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

Posted by Amoebite, June 14, 2018 12:07pm | Post a Comment

Ride What's In My Bag? Amoeba Music

Sometimes it takes a special moment to change your perception of a song you've never paid much attention to. In our new What's In My Bag? episode with the shoegaze legends Ride, bassist Steve Queralt recounted listening to music with Erol Alkan, the producer of their latest record, Weather Diaries. "One evening he decided to play 'Eagle' by ABBA, and cranked up the volume," Queralt told us, "and it just made you realize just how great ABBA are." The Oxford native grabbed ABBA: The Album, which features "Eagle" by the Swedish pop quartet, and explained, "now everyone kind of laughs at ABBA, but we all grew up with ABBA when we were kids. It's what my mum was playing all the time, so it's difficult to not like (them)."

English rock band Ride was formed in Oxford by longtime school friends Andy Bell and Mark Gardener, their college classmate Laurence Colbert, and Steve Queralt, the singles buyer at their local Our Price Ride Weather Diariesrecord shop. Inspired by loud art rock bands like My Bloody Valentine, The House of Love, The Stone Roses, and Sonic Youth, Ride became synonymous with the nascent shoegaze scene, although they tried to avoid any sort of label. The band made their live debut in 1988 at a holiday party hosted by North Oxfordshire College, where Bell, Gardener, and Colbert attended school. After Jim Reid of The Jesus and Mary Chain heard a track from their demo, the band piqued the interest of former JAMC manager Alan McGee, who signed Ride to his Creation Records label after they toured alongside The Soup Dragons in 1989.

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Just Announced Bay Area Summer Shows with Playboi Carti, Nick Cannon, Greta Van Fleet, Cody Jinks with Ben Haggard + more

Posted by Billyjam, June 13, 2018 11:43pm | Post a Comment
Self-titled album by Playboi Carter (also on CD) who will be headlining the Warfield in SF
 on July 24th as part of the ATL rapper's just announced summer 2018 tour
Infusing further heat into an already hot and exciting upcoming summer concert season in the Bay Area, concert promoters Goldenvoice this evening announced even more cool shows for the summer months ahead. These include ATL rap star Playboi Carti whose just announced summer tour will include him headlining The Warfield in San Francisco on July 24th with tix ($32.50 to $50) avail from Thursday (6/14) at 10am. Also just announced is the Led Zeppelin-esque, hard rockin’ Greta Van Fleet who will headline City National Civic in San Jose (9/18) with tix ($39.50 +) going on sale this Friday at 10am. Expanding upon the title and theme of his popular MTV series, just announced is the Nick Cannon Presents Wild ‘N Out Live, tour with a planned Bay Area stops on  September 30th at Golden 1 Center in San Jose and Oct 6th at Oracle Arena in Oakland. General tix on sale Friday, June 15 at 10am.
 
Other just announced summer shows for the Bay Area include Texas star Cody Links with Ben Haggard opening at the Warfield in SF on August 4th (tix $25 - $100 on sale 06/15 at 10am), and noted hip-hop producer RJD2 (Mad Men theme etc.) who headlines Slim’s in SF on August 17th with tickets ($25 - $50) going on sale Friday (6/15) at 10am. Also just announced is a just added additional show by  Panic! at The Disco show at Oracle Arena. Tickets for the show and tour, that will coincide with the forthcoming new Panic! At The Disco’s album Pray For The Wicked (also on LP), go on sale this Friday June 15th at 10am.

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Top 20 Hip-Hop Vinyl New Releases: Roc Marciano, Migos, DJ Woody, EPMD, J Dilla, Guru's Jazzmatazz, Del +AmpLive, Skyzoo +

Posted by Billyjam, June 13, 2018 03:58pm | Post a Comment

The trend of the past several years of new vinyl pressings overtaking new CDs been pressed up, in terms of favorable physical format, continues to grow each week with the number of hip-hop vinyl releases far outweighing that of CD releases each week in 2018. This top twenty list of hip-hop vinyl releases, in no particular order, includes new and recent vinyl pressings spanning the past several weeks up to the most recent date (6/8/18). As well as 12" albums these include some 7" releases such as UK mixed media producer / DJ Woody's Ear Wax 7" (Woodwurk),  Stro Elliot's Soul II Stro / The Egyptian Way (7")  (Street Corner Music) and  DJ Sausage Fingaz' battle DJ tool themed 1-2 Knockouts Vol. 1 (7") (Dinked Records). 

