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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode With Brazilian Electro-Rock Band CSS

Posted by Amoebite, August 6, 2013 09:13pm | Post a Comment

CSS

Sao Paulo, Brazil has always had a rich history in music. Some of Brazil's most engaging musicians were spawned in Sao Paulo during the 20th century, including Os Mutantes, who helped create the Tropicalia movement of the '60s, and Samba composers Paulo Vanzolini and Adoniran Barbosa, who wrote one of Brazil's most famous Sambas (see "Trem das Onze"). A late punk and garage scene grew in the '80s while the '90s gave way to a strong drum and bass movement. Fast forward to the 21st century and CSS carries the torch as Sao Paulo's leading purveyors of  electronic-dance-rock. CSS exploded onto Brazil's burgeoning "new rave" scene in the early 2000s. Originally a six piece (5 ladies, 1 dude), CSS was one of the early bands to turn Internet fame into a full-fledged career.

Nearly a decade after they famously took their name (Cansei de Ser Sexy) from R&B diva Beyonce, after she declared she was "tired of being sexy," the women of CSS are back with their fourth album, Planta.css TV on the Radio's Dave Sitek takes on producer duties and this time around CSS deliver a more polished production. Still full of electro-pop rock angst, CSS remain fun and loud despite losing main songwriter Adriano Cintra. The album's lead single, "Hangover," is a querky synth-pop jam that carries an upbeat feel. Lovefoxxx sings, "Living in Jupiter that spot is free / Martians??/ vampires and bees /
Everyone is floating together / Everyone is partying forever." Party on CSS!

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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Two DJ Legends, Jazzy Jeff & Z-Trip

Posted by Amoebite, July 31, 2013 04:37pm | Post a Comment

Jazzy Jeff and Z-Trip at Amoeba

Only at Amoeba Hollywood would you find two iconic turntablists digging for records. From producing platinum and gold selling albums to acting alongside music cohort Will Smith in Fresh Prince of Bel-Air to touring the world making people dance, DJ Jazzy Jeff has done it all! 

Z-Trip is easily the Jimi Hendrix of turntbles. Widely known as the "godfather of mashups," he practically invented the genre and brought it to the world. Z-Trip has remixed some of music's biggest stars including Michael Jackson, Nirvana, Bob Marley, Daft Punk and the Beastie Boys, just to name a few. Not only has Z-Trip designed his own signature Rane mixer (Rane Sixty Two), but he was also voted "America's Best DJ" in 2009.  

What's In My Bag? caught up with Z-Trip and DJ Jazzy Jeff when they were in Los Angeles for the Red Bull Thre3Style national competition and dance party. The two, along with DJ A-Trak are judges for the competition. They took time to dig for records and tell us all about their findings. From Soul 45 box sets, to early '80s rap twelve singles, Z-Trip and Jeff find some really cool stuff. Take note of the disco break Z-Trip points out on 'the 70s blue eyed soul record.

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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode With FIDLAR

Posted by Amoebite, July 18, 2013 02:44pm | Post a Comment

FIDLAR

What's more punk rock than living by the mantra, "Fuck it Dog, Life's a Risk?" That's exactly what the acronym FIDLAR stands for. FIDLAR, a hardcore, surf rock and pop-punk band from Los Angeles, is made up of Zac Carper (vocals, guitar), Brandon Schwartzel (bass), and brothers Elvis Kuehn (vocals, guitar) and Max Kuehn (drums). Max and Elvis' father is Greg Kuehn, guitar player for Long Beach punk legends T.S.O.L.

FIDLAR CD

Earlier this year, FIDLAR played to a packed house at Amoeba Hollywood in support of their full length, self titled debut. Watch their full performance. The band's message comes across very loud and very clear on songs like "Max Can't Surf" and "Cheap Beer." FIDLAR is packed with 16 tracks that stay true to the band's "Fuck it Dog, Life's a Risk" mantra. Our own reviewer called it a "Pabst-soaked party record with strong songwriting anchoring its punk attitude." 

We caught up with FIDLAR for another awesome What's In My Bag? episode. From classic Violent Femmes to '70s iconic soul man Curtis Mayfield to '80s film soundtrack Repo Man, these guys are strictly vinyl. Check out some of their other favorite punk and rock records they found while digging at Amoeba!

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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Thundercat

Posted by Amoebite, July 2, 2013 07:50pm | Post a Comment

Thundercat

Stephen “Thundercat” Bruner is an American bassist, singer, songwriter and producer. He is the son of jazz drummer Ronald Bruner, Sr. who played with the Temptations, Diana Ross, Gary Bartz and Gladys Knight, and he's the younger brother of Grammy Award winning drummer Ronald Bruner, Jr.

Bruner's first major gig came when he joined his brother Ronald as part of the L.A.-based punk band Suicidal Tendencies. Bruner, who was only 16 years old at the time, replaced bassist Mike Trujillo, who left the band to join Metallica. Also that year, Bruner toured with Stanley Clarke in Japan. Bruner became one of L.A.'s go to session players, working with Erykah Badu, J*Davey, Sa-Ra Creative Partners, Snoop Dogg and Miguel Atwood-Ferguson.

Thundercat Apocalypse
Thundercat - Apocalyse

In 2011, Bruner released his debut, Golden Age of Apocalypse (Brainfeeder), which was Executive Produced by Flying Lotus. The duo teamed up a second time to record and produce Thundercat's sophomore album, Apocalypse (Brainfeeder, 2013). Apocalypse came in the wake of the passing of Bruner's close friend and collaborator Austin Peralta, a young Brainfeeder musician who was the keyboardist/pianist on many of the songs on Golden Age of the Apocalypse. The new album delves deeper into the free jazz, modern soul/funk that Flying Lotus and Thundercat have been pioneering throughout the Los Angeles music scene, blurring the lines between pop, funk, electronica and prog rock. Thundercat is currently working on another album with Flying Lotus, as well as playing bass, singing, and writing for Wiz Khalifa, Syd (from The Internet), and Mac Miller.

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Two New Videos from Julieta Venegas

Posted by Amoebite, June 25, 2013 06:38pm | Post a Comment

Julieta Venegas

Multi-Grammy Award winning Mexican pop star Julieta Venegas recently released her sixth studio album, Los Momentos, an 11 song journey into '80s influenced dance beats with her signature pop sensibilities. From stories of drug violence to cheating lovers, Julieta cleverly manages to take melancholy content and transform it into an appealing sound easily consumed by the masses. Julieta VenegasShe is one of contemporary music's most eclectic pop artists. The music she currently makes is light years away from her early contributions as a member of the '90s Mexican ska-punk band, Tijuana No!

Amoeba cameras caught up with Julieta on a recent visit to our Hollywood store and she gave us a little insight into why her musical output tends to be so eclectic. She is a big fan of electro/dream-pop artist Youth Lagoon. She is also a classically trained piano player and gravitates to the sounds of Chilly Gonzalez and his Solo Piano works. From French house music producer Kavinsky to British soul singer Laura Mvula, Julieta listens to it all! Check out another memorable episode of What's In My Bag? with Julieta Venegas.

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