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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Touché Amoré

Posted by Amoebite, July 16, 2019 04:09pm | Post a Comment

Touche Amore - What's In My Bag? Amoeba Music

We had a fun time talking to Jeremy Bolm, vocalist of the post-hardcore band Touché Amoré, for our latest What's In My Bag? episode. A longtime Amoeba Hollywood customer and avid vinyl collector, Bolm picked up albums by Shudder To Think, Thom Yorke, and Townes Van Zandt, and talked about how there's no wrong time to start listening to a new genre of music.

"Full disclosure: I am a 100-percent jazz poser," he confessed to us. "I'm in my mid-30s, and it was last year when I had the moment where I was like, 'I think I have the attention span for jazz now.'" Bolm recounted the amusing and somewhat frustrating moment when jazz finally clicked for him and the resulting decision to buy one new jazz album each month and give it his singular attention. 

LA post-hardcore band Touché Amoré consists of Jeremy Bolm (vocals), Tyler Kirby (bass), Elliot Babin (percussion), Clayton Stevens (guitar), and Nick Steinhardt (guitar). The band formed in 2007 and recorded their debut full-length album, ...To the Beat of a Dead Horse, in 2009. Two years later, the group journeyed to Eudora, KS to record their sophomore album, Parting the Sea Between Brightness and Me, with engineer/producer Ed Rose (The Get Up Kids, The Appleseed Cast, Motion City Soundtrack). The band embarked on a European tour with La Dispute in support of the LP in 2011. They spent 2012 on the road, touring with both Circa Survive and Converge.

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Paul McCartney's 'Amoeba Gig' Will Be Available For The First Time on July 12

Posted by Amoebite, July 10, 2019 02:51pm | Post a Comment

Paul McCartney at Amoeba Hollywood

If you were lucky enough to be at Amoeba Hollywood on June 27, 2007, you witnessed Beatlemania within our very walls as Sir Paul McCartney performed a surprise live set for the promotional “mini tour” for his album Memory Almost Full. This amazing concert is being released in its entirety for the first time on July 12th!

Although 4 songs were previously on the limited edition Amoeba's Secret EP, Amoeba Gig features all 21 songs from his career-spanning performance. The LPs will also include a bonus track ("Coming Up") from soundcheck. Amoeba Gig is available for pre-order now on CD, 2LP, and indie exclusive clear/amber color double vinyl and will be at our stores on July 12th.

Paul McCartney Amoeba Gig Indie Exclusive Color Vinyl

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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Avey Tare of Animal Collective

Posted by Amoebite, July 8, 2019 07:04pm | Post a Comment

Avey Tare - What's In My Bag? Amoeba Music

We were excited to have experimental indie pop artist Avey Tare (aka David Portner) share what he found shopping at Amoeba Hollywood in our latest What's In My Bag? episode. His eclectic selections were anything but pedestrian, as his taste ran the gamut from Nigerian Disco to new age and from avant-garde jazz to minimal techno.

Avey Tare is a solo artist and co-founder of Animal Collective. While in high school in Maryland, he met Josh Dibb (Deakin), Noah Lennox (Panda Bear), and Brian Weitz (Geologist); the friends shared homemade recordings and played in different band formations together. Portner and Weitz both moved to New York City after graduation and when they were joined by Dibb and Lennox, the longtime pals formed Animal Collective. In 2000, Avey Tare and Panda Bear released Spirit They're Gone, Spirit They've Vanished, which was later classified as the first official Animal Collective LP. 2001's Danse Manatee saw Avey Tare, Panda Bear, and Geologist joining forces. The bandmates played together in various groupings, sometimes releasing work as Animal Collective and sometimes releasing work under other monikers but it wasn't until 2004's Sung Tongs that the band really began attracting national attention.

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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Nick Waterhouse

Posted by Amoebite, June 25, 2019 02:11pm | Post a Comment

Nick Waterhouse - What's In My Bag?

We were recently schooled in the ways of classic R&B, jazz, blues, and exotica by Nick Waterhouse, who shared his extensive knowledge with us here at Amoeba Hollywood. The LA-basd retro-rocker and producer had lots to say about all of the records he found at the shop, including El Chico by drummer Chico Hamilton who Waterhouse calls "one of my favorite Los Angeles musicians of all time."  "This record absolutely rips," he told us, going on to praise the album's guitarist Gabor Szabo. "This type of playing really was influential on my own guitar style," he explained.

Nick Waterhouse is known for his glossy, modern take on classic soul, blues, and R&B. After learning to play guitar at age twelve and playing in a series of throwback retro-soul/rock bands, Nick Waterhouse - Amoeba MusicWaterhouse recorded and self-released his debut single, "That Place," in 2010. For his first live performance later that year, he assembled a backing band, The Tarots, and a group of female singers, The Naturelles. He signed with the Innovative Leisure label in 2011 and released his first full-length, Time's All Gone, in 2012. That same year, he produced the Allah-Las' self-titled debut and embarked on a North American and a European tour with them.

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

Posted by Amoebite, June 19, 2019 12:28pm | Post a Comment

Metric - What's In My Bag? Amoeba Music

We had the pleasure of talking to Emily Haines of Metric at Amoeba Hollywood recently for our latest What's In My Bag? episode. She shared some of the artists she's been digging lately, including Sharon Van Etten. "I'm kind of embarrased that I'm really late to the game here with her," Haines said of the New York singer/songwriter. After being introduced to Sharon Van Etten's music over the holidays, Emily described feeling a kinship with her and her writing. "She sounds like someone who's actually experiencing things and then actually writing about them without the comfort of seperation or intellectualism. I just kind of felt like I had a sister out there." 

Emily Haines is a Canadian singer and songwriter, known for her work with Metric, Broken Social Scene, and as a solo artist. She was born in New Delhi, India, moving to Ontario with her parents as a young child. While attending the Etobicoke School of the Arts as a teenager, Haines met her future Broken Social Scene bandmates Amy Millan and Kevin Drew. After college, Haines moved to Toronto, where she met James Shaw. In 1997, they began recording together under the moniker Mainstream before renaming their project Metric. In 2001, Haines and Shaw were joined by Joshua Winstead and Joules Scott-Key. Two years later, Metric released their first full-length, the acclaimed Old World Underground, Where Are You Now?

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