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John Flansburgh of TMBG Talks Reissues in His "What's In My Bag?" Video

Posted by Rachael McGovern, March 7, 2012 12:50pm | Post a Comment
John Flansburgh at AmoebaThe guitarist and co-founder of They Might Be Giants, John Flansburgh, gave us a really thoughtful, interesting "What's In My Bag?" video. His selections are mostly reissued Jazz, soul, and British Invasion rock LPs. The stories he tells about the artists, how educated he is in their history, and why he chose each record is very compelling. Not to mention he fondly refers to two of his Jazz picks - Anita O'Day and Blossom Dearie - as "nut"s.

On a heartbreaking note, last night on Twitter John mentioned that half of his picks from this Amoeba trip and other records he'd picked up while on tour, were burned in a trailer fire. 

Aloe Blacc Unveils New Video for "Good Things" Album Track "You Make Me Smile"

Posted by Billyjam, March 6, 2012 08:19am | Post a Comment

Aloe Blacc "You Make Me Smile"

Yesterday Stones Throw Records unveiled the brand new Aloe Blacc video, "You Make Me Smile" - the latest music video from the SoCal neo-soul artist's ever-popular album Good Things. Although the album was originally released back in the Fall of 2010, when the Orange County native celebrated its release with a record release party/in-store performance at Amoeba Hollywood, it continues to sell well due to the popularity of such tracks as "Green Lights,"  "Hey Brother," "Loving You Is Killing Me," his version of the Velvet Underground & Nico's "Femme Fatale," and of course the album's standout soul-stirring track "I Need A Dollar," which many people discovered as the theme music for the HBO television series How To Make It In America. That song, which immediately confirms why Aloe Blacc has been heralded as a modern day Marvin Gaye, sounds like classic '60's/'70's soul but simultaneously acts as the perfect soundtrack to these economically challenging times for many in America.

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March Charity Auction Recap

Posted by Amoebite, March 5, 2012 02:42pm | Post a Comment
Doug Benson at Amoeba AuctionOn Saturday, March 3rd we held our monthly charity auction, which was hosted by funnyman Doug Benson! His droll and dry wit propelled us to raise almost $1,500 for the LA Regional Food Bank! The auction was also part of our week-long food drive to benefit the LA Food Bank. 

Highlights from the auction:

Trader Joe's gift card and Family Guy lunchbox - $55

Guns N' Roses tickets which spurred a FURIOUS bidding war (thank you Goldenvoice!) - $120.00

Stevie Nicks clock signed by the Queen herself - $45

R. Crumb Robert Johnson T-shirt with limited edition trading cards - $26

David Bowie T-shirt and Station to Station CD w/tour book - (1989!) - $39.00

Limited edition Record Store Day 45s with a 2011 RSD T-shirt and...surprises - $26

Doug Benson movie picks package (Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World, Attack the Block, Die Hard, The Dark Knight) - $40

Fabiolus
gift certificate - $45

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Behind the Scenes of our "What's In My Bag?" Video with Grimes

Posted by Rachael McGovern, February 27, 2012 01:53pm | Post a Comment

Canadian songstress and bedroom beatmaker Grimes (a.k.a. Claire Boucher) stopped by Amoeba Hollywood for a What's In My Bag? shoot. I've been obsessed with her single "Genesis" and her recent album, Visions (4AD). She was in town for a sold out show at the Echo Friday night (coming to LA off of a sold out show in SF earlier in the week).

Here are a few pics to tide us over until the video is ready:
 

Grimes at Amoeba Hollywood

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The Ritual Madness That is Mardi Gras at Amoeba Hollywood

Posted by Amoebite, February 24, 2012 12:39pm | Post a Comment
ALLIGATOR PAH FILEZ GUMBO! TCHOUPITOULAS WHO DAT BOOGALEE? ONCE AGAIN AMOEBA MUSIC MOS’SCOCIOUS, FIXIN’ TO PASS A GOOD TIME DOWN BY THAT OLE BAYOU LOS ANGELEEZ. TRUE DAT, YAT?
Fat Tuesday at AmoebaFrom Pan’s lips to our ears, these words of Cajun sacramental blessing ring out through the eons of celebration here at the big easy Amoeba Music, here in the City that Public Transport Forgot. Once again, winter with its cares and sub-70 temps has crept away on little cat feet, Spring has sprung, and as the great mudball we call Terra hurtles in its gyre towards the sun, we mark the turning of the season with a grand fais do-do that is suitable to the season. Before the ashes of Wednesday mark thy brow, toodle thyself down to the great creaking music emporium where the pagans await thee, ready to robe mask and bead thee, wanting only to draw thee into their voodoo jamboree of horns, floats, gumbo and confetti, shiny green gold and purple mylar waving in the southland breeze. Lose thyself in epic indulgence before the self-denial of Lent, followed of course by the rebirth of Bacchus X. Dionysus Ludo, who shall lead us prancing sun-roasted into Summer! It’s Mardi Gras at Amoeba -- ritual madness awaits!
Fat Tuesday at Amoeba
Said weary mylar was resurrected as always from the depths of the Amoeba warehouse, and let shine once more. The Amoeba parish was coated in the sacred colours of purple gold and green, bedecked with more layers of party store finery than a muffuletta sandwitch or an etouffe. We immersed ourselves in the funky backwater sounds of Dr. John, Professor Longhair, the Wild Tchoupitoulas, Preservation Hall, the Meters, Fats Domino, and Lee Dorsey. We lashed ourselves with the fennel rod, donned the goatskin, drank the day’s wine and prepared ourselves for rejoicing!

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