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New "What's in My Bag?" Episode with Punk Poet John Cooper Clarke

Posted by Amoebite, August 10, 2015 05:29pm | Post a Comment

John Cooper Clarke at Amoeba Hollywood

During the first UK punk movement of the late '70s, John Cooper Clarke emerged as a political poet. He won renown in the Manchester scene as a "punk poet" and his first recordings, including 1977's Innocents EP, were for producer (and Factory Records co-director) Martin Hannett's independent label Rabid. In 1979, he scored his only UK Top 40 hit with "Gimmix! (Play Loud)." His recorded works often include backing music from The Invisible Girls, which featured punk and post-punk luminaries Martin Hannett, Pete Shelley, Steve Hopkins, Bill Nelson, and Paul Burgess.

John Cooper Clarke's 1980 album Snap, Crackle & Bop reached number 26 on the UK album charts and was followed by 1982's Zip Style Method. Over the course of his career, he has shared stages with The Sex Pistols, The Fall, Joy Division, Siouxsie and the Banshees, The Buzzcocks, Elvis Costello, and New Order. Cooper Clarke was the subject of the 2012 BBC documentary Evidently... John Cooper Clarke. He continues to perform regularly, and is spending summer 2015 touring the UK, with a fall tour planned with alternative rock band Squeeze. A 3-CD/DVD collection of his work, Anthologia, is out October 2015.

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Recap: Kumail Nanjiani & Emily V Gordon Hosted a Charity Auction at Amoeba Hollywood for the LA LGBT Center

Posted by Amoebite, August 10, 2015 02:11pm | Post a Comment

Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V Gordon at Amoeba Hollywood

Saturday's charity auction was a blast! Our friends Kumail Nanjiani (from Silicon Valley, Portlandia, Adventure Time, The Meltdown with Jonah & Kumail, The Indoor Kids, The X-Files) and Emily V Gordon (author, booker/producer of Meltdown Show, and co-host of Indoor kids) auctioned off all kinds of cool stuff to benefit the Los Angeles LGBT Center and their youth programs. Emily and Kumail are fans and supporters of the LA LGBT Center, which is the world's largest provider of programs and services for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people. In fact Emily volunteered at the Center when they moved to LA a few years ago, so they were excited and honored to help raise money for the organization. 

It was a muggy afternoon at the record store and the charmingly engaging Emily and Kumail brought the crowds toward the stage with their endearing patter. The vibe was casually hilarious and conversational and Kumail was excellent at coaxing higher bids with a "So – you were happy to spend $50 but really, not $55?! $5 is just toooooo much?"

Emily deadpanned, "If you don't support gay rights, you should probably leave now."

The pair made us all feel proud to be Nerds in our own right. Other than a comic book store (or Comic Con) the record store is the biggest Nerd gathering place of all, and Saturday at Amoeba was its own Nerdfest! :)

There were seriously valuable prizes to score - as well as some silly items - and every bid was matched by Amoeba. Here are just a few highlights from the auction:

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Jazz on Film at the American Cinematheque Aug. 20-23

Posted by Amoebite, August 7, 2015 04:49pm | Post a Comment

Jazz on Film at the Aero Theatre

American Cinematheque presents Jazz on Film, a weekend of classic jazz films Aug. 20-23 at the Aero Theatre in Santa Monica.

The first three screenings will feature giveaways of jazz CDs, courtesy of Sony Legacy recordings, and Amoeba gift certificates. Each screening starts at 7:30 p.m.

The series begins with Diana Ross' electrifying performance as Billie Holiday in Lady Sings the Blues Thursday, with an appearance by jazz musician Corky Hale. It continues on Friday with the shorts program Jazz on a Spring Day and Stormy Weather, which features singing from Lena Horne, Fats Waller and Cab Calloway; film noirs Anatomy of a Murder and Odds Against Tomorrow on Saturday; and Latin jazz films Cachao...Como Su Ritmo No Hay Dos, directed by Andy Garcia (who will be there in person for a discussion, time permitting) about original mambo king Cachao, and performance film Calle 54.

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Sidewalk Sale at Amoeba Hollywood Saturday, Aug. 22

Posted by Amoebite, August 7, 2015 11:31am | Post a Comment

Sidewalk Sale at Amoeba Hollywood

Our next Sidewalk Sale at Amoeba Hollywood is Saturday, Aug. 22 from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Score some huge deals on music, movies, books and much more just outside the store. 

We'll have huge bargains on the following:

  • $5 band T-shirts
  • Discounted LPs
  • $1 clearance vinyl
  • DVDs for $3 each, or buy three get one free
  • DVD box sets at $7 each, or two for $10
  • Blu-rays at three for $12
  • 45s at three for $1
  • 45 grab bags
  • Books and comics at three for $1
  • Deals on classical music

Come by and get some great deals on vinyl, movies and more!

All sidewalk sale items are aggressively sale priced. Therefore, we do not accept store credits, gift certificates, coupons or other offered store sales for any sidewalk sale items. Additionally, we cannot offer customer holds or mail order. All sales are final.

Sidewalk Sale at Amoeba Hollywood

 

The Grammy Museum Presents The Drop: Joy Williams Aug. 19

Posted by Amoebite, August 6, 2015 06:06pm | Post a Comment

joy williams

Amoeba is proud to sponsor folk singer Joy Williams at the Grammy Museum Aug. 19 for their live program "The Drop." She’ll appear for an intimate performance and discussion at the museum’s Clive Davis Theatre, starting at 8 p.m. Tickets are $20.

joy williams venusWilliams came into fame as one half of the popular folk-rock duo The Civil Wars. Along with bandmate John Paul White, the band won four Grammy Awards, including Best Country Duo/Group Performance in 2014 for “From This Valley,” from the band’s self-titled album.

That same year, the band broke up. Since then, Williams has returned to her solo career, which began prior to The Civil Wars, with the releases By Surprise (2002), Genesis (2005) and a number of EPs.

Now the singer/songwriter has released a new album called Venus, which came out in June. Williams collaborates on the album with Michael Einziger and Charlie Peacock, among others. Listen to the upbeat “Woman (Oh Mama)” below:

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