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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Aussie Synth Pop Band Strange Talk

Posted by Amoebite, November 13, 2013 10:43am | Post a Comment

Strange Talk

After hitting #1 on Australia's Billboard charts, Strange Talk gear up for the US release of their debut, Cast Away (Wind-Up Records). The band has been hard at work touring major festivals and opening for the likes of The Rapture, Neon Indian and Marina and the Diamonds.Strange Talk

Amoeba caught up with Strange Talk on a recent visit to the Hollywood store for another cool episode of What's In My Bag?. Some might be surprised to learn the Australian synth-pop band is super into Hip Hop and Soul. From Bill Withers' classic, Just As I Am,  to James Brown's Live At The Apollo, these guys dig it all. They also pick up some very cool books to help pass the time while bored on tour: Mo' Betta Blues: The World According To Questlove by Roots drummer Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson and Pharrell: Places And Spaces I've Been by producer Pharrell Williams. It's not all Hip Hop and funk either. See who picks up Queen: Days Of Our Lives on DVD and The Cure's Disintegration on CD. These guys have a lot of great picks! Be sure to check out their new album, Cast Away, when it comes out 1/7/2014.

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Sidewalk Sale at Amoeba Hollywood Saturday, Nov. 23

Posted by Amoebite, November 11, 2013 12:38pm | Post a Comment

Sidewalk SaleAmoeba Hollywood's next Sidewalk Sale is Saturday, November 23 from 12- 5pm! We always have tons of great bargains just outside the store during our sidewalk sales and this one will be no different. 

The Library Store will also be here 12-4pm with their curated collection of gifts and books! All proceeds from the Library Store truck benefit the Los Angeles Public Library.

This month look for sidewalk sale bargains on CDsDVDsBlu-rays, bookscomic books and much more. 

  • DVDs $3 each, and buy 3 get 1 free
  • DVD box sets for $7, or 2 for $10
  • Blu-rays 3 or $12 or $5 each
  • $1 books
  • Single issue comic books 4 for $1.00
  • Star Wars vintage and collectible toys - marked down and buy one get one free
  • Cassette tapes

(Of course there are some pretty stellar deals inside the store too, but you already knew that.)

All sidewalk sales are final. Store credit cannot be used to purchase items from the sidewalk sale. Prices apply to sidewalk sale stock only and this offer is only while supplies last.

Sidewalk Sale at Amoeba Hollywood Nov 23

 

You're Invited to an Amoeba Green Room Session with The Fratellis

Posted by Amoebite, November 6, 2013 05:37pm | Post a Comment

The Fratellis

We're thrilled to welcome Scottish Alt-Rock band The Fratellis for a live Green Room Session at Amoeba Hollywood on Monday, November 11! You could win a spot in the audience for this intimate show! 

The Fratellis We Need MedicineThe Fratellis have just released their third album, We Need Medicine. The 11-track production is full of bluesy rock anthems. The single "Seven Nights Seven Days" is a rousing jam with a classic chorus backed by country guitars, while the title track is a gravelly, piano-led blues song that compels you to sing along.

For your chance to attend this special performance and recording session, send an email with your name, daytime contact number and the name of your favorite song from We Need Medicine to contest@amoeba.com.

The performance/taping will take place at Amoeba Hollywood on Monday, November 11 at 4pm. You'll need to arrive by 3:45pm. Winners will be notified by phone on Friday, November 8th.

Our Green Room Sessions are very intimate and fan friendly. It's like having your favorite band playing in your bedroom. You are literally that close. Check out how British indie rockers The Heavy interact with their fans at a recent Green Room Sessions performance. Nowhere else can you get an up close and personal experience like this!

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Failure Reunite for LA Show - Limited Ticket Packages at Amoeba Hollywood November 7

Posted by Amoebite, November 6, 2013 01:47pm | Post a Comment

"Failure has been a huge inspiration to me. They say amateurs borrow and professionals steal. Well over the years this pro has robbed these poor saps blind. Biting their style has become second nature. But please don't tell them that." - Maynard James Keenan

Often compared to seminal bands of the '90s like Nirvana and Soundgarden, Failure were definitely an important gem of the alternative rock movement. The Los Angeles-based band signed with the now iconic independent label, Slash Records, in 1992. They went on to release three full-length albums on Slash before disdanding in 1997. Despite contributing a cover of  "Enjoy the Silence" for a Depeche Mode tribute album in '97 and releasing two compilations post-breakup, Failure has never reunited. Until now.

Failure is back and set to play its first show in over 15 years! It's all going down in Los Angeles at the El Rey on February 13, 2014. Tickets go on sale at Amoeba Hollywood Thursday, November 7 at 10:30am. Purchase a ticket and get a free limited edition 7” vinyl featuring two rarities (while supplies last). Limit 2 tickets per person and it's first come, first served. Also, please note that the vinyl will be available for pick up at the El Rey on Feb 13, and not at Amoeba Hollywood.

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New Episode of "What's In My Bag?" With Wooden Shjips

Posted by Amoebite, November 6, 2013 11:57am | Post a Comment
Wooden Shjips

The Bay Area's own Wooden Shjips has been throwing down spacey psychedelic rock since 2006. The band has been on a steady rise to rock prominence and doesn't seem to be slowing down any time soon. Some of their early self-released 7" vinyl, such as Shrinking Moon For Youare hot items and can go for $50 online. That's of course, if you can get your hands on a copy.

Wooden Shjips Back to LandFor those of you not lucky enough to snag the rare vinyl don't fret! You can pre-order Wooden Shjips' lateset release, Back To Land (Thrill Jockey), via Amoeba.com. The new album is a follow up to 2011's West and is the band's first album produced outside of the Bay Area. Staying true to the band's aesthic, Back to Land boasts eight tracks of colorful fuzzy psychedelia, giving the listener what they want without being boring. It's business as usual and business is good! Back to Land out 11/12/13.

Wooden Shjips' guitarist Ripley Johnson (also of the group Moon Duo) visited Amoeba Hollywood for a little record shopping. Of course, our awesome What's In My Bag? crew got it all on video!

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