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Hip-Hop Rap Up: Bay Area DMC Battle, WFMU Record Fair, Prince + Hip-Hop, New Releases, Yung Jake @ MoMA + more

Posted by Billyjam, April 30, 2016 04:42pm | Post a Comment
DJ TRAPS - once again wins Bay Area DMC Regional - photo from the 2016 DMC Bay battle by James Mak - c/o Joysco Photos and Joysco Studios

Props to DJ Traps (pictured above c/o  James Mak / Joysco Photos) who won the recent 2016 DMC Bay Area Regional DJ Battle. Repeating the feat he accomplished exactly three years ago in the same battle (2013 Bay DMC was held in SF), he will again head to NYC this upcoming August to rep the Bay for a chance to take the USA title. Held in Fremont on April 22nd and presented by both Official Rane DJ and Adisa, the Bishop's Hip-Hop Chess Federation, who hosted the event, the runners up in the battle were AkikoLUV - Akira Funabashi in second place, and Primo, Adrian Primo Silva in third place. Meanwhile the results of the 2016 DMC USA Scratch Finals also held at same venue on the day were winner DJ IQ, with runners up Prolifix in second place and DonPaco in third. Congrats to all the participants! Scroll down to end of this Amoeblog to see group picture of the Bay Area DMC event by hardworking Bay Area hip-hop photographer James Mak. Upcoming 2016 DMC Regional battles include next Saturday, May 7th, in Austin Texas. More info.

 
Shattering the (sometimes true) stereotype that rappers with "Yung" in their stage name are mostly superficial, lacking in intellectual merit, and low in substance, Los Angeles based rapper Yung Jake blew minds and stereotypes last night at NYC's MoMA. There the CalArts grad took part in MoMA’s adventurous Slithering Screens: 10 Years of New Frontier at Sundance Institute: series by performing his engaging multi-social media show that melded Tweets, YouTube viral videos, memes and GIFs, and more including of course rapping. The presentation, that lasted three hours, was s mixed media statement on life in this Internet age by the West Coast artist who hails from Long Island, NY. 

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Drake's 'VIEWS' Coming May 6, Up for Preorder Now

Posted by Billy Gil, April 29, 2016 02:46pm | Post a Comment

drake amoebadrake views cdOn the same day, we’ll get two blockbuster albums: Beyonce’s Lemonade and Drake’s VIEWS, which is finally coming out May 6 after nearly two years of announcements regarding the album.

The album features production by Kanye West, Noah "40" Shebib, Boi-1da, Nineteen85 and others. Future, Rihanna, dvsn and others make guest appearances.

The tracklist is below. It includes one of the biggest hits of recent memory, “Hotline Bling,” plus recently leaked song “Controlla.”

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Album Picks: Brian Eno, Aesop Rock, dvsn

Posted by Billy Gil, April 29, 2016 08:03am | Post a Comment

Brian Eno The Ship

brian eno the ship lpBrian Eno’s latest album combines the minimalist approach to his ambient work such as Music for Airports with the intrigue of his more pop-oriented work. On opening track “The Ship,” individual tones, thick, thin, solid and wavering create a transfixing horizontal drone. Vocals enter after a few minutes, deeply intoning strange truisms behind some swan-diving notes and radio noise that sound like a TV left on in another room. “The time is still, the sky is young,” the voice says, and the music feels eternal while the found sound of advertisements feels ephemeral. Through its contemplative, extended tracks, The Ship is a little unsettling but ultimately gives a sense of peace, a reminder of our short time on a greater vessel that sets us free from our preoccupations. Includes a gorgeous cover of The Velvet Underground’s “I’m Set Free.”

 

Aesop RockThe Impossible Kid

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Pioneering Bay Area Turntablist DJ Quest Releases Experimental Album "Queztocoatl" feat. free Amoeba Download Track

Posted by Billyjam, April 28, 2016 09:35pm | Post a Comment

Pioneering San Francisco turntable artist/producer and frequent Amoeba San Francisco contributor (group and solo sets plus curating The DJ Project), DJ Quest has just unleashed his newest full-
length Queztocoatl. The twelve track experimental album features the aptly titled "Grimmy Mutilation" that you can DL from the Amoeba Free Downloads page as well as see the accompanying music video below. 

During last weekend's record release party at Gallery 1317 in San Francisco, the father of two DJs was joined by his youngest turntablist offspring, five-year old DJ Lucas pictured above. [pic c/o Dawgisht]. His other, much older, DJ offspring is the talented 23 year DJ Trainn.  Last Saturday's release party was hosted by DJ 2Fresh, who did a showcase set, at his recently opened cool new North Beach gallery located at 1317 Grant Ave in San Francisco.

A follow up to such stellar solo DJ Quest releases as Cosmic Parasite and Questolous,  Queztocoatl is somewhat of a departure for the trailblazing turntable artist of three decades. For this release the Mission based DJ assumes the artist name of Questosahn feat. DJ Quest. This the veteran turntablist does to distinguish the more intricately produced and deeply layered project  from the turntable themed works that he's best known for. Less of a DJ/turntablist project,  Queztocoatl is more of a twisted funk collection of songs by the criminally underrated artist who is highly revered among his peers. Throughout  Queztocoatl DJ Quest equally showcases his production and composition skills. Synthesizers and old school drum machines are among the instruments he summons from his home studio collection of old analog gear to construct the, at times, darkly sinister sounding new album. Scratch fans should take note that Quest does include turntable
manipulations on the new album, selectively adding them into the dense Queztocoatl mix. 
 
DJ Quest is a founding member of San Francisco's groundbreaking Bullet Proof Scratch Hamsters/Space Travelerz crew who released the pioneering battle record Hamster Breaks back in the early 90's and are credited with the "hamster style" in turntablism. DJ Quest is also the architect of the long running jazz/hip-hop trio Livehuman along with Andrew Kushin (bass) and Albert Mathias (percussion). Livehuman's rich resume boasts several albums including 2000's Elefish Jellyphant on Matador Records, while venues they've performed at since forming two decades ago include the prestigious Montreaux Jazz Festival in Switzerland. Additionally for the past decade, Livehuman's hometown NPR affiliate KALW FM have utilized the revered modern jazz ensemble's music as the theme to their afternoon news reports.

Public Enemy, Kool Herc, Jungle Brothers, Doug E. Fresh, Nice & Smooth, and Bahamadia among NYC's Free Summer of Hip-Hop

Posted by Billyjam, April 27, 2016 11:51pm | Post a Comment

The recently announced lineup for the annual SummerStage free concert series in New York, that includes lots of killer hip-hop shows, makes a trip to the Big Apple worthwhile even if you are a music fan living on the opposite coast. DJ Kool Herc Public Enemy, Doug E. Fresh, and the Jungle Brothers are among the many legendary hip-hop acts scheduled to perform for free in parks across New York City's five boroughs over the upcoming summer months. The Chuck D led revolutionary rap act, who performed in past years on the same annual series, will perform this year at Brooklyn's Betsy Head Park on June 21st. DJ Tedsmooth is the opening act for the 7pm outdoor show. Meanwhile the Jungle Brothers will play a free show on August 4th at Staten Island's Clove Lakes Park.

Among the many other hip-hop acts on this summer's impressive lineup (more than any previous year) are hip-hop DJ pioneer / scratch creator Grand Wizzard Theodore at Herbert Von King Park in Brooklyn on June 30th, and Fat Joe and Tony Touch at Crotona Park in the Boogie Down Bronx on July 6th at 7pm. At that same landmark hip-hop park in the birthplace of the music and culture, a place where many of hip-hop's earliest era parties took place, the recognized founder of hip-hop DJ Kool Herc will be performing on July 10th at 7pm. On that  same bill will be Little Shalimar whose many accolades include co-producing both Run The Jewels albums and El-P's Cancer 4 Cure album, as well as the original soundtrack for the film Rubble Kings (inc. RTJ). That film about the outlaw New York City street gangs that ruled from the late 60's to early 70's, who paved the way for hip-hop culture, will be screened at the same event.

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First Fridays Brings Escondido and More to Natural History Museum May 6

Posted by Amoebite, April 27, 2016 04:06pm | Post a Comment

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natural history museum logoThe next First Fridays at L.A.’s Natural History Museum happens May 6, featuring indie-folk band Escondido. Amoeba is a proud sponsor, and we’ll be there with our booth and $20 gift certificates for $10; stop by and pick one up! (Limit two per customer.)

Tickets to the show are $18, which grants you admission to the museum; the concert hall is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Escondido are a Nashville-based duo who have seen their music soundtrack shows like “Girls” and have been on “Conan” and ABC’s “Nashville.” Their latest album, Walking With a Stranger, is out now. Watch the video for the dreamy “Try” below.

 

korey dane youngblood lpOpening the show starting at 7:15 p.m. will performances by folk singer/songwriters Korey Dane and Paul Bergmann. Dane’s album Youngblood is available now from Amoeba. Hear samples of their work in the videos below.

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Amoeba Muralist Michael Alvarez Debuts Paintings at MaRS April 30

Posted by Amoebite, April 26, 2016 06:40pm | Post a Comment

michael alvarez mural amoeba music

Have you ever seen the mural that surrounds the garage entrance to Amoeba Music in Hollywood? With musicians from soul, punk, hip hop and rock ‘n’ roll, it perfectly gets you into the mindset for crate diggin’. Here are some pictures to jog your memory.

