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In the Midst of the Digital Age, Goth Money's Latest Physical Release Refreshes Rap Game

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, November 30, 2015 07:31pm | Post a Comment

By doubleay

TrillionairesGoth Money Records is one of the hottest underground hip-hop collectives to have a physical album in stores in 2015. In a digital era where a majority of up-and-coming hip-hop music is over-saturated with internet releases, Goth Money wanted to switch it up. Goth Money's new album, Trillionaires, was released with Break World Records on Halloween.

Trillonaires features members Sick Boy Rari (formerly known as Black Kray), MFK Marcy Mane, Hunned Mill, Karmah, Kane Grocerys, and Luckaleannn. With a deep roster, the album is full of unique flows and styles that come together for a dark, heavy, cohesive sound. Goth Money members have all been gaining buzz while working or touring with the likes of Yung Lean and Raider Klan affiliates Space Ghost Purrp and Ruben Slikk (FREESLIKK).

I got the chance to speak with Goth Money member Break World RecordsMFK Marcy Mane about Trillionaires, their involvement with Break World Records, and where they want to go with their music after this release. I asked Marcy Mane what made them decide to release a physical album when so much of hip-hop music in this day and age is internet based. He explained it has always been a dream and goal for Goth Money Records to release a physical project since the group came together.

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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Toro y Moi

Posted by Amoebite, November 30, 2015 05:21pm | Post a Comment

Toro y Moi at Amoeba Berkeley

Toro y Moi is the electronic project of American producer and recording artist Chaz Bundick. In 2010, he released his first album, Causers of This, garnering comparisons to the newly-labeled chillwave genre. 2011's Underneath the Pine expanded on his sound, using all live instrumentation and no samples. The Freaking Out EP followed later that year. In December, Caribou invited Toro y Moi to perform at All Tomorrow's Parties.

Toro y Moi What ForIn 2013, Toro y Moi's third studio album, Anything in Return, was released via Carpark. The followup came in 2015, with the studio album What For? and a mixtape called Samantha. In early 2016, Toro y Moi is set to tour Australia and Japan.

Bundick visited Amoeba Berkeley recently to fill out his vinyl collection. He picked up LPs by Ravi Shankar, Elliott Smith, and Oscar Peterson. Watch the full What's In My Bag? episode below to see the rest of his picks and to find out when is his favorite time of day to listen to vinyl.

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Top Five Hip-Hop Cyber Monday Gift Ideas

Posted by Billyjam, November 30, 2015 11:41am | Post a Comment

Today is Cyber Monday until 11:59pm Pacific Time and Amoeba has slashed prices by 20% on items on Amoeba.com! Just enter the special CYBER20 code at checkout to receive the discount. This sale include some truly dope hip-hop records and CDs that would make both perfect holiday gifts for others and treats for oneself. Below is a top ten list of some of the best hip-hop Cyber Monday gift ideas, and all at 20% off plus free shipping in the U.S. All are classic hip-hop recordings, mostly recent re-releases in either original or newly presented packaging. They include both CD and vinyl releases that are all reduced significantly today only for Cyber Monday at Amoeba Music.    
 


1) Public Enemy's latest, recommended (13th studio) album Man Plans God Laughs + the Chuck D led crew's hits collection Fight The Power: The Collection together as a two CD set make for the perfect introduction to one of the greatest acts in hip-hop history. I cannot recommend PE's latest album Man Plans God Laughs (also available in vinyl) enough. With incredible production ? Gary G Wiz and Carl Ryder (aka Chuck D) the new album manages to capture the PE vibe of old and blend it together on the new tracks on this five star album. Meanwhile the Fight The Power: The Collection  clocks in at one hour, ten minutes with 16 tracks featuring all the classics and more. Included are "Fight The Power," "Don't Believe The Hype," "Public Enemy No. 1," "Rebel Without A Pause," "Night Of The Living Baseheads," "Louder Than A Bomb," "Black Steel In The Hour Of Chaos," "Burn Hollywood Burn (feat. Ice Cube)," "By The Time I Get To Arizona" and "Can't Truss It." Regularly priced at $9.98 while the new CD released by SPITdigital is $13.98 = total of $23.96 but with Cyber Monday Amoeba discount = $19.17!
 

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20 Vinyl LPs to Look For in the Holiday Season

Posted by Billy Gil, November 30, 2015 09:00am | Post a Comment

vinyl lps for gifts

Looking for a gift for yourself or someone special this holiday season? Check out these 20 upcoming or recently released vinyl LPs, including some of the best albums of 2015, holiday classics and rad reissues.

Phil SpectorA Christmas Gift For You [Red Vinyl]
Out Now

phil spector a christmas gift for you vinylThe greatest Christmas album ever! If you don’t have it already, get these lively wall-of-sound, girl-group renditions of holiday classics like “Santa Claus Is Coming to Town” and “White Christmas” on shiny red vinyl.

 

William OnyeaborAtomic Bomb
Out Now

william onyeabor atomic bomb lpJust released as a “Record Store Day First” Black Friday title, world music legend William Onyeabor’s second album includes the title track, a standout from his well-received 2013 compilation, Who Is William Onyeabor? Get into these hypnotic Afropop grooves, and pick up his other just-reissued albums, too: Body and Soul, Crashes in Love, Tomorrow, Hypertension, Good Name and Anything You Sow.

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The Klezmatics at SFJAZZ Center, December 20

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, November 29, 2015 06:06pm | Post a Comment

The Klezmatics at SFJAZZ Center

Amoeba sponsors two shows with GRAMMY-winning Jewish klezmer superstars The Klezmatics at the SFJAZZ Center on Sunday, December 20th. Making their SFJAZZ Center debut just after the Festival of Light, The Klezmatics will perform seasonal music from their 2006 album Woody Guthrie's Happy Joyous Hanukkah, which sets lyrics by the late Woody Guthrie to their delightful original compositions.

Formed in the New York’s East Village in 1986, the Klezmatics led the resurgence of the nearly-forgotten klezmer tradition and contemporized it with an irreverent dose of punk rock attitude, and since their inception, have been one of most visible faces of today’s Yiddish culture. Enduring a number of personnel changes over the past two decades, the band has revolved around original members Lorin Sklamberg on lead vocals and accordion, trumpeter/keyboardist Frank London, and bassist Paul Morrissett. They have collaborated with violin virtuoso Itzhak Perlman, Pulitzer prize winner Tony Kushner, and Israeli vocalist Chava Alberstein, and have released eleven diverse albums including the GRAMMY-winning Wonder Wheel, their first session that set previously unused Woody Guthrie lyrics to their own original material. The group’s most recent release is 2011’s historic document Live at Town Hall and the concurrently released documentary film The Klezmatics: On Holy Ground

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Park Blvd. Records and Tapes

Posted by Billyjam, November 29, 2015 02:30pm | Post a Comment


Bucking the trend of record stores closing up shop, Oakland's Park Blvd. Records and Tapes opened up shop at the start of this past summer. In the five plus months since that opening business has been brisk for the specialized record store that is part of a new music retail business model that seeks out a small but dedicated customer base. They've found their niche and, in turn, fans of that musical niche have found them and their new retail space. While the small record store carries several genres of popular music and mostly older era (examples include 80's hardcore punk 45's) Park Blvd. Records and Tapes' main focus is hip-hop/rap records and tapes. Those records and tapes (plus some CDs, DVDs, and books) feature quite a concentration of older classic hip-hop material including a good size ratio of Bay Area rap/hip-hop from the 90's.  Stocked with some select new hip-hop releases their customers, who travel from all over, are more interested in those specialty items that normally they might only find online or at well stocked stores like Amoeba Music. A quick glance around the store's vinyl display bins and cassette and CD shelves provides ample proof. The selection includes ample amount of classic early era Bay rap and hip-hop releases by such artists as Too $hort, IMP, Hugh E. MC, E-40, Mac Mall, C-BO, Mac Dre, Dre Dog / Andre Nickatina, Celly Cel, Digital Underground, Spice 1, 2Pac, Chunk, 11/5, 415, Souls of Mischief, RBL Posse, and Bored Stiff.  Stocking releases in various formats of bygone eras along with brand new nationally popular hip-hop releases from artists like Drake or Mac Miller, it is the speciality items that attract customers to their store. The 2014 Park Blvd., Oakland CA shop, whose name outside simply reads "Records and Tapes," was vacant for three years before its latest incarnation. Before that it was a fortune teller's place of business.  That was back when the old Parkway Theatre was still down the block a bit, and before relocating crosstown to 24th Street off Telegraph.

