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

Posted by Amoebite, February 27, 2019 12:28pm | Post a Comment

Habibi - What's In My Bag?

Rahill Jamalifard and Leah Fishman from Brooklyn psych rock band Habibi went digging through the racks at Amoeba Hollywood recently and shared some of their favorite records for our latest What's In My Bag? episode. The bandmates and avid record collectors spotted The Paragons' rocksteady/reggae LP On The Beach at the same time, but Jamalifard grabbed it first. "I have been listening to 'When The Lights Are Low,' just over and over," she said. Noting that that the record was in the wrong section, Fishman joked, "I feel like you planted that." It was evident that the musicians and occasional DJs had very eclectic taste, including pysch, Persian pop, soul, garage, punk, and cumbia.

Taking their name from the Arabic word for "my love," Habibi fuses '60s girl Habibi - Amoeba Musicgroup sounds with psych rock. The band was formed in 2011 by Detroit natives Lenaya Lynch (guitar/vocals) and Rahill Jamalifard (vocals), who teamed up with New York musicians Erin Campbell (bass/guitar/vocals), Karen Isabel (drums), and Leah Beth Fishman (guitar/vocals). After touring with King Tuff and earning buzz at SXSW and CMJ, the band signed to Born Bad Records for the release of a self-titled 7".  In 2014, Burger Records put out the band's eponymous debut full-length. Habibi teamed up with La Luz for a split EP in 2015. The five-piece released the Cardamom Garden EP in 2018, featuring two songs sung largely in Farsi. 

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Amoeba SF Employee Interviews: Sean of the Shirts

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, February 24, 2019 07:36pm | Post a Comment

Welcome to our re-booted blog series on the employees of Amoeba San Francisco. You know them, youSean Murphy love them, sometimes you see them buying coffee at Whole Foods. Now you can get to know all about them and their departments!

We are kicking off this reinvented column with the one and only Sean Murphy, who you may recognize from behind the registers. What you may not know is that he's also our Apparel and Accessories Buyer. Yes, he's the rock and pop-culture maven behind our ever-growing t-shirt collection. Lean in and learn more.


Amoeblog: How long have you been with Amoeba SF?

Sean: This April will be 12 years. It's the longest I've ever been at a job, by far.

Amoeblog: What sort of shirts do you order for Amoeba SF?

Sean: In addition to ordering and helping choose designs for all the Amoeba apparel, I order all of our music, movie, and pop-culture tees.

Amoeblog: How do you decide what to order?

Sean: I've always had a good eye for cool designs, and before Amoeba I was in the vintage clothing world where I specialized in picking music and pop-culture tees for almost 12 years. I still wear graphic tees pretty much every day. Ha ha.

Amoeblog: What do you like most about being "the t-shirt guy"?

Sean: I'm just going to unashamedly brag and say the thing I like best about it is that I've more than doubled sales since I took over the department, and now our promotions team is designing window displays to showcase our awesome selection. Tees are bringing new people into the store and I'm really proud to be a part of that.

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Peter Murphy Residency at The Chapel in San Francisco

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, February 24, 2019 06:24pm | Post a Comment

Peter Murphy at Amoeba SF

Amoeba Music, (((folkYEAH!))), and The Chapel proudly present a unique career-spanning residency Peter Murphy San Francisco Residencywith the “Godfather of Goth,” Peter Murphy, at San Francisco's The Chapel, March 5th through March 27th! Murphy will join SF audiences for 14 nights and 17 shows, performing legendary albums in their entirety from throughout his career.

First emerging from the British underground in the late '70s, Murphy (along with bandmates Daniel Ash, David J, and Kevin Haskins) fronted the groundbreaking, iconic post-punk band Bauhaus, which spawned four seminal albums as well as keystone singles “She's In Parties,” "Silent Hedges,” and, of course, "Bela Lugosi’s Dead," before disbanding in 1983. Murphy launched a successful solo career with Should the World Fail to Fall Apart in 1986. 

Three of these soon-to-be legendary shows (3/21-3/23) will be all-Bauhaus sets featuring special guest David J, and the last two shows (3/26 & 3/27) are tributes to David Bowie.

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

Posted by Amoebite, February 22, 2019 05:01pm | Post a Comment

Alcest - What's In My Bag? - Amoeba Music

We recently had the pleasure of interviewing Neige, of Alcest, for a What's In My Bag? video here at Amoeba Hollywood. The French vocalist/guitarist found a cool collection of post-punk, dark wave, and shoegaze records, as well as plenty of movie and video game soundtracks, finding something interesting to say about all of them.

