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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode With Mike Scott of The Waterboys

Posted by Amoebite, April 21, 2015 06:17pm | Post a Comment

Mike Scott

The Waterboys is the brainchild of Scottish-born singer-songwriter Mike Scott. The project blew up in the '80s with its Celtic-inspired rock and roll, including the hit song "The Whole of the Moon" from their 1985 album This Is the Sea. Ten years into the band's career, Mike Scott, the driving force behind The Waterboys,  went "solo" and the band were on hiatus for most of the '90s. The Waterboys came back in 2000 and have been releasing albums and touring the world since. 2015 has been very busy for The Waterboys, including two new releases, tour dates and their North American national television debut on the Late Show With David Letterman. The band's new album, Modern Blues  (Harlequin & Clown) hit shelves April 7th and was closely followed by Puck's Blues, (Harlequin & Clown) a special 10" vinyl for Record Store Day.

Be sure to catch The Waterboys when they're in Los Angeles next month to play the Fonda Theatre May 13th. You can purchase tickets in-store at Amoeba Hollywood with super low fees or you can get them online here.

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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode With Belle & Sebastian

Posted by Amoebite, April 16, 2015 11:20am | Post a Comment

The Scottish indie pop band Belle & Sebastian  just rocked day 2 of Coachella. Singer Stewart Lee Murdoch handpicked several fans and invited them to dance alongside the band on stage. Belle & Sebastian performed selections from their latest release, Girls In Peacetime Want to Dance (Matador). For the new record, producer Ben H. Allen III was brought in to help beef up the band's songs. Allen encourgaed the group to take chances musically and the tactic resulted in pop magic. Girls In Peacetime Want to Dance is arguably the most pop Belle & Sebastian has ever been. This is definitely a good thing and fans will appreciate and love the new tunes. The booming synth track "The Party Line" is the stuff radio programmers drool over. Go cop the new album and if you're feeling lucky, try and score tickets to see them rock Coachella a second time next weekend! 

Belle & Sebastian visited Amoeba Hollywood for a special in-store signing in support of the newly released Girls In Peacetime Want to Dance. We had a packed house with adoring fans excited to meet the band. While on their visit, the band hung out with our What's In My Bag? crew and shared what they found while shopping Amoeba. Guitarist Stevie Jackson digs up a copy of Jack Nicholson's 1970 directorial debut,  Drive, He Said (Columbia Pictures, a sweet find given you can't get it in the UK. Sarah mentions she has been practicing French and picks up a French film classic, Eyes Without a Face (Criterion). Bassist Bobby picks up a reissue of T. Rex pressed on 180 gram vinyl. Very nice! From books by famous African-American poet and playwright LeRoi Jones to vintage Jefferson Airplane concert posters to vinyl by Sleater-Kinney, Belle & Sebastian find some great stuff. Watch the full episode for all their cool picks.    

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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode With Techno DJ Scuba

Posted by Amoebite, April 7, 2015 05:26pm | Post a Comment

Scuba

Scuba is the alias of British techno/house DJ and producer Paul Rose. In 2003, he founded Hotflush Recordings, an independent label which has released music from Joy Orbison and Mount Kimbie, among others. In 2008, ScubaHotflush released Scuba's debut LP, A Mutual Apathy, which was followed two years later by Triangulation and Personality in 2012. His most recent album, Claustrophobia, just hit stores. Scuba has also released a couple of EPs, curated a mix in the DJ-KiCKS series, and released a Sub:Stance mix as a companion piece to the weekly night he hosted at Berlin's legendary Berghain nightclub. In 2013, he won DJ Mag's Best Live Act award.

On a recent visit to Amoeba Hollywood, Scuba dug up some great vinyl in our dance section. He manages to find a copy of the first 12 inch he bought in 1995, Dave Clarke's Red 3, and shares a funny story of interacting with Dave Clarke on Twitter. He follows with Jazzanova's "That Night" 12 inch and reminisces about using the song during his UK Garage DJ sets. From techno to freestyle to new wave, Scuba finds some great pieces of vinyl. Watch the full episode below to see the rest of his picks. 

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Vote For Our 'What's In My Bag?' Series To Win a Webby People's Voice Award

Posted by Amoebite, April 7, 2015 02:15pm | Post a Comment

Webby Award Nominee

Our “What’s In My Bag?” series has been nominated for the 19th annual Webby Awards for Best Online Film & Video: Variety series! We'll find out if we won on April 27th, but now that we've been nominated we're also in the running for the Webby People’s Voice Award! We’ve got some stiff competition from AMC's Talking Dead, Pivot/Participant Media's HitRecord, AOL's Park Bench, and Conde Naste's Improv Imagination.

Webby Awards People's Voice

We need your help to win! Vote here.

Voting ends Thursday, April 23 at 11:59pm PST and you can only vote once. It’s super quick and you can log in easily via Facebook, Twitter or email. Vote here.

Described by The New York Times as the "Internet's highest honor" and presented by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences (IADAS), the Webby Awards are the leading international award honoring excellence on the Internet. We are so incredibly proud of our little series (now in its eighth season) and are so excited to be nominated. 

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New "What's in My Bag?" Episode With The Decemberists

Posted by Amoebite, April 2, 2015 11:55am | Post a Comment

The Decemberists

The Decemberists formed in 2000 when Colin Meloy (vocals/guitar) moved from Montana to Portland, OR, where he subsequently met Chris Funk (guitar/multi-instrumentalist), Jenny Conlee Decemberists(keyboads / piano / accordion / Hammond organ), Nate Query (bass), and John Moen (drums). Named after the 1825 Decembrist revolt in Imperial Russia and inspired by the moodiness of the month itself, an early incarnation of the band self-released its debut EP, 5 Songs, in 2001. The group's first full-length, Castaways and Cutouts, was released via Hush Records in 2002. The band then signed to Kill Rock Stars for 2003's Her Majesty the Decemberists and 2005's Picaresque. In 2006, the Decemberists made the leap to Capitol Records, releasing a handful of well-received albums. In January 2015, the band's seventh studio album, What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World, hit stores, followed by a lengthy North American tour.

The Decemberists visited Amoeba Hollywood for an album signing to celebrate the release of What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World and they took some time for a little record shopping. In this episode of What's In My Bag? Colin Meloy kicks things off with a nice re-issue of The Posies' Failure on vinyl. Drummer John Moen follows that with the obscure psych-rock reissue of Paper Garden (Sundazed Records) and introduces us to "Johnny's Chancers," records bought based on the album artwork and cover blurb. Jenny, a big fan of Classical music, picks up a copy of Silk Road Journeys by Yo-Yo Ma & The Silk Road Ensemble. Watch the full episode below to see the rest of their very eclectic picks.

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