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Weekly Roundup: Zola Jesus, Tulips, Ruiins, Whirr, together PANGEA, Terry Malts, White Arrows, Babes

Posted by Billy Gil, August 29, 2014 11:21am | Post a Comment

Zola Jesus – “Dangerous Days” video

zola jesus taiga lpFor the video to “Dangerous Days,” from her upcoming album Taiga (out Oct. 7, preorder here), Zola Jesus and director Tim Saccenti take us into the literal landscapes that Zola Jesus’ music often evokes, from chilly arctic lakes to lush forests. It’s a gorgeous video that suits such an inspiring pop song. (Judging by the credits on YouTube, it looks like it was at least partially filmed in Washington’s Olympic National Park; guess we’ll have to book our tickets to go there ASAP.)

 

Tulips – “Hotspur” & “Wait”

tulips bandTulips are a self-described riotgaze trio from L.A. that trade off powerful female vocals over effected surf riffs and new wave beats, like if Lush were reborn as L.A. punks with a shit ton of attitude, or if Bikini Kill got hip to tremolo and reverb. They’ve got a two-song cassingle (!) out now, can you can hear both songs here. Look for it in the Amoeba cassingle section!  See 'em tonight at Pehrspace with Roses for their cassingle release party.

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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode With Against Me!

Posted by Amoebite, August 28, 2014 09:36pm | Post a Comment

Against Me

Long time Florida punk rockers Against Me!are back with their 6th studio album, Transgender Dysphoria Blues (Total Treble Music). Much like classic punk records of yesterday, Transgender Dysphoria Blues is Transgender Dysphoria Blues10 tracks and clocks in at just 28 minutes and 43 seconds. Short and sweet! The album powerfully conveys the experience of dealing with gender dysphoria following the band's singer and co-founder, Laura Jane Grace, going public about transitioning into a transgender woman. Although the album's theme pushes Grace's personal story to the forefront, Transgender Dysphoria Blues is less autobiographical, and more musically universal, using catchy hooks to ease the listener into an otherwise heavy conversation about self identity. Still fast, still punk, and still very Against Me! Fans who are here for the music will not be let down. 

Laura Jane Grace, James Bowman, Atom Williard, and Inge Johansson stopped by Amoeba Hollywood to do some shopping and our "What's In My Bag?" crew caught it all. The band kicks things off with Los Angelesthe seminal album by punk legends X. Laura Jane Grace picks up a DVD copy of Sleep Away Camp 3 and drummer Atom Willard follows that up with a copy of Bloc Party's recent Four album. From classic rock like The Doors to the newest album by Neko Case, Against Me! have a wide selection of picks and lots of fun stories about each one.

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New Video from Welsh Singer/Songwriter Cate Le Bon

Posted by Amoebite, August 28, 2014 02:21pm | Post a Comment

Cate Le Bon

Cate Le BonDressed all in black (as was her backing band) with a black Fender Telecaster in hand, Wales native Cate Le Bon took to the stage at Amoeba Hollywood on April 30, 2014 in support of her latest release, Mug Museum (Wichita Recordings). Le Bon performed a set of beautiful melancholy songs pulled from the new album. Fans packed the aisles at Amoeba and were treated to a signing after the show. 

The new album finds Le Bon crafting gems in the wake of her paternal grandmother's death. By no means is Mug Museum a dark, sad production about mourning, although what's a Cate le Bon album without themes of death and mortality? The album is a well-rounded work of art, at times channelling '60s psych, with organ droned sonics making it both dirty and pretty all at the same time. Le Bon's vocals are front and center like never before and some critics may argue Mug Museum is the best release in her catalog.

Watch Cate Le Bon performing "Are You With Me?" from Mug Museum live at Amoeba Hollywood:

Cate Le Bon - Are You With Me? (Live at Amoeba)
 

Watch more from this set here.

Gabba Gabba Hey It's Time For The Ramones Biopic By Martin Scorsese

Posted by Billyjam, August 28, 2014 09:47am | Post a Comment

The Ramones in concert in  1977 doing "Pinhead" (with refrain "gabba gabba hey")

Is it time for a big production Ramones biopic? As a longtime fan of the pioneering punk group I would say yes it sure is time! But the fact that there are more and more young music fans getting turned onto the timeless music of the Queens NY band who formed in 1974 and left us with such classics as "Blitzkrieg Bop," "Sheena Is a Punk Rocker," "I Wanna Be Sedated," "Pinhead," and "Rockaway Beach" is one of many arguments in favor of a bio-pic about The Ramones. More importantly is the fact that all four original Ramones - Johnny, Joey, Dee Dee and Tommy -  have all passed on (Tommy, who died last month at age 62, being the last original Ramone to leave us), means that yes it is most definitely time for a Ramones biopic. But the film should be done right. So it was good news to read in Billboard yesterday that Queens NY born Martin Scorsese has reportedly made plans to direct (or "attached" to the production as reported by Billboard) of such a film about The Ramones whose 40th anniversary (of their first record in 1976 as distinct from when they first formed two years earlier) is fast approaching in 2016 - a perfect time to release such a film. As the Billboard article reported in addition to this bio-pic there is also a Ramones documentary in the works, along with a theatrical play, and a new book (note that there are already many Ramones books published either - visit the book section at Amoeba). Read Billboard article here and check out The Ramones music at Amoeba.
 

Check Out Bedrocktoberfest in Echo Park Sept. 20

Posted by Billy Gil, August 27, 2014 04:59pm | Post a Comment

bedrocktoberfestAmoeba is delighted to sponsor music and magic fest Bedrocktoberfest on Saturday, Sept. 20. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased here.

Taking place at Bedrock Studios, a recording and practice space in Echo Park, from 3 to 10 p.m., the festival will feature music curated by Yeah Yeah Yeahs guitarist Nick Zinner. There will be performances from noisegrind supergroup Head Wound City (featuring Zinner, Jordan Blilie and Cody Votolato of The Blood Brothers, and Justin Pearson and Gabe Serbian, both from The Locust and Holy Molar) as well as garage rockers Deap Vally and all-female Black Sabbath tribute group Black Sabbitch. It’s hosted by German techno personality Flula and will feature music spun by DJ Soft Touch.

Additionally, there will be magicians curated by The Academy of Magic Arts, including Arthur Trace, Eric Buss and Handsome Jack.

We’ll be on hand with our Prize Wheel, so look for our booth!

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