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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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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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15 Albums To Look For In Spring 2019

Posted by Amoebite, March 13, 2019 12:30pm | Post a Comment

Albums To Look For Spring 2019

Spring 2019 promises a slew of records from buzzworthy newcomers and old faves. Bands like Priests and Ex Hex continue their ascendancy. The Drums, Jenny Lewis, and Vampire Weekend return after some time away, delivering star-studded casts, evolutions in sound, and instantly addictive singles. Then, of course, there are the latest laid back emissions from Mac Demarco, riotous live tracks from Ty Segall, and an emotionally compelling tribute from Steve Earle & The Dukes.

Read on to discover some of our must-have new releases. Your spring soundtrack awaits, with preorders available now.

Ex Hex - It's Real

Ex Hex - It's Real (out 3/22)

On their second LP, It's Real, Ex Hex builds on their garage/post-punk hybrid sound, evolving into a bigger, fuller, lusher sound. Experimental and intriguing, it will be available on standard black and limited edition magenta/blue swirl color vinyl.  

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Record Store Day 2019 Is Coming April 13

Posted by Amoebite, March 12, 2019 04:31pm | Post a Comment

Record Store Day 2019 list of exclusive releases

Record Store Day 2019 is just around the corner! The 12th annual event celebrating independent record stores will take place on Saturday, April 13, 2019. There will be hundreds of exclusive releases available on RSD19, including Queen, Prince, David Bowie, Chicano Batman, and this year's Record Store Day ambassadors Pearl Jam

Download the .pdf list of Record Store Day 2019 exclusives available at Amoeba stores on 4/13.

As always, these titles will be first come, first served and available for purchase in-store only on 4/13. No holds or phone orders. Limit one copy per title per customer. Remaining RSD19 titles will be posted for sale on Amoeba.com the following day, April 14 after 5AM.

If you've never experienced a Record Store Day at Amoeba, you're in for an extravaganza of awesomeness! Watch our 2018 wrap-up video below or read recaps from last year's events in Hollywood and San Francisco. Be sure to stay tuned for our announcement about this year's special guests, events, sales & more.

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Sidewalk Sale at Amoeba Hollywood Saturday, March 16

Posted by Amoebite, March 11, 2019 05:08pm | Post a Comment

Sidewalk Sale at Amoeba Hollywood

Amoeba Hollywood is having a sidewalk sale on Saturday, March 16th! We'll have crazy good deals on Blu-ray, DVDs, vinyl, CDs, posters, t-shirts, collectible figures & more 12pm-4pm. Everything is priced to move fast and conveniently located just outside the store.

Check out some of the great bargains you'll find at our sidewalk sale:

  • Blu-ray: $4 each or 3 for $10
  • DVDs (including box sets): $2 each or 3 for $5
  • Discounted LPs: all genres as low as $1
  • BOGO CDs: all genres are buy 1, get 1 free 
  • Books & magazines: 2 for $1
  • 7" Singles: 2 for $1
  • 7" Grab Bags
  • T-shirts: $5 & under
  • Posters: 3 for $5
  • Toys & Collectible Figures

All sidewalk sale items are aggressively sale priced. Therefore, we do not accept store credits, gift certificates, coupons or other offered store sales for any sidewalk sale items. Additionally, we cannot offer customer holds or mail order. All sales are final.

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