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November 4, 2009

Posted by phil blankenship, November 4, 2009 11:13pm | Post a Comment
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CASSETTE FROM MY EX: STORIES AND SOUNDTRACKS OF LOST LOVES

Posted by Billyjam, November 4, 2009 09:43am | Post a Comment
Jason Bitner Cassette From My Ex
Since the release last week of Jason Bitner's engaging new book Cassette From My Ex: Stories and Soundtracks of Lost Loves, the St Martin's Griffin published, 212-page anthology of 60 short stories, has been striking a nerve with  readership of a certain age who can directly relate to and recall its pre-iPod subject matter: the bygone era of the homemade mixtape -- specifically mixtapes made to woo new crushes or love objects.

An image that pops into many minds would be the Rob Gordon character played by John Cusack in the  Stephen Frears directed film adapatation of Nick Hornby's novel High Fidelity and his obsession with making the perfect mixtape, regardless of how long it took. Or as Shirley Manson of the group Garbage wrote for Cassette From My Ex's jacket cover, "Anyone who understands the obsessive attention to detail, the time it took to collate, select, and edit the content of a perfectly executed mix tape, or just someone who appreciated the rhythms and nuances of such extraordinary artifacts will treasure this collection of stories, comfortable and secure in the knowledge that such exquisite efforts were not made in vain and indeed there was a time when a humble cassette tape was perhaps the greatest gift of all."

For Cassette From My Ex: Stories and Soundtracks of Lost Loves, Bitner, who is best known as a co-founder of the wonderful Found magazine series, compiled first-person essays about mixtapes fueled by crushes or love (some tragic, some hilarious, many in-between) written by sixty different writers, many of them journalists & musicians. Contributors include author Rick Moody, This American Life's Starlee Kine, The New Yorker's Ben Greenman, The Magnetic FieldsClaudia Gonson, Improv Everywhere's Charlie Todd, Mortified's David Nadelberg, and former Rolling Stone writer and MTV2 veejay Jancee Dunn.

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New 12" Electronic Releases at Amoeba Hollywood - 11/04/09

Posted by Oliver / Matt / Jordan, November 3, 2009 11:36pm | Post a Comment
ELECTRONIC/TECHNO


STEVE BUG Look Who's Stalking/Zero Balance 12" (COR 067EP)

Steve Bug follows up his Collaboratory mix with this superb 12" for Cocoon. While "Look Who's Stalking" uses the raw energy of Chicago/Detroit house with driving hand claps, percussions and nasty vocals, "Zero Balance" is an experiment in how far you can reduce tech-house to the essence of a bass line. Short vocal loops complete a sensibility that makes Bug's tracks such high quality music.


SIZE Yeah (Gregor Tresher Remix) 12" (PURE 055EP)

VA Snuggle & Slap 2x12" (CCS 041LP). 2x12

CONFORCE Cruising EP 12" (CURLE 021EP)

SIGUR ROS Gobbledigook 12" (KOM POP015EP)

ROBERT HOOD The Pace/Wandering Endlessly 12" (MPM 004EP)

ANDY STOTT Night Jewel 12" (LOVE 058EP)

PACO OSUNA Lemon Juice 12" (PLUS 8106EP)

JABBERJAW The Garden Of Eden 12" (SPC 078EP)

JOHN SELWAY Shake The Snow 12" (THRONE 003EP)

ROCHA/MUGWUMP Hands Of Love (Fingers Of Sand) 12" (IFEEL 001EP)

Beatconductor CARIBBEAN PATH 12"

DJ Koze MINIMAL ELVIS & MIXIMAL MJ 12" LTD001

Danton Eeprom SCORING ONLY TO BE.. 12" CNTX3637

PROXY Who Are You?/8000 12" (TURBO 071EP)      

Super Value SPECIAL EDITS 07 12" SV07

Hell & Christian Prommer FREAK IT 12" 047BUZZ

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This is Halloween, Amoeba SF Style!

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, November 3, 2009 02:13pm | Post a Comment

Another spooky Amoeba San Francisco Halloween has come and gone...thank goodness we have photographs to help us always remember the good, the bad, and the ugly!

We kicked things off with mood-setting DJ sets by DJ Tay and Miz Margo, Taylor in some creepy garb and Margo a dead ringer for Abbey from NCIS!





  Next came our costume contest, with our deliciously disgusting hostess, Miss Snatch Face!



Then came Annie as the cat burgler...



 Emily as Coraline...



Grace as Grace Alice Cooper...



Tena as the Black Dahlia...



Erin as Robert Smith of The Cure...



Billy as Homer Simpson when he got fat to get disability...



Classical Music Sale: Overture

Posted by Job O Brother, November 2, 2009 08:28pm | Post a Comment
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It's the, uh, instrument they're focused on. Yeah.

New Amoeba Music customers sometimes ask if/when we have any sales. My patent answer is usually something along the lines of:

“Not officially, because we’re constantly lowering prices on our entire selection.”

…Unless, of course, the customer is holding a ferret and that ferret is looking like he might wanna sneak into my ear-hole and munch my juicy brains, in which case I will modify my answer to:

“Not officially, because we’re constantly calling the police to report illegal pets such as ferrets.”

This may seem like a very niche circumstance to you, dear reader. All I can say is that, until you work at a record store for over eight years like me, you shouldn’t assume the regularity of near-lethal ferret activity. Especially if you’re working the folk music section.
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They mostly eat the eyes of our innocent young.

The above being mostly factual, it is something of a special event that Amoeba Music Hollywood has announced an upcoming sale.

November 14 and 15 (or, if you’re British: 14 and 15 November) we will be hosting our first ever Classical Music Sale. All music (tapes, CD's, vinyl, 8-track, etc.) from our Classical Music section will be 20% off for these two days only. What is perhaps most exciting (or dangerous, depending on how much of your rent check you end up spending) is that this sale will include wall-items.

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