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

Posted by Amoebite, August 28, 2019 03:10pm | Post a Comment

Superorganism - What's In My Bag? Amoeba Music

We had a fun time talking with London-based cross-cultural indie pop band Superorganism during a recent shopping trip to Amoeba Hollywood. Orono Noguchi, Soul, B, and Ruby picked out records by some of their favorite artists, including the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Tobias Jesso Jr, Kanye West, and Carole King and introduced us to cat ASMR.

Superorganism is a band of non-conformists. Bump into any of the eight members (Orono, Emily, Harry, Ruby, B, Robert, Tucan and Soul) in the street -- a contrasting collection of disparate and idiosyncratic individuals -- and you might never know they’re in a band together, let alone all live in the same house. Superorganism’s difference comes from a kind of permanent outsider status. With members from the U.K., Japan, New Zealand, Korea and Australia, they bonded via the internet rather than one geographical location, finding each other on forums while nerding out about music. Their similarities eventually brought them all together IRL, culminating in a mass migration to an unassuming terraced house in East London that they soon turned into an energized creative hub.

Superorganism - Amoeba Music

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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. 

Yeah Yeah Yeahs Guitarist Nick Zinner Displays Photos at Lethal Amounts Nov. 20

Posted by Amoebite, November 11, 2015 01:21pm | Post a Comment

nick zinner lethal amountsAmoeba is proud to present “601 Photographs,” a solo exhibition of photography by Yeah Yeah Yeahs guitarist Nick Zinner at Lethal Amounts gallery in Downtown Los Angeles. The opening reception for the showing will be Friday, November 20 at 7 p.m., and it’s free.

Anyone who’s been to a Yeah Yeah Yeahs show is probably familiar with Zinner’s habit of snapping a photo of the audience in between shredding. Now you can see Zinner’s images from tours around the world, from his time touring with YYY’s and other projects around six continents for 15-plus years.

The show’s 601 images act as both voyeuristic and documentarian, capturing everything from hotel beds to intimate portraits and those infamous crowd shots. The exhibit has previously been shown in New York City, Mexico City, San Francisco and Tokyo.

Zinner is far from a dabbler in photography. Zinner has studied photography at Bard College with Larry Fink and Stephen Shore, and has published four books of his photography, the most recent one being Please Take Me Off The Guest List.

Lethal Amounts gallery focuses on subversive and counter culture themes throughout history, addressing the social and artistic value of underground movements while highlighting taboo topics. It is located at 1226 W 7th St. in Downtown L.A.

 

Albums Out April 16: Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Flaming Lips, Jessie Ware, Andrew Wyatt, Thee Oh Sees and More

Posted by Billy Gil, April 15, 2013 10:24pm | Post a Comment

Album Picks:

Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Mosquito

CD $11.98

Deluxe CD $19.98

LP $19.98

Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ sultry fourth record starts with a bang, a big soul-rocker complete with gospel choir called “Sacrilige.” From there it’s a smorgasbord as colorful as their mosquito-attacking-a-baby album cover, including moody, atmospheric sound pieces (“Subway”), Banshees-esque post-punk rockers (the title track), dubby soundscapes (“Under the Earth”), “X-Files”-inspired new age ballads (“These Paths”) and rockers (“Area 52”). And that’s all before you get to a dark collaboration with Dr. Octagon and James Murphy (“Buried Alive”), as well as breathtaking new entries into Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ pantheon of after prom-style bittersweet ballads in the form of the picturesque “Always,” the slow-burning, oddly uplifting “Despair” and touching “Wedding Song.” Mosquito is a very different beast from the previous YYY’s albums and takes some getting used to, for sure, but repeat listens offer new rewards (as with every album the band has produced since its debut). Its eeriness and campiness at times call to mind a Cramps record, while its hollowed-out space represents something else entirely, something new and alluring. You might miss some of their previous raucousness (or continuity), but hearing them fling new ideas to the wall to see what sticks is intriguing enough. Yeah Yeah Yeahs are one of the few bands who know how to make its constant tinkering with its sound both interesting and entertaining. Hearing them restlessly forge new ground on Mosquito screws with your head in the best way possible. It inspires you to shake old notions of what stadium-size rock bands can and should do, and that lone is something to celebrate. Pick up "Mosquito" at any Amoeba store 4/16 and get a limited edition autographed lithograph and a special 7” (while supplies last).

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Yeah Yeah Yeahs Giveaway with Purchase of "Mosquito" Starting 4/16

Posted by Amoebite, April 5, 2013 12:00pm | Post a Comment

The new Yeah Yeah Yeahs album, Mosquito, is due out Tuesday, April 16. If you stop by any Amoeba store on release day, you will receive a limited edition autographed lithograph AND a special Yeah Yeah Yeahs 7 inch as a gift to you with purchase. But quantities are limited so shop early!

Don't live near an Amoeba store? Pre-order the album now on Amoeba.com on CD, Deluxe CD (with 5 bonus tracks) or on LP.

Yeah Yeah Yeahs Mosquito

 


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