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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

Civil War Music Comes Alive at The Grammy Museum

Posted by Billy Gil, October 23, 2013 05:33pm | Post a Comment

On Nov. 7 American Express will present The Drop: Divided & United — Music of The Civil War at 7:30pm., featuring performances by Chris Hillman, John Doe and Lee Ann Womack, as well a panel discussion with the performers. Amoeba is proud to sponsor the event. Tickets are $15; you can pick them up here.

The show kicks off the album Divided & United: The Songs of the Civil War, which features songs from the Civil War era, as picked by Randall Poster, a music supervisor who has worked with the likes of Wes Anderson, Martin Scorcese and Todd Haynes. The album, out Nov. 5 on ATO Records, is available for preorder now and includes 32 tracks on two discs, with appearances by the aforementioned artists plus Loretta Lynn, Steve Earle, Old Crow Medicine Show, Dolly Parton and many more.

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Show Recap: Valerie June Live at Amoeba Hollywood

Posted by Billy Gil, September 20, 2013 06:09pm | Post a Comment

Valerie June started her Sept. 19 set at Amoeba Hollywood with little fanfare, playing guitar steadily and humming hypnotically to a stripped-down version of the title track to Pushin' Against a Stone (on CD or LP), the title track to her fourth and breakthrough album. On record, it's a fuzz-guitar laden soul number; live, June appeared solo, strumming her guitar and allowing her voice to grow slowly over time, moving from low and earthy to high and keening like Joanna Newsom's. "I ain't fit to be no mother" she sang on "Workin' Woman Blues," the album's awesome opener. Though her playing style was rudimentary, she got her point across, playing rough blues riffs and strumming open notes for a droning effect.

Even with a big name producer on her album like The Black Keys' Dan Auerbach, Valerie June isn't an artist who's been polished to a professional sheen. She still came off as an eccentric, saying little and hiding behind sunglasses. While she sometimes played furiously and sang her heart out, it seemed as though she was playing to herself, alone in a room—something that didn't hurt her performance, but rather made it all the more curious.

She strummed a banjo for the stunning "Somebody to Love," really belting and letting her voice break deliberately on the high notes, making the song's yearning sentiment quite literally felt. Soundwise it was tricky—her voice goes from a whisper to a yelp so quickly that she was sometimes barely audible, sometimes piercing. This wasn't exactly the kind of performance you could listen to idly; June demands your attention, which she received to rapturous applause on that song.

She pulled out an older song, the sweet "Rain Dance," and added country shuffle to the song by playing a tambourine with her foot. She showed some chops on banjo on another song, building a drone from a repeated riff that ebbed louder and quieter along with her voice.

"Everybody's got great hair around here," she joked, adding that often touch her dreadlocked mane "like a puppy dog." "As long as your hands are clean, I don't care," she said before playing her last song, a Loretta Lynn-esque number and one of her loveliest, with hard-hitting lyrics—"men are born strong, then broken down," she sang.

See more photos from the event here.

I'm a little bit country...

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, March 29, 2012 06:30pm | Post a Comment
By Kaitlin

Growing up, I was never allowed to fiddle with the radio in the car. I listened to whatever my folks were listening to and that was that. I knew kids who would get in the car and change the music, turn it up, and I was a little jealous. In retrospect, I realize that I received a huge musical education in those car trips that I wouldn’t trade for a pile of gold. Seriously!

In my dad’s car was where I first heard the Carter Family, Johnny Cash, Loretta Lynn, Patsy Cline, Tammy Wynette, Bob Wills, Jimmie Rodgers, and so on and so on. In honor of Women’s History Month, I’d like to share some of my memories about hearing these legendary, moving, and talented women.Loretta Lynn

I believe I first heard of Loretta Lynn when watching Coal Miner’s Daughter, the film based upon her life starring Sissy Spacek. She grew up dirt poor and skyrocketed to fame with an amazing voice and moving storytelling in her songs. She was a strong woman and sang about issues that real, working women dealt and still deal with such as cheating men, being a single mother, birth control, and divorce, among other themes.

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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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