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Show Recap: Justin Timberlake at the Hollywood Palladium + JT Pre-Order Up on Amoeba.com

Posted by Rachael McGovern, February 11, 2013 10:21pm | Post a Comment
Justin Timberlake Hollywood Palladium
photo © Kevin Estrada / kevinestrada.com

I had the amazing good fortune to be among the audience at the Hollywood Palladium last night to witness Justin Timberlake's return to the stage after a far-too-long absence from music (it's been nearly six and a half years since his sophomore solo album, Futuresex/Love Sounds [RCA, 2006]). But nothing in his set, his performance or his voice, gave any indication of just how long it had been since he'd put on a show like that. 

Starting just after 11:30pm, he opened with "Like I Love You" and continued to play songs from his two previous albums, as well as a handful of new ones from the forthcoming album, The 20/20 Experience (due out March 19 on RCA, but available as a pre-order now on Amoeba.com in both CD and LP formats). He even worked in two cover songs, most surprisingly "I Need You Tonight" by INXS. I never would have thought of that song choice for him, but he pulled it off and made it his own. Given his background in soul music, his other cover, "Shake Your Body (Down to the Ground)" by The Jacksons was the type of song I would have expected him to perform. I don't intend that to disparage the choice - far from it - but rather to highlight the pleasantly surprising INXS pick. It would be amazing to hear a recorded version of that cover (hint, hint Mr. Timberlake!).

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New Ellie Goulding Videos

Posted by Rachael McGovern, February 7, 2013 03:44pm | Post a Comment

Ellie GouldingEnglish singer/songwriter Ellie Goulding performed at Amoeba Hollywood back in October, just a few days after her sophomore album, Halcyon (Interscope Records), was released. It was one of only a handful of performances she did during release week, and her fans turned out in full force. The line to get into her in-store performance followed the side of Amoeba along Ivar Blvd, wrapping around the block. For those unable to attend the show, it was also webcast live on Amoeba.com.

We just posted a video of Ellie Goulding's stunning, stripped down version of her single, "Anything Could Happen," from the in-store:

Ellie Goulding - "Anything Could Happen" (Live at Amoeba)
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This in-store performance was Ms. Goulding's second at Amoeba. She performed at Amoeba San Francisco back in April 2011. At that point, she was just beginning her US promotion for her debut album, Lights (Interscope Records), which was released in March 2010 in the UK and had already reached number one there. That SF in-store was truly special and she decided to release it as an EP, Live at Amoeba San Francisco (Interscope Records).

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New Justin Timberlake Album Coming Soon?

Posted by Rachael McGovern, January 10, 2013 11:12am | Post a Comment

Justin Timberlake

 

Justin Timberlake has the internet (and me, who am I kidding?) in a tizzy this morning after what appears to be hints that he has a new album coming soon. After a simple message on his Twitter last night telling people to tune in this morning, he tweeted saying just "To Whom It May Concern...I'm Ready" and a link to a video with the same name.

 

 

Justin Timberlake Twitter

The clip features the artist walking through many rooms with his voice over answering the question about whether he is done making music and explaining his process making music. The video ends with him going into the booth in a recording studio, putting on a pair of headphones, and saying "I'm Ready."

Unfortunately it's just a tease as we apparently have to wait until Sunday for the next announcement. I want details! Confirmation that this is actually happening would be nice. Then a first track, album date, tour dates...Is that too much to ask?

According to the Hollywood Reporter, JT has been working on a full album with Timbaland. Their work together on his first two albums was pretty amazing, so I have pretty high expectations, but I'll try to keep my excitement in check. For a few more days at least. Come on JT, the music world misses you!

New "What's In My Bag?" Episode With the Cast of The Sarah Silverman Project

Posted by Rachael McGovern, January 3, 2013 11:41am | Post a Comment

The Sarah Silverman Program DVDWe recently had the entire cast of The Sarah Silverman Program - Sarah Silverman, Laura Silverman, Brian Posehn, Steve Agee and Jay Johnston - visit Amoeba Hollywood for a signing of the new Complete Series DVD Box Set. The television series, which lasted three seasons on Comedy Central from 2007-2010, featured Sarah Silverman as a fictionalized version of herself with real-life older sister Laura playing her younger sister, Brian Posehn and Steve Agee as her geeky gay neighbors, and Jay Johnston as "Officer Jay."

Before their signing, they chatted with us about some of their favorite DVDs including Doctor Who and The Royle Family, comedy LPs, and "some devil things."

Missed some of their selections? Check out their full list of picks on Amoeba.com.

 

The Sarah Silverman Program - What's In My Bag?
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Sarah Silverman Cast at Amoeba Hollywood

Top "What's In My Bag?" Episodes of 2012

Posted by Rachael McGovern, December 19, 2012 04:48pm | Post a Comment

WIMBTrying to narrow down my favorite 2012 "What's In My Bag?" videos is a little bit like asking me to choose my favorite children. Each one is special and unique in its own way. But 'tis the season of "Best Of" lists, so here is my attempt at naming the top WIMBs from 2012, listed according to date posted because, really, picking 10 was hard enough.

 

 

 

 

Peanut Butter Wolf - January 3, 2012

We kicked off 2012 with a monster of a WIMB featuring DJ, producer, Stones Throw founder and Amoeba regular Peanut Butter Wolf, who had so many items he renamed the episode "What's In My Boxes." Missed some of his selections? Check out his full list here.

 

John Flansburgh - March 5, 2012

The guitarist and co-founder of They Might Be Giants, John Flansburgh, did a "show and tell" at Amoeba Hollywood, selecting reissues by The Zombies, Blossom Dearie, and The Hollies, plus California funk by Charles Wright & The Watts 103rd Street Band. After posting the video, we found out that half of John's picks from this Amoeba trip, and other records he'd picked up while on tour, were unfortunately burned in a trailer fire. See John's full list of picks here.

 

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