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Record Store Day 2017 at Amoeba Hollywood

Posted by Amoebite, April 22, 2017 07:15pm | Post a Comment

Record Store Day 2017 at Amoeba Hollywood

After a very busy morning celebrating the tenth annual Record Store Day here at Amoeba Hollywood, the festivities were still going strong into the afternoon hours. We moved our remaining RSD exclusives (and the accompanying line) indoors, and the line snaked through the aisles. Inside the store, we had DJ sets from Harriet Brown (1pm), Gabby Moreno (3pm), and Cut Chemist (5pm). At 2pm, the legendary Seymour Stein of Sire Records and Warner Brothers fame joined us for a signing of the new Just Say 50 box set released for Record Store Day. We also had four very cool, limited edition RSD17 designs and our friends at Family Industries were here once again doing live silk screening on t-shirts and tote bags. And, of course, we gave of hundreds of free gift bags with purchase. Plus, today we released a new, limited edition Amoeba shirt!

Outside, the party continued! We were joined by LA Weekly, who gave out loads of cool schwag, and The Impossible Project, who set up an ultra cool Polaroid photo booth. Customers tried their luck with our prize wheel for $1 a spin; all proceeds benefit the Downtown Women's Center. Rene from Draw the Line Entertainment whipped up caricatures for kids and Weruva offered RSD-themed airbrush tattoos. (They also gave out samples of pet food.) Delicious Pizza was slinging slices for sale, and you could sample tasty (free) treats from Hubert's Lemonade and Body Factory. The Warner Bros. Truck was parked outside, offering complimentary ice cream and music treats.. At 5pm, we gave away some really nice speakers and headphones from Pioneer DJ

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Record Store Day 2017 at Amoeba SF: The Tenth Anniversary Edition!

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, April 22, 2017 05:42pm | Post a Comment

Record Store Day 4/22/2017 marks the tenth year for this unique holiday celebrating records, record stores, and the people who love them. The day has only become more sacred to those initiated into the Church of Vinyl, as we saw today at Amoeba SF. Folks started lining up as early as 4:20am (wink wink, but that's what we were told by the first in line!) to get first crack at exclusive releases from Prince, The Cure, Madonna, The Beatles, and so many more!

As has become tradition, the line to get into Amoeba SF spanned the McDonalds' parking lot and around the block. When these die hard music fans poured into the store at 10am to get those limited edition releases, they also partook of our all-day sales, live t-shirt silk screening with print-meisters Free Gold Watch, and DJ sets with Purple Pam (a.k.a. Pam the Funkstress of The Coup), Jay Midnight, B-Side Brujas, and more.

Experience the day all over again with our action-packed videos and photos!



Record Store Day 2017 Amoeba Music San Francisco

 

Amoeba Hollywood's Record Store Day 2017 Morning Recap

Posted by Amoebite, April 22, 2017 01:11pm | Post a Comment

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Music fans staked out their spots in line early yesterday evening, eagerly awaiting the moment we'd throw open our doors here at Amoeba Hollywood and give them the chance to pick up some coveted Record Store Day exclusives. By 8:30am the line traveled down Ivar, around the block, and back up Cahuenga. The good people at the Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf kept everyone in line this morning caffeinated, refreshed, and nourished, thanks to their awesome array of complimentary beverages and treats. Store employees kept busy pulling titles for customers who had waited in line and filled out menus in hopes of scoring some of the day's most popular titles. Some of the first releases to get snapped up included those by Keane, The Sundays, Jack White, Pink Floyd, and yesterday's birthday boy, Mr. Iggy Pop.

The festivities continue this afternoon with free gift bags, live silk screening, special guest DJ sets and signings. Outside the store you can give the prize wheel a spin, get a caricature or an RSD themed airbrush tattoo, and enjoy a veritable cornucopia of gastronomic delights and cool tunes. Full schedule can be found here. To get a glimpse of this morning's fun, watch the video and check out our photo gallery below full of cute kids, devoted fans, and RSD shenanigans.

