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Soul Slam SF XII: Prince & Michael Jackson, June 10

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, May 30, 2017 06:34pm | Post a Comment

Soul Slam SF

June is truly turning out to be the Month of Prince, with so many Prince related events to participate in! On his birthday proper, Amoeba Berkeley is throwing a righteous party with special guest DJs, treats, and more, plus all Amoeba store locations will be offering 20% off all Prince music & merch in his honor that day. And let's not forget that the epic Purple Rain soundtrack is getting reissued in four different versions on June 23rd.

But no Month of Prince would be complete without the Bay Area annual dance tradition SOUL SLAM SF: Prince & Michael Jackson, which returns to San Francisco's Mezzanine on Saturday, June 10th. Globetrotting superstar disc jockey DJ Spinna headlines the 12th installment of this epic dance party featuring the music of Prince and Michael Jackson’s essential compositions, covers, and goodies. King Most and special guest DJs Constellations: Wonway, heyLove*, Nina Sol, and your host Hakobo will set the mood and build the anticipation for what is set to be another amazing Soul Slam!

Get your tickets now at soulslamsf.com!

Soul Slam SF

New 'What's In My Bag?' Episode with Melvins

Posted by Amoebite, May 30, 2017 03:58pm | Post a Comment

Melvins What's In My Bag? episode at Amoeba Hollywood

We are incredibly stoked to share our 500th "What's In My Bag?" episode featuring the legendary Melvins!! Buzz Osborne, Dale Crover, and Steven McDonald recently visited us at Amoeba Hollywood to debate which is the best Rolling Stones record, talk about being influenced by The Runaways, and pick up albums by new artists The Lemon Twigs and Savoy Motel.

The Melvins formed in Montesano, WA in 1983, taking their name from a much-maligned supervisor at the Thriftway store where vocalist and guitarist Buzz Osborne worked as a clerk. As Melvins, he and drummer Dale Crover would go on to become underground legends, influencing the development of grunge, doom, and sludge. The band's 1986 debut EP, Six Songs (aka Melvins) was released as a vinyl 7". Their first studio full-length LP, Gluey Porch Treatments, was released in 1987 via Alchemy Records. With deep ties to the nascent grunge scene, Crover played drums on a Nirvana demo that would later become part of their Bleach LP.

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Berkeley World Music Festival, June 9 - 11

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, May 29, 2017 05:00pm | Post a Comment

The 14th Annual Berkeley World Music Festival descends on Berkeley Friday, June 9th to Sunday, Berkeley World Music FestivalJune 11th and it's all FREE. This year's line-up features a dazzling array of performances by some of the Bay Area’s finest artists and also marks the first time the Festival expands beyond the People's Park and Telegraph Avenue stomping grounds.

The Festival opens on Friday night at 8pm with a free kick-off party at La Peña Cultural Center, located at 3105 Shattuck Ave. Evening performances display the cross-cultural exchange between Spain, Peru, and Cuba. Peta Robles leads multi-textured drumming of the Cajon. Direct from Spain, La Mandanga offers passionate dance music.

On Saturday, the festival launches its first concert in downtown Berkeley at Civic Center Park from noon to 6pm. Honoring our ancestral lands, Corrina Gould, a Chochenyo Ohlone elder, opens the event, followed by a Chiricahua Nde’ “Apache” performance. Next, award-winning singer Fely Tchaco steps onto center stage, infusing lyrical pop into Ivory Coast rhythms. Concert headliners are legendary Fito Reinoso, a top Cuban songwriter, and Zydeco Flames, West Coast’s premier Zydeco band. Fito Reinoso y su Ritmo y Armonia’s sizzling Cuban Salsa, Timba, and Son rhythms reflect Cuba’s street beat and broad musical heritage. Zydeco Flames presents riveting Louisiana funk and R&B as only they can deliver. Saturday festivities also include performances by veterans Alan Hewitt and Summerlynn Rivera (Bluegrass with Clogger) and street music on Shattuck Avenue.

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Phono Del Sol Returns to San Francisco, June 17

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, May 28, 2017 06:34pm | Post a Comment

Phono Del Sol Festival

Phono del SolThe Phono del Sol Music & Food Festival returns to SF's Potrero del Sol Park in The Mission on Saturday, June 17th. In the tradition of years past, the nonprofit festival will feature a curated mix of favorite local bands and standout national headlining acts, along with some of SF’s tastiest food trucks, artisan cocktails, craft beer, and family friendly activities. A portion of ticket proceeds will go to the San Francisco Recreation & Parks Department.

The lineup for this year will be headlined by San Francisco’s own garage-punk rockers Thee Oh Sees. Female punk rock trio The Coathangers are also set to perform, along with Oakland-based songwriter Jay Som, independent folk-rock singer Sean Hayes, and funk-wave hip-hop artist DUCKWRTH. Additional performers include the Oakland-based afro-soul and R&B collective Bells Atlas, Bay Area-based rock outfit Never Young, R&B singer-songwriter Rayana Jay, Oakland-based dream-pop singer-songwriter Madeline Kenney, and indie-psych sextet Tino Drima.

General Admission and VIP tickets are available for purchase HERE!

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San Francisco's Switchboard Music Festival Featuring Kronos Quartet, June 10

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, May 28, 2017 05:27pm | Post a Comment

Switchboard Music Festival, Kronos Quartet

Switchboard Music Festival celebrates its tenth anniversary on Saturday, June 10th at Z Space in San Francisco with six hours of music! The festival, which runs from 3-9pm, will feature cellist Teddy Rankin-Parker performing music by Michael Beharie, Ryan Brown’s Mortal Lessons, Ramon and Jessica’s Roses are Blue, the SF Conservatory Percussion Quartet, Billygoat, Splinter Reeds, and a return performance by the Kronos Quartet.

The Switchboard Music Festival is the flagship event of San Francisco’s Switchboard Music, which supports the creation and performance of new music in the Bay Area by engaging artists and audiences from a wide variety of musical communities. The Switchboard Music Festival will present seven sets of eclectic music as well as a mid-Festival birthday party celebrating ten years of Switchboard.

Teddy Rankin-Parker
Teddy Rankin-Parker

Here's the non-stop line-up for June 10th:

3:00pm: Paul Lansky’s Threads & selections from Steve Reich’s Drumming

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Birthday Week Part 6: Siouxsie Sioux, Andre 3000, John Fogerty, Ramsey Lewis, Cilla Black, and Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes

Posted by Billyjam, May 28, 2017 01:25am | Post a Comment

John Fogerty
's (born May 28, 1945) 2013 solo album Wrote A Song For Everyone

For this sixth and final part in the Amoeblog Birthday Week series we salute six artists: John Fogerty who was born on May 28th in 1945 and the five others who were all born on May 27th including Siouxsie Sioux, Andre 3000, Cilla Black, Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes, and Ramsey Lewis. And below is a condensed overview / rough guide to their careers including their main releases, with one video from each, and including links to the artist pages on the Amoeba online store. Note you will find an even wider choice of releases on these (and all other artists) in each of the three Amoeba Music shops: Berkeley, San Francisco, and Hollywood. This final Amoeblog birthday week installment in the series follows the May 26th Miles Davis tribute, the May 25th Paul Weller tribute, the May 24th Bob Dylan one, the May 22nd Morrissey one, and the May 23rd one to Rosemary Clooney, Maxwell, and Robert Moog. Like the latter Amoeblog, today's also combines several different artists. Following a brief overview of these six artists are a series of videos representing one from each plus one album cover from each artist.

