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De La Soul, Bowie, Ennio Morricone, Sturgill Simpson, & "Compton" OST: Top 5 Reasons 2017 Grammys Don't Completely Suck

Posted by Billyjam, December 12, 2016 02:17pm | Post a Comment

One of five Grammy 2017's "Best New Artist" nominees Anderson .Paak (above Feb 2015: Amoeba Hollywood following the release of his album Venice)This year the neo-soul singer/producer/musician from Oxnard (FKA Breezy LoveJoy) released both the solo album Malibu (nominated for Best Urban Contemporary Album) & collaborative Yes Lawd! (on LP) with Knxwledge as NxWorries.

Predictably within moments of the public announcement of the nominees for the 2017 Grammys been made last Tuesday (Dec. 6th) disgruntled music fans swarmed social media to vent their outrage over why they felt the Grammys sucked. While many positive music fans agreed with such choices as Beyoncé (nine nominations in all!) or Sia (two nominations), or the inclusion of such relative newcomers as Anderson .Paak and BJ The Chicago Kid (both friends of Amoeba), typically it was the voices of discontent who were the loudest and that dominated the discussions.  These critics were the quickest in expressing their disdain over the picks and, more importantly, the omissions or snubs from the listed nominees for the music biz's biggest annual event: the 59th Grammy Awards to take place on February 12, 2017. "I can't believe that so-and-so [insert their fave artist here] was not included once but that Drake, Rihanna and Kanye West each got eight nominations! What the F.." was a stereotypical response by those of the many unhappy music fans to the Grammys announcement. But being incredulous at the lack of new creative alternative music in a mainstream music event doesn't accomplish anything. It's like Trump whining about how "unwatchable" SNL is while still religiously tuning in each week.

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New "What's in My Bag?" Episode with Death Angel

Posted by Amoebite, November 1, 2016 11:26am | Post a Comment

Death Angel What's In My Bag? Amoeba Music

Death Angel frontman Mark Osegueda can tell a good story. In fact, he tells a lot of great stories in this "What's In My Bag?" episode, including his very first concert experience.

"My very first concert was KISS 1979 at the Cow Palace on the Dynasty tour. I was 10. Four fifths of the original Death Angel, we all went together...I knew 10 minutes into the show, that's what I want to be when I grow up."

The legendary thrash metal band recently performed at Amoeba San Francisco to celebrate the release of their eighth full-length album, The Evil Divide. A passionate music fan, Mark took us on an anecdote-filled journey through the artists who most impacted his life, including Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, Nick Cave, and Elton John.

Death Angel formed in 1982 and quickly became one of the key bands in the Bay Area thrash scene. Their 1985 Kill As One demo was produced by Metallica's Kirk Hammett and caught the attention of Enigma Records, leading to the release of the band's first full-length, The Ultra-Violence, two years later. In 1988, the band released their sophomore LP, Frolic Through the Park, and embarked on their first worldwide tour. Act III followed in 1990, its two singles, "Seemingly Endless Time" and "A Room with a View" both receiving regular airplay on MTV's Headbangers Ball.

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New "What's in My Bag?" Episode with Cellist Joshua Roman

Posted by Amoebite, July 19, 2016 11:13am | Post a Comment

Joshua Roman Amoeba Music What's In My Bag?

When classical musician/composer/curator Joshua Roman visits Amoeba Hollywood he's sure to pick out a very eclectic mix of music, one that includes electronic, opera, jazz, and Ween. "I discovered Ween in college when I discovered a lot of things, musical and non-musical," says Roman, "and some of them go very well with Ween." Masters of style" is what he calls them, saying, "They're the most versatile band that I know." High praise coming from someone with tastes as versatile as Roman.

Joshua Roman at Amoeba Hollywood

Joshua Roman began his career in 2006 as the principal cellist of the Seattle Symphony, a coveted position attained when he was only22. He has gone on to serve as the director of Seattle Town Hall's Town Music series, and has performed as a soloist with the San Francisco Symphony, New World Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Alabama Symphony Orchestras, the Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra, and Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional del Ecuador. He has collaborated with artists such as Cho-Liang Lin, the Assad Brothers, Earl Carlyss, Christopher Taylor, Christian Zacharias, The JACK Quartet, So Percussion, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center’s CMS Two, and playwright Anna Deveare Smith.

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New "What's in My Bag?" Episode with M. Ward

Posted by Amoebite, July 5, 2016 06:46pm | Post a Comment

M. Ward Ameoba Music What's In My Bag?

Portland-based singer-songwriter M. Ward recently performed at Amoeba Hollywood and took a moment to do some record shopping for our "What's In My Bag?" series. California fans have another chance to see him in concert July 8th at the UC Theatre Taube Music Family Hall in Berkeley, July 10th at the Hollywood Bowl playing with Brian Wilson, and July 12 at the Belly Up in Solana Beach.

M. Ward More Rain Amoeba MusicM. Ward performs under his own name and is half of the duo She & Him. He began his musical career in 1999 with the release of his debut, Duet for Guitars #2. For his third album, 2003's Transfiguration of Vincent, he signed with Merge Records, kicking off a long-running partnership between the artist and the label. He followed this release with Transistor Radio and 2006's Post War, which featured appearances from Neko Case, Jim James, and Howe Gelb. Ward's next LP, Hold Time, was similarly star-filled, with performances from Jason Lytle (Grandaddy), Lucinda Williams, Tom Hagerman (DeVotchKa), and his partner in She & Him, Zooey Deschanel.

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New "What's in My Bag?" Episode with Kristin Kontrol

Posted by Amoebite, June 3, 2016 04:29pm | Post a Comment

Kristin Kontrol Amoeba Music What's In My Bag?

Kristin Welchez, aka "Dee Dee" of the lo-fi rock group Dum Dum Girls, was in Amoeba Hollywood recently doing some record shopping, and we got a chance to check out her cool picks. Welchez is currently promoting her new solo project Kristin Kontrol, whose debut album X-Communicate just dropped last week.  

Over the course of her musical career Welchez has played drums with Grand Ole Party, performed in The Mayfair Set with Mike Sniper of Blank Dogs, released a cover of The Jesus and Mary Chain with Tamaryn and dueted with Belle & Sebastian. For the Kristin Kontrol LP, Welchez partnered with producer Kurt Feldman and Dum Dum Girls guitar player Andrew Miller. This summer she'll be playing select US dates as Kristin Kontrol. 

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