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Tell Me When To Vote: The E-40, Bernie Sanders, Golden State Warriors Connection + Bernie Wata's Top Five E-40 Covers

Posted by Billyjam, May 31, 2016 02:20pm | Post a Comment
It's not often that E-40's name is linked to that of Bernie Sanders. Maybe with fellow Bay rapper Berner, wtih whom he's recorded, but not Bernie the Senator from Vermont  who is running for Democratic nomination for President of the United States.  And in the case of Bernie, his name might be linked with another hip-hopper, Run The Jewels' Killer Mike who is a big supporter, but not E-40 the Vallejo rapper/savvy businessman.

But in local Bay Area news reports this morning both the Vallejo rapper and the Democratic presidential primary candidate's names got equal top billing in stories on the Golden State Warriors victorious win last night. Each basketball fans, both the rapper and the politician were in attendance at Oakland's Oracle Arena for last night's exciting game where, following their 96-88 win, the Warriors won the NBA Conference Finals against Oklahoma City Thunder 4-3. As well as reporting on the Warriors improbable win following the home team been down 3-1, local Bay Area news outlets reported on both E-40 and Bernie Sanders been among those in attendance at the crucial game.

Sanders, who is busy campaigning in California this week with a stop in Emeryville today, had two big events in Oakland yesterday including a packed rally outside Oakland City Hall, where the Secret Service jumped in to defend him when protesters hopped the barriers and bum rushed the podium. But even after his stressful busy day Sanders still had energy left to attend the Warriors game. Meanwhile E-40 is a longtime diehard basketball fan, especially the Warriors.

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Tacolandia in Downtown LA, June 11

Posted by Amoebite, May 29, 2016 07:40pm | Post a Comment

Tacolandia

LA Weekly presents the fourth annual Tacolandia at El Pueblo de Los Angeles in Downtown LA on Saturday, June 11th from 3pm-7pm. More than 100 top taco vendors will be featured, offering tasty samples of their signature treats for all to enjoy. Complete with live mariachi music, cash bars, and awards for best tacos in various categories presented by The Vendys, Tacolandia 2016 will be LA Weekly's largest event of the year.

There are still a few tickets left, but you better act fast and get them HERE! Once you are in Tacolandia heaven, make sure you stop by the Amoeba Music booth for a little shopping and spin our famous prize wheel too.

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Make Music Pasadena, June 11

Posted by Amoebite, May 29, 2016 07:15pm | Post a Comment

Amoeba Music is proud to sponsor Make Music Pasadena, California's largest free all-ages music festival, on Saturday, June 11th. This all-day event features six main stages and 30 venues throughout downtown Pasadena hosting more than 150 performances from an eclectic and diverse mix of bands. Rock out with Atlas Genius, The Mowgli's, LA Girlfriend, James Supercave, Nahko and Medicine for the People, Pr0files, Phantoms, Bear Hands, The Dead Ships, HUNNY, CLARA-NOVA, and so many more. Check out the full line-up HERE.

Stop by the Amoeba Music booth to shop music and more! See you in Pasadena.Make Music Pasadena

Pink Floyd To Be Honored Next Month With Postage Stamp Series by The Royal Mail + Vinyl Reissues by Pink Floyd Records

Posted by Billyjam, May 27, 2016 03:23pm | Post a Comment



While the US Postal Service continues to honor American musicians in its ongoing Music Icon series as reported here last month in the Amoeblog Sarah Vaughan's New "Commemorative Forever Stamp" Almost Looks Like A Record Store Day Release, over in the UK their postal service The Royal Mail will paying tribute to English band Pink Floyd this summer in a new series. This forthcoming ten stamp series, honoring the legendary progressive rock band and coinciding with the 50th anniversary of when they turned professional, will feature album covers by the group that was founded in England in the mid sixties by Roger Waters, Richard Wright, Nick Mason, and the late Syd Barrett. (David Gilmour would join the group a couple of years after their initial formation, and after Barret had exited).

To be unveiled in British post offices on July 7th the ten stamps will include both live concert images (some capturing the group's trademark impressive stage productions) and album covers by Pink Floyd, who released fifteen studio albums. These album covers as future postage stamps, that span five decades, will include Wish You Were Here (1975), The Piper at the Gates of Dawn (1967), The Dark Side of the Moon (1973), Animals (1977), Atom Heart Mother (1970) and the recent The Endless River (2014). In addition to the Royal Mail celebrating the rock legends via stamps, Pink Floyd will also be celebrated on vinyl when, next week on June 3rd, Pink Floyd Records will be reissuing in LP format the following albums that you can now pre-order from Amoeba by clicking the corresponding album titles: The Piper at the Gates of Dawn LP, Ummagumma LP, More LP, and A Saucerful of Secrets LP.  Below is the video for "Money" from The Dark Side of the Moon .

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Limited Wristbands for Tegan and Sara Events in LA & SF Available at Amoeba June 3

Posted by Amoebite, May 27, 2016 12:41pm | Post a Comment

Tegan and Sara Love You to Death Events in LA & SF

Tegan and Sara's hotly-anticipated new studio album, Love You to Death, comes out Friday, June 3rd on Neil Young's Vapor Records label (via Warner Bros). To celebrate, the Canadian duo is playing two special performances in Los Angeles and San Francisco.

The sisters will be kicking off the weekend with a live show at Space 15Twenty in Hollywood on the day of the release. If you'd like to attend, pick up the new album in-store at Amoeba Hollywood for your ticket to the event. Love You to Death goes on sale at 10:30am on June 3rd. This will be a very intimate, exciting event, so space is limited.

Bay Area fans can check out the dynamic duo the following night, Saturday, June 4 at the Folsom Street Foundry. Again, there are limited tickets available for the performance, as we want to keep it extra special. To snap up one of these coveted tickets, be one of the first to purchase the album in-store at Amoeba San Francisco and you'll immediately earn guaranteed entry. We'll be distributing passes to the show with purchase starting at 11am on Friday, June 3.

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Tonight: Witchcraft Double Feature At SF's Balboa Theatre

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, May 25, 2016 04:36pm | Post a Comment

Black Sunday

-- By Brett Stillo

1960 was a year of change for the horror film. Alfred Hitchcock drove a knife into the collective Black Sundayconsciousness of movie audiences with Psycho, and movies soon followed that twisted the blade. Peeping Tom, Eyes Without a Face, House of Usher...these films took a darker, twisted path, going further than most contemporary horror movies of the era. Two standout films of this seminal year, the supernatural thrillers Black Sunday and City of the Dead will play Tonight, Wednesday, May 25th, at San Francisco’s historic Balboa Theatre at 7pm.

