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Madonna Top 15 Videos: Queen Of Pop Birthday Celebration Today 20% sale + DJs Nikki Finn & Material Boy @ Amoeba SF & LA

Posted by Billyjam, August 16, 2017 01:58pm | Post a Comment

Happy 59th birthday Madonna Louise Ciccone from Amoeba Music who today will be honoring the “Queen of Pop” with in-store sale of 20% off all Madonna materials (from CDs and vinyl to merch) plus DJs spinning all Madonna music at both the SF and LA stores. At the Haight Street, San Francisco store DJ Nikki Finn will be spinning an all-vinyl tribute set to Madonna at 5pm. Meanwhile at the Hollywood store, starting at 6pm, DJ Material Boy will be doing an all Madonna set. As well as offering 20% [in-store only] off all Madonna materials today both stores, promise raffles, treats and special surprises.

As a primer for DJs Material Boy and Nikki Finn’s all Madonna sets at Amoeba Hollywood and San Francisco respectively, I’ve compiled a subjective Madonna Top 15 Video list below. For Madonna, more so than most other artists, her videos have traditionally been as important as the songs themselves. That’s because Madonna has always been a multi-media pop star who cannot be separated from her visuals that showcase her all of her art: her choreography, fashions and social or political statements.  Plus like fellow reigning 80's pop stars Prince and Michael Jackson, she rose to fame during the golden era of MTV when videos were an exciting new medium for fans and artists as well as a proven promotional tool for record labels.

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The Queen Is Dead Reissues Coming This Fall

Posted by Amoebite, August 16, 2017 11:35am | Post a Comment

The Smiths The Queen is Dead Reissues

One of the most influential post-punk records of all time is in line for a very nice little reissue campaign. On October 20th, The Smiths' masterpiece The Queen Is Dead is getting remastered and reissued in multi-format expanded editions with demos, b-sides & alternative takes. Originally released in 1986, the album has been critically acclaimed since day one, thanks to the enduring strength of album singles "The Boy with the Thorn in His Side," "Bigmouth Strikes Again," and "There Is a Light That Never Goes Out." And those are just the singles -- several other classic tracks can also be found here.

Here's what you need to know about the three different versions coming this fall, all of which are available for pre-order now on Amoeba.com and they'll ship FREE to the US.

The Smiths Queen is Dead reissue

The Queen Is Dead 2-CD Set

The 2-CD set includes the original album, newly remastered in 2017. The second disc contains a multitude of additional recordings, including demo versions and alt takes, plus b-sides "Unloveable," "Money Changes Everything," "Rubber Ring," and "Asleep."

Hip-Hop Rap Up: 08:15:17: Dream Day, Milo, Hiero Day Tix, "White Face" LA screening, Shortkut in JA, Hip-Hop at 44, Flash to Herc

Posted by Billyjam, August 15, 2017 06:02pm | Post a Comment


It's now seventeen and a half years since beloved Bay Area aerosol art legend Mike "DREAM" Francisco was senselessly murdered on an Oakland street: : the victim of a botched armed robbery.  He not only left behind an art legacy but also a ten month old son Akil that he never got to see grow up. Even more tragically, nine years later Akil would lose his other parent when breast cancer took his mother's life. In an ideal, cancer-free and crime-free world, all would be still here together enjoying life together. DREAM, known for his unbridled passion for life (especially art and hip-hop, should today have been celebrating his 48th birthday.

"KIng "DREAM, as many refer to him by, may be gone but will never be forgotten. This is thanks to the legendary TDK crew member's importance in the history of West Coast hip-hop and street art. Examples include his piece that graced the back cover of Saafir's 1994 landmark album Boxcar Sessions: on which he is also heard on the grooves of the album on a track shouting out fellow graf artists . But his legacy has also been kept alive by his old crew members, his many friends, and of course his family. These include DJ Willie Maze of the Local1200 and his most importantly his brother John Francisco.  These two were both instrumental in having the City of Oakland proclaim every February 17th "Dream Day."   That was the date his life tragically ended. But August 15th, his birthday, is also considered DREAM Day.

