Amoeblog

New 'What's In My Bag?' Episode with Kimbra

Posted by Amoebite, June 19, 2018 12:27pm | Post a Comment

Kimbra - What's In My Bag? Amoeba Music

New Zealander singer/songwriter and actress Kimbra stopped by Amoeba Hollywood recently and showed us some of her favorite records, sharing her personal history with each one. "I was quite into punk rock around, you know, 15 and there was a band called The Mint Chicks that used to play in my hometown, Hamilton," she explained to us. "Ruban Nielson, who went on to create Unknown Mortal Orchestra, was the guitarist in that band." Holding up the band's 2016 album, Multi-Love, she went on to praise his songwriting ability and musicianship. "'Can't Keep Checking My Phone' is just such a funky song." Kimbra had lots of thoughtful insight into every record she picked, making for an interesting and personal What's In My Bag? episode. 

Kimbra began writing songs when she was ten years old. As a child, she sang at sporting events and released her first music video, for the song "Smile" on the children's TV show What Now. On the Kimbra - Primal Heart - Amoeba Musicstrength of her second single, "Simply On My Lips," she signed with independent label and management group Forum 5 and began a series of high-profile collaborations that would launch her to stardom. Kimbra appeared on a track by Miami Horror ("I Look to You") before collaborating with Gotye on "Somebody That I Used to Know," which would eventually go multi-platinum and garner the duo awards for Record of the Year and Best Pop Duo/Group Performance at the Grammys.

Continue reading...

Depeche Mode To Reissue Deluxe Numbered Boxed Sets of 12” Singles from Every Album

Posted by Billyjam, June 18, 2018 11:30am | Post a Comment


Depeche Mode vinyl collectors take note: Rhino has announced plans to reissue, via limited edition numbered boxed sets, every Depeche Mode 12” single dating back to their very first 12” single. That February 1981 single, "Dreaming of Me," was the first of 55 singles released by the prolific long running UK electronic rock act. Each forthcoming 12" box set will correspond to the Depeche Mode (DM) album that the singles were originally culled from and will include a bounty of forgotten DM extended remixes.

The first two box sets in this new collector's edition series, that will feature audiophile-quality remastered audio tapes originally cut at Abbey Road Studios, will arrive in Amoeba Music on August 31st with the release of both the 12” singles from the band’s 1981 debut album Speak & Spell (also on LP/vinyl)  and from their 1982 sophomore album A Broken Frame. (also on LP/vinyl). The other 12” box sets will follow next year and in later years according to Rhino. As seen in the images above and below the artwork for each 12” record will be the same as the original single releases while the the exterior of each box set will, according to the label, “draw on street art iconography inspired by the original releases.”

Continue reading...

New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Ride

Posted by Amoebite, June 14, 2018 12:07pm | Post a Comment

Ride What's In My Bag? Amoeba Music

Sometimes it takes a special moment to change your perception of a song you've never paid much attention to. In our new What's In My Bag? episode with the shoegaze legends Ride, bassist Steve Queralt recounted listening to music with Erol Alkan, the producer of their latest record, Weather Diaries. "One evening he decided to play 'Eagle' by ABBA, and cranked up the volume," Queralt told us, "and it just made you realize just how great ABBA are." The Oxford native grabbed ABBA: The Album, which features "Eagle" by the Swedish pop quartet, and explained, "now everyone kind of laughs at ABBA, but we all grew up with ABBA when we were kids. It's what my mum was playing all the time, so it's difficult to not like (them)."

English rock band Ride was formed in Oxford by longtime school friends Andy Bell and Mark Gardener, their college classmate Laurence Colbert, and Steve Queralt, the singles buyer at their local Our Price Ride Weather Diariesrecord shop. Inspired by loud art rock bands like My Bloody Valentine, The House of Love, The Stone Roses, and Sonic Youth, Ride became synonymous with the nascent shoegaze scene, although they tried to avoid any sort of label. The band made their live debut in 1988 at a holiday party hosted by North Oxfordshire College, where Bell, Gardener, and Colbert attended school. After Jim Reid of The Jesus and Mary Chain heard a track from their demo, the band piqued the interest of former JAMC manager Alan McGee, who signed Ride to his Creation Records label after they toured alongside The Soup Dragons in 1989.

