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Our Top 13 "What's In My Bag?" Episodes Of 2013

Posted by Amoebite, December 27, 2013 10:50am | Post a Comment

Best WIMBs of 2013We are wrapping up our 6th season of What's In My Bag? and we wanted to take a look back at the year that was 2013. It's been a fantastic year for us (we won a Webby Award!!) and this season featured a number of outstanding WIMB firsts.

Lots of love and countless hours of editing goes into making each video happen. They're a bit like our children, so picking our favorites is a daunting task. We tried to make a list of our Top 5 episodes, but that seemed impossible. Then we attempted a Top 10 list, but we couldn't narrow it down. So we settled on our 13 favorite episodes of 2013.

These are the episodes that surprised, excited and engaged us the most. These are the episodes that make us laugh upon repeat viewings. These are the episodes that we send to our friends to make them jealous about the work we do. These are the best “What’s in My Bag?” episodes of 2013. Enjoy!

 

#13. Clairy Browne

The Australian soul singer may not be super well-known in the States yet, but she thoroughly charmed and entertained us. She talks about albums by strong women including PJ Harvey and Queen Latifah, deconstructing Frank Ocean songs, and shares some of her famously misheard lyrics. And then there's her fashion...

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Amoeba Hollywood's Top 10 In-store Performances of 2013

Posted by Billy Gil, December 23, 2013 02:47pm | Post a Comment

This year Amoeba Hollywood hosted some of the best, and most diverse, in-store performances in Amoeba’s history. Let’s look back at 10 that stood out.

 

Yo La Tengo – Jan. 17

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More Yo La Tengo photos here.

One of the greatest indie rock bands of all time helped start the year off in support of their album Fade, playing a set that combined heavy guitar histrionics with more intimate moments. Read my full recap here.

 

FIDLAR – Jan. 24

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Two New Videos from Julieta Venegas

Posted by Amoebite, June 25, 2013 06:38pm | Post a Comment

Julieta Venegas

Multi-Grammy Award winning Mexican pop star Julieta Venegas recently released her sixth studio album, Los Momentos, an 11 song journey into '80s influenced dance beats with her signature pop sensibilities. From stories of drug violence to cheating lovers, Julieta cleverly manages to take melancholy content and transform it into an appealing sound easily consumed by the masses. Julieta VenegasShe is one of contemporary music's most eclectic pop artists. The music she currently makes is light years away from her early contributions as a member of the '90s Mexican ska-punk band, Tijuana No!

Amoeba cameras caught up with Julieta on a recent visit to our Hollywood store and she gave us a little insight into why her musical output tends to be so eclectic. She is a big fan of electro/dream-pop artist Youth Lagoon. She is also a classically trained piano player and gravitates to the sounds of Chilly Gonzalez and his Solo Piano works. From French house music producer Kavinsky to British soul singer Laura Mvula, Julieta listens to it all! Check out another memorable episode of What's In My Bag? with Julieta Venegas.

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Julieta Venegas Live Performance & Signing At Amoeba Hollywood!

Posted by Amoebite, April 9, 2013 02:15pm | Post a Comment

Julieta Venagas live signingJulieta Venegas celebrates her new album, Los Momentos (out April 9th), with a live performance and signing at Amoeba Hollywood! If you can't be here in person, you can watch the live webcast on Amoeba.com.

Get a free ticket to attend a private concert with Julieta Venegas on April 18 at The Mayan Theater in downtown LA with purchase of Los Momentos – courtesy of Super Estrella! While supplies last. Show is 21+over. One ticket per CD purchase (limit 2 per customer).

The first 300 purchasers of Los Momentos at Amoeba Hollywood (beginning April 9) will be guaranteed a place in line for the CD signing after the in-store performance.  Please note: Admission is first come, first admitted. Line will form on Ivar beginning at 4pm day of show. This event is all ages. 

Julieta Venegas has said that her newest album is inspired by the rampant drug violence in Mexico as well as motherhood. Much like previous releases, Venegas covers a lot of ground lyrically. Los Momentos is an 11 track album full of pop dance jams that will rival everyone from Rihanna to Tegan and Sara.  Venegas once again manages to seamlessly take melancholy themes and present them in a sonically positive light. Check out the videos below!

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Albums Out April 9: The Knife, Kurt Vile and More

Posted by Billy Gil, April 9, 2013 10:54am | Post a Comment

Album Picks:

The Knife - Shaking The Habitual

The Knife Shaking the HabitualCD $12.98

Deluxe CD $19.98

LP $27.98

As always, The Knife mean to disturb and provoke you, and Shaking the Habitual is their most adventurous statement to date. They begin the two-disc set with one of the more pop-oriented pieces — of course, The Knife’s defintion of pop involves alien distortion on Karin Dreijer Andersson’s vocals, which are growly and swoop in and out of conventional melodicism to begin with. On “A Tooth for an Eye,” it’s fairly typical, if highly accomplished, fare for The Knife, as Andersson’s warped vocals match her and Olaf Dreijer’s tribal beatwork and synths that bellow and squelch like steam machinery. This in no way prepares you for the set’s second song, the nine-minute “Full of Fire,” whose machine-gun beats are the accessible part of a demonic pop song in which synths bleep atonally like tea kettles and swirl like locusts, while Andersson’s vocals sound like they’ve been run over by tires full of syringes. Even with its mammoth run-time and demanding sound, it never falters in fascinating and keeping a fanged vice grip on the listener. You feel your hair stand on end and you start to sweat with each new turn. “A Cherry on Top” starts with five minutes of wraithlike synths before Andersson comes in with a digitally deepened voice in a sort of gender, culture, genre-bending near 10 minutes that’s both bewildering and bold. Of course The Knife’s freaky sounds can be grating or seemingly unusual for the sake of it sometimes — I opened a hotel website with a man singing in Hawaiian during the flute-laden “Without You My Life Would Be Boring” and didn’t notice for a full minute — and pieces like the nearly silent, nearly 20-minute “Old Dreams Waiting to Be Realized” are more interesting in concept and as a breather than they are in actual sound. But Shaking the Habitual harkens back to a time when albums were meant to be an experience, something puzzled over, abandoned and returned to and studied, not streamed while searching for hotels. It’s anti-pop, but claims that it is “unlistenable” are unfounded. Even at nearly 10 minutes and with truly messed up sounds housed within in, “Raging Lung” is a pop song, with movements and parts that hit you and break through the din — when Andersson keeps coming in with her “that’s when it hurts” line ranks among the best pop moments on the album. “Networking” drops vocals almost entirely in favor of a Kraftwerkian cold synth rave-up, and it ends up one of the album’s catchiest songs in the process. “Stay Out Here” also features guest vocals from Light Asylum’s Shannon Funchess and artist Emily Roysdon that make the song a kind of horror house anthem as the singers’ vocals bounce off one another and come together in eerie harmony in a padded cell of wavelike synths and skittering beats. The Knife make many demands on you — of your time, of your patience and of your willingness to let go of preconceived notions of pop — on Shaking the Habitual. Trust them — you’ll emerge from the experience feeling as though you’ve gained a new understanding of what pop music can be. Few artists alive today can claim the same effect.

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