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Roofless Painters Workshops at Amoeba Hollywood May 7 and May 21

Posted by Amoebite, April 30, 2018 07:14pm | Post a Comment

Roofless Painters at Amoeba Hollywood

Roofless Painters is a nomadic painting atelier and gallery in Los Angeles offering art education and equal-opportunity exhibits to creative tribes. They are bringing their workshop to the Amoeba Hollywood stage on Monday, May 7th and Monday, May 21st for a music-centric still life painting class from 6-8pm. You can find pricing and sign up to attend either class here. Please note: you will purchase your spot via Roofless Painters directly, not Amoeba Music. Space is limited.

Join artist and painting instructor Julio Panisello for a fun night of painting on the Amoeba Hollywood stage on May 7th and May 21st.

  • Group limited to 10 pay-per-paint easel stations.
  • All materials provided.
  • All levels welcome: from practiced to debutant.
  • Instruction and guidance provided.
  • Please make arrangements to arrive 15 minutes before 6pm to allow yourself to park and get settled.

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Hip-Hop Rap-Up 04:30:18: Kanye, Kendrick, Migos, Rae Sremmurd, Amoeba 420 T's, Dillyn Troy, Factor Chandelier, Schoolly D, One Be Lo

Posted by Billyjam, April 28, 2018 03:53pm | Post a Comment
 Item of the week: Amoeba 420 T-Shirt - in all sizes but limited. Avail in Amoeba stores + website


Rest in peace to Ted Devoux (aka The Godfather) of the legendary Carson CA Samoan family rap/rock group  Boo-Yaa T.R.I.B.E. who passed away over the weekend. In his memory below is the video for the Boo-Yaa T.R.I.B.E.'s 1990 single "Psyko Funk." In pop rap news over the weekend Rae Sremmurd  unveiled the cover art via Instagram (left) of their upcoming 3 album release Sr3mm. Meanwhile ATL trio Migos, whose 3CD Culture II will soon drop as 3LP (pre-order), got into a bit of a fight after their weekend show in Las Vegas. Reportedly entourage member Cardi B was whisked away from the melee for her safety. Recently both Cardi B and Migos (who contributed to her track "Drip") had played Coachella. [Scroll down to see her much talked about Nardwuar interview from Coachella].

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New Vinyl Hip-Hop Top 10 [inc. limited Record Store Day LPs] PRhyme, The Nonce, Common, Riff Raff, Prodigy, David Banner, Cypress Hill +

Posted by Billyjam, April 26, 2018 10:27pm | Post a Comment
Top Ten Hip-Hop Albums on Vinyl/LP April 26 2018


01: Common Can I Borrow A Dollar? [Record Store Day] (2LP + 7”) (Nature Sounds)

Due to a combination of factors, from overstocking to under-publicizing of specific titles, there are currently a limited number of leftover titles from last Saturday's big Record Store Day 2018; half of which make up this week's Top Ten Hip-Hop Albums on Vinyl/LP list. These include in the number position the special Record Store Day vinyl reissue of Common's Can I Borrow A Dollar? via Nature Sounds that is the artist's out of print first album as a 2LP set plus a bonus 7" inch single featuring the Common B-side track "Can I Bust" and an instrumental version of the single/album track "Breaker." Can I Borrow A Dollar?  is Common’s oft overlooked / well worth revisiting debut album from 1992, two years before the release of his breakout hit sophomore album Resurrection (feat. “I Used To Love H.E.R.”). The album also harks back to the Chicago artist's early years when he was still known as Common Sense but this new issue of the album, like all reissues post-1995, has his name on the cover adjusted to simply Common
 

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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Brian McKnight

Posted by Amoebite, April 26, 2018 12:41pm | Post a Comment

Brian McKnight What's In My Bag? Amoeba Music

R&B singer/songwriter, producer, and multi-instrumentalist Brian McKnight performed at Amoeba Hollywood recently to promote his latest record, Genesis. Before the show we had a chance to sit down with McKnight and chat with him about his musical choices, which leaned heavily toward jazz. "To me, one of the greatest, iconic musical figures of the twentieth century is Miles Davis," McKnight said of the legendary trumpeter. He was particularly impressed with Davis' version of "My Funny Valentine," saying, "when you hear a recording of that, you realize what he has meant to the American musical landscape."

McKnight began his musical endeavors early, singing with his brothers in the church choir. In 1990, Warner Brothers signed his older brother, Claude McKnight III, and his band Take 6 to a record deal, inspiring the younger McKnight to shop his own demos around. He signed his first label deal when he Brian McKnight Genesis was nineteen, working with Mercury Records subsidiary Wing Records. His self-titled debut was released in 1992, topping out at #52 on the Billboard Top 200 charts and yielding the top twenty single, "One Last Cry." McKnight recorded two more albums for the label, I Remember You (1995) and Always (1997), garnering his first solo GRAMMY nomination for the latter LP.

