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New Amoeba Storefront Enamel Pins + A Conversation with Rockin Pins

Posted by Amoebite, August 15, 2018 04:41pm | Post a Comment

Amoeba store enamel pins

Enamel pins continue to be a widely popular accessory these days and we offer a wide selection of pins, ranging from music and movies to pop culture and politics. But we're especially proud of these new enamel pins shaped like the exteriors of our stores, made exclusively for us by Rockin Pins! These super cute enamel pins are available in-store and online for $10 each or you can collect all three for just $20!

Get them here: Amoeba Hollywood pin | Amoeba San Francisco pin | Amoeba Berkeley pin | 3-Pin Bundle

We sat down with the guys from Rockin Pins -- graphic designer Jason Cryer and owner Mauricio Alvarado -- to chat with them a little bit about our new pins and their process.

What inspires you and how did you think to do the Amoeba store pins?

Jason: Our inspiration really springs from our love for music — it’s what brought Mauricio and I together as friends and fuels our work with Rockin Pins. I've been shopping at the Berkeley Amoeba for most of my life — I bought my first LPs there at 13 — so making pins for Amoeba was a no-brainer. The money I make from Rockin Pins usually goes directly into funding my record collection!

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Death Cab For Cutie Wants To Give You A Free Burrito at Amoeba SF, 8/17

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, August 15, 2018 01:00pm | Post a Comment

In celebration of the release of Death Cab For Cutie's Thank You For Today, come in to Amoeba SF on Death Cab For Cuties, Thank You For Todayrelease date (this Friday, August 17) at 4:30pm and get a FREE BURRITO (while quantities last) with purchase of the new album OR when you show us your DCFC shirt, tattoo, or ticket stub! No kidding!

Although Death Cab for Cutie can't be there, you can enjoy a burrito on them. DCFC loves their fans and they also love burritos, so Friday is all about both at Amoeba SF.

Thank You for Today is the sound of Death Cab for Cutie both expanding and refining; a band twenty years into its evolution, still uncovering new curves in its signatures, new sonic corners to explore. The Seattle band’s ninth studio album stands alongside classic Death Cab for Cutie albums including their 1998 debut Something About Airplanes and 2003’s masterful Transatlanticism as a definitive collection -- ten tracks that are by turns beautiful and dynamic, and darkly anthemic and bittersweet.

Exclusive Nick Cave Ticket + Vinyl Bundle Available at Amoeba Hollywood

Posted by Amoebite, August 14, 2018 07:36pm | Post a Comment

Exclusive Nick Cave Ticket + Vinyl Bundle at Amoeba

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds are coming to Los Angeles and Amoeba Hollywood has an exclusive ticket + vinyl bundle available! Starting Friday, August 17th, fans can purchase a GA floor ticket to see Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds with Cigarettes After Sex at The Forum on Sunday, October 21st, pre-order the limited edition Distant Sky: Live In Copenhagen EP on 12" vinyl, and get a limited edition tour lithograph poster. This exclusive bundle is available for $110 in-store only at Amoeba Hollywood (starting 8/17, while supplies last).

The poster and tickets will be handed out at time of purchase, but you must return to Amoeba Hollywood to pick up the vinyl EP starting September 28th. (No online or phone orders, no shipping.)

Distant Sky: Live In Copenhagen was recorded at Copenhagen’s Royal Arena in October 2017 and captures an extraordinary and triumphant live concert from Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds.

Nick Cave Distant Sky Live in Copenhagen

Already have your ticket? Pre-order the Distant Sky: Live In Copenhagen EP here. (Online pre-orders do not include a ticket to the Forum or a lithograph poster).

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

Posted by Amoebite, August 14, 2018 05:55pm | Post a Comment

Wallows - What's In My Bag? Amoeba Music

LA pop/rock band Wallows performed at Amoeba Hollywood to celebrate the release of their debut EP Spring and beforehand we got a chance to talk with them about some of their favorite records, including David Bowie's final album, Black Star. "To be 68 years old and making this album," Dylan Minnette marveled, "[it's] completely game-changing, and unlike anything I've ever heard." The singer/guitarist considered the record one of the artist's best, saying, "David Bowie went out with one of his greatest albums in his entire catalog."

Los Angeles-based Wallows consists of Braeden Lemasters (vocals/guitars), Dylan Minnette (vocals/guitars), and Cole Preston (drums). Lemasters and Minnette, both child actors, met through their work in the film industry, later inviting Preston to play music with them. They have been Wallows - Spring - Amoeba Musicperforming in bands together since they were eleven-year-old students at the San Fernando Valley music school Join the Band. After collaborating musically for almost a decade, Wallows signed to Atlantic, releasing their debut recording, the Spring EP, (fittingly) in spring 2018.

