Eleven Excellent Electronic Albums from 2017

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, December 31, 2017 03:05pm | Post a Comment

By Michael Henning

In 2017, there were a number of excellent releases with electronic beats that captured my attention and kept me moving to their machine rhythms. I find that music like this is great for writing emails, reading, making art, or for doing chores at home. They are also good for when you are on the go... So, whether you are walking, running, cycling, or driving around, let these 11 great rhythmic electronic albums be your soundtrack and enjoy the ride!

The Future Sound of London

11.  The Future Sound of London - Archived : Environmental : Views  (

Very nice collection of work from this long-running and highly influential duo. The CD version is a whole new album of previously unreleased material, while the 3-LP set compiles most of the material on the CD with some other work they released digitally over the last several years. That being said, the vinyl is probably only for diehard fans, but the CD is among their best material to date, making it a must for even casual fans, and also a great place to start for the curious minds who want to take a sonic trip with these UK legends.
Taballah II

10. Andy Haas - Taballah II (Resonant)

NightLife Live Featuring Ryan Hemsworth & Qrion, September 14

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, August 29, 2017 06:41pm | Post a Comment

NightLife Live 2017 San Francisco

Ryan Hemsworth
Ryan Hemsworth

NightLife Live at San Francisco's California Academy of Sciences is a summer music series inspired by science and powered by sound that transforms the Academy into a 21+ oasis of music and art on one special night per month. Join Amoeba Music at the Academy on Thursday, September 14th as the series returns with two great musical acts, art installations, craft projects, fantastic cocktails, and more!

Begin the night getting swept away by the dreamy ambient electronic music of Japan-based producer Qrion, followed by headliner Ryan Hemsworth, whose moody vibes and remixes for artists including Grimes and Frank Ocean made him one of the fastest rising producers in electronic music today. But that's not all! Don't miss DJ sets by local favorites Aaron Axelsen and Omar Perez, and night-worthy art installations in the West Garden including Quarso's intergalactic monolithic SpaceWay and Dave Listrom's illuminated Sentient Obelisk. Also make sure you visit us at the Amoeba Music pop-up shop! We'll be bringing loads of quality used vinyl, so prepare to go crate digging.

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Amoeba Curates Next Red Bull Sound Select Show in L.A. July 30 With Baths

Posted by Amoebite, July 7, 2015 12:01pm | Post a Comment

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Amoeba Music is curating the next Red Bull Sound Select show in Los Angeles, taking place at the Echoplex July 30.

Electronic pop acts Baths, Wrestlers and OOFJ will play the show, with L.A.-based Australian band Wunder Wunder hosting. The show is 18-and-over and is $3 with an RSVP and $12 without, though an RSVP doesn't guarantee you entrance, so plan to arrive early.

Baths is the project by SoCal native Will Wiesenfeld, who plays a mellowed-out blend of electronica and dream-pop with indie-rock and hip-hop influences poking through. He has released three albums under the Baths name, the most recent of which was 2013's critically acclaimed Obsidian. In 2014, he released the Ocean Death EP, featuring the title track as heard below:

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Major Lazer Release Party Features Performance (and Free Beer) June 2

Posted by Amoebite, May 29, 2015 11:00am | Post a Comment

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UPDATE 6/1/15 AT 5:45pm - We are now SOLD OUT of tickets to this event. 


Electronic music powerhouse Major Lazer will release their new album, Peace Is the Mission, June 1. To celebrate, they’ll be hold an exclusive album release party, and Amoeba Hollywood has your entry.

Pick up the new album on CD June 1 or 2 and get a free ticket to the show, while supplies last. It’s one ticket per CD purchased, with a limit of eight per person.

Major Lazer will be performing and DJing the event, which also includes free beer. It’s 21-and-over-only. The event is being held at a very cool secret location in L.A., and you can only get in through Amoeba, so don’t hesitate and get your ticket ASAP.

Lead by producer extraordinaire Diplo, Major Lazer is a DJ team who’ve released two previous albums that blend dancehall and electro house and have worked with the likes of Santigold, Pharrell Williams, Sean Paul and more. Their third studio album, Peace Is the Mission, includes collaborations with 2 Chainz, Elliphant and Ellie Goulding, among others. Hear the first single “Lean On,” a collaboration with DJ Snake featuring vocals by Danish singer MO, below:

50 Essential Albums Released in 2014

Posted by Aaron Detroit, December 5, 2014 09:20am | Post a Comment

Aaron Detroit, Buyer at Amoeba Hollywood. I've worked in Hollywood for ten years, but started my time with Amoeba - way back in 1998 -  at the San Francisco store. Here is my extensive list of new essential listening, released in 2014. There is a wide range of genres and artists represented here because musical passion should not be static.

1. Swans - To Be Kind (Young God)
To Be Kind, Swans’ 3rd LP since their 2010 reformation (and 13th overall,) is an unlikely triumph after 2012’s seemingly unmatchable masterpiece, The Seer. Any trepidation one might have about the sprawling triple-LP’s intimidating track lengths should evaporate under it’s hypnotizing ebb-and-flow of mental blues, super-honed grooves, manic clatter and hushed passages; all of which are eventually crushed by monolithic waves of majesty. Nothing short of classic.

 2. Carla Bozulich - Boy (Constellation)
Boy is Carla Bozulich’s (of Ethyl Meatplow, Geraldine Fibbers and Evangelista-renown) 3rd solo affair, but in a lot of ways it feels like her first. Bozulich pours her famed, devastating whiskey-voice into a cocktail of funeral country, death blues and industrial noise that sticks to your guts. Carla herself refers to this LP as her “pop record,” and if that's a true description, we could sure use a whole lot more “pop” albums like Boy. Don’t overlook this one.

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