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Grand Performances: Free Concerts this July in DTLA

Posted by Amoebite, July 2, 2017 04:46pm | Post a Comment

Grand Performances in downtown LA

Ricardo Lemvo
Ricardo Lemvo
Sidestepper
Sidestepper
Buyepongo
Buyepongo

Grand Performances presents high-quality music, dance, theater, and more at California Plaza in the heart of Downtown Los Angeles. For 30 years, Grand Performances has delivered the best of global culture to inspire community among the diverse peoples of Los Angeles, and reflect the many cultural interests across the region.

This July brings a full line-up of top-notch shows. Visit us at the Amoeba booth and spin the prize wheel to score Amoeba swag and gift certificates! We will be attending the following events:


Saturday, July 15, 8pm:
Sway to silvery guitar riffs and deep polyrhythms by L'Orchestre Afrisa International with special guest Ricardo Lemvo. Embodying the Afro-Latin Diaspora, Lemvo blends his Afro-Cuban rhythms with pan-African styles (soukous, Angolan semba, and kizomba) to create an amazing package of music with L’Orchestre Afrisa International. Info.

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Large Jazz LP Collection ­On Sale at Amoeba SF on April 1st!

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, March 19, 2017 05:03pm | Post a Comment

Amoeba San Francisco acquired a large quantity of hard-to-find Jazz records from a collection that was cultivated inVintage Jazz LPs the 1960s and '70s by a longtime Amoeba customer (who was also an ex-New Yorker). This astounding collection will hit the store on Saturday, April 1st. No joke! You gotta be here April 1st to get first crack at this collection.

The Collection
Most of the records are from the mid-1960s to the mid-1970s, encompassing Free-Bop, post-Coltrane "Spiritual Jazz," South African Jazz, and more, with many rare European and Japanese imports among them. Also, there are some small-press labels, like Saturn (Sun Ra), Tribe (Marcus Belgrave's ultra-rare Gemini II), and many Strata East recordings as well!

Artists represented include Don Cherry, Archie Shepp (30 albums!), the Blue Notes (South African group) and its individual members, Mal Waldron, Steve Lacy, Yusef Lateef, Paul Bley, John Coltrane, and more.
Vintage Jazz Lps, Sun Ra Arkestra, Saturn Records
The Plan
Upon opening on Saturday, April 1st at 11am, we will have bins set up at the front of our stage (in the northwest corner of the store) that will contain the bulk of the collection. We will also have racks of "wall items" set up on the stage for the higher-valued items. There will be staff on hand to help you view bagged items and to bring your choices to the cashiers.

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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Floating Points

Posted by Amoebite, January 6, 2017 04:15pm | Post a Comment

Floating Points What's In My Bag? Amoeba Music

Manchester producer, DJ, and neuroscientist Floating Points (aka Sam Shepherd) recently enlightened us at Amoeba Hollywood with his record knowledge, while sharing his personal history with some of his favorite records, like Chick Corea & Return to Forever's Light as a Feather. "One of the first five records I ever had in my life... I used to just try and copy Chick Corea's solos, and just play along with this record."

Floating Points Elaenia What's In My Bag?Combining techno, jazz, funk, house, and R&B to create a unique dance music hybrid, Sam Shepherd first ventured into the world of music with the 2008 release of a handful of white label singles and a bootleg remix of a Sun Ra track. Momentum began building after Gilles Peterson broadcast the new work from Floating Points on his BBC radio program. In 2009, Shepherd teamed up with Rinse-FM DJ Alexander Nut to found Eglo Records, home to Fatima and FunkinEven.

In 2011, Shepherd led the sixteen-member Floating Points Ensemble on "Post Suite," a single for Ninja Tune. After a steady stream of 12" singles, Floating Points released a debut full-length in 2015, Elaenia, out in the US via David Byrne's Luaka Bop label. Floating Points will be touring Australia in early 2017.

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An Other 'Best Music of 2016' List

Posted by Rick Frystak, December 31, 2016 01:45pm | Post a Comment

 


by Rick Frystak


Here in The Choice Bin, the wealth of superior new music that I get to be exposed to is just staggering.
The wealth of music around this whole planet is astounding, limited only by one's desires, with each new release or deep-dug reissue a shiny object for us to be drawn to. Walk into an Amoeba, an indie record store or check into some genre-specific internet radio and real college radio and you'll know what I mean. And this year was no exception for those who actively seek out new and old sounds and enjoy doing so.

As a youth I was glued to my AM and then FM radio, listening to Rock, Soul, Jazz and 20th Century Classical revelation. Some hosts would even compare hi-fi gear live on the air, using the latest LP cuts. We waited impatiently for stuff we'd heard to arrive at the 3 or 4 record stores in the vicinity. Then I rode to the record shop and bought my favorites, back then in mono for $1 cheaper, and later driving into Westwood for some small-label LP or expensive import that was a must-have. 

With the passing of many of our heroes so devastating, each moment of immersing oneself in their language and legacy is a precious one. And of course, there are the highly talented younger artists that bring a fresh, but well-informed element to their work and sometimes usher in new eras. Compelling, unfamiliar music seems to be discovered by me daily. Then to hear someone say, ''...nothing's happening musically now'', just sounds goofy. 

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Two Huge New Vinyl Buys Hit Amoeba SF

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, August 1, 2016 07:04pm | Post a Comment

Beatles' Butcher CoverAmoeba SF is rolling out prime slabs of vinyl from two huge LP collections we recently acquired!

The first haul is from a friend of Amoeba's whose main collection focus is on guitar: Rock guitar, Jazz guitar, acoustic Blues guitar, Country guitar...you name it and if it has a guitar it's probably represented here. There are over 5,000 LPs in this acquisition and many are original issues and are mostly in near-mint condition!

The second haul is an even larger collection (squeeee!) and the selection is wide-ranging, including Punk, Soul, Jazz, Rock, Lounge, Classical, audiophile recordings, and more. There are over a hundred Beatles LPs alone, including a couple of Butcher covers! Let's just grab a handful randomly and see what we get: Nico, Operation Ivy, Gene Clark, Otis Redding, and Carla Thomas - all original and in great shape!

Visit Amoeba SF today and often to experience the gradual unveiling of these two ginormous additions to our stellar in-store stock.

Sun Ra, Saturn Label

Selections from Sun Ra's Saturn label.

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