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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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Join Us at The Great Escape Pet Adoption Drive October 20 in Hollywood

Posted by Amoebite, October 17, 2013 01:48pm | Post a Comment

October is Adopt-A-Shelter Dog month, and we're proud to sponsor Goldiepup Presents: The Great Escape Pet Adoption Dive in Hollywood on Sunday, October 20. The Great Escape brings together a collective of artists, friends, vendors, shelters and Angelenos with the common goal of finding homes for some of the many kitties and pups of Los Angeles. This event takes place at 6110 Hollywood Blvd (next to the Fonda Theatre), 10am-2pm on 10/20, and is free and open to all.

We'll be there with our famous prize wheel and other goodies, so be sure to stop by and say hello. All proceeds from the prize wheel benefit LA Animal Rescue (LAAR), a non-profit organization primarily focused on pet overpopulation and spay / neuter outreach.

The Great Escape Pet Adoption Drive

In addition to The Great Escape Pet Adoption Drive, Best Coast, Baby Alpaca, and Death Valley Girls are playing a benefit show for LAAR at the Fonda on Monday, October 21. Tickets are available now at Amoeba Hollywood or you can buy them online here.

Best Coast Baby Alpaca at Fonda

We are having our own Dog Adoption Day at Amoeba Hollywood the following Sunday, October 27 between 1-4pm. AND, we're also collecting donations for LA Animal Shelters throughout the month of October. If you bring in any animal shelter donation item to Amoeba Hollywood during October, we'll give you a $3 off coupon as a thank you.

New "What's In My Bag?" Episode With Lou Barlow

Posted by Amoebite, October 15, 2013 06:14pm | Post a Comment

Lou Barlow

How many rockers do you know can say they started a band, signed a deal and became rockstars? Not too many right? Lou Barlow is on a very short list of rockers who can say they left a successful group to find more success with a new band. Reminds me of guy from a small Seattle band named Nirvana who went on to create another small band named the Foo Fighters. He's on the list too.

Often cited as a pioneer of the lo-fi sound, Lou Barlow is the founder of two of the most influential indie rock bands of the 1980s and ‘90s, Dinosaur Jr. and Sebadoh. He has gone on to produce many side projects including the band Folk Implosion whose single, "Natural One,"  hit #4 on Bilboard's Modern Rock Charts in 1995.

Barlow stopped by the Amoeba Hollywood store for another awesome "What's In My Bag?" episode. It's always great to see your favorite rockers shop for vinyl! To Lou's delight, he digs up a 12 inch single of Blotto's "I Want To Be a Lifeguard." He also snags Ty Segall's Singles 2007-10 LP that comes with a free digital download. Barlow also finds a lost new wave gem from his teens, The Elevators' Frontline.

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Sidewalk Sale at Amoeba Hollywood Saturday, October 26

Posted by Amoebite, October 15, 2013 03:18pm | Post a Comment

Sidewalk SaleAmoeba Hollywood's next Sidewalk Sale is Saturday, October 26 from 12- 5pm! We always have tons of great bargains just outside the store during our sidewalk sales and this one will be no different. This month look for bargains on CDs, DVDs, grab bags, and a special cassette table too.

  • DVDs $3 each, and buy 3 get 1 free
  • DVD box sets for $7, or 2 for $10
  • Comic books 4 for $1.00
  • Grab bags of 45s in all genres
  • 45s for $1.00 in all genres, fresh product!
  • Vintage and modern magazines for cheap
  • 8 tracks and cassette tapes

(Of course there are some pretty stellar deals inside the store too, but you already knew that.)

All sidewalk sales are final. Store credit cannot be used to purchase items from the sidewalk sale. Prices apply to sidewalk sale stock only and this offer is only while supplies last.

Sidewalk Sale at Amoeba Hollywood Oct 26

 

 

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