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Check Out a New Green Room Session with Indie Folk Singer Julien Baker

Posted by Amoebite, May 12, 2016 01:47pm | Post a Comment

Julien Baker Green Room Session

This spring Memphis singer-songwriter Julien Baker stopped by Amoeba Hollywood to play a selection of songs from her haunting debut album Sprained Ankle. Accompanied only by her guitar, Baker's Green Room Session is a sparse, introspective affair that leaves a lingering sense of hope and melancholy. Her performance calls to mind a young Chan Marshall of Cat Power and evokes the lonely, dusty country roads of the South she calls home.

Baker starts her set with the yearning "Blacktop" then moves into the opening chords of the lovely, redemptive "Rejoice." She closes with the devastating, gorgeous "Something." The arrangements are simple, but the lyrics and themes expressed are anything but.

Julien Baker is on tour in Europe this summer. The latest tour dates and info can be found on her Facebook page.

Julien Baker - Amoeba Green Room Session
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WAX Record Fair Happening May 21-22

Posted by Amoebite, May 11, 2016 04:42pm | Post a Comment

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Capitol Studios celebrates its 60th anniversary with the second annual WAX Record Fair May 21-22 at the iconic Capitol Records Tower in Hollywood. We'll be on hand selling records at our booth, so come on by!

The fair will feature performances alongside a number of record vendors, as well as studio tours, demonstrations and merchandise commemorating the event. It's presented by Tito's Handmade Vodka, Stoughton Printing, Dorado Packaging and Record Collector News. Tickets are $10 at the door for general admission to the outdoor fair, $50 for GA with tour and $100 for VIP.

The following artists will be performing at the show:

Saturday, 5/21 Sunday, 5/22
Mike Watt & the Secondmen Pearl Charles
Milo Gonzalez Howler
War & Pierce Isaac Rother & the Phantoms
Pastilla  Gold Star
   
DJs: DJs:
Girl is Tough (Delicious Vinyl) Innovative Leisure DJs
Slimkid3 (Formerly of The Pharcyde) Luke Top (Fool’s Gold)
Black Shakespeare (The Lions)  
Ned Learner (KXLU)  

The vendors include other independent record stores, record labels and private record dealers. You can see a full list of vendors on the WAX Record Fair site prior to the event. Check back at the WAX site for updates.

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Prince Fondly Remembered By Amoeba Employees

Posted by Amoebite, May 10, 2016 06:51pm | Post a Comment

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Few artists have meant as much to us as Prince has here at Amoeba, and his death has been hard on us, coupled with the passing of David Bowie just months prior. A few of us shared memories of our first Prince albums, seeing him live and what he meant to us beyond the music.

Patrick O’Donnell

It has been tough. Prince has been and always will be a huge part of my life. It's hard 2 put into words the depth of the emotional connection that I made with his music. Over the years I would use his music as a source of strength and joy 2 get through tough times, enhance great times, and just generally inspire me on multiple levels. In addition 2 the music, the man himself has been a huge inspiration 2 me as well. Prince would work his ass off, never give less than 300% and wouldn't settle until he had as close 2 perfection as possible. His standards were impossibly high, his creativity endless and his style impeccable.

I was lucky enough to witness him do his thing on a number of occasions. SO lucky. I've been playing many of those moments over and over in my mind. Every time I saw him was different, unique, surprising and just flat out incredible. During the course of one night, he could work you up into a frenzy of dance, make you laugh and then have you on the verge of tears from the sheer beauty of a song. His talent, his presence and energy were unparalleled. He could play just about any instrument at a virtuoso level. During one show, I saw him play guitar, piano, bass, drums and a saxophone ... FLAWLESSLY. He could hold a note while running across the stage, drop into the splits, pop back up spin around 360 degrees and then jump on top of a piano. ALL IN HIGH HEELS. And he'd do it for four full hours — then, more than likely, play a second and maybe even third show later that night. There is, was and probably will never be again, anything/anyone like him. I really thought I was going to be able to experience him again. R.I.P Mr. Rogers Nelson u will be sorely missed but absolutely NEVER forgotten.

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New "What's in My Bag?" Episode with Kid Congo Powers

Posted by Amoebite, May 10, 2016 12:35pm | Post a Comment

Kid Congo Powers What's In My Bag? Amoeba Music

When Kid Congo Powers goes record shopping you can expect he'll find some real gems, especially if he's shopping 45s for DJing. The legendary guitarist and singer, who has been a member of The Cramps, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, and The Gun Club, as well as heading his own band, Kid Congo & The Pink Monkey Birds, was at Amoeba San Francisco recently and we got a chance to check out his stellar finds.

Kid Congo & the Pink Monkey BiardsBorn Brian Tristan in La Puente, California, Kid Congo was a fixture of the LA punk scene, where he met Jeffrey Lee Pierce, with whom he formed what would become The Gun Club. In 1980 he was recruited by The Cramps, when they relocated from New York to Los Angeles, and in 1988 he became a Bad Seed, joining Nick Cave's band, then based in Berlin. In 1997 Kid Congo formed The Pink Monkey Birds, which has been his main project since. The band is currently on tour now, promoting their brand new record, La AraƱa Es La Vida.

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7 Songs to Celebrate Mothers

Posted by Amoebite, May 9, 2016 03:56pm | Post a Comment

Mothers make music possible. For most of us, the first music to bring melody to our ears is the sound of our mothers singing lullabies to us in the womb or as we fall asleep at night. In honor of Mother’s Day, here are some of our favorite tributes to moms and motherhood.

Pink Floyd – “Mother”

Our friends at Goldenvoice just announced a Coachella-like concert in the desert this fall featuring the Gods of Classic Rock, so it’s only right that we include a couple of songs from those artists in our Mother’s Day tribute. Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters is set to headline day three of the Desert Trip festival with The Who in Indio, Calif., Oct. 9. In 2009 Waters spoke about the inspiration behind Pink Floyd’s song “Mother.” He told Mojo:

"The song has some connection with my mother, for sure, though the mother that Gerald Scarfe visualizes in his drawings couldn't be further from mine. She's nothing like that."

He went on to say: "My mother was suffocating in her own way. She always had to be right about everything. I'm not blaming her. That's who she was. I grew up with a single parent who could never hear anything I said because nothing I said could possibly be as important as what she believed. My mother was, to some extent, a wall herself that I was banging my head against."

For more about the Desert Trip festival in October, visit DesertTrip.com. Ticket sales began today.

 

4hero – “Morning Child”

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