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New Vinyl Reissues From Sia, Fleetwood Mac, The Beatles and More

Posted by Amoebite, May 26, 2017 02:32pm | Post a Comment

Vinyl Reissues out May 26

Memorial Day weekend is upon us, and with the holiday comes a slew of new vinyl reissues. If you're a classic rock fan, a Sia fan, OR a classic rock fan who loves Sia, you'll want to perk up your ears and read on to find out about the special releases hitting our shelves today. Lots of your old favorites are getting dusted off and spiffed up -- and they don't just look good, they sound great, too.

Here's what to look for to make your vinyl collection bigger and better.

Burnin' Sky

Bad Company - Burnin' Sky

Released for the first time in 1977, Burnin' Sky has been remastered and pressed on 180-gram vinyl. The LP reissue features several bonus tracks, including an early version of "Too Bad" with vocal duties performed by guitarist Mick Ralphs.

Run with the Pack

Bad Company - Run with the Pack

Amoeba Music Celebrates Birthdate of Late Legendary, Influential Jazz Artist Miles Davis With 20% Storewide Sale

Posted by Billyjam, May 26, 2017 12:38pm | Post a Comment
Miles Davis' 1959 Kind of Blue (also on LP/vinyl) is a landmark album not just for jazz, but all music

"If you only get to own two Miles Davis albums? Hmmm: that's a hard one because he has so many essential collectables. I mean he's the greatest. But if only two Miles albums then I would have to narrow it down to Kind of Blue first. That's a given. And I think most would agree. But for the second MIles album I think would have to recommend  Sketches Of Spain. That was from that same period, released in 1960 a year after Kind of Blue," said Dick Conte when interviewed by the Amoeblog this week. The reason we reached out to the KCSM DJ, whose past radio stations include legendary bygone era Bay Area jazz radio station KJAZ (1959 - 1994), was because today is the birth date of Miles Davis who died at age 65 back in 1991.

The highly influential jazz trumpeter and composer Miles Davis was born on May 26th, 1926. And in recognition of the date and the jazz icon himself, all day today at all three Amoeba Music stores is a 20% sale on all Miles Davis releases and related product (LPs, CDs, cassettes, DVDs, posters, books etc.). This Amoeblog, the fifth in a weeklong series of celebrating important artists' birthdays, is a brief tribute to the man and his vast important back-catalog, and a sort of crash course in what to get by Miles Davis if you are only now beginning to build a collection of the legendary jazz artist's work.

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Happy 59th Birthday Paul Weller [Video Version: Solo, The Style Council, The Jam]

Posted by Billyjam, May 25, 2017 09:07am | Post a Comment

Born in 1958 on this date, May 25th, UK singer, songwriter, guitarist Paul Weller (aka The Modfather) today celebrates his 59th birthday. Happy birthday Paul and thank-you for providing the world with so much great music from your seminal days with The Jam (with Bruce Foxton & Rick Buckler)  through your years with The Style Council (with Mick Talbot etc.) and all your later solo work up to the present. As a fan of Weller's since 1977 when he arrived with his punk / mod revivalist / power-pop trio The Jam, I have always admired the artist for not just his musical skills, but his passion for all types of music from punk to funk to soul and jazz and house and, more importantly, his commitment to follow his heart and go with his gut. Weller has always been an artist who made the music that he wanted to, not what some record company exec dictated to him. And it is because of this insistence on sticking to his gut and soul, I believe, that Weller has been such a prolific artist. Even excluding the body of work with The Jam and The Style Council, Weller's released an impressive 20 + solo albums (studio, live, and compilations).  So in honor of this occasion, which is part 4 of this week's special Amoeblog Birthday Week series that began on Monday with Morrissey, below are over thirty videos from throughout Weller's long illustrious career. Spanning several decades and in chronological order, most are music videos or concert clips or TV performances (inc. Top Of The Pops) but also included is a cool music related interview from 2013 when Weller visited Amoeba Hollywood and took part in a What's In My Bag? (WIMB) episode. Whenever applicable the name of the album that a song is from is included with a link to the Amoeba.com shop page where you can order the album, most of which are vinyl pressings (Free Shipping anywhere in the USA). Thanks for checking out this birthday blog and be sure to view the others: May 22nd Morrissey, May 23rd Maxwell, Rosemary Clooney, & Robert Moog, May 24th Bob Dylan, and tomorrow May 26th will be Miles Davis.

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Tickets for Lil Yachty's 'Teenage Groove' Prom Available at Amoeba Hollywood May 25

Posted by Amoebite, May 24, 2017 03:24pm | Post a Comment

Lil Yachty Prom in LA

Lil Yachty is throwing a Teenage Groove prom in Los Angeles Thursday, May 25th and Amoeba Hollywood has your tickets to this awesome event! Just pre-order his new CD, Teenage Emotions, in-store only at Amoeba Hollywood starting at 10:30am on May 25th and you'll get an invitation to prom. Lil Yachty will be performing, plus there will be a contest for "best dressed" and prom king and queen, so come looking sharp in your best prom attire. There will also be plenty of food and drink, including alcohol for the 21+ fans.

