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The 50 Best Selling Albums of 2019

Posted by Amoebite, December 18, 2019 10:06am | Post a Comment

Best Selling Albums of 2019

With just two weeks left in 2019, the time is right to take a walk down memory lane and revisit some of the best selling albums of the year. (Fifty of 'em, in fact!) The albums flying off the Amoeba shelves are a varied group, ranging from forgotten Japanese pop music to classic reissues to new releases in rock, hip-hop, R&B, and soundtrack music. There's something for everyone here, so you may discover a new favorite or see how your personal picks fared among your fellow music fans.

Read on to see the full list of Amoeba Hollywood's 50 Best Selling Albums of 2019.

Pacific Breeze 50. Various Artists - Pacific Breeze
Hasta El Cielo
49. Khruangbin - Hasta El Cielo
All Mirrors 48. Angel Olsen - All Mirrors Almost Free 47. Fidlar - Almost Free
Outer Peace 46. Toro y Moi - Outer Peace Western Stars 45. Bruce Springsteen - Western Stars
Bohemian Rhapsody OST 44. Queen - Bohemian Rhapsody OST Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes. 43. HUNNY - Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes.
Atonement 42. Killswitch Engage - Atonement H.E.R. 41. H.E.R. - H.E.R.
Ventura 40. Anderson .Paak - Ventura Cuz I Love You 39. Lizzo - Cuz I Love You
Titanic Rising 38. Weyes Blood - Titanic Rising I, I 37. Bon Iver - I,I
House of Sugar 36. Alex G - House of Sugar American Love Call 35. Durand Jones & the Indications - American Love Call
Ghosteen 34. Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds - Ghosteen Widow's Weeds 33. Silversun Pickups - Widow's Weeds
Lux Prima 32. Karen O & Danger Mouse - Lux Prima Some Rap Songs 31. Earl Sweatshirt - Some Rap Songs
Brutalism 30. The Drums - Brutalism Bandana 29. Freddie Gibbs & Madlib - Bandana
Originals 28. Prince - Originals Without Fear 27. Dermot Kennedy - Without Fear
Madame X 26. Madonna - Madame X Everyday Life 25. Coldplay - Everyday Life
I Am Easy to Find 24. The National - I Am Easy To Find Better Oblivion Community Center 23. Better Oblivion Community Center - Better Oblivion Community Center
Unknown Pleasures 22. Joy Division - Unknown Pleasures (40th anniversary edition) Violet Street 21. Local Natives - Violet Street

 

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Hip-Hop Top 5 Albums + Top 5 Vinyl: J Rocc, B Boy Hip Hop, Lil' Kim, Czarface, Follow The Leader Re-Imagined as Jazz, A-Scratch + more

Posted by Billyjam, December 15, 2019 04:47am | Post a Comment
Hip-Hop Vinyl Top Five: 12:15:19



#1: Various Artists
B Boy Hip Hop 180 Gram Vinyl 2LP (Demon Records)

#2: J Rocc The Funky President Edits Vol. 7: Flight #2 / Greddy Foot vinyl 7" (Fat Beats)

#3:  Body Music  "Don't Think Twice" / "Give My Love A Try" vinyl 12" (Head In The Clouds)

#4: A-Scratch   Plastic Scratch Tricks  vinyl 7" (Fat Beats)

#5: Pharoahe Monch  "Simon Says" / Instrumental vinyl 7" (War Media)

This week's hip-hop vinyl top five chart includes seven inch, twelve inch and LP formats. The 7" singles include the reissue of Pharoahe Monch's  "Simon Says" / Instrumental vinyl 7" and the DJ scratch record / battle tool Plastic Scratch Tricks  vinyl 7" from A-Scratch  via Fat Beats. Also on Fat Beats is J Rocc's The Funky President Edits Vol. 7: Flight #2 / Greddy Foot vinyl 7". On 12"is Body Music's  "Don't Think Twice" / "Give My Love A Try" vinyl 12" via Head In The Clouds that contains instrumental and vocal versions of both songs.

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Amoeba SF's Holiday CD BOGO Blowout Sale, 12/20-12/22

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, December 13, 2019 07:55pm | Post a Comment

You've acquired the perfect presents, you found all the right festive foods...but what about your holiday soundtrack?! As far as joyous ambiance is concerned, it's more important than those snowman candles you bought. Fear not as there is still time to build up your merry collection!

Buy any red tag Holiday CD at Amoeba SF and get the 2nd one (of equal or lesser value) FREE, Friday 12/20 - Sunday 12/22! Make this year's celebrations one to remember.

Sale is valid in-store only at Amoeba SF.

GERRY TEEKENS, OWNER AND PRODUCER, MUSE OF CRISS CROSS RECORDS HAS DIED

Posted by Rick Frystak, December 13, 2019 12:50am | Post a Comment
 Gerry Teekens, the highly esteemed president, owner and producer of Criss Cross Records, one of the greatest straight-ahead jazz labels ever to mix straight-ahead burning with progressive composition passed away on October 31. He was one bad-ass producer who stuck to his love of swinging, creative, and up-and-coming music and musicians who never let go of that particular sound and style.


Through thick and thin and every trend you could think of, Gerry hung onto his love of that particular style and sound, which the major labels had forsaken unless they found a profitable aspect to it, and keep releasing it year after year. Many times I had thought Teekins would throw in the towel in this regard, but like many of Amoeba's customers who love the label, he hung in there, stayed loyal and kept doing what he loved, and it paid off musically, creatively, joyfully!


Thanks to those customers who continue to buy the near-$20 import CDs of Gerry's label, he discovered and released many new and unknown musicians' work with his own kind of blinders on, or he gave a chance to many seasoned players who normally wouldn 't have a record contract, and relentlessly released records by artists that had been kicked to the curb by other labels. Artists like Gary Smulyan, Warne Marsh, Peter Bernstein, and many many other first-class players from any style. ECM recently upped Chris Potter's output in recent days, and is consistently reviewed quite well. Chris Potter's first album is on Criss Cross, released in 1992, to give you an example of Teekens' ear. Gary Smulyan could be the torchbearer for the baritone saxophone for many years to come just based on what he's already done on Criss Cross, luscious tone and very creative ideas in his solos and composition. Here's Gary's hommage to Pepper Adams with Tommy Flanagan: 

Experiment in Twin Peaks

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, December 11, 2019 04:25pm | Post a Comment

Experiment In Terror

By Kai Wada Roath
Ambassador of Confusion Hill and host of the Super Shangri-La Show


The next evening you are heading through the Yerba Buena Tunnel on your way over the Emperor Norton Bridge to Baghdad By The Bay be sure to play Henry Mancini's all time slow-creeper hit, "Experiment in Terror," which is the theme from Blake Edward's outstandingly suspenseful crime movie of the same name.


The lead of the film, played by Lee Remick, is under the spell of fear from a psychotic killer played by none other than Ross Martin, who many of you may remember as Artemus Gordon, "Inventor" and "Master of Disguise" on the TV show The WIld Wild West (1965-69). Lee's character asks for the help of the FBI and is helped by an agent played by Glenn Ford. One of my favorite movies with Glenn Ford is Lust for Gold (1949) where he plays Jacob Waltz, the famous Dutchman who hides his gold in the Superstition Mountains. You've heard of the Lost Dutchman's treasure right? How about the famous Peratla Stones? Another film that I really enjoy that also involves Glenn Ford and hidden treasure is the 1953 crime-adventure Plunder of the Sun.

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