Alcest are pioneers in the blackgaze/post metal genre. Originally started in 2000 as a black metal solo Alcest - Kodama - Amoeba Musicproject fronted by Neige (aka Stéphane Paut), over time the band took on elements of the shoegaze genre, pioneering a heavier, darker hybrid. The band's debut LP, Souvenirs d'un Autre Monde, was released in 2007, immediately winning acclaim from the indie/underground music press. A followup, Écailles de Lune, was released in 2010.

Alcest honed their unique sound further on 2012's Les Voyages de l'Âme before going full-on shoegaze on 2014's Shelter, which featured a string section and guest vocals by Slowdive's Neil Halstead. The band's fifth album, Kodama, was heavily influenced by Japanese culture and art, specifically the 1997 Hayao Miyazaki film Princess Mononoke. Alcest are currently at work on their sixth album and are set to play select dates this summer in the US and Europe.

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Having A Movie Moment with Jon Longhi: Two British Classics

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, February 19, 2019 07:35pm | Post a Comment

By Jon Longhi

Welcome to this month’s Having A Movie Moment With Jon Longhi, where I review recent Blu-ray releases. This month I look at two fantastic British films.

The Horror Of Dracula, Warner Archive:
There have been some nice recent releases of Hammer horror films and this is one of the best of them. The Horror of DraculaThis was the first of many vampire movies that Hammer produced and in many ways it is a template for the horror films that came after it. The Hammer dream crew worked on this: screenplay by Jimmy Sangster, produced by Anthony Hinds, and directed by Terence Fisher. These three men were behind the very best Hammer films. But it's the movie's two central stars, Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee, who really make this work. Their dynamic was at the core of Hammer's best films and anything that the two of them star in is worth watching.

When this was released in 1958, it was a huge commercial and critical success and, along with 1957's Curse Of Frankenstein, led to Hammer reinventing the classic Universal monsters in lurid modern technicolor. The plot of this sticks pretty close to Bram Stoker's original novel, but where it radically departs from the source material is in its tone. One of the most unsettling things about this movie is Terence Fisher's decision to portray vampirism as a sexualized form of addiction. The victims of Dracula are overcome with a lust where they can't wait for him to come each night and suck their blood, and the portrayals of this behavior are truly disturbing. Christopher Lee's acting is central to this vision; his Dracula can be handsome and charming or an unrelenting sexual predator whose frenzied hunger is almost animalistic. Other than possibly Bela Lugosi, I think that Christopher Lee is the best actor who has ever donned Dracula's cape. Peter Cushing is like the other half of the circle. His vulnerability and humanity are the perfect foil for Lee's undead villain. Watching the two of them playing off each other is pure pleasure. This film works on every level. Even the cinematography is marvelous with every scene soaked in rich gothic colors, which look fantastic in this hi-def remaster. If you have never watched a Hammer horror film, this is a perfect one to start with. It is one of the five best vampire movies ever made.

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SNL “Bar Fight” Skit Fueled by MIKA’s slept-on single “Lollipop” Might Finally Score A Hit For The 2007 "Life In Cartoon Motion" LP Track

Posted by Billyjam, February 17, 2019 01:33am | Post a Comment
SNL "Bar Fight" skit (2/16/19) fueled by MIKA's slept-on single "Lollipop" off the British artist's 2007 album Life In Cartoon Motion (available as Life In Cartoon Motion 180 gram vinyl LP)
might finally score a hit for the catchy dance-pop track, twelve years later


Saturday night's, February 16th, 2019, all new Saturday Night Live (SNL) episode skit "Bar Fight" that was themed around Lebanese-born, British artist MIKA’s 2007 Life In Cartoon Motion (also on 180 gram vinyl LP) album track “Lollipop” looks likely to make the catchy dance-pop single a US hit, 12 years later. Within minutes of the Don Cheadle and Beck Bennett featured SNL clip airing on the East Coast (where SNL broadcasts three hours earlier than the West Coast) viewers were searching for the 12 year old single’s accompanying music video on YouTube (seen below).

