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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode With Cattle Decapitation

Posted by Amoebite, April 30, 2015 03:57pm | Post a Comment

Cattle Decapitation

San Diego deathgrind band Cattle Decapitation is known for their songs Cattle Decapprotesting the mistreatment of animals and enviornmental abuse. Since forming in 1996, they have released seven studio albums and just teased a follow up to 2014's Monolith Of Inhumanity, which is slated for release later this year (more details to be announced May 20th).

Vocalist Travis Ryan and bassist Derek Engemann visited Amoeba Hollywood recently to do some record shopping. The two picked up an eclectic mix of music, including a few albums fans might not expect. Travis kicks things off with A Tribute To Bethlehem, the German metal band. Derek shows off a Dark Funeral tatoo to go with his new copy of The Secrets Of The Black Arts (Century Media) and we learn a little secret about why he loves this record so much. Travis finds two psychedelic gems from Turkish folk-rocker Selda Bagcan and gets his hands on a copy of Beck's Morning Phase (Capitol) pressed on 180 gram vinyl. In true record shopping fashion, Derek spots an album by Pagan-metal band Bornholm and picks the album solely based on its cover art. From psychedelic folk to experimental noise to pop vocal and metal, Travis and Derek dig for it all. Watch the full episode below to see all their finds:

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SF's Balboa & Vogue Theaters Celebrate Music Documentaries This May

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, April 30, 2015 01:48pm | Post a Comment

This May, it's all about music documentaries at the historic Balboa Theatre and Vogue Theatre and we think that rocks.

Vogue Theatre is honoring the late, great director Albert Maysles (1926 - 2015) with a festival of his films May 8 - 14. Two of the 17 films featured are his rock doc classics Gimme Shelter and Get Yer Ya-Ya's Out. These are a MUST for any Rolling Stones fan and aficionado of concert films. Get your tickets and find out more about the Albert Maysles Memorial Film Festival here!

Gimme ShelterGimme Shelter
Saturday, May 9. 12:30pm, 3:30pm, 7:00pm
Gimme Shelter is the landmark documentary about the Rolling Stones US tour of 1969 that ended tragically at the ill-fated free concert at Altamont Speedway on December 6, 1969.

Get Yer Ya-Yas Out!
Saturday, May 9. 10:30pm
Thursday, May 14. 9:30pm
A rarely-seen chronicle of The Rolling Stones’ epic performance at Madison Square Garden in November 1969. Albert Maysles has put together never-before seen archive footage that shows the band at its height, wowing New York audiences.

Balboa Theatre screens two soon-to-be classic documentaries with Her Aim Is True, Karen Whitehead's look into the life of rock photographer Jini Dellaccio, on May 6th and John Pirozzi's celebration of the incredible rock and roll that came from Cambodia, Don't Think I've Forgotten: Cambodia's Lost Rock and Roll, May 8 - 14. Get your tickets now!

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Kingsman Founding Member/"Louie Louie" Singer Jack Ely Dead

Posted by Billyjam, April 29, 2015 06:10am | Post a Comment

Jack Ely, who co-founded the Portland, OR rock & roll groupThe Kingsmen back in 1959, died yesterday at age 71 of an unspecified illness. The former Kingsmen member, who lived in his home state up until the time of his death, was most famous for being the main singer of the group's megahit (and widely covered) raw rock'n'roll classic "Louie Louie." The breakout hit single for the group which was a cover, written by Richard Berry six years earlier and covered by The Wailers two years previously, became a top ten single for four straight months in 1963 - both making the band famous and bringing them a federal investigation.

Due to the garage rock record's lo-fi quality - in particular Ely's poorly mic'ed and somewhat indecipherable muttered lyrics - the authorities at the time, under the lead of the FBI no less, feared the worst and believed Ely to be singing naughty words on the record and consequently instigated an investigation into "Louie Louie" by the Kingsmen. Fast forward many weeks, much wasted tax payers dollars, and a 455-page report on the Kingsmen single and the Feds determined that Ely was simply singing unintelligibly. Over the years countless bands covered "Louie Louie" making it the most covered song in popular music history, leading to Bay Area radio station KFJC in the 80's doing an annual Louie Louie Marathon of playing on the air the seemingly endless list of cover versions of the song made most famous by the Kingsmen. Although Ely left the The Kingsmen, after a falling out, not too long after "Louie Louie's" chart success he seemed forever tied to the band's famous hit.  Soon after leaving he would go on and form The Courtmen (a not quite as popular rival group) who recorded "Louie Louie '66" and some time after that he would record the "Louie Louie" related single "Love That Louie" for the later group he formed Jack E. Lee and the Squires. After that he quit the music business to raise horses. Regarding the unspecified cause of death reportedly it is because of the singer's religious beliefs that the exact cause or illness, that he had suffered from for the past few years, is unknown.

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Video: Blur 'Magic Whip' Ice Cream Truck Hands Out Free Flexi Discs

Posted by Amoebite, April 28, 2015 03:33pm | Post a Comment

blur the magic whip flexi discTo kick off the release of Blur’s The Magic Whip (out today), an ice cream truck handed out free ice cream and flexi discs  around Los Angeles on Record Store Day April 18.

Lucky Record Store Day goers at Amoeba Hollywood and other local record stores received a disc with the new album’s first track, “Lonesome Street,” as seen in the video we’re premiering today. We're also giving away a handful of the flexi discs with purchase of the new album in-store at Amoeba Hollywood (while supplies last).

Blur’s much-anticipated eighth album comes 12 years after their previous album, Think Tank. Following a long hiatus in which the band pursued other projects, such as frontman Damon Albarn’s Gorillaz, Blur reunited in 2009 and have played such shows as the 2013 Coachella Music and Arts Festival.

For the uninitiated, flexi discs are playable phonograph records printed on flexible vinyl sheets that used to appear in places like cereal boxes and magazines. They’ve been around since the 1960s but are just starting to see a resurgence along with the revitalization of vinyl in general.

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Hip-Hop History Tuesdays: The Native Tongues

Posted by Billyjam, April 28, 2015 11:45am | Post a Comment
Upon digging in the golden era hip-hop LP crates recently I uncovered an amazing album that I had not listened to in full in some time - the Jungle Brothers' 1988 debut album Straight Out The Jungle on Idlers/Warlock - that reminded me of how, upon its release, that was the record that introduced hip-hop fans like myself to the Native Tongues - as well as to Q-Tip who guested on the album tracks "Black Is Black" and "The Promo."

Centered in New York City and with direct ties to the Universal Zulu Nation, the Native Tongues were not a crew but rather a collective of different crews and acts that came together as a loose knit movement bonded by Afrocentric rooted hip-hop with uplifting lyrics focus on positivity and with a musical / production focus on jazzy grooves and eclectic samples (along with jazz, funk, and soul samples, the aforementioned Jungle Brothers album title track sampled Cameroon, Central Africa artist Manu Dibango). In addition to its leading act The Jungle Brothers (aka the JBs), the Native Tongues also included De La Soul and A Tribe Called Quest (its core members), as well as such artists as Queen Latifah, Black Sheep, and Monie Love as among its many members. Other Native Tongue members - albeit to a much lesser and/or later degree of involvement - have said to have included Chi-Ali, Fu-Schnickens, The Beatnuts, Brand Nubian, Leaders of the New School, Common, and Da Bush Babees. However while these hip-hop acts continued for many years - some up until the present - the actual Native Tongues collective slowly disintegrated and became no more by the early nineties - many correctly correlating the demise of Afrocentric hip-hop with that of the Native Tongues movement. 

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Album Picks: Blur, Braids, Coachwhips

Posted by Billy Gil, April 28, 2015 11:08am | Post a Comment

Blur - The Magic Whip

blur the magic whip lpTwelve years after their last album, it’s easy for Blur to pick up right where they left off—the Britpop band never made two albums that sounded the same. “Lonesome Street” starts the album with a loopy, mid-tempo jangle, and it’s tough not to cheer upon hearing the reunion of frontman Damon Albarn’s lonely, sleepless croon with guitarist Graham Coxon’s vigorous strums, especially when he kicks up the distortion on the chugging “Go Out.” The band’s songwriting more than ever calls to mind late-era Beatles on songs like “Ice Cream Man,” a somber tune buffeted by squirrely synth noise. Magic Whip gets more experimental (and better) as it goes, as though throwing bones to longtime fans is out of the way. “Thought I Was a Spaceman” is a beautiful, searching ballad with a bossa nova feel and soft digital-tribal bounce. “I Broadcast” has the spirit of early-’90s Blur with the kind of noisemaking capabilities they now have in their arsenal, throwing in vocal samples and filling the space with extra guitar and synth sounds. Blur recorded The Magic Whip in a stopover in Hong Kong and finished it up separately over time, but miraculously, it doesn’t sound disjointed, keeping the hazy, layover feel of the original session, while the band’s experimentations are mostly folded into the music and don’t distract from the songs themselves. Though occasionally you wish for the frenetic energy of early Blur on more tracks, in their place is a laid-back tunefulness on songs like the loungey “Ghost Ship” and eerie “Pyongyang,” kind of like Roxy Music settling into their Avalon era. The Magic Whip is what you want from a reunion album: it’s the sound of a band progressing, with nods to the past that don’t hold them back in the slightest. Long may they run.

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MiDNiTES FOR MANiACS' Rock N' Roll Triple Bill With Director Penelope Spheeris In Person At SF's Castro Theatre

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, April 27, 2015 04:02pm | Post a Comment

On Friday, May 8th, our pals at MiDNiTES FOR MANiACS present a tribute to director Penelope Spheeris at San Francisco's historic Castro Theatre and it is a triple bill fit for the Rock N' Roll Hall of Fame. After decades of bootlegs, hearsay, and double-talk rumors, Spheeris's The Decline of Western Civilization films have finally been digitally restored and will receive their first official release since the 1980s. It also happens to be the 23rd anniversary of Spheeris's comedy Wayne's World, so catch that on the big screen too! Spheeris will be in attendance and on the Castro stage for a live Q&A session.

Admission is only $13 for all three films. Advance Tix are on sale HERE!
 

Here's what's happening that night:


7:00pm: The Decline of Western Civilization (1981)
Decline of Western CivilizationWorld Theatrical Premiere of DCP Restoration! Written & Directed by Penelope Spheeris

The world theatrical premiere of the seminal Punk classic features jaw-dropping performances by the Germs, X, Black Flag, Fear, Circle Jerks, Alice Bag Band, Catholic Discipline, along with brutally honest interviews with the young punks of Los Angeles circa 1980. Spheeris's stark camerawork captured this moment-in-time better than any film from the era and it's time to celebrate it in all of its purposeful unglory. Digitally restored picture and sound presented in a brand new DCP print courtesy of Spheeris Films. Preceded by a fistful of punk themed 35mm trailers. Q&A with Spheeris following the film.

