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The Relaxing World of the Rosicrucian Recordings

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, February 28, 2017 12:59pm | Post a Comment

Rosicrucian Park

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


"Suppose you're thinkin' about a plate of shrimp. Suddenly someone'll say, like, "plate," or "shrimp," or "plate of shrimp" out of the blue, no explanation. No point in lookin' for one either. It's all part of a cosmic unconsciousness." ~ Miller from Repo Man

Are you finding yourself losing your marbles everyday listening to NPR about this country's current Rosicrucian Digestpolitical insanity? Perhaps you've had enough melt-downs in your romantic relationship this week to last the rest of this year? Are you bummed they charge for the petrified bread rolls at Tommy's Joynt now? Or maybe you are losing sleep pondering why isn't the Fouke Monster on the endangered species list already?

What you need, my friend, is to drive to San Jose, scarf down a koubby and a banana milkshake at Falafel Drive-In, hit a thrift store or two, and then venture to Rosicrucian Park to stroll their Egyptian museum, see the Alchemy exhibit, catch a nap in the planetarium show, and smile at the bumblebees in the Peace Garden.

What? You don't have a car and your friends that do have wheels think that mysticism is only for hairy Rosicrucian Recordings, Attaining Cosmic Conciousnesshippies? Well, screw those mother falcons...

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A Playlist For Your Time Travel And Commute

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, February 27, 2017 07:32pm | Post a Comment

Historic F Market Train. SFMTA

By Brent James

When you’ve lived in a big city for an extended period of time, no matter where or when, you find yourself automatically adjusted to the normal, everyday droning sounds of sirens, car horns and the like. There are those of us that have let human (or inhuman, it’s case sensitive) screams become a part of everyday life because that’s how it is in the “Big City,” right? Wrong. Or at least, it doesn’t HAVE to be.

The hustle and bustle of a commute each and every day can be taxing, even if you don’t realize it. Taking the time to “stop and smell the roses” isn’t as easy as it used to be, and let’s face it -- doesn’t that look a little creepy anyway?

My advice when things get a bit jumbled upstairs is time travel. It’s easy, it’s relatively cheap and there are many eras to choose from! I’ve made a complete guide for a wonderful trip through time and space, and I’m about to share it with you so you too can step away for just a bit…

For our first trip, we find ourselves at the fabulous Embarcadero in Downtown San Francisco. There is a light drizzle, but the sun should be out a little later. For now though, the fog twirls in and out of the buildings saying hello and welcoming us to History!

Mamie Smith
Mamie Smith

We’ll be taking the historic F train outbound on Market Street and, for those visiting, there are multiple passes available to ride. Single cash ride is $2.50, including a transfer. Don’t get caught hopping on the back; you may get a ticket. Make sure you read the specific history for your particular car, as these are refurbished beauties from all over the world! Now, obviously you don’t want to get too carried away or buried too deep in any electronic devices on this trip. Pay attention while you have fun, as sadly this is NOT the 1920s. Yet.

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The Top 10 Soundtracks of All Time

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, February 27, 2017 06:08pm | Post a Comment

by Gabriel Wheeler

There are hundreds of excellent soundtracks that could easily fit into many Top Ten lists. This is my attempt to grab ten of the best. Caveat Emptor!

10. Reservoir Dogs (1992)

The songs on the Reservoir Dogs soundtrack truly create the atmosphere and character development for the film. Brilliant.


Guardians of the Galaxy Awesome Mix Tape
9. Guardians of the Galaxy Awesome Mix Tape Vol. 1 (2014)

Easily could be Reservoir Dogs Vol. 2, but the music is used so well that it transcends that critique. The mix tape is so essentially Star-Lord that is defines his motivations in the movie.


Boogie Nights
8. Boogie Nights Vol. 1 (1997)

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Close To The Ledge: Top Ten Suicide Songs

Posted by Billyjam, February 26, 2017 06:35pm | Post a Comment

First up, if you are currently feeling suicidal or simply need to talk to someone, call the 24 hour National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK [8255] where you will be forwarded to a counselor in your local area. Secondly this Top Ten Suicide Songs list (songs dealing with suicide from first and third person perspectives, and/or the mindset surrounding the subject), while intensely emotional, are in fact uplifting songs that have been known to both distract from and alleviate self-destructive feelings. Much like the power of blues music, these songs can similarly begin to lift those feeling low and depressed out of their deep funk.

As with any limited music list that attempts to cover a wide range of recordings on a specific topic, this top ten does not include a lot of great/worthy songs on the subject of suicide. A Top 50 list would have included many deserving songs that unfortunately were omitted in this top ten. Hence I have referenced these "honorable mention" songs in the honorary mentions paragraphs below as well as throughout the text of this Amoeblog. But please post any other worthy songs not included in the comments section, thanks.

