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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with T.S.O.L.

Posted by Amoebite, July 25, 2017 05:52pm | Post a Comment

John Grisham TSOL What's In My Bag?

Jack Grisham, lead singer of legendary Long Beach punk band T.S.O.L., recently visited Amoeba Hollywood and shared some of his favorite records with us in this "What's In My Bag?" episode. The lyricist and author had much to say about what the albums meant to him, including The Beatles' Revolver, which he often listens to while making his own music. "When I put on a great song, it makes me want to strive to write a great song," he tells us. "It's just the feeling of thinking, god, something this cool was created."

T.S.O.L. (True Sounds of Liberty) was founded in 1978 in Long Beach, CA. Original members Jack Grisham (vocals), Ron Emory (guitar), and Mike Roche (bass) are still with the band. The band's self-titled debut EP was released in spring 1981. Their first full-length, Dance with Me, landed later that T.S.O.L. The Trigger Complexsame year. The band signed to Alternative Tentacles in 1982, the same year Greg Kuehn (piano, synths) joined the group. He departed a year later and returned in 2005. Drummer Chip Hanna joined in 2016.

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Ladies and Gentlemen...The Revolution.

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, July 19, 2017 07:34pm | Post a Comment

The Revolution

By Brent James

The Revolution recently had a two-night engagement at the historic Fillmore Auditorium in San The RevolutionFrancisco on July 11th and 12th, and we had the absolute pleasure of attending not one but both sold-out shows! Featuring the original lineup of Wendy Melvoin on guitar, Lisa Coleman and “Dr.” Matt Fink on keys, BrownMark on bass, and Bobby Z on drums, Prince’s former band tore through two hours of memories with precision and finesse.

“Wendy?”

“Yes, Lisa…”

“Computer Blue” kicks off the set with an ocean blue wash over the transfixed capacity crowd. The band stays true to the original but owned it and the other songs as well, with an updated yet familiar sound of a band that’s been playing together on and off for over 30 years. “America” came next, more relevant now than ever. We’re reminded that Prince saw our future in 1985.

By the time “Mountains” rolls into the set, you find yourself in awe of the fact that you’re watching the band that wrote and recorded these gems in person. Many people are here tonight to heal, some are here out of curiosity. One thing is for sure and widely understood: the Purple Family runs deep and all are welcome. Yes, we’re here to celebrate Prince and His legacy, but this band is holding their own and without a doubt making Him proud.

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New Soundtracks Releases for the Summer

Posted by Amoebite, June 28, 2017 01:20pm | Post a Comment

New Soundtrack Releases For Summer

It's heating up outside, which means the multiplexes are cranking the air conditioning and cueing up the ol' reel-to-reel. That's right: summer movie season is upon us. This year, perhaps the only thing hotter than the flicks themselves are their soundtracks. And fortunately, a lot of our favorite films, new and old, are getting special new releases. How special, you ask? 

Well, a lot of these are out on high-quality 120-gram+ vinyl. Others are ready to slide right into your tape deck. Some are remastered. Some are back in print for the first time in decades. Others feature special bonus tracks or new art. And, of course, there are some pretty rad colored vinyl options, as well. Read on to find out what we're cranking now and what we're looking forward to spinning.
 

OUT NOW

Baby Driver

Various Artists - Baby Driver

This upbeat, excellently curated collection of tunes from Edgar Wright's new film, Baby Driver, is destined to be one of the year's best soundtracks. Out now on CD and 150-gram double vinyl with gatefold packaging.

Soul Slam SF XII: Prince & Michael Jackson, June 10

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, May 30, 2017 06:34pm | Post a Comment

Soul Slam SF

June is truly turning out to be the Month of Prince, with so many Prince related events to participate in! On his birthday proper, Amoeba Berkeley is throwing a righteous party with special guest DJs, treats, and more, plus all Amoeba store locations will be offering 20% off all Prince music & merch in his honor that day. And let's not forget that the epic Purple Rain soundtrack is getting reissued in four different versions on June 23rd.

But no Month of Prince would be complete without the Bay Area annual dance tradition SOUL SLAM SF: Prince & Michael Jackson, which returns to San Francisco's Mezzanine on Saturday, June 10th. Globetrotting superstar disc jockey DJ Spinna headlines the 12th installment of this epic dance party featuring the music of Prince and Michael Jackson’s essential compositions, covers, and goodies. King Most and special guest DJs Constellations: Wonway, heyLove*, Nina Sol, and your host Hakobo will set the mood and build the anticipation for what is set to be another amazing Soul Slam!

Get your tickets now at soulslamsf.com!

Soul Slam SF

Celebrate the Music of Prince with Purple Rain Reissues

Posted by Amoebite, May 16, 2017 04:37pm | Post a Comment

Prince Purple Rain Reissues

One of the greatest albums of all time (and the soundtrack to one of the best ever movies about music, too), Purple Rain, is getting reissued on June 23rd. Originally released in 1984, it's the first Prince album to feature his backing band, The Revolution. The following year, Purple Rain took home two Grammys -- one for Best Soundtrack and the other for Best Rock Performance -- as well as an Oscar for Best Original Song.This iconic album will be hitting shelves in four different versions, each of which offers something special. All four reissue versions are available to pre-order now on Amoeba.com and they'll ship FREE to the U.S.!

Here's why we're digging each one.

Prince Purple Rain


Purple Rain [Deluxe Edition] (2CD)

The Deluxe Edition is the baseline Purple Rain reissue of this batch, featuring (as do the other releases) tracks transferred from the Paisley Park stereo masters and remastered in 2015 by Bernie Grundman, the mastering engineer for the original LP. The second disc in this two-disc set includes a treasure trove full of previously unreleased tracks.

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