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Zion I's Zumbi and Locksmith Join Forces For Full-Length Project

Posted by Billyjam, April 27, 2015 03:32pm | Post a Comment

Zion I x Locksmith  "Culture Freedom" (2015)

Two Bay Area hip-hop heavyweights - Zion I's Zumbi and East Bay emcee talent Locksmith who came to fame as one half of The Frontline - have combined forces to record a full-length collaborative project that, when released later this year, will feature the lead single "Culture Freedom" for which, earlier this month, they published the accompanying video above. In it the duo spit memorable verses in footage taken from the wrap-up weeks of their recently completed Rapture tour. "We decided to shoot the 'Culture Freedom' video while on tour because we wanted to capture the energy of just being in the moment and grindin.' I wasn't tripping off of a deep concept, it's more about the way we live than trying to present some glamorized version of ourselves. Plus, we're from the Bay Area, so being in snow just adds an exotic element in our minds," noted Zumbi of the winter-as-backdrop music video. As reported here on the Amoeblog earlier this year AmpLive (Zion's longtime super-gifted producer) and Zumbi (the MC) decided to amicably go their separate ways but that Zumbi would maintain the name Zion I - hence why Zumbi's Locksmith collaborative project is being billed under Zion I.

Malaysian Singer/Songwriter Yuna Performs at Nourse Theater in SF, May 9

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, April 27, 2015 01:11pm | Post a Comment

Yuna, CIIS San Francisco

Amoeba Music and CIIS Public Programs & Performances present Malaysian singer/songwriter Yuna on Saturday, May 9th at the Nourse Theater in San Francisco.

In a remarkably short period of time, Yuna has risen from regional D.I.Y. notoriety to full-on international Yunastardom. In the process, the charismatic young singer/songwriter has become the first artist from her homeland to conquer the American market. The ease with which Yuna has transitioned to border defying mainstream success shouldn't be surprising, considering the effortlessly universal appeal of her organic blend of contemporary pop, acoustic folk and soulful R&B. The artist's personally charged songs are deeply felt yet melodically irresistible, combining her engaging voice and expressive songcraft with imaginative production to create wholly distinctive music that's won her comparisons with the likes of Feist, Adele, and Norah Jones.

Her Verve Records debut, Nocturnal, was recorded in Los Angeles and expands upon the achievements of her self-titled 2012 debut album and its Pharrell Williams-produced breakthrough hit "Live Your Life." Nocturnal's 11 sparkling new originals include the warmly intoxicating first single "Falling," produced by Robin Hannibal of Quadron and the soul-pop group Rhye; the effervescent, uplifting "Rescue," produced by English pop auteur Chris Braide; the breezy, upbeat "I Wanna Go," produced by Michael Einziger of Incubus; and the hauntingly bittersweet "Someone Who Can," produced by Chad Hugo of the Neptunes.

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Tim & Eric Present: To Live and Deejay LA

Posted by Eric Brightwell, April 27, 2015 10:54am | Post a Comment
To Live and Deejay LA

Tim "Modern Brit" Shimbles
(Amoeba employee and frequent traveling companion on California Fool's Gold) and yours truly are going to DJ a set of "locals only" music called To Live and Deejay LA on 12 May at the Melody Lounge in Chinatown. (Click here to join the Facebook event page). 

Los Angeles County flag


Los Angeles is a big place... bigger than the island of Jamaica in fact. It's home to an estimated 10,116,705 people, making it by far the most populous county in the USA (and home to more people than 43 entire states). The Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim census area is also the mostly densely-populated region in the country. I've had a long and hard think, aided by suggestions, trying to come up with a great list of Angeleno musical acts (and no, I didn't forget Red Hot Chili Peppers). Just for the occasion* I painted a huge map of every community in the county and every neighborhood in Los Angeles which has helped stoke the memory. 

Pendersleigh & Sons Cartography's Map of Los Angeles Communities and Neighborhoods
Pendersleigh & Sons Cartography's Map of Los Angeles Communities and Neighborhoods


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Amoeba and Converse Exhibition Shows Off Creativity Through Shoes of Musicians

Posted by Amoebite, April 24, 2015 04:07pm | Post a Comment

Converse Exhibit in Los Angeles

Amoeba has joined forces with the folks at Converse for a unique celebration of musical self-expression. We’ve collected Chuck Taylor All Stars from the Amoeba Music and Converse community and curated them into an exhibition that celebrates self-expression from a truly unexpected perspective.

Come see Chucks from musicians like Patti Smith to Amoeba’s own Marc Weinstein. Every pair is a portrait. Every scuff, rip and mark is a memory. Every beer stain and paint drop tells the story of the people who made them their own. 

In addition to the portraits you’ll be able to have a sneak peek into the psychedelic world of musician King Tuff where you’ll experience a journey through his mind with a virtual reality film. Get immersed in a 360° environment, complete with 360° sound, where you’re in control of where you look.

On opening night Thursday, April 30, we’ll have music from our very own byrdsol as well as free beer from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. The exhibit runs through May 6.

Hear a sample of byrdsol's music with "4 Redrum in the Dark" off pierreponte below:

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Weekly Roundup: Thee Oh Sees, HEALTH, KNXWLEDGE, Crocodiles, Camera Shy

Posted by Billy Gil, April 24, 2015 12:02pm | Post a Comment

Thee Oh Sees – “Withered Hand”

thee oh sees mutilator defeated at last lpThis is exactly what we needed this week—some brain pummeling riffs from John Dwyer and Thee Oh Sees. It’s the second track (after “Web”) that they’ve premiered from Mutilator Defeated at Last (out May 18 on Castle Face) and it’s just one of the most exciting songs they’ve ever put out, an all-guns-firing guitar assault with a gorgeous solo. Listen via Pitchfork. Just in case you thought he ever slept, Dwyer also is releasing another electro-rock solo album under the Damaged Bug moniker called Cold Hot Plumbs, due June 1 on Castle Face.

 

 

 

 

 

HEALTH – “New Coke” video

health death magic lpRemember when coke was the devil, and every time someone took it on TV or in movies they died or something awful happened to them? Glad we’ve progressed beyond that—aside from the whole slow-motion projectile vomiting thing in this new HEALTH video. Right, there is a lot of post-party barfing in the video below, so beware. The booming electro-noise-pop track comes from the L.A. band’s just-announced new album, DEATH MAGIC, due Aug. 7 on Loma Vista.

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Hip Hop Rap Up: RIP Wesley Burton, Mac Dre Art Show, Scarface Book, HBK's Azure, Big Mont, Third Sight IV LP + more

Posted by Billyjam, April 24, 2015 11:37am | Post a Comment
This Saturday evening's Mac Dre Art Show - Dre Area at at Charles Place in Downtown Oakland -  merely proves that the late great Vallejo rapper, whose cult status has grown exponetially since his murder eleven years ago, is truly an iconic hip-hop figure everywhere but especially in his native Bay Area. Dre Area features a total of 40 different artists, including Ernest Doty and Yung E, contributing via their art their take on Mac Dre - some of it inspired by Mac Dre's famous photos and album cover imagery. A one-off event happening this Saturday evening only from 5pm to midnight Dre Area (with all Mac Dre music being spun by DJ Dontdoodaat) takes place at Charles Place which is at 347 13th St. Oakland. Cover is $5 and I have a feeling it could get really packed and if so plan on going earlier than later.

Another beloved Bay Area public figure taken from this world and his family way too young is KPFA's Wesley Burton who, among other things at the Berkeley Pacifica station, co-hosted the popular late Friday night music show Sideshow Radio. However after finishing his show and leaving KPFA last Friday night / early Saturday morning while driving home to his family along Martin Luther King Boulevard in Oakland his car was struck a speeding hit-and-run driver that crashed into him causing Burton's car to flip and die at the scene.  A really well loved individual, tributes to him have included a moving one earlier this week hosted by Davey D during KPFA's Hard Knock Radio that is archived here for playback.

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Howard Stern Presents Celebration of The Beatles with The Flaming Lips Hosted by Fred Armisen

Posted by Billyjam, April 22, 2015 01:30pm | Post a Comment

On his SiriusXM radio channel this Friday (April 24) evening Howard Stern will present A Celebration of The Beatles with the Flaming Lips that will be hosted by the Portlandia's Fred Armisen. The session, for which Howard Stern will surrender his SiriusXM radio studios, will feature the Flaming Lips performing songs from their Beatles tribute album; their interpreted version of the Fab Four's Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band tribute album entitled With A Little Help From My Fwends (also available in LP/vinyl format). Since the show will run for an hour listeners can expect the Lips to cover some other material too during the session by the unpredictable band. The special will premiere this Friday out of the NYC studios at 11pm (8pm Pacific Time) on Howard Stern's SiriusXM channel Howard 101 heard online. The Flaming Lips album With A Little Help From My Fwends was released back in October 28th via Warner Bros. Records when the band released their own versions of each track off The Beatles' 1967 classic album with an eclectic array of guests including Miley Cyrus, Moby, My Morning Jacket, Dr. Dog, Tegan and Sara, and many more. No mention or official word as to whether any of these contributors will perform on Friday along with the Lips but odds are that at least one of them will have to do so. Finally I leave you with What's In My Bag? video segment from last year featuring the Flaming Lips' drummer Kliph Scurlock as he goes digging in the crates at Amoeba Hollywood.

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Amoeba Hollywood Celebrates California Bookstore Day May 2

Posted by Amoebite, April 22, 2015 11:45am | Post a Comment

Bookstore Day at Amoeba Hollywood

Come join Amoeba Hollywood for California Bookstore Day on May 2.

"NCIS" star Pauley Perrette and co-author Matthew Sandusky will be at the store at 2 p.m. to sign copies of their new book, Donna donna bell's bake shopBell's Bake Shop: Recipes and Stories of Family, Friends, and Food (limited to first 100 purchasers of the book). The book tells of how Perrette and her friends opened a Southern-style bake shop in Manhattan and includes recipes.

We’ll have limited edition pieces for sale from Stephen King, Christopher Ware and Allie Brosh, among others. Quantities are limited. And we’ll also be giving away goodies like Grateful Dead rolling papers to celebrate the band’s 50th anniversary and the publication of DEAL: My Three Decades of Drumming, Dreams, and Drugs with the Grateful Dead, the forthcoming autobiography by drummer Bill Kreutzmann.

California Bookstore Day also expanded into Independent Bookstore Day this year. About 400 bookstores around the country are taking part, selling art pieces and books. Find out more about it here.

Here are the pieces we’ll have on hand, along with a short description:

Stephen King - Finders Keepers Broadside

This color broadside reads as a love letter from King to passionate readers. It comes from his forthcoming novel, Finders Keepers, which is the second volume in a crime fiction trilogy (after Mr. Mercedes) and comes out June 2.

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LA Font Chat With the Amoeblog Before Their Amoeba Hollywood Performance April 23

Posted by Billy Gil, April 22, 2015 10:35am | Post a Comment

la fontLos Angeles trio LA Font play a brand of nervy power-pop with melodies that wrap their wires around you before you know it. The band is playing Amoeba Hollywood April 23 at 6 p.m. in support of their new EP, Hangtime Vol. 1, out April 28 on Fleeting Youth Records. We’ll also be giving out FREE split 7”’s with Roses (who play Amoeba Hollywood May 7) as part of Converse Rubber Tracks, a series of releases in which Converse gives up-and-coming bands studio time and releases the results as 7” records.