I chose the Amoeblog title "Close To The Ledge" because of the fact that so many songs about suicide reference, both literally and figuratively, the ledge that people jump to their death from. This recurring theme appears in such songs about suicide as Frank Turner's "Song For Josh" and Stacy Barthe's "My Suicide Note  (both in top ten below), the Paul Westerberg penned "The Ledge" by The Replacements from their 1987 album Pleased To Meet Me (also on vinyl/LP),  Third Eye Blind's deceptively peppy sounding 1997 hit "Jumper" with the refrain "I wish you would step back from that ledge my friend," and The Dead Ships' "Citycide." The title track off the LA band's 2015 album Citycide refers to the ledge of the San Francisco side of Golden Gate Bridge that singer Devlin McCluskey, who lost his best friend to suicide, was referring to upon learning that the majority of jumpers off the GGB (the subject of the dark but nail-bitingly engaging 2006 documentary The Bridge) "jumps off the City side."

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Amoeba's Greatest Record Store Day Moments

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, February 24, 2017 04:58pm | Post a Comment

Record Store Day 2017

It’s hard to believe, but it was just ten years ago that Record Store Day was conceived in 2007 at a gathering of indie record store owners and employees as a way to celebrate and promulgate the unique culture of record stores. The first Record Store Day was held nation-wide on April 19, 2008, and all three Amoeba Music locations were joyously mobbed for special limited edition releases and all-day festive events.

With RSD 2017 on its way (April 22!), we look back at the nine we’ve celebrated at our stores and pick our favorite moments. We hope they were your favorite too.

April 19, 2008, Amoeba SF – The inaugural Record Store Day was certainly one to remember at Amoeba SF as we invited several local luminaries to DJ on the Amoeba stage throughout the day, including V. Vale of RE/Search Publications, Aaron Axelson of LIVE 105, and more. Then we asked Jello Biafra (Dead Kennedys, Alternative Tentacles) to work at our Info Counter where he signed many an autograph!

V. Vale and Jello Biafra

April 18, 2009, Amoeba HollywoodWendy & Lisa of Prince's '80's lineup of The Revolution played a DJ set in support of their new album, White Flags of Winter Chimneys, while also simultaneously schmoozing with fans and babysitting several children. In a last-minute development, the legendary KISS guitarist Ace Frehley decided to swing by and hang out, so we set up a signing table!

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Hip-Hop Rap Up [Denver Vrs.]: New Releases, Concerts: Karriem Riggins, Hieroglyphics, Vince Staples, Black Moon, Thundercat

Posted by Billyjam, February 24, 2017 03:50pm | Post a Comment

Greetings from the "Mile High City" of Denver CO where this Amoeblog weekly Hip-Hop Rap Up is being  posted from and where there are a variety of excellent hip-hop shows this week including the Bay Area's Hieroglyphics ensemble who play a recommended show tomorrow night (Feb. 25th). Just as their Bay Area shows over the past many months, so too will the beloved longtime East Bay hip-hop collective's lineup feature all the original crew members including Del The Funky Homosapien, Souls Of Mischief, Casual, Pep Love and Domino when they perform at the Cervantes' Masterpiece Ballroom (16+ Tix $28 - $32) Feb 25th with opening acts Whisky Blanket, (Minneapolis hip-hop artist to watch out for) Sean Anonymous, Old Man Saxon, and Kruza Kid.

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Turntablist Kid Koala Takes Minimalist Ethereal Approach On New Collaboration with Emilíana Torrini: Music To Draw To: Satellite

Posted by Billyjam, February 23, 2017 12:07pm | Post a Comment

Known for his quirky scratch driven, densely produced deconstructed productions of found sounds / sampled music sources, Canadian turntablist/producer  Kid Koala goes in the opposite direction for his fifth and latest studio album: Music To Draw To: Satellite.  An all original music production, with no samples, the album is a collaboration with Icelandic vocalist Emilíana Torrini and takes a way more minimalist production approach compared to the artist born Eric San's previous work. Not on Ninja Tune like his previous releases but Arts & Crafts, the new album sounds more like Brian Eno's ambient albums than any of Kid Koala's previous records. It's stripped down stark minimalist relaxing music awash in soothing soundscapes that are accurately captured in the new video below for the album track "Collapser."

Broken down into eighteen movements the 72 minute album, according to the artist's label, tells a "tale of discovery and loss through the lens of lovers separated by an early space mission to Mars" with Torrini joining him on many of the movements. Reportedly the new album, which is the first part in his new "music to draw to" series, was recorded during the cold Canadian winter. Although Kid Koala did incorporate some turntables into the production, he mostly utilized a variety of synthesizers and other keysboards, plus guitars and other instrumentation. Music To Draw To: Satellite. is released by Arts & Crats in CD and also vinyl/LP

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Give The Drummer Some Love: Saluting The Late Great Funky Drummer Clyde Stubblefield by Listing Samples

