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Amoeba Music Hollywood World Music Best Sellers For 2012

Posted by Gomez Comes Alive!, January 7, 2013 06:48am | Post a Comment

TOP 15 WORLD MUSIC NEW RELEASE BEST SELLERS FOR 2012

1. Jovanotti - Italia 1988-2012 (CD only)
2. La Santa Cecilia - El Valor ((CD only)
3. V/A - Original Sound Of Cumbia (CD/LP)
4. Tim Maia - Nobody Can Live Forever (CD/LP)
5. Los Miticos Del Ritmo - Los Miticos Del Ritmo CD/LP)
6. Rodrigo Y Gabriela - Area 52 (CD only)
7. Cafe Tacuba - El Objecto Antes Llamado Disco (CD only)
8. Ondatropica - Ondatropica (CD/LP)
9. Chicano Batman - Joven Navegante (CD only)
10. Los Cafeteras - It’s Time (CD only)
11. Anoushka Shankar - Traveller (CD only)
12. Ana Tijoux - La Bala (CD only)
13. Jenni Rivera - La Mas Completa Collecion (CD only)
14. Yuridia - Para Mi (CD only)
15.  Carla Morrison - Dejenme Llorar (CD only)


TOP TEN LP SALES FOR 2012

1. Serge Gainsbourg - Histoire De Melody Nelson
2. V/A - Thai Funk Vol. 1
3. Serge Gainsbourg - Initials B.B.
4. Tim Maia - Nobody Can Live Forever
5. Los Miticos Del Ritmo - Los Miticos Del Ritmo
6. V/A - Remolino De Oro (currently out of print)
7. Os Mutantes - Os Mutantes (180 gram version)
8. V/A - Roots Of Chicha
9. Atomic Forest - Obsession
10. Ondatropica - Ondatropica

 

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Check Out Performances and Interviews from 2010 Coachella Artists at Amoeba! Part 2

Posted by Amoebite, March 27, 2010 04:05pm | Post a Comment
Here we have part 2 in a series, with even more artists performing at Coachella this year who have stopped by Amoeba and performed, been interviewed or taken part in one of our What's in My Bag features! To see Part 1, with Boots Riley, Dave Grohl, Sia, Vampire Weekend, Girls and more, go here!

Sune Rose Wagner of The Ravonettes - What's In My Bag?




Zoe - Performance Video




Zoe - Interview



Amoeba Hollywood World Music Best Sellers For 2009

Posted by Gomez Comes Alive!, January 2, 2010 05:00pm | Post a Comment
These are the forty World Music releases that Los Angeles shoppers went gaga over the last year.


1. Zoe-Reptilectric
2. Aventura-Last
3. Amadou & Mariam-Welcome to Mali
4. Mahssa-Oyun Havasi Vol.1
5. Eydie Gorme Y Los Panchos-Cantan En Español
6. V/A-Nigeria 70 (re-mastered)
7. Rodrigo Y Gabriela-11:11
8. Manu Chao-Clandestino
9. Shakira-She Wolf
10. V/A-Panama Vol. 2
11. V/A-Legends Of Benin
12. V/A-African Scream Contest
13. Mexican Institute Of Sound-Soy Sauce
14. Bomba Estereo-Blow Up
15. V/A-Nigeria Rock Special


16. V/A-The Sound Of Wonder
17. Poncho Sanchez- Psychedelic Blues
18. Serge Gainsbourg-Histoire De Melody Nelson
19. V/A-Black Rio Vol.2
20. Rodrigo Y Gabriela-Live In Japan
21. V/A-Colombia!
22. Mulatu Astatke-Inspiration Information
23. Bebel Gilberto-All In One
24. Buika-Niña De Fuego
25. V/A-Nigeria Disco Funk
26. Arthur Verocai-S/T
27. Los Amigos Invisible -Commercial
28. Os Mutantes- Haith Or Amortecedor
29. La Excelencia-Mi Tumbao Social
30. Buika-El Ultimo Trago




31. Orchestre Poly-Ritmo-Voudoun Effect Vol. 1
32. Los Fabulosos Cadillacs -La Luz Del Ritmo
33. Kinky-Barracuda
34. Serge Gainsbourg-Histoire De Melody Nelson (Vinyl version)
35. Bebe-Y.
36. Calle 13-Los De Atras Vienen Conmigo
37. V/A-Nigeria Special
38. V/A- Boogaloo Pow Wow
39. Vieux Farka Toure-Fondo
40. Gustavo Cerati- Fuerza Natural




Stats:

Of the top forty releases, twenty-five are new releases by a band or artist, Fifteen of the top forty are catalog releases. Eleven releases on the top forty are compilations. Only one vinyl release cracked the top forty. Seven of the new releases came from artists that either made an in-store performance or were part of Amoeba's "What's In My Bag?" series.

