New "What's in My Bag?" Episode with M. Ward

Posted by Amoebite, July 5, 2016 06:46pm | Post a Comment

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Portland-based singer-songwriter M. Ward recently performed at Amoeba Hollywood and took a moment to do some record shopping for our "What's In My Bag?" series. California fans have another chance to see him in concert July 8th at the UC Theatre Taube Music Family Hall in Berkeley, July 10th at the Hollywood Bowl playing with Brian Wilson, and July 12 at the Belly Up in Solana Beach.

M. Ward More Rain Amoeba MusicM. Ward performs under his own name and is half of the duo She & Him. He began his musical career in 1999 with the release of his debut, Duet for Guitars #2. For his third album, 2003's Transfiguration of Vincent, he signed with Merge Records, kicking off a long-running partnership between the artist and the label. He followed this release with Transistor Radio and 2006's Post War, which featured appearances from Neko Case, Jim James, and Howe Gelb. Ward's next LP, Hold Time, was similarly star-filled, with performances from Jason Lytle (Grandaddy), Lucinda Williams, Tom Hagerman (DeVotchKa), and his partner in She & Him, Zooey Deschanel.

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Weekly Wednesday Steal Is a Halloween Special - Goth and Punk Halloween Mixes for $5 Each

Posted by Amoebite, October 28, 2014 01:27pm | Post a Comment

halloween goth party downloadThis week's Weekly Wednesday Steal is a special one.

In honor of Halloween this week, we'll be selling two Halloween downloads for a total of $10. Each download is $5.

Halloween Goth Party answers all your gothy Halloween party needs with one album, featuring the dark delights of Nico, Lydia Lunch, Alien Sex Fiend, The MIssion, Danse Society and more. If your taste leans more toward punk, we've got Halloween Punk Party, with the likes of Dead Kennedys, Batmobile, U.K Subs and more.

Each download is $5. Get your punky goth Halloween party mix together with Amoeba!

A bit about our Weekly Steal: A new item is featured on every Wednesday for $10, while supplies last. It's limited to one per customer, and the deal is only available on the website. As always, there’s free shipping on all music and movies you buy on throughout the United States.

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Swiss Surrealist Artist H.R. Giger Has Died

Posted by Billyjam, May 13, 2014 09:59am | Post a Comment

Word arrived early this morning from several European sources including Swiss Public Television that renowned Swiss artist H.R. Giger passed away yesterday (May 12) following serious injuries sustained after falling down stairs. He was 74. Born Hans Rudolf Giger the influential fantasy realism artist (surrealist painter, sculptor, and set designer) is best known to most for being part of the special effects team that won an Academy Award for effects and design work on Ridley Scott's film Alien. He also worked on the special effects artwork for such other movies as Aliens, Alien 3, Alien: Resurrection, Species, Dune, Batman Forever, and Poltergeist 2

H.R. Giger is also known for doing the cover artwork for numerous albums over the years including Emerson, Lake & Palmer's 1973 release Brain Salad Surgery (pictured left), Danzig's 1992  release Danzig III: How the Gods Kill, and the Dead Kennedys' 1985 LP Frankenchrist for which he did the highly controversial "Penis Landscape" poster insert in the original record sleeve. That controversial poster, which was a painting of rows of penises and vulvae, almost bankrupted Alternative Tentacles at the time after its owner and DKs lead man Jello Biafra was brought to trial over indecency charges brought by the then burgeoning PMRC (Parents Music Resource Center). Much of Giger's fantastic realism and surrealism work was of so-called "biomechanoids" as seen in photo with him below. Currently on exhibit through June 13th the Galerie SansvoiX in Leipzig (DE) is Giger's "Zeitgeist" that includes the piece in photo at top of page. More info.

(In which we research the magic of 3.14.)

Posted by Job O Brother, November 22, 2011 02:09pm | Post a Comment

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Unlike many, I look forward to Thanksgiving not because of what I get to eat, but what I get to cook. For this reason, I love to host the holiday. In a village like Los Angeles, it’s usually easy to find many lost little lambs who’ve no place to eat (and no ability to manage kitchens themselves). Honestly, it’s like flunking Home-Ec is a requirement to moving to the City of Angels; I guess Type-A personalities don’t have a lot of patience for braising.

Nothing makes me feel more like a magical wizard than when cooking-challenged people like my boyfriend watch me prep food. Am I roasting zucchini or casting a sleep spell on the whole kingdom? Because his reaction would be interchangeable in either event.

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I learned to cook from my Mom; sometimes instruction was direct, but mostly I just hung around the kitchen while she cooked and made a nuisance of myself, learning by observation. I was hypnotized by corn starch and its ability to turn any liquid in to a thick sauce. Separating an egg seemed like a delicate and ancient Chinese dance, and gee whiz…! See what you can do when you whip those egg whites?

There were some causalities, from which I grew wiser. One sneaky bite of unsweetened chocolate taught me that some of life’s greatest pleasures can come from something so foul. I learned Tupperware cannot be used like a pot on the burners, and soon after I learned how hard it is to clean cooked and melted plastic off a grill. One of the few scars I have on my body is on the knuckle of my left thumb from the first time I learned how to use a peeler – I don’t remember what fruit I cut myself on, but I’ve always remembered how to hold the instruments securely since then. Oh! And I learned it doesn’t take very many bittersweet chocolate chips to destroy an appetite.

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Posted by Billyjam, July 29, 2009 06:29am | Post a Comment

coca colaArtists' music being used in commercials was once a touchy subject. And it is still is, but to a lesser degree nowadays than in bygone decades, it seems. It also depends on what context the music is used and what exact song by which artist is being utilized. Some commercially popular music is just geared to be a jingle. But traditionally the typical "serious" artist felt lending their art in exchange for cash as the soundtrack to some shallow TV commercial geared to sell (the word "pimp" would often be used) cars or washing detergent was the ultimate sellling of your soul to "the man."

And of course, if said artist's music is reactionary, revolutionary, anti-authoritarian, protest type music, it really is contradictory to have it included in a cheesy TV ad -- hence the reason Jello Biafra fought so hard against his litigating former friends/bandmates who he insisted were trying hard to make a quick buck by selling the rights of the Dead Kennedys' song "Holiday In Cambodia" to be used in a Levi's commercial.

But even less politically overt artists than Biafra are against their music being used in commericals. Still, there are exceptions to every rule. A good example is Jack White, who has long been opposed to the White Stripes' music being sold for use in a commercial. Reportedly over the years he and his bandmate white stripeshave been approached many times and turned down the offers to use the Stripes' music in commercials. But he wasn't opposed to composing a whole new song for a TV commercial a few years ago; he penned the sixties Brit psychedelic inflected tune called "Love Is The Truth" (reminiscent of the Small Faces' hit "Itchycoo Park") with the repeated lyrics "Love is the truth/ It's the right thing to do," to be used in a Coca Cola ad.

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