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A Brief Selection of Fall’s Exciting Hip-Hop Vinyl Reissues

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, November 9, 2017 02:07pm | Post a Comment

By doubleay

2017 has been a thrilling year for reissues, as many sought-after hip-hop classics have made a return to vinyl. Universal Media Enterprises has been running their Respect The Classics campaign, which has brought a ton of titles back to wax for the first time in years, while many other fundamental hip-hop classics have been reissued to celebrate the anniversaries of their original release dates. Beyond that, the increase in vinyl demand has allowed labels the capability of making decades-old iconic releases accessible to a new generation of consumers. With a plethora of exciting reissues hitting the shelves, here's a handful recent releases you ought to snatch up.

Mos Def, EcstaticMos Def - Ecstatic

Originally released with Downtown Records in 2009, Mos Def’s Ecstatic has been reissued for the first time with Universal Media Enterprises. After fairly underwhelming responses to his two prior albums and a decision to ease off acting, Mos Def returned to the studio for his fourth album. The project’s stellar track list included contributions from Slick Rick, Georgia Anne Muldrow, and Talib Kweli. Def Worked with producers Madlib, The Neptunes, Mr. Flash, and Oh No, to achieve a fusion of international sounds and American hip-hop production. Mos Def tackles global politics, love, and spirituality on the album, all themes that speak magnitudes in today’s political climate. The project went on to become one of his most critically acclaimed releases and fans have been awaiting its second coming.

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Bay Area Record Fair, November 19

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, November 5, 2017 06:43pm | Post a Comment

The Bay Area Record Fair (aka BARF) brings together the best and brightest in local music around the Bay Area for a day of community, celebration, and camaraderie. This year they'll take over the Swedish American Hall and Cafe du Nord on Sunday, November 19th from noon to 5pm. Admission is FREE, but you can beat the rush and get in at 11am with $5 Early Bird tickets available HERE!

BARF's celebration of the local music scene and the people who help make it happen welcomes over 40 independent record labels (Alternative Tentacles, Tricycle, Father/Daughter, Death Records, Fat Wreck Chords, Empty Cellar...just to name a few) providing hours of browsing and buying enjoyment. There will also be guest DJs spinning throughout the day and a raffle for stellar prize packs. See you at the Fair!


Bay Area Record Fair

Vinyl Gear 101: Putting Together a Stereo System to Play Vinyl

Posted by Amoebite, October 11, 2017 01:15pm | Post a Comment

Amoeba Music's Vinyl Gear 101 Video

Are you thinking about getting your first turntable, but have some questions about direct drive vs. belt drive tables? Pre-amps? Speakers? We have answers! Setting up your vinyl stereo system isn't a difficult process, but it does take a little bit of knowledge about the right gear to get your records spinning and making noise.

In this Vinyl Gear 101 video, we address the most common questions we get with all the information needed for the novice vinyl listener. We breakdown the four essential components of every system - turntable, pre-amp, amplifier, and speakers - and we demo two simple setups to get you started. Whether you're a beginning DJ or just want to listen to some records at home, we hope you'll find this video helpful!

Don't forget, all turntables are 20% off at our stores October 14th during our Super Saturday Sale.

Watch the full Vinyl Gear 101 video below.

 

Also, check out our Vinyl Care 101 video about cleaning, storing, and caring for your records.

Amoeba SF Acquires Unique Collection of 1970s Experimental & Art Music LPs

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, August 30, 2017 07:01pm | Post a Comment

We at Amoeba SF recently acquired a unique collection of 1970s Experimental and Art music, all on vinyl! Joan la BarbaraThis collection spans across the genres of Minimalism, Musique Concrete, post-Ornette Jazz, Tape Music, Spoken Sound Art, early Electronic, and more, and are all in excellent condition. These records will be made available for sale on Saturday, September 9th at Amoeba SF. Head to our stage (in the northwest corner of the store) to browse these gems. There will be staff on hand to help you view bagged items and to bring your choices to the cashiers. You must be in the store to purchase items for this one-day event. We won't be taking phone orders and we won't be putting these items on hold.

Some of the artists who are heavily represented in this collection:
Terry Riley (10 LPs)
Cecil Taylor (40 LPs!)
John Cage (15)
Steve Reich (15)
Anthony Braxton (25)
Philip Glass (many)
Art Ensemble of Chicago (20, PLUS numerous by its individual members)
Julius Hemphill (10)

Plus, there many rare and import recordings by David Murray, Leo Smith, Frank Lowe, Alvin Lucier, Meredith Monk, Henry Cow/Slapp Happy/Art Bears, Joan LaBarbara, Robert Ashley, Jon Gibson, Gordon Mumma, and more!

Of particular note, there are VERY RARE recordings by Joseph Beuys & Henning Christiansen, Charlemagne Palestine, LaMonte Young, Le Forte Four, and Allen Kaprow, just to name a few.

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Strange Space Sounds, Surf Strums & Muuu-zak from other Galaxies

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, June 13, 2017 07:36pm | Post a Comment

By Kai Wada Roath
Ambassador of Confusion Hill and host of the Super Shangri-La Show


There is an old rumor that Don Knotts actually drank seven real Blast-Offs (a Boilermaker with a launch Esquivelcountdown) in the filming of the bar scene in The Reluctant Astronaut, and after the beyond-intoxicating take seven, he staggered off set, mumbling incoherently about the physical natural wonders of the Swedish actress Uschi Digard, until he reached his trailer, put on a Ferrante & Teicher space album (it is still debated by movie historians which LP it was: Soundproof: The Sound of Tomorrow Today or Blast Off, which would have made more sense), and proceeded to get naked, keeping on only his space helmet and knee high black socks. He then performed an interpretive moon man dance with the trailer's window shades open so passing actors and actresses could admire his off stage talents.

Now, some folks love Space Age Pop and they day dream while listening to their Esquivel and Dick Hyman records that they owned a Jetsons space car so they could zip from the moon burger stand to the space shopping mall while a French maid robot cleaned their condo. Personally, I like to practice my pendulum dowsing with a few slices of Mimolette and chilled port while I listen to "Fear" off the Ventures in Space album on repeat.

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