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

Posted by Amoebite, March 19, 2019 05:10pm | Post a Comment

Mitski - What's In My Bag?

Indie rock singer/songwriter Mitski did a little shopping at Amoeba Hollywood recently and gave us a peek into her musical and cinematic tastes for our latest What's In My Bag? episode. Fresh off a long tour, Mitski was longing to see two movies by acclaimed anime director Hayao Miyazaki, Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind and The Wind Rises. "I just grew up with his films. Princess Mononoke was the first film I remember seeing and being affected by," she recalled. "I feel like they just give me the answers on how to live. They're so kind and hopeful."

Mitski Miyawaki is a Japanese-American singer-songwriter who performs as Mitski. As a child, she Mitski - What's In My Bag? lived in over a dozen countries, including Turkey, China, Democratic Republic of Congo, and Malaysia before settling in New York City. While studying at Purchase College's Conservatory of Music, Mitski recorded and self-released her first two albums, Lush (2012) and Retired from Sad, New Career in Business (2013). By her third album, 2014's Bury Me at Makeout Creek, Mitski had moved away from her earlier piano-based compositions towards a punkier guitar sound. 

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Mdou Moctar: Desert Blues in Oakland, April 18

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, March 17, 2019 06:38pm | Post a Comment

Akounak: Purple Rain, Mdou Moctar

MATATU's Nomadic Cinema series continues with Mdou Moctar: Purple Rain on Thursday, April 18th at 7pmAkounak: Purple Rain, Mdou Moctar at Oakland's Red Bay Coffee, the largest Black specialty coffee roaster in the nation. Nigerien musician Mdou Moctar and his band perform following a screening of his film Akounak Tedalat Taha Tazoughai, also known as the Tuareg Purple Rain! This is his third appearance with MATATU, after two consecutive sold-out years. Get your tickets now!

The robust rock tradition among the Tuareg people — a Berber group with origins around the southern Sahara — has long been represented internationally by artists like Bombino and Tinariwen. Moctar, a singer-songwriter, offers a subtler, more intimate variation on their desert blues with his most recent albums Sousoume Tamachek and Blue Stage Sessions.

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Miles Davis Top Ten Vinyl Picks @ Amoeba + Miles Davis House @ SXSW

Posted by Billyjam, March 15, 2019 12:12pm | Post a Comment


Miles Davis Vinyl @ Amoeba Top Ten {March 2019]


#1 Miles Davis
The Best of Miles Davis  3LP red vinyl that (Not Now Music)

#2  Miles Davis Ascenseur pour l'échafaud [OST] [Deluxe Edition] (3LP 10" vinyl set) (Verve)

#3 Miles Davis Kind Of Blue blue-colored vinyl/LP  (Sony)

#4 Miles Davis
Miles Davis Greatest Hits LP/vinyl  (Sony)

#5 Miles Davis The Original Quintet (First Recording) vinyl/LP (Doxy)

#6 Miles Davis & John Coltrane The Final Tour: Copenhagen, March 24, 1960 vinyl/LP  (Sony Legacy)

#7 Miles Davis & Jimmy Forrest Live At The Barrel LP/vinyl (Down At Dawn)

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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with José James

Posted by Amoebite, March 14, 2019 01:22pm | Post a Comment

Jose James - What's In My Bag? - Amoeba Music

Acclaimed neo-soul/jazz/hip-hop musician and composer José James did some shopping at Amoeba Hollywood recently and talked with us about some of his favorite artists for our latest What's In My Bag? episode. James went looking for a Tribe Called Quest t-shirt and ended up with an Eric Dolphy shirt instead, happily surprised to see the jazz saxophonist/clarinetist printed on a piece of apparel. "He's a really deep figure for me, and for jazz," he explained. "His album Out To Lunch, on Blue Note, to me is the highest standard of avant-garde music in America." James went on to discuss Dolphy's influence on John Coltrane, saying he "encouraged John to let the saxophone speak. He was really trying to get beyond the limitations of the instrument, and just make sounds." James had similarly thoughtful things to say about every item he picked, giving us an educational and entertaining peek into his shopping bag.

Born in Minneapolis, MN, José James attended The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music. His oeuvre has been compared to D'Angelo, Frank Ocean, Miguel, Bobby McFerrin, and Leon Thomas. Jose James - Lean On Me - Amoeba MusicHe released his debut LP, The Dreamer, in 2008 via the Brownswood label. James followed his first LP with Blackmagic (Brownswood) and For All We Know (Verve), both released in 2010. The latter album took home the Edison Award and the L'Académie du Jazz Grand Prix for the year's Best Vocal Jazz Album.

