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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode With KCRW's Garth Trinidad

Posted by Amoebite, February 19, 2014 01:12pm | Post a Comment

Garth Trinidad

He's got the magic voice for radio and the golden ears for spotting classic songs. Garth Trinidad is one of LA's favorite tastemakers. His musical sensibilities come highly recommended and have been influential in shaping the modern musical landscape of Los Angeles. Not only is he a voting member of the Recording Academy, his radio show was the basis for the Grammy category "Best Alternative Urban Performance." Utilizing DJ residencies, event production, music supervision, and journalism,
Trinidad has help to break artists such as Little Dragon and Janelle Monae. 

Paying his dues while studying art in college, Trinidad hustled his way to the mountain top of radio. After countless hours volunteering in the KCRW front office, cutting his teeth assisting host Liza Richardson, Trinidad was given his chance to shine. That was 20 years ago. Since then, Trinidad has amassed a loyal listener fan base, received many awards, and built an impressive resume along the way. In the early 2000s, Trinidad's show, Chocolate City, gained rave reviews and was voted Best Radio Program by LA Weekly several times. He has worked on hit TV shows and documentaries, including Entourage and Made In America. 

Amoeba's What's In My Bag? crew caught up with Garth Trinidad  during a recent vinyl dig. His first stop, the dollar vinyl bin! Garth gets nostalgic and finds a copy of Macho Man by The Village People. This record was the first LP his parents bought him! He follows that up with Rufus & Chaka Khan's Camouflage and Barry Manilow's Even Now. A connoirsseur of Jazz, Garth digs deep to find Horace Silver Quintet's Song For My Father and McCoy Tyner's Asante. There are plenty of other cool albums Garth picks up, including some big cuts by Kenny Loggins. Watch and enjoy!   

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Buy a Turntable at Our Stores through Feb 25 & Get $25 Gift Certificate for Used Vinyl

Posted by Rachael McGovern, February 17, 2014 12:17pm | Post a Comment

Turntables at Amoeba

When you buy a turntable from any Amoeba store through Tuesday, February 25 you'll score a gift certificate for $25 worth of used vinyl to jumpstart your collection! Plus, you'll receive a free goodie bag with an Amoeba slipmat, record cleaning cloth, 45 adaptor and more.

$25 gift certificate for used vinyl

To help determine which turntable is right for you, here are some questions to ask yourself before you purchase and some handy factoids that might help with that decision.

To DJ or Not to DJ
If you want to DJ with your turntable, you need a Direct Drive turntable. This means that you can scratch, mix, cue up your records, and do everything else DJs do without ruining your record player or the stylus.

If you don't plan on using your turntable for DJing, a Belt Drive Turntable will work perfectly well for you.


How Are You Going to Hook Up Your Turntable?
Do you have a component system already? Do you have a receiver? If so, does it have a "phono" input selection? If your receiver doesn't have a phono input (and a lot of them don't these days), you will need a pre-amp.

If you have powered speakers (speakers that have their own power source), you can connect your turntable directly to the speakers if you want (and skip the receiver altogether). 

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Two New "What's In My Bag?" Episodes With The Flaming Lips

Posted by Amoebite, February 11, 2014 05:42pm | Post a Comment

Our What's In My Bag? crew had the pleasure of shooting an episode each with Michael Ivins and Kliph Scurlock of psychedelic alternative rock band The Flaming Lips. Definitely a must see for Lips' fans. 

Michael Lee Ivins (pictured in the blue shirt) is the bassist and founding member of The Flaming Lips. The band originally formed in Norman, Oklahoma with Wayne Coyne playing guitar, his brother Mark Coyne on vocals, and Ivins handling bass duties. After several years of crafting their sound, The Flaming Lips broke into the mainstream with their 6th studio album, Transmissions From The Sattelite Heart (1993), spawning the hit single "She Don't Use Jelly."  

In March 1999, The Flaming Lips were gearing up to tour in support of their album, The Soft Bulletin. The band hired Kliph Scurlock (pictured left in purple shirt) to do some heavy lifting as a roadie. Scurlock remaind on tour with the band until 2002 when the Lips were doubling as an opener and backing band for Beck. In an effort to enable multi-instrumentalist Steven Drozd to play lead guitar, Scurlock was asked to play drums during the band's run with Beck. Subsequently, Scurlock went from touring drummer to full-time member and remains with the Lips until this day.      

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Desert Daze 2014 Tickets Available Now at Amoeba Hollywood

Posted by Rachael McGovern, February 5, 2014 04:40pm | Post a Comment

The lineup for this year's Desert Daze festival was just announced this week, and it looks to be the biggest and best one yet! Blonde Redhead and The Raveonettes are headlining, plus Liars, Autolux, Vincent Gallo, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Allah-Las and many more will descend upon the Sunset Ranch Oasis (69-520 S. Lincoln St Mecca, CA 92254), just a few hours outside of Los Angeles, on Saturday, April 26.

Tickets are on sale now at Amoeba Hollywood for $45 (+ $2 service charge) or you can buy them online. If you want to camp while you're there, check out the ticket bundles (available online only) that include camping passes in addition to festival entry.

Desert Daze 2014

 

Watch a recap of last year's Desert Daze Festival:

New "What's In My Bag?" Episode With Dan Briggs of Between the Buried and Me

Posted by Amoebite, February 5, 2014 01:12pm | Post a Comment

Dan Briggs

Dan Briggs is one hell of a bass player. Technically gifted and insanely creative when it comes to big bad bass licks. He has no choice but to be good, he plays in Between The Buried And Me!  

The North BTBAMCarolina group is a progressive metal outfit with the chops of a seasoned jazz-bebop quartet. They move seamessly from technical death metal to metalcore to math rock as if it were second nature. From humble beginnings back in 2002, the band went from self-releasing an EP to inking a deal with Chicago hardcore label Victory Records. Now backed by the legendary Metal Blade Records label, BTBAM continue to tour the world pleasing metal heads of all ages. With their latest release, The Parallax II: Future SequenceBTBAM give their fans 72 minutes of musical prowess utilizing jazz fusion and progressive rock. The album marks the band's sixth studio release and the second produced for Metal Blade.  

Bassist Dan Briggs recently visited Amoeba Hollywood and picked up some cool music. We got it all on camera for another awesome episode of  What's in My Bag?. Dan finds Feast Of Love by Pity Sex and Circumambulation by the band True Widow. He digs up a few releases from avant-garde composer John Zorn, including FilmWorks Vol.1: 1986-1990. Being a huge Danny Elfman fan, Briggs finds a copy of Oingo Boingo's Good For Your Soul on vinyl. It's the first time he's got it on wax! Check out the full episode for all of Dan Briggs' excellent picks. 

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