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Amoeba Hollywood's Record Store Day 2018, Part 2

Posted by Amoebite, April 21, 2018 07:00pm | Post a Comment

Record Store Day 2018 at Amoeba Hollywood

As the line snaked around the corner and happy record shoppers scored some of the coolest picks from the menu of exclusive RSD titles, Record Store Day 2018 at Amoeba Hollywood kicked into high gear. Outside the store, shoppers were treated to free beverages from Soylent and Hubert's Lemonade, temporary tattoos, dog and cat food samples from Weruva, pizza from Delicious Pizza, and ice cream from Ice Cream Ian and his truck, courtesy of Warner Bros. Records. Music fans took their chances with our fantastic prize wheel, with each $1 spin raising funds for the Downtown Women's Center while others sat for Draw the Line Entertainment's caricature artist. 

Record Store Day 2018 at Amoeba HollywoodInside the store, the festivities kept going. Family Industries live silk-screened up a storm of tote bags and t-shirts, with all proceeds going to the Silverlake Conservatory of Music. Hundreds of lucky shoppers received Amoeba swag bags. As always, limited edition Record Store Day titles were the focus of the day, along with extra special savings on turntables, posters, used DVDs and Blu-rays, mugs, and books. Read Part One for a full recap of the morning.

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Amoeba Hollywood's Record Store Day 2018, Part 1

Posted by Amoebite, April 21, 2018 06:07pm | Post a Comment

Record Store Day 2018 at Amoeba Hollywood

Record Store Day kicked off with a bang this year, with eager collectors and fans lining up outside the store many, many hours before Amoeba Hollywood officially opened our doors. Friends were made, dream wish lists compiled, and treats were served to early morning attendees by the good folks at The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf. Watch the video below to see which RSD18 releases the vinyl enthusiasts in line were excited about today.

Here's our look back at some of the coolest things that happened this morning and a taste of the awesome events, sales, and exciting goings-on we had in store for visitors today.

Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf

Many shopping sprees were fueled by refreshments from The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf.

 

Silk Screening 2

Family Industries was here silk screening four unique RSD18 designs onto t-shirts and tote bags.

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Record Store Day 2018 at Amoeba SF: A Day in Pictures

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, April 21, 2018 05:08pm | Post a Comment

Record Store Day 2018 Amoeba Music San Francisco
Photos by Kelly Sweeney-Osato & Audra.

Saturday, April 21, 2018, marked the eleventh year of what has become the greatest holiday on earth. Yes, Amoeba SF, along with hundreds of independently owned music stores across the world, celebrated Record Store Day and it was glorious. We opened at 9am this year to a line that went down Haight Street and around the corner onto Stanyan, and around the corner again onto Waller! What could possibly make music fans line up so early on a Saturday, you ask? Why, limited edition releases, of course! This year's smash hits included Phish's Billy Breathes, a reissue of Chicano Batman's debut album, Arcade Fire on translucent blue vinyl, and so many more.

Folks were also lined up to get this year's limited edition Amoeba SF RSD t-shirt (screen printed by our friends at Free Gold Watch), partake in our sales, and groove to the happening sounds of our guest DJs Bearzbub, Simon Guzman, and The B-Side Brujas. At 1pm, a whole new crop of fans showed up to see Twin Shadow perform live.

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Avicii (1989 - 2018): 28 Year-Old EDM Star Swedish DJ/Producer's Career Had Been Both Extremely Successful and Stressful

Posted by Billyjam, April 21, 2018 01:03am | Post a Comment
Avicii's 2015 Island/Def Jam album Stories (also avail on vinyl/2LP set)

In August 2016 EDM star Swedish DJ Avicii, who died Friday April 20th at age 28, would do his very last performance (at Ushuaïa Ibiza) following his surprising announcement of retiring from touring. Only 26 years of age and at the peak of his successful career, the global star DJ / producer/remixer / musician born Tim Bergling  (known for such megahits as “Wake Me Up (feat. Aloe Blacc),” “Levels,” “Hey Brother” and “Lonely Together (feat Rita Ora)") would earn up to $250K a night. Citing physical and mental health reasons as his main reason to retire, he stopped performing altogether and took a much needed break.

