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Best of 2018: Kelly's Top 5 Picks

Posted by Kells, December 31, 2018 03:35pm | Post a Comment
It's that time of year again—the end! But before I dive into my five faves of 2018, I'd like to briefly salute Destiny's Child Kelly Rowland's new single "Kelly" for adding some much needed beef to the existing "Kelly" songs menu. It's a shameless strut of an anthem that blows the hatches off Air's sweetly space-crafted "Kelly Watch the Stars" and stomps the throat of Woody from Cheers' dopey "The Kelly Song". But for all it's sass (and "ass"), Rowland's "Kelly" can't surpass the scandalous charm of Del Shannon's wistfully two-timing "Kelly", not by my reckoning anyway. That's just this Kelly's opinion though, and, no matter what, it is good to know that that Kelly's "got flex", et cetera. In other words, i.e. her own words, "go Kelly go—go, go Kelly go"! 
 
Read on for more of this Kelly's opinions re: top five records of 2018, it's been one helluva year...


BEST DAMN RECORD
Dick Stusso - In Heaven
(Hardly Art)

I don't know who Dick Stusso is, but I'm convinced he's got it all figured out. His tight yet loose roadhouse-rock sound is so right, with heavenly guitar tones and twangy saloon piano interludes that sway and swagger over close-carpeted rhythms and far away vocals so in your face and from the gut it sometimes feels like an arm creeping 'round your shoulder to give you a sip and questionable life tips. Maybe it's too easy to say Stusso's got a little bit country of a rock'n roll thing going on, but that's a good place to start. Also, I don't really want to get political here, but anyone remember that time before the 2017 inauguration when folks were saying stuff like the incoming administration would make Punk great again? This review has nothing to do with that exactly, but as far as present times fostering better modern music goes, Dick Stusso’s In Heaven achieves the level of excellence I’ve been waiting for in terms of any silly "great again" shorthand beckoning a means to a musical renaissance, or something similar. Cue title and final track on the record for a come down fitting for a new year and a new you; may the things you like always last...






MOST ESSENTIAL COLLECTION
Various Artists
- Technicolor Paradise: Rhum Rhapsodies & Other Exotic Delights
(Numero Group)

Leave it to the tireless diggers at Numero Group to unearth and lovingly compile a buy-or-die collection of musty, dusty,  mid-century musical curios from the tiki craze heyday. This 3LP
 box set of deep Exotica, Jazz, Surf and other tropical novelties is easily the most crucial release of the year by my reckoning. With so many standout tracks and impressive behind-the-music research packed into it, I'd be hard pressed to highlight any way in which this label has not outdone themselves (yet again) with this project. Make mine a triple!




MOST INSPIRED RECORD
Cold Beat
- A Simple Reflection
(Dark Entries)

Sometimes the best obsessions come from flipping through records (an obsession in and of itself). This dreamy 7-song collection of Eurythmics covers began when Cold Beat front-woman Hannah Lew came across the Eurythmics' early works while digging through a bin of 12"s,
sparking an obsession that crystallized into A Simple Reflection. With tracks plucked from the Eurythmics' early b-sides, their In the Garden debut, and Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This) follow-up, Cold Beat's reimaginings sound as fresh and organic as they play faithful to the original material, their synths and rhythms seemingly maintaining the bands' overall sonic trajectory while likely informing new directions to come. As always, Lew's high level of aesthetic taste is on display, this time exhibited playfully on the cover in a series of Annie Lennox-inspired looks.

Speaking of inspired looks, and given that songs from A Simple Reflection were featured in Moschino's Spring/Summer 2019 fashion show(!), I was thinking to button up this blurb by including show footage backed by Cold Beat's version of "Love is a Stranger", especially considering its lyric that delivers the word "obsession" so deliciously. However, because 2018 may be remembered as a peak year for RuPaul's Drag Race, what with the debut of season 10, seasons 3 and 4 of All Stars, and the "Holi-Slay Spectacular", I've to go with the show opener video featuring "Never Gonna Cry Again" and champion Ru girl Violet Chachki both on the runway and in the air! Feast your eyes and ears:

Something Weird This Way Comes

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, December 30, 2018 04:45pm | Post a Comment

Something Weird's Greatest HitsBy Kai Wada Roath
Ambassador of Confusion Hill and host of the Super Shangri-La Show

 "Don't tell me you believe those ridiculous stories about evil spirits and witch doctors that turn themselves into giant alligators and all that rubbish"

"I'm sorry but I'm afraid I do."

