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Introducing...Our New Series: First Show Stories

Posted by Amoebite, July 11, 2016 12:55pm | Post a Comment

First Show Stories

We're excited to reveal our newest web series, First Show Stories! Our film crew at Amoeba Hollywood has been chatting with some of the artists who've stopped by the store lately to learn more about their very first concert-going experiences. The first three installments in the series showcase memories from Nick Harmer of Death Cab for Cutie, the Tweedy family, and A Nameless Ghoul from Ghost. Check out the stories below to get a glimpse into experiences that are alternately mortifying, exhilarating, and inspiring.

In this video, Nick Harmer talks about the "fairly traumatic" experience of going to see R.E.M. on their Green tour, describing how he saved his money and slept outside in line for tickets -- only to be one-upped by his mom.

 

The men of Tweedy -- Jeff, Spencer, and Sam -- talk about their vastly different first concert experiences; for Jeff, it was an early Stray Cats gig while Spencer says "it was probably a Wilco show," and Sam talks about seeing The Rolling Stones. Featuring family friend Steve Albini's bad life advice for kids!

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Amoeba Hollywood's Best In-Store Shows of 2015

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

best in-stores amoeba 2015

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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The Best 'What's In My Bag?' Episodes of 2015

Posted by Amoebite, December 22, 2015 01:56pm | Post a Comment

Best What's In My Bag Episodes of 2015

Season 8 has been a pretty big year for our little "What's In My Bag?" series. We kicked off this season with Patrick Carney of The Black Keys and yesterday we posted a new episode with GRAMMY royalty, legendary vocalist Johnny Mathis. In between we spoke to a Mexican superstar, a punk poet, an organ virtuoso, Juggalo godfathers, and many, many more artists.

Here is our list of the Top 10 episodes from 2015, but since we couldn't leave it at just 10 check out the honorable mentions as well. Enjoy and thanks for watching!!

10) Michael Shannon

Sometimes you must ask, “What would the man who brings to life some of our most heinous villains listen to when he’s not being creepy as hell?” Actor Michael Shannon (Boardwalk Empire, Take Shelter, Revolutionary Road) proved to be intriguingly deadpan as he opened up his bag, revealing an enduring connection to Chicago and a deep knowledge of music. 

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

Posted by Amoebite, October 27, 2015 12:46pm | Post a Comment

Ghost What's In My Bag? at Amoeba Hollywood

Swedish heavy metal band Ghost are known for their theatrical appearance onstage and their anonymity offstage. Fronted by Papa Emeritus, an "anti-Pope" figure in skull makeup and cardinal robes, and backed by masked members who call themselves Nameless Ghouls, the band formed in 2006. Their debut full-length came in 2010 with the release of Opus Eponymous.

Ghost MeloriaThe followup came in 2013 with Infestissumam, which generated controversy when it was recorded in Nashville, TN, due to the album's satanic lyrical content. Ghost's third album, Meliora, was released in August 2015 and debuted at #8 on the Billboard 200 chart. You can watch Ghost make their U.S. television debut this Friday, October 30 with a live performance on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.

In support of Meliora, Ghost recently performed a special acoustic set at Amoeba Hollywood. Over 700 fans showed up for the free show and a lucky 300 were also able to meet the band and get the new record signed. Check out the video below featuring some of the amazing, loyal fans who turned up early for the in-store performance. A Nameless Ghoul from Ghost took some time to talk with our What's in My Bag? crew about some of his favorite albums by KISS and Candlemass, and give us some insight into the black metal concepts in Ghost.

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Best of a Rapid Decade: One per year plus a few too good to not mention...

Posted by Mark Beaver, January 6, 2010 04:00pm | Post a Comment

In recently trying to fill in a friend on what I'd spent the last year or two listening to, I realized that my personal taste tends to gravitate towards some element of either Folk form (any hint of hill-folk finger-pickin' or Ozark/Appalachian melancholy and I'm in), Psychedelia or the tendency to extend a theme for a good long jam (a category in which I include a lot of the Jazz that I like), or just a great, funky groove.

With those qualifiers in place, the following is a year by year review of the last decade which somehow got past me with out noticing it. I mean, really?!! 2010?!!!  I didn't see it coming: 

2000: Album of the Year

Air's enjoyable and wacky Moon Safari had been on the decks for a couple years before they contracted for the soundtrack to Sofia Coppolla's Virgin Suicides. The resultant score is absolutely sublime and marked the French electronauts as contenders to watch.

For myself, it was the defining sound of the millennium's new year.
















Shelby Lynne released a killer country-soul gem, I Am Shelby Lynne, that echoed early material from the likes of Bonnie Raitt. Thinking that it was a brilliant debut from a talented 32yo unknown, I was eventually shocked to find that it was her 6th album. I listened to it for months.

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