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Blurry Vision Fest at Oakland's Middle Harbor Shoreline Park, May 12-13

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, April 25, 2018 07:15pm | Post a Comment

Oakland's Middle Harbor Shoreline Park hosts Golden Voice's first ever Blurry Vision Fest for a weekend full of hip-hop and R&B goodness on Saturday, May 12 and Sunday, May 13. Headlined by SZA and rap trio Migos, this all-ages festival also includes Oakland's own Kamaiyah, BROCKHAMPTON, NxWorries (Anderson.Paak and Knxwledge), and many more!

Tickets are on sale now HERE. Make sure you stop by the Amoeba Music booth for some hot deals on vinyl, cassettes, t-shirts, and more!

Blurry Vision Fest 2018

International Tabletop Day Is Happening this Saturday!

Posted by Amoebite, April 25, 2018 06:20pm | Post a Comment

International Tabletop Day

By Chris Curtis

Nice selection of used games hitting the floor on ITTD!

Here at Amoeba Music Hollywood, we just wrapped up another epic Record Store Day, a key annual event promoting the vitality and excitement of brick and mortar music shops. RSD (first held in 2008) actually took its inspiration from an earlier yearly event: Free Comic Book Day, which launched in 2002 as an effort to bring more potential readers into comic shops. Seeing the positive effect from such events, other retailers and media purveyors hoped to get in on the action, and subsequently we’ve seen Free Role Playing Game Day, Cassette Store Day, Independent Bookstore Day, and International Tabletop Day (ITTD). The latter two events are coming up this Saturday, April 28th, and we’ll celebrate both at Amoeba Hollywood! 

So what’s ITTD all about? If you haven’t been following the board game renaissance you might be surprised to know that more new games are coming out than ever before, and sales in the industry have been steadily increasing for a decade. Beyond mere numbers, game design has evolved dramatically and many new play mechanisms have been introduced or refined. Modern games are generally less luck-based, play faster with less downtime, and involve more decision-making by the players. There is also a vast array of themes and concepts, from historical events to fantasy tropes to space exploration and dozens more. Board and card games have unquestionably gotten better since the 1990s, and it’s exciting to see the medium mature! It's also great to see people rediscovering the importance of social interaction in our increasingly impersonal digital world.

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Pre-Order Upcoming 25th Anniversary Album (Remastered) & Box-Set Versions of Liz Phair's Landmark 1993 Debut "Exile In Guyville"

Posted by Billyjam, April 23, 2018 08:40pm | Post a Comment
 Liz Phair boxout on May 4th but avail now for pre-order 3 CD Girly-Sound to Guyville: The 25th Anniversary Box Set & the 7 LP Girly-Sound to Guyville: The 25th Anniversary Box Set



In honor of the 25th anniversary of the release of her landmark debut album, Exile in Guyville, Liz Phair in conjunction with her original label Matador Records will be re-releasing the 1993 album in four different versions on May 4th; each of which you can pre-order now from Amoeba Music. There’ll be the (long out of print) vinyl/2LP set Exile in Guyville reissue version and the CD Exile in Guyville reissue of the 18 track album that was recently re-mastered by Emily Lazar at The Lodge. Then there’ll be the expanded box set versions: the 3 CD Girly-Sound to Guyville: The 25th Anniversary Box Set version and the 7 LP Girly-Sound to Guyville: The 25th Anniversary Box Set vinyl version.  As well as the regular album version remastered, each of these limited edition box sets (only one per customer) contain a ton of bonus pre-Guyville material when Phair recorded as “Girly Sound.” In addition to all the bonus music material there’ll also be a new booklet included with contributors Jason Cohen, music journalist Ann Powers, and Liz Phair herself. According to Matador the box set also promises lots of "never-before-seen photos and artwork." 

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Amoeba Hollywood's Record Store Day 2018, Part 2

Posted by Amoebite, April 21, 2018 07:00pm | Post a Comment

Record Store Day 2018 at Amoeba Hollywood

As the line snaked around the corner and happy record shoppers scored some of the coolest picks from the menu of exclusive RSD titles, Record Store Day 2018 at Amoeba Hollywood kicked into high gear. Outside the store, shoppers were treated to free beverages from Soylent and Hubert's Lemonade, temporary tattoos, dog and cat food samples from Weruva, pizza from Delicious Pizza, and ice cream from Ice Cream Ian and his truck, courtesy of Warner Bros. Records. Music fans took their chances with our fantastic prize wheel, with each $1 spin raising funds for the Downtown Women's Center while others sat for Draw the Line Entertainment's caricature artist. 