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Word Jazz Pioneer Ken Nordine Has Passed Away At Age 98

Posted by Billyjam, February 16, 2019 09:39pm | Post a Comment

 
The golden voiced, word jazz pioneer Ken Nordine died this morning at age 98 at his North Side Chicago home as confirmed by his son earlier today.  Nordine's familiar sounding, deep commanding voice was one that many in previous decades knew from his voice-over work on Hollywood movie trailers and national radio and TV commercials. Examples include his voice-over of the trippy animated 1971 Levi’s jeans TV ad seen below. But Nordine’s legacy will be best remembered beyond the commercial realm, and for his jazz radio and spoken word jazz recording career.  Although it was thanks to his TV and radio work, in particular an early sixties paint radio commercial voice-over,  that most would first be exposed to his "word jazz" creation. Many recent decade music listeners would first hear Nordine via the numerous modern day artists who have sampled him.

Word-jazz was something Nordine initially crafted in the mid-fifties during the beat era and showcased with his 1957 debut album Word Jazz that he recorded with the Fred Katz Group for the Dot record label. WIthin a year he released the sequel Son Of Word Jazz in a recording career that would span five decades and include several different record labels such as San Francisco's now defunct Asphodel Records

Vinyl Valentines: 20 Ways to Play Your Heart Out on Feb. 14th and Beyond!

Posted by Kells, February 13, 2019 10:33pm | Post a Comment
 
What's better than a box of chocolates, a dozen long stem roses, and greeting card featuring an anthropomorphic phonograph declaring "for the record" that you're "in the groove, Valentine"? Records, baby, records! This Valentine's Day, whether you're looking for ways to clue-in your crush, let your lover know you love 'em, or simply blot out any and all the notions of the day, consider giving the gift of a vinyl valentine to your loved ones or, better yet, to yourself. Short on ideas on where to begin, and can't get your head past novelty heart-shaped singles or 2003's The Love Below ("Every day is the 14th!")? Dig these titles for a start, then follow your heart! And remember, if you can't find it in our web store, make a date of it and come in to see what calls to you and your honey from our selves IRL. Or give us a call—if we have it in stock, we can get it out to you, valentine, xoxo.


Eddie Holman - I Love You 

This is the record that first came to my mind when pondering potential vinyl valentines. Every song a love song, every bit of it sounding like it must have been an instant classic soul sensation when it arrived on the scene. From the swaying horn-laden arrangements tinged with groovy guitar filigree to Eddie "hit those notes" Holman's impressive vocal range grounded in gentlemanly sentiments, this is just the sort of record that lonely girls and starry-eyed teen dreamers the world 'round surely live for. With its timeless sound and lovesick delivery, it just might not get any better than this. Whether you're enjoying a night in with the one you love or kickin' it all on your lonesome this Valentine's Day, this'll do you. Turn the lights down low and spin, flip, repeat...



Serge Gainsbourg - Histoire de Melody Nelson

Cinematic and kinda dirty-sounding, this record lays down a slow-stroking, clothes-losing mooood almost as soon as it begins to simmer. Creeping in with sleazy bass notes, Gainsbourg's voice, low and secretive but with absolutely nothing to hide, speaks in French over the opening track describing a night drive in his vintage Rolls Royce, rhapsodizing it's "silver Venus on the radiator" at length until he nearly runs over a young natural redhead on her bike—the eponymous Melody (voiced by Jane Birkin). This dubious meet-cute kicks off a Lolita-inspired love affair/seduction concept chronicled in song, with Gainsbourg's poetic blurred lines intersecting iconically with composer Jean-Claude Vannier's sweeping choral and orchestral arrangements. Ooh la la!






Dolly Parton - Dolly: The Seeker – We Used To

Whenever in doubt, reach for Dolly. After all, she will always love you! While any number of Dolly's songs are capable of filling hearts with love, or wringing out the heartache as the case may be come Valentine's Day, this somewhat elusive 1975 collection of "Dolly's favorite love songs" she's written herself is worth searching for, and not just because it's partially titled The Seeker. Actually, the other song checked in the title is the track in my opinion because, not only is it a beaut of a bummer ballad, it also flaunts a melody that sounds almost exactly like Led Zeppelin's infamous "Stairway to Heaven" riff. While Dolly eventually cut a proper "Stairway" cover, and Robert Plant has since joked that the band wrote their 1971 epic for her, I hope them Zepp boys count themselves truly blessed by Dolly's loving embrace.
 



