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New Green Room Session with Klangstof at Amoeba Hollywood

Posted by Amoebite, August 24, 2017 12:17pm | Post a Comment

Klangstof Green Room Session at Amoeba Hollywood

We were excited to welcome Dutch indie band Klangstof for an intimate Green Room Session at Amoeba Hollywood recently. The band released their debut album, Close Eyes To Exit, in October 2016 and went on to open for The Flaming Lips at The Theatre at Ace Hotel in downtown LA and earn the distinction of being the first Dutch band to play in front of Coachella's massive crowds.

Klangstof Close Eyes To Exit Amoeba Music

During their session at Amoeba, the quartet executed their dynamic sound and showcased their talent for both atmospheric delicacy and heavy vamping. "Hostage" opens their set with a gentle, grooving intro propelled by a subtle electronic beat and synth. Soon, with a Chris Martin-esque ethereal "ooh," lead singer Koen van de Wardt signals a more definite groove with the band's full instrumentation. Up next, "Seasons," featuring some angular but slinky bass licks and funky interplay between the band members. The session closes with the tonal morphing "Amansworld." Fueled by a pensive energy, and a slightly disjointed rhythm, the song alternates between fragility and dissonance until finally building to a wailing climax of high-register guitar soling and sudden stops and starts.

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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with The Needle Drop's Anthony Fantano

Posted by Amoebite, August 22, 2017 01:44pm | Post a Comment

Anthony Fantano What's In My Bag? Amoeba Music

What does a YouTube-star and music critic buy when he visits Amoeba Hollywood? Just about everything! At least that was the case with Anthony Fantano, the host and creator of The Needle Drop, a vlog followed by over one million subscribers. From jazz to indie rock and from hip hip to new wave, Fantano found many a record to round out his collection, and he had plenty of insight to share about his choices.

Billing himself as "the internet's busiest music nerd," Anthony Fantano began his musical career while attending Southern Connecticut State University and working at his college radio station. He then began interning at Connecticut Public Radio, which lead to the creation of a podcast called The Needle Drop. In 2009, he began experimenting with video while reviewing a Jay Reatard album. Slowly, Fantano accumulated views and likes on his online channel, which eventually resulted in a partnership with YouTube. By the end of 2010, he had accrued 10,000 subscribers. By the end of 2011, he had 50,000.

Today, The Needle Drop counts over one million subscribers. At the time of writing, some of Fantano's most-viewed videos include his reviews of Kanye West's Life of PabloKendrick Lamar's DAMN., and To Pimp a Butterfly. His reviews sometimes feature fellow music critics, his wife, and his alter ego Cal Chuchesta. He has been profiled in The Guardian, spoken on a SXSW panel, and received the Beyond the Blog award at the MTV O Music Awards. LA fans can catch The Needle Drop's 10 Year Anniversary event with Anthony Fantano at the Echoplex on October 24th.

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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard

Posted by Amoebite, August 14, 2017 03:45pm | Post a Comment

King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard What's In My Bag? Amoeba Music

When you have all seven members of the Australian psych-rock band King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard shopping Amoeba Hollywood, you can be sure that there will be some interesting finds. "I know all the cool-kid hipsters are into their African music at the moment, but...I assure you I was there before," Joey Walker dryly quips as he pulls out an LP by Ethiopian musician, Hailu Mergia, whose record Hailu Mergia & His Classical Instrument features the artist "mucking around with some Moogs and some synths." "Ethiopian kind of scales are something that I find really bizarre," continues Walker. "There's some kind of x-factor in it that is very, very good." From world to exotica to jazz to oldies, the guys in the band compiled a healthy collection of records, some of which were classics, while others were more off the beaten path.

Heavy psychedelic rock band King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard formed in Melbourne in 2010. Longtime friends, the band consists of Stu Mackenzie (vox/guitar/flute), Ambrose Kenny Smith (vox/synths/harmonica), Cook Craig (guitar), Joey Walker (guitar), Lucas Skinner (bass), Eric Moore (percussion), and Michael Cavanagh (percussion). The bandmates settled on their name as a compromise; one member wanted to call the group Gizzard Gizzard, whereas another was in favor of naming the band Lizard King, after Jim Morrison. The newly-christened King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard released their debut EP, Anglesea, in 2011.

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Recap: Charity Auction for Planned Parenthood with Tawny Newsome

Posted by Amoebite, August 8, 2017 11:03am | Post a Comment

Amoeba Charity Auction for Planned Parenthood with Tawny Newsome

We sure had a great time at Amoeba Hollywood on Saturday! Our special guest auctioneer Tawny Newsome, musician and comedian and all around wonderful person, graced our stage and helped us raise close to $2,000 for our local Planned Parenthood chapter.

We had some outstanding prizes, and Tawny's relaxed style coaxed the audience into raising their auction paddles (which were actually Amoeba handheld fans, so they did double duty that hot day). Full of quips and one-liners, she had the audience chuckling--and she even got the shy people to join in!

Tawny Newsome is a Second City alum, actor (Bajillion Dollar Propertie$' "Chelsea Leight-Leigh") and a singer/guitarist. She was a touring member of Second City before joining the Mainstage cast and released a solo album in 2012. In 2013 Rolling Stone suggested Tawny for SNL's new cast. She moved from Chicago to LA about a year and a half ago where she's kept very busy. This October, Tawny is releasing her 4th album with Jon Langford (Mekons, Waco Brothers) which they recorded at the legendary Muscle Shoals studio with original Muscle Shoals session players. They recorded the new album three days after last year's election with Tawny, John and their two band-mates flying to the town of 400. Four Lost Souls will be out on Bloodshot records September 22, with a tour starting that same month.

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Sidewalk Sale at Amoeba Hollywood Saturday, August 19

Posted by Amoebite, August 7, 2017 04:38pm | Post a Comment

Sidewalk Sale at Amoeba Hollywood

Amoeba Hollywood is having a Sidewalk Sale on Saturday, August 19th! It's your chance to score huge deals on music, movies, books, comics, posters and more, right outside the store from 12pm - 4pm.

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

  • DVD box sets: $4 each or 2 for $7
  • DVDs: $2 each or 3 for $5
  • Blu-ray: $4 each or 3 for $10
  • CDs: buy 1 get 1 free [of equal or lesser value]
  • Posters: $2 each or 3 for $5
  • T-shirts for $5
  • Great deals on books!
  • $1 LPs & much more!

Come out and treat yourself to some inexpensive new movies and music from Amoeba!

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.

Sidewalk Sale at Amoeba Hollywood

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