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Record Store Crawl Returns to Los Angeles This July

Posted by Amoebite, April 3, 2017 03:57pm | Post a Comment

Record Store Crawl Los Angeles 2017

Record Store Crawl returns to Los Angeles this summer! Just what is a Record Store Crawl, you ask? Imagine journeying from record store to record store surrounded by dozens of your fellow vinyl enthusiasts (and potential new friends!), as you enjoy the sweet sounds of a live musical performance on an air-conditioned party bus. That dream can become a reality.

On Saturday, July 22, board the crawl bus for a full day's worth of music-themed festivities, including swag, discounts, giveaways, and visits to some of the finest record stores in Los Angeles: Amoeba Hollywood, the Record Parlour, Permanent Records, Cosmic Vinyl, and High Fidelity. Plus, you'll check out a special art gallery exhibit at Mr. Musichead.

Attendees can also look forward to lunch and Pabst Blue Ribbon courtesy of Masa of Echo Park, a gift bag containing a mystery vinyl LP and 7", Metallica and David Bowie slipmats, a limited edition 2017 Record Store Crawl poster, and other goodies. Please note this event is 21+.

The Record Store Crawl sold out last year, so grab your tickets while you can!

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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Matt Pinfield

Posted by Amoebite, March 8, 2017 01:36pm | Post a Comment

Matt Pinfield What's In My Bag? Amoeba Music

"I have 20,000 records on a freighter waiting to come to my place in San Francisco," says TV host and video DJ Matt Pinfield. "I'm replacing stuff or getting stuff that I can listen to that I've just been dying to hear." Pinfield recently took a trip to Amoeba Hollywood, his "favorite record store in the country," and let us take a peek into his bag, which included records both classic and new.

Matt Pinfield All These Things That I've DoneAs the host of 120 Minutes, MTV/VH1 personality Matt Pinfield became a familiar face for music fans. During the mid-'90s he hosted a number of MTV shows, later parlaying his musical knowledge into a position as Vice President of A & R and Artist Development for Columbia Records in 2001. An experienced radio host, he began his career as a college radio DJ and Music Director at Rutgers University's WRSU-FM. He can now be heard in the mornings at San Francisco's KFOG, on weekends through Cumulus Media's Flashback show, and on SiriusXM's Lithium channel on weekday mornings.

Pinfield was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2008. He has played himself in an episode of Portlandia and made cameo appearances on albums by several artists. In 2016 he published a memoir, All These Things That I've Done: My Insane, Improbable Rock Life.

There certainly was a strong David Bowie presence in Matt Pinfield's picks, as he not only bought the Five Years 1969-1973 Bowie box set, but also the Bowie-produced All The Young Dudes by Mott the Hoople, and the latest movie soundtrack by legendary singer/songwriter Scott Walker, who Pinfield first learned about from Bowie covering Scott Walker. Pinfield spoke about the importance of the legendary musician in his life, saying Bowie was his "gateway to looking further and seeing what else was out there. Which is really the m.o. and the template for what we were doing with 120."

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Close To The Ledge: Top Ten Suicide Songs

Posted by Billyjam, February 26, 2017 06:35pm | Post a Comment

First up, if you are currently feeling suicidal or simply need to talk to someone, call the 24 hour National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK [8255] where you will be forwarded to a counselor in your local area. Secondly this Top Ten Suicide Songs list (songs dealing with suicide from first and third person perspectives, and/or the mindset surrounding the subject), while intensely emotional, are in fact uplifting songs that have been known to both distract from and alleviate self-destructive feelings. Much like the power of blues music, these songs can similarly begin to lift those feeling low and depressed out of their deep funk.

As with any limited music list that attempts to cover a wide range of recordings on a specific topic, this top ten does not include a lot of great/worthy songs on the subject of suicide. A Top 50 list would have included many deserving songs that unfortunately were omitted in this top ten. Hence I have referenced these "honorable mention" songs in the honorary mentions paragraphs below as well as throughout the text of this Amoeblog. But please post any other worthy songs not included in the comments section, thanks.

I chose the Amoeblog title "Close To The Ledge" because of the fact that so many songs about suicide reference, both literally and figuratively, the ledge that people jump to their death from. This recurring theme appears in such songs about suicide as Frank Turner's "Song For Josh" and Stacy Barthe's "My Suicide Note  (both in top ten below), the Paul Westerberg penned "The Ledge" by The Replacements from their 1987 album Pleased To Meet Me (also on vinyl/LP),  Third Eye Blind's deceptively peppy sounding 1997 hit "Jumper" with the refrain "I wish you would step back from that ledge my friend," and The Dead Ships' "Citycide." The title track off the LA band's 2015 album Citycide refers to the ledge of the San Francisco side of Golden Gate Bridge that singer Devlin McCluskey, who lost his best friend to suicide, was referring to upon learning that the majority of jumpers off the GGB (the subject of the dark but nail-bitingly engaging 2006 documentary The Bridge) "jumps off the City side."

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Kick Off Your Weekend with New David Bowie Reissues

Posted by Amoebite, February 10, 2017 03:46pm | Post a Comment

David Bowie Reissues

It's always a good day when new versions of classic David Bowie records hits our shelves, so with the release of six newly gussied up reissues, today is twice (um, make that six times) as nice! These releases are the latest in Parlophone's Bowie reissue campaign, featuring remastered audio on both CD and 180-gram heavyweight vinyl versions. Last fall, the three studio albums due today were included as part of the comprehensive Who Can I Be Now? [1974-1976] vinyl box; this is the first time the remastered versions have been available as individual LPs. Here's why each one is essential in its own special way.

Diamond Dogs

Diamond Dogs (1974)

An album Bowie himself described as "very political," Diamond Dogs was the artist's last stand in the arena of glam rock, and the first LP recorded and released after the retirement of his Ziggy Stardust persona. Also available on CD.

New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Young The Giant

Posted by Amoebite, January 23, 2017 06:56pm | Post a Comment

Young The Giant What's In My Bag? Amoeba Music

We were stoked to have Orange County indie rockers Young The Giant perform a special live set at Amoeba Hollywood recently in celebration of their new album, Home of the Strange. The quintet went record shopping before the show and we got a chance to check out their cool picks which included some of their old favorites, as well as some new ones. "This is something that I recently stumbled upon, even though it's from, like, the late '80s," says lead singer Sameer Gadhia, referring to Talk Talk. Gadhia picked up two reissue LPs from the band - Laughing Stock and Spirit Of Eden - whose similar tones and characteristics he compares to Radiohead's Kid A and Amnesiac albums.

Young The Giant Home Of The Strange Originally known as The Jakes, Young The Giant was founded in Irvine, CA by a group of longtime friends. The current lineup of Sameer Gadhia, Jacob Tilley, Eric Cannata, Payam Doostzadeh, and Francois Comtois crystallized in 2010; the band spent that year finishing up their self-titled debut with legendary producer Joe Chiccarelli (Morrissey, The Strokes, Frank Zappa) at Sunset Sound Studios in LA. The album's first single, "My Body," peaked at number five on the Billboard Alternative Songs chart and led to an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live!.

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