From beginning his phenomenally successful career while still in his late teens, Avicii had been working really hard, going non-stop, gigging 300 nights out of the year and driving himself into physical and mental exhaustion. The heavy drinking habit he developed from using it as a way to calm his nerves before shows resulted in him suffering from acute pancreatitis, he first shared in a 2013 interview. In 2014 he was forced to take a break from scheduled tour dates after undergoing surgery to have his gallbladder and appendix removed.

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Bay Area 420 Guide: Hippie Hill, 420 Fest SF, Magnolia, CBCB, Rocker T, Styles P, Berner, 2 Chainz, Del + Amp Live, Princess Nokia + more

Posted by Billyjam, April 20, 2018 10:44am | Post a Comment



As you most likely already are well aware, today is April 20th, aka 420, the unofficial national annual holiday of weed and, with the recent passing of Prop 64, 2018 will be the first year that cannabis is fully legalized for adult-use in California. Consequently expect an even larger (crazier) number of participants to part-take in today's many happenings all over the State.  This Amoeblog is a guide to the 420 happenings in the Bay Area.

The big main event (as per flyer above) is in San Francisco; the annual now iconic Golden Gate Park 420 celebration at Hippie Hill by Sharon Meadow. Located near Stanyan and Kezar Drive, Hippie Hill is situated roughly between Haight Street and the Conservatory of Flowers in the eastern end of Golden Gate Park.
Follow the smoke and the crowds.

Since Hippie Hill is near Amoeba Music San Francisco down the end of Haight, you should stop in today to pick up the limited edition pressing (released today) of  Cheech & Chong's Up In Smoke 40th Anniversary Deluxe Edition LP. Scroll over image above for full details of contents of this reissue package that includes something that could come in handy today: Up In Smoke giant rolling papers.

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Evidence's 2018 album "Weather Or Not" Marks Career Turning Point For Vencie Beach Producer/Emcee (Amoeblog Interview)

Posted by Billyjam, April 19, 2018 11:41pm | Post a Comment
Evidence pictured in Venice Beach on cover of his new album Weather Or Not  (also blue vinyl/2LP) where, for the past 2 years, the talented producer/emcee has had to stay close to his home studio.

Sometime into the first half of the next decade highly revered SoCal hip-hop artist Evidence envisions himself holed up in his Venice Beach home studio with a long ass beard, a la Rick Rubin, producing young up-and-coming artists. That vision/goal is all part of a new five year plan that the longtime prolific artist recently hatched as the result of some life changing incidents over the past couple of years; as shared in his Amoeblog interview (scroll down to hear). These changes resulted in Evidence not going out on tour for the past couple of years, as he traditionally would have done, but instead stay close to his Venice Beach home/studio. There in addition to working on his own new solo album, Weather Or Not (also on blue vinyl/2LP set) via Rhymesayers, he's been channeling his creative energy into working with other artists. These have included producing albums/EPs for Madchild (The Darkest Hour), Defari (Rare Poise - also on vinyl/LP), and Domo Genesis. (Aren't U Glad You're U?).

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

Posted by Amoebite, April 19, 2018 11:32am | Post a Comment

Alice Bag What's In My Bag? Amoeba Music

Chicana punk legend Alice Bag visited Amoeba Hollywood recently and talked with us about the woman's narrative in rock and picked up albums by Javier Solis, Garbage, Chicano Batman, Shopping, and more in our latest What's In My Bag? episode. 

Alice Bag (née Alicia Armendariz) was born and raised in East Los Angeles. While a teenager, she met fellow traveler Patricia Morrison through their shared love of glam rock. The pair founded their first band, Femme Fatale, which eventually evolved into revered first wave punk band The Bags. With Alice Alice Bag Blueprintand Patricia both taking the stage surname Bag, the band performed their first show at The Masque in the fall of 1977. The release of their 1978 Survive 7" helped establish the band as one of the most promising acts in the nascent LA punk scene. It was the only recording released during the band's lifespan.

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A Cry For Cecil Taylor: My Avant Gardfather-1929-2018

Posted by Rick Frystak, April 18, 2018 07:57pm | Post a Comment

PHOTO: Peter Gannushk

1973 UCLA Royce Hall, a few nocthes up what it is today satus-wise as there just we'rent halls to showcase serious music. Big deal anytime or place, these artists in L.A. then, (Stevie Wonder) so the town was abuzz.  Cecil Taylor is here to play a solo piano recital. Lee has Rhino is stocked. Lingerers linger. There's a festival vibe, it was called Newport Jazz Fest west or whatever. This night just Cecil.

