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Fat Tuesday Celebration at Amoeba Hollywood

Posted by Amoebite, March 10, 2011 04:05pm | Post a Comment

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Images by Jessica Teller

When Amoeba’s natural tendencies to draw and congregate music and culture from the world over combine with live spectacles, partying, and silly hats, Mardi Gras is effectively in (dis)order. This is exactly what happened on Fat Tuesday! Need more convincing? Do you want more evidence of the fun that was had? Read on, fellow reveler.

The day began as usual, but with an extra fresh scent of king cake and King Terry in the air! DJ Humble Bee was spinning amazing jams ranging from marching band covers of “Sexual Healing” to classic dance joints made for movin’. Then, as the clock struck 4:30, the Amoeba House Band burst through the Jazz room and onto the rock floor, where golden trombones and wee, polished piccolo trumpets blared into the air. Guitars, mandolins, and banjos sang as the drums kept beat, and the clarinet went strolling through the whole march. Cats put on their dancin’ shoes and let the good times roll. Dozens of musicians joined in the parade, including guys and gals from Vaud and the Villians, who positively dazzled onstage later on in the day.



Hundreds watched and experienced the joyous gathering of merrymakers as the spirit of N’awlins was brought to Los Angeles. Out on Sunset Boulevard, people, masks, and floats abounded, all covered in beads and confetti! Friends past and present were celebrating and celebrated, and floats commemorating our friend Lee “Flash” Gordon and Captain Beefheart kept us all close at heart and in spirit. The classic Yellow Submarine made its annual jaunt ‘round the record store in high fashion, as always, and Karen even managed to give beads to passers-by--in the middle of the road, in their cars—naturally.

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New Die Antwoord Video for "Rich Bitch"

Posted by Amoebite, March 10, 2011 09:52am | Post a Comment

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Everybody's favorite South African import, a group that defies description, Die Antwoord, has a brand new video featuring lots of shiny gold bits for one of their album $0$'s best tracks, "Rich Bitch" -- check it out below!

Raphael Saadiq and Los Lonely Boys at Grammy Museum This Month

Posted by Amoebite, March 8, 2011 11:15am | Post a Comment

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The GRAMMY Museum’s The Drop welcomes Raphael Saadiq on March 23! Saadiq has carried the torch for old-school R&B and in the process has established his place as one of music’s most highly regarded recording artists and producers. 

On March 25, The Drop welcomes Los Lonely Boys! The Texican Rock’n’Roll trio meld Blues, Classic and Modern Rock, Soul and beyond. 

Both performances and discussions begin at 8pm in the Museum’s 200-seat Clive Davis Theater. Presented by American Express. Get all the details on the shows right here!

Free Shipping Today Through March 31 on Amoeba.com

Posted by Amoebite, March 1, 2011 12:34pm | Post a Comment

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Attention, loyal customers and fans!

We wanted to clue y'all in on some exciting happenings in the Amoeba universe!
 

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In honor of our newly expanded Buy Stuff section on Amoeba.com, enjoy free shipping on any order for the full month of March!

The free shipping applies to all North American orders only and is good for all New, Used, and Collectible CDs, LPs, DVDs and Blu-Rays in all genres!

We also have a brand new Clearance section just added, along with search functionality throughout the Buy Stuff section that allows you to instantly find exactly what you are looking for!

New titles are added daily, so please take advantage of our special free shipping right now and through the entire month of March! Click here to get shoppin'!

Happy Spring from your pals at Amoeba Music!

What are the Mardi Gras Indians? (A Quick History)

Posted by Amoebite, February 23, 2011 05:23pm | Post a Comment
Since Mardi Gras is right around the corner, and we are talking about Black History---it seems fitting toMardi Gras Indians talk a little about the Mardi Gras Indian tradition in New Orleans and Louisiana. Still thriving, the Mardi Gras Indians are an important part of the Mardi Gras tradition and are said to have originated from the alliance between runaway slaves and the American Indians who provided a safe haven. It is also said that the African and Indian cultures found a natural affinity for each other as oppressed minorities within the early American settlements. The "Indians" incorporated African and Native American traditions in dress and rituals. Later on when Caribbean influences came to New Orleans, that flavor was also added to the mix.

The tribes of "Black Indians" which grew in Southwest Louisiana were defined by region and neighborhood and they became very territorial. To protect their status as the "reigning" Tribe in the neighborhood very often meant violent showdowns. In the early days of the 20th century, the focus of the "tribes" became less about territory and "turf wars" and became more about status defined by the better and more colorful suits and headdresses, as well as the songs and dances. The "battles" that the various tribes would do in the neighborhooMardi Gras Indiansds were about garnering respect for the amazing costumes and the dancing.

It was an ominous thing to see a group of Indians outside about to do battle with each other, and generally folks ran away. But nowadays, people flock to see the colors and hear the chanting, and to watch the "Big Chiefs" do battle. A Mardi Gras Indian Chief's suit can weigh up to 150 pounds, and he makes his suit each year with the help of his family. The tribe works all year to create a BETTER suit than the year before.

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