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2017's Top 20 Best Selling Albums...So Far

Posted by Amoebite, July 17, 2017 04:54pm | Post a Comment

Best Selling Albums of 2017 So Far

Now that summer's in full swing, we're just a little past the midpoint of the year in record sales. So what's been hot at Amoeba? Our best sellers are a diverse mix, as always, with indie, pop, a killer soundtrack, metal, electronic, and hip-hop albums all posting up within the Top 20 CDs and LPs released in 2017 so far. Take a look at what has been flying off our shelves -- some of these probably won't be a surprise while still others may have slipped past your radar. You can expect to see many of these albums on critics' best-of lists at the end of the year!

Beach Fossils

20. Beach Fossils - Somersault

With every new record, it seems Beach Fossils have been continually evolving their indie/post-punk sound. Somersault, their latest, shows a band working at its fullest potential. The songs are lush and dreamy, thoughtful and warm. This is not the same band who was making angular, propulsive post-punk just a few years back — instead there’s a hazy, modern New Romantic meets shoegaze vibe, which gives the album a deeper, more emotional allure. This album is pure romantic pleasure.

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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The Grammy Museum Presents The Drop: Blaqk Audio April 19

Posted by Amoebite, April 11, 2016 03:19pm | Post a Comment

blaqk audio

blaqk audio material lp cdBlaqk Audio, the band featuring Davey Havok and Jade Puget of punk-rockers AFI, will appear at The Grammy Museum April 19 for its program “The Drop.”

The electronic duo will perform at the Clive Davis Theater from their upcoming album Material, which is due April 15 (preorder here on LP or CD). They’ll also appear for an intimate conversation.

Tickets are $20, and doors open at 7:30 p.m. Amoeba is proud to be a sponsor of this all-ages show.

The band’s third release is inspired by the likes of Devo, Duran Duran, Erasure, Depeche Mode and Skinny Puppy. The band’s mix of synth pop and industrial sounds can be hear on first single “Anointed”; watch the Tron-inspired video for the track below.

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AFI spinoff group XTRMST

Posted by Billyjam, November 13, 2014 08:23am | Post a Comment


The Blue Man Group gone red, gone bad, and acting like characters from The Warriors is what I first thought upon seeing the brand new music video (above) from traditionally structured, new hardcore punk band XTRMST. The song "Conformist" is a lead single by the self-described "straight edge hardcore" (with some electronic instrumentation thrown in) group formed by veterans Davey Havok and Jade Puget  of NorCal's legendary long running "goth punk" group AFI. The song is a taste of what's to come on the AFI spinoff supergroup's self-titled debut that will be released (oddly enough) by electronic dance producer/artist/label owner Steve Aoki through his Dim Mak record label. Look for the 14 track album at Amoeba Music when it will arrive in stores next week on November 17th.

Photographic Memory, Part 2

Posted by Job O Brother, September 14, 2009 12:01pm | Post a Comment
This is another installment of music and/or movies that I’m reminded of when looking at old photos of myself, my family and my friends. It was brought to you by the letter E and the number 8. And through a generous donation from the Karen Silkwood Driving Academy. And from Viewers Like You.

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"I hate you."

Here’s a picture of the dude that’s writing the sentence you’re reading right now. It was taken while he was in Kindergarten. The expression on the boy’s face sets the tone for the rest of his scholastic experience.

I don’t know what happened to make me look so surly in a photograph. It could’ve been as simple as the photographer telling me to “Smile!” which is an order I have never responded to well. I mean, if someone wants me to smile, they should be creative about it. Try saying something like:

“I’ve bought you 8 pints of ice cream and a spoon!” or

“I managed to destroy every last recording of the song ‘Entry Of The Gladiators!'” or

“I am John Gavin, and I’m going to kiss you.”

Something that would make me smile for reals. Don’t just bark orders at me! Especially to portray an emotion. That’s too personal. I AM NOT A LABRADOR RETRIEVER, PEOPLE!