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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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New Murs & Fashawn Video Live from Amoeba Hollywood

Posted by Amoebite, June 20, 2013 01:32pm | Post a Comment

Murs and Fashawn

One thing is for sure, Hip Hop is not dead! Not as long as Murs and Fashawn have something to say about it. The two beloved West Coast emcees teamed up for an epic collaboration on This Generation (Duck Down Records). The album boasts excellent production from the likes of K-Salaam and Beatnik with the dynamic duo supplying many memorable moments on the mic. This is definitely a release deserving of a permanent spot in your record collection.  Murs and Fashawn This Generation

Not only did they give us a free in-store performance to celebrate the album back in September 2012, the emcees also collaborated with Rock The Vote to encourage young hip hop fans to register and vote.

The message was loud and clear as Murs flaunted a retro styled Rock The Vote t-shirt. A proper album release with a proper message...Hip Hop is not dead!

Check out Murs & Fashawn perform "Heartbreaks and Handcuffs" from their performance at Amoeba Hollywood. Keep an eye out for DJ Quik in the audience! Visit amoeba.com for the full performance and to check out some cool show photos from the show.

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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode With Cut Chemist

Posted by Amoebite, June 6, 2013 10:40am | Post a Comment

Cut Chemist

Cut Chemist has played a significant role in the eclectic music scene of Los Angeles. From his time spent with US Cultural Ambassadors band, Ozomatli, to his membership in one of Hip Hop's most respected "underground" groups, Jurassic 5. Cut Chemist is hailed as one of LA's best when it comes to DJs, producers, performers and vinyl collectors. 

On one of his many visits to his most favorite record store in the whole wide world (we assume this to be true), our cameras caught up with Cut Chemist for another memorable episode of What's In My Bag?. Leave it to Cut to magically dig up a rare break record, when those of us who are in the store daily never come across it! He has some really cool finds from '70s Meditation vinyl to a rare folk re-issue of Vashti Bunyan's Just Another Diamond Day. See for yourself!

Cut Chemist - What's In My Bag?
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Check out Cut Chemist and DJ Nu-Mark rock the stage with Jurassic 5 at Coachella 2013!

Fred Armisen & Captain Sensible Surprise Amoeba!

Posted by Amoebite, May 29, 2013 05:53pm | Post a Comment
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Fred Armisen and Captain Sensible (from The Damned) surprised Amoeba Hollywood and passersby with an impromptu set in front of our store last night! Right around closing time, Armisen and the Captain, both with acoustic guitars in hand, broke out into song as a camera man filmed. This was a complete surprise to the Amoeba staff and we had no time to try and rally up our own film crew to capture the show! Luckily, one of our staff members recorded some cell phone footage of the performance. Thanks to Fred Armisen and Captain Sensible for the special surprise. That was very cool!  

Fred Armisen and Captain Sensible Live Outside Amoeba
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