Grove, the Korean American Youth & Community Center, the OC Korean Community Center, the Orange County Korean American Bar Association, the Orange County Korean Festival Foundation, the Orange County Korean Community Service Center, and Orange County Korean Social Service Information Center.


There is no "Little Seoul" edition from the Images of America series (although there is Katherine Yungmee Kim's Los Angeles' Koreatown). There's also Angie Y. Chung's Legacies of Struggle: Conflict and Cooperation in Korean American Politics, which goes a bit into Little Seoul but near as I can tell, there are as yet no books the primary focus of which is on Little Seoul.


Dorcas Orange Christian

Korean Bookstore

There are a couple of bookstores in the neighborhood: Dorcas Orange Christian, Korean Bookstore, and World of Life Books. Also nearby is the Westminster Branch Library and Garden Grove Regional Library. There are also popular newspapers like Korea Times and Korea Daily (both available in English language versions as well as Korean) and more locally focused paper, The Town News. The first two are headquartered in Koreatown but perhaps maintain bureaus in Little Seoul whereas The Town News is actually headquartered in Little Seoul.

The Korea Daily

Radio Korea in Koreatown Mall

You can tune into the sounds of Korean-America by setting your dial to several Korean radio stations. There's Radio Korea (1540 KMPCPasadena’s 1230 KYPA – Radio JBC (Joongang Broadcast Company), and Hancock Park’s 1650 KFOX – Radio SeoulIf you're feeling spiritual, 1190 KGBN is the home of the Korean Gospel Broadcasting Network.

Pulp's "Little Seoul," my generations' "Catz in teh Cradle"


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Join Us at Make Music Pasadena June 7

Posted by Billy Gil, May 19, 2014 06:30pm | Post a Comment

Make Music Pasadena takes place Saturday, June 7 from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Amoeba will be on hand with vinyl, band T-shirts, 45s, Amoeba swag, Amoeba Happy Hour gift certificates and more. Stop by our booth and say hi! Plus, if you wear your Amoeba swag to the festival and stop by our booth, we'll give you an Amoeba gift certificate (while supplies last; items purchased at MMP on 6/7 do not qualify).

For a suggested $5 donation, you’ll get to see indie rock bands like Surfer BloodTennis and Saint Motel, international pop star Yuna, electro pop act Sylvan Esso, melodic acoustic band Run River North, local acts like So Many Wizards, Shirley Rolls, Bloody Death Skull and many more.

Surfer Blood

A full list of the acts is here.

The all-day, all-ages music festival, whose aim is to promote a wide variety of music for people of all cultural, generational, and social backgrounds, happens on 5 main stages in downtown Pasadena. Plus, there will be additional performances around the city in parks, alleys, churches, libraries, museums - basically any open space the artists can fine. Make sure to bring sunscreen, wear comfortable shoes, and use public transportation if you can. (TIP: Take Metro and get 10% off at Urth Caffe).

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Matisyahu Stops By The GRAMMY Museum for The Drop June 4

Posted by Billy Gil, May 19, 2014 05:30pm | Post a Comment

Reggae artist Matisyahu will perform and be interviewed June 4 at The Grammy Museum as part of their program “The Drop.” Amoeba is a sponsor of the event. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased here. Doors are at 7:30 p.m., with a discussion and susbsequent performance starting at 8.

Matisyahu first rose to fame in the mid-2000s for the sheer oddity of being an Orthodox Jewish rapper, performing in a yarmulke with a full beard and payot. But his music soon eclipsed most talk of Matisyahu (born Matthew Paul Miller; Matisyahu is his Hebrew and stage name) as a novelty artist, fusing alternative hip-hop and reggae music with Orthodox Jewish themes, on albums like his 2005 breakthrough Live at Stubbs.

More recently, Matisyahu has shaved off the beard and ditched the yarmulke, stating on his website in late 2011: “When I started becoming religious 10 years ago it was a very natural and organic process.  It was my matisyahu akeda lpchoice.  My journey: to discover my roots and explore Jewish spirituality—not through books but through real life. … I am reclaiming myself. Trusting my goodness and my divine mission. … And for those concerned with my naked face, don’t worry... you haven’t seen the last of my facial hair.” Despite the change in appearance (including dyed-blonde hair) he sported in videos for the 2012 album Spark Seeker, Matisyahu says he is still spiritually Jewish.

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Billboard Music Awards Wows (and Horrifies) Us With Michael Jackson Hologram Performance; See Who Won at the Show

Posted by Billy Gil, May 19, 2014 04:43pm | Post a Comment

Whoever greenlighted that Michael Jackson hologram thing knew what they were doing.

The Billboard Music Awards, which took place last night, haven’t always gotten the press the Grammys get. But last night’s show got people talking by taking the hologram performance concept that first gained notoriety in 2012 when a hologram Tupac performed at Coachella and applied it to none other than the late King of Pop.

I’m not sure how horrified to feel by this. The hologram looked pretty real, but at no point was I fooled into thinking that was Michael Jackson moonwalking across the stage, and judging by audience reaction in the video, I’m not alone. I think the hologram thing is a fluke that will go away. This notion that we’re gonna just replace dead rock stars or those who can’t be there with holograms and sell out arenas and tours is a little ridiculous—it’s a fad. At least “Slave to the Rhythm” is a pretty good song, from the better than expected posthumous release Xscape, although it’s not quite as good as “Love Never Felt So Good,” which should win “best song of 2014 that was mostly recorded in 1983” at some award show.

See a partial list of the Billboard Award winners below:

Top Artist: Justin Timberlake

Top Hot 100 Song: Robin Thicke feat. T.I. & Pharrell – “Blurred Lines” (off the album Blurred Lines)

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Four Decades Later, Penelope Houston & The Avengers Rocking As Hard As Ever With A Full Weekend of Cali Shows

Posted by Billyjam, May 19, 2014 12:14pm | Post a Comment

Exactly 36 years ago on May 19th, 1978 Penelope Houston and her seminal San Francisco punk rock group The Avengers played the Mab (né Mabuhay Gardens - the beloved and bygone SF punk palace on Broadway in North Beach) on a bill with visiting LA punk pioneers X. That show was just one of many they would do at the Mab and one of countless gigs that the hard-working, high-energy, and highly politicized West Coast pioneering punk rockers would do that year.

On January 14th of 1978 the band, who only formed a year earlier, had the fortune of being chosen as the opening act for the Sex Pistols at Winterland in what would be the Pistols very final show. Fast forward to today to almost four full decades later and Houston and the Avengers (albeit with a different lineup...the original Avengers officially broke up in 1979 but started playing select gigs first as the scAvengers and then sporadically again as The Avengers a decade ago) are back doing their thing, and sounding as great as ever with the current lineup featuring Houston and fellow original member Greg Ingraham along with Joel Reader and Luis Illades. This coming weekend, the Avengers have three Cali shows booked back to back.

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'Game of Thrones' Season 7 Episode 7: Motivation and the Moon Door

Posted by Billy Gil, May 19, 2014 11:48am | Post a Comment

Warning: There Will Be Spoilers.

Last night’s episode of “Game of Thrones” pulled a trick that has seemingly become a trademark of the show: It kept us waiting, then pulled the rug out in the end.

After last episode’s explosive trial, in which Tyrion Lannister basically told everyone to go fuck themselves, we awaited the beloved character’s fate. Would Jaime Lannister fight for the brother the rest of their family rejected? Would Bronn come in and save the day, as he did back in the Vale, saving Tyrion in a trial by battle from getting flung out of the moon door? (More on that later …)

It would seem not. Despite Bronn's schooling, the now one-handed Jaime hasn't been able to get his swordfighting mojo back. Bronn, a sellsword and a rogue through and through even with the knighthood he attained during the Battle of Blackwater, has been offered a pretty sweet deal by Cersei—he basically gets to marry a rich bimbo (Lollys Stokeworth) and possibly inherit a castle, intimating that he only need to help Lollys’ barren older sister fall off a horse or meet some other unfortunate yet easily-explainable demise for this to happen. Tyrion understands; even if they’re friends, this is a guy he hired out of nowhere, whose primary driver seems to be money and women, and until now, Tyrion has been his way to achieve that. Now, fighting for Tyrion against the monstrous Mountain would almost certainly assure both of their deaths.

This is an episode that dealt with motivation. We already knew what drives Bronn, but we had a lot of explanation as to what drives Cersei’s hatred of Tyrion—their mother’s death is attributed to Tyrion’s birth, and prejudice against his different appearance due to his dwarfism only fueled that hatred. This episode in particular broke the cardinal rule of TV and film—show, don’t tell—but in doing so rounded out a lot of the characters and gave us more of a reason to find out what happens to them.

