New "What's in My Bag?" Episode with Silversun Pickups

Posted by Amoebite, October 25, 2016 05:23pm | Post a Comment

Silversun Pickups at Amoeba Hollywood

"I've always wanted to own this record and I don't know why I don't," says Brian Aubert of Silversun Pickups as he's holding up Adore Life, the sophomore album by Savages. Brian goes on to recall seeing the UK post-punk group perform at Coachella and having their "faces completely melted off." Brian, along with the rest of Silversun Pickups - Nikki Monninger, Joe Lester, and Christopher Guanlao - went shopping at Amoeba Hollywood recently and found an eclectic mix of rock, hip hop, ska, electronic, and lots of soundtracks.

Named after a liquor store across the street from the Silverlake Lounge, LA-based indie four-piece Silversun Pickups formed in 2000. The band's fanbase grew thanks to the release of the Pikul EP (2005), their first for Dangerbird Records. Their debut full-length, Carnavas, appeared in stores a year later and a series of high-profile touring gigs with OK Go, Kaiser Chiefs, and Snow Patrol exposed them to new audiences in the U.S. and Europe.

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New "What's in My Bag?" Episode with Alessia Cara

Posted by Amoebite, October 17, 2016 04:41pm | Post a Comment

Alessia Cara What's In My Bag? Amoeba Music

Canadian R&B/pop singer and songwriter Alessia Cara was recently at Amoeba Hollywood looking for some cool new records and we got a chance to chat with her for our "What's In My Bag?" series. Take, for instance, Amy Winehouse's debut album, Frank, which is one of Cara's all-time favorite albums. "It's just a really interesting mixture of jazz and hip hop." The first track, "Stronger Than Me," especially stood out to Cara. "The entire album is beautiful, I love it," she says. 

Alessia Cara began her career by performing covers of popular songs on YouTube. She attracted the attention of Def Jam, who released her official debut single, "Here," in 2015. Her debut full-length studio album, Know-It-All, appeared later that year, with "Here" landing the singer her first top-five Billboard single.

That same year, she made her first appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. In 2016, she took home the award for Breakthrough Artist of the Year at the Juno Awards. After touring with Coldplay in the first half of 2016, she then embarked on her own solo headlining tour of North America. She was nominated for the BET Awards 2016 Best New Artist and the American Music Awards 2016 New Artist of the Year.

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New "What's in My Bag?" Episode with Modern Baseball

Posted by Amoebite, October 10, 2016 06:14pm | Post a Comment

Modern Baseball What's In My Bag? Amoeba Music

We recently learned here at Amoeba Hollywood that Philly pop-punk rockers Modern Baseball are real cinephiles. On their recent visit to the store the boys picked up some classic DVDs and Blu-rays, like Paul Blart: Mall Cop, starring Kevin James. "This is a great mix of physical humor and...themes of the modern mall," says drummer Sean Huber, before surprising everyone in the room with his knowledge of the fictional mall's inspiration, The Willowbrook Mall, outside of West Orange, NJ. It turns out guitarist Brendan Lukens is a huge Spielberg fan, not only picking up the 30th anniversary edition of Close Encounters of the Third Kind and the Indiana Jones: The Complete Adventures box set, but also the vinyl soundtrack to his personal favorite, Jurassic Park. The band had lots of cool picks and tons of laughs as they revealed what else was in their bags.

Modern Baseball Holy GhostModern Baseball formed when Brendan Lukens and Jake Ewald were still in high school. Originally an acoustic duo, after the two friends relocated to Philadelphia for college they met drummer Sean Huber and bassist Ian Farmer, solidifying the band's current lineup. The band got their start playing house shows around Drexel University, where Ewald was a student. In 2012, they released their first album, Sports, which was recorded at Drexel.

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New "What's in My Bag?" Episode with Filmmaker Nicolas Winding Refn

Posted by Amoebite, October 5, 2016 12:35pm | Post a Comment

Nicolas Winding Refn What's In My Bag? Amoeba Hollywood

Just what is acclaimed director, producer, and screenwriter Nicolas Winding Refn listening to these days? Would you believe us if we told you it was ska? That's right, Mr. Refn, whose latest films have featured Cliff Martinez' moody '80s-inflected synth scores, has been getting into the up-beat, Jamaican, skankin' precursor to reggae. Before his and Cliff Martinez' recent soundtrack signing at Amoeba Hollywood the director picked up two great compilations by the legendary Jamaican labels Treasure Isle and Trojan. But, of course, it wasn't all island grooves for Refn, and we were not surprised to find a plethora of eclectic music in his bag.

The Neon Demon Blu-rayRefn launched onto the movie scene with the release of the Danish crime drama Pusher in 1996. This was followed by 1999's Bleeder, as well as two Pusher sequels in 2004 and 2005 respectively. Refn wrote his first English-language flick, Fear X, in 2003, but gained more attention with the 2008 release of Bronson, starring Tom Hardy.

His first major success in America came with 2011's Drive, a Cannes favorite that led to his acceptance of the festival's Best Director Award. Only God Forgives hit theaters next, and was followed in 2016 by The Neon Demon. The film was in competition for the Palme d'Or at Cannes that year--Refn's third picture to do so.

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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Catfish and the Bottlemen

Posted by Amoebite, September 27, 2016 12:38pm | Post a Comment

Catfish & the Bottlemen What's In My Bag?

Van and Bondy from British rock band Catfish and the Bottlemen went record shopping at Amoeba Hollywood recently and shared a few of their favorite lyricists, from Father John Misty to Eels, and picked up a fantastic mix of rock, jazz, film music, psych and more.

Catfish & the Bottlemen The Ride

Catfish and the Bottlemen formed in 2007 in Llandudno, Wales by Ryan Evan "Van" McCann. He was later joined by Benjamin Blakeway, Robert Hall, and Johnny Bond. The band is named after Catfish the Bottleman, a busker McCann frequently encountered during his childhood in Sydney, Australia. They got their start by playing in parking lots after other big name indie acts finished their shows. In 2013, the band signed to Communion Records, later signing to Island for their debut studio album, 2014's The Balcony.

In May of this year, the band released their sophomore LP, The Ride, via Capitol Records. The album peaked at number 28 on the US Billboard Top 200 charts. They also took home the award for British Breakthrough Act at the 2016 Brit Awards. The band is currently on tour in the United States, including opening a few dates with Mumford & Sons.

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