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The Leimert Park Village Book Fair, August 19

Posted by Amoebite, July 23, 2017 05:15pm | Post a Comment

Leimert Park Village Book Fair

The Leimert Park Village Book Fair returns to the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza in Los Angeles on Saturday, August 19th from 10am-6pm. This free summer literary event attracts over 200 authors, poets, spoken word artists, storytellers, performers, and literary/educational exhibitor participants. With five outdoor stages (fiction, children’s literature, poetry, and cooking and health) fabulous exhibits, film screenings, panel discussions, fun kids' activities, workshops, and more, this fair has it all!

Amoeba is delighted to sponsor the Leimert Park Village Book Fair. Please find our booth and say hi!

For more information on the event, visit their website HERE.

Hip-Hop Rap Up 07:23:17: Brian Coleman, Sean Price, Tyler, The Creator, Meek Mill, Trae Tha Truth, Ras Kass, Twiztid, Lando Chill

Posted by Billyjam, July 23, 2017 11:59am | Post a Comment
Amoeba Music New Hip-Hop Releases Top 5: 07:23:17


1: Tyler, The Creator Flower Boy (Explicit Cover CD) (Columbia/Legacy)

2: Meek Mill Wins & Losses (Atlantic)

3: Trae Tha Truth Tha Truth Part 3  (Empire)

4: Twiztid Abominationz Picture Disc LP (Majik Ninja)

5: Ras Kass Soul On Ice 2LP Reissue (Priority)

Last night in Connecticut during a Hot 93.7 radio sponsored Chance The Rapper headlining concert a reported 90 people were hospitalized, reportedly most for out of hand inexperienced heavy drinking resulting in dozens of underage drinkers suffering from "severe alcohol intoxication" and resulting in the local Hartford ambulance service calling out for back-up support from neighboring towns. Meanwhile back in California the other day (July 20th) at Amoeba Berkeley author Brian Coleman and DJ Platurn's jointly curated Checking The Technique panel on hip-hop, that included Domino, Adisa the Bishop, Prozack from Foreign Legion, and Eric Arnold, went well according to all in attendance with DJ Stef reporting that the best parts were all the stories that the veteran hip-hop panelists had to share.

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Happy 76th Birthday American Music Living Legend / Godfather of Funk: George Clinton [includes upcoming CA concert dates]

Posted by Billyjam, July 22, 2017 11:20am | Post a Comment





The term "living legend" literally applies to pioneering American music artist George Clinton who today celebrates his 76th birthday. The funk innovator, captain of the mothership, nucleus of Parliament,
Funkadelic, P-Funk All Stars and other spin off bands, George Clinton is an important, historic key figure in shaping not just funk music but also a lot of hip-hop too.  If you have never seen him in concert do yourself a favor and make it a priority and do it this year. You can do it since the hard working musician who, even in his mid 70's, still tours like crazy. He is on a break right now but resumes in a week with a list of upcoming California dates that offer many opportunities to catch this living legend live in concert.

His upcoming California dates include playing Berkeley's Cornerstone in a couple of weeks on August 3rd and the following night in the North Bay at the Mystic Theater in Petaluma. Then he's down to SoCal for dates including August 5th (Saturday at 4pm) by the Queen Mary in Long Beach as part of the all day Summertime in the LBC 2017 festival on an amazing line-up that also includes Wu-Tang Clan, 50 Cent, KRS-One, Slick Rick, DJ Quik, Souls of Mischief, Tha Dogg Pound, and The Dove Shack to name but a few from the impressive day's list of performers. The next day Clinton and band will play the Observatory in Santa Ana at 8pm, August 6th, followed by a gig at the GRAMMY Museum in LA on August 9th. Then he's back up in the Bay Area on August 11th at the San Jose Jazz Society. Looking ahead a few months are the upcoming October Bay dates, two consecutive nights, at The Independent in San Francisco on Oct 15th and16th.

