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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 Waxwork Records Co-Founder Kevin Bergeron

Posted by Amoebite, November 19, 2018 05:46pm | Post a Comment

Kevin Bergeron - What's In My Bag? - Amoeba Music

We were pleased to sit down with Waxwork Records co-founder Kevin Bergeron at Amoeba Hollywood and check out his latest record finds. Since his label specializes in reissues of cult flicks, Bergeron couldn't help but recommend a couple of recent soundtracks, including the score to Good Time, by Oneohtrix Point Never. "I recently just found out about this composer," he told us. "I'm really impressed with people that can make an album like this...(and it's just one dude) because it's really, really good and really dynamic." It wasn't all soundtracks though for Bergeron, who had an eclectic collection of electronic, industrial, and punk records, making for a fun and educational What's In My Bag?

In 2013, Kevin Bergeron co-founded Waxwork Records with Suzy Soto. Fans of cult films and long-forgotten soundtracks, Bergeron and Soto launched the label to bring quality vinyl reissues of classic Waxwork Recordshorror scores as well as commercially unavailable, little-known finds to a loyal audience of collectors. The label's first release was the Re-Animator soundtrack; it set the template for the Waxwork Records approach, which involves giving each release the fancy reissue treatment, with recordings sourced from the original master tapes, liner notes from influential figures involved with the film, and new artwork from contemporary artists. 

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17 Releases to Look for on Record Store Day

Posted by Amoebite, April 10, 2018 06:27pm | Post a Comment

17 Record Store Day Releases to Look For

It's wish list time! The good people behind Record Store Day have outdone themselves this year, with a bumper crop of limited edition, long out of print, colored vinyl, and just plain cool exclusives hitting our shelves on Saturday, April 21st. Old favorites receive a celebratory nod. Unreleased tracks by classic acts will be unleashed upon the world. Impressive new works shine in the RSD spotlight. There's something for everyone, whether your interests lean towards classic R&B, dreamy indie, psychedelic tropicalia, and everything in between. Read on to discover the new releases we're excited about this Record Store Day.

Mark your calendars: RSD happens April 21, 2018. Watch this space for info to come on the most exciting store happenings, sales, and special events taking places across all three of our stores in honor of the indie record store industry's biggest day.

Aaliyah Back & Forth

Aaliyah - Back & Forth (12") 

This reissue of Aaliyah's debut single is out on opaque purple vinyl, featuring the original version as well as five dance mixes. An RSD exclusive release.

Arcade Fire Arcade Fire Record Store Day

Arcade FireArcade Fire EP (LP)

10 Albums You Should Know Before Going to Coachella

Posted by Billy Gil, April 7, 2015 03:08pm | Post a Comment



Like Tame Impala? Nuts for Drake? Sure, they're great. But a big part of Coachella also has been the chance to see legendary bands reunite and take the stage, as well as long-established artists alongside the newcomers. Here are 10 great albums by reunited or established artists you should know before heading to the desert next weekend.

AC/DC Back in Black

The album that started the Brian Johnson era of AC/DC (following the death of lead singer Bon Scott) is their biggest and has many of their best-loved hits, including “You Shook Me All Night Long” and the title track. It’s good to know the rest of the songs, even if you’re not especially sober by the time AC/DC goes on (which is probably how they’re best heard anyway).

 

Ryan Adams Heartbreaker

Though prolific as ever, having released his self-titled 14th album last year, Ryan Adams’ first post-Whiskeytown album is the one to hear for his classics, like his sweet duet with Emmylou Harris (“Oh My Sweet Carolina”) or his electric cowboy scuff-up tale with Gillian Welch (“Shakedown on 9th Street”). 

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Amoeba's Top 50 Favorite Albums of 2014

Posted by Billy Gil, December 29, 2014 04:24pm | Post a Comment



All we do at Amoeba is listen to music and talk about music. Take advantage of how nerdy we are with this comprehensive best-of list from the year, which compiles new records from the best albums of 2014 lists made by Aaron Detroit, Brad Schelden, Oliver/Matt/Jordan, Billyjam and myself (click to see invidividual lists).

 

1. FKA TwigsLP1

FKA Twigs LP1 was one of those cross-genre, unclassifiable albums that everyone seemed to love. Not only the best debut record of the year, perhaps the best, period.

“There is miles of ink about Ms. Twigs already, and for good reason – her debut album, LP1, wlessly melds a bonkers electronic experimentalism with mainstream R&B and pop with spellbinding results.” —Aaron

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