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Specializing In Lushly Packaged Quality Hip-Hop & Reggae Reissues, The Get On Down Label Readies for Record Store Day 2017

Posted by Billyjam, March 23, 2017 06:02pm | Post a Comment

Now in its tenth year, Record Store Day has grown exponentially into a widely celebrated day of anticipation for record collectors fiending for the exclusive releases associated with the annual retail shopping day that this year falls on April 22nd. [See the full list of 2017 Record Store Day releases]. Some labels are better than others when it comes to their choice of vinyl and CD releases and/or the packaging of said releases. And one of the consistently better labels is Get On Down, an imprint of Traffic  Entertainment, who never fail to impress with their choice of quality music and lush packaging / presentation of their RSD releases. In fact four years ago they won an Adapter Award when the Record Store Day organization chose the label for the Record Store Day Release of the Year 2013 award. That was for that year's GZA Liquid Swords reissue: the 4-LP “Chess Box” (also avail on 4 CD) that was a popular item at Amoeba's three stores that year.

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New 'What's In My Bag?' Episode with Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon

Posted by Amoebite, March 21, 2017 05:20pm | Post a Comment

Kumail Nanjiani & Emily V. Gordon

Who knew that Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon were such enthusiasts of body horror? On the comedic couple's recent trip to Amoeba Hollywood the two found a wide array of movies, music, and pop culture Ephemera, including some killer horror tiles, vintage buttons, and a steamy Brad Pitt fan book.

Kumail Nanjiani is a stand-up comedian, actor, writer, and podcast host. Emily V. Gordon is a writer, producer, and podcast host. The pair married in 2007. Nanjiani and Gordon wrote and executive produced the forthcoming film, The Big Sick, which is based on their courtship. Produced by Judd Apatow and directed by Michael Showalter, the film premiered at Sundance in January 2017 and hits theaters everywhere in July 2017.

You probably know Nanjiani as one of the stars of Silicon Valley. He also voices the character of Prismo on Adventure Time and he's appeared on Portlandia, Veep, Franklin & Bash, Broad City, Archer, and The X-Files. He hosts two podcasts: The Indoor Kids and The X-Files Files. Nanjiani co-hosted the Comedy Central show The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail, which Gordon co-created and co-executive produced. A former therapist and freelance writer, Gordon has written two Disney.com teen webseries and worked on the second season of NBC's The Carmichael Show.

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Large Jazz LP Collection ­On Sale at Amoeba SF on April 1st!

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, March 19, 2017 05:03pm | Post a Comment

Amoeba San Francisco acquired a large quantity of hard-to-find Jazz records from a collection that was cultivated inVintage Jazz LPs the 1960s and '70s by a longtime Amoeba customer (who was also an ex-New Yorker). This astounding collection will hit the store on Saturday, April 1st. No joke! You gotta be here April 1st to get first crack at this collection.

The Collection
Most of the records are from the mid-1960s to the mid-1970s, encompassing Free-Bop, post-Coltrane "Spiritual Jazz," South African Jazz, and more, with many rare European and Japanese imports among them. Also, there are some small-press labels, like Saturn (Sun Ra), Tribe (Marcus Belgrave's ultra-rare Gemini II), and many Strata East recordings as well!

Artists represented include Don Cherry, Archie Shepp (30 albums!), the Blue Notes (South African group) and its individual members, Mal Waldron, Steve Lacy, Yusef Lateef, Paul Bley, John Coltrane, and more.
Vintage Jazz Lps, Sun Ra Arkestra, Saturn Records
The Plan
Upon opening on Saturday, April 1st at 11am, we will have bins set up at the front of our stage (in the northwest corner of the store) that will contain the bulk of the collection. We will also have racks of "wall items" set up on the stage for the higher-valued items. There will be staff on hand to help you view bagged items and to bring your choices to the cashiers.

