Unquiet and Female-fronted: an interview with Erin Eyesore of Ribbon Around a Bomb

Posted by Kells, March 30, 2019 08:49pm | Post a Comment
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(Name a more iconic duo? No need.)

Radio: who wants it, who needs it, what has it done for you lately? For me, any Wednesday I can tune in to catch Ribbon Around a Bomb from 8 to 10pm on Radio Valencia works like a restorative and empowering sonic tonic. Curated and contextualized by host Erin Eyesore, I've come to rely on the show as a source for discovering obscure and often new-to-me oddities, a celebratory exhibition of bygone voices, and ultimately a testament to womanpower expressed through music. As such, I couldn't think of a better way to punctuate Women's History Month than an interview with Erin discussing all things Ribbon Around a Bomb and then some...

What can people expect to hear when they listen to Ribbon Around a Bomb

Ribbon Around a Bomb is a radio program that showcases rare, freaky, (un)funky, post-punk, new wave, pogo-pop, DIY, deathrock, synthcrap, and experimental music of the ‘70s and ‘80s. Every single track I play is female-fronted. The vast majority of the songs were recorded between 1976-1986. It’s a very international show, and it is also a gender non-binary and trans-inclusive show. I play a lot of music just for the sake of surfacing odd and obscure long-lost gems, including those which are cheesy as hell. On a typical night a listener might hear: Model Citizens, The Belle Stars, Appliances, Hagar the Womb, Mercenárias, Phranc, Mizutama Shobodan, Die Hausfrauen, Los Microwaves, Ixna, Tokow Boys, and Essential Logic. Sometimes I like to say that the show’s tagline is: this.

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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Emma Ruth Rundle

Posted by Amoebite, March 29, 2019 07:22pm | Post a Comment

Emma Ruth Rundle - What's In My Bag? Amoeba Hollywood

It was a pleasure having doom folk / alternative rock musician ;Emma Ruth Rundle visit Amoeba Hollywood to share some of her favorite albums in our latest What's In My Bag? episode. Her eclectic taste was evident as she spoke about the transcendent songwriting of doom metal band YOB, the timelessness of Emmylou Harris's Wrecking Ball, the guitar tones on Smashing Pumpkins's Siamese Dream, the The Ghost in the Shell soundtrack and lots more. 

Born in LA and based out of Louisville, KY, Emma Ruth Rundle is a singer-songwriter, guitar player, and visual artist. She is known for her solo work as well as for her role in Red Sparowes, Marriages, and Nocturnes. Rundle released her first EP with Nocturnes, Wellington, in 2008. A Year of Spring followed in 2009. The following year, she joined Red Sparowes for their third LP, The Fear Is Excruciating, But Therein Lies the Answer. 2011 saw the release of Nocturnes' Aokigahara and her first solo work, Electric Guitar: One. 

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This Mini Turntable Will Make You Smile On Record Store Day

Posted by Amoebite, March 27, 2019 06:22pm | Post a Comment

RSD3 Mini Turntable Record Store Day

For the past several years, Crosley has created special limited edition turntables for Record Store Day, but this year they're releasing something they haven't done before and it might just be the tiniest, cutest turntable you've ever seen.

Behold the RSD3 Mini Turntable! Designed to play 3" records, the RSD3 Mini Turntable might be small, but it's mighty. It's a belt-drive turntable with an AT3600 moving-magnet cartridge, adjustable pitch control, fully supported platter, and aux out port with RCA adapter. It even has a built-in speaker, but you can connect it to your regular, full-size speakers using the RCA cable adapter that comes with it. Did we mention it also has a perfectly tiny dust cover to protect the turntable when it's not being used?

Three-inch records were briefly available in Japan during the early 2000s, just before the worldwide vinyl resurgence began. Fourteen years later, a team of people from Record Store Day traveled to Japan and visited the only factory that used to make these “8ban” records. After a year of development and collaboration, the RSD3 Mini Turntable by Crosley was born. 

