Outside Lands Fest Artists at Amoeba

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, August 11, 2010 09:04am | Post a Comment
Many of the fine artists performing at the Outside Lands Festival here in San Francisco Aug 14-15 have stopped by Amoeba for in-stores, where their performances have been captured via video and photos, and to participate in our What's In My Bag? series over the years. To whet your appetite for the festival, check them out right here!

Australia's Wolfmother performed at Amoeba Hollywood on Valentine's Day 2006.

Albert Hammond Jr
(The Strokes)
Albert Hammond Jr performed at Amoeba Hollywood on March 7, 2007.

Devil Makes Three
The Devil Makes Three combine ragtime, country, folk & rockabilly (without a drummer!). They performed at Amoeba Hollywood on October 13, 2009. Get an exclusive free download of "For Good Again" by Devil Makes Three recorded live at Amoeba!

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Check Out Performances and Interviews from 2010 Coachella Artists at Amoeba! Part 1

Posted by Amoebite, March 27, 2010 04:05pm | Post a Comment

Many of the artists performing at Coachella 2010 have performed live and/or shopped at Amoeba, including John Waters, Dave Grohl, Boots Riley, Aterciopelados, Sia, Vampire Weekend and more!

Check out their instore performance videos, interviews, and What's In My Bag? features right here in Part 1, and get a little insight into these artists' inspirations, what they listen to, and their music! To see Part 2, with Steve Malkmus of Pavement, Zoe, The Soft Pack and more, go here!

Dave Grohl of Them Crooked Vultures - What's In My Bag?

John Waters - Interview

Boots Riley of Street Sweeper Social Club - What's In My Bag?

Amoeba Hollywood Latin Rock & Pop Best Sellers

Posted by Gomez Comes Alive!, December 29, 2008 01:22am | Post a Comment
These are the top selling Latin Rock & Pop titles at Amoeba Hollywood from the dates of November 28th through December 28, 2008. Maybe you were lucky enough to get one of these releases as a gift. If not, maybe you can buy it for yourself!
1. Aterciopelados-Rio
2. Rodrigo Y Gabriela-Live In Japan
3. Calle 13-Los De Atras Vienen Conmigo
4. V/A-Arriba La Cumbia
5. Ricardo Arjona-Quinto Piso
6. Eydie Gorme Y Los Panchos -Cantan En Español
7. Juana Molina-Un Dia
8. Monica Naranjo-Tarantula
9. Juanes-La Vida Es Un Ratico En Vivo
10. Manu Chao-Clandestino

Aterciopelados' newest release took the top spot. Released in early November, it didn’t sell that well upon release but it picked up steam as the gift giving days approached. The same went for the live Rodrigo Y Gabriela. For the most part, live releases don’t do too well but Rodrigo Y Gabriela are known for the intense live shows and this made a great gift for anyone who went to their shows or hopes to see them live in the future.

Calle 13s latest is good but it’s hard not to compare it their previous releases. It’s not that Los De Atras is a bad album, it's just that they set the bar so high with last year’s Residente o Visitante that anything they would have done would be considered a drop-off. Still, there are plenty of great tracks on the album and Calle 13 continues to be one of the most original groups around.

At the number four spot is the Arriba La Cumbia compilation on the Crammed label. Compiled by Russ Jones out of England, Jones mixed Electro, Villiera, Traditional, Reggaeton and Merengue all with Cumbia elements. This was the perfect impulse item, as every time we played in the store we sold a bunch.   

I think people buy Eydie Gorme Y Los Panchos as a gift to relive their childhood memories. Like drinking water out of the manguera triggers memories of playing outside on hot summer days, Cantan En Español reminds people of hanging out with their parents/grandparents at a family gathering with Eydie Y Los Panchos playing in the background. It’s the perfect gift to give to your elders that will make them say, “Oh, I haven’t heard this in years!” Still, I can’t help to think the grandparents secretly wished they got Marco Antonio SolisLive In Madrid or Julieta VenegasMTV Unplugged instead. Both performances have been on T.V. so much that I often see moms & pops buying it for themselves. I think the best way to buy music for your parents or grandparents is to find out what they are listening to now rather what they were listening to back in the day. Don’t make gifts a way for you to walk down memory lane. If you want to do that, go run around in the backyard and drink from that water hose!
Our core Latino Gays that shop in the Latin Rock & Pop section begged us to get the import version of Monica Naranjos Tarantula, which was released in Spain during the summer. But at a hefty $39.99 list price and a with domestic release date on the horizon, I didn’t feel it was fair for someone to pay that much for a single CD. It was a hard wait, because the album’s release date was pushed back several times until finally it was released in late November. Now that it is out, it reached the eighth spot on the Christmas chart, which means it was probably worth the wait.

