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New "What"s In My Bag?" Episode With Liars

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

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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.

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-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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Album Picks: Future Islands, Lavender Country, Liars, Caetano Veloso

Posted by Billy Gil, March 25, 2014 09:23am | Post a Comment

Future Islands - Singles (LP, CD, Cassette or Download)

future islands singlesIt’s a gutsy move to call your album Singles, but in the case of Future Islands, their fourth album and first for 4AD, it’s appropriate. The album is packed with songs that are both immaculately written and catchy as hell, as Future Islands mine new wave and pop-rock for all they’re worth. Just as lead singer Samuel Herring’s dynamite performance style and swingin’ dance moves have won people over (David Letterman, famously), the band gives it their all on songs like “Seasons (Waiting On You).” Herring’s emotional, throaty tenor, which can warp into a growl in an instant, is given the perfect backdrop of stargazing new-wave rock that should bring together fans of everyone from Bruce Springsteen to The Cure to The Killers with lighter-waving glee. The synths of “Spirit” bring up memories of B-Movie's “Nowhere Girl,” but Herring’s unique voice keep Future Islands from ever veering into purely nostalgic territory. “A Song For Our Grandfathers” is dreamy yet packs an emotional punch. Herring seems to get more and more insistent over the sprightly “Light House,” almost completely out of step with the band, yet it works so much better than it would have if he played it straight, getting in your face and making it impossible to merely have the song on in the background. On “Like the Moon,” a sexy, pulsating groove gives Herring the chance to kill it vocally, crooning romantically. But his best vocal performance comes next, on “Fall From Grace”—over a simple waltz, Herring goes deep into the bowels of his voice to deliver a performance somewhere between Tom Waits, The National’s Matt Berniger and a black metal singer. Charisma like his doesn’t come around all the time, and as a band, Future Islands are smart enough to stay out of the way while crafting terrific songs that stand on their own. Before you know it, you’ve listened to Singles like five times and still can’t wait to hear it again.

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Desert Daze 2014 Tickets Available Now at Amoeba Hollywood

Posted by Rachael McGovern, February 5, 2014 04:40pm | Post a Comment

The lineup for this year's Desert Daze festival was just announced this week, and it looks to be the biggest and best one yet! Blonde Redhead and The Raveonettes are headlining, plus Liars, Autolux, Vincent Gallo, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Allah-Las and many more will descend upon the Sunset Ranch Oasis (69-520 S. Lincoln St Mecca, CA 92254), just a few hours outside of Los Angeles, on Saturday, April 26.

Tickets are on sale now at Amoeba Hollywood for $45 (+ $2 service charge) or you can buy them online. If you want to camp while you're there, check out the ticket bundles (available online only) that include camping passes in addition to festival entry.

Desert Daze 2014

 

Watch a recap of last year's Desert Daze Festival:

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