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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Mitski

Posted by Amoebite, March 19, 2019 05:10pm | Post a Comment

Mitski - What's In My Bag?

Indie rock singer/songwriter Mitski did a little shopping at Amoeba Hollywood recently and gave us a peek into her musical and cinematic tastes for our latest What's In My Bag? episode. Fresh off a long tour, Mitski was longing to see two movies by acclaimed anime director Hayao Miyazaki, Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind and The Wind Rises. "I just grew up with his films. Princess Mononoke was the first film I remember seeing and being affected by," she recalled. "I feel like they just give me the answers on how to live. They're so kind and hopeful."

Mitski Miyawaki is a Japanese-American singer-songwriter who performs as Mitski. As a child, she Mitski - What's In My Bag? lived in over a dozen countries, including Turkey, China, Democratic Republic of Congo, and Malaysia before settling in New York City. While studying at Purchase College's Conservatory of Music, Mitski recorded and self-released her first two albums, Lush (2012) and Retired from Sad, New Career in Business (2013). By her third album, 2014's Bury Me at Makeout Creek, Mitski had moved away from her earlier piano-based compositions towards a punkier guitar sound. 

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Mdou Moctar: Desert Blues in Oakland, April 18

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, March 17, 2019 06:38pm | Post a Comment

Akounak: Purple Rain, Mdou Moctar

MATATU's Nomadic Cinema series continues with Mdou Moctar: Purple Rain on Thursday, April 18th at 7pmAkounak: Purple Rain, Mdou Moctar at Oakland's Red Bay Coffee, the largest Black specialty coffee roaster in the nation. Nigerien musician Mdou Moctar and his band perform following a screening of his film Akounak Tedalat Taha Tazoughai, also known as the Tuareg Purple Rain! This is his third appearance with MATATU, after two consecutive sold-out years. Get your tickets now!

The robust rock tradition among the Tuareg people — a Berber group with origins around the southern Sahara — has long been represented internationally by artists like Bombino and Tinariwen. Moctar, a singer-songwriter, offers a subtler, more intimate variation on their desert blues with his most recent albums Sousoume Tamachek and Blue Stage Sessions.

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Miles Davis Top Ten Vinyl Picks @ Amoeba + Miles Davis House @ SXSW

Posted by Billyjam, March 15, 2019 12:12pm | Post a Comment


Miles Davis Vinyl @ Amoeba Top Ten {March 2019]


#1 Miles Davis
The Best of Miles Davis  3LP red vinyl that (Not Now Music)

#2  Miles Davis Ascenseur pour l'échafaud [OST] [Deluxe Edition] (3LP 10" vinyl set) (Verve)

#3 Miles Davis Kind Of Blue blue-colored vinyl/LP  (Sony)

#4 Miles Davis
Miles Davis Greatest Hits LP/vinyl  (Sony)

#5 Miles Davis The Original Quintet (First Recording) vinyl/LP (Doxy)

#6 Miles Davis & John Coltrane The Final Tour: Copenhagen, March 24, 1960 vinyl/LP  (Sony Legacy)

#7 Miles Davis & Jimmy Forrest Live At The Barrel LP/vinyl (Down At Dawn)

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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with José James

Posted by Amoebite, March 14, 2019 01:22pm | Post a Comment

Jose James - What's In My Bag? - Amoeba Music

Acclaimed neo-soul/jazz/hip-hop musician and composer José James did some shopping at Amoeba Hollywood recently and talked with us about some of his favorite artists for our latest What's In My Bag? episode. James went looking for a Tribe Called Quest t-shirt and ended up with an Eric Dolphy shirt instead, happily surprised to see the jazz saxophonist/clarinetist printed on a piece of apparel. "He's a really deep figure for me, and for jazz," he explained. "His album Out To Lunch, on Blue Note, to me is the highest standard of avant-garde music in America." James went on to discuss Dolphy's influence on John Coltrane, saying he "encouraged John to let the saxophone speak. He was really trying to get beyond the limitations of the instrument, and just make sounds." James had similarly thoughtful things to say about every item he picked, giving us an educational and entertaining peek into his shopping bag.

Born in Minneapolis, MN, José James attended The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music. His oeuvre has been compared to D'Angelo, Frank Ocean, Miguel, Bobby McFerrin, and Leon Thomas. Jose James - Lean On Me - Amoeba MusicHe released his debut LP, The Dreamer, in 2008 via the Brownswood label. James followed his first LP with Blackmagic (Brownswood) and For All We Know (Verve), both released in 2010. The latter album took home the Edison Award and the L'Académie du Jazz Grand Prix for the year's Best Vocal Jazz Album.

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Hospitalized Genesis P-Orridge (Throbbing Gristle, Psychic TV etc.) Reaches Out For Help In Life-Or-Death Scenario

Posted by Billyjam, March 13, 2019 05:58pm | Post a Comment

Recently hospitalized legendary experimental musician, multi-media artist and occultist Genesis Breyer P-Orridge reached out to friends and fans for help this week in what is reportedly a life-or-death scenario for the industrial music pioneer who first came to wide acclaim as the founding member of Throbbing Gristle. Via an Instagram post by the aritst followed by a more detailed mass email sent via e-flux by friend and associate Jason Louv it was noted, following a year long battle with leukemia, that over this past weekend Genesis had been rushed into a NYC area hospital. “She was unable to breathe without oxygen” after her lungs became “blocked with fluid, which her doctors had previously attempted to remove with a suction needle,” wrote Louv in the plea for help to fans and friends of Genesis P-Orridge whose most recent arrival at Amoeba was last November's reissue of the 1999 critically acclaimed collaborative album A Perfect Pain (also on vinyl LP) with Merzbow.

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