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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

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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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Essential Records: Mos Def & Talib Kweli Are Black Star

Posted by Amoebite, May 11, 2015 05:36pm | Post a Comment

Essential Records Black Star

The '90s proved to be interesting times for Hip Hop. Early in the decade, the “golden era” produced countless classics, while the middle of the decade gave way to a highly publicized beef between East and West coast rappers. Gangsta rap came and went. “Bling bling” became a thing with rappers wearing chains so big MR. T was blushing. The entire Hip Hop community was shaken up by the untimely murders of Tupac and Notorious B.I.G., leaving a major void in the mainstream. Slowly, the tide began to shift and Hip Hop audiences started looking to the underground for what was to come next.

In 1996, with backing by James Murdoch (son of media tycoon Rupert Murdoch), Rawkus Records was established in New York City. The small label launched with Company Flow’s debut, Funcrusher Plus (1997), quickly establishing itself at the forefront of the new underground movement. Rawkus set the bar high by following up with two stellar compilations, Sound Bombing (1997) and Lyricist Lounge Volume 1. (1998). The latter featuring veteran emcees including De La Soul, Q-Tip of A Tribe Called Quest, Common and Black Thought of The Roots. Music fans and critics began taking note of the fledgling label and all the stars seem to align for what came next.

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