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Happy 88th Birthday Fats Domino!

Posted by Amoebite, February 26, 2016 01:33pm | Post a Comment

Fats Domino

Today marks the 88th birthday of Fats Domino, one of the great living legends of American music. To mark the occasion PBS will be airing a one-hour documentary entitled Fats Domino and the Birth of Rock and Roll. Check your local schedule here.

When we speak of the birth of rock and roll, the names most often cited in popular culture are probably Chuck Berry, Elvis Presley or Carl Perkins, but Fats Domino’s contributions to rock are no less important. Fats Domino was rockin’ on 88 keys before the term "rock" became synonymous with guitars. His name belongs among other great Louisiana piano men such as Little Richard and Jerry Lee Lewis. Fats Domino’s early recordings with Dave Bartholomew and legendary drummer Earl Palmer at Cosimo Matassa’s studio are among the most influential in early rock and roll history and are worthy of all the recognition they receive. He pioneered the sound of early Rhythm and Blues by blending together the sounds of swinging Big Band jazz and Cuban rumba and mambo records.

So Happy Birthday to the great Fats Domino! May your music live on for generations to come and continue to bring joy to the many souls who hear it.

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Lower Dens and Gardens & Villa Play First Fridays at L.A.'s Natural History Museum March 4

Posted by Amoebite, February 23, 2016 04:00pm | Post a Comment

Lower Dens

The Natural History Museum’s First Fridays series continues March 4 with acclaimed indie-rockers Lower Dens and Gardens & Villa. Tickets are $18.

The event starts at 5 p.m. with a DJ lounge featuring KCRW resident DJ Aaron Byrd and Val Fleury. Come early and swing by the Amoeba booth, where we’ll be selling $20 Amoeba gift certificates for just $10 (limit two per customer).

There’ll also be tours starting at 5 p.m. with the KT Hajeian, the museum’s collections manager of anthropology, on the bizarre props and rare specimens in their collection that inspire Hollywood blockbusters. And there will be a oceanographic discussion at 6:30 p.m. with Dr. Maddalena Bearzi, president of the Ocean Conservation Society, and Dr. Chris Thacker, NHM’s curator of Ichthyology (aka fish).

Baltimore’s Lower Dens play with deliberately retro synths and new-wave beats on their most recent album, Escape From Evil. But the songs are every bit as intricate and mysterious as those on their previous works, offering cinematic soundscapes for Jana Hunter’s elegant voice to wind in an out like a disintegrating reel. Hear “To Die in L.A.” for a taste.

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New "What's in My Bag?" Episode with Dungen

Posted by Amoebite, February 22, 2016 03:18pm | Post a Comment

Dungen Amoeba Hollywood What's In My Bag?

Swedish psych rock band Dungen stopped in to Amoeba Music Hollywood recently to do some record shopping. Gearing up for a US tour this March, including a stop in Marfa, Texas for the Marfa Myths festival, the band's picks prove to be as eclectic as their own music.

Dungen Allas SakFormed by singer/composer/multi-instrumentalist Gustav Ejstes, who plays the majority of the instruments in the studio, Dungen draw much of their their influence from Scandinavian folk music, prog, and indie music. With guitarist Reine Fiske, bassist Mattias Gustavsson, and drummer Johan Holmegard as Ejstes' live band and studio collaborators the band has been recording and touring since 2000. 2004's Ta Det Lugnt brought the band international acclaim and led to two US tours, an appearance on Late Night with Conan O'Brien, and a performance at Bonnaroo. Last October Dungen released their eighth album, Allas Sak. Catch them May 5 at The Echo in Los Angeles and May 6 at The Great American Music Hall in San Francisco.

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The 1975 Listening Party & Early Sale at Amoeba Hollywood February 25

Posted by Amoebite, February 18, 2016 05:10pm | Post a Comment

The 1975 Listening Party at Amoeba Hollywood

The 1975 are releasing their new album, I like it when you sleep, for you are so beautiful yet so unaware of it, on Friday, February 26th but fans in the Los Angeles area get to hear it and buy it the night before! Please note the band will NOT be in attendance.

Amoeba Hollywood is hosting a listening party on Thursday, Feb. 25th at 8pm! Come hear the new album all the way through and enjoy some tasty treats. Plus, the first fans to purchase the new album on CD or vinyl at the event will also get a poster and a pink "Love Me" / "UGH" cassette tape (while supplies last; limit 1 per person; in-store purchase only). 

Can't make it to the party? Pre-order the new album on CD or clear 180-gram vinyl from Amoeba.com and it'll ship for FREE to the U.S.

The 1975 cassette

School friends Matty Healy, Adam Hann, George Daniel, and Ross MacDonald formed The 1975 in England back in 2002. They released their first EP, Facedown, ten years later, followed by three more EPs and their self-titled debut full-length. Leading up to the release of their debut, the band toured with Muse, The Neighbourhood, and even opened for the Rolling Stones. Upon release, The 1975 entered the UK album chart at No. 1 in September 2013 and went on to be gold-certified.

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New "What's in My Bag?" Episode with Legendary Songwriter Diane Warren

Posted by Amoebite, February 15, 2016 06:20pm | Post a Comment

Diane Warren at Amoeba Hollywood

"If you won't die if you don't do it, don't do it," Diane Warren, the GRAMMY, Oscar, and Golden Globe nominated songwriter told us on a recent visit to Amoeba Hollywood. As a teenager growing up in the San Fernando Valley, Warren was determined to become as respected a name in songwriting as Carole King or Jimmy Webb. In 1983 she found that success when she penned Laura Branigan's "Solitaire" and has since become one of America's most prolific and esteemed songwriters.  

Over the course of her career Warren has worked with luminaries such as Whitney Houston, Cher, Celine Dion, Aerosmith, Elton John, Faith Hill, Aretha Franklin, Eric Clapton, Barbra Streisand, and Mariah Carey. She has also worked with some of the biggest names in the modern pop music arena, including Justin Bieber, Snoop Dogg, Adele, Kelly Clarkson, Mary J. Blige, Jennifer Hudson, LL Cool J and Keyshia Cole, and has been nominated for eight Academy Awards, five Golden Globes, and thirteen GRAMMYs. Diane Warren and Lady Gaga's "'Til It Happens To You" recorded for the documentary The Hunting Ground has been nominated for Best Original Song at this year's Academy Awards on February 28.

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