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New 'What's In My Bag?' Episode with Kimbra

Posted by Amoebite, June 19, 2018 12:27pm | Post a Comment

Kimbra - What's In My Bag? Amoeba Music

New Zealander singer/songwriter and actress Kimbra stopped by Amoeba Hollywood recently and showed us some of her favorite records, sharing her personal history with each one. "I was quite into punk rock around, you know, 15 and there was a band called The Mint Chicks that used to play in my hometown, Hamilton," she explained to us. "Ruban Nielson, who went on to create Unknown Mortal Orchestra, was the guitarist in that band." Holding up the band's 2016 album, Multi-Love, she went on to praise his songwriting ability and musicianship. "'Can't Keep Checking My Phone' is just such a funky song." Kimbra had lots of thoughtful insight into every record she picked, making for an interesting and personal What's In My Bag? episode. 

Kimbra began writing songs when she was ten years old. As a child, she sang at sporting events and released her first music video, for the song "Smile" on the children's TV show What Now. On the Kimbra - Primal Heart - Amoeba Musicstrength of her second single, "Simply On My Lips," she signed with independent label and management group Forum 5 and began a series of high-profile collaborations that would launch her to stardom. Kimbra appeared on a track by Miami Horror ("I Look to You") before collaborating with Gotye on "Somebody That I Used to Know," which would eventually go multi-platinum and garner the duo awards for Record of the Year and Best Pop Duo/Group Performance at the Grammys.

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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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Amoeba Hollywood's Top 50 Sellers of 2017

Posted by Amoebite, January 8, 2018 05:45pm | Post a Comment

Amoeba Hollywood's top 50 sellers of 2017

Without a doubt, our customers love Kendrick Lamar and Mac DeMarco. They both had three albums appear on our list of the best-selling albums of 2017. Among the classic best-sellers like Michael Jackson's Thriller and Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon were debut albums from Khalid and SZA. New anniversary reissues were a hot ticket in 2017, with the 50th anniversary editions of Pet Sounds and Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band selling especially well.

Read on to see the full list of Amoeba Hollywood's Top 50 Sellers of 2017.


Khalid American Teen

50. Khalid - American Teen (Released March 2017)

Singer/songwriter Khalid's debut album features the hit single "Location," with its atmosphere of stoned partying, chill vibes, and romantic longing. Treading somewhere in the realm of neo-soul hip hop and unbridled sunshiny pop, American Teen rejects any notion of nihilism and bitterness to create an album that's pure happiness. Bay Area fans were treated to a very special acoustic performance by Khalid at Amoeba SF back when his album first dropped.

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. 

Amoeba's Greatest Record Store Day Moments

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, February 24, 2017 04:58pm | Post a Comment

Record Store Day 2017

It’s hard to believe, but it was just ten years ago that Record Store Day was conceived in 2007 at a gathering of indie record store owners and employees as a way to celebrate and promulgate the unique culture of record stores. The first Record Store Day was held nation-wide on April 19, 2008, and all three Amoeba Music locations were joyously mobbed for special limited edition releases and all-day festive events.

With RSD 2017 on its way (April 22!), we look back at the nine we’ve celebrated at our stores and pick our favorite moments. We hope they were your favorite too.

April 19, 2008, Amoeba SF – The inaugural Record Store Day was certainly one to remember at Amoeba SF as we invited several local luminaries to DJ on the Amoeba stage throughout the day, including V. Vale of RE/Search Publications, Aaron Axelson of LIVE 105, and more. Then we asked Jello Biafra (Dead Kennedys, Alternative Tentacles) to work at our Info Counter where he signed many an autograph!

V. Vale and Jello Biafra

April 18, 2009, Amoeba HollywoodWendy & Lisa of Prince's '80's lineup of The Revolution played a DJ set in support of their new album, White Flags of Winter Chimneys, while also simultaneously schmoozing with fans and babysitting several children. In a last-minute development, the legendary KISS guitarist Ace Frehley decided to swing by and hang out, so we set up a signing table!

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