RSD3 Mini Turntable

Of course, you need something to PLAY on a mini turntable. The limited edition RSD3 Mini Turntable comes with a Foo-Fighters "Big Me" 3” vinyl record, sealed inside the box. Additionally, Third Man Records and Epitaph Records have created blind box sets containing four individual 3" vinyl singles. Record Store Day has also announced plans to release more 3" records in the coming months, so you will have even more selection in the future.

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16 Releases To Look For On Record Store Day

Posted by Amoebite, March 26, 2019 06:39pm | Post a Comment

16 Releases To Look For on Record Store Day 2019

Another fabulous Record Store Day is nearly upon us! This year's exclusive list offers plenty of color vinyl, soundtracks, limited edition and out-of-print goodies, all of which will be available in-store at Amoeba on Saturday, April 13, 2019. From first-time vinyl pressings and special editions of landmark favorites to alternate takes and rarities and gatefold packaging with stickers and patches, there is no shortage of exciting releases this year. Below are just a few of the limited edition Record Store Day releases we're looking forward to. Be sure to check out the full list (.pdf) of Record Store Day releases.

As always, these titles will be first come, first served and available for purchase in-store only on 4/13. No holds or phone orders. Limit one copy per title per customer. Remaining RSD19 titles will be posted for sale on the following day, April 14 after 5AM.

We're also super excited about this limited edition RSD3 Mini Turntable. It might just be the cutest, tiniest turntable you've ever seen!

Check out all of the fun-filled happenings, sales, and special events taking place at all three Amoeba stores on April 13th in honor of the indie record store industry's biggest day.

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New Green Room Session with YOB

Posted by Amoebite, March 21, 2019 04:39pm | Post a Comment

Yob Amoeba Green Room Session

When YOB recorded a live performance at Amoeba Hollywood, they were not only the loudest band we've filmed for a Green Room Session, but they were also one of the most rawly heartfelt. After overcoming a near-death experience in 2017, which involved a six-hour surgery for acute diverticulitis, frontman Mike Scheidt's perspective on life shifted, which can be heard in the group's newest LP, Our Raw Heart. The Eugene, Oregon doom metal group's album is filled with a melancholic exuberance that brings a positivity to the tension-filled mashing of strings and drum heads, and their performance here was no different.

YOB begin their set with 2009's "The Lie That Is Sin," a tense, throbbing, start-stop, often surreal metal journey full of cathartic, full throttle riffs, searing vocal melodies, and brutal, guttural screams. The group's performance of the title track from their latest album, Our Raw Heart, begins with eerie, delicate guitar chords before giving way to a fuzzed out, heavy iteration of the intro. Powerful, road worn vocals, soar over the grinding ascension of chords, culminating in a guitar solo that is as close to the sound of heaven as some of us might ever get. 

Be sure to catch YOB on tour this spring with Voivod and Amenra. All dates and tickets available at

March 26 - Minneapolis, MN @ Fine Line
March 27 - Chicago, IL @ Thalia Hall
March 28 - Columbus, OH @ Ace of Cups [SOLD OUT]
March 29 - Cleveland, OH @ Grog Shop
March 30 - Toronto, ON @ Phoenix
March 31 - Buffalo, NY @ Town Ballroom
April 2 - Portland, ME @ Geno’s [SOLD OUT]
April 3 - Boston, MA @ Royale
April 4 - Brooklyn, NY @ Warsaw
April 5 - Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer
April 6 - Richmond, VA @ Broadberry
April 7 - Raleigh, NC @ Kings
April 9 - Knoxville, TN @ Concourse
April 10 - Atlanta GA, @ Masquerade
April 11 - New Orleans, LA @ One Eyed Jack’s
April 12 - Houston, TX @ Warehouse
April 13 - Austin, TX @ Barracuda
April 14 - Dallas, TX @ Gas Monkey
April 16 - Denver, CO @ Marquis Theater
April 18 - Phoenix, AZ @ Club Red *
April 19 - San Diego, CA @ Brick by Brick * [SOLD OUT]
* - not with Voivod or Amenra

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