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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Old 97's

Posted by Amoebite, September 26, 2017 03:32pm | Post a Comment

Old 97's What's In My Bag? Amoeba Music

The Texas band Old 97's were in good spirits during their recent visit to Amoeba Hollywood for a fun What's In My Bag? episode. "I got stuck on a bit of records that I couldn't stop listening to when I was 14 years old," confided lead singer Rhett Miller, before he pulled The Smiths' singles collection, Hatful Of Hollow, out of his Amoeba bag. Another high school favorite of was Fables Of The Reconstruction by R.E.M., which he used to play all night long in his sleep by tricking the turntable's arm into restarting the record once it ended. "I'm making my kids endure the records that I loved from my childhood," he revealed. The longtime bandmates had an easy rapport and camaraderie, levying wisecracks at each other about what they'd picked up.

Formed in Dallas in 1993, Old 97's are an American alt-country band consisting of Rhett Miller, Murry Hammond, Ken Bethea, and Philip Peeples. The band's first LP, Hitchhike to Rhome, set them off on a Old 97's Graveyard WhistlingUS tour which led them to Chicago, where they caught the eye of Bloodshot Records. The band inked a deal with the label for the release of their next album, 1996's Wreck Your Life. In turn this release garnered attention from Elektra Records, who released a string of LPs from Old 97's: Too Far to Care (1997), Fight Songs (1999), and Satellite Rides (2001).

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The Queen Is Dead Reissues Coming This Fall

Posted by Amoebite, August 16, 2017 11:35am | Post a Comment

The Smiths The Queen is Dead Reissues

One of the most influential post-punk records of all time is in line for a very nice little reissue campaign. On October 20th, The Smiths' masterpiece The Queen Is Dead is getting remastered and reissued in multi-format expanded editions with demos, b-sides & alternative takes. Originally released in 1986, the album has been critically acclaimed since day one, thanks to the enduring strength of album singles "The Boy with the Thorn in His Side," "Bigmouth Strikes Again," and "There Is a Light That Never Goes Out." And those are just the singles -- several other classic tracks can also be found here.

Here's what you need to know about the three different versions coming this fall, all of which are available for pre-order now on Amoeba.com and they'll ship FREE to the US.

The Smiths Queen is Dead reissue

The Queen Is Dead 2-CD Set

The 2-CD set includes the original album, newly remastered in 2017. The second disc contains a multitude of additional recordings, including demo versions and alt takes, plus b-sides "Unloveable," "Money Changes Everything," "Rubber Ring," and "Asleep."

New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Raleigh Ritchie

Posted by Amoebite, July 20, 2017 11:17am | Post a Comment

Raleigh Ritchie What's In My Bag? Amoeba Music

Game of Thrones fans and music lovers, rejoice! Actor and musician Raleigh Ritchie, aka Jacob Anderson, aka Grey Worm, recently went shopping for records, movies and more at Amoeba Hollywood. Ritchie shared with us some of his favorite albums, including Donny Hathaway's Extension Of a Man. "Donny Hathaway's my favorite," he tells us, "definitely my favorite singer of all time, 'cause you believe every single word he says." We had a fantastic time talking with Ritchie as he enthusiastically gave us insight into each of his picks in this "What's In My Bag?" episode.

English actor and musician Jacob Anderson makes music under the name Raleigh Ritchie. Best known as the character of Grey Worm on Game of Thrones, Anderson moved from Bristol to London at RAleigh Ritchie You're A Man Now, Boyage seventeen to pursue his music career. In 2006, he was featured on dance producer Typesun's track "The PL" and the two teamed up a year later for "Let Me Know." His profile was raised further thanks to a collaboration with Plan B and Anderson signed to Columbia in 2013.

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Happy 58th Birthday Morrissey: Amoeba Music Celebrates Date With Instore 20% Sale Today On All Morrissey and The Smiths Items

Posted by Billyjam, May 22, 2017 10:17am | Post a Comment

Amoeba Music wishes a very happy birthday to Morrissey who turns 58 today: May 22nd, 2017. In recognition of the celebratory occasion, Amoeba is throwing a 20% off sale on all Morrissey solo and The Smiths releases, as well as on all related items. Happening all day today the sale includes all formats (CD, vinyl, cassette, DVD etc.) and extends to any merch (T-shirts, posters, etc.) for Morrissey or The Smiths. [Note: This 20% off The Smiths / Morrissey sale is during business hours all day today, May 22nd, in each of the three Amoeba stores: Berkeley, San Francisco and Hollywood. Also note that there will be two other birthday related 20% sales later this week: Wednesday for Bob Dylan who turns 76 and Friday, May 26th, for the late Miles Davis]

On May 22nd, 1959  Steven Patrick Morrissey was born with "Irish Blood, English Heart" in Lancashire, England.  The uniquely talented singer/songwriter, known affectionately as Moz, first came to wide fame and acclaim between 1983 and 1984 with singles like "Hand In Glove," "This Charming Man," "What Difference Does It Make," and "Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now." All of these were iconic singles by The Smiths: the short-lived band he formed in 1982 with guitarist Johnny Marr, bassist Andy Rourke and drummer Mike Joyce. And although the band would break up in 1987 after only five years together their popularity never faltered over the years/decades since thanks to a combination of the influential indie band's solid back-catalog and Morrissey's consequent prolific solo career.  Scroll down to see both The Smiths and Morrissey's discographies. Also below are a series of videos capturing  highlights of the careers of The Smiths and of Morrissey solo as artist and as public figure: one known for his advocacy of such issues as animal rights and vegetarianism, and for never been afraid to speak his mind.

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Top 20 Vinyl Reissues of 2016

Posted by Amoebite, December 19, 2016 12:28pm | Post a Comment

Top 20 Vinyl Reissues of 2016

2016 was a strong year for reissues, with many now classic LPs getting dusted off and spiffed up as vinyl releases. Some of these releases were remastered, some have been out of print on vinyl for awhile, and some are just straight up excellent tributes to our late, great, favorite artists. From R&B to rock and even one very special television soundtrack, join us for a look back at our biggest sellers for the year and what makes each one essential listening.

Kiss Me Kiss Me Kiss Me

20. The Cure - Kiss Me Kiss Me Kiss Me

The Cure's seventh studio LP was their first album to break into the Billboard Top 40. Featuring beloved tracks "Just Like Heaven," "Hot Hot Hot!!!" and "Why Can't I Be You?," this recent 2-LP reissue is pressed on 180-gram vinyl.

Kill 'Em All

 19. Metallica - Kill 'Em All

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