~ from Death Curse of Tartu, 1966

Do you remember your body being possessed by a "Dancing Demon" in your living room after the first time you heard "Pass the Hatchet" by Roger and the Gypsies on a Las Vegas Grind LP? This is the same feeling my body parts got when I first heard Syd Dale's "The Hell Raisers" on Something Weird's Greatest Hits double LP.



Death Curse of TartuSince the early 1990's, Something Weird has been re-releasing such delightful bottom-shelf flicks as Blood Feast, Night of the Bloody Apes, Nude on the Moon, and one of my personal favorites, Death Curse of Tartu, in which some unthoughtful students have a dance party on the burial site of an ancient Indian medicine man who gets steaming mad and returns from the beyond for revenge!

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Hip-Hop Top Five: 21 Savage, Egyptian Lover, T.I., Bas, Dr Octagon (SP 1200 Remixes album) + Flatbush Zombies Colored Vinyl 2LP

Posted by Billyjam, December 22, 2018 11:43pm | Post a Comment
 
#1: The Egyptian Lover  1985 (also on vinyl 2LP) (Egyptian Empire)

Following hip-hop veteran the Egyptian Lover's 2015 album release 1984, now comes 1985 (also on vinyl 2LP) from the legendary LA artist. This latest new studio album from the revered electro pioneer clocks in at just over an hour with 13 tracks in all; five of these with guest collaborators. These include  "Beyond The Galaxy" featuring the world's greatest turntablist DJ Qbert, "Future Tech" featuring Detroit techno pioneer Juan Atkins, "The World Keeps Turning" featuring old school electro crew Newcleus ("Jam On It"), "Problems Of The World" featuring Zarcon and "Come On" features Funkmaster Ozone. Other tracks on the new album include  "5 Cent Camel Ride," "International Freak" and ‘Everything She Wants" which is an updated version of the Wham! hit single.

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“When Life Gives You Lemons, You Paint That Shit Gold” 10 Year Anniversary Edition 2LP Reminder Of Atmosphere's Timeless Sound

Posted by Billyjam, December 20, 2018 03:20pm | Post a Comment


Hip-hop vinyl reissue of the week, Atmosphere’s When Life Gives You Lemons, You Paint That Shit Gold” 10 Year Anniversary Edition 2LP  is not simply a must-get double album back in print. It is also a reminder that the longtime beloved hip-hop duo, comprised of emcee Slug and producer Ant, make the type of music that truly stands the test of time. Since forming back in 1996 in Minneapolis Atmosphere have consistently crafted heartfelt, quality hip-hop that transcends time, sounding good in any decade, all the while remaining loyal to the genre's roots. Further proof of the Rhymesayers Ent. duo's timelessness lies in equally excellent recent 2018 release Mi Vida Local 2LP (also on CD) that's included in many best of 2018 lists.

For any hip-hop act twenty two years in the notoriously fickle genre, to consistently craft essential music and remain relevant is quite an accomplishment. Interestingly Atmosphere themselves have always been slow to accept their music's timeless quality; even mistakenly thinking that might have peaked creatively back at the start of the last decade. Back in 2008, upon the initial release of When Life Gives You Lemons, You Paint That Shit Gold” 10 Year Anniversary Edition 2LP,  when I interviewed Slug for the Amoeblog he told me that even at that stage how he felt Atmosphere was six years past their prime.  "I think our expiration date was somewhere in 2002," he shared but quickly added, in his fun self-effacing way, that, "I'll keep going 'til I get fired or replaced by a younger stronger, more attractive idiot." 

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The Best "What's In My Bag?" Episodes of 2018

Posted by Amoebite, December 19, 2018 11:28am | Post a Comment

The Best "What's In My Bag?" Episodes of 2018

Season 11 of What's In My Bag? kicked into high gear with an episode featuring the lively sister trio HAIM and we kept right on going into this past week when we spoke with legendary record producer Tony Visconti and artist Daphne Guinness. We had so much fun this season and, as always, learned a ton from our guests.

Here are our 10 favorite episodes from season 11. Enjoy and thanks for watching!!

 

Death From Above

Sebastien Grainger went on a whirlwind shopping trip through our Hollywood store taking pride in his Canadian countrymen, including the likes of Leonard Cohen and Glenn Gould, and waxing poetic about the kinds of artists whose greatness elevates them to a plane of existence that can only be defined as alien.

