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Final Round in 2019 DMC US Regional Battle Series, Exemplified High Level DJ Skills & Evolvement of Regionals in DMC History

Posted by Billyjam, June 19, 2019 08:13pm | Post a Comment

The final US 2019 DMC Regional DJ Battle in advance of the upcoming 2019 DMC US Finals, that was held recently in the Bay Area, exemplified two major points. First it demonstrated just how much the level of turntablism skills has steadily risen over the decades in the prestigious long running DJ battle organization that formed way back in the (pre-digital era) 1980's. Secondly the 2019 DMC Bay Area Regional, held at the Uptown in Oakland on May 26th (where the 2019 DMC US Scratch Finals were also held), spotlighted the progressive changes to the meaning of “Regional” DMC DJ battles; in an age when air travel has become relatively cheap and competitors are hungrier than ever for a chance to qualify for a coveted slot in the DMC US Finals; happening September 8th 2019 in Denver CO.

Traditionally limited to competitors from corresponding geographic regions, the modern era US DMC Regionals have a distinctly more national flavor as they routinely feature out of state competitors alongside local turntable talent.

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Tickets to Special Wax Trax! Events with Ministry & Cold Cave Available at Amoeba on Record Store Day

Posted by Amoebite, April 2, 2019 05:08pm | Post a Comment

Industrial Accident: The Story of Wax Trax Records screenings

TO ATTEND THESE EVENTS: Purchase the Industrial Accident Record Store Day soundtrack LP in-store at Amoeba on 4/13.

** 2 VIP tickets will be included with the LP.

** The LP is available on a first come, first serve basis and will follow the Record Store Day purchasing setup at each store. There will not be a separate line for this LP.

** Supplies are limited. 

Please read all of the details below carefully.

One of the many Record Store Day releases we're excited about this year is the soundtrack to Industrial Accident: The Story of Wax Trax! Records. The documentary follows the rise and fall of Wax Trax! Records, the record store turned label that introduced the world to industrial music and bands such as Ministry, Front 242, and My Life With Thrill Kill Kult. The RSD release is pressed on blue vinyl, includes a 40-page book, and is limited to 800 copies.

In conjunction with the release, a few lucky cities will get special screenings of the documentary that also include a panel discussion, Q&A, and live performances by Ministry and Cold Cave! The Bay Area event is on Monday, April 22nd at the Great American Music Hall in San Francisco. SoCal fans get their chance the next night, Tuesday, April 23rd at the Teragram Ballroom in Los Angeles.

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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Wolf Parade

Posted by Amoebite, July 9, 2018 05:37pm | Post a Comment

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Dan Boeckner and Arlen Thompson of Wolf Parade were at Amoeba Hollywood recently schooling us on some of the records that influenced them in their formative years, new records they've been getting into, and Canadian heroes that have been overlooked by the "arbitrators of cultural taste" in their own country. Take, for example, the industrial group Skinny Puppy. "I would argue that this is the most influential Canadian band of the 1980s," Boeckner proclaimed, calling them, "a totally misunderstood and under-appreciated band in its own country...without this band you wouldn't have Nine Inch Nails (and) Ministry." Boeckner goes on to explain that Canadian taste-makers have "pretty much erased these guys from the history books." There was much more to be said about all of the records picked by the two band mates, making for an insightful and fun What's In My Bag? interview. 

Canadian indie rock band Wolf Parade formed in 2003 when former Frog Eyes member Spencer Krug found himself with three weeks to get a group together. He teamed up with Dan Boeckner (ex-Atlas Wolf Parade Cry Cry CryStrategic) and the pair began writing songs in Krug's apartment, accompanied by a drum machine. Arlen Thompson eventually took over percussionist duties. A year later, the group traveled to Portland to work with Modest Mouse's Isaac Brock on their self-titled Sub Pop debut EP. The current lineup solidified when Dante DeCaro (ex-Hot Hot Heat) signed on in 2005.

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'Without Sympathy' Exhibition at Lethal Amounts Documents Ministry's Early Years

Posted by Amoebite, April 1, 2015 10:50am | Post a Comment

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Amoeba Music is proud to sponsor “Without Sympathy: The Visceral Journey of Al Jourgensen” at Lethal Amounts Gallery in Downtown L.A., documenting the development of industrial music pioneer Al Jourgensen of Ministry.

Co-presented by Cleopatra Records and Lethal Amounts, the exhibit features the archives of Brian Shanley, photographer and art director of legendary Chicago industrial label Wax Trax! Both Shanley and Jourgensen will be on hand for the opening night of the exhibit April 17 at 8 p.m.

The show documents the early years of Ministry and its side projects as Jourgensen and like-minded musicians stretched the definition of electronic and new-wave music from 1980 to 1990, including Revolting Cocks, 1000 Homo DJs, PTP, Pailhead, Special Affect and more. Expect a sordid array of images from the early club days to major label success, including original album art/layout, concept designs, cut-and-paste flyers, magazine clippings, promo glossies and a selection of unearthed photographs from the era.

Lethal Amounts is located at 1226 W 7th Street in Los Angeles.

The 80s List: Part 6

Posted by Amoebite, August 24, 2011 07:41am | Post a Comment
Kate BushOne day at Amoeba Hollywood I proclaimed that Aztec Camera's 1983 release High Land, Hard Rain was one of the best records of the '80s. This single statement eventually led to over 200 Amoebites ranking their top 10 favorite albums from the ‘80s.

From the beginning we realized that it was impossible for most of us to condense our favorites from all genres into a tiny top ten list. So, we limited our lists to Rock/Pop and its sub-genres like punk, metal, goth, and new wave. Even so, it was a difficult selection process because not only are there hundreds of amazing records to consider, there is also the added dynamic of time.

The '80s were a long time ago and the music has had many years to gestate. We have a deep sense of nostalgia and sentiment with these albums as our fondest memories are associated with them. These are albums we LOVE.

- Henry Polk

P.S. We'll be posting new additions to the '80s list project from Amoeba staff members on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. See all entries in our '80s list series.

P.P.S. The '80s List Book is available for sale at Amoeba Hollywood.


Melody Hirose
Klaus NomiKlaus Nomi (1981)
Adam AntFriend Or Foe (1982)
GrauzoneGrauzone (1981)
Depeche ModeBlack Celebration (1986)
The ClashCombat Rock (1982)
Judy NylonPal Judy (1982)
Psychic TVPagan Day (1984)
Tones On TailPop (1984)
Fad GadgetFireside Favourites (1980)
ESG – Come Away With ESG (1983)

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