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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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New York State of Mind Amoeblog #95: Hip-Hop Celebrated, DJ Dwells Interview, West Indian American Day Carnival

Posted by Billyjam, August 27, 2014 03:00pm | Post a Comment

        

 

What a great week it has been for hip-hop in New York City! On top of the big 2014 DMC US Finals at Webster Hall in the East Village on Saturday (reviewed on Amoeblog here) and the following day's nearby Battle Ave DJ battle at Turntable Lab, there were clubs and concerts galore, an amazing True School Park Jam yesterday, the Harlem Hip-Hop Festival - part of Harlem Week - over the weekend, and first annual International Hip Hop Parade on Saturday. The parade took place in none other than the "Boogie Down" Bronx, the borough where hip-hop was born 41 years ago, with many legendary figures in attendance including the three grand marshals of the parade Melle Mel, Grand Wizzard Theodore, and Kool DJ Red Alert (who afterwards called the parade "a great event to recognize this unstoppable culture that was born in the Bronx."). The organizers of the parade, which took place along Bathgate Avenue to a positive response from onlookers, say that they plan to travel to a new location each year for the event, noting that their mission statement is one of, "showing the positive side of Hip Hop music through technology, education, and expression."  More info.  

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Berkeley World Music Festival - Autumn Equinox, 9/20-9/21

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, August 27, 2014 02:30pm | Post a Comment

The Berkeley World Music Festival holds their first-ever Fall festival with Autumn Equinox the Berkeley World Music Festival Autumn Equinoxweekend of September 20th and 21st. The festival is a free celebration of music and community, and is held outdoors in People's Park and in various Telegraph Avenue venues.

On Saturday, September 20th, shows run from noon to 9pm in People's Park on the Amoeba-sponsored stage! Catch performances from La Misa Negra (Afro-Columbian & Cumbia), SambaDa (Brazilian Samba Funk), Markus James & the Wassonrai (Mississippi Meets West Africa), and more! Also catch live music in cafes, shops & along the sidewalk along Telegraph Ave. from noon to 9pm with Reinhardt Swing (Gypsy Jazz) and Tango Revolution Telegraph (Argentine Class & Milonga), just to name a few.

Sunday is the Telegraph Avenue Street Faire, merging Berkeley World Music Festival and the season finale of Sundays on Telegraph. Enjoy main stage entertainment with Baraka Moon with Stephen Kent (didjeridu) & Sukhawat Ali Khan (Quawali Sufi Trance Dance), The Bouchaib Abdelhadi Band with DanceVersity (Middle Eastern), Sadza Marimba (Zimbabwean dance music), Cypress Grooves (Cajun & Zydeco), Michael Masley (World Kalimbalom & Eggdawn Autoharp), and Simcha (Klezmer). Also take in the street music and art, and circus and interactive play.

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