We took a minute to speak with singer/guitarist Danny Bobbe, who leads the band along with Harlow Rodriguez (drums) and Greg Katz (bass), before the band’s performance.   

Tell me a little bit about the LA Font story. How did you guys meet, where are you from and when did you start playing together?

Bobbe: Seven years ago, I hung fliers across town looking for a drummer. I hung one in Amoeba in the stairwell next to the other fliers. I was worried mine would get taken down or covered up so I stood up on the handrail and taped it to the ceiling. I came back three years later and it was still there. I felt very proud. It's since been removed.

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New Mac DeMarco Mini-LP Up For Preorder

Posted by Billy Gil, April 22, 2015 09:37am | Post a Comment

Our favorite songsmith in goofball’s clothing Mac DeMarco has announced a new, eight-song mini-LP called Another One. It’s due Aug. 7 on Captured Tracks, and you can preorder it on LP or CD now.

DeMarco’s extended tour includes a stop in S.F. for Outside Lands Aug. 8.

mac demarco another one lpHere’s the tracklist for Another One:

1 The Way You'd Love Her
2. Another One
3. No Other Heart
4. Just Put Me Down
5. A Heart Like Hers
6. I've Been Waiting For Her
7. Without Me
8. My House by the Water

He announced the new album through a silly home video filmed by his girlfriend, Kiera McNally. Watch below via Pitchfork.

 

All 80's Everything Dance Party & Art Show at SF's Pop's Bar, May 2nd

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, April 21, 2015 06:45pm | Post a Comment

Break out your best checkered Vans and head to the Mission. Amoeba sponsors All 80's Everything Dance Party & Art Show on Saturday, May 2nd from 9pm-1:30am at Pop's Bar (2800 24th Street). Featuring the art and DJ work of several current and former Amoeba employees, All 80's Everything is going to be a unique and FREE night of funk, boogie, new wave, pop, R&B, rap, house, reggae, New 80s edits, and dance jams influenced by the 1980s.

Special guests include DJs Teemoney (author of Country Fried Soul: Adventures in Dirty South Hip Hop), Jacob Guillermo Peña (The Get Down, Sweater Funk) and host for the night Boom Bostic (founder of SF Artist Networking Talent). Artwork provided by Michelle Guintu and video/digital displays by Gabriel Wheeler.

RSVP on Facebook.

New "What's In My Bag?" Episode With Mike Scott of The Waterboys

Posted by Amoebite, April 21, 2015 06:17pm | Post a Comment

Mike Scott

The Waterboys is the brainchild of Scottish-born singer-songwriter Mike Scott. The project blew up in the '80s with its Celtic-inspired rock and roll, including the hit song "The Whole of the Moon" from their 1985 album This Is the Sea. Ten years into the band's career, Mike Scott, the driving force behind The Waterboys,  went "solo" and the band were on hiatus for most of the '90s. The Waterboys came back in 2000 and have been releasing albums and touring the world since. 2015 has been very busy for The Waterboys, including two new releases, tour dates and their North American national television debut on the Late Show With David Letterman. The band's new album, Modern Blues  (Harlequin & Clown) hit shelves April 7th and was closely followed by Puck's Blues, (Harlequin & Clown) a special 10" vinyl for Record Store Day.

Be sure to catch The Waterboys when they're in Los Angeles next month to play the Fonda Theatre May 13th. You can purchase tickets in-store at Amoeba Hollywood with super low fees or you can get them online here.

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Hip-Hop History Tuesdays: The D.O.C.

Posted by Billyjam, April 21, 2015 06:00pm | Post a Comment
A key contributor to both Ruthless and Death Row Records' most significant releases, The D.O.C. is best known for his own landmark 1989 Dr. Dre-produced debut album No One Can Do It Better whose success, due to a tragic accident that destroyed his larynx, he would never be able to replicate. But that album remains a true hip-hop classic. The D.O.C. was born Tracy Curry (aka Tray) in Houston,TX but moved to Dallas where in 1986 he became a member of the hip-hop trio Fila Fresh Crew along with Fresh K and Dr. Rock.  Originally he went by the rap name Dr. T but later switched it to Doc T.  The Fila Fresh Crew relocated to the Compton area of LA where, through Dr Rock's World Class Wreckin Cru era affiliations with Dr. Dre, landed several of the trio's tracks on the 1987 album  N.W.A. and the Posse. This Macola/Ruthless release was essentially a compilation showcasing the talents of extended N.W.A. family (including Eazy-E, Ice Cube, Dr. Dre, MC Ren, Yella, and the Arabian Prince) plus the Fila Fresh Crew whose own poorly-received album, titled "Tuffest Man Alive" - featuring the same songs,  would be released on Macola a year later. Neither that album nor the single from it, "Dunk The Funk" would experience much success and the act soon disintegrated.  By this stage the D.O.C., a skilled battle emcee who displayed a superior lyrical finesse and a knack for writing memorable rhymes, had already moved on to work with the members of N.W.A. In no time he had proved himself an invaluable part of the Ruthless creative team.  In tandem with the young and talented Ice Cube (the main writer) he ghost-wrote a good deal of Eazy-E's 1988 debut album Eazy-Duz-It (the two also guested on the opening prelude track "Still Talkin'" ). Not long afterwards he got busy both ghost-writing for and contributing vocals to N.W.A.'s landmark 1988 Straight Outta Compton album on which he appeared on the track "Parental Discretion Iz Advised."  By this time he had changed his name to "The D.O.C." - apparently abbreviating "Doc" to  D.O.C. as a direct influence of N.W.A.'s use of periods between each abbreviated letter of their name.

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Kurt Cobain Cover of The Beatles' 'And I Love Her' Surfaces in New Doc

Posted by Billy Gil, April 21, 2015 01:50pm | Post a Comment

kurt cobainA long-lost cover by Kurt Cobain of the classic Beatles song "And I Love Her" will appear in the new documentary Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck.

The film will have its L.A. premiere this week at the ArcLight Hollywood. Tickets are available now, but you can also score free tickets to the April 25 screening at 8 p.m. followed by a Q&A with director Brett Morgen and former Soundgarden manager Jeff Suhy by coming to Amoeba Hollywood starting on April 22 and asking at the Info Counter (one ticket per customer, available while supplies last). Read more about it here.

Morgen found the cover among the hundreds of hours of unheard Cobain tapes he was given access to by Cobain's widow, Courtney Love, for the documentary, according to Rolling Stone. It's especially notable given than the late Nirvana frontman was wont to say that he loved the Beatles but hated Paul McCartney. ("And I Love Her" is a McCartney tune off their third album, A Hard Day's Night.) The film's score will include this song plus numerous others Morgen unearthed.

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Album Picks: Drake, Built to Spill, Wire, Girl Band, L'Orange, Peach Kelli Pop

Posted by Billy Gil, April 21, 2015 09:59am | Post a Comment

Drake If You’re Reading This, It’s Too Late

drake if you're reading this it's too late cdDespite being labeled a “mixtape,” Drake’s fourth album, finally out physically, is yet another slice of excellence from the Toronto rapper. Opener “Legend” again details Drake’s meteoric rise along the lines of Nothing Was the Same’s “Started From the Bottom” (“If I die, I’m a legend,” he declares after detailing his successes) over a spare, ghostly beat. But it’s never all about braggadocio with Drake, as paranoid lyrics like “it’s so hard for me to let new people in” seep in. That continues onto single “Energy,” with its refrain “got a lotta enemies” and lines like “I got girls in real life tryin’ to fuck up my day/Fuck goin’ online, that ain’t part of my day.” Drake gets a lot of grief for complaining, but he’s also his own worst enemy and critic, calling himself out for “thinking about money and women 24/7” on “Know Myself” in a way that helps make him more compelling. Those other Drake complaints—that he’s not hard enough, that he’s not the best pure rapper—are routinely silenced by the pure quality of tracks like “Madonna,” a perfect example of how Drake’s unique cadences and lyrical candidness more than make for any perceived weaknesses. If You’re Reading This doesn’t have a crossover track with appeal approaching megahit “Hold On, We’re Going Home,” but Drake doesn’t really need that at this point to make a strong album, and the production across the album is stellar nonetheless, freeing Drake and his collaborators to focus in on what makes him sound great rather than individual tracks. No-nonsense beats by Boi-1da jibe well with PartyNextDoor’s codeine-fueled productions, among others who worked on the album. If You’re Reading This’ 17 tracks run long without the bigger production of a similarly long album like Take Care, but there aren’t really any weak songs, either. Latter-half tracks like his back-and-forth with Lil Wayne (who’s in fine form here) on “Used To,” the reflective raps on “Now & Forever” over Eric Dingus’ “Trap House 3 Remix” (no, that’s not Grimes) and suddenly animated closer “6PM in New York” all count as highlights. However much If You’re Reading This might be a smaller release between blockbusters, it feels as essential as anything Drake has done.

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Record Store Day Rocked Amoeba SF

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, April 20, 2015 06:17pm | Post a Comment

Every Record Store Day at Amoeba SF proves to be bigger, better, and somehow even more fun than the previous year. RSD 2015 continued the trend with customers lining up as early as 1:45am to pick up exclusive releases from the likes of The White Stripes, Neko Case, David Bowie, Robert Plant, and so many more. Besides the chance to nab collectible releases, shoppers were also rewarded with a huge sale, a bag full of excellent giveaways with purchase, live screen printing of limited edition Amoeba RSD t-shirts with Free Gold Watch, and a full roster of DJs including Radiohead drummer Philip Selway!

Check out these photos (full set HERE) and our video of the action-packed day:

Record Store Day Amoeba San Francisco
 
Record Store Day Amoeba San Francisco
 
Record Store Day Amoeba San Francisco
 
Record Store Day Amoeba San Francisco, Free Gold Watch
Live screen printing with Free Gold Watch.
Record Store Day Amoeba San Francisco, Free Gold Watch
Three original limited edition designs, screen printed live by Free Gold Watch.
Record Store Day Amoeba San Francisco, DJ Bearzbub
DJ Bearzbub (Lone Star, SF Eagle)
Record Store Day Amoeba San Francisco, OkieOran
DJ OkieOran (Teenage Dance Craze)
Record Store Day Amoeba San Francisco, Philip Selway
Philip Selway (Radiohead)
Record Store Day Amoeba San Francisco, Primo
DJ Primo (Oldies Night)
Record Store Day Amoeba San Francisco, Russell Quan
Russell Quan (Teenage Dance Craze, The Mummies, Phantom Surfers)
Record Store Day Amoeba San Francisco, DJ Boombostic
DJ Boombostic (Francisco Artist Networking Talents)
Record Store Day Amoeba San Francisco, DJ Kells Bells
DJ Kells Bells (the Amoeblog!)

 

The Top 10 Shoegaze Bands of All Time, or, The Godlike Genius of Shoegaze

Posted by Eric Brightwell, April 20, 2015 06:11pm | Post a Comment
I'm still buzzing from the Ride show at the Warfield. "Cool Your Boots" has been running through my head non-stop for a week (although there was a break, at least in my sleep, when I had a dream which involved listening to Cedric Im Brooks). Since the show I've been listening to a lot of shoegaze (and a little chimp rock -- anyone remember that?).