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Saluting MF DOOM's Illustrious Career

Posted by Billyjam, November 28, 2015 07:00pm | Post a Comment
With the publication yesterday of a new video by MF DOOM in which the elusive longtime hip-hop talent promises fans a busy 2016, it's a fitting time for the Amoeblog to pay homage to the talented hip-hop emcee/producer and present a brief overview, via ten tracks (videos below), of MF DOOM's most unique and incredible career. DOOM is not just an amazing lyricist, but his career with its tragedy to triumph tale, and his whole mysterious persona, and his many collaborations aliases make him one of the most engaging characters in hip-hop history. Working backwards and starting in the present, we begin with that aforementioned new video that is entitled "DOOM - A Villainous Adventure." In it DOOM reveals his plans for a prolific upcoming new year, one that will bring "a lot of good shit." Filmed in some exotic Central American location (he shouts out "Honduras") while decked in trademark metal face mask plus sporting a "Dumile" shirt, the artist born Daniel Dumile speaks from a mountain side, and while commandeering a boat on the choppy waters. In another scene, still in metal mask, he's seen swimming underwater. Apologizing to fans for not been round so much of late (" been healing and resting up") he says that the for the MF DOOM year of 2016 he is "getting ready to fuck y’all up,” in the video that appears to be funded by the New Era hat company.

While DOOM may not have released any solo full length projects in six years he has not been idle. Proof includes a brand a couple of days earlier it is a new PRhyme (DJ Premier and Royce Da 5'9") track with a feature from DOOM and Phonte too. It is culled from the forthcoming The PRhyme Deluxe Album (Dec 11th release). Up next is another 2015 Doom collaborative track: DOOMSTARKS (DOOM with Ghostface Killah) and their newest collab track "Lively Hood" whose instrumental is heard in background of the new video uploaded yesterday. Skipping over but giving a nod to last year's NehruvianDOOM, which was his collaboration with Bishop Nehru that featured DOOM's production and some rapping, it's back to DOOM's 2012 collaboration with Jneiro Jarel. Under the name JJ DOOM, they released the album Key To the Kuffs  that features the opening track "Guv'nor" below. Other classic MF DOOM collaborations included below are DANGERDOOM (with Danger Mouse) and the track "Sofa King" off 2005's The Mouse and The Mask (Lex/Epitaph), and the Madvillain (with Madlib) track "All Caps" off the 2004 Stones Throw album Madvillainy. Madlib was contributed some production for the DOOM (minus the "MF") album Born Like This. Released by Lex Records in 2009 the album, that featured such tracks as "Yessir! (feat. Raekwon)," was DOOM's last official solo studio album. There's the track "Lickupon" culled from the 2003 album Vaudeville Villain - one of two he released that year under the alias of Viktor Vaughn.

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On 20th Anniversary of "Mad Izm" Channel Live's Hakim Green Releases "Mad Izm 2015" And Keeps The Weed Flag Flying High

Posted by Billyjam, November 24, 2015 08:18pm | Post a Comment
"I used to dance for Naughty By Nature back when they were called The New Style," said emcee Hakim Green taking it way back in recalling his earliest role in hip-hop. Speaking to me by phone from Florida the other day he was remembering his formative years that also included working behind the scenes in hip-hop music video production. That was all some years before his introduction to most hip-hop fans in '94 and '95 as half of the now defunct hip-hop duo Channel Live. Along with his partner in rhyme Vincent "Tuffy" Morgan the duo grabbed everyone with their late 1994 single (a hit in 1995) "Mad Izm." The single featured a prominent guest spot from KRS-One and was featured on the East Orange, NJ duo's debut album Station Identification, one of three they would release over a decade long career. While Tuffy has gone into management and behind the scenes music projects, Hakim has stuck with hip-hop as artist and just released a guest-heavy, new single ("Mad Izm 2015 (feat. Treach, Minty Burns, Keith Murray, Do It All & Dyme A Dzin)" (video below) with a similarly titled full length to follow. With "Mad Izm" (meaning weed) being the title of his latest single and forthcoming album  as well as his two-decade old release, not surprisingly, Izm / weed and its legalization is something that Hakim has cared deeply about for a long time, and it is something he has a personal interest in.

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Happy Thanksgiving! 21 Songs to Show Your Gratitude

Posted by Billy Gil, November 24, 2015 05:32pm | Post a Comment

thanksgiving music list

Led Zeppelin – “Thank You”

 

Big Star – “Thank You Friends”

 

Andrew Gold – “Thank You for Being a Friend”

 

Drake – “Thank Me Now”

 

Otis Redding – “I Want to Thank You”

 

ABBA – “Thank You For the Music”

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Amoebapalooza Takes Place Nov. 29 at the Dragonfly

Posted by Amoebite, November 24, 2015 02:52pm | Post a Comment

amoebapalooza

This Sunday, Nov. 29, see Amoeba employees take the stage at our annual Amoebapalooza holiday party!

The event takes place at the Dragonfly in Hollywood, and it starts at 7 p.m. Tickets are $5, and it’s 21-and-over.

The show features 10 bands made up of Amoeba employees playing 10-minute sets each. An all-girl Fugazi cover band and a “ladies of the ’80s” medley group are just some of the acts you’ll hear. Celebrate the holidays and get wild with us this weekend!

The Dragonfly is located at 6510 Santa Monica Boulevard.

Amoeba Hollywood Runs Food Drive Starting Nov. 25

Posted by Amoebite, November 23, 2015 03:46pm | Post a Comment

los angeles regional food bankBeginning Nov. 25, Amoeba Music in Hollywood will hold a food drive for the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank. The drive runs through December 12.

Donate $3 or more to the L.A. Regional Food Bank and you’ll receive a $5 Amoeba gift certificate to use any time in December. Vouchers will be available at the Info Counter and near the front of the store, where we’ll also be accepting canned food. (Limit two vouchers per customer.)

The Los Angeles Regional Food Bank feeds more than half a million people each month—12% of those are over the age of 65, and 25% are kids under 18. Funds from our Dec. 5 charity auction also will benefit the Regional Food Bank, so there are lots of opportunities with us to donate to those in need. Please help us in any way that you can to feed the hungry this holiday season.

Food Drive at Amoeba Hollywood

The Ultimate One Album Wonders Directory

Posted by Eric Brightwell, November 23, 2015 08:59am | Post a Comment

One Album Wonders

The vinyl LP was introduced by Columbia Records in 1948 but the 45 inch single remained the primary media for recorded music until 1966, when LPs overtook them, marking the dawn of the Album Era.
For a variety of reasons, many bands of the Album Era only released one full-length LP, making them “one album wonders.” 

I began the series, One Album Wonders, in July 2014 (the year digital downloads first overtook aluminum discs in sales) and since then have written of about 60 bands whose recorded output was mostly confined to a single album. I had planned on writing about hundreds more but the plug has been pulled so I’ve decided instead to publish my personally compiled directory of them before my time at Amoeba ends in December. Enjoy! 