When in deeper in doubt and Dolly just won't do (not that I can imagine why), try the brothers Isley:
On Valentine's Day, or any damn day of the year, the Isley Brothers have got you covered (quite literally with the latter two suggestions here). Whether you go for their 1966 classic This Old Heart of Mine filled with many a love-themed oldies hit single, or their 1971 album Givin' It Back featuring covers of songs focused largely on love (like a ten-plus minute acoustic version of Bob Dylan's "Lay Lady Lay" and a bright n' groovy take on Stephen Stills' "Love the One You're With"), or the ultimately optimized for Valentine's Day A-side of their 1983 slow-jammin' Between the Sheets, you really can't go wrong. It's all good!



Reiko Ike - You, Baby (Kokotsu no Sekai)

This 1971 album of burning torch songs from Japanese "Pink" film actress Reiko Ike is surely the most "adult" inclusion in this list. Ten seconds into the opening cut and the vibe is hot, the music is a steamy mix of lounge instrumentations rising and falling suggestively, and Ike's vocals, breathless and moaning, are nothing short of pornographic as she details with desperate sighs how severely she cannot help herself. By the time the horns and flute kick in she sounds like she's just about to climax, so, like, crank it up as loud as you want! Just about every song is soaked with copious cuíca timbres and layers of sexy vocals, from spoken word passages pocked with orgasmic grunts, to backing vocals do-do-doing a second melody beneath Ike singing about things like how wet everything is. This record pairs well with towels. 



Jackie Gleason Presents Music For Lovers Only

Fun fact: this little wonder, circa 1952, still holds the record for the longest stint on the Billboard Top Ten Charts, holding it down for 153 weeks! It also ushered in a whole new genre of "mood music"—instrumentals for "making whoopie" and such. Perhaps a more notable fun fact is that Jackie Gleason could not read or write music, and that all the original music included on this and all his other bestselling jazzy instrumental records were conceived as melodies in his head that were later transcribed into music? Hmm... Regardless of what he brought to the table, band, or orchestra, this record remains a charming and effective artifact of bygone romantic strategies, and Bobby Hackett's sublime trumpetry. 




Fabio - Fabio After Dark 

A rare gem of spoken word and smooth R&B grooves circa 1993, this prize bargain bin find features the one and only Fabio Lanzoni offering romantic advice (like sharing his "recipe for a perfect evening for two lovers") and singing(!) his own original slow jam "When Somebody Loves Somebody". Sure, you could just build your own playlist suggested by the other songs that flesh out this special blend (like Billy Ocean's "Suddenly", Kenny G's "Songbird" instrumental, and Barry White's "I Like You, You Like Me"), but then you wouldn't get the benefit of Fabio's encouragement where it counts. Keep your eyes peeled for this odd bauble when combing clearance bins and, if you're lucky, you too can revel in the potency of this obscurity while making love like Fabio! CD and tape only :(



Blondie - Heart of Glass 

Numero Group recently reissued this single as a six track exploration of the hit's history and genesis featuring distinct versions of the song and it's demos remastered from analogue tapes. Housed in a de rigeur 12" die-cut sleeve stylishly sporting a disco ball design, this is a chic alternative to the usual cherry red heart-shaped novelty singles freshly dusted for Valentine's Day sales. But what make it a vinyl valentine? Well: "Once I had a love and it was a gas/ Soon turned out had a heart of glass/ Seemed like the real thing only to find/ Mucho mistrust, love's gone behind. In between 'what I find is pleasing' and 'I'm feeling fine' Love is so confusing There's no peace of mind..."





Joe Tossini and Friends - Lady of Mine

I learned about this endearing slab of sincere musical expression when Jessica Pratt mentioned it's upcoming reissue in an IG story (p.s. she's got a crucial new record out that would make a fab vinyl valentine, and she's featured in a new What's In My Bag video if you're curious about what she's digging these days). Slated for a Valentine's 2019 release via Efficient Space, this 1989 self-made debut from Italian-American Joe Tossini is a charming lounge-synth oddity born of necessity when he took to songwriting as therapy to keep depression in check after weathering tragic life events. Recorded in an Atlantic City basement, the sparse drum machine and Casiotone arrangements provide ample space for Tossini (and friends) to make pure magic for the ages.


