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Recap: Charity Auction for Alzheimer's Los Angeles with Greg Barris

Posted by Amoebite, October 9, 2019 06:07pm | Post a Comment

Charity Auction at Amoeba Hollywood with Greg Barris

Comedian Greg Barris hosted our auction to benefit Alzheimer's Los Angeles at Amoeba Hollywood on Saturday, October 5th and he slyly and effortlessly charmed our audience into digging deep into their pockets to support an amazing organization-- while they also scored some pretty cool stuff!

Alzheimer's Los AngelesAmoeba matched all winning bids, which meant we doubled the money going to Alzheimer's Los Angeles and their mission to provide free education and support services to families and caregivers who need it so desperately. 

Alzheimer's Los Angeles works to improve the lives of local families affected by Alzheimer’s and dementia by increasing awareness, delivering effective programs and services, providing compassionate support, and advocating for quality care and a cure. They offer free classes and workshops about brain health, memory concerns, Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, along with care counseling and so much more.

Greg Barris is an American Comedy Scene Darling and served as a staple in New York’s downtown stand-up scene for years. A frequent Time Out New York Critic’s Pick, much loved by Brooklyn Vegan and hailed as "Excellent" by The New Yorker, Greg created and hosted the long-running Brooklyn comedy variety show Heart of Darkness. Greg and guitarist / visual artist Dima Drjuchin (Corrupt Autopilot) teamed up to form the Wigmaker's Son. Together they created a Zappa-meets-Lonely Island pop fantasy comedy album, Greatest Tits, which also featured friend Reggie Watts. Greg released his debut stand-up album Shame Wave on aspecialthing records and will be releasing a new comedy album on the label in the near future. Greg now lives L.A. where you can find him on stages across the city and beyond.

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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with The Drums

Posted by Amoebite, October 1, 2019 03:12pm | Post a Comment

The Drums - What's In My Bag?

We were fortunate to be able to sit down with Jonny Pierce of The Drums at Amoeba Hollywood recently and talk about some the records and movies that have shaped and inspired him, including a few albums from 1997, which he considered "an amazing year for music." Pierce described hearing Bjork's Homogenic album for the first time at a Sam Goody record store, having only been allowed to listen to Christian music at home. "I had never heard music like it before," he told us. "My life really did change at that moment. There's a real spirit of freedom and empowerment on this album." 

Founded in 2008 by singer/multi-instrumentalist Jonny Pierce and childhood friend Jacob Graham, The The Drums - Brutalism - Amoeba MusicDrums moved to Brooklyn in 2009, where they rounded out their lineup. In less than a week of moving to New York, the Drums played their first live gig as part of the NYC Pop Fest at Cake Shop NYC. That fall, the band released their first EP, Summertime!. The group began heating up in the music press, garnering nods from the BBC, NME, and Pitchfork prior to the release of their 2010 debut album, called simply, The Drums.

The Drums released a sophomore LP, Portamento, in 2011. A year later, the band made their US TV debut on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. The third studio album by The Drums, Encyclopedia, came out in 2014. By 2016, Graham had parted ways with the band, choosing to focus on his work as a puppeteer and with his new project, Sound of Ceres. With his departure, The Drums effectively became the solo project of Pierce, who moved to Los Angeles. He wrote and performed all the instrumentation on the 2017 album Abysmal Thoughts. The Drums’ latest is 2019’s Brutalism. Once again performed entirely by Pierce, the album was mixed by Chris Coady (Beach House, Slowdive, Future Islands).

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

Posted by Amoebite, September 24, 2019 03:15pm | Post a Comment

Opeth - What's In My Bag?

We were very excited to have Mikael Åkerfeldt of Swedish Progressive metal band Opeth do some shopping at Amoeba Hollywood and share some of his favorite albums and artists, including Belgian prog band Univers Zero. "I don't know how to describe this music, it's insane," he told us, calling them, "highly skilled musicians." Though the challenging, dark prog group are largely obscure in most places, Åkerfeldt, pointed out that in Belgium finding a Univers Zero records is like finding an ABBA record in Sweden. "Definitely worth a listen if you're tired of the regular radio FM rock," he stated, continuing, "you're gonna die, pretty much."

Swedish progressive metal band Opeth was founded in 1989 by guitarist Mikael Åkerfeldt and original frontman David Isberg with the intention of creating the "most evil band in the world." The band has gone Opeth - In Cauda Venenumthrough several lineup changes over the course of its three plus decades of existence, with& Åkerfeldt becoming Opeth's lead vocalist, songwriter, and guitarist after Isberg's departure in 1992. Opeth released their debut LP, Orchid, in 1995. Two years later, the group headed back to the studio to record a follow up, Morningrise. In support of the LP, Opeth embarked on a UK tour as well as a lengthy Scandinavian tour alongside Cradle of Filth. The success of the album won the attention of Century Media Records; the band signed to the label and Century Media released their records for the first time in the US.

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Desert Daze 2019 Tickets on Sale Now at Amoeba Hollywood

Posted by Amoebite, September 23, 2019 02:56pm | Post a Comment

Desert Daze 2019

The Desert Daze Music & Arts Festival is returning for another magical weekend of music under the desert stars! The stellar lineup includes Flaming Lips, Ween, Wu-Tang Clan, Devo, Stereolab, Khruangbin and many, many more. The festival takes at Moreno Beach in Lake Perris, CA Thursday, October 10th through Sunday, October 13th.

This is the eighth year for the festival, which is put on by the good people at Moon Block, and the second at Moreno Beach. There are several ticket options available online including single day tickets, weekend passes, camping passes, and car camping vehicle passes. Or, if you prefer to save some money on fees, you can get the following tickets in-store at Amoeba Hollywood:

Camping Pass $99
  • Grants admission for one person to the campgrounds Thursday - Sunday
  • Everyone camping must also have Weekend GA, Azurite or Obsidian festival passes.

3-Day Weeeknd
General Admission

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

Posted by Amoebite, September 10, 2019 03:11pm | Post a Comment

EARTHGANG - What's In My Bag?

We had the pleasure of talking to Atlanta based hip hop duo EARTHGANG at Amoeba Hollywood recently, having shopped the store for some of the records, books, comics and memorabilia that have inspired them. "This is one of the greatest albums ever created in hip hop," Olu (aka Johnny Venus) told us, holding up a copy of UGK's Super Tight. Calling it "the first album that made me wanna get into producing," he went on to say, "I really appreciate the way that these records painted life in the south...these cats are really intelligent."

EARTHGANG consists of Olu and WowGr8 (aka Doctur Dot). The group was founded in 2008 while both members were still in high school. They released their first EP, The Better Party, two years later. While EARTHGANG - Mirrorlandattending Hampton University, Johnny Venus and Doctur Dot also founded the Spillage Village collective of rappers, producers, and singers; in addition to the duo behind EARTHGANG, members include J.I.D, Hollywood JB, JordxnBryant, Mereba, 6LACK, and Lute. Spillage Village also serves as a record label and is the home to the collective's first three releases, the Bears Like This (2014) and Bears Like This Too (2015) EPs, and the Bears Like This Too Much LP (2016).

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