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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard

Posted by Amoebite, August 14, 2017 03:45pm | Post a Comment

King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard What's In My Bag? Amoeba Music

When you have all seven members of the Australian psych-rock band King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard shopping Amoeba Hollywood, you can be sure that there will be some interesting finds. "I know all the cool-kid hipsters are into their African music at the moment, but...I assure you I was there before," Joey Walker dryly quips as he pulls out an LP by Ethiopian musician, Hailu Mergia, whose record Hailu Mergia & His Classical Instrument features the artist "mucking around with some Moogs and some synths." "Ethiopian kind of scales are something that I find really bizarre," continues Walker. "There's some kind of x-factor in it that is very, very good." From world to exotica to jazz to oldies, the guys in the band compiled a healthy collection of records, some of which were classics, while others were more off the beaten path.

Heavy psychedelic rock band King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard formed in Melbourne in 2010. Longtime friends, the band consists of Stu Mackenzie (vox/guitar/flute), Ambrose Kenny Smith (vox/synths/harmonica), Cook Craig (guitar), Joey Walker (guitar), Lucas Skinner (bass), Eric Moore (percussion), and Michael Cavanagh (percussion). The bandmates settled on their name as a compromise; one member wanted to call the group Gizzard Gizzard, whereas another was in favor of naming the band Lizard King, after Jim Morrison. The newly-christened King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard released their debut EP, Anglesea, in 2011.

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Outside Lands 2017 Preview / Top 20 Acts: ATCQ, Dr Octagon, Metallica, Gorillaz, Lorde, Thundercat, The Who, Action Bronson + more

Posted by Billyjam, August 11, 2017 11:53am | Post a Comment
Props to the folks behind Outside Lands, the cool diverse long running independent music festival that takes place in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park every summer (which means weather might be sunny or foggy) and that this year marks its tenth successful year.

Outside Lands has become the largest independent music festival in the country. And for this year's 10th anniversary that begins today and ends Sunday (August 11 - 13), festival bookers have curated a refreshingly diverse bill that as well as all the big name acts includes up-and-coming bands, an Epic Rap Battle, breaks B-boy/DJ event,  DJs (inc. Josh Wink and Jazzy Jeff), stand-up and spoken word (inc. Nick Kroll and Henry Rollins) all the while covering many different popular musical genres.

Too many amazing acts to focus on them all in one  Amoeblog but take a look at the flyer left to see most of them listed. Note that, due to injury, that Queens of the Stone Age have cancelled their listed appearance this weekend. [EDIT UPDATE  Saturday announced that A Tribe Called Quest, who had already been postponed by one day, have been cancelled]  Also check out the Outside Lands website for more details and help in planning who to see and when. Generally speaking today is predominantly more beat driven acts while tomorrow/Saturday is more hard rock acts overall. Then Sunday offers more of a mish mash of genres.  Below I have put together a list of 20 of the acts (with videos and days/times of each act) that are worth catching. A subjective list from the perspective of a hip-hop fan foremost, it admittedly only scratches the surface and omits many great acts. But it gives an idea of the wealth of talent to expect this weekend at Outside Lands, as well as a rough guide to planning who to see on what stage over the 3 day festival weekend.

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4 Classic Neil Young Reissues Coming Soon

Posted by Amoebite, August 9, 2017 11:48am | Post a Comment

Neil Young Vinyl Reissues

We've got good news for fans of the legendary Neil Young! Four new, old releases (or as we in the record biz like to call 'em, "reissues") are about to hit our shelves on August 18th. You can pre-order them from us now and they'll ship FREE to U.S. addresses.