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The mural is the handy work of artists Tony Tee and Michael Alvarez, the latter of who is having his first solo exhibition, “Sorealism,” at Museum as Retail Space (MaRS) starting this Saturday, April 30. His 18 oil paintings will be on view through June 4.

Alvarez grew up in Northeast Los Angeles, an area currently facing a ton of changes as the gentrification wave heads east. The subjects of his paintings come from the area’s community spaces and domestic life, rendered in an unfiltered, true-to-life style. See some of his work below. (Some of it is NSFW; the raciest we'll post here just has a man mooning the viewer.)

michael alvarez painting

michael alvarez painting

michael alvarez painting take a hikeA public reception on Saturday from 7 to 10 p.m. will feature a food pop-up by East Los Musubi, which brings new flavors to the classic Hawaiian snack of spam and rice wrapped in seaweed. Find out more here.

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New "What's in My Bag?" Episode with Theo Parrish, Zernell & Marcellus Pittman

Posted by Amoebite, April 25, 2016 06:42pm | Post a Comment

Theo Parrish, Zernell, Marcellus Pittman Ameoba Music What's In My Bag?

"That's the number one part of DJing, know your records," says Zernell, the Chicago born, now LA-based DJ and head of the music label, Grimy!. Zernell, along with fellow house DJs Theo Parrish and Marcellus Pittman, were spinning records at Amoeba Hollywood for our weekly DJ series, ROTATIONS, in celebration of the Crate Diggers Record Fair. Parrish and Pittman, both Detroit based, are also heads of their own labels, Sound Signature and Unirhythm, respectively. Before their sets the three DJs went record shopping and we got a chance to hear what they had to say about their killer picks.

Pittman starts with the Gang Starr album he considers their best, Hard To Earn, though Parish and Zernell seem to have different opinions on the matter. Parrish chimes in next with Hiatus Kaiyote's latest record, Choose Your Weapon. Zernell picks up Robert Owens' "Bring Down The Walls" 12", which was produced by Larry Heard, who he considers "the dopest 'house' producer." Also in the picks are some of great female singers, including Melba Moore and early Natalie Cole, whose song "Annie Mae" was, according to Parrish, a major tune in '80s Chicago.

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Beyonce's 'Lemonade' Up for Preorder, Out May 6

Posted by Billy Gil, April 25, 2016 10:57am | Post a Comment

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beyonce lemonade cd

Did you take a Twitter vacation over the weekend? If you weren't already aware, Beyonce just went right ahead and Beyonce'd again, releasing a (sort of) surprise album called Lemonade. Though it was previously only streaming on Tidal, for which you have to have a paid account, it's coming out on CD/DVD May 6th! You can preorder it now.

Anyone who's played her previous album to death, 2013's excellent Beyonce, knows they're in for something special. To boot, this new album features work by The Weeknd, James Blake, Jack White and Kendrick Lamar, plus samples and inspiration from the likes of Led Zeppelin, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Soulja Boy and Animal Collective. Production was handled by Just Blaze, Diplo and Ezra Koenig of Vampire Weekend.

2016 DMC Bay Area DJ Battle with Keith Shocklee, DJ Quest, Mista B, T-K.A.S.H. and Adisa, The Bishop

Posted by Billyjam, April 22, 2016 06:39pm | Post a Comment

It's DJ battle season again with the DMC's annual regional DJ battle series moving to the Bay Area this weekend.  Happening in Fremont tonight are both the 2016 DMC Bay Area Regional DJ Battle and the 2016 DMC USA Scratch Finals.  To turntable participants this competitive event is a big deal.  Going to battle at the DMC could mean repping the Bay Area at the anticipated annual national finals in New York City in August. Tonight these battle DJs will be judged on a myriad of factors.  Considered will be the technical and musical aspects of scratching and beat juggling, as well as originality and whether the DJ routines display some sense of musical composition. It can be put a lot of pressure on these turntable competitors (many of them young guys, entering a DJ battle for the first time) to calmly and confidentially recreate in a battle environment, the routines  they've spent months of intense practicing at home.

In addition to tonight's battles, there will be lots of great music. Public Enemy / The Bomb Squad's Keith Shocklee will be throwing down a partyrocking set, while both DJ Quest and Mista B will each present live turntable showcase sets. Also on stage will be the event host / emcee T-K.A.S.H. who many know from his collaborations via Paris' Guerilla Funk label, plus Adisa, The Bishop whose Hip Hop Chess Federation is presented the event, along with Rane. As reported on the Amoeblog, longtime Bay Area hip-hop artist/activist/author Adisa, The Bishop recently published the book "Bobby, Bruce, & Bam: The Secrets of Hip-Hop Chess." 2016 DMC Bay Area Regional DJ Battle and the 2016 DMC USA Scratch Finals are at 7pm this evening at Hip Hop Chess Federation located at 42660 Christy St. Suite B Fremont, CA 94538. For more info see flyer above or visit DMC website and the Bay Area DMC Facebook page. Below are videos by tonight's on stage performers.

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Next Sidewalk Sale at Amoeba Hollywood Saturday, May 7

Posted by Amoebite, April 22, 2016 06:15pm | Post a Comment

sidewalk sale amoeba may 7

Our next Sidewalk Sale at Amoeba Hollywood is Saturday, May 7, from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m., right outside the store. We'll have huge bargains on the following:

  • $1 LPs and discounted collectible LPs
  • Fresh 45s at three for $1
  • Buy-one-get-one-free CDs (free CD must be of equal or lesser value)
  • Blu-rays at three for $10, or $4 each
  • DVDs for $2 each, or three for $5
  • DVD box sets at $5 each, or two for $8
  • Magazines, books and comics at three for $1
  • Toys and collectibles
  • Great deals on posters and framed memorabilia
  • And more!

Come out and treat yourself to some inexpensive new 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.

 

Album Picks: Lush, Andy Stott, Guided By Voices, Greys

Posted by Billy Gil, April 22, 2016 11:32am | Post a Comment

Lush - Blind Spot

lush blind spot epBlind Spot, the new EP from reunited shoegazers Lush, cherry picks the best sounds of the band’s three studio albums without feeling like too much of a rehash, leaning toward the sound of their earlier, stronger material. On mid-tempo opener “Out of Control,” singer/guitarist Miki Berenyi’s voice still pairs uncannily with fellow singer/guitarist Emma Anderson. Jangly guitars casually spiral over the ebbing pulse provided by bassist Justin King and former Elastica drummer Justin Welch. Read more here.

 

Andy Stott - Too Many Voices

andy stott too many voices lpAndy Stott’s latest builds on his grayscale dub soundscapes with more movement and pulse, the result being songs that are full-bodied and often unpredictable, with synth-funk touches and disembodied soul vocals. Full of woozy sexuality and luxurious dread. Read more here.

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10 Most Essential Mod Albums

Posted by Amoebite, April 22, 2016 10:52am | Post a Comment

10 Essential Mod Albums

For our list of the 10 Most Essential Mod Albums, we went to one of the scene's experts: DJ Penny Lane. She has been hosting the longest running mod radio show (aka "mod cast") for eleven years, with a playlist dedicated to the eternally cool 1960s British music scene inspired by the then-new sounds of R&B, soul, ska, rock, and jazz. Her show, Punks in Parkas, is featured on UMFM radio (101.5 FM) out of Winnipeg, Canada every Thursday night at 9pm. UMFM is a campus and community radio station run by students and volunteers from the University of Manitoba and community members from around Winnipeg.

Penny Lane's show features the best in the national and international mod scene; she plays great artists from the 1960s to current artists who are keeping the scene alive. She invites all kinds of guest DJs in studio and was the first to feature many new music acts as well. She does it all -- from hosting the show to creating the playlist and designing amazing promotional material. To learn more, you can also check out Penny's blog and her show listing on the UMFM website. Read on for Penny's take on the mod albums every record collection needs.

The Who - My Generation

1. The WhoMy Generation (1965)

Prince [1958 - 2016]

Posted by Billyjam, April 21, 2016 12:31pm | Post a Comment

Like everyone I know who's been texting me or posting online regarding this morning's breaking news of the death of Prince, I too am in utter shock. Between the recent passings of David Bowie and Phife Dawg of Tribe and now Prince (all artists I love and whose entire catalogs I own), I don't know how many more of these sudden unexpected deaths of my musical heroes that I can take. In case you somehow missed the news story, it was confirmed by several sources that earlier today the artist born Prince Rogers Nelson, who went by the name Prince as well as that symbol of his, has died at age 57 at his Paisley Park studios in Minnesota. While no exact cause of death has been announced yet, according to TMZ, authorities had responded to a medical emergency this morning at the artist's famed home/studio where reportedly he was found "unresponsive" after collapsing. This is shocking and totally unexpected news since Prince had been very active lately doing shows all over, and making music including his recent two part HITnRUN album series.