Continue reading...

Just Announced Bay Area Summer Shows with Playboi Carti, Nick Cannon, Greta Van Fleet, Cody Jinks with Ben Haggard + more

Posted by Billyjam, June 13, 2018 11:43pm | Post a Comment
Self-titled album by Playboi Carter (also on CD) who will be headlining the Warfield in SF
 on July 24th as part of the ATL rapper's just announced summer 2018 tour
Infusing further heat into an already hot and exciting upcoming summer concert season in the Bay Area, concert promoters Goldenvoice this evening announced even more cool shows for the summer months ahead. These include ATL rap star Playboi Carti whose just announced summer tour will include him headlining The Warfield in San Francisco on July 24th with tix ($32.50 to $50) avail from Thursday (6/14) at 10am. Also just announced is the Led Zeppelin-esque, hard rockin’ Greta Van Fleet who will headline City National Civic in San Jose (9/18) with tix ($39.50 +) going on sale this Friday at 10am. Expanding upon the title and theme of his popular MTV series, just announced is the Nick Cannon Presents Wild ‘N Out Live, tour with a planned Bay Area stops on  September 30th at Golden 1 Center in San Jose and Oct 6th at Oracle Arena in Oakland. General tix on sale Friday, June 15 at 10am.
 
Other just announced summer shows for the Bay Area include Texas star Cody Links with Ben Haggard opening at the Warfield in SF on August 4th (tix $25 - $100 on sale 06/15 at 10am), and noted hip-hop producer RJD2 (Mad Men theme etc.) who headlines Slim’s in SF on August 17th with tickets ($25 - $50) going on sale Friday (6/15) at 10am. Also just announced is a just added additional show by  Panic! at The Disco show at Oracle Arena. Tickets for the show and tour, that will coincide with the forthcoming new Panic! At The Disco’s album Pray For The Wicked (also on LP), go on sale this Friday June 15th at 10am.

Continue reading...

Top 20 Hip-Hop Vinyl New Releases: Roc Marciano, Migos, DJ Woody, EPMD, J Dilla, Guru's Jazzmatazz, Del +AmpLive, Skyzoo +

Posted by Billyjam, June 13, 2018 03:58pm | Post a Comment

The trend of the past several years of new vinyl pressings overtaking new CDs been pressed up, in terms of favorable physical format, continues to grow each week with the number of hip-hop vinyl releases far outweighing that of CD releases each week in 2018. This top twenty list of hip-hop vinyl releases, in no particular order, includes new and recent vinyl pressings spanning the past several weeks up to the most recent date (6/8/18). As well as 12" albums these include some 7" releases such as UK mixed media producer / DJ Woody's Ear Wax 7" (Woodwurk),  Stro Elliot's Soul II Stro / The Egyptian Way (7")  (Street Corner Music) and  DJ Sausage Fingaz' battle DJ tool themed 1-2 Knockouts Vol. 1 (7") (Dinked Records). 

The full-length album on vinyl titles in this list of 20 releases include both new 2018 (and some 2017) albums finally getting vinyl versions, as well as a grip of older era hip-hop albums getting reissued on vinyl after been out of print for a long time. Examples of these include previous decade hip-hop releases from Mobb Deep starring Havoc and the late great Prodigy (inc. 1999's Murda Muzik as 2LP pictured above and their 2001 album Infamy 2LP both via Sony Legacy), Diamond & The Psychotic Neurotics' golden era classic Stunts, Blunts & Hip Hop 2LP (Music On Vinyl), and the power duo of EPMD whose landmark albums, their 1988 debut  Strictly Business 2LP and 1989's Unfinished Business 2LP both recently reissued as by Capitol). Another recent reissue on vinyl is GURU's Jazzmatazz Vol. 1 [Deluxe Edition] Vinyl 3LP.  This expanded new deluxe triple vinyl set, via Virgin, revisits the late great Gang Starr emcee's early nineties side jazz project  with Branford Marsalis and others, Jazzmatazz.

BACK  <<  3  4  5  6  7  8  9  10  11  12  13  14  >>  NEXT