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Annie Lennox Discusses Making the Classic American Songbook Her Own at Amoeba Hollywood

Posted by Amoebite, March 4, 2015 11:13am | Post a Comment

Annie Lennox

With a career spanning over three decades, Annie Lennox has amassed numerous awards, including earning the destinction of "most successful female British artist in UK music history." Known as the "Brit Champion of Champions" Annie Lennox is a living legend. First gaining fame in the '80s as one half of the Eurythmics with bandmate Dave Stewart, the duo led the "Second British Invasion" by way of MTV and their mega hit, "Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This)." That song propelled the band to global stardom and is still a staple in any '80s themed club, DJ set or playlist today. In 1992, Lennox embarked on a solo career and has gone on to release six studio albums.  

Annie LennoxIn support of her latest release, Nostalgia, Lennox visited Amoeba Hollywood to meet fans and sign copies of the new record. Nostalgia finds Lennox reinterpreting classic American Jazz standards and although these songs have been around for decades, it's uncharted waters for the veteran crooner. During this year's GRAMMY Awards broadcast, Lennox joined singer Hozier on stage for a mashup of "Take Me To Church/I Put A Spell On You." The latter is a song by legendary Rhythm & Blues singer Screamin' Jay Hawkins and is featured on Nostalgia. Lennox stole the show with an astounding, powerful performance which earned her a standing ovation from the GRAMMY audience. At 60 years old, Lennox is still a fine tuned singer and an incredibly talented artist.  

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KCRW Curates Next L.A. Red Bull Sound Select Show With Niia and Phantoms March 25

Posted by Amoebite, March 4, 2015 10:32am | Post a Comment

niia red bull sound selectThe next L.A. edition of Red Bull Sound Select’s ongoing band showcases is curated by our friends at KCRW and will feature the sultry pop stylings of Niia. The show takes place at Hollywood venue The Sayers Club on March 25 at 7 p.m. and is only $3 with an RSVP ($12 at the door). The show is 21+, and it’s first come, first serve, so even if you RSVP, plan to arrive on time.

Niia Bertino is a classically trained pianist and singer who folds elements of jazz and soul into a modern indie-R&B sound. She appeared on Wyclef Jean’s 2007 single “Sweetest Girl (Dollar Bill)” and has released covers by the likes of Tears for Fears, Jai Paul and Nancy Sinatra. In 2013, she self-released her first single, “Made for You,” and in late 2014 released her debut EP, Generation Blue, featuring production work by Rhye’s Robin Hannibal. Stream the track "Body" below:

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Concert Tickets For Sale at Amoeba Hollywood in March 2015

Posted by Amoebite, March 2, 2015 11:09am | Post a Comment

Concert TicketsAmoeba Hollywood regularly sells tickets to local shows, with the added bonus of charging low service fees (if you are into saving money and who isn't really?).

All tickets can be purchased at the registers (while supplies last) for a $2 service fee. We take cash and credit cards for all ticket sales. Store credit and coupons cannot be applied to ticket sales. Limit 4 tickets per person. 

For Club Nokia shows, we only carry general admission tickets. If you wish to purchase reserved seating at Club Nokia (where available), you can buy those tickets online here.

Please note that on the day of the show, we will stop selling tickets for that show at 5pm.

Tickets are limited, so please call the store first to make sure they are available: 323-245-6400.
 

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Essential Records: 'Rage Against The Machine'

Posted by Amoebite, February 25, 2015 11:15am | Post a Comment

Essential Records Rage Against the Machine

With the release of Nirvana's Nevermind (Geffen), Pearl Jam's Ten (Epic) and Red Hot Chili Peppers' Blood Sugar Sex Magik (Warner Bros), Alternative Rock dominated the early '90s mainstream. Touted as the voice of a generation, Kurt Cobain was the poster boy for grunge, leading the way with chart-topping, angst-filled hits. For perspective, Los Angeles was dealing with its own levels of angst and anarchy with the '92 riots which were spawned in the wake of the Rodney King beating. With the City of Angels literally on fire, President Bush had to call in the U.S. Guard for help. Compton rap group N.W.A. was ending its terror on the music industry, but not after prompting strict Parental Advisory guidelines on CD packaging for explicit content and drawing scrutiny from the FBI. With emotions on high and tension building in the streets, the stage was set and no one could have ever predicted the sonic tsunami that was about to shake up the music scene.  

Essential Records

Taking their name from a song written by frontman Zack de la Rocha (while with his previous group Inside Out), Rage Against The Machine produced a 12 song demo cassette. The tape was self-released and made available at shows for $5. The band's buzz quickly erupted like a molotov cocktail and with just a handful of live performances, Rage were being persued by several major record labels. Ultimately signing with Epic, the band's debut album, Rage Against The Machine, was released on November 3, 1992. On the strength of the lead single, "Killing In The Name," the album hit #1 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart and #45 on the Billboard 200 chart. "Killing In The Name" received heavy radio play with just 8 lines of repeated lyrics, including the explicit, "Fuck you I won't do what you tell me" repeated 16 times. In line with the aesthetic and social message of RATM, the song alludes to the idea that police brutality is closely associated with the deep-rooted racism in the United States. It's safe to say that none of the grunge bands of the time were singing songs like this.

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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode With Avant-Garde Composer Nils Frahm

Posted by Amoebite, February 24, 2015 05:00pm | Post a Comment

Nils Frahm

Nils Frahm is a Berlin-based Avant-Garde composer and pianist known for his Nils Frahm Spacesunconventional approach to Classical piano. Frahm creates a unique style of classical and Jazz-influenced electronic music by utilizing a grand piano, upright piano, Juno 60 keyboard, Rhodes and a drum machine.

Frahm has gained recognition for his trance-inducing live shows where he's known for painstakingly sustaining notes over a long period of time. On his tenth studio release, Spaces (Erased Tapes), Frahm delivers layers of atmospheric sonics while displaying his ability to create meticulous compositions. Many of his pieces paint broad pictures and can easily be used as film score. Nil Frahm's work satisfies Jazz listeners, electronic fans and those who enjoy avant-garde. Spaces does not disappoint.   

Nils Frahm dropped by Amoeba Hollywood recently and picked up some choice vinyl from our Jazz Room. Once Nils starts talking about albums, it's clear he is a true connoisseur who takes his record collecting very seriously. He also explains the importance of being patient when hunting for harder-to-find records. A huge fan of classic Jazz, Nils finds a copy of Billie Holiday's Songs For Distingue Lovers. He follows that up with another rare copy of Thelonious Monk's Thelonious Himself. Frahm finds some amazing records and his genuine appreciation for Jazz makes you want to fire up the record player and chill out to some Miles Davis or John Coltrane.

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