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Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me blu-ray Special Edition now available via Criterion!

Posted by Kelly S. Osato, October 22, 2017 07:26am | Post a Comment
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When it was announced a few months ago that Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me (David Lynch's 1992 feature-length prequel to his seminal 1990 television series) would be getting the Criterion treatment, all us Twin Peaks obsessives noted the October release date and made a little shelf space to the left of our Definitive Gold Box Collections. Now the wait is over and the slick new Special Edition blu-ray release is here, teasing attractive director-approved specs and bonus features, and spurring fans to revisit the awesome glory of one of the most harrowing film viewing experiences worth surrender one's self to—especially if you, the viewer, has no prior knowledge of Twin Peaks lore. Personally speaking, having been disturbed by Fire Walk With Me when it first hit the theaters (I was only a year or two younger than main character Laura Palmer at the time), and then disturbed again earlier this year when the Alamo Drafthouse brought it back to the big screen before Twin Peaks made its surprising return to television for a third season set twenty-five years after the show's original run, I must say this lush realm of mystery, horror, beauty, and compassion Lynch has created is a deeply addictive gift that keeps on giving, if you've got the guts to stomach it. On that note, would it be wrong of me to venture that Fire Walk With Me is the most savory and satisfying yet deliciously difficult to swallow slice of the Twin Peaks pie? I think not.

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Hip-Hop Top Five New Releases 10:20:17: Blu & Exile, Budgie, Thavius Beck, Sean Price, K-Def Presents: Gimme A Break!

Posted by Billyjam, October 21, 2017 09:13am | Post a Comment
                                                   Amoeba Music Hip-Hop Top Five 10:20:17



1: Blu & Exile In The Beginning: Before The Heavens (Dirty Science)

Ten years and a quarter years later Blu & Exile release In The Beginning: Before The Heavens: a sequelthat's technically a prequel to their landmark underground July 2007 debut Below The Heavens (also avail on vinyl/2LP set). The new October 2017 release by the super talented duo, comprised of emcee Blu and producer Exile, is 2007 material made up of both previously heard and previously unheard/unreleased material from the recording sessions that led up to their landmark debut a decade ago. Upon its release in 2007 Below The Heavens may have made little commercial impact but it did turn heads and win critical acclaim for Blu's clever, thought-provoking and uplifting conscious rhymes and Exile's hypnotically crunchy soul drenched beats. Combined the gifted pair effortlessly conjured the vibe of hip-hop's lamented bygone golden era: coming at a time when the bling era was still in swing.

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Mega-Scale Hip-Hop Festival "Rolling Loud" Rolls Thru Bay Area With Travis Scott, Lil Wayne, ScHoolboy Q, Lil Uzi Vert, Young Thug

Posted by Billyjam, October 18, 2017 10:53am | Post a Comment

This weekend the Rolling Loud hip-hop festival  rolls through the Bay Area this weekend (October 21 and 22) when it will set up music stages for both Saturday and Sunday at the Shoreline Amphitheater festival grounds in Mountain View. There  over 55 performances will be taking place across three stages.e These performers will include Kodak Black, Travis Scott, Lil Wayne, ScHoolboy Q, Lil Uzi Vert, Young Thug, Isaiah Rashad and a slew more including such homegrown talent as Nef the Pharaoh, Rexx Life Raj, and Philthy Rich.

Billing itself as "the biggest hip hop festival in the world" Rolling Loud, which will be in LA in December (Dec. 16-17),  originated in Miami Florida two years ago. There it snowballed from 6000 attendees in 2015 to selling-out to 40,000 attendees by this year.  Rolling Loud's twenty-something founders Tariq Cherif and Matt Zingler recently announced their festival's major expansion not just in the Bay Area and Los Angeles but by next year overseas in the UK, China, and Japan. For tix to the Bay Area two day click here. And general Rolling Loud info here.   And for those who cannot make it to the Bay Area stop of Rolling Loud this weekend note that Revolt TV will be live-streaming it via YouTube on this link beginning at 1pm both days and running til 11pm Saturday and 10pm Sunday.

