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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode With Reggae Band SOJA

Posted by Amoebite, August 6, 2014 11:52am | Post a Comment

No one ever thinks to connect Arlington, Virginia to the dreadlocked, rastafarian, blunt smoking genre of SOJAreggae. That is, of course, unless we're talking about SOJA. The eight-piece reggae/dub group has been releasing records for over a decade and touring relentlessley the entire time. The Virginia natives are now amongst the elite reggae bands in the world and have collaborated with the likes of Damian "Junior Gong" Marley, Collie Buddz and Michael Franti. SOJA will release Amid The Noise And Haste (ATO Records) on August 12, 2014, followed by a tour of the United States and Europe. You can pre-order it on CD or LP at amoeba.com now and it'll ship FREE to the U.S.   

Singer Jacob Hemphill, guitarist Trevor Young and sax player Hellman Escorcia shopped around Amoeba Hollywood for some records recently. The guys dig up some really cool finds, grabbing everything from jazz to world and rock music. Trevor starts off with the new Jack White LP, Lazaretto, a definite must have for White fans and vinyl collectors. The LP features dual groove technologies, hidden tracks that play at 78 and 45 rpm, making it a three speed LP! A huge Paul Simon fan, Jacob finds a 25th Anniversary edition of Graceland and shares a cool story about his childhood connection to the record. Hellman digs for some jazz classics, including Dexter Gordon's GO  off the iconic Blue Note label. They also tell a story about paying tribute to Jimi Hendrix at a concert in Monterey, burning a replica guitar on the exact spot on stage that he did.

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Italian Pop Icon Jovanotti Rocked Amoeba & Filmed a "What's In My Bag?" Episode

Posted by Amoebite, March 20, 2013 01:53pm | Post a Comment

Jovanotti instoreJovanotti is easily Italy's most notable pop star. He sells out stadiums across Europe and has over 1 million followers on Twitter. With an impressive career spanning 25 years of dominating the charts in Southern Europe, selling millions of records and collaborating with everyone from Sergio Mendes to Pavarotti, including combating worldly issues with the likes of rock royalty Bono, the Italian mega star has set his sights on the ears of the American public. What better way to introduce himself  to American audiences than to perform on the stage of the world's greatest record store?! Jovanotti brought his brand of World/Hip Hop/ Funk  to a very enthusiastic crowd of fanatic Italians at Amoeba Hollywood. He wowed the crowd with selections from the ATO Records U.S. release of Italia 1988-2012, a reworking of songs from his lengthy career, plus four new ones.     


Jovanotti - "Tutto L'amore Che Ho" (Live at Amoeba)
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Jovanotti also took time to do a little shopping at Amoeba and shared some stories with us about the music that inspired him to become a rapper and his lifelong connection with dance music. (Hint: even the grandparents do it.)

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