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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Raphael Saadiq

Posted by Amoebite, November 20, 2019 05:37pm | Post a Comment

Raphael Saadiq - What's In My Bag?

We were fortunate to have singer, songwriter, producer, and multi-instrumentalist Raphael Saadiq do some shopping recently at Amoeba Hollywood and share some of the cool records he found, along with some interesting stories from his prolific career. "My first tour, in '86, was Sheila (E.) and Prince," he told us, speaking of his beginnings as their bass player. "We used to play (Sheila E.'s) 'Holly Rock'...I still don't know what 'Holly Rock' is, but I was signing it." Saadiq was excited to find a copy of Originals, a collection of demos that Prince wrote and recorded for other people to sing, including 'Holly Rock.' "I wanna hear him singing (it)," Saadiq proclaimed.

Born Charles Ray Wiggins, Raphael Saadiq learned to play bass guitar at age six and started singing with gospel groups at age nine. When he was eighteen, he took the name Raphael and successfully Raphael Saadiq - Jimmy Leeauditioned to play bass in Sheila E.'s backing band. He then hit the road as part of Prince's Parade Tour. After this tour, he returned to his hometown of Oakland and joined Tony! Toni! Toné! with his brother, Dwayne Wiggins, and cousin, Timothy Christian. The group became R&B superstars, with their greatest commercial success being 1993's double platinum Sons of Soul.

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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Orville Peck

Posted by Amoebite, November 6, 2019 03:25pm | Post a Comment

Orville Peck - What's In My Bag?

It was a pleasure having Canadian country singer/songwriter Orville Peck visit Amoeba Hollywood recently. He looked through the record bins and shared some of his favorite albums, movies, and artists, including country singer Bobbie Gentry. "I feel like a lot of people don't know about Bobbie Gentry, which is crazy to me," Peck lamented. "She was this incredible singer/songwriter, kind of folksy country musician." He grabbed a vinyl copy of her album Fancy, whose title track is one of his favorite songs of all-time. Though a more famous version was recorded by Reba McEntire, Peck loves Gentry's "beat poet style" of singing. All in all, Peck had an eclectic collection of killer records and films, which made for a sincere and fun What's In My Bag? episode. 

Orville Peck - Pony - Amoeba MusicThe enigmatic Orville Peck is known for wearing a fringed Lone Ranger mask when he performs, which makes him both immediately recognizable yet deliberately obscures his true identity. Although Peck's identity is not known, he has stated that he has toured extensively with punk bands in the past. 

His music fuses velvet-voiced classic country with elements of goth, indie, and punk genres. He counts legends like Merle Haggard and Dolly Parton among his stylistic influences. Peck's first song, "Dead of Night" was released in 2017. This was followed by a series of duets with artists like King Tuff and Mac DeMarco. In 2019, Orville Peck released his debut album, Pony, via Sub Pop, which was longlisted for Canada's 2019 Polaris Music Prize.

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New Green Room Session with Torche

Posted by Amoebite, October 30, 2019 01:43pm | Post a Comment

Torche - Amoeba Green Room Session

The walls of the Amoeba Hollywood green room shook and rattled as Miami rock band Torche performed a heavy, loud set for our intimate Amoeba Green Room Series. Playing four tracks off their fifth album, Admission, which is out now on Relapse Records, members Steve Brooks, Jonathan Nuñez, Rick Smith, and Eric Hernandez were in fine form, tearing through the tight riffage of "Slide" and "Admission," and the dark and marshy grooves of "On The Wire" and "Infierno." 

Be sure to catch Torche on tour in the U.S. starting Friday, November 1st or in Europe this coming winter and spring 2020.

Check out the full performance below:

Torche - Green Room Session
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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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