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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Superchunk

Posted by Amoebite, June 19, 2014 12:15pm | Post a Comment

Superchunk

Like the works of Henry David Thoreau, the two-party system and that burger that's served on a donut instead of a bun, the venerable indie rock band Superchunk is a distinctly American institution. Formed in 1989 and steadily releasing albums ever since, the quartet of singer/guitarist Mac McCaughan, guitarist Jim Wilbur, bassist Laura Ballance, and drummer Jon Wurster has left an indelible mark on the world of independent music through the release of numerous classic albums and the foundation of big-time indie label Merge Records. It's Merge's 25th anniversary this year, so Superchunk has remastered and reissued their long out-of-print, classic 1997 album Indoor Living, as part of the label's anniversary reissue series. The band is also set to perform at the Merge 25 festival in North Carolina this July, and at Riot Fest in Chicago in September.

In this installment of "What's In My Bag," McCaughan, Wilbur and Wurster make a special visit to Amoeba San Francisco. Superchunk may be synonymous with the punk/indie DIY ethos, but their collective musical taste is all over the map. In honor of the City by the Bay, Wurster starts things off with the Kevin Epps documentary The Black Rock aka Black Alcatraz, a look into the long-ignored black experience at the famous island prison. Wilbur picks up a Leonard Bernstein recording of Mahler's Symphonie No. 2 and shares a story about a personal experience with the famed conductor. McCaughan delves into Philly soul with Major Harris' My Way and '80s Nigerian funk with the comp Brand New Wayo: Funk, Fast Times and Nigerian Boogie Badness 1979-1983. Check out all the band's picks, from crust-punk to classical, in the full episode below!

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5 Famous Dads Shop at Amoeba

Posted by Amoebite, June 12, 2014 02:52pm | Post a Comment

what's in my bag fathers

It's almost Father's Day and we wanted to pay homage to all the rad fathers of the world, particularly the ones who share their love of music with their kids. Here are our Top 5 What's In My Bag? episodes featuring dads at Amoeba. Two episodes feature dads shopping alongside their kids and the others are fathers trying to navigate that potential minefield of picking out music for their children. 

5. Jay Bentley of Bad Religion and his son, Hunter, demonstrate what happens when the generations listen to very different musical styles. Unlike his punk rocker dad, Hunter is an aspiring rap artist and picks up underground hip hop. Watch as Jay reacts to his son giving Bad Religion some praise. (Start at 2:37 for the conversation between father and son.) 

Jay Bentley (Bad Religion) - What's In My Bag?

 

4. Comedian "Weird Al" Yankovic, in our very first episode of "What's In My Bag?" back in 2008, was at Amoeba Hollywood shopping for his five year old daughter. (Side note: We are talking to him near the entrance to our parking garage as he was on his way out the store. Oh, how far we've come in 6 years!)

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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode With Crystal Fighters

Posted by Amoebite, June 6, 2014 09:01pm | Post a Comment

Crystal Fighters

In a world where EDM has infiltrated just about every musical genre on the planet, it's sometimes hard to filter out all the noise. There's a new contender making their way up the dance-pop ranks, Crystal Fighters, a London-based dance band steeped in elements of traditional Basque culture. Their latest album, Cave Rave (Atlantic, 2013), evokes exactly what the title suggests... you're in a cave dancing with fluffy bears while pink bats are circling the hanging disco ball above and the bass is hitting so hard your clothes fall off. All you can do is sing along in a trance. Cave Rave shows off the band's ability to craft catchy tracks with hooks made for pop radio, while still supplying the deep harder stuff old fans love. Crystal Fighters have the song sensibilities reminiscent of Yeasayer with the electro-pop polish of Capital Cities. The Fighters will be all over the world playing festivals throughout the summer. Make sure to catch them!

Our What's In My Bag? cameras caught up with Crystal Fighters on a recent visit to Amoeba Hollywood. Very much influenced by World Music, Sebastian Pringle kicks things off with a vinyl copy of a stellar Soundway Records reissue of forgotten Colombian legends Michi Sarmiento Y Sus Bravos. It's a must-have for world music enthusiasts. He also picks up a copy of Francis Bebey's African Electronic Music 1975-1982 on vinyl. Gilbert Vierich digs through our reggae 45 section and pick up a stack of singles. Yes, literally a stack! Graham Dickson shows off his love of electronic music with selections by Holy Ghost! and the Perlon record label. Check out all their cool picks in the full episode below. 

