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New Green Room Session with Keaton Henson

Posted by Amoebite, May 27, 2013 05:10pm | Post a Comment
Keaton Henson

You may not know that Keaton Henson, a 24-year old London-based singer/songwriter and illustrator, often suffers from a serious case of stage fright. He rarely plays live as a result of his fear. In fact, his intense yearning for privacy almost prevented his music from being released to the public. We are honored to announce an exclusive live performance by Mr. Henson as part of our Green Room Session series. Watch him perform songs from his latest album, Birthdays, as well as "You Don't Know How Lucky You Are" from his debut release, Dear, in the Amoeba Hollywood green room.

Keaton Henson - Gare Du Nord (Amoeba Green Room Session)
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Watch the full performance on Amoeba.com

 

Birthdays Henson coverPicking up right where Dear left off, with Henson's signature acoustic melancholy sweetness, Birthdays opens to the sound of ambient clanking and background footsteps that quickly set the tone for what's to come. Over gently plucked guitar chords Henson sings, "by all means give me lessons in my ways, but damn it don't expect me to change."  Expect more of the same from Henson (which is a good thing) and also expect to be surprised! The second half of Birthdays steps up production style to incorporate tightly produced drums with distorted guitars giving Henson's songs a bigger, more fuller sound. It's a nice build to the overall flow of the album and really showcases Henson's capabilities as a songwriter and musician.

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

Posted by Rachael McGovern, April 4, 2013 05:58pm | Post a Comment

BonoboBritish electronic musician Bonobo (aka Simon Green) released The North Borders this week, his highly anticipated follow-up to 2010's Black Sands. Bonobo stopped by Amoeba Hollywood recently to do some record shopping. He picks up a few world music albums, the Jim O'Rourke project Loose Fur, two LPs for potential sampling featuring harps and folk instrumentation, the new Toro y Moi LP, Anything in Return (which I'm also loving right now), and a few more things.

My favorite moment from this video happens right at the end. He selects the new Johnny Marr album, The Messenger, in part because he saw Mr. Marr's episode in which he bought Bonobo's album. (Johnny Marr actually came into Amoeba that day looking to buy Black Sands and we coincidentally had it playing in the store.) Fast forward a few years, now we have Bonobo, having seen Johnny Marr buy his album in the same store, on the same series, and Bonobo is returning the favor. The WIMB circle of life, or as one person on YouTube called it, "the What's In My Bag Karma game." Pretty cool!


Bonobo - What's In My Bag?
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Johnny Marr - What's In My Bag?
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Actor Andre Royo visits Amoeba Hollywood for a "What's In My Bag?" Episode

Posted by Amoebite, March 29, 2013 11:53am | Post a Comment
Andre Royo

Andre Royo is famously known for his role as "Bubbles" on the hit TV series, The Wire. If you are a fan of the series then you know that Bubbles keeps it real! If The Wire's not your thing, you've probably seen Royo on other television shows including Third Watch, Party Down, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, Fringe, Key & Peele, Prime Suspect, and most recently Elementary.

In this "What's In My Bag?" episode Royo keeps it very real and drops an impromtu Hip Hop history lesson, giving us a few of his classic picks. He also shares the story of how the ultimate '80s boxer flick, Rocky, inspired him to become an actor. Andre also does a little shopping for his daughter, grabs a few Rock & Roll LPs, and tells us about his "first introduction to white people." The dude is funny, see for yourself!  


Andre Royo - What's In My Bag?
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Andre Royo as "Bubbles" on the series The Wire.
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Italian Pop Icon Jovanotti Rocked Amoeba & Filmed a "What's In My Bag?" Episode

Posted by Amoebite, March 20, 2013 01:53pm | Post a Comment

Jovanotti instoreJovanotti is easily Italy's most notable pop star. He sells out stadiums across Europe and has over 1 million followers on Twitter. With an impressive career spanning 25 years of dominating the charts in Southern Europe, selling millions of records and collaborating with everyone from Sergio Mendes to Pavarotti, including combating worldly issues with the likes of rock royalty Bono, the Italian mega star has set his sights on the ears of the American public. What better way to introduce himself  to American audiences than to perform on the stage of the world's greatest record store?! Jovanotti brought his brand of World/Hip Hop/ Funk  to a very enthusiastic crowd of fanatic Italians at Amoeba Hollywood. He wowed the crowd with selections from the ATO Records U.S. release of Italia 1988-2012, a reworking of songs from his lengthy career, plus four new ones.     


Jovanotti - "Tutto L'amore Che Ho" (Live at Amoeba)
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Jovanotti also took time to do a little shopping at Amoeba and shared some stories with us about the music that inspired him to become a rapper and his lifelong connection with dance music. (Hint: even the grandparents do it.)

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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Paul Weller

Posted by Amoebite, March 5, 2013 05:15pm | Post a Comment

The legendary British rocker Paul Weller (The Jam, The Style Council) dropped by Amoeba Hollywood for some record diggin'. Weller has been crafting classic songs since he was a teen back in the '70s and he's still at it. His most recent album, Sonik Kicks (2012), debuted at #1 in the UK.  At age 54, The Modfather is still bringing it!

In this episode, Weller digs deep for some late '60s Brazilian tropicalia, classic jazz, and experimental avante-garde music from Germany.

Paul Weller - What's In My Bag?
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Yep Roc Records Announces Paul Weller Box Set
This year for Record Store Day (April 20, 2013) Yep Roc will release a limited edition Sonik Kicks Singles Box Set. This awesome piece of art is packed with 5 singles on colored vinyl,
an autographed Sonik Kicks poster and 2 unreleased songs.

Sonik Kicks The Singles Collection

Here's a video of the 4th in a series of 45RPM Paul Weller singles being released:

Paul Weller - "Dragonfly"

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