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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

Steve Hauschildt Dissolvi

#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.

Olafur Arnalds Re-Member

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

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.

Blaze movie

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)