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Amoeba Sponsors Nils Frahm's U.S. Tour This November

Posted by Amoebite, October 29, 2014 03:24pm | Post a Comment

Nils Frahm

Amoeba Music is proud to sponsor the US tour for modern classical pianist Nils Frahm. His exceptional tenth album, Spaces, is out now on Erased Tapes. Make sure to catch Frahm, who has incorporated a Juno synthesiser, Rhodes and tape delay to his live set, in Los Angeles at the El Rey November 13 with guests Dawn Of Midi.

Tickets for the El Rey show are on sale now at Amoeba Hollywood. (See the full list of tickets we have for sale here.)

Nils Frahm Spaces Tour Poster

 

Nils Frahm - Says (Official Music Video)
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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode With Phantogram

Posted by Amoebite, October 28, 2014 03:28pm | Post a Comment

Phantogram

The self-proclaimed "street beat, psych pop" duo known as Phantogram have been making some serious noise over the last few years. Now backed by major label Universal Records, Phantogram released Voices earlier this year, which many critics and fans said was their most cohessive and appealing album yet. Voices tastefully delivers well crafted catchy pop hooks with the gloss to rival any Rihanna or Beyonce smash hit.

PhantogramFormed in 2007 by childhood friends Josh Carter (vocals/guitars) and Sarah Barthel (vocals/keyboards), the band (originally called Charlie Everywhere) first signed with BBE in Europe and then signed with Barsuk Records in the U.S. To date, Phantogram has released two studio albums - Eyelid Movies (2009) and Voices (2014) - four EPs, and various singles. They have maintained a steady tour schedule, sharing stages with the likes of Zero 7, The xx, Ra Ra Riot, School of Seven Bells, Brazilian Girls, and opened for M83 at the iconic Hollywood Bowl. Phantogram has also been featured on several major North American festivals including Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza, Coachella, Sasquatch, Bumbershoot, Treasure Island, Outside Lands, Firefly, and Summerfest. Needless to say, they've been very busy.

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Weekly Wednesday Steal Is a Halloween Special - Goth and Punk Halloween Mixes for $5 Each

Posted by Amoebite, October 28, 2014 01:27pm | Post a Comment

halloween goth party downloadThis week's Weekly Wednesday Steal is a special one.

In honor of Halloween this week, we'll be selling two Halloween downloads for a total of $10. Each download is $5.

Halloween Goth Party answers all your gothy Halloween party needs with one album, featuring the dark delights of Nico, Lydia Lunch, Alien Sex Fiend, The MIssion, Danse Society and more. If your taste leans more toward punk, we've got Halloween Punk Party, with the likes of Dead Kennedys, Batmobile, U.K Subs and more.

Each download is $5. Get your punky goth Halloween party mix together with Amoeba!

A bit about our Weekly Steal: A new item is featured on Amoeba.com every Wednesday for $10, while supplies last. It's limited to one per customer, and the deal is only available on the website. As always, there’s free shipping on all music and movies you buy on Amoeba.com throughout the United States.

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Essential Records: Portishead's 'Dummy'

Posted by Amoebite, October 27, 2014 04:24pm | Post a Comment

Essential Records Portishead Dummy

During the summer of 1996, I became obsessed with Portishead. Dummy had been released two years earlier, so generally speaking, I was late to the game, but in the suburban town where I was about to start high school, I was definitely way ahead of the game. Because when it came to underground music, culture or film, there was no game.

I was just about to turn fifteen and leave all the friends I'd known for nearly a decade to attend the state's largest high school on my own. It was a deeply mopey time. At the same time, I was starting to realize that the music on Top 40 radio made me feel like something was missing, that musically-speaking, there must be more out there. So, I started tuning into the local alt-rock station after school, alone in my room, and that's where I first encountered Portishead's "Sour Times."


Portishead - Sour Times
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I hated this song. I thought it was irritating and abrasive. Singer Beth Gibbons would wail "Nobody loves me/it's true/not like you do" with her '60s jazz influenced vocals and I would get pissed off that I'd have to sit through it for the next three or four minutes. (For some reason I never went as far as actually turning the radio off.) Every time I heard it, I would get angry at it, angry that I had to sit through it, angry that the station's Music Director had poisoned the rotation with this grating, slightly terrifying few minutes of song. 

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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode With Common

Posted by Amoebite, October 23, 2014 07:37pm | Post a Comment

Common at Amoeba Hollywood

You definitely don't have to be a fan of Common to appreciate what he has been able to achieve over the past two decades. He went from humble beginnings as an underground emcee on the Southside of Chicago to a GRAMMY winning rapper and high profile actor in Hollywood. With the recent release of Nobody's Smiling, Common has achieved another milestone few artists can claim (aside from being one of the few rappers interviewed by Oprah) - growing his discogrophy to album number 10. 

Common

Teaming up with producer and former Kanye West mentor No I.D. (aka "the Godfather of Chicago Hip Hop"), Common delivers a stellar album depicting the struggles and tragic conditions that plague Chicago today. The album's context is in line with what fans came to love about Common. In the early '90s, when gangsta rap was taking over radio and selling millions of records, Common stuck to his jazz influenced raps, bringing the "Golden Era" of hip hop to the new millenium. Jay-Z and Drake may rule the Billboard charts, but it's Common who gains the respect of fans from the underground and the mainstream.  

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