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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

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"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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New "What's in My Bag?" Episode with Saul Williams

Posted by Amoebite, June 13, 2016 06:29pm | Post a Comment

Saul Williams What's In My Bag? Amoeba Music Hollywood

"I think there's a lot of American artists who are really high on themselves and don't realize that there's somebody who's doing it fresher," says Saul Williams while talking about Belgian pop artist Stromae, who is one of the few, if only, pop artists he reps for. As you can imagine with someone as eclectic, talented and acclaimed as the American rapper, poet, writer, actor and musician, when Williams comes to Amoeba Hollywood, he's sure to pick up some interesting finds.

Saul Williams MartyrLoserKing Amoeba MusicIn 1996 Williams won the title of the Nuyorican Poets Cafe's Grand Slam Champion, which was documented in the film SlamNation. 1998 he started his career in music releasing EPs and singles. In 2001 Williams released his debut LP, Amethyst Rock Star, which was produced by Rick Rubin. Over the course of his career, Williams has performed with artists such as Nas, Erykah Badu, The Fugees, Blackalicious, KRS-One, De La Soul, and poets Allen Ginsberg and Sonia Sanchez. He has toured with The Mars Volta and Nine Inch Nails. Trent Reznor co-produced Williams' 2007 LP The Inevitable Rise and Liberation of NiggyTardust!. Volcanic Sunlight, released in 2011, saw Williams moving in a new direction, with tracks influenced by funk, new wave, dubstep and garage rock. January of 2016 saw his latest release, MartyrLoserKing. Williams has published four collections of poetry and his writing has been featured in The New York Times, Esquire, African Voices and Bomb Magazine. He has acted in the feature films Slam and Today and starred in Holler If Ya Hear Me, a Broadway musical featuring the music of Tupac Shakur. Saul Williams is currently on tour in the UK and Ireland.

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New "What's in My Bag?" Episode with Miss May I

Posted by Amoebite, June 6, 2016 05:42pm | Post a Comment

Miss May I Amoeba Music What's In My Bag?

Though Miss May I may be a metalcore band, they don't exclusively listen to metal, vocalist Levi Benton explains. One of his current favorite bands is the English rock outfit The 1975, whose self-titled album he picked up on a recent trip to Amoeba Hollywood. We got a chance to sit down with Benton after he finished record shopping and checked out his cool picks.

Miss May I DeathlessFormed in Troy, Ohio while the band members were still in high school, Miss May I soon signed to Rise Records with whom they would release their 2009 debut, Apologies Are for the Weak. The following year Monument was released which charted #76 on the Billboard 200. Soon the band was on the road with Warped Tour, playing with such bands as The Devil Wears Prada, Pierce the Veil, and We Came as Romans. In 2012 the band returned to the studio to record At Heart. Rise of the Lion followed in 2014; their most recent release is 2015's Deathless. The band has been touring North America this spring with upcoming shows at the Amnesia Rockfest and Chicago Open Air festivals.

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New "What's in My Bag?" Episode with Kristin Kontrol

Posted by Amoebite, June 3, 2016 04:29pm | Post a Comment

Kristin Kontrol Amoeba Music What's In My Bag?

Kristin Welchez, aka "Dee Dee" of the lo-fi rock group Dum Dum Girls, was in Amoeba Hollywood recently doing some record shopping, and we got a chance to check out her cool picks. Welchez is currently promoting her new solo project Kristin Kontrol, whose debut album X-Communicate just dropped last week.  

Over the course of her musical career Welchez has played drums with Grand Ole Party, performed in The Mayfair Set with Mike Sniper of Blank Dogs, released a cover of The Jesus and Mary Chain with Tamaryn and dueted with Belle & Sebastian. For the Kristin Kontrol LP, Welchez partnered with producer Kurt Feldman and Dum Dum Girls guitar player Andrew Miller. This summer she'll be playing select US dates as Kristin Kontrol. 

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New "What's in My Bag?" Episode with Car Seat Headrest

Posted by Amoebite, May 24, 2016 02:06pm | Post a Comment

Car Seat Headrest Will Toledo Amoeba Music What's In My Bag?

"My twelve-year old self kinda' took over and I ended up just getting a bunch of colorful, bright albums," says Will Toledo, frontman of the Seattle-based Car Seat Headrest. "I don't even think I like this band, but I like the album cover," he says while holding up the Pet Shop Boys' latest album, Super. Toledo was record shopping at Amoeba Hollywood and we got a chance to sit down with him and check out his picks, not all of which were chosen by the cover.

Originally from Williamsburg, VA the indie band takes its name from Toledo's decision to record vocals in the back of his car for privacy. Self-releasing four albums in 2010, and steadily releasing more over the following years on Bandcamp, Toledo's music gained a cult following on the internet, which resulted in a contract with Matador Records in 2015. That year's Teens Of Style was his first release for the label. Car Seat Headrest's second album with Matador, Teens Of Denial, is out now digitally, with CDs and LPs out July 29. (You may have read about a Cars sample not being approved and delaying the physical release of the album until July.)

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