New "What's in My Bag?" Episode with Punk Poet John Cooper Clarke

Posted by Amoebite, August 10, 2015 05:29pm | Post a Comment

John Cooper Clarke at Amoeba Hollywood

During the first UK punk movement of the late '70s, John Cooper Clarke emerged as a political poet. He won renown in the Manchester scene as a "punk poet" and his first recordings, including 1977's Innocents EP, were for producer (and Factory Records co-director) Martin Hannett's independent label Rabid. In 1979, he scored his only UK Top 40 hit with "Gimmix! (Play Loud)." His recorded works often include backing music from The Invisible Girls, which featured punk and post-punk luminaries Martin Hannett, Pete Shelley, Steve Hopkins, Bill Nelson, and Paul Burgess.

John Cooper Clarke's 1980 album Snap, Crackle & Bop reached number 26 on the UK album charts and was followed by 1982's Zip Style Method. Over the course of his career, he has shared stages with The Sex Pistols, The Fall, Joy Division, Siouxsie and the Banshees, The Buzzcocks, Elvis Costello, and New Order. Cooper Clarke was the subject of the 2012 BBC documentary Evidently... John Cooper Clarke. He continues to perform regularly, and is spending summer 2015 touring the UK, with a fall tour planned with alternative rock band Squeeze. A 3-CD/DVD collection of his work, Anthologia, is out October 2015.

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Recap: Kumail Nanjiani & Emily V Gordon Hosted a Charity Auction at Amoeba Hollywood for the LA LGBT Center

Posted by Amoebite, August 10, 2015 02:11pm | Post a Comment

Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V Gordon at Amoeba Hollywood

Saturday's charity auction was a blast! Our friends Kumail Nanjiani (from Silicon Valley, Portlandia, Adventure Time, The Meltdown with Jonah & Kumail, The Indoor Kids, The X-Files) and Emily V Gordon (author, booker/producer of Meltdown Show, and co-host of Indoor kids) auctioned off all kinds of cool stuff to benefit the Los Angeles LGBT Center and their youth programs. Emily and Kumail are fans and supporters of the LA LGBT Center, which is the world's largest provider of programs and services for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people. In fact Emily volunteered at the Center when they moved to LA a few years ago, so they were excited and honored to help raise money for the organization. 

It was a muggy afternoon at the record store and the charmingly engaging Emily and Kumail brought the crowds toward the stage with their endearing patter. The vibe was casually hilarious and conversational and Kumail was excellent at coaxing higher bids with a "So – you were happy to spend $50 but really, not $55?! $5 is just toooooo much?"

Emily deadpanned, "If you don't support gay rights, you should probably leave now."

The pair made us all feel proud to be Nerds in our own right. Other than a comic book store (or Comic Con) the record store is the biggest Nerd gathering place of all, and Saturday at Amoeba was its own Nerdfest! :)

There were seriously valuable prizes to score - as well as some silly items - and every bid was matched by Amoeba. Here are just a few highlights from the auction:

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Sidewalk Sale at Amoeba Hollywood Saturday, Aug. 22

Posted by Amoebite, August 7, 2015 11:31am | Post a Comment

Sidewalk Sale at Amoeba Hollywood

Our next Sidewalk Sale at Amoeba Hollywood is Saturday, Aug. 22 from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Score some huge deals on music, movies, books and much more just outside the store. 

We'll have huge bargains on the following:

  • $5 band T-shirts
  • Discounted LPs
  • $1 clearance vinyl
  • DVDs for $3 each, or buy three get one free
  • DVD box sets at $7 each, or two for $10
  • Blu-rays at three for $12
  • 45s at three for $1
  • 45 grab bags
  • Books and comics at three for $1
  • Deals on classical music

Come by and get some great deals on vinyl, movies and more!

All sidewalk sale items are aggressively sale priced. Therefore, we do not accept store credits, gift certificates, coupons or other offered store sales for any sidewalk sale items. Additionally, we cannot offer customer holds or mail order. All sales are final.

Sidewalk Sale at Amoeba Hollywood


Exclusive New Prima Donna 'Live at Amoeba' EP + Free Download

Posted by Amoebite, August 5, 2015 12:09pm | Post a Comment

Prima Donna live at Amoeba Hollywood

LA rock band Prima Donna is giving fans a chance to relive their phenomenal live appearance at Amoeba Hollywood with the release of a new Live at Amoeba EP available exclusively on Led by Foxboro Hot Tubs live member Kevin Preston (vocals/guitar), the band consists of San Fernando Valley locals Aaron Minton (keys/sax), David S. Field (drums), and “Lights Out” Levine (bass).

Prima Donna Live at Amoeba EP
Buy Prima Donna - Live at Amoeba

Prima Donna visited Amoeba recently to celebrate their new album, Nine Lives and Forty-Fives, and we just released their live set as a digital EP in two versions: a regular version (available for download as a full album or as individual tracks) and an uncut version consisting of the entire concert performance as one long track. As a thank you to their fans, Prima Donna are also sharing a live video from the concert, and giving away a free download of "Born Yesterday" recorded live at Amoeba.

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New "What's In My Bag Episode?" with JD McPherson

Posted by Amoebite, August 3, 2015 06:57pm | Post a Comment

JD McPherson What's In My Bag?

Broken Arrow, Oklahoma native JD McPherson is a roots rocker with a fresh take on early American rock 'n' roll and R&B. As a teenager, he played in a series of punk rock bands before moving toward a more roots-influenced sound with projects like The Poison Okies and The Starkweather Boys. McPherson took a chance and sent a demo recording to Jimmy Sutton, a heavy hitter in Chicago's roots and R&B scene. Sutton then agreed to produce McPherson's 2010 debut album, Signs and Signifierswhich was re-released in 2012 by Rounder Records and reached #47 on Billboard's Rock Albums chart.

Let The Good Times RollIn February 2015, McPherson released his followup, Let the Good Times Roll. Produced by Mark Neill (Los Straitjackets, The Black Keys), the album also features "Bridgebuilder," a track co-written with the Keys' Dan Auerbach. In summer 2015, McPherson performed at the UK's legendary Glastonbury Festival before heading out on a lengthy North American tour.

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