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

Posted by Amoebite, June 20, 2016 05:50pm | Post a Comment

Duran Duran What's In My Bag? Amoeba Music

"I realize what a pleasure it is going through racks, and actually finding things. That reminds me of my childhood, but also of times, not quite so far away, when you had that choice," says Nick Rhodes, keyboardist and founding member of Duran Duran, about shopping for DVDs at Amoeba Hollywood. Amoeba hosted a signing with the legendary band for the release of their latest album, Paper Gods, and we got a chance to meet up with the band after they went hunting for music and movies.

Duran Duran are one of the quintessential bands to emerge from England's new wave/synth pop scene in the 1980s. Formed in 1978 by keyboardist Nick Rhodes and bassist John Taylor, over time the lineup solidified to include drummer Roger Taylor, frontman Simon Le Bon, and guitarist Andy Taylor. Initially inspired by post-punk and art school ideas and aligned early on with the New Romantic scene, Duran Duran quickly became superstars on the strength of their innovative music videos, fashion-forward image, and impressive number of chart-topping singles.

Duran Duran Paper Gods Amoeba MusicThe band's career took off with the release of their 1981 self-titled debut, which reached number 3 on the UK charts. Success in the US came shortly thereafter, when Duran Duran's sophomore LP, Rioclocked in at number 6 on the Billboard 200. The band's string of successes continued with 1983's Seven and the Ragged Tiger and 1986's Notorious, with the band touring the globe and being feted as teen heartthrobs. By 1993, Duran Duran was back at the top of the charts, thanks to the release of a second self-titled album, dubbed The Wedding Album to differentiate it from the band's debut. Duran Duran continue to release new albums and will be touring the US this summer, including a stop in San Francisco for Outside Lands.

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New "What's in My Bag?" Episode with Saul Williams

Posted by Amoebite, June 13, 2016 06:29pm | Post a Comment

Saul Williams What's In My Bag? Amoeba Music Hollywood

"I think there's a lot of American artists who are really high on themselves and don't realize that there's somebody who's doing it fresher," says Saul Williams while talking about Belgian pop artist Stromae, who is one of the few, if only, pop artists he reps for. As you can imagine with someone as eclectic, talented and acclaimed as the American rapper, poet, writer, actor and musician, when Williams comes to Amoeba Hollywood, he's sure to pick up some interesting finds.

Saul Williams MartyrLoserKing Amoeba MusicIn 1996 Williams won the title of the Nuyorican Poets Cafe's Grand Slam Champion, which was documented in the film SlamNation. 1998 he started his career in music releasing EPs and singles. In 2001 Williams released his debut LP, Amethyst Rock Star, which was produced by Rick Rubin. Over the course of his career, Williams has performed with artists such as Nas, Erykah Badu, The Fugees, Blackalicious, KRS-One, De La Soul, and poets Allen Ginsberg and Sonia Sanchez. He has toured with The Mars Volta and Nine Inch Nails. Trent Reznor co-produced Williams' 2007 LP The Inevitable Rise and Liberation of NiggyTardust!. Volcanic Sunlight, released in 2011, saw Williams moving in a new direction, with tracks influenced by funk, new wave, dubstep and garage rock. January of 2016 saw his latest release, MartyrLoserKing. Williams has published four collections of poetry and his writing has been featured in The New York Times, Esquire, African Voices and Bomb Magazine. He has acted in the feature films Slam and Today and starred in Holler If Ya Hear Me, a Broadway musical featuring the music of Tupac Shakur. Saul Williams is currently on tour in the UK and Ireland.

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Sidewalk Sale at Amoeba Hollywood Saturday, June 18

Posted by Amoebite, June 13, 2016 01:11pm | Post a Comment

sidewalk sale at Amoeba Hollywood

We're having a Sidewalk Sale at Amoeba Hollywood this Saturday, June 18, from 12pm - 4pm, right outside the store. This time around, our prices are even lower! We'll have huge bargains on the following:

  • DVD box sets: $5 each or 2 for $8
  • DVDs: $2 each or 3 for $5
  • Blu-ray: $4 each or 3 for $10
  • CDs: buy 1 get 1 [of equal or lesser value] free
  • Freshly stocked 45s for $1 each
  • Magazines, books & comics 3 for $1
  • $1 LPs plus great deals on posters, toys & collectibles

Our friends at Hubert's Lemonade will also be here with free lemonade for our thirsty customers. Come out and treat yourself to some inexpensive new movies and music from Amoeba!

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.

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Watch Lucius Perform Live at Amoeba Hollywood

Posted by Amoebite, June 10, 2016 04:44pm | Post a Comment

Lucius Live at Amoeba Hollywood

Brooklyn indie pop band Lucius stopped by Amoeba Hollywood this past March for a performance featuring sweetly lilting harmonies, soulful country rock guitar and sparse, but effective percussion. Immediately recognizable by their ultra fashionable identical style, frontwomen Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig commanded the stage with a quiet intensity, letting their well-crafted melodies do the talking Lucius Good Grief Amoeba Musicwhile drummer Dan Molad kept time and guitar players Peter Lalish and Andrew Burri contributed some light Americana vibes.

The day after their set, the band's third full-length, Good Grief, came out via Mom + Pop Music, so this was an exciting moment for fans looking forward to new material. A rapt crowd gathered for doo wop-inspired set opener "Turn It Around" before the group slowed things down with the minimalist, moving "Go Home." Lucius closed out their set with "Dusty Trails," a low-key heartbreaker about lost chances and going home. Check out the full performance in the video below.

Lucius - Live at Amoeba Hollywood
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Radiohead Early Sale + Listening Party at Amoeba Hollywood June 16

Posted by Amoebite, June 10, 2016 04:16pm | Post a Comment

Radiohead Early Sale + Listening Party at Amoeba Hollywood

Radiohead's new album, A Moon Shaped Pool, is finally out on CD and vinyl Friday, June 17th but we're giving you the chance to buy it early at Amoeba Hollywood's listening party! Join us on Thursday, June 16 from 8-11pm to purchase the new album, show off your Radiohead knowledge with our trivia questions, enjoy yummy treats, and take home special gifts with purchase of A Moon Shaped Pool, including buttons and posters (while supplies last).

A Moon Shaped Pool will be available for sale Thursday in-store only at Amoeba Hollywood starting at 8pm on CD, vinyl, and limited white vinyl. Please note: the white vinyl is very limited so purchases will be limited to 1 per customer and we won't do any holds or phone orders for those.

Can't make it to our early sale? You can pre-order the album on CD or vinyl online from us (and it'll ship FREE to the U.S.) or stop by on Friday, June 17th for the Radiohead streaming event at 6pm. 

Radiohead Early Sale and Listening Party at Amoeba Hollywood

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