Record Store Day 2018 at Amoeba HollywoodInside the store, the festivities kept going. Family Industries live silk-screened up a storm of tote bags and t-shirts, with all proceeds going to the Silverlake Conservatory of Music. Hundreds of lucky shoppers received Amoeba swag bags. As always, limited edition Record Store Day titles were the focus of the day, along with extra special savings on turntables, posters, used DVDs and Blu-rays, mugs, and books. Read Part One for a full recap of the morning.

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Amoeba Hollywood's Record Store Day 2018, Part 1

Posted by Amoebite, April 21, 2018 06:07pm | Post a Comment

Record Store Day 2018 at Amoeba Hollywood

Record Store Day kicked off with a bang this year, with eager collectors and fans lining up outside the store many, many hours before Amoeba Hollywood officially opened our doors. Friends were made, dream wish lists compiled, and treats were served to early morning attendees by the good folks at The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf. Watch the video below to see which RSD18 releases the vinyl enthusiasts in line were excited about today.

Here's our look back at some of the coolest things that happened this morning and a taste of the awesome events, sales, and exciting goings-on we had in store for visitors today.

Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf

Many shopping sprees were fueled by refreshments from The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf.

 

Silk Screening 2

Family Industries was here silk screening four unique RSD18 designs onto t-shirts and tote bags.

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Record Store Day 2018 at Amoeba SF: A Day in Pictures

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, April 21, 2018 05:08pm | Post a Comment

Record Store Day 2018 Amoeba Music San Francisco
Photos by Kelly Sweeney-Osato & Audra.

Saturday, April 21, 2018, marked the eleventh year of what has become the greatest holiday on earth. Yes, Amoeba SF, along with hundreds of independently owned music stores across the world, celebrated Record Store Day and it was glorious. We opened at 9am this year to a line that went down Haight Street and around the corner onto Stanyan, and around the corner again onto Waller! What could possibly make music fans line up so early on a Saturday, you ask? Why, limited edition releases, of course! This year's smash hits included Phish's Billy Breathes, a reissue of Chicano Batman's debut album, Arcade Fire on translucent blue vinyl, and so many more.

Folks were also lined up to get this year's limited edition Amoeba SF RSD t-shirt (screen printed by our friends at Free Gold Watch), partake in our sales, and groove to the happening sounds of our guest DJs Bearzbub, Simon Guzman, and The B-Side Brujas. At 1pm, a whole new crop of fans showed up to see Twin Shadow perform live.

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Avicii (1989 - 2018): 28 Year-Old EDM Star Swedish DJ/Producer's Career Had Been Both Extremely Successful and Stressful

Posted by Billyjam, April 21, 2018 01:03am | Post a Comment
Avicii's 2015 Island/Def Jam album Stories (also avail on vinyl/2LP set)

In August 2016 EDM star Swedish DJ Avicii, who died Friday April 20th at age 28, would do his very last performance (at Ushuaïa Ibiza) following his surprising announcement of retiring from touring. Only 26 years of age and at the peak of his successful career, the global star DJ / producer/remixer / musician born Tim Bergling  (known for such megahits as “Wake Me Up (feat. Aloe Blacc),” “Levels,” “Hey Brother” and “Lonely Together (feat Rita Ora)") would earn up to $250K a night. Citing physical and mental health reasons as his main reason to retire, he stopped performing altogether and took a much needed break.

From beginning his phenomenally successful career while still in his late teens, Avicii had been working really hard, going non-stop, gigging 300 nights out of the year and driving himself into physical and mental exhaustion. The heavy drinking habit he developed from using it as a way to calm his nerves before shows resulted in him suffering from acute pancreatitis, he first shared in a 2013 interview. In 2014 he was forced to take a break from scheduled tour dates after undergoing surgery to have his gallbladder and appendix removed.

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Bay Area 420 Guide: Hippie Hill, 420 Fest SF, Magnolia, CBCB, Rocker T, Styles P, Berner, 2 Chainz, Del + Amp Live, Princess Nokia + more

Posted by Billyjam, April 20, 2018 10:44am | Post a Comment



As you most likely already are well aware, today is April 20th, aka 420, the unofficial national annual holiday of weed and, with the recent passing of Prop 64, 2018 will be the first year that cannabis is fully legalized for adult-use in California. Consequently expect an even larger (crazier) number of participants to part-take in today's many happenings all over the State.  This Amoeblog is a guide to the 420 happenings in the Bay Area.