Released between 1977-1979, these vinyl LPs mark one of the many career high points for the talented singer-songwriter; soon you'll be able to spin newly spiffed up copies of American Stars 'n Bars, Comes a Time, Rust Never Sleeps, and Live Rust on your record player. This all comes in advance of the release of Hitchhiker, a "lost" acoustic album originally recorded at Malibu's now-defunct Indigo Ranch Studios in 1976. Of course, new (old) music from Mr. Young is always a treat but there's a certain pleasure to revisiting old favorites.

Here's why we're looking forward to each new August reissue.

American Stars 'n Bars

American Stars 'n Bars (1977)

Tribute To Glen Campbell [1936 - 2017]

Posted by Billyjam, August 9, 2017 12:19am | Post a Comment

It was a deliberate choice for singer-songwriter/guitarist Glen Campbell, who Tuesday August 8th at age 81 as a result of Alzheimer’s, to have titled his recently released last album Adiós (“goodbye”). The album, released in June, is also avail on vinyl/LP. The country/crossover musician sadly was well aware that his time to say goodbye was approaching when he recorded the album in Nashville between 2012 and 2013. Those recording sessions, that followed on the heels of Campbell's farewell concert tour with the last show date in Napa CA, was made just as the beginning stages of Alzheimer’s (which he was originally diagnosed with in early 2011) were taking hold. 

Including such contemplative, reflective songs as “Funny How Time Slips By (feat. Willie Nelson)” Adiós was the perfectly fitting farewell album for the Arkansas born musician, and sometime movie actor and onetime TV host. It was also just one of over sixty (studio and live) albums released by the prolific country/pop artist in a five-and-a-half decade career punctuated by such hit singles as “Wichita Lineman,” “Rhinestone Cowboy,”  “Gentle On My Mind,” “By the Time I Get to Phoenix,” and “Southern Nights.”  In a tribute to the artist, music videos to these songs all appear below with links to the albums they're found on. Adiós and rest in peace Glen Campbell.

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Prince Fans Finally Get To View Late Artist's Music Videos Online

Posted by Billyjam, August 8, 2017 12:40pm | Post a Comment


Following years of it been almost impossible to locate virtually any of the late great Prince’s music videos online, such as “Purple Rain” “Let’s Go Crazy” or “Controversy,” over the past month all these videos and 20 more have been posted to YouTube, VEVO, and other associated accounts by the official Prince website. [Scroll down to view many of these great clips with links to their respective albums]. Posted to the recently established official Prince account, since its launch a month ago, they’ve been uploading Prince videos every Friday: mostly official music videos but some live concert ones too. The first Prince videos posted on July 7th were a batch of Purple Rain era videos, the 1984 album/movie soundtrack that coincidentally was re-released a couple of weeks earlier in various versions: Purple Rain Picture Disc LP, 180 gram vinyl LP), Purple Rain Deluxe CD + Purple Rain Deluxe Expanded CD. As noted upon their recent release by Amoeba the Deluxe version boasts the official 2015 Paisley Park Remaster of the original tapes overseen by Prince himself in addition to a new “From The Vault & Previously Unreleased” disc with 11 unheard gems from the storied vault.

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Recap: Charity Auction for Planned Parenthood with Tawny Newsome

Posted by Amoebite, August 8, 2017 11:03am | Post a Comment

Amoeba Charity Auction for Planned Parenthood with Tawny Newsome

We sure had a great time at Amoeba Hollywood on Saturday! Our special guest auctioneer Tawny Newsome, musician and comedian and all around wonderful person, graced our stage and helped us raise close to $2,000 for our local Planned Parenthood chapter.

We had some outstanding prizes, and Tawny's relaxed style coaxed the audience into raising their auction paddles (which were actually Amoeba handheld fans, so they did double duty that hot day). Full of quips and one-liners, she had the audience chuckling--and she even got the shy people to join in!

