Shopping Your Record Collection

Posted by Gomez Comes Alive!, February 14, 2011 10:10am | Post a Comment
GooGoosh Best Of
I am not one to discourage anyone from buying vinyl, but every once in a while, when the funds are low and you get that itch to dig for records around the city, it's time to reevaluate priorities. Will it be records or paying the rent? Will it be saving money to travel or building the ultimate record collection? At some point in any sane collector’s mind, a voice should come into your head that says, “Slow down!” Really, unless you are someone like DJ Shadow, who makes a living by playing and sampling his entire record collection, every once in a while, you've got to slow your roll.

Clothing shopaholics are told to dig through their own closets rather than to shop for more clothes. Most of the time, they will have clothes that still have the price tag on them and have never been worn. It’s called “shopping your closet.” It saves you money and gives you the same kick that you’d get from shopping at the mall. On top of that, you can make an inventory of what you have (so you don’t buy it again) or see what you want to keep and what you want to get rid of. Clothing that is no longer needed can be donated or sold to a vintage clothing store, where you can take that money and save it, or gasp…buy more clothes!

Guitar MoodThe same goes for records. We collectors have a bunch of records that haven’t been played. Many of us have records in our collection that are still sealed. We have bought doubles by accident. Take that time you would use for digging and go through what you already have. Chances are you will be reintroduced to music that you have forgotten about.

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Sofrito: Tropical Discotheque Reviewed By Gomez Comes Alive

Posted by Gomez Comes Alive!, January 31, 2011 08:56am | Post a Comment
Sofrito:Tropical Discoteque
Over the years I made it a habit to dig through all the used Electronica 12”s to perhaps find a lost worldly gem. I’ll usually take a gamble on any used 12” that usually flirts with some sort of World Music theme. I look for key words such as “Afro,” “Brazilian” and “Latin” if I don’t already know the artist. A few years back I found a 12” from a label called Sofrito Discothèque. It looked cool so I bought it even though I had never heard of the label. The single was called Music Is The Word. It was a mixture of Latin, Afrobeat and Caribbean rhythms. I am so glad I took a chance on that single! I became a fan of the label and it became another go-to label along with Bastard Jazz, Freestyle and Raw Fusion in finding World Music edits and jams.

2011 finds a great pairing of two labels -- Strut Records, which has been releasing World Music heat for over a decade, has paired up with the Sofrito crew (Hugo Mendez, Frankie Francis and The Mighty Crime Minister) in releasing Tropical Discotheque. What I like about this compilation is that it mixes both vintage World music tracks and tracks made recently by newer artists. Vintage bangers from Banda Los Hijos De La Niña Luz and Mighty Shadow are joined by newer tracks from Frente Cumbiero and Quantic Y Su Conjunto Los Miticos Del Ritmo. On top of that, a few of the Sofrito edits are thrown in for good measure. The flow of African, Latin and Caribbean jams works together quite nicely, like a meal at a fusion restaurant that doesn’t take the grittiness away from the original dish when combining it with another culture’s flavor. In other words, it doesn't suck.

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DJ Gazooo's "Beats And Pieces" Mix Cassette Out Now!

Posted by Gomez Comes Alive!, January 24, 2011 09:00am | Post a Comment
DJ Gazooo Beats And Pieces
With the recent revival of cassette releases comes a Hip-Hop mix tape that is actually on cassette. DJ Gazoo has been on a tear of late. You can catch him almost any night in L.A., manhandling the turntables, playing anything from Soul to Punta, Reggae to Batucada and so on. But after one listen to Beats And Pieces, it’s hard to deny that Gazoo’s first love is Hip-Hop. Beats And Pieces is a throwback to those classic 90’s mix tapes that had every original song that beat makers were turning into monster hits. It's one of those mixes where you go,”Oh, so that’s where Black Star got that sample!” For any young digger, Gazoo’s mix is an essential tool to finding those records to beef up your collection. If your car still has a cassette player, throw it on and soon you'll find yourself rapping over the tracks. I’m so glad that my car still has a cassette player. I've only had the car for a few years and I think it was the first time I actually used it!

I remember many years ago giving a record to an ex-girlfriend and she didn’t know what to do with it because she grew up in the CD generation. So what happens now if you give a cassette to someone who only grew up with CDs and MP3’s? Will they try to shove the cassette into their computer?

Beats And Pieces is available at Amoeba Hollywood and at all of Gazoo’s DJ gigs. Like I mentioned earlier, he is always playing around town but you can catch Gazoo at some of these spots for sure!

Every 2nd and 3rd Sunday at Carbon for Pa’Gozar
Every Friday at The Little Temple for Resident Fridays
Every First Saturday at Mal’s Bar for Anda!
Every second Saturday at La Fonda for La Boa

So How Do I Get Amoeba To Sell My CD?

Posted by Gomez Comes Alive!, January 17, 2011 10:05am | Post a Comment
Ceci Bastida
I get asked by local bands all the time, “So how do I get Amoeba to sell my CD?” Often, when I explain the process to them, I see their little eyes glaze over and I can imagine my voice turns into voice of the teacher from the Peanuts cartoon (whaa whaa whaa whaaaaaaa…). Truth is, with many musicians, if the process is not instantaneous, it is not worth it, and that’s a shame. Getting a release sold at Amoeba is a pretty easy process. I wrote something on one of my first blogs that Amoeba is the great equalizer; It’s a place where a Ska-Punk group from South Gate could outsell some big name pop star with thousands of dollars of promotion behind them. All you have to do is take that chance.

There are two ways we get CDs from local artists. The first is on consignment. Consignment means that we take anywhere from one to a few copies of your release and give it a three month trial. We do not pay up front. We issue a contract that stipulates that after the term is done, we pay you for what we sold and return the copies that haven’t sold. If all the CDs that we consign are sold before the term, we will call you before the term is up and pay you for what we sold and order more. It’s a way to take a chance on a group that maybe is not as known.

The second is usually for known artists. We call it OTC, short for “over the counter.” These are artists that have an established sales history or have a tremendous buzz and that our buyers know will sell, so we buy their products direct. Artists such as Matisyahu and Zoe sold their independent releases direct to the store before they were signed. Amoeba has done well in the past with international artists such as Inspector, Celso Pina, Ceci Bastida, Bocafloja, Troker, Tita Lima, Ricardo Lemvo and the artists on the ZZK label out of Argentina, all which have come into the store while on tour to sell their releases direct.

Amoeba Hollywood World Music Best Sellers For 2010 & Stats

Posted by Gomez Comes Alive!, January 2, 2011 02:00pm | Post a Comment
Charlotte Gainsborg IRM
Charlotte Gainsbourg-IRM (CD+LP)
V/A-Pomegranates (CD+LP)
Ozomatli-Fire Away (CD+LP)
Seu Jorge-Seu Jorge & Almaz (CD+LP)
V/A-Dengue Fever Presents: Electric Cambodia (CD+LP)
Serge Gainsbourg-Historie De Melody Nelson (CD+LP)
Eydie Gorme Y Los Panchos- Cantan En Espanol
Arthur Verocai-S/T (CD+LP)
Shakira-Sale El Sol
11. Aventura-Last
Tinariwen-Imidiwan:Compaions (CD+LP)
Julieta Venegas-Otra Cosa
Basseko Kouyate-I Speak Fula (CD+LP)
Manu Chao-Clandestino
V/A-Let’s A Go-Go
V/A-World Ends:Afro Rock & Psyche In 70’s Nigeria (CD+LP)
V/A- Sound Of Wonder (CD+LP)
V/A-Brazilian Guitar Fuzz (CD+LP)
Enrique Iglesias-Euphoria

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