Prince's death follows the (possibly related) news from a week ago that he had been hospitalized with the flu. That story made headlines when his private jet was forced to make an emergency landing in Illinois following a show by the artist, one of the many shows he had been doing lately. Just a couple of months ago, in late February, Prince was in Oakland, CA at the Paramount where he dedicated his two performances to former collaborator (and GF) Denise "Vanity" Matthews of Vanity 6 fame who died just ten days earlier. The Bay Area singer was also age 57.  But this news of Prince's passing news is just too sad for me! So rather than dwell on it, I am going to go and put on Prince's music, and listen to it for the rest of the day. Below is a list of some of those albums plus a video of a performance by Prince in NJ from January 1982. Rest in Peace Prince. You really will be missed!

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Money Over Zerry Zang Youngin: Sacramento Rapper Mozzy Secures The West Coast Hip Hop Scene From The Roots Up

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, April 20, 2016 05:53pm | Post a Comment

Mozzy, Beautiful Struggle-- By doubleay

In the oversaturated market that is contemporary Hip-hop, it sounds as if flows are endlessly recycled and styles have become the furthest thing from original. But amid the monotony of generic rappers heard in 2016, a diamond in the rough emerges that is refreshing the genre -- Mozzy. With his new album Beautiful Struggle freshly released, the Oak Park, Sacramento rapper has undoubtedly become one of the most exciting upcoming artists in California. He has released five albums and raked in millions of views on multiple music videos just this last year. He even landed the 22nd spot on Rolling Stone’s Top 40 Hip-hop Albums of the Year list. Mozzy’s numbers are clearly apparent but there is just something about his passionately painstaking lyrics that offer so much more truth and genuineness than other any other artist rapping about similar content.

Here’s the video for the title track from Mozzy’s Rolling Stone-rated album, Bladadah:



Mozzy’s 2016 album, Beautiful Struggle, paints a picture of his personal journey. From his first time stepping into a recording booth at eleven, Mozzy has faced adversity in almost all aspects of his life. With his father serving time in prison and his mother dealing with drug addiction, he was brought up by his grandmother. As he grew older he began to find himself surrounded by theft, substance abuse, and other gang-related activities. His presence in school began to fade as he found himself succumbing more and more to organized crime and drug dealing. As Mozzy’s environment continued to have altering effects on his lifestyle and actions, the one thing he remained committed to was his music. In a January 2016 interview on Vice.com, Mozzy said, “I just got involved in everything I saw my peers getting involved in, but I always rapped…I was a kid doing this shit. Sixteen, seventeen, we start shooting, doing drive-bys and shit, stealing our grandmothers’ guns, stealing guns from breaking in houses and shit, but at the time I was writing and I was rapping about this shit.” 

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Lush's 'Blind Spot' EP Is One of the Most Welcome Reunion Releases in Recent Memory

Posted by Billy Gil, April 20, 2016 04:54pm | Post a Comment

lush foamLush in the '90s. Remember foam parties?


lush blind spot ep vinylReunions are a tricky prospect. For every Dinosaur Jr. that can miraculously pick up the pieces, overcome interband turmoil and release some of the best music of their careers, there’s a load of bands who succumb to that same ol’ conflict after wringing the festival circuit for all its worth.

Thankfully, Blind Spot, the new EP from reunited shoegazers Lush, follows the path set by Dino Jr. At just four songs, it cherry picks the best sounds of their three studio albums without feeling like too much of a rehash, leaning toward the sound of their earlier, stronger material. Sparse bits of keyboard and piano round out the band’s guitar-pedaled sound, adding a subtle new element that could easily expand things down the line.

On mid-tempo opener “Out of Control,” singer/guitarist Miki Berenyi’s voice still pairs uncannily with fellow singer/guitarist Emma Anderson. Jangly guitars casually spiral over the ebbing pulse provided by bassist Justin King and former Elastica drummer Justin Welch. The sound of it is reminiscent of Gala-era tune “Thoughtforms,” but it proves fertile ground to revisit.

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Bay Area 420 Guide: Get Blunted with Cypress Hill, Burn One For Bernie, Berner, Pep Love, Z-Man, Shortkut, Deuce Eclipse, Lazyboy +

Posted by Billyjam, April 20, 2016 11:59am | Post a Comment


4/20
may not be an officially recognized national holiday (yet) but that matters little to the legions of pot enthusiasts, especially in the Bay Area, who will gather at various venues and events throughout today to celebrate the annual hemp holiday. Think of 4/20 as the Record Store Day for cannabis connoisseurs. It's a day when new strains are unveiled, when clubs do giveaways and specials, and musical acts including lots of hip-hoppers perform to celebrate the beloved date. Assigned to the 20th day of the fourth month, which is derived from the daily 4:20pm designated dank time, 4/20 is a relatively recent phenomenon.  While it has only been around for a couple of decades, 4/20 day celebrations have exponentially grown in popularity over time, especially in the past few years.

Fueling this noticeable national increase in public celebrating of cannabis consumption, are the steps been taken by many states across the US toward legalizing or non-criminalizing cannabis for either medical or recreational use. While Colorado may have legalized weed and California just okayed it for medical use, from travels throughout both states, my experience is that California is much more open and free minded about cannabis consumption (not to mention way more affordable!). Consequently some of the best 4/20 celebrations are taking place in the Golden State today, especially in the Bay Area where Cypress Hill are among the many artists performing. Below is a rough guide to 4/20 events in the Bay.

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20 Vinyl LPs to Look For in Late Spring

Posted by Billy Gil, April 19, 2016 05:00pm | Post a Comment

20 vinyl lps late spring list

 


Aesop RockThe Impossible Kid
Out April 29

aesop rock the impossible kid lpAesop Rock’s follow-up to 2012’s Skelethon is produced by the rapper himself. If you’ve ever wondered what’s going through the motor-mouthed MC’s head, watch the video for “Rings” below.

 

Brian EnoThe Ship
Out April 29

brian eno the ship lpLegendary producer and artist Brian Eno’s latest is an ambient work inspired in part by the sinking of the Titanic and World War I. It also includes a cover of The Velvet Underground’s “I’m Set Free.” Hear the title track below.

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Off the Wall: The Weeknd's 'Kiss Land'

Posted by Billy Gil, April 19, 2016 03:24pm | Post a Comment

I'm starting a new series in which we highlight an item or items from our collectibles. Usually these are only available in-store at Amoeba Hollywood, so come down to the store if you're interested in what you see! (Since quantities are limited, you might want to call ahead to see if it's still available.)

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The Weeknd - Kiss Land
Found behind the cash registers at Amoeba Hollywood


Before The Weeknd hit it big with his latest album, Beauty Behind the Madness, and its accompanying huge singles ("The Hills," "Can't Feel My Face"), The Weeknd came through on his debut studio full-length like a cold front from Canada, with gorgeous R&B melodies shrouded in lo-fi sound and cool atmosphere. Along with his excellent first mixtapes, collected on Trilogy, Kiss Land introduces us to Abel Tesfaye's way of injecting creeping menace into gripping songs like "The Town," a song about rekindling an old flame after time on tour that echoes its feelings of longing with dramatic synth work. Musically, he keeps things fascinating throughout. The brutality of his Portishead-inspired beat in "Belong to the World" helps send that song's disaffected love lyrics home. And the album's murky final tracks see Tesfaye showing off at what he does best — creating epic (and epically sad) R&B anthems, like the hip-hop equivalent to tracks from The Cure's Disintegration. Kiss Land may be a downer, but Tesfaye's catharsis makes for a beautiful listening experience.

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Post Record Store Day Hip-Hop Rap Up: J Dilla, J. Rawls, Roots Manuva, Mr. Lif, Homeboy Sandman, Madchild + more

Posted by Billyjam, April 18, 2016 09:58pm | Post a Comment

Record Store Day 2016 (April 16th) was another popular crowd-drawing event at record stores all over the country.  Even hours before opening time Saturday morning, outside the three Amoeba locations (LA, SF & Berkeley) there were long lines of folks fiending for the doors to open to the many great RSD exclusives. All those articles we've been reading about the ever increasing number of record collectors out there proved to be true, based on the numbers that swarmed to record stores on Saturday. By 7am outside the Hollywood Amoeba on Sunset Blvd. vinyl collectors and music fans of all ages had formed a long line that snaked down Ivar Avenue and around the back parking lot, as reported here on the Amoeblog.

Similarly up in the Bay Area collectors swarmed to both Amoeba stores early in the day, as well as throughout Record Store Day. Even at 8pm Saturday evening when I stopped into the Berkeley Amoeba
store, there were still a lot of RSD shoppers crate digging in the store's various genre sections including hip-hop vinyl. Because of the fact that the DJ and records are such a central component of hip-hop music and culture, understandably Record Store Day is a very special day for hip-hop fans.  Both DJs and casual collectors of hip-hop earmark the annual date and plan ahead . As for all the hip-hop RSD 2016 releases, the most (deserved) attention-grabbing release this year was J Dilla's The Diary. The past few days I've been listening non-stop to this highly recommended sixth posthumous release from the (now) iconic Detroit hip-hop producer/emcee, and can attest that it deserves all the hype.

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New "What's in My Bag?" Episode with Blonde Redhead

Posted by Amoebite, April 18, 2016 06:56pm | Post a Comment

Blonde Redhead Amoeba Music What's In My Bag?