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New Vinyl Reissues From Sia, Fleetwood Mac, The Beatles and More

Posted by Amoebite, May 26, 2017 02:32pm | Post a Comment

Vinyl Reissues out May 26

Memorial Day weekend is upon us, and with the holiday comes a slew of new vinyl reissues. If you're a classic rock fan, a Sia fan, OR a classic rock fan who loves Sia, you'll want to perk up your ears and read on to find out about the special releases hitting our shelves today. Lots of your old favorites are getting dusted off and spiffed up -- and they don't just look good, they sound great, too.

Here's what to look for to make your vinyl collection bigger and better.

Burnin' Sky

Bad Company - Burnin' Sky

Released for the first time in 1977, Burnin' Sky has been remastered and pressed on 180-gram vinyl. The LP reissue features several bonus tracks, including an early version of "Too Bad" with vocal duties performed by guitarist Mick Ralphs.

Run with the Pack

Bad Company - Run with the Pack

Amoeba Music Celebrates Birthdate of Late Legendary, Influential Jazz Artist Miles Davis With 20% Storewide Sale

Posted by Billyjam, May 26, 2017 12:38pm | Post a Comment
Miles Davis' 1959 Kind of Blue (also on LP/vinyl) is a landmark album not just for jazz, but all music

"If you only get to own two Miles Davis albums? Hmmm: that's a hard one because he has so many essential collectables. I mean he's the greatest. But if only two Miles albums then I would have to narrow it down to Kind of Blue first. That's a given. And I think most would agree. But for the second MIles album I think would have to recommend  Sketches Of Spain. That was from that same period, released in 1960 a year after Kind of Blue," said Dick Conte when interviewed by the Amoeblog this week. The reason we reached out to the KCSM DJ, whose past radio stations include legendary bygone era Bay Area jazz radio station KJAZ (1959 - 1994), was because today is the birth date of Miles Davis who died at age 65 back in 1991.

The highly influential jazz trumpeter and composer Miles Davis was born on May 26th, 1926. And in recognition of the date and the jazz icon himself, all day today at all three Amoeba Music stores is a 20% sale on all Miles Davis releases and related product (LPs, CDs, cassettes, DVDs, posters, books etc.). This Amoeblog, the fifth in a weeklong series of celebrating important artists' birthdays, is a brief tribute to the man and his vast important back-catalog, and a sort of crash course in what to get by Miles Davis if you are only now beginning to build a collection of the legendary jazz artist's work.

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Happy 59th Birthday Paul Weller [Video Version: Solo, The Style Council, The Jam]

Posted by Billyjam, May 25, 2017 09:07am | Post a Comment

Born in 1958 on this date, May 25th, UK singer, songwriter, guitarist Paul Weller (aka The Modfather) today celebrates his 59th birthday. Happy birthday Paul and thank-you for providing the world with so much great music from your seminal days with The Jam (with Bruce Foxton & Rick Buckler)  through your years with The Style Council (with Mick Talbot etc.) and all your later solo work up to the present. As a fan of Weller's since 1977 when he arrived with his punk / mod revivalist / power-pop trio The Jam, I have always admired the artist for not just his musical skills, but his passion for all types of music from punk to funk to soul and jazz and house and, more importantly, his commitment to follow his heart and go with his gut. Weller has always been an artist who made the music that he wanted to, not what some record company exec dictated to him. And it is because of this insistence on sticking to his gut and soul, I believe, that Weller has been such a prolific artist. Even excluding the body of work with The Jam and The Style Council, Weller's released an impressive 20 + solo albums (studio, live, and compilations).  So in honor of this occasion, which is part 4 of this week's special Amoeblog Birthday Week series that began on Monday with Morrissey, below are over thirty videos from throughout Weller's long illustrious career. Spanning several decades and in chronological order, most are music videos or concert clips or TV performances (inc. Top Of The Pops) but also included is a cool music related interview from 2013 when Weller visited Amoeba Hollywood and took part in a What's In My Bag? (WIMB) episode. Whenever applicable the name of the album that a song is from is included with a link to the Amoeba.com shop page where you can order the album, most of which are vinyl pressings (Free Shipping anywhere in the USA). Thanks for checking out this birthday blog and be sure to view the others: May 22nd Morrissey, May 23rd Maxwell, Rosemary Clooney, & Robert Moog, May 24th Bob Dylan, and tomorrow May 26th will be Miles Davis.

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Tickets for Lil Yachty's 'Teenage Groove' Prom Available at Amoeba Hollywood May 25

Posted by Amoebite, May 24, 2017 03:24pm | Post a Comment

Lil Yachty Prom in LA

Lil Yachty is throwing a Teenage Groove prom in Los Angeles Thursday, May 25th and Amoeba Hollywood has your tickets to this awesome event! Just pre-order his new CD, Teenage Emotions, in-store only at Amoeba Hollywood starting at 10:30am on May 25th and you'll get an invitation to prom. Lil Yachty will be performing, plus there will be a contest for "best dressed" and prom king and queen, so come looking sharp in your best prom attire. There will also be plenty of food and drink, including alcohol for the 21+ fans.

Lil Yachty Teenage EmotionsWhat: Lil Yachty Teenage Groove Prom

Where: Loews Hotel in Hollywood

When: Thursday, May 25th. Doors at 7:30pm

Tickets: Available with in-store pre-order at Amoeba Hollywood starting at 10:30am on May 25th (while supplies last). 1 pre-order will get you 1 ticket, and there's a max 5 per person. 

Please note, it's an all-ages event, but if you're under 18 you need to bring a parent or guardian with you and they will need their own ticket.

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Lil Yachty's debut full-length album, Teenage Emotions, is officially out on CD May 26th. It merges his signature gleeful sing-rap and auto-tuned transmissions with hip-hop bombast, pop, and eighties cultural touchstones. The 19-year-old Atlanta native is proudly genre-defying, mining hip-hop, alternative, and indie sounds, as well as his hometown Atlanta trap DNA to solidify his mosaic approach. The album is a reflection of young lives right now, from happiness to social media-saturated heartbreak to the dance floor, caught in a sound that effortlessly and constantly bounces from rap to pop to something entirely its own. Personally, the nineteen-year-old strives to promote positivity and good vibes. It caters to a teenager's everyday lifestyle -- heartbreak, happiness, and that vibe when you wake up in the morning and just wanna dance.

