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Amoeba Hollywood: A Photo History (Part 3)

Posted by Amoebite, May 15, 2020 01:25pm | Post a Comment

Amoeba Hollywood

We are looking back at the amazing history we have seen over the last 19 years in Los Angeles. Although we are not able to give the building the sendoff it deserves, it's our hope that you'll find some joy, some memories, and some solace in these images. So much as happened at Amoeba since we opened at 6400 Sunset Blvd that it's impossible to do it justice in one piece! View Part One and Part Two of our photo history series celebrating and commemorating our rich history. 

Part Three focuses on 2010-2011 and starts with a party: our annual Fat Tueday parade inside the aisles of Amoeba and out onto the streets!! Our love for New Orleans goes waaaay back and has been cemented through our charity auctions and other fundraising efforts to support Tipitina's and the New Orleans Musicians' Clinic throughout the years. If you haven't been to a Mardi Gras celebration at Amoeba, you don't know what you're missing! Both our staff and customers get involved with the fun, whether it's bringing a horn and playing "When The Saints Go Marching In" or catching beads from our makeshift balcony by the DJ booth or marching around the block, much to the surprise of passing cars.

Fat Tuesday at Amoeba Hollywood 2010 Fat Tuesday at Amoeba Hollywood 2010
Fat Tuesday at Amoeba Hollywood 2010 Fat Tuesday at Amoeba Hollywood 2010

The third annual Record Store Day took place on April 17, 2010 and featured special guests Gary Calamar, Slash, Spinderella, and a special performance by Smashing Pumpkins across the street at Space 15Twenty. 

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Best of 2019 Hip-Hop Part 5: Best West Coast Anthem of 2019 + Best Sequel + Top 50 Artists/Songs Video Countdown (#15 - #1)

Posted by Billyjam, January 16, 2020 11:55pm | Post a Comment


This retrospective on the best hip-hop of the past year is the fifth and final installment in the Best of 2019 Hip-Hop for the Amoeblog.  Scroll down to see videos and read about the final fifteen in the Top 50 Artists/Songs Video Countdown (#15 - #1) of the year; a year that surpassed all previous ones in hip-hop history in terms of sheer volume of quality releases both physical and digital/streaming only. Also below is the top contender in best 2019 sequel by a hip-hop artist to their own previously recorded song. But first up is the Best West Coast Anthem of 2019 song/video.



Best West Coast Anthem of 2019

G-Eazy "West Coast (feat. Blueface, ALLBLACK & YG)"

Following in the tradition of such classics as 2Pac / Dr .Dre’s “California Love” was East Bay rap star G-Eazy’s 2019 West Coast anthem, the appropriately titled “West Coast” (video above) featuring guest spots from Blueface, ALLBLACK and YG. Runner up was the 2019 Mellow Music Group released, Aesop Rock produced Homeboy Sandman (non-album) track “West Coast.”

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Top 10 Hip-Hop Vinyl LPs: Gang Starr, Blu & Damu The Fudgemunk, Nolan The Ninja, NAS, Benny The Butcher, Shadow, Showbiz & A.G.

Posted by Billyjam, December 9, 2019 11:34pm | Post a Comment
Gang Starr "Family & Loyalty (feat. J. Cole)" from One Of The Best Yet LP/vinyl  (also avail on CD)

AMOEBA HIP-HOP VINYL LP TOP TEN; 12:09:19


#1 Gang Starr
One Of The Best Yet LP/vinyl  (also avail on CD )

#2 Blu & Damu The Fudgemunk Ground & Water LP/vinyl (Redefinition/Fat Beats)

#3: Nolan The Ninja Illphoria 2  LP/vinyl (Mello Music)

#4: Benny the Butcher  Plugs I Met LP/vinyl (Next Records)

#5: DJ Shadow  Our Pathetic Age 2LP/vinyl (Mass Appeal)

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Hip-Hop Vinyl: Top 5 LPs + Pre-Order LP Pick of Week [Gang Starr, DJ Shadow, Blu & Fat Jack, Crimeapple, Pete Rock & Skyzoo +]

Posted by Billyjam, November 16, 2019 12:45pm | Post a Comment
Top Five Hip-Hop Vinyl/LP New Arrivals: Nov. 2019, First 2 Weeks


#1: DJ Shadow  Our Pathetic Age 2LP/vinyl (Mass Appeal)

The anticipated new DJ Shadow double-album Our Pathetic Age 2LP/vinyl is in stock at Amoeba as of its November 15th release via  Mass Appeal Records. Note the Our Pathetic Age 2CD version (also out 11/15) contains one additional track ("We Are Always Alone") not found on the vinyl version.

The follow up to 2016's The Mountain Will Fall LP and last year's Live In Manchester: The Mountain Has Fallen LP, all via Nas' Mass Appeal imprint, Our Pathetic Age 2LP/viny clocks in at 78 minutes and 22 tracks.  Amoeba reviewers describe this latest full-length from the NorCal artist born Josh Davis as “urgent, pleasurably menacing, and smart……..atmosphere is generally dystopian, with moments of light accentuating the shadows, and glimpses of beauty peeking through the intensity of Shadow’s subject matter.”

New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with James Lavelle of UNKLE & Mo' Wax

Posted by Amoebite, March 6, 2019 03:30pm | Post a Comment

UNKLE - What's In My Bag?

We were very fortunate to have DJ, producer, musician, and record label executive James Lavelle visit Amoeba Hollywood to share some of the music and movies that have shaped his tastes, including a film by a director he says influenced how looks at Los Angeles. That director is Michael Mann and the film is his 1995 masterpiece, Heat. "(This is) a film that I love very much and I love the director," he told us. Lavelle also talked about The Watchmen, Neneh Cherry, and the impact of DJ Shadow's landmark debut album Endtroducing... making for a particularly eclectic and engaging What's In My Bag? episode.

English artist James Lavelle co-founded the Mo' Wax record label with Tim Goldsworthy in 1992, UNKLE - The Road Part I - Amoeba Musicreleasing now-classic records by Money Mark, DJ Krush, Dr. Octagon, Luke Vibert, Blackalicious, and DJ Shadow. After the release of Endtroducing..... in 1996, Lavelle and DJ Shadow collaborated on the UNKLE project. The band's first LP, 1998's Psyence Fiction featured guest appearances from Thom YorkeRichard Ashcroft, the Beastie Boys' Mike D, and Badly Drawn Boy. Lavelle teamed up with Richard File for UNKLE's 2003 followup, Never, Never Land, with contributions from 3D (Massive Attack) and Josh Homme (QOTSTA).

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