The big main event (as per flyer above) is in San Francisco; the annual now iconic Golden Gate Park 420 celebration at Hippie Hill by Sharon Meadow. Located near Stanyan and Kezar Drive, Hippie Hill is situated roughly between Haight Street and the Conservatory of Flowers in the eastern end of Golden Gate Park.
Follow the smoke and the crowds.

Since Hippie Hill is near Amoeba Music San Francisco down the end of Haight, you should stop in today to pick up the limited edition pressing (released today) of  Cheech & Chong's Up In Smoke 40th Anniversary Deluxe Edition LP. Scroll over image above for full details of contents of this reissue package that includes something that could come in handy today: Up In Smoke giant rolling papers.

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Evidence's 2018 album "Weather Or Not" Marks Career Turning Point For Vencie Beach Producer/Emcee (Amoeblog Interview)

Posted by Billyjam, April 19, 2018 11:41pm | Post a Comment
Evidence pictured in Venice Beach on cover of his new album Weather Or Not  (also blue vinyl/2LP) where, for the past 2 years, the talented producer/emcee has had to stay close to his home studio.

Sometime into the first half of the next decade highly revered SoCal hip-hop artist Evidence envisions himself holed up in his Venice Beach home studio with a long ass beard, a la Rick Rubin, producing young up-and-coming artists. That vision/goal is all part of a new five year plan that the longtime prolific artist recently hatched as the result of some life changing incidents over the past couple of years; as shared in his Amoeblog interview (scroll down to hear). These changes resulted in Evidence not going out on tour for the past couple of years, as he traditionally would have done, but instead stay close to his Venice Beach home/studio. There in addition to working on his own new solo album, Weather Or Not (also on blue vinyl/2LP set) via Rhymesayers, he's been channeling his creative energy into working with other artists. These have included producing albums/EPs for Madchild (The Darkest Hour), Defari (Rare Poise - also on vinyl/LP), and Domo Genesis. (Aren't U Glad You're U?).

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

Posted by Amoebite, April 19, 2018 11:32am | Post a Comment

Alice Bag What's In My Bag? Amoeba Music

Chicana punk legend Alice Bag visited Amoeba Hollywood recently and talked with us about the woman's narrative in rock and picked up albums by Javier Solis, Garbage, Chicano Batman, Shopping, and more in our latest What's In My Bag? episode. 

Alice Bag (née Alicia Armendariz) was born and raised in East Los Angeles. While a teenager, she met fellow traveler Patricia Morrison through their shared love of glam rock. The pair founded their first band, Femme Fatale, which eventually evolved into revered first wave punk band The Bags. With Alice Alice Bag Blueprintand Patricia both taking the stage surname Bag, the band performed their first show at The Masque in the fall of 1977. The release of their 1978 Survive 7" helped establish the band as one of the most promising acts in the nascent LA punk scene. It was the only recording released during the band's lifespan.

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Record Store Day 2018 at Amoeba SF & Berkeley

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, April 17, 2018 06:11pm | Post a Comment

Record Store Day

On Saturday, April 21, 2018, hundreds of independently owned music stores across the world will simultaneously unite with the purpose of celebrating our culture and the unique place that record stores occupy both in their local communities and the world.

We'll have hundreds of limited edition, exclusive releases available that day in-store only. RSD product is limited to stock on hand and available on a first come, first served basis. No holds, no phone orders. Limit one copy per title per customer. We cannot accept any store coupons on RSD releases.

Record Store Day Amoeba San FranciscoWHAT'S HAPPENING AT AMOEBA SF:

-- We'll be open from 9am to 8pm! (Buy counter hours: 11am-8pm)

-- Record Store Day Gift Bags with purchase (while supplies last).

-- LIVE SILK SCREENING (9am - while supplies last)
Special Amoeba SF RSD 2018 design will be live screened onto t-shirts, brought to you by our good friends at Free Gold Watch. A portion of the proceeds from t-shirt sales will go to Taking It To The Streets SF!

-- SPECIAL SALES:

** 25% off used DVD & Blu-Ray

** 20% off turntables, posters, mugs & used books

-- TICKET GIVEAWAYS ON TWITTER
Follow @AmoebaSF on Twitter for Fillmore ticket giveaways all day long.