New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Raleigh Ritchie

Posted by Amoebite, July 20, 2017 11:17am | Post a Comment

Raleigh Ritchie What's In My Bag? Amoeba Music

Game of Thrones fans and music lovers, rejoice! Actor and musician Raleigh Ritchie, aka Jacob Anderson, aka Grey Worm, recently went shopping for records, movies and more at Amoeba Hollywood. Ritchie shared with us some of his favorite albums, including Donny Hathaway's Extension Of a Man. "Donny Hathaway's my favorite," he tells us, "definitely my favorite singer of all time, 'cause you believe every single word he says." We had a fantastic time talking with Ritchie as he enthusiastically gave us insight into each of his picks in this "What's In My Bag?" episode.

English actor and musician Jacob Anderson makes music under the name Raleigh Ritchie. Best known as the character of Grey Worm on Game of Thrones, Anderson moved from Bristol to London at RAleigh Ritchie You're A Man Now, Boyage seventeen to pursue his music career. In 2006, he was featured on dance producer Typesun's track "The PL" and the two teamed up a year later for "Let Me Know." His profile was raised further thanks to a collaboration with Plan B and Anderson signed to Columbia in 2013.

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Amoeba Berkeley's "Checking the Technique" Panelists Brian Coleman, DJ Platurn, Domino, Adisa Banjoko & Eric Arnold Share Picks

Posted by Billyjam, July 19, 2017 08:12pm | Post a Comment

Author of the acclaimed hip-hop album guide Check The Technique two-volume book series Brian Coleman will be at Amoeba Berkeley tomorrow, Thursday July 20th at 530pm (free and all ages), when the Boston based hip-hop ambassador will oversee an anticipated panel discussion plus record spinning session fittingly entitled "Checking The Technique." Joining Coleman for an evening of what promises to "celebrate old-school hip-hop, especially focusing on rap’s “Golden Age” with an emphasis on Bay Area and California artists" will be former Amoeba Berkeley staffer DJ Platurn (45 Sessions/Oakland Faders), Adisa Banjoko (Hip Hop Chess Federation & author of Bobby, Bruce & The Bronx), Eric Arnold (Oakulture), Domino (Hieroglyphics), and Prozack Turner (Foreign Legion/The Legionnaire Saloon). In addition to spinning select vinyl and discussing some of their favorite hip-hop records these panelists (comprised of DJs, artists, and historians) will talk about the importance of both documenting hip-hop's history as well as always been attentive to new upcoming hip-hop artists and musical trends.

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Ladies and Gentlemen...The Revolution.

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, July 19, 2017 07:34pm | Post a Comment

The Revolution

By Brent James

The Revolution recently had a two-night engagement at the historic Fillmore Auditorium in San The RevolutionFrancisco on July 11th and 12th, and we had the absolute pleasure of attending not one but both sold-out shows! Featuring the original lineup of Wendy Melvoin on guitar, Lisa Coleman and “Dr.” Matt Fink on keys, BrownMark on bass, and Bobby Z on drums, Prince’s former band tore through two hours of memories with precision and finesse.

“Wendy?”

“Yes, Lisa…”

“Computer Blue” kicks off the set with an ocean blue wash over the transfixed capacity crowd. The band stays true to the original but owned it and the other songs as well, with an updated yet familiar sound of a band that’s been playing together on and off for over 30 years. “America” came next, more relevant now than ever. We’re reminded that Prince saw our future in 1985.

By the time “Mountains” rolls into the set, you find yourself in awe of the fact that you’re watching the band that wrote and recorded these gems in person. Many people are here tonight to heal, some are here out of curiosity. One thing is for sure and widely understood: the Purple Family runs deep and all are welcome. Yes, we’re here to celebrate Prince and His legacy, but this band is holding their own and without a doubt making Him proud.

