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New Hip-Hop Vinyl: Sammus "Pieces In Space" (Don Giovanni Records)

Posted by Billyjam, October 31, 2016 07:30pm | Post a Comment
              Sammus Pieces In Space LP (Don Giovanni Records) [also avail on CD]

Among the new hip-hop albums on LP/vinyl to arrive into Amoeba this past Friday (10/28) is the recommended Pieces In Space LP (also avail on CD] by supertalented new hip-hopper Sammus. Released by Don Giovanni Records the powerful new album features select guest spots from such artists as Open Mike Eagle, Homeboy Sandman, and Jean Grae who join the Ithaca, NY rapper/producer and PhD student on the 12 song release. A student in the Department of Science & Technology Studies at Cornell University, Sammus (born Enongo Lumumba-Kasongo), manages to find time outside her studies (and gaming) to do shows and record some of the most intelligent and insightful, powerful new hip-hop music out there. While  Pieces In Space is Sammus first big time release with national distribution in place, she's been recording for several years now via Bandcamp and self released limited run CDs and all under the hip-hop subgenre known as nerdcore. Scroll down to see videos both off the new album and from the past four years. As we well know, hip-hop has always been a gender-unbalanced genre. But when further broken into specific hip-hop/rap subgenres, such as nerdcore, that unbalanced ratio of female to male artists is even greater. Hence why Sammus and her new album Pieces In Space is such a welcome addition to hip-hop. Generally nerdcore artists tends to be male and white, while Sammus is an African American woman. She is not the first or the only one but is among the small number of females in the hip-hop subgenre's decade and a half history. Shubzilla is a current example as is MC Random, while retired artist and the self-proclaimed female nerdcore pioneer MC Router was another.

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New Hip-Hop Vinyl: Apollo Brown & Skyzoo "The Easy Truth" (Mello Music Group")

Posted by Billyjam, October 30, 2016 01:22pm | Post a Comment
 Apollo Brown & Skyzoo The Easy Truth LP (Mello Music Group) [also avail on CD]

Among the new arrivals in Amoeba's hip-hop LP crates this week (10/28) is the vinyl version of the highly recommended Apollo Brown and Skyzoo collaboration The Easy Truth. album (since Sept. 30 avail on CD).  Released by Mello Music Group, with whom Apollo Brown is a resident producer, The Easy Truth  is an amazingly tight new hip-hop album that packs a lot of flavor including bringing back that old New York hip-hop, back when New York hip-hop and Nas ruled the world.  Brooklyn emcee Skyzoo's flow and engaging storytelling style, sprinkled with lots of NYC references, is perfectly complimented by the deep soul layered touch of seasoned producer Apollo Brown. We already know that the revered Detroit producer's instrumentals alone make for incredible albums. But even better is when Apollo Brown joins forces with carefully chosen emcee talents, as proven by his myriad of past collaborations up until working with Skyzoo. These have included Ghostface Killah, Ras Kass, Planet Asia, O.C., Guilty Simpson, and Verbal Kent & Redpill: the latter two with whom he records as Ugly Heroes with their latest release been the June 2016 Everything In Between LP. (also on CD). 

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Five Supernatural-Supreme Flicks for All Hallows' Eve

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, October 28, 2016 04:55pm | Post a Comment

7 Faces of Dr. Lao

-- By Kai Wada Roath
Ambassador of Confusion Hill and host of the Super Shangri-La Show


Tis’ the season for kicking your feet up on the thrift store ottoman, sipping a small glass of slightly chilled port, and sniffing the pumpkin seeds burning in the oven while watching a spooky-mooky old flick on the tube. Here are my humble suggestions of five “fine” viewing pleasures that one may acquire in the glorious horror movie aisle of your favorite music store.

The Gorgon (1964), Directed by Terence Fisher
The GorgonHey, wait…those aren’t green dreadlocks?!
Set in the year 1910, a Gorgon decides to take a lil’ vacation from Greece and hangs out in an abandoned castle of a small German village where she gets her kicks getting the locals “stoned.” Can the Scooby Doo super-duo of Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing defeat this reptilian-haired problem? I mean really, these guys can pretty much defeat anything…including each other.

Here is a quote from the film that I plan on using the next time my Uncle Fred (who practices astral-projection in Mexico) pokes fun at me for my love of collecting Bigfoot tracks and ghost hunting...

Dr. Namaroff (aka my Uncle Fred): “We are men of science. I don't believe in ghosts or evil spirits, and I don't think you do either.” 

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Thizz Nation Reissues Mac Dre’s "Ronald Dregan - Dreganomics" and "Genie of the Lamp"

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, October 27, 2016 03:29pm | Post a Comment

Mac Dre, Dreganomics-- By doubleay

Two LP’s from the deceased Bay Area rap pioneer, Mac Dre, receive vinyl reissues.

A list of famed Bay Area hip-hop acts typically includes artists along the lines of E-40, B-Legit, Too $hort, or MC Hammer. While renowned for the success of their music careers, none of them have inspired and influenced hip-hop in the way Vallejo’s Mac Dre has. Born in 1970, Mac Dre established himself among California rap phenomena like Tupac Shakur, NWA, Warren G, and the aforementioned Bay Area veterans in the early '90s. The unique sound, style, and story-telling heard in his music met with his prison-taught business savvy, led him to conquer the Bay Area rap scene, but it was his unapologetic dedication to remain true to himself that propelled him to establish himself beyond.