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A Passing Fancy (A Passing Fancy - 1968), A Witness (I Am John’s Pancreas - 1986), A-II-Z (The Witch Of Berkeley - Live - 1980), A'La Rock (Indulge - 1990), Aceium (Wicked Metal - 2004), The Aerovons (Resurrection - 2003), The Affair (Yes Yes To You - 2006), Afterlife (Surreality - 1992), Agentz (Stick to Your Guns - 1986), Aidean (Promises - 1988), Alamo (Alamo - 1970), Alien (Cosmic Fantasy - 1983), Alien (The Pleasure of Leisure - 1998), Alistair Terry (Yonge at Heart - 1985), Alkana (Welcome to My Paradise - 1978), Alkatraz (Doing a Moonlight - 1976), Allen Collins Band (Here, There and Back - 1983), Alliance (We Could Get Used To This - 1988), Alonzo Cruz (Blind Troubador of Oaxaca - 1956), Alpha Centauri (Alpha Centauri - 1977), American Noise (American Noise - 1980), Anderson Bruford Wakeman Howe (Anderson Bruford Wakeman Howe - 1989), The Animated Egg (The Animated Egg - 1967), Andy Rock (Into the Night - 2012), Annihilation Absolute (Cities - 1985), April 16th (Sleepwalking - 1989), Arcadia (So Red the Rose - 1985), Armageddon (Illusion - 1971), Arzachel (Arzachel - 1969), ATC (Planet Pop - 2000), Avalanche (Pray For The Sinner - 1985), Aviator (Aviator - 1986), The Awful Truth (The Awful Truth - 1990), and Axtion (Look Out for the Night - 1985)

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Hip-Hop Vinyl Exclusives For Black Friday Record Store Day 2015

Posted by Billyjam, November 22, 2015 11:30am | Post a Comment
This coming Friday, November 27th, is a big day at Amoeba with another post-Thanksgiving Record Store Day (RSD) on its way. With it comes exclusive releases that span all genres including some really nice hip-hop worth getting. Most of these releases are small run pressings exclusive for RSD at indies stores like Amoeba Music. The growing number of avid hip-hop 45's collectors will be more than pleased with the new seven inch hip-hop pressings that will be available on RSD. Included is a 7" unique pressing of “Egypt, Egypt” b/w “Girls” from friends of Amoeba The Egyptian Lover and Stones Throw Records. Greg Broussard (aka The Egyptian Lover), who earlier this month played both Hollywood and San Francisco Amoeba in-stores in support of his brand new album 1984, said in a pre-instore Amoeblog interview that he will be releasing his anticipated Anthology via Stones Throw next year. It is sure to be a goodie as Peanut Butter Wolf's Stones Throw label never disappoints with its packaging and presentation. This Friday's RSD 7" is proof of this. The limited edition vinyl is described as 7” die-cut “pyramid” shaped white vinyl.   Regal pop-up packaging with folding magnetic panels creates a 4-sided, 3-dimensional pyramid.

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Album Picks: Freddie Gibbs, Club 8

Posted by Billy Gil, November 20, 2015 11:15am | Post a Comment

Freddie Gibbs - Shadow Of A Doubt

freddie gibbs shadow of a doubt cdWe’ve been waiting for Freddie Gibbs’ new album since his gritty vocals graced last year’s Pinata, his dynamite collaboration with Madlib. And he doesn’t disappoint—Gibbs’ latest is a contender for underground rap album of the year. Over a digital bounce, Gibbs establishes his powerful presence early on with “Fuckin’ Up the Count” (“Gangsta shit in my DNA, I just can’t explain that/Even if I die tell my enemies I remain that”). His collaboration with Black Thought proves inspired on “Extradite,” as Mikhail’s beat blends ’70s soul with “Twilight Zone” organs while Gibbs and Black Thought’s words spill out like rolling dice. Like similarly great albums released this year by Earl Sweatshirt and Vince Staples, Shadow of a Doubt is grim but enlivening—seek the hard-hitting “Packages” as proof. Gibbs is the quintessential thirtysomething rapper who’s toiled in the underground only to see younger guys get the glory—if there’s any justice, Shadow of a Doubt should make that a thing of the past.

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Pre-Order Santigold's Anticipated January 2016 Album From Amoeba In CD & Vinyl

Posted by Billyjam, November 20, 2015 07:40am | Post a Comment

99¢ is the title, not the price, of the anticipated, long overdue, third studio album by super-talented Philly born singer/rapper/songwriter/producer extraordinaire Santigold. Scheduled for a recently announced January 22nd, 2016 arrival date at Amoeba Music c/o Atlantic Records in both CD and limited edition clear vinyl formats, the album can now be pre-ordered from Amoeba. The 12 track new album, the mezzo-soprano born Santi White's first since 2012's Master Of My Make- Believe,  features the just released lead single "Can't Get Enough Of Myself (feat. BC)" (audio below).  Production credits will include such accomplished figures as Zeds Dead, Justin Raisen, Rostam Batmanglij (Vampire Weekend) and David Andrew Sitek (TV On The Radio) to name but some of her new album studio collaborators. Meanwhile the cover (above) for 99¢ is some of the best album cover art to come along in a minute. At a glance it aesthetically reminds me of the cover of Malcolm McLaren's 1983 album Duck Rock (left) with its colors and retro design.

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Small Business Saturday Sale at All Amoeba Stores, 11/28

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, November 19, 2015 04:31pm | Post a Comment

Small Business Saturday

We've got your Thanksgiving weekend all planned out for ya! After the excitement of Amoeba Music's Black Friday deals and releases on 11/27, and before Cyber Monday beams down on 11/30, join us at all three Amoeba store locations for our Small Business Saturday Sale!

In celebration of Small Business Saturday, Amoeba Berkeley, San Francisco, and Hollywood are offering 30% off on all Amoeba logo merchandise. That includes our fashionable Amoeba t-shirts, sweatshirts, totes, turntable mats, and more. Time to stock up on your Amoeba flare! This sale is one day only and applies to Amoeba logo-branded merchandise.

Additionally, Amoeba SF welcomes Stephan Jenkins of Third Eye Blind that Saturday at 2pm for an acoustic set of new songs from Dopamine and fan favorites from past albums! More info.

Get up. Get out. #ShopSmall!

Small Business Saturday at Amoeba

For Vampisoul's "R&B Hipshakers Vol. 4: Bossa Nova and Grits" Compilation Curator Mr Fine Wine Mines the Vaults of King and Federal

Posted by Billyjam, November 19, 2015 12:16pm | Post a Comment


Last night during his soul 45's themed, longtime weekly residency at New York City's Botanica Mr. Fine Wine celebrated the release of his latest retro compilation R&B Hipshakers Vol. 4: Bossa Nova and Grits. This the Detroit born, music loving, lifelong soul/funk/r&b 45's crate digger, and weekly host of WFMU's Downtown Soulville accomplished by playing the music and inviting others to join him for a fun and funky night at the Downtown bar/club along with an array of invited fellow 45's loving guest DJs including Jonathan Toubin, DJ Rata, Mikey, One Mint Julep, Phast Phreddie, Pablo Salinas, Eli "Paperboy" Reed and Matt Fiveash (pictured left). The new 20 track compilation, that has been released as a CD and also as a ten seven inch vinyl box-set, is the fourth and latest in this various artists series for Vampisoul that the D has curated for the respected reissue record label. With a title inspired by the compilation's opening track, Little Joe Washington's 1963 Federal Records single "Bossa Nova and Grits," genre expert Mr Fine Wine has mined the vaults of King Records and its imprint Federal Records. Federal Records, who first gave the world a taste of James Brown, was set up by the influential indie Cincinnati, Ohio based King Records label in 1950. Among those acts featured are on the new collection are Wynonie Harris, Roy Brown & His Mighty Mighty Men, King Syam, Gene Wilson & His Genies, and Sam Anderson & The Telstars.

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SF Silent Film Festival's A Day of Silents, December 5

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, November 18, 2015 06:19pm | Post a Comment

San Francisco Silent Film Festival Day of Silents

Douglas Fairbanks, Anna May Wong, Harry Houdini, Shanghai, London, Paris…the world is your oyster at the San Francisco Silent Film Festival's A Day of Silents on Saturday, December 5, at the Castro Theatre. This very special day of silent-era movies will be accompanied by live music from Alloy Orchestra (featuring Roger Miller of Mission to Burma) and Donald Sosin.

Check out this action-packed schedule:

11:00am - THE BLACK PIRATE (1926, USA, Directed by Albert Parker, Cast: Douglas Fairbanks, Billie The Black PirateDove, Tempe Pigott, Donald Crisp. 84 min)
The Black Pirate stars the dashing Douglas Fairbanks, full of bravura and charm. The film’s spectacular feats of derring-do include exciting swordplay and breathtaking underwater choreography—all in dazzling two-color Technicolor. Fairbanks plays a nobleman who takes the identity of a pirate to infiltrate and take revenge on the cutthroats responsible for his father’s death. The Black Pirate is not the first pirate story put on film, but probably the most influential.

1:00pm - AROUND CHINA WITH A MOVIE CAMERA (Filmed 1900–1948, compiled in 2015. 68 min)
Take a trip as far back as the days of the late Qing dynasty in Imperial China with this program of rarely-seen films, travelogues, and newsreels. See bustling and cosmopolitan Shanghai in 1900, visit Imperial Beijing in 1910, and cruise the picturesque canals of Hangzhou in 1925 on this odyssey of the remarkable and the everyday. Recently compiled from the collections of the BFI National Archive, the footage was shot by a diverse group of British and French filmmakers—some professionals, but mostly amateurs, including tourists, expatriates, and missionaries.