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Demand for New Hip-Hop Enamel Pin Series That Includes Mac Dre, MF Doom, Lil Kim, Ice Cube, 2Pac, Busta, Biggie and Mos Def

Posted by Billyjam, October 18, 2017 10:29am | Post a Comment

Since the pic above, showing a sampling of just some of the selection of really cool new hip-hop themed enamel pins, recently got posted to Amoeba Music’s Instagram the response has been overwhelmingly enthusiastic. Rap/hip-hop fans of such artists as Ice Cube, MF Doom, Mac Dre, Eminem, 2Pac, Rakim, Mos Def, Biggie, Chance The Rapper, LL Cool J, Nate Dogg, Biz Markie, Lil' Kim and Shock G have been drawn to these "must-have" hip-hop fashion accessories not just because they feature their favorite artists. But for other reasons too including that these are quality made pins that come attached to a printed backing card that many collectors are scooping up and keeping unopened in their original packaging. Others, who see them at Amoeba Music, are snapping up these fashionable stylish pins since they are unlike the traditional same old, one dimensional metal pin-on buttons of a bygone era. In addition to hip-hop artists, the series also includes R&B/soul icons such as Aaliyah and Erykah Badu, in addition to icons from other music genres plus lots of movie and cultural icons: all found here.

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Southern California Welcomes The New 88.5 FM

Posted by Amoebite, October 17, 2017 04:31pm | Post a Comment

The New 88.5 FM

Turn up the volume Southern California and set your radio dial to 88.5 FM. The recently-launched Triple A (Adult Album Alternative format) station is the result of a partnership between KCSN and KSBR-FM, resulting in the bigger and better station formally calling itself The New 88.5 FM. And by "bigger," we mean bigger -- the station claims to have "the largest coverage area expansion in public radio history," giving it the biggest reach of any public radio station. Listeners will be able to tune into the station's commercial-free blend of old favorites, emerging artists, and promising locals from Santa Clarita to San Clemente, across the Valley, the Los Angeles metro area, and down into Anaheim, Long Beach, Costa Mesa and Irvine. Certain areas of Ventura County will also be able to pick up the signal and of course, the station streams online, too. 88.5FM coverage map

KCSN has been a huge supporter of local Los Angeles music for years, helping to establish the careers of multiple artists and counting the late luminary Tom Petty among their many fans. 88.5 FM is a station for music fans by music fans, with an excellent team at the helm. You'll probably recognize many of the names currently lighting up your airwaves, including Program Director Sky Daniels, who was recently recognized as one of the top ten most influential rock radio PDs in the nation by Billboard Magazine. Having departed KCRW for 88.5 FM, Nic Harcourt is the beloved voice of the new station's morning show. Other members of the station's fantastic on-air lineup include Jim Nelson, Harry Shearer, Robert Hilburn, Jed The Fish, Julie Slater, Garrison West, and Kevin Bronson. Keep an ear out for well-known syndicated music shows such as World Cafe, Saturday With The Beatles, The Dylan Hour, and Acoustic Cafe, as well.

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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Conor Oberst

Posted by Amoebite, October 17, 2017 03:46pm | Post a Comment

Conor Oberst What's In My Bag? Amoeba Music

Say, who's that taking a snooze on the couch in th Amoeba Hollywood green room? Why it's none other than singer/songwriter Conor Oberst, who, after playing a spirited set on the Amoeba stage and going shopping for records, decided it was time for a little nap. Fortunately he was also game for a What's In My Bag? interview in which he shared some humorous, off the cuff insight into the records he chose, including Rage Against The Machine's The Battle Of Los Angeles. "I played a show one time with Rage...one of the scariest nights of my life," Oberst recalled. "I'm up there with, like, an acoustic guitar," he continued, "playing sad alt-country songs to Rage Against The Machine fans that all wanted me dead." Thankfully that experience didn't sour him on the band!

