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Recap: Charity Auction for the Silverlake Conservatory of Music at Amoeba Hollywood

Posted by Amoebite, April 3, 2016 05:48pm | Post a Comment

Charity Auction at Amoeba Hollywood

On Saturday, April 2 we had an extra special treat when our very own Brandon Mather wielded the auction gavel and brought the laughs to help us raise a ton of money for the Silverlake Conservatory of Music. As always, we matched all winning bids raised for the Silverlake Conservatory of Music, a non-profit organization whose mission is to facilitate basic music education. Their primary focus is on the youth of the community but all are welcome and encouraged to participate.

Brandon, an actor and comedian who has appeared in short films, a music video, and on stage in Point Break Live, auctioned off a crazy array of concert tickets, collectibles, and tons of other goodies. He was funny as hell and kept both customers and staff in stitches with his quick wit and one-liners. He made it all look easy-peazy, driving up the bidding and making folks smile.

Here are some of the highlights from Saturday's bidding wars:

  • Special vinyl lovers care package + limited edition LPs - $25
  • Beatles pack filled with collectible and fun goodies - $50
  • Rare signed David Lynch Polish Night Music LP - $65
  • Tickets to see Grimes at the Shrine on April 21 - $50
  • Tickets to see Savages at the El Rey April 18 - $30
  • Limited edition Stella McCartney/Amoeba event pack - $18
  • http://sweetgreen.com/Sweetgreen gift certificate - $25
  • Vintage lunchbox with a Trader Joe's gift certificate - $45
  • Membership to Nerdmelt Comedy Club - $20
  • Special David Bowie pack including a rare poster, vintage t-shirt & buttons - $30
  • Amoeba VIP in-store pass - $30 (the winner and his son are going to come see Deftones perform on April 11!)

All together Brandon whipped up $413 in bids which means $826 is on its way to the Silverlake Conservatory! We raised a lot of money for a good cause and a great time was had by all!

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Album Picks: Savages, Shearwater, Chairlift, The Besnard Lakes, Charlie Hilton

Posted by Billy Gil, January 22, 2016 09:24am | Post a Comment

Savages - Adore Life

savages adore life lpSavages take all the nonsense that comes with being a much-hyped buzz band and pummel it into the ground on their intense sophomore album. Love and its various manifestations fuels these songs — “if you don’t love me, don’t love anybody,” androgynous frontwoman Jehnny Beth sings over a grinding riff on “The Answer.” The jagged post-punk groove of a song like “Husbands” returns on “Evil,” though it’s darker and more drawn out, as the band knows it can command attention without having to shake it out as it once did. Though many of these songs go for the jugular, restraint serves the band well on “Adore,” a slow-burner that clears the way for a Beth’s singular refrain, “I adore life,” a statement of purpose that drives the band into a fearless crescendo. It takes that kind of conviction to overcome the bullshit of being in an all-female band and both held to an unfair standard and knocked down by anyone tired of the hype — as if the breathless coverage of the band’s live shows and prior album, Silence Yourself, was at all their fault. It doesn’t matter, anyway —the band’s follow-up album is endlessly intriguing and, despite lacking obvious hooks, grips you the more you listen. Simply allow the band to exist on its own terms, and you won’t be disappointed by Adore Life. Watch their episode of "What's In My Bag?" below.

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New 'What's In My Bag?' Episode with Savages

Posted by Amoebite, January 18, 2016 04:16pm | Post a Comment

Savages What's In My Bag?

London-based post-punk group Savages were formed by guitarist Gemma Thompson and singer Camille Berthomier (aka Jehnny Beth) in 2011. Bassist Ayse Hassan and drummer Fay Milton joined soon after. They played their first show in 2012, as support for British Sea Power. The band's first release came that June as a double A-sided single on Jehnny Beth's Pop Noire label, featuring the tracks "Flying to Berlin" and "Husbands."

Savages Adore LifeSavages' debut full-length, Silence Yourself, was released in May 2013 via Matador. Their follow-up, Adore Life, is coming out this Friday, January 22. You can see them perform around Europe this winter or on their North American tour in spring 2016, including the Coachella and Sasquatch festivals.

The band did some shopping at Amoeba Hollywood during a recent visit to Los Angeles. Ayse kicks off this episode with Run the Jewels, whom she saw perform live at FYF Fest. The band goes on to share their incredibly eclectic taste, spanning electronic, avant garde, and classic independent cinema -- and that’s just the first four picks. Watch the full episode below to dig into their deep cuts of jazz, doom rock, books, and more. 

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10 Albums to Look for in 2016

Posted by Billy Gil, January 1, 2016 11:05am | Post a Comment

10 albums to look for in 2016

Now that the year's over, it’s time to look ahead into 2016. There are already several exciting releases announced for the new year, so here’s your preview of what’s coming out in the next couple of months.

David Bowie Blackstar
Out Jan. 8

david bowie blackstar lpDavid Bowie’s upcoming 25th album will be released on the venerable artist’s 69th birthday. It’s a seven-song release featuring a few extended tracks, like the nearly 10-minute electro-orchestral opus that is the title track, which also is being used as the opening song for the TV series “The Last Panthers.” So far, we’ve also heard “Lazarus” and “Sue (Or in a Season of Crime),” all of which are fueling anticipation for this being one of the best albums of Bowie’s later career.

 

Chairlift Moth
Out Jan. 22

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2013 Mixtape: 21 Songs for the Time Capsule

Posted by Billy Gil, December 5, 2013 01:31pm | Post a Comment

Just about everyone could agree on “Get Lucky” and “Hold On, We’re Going Home,” but there were lots of other great singles and album cuts released this year. Here are 21 you can download from Amoeba.com right now. Pretty sure these could just top out a 120-minute cassette tape, if my high school calculations are correct. Check out my top 50 albums list, too!

 

kurt vile wakin on a pretty daze amoebaKurt Vile – “KV Crimes”

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Kurt Vile's Wakin on a Pretty Daze is a great, melodically hazy stoner-rock record, but "KV Crimes" hits hard, like a song Tom Petty would kick out in five minutes and decide he was too stoned when he wrote it and leave it on the cutting-room floor for some bullshit like "Free Fallin'." Kurt Vile is like our more enlightened Petty, one who knows that off-the-cuff tracks can be the best.

 

From the album Wakin on a Pretty Daze

 

 

savages silence yourself lp amoebaSavages – “I Am Here”

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