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The Art of the LP Cover- Kitchens Covered

Posted by Mr. Chadwick, August 21, 2011 11:35pm | Post a Comment

Amoeba Hollywood Vinyl Insider- Box Sets and Punk Collectibles This Week!

Posted by Mr. Chadwick, July 27, 2010 09:05pm | Post a Comment
This week we will be putting out a ton of recently priced and marked down box sets; look for them near info next to the new arrival LPs. Also, over on the south east wall, we will be changing out all of the punk and hc collectible rows.

The Town: Part I: Rent-A-Relic in the Temescal District of Oakland

Posted by Billyjam, May 5, 2010 03:45pm | Post a Comment
Amoeblog interview with Rich Craig + Todd Connors of North Oakland's Rent-A-Relic

This is the first in a new Amoeblog series focusing on businesses and organizations in The Town (aka Oakland, CA) including many small, independently run & operated local businesses that are neighbors of the Amoeba Berkeley store, from steps away and up to a one or two, or three mile radius. Kick-starting this new series is the successful North Oakland car rental company Rent-A-Relic. Located on Telegraph at 45th in the Temescal District, Rent-A-Relic has seen their surrounding neighborhood undergo much development since they opened shop back in 1993, with countless other small independently operated businesses (including lots of restaurants) opening up along Telegraph Avenue. Rent-A-Relic, which also offers notary services, is run by Rich, Todd, and Spencer, and anytime you stop into their small offices, odds are that you will hear good music, from Miles Davis to the Minutemen, playing in the background. I caught up with Rich to interview him about operating a business like Rent-A-Relic and about music and radio, among other things. He supplied his Top 5, while Todd supplied his Top 25 -- all below.


Rent-A-Relic Rich's All Time Top Five Albums:

Meat Puppets Huevos
1) Meat Puppets
Huevos


Bob Keane R.I.P. (1922-2009)

Posted by Mr. Chadwick, December 1, 2009 10:11am | Post a Comment

Los Angeles
lost one of its great independent operators a couple of days ago. Bob Keane died of renal failure at the age of 87. Previously he had conquered lymphoma (at age 80) and survived decades of ups and downs, including battles with drugs, alcohol, the record industry & himself. 

His early years were spent as a successful clarinetist and big band leader, at one point taking over Artie Shaw's band -- he even took a crack at acting. In the early 50's, after a stint in WWII, he hosted a local variety show on channel 2, but looming in the near future was his true calling.

Keene Records was started by Keane and John Siamas & their first hit was a doozy. "You Send Me" by Sam Cooke made over a million dollars and made an international star out of Cooke. Unfortunately, Keane hadn't any contracts with Siamas and soon Siamas gave him the business and Bob was left to his own devices. Never one to remain passive, Keane turned around and formed Del-Fi Records, releasing records from Frank Zappa, Little Caesar and the Romans, The Lively Ones, Surfaris, Johnny Crawford (of Rifleman fame), and Brenda Holloway, as well as an endless list of one off singles. Of course, the biggest Del-Fi sensation was Ritchie Vallens, but my favorite is the Eden Ahbez LP. Keane went on to more success and troubles with Bobby Fuller and eventually helped to kick start Barry White's career on the Mustang label. According to Keane, a bullwhip was Mr. White's weapon of choice back in his 50's street gang days.

Anyhow, for the straight dope check out Bob's autobiography The Oracle of Del-Fi. I wouldn't say that he pulls NO punches, but he sure paints an amazing picture of Hollywood in the 50's & 60's: walking unknown singles into KRLA and having them turn into major hits, street freaks walking into Hollywood studios & gaining record contracts, pills, booze, murder, etc. 


Recently Found Art Part 2

Posted by Mr. Chadwick, June 27, 2009 10:10am | Post a Comment


I'm always amused by scribbled out faces on album covers. Was it a small child or a high strung, maladjusted adult? I mean, hating on a Mary Jane Girl for their hotness is one thing, but what did the drummer of the Shondells ever do to you?

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Here are a couple of love messages, evidently one coming from the Artist himself. Below is a quality control stamp; every DJ should have one.





A couple of reviews down below. I'm pretty sure that the Elvis write up is courtesy of man with the last name Nixon. I kick myself for not cataloging all of his rambles, but most of his records were found early on in the store's history and I wasn't shooting photos yet. I beg to differ with both of these reviews-- Elvis was certainly not "treible" and the "He Ain't Heavy" ain't at the top of my Hollies list.













Some TV show library records. The E.T. one ain't such a big deal, but I love the PM Magazine / Eno connection.  It's fairly telling that no one ever bothered to check it out. I'm sure the Al Jarreau and Starship LPs got loaned out heavily though.



A couple of obscure autographs and a couple of warnings at the bottom. I think that the Mothers sticker is what the PMRC should have used as a template. It cuts right to the f**king point. The Tony Alamo stamp is a great find, as it gives a clear cut indicator of just how long the guy has been scamming people!



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