 

Valerie June

Singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and native Tennessean Valerie June picked up some classic records by artists from her home state, including Big Star, Otis Clay, and Patsy Cline. Another important theme for Valerie was spiritual music and she talked about the power of listening to the Grateful Dead and Alice Coltrane. We couldn't help but be charmed by Ms. June and her eclectic, earnest picks.

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Jon Longhi's Best of 2018

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, December 18, 2018 04:07pm | Post a Comment

Brian EnoBy Jon Longhi

Brian EnoMusic For Installations (CD & LP Box Set):
One of the things I've always loved about Brian Eno is that he seems to have an almost limitless output of new music. His body of work is gigantic. I've been buying his cds for decades and it's nice to know that he'll always come up with something new to charm, beguile, or soothe me. His ambient pieces tend to be my favorite ones. In these works, he tries to create a kind of music that sounds like it is going on forever and you are just hearing a tiny excerpt of it. In the book that accompanies this new box set, Eno reveals that he has been obsessed with creating music that doesn't just sound like it goes on forever but actually DOES go on forever. To aid him in this quest, he created what he refers to as "generative systems." These are either tape loops or computer programs that take simple harmonious tones and fragments of melody, and then randomly recombines them in patterns of music that will not repeat themselves for sometimes years or even decades. He even developed a computer program called 77 Million Paintings that creates an endless output of ambient music that NEVER repeats itself and is a truly infinite piece of music. This box set is a retrospective of some of the best of these sonic experiments. The title Music For Installations is quite literal because most of these works were composed to accompany art installations and Eno went to great lengths to make sure that every person who visited the art exhibits heard a different and unique piece of music. Some of these art installations were open for six months but had soundtracks that could play for over two centuries! This is a transcendentally beautiful set of music and it goes on for hours and hours. Like the best ambient music, it can either be in the background or the foreground of your life. The soothing sonic textures are guaranteed to heal your soul and move your troubled mind to tranquil peaceful places. The set is a little expensive, but since you get six CDs and roughly as many hours of music, you're only paying about ten bucks per CD/hour, which in the long run is a real bargain.

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The 20 Best Selling Soundtracks of 2018

Posted by Amoebite, December 18, 2018 03:56pm | Post a Comment

top 20 soundtracks of 2018

There were lots of soundtrack releases to choose from this year, with many limited edition color vinyl versions creating excitement and selling out extremely fast. Two members of Radiohead make appearances on this list, and we also have two soundtracks for the same film franchise -- the original film and its later update. Music for television is becoming popular too, and we have 2 such soundtracks on our list.

Read on to see our 20 best selling soundtracks of 2018 and find out what made each release so special.

The shape of water soundtrack

20. Alexandre Desplat - The Shape of Water [OST]
Release Date: CD on 12/8/17, LP on 10/5/18

Guillermo del Toro's lush fantasy romanceThe Shape of Water won big at the 2018 Oscars, including Best Picture and Best Original Score for Alexandre Desplat. It's no surprise that this soundtrack made our top 20 best selling soundtacks of the year.

Halloween 40th anniversary soundtrack

19. John Carpenter - Halloween (1978) [40th Anniversary Transparent Orange Vinyl] [Score]
Release Date: LP on 10/26/18

Weekly Hip-Hop LP/Vinyl Top Five [Video Version] 6Lack, Lil Uzi Vert, JPEGMAFIA, Doomtree, BROCKHAMPTON

Posted by Billyjam, December 15, 2018 03:22pm | Post a Comment
#1 BROCKHAMPTON iridescence 2LP (RCA Records)

Topping this chart of Amoeba new arrivals in the hip-hop vinyl department is groundbreaking young LA based hip-hop collective BROCKHAMPTON and their major label two-vinyl set  iridescence 2LP    (RCA Records) pictured above (also avail on CD) and featuring among its fifteen tracks (all in caps) the songs "SOMETHING ABOUT HIM" and "THUG LIFE" and the lead single "J'OUVERT" that's featured  immediately below via the Spencer Ford directed music video.  







