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FIDLAR to Take Amoeba, 2013 in General by Storm

Posted by Billy Gil, January 17, 2013 02:57pm | Post a Comment

FIDLAR's long-awaited debut album is a Pabst-soaked party record with strong songwriting anchoring its punk attitude. Pulling from hardcore, surf rock and pop-punk, and with the immediacy of The Clash's first record, the foursome, made up of singer/guitarist Zac Carper, Brandon Schwartzel (bass), and brothers Elvis Kuehn (guitar) and Max Kuehn (drums), sing about being young and dumb and getting fucked up. But Fidlarall the funny lyrics in the world wouldn't mean a thing if the songs themselves didn't captivate you, and they do, across FIDLAR's 14 tracks. There's nary a hint of cynical sneer, and though they play with sloppy punk abandon, their hooks are tight as a six-pack ring. FIDLAR sing about who they are and what they do, whether that's waking, baking, skating in mechanical hedonism or reflecting that said young hedonism can "kind of suck."

The band has been selling its debut record at shows for some time now, but it's officially out in stores Jan. 22. FIDLAR is playing Amoeba SF Jan. 18 at 6 p.m. and Amoeba Hollywood Jan. 24 at 6 p.m. They're also playing a release show at LA Fort Jan. 22 with Pangea, Meat Market and Spaceships. I caught up with Carper as the band was set to play SF. WARNING: This will be a bit NSFW (Not Suitable for Wussies). There's poop involved.

PST: Fidlar has some of the best song titles in recent memory (such as “Cheap Beer,” “Stoked and Broke”). Do those usually come first before the lyrics and sort of guide them, or do you guys kind of joke and throw stuff around to see what sticks once the songs are written?

Carper: It kinda matters. Sometimes the title will just pop out and we’ll think of a chorus with the lyrics and base it around that. Sometimes we’ll jam it out and think of a topic to sing about. I remember with cheap beer, I said “I dunno, I just wanna write a song that says I drink cheap beer so what fuck you,” and someone said “why don’t we just yell that?” Sometimes we’ll just hear someone talking and say something funny and we’ll use that. It’s all a collaborative process and super fuckin’ fun.

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HOMER's WIMB? (What If Homer Simpson Did an Amoeba What's In My Bag?)

Posted by Billyjam, January 8, 2013 05:00pm | Post a Comment

Ever since Amoeba fan/Simpsons creator Matt Groening recently paid tribute to Amoeba Music by including an Amoeba Music Hollywood fashioned building (renamed Protozoa Records) in the Season 24, Episode 7 Simpsons show titled "The Day The Earth Stood Cool" that aired in early December I have been scratching my head and wondering what if Homer Simpson were to stop into Amoeba for some music shopping? What would he buy? What would be included in a Homer Simpson's WIMB (What's In My Bag?) episode if he were to go crate digging at Amoeba Music? Based on the numerous songs Homer has cited (most well worn Top 40 pop/rock hits that the cartoon character supposedly grew up listening to) and have been featured in episodes in the long running animated series, now in its 24th year, this is my stab at what Homer's WIMB might look like.

Bear in mind that this list only scratches the surface since over the years Groening and company have incorporated such a long list of hit songs into The Simpsons. In fact the show must have racked up quite a bill in copyright fees to license all this popular music for the show. But it is worth it since music often plays such an important role in so many episodes of The Simpsons - especially the Homer related songs. For example, when Homer and Marge pop into the open house next door to them and he imagines buying the house and what it would be like living next door to himself, just how horrible that would be, as he visualizes himself always playing Journey's "Separate Ways" and at way too loud volumes.

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Recap: January Charity Auction with Don Barris

Posted by Amoebite, January 7, 2013 11:51am | Post a Comment

Don Barris at Amoeba HollywoodOn January 5, we had our very first auction of 2013, with the inimitable hurricane orator, Don Barris, who managed to rock, rattle and cajole bids out of unsuspecting Saturday Amoeba shoppers. Even though it came on the heels of people being broke from the holidays they still reached down deep and gave, mainly because Don was so damn funny. And his determination to beat his last auction totals helped to keep the competitive spirit going at full throttle. It was raucous and rollicking - and a great success with all of this month's proceeds benefiting the Rainforest Action Network.