Mac Dre - “California Livin’” (1993)

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J Dilla, Mac Dre, A Tribe Called Quest & Souls of Mischief among Kevin Durant's Crate Digging Finds @ Amoeba Music Berkeley

Posted by Billyjam, October 26, 2016 08:21pm | Post a Comment


Kevin Durant's Hip-Hop Picks @ Amoeba Music


1: A Tribe Called Quest Midnight Marauders (Jive)

2: Mac Dre  The Genie of The Lamp (Thizz Nation)
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Ronald Dregan: Dreganomics (Thizz Nation)

3: Souls Of Mischief 93 Til Infinity (Jive)

4: J Dilla Donuts (Stones Throw)

5: Ol' Dirty Bastard Return To The 36 Chambers   (Get On Down)

 
As reported here, over this past weekend newly signed Golden State Warriors member Kevin Durant hit the streets to explore his newly adopted home of the Bay Area. The NBA star's Bay exploration, inspired by tips from Warriors fans who responded to KD's online requests for suggestions of things to do in the Bay, included a shopping spree at Amoeba Music Berkeley where his crate diggin' resulted in picking up some Mac Dre and Souls Of Mischief, among many others. And note that all of the picks were on vinyl since Kevin Durant is a serious record collector with a steadily growing vinyl library.

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A Super Shangri-La Show Spectacular Halloween Double Feature, October 28

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, October 26, 2016 06:34pm | Post a Comment

William Castle, 13 Ghosts

-- By Brett Stillo

Halloween weekend is upon us, and what better way to start things off than with a cinematic ghost hunt in an old, haunted San Francisco theater.

The Super Shangri-La Show, hosted by the intrepid Kai Wada Roath, is more than a movie night atHouse your neighborhood theater. It is an exploration of the uncanny through the medium of cinema. Week after week, Roath takes his audience on a quest for myths, monsters, witchcraft, and lost civilizations inside a haunted movie theater -- the historic Balboa Theatre in the Outer Richmond. The Super Shangri-La Show is like a live-action version of the old Leonard Nimoy television program In Search Of, with Roath acting as a paranormal guide through a lost world of Drive-In and B-Movie monstrosities such as The Legend of Bogey Creek, The Devil’s Rain, Atlantis: The Lost Continent, and The Legend of Hell House, just to name a few.

Friday night’s double feature offers an ectoplasmic spectrum of haunted house stories. 13 Ghosts is a classic 1950’s spook show courtesy of legendary showman William Castle. Castle was notorious for the outrageously wacky gimmicks he built into his movies and 13 Ghosts is no exception. When the film was released in 1960, audience members were issued special filtered “ghost goggles” to view the cinematic poltergeists on the big screen thanks to a Castle-contrived process called “Illusion-O!”

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Strangelove Celebrates Dia De Los Muertos in SF, November 4

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, October 25, 2016 06:10pm | Post a Comment

On Friday, November 4th long-standing San Francisco Goth dance night Strangelove honors those who have passed by celebrating Dia de los Muertos at The Cat Club (at Folsom and 8th Street). Dance to the best of Dark Electro, Industrial, New Wave, and Goth with DJs Tomas Diablo (Villainy - R.I.P.), Sage (Dark Sparkle - R.I.P.), Daniel Skellington (Witching Hour - R.I.P.), and Keyz (Club Circuitry - R.I.P.). Partake in some macabre Day of the Dead fun with free face painting and pinata smashing for frightfully good prizes like a gift certificate from Amoeba, a Strangelove t-shirt, and a pair of tickets to see Peter Hook & The Light at the Fillmore on Saturday, November 5th! There will also be an altar to the dead and you are invited to contribute a picture of a deceased loved one (or deceased loved celebrity).

Admission is just $5 before 10pm and $8 after that. 21+ only.

Strangelove, San Francisco, Day of the Dead, Dia de los Muertos

New "What's in My Bag?" Episode with Silversun Pickups

Posted by Amoebite, October 25, 2016 05:23pm | Post a Comment

Silversun Pickups at Amoeba Hollywood

"I've always wanted to own this record and I don't know why I don't," says Brian Aubert of Silversun Pickups as he's holding up Adore Life, the sophomore album by Savages. Brian goes on to recall seeing the UK post-punk group perform at Coachella and having their "faces completely melted off." Brian, along with the rest of Silversun Pickups - Nikki Monninger, Joe Lester, and Christopher Guanlao - went shopping at Amoeba Hollywood recently and found an eclectic mix of rock, hip hop, ska, electronic, and lots of soundtracks.

Named after a liquor store across the street from the Silverlake Lounge, LA-based indie four-piece Silversun Pickups formed in 2000. The band's fanbase grew thanks to the release of the Pikul EP (2005), their first for Dangerbird Records. Their debut full-length, Carnavas, appeared in stores a year later and a series of high-profile touring gigs with OK Go, Kaiser Chiefs, and Snow Patrol exposed them to new audiences in the U.S. and Europe.

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Amoeba Music Berkeley Among Premier Bay Area Destinations For New Golden State Warriors Star Kevin Durant

Posted by Billyjam, October 24, 2016 03:30pm | Post a Comment
New Bay Area resident and recently signed Golden State Warriors star Kevin Durant spent the weekend exploring (and seemingly loving) the Bay with premier destinations including a visit to Amoeba Music in Berkeley. See pictures from KD's adventures around the Bay.

Online posts to Reddit and Twitter last week asking for tips on what to do in his newly adapted Bay Area home, including suggestions on "dope record stores," resulted in the NBA star doing some crate digging at the East Bay Amoeba store on Telegraph Ave. where he was joined by popular Bay Area hip-hop artist Sage The Gemini. Both are pictured in a photo Durant posted to his Twitter account over the weekend. And last night the music loving/BART-riding basketball star, who is on the cover of the new (Nov. 3) issue of Rolling Stone, was up front in the mosh pit at the Kanye West concert in Oakland where he got mobbed by fans and shouted-out by Yeezy from onstage.

