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Recap: Record Store Day Press Conference at Amoeba Hollywood with Chuck D, John Densmore & More

Posted by Rachael McGovern, March 20, 2014 05:20pm | Post a Comment

Chuck D and John Densmore at Amoeba Music Hollywood

On Thursday, March 20 Amoeba Hollywood hosted a press conference and roundtable conversation to announce the official list of limited edition releases available exclusively at independent record stores on Record Store Day 2014 (April 19). Download Amoeba's list (.pdf) of Record Store Day titles here.

RSD co-founder Michael Kurtz kicked off the event with representatives from the city of Los Angeles. Angela Babcock, Business Development Specialist for LA Mayor Eric Garcetti, and Tony Arranaga, Communications Director for LA City Councilmember Mitch O'Farrell, presented Kurtz with official plaques proclaiming April 19 Record Store Day. 

Angela Babcok, Tony Arranga, Michael Kurtz at Amoeba Hollywood

Our special guests for the roundtable included Chuck D, Record Store Day Ambassador for 2014 and co-founder of Public Enemy; John Densmore, founding member of The Doors; Marc Weinstein, co-owner of Amoeba Music; Mark Thompson, owner of Vacation Vinyl; Neil Schield, owner of Origami Vinyl; Julie Edwards of Deap Vally; and Samuel Lopez of Tapioca and the Flea.

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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode With Jennifer Herrema & Black Bananas!

Posted by Amoebite, March 19, 2014 12:36pm | Post a Comment

Jennifer Herrema is best known for her role in alternative rock band Royal Trux. From 1987 until their breakup in 2001, Herrema and her then partner/bandmate, Neil Hagerty, broke out of the underground and into rock & roll mainstream.  With 13 official releases (including two on Virgin Records), Royal Trux built a solid foundation for future projects to blossom. Fast forward to 2004, Herrema is pumping out the jams with her band, RTX (Rad Times Express), somewhat a continuation of the previous Royal Trux trend. RTX went on to release three studio albums, and changed their name to Black Bananas on their fourth release, Rad Times Express IV (Drag City, 2012). Subsequently, their fourth release acted as the debut under the Black Bananas name.

Jennifer Herrema and her Black Bananas bandmate Kurt Midness stopped by Amoeba Hollywood for another cool episode of "What's In My Bag?" Some might be surprised to know that Jennifer and Kurt get down with hip hop! They pick up a vinyl copy of Dr. Dre's Chronic 2001 and also grab a copy of 2 Live Crew's Greatest Hits. Those two records alone pack enough bass to blow your speakers! They also dig up a cool copy of the Blade Runner soundtrack on 180 gram vinyl. Check out the full episode to see all of their picks and stay tuned for a new album from Black Bananas scheduled to release in June 2014.

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The 45's Section at Amoeba Music Hollywood: Tour with Tuna

Posted by Billyjam, March 13, 2014 11:32am | Post a Comment


Below is the recent interview conducted with Tuna who works in the amazing 45's / 7" singles section at Amoeba Music Hollywood where you will find all genres of music on 45's in both new and used. There's a lot of original pressings of 7" singles dating back several decades as well as many brand new releases.

As Tuna noted, a lot of contemporary punk acts like to release their music first on cassette (another popular old format thought to be long gone), followed by a 45 single release, and then followed up with an LP.
 
When you visit Amoeba's 45's section be sure to look up on the wall for the cool displays of 45's, many or which are very rare releases. Now in its eight year, Record Store Day (coming up on April 19th), is when to expect to find a slew of new additions to the 45's section.

 

In addition to the 45's sections at each of the three Amoeba Music stores (Hollywood, Berkeley, and San Francisco), you will also find a wide variety of 45's on the Amoeba online store. New additions for this week alone include Swedish rockers The Hives' 2004 single "Walk Idiot Walk / Genepool Convulsions" new for just $4.98, which (like all the 45's from Amoeba.com) SHIPS FREE in U.S. Nice! 

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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode With Sky Ferreira

Posted by Amoebite, March 12, 2014 05:54pm | Post a Comment
Sky Ferreira

Sky Ferreira is quickly becoming pop culture's it girl. Ferreira can be seen on the silver screen flexing her acting chops, showing off her modeling skills on runways and in print, or you can catch Sky rocking arenas opening up for the Miley Cyrus Bangerz tour. The girl does it all. At just 21 years of age, Sky Ferreira is on her way up the super stardom ladder. A quick Google search will yield pictures of her next to celebrities like Kanye West and Frank Ocean. Her debut full-length album, Night Time, My Time (Capitol), peaked at #15 on Billboard's US Digital Albums Chart and is available now in our stores and at Amoeba.com.

Sky Ferreira

Sky Ferreira recently performed at Amoeba Hollywood in support of Night Time, My Time, and stuck around for a little shopping. She hung out with our camera crew and shared her findings for another awesome episode of What's in My Bag?. Sky starts things off with the 1996 drama, Freeway, telling the story of being a kid and watching a rented VHS copy when her mom wasn't looking! She also picks up Angel Olsen's latest album, Burn Your Fire For No Witness, on vinyl and talks about the classic folk record, Parallelograms, by Linda Perhacs. See which electronica artist Sky is a big fan of and check out the giant sized poster she finds. Very cool stuff!

Show Recap: Fat Tuesday at Amoeba Hollywood With ORGONE

Posted by Billy Gil, March 7, 2014 12:18pm | Post a Comment

Amoeba fat tuesday parade

This year's Fat Tuesday celebration March 4 at Amoeba Hollywood kicked off with DJs playing all manner of funk, soul and zydeco from New Orleans or influenced by its rich musical history. Our resident emcee Gomez asked trivia questions, such as the difference between "cajun" and "zydeco" (one's a culture, the other's a type of music).

orgone amoebaLos Angeles' ORGONE took the stage offering a flurry of horn blasts, funkadelic guitars and plenty of cowbell. Singer Adryon de Leon commanded with a soulful performance fronting the eight-piece band. "Don't Stop" sounded particularly alluring, with its rubbery bassline and lush, classic soul sound. They effused warm vibes perfectly suited to the day, singing "love is the answer" to a dancing crowd.

Amoeba's annual Mardi Gras parade began to prepare as the band played the funky "Say Goodbye." Meanwhile, ORGONE's bongos player had hips shaking, and the band got the audience to participate in a soul clap as de Leon channeled Donna Summer. As if the drum-fueled extended jam at the end of their set didn't already cement the fact that this band has chops, they helped out with a great, impromptu rendition of "When the Saints Go Marching In" as the parade started, with marchers wearing masks and playing instruments and its floats featuring an edifice of the late Lou Reed.

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