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New 'What's In My Bag?' Episode with Comedians Kristen Schaal & Kurt Braunohler

Posted by Amoebite, May 1, 2017 05:55pm | Post a Comment

Kristen Schaal & Kurt Braunohler

We were psyched to have comedians Kristen Schaal and Kurt Braunohler host our charity auction for the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank at Amoeba Hollywood back in December. Schaal and Braunohler saved some time to do a little shopping and picked up music, stand-up, movies, and baby clothes, including a prison-striped Johnny Cash "Folsom Prison Blues" onesie. "Then it looks like the baby's in prison," says Braunohler, "and that's always fun."

Hot Tub with Kurt and Kristen Live at the VirgilKurt Braunohler and Kristen Schaal are the hosts of Hot Tub with Kurt & Kristen, a weekly variety show originally based in New York City and now taking place at The Virgil in Los Angeles. The duo also co-created the online series Penelope: Princess of Pets. In November, Kill Rock Stars released their comedy album, Hot Tub with Kurt and Kristen Live at the Virgil, on double vinyl. 

Braunohler has performed at some of the most well-regarded comedy showcases and entertainment festivals in the world, including Montreal's Just for Laughs festival, the New York Comedy Festival, Edinburgh Fringe, SXSW, Bonnaroo, All Tomorrow's Parties, HBO US Comedy Arts Festival, and the Chicago Improv Festival. He has appeared on Bob's Burgers, Chelsea Lately, and John Oliver Presents. He currently hosts the podcast The K Ohle with Kurt Braunohler for the Nerdist network and just launched a new audio series available on Audible with his wife, Lauren Cook, called Wedlock.

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Ten More Recommended Picks for Record Store Day 2017 (for folks who don't know what to get)!

Posted by Kelly S. Osato, April 18, 2017 09:11pm | Post a Comment
Ever felt lost at Amoeba or so overwhelmed by the selections that you forget what you're looking for? Or, worse yet, you don't even know what to get?
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Generally speaking, it can be tough to stay focused at Amoeba, and on Record Store Day, what with the increased scope of releases both in terms of limited RSD offerings and other freshly stocked new arrivals, not to mention the scope of the crowd, the struggle can be all too real. Each year come Record Store Day we do our very best to provide everyone with personal copies of our comprehensive RSD product list as well as directions to where these items are stocked in the store, and we always try to accommodate all individual queries, quandaries, and quests with safety and fairness. Sometimes this is as simple as recommending something to someone who doesn't know what they want, but knows they definitely want something because it's what? Record Store Day! With that in mind, I've created a list of RSD product picks especially for those folks who don't know what they want, but surely want something.

For more Record Store Day recommendations, please see the links at the bottom of this post. Happy hunting everyone thank you for continued support!

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Johnny Cash - The Johnny Cash Children's Album (LP)

The Best Albums of 2016

Posted by Amoebite, December 19, 2016 03:01pm | Post a Comment

Best of 2016

With the holiday season fast approaching and 2016 drawing to an end, we decided to take a look back at some of our favorite releases for the year. Staff from all three of our stores --  in Hollywood, San Francisco, and Berkeley -- shared their picks for the year's best music and movies and told us a little about what made them so awesome. So hop in the Amoeba sleigh with us, won't you, as we go on a magical holiday journey through the early months of 2016 till now, adventuring from world music to rock 'n' roll and everything in between, savoring the most memorable works from some of our most beloved artists. (It might even give you a few swell ideas for record-shaped stocking stuffers.) 

Best of 2016 - rock

Anohni Hopelessness

ANOHNI - Hopelessness

I have been a fan of Anohni (formerly known as Antony & the Johnsons) for a long time now. She has another one of those distinctive voices that there is no confusing for someone else. Another great album produced by the amazing ANOHNI. The words in the songs are so full of emotion and power it is almost too much to handle sometimes. This album somehow feels like it is in the future. The songs are very set in the present. But the music really takes me to the future. Or at least makes me feel like we will be OK as long as we have ANOHNI to help guide us through the uncertain future. - Brad, Hollywood

Noise Pop's Film Series, 2/18 - 2/23

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, February 14, 2016 04:54pm | Post a Comment

Noise Pop, the Bay Area’s premiere indie music and arts festival, has an amazing line-up of music-related films this year, February 18 -- February 23. Amoeba Music is proud to co-present four fantastic documentaries on February 20th: We're Still Here: Johnny Cash's Bitter Tears Revisited, Orion: The Man Who Would Be King, Syl Johnson: Any Way The Wind Blows, and a screening of Morphine: Journey of Dreams followed by a live set by Vapors of Morphine (former members of Morphine)!

Johnny Cash's Bitter Tears RevisitedWe're Still Here: Johnny Cash's Bitter Tears Revisited
2/20, 2pm @ ATA  (992 Valencia Street, SF)

In 1964, Johnny Cash – who up to that point was known solely as a country singer – recorded Bitter Tears: Ballads of the American Indian, a concept album of folk songs about the treatment of Native Americans. It was not a great commercial success, primarily because radio stations and disc jockeys were unwilling to play such socially engaged protest songs. Angry and disappointed, Cash called Billboard Magazine to account in an open letter. “Where are your guts?” he wrote, and drew a parallel between the treatment of Native Americans and blacks – the Civil Rights Movement was at its height in 1964. In response to criticism that he had very rapidly transformed into a folk singer, he explained, “As times change, I change.”

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Saturday Night at the Carter Family Fold

Posted by Kelly S. Osato, May 30, 2015 08:20pm | Post a Comment
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Deep in the hollows of Southwestern Virginia, near the Tennessee border and about thirty miles or so from any kind of reliable cellular signal, you'll find a low wooden structure pitched into a sloping hillside that faces an unbroken wood, settled at the end of endlessly snaking mountain back-roads that, depending upon your approach, terminate in two right turns around a rusted out passenger railcar resembling a forsaken submarine (what with it's porthole-like windows) swamped by high country grasses. This is Hiltons, Virginia and the venue is the Carter Family Fold, or the Carter Fold, or the fully realized results of local efforts to preserve and present bluegrass and old time country music in honor of traditional American folk pioneers, The Carter Family (specifically A.P. Carter, his wife Sara, and her sister/his brother's wife Maybelle). You'll know you've arrived when clusters of casually parked cars come into view, for that's how I found out for myself last Saturday night, after nearly an hours' passage through pastoral outlands and more than one are we there yet? Here follows a bit of a personal narrative of that night, garnished with a few of the photos I managed to capture.

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Before stetting foot into the Fold itself, the frantic meter of "Cotton Eye Joe" became more discernible with every step I took, the muffled twangs and drawls of banjo and fiddle battling for supremacy in the space between verse and chorus only just audible behind the front entrance. Once through the door, another sound altogether becomes jarringly apparent: the arrhythmic clatter of untold multitudes of tap shoes scuffing up a hard surface like lazy rain drizzling hot fryolator oil. The cacophony is hypnotizing. Inside, at the ticket booth, my father proceeds to pay the price of admission for all us kin and then some, and brooks no refusals as usual. I pay a smidge extra for a Carter Family placard fan for good measure - no telling what the weather's like all the way inside.

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