Lil Yachty Teenage EmotionsWhat: Lil Yachty Teenage Groove Prom

Where: Loews Hotel in Hollywood

When: Thursday, May 25th. Doors at 7:30pm

Tickets: Available with in-store pre-order at Amoeba Hollywood starting at 10:30am on May 25th (while supplies last). 1 pre-order will get you 1 ticket, and there's a max 5 per person. 

Please note, it's an all-ages event, but if you're under 18 you need to bring a parent or guardian with you and they will need their own ticket.

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Lil Yachty's debut full-length album, Teenage Emotions, is officially out on CD May 26th. It merges his signature gleeful sing-rap and auto-tuned transmissions with hip-hop bombast, pop, and eighties cultural touchstones. The 19-year-old Atlanta native is proudly genre-defying, mining hip-hop, alternative, and indie sounds, as well as his hometown Atlanta trap DNA to solidify his mosaic approach. The album is a reflection of young lives right now, from happiness to social media-saturated heartbreak to the dance floor, caught in a sound that effortlessly and constantly bounces from rap to pop to something entirely its own. Personally, the nineteen-year-old strives to promote positivity and good vibes. It caters to a teenager's everyday lifestyle -- heartbreak, happiness, and that vibe when you wake up in the morning and just wanna dance.

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In Celebration of Bob Dylan Turning 76 + Amoeba's 20% Off Sale, A Career Overview & Guide To Building Essential Dylan Library

Posted by Billyjam, May 24, 2017 01:14pm | Post a Comment


Today's installment in this weeklong Amoeblog birthday series, which honors Bob Dylan's 76th birthday with an accompanying Amoeba Music instore 20% off sale today, is the series' most important and personal for me. The artist born Robert Allen Zimmerman in Duluth, Minnesota, on May 24th, 1941 has for me consistently ranked as among the most important artists of all time, of all genres. A dedicated fan since I was just a little kid too young to understand his deeply layered lyrics, when my dad introduced me to him via his repeated plays of the albums Bringing It All Back Home (also avail on 180 gram vinly LP and on 2LP MFSL reissue as cover above) and Nashville Skyline (also avail on MSFL reissue vinyl), I credit both my musically diverse late father and Bob Dylan's music for giving me an appreciation of American music from Woody Guthrie's protest folk era, to country music (including my intro to Johnny Cash) and most importantly preparing me for rap music, in particular the rhyming structure of hip-hop. So for this birthday week Amoeblog series on Dylan I will provide a random timeline of Dylan events: tracing such moments as his famous mid sixties press conference in San Francisco up to his 2016 Nobel prize in literature. Also included  in this piece are references to many key Dylan albums / a suggested rough guide to building the basic essential Dylan music collection. Naturally with such a deep body of work (the online Amoeba shop numbers 400 Dylan titles!) this piece will only scratch the surface. Note that all Bob Dylan product found at Amoeba (LP, CD, DVD, posters etc.) are on 20% off sale today and instore only at Amoeba's three locations: Berkeley, San Francisco, and Hollywood.

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Birthday Week Part 2: Rosemary Clooney, Maxwell, and Robert Moog

Posted by Billyjam, May 23, 2017 10:38pm | Post a Comment

In continuation of yesterday's Amoeblog tribute to Morrissey's 58th birthday and the Amoeba Music one-day storewide 20% off sale on all Morrissey and The Smiths product to celebrate the date, we continue the birthday theme today by honoring three diverse artists whose birthday fell on this date of May 23rd: Rosemary Clooney, Maxwell, and Robert Moog. In the case of the latter artist/creator, whose legacy was celebrated over this past weekend with the annual MoogFest in North Carolina, select music artists whose careers were influenced by the moog synth creator will also be celebrated in this second birthday week Amoeblog installment.   Note tomorrow Wednesday, May 24th, Bob Dylan's 76th birthday will be celebrated with both a tribute Amoeblog as well as  one-day 20% off instore sale on the artist's releases And then on Friday this week, May 26th: birth date of the late Miles Davis,  the jazz great's legacy will similarly be celebrated in this one-week series.
Born on this date in 1934 and died in August 2005 at age 75,  Robert Moog was the inventor of the Moog synthesizer five and a half decades ago and, as such, widely credited with being a pioneer of electronic music.  It was in 1965 when the Moog company rolled out the commercially available modular voltage-controlled analog synthesizer systems. The radical musical creation would alter and help shape the course of popular music over the next half century. His electronic synthesizer keyboard instrument, that originally cost $11,000, counted among its earliest owners The Beatles, Sun Ra, and Mick Jagger after its introduction at the Monterey Pop Festival in 1967. As noted by such academics as Cornell University professor of Science and Technology Studies, Trevor Pinch Moog's creation and his name are often mispronounced. Moog rhymes with "rogue" not with "fugue" as it has repeatedly been mispronounced dating back to its earliest usage.

