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21 Essential New Orleans Records for Fat Tuesday

Posted by Amoebite, February 8, 2016 04:01pm | Post a Comment

21 Essentisl New Orleans Records for Fat Tuesday

If you are just dipping your toe into the mighty muddy Mississippi-sludge sounds of New Orleans music, here is a list to get your mojo workin', courtesy of members of the Amoeba family who are lifelong New Orleans music fanatics.

KAREN: The New Orleans sound is that rare gumbo of musical complements: a meaty stew of blues, R&B, jazz, African rhythms, Cuban, French, country Cajun, hip hop and so much more. But what defines New Orleans music? That is the unanswerable question. You can say it's this or it's that — it's the syncopation or the bass or the raw, funky rhythm. But really it's the soul of the music — the undefinable "Get Down" or "Get On Up." This is the music that carries your soul down the block on a second-line funeral procession — and gets your feet dancing in a musky club on Frenchman Street. It is playful. Funky. Deep and swampy. Raw and dirty. Mournful. Plaintive. And everything in between. It isn't defined by a drum beat. Or maybe it is. You've just got to listen for yourself.

Here are my top picks for records you need to own. Essential New Orleans listening, in no particular order. This is my own Dirty Dozen:

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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Rise Against

Posted by Amoebite, February 8, 2016 03:57pm | Post a Comment

Rise Against Amoeba Hollywood

Zach Blair and Joe Principe of Rise Against stopped by recently to grab some records before their sold out show at The Hollywood Palladium.  The Chicago based band, whose other members include Tim McIlrath and Brandon Barnes, formed in 1999 and have since proven to be one of the most exciting and relevant punk bands around today. After releasing 2001's The Unraveling and 2003's Revloutions Per Minute on Fat Wreck Chords, the band achieved major label success with 2004's Siren Song of the Counter Culture, released on Dreamworks/Geffen. 2014 saw the release of The Black Market, for which the band has been touring worldwide.Rise Against The Black Market

With picks like Agnostic Front's Live at CBGB and Dischord 1981: The Year in 7"s Zach and Joe clue us in to some of Rise Against's major influences, while picks like Swami John Reis and The Blind Shakes' Modern Surf Classics and Ty Segall's Manipulator give us a taste of their more current interests. Zach, a Texas native, also recommends some bands from his home state while Joe gives us a surprising '80s pop pick and even demonstrates how to drink coffee out of a Ramones Rocket to Russia mug. 

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Recap: Andy Kindler Hosted a Charity Auction at Amoeba Hollywood for Best Friends Animal Society

Posted by Amoebite, February 8, 2016 10:55am | Post a Comment

Andy Kindler Charity Auction at Amoeba Hollywood

On Saturday, February 6th, we once again teamed up with the Nerdmelt folks for a charity auction at Amoeba Hollywood to benefit Best Friends Animal Society's NKLA initiative. Our friend comedian Andy Kindler was gracious enough to come back and wield the gavel at the auction podium. Andy prides himself on being the most annoying person in the room at all times---and he did not disappoint! A frequent guest and correspondent on the Late Show with David Letterman, as well Comedy Central, and Fox's Bob's Burgers, Andy is slyly hilarious (in an annoying way) and he had the bidders chuckling under their breath. A success!! He is known in comedy circles as a troublemaker, but on Saturday he didn't make trouble, he made people bid! There were great items on the auction block and people got some great scores while helping out the neglected and abandoned animals of LA.

Highlights from Saturday's auction:

All together the audience bid $330 and with Amoeba's match we are able to donate $660 to Best Friends Animal Society and NKLA! Yes! Thanks to all of our customers who come out to support our charity auctions. Come to our next auction the first Saturday in April -- they are always a great time!

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Jill Tracy Performs Original Score for Nosferatu at SF's Presidio Officers' Club, 2/18

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, February 7, 2016 05:51pm | Post a Comment

Jill Tracy's Nosferatu

San Francisco-based singer, pianist, storyteller, and one-time featured Amoeba Music Homegrown Artist Jill Tracy at Amoeba San Francisco, 2010Jill Tracy brings her mesmerizing score for F.W. Murnau's silent German Expressionist classic Nosferatu, A Symphony of Horrors back to San Francisco with a live performance at the Presidio Officers' Club on February 18th. As part of the venue's Presidio Dialogues series, Jill Tracy will perform the score live with The Malcontent Orchestra during the screening of the haunting 1922 vampire masterpiece, preceded by a short musical set.

Murnau’s Nosferatu was the first screen adaptation of Bram Stoker's 1897 novel Dracula, but it was unfortunately also unauthorized. The Stoker estate sued for copyright infringement and won, thus ordering for the incineration of all existing prints. Luckily for film history and fans of vampires everywhere, a few copies had already been distributed worldwide.

There is no other composer and performer better suited to musically evoke the eerie sensuality of Nosferatu than Jill Tracy. This event is one night only, FREE, and seats are limited, so make your reservations now HERE!

Hip-Hoppers For Bernie Sanders

Posted by Billyjam, February 5, 2016 01:00pm | Post a Comment



Killer Mike, seen above with the Vermont senator whom he endorsed and has done a series of appearances and interviews with, may be the most visible hip-hop supporter of Democratic presidential runner Bernie Sanders. But the politically and socially conscious Run The Jewels emcee is not alone when it comes to hip-hop (and rock) artists who have shown support for the 74-year-old Vermont senator whose polls routinely show a large following among both young and minority voters. No wonder since Sanders routinely addresses topics that directly effect or at loudly resonate with the members of these oft ignored demographics. These include slashing the escalating high cost of college tuition, demilitarizing police departments across the US, remedying the uneven ratio of young black and Latino men incarcerated, rescheduling weed from a class A drug, and going after the (currently) entitled so-called 1% by making Wall Street accountable for its central role in the 2008 financial crash.

Other hip-hop artists to publicly put support behind Bernie include Berkeley's Lil B (The BasedGod), Stretch Armstrong, and  Z-Trip, who 8 years ago had endorsed Barack Obama, doing some speech remixes and teaming up with Shepard Fairey (another Bernie supporter). Scarface of Geto Boys fame believes in Bernie as does fellow Southern rap pioneer Bun B of UGK (RIP Pimp C). The Trill creator told the Miami New Times this week that Sanders gets his endorsement for being transparent. Some note Sanders' track record dating back to his college days when he fought for housing equality in Chicago.

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