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May 18, 2014: Godzilla & Draft Day

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New "What"s In My Bag?" Episode With Jody Stephens of Big Star

Posted by Amoebite, May 16, 2014 02:43pm | Post a Comment

Jody Stephens

As the last survivng member and co-founder of the '70s band Big Star, Jody Stephens has quite the rock & roll story. Big Star cut a record with producer and Ardent Studios founder John Fry, who also played the part of psuedo manager by default. Under Fry's direction, Big Star secured distribution and marketing with the legendary soul label, Stax. With rave reviews and backing by Ardent and Stax, Big Star was poised to be the biggest name in rock. However, Big Star's 1971 debut,  #1 Record, failed to top the charts and was quickly dubbed a Big Star Nothing Can Hurt Mecommercial flop. Many critics praised the band's work, but sources say Stax was unable to fully distribute and market the album for success. The band managed to release three albums between 1971 and 1974 before disbanding and falling into obscurity.

Fast forward three decades later, Big Star has amassed a cult following of fans and influenced many successful rock bands along the way. Groups like R.E.M and The Replacements have cited Big Star as major influences on their craft. Rolling Stone magazine listed all three Big Star albums as part of their 500 Greatest Albums of All Time (published in 2003 & 2005). But the biggest push in the Big Star resurgence is due to the very well-produced documentary, Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt MeThe film chronicles the band's history in a story that (if not already) will pull you into the fandom of Big Star. Jody Stephens, being the only living member, was at the center of the film's publicity and screening events, literally making him a rock star for the first time! Stephens also tours as Big Star backed by many well-known musician friends. When not on tour, Stephens manages Ardent Studios in Memphis. Over the course of his tenure at Ardent, the studio has seen everyone from Three 6 Mafia to the White Stripes to Bob Dylan book studio time.

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FYF Fest Lineup Features The Strokes, Phoenix, Reunited Slowdive, Slint and Blood Brothers

Posted by Billy Gil, May 16, 2014 11:49am | Post a Comment
The Strokes

FYF Fest has announced its 2014 lineup. The show, taking place Aug. 23-24 at the LA Sports Arena and Exposition Park, includes headliners Phoenix (Saturday) and The Strokes (Sunday). The Saturday lineup also features a couple of recently reunited bands—beloved shoegaze band Slowdive and post-rock progenitors Slint—as well as Interpol, a set by Strokes frontman Julian Casablancas, Grimes, Little Dragon, Caribou, Future Islands, Tycho, Death Grips and more. Sunday includes a set by reunited post-hardcore band The Blood Brothers, Flying Lotus, Blood Orange, Darkside, Earl Sweatshirt, Four Tet, Mac DeMarco and more.

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Weekly Roundup: Matt Kivel, The Fresh & Onlys, Big Search, Strange Babes, HIPS

Posted by Billy Gil, May 16, 2014 11:29am | Post a Comment

Matt Kivel – “Insignificance”

Beginning with a sort of Sonic Youth-folk feel, Matt Kivel’s “Insignificance” reveals itself to be a graceful love song dirtied just enough with lo-fi grit. It’s the first thing we’ve heard from Days of Being Wild, the L.A.-based singer-songwriter’s new album, due July 8 on Woodsist. Kivel, who was in the indie-pop band Princeton with his brother, Jesse (also of Kisses), will be at Pappy & Harriet’s in Pioneertown Aug. 16 for the Woodsist Festival alongside Woods, Foxygen and …


The Fresh & Onlys – “Who Let the Devil”

fresh & onlys house of spirits lp…The Fresh & Onlys, who have just released the third track from their upcoming new album, House of Spirits, which is due June 10 on Mexican Summer. The album promises a lot of variety, judging by the minimalist beauty of “Bells of Paonia,” goth country-rock of “Animal of One” and now the rococo Americana of “Who Let the Devil.”

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Hip-Hop Rap-Up, Week End 05.16.14: Coalmine Records 10 Year Anniversary, Nas, The Legion, Zion I in Concert + more

Posted by Billyjam, May 16, 2014 11:08am | Post a Comment

Among the brand new releases to arrive in Amoeba this week is the all killer, no filler Coalmine Records ten year anniversary release (promo video above) that showcases the creme de la creme of the past decade's output from the Brooklyn based label - all mixed together by DJ Revolution. Aptly entitled Coalmine Records Presents: Unearthed  the compilation album (a double CD disc set) contains both a mixed version care of DJ Revolution, and an 'Untagged Deluxe Edition' which includes three bonus cuts. Artists featured include Pharoahe Monch, Kool G Rap, Large Professor, The Artifacts, Blu, Sean Price, Big Noyd, Skillz, Guilty Simpson, Rah Digga, El Da Senseiand Fashawn.

Flaming Lips To Release "7 Skies H3" CD & "Sgt. Pepper's" Tribute LP with guests including Sean Lennon, Miley Cyrus, and Moby

Posted by Billyjam, May 15, 2014 03:40pm | Post a Comment

In addition to the CD version of their album 7 Skies H3 (previously a 2011 Record Store Day limited vinyl release) that will arrive in Amoeba next week (May 19th) the always busy / Beatles-loving, three decades strong Oklahoma band The Flaming Lips  are planning on releasing later this year their Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band tribute album to be entitled, With A Little Help From My Fwends, that Warner Brothers will release on October 28th - coming 47 years after the original Fab Four release in June 1967. As well as being a nod to the Beatles' lyrics the tribute album title "With A Little Help From My Fwends" is a reference to the album's guest spots from some of their friends or "fwends" rather.

These guests will include (Lips side project) the Electric Würms, MGMT, Sean Lennon, MMJ, Foxygen, Phantogram, plus Miley Cyrus and Moby who both collaborate on the lead single / track "Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds." That digital only (for now) advance single/track will also be a benefit release with a portion of funds raised to be donated to The Bella Foundation in Oklahoma City; a non-profit organization based in the band's hometown  that assists low-income, elderly or terminally ill pet owners with the cost of veterinary care. For more music and news on the Lips visit both the The Flaming Lips page on the Amoeba store, and the band's website. Below is a fan made video of the band along with Miley Cyrus performing the aforementioned "Lucy" at a concert in Manchester two months ago.

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New CD/Vinyl Releases at Amoeba Hollywood 5/15/14- Blase, Prostitutes, Lot.te and more!

Posted by Oliver / Matt / Jordan, May 15, 2014 01:05pm | Post a Comment

Various Artists - If This is House

Various Artists

If This is House, I Want My Money Back III CD

Permananet Vacation

Terrific compilation that's acts as a good indicator on the state of current underground house music. Permanent Vacation shows an admirable dedication to exposing newer US/EU producers alongside relatively established names. Highlights include the dubby, warp zone funk of Lake People, Willie Burns' slightly chilled out take on his Hauge-influenced sound and one of the best Achterbahn D'Amour tracks to date. They can keep my money.

Buy If This is House, I Want My Money Back III CD


Blase - Sunset Dawn


Sunset Dawn LP

ESP Institute

Secret Circuit and Suzanne Kraft debut their breezy cosmic-afrobeat collaboration just in time for summer. Though both of these chaps know their way around a synth, stringed instruments are fully embraced on Sunset Dawn. "Breathing Made Easy" features a hypnotic acoustic guitar, while the low-key heroics on "Downtown Salad" recall mid-period Floyd. Shuffling rhythms are complimented by adroit melodic interplay within these improv-based jams - they sound like they're having a good time, you will too.

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Holy Fuck Talk Ditching Toy Instruments, Skrillex Fans and New Album Before Their May 22 Show at the Roxy

Posted by Billy Gil, May 15, 2014 09:23am | Post a Comment
Photo by Norman Wong


RSVP here to see Holy Fuck with James Supercave and Wunder Wunder May 22 at The Roxy for Red Bull’s next Sound Select show in Los Angeles. The show is only $3 with an RSVP.

Canadian electro-pop band Holy Fuck began as almost an experiment in sound—how can you make electronic music without actually using electronic instruments? Rather than laptops and sequencers, the band chose to use film equipment, toys and other non-instruments to achieve similar effects.

Fast forward 10 years, and they’re sharing stages with the likes of Skrillex at EDM festivals without losing an ounce of their outsider cool. The band’s next show sees them headlining the next Red Bull Sound Select show in Los Angeles May 22 at The Roxy with Aussie/L.A. psych-pop band Wunder Wunder (read an interview here) and L.A. indie pop band James Supercave. We caught up with the band (made up of Brian Borcherdt, Graham Walsh, Matt McQuaid and Matt Schulz) a week before the show.

