Best Films to Watch While Tripping

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, May 4, 2020 04:21pm | Post a Comment

By Jon Longhi

At Amoeba Music, one of my main jobs is working in the DVD room. Customers frequently ask me, “What’s a good movie to watch while tripping?” These are the movies I recommend:

Yellow SubmarineThe Beatles, Yellow Submarine:
When I was in first grade, my teacher took our class to see Yellow Submarine in the theater. It may have been the single most psychedelic moment of my life, even though it was many years before I tasted my first drug. My mind was completely blown. I don’t even remember the teacher’s name, but they were one of the most influential people in my life just by taking us to that movie. The experience created an insatiable love for all forms of psychedelic music and art that has stuck with me to this day. It started the journey that led to me writing this column. This film is a one of a kind masterpiece largely created by director George Dunning and art director Heinz Edelmann. They combined the talents of truly gifted artists and animators to create one of the best animated movies ever made. It tells the story of how The Beatles free the underwater country of Pepperland from the evil tyranny of the Blue Meanies. This may be the basic plot but the movie is essentially a series of mind blowing visually stunning set pieces set to The Beatles music. This film was a game changer that shifted the entire evolution of animation. The movie is just as amazing today as it was when it was released. From its melting smearing colors to its surreal underwater monsters, this film may be one of the purest psychedelic experiences ever created.

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10 New Music Releases on, 5/1/20

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, May 1, 2020 04:59pm | Post a Comment

While our physical Amoeba stores are closed temporarily for the safety and health of our employees and customers, is OPEN for business 24/7, and music and movies ship free to the U.S.!

New music continues to drop and we want to keep you up to date on the latest. Here's 10 of our favorites from this week's new releases, available on! See all the new releases HERE.

Joan As Police Woman: Cover Two (CD & Vinyl)

Brooklyn songwriter Joan as Police Woman returns with her second album of covers...or more exact, reinterpretations of songs by other artists. The choices are unpredictable and intriguing, including Prince's "Kiss," Neil Young's "On The Beach," Outkast's 'Spread," and more.

Shelter-In-Place Crate Diggin' Vol 2: Kool Keith, RJD2, Quelle Chris & Chris Keys, Shabazz Palaces, D Styles, Wiz Khalifa

Posted by Billyjam, April 30, 2020 10:02pm | Post a Comment

While all three Amoeba Music stores are still temporarily closed, the Amoeba's online store is running 24/7 with all the latest vinyl and other format releases available with free shipping anywhere in the US. Below is the latest hip-hop albums top 5 countdown plus the hip-hop reissue album pick of the week.


 Wiz Khalifa  Kush & Orange Juice [Transparent Green/Black Galaxy Vinyl] 2LP (Rostrum Records)

The tenth anniversary special edition vinyl release of Wiz Khalifa's Kush & Orange Juice is the first time the mixtape has gotten a physical release. Pressed on 180-gram, transparent green/black (galaxy-effect) colored vinyl this 2LP set includes 18 tracks. Five of these tracks feature select studio collaborators. These include Curren$y & Big K.R.I.T. (“Glass House”), Killa Kyleon (“Spotlight”),  Johnny Juliano  (“Pedal To The Medal”), Alborosie (“Still Blazin”) and Nesby Phips (“Supply”)  Note that this release is limited to one per Amoeba customer.

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Amoeba Hollywood: A Photo History (Part 1)

Posted by Amoebite, April 29, 2020 10:57am | Post a Comment

With the announcement this week that Amoeba Hollywood will not reopen on Sunset Blvd and will instead focus on hopefully reopening in the fall at our new location at 6200 Hollywood Blvd, we wanted to look back at the amazing history we've seen over the last 19 years. Although we are not able to give the building the sendoff it deserves, it's our hope that you'll find some joy, some memories, and some solace in these images. 

So much as happened at Amoeba since we opened at 6400 Sunset Blvd on November 17, 2001! It's impossible to do it justice in one piece, so we're going to be sharing more pictures and more history in the coming days and weeks.

Let's start at the beginning, shall we?

Amoeba Hollywood opening Ad

Amoeba Hollywood construction

Amoeba Hollywood construction

Amoeba Hollywood construction

Amoeba Hollywood opening day

Amoeba Hollywood opening day

Amoeba Hollywood opening day 2001

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Third Man Artist Luke Schneider Shares His Quarantine Picks

Posted by Amoebite, April 25, 2020 12:51pm | Post a Comment

Luke Schneider

Need some music recommendations? Renowned Nashville pedal steel player Luke Schneider shares some of the albums that have kept him going while we're all quarantined at home. Luke's new album, Altar of Harmony, is out June 5 on Third Man Records and is available for pre-order now on

North Americans - Going Steady

North Americans - Going Steady

If we are now recognizing 'Folk Ambient' as a legitimate genre, then this record deserves a place in the canon of the idiom. A beautiful expression of hard to describe feelings, some parts wistful, other parts lonely, all of it gorgeously arranged with a perfectly gentle touch. If it had been released in the '70s, Terrence Malick would have surely used this music for one his soundtracks.

Erin Rae Putting on Airs

Erin Rae - Putting On Airs

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