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New "What's in My Bag?" Episode with Mary Wilson, Freda Payne & Linda Clifford

Posted by Amoebite, April 11, 2016 05:30pm | Post a Comment

Mary Wilson, Freda Payne & Linda Clifford What's In My Bag? Amoeba Music

Amoeba Hollywood had the honor of having not just one, not just two, but three legends of American soul and R&B visit the store recently: Mary Wilson, Freda Payne and Linda Clifford.

Mary Wilson is a founding member of a little group you may have heard of called The Supremes, in which she sang on twelve #1 hits, and went on to a successful solo career starting in the late '70s. 

Best known for her chart-topping 1970 single "Band of Gold," Freda Payne is a jazz and soul singer, actress, and talk show host who has worked with legends like Quincy Jones and Pearl Bailey.

Former Miss New York State, Linda Clifford started her entertainment career as an actress and moved into music by fronting a jazz trio before switching to R&B, which led her to sign with Paramount Records and Curtis Mayfield's Curtom Records. 

As you could imagine, between the three singers some great vocalists turned up in their Amoeba bags, including Nancy Wilson and Thelma Houston whose album Sunshower Clifford had just learned of the night before from Payne. Wilson and Payne both picked up the same collection of Antonio Carlos Jobim tunes, and Clifford grabbed two Shirley Horn collections. Mary Wilson also talks about getting into the blues again because of none other than British rocker Bill Wyman of The Rolling Stones. As she says, "our parents grew up with it...we were into rock n' roll."

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How Does Record Store Day Work at Amoeba Music?

Posted by Amoebite, April 11, 2016 04:38pm | Post a Comment

Record Store Day, the magical celebration of independent record stores and the people who love them, comes but once a year and this year's date is fast approaching. On Saturday, April 16, we'll have hundreds of limited edition, RSD-exclusive releases available at our stores. It might seem overwhelming, but the process is actually quite simple. At Amoeba San Francisco and Amoeba Berkeley, you'll be able to find RSD titles on the floor throughout the day. At Amoeba Hollywood, there's a different process; check out our handy guide to navigating Record Store Day at Amoeba Hollywood and you'll be holding those sweet records in your loving hands in no time.

Amoeba Hollywood will open its doors for shopping at 10:30AM on Record Store Day. However, if you want the RSD titles, there will be a separate line which will start forming on Ivar no earlier than 8AM. We'll also have coffee and treats from our friends at The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf® to help fuel the early birds in line for RSD releases.

Before you come down to Amoeba Hollywood, you'll want to take a look at our list of RSD exclusives available and make your picks. Here's what to do:

Step 1: Download the menu of releases and fill out your selections. We'll also have hard copies of the menu on hand for those who forget to print it ahead of time.

Step 2: Give your menu to one of our lovely staff members, who will pull records in the same order as the line formed outdoors.

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The Grammy Museum Presents The Drop: Blaqk Audio April 19

Posted by Amoebite, April 11, 2016 03:19pm | Post a Comment

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blaqk audio material lp cdBlaqk Audio, the band featuring Davey Havok and Jade Puget of punk-rockers AFI, will appear at The Grammy Museum April 19 for its program “The Drop.”

The electronic duo will perform at the Clive Davis Theater from their upcoming album Material, which is due April 15 (preorder here on LP or CD). They’ll also appear for an intimate conversation.

Tickets are $20, and doors open at 7:30 p.m. Amoeba is proud to be a sponsor of this all-ages show.

The band’s third release is inspired by the likes of Devo, Duran Duran, Erasure, Depeche Mode and Skinny Puppy. The band’s mix of synth pop and industrial sounds can be hear on first single “Anointed”; watch the Tron-inspired video for the track below.

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LCD Soundsystem to Play at Fox Theater Pomona This Monday

Posted by Amoebite, April 8, 2016 01:38pm | Post a Comment

LCD Soundsystem at Fox Theater Pomona

LCD Soundsystem just announced a show in Southern California this Monday, April 11 at the Fox Theater in Pomona! Amoeba Hollywood will have a limited number of tickets for this show available for purchase starting Saturday, April 9 at 10AM.

Tickets are $45 and there is a limit of 2 per person. (In-store purchase only. No holds or phone orders.) These tickets are being sold in a different way than our usual ticket sales, so please read on for the specifics.

  • The person purchasing the tickets must also be the primary concert attendee.
  • The purchaser's first and last name will be printed on the ticket and you'll need to provide a valid photo ID for identification. 
  • Tickets are non-transferrable. No name changes allowed.
  • If you purchased 2 tickets, both members of your party will need to enter the venue at the same time.
  • There will be a ticket delivery delay. These will be E-tickets sent out on the morning of the show.

If you can't make it into Amoeba to purchase tickets, they will also be available online starting at 10AM tomorrow.

R.I.P. Merle Haggard

Posted by Amoebite, April 6, 2016 11:27am | Post a Comment

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Merle Haggard (1937-2016)

Country music legend Merle Haggard died today on his 79th birthday, following a battle with pneumonia.

Haggard was a pioneer both of the twangy Bakersfield sound and outlaw country movement, scoring dozens of No. 1 country hits across his half-century-long career. His outspoken socio-political views and criminal history helped make him a singular and influential voice in country music. Haggard was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1994. His final release was 2015's Django & Jimmie, a collaboration with Willie Nelson.

Read more about the legendary musician here. Read our Top 10 Merle Haggard Albums list. And take a listen to some of his best-known songs below.

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