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

Posted by Amoebite, December 12, 2017 04:24pm | Post a Comment

Clark What's In My Bag? Amoeba Music

English electronic musician Clark visited Amoeba Hollywood recently and picked up some vinyl reissues and limited edition releases, many of which were quite dear to him, such as the debut album by Krautrock super-group Harmonia. Comprised of members of the influential groups Cluster and Neu!, Musik Von Harmonia was a big influence on Clark's record Body Riddle. "It's really warm, slowly evolving Krautrock with lots of synths," he tells us. Clark ruminated on each record he chose during our interview and found something insightful to say about them all. 

English electronic artist and producer Clark (né Chris Clark) began making music as a teenager, creating experimental works on homemade instruments. He would go on to attract attention from Warp Records while performing at one of their parties under the moniker Chris From St Albans. (Clark grew up in St. Albans, England.) He subsequently signed to the label, releasing his debut LP, Clarence Park, under the name Chris Clark.

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Where The Toys Are

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, December 11, 2017 07:39pm | Post a Comment

Amoeba Music Carries Toys

By Brent James

No doubt you’ve got that one piece of vinyl in your collection that’s “worth thousands,” or maybe now that vinyl is making its “resurgence,” it might be time to sell your aunt’s dusty old records she passed down to you last Summer?

Well, it turns out she might have a few more items in her attic you might be interested in. Now more than ever is the time to check, as all those old toys and collectibles you stashed away are turning out to be worth big bucks. Beatles bucks it would seem, with a Rocket-Firing Boba Fett action figure from the early days of the Kenner Star Wars line recently snatching upwards of $17,000 at auction! And there’s no stopping it; millions of dollars are spent each year in the selling/trading world of toys. Not just Barbies and action figures but actual toys. Conventions are held monthly just for the “hunters,” as they’re referred to in the Toy Community. The little kids of the '70s and '80s and even '90s have grown up, and they have money. Lots of it.

Much like a record, an old toy can transport you to another time and place, and the sky’s the limit once you’re there. For those of us that dabble in both, the similarities are numerous. When displayed properly, a healthy collection is nothing short of a work of art. Great pride is poured into the presentation and many hours are spent on being a completist.

But just as the digital age took its toll on brick and mortar record stores, the same has happened with mom and pop toy stores. Big box chains such as Target and WalMart cut out many traditional toy shops, while Amazon and eBay wiped out the rest. Even Toys R’ Us struggled and to this day bankruptcy is rumored to be in their future. Pair that with a sometimes cutthroat market and poor distribution, and you almost find yourself wishing you ONLY collected records!

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Noise Pop 2018 Announces Phase 2 Line-Up

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, December 11, 2017 06:33pm | Post a Comment

Noise Pop

Noise Pop returns to the Bay Area for it's 26th year with events all over San Francisco and Oakland, February 19 - 25! This year they are unveiling the amazing full music lineup in phases and they have just announced Phase 2! Phase 2 general badges are available for $195. General badge prices will go up with the Phase 3 lineup announcement, so get your tickets now!

The festival features an array of amazing performances not only from national music acts, but also from an impressive variety of established and up-and-coming Bay Area artists.

Noise PopPHASE 2 MUSIC LINEUP:
Built to Spill (performs Keep It Like A Secret)
Waxahatchee (Solo)
The Album Leaf
Alex Cameron
Dengue Fever
Amy Shark
Shamir
The Coathangers
Jeff Rosenstock
The Hotelier
Gerd Janson
Grails
Crooked Colours
Inara George (of The Bird and the Bee)
Palehound
Weaves
Miya Folick
Ha Ha Tonka
Wildling
The Weather Station
Summer Twins
Death Valley Girls
Lemuria
Mom Jeans.
Mozhgan
Oso Oso
Bat Fangs
ROAR
Winter
The Flytraps
Feels
Roya
Hazey Eyes

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Best Of 2017 in Hip-Hop, Part I: Top 10 Charting Hip-Hop Singles [Video Version]