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Tonight's 2017 DMC NYC Regional DJ Battle @ The Highline Ballroom Is A Reminder That The Annual DJ Battle Season is Well Underway

Posted by Billyjam, March 19, 2017 11:49am | Post a Comment


As the new year is less new and the weeks/months have quickly slipped by leaving us in the second half of March 2017, we are back into the annual DJ battle season. And tonight in New York City one of themost important turntable showdowns (and typically first of the Regional DMCs) takes place with the 2017
DMC NYC Regional DJ Battle. The battle winner tonight will in turn face off against the winners from all
the upcoming Regional USA DMC battle winners in the summer 2017 USA battle. That winner (last year it was DJ Traps - left) will go on to rep the US in the 2017 DMC World Championships held in London in approx six months from now. This year taking place at the new location of the Highline Ballroom in the Chelsea district of Manhattan the NYC DMC Regional will feature an impressive list of registered battle DJs: some of whom could be future stars.. This evening's 6pm to 11pm event features a nice balance of new and seasoned turntablists battling it out on the ones and twos (full list below) plus impressive showcase and party rockin' sets from DJ Shiftee and DJ Nelson. And who knows, maybe the event's always entertaining and multi-talented host Lord Finesse might do an impromptu DJ performance as the veteran hip-hopper has in the past.
At this evening's big event the list of registered battle DJs includes longtime competitor/two time
US DMC champ DJ Esquire out of  Brooklyn (see video below of him battling DJ Cleancut in 2012 US Finals), the 2009 DMC US Supremacy Champ DJ Supreme the Global Reset, the 2014 NYC DMC champ (see video below) and 2014 US runner up DJ Dwells,  the 2012 Roc Raida Gong DJ Battle Champ repping Maryland DJ As-One, and tireless regular competitor who's never afraid to push the envelope: John Swan out of Brooklyn NY. The other registered competitors for tonight include The Don Santos: (Brighton MA), Icecold Chet (Knockemstiff OH), Bobby Bangers (Boston MA), D Spliff (NY, NY),  DJ AJ (New Britain CT), Dj Xcalibur aka Mad Max (Harlem, NY), Ned Nice  (Brooklyn NY),  DJ Polarity (Bronx NY), DJ Hear No Evil (Mount Vernon NY), DJ Gremlinz (Shirley MA), DJ Flav (Springfield Gardens NY),  DJ Nick Diablo (Hillsdale NJ), DJ Stay High (Elmhurst, NY),  DJ C2 (Brooklyn NY), DJ Mika (Brooklyn NY),    Robbie Wilde (Union NJ), DJ Runrie (Brooklyn NY),  Finger Smith (Brooklyn NY), and New Jersey's Infa-J.

Saluting Rock And Roll Pioneer Chuck Berry [1926 - 2017]

Posted by Billyjam, March 18, 2017 11:16pm | Post a Comment

One of rock n roll music's pioneers/creators Chuck Berry died this afternoon at his Missouri home. The influential guitarist/writer/singer born Charles Edward Anderson Berry, who had been performing up until a couple of years ago, was 90 years of age. Earlier today his family posted via the Chuck Berry Facebook page that: "We are deeply saddened to announce that Chuck Berry - beloved husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather - passed away at his home today at the age of 90. Though his health had deteriorated recently, he spent his last days at home surrounded by the love of his family and friends. The Berry family asks that you respect their privacy during this difficult time."  

Chuck Berry's death comes in advance of his recently announced first studio album in 38 years (Chuck to be released later this year) and just three weeks following the release of the wonderful tribute to the artist's legacy: Rock And Roll Music! The Songs Of Chuck Berry.  That recommended 24 track collection that was carefully compiled by Ace UK Records, features his most famous songs being covered over the years by such artists as Elvis Presley, Buddy Holly, Jerry Lee Lewis, MC5, Marty Robbins and The Beach Boys. Including such classics as "Roll Over Beethoven," "Johnny B. Goode," "Maybellene," "Sweet Little Sixteen" and "Little Queenie" (to name but a few) it is not only a a virtual history lesson in rock n roll music but a testament to the vital role that Chuck Berry played in the powerful popular new musical movement of the second half of the 20th century. Most of Berry's biggest rock and roll hits can be found on such artist collections as Chuck Berry: The Complete Chess Singles A's & B's 1955-1961 and the vinyl/LP collection Chuck Berry: Rock n Roll Masterworks.