In July the 28-year old MVP award winner made headlines when he announced he would leave Oklahoma City Thunder to sign a lucrative $54.3 million 2 year contract with the Warriors, with a player option after the first year. His signing to join the Oakland based team with fellow NBA superstar Steph Curry gave the Golden State Warriors one of the greatest starting lineups in NBA history. With the new 2016-17 NBA season kicking off this week, KD has finally fully relocated to the Bay Area and begun to familiarize himself with the area, with a little help from his fans.  On Thursday he went on Reddit posting,  "Its KD. New to the area, still tryin' to get my feet wet and want to know what places in The Bay to check out...." In a separate post he noted how he's into music shopping, asking about,  "Any dope record stores … you would suggest?" A few days earlier he had sent out a similar request via his Twitter account when he Tweeted, "Getting familiar with my new city. Tell me what I’m going to love most about The Bay." Both requests resulted in him being inundated with suggestions, many of them mentioning Amoeba Music in San Francisco and Berkeley. "If you haven't been to Amoeba Music it's a great spot for diggin' vinyl of all genres," suggested one fan while another suggested SFMOMA, the Museum of African Diaspora, and checking out visiting Chicago artist Chance The Rapper's Bay Area appearances over the weekend.
 

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GQ Style’s Vinyl Jazz Bundle

Posted by Amoebite, October 23, 2016 07:40pm | Post a Comment

In the Holiday issue of GQ Style (on newsstands now), photographer Christian Weber photographed ten of the greatest living jazz musicians for an epic portfolio. To celebrate, we’ve bundled this exclusive set of LPs representing every artist in the shoot. It’s 11 albums in total, all on speaker-melting vinyl. At checkout, enter the code GQSTYLE15 to receive 15 percent off the retail price of $305.78.

Chick Corea "Vigil" Chick Corea - Vigil (2013) [180 Gram Vinyl, 2 LP Set] - $36.98

With Flying Lotus and his ilk busy making fusion cool again, 2013 was a good time for Chick Corea to revive his flashy '70s aesthetic. The Vigil should've been a breakthrough that year: From its proggy, groove-driven themes right down to the unabashedly grandiose cover art—which depicts Corea as a questing knight much like the one that adorned Romantic Warrior, a 1976 album by his high-flying supergroup Return to Forever—the album feels like a rediscovered crate digger's treasure.
Roy Haynes "We Three" Roy Haynes - We Three (1959) - $24.98

Bay Area Record Fair, November 6

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, October 23, 2016 07:21pm | Post a Comment

This year the Bay Area Record Fair (aka BARF) brings together the best and brightest in local music from around the Bay Area to the Swedish American Hall on Sunday, November 6th. Their celebration of the local music scene and the people who help make it happen welcomes over 30 independent record labels (Alternative TentaclesMelters, Death Records, Fat Wreck Chords, Father/Daughter, Empty Cellar...just to name a few) providing hours of browsing and buying enjoyment for you! The event is FREE and starts at noon, but you can get a jump on the crate digging at 11:00am with an early bird ticket for just $5! Get those early bird tickets HERE.


Besides browsing the bins and kibitzing with local label folks, there will be guest DJs spinning throughout the day, plus two huge prize packs being raffled off including Different Fur studio time, a U-Turn Audio turntable, Vinyl Me, Please subscriptions, Meze Headphones, SF Guitarworks guitar setup, Pirates Press credit, and more! Check out your raffle ticket buying options HERE. See you at the Fair!
 

Bay Area Record Fair, BARF

Amoeba Hollywood Carries New Selection of Modern Board Games

Posted by Amoebite, October 20, 2016 06:43pm | Post a Comment

Amoeba Music, Board Games- By Chris Curtis

A home entertainment considered completely outmoded or obsolete by the mainstream public re-emerges after years of neglect into newfound popularity. Sounds like the story of the vinyl LP, right? Well, it is, but it’s also the story of an even older recreation that may seem passé in today’s high-tech world. The board game, which dates back at least to Ancient Egypt, has made a dramatic comeback in recent years. But in most cases, it’s not old games being revived. Rather, hundreds of new titles are being produced annually by both established companies and upstart indies, many via crowdfunding. It’s been said we’re living through the Golden Age of Boardgames, and while other artforms may have had their best days behind them, it’s inspiring to see a craft refining itself and getting objectively better.

The ball got rolling for modern games in the mid-'90s with a German game called Settlers of Catan. It gained worldwide popularity, and impressed many with its ease of play and elegant and efficient game mechanics. For Americans, who had grown up on luck-based roll-the-dice-and-move games, Catan and other “Eurogames” showed that gameplay could be more strategic yet still light and casual. Interest was stoked by word-of-mouth and the internet, and by the early 2000s American game designers and manufacturers were taking note, and responding with strong titles of their own. Designers from around the world increasingly jumped into the creative arena, with Japan especially producing many outstanding games.

What specifically makes modern games (or “Designer” games - so-called because the creator’s name is Amoeba Music, Board Gamesusually on the box) different than games we’re accustomed to? Very few function like Monopoly, where the player is constant victim to the whims of the dice and board, landing on a space and following instructions. Many have no dice at all and some involve only cards or tiles. Usually, players will have at least one meaningful decision to make every time their turn comes up, so strategy plays a greater role. Themes are often fanciful or historical, which can make the game more immersive, especially with well-designed components and artwork. Designer games are often less cut-throat and confrontational than games like Sorry. They avoid player elimination (i.e., you go bankrupt and must sit out the remainder of the game) and typically keep the running time under an hour or so with less downtime. Many games can be played in 20 minutes or less, which make them easier to fit into contemporary schedules.

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New Video for Kool Keith & MF Doom's "Super Hero" Collaboration from "Feature Magnetic"

Posted by Billyjam, October 20, 2016 04:12pm | Post a Comment

Kool Keith "Super Hero (feat. MF Doom) from Feature Magnetic  (Mello Music Group, 2016)

Today two of hip-hop's most innovative artists, Kool Keith and MF Doom (aka DOOM), published the music video for their excellent collaborative track "Super Hero." The booming bass track, which is produced by Kool Keith under the alias  Number One Producer, is found on his recent Mello Music Group release  Feature Magnetic (also avail in LP/vinyl format). Meantime the brand new accompanying music video above is directed by Kris Merc for Aardman Nathan Love Animation Studio, and interestingly does not include either of the artists in person in the production.  As such it is accurately described by its makers as a non-stop quick-mix cascade of,  "infinite GIFs, incredible models of DOOMs mask and Black Elvis wigs, Doc Oct surgeries, and space flights." The video's futuristic Sci-Fi visuals are the perfect match for Doom's persona and Keith's left-field, stream of consciousness, comic-book inspired lyrics that reference such things as drinking tea with the X-Men watching chicks with D-cups, eating shrimp, and driving monster truck Lamborghini's.