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Thousands of Louis Armstrong Exclusive Remastered Downloads Hit Amoeba's Vinyl Vaults

Posted by Amoebite, November 18, 2015 05:34pm | Post a Comment

louis armstrongAmoeba Music has painstakingly remastered thousands of tracks from jazz genius Louis Armstrong’s vast catalog, and you can now download them all at Amoeba.com’s Vinyl Vaults!

Here is Louis as you’ve never heard him. More than 600 sides have been expertly remastered from pristine original 78s that sound amazing—plus thousands of hard-to-find and undiscovered songs remastered from out-of-print and obscure vinyl sources not found elsewhere digitally!

Check out our beautifully restored rare Louis versions of “Ain’t Misbehavin’,” “Just A Gigolo” and many others. We have also remastered dozens of live shows, including the previously legendary, previously unheard “Live at Kitsilano High School” show from Vancouver in 1952—plus hundreds of lost radio and TV performances for your listening pleasure.

Here’s an example of the remastering we’ve done for these Louis Armstrong tracks on the song “Static Strut” from the original Vocalion 78 released in 1926. Hear the song change from the original to the Amoeba-remastered version at the 20-second mark.

Watch this performance below of Louis Armstrong live in Copenhagen in 1934 for another example of our remastering. Audio restoration begins at the 51-second mark. Songs include “I Cover the Waterfront” and “Dinah.”

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Sidewalk Sale at Amoeba Music in Hollywood Nov. 21

Posted by Amoebite, November 17, 2015 07:02pm | Post a Comment

Sidewalk Sale Amoeba Hollywood

Our next Sidewalk Sale at Amoeba Hollywood is Saturday, Nov. 21, from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m., right outside the store. We'll have huge bargains on the following:

  • Fresh 45s at two for $1
  • Buy-one-get-one-free CDs (free CD must be of equal or lesser value)
  • Blu-rays at three for $12
  • $5 T-shirts
  • $1 Laserdiscs
  • DVDs for $3 each, or buy three get one free
  • DVD box sets at $7 each, or two for $10
  • VHS Deals
  • And more!

Come out and treat yourself to some inexpensive new movies and music, or pick up some easy early holiday gifts from Amoeba!

All sidewalk sale items are aggressively sale priced. Therefore, we do not accept store credits, gift certificates, coupons or other offered store sales for any sidewalk sale items. Additionally, we cannot offer customer holds or mail order. All sales are final.

Sidewalk Sale

The Bad Plus Joshua Redman at SFJAZZ Center, December 10-13

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, November 17, 2015 05:17pm | Post a Comment

The Bad Plus Joshua Redman

Amoeba Music is proud to sponsor four nights of shows with The Bad Plus Joshua Redman at SFJAZZ Center from December 10 - 13.

Celebrating their new release, The Bad Plus Joshua Redman, iconoclastic trio The Bad Plus and modern saxophone giant Joshua Redman present an evening of sublime, spontaneous invention. The Bad Plus earned an unusually broad following among young music fans through poker-faced interpretations of beloved rock and pop tunes like Black Sabbath’s “Iron Man,” Blondie’s “Heart of Glass,” and Radiohead’s “Karma Police.” The collective trio still traffics in ingenious covers, but pianist Ethan Iverson, bassist Reid Anderson, and drummer Dave King are all dedicated composers. Possessing distinct and divergent aesthetics, they channel their music through a radically democratic group sound that erases traditional distinctions between soloist and accompanist. It’s an approach that rarely invites in outsides, but the Berkeley-raised Redman joined The Bad Plus for a European tour a few years back and quickly made himself part of their quirky Midwestern gestalt. He joins forces with the band again, though Anderson hesitates to call it a collaboration, noting that playing with the trio means “dealing with what the Bad Plus does, and Josh really got that and brought this incredible energy. It’s a lot of new personality for the music, but still The Bad Plus.”

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Has Zumbi Found Zion I's Replacement for AmpLive With Producer Markis Precise?

Posted by Billyjam, November 17, 2015 03:24pm | Post a Comment

On his excellent recent release Fear of Flying (Ineffable Music), West Coast producer Markis Precise plays host to a rich array of mic wreckers including such talents as Strong Arm Steady, Fashawn, Ras Kass, Gift of Gab, and Zion I's Zumbi. Noteworthy of the collaborative album, that the artist refers to as a "compilation," is the Fresno producer's gift at pairing just the right music with each of his vocal collaborators. He manages to bring out the very best in his guest emcees. Examples include "Frequency (feat. Zion I)" in which he not only provides the pitch perfect backing track for emcee Zumbi's unique, instantly recognizable flow, but sonically captures that Zion I vibe, particularly early era Zion I. And this is good news for longtime fans of the prolific, popular duo who may have pondered what future lay ahead for them with the announcement earlier this year of the exit of Zumbi's longtime partner in Zion I, producer AmpLive

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They Sing Sea Songs Down by the Seashore -- Vegetarian Sea Shanties of a Sort

Posted by Eric Brightwell, November 17, 2015 09:03am | Post a Comment
"Colin Hunter" "their only harvest" (1879)
Their Only Harvest by Colin Hunter (1879)

I wrote a guide to sea vegetables over at my blog. As a companion piece here at the Amoeblog, I thought I’d compile a guide to modern day sea shanties by vegetarian (or former vegetarian, in some cases) songwriters or bands with vegetarian members.
Seaweed Gatherers (1926) by Harold Harvey
Seaweed Gatherers (1926) by Harold Harvey 
 
 
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Belle & Sebastian - “Ease Your Feet in the Sea”

Blur - "This is a Low"


Bob Marley And The Wailers - “High Tide Or Low Tide”

New "What's in My Bag?" Episode with Mexican Singer/Songwriter Natalia Lafourcade

Posted by Amoebite, November 16, 2015 05:59pm | Post a Comment

Natalia Lafourcade at Amoeba

Natalia Lafourcade is a Mexican pop/rock singer and songwriter from Coatepec. While growing up, she performed in a mariachi band and in an all-girl trio called Twist before going solo at age seventeen. Her self-titled debut album was released in 2002, garnering her a GRAMMY nomination for Best Latin Pop Album. Three years later, she released her followup, Casa, as Natalia y La Forquetina, which was the name of her band at the time. In 2006, she announced she would be leaving the band to perform as a solo artist once again.

Natalia LaFourcade Hasta la Raiz

Lafourcade continued to release solo albums, with her 2009 release, Hu Hu Hu, becoming a Top 10 album in Mexico and receiving nominations for Best Latin Pop Album at the GRAMMYs and Best Female Pop Vocal Album at the Latin GRAMMY Awards. Her 2015 release, Hasta La Rai­z, and its single of the same name have been nominated for five awards at this year's Latin GRAMMYs. Watch her perform live on the awards show, held at the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas, Thursday, November 19th.

Get to know Lafourcade a little deeper as she shares many of the albums that influenced her during a recent chat with our "What's In My Bag?" crew at Amoeba Hollywood. She starts with Joni Mitchell's classic Blue, the biggest musical inspiration for her current album. She also talks about Erykah Badu's seminal Mama's Gun, Edith Piaf's Je Ne Regrette Rien, and delves into the catalog of Nick Drake.

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Moog's Theremini Has Landed at Amoeba SF!

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, November 15, 2015 07:11pm | Post a Comment

In 1919, Russian electro physicist Lev Sergejewitch Termen invented the Theremin - the only Moog Thereminiinstrument that generates sound without being touched. Notoriously hard to play, it is one of the first electronic instruments that inspired the creation of synthesizers in future generations. Horror films and "Good Vibrations" haven't been the same since.

We know learning to play the Theremin has been on your bucket list for a long time. You don't have wait for the New Year to get a jump on this resolution. Luckily, the good folks at Moog have brought the unmistakably memorable, otherworldly sound within the reach of the common man with their new Theremini - a re-imagination of the Theremin. Amoeba SF currently has several in stock and, at $299.98, they will make excellent holiday gifts!

The Theremini design fuses the experience of performing with an instrument you don’t actually touch with a powerful sound engine derived from Moog’s award winning synthesizer, Animoog. The Theremini guarantees immediate success to any player at any skill level, while providing new ways to experiment with music, education, and gestural control.

