Amoeba Music evolves, digitizes, and offers rare vinyl for download on its overhauled website

Amoeba Music evolves, digitizes, and offers rare vinyl for download on its overhauled website http://www.tinymixtapes.com/sites/default/files/1301/news-13-01-amoeba-digital.jpg

Needless to say, record stores are generally having a tough financial time of it these days, and it seems that owners are left with more or less two options to prolong their survival: coax the general public into the store with aromas of delicious food, such as pizza or popcorn, known for their attractive tendencies; or, traverse into the digital world, toward which the market has consistently been moving over the past decade or so.

If there’s any music shop capable of effectively making this transition without hastily receiving a metaphorical boot to the neck by the iTunes Store, it’s the California-based chain Amoeba Music, known for their mammoth physical collections on display in Hollywood, Berkeley, and San Francisco. As Variety reports, the store launched the beta version of their revamped website on October 2 of last year, and contained within it are some tremendous appeals to audiophiles and fans of rarities alike.

The new Vinyl Vaults section makes available for download thousands (okay, at the moment, there are only about 1,000) of rare and out-of-print LPs, and more are being added each day, often with brand new remasters. On the rare side, I’ve discovered the Satanic musings of televangelist Jack Van Impe on the spoken word LP Demons and Exorcism!, and more to the liking of those who don’t buy records for sampling or irony’s sake, there seems to be quite a few singles from jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt. Browse for yourself, why don’t you? The price-per-track depends on the format; it’s 78¢ for individual Mp3s, 80¢ for lossless M4As, and $1.50 for WAV files.

The rebirth of amoeba.com, which coincided with both the new Vinyl Vaults section, as well as the store’s digitization of more well-known albums, took a full six years of work, and was handled inhouse by around 200 people, at an estimated cost of $11 million. Sales numbers for Amoeba were flat over the past two years, but co-owner Marc Weinstein elaborates on just how much green presidential blood has been spilt in the process of this undertaking: “Every bit of profit we’ve had for the past few years has gone into trying to build this thing, to get to where we’re at now.”

The goal, according to (also) co-owner Jim Henderson, is to have to a website that “helps prop the stores up.” Let’s hope, for the sake of music fans, and for the sake of the long-term mental stability of Amoeba’s owners, that they succeed.

• Amoeba: http://www.amoeba.com

Boris announce US residency tour, promise nights of classics, drone, their album Flood, clowns

I’m seeing double! Four Borises! Alright, I hope you enjoyed that reference to The Simpsons classic “Homie The Clown,” but we’ve got business to attend to. Japanese experimental-metal heroes Boris are heading to the United States with some very special plans. In a tour that totes itself as being “from the past, the present, and through to the future,” the band is taking residency for two nights in a number of US cities. If you’ve got a very specific bucket list that involves seeing Boris two nights in a row without having to leave town, this is your time.

If you’re not that person, there’s still good reason to go to both Boris dates. For the first date in each city, the band promises performances of their all-time classics, along with new songs never performed in the US before. That said, those all-time classics presumably don’t include any parts of the group’s 2000 album Flood, which the band will be performing most of during each residency’s second night. Those second nights will also include a noise/drone/experimental set. If that wasn’t enough (though it should be, you greedy parasites), the band will also be selling a limited edition tour-only release at their merch table.

“But what if I live in Austin and I wanted to see them at Austin Psych Fest?” you say. Well, they’re playing that, too.

Boris dates:

04.27.13 - Austin, TX - Carson Creek (Austin Psych Fest)
05.01.13 - Washington, DC - Rock and Roll Hotel
05.02.13 - Washington, DC - Rock and Roll Hotel
05.04.13 - Allston, MA - Brighton Music Hall
05.05.13 - Allston, MA - Brighton Music Hall
05.06.13 - New York, NY - Le Poisson Rouge
05.07.13 - New York, NY - Le Poisson Rouge
05.10.13 - Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall
05.11.13 - Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall
05.18.13 - Seattle, WA - The Crocodile
05.19.13 - Seattle, WA - The Crocodile
05.21.13 - San Francisco, CA - Rickshaw Stop
05.22.13 - San Francisco, CA - Rickshaw Stop
05.23.13 - Los Angeles, CA - The Echoplex
05.24.13 - Los Angeles, CA - The Echoplex

• Boris: http://borisheavyrocks.com

RIP: Patty Andrews of The Andrews Sisters

Patty Andrews, the last surviving member of the Andrews Sisters trio, died of natural causes at her home in Los Angeles on Wednesday, according to her management. She was 94. The group’s career spanned more than five decades and resulted in 90 million records and 46 top ten hits.

The youngest of the sisters, Patricia Marie Andrews was just 19 when the trio became an overnight sensation crooning the old Yiddish folk tune “Bei Mir Bist Du Schoen.” Patty not only sang lead — she was clearly the star of the group.

“Patty was an outstanding presence. She was the leader; she was the one that your eyes would focus on,” says Joel Whitburn, founder of a company that’s tracked Billboard’s popular music charts for almost 40 years called Record Research. “She just seemed to effuse that warmth and personality and charm and smile — and vigor — more so than the other two sisters.”

• The Andrews Sisters: http://www.cmgww.com/music/andrews

The Breeders announce 20th anniversary tour for Last Splash so that it can make its last cash

Dateline, 1993: Everything’s awesome. Great Simpsons episodes. Cool U.S. president. Nirvana freakin’ rules and The Breeders are respectably and effectively scratching your Pixies itch.

