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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode With Belle & Sebastian

Posted by Amoebite, April 16, 2015 11:20am | Post a Comment

The Scottish indie pop band Belle & Sebastian  just rocked day 2 of Coachella. Singer Stewart Lee Murdoch handpicked several fans and invited them to dance alongside the band on stage. Belle & Sebastian performed selections from their latest release, Girls In Peacetime Want to Dance (Matador). For the new record, producer Ben H. Allen III was brought in to help beef up the band's songs. Allen encourgaed the group to take chances musically and the tactic resulted in pop magic. Girls In Peacetime Want to Dance is arguably the most pop Belle & Sebastian has ever been. This is definitely a good thing and fans will appreciate and love the new tunes. The booming synth track "The Party Line" is the stuff radio programmers drool over. Go cop the new album and if you're feeling lucky, try and score tickets to see them rock Coachella a second time next weekend! 

Belle & Sebastian visited Amoeba Hollywood for a special in-store signing in support of the newly released Girls In Peacetime Want to Dance. We had a packed house with adoring fans excited to meet the band. While on their visit, the band hung out with our What's In My Bag? crew and shared what they found while shopping Amoeba. Guitarist Stevie Jackson digs up a copy of Jack Nicholson's 1970 directorial debut,  Drive, He Said (Columbia Pictures, a sweet find given you can't get it in the UK. Sarah mentions she has been practicing French and picks up a French film classic, Eyes Without a Face (Criterion). Bassist Bobby picks up a reissue of T. Rex pressed on 180 gram vinyl. Very nice! From books by famous African-American poet and playwright LeRoi Jones to vintage Jefferson Airplane concert posters to vinyl by Sleater-Kinney, Belle & Sebastian find some great stuff. Watch the full episode for all their cool picks.    

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New "What's in My Bag?" Episode With The Decemberists

Posted by Amoebite, April 2, 2015 11:55am | Post a Comment

The Decemberists

The Decemberists formed in 2000 when Colin Meloy (vocals/guitar) moved from Montana to Portland, OR, where he subsequently met Chris Funk (guitar/multi-instrumentalist), Jenny Conlee Decemberists(keyboads / piano / accordion / Hammond organ), Nate Query (bass), and John Moen (drums). Named after the 1825 Decembrist revolt in Imperial Russia and inspired by the moodiness of the month itself, an early incarnation of the band self-released its debut EP, 5 Songs, in 2001. The group's first full-length, Castaways and Cutouts, was released via Hush Records in 2002. The band then signed to Kill Rock Stars for 2003's Her Majesty the Decemberists and 2005's Picaresque. In 2006, the Decemberists made the leap to Capitol Records, releasing a handful of well-received albums. In January 2015, the band's seventh studio album, What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World, hit stores, followed by a lengthy North American tour.

The Decemberists visited Amoeba Hollywood for an album signing to celebrate the release of What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World and they took some time for a little record shopping. In this episode of What's In My Bag? Colin Meloy kicks things off with a nice re-issue of The Posies' Failure on vinyl. Drummer John Moen follows that with the obscure psych-rock reissue of Paper Garden (Sundazed Records) and introduces us to "Johnny's Chancers," records bought based on the album artwork and cover blurb. Jenny, a big fan of Classical music, picks up a copy of Silk Road Journeys by Yo-Yo Ma & The Silk Road Ensemble. Watch the full episode below to see the rest of their very eclectic picks.

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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode With Regulo Caro

Posted by Amoebite, March 24, 2015 07:25pm | Post a Comment

Regulo Caro at Amoeba Hollywood

Regulo Caro has quickly become a powerhouse in the Regional Mexican scene. At age 16, Caro began performing with a band locally and developing his craft. After attending college and earning his degree in business administration, Caro began pursuing music. Finding early success as a songwriter, Caro's songs were covered by the likes of Julion Alvarez, Los Bohemios de Sinaloa, Los Nuevos Rebeldes, and Raul Hernandez to name a few. Backed by Del Recrods, who are at the forefront of the modern day regional Mexican scene with young stars like Gerardo Ortiz and Luis Coronel, Caro is poised to have a long, successful career.

Reguloa CaroWith three albums under his belt, Regulo released his fourth offering, Senzu-Rah (Del Records), in October 2014. Caro says this album is a stance against censorship the alternative corrido genre has faced. Described as a fusion sound embracing hints of norteƃ±o, reggae, banda and metal, Senzu-Rah, is Caro's most ambitous effort yet. The 15 track album is packed with catchy hooks, with most songs coming in at under two minutes in length. 

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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode With Blood Orange

Posted by Amoebite, March 18, 2015 11:53am | Post a Comment

Dev Hynes aka Blood Orange

Devonte "Dev" Hynes is a British singer, songwriter, producer, composer, and author who is known by the stage names Blood Orange and Lightspeed Champion, the latter taken from a comic strip Hynes drew as a teenager. Hynes got his start as a member of the short-lived England based band, Test Icicles. In high demand as a producer and songwriter, Hynes has written for artists such as Florence and the Machine, The Chemical Brothers, Basement Jaxx, Sky Ferreira and Solange Knowles, among others.

Blood Orange's follow up to his 2011 debut, Coastal Groovesis the super collaborative production, Cupid Deluxe (Domino Recording Co, 2013). On Cupid Deluxe Hynes digs a little deeper to touch upon stories of change and people forgotten, but he still delivers those catchy pop textures we love from him. The album's 11 tracks take us from smooth backseat make-out music to funky influenced boom bap. There's a good reason why Hynes was hailed as the "20th coolest person in rock." Everyone could use a little Cupid Deluxe in their life. 

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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode With Fences

Posted by Amoebite, March 11, 2015 03:25pm | Post a Comment

Fences

Fences is the brainchild of Brockton, Massachusetts native Christopher Mansfield. In 2009, Mansfield released his debut EP, Ultimate Puke, online via his MySpace page. The songs caught the attention of Sara Quin of popular Canadian band Tegan & Sara. Quin later produced and contributed vocals to the debut full-length, Fences (2010). Mansfield has since collaborated with fellow Seattle artists Macklemore and Ryan Lewis both contributing to each other's projects. Mansfield co-wrote the song "10,000 Fences Lesser OceansHours" from Macklemore's break through hit record, The Heist.

Now part of the Elektra roster, Fences just released Lesser Oceans this week. Mansfield and his cohorts - guitarist Benjamin Greenspan, drummer Elliot Chaffee and bassist Lindsey Starr - deliver 10 perfectly written folk-pop songs with help from producers Ryan Lewis, Chris Walla and Jacquire King. Macklemore drops in for a guest rap verse on "Arrows" that works magically with the non-hip hop stylings of Fences. Mansfield has a knack for tapping into simple lyrics while still being entertaining and drawing in the listener. Conviction and emotion is what drives this stellar batch of songs. 

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