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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Wooden Wand

Posted by Amoebite, December 27, 2017 03:14pm | Post a Comment

Wooden Wand at Amoeba Hollywood

"I'll probably take some guff for this," predicted singer/songwriter Wooden Wand (aka James Toth) as he pulled out Windham Hill: The First Ten Years from his Amoeba shopping bag. He went on to explain how he gets into arguments with other guitarists about the mostly acoustic, instrumental music label, considered by many to be an early proponent of "new age" music. "I think William Ackerman and Alex de Grassi made some incredible, incredible guitar records. In some ways every bit the equal - obviously very different - but every bit the equal of Robbie Basho and Fahey's early records." What was not up for debate was Toth's extensive music knowledge, as he went shopping for a wide range of genres, happily giving his personal take on each record in our latest What's In My Bag? episode.

Wooden Wand Clipper ShipFreak folk artist James Jackson Toth, better known as Wooden Wand or sometimes just WAND, first made his name as a member of the early and mid-'00s era New Weird America scene of psych, folk, and indie artists. Since then he has continued to evolve and experiment as an artist, dabbling in outlaw country, free jazz, acid folk, noise rock, and Americana-influenced rock 'n' roll. The prolific Toth has put out an eclectic mix of self-released singles, CD-Rs, cassettes, compilation albums and more traditional studio albums.

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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Bob Weir

Posted by Amoebite, July 4, 2017 04:57pm | Post a Comment

Bob Weir What's In My Bag? Amoeba Music

"I'd totally forgotten about Bessie Smith until a few nights back," Bob Weir told us during a recent visit to Amoeba Hollywood. A few nights beforehand, Weir was accompanying country/folk legend Ramblin' Jack Elliot at a club in Mill Valley, CA and the two played a couple of her tunes. "Oh, that's right," mused Weir, "these songs are great...she really had something going back then." Before his in-store performance to promote his latest solo album, Blue Mountain, Weir grabbed a compilation of Smith recordings, as well as some other great picks that had a lot of meaning to him.

Bob Weir Blue Mountain Bob Weir is a guitarist, singer-songwriter, and founding member of the Grateful Dead. While still a teenager, he encountered Jerry Garcia playing guitar at a music store; he sat down and played some songs with Garcia and the pair decided to form a band together. Over the course of the Dead's thirty years, Weir played rhythm guitar, sang a significant portion of the band's non-Garcia lead vocals, and experimented with slide guitar. He released his first solo LP, Ace, in 1972. The other members of the Dead served as his backing band. Six years later, he released his sophomore solo album, Heaven Help the Fool. His next solo album came almost four decades later; Blue Mountain was released in 2016.

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Grateful Dead 'Live at Cornell University' Listening Parties on May 5

Posted by Amoebite, May 1, 2017 03:37pm | Post a Comment

Grateful Dead listening parties at Amoeba

We're excited to host listening parties for the Grateful Dead's long-awaited deluxe issue of Cornell 5/8/77 at our stores Friday, May 5th! Starting at 6pm, fans will have a chance to hear this legendary concert recording broadcast over our soundsystems and take home some special gifts with purchase, including stickers, composition notebooks, patches, and prints (while supplies last). Plus, fans in Hollywood and San Francisco will have the chance to win some cool prizes and nibble on Dead-themed treats (non-medicated, of course).

Grateful Dead Cornell University CDConsidered one of the Dead's finest performances, the May 8, 1977 concert at Cornell University's Barton Hall is so highly regarded that it earned a place in the Library Of Congress' National Recording Registry for musical works that have been deemed "culturally, historically, or aesthetically important."

The master tapes for Cornell 5/8/77 were considered lost for years -- until the end of 2016. Recorded live and direct from Betty Cantor-Jackson's master tapes, the so-called "Betty boards" have been remastered by Grammy-winning engineer Jeffrey Norman. The concert will be available May 5th in a 3-CD set.

Come on down to any Amoeba store on Friday to experience this incredible live recording and take home some schwag!

Grateful Dead Cornell University Sticker

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Recap: Charity Auction for the Los Angeles LGBT Center at Amoeba Hollywood

Posted by Amoebite, June 6, 2016 06:21pm | Post a Comment

Charity Auction at Amoeba Hollywood

We were so excited to have our very own Brandon Mather wielding the auction gavel and bringing the laughs at Amoeba Hollywood's charity auction for the Los Angeles LGBT Center on Saturday, June 4th. Brandon Mather is an actor and comedian who has appeared in short films, a music video, and on stage in Point Break Live. He deftly (and hilariously!) auctioned off a crazy array of concert tickets, collectibles, and other things you never knew you had to have. As always, Amoeba matched all winning bids up---which means we doubled the money going to charity!

Brandon Mather
Los Angeles LGBT Center

All proceeds from our June charity auction benefited the Los Angeles LGBT Center, the world’s largest provider of programs and services for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. Their youth center on Highland helps serve homeless LGBT youth by providing housing, meals, showers, counseling and education programs, support groups, employment resources, as well as art and music groups and HIV testing. Visit their center on Highland or their website to find out more and to get involved.

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Jerry and the Dead May Be Gone But George and Parliament Funkadelic Are Still Here

Posted by Billyjam, July 15, 2015 08:30am | Post a Comment

















Fans of the Grateful Dead feeling bummed about not getting to attend the final Dead series of concerts recently, might consider the alternative of going to check out George Clinton's Parliament Funkadelic who are currently on a summer tour that includes some free shows in New York City this week. As anyone like myself who has ever witnessed concerts by both Jerry Garcia's beloved band and by the Godfather of Funk's various funk incarnations (Parliament / Funkadelic / P-Funk All Stars) will attest, both share an approach to concerts that tend towards long extended jams that are related to "the One." So if you were among those Deadheads disappointed to not get to attend either the two anniversary Dead shows last month in Santa Clara, CA or this month's sold-out (and expensive) show series at Chicago's Soldier Field, where the four remaining members of the Grateful Dead - Phil Lesh, Bob Weir, Mickey Hart, and Bill Kreutzmann - performed together reportedly for the last time, then I say honor Jerry and the Dead by going to see George and Parliament Funkadelic

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