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Just Announced 2018 Hiero Day Lineup: Pharcyde, eLZhi, PUTS, Black Thought, Talib Kweli, Freddie Gibbs, Chali 2na + hella more

Posted by Billyjam, August 14, 2018 03:13pm | Post a Comment
 

This afternoon Oakland's legendary hip-hop collective The Hieroglyphics crew (feat. Souls of Mischief,
  Del The Funky Homosapien, Casual, DJ Toure etc.) announced the lineup for Hiero Day 2018 that will,once again, take place in The Town on Labor Day Weekend. Scheduled for Monday September 3rd the all day event will take place on a few different stages centered at 3rd and MLK streets in Oakland with the exciting and nicely balanced just-announced lineup outlined in the flayer above.

These many acts, several who performed last year and/or previous years returning, will include (in alphabetical order) Another Party Fam, Astu, B.A.G. (Blimes Brixton and Gifted Gab),  Black Thought (of The Roots fame), Chali 2na (of SoCal's Jurassic 5 and Ozomatli fame), Cult Days, DJ D Sharp, DagheDante 
Ross, Dollas Up, Nero, Durag Dynasty, eLZhi, Freddie GibbsDJ Fresh vs. TraxamillionGeorgia Anne Muldrow,
  Guapdad4000Ill Camille, J-Cutt, J. Walt, J. Rawls, AWLS, DJ Lex, Livewire, Mannie FreshMike Relm, Mind MotionOld Man Saxon,  People Under The Stairs, The Pharcyde,  Ray Reck, Red Corvette, (no longer incarceratedlegendary Oaktown rapper) Richie RichRuby Ibarra, Sean G, Shellheart, SleeprockersSpencer StevensTalib Kweli, DJ Toure, Umar Bin Hassan (of The Last Poets fame) Walt Liquor, Word Up!,  X Slapz, and Young Bari.

Sidewalk Sale at Amoeba Hollywood Saturday, August 18

Posted by Amoebite, August 10, 2018 06:51pm | Post a Comment

Sidewalk Sale at Amoeba Hollywood

Amoeba Hollywood is having a sidewalk sale on Saturday, August 18! We'll have crazy good deals on DVDs, Blu-rays, CDs, vinyl, T-shirts & more 12pm-4pm. Everything is priced to move fast and conveniently located just outside the store.

Check out some of the great bargains you'll find at our sidewalk sale:

  • DVD box sets: 2 for $5 or $3 each
  • DVDs: 3 for $5 or $2 each
  • Blu-ray: 3 for $10 or $4 each
  • CDs: buy one, get one free (of equal or lesser value)
  • Posters: 3 for $5 or $2 each
  • 45s: 3 for $1
  • Clearance and discounted LPs
  • Classical CD and LP deals
  • Books, magazines & comics: 2 for $1
  • Bargain toys & rare artist merch

All sidewalk sale items are aggressively sale priced. Therefore, we do not accept store credits, gift certificates, coupons or other offered store sales for any sidewalk sale items. Additionally, we cannot offer customer holds or mail order. All sales are final.

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Noise Pop's 20th Street Block Party, August 18

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, August 7, 2018 04:15pm | Post a Comment

20th street block partyNoise Pop presents their sixth annual 20th Street Block Party on Saturday, August 18th from noon to 6pm! The 20th Street corridor between Harrison and Bryant Streets in the historic Mission District will be transformed into a FREE neighborhood celebration of music, food, local vendors, and tons of other surprises.

This year's musical line-up includes performances from Empress Of, Jeff Rosenstock, The MarĂ­as, The She's, FAN (Meric Long of The Dodos), The Total Bettys, Small crush, SAZON LIBRE, B-Side Brujas, and more. Additionally, there will be yoga set to live music on the main stage from Showga, which is presented by SAVA, a marketplace for curated cannabis goods. (Mutiny Radio, on 21st and Florida, will play host to a SAVA delivery hot-spot for anyone who wants to order for delivery during the festival.) 

Amoeba Music is thrilled to be on the scene too with killer used vinyl, enamel pins, and more. We'll be located in the Deep Eddy Vodka's Music Mixer, where attendees can cool down with delicious vodka slushies, peruse our used vinyl, and maybe even dance at the adjacent Silent Disco. Guests are encouraged to buy some vinyl for the DJ to spin for the audience.

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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Flatbush Zombies

Posted by Amoebite, August 6, 2018 07:04pm | Post a Comment

Flatbush Zombies - What's In My Bag? Amoeba Music

Brooklyn hip hop group Flatbush Zombies visited Amoeba Hollywood recently and showed us some of their favorite records, including a few important soundtracks in their lives, including the rap mockumentary CB4. "This is a public service announcement to all the current rappers right now," said Meechy Darko. "This movie is literally what is going on right now in the world. Not just rap, in the world. People fakin' it 'til they make it." For Erick "the Architect" Elliott, the soundtrack to Friday was particulary meaningful. "This movie introduced me to Curtis Mayfield, Rick James," he told us, continuing, "Ice Cube is really a genius for him to be a MC and do something amazing like this, being on the screen and writing a script." Darko, Elliott, and fellow bandmate Zombie Juice found interesting music and movies, and had a lot to say about the importance of each, making for a fun and insightful What's In My Bag? episode. 

