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

Posted by Amoebite, June 14, 2018 12:07pm | Post a Comment

Ride What's In My Bag? Amoeba Music

Sometimes it takes a special moment to change your perception of a song you've never paid much attention to. In our new What's In My Bag? episode with the shoegaze legends Ride, bassist Steve Queralt recounted listening to music with Erol Alkan, the producer of their latest record, Weather Diaries. "One evening he decided to play 'Eagle' by ABBA, and cranked up the volume," Queralt told us, "and it just made you realize just how great ABBA are." The Oxford native grabbed ABBA: The Album, which features "Eagle" by the Swedish pop quartet, and explained, "now everyone kind of laughs at ABBA, but we all grew up with ABBA when we were kids. It's what my mum was playing all the time, so it's difficult to not like (them)."

English rock band Ride was formed in Oxford by longtime school friends Andy Bell and Mark Gardener, their college classmate Laurence Colbert, and Steve Queralt, the singles buyer at their local Our Price Ride Weather Diariesrecord shop. Inspired by loud art rock bands like My Bloody Valentine, The House of Love, The Stone Roses, and Sonic Youth, Ride became synonymous with the nascent shoegaze scene, although they tried to avoid any sort of label. The band made their live debut in 1988 at a holiday party hosted by North Oxfordshire College, where Bell, Gardener, and Colbert attended school. After Jim Reid of The Jesus and Mary Chain heard a track from their demo, the band piqued the interest of former JAMC manager Alan McGee, who signed Ride to his Creation Records label after they toured alongside The Soup Dragons in 1989.

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

Posted by Amoebite, March 6, 2018 04:14pm | Post a Comment

What's In My Bag? Myrkur Amoeba Music

When Danish black metal musician Myrkur needs dark musical inspiration, she seeks out an unexpected source: ABBA. That's right Amalie Bruun, the alter-ego of Myrkur, considers the Swedish pop group to be "the inventors of Scandinavian horror pop." We discussed the dark side of ABBA, along with the rest of her eclectic choices, in this What's In My Bag? episode with Myrkur at Amoeba Hollywood

Amalie Bruun combines the harsh, raw energy of black metal with ethereal, otherworldly vocals via her Myrkur project. She provided guitars, bass, vocals, and production skills to her 2014 self-titled debut EP; Bruun's friend Rex Myrnur played drums. Her first full-length, M, was released a year later, winning Myrkur MareridtMyrkur more critical acclaim and an introduction to a wider audience. The following year, she released a live album fittingly called Mausoleum -- it was recorded at the Emanuel Vigeland Mausoleum in Oslo, Norway.

2017's Mareridt was recorded in both Seattle and Copenhagen with the assistance of producer Randall Dunn (Earth, Marissa Nadler, Sunn O))), Boris). The album drew inspiration from Nordic fairy tales, Bible verses, and classic mythology and showcases Bruun's newly acquired mastery of the ancient Swedish cow herding call known as kulning, as well as a collaboration with fellow traveler Chelsea Wolfe. Myrkur is on tour throughout North America and Europe this spring and summer.

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50 Essential Albums Released in 2014

Posted by Aaron Detroit, December 5, 2014 09:20am | Post a Comment

Aaron Detroit, Buyer at Amoeba Hollywood. I've worked in Hollywood for ten years, but started my time with Amoeba - way back in 1998 -  at the San Francisco store. Here is my extensive list of new essential listening, released in 2014. There is a wide range of genres and artists represented here because musical passion should not be static.





1. Swans - To Be Kind (Young God)
To Be Kind, Swans’ 3rd LP since their 2010 reformation (and 13th overall,) is an unlikely triumph after 2012’s seemingly unmatchable masterpiece, The Seer. Any trepidation one might have about the sprawling triple-LP’s intimidating track lengths should evaporate under it’s hypnotizing ebb-and-flow of mental blues, super-honed grooves, manic clatter and hushed passages; all of which are eventually crushed by monolithic waves of majesty. Nothing short of classic.



 2. Carla Bozulich - Boy (Constellation)
Boy is Carla Bozulich’s (of Ethyl Meatplow, Geraldine Fibbers and Evangelista-renown) 3rd solo affair, but in a lot of ways it feels like her first. Bozulich pours her famed, devastating whiskey-voice into a cocktail of funeral country, death blues and industrial noise that sticks to your guts. Carla herself refers to this LP as her “pop record,” and if that's a true description, we could sure use a whole lot more “pop” albums like Boy. Don’t overlook this one.

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