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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

Watch The Mystery Lights Perform Live at Amoeba Hollywood

Posted by Amoebite, November 7, 2016 11:25am | Post a Comment

The Mystery Lights Live at Amoeba Hollywood

New York City garage rockers The Mystery Lights recently performed a blistering live set on the Amoeba Hollywood stage. Mixing the psych-rock sounds of Roky Erickson with the proto-punk, frat rock sounds of The Sonics, it's no doubt this outfit are the first band signed to retro-soul label Daptone Records' new rock imprint, Wick Records. The band's self-titled debut is the first album released on the new label. Based on what we saw here at Amoeba, both the band and the label are off to a promising start. The Mystery Lights are currently touring the country with stops in San Francisco at Brick & Mortar Music Hall November 9 and the Bootleg Theater in Los Angeles, November 22.

The Mystery LightsFirst up in the video is "Too Tough To Bear," with lead singer Mike Brandon's banshee vocals piercing over the mid-tempo groove of the band. L.A. Solano's lead guitar and Alex Q. Amini's bass match riffs until the two guitarists trade solos. Next is "What Happens When You Turn The Devil Down" in which Solano's eerie guitar bends signal the rest of the band into a menacing, but laid back beat. The song ebbs and flows with intensity until ultimately building to a heavy freak out which leads immediately into a manic, fiery cover of Dead Moon's "Dead Moon Night."

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Amoeba Bay Area & Amoeba Hollywood Share Their Top 5 In-Stores of 2016 (So Far)

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, August 8, 2016 05:32pm | Post a Comment

We're a little past the half-way mark of 2016 already, so it seemed like a perfect time to reflect upon the fantastic in-store shows we've put on at all three of our Amoeba locations: San Francisco, Berkeley, and Hollywood. Each and every live performance we present at our stores is a unique and thrilling experience for the audience and staff, but some shows just have that extra bit of magic to make them stand out as our favorites. Enjoy our lists of top five in-store shows of 2016 (so far)!

Amoeba Bay Area: San Francisco & Berkeley

The Mystery Lights at Amoeba SF: July 31, 2016
Every so often we book a band right before or just as they explode onto the scene in a big way. Although The Mystery Lights has put out a couple of releases since 2009, the NY-by-way-of-Salinas, California band just released their self-titled debut on Daptone Records' new subsidiary Wick and it's gaining momentum. Their sound is sinister garage - the darker side of the '60s Nuggets, Pebbles, and Back From The Grave comps. Think the proto-punk of The Seeds, The Sonics, Jesters of Newport. Unlike many garage rock revivalists, The Mystery Lights don't just recreate the sound; these guys channel it spiritually, putting on a raucous show led by the howling, jumping, guitar-wielding Mike Brandon.

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