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Kalyn Heffernan & Wheelchair Sports Camp Intentionally Included Mexico & Canada On "Wall To Wall" Tour - Tonight @ 924 Gilman

Posted by Billyjam, March 17, 2017 10:11am | Post a Comment

Artist/activist and regular subject of the Amoebllog Kalyn Heffernan along with her hip-hop live group Weelchair Sports Camp are back out on tour this month as they do each year around this time, typically with at least one date at the South By Southwest conference and festival (SxSW). But this year the politically themed Denver CO group, who recently released their official debut album No Big Deal, are skipping SxSW in Austin for their 2017 version of their Spring North American tour.  Instead Heffernan said that the band is making a point of including dates in their current West Coast "Wall to Wall" tour in both Mexico and Canada: something inspired by the current political climate.

"Nothing can stop free flow of music," said Heffernan. "Ideas in the digital age or anytime the desires of the people overwhelm the oppressors.  That's why at this precarious  juncture Wheelchair Sports Camp had to return to Mexico and Canada: two countries that have welcomed their Denver sound with giant open arms!"

The current Wheelchair Sports Camp tour, in support of the late Ikey Owens produced album No Big Deal album on the Sage Francis founded Strange Famous Records, kicked off in Kansas City earlier this month and has already included stops in Iowa, New Mexico, Nevada, California (including Low End Theory), and Mexico. They play Vancouver Canada next week (March 21st at The Cobalt). Tonight (Friday March 17th) at 7pm the band play 924 Gilman in Berkeley CA (all ages show - more info) and tomorrow they play Shea's Tavern in Reno Nevada when they're expected to play the new album tracks "Mary Had A Little Band" and "Hard Out Here For A Gimp." See the accompanying music videos for both album tracks below and click here for full tour schedule.

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Artists From Muslim Nations Unite @ SxSW's "ContraBanned #MusicUnites" Showcase and "Musicians & the Travel Ban" Panel

Posted by Billyjam, March 15, 2017 10:54am | Post a Comment


SxSW is far more than a new music and film festival and party gathering in Austin TX each March. Rarher the annual music, film, and interactive media festival, that began back in 1987, has steadily grown to become a relevant cultural and political gathering. Among this year's hot cultural topics is the new documentary Stranger Fruit. containing previously unseen security footage of Michael Brown, that premiered at SxSW over the past opening weekend of the ten day festival. Since that SxSW screening the controversial documentary has been grabbing news headlines and reviving discussion on the August 2014 fatal shooting in Ferguson that sparked the Black Lives Matter movement.

Another hot button political topic at this year's SxSW is the ContraBanned #MusicUnites concert showcase and panel discussion, happening Friday March 17th. Self-described as "artists from the diaspora of the banned nations," ContraBanned is the collective of artists (including Emmanuel Jal pictured above/interviewed below) that came into being following the January 27th Executive Order issued by the new White House administration's banning entry into the U.S. for ninety days by citizens from seven majority Muslim countries as well as to banning entry to Syrian refugees indefinitely.  Even though that controversial Executive Order from six weeks ago, that singled out the nations of Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen, had been temporarily suspended plans for the SxSW showcase this Friday (March 17th) remained firmly in place. Similarly even after the March 6th updated Executive Order that removed Iraq from the list of nations affected plus exempted lawful permanent residents and green card holders.

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New Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds 'Best Of' Collection Out May 5

Posted by Amoebite, March 14, 2017 04:13pm | Post a Comment

Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds Lovely Creatures

Curating and encapsulating 30 years of work into a single release from a band as prolific as Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds is no easy task, but somebody has to do it. Thankfully those "somebodies" are Nick Cave himself, and founding member Mick Harvey. On May 5, 2017 four different iterations of Lovely Creatures: The Best of Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds (1984-2014) will be released, each featuring their greatest hits and personal favorites, as well as rare photos and memorabilia from band members' personal collections, and a series of original essays.

All four versions of Lovely Creatures are available now for pre-order on Amoeba.com and they'll ship free to U.S. addresses.

Lovely Creatures CD

Lovely Creatures [CD]
2-CD

21 tracks across two CDs with a 24-page booklet featuring personal and rare photographs of the band.

Lovely Creatures LP

Lovely Creatures [Vinyl LP]
3-LP

New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with clipping.

Posted by Amoebite, March 13, 2017 06:34pm | Post a Comment

clipping. What's In My Bag? Amoeba Music

Looking for obscure classical, musique concrète, hip hop, noise, and film score recommendations? Luckily experimental hip hop trio clipping. stopped by Amoeba Hollywood and scoured the store for some pretty esoteric finds, including Dakota Hogback's Vicarious Sadism and Jean Schwarz's Erda / Suite N.

