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Show Recap: Savage Republic at Amoeba Hollywood

Posted by Billy Gil, January 31, 2013 07:05pm | Post a Comment

Savage Republic VarvakiosL.A. art-punk band Savage Republic have always existed on the fringe, but they've managed to hold on to that fringe well past their '80s supposed heyday. They reformed to release 2007's fine 1938 album and now have released Varvakios, recorded in Greece using field recordings, traditional Greek instruments and the band's own apocryphal noise.

The band's show at Amoeba Hollywood Jan. 30 showed just how much fervor the band has, tearing through "1938" with its ominous opening lines "Wave of destruction, a wave of aggression, it's 1938 all over again" over searing, reverbed guitars and tribal drum beats. The band's percussionist/singer Ethan Port bumped into me from behind on his way to the stage, playing maracas over the din. Port banged on a tin-sounding box that added a desolate thump to the songs, beating it like he was leading a viking ship. The band traded instruments and vocal duty, with guitarist/bassist Thom Fuhrmann handling deeply intoned vocal declarations and Port barking like a barbarian. They played the Ceremonial record's gorgeous "Year of Exile," which led into the chaos of Furhmann beating his bass in unison with drummer Mark Erskine's rumbling roar before going back to the song's rubbery bassline. The band thanked Amoeba for having "a bunch of old guys" play, but they rocked like dudes half their age.

See all the photos from the in-store here.

Savage Republic at Amoeba Hollywood

Show Recap: Local Natives at Amoeba Hollywood

Posted by Billy Gil, January 30, 2013 03:55pm | Post a Comment

Local Natives AmoebaThe line wrapped around the block to see Local Natives play one of the biggest Amoeba in-stores in recent memory.

The L.A.-based band appeared Jan. 29 in support of their sophomore album, the epic Hummingbird, released the same day. Despite having released only one previous album, Gorilla Manor, in 2009, it was clear by the shouts of screaming girls and dudes alike that the band’s cult has grown sizably over the years.

Local Natives HummingbirdThe band opened with “You & I,” the majestic opening track of Hummingbird, with singer Kelcey Ayer booming his throaty voice through the store in the song’s opening lines and the band engaging in solid harmonies. “Breakers” sounded intense live, inspiring a clap-along.

From the get-go, it didn’t sound as though the band needed time to find their footing or were still trying to work out kinks in new songs; they sounded well-rehearsed and ready to go. They paused to sweetly give a shoutout to their hometown, offering gratitude and reflecting on the times they were on the other side of the stage.

In an offering to their fans, they launched into “Wide Eyes” from Gorilla Manor, a song they’re probably sick-to-death of playing, to huge response — a kind move in a show meant to promote their new album. They moved back to Hummingbird for standout “Heavy Feet,” which features some of the liveliest drumming and singing on the album, doubling that strength live in the show’s best moment.

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Tickets on Sale at Amoeba Hollywood in February

Posted by Amoebite, January 29, 2013 08:54pm | Post a Comment

Tickets at AmoebaAmoeba Hollywood regularly sells tickets to local shows, with the added bonus of charging low service fees (if you're into saving money and who isn't really?).

All tickets can be purchased at the registers (while supplies last) for a $2 service fee. We take cash and credit cards for all ticket sales.

Please note that on the day of the show, we will stop selling tickets for that show at 5pm.

If you have a question about whether we've sold out of a specific show, please call the store at 323-245-6400.

 

JUST ADDED SHOWS:

Klubfoot USA the Fonda

The Klubfoot USA
Fonda Theatre
March 15 - March 17

Netsky The Fonda

Netsky
The Fonda Theatre
April 5

Here is a full list of tickets we currently have for sale at Amoeba Hollywood:

