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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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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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Tickets to Macklemore's SOLD OUT Show at the Echoplex Available Now at Amoeba Hollywood

Posted by Amoebite, September 15, 2017 11:58am | Post a Comment

Macklemore

UPDATE 9/20/2017: Tickets are no longer available at Amoeba.

Want to be one of the first to hear new songs from Macklemore's upcoming album Gemini? After two best-selling albums created in collaboration with Ryan Lewis (2012's The Heist and 2016's This Unruly Mess I’ve Made), the new album is Macklemore's first solo endeavor in twelve years. Now you've got a chance to see an intimate SOLD OUT show with the diamond-certified rapper next week in Los Angeles.

Simply come in to Amoeba Hollywood starting Friday, September 15th, pre-order Gemini on CD, and we'll give you a ticket to this album release show - while supplies last! (One ticket per CD, max two per person.) Gemini comes out Friday, Sept. 22nd, and the SOLD OUT show is the night before, Thursday, Sept. 21st at the Echoplex. Please note, this event is 18+.

Only ticketholders are eligible to attend this show. Pre-order the album in-store only at Amoeba Hollywood to get your ticket. But hurry, these tickets won't last long!

Macklemore Secret Show

New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Power Trip

Posted by Amoebite, September 13, 2017 02:53pm | Post a Comment

Power Trip What's In My Bag?

Texas crossover thrash metal band Power Trip stopped by Amoeba Hollywood recently hunting for records. The five members had very eclectic picks, ranging from black metal to Britpop, post-punk to alt-country, and they had a lot to say about all of them, especially their home state heroes, ZZ Top. "This is one of the greatest American rock bands," proclaimed bassist Chris Whetzel as he held up the band's breakthrough record, Tres Hombres. "If you don't like this band then I have some words for you."

With roots in the genres of hardcore, metal, and punk, Dallas-based Power Trip has shared the stage with a remarkably diverse range of artists, including Merchandise, Big Freedia, Title Fight, Power Trip Nightmare LogicAnthrax, and Napalm Death. Founded in 2008, the current lineup consists of Riley Gale, Blake Ibanez, Chris Ulsh, Nick Stewart, and Chris Whetzel.

After self-releasing an early collection of demos, the group first began attracting notice with the release of their Armaggedon Blues EP. Power Trip toured relentlessly, putting out a self-titled three-song EP in 2011 and then signing on for an appearance at the 2012 Pitchfork Festival. The following year, the band signed to Southern Lord and released their first full-length, Manifest Decimation. Their sophomore LP, Nightmare Logic, followed in early 2017. Power Trip is touring North America this fall with Obituary, Exodus, and Dust Bolt.

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