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Hip-Hop Rap-Up: Blu & Nottz, Prof, Rich The Kid, Calvin Valentine, Snoop Dogg, Too $hort, Record Store Day, Z-Man, Equipto + more

Posted by Billyjam, April 17, 2018 11:54am | Post a Comment
Super-duo of Blu & Nottz new album Gods In The Spirit, Titans In The Flesh
via Coal Mine Music and Fat Beats released on CD, LP and cassette formats

You may have noticed how, in the recent weeks approaching Record Store Day 2018 (this upcoming Saturday, April 21st), there appears to be a distinct increase in the number of new hip-hop releases arriving into Amoeba each Friday (new release day) with this most recent new releases day been no exception. Scroll down to see the full most recent Top Ten Hip-Hop Albums chart that includes in the number slot the recommended new collaboration of emcee Blu and producer Nottz; Gods In The Spirit, Titans In The Flesh that, in addition to CD format, has been released on CD, LP and cassette formats.

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10 Essential Soundtracks to Add to Your Record Store Day Wishlist

Posted by Amoebite, April 16, 2018 03:33pm | Post a Comment

10 Soundtracks Record Store Day

Record Store Day is just around the bend, with all three of our stores ready to rock you with a stacked lineup of special appearances, performances, sales, and of course, exciting exclusive releases. This year, the good people behind RSD have outdone themselves in a lot of ways, in particular, with a truly impressive lineup of soundtrack LPs. From cult films to genre classics to the recently rediscovered, these reissues promise cool extras, sweet tunes, and plenty of good times. Some of these are available in ultra-limited runs, while others have been out-of-print for quite some time.

If you're a cinephile / soundtrackphile, read on for our picks for RSD 2018's most compelling soundtrack reissues available at Amoeba on Saturday, April 21st.

Krush Groove

Various Artists - Krush Groove [OST]

Reissue Alert: Two Early LPs from Boy Harsher Coming Soon

Posted by Amoebite, April 14, 2018 06:01pm | Post a Comment

Boy Harsher Reissues

Dark electronic duo Boy Harsher formed in 2013 and has since rapidly emerged from the depths of the post-punk/industrial scene to regularly sell out shows both on their own and on tour with fellow travelers The Soft Moon. Drinking at the same deep well as spiritual progenitors Suicide, Chris & Cosey, and HTRK, producer Augustus Muller and vocalist Jae Matthews are known for their powerful live shows, darkly seductive studio LPs, and compelling remixes.

Originally strictly an underground affair, the band's first couple of releases have been difficult to find in stores. Now the band is making these highly sought-after albums available to new fans through their own Nude Club label. Pre-orders are up now or you can find them in-store at Amoeba on April 27th.

Boy Harsher Lesser Man

Lesser Man [Extended Version]

New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Mike Huckaby

Posted by Amoebite, April 11, 2018 12:19pm | Post a Comment

Mike Huckaby What's In My Bag?

Detroit DJ and producer Mike Huckaby went on an epic dig through the bins at Amoeba Hollywood, compiling a healthy stack of LPs and 12"s for our latest What's In My Bag? episode. Another digger kept popping up in the interview. "Madlib is highly revered to me," Huckaby said of the prolific DJ / rapper / producer. He also grabbed a couple of Madvillain records and an LP by Madlib's early group Lootpack. "Dude says he makes an album a day," Huckaby marveled.

Mike Huckaby is a key figure in the Detroit electronic music scene who has earned international recognition for his encyclopedic knowledge of the genre, his crowd-pleasing DJ sets, and his work with his Deep Transportation and S Y N T H labels. Huckaby has produced and remixed for heavyweights like Juan Atkins, Vladislav Delay, Pole, Loco Dice, LoSoul, Deepchord, and Pacou. He gives back to the Detroit community by teaching music production to preteens and teens at YouthVille Detroit. His signature jazz-influenced deep house sound has made him a fixture of clubs in Berlin, Detroit, and everywhere in between.

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San Francisco Concerts Just Announced: Chrome, Reckless Kelly, Treepeople, Caifanes, Atilla, Allen Stone + Nick Waterhouse

Posted by Billyjam, April 11, 2018 11:42am | Post a Comment

Upcoming San Francisco shows just announced by concert promoters Goldenvoice, with tickets going on sale today or on Friday, are a bunch of upcoming Spring/Summer shows that include legendary San Francisco band Chrome who will play a hometown show at the Great American Music Hall (GAMH) on June 11th. Tix avail today for the show by this influential act whose many great releases include Techromancy (also on vinyl/LP). Other just announced shows include Austin-based, Idaho country group Reckless Kelly whose most recent release is 2016’s Sunset Motel. They'll also be at the O'Farrell Street GAMH venue on July 25th (tix on sale Friday).  The recently reformed Seattle-based, Boise late 80’s/early 90's alt-rockers Treepeople (aka Doug Martsch's pre-Built to Spill band) who broke up back in '94 but reformed last December will play Slim's June 15th. (Tix on sale today).