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Eclectic, Non-Commercial, Listener Supported, UC Berkeley Radio Station KALX 90.7FM Currently Holding Its Fall Fundraiser

Posted by Billyjam, October 19, 2016 05:32pm | Post a Comment
Casual radio listeners, conditioned to judging a station's format by whatever they hear upon first tuning in, sure must be dumbfounded if they ever stumble upon KALX at 90.7FM on their radio dial. Because at any given time you never know what kind of music you might hear on the eclectic, non-commercial, UC Berkeley listener sponsored radio station, currently holding their Fall Fundraiser.  For example in one freeform music hour over this past weekend the diverse music mix shifted through varying genres, decades and BPMs. Tracks off such new albums as De La Soul's recommended hip-hop release and the Anonymous Nobody...(also on LP) and LA rock-cellist Helen Money's (Alison Chesley) Become Zero on Thrill Jockey  got played alongside such previous era releases as the 2002 album Thought for Food (Tomlab) by "folktronic" duo The Books, and the early 1970's pop rock, doobie themed hit "One Toke Over the Line" by Brewer & Shipley. And it all flowed together perfectly thanks to the DJ on the air: Alisa, Queen of the Cowbell. It was the final hour of the always excellent and enlightening longtime KALX DJ's biweekly, Friday night, 9:30pm to midnight, slot that she alternates with Berkestir. Both are among the volunteer roster of gifted DJs on the East Bay radio station that has long championed eclecticism in its programming.

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Avant-Garde Music Collection Arrives at Amoeba Hollywood October 22

Posted by Amoebite, October 18, 2016 12:09pm | Post a Comment

Avant-Garde CD Sale

We are very excited to announce that we've acquired the amazing CD collection of LA Free Music Society member Juan Gomez! This one-of-a-kind collection will be on display and available for sale at Amoeba Hollywood starting Saturday, October 22nd. Juan's collection leans toward the catalog of mindfully experimental artists with classical influence, with many obscure releases and long out-of-print titles among the assemblage. It features over 700 pieces, including hard-to-find gems from artists such as Philip Glass and Olga Neuwirth, as well as labels Kairos, ECM New Series, Wergo, and Neos.

Avant-Garde Music Collection at Amoeba Hollywood

Los Angeles Free Music SocietyJuan Gomez, as an early adapter and member of the improvisational LAFMS collective, has always had an interest in contemporary music of all kinds. His taste for modernism also drew him into the musical landscape of 20th century avant-garde composers and thus inspired his interest in collecting their recordings early on. As a young man, the recordings he experienced at his local library of Arnold Schoenberg, Karlheinz Stockhausen, and John Cage helped to strongly influence his music buying tastes.

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New "What's in My Bag?" Episode with Alessia Cara

Posted by Amoebite, October 17, 2016 04:41pm | Post a Comment

Alessia Cara What's In My Bag? Amoeba Music

Canadian R&B/pop singer and songwriter Alessia Cara was recently at Amoeba Hollywood looking for some cool new records and we got a chance to chat with her for our "What's In My Bag?" series. Take, for instance, Amy Winehouse's debut album, Frank, which is one of Cara's all-time favorite albums. "It's just a really interesting mixture of jazz and hip hop." The first track, "Stronger Than Me," especially stood out to Cara. "The entire album is beautiful, I love it," she says. 

Alessia Cara began her career by performing covers of popular songs on YouTube. She attracted the attention of Def Jam, who released her official debut single, "Here," in 2015. Her debut full-length studio album, Know-It-All, appeared later that year, with "Here" landing the singer her first top-five Billboard single.

That same year, she made her first appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. In 2016, she took home the award for Breakthrough Artist of the Year at the Juno Awards. After touring with Coldplay in the first half of 2016, she then embarked on her own solo headlining tour of North America. She was nominated for the BET Awards 2016 Best New Artist and the American Music Awards 2016 New Artist of the Year.

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Lady Gaga Early Sale & Listening Party at Amoeba Hollywood October 20

Posted by Amoebite, October 17, 2016 03:53pm | Post a Comment

Lady Gaga Joanne Early Sale and Listening Party at Amoeba Hollywood

Lady Gaga's new album, Joanne, is officially out on Friday, October 21st but we're giving you the chance to buy it early at Amoeba Hollywood's listening party! Join us on Thursday, October 20th at 8pm to purchase Joanne, enjoy tasty treats, and take home special gifts with purchase, including Joanne beer koozies, posters, and stickers (while supplies last). Plus, we'll be playing the new album in its entirety!

Joanne will be available for sale on regular and deluxe edition CD in-store only at Amoeba Hollywood starting at 8pm until we close at 11pm.

Can't make it to our early sale? You can pre-order Joanne on CD or deluxe edition CD online from Amoeba.com (and it'll ship FREE to the U.S.) or stop by our stores on Friday, October 21st when it's out worldwide. 

Bay Area fans, be sure to visit Amoeba San Francisco and Amoeba Berkeley on release day to pick up your copy of the album and take home Joanne koozies and posters with purchase - while they last!

Lady Gaga Joanne Early Sale and Listening Party at Amoeba Hollywood

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Sidewalk Sale at Amoeba Hollywood Saturday, October 22

Posted by Amoebite, October 17, 2016 11:29am | Post a Comment

Sidewalk Sale at Amoeba Hollywood

Amoeba Hollywood's next Sidewalk Sale is Saturday, October 22 from 12pm - 4pm, right outside the store. It's your chance to score huge deals on music, movies, books, comics and more!