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In Celebration of Bob Dylan Turning 76 + Amoeba's 20% Off Sale, A Career Overview & Guide To Building Essential Dylan Library

Posted by Billyjam, May 24, 2017 01:14pm | Post a Comment


Today's installment in this weeklong Amoeblog birthday series, which honors Bob Dylan's 76th birthday with an accompanying Amoeba Music instore 20% off sale today, is the series' most important and personal for me. The artist born Robert Allen Zimmerman in Duluth, Minnesota, on May 24th, 1941 has for me consistently ranked as among the most important artists of all time, of all genres. A dedicated fan since I was just a little kid too young to understand his deeply layered lyrics, when my dad introduced me to him via his repeated plays of the albums Bringing It All Back Home (also avail on 180 gram vinly LP and on 2LP MFSL reissue as cover above) and Nashville Skyline (also avail on MSFL reissue vinyl), I credit both my musically diverse late father and Bob Dylan's music for giving me an appreciation of American music from Woody Guthrie's protest folk era, to country music (including my intro to Johnny Cash) and most importantly preparing me for rap music, in particular the rhyming structure of hip-hop. So for this birthday week Amoeblog series on Dylan I will provide a random timeline of Dylan events: tracing such moments as his famous mid sixties press conference in San Francisco up to his 2016 Nobel prize in literature. Also included  in this piece are references to many key Dylan albums / a suggested rough guide to building the basic essential Dylan music collection. Naturally with such a deep body of work (the online Amoeba shop numbers 400 Dylan titles!) this piece will only scratch the surface. Note that all Bob Dylan product found at Amoeba (LP, CD, DVD, posters etc.) are on 20% off sale today and instore only at Amoeba's three locations: Berkeley, San Francisco, and Hollywood.

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Birthday Week Part 2: Rosemary Clooney, Maxwell, and Robert Moog

Posted by Billyjam, May 23, 2017 10:38pm | Post a Comment

In continuation of yesterday's Amoeblog tribute to Morrissey's 58th birthday and the Amoeba Music one-day storewide 20% off sale on all Morrissey and The Smiths product to celebrate the date, we continue the birthday theme today by honoring three diverse artists whose birthday fell on this date of May 23rd: Rosemary Clooney, Maxwell, and Robert Moog. In the case of the latter artist/creator, whose legacy was celebrated over this past weekend with the annual MoogFest in North Carolina, select music artists whose careers were influenced by the moog synth creator will also be celebrated in this second birthday week Amoeblog installment.   Note tomorrow Wednesday, May 24th, Bob Dylan's 76th birthday will be celebrated with both a tribute Amoeblog as well as  one-day 20% off instore sale on the artist's releases And then on Friday this week, May 26th: birth date of the late Miles Davis,  the jazz great's legacy will similarly be celebrated in this one-week series.
Born on this date in 1934 and died in August 2005 at age 75,  Robert Moog was the inventor of the Moog synthesizer five and a half decades ago and, as such, widely credited with being a pioneer of electronic music.  It was in 1965 when the Moog company rolled out the commercially available modular voltage-controlled analog synthesizer systems. The radical musical creation would alter and help shape the course of popular music over the next half century. His electronic synthesizer keyboard instrument, that originally cost $11,000, counted among its earliest owners The Beatles, Sun Ra, and Mick Jagger after its introduction at the Monterey Pop Festival in 1967. As noted by such academics as Cornell University professor of Science and Technology Studies, Trevor Pinch Moog's creation and his name are often mispronounced. Moog rhymes with "rogue" not with "fugue" as it has repeatedly been mispronounced dating back to its earliest usage.

Among the earliest artists associated with the history of the Moog synth included Walter Carlos (later Wendy Carlos), Diana Ross & The Supremes, The Doors, and The Byrds followed by such others as  Rick Wakeman of Yes, Keith Emerson, Kraftwerk, and Gary Numan. Another fan of using the Moog synth, although not often associated with the instrument, was Bob Marley, But it was the aforementioned Walter / Wendy Carlos provided many music fans first introduction to the Moog with 1968 release of the crossover classical album Switched-On Bach which reworked Bach's pieces on this then new instrument. But in terms of the first big pop hit for the Moog as the main instrumentation, that occurred a few years later with the 1972 international pop hit single "Popcorn" by Hot Butter (song below) which was actually a cover of the song Gershon Kingsley wrote and first recorded in 1969 for his album Music to Moog By and done by numerous other artists including Jean-Michel Jarre who was recently featured on the Amoeblog for his WIMB? appearance.

Five-Beer Mission to Explore Strange New Worlds

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, May 23, 2017 07:42pm | Post a Comment

Star Trek & Beers

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

Turkish Star Trek"Human beings do not survive on bread alone, you poor, soulless creature, but on the nourishments of liberty. For what indeed is a man without freedom, naught but a mechanism, trapped in the cogwheels of eternity."

~ Harcourt “Harry” Fenton Mudd

Just as Manchego cheese is paired with Pinot Noir, five beers should be paired with watching the 1973 Turkish cult-classic Omer the Tourist in Star Trek (known simply to most as Turkish Star Trek), where the Enterprise picks up a goofy Turkish hobo and then must deal with a salt-sucking vampire. Despite being filmed six years before the official Star Trek motion picture, this mind-boggling movie is not shown at many sci-fi or foreign film festivals, but it has been known to teleport to Amoeba’s used movie section from time to time, or, as Cyndi Lauper would say, time after time.

Five beers also go very nicely with listening to Star Trek themed bands in the garage with your friends. Bands such as Thee Shatners (with an amazing B side on the LP), The Encounters, Warp 11, Stovokor, No Kill I, and The Vulcaneers (with their hit record Beat Me Off Scotty) are guaranteed to entertain guests for hours and non-Trek loving friends for at least a half an hour.

New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Watsky

Posted by Amoebite, May 23, 2017 02:49pm | Post a Comment

Watsky What's In My Bag? Amoeba Music

"I generally am of the strong opinion that the Vince Guaraldi Christmas album and the Oscar Peterson Christmas album are the best Christmas albums of all time," says rapper and writer Watsky while holding up The Isley Brothers' album I'll Be Home For Christmas. "But I'm willing to give Isley Brothers' Christmas a chance." Watsky was at Amoeba Hollywood recently picking up some records that were near and dear to him, as well as some albums he hadn't heard yet, including the aforementioned holiday album. A you would expect from the lauded writer and lyricist he had some interesting things to say about all of his picks.

George Virden Watsky, better known, simply, as Watsky, began his career as a highly-acclaimed slam poet. Considered the Bay Area's reigning teen slam poetry champion in the mid-'00s, he racked up Watsky x Infinity titles like Youth Speaks Grand Slam Poetry Champion and Brave New Voices International Poetry Slam Champion. He has appeared on HBO's Russell Simmons Presents Def Poetry Season Six.

Watch Dungen Perform Live at Amoeba Hollywood

Posted by Amoebite, May 22, 2017 04:51pm | Post a Comment

Dungen Live at Amoeba Hollywood

A day after performing their own soundtrack to the 1926 animated film The Adventures of Prince Achmed at The Getty Center, Swedish psyche-rock band Dungen stopped by Amoeba Hollywood to play selected songs from their score, which was released in album form as Haxan. Though Dungen are no strangers instrumental freak-outs and jams, Haxan marks the release of their first all Dungen Haxan -instrumental record. The quartet were in top form on stage, creating a hypnotizing blend of atmospheric textures, musical grandeur, and funky grooves.

The video starts with "Haxan," a darkly triumphant march, led by front-man Gustav Ejstes' piano and accented by Reine Fiske's economic, but piercing, guitar lines. Next is "Aladdin och Lampan," a funky number with jazz chords, psychedelic jazz flute and a some killer bass riffs. The band closed their set with "En Gång Om Året," a song off their 2015 album Allas Sak, a piano driven psyche-ballad that lets Ejstes' vocals to shine through.

