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Top 10 Hip-Hop LPs: Marvel variants LL Cool J, GZA & 50 Cent, Lndn Drgs, Busdriver, Eminem, Ghostface Killah, Damu, Cardi B, Illa J

Posted by Billyjam, December 8, 2018 01:36pm | Post a Comment

#01 Lndn Drugs (Jay Worthy & Sean House) Aktive LP (also on CD) (GDF Records)

Just a glimpse at the album art of Aktive LP (released on CD two months ago and now finally on vinyl) triggers one’s hip-hop brain to think of the LBC and SoCal G-Funk era for good reason. The album artwork is done by Joe Cool who is the very same artist who painted Snoop Doggy Dogg's classic 1993 debut Doggystyle LP (also on CD) album cover while Lndn Drgs two members, rapper Jay Worthy from Compton and producer Sean House from Vancouver, pay homage to the era but in an updated modern fashion even including among their album’s well chosen guests is South Central Jheri-curled emcee talent G Perico (on the tracks "Uza Trikk" and "La Quinta") whose image and dope mic style is a direct link back to that of  Compton pioneer DJ Quik. Also note that last year G Perico and Jay Worthy along with Dallas producer Cardo formed the G-Funk flavored collaborative group G-Worthy.

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Tribute To Legacy of Pioneering Influential Artist Pete Shelley [1955-2018] Co-Founder of Seminal 70’s UK Punk Band Buzzcocks

Posted by Billyjam, December 7, 2018 11:43am | Post a Comment

Sad news emerged yesterday that Buzzcocks lead singer/guitarist Pete Shelley had died from a suspected heart attack, as first reported on social media by his surviving younger brother Gary McNeish. Aged 63 the British artist born Peter Campbell McNeish, who enjoyed a career as both solo artist and co-founder of seminal UK punk band Buzzcocks, had been living in Estonia up until his passing on the morning of December 6th, 2018.

In 1975 while attending college Shelley and Howard Devoto co-founded the early era UK punk band Buzzcocks who made their influential debut performance opening for the Sex Pistols in Manchester in 1976. In January 1977 they released their debut record, the Spiral Scratch EP which, following the Sex Pistols, The Damned, and The Vibrators, was among the original wave of UK punk releases.

Not long after the release of Spiral Scratch in 1977 Howard Devoto left the band with Shelley then moving center stage as lead singer/songwriter and guitarist. As such he honed the band’s distinctive power-punk style.

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Numerous Kate Bush Albums Recently Remastered & Reissued As LPs/CDs + As Part of New Box Sets - Includes “Hounds Of Love”

Posted by Billyjam, December 5, 2018 05:15am | Post a Comment

Over the past few weeks much of the rich back catalog of iconic UK singer/songwriter/musician Kate Bush has been remastered and reissued by Parlophone and Rhino in both LP and CD as well as in newly assembled CD and LP box sets. Found on the first page of Amoeba’s online store Kate Bush section [some limited to one per customer] these include the 4LP Remastered In Vinyl II [Box Set]  which includes Hounds of Love LP, The Sensual World LP and The Red Shoes 2LP,  and the 7CD box set Remastered Part I which includes the albums The Kick Inside, Lionheart, Never For Ever, The Dreaming, The Red Shoes, The Sensual World and Hounds of Love. The latter Bush album (contained on both of these CD and LP box sets) has also been recently remastered and reissued as Hounds of Love LP and Hounds Of Love CD and is worthy of being in every music collection; it's that amazing an album!


Pre-order from Amoeba Upcoming Vinyl LP Releases by: Deerhunter, HOMESHAKE, Sophie, Trixie Mattel, Robyn [Video Version]

Posted by Billyjam, December 4, 2018 03:53pm | Post a Comment


Here are just five of the anticipated upcoming vinyl LP pressings that can be pre-ordered now from Amoeba Music by simply clicking on the linked highlighted blue titles of each album referenced, beginning with Trixie Mattel. This upcoming Friday, December 7th, the artist born Brian Michael Firkus but best known as, multi-talented drag star that came to fame via RuPaul's Drag Race, Trixie Mattel’s two-album compilation set will be released on clear and pink colored vinyl Two Birds, One Stone LP by ATO Records.

A week later on December 14th the label will release the CD version of the two album compilation set, that combines last year’s Two Birds album and March 2018’s album One Stone - both indie self-released titles. Below is the music video for Trixie Mattel album song "Mama Don't Make Me Put On The Dress Again."
 
December 14th is the date that Scottish electronic producer Sophie’s debut studio album (initially unveiled six months ago) will be available on vinyl: Oil Of Every Pearl's Un-Insides LP.  The record label Future Classics will also release the CD Oil Of Every Pearl's Un-Insides that same date. The 40 minute, 9 song album includes the singles "It's Okay to Cry,” "Faceshopping" and "Ponyboy" (see video for latter below). 

Longtime fans of Atlanta indie rockers Deerhunter have been excited since the announcement by the band a month ago about the upcoming release of their eight studio album (first full-length since 2015’s Fading Frontier) that will arrive in Amoeba on January 18th, 2019 via the 4AD label:  Why Hasn't Everything Already Disappeared? [Grey Vinyl] LP  (also on CD that same date). Scroll down to see the music video for new Deerhunter album track “Death in Midsummer.”
The Sinderlyn record label will be releasing Peter Sagar’s recording project HOMESHAKE’s forthcoming fourth studio album Helium, featuring the lead single “Like Mariah” (scroll down to check out). The upcoming February 15th, 2019 release date will include two types of vinyl pressings, Helium regular vinyl LP and Helium aqua vinyl LP (plus Helium CD

Beloved Scandinavian dance pop diva Robyn will follow up the recent of her album Honey CD release of with the vinyl version of Honey LP via Interscope on December 14th. The  9 song, 40 minute album was reviewed in part by Amoeba as, "addictive as ever, the beats as electric — yet there’s a darker, more vulnerable intensity than was present on much of her earlier defiantly cool output.... One of Robyn’s strongest works, Honey packs a unique one-two punch; it’s equally appropriate for sophisticated danceterias and intimate bedroom listening.”

New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Ethan Hawke

Posted by Amoebite, December 4, 2018 03:20pm | Post a Comment

Ethan Hawke - What's In My Bag?

We had the pleasure of sitting down with actor, writer, and director Ethan Hawke at Amoeba Hollywood recently to discuss some of the albums and movies that had a particular place in his heart, including the outlaw country documentary Heartworn Highways. "I'm really grateful for this opportunity you've given me to talk about this movie," he told us. "It slices like a razor blade through your body and you open up, in a good way. There's something about it that really moves me." Hawke had much to say about all of his picks, both heartfelt and entertaining, making for a genuine and educational What's In My Bag? episode.

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Ethan Hawke has been nominated for four Oscars and a Tony. In 1989, Hawke had his breakthrough performance in the role of Todd Anderson in Dead Poets Society. His star continued to rise with the release of slacker comedy Reality Bites (1994), Before Sunrise (1995), Gattaca (1997), and Great Expectations (1998). Hawke accrued critical accolades thanks to his work in Waking Life (2001) and Training Day (2001). Along with co-writers Julie Delpy and Richard Linklater, Hawke received his first Academy Award nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay for his work on Before Sunset (2004), the sequel to Before Sunrise. The third film in The Before Trilogy, Before Midnight (2013), garnered the trio another Best Adapted Screenplay nomination. Another collaboration with Linklater, 2014's Boyhood, was nominated for five Golden Globes (winning three), five BAFTA awards (winning one), and six Academy Awards (winning one). 

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