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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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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Rock Supergroup Filthy Friends

Posted by Amoebite, May 9, 2018 11:52am | Post a Comment

Filthy Friends What's In My Bag?

We were excited to have indie-rock supergroup Filthy Friends visit Amoeba Hollywood and share a wide range of interesting records with us. It was especially fun to have What's In My Bag? alum Scott McCaughey back with us, who suffered a stroke in the months following the filming of this episode. Thankfully McCaughey is recovering, and even playing shows again. During our interview he was particularly excited to talk about The Randy Newman Songbook 4LP box set. "This is what I've been listening to just non-stop for the last year," he told us. "To hear the songs just stripped down like he wrote them, it's just phenomenal. I mean, I don't know if there's a greater songwriter who's ever lived."

filthy Friends InvitationFilthy Friends consists of Corin Tucker (Sleater-Kinney), Peter Buck (R.E.M.), Bill Rieflin (King Crimson), Linda Pitman (The Baseball Project), Kurt Bloch (Young Fresh Fellows), and Scott McCaughey (The Minus 5 and Young Fresh Fellows). The group originally formed in 2012 to perform covers of David Bowie songs. The band's first release was the single “Despierta,” written for the anti-Trump compilation 30 Songs For 30 Days. They followed this with a 2017 Record Store Day exclusive 7" featuring original track “Any Kind of Crowd” and a cover of Roxy Music’s “Editions of You.”

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17 Releases to Look for on Record Store Day

Posted by Amoebite, April 10, 2018 06:27pm | Post a Comment

17 Record Store Day Releases to Look For

It's wish list time! The good people behind Record Store Day have outdone themselves this year, with a bumper crop of limited edition, long out of print, colored vinyl, and just plain cool exclusives hitting our shelves on Saturday, April 21st. Old favorites receive a celebratory nod. Unreleased tracks by classic acts will be unleashed upon the world. Impressive new works shine in the RSD spotlight. There's something for everyone, whether your interests lean towards classic R&B, dreamy indie, psychedelic tropicalia, and everything in between. Read on to discover the new releases we're excited about this Record Store Day.

Mark your calendars: RSD happens April 21, 2018. Watch this space for info to come on the most exciting store happenings, sales, and special events taking places across all three of our stores in honor of the indie record store industry's biggest day.

Aaliyah Back & Forth

Aaliyah - Back & Forth (12") 

This reissue of Aaliyah's debut single is out on opaque purple vinyl, featuring the original version as well as five dance mixes. An RSD exclusive release.

Arcade Fire Arcade Fire Record Store Day

Arcade FireArcade Fire EP (LP)

Honoring Legacies of Nokie Edwards, Charlie Quintana, Craig Mack, Stephen Hawking, Matt Dike, Patrick Doyle + Others Gone in 2018

Posted by Billyjam, March 15, 2018 03:34pm | Post a Comment


“We’re losing too many artists too young like Pam the Funkstress and DJ Stef, and now Craig Mack,” Shing02 told the Amoeblog Wednesday night in New York City. The multi-talented Japanese artist with Bay Area roots was speaking after last night's sold-out Brooklyn concert with his live hip-hop band (including Spin Master DJ A-1) at Rough Trade where surprise guest emcee, Bay Area transplant Kirby Dominant, came onstage for an inspired impromptu rendition of Craig Mack’s rap hit “Flava In Ya Ear.” [see photo above c/o Yoshiaki Miura + left c/o Peter Agoston

Hours earlier in the same day the audience learned the sad news of the passing of the 47 year old Long Island NY native who had died two days previously in South Carolina from “natural causes.”  With a recording career dating back to 1988, when he was MC EZ, it wasn't until 1994 that Craig Mack made his indelible mark on hip-hop history. This he did as the breakout star on Sean (Puffy/Diddy) Comb’s then fledgling Bad Boy Entertainment label with the hit  ”Flava in Ya Ear" and its remix (scroll down for video) featuring LL Cool J, Busta Rhymes and a young little known Brooklyn rapper named Christopher Wallace known as Biggie Smalls and The Notorious B.I.G. (RIP).

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