Other SF shows just announced include Atlanta Georgia metalcore favorites Atilla whose last/seventh album Chaos that dropped in late 2016 is due a follow-up and reportedly is coming sometime this year following recent studio sessions with Matt Good (From First To Last). Atilla will play The Regency Ballroom on August 25th (tix on sale Friday). Meantime revered rock en español band Caifanes are scheduled to play The Warfield September 13th with tix going on sale Friday and expected to sell out fast for the popular Mexico City rockers. Not happening until mid October but tix on sale this Friday is the just announced Regency Ballroom show with Allen Stone  and special guest Nick Waterhouse (see video of the LA artist and band's Amoeba Hollywood in-store from May 2012). Tix for this October 13th show go on sale Friday this week. For more Goldenvoice concert & ticket info go here, while below are live concert videos of Chrome, Treepeople, and Caifanes.

17 Releases to Look for on Record Store Day

Posted by Amoebite, April 10, 2018 06:27pm | Post a Comment

17 Record Store Day Releases to Look For

It's wish list time! The good people behind Record Store Day have outdone themselves this year, with a bumper crop of limited edition, long out of print, colored vinyl, and just plain cool exclusives hitting our shelves on Saturday, April 21st. Old favorites receive a celebratory nod. Unreleased tracks by classic acts will be unleashed upon the world. Impressive new works shine in the RSD spotlight. There's something for everyone, whether your interests lean towards classic R&B, dreamy indie, psychedelic tropicalia, and everything in between. Read on to discover the new releases we're excited about this Record Store Day.

Mark your calendars: RSD happens April 21, 2018. Watch this space for info to come on the most exciting store happenings, sales, and special events taking places across all three of our stores in honor of the indie record store industry's biggest day.

Aaliyah Back & Forth

Aaliyah - Back & Forth (12") 

This reissue of Aaliyah's debut single is out on opaque purple vinyl, featuring the original version as well as five dance mixes. An RSD exclusive release.

Arcade Fire Arcade Fire Record Store Day

Arcade FireArcade Fire EP (LP)

A Moving Tribute to Studio-Ghibli co-founder Isao Takahata (RIP)

Posted by Kelly Sweeney Osato, April 9, 2018 10:22pm | Post a Comment
isao takahata grave of the fireflies studio ghibli

Famed Animation juggernaut Studio Ghibli is best known for the work of two of its directors, Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata. Both masters of the medium, the two legendary auteurs seem to challenge and inspire each other's creative output by employing contrasting aesthetic styles and work ethics, as much as their collective works consistently trounce the increasingly unimaginative box office bloaters made in, well, let's just say California. Their efforts are the stuff timeless, enduring classics are made of.

This past Thursday Isao Takahata, 82, died of lung cancer in a Tokyo hospital. When I learned of his passing I experienced a strange, instant cold sweat pang of a panicked feeling a sudden realization sometimes triggers. Nobody lives forever, and I didn't know the man personally, but I sensed a grave pressure drop-like feeling like I had lost a loved one. What could I possibly say about what his work meant to me in my life other than the simple truth: movies are the best, and Isao Takahata's films are so fully fantastic I always feel emotionally spent and high on enchantment after watching them. I could go on plodding away about how I appreciate Takahata's freewheeling yet meticulous approach to working, never compromising quality in no matter how large the deadlines loom, and how his love of realism is reflected not only in his work, but also in that of Miyazaki, his former apprentice, and how I agree his critically acclaimed 1988 World War II drama Grave of the Fireflies is one of the most gut-wrenchingly film experiences worth enduring, but that wouldn't be as fun to digest as what I have in mind—an actual moving tribute to Takahata's works (via gifs).

The Red Baron In TV, Music, Film & Booze

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, April 9, 2018 02:56pm | Post a Comment

The Red Baron

By Kai Wada Roath
Ambassador of Confusion Hill and host of the Super Shangri-La Show
Red Baron pinball
"I never was good at learning things. I did just enough work to pass. In my opinion it would have been wrong to do more than was just sufficient, so I worked as little as possible."
~ Manfred von Richthofen
(Also me after four years of city college.)

Pre-flight check before take off...

Frozen Red Baron pepperoni pizza in the oven? - Check

Seagram's Red Baron cocktail from 1974 on crushed ice? - Check

Rewound VHS of the 1973 Japanese Tokusatsu series, Super Robot Red Baron? - Check

Well alright then, let's take off this airfield and shoot down some flying dog houses!

It was in my early 20s when I first became intrigued by Baron Manfred Von Richthofen and his colorful Flying Circus air squadron. With over 80 air-combat victories, the Red Baron was like the Miyamoto Musashi of WW1. The thought of knights jousting in the clouds with machine guns was how I wished I lived one of my past lives. Why is it a fantasy to want to face danger by yourself in the sky in a three-winged propeller plane?

