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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Kamasi Washington

Posted by Amoebite, December 14, 2015 04:28pm | Post a Comment

Kamasi Washington at Amoeba Hollywood

Kamasi Washington is a Los Angeles-born jazz saxophonist, bandleader, and composer. He studied Ethnomusicology at UCLA, where he played music with faculty members such as Billy Higgins, Kenny Burrell, and Gerald Wilson. Washington’s skill as a tenor soloist in the Miles Davis/Ornette Coleman tradition has landed him on albums like Kendrick Lamar's To Pimp a Butterfly and he’s played alongside artists such as Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Lauryn Hill, Snoop Dogg, Chaka Khan, and Raphael Saadiq.

Kamasi Washington The EpicIn 2015, Washington released his debut full-length, a 3-disc album aptly entitled The Epic, on Flying Lotus's label Brainfeeder. What is even more surprising is how accessible and listenable it is across its three discs without once aiming for a cheap crossover or diminishing Washington’s talents or sound. The Epic has been named one of the best of 2015 by The New York Times and was nominated for an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Jazz Album.

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10 Last Minute Gift Ideas From Amoeba

Posted by Amoebite, December 14, 2015 12:15pm | Post a Comment

Amoeba is always a great place to find a gift for that person who’s hard to shop for, whether they’re a film buff, music nerd, toy collector or book fan. But if you’re feeling creative, you can make your own gift set from stuff we sell at Amoeba. Allow us to give you a few ideas on how to make your gift from Amoeba extra special.

Star Wars Gift Set

star wars pop up shop

Right now, we’ve got a Star Wars pop-up shop happening at Amoeba Hollywood, where we’ve collected all the T-shirts, toys, posters, movies and more that we sell, in celebration of the upcoming release of The Force Awakens. Snag a T-shirt, Funko figuring of Boba Fett and Force Awakens soundtrack (out Dec. 18) for a killer gift pack.

 

Cat LPs

lil bub lp
Not one, but two recently released LPs are designed for the cat lover. First, there’s Lil Bub’s Science & Magic: A Soundtrack to the Universe, a trippy set of cosmic synth adventures inspired by Instagram cat celebrity Lil Bub. And for that elusive hip hop fan who’s also into felines, there’s Meow the Jewels, a version of Run the Jewelscritically acclaimed Run the Jewels 2 album made entirely from cat noises. They’re both perfect for any hipster cat fan with a healthy sense of irony.

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New Vinyl Reissues from Spoon, Earl Sweatshirt, Gary Numan, The Pharcyde & More

Posted by Amoebite, December 11, 2015 02:08pm | Post a Comment

Vinyl Reissues

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This week's vinyl reissues include anniversaries from Spoon, Rush, and Rancid, as well as two albums by Earl Sweatshirt appearing on vinyl for the first time. Here are the reissue highlights for December 11, 2015.

Abattoir Blues/The Lyre of Orpheus Vinyl Reissue

Nick Cave - Abattoir Blues & Nocturama LPs
[180gm vinyl]

Nick Cave's 2003 release Nocturama and the 2004 double album Abattoir Blues/The Lyre of Orpheus are both now available on 180 gram vinyl. The vinyl transfer of Abattoir was overseen by Mick Harvey and cut at Abbey Road.
Gary Numan Pleasure Principle reissue Gary Numan - The Pleasure Principle, Replicas & Telekon LPs

Star Wars Pop-Up Shop & Gift Ideas On Stage at Amoeba Hollywood

Posted by Amoebite, December 9, 2015 04:29pm | Post a Comment

To celebrate the Dec. 18 opening of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, we've got a Star Wars Pop-Up shop happening at Amoeba Hollywood full of out-of-this-world goodies for Star Wars fans of all stripes.

Come by and pick up T-shirts, posters, movies, soundtracks, lunchboxes, Funko figurines and assorted other merch from across the Star Wars galaxy. While you're here, snap a selfie with one of our cardboard cut-outs of Yoda, Chewbacca or Darth Vader!

star wars pop-up shop

star wars pop up shop

 

And be sure to check out our stage at Amoeba Hollywood, where we've got tons of gift ideas and collectibles for the holiday season!

stage amoeba hollywood

amoeba hollywood stage

New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with EL VY

Posted by Amoebite, December 8, 2015 04:09pm | Post a Comment

EL VY What' s in My Bag?

Longtime friends and new collaborators Matt Berninger of The National and Brent Knopf of Menomena and Ramona Falls are EL VY. The pair met a decade ago when their respective bands played small club shows on the West Coast. They just released their debut album as EL VY, Return to the Moon, on October 30, 2015.

During a stop in Los Angeles for two sold-out shows at the Troubadour, Matt and Brent stopped by Amoeba Hollywood do a little record shopping. In this "What's In My Bag?" episode, the duo tells stories about their early musical influences, including dancing to Ministry on a riverboat in Cincinatti and a quest for the quintessential live version of a Talking Heads song.

Watch the full episode below:

EL VY - What's In My Bag?
Watch and comment on YouTube

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