Conor Oberst Salutations A native of Nebraska, Conor Oberst has not only proven to be a prolific and driving force in Omaha's music scene, but also one of the most renowned singer/songwriters of his generation. Having joined his first band at the age of 13 he has been steadily releasing music since 1993. Over the following two plus decades, he has released cassette-only recordings, split 7-inches, and a dozen albums with his band Bright Eyes, as well as under his own name, as a member of Desaparecidos, as leader of the The Mystic Valley Band, and with the Monsters of Folk super-group. His most recent album, Salutations, was released in March 2017 on Nonesuch and includes full band versions of the ten songs from his 2016 album Ruminations, plus seven additional songs.

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A CELEBRATION OF DJ STEF Elbo Room 10/17 Peter Agoston's Impressive Line-up inc. Zion I, Del, Foreign Legion, Peanut Butter Wolf

Posted by Billyjam, October 16, 2017 03:50pm | Post a Comment
 

Tomorrow night's (Tuesday, October 17th) A Celebration of DJ Stef at the Elbo Room in San Francisco is further proof of just how widely beloved an individual Stephanie Gardner Ornelas (aka DJ Stef) truly was. As previously reported on the Amoeblog there was unprecedented outpouring of grief and shock in response to the DJ/writer/hip-hop ambassador's sudden October 1st death from a heart attack. Tomorrow's Elbo Room party, one of several in honor of DJ Stef this week, is being organized by Peter Agoston of Female Fun.  Agoston  (aka DJ Thanksgiving Brown) is one of the multitude of devoted friends DJ Stef earned over the years via her central role in the Bay Area (and beyond) hip-hop / DJ community. Thanks to Agoston's hard work and his contact with many of the artists that DJ Stef has made a lasting impression on over the years, he's managed to enlist a most impressive list of artists to perform for free for the benefit/tribute event.

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Sidewalk Sale at Amoeba Hollywood Saturday, October 21

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

Sidewalk Sale at Amoeba Hollywood

Amoeba Hollywood is having a Sidewalk Sale on Saturday, October 21st! 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 great bargains you'll find at our sidewalk sale:

  • DVDs: $2 each or 3 for $5
  • DVD box sets: $4 each or 2 for $7
  • Blu-ray: $4 each or 3 for $10
  • CDs: buy 1 get 1 free (of equal or lesser value)
  • 45s: 2 for $1
  • Classical vinyl: 3 for $1
  • Cassettes: 2 for $1
  • $1 LPs
  • Posters: $2 each or 3 for $5
  • T-shirts: $5 and under
  • Stickers: $0.75 each or 4 for $2
  • Patches: 2 for $1 (or priced as marked)
  • Buttons: $0.50 each or 4 for $1
  • Books, magazines & comics: 2 for $1
  • Great deals on toys & other merch

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

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Hip-Hop Top 5 (Video Version) Includes new Wu-Tang Clan + Vinyl Reissues of E-40, DJ Quik, Mystikal & Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince

Posted by Billyjam, October 14, 2017 11:47am | Post a Comment
Top Five New Hip-Hop Releases 10:13:17
Album art & descriptions + Accompanying Music Videos



1: Wu-Tang Clan The Saga Continues (E1 Music)
 
Wu-Tang Clan's The Saga Continues was officially released yesterday, October 13th 2017, although the album's executive producer RZA leaked it the day before as part of a radio show. Not to be confused with the Shaolin crew's infamous controversial Martin "pharma bro" Shkreli's one-off WU album Once Upon a Time in Shaolin, is the legendary NYC crew's all new album and their first in three years since 2014's A Better Tomorrow. However the new album does include a reference/diss to Shkreli on the 18 track album's song "Lesson Learn’d" in which they rap “Hater wouldn’t last a day in my shoes: you know very well. Bet he swell. You can tell he jeal’.  My price hikin’ like the pills Martin Shkreli sell.” With exclusive production by Mathematics, the 51 and a half minute album features most (not all) WU warriors including Ghostface Killah, Method Man, GZA, Raekwon, Inspektah Deck and Masta Killa. There's additionally some great album guests including the late great Sean Price (don't sleep on his new posthumous solo album Imperius Rex) and Redman who is featured on a few tracks including the aforementioned "Lesson Learn'd" and the tight new single/video "People Say" that can be seen down below in the video version of this top five.

