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

Posted by Amoebite, March 29, 2017 12:13pm | Post a Comment

AFI What's In My Bag? Amoeba Music

Many people around the world, including the members of the California rock/punk band AFI, were sad to learn of the passing of Alan Vega, half of the influential New York electropunk duo Suicide. "What a rough past year we had, because we lost Alan," says lead singer Davey Havok as he holds up a vinyl reissue of Suicide's self-titled debut. Havok considers the band "wildly ahead of its time and cutting edge in what they were doing with electronics and soundscapes." Davey, Adam, and Hunter from AFI went shopping at Amoeba Hollywood before their in-store performance in January, and they gave us a glimpse into the work of some of their influences, current interests, and musical peers.

AFI formed in Ukiah, CA while its members were still in high school. They released their full-length debut, Answer That and Stay Fashionable, in 1995. The current lineup of Davey Havok, Adam Carson, Hunter Burgan, and Jade Puget solidified in 1998. AFI has steadily released albums throughout their three decade-spanning career, but it wasn't till their 2000 LP, The Art of Drowning, that they found mainstream success and a slot in the Billboard Top 200.

AFI the Blood Album Amoeba MusicTheir next album, Sing the Sorrow, did even better; the album reached number five on the Top 200 and stayed on the charts for just shy of a year. A string of hits followed, with Decemberunderground (2006), Crash Love (2009) and Burials (2013) all faring well in the Billboard charts. The band released AFI [The Blood Album] in mid-January 2017. AFI will be performing at select festival dates in North America and the United Kingdom this spring/summer.

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20 Albums to Look For This Spring

Posted by Amoebite, March 27, 2017 11:23am | Post a Comment

20 Spring Albums to Look For

Spring is officially here and with it comes a flush of new releases, the metaphorical first flowers in our pleasure garden of music. Need some new hip-hop in your life? It's coming. Hankering for more Bob Dylan in your record collection? Never fear...Bob is here! Eager to catch up with some old favorites who've been gone for too long or to discover some much ballyhooed new names? Set yourself down for a spell and scroll on through our twenty albums to look for this spring.

All of these albums are available to pre-order now on Amoeba.com - and they'll ship FREE to U.S. addresses!


OUT MARCH 31

Dylan

Bob Dylan - Triplicate

Behold, the thirty-eighth studio album from legend-in-our-own -time, Mr. Bob Dylan! Like his previous two releases, Triplicate features Dylan's take on classic American songs.

Available on 3-CD, 180-gram 3-LP vinyl, and limited edition deluxe 180-gram 3-LP vinyl.

New Amoeba Green Room Session with Weyes Blood

Posted by Amoebite, March 26, 2017 01:40pm | Post a Comment

Weyes Blood Amoeba Green Room Session

Brooklyn based singer/songwriter Natalie Mering, also known as Weyes Blood, stopped by Amoeba Hollywood for an intimate performance in our green room before heading out on her (mostly) west coast Weyes Blood Front Row Seat to Earthtour, which will end March 30th at The Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn, NY. While Mering's recorded output is already hauntingly minimal, without studio or live accompaniment her performance was singularly pure.

Mering starts off with "Generation Why," from her latest LP, Front Row Seat To Earth. The sincerity of her ethereal vocals are paired with a sarcastic wit, as she sings lyrics like "Y-O-L-O, why?." Up next is the subtle epic "Be Free," a delicate but confident break-up waltz. Mering ends her session with "In The Beginning," off her 2015 EP Cardamom Times. Even without the organ and layered vocals her performance is as hypnotic as the studio version.

Watch Weyes Blood's Green Room Session below:

Weyes Blood - Amoeba Green Room Session
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New 'What's In My Bag?' Episode with Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon

Posted by Amoebite, March 21, 2017 05:20pm | Post a Comment

Kumail Nanjiani & Emily V. Gordon

Who knew that Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon were such enthusiasts of body horror? On the comedic couple's recent trip to Amoeba Hollywood the two found a wide array of movies, music, and pop culture Ephemera, including some killer horror tiles, vintage buttons, and a steamy Brad Pitt fan book.

Kumail Nanjiani is a stand-up comedian, actor, writer, and podcast host. Emily V. Gordon is a writer, producer, and podcast host. The pair married in 2007. Nanjiani and Gordon wrote and executive produced the forthcoming film, The Big Sick, which is based on their courtship. Produced by Judd Apatow and directed by Michael Showalter, the film premiered at Sundance in January 2017 and hits theaters everywhere in July 2017.

You probably know Nanjiani as one of the stars of Silicon Valley. He also voices the character of Prismo on Adventure Time and he's appeared on Portlandia, Veep, Franklin & Bash, Broad City, Archer, and The X-Files. He hosts two podcasts: The Indoor Kids and The X-Files Files. Nanjiani co-hosted the Comedy Central show The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail, which Gordon co-created and co-executive produced. A former therapist and freelance writer, Gordon has written two Disney.com teen webseries and worked on the second season of NBC's The Carmichael Show.

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New Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds 'Best Of' Collection Out May 5

Posted by Amoebite, March 14, 2017 04:13pm | Post a Comment

Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds Lovely Creatures

Curating and encapsulating 30 years of work into a single release from a band as prolific as Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds is no easy task, but somebody has to do it. Thankfully those "somebodies" are Nick Cave himself, and founding member Mick Harvey. On May 5, 2017 four different iterations of Lovely Creatures: The Best of Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds (1984-2014) will be released, each featuring their greatest hits and personal favorites, as well as rare photos and memorabilia from band members' personal collections, and a series of original essays.

All four versions of Lovely Creatures are available now for pre-order on Amoeba.com and they'll ship free to U.S. addresses.

Lovely Creatures CD

Lovely Creatures [CD]
2-CD

21 tracks across two CDs with a 24-page booklet featuring personal and rare photographs of the band.

Lovely Creatures LP

Lovely Creatures [Vinyl LP]
3-LP

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