Posted by Billyjam, December 11, 2017 06:15pm | Post a Comment

This Amoeblog kicks off an extended series of Best Of 2017 in Hip-Hop lists (mostly top tens) that will attempt to cover as many aspects as possible of the ever expanding genre from over the past twelve months. These Best-Of lists will range from underground, slept-on artists that got little attention overall in 2017 to hugely popular and financially successful artists who dominated charts and media coverage in 2017. It will also include vinyl charts; both new and reissues, female hip-hop artists, top selling albums, top critically received albums,  top ten producer albums, and a list of posthumously popular artists in 2017. The series will even include a list of the top “Lil” rappers (artists with “Lil” in their name that made an impact in 2017).

Another  Best of 2017 in Hip-Hop will be a Top Ten list of the Top Selling Artists in 2017: based on a Forbes study comparison of their pre-tax annual incomes. Somewhat similarly, today’s list is also rooted in financial statistics; namely hip-hop sales of singles based on their Billboard chart positions, as well as taking into consideration other statistics. Each entry in the Top 10 Charting Hip-Hop Singles list below is based first on chart positioning on the Billboard Hot 100 charts, and then on accumulated airplay statistics including online outlets. Each single featuring its accompanying music videos, the Top Ten goes in order from Number 10 up to Number 1. Parental warning: many of these videos contain explicit lyrics and/or imagery.

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The Acid Test New Year's Eve Freak Out in San Francisco

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, December 10, 2017 06:28pm | Post a Comment
The Acid Test
The Acid Test with Silver Apples. Photo by Tyler Loring.

Experience the last trip of the year! A psychedelic happening featuring far-out lights and sounds! Amoeba The Acid Test New Years Eveis proud to sponsor The Acid Test's New Year's Eve Freak Out party on Sunday, December 31st at the Elbo Room with live sets from LA's psych phenom The Creation Factory and local loves The Pop Club Group. The night's DJs include The Acid Test's Steve and Noemi, San Fran's Jodie Artichoke, and Los Angeles DJs Maicol (Heavy Jelly Club) and Peri Alexandra Levin. Visuals to be provided by The Mad Alchemy Liquid Light Show.

Following in the tradition of San Francisco's 1960s psychedelic underground, The Acid Test throws mind-expanding freak-out parties featuring incredible live music, DJs spinning obscure psychedelic sounds, and groovy live liquid light show performances. This New Years Eve party is destined to be a happening of epic proportions.

The Creation Factory channels the sounds of 1960s psychedelic beats. The LA-based five-piece isn't just making music they're "capturing the sort of sounds that people don’t hear anymore," says front man Shane Stots. They are creating an experience. "We're bringing sounds back from the grave, maybe better than they were before," Stots, who's also a member of L.A. rock group the Mystic Braves, says. The group uses authentic 1960s gear (and an era-appropriate look) to create blues-inflected rock designed to get a crowd's feet moving. The Creation Factory was formed in 2014 when Stots pieced together a style-infused gang of psychedelic bandits, including band members Iggy Gonzalez (also of the Mystic Braves) on drums, Neil Soiland and Gabriel Pacheco on guitar, and Peter Maffei (of The Electric Magpie) on keyboards. Stots himself provides bass and lead vocals.

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Noir City Xmas, 12/20

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, December 10, 2017 03:45pm | Post a Comment

Noir City Xmas

Join the Czar of Noir Noël, host Eddie Muller, on Wednesday, December 20th at SF's historic Castro Theatre for the eighth annual Noir City Xmas! This year, our friends at the Film Noir Foundation present a double-feature of rare noir-stained 1940s' films to darken your yuletide spirit. At 7:30pm, it’s Manhandled (1949) starring Dan Duryea, Dorothy Lamour, and Sterling Hayden, followed at 9:30pm by Alias Boston Blackie (1942) with Chester Morris. Read more about these films HERE!

