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New Stereolab Reissues Coming Soon

Posted by Amoebite, September 18, 2018 02:23pm | Post a Comment

Stereolab reissues

Thoroughly entrancing English/French electronic band Stereolab's career lasted almost two decades and yet it still seems like they left us too soon. Fusing elements of '60s French pop, lounge, and krautrock music, the band won over a legion of fans through their avant-pop take on swinging sounds and propulsive Motorik beats with the vocals of Lætitia Sadier and the late Mary Hansen weaving a gorgeous, spellbinding sense of atmosphere. The band went on hiatus in 2009 but their influence on such disparate genres as post-rock, electronic, indie, and hip-hop can still be felt today. Luckily for fans, Duophonic is releasing a series of reissues on September 28th. You can pre-order them now on Amoeba.com or visit our stores on 9/28 to snag them in person.

Here's what to watch for in each.

Switched On

Switched On [Clear Vinyl] (1992)

The first of three remastered clear vinyl LPs, this early career compilation includes the group's first three releases. The name is a nod to Switched-On Bach and other synth-heavy '70s era easy listening comps.

New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Fu Manchu

Posted by Amoebite, September 17, 2018 07:08pm | Post a Comment

Fu Manchu - What's In My Bag?

Southern California stoner rock legends Fu Manchu celebrated their new album with a killer in-store performance at Amoeba Hollywood. Before the show we had a chance to sit down with the group and check out what caught their eye at the shop. Lead singer and founding member Scott Hill kicked off this What's In My Bag? episode with The Expression of Power by the Santa Cruz punk band Bl'ast!, saying that he "probably listen(s) to this record, or Black Flag's Damaged more than any record ever." He also recounted seeing the group for the first time in 1985. Describing the show as the "best thing I've ever seen," it even changed the way he thought about his own music. 

In 1985 Fu Manchu began life as a hardcore punk group named Virulence. Over the course of several albums and tours, the band's current lineup began to coalesce; vocalist/guitarist Scott Hill was a Fu Manchu - Clone Of The Universefounding member, vocalist/bassist Brad Davis signed on in 1995 with guitarist Bob Balch following in 1996. Sunshine and Smile drummer Scott Reeder joined in 2001. Fu Manchu has attracted a loyal following, thanks in part to their loud, heavy stage shows and tours with the likes of Kyuss, Monster Magnet, White Zombie, Marilyn Manson, Clutch, and Corrosion of Conformity.

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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Valerie June

Posted by Amoebite, September 10, 2018 06:36pm | Post a Comment

Valerie June - What's In My Bag? Amoeba Music

We were delighted to have singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist Valerie June visit Amoeba San Francisco for a What's In My Bag? episode. A native Tennessean, June found some classic records by artists from her home state, including Big Star. "They say sometimes that music coming out of Memphis can only make it so far," she told us, "and that story kind of became a thing with them. To me they're (as) big as The Beatles." Not only does she feel connected to the music, but she also has recorded at Ardent Studios, where Big Star recorded some of their most beloved tracks. June had much to say about all of her eclectic choices, making for an insightful and sincere video. 

Valerie June began her music career at the age of nineteen. Based in Memphis, she first attracted attention through her solo work, which draws on elements of gospel, Americana, blues, folk, soul, Valerie June - The Order Of Timecountry, and bluegrass. In 2010, she recorded the Valerie June and the Tennessee Express EP with the help of Old Crow Medicine Show. She launched a Kickstarter to fund the album that would become her breakthrough, 2013's Pushin' Against a Stone. The LP was recorded with assistance from The Black KeysDan Auerbach and record producer Kevin Augunas.  

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

Posted by Amoebite, August 28, 2018 12:38pm | Post a Comment

Grails What's In My Bag? Amoeba Music

When Portland experimental rock band Grails goes record hunting at Amoeba Hollywood, you can expect them to find some obscure records. "I picked this record out purely based on the cover," said Ilyas Ahmed while pulling out Nuits D'Été Avec Naima Samih by Moroccan organist Abdou El Omari. "When I find something like this it makes me really excited that I can go home and listen to it, and have to learn to live with it," he told us. "I think that's something with music that's kind of underappreciated these days," he continued, comparing the process of appreciating records to getting know friends. All of the guys picked up some interesting and esoteric records and shared their personal insight with us in our latest What's In My Bag? episode.

Grails - Chalice Mymnal

Originally named Laurel Canyon, Grails began playing shows together in 1999, self-releasing two EPs before signing to Neurot Recordings for the release of their debut full-length under the Grails moniker, 2003's The Burden of Hope. The core lineup of Alex John Hall, Emil Amos, and William Zakary Riles was refined over time, with previous members sometimes joining the trio for live performances and guest collaborators contributing to their recording sessions.

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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Japanese Breakfast

Posted by Amoebite, August 21, 2018 04:47pm | Post a Comment

Japanese Breakfast - What's In My Bag? Amoeba Music

Michelle Zauner of Japanese Breakfast went shopping at Amoeba Hollywood and shared some of her favorite records, movies, and current interests, like Shin Joong Hyun, whom she describes as "the Phil Spector of Korea, without the issues." While on tour in Seoul, the promoters introduced her to Shin, who is considered the godfather of Korean rock, and was not only a psychedelic guitar god, but also a prolific writer of songs for Korean girl groups. All in all, Zauner had lots of interesting picks, making for an eclectic and insightful What's In My Bag? interview.

Japanese Breakfast is the solo indie pop project of Zauner, the guitarist and vocalist for Philadelphia indie band Little Big League. She began writing as part of a month-long song-a-day challenge; the results Japanese Breakfast - Soft Sounds From Another Planetwould eventually become Japanese Breakfast's 2013 cassette release, June. The following year, Little Big League released Tropical Jinx, and Zauner self-released a handful of works by Japanese Breakfast. In 2016, her focus shifted strongly toward her solo project, with the darker, heavier Psychopomp finding release via Yellow K Records.

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