Check out the performance below:

Dungen - Live at Amoeba Hollywood
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Happy 58th Birthday Morrissey: Amoeba Music Celebrates Date With Instore 20% Sale Today On All Morrissey and The Smiths Items

Posted by Billyjam, May 22, 2017 10:17am | Post a Comment

Amoeba Music wishes a very happy birthday to Morrissey who turns 58 today: May 22nd, 2017. In recognition of the celebratory occasion, Amoeba is throwing a 20% off sale on all Morrissey solo and The Smiths releases, as well as on all related items. Happening all day today the sale includes all formats (CD, vinyl, cassette, DVD etc.) and extends to any merch (T-shirts, posters, etc.) for Morrissey or The Smiths. [Note: This 20% off The Smiths / Morrissey sale is during business hours all day today, May 22nd, in each of the three Amoeba stores: Berkeley, San Francisco and Hollywood. Also note that there will be two other birthday related 20% sales later this week: Wednesday for Bob Dylan who turns 76 and Friday, May 26th, for the late Miles Davis]

On May 22nd, 1959  Steven Patrick Morrissey was born with "Irish Blood, English Heart" in Lancashire, England.  The uniquely talented singer/songwriter, known affectionately as Moz, first came to wide fame and acclaim between 1983 and 1984 with singles like "Hand In Glove," "This Charming Man," "What Difference Does It Make," and "Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now." All of these were iconic singles by The Smiths: the short-lived band he formed in 1982 with guitarist Johnny Marr, bassist Andy Rourke and drummer Mike Joyce. And although the band would break up in 1987 after only five years together their popularity never faltered over the years/decades since thanks to a combination of the influential indie band's solid back-catalog and Morrissey's consequent prolific solo career.  Scroll down to see both The Smiths and Morrissey's discographies. Also below are a series of videos capturing  highlights of the careers of The Smiths and of Morrissey solo as artist and as public figure: one known for his advocacy of such issues as animal rights and vegetarianism, and for never been afraid to speak his mind.

Hip-Hop Top Ten: 05:21:17: Damu The Fudgemunk, DJ Rhettmatic, Dorrough, Dr. Octagon, Funky DL, Artifacts, Paul Nice +

Posted by Billyjam, May 21, 2017 10:33pm | Post a Comment

As outlined in the top ten list below and heard in the video clips by scrolling even further down, there's a real nice diverse offering of new hip-hop releases to arrive into Amoeba Music this past new release date: Friday May 19th. Incorporating various formats (LP, CD, cassette) in both brand new and new reissue edition releases there's lots to chose from with Topping the anticipated 3LP, 20th Anniversary Edition version of Dr Octagon's Dr Octagonecologyst 3LP 20th Anniversary Set.topping the top ten. Featuring veteran NYC emcee Kool Keith's Dr. Octagon alias (the alter ego he had killed off years ago) with project producer/mastermind Dan the Automator plus San Francisco turntablist legend DJ Qbert (also DJ Shadow in there) this new package celebrates the 20th anniversary of the hugely popular, critically acclaimed mid-nineties release. Technically 20+ years since its 1996 release, the album featuring Dan's deep quirky production and Kool Keith's absurdist alter-ego / high-concept character, upon its mid nineties release  Dr. Octagonecologyst stood apart from other hip-hop at the time and managed to additionally appeal to non rap music fans.

New Third Season Episodes Of "Better Call Saul" Prompt Revisiting "Breaking Bad"

Posted by Billyjam, May 21, 2017 10:01am | Post a Comment


SPOILER ALERT for Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul: The current exciting third season of Better Call Saul (Mondays on AMC: 10/9c) has been rapidly kicking into full gear, especially the past two episodes of the Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould created show. A spin-off prequel of Gilligan's Breaking Bad, this latest season of Better Call Saul has picked up speed and come full circle in catching up to the plot lines and characters from the iconic TV series that inspired it.  Hence many diehard fans like myself have been trying to remember exact details from Breaking Bad, that first began airing nine years ago, regarding its characters and their roles including actor Bob Odenkirk's Saul Goodman who was the alter ego of Odenkirks' Jimmy McGill.

For example when did the temporarily disbarred lawyer McGill, whom we just witnessed morph into morally challenged lawyer to the criminals "Saul Goodman," first get introduced in the original Breaking Bad series? Answer: it was in Episode 8 of Season 2, that first aired on April 26th 2009, in an episode fittingly entitled "Better Call Saul." That episode's opening scene unfolded with the not-so-smart drug-slanging character Brandon "Badger" Mayhew, played by actor Matt L. Jones, been busted at an Albuquerque bus-stop bench. As seen in photo still above that bus-stop bench was coincidentally emblazoned with a "Better Call Saul" banner ad. [Breaking Bad began airing on AMC back in January 2008 and would run for 62 episodes over five series through September 2013: available as Breaking Bad: The Complete Series]

Hip-Hop Rap Up 05:16:17: The Automator & Qbert in SF, NYC Honors Scott La Rock, New Music: P-Lo, B.o.B., Stik Figa, Quelle Chris

Posted by Billyjam, May 16, 2017 05:10pm | Post a Comment

Fresh off their recent Dr. Octagon 20th anniversary reunion shows with Kool Keith (note new special Get On Down 3LP reissue of Dr Octagonecologyst coming this week, May 19) the two San Francisco talents of producer Dan The Automator andDJ Qbert are back collaborating sharing a hometown bill this week at the music meets live art event RE:CREATION. A joint presentation of Thud Rumble and Euphonic Creations and powered by (the wearable tactile audio technology) SubPac, also on the bill will be Qbert's longtime collaborator and fellow Invisibl Skratch Piklz member DJ Shortkut who'll be spinning an early eve all 45's set from 8pm to 10pm. 

Celebrate the Music of Prince with Purple Rain Reissues

Posted by Amoebite, May 16, 2017 04:37pm | Post a Comment

Prince Purple Rain Reissues

One of the greatest albums of all time (and the soundtrack to one of the best ever movies about music, too), Purple Rain, is getting reissued on June 23rd. Originally released in 1984, it's the first Prince album to feature his backing band, The Revolution. The following year, Purple Rain took home two Grammys -- one for Best Soundtrack and the other for Best Rock Performance -- as well as an Oscar for Best Original Song.This iconic album will be hitting shelves in four different versions, each of which offers something special. All four reissue versions are available to pre-order now on Amoeba.com and they'll ship FREE to the U.S.!

Here's why we're digging each one.

Prince Purple Rain


Purple Rain [Deluxe Edition] (2CD)

The Deluxe Edition is the baseline Purple Rain reissue of this batch, featuring (as do the other releases) tracks transferred from the Paisley Park stereo masters and remastered in 2015 by Bernie Grundman, the mastering engineer for the original LP. The second disc in this two-disc set includes a treasure trove full of previously unreleased tracks.

New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Jean-Michel Jarre

Posted by Amoebite, May 16, 2017 12:17pm | Post a Comment

Jean-Michel Jarre What's In My Bag?

