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. B├śRNS - 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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First City Festival in Monterey with Modest Mouse, Passion Pit, MGMT, Neko Case, Beach House, Toro y Moi + More!

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, May 20, 2013 02:35pm | Post a Comment

Big news! The inaugural weekend of the First City Festival takes place at the Monterey County Fair and Event Center on Saturday, August 24th and Sunday, August 25thJoin Goldenvoice and Amoeba Music in welcoming Modest Mouse, Passion Pit, MGMT, Neko Case, Beach House, Toro y Moi, the west coast debut of Avey Tare's Slasher Flicks (featuring Dave Portner of Animal Collective), and so many more.

Two-day General Admission tickets on sale now at Amoeba SF & Amoeba Berkeley. No additional fees!

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out this week 4/6 and 4/13...jonsi...manual...the school...MGMT...

Posted by Brad Schelden, April 15, 2010 01:22pm | Post a Comment
It seems like a recent trend for singers of big huge bands to want to go off and make a solo album! I guess it always happens at some point but it seems like there have been more than normal the last couple of years. Thom Yorke from Radiohead went off and made a solo album called The Eraser in 2006. Julian Casablancas from The Strokes put out Phrazes For the Young last year. Sometimes is a just a new collaboration that ends up coming out. James Mercer from The Shins just put out an album as The Broken Bells with Dangermouse. Alex Turner from The Arctic Monkeys also went this direction and started a new band called The Last Shadow Puppets. Jenny Lewis from Rilo Kiley has put out two solo albums. Conor Oberst from Bright Eyes has put out solo albums and is a member of the super group Monsters of Folk. Singers need breaks from their bands. Or maybe the bands actually need breaks from their singers! Maybe the singers just have big egos and want to go off on their own and show their fans that they can be just as good as a solo artist. Billy Corgan should just really be going by BIlly Corgan now. As far as I am concerned, Smashing Pumpkins broke up a long time ago! It is basically just him and a bunch of teenagers in the band now! Doug Martsch from Built To Spill even went solo in 2002 with Now You Know. Hope Sandoval from Mazzy Star has put out a couple of solo albums as well. Even Tracey Thorn from Everything But The Girl is getting in on the solo action with a new album out next month on Merge. And Kele from Bloc Party also has a new solo album around the corner! I am sure we will soon see solo albums from Beth Ditto, Karen O, Brian Molko, and Caleb Followill from Kings of Leon. It's just the way the industry goes, I guess.

Most of the artists in the adult contemporary genre were once in bands as well -- they have just been solo for so long that we might have forgotten! Rod Stewart, Eric Clapton, Phil Collins, Sting, Glen Frey, Robert Wyatt, Bryan Ferry, Peter Gabriel, and of course Paul McCartney all came from big bands. I guess Thom Yorke and James Mercer will become the adult contemporary artists of the future. Maybe the radio station KOST will have to change their format or just adapt to the time. Phil Collins and Sting will then be played on the oldies stations. And Jenny Lewis and Conor Oberst with be soft rock!

Jonsi from Sigur Ros has now joined the solo bandwagon and put out an album of his own. You can see him perform live at Amoeba San Francisco on Record Store Day, this Saturday! With this new record, he is following the footsteps of his fellow Icelandic native Bjork. Bjork was once in The Sugarcubes, in case you forgot. Jonsi has been hugely successful as the lead singer in Sigur Ros. They have made some amazing albums and I am sure they will make some more. This solo album just seems to be another outlet for Jonsi. He writes a lot of songs and I am sure he just had a bunch extra that he thought made more sense as a solo album. It still sounds like Sigur Ros -- he has not drastically changed anything. More of these songs are in English but it is not really that easy to tell the difference. The songs are still big and dreamy and the album will easily fill the room. It is atomospheric and beautiful just like any Sigur Ros record. The music and lyrics are dramatic. Some of my favorite concerts have been Sigur Ros shows so I really hope that I will get to see some more, but I am also sure he will not disappoint with his solo tour. I will always love Jonsi and I love the album too! It makes me happy but it does have me missing Sigur Ros a bit. It is just hard to improve on something as magical as that band. I guess it is probably how Glenn Frey fans feel.

the new album Go by Jonsi.

Another one of my recent favorites is the new album by Manual. Azure Vista from 2005 remains one of my favorite albums. This new album is called Drowned In Light. He has put out an album nearly ever year of this past decade. He fits into a genre somewhere in between IDM and shoegaze, two of my favorite genres. Just imagine shoegaze without the vocals. His albums are beautiful and I can't get enough of them. He is obviously influenced by Brian Eno, My Bloody Valentine, and The Cocteau Twins. He is also similar to Syntaks, B. Fleischmann and Ulrich Schnauss. His first couple of albums were on the label Morr Music. Darla has released his last couple of albums. Drowned in Light is a pretty good name for the album, but you are not blinded by the light. You are not hit over the head with it. Instead, you are sort of soothed and comforted by it. This music calms me down and makes me happy. It is my new age music. Manual is really Jonas Munk from Denmark. It reminds me of the reasons I love the Cocteau Twins. Jonas should really get together with Elizabeth Fraser from the Cocteau Twins and put out an album. It would be amazing.