Palmer Rockey - Rockey's Style

Getting into Joe Tossini brought to mind another Italian-American outsider lounge lizard, Palmer Rockey, and the somewhat risky yet totally relevant vinyl valentine appeal of his "movie album" Rockey's Style. I say risky because Rockey's record has a darker vibe and overall stranger sound, but it too is mostly comprised of original and re-purposed love songs, or would-be love songs depending on your interpretation of curious tracks like the foreboding "Scarlet Warning 666", the quasi-exotica "Scarlet Moves". All "Scarlets" aside (yes, there are more), the mystery of this recording has been all but fully unraveled by Jonny Trunk with the Trunk records reissue a few years back, so get into these "feelings of love, yeah, feelings of love" babe. 



Sade - Love Deluxe

C'mon, it's Sade. What else do you need to know?

It's timeless, enduring, and so, so smooth.

Like the aural equivalent of a rejuvenating candle-lit bath or honey dissolving into tea. A long slow dance.

This is no ordinary love.

No ordinary love. 





Various Artists - Studio One Lovers

Soul Jazz reggae comps generally rule, and this bright pink collection of sweet, soulful reggae love songs is tops come Valentine's Day—it even kind of looks a little like a valentine. Featuring covers like The Mad Lads' take on Curtis Mayfield's "Ten To One" and Doreen Schaeffer's groovy version of Boz Scaggs' "We're All Alone", as well as original tracks from heavy hitting reggae legends like Delroy Wilson, Horace Andy, Alton Ellis, and Bob Marley and The Wailers, the charming harmonies and sultry melodies on parade here, from "Jamaica's finest label"—Studio One, is a veritable love fest of Lovers fit for a steamy night in. 




LovageNathaniel Merriweather Presents... Lovage: Music to Make Love to Your Old Lady By

A concept album that is part homage (the cover art is a riff on Serge Gainsbourg's second record), part hodgepodge genre satire (from spoken word/comedy and easy listening to lounge and library music), and all downtempo/trip hop experiment, Lovage is Dan the Automator, Mike Patton, and Jennifer Charles inviting you to taste the difference between your grandparent's dusty mood music collection and their sensual sound seduction à la 2001. Don't let mouldering mainstream reviews of joint this fool you; anyone criticizing these cheeky arrangements for being a collection of songs that are too similar given the levels of talent collaborating on the record should try making out to it. Stroking is the antidote...




Speaking of make out records...


The Cure
- Disintegration

Shout out to anyone who has ever put themselves through the loving trouble of making a mix tape for their crush back when the best way to convey how you truly felt inside was a two-sided sequence of self-selected love songs. The Cure has always been a reliable source for working through the awkward and precious teenage emotions of yore, and Disintegration in particular often pulled double duty as font for mix tape fodder and a practically perfect make out soundtrack for freaks and geeks of the X generation. The only other Gen Xer record that might rival Disintegration's make out sesh readiness is Portishead's 1994 debut Dummy, but don't take my word for it, find out for yourself! 




Grace Jones - Island Life

This compilation of Grace Jones hits spanning the first nine years of her career makes for a good gift anytime, even if the recipient already has a copy—it's just that essential and gift-able. What's more, it is valentine-versatile as well as it is suitable for both friends and lovers, even if the receiver has recently been unlucky in love or has zero clue as to how you really feel about them. With it's upbeat, disco rhythms and sizzling island vibes tempered by Jones' chic savoir faire, the tracks collected here are as ageless as Jones herself seems to be, and her infectiously energetic versions of songs like Roxy Music's "Love is the Drug" and Edith Piaf's "La Vie en Rose" further stoke the love vibe terrifically whether your heart is in it or over it.






Pizzicato Five - [any record you can get your hands on]

I'm not recommending any specific title because I feel any of their records would generally make for a good valentine. Why? All their songs are about romance (from love at first sight to lost love), dating (from getting ready to go out to hoping your date shows up), self-love (from retail therapy to nightclubbing), and...Tokyo (even those tracks play like love songs to the the city). Over the course of about 20 years, peaking in the 1990s, Pizzicato Five have built a vast discography of cute, catchy pop tunes done up in a dizzying array of lounge-y mid-century samples framed by runway-ready Euro House grooves—who cares if all the lyrics are in Japanese? Get hip! Here's an uplifting song about a break-up titled "Triste" (that's French for "sad"). 



Ralfi Pagan - With Love

"You know how much I love you, don't you mami..."

Gotta wrap up this post with another sure thing, something as good as the record that kicked it off, a full album of sweet 'n slow panty-droppin' lowrider serenades from another "hit those notes"-calibre  crooner, Ralfi Pagan. Like Eddie Holman's I Love You, Pagan's 1971 album With Love gives love back to front, through and through. Beginning with a sensual cover of Bread's "Make It With You" followed by track after track of sultry Latin soul breaking out with a groovy wild hair here only to settle back into another sensitive love theme there, suggesting quite naturally this record is perhaps best explored via slow dance in good company.

