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

Posted by Amoebite, November 5, 2018 03:08pm | Post a Comment

Pond What's In My Bag at Amoeba

We had the pleasure of interviewing Australian psychedelic band Pond recently for a What's In My Bag? episode, in which the group collectively found a righteous collection of records, books, prayer candles, and underpants at Amoeba Hollywood. Guitarist Nick Allbrook was particularly excited about finding a record by Pakastani singer Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, which he discovered from a cab driver in London. "As soon as this taxi driver put it on, it melted my brain," he told us. All in all, the band picked out an eclectic mix of rock, hip hop, dub, world, and electronic records.

Pond formed in Perth, Australia amid the scene which also spawned Tame Impala. In fact, Tame Impala's Kevin Parker served as Pond's drummer for a bit and Pond guitarist Nick Allbrook and drummer Jay Watson were members of Tame Impala's touring band for years (Watson is still a dual member of both bands.) In addition to Allbrook and Watson, Pond consists of guitarist/bassist Joe Ryan and keyboardist Jamie Terry.

Pond The WeatherPond released their first two albums between 2009-2010 and attracted international attention with the release of their third and fourth albums, 2010's Frond and 2012's Beard, Wives and Denim. After a successful worldwide tour supporting Beard, Wives and Denim, Pond was named the “hottest band in the world right now” by NME. Their latest album is 2017's The Weather, which was produced by Kevin Parker and is the band's seventh full-length album overall. They are currently on a fall tour of North America.

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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Manchester Orchestra

Posted by Amoebite, April 3, 2018 05:56pm | Post a Comment

Manchester Orchestra What's In My Bag Amoeba

Atlanta indie rock band Manchester Orchestra went shopping at Amoeba Hollywood recently and shared some of their favorite records with us, including the deluxe OKNOTOK edition of Radiohead's 1997 masterpiece OK Computer. "I love kind of going deep into how bands make records," said lead singer/guitarist Andy Hull. "It's awesome that now it's been out long enough that they're starting to kinda share the secrets of where and how they made it."

Manchester Orchestra was founded by lead singer Andy Hull while he was still in high school in the Atlanta area. The band released their debut full-length, I'm Like a Virgin Losing a Child, in 2006, winning Manchester Orchestra a significant amount of acclaim. Two years later, they released the Let My Pride Be What's Left Behind EP, which featured a Daytrotter session recording of the track "Badges and Badges." The band's sophomore LP, Mean Everything to Nothing, landed at #37 on the Billboard Top 200 when it was released. Manchester Orchestra continued accumulating fans and winning critical praise through the release of Simple Math (2011) and Cope (2014).

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Twelve Great Song-Oriented Albums of 2017

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, January 8, 2018 06:05pm | Post a Comment

By Michael Henning

I'm generally not that into traditional "song-oriented" music, finding myself more interested in music that is either instrumental (Ambient, Electronic, Experimental, etc.) or music that features singing in languages other than English (International and global sounds, both old and new). This year, however, I found myself enjoying a lot more music in this vein than usual. Here are a dozen great new albums from 2017 that worked wonders within the confines of rock/pop/folk music, bringing a freshness to the craft that makes them all deserving of recognition and attention.

Acetone

12. Acetone1992-2001 (Light in the Attic)

Nice career-spanning retrospective from this underrated California-based group. Their lazy, laid-back music fused indie rock with folk and country influences, and this well-curated compilation mines their catalog and comes up with some real gold.

 

The Best Albums of 2017

Posted by Amoebite, December 26, 2017 05:51pm | Post a Comment

The Best Albums of 2017

As 2017 winds down, we've taken stock of our favorite albums this year and gathered them here to share with you. Staff members from each of our stores have narrowed down their Best of 2017 picks and detailed what makes them the best. Join us as we take a stroll through the fantastic music of this past year! And here's to the exciting new releases that the New Year will bring!

Read all of our Best of 2017 lists.

Best of 2017 Hip Hop

Black Moon - Enta da Stage

Black Moon - Enta da Stage: The Remixes

Dropping several weeks after Fat Beats reissued Black Moon’s 1993 hip-hop classic Enta Da Stage on vinyl (also as a 2LP set), was the Enta Da Stage: The Remixes LP set by the influential Brooklyn crew. Both vinyl releases are essential for any hip-hop library. The Remixes LP features remixes and alternate versions previously released in non-album format (incl. M.W. Smooth's mix of "Who Got Da Props?" and DJ Evil Dee's remix of "How Many MC's") as well as previously unheard material such as Buckshot's new vocal version of "Shit Iz Real.” - Billyjam, Hollywood 

4 Classic Neil Young Reissues Coming Soon

Posted by Amoebite, August 9, 2017 11:48am | Post a Comment

Neil Young Vinyl Reissues

We've got good news for fans of the legendary Neil Young! Four new, old releases (or as we in the record biz like to call 'em, "reissues") are about to hit our shelves on August 18th. You can pre-order them from us now and they'll ship FREE to U.S. addresses.

Released between 1977-1979, these vinyl LPs mark one of the many career high points for the talented singer-songwriter; soon you'll be able to spin newly spiffed up copies of American Stars 'n Bars, Comes a Time, Rust Never Sleeps, and Live Rust on your record player. This all comes in advance of the release of Hitchhiker, a "lost" acoustic album originally recorded at Malibu's now-defunct Indigo Ranch Studios in 1976. Of course, new (old) music from Mr. Young is always a treat but there's a certain pleasure to revisiting old favorites.

Here's why we're looking forward to each new August reissue.

American Stars 'n Bars

American Stars 'n Bars (1977)

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