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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Japanese Breakfast

Posted by Amoebite, August 21, 2018 04:47pm | Post a Comment

Japanese Breakfast - What's In My Bag? Amoeba Music

Michelle Zauner of Japanese Breakfast went shopping at Amoeba Hollywood and shared some of her favorite records, movies, and current interests, like Shin Joong Hyun, whom she describes as "the Phil Spector of Korea, without the issues." While on tour in Seoul, the promoters introduced her to Shin, who is considered the godfather of Korean rock, and was not only a psychedelic guitar god, but also a prolific writer of songs for Korean girl groups. All in all, Zauner had lots of interesting picks, making for an eclectic and insightful What's In My Bag? interview.

Japanese Breakfast is the solo indie pop project of Zauner, the guitarist and vocalist for Philadelphia indie band Little Big League. She began writing as part of a month-long song-a-day challenge; the results Japanese Breakfast - Soft Sounds From Another Planetwould eventually become Japanese Breakfast's 2013 cassette release, June. The following year, Little Big League released Tropical Jinx, and Zauner self-released a handful of works by Japanese Breakfast. In 2016, her focus shifted strongly toward her solo project, with the darker, heavier Psychopomp finding release via Yellow K Records.

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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Wolf Parade

Posted by Amoebite, July 9, 2018 05:37pm | Post a Comment

Wolf Parade - What's In My Bag? Amoeba Music

Dan Boeckner and Arlen Thompson of Wolf Parade were at Amoeba Hollywood recently schooling us on some of the records that influenced them in their formative years, new records they've been getting into, and Canadian heroes that have been overlooked by the "arbitrators of cultural taste" in their own country. Take, for example, the industrial group Skinny Puppy. "I would argue that this is the most influential Canadian band of the 1980s," Boeckner proclaimed, calling them, "a totally misunderstood and under-appreciated band in its own country...without this band you wouldn't have Nine Inch Nails (and) Ministry." Boeckner goes on to explain that Canadian taste-makers have "pretty much erased these guys from the history books." There was much more to be said about all of the records picked by the two band mates, making for an insightful and fun What's In My Bag? interview. 

Canadian indie rock band Wolf Parade formed in 2003 when former Frog Eyes member Spencer Krug found himself with three weeks to get a group together. He teamed up with Dan Boeckner (ex-Atlas Wolf Parade Cry Cry CryStrategic) and the pair began writing songs in Krug's apartment, accompanied by a drum machine. Arlen Thompson eventually took over percussionist duties. A year later, the group traveled to Portland to work with Modest Mouse's Isaac Brock on their self-titled Sub Pop debut EP. The current lineup solidified when Dante DeCaro (ex-Hot Hot Heat) signed on in 2005.

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

Posted by Amoebite, March 1, 2018 12:03pm | Post a Comment

Jawbreaker What's In My Bag? Amoeba Music

Legendary punk band Jawbreaker went shopping at Amoeba Hollywood recently and sat down with us for a What's In My Bag? interview. Singer/guitarist Blake Schwarzenbach and drummer Adam Pfahler were full of dry wit and insight as they gave us a peek into their musical tastes. "I was a little bit overwhelmed because when you come to Amoeba. It's like going to Costco," said Pfahler. "If you don't have a list you're fucked."

Jawbreaker Dear YouJawbreaker was formed in 1986 by New York University students Blake Schwarzenbach (guitar/vocals), Chris Bauermeister (bass), and Adam Pfahler (drums). Considered to be one of the progenitors of the emo scene, the band attracted a cult following thanks to their pop sensibilities and poetic, personal lyrics. The band released their debut LP, Unfun, after moving to Los Angeles in 1990.

Two years later, the trio was in San Francisco, where they released the Bivouac LP. In 1993, they toured with Nirvana and had a major commercial breakthrough with the release of 24 Hour Revenge Therapy in 1994. The band had attracted enough attention to sign to a major label for 1995's Dear You. The band broke up a year later, with members involved in new projects Jets to Brazil, J Church, and Whysall Lane.

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The Top 20 Vinyl Reissues of 2017

Posted by Amoebite, December 28, 2017 05:14pm | Post a Comment

Top 20 Vinyl Reissues of 2017

A bumper crock of quality vinyl reissues rocked our world this past year. A steady stream of (sort of) new and improved LPs from heavy hitters kept our turntables spinning, as did a nice selection of cleaned up soon-to-be-classic releases from some of our recent favorites. The top sellers at our stores in 2017 were an intriguing mix of eternally cool masterpieces, revered releases by the dearly departed, and long out-of-print rarities available for the first time on vinyl. Read on for the good, the bad (in a cool way), and the super ultra expanded editions that made a splash at Amoeba over the past twelve months.

Read all of our Best of 2017 lists.

Thom Yorke - Tomorrow's Modern Boxes

20. Thom Yorke - Tomorrow's Modern Boxes [180-gram White Vinyl]

Back in September 2014, Radiohead's Thom Yorke released his second solo album as a bit torrent bundle. The record was summarily downloaded several hundred thousand times and is now on its third vinyl pressing. The album is a sonic manifestation of what trying a new avenue would sound like. Yorke sounds very playful in this ambient glitch atmosphere he has created. It is in that spirit of playfulness where the record shines. There is little expectation having been almost 10 years since his last solo outing and therefore there is no grave preciousness attached. Refreshing and flighty, Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes is a piece from Thom Yorke that questions ownership. His or otherwise. 

Limited Edition Twin Peaks Color Vinyl Out September 22nd

Posted by Amoebite, August 24, 2017 02:52pm | Post a Comment

Limited Edition Twin Peaks vinyl

With only a few episodes left in the long-awaited limited event TV run (aka Season 3) of Twin Peaks, it's time to face the truth that this might be it. No more soul-stirring moments at the Double R Diner. No more Agent Cooper in the guise of Dougie Jones bellowing "helloooooooo" at slot machines. And of course, no more dreamy closing numbers at the Roadhouse. But wait! There is something to hold onto, something to spin on your record player on those impending cold, Twin Peaks-less nights -- something that can make the magic last a little bit longer. Because music IS magic, right? In this case, it comes in the form of two indie exclusive color variants to the show's soundtrack and score LPs, coming September 22nd.

You can pre-order them now on Amoeba.com and they'll ship FREE to U.S. addresses. But hurry, these limited edition LPs won't last long! (Limit 1 per customer, please.)

Twin Peaks Limited TV Event Series Score

Twin Peaks: Limited Event Series Score
Angelo Badalamenti
2LP

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