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Hip-Hop Rap Up 04:22:17: New J Dilla, Ichy the Killer wins Bay DMC, J.Period's DJ Premier Tribute Mix, Record Store Day Vinyl + more

Posted by Billyjam, April 22, 2017 10:42am | Post a Comment
Top Five Hip-Hop Releases 04:21:17
1: J Dilla Motor City (avail in vinyl/LP) (Ma Dukes Official)

2: Camp Lo On The Way Uptown: The Uptown Saturday Night Demo (Persia Records)

3: Cas One & Figure  So Our Egos Don't Kill Us (Strange Famous)

4: Sixo The Odds Of Free Will (Fake Four Inc.)

5: Sean Price Monkey Barz LP + Jesus Price Superstar LP  (Duck Down)

The new releases chart this week includes a lot of older music: some reissued and some recently dug up and released after the fact. The all new releases include Sixo's The Odds Of Free Will on Fake Four Inc. and the new one from Jacob Snider. Snider is rapper Cas One signed to Sage Francis' Strange Famous label who, along with DJ/producer Figure, this week drops the album So Our Egos Don't Kill Us. Among the older music as new releases this week is the Camp Lo collection of rare and unreleased demos, via Persia Records, that previously had been floating around in digital and tape versions.  Aptly entitled On The Way Uptown: The Uptown Saturday Night Demo it is a nod to their 20 year old hip-hop classic Uptown Saturday Night. Included in this new 17 track release of older music is an earlier version of "Sparkle" as well as a rawer sounding demo version of “Krystal Karrington.” There's also  the "Sedgwick Ave. Demo" version of "This Is It (Luchini)" as well as such other tracks as "Superfly" and "Coolie High Is Life."

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First Anniversary of Prince's Death Coincides With Release Of Several Prince Vinyl Exclusives For Record Store Day

Posted by Billyjam, April 21, 2017 01:46pm | Post a Comment

Exactly one year ago on this date, April 21st, beloved prolific artist and pioneer of "the Minneapolis sound" Prince Rodgers Nelson died at age 57.  Just as they did on that sad day last year, all over the world today fans of the musical legend have been honoring the occasion and the man's legacy generally by playing his music sharing memories of the influential funk/pop multi-instrumentalist. Even late last night fans were already honoring the anniversary as they gathered at Paisley Park, the late artist's home and studio in Minneapolis, as part of Celebration 2017 which is four days of concerts honoring the musician. And today radio stations all over have been playing music from Prince's deep back catalog including by the many other artists that he wrote and produced for.

That Prince catalog will expand some tomorrow, Record Store Day 2017, when a slew of exclusive, limited edition vinyl Prince special issues will be unleashed in record stores including Amoeba where only one copy per customer is allowed.  The 2017 Record Store Day Prince vinyl will include a 7" 45 RPM double A-sided single, picture disc of "Little Red Corvette" / "1999" (pictured above). Another of the several Prince Record Store Day exclusives sure to have fans fiending for tomorrow is a 12" single vinyl pressing of "Pop Life" via Warner Brothers, the label that Prince released perhaps his most popular work on and who issued a bunch of LP vinyl reissues back in February as reported on the Amoeblog.

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DJ Traps & Bas-One Suggest How Tonight's 2017 DMC Bay Area DJ Regional Battle @ The Uptown Could Be Even Better

Posted by Billyjam, April 21, 2017 11:42am | Post a Comment


This weekend the 2017 DMC Regional Battles move west to California to the Bay and LA. In LA on Sunday afternoon, April 23rd, the Southern California 2017 DMC Los Angeles and the DMC US Scratch Finals will take place at Club Bleu Meanwhile the 2017 DMC Bay Area DJ Regional Battle is happening tonight, Friday April 21st, in Oakland at the Uptown at 9pm. There hip-hop turntable competitors from all over the Bay will converge to go into DJ battle against one another showcasing skills they've tirelessly practices for months on end. Then their performances will be studied and graded by a panel of judges that will include such respected figures of the vibrant longtime Bay Area DJ scene as DJ Cue, Pos Red, Vin Roc, Snayk Eyez, Mista B, and Teeko. Whoever impresses the judges the most to become the winner of the Regional, will in turn go on to rep the Bay Area in the 2017 DMC Nationals later this summer.   Last year DJ Traps won the Bay Regional title and consequently went on to the US Finals which he also won. Traps will be at tonight's battle, but as a performer doing both a showcase set (similar to a battle routine) and an extended partyrocking set. Meantime the host of tonight's event will be hip-hop scholar, emcee, and longtime Bboy BAS-One who will be sure keep the crowd both entertained and educated. Today the Amoeblog talked to both DJ Traps and BAS-One

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GOODBYE, ALLAN HOLDSWORTH, Remembering A Guitarist Like No Other.

