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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Jessica Pratt

Posted by Amoebite, February 11, 2019 06:35pm | Post a Comment

Jessica Pratt - What's In My Bag?

Amoeba Hollywood was excited to have singer/songwriter, and Amoeba alum, Jessica Pratt in the store recently for a cool and educational What's In My Bag? interview. The Los Angeles based artist had lots of insightful things to say about all the records and books she found while digging through the bins, especially when it came to a perennial favorite, Marianne Faithfull's Rich Kid Blues. Explaining that the English singer was homeless and in the midst of a terrible heroin addiction when the album was recorded, Pratt told us, "you can tell listening to it that her voice is rather shaky, and she doesn't really have full control, but at the same time she's playing with these studio musicians and they're like really tight, so it's kind of a nice contrast." Pratt also appreciated some the song choices, which included a couple of Bob Dylan tunes. "Dylan songs are really hard to cover...I think there's a lot of pretty repulsive Dylan covers out there, but she really nails it." Pratt's cool picks and cool commentary made for a particularly cool video.

Pratt learned to play the guitar at age fifteen, teaching herself by playing along to T. Rex's Electric Jessica Pratt - Quiet SignsWarrior album. As a teen, she recorded her own music using her mother's Fender guitar amp and a microphone. After moving to San Francisco as an adult, Pratt befriended Tim Presley of White Fence who became a fan of her lo-fi psych/folk compositions and released her self-titled 2012 LP through his Birth Records label. The initial limited edition pressing (500 copies) sold out in two weeks and received glowing reviews from Pitchfork and Consequence of Sound.

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New Vinyl Reissues from No Doubt, Bob Dylan, Metallica & More

Posted by Amoebite, November 10, 2017 04:47pm | Post a Comment

Vinyl Reissues

Some of the biggest and most beloved names in rock music dropped reissues this week. Expect remastered and expanded releases, plus one that's in a whole new audiophile format: Dolby Atmos. It's the first time this high-quality sound format will be commercially available, so it's definitely intriguing. Rediscover some old favorites, delve into the classics, and immerse yourself in deluxe versions of genre-defining albums.

Here's what's hitting our shelves.

Slow Train Coming

Bob Dylan - Slow Train Coming

Originally released in 1979, Dylan's nineteenth studio album has been repressed onto 150-gram vinyl. Heavily influenced by his recent interest in Christianity, the album includes the Top 30 hit "Gotta Serve Somebody."

Shot of Love

Bob Dylan - Shot of Love

Remembering Tom Petty Via Ten Albums on Vinyl + Video from Petty's Final Performance Last Week in LA

Posted by Billyjam, October 3, 2017 01:20pm | Post a Comment
Amidst an already deeply depressing news day yesterday, dominated by shocking details of the latest American mass shooting tragedy, we also learned that we lost an American rock music icon. Tom Petty died yesterday following a cardiac arrest. The singer. songwriter, guitarist, keyboardist was 66 years of age. A true American rocker whether as solo artist, as Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers, or with supergroup The Traveling Wilburys that he co-founded, Petty was known for his American roots infused music and will be remembered forever from such hits as “American Girl,” “Refugee,” “Don’t Do Me Like That,” “Here Comes My Girl,” and “Free Fallin’.” Petty’s sudden death was both unexpected and “shocking” (as Bob Dylan called it), coming at at a time when he and the Heartbreakers were in the midst of a 40th anniversary tour with dates that included the the Hollywood Bowl. In fact Petty’s very final performance was at that Los Angeles venue just one week ago on September 25th, 2017. Below is a fan made video of the final two songs of that show with Petty and band performing “American Girl” and “You Wreck Me.” Below that concert clip, in remembrance of Tom Petty, a list of ten Tom Petty albums on vinyl/LP.


Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers from Tom Petty’s final performance @ Hollywood Bowl (Sept 15, 2017)

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In Celebration of Bob Dylan Turning 76 + Amoeba's 20% Off Sale, A Career Overview & Guide To Building Essential Dylan Library

Posted by Billyjam, May 24, 2017 01:14pm | Post a Comment


Today's installment in this weeklong Amoeblog birthday series, which honors Bob Dylan's 76th birthday with an accompanying Amoeba Music instore 20% off sale today, is the series' most important and personal for me. The artist born Robert Allen Zimmerman in Duluth, Minnesota, on May 24th, 1941 has for me consistently ranked as among the most important artists of all time, of all genres. A dedicated fan since I was just a little kid too young to understand his deeply layered lyrics, when my dad introduced me to him via his repeated plays of the albums Bringing It All Back Home (also avail on 180 gram vinly LP and on 2LP MFSL reissue as cover above) and Nashville Skyline (also avail on MSFL reissue vinyl), I credit both my musically diverse late father and Bob Dylan's music for giving me an appreciation of American music from Woody Guthrie's protest folk era, to country music (including my intro to Johnny Cash) and most importantly preparing me for rap music, in particular the rhyming structure of hip-hop. So for this birthday week Amoeblog series on Dylan I will provide a random timeline of Dylan events: tracing such moments as his famous mid sixties press conference in San Francisco up to his 2016 Nobel prize in literature. Also included  in this piece are references to many key Dylan albums / a suggested rough guide to building the basic essential Dylan music collection. Naturally with such a deep body of work (the online Amoeba shop numbers 400 Dylan titles!) this piece will only scratch the surface. Note that all Bob Dylan product found at Amoeba (LP, CD, DVD, posters etc.) are on 20% off sale today and instore only at Amoeba's three locations: Berkeley, San Francisco, and Hollywood.

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From "Give Peace A Chance" to "Fuck Donald Trump" - Top Ten Protest Songs

Posted by Billyjam, April 11, 2017 02:10pm | Post a Comment

 
"War, what is it good for? Absolutely nothing! Say it again" - Edwin Starr "War" (1970 Motown) *
The above sentiment of Edwin Starr's popular anti-Vietnam protest song was right about war but with one key exception. War, along with other periods of serious social unrest, historically trigger some of the best reactionary art of all schools including music and some of the most powerful protest songs. Even before last Thursday's bombing of Syria and the inevitable future fallout it will cause, the Trump era had already helped kick start the latest renaissance of revolutionary protest music.  Like Edwin Starr's Norman Whitfield and Barrett Strong penned 1970 single, recorded during the counterculture era, the latest wave of protest music is a form of artistic expression born out of passion and necessity. Traditionally protest music acts on two primary levels. It's the soundtrack to the actual protest / rebellion / revolution, as well as being as a medium to vent and share feelings of discontent. As well as being a catharsis for its creators offering listeners some sense of relief or bonding, good protest music can also provide a message of hope during historically challenging times. Since the beginning of time history has a habit of repeatedly presenting its citizens challenging times, with war and social injustices being recurring themes.

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