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Remembering Peter Principle of Tuxedomoon

Posted by Billyjam, July 18, 2017 05:05am | Post a Comment
A lot of fans and friends of Tuxedomoon member Peter Principle were surprised and saddened yesterday to learn of the passing of the bassist/guitarist born Peter Dachert. Some expressed hope that the news, announced via Facebook yesterday morning, might have been a fake story. But sadly the death from "natural causes" was confirmed of the 63 year old  whose group came to fame in San Francisco in the late 70's in the post punk era. Tuxedomoon, who got major play on college stations at the time especially on hometown station KUSF, often got lumped in with all of the other local emerging new wave and post-punk acts of that era. However they were truly a unique act with a distinctive sound, as well as visuals in their live shows. Their more avant-garde sound was electronic experimental, comprised of electric violin and synths in addition to guitars, and hence unlike the traditional guitar driven sound of most of their peers at the time. Amoeba bio writer Marcus Kagler described Tuxedomoon's sound as a melding of "avant-garde soundscapes, jazz fusion, and electronic wizardry with performance art gaining much deserved notoriety throughout art circles in the U.S. and Europe."

Tuxedomoon formed in San Francisco in 1977 by Blaine Reininger and Steven Brown with Peter Principle joining the group two years later. That was after they'd released (for The Residents' original record label Raplh Records) their debut album No Tears and before the recording of their second album Half-Mute that was released in 1980 (Note: reissued on vinyl/LP just earlier this year). Soonafter the release of their third album, Desire in 1981, Tuxedomoon had relocated to Europe where they founded the record label Crammed Discs out of Brussels in Belgium. Following a hectic prolific 1980's, the following decade was one of inaction for the group. But by 2000 they regrouped and began recording and touring again.  As noted in their Amoeba bio Tuxedomoon’s 30th anniversary was observed by the release of their first box set, 7707tm: 30th Anniversary Box (2007 Cramboy) that combined their release Vapour Trails with remastered rarities and b-sides stretching back to their inception in 1977. In addition to Tuxedomoon albums, Principle also contributed to side releases by the band members Blaine L. Reininger and Winston Tong.

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2017's Top 20 Best Selling Albums...So Far

Posted by Amoebite, July 17, 2017 04:54pm | Post a Comment

Best Selling Albums of 2017 So Far

Now that summer's in full swing, we're just a little past the midpoint of the year in record sales. So what's been hot at Amoeba? Our best sellers are a diverse mix, as always, with indie, pop, a killer soundtrack, metal, electronic, and hip-hop albums all posting up within the Top 20 CDs and LPs released in 2017 so far. Take a look at what has been flying off our shelves -- some of these probably won't be a surprise while still others may have slipped past your radar. You can expect to see many of these albums on critics' best-of lists at the end of the year!

Beach Fossils

20. Beach Fossils - Somersault

With every new record, it seems Beach Fossils have been continually evolving their indie/post-punk sound. Somersault, their latest, shows a band working at its fullest potential. The songs are lush and dreamy, thoughtful and warm. This is not the same band who was making angular, propulsive post-punk just a few years back — instead there’s a hazy, modern New Romantic meets shoegaze vibe, which gives the album a deeper, more emotional allure. This album is pure romantic pleasure.

Hip-Hop July 14 2017: Fresh Kid Ice, DJ Shadow, Brian Coleman, Shabazz Palaces, Missy Elliot, Mr. Lif, The Roots, Ozomatali +

Posted by Billyjam, July 14, 2017 07:59pm | Post a Comment


The Roots, who did a killer Amoeba Hollywood in-store a decade ago, headline a Bay Area show tonight at the Fox Theater. (2 Chainz will be at the same Uptown Oakland district venue on August 14th).  Just a couple of blocks nearby in this vibrant nightlife section of the East Bay city is another excellent show. At the New Parish tonight will be the "collective of Black-Chicano-Cuban-Japanese-Jewish-Filipino musicians" Ozomatali headlining a bill with Pasto Seco Band plus local longtime emcee El Kool Kyle. Yes, it's mid summer and therefore there's lots of great hip-hop events going on in the East Bay in both Oakland and Berkeley, as well as across the Bay Bridge in San Francisco. That's where The Roots' hardest working member, drummer and busy DJ Questlove will be jetting over to after his Oakland show tonight to do a DJ set at San Francisco's The Independent on Divisidaro following a set by DeeJay Theory. Speaking of deejays Bay Area legend DJ Shadow over past week unexpectedly dropped the impromptu (digital) 4 song EP The Mountain Has Fallen which is a sequel to his summer 2016 album The Mountain Will Fall (also on LP/vinyl). He'll no doubt be performing from both releases when he brings his ongoing tour this weekend to Berkeley's UC Theatre on Sunday July 16th with Bay Area turntablist DJ Teeko opening. Next month show to look forward to: Atmosphere, Dilated Peoples, and Brother Ali all play Berkeley's Greek Theatre on August 22nd.