Posted by Rick Frystak, April 20, 2017 05:48pm | Post a Comment

by Rick Frystak

On April 15, 2017, I was very saddened to be told that guitarist / violinist / composer Allan Holdsworth had passed away, leaving behind a legacy of recordings and for me, countless live performances I witnessed that will live forever in my soul. Along with being shocked, I just did not believe my brother's text that this news had happened. Fake? It was then that I was pointed to Facebook, where Allan's daughter had quietly and thoughtfully revealed her father's death.

The timing of his passing was, and is absolutely spooky. 2 weeks previously we had  seen Allan perform a celebratory gig to mark the release of a project in which I had participated in the production, and my brother Peter had provided photographs for: a huge, 12-CD box set of almost all of his albums,The Man Who Changed Guitar Forever. and a 2-CD set, Eidolon, of his ''best'' songs selected by Allan himself. I was grievously perplexed. I have to remind myself now that Allan had to be happy to see that the CD projects were on the store shelves. Dan Perloff, producer of the CDs for Manifesto Records, has said that the box set is already sold out. 

I first heard Allan while he was a member of the group Tempest., and their album Tempest. We knew immediately that this man was no ordinary guitarist. Then he turned up ''shredding'' in Tony Williams' new Lifetime, and the Believe It! LP. UK! Bruford! He had a fantastic rolling sound when he soloed, mixing the hammered-on notes at the frets with his picked notes, hitting every one. Ahh...but those notes! His solos reminded me (and others) of John Coltrane's ''sheets of sound'' effect, where the speed and accuracy made the sound almost like flowing liquid. His tone was like a dangerous animal in it’s own environment that no one dare go near, really swinging like hell with its unique voice and laughing with attitude. He had a progressive sentimentality about him, hand-stretching chords sweet and intimate, yet so powerful in their emotional impact, like 20th century classical music. He was so self-critical that often, incomprehensibly, he would say he hated his playing, in perhaps a feeling of not physically achieving what he was ''seeing'' in his heart.

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Signed Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross & Gustavo Santaolalla LP Coming to Amoeba Hollywood This Earth Day

Posted by Amoebite, April 20, 2017 12:19pm | Post a Comment

Before the Flood signed soundtrack LP

UPDATE: Due to overwhelming demand, we will now be auctioning off this item to the highest bidder at Amoeba Hollywood Saturday, 4/22 at 4pm. 

In addition to Saturday, April 22nd being Record Store Day, it's also Earth Day! At Amoeba Hollywood, we're making the most out of the day with a very special fundraising event benefiting TerraPass, a San Francisco-based organization founded to offset carbon emissions and foster climate change awareness. They do a lot of really cool stuff -- wind power initiatives,  turning garbage into electricity through landfill gas captures, and producing energy from farm animal waste -- in local communities across the country. So, we're pretty excited to have acquired a vinyl version of the soundtrack to the 2016 documentary Before The Flood signed by Academy Award-winning composers Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross & Gustavo Santaolalla; we will auction off our one copy this Saturday at 4pm from the stage with all proceeds going directly to TerraPass.

Released in 2016, Before the Flood was produced by Leonardo DiCaprio, Fisher Stevens, and friends to shine a light on the devastating impacts of climate change. Over the course of three years, the team traveled to locales around the world where residents are dealing with global warming and all its ills. In the documentary, DiCaprio et al. also take a look at some of the organizations working today to fight climate change, such as TerraPass.