At the tenth spot is Manu Chao’s Clandestino, perhaps the Srgt. Pepper of Latin Rock albums. I listened to it the other day from beginning to end and it still sounds as fresh as it did the day it came out. It is always a great gift for anyone who is adventurous and has never heard of him…or for that special someone who wore out their copy and needs a new one.

Latin Rock & Pop Releases For October & November

Posted by Gomez Comes Alive!, November 10, 2008 01:45am | Post a Comment

As the days get closer to Christmas, record labels start pushing all their potential moneymakers to the forefront. Sometimes quality releases go unnoticed in the avalanche of greatest hits and blockbuster releases. Here is a reminder of some releases that you can find in our Latin Rock & Pop section for yourself and for future gifts for Christmas.

newest release, Rio, is their most focused release since 2001's classic, Gozo Poderoso. Filled with melodic vocals and soft Latin electronica beats, Aterciopelados explores their Colombian hippie side without sounding contrived. Life and the environment are the central themes of this album that link each song with the sound of a river flowing, rio/river...get it? Click here to watch a song from their Amoeba instore.

Rodrigo Y Gabriela, the surprise Flamenco hit of 2006, return with Live In Tokyo. Fans of the brother/sister duo claim that their strength comes from their live performances, including many Amoebites who witnessed their in store performance at Amoeba Hollywood two years ago. The release includes a DVD and a few new tunes for you to play air guitar to.

The much anticipated live performance of The Buena Vista Social Club at Carnegie Hall is finally available on both LP and CD. For those who had forgotten, this is the infamous performance caught at the end of Wim Wender’s film of the group. Most of the key players in that concert, Compay Segundo, Pio Leyva, Ruben Gonzalez and Ibrahim Ferrer have all passed on in the recent years. This CD/LP is a document of one of the greatest nights of their lives. My question is, why they didn’t include the entire concert on DVD?

Calle 13’s Los De Atras Vienen Conmigo is another classic from half brothers Residente y Visitante. From the offset, Calle 13 distances themselves from the Reggaeton movement, calling out not just some Reggaetoneros, but all of them! The music as well as the lyrics is irreverent, mixing Urban beats with Mexican Banda, Gypsy Music and Cumbia Villera. Calle 13 collaborates with Indie En Espanol stalwarts Café Tacvba on the song "No Hay Nadie Como Tú," which to me, feels like an updated version of Manu Chao’s "Me Gustas Tu." Another collaboration is with Salsa legend Ruben Blades on "La Perla," in which Ruben Blades shows much updated flow! Calle 13's latest is my favorite of the bunch so far.

Nacional Records are releasing two CDs from Senor Coconut. First is the domestic version of Around The World and the re-issue of El Baile Aleman. For fans of Senor Coconut (also known by his German name, Uwe Schmidt), you know what to expect. Around The World contains the a Latin Lounge version of the Daft Punk hit of the same name as well as versions of Prince’s "Kiss" and The Eurhythmics classic, "Sweet Dreams Are Made of This." This is perfect for fans of kitsch and those who yearn for the days of Les Baxter and Perez Prado performing contemporary hits. El Baile Aleman is the classic album which Senor Coconut does Cumbia, Merengue and Mambo versions of famous Kraftwerk songs. This is true genius at work.

Speaking of Cumbia, Crammed Records out of Belgium get into the fray with Arriba La Cumbia, a mix CD compiled by DJ Russ Jones (Future World Funk, Gypsy Beats & Balkan Bangers). Jones mixes classic Cumbia with remixes from Toy Selectah, Up, Bustle & Out, Mo'Horizons and Basement Jaxx. The selection is more than adequate, though if you grew up listening to Cumbia you may find it a little trite. Russ Jones is not as good as the DJs you would find at a Quinceñera, wedding or club anywhere in the Americas. Russ sort of plays it like an European, which is well...what he is.

Yet other non-Latino exploring Latin America culture is Afronaut, formerly of Bugz In The Attic. His Afronaut Y Su Amigos is bumping! It is a house blend of Puerto Rican folk music, Bomba Y Plena. This one is for fans of Deep Latin and Afro house music. Afronaut is for fans of Quantic & Nickodemus, The Bronx River Parkway and The Candela All-Stars.