Vinyl Gear 101: Putting Together a Stereo System to Play Vinyl

Posted by Amoebite, October 11, 2017 01:15pm | Post a Comment

Amoeba Music's Vinyl Gear 101 Video

Are you thinking about getting your first turntable, but have some questions about direct drive vs. belt drive tables? Pre-amps? Speakers? We have answers! Setting up your vinyl stereo system isn't a difficult process, but it does take a little bit of knowledge about the right gear to get your records spinning and making noise.

In this Vinyl Gear 101 video, we address the most common questions we get with all the information needed for the novice vinyl listener. We breakdown the four essential components of every system - turntable, pre-amp, amplifier, and speakers - and we demo two simple setups to get you started. Whether you're a beginning DJ or just want to listen to some records at home, we hope you'll find this video helpful!

Don't forget, all turntables are 20% off at our stores October 14th during our Super Saturday Sale.

Watch the full Vinyl Gear 101 video below.

 

Also, check out our Vinyl Care 101 video about cleaning, storing, and caring for your records.

New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Eagles of Death Metal

Posted by Amoebite, October 9, 2017 07:14pm | Post a Comment

Eagles of Death Metal What's In My Bag?

"The character of Catwoman was a big influence on my developing sexuality," confides Eagles of Death Metal frontman Jesse Hughes during his recent visit to Amoeba Hollywood. Hughes, also known as Boots Electric, starts our "What's In My Bag?" episode showing off a figurine of the aforementioned Catwoman from the classic '60s TV show and movie, Batman. "That's what I love about Amoeba," he continues. "You're able to really live within the eternal, time-frozen bubble of pop culture and experience it, if you wish to, in almost any generation." Hughes was full of humorous and insightful observations throughout our interview and proved to have quite the eclectic, and electric, tastes.

Eagles of Death Metal was formed in 1998 by longtime friends Josh Homme and Jesse Hughes. The band's debut came courtesy of Homme's The Desert Sessions Volume 3 & 4 later that year. With the increasing success of Queens of the Stone Age, Eagles of Death Metal was sidelined for a time before the release of their 2004 debut Peace, Love, Death Metal. A number of songs from the album were used in commercial, video game, and film projects, causing the band's profile to grow rapidly. The band released a followup, Death by Sexy, in 2006. They embarked on a series of tours in support of the album, headlining their own tour and supporting The Strokes, Peaches, Joan Jett, and for one show, Guns 'N Roses.

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Recap: Charity Auction for Hurricane Relief with Don Barris

Posted by Amoebite, October 9, 2017 05:45pm | Post a Comment

Charity Auction with Don Barris at Amoeba Hollywood

Saturday at Amoeba Hollywood was the place to be! Our old friend and cohort, the incomparable Don Barris (Windy City Heat, Big 3 Podcast, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, The Ding Dong Show, and a tireless supporter of Amoeba's auctions), did the honors at the podium and hosted our charity auction for hurricane relief! Don was entertaining and hilarious, as always, with the sharp zingers, as well as the deadpan wily way he has of wrangling extra cash our of unsuspecting Saturday shoppers.

The items on the auction block were amazing and Don did a great job. He really drummed up the energy and he had everyone giggling under their breath or rollicking in the aisles as they threw up their rainbow auction paddles (which conveniently double as fans on the 90 degree day). People really got the jump on their holiday shopping by scoring some unique items!

All proceeds from Saturday's auction went directly to support hurricane relief efforts and, as always, Amoeba matched ALL winning bid amounts, which means double the money going to where it is most needed.