"The unusually experimental section of Amoeba Berkeley is the source of most of my music taste growing up," says William Hutson, adding, "underneath the experimental section, there's an experimental clearance section, which often has fantastic little gems or a weird CD-R." Hutson, along with fellow collaborators Jonathan Snipes and Daveed Diggs, had plenty of records to show us, most of which were off the beaten path.

clipping. Splendor & Misery Amoba Music The Los Angeles-based group consists of producers William Hutson and Jonathan Snipes plus rapper Daveed Diggs. In 2009, Hutson and Snipes began collaborating on power electronics and noise remixes of mainstream rap artists for fun. The trio became a serious project when Diggs joined a year later, writing his own verses for the tracks. They self-released a debut album, Midcity, in 2013. Although somewhat under the radar, the album attracted attention from Sub Pop, who signed the trio for their second album, CLPPNG.

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Amoeba Sponsors the 15th Annual Indian Film Festival Los Angeles

Posted by Amoebite, March 13, 2017 05:18pm | Post a Comment

Indian Film Festival Los Angeles

We’re proud to be a sponsor of the 15th Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles (IFFLA), which will take place April 5-9 at Regal L.A. LIVE.

IFFLA is devoted to a greater appreciation of Indian cinema and culture by showcasing films, supporting Lipstick Underneath My Burkhaemerging filmmakers, and promoting the diverse perspectives of the Indian diaspora. The five-day festival is the premiere platform for the latest in cutting-edge global Indian cinema and bridges the gap between the two largest entertainment industries in the world – Hollywood and India. The festival will showcase more than 25 films from the Indian filmmaking community across the globe, host the highly anticipated Opening and Closing red carpet Galas, and the Closing Awards ceremony.

The Festival will open with Lipstick Under My Burkha and its impressive ensemble cast of Konkona Hotel SalvationSen Sharma, Ratna Pathak, Aahana Kumra, and Plabita Borthakur in a dramatic, but irreverent and vibrant film about women and faith. The festival closes with the Los Angeles premiere of Hotel Salvation, the debut feature of Shubhashish Bhutiani, whose 2013 short film Kush was shortlisted for the Live Action Short Film Oscar and won IFFLA’s 2014 Audience Award.

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Hip-Hop Cut-And-Paste Pioneer Steinski Evaluates Trump's "Soundbite Treasure" Of "Syphilitic Dementia" Sample Ready Quotes

Posted by Billyjam, March 12, 2017 06:05pm | Post a Comment

Hip-hop cut-and-paste master / pioneering producer Steinski has channeled his political feelings (both negative and positive) into powerful productions dating back three decades to his "Motorcade Sped On" audio music documentary on the Kennedy assassination. Recorded under the artist name Steinski & Mass Media and appearing on a 1987 NME magazine free 7" EP that track is among the artist's finest works that appeared on the 2008 Illegal Art released retrospective Steinski: What Does It All Mean: 1983 - 2006 Retrospective. The artist was interviewed by the Amoeblog back at the time on the topic of that release as well as his other work. During the Bush Sr. and Jr. and Obama administrations Steinski produced a handful of underground politically themed tracks and over the years he's sampled the voices of many presidential figures.. But since the election win of Donald J. Trump he's been noticeably busier than ever crafting some amazing songs that sample the "fearless leader" including the last month's "Orange Is The New President (Fearless Leader Is Watching)" and the December 2016 / pre-inauguration release of "Trump Inaugural Address Leaked By Russian Hackers" that contained many of Trump's best quotes including the infamous "grab em by the...." quote. Audio postings to SoundCloud of both tracks can be heard below.