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Aussie Psych-pop Band Wunder Wunder Talk to the Amoeblog Before Their Show May 22 at The Roxy

Posted by Billy Gil, May 14, 2014 05:20pm | Post a Comment

RSVP here to see Wunder Wunder with Holy Fuck and James Supercave May 22 at The Roxy for Red Bull’s next Sound Select show in Los Angeles. The show is only $3 with an RSVP.

If there’s ever been a group that fused the sensibilities of two places they've come from, it’s Wunder Wunder, an Australian band that now live in L.A. The band hails from a place known for its awesome psych-pop bands, like Tame Impala and Jagwar Ma, to name a few, but they’ve got a distinctly easygoing, SoCal vibe, too, on songs like the glittering “Coatstline.”

Even though we’ve only heard two songs so far from the band, we’re already pumped about the prospects they offer. The duo’s debut album, Everything Infinite, is out July 15. We caught up with the band, made up of Aaron Shanahan and Benjamin Plant (who are also in electro-pop band Miami Horror) before their May 22 show with Holy Fuck and James Supercave at The Roxy May 22.


What do you guys think of L.A.? Do you feel like the new surroundings have affected your music at all?

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Watch Neil Young Record Straight onto Vinyl on 'Fallon'; Third Man Record Player and New Neil Young Album Out Now

Posted by Billy Gil, May 14, 2014 04:28pm | Post a Comment

Perhaps the coolest thing on TV this week was on Monday, when Neil Young showed up on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon with Jack White to record live in White’s refurbished Voice-O-Graph booth, which records straight to vinyl. You can see the pair showing this thing off in the clip below while Louis C.K. watches on, joking about recording laughter-free comedy in it.

Neil Young recorded his entire new album, the covers record A Letter Home, live in the 1947 Voice-O-Graph booth, coming out with a record that pops and hisses with old-school flair. Jack White says it's the only vinyl-recording booth left in the world that’s open to the public, as the booths were typically found in arcades and at tourist attractions from about the 1940s through the ’70s.Visitors to Third Man Records in Nashville can record live in the booth and mail their record out, as seen in this video.

Watch Neil Young record Willie Nelson’s “Crazy” solo on the ukulele straight to vinyl on the Fallon clip below. The song is also included on A Letter Home, which is out now on vinyl LP, and the CD version and Deluxe LP come out May 27.

Jazz at LACMA Gives Us Something Cool (and Free) to Do on Friday Evenings

Posted by Billy Gil, May 14, 2014 09:53am | Post a Comment

Jazz at LACMA continues through November with a slate of free jazz shows every Friday evening at 6 p.m. Amoeba is a community sponsor of the series. Check out the whole lineup here.

Nov. 21: Janice Anderson - With comparisons to such varied artists as Ella Fitzgerald, Doris Day and Astrud Gilberto, Anderson also founded the Jazz Vespers, an interfaith monthly jazz series at the Mt. Olive Lutheran Church in Santa Monica.


Nov. 28: Frank Vardaros Jazz Orchestra - Trumpeter Vardaros leads a band that draws from the tradition of such jazz orchestras as those led by Maynard Ferguson, Buddy Rich, Woody Herman and Count Basie. Vardaros has performend with such artists as Ann-Margret, Clark Terry and Arturo Sandoval.

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Prolific Producer L'Orange Unleashes His Finest Work To Date: "The Orchid Days"

Posted by Billyjam, May 14, 2014 06:40am | Post a Comment

L'Orange "The End (feat. Billy Woods)" from The Orchid Days (2014)

Hot on the heels of his collaborative album with Stik Figa (The City Under The City) talented prolific producer L'Orange now returns just six months later with more of his refreshingly unique sound: the highly recommended The Orchid Days that was released last month and that, like City, comes via the high caliber indie label Mello Music Group. "Two and a half years ago I got out a piece of paper and wrote down every single thing I wanted to do in the next year and at the very bottom of it I wrote Mello Music Group," the artist told me of finding his ideal label home after self-releasing some free albums digitally. "This is where I have seen myself for a long time and it is definitely an honor to be counted among the roster." His brand new Mello Music release The Orchid Days features carefully selected guest vocalists, (including Blu, Homeboy Sandman, and Billy Woods) on just 7 of its 19 tracks allowing the Nashville based producer to fully stretch and flex his trademark, hypnotically dreamy production style - while interweaving just the right amount of vocal guests to perfectly compliment his (and their) styles - all the while subtly moving the album's storyline along. The Orchid Days storyline is the story of love - finding love, falling in love, and then losing it and missing it - a story told via random soundbites expertly assembled - to the backdrop of an old world mood crafted by building layer upon layer of dreamy jazzy  grooves from digging deep into really old jazz records with flutters of dramatically engaging soundbites/samples (handpicked over time by  L'Orange) from old black and white movies, along with, often static sounding, classic old radio broadcasts. These samples along with the mood created by the musical backdrop tell a story that strongly hint that there was some specific romantic figure in L'Orange's life that inspired The Orchid Days. So I asked the artist was there a specific girl in mind as he recorded the album? "Of course there's a girl. I'm a poet," he replied adding. "Since that's not a satisfying answer I'll tell you something I haven't told anyone yet- she's on the album cover." [above left]

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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode With Little Dragon

Posted by Amoebite, May 13, 2014 07:18pm | Post a Comment

Little Dragon

Little Dragon is bigger than ever! Not only is their new record, Nabuma Rubberband (Loma Vista Recordings), getting major buzz around the world, the band has also teamed up with RedBull for the Nabuma Derby! Fans have a chance to win tickets to see the band play Bonnaroo. There are two Little Dragon ways to win. First, build the fastest rubberband derby car and take home an exclusive Little Dragon prize pack. Second, upload a picture of your derby car to Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #NabumaDerby, and you could win two tickets to Bonnaroo (which is headlined this year by Elton John, Kanye West, Jack White and Vampire Weekend). Visit the Nabuma Derby site for details. Contest is being held now!

Little Dragon visited Amoeba Hollywood on Record Store Day and managed to sneak in some shopping. Of course they hung out and shared their findings with us! Yukimi and Erik kick things off with a couple of really cool shirts by jazz great Pharoah Sanders and '80s new wavers Devo. Yukimi digs up a classic twelve inch by Janet Jackson, the infamous "Got 'Til It's Gone." Legend has it the late great J.Dilla produced this hit, but credit was given to Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis! Clearly big fans of hip hop and R&B, Little Dragon also pick up Midnight  Marauders by A Tribe Called Quest, which Erik calls the "best record in the world," and Destiny's Child's "Bootylicious" on vinyl. Check out the full episode for all their great finds!  

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California Fool's Gold -- Exploring Little Saigon

Posted by Eric Brightwell, May 13, 2014 04:51pm | Post a Comment


Southern California is home to several ethnic enclaves and since the region's largest and fastest growing racial minority are Asian, perhaps it's not surprising that most of the recognized neighborhoods are specific to various Asian populations. In Los Angeles County there's Cambodia Town, Chinatown, Historic Filipinotown, Koreatown, Little Bangladesh, Little India, Little Osaka, Little Tokyo, and Thai Town. Orange County is home to Little Arabia (Arabs being geographically Asian if not -- by most people's reckoning -- racially so), Little Seoul, and Little Saigon -- the latter of which is little in name only.

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10 Albums to Look for in Late Spring

Posted by Billy Gil, May 13, 2014 04:35pm | Post a Comment

It feels like summer’s already here, but there are still plenty of great releases lined up for the tail end of this spring. Here are 10 we’re looking forward to that you can preorder now.


The Roots - …And Then You Shoot Your Cousin (LP, CD)

Out May 19

Before they were Jimmy Fallon’s house band, The Roots were one of the most dynamic and socially conscious groups in hip-hop. “When the People Cheer” reminds us of how great they are as pure rappers, and it’s got a cool stop-motion video to boot.


Conor OberstUpside Down Mountain (LP, CD)

Out May 19

The Bright Eyes frontman and prolific singer/songwriter releases his first for Merge, an intimate collection of Americana-inspired songs featuring Oberst’s trademark howling voice and confessional style. He plugs in for the rollicking “Governor’s Ball,” a shining example of Oberst’s growing maturity as an artist.

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Summer Music Documentary Series at SF's Balboa Theatre

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, May 13, 2014 11:23am | Post a Comment

Starting June 12th, your Thursday nights are spoken for. San Francisco's historic Balboa Theatre brings you a summer full of exciting music documentaries, each selected for its depth-of-coverage about music crafted by strong, independent artists.