Do you love Ennio Morricone? Well, so do the members of Blonde Redhead! On their last west coast tour, the New York trio stopped in at Amoeba San Francisco and picked up a couple of the legendary composer's film soundtracks. One, L'Istruttoria E Chiusa Dimentichi, they had never heard before, while all three now own a copy of the other, The Sicilian Clan. Of course, Morricone wasn't the only artist they found at Amoeba, and as you could expect from a band as eclectic as they are, their picks were pretty interesting.

Blonde Redhead BarraganFormed in 1993 after Italian undergraduate jazz students Amedeo and Simone Pace met Japanese art student Kazu Makino at an Italian restaurant in New York, Blonde Redhead fused noise-rock and shoegaze to create their own style of dream pop and rock. Their self-titled first record was produced by Steve Shelly and released in 1995, which has been followed by a steady stream of releases since. In 2004 Blonde Redhead released Misery Is a Butterfly, their first for the 4AD record label. 2014 saw the release of Barragan, their ninth, and most recent, studio album. The band will be on the road again this spring with a stop at San Francisco's The Independent on May 24 and two shows in Los Angeles at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery, May 26-27.

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The Mihmverse: The Wild & Retro Films of Christopher R. Mihm

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, April 18, 2016 06:13pm | Post a Comment

Christopher R. Mihm

-- By Brett Stillo

The Earth is once again under attack from giant mutated arachnids, deformed subhuman creatures Christopher R. Mihmbeneath the surface of the earth, and alien life forms from beyond space…all of whom are under control of a gentleman from Minnesota. Christopher R. Mihm is a prolific filmmaker (he's made ten feature films in ten years) with a singular vision. In this digital, high definition, hyper-streaming world, Mihm is dedicated to recreating the black and white, mutated, atomic terror of 1950’s sci-fi monster movies with a series of wild and wonderful tributes to B-Movie thrillers all linked together by a strange rift in space and time called “The Mihmverse.” Thanks to Mihm, the horror double feature is alive and well, and the Drive-In is still open for business.

Mihm will be at the Balboa Theatre in San Francisco on Wednesday, April 20th at 7:00pm, showing a double-fisted double-feature of his work with The Giant Spider and The Wall People. The Amoeblog recently caught up with Mihm in his secret underground laboratory somewhere in a strange realm beyond our imagination called Minnesota.

Amoeblog: Where does your love of movies come from?

CM: Growing up, going to the movies was a big thing in my family. My folks--and particularly my dad--treated movies like some people do sports. There was even a drive-in near our house that we'd hit almost every weekend when it was warm (being in Minnesota, you don't waste opportunities to be outside when it's not blisteringly cold).

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Record Store Day at Amoeba SF...Another Great Year!

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, April 18, 2016 04:30pm | Post a Comment

Record Store Day 2016, Amoeba Music San Francisco

Record Store Day 2016 at Amoeba SF was a hit for collectors, music lovers, and those seeking a fun Saturday out on a surprisingly sunny San Francisco day. With loads of exclusive releases from David Bowie, Madonna, J Dilla, Iggy Pop, and so many more, it's no wonder we had a line that wrapped around the block and then some. We also held a bevy of sales, live t-shirt silk screening with print masters Free Gold Watch, DJ sets from opening until 6pm, and signings with both Pete Yorn and Kevin Martin of Candlebox.  

Check out our video of the action-packed day, which includes interviews with Pete Yorn and Kevin Martin, and these spectacular photos!

 

Pete Yorn, Record Store Day 2016, Amoeba Music San Francisco
Pete Yorn
Kevin Martin of Candlebox, Record Store Day 2016, Amoeba Music San Francisco
Kevin Martin
Record Store Day 2016, Amoeba Music San Francisco
The line outside Amoeba SF before opening.
Record Store Day 2016, Amoeba Music San Francisco
Free Gold Watch, Record Store Day 2016, Amoeba Music San Francisco
Free Gold Watch silk screened limited edition Record Store Day t-shirts.

Photos by Kelly Sweeney Osato

10 Vinyl Releases Still Available From Record Store Day 2016

Posted by Billy Gil, April 18, 2016 02:40pm | Post a Comment

Shop Remaining RSD Releases

Did you miss Record Store Day this weekend? You can read about the day’s activities here. As far as releases go, we still have several titles available in limited quantities. These are available in-store at Amoeba Hollywood and online as of the time of this writing, but as quantities are low and demand is high, you should act fast if you want anything on this list!

Big Star Complete Columbia: Live at University of Missouri 4/25/93

big star complete columbia lp record store dayOne of the great cult bands of all time, Big Star reformed for a live show 20 years after burning out after two fanatical student DJs from University of Missouri asked them to. The lineup consisted of original singer/guitarist Alex Chilton and drummer Jody Stephens with The Posies’ Jon Auer and Ken Stringfellow. It’s the first time the performance has been commercially available and has been mastered from the original tapes, adding five performances to a 1993 release. Limited to 4,000 copies total.

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Used Record Pull: Kate Bush, The Cars, The National and More

Posted by Billy Gil, April 18, 2016 01:30pm | Post a Comment

Join me on a semi-regular trip down our aisles to see what kinds of stuff we have in our Just Received bins!

the national trouble will find me used vinylcults used vinyl lp the police syncronicity used lpthe cars used vinyl lpkate bush lionheart lp

— Found in a used vinyl bin near the stage at Amoeba Hollywood.

(These records were available as of about 1 p.m. April 18. See something you like? Call the store or come down to pick it up. Don't hate me if it's already sold!)

Record Store Day 2016 Draws Huge Crowd for Exclusive Releases at Amoeba Hollywood

Posted by Amoebite, April 16, 2016 07:49pm | Post a Comment

Record Store Day 2016 at Amoeba Hollywood

Hundreds of vinyl collectors and music fans of all ages gathered in the wee hours of the morning on April 16th to celebrate Record Store Day at Amoeba Hollywood. By 7 a.m., a line stretched down Ivar Avenue, coiling around the back parking lot in anticipation for the store’s opening.

record store day 2016 line

Folks brought chairs and showed up at daybreak to score exclusive RSD releases from Madonna, Lush, Bob Dylan, David Bowie, Deftones, J Dilla and many more. As we started ringing up RSD customers at 9:15 a.m., those sought after titles were going like hotcakes, such as Mexican-America metal band Brujeria’s satirical Viva Presidente Trump! LPs in various colors.

kids on record store day 2016

Familiar faces from years past joined young’uns gunning for releases by the likes of Gerard Way, Mac DeMarcoRun the JewelsTwenty One Pilots and The Weeknd. Given that it was our ninth go around with RSD, things seemed to be moving as smoothly as possible. By midday, releases by The DoorsFleetwood MacRegina SpektorDeath Cab For Cutie and others were already sold out.

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4 Turntable Set by DJ Shortkut & Maseo Tonight At Mighty SF Marks End of An Era

Posted by Billyjam, April 15, 2016 07:03pm | Post a Comment

Longtime San Francisco nightclub Mighty has been recently sold and in the coming months will be temporarily shuttered when the popular 6000 square foot venue located between the Mission and Potrero Hill, that opened 13 years ago, will undergo a total makeover and remodeling of its current simple, warehouse like design. Then at a later still to be determined future date, it will reopen under a new name as a more upscale nightlife destination, one that reportedly will not likely not feature much or any hip-hop. In fact already it is phasing out its hip-hop themed events with tonight, April 15th 2016, being one of the very final ones (Warren G is booked for four weeks) at Mighty. And tonight's show will be a good one: one that will feature a grand finale 2 DJ / 4 turntable performance by DJ Shortkut (Invisibl Skratch Piklz / Beat Junkies / Triple Threat DJs) with Maseo of De La Soul that promises to be off the hook. The pair have shared a stage many times before. Back in 2011, along with Ali Shaheed Muhammad of A Tribe Called Quest, they teamed up to perform the Heavy Boogie produced Adidas Originals Breathe & Stop Tour of Asia. [see photo below, courtesy of Joey Too Fresh, of all three on stage in Manilla]

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Album Picks: PJ Harvey, Kevin Morby, Cate Le Bon

Posted by Billy Gil, April 15, 2016 11:57am | Post a Comment

PJ Harvey The Hope Six Demolition Project

pj harvey the hope six demolition project lpPJ Harvey’s ninth album was recorded in sessions that were open to the public at the museum Somerset House in London. Exhibit attendees could see Harvey creating the album with producers Flood and John Parish through a one-way mirror. The results continue in her tradition of excellence, producing songs that sound lush and layered, yet loose and free, with a strong social commentary running through on songs like “The Wheel” (“Now you see them, now you don’t,” she sings of disappeared and killed children around the world). Harvey wrote these 10 songs after she traveled to Kosovo, Afghanistan and Washington, D.C., for inspiration, and the kind of oppression and suffering she witnessed fuels her songwriting, as she sings of “the pain of 50 million years” on “The Orange Monkey” and in “The Community of Hope,” in which her criticism of rebuilt housing projects that displaced residents who could no longer afford it drew the ire of D.C. politicians. Though the composition of Hope Six is certainly interesting and proves Harvey continues to be a firebrand, ultimately the final product is what matters most to fans. Thankfully, the music is as powerful as ever. As can attest the muscular guitars that back songs “The Ministry of Defense,” the wailing sax that tears through “The Ministry of Social Affairs,” the rousing choruses her band delivers throughout the album and Harvey’s soulful vocals that close out the album on “Dollar, Dollar,” The Hope Six Demolition Project more than delivers on its premise.

