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Video: Blur 'Magic Whip' Ice Cream Truck Hands Out Free Flexi Discs

Posted by Amoebite, April 28, 2015 03:33pm | Post a Comment

blur the magic whip flexi discTo kick off the release of Blur’s The Magic Whip (out today), an ice cream truck handed out free ice cream and flexi discs  around Los Angeles on Record Store Day April 18.

Lucky Record Store Day goers at Amoeba Hollywood and other local record stores received a disc with the new album’s first track, “Lonesome Street,” as seen in the video we’re premiering today. We're also giving away a handful of the flexi discs with purchase of the new album in-store at Amoeba Hollywood (while supplies last).

Blur’s much-anticipated eighth album comes 12 years after their previous album, Think Tank. Following a long hiatus in which the band pursued other projects, such as frontman Damon Albarn’s Gorillaz, Blur reunited in 2009 and have played such shows as the 2013 Coachella Music and Arts Festival.

For the uninitiated, flexi discs are playable phonograph records printed on flexible vinyl sheets that used to appear in places like cereal boxes and magazines. They’ve been around since the 1960s but are just starting to see a resurgence along with the revitalization of vinyl in general.

Watch the video below:

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Amoeba and Converse Exhibition Shows Off Creativity Through Shoes of Musicians

Posted by Amoebite, April 24, 2015 04:07pm | Post a Comment

Converse Exhibit in Los Angeles

Amoeba has joined forces with the folks at Converse for a unique celebration of musical self-expression. We’ve collected Chuck Taylor All Stars from the Amoeba Music and Converse community and curated them into an exhibition that celebrates self-expression from a truly unexpected perspective.

Come see Chucks from musicians like Patti Smith to Amoeba’s own Marc Weinstein. Every pair is a portrait. Every scuff, rip and mark is a memory. Every beer stain and paint drop tells the story of the people who made them their own. 

In addition to the portraits you’ll be able to have a sneak peek into the psychedelic world of musician King Tuff where you’ll experience a journey through his mind with a virtual reality film. Get immersed in a 360° environment, complete with 360° sound, where you’re in control of where you look.

On opening night Thursday, April 30, we’ll have music from our very own byrdsol as well as free beer from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. The exhibit runs through May 6.

Hear a sample of byrdsol's music with "4 Redrum in the Dark" off pierreponte below:

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Amoeba Hollywood Celebrates California Bookstore Day May 2

Posted by Amoebite, April 22, 2015 11:45am | Post a Comment

Bookstore Day at Amoeba Hollywood

Come join Amoeba Hollywood for California Bookstore Day on May 2.

"NCIS" star Pauley Perrette and co-author Matthew Sandusky will be at the store at 2 p.m. to sign copies of their new book, Donna donna bell's bake shopBell's Bake Shop: Recipes and Stories of Family, Friends, and Food (limited to first 100 purchasers of the book). The book tells of how Perrette and her friends opened a Southern-style bake shop in Manhattan and includes recipes.

We’ll have limited edition pieces for sale from Stephen King, Christopher Ware and Allie Brosh, among others. Quantities are limited. And we’ll also be giving away goodies like Grateful Dead rolling papers to celebrate the band’s 50th anniversary and the publication of DEAL: My Three Decades of Drumming, Dreams, and Drugs with the Grateful Dead, the forthcoming autobiography by drummer Bill Kreutzmann.

California Bookstore Day also expanded into Independent Bookstore Day this year. About 400 bookstores around the country are taking part, selling art pieces and books. Find out more about it here.

Here are the pieces we’ll have on hand, along with a short description:

Stephen King - Finders Keepers Broadside

This color broadside reads as a love letter from King to passionate readers. It comes from his forthcoming novel, Finders Keepers, which is the second volume in a crime fiction trilogy (after Mr. Mercedes) and comes out June 2.

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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode With Mike Scott of The Waterboys

Posted by Amoebite, April 21, 2015 06:17pm | Post a Comment

Mike Scott

The Waterboys is the brainchild of Scottish-born singer-songwriter Mike Scott. The project blew up in the '80s with its Celtic-inspired rock and roll, including the hit song "The Whole of the Moon" from their 1985 album This Is the Sea. Ten years into the band's career, Mike Scott, the driving force behind The Waterboys,  went "solo" and the band were on hiatus for most of the '90s. The Waterboys came back in 2000 and have been releasing albums and touring the world since. 2015 has been very busy for The Waterboys, including two new releases, tour dates and their North American national television debut on the Late Show With David Letterman. The band's new album, Modern Blues  (Harlequin & Clown) hit shelves April 7th and was closely followed by Puck's Blues, (Harlequin & Clown) a special 10" vinyl for Record Store Day.

Be sure to catch The Waterboys when they're in Los Angeles next month to play the Fonda Theatre May 13th. You can purchase tickets in-store at Amoeba Hollywood with super low fees or you can get them online here.

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Pick Up Free Tickets for 'Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck' at Amoeba Hollywood April 22

Posted by Amoebite, April 20, 2015 11:20am | Post a Comment

kurt cobain montage of heck posterUPDATE: 4/22 AT 1:15PM

WE ARE SOLD OUT OF FREE PASSES. You can still purchase passes to the 8pm screening (and additional showings Fri/Sat featuring Brett Morgen) at the Arclight.

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Amoeba is excited to present a special screening of the documentary Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck at the ArcLight followed by a Q&A with director Brett Morgen and former Soundgarden manager Jeff Suhy on April 25 at 8 p.m. Get a free ticket by visiting Amoeba on April 22 and asking at the Information Counter (one ticket per person, while supplies last).

Tickets to the Q&A screening are also available for purchase now via ArcLight, Hollywood. The film opens for a limited run at ArcLight Hollywood on April 24.

The film about the late Nirvana frontman premiered at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival to rave reviews about how it humanized the seemingly mythical musician. Courtney Love specifically picked Morgen to make the film and said watching it helped their daughter, Frances Bean Cobain (who is also the film’s executive producer), come to terms with her father’s death, Love told V Magazine.

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