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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with The Needle Drop's Anthony Fantano

Posted by Amoebite, August 22, 2017 01:44pm | Post a Comment

Anthony Fantano What's In My Bag? Amoeba Music

What does a YouTube-star and music critic buy when he visits Amoeba Hollywood? Just about everything! At least that was the case with Anthony Fantano, the host and creator of The Needle Drop, a vlog followed by over one million subscribers. From jazz to indie rock and from hip hip to new wave, Fantano found many a record to round out his collection, and he had plenty of insight to share about his choices.

Billing himself as "the internet's busiest music nerd," Anthony Fantano began his musical career while attending Southern Connecticut State University and working at his college radio station. He then began interning at Connecticut Public Radio, which lead to the creation of a podcast called The Needle Drop. In 2009, he began experimenting with video while reviewing a Jay Reatard album. Slowly, Fantano accumulated views and likes on his online channel, which eventually resulted in a partnership with YouTube. By the end of 2010, he had accrued 10,000 subscribers. By the end of 2011, he had 50,000.

Today, The Needle Drop counts over one million subscribers. At the time of writing, some of Fantano's most-viewed videos include his reviews of Kanye West's Life of PabloKendrick Lamar's DAMN., and To Pimp a Butterfly. His reviews sometimes feature fellow music critics, his wife, and his alter ego Cal Chuchesta. He has been profiled in The Guardian, spoken on a SXSW panel, and received the Beyond the Blog award at the MTV O Music Awards. LA fans can catch The Needle Drop's 10 Year Anniversary event with Anthony Fantano at the Echoplex on October 24th.

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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Bob Weir

Posted by Amoebite, July 4, 2017 04:57pm | Post a Comment

Bob Weir What's In My Bag? Amoeba Music

"I'd totally forgotten about Bessie Smith until a few nights back," Bob Weir told us during a recent visit to Amoeba Hollywood. A few nights beforehand, Weir was accompanying country/folk legend Ramblin' Jack Elliot at a club in Mill Valley, CA and the two played a couple of her tunes. "Oh, that's right," mused Weir, "these songs are great...she really had something going back then." Before his in-store performance to promote his latest solo album, Blue Mountain, Weir grabbed a compilation of Smith recordings, as well as some other great picks that had a lot of meaning to him.

Bob Weir Blue Mountain Bob Weir is a guitarist, singer-songwriter, and founding member of the Grateful Dead. While still a teenager, he encountered Jerry Garcia playing guitar at a music store; he sat down and played some songs with Garcia and the pair decided to form a band together. Over the course of the Dead's thirty years, Weir played rhythm guitar, sang a significant portion of the band's non-Garcia lead vocals, and experimented with slide guitar. He released his first solo LP, Ace, in 1972. The other members of the Dead served as his backing band. Six years later, he released his sophomore solo album, Heaven Help the Fool. His next solo album came almost four decades later; Blue Mountain was released in 2016.

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Large Jazz LP Collection ­On Sale at Amoeba SF on April 1st!

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, March 19, 2017 05:03pm | Post a Comment

Amoeba San Francisco acquired a large quantity of hard-to-find Jazz records from a collection that was cultivated inVintage Jazz LPs the 1960s and '70s by a longtime Amoeba customer (who was also an ex-New Yorker). This astounding collection will hit the store on Saturday, April 1st. No joke! You gotta be here April 1st to get first crack at this collection.

The Collection
Most of the records are from the mid-1960s to the mid-1970s, encompassing Free-Bop, post-Coltrane "Spiritual Jazz," South African Jazz, and more, with many rare European and Japanese imports among them. Also, there are some small-press labels, like Saturn (Sun Ra), Tribe (Marcus Belgrave's ultra-rare Gemini II), and many Strata East recordings as well!

Artists represented include Don Cherry, Archie Shepp (30 albums!), the Blue Notes (South African group) and its individual members, Mal Waldron, Steve Lacy, Yusef Lateef, Paul Bley, John Coltrane, and more.
Vintage Jazz Lps, Sun Ra Arkestra, Saturn Records
The Plan
Upon opening on Saturday, April 1st at 11am, we will have bins set up at the front of our stage (in the northwest corner of the store) that will contain the bulk of the collection. We will also have racks of "wall items" set up on the stage for the higher-valued items. There will be staff on hand to help you view bagged items and to bring your choices to the cashiers.

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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with The Brian Jonestown Massacre

Posted by Amoebite, February 20, 2017 06:20pm | Post a Comment

The Brian Jonestown Massacre What's In My Bag? Amoeba Music

Been recording a lot of flutes in the studio lately? Well Anton Newcombe of The Brian Jonestown Massacre has just the right record for you: The Best of Herbie Mann. "When I'm in the studio, producing people, recording people, and I say, 'I would like you to be very free on this part,' this is a good example," says Newcombe of the LP. "He's just soloing, endlessly, in a very, like, hippie way." Newcombe's wry exuberance and seeming irreverence were on full display on his recent trip to Amoeba San Francisco, where he was looking for records to listen to around his studio in Berlin. Needless to say, his visit made for an entertaining "What's In My Bag?" episode.

The Brian Jonestown Massacre Third World PyramidThe Brian Jonestown Massacre was founded in San Francisco by American multi-instrumentalist Newcombe, and although their early sound was rooted in shoegaze, the band quickly became known for their hybrid of psych and garage rock. Their first release was 1993's limited run LP Spacegirl and Other Favorites; its follow-up, Methodrone, received a wider release courtesy of Bomp! Records. In 1996, the Brian Jonestown Massacre released a slew of well-received albums, including Their Satanic Majesties' Second Request, Take It from the Man!, and Thank God for Mental Illness. A year later the band put out a sixth studio LP, Give It Back!Footage from the album's recording sessions was included in the 2004 documentary Dig!.

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10 Most Essential Mod Albums

Posted by Amoebite, April 22, 2016 10:52am | Post a Comment

10 Essential Mod Albums

For our list of the 10 Most Essential Mod Albums, we went to one of the scene's experts: DJ Penny Lane. She has been hosting the longest running mod radio show (aka "mod cast") for eleven years, with a playlist dedicated to the eternally cool 1960s British music scene inspired by the then-new sounds of R&B, soul, ska, rock, and jazz. Her show, Punks in Parkas, is featured on UMFM radio (101.5 FM) out of Winnipeg, Canada every Thursday night at 9pm. UMFM is a campus and community radio station run by students and volunteers from the University of Manitoba and community members from around Winnipeg.

Penny Lane's show features the best in the national and international mod scene; she plays great artists from the 1960s to current artists who are keeping the scene alive. She invites all kinds of guest DJs in studio and was the first to feature many new music acts as well. She does it all -- from hosting the show to creating the playlist and designing amazing promotional material. To learn more, you can also check out Penny's blog and her show listing on the UMFM website. Read on for Penny's take on the mod albums every record collection needs.

The Who - My Generation

1. The WhoMy Generation (1965)

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