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Hospitalized Genesis P-Orridge (Throbbing Gristle, Psychic TV etc.) Reaches Out For Help In Life-Or-Death Scenario

Posted by Billyjam, March 13, 2019 05:58pm | Post a Comment

Recently hospitalized legendary experimental musician, multi-media artist and occultist Genesis Breyer P-Orridge reached out to friends and fans for help this week in what is reportedly a life-or-death scenario for the industrial music pioneer who first came to wide acclaim as the founding member of Throbbing Gristle. Via an Instagram post by the aritst followed by a more detailed mass email sent via e-flux by friend and associate Jason Louv it was noted, following a year long battle with leukemia, that over this past weekend Genesis had been rushed into a NYC area hospital. “She was unable to breathe without oxygen” after her lungs became “blocked with fluid, which her doctors had previously attempted to remove with a suction needle,” wrote Louv in the plea for help to fans and friends of Genesis P-Orridge whose most recent arrival at Amoeba was last November's reissue of the 1999 critically acclaimed collaborative album A Perfect Pain (also on vinyl LP) with Merzbow.

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15 Albums To Look For In Spring 2019

Posted by Amoebite, March 13, 2019 12:30pm | Post a Comment

Albums To Look For Spring 2019

Spring 2019 promises a slew of records from buzzworthy newcomers and old faves. Bands like Priests and Ex Hex continue their ascendancy. The Drums, Jenny Lewis, and Vampire Weekend return after some time away, delivering star-studded casts, evolutions in sound, and instantly addictive singles. Then, of course, there are the latest laid back emissions from Mac Demarco, riotous live tracks from Ty Segall, and an emotionally compelling tribute from Steve Earle & The Dukes.

Read on to discover some of our must-have new releases. Your spring soundtrack awaits, with preorders available now.

Ex Hex - It's Real

Ex Hex - It's Real (out 3/22)

On their second LP, It's Real, Ex Hex builds on their garage/post-punk hybrid sound, evolving into a bigger, fuller, lusher sound. Experimental and intriguing, it will be available on standard black and limited edition magenta/blue swirl color vinyl.  

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Record Store Day 2019 Is Coming April 13

Posted by Amoebite, March 12, 2019 04:31pm | Post a Comment

Record Store Day 2019 list of exclusive releases

Record Store Day 2019 is just around the corner! The 12th annual event celebrating independent record stores will take place on Saturday, April 13, 2019. There will be hundreds of exclusive releases available on RSD19, including Queen, Prince, David Bowie, Chicano Batman, and this year's Record Store Day ambassadors Pearl Jam

Download the .pdf list of Record Store Day 2019 exclusives available at Amoeba stores on 4/13.

As always, these titles will be first come, first served and available for purchase in-store only on 4/13. No holds or phone orders. Limit one copy per title per customer. Remaining RSD19 titles will be posted for sale on Amoeba.com the following day, April 14 after 5AM.

If you've never experienced a Record Store Day at Amoeba, you're in for an extravaganza of awesomeness! Watch our 2018 wrap-up video below or read recaps from last year's events in Hollywood and San Francisco. Be sure to stay tuned for our announcement about this year's special guests, events, sales & more.

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Sidewalk Sale at Amoeba Hollywood Saturday, March 16

Posted by Amoebite, March 11, 2019 05:08pm | Post a Comment

Sidewalk Sale at Amoeba Hollywood

Amoeba Hollywood is having a sidewalk sale on Saturday, March 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: 2 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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Top 10 Hip-Hop Vinyl: Sean Price, Rick Ross, DJ Sausage Fingaz, Elaquent, Future, Little Simz, 21 Savage, Smif-N-Wessun, TRDMRK +

Posted by Billyjam, March 8, 2019 09:23pm | Post a Comment

#1  Various Artists Gangster Music Vol. 1 (also on CD) (All City Records)

Topping the hip-hop vinyl from over the past week to arrive into Amoeba Music is the must-get 2LP set Gangster Music Vol. 1 that's also available on CD.  The compilation comes via Dublin's All City Records and was carefully curated by the Irish label's owner O.B. who also runs the record/graff supply store of the same name in the Irish capital.  27 tracks deep of high-caliber hip-hop, this collection is bound to appeal to fans of labels like Rhymesayers, Mello Music Group and Stones Throw. In fact several of the artists on this new compilation have previously released music via those three hip-hop labels.  Among the artists on Gangster Music Vol. 1  are Jeremiah Jae,  Jonwayne,  MNDSGN,  Madchild, Kaytranada,  Blu, Oh No & Madlib, Your Old Droog,  Defari & Evidence, All City regular Onra and Quelle Chris

Speaking of Quelle Chris, whose collaborative album Everything's Fine 2LP (also on CD) with studio and life partner Jean Grae, ranked among the best hip-hop albums of 2018, reminder that the multi-talented artist's anticipated next solo 2LP concept album Guns is scheduled to drop at the end of this month via Mello Music/Sony. Meanwhile below is the music video for the Gangster Music Vol. 1 track "Big Whips" by the power duo of Madlib and Oh No.