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Pioneering Experimental Turntablist Jazz Trio Livehuman Celebrate "scratchBop" With March 16th Amoeba San Francisco In-Store

Posted by Billyjam, March 11, 2017 02:28pm | Post a Comment
Livehuman celebrate "scratchBop" with Amoeba SF in-store Thursday March 16th @ 6pm

San Francisco progressive jazz trio Livehuman have been together now for two full decades. In that time the turntablist/bass/percussion experimental ensemble, comprised of DJ Quest, Andrew
Kushin, and Albert Mathias, have performed countless concerts both locally and internationally including at the prestigious Montreux Jazz Festival and released a string of critically acclaimed albums. But it is only now with the recent release of their 2017 album scratchBop that these hard-working musical perfectionists feel that they've finally found their proverbial groove. They will celebrate the new album with an Amoeba San Francisco in-store Thursday March 16 at  6pm.
"Livehuman was born of an inspiration I had listening to Miles Davis' doo-bop record," percussionist Albert Mathias told the Amoeblog this week. Added the artist who cites among his other "jazz heroes"
as Charles Mingus, Charlie Parker, Thelonious Monk, Sun Ra, and The Art Ensemble of Chicago, "That was a long time ago and for me scratchBop is what I dreamt might be possible….though I didn't realize it would take most of my adult life to achieve it." This insight by the gifted percussionist should not come as a total surprise to longtime fans of the band, familiar with such past album releases as Monostereosis: The New Victrola Method or Elefish Jellyphant, since scratchBop displays somewhat of a new musical chapter for the trio. Or as bassist Andrew Kushin calls it, "an uncovering" of sorts following years of tirelessly playing together and honing a distinct innovative jazz style. 

Sidewalk Sale at Amoeba Hollywood Saturday, March 18

Posted by Amoebite, March 10, 2017 03:11pm | Post a Comment

Sidewalk Sale at Amoeba Hollywood

Amoeba Hollywood is having a Sidewalk Sale on Saturday, March 18th! It's your chance to score huge deals on music, movies, books, comics, posters and more, right outside the store from 12pm - 4pm. Plus, our friends from Hubert's Lemonade will be here with free lemonade for our thirsty customers.

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!

Come out and treat yourself to some inexpensive new movies and music from Amoeba!

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

 

Hubert's Lemonade

Sidewalk Sale at Amoeba Hollywood

Jidenna Truly Is "The Chief" As Demonstrated On The Hip-Hop/Soul Artist's Recommended 14-Track Debut Album on Wondaland Records

Posted by Billyjam, March 9, 2017 03:03pm | Post a Comment

Future megastar Jidenna truly is the chief as readily demonstrated on his all killer / no filler 14 song debut album The Chief (Wondaland / Epic) that arrived into Amoeba Music in the past few weeks. Although filed under "soul" the endlessly talented and charismatic artist born Jidenna Theodore Mobisson is equally hip-hop, and more including hints of roots reggae and strong traces of African highlife. In fact, if you only recently discovered the 31 year old NYC based singer/rapper/producer via his just published "Bambi" music video (see below), with the song's distinctive, soothingly hypnotic highlife harmonies that drive the song, you could be forgiven for thinking that he is a Nigerian highlife music crossover artist. Turns out that the Wisconsin born teacher turned professional musician, who has spent parts of his adult life living in Atlanta, Los Angeles, Brooklyn, and the Bay Area where he attended Stanford, is of Nigerian descent and grew up listening to both Nigerian and American soul and hip-hop music.

New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Matt Pinfield

Posted by Amoebite, March 8, 2017 01:36pm | Post a Comment

Matt Pinfield What's In My Bag? Amoeba Music

"I have 20,000 records on a freighter waiting to come to my place in San Francisco," says TV host and video DJ Matt Pinfield. "I'm replacing stuff or getting stuff that I can listen to that I've just been dying to hear." Pinfield recently took a trip to Amoeba Hollywood, his "favorite record store in the country," and let us take a peek into his bag, which included records both classic and new.

Matt Pinfield All These Things That I've DoneAs the host of 120 Minutes, MTV/VH1 personality Matt Pinfield became a familiar face for music fans. During the mid-'90s he hosted a number of MTV shows, later parlaying his musical knowledge into a position as Vice President of A & R and Artist Development for Columbia Records in 2001. An experienced radio host, he began his career as a college radio DJ and Music Director at Rutgers University's WRSU-FM. He can now be heard in the mornings at San Francisco's KFOG, on weekends through Cumulus Media's Flashback show, and on SiriusXM's Lithium channel on weekday mornings.

Pinfield was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2008. He has played himself in an episode of Portlandia and made cameo appearances on albums by several artists. In 2016 he published a memoir, All These Things That I've Done: My Insane, Improbable Rock Life.