Here are just a few of the cool items we auctioned off:

  • Tickets to see The Breeders (SOLD OUT) show at the El Rey November 13th - $60.00
  • Tickets to see The Drums at The Fonda Theatre November 2nd - $80.00
  • Tickets to see Dhani Harrison at the El Rey November 30th - $45.00
  • Signed & framed Glen Campbell poster - $95.00
  • Neon Demon movie poster signed by Nicolas Winding Refn and Cliff Martinez - $20.00
  • David Lynch signed Twin Peaks soundtrack vinyl - $100.00
  • Pearl Jam collectible pack, including Third Man LP, patch and Vitalogy book - $120.00
  • New Orleans music pack, featuring a Tipitina's shirt, hand picked music from NOLA--commemorating our very first auction in September 2005 after Hurricane Katrina devastated the Gulf Coast $80.00
  • Portable turntable + handpicked vinyl - $130.00
  • Lana Del Rey poster from her appearance at Amoeba with CD and buttons - $40.00
  • Signed HAIM poster + CD $30.00
  • Baby Driver soundtrack LP signed by Edgar Wright - $40.00

All together, Don helped raise a total of $840.00! That means, with the Amoeba match, we going to send $1,680.00 to Direct Relief, which has been providing medical and other aid to hurricane ravaged areas like Puerto Rico, Florida, and Texas.

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Space Visitors Film Festival Lands in SF, October 21

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, October 8, 2017 06:57pm | Post a Comment

Unarians, Unarius, Space Brothers

From the illustrious minds who brought you Super Shangri-La Show's Bigfoot Bonanza comes Super Space Visitors Film FestShangri-La Show's Space Visitors Film Festival, which descends upon San Francisco's Balboa Theatre on Saturday, October 21st! Prepare for 16 hours of alien excitement in the form of movies, documentaries, TV shows, and special guest speakers including filmmaker and curator Jodi Wille with members of the Unarius Academy of Science, Ruben Uriarte of MUFON (Mutual UFO Network), and more.

Tickets are $20 for the all-day UFO pass and $25 for the Super-Deluxe space pass that includes a small popcorn and a beverage (beer available!) of your choice. Get your tickets nowsville!

Here's the intergalactic line-up that will transport you outta this world:

10am: Close Encounters of the Third Kind on Screen 1 (with Introduction by Earl Grey of MUFON)

10am: Day the Earth Stood Still (1951) on Screen 2 (with introduction by puppeteer Dave Haaz-Baroque & ALF!)

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“Hip-Hop Keeps You Young” - DJ Stef [1962 - 2017] Beloved Bay Area Hip-Hop Figure Whose Funeral United A Community in Grief

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

As she so regularly did in life, at her funeral service yesterday at the Ouimet Bros. Funeral Chapel in Concord, DJ Stef continued to bring different people together through a shared passion for music.
Greatly outnumbering family, including her still-in-shock husband, best-friend and fellow DJ Sergio Ornelas, were a multitude of dear friends Stephanie Gardner Ornelas (aka DJ Stef) had earned over the decades thanks to her warmth and unique unifying role in the Bay Area’s hip-hop community.  Doc Fu, DJ Pause, Liz Novoa, Toph-One, Mr. E, Rasco, DJ Marz, Marc Stretch, Eddie K, Mark Herlihy, Bas-One, Z-Man, Luke Sick, Ren The Vinyl Archeologist and DJ Jester (who flew in from Texas) were among the many mourners who packed the overflowing chapel to pay respects to the beloved longtime Bay Area hip-hop DJ, writer and historian whose death was a total shock to all. Following a heart attack last Sunday (Oct. 1st) Stef died suddenly and unexpectedly. Further confusing was the fact that this ever-energetic, fit 55 year old looked at least a decade younger than her years. “Hip-hop keeps you young,” she once told me in a DJ profile interview that appears in full below (scroll all the way down to read)

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Hip-Hop Rap Up 10:06:17: Reissues & New Releases (LP, CD, cassette), News inc. DMC World Results, Cookie Turntable Technology

Posted by Billyjam, October 6, 2017 12:31pm | Post a Comment
 

Previewed here on the Amoeblog was the 2017 DMC World Champions, last weekend's big international turntablist competition that featured USA representatives DJ Perly and DJ Dwells who each proudly repped their nation but did not win titles in their respective fields. Instead the 2017 DMC World DJ Final was won by DJ Rena from Japan who is only twelve years of age but possesses the experienced moves of a DJ twice his age. That win makes the preteen the youngest ever DMC World Champion. Meanwhile in the separate battle for the Supremacy title, another Japanese contestant,  DJ Yukichi won the battle for 2017 DMC World Supremacy. Congratulations to them both and to all of the participating battle DJs who traveled to London last weekend for the event.
 