We at Amoeba SF were honored with a live Theremini demo and in-store performance with Theremin Dorit Chrysler, Moog Thereminivirtuoso Dorit Chrysler who held her one-hour "hands on" workshop, KID COOL THEREMIN SCHOOL, on October 30th. Ten lucky customers got to try out the Theremini under her expert tutelage on the Amoeba stage. The electro joy was contagious as the class gathered a rapt audience who couldn't wait to try it out for themselves.

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Weekly Roundup: Ty Segall, Ty Dolla Sign, Damon Eliza Palmero, Babes

Posted by Billy Gil, November 13, 2015 04:31pm | Post a Comment

Ty Segall Emotional Mugger video

ty segall emotional mugger lpBy now, you must know Ty Segall is a busy guy, recording something like 96 albums a year between his various projects (that’s actually closer to four or so, but who’s counting). Still, despite having just released a new album of smashing proto-metal with Fuzz, forming several new bands and re-releasing his T. Rex cover albums as a set on Black Friday, he’s also got just a plain ol’ new album on the way (so the next time you’re feeling spread thin … think of Ty Segall and get to work!). Emotional Mugger is due Jan. 22 on Drag City and was announced by sending a VHS tape of the album to various editors. Pitchfork says they got a copy of the 1993 film My Life at the end of the album, as well as Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan on another tape. But no worries if you don’t have a VHS player anymore—the album will be released on all the normal formats. We haven’t heard any songs yet, but apparently an emotional mugger is a “non-verbal and non-physical emotional exchange,” as we’ve gleaned from this faux-educational video starring Segall.

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Album Picks: Oneohtrix Point Never, Frankie Cosmos, King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard, Panda Bear

Posted by Billy Gil, November 13, 2015 12:10pm | Post a Comment

Oneohtrix Point Never - Garden Of Delete

oneohtrix point never garden of delete lpDaniel Lopatin’s second release on Warp as Oneohtrix Point Never is hell-bent on defying expectations. A song like “Ezra” begins with cut-up, recognizable motifs but becomes destroyed by diversions into heart-pounding 16-bit synth chases and vocal snippets emerging from its distorted folds. “I Bite Through It” engages in pop-rock structure yet mocks it at the same time, its sharp notes arranged neatly in sets of eight, which are broken up by a hard-hitting beat and more scenic portions, its tones varying without rhyme or reason across the song’s taut three minutes and 17 seconds. Similarly, the guttural vocals and laser-beam synths exploding out of “Sticky Drama” achieve EDM-style release even as its brutal middle portion feels insanity-inducing. But the need to step away now and then only proves the album’s power. Part of Garden of Delete’s strength is its ability to temper its dislocating sense of confusion with clear reference points that help the listener find their balance. The smoky, hollowed-out beginning of “Freaky Eyes” gives way to pipe organs, sudden swells and noises that skitter around like beetles, making it feel like a horror movie soundtrack collage. “Lift’s” disembodied vocal bits and layered piano runs feel alien but are lovely nonetheless. The more pronounced vocals on “Animals” make it easily noticeable, but it would be a standout regardless, its tones disintegrating beautifully while a pitch-shifted vocal comes in and out of static in a way not entirely different from Radiohead. Oneohtrix Point Never is an acquired taste that occasionally feels like it needs Cliff’s Notes to fully grasp. But it’s undoubtedly some of the most intelligent, forward-thinking music being made today. Those willing to take the plunge will be duly rewarded.

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N.W.A. "Fuck The Police (Remix)" + "Ni**az Retaliate (feat. Public Enemy)" = Greatest Revolutionary Rap Record Never Released?

Posted by Billyjam, November 13, 2015 10:26am | Post a Comment

If you've seen the N.W.A. bio-pic titled after their album Straight Outta Compton (CD and LP), the whole "Fuck The Police" controversy played a major role in the 2015 film that arrives at Amoeba on DVD/BluRay upon its January 19th release. "Fuck The Police" also played a major role in the pioneering gangsta rap group's career resulting in a not-too-happy FBI famously contacting the group's record label regarding the inflammatory anti-law enforcement anthem. But in a June 1990 interview, Ice Cube, after he had left the group and just released his debut solo album AmeriKKKa's Most Wanted (in CD and LP), told me that the controversy with the police and the FBI over the song was blown out of proportion. "They just sent us a letter," he said, which put fear into Priority Records - the label headed by Bryan Turner that before N.W.A.'s success had been known for putting out the non-offensive The California Raisins

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Take It To The Bridge, The Bay Bridge (Pre-Demolition Top Ten List)

Posted by Billyjam, November 12, 2015 10:32pm | Post a Comment

Following a one week postponement, this weekend the demolition of part of the old Bay Bridge is back on. Scheduled for this Saturday, November 14th, at approximately 1pm, the segment of the 77-year-old Eastern span of the Bay Bridge known as Pier E3 will be demolished. Via underwater implosion and lasting only six seconds, 400 explosives will be used to demolish a 268-foot concrete slab 165 feet in the Bay mud below. While this planned implosion of the old Bay Bridge, that was replaced back in mid-2013 with that shiny new Bay Bridge that you seem to see in every other new car commercial, may not be as dramatic as say the implosion/demolition in 1999 of San Francisco's Geneva Towers, it is still an anticipated event. Many individuals and groups are planning on viewing Saturday's implosion either in person (the Oakland side near 7th St. in West Oakland is a prime location) or online (CalTrans will stream it all live).
 


Fans of this upcoming event include those members of the Old Bay Bridge Demolition Facebook event page that was set up by the the San Francisco Bay Area Street Photography group.  One member of this group is longtime Bay Bridge fan and former San Francisco resident Aaron Hali who now lives in Sacramento. "I'm up here in Sac because the Bay pushed us out economically so we were not in a position to buy a house in the Bay Area," he told me of his and his wife's relocation reasons, adding that, because of the three hour round trip for a six second event, he will be among those watching the implosion stream online.

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Amoeba Hollywood Holds Adele Listening Party Nov. 20

Posted by Amoebite, November 11, 2015 03:07pm | Post a Comment

Adele Window at Amoeba Hollywood

adele 25 lpAmoeba Music in Hollywood will be holding a listening party for Adele’s highly anticipated new album, 25, on Friday, November 20 from 6 to 7 p.m. 

Come hear the new album all the way through and pick up your copy of 25 on release date. And get a FREE Adele button and photo while supplies last!

Plus, anyone who buys the album that day will be entered into a raffle to win an Adele prize pack along with an Amoeba Gift Certificate.

 

Watch the video for the first single from 25, “Hello,” below.

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Yeah Yeah Yeahs Guitarist Nick Zinner Displays Photos at Lethal Amounts Nov. 20

Posted by Amoebite, November 11, 2015 01:21pm | Post a Comment

nick zinner lethal amountsAmoeba is proud to present “601 Photographs,” a solo exhibition of photography by Yeah Yeah Yeahs guitarist Nick Zinner at Lethal Amounts gallery in Downtown Los Angeles. The opening reception for the showing will be Friday, November 20 at 7 p.m., and it’s free.

Anyone who’s been to a Yeah Yeah Yeahs show is probably familiar with Zinner’s habit of snapping a photo of the audience in between shredding. Now you can see Zinner’s images from tours around the world, from his time touring with YYY’s and other projects around six continents for 15-plus years.

The show’s 601 images act as both voyeuristic and documentarian, capturing everything from hotel beds to intimate portraits and those infamous crowd shots. The exhibit has previously been shown in New York City, Mexico City, San Francisco and Tokyo.

Zinner is far from a dabbler in photography. Zinner has studied photography at Bard College with Larry Fink and Stephen Shore, and has published four books of his photography, the most recent one being Please Take Me Off The Guest List.

Lethal Amounts gallery focuses on subversive and counter culture themes throughout history, addressing the social and artistic value of underground movements while highlighting taboo topics. It is located at 1226 W 7th St. in Downtown L.A.

 

New Orleans Musician Allen Toussaint Has Died At Age 77

Posted by Billyjam, November 10, 2015 01:47pm | Post a Comment


Versatile New Orleans-born musician/producer Allen Toussaint died yesterday from a heart attack while in Spain, according to an email confirmation from his daughter today. The 77-year-old pianist, singer, songwriter, and producer, who remained consistently active in a rich and long musical career that began while in his teens, died after he collapsed following a concert in Madrid on Monday. Part of an ongoing European tour, last night's concert, which took place at Madrid's Teatro Lara, was captured on video with portions of it already posted online (see one of the clips below). Toussaint's legacy will forever be entwined with the New Orleans R&B musical scene. Growing up in New Orleans, he loved music from an early age and taught himself the piano.