There certainly was a strong David Bowie presence in Matt Pinfield's picks, as he not only bought the Five Years 1969-1973 Bowie box set, but also the Bowie-produced All The Young Dudes by Mott the Hoople, and the latest movie soundtrack by legendary singer/songwriter Scott Walker, who Pinfield first learned about from Bowie covering Scott Walker. Pinfield spoke about the importance of the legendary musician in his life, saying Bowie was his "gateway to looking further and seeing what else was out there. Which is really the m.o. and the template for what we were doing with 120."

Amoeba Hollywood Has Free Tickets to a T2 Trainspotting Screening

Posted by Amoebite, March 6, 2017 03:43pm | Post a Comment

T2 Trainspotting

[UPDATE 3/6 AT 7:50PM: Amoeba Hollywood is SOLD OUT of passes to this screening.]

Amoeba Hollywood is giving out free passes to attend a special screening of T2 Trainspotting this Thursday, March 9th next door at Arclight Hollywood. Passes are available now at the Amoeba Hollywood information counter - while supplies last! Each pass admits 2 people and there's a limit of 1 pass per customer.

First there was an opportunity......then there was a betrayal. Twenty years have gone by. Much has changed but just as much remains the same. Mark Renton (Ewan McGregor) returns to the only place he can ever call home. They are waiting for him: Spud (Ewen Bremner), Sick Boy (Jonny Lee Miller), and Begbie (Robert Carlyle). Other old friends are waiting too: sorrow, loss, joy, vengeance, hatred, friendship, love, longing, fear, regret, diamorphine, self-destruction and mortal danger, they are all lined up to welcome him, ready to join the dance.

Screening details:

Thursday, March 9th 
Starts at 7pm

Arclight Cinemas Hollywood
6360 Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90028

Can't make it to the screening? Catch T2 Trainspotting in select theaters March 17th.

Amoebapalooza SF 2017 Beat The Academy Awards

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, March 2, 2017 06:48pm | Post a Comment

Amoebapalooza SF 2017

By Brent James

Another amazing Amoebapalooza has come and gone, and this year's soiree on Sunday, February 26th was definitely one for the books! Who needs the Academy Awards anyway with THIS star studded lineup?

Jon Longhi

Relying heavily on our Video Room staff for the bulk of the evening's entertainment, author Jon Longhi kicked off the night with passages from his own books! Stimulating imagery poured from the stage as Jon opened the doors to his mind and gave everyone in the room a free pass. Fun fact: two of Mr. Longhi's publications have covers created by R. Crumb, who once called Jon the "Bukowski of the Nineties."

Next up, the staple of our yearly get-togethers, the one-man band and always-entertaining SNOTMOP. As usual, the set was peppered with songs about current events. No love was shown for the current political state of America, that's for sure.

One of our newer employees took the stage next. Going by the moniker MBC1855, a totally out-of-nowhere, almost Moroder-esque set was unleashed and had the crowd dancing at one point. One thing is for sure, this kid knew what he was doing and where he wants to take it.

Top 10 Must-Own TV Shows of All Time

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, March 1, 2017 07:10pm | Post a Comment

By Gabriel Wheeler

There are many great television shows, but what shows are actually worth watching over and over again? Here's the Top Ten of must-see and re-see television.

10. All in the Family (1971-1979)

In one of the rawest portrayals of an ignorant bigot, anti-hero Archie Bunker navigates serious issues of the '70s, often in opposition to those closest to him. The remains poignant while being hilarious. Topics like racism, rape, and drugs are but a few of the issues tackled in honest, funny, and thought-provoking ways. A must-watch for captives of 2017. 

All In The Family


9. Firefly (2002-2003)

Joss Whedon, creator of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, brought us this epic cowboys in space sci-fi action/drama. Failing to find an audience during its tenure, it quickly became a cult favorite on home video and syndication. The show centers on the ship Firefly and its crew, as they travel the galaxy trying to make a quick buck in perhaps not-so-honest yet morally responsible ways. Funny and well-written, it’s a shame there are only two seasons.

