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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Avey Tare of Animal Collective

Posted by Amoebite, July 8, 2019 07:04pm | Post a Comment

Avey Tare - What's In My Bag? Amoeba Music

We were excited to have experimental indie pop artist Avey Tare (aka David Portner) share what he found shopping at Amoeba Hollywood in our latest What's In My Bag? episode. His eclectic selections were anything but pedestrian, as his taste ran the gamut from Nigerian Disco to new age and from avant-garde jazz to minimal techno.

Avey Tare is a solo artist and co-founder of Animal Collective. While in high school in Maryland, he met Josh Dibb (Deakin), Noah Lennox (Panda Bear), and Brian Weitz (Geologist); the friends shared homemade recordings and played in different band formations together. Portner and Weitz both moved to New York City after graduation and when they were joined by Dibb and Lennox, the longtime pals formed Animal Collective. In 2000, Avey Tare and Panda Bear released Spirit They're Gone, Spirit They've Vanished, which was later classified as the first official Animal Collective LP. 2001's Danse Manatee saw Avey Tare, Panda Bear, and Geologist joining forces. The bandmates played together in various groupings, sometimes releasing work as Animal Collective and sometimes releasing work under other monikers but it wasn't until 2004's Sung Tongs that the band really began attracting national attention.

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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Nick Waterhouse

Posted by Amoebite, June 25, 2019 02:11pm | Post a Comment

Nick Waterhouse - What's In My Bag?

We were recently schooled in the ways of classic R&B, jazz, blues, and exotica by Nick Waterhouse, who shared his extensive knowledge with us here at Amoeba Hollywood. The LA-basd retro-rocker and producer had lots to say about all of the records he found at the shop, including El Chico by drummer Chico Hamilton who Waterhouse calls "one of my favorite Los Angeles musicians of all time."  "This record absolutely rips," he told us, going on to praise the album's guitarist Gabor Szabo. "This type of playing really was influential on my own guitar style," he explained.

Nick Waterhouse is known for his glossy, modern take on classic soul, blues, and R&B. After learning to play guitar at age twelve and playing in a series of throwback retro-soul/rock bands, Nick Waterhouse - Amoeba MusicWaterhouse recorded and self-released his debut single, "That Place," in 2010. For his first live performance later that year, he assembled a backing band, The Tarots, and a group of female singers, The Naturelles. He signed with the Innovative Leisure label in 2011 and released his first full-length, Time's All Gone, in 2012. That same year, he produced the Allah-Las' self-titled debut and embarked on a North American and a European tour with them.

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

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

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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 Pelican

Posted by Amoebite, June 12, 2019 03:55pm | Post a Comment

Pelican - What's In My Bag? Amoeba Music

We had the pleasure of sitting down with Trevor de Brauw and Larry Herweg of Chicago post-metal band Pelican during a recent visit to Amoeba Hollywood. The bandmates shared some of their favorite albums by The Jesus Lizard, John Carpenter, Fugazi, and Radiohead, and picked up a few rare LPs that had been eluding them. Their knowledge and passion was evident and made for an interesting What's In My Bag? episode. The band just released Nighttime Storiestheir first new album in six years, and are currently touring North America this month. 

Founded in 2001, Pelican's current lineup consists of guitarists Trevor de Brauw and Dallas Thomas, Pelican - Nighttime Stories - Amoeba Musicdrummer Larry Herweg, and bassist Bryan Herweg. After the release of a self-titled EP in 2001, the group put out their 2003 debut LP, Australasia, via Hydra Head. Their sophomore album, The Fire in Our Throats Will Beckon the Thaw, followed in 2006. A year later, the band released City of Echoes. In 2008, the band put together After the Ceiling Cracked, a multi-format release featuring material from Pelican's 2005 live performance at Scala in London.

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

Posted by Amoebite, June 4, 2019 05:13pm | Post a Comment

Guster - What's In My Bag? - Amoeba Music

Boston band Guster visited Amoeba Hollywood recently for an in-store performance to celebrate their new album, Look Alive. While they were here, Ryan Miller and Luke Reynolds did a little shopping and shared their eclectic selections, which ranged from experimental and pop to solo piano and Samba. A number of their choices also had sentimental significance to them, making for a sincere, interesting, and intimate What's In My Bag? episode.

In 1991, American alternative rock band Guster was formed in Boston by Tufts University classmates Adam Gardner, Ryan Miller, and Brian Rosenworcel. Within a few months of formation, the Guster - Look Alive - Amoeba Musicband played their first gig at a campus coffee house. Guster's first two albums, Parachute (1995) and Goldfly (1997), were independently released. On their third LP, Lost and Gone Forever (1999), they broke into the Adult Top 40 charts with the single "Fa Fa."  The trend would continue with their fourth album, 2003's Keep It Together, which saw two singles ("Careful" and "Amsterdam") chart on the Top 40. Their next album, 2006's Ganging Up on the Sun climbed to #25 on the Billboard Top 200. 

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