Toussaint, who originally went by the stage name Tousan, began as a musician before expanding into the role of producer. He worked for a while behind the scenes for the Minit Records label, shaping hits for other artists such as Lee Dorsey and Irma Thomas. As a recording artist he was both influential and prolific with a rich catalog to his name, including a lot of singles. Among the most popular releases by Allen Toussaint found at Amoeba include the recommended collections of his work such as Everything I Do Gonh Be Funky: The Hit Songs & Productions 1957-1978, Toussaint: The Real Thing 1970-1975, and What Is Success: The Scepter and Bell Recordings.

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R.I.P. Allen Toussaint

Posted by Billy Gil, November 10, 2015 01:37pm | Post a Comment

allen toussaint

Legendary New Orleans pianist, songwriter and producer Allen Toussaint died today. He was 77.

Toussaint died this morning of a heart attack while in his hotel room in Madrid, The Associated Press reports. Toussaint had still been touring and performing at the time of his death.

Toussaint began performing in the 1950s and wrote hundreds of hits for other artists, such classics as “Working in a Coal Mine” for Lee Dorsey and “Lady Marmalade” as performed by LaBelle. His solo career blossomed in the 1970s with releases such as his 1971 self-titled album.

Toussaint was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1998 and 2009, and was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame in 2011. He has performed with everyone from Paul McCartney to Elvis Costello. Toussaint is considered one of New Orleans’ most celebrated artists and often performed as a headliner at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival.

Watch a performance of Toussaint in Madrid from from video taken yesterday below.

Eurodisco Legends Joy Are Coming to Orange County

Posted by Eric Brightwell, November 9, 2015 03:21pm | Post a Comment
Joy Hello


Austrian
Eurodisco
group Joy are scheduled to perform live in Santa Ana on 5 December (Saint Nicholas Eve/Krampusnacht) at the Yost Theater. They will perform hits including “Touch By Touch,” “Hello,” “Japanese Girls,” “Valerie,” “Im In Love,” “Countdown of Love,” and more. Buy tickets now as there are only 1,000 and they’re going fast.


New "What's in My Bag?" Episode with Electronic Producer Recondite

Posted by Amoebite, November 9, 2015 01:48pm | Post a Comment

Recondite at Amoeba Hollywood

Recondite is the alias of Bavarian-born, Berlin-based electronic music producer and label owner Lorenz Brunner. In 2011, he founded Plangent Records and released his first EP as Recondite. That same year he played his first gig at Berlin's legendary Panorama Bar/Berghain venue and began touring.

Recondite PlacidRecondite's first full-length, On Acid, was released in 2012 and garnered praise from critics around the world. Ghostly International released his follow-up, 2013's Hinterland. Soon after, Recondite became a fixture on the global DJ circuit, performing across Europe, Australia, North America, and Asia. In 2014, he released the Iffy LP on Innervisions and the Caldera EP on Hotflush Recordings. His newest full-length, Placid, was just released November 6, 2015 via Acid Test.

A longtime hip hop fan, Brunner kicks off his "What's in My Bag?" appearance with the 1992 self-titled debut from Body Count, the heavy metal band fronted by Ice-T. Next up is Nate Dogg's Music & Me and the Wu-Tang Clan's classic Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers). He also shares the artist he considers to be the most influential techno and house producer in Germany today.

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12 Vinyl Releases to Look For on Black Friday

Posted by Billy Gil, November 9, 2015 09:45am | Post a Comment

12 Vinyl Releases to look for on Black Friday

Black Friday is coming up on Nov. 27, that big shopping day right after Thanksgiving. The folks at Record Store Day will be releasing more than 140 releases that day, not to mention it’s new release day, with new stuff out from Bjork, Parquet Courts and others. If you can't make it in to one of our stores on 11/27, there's still hope you can snag one of these titles. We'll be adding Record Store Day Black Friday releases to Amoeba.com throughout the day.

See a list (.pdf) of everything we’ll have for sale here, and check out our 12 picks for releases to look for on Black Friday below.

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Ariel Pink – Heaven Knows What [OST]
[Pink Ninja Star Shaped 7”]

Kayhan Kalhor & Erdal Erzincan Live at SF's Herbst Theatre, 11/20

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, November 8, 2015 05:52pm | Post a Comment

Kayhan Kalhor & Erdal Erzincan

Amoeba Music and CIIS Public Programs & Performances present Kayhan Kalhor & Erdal Erzincan on Kayhan Kalhor & Erdal ErzincanFriday, November 20th at the Herbst Theatre in San Francisco.

Kayhan Kalhor, Iranian kamancheh master, and Erdal Erzincan, renowned Turkish baglama player, have entwined Persian classical and Turkish Sufi music since the mid-2000's. Their CD, The Wind, was released in 2006 and their collaboration has remained vibrant ever since.

Instruments similar to the violin-like kamancheh are found in musical ensembles throughout the Middle East and South Asia, and the modern violin derives from them. The baglama is used in traditional Anatolian folk music and religious ceremonies of the Alevi Sufis, a Turkish mystical order.

Kalhor believes in the power of music to link cultures and bring mutual understanding, a message particularly important for his students, "Telling them about the music and the musical culture, considering the situation between our two countries, I think is very valuable".

Tickets available now.

Amoeba SF Holiday Food Drive

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, November 8, 2015 05:06pm | Post a Comment

Amoeba San Francisco Food Drive

Amoeba San Francisco is once again gathering food for families in need this holiday season. We've joined forces with the SF Marin Food Bank to collect canned goods and nonperishable items for singles and families in need now through December 15th. The most-needed food items are tuna, canned meat, peanut butter, soup, chili, beans, cereal, canned fruit and vegetables, and granola bars. No glass or perishable items, please.

As a thank you for your donations, receive a coupon for $5 off your purchase of $25 or more at Amoeba SF and 10% off Amoeba.com!

SF Marin Food Bank

Weekly Roundup: L.A. Takedown, Seth Bogart, Lissie, Busdriver, James Supercave

Posted by Billy Gil, November 6, 2015 12:59pm | Post a Comment

L.A. Takedown L.A. Takedown Stream

la takedownComposer/musician Aaron M. Olson’s L.A. Takedown is doing an L.A. takeover, performing at different area record stores as he releasse his self-titled debut on Ribbon Music. The cinematically minded artist performs as a full-fledged band live and will perform Nov. 15 at 4 p.m. at Amoeba Music, and we’ll have the album in-store that day prior to its Nov. 20 wide release. Stream the album’s throbbing analog synthesizers and dramatic turns here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Seth Bogart – “Eating Makeup (featuring Kathleen Hanna)

seth bogartSeth Bogart has delivered sweaty garage-pop goods for years under the Hunx moniker, solo and with His Punx. Now he’s setting out under his own name with a more lo-fi electro-pop tunes called “Eating Makeup” that recalls his time in Gravy Train!!!!, getting silly with Kathleen Hanna over a chintzy beat with post-punky, out-of-tune guitars. Cole MGN produces, who’s worked with Ariel Pink and Julia Holter, among others. Bogart’s solo album is due early next year on Burger and will also feature collaborations with Tavi Gevinson, Cherry Glazerr and Chela.

