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2017's Top 20 Best Selling Albums...So Far

Posted by Amoebite, July 17, 2017 04:54pm | Post a Comment

Best Selling Albums of 2017 So Far

Now that summer's in full swing, we're just a little past the midpoint of the year in record sales. So what's been hot at Amoeba? Our best sellers are a diverse mix, as always, with indie, pop, a killer soundtrack, metal, electronic, and hip-hop albums all posting up within the Top 20 CDs and LPs released in 2017 so far. Take a look at what has been flying off our shelves -- some of these probably won't be a surprise while still others may have slipped past your radar. You can expect to see many of these albums on critics' best-of lists at the end of the year!

Beach Fossils

20. Beach Fossils - Somersault

With every new record, it seems Beach Fossils have been continually evolving their indie/post-punk sound. Somersault, their latest, shows a band working at its fullest potential. The songs are lush and dreamy, thoughtful and warm. This is not the same band who was making angular, propulsive post-punk just a few years back — instead there’s a hazy, modern New Romantic meets shoegaze vibe, which gives the album a deeper, more emotional allure. This album is pure romantic pleasure.

With "Emperor Of Sand" #1 on Billboard's Top Album Sales, Mastodon Begin New US Tour That Includes Two CA Stops: SF and LA

Posted by Billyjam, April 13, 2017 09:35pm | Post a Comment

Reigning heavy metal icons Mastodon, who were in LA last week to play Amoeba Hollywood and Jimmy Kimmel Live, return to CA next week (SF 4/18, LA 4/20) as part of the band's latest North American tour that kicks off tomorrow Friday April 14th in Montana and ends on May 20th in Austin TX. Similarly to last Tuesday's packed Amoeba set, the new tour is also in support of the Atlanta, Georgia rock band's successful new album Emperor Of Sand (also on vinyl/LP) via Reprise / Warner. Mastodon's eight studio album,Emperor Of Sand is also the biggest sales debut in the history of the the band who formed seventeen years ago. The globally popular new album hit the number spot on Billboard's top album sales charts as well as the #1 top selling vinyl album of the week upon its March 31st release. The album, which is an international hit charting high overseas in such countries as Australia and Ireland, follows the success of their previous two top ten chart debut full-lengths:  2014's Once More 'Round the Sun and 2011's The Hunter. Meanwhile the album's current single "Show Yourself" (music video below) is currently a hit on rock radio.
 
The latest Mastodon North American tour will feature support from The Eagles of Death Metal and Russian Circles. The tour kicks off tomorrow Friday April 14th in Missoula, MT at the Wilma Theater for a show, that like some others on the upcoming 30 date tour including Saturday 4/16 in Portland OR, is already sold out. So get tix for the band's two California dates next week while they are still available. They play San Francisco's Warfield Theater on Tuesday April 18th, and two nights later (April 20th) they'll perform at the Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles. For more tour info and tix visit Mastodon's website. And click the following to view photos from last week's Mastodon live at Amoeba Hollywood in-store.

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20 Albums to Look For This Spring

Posted by Amoebite, March 27, 2017 11:23am | Post a Comment

20 Spring Albums to Look For

Spring is officially here and with it comes a flush of new releases, the metaphorical first flowers in our pleasure garden of music. Need some new hip-hop in your life? It's coming. Hankering for more Bob Dylan in your record collection? Never fear...Bob is here! Eager to catch up with some old favorites who've been gone for too long or to discover some much ballyhooed new names? Set yourself down for a spell and scroll on through our twenty albums to look for this spring.

All of these albums are available to pre-order now on Amoeba.com - and they'll ship FREE to U.S. addresses!


OUT MARCH 31

Dylan

Bob Dylan - Triplicate

Behold, the thirty-eighth studio album from legend-in-our-own -time, Mr. Bob Dylan! Like his previous two releases, Triplicate features Dylan's take on classic American songs.

Available on 3-CD, 180-gram 3-LP vinyl, and limited edition deluxe 180-gram 3-LP vinyl.

New "What's In My Bag?" Episode With Mastodon

Posted by Amoebite, July 2, 2015 12:28pm | Post a Comment

Mastodon

In 2000, bassist Troy Sanders, guitarists Brent Hinds and Bill Kelliher, and drummer Brann Dailor founded Atlanta heavy metal band Mastodon. In 2001, they signed with Relapse Records, who released their Lifesblood EP. Their first full-length, Remission, followed a year later. Mastodon's third album, Blood Mountain, received a Grammy nod for the track "Colony of Birchmen." 2009 saw the release of their album Crack the Skye, as well as a tour with Metallica. The Hunter followed two years later, with their sixth studio album, Once More 'Round the Sun, hitting stores in June 2014. 

Drummer Brann and guitarist Bill recently stopped by Amoeba Hollywood to dig up some records for another fine episode of What's In My Bag?. Brann first finds a very cool compilation called Choubi Choubi: Folk & Pop Sounds from Iraq. He mentions being a fan of Middle Eastern pop music, especially '90s Egyptian Top 40. Who would have guessed a metal drummer would be rocking out to that? Very cool. Bill follows with a re-issue of the Melvins' Ozma/Bullhead album, calling them "one of the greatest bands on earth." To bring it down a notch, Bill also picks up a copy of Drunken Hearted Man by legendary blues guitarist Robert Johnson. Brann heads in the opposite direction and finds a copy of Merci by French prog-rockers Magma. This is definitely an interesting pick for several reasons... All of Magma's songs are sung in a made up laguage and are conceptualized from a science fiction mythology created by the band's leader and drummer, Christian Vander. Wow, who needs psychedelics when you can just listen to a Magma record? Bill and Brann find it all, including some really cool jazz and classic rock. Watch the full episode below to see what else they find! 

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Did You See Mastodon on "Game of Thrones" Last Night?

Posted by Billy Gil, June 1, 2015 10:27am | Post a Comment

mastodon bandMetal titans Mastodon can add HBO stars to their resumes after appearing in last night's episode of Game of Thrones.

Spoiler alert: The band appeared as wildling warriors in last night's episode "Hardhome," in which Lord Commander of the Night's Watch Jon Snow tried to rally some wildlings to prepare for the oncoming battle with the White Walkers, only to have the undead come knock down their walls and decimate nearly everyone in sight, turning them into even more undead warriors. As far as TV sequences go, it doesn't get more metal.

Here's what the band's Brann Dailor (which is a pretty "Thrones"-ish name) had to say about it, as reported by Stereogum:

"It was such an incredible experience to be on set as extras for our collective favorite show Game Of Thrones and to be wildlings murdered and then brought back to life by White Walkers was beyond amazing. I watched my best friends Brent and Bill, murdered right in front of me as I myself was stabbed in the stomach and had my throat slit multiple times, and I didn’t mind at all. It made me love being in Mastodon even more. We are more than privileged and honored to have been a part of one of the greatest stories ever told on film, and the catering wasn’t bad either."

Mastodon previously submitted the song "White Walker" for the Catch the Throne Vol. 2 mixtape earlier this year.

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