Among the earliest artists associated with the history of the Moog synth included Walter Carlos (later Wendy Carlos), Diana Ross & The Supremes, The Doors, and The Byrds followed by such others as  Rick Wakeman of Yes, Keith Emerson, Kraftwerk, and Gary Numan. Another fan of using the Moog synth, although not often associated with the instrument, was Bob Marley, But it was the aforementioned Walter / Wendy Carlos provided many music fans first introduction to the Moog with 1968 release of the crossover classical album Switched-On Bach which reworked Bach's pieces on this then new instrument. But in terms of the first big pop hit for the Moog as the main instrumentation, that occurred a few years later with the 1972 international pop hit single "Popcorn" by Hot Butter (song below) which was actually a cover of the song Gershon Kingsley wrote and first recorded in 1969 for his album Music to Moog By and done by numerous other artists including Jean-Michel Jarre who was recently featured on the Amoeblog for his WIMB? appearance.

Five-Beer Mission to Explore Strange New Worlds

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, May 23, 2017 07:42pm | Post a Comment

Star Trek & Beers

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

Turkish Star Trek"Human beings do not survive on bread alone, you poor, soulless creature, but on the nourishments of liberty. For what indeed is a man without freedom, naught but a mechanism, trapped in the cogwheels of eternity."

~ Harcourt “Harry” Fenton Mudd

Just as Manchego cheese is paired with Pinot Noir, five beers should be paired with watching the 1973 Turkish cult-classic Omer the Tourist in Star Trek (known simply to most as Turkish Star Trek), where the Enterprise picks up a goofy Turkish hobo and then must deal with a salt-sucking vampire. Despite being filmed six years before the official Star Trek motion picture, this mind-boggling movie is not shown at many sci-fi or foreign film festivals, but it has been known to teleport to Amoeba’s used movie section from time to time, or, as Cyndi Lauper would say, time after time.

Five beers also go very nicely with listening to Star Trek themed bands in the garage with your friends. Bands such as Thee Shatners (with an amazing B side on the LP), The Encounters, Warp 11, Stovokor, No Kill I, and The Vulcaneers (with their hit record Beat Me Off Scotty) are guaranteed to entertain guests for hours and non-Trek loving friends for at least a half an hour.

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

Posted by Amoebite, May 23, 2017 02:49pm | Post a Comment

Watsky What's In My Bag? Amoeba Music

"I generally am of the strong opinion that the Vince Guaraldi Christmas album and the Oscar Peterson Christmas album are the best Christmas albums of all time," says rapper and writer Watsky while holding up The Isley Brothers' album I'll Be Home For Christmas. "But I'm willing to give Isley Brothers' Christmas a chance." Watsky was at Amoeba Hollywood recently picking up some records that were near and dear to him, as well as some albums he hadn't heard yet, including the aforementioned holiday album. A you would expect from the lauded writer and lyricist he had some interesting things to say about all of his picks.

George Virden Watsky, better known, simply, as Watsky, began his career as a highly-acclaimed slam poet. Considered the Bay Area's reigning teen slam poetry champion in the mid-'00s, he racked up Watsky x Infinity titles like Youth Speaks Grand Slam Poetry Champion and Brave New Voices International Poetry Slam Champion. He has appeared on HBO's Russell Simmons Presents Def Poetry Season Six.

Watch Dungen Perform Live at Amoeba Hollywood

Posted by Amoebite, May 22, 2017 04:51pm | Post a Comment

Dungen Live at Amoeba Hollywood

A day after performing their own soundtrack to the 1926 animated film The Adventures of Prince Achmed at The Getty Center, Swedish psyche-rock band Dungen stopped by Amoeba Hollywood to play selected songs from their score, which was released in album form as Haxan. Though Dungen are no strangers instrumental freak-outs and jams, Haxan marks the release of their first all Dungen Haxan -instrumental record. The quartet were in top form on stage, creating a hypnotizing blend of atmospheric textures, musical grandeur, and funky grooves.

The video starts with "Haxan," a darkly triumphant march, led by front-man Gustav Ejstes' piano and accented by Reine Fiske's economic, but piercing, guitar lines. Next is "Aladdin och Lampan," a funky number with jazz chords, psychedelic jazz flute and a some killer bass riffs. The band closed their set with "En Gång Om Året," a song off their 2015 album Allas Sak, a piano driven psyche-ballad that lets Ejstes' vocals to shine through.

