New "What's in My Bag?" Episode with Kid Congo Powers

Posted by Amoebite, May 10, 2016 12:35pm | Post a Comment

Kid Congo Powers What's In My Bag? Amoeba Music

When Kid Congo Powers goes record shopping you can expect he'll find some real gems, especially if he's shopping 45s for DJing. The legendary guitarist and singer, who has been a member of The Cramps, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, and The Gun Club, as well as heading his own band, Kid Congo & The Pink Monkey Birds, was at Amoeba San Francisco recently and we got a chance to check out his stellar finds.

Kid Congo & the Pink Monkey BiardsBorn Brian Tristan in La Puente, California, Kid Congo was a fixture of the LA punk scene, where he met Jeffrey Lee Pierce, with whom he formed what would become The Gun Club. In 1980 he was recruited by The Cramps, when they relocated from New York to Los Angeles, and in 1988 he became a Bad Seed, joining Nick Cave's band, then based in Berlin. In 1997 Kid Congo formed The Pink Monkey Birds, which has been his main project since. The band is currently on tour now, promoting their brand new record, La AraƱa Es La Vida.

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13 Albums That Are Perfect for Halloween

Posted by Billy Gil, October 20, 2014 07:30am | Post a Comment

13 Halloween Albums

It’s hard to believe Halloween is just around the corner. Luckily, there are plenty of great new albums and classics for your Halloween party or just to carry you into scaresville.


Krzysztof Penderecki and Jonny Greenwood - Threnody for the Victims of Hiroshima / Polymorphia / Popcorn Superhet Receiver / 48 Responses to Polymorphia

penderecki greenwoodYou might not recognize his name, but Krzysztof Penderecki has soundtracked many a nightmare. The Polish, avant-garde composer was wildly inventive (and controversial) when his compositions first gained notoriety in the late ’50s, and thus his jarring compositions, featuring such innovative techniques as clustering tones, and such foreboding titles as “Threnody to the Victims of Hiroshima,” came to be used by wildly inventive and controversial film directors, from William Friedkin’s The Exorcist to Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining and David Lynch’s Wild at Heart and Inland Empire. Meanwhile, Radiohead’s Jonny Greenwood writes response pieces to both “Therenody” and “Polymorphia,” and his moody, solemn orchestral pieces serve as a terrific foil to Penderecki’s terror-inducing works.

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Live Concerts From Prisons and Mental Institutions

Posted by Billyjam, December 16, 2013 08:08am | Post a Comment

The Cramps Live at Napa State Mental Hospital(1978)

In Bay Area rap history there are several instances of artists rapping live from jail - perhaps most notably the late great Mac Dre rapping over the phone from Fresno County Jail back in the early nineties and X-Raided at that same period rapping over the phone on series of occasions that would finally be released as the 1995 album Xorcist (in later years the still incarcerated rapper would get smuggled in recording gear to record albums). But there are also many instances of artists performing for inmates at jails and prisons, as well as other institutions.

Of the performances in mental institutions perhaps the best (and the best known) is from when The Cramps, in June 1978, did a live show from the California Mental State Hospital in Napa. Also performing were San Francisco's wonderful post punk act The Mutants. It was when the pioneering psychobilly gods had just had just finished up recording Gravest Hits - to be released the following year that would include the track "The Way I Walk" that they are captured performing in the Napa hospital concert clip above care of Target Video.

The great Leonard Cohen also did a series of free concerts about forty years ago in mental institutions but without much media attention at the time. According to Sylvie Simmons' bio I'm Your Man Cohen performed, like the Cramps, at Napa State Hospital as well as at Henderson Hospital (in the UK), and at an unnamed facility in Montreal (Canada). Reportedly he booked these shows "without fanfare" and on his own dime, reportedly telling a reporter a few years later that he was drawn to mental hospitals because he had "the feeling that the experience of a lot of people in mental hospitals would especially qualify them to be a receptive audience for my work." Cohen later commented, according to Simmons, that “I’ve always loved the people the world used to call mad.”

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Animal Shelter Donation Drive at Amoeba Hollywood in October!

Posted by Amoebite, October 1, 2013 11:03am | Post a Comment

Amoeba Music is standing up for underdogs everywhere by spreading the word that shelter animals need our help! Wanna show some love to the homeless dogs & cats at your local shelter and save $3 off Amoeba Music at the same time?

Join Amoeba Hollywood in donating much-needed supply items for the care and comfort of homeless animals in our community. Animal Shelters in LA are in desperate need of donations, but we can help! Donations, food, blankets, and cleaning supplies can go a long way to help to sustain homeless, abandoned and unwanted animals.

For each one shelter item donation, we will give you a $3 off coupon to use on any purchase at Amoeba Music! It's that easy. Bring in an old towel, a can of cat/dog food or a cleaning product and we'll give you three bucks! Amoeba will be collecting donations through the entire month of October.    

But Amoeba's campaign to help our furry friends doesn't stop there. We have an entire month of awesome events benefiting our homeless animal companions including:

  • Our Monthly Super Sidewalk Sale - Visit Amoeba Hollywood on Saturday, October 26th from noon-5pm for our next sidewalk sale! Pick up some awesome deals on CDs, vinyl, DVDs, box sets and more! A portion of the proceeds go directly to Best Friends/NKLA. 
  • Lux Lives LA 2013 - Celebrate the life, music and birthday of The Cramps' Lux Interior Oct 20th at the Redwood Downtown LA. Buy merch & spin the famous AMOEBA MUSIC prize wheel. 100% of the proceeds will be donated in Lux Interiors' name to Best Friends/NKLA!
  • The Great Escape - Amoeba is sponsoring this 2-day (Oct. 20-21) pet adoption event happening at Fonda Theatre 6110 Hollywood Blvd, culminating in a benefit show featuring Best Coast and Baby Alpaca + other pet-loving bands.


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The '80s List: Part 10

Posted by Amoebite, September 2, 2011 12:46pm | Post a Comment
Wipers One day at Amoeba Hollywood I proclaimed that Aztec Camera's 1983 release High Land, Hard Rain was one of the best records of the '80s. This single statement eventually led to over 200 Amoebites ranking their top 10 favorite albums from the ‘80s.

From the beginning we realized that it was impossible for most of us to condense our favorites from all genres into a tiny top ten list. So, we limited our lists to Rock/Pop and its sub-genres like punk, metal, goth, and new wave. Even so, it was a difficult selection process because not only are there hundreds of amazing records to consider, there is also the added dynamic of time.

The '80s were a long time ago and the music has had many years to gestate. We have a deep sense of nostalgia and sentiment with these albums as our fondest memories are associated with them. These are albums we LOVE.

- Henry Polk

P.S. We'll be posting new additions to the '80s list project from Amoeba staff members on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. See all entries in our ‘80s list series.

P.P.S. The '80s List Book is available for sale at Amoeba Hollywood.

Heather Long

Pixies Doolittle (1989)
Husker DuZen Arcade (1984)
Judas PriestBritish Steel (1980)
X – Los Angeles (1980)
PretendersPretenders (1980)
The Cure – Disintegration (1989)
The ClashLondon Calling (1980)
Duran DuranRio (1982)
Iron MaidenThe Number Of The Beast (1982)
Adam And The AntsKings Of The Wild Frontier (1980)

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