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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Conor Oberst

Posted by Amoebite, October 17, 2017 03:46pm | Post a Comment

Conor Oberst What's In My Bag? Amoeba Music

Say, who's that taking a snooze on the couch in th Amoeba Hollywood green room? Why it's none other than singer/songwriter Conor Oberst, who, after playing a spirited set on the Amoeba stage and going shopping for records, decided it was time for a little nap. Fortunately he was also game for a What's In My Bag? interview in which he shared some humorous, off the cuff insight into the records he chose, including Rage Against The Machine's The Battle Of Los Angeles. "I played a show one time with Rage...one of the scariest nights of my life," Oberst recalled. "I'm up there with, like, an acoustic guitar," he continued, "playing sad alt-country songs to Rage Against The Machine fans that all wanted me dead." Thankfully that experience didn't sour him on the band!

Conor Oberst Salutations A native of Nebraska, Conor Oberst has not only proven to be a prolific and driving force in Omaha's music scene, but also one of the most renowned singer/songwriters of his generation. Having joined his first band at the age of 13 he has been steadily releasing music since 1993. Over the following two plus decades, he has released cassette-only recordings, split 7-inches, and a dozen albums with his band Bright Eyes, as well as under his own name, as a member of Desaparecidos, as leader of the The Mystic Valley Band, and with the Monsters of Folk super-group. His most recent album, Salutations, was released in March 2017 on Nonesuch and includes full band versions of the ten songs from his 2016 album Ruminations, plus seven additional songs.

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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Eagles of Death Metal

Posted by Amoebite, October 9, 2017 07:14pm | Post a Comment

Eagles of Death Metal What's In My Bag?

"The character of Catwoman was a big influence on my developing sexuality," confides Eagles of Death Metal frontman Jesse Hughes during his recent visit to Amoeba Hollywood. Hughes, also known as Boots Electric, starts our "What's In My Bag?" episode showing off a figurine of the aforementioned Catwoman from the classic '60s TV show and movie, Batman. "That's what I love about Amoeba," he continues. "You're able to really live within the eternal, time-frozen bubble of pop culture and experience it, if you wish to, in almost any generation." Hughes was full of humorous and insightful observations throughout our interview and proved to have quite the eclectic, and electric, tastes.

Eagles of Death Metal was formed in 1998 by longtime friends Josh Homme and Jesse Hughes. The band's debut came courtesy of Homme's The Desert Sessions Volume 3 & 4 later that year. With the increasing success of Queens of the Stone Age, Eagles of Death Metal was sidelined for a time before the release of their 2004 debut Peace, Love, Death Metal. A number of songs from the album were used in commercial, video game, and film projects, causing the band's profile to grow rapidly. The band released a followup, Death by Sexy, in 2006. They embarked on a series of tours in support of the album, headlining their own tour and supporting The Strokes, Peaches, Joan Jett, and for one show, Guns 'N Roses.

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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Old 97's

Posted by Amoebite, September 26, 2017 03:32pm | Post a Comment

Old 97's What's In My Bag? Amoeba Music

The Texas band Old 97's were in good spirits during their recent visit to Amoeba Hollywood for a fun What's In My Bag? episode. "I got stuck on a bit of records that I couldn't stop listening to when I was 14 years old," confided lead singer Rhett Miller, before he pulled The Smiths' singles collection, Hatful Of Hollow, out of his Amoeba bag. Another high school favorite of was Fables Of The Reconstruction by R.E.M., which he used to play all night long in his sleep by tricking the turntable's arm into restarting the record once it ended. "I'm making my kids endure the records that I loved from my childhood," he revealed. The longtime bandmates had an easy rapport and camaraderie, levying wisecracks at each other about what they'd picked up.

Formed in Dallas in 1993, Old 97's are an American alt-country band consisting of Rhett Miller, Murry Hammond, Ken Bethea, and Philip Peeples. The band's first LP, Hitchhike to Rhome, set them off on a Old 97's Graveyard WhistlingUS tour which led them to Chicago, where they caught the eye of Bloodshot Records. The band inked a deal with the label for the release of their next album, 1996's Wreck Your Life. In turn this release garnered attention from Elektra Records, who released a string of LPs from Old 97's: Too Far to Care (1997), Fight Songs (1999), and Satellite Rides (2001).

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RIP Charles Bradley, The Screaming Eagle of Soul

Posted by Amoebite, September 25, 2017 12:26pm | Post a Comment

Charles Bradley at Amoeba Hollywood

We are deeply saddened by the loss of our friend this weekend, the great Charles Bradley. He died on September 23rd, after being diagnosed with stomach cancer last year. He had been touring up until recently, and was even scheduled to perform at the Music Tastes Good Festival this coming weekend in Long Beach.

We were honored to host an in-store performance with Charles Bradley at Amoeba Hollywood back in 2013. Daptone Records had just released the Charles Bradley: Soul of America DVD, which documented the months leading up to his 2011 debut album No Time for Dreaming -  released when he was 62-years old!! - and his sophomore album was only a few month's old at that time. Everyone at Amoeba was blown away by his talent, charisma, and shining heart, which was evident to anyone who was lucky enough to witness a live performance by the "screaming eagle of soul."

You can get a glimpse of his incredible passion and soul in this video of "You Put The Flame On It" from Victim of Love performed live at Amoeba Hollywood:

Charles Bradley - You Put the Flame On It (Live at Amoeba)
 

We also had a chance to shoot a "What's In My Bag?" episode with him while he was at the store. In the video, there's a beautiful moment where he talks about relating to and being inspired by James Brown, saying, "It gives me hope that it's not too late for me to come out of the darkness and come into the light and show the world who I am. I'm a person of character and dignity and respect of all humanity. That's me."

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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Chicano Batman

Posted by Amoebite, September 20, 2017 01:13pm | Post a Comment

Chicano Batman What's In My Bag? Amoeba Music

It's been a good year for Chicano Batman, having released an acclaimed record and embarking on a US tour this fall. Thankfully the LA-based tropicalia soul band had time to sit on the green room couch here at Amoeba Hollywood for a fun and eclectic What's In My Bag? episode. The band members picked a wide-ranging collection of records from genres including Brazilian soul, thrash metal, and South African disco (just to name a few). Everyone had something thoughtful to say about their choices, like drummer Gabriel Villa, who grabbed a vinyl reissue of Metallica's ...And Justice For All, which he credits as the album that got him into music and drumming.

Drawing influences from tropicalia, psychedelia, funk, indie, and soul, LA's Chicano Batman have created their own unique take on Latin alternative music. Formed in 2008, the band originally consisted of Bardo Martinez, Eduardo Arenas, and Gabriel Villa. The then-three-piece self-released their eponymous full-length debut in 2010. After the addition of Carlos Arévalo, Chicano Batman released the Joven Navegante EP in 2012.

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