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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Young The Giant

Posted by Amoebite, January 23, 2017 06:56pm | Post a Comment

Young The Giant What's In My Bag? Amoeba Music

We were stoked to have Orange County indie rockers Young The Giant perform a special live set at Amoeba Hollywood recently in celebration of their new album, Home of the Strange. The quintet went record shopping before the show and we got a chance to check out their cool picks which included some of their old favorites, as well as some new ones. "This is something that I recently stumbled upon, even though it's from, like, the late '80s," says lead singer Sameer Gadhia, referring to Talk Talk. Gadhia picked up two reissue LPs from the band - Laughing Stock and Spirit Of Eden - whose similar tones and characteristics he compares to Radiohead's Kid A and Amnesiac albums.

Young The Giant Home Of The Strange Originally known as The Jakes, Young The Giant was founded in Irvine, CA by a group of longtime friends. The current lineup of Sameer Gadhia, Jacob Tilley, Eric Cannata, Payam Doostzadeh, and Francois Comtois crystallized in 2010; the band spent that year finishing up their self-titled debut with legendary producer Joe Chiccarelli (Morrissey, The Strokes, Frank Zappa) at Sunset Sound Studios in LA. The album's first single, "My Body," peaked at number five on the Billboard Alternative Songs chart and led to an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live!.

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Game Curious? Here Are 5 Under $15 To Try.

Posted by Amoebite, January 22, 2017 02:59pm | Post a Comment

Monopoly Deal

- By Chris Curtis

In tabletop gaming parlance, a “gateway” game is a title that is accessible and fun to new players, hopefully sparking their interest in trying other modern games. It should be easy to learn and teach, it should play reasonably quickly, and it should be fairly light-hearted and not too intensely strategic. Here (in no particular order) are five titles we stock at Amoeba Hollywood that fit the bill! They’re all inexpensive to boot, with none over $15.00. These games all have interesting mechanics and provide compelling choices for each player on every turn. You still will encounter a bit of the “luck of the cards,” but not at the expense of strategy. These titles also have solid visual design and quality artwork and components, along with interesting themes. But should a particular theme not interest you (maybe you don’t care for Tolkien-derived fantasy scenarios), don’t let it put you off from trying a particular title. Themes are usually essentially window-dressing for a quality game; effective mechanics and gameplay are what ultimately make or break it. Should you have any questions about rules or procedures, a wealth of information is available online, including video tutorials.

A final note: though all of the games on this list can be played with only two players, they are better with three or more. So let’s dig in, shall we?

Love Letter1. LOVE LETTER

This Japanese delight, designed by Seiji Kanai, launched a movement of “micro-games” - games with minimal components in compact containers but full of deep playability - after versions in English and many other languages were released. The premise involves getting amorous messages to the Princess, and earning tokens of affection from her. Only 16 cards are used, and the rules are direct and straightforward. Everyone is dealt one card. On your turn, take another card and play one of your two. Each card, however, interacts or affects the other cards in different ways, and it is here that skills of strategy and deductive reasoning enter the picture. With so few cards in play, you can start to make educated guesses as to what your opponents hold. This is the game that brought your humble blogger into the world of modern games, as its brilliance of design and efficiency is truly impressive. Most of all, Love Letter is actively fun and involving, and its quick rounds allow for speedy changes of fortune. Amoeba Hollywood carries the original edition, as well as a charming Adventure Time re-themed version. From the same designer, we also stock the quick two-player duel Braverats.

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15 Albums to Look for in Early 2017

Posted by Amoebite, January 17, 2017 03:19pm | Post a Comment

15 albums to look for in early 2017

New year, new tunes. If your New Year's Resolution was to make your record collection bigger, bolder, and better (a common resolution, surely), then you're in luck. We've rounded up some of our top picks for albums coming out in the first few months of 2017. Featuring special colored vinyl releases, some of the most buzzed-about names in popular music, and some old favorites returning with new tricks, each of these LPs is available for pre-order now. 

Kehlani

Kehlani - SweetSexySavage (out 1/27)

Nominated for a Grammy (for her You Should Be Here mixtape) before she even had a full-length out, Kehlani's debut LP is hotly-anticipated. Produced largely by hitmakers Pop & Oak, the album features singles "CRZY," "Distraction" and "Advice."

Cloud Nothings

Cloud Nothings - Life Without Sound (out 1/27)

New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Nergal of Behemoth

Posted by Amoebite, January 16, 2017 07:34pm | Post a Comment

Nergal of Behemoth What's In My Bag? Amoeba Music

Nergal, singer and guitarist for Polish black metal band Behemoth, was recently at Amoeba Hollywood and shared with us the stories behind his two box set picks, as well as why he thinks it's important to buy records. "I just think it's right to buy stuff, to support it," he says. "I'm happy when people buy my records."

Behemoth was founded in 1991 by Nergal (né Adam Darski), drummer Baal, and guitarist Desecrator. They released their debut LP, Sventevith (Storming Near the Baltic) in 1995. The band's profile grew with the release of their second LP, Grom, and its follow-up, Pandemonic Incantations. They made their live debut in the United States in 2003; shortly after this tour, Danzig invited Behemoth to join the Blackest of the Black tour. The group's latest release is 2014's The Satanist.

A mainstay in the death and black metal worlds, Nergal is set to release the debut LP from his nascent folk project, Me and that Man, March 24, 2017 on Cooking Vinyl. His memoir is titled Confessions of a Heretic: The Sacred and the Profane: Behemoth and Beyond. Nergal is a coach on the reality talent show The Voice of Poland. He has collaborated with Nile, Mastiphal, Ex Deo, and many other black and death metal bands.

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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Robert Glasper

Posted by Amoebite, January 9, 2017 06:58pm | Post a Comment

Robert Glasper What's In My Bag? Amoeba Music

"'Off the Wall' actually used to scare me," says Grammy-winning pianist and record producer Robert Glasper. He's talking about the title track off of Michael Jackson's monumental record, which starts with eerie, building vocals and a sinister laugh. "I used to literally take the needle and skip it to, like, more in the middle of the song, 'cause I was so scared of the beginning." Glasper had plenty of personal anecdotes and insights into all the records he found on his recent visit to Amoeba Hollywood

Hailing from Houston, TX, Robert Glasper started his musical career performing at the East Wind Baptist Church, where his mother was music director. While attending the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music in New York, Glasper met neo-soul singer Bilal Oliver and the two began collaborating on a series of musical projects that would lead them to work with J Dilla, Erykah Badu, Kanye West, Mos Def, Q-Tip, Meshell Ndegeocello, Talib Kweli, Jay-Z, Common, Slum Village, and Maxwell. Glasper released his first album, Mood, in 2004. A record for Blue Note, Canvas, followed a year later. Glasper's 2009 LP Double-Booked netted a Grammy for Bilal, who appeared on the track "All Matter."

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