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New Green Room Session with Gemma Ray

Posted by Amoebite, April 7, 2017 07:08pm | Post a Comment

Gemma Ray Amoeba Green Room Session

We recently had the pleasure of listening to British singer/songwriter Gemma Ray perform in our Green Room with drummer Andy Zammit. Between Ray's Twin Peaks-esque guitar tone and effects pedals and Zammit's ambidextrous drumming and keyboard skills, the duo were able to create a rich atmosphere of twangy, dark folk/pop, mixed with menacing psychedelia. Ray performed three songs, two of which are off her latest LP, The Exodus Suite.

Gemma Ray The Exodus Suite Amoeba MusicGemma Ray starts off her set with the slow burning journey of a tune, "Ifs & Buts," which starts as a dark slow dance but builds to a layered, sonic space jam. Be on the lookout for Gemma's kitchen knife strumming skills in this track!! Next is "How Long" a blues-y ballad with a subtle, midnight train rhythm. The session ends with "The Switch," a vibrato-y, shimmering gothic folk tune that shifts into a melancholic march of tinkling guitars. 

Ray will be touring Australia and New Zealand later this month.

Watch Gemma Ray's Green Room Session below:

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Top 10 Must-Own TV Shows of All Time

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, March 1, 2017 07:10pm | Post a Comment

By Gabriel Wheeler

There are many great television shows, but what shows are actually worth watching over and over again? Here's the Top Ten of must-see and re-see television.

10. All in the Family (1971-1979)

In one of the rawest portrayals of an ignorant bigot, anti-hero Archie Bunker navigates serious issues of the '70s, often in opposition to those closest to him. The remains poignant while being hilarious. Topics like racism, rape, and drugs are but a few of the issues tackled in honest, funny, and thought-provoking ways. A must-watch for captives of 2017. 

All In The Family


9. Firefly (2002-2003)

Joss Whedon, creator of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, brought us this epic cowboys in space sci-fi action/drama. Failing to find an audience during its tenure, it quickly became a cult favorite on home video and syndication. The show centers on the ship Firefly and its crew, as they travel the galaxy trying to make a quick buck in perhaps not-so-honest yet morally responsible ways. Funny and well-written, it’s a shame there are only two seasons.

Firefly
The Shield

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The Top 10 Soundtracks of All Time

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, February 27, 2017 06:08pm | Post a Comment

by Gabriel Wheeler

There are hundreds of excellent soundtracks that could easily fit into many Top Ten lists. This is my attempt to grab ten of the best. Caveat Emptor!

10. Reservoir Dogs (1992)

The songs on the Reservoir Dogs soundtrack truly create the atmosphere and character development for the film. Brilliant.


Guardians of the Galaxy Awesome Mix Tape
9. Guardians of the Galaxy Awesome Mix Tape Vol. 1 (2014)

Easily could be Reservoir Dogs Vol. 2, but the music is used so well that it transcends that critique. The mix tape is so essentially Star-Lord that is defines his motivations in the movie.


Boogie Nights
8. Boogie Nights Vol. 1 (1997)

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The Top 20 Soundtracks of 2016

Posted by Amoebite, December 29, 2016 04:51pm | Post a Comment

Top 20 soundtracks of 2016

There were lots of soundtrack releases to choose from this year, with many limited edition color vinyl versions creating excitement and selling out fast. Soundtracks play an incredibly important role in films by directors Quentin Tarantino, David Lynch, and Nicolas Winding Refn, so it's no surprise that they each had two soundtracks appear on this list. Music from Star Wars films, new and old, made it on this list as well. Read on to see what made each soundtrack release so special.

Suicide Squad the Album

20. Various Artists - Suicide Squad: The Album

Although the movie was not incredibly well-received by critics, the soundtrack - which features Skrillex, Twenty One Pilots, G-Eazy, Panic! at the Disco, Eminem & more - landed it into our top sellers of the year.

Released on CD and LP.

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

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