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New 'What's in My Bag?' Episode with German Techno Producer Rodhad

Posted by Amoebite, March 22, 2016 11:56am | Post a Comment

Rodhad Amoeba Hollywood What's In My Bag?

German DJ and label owner Rodhad was at Amoeba Hollywood recently and we got a chance to sit down with him and check out his picks. By hosting his own techno parties in the late '90s, Rodhad built a reputation in Berlin as one of the most exciting DJs in town. In 2009 he began hosting DYSTOPIAN, a series of regular club nights at famed Berlin venues such as Arena Club, the Tape Club, and Horst Krzbrg. Now, with his own label, also named DYSTOPIAN, he's an international DJ with multiple EPs and an album to his name, garnering accolades from such scene luminaries as Robert Hood, Jeff Mills, Marcel Dettmann, Ben Klock, Luke Slater, Dave Clarke, Laurent Garnier, and Sven Vath.

Though most of his picks are on the electronic side, Rodhad starts off with Kings of Leon's first album, Youth & Young Manhood, stating that in the case of most rock bands, "the first album's always the best." Next he picks up his own remix of Howling's Signs, which he himself never received a copy of, and talks about the challenge of remixing a track outside the techno world for the first time. He also finds himself in the movie soundtrack section where he grabs an LP of the It Follows score by Disasterpeace, as well as Lost Themes by director and soundtrack composer John Carpenter.

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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode With Techno DJ Scuba

Posted by Amoebite, April 7, 2015 05:26pm | Post a Comment

Scuba

Scuba is the alias of British techno/house DJ and producer Paul Rose. In 2003, he founded Hotflush Recordings, an independent label which has released music from Joy Orbison and Mount Kimbie, among others. In 2008, ScubaHotflush released Scuba's debut LP, A Mutual Apathy, which was followed two years later by Triangulation and Personality in 2012. His most recent album, Claustrophobia, just hit stores. Scuba has also released a couple of EPs, curated a mix in the DJ-KiCKS series, and released a Sub:Stance mix as a companion piece to the weekly night he hosted at Berlin's legendary Berghain nightclub. In 2013, he won DJ Mag's Best Live Act award.

On a recent visit to Amoeba Hollywood, Scuba dug up some great vinyl in our dance section. He manages to find a copy of the first 12 inch he bought in 1995, Dave Clarke's Red 3, and shares a funny story of interacting with Dave Clarke on Twitter. He follows with Jazzanova's "That Night" 12 inch and reminisces about using the song during his UK Garage DJ sets. From techno to freestyle to new wave, Scuba finds some great pieces of vinyl. Watch the full episode below to see the rest of his picks. 

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50 Essential Albums Released in 2014

Posted by Aaron Detroit, December 5, 2014 09:20am | Post a Comment

Aaron Detroit, Buyer at Amoeba Hollywood. I've worked in Hollywood for ten years, but started my time with Amoeba - way back in 1998 -  at the San Francisco store. Here is my extensive list of new essential listening, released in 2014. There is a wide range of genres and artists represented here because musical passion should not be static.





1. Swans - To Be Kind (Young God)
To Be Kind, Swans’ 3rd LP since their 2010 reformation (and 13th overall,) is an unlikely triumph after 2012’s seemingly unmatchable masterpiece, The Seer. Any trepidation one might have about the sprawling triple-LP’s intimidating track lengths should evaporate under it’s hypnotizing ebb-and-flow of mental blues, super-honed grooves, manic clatter and hushed passages; all of which are eventually crushed by monolithic waves of majesty. Nothing short of classic.



 2. Carla Bozulich - Boy (Constellation)
Boy is Carla Bozulich’s (of Ethyl Meatplow, Geraldine Fibbers and Evangelista-renown) 3rd solo affair, but in a lot of ways it feels like her first. Bozulich pours her famed, devastating whiskey-voice into a cocktail of funeral country, death blues and industrial noise that sticks to your guts. Carla herself refers to this LP as her “pop record,” and if that's a true description, we could sure use a whole lot more “pop” albums like Boy. Don’t overlook this one.

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DJ Mixing and Scratching Without Turntables Or Records: The Art of the Tape-Jockey

Posted by Billyjam, January 7, 2013 08:08am | Post a Comment
        

These two early 90's video clips (above and below) explain and demonstrate the inspirational Soviet Union "tape-jockey" duo from Latvia featuring Pasaules and jeb Modris Skaistkalns known as Mr Tape. In the above 22 year old clip from the 1991 DMC Finals and introduced by DMC top man Tony Prince the two tape jockeys from Latvia (back then still part of the Soviet Union) demonstrate their craft. In the video below, from the same early nineties time period and produced in Amsterdam by Dutch TV, the two Latvian tape jockeys break down how they do what they do. Both loved techno house and hip-hop music with a passion. They also loved the concept of DJing (spinning & mixing beats, scratching, and beat-juggling etc.). The only problem was that, due to the market restrictions of their communist homeland, they literally had absolutely no access to the three main components that went into doing being a DJ in 1991:  Technics 1200 turntables, records, and a mixer. Most would give up at that point but not them. Instead in an inspired DJ McGyver like move they got two reel to reel tape decks, recorded songs onto individual reel-to-reels, and manually tweaked the tape machines to do some extra tricks: including building in a cross fader, and then then tapping their finger tips on the tape heads to get effects normally achieved on turntables and a mixer. In the DMC video they have no mixer but in the demo from Dutch TV they utilize a simple small mixer. I find this to be truly inspirational stuff because it proves that with a strong unstoppable passion for something coupled with a good imagination that you can overcome lack of resources and achieve your goals. 

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TIN MAN - Scared LP Out Now + Top 5 Chart

Posted by Oliver / Matt / Jordan, June 8, 2010 05:40pm | Post a Comment
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Scared comes from the dark, eerie place that is the mind of Johannes Auvinen, better known as Tin Man. Veering away from the pop sensibility of his last offering, Cool Wave, and diving into the murky depths of a dark abyss, Scared features Auvinen's unique soporific voice posing questions which are as deep as the music he makes.

 One of the great things about a Tin Man release is the sheer variety in his output. From quirky tripped out acid to jazz pop and dark electronic sounds, Tin Man is a name you can always count on for quality.

Listen / Download "Scared"

Listen / Download "Birds"

Listen / Download "Defendents"
 Buy the Scared LP here.


TIN MAN TOP 5

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Virgo - Virgo

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