#2  Lil Uzi Vert Luv Is Rage LP and (tie with) The Perfect Luv Tape LP (Atlantic Records)

Nancy Wilson Top Ten from Prolific Five Decade Career of Jazz Vocalist / Civil Rights Activist Who Died Yesterday At Age 81

Posted by Billyjam, December 14, 2018 07:44am | Post a Comment


Yesterday, December 13th, beloved prolific jazz-pop vocalist Nancy Wilson died at age 81 in her Pioneertown, CA home following a prolonged illness, according to the artist's management company. Celebrated for her commanding versatile vocal style Nancy Wilson enjoyed a rich five decade long career, recording dozens of albums, performing jazz ballads, American standards, Broadway show tunes, and easy listening vocals as well as such other genres as disco. In addition to her music career, the African American artist was also a noted civil rights activist during her lifetime. Back in 1965 she was among those to march on Selma, Alabama. As Wilson repeatedly stated over the years, one of her lifelong missions was to continually break down prevalent racial stereotypes. This she accomplished via such things as her appearances on The Carol Burnett Show.

While her music is generally found filed under “jazz” or “soul” or "pop" in interviews Wilson insisted on not been associated with any one modern musical genre, rather describing herself as a “song stylist” who tells stories in an intimate engaging fashion. That description is certainly true of some of her best known songs that tackled topics of failed relationships and heartache in an open honest and empowered manner, now seen as ahead of its time. In an artist tribute the NYT described Wilson as a, “forerunner of the modern female empowerment singer, with the brassy inflections and biting inflections to fuel it.” This apt description applies to her best known songs including such definitive Nancy Wilson hit singles as “Face It Girl, It’s Over” from 1968 and “Guess Who I Saw Today” from 1960.

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New Limited Edition Wu-Tang Clan Logo Shaped Picture Disc 7" Presents One of Hip-Hop History’s Most Iconic Logos

Posted by Billyjam, December 13, 2018 08:52pm | Post a Comment

The new limited edition Wu-Tang Clan logo shaped picture disc 7" pictured above presents one of hip-hop history’s most iconic logos; one designed a quarter century ago by DJ/producer Mathematics (aka  Allah Mathematics). The logo has been repeatedly used on group releases including the recently reissued four piece vinyl version of Wu-Tang Forever 4LP.

The multi-talented Mathematics would go on to create other Wu member graphic designs including for GZA/Genius and Method Man. The instantly recognizable W styled Wu-Tang logo is the unique design feature of the December 14, 2018 Wu-Tang Clan 7” logo shaped picture disc single. Featuring “C.R.E.A.M. (Cash Rules Everything Around Me) (Album Version)” on Side A and “Da Mystery Of Chessboxin’” on Side B, the collectible single goes on sale immediately after midnight tonight (Friday Dec 14 12:01am Pacific Time) at Amoeba online. Note that purchases, while supplies last, are limited to one per customer.

Last year on LA radio station Power 106’s The Cruz Show the iconic logo’s designer Mathematics was a studio guest along with RZA of the Wu-Tang during which they discussed the back story to the logo. The actual turnaround time in its making was only 24 hours, according to Mathematics in the interview embedded below, where he says he got a last minute request just a day ahead of deadline to come up with a logo for the first Wu-Tang single "Protect Ya Neck." 

my top 50 albums of 2018

Posted by Brad Schelden, December 13, 2018 04:45pm | Post a Comment

#50 Steve Hauschildt - Dissolvi (Ghostly International)


I always look forward to what this dude does. I love his stuff in Emeralds and his solo albums. The vocals of Julianna Barwick and Gabi are featured on two of the best songs on the album. A great album of minimal and spooky sci-fi techno.


#49 Olafur Arnalds - re:member (Mercury KX)


A lush and dreamy album by Icelandic producer Olafur Arnalds. This album sits somewhere between ambient electronics and modern classical music. Another beautiful piece of work by Olafur.

The 50 Best Selling Albums of 2018

Posted by Amoebite, December 12, 2018 06:31pm | Post a Comment

The 50 Best-Selling Albums of 2018

As 2018 comes to a close, it's a good time to look back at what was hot at Amoeba Hollywood this year. Our top sellers are a diverse mix, as always, with rock, hip-hop, metal, soul, electronic, and soundtracks all showing up on the list. Take a look at the 50 new releases that flew off our shelves in 2018 -- some of these probably won't be a surprise while still others may have slipped past your radar.

Read on to see the full list of Amoeba Hollywood's 50 Best-Selling Albums of 2018.

Drake Scorpion 50. Drake - Scorpion xxxTentacion ?

