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New "What's In My Bag?" with Death Waltz Recording Company Founder Spencer Hickman

Posted by Amoebite, July 24, 2013 11:27am | Post a Comment

Spencer Hickman is the founder of Death Waltz Recording Company, a soundtrack label specializing in horror and cult films. A longtime record store veteran, Hickman is a former manager of Rough Trade Records in East London and is the Record Store Day UK coordinator. Spencer Hickman Hickman is also passionate about film and art, which is especially evident in the exclusive artwork and insert prints the label commissions for each release. The first two Death Waltz releases were classic cinema scores, John Carpenter’s Escape From New York and Fabio Frizzi’s Zombie Flesh Eaters. Originally intending to release soundtrack reissues, Death Waltz has moved into current films including Donnie Darko and Let the Right One In.

Spencer recently visited Amoeba Hollywood to feed his love for obscure horror film soundtracks and managed to dig up some cool vinyl favorites. Hickman's love for horror sounds goes back to his childhood. He was reminded of haunting neighborhood kids when he dug up vinyl copies of Chilling, Thrilling Sounds Of The Haunted House and Stereo Dynamics! To Scare Hell Out Of Your Neighbors. He reveals an old obsession with Skinny Puppy and admits to having the band tattooed on his leg! Check out what other cool horror films and vinyl Spencer picked up on his visit.

Spencer Hickman - What's In My Bag?
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Show Recap: Pretty Lights at Amoeba Hollywood

Posted by Billy Gil, July 19, 2013 11:45am | Post a Comment
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The kids came out in full force to see Pretty Lights at Amoeba Hollywood July 18. A decidedly young crowd enthusiastic about the rising EDM star lined every row of the store. It was tough to even get around the kids dancing in every empty space available to them.

Pretty Lights aka Derek Vincent Smith started out by playing “Yellow Bird,” the prettiest and mellowest of songs from his latest album, A Color Map of the Sun. From there, the energy to his nearly hourlong show seemed to grow exponentially.

pretty lights a color map of the sunThough his music squelches and booms like Skrillex, the methods he employs to get there are anything but simple. He composed each part to the new record and had them recorded before sampling and manipulating those sounds. Live, he played with a laptop and series of samplers, not going too crazy on them like Flying Lotus but instead focusing on getting the audience pumped, dancing and encouraging fans to raise their hands, employing judicious breaks to call out to the audience and get them riled up.

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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode With FIDLAR

Posted by Amoebite, July 18, 2013 02:44pm | Post a Comment

FIDLAR

What's more punk rock than living by the mantra, "Fuck it Dog, Life's a Risk?" That's exactly what the acronym FIDLAR stands for. FIDLAR, a hardcore, surf rock and pop-punk band from Los Angeles, is made up of Zac Carper (vocals, guitar), Brandon Schwartzel (bass), and brothers Elvis Kuehn (vocals, guitar) and Max Kuehn (drums). Max and Elvis' father is Greg Kuehn, guitar player for Long Beach punk legends T.S.O.L.

FIDLAR CD

Earlier this year, FIDLAR played to a packed house at Amoeba Hollywood in support of their full length, self titled debut. Watch their full performance. The band's message comes across very loud and very clear on songs like "Max Can't Surf" and "Cheap Beer." FIDLAR is packed with 16 tracks that stay true to the band's "Fuck it Dog, Life's a Risk" mantra. Our own reviewer called it a "Pabst-soaked party record with strong songwriting anchoring its punk attitude." 

We caught up with FIDLAR for another awesome What's In My Bag? episode. From classic Violent Femmes to '70s iconic soul man Curtis Mayfield to '80s film soundtrack Repo Man, these guys are strictly vinyl. Check out some of their other favorite punk and rock records they found while digging at Amoeba!

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Charity Auction at Amoeba Hollywood for Smile Train, August 3rd

Posted by Amoebite, July 16, 2013 05:00pm | Post a Comment

Join us at Amoeba Hollywood on Saturday, August 3rd as our special guest host, comedian Jimmy Pardo, auctions items including concert tickets, gift certificates, collectibles, and so much more!

Proceeds from this auction go to Smile Train, an international charity that provides free cleft surgery to children from desperately poor families, giving them not just a new smile, but a new life. To date, Smile Train has performed over 850,000 surgeries. Amoeba matches all winning bids up to $1,000.

Jimmy Pardo is the host of the top-rated podcast "Never Not Funny" and "The jimmy pardoPardo Patrol" on TeamCoco.com, has his own half-hour "Comedy Central Presents" special, hosts monthly nights at the Upright Citizen's Brigade Theatre, and tons more cool stuff. Jimmy stands at the very center of the comedy world. That's not only because he's the ultimate "comic's comic," (as he's often called), but also because he represents where comedy is going, and everybody wants to come along.

"He can be brutally honest and he's not afraid to make fun of me. For that, I both love and despise him.” – Conan O’Brien

Follow Jimmy on twitter @NeverNotFunny.

Show Recap: Heloise & the Savoir Faire at Amoeba Hollywood

Posted by Billy Gil, July 11, 2013 01:00pm | Post a Comment

eloise savoir faire amoeba hollywoodElijah Wood aka DJ Jamie Starr began the July 10 set at Amoeba Hollywood playing obscure disco and funk beats from the likes of Benis Letin, Kiki Gyan and Betty Padgett (thank god for Shazam), throwing in a little bit of The Jets and ESG to round it out. Heloise came out dressed in head-to-toe leopard print wrapped in a pink sequined fabric, sounding great despite singing along to just a backing track on “Perelandra,” from her excellent alt-pop album Diamond Dust. “Are you wearing comfortable shoes?” she asked before performing to jagged disco song “Dancefloor Destroyer.” “elijah wood amoeba hollywoodLet the music move you” she sang on the Kylie-ish "Dive In," shimmying around like the alternative diva she is, cooing in exotic ways and then played along on an iPhone-based electric organ — no one rocks an app-based instrument like Heloise! On the last song, “Vibezz,” she whipped around her microphone wire to the song’s slow synth chords and pumped her fist when the beat picked up, belting over the backing track and owning the stage with her one-woman show.

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