New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with White Lung

Posted by Amoebite, April 11, 2017 11:01am | Post a Comment

White Lung What's In My Bag? Amoeba Music

Mish Way and Anne-Marie Vassiliou of Canadian punk band White Lung were recently at Amoeba Hollywood showing us some of the killer records they picked up, including a Van Morrison LP box set of his 1967 New York sessions. "Van Morrison's my favorite musician of all time," says Way. "This is not my fault, it's my dad's fault," she continues, stating that she was forced to listen to Morrison throughout her childhood. "But I truly do love Van." In addition to the Morrison collection, Way also picked up Bo Diddley's Big Bad Bo album, which features a cover of Van Morrison's "I've Been Working." "Bo Diddley singing a Van Morrison song would make me very happy."

White Lung Paradise White Lung consists of Mish Way-Barber, Kenneth Williams, and Anne-Marie Vassiliou. Formed in 2006, it wasn't till four years later that the band would release their first studio LP, It's the Evil. In 2011, White Lung took home the Punk/Hardcore Artist/Group of the Year award at the Canadian Music Week Indie Awards. They began attracting even more attention with the release of their sophomore LP, 2012's Sorry.

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New Green Room Session with Gemma Ray

Posted by Amoebite, April 7, 2017 07:08pm | Post a Comment

Gemma Ray Amoeba Green Room Session

We recently had the pleasure of listening to British singer/songwriter Gemma Ray perform in our Green Room with drummer Andy Zammit. Between Ray's Twin Peaks-esque guitar tone and effects pedals and Zammit's ambidextrous drumming and keyboard skills, the duo were able to create a rich atmosphere of twangy, dark folk/pop, mixed with menacing psychedelia. Ray performed three songs, two of which are off her latest LP, The Exodus Suite.

Gemma Ray The Exodus Suite Amoeba MusicGemma Ray starts off her set with the slow burning journey of a tune, "Ifs & Buts," which starts as a dark slow dance but builds to a layered, sonic space jam. Be on the lookout for Gemma's kitchen knife strumming skills in this track!! Next is "How Long" a blues-y ballad with a subtle, midnight train rhythm. The session ends with "The Switch," a vibrato-y, shimmering gothic folk tune that shifts into a melancholic march of tinkling guitars. 

Ray will be touring Australia and New Zealand later this month.

Watch Gemma Ray's Green Room Session below:

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New 'What's In My Bag?' Episode with Gonjasufi

Posted by Amoebite, April 4, 2017 03:00pm | Post a Comment

Gonjasufi What's In My Bag? Amoeba Music

San Diego hip hop artist Gonjasufi was at Amoeba Hollywood recently diggin' through all kinds of records, and clued us into some of the things he looks for while shopping. "I don't know anything about this dude, what really got me was the price: 25 cents," he says pulling out a spoken word record by Low German writer Rudolf Kinau. Many of his picks were chosen by their cover, like Al Sigmund's Guitar Magic, which features the German guitarist playing his axe on a row boat in a lake. "In the water, playing electric, that takes some balls," he comments.

Gonjasufi Mandela Effect Amoeba MusicGonjasufi (né Sumach Ecks) began his musical career with San Diego hip-hop crew Masters of the Universe in the early '90s. A decade later, Ecks had connected with Flying Lotus and the Gaslamp Killer while visiting Los Angeles; his work began attracting attention after a 2008 guest turn on Flying Lotus' Los Angeles LP. Two years afterward, Gonjasufi released his debut album, A Sufi and a Killer, via Warp Records.

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Celebrate Rex Manning Day in Los Angeles Saturday, April 8th

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Rex Manning Day Button Quest in Hollywood

Empire Records fans know what happened on April 8th – Rex Manning made an appearance at the record store and craziness ensued. This year Los Angeles fans can mark the date with the first ever Rex Manning Day Button Quest organized by Empire Records screenwriter Carol Heikkinen!

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Stop at Amoeba Hollywood this Saturday, 4/8 between 5:30pm - 7pm, along with five other nearby designated Button Quest locations, and get a free button. Buttons are first come, first served, only while supplies last. Register online for the Button Quest.

The Button Quest will start at Groundwork Coffee (1501 N. Cahuenga Blvd.) across the street from Amoeba Hollywood. Participants will then be given directions about where to go to pick up all six exclusive Empire Records buttons. If fans want to take advantage of Empire Records-related dares and photo ops, they can share those pictures on social media with the hashtags #RexManningDay and #ButtonQuest. The Button Quest folks are giving out prizes for the most creative photos!

Rex Manning Day culminates with a cosplay midnight screening of Empire Records at the Vista Theatre in Los Feliz organized by Nerds Like Us. Tickets for the screening are $11.50 and will be available online and at the theater box office.

Tickets for Cold War Kids' Release Party Available at Amoeba Hollywood April 5

Posted by Amoebite, April 3, 2017 05:16pm | Post a Comment

Cold War Kids Pop-Up Event in Los Angeles

Cold War Kids are releasing their new album, LA Divine, this Friday, April 7th and they're celebrating with a private album release party the night before at a secret location in downtown Los Angeles! Want to join them?? You'll get to meet the band before the party and take home a special LA Divine poster. Plus, you'll hear the new album a day before it's released, eat tacos, drink libations, soak in some art, and have access to limited edition merchandise.

If you want to attend this event, pre-order LA Divine on CD, LP or indie exclusive purple color vinyl in-store only at Amoeba Hollywood starting Wednesday, April 5th. The first 100 fans who pre-order LA Divine at Amoeba will get a ticket to meet the band and attend the pop-up party, and receive a poster created just for LA Divine. Fans will be given their CD or LP at the event on April 6th and not at Amoeba Hollywood.

Please note, the meet and greet is all-ages, but the release party is 21+.

Tickets are limited to the first 100 fans who pre-order the album in-store at Amoeba starting April 5th. Limit one per person.

WHAT: Album release party for Cold War Kids' LA Divine 

WHERE: Downtown Los Angeles 
(The location will be listed on tickets when you pre-order in-store at Amoeba.)

WHEN: Pre-orders start at Amoeba Hollywood Wednesday, April 5th at 10:30am.

Party/meet and greet starts at 6PM on Thursday, April 6th.

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