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Outside Lands 2017 Preview / Top 20 Acts: ATCQ, Dr Octagon, Metallica, Gorillaz, Lorde, Thundercat, The Who, Action Bronson + more

Posted by Billyjam, August 11, 2017 11:53am | Post a Comment
Props to the folks behind Outside Lands, the cool diverse long running independent music festival that takes place in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park every summer (which means weather might be sunny or foggy) and that this year marks its tenth successful year.

Outside Lands has become the largest independent music festival in the country. And for this year's 10th anniversary that begins today and ends Sunday (August 11 - 13), festival bookers have curated a refreshingly diverse bill that as well as all the big name acts includes up-and-coming bands, an Epic Rap Battle, breaks B-boy/DJ event,  DJs (inc. Josh Wink and Jazzy Jeff), stand-up and spoken word (inc. Nick Kroll and Henry Rollins) all the while covering many different popular musical genres.

Too many amazing acts to focus on them all in one  Amoeblog but take a look at the flyer left to see most of them listed. Note that, due to injury, that Queens of the Stone Age have cancelled their listed appearance this weekend. [EDIT UPDATE  Saturday announced that A Tribe Called Quest, who had already been postponed by one day, have been cancelled]  Also check out the Outside Lands website for more details and help in planning who to see and when. Generally speaking today is predominantly more beat driven acts while tomorrow/Saturday is more hard rock acts overall. Then Sunday offers more of a mish mash of genres.  Below I have put together a list of 20 of the acts (with videos and days/times of each act) that are worth catching. A subjective list from the perspective of a hip-hop fan foremost, it admittedly only scratches the surface and omits many great acts. But it gives an idea of the wealth of talent to expect this weekend at Outside Lands, as well as a rough guide to planning who to see on what stage over the 3 day festival weekend.

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4 Classic Neil Young Reissues Coming Soon

Posted by Amoebite, August 9, 2017 11:48am | Post a Comment

Neil Young Vinyl Reissues

We've got good news for fans of the legendary Neil Young! Four new, old releases (or as we in the record biz like to call 'em, "reissues") are about to hit our shelves on August 18th. You can pre-order them from us now and they'll ship FREE to U.S. addresses.

Released between 1977-1979, these vinyl LPs mark one of the many career high points for the talented singer-songwriter; soon you'll be able to spin newly spiffed up copies of American Stars 'n Bars, Comes a Time, Rust Never Sleeps, and Live Rust on your record player. This all comes in advance of the release of Hitchhiker, a "lost" acoustic album originally recorded at Malibu's now-defunct Indigo Ranch Studios in 1976. Of course, new (old) music from Mr. Young is always a treat but there's a certain pleasure to revisiting old favorites.

Here's why we're looking forward to each new August reissue.

American Stars 'n Bars

American Stars 'n Bars (1977)

Tribute To Glen Campbell [1936 - 2017]

Posted by Billyjam, August 9, 2017 12:19am | Post a Comment

It was a deliberate choice for singer-songwriter/guitarist Glen Campbell, who Tuesday August 8th at age 81 as a result of Alzheimer’s, to have titled his recently released last album Adiós (“goodbye”). The album, released in June, is also avail on vinyl/LP. The country/crossover musician sadly was well aware that his time to say goodbye was approaching when he recorded the album in Nashville between 2012 and 2013. Those recording sessions, that followed on the heels of Campbell's farewell concert tour with the last show date in Napa CA, was made just as the beginning stages of Alzheimer’s (which he was originally diagnosed with in early 2011) were taking hold. 

Including such contemplative, reflective songs as “Funny How Time Slips By (feat. Willie Nelson)” Adiós was the perfectly fitting farewell album for the Arkansas born musician, and sometime movie actor and onetime TV host. It was also just one of over sixty (studio and live) albums released by the prolific country/pop artist in a five-and-a-half decade career punctuated by such hit singles as “Wichita Lineman,” “Rhinestone Cowboy,”  “Gentle On My Mind,” “By the Time I Get to Phoenix,” and “Southern Nights.”  In a tribute to the artist, music videos to these songs all appear below with links to the albums they're found on. Adiós and rest in peace Glen Campbell.

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Prince Fans Finally Get To View Late Artist's Music Videos Online

Posted by Billyjam, August 8, 2017 12:40pm | Post a Comment


Following years of it being almost impossible to locate virtually any of the late great Prince’s music videos online, such as “Purple Rain,” “Let’s Go Crazy” or “Controversy,” over the past month all these videos and 20 more have been posted to YouTube, VEVO, and other associated accounts by the official Prince website. [Scroll down to view many of these great clips with links to their respective albums].

Posted to the recently established official Prince account, since its launch a month ago, they’ve been uploading Prince videos every Friday: mostly official music videos but some live concert ones, too. The first Prince videos posted on July 7th were a batch of Purple Rain era videos, the 1984 album/movie soundtrack that coincidentally was re-released a couple of weeks earlier in various versions: Purple Rain Picture Disc LP, 180 gram vinyl LP), Purple Rain Deluxe CD + Purple Rain Deluxe Expanded CD. As noted upon their recent release by Amoeba the Deluxe version boasts the official 2015 Paisley Park Remaster of the original tapes overseen by Prince himself in addition to a new “From The Vault & Previously Unreleased” disc with 11 unheard gems from the storied vault.

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Recap: Charity Auction for Planned Parenthood with Tawny Newsome

Posted by Amoebite, August 8, 2017 11:03am | Post a Comment

Amoeba Charity Auction for Planned Parenthood with Tawny Newsome

We sure had a great time at Amoeba Hollywood on Saturday! Our special guest auctioneer Tawny Newsome, musician and comedian and all around wonderful person, graced our stage and helped us raise close to $2,000 for our local Planned Parenthood chapter.

We had some outstanding prizes, and Tawny's relaxed style coaxed the audience into raising their auction paddles (which were actually Amoeba handheld fans, so they did double duty that hot day). Full of quips and one-liners, she had the audience chuckling--and she even got the shy people to join in!

Tawny Newsome is a Second City alum, actor (Bajillion Dollar Propertie$' "Chelsea Leight-Leigh") and a singer/guitarist. She was a touring member of Second City before joining the Mainstage cast and released a solo album in 2012. In 2013 Rolling Stone suggested Tawny for SNL's new cast. She moved from Chicago to LA about a year and a half ago where she's kept very busy. This October, Tawny is releasing her 4th album with Jon Langford (Mekons, Waco Brothers) which they recorded at the legendary Muscle Shoals studio with original Muscle Shoals session players. They recorded the new album three days after last year's election with Tawny, John and their two band-mates flying to the town of 400. Four Lost Souls will be out on Bloodshot records September 22, with a tour starting that same month.

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