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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Hiss Golden Messenger

Posted by Amoebite, January 18, 2018 03:49pm | Post a Comment

Hiss Golden Messenger What's In My Bag? Amoeba Music

Want some excellent gospel music recommendations? Look no further than our latest What's In My Bag? episode featuring North Carolina indie folk band Hiss Golden Messenger. Lead singer/songwriter MC Taylor and touring collaborator Phil Cook raided Amoeba San Francisco's gospel section, finding some truly magnificent records, including a collection by Alex Bradford, who Cook described as "a precursor to Little Richard." Along with bandmate Scott Hirsch, the band found some killer records and shared their passion and enthusiasm with us.

Hiss Golden Messenger was founded in 2007 by MC Taylor and Scott Hirsch. The pair had relocated to Durham, NC after growing up in California and playing in hardcore band Ex-Ignota and indie rock group The Court & Spark. After the dissolution of the latter band, Taylor and Hirsch began releasing Hiss Golden Messenger Hallelujah Anyhowwork on Taylor's label Heaven & Earth Magic Recording Company. In 2009, Hiss Golden Messenger's debut LP Country Hai East Cotton was released in a limited run of 500. A selection of songs from this first album was rechristened From Country Hai East Cotton and released on the Black Maps label in 2011, following the success of their first international release, 2010's Bad Debt.

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New "What's in My Bag?" Episode with M. Ward

Posted by Amoebite, July 5, 2016 06:46pm | Post a Comment

M. Ward Ameoba Music What's In My Bag?

Portland-based singer-songwriter M. Ward recently performed at Amoeba Hollywood and took a moment to do some record shopping for our "What's In My Bag?" series. California fans have another chance to see him in concert July 8th at the UC Theatre Taube Music Family Hall in Berkeley, July 10th at the Hollywood Bowl playing with Brian Wilson, and July 12 at the Belly Up in Solana Beach.

M. Ward More Rain Amoeba MusicM. Ward performs under his own name and is half of the duo She & Him. He began his musical career in 1999 with the release of his debut, Duet for Guitars #2. For his third album, 2003's Transfiguration of Vincent, he signed with Merge Records, kicking off a long-running partnership between the artist and the label. He followed this release with Transistor Radio and 2006's Post War, which featured appearances from Neko Case, Jim James, and Howe Gelb. Ward's next LP, Hold Time, was similarly star-filled, with performances from Jason Lytle (Grandaddy), Lucinda Williams, Tom Hagerman (DeVotchKa), and his partner in She & Him, Zooey Deschanel.

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Watch Highlights from Bob Mould's Blistering Set at Amoeba Hollywood

Posted by Amoebite, September 4, 2014 03:15pm | Post a Comment

Bob Mould at Amoeba Hollywood

This summer Bob Mould stopped by Amoeba Hollywood to play a short but raucous set for a packed room. The singer-songwriter's musical career began in 1979 when he formed Husker Du, a legendary punk rock band that would influence the likes of the Pixies and Nirvana. After the dissolution of Hüsker Dü in the late 1980s, Mould started working on the material that would become Workbook, his first solo outing. In 1992, he formed the alternative rock band Sugar, which would become his most commercially successful project. Four years later, Mould returned to the stage as a solo artist once more.

Bob Mould Beauty and Ruin

In June 2014, Merge Records released his eleventh studio album, Beauty & Ruin, which led to appearances on Jimmy Kimmel Live, WTF with Marc Maron, and NPR's Tiny Desk Concerts. Mould performed to a packed house at Amoeba Hollywood on release day, tearing through songs at a fast and furious pace. You can see him live around the US, with opening band Cymbals and Guitars, before heading out to Europe and the UK later this fall.

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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Superchunk

Posted by Amoebite, June 19, 2014 12:15pm | Post a Comment

Superchunk

Like the works of Henry David Thoreau, the two-party system and that burger that's served on a donut instead of a bun, the venerable indie rock band Superchunk is a distinctly American institution. Formed in 1989 and steadily releasing albums ever since, the quartet of singer/guitarist Mac McCaughan, guitarist Jim Wilbur, bassist Laura Ballance, and drummer Jon Wurster has left an indelible mark on the world of independent music through the release of numerous classic albums and the foundation of big-time indie label Merge Records. It's Merge's 25th anniversary this year, so Superchunk has remastered and reissued their long out-of-print, classic 1997 album Indoor Living, as part of the label's anniversary reissue series. The band is also set to perform at the Merge 25 festival in North Carolina this July, and at Riot Fest in Chicago in September.

In this installment of "What's In My Bag," McCaughan, Wilbur and Wurster make a special visit to Amoeba San Francisco. Superchunk may be synonymous with the punk/indie DIY ethos, but their collective musical taste is all over the map. In honor of the City by the Bay, Wurster starts things off with the Kevin Epps documentary The Black Rock aka Black Alcatraz, a look into the long-ignored black experience at the famous island prison. Wilbur picks up a Leonard Bernstein recording of Mahler's Symphonie No. 2 and shares a story about a personal experience with the famed conductor. McCaughan delves into Philly soul with Major Harris' My Way and '80s Nigerian funk with the comp Brand New Wayo: Funk, Fast Times and Nigerian Boogie Badness 1979-1983. Check out all the band's picks, from crust-punk to classical, in the full episode below!

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New Arcade Fire 12" Available Sept 9 at 9pm at Amoeba Hollywood, SF/Berkeley Sept 10

Posted by Amoebite, September 6, 2013 06:15pm | Post a Comment

Arcade Fire ReflektorArcade Fire is releasing a very limited 12" single from their upcoming album, Reflektor (due out October 29 on Merge Records). The "Reflektor" 12" will be available for sale at Amoeba Hollywood on Monday, September 9 at 9pm. Amoeba San Francisco and Berkeley will have it for sale starting Tuesday, September 10 at open (SF opens at 11am, Berkeley opens at 10:30am).

Quantities are very limited so it's first come first served, limit one copy per customer and you must be in the store to purchase it. No phone orders, online sales or holds allowed.

We'll also be playing the new single at Amoeba Hollywood on Monday, 9/9 at 9pm so come down to the store for a chance to hear the new track before anyone else.

In typical Arcade Fire, mum's the word when it comes to everything about the release and the 12" single. Artwork for the 12" has surfaced online, but we can't confirm yet that this is accurate. To further complicate the mystery, the back cover also features a track listing of 14 songs. But it is reportedly just another trick by the band. We'll all have to wait and see on Monday!

Arcade Fire Refektor