Buy the new album Drowned In Light by Manual.

I also have a new favorite this week -- I had not even heard of them until a couple of days ago. They are called The School. Loveless Unbeliever is their debut album on Elefant Records. They are a new twee pop band from Wales who occupy the same musical space as Belle & Sebastian and Camera Obscura. Their record is for people who are not afraid of pop music or of the adorable and cute! The music sort of sounds like a 60's girl group. I always need to balance out my musical life with a group like this. They make me happy! You should let them into you life too!

the new album Loveless Unbeliever by The School.

also out 4/6...

Pumps by Growing

Hippies by Harlem

I Learned the Hard Way by Sharon Jones

Sticky & Sweet Tour by Madonna

Steal Your Face by Mi Ami

Extra Wow by Nice Nice

Fear Is Excruciating But Therein Lies the Answer by Red Sparowes

And Then We Saw Land by Tunng

also out 4/13...

Little Window by Harold Budd & Clive Wright

And In the Endless Pause There Came the Sound of Bees
by Johann Johannsson

Drowned In Light by Manual

Congratulations by MGMT

The Wild Hunt by The Tallest Man On Earth

Loveless Unbeliever by The School

The 12 Days of Coachella: 10 Duos Duet-ing

Posted by Amoebite, April 10, 2010 02:08am | Post a Comment
"One man's attempt to dissect the method to 3 days of madness in the desert"
  - By Scott Butterworth

On the 3rd weekend of April my Coachella will give to me.....
12 DJ's.....11 Angelenos....

....and 10 Duos Duet-ing:  

She & Him
La Roux
Matt & Kim
The Big Pink
Beach House
The Raveonettes

Coachella 2010 LineupCoachella Duos

my top 50 albums of 2008...

Posted by Brad Schelden, January 1, 2009 12:47pm | Post a Comment

Hercules & Love Affair-
Hercules & Love Affair (Mute)

Booka Shade-
The Sun & the Neon Light (Get Physical)

m83 saturdays=youth

Saturdays=Youth (Mute)

-Oracular Spectacular (Columbia)

The Teenagers
-Reality Check (XL Recordings)

The Daysleepers
Drowned in a Sea of Sound (Clairecords)

Pelle Carlberg
-The Lilac Time
(Labrador Records)

Grace Jones
-Hurricane (Wall of Sound)

Jonas Reinhardt
-Jonas Reinhardt (Kranky)

Crystal Castles
-Crystal Castles
(Last Gang)

Bloc Party
-Intimacy (Atlantic)

Sigur Ros
-Med Sud I Eyrum Vid Spilum Endalaust (XL Recordings)

The Killers
-Day & Age (Island)

Friendly Fires
-Friendly Fires (XL Recordings)

-Ladyhawke (Modular)

-Microcastle (Kranky)

Gang Gang Dance
-Saint Dymphna (The Social Registry)

Toyko Police Club
-Elephant Shell (Saddle Creek)

-Donkey (Sub Pop)

Kanye West
-808s & Heartbreak (Roc-A-Fella Records)

Ten Kens
-Ten Kens (Fatcat Records)

Jack Penate
-Matinee (XL Recordings)

Jeremy Jay
-A Place Where We Could Go (K Records)

Bon Iver
-For Emma, Forever Ago (Jagjaguwar)

The Tough Alliance
-A New Chance (Modular)

-I am...Sasha Fierce (Columbia)

-Where You Go I Go Too (Smalltown Supersound)

-Third (Mercury)

My Morning Jacket
-Evil Urges (ATO)

The Verve
-Forth (On Your Own Records)

TV on the Radio
-Dear Science (Interscope)

Los Campesinos!-
We Are Beautiful, We Are Doomed (Arts & Crafts)

Lightspeed Champion
-Falling Off the Lavender Bridge (Domino)

Last Shadow Puppets
-Age of the Understatement (Domino)

All The Saints
-Fire On Corridor X
(Touch & Go)

Sun Kil Moon
-April (Caldo Verde)

-Shine (Atlantic)

-19 (Columbia)

Bohren & Der Club of Gore
-Dolores (PIAS)

Max Richter
-24 Postcards in Full Color (Fatcat Records)

-Santogold (Downtown)

The Lodger
-Life Is Sweet (Slumberland)

The Week That Was
-The Week That Was (Memphis Industries)

For Against
-Shady Side Sunny Side (Words On Music)

Secret Shine
-All of the Stars (Clairecords)

Fleet Foxes
-Fleet Foxes (Sub Pop)

Xiu Xiu
-Women as Lovers (Kill Rock Stars)

Sarah June
-This is My Letter to the World (Hand/Eye)

She & Him
-Volume One (Merge)

Okkervil River
-The Stand Ins (Jagjaguwar)