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The Gift Of Coltrane

Posted by Rick Frystak, November 5, 2019 01:30pm | Post a Comment

 


Many has been the day when I would walk around the Amoeba store and try to figure out a gift for someone I thought or was told had everything, musically, and I would be at wits end trying to decide what would make a customer or `friend happy, which by the end of the search, would not be something I would always be proud to give. Of course, the stress of that would only make matters worse with the decision made harder! 


Without a doubt, record store employees are asked day in and day out to provide recommendations to customers of music, after a description of the gift-receiver’s taste, or a step up on a new or rare release. 
 
I’ve found that often times folks are delighted to receive something as a gift that they would never think to buy for themselves. Here’s where a person that lives around music all of their day can determine what might be the perfect idea for a customer searching for something new that would be the right choice.
 
So I’ve put together an idea for people who are harder to buy for, or folks that may not have terribly obvious musical taste. These could be new releases or new issues of music that has some special meaning to me. In any event, music that I would recommend without hesitation! John William Coltrane.
 
The amount of music that saxophonist John Coltrane must have recorded is staggering. Not that all of it was meant for release, but when these giants of their instruments were/are in the studio, oftentimes the recording is constantly going. The music that John Coltrane recorded is a great example: 1963: New Directions by the John Coltrane quartet, a big, five-record set with a gorgeous, heavy booklet by the same group that recorded ‘’A Love Supreme’’ and 7 other records. The complete box set, Coltrane '63, New Directions has a handful of vinyl-only of live tracks well worth the price.
 
Here are sessions that are not for everyone, though. The later-period ‘Trane was an explosion of ‘’free’’ jazz sheets of sound, but here it’s tamed it like wild horses. The riffs and runs are exceptional in their emotional depth and variety. Coltrane was truly experimental, and in 1963 he felt wide open in letting the feelings flow that were coming to him. He was playing what was coming through him, without choosing, without guiding them. The 1963 sessions are available in a complete box set or as a single disc.
 
Some of these takes were available in Japan as B-sides on CDs. These are fine remasters, crisp and articulate. If you or someone you love are a Coltrane fans, you’ll love these takes of a most interesting part of ‘Trane’s life.

New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Opeth

Posted by Amoebite, September 24, 2019 03:15pm | Post a Comment

Opeth - What's In My Bag?

We were very excited to have Mikael Åkerfeldt of Swedish Progressive metal band Opeth do some shopping at Amoeba Hollywood and share some of his favorite albums and artists, including Belgian prog band Univers Zero. "I don't know how to describe this music, it's insane," he told us, calling them, "highly skilled musicians." Though the challenging, dark prog group are largely obscure in most places, Åkerfeldt, pointed out that in Belgium finding a Univers Zero records is like finding an ABBA record in Sweden. "Definitely worth a listen if you're tired of the regular radio FM rock," he stated, continuing, "you're gonna die, pretty much."

Swedish progressive metal band Opeth was founded in 1989 by guitarist Mikael Åkerfeldt and original frontman David Isberg with the intention of creating the "most evil band in the world." The band has gone Opeth - In Cauda Venenumthrough several lineup changes over the course of its three plus decades of existence, with& Åkerfeldt becoming Opeth's lead vocalist, songwriter, and guitarist after Isberg's departure in 1992. Opeth released their debut LP, Orchid, in 1995. Two years later, the group headed back to the studio to record a follow up, Morningrise. In support of the LP, Opeth embarked on a UK tour as well as a lengthy Scandinavian tour alongside Cradle of Filth. The success of the album won the attention of Century Media Records; the band signed to the label and Century Media released their records for the first time in the US.

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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with José James

Posted by Amoebite, March 14, 2019 01:22pm | Post a Comment

Jose James - What's In My Bag? - Amoeba Music

Acclaimed neo-soul/jazz/hip-hop musician and composer José James did some shopping at Amoeba Hollywood recently and talked with us about some of his favorite artists for our latest What's In My Bag? episode. James went looking for a Tribe Called Quest t-shirt and ended up with an Eric Dolphy shirt instead, happily surprised to see the jazz saxophonist/clarinetist printed on a piece of apparel. "He's a really deep figure for me, and for jazz," he explained. "His album Out To Lunch, on Blue Note, to me is the highest standard of avant-garde music in America." James went on to discuss Dolphy's influence on John Coltrane, saying he "encouraged John to let the saxophone speak. He was really trying to get beyond the limitations of the instrument, and just make sounds." James had similarly thoughtful things to say about every item he picked, giving us an educational and entertaining peek into his shopping bag.

