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Show Recap: La Santa Cecilia at Amoeba Hollywood

Posted by Billy Gil, May 2, 2013 10:40am | Post a Comment

la santa cecilia amoebaLa Santa Cecilia isn't a person — or she isn't a live person, rather. It’s a band fusing all sorts of worldly influences — cumbia, bossa nova and blues, to name a few — named after the patron saint of musicians. But you could’ve been fooled into thinking frontwoman Marisol Hernandez was a saint herself, given the way she commanded the stage at Amoeba Hollywood April 30.

Her booming voice soared over a bluesy opener, generating rapturous applause from the show’s sizable audience. The band then went into an upbeat song driven by Jose “Pepe” Carlos’ riveting accordion playing, with Carlos and bassist Alex Bendana backing up Hernandez with trade-off vocals. santa cecilia treinta diasHernandez seemed to get choked up as she thanked people for coming, later saying it was an honor to play in the store. As though driven to please those she had just thanked, she danced, jumped and sang her heart out through the band's next bilingual jam. The band paused for a break while medical personnel attended to a concert-goer in medical need (who was shortly doing fine, it was announced).

They came back and introduced legendary drummer Pete Thompson, who carried them through a spirited romp as the band worked to restore stability to the show, while Hernandez rapped and roared through another song complete with blazing guitar solo. She gushed about receiving an email from Elvis Costello saying he wanted not only to perform but write on the album as well, sending lyrics for the song “Losing Game,” from their just-released Treinta Dias. Though Costello wasn’t present, Hernandez made up for it by doubling her already formidable stage presence and voice through the song’s swinging New Orleans feel.

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Shop DVDs and More at Amoeba Hollywood's Sidewalk Sale May 11

Posted by Billy Gil, April 26, 2013 03:45pm | Post a Comment

amoeba sidewalk saleIt’s time for another Amoeba Sidewalk Sale on Saturday, May 11. Taking place just outside of Amoeba Hollywood, the sale will include deals such as DVD box sets for $7, or 2 for $10; and a buy-two-DVDs-get-one-free deal.

Additional deals include music and culture magazine grab bags of three for $1, soundtrack CD grab bags of 10 for $5, and 12-inch dance and hip-hop singles at four for $1.

Other deals will include:

-7-inches for $1

-Blu-ray Discs at three for $15

-Classical CDs at buy-one-get-one-free for discs $4.99 and under

-Classical LPs at three for $1

-Buy-one-get-one-free on all clearance CDs

-Discounted LPs of all genres

-Select posters at $5 or three for $10

-Books, toys and accessories up to half off

-$5 T-shirts

 

The whole shebang takes place from 12-5 p.m. Get there early for the best deals!

For those who can't make it out to the sale, shop our Clearance section online for some sweet finds.

All sidewalk sales are final. Store credit cannot be used to purchase items from the sidewalk sale.

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Fol Chen Play Amoeba SF Tonight, Amoeba Hollywood Tomorrow

Posted by Billy Gil, April 24, 2013 02:19pm | Post a Comment

fol chenExperimental pop group Fol Chen are as known for their innovative music as they are for their artistic activities outside of merely performing onstage. The Los Angeles-based band has given interviews with their faces obscured a la The Knife, invited guest singers onstage via Craigslist, had a metal band perform its songs, performed reconstructed, long-form versions of their albums in Russia, held a workshop in which attendees could get their own song made, and partnered with an electronics manufacturer to produce a sound device, writing and recording two songs with it.

All of that is a mouthful for a band who’s still on the up-and-up. It certainly makes for a great backstory, but it only works if the music does as well. Thankfully, Fol Chen’s music is as bright and intriguing as what they do with it, a hyperactive, dynamic electro-pop sound informed by world music, new wave, dance-punk and other sources both cerebral and celebratory. Their latest album, The False Alarms, is their most pop-oriented statement yet, with group vocals and some of their more avant-garde instincts eschewed in favor of giving singer Sinosa Loa a platform on which to perform as an alt-pop diva. I spoke with Fol Chen’s Samuel Bing before their two performances at Amoeba, first in San Francisco April 24 at 6 p.m. and then in Hollywood April 25 at 7 p.m.

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Record Store Day 2013 at Amoeba Hollywood - Part 1

Posted by Amoebite, April 20, 2013 03:21pm | Post a Comment

The sixth annual Record Store Day kicked off early this morning at Amoeba Hollywood, with some folks getting in line for the limited RSD releases as early as midnight the night before. We started passing out the RSD menus around 7:30am, shortly before the steaming hot Coffee Bean coffee and pastries arrived to fortify the early birds in line. 

Record Store Day line at Amoeba Hollywood

Coffee Bean at Amoeba Hollywood Record Store Day

Huge thanks to the Coffee Bean for providing our customers (and our staff) with hot coffee and delicious pastries this morning. Happy 50th anniversary, CBTL!!

 

As in years past, we collected the menus and began filling orders, letting the first wave of RSD customers in around 9:30am. The hot titles were gone in a flash - the Drive soundtrack LP, Bayside Live at The Bayside Social Club LP, Sigur Ros Agaetis Byrjun 10", Title Fight/Touche Amore split 7", Dave Matthews Band, Their They're There LP, the Poltergeist soundtrack, Captain Beefheart's Frank Freemans Dance Club LP, Notorious B.I.G.'s Ready to Die LP, and many, many more.

Record Store Day at Amoeba Hollywood

Checking the master menu in front of Amoeba Hollywood

Record Store Day at Amoeba Hollywood

New Django Django What's In My Bag? video & The Webby Awards!

Posted by Amoebite, April 17, 2013 02:30pm | Post a Comment

Britsih rockers Django Django visited Amoeba Hollywood for another special episode of "What's In My Bag?." These guys are serious about their wax selections. From classic '90s house vinyl, including the likes of Roy Davis Jr, to rock favorites like the Meat Puppets, it was strictly vinyl for this bunch. Watch and find out which Django Django member is a Golden Era Hip Hop head and a lover of disco greats like Giorgio Moroder!

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Django Django - What's In My Bag?
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Our amazing “What’s In My Bag?” series has been nominated for Best Online Film & Video: Variety Show in the prestigious Webby Awards!!! We’re the underdog facing stiff competition from Conan O’Brien and Rainn Wilson. Not to mention MIT and Fandango rounding out the field. Please vote and help us win the People’s Voice Award!

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