Posted by Billyjam, February 21, 2017 06:01pm | Post a Comment

Over the weekend one of modern music's most unsung heroes died. The influential soul/funk percussionist Clyde Stubblefield passed on February 18th at age 73 from a kidney failure. Stubblefield's death followed a decade long illness according to his wife who confirmed the musician's passing on Saturday.  As the drummer with James Brown's ensemble during the godfather of funk's highly important decades of the sixties and seventies Stubblefield was responsible for creating and recording numerous highly recognizable funky drumming JB parts including what would become one of the most widely sampled drum breaks in hip-hop history: the short but instantly recognizable drum solo on James Brown's 1970 "Funky Drummer."  The Chattanooga, Tennessee- born percussionist was a member of Brown's band during some of the most exciting years and, as such, he was responsible for the drumming on such classics as "Cold Sweat," "Say It Loud - I'm Black and I'm Proud," "There Was A Time," "I Got The Feelin'," "Mother Popcorn," and "Ain't It Funky Now." But it was Stubblefield's simple but short [only 20 seconds] funky and hypnotic drum pattern on the James Brown track "Funky Drummer" that would become the artist's grePublic Enemyatest legacy, even though he didn't initially get the full credit for it: both on paper (artist credits) or in paper (money/royalties).
Stubblefied's drumming recording of the song, which would go on to become the most sampled tracks in hip-hop music, is estimated to have been sampled approximately a thousand times!

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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with The Brian Jonestown Massacre

Posted by Amoebite, February 20, 2017 06:20pm | Post a Comment

The Brian Jonestown Massacre What's In My Bag? Amoeba Music

Been recording a lot of flutes in the studio lately? Well Anton Newcombe of The Brian Jonestown Massacre has just the right record for you: The Best of Herbie Mann. "When I'm in the studio, producing people, recording people, and I say, 'I would like you to be very free on this part,' this is a good example," says Newcombe of the LP. "He's just soloing, endlessly, in a very, like, hippie way." Newcombe's wry exuberance and seeming irreverence were on full display on his recent trip to Amoeba San Francisco, where he was looking for records to listen to around his studio in Berlin. Needless to say, his visit made for an entertaining "What's In My Bag?" episode.

The Brian Jonestown Massacre Third World PyramidThe Brian Jonestown Massacre was founded in San Francisco by American multi-instrumentalist Newcombe, and although their early sound was rooted in shoegaze, the band quickly became known for their hybrid of psych and garage rock. Their first release was 1993's limited run LP Spacegirl and Other Favorites; its follow-up, Methodrone, received a wider release courtesy of Bomp! Records. In 1996, the Brian Jonestown Massacre released a slew of well-received albums, including Their Satanic Majesties' Second Request, Take It from the Man!, and Thank God for Mental Illness. A year later the band put out a sixth studio LP, Give It Back!Footage from the album's recording sessions was included in the 2004 documentary Dig!.

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Punk & New Wave 7” Collection Arrives at Amoeba Hollywood February 25

Posted by Amoebite, February 20, 2017 02:02pm | Post a Comment

Punk/New Wave Collection

We just acquired an incredible collection of punk and new wave 7" records here at Amoeba Hollywood. Starting Saturday, February 25th you'll get the chance to peruse around 1,000 choice pieces of collectible wax when this collection is rolled out onto our stage for your shopping pleasure. Expect to see lots of UK pressings and a handful of Japanese pressings; most of what you'll find is a first pressing or an early pressing. This is the good stuff, people!

Although most of these 45s fall under the punk or new wave genre headings, we've also got some pretty rad crust, powerpop, and hardcore releases. If you're lucky, you'll be able to snap up some coveted releases from The Nerves, Misfits, Germs, Buzzcocks, Sex Pistols, Ramones, The Plugz, Generation X, The Rotters, Avengers, and X-Ray Spex. We've also got plenty of stuff for fans of The Jam, The Zeros, 999, The Clash, Sham 69, Dead Kennedys, The Damned, Devo, Cockney Rejects, The B-52s, and the Dangerhouse label.

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Amoebapalooza SF at Brick & Mortar Music Hall, February 26th

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, February 19, 2017 06:28pm | Post a Comment

It's that time of year again! Amoebapalooza SF 2017 hits our favorite hangout, Brick & Mortar Music Hall, on Sunday, February 26th and features talent composed of Amoeba SF employees & friends!

THRILL to the electronic lust of BABABADALGHARAG

BE AMAZED at the dual-amplified aural assault from SNOTMOP

WITNESS the pop punk junk stuff of JESUS DUDE MOM

EXPERIENCE the magical hands supreme of MBC1855

Our musical back line will be provided by our pals over at SIR Studios!

Doors open at 8pm, show at 9pm.
Admission is $5.
This is a 21+ event.

Jesus Dude Mom MBC1855
BABABADALGHARAG SNOTMOP JESUS DUDE MOM MBC1855

Amoebapalooza, Amoeba San Francisco

Serving Up Science at L.A.'s Natural History Museum, March 3

Posted by Amoebite, February 16, 2017 07:01pm | Post a Comment

Natural History Museum of Los Angeles, First Fridays

Japanese Breakfast
Michelle Zauner of Japanese Breakfast

Come on down to the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles on March 3rd for First Fridays where they are "Serving Up Science: The Dish On Food" with top researchers, prestigious food writers, and farm and garden experts discussing food evolution and the science behind it. Plus, discover the Museum after hours with tours, discussions, live music, and cocktails. You'll want to bring your appetite for knowledge.

