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Best of 2016: Kelly's Personal Picks (now with more cat)!

Posted by Kelly S. Osato, December 31, 2016 02:18pm | Post a Comment
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Looking back at 2016, it was a good year for music, if for nothing else. If you're reading this—hey!—you survived the ride. How did you do it? Was it the music? Without a doubt, music has saved my life, or at least my mood, as often as once a day (very probably) over this past year and for that I am thankful (most definitely). Here follows a little list of personal favorites that really came through for me in 2016. My cat may be in some of these pictures...

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Tony Molina
- Confront the Truth
(Slumberland)

I never know what to expect from Tony Molina, aside from hella Bay Area bombast and great short songs, and Confront the Truth further confused matters for me (save for the short songs tip) in the best way possible. This lovely 45 is brimming with just the sort of comfortably spun, little-bit-country/little bit folk 'n roll melodies I like. It can also be said that it's brimming with conspicuous influences, namely bits n' bobs reminiscent of The Beatles, Elliott Smith, and perhaps even a little early Skynyrd (think "The Seasons"). Nevertheless, it's easy to appreciate the truth of Molina's heartfelt songwriting and superb ability to navigate a softer power as he coaxes and bends his strums and twangs 'til the bitter end on this ten-ish minutes long, eight song confrontation. Or 'til the bittersweet end, as the cherry on top is a loving cover of Thin Lizzy's wistful instrumental "Banshee" rounding out the record like a would-be bonus track. Altogether a perfect example of how beautifully moving even the most fleeting music can be.

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Egyptian Lover: Into the Future

Posted by Kelly S. Osato, November 30, 2016 08:11pm | Post a Comment

Always timeless, it comes as no surprise that electro hip-hop pioneer The Egyptian Lover - aka L.A. native Greg Broussard, aka chief 808 seductor supreme - keeps moving forward masterfully with his patent "throwback" sound, conquering the dance floor one ass at a time. By any reckoning, it seems like 2016 has been a good year for Egyptian Lover. He's been consistently killin' it on the road in support of his latest full-length LP 1984 (Egyptian Empire), he released a 4 LP anthology, 1983-1988, and a super dope pyramid-shaped 7-inch reissue of Egypt, Egypt (both on Stones Throw), and lately he has been offering up some seriously rad hand drawn custom 12" art covers in addition to droppin' new music videos (like the vibetastic "Into the Future" above, complete with TRON meets Pole Position visuals). He even rustled up a late night, cure-all infomercial for his new box set featuring clips from some of his best videos for folks suffering from some serious new music fatigue (like me):


If that doesn't make you feel all good deep down inside, then perhaps, sadly, The Egyptian Lover isn't your medicine man. Personally speaking, I don't know that I could have made it through this bumpy year without Broussard's past and present old skool stylings, and I've preached the benefit of tuning out any and all modern cacophony by turning on some Egyptian Lover at length to anyone who will listen, for all of my life I've been a freak, doin' what I want to seven days a week. Seriously, if it weren't for the his music, this year might have brought me so far down there'd be no future to get into. Here's to enjoying the past by looking ahead with The Egyptian Lover—today, tomorrow, and always—because in these times of hate and pain, we need a remedy...in fact, we need a freak:

Amoeba Hollywood's Best In-Store Shows of 2015

Posted by Amoebite, December 22, 2015 06:11pm | Post a Comment

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We hosted an amazingly cool and diverse lineup of artists with live shows and signings/meet and greets this year! Here are a handful of events that were especially memorable.

The One And Only PPL MVR
October 14

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The interstellar Yetis of The One and Only PPL MVR rocked the entire store with their animalistic, theatrical heavy glam rock. Even those who didn’t know what the hell was going on got a thrill as the band’s bigfoot and sasquatch descended the stairs and walked through the aisles of Amoeba. See their performance of “Mad” below.

 

JD McPherson
June 1

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 A huge crowd came out to see rock ‘n’ roll revivalist JD McPherson show us how it’s done — he and his super-tight band played a hard-driving set in June in support of his latest album, Let the Good Times Roll. Watch his episode of “What’s In My Bag?” below.

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Interview with The Egyptian Lover Who Plays Amoeba LA & Amoeba SF this Weekend in Celebration of Brand New 2-LP "1984"

Posted by Billyjam, November 6, 2015 09:29am | Post a Comment

Among my favorite artists of all time is the legendary LA hip-hop electro artist The Egyptian Lover, who has played at Amoeba Music in the past but this week makes a very special return with two separate in-store shows in honor of his new double LP. Entitled 1984, the album is out November 7th now on his Egyptian Empire Records label. Note that 1984 is also available in both vinyl, download and CD versions. See him at the Hollywood Amoeba today (Friday, November 6th at 7pm) and again tomorrow at Amoeba San Francisco (Saturday, Nov 7th at 4pm) for a Revolutions session following sets by Chungtech and Guillermo.


3 Records Egyptian Lover Will Def Play @ Amoeba:


1) Bambaataa/Soul Sonic Force's "Planet Rock"  + "Planet Rock" backwards

2) "Electric Kingdom" by Twilight 22

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Only In Hollywood Fest Takes Over Nov. 5-8

Posted by Amoebite, October 28, 2015 03:41pm | Post a Comment

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Mild High Club

The inaugural Only in Hollywood Music and Arts Festival will take over the Hollywood area for four days, from Nov. 5-8.

Featuring more than 100 performances, the festival will hit various venues in the area, including Amoeba Hollywood. On Thursday, Nov. 5, we’ll have a live  in-store performance with Stones Throw Records signee Mild High Club at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 6, electro star Egyptian Lover will spin at Amoeba at 7 p.m., in celebration of his new double-vinyl album, 1984. And on Sunday, Nov. 8, we’ll have DJs from Web radio collective Dublab spinning in-store from 2-4 p.m. As always, all of Amoeba’s events are free and all-ages.

Mild High Club is the moniker of Alexander Brettin, whose spacey psych-pop has graced the same stages as like-minded artists such as Ariel Pink, R. Stevie Moore and Silk Rhodes. Check out the Beatlesesque “Windowpane,” taken from the recently-released debut album, Timeline (on LP or CD).

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