Balboa Theatre's Summer Music Documentary Series opens on Thursday, June 12th at 7:30pm with Don’t Follow Me (I’m Lost), a fly-on-the-wall documentary that does indeed follow Bobby Bare Jr., son of country music legend Bobby Bare, through the sometimes lonely and disconnected turns of life on the road.

From then on, each Thursday night will bring a new film, covering a distinct vista of the global musical landscape. Many of the films are considerable in their scope, tackling the history of entire movements or genres of music. A few are more narrowly focused, giving the viewers a glimpse of one important band or musician. The selection ranges from histories of reggae and punk rock to a portrait of a globe-striding klezmer band.

Check out the full line-up and get your tickets HERE:

Don’t Follow Me (I’m Lost)
Thur 6/12: 7:30pm

5 Sides of a Coin
Thur 6/19: 7:30pm

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Album Picks: Swans, Amen Dunes, La Sera, Little Dragon, Sean Nicholas Savage

Posted by Billy Gil, May 13, 2014 10:48am | Post a Comment

Swans - To Be Kind (LP, Two-CD Set, Deluxe Two-CD/DVD Set, Download)

Swans records are more like happenings, unforgettable experiences you have to sit down and pay attention to. The two-hour To Be Kind, released 21 months after the similarly epic The Seer, is no exception. Sounds wriggle, writhe and heave on the hilariously titled “Screen Shot,” but Swans also seem to have more control than ever—these sounds are speaking to one another, albeit in some unspoken language, not creating a cacophony. The effect can be paralyzing. Listening to “Just a Little Boy (For Chester Burnett)” feels like staring into the darkest night, accompanied by a country sway and Michael Gira’s chants, which grow suddenly violent—“I’m just a little boy!” he cries repeatedly, while the guitars bellow and sigh with increasing pronunciation and sampled laughter ups the creep factor into Lynch territory. Gira growls “I need love” like it’s a threat. Meanwhile, “A Little God in my Hands” is Swans’ version of a pop song—thumping percussion (think Tom Waits) meets multiple voices singing over each other, while eerie backwoods instrumentation and sudden noise explosions burst out of nowhere but somehow still leave you bobbing your head along as Gira repeats evocative adjectives (“forever hateful, forever beautiful, forever needing, forever reaching”). It’s easy to attribute pagan imagery to Swans’ music and say it sounds like a séance or something, but the 34-minute “Bring the Sun/Toussaint L’Overture” really does sound like the soundtrack to a sacrifice, or at least some wicked feast. Its slow, long build demands patience, but Gira’s always charismatic voice makes it worth the trip.

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Swiss Surrealist Artist H.R. Giger Has Died

Posted by Billyjam, May 13, 2014 09:59am | Post a Comment

Word arrived early this morning from several European sources including Swiss Public Television that renowned Swiss artist H.R. Giger passed away yesterday (May 12) following serious injuries sustained after falling down stairs. He was 74. Born Hans Rudolf Giger the influential fantasy realism artist (surrealist painter, sculptor, and set designer) is best known to most for being part of the special effects team that won an Academy Award for effects and design work on Ridley Scott's film Alien. He also worked on the special effects artwork for such other movies as Aliens, Alien 3, Alien: Resurrection, Species, Dune, Batman Forever, and Poltergeist 2

H.R. Giger is also known for doing the cover artwork for numerous albums over the years including Emerson, Lake & Palmer's 1973 release Brain Salad Surgery (pictured left), Danzig's 1992  release Danzig III: How the Gods Kill, and the Dead Kennedys' 1985 LP Frankenchrist for which he did the highly controversial "Penis Landscape" poster insert in the original record sleeve. That controversial poster, which was a painting of rows of penises and vulvae, almost bankrupted Alternative Tentacles at the time after its owner and DKs lead man Jello Biafra was brought to trial over indecency charges brought by the then burgeoning PMRC (Parents Music Resource Center). Much of Giger's fantastic realism and surrealism work was of so-called "biomechanoids" as seen in photo with him below. Currently on exhibit through June 13th the Galerie SansvoiX in Leipzig (DE) is Giger's "Zeitgeist" that includes the piece in photo at top of page. More info.

New York State of Mind Amoeblog #81: The Dream House, CASH Music Summit, DMC NYC Part II, Hip Hop Hall of Fame Awards + more

Posted by Billyjam, May 13, 2014 06:55am | Post a Comment

Checked out legendary drone sound installation art space The Dream House in TriBeCa (pictured above) last weekend and it was amazing. Luckily I got to check it out when I did since the long running space is about to temporarily close again this Sunday (May 18th) before taking a break until its next (22nd season) in mid September.  A long running collaborative "Sound and Light Environment" piece, that dates back to 1993, by sound artist/composer La Monte Young and visual artist Marian Zazeela the Dream House is presented by the MELA Foundation. There at 275 Church Street there is a non descript door with no sign but just a buzzer that will get you inside and up the long steep flight of stairs to the third floor exhibit  - a floor below where the minimalist exhibits' creators live. Luckily too since any other tenant would surely not wish to live above such a wall (floor?) of sound which is one long continuous hypnotic humming single frequency drone care of giant speaker stacks in the long purple light fused room that overlooks Church Street looking up towards Canal. The shaggy carpeted floor is strewn with pillows to lay down and relax on and get the best effects of the drone. The guy at the door suggested moving your head around to get alternate soothing effects of the loud (but not deafening) throbbing drone. For some attendees the experience is a religious like one that transcends visitors beyond this lower Manhattan space.

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San Francisco Silent Film Festival, May 29 - June 1

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, May 12, 2014 07:25pm | Post a Comment

The 19th Annual San Francisco Silent Film Festival returns to the glorious Castro Theatre from May 29–June 1. The festival includes 17 silent-era features in preserved and restored prints, one program of extraordinary silent shorts and rarities, and the ever-popular Amazing Tales From the Archives program. 19 programs in all, and you won't want to miss one, especially since all films are accompanied by live music! Tickets are on sale now.

Check out some of the highlights:

The film that made Rudolph Valentino a star and brought director Rex Ingram to prominence, Four Horsemen is one of the greatest of the Great War chronicles. Valentino brought a new kind of leading man to the screen in the role of Julio Desnoyers: the Latin lover. Desnoyers is the favorite grandson of a wealthy Argentinean rancher, who spoils the boy. After his grandfather’s death, Julio moves to France, falls in love with a married woman (Alice Terry) and is finally shamed into joining the army. Based on the best-selling novel by Vicente Blasco Ibanez and adapted for screen by June Mathis, Four Horsemen was among the biggest box office hits of the silent era, premiering in March 1921 to great critical acclaim. The film was re-released in a shortened version in 1926, the year Valentino died, and was seen in that truncated form until Kevin Brownlow and David Gill undertook a restoration in the early 1990s. Brownlow and Gill returned the film to its original length with its original color tints, as well as restoring the famous tango to its scintillating splendor. SF Silent’s presentation commemorates the 100th anniversary of World War I, as well as the 25th anniversary of the accompanying ensemble—who started life as a Ragtime and Tango Orchestra. Musical accompaniment by Mont Alto Motion Picture Orchestra (9:15 p.m., Thursday May 29)

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Lily Allen Announces US Tour In Support of Her Long Anticipated New Album "Sheezus"

Posted by Billyjam, May 12, 2014 12:37pm | Post a Comment

Lily Allen "Sheezus" - title track from
Sheezus (2014)

Lily Allen,
whose long awaited latest album Sheezus arrived in Amoeba last Tuesday care of Parlaphone Records (via Warner) in both regular and deluxe CD (bonus disc with 5 additional tracks) versions, has just announced that she will touring the States in September for the first time in five years. That last tour by the UK singer/songwriter and actress coincided with her last studio album - It's Not Me, It's You.  Part of the reason for the long gap between albums by the oft times controversial artist had to do with Allen's reportedly stepping back and taking time out from the rock n roll lifestyle and an effort to focus on her family. In 2010 she officially announced that she was taking a break from music for a few years to raise her young family and to set up her own record label. 18 months ago she returned from her hiatus with the release of both her cover of fellow Brit act Keane's "Somewhere Only We Know," and the track "Hard Out Here" - both UK hits at the time, with the digital only "Hard Out Here" now in physical format and included on the new album (see video below).  Sheezus is a departure from her previous more ska flavored style with more electronic and pop sounding production values now taking center stage. Meanwhile Allen's voice is as powerful and commanding as ever while lyrically she never fails to grabs listeners' attention by not holding back on sharing her opinions on everything, especially the state of pop culture. Even the new album title is a reference to Kanye while on the new album's title track she takes an honest evaluation of women in pop music; how they're perceived and marketed.  Sadly many have misunderstood this track (video above) as a diss to her fellow female pop artists while it is anything but. 