This special night of food, science, and art features performances with multi-instrumentalist/vocalist/composer Emily Wells and Japanese Breakfast, the side project of Little Big League's Michelle Zauner.

Get your tickets HERE!

1990's Promo Pics Pt IIX: N.W.A, Ice Cube, Westside Connection, Sister Souljah, B-Legit, Premiere, UNLV, E-A-Ski, Chill-E-B, Zion I

Posted by Billyjam, February 16, 2017 01:54pm | Post a Comment




The Westside Connection power trio, featuring Ice Cube, Mack 10, and WC, are photographed above in the 1990's promo pic along with Jamie Foxx during a 1997 shoot for The Jamie Foxx Show television show.  On that episode, that first aired on the WB network February 12th, 1997, the LA rap supergroup  did a four minute acting scene plus performed their (then current) single "Gangstas Make The World Go Round." That track was culled from their 1996 released album Bow Down whose other popular tracks included the funk-fueled title track hit single.

The Westside Connection promo pic is just one of three featuring Ice Cube in this latest 1990's Promo Pics Amoeblog series. The other two below are both from the artist's two-part War & Peace Pt. I + War & Peace Pt 2 album (also avail on vinyl/LP Vol 1 and vinyl/LP Vol 2) promo package in this latest series installment.  Also featured below is Cube's famous pioneering gangsta rap group N.W.A but after he had left the group to pursue his successful solo career and their membership was pared-down to the core quartet of Dr. Dre, Eazy-E, DJ Yella and MC Ren.

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Prince 2017 Releases To Include Vinyl Reissues + "Purple Rain" Deluxe Reissue with 2 Albums of Unreleased Prince Material

Posted by Billyjam, February 15, 2017 11:22pm | Post a Comment

Already 2017 is shaping up to be the year of Prince: kickstarted at Sunday night's Grammys with standout sets by The Time and Bruno Mars during the night's memorable Prince tribute. Then next week, Feb 23rd, Warner Bros is reissuing a bunch of Prince albums on vinyl including Lovesexy, Diamonds & PearlsGraffiti Bridge OST, ComeBatman OST, and  The Love Symbol.  Warner Bros Records (WBR) also recently announced that finally Prince's Warner catalog would be "available to stream across all digital services" following years of not streaming the copyright-guarded artist's music. Warner also announced an upcoming very special Purple Rain reissue. A truly Deluxe edition that tops all  Prince reissues.  As well as including all remastered versions of songs on the original 1984 album, this package will additionally feature two albums of previously unreleased Prince material plus concert films. The deluxe package scheduled for an early summer release. "Prince recordings from the Paisley Park Vault and two complete concert films arriving June 9th,"  promised Warner, stressing their sensitivity to the late musician's artistic standards. "When we make any of Prince's music available to fans - from the hits to unreleased gems - we are committed to upholding Prince's high creative standards and we know fans will be thrilled when they hear these albums and see these films," said Warner Chairman & CEO Cameron Strang. "Prince recorded his most influential and popular music during his time with Warner Bros. and we are deeply aware of our responsibility to safeguard and nurture his incredible legacy."

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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Andrew Bird

Posted by Amoebite, February 13, 2017 06:41pm | Post a Comment

Andrew Bird What's In My Bag? Amoeba Music

"I always make a B-line for the Y section in the Jazz department," explains singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Andrew Bird. "It's a ritual for me to get started when I go record shopping; just go find Lester Young." On his recent visit to Amoeba Hollywood, Bird expressed his love of the tenor saxophonist's recordings. Having found an album Young recorded with Teddy Wilson, Pres and Teddy, he explains his preference for his smaller group albums. "The small group stuff is incredibly inventive and lyrical."

Andrew Bird Are You Serious Amoeba MusicBest known for his solo work, Andrew Bird first came to prominence through his work with Squirrel Nut Zippers before founding Andrew Bird's Bowl of Fire. After Bowl of Fire disbanded in 2003, Bird's solo career began to take off with the release of Weather Systems and Andrew Bird & the Mysterious Production of Eggs on Ani Difranco's Righteous Babe Records. These records marked an evolution in Bird's sound, as he began incorporating glockenspiel and whistling into his eclectic indie rock compositions. He signed to Fat Possum in 2006 and released Armchair Apocrypha. Bird went on to perform tracks from the album on the Late Show with David Letterman and Late Night with Conan O'Brien.

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This Year's Oscar-Nominated Soundtracks

Posted by Amoebite, February 13, 2017 03:07pm | Post a Comment

Oscar Nominated Soundtracks

On February 26th, the Oscars will take over Hollywood -- not to mention the TV screens of cinephiles around the globe. This year there's a bumper crop of exquisite soundtracks and enjoyable tunes to discover, so we're shining a spotlight (get it?) on what sets our hearts aflutter about the nominees in both the Best Original Score and Best Original Song categories.

