The Everymen are a New Jersey-based band who make straightforward punk rock jams in the vein of Jay Reatard and Rocket from the Crypt. Founded in 2009, the band has released two studio albums: 2012's New Jersey Hardcore and 2014's Givin' Up on Free Jazz. After a series of shows at SXSW, the band went back to the studio in spring 2015 to record with Ben Tanner of Alabama Shakes for a planned 2016 release. In summer 2015, The War on Drugs invited the The Everymen to open for them on their North American tour dates.
While on tour, Mike V and Catherine Herrick from The Everymen stopped by Amoeba Hollywood and shared their finds with our What's In My Bag? crew. Mike V picked up Hate Your Friends by The Lemonheads, citing it as the record that inspired him to write songs and start a band when he was a teenager. Catherine chose Duran Duran's self-titled album, revealing that she "went through a huge, obsessive Duran Duran period" when she was in high school and that one time she accidentally followed John Taylor down the street. Check out the rest of Mike V and Catherine's picks in the full episode below:
San Pedro, CA native Miguel is a Grammy-winning R&B singer, songwriter, and producer. Active in the music community since he was a teenager, Miguel signed a production deal with Drop Squad in 2000. Four years later he signed with Black Ice and began work on his debut album, which was eventually shelved. In 2007, he signed with Jive and recorded All I Want Is You. The album's release was delayed till 2010 due to contract disputes with Black Ice. During this time, Miguel contributed vocals to Blu and Exile's debut collaboration, Below the Heavens, and co-wrote tracks for artists like Jaheim and Usher. Kaleidoscope Dream, Miguel's second album, was released on RCA in 2012. The album debuted at #3 on the Billboard Top 200 within its first week of release, its lead single "Adorn" garnering Miguel's first Grammy award for "Best R&B Song." Watch a killer version of "Adorn" (see below) performed live at Amoeba Hollywood back in 2012.
Miguel released his third studio LP, Wildheart, in June 2015 and he stopped by Amoeba Hollywood for a special CD signing. Fans lined up outside the store with Wildheart and entry tickets in hand. While he was here, Miguel took a moment to sit down with our "What's in My Bag?" crew to share his finds from our racks. He began with two films, El Topo and The Holy Mountain, by Chilean cult cinema hero Alejandro Jodorowsky, explaining that he enjoys watching movies on silent while he creates. Miguel also picked up Run the Jewels' second album lauding its savageness as an aspect of hip-hop that he misses. Finally, he chose the deluxe edition of Jamie xx's newest album, In Colour, sharing a story about that one time he danced with the xx.
During the first UK punk movement of the late '70s, John Cooper Clarke emerged as a political poet. He won renown in the Manchester scene as a "punk poet" and his first recordings, including 1977's Innocents EP, were for producer (and Factory Records co-director) Martin Hannett's independent label Rabid. In 1979, he scored his only UK Top 40 hit with "Gimmix! (Play Loud)." His recorded works often include backing music from The Invisible Girls, which featured punk and post-punk luminaries Martin Hannett, Pete Shelley, Steve Hopkins, Bill Nelson, and Paul Burgess.
John Cooper Clarke's 1980 album Snap, Crackle & Bop reached number 26 on the UK album charts and was followed by 1982's Zip Style Method. Over the course of his career, he has shared stages with The Sex Pistols, The Fall, Joy Division, Siouxsie and the Banshees, The Buzzcocks, Elvis Costello, and New Order. Cooper Clarke was the subject of the 2012 BBC documentary Evidently... John Cooper Clarke. He continues to perform regularly, and is spending summer 2015 touring the UK, with a fall tour planned with alternative rock band Squeeze. A 3-CD/DVD collection of his work, Anthologia, is out October 2015.
Saturday's charity auction was a blast! Our friends Kumail Nanjiani (from Silicon Valley, Portlandia, Adventure Time, The Meltdown with Jonah & Kumail, The Indoor Kids, The X-Files) and Emily V Gordon (author, booker/producer of Meltdown Show, and co-host of Indoor kids) auctioned off all kinds of cool stuff to benefit the Los Angeles LGBT Center and their youth programs. Emily and Kumail are fans and supporters of the LA LGBT Center, which is the world's largest provider of programs and services for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people. In fact Emily volunteered at the Center when they moved to LA a few years ago, so they were excited and honored to help raise money for the organization.
It was a muggy afternoon at the record store and the charmingly engaging Emily and Kumail brought the crowds toward the stage with their endearing patter. The vibe was casually hilarious and conversational and Kumail was excellent at coaxing higher bids with a "So – you were happy to spend $50 but really, not $55?! $5 is just toooooo much?"
Emily deadpanned, "If you don't support gay rights, you should probably leave now."
The pair made us all feel proud to be Nerds in our own right. Other than a comic book store (or Comic Con) the record store is the biggest Nerd gathering place of all, and Saturday at Amoeba was its own Nerdfest! :)
There were seriously valuable prizes to score - as well as some silly items - and every bid was matched by Amoeba. Here are just a few highlights from the auction:
Our next Sidewalk Sale at Amoeba Hollywood is Saturday, Aug. 22 from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Score some huge deals on music, movies, books and much more just outside the store.
We'll have huge bargains on the following:
- $5 band T-shirts
- Discounted LPs
- $1 clearance vinyl
- DVDs for $3 each, or buy three get one free
- DVD box sets at $7 each, or two for $10
- Blu-rays at three for $12
- 45s at three for $1
- 45 grab bags
- Books and comics at three for $1
- Deals on classical music
Come by and get some great deals on vinyl, movies and more!
All sidewalk sale items are aggressively sale priced. Therefore, we do not accept store credits, gift certificates, coupons or other offered store sales for any sidewalk sale items. Additionally, we cannot offer customer holds or mail order. All sales are final.