Black Sunday is the stunning directorial debut of legendary Italian director Mario Bava It’s an old-fashioned tale of witches, ghosts, and vampires set amid rotting Victorian splendor, but Bava conjures a grisly visual style that’s bold and shocking. It's a bit ironic that this master of vivid color cinematography launched his directorial career with a black and white movie, and yet the color seems abundant in this gothic-goes-to-the-Drive-In opus. Bava crafts a tapestry of shadows, layer after layer of dark images from a palette that ranges from thick walls of black to opaque shades of pale grey. These monochromatic Horror Hotel, City of the Deadlayers create a weird pseudo-3D effect that makes the backgrounds seem to reach out beyond the screen. Add the haunting beauty of a 23-year-old actress named Barbara Steele and you have one of the true classics among horror films.

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Ugly Heroes (Apollo Brown, Verbal Kent, and Red Pill) Publish Video For Lead Track Off Upcoming Second Album

Posted by Billyjam, May 24, 2016 11:32pm | Post a Comment

In preparation for the release next month of their anticipated second album, Everything In Between, hip-hop group Ugly Heroes  this week published the music video for "Unforgiven" off the hip-hop power trio's forthcoming album to arrive in Amoeba next month. The Detroit/Chicago trio is comprised of Detroit producer Apollo Brown, Chicago emcee Verbal Kent, and Detroit rapper Red Pill. The new album will be released by Mello Music who also issued their 2013 Ugly Heroes self titled debut album and (in conjunction with Fat Beats) the November 2014 Ugly Heroes EP. Each accomplished artists in their own right, Apollo Brown's last solo album was September's Grandeur (also on LP) released last September which was the same month Verbal Kent released his last solo Anesthesia  (also on LP)  Meanwhile Red Pill's last release was the Day Drunk EP released back in November on the Mello Music Group label which released each of the other two Ugly Heroes' solo releases.

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New "What's in My Bag?" Episode with Car Seat Headrest

Posted by Amoebite, May 24, 2016 02:06pm | Post a Comment

Car Seat Headrest Will Toledo Amoeba Music What's In My Bag?

"My twelve-year old self kinda' took over and I ended up just getting a bunch of colorful, bright albums," says Will Toledo, frontman of the Seattle-based Car Seat Headrest. "I don't even think I like this band, but I like the album cover," he says while holding up the Pet Shop Boys' latest album, Super. Toledo was record shopping at Amoeba Hollywood and we got a chance to sit down with him and check out his picks, not all of which were chosen by the cover.

Originally from Williamsburg, VA the indie band takes its name from Toledo's decision to record vocals in the back of his car for privacy. Self-releasing four albums in 2010, and steadily releasing more over the following years on Bandcamp, Toledo's music gained a cult following on the internet, which resulted in a contract with Matador Records in 2015. That year's Teens Of Style was his first release for the label. Car Seat Headrest's second album with Matador, Teens Of Denial, is out now digitally, with CDs and LPs out July 29. (You may have read about a Cars sample not being approved and delaying the physical release of the album until July.)

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Saul Williams Performs Martyr Loser King in Oakland, June 2

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, May 24, 2016 01:12pm | Post a Comment

Saul WilliamsThe Bay Area Book Festival, Amoeba Music, and Matatu invite you to an evening with Saul Williams, who is performing selections from Martyr Loser King on Thursday, June 2 at Duende (468 19th Street, Oakland) at 10:30pm. Tickets are available HERE. This is a special an encore performance to his nearly sold-out show earlier that evening at Berkeley's Freight & Salvage. For last minute secret tickets to the earlier show, click HERE, scroll to the bottom of the screen, click "Enter promotional code," and use the code MATATU16.

Written and recorded between Senegal, Reunion Island, Paris, Haiti, New Orleans,Martyr Loser Kingand New York, Williams’s Martyr Loser King is a multimediaproject that engages the digital dialogue between the First and Third Worlds and the global street sounds that yoke the two. He cites Beyoncé, Fredo Santana, and Haitian field recordings as the musical inspirations for this self-produced 6th album, which strains trap hi-hats and mbira strokes together for a nuanced, entirely original sound. “I’m just letting you know what I’m reading and seeing while I’m writing,” says Williams. “When I’m writing, the music leads.”

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San Francisco Silent Film Festival, June 2-5 at Castro Theatre

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, May 24, 2016 12:02pm | Post a Comment

Sf Silent Film Festival 2016

The 21st annual San Francisco Silent Film Festival runs June 2–5 at SF’s landmark movie palace, the Louise Brooks, Beggars of LifeCastro Theatre, and Amoeba Music is proud to be a sponsor. This year's program features a diverse and lively schedule of silent-era films, all with live musical accompaniment by accomplished musicians from around the world, such as the Matti Bye Ensemble, the Berklee Silent Film Orchestra, Oakland Symphony musicians and members of the Oakland Symphony Chorus conducted by Michael Morgan, and many more. The line-up is also brimming with new film restorations, including five films that SFSFF has had a direct hand in restoring.

The festival opens on Thursday, June 2 at 7pm with William A. Wellman's Beggars of Life (1928), which features Louise Brooks (in her best American film) as a freight-train hopping runaway who dresses as a boy to escape capture by the police. She joins up with young vagabond Richard Arlen and along the way they encounter a hobo encampment and its charismatic leader, played by Wallace Beery in a performance that Brooks later called “a little masterpiece.” Live musical accompaniment will be provided by the Mont Alto Motion Picture Orchestra.

Special guest presenters include author Leonard Maltin, who will present Laurel & Hardy’s The Battle of the Century (1927) and other comic restorations on Saturday, June 4 at 10:00am, and actress and author Illeana Douglas, who will present Fritz Lang's Destiny (Der Mude Tod, 1921) on Sunday, June 5th at 3:45pm.

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New Dinosaur Jr. Album on Translucent Blue Vinyl Amoeba Exclusive

Posted by Amoebite, May 24, 2016 11:27am | Post a Comment

We're thrilled to announce the pre-order of the new Dinosaur Jr. album, Give a Glimpse of What Yer Not, on translucent blue vinyl available exclusively at Amoeba.com! The blue vinyl is limited to 500 pieces, so pre-order it while you can.

