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New "What's in My Bag?" Episode with The Arcs

Posted by Amoebite, August 29, 2016 06:18pm | Post a Comment

The Arcs What's In My Bag? Amoeba Music

"For some reason it was difficult to get twelve people from Thailand to open for us for nothing," says The Arcs' singer/guitarist Dan Auerbach about Khun Narin Electric Phin Band. Apparently Auerbach was hoping to get the Thai psychedelic ensemble, who makes their own instruments, on board as an opening act to no avail. You may already know Auerbach from his other band The Black Keys, or from his 2009 solo record, Keep It Hid. Along with fellow Arcs members Leon Michels (Menahan Street Band), Nick Movshon (Menahan Street Band), Homer Steinweiss (Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings), and Richard Swift (The Shins), he's had a very busy year touring in support of their debut album, Yours, Dreamily. Avid record collectors themselves, The Arcs recently mined Amoeba Hollywood's varied genre sections and came out with an impressive and healthy score.

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New "What's in My Bag?" Episode with Sebastian Bach

Posted by Amoebite, August 23, 2016 04:44pm | Post a Comment

Sebastian Bach What's In My Bag at Amoeba Hollywood

KISS super fan, heavy metal legend, and vinyl collector Sebastian Bach recently came shopping at his happy place (i.e. Amoeba Hollywood) and schooled us on things like first pressings and Japanese "obi" editions of the band's discography. "The very first pressing of KISS Alive! was mastered by a guy named Robert Ludwig, and you can only tell if you look at the run-out in the grooves. It's the only one I don't have," says Bach as he opens one in the KISS vinyl section. Turns out Mr. Bach's expertise extends to many other artists, including Rush and Neil Young. This lesson was courtesy of a very personal, whirlwind tour of Bach's typical shopping route here at Amoeba and, boy, it did not disappoint!

Sebastian Bach 18 and Life on Skid Row

Sebastian Bach rose to prominence as the frontman of Skid Row. He performed with the group from 1987-1996, later forming the group The Last Hard Men with members of The Smashing Pumpkins, The Frogs, and The Breeders. In 1999 Bach released his first solo live LP, Bring 'Em Bach Alive! A year later he began performing in Broadway shows, making his debut in Jekyll & Hyde and later signing on for The Rocky Horror Picture Show and Jesus Christ Superstar. He also played a recurring role on Gilmore Girls, appeared on Trailer Park Boys, and voiced a character on SpongeBob SquarePants.

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New "What's in My Bag?" Episode with City and Colour

Posted by Amoebite, August 15, 2016 05:13pm | Post a Comment

City and Colour Dallas Green What's In My Bag? Amoeba Music

You know those groups you listen to and you think to yourself, "I wish I was in that band." Well, Godspeed You! Black Emperor is one of those bands for City & Colour's Dallas Green. "It's so good," he says holding up their latest LP, Asunder, Sweet and Other Distresses, "and they're such a cool band." Green was at Amoeba Hollywood recently and took us with him as he shopped for records and books, including albums by some of his all-time favorites.

City and Colour - If I Should Go Before You - Amoeba MusicCity & Colour is the folk project of Canadian indie musician Dallas Green. After stints with the bands Alexisonfire and Helicon Blue, Green began releasing City & Colour tracks online in 2005. Those tracks would become his debut, Sometimes, which was reissued in physical format for the first time by Vagrant Records in 2009. His follow-up, 2008's Bring Me Your Love, found Green moving in a more folk-inflected direction than before, as well as opening for Tegan & Sara and Girl In A Coma. City & Colour's first US headlining tour came two years later, when Green hit the road once again to promote Bring Me Your Love. He also toured the UK, supporting Pink and Butch Walker.

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New "What's in My Bag?" Episode with Gerd Janson

Posted by Amoebite, August 9, 2016 01:20pm | Post a Comment

Gerd Janson Amoeba Music What's In My Bag?

You can be sure that when German DJ, label founder, and record store owner Gerd Janson takes you record shopping he'll have some very informative bits of insight. "It's a promo," he says holding up a 12" single of The Quick's "One Night In A Blackout." "I think you can only find the long-mix on the promo release," Janson informs us before going on to state, "it says mid-tempo disco, but I would say it's a proper slow jam because it's even below 100 BPM." Janson had a lot to say about his record picks when he visited Amoeba Hollywood recently, and we were grateful to be able to listen.

Gerd Janson Fabric 89In 1998, after years spent in disco, house, and jungle clubs, Gerd Janson landed his first DJ residency at Cafe Kesselhaus in Darmstadt. These days he spins house and disco at Frankfurt club Robert Johnson's Liquid nights and travels the international DJ circuit. When he's not DJing, Janson can be found manning the record counter at his hometown store, Pentagon Recordstore, working at the Red Bull Music Academy or writing about music news for Spex or Groove magazine. He is co-owner of the Running Back record label.

This summer, Gerd Janson is DJing at parties from London to Ibiza before playing select dates in the U.S. He's a scheduled performer at this year's FYF Festival in Los Angeles. His latest release is a mix for the Fabric series, Fabric 89, due out August 19, 2016.

Janson holds up a 12" of "Visions Of China" by the UK band Japan. Were they prog rock, new wave or somewhere in between? Either way, he points out that at the time "they were kind of treated as wannabe intellectuals." Being a fan of "drums and sound effects," Janson grabbed Drums of the Caribbean: A Study in High Fidelity Sound, a collection of West Indies percussion. Also in his bag is Dept. of Sunshine's "Rude Boy/Space Tropics" single. "No one actually knows anything about them and this is the only record I've ever came across."

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New "What's in My Bag?" Episode with Vince Staples

Posted by Amoebite, August 1, 2016 04:00pm | Post a Comment

Vince Staples Amoeba Music What's In My Bag?

What did Long Beach rapper Vince Staples pick up when he recently went shopping at Amoeba Hollywood? Well, how about Joy Division's classic debut album, Unknown Pleasures, whose artwork inspired his latest album cover, Summertime '06. "A lot of people don't know that," he says, "but, you know, sometimes you gotta tell on yourself." 

Vince Staples Summertime '06 Amoeba MusicVince Staples landed on the national stage after collaborations with Odd Future and Mac Miller. His career began with a series of mixtapes, including Stolen Youth, which featured guest performances by Mac Miller, Ab-Soul, and ScHoolboy Q; he also appeared on tracks by Earl Sweatshirt and Jhene Aiko. In 2014 Staples joined ScHoolboy Q on his Oxymoron tour and dropped his first official EP, Hell Can Wait.

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