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Watch The Buttertones Perform Live at Amoeba Hollywood

Posted by Amoebite, July 14, 2017 06:50pm | Post a Comment

The Buttertones Live at Amoeba Music

Amoeba Hollywood was excited to have local garage rockers The Buttertones live on stage performing songs from their latest record, Gravedigging, which is out now on Innovative Leisure. The quintet drew a rapt crowd as they tore through their surf and psychobilly influenced tunes.

The Buttertones GravediggingFirst up was "Pistol Whip," a mid-tempo, night-stalker of a song showcasing vocalist/guitarist Richard Araiza's David Byrne/Bryan Ferry-like vocals. Next was the manic "Sadie's A Sadist," featuring a Cramps-y guitar groove and some killer saxophone trills. "A Tear For Rosie," a dark ballad with staccato guitar and organ hits followed third, and ending the set was the titular track, "Gravediggin'" which begins with a chaotic muted "Peter Gunn" by way of "The Twilight Zone" guitar riff which suddenly drops down to a subdued groove with chilling, falsetto-accented vocals, before spinning back into the riff-y vortex.

Watch the performance below:

The Buttertones - Live at Amoeba Hollywood
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Hip-Hop Rap Up 07:012:17: Jay-Z, RTJ, Kenny Dope, Logic, Snoop Dogg, Twista, Prodigy of Mobb Deep, Necro, Z-Ro, & Macklemore

Posted by Billyjam, July 12, 2017 10:37pm | Post a Comment
Amoeba Hip-Hop Top 5 July 12 2017


1: Jay-Z 4:44 (Roc Nation)

2: Logic Everybody (also avail on vinyl/LP)  (Def Jam)

3: Snoop Dogg Neva Left (Doggystyle)

4: Z-Ro No Love Boulevard (1 Deep Entertainment) 

5: Twista Crook Country (CMG)

 
 DUAL VINYL PICKS  OF THE WEEK

Kenny Dope "Cuckoo Clock" + "Crime Cut" 7"
             +   "Down By Law" / "Subway Beat" (7") (Kay Dee Records)

Necro
   Die! LP
             + Death Rap [Bonus Tracks] LP   (HHE.de Records)          

Jay-Z's 4:44 (Roc Nation), which is the number one hip-hop album at Amoeba this week, was officially released for sale Friday last (July 7, 2017) even though the album had actually been unveiled a week earlier via (Jay-Z's) Tidal streaming company as well as via Sprint, following a profitable deal he shrewdly signed with the corporation. That combined exposure of 4:44 resulted in the RIAA registering it platinum status two days in advance of its actual (traditional) "street date." As such the unprecedented move was yet another reminder of  just how radically the music business has switched up and changed in these ever-evolving digital days. Jay-Z's 4:44 (Roc Nation) has something in common with another chart entry above: Snoop Dogg's Neva Left (Doggystyle). Beyond both being by maturing hip-hop artists in a young man's game, each of the two artists shared the experience of been lambasted for losing their edge in reviews of previous recent era releases. In response, both artists set out to instantly defuse these negative impressions of their careers. Each address the haters on their respective albums' opening tracks in which they insist that they're neither washed up or irrelevant. 

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

Posted by Amoebite, July 11, 2017 01:26pm | Post a Comment

Deafheaven What's In My Bag? Amoeba Music

Who knew Johnny Marr's soothing voice could lull you to sleep on a tour bus? At least that's what happened when Deafheaven's Kerry McCoy tried to listen to the audiobook of the famed Smiths guitarist's autobiography, Set The Boy Free. After repeatedly nodding off to the recording, McCoy picked up the hardcover book during a visit to Amoeba Hollywood, where he and bandmate George Clarke grabbed a healthy stack of records and books showcasing their influences.

