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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode With Maria Bamford

Posted by Amoebite, September 25, 2013 12:14pm | Post a Comment

Maria Bamford

No one can turn family dysfunction and manic depression into a joke better than Maria Bamford. Known for her left field brand of comedy that includes impersonating her mother and video skits with her two dogs on a couch, Bramford has definitely carved out her own niche. She's been featured in two Comedy Central Presents specials, made multiple late-night appearances on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Late Night with Conan O'Brien and Jimmy Kimmel Live. You might also remember Maria from the popular Target commercials where she played an over achieving holiday shopper often referred to as, "the crazy Target lady." From Adult Swim shows to The Sarah Silverman Program to Variety's Top Ten Comics to watch, Maria has been one busy comedian.

BamfordBamford is currently on the road touring her latest release, Ask Me About My New God! (Comedy Central Records). The tour hits Cobb's Comedy Club in San Francisco October 22, followed by a stop in So Cal at Flappers Burbank November 15/16. Bamford is a must see, with her live show teetering on performance art and stand up. She's hilarious!

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Show Recap: Valerie June Live at Amoeba Hollywood

Posted by Billy Gil, September 20, 2013 06:09pm | Post a Comment

valerie june amoeba hollywoodValerie June started her Sept. 19 set at Amoeba Hollywood with little fanfare, playing guitar steadily and humming hypnotically to a stripped-down version of the title track to Pushin' Against a Stone (on CD or LP), the title track to her fourth and breakthrough album. On record, it's a fuzz-guitar laden soul number; live, June appeared solo, strumming her guitar and allowing her voice to grow slowly over time, moving from low and earthy to high and keening like Joanna Newsom's. "I ain't fit to be no mother" she sang on "Workin' Woman Blues," the album's awesome opener. Though her playing style was rudimentary, she got her point across, playing rough blues riffs and strumming open notes for a droning effect.

valerie june pushin against a stone lpEven with a big name producer on her album like The Black Keys' Dan Auerbach, Valerie June isn't an artist who's been polished to a professional sheen. She still came off as an eccentric, saying little and hiding behind sunglasses. While she sometimes played furiously and sang her heart out, it seemed as though she was playing to herself, alone in a room—something that didn't hurt her performance, but rather made it all the more curious.

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Hip-Hop Rap-Up, Week End 09.20.13: 2 Chainz, LNMO, Big Sean, Arsenio Hall

Posted by Billyjam, September 20, 2013 10:19am | Post a Comment
Amoeba Music Hollywood Top Five Week Ending 09: 20:13


1) Earl Sweatshirt Doris (Columbia)

2) LMNO After The Fact (Up-Above)

3) 2 Chainz B.O.A.T.S. II #METIME (Def Jam)

4) Jay-Z Magna Carta Holy Grail (Def Jam)

5) Kanye West Yeezus (Def Jam)

Included in the latest hip-hop top five chart from Amoeba Hollywood is 2 Chainz' B.O.A.T.S. II #METIME which is the winner of the "#1 Next Level Album Title (September, 2013 - Associated Amoeba Website Album Reviewers Association)." This latest  from 2 Chainz - the ever popular Atlanta-based rapper formerly known as Tity Boi is accurately described by this website as "super classy melancholy vibe which has 2 Chainz doing his pretty specific list-rapping (potentially equivalent to the one-liner stylings of someone like Steven Wright or Jack Handey?), which always manages to be both unbelievably laid back and unbelievably urgent." and is well worth picking up at each Amoeba store or online here (Note; free shipping in USA). Another recommended new entry on this latest Amoeba Hollywood hip-hop chart is local SoCal artist LMNO's brand new album After The Fact (Up-Above) that finds the Long Beach, CA artist in killer form with a rhyme flow that is smooth and engaging from the get go with the album's top notch production courtesy of Evidence who also graces the mic. Other collaborators among the album's well chosen guests include Rakaa, and MED. A must get for fans of that timeless 90's flavor hip-hop.

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Show Recap: Islands at Amoeba Hollywood

Posted by Billy Gil, September 18, 2013 01:00pm | Post a Comment

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Islands took the stage at Ameoba Hollywood Sept. 17, the day they released their fifth album, Ski Mask (on CD, LP or download). The band mostly played songs from that album, portraying a more mature, subdued version of Islands than we've previously seen. However, Nick Thorburn is still a beast and a ham onstage—"We're Islands, it's true—oh shit," he said, distracted by something, then went to start a song on keys before returning to holding the mic and strutting through "Wave Forms," Ski Mask's buoyant opener. "Death Drive" introduced cool analog keyboard sounds and a subtle hip-hop feel to the set. For islands ski maskSki Mask's best song, "Becoming the Gunship," Thorburn took to playing a beautiul white guitar—he and his band all looked pretty dapper, btw, but that's neither here nor there—and his bandmates offered solid harmonies. They reached back to 2008's Arm's Way for the discoy "Creeper" before returning to the newer material, proclaiming "Contractually, I'm obligated to ask you to buy [Ski Mask]" before launching into that album's “Winged Beat Drums,” a funkier song akin to Spoon with nice dynamics and sunny lines like "life's not a gas, it's a gas chamber." Thorburn picked his guitar alone in the opening of the sad-sounding "Here Here," while "Hushed Tones" saw bigger, Who-style ringing chords, with a soft underbelly of watery synths. Thorburn appeared to get annoyed with someone in the audience and invited the guy onstage to air his complaints—that guy ended up being rapper Subtitle, who joined the band to deliver his rap on Return to the Sea's "Where there's a will, There's a whalebone." Even as they've mellowed out, Islands couldn't resist throwing a bit of mayhem into the mix. The band stuck around for a signing session that included all members of the band biting into one of their records—perhaps to authenticate it as real, like people did in the olden days with gold coins.

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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode With Everything Is Terrible!

Posted by Amoebite, September 18, 2013 12:48pm | Post a Comment

Everything Terrible

One man's trash is another man's treasure. Especially if we're talking about old VHS tapes and most definitely if we're talking to the collective known as Everything Is Terrible!

Everything is Terrible! is a comedy website that features footage from VHS tapes spanning the mid '80s to early '90s. The collective scour thriftstores, yard sales and bargain bins searching for  forgotten VHS gems. They then compile somewhat of a "best of the worst" and create hilarious mashup pieces of brilliant art. Sometimes it's a potty training video for kids or a PSA on drug use mashuped with Christian porn intervention and work safety tips. The result is outrageously funny. EIT also tours, putting on live psychedelic stage shows featuring puppets, video screenings, comedy, music and projections. They do it all and have legions of cult like fans to praise their genius.

Everything TerribleEverything Is Terrible! has set out to amass the largest collection of Jerry Maguire VHS tapes in the history of man. Under their "Maguire Wach" campaign, EIT accepts mailed in VHS copies of  the movie. Fans can also bring copies to their live shows and there is a leader board keeping tally on their website. Anyone who donates 10 or more copies gets their name on the leader board!

If you or somebody you know has a VHS copy of Jerry Maguire that needs a loving home, please donate it to Everything Is Terrible! at:

Everything is Terrible!
P.O. Box 47924
Chicago, IL 60647 USA

Nick and Dimitri of EIT recently visited Amoeba Hollywood for another memorable episode of What's In My Bag? and they managed to dig up some very crucial findings.

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