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Death Race 2000 at Cinefamily Los Angeles!

Posted by phil blankenship, May 9, 2014 10:59am | Post a Comment


Friday, May 9, 2014 // Midnite // Tonight!!

Roger Corman’s depraved drive-in hit is revving its engine, ready to plow through an audience of die-hard midnight maniacs! So get set for the Transcontinental Road Race, a lethal coast-to-coast, no-holds-barred orgy of fast cars and flattened bodies (points are not just scored for speed, but for the number of innocent pedestrians killed) in mankind’s greatest sporting event ever. Drivers David Carradine, Sylvester Stallone, Roberta Collins, The Karate Kid’s Martin Kove and cult movie icon Mary Woronov are putting the pedal to the metal, on the run to outmaneuver not just one another but also groups of activists willing to do whatever it takes to stop our barbaric heroes. A biting satire on America’s thirst for violence, director Paul “Eating Raoul” Bartel’s update of sci-fi legend Ib Melchior’s story is as pitch black as it is blood red, beautifully shot by Tak Fujimoto (fresh off Malick’s Badlands), fine-tuned to optimum performance by ace editor Tina Hirsch, and gloriously well-deserved of its infamous Ebert zero-star review denouncing the film for being in “poor taste, unnecessarily gratuitous in both nudity and violence.” In our words, a classic.

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Weekly Roundup: The Skygreen Leopards, Craft Spells, Courtney Love

Posted by Billy Gil, May 9, 2014 10:36am | Post a Comment

The Skygreen Leopards – “Leave the Family”

S.F. psych-rock duo The Skygreen Leopards have a new album due July 8 on Woodsist called Family Crimes, and they’ve released the first song from it, “Leave the Family,” a bit of sunny-sounding psychedelia with goth lyrics—“you leave the family and you don’t come back,” goes one refrain over jangly 12-string guitar. Donovan Quinn, one of the two Leopards, is a busy guy—he also recently released a great record with Ben Chasny of Six Organs of Admittance under the moniker New Bums. In fact, that whole Woodsist gang seems to be bustling as of late, with Woods’ recent, excellent album having been released and the gang gearing up for new Woodsist Fests, one Aug. 5-6 in Big Sur and another Aug. 16 in Pioneertoown (featuring Skygreen Leopards, Woods, Real Estate and more). Thanks for keeping us chill w/your cool hippie vibes throughout the summer, guys!

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12 Twisted Mother's Day Movies

Posted by Billy Gil, May 9, 2014 09:36am | Post a Comment

Mother’s Day could mean tuning into the latest movie based on a Jane Austen book or rom-com, but that’s no fun. Instead, we've compiled a list of 12 of the most messed-up movies about mothers. Save these to watch for after you’ve hung out with mom.

Mother’s Day (1980)

Let’s start with the one that shares its name with the holiday. The horror film, produced by cult horror kings Troma Entertainment and directedy by Charles Kaufman, got flak at the time of its release for its exploitative aspects, its rape/revenge scenario calling back to I Spit On Your Grave. But since then, its cult has become a substantial enough to warrant a remake produced by Brett Ratner and starring Rebecca De Mornay (star of another screwed-up mom’s movie, The Hand That Rocks the Cradle). “Darlings, you have made your mother very proud,” the deranged mother of two hillbilly punks tells the boys when they bring her a woman to murder. Mom will love this one!


Serial Mom (1994)

Here’s one your mom might actually like, for cathartic reasons. John Waters, the emperor of bad taste, made this relatively mainstream yet still plenty effed up black comedy about a Stepford-ish mom who commits a series of murders in a small town for infractions as slight as stealing a parking spot. Kathleen Turner is awesome as the perfect mom you really hope you don’t piss off, killing with glee in stifling suburbia. Lots of appearances by Waters regulars like Ricki Lake, Mink Stole, Traci Lords and Waters himself, as the voice of Ted Bundy.

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Hip-Hop Rap-Up, Week End 05.09.14: Iggy Azelea, Nas, Drake, Eminem, YG, Dre's Beat$, PUTS, Zion I, Premier & Jakk Frost + more

Posted by Billyjam, May 9, 2014 08:57am | Post a Comment
Amoeba Hollywood Hip-Hop Top Five Chart: Week Ending 05:09:14

1) Nas Illmatic XX (Sony Legacy)

2) YG My Krazy Life (Def Jam)

3) Iggy Azelea The New Classic (Island/Def Jam)

4) Drake Nothing Was The Same (Cash Money)

5) Eminem The Slim Shady LP (Interscope)

Celebrating its twenty year anniversary is Nas' flawless, classic 1994 album Illmatic which has been especially reissued by Sony Legacy for the occasion as  Illmatic XX. The album, which includes such hip-hop timeless gems as "N.Y. State of Mind," "It Ain't Hard To Tell," and "The World Is Yours," by the Queensbridge emcee is this week's number one chart entry at the Hollywood Amoeba Music store, where also charting in the latest top five is another 90's rap classic: Eminem's 1999 megahit The Slim Shady LP (Interscope) which finds itself back in top sales this week at the SoCal store. Other current top five chart entries include Drake's Nothing Was The Same on Cash Money, and YG's My Krazy Life (Def Jam) which drew inspiration from various West Coast hip hop classics as Dr. Dre's The Chronic. Speaking of Dr. Dre, the famous former N.W.A. member/influential solo artist who has made a huge impact as a hip-hop producer, looks about to make his biggest (financial) mark as co-creator of the audio equipment and music-streaming service Beats Electronics known for the headphones that carry his name (Dre Beats) if the company, as has been reported over the past 24 hours, gets purchased by Apple at a reported $3.2billion price tag!

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Fashion, Music, Art & More at Yeah Gurl Spring Affair May 18

Posted by Amoebite, May 7, 2014 04:11pm | Post a Comment

Yeah Gurl Spring Affair

You do not want to miss the 2014 Yeah Gurl Spring Affair happening Sunday, May 18 at Space 15Twenty across from Amoeba Hollywood! Yeah Gurl is a curated event featuring local, indie urban fashion designers, contemporary artists, a selfiebooth, nail art, and DJs in a unique "sample party." This event brings together affordable fashion and art while allowing you to support innovative creatives. The spring edition of Yeah Gurl will focus on the upcoming LA Urban Summer, highlighting various fashion designs alongside contemporary/street art. Amoeba will have a crew on site 12-4pm with our awesome Prize Wheel! Stop by our booth for a chance to take home cool prizes and some Amoeba swag.

Yeah Gurl's Spring Affair opens Sunday, May 18th at 11am and goes until 4pm. You may want to get there early as the're giving away free limited edition Yeah Gurl print gift bags to the first 100 customers.

RSVP to Yeah Gurl Spring Affair on Facebook.

Prize Wheel at Amoeba

The famous Amoeba prize wheel in action!

New "What's In My Bag?" Episode With Douglas Dare

Posted by Amoebite, May 7, 2014 03:37pm | Post a Comment

Douglas Dare

British singer-songwriter Douglas Dare is the new kid on the block. Dare vocalizes his short prose and poems to a backdrop of drums and electronics with his piano strokes taking center stage. He creates a soundscape that is emotionally deep and sonically wide open. At just 22 years old, Dare comes off as a seasoned Douglas Daresongwriter with a mastery skill level. He cites Thom Yorke and Rufus Wainwright as influences and his newly released full-length, Whelm (Erased Tapes), proves he has the chops to one day be held in the same regard as such heavyweights.

Douglas Dare took time out of his tour schedule to hang out at Amoeba Hollywood and dig for vinyl. Our camera crew were in tow and captured another cool episode of What's In My Bag?. Dare starts things off with an inspiration from childhood, a classical album by Claude Debussy played by Emile Naoumoff. He also picks up WhoMadeWho's Knee Deep and a more contemporary inspiration, St Vincent's latest self-titled release. Check out the full episode for all of Douglas Dare's cool finds. 

