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New "What's in My Bag?" Episode with Cellist Joshua Roman

Posted by Amoebite, July 19, 2016 11:13am | Post a Comment

Joshua Roman Amoeba Music What's In My Bag?

When classical musician/composer/curator Joshua Roman visits Amoeba Hollywood he's sure to pick out a very eclectic mix of music, one that includes electronic, opera, jazz, and Ween. "I discovered Ween in college when I discovered a lot of things, musical and non-musical," says Roman, "and some of them go very well with Ween." Masters of style" is what he calls them, saying, "They're the most versatile band that I know." High praise coming from someone with tastes as versatile as Roman.

Joshua Roman at Amoeba Hollywood

Joshua Roman began his career in 2006 as the principal cellist of the Seattle Symphony, a coveted position attained when he was only22. He has gone on to serve as the director of Seattle Town Hall's Town Music series, and has performed as a soloist with the San Francisco Symphony, New World Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Alabama Symphony Orchestras, the Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra, and Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional del Ecuador. He has collaborated with artists such as Cho-Liang Lin, the Assad Brothers, Earl Carlyss, Christopher Taylor, Christian Zacharias, The JACK Quartet, So Percussion, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center’s CMS Two, and playwright Anna Deveare Smith.

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New "What's in My Bag?" Episode with DJ & Producer Cassy

Posted by Amoebite, July 11, 2016 06:38pm | Post a Comment

Cassy Amoeba Music What's In My Bag?

"I think it's extremely important to make lots of jokes in bleak times," says singer, producer, and DJ Cassy as she picks up a comedy record, What Becomes A Semi-Legend Most?, by Joan Rivers. Cassy loved her audacity, saying she had "the balls to say things that other people would never dare to say." Though she starts by referencing these bleak times, Cassy picked up some fun records when she recently visited Amoeba Hollywood, which ran the gamut from classical to techno to music "for when you're, like, a 50 year-old man. Which I'm not."

Cassy Donna Amoeba MusicBorn in England and raised in Austria, Cassy's career began in the '90s as a DJ at Viennese club Flex. Around the same time, she appeared as a vocalist on Elin's remix of Ganymed's "Music Takes Me Higher" and Zombie Nation's "Unload." After collaborations with DJ Dave the Hustler, Luciano, and Mathew Jonson, Cassy became further immersed in the minimal techno scene and relocated to Berlin. 

In 2004, Cassy became a resident at the legendary Panorama Bar, where she would hold down the decks once-a-month for three years. During this time she released tracks for labels such as Ostgut Ton, Perlon, and Beat Street, as well as her own Cassy imprint. After Berlin, Cassy did stints at clubs in Paris, Ibiza, and Amsterdam. She worked with King Britt on her debut full-length, Donna, which was just released via K7 last week. Cassy is currently on tour throughout Europe.

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New "What's in My Bag?" Episode with M. Ward

Posted by Amoebite, July 5, 2016 06:46pm | Post a Comment

M. Ward Ameoba Music What's In My Bag?

Portland-based singer-songwriter M. Ward recently performed at Amoeba Hollywood and took a moment to do some record shopping for our "What's In My Bag?" series. California fans have another chance to see him in concert July 8th at the UC Theatre Taube Music Family Hall in Berkeley, July 10th at the Hollywood Bowl playing with Brian Wilson, and July 12 at the Belly Up in Solana Beach.

M. Ward More Rain Amoeba MusicM. Ward performs under his own name and is half of the duo She & Him. He began his musical career in 1999 with the release of his debut, Duet for Guitars #2. For his third album, 2003's Transfiguration of Vincent, he signed with Merge Records, kicking off a long-running partnership between the artist and the label. He followed this release with Transistor Radio and 2006's Post War, which featured appearances from Neko Case, Jim James, and Howe Gelb. Ward's next LP, Hold Time, was similarly star-filled, with performances from Jason Lytle (Grandaddy), Lucinda Williams, Tom Hagerman (DeVotchKa), and his partner in She & Him, Zooey Deschanel.

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New "What's in My Bag?" Episode with Monsieur Perine

Posted by Amoebite, June 27, 2016 05:12pm | Post a Comment

Monsieur Perine Amoeba Music What's In My Bag?

When Monsieur Perine go record shopping they don't just stick to one or two sections, they tear through the whole store. So when the Colombian trio came to Amoeba Hollywood recently they ended up with a huge and eclectic mix of music, which included everything from African percussive folk music, big band jazz, and Fleetwood Mac.

Monsieur Perine meld Django Reinhardt-style swing, Latin-American music, and jazz to create what they call "swing Colombian style." They took home the Latin GRAMMY for Best New Artist in 2015. The band consists of Catalina Garcia (vocals), Nicolas Junca (guitar), and Santiago Prieto (guitar, violin, charango).

The Bogota-based band's debut album, Hecho a Mano, was certified gold in their home country when it was released in 2012, with the award-winning Caja de Musica following three years later. Produced by Calle 13's Eduardo Cabra (aka Visitante), the LP features guest appearances from Mexican alt-rockers Cafe Tacuba and Dominican singer-songwriter Vicente Garcia. This summer, Monsieur Perine are playing select dates in Europe and North America. Catch them August 5 in Oakland at The New Parish, and August 7 in Los Angeles at The Echoplex.

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New "What's in My Bag?" Episode with Duran Duran

Posted by Amoebite, June 20, 2016 05:50pm | Post a Comment

Duran Duran What's In My Bag? Amoeba Music

"I realize what a pleasure it is going through racks, and actually finding things. That reminds me of my childhood, but also of times, not quite so far away, when you had that choice," says Nick Rhodes, keyboardist and founding member of Duran Duran, about shopping for DVDs at Amoeba Hollywood. Amoeba hosted a signing with the legendary band for the release of their latest album, Paper Gods, and we got a chance to meet up with the band after they went hunting for music and movies.

Duran Duran are one of the quintessential bands to emerge from England's new wave/synth pop scene in the 1980s. Formed in 1978 by keyboardist Nick Rhodes and bassist John Taylor, over time the lineup solidified to include drummer Roger Taylor, frontman Simon Le Bon, and guitarist Andy Taylor. Initially inspired by post-punk and art school ideas and aligned early on with the New Romantic scene, Duran Duran quickly became superstars on the strength of their innovative music videos, fashion-forward image, and impressive number of chart-topping singles.

Duran Duran Paper Gods Amoeba MusicThe band's career took off with the release of their 1981 self-titled debut, which reached number 3 on the UK charts. Success in the US came shortly thereafter, when Duran Duran's sophomore LP, Rioclocked in at number 6 on the Billboard 200. The band's string of successes continued with 1983's Seven and the Ragged Tiger and 1986's Notorious, with the band touring the globe and being feted as teen heartthrobs. By 1993, Duran Duran was back at the top of the charts, thanks to the release of a second self-titled album, dubbed The Wedding Album to differentiate it from the band's debut. Duran Duran continue to release new albums and will be touring the US this summer, including a stop in San Francisco for Outside Lands.

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