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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Beth Ditto

Posted by Amoebite, January 24, 2018 01:12pm | Post a Comment

Beth Ditto What's In My Bag? Amoeba Hollywood

When the multi-talented singer Beth Ditto stopped in to Amoeba Hollywood to do some record shopping she was very upfront about her tastes. "I think I have really dollar bin taste," she told us looking at her stack of records, "which is both great and horrible." Sure, the dollar bins may not be alphabetized, but there's still plenty of overlooked gems in them, including Same by British singer/songwriter Joan Armatrading. "She's a radical and an activist," Ditto told us, "(and) a beautiful songwriter too."

Beth Ditto first burst onto the scene in 1999 with her garage punk band The Gossip's (later simply Gossip) self-titled EP on K Records. The band's hybrid of gospel, punk, and soul styles combined with Ditto and co's feminist, body positive, and LGBTQ-friendly message created an intriguing hybrid that appealed to a wide range of fans. The band gained steady traction with the release of their debut full-length That's Not What I Heard (2001), their first collaboration with indie label Kill Rock Stars. Movement (2003) and Standing in the Way of Control (2006) soon followed with the latter album Beth Ditto Fake Sugar Amoeba Musiclanding in the #1 slot on the UK indie charts. The band signed to major label Columbia for their next album, 2009's Music for Men. Produced by Rick Rubin, the LP netted the band a nomination for Outstanding Music Artist at the 21st GLAAD Media Awards. Gossip's final album, A Joyful Noise, was released in 2012, debuting at #100 on the Billboard top 200.

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out this week 5/15 & 5/22...violens...craft spells...gossip...

Posted by Brad Schelden, May 25, 2012 05:53pm | Post a Comment
It is hard to believe that it has been almost 3 years since the last Gossip album. Music For Men came out in the UK in July of 2009. It eventually came out domestic a couple of months later. I I talked a bit about that release already. So you can read about it here if you want. It really is not fair to make us wait that long for a new album. Music For Men was one of those albums that I think I listened to all summer and fall that year. It really takes me right back to that year when I think about it. I have been watching the career of Beth Ditto and the Gossip for so many years now. It has been really fun to watch their journey. And I have seriously been on that journey with them. The new album is called A Joyful Noise. And this has nothing do do with the latest movie of the same name starring Queen Latifah and Dolly Parton. But "a joyful noise" is sort of the perfect description for the sound of the Gossip. Beth Ditto has one of those ridiculously amazing voices. So it really doesn't even matter what is going with the music behind it. I would listen no matter what. But of course it does matter with the Gossip. Back in their more punk days their music was still incredibly catchy and dancey. They have just embraced the dance and electro sound more and more as the years have gone by. They also now have a more polished and produced sound. But there ain't nothing wrong with that. This new album could seriously be a Donna Summer or Pointer Sisters album. It also makes me think of the Flashdance soundtrack. It is incredibly fun. I think I still will always love Standing In the Way of Control and Music For Men the most. But this album is growing on me more every day. And it might just become my album of the summer of 2012. 

Violens have returned with their second album now on the label Slumberland. I am huge fan of Slumberland and the jangly twee shoegaze revival. I will always love it. It seriously never gets old to me. I was a fan Amoral, the first album by Violens. But this new sound seems to make more sense for them. It seems a better fit. Gone are the big sort of anthems of the first album. "Acid Reign" was a super catchy song. And I do remember being all caught up in a Violens sort of frenzy. So I was looking forward to this album. They have mellowed out quite a bit and now fit more into that Slumberland sound. They are similar to The Drums in that dudes from Brooklyn trying to sound British kind of way. But I really don't have a problem with it. The new album is called True. It really is one of those albums that is very enjoyable to listen to. I do keep going back to it. None of the songs really stand out as much as their last album. But something about it makes me keep coming back for more. It does remind me a bit of the Pale Saints or maybe The Lightning Seeds mixed with some Ride. You can close your eyes and pretend it is the early 90's and Sarah Records is still putting out records.