49. XXXTentacion - ?

Joyce Manor Million Dollars To Kill Me 48. Joyce Manor - A Million Dollars To Kill Me  Kanye West Ye 47. Kanye West - Ye
Prince Piano and a Microphone 1983 46. Prince - Piano & A Microphone 1983 A Perfect Circle Eat the Elephant 45. A Perfect Circle - Eat the Elephant
Mitski Be the Cowboy 44. Mitski - Be The Cowboy
Guns n Roses Appetite for Destruction
43. Guns N' Roses - Appetite For Destruction [30th Anniversary Remaster]
Leon Bridges Good Thing 42. Leon Bridges - Good Thing Jack White Boarding House Reach 41. Jack White - Boarding House Reach
Courtney Barnett Tell Me How You Really Feel 40. Courtney Barnett - Tell Me How You Really Feel Ghost Prequelle 39. Ghost - Prequelle
Parquet Courts Wide Awake 38. Parquet Courts - Wide Awake Alice in Chains Rainier Fog 37. Alice In Chains - Rainier Fog
East Side Story Vol 1 36. Various Artists - East Side Story Vol. 1 [2018 LP reissue] The Internet Hive Mind 35. The Internet - Hive Mind 
Camila Cabello 34. Camila Cabello - Camila Mon Laferte Norma 33. Mon Laferte - Norma
father John Misty God's Favorite Customer 32. Father John Misty - God's Favorite Customer Borns Blue Madonna 31. BØRNS - Blue Madonna
The Interrupters Fight the Good fight 30. The Interrupters - Fight the Good Fight
Kali Uchis Isolation
29. Kali Uchis - Isolation
Kamasi Washington Heaven & Earth 28. Kamasi Washington - Heaven & Earth Black Panther The Album 27. Various Artists - Black Panther: The Album Soundtrack
Beatles White Album 2018 Anniversary Edition 26. The Beatles - The Beatles (White Album) [Anniversary Edition] chicano batman 25. Chicano Batman - Chicano Batman [2018 Reissue]
Car Seat Headrest 24. Car Seat Headrest - Twin Fantasy
the story so far proper dose
23. The Story So Far - Proper Dose
Gorillaz Demon Days 22. Gorillaz - Demon Days LP [2018 Reissue] MGMT Little Dark Age 21. MGMT - Little Dark Age

 

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Vinyl LP Weekly Picks: Aloe Blacc, Angélique Kidjo, Paul McCartney & Wings, Abba, Richard Swift, Grateful Dead, Marvel's Spider-Man OST

Posted by Billyjam, December 12, 2018 09:00am | Post a Comment
Aloe Blacc Christmas Funk LP  (avail on CD) (Aloe Blacc Recordings, Inc.)


As 2018 comes to a close it does so continuing the trend witnessed throughout the year of an ever increasing steady flow of new vinyl releases dropping each week. These include lots of brand new album titles been pressed up on vinyl as well as CD and digital versions. Examples this week include the brand new 88rising two-vinyl set Head In The Clouds 2LP (also avail on CD) and the posthumous album The Hex pictured left (also avail on CD) from under appreciated singer/songwriter, multi-instrumentalist Richard Swift who tragically died earlier this year at age 41, reportedly the result of "alcohol addiction" as stated by his family upon his July 2018 passing.

New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Tama Sumo & Lakuti

Posted by Amoebite, December 11, 2018 03:07pm | Post a Comment

Tama Sumo & Lakuti - What's In My Bag?

We were delighted to have German DJ/producer Tama Sumo and London-based South African DJ and booking agent Lakuti in the Amoeba Hollywood green room recently for our latest What's In My Bag? episode. Digging into the bins at the shop, the partners in life and music found some killer 12" singles, eclectic LPs, and sentimental favorites, including Brenda & The Big Dudes' "Weekend Special." "This one is really close to my heart," Lakuti told us. "I'm South African, so when I saw this on the shelves I literally jumped." Calling her the "Madonna of the townships of Africa," Lakuti went on to explain how important Brenda was to her generation, "particularly if you were gay or queer; she really made it possible for a lot of black kids, that would not have come out at that time, to come out and be proud." It was apparent that both of the artists were very passionate and knowledgeable about their choices, which made for a fun and interesting interview. 

Tama Sumo and Lakuti are a married couple who also frequently spend time together behind the decks and serve as advocates for women and queer folx in the electronic music scene. Tama Sumo (aka Kerstin Egert) specializes in house and techno. She began her career DJing at Kreuzberg (Berlin) club Drama, before becoming a mainstay at Globus/Tresor and OstGut's gay/lesbian Dance with the Aliens parties. She is currently a resident at Berghain/Panorama Bar.

