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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode With Strand Of Oaks

Posted by Amoebite, May 26, 2015 05:07pm | Post a Comment

Strand Of Oaks

Strand Of Oaks is the brainchild of singer-songwriter/producer Timothy Showalter. The Philadelpia-based Strand of oaksmuscian crafts anthemic stadium ready choruses drawing inspiration from classic folk-rock while making his own unqiue brand of modern Americana. Now signed to the the Dead Oceans label, Showalter finds himself in great company with the likes of Akron/Family and Bishop Allen, to name a few. For his label debut, Showalter manages to take folk-based song ideas and turn them into rock gold. Pulling from personal life woes, Showalter uses his self pitty and pain of a failed marriage to create a well-produced record filled with classic pop characteristics. He's got big drums, big hooky choruses and just the right amount of distortion. Strand Of Oaks' HEAL is out now on LP and CD.  

Timothy recently visited Amoeba San Francisco and picked up some great albums. He first digs up a vinyl copy of Security by progressive rock icon Peter Gabriel. He follows that with Boston folk singer Marissa Nadler's July and Future Islands' In the Evening Air. A true fan of great songwriting, Timothy digs far and wide. He also picks up albums by Nick Cave and Kurt Vile and talks about some nostalgic music from his childhood. Watch the full What's In My Bag? episode below for all his awesome picks.

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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode With Cattle Decapitation

Posted by Amoebite, April 30, 2015 03:57pm | Post a Comment

Cattle Decapitation

San Diego deathgrind band Cattle Decapitation is known for their songs Cattle Decapprotesting the mistreatment of animals and enviornmental abuse. Since forming in 1996, they have released seven studio albums and just teased a follow up to 2014's Monolith Of Inhumanity, which is slated for release later this year (more details to be announced May 20th).

Vocalist Travis Ryan and bassist Derek Engemann visited Amoeba Hollywood recently to do some record shopping. The two picked up an eclectic mix of music, including a few albums fans might not expect. Travis kicks things off with A Tribute To Bethlehem, the German metal band. Derek shows off a Dark Funeral tatoo to go with his new copy of The Secrets Of The Black Arts (Century Media) and we learn a little secret about why he loves this record so much. Travis finds two psychedelic gems from Turkish folk-rocker Selda Bagcan and gets his hands on a copy of Beck's Morning Phase (Capitol) pressed on 180 gram vinyl. In true record shopping fashion, Derek spots an album by Pagan-metal band Bornholm and picks the album solely based on its cover art. From psychedelic folk to experimental noise to pop vocal and metal, Travis and Derek dig for it all. Watch the full episode below to see all their finds:

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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode With Mike Scott of The Waterboys

Posted by Amoebite, April 21, 2015 06:17pm | Post a Comment

Mike Scott

The Waterboys is the brainchild of Scottish-born singer-songwriter Mike Scott. The project blew up in the '80s with its Celtic-inspired rock and roll, including the hit song "The Whole of the Moon" from their 1985 album This Is the Sea. Ten years into the band's career, Mike Scott, the driving force behind The Waterboys,  went "solo" and the band were on hiatus for most of the '90s. The Waterboys came back in 2000 and have been releasing albums and touring the world since. 2015 has been very busy for The Waterboys, including two new releases, tour dates and their North American national television debut on the Late Show With David Letterman. The band's new album, Modern Blues  (Harlequin & Clown) hit shelves April 7th and was closely followed by Puck's Blues, (Harlequin & Clown) a special 10" vinyl for Record Store Day.

Be sure to catch The Waterboys when they're in Los Angeles next month to play the Fonda Theatre May 13th. You can purchase tickets in-store at Amoeba Hollywood with super low fees or you can get them online here.

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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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