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Bay Area 420 Guide: From Hippie Hill Fest & Stoner Karaoke to Hip-Hop Homages To Hemp

Posted by Billyjam, April 20, 2017 11:30am | Post a Comment

As in years past today, 4/20 or April 20th, is a day of celebration and homage to the cannabis plant with countless happenings, from small to large and formal to informal, taking place all over the Bay Area all day but especially at 4:20pm this afternoon. These include the big annual group smoke out at "Hippie Hill" in
San Francisco's Golden Gate Park which is at Sharon Meadow located in the Park at Kezar Dr. and John F Kennedy Drive (not far from Amoeba SF at the end of Haight St. where upstairs you can apply for or renew your medical marijuana card.) Known as the 420 Hippie HIll Festival the annual event is now officially recognized  by the City of San Francisco who have granted a permit to the all day happening that expects to see tens of thousands of visitors/tokers joining the celebration of the ganja and the right to legally use it. 

The "unified sound system for background music" means that various sound selectors will be providing weed themed tunes while the now fully legit and under permit from the City event means that there will be some changes from previous years. For example the entire area of Hippie Hill will be fenced off with added security (inside and outside the Park) plus extra medical emergency services provided with EMT and ambulances on-site. Additionally there will a welcome increase in the number port-o-potties provided. Free. Ages 18+ More info

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House Of Pain Meets Cypress Hill As Everlast Returns to His Hip-Hop Roots In New B-Real Collaboration

Posted by Billyjam, April 19, 2017 12:45pm | Post a Comment
Cypress Hill, House Of Pain and Psycho Realm joined forces in the dope new track and video (below) "Warporn Industry," that's part of the Warporn Industries project, which finds Everlast returning to his hip-hop roots in the B-Real collaboration. The song is an intro to the similarly titled new rap supergroup and its spinoff art collective WARPORN Industries. That's the superrap trio made up of Sick Jacken from Psycho Realm of whom B-Real is also a member, Divine Styler who first worked with Everlast three decades ago as part of Ice-T's Rhyme Syndicate collective, and of course Everlast who as Whitey Ford had gone acoustic for most of his post House Of Pain years. His 1998 Tommy Boy album Whitey Ford Sings The Blues   was reissued by Rhino last month.

Everalast's old friend B-Real, who makes a cameo on this one track, said of the full length project that it's “one of the best hip-hop albums I’ve heard in a long time: Sick beats and bars with substance by Sick Jacken, Divine Styler and Everlast.” The "album" B-Real refers to is in fact the 2017 WARTORN Industries mixtape that also features guest spots from Big Daddy Kane, Vinnie Paz (Jedi Mind Tricks), and Rakaa Iriscience (Dilated Peoples). So far the eleven track mixtape album is only a download but likely will be released physically in the future with B-Real, whom Everlast calls "my brother from another," guesting on only one track. Of the  House of Pain/CypresHill/Psycho Realm family connect, track producer Divine Styler said: "This is not a throwback, we're holding the eternal hip-hop flame period. Everlast proved it when he said one of the illest lyrics ever spit in,'Omnipotent variant ex-communicated" and the "fold time and space, all over the place.' He killed it."  Shot recently in Los Angeles, with director Chad A. Marshall favoring the many back alleys of LA as the appropriate backdrop to the music, the video for "Warporn Industry"  appears below.

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Ten More Recommended Picks for Record Store Day 2017 (for folks who don't know what to get)!

Posted by Kelly S. Osato, April 18, 2017 09:11pm | Post a Comment
Ever felt lost at Amoeba or so overwhelmed by the selections that you forget what you're looking for? Or, worse yet, you don't even know what to get?
record store day 2017 staff picks what should I get recommendations
Generally speaking, it can be tough to stay focused at Amoeba, and on Record Store Day, what with the increased scope of releases both in terms of limited RSD offerings and other freshly stocked new arrivals, not to mention the scope of the crowd, the struggle can be all too real. Each year come Record Store Day we do our very best to provide everyone with personal copies of our comprehensive RSD product list as well as directions to where these items are stocked in the store, and we always try to accommodate all individual queries, quandaries, and quests with safety and fairness. Sometimes this is as simple as recommending something to someone who doesn't know what they want, but knows they definitely want something because it's what? Record Store Day! With that in mind, I've created a list of RSD product picks especially for those folks who don't know what they want, but surely want something.

