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Amoeba and Converse Exhibition Shows Off Creativity Through Shoes of Musicians

Posted by Amoebite, April 24, 2015 04:07pm | Post a Comment

Converse Exhibit in Los Angeles

Amoeba has joined forces with the folks at Converse for a unique celebration of musical self-expression. We’ve collected Chuck Taylor All Stars from the Amoeba Music and Converse community and curated them into an exhibition that celebrates self-expression from a truly unexpected perspective.

Come see Chucks from musicians like Patti Smith to Amoeba’s own Marc Weinstein. Every pair is a portrait. Every scuff, rip and mark is a memory. Every beer stain and paint drop tells the story of the people who made them their own. 

In addition to the portraits you’ll be able to have a sneak peek into the psychedelic world of musician King Tuff where you’ll experience a journey through his mind with a virtual reality film. Get immersed in a 360° environment, complete with 360° sound, where you’re in control of where you look.

On opening night Thursday, April 30, we’ll have music from our very own byrdsol as well as free beer from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. The exhibit runs through May 6.

Hear a sample of byrdsol's music with "4 Redrum in the Dark" off pierreponte below:

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Weekly Roundup: Thee Oh Sees, HEALTH, KNXWLEDGE, Crocodiles, Camera Shy

Posted by Billy Gil, April 24, 2015 12:02pm | Post a Comment

Thee Oh Sees – “Withered Hand”

thee oh sees mutilator defeated at last lpThis is exactly what we needed this week—some brain pummeling riffs from John Dwyer and Thee Oh Sees. It’s the second track (after “Web”) that they’ve premiered from Mutilator Defeated at Last (out May 18 on Castle Face) and it’s just one of the most exciting songs they’ve ever put out, an all-guns-firing guitar assault with a gorgeous solo. Listen via Pitchfork. Just in case you thought he ever slept, Dwyer also is releasing another electro-rock solo album under the Damaged Bug moniker called Cold Hot Plumbs, due June 1 on Castle Face.

 

 

 

 

 

HEALTH – “New Coke” video

health death magic lpRemember when coke was the devil, and every time someone took it on TV or in movies they died or something awful happened to them? Glad we’ve progressed beyond that—aside from the whole slow-motion projectile vomiting thing in this new HEALTH video. Right, there is a lot of post-party barfing in the video below, so beware. The booming electro-noise-pop track comes from the L.A. band’s just-announced new album, DEATH MAGIC, due Aug. 7 on Loma Vista.

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Hip Hop Rap Up: RIP Wesley Burton, Mac Dre Art Show, Scarface Book, HBK's Azure, Big Mont, Third Sight IV LP + more

Posted by Billyjam, April 24, 2015 11:37am | Post a Comment
This Saturday evening's Mac Dre Art Show - Dre Area at at Charles Place in Downtown Oakland -  merely proves that the late great Vallejo rapper, whose cult status has grown exponetially since his murder eleven years ago, is truly an iconic hip-hop figure everywhere but especially in his native Bay Area. Dre Area features a total of 40 different artists, including Ernest Doty and Yung E, contributing via their art their take on Mac Dre - some of it inspired by Mac Dre's famous photos and album cover imagery. A one-off event happening this Saturday evening only from 5pm to midnight Dre Area (with all Mac Dre music being spun by DJ Dontdoodaat) takes place at Charles Place which is at 347 13th St. Oakland. Cover is $5 and I have a feeling it could get really packed and if so plan on going earlier than later.

Another beloved Bay Area public figure taken from this world and his family way too young is KPFA's Wesley Burton who, among other things at the Berkeley Pacifica station, co-hosted the popular late Friday night music show Sideshow Radio. However after finishing his show and leaving KPFA last Friday night / early Saturday morning while driving home to his family along Martin Luther King Boulevard in Oakland his car was struck a speeding hit-and-run driver that crashed into him causing Burton's car to flip and die at the scene.  A really well loved individual, tributes to him have included a moving one earlier this week hosted by Davey D during KPFA's Hard Knock Radio that is archived here for playback.

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Howard Stern Presents Celebration of The Beatles with The Flaming Lips Hosted by Fred Armisen

Posted by Billyjam, April 22, 2015 01:30pm | Post a Comment

On his SiriusXM radio channel this Friday (April 24) evening Howard Stern will present A Celebration of The Beatles with the Flaming Lips that will be hosted by the Portlandia's Fred Armisen. The session, for which Howard Stern will surrender his SiriusXM radio studios, will feature the Flaming Lips performing songs from their Beatles tribute album; their interpreted version of the Fab Four's Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band tribute album entitled With A Little Help From My Fwends (also available in LP/vinyl format). Since the show will run for an hour listeners can expect the Lips to cover some other material too during the session by the unpredictable band. The special will premiere this Friday out of the NYC studios at 11pm (8pm Pacific Time) on Howard Stern's SiriusXM channel Howard 101 heard online. The Flaming Lips album With A Little Help From My Fwends was released back in October 28th via Warner Bros. Records when the band released their own versions of each track off The Beatles' 1967 classic album with an eclectic array of guests including Miley Cyrus, Moby, My Morning Jacket, Dr. Dog, Tegan and Sara, and many more. No mention or official word as to whether any of these contributors will perform on Friday along with the Lips but odds are that at least one of them will have to do so. Finally I leave you with What's In My Bag? video segment from last year featuring the Flaming Lips' drummer Kliph Scurlock as he goes digging in the crates at Amoeba Hollywood.

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Amoeba Hollywood Celebrates California Bookstore Day May 2

Posted by Amoebite, April 22, 2015 11:45am | Post a Comment

Bookstore Day at Amoeba Hollywood

Come join Amoeba Hollywood for California Bookstore Day on May 2.

"NCIS" star Pauley Perrette and co-author Matthew Sandusky will be at the store at 2 p.m. to sign copies of their new book, Donna donna bell's bake shopBell's Bake Shop: Recipes and Stories of Family, Friends, and Food (limited to first 100 purchasers of the book). The book tells of how Perrette and her friends opened a Southern-style bake shop in Manhattan and includes recipes.

We’ll have limited edition pieces for sale from Stephen King, Christopher Ware and Allie Brosh, among others. Quantities are limited. And we’ll also be giving away goodies like Grateful Dead rolling papers to celebrate the band’s 50th anniversary and the publication of DEAL: My Three Decades of Drumming, Dreams, and Drugs with the Grateful Dead, the forthcoming autobiography by drummer Bill Kreutzmann.

California Bookstore Day also expanded into Independent Bookstore Day this year. About 400 bookstores around the country are taking part, selling art pieces and books. Find out more about it here.

Here are the pieces we’ll have on hand, along with a short description:

Stephen King - Finders Keepers Broadside

This color broadside reads as a love letter from King to passionate readers. It comes from his forthcoming novel, Finders Keepers, which is the second volume in a crime fiction trilogy (after Mr. Mercedes) and comes out June 2.

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