San Francisco metal band Deafheaven was founded by singer George Clarke and guitarist Kerry McCoy in 2010. After releasing a demo, the band was signed to Deathwish Inc. Their debut, Roads to Judah, was released in 2011 and Deafheaven embarked on a packed touring schedule, with stops at Deafheaven New BermudaSXSW, Sound and Fury Festival, and support gigs for Russian Circles and KEN mode. They set off for Europe in 2012. Their breakthrough LP, Sunbather, arrived in 2013 and charted at #130 on the Billboard Top 200.

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NightLife LIVE 2017 Starts at SF's California Academy of Sciences on July 13th with Connan Mockasin

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, July 11, 2017 11:56am | Post a Comment

NightLife Live 2017 San Francisco

San Francisco's California Academy of Sciences continues to reinvent Thursday nights as their NightLife LIVE summer music series returns. Inspired by science and powered by sound, the Academy transforms itself into a 21+ oasis of music and art one night a month for NightLife LIVE 2017.

Connan Mockasin
Connan Mockasin


On Thursday, July 13th, the summer music series kicks off on the Academy’s outdoor stage with a night of lo-fi freaky psychedelic pop from New Zealand’s weird and whimsical Connan Mockasin and LA's Morgan Delt. And don't miss DJ sets from Chulita Vinyl Club.

Also featured are art installations all around and outside of the building, including trippy work by Santiago Insignares and Camilla Valdez, plus a “zome” dome by Zomadic. Make sure try out the NightLife signature cocktails and browse local vendors as you take in cutting-edge exhibits and 38,000 live animals in the world’s greenest museum!

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

DJs Doc Martin, Jeno, David Harness, Galen & Kincaid Revive NorCal Early 90's Full Moon Rave Parties

Posted by Billyjam, July 9, 2017 06:09pm | Post a Comment



In sync with tonight's full moon and this afternoon/evening's balmy East Bay July outdoor weather, Doc Martin and other veteran dance party DJs, who were part of the early 90's burgeoning SF Bay Area rave party including DJ icons Jeno and David Harness, will be reviving the legendary early 90's full moon parties with today's Waterfront Sessions: Full Moon Edition. The dance party, also featuring DJs Galen and Kincaid, is already underway and will be going til "late" down by Oakland's Jack London Square. There at Eve's Waterfront (15 Embarcadero)
the BPMs of the smokin' house grooves been spun will be gradually increase, picking up pace as the evening turns to night and the full moon comes into clear view about the Oakland Estuary. As the joint promoters of this new party series (Prismatic, Rouse Records and Sky Sundays) predict, today's party should revive the vibe and feel of the "Bonny Doon parties of the rave days of old, as we dance the day away into night under the full moon." While the DIY grassroots approach of those early era NorCal ravesof a quarter a century ago may have morphed into the comparatively controlled environment of parties like at Eve's tonight, the music and vibe promises to recapture that golden era of the fun rave parties in the Bay (that I was fortunate to be witness to) like the Full Moon parties and A Rave Called Sharon, The Gathering, Toon Town and of course Mr Floppy's Flophouse in Oakland - not too far from tonight's event. Fun times! Public transport to today's event include BART, AC Transit and the ferry to Jack London Square. 21+ Tix $20. More information.









Oakland Rapper Kamaiyah Fully Reppin' The Town in Video for "Build You Up" off Her Forthcoming Major Label Debut

Posted by Billyjam, July 7, 2017 02:21pm | Post a Comment


Hardworking and hella talented Oakland rapper Kamaiyah, now signed to Interscope Records with her major label debut slated for later this year, demonstrated her unwavering love for "The Town" (Oakland) with the unveiling yesterday of the 100% Oakland-proud music video for "Build You Up" (see below). The positive-message lyrically laden, uptempo, throwback, early nineties sounding song (complete with that era's raggamuffin rap breakdown and video with her + dancers donning 90's styled T-shirt logos) is a teaser of the born-in-the-nineties rapper's forthcoming Interscope full-length Don’t Ever Get It Twisted. That anticipated late 2017 release follows her acclaimed 2016 indie release, the impressive mixtape A Good Night in the Ghetto.

