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New "What's in My Bag?" Episode with Dungen

Posted by Amoebite, February 22, 2016 03:18pm | Post a Comment

Dungen Amoeba Hollywood What's In My Bag?

Swedish psych rock band Dungen stopped in to Amoeba Music Hollywood recently to do some record shopping. Gearing up for a US tour this March, including a stop in Marfa, Texas for the Marfa Myths festival, the band's picks prove to be as eclectic as their own music.

Dungen Allas SakFormed by singer/composer/multi-instrumentalist Gustav Ejstes, who plays the majority of the instruments in the studio, Dungen draw much of their their influence from Scandinavian folk music, prog, and indie music. With guitarist Reine Fiske, bassist Mattias Gustavsson, and drummer Johan Holmegard as Ejstes' live band and studio collaborators the band has been recording and touring since 2000. 2004's Ta Det Lugnt brought the band international acclaim and led to two US tours, an appearance on Late Night with Conan O'Brien, and a performance at Bonnaroo. Last October Dungen released their eighth album, Allas Sak. Catch them May 5 at The Echo in Los Angeles and May 6 at The Great American Music Hall in San Francisco.

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The 1975 Listening Party & Early Sale at Amoeba Hollywood February 25

Posted by Amoebite, February 18, 2016 05:10pm | Post a Comment

The 1975 Listening Party at Amoeba Hollywood

The 1975 are releasing their new album, I like it when you sleep, for you are so beautiful yet so unaware of it, on Friday, February 26th but fans in the Los Angeles area get to hear it and buy it the night before! Please note the band will NOT be in attendance.

Amoeba Hollywood is hosting a listening party on Thursday, Feb. 25th at 8pm! Come hear the new album all the way through and enjoy some tasty treats. Plus, the first fans to purchase the new album on CD or vinyl at the event will also get a poster and a pink "Love Me" / "UGH" cassette tape (while supplies last; limit 1 per person; in-store purchase only). 

Can't make it to the party? Pre-order the new album on CD or clear 180-gram vinyl from Amoeba.com and it'll ship for FREE to the U.S.

The 1975 cassette

School friends Matty Healy, Adam Hann, George Daniel, and Ross MacDonald formed The 1975 in England back in 2002. They released their first EP, Facedown, ten years later, followed by three more EPs and their self-titled debut full-length. Leading up to the release of their debut, the band toured with Muse, The Neighbourhood, and even opened for the Rolling Stones. Upon release, The 1975 entered the UK album chart at No. 1 in September 2013 and went on to be gold-certified.

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New "What's in My Bag?" Episode with Legendary Songwriter Diane Warren

Posted by Amoebite, February 15, 2016 06:20pm | Post a Comment

Diane Warren at Amoeba Hollywood

"If you won't die if you don't do it, don't do it," Diane Warren, the GRAMMY, Oscar, and Golden Globe nominated songwriter told us on a recent visit to Amoeba Hollywood. As a teenager growing up in the San Fernando Valley, Warren was determined to become as respected a name in songwriting as Carole King or Jimmy Webb. In 1983 she found that success when she penned Laura Branigan's "Solitaire" and has since become one of America's most prolific and esteemed songwriters.  

Over the course of her career Warren has worked with luminaries such as Whitney Houston, Cher, Celine Dion, Aerosmith, Elton John, Faith Hill, Aretha Franklin, Eric Clapton, Barbra Streisand, and Mariah Carey. She has also worked with some of the biggest names in the modern pop music arena, including Justin Bieber, Snoop Dogg, Adele, Kelly Clarkson, Mary J. Blige, Jennifer Hudson, LL Cool J and Keyshia Cole, and has been nominated for eight Academy Awards, five Golden Globes, and thirteen GRAMMYs. Diane Warren and Lady Gaga's "'Til It Happens To You" recorded for the documentary The Hunting Ground has been nominated for Best Original Song at this year's Academy Awards on February 28.

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Turntable Sale at Our Stores February 11-14

Posted by Amoebite, February 11, 2016 12:17pm | Post a Comment

Turntable Sale at Amoeba

All turntables are 20% off at our stores Thursday, February 11 through Sunday, February 14! (Limited to stock on hand; 20% off regular price.) Plus, you will get a $10 Amoeba gift certificate for used vinyl with your turntable purchase! 

Need help figuring out which turntable is right for you? Check out our handy turntable guide or come into the store and ask one of our turntable experts for help.

New to collecting vinyl? Here are some tips on cleaning and caring for your records.

See the full list of February Happenings at Amoeba Hollywood.

Turntable Sale

 

James Supercave Chat Before Amoeba LA & SF Performances

Posted by Billy Gil, February 9, 2016 03:33pm | Post a Comment

james supercaveAfter a few years of hype in the L.A. music scene, indie-pop band James Supercave are finally ready to drop their debut album, Better Strange. After breaking through onto local radio with the song "Burn" in 2014, the band (yes, it's a band, not a guy), which consists of frontman Joaquin Pastor, keyboardist Patrick Logothetti and guitarist Andres Villalobos, set about recording their debut. But perfection, particularly that of Pastor, meant that it took a couple of years, as the band told Noisey.

Now that it's finally here, Better Strange proves to be worth the wait. Songs like the title track roll along taut disco grooves and dreamy synth tones. Pastor’s highwire vocals can go from delicate to glammy in a heartbeat, calling to mind Marc Bolan and Jeff Buckley as his voice bounds through the hairpin turns of pounding indie-rocker “The Right Thing.” The band seemingly uses influences like LCD Soundsystem, Radiohead, The Shins and Brian Eno as a grab bag without taking too much from one place — at times the record is evocative, but it never lingers in one place. It's more focused on hooks than homage, and while the album is plenty catchy, its attention to detail is also immediately apparent and rewards on repeated listens.

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