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

Posted by Amoebite, July 31, 2018 02:43pm | Post a Comment

Mogwai - Stuart Braithwaite

Stuart Braithwaite of Scottish post-rock band Mogwai paid Amoeba Hollywood a visit during the band's North American tour for our latest What's In My Bag? episode. "This is probably the thing I'm most excited about," said Braithwaite while holding up the massive vinyl box set Root Hog Or Die: An Alan Lomax Centennial Tribute. The massive 6-LP box set of ethnomusicologist Alan Lomax's field recordings was sure to have something worth delving into. "I love these compilations 'cause you'll just hear something on them and then you can go and find out more about it," Braithwaite explained. He then shared how he discovered American sacred harp singing through another Lomax compilation. "I'd never heard anything like it...I tracked down a lot of that." 

Mogwai was formed in 1995 by Stuart Braithwaite, Dominic Aitchison, and Martin Bulloch. They took their name from the creatures in the movie Gremlins. The group released their debut LP, Mogwai Young Team, in 1997. Kicking a Dead Pig: Mogwai Songs Remixed was released the following year, featuring remixes from the likes of Kevin Shields, Arab Strap, and Alec Empire. The band's current Mogwai - Every Country's Sunlineup solidified with the addition of Barry Burns prior to recording their sophomore LP, 1999's Come On Die Young. By their third album, Rock Action, Mogwai was moving away from guitars and incorporating more electronic instruments. Rock Action was their biggest commercial success to date, peaking at #23 on the UK album charts. 

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Three Essential Wire Albums Getting Remastered and Reissued

Posted by Amoebite, May 1, 2018 05:58pm | Post a Comment

Wire Reissues

It's impossible to overstate the influence of English four-piece Wire on both the nascent punk and post-punk scenes. Steadfastly underground, the band has been churning out reliably innovative, under-the-radar releases for several decades since the release of their legendary debut, 1977's Pink Flag. Over the course of their first three albums, the band rapidly evolved from propulsive hardcore punk to moodier, dark post-punk, and into even more experimental art rock territory. Each album is a gem in its own right and in honor of the 40th anniversary of Pink Flag last year, the band is remastering and reissuing their early catalog with a handful of excellent extras. 

On the reissue docket are standard vinyl and CD releases, plus a special deluxe edition CD version of each album that will include an 80-page book with rarely seen pictures from photographer Annette Green, lyric sheets, and text by music historian Jon Savage and English writer Graham Duff. Of course, there's bonus material aplenty, including singles, b-sides, never-before-released demos and alternate takes. The deluxe CD editions will be released on May 25, 2018 and the standard CD and LP versions are out June 22, 2018. All are available now for pre-order on Amoeba.com.

Here's why each one is a must-have for fans of atmospheric, intense rock 'n' roll.

Pink Flag

Pink Flag

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

Posted by Amoebite, April 19, 2018 11:32am | Post a Comment

Alice Bag What's In My Bag? Amoeba Music

Chicana punk legend Alice Bag visited Amoeba Hollywood recently and talked with us about the woman's narrative in rock and picked up albums by Javier Solis, Garbage, Chicano Batman, Shopping, and more in our latest What's In My Bag? episode. 

Alice Bag (née Alicia Armendariz) was born and raised in East Los Angeles. While a teenager, she met fellow traveler Patricia Morrison through their shared love of glam rock. The pair founded their first band, Femme Fatale, which eventually evolved into revered first wave punk band The Bags. With Alice Alice Bag Blueprintand Patricia both taking the stage surname Bag, the band performed their first show at The Masque in the fall of 1977. The release of their 1978 Survive 7" helped establish the band as one of the most promising acts in the nascent LA punk scene. It was the only recording released during the band's lifespan.

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Amoeba SF Acquires Unique Collection of Euro-Prog, Proto-Metal, Hard Rock, Stoner, Psych, Punk & Krautrock LPs

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, February 18, 2018 07:45pm | Post a Comment

Amoeba SF, Rare collection

Join us at Amoeba SF on Sunday, February 25th, at 11am when we unleash a recently-acquired Leaf Houndcollection of over 1,000 highly sought-after Euro-Prog, Proto-Metal, Hard Rock, Stoner, Psych, Punk, and Krautrock LPs. Most of the records are first-issue imports, and are in pristine condition. Titles include works by Leaf Hound, Ashkan, The Stooges, Television, Harsh Reality, Neu!, Flower Travellin' Band, Sir Lord Baltimore, Quiet, Riot, WEED, Cirith Ungol, Dust, High Tide, Gravytrain, Solar Plexus, Gomorrha, Twink, Zior, Orange Peel, Orang-utan, Agnes Strange, Asterix, Bacilus, The Litter, and many more obscure rarities and radical oddities from across the globe.

Get here early because these records will be first come, first serve. Head to our stage (in the northwest corner of the store) to browse these gems. There will be staff on hand to help you view bagged items and to bring your choices to the cashiers. You must be in the store to purchase items for this one-day event. We won't be taking phone orders and we won't be putting these items on hold.

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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Vic Mensa

Posted by Amoebite, February 5, 2018 06:51pm | Post a Comment

Vic Mensa What's In My Bag? Amoeba Music

Chicago rapper Vic Mensa visited Amoeba Hollywood recently and picked up records by some of his all-time favorites, including two legendary bands of the UK punk scene: the Sex Pistols and The Clash. "The energy captivated me as a kid," he said of the album Never Mind the Bollocks Here's The Sex Pistols. Mensa pointed to The Clash as one of his favorite bands, saying, "I feel like The Clash is the punk band." Having picked up their Live At Shea Stadium LP he said, "the live version is gonna have all of this fresh musicality that I haven't heard before."

Vic Mensa, born Victor Kwesi Mensah, began his career in the indie band Kids These Days before releasing his debut mixtape, Innanetape, in 2013. Featuring appearances by Chance the Rapper, Vic Mensa The Autobiography Ab-Soul, Rockie Fresh, and BJ the Chicago Kid, the mixtape was universally acclaimed. Not long after, Mensa signed up to support J. Cole and Wale on the What Dreams May Come Tour. He was included in XXL's Freshman Class of 2014, winning over new fans with the release of "Down on My Luck," the first single from his debut EP, Street Lights.

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