  • DVD box sets: 2 for $8
  • DVDs: $2 each or 3 for $5
  • Blu-ray: $4 each or 3 for $10
  • CDs: buy 1 get 1 [of equal or lesser value] free
  • Freshly stocked 45s: 2 for $1
  • Great deals on magazines, comics, books, toys & T-shirts
  • $1 LPs & much more!

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

Sidewalk Sale at Amoeba Hollywood

Hip-Hop Rap Up: Kamaliyah Braves Storm @ Treasure Island, Cypress Hill 25th Anniversary Skull, Mr. Lif & L'Orange Collaboration +more

Posted by Billyjam, October 16, 2016 05:20pm | Post a Comment
New Hip-Hop Arrivals @ Amoeba Oct 14th 2016

1: Mr Lif & L'Orange The Life & Death Of Scenery (Mello Music Group)

2: Swet Shop Boys Cashmere (Customs Records) (aval as LP)

3:  Derek Minor Reflection (E1 Music)

4: Wax Tailor By Any Beats Necessary  CD (LAB Records Ltd.) (avail as 2LP)

5: Grand Tapestry Grand Tapestry (Grand Tapestry)


Five-Star Vinyl Reissue of the Week:
Licensed To Ill:30 Year Anniversary LP The Beastie Boys (Def Jam/Columbia)

Upcoming Week Release Top Pick:
Cypress Hill 25th Anniversary Skull

This week's new releases include the Swet Shop Boys Cashmere (avail also on vinyl/ LP),  Derek Minor's Reflection, and the self-titled release Grand Tapestry. Also just arrived in Amoeba is Wax Tailor's By Any Beats Necessary  The producer's new full-length, that is also avail as 2LP set, features the advance single "Worldwide (feat. Ghostface Killah)."  Released by LAB Records Ltd.and filed under either electronic dance or hip-hop, and features such other guests as the emcees Rashaan Ahmad and RA The Rugged Man

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New Vinyl Diggin: Beastie Boys, Boom Bip, MF Doom, Drake, Kool Keith, Fela Kuti, PUTS, Roc Marciano, Miles Davis, Steve Miller Band +

Posted by Billyjam, October 14, 2016 07:21pm | Post a Comment
2016 Metal Face Records vinyl reissue of Operation: Doomsday : MF Doom's 1999 solo debut


Turns out that all those 'return of the record' stories over the past number of years were quite accurate. Records are back, and in a big way. Between new releases and reissues there's an increasing stream of new vinyl pressings dropping each and every week: from the majors as well as the indie labels who spearheaded this vinyl renaissance. Record Store Day also gets some credit for this resurgence in popularity. Note that this year's Record Store Day (coming up on November 25th) is rumored, as per a Reddit leak this week, to include new RSD vinyl exclusives from such artists as Run-D.M.C., Rudy Ray Moore, The Sugarhill Gang, The Stooges, Prince, Sun Ra, UGK, and The Kinks. But in the six weeks until then, there's no shortage of new vinyl releases getting released every Friday.

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Watch an Amoeba Green Room Session with Lucy Dacus

Posted by Amoebite, October 13, 2016 12:04pm | Post a Comment

Lucy Dacus Green Room Session Amoeba Music

We recently had the pleasure of hearing 21-year old singer/songwriter Lucy Dacus' insightful and honest songs in an intimate setting for our Green Room Sessions at Amoeba Hollywood. Dacus and her band's subtle instrumental pulse was the perfect backing for her beautiful and pure vocals.

Lucy Dacus No Burden Amoeba MusicRichmond, VA native Lucy Dacus has achieved a very rapid rise to success this year, including a recent nod from vice presidential candidate Tim Kaine. Originally intending to become a filmmaker, Dacus decided to take some time off of school to record her debut, No Burden. What was at first a casual release to be put up on Bandcamp, the album sparked a bidding war which ultimately landed her on Matador, who has re-released No Burden and will be backing her next project. In the meantime Dacus and her band have been tirelessly touring the country, with upcoming dates in Europe.

Dacus starts off our Green Room Session with "I Don't Wanna Be Funny Anymore," the catchy first track off No Burden. Her playful vocals glide over the staccato strumming of a lone guitar before the rest of the band comes in with a Strokes-like attitude. Next is "Troublemaker Doppelganger." With its low-rumble swaggering the song builds to a frenetic beat and ultimately a cathartic and soulful last refrain. The band ends by playing the fragile and understated and atmospheric "Dream State."

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Crate Diggers Record Fair Returns to Los Angeles October 22

Posted by Amoebite, October 11, 2016 12:50pm | Post a Comment

Crate Diggers LA 2016

Amoeba Music is proud to sponsor the Crate Diggers record fair, happening Saturday, October 22nd at Lot 613 in downtown LA. 30+ vendors from all over Southern California will be on hand with a ton of great vinyl in all genres of music. Plus, there will be live DJ sets by some of LA's finest providing the soundtrack for your dig. Once the record fair ends at 6pm, it turns into an after party going from 8pm to 4am. The record fair and the after party are free, but you must be 21+ to attend.

What: Crate Diggers Record Fair

When: Saturday, October 22 12pm-6pm, followed by the After Party 8pm - 4am

Where: Lot 613 (613 Imperial St. Los Angeles, CA 90021)

Daytime Record Fair DJs: Nighttime After Party DJs:
Daniel T (Dublab, Distant Works) 
Clifton aka DJ Soft Touch (Funky Sole) 
Xica Soul (Cookie Crew)
Stacy Christine (Shits & Giggles)
Force Placement (Black Lodge)
Lyndon Hill (LA)
Rick Wade (Harmonie Park, Rush Hour)
Zernell (Grimy Edits, Crate Diggers)
Special Headliner TBA

Zernell

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New "What's in My Bag?" Episode with Modern Baseball

Posted by Amoebite, October 10, 2016 06:14pm | Post a Comment

Modern Baseball What's In My Bag? Amoeba Music

We recently learned here at Amoeba Hollywood that Philly pop-punk rockers Modern Baseball are real cinephiles. On their recent visit to the store the boys picked up some classic DVDs and Blu-rays, like Paul Blart: Mall Cop, starring Kevin James. "This is a great mix of physical humor and...themes of the modern mall," says drummer Sean Huber, before surprising everyone in the room with his knowledge of the fictional mall's inspiration, The Willowbrook Mall, outside of West Orange, NJ. It turns out guitarist Brendan Lukens is a huge Spielberg fan, not only picking up the 30th anniversary edition of Close Encounters of the Third Kind and the Indiana Jones: The Complete Adventures box set, but also the vinyl soundtrack to his personal favorite, Jurassic Park. The band had lots of cool picks and tons of laughs as they revealed what else was in their bags.