Long sleeves, stripes, and androgyny
Long sleeves, stripes, and androgyny -- the alternative was San Diego Sizzler Chic

I've also met a couple of people since getting back from San Francisco with whom the subject of music arose. Two of them were on their way from Coachella to Brokechella and were talking about "soul" (in the sense that Maroon 5 are soul, I suppose) act, Fitz & the Tantrums. No one had heard of Ride or had the haziest notion of what shoegaze means. When I told them that Ride had played at Coachella they looked incredulous. 

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Pick Up Record Store Day Titles That Haven't Sold Out Yet

Posted by Billy Gil, April 20, 2015 03:00pm | Post a Comment

We had a record-setting Record Store Day this past Saturday April 18, but there are still a few titles lingering on our shelves that you can pick up while supplies last. Here are a few that we still had on hand today.

A$AP Rocky - LPFJ2

asap rocky lpfj2This limited edition white vinyl 7” features the rapper's “Lord Pretty Flacko Jodeye 2” and “Multiply.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bob Dylan The Night We Called it a Day

bob dylan the night we called it a day 7" record store dayThis limited edition 7” has two songs from Dylan’s latest release, Shadows in the Night.

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It's 4/20: Rallying Call Continues To Be Legalize It, And Make Today A National Holiday

Posted by Billyjam, April 20, 2015 12:50pm | Post a Comment

On his past Friday night's HBO show, Real Time with Bill Maher, the long time outspoken supporter of pot legalization said that 4/20 (aka today's date April 20th) should be made an official national holiday. He says this because already it is the day set aside to fully celebrate the positive effects of weed and the advancements and recent strides towards marijuana legalization and its accepted use for medical uses - it just needs a Federal stamp of approval. In showing his sincerity for his proposal Bill Maher noted that he had alredy created a Change.org petition that calls on Congress to make every year's April 20 date a national weed-related holiday. He is serious and has consistently championed the legalization of pot, routinely calling out President Obama on his slowness to fully promote legalization on a national level.

You can sign the Change.Org petition here which has already reached about 80% of its desired petition signees. Despite the general lax attitude towards weed in California these days, thanks mostly to the efforts of those who fought for medical cannabis legalization which date back to Proposition 215 (AKA the Compassionate Use Act of 1996) the California law concerning the use of medical cannabis, it is important to remember that it is still not legal for recreation use in the Golden State. And hence why a couple of grassroots political groups have recent filed ballot initiatives to try and make weed (medical and recreational) more accessible to adults in the State.The California Craft Cannabis Initiative is for both full legalization and for initiating both a cannabis trademark and a state cannabis commission. Meanwhile the other recently filed ballot initiative is The Compassionate and Sensible Access Act which is more of a health-care (versus recreational) rooted initiative that is pushing for weed to be viewed and fully accepted as a “legitimate, alternative medicinal treatment.” Both of these (or just one or neither) could well end up next year (2016) for voters in California to make a decision on at the ballots.

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Pick Up Free Tickets for 'Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck' at Amoeba Hollywood April 22

Posted by Amoebite, April 20, 2015 11:20am | Post a Comment

kurt cobain montage of heck posterUPDATE: 4/22 AT 1:15PM

WE ARE SOLD OUT OF FREE PASSES. You can still purchase passes to the 8pm screening (and additional showings Fri/Sat featuring Brett Morgen) at the Arclight.

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Amoeba is excited to present a special screening of the documentary Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck at the ArcLight followed by a Q&A with director Brett Morgen and former Soundgarden manager Jeff Suhy on April 25 at 8 p.m. Get a free ticket by visiting Amoeba on April 22 and asking at the Information Counter (one ticket per person, while supplies last).

Tickets to the Q&A screening are also available for purchase now via ArcLight, Hollywood. The film opens for a limited run at ArcLight Hollywood on April 24.

The film about the late Nirvana frontman premiered at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival to rave reviews about how it humanized the seemingly mythical musician. Courtney Love specifically picked Morgen to make the film and said watching it helped their daughter, Frances Bean Cobain (who is also the film’s executive producer), come to terms with her father’s death, Love told V Magazine.

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Record Store Day 2015 Celebrations Take Over Amoeba Hollywood

Posted by Amoebite, April 18, 2015 05:33pm | Post a Comment

Amoeba Hollywood record store day

Amoeba Hollywood’s Record Store Day festivities continued on into this afternoon with awesome DJ sets, delicious food and RSD-themed activities. Read about the morning and watch our interview with the early bird collectors in line here. At noon, our friends from Family Industries started silk-screening special RSD 2015 designs onto tote bags and t-shirts, with the proceeds benefiting the Silverlake Conservatory of Music. Starting at 1pm, some of our favorite Los Angeles-based musical artists got behind the turntables to provide the soundtrack for the day. Things kicked off with dream-pop duo Puro Instinct, who took to the decks to play a set of their favorite tunes in advance of their upcoming full-length release. Next up was Knxwledge (or KNX), a beatmaker whose Stones Throw debut drops on May 5. Across the street at Space15Twenty, a special TV on the Radio RSD Art Party kicked off, with guitar player Dave Sitek DJing while vocalist Tunde Adebimpe and Seeds artist Julian Gross drew caricatures. Also at Space15Twenty, Org Music and Shinola provided free Pabst Blue Ribbon, previews of RSD-exclusive titles and a rousing set from Mike Watt + the Secondmen and EvKain.

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Record Store Day at Amoeba Hollywood Kicks Off with a Bang

Posted by Amoebite, April 18, 2015 12:49pm | Post a Comment

Happy Record Store Day at Amoeba HollywoodThe line started forming in the wee hours of Saturday morning, as music fans jostled to get a prime spot in the queue for Record Store Day 2015 at Amoeba Hollywood. Our friends at the Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf were on hand to pass out coffee and pastries to our dedicated morning visitors while they filled out their lists of the Record Store Day exclusive releases they hoped to score. Behind-the-scenes, our busy Amoeba elves got to work filling orders. For the hundreds standing outside, the wait was finally worth it when they could cop the special, limited release LPs they’d been hoping for. Visitors could also grab a special Amoeba goodie bag featuring Converse Chuck Taylor art designed by Amoeba employees (including one pictured below featuring work by store co-owner Marc Weinstein) and packed with all kinds of awesome surprises. 

We talked to the vinyl enthusiasts in line at Amoeba this morning to find out what they were looking for this year and why they love vinyl so much.

Record Store Day 2015 at Amoeba Hollywood
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Take a look at some of our favorite photos from this morning below, and stay tuned for updates on the amazing guest appearances, activities, and general fun stuff we’ve got planned for today!

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Hip Hop Rap Up: Record Store Day, Coachella, Concert Picks, US MCs + Euro Producers

Posted by Billyjam, April 17, 2015 04:00pm | Post a Comment

As you well know tomorrow - Saturday, April 18th - is Record Store Day 2015 and it is the one day that you must head to one of the three outlets of the world's largest independent record store - Amoeba Music - where we have some amazing RSD releases plus a ton of other stuff including in-stores sets ( and complimentary coffee, and announcement of the winner of the Pro-Ject Essential II turntable and a ton of choice vinyl. See full Amoeba Music RSD details here. As far as the special RSD releases - of which there are 500+ this year - some of the hip-hop ones include N.W.A.'s landmark Straight Outta Compton on cassette - with digital download card. To be best prepared for the rush and crowds of Record Store Day it is best to arrive at Amoeba prepared - knowing which specific RSD releases you want in advance of getting to the store. And you can study the full RSD 2015 releases list here.  

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Weekly Roundup: Damaged Bug, Best Coast, Ariel Pink, The Sandwitches

Posted by Billy Gil, April 17, 2015 11:48am | Post a Comment

Damaged Bug – “Jet in Jungle”

damaged bugThee Oh Sees frontman John Dwyer has a solo project called Damaged Bug that produces buzzing, whirring analog electro-rock songs like “Jet in Jungle” influenced by krautrock and early electronic music artists like Faust and Can. This is the second track we’ve heard from Cold Hot Plumbs, which is out June 1 through Dwyer's label, Castle Face. Check it out via Pitchfork.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Best Coast – “Feeling Ok” lyric video

best coastNew Best Coast songs have been trickling in from their upcoming album California Nights (which is due May 4 on Harvest, you can preorder it now on LP and CD). “Feeling Ok” finds Bethany Cosentino utilizing her uncanny ability to channel her anxiety directly into fuzz-pop songs with candied melodies and straightforward lyrics. The best we can do sometimes is say “I’m OK today” when insecurity has been getting us down; Cosentino captures that moment of clarity brilliantly.

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2015 DMC San Francisco Regional + 2015 DMC Battle for US Supremacy review by DJ Cue + James Mak

Posted by Billyjam, April 16, 2015 12:29pm | Post a Comment




2015 DMC Battle for US Supremacy

    1st: DJ Precision - New York
    2nd: Ambideckstriks - Chicago


2015 DMC San Francisco DJ Battle
    1st: DJ Precision - New York
    2nd: Ichy the Killer - San Jose
    3rd: The Beat Molester - Seattle
    other DJs in the top six included Lou $hort
   (Modesto), LazyBoy (Santa Rosa),
    and Kosmo (Ft. Collins CO)


The photos above and below, all care of James Mak (Joysco Photos), are from Sunday's exciting  2015 DMC San Francisco Regional DJ Battle at Brick and Mortar which, in addition to the regional battle portion, was also the setting for the Battle for US Supremacy which meant that a lot of DJs flew in from all over the country to compete in the important battle. Among those visiting competitors was DJ Precision (above) who flew out from New York City to not only take the title in the 2015 DMC Battle for US Supremacy but also scoop up the local regional title in the 2015 DMC San Francisco DJ Battle beating out Bay Area DMC regular Ichy the Killer (below) from San Jose who won last year's SF DMC title and consequently went onto to NYC for the DMC US Finals where he placed fifth.

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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode With Belle & Sebastian

Posted by Amoebite, April 16, 2015 11:20am | Post a Comment

The Scottish indie pop band Belle & Sebastian  just rocked day 2 of Coachella. Singer Stewart Lee Murdoch handpicked several fans and invited them to dance alongside the band on stage. Belle & Sebastian performed selections from their latest release, Girls In Peacetime Want to Dance (Matador). For the new record, producer Ben H. Allen III was brought in to help beef up the band's songs. Allen encourgaed the group to take chances musically and the tactic resulted in pop magic. Girls In Peacetime Want to Dance is arguably the most pop Belle & Sebastian has ever been. This is definitely a good thing and fans will appreciate and love the new tunes. The booming synth track "The Party Line" is the stuff radio programmers drool over. Go cop the new album and if you're feeling lucky, try and score tickets to see them rock Coachella a second time next weekend! 