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Interview with Longtime SF Hip-Hop Artist/Activist Equipto about Frisco Day (4/15)

Posted by Billyjam, April 14, 2016 10:30pm | Post a Comment
 
Not to be confused with other important dates in the hectic week ahead such as Tax Day (Note: 4/18 this year) or 4/16 (Record Store Day) or 4/20 (Dank Day), 4/15 is the newly assigned annual date to celebrate Frisco Day. That's 4/15 as in April 15th symbolizing the numerals of the 4-1-5 area code of San Francisco (aka Frisco). But 4/15 Frisco Day is more than simply being a day for residents to celebrate pride in their City by the Bay. It's more about solidarity among poor blue collar / working class San Franciscans who've been marginalized and endangered by the influx in recent years of high paid tech workers to their city. That's according to veteran San Francisco hip-hop artist and activist Equipto who is one of the organizers of Friday's 4/15 Frisco Day event. This week the Amoeblog caught up with the passionate and always politically outspoken emcee to ask him about 4/15 Frisco Day, and about life in general and hip-hop in particular in San Francisco in these gentrified times.


Amoeblog: So this is the first official 4/15  Frisco Day but it has been around for a minute already, right?

Equipto: Frisco Day, April 15th is a special day for certain Frisco die hards that I know. My friend Barry, who has the clothing company SFOG, has thrown dope intimate shows on 4/15 for some years now with performers like San Quinn, RBL, myself and more. But this year, this Friday 4/15, will be the first official Frisco Day for the public

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Criterion Collection Releases "Only Angels Have Wings"

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, April 14, 2016 07:50pm | Post a Comment

Only Angels Have Wings

-- By Brett Stillo

Criterion Collection: Only Angels Have WingsOnly Angels Have Wings once again takes to the skies this week in a comprehensive new video restoration-release from the Criterion Collection (available on Blu-ray & DVD). This is a classic Hollywood romantic drama of the 1930's, accented with bold swaths of adventure and humor, orchestrated by one of the true masters of the craft, director Howard Hawks.

Only Angels Have Wings is the robust tale of a band of bush pilots based in the fictional South American town of Barranca, who risk their necks flying treacherous airmail routes through the Andes. The heat in this Tropic Zone is turned up with the arrival of Bonnie Lee, a down-on-her-luck cabaret singer played by quintessential 1930's heroine Jean Arthur. Bonnie soon encounters the tough, no-nonsense leader of pilots, Geoff “Papa” Carter (Cary Grant). The inevitable sparks begin to fly as these two characters from two very different worlds push and pull at each other's emotions.

The 1930s were the glory days of early aviation, and Hawks subtly isolates the mystique of this era with terse, low-key magnificence. Hawks’ pilots are the new cowboys (Geoff and his fellow pilots all wear gun belts though it’s never explained why, other than it just looks cool), laconic daredevils in leather jackets and wide-brimmed hats (stylistic ancestors of Indiana Jones), who walk and talk with the casual aplomb of men who make a living by risking their lives.

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Three Days 'Til Record Store Day: J Dilla's 'Diary,' Run the Jewels' Virtual Reality Viewer

Posted by Billy Gil, April 13, 2016 05:18pm | Post a Comment

j dilla the diary lp record store day 7"Hip hop heads have a few reasons to celebrate on Record Store Day April 16.

First off, a new posthumous release from the late, great artist and producer J Dilla will be released on LP that day. The Diary comes out on CD and cassette the day before, but April 16’s vinyl release will come with a free 7” inside that includes the song “The Ex” (featuring Bilal) plus an R&B version of the song on the B-side. The song is a Pete Rock production.

The story behind the lost album is that J Dilla (real name James Dewitt Yancey) recorded an album’s worth of vocals back in 2002 that were ultimately shelved his parent label. That lead Yancey to break from the major label system and leave Detroit for California, where he produced his classics Ruff Draft, Jaylib's Champion Sound and Donuts.

Now, following Yancey’s death in 2006, his estate has been trying to get the album released for years. Finally, the album is coming out, with production from Madlib, Pete Rock, Hi-Tek, Nottz, House Shoes, Supa Dave West, Bink! and Karriem Riggins, and guest spots from Bilal, Frank N Dank, Boogie and others.

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Sarah Vaughan's New "Commemorative Forever Stamp" Almost Looks Like A Record Store Day Release

Posted by Billyjam, April 13, 2016 12:48pm | Post a Comment

Finally made it to my local post office yesterday to cop a sheet of the lovingly made new Sarah Vaughan (1924 -1990) Commemorative Forever Stamps that are so well put together that they (almost) look like they could be another great Record Store Day release. Unveiled by the USPS a couple of weeks ago (March 29) with a celebratory event at the Sarah Vaughan Concert Hall in the late jazz singer's hometown of Newark NJ, the sheet of sixteen Forever stamps ($7.52) are the latest in the post office's ongoing Music Icon series.  Others have included Johnny Cash, Ray Charles, Janis Joplin, Elvis Presley, and Jimi Hendrix whose commemorative stamp was the last one in the series, issued back in March 2014. Like these other Music Icon stamps, Sarah Vaughan's stamp sheet is equally pleasing to the eye of any record collector. Designed with great detail, they perfectly resemble a vintage 45, 7" record picture sleeve on both back and front.

On the back (picture right), where the sixteen peel off stamps are centered, it even looks like the tip of a black vinyl seven inch record peeking out on top. Meanwhile below, just like on some records, is a brief artist bio. Flip it over to the front sleeve art (picture above) and to the right of Vaughan's image is a list of twelve "popular" songs by the artist also known as "The Divine One" and "Dreamy."  These include the Sarah Vaughan standards "Body and Soul,”  “Whatever Lola Wants,” “Misty,” “It’s Magic,” “Thinking of You,”  “If You Could See Me Now,” “I’ve Got a Crush on You,” “Autumn in New York,” “Send in the Clowns,” “Key Largo," "Lover Man," and "It Might as Well Be Spring." Look for these songs on such actual releases by Sarah Vaughan as Sarah Vaughan: Great American Songbook and Sarah Vaughan's Finest Hour.

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10 Limited Edition Soundtracks Out On Record Store Day That You Can't Live Without

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, April 12, 2016 04:16pm | Post a Comment

10 Record Store Day Soundtracks

Record Store Day is almost here! On Saturday, April 16, 2016, independent music stores everywhere will unite to celebrate record store culture and to bring YOU fabulous limited edition releases! Download a PDF of those exclusive RSD releases right HERE.

This year RSD has several special vinyl soundtracks in an assortment of tasty colors in store for the film hounds among you. Here's our 10 favorite from those being offered:

Dark ShadowsDark Shadows by Bob Cobert
Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the vampiric day-time soap opera Dark Shadows with this special re-release pressed on purple 180 gram vinyl, complete with the original poster from the 1966 version. Kick back in your velvet-lined coffin and dream of the 175-year-old vampire Barnabas Collins, mortal governess Victoria Winters, and creepy old Collinwood Mansion as you enjoy hits like “Shadows of the Night (Quentin’s Theme)” and "Opening Theme." There's good reason this album remains one of Billboard’s Top 10 selling television soundtracks of all time!

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Four Days 'Til Record Store Day: Disney Crosley Turntable and Disney Songs Vinyl

Posted by Billy Gil, April 12, 2016 03:37pm | Post a Comment
UPDATE: These Disney Crosley turntables are still available post-Record Store Day. Come into Amoeba Hollywood and pick one up, or buy it here.


Record Store Day
is a mere four days away. This Saturday, April 16, RSD will take over our stores, with exclusive releases, DJ sets, fun activities and more. See a list of all the releases coming out that day here.

One of the coolest things coming out on RSD is this Disney Mickey Mouse Crosley Cruiser turntable. Similarly to the Crosley turntable from last year that featured the Peanuts gang, this one has Mickey Mouse and Pluto, imagining Mickey as a vinyl-collecting hipster. But it's also kind of like that first turntable you had when you were a kid — nostalgia!

We've got it in the warehouse now. Check out some pictures below. It's like an old school version of those unboxing videos.

disney crosley

 

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New "What's in My Bag?" Episode with Mary Wilson, Freda Payne & Linda Clifford

Posted by Amoebite, April 11, 2016 05:30pm | Post a Comment

Mary Wilson, Freda Payne & Linda Clifford What's In My Bag? Amoeba Music

Amoeba Hollywood had the honor of having not just one, not just two, but three legends of American soul and R&B visit the store recently: Mary Wilson, Freda Payne and Linda Clifford.

Mary Wilson is a founding member of a little group you may have heard of called The Supremes, in which she sang on twelve #1 hits, and went on to a successful solo career starting in the late '70s. 

Best known for her chart-topping 1970 single "Band of Gold," Freda Payne is a jazz and soul singer, actress, and talk show host who has worked with legends like Quincy Jones and Pearl Bailey.

Former Miss New York State, Linda Clifford started her entertainment career as an actress and moved into music by fronting a jazz trio before switching to R&B, which led her to sign with Paramount Records and Curtis Mayfield's Curtom Records. 

