My Promiscuous Cochlea: Everyone My Ear Took Home in 2014

Posted by Mark Beaver, January 8, 2015 05:33pm | Post a Comment

Vinyl isn't cheap, nor is is tawdry, so the collecting of it has become much more a matter of discernment than it used to be.

The following is a list, alphabetical, perchance by merit, of the vinyl (new titles and re-issues) that made the cut in 2014. It doesn't presume to be a "Best Of," as I am very aware of the peculiarities of my particular set of listening apparatuses. It is a list of the vinyl that my scattershot attention locked on to, brought home and allowed to bed down in the limited space that I allot for records in my home.

amen dunes love sacred bones

Love (Sacred Bones)

Folky, trippy, with that under-water production we've heard from the likes of KURT VILE, except where VILE is stoned and hanging with his buddies, AMEN DUNES' Damon McMahon is lost in a vast open space, deep in the mushroom and calling "Marco Polo" to the night sky. Stark and brittle while somehow managing to remain lush. I don't think I listened to any album of 2014 as often as I've listened to this.


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The Best 'What's In My Bag?' Episodes of 2014

Posted by Amoebite, December 22, 2014 06:34pm | Post a Comment

Best What's In My Bag Episodes of 2014

2014 has been a big year for our "What's In My Bag?" series. All of our episodes are now captured and presented in gorgeous full HD and inscribed with a rad new hand-drawn logo. With our new tools we are continuing to try and step up our game creatively and seek out guests as interesting and uncommon as the items that are found in each episodes. This year we featured a Belgian pop star, a godfather of hip hop, an ace baker, a pair of British psych pop legends, a child star, an '80s icon, and not one but two Flaming Lips.

Here is our list of the Top 10 episodes from 2014, but since we couldn't leave it at just 10 check out the honorable mentions as well. Enjoy and thanks for watching!!

10) Michel Faber

Dutch-born author Michel Faber (Under the Skin, The Crimson Petal and the White) visited Amoeba San Francisco where he picked up an eclectic and esoteric selection ranging from folk to rock to experimental and beyond. He also waxes poetic about the beauty of vinyl packaging and the idea of an album as a book.

Michel Faber - What's In My Bag?
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New "What"s In My Bag?" Episode With Liars

Posted by Amoebite, May 21, 2014 05:34pm | Post a Comment


The band Liars has come a long way since their formation in the early 2000s. They've released seven studio albums and a slew of  EPs and singles, making these veterans of post-punk a force to be Liarsreckoned with. In support of their newly released album, Mess (Mute), Liars will be playing an all-ages show at the Fonda Theatre in Hollywood Tuesday, May 27th. Tickets for this show are also available at Amoeba Hollywoood. Mess is a fun production full of drone like vocals, electro synth layers, and traces of dub-step. Liars often tow the line between experimental rock and high energy electro-dance and those elements are all well represented on the new album.

The band recently visited Amoeba to do a little shopping and of course our cameras recorded all the action for another fun episode of  What's In My Bag?. Singer Angus Andrew and synth player Aaron Hemphill explored nearly every corner of Amoeba Hollywood, picking up freestyle, rock, '90s hip hop, soundtracks, apparel and more. They get things started with Michael Frank's LP, The Art of Tea, and then show off a couple of AC/DC and Culture Club patches. They also pick up an awesome Ice Cube Kill At Will T-shirt! Check out the full episode below for all of their great finds. 

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Amoeba Holds Charity Auction Saturday May 3 With Gustavo Arellano

Posted by Billy Gil, April 23, 2014 03:33pm | Post a Comment

Our next charity auction will be hosted by OC Weekly’s Gustavo Arellano on Saturday, May 3 at 4 p.m. at Amoeba Hollywood, after which he'll spin records for a "Tres De Mayo" DJ set.

sweet reliefBid on concert tickets, gift certificates, collectibles and more. Proceeds will go toward Sweet Relief Musicians Fund, which provides financial assistance to career musicians struggling to make ends meet while facing illness, disability or age-related problems. Amoeba will match winning auction bids up to $1,000.

Some of the items in the May 3 auction will include:

-Two tickets to Tacolandia, the taco fest happening June 28 in Downtown L.A.


-Two tickets to American Idiot, the play based on the Green Day album of the same name, plus water bottles, T-shirts and other Green Day stuff. Read more about that show here.

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Stream Songs From Record Store Day Releases Before They Come Out

Posted by Billy Gil, April 17, 2014 09:27am | Post a Comment

Record Store Day is this Saturday, April 19. You can see all of the records that will be available here, and be sure to check out my 10 to watch blog. To whet your appetite further, check out these songs that will be released on Record Store Day but that you can stream now. And be sure to come to Amoeba stores on April 19—read about what we’ll have going on in-store here.

Ex-Cult – “Ties You Up”

ex-cultWhile this track will be on the upcoming Midnight Passenger album, this version (not found on the album) is produced by garage-rock wunderkind Ty Segall, giving it that extra oomph.


Lust for Youth – “Illume”

lust for youth sacred bonesWe’ve been fans of Sacred Bones signees Lust for Youth for some time now, but they seem to really be coming into their own with the cleaned-up and poppy “Illume.” It’ll appear on their new album International (out June 10), but before that, you can pick it up on Sacred Bones’ compilation Todo Muere Vol. 4, with other gothy goodies from Zola Jesus, Marissa Nadler, David Lynch and more.

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