I would soon play in a band named The Red Barons with my super-pals Mike "Tail Gunner" Cancilla, the Gas House Gorilla, and Sammy "Belly Gunner" (aka "The East Bay Snake," aka "Steak" Gutierrez of current Midnite Snaxxx fame and glory). Around that same time, I will never forget a night of smoking Cuban cigars and watching Los Rockin' Devils play at El Baron Rojo bar in Mexico City, one of my many adventures with Mike Lucas.

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Hip-Hop Top 5 [Video Version] + Vinyl / Upcoming Picks: Lil Xan, Dr. Octagon, E-40 & B-Legit, T-Nutty, Flatbush Zombies, Black Milk

Posted by Billyjam, April 8, 2018 11:47pm | Post a Comment

1: Lil Xan Total Xanarchy (Sony Music Group)

Back in 1988 DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince released the hit single "Parents (Just Don't Understand)" off their album He's The DJ, I'm The Rapper (also on LP/vinyl). The song, that would inspire The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, was a statement about the older generation not understanding youth culture including the then new genre of rap/hip-hop; a music typically dismissed by parents and older music fans as an annoyance and passing fad. Fast forward 30 years and things have not changed much except now the disapproving parents are hip-hop fans themselves; albeit from an earlier totally different era who hardly recognize how "their" music has mutated into its latest wave; the dreaded 'mumble rap' phase.  Epitomizing this new school of hip-hop is the equally loved/hated 21 year old rapper Lil Xan (as in Xanax, his once drug of choice, or Diego as he likes to be now called) whose debut album Total Xanarchy was released on Friday. And if his tattoos, general goofy appearance and drug induced indecipherable lyrics weren't enough to piss off parents and older rap/hip-hop heads, the fact that he dared call the revered 2Pac "boring" sealed the deal in his alienating those over a certain age. Meanwhile a young new generation seemingly love Lil Xan as proven by the 157million YouTube hits (and as many on Spotify) generated by the single/album track "Betrayed." In addition to the regular version of this song, the short (36 minutes) 16 track album also includes a "Betrayed Remix (feat. Yo Gotti and Rich the Kid)" in addition to such other tracks as "Slingshot" (another already popular track), "Tick Tock (feat. 2 Chainz)" and "The Man (feat. $teven Cannon)" (new video below) all of which most likely today's parents just won't understand.

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Having A Movie Moment With Jon Longhi: Endless Poetry, The Projected Man & Blade Runner 2049

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, April 8, 2018 07:20pm | Post a Comment

Movie Moment

By Jon Longhi

Welcome to the second Having A Movie Moment With Jon Longhi, where I review new releases on Blu-ray and DVD. This month I review a new movie by surrealist wild man Alejandro Jodorowsky, a classic monster movie from the sixties, and the stylish new sci-fi masterpiece Blade Runner 2049. Everything reviewed in this column came out in the past four months. So here we go:

Endless Poetry, Alejandro JodorowskyEndless Poetry, ABKCO:
Alejandro Jodorowsky is in his late eighties but he's still making movies. Cinema's arguably greatest maverick is not going quietly into that great night. In fact, this is the second film he's put out in the past five years. Both films have been biographical in nature although, like the rest of Jodorosky's films, reality is often just a launch pad for his surrealist flights of fantasy. Just like Federico Fellini, in Jodorowsky's movies it's hard to tell where reality ends and fantasy begins. In fact, this movie has some obvious nods to Fellini films such as 8 1/2 and Juliette of The Spirits. But make no mistake, this movie is pure Jodorosky and goes to places Fellini could never imagine. Just like the rest of his films, there are things in this movie you'll never be able to unsee. There is one scene that depicts a performance art piece where an armless man enlists audience participation to help him caress and make love to his wife that is one of the more disturbing things I've seen in years. Let's make a check list for this film: Random disemboweling? Check. Love triangle with a dwarf? Check. A mother whose only way to communicate is by singing opera? Check. A parade of skeletons? Check. Weird Freudian sex? Check. Strange orgies of psychedelic art? Check. In fact, this checklist could go on almost forever, because on one level this is a mere biography and on another this is a movie about life, the universe, and everything. This film and it's predecessor are the works of an artist at the end of his life trying to teach us the lessons he has learned and what it all means. On a certain level, this is one of the drawbacks of the film. Endless Poetry is not as good as The Holy Mountain, El Topo, and Santa Sangre because those films were delirious searches for the truth, whereas this film is made by a man who has his answers and wants to explain them to us. It's a calmer more controlled work. That difference in tone makes this a more, dare we say, "traditional" film than Jodorosky's early deranged masterpieces. But that is no slight against this picture; the only one Jodorosky is in competition with is the earlier version of himself. This is probably the most crazed and surreal movie that will be released this year. Jodorosky is still in a category unto himself.