As you could imagine, between the three singers some great vocalists turned up in their Amoeba bags, including Nancy Wilson and Thelma Houston whose album Sunshower Clifford had just learned of the night before from Payne. Wilson and Payne both picked up the same collection of Antonio Carlos Jobim tunes, and Clifford grabbed two Shirley Horn collections. Mary Wilson also talks about getting into the blues again because of none other than British rocker Bill Wyman of The Rolling Stones. As she says, "our parents grew up with it...we were into rock n' roll."

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How Does Record Store Day Work at Amoeba Music?

Posted by Amoebite, April 11, 2016 04:38pm | Post a Comment

Record Store Day, the magical celebration of independent record stores and the people who love them, comes but once a year and this year's date is fast approaching. On Saturday, April 16, we'll have hundreds of limited edition, RSD-exclusive releases available at our stores. It might seem overwhelming, but the process is actually quite simple. At Amoeba San Francisco and Amoeba Berkeley, you'll be able to find RSD titles on the floor throughout the day. At Amoeba Hollywood, there's a different process; check out our handy guide to navigating Record Store Day at Amoeba Hollywood and you'll be holding those sweet records in your loving hands in no time.

Amoeba Hollywood will open its doors for shopping at 10:30AM on Record Store Day. However, if you want the RSD titles, there will be a separate line which will start forming on Ivar no earlier than 8AM. We'll also have coffee and treats from our friends at The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf® to help fuel the early birds in line for RSD releases.

Before you come down to Amoeba Hollywood, you'll want to take a look at our list of RSD exclusives available and make your picks. Here's what to do:

Step 1: Download the menu of releases and fill out your selections. We'll also have hard copies of the menu on hand for those who forget to print it ahead of time.

Step 2: Give your menu to one of our lovely staff members, who will pull records in the same order as the line formed outdoors.

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The Grammy Museum Presents The Drop: Blaqk Audio April 19

Posted by Amoebite, April 11, 2016 03:19pm | Post a Comment

blaqk audio

blaqk audio material lp cdBlaqk Audio, the band featuring Davey Havok and Jade Puget of punk-rockers AFI, will appear at The Grammy Museum April 19 for its program “The Drop.”

The electronic duo will perform at the Clive Davis Theater from their upcoming album Material, which is due April 15 (preorder here on LP or CD). They’ll also appear for an intimate conversation.

Tickets are $20, and doors open at 7:30 p.m. Amoeba is proud to be a sponsor of this all-ages show.

The band’s third release is inspired by the likes of Devo, Duran Duran, Erasure, Depeche Mode and Skinny Puppy. The band’s mix of synth pop and industrial sounds can be hear on first single “Anointed”; watch the Tron-inspired video for the track below.

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Weekly Rap Round Up: Hip-Hop Top 5, J Dilla's Record Store Day LP, New Releases with E-Lit, Open Mike Eagle, Immortal Technique + more

Posted by Billyjam, April 10, 2016 11:45pm | Post a Comment
Hip-Hop Top 5 Amoeba Music Berkeley: Week end 04:10:16

#1: Open Mike Eagle + Paul White Hella Personal Film Festival (also on LP/vinyl) (Mello Music Group)

#2: RJD2    Dame Fortune () (also on LP/vinyl) (RJ's Electrical Connections)

#3: 2 Chainz  Collegrove (Def Jam) 

#4: Domo Genesis  Genesis (Columbia Legacy)

#5: Dday One Gathered Between (The Content Label)

Thanks to E-Lit for the above top five chart. Scroll down to see accompanying video version in which the KALX DJ / Amoeba Berkeley hip-hop staffer runs down the top new hip-hop releases on both CD and vinyl. Immediately below is the just published music video from the #1 album on the new chart, Hella Personal Film Festival (also on LP/vinyl). That's the highly recommended new joint from LA emcee Open Mike Eagle with UK producer Paul White whose resume includes working alongside Mos Def, Danny Brown, and Homeboy Sandman. Also below is the music video for the lead single "DAPPER (feat. Anderson .Paak)" from Odd Future member Domo Genesis' new album Genesis. Other top five entries include 2 Chainz' solid new album Collegrove and Dday One's Gathered Between , and RJD2's  Dame Fortune (also on LP/vinyl) that actually sounds more like 70's prog rock than 2016 hip-hop. As far as new releases dropping in the week ahead on April 15th (the day before Record  Store Day) E-Lit's top three advance picks are the new one from Factor, Elucid's Save Yourself on Backwoodz, and Offwhyte's Dialog  via Galapaplpgs 4.


Domo Genesis "DAPPER (feat. Anderson .Paak) from Genesis (2016)

Tribute to Structural Film & Drone Music Pioneer Tony Conrad (RIP)

Posted by Billyjam, April 9, 2016 02:11pm | Post a Comment
According to confirmed reports, avant garde American music and film pioneer Tony Conrad has died at age 76. A long rich career as sound artist, teacher, and writer Conrad is considered to be a pioneer of both drone music and structural film. Coincidentally just yesterday Superior Viaduct reissued his landmark 1972 recording collaboration with Faust (who are currently in US doing dates) Outside the Dream Syndicate in both CD and vinyl formats. Back in 2002 it was previously reissued to mark the then 30th anniversary. Hear sample of the music in YouTube clip below.

While the average person may not know Conrad's name, his impact on contemporary music and art is profound. "Tony Conrad is a pioneer, as seminal in his way to American music as Johnny Cash or Captain Beefheart or Ornette Coleman, one of those really savvy old guys whom all the kids want to emulate because their ideas, their style, are electric and new and somehow indivisible," wrote The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, 1998. The quote opens the excellent Amoeba Tony Conrad Bio that traces this important artist's career who for the past 40 years had been a faculty member in the State University of New York at Buffalo. The bio recalls how since the early 1960s, he has "utilized intense amplification, long duration, and precise pitch to forge an aggressively mesmerizing "Dream Music." Conrad articulated the Big Bang of minimalism and played a pivotal role in the formation of the Velvet Underground; he continues to exert a primal influence over succeeding generations with his ecstatic oscillations and hypnotic drones."

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LCD Soundsystem to Play at Fox Theater Pomona This Monday

Posted by Amoebite, April 8, 2016 01:38pm | Post a Comment

LCD Soundsystem at Fox Theater Pomona

LCD Soundsystem just announced a show in Southern California this Monday, April 11 at the Fox Theater in Pomona! Amoeba Hollywood will have a limited number of tickets for this show available for purchase starting Saturday, April 9 at 10AM.

Tickets are $45 and there is a limit of 2 per person. (In-store purchase only. No holds or phone orders.) These tickets are being sold in a different way than our usual ticket sales, so please read on for the specifics.

  • The person purchasing the tickets must also be the primary concert attendee.
  • The purchaser's first and last name will be printed on the ticket and you'll need to provide a valid photo ID for identification. 
  • Tickets are non-transferrable. No name changes allowed.
  • If you purchased 2 tickets, both members of your party will need to enter the venue at the same time.
  • There will be a ticket delivery delay. These will be E-tickets sent out on the morning of the show.

If you can't make it into Amoeba to purchase tickets, they will also be available online starting at 10AM tomorrow.

Album Picks: Parquet Courts, Tim Hecker, Woods

Posted by Billy Gil, April 8, 2016 11:25am | Post a Comment

Parquet CourtsHuman Performance

parquet courts human performance lp“Dust is everywhere — SWEEP!” So goes the refrain of the first single off N.Y. indie-rock heroes Parquet Courts’ new album. Human Performance seems less concerned with proving anything to anyone than ever, yet finds the band settling into itself nicely and coming up with some of its most weirdly catchy songs. Since releasing the excellent Light up Gold in 2013, the band has fallen into a certain lineage of brainy New York indie rock of yore, from Talking Heads and Television through Sonic Youth and the Beastie Boys. Then came Sunbathing Animal, the thorny but ultimately winning follow-up, along with assorted albums and EPs that saw them trying on various guises, with the results thrillingly mercurial but hit-or-miss as far as listening goes. Now, on songs like the Velvet Underground-ish title track; short, rhythmically clever tunes like “Outside” and “I Was Just Here”; and shoutalong slacker anthems like “Paraphrased”; and verbose Nuggets jams like "Berlin Got Blurry," Parquet Courts sound comfortable yet energized, mature but real in their embrace of the surreal and off-kilter. As it’s been somewhat both exhilarating and maddening to watch them over the past couple of years, Human Performance is that redemptive album that shows keeping an eye on Parquet Courts is well worth your time. Their best yet. Read my interview with the band a couple of years back, and check out their episode of “What’s In My Bag?” below, along with the video for “Berlin Got Blurry.”

