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Sips & Sweets in LA, December 2

Posted by Amoebite, November 9, 2016 06:52pm | Post a Comment
Sips & Sweets

Amoeba is proud to sponsor Sips & Sweets, LA Weekly's annual holiday party, Friday, December 2nd at the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles. In its third year, the event will feature over 15 of the city's top bakers, 20+ of LA's most respected mixologists, and more than 20 artisanal craftspeople. Sample delicious confections, sip on handcrafted cocktails, and shop for amazing holiday gifts and trinkets. The party runs 8-11pm, with a VIP hour from 7-8pm. You must be 21+ years old and have a valid ID to attend.

While you're there, make sure to visit us at the Amoeba booth and spin the prize wheel for Amoeba mugs, tote bags, shirts, and more. You can also participate in our Gift Certificate Happy Hour and buy a $20 gift certificate for just $10 (limited to two per customer).

Curated by the LA Weekly's own food critic Besha Rodell and editor Katherine Spiers, this eating, drinking, and shopping extravaganza is one not to be missed. Tickets are on sale now.

New "What's in My Bag?" Episode with AIR

Posted by Amoebite, November 7, 2016 06:40pm | Post a Comment

AIR Nicolas Godin What's In My Bag? Amoeba Music

"I've never wanted to buy any live albums before. For me live was live, records were records...This one makes me change my opinion," says Nicolas Godin, of the French electronic duo AIR. He is talking about Roseland NYC Live by Portishead, a band he explains is very influential to his own music. Godin had sincere and interesting insight into his shopping picks during a recent visit to Amoeba Hollywood, and he also revealed which artist's music career he most wishes he had.

AIR Twentyears Amoeba MusicNicolas Godin and Jean-Benoit Dunkel formed AIR in 1995, at the peak of the French electronic scene's popularity. However, with influences ranging from '60s easy listening to Italian film soundtracks and the work of Jean-Michel Jarre, the duo didn't entirely fit in with the French Touch sound prominent at the time. Instead, with the release of AIR's Moon Safari in 1998, Godin and Dunkel ushered in a new downtempo sound that would be emulated by scores of artists. In 2000, the band teamed up with filmmaker Sofia Coppola for the soundtrack to The Virgin Suicides, launching a collaboration that would extend through the band's contributions to the soundtracks to Lost in Translation and Marie Antoinette.

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Watch The Mystery Lights Perform Live at Amoeba Hollywood

Posted by Amoebite, November 7, 2016 11:25am | Post a Comment

The Mystery Lights Live at Amoeba Hollywood

New York City garage rockers The Mystery Lights recently performed a blistering live set on the Amoeba Hollywood stage. Mixing the psych-rock sounds of Roky Erickson with the proto-punk, frat rock sounds of The Sonics, it's no doubt this outfit are the first band signed to retro-soul label Daptone Records' new rock imprint, Wick Records. The band's self-titled debut is the first album released on the new label. Based on what we saw here at Amoeba, both the band and the label are off to a promising start. The Mystery Lights are currently touring the country with stops in San Francisco at Brick & Mortar Music Hall November 9 and the Bootleg Theater in Los Angeles, November 22.

The Mystery LightsFirst up in the video is "Too Tough To Bear," with lead singer Mike Brandon's banshee vocals piercing over the mid-tempo groove of the band. L.A. Solano's lead guitar and Alex Q. Amini's bass match riffs until the two guitarists trade solos. Next is "What Happens When You Turn The Devil Down" in which Solano's eerie guitar bends signal the rest of the band into a menacing, but laid back beat. The song ebbs and flows with intensity until ultimately building to a heavy freak out which leads immediately into a manic, fiery cover of Dead Moon's "Dead Moon Night."

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New Reissues Out This Week from Bright Eyes, Pink Floyd, Stevie Nicks & More

Posted by Amoebite, November 4, 2016 12:50pm | Post a Comment

Vinyl Reissues

With newly spiffed up album releases to suit every taste, we're excited about this week's latest group of vinyl reissues (and a few CD reissues for good measure). The albums hitting our shelves this week include old favorites from Bright Eyes, a legendary Pink Floyd album, classic Aerosmith, some essential Stevie Nicks, expanded versions of releases from the Blind Boys of Alabama, and more Bon Jovi than you can shake a stick at.

Here's what's on our radar:

Bright Eyes Reissues

Bright Eyes
Fevers & Mirrors CDLP
Lifted, Or The Story Is In The Soil, Keep Your Ear To The Ground CDLP

Two career-defining albums from Conor Oberst have been remastered by the legendary Bob Ludwig, and are now available individually in both CD and vinyl formats after coming packaged together as part of this year's earlier The Studio Albums 2000-2011 box set. Both albums have been featured in roundups of the Best Albums of the 2000s -- Lifted by Rolling Stone and Fevers & Mirrors by Pitchfork, who called it "Bright Eyes' defining LP."

New "What's in My Bag?" Episode with Death Angel

Posted by Amoebite, November 1, 2016 11:26am | Post a Comment

Death Angel What's In My Bag? Amoeba Music

Death Angel frontman Mark Osegueda can tell a good story. In fact, he tells a lot of great stories in this "What's In My Bag?" episode, including his very first concert experience.

"My very first concert was KISS 1979 at the Cow Palace on the Dynasty tour. I was 10. Four fifths of the original Death Angel, we all went together...I knew 10 minutes into the show, that's what I want to be when I grow up."

The legendary thrash metal band recently performed at Amoeba San Francisco to celebrate the release of their eighth full-length album, The Evil Divide. A passionate music fan, Mark took us on an anecdote-filled journey through the artists who most impacted his life, including Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, Nick Cave, and Elton John.

Death Angel formed in 1982 and quickly became one of the key bands in the Bay Area thrash scene. Their 1985 Kill As One demo was produced by Metallica's Kirk Hammett and caught the attention of Enigma Records, leading to the release of the band's first full-length, The Ultra-Violence, two years later. In 1988, the band released their sophomore LP, Frolic Through the Park, and embarked on their first worldwide tour. Act III followed in 1990, its two singles, "Seemingly Endless Time" and "A Room with a View" both receiving regular airplay on MTV's Headbangers Ball.

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