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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

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

2016: Year of the Listening Party at Amoeba SF

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, November 13, 2016 06:16pm | Post a Comment

Listening Parties at Amoeba San Francisco

By Brent James

Although Amoeba Music is known for the hot live acts that grace the stages in all three brick and mortar store locations, our listening parties are quickly gaining momentum in popularity and rivaling their cousins, the artist signings, in both attendance and presentation.

This year has seen the most listening party events ever in the San Francisco store, each one bringing an ever-growing number of people out and escalating in production. The idea is nothing new; in fact, the very concept recalls "sock hops" and "pizza/record parties" of the '50s and '60s -- the heyday of vinyl records. And in this digital age, where one can listen to anything they want, WHEN they want, it's refreshing to see people come in and hear something for the first time with their peers.

They sit and discuss the record, and compare notes. "I like coming to the parties because I get to meet new people, and there's cookies," says Amoeba customer Christine LaBianca, who has attended the last SIX Amoeba SF listening party events!

Delicious treats are just the literal icing on the (Tame Impala) cake. The parties are usually also accompanied by fabulous contests with even more amazing prizes. Special limited releases are sometimes also available. During the Twin Peaks and Stranger Things soirees, guests had first crack at vinyl versions of the soundtrack. 

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New "What's in My Bag?" Episode with Car Seat Headrest

Posted by Amoebite, May 24, 2016 02:06pm | Post a Comment

Car Seat Headrest Will Toledo Amoeba Music What's In My Bag?

"My twelve-year old self kinda' took over and I ended up just getting a bunch of colorful, bright albums," says Will Toledo, frontman of the Seattle-based Car Seat Headrest. "I don't even think I like this band, but I like the album cover," he says while holding up the Pet Shop Boys' latest album, Super. Toledo was record shopping at Amoeba Hollywood and we got a chance to sit down with him and check out his picks, not all of which were chosen by the cover.

Originally from Williamsburg, VA the indie band takes its name from Toledo's decision to record vocals in the back of his car for privacy. Self-releasing four albums in 2010, and steadily releasing more over the following years on Bandcamp, Toledo's music gained a cult following on the internet, which resulted in a contract with Matador Records in 2015. That year's Teens Of Style was his first release for the label. Car Seat Headrest's second album with Matador, Teens Of Denial, is out now digitally, with CDs and LPs out July 29. (You may have read about a Cars sample not being approved and delaying the physical release of the album until July.)

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