Belle & Sebastian visited Amoeba Hollywood for a special in-store signing in support of the newly released Girls In Peacetime Want to Dance. We had a packed house with adoring fans excited to meet the band. While on their visit, the band hung out with our What's In My Bag? crew and shared what they found while shopping Amoeba. Guitarist Stevie Jackson digs up a copy of Jack Nicholson's 1970 directorial debut,  Drive, He Said (Columbia Pictures, a sweet find given you can't get it in the UK. Sarah mentions she has been practicing French and picks up a French film classic, Eyes Without a Face (Criterion). Bassist Bobby picks up a reissue of T. Rex pressed on 180 gram vinyl. Very nice! From books by famous African-American poet and playwright LeRoi Jones to vintage Jefferson Airplane concert posters to vinyl by Sleater-Kinney, Belle & Sebastian find some great stuff. Watch the full episode for all their cool picks.    

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Stream Record Store Day 2015 Releases Before They Come Out

Posted by Billy Gil, April 15, 2015 07:31pm | Post a Comment

Record Store Day is happening April 18, with more than 500 exclusive and first-run releases coming out that day. Ahead of RSD, you can stream some of those releases now.

Johnny Marr – “I Feel You” (Depeche Mode cover)

johnny marr i feel you record store day depeche modeOK, breathe, ’80s rock fans: Former Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr has covered Depeche Mode’s bluesy 1993 single “I Feel You” for a limited-edition RSD 7”. It’s backed by (breathe again) a live cover of The Smiths’ “Please, Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want.” Stream it via Slicing Up Eyeballs.

 

Anton Newcombe and Tess Parks – “Cocaine Cat”

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Get A Sneak Peak At Record Store Day Goodies And Find Out What We Have In Store For the Day

Posted by Amoebite, April 15, 2015 10:50am | Post a Comment

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Record Store Day is coming this Saturday, April 18, and we’ve got a look into some of the great stuff that’s headed our way that day. Read about everything we have going on in all of our stores here

First up is the much-discussed Jack White reissue of Elvis Presley’s first-ever recording, “My Happiness,” recorded to acetate on July 18, 1953, at Memphis Recording Service. White paid $300,000 for the recording at auction in Graceland this January, and his label, Third Man Records, will release the song as a limited-edition acetate facsimile 10” on RSD along with Presley’s second recording, “That's When Your Heartaches Begin.” It’ll also be released as a 7” later this year. Hear a preview below:

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Tour Inside and Record at Abbey Road Studios Right Now

Posted by Billyjam, April 15, 2015 09:57am | Post a Comment

They say that the Abbey Road zebra crosswalk, made famous by the Fab Four for their album cover of the same name, is among the top most popular sights for tourists to London, England to shoot photos of themselves as they reinact that famous Beatles Abbey Road album cover. But now, thanks to Google UK, anyone anywhere can go inside the famed Abbey Road Studios where the Beatles recorded (and other albums too including ones by Oasis, and Adele, plus such soundtracks as for Star Wars and Harry Potter).

Note that the tour is a virtual online tour of Abbey Road; albeit a hands on, interactive one that begins by clicking on this link to Inside Abbey Road that will look like the screen still above. Then, wearing headphones as highly recommended for full effect, click on Step Inside link which will take you inside where you can choose one of the available studios to go inside and learn. For example go into the "Tape Effects" and play around with basic analog (pre-digital) type effects or you can go into the J37 where you are challenged "to master the J37" by mixing around the sole four instruments. "Innovative artists got around this by merging instruments onto one channel" - the page advises as you can make your own tracks using the hard break beat drum line laid down as your starting point before selecting a bass guitar line or a flute riff, etc. etc.

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Terry Riley Weekend In SF Features Complete String Quartets of John Zorn, Kala Ramnath & Thollem McDonas

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, April 14, 2015 07:26pm | Post a Comment

Amoeba Music and CIIS Public Programs & Performances present Terry Riley Weekend, with events happening April 30th through May 2nd at the Palace of Fine Arts and Cowell Theater.

To celebrate Terry Riley's 80th birthday and honor his genius as a composer, performer, musician, and human being, he was asked by CIIS to curate this short series that expresses the diversity of his creative interests. Don't miss this incredible weekend of three performances in a diverse array of contemporary Western and Indian classical styles. 

The Complete String Quartets of John Zorn featuring JACK Quartet and Tony Arnold
Thursday, April 30, 2015, Palace of Fine Arts
JACKThere has rarely been a musician as versatile and prolific as John Zorn, whose genre bending creativity has excited audiences and confounded critics and academics for 40 years. One of his greatest achievements are his compositions for string quartet, which are among the most important contributions to the genre since Carter and Bartok. Spanning almost three decades, these six quartets are each a world of their own, and run the gamut from cartoon madness, hardcore intensity, hebrew spirituality, hermetic romanticism, Crowlean Magick, and Alchemical Mysticism. This unprecedented concert presents all six of Zorn's remarkably varied quartets along with the US premiere of Pandora's Box, his striking new composition for string quartet and soprano written for the Arditti Quartet. Featuring the virtuosic young quartet JACK and Tony Arnold on voice, this marathon concert of Zorn's complete quartets is not to be missed.

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First Fridays Show Features Kinky and Salt Petal May 1

Posted by Amoebite, April 14, 2015 05:29pm | Post a Comment

kinky band

Latin experimental pop-rock group Kinky headlines the next First Fridays show at L.A.’s Natural History Museum May 1. Tickets are $18 without a membership to the museum. Come out and stop by the Amoeba booth to say hello!

Kinky have become emblematic of the potential of Mexican rock to expand beyond expectations and cross over into the United States. Across their decade-plus of existence, the quintet have fused rock guitars, electronic elements and Latin rhythms for a unique blend that has won them fans the world over, touring with the likes of The Flaming Lips and Modest Mouse and playing at Coachella. Their fifth and most recent studio album is called Sueno de la Maquina. This year, the band also released an MTV Unplugged album. Hear their track “Inmovil” below:

salt petal bandOpening the show is the L.A. band Salt Petal, who fuse surf-rock guitars with elements of Argentinian folk, Tropicalia, Cumbia and indie rock. Hear “Por La Luna” for a taste:

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San Francisco International Film Festival Features Cibo Matto Live & More

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, April 14, 2015 05:12pm | Post a Comment

The 58th San Francisco International Film Festival runs April 23 – May 7 at multiple theaters in SF and at the PFA in Berkeley. This year, SFIFF features some amazing musical events and films along with the nearly 200 films and live events. Here are three not-to-be-missed musical films and events co-sponsored by Amoeba Music.

CIBO MATTO (USA, 2014, 120 min)
May 5, 8:00pm, Castro Theater
Cibo Matto’s hip-hop infused, electro pop burrowed deep into our collective earholes throughout the 1990s, becoming a symbol for the new post-genre musical cool. Experts at establishing mood and always up for an experimental challenge, the duo has developed new musical soundtracks to a number of wild and abstract short movies to be played in this one-time-only performance. Anchoring the screenings are two rare presentations of films made in 1970. First is Yoko Ono's incredible Fluxus epic Fly, which features a fly roaming a woman's body. Second is a modern re-staging of celebrated Bauhaus artist Oskar Schlemmer’s Triadic Ballet—a movie that will blow your mind with its campy costumes, weird choreography, and sheer delight.

LOVE & MERCY (USA, 2014, 120 min)
May 1, 6:15pm, Sundance Kabuki Cinema
May 4, 2:00pm, Sundance Kabuki Cinema
This powerful musical biopic tells Beach Boy Brian Wilson’s dramatically compelling story in—to use ancient recording jargon—two tracks. In the 1960s as the band rides surf music onto the charts, a creatively restless Wilson (Paul Dano) writes the songs that will become Pet Sounds, but alienates himself from other band members. The 1980s Wilson (John Cusack) is a shell-shocked man trying to emerge from an overmedicated isolation with the love and mercy of a good woman.

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Hip Hop History Tuesdays: Young MC

Posted by Billyjam, April 14, 2015 12:04pm | Post a Comment

Scoring a top ten hit single might seem like any recording artist's greatest fantasy come to life. However the reality is that a hit single can become a stigma for an artist, particularly if it is the only hit single that an artist scores in their career since it will relegate them to that "one hit wonder" pile. Such, unfortunately, was the case for late-80's rap star Young MC whose 1989 breakout crossover single "Bust A Move" was his only big hit - one that has been featured on VH1's "100 Greatest One-Hit Wonders." But even before that, eight years after his hit had topped the charts, Young MC himself seemed resigned to the fact that he was indeed already a one-hit wonder. That was in 1997 when he released the poorly received comeback-attempt album unapologetically entitled Return of the 1 Hit Wonder.  Too bad since Young MC was a good rapper whose career deserved to go further than that one hit.

British by birth, Marvin Young  was born in the Wimbledon suburb of South West London, England before his family crossed the Atlantic to where he would be raised in Queens, New York City. There he graduated from Hunter College, soon-after moving west across the States to attend the University of Southern California.  It was at USC where he not only earned a bachelors degree in economics but also earned the friendship of two students with a bright music biz future ahead of them. Michael Ross and Matt Dike were the founders of the then fledgling Delicious Vinyl Records label. The meeting of these two and Young MC would be a most important one. Thanks to signing the unknown but soon to be hugely successful Young MC to their new upstart label as Delicious Vinyl's first artist - they made a grand entrance into the rap music business. The signing would also in turn launch the career of their next crossover pop rap artist Tone-Loc for whom Young MC co-write both the 1989 top-ten, Tone-Loc mega hit  "Wild Thing"  as well as Loc's hit "Funky Cold Medina" - both from Tone-Loc's debut hit album Loc-ed After Dark. Many have rightfully noted that Young had pershaps foolheartedly given away some of his best material to Tone-Loc.

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Album Picks: Earl Sweatshirt, Calexico, Pale Blue

Posted by Billy Gil, April 14, 2015 09:10am | Post a Comment

Earl Sweatshirt - I Don't Like Shit, I Don't Go Outside

earl sweatshirt i don't like shit i don't like to go outside lpOdd Future cohort Earl Sweatshirt can be forgiven for his claustrophobic album title. At only 16, he was plucked from his budding rap career by his mother, responding to his drug use and poor grades, and sent to a reform school in Samoa. Since returning, he’s talked about having a tumultuous time partying on tour and struggling to get his life and health back. The result of all that back and forth is I Don't Like Shit, I Don't Go Outside, and album that doubles down on the grim paranoia set forth by his last album, the excellent Doris. Earl has a way of expressing his pain honestly while keeping his rhymes engaging instead of seeming like a diary pour—“ Picked the road that got twists/I'm holding my dick and playing cautious,” he says on “Mantra.” On the grim “Faucet,” he raps about not knowing where to call home and who to call a friend (“I feel like I'm the only one pressin' to grow upwards”). The stunning “Grief” offers imagery of Earl facing panic attacks, grabbing for the Xanax bottle and reminiscing about drugs and girls on tour over a murky beat but ultimately coming out of the haze, finishing off with the lines, “I just want my time and my mind intact/When they both gone, you can't buy ’em back.” I Don’t Go Outside is focused nearly to a fault, but in keeping the album as variations on a theme, it helps further establish Earl as a compelling character—the tortured wayward son, reveling in and revolted by his own hedonism—crafting a potent statement in the process. The distilled paranoia of I Don’t Like Shit, I Don’t Go Outside easily makes for one of the most memorable hip-hop albums of the year.