Manhandled
Manhandled (1949)
Alias Boston Blackie
Alias Boston Blackie (1942)

The evening will also feature the unveiling of the full program (and poster) for NOIR CITY 16, the world's most popular film noir festival, which is coming to the Castro Theatre January 26 – February 4, 2018. And for your holiday shopping pleasure, NOIR CITY 16 Passports (10-day all-access festival passes for 24 movies, plus opening night reception) will be available for sale at the Xmas show for $120 (cash or credit card) at the FNF's merchandise table on the Castro mezzanine. These make terrific gifts!

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Top Five Hip-Hop Albums: Dec 8th 2017 Vinyl Releases: Beastie Boys, Wiki, Oddisee, The Perceptionists, Das EFX

Posted by Billyjam, December 8, 2017 10:50am | Post a Comment
1: Beastie Boys The In Sound From Way Out! LP  (Capitol)

The In Sound From Way Out! LP is a reissue by Capitol of the long out of print killer 1996 instrumental compilation album from the Beastie Boys. This new version is 180 gram vinyl and the cover art, while almost exactly the same, is a slightly different shade of each color which you could tell if you have the two versions of this LP side by side. A well chosen collection of instrumental tracks, they include grooves culled from their Ill Communication and Check Your Head albums (with Money Mark on keyboards). The Beasties vinyl reissue is one of three albums getting that treatment from the group this month. The others are To The 5 Boroughs and Hot Sauce Committee Part Two both of which are via Capitol Records also.



2: Wiki No Mountains In Manhattan LP (XL Recordings)

New York rapper Wiki looks set to take it to the next level with today's anticipated release of his official  debut: the two LP set No Mountains In Manhattan LP that  XL Recordings also released on CD version.  Album guests include Ghostface Killah and Your Old Droog. As diehard fans know the 24 year old rapper first emerged, while still a teen, at the start of this decade with NYC crew Ratking along with MC Hak and Sporting Life and featuring such affiliate artists as Princess Nokia.

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Louis Armstrong’s Lifelong Laxative Regimen and Wife Lucille’s Quirky Interior Design Style

Posted by Billyjam, December 8, 2017 06:06am | Post a Comment
Basin Street Blues LP by Louis Armstrong reissued on 180 gram vinyl last year


His mom raised him to be "physic-minded" and to do regular cleansing (IE laxatives) and that is how Louis Armstrong from 1953 up until his death embraced one particular herbal laxative product, becoming its unofficial spokesman and even giving it his own tagline, "Leave it all behind ya." I learned all of this 
upon my return visit this week to the wonderful historic Louis Armstrong House Museum (LAHM) in Corona, Queens for a viewing of the small but engaging exhibit in the mini museum by the nicely stocked gift store, plus a guided detailed tour of the house that was the legendary jazz trumpeter & singer’s home with wife Lucille for the final decades of their lives. Louis Armstrong (aka Satchmo or Pops) died from a heart attack at age 69 on July 6, 1971 with his widow surviving him by another twelve years. No one else has lived in the preserved house since that today is exactly as it was when they both lived there. It was in this house where Armstrong wrote his most famous song, “What A Wonderful World,” and where on breaks from his busy touring schedule that he would kick back and socialize with the working class neighbors on his block including the kids to whom he was a mentor of sorts.

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Trizz's New Album is a “Dark, Street Horror Flick On Tape”

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, December 7, 2017 03:00pm | Post a Comment

Trizz, Ashes n DustBy doubleay

Trizz hails from Los Angeles and Inland Empire, but he doesn’t believe everybody listening knows that. Trizz has developed a uniquely dedicated audience with fans scattered internationally, yet the he feels the misconception about where he’s coming from is all too common. The circulation of his music has transcended geographical bounds, but Trizz is making his origin the emphasis on his upcoming album, Ashes N Dust.

I spoke with Trizz about why he’s so motivated to make his roots clear and how he’s going to project his personal experiences for listeners with the new album.

You’ve got Ashes N Dust dropping December 15th. You’ve got G Perico on there, Robb $tone, and it’s entirely produced by AC3 Beats. Your last solo project dropped in 2016. What’s been motivating you musically since the last release?
Basically, just the way the industry has changed so much. I’ve noticed that I have to basically pump out singles every other two weeks to keep up with, you know, what’s going on because I want to stay relevant. I didn’t want to drop full-length albums so what I focused on was videos and singles. This year I dropped 13 videos. That included features I was on and, you know, building my brand and my marketing, you know what I’m saying? All building up to this moment to drop my album so I’m building a major platform.

