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Ringo Starr's "Photograph" Book Launch Events in Hollywood October 23

Posted by Amoebite, October 9, 2013 07:10pm | Post a Comment

Ringo Photograph BookLondon’s Genesis Publications and Amoeba Music are delighted to invite you to the worldwide premiere of Ringo Starr’s new limited edition book, Photograph, and the unveiling of his series of artist-signed photographic prints, The Photograph Portfolio, on Wednesday, October 23 at ArcLight Cinemas in Hollywood at 10:30 am. A special selection of the photographs will be on view at Amoeba Hollywood before and after the launch event.

Ringo Starr's Photograph presents unseen images taken by Ringo, accompanied by his own words, giving an unprecedented insight into the life of one of the world's greatest musicians. He takes readers deep into his early life, through his days with The Beatles and beyond. Hear about his adventures, mishaps and movies, with appearances from family and an All-Starr cast of friends. Each book is signed by Ringo, master printed in Italy on archival paper, individually hand numbered and hand-bound in leather. 

If you wish to purchase the Ringo: Photograph limited edition book only, it is available for sale on Amoeba.com here. UPDATE DEC 26, 2013: The Ringo: Photograph book is sold out.

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New "What's In My Bag?" Video With Gary Numan + Amoeba Hollywood In-Store Oct. 16

Posted by Amoebite, October 9, 2013 12:27pm | Post a Comment

Gary Numan

'80s electro-pop synth pioneer Gary Numan is set to release his 20th album, Splinter (Songs from a Broken Mind) (Machine Music Label) on Tuesday, October 15th. For over 35 years, Numan has been pushing the envelope with his innovative electronic music. Widely known for his mega hits, "Cars" and "Are Friends Electric?," Numan has a deep catalog that runs the gamut of sonics and musical styles from pop radio hits to underground industrial goth not for the faint-hearted. Over a span of seven years and personal turmoil including depression, midlife crises, and adjusting to fatherhood, Numan fell in and out of the writing process and struggled to comeplete the new album. But in 2012 it all changed, with a permanent relocation to Los Angeles, a happy home life and a brand new studio; Numan was back at it, full on.

Gary Numan SplinterThe result is a whirlwind of emotional content set to the backdrop of plush synths and hard beats that make for a pretty epic production. In a recent interview Numan states, "the reason why the album is called Splinter (Songs from a Broken Mind) is because of the depression. I felt broken. That’s where that subtitle comes from. It’s not a nice thing at all." Fans can now pre-order the album via amoeba.com.

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A Band Called Death Blew the Doors off Amoeba Hollywood [Video]

Posted by Amoebite, October 8, 2013 06:21pm | Post a Comment

Death

Some music enthusiasts and critics alike believe the band Death to be the precursors to punk rock. Jack White is quoted as describing them as "ahead of punk and ahead of their time." Mos Def says, "These dudes were pre-Sex Pistols, pre-Bad Brains, pre-all that shit, and nobody knows about them. I don't understand how the world could forget them."

The documentary A Band Called Death tells the story of a Detroit band made up of three brothers who pursue a record deal to no avail. Despite interests from big wig Clive Davis, who insited that the band change their name for broader appeal, the group refused and was never signed to a deal. Their demo tapes were boxed away and placed in an attic to be forgotten. Three decades later, a demo tape made its way out of the attic and into the ears of an audience several generations younger.

Death

In 2009, Drag City Records released a 7-song LP entitled ...For The Whole World To See. Soon after, a reformed Death took to the stage, almost 30 years after they formed.

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Recap: October Charity Auction at Amoeba Hollywood to Benefit NKLA

Posted by Amoebite, October 7, 2013 04:47pm | Post a Comment

NKLA

WOW! What a ride Saturday was, with the incomparable Don Barris (Windy City Heat, Big 3 Podcast, Jimmy Kimmel Live) hosting our October Auction at Amoeba Hollywood. We began hosting charity auctions in 2005 when Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans and since then, with your help, we've raised over $450,000 for New Orleans Musician Relief, green charities, animal charities, Doctors Without Borders and many local organizations.

October is "Adopt a Shelter Dog Month" so this month's auction proceeds went to NKLA, a coalition of animal welfare organizations, city shelters and individuals led by Best Friends Animal Society which is dedicated to ending the killing of healthy and treatable pets in L.A. city shelters. They provide spay/neuter services where they are needed most so fewer animals go into shelters, and increase adoptions through the combined efforts of the NKLA coalition so more animals come out of the shelters and go into new homes. Stay tuned for our other events in October, including a pet adoption at the Hollywood store on Sunday, October 27th.

Don Barris at Amoeba Hollywood

This month's guest auctioneer, our good friend Don Barris, has a unique brand of comedy unlike most other comics, making him the Comedy Store's perfect closing act every night. He was the co-creater/star of the cult classic film, Windy City Heat, which was developed in the Comedy Store's Belly Room. The show is now called The Ding-Dong Show and it continues every Monday night as it has since 1992, making it the longest running show in the club's history. Don can also be seen nightly as the audience warm-up for ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live.

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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode With Moby!

Posted by Amoebite, October 2, 2013 06:36pm | Post a Comment

From humble punk beginnings to global festival headliner, Moby is easily one of the most recognizable faces in electronic music. In addition to being a platinum selling artist/producer, Moby is also a seasoned photographer and a multi-instrumentalist. He's an advocate for animal rights and a devout vegan. The guy is one cool dude.  

Moby is back with his eleventh studio album, Innocents (Mute). Following a move from New York to LosMoby Angeles, he recorded most of the instrumentation himself. He also collaborated with a list of relatively known singers including Mark Lanegan, Wayne Coyne of The Flaming Lips, Cold Specks, Skylar Grey, and Damien Jurado. The result is a multi-layered production of both deep emotion and huge sonics. 

The album will be promoted by a three date tour in Los Angeles. Yes, just 3 live shows will make up all the touring for Innocents. Oct 2, 3 and 4 will see Moby perfoming three hour sets at the Henry Fonda Theatre in Los Angeles. Each show will be performed in two parts with the first half featuring songs from the new album and the second half being a "greatest hits" set.  

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