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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Jean-Michel Jarre

Posted by Amoebite, May 16, 2017 12:17pm | Post a Comment

Jean-Michel Jarre What's In My Bag?

We were excited to host a live interview and Q&A with pioneering electronic music composer Jean-Michel Jarre and presenter/journalist Nic Harcourt at Amoeba Hollywood. Before the event, we sat down with Jarre for a "What's In My Bag?" episode and he talked with us about Boys Noize and the new wave of German techno artists, the first time he heard Julia Holter's voice, and M83's instantly recognizable sound.

Jean-Michel Jarre is a French composer, performer, and producer of avant-garde electronic and new age music. The son of legendary film composer Maurice Jarre, the younger Jarre first studied classical piano before falling in love with jazz. He then immersed himself in musique concrete before turning to electro-acoustic music. Before moving entirely into electronic music, he composed for films and wrote songs for many popular singers, including Francoise Hardy. In 1977, Jarre's electronic music breakthrough arrived in the form of Oxygène, his debut LP.

Jean-Michel Jarre Oxygene 3A year later, his follow up Equinoxe appeared to an equally dazzling response; Jarre performed a series of open air concerts in Paris' Place de la Concorde to an estimated audience of one million spectators. These concerts earned him a spot in the Guinness Book of World Records. 1981's Les Chants Magnétiques and 1983's Music for Supermarkets also marked high points in the artist's career. After a relatively quiet decade in the 1990s, Jarre returned to prominence in the '00s. His albums Electronica, Vol. 1: The Time Machine (2015) and Electronica, Vol. 2: The Heart of Noise (2016) featured some of the most prestigious names in music, including John Carpenter, Hans Zimmer, Cyndi Lauper, Vince Clarke, Armin van Buuren, and Pete Townshend. His most recent release, Oxygène 3, was released in December 2016. 

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Reissues Out This Week From R.E.M., Tori Amos, Soundgarden & More

Posted by Amoebite, November 18, 2016 03:46pm | Post a Comment

Vinyl Reissues out November 18

Some amazing reissues hit our shelves this week! These beloved albums are back and better than ever, with improved sound, fancy packaging, and lots of special treats for fans. Whether your turntable is crying out for more grunge rock, electronic music, or classic indie, we've got you covered. Read on for some of our favorite new releases for the week of November 18, 2016.

Tori Amos

Tori Amos - Boys for Pele

The twentieth anniversary reissue of Amos' third LP is out now on deluxe edition 2-CD and 2-LP 180 gram vinyl. This version features remastered audio, plus B-sides and previously unreleased tracks.

Broken Social Scene

Broken Social Scene - Feel Good Lost

20 Albums to Look for in Spring

Posted by Billy Gil, March 8, 2016 11:47am | Post a Comment

20 albums to look for in spring

 

Hey! It’s almost spring. That means a ton of great albums are on the way. Check out this list of 20 that we’re looking forward to.

The Joy FormidableHitch
Out March 25

joy formidable hitch lpThe alt-rock trio’s third album was recorded in the band’s native Wales. Check out the fun video for “The Last Thing on my Mind” below, which flips the tables on the female objectification. (It’s kinda NSFW.)










Bob MouldPatch the Sky
Out March 25

bob mould patch the sky lpThe former lead singer of Husker Du and Sugar’s latest album is a “triumph of opposing forces and properties” from “the master of balancing personal darkness with melodic brightness,” according to a press release. Watch the video for the introspective “Voices in My Head” below.

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20 Great Vinyl Reissues From 2014

Posted by Billy Gil, December 31, 2014 03:44pm | Post a Comment

Best Vinyl REISSUES 2014

Our Best Of 2014 extravaganza ain’t quite over yet. Here’s a list of 20 excellent records that were reissued on vinyl this year. (Out of stock? Add the item to your wishlist and we’ll notify you when we have it in.)

Erykah Badu - Mama’s Gun

erykah badu mama's gun lpErykah Badu’s second album is a neo-soul touchstone that represents her transition from her earlier work to her wilder 2000’s output. Features the hit “Bag Lady.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The BeatlesThe White Album

the beatles white album lpThe mother of all rock bands/albums. The Beatles’ albums (all of which are pretty much essential) were reissued on vinyl this year. You gotta own this one on mono vinyl, the way it’s meant to be heard.

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The 20 Best Shoegaze Albums

Posted by Billy Gil, March 7, 2014 06:21pm | Post a Comment

Islowdivenspired by the reunion of shoegaze greats Slowdive, Amoeblogger Brad Schelden and I have compiled our list of favorite shoegaze albums.

For any who don’t know, shoegaze is a style of music rooted in the noise pop of The Jesus & Mary Chain and dream pop of Cocteau Twins from the early ’80s. In the late ’80s and early ’90s, bands took elements put forth by those bands—loud, distorted guitars, heavily reverbed vocals and emphasis on atmosphere over discernable lyrics—and came up with a new sound, first truly realized by My Bloody Valentine on their classic 1988 album, Isn’t Anything. Shoegaze (or shoegazing) was a term NME and Melody Maker in the U.K. used to describe the visual representation of the sound from bands who rose in My Bloody Valentine’s wake, depicting bands’ apparent lack of movement onstage and propensity to stare down at their numerous effects pedals. The genre hit its heyday in the early ’90s but persists today, with bands like My Bloody Valentine and Swervedriver reuniting and artists like M83 and Diiv using elements of their sound (so-called nu-gaze, but I’ll avoid that terrible term). So with that lengthy explanation, here we go.

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