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A Love Letter to "Black Star"

Posted by Amoebite, May 18, 2015 04:47pm | Post a Comment

Love Letter to Black Star

I loved our recent Essential Records piece about Mos Def & Talib Kweli are Black Star. I loved the personal reflection and the reminiscing about that time and how it had an impact. So many of us are touched by music at a point in our lives - by a particular song or record - and it's amazing how much it sticks with us, and resonates for years and years and years. Just hearing that record can make us feel something deeply: a moment in time, a time in our lives. Music is the wallpaper and the soundtrack. For some of us it is something way more than the background, it is at the core of who we were and are and who we developed into.

Karen at Leopold RecordsKaren at the Info Counter (~1990)

Of course I had a slightly different, but just as pivotal, experience with the release of the album. It has been one that has carried me from the Bay down to LA. Black Star was released the year that Amoeba opened in San Francisco. It was what reminded and reassured me why I was committed to doing what we do every day with music. Because, simply put, artists and musicians were still challenging and stretching and inventing and bringing music to people in a whole new way to whole new generations.

Shovels & Rope Bring "Evil" to Amoeba Hollywood

Posted by Amoebite, May 15, 2015 05:59pm | Post a Comment

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Fans of all ages came out to watch Charleston, South Carolina-based husband-and-wife duo Shovels & Rope play a passionate set of songs on the Amoeba Hollywood stage to celebrate the release of Swimmin' Time. Cary Ann Hearst and Michael Trent brought down the house with their alternative country rock. Everyone was so excited for the new album, even Elvis Costello got in on the action. He showed his support by picking up a copy on vinyl before the in-store and then posed for a quick pic. 

Shovels & Rope's latest album, Swimmin' Time, is the follow-up to their acclaimed 2012 album O' Be Joyful. "Birmingham" (the number one song on American Songwriter's year-end list) and the rest of O' Be Joyful put Shovels & Rope on a larger stage, leading to an appearance on the Late Show With David Letterman, an acclaimed set on PBS' Austin City Limits and festival slots at Coachella, Bonnaroo, Sasquatch, Newport Folk Festival, Lollapalooza and ACL. Mojo noted that  "their thrilling music rooted in old country with touches of blues and gospel can't help but remind you of Jack and Meg and Johnny and June." You can catch the band as they criss-cross the country playing summer tour dates.

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Odd Nights at the Autry Promises Hip Flea Market Experience

Posted by Amoebite, May 15, 2015 04:19pm | Post a Comment

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Amoeba is proud to sponsor the hippest new entry to the L.A. flea market scene, Odd Nights at the Autry, taking place May 22 at the Autry National Center.

Odd Nights will feature more than 200 vendors, including 18 gourmet food trucks, a beer garden, custom handmade jewelry and live bands and DJs. It’s curated by Phillip Dane, who is behind such local markets as Dodger Stadium Flea, Downtown Flea and Melrose Flea.

The event takes place from 6 to 11 p.m. across two-and-a-half acres in the heart of Griffith Park, with ample parking. Odd Nights is FREE, all-ages and there will be special promotions for anyone new to the Autry Museum.

See a full list of vendors here.

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Scarf Down Tacos From More Than 80 Vendors at Tacolandia June 6

Posted by Amoebite, May 15, 2015 03:11pm | Post a Comment

tacolandiaLA Weekly presents the next edition of its Tacolandia gourmet taco festival on June 6 at El Pueblo de Los Angeles from 3 to 8 p.m.

The fest will feature more than 80 taco vendors, curated by famed food blogger and the “world’s first tacorrazo,” Bill Esparza. We’ll be on hand with the Amoeba booth and our prize wheel, so if you’re attending, come by and give it a spin to win some cool swag!

The entry fee allows you to sample tacos from any of the vendors. As it’s a 21-and-over event, there will be a cash bar with beer, wine and cocktails, and a stage featuring bands, a DJ and live mariachi! 

The best tacos will be awarded in various categories, presented by The Vendys. Featured vendors will include All Flavor No Grease, Amor y Tacos, Aqui es Texcoco, Bistro LQ, Cielito Lindo, C-V-Che, Chichen Itza, Chef Katsuji Tanabe, Coni’Seafood, Corazon y Miel, Don Chente, Gish Bac Restaurante, Guerrilla Tacos, La Flor de Yucatan, La Guerrerense of Ensenada, La Monarca Bakery, Las 7 Regiones de Oaxaca, Loteria Grill, Mariscos Jalisco, Mexicali Taco & Co., Petty Cash, Pez Cantina, Revolutionario LA Food, Rincon Oaxaqueno, Rocio's Mole De Los Dioses, SoHo Taco, Sol Cocina, Taco Maria, Tacos Kokopelli of Tijuana, Taco Punta Cabras and Tamales Elena, among others. 

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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode With Disco Funk Duo Tuxedo

Posted by Amoebite, May 12, 2015 06:29pm | Post a Comment

Tuxedo Jake One and Mayer Hawthorne

tuxedoRetro soul crooner Mayer Hawthorne came out of left-field in 2009 with his Stones Throw debut, Strange Arrangement. In no time he was getting props by A-listers like Justin Timberlake, Mark Ronson, and John Mayer. He's toured with Bruno Mars, Fitz and The Tantrums and collaborated with cats like Snoop Dogg and Daryl Hall of Hall & Oates. Like former Stones Throw artist Aloe Blacc, Hawthorne soon made the leap from indie to major label. After releasing two albums under Universal Republic, touring the world, and garnering a GRAMMY nod, Mayer Hawthorne returned to his indie home at Stones Throw for a super mash-up with Hip Hop go-to producer Jake One (G-Unit, Rhymsayers). Jake One is what you'd consider a producer's producer.

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