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Amoeba SF's Top In-Stores of 2018

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, December 10, 2018 07:42pm | Post a Comment

By Brent James

Whether you’ve attended one of our amazing live shows or maybe even a more casual event such as an album signing, there’s no doubt that there’s never a dull moment at an Amoeba Music brick and mortar store! While every gig here in the store is special, here’s a list of the top shows of 2018 that really blew our socks off! In no particular order…

1. Idris Ackamoor & The Pyramids, Friday May 18th, 2018

The show kicked off with a procession (led by King Idris of course) that started off at the stage and snaked around the store. Snatching anything and everyone in its path, the band eventually made it back to the stage and kicked off a rousing 45 minute set of material from the band's latest release, An Angel Fell. Watching Idris do his thing would be almost enough to satiate even the most hardened music/Jazz fan, but The Pyramids held their own-laying the foundation for what turned out to be a top notch Jazz show that had jaws dropping and eyes widened with adoration from an appreciative crowd. Even the legendary Rhodessa Jones was in attendance. The evening truly had a special feel to it.

Idris Ackamoor

2. The Motels, Friday April 5th, 2018

What an absolute DREAM it was to host the legendary Martha Davis and The Motels on the Amoeba Stage! Playing in support of their latest album, The Last Few Beautiful Days, Davis and Co. tore through a set of familiar classics and newer, soon-to-be Motels staples that left jaws dropped and a the crowd wanting more! See them when you get the chance.

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Pivotal Year In Jazz Icon John Coltrane’s Career Captured On New Impulse! Vinyl Collection "1963: New Directions" 5LP Box Set

Posted by Billyjam, December 10, 2018 10:51am | Post a Comment
 
For jazz great John Coltrane 1963 was both a prolific and a pivotal year; one that’s comprehensively captured on the new Impulse! must get box set collection John Coltrane 1963: New Directions [5LP Box Set] (also avail as a 3CD box set).  All recordings from throughout '63, presented in chronological order, the 30 song set rewinds back fifty five years ago to an artistically significant time in the career of the legandary jazz saxophonist. Ahead of his time on many levels, Coltrane truly made a major impact in his all too short 40 years on this earth that came to a premature halt in July 1967.  From a historical perspective 1963 is viewed as the key transformation period from ‘Trane’s earlier bebop and hard bop years into his free jazz and fully championing experimental, avant garde, genre-expanding jazz. It’s the iconic artist’s creative period that fell exactly two years after his American standards interpretive My Favorite Things and two years before his avant-garde and free jazz masterpiece  A Love Supreme.  Or as Impulse! Records so aptly noted in their pre-promotion of this box set; “In the brief, bright arc that is the career of John Coltrane, 1963 marks a point of transition between past jazz masterpieces and future work which would transcend the boundaries of the music itself.” 

As seen in the picture above this vinyl box set contains five albums, each numbered in chronological order of their recordings, plus additional content such as the lovingly presented 20 page booklet. Scroll down to see the full 30 track listing of the box set contents that features 1963 recordings of the albums Live at Birdland, Newport ‘63, Dear Old Stockholm, John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman, and the album that presumably inspired this box set;  Both Directions at Once: The Lost Album. Initially released six months ago, a full fifty five years after its recording, this literally “lost album” draws its title in part from the famous John Coltrane quote, “I start in the middle of a sentence and move both directions at once.”

Noir City Xmas, 12/19

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, December 9, 2018 07:57pm | Post a Comment

Ring in the holidays with a Cruel Yule! Join the Film Noir Foundation on Wednesday, December 19, 7:30pm at San Francisco's Castro Theatre for the annual Noir City Xmas. This year's feature is Charles Laughton's The Night of the Hunter (1955). The holiday season is the perfect time to share this timeless noir fairytale about the eternal human struggle—between avarice and atonement, sinners and saviors, good and evil. Robert Mitchum gives a legendary performance as a vile and conniving ex-con masquerading as a man of the cloth. He's not about to let two innocent children come between him and a long-hidden bounty. Shelley Winters may be a gullible mark for this faux preacher, but spinster Rachel Cooper (a memorable portrayal by Lillian Gish) knows the devil when she sees it. Actor Charles Laughton created a stunning work of magical realism, the only picture he'd ever direct. Why not quit while you're ahead? This is a one-of-a-kind masterpiece.

In addition to bearing gifts of compelling cinematic artistry at Noir City Xmas, host Eddie Muller will reveal the program for the upcoming Noir City 17 festival, which runs January 25-February 3, 2019 at the Castro Theatre. Plus, for your holiday shopping pleasure, we'll have Noir City 17 Passports (all-access passes) for sale, along with select FNF merchandise, on the Castro mezzanine.