Show Name Venue Show Date Ticket Price
(fee not included)
Hoodie Allen El Rey Theatre 03/24/2013 $23.50
The Black Lips El Rey Theatre 03/21/2013 $22.00
Billy Bragg El Rey Theatre 03/28/2013 $32.00
Cloud Cult El Rey Theatre 05/11/2013 $17.00
Daedelus
with Two Fresh, Ryan Hemsworth & Samo Sound Boy
The Fonda Theatre 03/29/2013 $17.50
Django Django The Fonda Theatre 03/23/2013 $23.00
Frightened Rabbit The Fonda Theatre 03/13/2013 $19.99
G-Eazy (SOLD OUT) El Rey Theatre 03/09/2013 $16.00
James Hunter El Rey Theatre 03/07/2013 $22.00
IAMX The Fonda Theatre 05/15/2013 $25.00
Killing Joke The Fonda Theatre 05/05/2013 $27.50
Kindess El Rey Theatre 03/14/2013 $18.00
Kip Moore El Rey Theatre 04/09/2013 $25.00
Klubfoot USA
with Frantic Flinstones, The Whammy, Gamblers Mark, The Mosquitos, Hayride to Hell, and Stumpwaller
The Fonda Theatre 03/15/2013 $60.00
Klubfoot USA
with Mad Sin, King Kurt, Rezurex, Graveyard Shift, Cold Blue Rebels, and The Quaranteds
The Fonda Theatre 03/16/2013 $60.00
Klubfoot USA
with The Klingonz, Coffin Nails, Spellbound, Los Gatos Locos, and The Mosquitos
The Fonda Theatre 03/17/2013 $60.00
KMFDM The Fonda Theatre 03/10/2013 $26.50
Lianne La Havas El Rey Theatre 3/19 & 3/20 $22.00
Living Colour El Rey Theatre 03/30/2013 $30.00
Los Amigos Invisibles The Fonda Theatre 04/26/2013 $22.50
Lotus
with special guest VibeSquaD
El Rey Theatre 03/22/2013 $20.00
Mavericks El Rey Theatre 03/26/2013 $30.00
Moe The Fonda Theatre 3/8 & 3/9 $30.00
Netsky The Fonda Theatre 04/05/2013 $28.50
Shuggie Otis El Rey Theatre 04/27/2013 $32.00
Josh Ritter The Fonda Theatre 03/19/2013 $27.00
Shlohmo The Fonda Theatre 04/06/2013 $20.00
Starfucker
(SOLD OUT)
The Fonda Theatre 03/02/2013 $22.00
Lindsey Sterling The Fonda Theatre 04/04/2013 $22.50
Texas Is the Reason The Fonda Theatre 03/30/2013 $19.99
Toro y Moi
(SOLD OUT)
The Fonda Theatre 03/03/2013 $25.00
Watsky/Cardboard Castles Tour El Rey Theatre 05/04/2013 $17.00

 

Amoeba to Celebrate Fat Tuesday Feb. 12!

Posted by Billy Gil, January 28, 2013 03:21pm | Post a Comment

Amoeba Mardi Gras

Every year Amoeba kicks off Mardi Gras with a Fat Tuesday celebration, and this year once again a portion of the proceeds from all three Amoeba stores will benefit relief efforts in New Orleans.

Dirty Dozen Brass Band
The Dirty Dozen Brass Band

Taking place Feb. 12, the celebration will include a performance by the Dirty Dozen Brass Band at 2 p.m., DJs spinning New Orleans sounds starting at 1pm and our annual Second Line Parade follwing DDBB. The family-friendly event draws crowds every year.

This year Amoeba will be exclusively distributing the CD Congo Square Vol. 1, the first of six planned volumes tracing the development of New Orleans music, with all proceeds of the sale benefiting New Orleans relief efforts. Read more about The Congo Square Project in Billyjam’s interview with Congo Square producer Fabian Jolivet. Additionally we invite you to check out Amoeba.com’s Vinyl Vaults, featuring more than 100 remastered songs by blues great Louis Armstrong, from the years 1923 to 1932, many exclusively available from Amoeba to download for the first time ever. Read more about our Louis Armstrong archives here.

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Local Natives Set to Play Amoeba Hollywood Jan. 29

Posted by Billy Gil, January 28, 2013 01:00pm | Post a Comment

Local Natives Southern California’s Local Natives are playing Amoeba Hollywood Jan. 29 at 6 p.m. Prior to that, and the release of their much-anticipated second album, Hummingbird, that same day, I caught up with lead singer Kelcey Ayer about the band’s development, the nearly four-year break between their albums and what went into creating the band’s new album.

PST: Some bands force a second record out quickly, while you guys have seemed to take your time, refining and changing your sound over the past couple of years. Did you aim to take your time with this record, or was that a byproduct of touring or other priorities and obligations?

Local nativesAyer: It’s kind of both actually. People think we took all this time off, but we practically didn’t take any. We toured all of 2009 and 2010, and planned to start writing at the beginning of 2011, but then these offers came in that we just couldn’t say no to (opening for Arcade Fire, playing the Walt Disney Concert Hall with an orchestra, traveling and playing throughout Mexico, etc.). We finally locked down our own rehearsal/recording space together that summer, but diving into writing got postponed yet again because of a death in my family. From there we spent a year writing and making the record, and by the time it was finished last September, we decided it would be better to release it the beginning of this year. But none of that bothered us since we’d always told ourselves that we wouldn’t rush things. We thought if there was any way to avoid the sophomore slump, it would be by taking our time and not giving ourselves that unneeded pressure. We figured that it doesn’t matter when a record comes out if it’s not your best effort.

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