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New "What's in My Bag?" Episode With The Decemberists

Posted by Amoebite, April 2, 2015 11:55am | Post a Comment

The Decemberists

The Decemberists formed in 2000 when Colin Meloy (vocals/guitar) moved from Montana to Portland, OR, where he subsequently met Chris Funk (guitar/multi-instrumentalist), Jenny Conlee Decemberists(keyboads / piano / accordion / Hammond organ), Nate Query (bass), and John Moen (drums). Named after the 1825 Decembrist revolt in Imperial Russia and inspired by the moodiness of the month itself, an early incarnation of the band self-released its debut EP, 5 Songs, in 2001. The group's first full-length, Castaways and Cutouts, was released via Hush Records in 2002. The band then signed to Kill Rock Stars for 2003's Her Majesty the Decemberists and 2005's Picaresque. In 2006, the Decemberists made the leap to Capitol Records, releasing a handful of well-received albums. In January 2015, the band's seventh studio album, What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World, hit stores, followed by a lengthy North American tour.

The Decemberists visited Amoeba Hollywood for an album signing to celebrate the release of What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World and they took some time for a little record shopping. In this episode of What's In My Bag? Colin Meloy kicks things off with a nice re-issue of The Posies' Failure on vinyl. Drummer John Moen follows that with the obscure psych-rock reissue of Paper Garden (Sundazed Records) and introduces us to "Johnny's Chancers," records bought based on the album artwork and cover blurb. Jenny, a big fan of Classical music, picks up a copy of Silk Road Journeys by Yo-Yo Ma & The Silk Road Ensemble. Watch the full episode below to see the rest of their very eclectic picks.

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Hip-Hop Rap-Up: Community Skratch Games, PRhyme, Common, Shing02's The Divider, J Dilla RSD Release, De La Successful, Jay-Z

Posted by Billyjam, April 2, 2015 09:01am | Post a Comment
Now in its ninth year is Ireland's Community Skratch Games - the annual DJ battle that takes place at the Bierhaus in Galway each Easter weekend - that began as a fun alternative to the more serious minded DJ battles like the ITF or DMC. In fact its Sex Pistols styled slogan for one early year boasted Never mind the DMC's...Here's the Community Skratch Games!

The Community Skratch Games began in 2007 with no real long term plans, merely a desire to show love to the skratch art of turntable manipulation for the small niche of skratch fanatics in Ireland as well as raise awareness of hip-hop DJ culture to those not fully aware of turntablism as a musical art.

In addition to its fun battle (for which the champion won, not a corporate prize such as some sponsored company's mixer, but a bag of meat - yes as rashers (Irish bacon), sausages, steaks, and pork chops - donated by the local butcher) the Community Skratch Games, which has continued each year growing from strength to strength, a variety of workshops and showcases. Or as chief organizer Jimmy The Hideous Penguin called it in a 2009 Amoeblog interview  "a barrage of funk, hip-hop, electro and sweaty dancing folk." At that same time the DJ/producer and member of Ireland's incredible Vince Mack Mahon DJ crew, who oversees the spinoff Community Skratch Music record label, noted that the advantage of holding the annual Community Skratch Games in Galway versus the large Irish city of Dublin was that, "It's easy to be noticed in a small city. There are lots of great skratch DJs in other parts of Ireland too. I'm not sure, it's easy to do your own thing in Galway. In bigger cities I think people lean more towards fitting in or suiting other peoples' needs."

This year's Community Skratch Games will take place this weekend - Saturday and Sunday April 4th and 5th at the Bierhaus - and feature a grip of amazing talent including Naive Ted, Danny Deepo, DJackulate, Handsome Paddy, Johnny Doobs and many more with host Ray Wingnut (look for his Amoeblog interview next week here). A few weeks ago I was over in Galway, Ireland visiting Jimmy Penguin who was already very busy getting ready for this weekend's ninth annual event. I asked him what makes this year's Games different than previous years? "It gets bigger and better every year with more and more new delighted faces and dropping jaws. It's great to see people getting involved year after year," he said adding that, "As always the highlight this year will be the Community Skratch Games freestyle Battle Royale." Click here  and/or see flyer above for more details.

