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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Kid Koala

Posted by Amoebite, September 4, 2019 03:17pm | Post a Comment

Kid Koala - What's In My Bag? Amoeba Music

DJ extraordinaire Kid Koala stopped by Amoeba San Francisco recently for a fun, eclectic and educational What's In My Bag? interview. The Canadian producer and composer went digging for sound effects records, classic hip hop cassettes, and some killer jazz finds, like Thelonious Monk's Thelonious Alone In San Francisco. "I'm alone in San Francisco," he joked. Noting that the jazz pianist is a hero of his, Kid Koala described how "you can listen to less than one bar of any of his recordings and know immediately it was him. That's how much style he had on the piano. I love the fact that he's playing like a centuries old instrument, with all this history, and he came and just reinvented everything on it."

Eric San is the force behind Kid Koala, best known for his work as a music producer, DJ, and composer. He is also the author of graphic novels Nufonia Must Fall and Space Cadet, and the creator of their Kid Koala - music to draw to : io - Amoeba Musicaccompanying soundtrack albums. San's musical career began while he attended McGill University in Montreal; immersed in the turntablism scene, he passed out an early demo called Scratchcratchratchatch to fellow students. In 2000, he released his first album, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, for which he designed and illustrated the cover, as well as a comic book included within the liner notes. In support of the LP, he set out on a lengthy tour, opening at times for Radiohead and Bjork. That same year, Kid Koala teamed up with Del the Funky Homosapien and Dan the Automator for their Deltron 3030 project; their eponymous debut was released in spring 2000.

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

Posted by Amoebite, August 28, 2019 03:10pm | Post a Comment

Superorganism - What's In My Bag? Amoeba Music

We had a fun time talking with London-based cross-cultural indie pop band Superorganism during a recent shopping trip to Amoeba Hollywood. Orono Noguchi, Soul, B, and Ruby picked out records by some of their favorite artists, including the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Tobias Jesso Jr, Kanye West, and Carole King and introduced us to cat ASMR.

Superorganism is a band of non-conformists. Bump into any of the eight members (Orono, Emily, Harry, Ruby, B, Robert, Tucan and Soul) in the street -- a contrasting collection of disparate and idiosyncratic individuals -- and you might never know they’re in a band together, let alone all live in the same house. Superorganism’s difference comes from a kind of permanent outsider status. With members from the U.K., Japan, New Zealand, Korea and Australia, they bonded via the internet rather than one geographical location, finding each other on forums while nerding out about music. Their similarities eventually brought them all together IRL, culminating in a mass migration to an unassuming terraced house in East London that they soon turned into an energized creative hub.

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

Posted by Amoebite, August 21, 2019 03:18pm | Post a Comment

KAYTRANADA - What's In My Bag? Amoeba Music

KAYTRANADA visited Amoeba Hollywood recently to do a little shopping and sit down with us for an interesting and eclectic What's In My Bag? interview. The Haitian-Canadian DJ and producer extraordinaire talked about hometown hero A-Trak, the early '80s R&B and disco scene in Africa, the debut album from French electronic duo Justice, and much, much more.

KAYTRANADA is the musical project of Louis Kevin Celestin. Born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Celestin's KAYTRANADA - Nothin Like Ufamily moved to Montreal, Canada, where he grew up. He began DJing at fourteen. He started learning production a year later after being introduced to FL Studio by his brother. In 2010, he began performing under the alias Kaytradamus, switching to his current incarnation as KAYTRANADA in 2012. In 2016, he released his debut LP 99.9% via XL Recordings. He would go on to win the Polaris Music Prize for the album, which features contributions from the likes of GoldLink, AlunaGeorge, Syd tha Kyd, Anderson .Paak, Little Dragon, BadBadNotGood, and Vic Mensa.

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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Shepard Fairey

Posted by Amoebite, August 6, 2019 03:32pm | Post a Comment

Shepard Fairey - What's In My Bag?

Acclaimed street artist, graphic designer, and social activist Shepard Fairey (Obey Giant) did some shopping recently at Amoeba Hollywood and sat down with us for a What's In My Bag? episode! He shared some of his favorite records and album covers, and talked about how The Clash's London Calling is the embodiment of punk, the way graphic design serves as a visual parallel to what's happening in the music, and the pleasurable inconvenience of vinyl.

Shepard Fairey is the American street artist, activist, and graphic designer behind the iconic Obey Giant and Obama "HOPE" designs. He first became active in the early '80s, sharing his artwork on t-shirts and skateboards while still a teenager. While attending the Rhode Island School of Design in 1989, Fairey created his first instantly recognizable work: the André the Giant Has a Posse sticker campaign, which later evolved into the Obey Giant. After graduating from RISD, Fairey opened Alternate Graphics, a small printhouse that produced his t-shirt and sticker designs. In the late '90s, Fairey opened guerilla marketing firm BLK/MRKT Inc.; during this time, he designed Mozilla's red dinosaur logo. Fairey launched the OBEY Clothing company in 2001 as a way to bring activism to everyday design. He and his wife Amanda Fairey founded the Studio Number One design agency in 2003. Highlights of their work include the poster for the film Walk the Line, plus album covers for The Smashing Pumpkins (Zeigeist), Led Zeppelin (Mothership), and Flogging Molly (Whiskey on a Sunday).

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Johnny Ramone Tribute at Hollywood Forever Sunday, August 11

Posted by Amoebite, July 31, 2019 06:54pm | Post a Comment

2019 Johnny Ramone Tribute at Hollywood Forever

Hey ho, let's go to the Johnny Ramone Tribute at Hollywood Forever on Sunday, August 11th! Curated by Vincent Gallo, this year's event features a screening of the 1979 cult classic The Warriors in celebration of its 40th anniversary, along with an exclusive one-night only exhibit of punk rock and glam rock photography from Jenny Lens, Danny Fields and more in the Cathedral mausoleum. Enjoy a discussion with The Warriors director Walter Hill and star Michael Beck “Swan.” Plus, there will be a food tent, pop-up shops, and an Amoeba Music tent. We'll be there with Warriors and Ramones merch and collectibles for sale, Amoeba swag and other goodies. Stop by before the movie and say hi!

Fans young and old have gathered around the Johnny Ramone memorial statue at Hollywood Forever cemetery to celebrate the legendary rocker's memory since his death in 2004. When you visit the 8-foot-tall bronze statue, be sure to look on its base for inscriptions by Eddie Vedder, John Frusciante, Rob Zombie, Lisa Marie-Presley and others. The annual tribute event is presented by Linda Ramone and all proceeds go to prostate cancer research by Dr. David Agus. 

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