Craft Spells have just released a new EP Gallery. Their debut album, Idle Labor came out in April of last year on Captured Tracks. I am assuming that this label will eventually do something wrong. But they are still managing to impress me and put out great stuff over and over again. They did some great reissues on Record Store Day of album from The Cleaners From Venus, Medicine, and The Wake. They also released a second 7" tribute to the Wake. The first tribute from last record store day was Wild Nothing and Beach Fossils. This time it was Craft Spells and Blouse. This new EP is more of the same from Craft Spells. This is catchy shoe gaze. It is highly addictive. I look forward to another album from these guys.

out 5/15...






Bloom
by Beach House











Only Place
by Best Coast











Ufabulum
by Squarepusher











True
by Violens











Family Perfume
by White Fence







out 5/22...






I Predict a Graceful Expulsion
by Cold Specks











Gallery
by Craft Spells











Passage
by Exitmusic











Joyful Noise
by Gossip











Light The Dead See
by Soulsavers






Beth Ditto's Solo Video "I Wrote the Book"

Posted by Miss Ess, February 17, 2011 04:56pm | Post a Comment


Beth Ditto's band The Gossip once played an instore in SF on my birthday, back in '04. I was so excited to see them play! I'd been a fan since the first notes of That's Not What I Heard rang through my college radio station. What I remember most about the fateful instore date is that poor Beth tripped UP the stairs in the back bowels of Amoeba, totally fell down, and was mortified! Poor gal! But she was so sweet! And the instore rocked, too! (The Gossip played another one in Hollywood a couple years back, too.)

Anyway, fast forward to the now, and Beth is releasing a solo album this March and the video for the first single, "I Wrote the Book" is quite Madonna-esque and supremely dance-y. Check it out here!

Celebrate Amoeba's 20th Anniversary! Part 4 - Some of Our Most Memorable Instores

Posted by Amoebite, November 12, 2010 01:06pm | Post a Comment

This month we are celebrating 20 years of Amoeba! It's our anniversary! And one of the ways we wanted to celebrate was by highlighting here for you some of our best, most memorable instores of all time! We have been so lucky over the years -- we've hosted shows, signings and events with Paul McCartney, Queens of the Stone Age, The Shins, Flight of the Conchords, John Waters, The Gossip and zillions more. You can find video footage and interviews from many of our instores right here! Read on to find out what three of our most seasoned instore reviewers thought were some of our very greatest.

But first, get further immersed in our 20th Anniversary! To check out our first Anniversary blog post, with testimonials from some of our favorite customers,
click here! Our second Anniversary post is an interview with co-owner Marc Weinstein about getting the Berkeley store off the ground all the way back in 1990 and what Amoeba means to him. Read it right here. Our third Anniversary post includes Top 10 lists from some of our old skool employees -- click here to check out their favorites in music and movies from the past 20 years!

New 12" Electronic Releases at Amoeba Hollywood - 09/18/09

Posted by Oliver / Matt / Jordan, September 14, 2009 02:11pm | Post a Comment


New Electro/Techno 12"s Coming This Weekend:
dustin zahn stranger to stability rek'd
Dustin Zahn
STRANGER-LEN FAKI REMIX 12"
REKD001

Crazy demand for LEN FAKI's PODIUM remix led to this pressing. HUGE summer techno tune that CARL COX dropped at Space and that wrecked the dance floor. The build ups and drops are INSANE! Also includes the original version and a "X BREAK" mix from FAKI as well. Do not sleep on this!
    


Raza
DETROIT, WORK IT OUT 12"
DP02

Cult like techno imprint invites a former WARP artist to let the music talk under the alias RAZA. State of the art modern techno, sounding as if it was forged in Detroit and finished in Berlin. Three beautiful tracks, fans of ECHOCHORD, STYRAX. Audiophile mastering, vinyl only!
    

Michael Jackson vs Drastics MJAROCKER LP MJAROCKER

Count & Sinden MEGA 12" RUG317T 

Dizzee Rascal HOLIDAY 12" 12STANK006

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