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New York State of Mind Amoeblog #80: WTC BASE Jumpers, F Train's F Grade, Bob Dylan Art Show, Slick Rick + Other Concerts

Posted by Billyjam, May 7, 2014 12:00pm | Post a Comment

Just released video of Marko Markovich's BASE Jump off the 1 WTC (Freedom Tower)
 3 am on September 30, 2013. Yesterday Markovich and his fellow jumpers were in court

Above is a brand new video, posted to YouTube a couple of days ago, of the controversial NYC BASE jump in the wee hours of September 30th last from the Freedom Tower at the location of the World Trade Center. This latest video was take from the point of view (head cam) of jumper Marko Markovich who was the first of the three base jumpers to parachute from the 1,776-foot-tall building before getting arrested for the daredevil stunt - but not at the time of the incident, only in recent weeks when the first video of the jump was uploaded to YouTube. This second video, which is much longer than the previous one posted, captures both the amazing view from so high up above Downtown Manhattan floating downwards as well as the nervous anticipation by the 27 year old Markovich and his fellow jumpers. In the video you can hear the three jumpers (who were all arrested along with their lookout person) say how they hope they won't end up in the local NYPD Precinct arrested for felony charges. Unfortunately for them the posting of that first video in late March was exactly what led to their arrest on felony charges. Meanwhile Monday's posting by the jumpers of this second video to YouTube, which asked viewers to donate to their legal fund and to help make BASE jumping legal, was a strategic one since the following day (yesterday May 6th) all four would be in court on charges of burglary, reckless endangerment, and jumping from a structure - that could result in them serving some serious time behind bars. They all pleaded not guilty with their lawyer stating that his hope that the charges would be reduced from felony to a misdemeanor. The case continues in six weeks when they all return to court.

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Meet An Amoebite: Fiona

Posted by Billy Gil, May 7, 2014 09:20am | Post a Comment

fiona amoebaName: Fiona M.

Age: 27

Job: Poster Manager, Sales Rep/Outreach

How long have you been with Amoeba? I have been here for three and a half years!

What else do you do with your time? 

I go to a lot of shows. I am rich in talented friends and friends that have weight over guests lists. I write stuff too, and play guitar in the wee hours of the night. Gotta stay active, so I get outside a lot. If anybody has a baseball glove, I'll meet you at the park. Aside from that, you can usually find me cooking for my friends at home and listening to records. 

Tell us a story about working at Amoeba.

A few months after I started at Amoeba, I signed up to DJ in the store. I decided to compile a themed set: Light N Bouncy Pop Delights. The set included various pop songs spanning the decades. It was a bit nerve wrecking looking out at a store filled with colleagues whose DJ skills and music knowledge hugely surpassed my own. When more than a handful of those same coworkers came up to me during the set to either ask who an artist was that I had played, or to high-five me for a good selection, I distinctly remember feeling like I was at home here. Especially when DJ Mona Lisa threw up her hands and hollered from across the store the second I threw on "Your Smiling Face" by James Taylor. That was a validating moment in my life. 


What have you been listening to lately?

Lately I can not get enough Shoes' Present Tense. Cibo Matto has been on my heavy rotation after seeing them at the El Rey in February. That was an honor. 

Tacos, Tequila & more at LA Weekly's Tacolandia 2014

Posted by Amoebite, May 6, 2014 03:35pm | Post a Comment


After a super successful debut last year, Tacolandia is back with more tacos than your taste buds can handle! The event is curated by the World's First Tacorazzo, Bill Esparza. Mr. Esparza is the Southland champion when it comes to discovering the best street food in the county. From the O.C. to West L.A. and every hood in between, Esparza has uncovered many great taco shops, food trucks and corner stands that serve up nothing less than stellar tortilla filled treats. This is definitely a gathering of the taco gods... Okay, maybe not gods, but really awesome taco men and women with mad skills for making your taste buds very happy. 

This year Tacolandia will be held on Saturday, June 28 at LA's birthplace, El Pueblo De Los Angeles, and will feature tacos from over 40 of LA and Mexico's hottest vendors, plus live music and tequila tasting. Amoeba Hollywood will be on site with our special prize wheel. Be sure to come say hello and give the wheel a spin for some cool giveaways. Tacos, music and tequila! What more could you ask for? Tacolandia has "good times" written all over it. You definitely do not want to miss this. 

Tickets are on sale now here.

General Admission ticket includes:

  • Entry into the event
  • Entertainment
  • Selection of 40+ taco samples
  • Access to Cash Bar
  • Access to Vendor Village
Early Bird Pricing: $25 (ends Friday, May 30th at 11:59pm)
Advance Pricing: $30 (Saturday, May 31st at 12 midnight - Friday, June 22nd at 5pm)
Door Pricing: $40


Recap: May Charity Auction for Sweet Relief at Amoeba Hollywood

Posted by Amoebite, May 6, 2014 03:00pm | Post a Comment

Sweet Relief

On Saturday, May 3, just a few days before Cinco De Mayo, we had a wonderful auction with one of our absolute favorites, Gustavo Arellano. The beneficiary for this auction was the outstanding organization Sweet Relief Musicians Fund, now in its twentieth year of providing financial assistance to all types of career musicians who are struggling to make ends meet while facing illness, disability or age-related problems. In other words, Healing Musicians in Need. We all have received so much out of music, it was time to give a little back!

Gutavo ArellanoGustavo Arellano is the editor of OC Weekly, author, lecturer, and the nationally syndicated “¡Ask a Mexican!” columnist. This was a return engagement for Gustavo as our auction host and he outdid himself. We were so excited to have him back, and he definitely delivered, putting together some crazy packages (a signed Charo CD along with a Nick Cave toy, or a Star Wars Toy with a Cumbia CD), and holding the audience rapt with his rapid-fire auction patter. And he made sure everyone understood that every bid had meaning, making jokes all the while driving the bids up and up. 

As always, Amoeba matches each and every bid. We started the Auction tradition when Katrina hit the Southland in 2005, and we have raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for local and global organizations in the last nine years. We have raised money for so many worthy organizations; from Doctors Without Borders disaster relief to NKLA and many more. It's a huge part of our community efforts and we appreciate so much the people who come out to support, and our guest auctioneers over the years (who have included Bob Odenkirk, Garfunkel and Oates, David Cross, and many other comedians and luminaries). Check out our auction page for a deeper list.

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Album Picks: tUnE-yArDs, The Horrors, Lykke Li, PAWS, Elephant

Posted by Billy Gil, May 6, 2014 10:33am | Post a Comment

tUnE-yArDs - Nikki Nack (LP, Red Vinyl, CD, Download)

tUnE-yArDs’ Merrill Garbus has always seemed outright phobic of sounding like anyone else, mangling her elastic voice, drums loops and kitchen-sink instrumentation into a cartoonish assembling of sounds that only slightly resembles other indie pop of its ilk. “On the one hand, there is what sounds good, on the other there is what’s true,” she sings on the relatively low-key “Look Around,” as if addressing any criticisms of her music head-on. However, Nikki Nack's strength comes from Garbus' ability to wrangle her wild ideas into instantly memorable pop songs that are still nonetheless really effing strange. Whether she’s inventing new hopscotch cheers with Busta Rhymes references on “Water Fountain,” skipping along cabaret-jazz vibes on “Real Thing” or creating alien freestyle jams like “Sink-O” and “Wait for a Minute,” Garbus remains definitely tuned to her own frequency. However, these songs are as rife with hooks as they are loaded with tangents and unstoppable energy. The songs that aren’t as concerned with rule-breaking on Nikki Nack are almost more striking in that they reveal the power of Garbus’ incredible voice and her ability to make even a seemingly straightforward song hauntingly unusual, as on songs like “Time of Dark,” which reveal themselves to be highlights upon repeated listens. tUnE-yArDs still isn’t for everyone—there’s a childlike reading called “Why Do We Dine on the Tots?” that’s a bit of groan-worthy performance art—but listeners who may have shied away from tUnE-yArDs bizzaro pop in the past will find lots to feast on here, as Nikki Nack is always more intriguing than off-putting in its otherness. Listening requires plenty of trust, but Garbus makes falling down the rabbit hole with her well worth it on Nikki Nack.

