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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Vic Mensa

Posted by Amoebite, February 5, 2018 06:51pm | Post a Comment

Vic Mensa What's In My Bag? Amoeba Music

Chicago rapper Vic Mensa visited Amoeba Hollywood recently and picked up records by some of his all-time favorites, including two legendary bands of the UK punk scene: the Sex Pistols and The Clash. "The energy captivated me as a kid," he said of the album Never Mind the Bollocks Here's The Sex Pistols. Mensa pointed to The Clash as one of his favorite bands, saying, "I feel like The Clash is the punk band." Having picked up their Live At Shea Stadium LP he said, "the live version is gonna have all of this fresh musicality that I haven't heard before."

Vic Mensa, born Victor Kwesi Mensah, began his career in the indie band Kids These Days before releasing his debut mixtape, Innanetape, in 2013. Featuring appearances by Chance the Rapper, Vic Mensa The Autobiography Ab-Soul, Rockie Fresh, and BJ the Chicago Kid, the mixtape was universally acclaimed. Not long after, Mensa signed up to support J. Cole and Wale on the What Dreams May Come Tour. He was included in XXL's Freshman Class of 2014, winning over new fans with the release of "Down on My Luck," the first single from his debut EP, Street Lights.

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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Beth Ditto

Posted by Amoebite, January 24, 2018 01:12pm | Post a Comment

Beth Ditto What's In My Bag? Amoeba Hollywood

When the multi-talented singer Beth Ditto stopped in to Amoeba Hollywood to do some record shopping she was very upfront about her tastes. "I think I have really dollar bin taste," she told us looking at her stack of records, "which is both great and horrible." Sure, the dollar bins may not be alphabetized, but there's still plenty of overlooked gems in them, including Same by British singer/songwriter Joan Armatrading. "She's a radical and an activist," Ditto told us, "(and) a beautiful songwriter too."

Beth Ditto first burst onto the scene in 1999 with her garage punk band The Gossip's (later simply Gossip) self-titled EP on K Records. The band's hybrid of gospel, punk, and soul styles combined with Ditto and co's feminist, body positive, and LGBTQ-friendly message created an intriguing hybrid that appealed to a wide range of fans. The band gained steady traction with the release of their debut full-length That's Not What I Heard (2001), their first collaboration with indie label Kill Rock Stars. Movement (2003) and Standing in the Way of Control (2006) soon followed with the latter album Beth Ditto Fake Sugar Amoeba Musiclanding in the #1 slot on the UK indie charts. The band signed to major label Columbia for their next album, 2009's Music for Men. Produced by Rick Rubin, the LP netted the band a nomination for Outstanding Music Artist at the 21st GLAAD Media Awards. Gossip's final album, A Joyful Noise, was released in 2012, debuting at #100 on the Billboard top 200.

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Amoeba Hollywood's Top 50 Sellers of 2017

Posted by Amoebite, January 8, 2018 05:45pm | Post a Comment

Amoeba Hollywood's top 50 sellers of 2017

Without a doubt, our customers love Kendrick Lamar and Mac DeMarco. They both had three albums appear on our list of the best-selling albums of 2017. Among the classic best-sellers like Michael Jackson's Thriller and Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon were debut albums from Khalid and SZA. New anniversary reissues were a hot ticket in 2017, with the 50th anniversary editions of Pet Sounds and Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band selling especially well.

Read on to see the full list of Amoeba Hollywood's Top 50 Sellers of 2017.


Khalid American Teen

50. Khalid - American Teen (Released March 2017)

Singer/songwriter Khalid's debut album features the hit single "Location," with its atmosphere of stoned partying, chill vibes, and romantic longing. Treading somewhere in the realm of neo-soul hip hop and unbridled sunshiny pop, American Teen rejects any notion of nihilism and bitterness to create an album that's pure happiness. Bay Area fans were treated to a very special acoustic performance by Khalid at Amoeba SF back when his album first dropped.

Amoeba San Francisco Platinum Anniversary Celebrated Via 20 Years of Hip-Hop Albums 1997-2017: from Company Flow to Wiki

Posted by Billyjam, November 18, 2017 04:23pm | Post a Comment

As you likely already know today is part-two of the two-day 20 year (Platinum) anniversary celebration of Amoeba San Francisco that opened back in November 1997. In-store happenings at the historic SF Haight-Ashbury District location, that formerly housed a bowling alley, include music spinning from DJs with Amoeba SF roots: J Boogie, DJ Rascue, DocFu, and Mike Bee and the Platinum party going strong
til 8pm this evening.  Full details on Amoeba SF Platinum Anniversary Celebration. In celebration of Amoeba SF's 20 years of  providing bottomless crates for DJs and hip-hop fans to dig from, below is a quick look back at select hip-hop album releases from the twenty years that Amoeba San Francisco has been open. Sure it’s a subjective list culled from the countless great albums released over these past two decades. But it is also a reminder of how quickly the time has flown since Amoeba Music opened on Haight Street back in November 1997. Note that the Hollywood store opened a few years later in November 2001 and that the Amoeba Music Berkeley store (the original) had already been open for seven years at this point. The photo above is from seven years ago, November 2010, during the 20 year anniversary celebration of Amoeba Berkeley. It pictures two of that day’s performers: former Amoeba employee and Anticon hero Adam "DoseoneDrucker along with Pam The Funkstress of The Coup. As posted on the Amoeblog two days ago the longtime Bay Area DJ, also known as Purple Pam, is currently in hospital and battling for her life. As of time of publishing this story on Saturday afternoon, no further updates on Pam’s health had been issued but once they have will be posted here on the Amoeblog. [UPDATE EDIT on Saturday Nov 18th a little after 7pm (Pacific time) good news posted on social media regarding Pam's status, stating that "she had a successful surgery and is on her way to recovery" and that she and her family, "want to thank everyone for their prayers and concern."]
Meantime below are 20 hip-hop albums from the past 20 years of Amoeba SF's existence at 1855 Haight St, San Francisco, California 94117 

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

Posted by Amoebite, March 29, 2017 12:13pm | Post a Comment

AFI What's In My Bag? Amoeba Music

Many people around the world, including the members of the California rock/punk band AFI, were sad to learn of the passing of Alan Vega, half of the influential New York electropunk duo Suicide. "What a rough past year we had, because we lost Alan," says lead singer Davey Havok as he holds up a vinyl reissue of Suicide's self-titled debut. Havok considers the band "wildly ahead of its time and cutting edge in what they were doing with electronics and soundscapes." Davey, Adam, and Hunter from AFI went shopping at Amoeba Hollywood before their in-store performance in January, and they gave us a glimpse into the work of some of their influences, current interests, and musical peers.

AFI formed in Ukiah, CA while its members were still in high school. They released their full-length debut, Answer That and Stay Fashionable, in 1995. The current lineup of Davey Havok, Adam Carson, Hunter Burgan, and Jade Puget solidified in 1998. AFI has steadily released albums throughout their three decade-spanning career, but it wasn't till their 2000 LP, The Art of Drowning, that they found mainstream success and a slot in the Billboard Top 200.

AFI the Blood Album Amoeba MusicTheir next album, Sing the Sorrow, did even better; the album reached number five on the Top 200 and stayed on the charts for just shy of a year. A string of hits followed, with Decemberunderground (2006), Crash Love (2009) and Burials (2013) all faring well in the Billboard charts. The band released AFI [The Blood Album] in mid-January 2017. AFI will be performing at select festival dates in North America and the United Kingdom this spring/summer.

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