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2018 Burger Boogaloo Video Primer: Devo, The Damned, Dwarves, Flytraps, Mudhoney, Nots, Le Shok, The Flakes, Mummies, Rip-Offs +

Posted by Billyjam, April 6, 2018 11:49pm | Post a Comment
The Damned's forthcoming April 13 2018 album Evil Spirits (pre-order on CD)
& pre-order on Lp/vinyl precedes this summer's performance by the
veteran UK band at Burger Boogaloo 2018

If over the past few weeks you’ve driven by Telegraph Ave. and 40th Streets near the MacArthur BART station in North Oakland and looked up you’ll have noticed the big billboard for this year’s Burger Boogaloo festival that takes every summer just a few blocks away at Mosswood Park. That's where the excellent annual two-day outdoor festival will be again happening this year on the weekend of June 30th and July 1st. As seen in the new billboard’s large font, returning for his fourth year as the penultimate host will be the eternally entertaining John Waters. Meanwhile the 2018 musician lineup continues the quality hard-rocking caliber of previous Boogaloo lineups (last year Iggy Pop and The Buzzcocks ruled as headliners) with 2018 top billing going to Devo and The Damned. The Damned’s appearance coincides with recent news of the band’s first new album in a decade and their first since 2008’s  So, Who’s Paranoid. Entitled Evil Spirits the decidedly retro-sounding, soon-to-drop forthcoming Tony Visconti produced album will be released a week from today on April 13th.  But in the meantime you can pre-order Evil Spirits on CD and Evil Spirits on Lp/vinyl.

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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Manchester Orchestra

Posted by Amoebite, April 3, 2018 05:56pm | Post a Comment

Manchester Orchestra What's In My Bag Amoeba

Atlanta indie rock band Manchester Orchestra went shopping at Amoeba Hollywood recently and shared some of their favorite records with us, including the deluxe OKNOTOK edition of Radiohead's 1997 masterpiece OK Computer. "I love kind of going deep into how bands make records," said lead singer/guitarist Andy Hull. "It's awesome that now it's been out long enough that they're starting to kinda share the secrets of where and how they made it."

Manchester Orchestra was founded by lead singer Andy Hull while he was still in high school in the Atlanta area. The band released their debut full-length, I'm Like a Virgin Losing a Child, in 2006, winning Manchester Orchestra a significant amount of acclaim. Two years later, they released the Let My Pride Be What's Left Behind EP, which featured a Daytrotter session recording of the track "Badges and Badges." The band's sophomore LP, Mean Everything to Nothing, landed at #37 on the Billboard Top 200 when it was released. Manchester Orchestra continued accumulating fans and winning critical praise through the release of Simple Math (2011) and Cope (2014).

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Score Board: Soundtracks for Tabletop Games, Part Two

Posted by Amoebite, April 2, 2018 02:59pm | Post a Comment

By Chris Curtis

Howdy gamesters! Welcome to the second installment of an occasional series of articles on soundtracking your board game experiences. In part one I made the case that the right music can elevate your fun around the table as much as it can with any social gathering. The tricky part with tabletop game ambience, though, is that you’re generally avoiding lyric-centric music, which wipes out a huge swath of choices.

My search for appropriate gaming background music has led me to dig into some neglected corners of my own music collection. Lately I’ve been re-listening to some '90s electronic and ambient releases that have survived years of collection culling.

For a brief period, ambient or electronic listening music was being heavily hyped by the music press. During the height of the British house and techno scene, clubs had begun to offer a separate music room apart from the main dance floor where clubgoers could take a break from the unrelenting beats. Adventurous DJs played a mix of '70s electronic LPs, mellow psych and prog, sound and nature effects, NASA recordings, and custom samples, along with current beatless 12” mixes - a blend designed to sooth the savage breast of the ecstasy eater. These “chillout” or ambient rooms became quite popular, and after album releases dubbed “ambient house” by The KLF (Chill Out) and The Orb (The Orb’s Adventures Beyond the Ultraworld), a spate of similar releases surfaced, most on independent labels, and a new (sub)genre was born. The scene flourished for a couple years but ran its course by the mid-'90s. Truth be told, not a lot of the material holds up, and, arguably, only a handful of classic records emerged from the heyday years.

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Concert Tickets Available at Amoeba Hollywood April 2018

Posted by Amoebite, April 2, 2018 10:58am | 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 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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