Give a Glimpse of What Yer Not, due out August 5th on Jagjaguwar, is the band's first album of new material since 2012's I Bet on Sky.

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Dinosaur Jr Give a Glimpse of What Yer Not vinyl lp album cover

 

And if you haven't seen our "What's In My Bag?" episode with J Mascis:

 

 

The Beach Boys' Pet Sounds 50th Anniversary Reissues Out June 10

Posted by Amoebite, May 23, 2016 12:31pm | Post a Comment

Beach Boys Pet Sounds 50th Anniversary Reissue

Wouldn't it be nice to hear Pet Sounds for the first time again? Well, next month you can experience the next best thing. In commemoration of the monumental album's 50th anniversary The Beach Boys and Capitol Records are re-releasing it in four different editions, some of which include studio outtakes, alternate mixes, and unreleased live versions. What's more Brian Wilson is now on a world tour playing the album in its entirety. Catch him in Los Angeles at the Hollywood Bowl, Jul 10 and in San Francisco at The Masonic, Oct 12-13.

When Pet Sounds was released May 16, 1966 its reception was mixed. The 11th album for the already popular group garnered little critical and commercial success in the States, while in England it was hailed by the music press and hit the number 2 spot on the Top 40 charts. One Mr. Paul McCartney was so impressed with it the album became the main influence on his band's next record, a little thing called Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band

Beach Boys Pet Sounds 50th Anniversary Amoeba MusicWhile it may be a little hard to imagine today, the radical arrangements, un-rock-like orchestrations, and wildly inventive production coupled with subject matter that was less cheery and more introspective than your average pop album of the day, was a lot to take in for some who were just looking for the next fun surf track to dance to down at the beach shack. However Pet Sounds paved the way for the idea that a rock album could be more than a mere collection of singles, but a cohesive piece of art. Brian Wilson's production on the album would open up creative possibilities we take for granted now, would influence all kinds of musical genres, and would bring the concept of production into the mainstream consciousness as an essential part of an album.

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Exotic Ten-Inch LPs of Eastern Europe (...and a few others)

Posted by Rick Frystak, May 23, 2016 01:34am | Post a Comment

Through the years of collecting and working with vinyl, I've always been enchanted with attractive, forward-thinking album artwork and design. I can still say that to this day I will still buy a record because of its stunning artwork, without regard for the content. These records are wonderfully tactile, touchable things with graphic design that stands out, screams out to be held and admired, displayed or even framed, in addition to being nurtured in one's carefully curated collection.

In 2012, Amoeba bought a record collection in New York (it's here) that contained some absolute gems of 1950's record cover design on 10-inch Long Play (LP) discs.. I stashed some of the most interesting designs as I went through the collection for us to peruse here. Conceived shortly after the 7-inch Extra Play (EP) era, these covers virtually attack one's visual senses, created in such a way by these labels as to literally command a person to pick the thing up! Imagine a record store back then displaying these gems next to a rather austere Perry Como record!  

Never have I encountered more captivating packaging than these 10-inch "Long Players" from eastern Europe, mostly on the Supraphon (Czech) or Melodiya (Russia) labels. The paper quality feels absolutely sublime on the fingers, and some of these covers are actually stitched together! Just holding these records sends me back in time to my Czech brothers-in-music! These are true mid-century iconic designs.

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Bay Area DJ News: Piklz in San Mateo, Deco All-Star Reunion, DJ Quest @ Carnival, DJ ALF in SF, Skratchpad, Mista B, True Justice

Posted by Billyjam, May 22, 2016 10:05am | Post a Comment

This is a good week for Bay Area fans of hip-hop DJs with lots of must attend turntablist events in the week ahead in the San Francisco Bay Area. These include the return of legendary SF 90s DJ club Deco, DJ Quest (pictured left @ Amoeba) curating a stage at next weekend's Carnival on day two May 29th, and Maryland DJ ALF flying out to SF for various events including the monthly Skratchpad and teaming up with Mista B and others including the aforementioned Quest and Six Kutter and DJ Zobe at DJ 2Fresh's new spot Gallery 1317 for session and screening of Positive Omen (see flyer below for info). Additionally in Bay DJ news long time Bay Area True Justice releasing an album on Paris' label, and the return of the mighty ISP.

The much heralded recent return of the Invisibl Skratch Piklz (ISP) has been taking full effect this weekend with the pioneering Bay Area turntablist crew's reunited members representing at the the Maker Faire in San Mateo. The official reunited ISP lineup, who recorded the new 2016 ISP album The 13th Floor, is the trio of DJ Qbert, Shortkut, and D-Styles who are pictured above this afternoon along with former ISP member Yogafrog who handles more of the business and management areas these days. In fact it is Yogafrog who, along with Qbert and others at their  Thud Rumble company, that masterminded the turntablism meets high-tech collaboration with Intel that landed them a spot at the Maker Faire a year ago exactly.

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Album Picks: Marissa Nadler, Methyl Ethel

Posted by Billy Gil, May 20, 2016 08:53am | Post a Comment

Marissa NadlerStrangers

marissa nadler strangers lpMarissa Nadler’s latest is one of her best yet, adding a little warmth to her haunting rendition of goth-Americana. Whether she’s playing vague with evocative line, as in “Divers of the Dust” (“the waves were screaming/city streets/you look out the window to see/seven lines of stunted trees”), or singing directly, as in “Katie I Know” (“it’s hard to know when to let go/cause I can bury this heart of mine”), Nadler’s words and voice cut deep. Musically, Strangers is a blend of old and new sounds, but the mixture works. “Hungry Is the Ghost” effuses spectral beauty, with slowcore guitars and swelling cosmic sounds, balancing out a song like “Skyscraper,” which is full of spare acoustics and medieval flutes. Though the feel is wintry as per her usual style, “All the Colours of the Dark” is actually one of the sweetest sounding songs Nadler has put to tape, full of genteel fingerpicking, Southern sounding strings and layered organ and piano. Wading through the album’s melancholia, which is pleasurable in its own way, it gives way to the sighing steel guitars of the title track, as well as perhaps her best song yet, “Janie in Love,” in which her swooping, birdsong voice calls out in shudder-inducing beauty, “you’re a natural disaster, and I am watching you blow up everything, you touch and the earth will crumble.” Though bleak, Nadler’s previous albums have never been short of stunning. This time, the music offers not just commiseration but light at the end of the tunnel.