Modern Baseball Holy GhostModern Baseball formed when Brendan Lukens and Jake Ewald were still in high school. Originally an acoustic duo, after the two friends relocated to Philadelphia for college they met drummer Sean Huber and bassist Ian Farmer, solidifying the band's current lineup. The band got their start playing house shows around Drexel University, where Ewald was a student. In 2012, they released their first album, Sports, which was recorded at Drexel.

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Six Weezer Vinyl Reissues on the Way

Posted by Amoebite, October 10, 2016 05:53pm | Post a Comment

Weezer Vinyl Reissues

This fall marks the twentieth anniversary of Weezer's Pinkerton album, a touchstone in the band's catalog. Fittingly, perhaps, the LP was finally certified platinum last month. Now, with their sophomore album reaching bona fide classic status, the timing seems right for Geffen to dust off the band's first six releases and give them the 120-gram vinyl reissue treatment. The new pressings are due for an October 28th release, but until then, take a peak at our roundup of what makes each one special.

Blue Album


Weezer (Blue Album)

Weezer's legendary 1994 debut was recorded by Ric Ocasek at Electric Lady Studios in New York. The LP features beloved tracks like "Buddy Holly," "Say It Ain't So," and "Undone - The Sweater Song."

Pinkerton

Pinkerton

Voyager Golden Record: 40th Anniversary Edition -- Intergalactic Mix Tape

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, October 9, 2016 06:50pm | Post a Comment

Voyager Golden Record

Have you ever dreamed about communicating with extraterrestrials in a galaxy far, far away? How about making a mixed tape for them? This is essentially what astronomer, astrophysicist, and author Carl Sagan did with his Voyager Golden Record 40 years ago.

In 1977, NASA launched Voyager I and II into outer space with Sagan’s record mounted to each in hopesVoyager Golden Record: 40th Anniversary Edition that one day the interstellar message would be received by an alien civilization. These records contain the history of mankind in audio: music of many cultures and eras, sounds of Earth (volcanoes, earthquake, frogs, birds, heartbeat, laughter, train, Saturn 5 Lift-off…), greetings in 55 languages, whale greetings, and much more (even images encoded in analog).

We may never know if the album was received by our extraterrestrial neighbors, but now YOU can experience this amazing document of Earth for the first time ever! In celebration of Voyager’s 40th anniversary in 2017, The Voyager Golden Record is being reissued for human enjoyment thanks to a team up between Boing Boing editor David Pescovitz, graphic designed Lawrence Azerrad, and Amoeba Music San Francisco’s own Timothy Daly. The only way to get one is to participate in the Voyager Golden Record: 40th Anniversary Edition Kickstarter campaign, which ends on October 20, 2016.

The cloth-covered box set will house three heavyweight translucent gold vinyl records. The LPs will Voyager Golden Record: 40th Anniversary Editioncontain the same music, greetings, and sounds as contained on the original Voyager Golden Record, which is nearly two hours of audio (see the complete track list below). The box set includes a hardbound book of images from the original interstellar message, photos of the planets returned to Earth from the Voyager probes, essays, and ephemera from the project's history.
 

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Behind The Scenes With Con Brio: Interview with Ziek McCarter

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, October 9, 2016 04:00pm | Post a Comment

Con Brio

By Dominique Gomez
Photos by Sarah Felker
This article also appears on DoTheBay


Con Brio is the modern musical excellence where funk meets soul. These Bay Area locals have developed not only a name for themselves in music but a name for music in the Bay Area. After a rigorous tour over the past year, hitting all the biggest venues and festivals throughout the world, Con Brio will find themselves headlining at the UC Theatre in Berkeley on October 14th, 2016 with Kev Choice and Kuchaw. Enter to win a pair of tickets to this show with DoTheBay HERE!

At the young age of 24, frontman Ziek McCarter rallies the masses with his desirably alluring vocals and Con Briounbelievably talented moves. His musical story began when he, officially, moved from Texas to San Francisco at just 18 years old. Surrounded by the enchantment that is of the Fillmore District, McCarter quickly found his way into the music scene ever so naturally due to his profound talent and stage presence.

Right out of their rehearsal space in Oakland, previously owned by a woodshop, DoTheBay's Sarah Fleker shot photos of the band in their natural element while we got on the phone with McCarter to get a closer look at one of the Bay Area's local heroes.

You moved to SF from Texas when you were 18, right?
Yes.

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Our Picks for the Week's Must-Have Vinyl Reissues

Posted by Amoebite, October 6, 2016 05:12pm | Post a Comment

Vinyl Reissues

It's a good week to revisit some old favorites, with a slew of new vinyl reissues hitting the shelves at Amoeba on October 7th. From SoCal pop-punk to Britpop icons, here are our top picks for the reissues you'll want to add to your record collection.

Good Vibrations

The Beach Boys

A couple classics from the preeminent purveyors of '60s era sunshine pop are getting all spiffed up as special edition reissues. In honor of the track's 50th anniversary Good Vibrations is coming out as a 12" EP on sunburst vinyl and Surfer Girl gets a stereo issue on audiophile quality 200 gram vinyl.