Happy Valentine's, mis amores! 

New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Jessica Pratt

Posted by Amoebite, February 11, 2019 06:35pm | Post a Comment

Jessica Pratt - What's In My Bag?

Amoeba Hollywood was excited to have singer/songwriter, and Amoeba alum, Jessica Pratt in the store recently for a cool and educational What's In My Bag? interview. The Los Angeles based artist had lots of insightful things to say about all the records and books she found while digging through the bins, especially when it came to a perennial favorite, Marianne Faithfull's Rich Kid Blues. Explaining that the English singer was homeless and in the midst of a terrible heroin addiction when the album was recorded, Pratt told us, "you can tell listening to it that her voice is rather shaky, and she doesn't really have full control, but at the same time she's playing with these studio musicians and they're like really tight, so it's kind of a nice contrast." Pratt also appreciated some the song choices, which included a couple of Bob Dylan tunes. "Dylan songs are really hard to cover...I think there's a lot of pretty repulsive Dylan covers out there, but she really nails it." Pratt's cool picks and cool commentary made for a particularly cool video.

Pratt learned to play the guitar at age fifteen, teaching herself by playing along to T. Rex's Electric Jessica Pratt - Quiet SignsWarrior album. As a teen, she recorded her own music using her mother's Fender guitar amp and a microphone. After moving to San Francisco as an adult, Pratt befriended Tim Presley of White Fence who became a fan of her lo-fi psych/folk compositions and released her self-titled 2012 LP through his Birth Records label. The initial limited edition pressing (500 copies) sold out in two weeks and received glowing reviews from Pitchfork and Consequence of Sound.

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Amoebapalooza SF at Milk Bar, February 17

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, February 9, 2019 06:50pm | Post a Comment



Amoebapalooza SF is back with more Amoebite-powered musical mayhem on Sunday, February 17th. We’re keeping things very local and throwing this shindig directly across the street at Milk Bar (1840 Haight St.). Doors open to the public at 7pm and the show starts at 8pm. Admission is just $5. This is a 21+ event.

This annual celebration of the talented Amoeba employees and FOBs (Friends of Amoeba) is always a hoot and this year's line-up is action-packed. From a provacative live reading by author Jon Longhi to a screening of filmmaker Steven Anguiano's short film to raucous live sets from Use Kleenex (Kleenex coverband), Top Fo'ties (AKA Jesus Dude Mom), novelty rock giants Alan's Cousin, Combo (Michael Cruz and Keith Frerichs), Eli & Adam Play Folk Music, and a mysterious project called I Have Crabs, this is shaping up to be one of the most legendary nights yet.

Thank you to our pals over at SIR for providing our musical back line!

Band spotlight: Alan's Cousin
Imagine Flight Of The Conchords and Tenacious D have a baby, and meanwhile, James Taylor and Alan's CousinSugar Ray have a baby. Those two babies get it on and have baby, but they realize, "Hold up, we were born a few days ago, we simply cannot raise a child." Said baby is given up for adoption and raised by Bob Dylan and The Beatles. That baby is Alan's Cousin.

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Celebrated Young Bay Area Rap Crew SOB X RBE Continue Meteoric Rise Into 2019 With Headlining US Tour + Festivals inc. Coachella

Posted by Billyjam, February 8, 2019 01:44am | Post a Comment
  

SOB X RBE’s just announced soon to launch headlining four-month US tour plus their upcoming sets at such prestigious 2019 festivals as Coachella (both weekends) and New York’s Governor's Ball (June 2nd) should come as no surprise to anyone who’s been following the celebrated young Vallejo CA rap crew’s meteoric rise to fame over the past three years. Friends since childhood SOB X RBE officially began in early 2016 by the four ambitious young Vallejo talents; Da Boii, Slimmy B, Lul G and Yhung T.O. This tight knit collective of “brothers” was the fusion of two entities: SOB (Strictly Only Brothers) and RBE (Real Boi Entertainment).