Tawny Newsome is a Second City alum, actor (Bajillion Dollar Propertie$' "Chelsea Leight-Leigh") and a singer/guitarist. She was a touring member of Second City before joining the Mainstage cast and released a solo album in 2012. In 2013 Rolling Stone suggested Tawny for SNL's new cast. She moved from Chicago to LA about a year and a half ago where she's kept very busy. This October, Tawny is releasing her 4th album with Jon Langford (Mekons, Waco Brothers) which they recorded at the legendary Muscle Shoals studio with original Muscle Shoals session players. They recorded the new album three days after last year's election with Tawny, John and their two band-mates flying to the town of 400. Four Lost Souls will be out on Bloodshot records September 22, with a tour starting that same month.

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Sidewalk Sale at Amoeba Hollywood Saturday, August 19

Posted by Amoebite, August 7, 2017 04:38pm | Post a Comment

Sidewalk Sale at Amoeba Hollywood

Amoeba Hollywood is having a Sidewalk Sale on Saturday, August 19th! 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.

Sidewalk Sale at Amoeba Hollywood

Warbringer Talks Death Metal, Black Metal & "What's In My Bag?"

Posted by Amoebite, August 7, 2017 04:00pm | Post a Comment

Wabringer What's In My Bag? Metalology Amoeba Music

Burzum versus Death? Possessed versus Mayhem? Just what is the difference between black metal and death metal? Perhaps to metalheads the question is elementary, or even insulting, but to the metal novice an explanation is useful. Thankfully, our recent "What's In My Bag?" interview with Warbringer spawned an impromptu lesson. Having many a descriptive thing to say about their music and movie choices, the guys from the Newbury Park thrash metal band had no trouble enlightening us about the differences between the two sub-genres.

"Fundamentally it's this: the objective is different," starts lead singer John Kevill. "Death metal wants to basically crush shit," he says. "Black metal's this more cathartic, emotional thing."

We loved the band's "metalology" lecture so much that we turned it into its own video. In it they break down the technical, emotional, and geographical differences between the two sounds, and the different sub-genres that subsequently stem from them.

Watch Warbringer's lesson on black metal and death metal below:

Black Metal vs Death Metal with Warbringer
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2017 DMC US Finals DJ Battle To Feature Such Skilled DJs as Ichy The Killer (CA) and DJ As-One (MD) with X-Ecutioners Showcase Sets

Posted by Billyjam, August 4, 2017 12:18pm | Post a Comment

The nation’s most prestigious, long-running annual DJ battle, the US DMC Finals, takes place in New York City tonight, Saturday, August 5th at the Highline Ballroom at 7pm. At that Chelsea, Manhattan venue eleven Regional DMC battle DJ champions from all over the USA will battle it out, under the objective eye
of a panel of judges, to see who gets crowned the new USA champion DJ to go on to represent the USA in the DMC World Finals over in London in two months time. Once again this year the multi-talented and hella funny Lord Finesse (of DITC fame) will be the host of the event while the legendary pioneering NYC DJ crew The X-Ecutioners' DJs Total Eclipse, Mista Sinista, DJ Rob Swift and (previous DMC US Finals champ) DJ Precision will do an anticipated intermission showcase sets.  At the battle tonight all eleven turntable contestants will get exactly six minutes each to present his/her very best. In these intense routines, the DJs will not only have the judges analyze every nuance of their sets but also have the attentive eyes and ears of the packed auditorium judge their every move.

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DJ UFO! + Vocalist Audio Angel Revive 90's San Francisco Jungle / Drum 'n' Bass Culture with "The Jungle" @ Public Works

Posted by Billyjam, August 3, 2017 12:58pm | Post a Comment

Do call it a comeback, a most welcome comeback from DJ UFO! who, tonight along with vocalist Audio Angel, will rewind things to two decades ago in San Francisco jungle / drum'n'bass music and club culture when they present the one-off club night: The Jungle at The Loft in Public Works in San Francisco tonight, Thursday August 3rd at 10pm (21+ Tickets $10 - $15). In ensuring that they truly take things back to the vibe of a place and time of long ago (the 1990's in SF jungle / drum 'n' bass club culture), not only will UFO! play an exclusively all vinyl drum'n'bass/jungle music set (a rarity these days, and for four consecutive hours) but he and longtime Bay Area based vocalist Audio Angel are making it a "CELL-PHONE FREE ENVIRONMENT by Yondr" by not allowing people to bring their smart phones as distractions. While some offered concern as to how they might order their UBER ride home, most people planning on going to The Jungle party tonight apparently have reacted most positively to the no-phone rule. They welcome a return to a simpler time before Instagram and all the other distractions on these handheld devices that have become an inseparable extension of most people these days.