In other hip-hop news, Fat Joe was among those artists who selflessly lent support to the hurricane victims in Puerto Rico by flying a plane down to the island (on loan from Jay-Z) to personally help victims with needed supplies. LL Cool J is among the 19 artists nominated for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: five to seven of which will be chosen to be inducted later this year. The Bay Area lost an important figure last Sunday with the sudden passing of Stephanie Orneles, better known as DJ Stef. The universally beloved longtime Bay Area hip-hop DJ/writer/historian's death was attributed to a heart attack. Look for a more detailed report (inc. a rare interview with the late DJ) in an upcoming Amoeblog.  Former Digital Underground manager Sleuth Pro has been making the rounds lately including stopping by KPOO radio in promotion of his acclaimed newly published memoir: Hip-Hop Tales: From Humpty Dance to Blondie Locks (The Golden Years: 1987-2002).

CASSETTE TAPE RELEASES OF THE WEEK

 
Kid Capri Live At The Building 1990 (No Sleep/Fat Beats)

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

Posted by Amoebite, October 5, 2017 02:15pm | Post a Comment

Nails What's In My Bag? at Amoeba Hollywood

Todd Jones, singer and guitarist for SoCal hardcore band Nails, recently stopped by Amoeba Hollywood to grab some some records and chat with us for a "What's In My Bag?" episode. As you might expect, his stack featured a healthy dose of punk and various types of metal, but it also included several unexpected picks, like Reign Of Terror by the Brooklyn noise-pop duo Sleigh Bells. "This sounds like people who are playing a joke on somebody," Jones said of the group's dense, aggressively poppy sound. "It was like I was in a nightmare." But somehow he felt compelled to seek them out. "I kept coming back to it," he admits."I kept listening to it, and that's when I realized 'I think I like Sleigh Bells,' and it's like the most fucking obnoxious music." Now that's an endorsement!

Southern California hardcore band Nails have attracted a serious cult following thanks to their uniquely heavy combination of death metal, grindcore, punk, and powerviolence. Formed in 2009, the Nails You Will Never Be One Of Usband consists of Todd Jones (Terror, Betrayed, Carry On, Snake Eyes, Internal Affairs), guitarist Leon del Muerte (Nausea), bassist John Gianelli, and drummer Taylor Young (Disgrace). The Obscene Humanity EP introduced the band to the world later that year. Unsilent Death followed a year later.

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Grant Hart: Yes, I Remember

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, October 3, 2017 06:59pm | Post a Comment

by Casey Dresser

Pap-boom-pap-boom-pap-boom, New Day Rising - the seminal, legendary, and absolutely classic Grant HartHüsker Dü post-hardcore masterpiece kicks off with a nice blast beat from Grant Hart before Bob Mould's swirling, fuzzy, and overdriven guitars and Greg Norton's precision dynamic bass take us where we are going for the next 40 minutes or so.

I immediately put this record on when I heard of Grant Hart's death on September 13th. It seemed like the right thing to do...

My friend Bret has a morbid fascination with people dying. Whenever someone even remotely famous dies, I get a text. They don't even have to have a Wikipedia page to warrant a "RIP" from ol' Bret ("Bill Smith, who was an extra on episode 4 of season 6 of House, passed away this morning. RIP."). I usually just ignore them; I don't care about most celebrities dying. It doesn't effect my life and I highly doubt they would be too bent out of shape if someone told them I had died. Grant was different though. Grant was still young, putting out relevant music, and surely had a lot more to give us. This one did effect my life and it made me sad.

Grant Hart was an extremely talented musician with a gift for melody and a tremendous aptitude for orchestration. He and Bob Mould met at Cheapo Records in St. Paul, Minnesota in 1979 and formed one of the greatest bands of the post-hardcore second (third?) wave punk scene that became a major name on the legendary mid-1980's SST roster. He wasn't just the drummer, he also wrote and sang about half the songs. He and Bob Mould were a Lennon-McCartney or a Jagger-Richards of the punk era - blazing new trails and writing some beautiful, innovative, and downright catchy songs along the way. They each wrote and sang their own songs and on their best albums it felt like each song was an attempt to one up the other guy. To top the previous song with a better one.