The concert begins. Each note, chord harmony, repetition, arpeggio, triad, cluster, question-and-answer; a sensation of logic and emotion. To some ,''noise''. This man went to the New York Concervatory.Cecil is here in UCLA playing a huge 10-foot Bosendorfer piano and the paint is already coming off the walls. 

OMG, it's Cecil my main man, my idol in the ''out'' music. I have "all" his albums. Tonight, Cecil has come from a whisper (he hadn't begun dancing out to the piano yet) to a brilliantly built mountain of sound.

It's getting more and more and more intense when all of a sudden, a man sitting almost dead-center takes his shirt off and begins dancing and...yelling!! I couldn't believe what I was seeing for a split second, but then that same feeling came over me, but I stayed in my seat.

He was swinging his ass ass off on ''Love for Sale". He was a terror "Akisakila"699

Record Store Day 2018 at Amoeba SF & Berkeley

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, April 17, 2018 06:11pm | Post a Comment

Record Store Day

On Saturday, April 21, 2018, hundreds of independently owned music stores across the world will simultaneously unite with the purpose of celebrating our culture and the unique place that record stores occupy both in their local communities and the world.

We'll have hundreds of limited edition, exclusive releases available that day in-store only. RSD product is limited to stock on hand and available on a first come, first served basis. No holds, no phone orders. Limit one copy per title per customer. We cannot accept any store coupons on RSD releases.

Record Store Day Amoeba San FranciscoWHAT'S HAPPENING AT AMOEBA SF:

-- We'll be open from 9am to 8pm! (Buy counter hours: 11am-8pm)

-- Record Store Day Gift Bags with purchase (while supplies last).

-- LIVE SILK SCREENING (9am - while supplies last)
Special Amoeba SF RSD 2018 design will be live screened onto t-shirts, brought to you by our good friends at Free Gold Watch. A portion of the proceeds from t-shirt sales will go to Taking It To The Streets SF!

-- SPECIAL SALES:

** 25% off used DVD & Blu-Ray

** 20% off turntables, posters, mugs & used books

-- TICKET GIVEAWAYS ON TWITTER
Follow @AmoebaSF on Twitter for Fillmore ticket giveaways all day long.

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Hip-Hop Rap-Up: Blu & Nottz, Prof, Rich The Kid, Calvin Valentine, Snoop Dogg, Too $hort, Record Store Day, Z-Man, Equipto + more

Posted by Billyjam, April 17, 2018 11:54am | Post a Comment
Super-duo of Blu & Nottz new album Gods In The Spirit, Titans In The Flesh
via Coal Mine Music and Fat Beats released on CD, LP and cassette formats

You may have noticed how, in the recent weeks approaching Record Store Day 2018 (this upcoming Saturday, April 21st), there appears to be a distinct increase in the number of new hip-hop releases arriving into Amoeba each Friday (new release day) with this most recent new releases day been no exception. Scroll down to see the full most recent Top Ten Hip-Hop Albums chart that includes in the number slot the recommended new collaboration of emcee Blu and producer Nottz; Gods In The Spirit, Titans In The Flesh that, in addition to CD format, has been released on CD, LP and cassette formats.

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10 Essential Soundtracks to Add to Your Record Store Day Wishlist

Posted by Amoebite, April 16, 2018 03:33pm | Post a Comment

10 Soundtracks Record Store Day

Record Store Day is just around the bend, with all three of our stores ready to rock you with a stacked lineup of special appearances, performances, sales, and of course, exciting exclusive releases. This year, the good people behind RSD have outdone themselves in a lot of ways, in particular, with a truly impressive lineup of soundtrack LPs. From cult films to genre classics to the recently rediscovered, these reissues promise cool extras, sweet tunes, and plenty of good times. Some of these are available in ultra-limited runs, while others have been out-of-print for quite some time.

If you're a cinephile / soundtrackphile, read on for our picks for RSD 2018's most compelling soundtrack reissues available at Amoeba on Saturday, April 21st.

Krush Groove

Various Artists - Krush Groove [OST]