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Amoeba Hollywood's Record Store Day 2017 Morning Recap

Posted by Amoebite, April 22, 2017 01:11pm | Post a Comment

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Music fans staked out their spots in line early yesterday evening, eagerly awaiting the moment we'd throw open our doors here at Amoeba Hollywood and give them the chance to pick up some coveted Record Store Day exclusives. By 8:30am the line traveled down Ivar, around the block, and back up Cahuenga. The good people at the Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf kept everyone in line this morning caffeinated, refreshed, and nourished, thanks to their awesome array of complimentary beverages and treats. Store employees kept busy pulling titles for customers who had waited in line and filled out menus in hopes of scoring some of the day's most popular titles. Some of the first releases to get snapped up included those by Keane, The Sundays, Jack White, Pink Floyd, and yesterday's birthday boy, Mr. Iggy Pop.

The festivities continue this afternoon with free gift bags, live silk screening, special guest DJ sets and signings. Outside the store you can give the prize wheel a spin, get a caricature or an RSD themed airbrush tattoo, and enjoy a veritable cornucopia of gastronomic delights and cool tunes. Full schedule can be found here. To get a glimpse of this morning's fun, watch the video and check out our photo gallery below full of cute kids, devoted fans, and RSD shenanigans.

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New 'What's In My Bag?' Episode with Bobby Liebling of Pentagram

Posted by Amoebite, April 18, 2017 03:41pm | Post a Comment

Pentagram - Bobby Liebling What's In My Bag? Amoeba Music

"Right here is the boss, this is the boss," says Pentagram's Bobby Liebling, holding up a copy of Iggy and The Stooges' seminal proto-punk record Raw Power on his recent visit to Amoeba San Francisco. "I had a lot of personal time spent with him, tour bus, women, uh, the whole nine yards," Liebling says, going on to recount the first time he met Iggy at the age of 14, cleaning peanut butter off him after a Stooges show. "This is my favorite album in history, and it's probably the worst mix ever put down," he says laughing. "These people were my whole world, it was like 'someday, I'm gonna do this' and I never gave up."

Pentagram First Daze HereAmerican heavy metal band Pentagram are known as one of the pioneers of the doom metal subgenre. Founded in 1971 by the band's vocalist and sole constant member, Bobby Liebling, Pentagram went through a series of lineup changes and released a handful of 7"s before their self-titled studio debut came out in 1985. (The album was later re-titled Relentless.) Their sophomore LP, Day of Reckoning, further cemented their status as progenitors of the nascent doom genre upon its release in 1987.

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Rhino Announces Details of Soundtrack for Jim Jarmusch's Acclaimed Iggy & The Stooges Documentary "Gimme Danger"

Posted by Billyjam, January 5, 2017 04:30pm | Post a Comment

Four different Stooges studio outtakes including one of "Lost In The Future," the David Bowie mix of Iggy and the Stooges'."Gimme Danger," plus tracks from Iggy Pop's pre-Stooges bands The Iguanas and the Prime Movers Blues Band are among the tracks included on the upcoming soundtrack for Jim Jarmusch's Iggy/Stooges documentary  Gimme Danger.  Announced today by Rhino Custom, who recently released the colored vinyl version of The Stooges (left) for Black Friday/RSD, the new soundtrack will be released first on CD and then in LP format.  The CD version of the soundtrack will arrive in Amoeba on February 24th with the LP vinyl version following it on April 7. Scroll all the way down to see tracking of each format. The shorter slightly truncated LP version features Stooges songs and has a selection of tracks previously only available on CD or digital formats, such as the aforementioned "Lost In The Future" studio outtake. 

Meanwhile the CD version of the soundtrack will include 14 songs that focus on the group's first three studio albums: The Stooges, Fun House  (also on LP vinyl), and  Iggy and The Stooges' Raw Power  (also on vinyl): featuring Iggy Pop, Ron and Scott Asheton, Dave Alexander, and James Williamson.  As noted in the previously published Amoeblog theatrical preview of Gimme Danger, which will be released on-demand and in various formats beginning at the end of this month, Iggy was instrumental in Jarmusch making the film when he told the director nine years ago, "I wish someone would make a good movie about the Stooges, and I wish it was you." Read Amoeblog on film and view trailer below plus soundtrack track listing for CD and LP versions.
Gimme Danger directed by Jim Jarmusch trailer 2016


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The Best Albums of 2016

Posted by Amoebite, December 19, 2016 03:01pm | Post a Comment

Best of 2016

With the holiday season fast approaching and 2016 drawing to an end, we decided to take a look back at some of our favorite releases for the year. Staff from all three of our stores --  in Hollywood, San Francisco, and Berkeley -- shared their picks for the year's best music and movies and told us a little about what made them so awesome. So hop in the Amoeba sleigh with us, won't you, as we go on a magical holiday journey through the early months of 2016 till now, adventuring from world music to rock 'n' roll and everything in between, savoring the most memorable works from some of our most beloved artists. (It might even give you a few swell ideas for record-shaped stocking stuffers.) 

Best of 2016 - rock

Anohni Hopelessness

ANOHNI - Hopelessness

I have been a fan of Anohni (formerly known as Antony & the Johnsons) for a long time now. She has another one of those distinctive voices that there is no confusing for someone else. Another great album produced by the amazing ANOHNI. The words in the songs are so full of emotion and power it is almost too much to handle sometimes. This album somehow feels like it is in the future. The songs are very set in the present. But the music really takes me to the future. Or at least makes me feel like we will be OK as long as we have ANOHNI to help guide us through the uncertain future. - Brad, Hollywood

Now I Wanna See Your Doc: Jim Jarmusch's New Iggy Pop and The Stooges Documentary "Gimme Danger" Is A Must See

Posted by Billyjam, October 2, 2016 11:07am | Post a Comment

Over the years there's been a number of historic documents (feature articles, books, and film/video pieces) made on the topic of Iggy and the Stooges. But Jim Jarmusch's new documentary Gimme Danger, that opens in theaters later this month, looks to be the definitive piece and the one you will want to see on the widely influential proto punk band from Ann Arbor, Michigan. In fact it's the one historic document on The Stooges that Iggy Pop himself wants you to see, and was instrumental in Jarmusch making in the first place. "I wish someone would make a good movie about the Stooges, and I wish it was you," recalled Jarmusch of the key comment made by Iggy eight years ago. That recollection was in an interview at the Cannes Film Festival where Gimme Danger premiered earlier this year. In that same insightful interview with Jarmusch and Iggy (see below), the diehard Stooges fan / director noted how the new documentary had, "things that even hardcore Stooges fans don't know about……We got some stuff nobody has seen before!" By working with those close to the band he gained access to some very rare footage and photos that's interspersed throughout the film: contributing to its "collage" style.

In the trailer for the new film (see below) it begins with a clip of Jim "Iggy Pop" Osterberg on screen and Jarmusch off camera heard saying, “We are in an undisclosed location interrogating Jim Osterberg about The Stooges, the greatest rock and roll band ever!”  For the making of his documentary Jarmusch took the approach of less is more. So rather than the stereotypical rock-doc approach of interviewing a million different talking heads (typically artists who knew the subject and/or were influenced by the subject) he instead stuck to a small core group of people close to the Stooges. "We wanted to keep it intimate," he said of his film which he has described as, "a love letter" to Iggy and the Stooges.

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