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Hear It First On The Noise Pop Podcast

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, May 18, 2016 04:03pm | Post a Comment

Noise Pop has been championing independent music & culture for over 24 years. Sure, you know they produce the Noise Pop Festival, Treasure Island Music Festival, 20th Street Block Party and more, but did you know they also produce the twice-monthly Noise Pop Podcast?!

The Noise Pop Podcast showcases noteworthy and soon-to-be-buzzing new music. This is required listening for all connoisseurs of new music.

Tune it at noisepop.com/podcast and listen for a special Amoeba.com discount code starting with the May 19th episode!

In the May 19th episode, the Noise Pop podcast takes a look at the glaring absence of female-fronted headliners at Summer music festivals.  Guest Alyssa Pereira of SFGate joins host Adrian Spinelli to discuss what mechanisms are in play that continue to prevent female-fronted acts from gracing the tops of festival bills in both US and Europe. What solutions are there to address this issue? What specific female artists could potentially headline major festivals? Listen in to this episode of the Noise Pop Podcast and find out at noisepop.com/podcast.

Mykki Blanco Amps Anticipation For Debut With Stunning Visual For Lead Track "High School Never Ends (feat. Woodkid)"

Posted by Billyjam, May 18, 2016 03:43pm | Post a Comment

Mykki Blanco "High School Never Ends (feat. Woodkid)" (2016)


This week the always amazing artist Mykki Blanco unveiled the video piece for the track "High School Never Ends (feat. Woodkid)"  off the artist's anticipated upcoming debut album release this summer. Directed by Matt Lambert  the video showcases the uniquely talented, all encompassing artist who effortlessly embraces various mediums.  "No one has seen this side of Mykki Blanco yet, and though The Mykki of "High School Never Ends' is a character, it is the closest to who I actually am and I felt a trust in director Matt Lambert to portray this," said the diversely talented 30 year old artist born Michael David Quattlebaum Jr.  Musician, activist, performance artist and experimentalist are among the descriptions given Mykki Blanco back when the artist was first profiled on the Amoeblog  in October 2014. Entitled Mykki Blanco's Gay Dog Food, the piece profiled the Gay Dog Food mix-tape project that was about to drop later that month. That album included such other artists as Cities Aviv and Riot Grrrl Kathleen Hanna whom Blanco cited, along with such others as GG Allin and Lil Kim,  as a major musical influence.  That previous Amoeblog, which included Blanco's 2012 music video for "Wavvy," also noted how his anticipated official debut album Michael would be released in the following Spring of 2015 release. That didn't happen but the anticipated album is finally coming this summer. The video above was shot in Germany, where Blanco's lived for the past four years, is described as story about outsiders and forbidden love, a "tableaux of love and sexuality explored amid a landscape of migration and community in crisis."

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Radiohead 'Burn the Witch' 7" Lottery Winners

Posted by Amoebite, May 17, 2016 12:32pm | Post a Comment

Radiohead Burn the Witch Lottery Winners

The winners of our Radiohead lottery for the band's extremely limited "Burn the Witch / Spectre" 7" have been notified via email. For privacy's sake, we have not disclosed their full names here.

Winners have until the end of the day on Thursday, May 19th to return to Amoeba and purchase their 7" in person. Per rules set by Radiohead and XL Recordings, this 7" can only be sold in-store and cannot be sold online. If the 7"s are not purchased by the deadline, we will pull another winner and contact them directly via email.

Fans who pre-ordered A Moon Shaped Pool in-store at Amoeba for this lottery can pick up their copy of the new album at Amoeba Hollywood, San Francisco or Berkeley starting June 17th. Be sure to bring your receipt and ID with you. Please note, if you pre-ordered the album online at Amoeba.com, it will be shipped to you like usual.

AMOEBA HOLLYWOOD LOTTERY WINNERS:

Chazz H. Jonathan S. Nicole P.
Elaine C. Jose H. Ryan T.
Hillary M. Joseph G. Sarah G.
Howard B. Ken L. Tim D.
Israel A. Michelle P. Thomas H.

 

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New "What's in My Bag?" Episode with Tim Heidecker & Jonathan Rado

Posted by Amoebite, May 16, 2016 06:47pm | Post a Comment

What happens when Tim Heidecker and Foxygen's Jonathan Rado buy records for each other? Turns out they get a lot of the same stuff. Like Bruce Springsteen's Darkness on the Edge of Town. The only difference? Rado opted for the cheaper, used copy with "some wear" on it, while Heidecker picked out a brand new copy for his partner.

Tim Heidecker In Glendale

Actor, writer, director, and musician Tim Heidecker is probably best known as one half of the comedy duo Tim & Eric. Alongside his musical partner Davin Wood, he has written lyrics and sang on songs featured on Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!. The two teamed up as the '70s soft rock inspired duo Heidecker and Wood, releasing the albums Starting From Nowhere (2011) and Some Things Never Stay the Same (2013). Heidecker and his band The Yellow River Boys also released the album Urinal St. Station on Drag City Records in 2013. In 2016, Heidecker announced his latest album, In Glendale (out May 20) would be released through Jonathan Rado's Jagjaguwar imprint, Rado Records.

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Hip-Hop Rap Up: Homeboy Sandman, Open Mike Eagle, ElZhi, Elucid, Aesop Rock, Mr. Lif, Ghostface Killah

Posted by Billyjam, May 16, 2016 05:20pm | Post a Comment
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1: Homeboy Sandman Kindness For Weakness (Stones Throw) (avail as LP)

2: Open Mike Eagle & Paul White Hella Personal Film Festival  (Mello Music) (LP version)

3: ElZhi Lead Poison (Glow 365)

4:  Aesop Rock The Impossible Kid  (Rhymesayers Ent.)

5: ELUCID Save Yourself (Backwoodz)

With so much amazing music from bygone eras in hip-hop's rich history to listen back to and/or catch up on for the first time, it's easy for hip-hop fans in 2016 to ignore all the new music being made. But to do so is to miss out on some incredible ground breaking music in the still unfolding genre. Simply put contemporary hip-hop is in an incredibly healthy state right now! This I can confirm from recently listening to a stack of new albums, mostly releases of the past few weeks such as the ones listed in the above top five list. On each the production is dope,  but it is the emcees who truly blew me away. Each effortlessly display innovative forward-thinking lyrical finesse coupled with top notch mic delivery skills. 