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Album Picks: Grimes, Floating Points, Carla Morrison, W-X

Posted by Billy Gil, November 6, 2015 12:05pm | Post a Comment

Grimes Art Angels

grimes art angels downloadAfter three years and a false start, Grimes aka Claire Boucher has returned with the follow-up to her breakthrough, Visions, and it’s a brightly colored collection of artpop magical realism. The drumline beats and sunny guitars and melodies of “California” and the title track could almost pass for something on mainstream radio, if not for Boucher’s clarion voice cutting through. Similarly, the nimble “Flesh Without Blood” might not be the most original song Grimes has put to tape, but it’s the catchiest and is damn near irresistible. Yet in between those songs we get “Scream,” which has none of the safety of her more accessible tunes, between Taiwanese rapper Aristophanes’ twisting flow and Boucher’s curdled screech. The previously released “REALiTi” throws fans of her more straightforward electro-pop a bone, though it continues with the posi vibes and influences of K-pop and early ’90s house that flow through the rest of the album. Meanwhile, “Venus Fly,” her spacey hip hop duet with Janelle Monae, is a pure delight, coming off like a futuristic art-school version of the Spice Girls, and “Kill vs. Maim” has the feel of the drama kids taking over a pep rally with Boucher’s yelp simultaneously spirited and demented. Boucher has no use for genre boundaries and is seemingly allergic to negativity, all of which gives Art Angels an unbeatable all-embracing energy. The biggest change from Visions is that Boucher’s personality is more front-and-center; whereas that album could be more cold and cerebral in its in-between tracks, Art Angels is entirely engaging, and even its most digitized moments are stained with blood. (Art Angels will be released on LP and CD Dec. 11.)

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Interview with The Egyptian Lover Who Plays Amoeba LA & Amoeba SF this Weekend in Celebration of Brand New 2-LP "1984"

Posted by Billyjam, November 6, 2015 09:29am | Post a Comment

Among my favorite artists of all time is the legendary LA hip-hop electro artist The Egyptian Lover, who has played at Amoeba Music in the past but this week makes a very special return with two separate in-store shows in honor of his new double LP. Entitled 1984, the album is out November 7th now on his Egyptian Empire Records label. Note that 1984 is also available in both vinyl, download and CD versions. See him at the Hollywood Amoeba today (Friday, November 6th at 7pm) and again tomorrow at Amoeba San Francisco (Saturday, Nov 7th at 4pm) for a Revolutions session following sets by Chungtech and Guillermo.


3 Records Egyptian Lover Will Def Play @ Amoeba:


1) Bambaataa/Soul Sonic Force's "Planet Rock"  + "Planet Rock" backwards

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The Jam Master Jay Foundation For Music Keeps The Slain Run-D.M.C. DJ's Legacy Alive

Posted by Billyjam, November 5, 2015 10:34pm | Post a Comment
Hard to believe that already thirteen years have passed since the tragic death of hip-hop icon, Run-D.M.C.'s DJ Jam Master Jay. And still hard to believe is that this great artist was shot and killed in what is still an unsolved murder. The anniversary was marked last Friday (Oct 30th). On that date in 2002 the artist born Jason William Mizell was murdered while doing what he loved best; music. He working in a recording studio on Merrick Boulevard in Jamaica, Queens working on music when an unknown assailant entered and killed him.

Back at the time of this totally unexpected event communities all over the world, including the Bay Area's deep hip-hop DJ scene, were in a collective state of both remorse and shock. Shocking all these years later is that the 2002 murder still remains unsolved.  Over the years suspects have been named and investigated, but 13 years on and no one was ever found responsible for the murder nor convicted.

JMJ lives on through his music that both entertains and influences. Further he influences a new younger generation posthumously through the efforts of the foundation set up in his name. The Jam Master Jay Foundation For Music was created about a year after his death by his widow Terri Corley-Mizell. The non-profit organization was set up to give back to the next generation. Its stated goal is that, "regardless of socio-economic status, every child deserves equal access to the arts. The Foundation supports the idea that social Justice, Arts and Music (J.A.M.) education should be in every school, in every region of the country, giving children the opportunity to expand their world-view through artistic expression." The Foundation's next planned public event is a hip-hop lip sync battle on November 10th, at Subrosa located at 63 Gansevoort St NY, NY. The beats will be provided by TJ Mizell, JMJ's son who is carrying on his father's legacy in various ways including acting as DJ for Run-D.M.C. in concert. For more information on the Foundation happenings visit their website. Meanwhile check out the rare clip from 1984 of JMJ doing he intro to the Run-D.M.C. concert from three decades ago. And browse the Run-D.M.C. records and CDs available from Amoeba.

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Albums to Get Hyped For: Grimes' "Art Angels"

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, November 5, 2015 06:04pm | Post a Comment

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Grimes, Art AngelsArtist, musician, producer, singer, and songwriter Claire Boucher, or better known as Grimes, is readying to release her new album. Grimes has been captivating the music community since 2010 and her fourth album, Art Angels, is a project to get excited about. It's been three years since her last album (Visions) and it's sounding like it has been well worth the wait.

Grimes performed two nights at the Fillmore in San Francisco on Halloween weekend and played a solid amount of her new album. Not only was her performance stunning, but her unreleased material sounded awesome. She played a banging new song with former collaborator Blood Diamonds and, to the say the least about what I heard from her new songs, her songwriting and instrumentation are a force to be reckoned with.

The development of Art Angels has had a few set backs in the making. In late 2014, Grimes released the track "Go" (featuring Blood Diamonds) and the song caused quite a stir throughout her fan base. The song is hard hitting and impressive, but many were put off by the more poppy sound of the song. To put it in perspective, Grimes even said the song was originally written to be sung by pop queen Rihanna. In an interview with the New York Times, Grimes explained that after releasing "Go" she scrapped an entire album before creating Art Angels due to how she was feeling about the sound. 

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Watch The One & Only PPL MVR Live at Amoeba Hollywood

Posted by Amoebite, November 5, 2015 03:16pm | Post a Comment

PPL MVR at Amoeba Hollywood

PPL MVR are a mysterious band of musically-inclined non-people. Are they Space Yetis? Regular Yetis? Distant Chewbacca cousins? Long-extinct hominid cousins thawed out by the shifting of the polar icecaps? Whatever they are, it really doesn't matter, because as "the one and only PPL MVR," these one-of-a-kind rockers don't pose much of a threat to humanity--unless it's to our eardrums. Because once PPL MVR take the stage, things are gonna get heavy.

PPL MVR Record

That's exactly what happened when the three masterminds behind PPL MVR-- SNWBLL (the white one), Q (the brown one) and K-PO (the black one)--took to the stage at Amoeba Hollywood along with a few human friends backing them up live. Check out video from their epic performance below, and stop by our Hollywood store to pick up their record, The One and Only PPL MVR. 

If you happen to be in the New York area, you can catch PPL MVR live at the Highline Ballroom with Cerebral Ballzy and Oil Boom on November 11th.

PPL MVR - Live at Amoeba Hollywood
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Prolific West Oakland Rapper J.Stalin Returns To His Roots With Strong 14th Album "Tears Of Joy" On His Livewire Label

Posted by Billyjam, November 3, 2015 08:44am | Post a Comment

Since its release last Friday (October 30th), popular Bay Area rapper J.Stalin's latest album Tears Of Joy (Livewire) has been selling well at Amoeba, particularly at the stores in the Bay Area where the prolific longtime West Oakland rapper hails from. In fact, as a reminder to fans that the new album is out, the Livewire Records CEO commissioned a series of billboard ads round the Town (Oakland) in the weeks leading to the release. But the main reason why this new album is in demand is because it's a hit and fans were fiending for its release for some time now. So far the feedback has been overwhelmingly positive, especially for the autobiographical "Selling Crack" (see new music video below), "Instagram Gangstaz (feat. L'Jay)" that pokes fun at this era's version of fake superficial studio gangstas, and album standout track "Think U Ready" that posthumously features a cameo from beloved Bay Area rap icon The Jacka who was killed earlier this year in East Oakland in a drive-by.  The album also features a touching tribute to the slain artist, "Jacka's Prayer."

Other artists guesting on the new album include Iamsu!, Riff Raff, Snow Tha Product, Mistah F.A.B., Rayven Justice, D-Lo, B-Legit, and Jonn Hart. Meanwhile, production credits go to some of the best including The Mekanix, DJ Fresh, and Junonnabeat. Fans of the Bay's rich mobb music legacy will appreciate this rap album that the artist himself considers it a return to form.

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New "What's in My Bag?" Episode with Title Fight

Posted by Amoebite, November 2, 2015 06:42pm | Post a Comment

Title Fight

Title Fight is a four-piece post-hardcore band from Pennsylvania consisting of Ned Russin (bass/vocals), Jamie Rhoden (guitar/vocals), Shane Moran (guitar), and Ben Russin (drums). Formed in Kingston, PA in 2003, the band released a series of demos, 7"s and EPs before signing to SideOneDummy for the release of their 2011 debut full-length ShedFloral Green followed in 2012. 