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Irish Music Ambassador Ray Wingnut Archives His Nation's Thriving Indie Music Scene Via His Unique Record/CD/Tape Retail Business

Posted by Billyjam, April 13, 2015 06:25pm | Post a Comment


Since his teens growing up in Co. Cork, Ireland, Ray Wingnut has been an avid fan of all types of contemporary music, especially music made by artists from his native Ireland.  Consequently Ray Wingnut's destiny seemed set from the beginning - that he would end up working, in some capacity, with Irish-made music. However in what capacity precisely was the mystery. Five years ago that mystery was solved when the Galway based music fan was making one of his regular crate digging visits to his favorite hometown independent music store - Bell, Book, and Candle in the heart of the historic city where, along with selling books and candles, since the early 90's owner Paul Deacy has been selling albums and CDs with a focus on releases from the neighboring, musically rich West Of Ireland.

Ray recalls how he was hanging out, talking music and the failing music retail business - something that took a double wallop in Ireland where the financial crisis around the world was felt twice as severely in the post Celtic Tiger, economic collapse of the Emerald Isle. But while others saw despair, the innovative mind of Wingnut saw opportunity; an opportunity to push homegrown Irish music at a retail level - at a time when music shops around the country were closing at an even more rapid rate than their counterparts in the States or even over in nearby England.

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Join us for RIDE ON! Bike Day at Amoeba on May 3

Posted by Amoebite, April 13, 2015 01:52pm | Post a Comment

ride on bike day at amoeba

On Sunday, May 3 from noon to 4 p.m., Amoeba Hollywood is hosting RIDE ON! Bike Day at Amoeba in our Ivar parking lot, just down a half-block from the store.

It’s the perfect way to kick off National Bike Month in May with a Sunday party at Amoeba!

The event will feature DJs, food and drinks, bicycle-related workshops, a prize wheel and raffle tickets for prizes from Sole Bicycle, Bern Helmets, Converse and Amoeba shopping sprees and more! JUST ADDED: We'll also have Bike Trivia at 3:30 p.m. with local cycling advocate Coolassmike Bowers!

We’ll be celebrating bike culture in partnership with the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition (LACBC), which works to raise awareness about the proposed bike lanes on Hollywood Blvd. LACBC will have on-site bike valet service, and special/cool incentives if you become a member that day. They will also have handy guides to events happening during National Bike Month in and around Los Angeles.

sole bikeThe bike-a-licious prizes we’ll be raffling off include a grand prize of a shiny, new Sole Bicycle, Bern bicycle helmets, cool-ass bike gear, $75 Converse gift certificates, gift cards to local restaurants and Amoeba, concert tickets and more. Can't make it to Bike Day? You can still buy a raffle ticket at Amoeba Hollywood starting April 24; ask at the register.

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Ride rolls into the Warfield -- and their thirteen most massive tunes

Posted by Eric Brightwell, April 13, 2015 10:42am | Post a Comment
I'm currently down in San Francisco (well, Richmond actually) to see Ride play. Ride, for those keeping score, were the best of a crop of bands known way back in the early 1990s as shoegazers. Like most British bands that survived into those dark years of the mid-1990s, when a collective craze for slow motion guitar solos and untucked shirts overcome white Britannia, Ride too went horribly wrong (i.e. Britpop) in the end before calling it a day in 1996. They only released one bad album (and it was awful) but then Andy Bell formed Hurricane #1, a truly horrendous (way) sub-Seahorses audition for Oasis. Bell went on to play in Oasis and then that other Liam Gallagher band who can't have been all bad as they covered World of Twist's "Sons of the Stage." 



Ride band


This is all a roundabout way of saying that the prospect of a Ride reunion made me, understandably I think, rather nervous. They released a clutch of fantastic EPs, three great albums, and only one steaming, stinker -- but it was their final album, and a direction Bell pursued with his following bands so would he insist that Tarantula haters like myself got it wrong and try to prove his point by subjecting audiences to "The Dawn Patrol" and "Starlight Motel" or worse, "Just Another Illusion"? All of my fears were put to rest when I listened to them play a short set on KCRW's "Morning Becomes Eclectic," which included five songs from their brilliant debut, Nowhere, and its equally classic follow-up, Going Blank Again. They sounded great. I meant to dust off my old Ride T-shirt with the mud stains and holes but perhaps wisely forgot (it's really holey).
Ride band

Shoegazers were sometimes criticized for hiding their lack of songs behind walls of feedback... but listening to "Morning Becomes Eclectic" for the first time in fifteen years as I waited for Ride to play I was treated to a barrage of forgettable, tuneless, garblers in Native American headdresses singing whoa-oh-oh-y car insurance jingles (or at least that's what it sounded like to me). You know, Coachellacore or the stuff that plays during Spotify ads when sensible users remove their earbuds. Ride, on the other hand, wrote some of the tightest (I'll never use that word again to describe music, I promise) melodies, sang the pretties harmonies, channeled The Byrds, Love, and Buffalo Springfield, and then added a healthy squall of guitar noise that make me wonder why all the "nu-gazers" are so bland and limp (...oh yeah, Slowdive). 
Ride played at Coachella the other night, apparently. They're playing at the Warfield tonight. They're playing in Pomona at the Fox Theater tomorrow. 

Weekly Roundup: Death Valley Girls, Froth, Winter

Posted by Billy Gil, April 10, 2015 03:28pm | Post a Comment

Death Valley Girls – “Summertime”

death valley girlsL.A.’s Death Valley Girls get you ready for barbecue weather with this scorching slice of guitar rock. A simple loping riff doubles in size at the chorus and hits like a plume of smoke, while Bonnie Bloomgarden makes her cry of “I see you in the summertime” sound like a threat. Summertime is coming out April 12 on Manimal, and they’ll be at S.F.’s Knockout April 21 and Oakland’s Night Light April 22. Hear the track below via Noisey.

 

Froth – “Postcard Radio” video

froth bandL.A.’s Froth stand out from the L.A. garage-rock pack with their textured guitarwork and ’80s college-rock melodicism. “Postcard Radio” builds from a headlong rush into a catchy four-note riff with some nice shoegaze touches—it’s deceptively simple but perfectly made. Bleak, the follow-up to 2013’s Patterns, is out May 5 on Burger.

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Mr. Fine Wine's Top 10 Soul/Funk 45's From This Week's Play Box

Posted by Billyjam, April 10, 2015 03:09pm | Post a Comment

Mr. Fine Wine is someone who knows his music so whenever he shares a Top Ten one takes note - as with his latest Top Ten from his current crate/play-box. Whether on the radio, spinning at clubs, or curating soul compilations Mr. Fine Wine always presents a killer selection of records - most of which you've never heard before but will like instantly. His latest Top Ten below (all in audio only video format) include Eugene Blacknell and The New Breed's 1960's single "The Trip" that was released as a seven inch by bygone era Oakland record label Boola-Boola Records (formerly located at 4721 Telegraph Ave. in the space currently occupied by popular Burmese restaurant Burma Superstar) and is just one of the records in Mr Fine Wine's very deep and much coveted 7" singles crates. The Detroit raised/Brooklyn, New York based DJ is a leading soul/funk 45's aficionado who, with two plus decades as a relentless crate digger, has accumulated an enviable collection lost soul and funk (plus gospel and RnB) treasures. No wonder then that he is frequently being invited to curate rare soul compilations such as the ongoing Vampi Soul compilation series.  To date he's curated five rare 45s collections with a sixth compilation dropping in the coming months.

His acclaimed weekly radio show Downtown Soulville on WFMU, on the air since June 1994, is a must hear show (Podcast here) with never a bad record .With most old 60's and 70's singles clocking in at 2 + minutes, each week he fits in 20 to 25 different records including his opening theme ("Downtown Soulville" by Chuck Edwards) which after two decades of playing every week has gotten worn out and he has had to replace. In addition to his radio show Mr Fine Wine DJs at clubs including his longtime weekly at Botanica where since 1996 he's been  playing soul and funk records in this fun dive bar (and no cover!). There he'll often be joined by guest DJs/fellow soul music lovers. His sets are deep and rarely seem to repeat themselves - not surprising for someone with a collection of 15,000 45 singles plus a couple thousand LPs. At this past Wednesday night session at Botanica Mr Fine Wine he played a lot of funk, by digging deep into his 45's crates to spin,"records I haven't played in years for a 100 percent funky good time." Expect more of the same on his WFMU show tonight - tune in live at 7pm / 4pm Pacific time to WFMU

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Hip Hop Rap Up: Action Bronson, Death Grips, J-Live, Your Old Droog, Greg Grease + more

Posted by Billyjam, April 9, 2015 10:20am | Post a Comment
                         Amoeba Music Berkeley Top Five Hip-Hop Chart April 09, 2015

1) Death Grips The Powers That B (Third Worlds) also avail in vinyl

2) Action Bronson Mr. Wonderful (Atlantic)

3) Greg Grease Born to Lurk x Forced to Work (Sound Verite)

4) Your Old Droog Your Old Droog (Your Old Droog)

5) J-Live His Own Self (Mortier)

The new Amoeba hip-hop chart number one album is The Powers That B by one of a kind NorCal group Death Grips.  The new double album (avail in both CD and vinyl formats) is the group's fourth studio album and is essentially a two-in-one LP release since it includes both the previously released June 2014 free digital download full-length Niggas on the Moon, plus the second half of the 2 album set been Jenny Death - aka Disc 2.  Now some protest that Death Grips do not qualify as "hip-hop."  E-Lit, who supplied the above current Berkeley hip-hop chart, does not. And neither do I. My feeling is that this totally unique Sacramento trio do not fall under any already established genre or sub-genre of any music and that hip-hop is as good a descriptive starting point as any other to label the band with or, as Amoeba.com accurately labels the group's aggressive sound and crediting them with, "basically created their own genre of aggressive electro noise, Zach Hill’s wildman drumming and MC Ride’s berserk raps."

Make Music Pasadena Lineup Announced

Posted by Amoebite, April 8, 2015 05:26pm | Post a Comment

Pasadena’s annual free concert Make Music Pasadena has announced the lineup for its next edition on Saturday, June 6.

The all-day concert takes place from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on five stages on the streets of Pasadena and more than 30 venues across town. More than 150 artists are expected to play. Featured artists include indie electro-R&B crooner How to Dress Well, orchestral pop band Kishi Bashi, L.A. electro-pop band Hundred Waters and vintage rock ‘n’ roll songsmith Nick Waterhouse.

Amoeba will be there once again selling product in our tent at Colorado and Raymond, so come by and say hello! Be sure to stop by our booth between 2-4pm and pick up Amoeba Happy Hour gift certificates!

