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New "What's in My Bag?" Episode with Frank Turner

Posted by Amoebite, May 2, 2016 04:23pm | Post a Comment

Frank Turner Amoeba Music What's In My Bag?

"As a music snob I should of course be morally opposed to...greatest hit compilations, but fuck it," says English punk/folk singer Frank Turner, picking up the Elvis Presley collection, Artist Of The Century. Turner, a two time Amoeba Stage performer, had just finished reading Peter Guralnick's two acclaimed Elvis biographies, Last Train to Memphis and Careless Love, and was inspired to properly delve into the legend's music. Thankfully he stopped into Amoeba Hollywood to do his record shopping, and we got a chance to catch up with him and check out his picks.

Frank Turner began his musical career as a member of hardcore punk bands Kneejerk and Million Dead. Following Million Dead's dissolution in 2005, Turner struck out on his own, inspired by his love for country and acoustic music. His first solo EP, Campfire Punkrock, was released a year later. His debut full-length, Sleep Is for the Week, landed in 2007. Since then he has relentlessly toured the US and Europe with a steady stream of studio releases. Turner's most recent album, Positive Songs for Negative People, was released in the summer of 2015.

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New "What's in My Bag?" Episode with Theo Parrish, Zernell & Marcellus Pittman

Posted by Amoebite, April 25, 2016 06:42pm | Post a Comment

Theo Parrish, Zernell, Marcellus Pittman Ameoba Music What's In My Bag?

"That's the number one part of DJing, know your records," says Zernell, the Chicago born, now LA-based DJ and head of the music label, Grimy!. Zernell, along with fellow house DJs Theo Parrish and Marcellus Pittman, were spinning records at Amoeba Hollywood for our weekly DJ series, ROTATIONS, in celebration of the Crate Diggers Record Fair. Parrish and Pittman, both Detroit based, are also heads of their own labels, Sound Signature and Unirhythm, respectively. Before their sets the three DJs went record shopping and we got a chance to hear what they had to say about their killer picks.

Pittman starts with the Gang Starr album he considers their best, Hard To Earn, though Parish and Zernell seem to have different opinions on the matter. Parrish chimes in next with Hiatus Kaiyote's latest record, Choose Your Weapon. Zernell picks up Robert Owens' "Bring Down The Walls" 12", which was produced by Larry Heard, who he considers "the dopest 'house' producer." Also in the picks are some of great female singers, including Melba Moore and early Natalie Cole, whose song "Annie Mae" was, according to Parrish, a major tune in '80s Chicago.

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New "What's in My Bag?" Episode with Blonde Redhead

Posted by Amoebite, April 18, 2016 06:56pm | Post a Comment

Blonde Redhead Amoeba Music What's In My Bag?

Do you love Ennio Morricone? Well, so do the members of Blonde Redhead! On their last west coast tour, the New York trio stopped in at Amoeba San Francisco and picked up a couple of the legendary composer's film soundtracks. One, L'Istruttoria E Chiusa Dimentichi, they had never heard before, while all three now own a copy of the other, The Sicilian Clan. Of course, Morricone wasn't the only artist they found at Amoeba, and as you could expect from a band as eclectic as they are, their picks were pretty interesting.

Blonde Redhead BarraganFormed in 1993 after Italian undergraduate jazz students Amedeo and Simone Pace met Japanese art student Kazu Makino at an Italian restaurant in New York, Blonde Redhead fused noise-rock and shoegaze to create their own style of dream pop and rock. Their self-titled first record was produced by Steve Shelly and released in 1995, which has been followed by a steady stream of releases since. In 2004 Blonde Redhead released Misery Is a Butterfly, their first for the 4AD record label. 2014 saw the release of Barragan, their ninth, and most recent, studio album. The band will be on the road again this spring with a stop at San Francisco's The Independent on May 24 and two shows in Los Angeles at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery, May 26-27.

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New "What's in My Bag?" Episode with Mary Wilson, Freda Payne & Linda Clifford

Posted by Amoebite, April 11, 2016 05:30pm | Post a Comment

Mary Wilson, Freda Payne & Linda Clifford What's In My Bag? Amoeba Music

Amoeba Hollywood had the honor of having not just one, not just two, but three legends of American soul and R&B visit the store recently: Mary Wilson, Freda Payne and Linda Clifford.

Mary Wilson is a founding member of a little group you may have heard of called The Supremes, in which she sang on twelve #1 hits, and went on to a successful solo career starting in the late '70s. 

Best known for her chart-topping 1970 single "Band of Gold," Freda Payne is a jazz and soul singer, actress, and talk show host who has worked with legends like Quincy Jones and Pearl Bailey.

Former Miss New York State, Linda Clifford started her entertainment career as an actress and moved into music by fronting a jazz trio before switching to R&B, which led her to sign with Paramount Records and Curtis Mayfield's Curtom Records. 

As you could imagine, between the three singers some great vocalists turned up in their Amoeba bags, including Nancy Wilson and Thelma Houston whose album Sunshower Clifford had just learned of the night before from Payne. Wilson and Payne both picked up the same collection of Antonio Carlos Jobim tunes, and Clifford grabbed two Shirley Horn collections. Mary Wilson also talks about getting into the blues again because of none other than British rocker Bill Wyman of The Rolling Stones. As she says, "our parents grew up with it...we were into rock n' roll."

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New "What's in My Bag?" Episode with Giorgio Moroder

Posted by Amoebite, April 4, 2016 07:42pm | Post a Comment

Giorgio Moroder Amoeba What's In My Bag?

"There is America, there is England, and there is Sweden, and slowly they are taking over." You heard it here first folks: Sweden is taking over the US and England! Well, at least according to legendary producer/artist Giorgio Moroder, as he talks about the incredible musical talent coming from the Scandinavian country. Amoeba San Francisco, recently had the pleasure of hosting a signing of the disco/electronic-music pioneer's latest album, Deja Vu. Beforehand, the affable Moroder went record shopping at the store and shared his picks with us.

In 1966 Moroder began releasing singles under the name Giorgio, working in studios in Berlin and Munich before beginning a long and fruitful partnership with musician/producer Pete Bellotte and disco diva Donna Summer for her debut LP, Lady of the Night. A year later Summer's "Love to Love You Baby" became an international hit.

Giorgio Moroder Deja Vu

In 1978 Moroder began delving into film music, crafting original scores for FoxesAmerican GigoloCat People, and Scarface, among others. The following year he released his first solo album, E=MC². Over the course of much of the '90s and '00s, Moroder scored video games, films, and worked on assorted non-musical projects. In 2013, he contributed to Daft Punk's Random Access Memories album. His most recent album, Deja Vu, features guest vocalists Kylie Minogue, Britney Spears, Charli XCX, Sia, and Kelis. Moroder also DJs on the international circuit, with his next gig planned for summer 2016 in Paris.

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