We were excited to host a live interview and Q&A with pioneering electronic music composer Jean-Michel Jarre and presenter/journalist Nic Harcourt at Amoeba Hollywood. Before the event, we sat down with Jarre for a "What's In My Bag?" episode and he talked with us about Boys Noize and the new wave of German techno artists, the first time he heard Julia Holter's voice, and M83's instantly recognizable sound.

Jean-Michel Jarre is a French composer, performer, and producer of avant-garde electronic and new age music. The son of legendary film composer Maurice Jarre, the younger Jarre first studied classical piano before falling in love with jazz. He then immersed himself in musique concrete before turning to electro-acoustic music. Before moving entirely into electronic music, he composed for films and wrote songs for many popular singers, including Francoise Hardy. In 1977, Jarre's electronic music breakthrough arrived in the form of Oxygène, his debut LP.

Jean-Michel Jarre Oxygene 3A year later, his follow up Equinoxe appeared to an equally dazzling response; Jarre performed a series of open air concerts in Paris' Place de la Concorde to an estimated audience of one million spectators. These concerts earned him a spot in the Guinness Book of World Records. 1981's Les Chants Magnétiques and 1983's Music for Supermarkets also marked high points in the artist's career. After a relatively quiet decade in the 1990s, Jarre returned to prominence in the '00s. His albums Electronica, Vol. 1: The Time Machine (2015) and Electronica, Vol. 2: The Heart of Noise (2016) featured some of the most prestigious names in music, including John Carpenter, Hans Zimmer, Cyndi Lauper, Vince Clarke, Armin van Buuren, and Pete Townshend. His most recent release, Oxygène 3, was released in December 2016. 

The Unmistakable Sound of Allan Kingdom Continues to Blossom on "Lines"

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, May 15, 2017 04:20pm | Post a Comment

Allan KingdomBy doubleay

Vocalist Allan Kingdom’s stunning debut album, Lines, should not get overlooked. The Canadian-born, Minnesota-raised artist dropped the project in early April and it’s surely one of the most exciting releases of 2017 thus far. Kingdom’s uniquely iconic vocals and rap prowess command attention. He was raised on traditional African music and mainstream American R&B played by his Tanzanian mother, and he eventually took to hip-hop acts like Pharrell and Outkast. All his influences were prolific and candidly original, pushing him to develop a distinctly unmistakable sound all his own that only continues to blossom on Lines.

 

 

Allan Kingdom - “Evergreens”

Kingdom’s early one-off singles like “Evergreens” and the powerful “Wavey” featuring Spooky Black garnered him esteem in the digital realm of Soundcloud, while his incredibly inventive 2014 solo project, Future Memoirs, and self-titled collaborative album with the group Thestand4rd (Kingdom, Corbin fka Spooky Black, Bobby Raps & Psymun) solidified him as serious talent looking to break through to higher planes.

San Francisco Silent Film Festival, June 1-4 with DJ Spooky & More

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, May 14, 2017 07:20pm | Post a Comment

SF Silent Film Festival 2017

Join Amoeba Music in celebrating the 22nd year of the San Francisco Silent Film Festival (SFSFF)! SF Silent Film Festival 2017This year's fest runs June 1-4 at the Castro Theatre and presents many restorations, including three titles SFSFF had a hand in restoring: Silence (with Cinémathèque Française), The Three Musketeers (with MoMA), and a fragment of the lost Wallace Beery/Louise Brooks film Now We’re in the Air (with the Czech National Archive).

All films at SFSFF are accompanied with live music by extraordinary musicians. Favorites Alloy Orchestra, Berklee Silent Film Orchestra, Frank Bockius, Guenter Buchwald, Stephen Horne, Sascha Jacobsen, Matti Bye Ensemble, Mont Alto Motion Picture Orchestra, and Donald Sosin are returning, and DJ Spooky will be making his SFSFF premiere!

All in all, this year's line-up contains 18 programs, 36 musicians, 9 countries, three new SFSFF restorations, two women directors, plus Clara Bow, Louise Brooks, Lon Chaney, Sergei Eisenstein, Douglas Fairbanks, Harold Lloyd, Ernst Lubitsch, Anna Pavlova, Paul Robeson, Victor Sjöström, and much, much more!

Finally Finished, Bay Area Punk Rock History Film "Turn It Around: The Story of East Bay Punk" to Premiere As Opener of SF DocFest

Posted by Billyjam, May 12, 2017 01:09pm | Post a Comment

Following a lot of hard work, including exhaustive researching and gathering of data on an underground music scene much of which pre-dated the Internet era, the anticipated documentary on the East Bay punk scene is finally finished and ready to screen. The 155 minute, Corbett Redford directed, Iggy Pop narrated Turn It Around: The Story of East Bay Punk will get its world premiere screening, opening night of the SF IndieFest's upcoming 16th SF DocFest at 7pm on Wednesday, May 31st at the Alamo Drafthouse New Mission Theater. Tix/info. Titled after the 1987 benefit compilation for the Gilman Street Project, compiled by David Hayes and released via Maximum Rock N Roll, Turn It Around  focuses on locally celebrated punk mecca 924 Gilman, spans three plus decades of "the California Bay Area’s punk music history." Hence while the documentary title implies East Bay solely, in fact the film encompasses the San Francisco punk scene (influential bands like Flipper, DKs, and The Avengers) that, for those who were around during that exciting period will readily recall, were all part of the same uniform Bay Area punk scene.

Sake One's "The Art of Storytellin" - OutKast / Dungeon Family Themed Traveling Club [May 12 @ The Echo in LA with Mr. Choc & Ms Jck]

Posted by Billyjam, May 11, 2017 08:23am | Post a Comment


Amoeblog: So how did the idea for your OutKast/ Dungeon Family themed The Art of Storytellin' traveling club series come about and did you consider it a risk to focus solely on one group and their extended musical collective?

Sake One: I used to throw a party in San Francisco called Pacific Standard Time. The focus at those parties was new, cutting edge dance music. But on occasion we would curate "tribute" nights. I would try to focus on less obvious artists and try to shine light on artists who, at that time, had amassed a large and influential body of work but perhaps weren't thought of as legendary acts: Chaka Khan, Raphael Saadiq, Earth Wind & Fire, and yes OutKast. The crowd response on OutKast night was incredible with people screaming lyrics and multiple people thanking me and telling me how much OutKast and their music meant to them. I have always been a huge OutKast fan, but doing those tribute nights in 2004 and 2005 planted a seed in my head for a larger, more detailed OutKast night.  Due to the response I have always noticed when I spin OutKast and Dungeon Family artists at parties, I was always pretty confident that this party would be successful because OutKast always made songs that slap in the club.

New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Bad Religion's Greg Graffin

Posted by Amoebite, May 10, 2017 05:50pm | Post a Comment

Greg Graffin What's In My Bag? Amoeba Music

"I like compilations by prolific artists who are long since dead," says Bad Religion frontman Greg Graffin, "because I think of myself as a prolific artist, and not everything is that great." Before his recent book signing at Amoeba Hollywood Graffin picked up the Hank Williams compilation The Complete Singles As & Bs 1947-55. "But Hank Williams is a great singer/songwriter, in the tradition that I consider myself...so you have to know some of his important body of work." Believe it or not Graffin actually chose this 4-CD set over another Williams set on account of its brevity. The other set, The Complete Mother's Best Collection, contains 15 discs, which Graffin says "is too many songs to listen to."