Consisting of childhood friends, Flatbush Zombies formed in 2010 and began attracting attention with Flatbush Zombies Vacation In Hellthe release of their "Thug Waffle" video. The band self-released their debut mixtape D.R.U.G.S., an acronym for Death and Reincarnation Under God's Supervision, in 2012. That same year, Flatbush Zombies made an appearance on the RZA track "Just Blowin' in the Wind," written for the Wu-Tang Clan member's film The Man with the Iron Fists

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New Hip-Hop inc Top 5: Mac Miller, Marlowe, Blockhead, Blu & Shafiq Husayn, Sims, Fat Albert Einstein, A.G., Funky DL, Fugees, etc.

Posted by Billyjam, August 4, 2018 02:02pm | Post a Comment
In addition to the new hip-hop album releases in the Top Five below are such other new/recent arrivals to Amoeba as the Fugees vinyl release from Sony Legacy; Refugee Camp: Bootleg Versions LP. As its title implies this is a collection of alternative bootleg versions of tracks by the Fugees (aka Refugee Camp)   including "Ready Or Not [Clark Kent/Django Remix]" and "Nappy Heads [Mad Spider Mix]. Another Sony Legacy trip down memory lane is their 2LP/vinyl reissue of Nas' 1999 album Nastradamus 2LP/vinyl reissue.

New releases on vinyl this week include Fat Albert Einstein's 2U4U LPJake Najor's 7" DJ/producer tailored Dirty Money Breaks on Common Good Records, and Minneapolis artist Sims' Arteria Verite LP. That brand new album by the Doomtree crew member is also available on CD

Additional hip-hop new arrivals at Amoeba from the past couple of weeks include Curren$y & Harry Fraud's The Marina EP (also on vinyl/LP),  Freeway's Think Free,  and Jarren Benton's Yuck Fou. Recent vinyl releases include Knxwledge's Stones Throw 7"  "Gladwemet," a 3LP blue vinyl pressing of Damu The Fudgemeunk's Vignettes, and the super-duo Marlowe's (Solemn Brigham & L'Orange) self-titled album on Mello Music Group, Marlowe LP (more on this amazing album in an upcoming Amoblog interview with the artists).


1: Mac Miller Swimming (pre-order 2LP/vinyl)  (Warner Brothers) 

Following a tumultuous stretch in the public eye earlier this year, including his breakup with Ariana Grande and getting a DUI for a hit-and-run, rapper/singer Mac Miller is back with his anticipated 
album Swimming. His fifth full-length release, it is the follow up the artist's acclaimed 2016 album TheDevine Feminine (avail on vinyl/2LP).  While production-wise the 13 track album is a lush synth-drenched affair, lyrically the album offers the 26 year old artist a cathartic opportunity to bear his soul and face such demons as depression and paranoia, all the while coming to terms with where he is at this juncture in his life.

Tickets for Signifyin' Blues Available Now at Amoeba Hollywood

Posted by Amoebite, August 3, 2018 04:45pm | Post a Comment

Signifyin Blues 2018

Amoeba Music is proud to support Signifyin' Blues, a 3-day music and dance event in November benefiting The California Jazz & Blues Museum! Taking place November 9th-11th at the Airtel Plaza Hotel in Van Nuys, CA, the benefit event includes live music performances, dance workshops and competitions, as well as interactive talks, all with the goal of honoring the origins of Blues and highlighting the deep impact it has on our culture.

Tickets for Signifyin' Blues are available now at Amoeba Hollywood with low service fees. Plus, you'll receive a free $10 Amoeba gift certificate with every ticket purchased! 

Music performers include:

  • RL Boyce
  • Barbara Morrison
  • Missy Anderson
  • Brother Yusef
  • Weapon of Choice
  • Lenny "Fuzzy" Rankins
  • Blaux Bros
  • Cheyenne Amen

The dance workshops will be led by instructors Damon Stone, Kelsy Stone, Heidi Fite, Kenneth Shipp and more. More information about the event can be found here.

Signifyin Blues 2018

Songs for the Seasons

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, August 2, 2018 03:45pm | Post a Comment

Masque of the Four Seasons

By Brent James

Alice Cooper School's Out“And I'm lost, behind
The words I'll never find
And I'm left behind
As seasons roll on by”
- Chris Cornell

As we shift through the seasons of our own lives, we’re constantly reminded of the influence music has had not only on us and our ever-changing desires for rebirth and new experiences, but how it’s also shapes things we sometimes take for granted such as Winter, Spring, Summer, and Fall.

“We had joy, we had fun
We had seasons in the sun.
But the hills that we climbed
Were just seasons out of time.”
- Terry Jacks

Whether you realize it or not, life has a soundtrack. Think about the music you listened to when you were younger, or in your “Spring” years. It may not be in your current rotation now, but it sure shaped you then, and is guaranteed to be bringing somebody SOMEWHERE to the brink of their realizations now. You pass on what you learn, and hope to gain knowledge of fresh conditions along the way.

“The nights draw in
There's a silky moon up in the sky, yeah
Children are fantasising
Grown-ups are standing by
What a super feeling
Am I dreaming?”
- Queen

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