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Hip-Hop History Tuesdays: Sir Mix-a-Lot's "Posse On Broadway"

Posted by Billyjam, May 6, 2014 09:34am | Post a Comment

Sir Mix-a-Lot "Posse On Broadway" (1988)

While Sir Mix-a-Lot is often wrongly dismissed as a rap one hit wonder for his international crossover mega-hit single "Baby Got Back" the Seattle rapper/producer actually boasts a rich catalog of quality posse on broadwayhip-hop - much of it in the years, on his own Nastymix Records label, leading up to his well worn 1992 hit single about him "liking big butts and I don't know why" and the Def American released album Mack Daddy from where it was culled. In fact he released his very first record seven years before "Baby Got Back." And four  years before his big hit propelled the now 50 year old artist born Anthony Ray into mainstream status he released his debut full-length album Swass which included the hip-hop 'golden age' classic "Posse on Broadway."  A single off the album released on the successful North West indie rap label that he himself founded, "Posse" struck a nerve with rap fans not just in Seattle but everywhere at the time. This was thanks to such factors as its great lyrics, the track's irresistibly powerful 808 kick-drum fueled beat, and also because listeners made the song lyrics relate to their own town's "Broadway" (every city has a Broadway it seems) whether they were in Oakland, San Francisco, New York City or wherever. Of course, the "Broadway" Sir Mix-a-Lot (who called the Bay Area his second home and spent a lot of them there) was referencing in "Posse On Broadway" was the street in his own hometown of Seattle.  Located in Seattle's Capitol Hill district, it was on Broadway where he and his "posse" famously "stopped at Taco Bell for some Mexican eatin' But Taco Bell was closed, The girls was on my tip. They said go back the other way we'll stop and eat at Dick's. Dick's is the place where the cool hang out. The Swass like to play and the rich flaunt clout. Posse to he burger stand so big we walk in twos." (Scroll down to see full song lyrics.)  A few years back when I interviewed more recent era Seattle underground hip-hop artist D. Black and asked him if Dick's Drive-In, the famed Seattle fast food institution immortalized in "Posse On Broadway," was still in business? "Yes, Dick's is still there on Broadway, although I don't eat there anymore cos it's not Kosher," added the next generation Seattle emcee, who practices Judaism. In fact today's best known Seattle rapper Macklemore filmed his (The Heist featured track) "White Walls" video at Dick's. 

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Peaches Christ Presents 20th Anniversary Serial Mom Tribute with Ricki Lake, 5/10

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, May 5, 2014 07:22pm | Post a Comment

It's a Mother's Day celebration to die for this Saturday, May 10th at SF's Castro Theatre at 8pm as the serial mom peaches christinimitable Ricki Lake joins hostess Peaches Christ for a giant Serial Mom anniversary tribute night.

What better way to say I LOVE YOU, MOM this Mother's Day weekend then with a screening of the John Waters' wickedly hilarious classic, a live pre-show stage performance, and the one and only Ricki Lake?! Ms. Lake is a bona fide pop culture icon, film star (Hairspray, Cry Baby), Emmy Award winner, and motherhood advocate. Peaches Christ will conduct an onstage interview with Ms. Lake including an audience Q&A preceding the screening.

The pre-show, "Serial Queen," co-stars Peaches as "Dottie," the innocent victim of a vicious crank-caller. What happens when a successful drag queen goes on a killing spree in San Francisco and begins offing drag rule-breakers, boogers, and the impolite? Is Martiny the first to go? Find out! The show will also feature the fantastic and erotic dance stylings of SexiTude. Wear white shoes at your own risk.

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serial mom peaches christ

The Filipino New School Freestyle Revival

Posted by Eric Brightwell, May 5, 2014 06:06pm | Post a Comment

Freestyle is a type of dance-pop music that evolved from Hi-NRG, Electro, and Hip-Hop in the early 1980s — primarily in New York City and specifically the South Bronx. Due to the ethnic and musicological background of some of its producers, performers and many of its fans, Freestyle was originally often referred to as Latin Hip-Hop. After enjoying a period of crossover popularity in the second half of the 1980s, Freestyle stopped being a major musical force in mainstream but was kept alive by a cult largely comprised surprisingly perhaps, largely of Filipinos.

Freestyle CD covers from the Geocities Era

In the early 1980s listeners could still discern the unique cultural contributions that made pre-corporate Hip-Hop a complex Afro-Caribbean-Hellenic-Italo-Teutonic gumbo. The syncopated rhythms of Electro-Funk owed their popularity to Nuyoricans’ central importance in the emerging subculture. Electro-Funk branched into something distinct (what came to be known as Freestyle) in 1982 and ’83, with the release of songs like Planet Patrol’s “Pay At Your Own Risk,” C-Bank’s “Get Wet,” and Shannon’s “Let the Music Play” and the production efforts of figures like John Robie & Arthur Baker, The Latin Rascals, and Mark Liggett & Chris Barbosa.

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First City Festival 2014

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, May 5, 2014 06:05pm | Post a Comment

The First City Festival returns for its second year to the Monterey County Fair and Event Center on Saturday August 23rd and Sunday, August 24th! Last year at its debut, the boutique music festival attracted more than 10,000 attendees each day and featured a line-up of over 30 bands at the picturesque coastal setting.

The line-up for this year's fest includes Beck, The National, Phantogram, Best Coast, and so many more amazing acts! In addition to performers on three stages, the festival offers other entertainment and distinctive attractions including a Vaudeville-style variety stage, plus a full carnival with rides and games.

Tickets are on sale now and includes unlimited access to carnival rides. There will also be hotel and shuttle packages available for purchase.

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New Study Examines the Largest Vocabulary in Hip-Hop Based on Rap Lyrics

Posted by Billyjam, May 5, 2014 03:52pm | Post a Comment

NYC based designer, coder, and data scientist at Undercurrent Matt Daniels has just unveiled his latest project, an in-depth examination of the vocabulary of hip-hop emcees which, for any fan of the genre or of the English language, is well worth checking out. The results, just published on Amazon News under the heading The Largest Vocabulary in Hip Hop, are the results of Daniels' quest to study and compare some of hip-hop's most prolific artists and determine their use of words in raps while comparing them with William Shakespeare’s vocabulary "across his entire corpus" noting how "he uses 28,829 words, suggesting he knew over 100,000 words and arguably had the largest vocabulary, ever." He also uses as a comparison test the first 35,000 words of Herman Melville's book Moby Dick, and states that he decided to compare "this data point against the most famous artists in hip hop" and that for this study that he "used each artist’s first 35,000 lyrics. That way, prolific artists, such as Jay-Z, could be compared to newer artists, such as Drake." As a data source he utilized Rap Genius (website that comprises most rap song lyrics) that, even though the study is just published now in May 2014, are only current to 2012. Among the artists included in his study are E-40, Too $hort, LL Cool J, Rakim, Beastie Boys, and standout study subject Aesop Rock who ranks as user of the most unique words in his rhymes clocking in at a total of 7392 unique words as compared to say Snoop Dogg (3974 unique words), or Blackalicious (5480 unique words used). He also goes into a deeper look at Wu-Tang (see above excerpt) for a look at each members "total words" (as distinct from "unique words"). For further in-depth results of this study click here.

See Thee Oh Sees, Cate le Bon and More at Deserted At The Palms May 17

Posted by Billy Gil, May 2, 2014 06:30pm | Post a Comment

Festival season continues with a new one called Deserted At The Palms, happening at The Palms bar May 17 out in Wonder Valley.

Where's that, you might ask? You may have heard of Pappy and Harriet's over in Pioneertown and the suddenly hip town of Joshua Tree, but just past those places, off Highway 62, is the even more remote Wonder Valley, home to the surreal Palms bar. It's a dusty, friendly saloon with an outdoor stage owned and run by the band The Sibleys, who also play at every show at the bar.

Thee Oh Sees

Sound cool? You haven't even heard what bands will be playing yet. It's a doozy of a lineup—prolific Bay Area garage rockers Thee Oh Sees; Welsh songstress Cate le Bon, who just graced our own little stage; lo-fi greats White Fence; surrealist pop duo Prince Rama; dark disco diva Nite Jewel; jangle-pop maestros Dream Boys; minimal wave lady Geneva Jacuzzi, who will DJ at Amoeba Hollywood May 30 at 8 p.m.; wild folk band Bloody Death Skull; and so much more, including Chrome Canyon, Rainbow Arabia, Amanda Jo Williams, Hott MT, Alex Lilly, Gun Outfit, Sex Stains and, of course, The Sibleys. The show is put on by L.A. Record's Daiana Feuer and Jessica Espeleta, the latter of whom will be DJing here Friday May 23 at 8 p.m.

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Show Recap: Cate le Bon at Amoeba Hollywood

Posted by Billy Gil, May 2, 2014 06:00pm | Post a Comment

Cate le Bon’s songs have a ragged glory, spare, yet intricate and propulsive like Television and Patti Smith Group before her, with a world-weary soul cutting through via le Bon’s swooping vocals. Backed by her sturdy, three-piece band, they launched into the clockwork shuffle of “No God,” from her most recent release, 2013’s excellent Mug Museum, at Amoeba Hollywood April 30.

Le Bon shifted gears from icy to sultry for single “Are You With Me Now,” which has the feel of a classic reggae ballad covered by a CBGBs band. The set picked up for album opener “I Can’t Help You,” its interlocking post-punk guitars and le Bon's sultry voice moving into a snarling chorus while le Bon's nimble-fingered guitarist doubled as keyboardist, playing jaunty synth organ to balance the songs jagged edges. They got playful for “Duke,” a song whose singsongy melody ends in a banshee wail from le Bon.

