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Nick Cave Supports Development of New ‘Kurdiji 1.0’ App To Battle High Suicide Rates Among Australia's Indigenous Communities

Posted by Billyjam, May 2, 2017 12:16pm | Post a Comment

Longtime Australian musician, author, and sometime actor Nick Cave has put his support behind the development of a compassionate new app designed to tackle Australia's ridiculously high suicide rate among its indigenous communities. Recent Australian social studies report that Aborigines, especially males in their teens and early twenties, are 400% more likely to commit suicide than that of their non-indigenous peers. In fact it has been reported that the young indigenous men of Australia are more likely to commit suicide than any other group worldwide. Those statistic translate into the sobering reality that currently every week in Australia an average of three aboriginal people die as a result of suicide. Longtime Australian artist Cave, who originally came to international fame via the critically acclaimed, influential post punk band The Birthday Party before in 1983 forming the long running Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, has thrown himself 100% behind the new Kurdiji 1.0 suicide prevention app, by endorsing the recently set up Go Fund Me campaign to finalize its development and launch. 

“With Aboriginal people committing suicide on an unprecedented scale, a group of elders are creating a suicide prevention app based on ceremony, story and law,” stated Cave in a press statement, further encouraging Australians and non Australians to get involved in, “fighting for the lives of young Aboriginal people and let’s show Aboriginal Australia we believe in them.”
The new app is named “Kurdiji" which translated from the Warlpiri language means "shield" as in shielding community members from such negatives as suicide. When launched it will reportedly use 3D in showing visuals of traditional dance, music and ceremony as a means of reaching the targeted demographic of young indigenous people of Australia who feel disenfranchised and isolated by mainstream Australian society.

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

Posted by Amoebite, March 29, 2017 12:13pm | Post a Comment

AFI What's In My Bag? Amoeba Music

Many people around the world, including the members of the California rock/punk band AFI, were sad to learn of the passing of Alan Vega, half of the influential New York electropunk duo Suicide. "What a rough past year we had, because we lost Alan," says lead singer Davey Havok as he holds up a vinyl reissue of Suicide's self-titled debut. Havok considers the band "wildly ahead of its time and cutting edge in what they were doing with electronics and soundscapes." Davey, Adam, and Hunter from AFI went shopping at Amoeba Hollywood before their in-store performance in January, and they gave us a glimpse into the work of some of their influences, current interests, and musical peers.

AFI formed in Ukiah, CA while its members were still in high school. They released their full-length debut, Answer That and Stay Fashionable, in 1995. The current lineup of Davey Havok, Adam Carson, Hunter Burgan, and Jade Puget solidified in 1998. AFI has steadily released albums throughout their three decade-spanning career, but it wasn't till their 2000 LP, The Art of Drowning, that they found mainstream success and a slot in the Billboard Top 200.

AFI the Blood Album Amoeba MusicTheir next album, Sing the Sorrow, did even better; the album reached number five on the Top 200 and stayed on the charts for just shy of a year. A string of hits followed, with Decemberunderground (2006), Crash Love (2009) and Burials (2013) all faring well in the Billboard charts. The band released AFI [The Blood Album] in mid-January 2017. AFI will be performing at select festival dates in North America and the United Kingdom this spring/summer.

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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 Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds 'Best Of' Collection Out May 5

Posted by Amoebite, March 14, 2017 04:13pm | Post a Comment

Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds Lovely Creatures

Curating and encapsulating 30 years of work into a single release from a band as prolific as Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds is no easy task, but somebody has to do it. Thankfully those "somebodies" are Nick Cave himself, and founding member Mick Harvey. On May 5, 2017 four different iterations of Lovely Creatures: The Best of Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds (1984-2014) will be released, each featuring their greatest hits and personal favorites, as well as rare photos and memorabilia from band members' personal collections, and a series of original essays.

All four versions of Lovely Creatures are available now for pre-order on Amoeba.com and they'll ship free to U.S. addresses.

Lovely Creatures CD

Lovely Creatures [CD]
2-CD

21 tracks across two CDs with a 24-page booklet featuring personal and rare photographs of the band.

Lovely Creatures LP

Lovely Creatures [Vinyl LP]
3-LP

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

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