For the new Damien Sandoval directed, Interscope Records produced music video the dedicated Oakland artist insisted on keeping it local and in The Town with location shoots including MacArthur BART platform (pic above) as well as on the BART train, outside the Fox Theater in the Uptown district of Oakland, and by the Grand Lake Theatre over by Lake Merritt. On previous, pre-major label music videos by the artist, such as the Oakland shot "Fuck It Up (feat. YG)" and "I'm On" (featuring such Oakland locations as Uptown's The New Parish and East O's 99th Ave & MacArthur),  Kamaiyah's made a point of consistently and proudly featuring locations in her East Bay city. So major props to her for continuing this practice on her latest music video.

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Brian Eno Half Speed Vinyl Remasters Coming Soon

Posted by Amoebite, July 6, 2017 05:50pm | Post a Comment

Brian Eno Half Speed Remasters

Four of Brian Eno's pioneering early releases are getting served up as very special vinyl reissues on August 4th via Astralwerks. Remastered at half-speed by Miles Showell at Abbey Road, each of these limited edition releases consists of a 180-gram double-LP to be played at 45RPM. You can pre-order them now at Amoeba.com. Kicking things off is Eno's 1974 solo debut, Here Come the Warm Jets. The reissue series ends with 1977’s Before and After Science.

Here's why each of these albums earned "legendary" status.

Another Green World

Another Green World

On Eno's third solo LP, he began moving away from his earlier, more rock-based sound, instead experimenting further with ambient soundscapes and synth-oriented minimalism. Produced by Eno and Rhett Davies, Another Green World features contributions from Robert Fripp, John Cale, and Phil Collins

July Events at Amoeba SF & Berkeley

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, July 6, 2017 12:46pm | Post a Comment

The Summer of Love is in full swing in the Bay Area, and Amoeba SF and Amoeba Berkeley are keeping it packed with sales, live shows, and in-store events all month long. Check HERE for more details and updates to our live show schedule.

Amoeba SF, Amoeba Berkeley

Rest in Peace Pierre Henry: French Experimental / Classical Composer, Musique Concrète Pioneer, & "Grandfather of Techno"

Posted by Billyjam, July 6, 2017 12:35pm | Post a Comment

Renowned, universally revered French experimental, avant garde, classical composer, pioneer of musique concrète, and "grandfather of techno" Pierre Henry  has died at 89 years of age, it has been reported by various French media outlets including the Agence France-Presse (AFP).  A prolific composer who’s scored films, ballets and other pieces in a variety of styles, Henry is most known for his pioneering role in the development of musique concrète and perhaps most commonly known for his 1960's three minute piece "Psyche Rock" that was utilized in the 1969 film Z, remixed by Fatboy Slim in 2004, and the inspiration for the theme music for Futurama.  In today's AFP's report on the passing of the artist, who would have turned 90 later this year, the French news agency quoted fellow French music composer and friend-of-Amoeba Jean-Michel Jarre in saying that Henry Pierre, whom he considered an influence, was an "innovator" and "poet" with his legacy being bringing, "a fusion between experimentation and poetry."  In recognition of the late artist's "enormous and impressive body of work" Jarre told the AFP that he hopes, "France grants him the homage that he deserves."

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Sidewalk Sale at Amoeba Hollywood Saturday, July 15

Posted by Amoebite, July 6, 2017 11:22am | Post a Comment

Sidewalk Sale at Amoeba Hollywood

Amoeba Hollywood is having a Sidewalk Sale on Saturday, July 15th! It's your chance to score huge deals on music, movies, books, comics, posters and more, right outside the store from 12pm - 4pm.

Check out some of the bargains you'll 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.

See the full list of July events happening at Amoeba Hollywood.


