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The Queen Is Dead Reissues Coming This Fall

Posted by Amoebite, August 16, 2017 11:35am | Post a Comment

The Smiths The Queen is Dead Reissues

One of the most influential post-punk records of all time is in line for a very nice little reissue campaign. On October 20th, The Smiths' masterpiece The Queen Is Dead is getting remastered and reissued in multi-format expanded editions with demos, b-sides & alternative takes. Originally released in 1986, the album has been critically acclaimed since day one, thanks to the enduring strength of album singles "The Boy with the Thorn in His Side," "Bigmouth Strikes Again," and "There Is a Light That Never Goes Out." And those are just the singles -- several other classic tracks can also be found here.

Here's what you need to know about the three different versions coming this fall, all of which are available for pre-order now on Amoeba.com and they'll ship FREE to the US.

The Smiths Queen is Dead reissue

The Queen Is Dead 2-CD Set

The 2-CD set includes the original album, newly remastered in 2017. The second disc contains a multitude of additional recordings, including demo versions and alt takes, plus b-sides "Unloveable," "Money Changes Everything," "Rubber Ring," and "Asleep."

New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard

Posted by Amoebite, August 14, 2017 03:45pm | Post a Comment

King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard What's In My Bag? Amoeba Music

When you have all seven members of the Australian psych-rock band King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard shopping Amoeba Hollywood, you can be sure that there will be some interesting finds. "I know all the cool-kid hipsters are into their African music at the moment, but...I assure you I was there before," Joey Walker dryly quips as he pulls out an LP by Ethiopian musician, Hailu Mergia, whose record Hailu Mergia & His Classical Instrument features the artist "mucking around with some Moogs and some synths." "Ethiopian kind of scales are something that I find really bizarre," continues Walker. "There's some kind of x-factor in it that is very, very good." From world to exotica to jazz to oldies, the guys in the band compiled a healthy collection of records, some of which were classics, while others were more off the beaten path.

Heavy psychedelic rock band King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard formed in Melbourne in 2010. Longtime friends, the band consists of Stu Mackenzie (vox/guitar/flute), Ambrose Kenny Smith (vox/synths/harmonica), Cook Craig (guitar), Joey Walker (guitar), Lucas Skinner (bass), Eric Moore (percussion), and Michael Cavanagh (percussion). The bandmates settled on their name as a compromise; one member wanted to call the group Gizzard Gizzard, whereas another was in favor of naming the band Lizard King, after Jim Morrison. The newly-christened King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard released their debut EP, Anglesea, in 2011.

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4 Classic Neil Young Reissues Coming Soon

Posted by Amoebite, August 9, 2017 11:48am | Post a Comment

Neil Young Vinyl Reissues

We've got good news for fans of the legendary Neil Young! Four new, old releases (or as we in the record biz like to call 'em, "reissues") are about to hit our shelves on August 18th. You can pre-order them from us now and they'll ship FREE to U.S. addresses.

Released between 1977-1979, these vinyl LPs mark one of the many career high points for the talented singer-songwriter; soon you'll be able to spin newly spiffed up copies of American Stars 'n Bars, Comes a Time, Rust Never Sleeps, and Live Rust on your record player. This all comes in advance of the release of Hitchhiker, a "lost" acoustic album originally recorded at Malibu's now-defunct Indigo Ranch Studios in 1976. Of course, new (old) music from Mr. Young is always a treat but there's a certain pleasure to revisiting old favorites.

Here's why we're looking forward to each new August reissue.

American Stars 'n Bars

American Stars 'n Bars (1977)

Recap: Charity Auction for Planned Parenthood with Tawny Newsome

Posted by Amoebite, August 8, 2017 11:03am | Post a Comment

Amoeba Charity Auction for Planned Parenthood with Tawny Newsome

We sure had a great time at Amoeba Hollywood on Saturday! Our special guest auctioneer Tawny Newsome, musician and comedian and all around wonderful person, graced our stage and helped us raise close to $2,000 for our local Planned Parenthood chapter.

We had some outstanding prizes, and Tawny's relaxed style coaxed the audience into raising their auction paddles (which were actually Amoeba handheld fans, so they did double duty that hot day). Full of quips and one-liners, she had the audience chuckling--and she even got the shy people to join in!

Tawny Newsome is a Second City alum, actor (Bajillion Dollar Propertie$' "Chelsea Leight-Leigh") and a singer/guitarist. She was a touring member of Second City before joining the Mainstage cast and released a solo album in 2012. In 2013 Rolling Stone suggested Tawny for SNL's new cast. She moved from Chicago to LA about a year and a half ago where she's kept very busy. This October, Tawny is releasing her 4th album with Jon Langford (Mekons, Waco Brothers) which they recorded at the legendary Muscle Shoals studio with original Muscle Shoals session players. They recorded the new album three days after last year's election with Tawny, John and their two band-mates flying to the town of 400. Four Lost Souls will be out on Bloodshot records September 22, with a tour starting that same month.

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Sidewalk Sale at Amoeba Hollywood Saturday, August 19

Posted by Amoebite, August 7, 2017 04:38pm | Post a Comment

Sidewalk Sale at Amoeba Hollywood

Amoeba Hollywood is having a Sidewalk Sale on Saturday, August 19th! It's your chance to score huge deals on music, movies, books, comics, posters and more, right outside the store from 12pm - 4pm.

Check out some of the bargains you'll find at our sidewalk sale:

  • DVD box sets: $4 each or 2 for $7
  • DVDs: $2 each or 3 for $5
  • Blu-ray: $4 each or 3 for $10
  • CDs: buy 1 get 1 free [of equal or lesser value]
  • Posters: $2 each or 3 for $5
  • T-shirts for $5
  • Great deals on books!
  • $1 LPs & much more!

Come out and treat yourself to some inexpensive new movies and music from Amoeba!

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.

Sidewalk Sale at Amoeba Hollywood

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