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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Aussie Synth Pop Band Strange Talk

Posted by Amoebite, November 13, 2013 10:43am | Post a Comment

Strange Talk

After hitting #1 on Australia's Billboard charts, Strange Talk gear up for the US release of their debut, Cast Away (Wind-Up Records). The band has been hard at work touring major festivals and opening for the likes of The Rapture, Neon Indian and Marina and the Diamonds.Strange Talk

Amoeba caught up with Strange Talk on a recent visit to the Hollywood store for another cool episode of What's In My Bag?. Some might be surprised to learn the Australian synth-pop band is super into Hip Hop and Soul. From Bill Withers' classic, Just As I Am,  to James Brown's Live At The Apollo, these guys dig it all. They also pick up some very cool books to help pass the time while bored on tour: Mo' Betta Blues: The World According To Questlove by Roots drummer Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson and Pharrell: Places And Spaces I've Been by producer Pharrell Williams. It's not all Hip Hop and funk either. See who picks up Queen: Days Of Our Lives on DVD and The Cure's Disintegration on CD. These guys have a lot of great picks! Be sure to check out their new album, Cast Away, when it comes out 1/7/2014.

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The West Side Record Show in Culver City Today is a Digger's Delight

Posted by Billyjam, August 21, 2010 09:44am | Post a Comment
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Amoeba Music will be one of the many vendors at today's big record collector's swap meet in Culver City, CA. The West Side Record Show, produced by Record Collectors News, happens from 10am sharp this morning until 3:30pm this afternoon.  According to the organizers, the show typically promises a lot of rare vinyl finds. Jim Kaplan, who runs the Record Collectors News website that tracks all of the vinyl swap meets across the country, told me that typically vendors "have some very rare collectors items of all genres. There are guys that usually have funk and hip-hop, and a lot of Northern Soul too; usually some very rare stuff." He added that Amoeba Music Hollywood actually plays a major role in the SoCal vinyl collecting world. "Amoeba is such a positive part of the scene here and I don't think Amoeba gets enough credit for the amount of interest and dedication they have generated towards record collecting!"

As both an Amoeba employee and an Amoeba shopper I totally agree. But then, I love digging for vinyl anywhere and everywhere, from record shops to swap meets, and from yard sales to old thrift stores. I also love just visiting fellow vinyl fiends' homes to thumb through their lovingly compiled collections and talking music and record collecting. Interestingly, every record collector has their own way of filing and storing their music depending on what the focus of their collection is or whether they actively use their records to play on the radio or out in clubs. Not everyone files strictly alphabetically. I divide mine by sub-genres of hip-hop such as Bay Area hip-hop, turntablism (including battle records), Miami bass, old school, etc. Some collectors divide by years or decades of release while others divide theirs into genres and subgenres, but everyone has their own unique take.

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Questlove & Seu Jorge Visit Amoeba

Posted by Amoebite, August 18, 2010 06:53pm | Post a Comment
Questlove from The Roots and Seu Jorge (with his new band Alamaz) visited Amoeba Hollywood today to film What's In My Bag? videos. Look for their videos soon!! In the meantime, here's a sneak peek.

Questlove & Seu Jorge