Her set moved from le Bon’s most immediate songs to some of her most challenging ones. “Sisters” started harmlessly enough with an upbeat jangle but ended in atonal guitar jabs and a ping-ponging bassline. “Wild,” Mug Museum’s heaviest rocker, saw some of le Bon’s wildest guitar playing as the song ended in a krautrock freakout. And for anyone not new to the le Bon fold, she pulled out Cyrk’s “Fold the Cloth,” its ornate arrangement balancing Mug Museum’s directness and ending things with eerie harmonies and spurts of carefully orchestrated guitar noise.

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Amoeba Holds Its Next Sidewalk Sale May 10

Posted by Billy Gil, May 2, 2014 11:48am | Post a Comment

amoeba sidewalk saleAmoeba Hollywood is holding its next Sidewalk Sale May 10 from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Just outside the store on Sunset Blvd., we’ll have deals including:

-Comic books at four for $1

-DVDs for $3, or buy three get one free (excluding DVD box sets)

-DVD box sets at $7, or two for $10

-Blu-ray Discs at three for $12

-Classical CD bargains

-And more!

We know its already getting hot out there. That's why we've partnered with Hubert's Lemonade to keep you hydrated while you're outside.

See y’all there!

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Hip-Hop Rap-Up, Week End 05.02.14: DMC Battles, Supa Dave West on Dilla, Dopestyle 1231, Hip-Hop In The Park, + more

Posted by Billyjam, May 2, 2014 11:18am | Post a Comment
Amoeba Hollywood Hip-Hop Top Five Chart: Week Ending 05:02:14

1) Army of the Pharaohs In Death Reborn (Enemy Soil)

2) Freddie Gibbs & Madlib Pinata LP (Madlib Invazion)

3) YG My Krazy Life (Def Jam)

4) DJ Quik Safe + Sound  (SONY)

5) ScHoolboy Q Oxymoron (Interscope)

Clocking in a just under an hour is Army Of The Pharaohs anticipated new joint and this week's number one hip-hop chart entry at Amoeba In Death Reborn which is the fourth studio album by the non-commercial yet hella popular Army of the Pharaohs featuring the all-star lineup of Vinnie Paz, Apathy, Blacastan, Block McCloud, Celph Titled, Crypt The Warchild, Demoz, Des Devious, Doap Nixon, Esoteric, King Magnetic, King Syze, Planetary, Reef the Lost Cauze, and Zilla with production from various studio talents including Apathy, C-Lance, Leaf Dog, Panik, and Stu BangasThe release, which is the group's first new studio album in four years, is packed with rapid fire wordplay by this talent-packed collective and features such memorable tracks as the lead single/video “God Particle” (below). Also below is the video for YG's Drake featured single "Who Do You Love?" off his current chart entry My Krazy Life on Def Jam. Other chart entries at Amoeba this week are Freddie Gibbs & Madlib's Pinata ScHoolboy Q's Oxymoron, and (in throwback style) DJ Quik's 1995 album Safe + Sound  which is one of two older releases that have been moving at Amoeba Hollywood this past week. The other older release that, for some reason, began selling briskly over the past week at the SoCal Amoeba is Lauryn Hill's 1998 post Fugee's solo classic The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill.

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Weekly Roundup: Thee Tee Pees, Pillar Point, Boardwalk, RedRedRed, Tijuana Panthers

Posted by Billy Gil, May 2, 2014 10:50am | Post a Comment

Thee Tee Pees – “Indian Bingo”

thee tee pees lpThee Tee Pees don’t have time for your fancy studios and multitracking. But they do have time to record “Indian Bingo” 20 times (if you believe the guy shouting “take 20!”) at the beginning of “Indian Bingo” just to get that perfect balance of slop and fury. The L.A. garage-punk band releases its self-titled debut in late May via Manglor, and it’s already sounding like the party rock record of the summer.


Pillar Point – “Cherry” (Music Go Music remix)

How did I miss fawning over the Bay Area’s Pillar Point (aka Scott Reitherman) and his excellent, recently released self-titled dream-R&B album? I’m a dum dum. At least I had the wherewithal to be on it for this remix of “Cherry,” which strips some of the gauzy texture from the original and adds a funk shuffle that makes it into an absolute jam. Known mainly for his work with Throw Me the Statue, Pillar Point is someone we’re gonna have to watch from here on out. He’s at L.A.’s Echoplex May 5 and S.F.’s Elbo Room May 6. Listen to the original “Cherry” here; watch the video for the gorgeous “Dreamin’” here.

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New CD/Vinyl Releases at Amoeba Hollywood 5/2/14- Matt Karmil, Ondo Fudd, R-Zone and more!

Posted by Oliver / Matt / Jordan, May 2, 2014 01:32am | Post a Comment

Matt Karmil


Matt Karmil

Matt Karmil CD


Inward-looking house album from the English producer Karmil. These tracks unspool slowly, largely based on gauzy samples and minimal synth work. The result is somewhere between Fennesz, Gas and the L.I.E.S. catalog, an alluring sound indeed. "Sinkhole" mixes an elegant, corroded string sample with a touch of 303 squelch. Ambient shufflers for the heads.

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Jonsson & Alter - Brevet Hem

Jonsson & Alter

Brevet Hem 7"

Kontra Music

Single version of the moody cut of J & A's excellent "2" album. Kazumi's heavily reverbed vocals ride an expansive synth motif. Eventually, the breakdown opens up to a tough tech/house drum workout with some Seinfeld slap bass accents and subtle jacking percussion. This track would do damage at one of  Lee Burridge's All Day I Dream parties.

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S.P. Posse - Acido 17

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May Day 2014: Songs That Celebrate and Defend The Rights of Workers Everywhere

Posted by Billyjam, May 1, 2014 09:40am | Post a Comment
        Common a month ago doing a free show in support of workers at the Nissan car
        plant in Canton, Miss. who are pushing for a vote to organize as part of the UAW

In light of the ever increasing war being waged against unions and in turn the stripping of the basic rights of the working class in this country and elsewhere, this year's May Day (the internationally recognized day to celebrate and to defend the rights of workers everywhere from Modesto to Moscow) seems extra significant on this May 1st, 2014; perhaps even as significant as that very first mass US May Day protest back in 1886 when hundreds of thousands of disgruntled workers across the US, in a fight for an 8 hour work day, walked off their jobs in protest. Hence for this May Day I have assembled a selection of songs/videos that reflect the plight of struggling workers in a time when the gap between the rich controlling class and the rest of us gets wider and wider. 

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Concert Tickets for Sale at Amoeba Hollywood in May 2014

Posted by Amoebite, May 1, 2014 09:28am | Post a Comment

Concert Tix for sale at AmoebaAmoeba Hollywood regularly sells tickets to local shows, with the added bonus of charging low service fees (if you are into saving money and who isn't really?).

All tickets can be purchased at the registers (while supplies last) for a $2 service fee. We take cash and credit cards for all ticket sales. Store credit and coupons cannot be applied to ticket sales. Limit 4 tickets per person.

Please note that on the day of the show, we will stop selling tickets for that show at 5pm.

If you have a question about whether we've sold out of a specific show, please call the store at 323-245-6400.


The War on Drugs at the Fonda

The War on Drugs
Fonda Theatre
October 2 & 3

FYF Fest

FYF Fest
LA Sports Arena & Exposition Park
August 23-24


Here is a full list of tickets we currently have for sale at Amoeba Hollywood:

Show Name Venue Show Date Ticket Price
(fee not included)
The Afghan Whigs Fonda Theatre 10/25/2014 $35.00
Anamanaguchi El Rey 06/20/2014 $17.00
Banks (SOLD OUT) El Rey 05/29/2014 $17.00
Black Label Society Fonda Theatre 06/07/2014 $35.00
The Both (Aimee Mann & Ted Leo) El Rey 06/14/2014 $25.00
Com Truise El Rey 10/04/2014 $22.00
Cultura Profetica El Rey 06/27/2014 $29.50
CYNIC El Rey 07/12/2014 $22.00
Mac DeMarco Fonda Theatre 07/11/2014 $20.50
Fink (ON SALE 5/30) El Rey 10/11/2014 $22.00
Foxygen  Fonda Theatre 08/14/2014 $20.00
Foxy Shazam El Rey 07/31/2014 $20.00
Nils Frahm El Rey 11/13/2014 $27.50
Fuck Buttons  El Rey 06/26/2014 $20.00
Fucked Up  El Rey 08/21/2014 $20.00
FYF Fest

LA Sports Arena
& Exposition Park