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HEALTH and YACHT play First Fridays June 3 at L.A.'s Natural History Museum

Posted by Billy Gil, May 16, 2016 04:38pm | Post a Comment

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The last First Fridays of the season happens June 3 at the Natural History Museum in Los Angeles, featuring indie-rock bands HEALTH and YACHT. Amoeba is proud to be a sponsor, and we’ll be on hand with goodies and $20 gift certificates for $10 (limit two per customer).health death magic lp

Tickets for the event are on sale now for $20. Being that this is one of the most high-profile First Fridays this year, you’ll want to get your tickets early!

Headlining the show are L.A. noise-pop band HEALTH, who  rose from the breeding grounds of the scene surrounding The Smell in the ’00s and gained notoriety through various remixes of their songs, including “Crimewave,” as included on Crystal Castlesfirst album. The band also scored the video game Max Payne 3. Their latest album, Death Magic, is their most palatable yet, taking their chaotic aesthetic to festival-stage proportions. Watch the hedonistic “New Coke” video below.

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How Do I Get Radiohead's Limited 'Burn the Witch' 7" Single?

Posted by Amoebite, May 13, 2016 04:00pm | Post a Comment

Radiohead Burn the Witch

Radiohead's long-awaited new album, A Moon Shaped Pool, is out on June 17th. Ahead of the full album, the band is releasing an extremely limited "Burn the Witch" / "Spectre" 7". The 7" contains the first single from the new album, as well as a track originally meant to be the theme song to the James Bond film, Spectre

Quantities of this 7" are very, very limited and demand for it is extraordinarily high. We just found out that we were not allocated as many copies as we ordered. Per the rules set by Radiohead and XL Recordings, this 7" can only be sold in-store and cannot be sold online. So to be as fair as possible, we're handling sales of this 7" differently at Amoeba Hollywood, Amoeba SF, and Amoeba Berkeley.

Fans who wish to purchase the 7" must pre-order Radiohead's new album in-store at Amoeba Hollywood, Amoeba SF, or Amoeba Berkeley beginning Monday, May 16th. You will be entered into a lottery for the chance to own this extremely limited 7". We will contact the winners via email Tuesday, May 17 at 12pm. Winners will need to come into the store to purchase the 7" by the end of the day on Wednesday, May 18th.

What If I Already Pre-Ordered A Moon Shaped Pool on Amoeba.com?

No problem! We'll enter your name into the lottery. However, should your name be drawn, you must be able to come into Amoeba Hollywood, San Francisco or Berkeley by the close of business on Wednesday, May 18th to purchase your copy of the 7".

Album Picks: Nothing, Twin Peaks, Eagulls

Posted by Billy Gil, May 13, 2016 10:07am | Post a Comment

NothingTired of Tomorrow

nothing tired of tomorrow lpPhilly hardcore dudes Nothing dive deep into the shoegaze pool on their latest. Tired of Tomorrow hits hard, with cymbals crashing into textured walls of guitar on opener “Fever Queen.” Their grounding in hardcore gives added oomph to dreamy power-pop tunes like “Vertigo Flowers.” Songs like “A.C.D.” and “Curse of the Sun” recall the best of heavy ’90s alt-rock (pre nu-metal), reminiscent of bands like Helmet and Smashing Pumpkins. Nothing are very indebted in particular to Slowdive and Chapterhouse, but they’re in on the joke — one song is even called “Nineteen Ninety Heaven.” And with touches of violin and piano on ballads like “Everyone Is Happy,” or the Morricone riff and desert sway of “The Dead Are Dumb,” Nothing’s second album is varied and balanced. While some bands remain allergic to distortion since the ’90s, Tired of Tomorrow is a big, fuzzy embrace of distorted anthems.

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Celebrating The Misfits Reunion

Posted by Billyjam, May 12, 2016 11:23pm | Post a Comment

Certain band reunions are a big deal, a real big deal. The surprise return of legendary New Jersey punk band the Misfits with co-founder Glenn Danzig back in the lineup after 33 long years, is one of those big deal band reunions. Hence the excitement upon the announcement that this September the pioneering horror punk band will reunite to play the 2016 Riot Fest in both Chicago and Denver. 1983 was when the group's mainman Glenn Danzig, along with bassist Jerry Only and guitarist Doyle Wolfgang von Frankenstein all played together as the Misfits. Most of the iconic band's legions of diehard fans had given up hope that they ever would get together again in their original lineup. That assumption is totally understandable considering the seemingly iirreconcilable rift between Danzig and former bandmates, especially Only. After Danzig had moved on with Samhain and then band the group Danzig, he and Only were embroiled in drawn out legal battles and law suits that spanned many years, one as recently as just a couple of years ago.

One key legal battle that Only won was being granted the right to perform under the name the Misfits. This he and the band's ever changing lineup did for the past two decades. But, as any true blue Misfits fan will tell you,  it was not really the Misfits without Danzig. Note that a decade back Doyle had joined Danzig during a number of 2004 and 2005 concerts to perform half hour sets of early Misfits songs, something that most figured would be the closest they'd ever experience of a Misfits reunion show.  Hence the excitement among fans upon the announcement that the original Misfits will be back this September with Danzig, Only and Doyle together once again. So far the word is that the surprise reunion of the iconic punk outfit, upon the urging of festival organizers, will be those two Riot Fest dates only, both of which they'll headline. But there's always a change that they do additional shows or maybe even tour.  Regardless diehard fans of  the band are ecstatic with this news and planning trips to the two Riot Fest cities in the first half of September. More info on Riot Fest Denver (Sept 2/3/4) and Riot Fest Chicago (Sept 16/17/18). And below, in celebration of the upcoming Misfits reunion concerts, is a 1983 Misfits show in Boston, MA: the last year of the Misfits original line-up with Glenn Danzig.

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Check Out a New Green Room Session with Indie Folk Singer Julien Baker

Posted by Amoebite, May 12, 2016 01:47pm | Post a Comment

Julien Baker Green Room Session

This spring Memphis singer-songwriter Julien Baker stopped by Amoeba Hollywood to play a selection of songs from her haunting debut album Sprained Ankle. Accompanied only by her guitar, Baker's Green Room Session is a sparse, introspective affair that leaves a lingering sense of hope and melancholy. Her performance calls to mind a young Chan Marshall of Cat Power and evokes the lonely, dusty country roads of the South she calls home.

Baker starts her set with the yearning "Blacktop" then moves into the opening chords of the lovely, redemptive "Rejoice." She closes with the devastating, gorgeous "Something." The arrangements are simple, but the lyrics and themes expressed are anything but.