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Next Amoeba Red Bull Sound Select Show Features Milo Greene April 29

Posted by Amoebite, April 1, 2015 06:00pm | Post a Comment

milo greene red bull sound select

Amoeba has curated the next Red Bull Sound Select show in L.A., featuring electro-poppers Milo Greene.

The show, which is 21+, takes place Wednesday, April 29 at The Echo. RSVP for a $3 entry. (RSVP does not guarantee entry; plan to arrive early.) It’s $12 without an RSVP at the door.

Milo Greene features the work of four very talented people. On their latest album, Control, Marlana Sheetz takes the lead for the cool Hollywood dance-pop of “White Lies,” sitting nicely alongside likeminded artists such as HAIM and Jessie Ware, while the male-fronted songs from her three bandmates are no less beguiling, as “On the Fence” draws influence from the likes of A-ha for a smart and instantly pleasurable new wave-jam.

avid dancer

They’re joined at this show by L.A.-based Avid Dancer, the indie pop-rock project helmed by Jacob Summers. Summers grew up an outsider to popular music in a devoutly Christian household. After serving in the Marines for four years, Summers has since come into his own as a musician, touring with the likes of Hamilton Leithauser, Cold War Kids and Warpaint. Hear the soulful “Stop Playing With My Heart” below:

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Concert Tickets For Sale at Amoeba Hollywood in April 2015

Posted by Amoebite, April 1, 2015 04:21pm | Post a Comment

Concert TicketsAmoeba Hollywood regularly sells tickets to local shows, with the added bonus of charging low service fees (if you are into saving money and who isn't really?).

All tickets can be purchased at the registers (while supplies last) for a $2 service fee. We take cash and credit cards for all ticket sales. Store credit and coupons cannot be applied to ticket sales. Limit 4 tickets per person. 

For Club Nokia shows, we only carry general admission tickets. If you wish to purchase reserved seating at Club Nokia (where available), you can buy those tickets online here.

Please note that on the day of the show, we will stop selling tickets for that show at 5pm.

Tickets are limited, so please call the store first to make sure they are available: 323-245-6400.
 

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Show Recap: Death Cab For Cutie at Amoeba Hollywood

Posted by Billy Gil, April 1, 2015 04:02pm | Post a Comment

death cab for cutieDeath Cab For Cutie closed down the store at Amoeba Hollywood March 31 on the day of the release of their new album, Kintsugi.

Just before the band starts its tour in support of the album—and now without longtime guitarist and producer Chris Walla—the band could’ve been unsure of its footing. But they pretty much crushed it, starting with the album’s thumping opener “No Room in Frame.” “The Ghosts of Beverly Drive” saw the band pick up the energy while still employing moody guitarwork and ghostly effects to good measure.

death cab for cutie kintsugi lpBen Gibbard paused a moment to introduce new band members Dave Depper and Zac Rae (both on keys and guitars) before launching into the three-guitar “Little Wanderer.” It’s easy to forget what a great guitar band Death Cab can be, and honestly, the guitars threatened to overtake Gibbard’s star power on that song. But the song’s catchy chorus brings it all back, and Gibbard still stood center-stage on  “Black Sun,” shaking his head through the song’s biting lyrics amid dusty organ and languid guitarwork.

Death Cab at times could be thought of as more of a solid and enjoyable band than a dynamic one, but they’ve seemingly sought to incorporate more variety to their introverted indie-pop on recent releases as their audience has grown, and live, their skill at juggling different sounds is even more pronounced. On the cowboyish “El Dorado,” Gibbard’s voice rang clearly over a sturdy gallop and wallowing guitars, while “Everything’s a Ceiling” is closer to an ’80s prom ballad and had the crowd clapping along to its stuttering beat and glowing synths.

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