The talented San Francisco born Ed "UFO!" Garro was among one of the Bay Area's earliest ambassadors of jungle and drum'n'bass music back in the early/mid 90's when many dismissed the UK imported ragga rooted, bass-heavy, frantic BPM fueled dance music as some weird mutant outgrowth of rave and techno rather than a soulful natural progression of reggae, hip-hop, and bass music. Originally a hip-hop DJ, with a history in the local SF battle scene, UFO! could see/hear all of these qualities of jungle music. He also saw the potential  for what future musical paths it could take. Hence he embraced the music and ran with it, going on to become an internationally revered DJ/producer. 

Positive Attitude + Successful GoFundMe Drive Propel MC Zumbi's Rebound from Armed Robbery During Recent Zion I Video Shoot

Posted by Billyjam, August 2, 2017 10:02pm | Post a Comment

"Thanks to the love and support of so many great people, our GoFundMe drive has reached its goal to replace the camera and [to] re-shoot the video,"  MC Zumbi of Zion I told the Amoeblog. The longtime Oakland based hip-hop artist born Steve Gaines was referencing the successful ongoing crowd-funding drive he hurriedly set up a couple of weeks ago. His GoFundMe was set up after he and his film crew were robbed at gunpoint of valuable camera gear, during a music video shoot at 11th and Willow streets. That West Oakland neighborhood, where Zumbi himself had previously lived for many years, is an example of another rapidly changing East Bay community in the throes of gentrification.  Made to accompany the song "Calm Down," off the new Zion I EP The Wake Up, the short-movie styled music video's theme, Zumbi explained, was a commentary on the lack of opportunity for longtime residents of communities like the West Oakland one he'd chosen for his location shoot.

"I'm not mad at the community and I'm not scared of the community. I love Oakland," stressed the ever resilient and positive artist by phone this week. A year ago, when the artist and his family were priced out of their longtime Oakland home with no rent control, he recorded the reactionary song and music video "Tech $" about the negative effects of the Bay Area tech boom: one that's resulted in the displacement of so many longtime residents over the past number of years.

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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Justice and Busy P

Posted by Amoebite, August 1, 2017 11:50am | Post a Comment

Justic and Busy P What's In My Bag? Amoeba Music

"You can't go wrong when you hang out with Beavis and Butt-Head," Busy P tells us sitting in the Amoeba Hollywood green room. The DJ, producer, and label head is talking about the lineup of bands featured on the soundtrack to the animated duo's 1996 cult movie, Beavis and Butt-Head Do America, which includes White Zombie, Red Hot Chili Peppers, LL Cool J, and Rancid. Busy P and French electronic duo Justice visited us recently to share their finds in this "What's In My Bag?" episode. As you would imagine, the trio picked up some pretty interesting records, indeed.

Formed in 2003, French duo Justice rose to prominence off the strength of their 2007 debut LP, Cross, after attracting attention early on for their remix of the Simian track "Never Be Alone." The pair received two Grammy nominations related to Cross: one for Best Dance Recording (for the single "D.A.N.C.E.") Justice Womanand one for Best Electronic/Dance Album. Their sophomore LP, Audio, Video, Disco was a departure for the band, which they described as "daytime music." Their latest release is 2016's Woman, another upbeat disco/funk/house hybrid. LA fans can see Justice perform a special DJ set this Saturday, August 5th at the HARD Summer Music Festival.

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Concert Tickets Available at Amoeba Hollywood August 2017

Posted by Amoebite, August 1, 2017 11:31am | 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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