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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Chicano Batman

Posted by Amoebite, September 20, 2017 01:13pm | Post a Comment

Chicano Batman What's In My Bag? Amoeba Music

It's been a good year for Chicano Batman, having released an acclaimed record and embarking on a US tour this fall. Thankfully the LA-based tropicalia soul band had time to sit on the green room couch here at Amoeba Hollywood for a fun and eclectic What's In My Bag? episode. The band members picked a wide-ranging collection of records from genres including Brazilian soul, thrash metal, and South African disco (just to name a few). Everyone had something thoughtful to say about their choices, like drummer Gabriel Villa, who grabbed a vinyl reissue of Metallica's ...And Justice For All, which he credits as the album that got him into music and drumming.

Drawing influences from tropicalia, psychedelia, funk, indie, and soul, LA's Chicano Batman have created their own unique take on Latin alternative music. Formed in 2008, the band originally consisted of Bardo Martinez, Eduardo Arenas, and Gabriel Villa. The then-three-piece self-released their eponymous full-length debut in 2010. After the addition of Carlos Arévalo, Chicano Batman released the Joven Navegante EP in 2012.

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Zappa Fans Rejoice The Slew of Frank Zappa / The Mothers of Invention Album Releases

Posted by Billyjam, March 29, 2017 01:00pm | Post a Comment

Many Zappa fans crate-digging at Amoeba Music this week and over the weekend got a nice surprise to discover that a slew of Frank Zappa albums, including many rare recordings, had been quietly reissued Friday last under a new deal between UMe and the estate of the influential late artist / frontman of The Mothers of Invention. Released five days ago with little fanfare shy of a press release sent out a week earlier, two dozen albums by the late Frank Zappa (1940-1993), including many previously limited releases, were issued in CD and download formats by UMe (Universal Music Enterprises) as part of a newly agreed global distribution deal the corporation made with the Zappa Family Trust. That agreement led to 24 Frank Zappa albums been physically released last Friday March 24th in the US, with European, Australian, Japanese and other non US countries release dates to follow five weeks later on April 28th. 2017.  The new deal came about following negotiations between Universal and the late artist's son Ahmet Zappa who is the executor of the Zappa Family Trust. "For more than two decades, the only place to get exclusive Frank Zappa albums was through our mail order and website. We are thrilled to be able to make these titles available to fans across the globe with the help of our friends at Universal," said the executor/artist and younger brother of Dweezil Zappa.

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14 Vinyl Releases To Look For on Black Friday

Posted by Amoebite, November 14, 2016 03:17pm | Post a Comment

Record Store Day Black Friday Vinyl Highlights 2016

The day after Thanksgiving, or Black Friday, traditionally kicks off the holiday shopping season, but for us we know it as Record Store Day Black Friday! A wide range of must-have collectible new release 7"s, EPs, and full-length albums will hit independent record stores starting on Friday, November 25th. In addition to carrying 100+ RSDBF releases, our stores will also have special one-day sales on turntables, gift certificates (3-4pm), posters, headphones & more. See what's happening at Amoeba on Black Friday.

Once the limited RSDBF releases are gone, they're gone, so be sure to do your research on everything we'll be getting here at Amoeba (download the full .pdf list). Please note: All Record Store Day Black Friday items are limit one per customer, no holds or phone orders. 

If you can't make it in to one of our stores on 11/25, there's still hope you can snag one of these titles. We'll add remaining RSDBF releases to Amoeba.com starting Saturday, 11/26.

Read on to find some of our top vinyl picks you won't want to miss on Nov 25th: 

The Cars

The Cars - "Just What I Needed" (7")

New "What's in My Bag?" Episode with AIR

Posted by Amoebite, November 7, 2016 06:40pm | Post a Comment

AIR Nicolas Godin What's In My Bag? Amoeba Music

"I've never wanted to buy any live albums before. For me live was live, records were records...This one makes me change my opinion," says Nicolas Godin, of the French electronic duo AIR. He is talking about Roseland NYC Live by Portishead, a band he explains is very influential to his own music. Godin had sincere and interesting insight into his shopping picks during a recent visit to Amoeba Hollywood, and he also revealed which artist's music career he most wishes he had.

AIR Twentyears Amoeba MusicNicolas Godin and Jean-Benoit Dunkel formed AIR in 1995, at the peak of the French electronic scene's popularity. However, with influences ranging from '60s easy listening to Italian film soundtracks and the work of Jean-Michel Jarre, the duo didn't entirely fit in with the French Touch sound prominent at the time. Instead, with the release of AIR's Moon Safari in 1998, Godin and Dunkel ushered in a new downtempo sound that would be emulated by scores of artists. In 2000, the band teamed up with filmmaker Sofia Coppola for the soundtrack to The Virgin Suicides, launching a collaboration that would extend through the band's contributions to the soundtracks to Lost in Translation and Marie Antoinette.

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Frank Zappa Documentary Screening and Q&A in Hollywood June 15

Posted by Amoebite, June 2, 2016 12:53pm | Post a Comment

Frank Zappa

Sony Pictures Classics and Amoeba Music invite you to an advance screening of Eat That Question: Frank Zappa in His Own Words, followed by a Q&A with director Thorsten Schütte and his daughter Moon Zappa, Wednesday, June 15th at Arclight Cinemas in Hollywood.

To attend this free screening and Q&A, RSVP via email to frankzapparsvp@gmail.com. Please note, seating is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. RSVP is for you and one guest and is nontransferable.

Eat That Question: Frank Zappa in His Own Words is a new documentary about with the iconoclastic composer and musician who died far too early, at age 52 of cancer. Director Thorsten Schütte has painstakingly gathered rare archival footage of Zappa interviews and performances from obscure TV stations around the world. This intimate portrait follows Zappa from clean-shaven, besuited youth, to fearless chief freak, to his relentlessly productive final days before his death. The documentary opens in theaters June 24th.

"The film captures so much of the full throttle genius of our dad. He was a misfit who was ahead of his time and who stayed the creative course against all odds. I'm so grateful that this movie may reach even one person who commits (or recommits) to their inherent gifts regardless of the opposing messages the world can spew." -- Moon Zappa

Zappa In His Own Words Poster

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