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Desolation Center Documentary Screenings in Hollywood, SF & Berkeley

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, September 9, 2019 07:55pm | Post a Comment

Desolation Center is the previously untold story of a series of early '80s guerrilla music and art Desolation Centerperformance happenings in Southern California that are recognized to have paved the way for Burning Man, Lollapalooza, and Coachella, collective experiences that have become key elements of popular culture in the 21st century. The feature documentary splices interviews and rare performance footage of Sonic Youth, Minutemen, Meat Puppets, Swans, Redd Kross, Einstürzende Neubauten, Survival Research Laboratories, Savage Republic, and more, documenting a time when pushing the boundaries of music, art, and performance felt almost like an unspoken obligation.

Directed by Stuart Swezey, the creator and principal organizer of these unique events, Desolation Center demonstrates how the risky, and at times even reckless, actions of a few outsiders can unintentionally lead to seismic cultural shifts. Combining Swezey’s exclusive access to never-before-seen archival video, live audio recordings, and stills woven together with new cinematically shot interviews, verité footage and animated sequences, Desolation Center captures the spirit of the turbulent times from which these events emerged.

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

Posted by Amoebite, July 31, 2018 02:43pm | Post a Comment

Mogwai - Stuart Braithwaite

Stuart Braithwaite of Scottish post-rock band Mogwai paid Amoeba Hollywood a visit during the band's North American tour for our latest What's In My Bag? episode. "This is probably the thing I'm most excited about," said Braithwaite while holding up the massive vinyl box set Root Hog Or Die: An Alan Lomax Centennial Tribute. The massive 6-LP box set of ethnomusicologist Alan Lomax's field recordings was sure to have something worth delving into. "I love these compilations 'cause you'll just hear something on them and then you can go and find out more about it," Braithwaite explained. He then shared how he discovered American sacred harp singing through another Lomax compilation. "I'd never heard anything like it...I tracked down a lot of that." 

Mogwai was formed in 1995 by Stuart Braithwaite, Dominic Aitchison, and Martin Bulloch. They took their name from the creatures in the movie Gremlins. The group released their debut LP, Mogwai Young Team, in 1997. Kicking a Dead Pig: Mogwai Songs Remixed was released the following year, featuring remixes from the likes of Kevin Shields, Arab Strap, and Alec Empire. The band's current Mogwai - Every Country's Sunlineup solidified with the addition of Barry Burns prior to recording their sophomore LP, 1999's Come On Die Young. By their third album, Rock Action, Mogwai was moving away from guitars and incorporating more electronic instruments. Rock Action was their biggest commercial success to date, peaking at #23 on the UK album charts. 

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Our Picks for the Week's Must-Have Vinyl Reissues

Posted by Amoebite, October 6, 2016 05:12pm | Post a Comment

Vinyl Reissues

It's a good week to revisit some old favorites, with a slew of new vinyl reissues hitting the shelves at Amoeba on October 7th. From SoCal pop-punk to Britpop icons, here are our top picks for the reissues you'll want to add to your record collection.

Good Vibrations

The Beach Boys

A couple classics from the preeminent purveyors of '60s era sunshine pop are getting all spiffed up as special edition reissues. In honor of the track's 50th anniversary Good Vibrations is coming out as a 12" EP on sunburst vinyl and Surfer Girl gets a stereo issue on audiophile quality 200 gram vinyl.

Blink-182 Vinyl Box Set

Blink-182

Numero Reissues First Two Blonde Redhead LPs as 'Masculin Feminin'

Posted by Amoebite, September 26, 2016 01:45pm | Post a Comment

Blonde Redhead Masculin Feminin

Over the course of their more than twenty years as a band, Blonde Redhead has evolved from raucous noise rockers to purveyors of shoegaze, dream pop, and alternative rock. Now the fine folks over at Numero Group have compiled the NYC trio's earliest works into a box set called Masculin Féminin, available soon as both a four-LP vinyl and two-CD release.

This new release features the band's first two albums, Blonde Redhead and La Mia Vita Violenta, originally released on CD via Sonic Youth drummer Steve Shelley's Smells Like label. But it also includes some of Blonde Redhead's early radio performances, demos, and singles, plus a book of essays and previously unpublished photos.

The box set hits our stores September 30th, but you can pre-order them now online at Amoeba.com (and they'll ship FREE to U.S. addresses).

Pre-order Masculin Féminin 4-LP and Masculin Féminin 2-CD.

10 Vinyl LP Reissues to Look For in Early 2016

Posted by Billy Gil, January 15, 2016 04:10pm | Post a Comment



It’s not just new albums that we’re excited about. Check out this list of reissues we’re looking forward to spinning in the new year.

Black SabbathBlack Sabbath, Paranoid, Master of Reality
Out Jan. 22

Does all this cold, wet weather makes you want to listen to classic proto-metal on vinyl? Well, you’re in luck. Black Sabbath’s classic first three albums are coming to us on deluxe edition 180-gram two-LP sets. (Seriously, turn the volume all the way up for the full effect of this video.)

 

Talk TalkLaughing Stock
Out Jan. 22

Talk Talk’s 1988 album, Spirit of Eden, and its successor, Laughing Stock, virtually created their own genre. It’s a hushed expanse of jazz grooves, arty guitar tangles and Mark Hollis’ inimitable, shivery croon. Anyone who only knows the hits (e.g. “It’s My Life,” “Talk “Talk”) should pick it up and hear the other side.

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