Title Fight HyperviewTwo years later the band announced that they had signed to ANTI-, who released their third LP, Hyperview, in early 2015. The band has toured South America and Europe, played the main stage at Warped Tour, and shared stages with New Found Glory, Rise Against, and Touche Amore.

While on a recent tour, vocalist/bassist Ned Russin stopped by Amoeba San Francisco and shared his finds with our What's in My Bag? crew. He expands his Randy Newman collection, picks up a long-awaited full-length LP from Washington, D.C. hardcore band Give, a reissue of No One Rules by Agnostic Front, and much more.

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Vinyl Reissues Out Now from Peter Gabriel, Son Volt & More

Posted by Amoebite, November 2, 2015 04:40pm | Post a Comment

Vinyl Reissues

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This week's vinyl reissues include Peter Gabriel’s first four self-titled solo albums remastered at half-speed on heavyweight 180gm vinyl. Here are the reissue highlights for October 30th, 2015:

Built to Spill

Built to Spill
There's Nothing Wrong with Love

Built to Spill’s second full-length is available on vinyl for the first time since its original release in 1994. Available on cream colored vinyl and on standard black.

Eels

Eels
Daisies of the Galaxy and Electro-Shock Blues 
[180 gram vinyl]

One Album Wonders: Mad Season

Posted by Eric Brightwell, November 2, 2015 02:31pm | Post a Comment
Mad Season

The Scientists were likely both grunge's inventors and the genre's first supergroup (members had previously played in Cheap Nasties, Slick City Boys, and Victims). However, if one hears “grunge supergroup” they more likely think of Temple of the Dog, a one album wonder the members of which had previously played in Seattle grunge bands including Soundgarden, Green River, and Skin Yard (as well as the not-really-grunge one album wonders Mother Love Bone and not-at-all Seattle - since they were from San Diego - Bad Radio). Mad Season, when they're remembered, are that other grunge supergroup. 
 
Mad Season's Above


Mad Season arrived pretty late on the scene, toward the end of 1994. In April of that year, Kurt Cobain had killed himself but alternative and music had by then long ceased to be anything remotely underground and was resolutely mainstream. In 1992, MTV had replaced 120 Minutes host Dave Kendall with, Lewis Largent and the program, which had previously showcased a host of bands playing diverse music became a parade of bands whose members dressed like Largent, in shorts, combat boots, flannel, and backwards baseball cap. If that wasn't mainstream enough, MTV also launched the ironically named Alternative Nation as a showcase for the manufactured corporate guitar rock favored by soulful dudebros (eg Candlebox and Stone Temple Pilots).
 

In 1993 Marc Jacobs had served up grunge realness on the catwalk for Perry Ellis -- five years after Martin Margiela had pretty much done the same thing, serving up a fantasy of homeless fashion for the one percent. By 1994 pre-ripped jeans and combat boots were part of a uniform adopted by the knavescene and celebrities like Brad Pitt, Johnny Depp, and Keanu Reeves. Their female counterparts, such as emaciated supermodel Kate Moss,  were used to promote heroin chic. After not having heard any interesting new American rock in what seemed like forever, I gave up on it. I would hear the names of new bands, including Toadies, Seven Mary Three, Sky Cries Mary, Jars of Clay, Primitive Radio Gods, Eels, DC Talk, Duncan Sheik, Sister Hazel, Local H, and more. All would have their champions but like every Steven Spielberg movie since Raiders of the Lost Ark, if I gave any a chance I'd almost certainly be underwhelmed. 

Concert Tickets For Sale at Amoeba Hollywood in November 2015

Posted by Amoebite, November 2, 2015 10:01am | 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 and Shrine Expo Hall 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. If you wish to purchase reserved seating at Shrine Expo Hall (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.
 

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Ed Lee Or Not To Be For Second Term? SF MCs Equipto & Dregs One Weigh In On San Francisco's Crucial 2015 Mayoral Election

Posted by Billyjam, November 2, 2015 09:00am | Post a Comment

Love him, hate him, or simply feel indifferent towards him, no one can deny that during the past (almost) five years of Ed Lee as Mayor of San Francisco the City by the Bay has been dramatically reshaped. Hence why tomorrow's November 3rd election for mayor of San Francisco, in which he is running for a second term, is considered so crucial.

Back on January 11, 2011, Ed Lee was appointed by the Board of Supervisors to serve out the remainder of former mayor Gavin Newsom's term. At the time no one thought much of it, believing Lee would carry on business as usual without making any significant changes. Wrong! In the half decade since taking office, Lee has made numerous changes and in so doing been roundly accused by his detractors (and there are many) of been beholden to big corporate money, all the while turning his back on San Francisco's longtime low-income residents.

In tomorrow's election Lee faces five different challengers who are united in their anti-Lee stance and push to a return for what's been labeled "a grassroots democracy" for San Francisco. In all the six candidates on the ballot for mayor of San Francisco are Kent Graham, Francisco Herrera, Ed Lee, Reed Martin, Stuart Schuffman and Amy Farah Weiss

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SFJAZZ Presents Merle Haggard at Oakland's Paramount Theatre, 12/4

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, November 1, 2015 06:37pm | Post a Comment

SFJAZZ presents Merle Haggard, Paramount Theatre

UPDATE: This show has been postponed due to illness. More info here.

Amoeba Music is a proud sponsor of SFJAZZ's concert with country music legend Merle Haggard on Friday, December 4th at Oakland's Paramount Theatre.

GRAMMY-winning guitarist, fiddler, and vocalist Merle Haggard has enjoyed a 50-year career as a giant of American songwriting and early originator of the California-bred take on country music called “the Bakersfield Sound.” It was the honky-tonk style of Lefty Frizzell and the Western swing of Bob Wills & his Texas Playboys that first reached the young Haggard when his brother gave his battered guitar to the twelve-year-old as a gift, and it remained a constant as the troubled youth bounced from juvenile detention to jail.

An inmate at San Quentin prison in 1958, Haggard attended Johnny Cash’s first-ever prison Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard, Django and Jimmieperformance, which was the inspiration for Haggard to finally clean up his act for good and embrace music as a path to turn his life around. The momentous career that followed saw Haggard inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1977 and the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1994. He has recorded 38 songs that have hit #1 on the Billboard country chart, including the classics “Mama Tried,” “Okie from Muskogee,” “The Fightin’ Side of Me,” and “Pancho and Lefty” with fellow country legend Willie Nelson. His songs have been recorded by the likes of the Grateful Dead, Dean Martin, Joan Baez, and Gram Parsons, and he was named a Kennedy Center honoree in 2010.

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Rebirth Brass Band Plays Live at The New Orleanian Street Fest, 11/7

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, November 1, 2015 02:40pm | Post a Comment

Amoeba Music is proud to partner with the New Orleans Musicians’ Clinic and Heron Arts as a co-The New Orleanian: Rebirth Brass Band in San Franciscosponsor of The New Orleanian, a Nola-inspired art, music, food, and spirits experience featuring a live performances from the Grammy award winning Rebirth Brass Band and Quinn DeVeaux and the Blue Beat Review! On Saturday, November 7th from 6-11pm, join us at Heron Arts (7 Heron Street) in the SOMA district of San Francisco where traffic will be closed for an epic street party right there on Heron Alley.


Whether you've seen them on HBO’s Treme or at their legendary Tuesday night gigs at The Maple Leaf, the Rebirth Brass Band is a true New Orleans institution. Formed in 1983 by the Frazier brothers, the band has evolved from playing the streets of the French Quarter to festivals and stages all over the world.

Philip Frazier credits the New Orleans Musician’s Clinic, a non-profit organization that provides medical care and social services to musicians based in Nola, for saving his life after Hurricane Katrina. A portion of all sales will be donated to the Musicians Clinic in support of their endless efforts and contributions to musicians in New Orleans.

In tandem with this unique musical presentation, Heron Arts continues on its mission to promote and exhibit of compelling contemporary art. Arrive early to view a curated group show presented in partnership with New Orleans-based Red Truck Gallery. The exhibition includes important works from Brian Dettmer, Jim Bachor, Matthew Cox, Ellen Greene, Kathy Halper, Krista Hoefle, Jeremiah Lee, Tom McDonald, Darrel Morris, Chris Roberts-Antieau, Bryan Cunningham, Adam Wallacavage, Tom Haney, and Frank Relle. These artists all hold New Orleans as an important place in their artistic development. The work will remain on display through the evening performance.

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