Jackie

Mica Levi - Jackie OST

The immensely-talented Mica Levi first got on our radar via her Micachu & the Shapes project, but her work as a film composer is equally vital. Her first foray into scores was 2014's highly-acclaimed work on Under the Skin.

La La Land

Justin HurwitzLa La Land OST

Sidewalk Sale at Amoeba Hollywood Saturday, February 18

Posted by Amoebite, February 13, 2017 12:20pm | Post a Comment

Sidewalk Sale at Amoeba Hollywood

UPDATE 2/15: This sidewalk sale has been canceled due to the threat of rain. We'll have another one on March 18th. See you then!

Amoeba Hollywood's first Sidewalk Sale of the year is this Saturday, February 18th! It's your chance to score huge deals on music, movies, books, comics, posters and more, right outside the store from 12pm - 4pm.

Check out some of the bargains we'll have:

  • DVD box sets: 2 for $8
  • DVDs: $2 each (or 3 for $5)
  • Blu-ray: 3 for $10
  • CDs: buy 1 get 1 free [of equal or lesser value]
  • Freshly stocked 45s: 2 for $1
  • Great deals on books, posters & 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

Remembering Al Jarreau [1940 - 2017]

Posted by Billyjam, February 13, 2017 10:22am | Post a Comment

Rest in peace to multi-million selling pop/jazz vocalist Al Jarreau who died yesterday in an LA area hospital from unknown causes. The Milwaukee, Wisconsin born vocalist/musician, who just a coupe of weeks ago had suddenly stopped his ongoing tour citing "exhaustion" as the reason, was 76 years of age. A seven-time Grammy winner, Jarreau held the distinction of being the only vocalist in music history to earn Grammy Awards in three different categories: jazz, pop, and R&B. Jarreau won his first Grammy for "best jazz vocal performance" back in 1978. Jarreau's first Grammy award was credited to his 1977 Warner Bros released album Look to the Rainbow.

Fast forward forty years to last night's 59th Grammys, as news of Jarreau's passing was fresh on peoples' minds, and the artist was  given a shout out on stage by vocal quintet Pentatonix before bursting into an abbreviated acapella version of The Jackson 5's hit "ABC."  In another related sad coincidence at last night's Grammys show the late great hip-hop artist Phife Dawg, who was lovingly saluted during the extended A Tribe Called Quest ensemble's live performance, was among the many artists to have collaborated with Al Jarreau over the years. The ATCQ emcee had worked with Jarreau back in 2001 on the track "In My Music" (audio clip below). 

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Bigfoot Bonanza Hits the Barbary Coast, March 10-12

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, February 12, 2017 06:36pm | Post a Comment

Holy Bigfoot, Batman! If you are a HUGE fan of the furry forest-dwelling creature known as Sasquatch or The Mighty Peking Man, GoliathonBigfoot and would like to spend a fun-filled weekend with the hairy guy, then do we have the perfect event for you. The Super Shangri-La Show presents their first annual Bigfoot Bonanza festival March 10th-12th at the Balboa Theatre in San Francisco.

Spend three days reveling in Bigfoot and Yeti cult classics, Creature From Black Lakedocumentaries, and TV shows, and listening to talks from some of the top specialists in the field including Cliff Barackman, Kathy Strain, members of The Ultimate Female Bigfoot Team, and John & Montra Freitas, as well as independent filmmakers Craig Flipy and Seth Breedlove. A smorgasbord of Bigfoot movies and documentaries such as The Legend of Boggy Creek, Snow Beast, Creature from Black Lake, Night of the Demon, The Mighty Peking Man, Yeti: Giant of the 20th Century, Minerva Monster, and television episodes of Leonard Nimoy's In Search Of, The Bionic Woman, Jonny Quest, and more will keep you on the edge of your seat.

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Hip-Hop Rap Up: New Releases, Videos, Shows: Lupe Fiasco, Mr. Lif, Daedelus, Paul Nice, Dre Day, Chance The Rapper + more

Posted by Billyjam, February 11, 2017 10:57am | Post a Comment
Hip-Hop Top Five Week Ending Feb 10th 2017


1: Lupe Fiasco DROGAS Light (1st & 15th Productions)

2: Various Artists  The Hamilton Mixtape (LP/vinyl + on cassette) also avail on CD (Atlantic)

3:  DJ Paul Nice Ultimate Block Party Breaks Volume 3 (LP) (Fat Beats)

4: Daedelus Baker's Dozen LP/vinyl (Fat Beats)

5: Thievery Corporation The Temple Of I & I (also on LP/vinyl) : (Eighteenth Street Lounge)

This week's new releases include a variety of offerings including the brand new Lupe Fiasco album  Drogas Light, the vinyl and cassette (yep tape) format releases of the popular Hamilton Mixtape that dropped on CD version in early December, the vinyl only breakbeat album from longtime hip-hop producer/DJ battle and break tools maker Paul Nice Ultimate Block Party Breaks Volume 3, plus the multi genre releases (electronic meets hip-hop) from both Daedelus (Baker's Dozen) and Thievery Corporation (The Temple Of I & I). This latest album from the duo of Rob Garza and Eric Hilton, released by Eighteenth Street Lounge and also available also on LP/vinyl format, features, among others, regular band contributor revered Boston emcee Mr. Lif (in recent months interviewed by Amoeblog) on the album tracks "Ghetto Matrix" and "Fight to Survive."

