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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Rock Supergroup Filthy Friends

Posted by Amoebite, May 9, 2018 11:52am | Post a Comment

Filthy Friends What's In My Bag?

We were excited to have indie-rock supergroup Filthy Friends visit Amoeba Hollywood and share a wide range of interesting records with us. It was especially fun to have What's In My Bag? alum Scott McCaughey back with us, who suffered a stroke in the months following the filming of this episode. Thankfully McCaughey is recovering, and even playing shows again. During our interview he was particularly excited to talk about The Randy Newman Songbook 4LP box set. "This is what I've been listening to just non-stop for the last year," he told us. "To hear the songs just stripped down like he wrote them, it's just phenomenal. I mean, I don't know if there's a greater songwriter who's ever lived."

filthy Friends InvitationFilthy Friends consists of Corin Tucker (Sleater-Kinney), Peter Buck (R.E.M.), Bill Rieflin (King Crimson), Linda Pitman (The Baseball Project), Kurt Bloch (Young Fresh Fellows), and Scott McCaughey (The Minus 5 and Young Fresh Fellows). The group originally formed in 2012 to perform covers of David Bowie songs. The band's first release was the single “Despierta,” written for the anti-Trump compilation 30 Songs For 30 Days. They followed this with a 2017 Record Store Day exclusive 7" featuring original track “Any Kind of Crowd” and a cover of Roxy Music’s “Editions of You.”

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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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Grass Widow's New 11 of Diamonds Video

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, September 24, 2010 03:52pm | Post a Comment
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Amoeba staff faves and local ladies Grass Widow have released a new, nature-y video for their song "11 of Diamonds:"

Grass Widow "11 of Diamonds" 

Also, check out pics from their recent instore at Amoeba San Francisco right here!

Sleater-Kinney's Corin Tucker to Tour, Release Solo Album!

Posted by Miss Ess, July 13, 2010 12:56pm | Post a Comment

Watching Corin Tucker, Carrie Brownstein, and Janet Weiss musically kick ass as Sleater-Kinney through the late '90s and early '00s was beyond inspiring! They really stood for a particular moment in Olympia-based, riot grrrl-inspired rawk. In 2006, after the classic-rock-y The Woods, which was perhaps their strongest album ever and most promising, the band broke up, leaving us fans with little more than a vague promise they'd perhaps get back together someday.

Well, that someday still hasn't come. Janet Weiss has continued to drum with the awesome Quasi and Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks; Carrie Brownstein (a longtime fashion hero) intellectualizes about music for NPR; and now, at last, Corin Tucker, who played guitar and sang (more like wailed) in S-K and was one of the band's founding members, is finally releasing a solo album!

Billed as Corin Tucker Band, Corin, along with Sara Lund and Seth Lorinczi, will be releasing an album October 5 on Kill Rock Stars as well as touring! This all just warms my 19-year-old heart of olde to hear! According to the KRS website, the initial tour dates are as follows:

October 2010
7 - Portland, OR @ Aladdin Theater
8 - Seattle, WA @ Showbox
9 - Eugene, OR @ WOW Hall
11 - San Francisco, CA @ Great American Music Hall
13 - Los Angeles, CA @ El Rey
25 - Boston, MA @ Paradise Rock Club
26 - New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom
28 - Philadelphia, PA @ First Unitarian Church
29 - Washington, DC @ Black Cat

Sleater-Kinney fans, rejoice! And if you haven't heard the idiosyncratic sound of Corin Tucker's tremulous vibrato yourself, listen here and become a fan!



ATTENTION DEERHOOF FANS: FREE ALBUM

Posted by Billyjam, September 20, 2007 05:36pm | Post a Comment
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Another great band that I learned of thanks to Amoeba Music is the super- talented San Francisco group Deerhoof, who, in my opinion, defy categorization.  Deerhoof has just posted an entire album free for downloading on the Kill Rock Stars website. Now available by clicking on this link, the thirteen songs come with this suggestion from the band members: "I don't know how long we can keep these up here, I might recommend downloading now and asking questions later."  So in other words, Deerhoof fans-- get busy ye'all. Also on that same Deerhoof ChooChooChooChooBeepBeep page of the Kill Rock Stars website are some great photos, videos, and lots of recommended reading, including the band's firsthand experience opening for Radiohead (who are diehard fans of Deerhoof) on their tour and at the Berkeley Greek Theater show (see excerpt of video footage below).