Here are some of the key highlights from the day:

  • Herbie Hancock signed LP with Patti Smith signed book (and Madonna postcards!!) - $50.00
  • Bow Wow Wow / Midge Ure tickets - $15.00
  • Ra Ra Riot / Mouse on Mars tickets - $20.00
  • Jimmy Kimmel Live! VIP tickets - $110.00
  • Record Store Day special limited edition package - $50.00
  • Trader Joe's Gift Card with Jimmy Kimmel lunchbox - $110.00
  • Signed Cat Power poster / headphones / action figures - $20.00
  • Bob Marley pack - $10.00
  • Pink Floyd pack - $12.00
  • Beatles bag with Beatles trinkets - $40.00
  • Monkey & Son organic coffee with Amoeba mug - $20.00
  • Amoeba in-store VIP ticket - $42.00

All together Don helped raise $526.00 in bids, which means a total of $1,052.00 for our friends at the Rainforest Action Network. We have been working with the good folks at RAN since we opened our first store in Berkeley in 1990. We share concern about the dwindling rainforests and the global environmental impact and we are thankful for the work they do each year.

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Amoeba Music Hollywood World Music Best Sellers For 2012

Posted by Gomez Comes Alive!, January 7, 2013 06:48am | Post a Comment

JovanottiTOP 15 WORLD MUSIC NEW RELEASE BEST SELLERS FOR 2012

1. Jovanotti - Italia 1988-2012 (CD only)
2. La Santa Cecilia - El Valor ((CD only)
3. V/A - Original Sound Of Cumbia (CD/LP)
4. Tim Maia - Nobody Can Live Forever (CD/LP)
5. Los Miticos Del Ritmo - Los Miticos Del Ritmo CD/LP)
6. Rodrigo Y Gabriela - Area 52 (CD only)
7. Cafe Tacuba - El Objecto Antes Llamado Disco (CD only)
8. Ondatropica - Ondatropica (CD/LP)
9. Chicano Batman - Joven Navegante (CD only)
10. Los Cafeteras - It’s Time (CD only)
11. Anoushka Shankar - Traveller (CD only)
12. Ana Tijoux - La Bala (CD only)
13. Jenni Rivera - La Mas Completa Collecion (CD only)
14. Yuridia - Para Mi (CD only)
15.  Carla Morrison - Dejenme Llorar (CD only)

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Tickets on Sale at Amoeba Hollywood in January

Posted by Amoebite, January 4, 2013 04:35pm | 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:

Daedelus at the Fonda

Daedelus
The Fonda Theatre
March 29

G-Eazy at the El Rey

G-Eazy
El Rey Theatre
March 9

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)
Cockney Rejects El Rey Theatre 02/18/2013 $20.00
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
Dr. John The Fonda Theatre 02/09/2013 $40.00
Eels The Fonda Theatre 02/15/2013 $32.00
Feed Me
with Teeth & Mord Fustang
The Fonda Theatre 02/16 & 02/17 $25.00
Frightened Rabbit The Fonda Theatre 03/13/2013 $19.99
G-Eazy El Rey Theatre 03/09/2013 $16.00
Galactic El Rey Theatre 02/28/2013 $30.00
Gojira
with the Devin Townsend Project & The Atlas Moth
The Fonda Theatre 01/25/2013 $22.00
Graveyard El Rey Theatre 02/17/2013 $20.00
IAMX The Fonda Theatre 05/15/2013 $25.00
Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe El Rey Theatre 02/01/2013 $25.00
KMFDM The Fonda Theatre 03/10/2013 $26.50
Lianne La Havas El Rey Theatre 03/20/2013 $22.00
Living Colour El Rey Theatre 03/30/2013 $30.00
Lotus
with special guest VibeSquaD
El Rey Theatre 03/22/2013 $20.00
Moe The Fonda Theatre 03/08 & 03/09 $30.00
NOMEANSNO El Rey Theatre 02/21/2013 $17.00
OFF! The Fonda Theatre 02/08/2013 $17.50
Amoeba Presents: Ra Ra Riot El Rey Theatre 02/12/2013 $20.00
The Residents El Rey Theatre 02/25/2013 $27.00
Josh Ritter The Fonda Theatre 03/19/2013 $27.00
Starfucker
with Blackbird Blackbird
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
Tomahawk The Mayan 02/19/2013 $27.50
Toro y Moi
with Sinkane and Dog Bite
The Fonda Theatre 03/03/2013 $25.00
Trombone Shorty El Rey Theatre 02/08/2013 $27.00
Victor Wooten El Rey Theatre 02/22/2013 $25.00

 

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