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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Power Trip

Posted by Amoebite, September 13, 2017 02:53pm | Post a Comment

Power Trip What's In My Bag?

Texas crossover thrash metal band Power Trip stopped by Amoeba Hollywood recently hunting for records. The five members had very eclectic picks, ranging from black metal to Britpop, post-punk to alt-country, and they had a lot to say about all of them, especially their home state heroes, ZZ Top. "This is one of the greatest American rock bands," proclaimed bassist Chris Whetzel as he held up the band's breakthrough record, Tres Hombres. "If you don't like this band then I have some words for you."

With roots in the genres of hardcore, metal, and punk, Dallas-based Power Trip has shared the stage with a remarkably diverse range of artists, including Merchandise, Big Freedia, Title Fight, Power Trip Nightmare LogicAnthrax, and Napalm Death. Founded in 2008, the current lineup consists of Riley Gale, Blake Ibanez, Chris Ulsh, Nick Stewart, and Chris Whetzel.

After self-releasing an early collection of demos, the group first began attracting notice with the release of their Armaggedon Blues EP. Power Trip toured relentlessly, putting out a self-titled three-song EP in 2011 and then signing on for an appearance at the 2012 Pitchfork Festival. The following year, the band signed to Southern Lord and released their first full-length, Manifest Decimation. Their sophomore LP, Nightmare Logic, followed in early 2017. Power Trip is touring North America this fall with Obituary, Exodus, and Dust Bolt.

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Hear Sufjan Stevens' Planetarium Project...at a Planetarium in Los Angeles

Posted by Amoebite, June 1, 2017 04:50pm | Post a Comment

Planetarium

Space is the place for the men of Planetarium. The new indie "supergroup" consists of Sufjan Stevens, The National's Bryce Dessner, Nico Muhly, and James McAlister and their debut self-titled release is due June 9th via 4AD. Taking their inspiration from our marvelous solar system, the songs on Planetarium are all named after different planets, the moon, the sun, a comet, and black holes.

4AD and Amoeba Hollywood are excited to launch (get it?) a very special Planetarium listening event in the Los Angeles area on June 7th, taking place at the John Drescher Planetarium at Santa Monica College. (Similar events are occurring in Seattle and New York City.) To hear the album in this incredible setting, all you have to do is pre-order Planetarium on CD or vinyl in-store only at Amoeba Hollywood starting Monday, June 5th. Fans will receive guaranteed entry into the 6:15pm seating.

Limit one admission per CD/LP purchased, limit two per person.

Planetarium albumWhat: Planetarium Listening Event

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Vinyl Reissues from Dead Can Dance Coming in July

Posted by Amoebite, June 17, 2016 11:30am | Post a Comment

Dead Can Dance Vinyl Reissues

Dead Can Dance are in the midst of reissuing their entire back catalog on vinyl, with the first three installments coming this July. Their longtime label 4AD is kicking things off with represses of the group's 1984 self-tilted debut, their sophomore album Spleen & Ideal, and their sixth album, Into the Labyrinth. Founded in Melbourne and featuring the core duo of Brendan Perry and Lisa Gerrard, the idiosyncratic Dead Can Dance quickly became 4AD's best-selling act, with a truly unique sound that takes reference points from medieval and world music, as well as goth rock and post-punk. Pre-orders are available now, with a July 8 release date set.

Dead Can Dance

Dead Can Dance

The band's self-titled debut LP placed them alongside their contemporaries in the UK post-punk scene, with comparisons drawn to labelmates Cocteau Twins, as well as The Cure. Sans the more worldbeat-oriented sound with which the group would soon become synonymous, Dead Can Dance's debut features a more sparse, dark sound and is unlike anything else in their oeuvre.

2 New "What's In My Bag?" Episodes with Future Islands

Posted by Amoebite, January 4, 2016 04:05pm | Post a Comment

Future Islands at Amoeba San Francisco

We're kicking off the new year and our 9th season of "What's In My Bag?" with two episodes from Future Islands! The Baltimore-based indie rock band consists of vocalist Samuel T. Herring, programmer & keyboard player Gerrit Welmers, and bassist/guitarist William Cashion. They met while studying art at East Carolina University in Greenville, NC, where they played together as part of the band Art Lord & the Self-Portraits. They signed to Thrill Jockey in 2009, releasing In Evening Air in 2010 and On the Water in 2011. Future Islands SinglesThree years later, Future Islands signed to 4AD and released the album Singles. The band made their network TV debut in 2014 on The Late Show with David Letterman, drawing attention for Herring’s onstage antics during their performance of "Seasons (Waiting on You)." Watch the band's 2010 performance from Amoeba Hollywood (below) to get a sense of just what kind of live show they put on. Herring did not let a leg splint slow his performance down...

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Albums to Get Hyped For: Grimes' "Art Angels"

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, November 5, 2015 06:04pm | Post a Comment

By doubleay

Grimes, Art AngelsArtist, musician, producer, singer, and songwriter Claire Boucher, or better known as Grimes, is readying to release her new album. Grimes has been captivating the music community since 2010 and her fourth album, Art Angels, is a project to get excited about. It's been three years since her last album (Visions) and it's sounding like it has been well worth the wait.

Grimes performed two nights at the Fillmore in San Francisco on Halloween weekend and played a solid amount of her new album. Not only was her performance stunning, but her unreleased material sounded awesome. She played a banging new song with former collaborator Blood Diamonds and, to the say the least about what I heard from her new songs, her songwriting and instrumentation are a force to be reckoned with.

The development of Art Angels has had a few set backs in the making. In late 2014, Grimes released the track "Go" (featuring Blood Diamonds) and the song caused quite a stir throughout her fan base. The song is hard hitting and impressive, but many were put off by the more poppy sound of the song. To put it in perspective, Grimes even said the song was originally written to be sung by pop queen Rihanna. In an interview with the New York Times, Grimes explained that after releasing "Go" she scrapped an entire album before creating Art Angels due to how she was feeling about the sound. 

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