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Kick Off Your Weekend with New David Bowie Reissues

Posted by Amoebite, February 10, 2017 03:46pm | Post a Comment

David Bowie Reissues

It's always a good day when new versions of classic David Bowie records hits our shelves, so with the release of six newly gussied up reissues, today is twice (um, make that six times) as nice! These releases are the latest in Parlophone's Bowie reissue campaign, featuring remastered audio on both CD and 180-gram heavyweight vinyl versions. Last fall, the three studio albums due today were included as part of the comprehensive Who Can I Be Now? [1974-1976] vinyl box; this is the first time the remastered versions have been available as individual LPs. Here's why each one is essential in its own special way.

Diamond Dogs

Diamond Dogs (1974)

An album Bowie himself described as "very political," Diamond Dogs was the artist's last stand in the arena of glam rock, and the first LP recorded and released after the retirement of his Ziggy Stardust persona. Also available on CD.

The Return of Dr. Octagon with 20 Year Anniversary Box Set + CA Concert Dates feat. Kool Keith, Qbert, & Dan the Automator

Posted by Billyjam, February 9, 2017 06:53pm | Post a Comment

Since the announcement yesterday of a return of veteran NYC emcee Kool Keith's Dr. Octagon alias (the alter ego he had killed off years ago) with two surprise California concert dates next month with the former Ultramagnetic MCs emcee along with the Octagon project key collaborators, producer Dan the Automator and fellow San Francisco artist DJ Qbert, there has been quite a buzz.  Tickets for the two CA dates, scheduled for March 6th and 7th at San Francisco's The Independent and Los Angeles' The Teragram Ballroom respectively, have been selling briskly with both the SF and LA dates already sold out (although tix can be still found on StubHub). The in-demand concerts, which act as a primer for the upcoming 20th anniversary, limited edition box set release of the Dr. Octagon project Dr. Octagonecologyst by Traffic and Universal, prove just how popular the mid-nineties Kool Keith alter-ego high-concept character and accompanying project remains even two decades later. Note that the forthcoming 2017 anniversary edition release will be just the latest in a series over an extended period of reissues and variations, including the popular non vocal Instrumentalyst via Octagon Beats, of the nineties Dreamworks release of the  Dr. Octagonecologyst album that was most recently reissued in 2014 by Geffen as the 2LP pressing of Dr. Octagonecologyst.

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OMCA's Black Panther Exhibit Continues Through Black History Month 2017

Posted by Billyjam, February 6, 2017 09:18pm | Post a Comment

Fittingly the Oakland Museum of California's (OMCA) 50 year anniversary retrospective on the  Black Panthers, that opened a few months back in October 2016, will continue through this month of February: Black History Month 2017.  Entitled All Power to the People: Black Panthers at 50 the popular exhibit's final day will be will be just a couple of days shy of the month's end on Feb. 26th when there is a special closing night party for OMCA members. If you have not already checked out this exhibit on the history of the homegrown Oakland revolutionary group you really should do so over the upcoming three weeks. Additionally be sure to read Rickey Vincent's insightful book Party Music on the Black Panthers little known house band The Lumpen who only released one record: the single “Free Bobby Now." Most likely for sale in the OMCA gift shop/book store, the 2014 published book and its author were profiled here on the Amoeblog three years ago during that year's Black History Month.  Meanwhile for their ongoing exhibit, OMCA's curators have set about presenting a balanced, fair, contemporary view of the Panther Party and "its aims to serve oppressed people and fight injustice." This they accomplish with an engaging gallery exhibit that portrays Black Panther members of both genders  with a variety of historical pieces on display. These include many very rare historical artifacts, never-before-seen photographs, first-person accounts from former Panthers, scholars, and community members, and contemporary art show how the Party continues to influence culture and activism locally, nationally, and internationally.

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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Daedelus and The Gaslamp Killer

Posted by Amoebite, February 6, 2017 06:31pm | Post a Comment

Daedelus and The Gaslamp Killer What's In My Bag? Amoeba Music

"It's really hard to have a focused thought nowadays, right? There's a lot of stuff going on," says LA-based producer Daedelus, sitting on the Amoeba Hollywood couch with friend and fellow DJ/producer The Gaslamp Killer. Daedelus is praising electronic legend Aphex Twin on his new EP, Cheetah, which he describes as a "very focused thought." Daedelus and The Gaslamp Killer both grabbed healthy stacks of records on their recent visit to the shop, but they employed two very different strategies: digging for unknown treasure and upgrading known favorites to vinyl.

The Gaslamp Killer and Daedelus are driving forces in the LA alternative hip-hop and electronica scenes. The two first collaborated on a 2010 7" by The Gaslamp Killer which featured the Daedelus-starrer "Impulse."

