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New Green Room Session with Klangstof at Amoeba Hollywood

Posted by Amoebite, August 24, 2017 12:17pm | Post a Comment

Klangstof Green Room Session at Amoeba Hollywood

We were excited to welcome Dutch indie band Klangstof for an intimate Green Room Session at Amoeba Hollywood recently. The band released their debut album, Close Eyes To Exit, in October 2016 and went on to open for The Flaming Lips at The Theatre at Ace Hotel in downtown LA and earn the distinction of being the first Dutch band to play in front of Coachella's massive crowds.

Klangstof Close Eyes To Exit Amoeba Music

During their session at Amoeba, the quartet executed their dynamic sound and showcased their talent for both atmospheric delicacy and heavy vamping. "Hostage" opens their set with a gentle, grooving intro propelled by a subtle electronic beat and synth. Soon, with a Chris Martin-esque ethereal "ooh," lead singer Koen van de Wardt signals a more definite groove with the band's full instrumentation. Up next, "Seasons," featuring some angular but slinky bass licks and funky interplay between the band members. The session closes with the tonal morphing "Amansworld." Fueled by a pensive energy, and a slightly disjointed rhythm, the song alternates between fragility and dissonance until finally building to a wailing climax of high-register guitar soling and sudden stops and starts.

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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with The Needle Drop's Anthony Fantano

Posted by Amoebite, August 22, 2017 01:44pm | Post a Comment

Anthony Fantano What's In My Bag? Amoeba Music

What does a YouTube-star and music critic buy when he visits Amoeba Hollywood? Just about everything! At least that was the case with Anthony Fantano, the host and creator of The Needle Drop, a vlog followed by over one million subscribers. From jazz to indie rock and from hip hip to new wave, Fantano found many a record to round out his collection, and he had plenty of insight to share about his choices.

Billing himself as "the internet's busiest music nerd," Anthony Fantano began his musical career while attending Southern Connecticut State University and working at his college radio station. He then began interning at Connecticut Public Radio, which lead to the creation of a podcast called The Needle Drop. In 2009, he began experimenting with video while reviewing a Jay Reatard album. Slowly, Fantano accumulated views and likes on his online channel, which eventually resulted in a partnership with YouTube. By the end of 2010, he had accrued 10,000 subscribers. By the end of 2011, he had 50,000.

Today, The Needle Drop counts over one million subscribers. At the time of writing, some of Fantano's most-viewed videos include his reviews of Kanye West's Life of PabloKendrick Lamar's DAMN., and To Pimp a Butterfly. His reviews sometimes feature fellow music critics, his wife, and his alter ego Cal Chuchesta. He has been profiled in The Guardian, spoken on a SXSW panel, and received the Beyond the Blog award at the MTV O Music Awards. LA fans can catch The Needle Drop's 10 Year Anniversary event with Anthony Fantano at the Echoplex on October 24th.

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Akounak: Purple Rain in the Sahara at Oakland's Starline Social Club, September 9

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, August 21, 2017 05:42pm | Post a Comment

Akounak: Purple Rain, Mdou Moctar

The MATATU performance series presents Akounak: Purple Rain in the Sahara on Saturday, Akounak: Purple Rain, Mdou MoctarSeptember 9th at 7:30pm at Oakland's Starline Social Club. Nigerien musician Mdou Moctar and his band perform following a screening of his film Akounak Tedalat Taha Tazoughai, also known as the Tuareg Purple Rain! A director's talk follows with filmmaker Chris Kirkley, plus the La Pelanga dance party!

In the somewhat crowded scene of Tuareg guitarists, Mdou Moctar stands apart from his peers. One of the few original singer/songwriters willing to experiment and push the boundaries of the genre, his unconventional styles have won him accolades both in Niger and abroad.

Mdou Moctar hails from Abalak, in the Azawagh desert of Niger. He taught himself the guitar at a young age on a homemade instrument. Inspired by returning Ishumar, Mdou traveled the road to Libya where he traveled and worked odd jobs. As chance had, he would meet some of the now famous guitarists and further his musical studies. He returned home with a guitar and a dream.

Rising to the status as local celebrity, in 2008 he traveled to Nigeria to record his first album Anar – a psychedelic electronic album of Tuareg guitar, which became an instant success throughout the mp3 networks of West Africa. “Tahoultine,” one of the standout tracks, was later featured on the compilation Music from Saharan Cellphones.

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Hip-Hop Rap Up: 08:21:17: DJ Shadow, Mozzy, Dizzy Wright, Kenny Dope, Shabazz Palaces, Sean Price, Action Bronson + (Video Version)

Posted by Billyjam, August 21, 2017 01:51pm | Post a Comment

Amoeba Hip-Hop Top Five New/Recent Releases 08:21:17


1: DJ Shadow The Mountain Has Fallen EP (12” Vinyl) (Mass Appeal)

2: Dizzy Wright The Golden Age 2 (Dizzy Wright)

3: Mozzy  1 Up Top Ahk (Mozzy Records)

4: Kenny Dope "Razor Cut" 7" single (Kay Dee Records)

5: Shabazz Palaces Quazarz: Born on a Gangster Star (also on cassette + on LP/vinyl)  (SubPop)
Although out about five weeks already, one of two simultaneous releases by Shabazz Palaces (Quazarz

Upcoming August 25th Release Pick:
Action Bronson Blue Chips (Atlantic)
 

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Madonna Top 15 Videos: Queen Of Pop Birthday Celebration Today 20% sale + DJs Nikki Finn & Material Boy @ Amoeba SF & LA

Posted by Billyjam, August 16, 2017 01:58pm | Post a Comment

Happy 59th birthday Madonna Louise Ciccone from Amoeba Music who today will be honoring the “Queen of Pop” with in-store sale of 20% off all Madonna materials (from CDs and vinyl to merch) plus DJs spinning all Madonna music at both the SF and LA stores. At the Haight Street, San Francisco store DJ Nikki Finn will be spinning an all-vinyl tribute set to Madonna at 5pm. Meanwhile at the Hollywood store, starting at 6pm, DJ Material Boy will be doing an all Madonna set. As well as offering 20% [in-store only] off all Madonna materials today both stores, promise raffles, treats and special surprises.

As a primer for DJs Material Boy and Nikki Finn’s all Madonna sets at Amoeba Hollywood and San Francisco respectively, I’ve compiled a subjective Madonna Top 15 Video list below. For Madonna, more so than most other artists, her videos have traditionally been as important as the songs themselves. That’s because Madonna has always been a multi-media pop star who cannot be separated from her visuals that showcase her all of her art: her choreography, fashions and social or political statements.  Plus like fellow reigning 80's pop stars Prince and Michael Jackson, she rose to fame during the golden era of MTV when videos were an exciting new medium for fans and artists as well as a proven promotional tool for record labels.

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