Blink-182 Vinyl Box Set

Blink-182

Three Decades Into His Illustrious, Prolific Rap Career: E-40 Prepares To Drop New Two Album Set: "The D-Boy Diary Books 1 & 2"

Posted by Billyjam, October 5, 2016 04:35pm | Post a Comment

E-40 has enjoyed an illustrious, prolific career (mostly as a solo artist) since embarking on his unique rap career in the latter half of the 1980's with family group MVP who would soon after morph into The Click featuring fellow members B-Legit, D-Shot, and Suga T . And that long-running successful career of the artist / entrepreneur born Earl Stevens (also the name of his popular wine brand) shows no sign of slowing down. On November 18th E-40 will drop his latest solo project: the two album set The D-Boy Diary Books 1 & 2 (scroll down for complete track listing).
This upcoming E-40 release will unleash over forty new tracks and feature guest spots from such (mostly Cali) collaborators as G-Eazy, Stresmatic, Gucci Mane, Lil B, Nef The Pharaoh, Droop-E, Jay Rock, Kid Ink, B-Legit, Mistah F.A.B., Casey Veggies Husalah, Turf Talk, Ricco Barrino, and Joe Mo. The follow-up to his last two-part release in December 2014: the dual albums Sharp On All 4 Corners: Corner 1  and Sharp On All 4 Corners: Corner 2 these upcoming new pair of albums from "Forty Wata" will bring his total number of solo album project releases to 27 albums! Add to that his recordings with The Click such as their now legendary Down and Dirty CD that was re-released by Sony Classics,  and all the compilations he's appeared on plus the countless cameos he's made on so many other artists albums, and you have one mind boggling back catalog! Not bad for an artist who, when he first started out his rap career, was written off by most hip-hop elitists who could not get with his most unusual rapid fire lyrical flow.
 
As for the new album's content E-40 says of his upcoming two-part release, "What's happening at this point in my career defies logic. I still spit the realest and rawest shit of anyone in the rap game right now. The D-Boy Diary will lace the unlaced, will tutor the truant--it's a guidebook for a street life." To be released in regular and DeLuxe versions, the new two-part release will feature the two previously released singles "Slappin'" and "Petty (feat. Kamaiyaha)" in the deluxe version.Like fellow Bay Area rap veteran Too $hort, with whom he's collaborated many times including on the 2012 album History: Mob Music, E-40 defies is another anomaly in the notoriously fickle rap world where careers are lucky to last past a couple of hit albums, the artist displays unusual longevity. While most artists begin their careers with a bang and then trail off, both 40 and $hort somehow continue to beat the odds and get more popular with time. In May of this year for example the RIAA certified his 2015 national hit single "Choices" as a Gold Record. And already the aforementioned single "Slappin' (feat. Nef The Pharaoh and D.R.A.M.)" has garnered over 1.1 million views on its official YouTube channel. See the "Slappin'" video below along with some other classics from E-40's long and illustrious career plus the full track listing for the two new albums. And be sure to pick up the two new E-40 albums when they arrive into Amoeba Music next month on November 18th, 2016.

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New "What's in My Bag?" Episode with Filmmaker Nicolas Winding Refn

Posted by Amoebite, October 5, 2016 12:35pm | Post a Comment

Nicolas Winding Refn What's In My Bag? Amoeba Hollywood

Just what is acclaimed director, producer, and screenwriter Nicolas Winding Refn listening to these days? Would you believe us if we told you it was ska? That's right, Mr. Refn, whose latest films have featured Cliff Martinez' moody '80s-inflected synth scores, has been getting into the up-beat, Jamaican, skankin' precursor to reggae. Before his and Cliff Martinez' recent soundtrack signing at Amoeba Hollywood the director picked up two great compilations by the legendary Jamaican labels Treasure Isle and Trojan. But, of course, it wasn't all island grooves for Refn, and we were not surprised to find a plethora of eclectic music in his bag.

The Neon Demon Blu-rayRefn launched onto the movie scene with the release of the Danish crime drama Pusher in 1996. This was followed by 1999's Bleeder, as well as two Pusher sequels in 2004 and 2005 respectively. Refn wrote his first English-language flick, Fear X, in 2003, but gained more attention with the 2008 release of Bronson, starring Tom Hardy.

His first major success in America came with 2011's Drive, a Cannes favorite that led to his acceptance of the festival's Best Director Award. Only God Forgives hit theaters next, and was followed in 2016 by The Neon Demon. The film was in competition for the Palme d'Or at Cannes that year--Refn's third picture to do so.

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10 Releases To Look For on Cassette Store Day 2016

Posted by Amoebite, October 3, 2016 05:44pm | Post a Comment

Cassette Store Day 2016On Saturday, October 8th, fans of magnetic tape, great tunes, and all things cassette will celebrate the fourth annual Cassette Store Day. Founded in 2013 by a group of UK record labels, Cassette Store Day gives props to the humble cassette tape in the same way Record Store Day pays homage to indie record shop culture. The celebration has since expanded to the US, Japan, Germany, and France, and naturally we're excited for an influx of new tapes here at Amoeba Hollywood, too.

Here are the top ten special Cassette Store Day releases we're pumped to slip into our Walkman.

Death Cab

Death Cab for Cutie
The Photo Album

In celebration of The Photo Album's 15th anniversary, Barsuk is reissuing this 2001 release on cassette for the first time. The tape includes "Gridlock Caravans," a rarity which has only been available on vinyl and some international releases.

Welcome to Detroit/The Shining

J Dilla
Welcome 2 Detroit/The Shining

Recap: DC Pierson Hosted a Charity Auction for Rock The Vote at Amoeba Hollywood

Posted by Amoebite, October 3, 2016 05:13pm | Post a Comment

Charity Auction recap

The amazingly smart and hilarious DC Pierson returned to Amoeba Hollywood on Saturday, October 1st to host our charity auction for Rock The Vote! DC has presided over our auction before so we were ready for hilarity and big bids, and he delivered.

"Can I hear $60.00 for democracy?! Let's get some bids going for Rock The Vote!!"