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"Hey, Ho! Let's Go: Ramones and the Birth of Punk" New 2016 Exhibit (NY + LA) Celebrates Legacy of Punk Pioneers

Posted by Billyjam, April 7, 2016 05:07pm | Post a Comment

Joey, Johnny, Dee Dee and Tommy Ramone may be each be sadly gone from this earth, but they are by no means forgotten. These four founding members of The Ramones, whose landmark self-titled debut album (also on LP/vinyl) was released forty years ago back in April 1976, are being honored with a new 2016 bi-coastal exhibit opening in their New York City home borough this weekend, and then later this year in Los Angeles.  "Hey, Ho! Let's Go: Ramones and the Birth of Punk" opens this weekend at the Queens Museum in Flushing Meadows, Corona which coincidentally is just a few miles from the Queens neighborhood of Forest Hills where The Ramones started out their illustrious career. In an introduction to the then new group, wrote the late Tommy Ramone: "The Ramones all originate from Forest Hills and kids who grew up there either became musicians, degenerates or dentists. The Ramones are a little of each." Taken from the legendary group's very first press release, it is among the hundreds of engaging items in this new exhibit that opens Sunday April 10th and runs through August, 7th 2016 in NYC. It will open in California at the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles on Sept. 16, 2016, running through March 2017. As well as covering the years of the late great original Ramones members Joey (1951–2001), Johnny (1948–2004), Dee Dee (1951–2002) and Tommy (1949–2014), the new exhibit also includes the later Ramones members Marky, Richie, Elvis and CJ.

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Drink More Water. Buy More Vinyl. MC Mick Jenkins releases "The Water(s)" and "Wave(s)" on vinyl.

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, April 7, 2016 11:38am | Post a Comment

Mick Jenkins "The Water(s)"-- By doubleay

As the resurgence of vinyl continues to develop, there have been more and more contemporary hip-hop releases. Two hot new stand-out pressings are Mick Jenkins’ 2014 mixtape, The Water(s), and 2015 EP, Wave(s). Both are impressive projects from a lesser known artist who exudes prowess and promise. Mick Jenkins may still be fairly under the radar but is making some of the most profound hip hop music over the past two years and at only 24, Jenkins has so much to say compared to any rapper at his tier.

His artistic roots lie in poetry; 17-year-old Jenkins was participating in slam poetry with other Chicago youth. After spending time working towards a degree in law and ambitiously pursuing a career in clothing design, Jenkins found himself needing to focus solely on music. Splitting his time between Alabama and Chicago, Jenkins found Chicago to be the home base for his musical development. He has collaborated with fellow Chicagoans Mick Jenkins "The Wave(s)"Vic Mensa and Chance the Rapper, who have both blown up in recent years. Showing nothing but dedication and motivation, Jenkins is looking likely to be on the same path. Since completely committing to music in 2012, Jenkins' wave has only grown. He has released five projects and landed a deal with Cinematic Music Group in 2014. Both his 2014 and 2015 releases (The Water(s) and Wave(s)) were well reviewed but not to the level of critical acclaim they ought to have received.

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R.I.P. Merle Haggard

Posted by Amoebite, April 6, 2016 11:27am | Post a Comment

merle haggard

Merle Haggard (1937-2016)

Country music legend Merle Haggard died today on his 79th birthday, following a battle with pneumonia.

Haggard was a pioneer both of the twangy Bakersfield sound and outlaw country movement, scoring dozens of No. 1 country hits across his half-century-long career. His outspoken socio-political views and criminal history helped make him a singular and influential voice in country music. Haggard was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1994. His final release was 2015's Django & Jimmie, a collaboration with Willie Nelson.

Read more about the legendary musician here. Read our Top 10 Merle Haggard Albums list. And take a listen to some of his best-known songs below.

Outside Lands 2016 Lineup Announced...by Muppets!

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, April 5, 2016 02:27pm | Post a Comment

The Muppets' Dr. Teeth and the Electric Mayhem

The Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival
returns to San Francisco's Golden Gate Park August 5-7 with scores of diverse musical acts, comedians, visual artists, and more food, beer, and vendors than you can shake a corn dog at. And now add to that roster of attractions The Muppets' own rock and roll legends, Dr. Teeth and the Electric Mayhem, in what is their "first-ever live festival performance."

Just today, the lineup was announced by these far-out puppets in an amazing video, revealing their festival mates Radiohead, Lana Del Rey, Sufjan Stevens, LCD Soundsystem, Grimes, Duran Duran, Chance the Rapper, Beach House, Vince Staples, Lionel Richie, Peaches, Kamasi Washington, and many, many more.

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King In The Shadows: Elvis Presley's "King Creole"

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, April 5, 2016 01:16pm | Post a Comment

King Creole, Elvis Presley, Carolyn Jones

-- Brett Stillo

Hollywood was starting to show its age in 1958. The Old Guard, who’d turned the town into an assembly King Creoleline of fantasy and illusion in the '30s and '40s, were slowing down. Staring at them right in their faces, was the future: teenagers, Rock n' Roll, and the financial reality of the Saturday night double feature at the Drive-In.

King Creole, which was released in July of that year, straddles the line, one foot planted in old school Hollywood genre storytelling of Film Noir, the other sliding towards the juvenile market of the Rock n' Roll film. The film’s storyline is firmly planted in the former: a guy with a troubled past is just looking to get a break, but fate pulls him into a raw deal that sets him up to take a big fall. However, this particular fall guy is a sneering, hip-shaking teenager, swinging to a rockin’ beat in double-four time. And oh yes, the actor playing said fall guy happens to be one Elvis Aaron Presley.

Presley was a singer who dreamed of being an actor. He idolized Brando and Dean, and King Creole was his chance to show his dramatic potential on the screen. In King Creole, Presley plays Danny Fisher, a streetwise kid living in the French Quarter of New Orleans, trying to support his down-and-out family by working in a tough joint run by notorious gangster, Maxie Fields (played with brutish charm by a seething Walter Matthau).

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What? Weird: Susan Vaslev's Music from Enchanted Forest

Posted by Kelly S. Osato, April 4, 2016 10:05pm | Post a Comment

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Sounding something like the intro to an episode of Shelley Duvall’s Faerie Tale Theatre combined with the sonic dapples of a babbling, sun-spangled data stream, Music from Enchanted Forest showcases more than just the superb scope of composer and pianist Susan Vaslev’s synth-scapabilities. It also presents, as the title suggests, a world of sound specifically created to emanate from unseen speakers tucked behind rocks and in the treetops of Enchanted Forest, one of the most beloved homespun roadside attractions the great state of Oregon can boast of. What's more, as the the record states, it is the only known amusement park in the United States that has never been required to pay royalties for their music.

In more ways than one, or in my opinion anyway, Susan Vaslev is living a rare and magical version of the American dream. Since childhood, she, along with her siblings and mother, has lent immeasurable time and effort to helping her father, Roger Tofte, realize his visionary venture of handcrafting a storybook amusement park among the verdant hills just South of Oregon’s capital city of Salem. Meaning, she’s spent much her life devoted to building, playing in, working for, living by, and—perhaps most importantly—soundtracking a world-class roadside attraction. Let your inner child chew on that for a sec. enchanted forest musci from record vinyl blue wyrd war susan vaslev tofte

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New "What's in My Bag?" Episode with Giorgio Moroder

Posted by Amoebite, April 4, 2016 07:42pm | Post a Comment

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"There is America, there is England, and there is Sweden, and slowly they are taking over." You heard it here first folks: Sweden is taking over the US and England! Well, at least according to legendary producer/artist Giorgio Moroder, as he talks about the incredible musical talent coming from the Scandinavian country. Amoeba San Francisco, recently had the pleasure of hosting a signing of the disco/electronic-music pioneer's latest album, Deja Vu. Beforehand, the affable Moroder went record shopping at the store and shared his picks with us.

In 1966 Moroder began releasing singles under the name Giorgio, working in studios in Berlin and Munich before beginning a long and fruitful partnership with musician/producer Pete Bellotte and disco diva Donna Summer for her debut LP, Lady of the Night. A year later Summer's "Love to Love You Baby" became an international hit.

Giorgio Moroder Deja Vu

In 1978 Moroder began delving into film music, crafting original scores for FoxesAmerican GigoloCat People, and Scarface, among others. The following year he released his first solo album, E=MC². Over the course of much of the '90s and '00s, Moroder scored video games, films, and worked on assorted non-musical projects. In 2013, he contributed to Daft Punk's Random Access Memories album. His most recent album, Deja Vu, features guest vocalists Kylie Minogue, Britney Spears, Charli XCX, Sia, and Kelis. Moroder also DJs on the international circuit, with his next gig planned for summer 2016 in Paris.

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Concert Tickets Available for Sale at Amoeba Hollywood in April 2016

Posted by Amoebite, April 3, 2016 05:55pm | Post a Comment

Concert Tickets For Sale at Amoeba HollywoodAmoeba Hollywood regularly sells tickets to local shows. Get physical tickets from us and skip the high fees!

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. 

We have a new partnership with Teragram Ballroom, an intimate venue in downtown LA. We are the only place in town to buy physical tickets (aside from the venue itself). We'll have a small amount of tickets for every Teragram show available the day they are announced on a first-come, first-served basis with our low $2 ticket service fee.

For The Novo (formerly Club Nokia) and Shrine Expo Hall shows, we only carry general admission tickets. If you wish to purchase reserved seating at The Novo (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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Recap: Charity Auction for the Silverlake Conservatory of Music at Amoeba Hollywood

Posted by Amoebite, April 3, 2016 05:48pm | Post a Comment

Charity Auction at Amoeba Hollywood

On Saturday, April 2 we had an extra special treat when our very own Brandon Mather wielded the auction gavel and brought the laughs to help us raise a ton of money for the Silverlake Conservatory of Music. As always, we matched all winning bids raised for the Silverlake Conservatory of Music, a non-profit organization whose mission is to facilitate basic music education. Their primary focus is on the youth of the community but all are welcome and encouraged to participate.

