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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Jean-Michel Jarre

Posted by Amoebite, May 16, 2017 12:17pm | Post a Comment

Jean-Michel Jarre What's In My Bag?

We were excited to host a live interview and Q&A with pioneering electronic music composer Jean-Michel Jarre and presenter/journalist Nic Harcourt at Amoeba Hollywood. Before the event, we sat down with Jarre for a "What's In My Bag?" episode and he talked with us about Boys Noize and the new wave of German techno artists, the first time he heard Julia Holter's voice, and M83's instantly recognizable sound.

Jean-Michel Jarre is a French composer, performer, and producer of avant-garde electronic and new age music. The son of legendary film composer Maurice Jarre, the younger Jarre first studied classical piano before falling in love with jazz. He then immersed himself in musique concrete before turning to electro-acoustic music. Before moving entirely into electronic music, he composed for films and wrote songs for many popular singers, including Francoise Hardy. In 1977, Jarre's electronic music breakthrough arrived in the form of Oxygène, his debut LP.

Jean-Michel Jarre Oxygene 3A year later, his follow up Equinoxe appeared to an equally dazzling response; Jarre performed a series of open air concerts in Paris' Place de la Concorde to an estimated audience of one million spectators. These concerts earned him a spot in the Guinness Book of World Records. 1981's Les Chants Magnétiques and 1983's Music for Supermarkets also marked high points in the artist's career. After a relatively quiet decade in the 1990s, Jarre returned to prominence in the '00s. His albums Electronica, Vol. 1: The Time Machine (2015) and Electronica, Vol. 2: The Heart of Noise (2016) featured some of the most prestigious names in music, including John Carpenter, Hans Zimmer, Cyndi Lauper, Vince Clarke, Armin van Buuren, and Pete Townshend. His most recent release, Oxygène 3, was released in December 2016. 

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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Bad Religion's Greg Graffin

Posted by Amoebite, May 10, 2017 05:50pm | Post a Comment

Greg Graffin What's In My Bag? Amoeba Music

"I like compilations by prolific artists who are long since dead," says Bad Religion frontman Greg Graffin, "because I think of myself as a prolific artist, and not everything is that great." Before his recent book signing at Amoeba Hollywood Graffin picked up the Hank Williams compilation The Complete Singles As & Bs 1947-55. "But Hank Williams is a great singer/songwriter, in the tradition that I consider myself...so you have to know some of his important body of work." Believe it or not Graffin actually chose this 4-CD set over another Williams set on account of its brevity. The other set, The Complete Mother's Best Collection, contains 15 discs, which Graffin says "is too many songs to listen to."

Besides being the lead vocalist and songwriter of the legendary American punk band Bad Religion, Greg Graffin is also an author and a UCLA and Cornell-trained academic who has taught courses in evolution, paleontology, and life sciences. He has written several books, including Anarchy Evolution: Faith, Science, and Bad Religion in a World Without God and Population Wars.

Greeg Graffin MillportGraffin and friends founded Bad Religion in 1979, while they were still in high school. Their debut studio LP, How Could Hell Be Any Worse?, arrived in 1982, but their turning point as a band came in 1988, with the release of their third LP, Suffer. The album is considered to be one of the greatest punk albums of all time. Bad Religion have steadily released albums since their inception and despite several lineup changes; their most recent release is 2013's True North. Graffin released his first solo LP in 1997, American Lesion. His latest solo album, Millport, landed on March 10, 2017 via ANTI-.

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Sidewalk Sale at Amoeba Hollywood Saturday, May 13

Posted by Amoebite, May 8, 2017 12:10pm | Post a Comment

Sidewalk Sale at Amoeba Hollywood

Rain might have foiled our plans for a sidewalk sale at Amoeba Hollywood last weekend, but we are rescheduling it to this Saturday, May 13th! Not only do we have huge deals on music, movies, books, t-shirts, posters and more, right outside the store from 12pm - 4pm, we're also having a one-day sale on posters, T-shirts, and mugs happening all day long inside the store. And we're hosting a live pledge party with KCRW broadcasting live from Amoeba Hollywood 3-6pm. Whew! May 13th is going to be jam-packed!

Check out some of the bargains you can find at our sidewalk sale:

  • DVD box sets: $4 each or 2 for $7
  • DVDs: $2 each or 3 for $5
  • Blu-ray: $4 each or 3 for $10
  • CDs: buy 1 get 1 free [of equal or lesser value]
  • Posters: $2 each or 3 for $5
  • T-shirts for $5
  • Great deals on books!
  • $1 LPs & much more!

Come out and treat yourself to some inexpensive new movies and music from Amoeba!

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.

Watch the New Amoeba Green Room Session with Nothing

Posted by Amoebite, May 5, 2017 02:45pm | Post a Comment

Nothing Amoeba Green Room Session

Nothing performed an intimate, stripped down set in the Amoeba Hollywood green room on February 24, 2017. In this latest entry in our Green Room Sessions series, the Philadelphia-based indie quartet played four hazy, dreamy songs, including a truly excellent PJ Harvey cover. If you're thinking about catching the band on their upcoming US summer tour, you'll definitely want to check out video of this very special performance.

Nothing Tired of TomorrowThe band set the tone with the gorgeous, slowcore track "The Rites of Love and Death" from 2012's Downward Years to Come LP. Next up are two shoegaze standouts from last year's Tired of Tomorrow album: "The Dead are Dumb" and "Fever Queen." Nothing finish their set with a haunting, astonishing version of PJ Harvey's "The Desperate Kingdom of Love" from Uh Huh Her. It's a hypnotic, achingly lovely performance from a band that continues to impress.

Watch the new Green Room Session with Nothing below:

KCRW Live Pledge Party at Amoeba Hollywood Saturday, May 13th

Posted by Amoebite, May 5, 2017 01:50pm | Post a Comment

KCRW plege party at Amoeba Hollywood

Amoeba Hollywood is thrilled to be hosting a pop-up pledge party for KCRW's spring membership drive on Saturday, May 13th! Station DJ Raul Campos and Morning Becomes Eclectic host Jason Bentley will be broadcasting live on-air from our store between 3-6pm. Come on down and meet your favorite KCRW DJs!

We'll be giving out free fun stuff for KCRW fans, plus the station's street team will be in the house, passing out radio station schwag and helping fans become members. Anyone who donates to the station between 3-6pm will be automatically entered to win our seriously rad KCRW and Amoeba Music Vinyl Prize Pack, which includes a new Numark PT-01 USB Portable Turntable, Amoeba gift certificate, KCRW headphones, assorted fun stuff, and a personal shopping trip to Amoeba with KCRW DJ Raul Campos.

We also have two special sale events happening at Amoeba Hollywood on Saturday: a one-day sale on posters, T-shirts, and mugs happening all day long inside the store and a sidewalk sale with huge deals on music, movies, books, t-shirts, posters and more outside the store from 12pm - 4pm.

KCRW is a member-sponsored station and public radio has never been more important. That's why we're excited to be donating a portion of our online sales for the day directly to the station!

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