DC Pierson is a comedian and author of the novels The Boy Who Couldn't Sleep And Never Had To and Crap Kingdom. He is in a group called DERRICK Comedy which made the film Mystery Team. He's been seen in the movie Captain America: The Winter Soldier and on TV shows like Community and Key & Peele. He is absolutely one of our very favorite auctioneers of all time! His skills as an auctioneer were in full force as he offered up a crazy array of concert tickets, collectibles, and gift certificates from our amazing neighbors, and other things you never knew you had to have. As always, we matched all winning bids up to $1,000, which means we doubled the money going to benefit Rock The Vote.

Some of the goodies up for auction this time and the bids they got:

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Concert Tickets For Sale at Amoeba Hollywood October 2016

Posted by Amoebite, October 3, 2016 02:43pm | 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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Hip-Hop Rap Up [New York City Version] ISP in NYC, Jeff Chang in BK, MURS is King of New York, Kanye West Cuts NY Show Short

Posted by Billyjam, October 3, 2016 10:05am | Post a Comment

Fresh from doing a showcase headlining set at the big 2016 DMC World DJ Championship Finals in London a week ago (where, as pictured, Tony Prince awarded Qbert as a DMC Legend), the Invisibl Skratch Piklz (ISP) are in New York currently where they were at the Maker Faire NYC in Queens over the weekend and later today (Monday October 3rd) headline the Highline Ballroom. At tonight's 8pm (door 7pm) show at the Chelsea district venue the ISP will perform their new album The 13th Floor (avail on vinyl in Amoeba stores): similarly to how they did at their recent in-store at Amoeba Berkeley and at other concerts on their ongoing globe trotting turntable tour. Tonight's show in New York City by the Bay Area's premiere turntablist ambassadors, featuring D-Styles, Shortkut, and Qbert, will be an extra special one since the opening act will be none other than the X-Ecutioners.

Formerly known as the X-Men, with whom the Piklz famously battled it out back in 1996, the X-Ecutioners feature Rob Swift, DJ Precision, Boogie Blind, and Mista Sinista. Perhaps tonight they will do a recreation of that legendary crew battle from 20 years ago, or maybe a dedication to the late great "grandmaster" Roc Raida of the famed NYC DJ crew. However confirmed for tonight is an exhibition battle between Killa-Jewel (Canadian Thre3Style Finalist) and DJ Perly (2016 NYC DMC champ and 2016 DMC US Finals runner up). Tonight's must-see show, which will be hosted by Statik Selektah, will also feature an all 45's set by DJ Shortkut, Tix and more info

As widely publicized, at another NYC concert last night, Kanye West cut short his set abruptly during the Meadows Music and Arts Festival during which time he told a loudly disappointed audience that, "I'm sorry, family emergency....I have to stop the show!" This announcement came upon him hearing that his reality star wife, Kim Kardashian, had reportedly been robbed at gunpoint in Paris. France. No word so far as to whether West, whose most recent album releases include this year's The Life of Pablo and 2013's Yeejus, will return to finish that shortened concert set. 

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NightLife LIVE at SF's California Academy of Sciences: Dan Deacon & Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith, October 13

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, October 2, 2016 06:20pm | Post a Comment

NightLife at California Academy of Science

Dan Deacon
Dan Deacon at Amoeba SF, 3/1/2015.

San Francisco's California Academy of Sciences' NightLife LIVE 2016 summer music series comes to a close on Thursday, October 13th with a bang! Performances from experimental electro-pop madman Dan Deacon and composer/multi-instrumentalist/producer Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith will help ease the pain of the end of summer while you peruse the current and permanent exhibits at the Academy.

You can also shop local vendor booths that night. Browse used vinyl at the Amoeba Music pop-up shop next to a swamp! We'll be bringing loads of quality used vinyl so prepare to go crate digging. Also, don't miss your last chance to grab a screen print of the exclusive NightLife LIVE October design from San Franpsycho.

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

October Events at Amoeba SF & Berkeley

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, October 2, 2016 02:25pm | Post a Comment

It's a proven scientific fact that October is the best month of the year, especially in the Bay Area. Costumes, candy, tricks and treats...and that's just for the adults. Make sure you celebrate with us all month long at Amoeba SF & Berkeley with our free and all-ages in-store shows, special sales, and events!

Amoeba San Francisco, Amoeba Berkeley, October

Now I Wanna See Your Doc: Jim Jarmusch's New Iggy Pop and The Stooges Documentary "Gimme Danger" Is A Must See

Posted by Billyjam, October 2, 2016 11:07am | Post a Comment

Over the years there's been a number of historic documents (feature articles, books, and film/video pieces) made on the topic of Iggy and the Stooges. But Jim Jarmusch's new documentary Gimme Danger, that opens in theaters later this month, looks to be the definitive piece and the one you will want to see on the widely influential proto punk band from Ann Arbor, Michigan. In fact it's the one historic document on The Stooges that Iggy Pop himself wants you to see, and was instrumental in Jarmusch making in the first place. "I wish someone would make a good movie about the Stooges, and I wish it was you," recalled Jarmusch of the key comment made by Iggy eight years ago. That recollection was in an interview at the Cannes Film Festival where Gimme Danger premiered earlier this year. In that same insightful interview with Jarmusch and Iggy (see below), the diehard Stooges fan / director noted how the new documentary had, "things that even hardcore Stooges fans don't know about……We got some stuff nobody has seen before!" By working with those close to the band he gained access to some very rare footage and photos that's interspersed throughout the film: contributing to its "collage" style.

In the trailer for the new film (see below) it begins with a clip of Jim "Iggy Pop" Osterberg on screen and Jarmusch off camera heard saying, “We are in an undisclosed location interrogating Jim Osterberg about The Stooges, the greatest rock and roll band ever!”  For the making of his documentary Jarmusch took the approach of less is more. So rather than the stereotypical rock-doc approach of interviewing a million different talking heads (typically artists who knew the subject and/or were influenced by the subject) he instead stuck to a small core group of people close to the Stooges. "We wanted to keep it intimate," he said of his film which he has described as, "a love letter" to Iggy and the Stooges.

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