In the bygone era of the pre-Internet age, when an earlier era underground Vallejo rap quartet The Click (E-40, Suga T, B-Legit, D-Shot)  rose to fame, to do so they hit the road to got their music heard via selling their indie (Sick Wid It) tapes “out the trunk” of their car. Meanwhile for reaching their audience, SOB x RBE took to YouTube to post music video versions of their tracks as they unleashed them. Below is their extremely popular YouTube music video for "Anti" which since been published in September 2016 has racked up over 34 million views. Clearly all that extra work invested in producing music videos, compared to simply posting audio tracks to Soundcloud, paid off in terms of rapidly spreading SOB X RBE’s music, and their image. Consequently within a relatively short time the new young group were  selling out shows, at first in San Francisco, and collaborating in various capacities with different artists.

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Sidewalk Sale at Amoeba Hollywood Saturday, February 16

Posted by Amoebite, February 7, 2019 01:23pm | Post a Comment

Sidewalk Sale at Amoeba Hollywood

Amoeba Hollywood's sidewalk sale returns on Saturday, February 16th! We'll have crazy good deals on Blu-ray, DVDs, vinyl, CDs, posters, t-shirts, collectible figures & 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:

  • Blu-ray: $4 each or 3 for $10
  • DVDs (including box sets): $2 each or 3 for $5
  • Discounted LPs: all genres as low as $1
  • BOGO CDs: all genres are buy 1, get 1 free 
  • Books & magazines: 2 for $1
  • 7" Singles: 3 for $1
  • 7" Grab Bags
  • T-shirts: $5 & under
  • Posters: 3 for $5
  • Toys & Collectible Figures

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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Hip-Hop Vinyl/LP Top 5 New Arrivals: Blockhead, P.O.S., Dark Lo & V Don, N.O.R.E., The Grouch [Music Video Version]

Posted by Billyjam, February 6, 2019 11:53am | Post a Comment
  Hip-Hop Vinyl/LP Top 5 New Arrivals @ Amoeba [02:05:19]

#1 Blockhead Free Sweatpants LP (also on CD) (Backwoodz)

Filed under both hip-hop and electronic is super producer Blockhead whom most know via his releases on the Ninja Tune label such as 2010's Music Scene and dating back to 2004's Music By Cavelight
CD version has two extra Blockhead solo tracks and clocks in at approx eleven minutes longer.  
The NYC producer, whose last album was 2017's amazing all instrumental Funeral Balloons 2LP,  shines both in his solo instrumental projects as well as when he collaborates with emcees. The brand new  Free Sweatpants LP (also on CD) offers an equal balance of both instrumental and emcee-collaborative tracks. For the latter he is joined by some of the best including Open Mike Eagle, Aesop Rock, Homeboy Sandman and billy woods. Down with billy woods and his Backwoodz label who released this album,  the emcee/label head appears on two tracks on the new album.  woods, who did a memorable inshore performance at Amoeba Berkeley a couple of years back, cameos on “Slippery Slope” along with Open Mike Eagle and Breezly Brewin. Then with his partner in rhyme in side project Armand Hammer, Elucid he guests on “Be Safe.”  Other guests include Hemlock Ernst, Marq Spekt and Vic Spencer.  Below is the audio-only video for the killer album track featuring Aesop Rock, “Kiss The Cook.” 


New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Shannon Shaw

Posted by Amoebite, February 5, 2019 03:22pm | Post a Comment

Shannon Shaw - What's In My Bag? - Amoeba Music

We were delighted to have Bay Area indie/garage artist Shannon Shaw visit Amoeba Hollywood recently to talk about some of her current musical interests and a few of the records that shaped her tastes in our latest What's In My Bag? episode. "I found a box of tapes that changed my life," she told us. Among those beloved tapes were an OMD album, '80s skate thrash, and the oldies compilations Cruisin' that feature old radio DJ interludes. Having found an LP of Cruisin' 1960 at Amoeba, she waxed nostalgic about obsessively listening to those tapes for two years. "I feel privy to a slice of life that I missed." 

Shannon Shaw is a founding member of the eponymous Shannon and the Clams. After bassist/vocalist Shaw met guitarist Cody Blanchard at California College of the Arts in the late '00s, the Shannon In Nashvilleduo began performing their signature hybrid of classic garage, doo-wop, and old school R&B. The band's current lineup solidified with the recruitment of keyboardist Will Sprott and drummer Nate Mahan. The group's debut album, I Wanna Go Home, was released in 2009. Sleep Talk followed in 2011. Next came Dreams in the Rat House (2013), Gone by the Dawn (2015), and Onion (2018), which was produced by Dan Auerbach for his Easy Eye Sound label.

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