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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode With Techno DJ Scuba

Posted by Amoebite, April 7, 2015 05:26pm | Post a Comment

Scuba

Scuba is the alias of British techno/house DJ and producer Paul Rose. In 2003, he founded Hotflush Recordings, an independent label which has released music from Joy Orbison and Mount Kimbie, among others. In 2008, ScubaHotflush released Scuba's debut LP, A Mutual Apathy, which was followed two years later by Triangulation and Personality in 2012. His most recent album, Claustrophobia, just hit stores. Scuba has also released a couple of EPs, curated a mix in the DJ-KiCKS series, and released a Sub:Stance mix as a companion piece to the weekly night he hosted at Berlin's legendary Berghain nightclub. In 2013, he won DJ Mag's Best Live Act award.

On a recent visit to Amoeba Hollywood, Scuba dug up some great vinyl in our dance section. He manages to find a copy of the first 12 inch he bought in 1995, Dave Clarke's Red 3, and shares a funny story of interacting with Dave Clarke on Twitter. He follows with Jazzanova's "That Night" 12 inch and reminisces about using the song during his UK Garage DJ sets. From techno to freestyle to new wave, Scuba finds some great pieces of vinyl. Watch the full episode below to see the rest of his picks. 

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Vote For Our 'What's In My Bag?' Series To Win a Webby People's Voice Award

Posted by Amoebite, April 7, 2015 02:15pm | Post a Comment

Webby Award Nominee

Our “What’s In My Bag?” series has been nominated for the 19th annual Webby Awards for Best Online Film & Video: Variety series! We'll find out if we won on April 27th, but now that we've been nominated we're also in the running for the Webby People’s Voice Award! We’ve got some stiff competition from AMC's Talking Dead, Pivot/Participant Media's HitRecord, AOL's Park Bench, and Conde Naste's Improv Imagination.

Webby Awards People's Voice

We need your help to win! Vote here.

Voting ends Thursday, April 23 at 11:59pm PST and you can only vote once. It’s super quick and you can log in easily via Facebook, Twitter or email. Vote here.

Described by The New York Times as the "Internet's highest honor" and presented by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences (IADAS), the Webby Awards are the leading international award honoring excellence on the Internet. We are so incredibly proud of our little series (now in its eighth season) and are so excited to be nominated. 

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Recap: April Charity Auction at Amoeba Hollywood to Benefit LACBC with Kurt Braunohler

Posted by Amoebite, April 6, 2015 03:43pm | Post a Comment

Charity Auction Recap

On Saturday, April 4th we welcomed back comedian, raconteur and jet-ski marathoner Kurt Braunohler as our guest auctioneer! All proceeds from our April auction went to fund the Kids Ride and Activities at the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition River Ride happening Sunday, June 28th at the Autry Center in Griffith Park. 

Los Angeles River RideThe LA County Bicycle Coalition is an amazing organization that helps promote bike culture in Los Angeles, as well as engaging in a wide variety of policy, advocacy, education, and community building work to make the streets of Los Angeles County more bike friendly for all types of cyclists. 

This was the third charity auction our friend Kurt Braunohler has hosted for us. If you're not familiar with Kurt, check out his Comedy Central web series Roustabout which follows his epic 7-day charity mission riding a jet ski from Chicago to New Orleans to raise money to send 500 goats and 1,000 chickens to Africa (via Heifer International), and spread as much joy and absurdity as possible along the way.

His debut comedy album How Do I Land? made AV Club, Paste Magazine, Village Voice, and Time Out New York's Best Of lists. His popular podcast The K Ohle airs weekly on the Nerdist Network. And you can find Kurt every Monday night at The Virgil in LA where he co-hosts the live comedy variety show Hot Tub with his comedy partner Kristen Schaal

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New "What's in My Bag?" Episode With The Decemberists

Posted by Amoebite, April 2, 2015 11:55am | Post a Comment

The Decemberists

The Decemberists formed in 2000 when Colin Meloy (vocals/guitar) moved from Montana to Portland, OR, where he subsequently met Chris Funk (guitar/multi-instrumentalist), Jenny Conlee Decemberists(keyboads / piano / accordion / Hammond organ), Nate Query (bass), and John Moen (drums). Named after the 1825 Decembrist revolt in Imperial Russia and inspired by the moodiness of the month itself, an early incarnation of the band self-released its debut EP, 5 Songs, in 2001. The group's first full-length, Castaways and Cutouts, was released via Hush Records in 2002. The band then signed to Kill Rock Stars for 2003's Her Majesty the Decemberists and 2005's Picaresque. In 2006, the Decemberists made the leap to Capitol Records, releasing a handful of well-received albums. In January 2015, the band's seventh studio album, What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World, hit stores, followed by a lengthy North American tour.

The Decemberists visited Amoeba Hollywood for an album signing to celebrate the release of What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World and they took some time for a little record shopping. In this episode of What's In My Bag? Colin Meloy kicks things off with a nice re-issue of The Posies' Failure on vinyl. Drummer John Moen follows that with the obscure psych-rock reissue of Paper Garden (Sundazed Records) and introduces us to "Johnny's Chancers," records bought based on the album artwork and cover blurb. Jenny, a big fan of Classical music, picks up a copy of Silk Road Journeys by Yo-Yo Ma & The Silk Road Ensemble. Watch the full episode below to see the rest of their very eclectic picks.

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Next Amoeba Red Bull Sound Select Show Features Milo Greene April 29

Posted by Amoebite, April 1, 2015 06:00pm | Post a Comment

milo greene red bull sound select

Amoeba has curated the next Red Bull Sound Select show in L.A., featuring electro-poppers Milo Greene.

The show, which is 21+, takes place Wednesday, April 29 at The Echo. RSVP for a $3 entry. (RSVP does not guarantee entry; plan to arrive early.) It’s $12 without an RSVP at the door.

Milo Greene features the work of four very talented people. On their latest album, Control, Marlana Sheetz takes the lead for the cool Hollywood dance-pop of “White Lies,” sitting nicely alongside likeminded artists such as HAIM and Jessie Ware, while the male-fronted songs from her three bandmates are no less beguiling, as “On the Fence” draws influence from the likes of A-ha for a smart and instantly pleasurable new wave-jam.

avid dancer

They’re joined at this show by L.A.-based Avid Dancer, the indie pop-rock project helmed by Jacob Summers. Summers grew up an outsider to popular music in a devoutly Christian household. After serving in the Marines for four years, Summers has since come into his own as a musician, touring with the likes of Hamilton Leithauser, Cold War Kids and Warpaint. Hear the soulful “Stop Playing With My Heart” below:

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