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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Chicano Batman

Posted by Amoebite, September 20, 2017 01:13pm | Post a Comment

Chicano Batman What's In My Bag? Amoeba Music

It's been a good year for Chicano Batman, having released an acclaimed record and embarking on a US tour this fall. Thankfully the LA-based tropicalia soul band had time to sit on the green room couch here at Amoeba Hollywood for a fun and eclectic What's In My Bag? episode. The band members picked a wide-ranging collection of records from genres including Brazilian soul, thrash metal, and South African disco (just to name a few). Everyone had something thoughtful to say about their choices, like drummer Gabriel Villa, who grabbed a vinyl reissue of Metallica's ...And Justice For All, which he credits as the album that got him into music and drumming.

Drawing influences from tropicalia, psychedelia, funk, indie, and soul, LA's Chicano Batman have created their own unique take on Latin alternative music. Formed in 2008, the band originally consisted of Bardo Martinez, Eduardo Arenas, and Gabriel Villa. The then-three-piece self-released their eponymous full-length debut in 2010. After the addition of Carlos Arévalo, Chicano Batman released the Joven Navegante EP in 2012.

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A Brief History of the Alien Films in Honor of the Release of "Alien: Covenant"

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, September 19, 2017 05:47pm | Post a Comment

Aliens CovenantBy Jon Longhi

The newest Alien movie, Alien: Covenant, came out on DVDBlu-Ray, and 4K-Ultra HD this month and is available at Amoeba Music, so now is as good a time as any to revisit the history of the Alien franchise. First, it’s important to point out that if it weren’t for the cracked phantasmagorical genius of Alejandro Jodorowsky there would never have been an Alien franchise.

Back in the mid-1970s, he assembled one of the greatest creative teams in history to make a film version of Frank Herbert’s sci-fi classic Dune. Jodorowsky’s movie was going to be a loose interpretation of Herbert’s novel that used the book as a springboard for Jodorowsky’s own psychedelically cosmic ideas. Even though he had lined up Pink Floyd to do the soundtrack; H.R. Giger and Moebius to do do the visual and costume designs; Dan O’Bannon to do the effects; and Mick Jagger, Orson Wells, and Salvador Dali to star in it, Jodorowsky still couldn’t get the film green-lighted. The studios saw the director as too outlandish to be marketable. The great irony of all this was that Jodorowsky took his Dune material and turned it into some of the most successful graphic novels in history. The creative team he assembled went on to be some of the biggest movers and shakers in pop culture. The first cinematic collaboration that came out of the wreckage of Jodorowsky’s Dune was a couple years later when H. R. Giger teamed up with Dan O’Bannon to make the first Alien movie. The film became an instant classic and the iconic monster Giger created fuels the franchise to this day. All this is wonderfully explained in the documentary Jodorowsky’s Dune.

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Jane Birkin Announces Rare US Concert In Tribute to Late Husband Serge Gainsbourg: “Birkin/Gainsbourg: Le symphonique”

Posted by Billyjam, September 19, 2017 01:30pm | Post a Comment

Jane Birkin, whose last US concert date was six years ago, has announced an upcoming US concert, with a full symphonic orchestra, when she will perform her current critically acclaimed tribute album to late husband Serge Gainsbourg: Birkin/Gainsbourg: Le symphonique (also avail on 2LP/vinyl set). The British born singer, songwriter, actress and fashion icon only scheduled a total of four concert dates for 2017 including an upcoming September 26th show at London’s Barbican Centre. Her select US date is scheduled for February 1st, 2018 at Carnegie Hall in New York City. Pre-sale tix begin tomorrow (Sept 20th) at 10am (Eastern) avail online and by phone at 212.247.7800. So far the only other announced 2018 concerts by the artist, whose shows all sell out, is January 10th, 2018 at Opéra Théâtre in Limoges, France

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Two Out-of-Print Skinny Puppy Albums Getting Reissued on Vinyl

Posted by Amoebite, September 18, 2017 06:15pm | Post a Comment

Skinny Puppy Vinyl Reissues

Two long out-of-print, hard-to-find records from legendary industrial band Skinny Puppy are getting repressed on 150-gram vinyl. Due October 13th, these are must-haves for fans of the band. They are both available now for pre-order on Amoeba.com and they'll ship FREE to U.S. addresses!

Skinny Puppy Remission Remission, the band's 1984 EP for Nettwerk, was originally available on vinyl and cassette before being released as a CD in the '90s -- the last time this crucial EP was widely released for sale. The 2017 vinyl reissue features the original tracklisting from 1984. (Later releases on other formats included additional tracks, which is not the case here.) In 1987, the Remission EP was packaged with the band's debut full-length, Bites, as Bites and Remission.
Skinny Puppy Bites

Fittingly, Bites is the second release from the progenitors of EBM and electro-industrial. First released in 1985, the album featured the band's first hit of sorts, "Assimilate," which includes a sample from the 1976 film Marathon Man. Apart from the combined Bites and Remission reissue, the LP wasn't available in a new version again until 1993, when it was released on CD billed to Hell-O Death Day, the pseudonym the band used while touring as the opening act for Chris & Cosey.

New Green Room Session Video with Algiers

Posted by Amoebite, September 18, 2017 05:40pm | Post a Comment

Algiers Amoeba Green Room Session

The Atlanta-based band Algiers has been in the midst of a massive world tour this summer, and we had the pleasure of filming the band in Amoeba Hollywood's green room before their show at Algiers The Underside Of Power AmoebaThe Echoplex last July. The band's multi-instrumentalist members filled the room with their own brand of apocalyptic R&B, starting off with "Cry Of The Martyrs" off their new LP, The Underside Of Power. The songs starts with an urgent, tense groove and makes way for some popping, dirty bass work and a dystopian, anthemic chorus. Next up is the album's title track, which starts with a Suicide-esque drum machine rhythm and features some outstanding, crisp lead vocals. Ending the set is "Death March," a hypnotic freak-out jam built on an undeniably catchy groove.

Algiers is currently touring the US with !!! (Chk CHk Chk), and will continue on throughout Europe later in the fall.

Watch Algiers' Green Room Session here:

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