Besides being the lead vocalist and songwriter of the legendary American punk band Bad Religion, Greg Graffin is also an author and a UCLA and Cornell-trained academic who has taught courses in evolution, paleontology, and life sciences. He has written several books, including Anarchy Evolution: Faith, Science, and Bad Religion in a World Without God and Population Wars.

Greeg Graffin MillportGraffin and friends founded Bad Religion in 1979, while they were still in high school. Their debut studio LP, How Could Hell Be Any Worse?, arrived in 1982, but their turning point as a band came in 1988, with the release of their third LP, Suffer. The album is considered to be one of the greatest punk albums of all time. Bad Religion have steadily released albums since their inception and despite several lineup changes; their most recent release is 2013's True North. Graffin released his first solo LP in 1997, American Lesion. His latest solo album, Millport, landed on March 10, 2017 via ANTI-.

The Dream Syndicate Sign With ANTI-

Posted by Billyjam, May 10, 2017 03:12pm | Post a Comment

Today the ANTI- record label announced that they had signed influential Los Angeles 80's “paisley underground” indie rockers The Dream Syndicate, which answers the question as to what label would be releasing the band's forthcoming (fifth studio) album that founding member Steve Wynn had announced back in February. Also today all dates of a Fall 2017 European tour by the band were announced. Known for such 80's college radio staples as their 1982 Slash Records debut The Days of Wine and Roses and 1984"s Medicine Show, The Dream Syndicate came to fame shortly after forming in 1982 when they were part of LA's sixties psychedelic rock derived, then neo-psychedelia so-called “paisley underground” along with The Salvation Army / Three O'Clock, Rain Parade, and The Bangles.

Psychomania is Back From the Grave

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, May 9, 2017 07:18pm | Post a Comment

Psychomania

By Brett Stillo

Get on your bikes and ride! That devilish blackguard Tom Latham and his gang of shaggy-haired, cycle-Psychomaniacrazy delinquents, the Death Wheelers, have come back from the grave—AGAIN—in a deluxe Blu-ray/DVD release of the 1973 horror favorite, PSYCHOMANIA!

Psychomania is an Aleister Crowley-on-Wheels, black-magic-meets-black-leather tale of witchcraft, reincarnation, myth, and motorcycles. The aforementioned Tom ('70’s favorite Nicky Henson, displaying brutish charm and swagger) and his motorcycle gang, The Living Dead, tear up the English countryside while his spiritualist mother (Beryl Reid) and her sinister butler (the elegantly satanic George Saunders in his final screen appearance) conduct weird séances at the family manor. What more could a saucy lad like Tom ask for, except maybe immortality by way of a suicide pact with the Dark One in the guise of a frog?

From there, Psychomania opens the throttle as Tom convinces his gang of baby-faced Bikers (who look like members of Badfinger) to kill themselves so they too can return to this world as indestructible, undead hooligans. The horror shifts to action as Tom and his gang roar down country roads and Psychomania Nicky Hensonancient, fog-shrouded cemeteries on their classic British racing bikes, terrorizing the local villagers.

Crowd-Funded Documentary "I Am A Cliché" On Late X-Ray Spex Singer / Punk Icon Poly Styrene Looks Set To Go

Posted by Billyjam, May 8, 2017 05:41pm | Post a Comment

"Some people think little girls should be seen and not heard.  But I think "oh bondage, up yours!"
 - Poly Styrene, X-Ray Spex's "Oh Bondage Up Yours!" 1977 single + 1978 LP Germfree Adolescents


With 99% of its $90,580 goal already reached and another 20 days still to go on its Indiegogo  crowd-funded campaign, the pending documentary on punk icon, the late great X-Ray Spex founder, lead singer & songwriter Poly Styrene, I Am A Cliché looks all set to go. Directed by Paul Sng with writer Zoë Howe plus narration by the artist's surviving daughter Celeste Bell, the documentary will tackle the unlikely success story of the artist born Marianne Joan Elliott-Said. The film promises to tell the tale of the "bi-racial, female, working class and possessing an unforgettable warrior-cry voice" in an engaging visual "portrait of a singer, seeker, a maverick and a mother" utilizing a myriad of footage: much of it previously unseen.

Sidewalk Sale at Amoeba Hollywood Saturday, May 13

Posted by Amoebite, May 8, 2017 12:10pm | Post a Comment

Sidewalk Sale at Amoeba Hollywood

Rain might have foiled our plans for a sidewalk sale at Amoeba Hollywood last weekend, but we are rescheduling it to this Saturday, May 13th! Not only do we have huge deals on music, movies, books, t-shirts, posters and more, right outside the store from 12pm - 4pm, we're also having a one-day sale on posters, T-shirts, and mugs happening all day long inside the store. And we're hosting a live pledge party with KCRW broadcasting live from Amoeba Hollywood 3-6pm. Whew! May 13th is going to be jam-packed!

Check out some of the bargains you can find at our sidewalk sale:

  • DVD box sets: $4 each or 2 for $7
  • DVDs: $2 each or 3 for $5
  • Blu-ray: $4 each or 3 for $10
  • CDs: buy 1 get 1 free [of equal or lesser value]
  • Posters: $2 each or 3 for $5
  • T-shirts for $5
  • Great deals on books!
  • $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.

Watch the New Amoeba Green Room Session with Nothing

Posted by Amoebite, May 5, 2017 02:45pm | Post a Comment

Nothing Amoeba Green Room Session

Nothing performed an intimate, stripped down set in the Amoeba Hollywood green room on February 24, 2017. In this latest entry in our Green Room Sessions series, the Philadelphia-based indie quartet played four hazy, dreamy songs, including a truly excellent PJ Harvey cover. If you're thinking about catching the band on their upcoming US summer tour, you'll definitely want to check out video of this very special performance.

Nothing Tired of TomorrowThe band set the tone with the gorgeous, slowcore track "The Rites of Love and Death" from 2012's Downward Years to Come LP. Next up are two shoegaze standouts from last year's Tired of Tomorrow album: "The Dead are Dumb" and "Fever Queen." Nothing finish their set with a haunting, astonishing version of PJ Harvey's "The Desperate Kingdom of Love" from Uh Huh Her. It's a hypnotic, achingly lovely performance from a band that continues to impress.

Watch the new Green Room Session with Nothing below:

KCRW Live Pledge Party at Amoeba Hollywood Saturday, May 13th

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KCRW plege party at Amoeba Hollywood

Amoeba Hollywood is thrilled to be hosting a pop-up pledge party for KCRW's spring membership drive on Saturday, May 13th! Station DJ Raul Campos and Morning Becomes Eclectic host Jason Bentley will be broadcasting live on-air from our store between 3-6pm. Come on down and meet your favorite KCRW DJs!

We'll be giving out free fun stuff for KCRW fans, plus the station's street team will be in the house, passing out radio station schwag and helping fans become members. Anyone who donates to the station between 3-6pm will be automatically entered to win our seriously rad KCRW and Amoeba Music Vinyl Prize Pack, which includes a new Numark PT-01 USB Portable Turntable, Amoeba gift certificate, KCRW headphones, assorted fun stuff, and a personal shopping trip to Amoeba with KCRW DJ Raul Campos.

