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New "What's in My Bag?" Episode with Legendary Songwriter Diane Warren

Posted by Amoebite, February 15, 2016 06:20pm | Post a Comment

Diane Warren at Amoeba Hollywood

"If you won't die if you don't do it, don't do it," Diane Warren, the GRAMMY, Oscar, and Golden Globe nominated songwriter told us on a recent visit to Amoeba Hollywood. As a teenager growing up in the San Fernando Valley, Warren was determined to become as respected a name in songwriting as Carole King or Jimmy Webb. In 1983 she found that success when she penned Laura Branigan's "Solitaire" and has since become one of America's most prolific and esteemed songwriters.  

Over the course of her career Warren has worked with luminaries such as Whitney Houston, Cher, Celine Dion, Aerosmith, Elton John, Faith Hill, Aretha Franklin, Eric Clapton, Barbra Streisand, and Mariah Carey. She has also worked with some of the biggest names in the modern pop music arena, including Justin Bieber, Snoop Dogg, Adele, Kelly Clarkson, Mary J. Blige, Jennifer Hudson, LL Cool J and Keyshia Cole, and has been nominated for eight Academy Awards, five Golden Globes, and thirteen GRAMMYs. Diane Warren and Lady Gaga's "'Til It Happens To You" recorded for the documentary The Hunting Ground has been nominated for Best Original Song at this year's Academy Awards on February 28.

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Turntable Sale at Our Stores February 11-14

Posted by Amoebite, February 11, 2016 12:17pm | Post a Comment

Turntable Sale at Amoeba

All turntables are 20% off at our stores Thursday, February 11 through Sunday, February 14! (Limited to stock on hand; 20% off regular price.) Plus, you will get a $10 Amoeba gift certificate for used vinyl with your turntable purchase! 

Need help figuring out which turntable is right for you? Check out our handy turntable guide or come into the store and ask one of our turntable experts for help.

New to collecting vinyl? Here are some tips on cleaning and caring for your records.

See the full list of February Happenings at Amoeba Hollywood.

Turntable Sale

 

James Supercave Chat Before Amoeba LA & SF Performances

Posted by Billy Gil, February 9, 2016 03:33pm | Post a Comment

james supercaveAfter a few years of hype in the L.A. music scene, indie-pop band James Supercave are finally ready to drop their debut album, Better Strange. After breaking through onto local radio with the song "Burn" in 2014, the band (yes, it's a band, not a guy), which consists of frontman Joaquin Pastor, keyboardist Patrick Logothetti and guitarist Andres Villalobos, set about recording their debut. But perfection, particularly that of Pastor, meant that it took a couple of years, as the band told Noisey.

Now that it's finally here, Better Strange proves to be worth the wait. Songs like the title track roll along taut disco grooves and dreamy synth tones. Pastor’s highwire vocals can go from delicate to glammy in a heartbeat, calling to mind Marc Bolan and Jeff Buckley as his voice bounds through the hairpin turns of pounding indie-rocker “The Right Thing.” The band seemingly uses influences like LCD Soundsystem, Radiohead, The Shins and Brian Eno as a grab bag without taking too much from one place — at times the record is evocative, but it never lingers in one place. It's more focused on hooks than homage, and while the album is plenty catchy, its attention to detail is also immediately apparent and rewards on repeated listens.

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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Rise Against

Posted by Amoebite, February 8, 2016 03:57pm | Post a Comment

Rise Against Amoeba Hollywood

Zach Blair and Joe Principe of Rise Against stopped by recently to grab some records before their sold out show at The Hollywood Palladium.  The Chicago based band, whose other members include Tim McIlrath and Brandon Barnes, formed in 1999 and have since proven to be one of the most exciting and relevant punk bands around today. After releasing 2001's The Unraveling and 2003's Revloutions Per Minute on Fat Wreck Chords, the band achieved major label success with 2004's Siren Song of the Counter Culture, released on Dreamworks/Geffen. 2014 saw the release of The Black Market, for which the band has been touring worldwide.Rise Against The Black Market

With picks like Agnostic Front's Live at CBGB and Dischord 1981: The Year in 7"s Zach and Joe clue us in to some of Rise Against's major influences, while picks like Swami John Reis and The Blind Shakes' Modern Surf Classics and Ty Segall's Manipulator give us a taste of their more current interests. Zach, a Texas native, also recommends some bands from his home state while Joe gives us a surprising '80s pop pick and even demonstrates how to drink coffee out of a Ramones Rocket to Russia mug. 

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Recap: Andy Kindler Hosted a Charity Auction at Amoeba Hollywood for Best Friends Animal Society

Posted by Amoebite, February 8, 2016 10:55am | Post a Comment

Andy Kindler Charity Auction at Amoeba Hollywood

On Saturday, February 6th, we once again teamed up with the Nerdmelt folks for a charity auction at Amoeba Hollywood to benefit Best Friends Animal Society's NKLA initiative. Our friend comedian Andy Kindler was gracious enough to come back and wield the gavel at the auction podium. Andy prides himself on being the most annoying person in the room at all times---and he did not disappoint! A frequent guest and correspondent on the Late Show with David Letterman, as well Comedy Central, and Fox's Bob's Burgers, Andy is slyly hilarious (in an annoying way) and he had the bidders chuckling under their breath. A success!! He is known in comedy circles as a troublemaker, but on Saturday he didn't make trouble, he made people bid! There were great items on the auction block and people got some great scores while helping out the neglected and abandoned animals of LA.

Highlights from Saturday's auction:

All together the audience bid $330 and with Amoeba's match we are able to donate $660 to Best Friends Animal Society and NKLA! Yes! Thanks to all of our customers who come out to support our charity auctions. Come to our next auction the first Saturday in April -- they are always a great time!

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