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

Posted by Amoebite, June 19, 2019 12:28pm | Post a Comment

Metric - What's In My Bag? Amoeba Music

We had the pleasure of talking to Emily Haines of Metric at Amoeba Hollywood recently for our latest What's In My Bag? episode. She shared some of the artists she's been digging lately, including Sharon Van Etten. "I'm kind of embarrased that I'm really late to the game here with her," Haines said of the New York singer/songwriter. After being introduced to Sharon Van Etten's music over the holidays, Emily described feeling a kinship with her and her writing. "She sounds like someone who's actually experiencing things and then actually writing about them without the comfort of seperation or intellectualism. I just kind of felt like I had a sister out there." 

Emily Haines is a Canadian singer and songwriter, known for her work with Metric, Broken Social Scene, and as a solo artist. She was born in New Delhi, India, moving to Ontario with her parents as a young child. While attending the Etobicoke School of the Arts as a teenager, Haines met her future Broken Social Scene bandmates Amy Millan and Kevin Drew. After college, Haines moved to Toronto, where she met James Shaw. In 1997, they began recording together under the moniker Mainstream before renaming their project Metric. In 2001, Haines and Shaw were joined by Joshua Winstead and Joules Scott-Key. Two years later, Metric released their first full-length, the acclaimed Old World Underground, Where Are You Now?

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

Posted by Amoebite, March 29, 2017 12:13pm | Post a Comment

AFI What's In My Bag? Amoeba Music

Many people around the world, including the members of the California rock/punk band AFI, were sad to learn of the passing of Alan Vega, half of the influential New York electropunk duo Suicide. "What a rough past year we had, because we lost Alan," says lead singer Davey Havok as he holds up a vinyl reissue of Suicide's self-titled debut. Havok considers the band "wildly ahead of its time and cutting edge in what they were doing with electronics and soundscapes." Davey, Adam, and Hunter from AFI went shopping at Amoeba Hollywood before their in-store performance in January, and they gave us a glimpse into the work of some of their influences, current interests, and musical peers.

AFI formed in Ukiah, CA while its members were still in high school. They released their full-length debut, Answer That and Stay Fashionable, in 1995. The current lineup of Davey Havok, Adam Carson, Hunter Burgan, and Jade Puget solidified in 1998. AFI has steadily released albums throughout their three decade-spanning career, but it wasn't till their 2000 LP, The Art of Drowning, that they found mainstream success and a slot in the Billboard Top 200.

AFI the Blood Album Amoeba MusicTheir next album, Sing the Sorrow, did even better; the album reached number five on the Top 200 and stayed on the charts for just shy of a year. A string of hits followed, with Decemberunderground (2006), Crash Love (2009) and Burials (2013) all faring well in the Billboard charts. The band released AFI [The Blood Album] in mid-January 2017. AFI will be performing at select festival dates in North America and the United Kingdom this spring/summer.

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Fools In Love Songs

Posted by Billyjam, April 1, 2013 01:31pm | Post a Comment
There are a lot of songs on the topic of fools and even more songs on being in love. But for today, April Fool's Day, I have assembled some random songs about both - about fools in love or people falling foolishly into love. We've all been there and done that and hence can relate, no doubt, to the selection of songs I've assembled below (via YouTube) about fools in love.

Included is the song "Fools In Love" by Joe Jackson - the single off his great album Look Sharp in which he cynically muses, albeit from first hand experience, on: "Fools in love, are there any creatures more pathetic? Fools in love, never knowing when they've lost the game." Other songs about fools in love include the 1956 #1 hit from the very young Frankie Lymon & the Teenagers "Why Do Fools Fall In Love" (a live TV rendition from 1956 from WNEW's The Frankie Lane Show with a funny interview beforehand). The song, which has been covered by folks such as Diana Ross and Joe Ely, poses that eternal question: "Why do fools fall in love?"  Also below is Journey-man Steve Perry's 80's pop rock ballad mega-hit "Foolish Heart" (off his Street Talk LP) and Rod Stewart's version of Elvin Bishop's hit "Fooled Around And Fell In Love."

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Trip Down Memory Lane Via Rock Album Billboards of the 70's Along Sunset Blvd

Posted by Billyjam, February 29, 2012 09:51am | Post a Comment

Of interest to anyone into rock albums from the seventies and of particular interest to folks in LA into recent era history is the excellent collection of Billboards on Sunset Blvd 1974-5 flickr page by Larry The Frog that features photos of billboards shot in those two years of the mid 1970's along Sunset Blvd. in the  vicinity of the Hollywood Amoeba store.  The majority of these shots are ones advertising new album releases or concert dates from such acts as Poco, Loggins & Messina, Barbi Benton, Donovan, The Who, War, Joni Mitchell, Billy Preston, Neil Sedaka, Greg Allman, Elton John, Eric Clapton, Mahogeny Rush, Rod Stewart, Joe Cocker, Rolling Stones, George Harrison, The 5th Dimension, Steppenwolf, Rick Derringer, and many more.

These great shots were all photographed by Larry The Frog when he lived a block off the Sunset Strip back in the 70's.and were recently lovingly restored by the photographer utilizing photoshopping from scanned 35mm slides and negatives. There are over a hundred shots in this engaging collection that, like rummaging through the old 70's album dollar bins at Amoeba, will unveil a whole bygone era - only better than merely album cover art since they also capture the time and place so well. View the full collection here

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Pulp Documentary, The Beat Is The Law – Fanfare For The Common People, Plays at Roxie Theater in SF 9/29!

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, September 26, 2011 01:24pm | Post a Comment
The Roxie Theater and Noise Pop present the San Francisco premiere of The Beat Is TheBeat Is The Law Pulp Roxie San Francisco Law – Fanfare For The Common People at the Roxie Theater, this Thursday, September 29th.

Picture it...Glastonbury Festival, 1995. The Stone Roses pull out of their headline set after a mountain bike accident and Rod Stewart is unavailable. Last minute replacements Pulp take to the stage to face 80,000 people. They deliver a set regarded as one of the best in the festival’s history, climaxing with the era-defining song, "Common People." In the process, they catapult themselves to the forefront of the Britpop movement – an achievement that 10 years earlier seemed like an impossible dream.

Made with the full co-operation of the band, The Beat Is The Law – Fanfare For The Common People (Dir. Eve Wood, 2010, Digital, 90 min.), brings together original interviews, performances, promos, newly unearthed live footage, and home videos to tell the story of Pulp and their contemporaries’ journey from the darkest industrial depths of the Steel City to the pinnacle of pop via the consciousness-raising techno/house of  Warp Records. Featuring original interviews with Pulp’s Jarvis Cocker, Russell Senior, Candida Doyle, and Nick Banks plus Richard Hawley (Longpigs), Mark Brydon (Chakk/FON/Moloko), Rob Gordon (FON/WARP), Adi Newton (ClockDVA) and many more, The Beat Is The Law is a deep-fried feature documentary from the creators of the acclaimed Made In Sheffield

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