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Record Store Day Press Conference Takes Place March 20 at Amoeba Hollywood

Posted by Billy Gil, March 12, 2014 04:45pm | Post a Comment

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Next Thursday, March 20, at 10 a.m., Amoeba Hollywood will host a press conference to announce the list of titles for Record Store Day, which takes place April 19.

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti will be on hand to open the event with a Record Store Day Proclamation. Following will be the announcement of titles and highlights, and a roundtable discussion with rap legend Chuck D, The Doors drummer John Densmore, local record store owners and more special guests.

Chuck D was inducted into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame last year for his work leading the pioneering hip-hop group Public Enemy, helping to make politically and socially conscious lyrics popular in hip-hop. Densmore, also a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member, was the drummer for the classic L.A. band The Doors, and he appeared with Doors bandmates Robby Krieger and Ray Manzarek in the 2012 documentary RE:GENERATION, which saw Densmore collaborate with electronic music star Skrillex.

A simultaneous RSD event will take place in London March 20, while another event will also take place that day in Nashville. The list of titles that will come out on Record Store Day will also be released the same day on www.recordstoreday.com.

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Amoeba Sponsors Leee Black Childers Photo Exhibit, Has Signed David Bowie, Patti Smith Prints

Posted by Billy Gil, March 12, 2014 02:20pm | Post a Comment

Amoeba is proud to sponsor the “Leee Black Childers Photo Exhibit” at Lethal Amounts in Downtown Los Angeles from March 22 through April 19.

The exhibit showcased the work of photographer Leee Black Childers, who was Andy Warhol’s assistant at the legendary Factory, Warhol’s work studio and space for parties and shows from 1962 through 1984. Childers’ work harnesses the wild energy and personalities of the time, from capturing artists, starlets, wannabes and junkies to chronicling rock ‘n’ roll as it evolved into glam, punk and new wave.

Amoeba Hollywood will have two of Childers’ prints, framed and signed, for sale. The 16-by-20-inch prints of David Bowie and Patti Smith can be seen below. They are $600 each.

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In addition to his work at The Factory, Childers was the tour manager for Bowie’s Ziggy Stardust tour, as well as for Iggy & The Stooges and for Johnny Thunders and the Heartbreakers, when they toured with then-little-known acts like The Sex Pistols, The Buzzcocks and The Clash.

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Album Picks: Dean Wareham, Bradford Cox, Pins

Posted by Billy Gil, March 11, 2014 09:45am | Post a Comment

Dean Wareham - Dean Wareham (LP, CD or Download)

dean wareham lp amoebaOften when an established artist like Dean Wareham, the former lead singer of Luna and Galaxie 500, releases a self-titled album, it’s a restatement of purpose or sound. However, Dean Wareham really is the most Dean Wareham release yet, especially languid, dreamy and witty, even by his standards. The songs are milky and heavily reverbed, taking their cues from The Velvet Underground’s third album, while lyrically Wareham provides his typically engaging specificity—“This is not my home, stuck inside a drop down menu” he sings, venting the comic frustration of tech-enabled culture. On “Happy & Free,” the drums rise above the reverie to make for one of Wareham’s loveliest rock ballads in years, harkening back to the Galaxie 500 days. While Dean Wareham is short on surprises from the singer/songwriter, it’s also a terrifically concise, at nine solid songs, and immensely enjoyable. It’s thoroughly appealing for anyone who’s ever fallen in love with the Wareham’s music.

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The 20 Best Shoegaze Albums

Posted by Billy Gil, March 7, 2014 06:21pm | Post a Comment

Islowdivenspired by the reunion of shoegaze greats Slowdive, Amoeblogger Brad Schelden and I have compiled our list of favorite shoegaze albums.

For any who don’t know, shoegaze is a style of music rooted in the noise pop of The Jesus & Mary Chain and dream pop of Cocteau Twins from the early ’80s. In the late ’80s and early ’90s, bands took elements put forth by those bands—loud, distorted guitars, heavily reverbed vocals and emphasis on atmosphere over discernable lyrics—and came up with a new sound, first truly realized by My Bloody Valentine on their classic 1988 album, Isn’t Anything. Shoegaze (or shoegazing) was a term NME and Melody Maker in the U.K. used to describe the visual representation of the sound from bands who rose in My Bloody Valentine’s wake, depicting bands’ apparent lack of movement onstage and propensity to stare down at their numerous effects pedals. The genre hit its heyday in the early ’90s but persists today, with bands like My Bloody Valentine and Swervedriver reuniting and artists like M83 and Diiv using elements of their sound (so-called nu-gaze, but I’ll avoid that terrible term). So with that lengthy explanation, here we go.

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Show Recap: Fat Tuesday at Amoeba Hollywood With ORGONE

Posted by Billy Gil, March 7, 2014 12:18pm | Post a Comment

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This year's Fat Tuesday celebration March 4 at Amoeba Hollywood kicked off with DJs playing all manner of funk, soul and zydeco from New Orleans or influenced by its rich musical history. Our resident emcee Gomez asked trivia questions, such as the difference between "cajun" and "zydeco" (one's a culture, the other's a type of music).

orgone amoebaLos Angeles' ORGONE took the stage offering a flurry of horn blasts, funkadelic guitars and plenty of cowbell. Singer Adryon de Leon commanded with a soulful performance fronting the eight-piece band. "Don't Stop" sounded particularly alluring, with its rubbery bassline and lush, classic soul sound. They effused warm vibes perfectly suited to the day, singing "love is the answer" to a dancing crowd.

Amoeba's annual Mardi Gras parade began to prepare as the band played the funky "Say Goodbye." Meanwhile, ORGONE's bongos player had hips shaking, and the band got the audience to participate in a soul clap as de Leon channeled Donna Summer. As if the drum-fueled extended jam at the end of their set didn't already cement the fact that this band has chops, they helped out with a great, impromptu rendition of "When the Saints Go Marching In" as the parade started, with marchers wearing masks and playing instruments and its floats featuring an edifice of the late Lou Reed.

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