We also have two special sale events happening at Amoeba Hollywood on Saturday: a one-day sale on posters, T-shirts, and mugs happening all day long inside the store and a sidewalk sale with huge deals on music, movies, books, t-shirts, posters and more outside the store from 12pm - 4pm.

KCRW is a member-sponsored station and public radio has never been more important. That's why we're excited to be donating a portion of our online sales for the day directly to the station!

Hip-Hop Rap Up 05 05 17: Vinyl + Video Version: Homeboy Sandman, Onra, Brother Ali, Dilated Peoples, & Blockhead

Posted by Billyjam, May 5, 2017 10:53am | Post a Comment
Amoeba Music Hip-Hop Top 5: 05: 05: 2017


1: Homeboy Sandman Veins LP  (Stones Throw/Fat Beats)

2: Onra Chinoiseries 3 (also avail on vinylLP) (All City Records)

3: Brother Ali All The Beauty In This Whole Life (also avail on vinylLP) (Rhymesayers Ent)

4: Dilated Peoples The Platform LP (Get On Down)

5: Blockhead Uncle Tony's Coloring Book LP (Young Heavy Souls)

Number one new release this week, out today May 5th 2017 (happy Cinco De Mayo!) is the latest from the always amazing Homeboy Sandman: Veins LP  via Stones Throw / Fat Beats.  The vinyl only (so far) album features such killer tracks as the advance songs "Bamboo" and "Clarity" (see both music videos below). And while the ten song Veins album may only clock in at just over 24 minutes in length, as I have stated here before, Homeboy Sandman's unique intricate deep rhymes pack more clever thought-provoking lyrics  into one song than the average contemporary hip-hop artist manages to do in an entire album!

Oakland Museum of California's May Schedule To Include Los Rakas Concert, Turf Feinz Dance Set & Movie, and Punk Rock Bike Tour

Posted by Billyjam, May 4, 2017 08:42pm | Post a Comment

The Oakland Museum of California (OMCA) continues its dedication to local culture (including music and dance) with events for its May calendar to include a turf dancing (concert & film) event, a performance by Panamanian/Oakland duo Los Rakas, and a punk rock bike tour. OMCA's punk rock bike tour of Oakland, which  will take place on Sunday May 21st at 10am, is billed as a "special tour focused on the punk rock scenes of The Town" with "the history of anti-establishment Oakland, from DIY to music, art to activism." A free all ages event, it is the first in hopefully many of a new innovative series that could easily expand to include Oakland's next door neighbor Berkeley with its deep punk rock roots. More info.

Most of the other music related events are connected to the new Spring series of Friday Nights @ OMCA.  An outdoor and indoor event, that's spread across the sprawling Oakland museum, the Friday night series focuses on local music, art, and culture including food (including a variety of food trucks). There's a lot going on Fridays in May beginning  tomorrow (May 5th) when the La Pelanga DJs will begin their month long residency at Friday Nights @ OMCA. Similarly there'll be square dancing lessons with accompanying acoustic folk music tomorrow and each upcoming Friday this month. Next week, May 12th, performers will include Baba Duru and Joaquin Ramos playing traditional rhythms of the African diaspora, plus a concert by Fito Reinoso y su Ritmo y Harmonia.On Friday May 26th Phillip Montalban and the Bluefields Sound will be among the entertainers.

The Beatles' Sgt. Pepper Anniversary Reissues Coming Soon

Posted by Amoebite, May 3, 2017 02:25pm | Post a Comment

Beatles Sgt Pepper Anniversary Reissues

The Beatles' legendary Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band LP turns 50 this June! To celebrate, Capitol is reissuing this legendary LP on May 26th in four different anniversary edition releases that are really something special. After all, this is the first Beatles album to be remixed and expanded since 2003's Let It Be... Naked. This new version of Sgt. Pepper features new mixes by Giles Martin and Sam Okell in stereo and 5.1 surround audio, conducted at Abbey Road Studios. Even more exciting is the fact that the reissues include 34 previously unreleased recordings, including early takes from the sessions. Each reissue features Martin's new stereo mix, which was sourced from the original four-track session tapes and guided by his father, George Martin's mono mix. They are all now available to pre-order on Amoeba.com and they'll ship FREE to the U.S.!

Here's what to expect from the four different versions.

Beatles Sgt Pepper CD

Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band [Anniversary Edition] CD

Four Rather Awesome Two-Player Tabletop Games

Posted by Amoebite, May 3, 2017 01:55pm | Post a Comment

Tabletop Games

- By Chris Curtis

With apologies to Nilsson, one isn't always the loneliest number when it comes to tabletop games. Sometimes two can be as bad as one because so many games hit their stride at three or four players. Party and social deduction games need even more participants. But there are times when it’s just you and your friend, lover, or family member and you two are both up for some gaming goodness. That’s where dedicated 2-player titles come in! Here are four great games we carry at Amoeba Hollywood that I’ve tried and enjoyed recently. All of my opponents enjoyed them too (especially because they usually kicked my butt). Each game has simple rules, is optimally designed for re-playability and fun strategic options, and is small enough to go along on road trips or any getaway. Though these titles all could have been themed differently, the designers have chosen subject matter that integrates well with the game mechanisms. And the international themes allow us to take trips to faraway, magical places in the mind’s eye!

Hanamikoji
HanamikojiRecently released in the States, this is a really beautiful and elegant Japanese micro-game. It’s named after the famed street in the Gion district of Kyoto, known for its traditional wooden merchant houses and tea shops as well as appearances from real Geisha (or Geiko), elaborately dressed and coiffed. Geisha means “artist” or “artisan” and in this game you are attempting to win the favor of at least four Geisha by presenting them with gifts (or “item cards”) related to their creative specialty. During each round, you will be given a hand of item cards picturing flowers, musical instruments, parchments, etc. Since there are only 20 cards in play and there is a designated number of each type of item, you can get a sense of which Geisha to turn your attention to. On your turn you are required to take one of four actions. Each action must be performed throughout the course of the round, but only once, and in any order you choose. You can save one card for later, eliminate two cards from the round, offer three cards to your opponent (they take one of them), or offer four cards (in two sets of two) to your opponent and he or she takes one of the sets. Trying to make the right choice on your turn can be agonizing! And of course you want to make it difficult for your rival to pick the most advantageous cards from whatever you present! The efficiency of this little wonder is quite mind-blowing - effectively a game of tug-of-war with simple yet fascinating tactics. The visual design and artwork of this title are simply gorgeous, measuring up to the innovative mechanisms. A typical match lasts 15 or 20 minutes.

