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Score Board: Soundtracks for Tabletop Games, Part One

Posted by Amoebite, October 2, 2017 07:55pm | Post a Comment

By Chris Curtis

Nearly any social gathering benefits from the addition of well-chosen music, and a board gaming get-together is no exception. Of course, you could just throw on some random favorite albums and leave it at that. But it’s easy to take your game session to the next level by selecting an appropriate, themed musical backdrop! Just as an artfully composed soundtrack greatly enhances the movie experience, the proper choice of gaming music can help create atmosphere and accentuate the drama and laughter around the table.

So let’s see if we can make some connections between playing music and playing games, and generate some enthralling synergy from their combination. We’ll start by taking a trip back to the Middle Ages by way of the 1960s…

After more than a dozen years of success with folk-based indie label Elektra, which he started from his college dorm room, Jac Holzman established Nonesuch Records in 1964 with the goal of making classical recordings affordable and accessible. Nonesuch LP releases were priced at $2.50, half the cost of a typical classical release, comparable to that of a quality paperback book. The label’s first album was a French recording of Renaissance vocal music and it set the template for the first few dozen subsequent releases: quality European recordings licensed by Holzman at cut-rate prices, attractively packaged in the label’s house graphic style.

By the 1967 release of In a Medieval Garden by the Stanley Buetens Lute Ensemble, however,Splendor, In A Medieval Garden Nonesuch had begun picking up domestic talent and expanding their musical scope (including commissioning a groundbreaking electronic piece by composer Morton Subotnick, Silver Apples of the Moon, itself an excellent board game accompaniment). Buetens, a former New Yorker attending graduate school at Stanford University in Northern California, recorded just one LP for Nonesuch, but it’s an evocative delight. With the group’s focus on the lute, a stringed instrument descended from the Middle Eastern oud with some similarities to the later-to-come guitar, this gentle album effortlessly conjures up another era and milieu. Recorders and vocals offer up subtle melodies over instrumentally sparse but often rhythmically complex backings.

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Concert Tickets Available at Amoeba Hollywood October 2017

Posted by Amoebite, October 2, 2017 02:20pm | Post a Comment

Concert Tickets For Sale at Amoeba HollywoodAmoeba Hollywood regularly sells tickets to local shows. Get physical tickets from us and skip the high fees!

All tickets can be purchased at the registers (while supplies last) for a $3 service fee. We take cash and credit cards for all ticket sales. Store credit and coupons cannot be applied to ticket sales. Limit 4 tickets per person. 

We have a new partnership with Teragram Ballroom, an intimate venue in downtown LA. We are the only place in town to buy physical tickets (aside from the venue itself). We'll have a small amount of tickets for every Teragram show available the day they are announced on a first-come, first-served basis with our low $3 ticket service fee.

For The Novo (formerly Club Nokia) and Shrine Expo Hall shows, we only carry general admission tickets. If you wish to purchase reserved seating at The Novo (where available), you can buy those tickets online here. If you wish to purchase reserved seating at Shrine Expo Hall (where available), you can buy those tickets online here.

Please note that on the day of the show, we will stop selling tickets for that show at 5pm.

Tickets are limited, so please call the store first to make sure they are available: 323-245-6400.
 

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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Old 97's

Posted by Amoebite, September 26, 2017 03:32pm | Post a Comment

Old 97's What's In My Bag? Amoeba Music

The Texas band Old 97's were in good spirits during their recent visit to Amoeba Hollywood for a fun What's In My Bag? episode. "I got stuck on a bit of records that I couldn't stop listening to when I was 14 years old," confided lead singer Rhett Miller, before he pulled The Smiths' singles collection, Hatful Of Hollow, out of his Amoeba bag. Another high school favorite of was Fables Of The Reconstruction by R.E.M., which he used to play all night long in his sleep by tricking the turntable's arm into restarting the record once it ended. "I'm making my kids endure the records that I loved from my childhood," he revealed. The longtime bandmates had an easy rapport and camaraderie, levying wisecracks at each other about what they'd picked up.

Formed in Dallas in 1993, Old 97's are an American alt-country band consisting of Rhett Miller, Murry Hammond, Ken Bethea, and Philip Peeples. The band's first LP, Hitchhike to Rhome, set them off on a Old 97's Graveyard WhistlingUS tour which led them to Chicago, where they caught the eye of Bloodshot Records. The band inked a deal with the label for the release of their next album, 1996's Wreck Your Life. In turn this release garnered attention from Elektra Records, who released a string of LPs from Old 97's: Too Far to Care (1997), Fight Songs (1999), and Satellite Rides (2001).

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RIP Charles Bradley, The Screaming Eagle of Soul

Posted by Amoebite, September 25, 2017 12:26pm | Post a Comment

Charles Bradley at Amoeba Hollywood

We are deeply saddened by the loss of our friend this weekend, the great Charles Bradley. He died on September 23rd, after being diagnosed with stomach cancer last year. He had been touring up until recently, and was even scheduled to perform at the Music Tastes Good Festival this coming weekend in Long Beach.

We were honored to host an in-store performance with Charles Bradley at Amoeba Hollywood back in 2013. Daptone Records had just released the Charles Bradley: Soul of America DVD, which documented the months leading up to his 2011 debut album No Time for Dreaming -  released when he was 62-years old!! - and his sophomore album was only a few month's old at that time. Everyone at Amoeba was blown away by his talent, charisma, and shining heart, which was evident to anyone who was lucky enough to witness a live performance by the "screaming eagle of soul."

You can get a glimpse of his incredible passion and soul in this video of "You Put The Flame On It" from Victim of Love performed live at Amoeba Hollywood:

Charles Bradley - You Put the Flame On It (Live at Amoeba)
 

We also had a chance to shoot a "What's In My Bag?" episode with him while he was at the store. In the video, there's a beautiful moment where he talks about relating to and being inspired by James Brown, saying, "It gives me hope that it's not too late for me to come out of the darkness and come into the light and show the world who I am. I'm a person of character and dignity and respect of all humanity. That's me."

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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Chicano Batman

Posted by Amoebite, September 20, 2017 01:13pm | Post a Comment

Chicano Batman What's In My Bag? Amoeba Music

It's been a good year for Chicano Batman, having released an acclaimed record and embarking on a US tour this fall. Thankfully the LA-based tropicalia soul band had time to sit on the green room couch here at Amoeba Hollywood for a fun and eclectic What's In My Bag? episode. The band members picked a wide-ranging collection of records from genres including Brazilian soul, thrash metal, and South African disco (just to name a few). Everyone had something thoughtful to say about their choices, like drummer Gabriel Villa, who grabbed a vinyl reissue of Metallica's ...And Justice For All, which he credits as the album that got him into music and drumming.

Drawing influences from tropicalia, psychedelia, funk, indie, and soul, LA's Chicano Batman have created their own unique take on Latin alternative music. Formed in 2008, the band originally consisted of Bardo Martinez, Eduardo Arenas, and Gabriel Villa. The then-three-piece self-released their eponymous full-length debut in 2010. After the addition of Carlos Arévalo, Chicano Batman released the Joven Navegante EP in 2012.

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