Julien Baker is on tour in Europe this summer. The latest tour dates and info can be found on her Facebook page.

Julien Baker - Amoeba Green Room Session
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WAX Record Fair Happening May 21-22

Posted by Amoebite, May 11, 2016 04:42pm | Post a Comment

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Capitol Studios celebrates its 60th anniversary with the second annual WAX Record Fair May 21-22 at the iconic Capitol Records Tower in Hollywood. We'll be on hand selling records at our booth, so come on by!

The fair will feature performances alongside a number of record vendors, as well as studio tours, demonstrations and merchandise commemorating the event. It's presented by Tito's Handmade Vodka, Stoughton Printing, Dorado Packaging and Record Collector News. Tickets are $10 at the door for general admission to the outdoor fair, $50 for GA with tour and $100 for VIP.

The following artists will be performing at the show:

Saturday, 5/21 Sunday, 5/22
Mike Watt & the Secondmen Pearl Charles
Milo Gonzalez Howler
War & Pierce Isaac Rother & the Phantoms
Pastilla  Gold Star
   
DJs: DJs:
Girl is Tough (Delicious Vinyl) Innovative Leisure DJs
Slimkid3 (Formerly of The Pharcyde) Luke Top (Fool’s Gold)
Black Shakespeare (The Lions)  
Ned Learner (KXLU)  

The vendors include other independent record stores, record labels and private record dealers. You can see a full list of vendors on the WAX Record Fair site prior to the event. Check back at the WAX site for updates.

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Prince Fondly Remembered By Amoeba Employees

Posted by Amoebite, May 10, 2016 06:51pm | Post a Comment

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Few artists have meant as much to us as Prince has here at Amoeba, and his death has been hard on us, coupled with the passing of David Bowie just months prior. A few of us shared memories of our first Prince albums, seeing him live and what he meant to us beyond the music.

Patrick O’Donnell

It has been tough. Prince has been and always will be a huge part of my life. It's hard 2 put into words the depth of the emotional connection that I made with his music. Over the years I would use his music as a source of strength and joy 2 get through tough times, enhance great times, and just generally inspire me on multiple levels. In addition 2 the music, the man himself has been a huge inspiration 2 me as well. Prince would work his ass off, never give less than 300% and wouldn't settle until he had as close 2 perfection as possible. His standards were impossibly high, his creativity endless and his style impeccable.

I was lucky enough to witness him do his thing on a number of occasions. SO lucky. I've been playing many of those moments over and over in my mind. Every time I saw him was different, unique, surprising and just flat out incredible. During the course of one night, he could work you up into a frenzy of dance, make you laugh and then have you on the verge of tears from the sheer beauty of a song. His talent, his presence and energy were unparalleled. He could play just about any instrument at a virtuoso level. During one show, I saw him play guitar, piano, bass, drums and a saxophone ... FLAWLESSLY. He could hold a note while running across the stage, drop into the splits, pop back up spin around 360 degrees and then jump on top of a piano. ALL IN HIGH HEELS. And he'd do it for four full hours — then, more than likely, play a second and maybe even third show later that night. There is, was and probably will never be again, anything/anyone like him. I really thought I was going to be able to experience him again. R.I.P Mr. Rogers Nelson u will be sorely missed but absolutely NEVER forgotten.

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Prince Vinyl Reissues Coming This Year

Posted by Billy Gil, May 10, 2016 06:15pm | Post a Comment

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Though we're still mourning the passing of Prince, it's welcome news that Warner Bros. will reissue nine of the Purple One's albums on vinyl this year.

prince around the world in a day vinyl lpFirst up is Prince’s seventh album, Around the World in a Day, which comes out July 5. The album followed his hugely successful Purple Rain album and saw Prince experimenting with more psychedelic sounds on songs like “Raspberry Beret.”

Out July 19 is Parade, Prince’s eighth album and soundtrack to the film Under the Cherry Moon. Though the film wasn’t a hit, its soundtrack was, winning him critical acclaim for its minimalist funk jams like “Kiss.”

prince sign o the times vinyl lpDue Aug. 23 is Sign o’ the Times. The double album is considered by many to be Prince’s best, including socially and sexually provocative material, with sped-up vocals representing his female alter ego, Camille, on songs like “If I Was Your Girlfriend.”

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Berkeley City Council Public Hearing To Decide If Amoeba Be Granted Permit for Berkeley Compassionate Care Center (BC3)

Posted by Billyjam, May 10, 2016 01:39pm | Post a Comment

Cue Neil Young's "Tonight's the Night."  Tonight, Tuesday May 10th 2016, at 7pm, in Berkeley CA the City Council will meet for a very important public hearing. There the future direction of Amoeba Berkeley will be determined when it is decided if the longtime East Bay record store, that first opened shop on Telegraph Avenue back in 1990, will be awarded the single new City permit to open and operate the Berkeley Compassionate Care Center (BC3) medical marijuana dispensary. BC3 is one of five finalist applicants at tonight's hearing where community participation is encouraged. All are invited to attend this public hearing in Berkeley at 1222 University Ave. (between Curtis and Bonar). People will begin to arrive at 630pm outside for meeting that begins at 7pm, with dispensary topic scheduled for 8pm and expected to run til 10pm to accommodate speakers from the community.

In case you have not heard or read the many articles written on the topic, for the past four years Amoeba Music Berkeley has been quietly and tirelessly fighting to expand into the area of compassionate care. The goal is to dedicate the jazz room section of the Telegraph Ave. store and transform it into the Berkeley Compassionate Care Center (BC3).  This all hinges on tonight's public hearing for the much coveted, sole permit to be granted from the City of Berkeley. BC3 will face off against four other finalists for the opportunity to, in addition to good music, offer compassionate care. Longtime Berkeley community members familiar with Amoeba's rich history as part of the local cultural fabric, consider BC3 to be the most qualified candidate of the five applicants. 

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NightLife at SF's California Academy of Sciences Presents Chrome Sparks, May 19

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, May 10, 2016 01:30pm | Post a Comment

NightLife at California Academy of Science

Chrome Sparks, NightLife
Chrome Sparks

San Francisco's California Academy of Sciences continues to reinvent Thursday nights as their NightLife summer music series returns. Inspired by science and powered by sound, the Academy transforms itself into an oasis of music and art one night a month for NightLife LIVE 2016.

