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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Eric Andre

Posted by Amoebite, October 31, 2013 11:25am | Post a Comment
Eric Andre

Eric Andre is, hands down, the funniest Haitian Jew on the planet! His website is probably the only competition he has out there. It is equal parts awesome, bizarre and just plain weird! He is best known for his live action comedy series, The Eric Andre Show (Cartoon Network/Adult Swim), which parodies '80s low budget public access talk shows. As the show's host, he is hyperactive, dysfunctional and often overreacts during interviews. A typical show will see him destroying furniture in the episode's opening song and acting aggressively towards his crew members. He will often hilariously divert from the script and refuse to read cue cards which results in him stuttering and losing his on screen presence. Sounds chaotic right? Hell yeah, it's chaotic. It's a very outrageous brand of comedy that is so over the top you can't help but come back for more. 

Sporting a worn out Wu-Tang Clan shirt, Eric Andre visited Amoeba Hollywood for another awesome episode of What's In My Bag?. He clearly has an eclectic taste in music. From Hip Hop to Rock to World, he has all the bases covered. Eric digs up a cool cassette copy of Pat Benatar's In The Heat Of The Night. An avid fan of Flamenco music, he also finds an LP by a Flamenco group called Flamenco. For good summertime jams, Eric picks up the Afrobeat compilation Ghana Soundz Vol. 2He grabs a copy of Whitney Houston's I'm Your Baby Tonight and offers a hilarious tip for listening to the album. Check out all of Eric Andre's picks and be sure to catch him late night on The Eric Andre Show.

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Halloween Costume Contests At Amoeba

Posted by Amoebite, October 24, 2013 04:33pm | Post a Comment

Here at Amoeba we love Halloween! Our employees dress up, our customers dress up. Even our dogs dress up! All three of our stores join in the celebration with guest DJs, costume contests, and treats for the kids. Make sure to get all your shopping done early as all Amoeba stores close early at 7:00pm on Halloween.

 Amoeba Hollywood has festivities 3-6pm on Thursday, October 31st. Bring the kids to Amoeba for some Halloween treats - costumes are most definitely encouraged! At 3pm, Folerio, international DJ of the people, will spin a hauntingly sexy Halloween set! (Doesn't Folerio look like the long lost Italian cousin of Peanut Butter Wolf?) Then at 5pm, it's our 3rd annual Dog Costume ContestIf you've never experienced a dog costume contest, now is the time. Enter your pooch into our doggie costume contest for a chance to win Gift Cerificates from BlueCollar Working Dog, Amoeba prizes and more.

Halloween at Amoeba Hollywood

 

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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode With Charles Bradley

Posted by Amoebite, October 23, 2013 05:40pm | Post a Comment

Charles Bradley

Many artists spend years paying their dues, honing their craft, grinding out tour after tour chasing the ultimate dream of being discovered and landing a record deal. For most, the dream never happens. That is, unless you are Charles Bradley. The ultimate "rags to riches" story, Bradley went from obscurity to international fame almost overnight, but that's not what's amazing about his story. The amazing part is Charles Bradley got his break at 62 years old and his newfound fame is relatively fresh.

Charles' life has been nothing short of burdensome. You can say he graduated top of his class from the school of hard knocks and was last in line when it came to catching a break in life. From growing up poor to contemplating suicide to the murder of his brother, his story is documented in the film Charles Bradley: Soul of AmericaBradley spent two decades criss-crossing the United States working odd jobs and singing in small dives. Struggling to keep his head above water, Bradley took to performing as a James Brown impersonator named "Black Velvet." His luck changed one night when he was discovered by Daptone Records co-founder Gabriel Roth.

Two full-length albums and a handful of singles later, Charles Bradley is a powerhouse in the current "retro soul" movement that has gained audiences all over the world. The James Brown influence in Bradley is clear and some critics have also compared him to the late great Otis Redding. Bradley is like a living time capsule. He's a window into an era that many generations of music lovers were not able to see. Charles Bradley is the modern day James Brown. Check out his debut album, No Time For Dreaming, and the newly released follow-up, Victim of Love, to hear for yourself.

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Show Recap: Best Coast at Amoeba Hollywood

Posted by Billy Gil, October 23, 2013 09:59am | Post a Comment

best coast amoeba hollywoodBest Coast came to Amoeba Hollywood Oct. 22 for a set of songs culled laregely from their rad new EP, Fade Away. The band showed scrappy confidence in the new songs, which return to the heavier sound of best coast fade away epher first album, Crazy For You. Frontwoman Bethany Cosentino's emotive voice shone through the fuzz as girls shouted her name, singing along to songs of loneliness and mid-20s dread. Cosentino gushed about playing to a large crowd (who lined up around the block to get in) at a place she frequented as a teen, and urged fans not to knock over the CD racks. Though the band played most of the new seven-song EP, they threw in a few choice songs from the first two albums—"The Only Place," "Boyfriend" and "Crazy For You," featuring some J Mascis-style shredding from Bobb Bruno. The whole setlist is below. See more photos from the show here.

 

Setlist:

"This Lonely Morning"

"Who Have I Become?"

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Show Recap: Gary Numan at Amoeba Hollywood

Posted by Billy Gil, October 17, 2013 02:48pm | Post a Comment

gary numan amoebaThere are some shows at Amoeba that get the staff tickled to pieces, and Gary Numan's show at Amoeba Hollywood Oct. 16 was one of them. Employees turned into starstruck kids when Numan showed up, looking vampiric in a black vest, red tie and dyed black hair.

He took the stage with his band to promote his recent release Splinter (Songs From a Broken Mind), which portrays a harder edge to the new-wave star. I was listening to it on the way to the store and found myself driving really aggressively along to the music (well, that and the Waze app was yelling at me from my phone, but that's another story).

He opened with Splinter's "I Am Dust," the industrial rage of which could have started those who showed up expecting the synthy sounds of "Cars." But the sizable crowd that showed up seemed to dig the new tunes, bobbing their heads along when the drums and distorted guitars came in hard and enjoying the new ride one of their musical heroes was taking them on.

By the second song, I felt a little hot from the noise, a sexy, noisy blend of guitar and synth more akin to Nine Inch Nails, Ministry and Smashing Pumpkins than Numan's early records. His gothy howl was occasionally muffled by the overdriven guitars. This wasn't a problem when he broke into a couple of classics—"Are Friends Electric?" and "Cars," which had everyone cheering and uncontrollably singing along.

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