Yeah, whether we’re here for it or not, this is the rate the industry is moving at currently and everybody is racing to keep up. You either have to adjust or you're in the dust.
Yeah, for me man, I’m trying to adjust but not change myself because of this game, while still going major with it.

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Amoeba's Response to the Changes at the LA Weekly

Posted by Amoebite, December 5, 2017 04:23pm | Post a Comment

LA Weekly

We were as surprised as anyone to hear about the sale and layoffs at the LA Weekly this past week. Amoeba has had long-standing friendships and working relationships with the writers and editorial staff at the Weekly, and we have shared a history of commitment and passion for the creative community. Our community was rocked by these unexpected, major layoffs. These are friends and colleagues whose voices have been intertwined with ours over the past 16 years as we have all struggled to keep the creative community thriving in Los Angeles.

As an independent retailer, we have historically found the Weeklies (LA, Pasadena, and SF) to be like-minded partners that serve our community responsibly. They have also been acceptable to our advertising partners (primarily artists, music labels, distributors, and charitable organizations). Having print media visibility still carries tremendous value for us, and most of the advertising we run is through the Weeklies.

Our holiday advertising in LA Weekly was planned with our label and distribution partners months ago and has been booked through the end of this year. However, yesterday we pulled our sponsorship from their annual "Sips & Sweets" event and today we pulled a planned back page "institutional" ad for this Thursday’s issue in protest of the recent handling of staff and contractors. We will evaluate our ongoing relationship with the LA Weekly in the New Year, after determining whether or not LA Weekly is able to re-establish itself as credible, empathetic and supportive of the community it serves.

 

-- Amoeba Music

New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Samantha Robinson & Jennifer Ingrum from 'The Love Witch'

Posted by Amoebite, December 5, 2017 03:05pm | Post a Comment

The Love Witch (Samantha Robinson and Jennifer Ingrum) What's In My bag?

We recently hosted a DVD signing with the cast and crew of Anna Biller's feminist cult hit, The Love Witch, at Amoeba Hollywood and we were excited to interview the stars, Samantha Robinson and Jennifer Ingrum, for a What's In My Bag? episode. Spending the majority of their time shopping our movie mezzanine, the two actresses found an eclectic selection of classic, art-house, and cult-y flicks, including What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?, which has received a renewed interest because of the recent FX show, Feud. "You have to see this movie if you're gonna watch Feud," insists Ingrum, going on to recount the famous feud between the two leading actresses, Bette Davis and Joan Crawford. Ingrum and Robinson's love for each film was very apparent as both had a lot to say about their picks, which made for a fun and lighthearted episode.

The Love Witch Amoeba MusicIn the Technicolor-hued The Love Witch, Robinson plays the titular, love-obsessed witch while Ingrum plays her occult mentor. Robinson was born in New York City and grew up in London before moving to Los Angeles to study acting at UCLA. She received a Best Actress nomination for the 2017 Fangoria Chainsaw Awards. Ingrum is a San Diego native who has also appeared on Franklin & Bash, The Artist and CSI: Miami.

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Enamel Pins Are In at Amoeba

Posted by Amoebite, December 5, 2017 12:37pm | Post a Comment

Enamel Pins

Enamel pins may be small but they carry a big message -- and a very high cool quotient. Adding a pin to your backpack or jacket is a subtle yet ultra hip way to rep your pop culture obsessions, whether it's the band that changed your life, the TV show you can't get enough of, the movie that inspired you to dive into cinema --- or your all-time favorite record store, of course. (Yes, we have special Amoeba pins.) You can find an unrivaled, ever-growing selection of pins to scratch every pop culture itch at all three Amoeba stores. You can also shop a somewhat more curated selection online under Merch.