The full-length album on vinyl titles in this list of 20 releases include both new 2018 (and some 2017) albums finally getting vinyl versions, as well as a grip of older era hip-hop albums getting reissued on vinyl after been out of print for a long time. Examples of these include previous decade hip-hop releases from Mobb Deep starring Havoc and the late great Prodigy (inc. 1999's Murda Muzik as 2LP pictured above and their 2001 album Infamy 2LP both via Sony Legacy), Diamond & The Psychotic Neurotics' golden era classic Stunts, Blunts & Hip Hop 2LP (Music On Vinyl), and the power duo of EPMD whose landmark albums, their 1988 debut  Strictly Business 2LP and 1989's Unfinished Business 2LP both recently reissued as by Capitol). Another recent reissue on vinyl is GURU's Jazzmatazz Vol. 1 [Deluxe Edition] Vinyl 3LP.  This expanded new deluxe triple vinyl set, via Virgin, revisits the late great Gang Starr emcee's early nineties side jazz project  with Branford Marsalis and others, Jazzmatazz.

Some Vikings for my Liking

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, June 11, 2018 07:20pm | Post a Comment

By Kai Wada Roath
Ambassador of Confusion Hill and host of the Super Shangri-La Show

The Vikings"Across the rainbow bridge of Asgard,
Where the booming heavens roar.
You'll behold in breathless wonder,
The God of Thunder, Mighty Thor!"
~ The Mighty Thor theme from the 1966 cartoon

When I was a kid of just 10 years old, I would ride my Huffy down to the docks with my crab net on my back and spend the day hauling up rock crabs to later throw in a boiling cauldron before having a feast with my nutcracker. This is not the case for Tony Curtis in The Vikings (1958) in which he is sentenced to death by being tied in a low pool to be eaten alive by crabs.

In my humble opinion, this movie is the best Viking movie to this day. I mean, it's a no-brainer, Kirk Douglas has one eye and seeks revenge, and Ernest Borgnine is his dad, drinking out of a horn ...and it's narrated by Orson Welles!

If you live near Bagdad by the Bay, you can see The Vikings on the big screen at the historic Balboa Theatre in San Francisco this coming Wednesday, June 13th at 7:30pm and also buy it on DVD or Blu-ray at Amoeba and keep it in your Odin's Treasure Vault at home.

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Top Ten Hip-Hop Albums (Video Version): Planet Asia, J Dilla, Saweeti, Philty Rich, Sami Baha, Del + AmpLive, XXXTentacion +

Posted by Billyjam, June 11, 2018 06:57pm | Post a Comment
Top Ten Hip-Hop Albums Chart [Video Version]


1: J Dilla Dilla's Mix The Instrumentals LP/vinyl also on CD (PayDay)

In the number slot of this new Top 20 hip-hop album releases chart (video version), that spans album releases from the several weeks, is both the CD and vinyl versions of the late J Dilla's album Ruff Draft: Dilla's Mix / aka Dilla's Mix The Instrumentals LP/vinyl also on CD (PayDay). The vinyl version arrived into Amoeba on Friday (June 8th) following the 2CD version that dropped a few weeks previously.  Over an hour in length the album is the latest reissue version of Dilla’s album that was originally released back in 2003 as a ten track EP (reportedly recorded within a week). Then four years later following his tragic death, it was reissued as a full length expanded 2CD remastered album as the 2007 release via Stones Throw that most are familiar with. For more background on this album and Dilla himself check out the wonderful video below: J Dilla: Ruff Draft Tribute video from the Ruff Draft release/tribute party in Toronto 2007 featuring interviews with Frank-N-Dank and J.Rocc.

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New Green Room Session with Marlon Williams

Posted by Amoebite, June 11, 2018 12:20pm | Post a Comment

Marlon Williams Amoeba Green Room Sessions

New Zealand singer/songwriter Marlon Williams swung by Amoeba Hollywood recently for cool Green Room Session with his backing band The Yarra Benders, comprised of Gus Agars, Dave Khan, and Ben Woolley. The set starts with the darkly romantic "Vampire Again," a jangly, indie croon that builds to a shoegaze-y, fuzzy freak out. Next up is the Misfits/Damned horror-pop, by way of Johnny Marr, "Party Boy," an uptempo, punchy dance rocker from his latest LP release, Make Way For Love, which is available now via Dead Oceans.

Williams is currently touring Australia and Europe.

Watch the full video below:

Marlon Williams - Amoeba Green Room Session
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Sidewalk Sale at Amoeba Hollywood Saturday, June 16

Posted by Amoebite, June 11, 2018 11:58am | Post a Comment

Sidewalk Sale at Amoeba Hollywood

Amoeba Hollywood's first sidewalk sale of the summer is this Saturday, June 16th. We'll have crazy good deals on DVDs, Blu-rays, CDs, vinyl, T-shirts & more 12pm-4pm. Be sure to check out our freshly stocked 45s for $1 each! 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:

  • DVDs: 3 for $5 or $2 each
  • DVD box sets: 2 for $5 or $3 each
  • Blu-ray: 3 for $10 or $4 each
  • 8-tracks: $0.25 each
  • LPs: $1.99 and under
  • Classical LPs: 3 for $1
  • T-shirts: $5 and under
  • 45s: $1 each
  • Lots of toys, mugs and collectibles

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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