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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

Weekly Roundup: No Age, Best Coast, The Mallard, Lumerians, Sonny and the Sunsets, Roses, Julia Holter

Posted by Billy Gil, May 30, 2013 10:41am | Post a Comment

No Age Announce New Album

Beloved L.A. noise pop duo No Age are releasing a new album Aug. 20 called An Object (Sub Pop), their first since 2010’s Everything in Between. The new album was recorded by the band at Gaucho’s Electronics in L.A. with collaborator Facundo Bermudez. No song has been released from the album yet; we’ll have it up here as soon as they do!

The tracklist is as follows:

1. No Ground

2. I won’t Be Your Generator

3. C’mon Stimmung

4. Defector/ed

5. An Impression

6. Lock Box

7. Running From A-Go-Go

8. My Hands, Birch and Steel

9. Circling With Dizzy

10. A Ceiling Dreams of a Floor

11. Commerce, Comment, Commence

 

Best Coast Announces Tour

Best Coast have announced a new tour, and true to form, they'll be playing with excellent bands such as Bleached, Lovely Bad Things and Guards. They'll hit the Fillmore Aug. 15, Big Sur's Henry Miller Library Aug. 16 and L.A.'s The El Rey Aug. 17, all with Bleached (the rest of Best Coast's tour dates can be found on their site.). They'll be debuting songs from their upcoming EP, which has no title or release date announced as of yet, but we'll keep you posted. If you were one of the lucky ones to pick up their recent "Fear of My Identity" b/w "Who Have I Become" Record Store Day 7", perhaps you'll hear those excellent songs too, in addition to those off last year's Jon Brion-produced The Only Place. Read my recent interview with Bleached here, last year's interview with Best Coast here, and check out Best Coast's entry into the Webby-winning "What's In My Bag?" below.

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In A Cloud Release Party in SF Starring Kelley Stoltz, Sonny Smith, Tim Cohen and More!

Posted by Miss Ess, February 26, 2010 02:32pm | Post a Comment
I'm pleased to announce that local San Francisco record company Secret Seven Records has a new release! It's called In A Cloud and it's an exclusive compilation of previously unreleased tracks starring many famed and talented local artists such as Kelley Stoltz, Thee Oh SeesSonny & The Sunsets, Fresh & Onlys, Hannah & Raven (of Grass Widow), Jacques Butters, Ty Segall, The Sandwitches, Exrays, Donovan Quinn & the 13th Month, Trainwreck Riders, Dylan Shearer, and Paula Frazer. This special release comes as a limited edition of 500 on vinyl only. The record was mastered by Paul Oldham, sometime bandmate and always brother to Will Oldham. Listen to The Sandwitches' track "Grey Wizard" right here. You can also hear Kelley Stoltz's sweet "Pinecone" hereIn A Cloud will be for sale at Amoeba starting on Tuesday, March 2! Come an' get it!

There will be an extra special release show at Amnesia in San Francisco also on this Tuesday, March 2, starting at 9pm. It's gonna be a real treat, because it's all acoustic for your listening pleasure. The lineup includes artists from the comp such as Sonny Smith of Sonny and the Sunsets, Donovan Quinn of Skygreen Leopards, Tim Cohen of the Fresh and Onlys, Jon Bernson of the Exrays and Mr. Kelley Stoltz. Come out and support local music!

Sonny Smith of Sonny & the Sunsets Chats

Posted by Miss Ess, November 11, 2009 01:57pm | Post a Comment
San Francisco's own Sonny & the Sunsets are releasing an album of confident, cool rock songs that have an easy, loose vibe to them called Tomorrow is Alright on Secret Seven/Soft Abuse Records! [Secret Seven is the same label that put out (with Empty Cellar) The Two Sides of Tim Cohen, and is soon to release The Sandwitches 12"...] It comes out November 17th as a vinyl only, limited release of 500 copies and will be available at Amoeba. The album features a wallop of guest appearances by San Francisco stalwarts Kelley Stoltz, Tim Cohen from The Fresh and Onlys, Tahlia Harbour of The Dry Spells and Heidi Alexander from The Sandwitches, among others. Sonny, whose musical endeavors have taken him through the years from piano bar gigs in Colorado to Marin's Headlands for an artist's retreat, chatted with me about his past, present and future.



MIss Ess: So you grew up here in San Francisco? How did you start playing music? Who helped you get going and what a
rtists influenced you as a kid?

Sonny Smith: I learned when I was a kid. I was given a guitar. Van Halen.

ME: Eventually you moved to Colorado. Whose music were you playing at your piano gigs out there?

SS: I met a woman that played Jackson Browne songs and Eagles songs and stuff like that on flute at a bar for pay. She gave me her gig. That was my first gig. Playing piano instead of her.

ME: What sparked the first song you ever wrote?

SS: I don't know. Lust, probably. Loneliness. One of those, probably.

ME: Was there anything in particular you were aiming to capture with the recording of the
record?


SS: I can't relax.

ME: How was your artist's residency in The Headlands? What was it like to have nothing to do but create? Was it freeing? Paralyzing?

SS: Well, it's a very amazing place. Very inspiring. Can you imagine living like that all the time?

ME: I would love to live like that! The Headlands have been an extremely special place to me since I was very, very small. Sounds like this album has been cooking for a while, and even though it has just been released, have you already written more new songs for your next album?

SS: Yes, lots of stuff being made all the time. Only some of it gets heard by others.

ME: Who makes up your band currently when you play gigs?

SS: Ryan Browne, Tahlia Harbour, Kelley Stoltz and me.

ME: What musician inspires you the most?

SS: The minute I hear something good I am kinda inspired.

ME: How do you feel about the music scene in the Bay Area currently? Any particular favorite local band, aside from your own?

SS: I don't know about the music scene. I'm out of it. I stay in. I only go out to play. It looks good from where I'm standing. What do I know? I don't know anything. The Sandwitches are good.

ME: What have you been listening to lately?

SS: I was liking Donovan Quinn and the 13th Month lately. I had it in my car for a while.

ME: What is your most treasured piece of musical gear?

SS: My guitar.

ME: What's next for you? Tour?

SS: I am in Alaska on tour doing this e-mail from a internet cafe. $2 per 15 minutes. Thank you.

ME: Thanks for your (apparently expensive!) time.

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