Make Music Pasadena

The full lineup is below, but more artists will be announced in the coming weeks:

How to Dress Well Sir Sly
Kishi Bashi Hundred Waters
Nick Waterhouse Kaleo
Caroline Smith Lydia Ainsworth
Avid Dancer Making Movies
Dark Waves Hidden Charms
The Moth & the Flame Opus Orange
Mudbug Brass Band Belmont Lights
Boroughs Raspin Stuwart
Sanglorians LA Takedown
Professor Possessor Emby Alexander
Sugar Candy Mountain Big Wild Wings
Bon Wrath Brendan Eder Ensemble
Crystales MrK
Pasadena Symphony and POPS  

 

Kenny Lattimore Comes to The GRAMMY Museum April 20

Posted by Amoebite, April 8, 2015 04:15pm | Post a Comment

kenny lattimore grammy museum the drop

Amoeba is proud to sponsor The Drop: Kenny Lattimore at The GRAMMY Museum April 20. R&B singer Kenny Lattimore will appear at the museum’s Clive Davis Theater for an intimate performance and discussion about his career and new album. The show starts at 8 p.m., and tickets are $20.

Lattimore’s soulful vocals and romantic tunes with contemporary touches have won him a wide-ranging audience, as well as the NAACP Image Award for Best New Artist and nominations for the Soul Train and Stellar Awards. He’s hip enough to have had his song “Lately” sampled by Kanye West on Yeezus"I'm In It," and he’s worked with artists as diverse as Musiq Soulchild, Rachelle Ferrell, Nancy Wilson and Brian Culbertson. Lattimore will release his new album, Anatomy of a Love Song, April 14, featuring "Love Me Back," which has charted on Billboard's Adult R&B National Airplay chart.

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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode With Techno DJ Scuba

Posted by Amoebite, April 7, 2015 05:26pm | Post a Comment

Scuba

Scuba is the alias of British techno/house DJ and producer Paul Rose. In 2003, he founded Hotflush Recordings, an independent label which has released music from Joy Orbison and Mount Kimbie, among others. In 2008, ScubaHotflush released Scuba's debut LP, A Mutual Apathy, which was followed two years later by Triangulation and Personality in 2012. His most recent album, Claustrophobia, just hit stores. Scuba has also released a couple of EPs, curated a mix in the DJ-KiCKS series, and released a Sub:Stance mix as a companion piece to the weekly night he hosted at Berlin's legendary Berghain nightclub. In 2013, he won DJ Mag's Best Live Act award.

On a recent visit to Amoeba Hollywood, Scuba dug up some great vinyl in our dance section. He manages to find a copy of the first 12 inch he bought in 1995, Dave Clarke's Red 3, and shares a funny story of interacting with Dave Clarke on Twitter. He follows with Jazzanova's "That Night" 12 inch and reminisces about using the song during his UK Garage DJ sets. From techno to freestyle to new wave, Scuba finds some great pieces of vinyl. Watch the full episode below to see the rest of his picks. 

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10 Albums You Should Know Before Going to Coachella

Posted by Billy Gil, April 7, 2015 03:08pm | Post a Comment

10 albums you should hear before going to coachella

Like Tame Impala? Nuts for Drake? Sure, they're great. But a big part of Coachella also has been the chance to see legendary bands reunite and take the stage, as well as long-established artists alongside the newcomers. Here are 10 great albums by reunited or established artists you should know before heading to the desert next weekend.

AC/DC Back in Black

ac/dc back in black lpThe album that started the Brian Johnson era of AC/DC (following the death of lead singer Bon Scott) is their biggest and has many of their best-loved hits, including “You Shook Me All Night Long” and the title track. It’s good to know the rest of the songs, even if you’re not especially sober by the time AC/DC goes on (which is probably how they’re best heard anyway).

 

Ryan Adams Heartbreaker

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Vote For Our 'What's In My Bag?' Series To Win a Webby People's Voice Award

Posted by Amoebite, April 7, 2015 02:15pm | Post a Comment

Webby Award Nominee

Our “What’s In My Bag?” series has been nominated for the 19th annual Webby Awards for Best Online Film & Video: Variety series! We'll find out if we won on April 27th, but now that we've been nominated we're also in the running for the Webby People’s Voice Award! We’ve got some stiff competition from AMC's Talking Dead, Pivot/Participant Media's HitRecord, AOL's Park Bench, and Conde Naste's Improv Imagination.

Webby Awards People's Voice

We need your help to win! Vote here.

Voting ends Thursday, April 23 at 11:59pm PST and you can only vote once. It’s super quick and you can log in easily via Facebook, Twitter or email. Vote here.

Described by The New York Times as the "Internet's highest honor" and presented by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences (IADAS), the Webby Awards are the leading international award honoring excellence on the Internet. We are so incredibly proud of our little series (now in its eighth season) and are so excited to be nominated. 

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Hip-Hop History Tuesdays: Remembering Compton's Short-Lived C.P.O.

Posted by Billyjam, April 7, 2015 12:01pm | Post a Comment

In the aftermath of the success of N.W.A.'s Straight Outta Compton, record labels were rushing to sign West Coast SoCal acts in any way related to N.W.A. or even just hailing from their Compton neighborhood. Compton's C.P.O. were such an act. Down with N.W.A. and from Compton, the rap group was comprised of rapper Lil Nation and DJ Train (plus some extended posse members). Formed in 1989, they were signed soon after, thanks to N.W.A.'s MC Ren, by Capitol Records who released their debut album To Hell And Black the following year. However, the major label dropped the rap group from their roster that same year. 

The short-lived Compton-based C.P.O., whose name stood for Capital Punishment Organization, was primarily just its front person - the robust rapper/MC Ren protege Lil Nation (aka 'CPO' or Boss Hogg) who, at 6'2" and 357 pounds, was far from 'lil' back in 1990 when the former gang-banger emerged on Ren Records/MC Ren Productions. To Hell And Black spawned the two funky singles "Ballad Of A Menace" and "The Beat Is Funky" and their accompanying videos.

DJ Train, who added all the turntable scratching and cutting, had previously worked with both J.J. Fad and MC Ren, and had been down with N.W.A. for some time. He was among those included on the album cover photo of 1987's N.W.A. & the Posse.  Meanwhile the C.P.O. entourage was rounded out by The Chip, Donovan, and Young D who co-produced the group's sole album with Ren (who also rapped on the release). Lil Nation, as Boss Hogg, would later appear on N.W.A,'s 1991 Niggaz4life on the track "Findum Fuckum and Flee."  C.P.O. was in the right place at the right time, arriving on the music scene just as gangsta rap, still a relatively new and primarily West Coast phenomenon, was, to the chagrin of many, proving itself to be more than just a passing fad. They were presented alongside the major players of the new hip-hop shock sub-genre of that era.

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Album Picks: Waxahatchee, Toro y Moi, Kelela

Posted by Billy Gil, April 7, 2015 10:32am | Post a Comment

Waxahatchee - Ivy Tripp

waxahatchee ivy tripp lpKatie Crutchfield’s Waxahatchee project has grown from the home recordings of a promising young singer/songwriter to the full-bodied sound we hear on Ivy Tripp. Over a river of fuzz and organ drone, Crutchfield sings more warmly and confidently than ever on opener “Breathless.” Lyrically she can be oblique on songs like “Poison” (“Your birthday party tongue dripping/You'll summarize/Travel the world ivy tripping”), but the scenes she paints are evocative nonetheless. She pushes her sound further into brightly hued Pavement-style indie rock on tracks like “Under a Rock” and ’80s college rock on “The Dirt” while expanding it with a simple electronic beat and catchy backup vocals on “La Loose.” But some of the most stirring moments on Ivy Tripp are its sparest, as she turns staring at the ceiling midday and turning over love and life choices into Ivy Tripp’s best track, “Stale By Noon,” singing over a simple organ lick. I wasn’t sold when I heard her last album, Cerulean Salt, but Ivy Tripp feels whittled down to perfection. It’s an impressive songwriting showcase for Crutchfield and a significant leap forward.

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Dancing About Architecture -- Architecture, Urbanism, and the Cinema

Posted by Eric Brightwell, April 6, 2015 07:36pm | Post a Comment
April is National Landscape Architecture Month. This got me thinking about an idea for a piece but, as often happens, I found myself tumbling down a rabbit hole of research tangents and decided I’d start with a post about architecture of the non-landscape variety. Apparently there is no "National Architecture Month" and Los Angles proclaimed October "Architecture Month" but, well, whatever.



I’m sure that lots of kids played with blocks, in sandboxes, had 
Erector sets, &c but I don't recall every hearing anyone speak of architects with the same reverence they did pop stars, actors, and professional athletes. My siblings and I enjoyed construction toys like CapselaLincoln Logs, Legos, and I had some sort of castle building brick set too. I also used to also draw blue prints for imaginary dream homes.  I dug a moat for Castle Greyskull near the gully because it seemed like a better setting than the floor of the family room. My sister and I built a plantation out of dresser drawers for two Easter bunny decorations to live within. We even built a crude hut in the woods out of sticks that my brother destroyed. For his part he built a “fort” out of chairs, sheets and cushions. When I asked him what it was called it he replied, “Mitch.”

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Recap: April Charity Auction at Amoeba Hollywood to Benefit LACBC with Kurt Braunohler

Posted by Amoebite, April 6, 2015 03:43pm | Post a Comment

Charity Auction Recap

On Saturday, April 4th we welcomed back comedian, raconteur and jet-ski marathoner Kurt Braunohler as our guest auctioneer! All proceeds from our April auction went to fund the Kids Ride and Activities at the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition River Ride happening Sunday, June 28th at the Autry Center in Griffith Park. 

Los Angeles River RideThe LA County Bicycle Coalition is an amazing organization that helps promote bike culture in Los Angeles, as well as engaging in a wide variety of policy, advocacy, education, and community building work to make the streets of Los Angeles County more bike friendly for all types of cyclists. 

This was the third charity auction our friend Kurt Braunohler has hosted for us. If you're not familiar with Kurt, check out his Comedy Central web series Roustabout which follows his epic 7-day charity mission riding a jet ski from Chicago to New Orleans to raise money to send 500 goats and 1,000 chickens to Africa (via Heifer International), and spread as much joy and absurdity as possible along the way.

His debut comedy album How Do I Land? made AV Club, Paste Magazine, Village Voice, and Time Out New York's Best Of lists. His popular podcast The K Ohle airs weekly on the Nerdist Network. And you can find Kurt every Monday night at The Virgil in LA where he co-hosts the live comedy variety show Hot Tub with his comedy partner Kristen Schaal

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2015 SF DMC Battle (April 12 @ Brick & Mortar) Fosters "Accepting Vibe Where Everyone Can Feel Respected And Encouraged"

Posted by Billyjam, April 6, 2015 08:08am | Post a Comment

Three years ago in April of 2012, following a noticeably long six-year absence, the longtime DMC DJ Battle returned to San Francisco with its 2012 DMC Bay Area Regional Battle at 330 Ritch at which DJ Sol Rising won the turntable competition. It was a most welcomed return of the world's longest running, most recognized, and prestigious DJ battle to the epicenter of turntablism/skratch music in the country. Thankfully, each year since then a Bay Area DMC Regional, one that determines who will go on to represent NorCal in the DMC USA national finals in New York, has taken place. The 2015 DMC San Francisco Regional DJ Battle will take place this coming Sunday, April 12th, at Brick and Mortar Music Hall in the Mission District of San Francisco. Tix here.