Not only are these pins are a great way to show off your personality through fashion accessories, they're just plain fun to collect. You never know what one-of-a-kind finds you'll be able to pick up or what perfect stocking stuffers you'll find for the music heads on your shopping list. Come visit Amoeba Hollywood, Amoeba San Francisco or Amoeba Berkeley and see what we've got!

Enamel Pins      Enamel Pins

Enamel Pins

Top Five Hip-Hop Upcoming December Releases: N.E.R.D., Wiki, The Pharcyde, Wu-Tang Clan (Pre-Order All from Amoeba Today)

Posted by Billyjam, December 4, 2017 03:46pm | Post a Comment
1: N.E.R.D. NO_ONE EVER REALLY DIES [Pre-Order Dec 15th album] (Columbia Records)


Following the lead of its successful first single “Lemon (feat. Rihanna)” released early last month, recently reunited N.E.R.D. will drop their anticipated new album NO_ONE EVER REALLY DIES [Pre-Order] on December 15th. You can pre-order now from Amoeba with free shipping in US. Comprised of Pharrell Williams, Chad Hugo and Shay Haley it will be the N.E.R.D.'s fifth studio album and the trio's first since 2010’s Nothing. This new album was not expected by most to drop until sometime in 2018.  Along with the Rihanna cameo track “Lemon,” the new album will feature another ten songs (some of which have already been heard) and include many more big names making appearances. These will include Ed Sheeran (“Lifting You”), André 3000 (“Rollinem 7’s”), Future (“1000”), Gucci Mane & Wale (“Voilà”), and Kendrick Lamar who will appear on both "Don’t Don’t Do It" and on "Kites" on which M.I.A. also collaborates. This album is a likely number one Billboard chart contender. Scroll down below to check out an audio preview of the album track “1000” that N.E.R.D. album guest Future published last week.

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Join Our Holiday Food Drive at Amoeba SF

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, December 4, 2017 03:42pm | Post a Comment

Amoeba's San Francisco is partnering with the SF-Marin Food Bank this holiday season. Please join us and make a difference!

Donate nonperishable food items to the SF-Marin Food Bank at Amoeba SF December 5th through January 2nd and receive a coupon for $5 off your purchase of $30 or more in store and 10% off on Amoeba.com! Please bring your donations to the Info Counter at the center of the SF store to receive your coupon.

The most-needed food items are peanut butter, low sugar cereal, tuna & canned meat, soups & stews, rice, pasta, oats, canned fruits & vegetables, and 100% fruit juice. No glass or perishable items, please.
 

Concert Tickets Available at Amoeba Hollywood December 2017

Posted by Amoebite, December 4, 2017 12:09pm | 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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Dec 1 2017: Top 10 & Hip-Hop News: Pam & Boots (The Coup), Action Bronson, Little Simz, Chali 2na, Z-Ro, Talib Kweli, Denzel Curry

Posted by Billyjam, December 1, 2017 09:58am | Post a Comment

“She’s not out the woods yet,” is the official word on the latest health status of DJ Pam “The Funkstress” Warren according to Alex Mejia. The longtime friend of Pam's followed up with the Amoeblog by phone yesterday on the medical status of the hospitalized Bay Area female DJ who suddenly fell ill in recent weeks. Pam first came to fame back in the early 90's with Bay Area political hip-hop group The Coup (with Boots Riley and E-Roc). In the past decade she has become better known for party rocking in clubs as well as being the tour DJ for the late great Prince on his final tour (hence her alias Purple Pam). As reported on the Amoeblog the DJ was recently hospitalized in critical condition and in the ICU and (as noted by Boots Riley) "fighting for her life" as she battled against a sudden illness. The exact cause of Pam's illness is still not publicly known because the artist had specifically asked for “privacy and confidentiality and we must respect her wish” said Mejia yesterday, adding that. “Pam is still fighting for her life,” he added noting how, despite the fact that Pam has medical insurance, that it does not cover all of her costs. Hence why now, currently into her fourth expensive week in a Bay Area hospital, that Pam's family had set up a GoFundMe drive with a $25K goal to offset these costs.