New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with James Lavelle of UNKLE & Mo' Wax

Posted by Amoebite, March 6, 2019 03:30pm | Post a Comment

UNKLE - What's In My Bag?

We were very fortunate to have DJ, producer, musician, and record label executive James Lavelle visit Amoeba Hollywood to share some of the music and movies that have shaped his tastes, including a film by a director he says influenced how looks at Los Angeles. That director is Michael Mann and the film is his 1995 masterpiece, Heat. "(This is) a film that I love very much and I love the director," he told us. Lavelle also talked about The Watchmen, Neneh Cherry, and the impact of DJ Shadow's landmark debut album Endtroducing... making for a particularly eclectic and engaging What's In My Bag? episode.

English artist James Lavelle co-founded the Mo' Wax record label with Tim Goldsworthy in 1992, UNKLE - The Road Part I - Amoeba Musicreleasing now-classic records by Money Mark, DJ Krush, Dr. Octagon, Luke Vibert, Blackalicious, and DJ Shadow. After the release of Endtroducing..... in 1996, Lavelle and DJ Shadow collaborated on the UNKLE project. The band's first LP, 1998's Psyence Fiction featured guest appearances from Thom YorkeRichard Ashcroft, the Beastie Boys' Mike D, and Badly Drawn Boy. Lavelle teamed up with Richard File for UNKLE's 2003 followup, Never, Never Land, with contributions from 3D (Massive Attack) and Josh Homme (QOTSTA).

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Having A Movie Moment with Jon Longhi: Art & Zombies

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, March 5, 2019 07:30pm | 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. I figured I’d make things a little more highbrow this month, so I’m starting off with a recent Criterion Collection edition of a classic Orson Wells film:

The Magnificent Ambersons, Criterion Collection:
The Magnificent Ambersons is not a magnificent movie; it's a mediocre movie magnificently made. Orson Magnificent AmbersonsWells was such a genius that he could polish a turd even as weak as this script. As a result, we are just carried along from the beginning of the movie by one beautifully filmed and staged deep focus set piece after another. The cinematography is breathtaking and inventive and flawlessly sharp in this new Criterion Collection remaster. The only problem is that if you stop and think about the movie there isn't much "there" there. The whole thing comes off as the best filmed episode of Lifestyles Of The Rich And Famous. Wells was trying to create another definitive American myth of wealth and power but unlike his masterpiece Citizen Kane, the central characters of this film are just not that interesting or likable. The main protagonist George Amberson is especially unlikeable -he's really just a spoiled brat and a jerk. Kane at least had obsessions and demons that drove him to memorable scenes of pathos and drama, George Amberson on the other hand is just kind of a dick. The film follows the ups and downs of the Amberson clan, who were the richest family in Indianapolis, Indiana at the turn of the last century. Some of the most engaging scenes are where Wells examines the changing fashions and technology of those long gone times. After describing the city, the era, and the other family members, Wells focuses his attention on spoiled brat and only child George. Unlike the people around him, George is a hedonist with no goals in life. The only career he aspires to is "yachtsman." George treats everyone around him like shit and views money as an endless resource, but times change and fortunes fall. When things start to go bad, this clan of aristocrats are particularly unprepared for it.

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New Green Room Session Video with FEELS

Posted by Amoebite, March 1, 2019 05:30pm | Post a Comment

Feels - Amoeba Green Room Session

We were super excited to have LA band FEELS in the Amoeba Green Room recently for a killer live set. Playing tracks off their new LP, Post Earth (out now on Wichita Recordings), the quartet was in top form, jamming and thrashing their melodic noise punk sound. 

Feels Post Earth

Starting off the performance was the spacy and textural "Sour," followed by the dirty punk ditty, "Deconstructed." Next up was the ethereal "Awful Need," while the set ended with the epic "Post Earth."

Be sure to catch FEELS perform with Ex Hex April 25 at The Teragram Ballroom in Los Angeles. Tickets are available at Amoeba Hollywood with low feesl!

Watch the full performance below:

Feels - Green Room Session
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