As well as being the NorCal Regional battle, the event will also encompass the Battle for US Supremacy as part of the six-hour long program. The event is special also in the fact that this year's will be an all-ages event! Note that there is still time to enter for the battle by contacting usa@dmcworld.com. DJs have until exactly 11:59pm on April 11th to register for the battles on April 12th. This year's battle has the backing of the Rane DJ gear company along with the pioneering Bay Area DJ Cue's (co-founder of the Bullet Proof Scratch Hamsters) San Brun-based Special Tech DJ school.

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Amy: The Amy Winehouse Documentary

Posted by Billyjam, April 5, 2015 12:21pm | Post a Comment

Amy Winehouse movie preview (2015)

Above is the very telling first trailer for the forthcoming documentary, Amy, on the short life and times of the late great Amy Winehouse. In it the singer, who died at age 27 of alcohol poisoning, incorrectly predicts in an early interview how she figured that she was not going to be very famous. In regards to fame, she said, "I don't think I could handle it. I'd probably go mad!" 

The film, directed by Asif Kapedia (Senna), promises to include a lot of unseen archival footage as well as feature some never before heard Amy Winehouse tracks (likely to appear on an accompanying soundtrack).

No doubt there'll be more trailers for Amy published before its scheduled theatrical release in July. In the meantime, check out Amy Winehouse's back catalog at Amoeba Music, which includes the track "Back To Black" (video below) -- the title track of her second album released by Universal in 2006. The song can be heard in the above movie teaser, albeit in an altered, slower, stretched-out version that isolated the acapella parts and mixed them over an eerie sounding instrumental for full haunting effect.

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Various Causes of Musicians' Deaths, By Genre

Posted by Billyjam, April 3, 2015 11:53am | Post a Comment


Melancholy a topic as the content in above chart might be, which comes care of theconversation.com, it is very engaging and enlightening. The color red on the chart represents "significantly above the overall average rate for cause of death" with rap and hip-hop leading the chart's overall percentage amount. Meanwhile, metal leads in suicide as cause of death, with cancer pretty much evenly spread across all genres except for hip-hop and rap - perhaps because it is the youngest genre represented.

Weekly Roundup: Best Coast, LA Font, Moon Honey, Geographer, Upset, Holly Miranda, Ezra Furman

Posted by Billy Gil, April 3, 2015 09:33am | Post a Comment

Best Coast – “Heaven Sent” video

best coastBest Coast’s Bethany Cosentino looks fetching in a rose crown and lace dress in the video she co-directed with Lana Kim for “Heaven Sent,” off the band’s upcoming California Nights, due May 4 on Harvest. Definitely channeling some Paisley Underground vibes with this look and song, like The Bangles filtered through Ride’s amps. The band’s spring/summer tour will hit L.A.’s Wiltern June 27. Watch below via Ray-Ban’s Never Hide Noise.

 

LA Font – “Whisperer”

la fontOn their latest track, Los Angeles power-pop band LA Font sink their teeth into a supple groove before unleashing whirlwind guitars at the song’s climax. You might need a cigarette. It’s on their upcoming Hangtime Vol. 1 EP, which is due April 28, just after the band plays in-store at Amoeba Hollywood April 23, as part of the Converse Rubber Tracks series. Hear it below via Stereogum.

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New "What's in My Bag?" Episode With The Decemberists

Posted by Amoebite, April 2, 2015 11:55am | Post a Comment

The Decemberists

The Decemberists formed in 2000 when Colin Meloy (vocals/guitar) moved from Montana to Portland, OR, where he subsequently met Chris Funk (guitar/multi-instrumentalist), Jenny Conlee Decemberists(keyboads / piano / accordion / Hammond organ), Nate Query (bass), and John Moen (drums). Named after the 1825 Decembrist revolt in Imperial Russia and inspired by the moodiness of the month itself, an early incarnation of the band self-released its debut EP, 5 Songs, in 2001. The group's first full-length, Castaways and Cutouts, was released via Hush Records in 2002. The band then signed to Kill Rock Stars for 2003's Her Majesty the Decemberists and 2005's Picaresque. In 2006, the Decemberists made the leap to Capitol Records, releasing a handful of well-received albums. In January 2015, the band's seventh studio album, What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World, hit stores, followed by a lengthy North American tour.

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Hip-Hop Rap-Up: Community Skratch Games, PRhyme, Common, Shing02's The Divider, J Dilla RSD Release, De La Successful, Jay-Z

Posted by Billyjam, April 2, 2015 09:01am | Post a Comment
Now in its ninth year is Ireland's Community Skratch Games - the annual DJ battle that takes place at the Bierhaus in Galway each Easter weekend - that began as a fun alternative to the more serious minded DJ battles like the ITF or DMC. In fact its Sex Pistols styled slogan for one early year boasted Never mind the DMC's...Here's the Community Skratch Games!

The Community Skratch Games began in 2007 with no real long term plans, merely a desire to show love to the skratch art of turntable manipulation for the small niche of skratch fanatics in Ireland as well as raise awareness of hip-hop DJ culture to those not fully aware of turntablism as a musical art.

In addition to its fun battle (for which the champion won, not a corporate prize such as some sponsored company's mixer, but a bag of meat - yes as rashers (Irish bacon), sausages, steaks, and pork chops - donated by the local butcher) the Community Skratch Games, which has continued each year growing from strength to strength, a variety of workshops and showcases. Or as chief organizer Jimmy The Hideous Penguin called it in a 2009 Amoeblog interview  "a barrage of funk, hip-hop, electro and sweaty dancing folk." At that same time the DJ/producer and member of Ireland's incredible Vince Mack Mahon DJ crew, who oversees the spinoff Community Skratch Music record label, noted that the advantage of holding the annual Community Skratch Games in Galway versus the large Irish city of Dublin was that, "It's easy to be noticed in a small city. There are lots of great skratch DJs in other parts of Ireland too. I'm not sure, it's easy to do your own thing in Galway. In bigger cities I think people lean more towards fitting in or suiting other peoples' needs."

This year's Community Skratch Games will take place this weekend - Saturday and Sunday April 4th and 5th at the Bierhaus - and feature a grip of amazing talent including Naive Ted, Danny Deepo, DJackulate, Handsome Paddy, Johnny Doobs and many more with host Ray Wingnut (look for his Amoeblog interview next week here). A few weeks ago I was over in Galway, Ireland visiting Jimmy Penguin who was already very busy getting ready for this weekend's ninth annual event. I asked him what makes this year's Games different than previous years? "It gets bigger and better every year with more and more new delighted faces and dropping jaws. It's great to see people getting involved year after year," he said adding that, "As always the highlight this year will be the Community Skratch Games freestyle Battle Royale." Click here  and/or see flyer above for more details.

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Next Amoeba Red Bull Sound Select Show Features Milo Greene April 29

Posted by Amoebite, April 1, 2015 06:00pm | Post a Comment

milo greene red bull sound select

Amoeba has curated the next Red Bull Sound Select show in L.A., featuring electro-poppers Milo Greene.

The show, which is 21+, takes place Wednesday, April 29 at The Echo. RSVP for a $3 entry. (RSVP does not guarantee entry; plan to arrive early.) It’s $12 without an RSVP at the door.

Milo Greene features the work of four very talented people. On their latest album, Control, Marlana Sheetz takes the lead for the cool Hollywood dance-pop of “White Lies,” sitting nicely alongside likeminded artists such as HAIM and Jessie Ware, while the male-fronted songs from her three bandmates are no less beguiling, as “On the Fence” draws influence from the likes of A-ha for a smart and instantly pleasurable new wave-jam.

avid dancer

They’re joined at this show by L.A.-based Avid Dancer, the indie pop-rock project helmed by Jacob Summers. Summers grew up an outsider to popular music in a devoutly Christian household. After serving in the Marines for four years, Summers has since come into his own as a musician, touring with the likes of Hamilton Leithauser, Cold War Kids and Warpaint. Hear the soulful “Stop Playing With My Heart” below:

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Concert Tickets For Sale at Amoeba Hollywood in April 2015

Posted by Amoebite, April 1, 2015 04:21pm | Post a Comment

Concert TicketsAmoeba 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. 

For Club Nokia shows, we only carry general admission tickets. If you wish to purchase reserved seating at Club Nokia (where available), you can buy those tickets online here.

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

Tickets are limited, so please call the store first to make sure they are available: 323-245-6400.
 

JUST ADDED SHOWS:

D'Angelo & the Vanguard at Club Nokia

D'Angelo & the Vanguard
Club Nokia
June 8

Mala Rodriguez at the El Rey

Mala Rodriguez
El Rey
May 21

Show Recap: Death Cab For Cutie at Amoeba Hollywood

Posted by Billy Gil, April 1, 2015 04:02pm | Post a Comment

death cab for cutieDeath Cab For Cutie closed down the store at Amoeba Hollywood March 31 on the day of the release of their new album, Kintsugi.

Just before the band starts its tour in support of the album—and now without longtime guitarist and producer Chris Walla—the band could’ve been unsure of its footing. But they pretty much crushed it, starting with the album’s thumping opener “No Room in Frame.” “The Ghosts of Beverly Drive” saw the band pick up the energy while still employing moody guitarwork and ghostly effects to good measure.

death cab for cutie kintsugi lpBen Gibbard paused a moment to introduce new band members Dave Depper and Zac Rae (both on keys and guitars) before launching into the three-guitar “Little Wanderer.” It’s easy to forget what a great guitar band Death Cab can be, and honestly, the guitars threatened to overtake Gibbard’s star power on that song. But the song’s catchy chorus brings it all back, and Gibbard still stood center-stage on  “Black Sun,” shaking his head through the song’s biting lyrics amid dusty organ and languid guitarwork.

Death Cab at times could be thought of as more of a solid and enjoyable band than a dynamic one, but they’ve seemingly sought to incorporate more variety to their introverted indie-pop on recent releases as their audience has grown, and live, their skill at juggling different sounds is even more pronounced. On the cowboyish “El Dorado,” Gibbard’s voice rang clearly over a sturdy gallop and wallowing guitars, while “Everything’s a Ceiling” is closer to an ’80s prom ballad and had the crowd clapping along to its stuttering beat and glowing synths.

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'Without Sympathy' Exhibition at Lethal Amounts Documents Ministry's Early Years

Posted by Amoebite, April 1, 2015 10:50am | Post a Comment

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Amoeba Music is proud to sponsor “Without Sympathy: The Visceral Journey of Al Jourgensen” at Lethal Amounts Gallery in Downtown L.A., documenting the development of industrial music pioneer Al Jourgensen of Ministry.

Co-presented by Cleopatra Records and Lethal Amounts, the exhibit features the archives of Brian Shanley, photographer and art director of legendary Chicago industrial label Wax Trax! Both Shanley and Jourgensen will be on hand for the opening night of the exhibit April 17 at 8 p.m.

The show documents the early years of Ministry and its side projects as Jourgensen and like-minded musicians stretched the definition of electronic and new-wave music from 1980 to 1990, including Revolting Cocks, 1000 Homo DJs, PTP, Pailhead, Special Affect and more. Expect a sordid array of images from the early club days to major label success, including original album art/layout, concept designs, cut-and-paste flyers, magazine clippings, promo glossies and a selection of unearthed photographs from the era.

Lethal Amounts is located at 1226 W 7th Street in Los Angeles.