Dateline, 2013: Everything sucks ass. TV has Honey Boo Boo on it, all politicians are universally lame, and when Kim Deal isn’t busy plucking endless 8th notes and being miserable in the zombie-Pixies, she’s busy just generally avoiding doing stuff with The Breeders.

But then, to the joy of us all, the crackshot accountants who work for all the major music festivals did some brilliant math and realized that 2013 would be the 20th anniversary of The Breeders’ landmark Last Splash, Deal (along with her on-again-off-again sister Kelley and the rest of the line-up from that album’s era, including Josephine Wiggs and Jim Macpherson) was practically forced to hit the stage for the greater good of transporting thousands of festival goers (such as Deerhunter’s ATP and Primavera) back to that simpler time of of shrieking dial-up internet and terrible-looking bikinis.

Now, as Pitchfork points out, the idea has ballooned into a full-blown (by Breeders standards) tour in support of Last Splash, including several more European dates and a dry run in New York that’ll presumably be awful-but-cool-to-have-been-at. Like that one other band’s reunion show I saw. You know the one I’m talking about, right?

Oh! And TOTALLY coincidentally, 4AD is reissuing Last Splash in April. Which I know you’ll be needing to pick up, because when I was looking through the 700 used copies of the thing in the dollar bin at Reckless Records, I totally saw your motherfucking copy in there.

The Breeders:

03.29.13 - Brooklyn, NY - The Bell House
05.24.13 - Barcelona, Spain - Primavera
05.27.13 - Toulouse, France - Le Bikini
05.28.13 - Bordeaux, France - Le Rocher De Palmer
06.01.13 - Paris, France - Trianon
06.02.13 - Brussels, Belgium - Ancienne Belgique
06.03.13 - Amsterdam, Holland - Paradiso
06.21.13 - Camber Sands, UK - All Tomorrow’s Parties

• The Breeders: http://breedersdigest.net
• 4AD: http://4ad.com

Deerhoof release single disguised as EP, taunt fans with video of awesome times in Tokyo, tour

Are bands just calling ‘singles’ ‘EPs’ now? TMT loves Deerhoof, and new Deerhoof is always welcome, but this seems a bit suspect. Yes, it’s all just semantics, but let’s break the We Do Parties ‘EP’ down anyway:

• 01. The title track is from Deerhoof’s 2012 full-length release Breakup Song.
• 02. Track 02 appears to be a remix of another track from Breakup Song by Silver Apple’s The Simeon.
• 03. Track 03 is indeed a new song. Hooray!
• 04. A live cover of a Velvet Underground song. Awesome, but not exactly album-material.

Survey says: single. But again, if you’re a Deerhoof fan, who cares. They’ve put an album out just about every year for over a decade, so there’s probably lots of truly new Deerhoof just around the corner.

To get folks excited about the ‘EP,’ the band has released a video (courtesy of Pitchfork) for the title track (below) featuring Satomi and company having quite the good time out on the town. One might even say, in broken English, that they’re “doing a party.”

Last but not least, there’s always the real thing: Deerhoof live, (when AREN’T they on tour??) a not-to-be-missed experience. Full tourdates down below the video of Deerhoof shredding up Tokyo.

Dates:

02.20.13 - New York, NY - Merkin Concert Hall (Ecstatic Music Festival)
03.01.13 - Brisbane, Australia - The Zoo
03.02.13 - Sydney, Australia - The Annandale
03.03.13 - Melbourne, Australia - Schoolhouse Stuidos
03.06.13 - Adelaide, Australia - Adelaide Festival
04.04.13 - St. Louis, MO - The Firebird
04.06.13 - Madison, WI - UW-Madison Music Hall
04.07.13 - Iowa City, IA - The Mill (Mission Creek Festival)
04.08.13 - Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall %
04.09.13 - Grand Rapids, MI - Pyramid Scheme %
04.11.13 - Pontiac, MI - Crofoot Pike Room %
04.12.13 - Pittsburgh, PA - Andy Warhol Theatre %
04.13.13 - Rochester, NY - Water Street Music Hall %
04.14.13 - Albany, NY - Valentine’s %
04.15.13 - Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer %

% People Get Ready

We Do Parties EP tracklisting:

01 .We Do Parties
02. Mario’s Flaming Dessert (Simeon Silver Apples Remix)
03. Just for That
04. All Tomorrow’s Parties (live) (Velvet Underground Cover)

• Deerhoof: http://www.deerhoof.net
• Polyvinyl: http://www.polyvinylrecords.com

Date Palms find a good home at Thrill Jockey, offer up The Dusted Sessions album for June

Saints, that’s what they are over at Thrill Jockey. For years, they’ve been giving a good home to some of our finest indie rock, folk, and experimental musicians. Just the other day, they took in Date Palms, the wide-eyed, hungry duo of Gregg Kowalsky and Marielle Jakobsons. With their loving hands, Thrill Jockey will feed them, wash them, and release their third record The Dusted Sessions in June.

Without a good home, the mixture of modern drone and eastern traditional music the band offers on The Dusted Sessions may have wilted in the hot sun. Thankfully, the band went into LCR Studio with producer Phil Manley (Wooden Shjips, The Alps, Oneida) and recorded the album as a quintet. That very quintet made the album with electric bass, violin, tanpura, keyboards, and, for the first time in the band’s recorded history, GUITARS. Thrill Jockey, putting guitars in the hands of musicians who didn’t really use guitars before. God bless ‘em.

More details to come, but for now check out a clip from their 2011 performance at the San Francisco Zen Center.

• Date Palms: http://www.datepalmsofpsalms.com
• Thrill Jockey: http://www.thrilljockey.com

[Photo: Carly Hoopes]

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