The Gaslamp KillerOriginally hailing from San Diego, The Gaslamp Killer was born William Benjamin Bensussen. After cutting his teeth in the bars of the city's Gaslamp District, he relocated to LA and co-founded the legendary Low End Theory club night. His profile as a producer grew with the release of a handful of EPs for Flying Lotus' Brainfeeder label. His 2012 debut full-length, Breakthrough, featured appearances from GonjaSufi, Daedelus, Samiyam, Shigeto, and Miguel Atwood-Ferguson. His studio follow-up, Instrumentalepathy, was released in November 2016.

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Recap: Charity Auction for the ACLU with Cameron Esposito & Rhea Butcher

Posted by Amoebite, February 6, 2017 05:15pm | Post a Comment

Cameron Esposito & Rhea Butcher Amoeba Charity Auction

Comedians Cameron Esposito and Rhea Butcher hosted our bimonthly charity auction at Amoeba Hollywood last Saturday, February 4th with proceeds going to the ACLU and their work to ensure that lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people can live openly without discrimination and enjoy equal rights, personal autonomy, and freedom of expression and association. Sponsored by our friends at LA WEEKLY.

For almost one hundred years the ACLU has worked to defend and preserve individual rights and liberties guaranteed by the laws and the constitution of the United States. The ACLU has a long history of defending the LGBT community. They brought their first LGBT rights case in 1936 and founded the LGBT Project in 1986. Today, the ACLU brings more LGBT cases and advocacy initiatives than any other national organization does. They are dedicated to making progress both in the courts of law and in the court of public opinion. 

The brilliant and quick-witted Cameron and Rhea gave our auction a real shot in the arm with their brand of dry, high comedy. The two of them held the audience rapt and drove the bids up with their pithy banter, all the while reminding us how important it is to keep vigilant and to keep working to protect our civil liberties. A great time was had by all and we thank them so much for hosting our auction!

Some of the auction highlights:

  • Mickey Mouse Cruiser Turntable + Mickey Mug + Vintage Mickey Button $90.00
  • Dinner at Oliver’s Prime Steakhouse at the Grafton on Sunset along with a Ukulele and harmonica ("to serenade your fellow restaurant-goers!") $120.00
  • $50 Urban Outfitters gift card $65.00
  • Women's March posters designed by Shepard Fairy, Ernesto Yerena & Jessica Sabogal, plus women positive stickers and buttons! $200.00!!
  • Grateful Dead prize pack $35.00
  • Tickets to The Internet's SOLD OUT show March 19th at the Fonda Theatre $50.00
  • Tickets to see Galactic February 17th at the Fonda Theatre $35.00
  • Tickets to see Cloud Nothings February 22nd at the Teragram Ballroom $25.00
  • Amoeba VIP in-store pass + Trader Joe's Gift Card and Lunchbox $100.00
  • IMPOSSIBLE Polaroid Camera and Film $75.00
  • Barry Manilow calendar from 2013 ("the good old days...) and a Barry Manilow tour book $35.00
  • Lemmy and Motorhead pack $35.00
  • Cameron and Rhea Signed Record and Pin!! $130.00!!

All together the audience bid $1,065.00, and with Amoeba's match that means $2,130.00 will go directly to the ACLU and their work with the LGBT community.

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Hear Our Voice: Write to Your Senator With Some Help From Amoeba

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, February 5, 2017 07:40pm | Post a Comment

The Women's March, 10 Actions 100 Days

The Women's March was spectacular. On January 21st, over one million in Washington, D.C. and over The Women's Marchfive million worldwide came to march, speak, and be heard/seen/counted. It was made clear in the U.S. that the election and the ensuing civil liberties-destroying madness don't represent the choices and opinions of every citizen. We marched hard and we wore vaginas on our heads, but unfortunately the fight doesn't end there. Since inauguration day, we've seen daily assaults to decency from the top down with the immigration ban, approved construction of the Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipeline, withholding of federal funds from sanctuary cities, Steve Bannon's installation to National Security Council as a permanent member of the principals committee, the firing of Attorney General Sally Yates, regular use of "alternative facts," and many more fresh hells served daily. It can be a daunting task just to get out of bed and check the news, but, as I covered in my last post, DOING SOMETHING is what's going to get us through this. DOING SOMETHING is what makes history.

The Women's March has launched a new campaign - 10 Actions For The First 100 Days and Amoeba Hear Our Voice postcardMusic is helping you get started with Action 1 of 10: write to your Senator!

