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New "What"s In My Bag?" Episode With Liars

Posted by Amoebite, May 21, 2014 05:34pm | Post a Comment

Liars

The band Liars has come a long way since their formation in the early 2000s. They've released seven studio albums and a slew of  EPs and singles, making these veterans of post-punk a force to be Liarsreckoned with. In support of their newly released album, Mess (Mute), Liars will be playing an all-ages show at the Fonda Theatre in Hollywood Tuesday, May 27th. Tickets for this show are also available at Amoeba Hollywoood. Mess is a fun production full of drone like vocals, electro synth layers, and traces of dub-step. Liars often tow the line between experimental rock and high energy electro-dance and those elements are all well represented on the new album.

The band recently visited Amoeba to do a little shopping and of course our cameras recorded all the action for another fun episode of  What's In My Bag?. Singer Angus Andrew and synth player Aaron Hemphill explored nearly every corner of Amoeba Hollywood, picking up freestyle, rock, '90s hip hop, soundtracks, apparel and more. They get things started with Michael Frank's LP, The Art of Tea, and then show off a couple of AC/DC and Culture Club patches. They also pick up an awesome Ice Cube Kill At Will T-shirt! Check out the full episode below for all of their great finds. 

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New "What"s In My Bag?" Episode With Jody Stephens of Big Star

Posted by Amoebite, May 16, 2014 02:43pm | Post a Comment

Jody Stephens

As the last survivng member and co-founder of the '70s band Big Star, Jody Stephens has quite the rock & roll story. Big Star cut a record with producer and Ardent Studios founder John Fry, who also played the part of psuedo manager by default. Under Fry's direction, Big Star secured distribution and marketing with the legendary soul label, Stax. With rave reviews and backing by Ardent and Stax, Big Star was poised to be the biggest name in rock. However, Big Star's 1971 debut,  #1 Record, failed to top the charts and was quickly dubbed a Big Star Nothing Can Hurt Mecommercial flop. Many critics praised the band's work, but sources say Stax was unable to fully distribute and market the album for success. The band managed to release three albums between 1971 and 1974 before disbanding and falling into obscurity.

Fast forward three decades later, Big Star has amassed a cult following of fans and influenced many successful rock bands along the way. Groups like R.E.M and The Replacements have cited Big Star as major influences on their craft. Rolling Stone magazine listed all three Big Star albums as part of their 500 Greatest Albums of All Time (published in 2003 & 2005). But the biggest push in the Big Star resurgence is due to the very well-produced documentary, Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt MeThe film chronicles the band's history in a story that (if not already) will pull you into the fandom of Big Star. Jody Stephens, being the only living member, was at the center of the film's publicity and screening events, literally making him a rock star for the first time! Stephens also tours as Big Star backed by many well-known musician friends. When not on tour, Stephens manages Ardent Studios in Memphis. Over the course of his tenure at Ardent, the studio has seen everyone from Three 6 Mafia to the White Stripes to Bob Dylan book studio time.

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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode With Little Dragon

Posted by Amoebite, May 13, 2014 07:18pm | Post a Comment

Little Dragon

Little Dragon is bigger than ever! Not only is their new record, Nabuma Rubberband (Loma Vista Recordings), getting major buzz around the world, the band has also teamed up with RedBull for the Nabuma Derby! Fans have a chance to win tickets to see the band play Bonnaroo. There are two Little Dragon ways to win. First, build the fastest rubberband derby car and take home an exclusive Little Dragon prize pack. Second, upload a picture of your derby car to Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #NabumaDerby, and you could win two tickets to Bonnaroo (which is headlined this year by Elton John, Kanye West, Jack White and Vampire Weekend). Visit the Nabuma Derby site for details. Contest is being held now!

Little Dragon visited Amoeba Hollywood on Record Store Day and managed to sneak in some shopping. Of course they hung out and shared their findings with us! Yukimi and Erik kick things off with a couple of really cool shirts by jazz great Pharoah Sanders and '80s new wavers Devo. Yukimi digs up a classic twelve inch by Janet Jackson, the infamous "Got 'Til It's Gone." Legend has it the late great J.Dilla produced this hit, but credit was given to Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis! Clearly big fans of hip hop and R&B, Little Dragon also pick up Midnight  Marauders by A Tribe Called Quest, which Erik calls the "best record in the world," and Destiny's Child's "Bootylicious" on vinyl. Check out the full episode for all their great finds!  

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Fashion, Music, Art & More at Yeah Gurl Spring Affair May 18

Posted by Amoebite, May 7, 2014 04:11pm | Post a Comment

Yeah Gurl Spring Affair

You do not want to miss the 2014 Yeah Gurl Spring Affair happening Sunday, May 18 at Space 15Twenty across from Amoeba Hollywood! Yeah Gurl is a curated event featuring local, indie urban fashion designers, contemporary artists, a selfiebooth, nail art, and DJs in a unique "sample party." This event brings together affordable fashion and art while allowing you to support innovative creatives. The spring edition of Yeah Gurl will focus on the upcoming LA Urban Summer, highlighting various fashion designs alongside contemporary/street art. Amoeba will have a crew on site 12-4pm with our awesome Prize Wheel! Stop by our booth for a chance to take home cool prizes and some Amoeba swag.

Yeah Gurl's Spring Affair opens Sunday, May 18th at 11am and goes until 4pm. You may want to get there early as the're giving away free limited edition Yeah Gurl print gift bags to the first 100 customers.

RSVP to Yeah Gurl Spring Affair on Facebook.

Prize Wheel at Amoeba

The famous Amoeba prize wheel in action!

New "What's In My Bag?" Episode With Douglas Dare

Posted by Amoebite, May 7, 2014 03:37pm | Post a Comment

Douglas Dare

British singer-songwriter Douglas Dare is the new kid on the block. Dare vocalizes his short prose and poems to a backdrop of drums and electronics with his piano strokes taking center stage. He creates a soundscape that is emotionally deep and sonically wide open. At just 22 years old, Dare comes off as a seasoned Douglas Daresongwriter with a mastery skill level. He cites Thom Yorke and Rufus Wainwright as influences and his newly released full-length, Whelm (Erased Tapes), proves he has the chops to one day be held in the same regard as such heavyweights.

Douglas Dare took time out of his tour schedule to hang out at Amoeba Hollywood and dig for vinyl. Our camera crew were in tow and captured another cool episode of What's In My Bag?. Dare starts things off with an inspiration from childhood, a classical album by Claude Debussy played by Emile Naoumoff. He also picks up WhoMadeWho's Knee Deep and a more contemporary inspiration, St Vincent's latest self-titled release. Check out the full episode for all of Douglas Dare's cool finds. 

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