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Hip-Hop Top 5 (Video Version) Includes new Wu-Tang Clan + Vinyl Reissues of E-40, DJ Quik, Mystikal & Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince

Posted by Billyjam, October 14, 2017 11:47am | Post a Comment
Top Five New Hip-Hop Releases 10:13:17
Album art & descriptions + Accompanying Music Videos



1: Wu-Tang Clan The Saga Continues (E1 Music)
 
Wu-Tang Clan's The Saga Continues was officially released yesterday, October 13th 2017, although the album's executive producer RZA leaked it the day before as part of a radio show. Not to be confused with the Shaolin crew's infamous controversial Martin "pharma bro" Shkreli's one-off WU album Once Upon a Time in Shaolin, is the legendary NYC crew's all new album and their first in three years since 2014's A Better Tomorrow. However the new album does include a reference/diss to Shkreli on the 18 track album's song "Lesson Learn’d" in which they rap “Hater wouldn’t last a day in my shoes: you know very well. Bet he swell. You can tell he jeal’.  My price hikin’ like the pills Martin Shkreli sell.” With exclusive production by Mathematics, the 51 and a half minute album features most (not all) WU warriors including Ghostface Killah, Method Man, GZA, Raekwon, Inspektah Deck and Masta Killa. There's additionally some great album guests including the late great Sean Price (don't sleep on his new posthumous solo album Imperius Rex) and Redman who is featured on a few tracks including the aforementioned "Lesson Learn'd" and the tight new single/video "People Say" that can be seen down below in the video version of this top five.

Vinyl Gear 101: Putting Together a Stereo System to Play Vinyl

Posted by Amoebite, October 11, 2017 01:15pm | Post a Comment

Amoeba Music's Vinyl Gear 101 Video

Are you thinking about getting your first turntable, but have some questions about direct drive vs. belt drive tables? Pre-amps? Speakers? We have answers! Setting up your vinyl stereo system isn't a difficult process, but it does take a little bit of knowledge about the right gear to get your records spinning and making noise.

In this Vinyl Gear 101 video, we address the most common questions we get with all the information needed for the novice vinyl listener. We breakdown the four essential components of every system - turntable, pre-amp, amplifier, and speakers - and we demo two simple setups to get you started. Whether you're a beginning DJ or just want to listen to some records at home, we hope you'll find this video helpful!

Don't forget, all turntables are 20% off at our stores October 14th during our Super Saturday Sale.

Watch the full Vinyl Gear 101 video below.

 

Also, check out our Vinyl Care 101 video about cleaning, storing, and caring for your records.

New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Eagles of Death Metal

Posted by Amoebite, October 9, 2017 07:14pm | Post a Comment

Eagles of Death Metal What's In My Bag?

"The character of Catwoman was a big influence on my developing sexuality," confides Eagles of Death Metal frontman Jesse Hughes during his recent visit to Amoeba Hollywood. Hughes, also known as Boots Electric, starts our "What's In My Bag?" episode showing off a figurine of the aforementioned Catwoman from the classic '60s TV show and movie, Batman. "That's what I love about Amoeba," he continues. "You're able to really live within the eternal, time-frozen bubble of pop culture and experience it, if you wish to, in almost any generation." Hughes was full of humorous and insightful observations throughout our interview and proved to have quite the eclectic, and electric, tastes.

Eagles of Death Metal was formed in 1998 by longtime friends Josh Homme and Jesse Hughes. The band's debut came courtesy of Homme's The Desert Sessions Volume 3 & 4 later that year. With the increasing success of Queens of the Stone Age, Eagles of Death Metal was sidelined for a time before the release of their 2004 debut Peace, Love, Death Metal. A number of songs from the album were used in commercial, video game, and film projects, causing the band's profile to grow rapidly. The band released a followup, Death by Sexy, in 2006. They embarked on a series of tours in support of the album, headlining their own tour and supporting The Strokes, Peaches, Joan Jett, and for one show, Guns 'N Roses.

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Recap: Charity Auction for Hurricane Relief with Don Barris

Posted by Amoebite, October 9, 2017 05:45pm | Post a Comment

Charity Auction with Don Barris at Amoeba Hollywood

Saturday at Amoeba Hollywood was the place to be! Our old friend and cohort, the incomparable Don Barris (Windy City Heat, Big 3 Podcast, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, The Ding Dong Show, and a tireless supporter of Amoeba's auctions), did the honors at the podium and hosted our charity auction for hurricane relief! Don was entertaining and hilarious, as always, with the sharp zingers, as well as the deadpan wily way he has of wrangling extra cash our of unsuspecting Saturday shoppers.

The items on the auction block were amazing and Don did a great job. He really drummed up the energy and he had everyone giggling under their breath or rollicking in the aisles as they threw up their rainbow auction paddles (which conveniently double as fans on the 90 degree day). People really got the jump on their holiday shopping by scoring some unique items!

All proceeds from Saturday's auction went directly to support hurricane relief efforts and, as always, Amoeba matched ALL winning bid amounts, which means double the money going to where it is most needed.

Here are just a few of the cool items we auctioned off:

  • Tickets to see The Breeders (SOLD OUT) show at the El Rey November 13th - $60.00
  • Tickets to see The Drums at The Fonda Theatre November 2nd - $80.00
  • Tickets to see Dhani Harrison at the El Rey November 30th - $45.00
  • Signed & framed Glen Campbell poster - $95.00
  • Neon Demon movie poster signed by Nicolas Winding Refn and Cliff Martinez - $20.00
  • David Lynch signed Twin Peaks soundtrack vinyl - $100.00
  • Pearl Jam collectible pack, including Third Man LP, patch and Vitalogy book - $120.00
  • New Orleans music pack, featuring a Tipitina's shirt, hand picked music from NOLA--commemorating our very first auction in September 2005 after Hurricane Katrina devastated the Gulf Coast $80.00
  • Portable turntable + handpicked vinyl - $130.00
  • Lana Del Rey poster from her appearance at Amoeba with CD and buttons - $40.00
  • Signed HAIM poster + CD $30.00
  • Baby Driver soundtrack LP signed by Edgar Wright - $40.00

All together, Don helped raise a total of $840.00! That means, with the Amoeba match, we going to send $1,680.00 to Direct Relief, which has been providing medical and other aid to hurricane ravaged areas like Puerto Rico, Florida, and Texas.

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Space Visitors Film Festival Lands in SF, October 21

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, October 8, 2017 06:57pm | Post a Comment

Unarians, Unarius, Space Brothers

From the illustrious minds who brought you Super Shangri-La Show's Bigfoot Bonanza comes Super Space Visitors Film FestShangri-La Show's Space Visitors Film Festival, which descends upon San Francisco's Balboa Theatre on Saturday, October 21st! Prepare for 16 hours of alien excitement in the form of movies, documentaries, TV shows, and special guest speakers including filmmaker and curator Jodi Wille with members of the Unarius Academy of Science, Ruben Uriarte of MUFON (Mutual UFO Network), and more.

Tickets are $20 for the all-day UFO pass and $25 for the Super-Deluxe space pass that includes a small popcorn and a beverage (beer available!) of your choice. Get your tickets nowsville!

Here's the intergalactic line-up that will transport you outta this world:

10am: Close Encounters of the Third Kind on Screen 1 (with Introduction by Earl Grey of MUFON)

10am: Day the Earth Stood Still (1951) on Screen 2 (with introduction by puppeteer Dave Haaz-Baroque & ALF!)

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