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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode With Douglas Dare

Posted by Amoebite, May 7, 2014 03:37pm | Post a Comment

Douglas Dare

British singer-songwriter Douglas Dare is the new kid on the block. Dare vocalizes his short prose and poems to a backdrop of drums and electronics with his piano strokes taking center stage. He creates a soundscape that is emotionally deep and sonically wide open. At just 22 years old, Dare comes off as a seasoned Douglas Daresongwriter with a mastery skill level. He cites Thom Yorke and Rufus Wainwright as influences and his newly released full-length, Whelm (Erased Tapes), proves he has the chops to one day be held in the same regard as such heavyweights.

Douglas Dare took time out of his tour schedule to hang out at Amoeba Hollywood and dig for vinyl. Our camera crew were in tow and captured another cool episode of What's In My Bag?. Dare starts things off with an inspiration from childhood, a classical album by Claude Debussy played by Emile Naoumoff. He also picks up WhoMadeWho's Knee Deep and a more contemporary inspiration, St Vincent's latest self-titled release. Check out the full episode for all of Douglas Dare's cool finds. 

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Tacos, Tequila & more at LA Weekly's Tacolandia 2014

Posted by Amoebite, May 6, 2014 03:35pm | Post a Comment

Tacolandia

After a super successful debut last year, Tacolandia is back with more tacos than your taste buds can handle! The event is curated by the World's First Tacorazzo, Bill Esparza. Mr. Esparza is the Southland champion when it comes to discovering the best street food in the county. From the O.C. to West L.A. and every hood in between, Esparza has uncovered many great taco shops, food trucks and corner stands that serve up nothing less than stellar tortilla filled treats. This is definitely a gathering of the taco gods... Okay, maybe not gods, but really awesome taco men and women with mad skills for making your taste buds very happy. 

This year Tacolandia will be held on Saturday, June 28 at LA's birthplace, El Pueblo De Los Angeles, and will feature tacos from over 40 of LA and Mexico's hottest vendors, plus live music and tequila tasting. Amoeba Hollywood will be on site with our special prize wheel. Be sure to come say hello and give the wheel a spin for some cool giveaways. Tacos, music and tequila! What more could you ask for? Tacolandia has "good times" written all over it. You definitely do not want to miss this. 

Tickets are on sale now here.

General Admission ticket includes:

  • Entry into the event
  • Entertainment
  • Selection of 40+ taco samples
  • Access to Cash Bar
  • Access to Vendor Village
Early Bird Pricing: $25 (ends Friday, May 30th at 11:59pm)
Advance Pricing: $30 (Saturday, May 31st at 12 midnight - Friday, June 22nd at 5pm)
Door Pricing: $40

 

Recap: May Charity Auction for Sweet Relief at Amoeba Hollywood

Posted by Amoebite, May 6, 2014 03:00pm | Post a Comment

Sweet Relief

On Saturday, May 3, just a few days before Cinco De Mayo, we had a wonderful auction with one of our absolute favorites, Gustavo Arellano. The beneficiary for this auction was the outstanding organization Sweet Relief Musicians Fund, now in its twentieth year of providing financial assistance to all types of career musicians who are struggling to make ends meet while facing illness, disability or age-related problems. In other words, Healing Musicians in Need. We all have received so much out of music, it was time to give a little back!

Gutavo ArellanoGustavo Arellano is the editor of OC Weekly, author, lecturer, and the nationally syndicated “¡Ask a Mexican!” columnist. This was a return engagement for Gustavo as our auction host and he outdid himself. We were so excited to have him back, and he definitely delivered, putting together some crazy packages (a signed Charo CD along with a Nick Cave toy, or a Star Wars Toy with a Cumbia CD), and holding the audience rapt with his rapid-fire auction patter. And he made sure everyone understood that every bid had meaning, making jokes all the while driving the bids up and up. 

As always, Amoeba matches each and every bid. We started the Auction tradition when Katrina hit the Southland in 2005, and we have raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for local and global organizations in the last nine years. We have raised money for so many worthy organizations; from Doctors Without Borders disaster relief to NKLA and many more. It's a huge part of our community efforts and we appreciate so much the people who come out to support, and our guest auctioneers over the years (who have included Bob Odenkirk, Garfunkel and Oates, David Cross, and many other comedians and luminaries). Check out our auction page for a deeper list.

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Show Recap: Cate le Bon at Amoeba Hollywood

Posted by Billy Gil, May 2, 2014 06:00pm | Post a Comment

cate le bon amoeba hollywoodCate le Bon’s songs have a ragged glory, spare, yet intricate and propulsive like Television and Patti Smith Group before her, with a world-weary soul cutting through via le Bon’s swooping vocals. Backed by her sturdy, three-piece band, they launched into the clockwork shuffle of “No God,” from her most recent release, 2013’s excellent Mug Museum, at Amoeba Hollywood April 30.

Le Bon shifted gears from icy to sultry for single “Are You With Me Now,” which has the feel of a classic reggae ballad covered by a CBGBs band. The set picked up for album opener “I Can’t Help You,” its interlocking post-punk guitars and le Bon's sultry voice moving into a snarling chorus while le Bon's nimble-fingered guitarist doubled as keyboardist, playing jaunty synth organ to balance the songs jagged edges. They got playful for “Duke,” a song whose singsongy melody ends in a banshee wail from le Bon.

Her set moved from le Bon’s most immediate songs to some of her most challenging ones. “Sisters” started harmlessly enough with an upbeat jangle but ended in atonal guitar jabs and a ping-ponging bassline. “Wild,” Mug Museum’s heaviest rocker, saw some of le Bon’s wildest guitar playing as the song ended in a krautrock freakout. And for anyone not new to the le Bon fold, she pulled out Cyrk’s “Fold the Cloth,” its ornate arrangement balancing Mug Museum’s directness and ending things with eerie harmonies and spurts of carefully orchestrated guitar noise.

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Amoeba Holds Its Next Sidewalk Sale May 10

Posted by Billy Gil, May 2, 2014 11:48am | Post a Comment

amoeba sidewalk saleAmoeba Hollywood is holding its next Sidewalk Sale May 10 from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Just outside the store on Sunset Blvd., we’ll have deals including:

-Comic books at four for $1

-DVDs for $3, or buy three get one free (excluding DVD box sets)

-DVD box sets at $7, or two for $10

-Blu-ray Discs at three for $12

-Classical CD bargains

-And more!

We know its already getting hot out there. That's why we've partnered with Hubert's Lemonade to keep you hydrated while you're outside.

See y’all there!

amoeba sidewalk sale May 10

shuberts lemonade

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