Check out the performance below:

Dungen - Live at Amoeba Hollywood
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Happy 58th Birthday Morrissey: Amoeba Music Celebrates Date With Instore 20% Sale Today On All Morrissey and The Smiths Items

Posted by Billyjam, May 22, 2017 10:17am | Post a Comment

Amoeba Music wishes a very happy birthday to Morrissey who turns 58 today: May 22nd, 2017. In recognition of the celebratory occasion, Amoeba is throwing a 20% off sale on all Morrissey solo and The Smiths releases, as well as on all related items. Happening all day today the sale includes all formats (CD, vinyl, cassette, DVD etc.) and extends to any merch (T-shirts, posters, etc.) for Morrissey or The Smiths. [Note: This 20% off The Smiths / Morrissey sale is during business hours all day today, May 22nd, in each of the three Amoeba stores: Berkeley, San Francisco and Hollywood. Also note that there will be two other birthday related 20% sales later this week: Wednesday for Bob Dylan who turns 76 and Friday, May 26th, for the late Miles Davis]

On May 22nd, 1959  Steven Patrick Morrissey was born with "Irish Blood, English Heart" in Lancashire, England.  The uniquely talented singer/songwriter, known affectionately as Moz, first came to wide fame and acclaim between 1983 and 1984 with singles like "Hand In Glove," "This Charming Man," "What Difference Does It Make," and "Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now." All of these were iconic singles by The Smiths: the short-lived band he formed in 1982 with guitarist Johnny Marr, bassist Andy Rourke and drummer Mike Joyce. And although the band would break up in 1987 after only five years together their popularity never faltered over the years/decades since thanks to a combination of the influential indie band's solid back-catalog and Morrissey's consequent prolific solo career.  Scroll down to see both The Smiths and Morrissey's discographies. Also below are a series of videos capturing  highlights of the careers of The Smiths and of Morrissey solo as artist and as public figure: one known for his advocacy of such issues as animal rights and vegetarianism, and for never been afraid to speak his mind.

Hip-Hop Top Ten: 05:21:17: Damu The Fudgemunk, DJ Rhettmatic, Dorrough, Dr. Octagon, Funky DL, Artifacts, Paul Nice +

Posted by Billyjam, May 21, 2017 10:33pm | Post a Comment

As outlined in the top ten list below and heard in the video clips by scrolling even further down, there's a real nice diverse offering of new hip-hop releases to arrive into Amoeba Music this past new release date: Friday May 19th. Incorporating various formats (LP, CD, cassette) in both brand new and new reissue edition releases there's lots to chose from with Topping the anticipated 3LP, 20th Anniversary Edition version of Dr Octagon's Dr Octagonecologyst 3LP 20th Anniversary Set.topping the top ten. Featuring veteran NYC emcee Kool Keith's Dr. Octagon alias (the alter ego he had killed off years ago) with project producer/mastermind Dan the Automator plus San Francisco turntablist legend DJ Qbert (also DJ Shadow in there) this new package celebrates the 20th anniversary of the hugely popular, critically acclaimed mid-nineties release. Technically 20+ years since its 1996 release, the album featuring Dan's deep quirky production and Kool Keith's absurdist alter-ego / high-concept character, upon its mid nineties release  Dr. Octagonecologyst stood apart from other hip-hop at the time and managed to additionally appeal to non rap music fans.

New Third Season Episodes Of "Better Call Saul" Prompt Revisiting "Breaking Bad"

Posted by Billyjam, May 21, 2017 10:01am | Post a Comment


SPOILER ALERT for Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul: The current exciting third season of Better Call Saul (Mondays on AMC: 10/9c) has been rapidly kicking into full gear, especially the past two episodes of the Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould created show. A spin-off prequel of Gilligan's Breaking Bad, this latest season of Better Call Saul has picked up speed and come full circle in catching up to the plot lines and characters from the iconic TV series that inspired it.  Hence many diehard fans like myself have been trying to remember exact details from Breaking Bad, that first began airing nine years ago, regarding its characters and their roles including actor Bob Odenkirk's Saul Goodman who was the alter ego of Odenkirks' Jimmy McGill.

For example when did the temporarily disbarred lawyer McGill, whom we just witnessed morph into morally challenged lawyer to the criminals "Saul Goodman," first get introduced in the original Breaking Bad series? Answer: it was in Episode 8 of Season 2, that first aired on April 26th 2009, in an episode fittingly entitled "Better Call Saul." That episode's opening scene unfolded with the not-so-smart drug-slanging character Brandon "Badger" Mayhew, played by actor Matt L. Jones, been busted at an Albuquerque bus-stop bench. As seen in photo still above that bus-stop bench was coincidentally emblazoned with a "Better Call Saul" banner ad. [Breaking Bad began airing on AMC back in January 2008 and would run for 62 episodes over five series through September 2013: available as Breaking Bad: The Complete Series]