Sidewalk Sale at Amoeba Hollywood

New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Bob Weir

Posted by Amoebite, July 4, 2017 04:57pm | Post a Comment

Bob Weir What's In My Bag? Amoeba Music

"I'd totally forgotten about Bessie Smith until a few nights back," Bob Weir told us during a recent visit to Amoeba Hollywood. A few nights beforehand, Weir was accompanying country/folk legend Ramblin' Jack Elliot at a club in Mill Valley, CA and the two played a couple of her tunes. "Oh, that's right," mused Weir, "these songs are great...she really had something going back then." Before his in-store performance to promote his latest solo album, Blue Mountain, Weir grabbed a compilation of Smith recordings, as well as some other great picks that had a lot of meaning to him.

Bob Weir Blue Mountain Bob Weir is a guitarist, singer-songwriter, and founding member of the Grateful Dead. While still a teenager, he encountered Jerry Garcia playing guitar at a music store; he sat down and played some songs with Garcia and the pair decided to form a band together. Over the course of the Dead's thirty years, Weir played rhythm guitar, sang a significant portion of the band's non-Garcia lead vocals, and experimented with slide guitar. He released his first solo LP, Ace, in 1972. The other members of the Dead served as his backing band. Six years later, he released his sophomore solo album, Heaven Help the Fool. His next solo album came almost four decades later; Blue Mountain was released in 2016.

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The Mad Alchemy Trip 2017 West Coast Tour

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, July 4, 2017 03:15pm | Post a Comment

Mad Alchemy Trip Tour 2017

LSD and the Search for God
LSD and the Search for God
Jesus Sons
Jesus Sons
The Asteroid No. 4
The Asteroid No. 4

Commemorate the 50-year anniversary of the Summer of Love with one of San Francisco's original trip-inducers! Amoeba Music is proud to sponsor the 2017 Mad Alchemy Trip tour, which will hit major cities and groovy clubs along the West Coast July 12 - July 22nd. Fantastic psych-inspired bands The Asteroid No. 4, LSD and the Search for God, The Stevenson Ranch Davidians, Jesus Sons, Dream Phases, Creatures Choir, and Family of Light Band will be accompanied by the mesmerizing projection work of the Mad Alchemy Liquid Light Show, making for a sensory experience that cannot be missed.

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Get Reel at Amoeba SF! Huge Reel-to-Reel Acquisition in Store Now.

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, July 3, 2017 07:29pm | Post a Comment

Reet-to-Reel tape

If you own a reel-to-reel tape player, then you know that the sound quality of the format is stellar. There'sReel-to-reel tape a reason Lady Gaga's Joanne was partially recorded on reel-to-reel.

Come to Amoeba San Francisco and expand (or start) your reel-to-reel collection today! We've acquired over 100 titles and all are in good condition. A few are even still sealed! We've got Classic Rock, Jazz, Soul, Classical, and more, and it all comes with our Amoeba guarantee against defect.

Some Soul highlights include: James Brown's Cold Sweat, the Marvelettes, The Dells, and Diana Ross.

Jazz: Charles Mingus, Miles Davis, Ella Fitzgerald, Stan Getz, and Chico Hamilton.

Rock: George Harrison's Concert for Bangladesh, Moody Blues, Electric Flag, Electric Prunes, and Eric Burdon & the Animals.

Blues: Etta James, Bobby Bland, Junior Parker, and Little Milton.

Top-tier Classical: many recordings from RCA's Living Stereo series, Mercury's Living Presence series, and London's FFRR (Full Frequency Range Recording) series.

Concert Tickets Available at Amoeba Hollywood July 2017

Posted by Amoebite, July 3, 2017 02:13pm | 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 $3 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 $3 ticket service fee.

For The Novo (formerly Club Nokia) and Shrine Expo Hall shows, we only carry general admission tickets. If you wish to purchase reserved seating at The Novo (where available), you can buy those tickets online here. If you wish to purchase reserved seating at Shrine Expo Hall (where available), you can buy those tickets online here.

Please note that on the day of the show, we will stop selling tickets for that show at 5pm.

Tickets are limited, so please call the store first to make sure they are available: 323-245-6400.
 

