The last time I came back from California, I brought back 58 used CDs for cheap, from Amoeba Music. It’s the largest indie record store in USA, and the most fun place to buy and discover great music. I used to spend whole days, crawling in there with my notepad and shopping basket.
See photos of it on Flickr
This time around, I only got half a day, and 13 CDs, from USD2 – USD10 each….
I Really Liked
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah
I love the way the voice just let’s go, catchy tunes too.
We Are Scientists – With Love and Squalor
I can dance to this! Playing in Zouk next month.
Grandaddy – Just Like The Fambly Cat
I am very sad they decided to stop making music as a band =(
Mull Historical Society – This is Hope
Mull Historical Society – Loss
Can’t help it – I’m a fan, and I have all his albums now!
Not as satisfied with…
Ours – Precious
Majorie Fair – Self Help Serenade
Barsuk Records – Treats
The Reindeer Section – Son of evil reindeer
Cursed Reindeer shit.. I only bought it coz of MHS was involved – but that Snow Patrol bastard spoiled it all.
New soundtracks to my life!
Phoenix – It’s Never Been Like That
First heard them on the beloved Lost in Translation Soundtrack. This CD had a hint of a bit of a hint of the lastes Strokes CD.
Wah! This dude reminds me of French Kicks with all the synth and bass emotion I’ve listened to this 20+ times so far.
Magnet – the Tourniquet
Better than the previous album! No joke.
Ah… everytime I gush about CDs I wonder if I will ever, ever, buy anymore… new ones are so expensive. Still, Amoeba Music is still getting more and more profitable despite this online piracy BS!
For a deeper look, read:
+ FastCompany’s “What’s Selling in America
+ Businessweek’s “Amoeba’s Simple Music Formula”
+ “Talk About the Passion”
For other music+business related reading, I recently imported my old research into BlinkList.
Check it out.