New "What's in My Bag?" Episode with DJ & Producer Cassy

Posted by Amoebite, July 11, 2016 06:38pm | Post a Comment

Cassy Amoeba Music What's In My Bag?

"I think it's extremely important to make lots of jokes in bleak times," says singer, producer, and DJ Cassy as she picks up a comedy record, What Becomes A Semi-Legend Most?, by Joan Rivers. Cassy loved her audacity, saying she had "the balls to say things that other people would never dare to say." Though she starts by referencing these bleak times, Cassy picked up some fun records when she recently visited Amoeba Hollywood, which ran the gamut from classical to techno to music "for when you're, like, a 50 year-old man. Which I'm not."

Cassy Donna Amoeba MusicBorn in England and raised in Austria, Cassy's career began in the '90s as a DJ at Viennese club Flex. Around the same time, she appeared as a vocalist on Elin's remix of Ganymed's "Music Takes Me Higher" and Zombie Nation's "Unload." After collaborations with DJ Dave the Hustler, Luciano, and Mathew Jonson, Cassy became further immersed in the minimal techno scene and relocated to Berlin. 

In 2004, Cassy became a resident at the legendary Panorama Bar, where she would hold down the decks once-a-month for three years. During this time she released tracks for labels such as Ostgut Ton, Perlon, and Beat Street, as well as her own Cassy imprint. After Berlin, Cassy did stints at clubs in Paris, Ibiza, and Amsterdam. She worked with King Britt on her debut full-length, Donna, which was just released via K7 last week. Cassy is currently on tour throughout Europe.

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Introducing...Our New Series: First Show Stories

Posted by Amoebite, July 11, 2016 12:55pm | Post a Comment

First Show Stories

We're excited to reveal our newest web series, First Show Stories! Our film crew at Amoeba Hollywood has been chatting with some of the artists who've stopped by the store lately to learn more about their very first concert-going experiences. The first three installments in the series showcase memories from Nick Harmer of Death Cab for Cutie, the Tweedy family, and A Nameless Ghoul from Ghost. Check out the stories below to get a glimpse into experiences that are alternately mortifying, exhilarating, and inspiring.

In this video, Nick Harmer talks about the "fairly traumatic" experience of going to see R.E.M. on their Green tour, describing how he saved his money and slept outside in line for tickets -- only to be one-upped by his mom.


The men of Tweedy -- Jeff, Spencer, and Sam -- talk about their vastly different first concert experiences; for Jeff, it was an early Stray Cats gig while Spencer says "it was probably a Wilco show," and Sam talks about seeing The Rolling Stones. Featuring family friend Steve Albini's bad life advice for kids!

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Sidewalk Sale at Amoeba Hollywood Saturday, July 16

Posted by Amoebite, July 8, 2016 12:28pm | Post a Comment

Sidewalk Sale at Amoeba Hollywood

We're having a Sidewalk Sale at Amoeba Hollywood on Saturday, July 16th from 12pm - 4pm, right outside the store. We'll have huge bargains on the following:

  • DVD box sets: $5 each or 2 for $8
  • DVDs: $2 each or 3 for $5
  • Blu-ray: $4 each or 3 for $10
  • CDs: buy 1 get 1 [of equal or lesser value] free
  • Freshly stocked 45s for $1 each
  • Magazines, books & comics 3 for $1
  • $1 LPs plus great deals on posters, toys & collectibles

Our friends at Hubert's Lemonade will also be here with free lemonade for our thirsty customers. Come out and treat yourself to some inexpensive new movies and music from Amoeba!

All sidewalk sale items are aggressively sale priced. Therefore, we do not accept store credits, gift certificates, coupons or other offered store sales for any sidewalk sale items. Additionally, we cannot offer customer holds or mail order. All sales are final.

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Sidewalk Sale at Amoeba Hollywood

Essential Records: Suicide’s Self-Titled Debut

Posted by Amoebite, July 7, 2016 03:00pm | Post a Comment

Essential Records Suicide

Originally released in 1977, NYC duo Suicide’s self-titled LP is more punk rock than the Sex Pistols, TelevisionRamones, or any other band typically identified with the era. Eschewing raucous guitar riffs for primitive drum machines beats and distorted synths, Alan Vega and Martin Rev had been making music together since 1970, long before the concept of punk was even a remunerative gleam in Malcolm McLaren’s eye. Lots of punks hated them, in fact, with an audience member at a 1978 gig supporting The Clash in Glasgow going so far as to throw an axe at Vega’s head. Rolling Stone called the album “absolutely puerile.” (The magazine later recanted and listed the LP at number 441 on their list of the best 500 albums of all time.)

The first time I heard album opener “Ghost Rider,” I was on my way home after a night out with a friend--a moment that wouldn't have been at all remarkable, except for its soundtrack. “What is this?” I asked, with a barely restrained urgency. Asking this question was no small feat; I was twenty-one, the youngest person working at my hometown’s best record store, and one of the few girls on staff. As a matter of pride, I did NOT want to admit that I didn’t know something about music — especially when everyone else seemed to already know about it. But this was more important than pride. It was inventive, bold, paranoid, intelligent, and very, very dark. It was, as my friend told me, Suicide’s first album.

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New "What's in My Bag?" Episode with M. Ward

Posted by Amoebite, July 5, 2016 06:46pm | Post a Comment

M. Ward Ameoba Music What's In My Bag?

Portland-based singer-songwriter M. Ward recently performed at Amoeba Hollywood and took a moment to do some record shopping for our "What's In My Bag?" series. California fans have another chance to see him in concert July 8th at the UC Theatre Taube Music Family Hall in Berkeley, July 10th at the Hollywood Bowl playing with Brian Wilson, and July 12 at the Belly Up in Solana Beach.

M. Ward More Rain Amoeba MusicM. Ward performs under his own name and is half of the duo She & Him. He began his musical career in 1999 with the release of his debut, Duet for Guitars #2. For his third album, 2003's Transfiguration of Vincent, he signed with Merge Records, kicking off a long-running partnership between the artist and the label. He followed this release with Transistor Radio and 2006's Post War, which featured appearances from Neko Case, Jim James, and Howe Gelb. Ward's next LP, Hold Time, was similarly star-filled, with performances from Jason Lytle (Grandaddy), Lucinda Williams, Tom Hagerman (DeVotchKa), and his partner in She & Him, Zooey Deschanel.

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