On Thursday, May 19th, catch a live performance by Chrome Sparks, Jeremy Malvin's synth-heavy dance project, and the opening set of funk and soul-influenced dance tracks from Planet Booty. Additional grooves provided by DJs Dials and King Most.

In between sets, sip on NightLife’s signature beer—Magnolia Aliciella Bitter—brewed using plant types found on the museum’s Living Roof. As you take in cutting-edge exhibits and 38,000 live animals in the world’s greenest museum, you can browse local vendors too. Come visit us at the Amoeba Music pop-up shop! We'll be bringing loads of quality used vinyl so prepare to go crate digging.

Get your tix HERE, and RSVP and invite your friends on Facebook HERE.

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New "What's in My Bag?" Episode with Kid Congo Powers

Posted by Amoebite, May 10, 2016 12:35pm | Post a Comment

Kid Congo Powers What's In My Bag? Amoeba Music

When Kid Congo Powers goes record shopping you can expect he'll find some real gems, especially if he's shopping 45s for DJing. The legendary guitarist and singer, who has been a member of The Cramps, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, and The Gun Club, as well as heading his own band, Kid Congo & The Pink Monkey Birds, was at Amoeba San Francisco recently and we got a chance to check out his stellar finds.

Kid Congo & the Pink Monkey BiardsBorn Brian Tristan in La Puente, California, Kid Congo was a fixture of the LA punk scene, where he met Jeffrey Lee Pierce, with whom he formed what would become The Gun Club. In 1980 he was recruited by The Cramps, when they relocated from New York to Los Angeles, and in 1988 he became a Bad Seed, joining Nick Cave's band, then based in Berlin. In 1997 Kid Congo formed The Pink Monkey Birds, which has been his main project since. The band is currently on tour now, promoting their brand new record, La Araña Es La Vida.

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7 Songs to Celebrate Mothers

Posted by Amoebite, May 9, 2016 03:56pm | Post a Comment

Mothers make music possible. For most of us, the first music to bring melody to our ears is the sound of our mothers singing lullabies to us in the womb or as we fall asleep at night. In honor of Mother’s Day, here are some of our favorite tributes to moms and motherhood.

Pink Floyd – “Mother”

Our friends at Goldenvoice just announced a Coachella-like concert in the desert this fall featuring the Gods of Classic Rock, so it’s only right that we include a couple of songs from those artists in our Mother’s Day tribute. Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters is set to headline day three of the Desert Trip festival with The Who in Indio, Calif., Oct. 9. In 2009 Waters spoke about the inspiration behind Pink Floyd’s song “Mother.” He told Mojo:

"The song has some connection with my mother, for sure, though the mother that Gerald Scarfe visualizes in his drawings couldn't be further from mine. She's nothing like that."

He went on to say: "My mother was suffocating in her own way. She always had to be right about everything. I'm not blaming her. That's who she was. I grew up with a single parent who could never hear anything I said because nothing I said could possibly be as important as what she believed. My mother was, to some extent, a wall herself that I was banging my head against."

For more about the Desert Trip festival in October, visit DesertTrip.com. Ticket sales began today.

 

4hero – “Morning Child”

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Radiohead's 'A Moon Shaped Pool' Out June 17, Up for Preorder

Posted by Billy Gil, May 9, 2016 10:47am | Post a Comment

radioheadRadiohead recently revealed a couple of new songs and then promptly dropped information on the release of their ninth album, A Moon Shaped Pool, which will come out June 17 on LP, limited color vinyl and CD. You can preorder from Amoeba now.

radiohead a moon shaped pool lpHere's a breakdown of what recently went down in the world of Radiohead. First, the band deleted its online presence May 1, leading to speculation about a new album. Then, May 3, the band released a new single and stop-motion animation video, "Burn the Witch," which you can watch below. Then, May 6, the band released another video, from The Master director Paul Thomas Anderson, for the song "Daydreaming." Both songs feature a symphonic sound more in line with guitarist Jonny Greenwood's recent soundtrack work and less like the more digital sound found on the last Radiohead album, The King of Limbs, as well as Thom Yorke's solo work and supergroup project, Atoms for Peace. Then the album was released digitally over this past weekend, and the band announced details for the physical album, which brings us up to speed.

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Bootie SF Among Kesha's Army of Supporters Amidst Artist's Prolonged Legal Woes

Posted by Billyjam, May 7, 2016 07:59pm | Post a Comment

Legal differences between musical artists and their labels or management companies, ones that place their recording and/or performing careers in limbo, are nothing new but they must count among the most frustrating for both artists and their fans. Particularly frustrating are instances in which an artist's creative output is placed on hold, no matter how temporarily. Among pop history's many examples of this is the ongoing nasty legal battle between Kesha Rose Sebert, aka the artist Kesha formerly spelled as Ke$ha, and her former producer Lukasz Gottwald (aka Dr. Luke).

The female vocalist has accused her former longtime producer of  a decade of sexual and verbal abuse. She also filed a lawsuit with Sony to be freed from her exclusive recording agreement. In the ongoing legal proceedings Kesha's lawyer, Mark Gregaros, argued that the artist was forced into a position whereby she cannot work with music producers, publishers, or record labels to release new music. That consequently had spun her career into frozen mode. This in turn led to the formation of the fan-based supportive #FreeKesha movement.

Regardless of who is legally right or wrong, for fans of the pop singer/sometime rapper the legal limbo meant nothing new from their favorite pop star whose releases include Animal, Warrior and Cannibal. But all of that changed recently with a surprise appearance at Coachella last month in which she joined superstar electronic producer/DJ/musician Zedd onstage to perform the title track from his 2015 album True Colors. That was followed two weeks ago with the release of the single of their studio collaboration of "True Colors."

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New Hip-Hop Releases: Drake, ElZhi, Homeboy Sandman, Dilla, Berner, Chuuwee & Trizz

Posted by Billyjam, May 7, 2016 01:35pm | Post a Comment
Top Five New Hip-Hop Albums: 05:06:16

1: Drake VIEWS (Republic)

2: Homeboy Sandman Kindness For Weakness (Stones Throw) (avail as LP)

3: ElZhi Lead Poison (Glow 365)

4: Chuuwee & Trizz  Amerikka's Most Blunted 2 (Below Systems)

5: J Dilla Jay Love Japan (Vintage Vibes) (avail as LP) [Reissue]

"Like a day spent inside someone else’s head," is how Drake's new album VIEWS  (Republic) is summed up in the Amoeba Review of the anticipated album that arrived in Amoeba yesterday. The Canadian star's first official album release since 2013's Nothing Was The Same and first full release since last year's "commercial mixtape" full-length If You're Reading This It's Too Late, VIEWS is already a bonafide commercial hit. The new album may have only dropped yesterday (as physical release but a week earlier as digital via certain outlet) but by midday Friday first week sales figures were released noting how the album was even outselling Beyonce's hugely hyped Lemonade that also arrived in Amoeba yesterday.

