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15 Releases to Look For on Record Store Day

Posted by Amoebite, April 14, 2017 01:22pm | Post a Comment

15 Record Store Day 2017 Highlights

On April 22, 2017, Record Store Day rolls around once more, bringing limited edition special releases, guest DJ sets, and assorted fun and festivities to our stores. This is the tenth annual Record Store Day and this year brings some really exciting titles, including unreleased demos, picture discs, previously unavailable 7"s and classic LPs. Read on for our top fifteen releases to keep an eye out for this Record Store Day; you'll find some old favorites and some exclusive new releases. And don't forget to check out what's going down in honor of RSD at your local Amoeba!

Want to check out the full list of limited edition Record Store Day releases? View .pdf. Is film music your thing? We highlighted 10 soundtracks coming out on 4/22 for RSD.

Please note: 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.

Beatles

The Beatles – "Strawberry Fields Forever" (7”)

With "Emperor Of Sand" #1 on Billboard's Top Album Sales, Mastodon Begin New US Tour That Includes Two CA Stops: SF and LA

Posted by Billyjam, April 13, 2017 09:35pm | Post a Comment

Reigning heavy metal icons Mastodon, who were in LA last week to play Amoeba Hollywood and Jimmy Kimmel Live, return to CA next week (SF 4/18, LA 4/20) as part of the band's latest North American tour that kicks off tomorrow Friday April 14th in Montana and ends on May 20th in Austin TX. Similarly to last Tuesday's packed Amoeba set, the new tour is also in support of the Atlanta, Georgia rock band's successful new album Emperor Of Sand (also on vinyl/LP) via Reprise / Warner. Mastodon's eight studio album,Emperor Of Sand is also the biggest sales debut in the history of the the band who formed seventeen years ago. The globally popular new album hit the number spot on Billboard's top album sales charts as well as the #1 top selling vinyl album of the week upon its March 31st release. The album, which is an international hit charting high overseas in such countries as Australia and Ireland, follows the success of their previous two top ten chart debut full-lengths:  2014's Once More 'Round the Sun and 2011's The Hunter. Meanwhile the album's current single "Show Yourself" (music video below) is currently a hit on rock radio.
 
The latest Mastodon North American tour will feature support from The Eagles of Death Metal and Russian Circles. The tour kicks off tomorrow Friday April 14th in Missoula, MT at the Wilma Theater for a show, that like some others on the upcoming 30 date tour including Saturday 4/16 in Portland OR, is already sold out. So get tix for the band's two California dates next week while they are still available. They play San Francisco's Warfield Theater on Tuesday April 18th, and two nights later (April 20th) they'll perform at the Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles. For more tour info and tix visit Mastodon's website. And click the following to view photos from last week's Mastodon live at Amoeba Hollywood in-store.

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Celebrate Bookstore Day and Tabletop Day at Amoeba Hollywood

Posted by Amoebite, April 13, 2017 03:45pm | Post a Comment

Bookstore Day and Tabletop Day at Amoeba Hollywood

When it comes to celebrating unique entertainment and indie retailers, Record Store Day isn't the only game in town this month! On Saturday, April 29th, Amoeba Hollywood is excited to take part in Independent Bookstore Day and International Tabletop Day, two extra special events dedicated to the joys of books and tabletop games. To celebrate, we're offering 15% off books and tabletop games. (Discount valid in-store only. Excludes video games and Damon Krukowski's The New Analog book.)

The New Analog

Join us at 3pm for a special book signing with Damon Krukowski of Damon & Naomi! The author and musician's new book, The New Analog: Listening and Reconnecting in a Digital World, is a lively guide to the transition from analog to digital culture. Purchase The New Analog in-store only at Amoeba Hollywood on 4/29 to meet Damon and get your copy signed. We'll also have copies of the new vinyl reissue of Damon & Naomi's beloved album, Within These Walls, available for signing at the event.

We're getting in two very cool limited edition game titles: Lucha Jefe and GAME - Most Popular Game in all Mother Russia: Not Really. Limited to 500 copies worldwide, Lucha Jefe is a microgame in which players become luchador managers, outmaneuvering one another to recruit new wrestlers and ultimately triumph in the ring. GAME is a simple, even more limited edition microgame that lets players create house rules to enhance the playing experience of other games.

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Guitarist J.Geils Dies At Age 71

Posted by Billyjam, April 12, 2017 12:29am | Post a Comment


Rock guitarist J.Geils was found dead in his Groton, Massachusetts home late Tuesday afternoon (April 11) as reported by Boston's WCVB TV. He was 71.  Upon learning the news of Geils' passing, the lead singer of the J.Giles Band, Peter Wolf took to social media. On Tuesday evening Wolf posted  "Thinking of all the times we kicked it high and rocked down the house! R.I.P. Jay Geils" along with a photo of the band that first formed 50 years ago. . 

Back in the late sixties John Warren Geils Jr. was a mechanical engineering student at Worcester Polytechnic Institute and was more interested in music than engineering. That band that he co-founded and that bore his name was comprised of Danny Klein, Magic Dick Salwitz, Stephen Jo Bladd, Seth Justman, Giles and lead singer Peter Wolf. In 1970 they would release their self titled debut on Atlantic Records.

For many the J.Geils Band will always be best remembered by their latter era biggest hits: 1981's "Freeze Frame" and "Centerfold" which charted at No. 1 for six weeks in early 1982. The accompanying music videos for those  hit singles became staples of the then new novelty, and influential Music Television Network: MTV back when they really were music television. However those songs are not really representative of the band's earlier, less mainstream and way more blues rooted rock sound with more harmonica and piano included in the mix. An example is the hard rockin bluesy Geils/Wolf penned "Hard Driven Man" found on 1972's  Live Full House album, or  "Floyd's Hotel" by Juke Joint Jimmy (a pseudonym used by the band). For more of that blues-rock style check the two full J.Geils concert set on video below: the 1972 show in their hometown and the 1977 concert in San Francisco at Winterland.

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10 Limited Edition Soundtracks Out on Record Store Day 2017

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, April 11, 2017 07:05pm | Post a Comment

10 Limited Edition Record Store Day Soundtracks

Record Store Day is so close, you can almost taste all the limited edition special releases! On Saturday, April 22, 2017, indie music stores everywhere will join forces and unleash this year’s rare and drool-worthy RSD releases. (Download a PDF of those exclusive releases HERE.) It’s our Xmas and we are going to town, no Santa needed!

The vinyl soundtrack selection is especially plentiful and exciting this year, full of scores and collections that are being released for the first time ever, first time on vinyl, or are re-releases of out-of-print albums. Film fans will flip for the fabulous colored vinyl, deluxe additions and packaging, and - in a couple of cases - beautiful picture discs.

Here's my 10 favorite from those being offered:

Ciao! Manhattan soundtrackCiao! Manhattan

Part of Andy Warhol's Factory in the mid-'60s, Edie Sedgwick was “It Girl” of the Pop Art age. 1973's Ciao! Manhattan was the model and actor's final film. Written and directed by John Palmer and David Weisman, the movie tells a somewhat fictionalized account of Sedgewick's life. She portrays Susan Superstar, a New Yorker who ends up living in a drained swimming pool in Santa Barbara, always in a narcotic daze. The film was shot over a five-year period, at the end of which Sedgwick died of a barbiturate overdose at the age of 28.

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