Born in Minneapolis, MN, José James attended The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music. His oeuvre has been compared to D'Angelo, Frank Ocean, Miguel, Bobby McFerrin, and Leon Thomas. Jose James - Lean On Me - Amoeba MusicHe released his debut LP, The Dreamer, in 2008 via the Brownswood label. James followed his first LP with Blackmagic (Brownswood) and For All We Know (Verve), both released in 2010. The latter album took home the Edison Award and the L'Académie du Jazz Grand Prix for the year's Best Vocal Jazz Album.

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The 50 Best Selling Albums of 2018

Posted by Amoebite, December 12, 2018 06:31pm | Post a Comment

The 50 Best-Selling Albums of 2018

As 2018 comes to a close, it's a good time to look back at what was hot at Amoeba Hollywood this year. Our top sellers are a diverse mix, as always, with rock, hip-hop, metal, soul, electronic, and soundtracks all showing up on the list. Take a look at the 50 new releases that flew off our shelves in 2018 -- some of these probably won't be a surprise while still others may have slipped past your radar.

Read on to see the full list of Amoeba Hollywood's 50 Best-Selling Albums of 2018.

Drake Scorpion 50. Drake - Scorpion xxxTentacion ?

49. XXXTentacion - ?

Joyce Manor Million Dollars To Kill Me 48. Joyce Manor - A Million Dollars To Kill Me  Kanye West Ye 47. Kanye West - Ye
Prince Piano and a Microphone 1983 46. Prince - Piano & A Microphone 1983 A Perfect Circle Eat the Elephant 45. A Perfect Circle - Eat the Elephant
Mitski Be the Cowboy 44. Mitski - Be The Cowboy
Guns n Roses Appetite for Destruction
43. Guns N' Roses - Appetite For Destruction [30th Anniversary Remaster]
Leon Bridges Good Thing 42. Leon Bridges - Good Thing Jack White Boarding House Reach 41. Jack White - Boarding House Reach
Courtney Barnett Tell Me How You Really Feel 40. Courtney Barnett - Tell Me How You Really Feel Ghost Prequelle 39. Ghost - Prequelle
Parquet Courts Wide Awake 38. Parquet Courts - Wide Awake Alice in Chains Rainier Fog 37. Alice In Chains - Rainier Fog
East Side Story Vol 1 36. Various Artists - East Side Story Vol. 1 [2018 LP reissue] The Internet Hive Mind 35. The Internet - Hive Mind 
Camila Cabello 34. Camila Cabello - Camila Mon Laferte Norma 33. Mon Laferte - Norma
father John Misty God's Favorite Customer 32. Father John Misty - God's Favorite Customer Borns Blue Madonna 31. BØRNS - Blue Madonna
The Interrupters Fight the Good fight 30. The Interrupters - Fight the Good Fight
Kali Uchis Isolation
29. Kali Uchis - Isolation
Kamasi Washington Heaven & Earth 28. Kamasi Washington - Heaven & Earth Black Panther The Album 27. Various Artists - Black Panther: The Album Soundtrack
Beatles White Album 2018 Anniversary Edition 26. The Beatles - The Beatles (White Album) [Anniversary Edition] chicano batman 25. Chicano Batman - Chicano Batman [2018 Reissue]
Car Seat Headrest 24. Car Seat Headrest - Twin Fantasy
the story so far proper dose
23. The Story So Far - Proper Dose
Gorillaz Demon Days 22. Gorillaz - Demon Days LP [2018 Reissue] MGMT Little Dark Age 21. MGMT - Little Dark Age

 

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Vinyl LP Weekly Picks: Aloe Blacc, Angélique Kidjo, Paul McCartney & Wings, Abba, Richard Swift, Grateful Dead, Marvel's Spider-Man OST

Posted by Billyjam, December 12, 2018 09:00am | Post a Comment
Aloe Blacc Christmas Funk LP  (avail on CD) (Aloe Blacc Recordings, Inc.)


As 2018 comes to a close it does so continuing the trend witnessed throughout the year of an ever increasing steady flow of new vinyl releases dropping each week. These include lots of brand new album titles been pressed up on vinyl as well as CD and digital versions. Examples this week include the brand new 88rising two-vinyl set Head In The Clouds 2LP (also avail on CD) and the posthumous album The Hex pictured left (also avail on CD) from under appreciated singer/songwriter, multi-instrumentalist Richard Swift who tragically died earlier this year at age 41, reportedly the result of "alcohol addiction" as stated by his family upon his July 2018 passing.

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