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Show Recap: Kan Wakan at Amoeba Hollywood

Posted by Billy Gil, June 25, 2014 07:18pm | Post a Comment

kan wakan amoeba hollywoodKan Wakan's sound on their recent Moving On album, a stew of stirring strings, classic rock organs, gleaming guitarwork and sensual vocals, seemed like it would be difficult to pull off in a live setting. But my first time seeing the band, June 18 at the store, showed just how skilled the band is at taking a heady and heavily orchestrated sound and making it work live. Beginning with cool polyrhythms and arpeggiating synths, singer Kristianne Bautista's vocals sounded husky and soulful one second, lilting the next, reminiscent of Bjork in their elasticity. Kan Wakan's sound is decidedly not small, playing as a seven-piece and creating grandiosity with surging crescendos, bells and tribal drums. Their songs sway and move, sultry and mysterious, oceanic amid surging guitars and crashing cymbals. The overall effect and intention seems to me to stir something up in you rather than smack you upside the head with something catchy, a nice antidote to the flood of overly excitable indie pop bands in L.A. Bautista's vocals were sometimes muffled by all the sci-fi synths and other craziness but would come through loudly every so often with a breathy forcefulness. For a band that trades in atmospherics and post-rock vibes, live, they're as gripping as a punk band.

See more photos from the show here.

5 Famous Dads Shop at Amoeba

Posted by Amoebite, June 12, 2014 02:52pm | Post a Comment

what's in my bag fathers

It's almost Father's Day and we wanted to pay homage to all the rad fathers of the world, particularly the ones who share their love of music with their kids. Here are our Top 5 What's In My Bag? episodes featuring dads at Amoeba. Two episodes feature dads shopping alongside their kids and the others are fathers trying to navigate that potential minefield of picking out music for their children. 

5. Jay Bentley of Bad Religion and his son, Hunter, demonstrate what happens when the generations listen to very different musical styles. Unlike his punk rocker dad, Hunter is an aspiring rap artist and picks up underground hip hop. Watch as Jay reacts to his son giving Bad Religion some praise. (Start at 2:37 for the conversation between father and son.) 

Jay Bentley (Bad Religion) - What's In My Bag?

 

4. Comedian "Weird Al" Yankovic, in our very first episode of "What's In My Bag?" back in 2008, was at Amoeba Hollywood shopping for his five year old daughter. (Side note: We are talking to him near the entrance to our parking garage as he was on his way out the store. Oh, how far we've come in 6 years!)

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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode With Crystal Fighters

Posted by Amoebite, June 6, 2014 09:01pm | Post a Comment

Crystal Fighters

In a world where EDM has infiltrated just about every musical genre on the planet, it's sometimes hard to filter out all the noise. There's a new contender making their way up the dance-pop ranks, Crystal Fighters, a London-based dance band steeped in elements of traditional Basque culture. Their latest album, Cave Rave (Atlantic, 2013), evokes exactly what the title suggests... you're in a cave dancing with fluffy bears while pink bats are circling the hanging disco ball above and the bass is hitting so hard your clothes fall off. All you can do is sing along in a trance. Cave Rave shows off the band's ability to craft catchy tracks with hooks made for pop radio, while still supplying the deep harder stuff old fans love. Crystal Fighters have the song sensibilities reminiscent of Yeasayer with the electro-pop polish of Capital Cities. The Fighters will be all over the world playing festivals throughout the summer. Make sure to catch them!

Our What's In My Bag? cameras caught up with Crystal Fighters on a recent visit to Amoeba Hollywood. Very much influenced by World Music, Sebastian Pringle kicks things off with a vinyl copy of a stellar Soundway Records reissue of forgotten Colombian legends Michi Sarmiento Y Sus Bravos. It's a must-have for world music enthusiasts. He also picks up a copy of Francis Bebey's African Electronic Music 1975-1982 on vinyl. Gilbert Vierich digs through our reggae 45 section and pick up a stack of singles. Yes, literally a stack! Graham Dickson shows off his love of electronic music with selections by Holy Ghost! and the Perlon record label. Check out all their cool picks in the full episode below. 

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Amoeba Hollywood Holds Sidewalk Sale June 14

Posted by Billy Gil, June 4, 2014 09:12am | Post a Comment

amoeba sidewalk saleAmoeba Hollywood is holding its next Sidewalk Sale Saturday, June 14 from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Just outside the store on Sunset Blvd., we’ll have deals including:

  • DVDs for $3, or buy three get one free (excluding DVD box sets)
  • DVD box sets at $7, or two for $10
  • Blu-ray Discs at three for $12
  • Comic Books at three for $1
  • Half-off Buddha Bar collections

And more! See you there!

 

Sidewalk Sale at Amoeba Hollywood

 

Concert Tickets for Sale at Amoeba Hollywood June 2014

Posted by Amoebite, June 2, 2014 04:45pm | Post a Comment

Concert Tix for sale at AmoebaAmoeba Hollywood regularly sells tickets to local shows, with the added bonus of charging low service fees (if you are 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. Store credit and coupons cannot be applied to ticket sales. Limit 4 tickets per person.

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:

Twin Shadow at the Fonda

Twin Shadow
Fonda Theatre
October 8

Simian Mobile Disco at El Rey

Simian Mobile Disco
El ReyTheatre
September 25

 

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)
The Afghan Whigs Fonda Theatre 10/25/2014 $35.00
American Football (4 Ticket Limit) Fonda Theatre 12/13/2014 $25.00
BABYMETAL (SOLD OUT) Fonda Theatre 07/27/2014 $27.50
Blue October  Fonda Theatre 12/06/2014 $32.50
Boy & Bear  Fonda Theatre 10/06/2014 $20.00
Buzzcocks (ON SALE 6/28) Fonda Theatre 09/17/2014 $25.00
Aaron Carter El Rey 12/13/2014 $20.00
Clean Bandit (ON SALE 6/28) El Rey 09/30/2014 $20.00
Com Truise El Rey 10/04/2014 $22.00
Cultura Profetica El Rey 06/27/2014 $29.50
CYNIC El Rey 07/12/2014 $22.00
Delta Spirit  El Rey 10/30/2014 $20.00
Mac DeMarco Fonda Theatre 07/11/2014 $20.50
Justin Townes Earle  El Rey 10/06/2014 $22.00
Fink El Rey 10/11/2014 $22.00
FKA Twigs El Rey 08/12/2014 $20.00
Foxygen  Fonda Theatre 08/14/2014 $20.00
Foxy Shazam El Rey 07/31/2014 $20.00
Nils Frahm El Rey 11/13/2014 $27.50
Fucked Up  El Rey 08/21/2014 $20.00
FYF Fest (SOLD OUT)

LA Sports Arena
& Exposition Park

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