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RIP Holger Czukay

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, October 3, 2017 03:05pm | Post a Comment

Holger Czukay

by Michael Henning

Can founder and bassist Holger Czukay died September 5, 2017. The band posted the following on Facebook: "We are very sad to confirm that Holger passed away yesterday, in his home, the old CAN Studio in Weilerswist. His wife U-She passed away only weeks before. Holger was devastated by the loss of his beloved partner, but was looking forward to making more music and was in good spirits. His passing has come as a shock. We will post more information about funeral arrangements shortly."



In the mid-1960's, Czukay studied under electronic music pioneer Karlheinz Stockhausen in Cologne. Can, Tago MagoCan's soon-to-be keyboardist Irmin Schmidt was another student of Stockhausen at that time, and it was not long before the two joined forces, recruiting guitarist Michael Karoli and drummer Jaki Liebezeit to round out the core Can lineup in 1968. Malcolm Mooney, an American living in Germany at the time, became their singer for the first few years. Can recorded their dynamic and fiery debut album, Monster Movie, with him. Mooney was later replaced by Damo Suzuki, a long-haired Japanese hippie who the band notoriously found busking on the street the day of one of their gigs. They convinced Damo to join them later that night for a performance and he stayed a member of the band for the next three albums. It was an excellent match, one that yielded some of the band's best work, including their sprawling psychedelic double LP masterpiece Tago Mago, the now-heavily sampled funky grooves of Ege Bamyasi, and the endearing ambient-rock classic Future Days.
Holger Czukay
Czukay did most of the engineering and producing of the early Can albums, shaping their sound with his incisive tape cutting technique, and turning group improvisations into finished pieces. No less important to the group's sound, he also played the bass with a unique style which might be best summed up as "minimalist avant-funk." Of his chosen instrument, Czukay once said “the bass player’s like a king in chess. He doesn’t move much, but when he does he changes everything.”

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Remembering Tom Petty Via Ten Albums on Vinyl + Video from Petty's Final Performance Last Week in LA

Posted by Billyjam, October 3, 2017 01:20pm | Post a Comment
Amidst an already deeply depressing news day yesterday, dominated by shocking details of the latest American mass shooting tragedy, we also learned that we lost an American rock music icon. Tom Petty died yesterday following a cardiac arrest. The singer. songwriter, guitarist, keyboardist was 66 years of age. A true American rocker whether as solo artist, as Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers, or with supergroup The Traveling Wilburys that he co-founded, Petty was known for his American roots infused music and will be remembered forever from such hits as “American Girl,” “Refugee,” “Don’t Do Me Like That,” “Here Comes My Girl,” and “Free Fallin’.” Petty’s sudden death was both unexpected and “shocking” (as Bob Dylan called it), coming at at a time when he and the Heartbreakers were in the midst of a 40th anniversary tour with dates that included the the Hollywood Bowl. In fact Petty’s very final performance was at that Los Angeles venue just one week ago on September 25th, 2017. Below is a fan made video of the final two songs of that show with Petty and band performing “American Girl” and “You Wreck Me.” Below that concert clip, in remembrance of Tom Petty, a list of ten Tom Petty albums on vinyl/LP.


Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers from Tom Petty’s final performance @ Hollywood Bowl (Sept 15, 2017)

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Score Board: Soundtracks for Tabletop Games, Part One

Posted by Amoebite, October 2, 2017 07:55pm | Post a Comment

By Chris Curtis

Nearly any social gathering benefits from the addition of well-chosen music, and a board gaming get-together is no exception. Of course, you could just throw on some random favorite albums and leave it at that. But it’s easy to take your game session to the next level by selecting an appropriate, themed musical backdrop! Just as an artfully composed soundtrack greatly enhances the movie experience, the proper choice of gaming music can help create atmosphere and accentuate the drama and laughter around the table.

