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

Posted by Amoebite, October 28, 2014 03:28pm | Post a Comment

Phantogram

The self-proclaimed "street beat, psych pop" duo known as Phantogram have been making some serious noise over the last few years. Now backed by major label Universal Records, Phantogram released Voices earlier this year, which many critics and fans said was their most cohessive and appealing album yet. Voices tastefully delivers well crafted catchy pop hooks with the gloss to rival any Rihanna or Beyonce smash hit.

PhantogramFormed in 2007 by childhood friends Josh Carter (vocals/guitars) and Sarah Barthel (vocals/keyboards), the band (originally called Charlie Everywhere) first signed with BBE in Europe and then signed with Barsuk Records in the U.S. To date, Phantogram has released two studio albums - Eyelid Movies (2009) and Voices (2014) - four EPs, and various singles. They have maintained a steady tour schedule, sharing stages with the likes of Zero 7, The xx, Ra Ra Riot, School of Seven Bells, Brazilian Girls, and opened for M83 at the iconic Hollywood Bowl. Phantogram has also been featured on several major North American festivals including Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza, Coachella, Sasquatch, Bumbershoot, Treasure Island, Outside Lands, Firefly, and Summerfest. Needless to say, they've been very busy.

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

Posted by Amoebite, October 23, 2014 07:37pm | Post a Comment

Common at Amoeba Hollywood

You definitely don't have to be a fan of Common to appreciate what he has been able to achieve over the past two decades. He went from humble beginnings as an underground emcee on the Southside of Chicago to a GRAMMY winning rapper and high profile actor in Hollywood. With the recent release of Nobody's Smiling, Common has achieved another milestone few artists can claim (aside from being one of the few rappers interviewed by Oprah) - growing his discogrophy to album number 10. 

Common

Teaming up with producer and former Kanye West mentor No I.D. (aka "the Godfather of Chicago Hip Hop"), Common delivers a stellar album depicting the struggles and tragic conditions that plague Chicago today. The album's context is in line with what fans came to love about Common. In the early '90s, when gangsta rap was taking over radio and selling millions of records, Common stuck to his jazz influenced raps, bringing the "Golden Era" of hip hop to the new millenium. Jay-Z and Drake may rule the Billboard charts, but it's Common who gains the respect of fans from the underground and the mainstream.  

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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode With Electronic Producers Prosumer And Hunee

Posted by Amoebite, October 20, 2014 11:20am | Post a Comment
Hunee Prosumer

Prosumer is one of Europe's most renowned House DJ/producers. He was one of the first DJs to play UK Funky white labels, thus helping to break the left-field genre that takes grime, R&B, Dancehall, Dubstep and mashes it over House music. In 2011, Prosumer released Panarama Bar 03 for the Ostgut Ton label and received rave reviews from dance music critics and scenters alike. DJ/producer Hunee (aka Hunch), originally from Berlin but now based in Los Angeles, has released records through various well respected labels, including Permanent Vacation, Rush Hour and Retreat, to name a few. Both DJs are currently on tour in Europe.

Prosumer and Hunee recently visited Amoeba Hollywood and found some really cool records. It's easy to tell these two guys are vinyl pros and they dig deep in the crates! Hunee first picks up a copy of A Synthetic Life by Chicago's own Hieroglyphic Being. Prosumer follows up with a copy of the 94 East's Minneapolis Genius, which was the first official recording to feature a then unknown Prince. Showing their wide tastes in music, Hunee and Prosumer also pick up El Secreto De LAS 12 by World artist Finis Africae and Folk Jazz legend, John Martyn's One World on vinyl. From Electronica to New Age -Experimental Folk, Hunee and Prosumer find some great stuff at Amoeba!

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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with DJ A-Trak

Posted by Amoebite, October 15, 2014 06:02pm | Post a Comment

A-Trak

From label executive to GRAMMY nominated producer to lifestyle icon, A-Trak rocks many hats. Literally. Most people in the pop culture world might only know him as Kanye West's personal tour DJ, but that is only one small piece to the multifaceted Alain Macklovitch. At the age of 15, A-Trak became the youngest (and the first Canadian) to win the coveted DMC World DJ Championship title. He holds the distinction of being the first DJ to win all three major DJ competitions (DMC, ITF and Vestax), and was the first to win five World Championships. He's basically the Michael Jordan of the DJ world.

Over the years A-Trak has toured extensively with Kanye West and has lent his skills to the likes of Jay-Z, Common, Lupe Fiasco and Drake. In 2007, he founded the Fool's Gold label and helped launch the careers of Kid Sister, Danny Brown and Kid Cudi. He also developed and published music notation for scratching. Today he's hailed as a go-to tastemaker and collaborates with major brands, lending his image to ad campaigns for Adidas, Grey Goose and Cadillac. 

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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Joe Begos and Josh Ethier

Posted by Amoebite, September 30, 2014 05:56pm | Post a Comment

Joe Begos Josh Ethier

Almost Human Blu-rayFilmmakers Joe Begos and Josh Ethier are the definition of multi-hyphenates. Begos, a writer/director/producer/cinematographer/camera operator/actor teamed up with his longtime friend Ethier, an actor/producer/editor/sound designer/composer to film Almost Human. The sci-fi/slasher flick, set in the pair's native New England and inspired by classic 1980s horror films, premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival.

The pair stopped by Amoeba Hollywood to share some of their top picks for movies and music. Begos starts things off with Brian De Palma's Snake Eyes, which he says is "De Palma's best movie since the '80s." Ethier shows off the beautifully-packaged Death Waltz reissue of John Carpenter's soundtrack to The Fog. Begos talks about the Blu-ray version of William Friedkin's Sorcerer and Ethier discusses Ennio Morricone's score for Dario Argento's The Bird with the Crystal Plumage.

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