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Grimes’ 'Halfaxa' Reissued!

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, May 6, 2016 09:01pm | Post a Comment

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Halfaxa reissue
Grimes, Halfaxa original cover
Halfaxa original artwork

-- By doubleay

Grimes’ 2010 album, Halfaxa, has been reissued by Arbutus Records with new artwork! This is the first of three Grimes’ reissues from Arbutus including her other 2010 albums, Geidi Primes and Darkbloom. Grimes sophomore album, Halfaxa’s original LP release dates back to 2011 and since then her career has seen exponential growth. Grimes (Claire Boucher) has undoubtedly progressed and evolved her sound over the past five years. Her experimental electronic roots have developed into a bubblier electro pop style, like that heard on her most recent release, Art Angels. But as Boucher has moved away from her more experimental sound, she has maintained a unique and radical element to her music, skyrocketing herself to a platform where she is challenging the norms of pop music by reinventing the appealing, melodic genre.

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Album Picks: ANOHNI, Beyonce, Drake, Julianna Barwick

Posted by Billy Gil, May 6, 2016 11:32am | Post a Comment

ANOHNI - Hopelessness

anohni hopelessness lpJust as the artist formerly known as Antony has chosen to go by the name ANOHNI in her personal and professional life, Hopelessness, her debut sans the Johnsons, dramatically refashions the artist’s sound world. With production by Oneohtrix Point Never and Hudson Mohawke, ANOHNI takes her socially conscious lyrics to the world of experimental synth-pop. Read more here.

 

BeyonceLemonade

beyonce lemonade cdOn her bold new album, Beyonce takes on the image of the wounded lover and owns it while continuing to make heartfelt, intelligent pop music of the highest order. As her previous, self-titled album was a vibrant ode to fidelity, Lemonade represents the other side of relationships. Read more here.

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Dilla's Donuts: The Album, The 45 Box Set, and now the Detroit Doughnut/Coffee Shop, Dilla's Delights

Posted by Billyjam, May 4, 2016 11:10pm | Post a Comment

It's been promised for a few years now, but finally this week the uncle of Detroit hip-hop producer/emcee
J Dilla finally opened his coffee shop/doughnut spot Dilla's Delights in the late artist's honor. First reported back in 2013, Herman Hayes said that he wanted to pay tribute to his donut-loving nephew, who released the album Donuts just a few days before his 2006 premature passing at age 32, by opening a coffee/donut retail outlet in the late artist's Michigan hometown. That dream became a reality yesterday when Dilla's "Uncle Herm," who back in the day used to supply his nephew with his all time favorite snack, opened up Dilla's Delights. The downtown Detroit business is located across from the Detroit Opera House and not far from where the late artist born James Yancey once lived. In fact opening day and today were such busy days for the new business that they closed shop early having sold out of all the baked goods. Made in 15 varieties, the Dilla donuts are reportedly made from all organic flour ingredients.

A former baker with the Flint-based Dawn Donuts chain, Hayes has spent the past few years baking and selling the Dilla's Delights donuts via a few select spots such as Detroit's Red Hook Cafe as he awaited all the paperwork to be handled before finally opening up Dilla's Delights.  The new Dilla themed donut spot follows various formats of the Donuts album including the cassette version, the CD version, this year's 10th Anniversary 2LP set, and the popular box set of 45 singles that was released in 2013. Even more recently from Dilla was his latest posthumous album The Diary that showcases his mic skills. The recent Record Store Day LP version of that album sold out instantly but on Friday (May 6th) the Pay Jay vinyl release of The Diary will arrive in Amoeba.

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Shop Amoeba SF's Recently Expanded Brazilian CD Section!

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, May 4, 2016 07:28pm | Post a Comment

Amoeba Music San Francisco has the BEST selection of Brazilian music on CD! From classic artists like Caetano Veloso and Gilberto Gil to younger artists like Ceu and Silva, from MangueBeat from Pernambuco to Blocos from Bahia, Amoeba SF is the place to stock up on your Musica Brasileira!

Amoeba Music San Francisco tem a mais melhor seleção de Musica Brasileira em CD na Bay Area!! De classicos como Caetano e Gil a artistas contemporaneas como Ceu e Karol Conka; de Manguebit pernambucana a blocos da Bahia, Amoeba Music é o lugar para estocar o seu Musica Brasileira!!

Plus, looking to hear some great Brazilian music live in San Francisco? Check out AfroBrazilian Night at Rickshaw Stop on Thursday, May 19th, featuring sets by The Afrofunk Experience, Antonio Guedes, and Batala San Francisco. More info HERE!
 

Amoeba San Francisco's Brazilian Section

Concert Tickets Available for Sale at Amoeba Hollywood in May 2016

Posted by Amoebite, May 2, 2016 05:36pm | 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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New "What's in My Bag?" Episode with Frank Turner

Posted by Amoebite, May 2, 2016 04:23pm | Post a Comment

Frank Turner Amoeba Music What's In My Bag?

"As a music snob I should of course be morally opposed to...greatest hit compilations, but fuck it," says English punk/folk singer Frank Turner, picking up the Elvis Presley collection, Artist Of The Century. Turner, a two time Amoeba Stage performer, had just finished reading Peter Guralnick's two acclaimed Elvis biographies, Last Train to Memphis and Careless Love, and was inspired to properly delve into the legend's music. Thankfully he stopped into Amoeba Hollywood to do his record shopping, and we got a chance to catch up with him and check out his picks.

Frank Turner began his musical career as a member of hardcore punk bands Kneejerk and Million Dead. Following Million Dead's dissolution in 2005, Turner struck out on his own, inspired by his love for country and acoustic music. His first solo EP, Campfire Punkrock, was released a year later. His debut full-length, Sleep Is for the Week, landed in 2007. Since then he has relentlessly toured the US and Europe with a steady stream of studio releases. Turner's most recent album, Positive Songs for Negative People, was released in the summer of 2015.

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