Firefly
The Shield

Top Ten Songs About Cycling

Posted by Billyjam, March 1, 2017 05:17pm | Post a Comment

This is a list of the top ten songs about cycling: mostly ones on the joys of cycling as either a mode of transportation or a healthy pastime. It is not to be confused with a top ten list of songs geared to cycle to. Such a list would thematically be more abstract, to even include non-vocal/instrumental tracks, and with a focus on the BPM (beats per minute) to accompany a cardio cycling workout song playlist: IE a spinning music top ten list. In contrast this list could apply to any cyclist from the casual fixie (fixed wheel, one gear) bike rider who rides just to the corner store and back, all the way up to the 2020 mile long Tour de France participant. Like any top ten it's a subjective music list that not everyone will agree with.  Hence the comments section below and the honorary mention list included in this Amoeblog. In some cases the songs chosen were based on the appeal of their accompanying videos (or lack of a video)

Number one has to go to Kraftwerk's timeless 1983 single "Tour de France." It's a song that can be filed under rock, electronic, electro-pop, and hip-hop. Featured in the 1984 movie Breakin' the song is a staple of hip-hop: having been both sampled by hip-hop producers and utilized by a generation of breakers to do their b-boy moves to. "Tour de France" is a true celebration of cycling: recorded with electronics mixed with samples of various bicycle sounds by the German "krautrock" artists who reportedly were avid competitive cyclists. A single, released in numerous different mixes, and years later followed by a full length album of the same title Tour de France was, of course, so named after the famed annual three-week French bike race that dates back to 1903. Taking that same bicycle race title but flipping it on its ear with the song lyrics "Sharing my aggression is what I do, every day I'm riding the 'Tour de Fuck You'" is the Sons of Science's hilarious  "Motherfucking Bike" with an equally inspired accompanying video. Anyone who cycles round a city like San Francisco on the regular cannot but love this song (#2) and all its accurate observations.

#BeBoldForChange International Women's Day 2017 Theme: Anticipating Unprecedented Participation Thanks To "Prez Grab 'Em"

Posted by Billyjam, March 1, 2017 01:24pm | Post a Comment

#Women'sHistoryMonth Every cloud has a silver lining. Just as the increasingly regressive policies and surreal statements of Donald Trump have proven to be a major boost for subscriptions to news outlets like the New York Times and the Nielson ratings of SNL, Seth Meyers, and Stephen Colbert, the "grab em by the p***y president" has similarly injected new life into the women's movement as witnessed by the overwhelming turnout and solidarity of the January 21st  Women's March, when over two million protesters took to cold January streets of Washington, D.C. as well as other cities worldwide, plus the countless subsequent protests and newly formed gender based, resistance organizations it, in turn, has inspired. Hence we can anticipate unprecedented participation in the upcoming 2017 International Women's Day (IWD) Wednesday, March 8th. In fact as a sort of continuation of that post-inauguration day protest, will be A Day Without a Woman. Planned for IWD the informal day of protest encourages women to wear red, to not go to work, and to not shop in stores or online with the exception of at women-owned businesses or at local small businesses. More info at Women's March and #DayWIthoutAWoman.

New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Xenia Rubinos

Posted by Amoebite, March 1, 2017 12:03pm | Post a Comment

Xenia Rubinos What's In My Bag? Amoeba Music

Xenia Rubinos, the Brooklyn-based songwriter/performer, went shopping at Amoeba Hollywood recently and let us in on some of the records that inspired her latest album, Black Terry Cat. "The first track off my record...was totally inspired by this song, 'Love To Love You.'" She is, of course, speaking of Donna Summer's disco classic, which was produced by the legendary Giorgio Moroder. "I just like how unhinged she is, and unapologetically sexy and powerful and ethereal," Rubinos says of Summer. Another artist who inspired her was the prolific jazz pianist and composer Mary Lou Williams. Speaking about Williams' solo piano recital at the Montreux Jazz Festival, Rubinos said, "Mary Lou really inspired me a lot...and she's, kind of, not as well known as she should be."

Xenia Rubinos Black Terry CatXenia Rubinos draws inspiration from social issues, civil rights struggles, and her Afro-Latina heritage. After graduating from Berklee College of Music with a degree in jazz composition, Rubinos began her career by performing DIY shows in her apartment. Her debut album, Magic Trix, was released via Ba Da Bing! in 2013.

Concert Tickets Available for Sale at Amoeba Hollywood in March 2017

Posted by Amoebite, March 1, 2017 11:36am | 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.