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Top 10 Hip-Hop LPs: Marvel variants LL Cool J, GZA & 50 Cent, Lndn Drgs, Busdriver, Eminem, Ghostface Killah, Damu, Cardi B, Illa J

Posted by Billyjam, December 8, 2018 01:36pm | Post a Comment

#01 Lndn Drugs (Jay Worthy & Sean House) Aktive LP (also on CD) (GDF Records)

Just a glimpse at the album art of Aktive LP (released on CD two months ago and now finally on vinyl) triggers one’s hip-hop brain to think of the LBC and SoCal G-Funk era for good reason. The album artwork is done by Joe Cool who is the very same artist who painted Snoop Doggy Dogg's classic 1993 debut Doggystyle LP (also on CD) album cover while Lndn Drgs two members, rapper Jay Worthy from Compton and producer Sean House from Vancouver, pay homage to the era but in an updated modern fashion even including among their album’s well chosen guests is South Central Jheri-curled emcee talent G Perico (on the tracks "Uza Trikk" and "La Quinta") whose image and dope mic style is a direct link back to that of  Compton pioneer DJ Quik. Also note that last year G Perico and Jay Worthy along with Dallas producer Cardo formed the G-Funk flavored collaborative group G-Worthy.

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Tribute To Legacy of Pioneering Influential Artist Pete Shelley [1955-2018] Co-Founder of Seminal 70’s UK Punk Band Buzzcocks

Posted by Billyjam, December 7, 2018 11:43am | Post a Comment

Sad news emerged yesterday that Buzzcocks lead singer/guitarist Pete Shelley had died from a suspected heart attack, as first reported on social media by his surviving younger brother Gary McNeish. Aged 63 the British artist born Peter Campbell McNeish, who enjoyed a career as both solo artist and co-founder of seminal UK punk band Buzzcocks, had been living in Estonia up until his passing on the morning of December 6th, 2018.

In 1975 while attending college Shelley and Howard Devoto co-founded the early era UK punk band Buzzcocks who made their influential debut performance opening for the Sex Pistols in Manchester in 1976. In January 1977 they released their debut record, the Spiral Scratch EP which, following the Sex Pistols, The Damned, and The Vibrators, was among the original wave of UK punk releases.

Not long after the release of Spiral Scratch in 1977 Howard Devoto left the band with Shelley then moving center stage as lead singer/songwriter and guitarist. As such he honed the band’s distinctive power-punk style.

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Numerous Kate Bush Albums Recently Remastered & Reissued As LPs/CDs + As Part of New Box Sets - Includes “Hounds Of Love”

Posted by Billyjam, December 5, 2018 05:15am | Post a Comment

Over the past few weeks much of the rich back catalog of iconic UK singer/songwriter/musician Kate Bush has been remastered and reissued by Parlophone and Rhino in both LP and CD as well as in newly assembled CD and LP box sets. Found on the first page of Amoeba’s online store Kate Bush section [some limited to one per customer] these include the 4LP Remastered In Vinyl II [Box Set]  which includes Hounds of Love LP, The Sensual World LP and The Red Shoes 2LP,  and the 7CD box set Remastered Part I which includes the albums The Kick Inside, Lionheart, Never For Ever, The Dreaming, The Red Shoes, The Sensual World and Hounds of Love. The latter Bush album (contained on both of these CD and LP box sets) has also been recently remastered and reissued as Hounds of Love LP and Hounds Of Love CD and is worthy of being in every music collection; it's that amazing an album!


Pre-order from Amoeba Upcoming Vinyl LP Releases by: Deerhunter, HOMESHAKE, Sophie, Trixie Mattel, Robyn [Video Version]

Posted by Billyjam, December 4, 2018 03:53pm | Post a Comment


Here are just five of the anticipated upcoming vinyl LP pressings that can be pre-ordered now from Amoeba Music by simply clicking on the linked highlighted blue titles of each album referenced, beginning with Trixie Mattel. This upcoming Friday, December 7th, the artist born Brian Michael Firkus but best known as, multi-talented drag star that came to fame via RuPaul's Drag Race, Trixie Mattel’s two-album compilation set will be released on clear and pink colored vinyl Two Birds, One Stone LP by ATO Records.

