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New "What's in My Bag?" Episode with Joss Stone

Posted by Amoebite, March 28, 2016 03:23pm | Post a Comment

Joss Stone What's In My Bag? Amoeba Music Hollywood

Joss Stone has a real knack for finding great R&B covers, and we're not just talking the classic '60s and '70s covers she recorded on her debut album The Soul Sessions, we're also talking great LP album covers. On her recent visit to Amoeba Hollywood she found two such "brilliant" covers in the soul section. "Another thing about vinyl...you get to see it and enjoy it," says Stone as she beams over Marvin Gaye's Super Hits. But of course it wasn't all about the cover art, and Ms. Stone had much to say about what all her picks meant to her.

After The Soul Sessions went platinum in 2003, Joss Stone released Mind, Body & Soul, consisting of mostly original or co-written songs, topping the UK charts and cementing her place as one of the biggest names in modern soul. Not only did the album grab three Grammy Award nominations and two BRIT Awards but also landed her spots on the Super Bowl, London's Live 8, and BonnarooJoss Stone Water For Your Soul

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Car Seat Headrest, Night Beats Headline Next First Fridays April 1

Posted by Amoebite, March 25, 2016 03:04pm | Post a Comment

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The youthful noise-pop of Car Seat Headrest and psych-garage of Night Beats lead a night of entertainment at First Fridays April 1 at the Natural History Museum in L.A.

Live music starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are $18 for non-members. Amoeba will be on hand with our booth and $20 gift certificates for $10; stop by and pick one up! (Limit two per customer.)

With Guided By Voices’ disregard for fidelity and an uncommon wit, passion and tunefulness, Car Seat Headrest’s Teens of Style was a highlight of last year, a compilation of early tracks recorded by Will Toledo in the backseat of his family’s car in Virginia. His next album, Teens of Denial, is due this year. Hear “Something Soon” for an example.

night beats who sold my generation lpNight Beats’ maximum R&B is informed by the likes of The Rolling Stones, James Brown and definitely The Who — the name of the Seattle band’s latest album, Who Sold My Generation. But with attitude, soulful vocals and chops to spare, the band pulls off its retro sound exceedingly well. Check out “No Cops” for a taste.

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Watch a New Green Room Session with Folk Singer Aoife O'Donovan

Posted by Amoebite, March 24, 2016 03:43pm | Post a Comment

Aoife O'Donovan Green Room Session

Indie folk singer-songwriter Aoife O'Donovan recently visited Amoeba Hollywood to play a selection of songs from her latest album, In the Magic Hour (Yep Roc). In this intimate Green Room Session the Massachusetts native, backed by her band, sings her unique brand of American-tinged folk rock in a brief but stirring performance. With a crystal clear, dulcet voice and simple melodies, O'Donovan's live show calls to mind Alison Krauss, who is a fan and has previously covered a song by the young singer.

Aoife O'Donovan In the Magic HourO'Donovan starts her set off with the track "Detour Sign" before segueing into the bucolic beauty of "Magic Hour." Things take a turn for the upbeat on "Stanley Park" before she closes with "Hornets." O'Donovan's sparse, intriguing arrangements belie her special strain of songwriting informed by her Irish roots, American upbringing, and her time studying contemporary improvisation at the New England Conservatory. Take a listen; it's the perfect soundtrack to welcome in the coming of spring.

You can see Aoife O'Donovan on tour through July, including several summer folk and bluegrass festival appearances.

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Essential Records: 'Tinderbox' by Siouxsie & the Banshees

Posted by Amoebite, March 23, 2016 06:07pm | Post a Comment

Essential Records Siouxsie and the Banshees

The first time I heard "Cities in Dust," the lead single off Siouxsie & the Banshees' seventh studio album, Tinderbox (1986), I was hiding (once again) in my room from the horrors of being a weird adolescent in Midwestern suburbia and half-listening to a grainy distant college radio station. It was a Sunday afternoon, springtime, and I remember being in a good mood for once, because the weather outside was slowly turning into spring which meant that in another year or two I'd be on the verge of my long-planned escape to college in the big city.

The song starts off quietly, with what sounds like running water before segueing into some glittering yet ominous chiming. The drums pick up and that angular guitar attacks and Siouxsie starts singing some pretty obscure yet threatening lyrics which turn out to be about the destruction of Pompeii, if you look them up on the internet and then think about it for like, literally a second after watching the official music video. Some critics consider the song a harbinger of the band's still-to-come, more pop-center releases, but come on--this is still a deeply weird song, especially taking into account that it was a hit on the US Hot Dance Club Play chart.
 

Siouxsie & The Banshees - "Cities In Dust"

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Amoeba Sponsors Two Screenings at Indian Film Festival

Posted by Amoebite, March 22, 2016 04:07pm | Post a Comment

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indian film festival los angelesAmoeba is proud to sponsor two films at the 14th Annual Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles, which takes place April 6-10 at the ArcLight Hollywood. Tickets are $15 each, plus a service fee of $1.74. Pick them up here.

As part of our longtime support of this unique festival, Amoeba is sponsoring Ruchika Oberoi's Island City, which screens April 7 at 7 p.m. The film, which combines absurdist comedy and realist drama, explores three stories in the sprawling city of Mumbai: an office drone selected by his company for a day of “fun”; an oppressed wife and mother who finds solace in a popular soap; and a woman in a loveless arranged marriage who begins to receive love letters from an unknown source.

We’re also sponsoring IFFLA alum Kranti Kanade's CRD April 9 at 3:05 p.m. The experimental film is reminiscent of French New Wave as it tells the story of an aspiring young writer who enlists a group of misfits to act against his college’s official team.

IFFLA is a nonprofit dedicated to fostering the appreciation of Indian cinema and culture. The festival takes place each year at the ArcLight, just next to our store in Hollywood.

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