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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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From "Give Peace A Chance" to "Fuck Donald Trump" - Top Ten Protest Songs

Posted by Billyjam, April 11, 2017 02:10pm | Post a Comment

 
"War, what is it good for? Absolutely nothing! Say it again" - Edwin Starr "War" (1970 Motown) *
The above sentiment of Edwin Starr's popular anti-Vietnam protest song was right about war but with one key exception. War, along with other periods of serious social unrest, historically trigger some of the best reactionary art of all schools including music and some of the most powerful protest songs. Even before last Thursday's bombing of Syria and the inevitable future fallout it will cause, the Trump era had already helped kick start the latest renaissance of revolutionary protest music.  Like Edwin Starr's Norman Whitfield and Barrett Strong penned 1970 single, recorded during the counterculture era, the latest wave of protest music is a form of artistic expression born out of passion and necessity. Traditionally protest music acts on two primary levels. It's the soundtrack to the actual protest / rebellion / revolution, as well as being as a medium to vent and share feelings of discontent. As well as being a catharsis for its creators offering listeners some sense of relief or bonding, good protest music can also provide a message of hope during historically challenging times. Since the beginning of time history has a habit of repeatedly presenting its citizens challenging times, with war and social injustices being recurring themes.

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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with White Lung

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

White Lung What's In My Bag? Amoeba Music

Mish Way and Anne-Marie Vassiliou of Canadian punk band White Lung were recently at Amoeba Hollywood showing us some of the killer records they picked up, including a Van Morrison LP box set of his 1967 New York sessions. "Van Morrison's my favorite musician of all time," says Way. "This is not my fault, it's my dad's fault," she continues, stating that she was forced to listen to Morrison throughout her childhood. "But I truly do love Van." In addition to the Morrison collection, Way also picked up Bo Diddley's Big Bad Bo album, which features a cover of Van Morrison's "I've Been Working." "Bo Diddley singing a Van Morrison song would make me very happy."

White Lung Paradise White Lung consists of Mish Way-Barber, Kenneth Williams, and Anne-Marie Vassiliou. Formed in 2006, it wasn't till four years later that the band would release their first studio LP, It's the Evil. In 2011, White Lung took home the Punk/Hardcore Artist/Group of the Year award at the Canadian Music Week Indie Awards. They began attracting even more attention with the release of their sophomore LP, 2012's Sorry.

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