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Annie Lennox Discusses Making the Classic American Songbook Her Own at Amoeba Hollywood

Posted by Amoebite, March 4, 2015 11:13am | Post a Comment

Annie Lennox

With a career spanning over three decades, Annie Lennox has amassed numerous awards, including earning the destinction of "most successful female British artist in UK music history." Known as the "Brit Champion of Champions" Annie Lennox is a living legend. First gaining fame in the '80s as one half of the Eurythmics with bandmate Dave Stewart, the duo led the "Second British Invasion" by way of MTV and their mega hit, "Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This)." That song propelled the band to global stardom and is still a staple in any '80s themed club, DJ set or playlist today. In 1992, Lennox embarked on a solo career and has gone on to release six studio albums.  

Annie LennoxIn support of her latest release, Nostalgia, Lennox visited Amoeba Hollywood to meet fans and sign copies of the new record. Nostalgia finds Lennox reinterpreting classic American Jazz standards and although these songs have been around for decades, it's uncharted waters for the veteran crooner. During this year's GRAMMY Awards broadcast, Lennox joined singer Hozier on stage for a mashup of "Take Me To Church/I Put A Spell On You." The latter is a song by legendary Rhythm & Blues singer Screamin' Jay Hawkins and is featured on Nostalgia. Lennox stole the show with an astounding, powerful performance which earned her a standing ovation from the GRAMMY audience. At 60 years old, Lennox is still a fine tuned singer and an incredibly talented artist.  

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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode With Slimkid3 & DJ Nu-Mark

Posted by Amoebite, February 17, 2015 06:35pm | Post a Comment

Slimkid3 NuMark

Slimkid3 (aka Trevant "Tre" Hardson) is a founding member of seminal alternative hip-hop group The Pharcyde, as well as a solo performer and producer. He started his performing career as a member of Two Slimkid3 Numarkfor Two, a dance group best known for appearing on In Living Color. In 2002, Slimkid3 released Liberation, his first solo album after leaving The Pharcyde. Mark Potsic, a.k.a. DJ Nu-Mark, is a hip-hop producer, owner of Hot Plate Records, and member of Jurassic 5. He released his first solo album in 2004, an instrumental EP Blend Crafters. He has worked with J-Live, Aloe Blacc, Charles Bradley, and the Lonely Island. In 2014, he and Slimkid3 collaborated on their self-titled album, Slimkid3 & DJ Nu-Mark (Delicious Vinyl).

The dynamic duo recently did some record shopping at Amoeba Hollywood. In this "What's In My Bag?" episode Slimkid3 finds a few house and soul gems to add to his collection while Nu-Mark, the consumate record collector, digs up some funky breaks and world music collections. DJ Nu-Mark kicks things off on a hunch and picks up a copy of Jimmy McGriff's Flyin' Time. Slimkid3 follows that with Meshell Ndegeocello's latest release, Comet, Come To Me. From Snoop Dog and Dam-Funk's 7 Days of Funk project to house music singer Lisa Shaw, Slimkid and Nu-Mark dig deep!

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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode With Insane Clown Posse

Posted by Amoebite, February 11, 2015 12:37pm | Post a Comment

Insane Clown Posse at Amoeba Hollywood

Horrorcore rap duo Insane Clown Posse have had a long, storied career, including public feuds with Eminema lawsuit against the FBI, and an album recalled by Disney the day after it was released. Hailing from Detroit, Michigan, ICP have built an empire around hip hop music and clown face paint. With a loyal fan base (referred to as Juggalos) in the hundreds of thoudands, Violent J and Shaggy 2 Dope have managed to earn platinum and gold albums with little to no help from major labels. Heavily criticized for their obscene content and their emphasis on shock value, writers from just about every major music outlet have taken shots at ICP.

ICP

Love them or hate them, one thing is for sure, Violent J and Shaggy 2 Dope mean business. They have founded a professional wrestling federation (Juggalo Championship Wrestling), an annual music festival (The Gathering of the Juggalos), a record label (Psychopathic Records) which reportedly rakes in upwards of $10 million in annual revenue, and The Lotus Pod recording studio. They have also executive produced several feature films. Not bad for a couple of clowns. They have two forthcoming albums, The Missing Link: Lost and The Missing Link: Found, the first of which will be released via Psychopathic Records this Spring.

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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode With Organist Cameron Carpenter

Posted by Amoebite, February 4, 2015 11:14am | Post a Comment

Cameron Carpenter

Known for his vibrant flare in music and fashion, Cameron Carpenter is taking an ancient instrument to unconventional places. Praised and simultaneously criticized for his use of electronic organs, Carpenter is often referred to as a virtuoso for his unorthodox interpretations of standard organ arrangements.The classically trained organist earned two degrees from the prestigious Juilliard School in New York and he holds the distinction of being the first organist to be nominated for a GRAMMY award. His International Touring Organ show features a digital organ designed by Carpenter.

Cameron Carpenter visited Amoeba Hollywood recently to do a little shopping and to dispel some common misconceptions about Classical musicians. Cameron kicks off his What's In My Bag? episode with a copy of Wiz Khalifa's Deal Or No Deal and follows that up with Breakfast by Chiddy Bang. A huge fan of film scores and soundtrack composers, Cameron digs up a copy of Citizen Kane by Bernard Herrman. Watch the full episode below to hear Cameron explain why it's important for Classical musicians to know what's going on in popular music, from Hip Hop to Taylor Swift and everything in between.

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

Posted by Amoebite, January 28, 2015 11:51am | Post a Comment

New Order

New Order is often hailed as one the most influential bands of the '80s. They took their developing post-punk sound and combined it with electronic dance music, making them one of the pioneers of the newly coined "synthpop" era. The English band was formed in 1980 by the remaining members of Joy Division after the death of lead singer Ian Curtis. Gillian Gilbert (Stephen Morris' wife) was recruited to round out the new group, playing keyboards, guitar and synthesisers. New Order's EP, 1981-1982, received a nice all white vinyl reissue for Record Store Day last year. The pressing was limited to 3,500 in the U.S., but will be given an unlimited run in black vinyl this year! New Order signed with Mute Records in September 2014 and are working on their tenth studio album.

Founding members Gillian Gilbert and Stephen Morris sat down with our cameras at Amoeba Hollywood for another memorable What's In My Bag? episode. Gillian picks up a T-shirt by '70s rock legends Television. To Stephen's surprise the two realize they both love the band's debut album, Marquee Moon (Elektra). Stephen follows up with Fiesta Songs, a covers album by German producer Senor Coconut. It's got a great merengue cover of Michael Jackson's "Beat It" and The Doors' "Riders On The Storm."  Stephen also digs up a copy of Desmond Dekker's classic The King Of Ska on vinyl. Gillian also picks up some pop favorites with Lana Del Rey's Ultraviolence and Lady Gaga's The Remix, both on vinyl.

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