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Show Recap: Tanlines, SISU and Roses at Sayers Club

Posted by Billy Gil, August 22, 2014 05:48pm | Post a Comment

Tanlines headlined a trio of dreamy indie-pop bands for the latest Red Bull Sound Select show, which happened Aug. 20 at Sayers Club in Hollywood, curated by Amoeba.

roses sayers clubL.A. trio Roses came out bouncing around on stage with a set of new wavey tracks, about half of which could be found on their new EP, Dreamlover. After a couple of upbeat new ones, they got slow and dreamy for “The Fog” before returning to a bobbing dance beat for “Florence Girls.” Guitarist Juan Velasquez remarked that the couch-laden venue felt like MTV Unplugged, something I’d noticed upon entering (or perhaps “VH1 Storytellers”?), and the band finished with a new song that combined Cars-style palm-muted guitars with frontman Marc Steinberg’s intoning vocals.

 

 

 

 

 

sisu fluteSISU came on next, the project from Dum Dum Girls drummer Sandra Vu. In SISU, she’s on guitar and vocals, singing “stash a secret deep in you heart” like it’s a command over thumping krautrock on “Blood Tears,” the title track to her excellent album. Sometimes sultry and hazy, other times crushing with pulverizing guitars, SISU struck the right balance on songs like “Harpoons,” which pairs a grim tone and eerie effects in its verses with a sweetly sung, romantic chorus. A friend said it reminded him a bit of Adore-era Smashing Pumpkins sung by a woman, while I was thinking a lot of Curve—both great comparisons in my book! A flute by the mic was the cause of much speculation/excitement, which Vu brought out for a quick flute solo before returning to more tasty shoegaze crunch.
 

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On Labor Day, Get a $10 Gift Certificate for Spending $60 or More at Amoeba

Posted by Billy Gil, August 22, 2014 01:21pm | Post a Comment

labor day saleSept. 1 is Labor Day, which means maybe you have the day off. What to do?

Head to any Amoeba store on Monday, Sept. 1, and spend $60 and you’ll get a $10 gift certificate to Amoeba, which can be used starting the next day, Sept. 2. That’s like a whole cassette. Or 7”. Or shirt. For FREE.

The fine print: gift certificate, credit and ticket purchases can’t be used toward the $60; it’s limited to one per customer; and it’s for all three stores but not Amoeba.com.

$10 Free. It’s better than a BBQ!

 

 

 

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Weekly Roundup: Allah-Las, White Fence, Deerhoof, Useless Eaters, Tomorrows Tulips

Posted by Billy Gil, August 22, 2014 09:19am | Post a Comment

Allah-Las – “Buffalo Nickel”

allah-lasThe third track Allah-Las have previewed from their upcoming new album, Worship the Sun (out Sept. 16 on Innovative Leisure, preorder now on LP or CD),is the most pop-oriented yet, with its ba ba ba verses and easygoing vibe, though there’s a nice deserty drone beneath it. The band will be at Amoeba Music for a free in-store performance Sept. 5 at 5 p.m., come check it out!

 

White Fence – “Like That” video

white fenceWhite Fence’s new album, For the Recently Found Innocent, is so good they should throw Tim Presley in jail. In fact, that’s what happens in the video for “Like That.” And speaking of, keep an eye out for an upcoming episode of “What’s In My Bag?” with Presley.

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Hip-Hop Rap-Up, Week End 08.22.14: Dilated Peoples, Souls of Mischief, DREAM Day, Independent Hip-Hop Day + more

Posted by Billyjam, August 22, 2014 06:30am | Post a Comment

Dilated Peoples "Good As Gone" (2014)

Amoeba Hollywood Hip-Hop Top Five Week Ending 08:22:14

1) Dilated Peoples Director of Photography (Rhymesayers Ent) (also on clear vinyl LP format)

2) Kendrick Lamar Good kid, m.A.A.d city [Deluxe Edition]  (Aftermath)

3)  Quasimoto "Planned Attack" / Talkin' Shit" [Picture Disc] (7") (Stones Throw)

4) Freddie Gibbs Pinata (Madlib Invazion)

5) J-Dilla Donuts (45 box set) (Stones Throw)

At the Los Angeles Amoeba Music store this week the number one album in the latest hip-hop chart is the brand new, anticipated album from hometown heroes Dilated Peoples who return after eight long years (but don't call it a comeback!) with an incredible album.  Director of Photography on Rhymesayers Entertainment, that was also pressed up on clear vinyl LP format, is a wonderfully executed work that's all tied together with the theme of photography (see the video clip below - one in a series that the group explain the meaning behind this theme). With lots of references to hip-hop and to their hometown Directors is intricately produced with layered seductive bass-lines, bone tingling beats, and engaging rhyme flows that find Evidence and company at their finest. Well worth the wait. See video above for “Good as Gone” and check out such tracks as “Show Me the Way” featuring on the chorus Aloe Blacc. Writes the Amoeba.com reviewer: "Though it’s plenty rooted in classic hip-hop, Directors of Photography mostly avoids feeling dated with some of its more adventurous tracks. Record pops, lo-fi mics and a dark guitar lick give “Let Your Thoughts Fly Away” a terrific modern underground feel, its wicked bass comes through partway in to keep it engaging amid lyrics about “dreaming even though we’re wide awake.” And “Opinions May Vary” featuring great young hip-hop duo Gangrene is head-spinning in the best way, like riding out a bad trip and just going with it. Ditto the rest of Directors of Photography, a heavy dose of chemically altered yet classically minded hip-hop."

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New Video from Saintseneca

Posted by Amoebite, August 21, 2014 05:40pm | Post a Comment

Saintseneca at Amoeba Hollywood

When folk rock band Saintseneca stopped by Amoeba Hollywood recently, they brought with them a strong dose of Appalachian inspired harmonies, an odd, three-stringed instrument called a Strumstick, and a very appreciative crowd. Columbus, OH-based bandmates Zac Little, Maryn Jones, Steve Ciolek, Jon Meador took the stage for a short set that saw them moving from rollicking, upbeat sing-a-long choruses to melancholy, introspective moments to post-punk style reverb-drenched breakdowns.

Saintseneca's first album on ANTI- Records, Dark Arc, came out this past spring, and the band have basically been on tour ever since. This fall, they're touring all across America, with a Los Angeles stop on October 9, at the Bootleg Theatre. Check out the band's lively, foot-stomping take on traditional American music below.

Saintseneca - Live at Amoeba
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