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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Raphael Saadiq

Posted by Amoebite, November 20, 2019 05:37pm | Post a Comment

Raphael Saadiq - What's In My Bag?

We were fortunate to have singer, songwriter, producer, and multi-instrumentalist Raphael Saadiq do some shopping recently at Amoeba Hollywood and share some of the cool records he found, along with some interesting stories from his prolific career. "My first tour, in '86, was Sheila (E.) and Prince," he told us, speaking of his beginnings as their bass player. "We used to play (Sheila E.'s) 'Holly Rock'...I still don't know what 'Holly Rock' is, but I was signing it." Saadiq was excited to find a copy of Originals, a collection of demos that Prince wrote and recorded for other people to sing, including 'Holly Rock.' "I wanna hear him singing (it)," Saadiq proclaimed.

Born Charles Ray Wiggins, Raphael Saadiq learned to play bass guitar at age six and started singing with gospel groups at age nine. When he was eighteen, he took the name Raphael and successfully Raphael Saadiq - Jimmy Leeauditioned to play bass in Sheila E.'s backing band. He then hit the road as part of Prince's Parade Tour. After this tour, he returned to his hometown of Oakland and joined Tony! Toni! TonĂ©! with his brother, Dwayne Wiggins, and cousin, Timothy Christian. The group became R&B superstars, with their greatest commercial success being 1993's double platinum Sons of Soul.

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21 Record Store Day Black Friday Titles to Look for on November 29th

Posted by Amoebite, November 20, 2019 12:03pm | Post a Comment

21 Record Store Day Black Friday Titles to Look for

What are you thankful for this Thanksgiving? Is it awesome new tunes, out in unexpected formats, filled with "previously unreleased" promise? Head out to Black Friday at Amoeba on November 29th and you'll be counting your blessings, whether your "blessing" of choice is a picture disc, first-ever vinyl pressing, or limited edition 7" single. This year's Record Store Day Black Friday releases feature some of the most exciting titles to pass through our stores on any RSD -- both the annual April extravaganza and the November retail rocker included.

Part of what makes RSD Black Friday so spcial is the limited nature of many of these releases, so take a look at this year's .pdf menu of titles and plan ahead. If you can't make it in to one of our stores on 11/29, there's still hope you can snag one of these titles. We'll add remaining RSDBF releases to Amoeba.com starting Saturday, 11/30 at 5am PT.

Record Store Day Black Friday 2019

Please note: All Record Store Day Black Friday items are limit one per customer, no holds or phone orders. RSDBF titles are available in-store only on Nov 29. Remaining titles will available for sale online starting Nov 30 at 5am PT.

In addition to these spectacular new titles, we will also special Black Friday sales on headphones, posters, select turntables, green tag DVDs & Blu-ray, and a gift certificate sale between 5-6pm only. Find out more about the Black Friday deals and happenings at Amoeba.

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San Francisco Silent Film Festival's A Day of Silents, December 7

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, November 19, 2019 11:50am | Post a Comment

Day of Silents, Phantom of the Opera

Celebrate the holiday season in style with the San Francisco Silent Film Festival's annual A DAY OF SILENTS on Saturday, December 7th! This all-day live-cinema event takes place at SF’s historic movie palace Castro Theatre and features five programs with live musical accompaniment by Mont Alto Motion Picture Orchestra, Donald Sosin, and Berklee Silent Film Orchestra. This day of stunning silent cinema and thrilling live music is not to be missed! Get your individual film tickets HERE or an All Day Pass!

Here's what's on the bill for December 7th:

FATTY + BUSTER
11:00am | $17 general / $15 member
Live Music by Donald Sosin
Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle discovered Buster Keaton and these three sparkling shorts demonstrate the striking chemistry between the two geniuses. The program includes THE COOK (1918), GOOD NIGHT, NURSE (1918), and THE GARAGE (1919).

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Hip-Hop Vinyl: Top 5 LPs + Pre-Order LP Pick of Week [Gang Starr, DJ Shadow, Blu & Fat Jack, Crimeapple, Pete Rock & Skyzoo +]

Posted by Billyjam, November 16, 2019 12:45pm | Post a Comment
Top Five Hip-Hop Vinyl/LP New Arrivals: Nov. 2019, First 2 Weeks


#1: DJ Shadow  Our Pathetic Age 2LP/vinyl (Mass Appeal)

The anticipated new DJ Shadow double-album Our Pathetic Age 2LP/vinyl is in stock at Amoeba as of its November 15th release via  Mass Appeal Records. Note the Our Pathetic Age 2CD version (also out 11/15) contains one additional track ("We Are Always Alone") not found on the vinyl version.

The follow up to 2016's The Mountain Will Fall LP and last year's Live In Manchester: The Mountain Has Fallen LP, all via Nas' Mass Appeal imprint, Our Pathetic Age 2LP/viny clocks in at 78 minutes and 22 tracks.  Amoeba reviewers describe this latest full-length from the NorCal artist born Josh Davis as “urgent, pleasurably menacing, and smart……..atmosphere is generally dystopian, with moments of light accentuating the shadows, and glimpses of beauty peeking through the intensity of Shadow’s subject matter.”

Having A Movie Moment with Jon Longhi: Ultraman Saves The Universe!

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, November 15, 2019 04:10pm | Post a Comment

Ultraman

By Jon Longhi

Welcome to this month’s Having A Movie Moment With Jon Longhi where I review recent Blu-ray releases. This month I get to review two of my all time favorite Blu-ray releases.

Ever since I was a child my two favorite TV shows have been Johnny Quest and Ultraman. Even though I am an adult, I still watch them regularly. In the past six months, both were released on Blu-ray in remastered high definition. I am now officially a happy camper. Sure, I watch plenty of "adult" shows like The Sopranos, The X-Files, or the latest HBO or Netflix series, but I only watch those once or twice and these are the shows I watch over and over. I have long been a fan of Mill Creek Entertainment's releases but not necessarily their production values. All that changed with these releases and their recent Mothra Steelbook Edition. Mill Creek has officially redeemed themselves. According to reports I'm reading on the internet, over the course of the next couple years Mill Creek plans to release the ENTIRE Ultraman franchise on Blu-ray. It will be over a thousand episodes and twenty movies. If you are an Ultraman or classic Kaiju fan, this is a dream come true. If these first two releases are any indication, fans can finally throw out those blurry internet bootleg DVDs and bathe in the glory of their favorite Japanese monsters in glorious remastered hi-def! This October, Mill Creek started with a bang by releasing the first two Ultraman series at once. These are the shows that started it all and while Ultraman is beloved the world over, Ultra Q will be more of a revelation to the uninitiated.

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