Brandon, an actor and comedian who has appeared in short films, a music video, and on stage in Point Break Live, auctioned off a crazy array of concert tickets, collectibles, and tons of other goodies. He was funny as hell and kept both customers and staff in stitches with his quick wit and one-liners. He made it all look easy-peazy, driving up the bidding and making folks smile.

Here are some of the highlights from Saturday's bidding wars:

  • Special vinyl lovers care package + limited edition LPs - $25
  • Beatles pack filled with collectible and fun goodies - $50
  • Rare signed David Lynch Polish Night Music LP - $65
  • Tickets to see Grimes at the Shrine on April 21 - $50
  • Tickets to see Savages at the El Rey April 18 - $30
  • Limited edition Stella McCartney/Amoeba event pack - $18
  • http://sweetgreen.com/Sweetgreen gift certificate - $25
  • Vintage lunchbox with a Trader Joe's gift certificate - $45
  • Membership to Nerdmelt Comedy Club - $20
  • Special David Bowie pack including a rare poster, vintage t-shirt & buttons - $30
  • Amoeba VIP in-store pass - $30 (the winner and his son are going to come see Deftones perform on April 11!)

All together Brandon whipped up $413 in bids which means $826 is on its way to the Silverlake Conservatory! We raised a lot of money for a good cause and a great time was had by all!

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HipHopForChange Celebrates 3 Successful Years Of Utilizing Hip-Hop As Tool of Empowerment

Posted by Billyjam, April 2, 2016 04:42pm | Post a Comment


Bucking hip-hop's dominant negative image as fictionalized one-dimensional music merely celebrating materialism and misogyny, HipHopForChange refreshingly reminds us that hip-hop is a deep meaningful culture with a history rooted in positivity and empowerment. "The mainstream music industry sells sexism, drug abuse, homophobia, materialism, and gang violence as if these problems represent the cornerstones of hip hop culture" is how HipHopForChange articulates it on their website. Through their website and workshops for youth and recording studio and visible representation at various community events, HipHopForChange has been consistently educating and entertaining (edutaining) for three dedicated years in the Bay Area. Tonight at The Uptown in celebration, HipHopForChange will present a Bay Area hip-hop showcase with sets from Opio, BPos, Kev Choice, 2nd Floor Samurais, and DJ Ren the Vinyl Archeaologist. $10 8pm. Info

Odds are if you've gone out to hip-hop shows in the Bay Area over the past three years you'll have noticed the name HipHopForChange associated with many of them, especially conscious hip-hop.  The non-profit Oakland based organization believes in presenting a platform for hip-hop artists with empowering social justice messages.

More significantly HipHopForChange also goes out to schools around the Bay Area  to present and produce workshops and classes for youth. These interactive workshops introduce these kids to hip-hop culture and its deep history. They also demonstrate how hip-hop interacts with issues of social justice. These much needed workshops have traveled to high schools all over including in Bayview/Hunters Point, El Cerrito, and West Oakland.

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Watch Three Dogs and a Monkey Re-Create ABBA's 'Mamma Mia' Video

Posted by Amoebite, April 1, 2016 04:14pm | Post a Comment

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As far as shot-by-shot remakes go, Amoebite Heather Long’s remake of ABBA’s “Mamma Mia” video is among the best we’ve seen.

Our in-house graphic designer also is an animal trainer, and part of what she does is work with animals who appear on TV shows and movies at a ranch called Hollywood Animals. Long started by making a freestyle dog dance routine video for a fellow Amoebite Logan’s birthday. She decided to do it again and ended up emulating ABBA’s infamously stilted choreography from one of her favorite videos.

Watch the video below. If a monkey playing a tiny guitar doesn’t put a smile on your face, we can’t be friends. The original ABBA video is superimposed.

She told us a little bit about the animals in video: Wyatt, Knuckles, Chico and Rupee.

“I do a lot of trick training and dog sports with Wyatt since he is a young, energetic Border Collie mix and needs that outlet,” Long says. “The Australian Shepherd featured in the video is named Knuckles, and he belongs to a dog trainer at the ranch, Rachael. Wyatt and Knuckles are both super high-energy and play non-stop together, so Rachael was down to be a part of it. Knuckles is also a movie dog and he has a lot of training on him.  

“Chris, who is another animal trainer I work with, is the monkey’s main trainer and he has raised her since she was a baby. We decided to include Rupee, the capuchin monkey, because she had learned to strum a guitar for a commercial, so that was a no brainer, and she is used to being around dogs. We used Chico, the Pomeranian, as the keyboardist.  He is also a movie dog — he was rescued from the shelter and is a smart little guy that LOVES to work!”

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See Performances and 'What's In My Bag?' Videos From FYF Fest Artists

Posted by Amoebite, April 1, 2016 02:40pm | Post a Comment

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FYF Fest tickets are on sale now at Amoeba Hollywood! As of the time of this posting, we still have some weekend passes left, so act now if you want to get your passes for $212 with fees included — details here.

We've had a ton of FYF Fest artists grace us with their presence over the years, some playing live and some contributing to our "What's In My Bag?" series. Watch the videos below and get ready for the show this August!

Father John Misty – Hollywood Forever Cemetery Sings (Amoeba Green Room Sessions)

 

Grimes – What’s In My Bag?

 

Blood Orange – What’s In My Bag?

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Team Wino's Toph One and DJ Marz Present "April Drools Party" @ Elbo Room To Raise Needed Funds for AIDS/LifeCycle

Posted by Billyjam, April 1, 2016 02:33pm | Post a Comment

DJs and cyclist-enthusiasts Toph One and DJ Marz are the organizers behind tonight's AIDS benefit concert at the Elbo Room in San Francisco that will feature sets by Bullet Proof Space Travelers / Scratch Hamsters (DJs Quest, Cue, Marz and MC Eddie K), Mista B, Luke Sick & Brycon, Lady Fingaz, B.Cause, DJ Baysik, and DJ Ewock of The Morph Life. Hosted by Blag Dahlia of The Dwarves (SF punk group that Marz is sometime member of), the night will also include standup comedy from Frankie Quinones  and Mike Evans Jr. plus live painting by Snow Monkey (Lords Crew) and Chris Micro (Trash Life). All of these artists will donate their time and talent for free. There'll be a raffle too tonight with prizes including an Amoeba gift certificate. The requested minimal $5 donation for admission go toward the upcoming annual AIDS/LifeCycle that takes place from June 5th to June 11th when 3,000+ cyclists will take on the long bike ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles to raise funds for the life-saving services offered by San Francisco AIDS Foundation and the Los Angeles LGBT Center

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"Ever Get The Feeling You've Been Trumped?" GOP Front Runner's Shocker That Presidential Run Was "Huge Prank For New Reality Show"

Posted by Billyjam, April 1, 2016 11:53am | Post a Comment
 
"I will officially be dropping out of the presidential race on Tuesday. The whole thing was a huge prank for my new reality TV show Ever Get The Feeling You've Been Trumped which will air this summer. It'll be huge, bigger than any other TV show ever," said Donald "Punk" Trump today in an Amoeblog exclusive (read full interview below). The GOP front runner admitted that his entire faux campaign from day one was merely a ruse for his producers to gather footage for this new reality show ("Most of the footage we didn't even have to shoot. The media did it for us for free! We must have 10,000 hours already from cable news alone!").

The admittance was made by Trump, who insisted "Punk" be added to his name while sporting a mohawk and citing both Ashton Kutcher's reality show punk'd and punk rocker Johnny Rotten as inspiration. Trump said his new show title is based on the Sex Pistols breakup announcement in San Francisco in January 1978 when Johnny Rotten famously, before dramatically dropping the mic, howled at the crowd. "Ah hah hah. Ever get the feeling you've been cheated? Good night!" (video below) In his Amoeblog interview Trump also claims hat he was behind that famous moment in rock and roll history. 




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Album Picks: Charles Bradley, Explosions in the Sky, Bleached, Andrew Bird, Frankie Cosmos

Posted by Billy Gil, April 1, 2016 11:49am | Post a Comment

Charles Bradley - Changes

charles bradley changes lpSoul master Charles Bradley’s third album for Daptone is a knockout. Beginning with a genuine interlude of “God Bless America,” the album positions Bradley as someone who has gone though career and personal difficulty and come out on top, sounding upbeat and grateful to be alive and working. On “Good to Be Back Home,” Bradley flips things to explore the dual nature of home and what that means, singing of being back in the land where he was born, “sometimes it hurt so bad, sometimes, so good,” before unleashing a howl that better expresses the notion than any words could. That passion runs through the heartfelt and extremely affecting love songs like “Nobody But You.” Throughout, the Menahan Street Band’s expertly played and recorded horns and jazz grooves deliver the ideal backdrop, while there’s some experimentation beyond classic soul on tracks like “Ain’t Gonna Give It Up,” its moog and bass-drum-heavy groove reminiscent of krautrockers like Can. And if you don’t get goosebumps during Bradley’s cover of Black Sabbath ballad “Changes,” check your pulse. A playful flexibility within the carefully cultivated classic soul sound Bradley and many Daptone artists work within proves to be incredibly fruitful here. It’s Bradley’s best release yet from his second wind, as Bradley remains an expert at getting to the heart of soul music.

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