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Amoeba Hollywood: A Photo History (Part 2)

Posted by Amoebite, May 6, 2020 04:57pm | Post a Comment

Amoeba Hollywood

With the announcement that Amoeba Hollywood will not reopen on Sunset Blvd and will instead focus on hopefully reopening in the fall at our new location at 6200 Hollywood Blvd, we wanted to look back at the amazing history we've seen over the last 19 years. Although we are not able to give the building the sendoff it deserves, it's our hope that you'll find some joy, some memories, and some solace in these images. 

So much as happened at Amoeba since we opened at 6400 Sunset Blvd that it's impossible to do it justice in one piece, so we we created this photo history series to celebrate and commemorate our rich history. In Part One, we started with the beginning -- Opening Day November 17, 2001 -- and went through one of the most memorable in-store events we've ever had: Paul McCartney's epic performance in June 2007.

Part Two begins with the second half of 2007 and continues through 2009. April 2008 saw the introduction of two things that have since become staples for Amoeba: Record Store Day and our Webby Award-winning What's In My Bag? series.

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Talib Kweli - August 20, 2007
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Band of Horses - October 10, 2007
Sharon Jones at Amoeba Hollywood 2007
Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings - December 3, 2007
Andy Summers Signing at Amoeba Hollywood Sia at Amoeba Hollywood 2008
Andy Summers Signing - January 8, 2008 Sia - January 24, 2008
Vampire Weekend at Amoeba Hollywood 2008 Vampire Weekend
Vampire Weekend - February 4, 2008

The very first Record Store Day took place on April 19, 2008. Our special guests that year included Daniel Ash and David J (Bauhaus, Love and Rockets), The Donnas, and Peanut Butter Wolf.

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New Vinyl Reissues From Sia, Fleetwood Mac, The Beatles and More

Posted by Amoebite, May 26, 2017 02:32pm | Post a Comment

Vinyl Reissues out May 26

Memorial Day weekend is upon us, and with the holiday comes a slew of new vinyl reissues. If you're a classic rock fan, a Sia fan, OR a classic rock fan who loves Sia, you'll want to perk up your ears and read on to find out about the special releases hitting our shelves today. Lots of your old favorites are getting dusted off and spiffed up -- and they don't just look good, they sound great, too.

Here's what to look for to make your vinyl collection bigger and better.

Burnin' Sky

Bad Company - Burnin' Sky

Released for the first time in 1977, Burnin' Sky has been remastered and pressed on 180-gram vinyl. The LP reissue features several bonus tracks, including an early version of "Too Bad" with vocal duties performed by guitarist Mick Ralphs.

Run with the Pack

Bad Company - Run with the Pack

De La Soul, Bowie, Ennio Morricone, Sturgill Simpson, & "Compton" OST: Top 5 Reasons 2017 Grammys Don't Completely Suck

Posted by Billyjam, December 12, 2016 02:17pm | Post a Comment

One of five Grammy 2017's "Best New Artist" nominees Anderson .Paak (above Feb 2015: Amoeba Hollywood following the release of his album Venice)This year the neo-soul singer/producer/musician from Oxnard (FKA Breezy LoveJoy) released both the solo album Malibu (nominated for Best Urban Contemporary Album) & collaborative Yes Lawd! (on LP) with Knxwledge as NxWorries.

Predictably within moments of the public announcement of the nominees for the 2017 Grammys been made last Tuesday (Dec. 6th) disgruntled music fans swarmed social media to vent their outrage over why they felt the Grammys sucked. While many positive music fans agreed with such choices as Beyoncé (nine nominations in all!) or Sia (two nominations), or the inclusion of such relative newcomers as Anderson .Paak and BJ The Chicago Kid (both friends of Amoeba), typically it was the voices of discontent who were the loudest and that dominated the discussions.  These critics were the quickest in expressing their disdain over the picks and, more importantly, the omissions or snubs from the listed nominees for the music biz's biggest annual event: the 59th Grammy Awards to take place on February 12, 2017. "I can't believe that so-and-so [insert their fave artist here] was not included once but that Drake, Rihanna and Kanye West each got eight nominations! What the F.." was a stereotypical response by those of the many unhappy music fans to the Grammys announcement. But being incredulous at the lack of new creative alternative music in a mainstream music event doesn't accomplish anything. It's like Trump whining about how "unwatchable" SNL is while still religiously tuning in each week.

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Anticipation Builds for Release of New Sia album "This Is Acting"

Posted by Billyjam, January 28, 2016 11:45am | Post a Comment
 

In the lead up to tomorrow's anticipated new Sia album, This Is Acting (Monkey Puzzle/RCA), avid fans of the enigmatic Australian singer-songwriter born Sia Furler have been anxiously following any activity by the artist and seeking further preview tastes of tomorrow's release that can be pre-ordered here now. 

Sia fans are already familiar with half of This Is Acting's dozen tracks. "Alive," "Cheap Thrills," "Unstoppable," "Bird Set Free," "One Million Bullets," and “Reaper" have all been pre-released in some format already. Then yesterday, January 27th, the artist shared the new album track "Broken Glass" on Zane Lowe’s Beats 1 radio show. She then stopped by the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon last night where, for the first ever public performance of the song,  she delivered a rousing rendition of the This Is Acting album track "Cheap Thrills." See video clip below of that performance from last night. Also below is the clip Sia recorded earlier at the Tonight Show studios. It's the (already viral) video of "Iko Iko" being performed along with the talk show host, house band The Roots, and Natalie Portman who are  all decked out in matching trademark Sia wigs.

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Sia's "Alive" Video Amps Anticipation For "This Is Acting" & Raises Bar For the "Lyric Video" Format

Posted by Billyjam, October 27, 2015 03:15pm | Post a Comment
 

One  week ago Sia published another video for her current global pop hit "Alive," which is the lead single off the Australian artist's anticipated next album, This Is Acting. The new album will be comprised of songs Sia originally wrote for other people including "Alive," which, along with Tobias Jesso Jr.she wrote for Adele.
Note that Sia, who has graced the Amoeba Hollywood stage twice over the years with memorable in-store performances in both 2006 and 2008, has not yet announced the release date for her new album.  However, the fact that there's only a few release weeks left to the year and that she will be the musical guest on SNL November 7th (with Donald Trump as host) both indicate that it should be within the next few weeks. The new "lyric video" version for "Alive"  replaces the original, month-old "audio" version of the same song that, despite having only the one still image, has already racked up almost 11 million YouTube views! After one week online the "Alive" lyric video has attracted 1.4 million views. Over time that number will grow exponentially but it undoubtedly will be eclipsed by the total number of views that the forthcoming third video for the song will likely attract. Coincidentally, earlier today that upcoming official Sia "Alive" music video was given its own promo video (see below).  With the tag "Sia - Alive - Trailer (Music Video Coming Soon)" that 25 second ad has garnered 60,000 views since this morning. No doubt when it does get published it will rank up their with the singer's previous video stats. These include Sia's much talked about "Electric Heart (feat Shia LeBeouf and Maddie Ziegler)" that, since posted at the beginning of this year, has 425 million views. Meanwhile, Sia's video for "Chandelier" off last year's 1000 Forms Of Fear has gotten 948 million views to date!  

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