So let’s see if we can make some connections between playing music and playing games, and generate some enthralling synergy from their combination. We’ll start by taking a trip back to the Middle Ages by way of the 1960s…

After more than a dozen years of success with folk-based indie label Elektra, which he started from his college dorm room, Jac Holzman established Nonesuch Records in 1964 with the goal of making classical recordings affordable and accessible. Nonesuch LP releases were priced at $2.50, half the cost of a typical classical release, comparable to that of a quality paperback book. The label’s first album was a French recording of Renaissance vocal music and it set the template for the first few dozen subsequent releases: quality European recordings licensed by Holzman at cut-rate prices, attractively packaged in the label’s house graphic style.

By the 1967 release of In a Medieval Garden by the Stanley Buetens Lute Ensemble, however,Splendor, In A Medieval Garden Nonesuch had begun picking up domestic talent and expanding their musical scope (including commissioning a groundbreaking electronic piece by composer Morton Subotnick, Silver Apples of the Moon, itself an excellent board game accompaniment). Buetens, a former New Yorker attending graduate school at Stanford University in Northern California, recorded just one LP for Nonesuch, but it’s an evocative delight. With the group’s focus on the lute, a stringed instrument descended from the Middle Eastern oud with some similarities to the later-to-come guitar, this gentle album effortlessly conjures up another era and milieu. Recorders and vocals offer up subtle melodies over instrumentally sparse but often rhythmically complex backings.

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Concert Tickets Available at Amoeba Hollywood October 2017

Posted by Amoebite, October 2, 2017 02:20pm | 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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NightLife Live Featuring DIIV & Black Marble, October 12

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, October 1, 2017 07:44pm | Post a Comment

NightLife Live 2017 San Francisco

DIIV
DIIV

Join Amoeba Music at NightLife Live at San Francisco's California Academy of Sciences  on Thursday, October 12 as the summer music series that transforms the Academy into a 21+ oasis of music and art comes to a close for the season. With two great musical acts, art installations, craft projects, fantastic cocktails, and tons of fun, you don't want to miss this!

Local opener, Black Marble, will start the night off with their atmospheric sound fit to match the foggy night, followed by headlining band DIIV whose dreamy, fuzzed-out guitar rock is simply out of this world. But that's not all! Don't miss DJ sets from Chulita Vinyl Club, and night-worthy art installations in the West Garden including Lynn Byant's illuminated Parol and Quarso's SpaceWay. Also make sure you visit us at the Amoeba Music pop-up shop! We'll be bringing loads of quality used vinyl, so prepare to go crate digging.

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

New Generation USA Battle DJ Champs Dwells & DJ Perly Hope To Repeat National Victories at 2017 DMC World DJ Championship

Posted by Billyjam, October 1, 2017 06:39am | Post a Comment


Leaders of the new generation of US DMC battle DJ champions - the skilled turntablist competitors Dwells and DJ Perly - are currently over in England where each will participate in today’s big 2017 DMC World DJ Championship. At that prestigious international DJ competition, happening at London’s club Koko, these  reigning American DJ champs each hope to repeat their national victories on an international level. DJ Perly, who was the winner in the 2017 US DMC Finals, (scroll down for review of that August 5th battle) and Dwells, who took the 2017 US DMC Supremacy title, will each battle in their respective categories in the hope of taking a world championship title back home to the USA. In today’s DMC Battle For World Supremacy Dwells will face off against such other international DMC Supremacy champs as Brazil’s Erick Jay, France’s DJ Topic,  Germany's DJ A Plus and Japan’s DJ Yukichi.

Meanwhile for her six minute routine in the DMC World DJ Finals this evening DJ Perly, the first woman to ever take the DMC US Finals title, will be pitted against reigning DMC battle champions from sixteen other countries. These include China’s Kook-L, the UK’s DJ Rasp, Canada’s Jimmy Riggz, Greece’s DJ Freestone, South Africa’s DJ Codax, Hungary’s Sonny Kraft and New Zealand’s DJ Gooda. [See flyer above with full list of the competing country DJs, and flyer below with schedule breakdown of today’s multi-faceted, eight hour event]

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