For more Record Store Day recommendations, please see the links at the bottom of this post. Happy hunting everyone thank you for continued support!

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Johnny Cash - The Johnny Cash Children's Album (LP)

New 'What's In My Bag?' Episode with Bobby Liebling of Pentagram

Posted by Amoebite, April 18, 2017 03:41pm | Post a Comment

Pentagram - Bobby Liebling What's In My Bag? Amoeba Music

"Right here is the boss, this is the boss," says Pentagram's Bobby Liebling, holding up a copy of Iggy and The Stooges' seminal proto-punk record Raw Power on his recent visit to Amoeba San Francisco. "I had a lot of personal time spent with him, tour bus, women, uh, the whole nine yards," Liebling says, going on to recount the first time he met Iggy at the age of 14, cleaning peanut butter off him after a Stooges show. "This is my favorite album in history, and it's probably the worst mix ever put down," he says laughing. "These people were my whole world, it was like 'someday, I'm gonna do this' and I never gave up."

Pentagram First Daze HereAmerican heavy metal band Pentagram are known as one of the pioneers of the doom metal subgenre. Founded in 1971 by the band's vocalist and sole constant member, Bobby Liebling, Pentagram went through a series of lineup changes and released a handful of 7"s before their self-titled studio debut came out in 1985. (The album was later re-titled Relentless.) Their sophomore LP, Day of Reckoning, further cemented their status as progenitors of the nascent doom genre upon its release in 1987.

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Interview With POND's Nicholas Allbrook

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, April 18, 2017 01:47pm | Post a Comment

POND

By Dominique Gomez
Photo by Matt Sav
This article also appears on DoTheBay


After almost two years of silence, Australian rock band POND has spawned their new album, The Pond, The WeatherWeather, releasing on May 5th, 2017. The whimsical and multicolored group has yet again brought their honest expertise to the table. Yet, the band twists expectations by fusing pop and semi-political messages into their mind-bending songwriting. Produced by Tame Impala’s Kevin Parker, POND’s glam and glitzy rock tendencies are now fully embraced in The Weather, with touches of a younger POND’s jammy and experimental artistry.

Their first single, “Sweep Me Off My Feet,” was released in early October, giving audiences a taste of their bubble gum dance abilities. The song sheds awareness, challenging masculinity and the ideologies modern society holds as true beauty. Much earlier than planned, their second single, “30,000 Megatons,” was brought to us shortly after the world learned that the United States would soon be led by reality T.V. star and actual super villain of humanity, Donald Trump. Lastly, the album’s title track, “The Weather,” was released this spring.

Frontman and songwriter Nicholas Allbrook gave DoTheBay and Amoeba Music an early listen to their long-awaited album along with a quick phone call to discuss his master plan behind the scenes of the band’s music. If you find yourself weak at the knees after getting this sneak peek of The Weather, head over to the Great American Music Hall on Tuesday April 25th, 2017 to catch POND perform their newest work right before your eyes. Enter to win a pair of tickets to this show with DoTheBay HERE!

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Hip-Hop Rap Up 04:17:17: Kendrick Lamar, El Michels Affair, Evidence, Oak Lonetree, Ray West & A.G., RTJ, DJ Format & Abdominal

Posted by Billyjam, April 17, 2017 11:15pm | Post a Comment

Damn! Kendrick Lamar has done it again with his amazing new album DAMN. (Aftermath) that arrived into Amoeba this past Friday (April 14th) two days before the acclaimed Compton rapper's Coachella performance yesterday that included songs from the new album that features the previously released single "HUMBLE." (see the Dave Meyers & the little homies directed music video below). With refreshingly unpretentious cover art, that looks like it was slapped together in a couple minutes, and clocking in at 55 minutes,  DAMN. is the artist's fourth album and the anticipated follow up to 2015's critically and commercially acclaimed To Pimp A Butterfly (also avail on LP/vinyl).

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