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GOODBYE, ALLAN HOLDSWORTH. Remembering A Guitarist Like No Other.

Posted by Rick Frystak, April 20, 2017 05:48pm | Post a Comment

by Rick Frystak

On April 15, 2017, I was very saddened to be told that guitarist / violinist / composer Allan Holdsworth had passed away, leaving behind a legacy of recordings and for me, countless live performances I witnessed that will live forever in my soul. Along with being shocked, I just did not believe my brother's text that this news had happened. Fake? It was then that I was pointed to Facebook, where Allan's daughter had quietly and thoughtfully revealed her father's death.

The timing of his passing was, and is absolutely spooky. 2 weeks previously we had  seen Allan perform a celebratory gig to mark the release of a project in which I had participated in the production, and my brother Peter had provided photographs for: a huge, 12-CD box set of almost all of his albums,The Man Who Changed Guitar Forever. and a 2-CD set, Eidolon, of his ''best'' songs selected by Allan himself. I was grievously perplexed. I have to remind myself now that Allan had to be happy to see that the CD projects were on the store shelves. Dan Perloff, producer of the CDs for Manifesto Records, has said that the box set is already sold out. 

I first heard Allan while he was a member of the group Tempest., and their album Tempest. We knew immediately that this man was no ordinary guitarist. 

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Signed Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross & Gustavo Santaolalla LP Coming to Amoeba Hollywood This Earth Day

Posted by Amoebite, April 20, 2017 12:19pm | Post a Comment

Before the Flood signed soundtrack LP

UPDATE: Due to overwhelming demand, we will now be auctioning off this item to the highest bidder at Amoeba Hollywood Saturday, 4/22 at 4pm. 

In addition to Saturday, April 22nd being Record Store Day, it's also Earth Day! At Amoeba Hollywood, we're making the most out of the day with a very special fundraising event benefiting TerraPass, a San Francisco-based organization founded to offset carbon emissions and foster climate change awareness. They do a lot of really cool stuff -- wind power initiatives,  turning garbage into electricity through landfill gas captures, and producing energy from farm animal waste -- in local communities across the country. So, we're pretty excited to have acquired a vinyl version of the soundtrack to the 2016 documentary Before The Flood signed by Academy Award-winning composers Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross & Gustavo Santaolalla; we will auction off our one copy this Saturday at 4pm from the stage with all proceeds going directly to TerraPass.

Released in 2016, Before the Flood was produced by Leonardo DiCaprio, Fisher Stevens, and friends to shine a light on the devastating impacts of climate change. Over the course of three years, the team traveled to locales around the world where residents are dealing with global warming and all its ills. In the documentary, DiCaprio et al. also take a look at some of the organizations working today to fight climate change, such as TerraPass.

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Bay Area 420 Guide: From Hippie Hill Fest & Stoner Karaoke to Hip-Hop Homages To Hemp

Posted by Billyjam, April 20, 2017 11:30am | Post a Comment

As in years past today, 4/20 or April 20th, is a day of celebration and homage to the cannabis plant with countless happenings, from small to large and formal to informal, taking place all over the Bay Area all day but especially at 4:20pm this afternoon. These include the big annual group smoke out at "Hippie Hill" in
San Francisco's Golden Gate Park which is at Sharon Meadow located in the Park at Kezar Dr. and John F Kennedy Drive (not far from Amoeba SF at the end of Haight St. where upstairs you can apply for or renew your medical marijuana card.) Known as the 420 Hippie HIll Festival the annual event is now officially recognized  by the City of San Francisco who have granted a permit to the all day happening that expects to see tens of thousands of visitors/tokers joining the celebration of the ganja and the right to legally use it. 

The "unified sound system for background music" means that various sound selectors will be providing weed themed tunes while the now fully legit and under permit from the City event means that there will be some changes from previous years. For example the entire area of Hippie Hill will be fenced off with added security (inside and outside the Park) plus extra medical emergency services provided with EMT and ambulances on-site. Additionally there will a welcome increase in the number port-o-potties provided. Free. Ages 18+ More info

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House Of Pain Meets Cypress Hill As Everlast Returns to His Hip-Hop Roots In New B-Real Collaboration

Posted by Billyjam, April 19, 2017 12:45pm | Post a Comment
Cypress Hill, House Of Pain and Psycho Realm joined forces in the dope new track and video (below) "Warporn Industry," that's part of the Warporn Industries project, which finds Everlast returning to his hip-hop roots in the B-Real collaboration. The song is an intro to the similarly titled new rap supergroup and its spinoff art collective WARPORN Industries. That's the superrap trio made up of Sick Jacken from Psycho Realm of whom B-Real is also a member, Divine Styler who first worked with Everlast three decades ago as part of Ice-T's Rhyme Syndicate collective, and of course Everlast who as Whitey Ford had gone acoustic for most of his post House Of Pain years. His 1998 Tommy Boy album Whitey Ford Sings The Blues   was reissued by Rhino last month.

Everalast's old friend B-Real, who makes a cameo on this one track, said of the full length project that it's “one of the best hip-hop albums I’ve heard in a long time: Sick beats and bars with substance by Sick Jacken, Divine Styler and Everlast.” The "album" B-Real refers to is in fact the 2017 WARTORN Industries mixtape that also features guest spots from Big Daddy Kane, Vinnie Paz (Jedi Mind Tricks), and Rakaa Iriscience (Dilated Peoples). So far the eleven track mixtape album is only a download but likely will be released physically in the future with B-Real, whom Everlast calls "my brother from another," guesting on only one track. Of the  House of Pain/CypresHill/Psycho Realm family connect, track producer Divine Styler said: "This is not a throwback, we're holding the eternal hip-hop flame period. Everlast proved it when he said one of the illest lyrics ever spit in,'Omnipotent variant ex-communicated" and the "fold time and space, all over the place.' He killed it."  Shot recently in Los Angeles, with director Chad A. Marshall favoring the many back alleys of LA as the appropriate backdrop to the music, the video for "Warporn Industry"  appears below.

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Ten More Recommended Picks for Record Store Day 2017 (for folks who don't know what to get)!

Posted by Kelly S. Osato, April 18, 2017 09:11pm | Post a Comment
Ever felt lost at Amoeba or so overwhelmed by the selections that you forget what you're looking for? Or, worse yet, you don't even know what to get?
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Generally speaking, it can be tough to stay focused at Amoeba, and on Record Store Day, what with the increased scope of releases both in terms of limited RSD offerings and other freshly stocked new arrivals, not to mention the scope of the crowd, the struggle can be all too real. Each year come Record Store Day we do our very best to provide everyone with personal copies of our comprehensive RSD product list as well as directions to where these items are stocked in the store, and we always try to accommodate all individual queries, quandaries, and quests with safety and fairness. Sometimes this is as simple as recommending something to someone who doesn't know what they want, but knows they definitely want something because it's what? Record Store Day! With that in mind, I've created a list of RSD product picks especially for those folks who don't know what they want, but surely want something.

For more Record Store Day recommendations, please see the links at the bottom of this post. Happy hunting everyone thank you for continued support!

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Johnny Cash - The Johnny Cash Children's Album (LP)

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