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Concert Tickets for Sale at Amoeba Hollywood June 2014

Posted by Amoebite, June 2, 2014 04:45pm | Post a Comment

Concert Tix for sale at AmoebaAmoeba Hollywood regularly sells tickets to local shows, with the added bonus of charging low service fees (if you are into saving money and who isn't really?).

All tickets can be purchased at the registers (while supplies last) for a $2 service fee. We take cash and credit cards for all ticket sales. Store credit and coupons cannot be applied to ticket sales. Limit 4 tickets per person.

Please note that on the day of the show, we will stop selling tickets for that show at 5pm.

If you have a question about whether we've sold out of a specific show, please call the store at 323-245-6400.
 

JUST ADDED SHOWS:

Twin Shadow at the Fonda

Twin Shadow
Fonda Theatre
October 8

Simian Mobile Disco at El Rey

Simian Mobile Disco
El ReyTheatre
September 25

 

Here is a full list of tickets we currently have for sale at Amoeba Hollywood:

Show Name Venue Show Date Ticket Price
(fee not included)
The Afghan Whigs Fonda Theatre 10/25/2014 $35.00
American Football (4 Ticket Limit) Fonda Theatre 12/13/2014 $25.00
BABYMETAL (SOLD OUT) Fonda Theatre 07/27/2014 $27.50
Blue October  Fonda Theatre 12/06/2014 $32.50
Boy & Bear  Fonda Theatre 10/06/2014 $20.00
Buzzcocks (ON SALE 6/28) Fonda Theatre 09/17/2014 $25.00
Aaron Carter El Rey 12/13/2014 $20.00
Clean Bandit (ON SALE 6/28) El Rey 09/30/2014 $20.00
Com Truise El Rey 10/04/2014 $22.00
Cultura Profetica El Rey 06/27/2014 $29.50
CYNIC El Rey 07/12/2014 $22.00
Delta Spirit  El Rey 10/30/2014 $20.00
Mac DeMarco Fonda Theatre 07/11/2014 $20.50
Justin Townes Earle  El Rey 10/06/2014 $22.00
Fink El Rey 10/11/2014 $22.00
FKA Twigs El Rey 08/12/2014 $20.00
Foxygen  Fonda Theatre 08/14/2014 $20.00
Foxy Shazam El Rey 07/31/2014 $20.00
Nils Frahm El Rey 11/13/2014 $27.50
Fucked Up  El Rey 08/21/2014 $20.00
FYF Fest (SOLD OUT)

LA Sports Arena
& Exposition Park

New "What's in My Bag?" Episode With Katy Goodman of La Sera

Posted by Amoebite, May 28, 2014 11:04am | Post a Comment

La Sera

Katy Goodman went from bassist/back up vocalist of indie rock band Vivian Girls to lead vocalist/front woman of the dream-pop band La Sera. Three albums in and Goodman shows no signs of slowing down. In 2011 (while still gigging with Vivian Girls) Goodman moved back home for two weeks, bought a guitar, a tiny practice amp, and wrote some songs. A few weeks later, she realized she had "sort of written an album by accident." The result was a solid 12 track self titled record produced by longtime friend and Vivian Girls' video director, Brady Hall. In 2012, La Sera returned with Sees The Light (Hardly Art) and critics took note of Goodman's progress in songwriting and vocal delivery. Buzz around La Sera started to grow and hasn't stopped since.

La SeraLa Sera now completes the trilogy with Hour of The Dawn (Hardly Art, 2014). The new record finds Todd  Wisenbaker handling producer and guitar duties. Expect to hear songs that are faster, louder, and more aggresive than previous releases with lots of great catchy vocal lines. La Sera keeps evolving and Goodman is quickly becoming a master of her craft, creating songs that resonate with fans of Vivian Girls and new found La Sera die hards. Hour of The Dawn is a testament to Goodman's star power and her steady rise to the mountain tops of rock & roll!  

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