Five titles came from the European section, four from Brazil, one from the Middle East and one from Pakistan.

Nineteen of the top forty releases came from The Latin Music section. Of those nineteen, only six were reissues, catalog or compilations.

Ten of the top forty releases came from The African section. Of those ten, only three weren’t reissues, catalog or compilations.

Three artists had two releases in the top forty. Buika (Niña De Fuego & El Ultimo Trago), Rodrigo Y Gabriela (11:11 & Live In Japan) and Serge Gainsbourg. Serge had both the vinyl and CD version of Histoire De Melody Nelson in the top forty.

Happy New Year! Let's see what 2010 brings!

What's In My Bag? w/ Camilo Lara of M.I.S.

Posted by Gomez Comes Alive!, May 6, 2009 06:46pm | Post a Comment

Lately I have been doing interviews for the Amoeba website, mostly for the "What's In My Bag?" section. In the last few weeks, I have interviewed Camilo Lara from Mexican Institute Of Sound, members of Zoe, and Gil Cerezo of Kinky & Chico Sonido. I have enjoyed talking to different musicians about what they are listening to these days. My conversation with Camilo Lara lasted beyond the time we interviewed him for the segment. We discussed the future of music and how the internet has leveled the playing field, which is great for indie bands from Mexico. We discussed his audience in the U.S., who he describes as "mostly Anglos who listen to music on NPR or public radio, world music enthusiasts and Mexican nationalists who check out every band from Mexico..." Finally, we discussed his somewhat unusual day job as the Chairman of E.M.I. Mexico. He once dropped the band Zoe from Sony after their first record didn't do so well, only to resign them once they became bigger as an indie band. Sometimes you are just too ahead of the curve.

I found him to be an interesting person and quite knowledgeable about music in general. Check out my segment with Camilo below:

Amoeba Hollywood World Music Top 10 For 2009...So far

Posted by Gomez Comes Alive!, May 4, 2009 12:29am | Post a Comment
Amoeba Hollywood World Music Top 10 For 2009

1. Zoe-Reptilectric
2. Amadou & Mariam-Welcome To Mali
3. V/A -African Scream Contest
4. Orchestre Poly Ritmo-Vol. 1- The Vodoun Effect: Funk and Sato from Benin's Obscure Label
5. Eydie Gorme Y Los Panchos-Cantan En Espanol
6. V/A-Nigeria 70: Lagos Jump
7. V/A- Vol.1-Nigeria 70
8. Rodrigo Y Gabriela -Live In Japan
9. Manu Chao-Clandestino
10. V/A- 78's From The EMI Archives: Sprigs Of Time

About some of the artists:

Zoe, a rock band from Mexico City, is on the top of Amoeba Hollywood's World Music chart for 2009. I wrote about Zoe in the beginning of this year in a blog entitled, Music Latin Music Majors Don't Want You To Hear, which was about how late in the game U.S. labels are when it comes to releasing popular Spanish rock artists domestically. To avoid being outsold by download sites, we ordered the import version of Reptilectric and sold out of all the imports we bought way before their U.S. release. Their in-store performance at the Hollywood store on 4/24 also fueled sales, far exceeding sale expectations for that evening. In short, Zoe fans came in vast numbers and Amoeba Hollywood was not fully prepared. Hey, it happens sometimes.

Amadou & Mariam's Welcome to Mali was another highly anticipated release. Once again we started with the import version due to the demands of our customers, who could not wait until the April release. People seem to be divided on their love for this album: Some feel Amadou & Mariam went too modern, while others warmed up to the group because of it. Either way, it was great to see the excitement over a release from our favorite blind Malian couple, who are now set to open for Coldplay in July on their U.S. tour.

Rodrigo Y Gabriela's Live In Japan is a teaser until their next album is released. Capitalizing on their strong live shows, Live In Japan contains a CD & DVD that allows fans to relive their epic live performances. Best thing I think about the group is that it has turned many people on to Flameco music who may have not been into it before. Rodrigo Y Gabriela could be the gateway Flameco drug that leads people to the hard stuff. Soon they will be strung out on Sabicas, Camaron De La Isla & Paco De Lucia! To watch a video of Rodrigo y Gabriela performing at Amoeba Hollywood, click here.

What The Cha
rt Says About L.A: If it wasn't Africano, it was Mexicano! With the exception of Manu Chao's Clandestino and 78's From The EMI Archives: Sprigs Of Time, the top ten chart was dominated by either African or Mexican artists.

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