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

Posted by Amoebite, March 19, 2019 05:10pm | Post a Comment

Mitski - What's In My Bag?

Indie rock singer/songwriter Mitski did a little shopping at Amoeba Hollywood recently and gave us a peek into her musical and cinematic tastes for our latest What's In My Bag? episode. Fresh off a long tour, Mitski was longing to see two movies by acclaimed anime director Hayao Miyazaki, Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind and The Wind Rises. "I just grew up with his films. Princess Mononoke was the first film I remember seeing and being affected by," she recalled. "I feel like they just give me the answers on how to live. They're so kind and hopeful."

Mitski Miyawaki is a Japanese-American singer-songwriter who performs as Mitski. As a child, she Mitski - What's In My Bag? lived in over a dozen countries, including Turkey, China, Democratic Republic of Congo, and Malaysia before settling in New York City. While studying at Purchase College's Conservatory of Music, Mitski recorded and self-released her first two albums, Lush (2012) and Retired from Sad, New Career in Business (2013). By her third album, 2014's Bury Me at Makeout Creek, Mitski had moved away from her earlier piano-based compositions towards a punkier guitar sound. 

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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with José James

Posted by Amoebite, March 14, 2019 01:22pm | Post a Comment

Jose James - What's In My Bag? - Amoeba Music

Acclaimed neo-soul/jazz/hip-hop musician and composer José James did some shopping at Amoeba Hollywood recently and talked with us about some of his favorite artists for our latest What's In My Bag? episode. James went looking for a Tribe Called Quest t-shirt and ended up with an Eric Dolphy shirt instead, happily surprised to see the jazz saxophonist/clarinetist printed on a piece of apparel. "He's a really deep figure for me, and for jazz," he explained. "His album Out To Lunch, on Blue Note, to me is the highest standard of avant-garde music in America." James went on to discuss Dolphy's influence on John Coltrane, saying he "encouraged John to let the saxophone speak. He was really trying to get beyond the limitations of the instrument, and just make sounds." James had similarly thoughtful things to say about every item he picked, giving us an educational and entertaining peek into his shopping bag.

Born in Minneapolis, MN, José James attended The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music. His oeuvre has been compared to D'Angelo, Frank Ocean, Miguel, Bobby McFerrin, and Leon Thomas. Jose James - Lean On Me - Amoeba MusicHe released his debut LP, The Dreamer, in 2008 via the Brownswood label. James followed his first LP with Blackmagic (Brownswood) and For All We Know (Verve), both released in 2010. The latter album took home the Edison Award and the L'Académie du Jazz Grand Prix for the year's Best Vocal Jazz Album.

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Sidewalk Sale at Amoeba Hollywood Saturday, March 16

Posted by Amoebite, March 11, 2019 05:08pm | Post a Comment

Sidewalk Sale at Amoeba Hollywood

Amoeba Hollywood is having a sidewalk sale on Saturday, March 16th! We'll have crazy good deals on Blu-ray, DVDs, vinyl, CDs, posters, t-shirts, collectible figures & more 12pm-4pm. Everything is priced to move fast and conveniently located just outside the store.

Check out some of the great bargains you'll find at our sidewalk sale:

  • Blu-ray: $4 each or 3 for $10
  • DVDs (including box sets): $2 each or 3 for $5
  • Discounted LPs: all genres as low as $1
  • BOGO CDs: all genres are buy 1, get 1 free 
  • Books & magazines: 2 for $1
  • 7" Singles: 2 for $1
  • 7" Grab Bags
  • T-shirts: $5 & under
  • Posters: 3 for $5
  • Toys & Collectible Figures

All sidewalk sale items are aggressively sale priced. Therefore, we do not accept store credits, gift certificates, coupons or other offered store sales for any sidewalk sale items. Additionally, we cannot offer customer holds or mail order. All sales are final.

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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with James Lavelle of UNKLE & Mo' Wax

Posted by Amoebite, March 6, 2019 03:30pm | Post a Comment

UNKLE - What's In My Bag?

We were very fortunate to have DJ, producer, musician, and record label executive James Lavelle visit Amoeba Hollywood to share some of the music and movies that have shaped his tastes, including a film by a director he says influenced how looks at Los Angeles. That director is Michael Mann and the film is his 1995 masterpiece, Heat. "(This is) a film that I love very much and I love the director," he told us. Lavelle also talked about The Watchmen, Neneh Cherry, and the impact of DJ Shadow's landmark debut album Endtroducing... making for a particularly eclectic and engaging What's In My Bag? episode.

English artist James Lavelle co-founded the Mo' Wax record label with Tim Goldsworthy in 1992, UNKLE - The Road Part I - Amoeba Musicreleasing now-classic records by Money Mark, DJ Krush, Dr. Octagon, Luke Vibert, Blackalicious, and DJ Shadow. After the release of Endtroducing..... in 1996, Lavelle and DJ Shadow collaborated on the UNKLE project. The band's first LP, 1998's Psyence Fiction featured guest appearances from Thom YorkeRichard Ashcroft, the Beastie Boys' Mike D, and Badly Drawn Boy. Lavelle teamed up with Richard File for UNKLE's 2003 followup, Never, Never Land, with contributions from 3D (Massive Attack) and Josh Homme (QOTSTA).

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

Posted by Amoebite, February 27, 2019 12:28pm | Post a Comment

Habibi - What's In My Bag?

Rahill Jamalifard and Leah Fishman from Brooklyn psych rock band Habibi went digging through the racks at Amoeba Hollywood recently and shared some of their favorite records for our latest What's In My Bag? episode. The bandmates and avid record collectors spotted The Paragons' rocksteady/reggae LP On The Beach at the same time, but Jamalifard grabbed it first. "I have been listening to 'When The Lights Are Low,' just over and over," she said. Noting that that the record was in the wrong section, Fishman joked, "I feel like you planted that." It was evident that the musicians and occasional DJs had very eclectic taste, including pysch, Persian pop, soul, garage, punk, and cumbia.

Taking their name from the Arabic word for "my love," Habibi fuses '60s girl Habibi - Amoeba Musicgroup sounds with psych rock. The band was formed in 2011 by Detroit natives Lenaya Lynch (guitar/vocals) and Rahill Jamalifard (vocals), who teamed up with New York musicians Erin Campbell (bass/guitar/vocals), Karen Isabel (drums), and Leah Beth Fishman (guitar/vocals). After touring with King Tuff and earning buzz at SXSW and CMJ, the band signed to Born Bad Records for the release of a self-titled 7".  In 2014, Burger Records put out the band's eponymous debut full-length. Habibi teamed up with La Luz for a split EP in 2015. The five-piece released the Cardamom Garden EP in 2018, featuring two songs sung largely in Farsi. 

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