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Iggy Pop Is The Man, As Proven by the 70 Year Old's Energetic Closing Set At Oakland's Burger Boogaloo Festival

Posted by Billyjam, July 2, 2017 05:47pm | Post a Comment

Iggy Pop is the man! This the "godfather of punk" swiftly proved just minutes into last night's hard rocking, energetic closing set at Day 1 of the fun Burger Boogaloo festival: the annual Oakland music festival at Mosswood Park with host John Waters that winds down this evening by 10pm with final performances from such artists as X, the Buzzcocks, and Roy Loney of The Flamin' Groovies fame.  [more info on Burger Boogalooo]. Displaying the level of raw power passion that he began his career with five plus decades ago, the phenomenally fit long hair-haired and shirtless 70 year old paced the stage for a crowd-pleasing, fast-paced set that drew from his deep back catalog of rock classics. 

Backed by a tight ass band and a perfect sound mix, Iggy delighted the packed Oakland crowd with a generous set, effortlessly running through pitch perfect renditions of such classics of his as "I Wanna Be Your Dog," "The Passenger" and "Lust for Life." 

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Grand Performances: Free Concerts this July in DTLA

Posted by Amoebite, July 2, 2017 04:46pm | Post a Comment

Grand Performances in downtown LA

Ricardo Lemvo
Ricardo Lemvo
Sidestepper
Sidestepper
Buyepongo
Buyepongo

Grand Performances presents high-quality music, dance, theater, and more at California Plaza in the heart of Downtown Los Angeles. For 30 years, Grand Performances has delivered the best of global culture to inspire community among the diverse peoples of Los Angeles, and reflect the many cultural interests across the region.

This July brings a full line-up of top-notch shows. Visit us at the Amoeba booth and spin the prize wheel to score Amoeba swag and gift certificates! We will be attending the following events:


Saturday, July 15, 8pm:
Sway to silvery guitar riffs and deep polyrhythms by L'Orchestre Afrisa International with special guest Ricardo Lemvo. Embodying the Afro-Latin Diaspora, Lemvo blends his Afro-Cuban rhythms with pan-African styles (soukous, Angolan semba, and kizomba) to create an amazing package of music with L’Orchestre Afrisa International. Info.

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Summer-centric Cinema: Amusement Parks in the Movies!

Posted by Kelly S. Osato, July 1, 2017 11:17pm | Post a Comment
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Greetings thrill-seekers and family fun-loving Amoeblog readers! Summer's officially here for half the planet which means it's amusement park season. Whether you get your kicks at a globally branded monolith of a theme park or bravely risk those rickety rides at your local fairgrounds, I heartily recommend everyone indulge an amusement park interlude before Summer's end. If you can't make it happen, don't let the dog days get you down—let the movies take you there! Here's a fat list* of fifteen flicks featuring amusement park themes and scenes for your Summer-centric movie marathon consideration. Feel free to let me know if you think I missed anything essential and keep in mind that some of these titles may be found in used condition on our stores, perhaps in VHS format for all you tapeheads out there. Check the links to our online store or give us a call to see if we have what you're looking for and we'll do our best to hook you up. Now, hold on to your butts and enjoy ride!

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Rollercoaster (1977)

With a story that plays out like proto-Die Hard script with somewhat made-for-TV production values, Rollercoaster is a "disaster movie" era thriller that may have fallen through the cracks of time (which is completely understandable given that, box office-wise, it had the likes of Star Wars and Smokey and the Bandit to contend with), but is nevertheless worth watching for the quality and quantity of its amusement park footage. Filmed extensively at Six Flags Magic Mountain (Valencia, CA), King's Dominion (Doswell, VA), and the now defunct Ocean View Park (Norfolk, VA), it's arguable that shot-for-shot this flick packs more visual theme park punches than any other film. What's more, the band Sparks makes a cameo appearance near the end of the movie that lasts long enough to include two songs ("Big Boy" and "Fill-er-up" off Big Beat (1976). Apparently Sparks agreed to appear after KISS turned down the gig, however, fun fact: KISS went on to film KISS Meets The Phantom of the Park at Six Flags Magic Mountain a year later (#choices). Anyway, if you've been to these parks and long for days of yore, or if you fancy suspenseful depictions of thrill ride terrorist acts, and/or Sparks, Rollercoaster is the movie for you!

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