East Bay Punk Legends Rancid Announce New Album "Trouble Maker" (June 9th) with Music Video for "Ghost of A Chance" Out Today

Posted by Billyjam, May 2, 2017 02:49pm | Post a Comment


Longtime California punk icons Rancid today announced that  next month they'll be releasing an all new studio album Trouble Maker (Hellcat/Epitaph) featuring the lead track "Ghost Of A Chance" for which earlier today they published an accompanying music video (see below). Other tracks on the forthcoming 17 track album (19 for the deluxe version) will include such songs as "Telegraph Avenue," "An Intimate Close Up Of A Street Punk Trouble Maker," " Bovver Rock and Roll," and "All American Neighborhood." To arrive in Amoeba on June 9th, Trouble Maker will be Rancid's ninth studio album in their two and a half decade career and their first since 2014's …Honor Is All We Know.  Produced by longtime friend, previous collaborator, and founder of Epitaph Records, Brett Gurewitz, the new album will be released in CD and vinyl formats as well as digitally.

The Berkeley, California founded Rancid, born out of the remains of Operation Ivy, was formed by Tim Armstrong (vocals, guitar) and Matt Freeman (bass, vocals) back in 1991 and released their debut EP on Lookout in 1992. A year later, signed to Epitaph, they released their self-titled debut album RancidLars Frederiksen (vocals, guitar) joined shortly afterwards appearing on all albums since then including 1994's Let’s Go, 1995's ...And Out Come The Wolves (also avail on LP/vinyl), 1998's Life Won’t Wait, the 2000 eponymous Rancid release, and 2003's Indestructible. In the period between that album's release and 2009's Let The Dominos Fall drummer Branden Steineckert had joined the band to cement the quartet's current line-up as seen in the brand new video below. In that video, as well as in the new press photo above, you will likely notice how frontman / vocalist Tim Armstrong has altered his image by growing a thick beard.

Nick Cave Supports Development of New ‘Kurdiji 1.0’ App To Battle High Suicide Rates Among Australia's Indigenous Communities

Posted by Billyjam, May 2, 2017 12:16pm | Post a Comment

Longtime Australian musician, author, and sometime actor Nick Cave has put his support behind the development of a compassionate new app designed to tackle Australia's ridiculously high suicide rate among its indigenous communities. Recent Australian social studies report that Aborigines, especially males in their teens and early twenties, are 400% more likely to commit suicide than that of their non-indigenous peers. In fact it has been reported that the young indigenous men of Australia are more likely to commit suicide than any other group worldwide. Those statistic translate into the sobering reality that currently every week in Australia an average of three aboriginal people die as a result of suicide. Longtime Australian artist Cave, who originally came to international fame via the critically acclaimed, influential post punk band The Birthday Party before in 1983 forming the long running Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, has thrown himself 100% behind the new Kurdiji 1.0 suicide prevention app, by endorsing the recently set up Go Fund Me campaign to finalize its development and launch. 

“With Aboriginal people committing suicide on an unprecedented scale, a group of elders are creating a suicide prevention app based on ceremony, story and law,” stated Cave in a press statement, further encouraging Australians and non Australians to get involved in, “fighting for the lives of young Aboriginal people and let’s show Aboriginal Australia we believe in them.”
The new app is named “Kurdiji" which translated from the Warlpiri language means "shield" as in shielding community members from such negatives as suicide. When launched it will reportedly use 3D in showing visuals of traditional dance, music and ceremony as a means of reaching the targeted demographic of young indigenous people of Australia who feel disenfranchised and isolated by mainstream Australian society.

Marin County's DocLands Documentary Film Festival, May 10-14

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, May 1, 2017 07:56pm | Post a Comment

Doclands Film Festival

Presented by the California Film Institute, the inaugural DocLands Documentary Film Festival will run in Marin County May 10–14. DocLands is a non-competitive and inclusive festival that will showcase documentary film in a variety of genres and with a diversity of content, highlighting films that transcend the traditional definition of the documentary.

Amoeba Music is proud to be part of the first-ever DocLands, sponsoring these two unique films:

NariNari
Wednesday, May 10, 7pm at Smith Rafael Film Center
DocLands Documentary Film Festival kicks off with the California premiere of Nari, a stunning short documentary blending film, archival footage, and animation accompanied by live narration and an original score featuring vocals, Indian percussion, and Gingger Shankar's unique double violin, with Carlo Ribaux on drums and Vivek Maddala on guitar and keyboard. Nari tells the life stories of the two extraordinary artists who helped bring Indian music to the West in the 1970s through their close collaboration with Ravi Shankar and The Beatles' George Harrison. Tickets.

New 'What's In My Bag?' Episode with Comedians Kristen Schaal & Kurt Braunohler

Posted by Amoebite, May 1, 2017 05:55pm | Post a Comment

Kristen Schaal & Kurt Braunohler

We were psyched to have comedians Kristen Schaal and Kurt Braunohler host our charity auction for the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank at Amoeba Hollywood back in December. Schaal and Braunohler saved some time to do a little shopping and picked up music, stand-up, movies, and baby clothes, including a prison-striped Johnny Cash "Folsom Prison Blues" onesie. "Then it looks like the baby's in prison," says Braunohler, "and that's always fun."

Hot Tub with Kurt and Kristen Live at the VirgilKurt Braunohler and Kristen Schaal are the hosts of Hot Tub with Kurt & Kristen, a weekly variety show originally based in New York City and now taking place at The Virgil in Los Angeles. The duo also co-created the online series Penelope: Princess of Pets. In November, Kill Rock Stars released their comedy album, Hot Tub with Kurt and Kristen Live at the Virgil, on double vinyl. 

Braunohler has performed at some of the most well-regarded comedy showcases and entertainment festivals in the world, including Montreal's Just for Laughs festival, the New York Comedy Festival, Edinburgh Fringe, SXSW, Bonnaroo, All Tomorrow's Parties, HBO US Comedy Arts Festival, and the Chicago Improv Festival. He has appeared on Bob's Burgers, Chelsea Lately, and John Oliver Presents. He currently hosts the podcast The K Ohle with Kurt Braunohler for the Nerdist network and just launched a new audio series available on Audible with his wife, Lauren Cook, called Wedlock.

Grateful Dead 'Live at Cornell University' Listening Parties on May 5

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Grateful Dead listening parties at Amoeba

We're excited to host listening parties for the Grateful Dead's long-awaited deluxe issue of Cornell 5/8/77 at our stores Friday, May 5th! Starting at 6pm, fans will have a chance to hear this legendary concert recording broadcast over our soundsystems and take home some special gifts with purchase, including stickers, composition notebooks, patches, and prints (while supplies last). Plus, fans in Hollywood and San Francisco will have the chance to win some cool prizes and nibble on Dead-themed treats (non-medicated, of course).

Grateful Dead Cornell University CDConsidered one of the Dead's finest performances, the May 8, 1977 concert at Cornell University's Barton Hall is so highly regarded that it earned a place in the Library Of Congress' National Recording Registry for musical works that have been deemed "culturally, historically, or aesthetically important."

The master tapes for Cornell 5/8/77 were considered lost for years -- until the end of 2016. Recorded live and direct from Betty Cantor-Jackson's master tapes, the so-called "Betty boards" have been remastered by Grammy-winning engineer Jeffrey Norman. The concert will be available May 5th in a 3-CD set.

Come on down to any Amoeba store on Friday to experience this incredible live recording and take home some schwag!

Grateful Dead Cornell University Sticker

Concert Tickets Available for Sale at Amoeba Hollywood in May 2017

Posted by Amoebite, May 1, 2017 11:49am | 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.