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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Empress Of

Posted by Amoebite, April 30, 2019 03:42pm | Post a Comment

Empress Of - What's In My Bag?

Electro-singer/songwriter Empress Of recently stopped by Amoeba Hollywood, shopping for records and films by artists that have inspired her. The first thing she showed us when we sat down to talk with her was the Kate Bush LP box set, Remastered In Vinyl I. "I really just wanted to find The Kick Inside, 'cause that's my gateway drug into Kate Bush," she told us, "but this is bomb." "I like how in control of her art she is," she told us when asked why she liked Kate Bush's work, "it's a singular vision; like videos, dancing, music. Everything is the world of Kate Bush."

Empress Of is the stage name of singer, songwriter, and producer Lorely Rodriguez. The name was inspired by the Empress card in the tarot deck. Born and raised in Los Angeles, Empress Of first began attracting attention in 2011, when she anonymously released a series of short YouTube demos called "Colorminutes." Her debut single, "Champagne," was released by No Recordings in 2012. Two years later, she released a bilingual four-song EP called Systems.

In 2015, Empress Of released her debut full-length, Me. Self-produced and recorded in Mexico, the album addresses what she felt to be the negative aspects of living in Brooklyn at the time. Me charted in the top ten on the Billboard Heatseekers chart and placed on the Dance/Electronic Albums chart. Her followup, Us, was released in fall 2018. She has worked with DJDS and Khalid on their Billboard-charting "Why Don't You Come On" and on the DJDS Lana Del Rey cover "Love." She collaborated with Khalid on his Suncity release. Empress Of's 2018 Spanish-language double single "Trust Me Baby / In Dreams" premiered on Zane Lowe's Beats 1 radio show.

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Numerous Kate Bush Albums Recently Remastered & Reissued As LPs/CDs + As Part of New Box Sets - Includes “Hounds Of Love”

Posted by Billyjam, December 5, 2018 05:15am | Post a Comment

Over the past few weeks much of the rich back catalog of iconic UK singer/songwriter/musician Kate Bush has been remastered and reissued by Parlophone and Rhino in both LP and CD as well as in newly assembled CD and LP box sets. Found on the first page of Amoeba’s online store Kate Bush section [some limited to one per customer] these include the 4LP Remastered In Vinyl II [Box Set]  which includes Hounds of Love LP, The Sensual World LP and The Red Shoes 2LP,  and the 7CD box set Remastered Part I which includes the albums The Kick Inside, Lionheart, Never For Ever, The Dreaming, The Red Shoes, The Sensual World and Hounds of Love. The latter Bush album (contained on both of these CD and LP box sets) has also been recently remastered and reissued as Hounds of Love LP and Hounds Of Love CD and is worthy of being in every music collection; it's that amazing an album!


New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Outkast's Big Boi

Posted by Amoebite, November 28, 2017 12:09pm | Post a Comment

Big Boi (Outkast) What's In My Bag? Amoeba Music

Hip hop artist, actor and producer Big Boi stopped by Amoeba Hollywood recently and went shopping for records by some of his favorite artists, including British art-rock/singer/songwriter, Kate Bush. Though he found several limited edition Kate Bush LPs, he was especially drawn to the deluxe edition of Before The Dawn, a four-disc live album from her monumental residency at London's Hammersmith Apollo, which Big Boi himself attended. "It was one of the greatest concerts," he told us. "It's not even a concert. I would say it was a presentation of excellence." Quite a statement coming from someone as acclaimed as Big Boi, who was more than happy to share memories and anecdotes about the influence each record had on him.

Big Boi Boomiverse

Antwan André Patton (aka Big Boi) is known for his solo work as well as his role in the critically-acclaimed hip-hop group Outkast. Formed in 1991 while he and co-founder André 3000 were still in school together at the Atlanta-area Tri-Cities High School, Outkast burst onto the scene with their first single, "Player's Ball," in 1993. The single shot to #1 on the Billboard Hot Rap Tracks chart. Their debut album, Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik, was certified platinum. The duo continued to rack up the hits, with chart-topping, much-hyped albums ATLiens(1996), Aquemini (1998), and Stankonia (2000). The group's 2003 release, Speakerboxxx/The Love Below, was a double LP featuring the solo work of each artist: Big Boi's Speakerboxxx is Southern rap while André 3000's The Love Below is a mesh of psychedelia, funk, electro, and jazz. The pair joined forces once again for 2006's Idlewild, a soundtrack of sorts to the group's film of the same name, in which they both star.

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Used Record Pull: Kate Bush, The Cars, The National and More

Posted by Billy Gil, April 18, 2016 01:30pm | Post a Comment

Join me on a semi-regular trip down our aisles to see what kinds of stuff we have in our Just Received bins!

— Found in a used vinyl bin near the stage at Amoeba Hollywood.

(These records were available as of about 1 p.m. April 18. See something you like? Call the store or come down to pick it up. Don't hate me if it's already sold!)

They Sing Sea Songs Down by the Seashore -- Vegetarian Sea Shanties of a Sort

Posted by Eric Brightwell, November 17, 2015 09:03am | Post a Comment

Their Only Harvest by Colin Hunter (1879)

I wrote a guide to sea vegetables over at my blog. As a companion piece here at the Amoeblog, I thought I’d compile a guide to modern day sea shanties by vegetarian (or former vegetarian, in some cases) songwriters or bands with vegetarian members.

Seaweed Gatherers (1926) by Harold Harvey 
 
 
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Belle & Sebastian - “Ease Your Feet in the Sea”

Blur - "This is a Low"


Bob Marley And The Wailers - “High Tide Or Low Tide”

The Church - “An Interlude”

Coldplay - “Oceans”

Crime & the City Solution - "The Dolphins & the Sharks”

Eden Ahbez - “Nature Boy”

George Harrison - “Pisces Fish”

Hà Okio - “Bi?n Xanh Và N?ng Vàng”

??? - "??"

Joan Jett & the Blackhearts - “World of Denial”

John Coltrane - “How Deep is the Ocean?”

k.d. lang - “Love's Great Ocean”

Kate Bush - “A Coral Room”

Kevin Eubanks - “The Dancing Sea”

King Missile - “The Fish That Played The Ponies”

Kula Shaker - “Drop in the Sea”

Morrissey - “Seasick Yet Still Docked”

Natalie Merchant - “Diver Boy” 

Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds - “The Weeping Song”

???????? - “Ocean of Love”

Paul McCartney - “Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey”

Pearl Jam - “Oceans”

Peter Tosh - “Downpressor Man”

Philip Glass - “Winnie Goes to the Sea”

R.E.M. - "Nightswimming"


Reid Jamieson - “Take Me To The Sea”

Rita Lee - “Hulla-Hulla”

Robyn Hitchcock - “Autumn Sea”

The Style Council - “Its A Very Deep Sea”

Thompson Twins - “Storm on the Sea”

TLC - “I'm Good at Being Bad”

The Verve - “The Sun, The Sea”



Ama harvesting seaweed by Yoshiyuki Iwase 

Honorable Mention (i.e. no video found): Elvis Costello - “King of the Unknown Sea” and Percy Grainger

"Sea Song (Grettir the Strong)
 

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