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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with T.S.O.L.

Posted by Amoebite, July 25, 2017 05:52pm | Post a Comment

John Grisham TSOL What's In My Bag?

Jack Grisham, lead singer of legendary Long Beach punk band T.S.O.L., recently visited Amoeba Hollywood and shared some of his favorite records with us in this "What's In My Bag?" episode. The lyricist and author had much to say about what the albums meant to him, including The Beatles' Revolver, which he often listens to while making his own music. "When I put on a great song, it makes me want to strive to write a great song," he tells us. "It's just the feeling of thinking, god, something this cool was created."

T.S.O.L. (True Sounds of Liberty) was founded in 1978 in Long Beach, CA. Original members Jack Grisham (vocals), Ron Emory (guitar), and Mike Roche (bass) are still with the band. The band's self-titled debut EP was released in spring 1981. Their first full-length, Dance with Me, landed later that T.S.O.L. The Trigger Complexsame year. The band signed to Alternative Tentacles in 1982, the same year Greg Kuehn (piano, synths) joined the group. He departed a year later and returned in 2005. Drummer Chip Hanna joined in 2016.

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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Bob Weir

Posted by Amoebite, July 4, 2017 04:57pm | Post a Comment

Bob Weir What's In My Bag? Amoeba Music

"I'd totally forgotten about Bessie Smith until a few nights back," Bob Weir told us during a recent visit to Amoeba Hollywood. A few nights beforehand, Weir was accompanying country/folk legend Ramblin' Jack Elliot at a club in Mill Valley, CA and the two played a couple of her tunes. "Oh, that's right," mused Weir, "these songs are great...she really had something going back then." Before his in-store performance to promote his latest solo album, Blue Mountain, Weir grabbed a compilation of Smith recordings, as well as some other great picks that had a lot of meaning to him.

Bob Weir Blue Mountain Bob Weir is a guitarist, singer-songwriter, and founding member of the Grateful Dead. While still a teenager, he encountered Jerry Garcia playing guitar at a music store; he sat down and played some songs with Garcia and the pair decided to form a band together. Over the course of the Dead's thirty years, Weir played rhythm guitar, sang a significant portion of the band's non-Garcia lead vocals, and experimented with slide guitar. He released his first solo LP, Ace, in 1972. The other members of the Dead served as his backing band. Six years later, he released his sophomore solo album, Heaven Help the Fool. His next solo album came almost four decades later; Blue Mountain was released in 2016.

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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

The Beatles' Sgt. Pepper Anniversary Reissues Coming Soon

Posted by Amoebite, May 3, 2017 02:25pm | Post a Comment

Beatles Sgt Pepper Anniversary Reissues

The Beatles' legendary Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band LP turns 50 this June! To celebrate, Capitol is reissuing this legendary LP on May 26th in four different anniversary edition releases that are really something special. After all, this is the first Beatles album to be remixed and expanded since 2003's Let It Be... Naked. This new version of Sgt. Pepper features new mixes by Giles Martin and Sam Okell in stereo and 5.1 surround audio, conducted at Abbey Road Studios. Even more exciting is the fact that the reissues include 34 previously unreleased recordings, including early takes from the sessions. Each reissue features Martin's new stereo mix, which was sourced from the original four-track session tapes and guided by his father, George Martin's mono mix. They are all now available to pre-order on Amoeba.com and they'll ship FREE to the U.S.!

Here's what to expect from the four different versions.

Beatles Sgt Pepper CD

Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band [Anniversary Edition] CD

15 Releases to Look For on Record Store Day

Posted by Amoebite, April 14, 2017 01:22pm | Post a Comment

15 Record Store Day 2017 Highlights

On April 22, 2017, Record Store Day rolls around once more, bringing limited edition special releases, guest DJ sets, and assorted fun and festivities to our stores. This is the tenth annual Record Store Day and this year brings some really exciting titles, including unreleased demos, picture discs, previously unavailable 7"s and classic LPs. Read on for our top fifteen releases to keep an eye out for this Record Store Day; you'll find some old favorites and some exclusive new releases. And don't forget to check out what's going down in honor of RSD at your local Amoeba!

Want to check out the full list of limited edition Record Store Day releases? View .pdf. Is film music your thing? We highlighted 10 soundtracks coming out on 4/22 for RSD.

Please note: RSD product is limited to stock on hand and available on a first come, first served basis. No holds, no phone orders. Limit one copy per title per customer. We cannot accept any store coupons on RSD releases.

Beatles

The Beatles – "Strawberry Fields Forever" (7”)

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