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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Lee Fields

Posted by Amoebite, November 27, 2019 03:21pm | Post a Comment

Lee Fields - What's In My Bag?

We were honored to have Soul legend Lee Fields here at Amoeba Hollywood showing us some of his favorite records and artists, such as the iconic jazz, R&B singer/songwriter Nina Simone. Fields picked up a vinyl reissue of her album Black Gold, which features the song 'To Be Young, Gifted and Black.' "In the turmoil of the '60s, it was inspiring. It was needed at the time," he told us. "She wrote the right song at the right time," he proclaimed, continuing, "people of color didn't have too many role models, and she was one. It seemed like she had attitude, but she was smooth enough to be in control of her attitude. And at the time, a person like that, being black, was someone we could look up to." Lee Fields found a killer stack of records, and lots of insightful things to say about all of them, making for a fun and meaningful What's In My Bag? video.

Lee Fields has always lived ahead of his time -- he hired Sharon Jones as a background singer and brought Charles Bradley on tour as an opener -- and his latest album, It Rains Love, drenches his time-Lee Fields - It Rains Love - Amoeba Musictested sound in the kindness, wisdom, and unyielding groove that have affirmed his position as the new godfather of soul.

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Cops Vs. Aliens: An Evening of Rock & Roll Film with CRIME 1978 & Ziggy Stardust

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, November 1, 2019 06:47pm | Post a Comment

CRIME 1978

San Francisco’s First and Only Rock’n’Roll Movie: CRIME 1978, a short documentary film about the legendary punk band and Amoeba favorite CRIME, will screen at the Victoria Theatre in SF on Thursday, November 14th at 7pm, followed by everyone's favorite rock & roll alien concert flick, Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars (1973)! Introducing the event are CRIME 1978 producer Henry S. Rosenthal (aka Hank Rank of CRIME) and filmmaker Jon Bastian. There will also be live music by The Legendary Stardust Cowboy, Ron “The Ripper” Greco (original CRIME bassist), and CRIME WAVE (CRIME tribute band with members of Egrets on Ergot, Cheap Tissue, The Richmond Sluts), plus a Ziggy Stardust lookalike contest!

The “rock verite” footage of CRIME was filmed entirely in 1978 by Larry Larson for his local cable Crime 1978access program In Review, and is newly edited by Bastian. Larson found a unique experience in the burgeoning punk scene taking place at the Mabuhay Gardens, a Filipino restaurant and bar-gone-gritty nightclub on Broadway in North Beach. The booker Dirk Dirksen regularly landed local punk and New Wave acts at the club, including the Avengers, The Nuns, The Dils, Pearl Harbor & the Explosions, and CRIME. CRIME’s 1976 single of “Hot Wire My Heart” (backed with “Baby You're So Repulsive”) is credited as the first single released by a U.S. punk act from the West Coast. Like some of their punk contemporaries, they took on individual personas and built a group image, wearing police uniforms and billing themselves as "San Francisco's First and Only Rock 'n' Roll Band." The members of CRIME in 1978 were Johnny Strike (Gary John Bassett) on vocals and guitar, Frankie Fix (Marc D’Agostino) on vocals and guitar), Ron The Ripper (Ron Greco) on bass, and Hank Rank (Henry S. Rosenthal) on drums.

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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Shooter Jennings

Posted by Amoebite, May 7, 2019 05:03pm | Post a Comment

Shooter Jennings - What's In My Bag?

In our 600th What's In My Bag? episode, countrysinger-songwriter Shooter Jennings explored the laserdisc section at Amoeba Hollywood and picked up LPs by David Bowie, Hank Williams Jr., and Jaime Wyatt. "I went right for David Bowie," he told us. "I've been listening to a lot of David Bowie lately. Me and a friend of mine been working on something (and) we've just been plowing through Bowie. He's one of my favorites of all time."

The son of country music royalty Waylon Jennings and Jessi Colter, Shooter Jennings grew up on tour buses, sometimes playing drums in Waylon's band. He began playing drums at age five, studied Shooter Jennings - Shooter - Amoeba Musicpiano at age eight, and took up the guitar at age fourteen. Shooter moved to Los Angeles in 2001 and started the rock band Stargunn. He signed to the label Universal South Records in 2005 for the release of his solo debut Put the "O" Back in Country. Album single "Fourth of July" peaked at #22 on the Billboard Hot Country charts. That same year, Shooter took on the role of his father in the Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash biopic Walk the Line.

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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with The Voidz

Posted by Amoebite, October 4, 2018 08:42pm | Post a Comment

The Voidz - What's In My Bag? - Amoeba Music

The Voidz visited Amoeba Hollywood recently for an album signing and we had the chance to sit down with the group and check out some of the cool stuff they found at the shop. "The thing is I never knew how to shop at a record store," admitted frontman Julian Casablancas, stating that most of his music has come from his friends' recommendations. Something that did catch his eye was a vintage plaque featuring an image of David Bowie decked in all white, playing saxaphone. "It just has a crazy vibe," he told us. "It's almost like you'd see it in some weird fast food little restaurant; you know where they have weird, random celebrities autographed." It wasn't all vintage emphermera though, as Casablancas and the rest of the band found an eclectic collection of records and posters.

The Voidz (fka Julian Casablancas+The Voidz) are an indie/dance punk band founded by The Strokes vocalist Casablancas. Members Jeff Kite (keyboards) and Alex Carapetis (percussion) had previously The Voidz - Virtue - Amoeba Musicworked with Casablancas as part of Sick Six, the backing band for this first solo LP, Phrazes for the Young. Kite and Carapetis had worked with Jake Bercovici (bass, synth) on "I Like the Night," a track Casablancas recorded as part of an ad campaign for French fashion line Azzaro. With the addition of guitarists Jeramy "Beardo" Gritter and Amir Yaghmai, the lineup was complete.

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

Posted by Amoebite, August 14, 2018 05:55pm | Post a Comment

Wallows - What's In My Bag? Amoeba Music

LA pop/rock band Wallows performed at Amoeba Hollywood to celebrate the release of their debut EP Spring and beforehand we got a chance to talk with them about some of their favorite records, including David Bowie's final album, Black Star. "To be 68 years old and making this album," Dylan Minnette marveled, "[it's] completely game-changing, and unlike anything I've ever heard." The singer/guitarist considered the record one of the artist's best, saying, "David Bowie went out with one of his greatest albums in his entire catalog."

Los Angeles-based Wallows consists of Braeden Lemasters (vocals/guitars), Dylan Minnette (vocals/guitars), and Cole Preston (drums). Lemasters and Minnette, both child actors, met through their work in the film industry, later inviting Preston to play music with them. They have been Wallows - Spring - Amoeba Musicperforming in bands together since they were eleven-year-old students at the San Fernando Valley music school Join the Band. After collaborating musically for almost a decade, Wallows signed to Atlantic, releasing their debut recording, the Spring EP, (fittingly) in spring 2018.

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