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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode With Little Dragon

Posted by Amoebite, May 13, 2014 07:18pm | Post a Comment

Little Dragon

Little Dragon is bigger than ever! Not only is their new record, Nabuma Rubberband (Loma Vista Recordings), getting major buzz around the world, the band has also teamed up with RedBull for the Nabuma Derby! Fans have a chance to win tickets to see the band play Bonnaroo. There are two Little Dragon ways to win. First, build the fastest rubberband derby car and take home an exclusive Little Dragon prize pack. Second, upload a picture of your derby car to Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #NabumaDerby, and you could win two tickets to Bonnaroo (which is headlined this year by Elton John, Kanye West, Jack White and Vampire Weekend). Visit the Nabuma Derby site for details. Contest is being held now!

Little Dragon visited Amoeba Hollywood on Record Store Day and managed to sneak in some shopping. Of course they hung out and shared their findings with us! Yukimi and Erik kick things off with a couple of really cool shirts by jazz great Pharoah Sanders and '80s new wavers Devo. Yukimi digs up a classic twelve inch by Janet Jackson, the infamous "Got 'Til It's Gone." Legend has it the late great J.Dilla produced this hit, but credit was given to Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis! Clearly big fans of hip hop and R&B, Little Dragon also pick up Midnight  Marauders by A Tribe Called Quest, which Erik calls the "best record in the world," and Destiny's Child's "Bootylicious" on vinyl. Check out the full episode for all their great finds!  

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Album Picks: Swans, Amen Dunes, La Sera, Little Dragon, Sean Nicholas Savage

Posted by Billy Gil, May 13, 2014 10:48am | Post a Comment

Swans - To Be Kind (LP, Two-CD Set, Deluxe Two-CD/DVD Set, Download)

swans to be kind lpSwans records are more like happenings, unforgettable experiences you have to sit down and pay attention to. The two-hour To Be Kind, released 21 months after the similarly epic The Seer, is no exception. Sounds wriggle, writhe and heave on the hilariously titled “Screen Shot,” but Swans also seem to have more control than ever—these sounds are speaking to one another, albeit in some unspoken language, not creating a cacophony. The effect can be paralyzing. Listening to “Just a Little Boy (For Chester Burnett)” feels like staring into the darkest night, accompanied by a country sway and Michael Gira’s chants, which grow suddenly violent—“I’m just a little boy!” he cries repeatedly, while the guitars bellow and sigh with increasing pronunciation and sampled laughter ups the creep factor into Lynch territory. Gira growls “I need love” like it’s a threat. Meanwhile, “A Little God in my Hands” is Swans’ version of a pop song—thumping percussion (think Tom Waits) meets multiple voices singing over each other, while eerie backwoods instrumentation and sudden noise explosions burst out of nowhere but somehow still leave you bobbing your head along as Gira repeats evocative adjectives (“forever hateful, forever beautiful, forever needing, forever reaching”). It’s easy to attribute pagan imagery to Swans’ music and say it sounds like a séance or something, but the 34-minute “Bring the Sun/Toussaint L’Overture” really does sound like the soundtrack to a sacrifice, or at least some wicked feast. Its slow, long build demands patience, but Gira’s always charismatic voice makes it worth the trip.

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Recap: Record Store Day 2014 at Amoeba Hollywood

Posted by Rachael McGovern, April 19, 2014 06:40pm | Post a Comment

Record Store Day at Amoeba Hollywood

Record collectors and music fans of all stripes came together in the wee hours of April 19 outside of Amoeba Hollywood to get their hands on the super limited edition Record Store Day titles. Some of the hottest sellers of the morning included a glow in the dark Ghostbusters 10" by Ray Parker Jr, the R.E.M. Unplugged: The Complete 1991 and 2001 Sessions 4-LP box set, a Paramore "broken" 12", and the Cure/Dinosaur Jr split 7". Despite the early hours, there was plenty of enthusiasm, excitement, and camaraderie in the line. And lots and lots of coffee.

Watch our video below to see how the morning unfolded:

Coffee Bean at Amoeba Hollywood for Record Store Day

The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf generously provided coffee for the early birds, helping to fuel their stamina (and ours!).

Brently Heilbron at Amoeba Hollywood

Our Master of Ceremonies for the day was Mr. Brently Heilbron, a comedian, actor, and original host of our charity auctions, who now lives in Austin, TX. 

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Remixes Are the New Black

Posted by Rachael McGovern, February 29, 2012 08:02pm | Post a Comment
We've been getting so many great remixes offered as free downloads on Amoeba.com lately. It makes sense from a business standpoint: remixes raise awareness of an artist and their music through something generally unavailable on the album, while simultaneously helping to further interest in the studio versions. (This is my totally unscientific, un-researched hypothesis.)

One of the things I like about remixes is that they can bring new life into a track, make you hear it in an entirely different way. Remixes, like anything else, run the gamut and with the omnipresence of the remix these days there is a good chance of running into some crap ones too. But when they're good, they can be delicious. In fact, over the last few years I've come across a few remixes that I now prefer over their original tracks.
2 Hearts and Chemicals remixes
I'm in love with a new remix from LA/NYC band 
2 Hearts and Chemicals. Their "Coming Home" track was remixed by Miadis, a Dallas remix artist. I love what he did with the song, creating space, manipulating the vocals, and playing with the beats. The song has a different flow now, dipping and climbing like a sine wave. Download "Coming Home (Miadis Remix)."

Active Child Johnny Belinda RemixAnother example of a new remix I prefer over the original is a White Arrows remix of Active Child's "Johnny Belinda." The original track, from You Are All I See (Vagrant, 2011), has a completely different tempo and incorporates the faint stirrings of a choir of monks throughout. The remix maintains Pat Grossi's vocals, but alters the other elements completely. Download "Johnny Belinda (White Arrows Remix)."

Amoeba's Youtube Playlist of the Best Music of 2011

Posted by Amoebite, December 26, 2011 06:41pm | Post a Comment
Youtube asked us to create a playlist of our favorite music of 2011. That's a pretty big task given how much music we all loved this year. We tried to keep it as close to 20 videos as we could (but we ended up with the random number of 22 faves). Check out our little intro video and then dive into our playlist...



Zola Jesus
Zola Jesus
Conatus
Sacred Bones

Conatus
 continued Zola Jesus' evolution to full-fledged goth pop star, with dance beats and hooks underpinning her freaky awesome voice.


Tinariwen
Tinariwen
Tassili
Anti- / Epitaph

Malian Touareg band Tinariwen are joined by Kyp and Tunde from TV on the Radio on this beautiful single.




Girls Father Son Holy Ghost
Girls

Father Son Holy Ghost
True Panther Sounds

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