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Hip-Hop Rap Up: New Releases, Videos, Concerts: Run The Jewels, Rah Digga, Mobb Deep, Wyclef Jean, Saul Williams, Talib Kweli

Posted by Billyjam, February 4, 2017 12:03pm | Post a Comment
New & Reissued Hip-Hop Releases Week of Feb 3 2017


1: Wyclef Jean J'Ouvert (Entertainment One)

2: Yung Nation Greatest Hits (Music Access)

3: Mobb Deep Murda Muzik [180 Gram Vinyl] (LP) (Music On Vinyl)

4: Muggs/Soul Assassins Muggs Presents The Soul Assassins Chapter 1 [180 Gram Vinyl] (Music On Vinyl)

5: Various Artists Slam OST LP reissue (Music On Vinyl) 

Among the new releases / arrivals into Amoeba this week include the latest from Wyclef Jean who we have not heard from, in terms of an all new recording, in seven years. But this week, care of Entertainment One, the Fugees star released J'Ouvert. The new ten song album includes such tracks as the lead single (video below) "Hendrix," "The Ring," "Lady Haiti," and "If I Was President 2016" which is a kind of sequel to his last release: 2010's autobiographical political hip-hop EP If I Were President: My Haitian Experience. You may recall how back in that same year the Haitian born, NJ raised artist had announced that he would be running for president of Haiti but soonafter was disqualified because he had not been a  permanent resident of his homeland country for the previous five years.  

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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Lars Ulrich of Metallica

Posted by Amoebite, February 3, 2017 02:00pm | Post a Comment

Lars Ulrich of Metallica What's In My Bag? Amoeba Music

"Jazz is a big thing in my life, and a big thing in my kids' life, and also in my dad's life," says Lars Ulrich, drummer for the legendary metal band Metallica. Holding a copy of The Jazz Image: Masters of Jazz Photography, he brings up his father's days growing up in Copenhagen, Denmark, and being around the European Jazz scene. "Some really cool, atmospheric portraits," he comments, "lots of people smoking. Don't smoke at home, kids, it's bad for you." Ulrich had lots to say about his varied, interesting, and sometimes unexpected picks on his recent visit to Amoeba Hollywood.

Metallica formed in 1981 when Lars Ulrich posted a "musicians wanted" ad in a Los Angeles area newspaper and vocalist/guitarist James Hetfield responded. The group's first LP, 1983's Kill 'Em All, brought them underground attention but it wasn't till their third LP, Master of Puppets (1986), that Metallica won commercial success. The band's first major label release, Puppets charted at number 29 on the Billboard Top 200 and was the first thrash album to be certified platinum. Metallica received their first Grammy nomination in 1989, for their fourth studio album, ...And Justice for All.

Metallica Hardwired... To Self-Destruct Two years later, Metallica released their highest-selling album, a self-titled LP often referred to as "The Black Album." On their next release, 1996's Load, Metallica moved away from their thrash roots and towards a hard rock aesthetic; the album immediately landed at number 1 on the Billboard charts and stayed there for four weeks. Their follow-up LP, Reload, also debuted at position number 1 on the Top 200. The band continued to tour and record regularly. In 2011, Metallica teamed up with Lou Reed for Lulu. After a lengthy break between Metallica studio albums, the band released Hardwired...to Self-Destruct in 2016.

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Concert Tickets Available for Sale at Amoeba Hollywood in February 2017

Posted by Amoebite, February 1, 2017 04:39pm | 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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1990's Promo Pics Pt VII: Kid Capri, CB4, BPST, Umar Bin Hassan, Poizon Posse, Pinay, Herm Lewis, Natives In Black, Poohman

Posted by Billyjam, February 1, 2017 02:54pm | Post a Comment

The above Umar Bin Hassan promotional pic was taken by photographer Thi Lin-Le in 1993 for the member of the legendary The Last Poets group's solo debut album Be Bop Or Be Dead. The album, with distribution via Island Records, was released on Bill Laswell's Axiom Records. In the tradition of the revolutionary jazz poets that the artist came to fame with, considered by many to be the original rappers and a direct inspiration to hip-hop's first wave or conscious revolution rap. the ten track solo Umar Bin Hassan album was packed with powerful vocal pieces. These included  "Niggers Are Scared Of Revolution," "Malcolm," "Bum Rush,"  and "This Is Madness."   The album was the first of a series of solo recordings for the artist that included 2001's To The Last (Baraka Foundation) and Life Is Good (Stay Focused Recordings). The Umar Bin Hassan promo/publicity photo is first of several photos in this seventh installment in the ongoing 1990's Promo Pics Amoeblog series: a tribute to the artists as well as the photographers and record labels responsible for sending them out during that decade.  Artists in previous posts in this series (1990's Promo Pics Part I Part II, Part III , Part IV Part V, and Part VI) have included A Tribe Called QuestDas EFX, The Roots, George Clinton  Masta Ace Incorporated,    Jeru the Damaja and Black Sheep.  Mostly rap/hip-hop, the series includes some related genres too.

February Events at Amoeba SF & Berkeley

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, February 1, 2017 01:48pm | Post a Comment

Now that you've experienced the New Year's high, the mid-January panic, and the late-January slump, it's time to get back to reality and gain equilibrium. February is that special month when things even out and go back to normal...usually. Well, we can't promise a complete return to sanity for everyone, but we can promise a month full of fabulous February sales and in-store happenings to keep you inspired.
 

Amoeba SF, Amoeba Berkeley, February