A week later on December 14th the label will release the CD version of the two album compilation set, that combines last year’s Two Birds album and March 2018’s album One Stone - both indie self-released titles. Below is the music video for Trixie Mattel album song "Mama Don't Make Me Put On The Dress Again."
 
December 14th is the date that Scottish electronic producer Sophie’s debut studio album (initially unveiled six months ago) will be available on vinyl: Oil Of Every Pearl's Un-Insides LP.  The record label Future Classics will also release the CD Oil Of Every Pearl's Un-Insides that same date. The 40 minute, 9 song album includes the singles "It's Okay to Cry,” "Faceshopping" and "Ponyboy" (see video for latter below). 

Longtime fans of Atlanta indie rockers Deerhunter have been excited since the announcement by the band a month ago about the upcoming release of their eight studio album (first full-length since 2015’s Fading Frontier) that will arrive in Amoeba on January 18th, 2019 via the 4AD label:  Why Hasn't Everything Already Disappeared? [Grey Vinyl] LP  (also on CD that same date). Scroll down to see the music video for new Deerhunter album track “Death in Midsummer.”
The Sinderlyn record label will be releasing Peter Sagar’s recording project HOMESHAKE’s forthcoming fourth studio album Helium, featuring the lead single “Like Mariah” (scroll down to check out). The upcoming February 15th, 2019 release date will include two types of vinyl pressings, Helium regular vinyl LP and Helium aqua vinyl LP (plus Helium CD

Beloved Scandinavian dance pop diva Robyn will follow up the recent of her album Honey CD release of with the vinyl version of Honey LP via Interscope on December 14th. The  9 song, 40 minute album was reviewed in part by Amoeba as, "addictive as ever, the beats as electric — yet there’s a darker, more vulnerable intensity than was present on much of her earlier defiantly cool output.... One of Robyn’s strongest works, Honey packs a unique one-two punch; it’s equally appropriate for sophisticated danceterias and intimate bedroom listening.”

New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Ethan Hawke

Posted by Amoebite, December 4, 2018 03:20pm | Post a Comment

Ethan Hawke - What's In My Bag?

We had the pleasure of sitting down with actor, writer, and director Ethan Hawke at Amoeba Hollywood recently to discuss some of the albums and movies that had a particular place in his heart, including the outlaw country documentary Heartworn Highways. "I'm really grateful for this opportunity you've given me to talk about this movie," he told us. "It slices like a razor blade through your body and you open up, in a good way. There's something about it that really moves me." Hawke had much to say about all of his picks, both heartfelt and entertaining, making for a genuine and educational What's In My Bag? episode.

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Ethan Hawke has been nominated for four Oscars and a Tony. In 1989, Hawke had his breakthrough performance in the role of Todd Anderson in Dead Poets Society. His star continued to rise with the release of slacker comedy Reality Bites (1994), Before Sunrise (1995), Gattaca (1997), and Great Expectations (1998). Hawke accrued critical accolades thanks to his work in Waking Life (2001) and Training Day (2001). Along with co-writers Julie Delpy and Richard Linklater, Hawke received his first Academy Award nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay for his work on Before Sunset (2004), the sequel to Before Sunrise. The third film in The Before Trilogy, Before Midnight (2013), garnered the trio another Best Adapted Screenplay nomination. Another collaboration with Linklater, 2014's Boyhood, was nominated for five Golden Globes (winning three), five BAFTA awards (winning one), and six Academy Awards (winning one). 

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12:01:18 Hip-Hop Top 5 (Video Version): Kodie Shane, Earl Sweatshirt, Trippie Redd, Tory Lanez, Lil Baby x Gunna

Posted by Billyjam, December 1, 2018 09:28pm | Post a Comment
Top 5 Hip-Hop 12:01:18 [Video Version] 


1: Kodie Shane Young HeartThrob  (Epic)

Young HeartThrob is the debut album from young Atlanta rapper/singer Kodie Shane who rose rapidly to fame down with Lil Yachty and the Sailing Team via touring and recording including the popular tracks "Sad" with Lil Yachty and ”Love & Drugz II" with Trippie Redd. The latter track appears on her new debut  album that will be supported by a tour that begins in February in Stockholm, Sweden and includes such US dates as Feb 26, 2019 at Cafe Du Nord in San Francisco as part of Noise Pop Festival 2019. For more background on the artist check out the mini-documentary on Kodie Shane below.



Kodie Shane: Remember the Name mini-documentary on artist and album Young HeartThrob 




2: Earl Sweatshirt Some Rap Songs (Columbia/Legacy)