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Album Picks: Beach House, The Weeknd, Tamaryn, Destroyer, Yo La Tengo, Tijuana Panthers

Posted by Billy Gil, August 28, 2015 11:30am | Post a Comment

Beach House - Depression Cherry

beach house depression cherry lpBeach House’s latest album strips back some of the pop shimmer of their last two albums while maintaining the more confident songcraft they started debuting on 2010’s Teen Dream. It’s a bold move, and one that proves to be the right one for Beach House, as they’ve kept the reins on their trajectory and integrity while furthering the quality of their songwriting. First single “Sparks” is a powerhouse shoegazer that showcases the duo’s strengths, pairing Alex Scally’s emotive guitarwork with Victoria LeGrand’s lush, layered vocals. “Space Song” is a luscious, swaying love song built on a bubbling synthesizer and sighing guitar slides. “10:37’s” deliberately chintzy drum machine keeps time like a cheap alarm clock while Legrand’s vocals and synths float by hazily like nighttime clouds. Album highlight “PPP” reimagines girl group devotion in a serpentine, whispery ballad that ranks among the band’s finest songs. You might miss some of Bloom’s bombast, but you also can’t argue with the quality here. Beach House remain the most consistently great band of their ilk on another album of uncommon, unflinching beauty.

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Amoeba Sponsors the 58th Annual Monterey Jazz Festival, September 18-20

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, August 27, 2015 06:59pm | Post a Comment

 

Monterey Jazz Festival

Amoeba Music is proud to be an official sponsor of the 58th Annual Monterey Jazz Festival and to once Monterey Jazz Festivalagain be on-site with the Mini-Amoeba store! Each year, we have a magical time meeting jazz fans and seeing the world's best musicians. 

This year's festival welcomes more than 500 artists performing nonstop on eight stages for three nights and two days! Come see amazing sets from Wynton Marsalis, Chick Corea, Trombone Shorty, Monty Alexander, Pete Escovedo, Dianne Reeves, Chris Botti, Snarky Puppy, Lizz Wright, Rudresh Mahanthappa, and so many more!

Be sure to visit us at the Mini-Amoeba between sets for tons of rare, collectible, and out-of-print CDs and LPs for sale from our vaults. Plus, look for a host of artists who will be signing copies of their albums at our booth.

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Weekly Roundup: Julia Holter, The Mantles, Ezra Furman, DRINKS

Posted by Billy Gil, August 27, 2015 03:33pm | Post a Comment

Julia Holter “Sea Calls Me Home”

julia holterAccording to L.A.-based artist Julia Holter, her new song “is about moving away from things that trap you, the scary wonder in discovering freedom.” With a Beach Boys-ish beat and a jaunty whistle, the song can’t help but feel like getting out of a bad relationship or quitting a shitty job and staring out at the ocean, finding excitement and clarity before the anxiety of what’s next hits. It’s a difficult emotion to capture, and Holter does so masterfully, capturing a difficult in-between moment. Have You in My Wilderness is due September 25 on Domino.

 

The Mantles – “Doorframe”

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Photo by David Armstrong

Bay Area jangle-pop kids The Mantles are back with a new album called All Odds Ends, due Oct. 16 on Slumberland. The first song is a forlorn little ditty called “Doorframe” that throws some wonderfully gloomy synths over the band’s spirited guitar interplay, feeling like a shady cloud on a summer day. We were big fans of their last album, Long Enough to Leave, so can’t wait to hear what else All Odds has to offer.

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San Francisco's Light Rail Studios Yard Show Benefit for SFCR + Save KUSF with Record Fair, DJs inc. Irwin, & bands inc. Chantigs

Posted by Billyjam, August 27, 2015 12:51pm | Post a Comment
This week Brian Springer  at San Francisco Community Radio (SFCR) - the online radio station that was also known as KUSF In Exile and continues the legacy of beloved Bay Area college radio station KUSF - sent out a mass email to those remaining Bay Area folks who "still remember what community radio meant to SF"  encouraging them to come to this weekend's benefit SFCR Yard Show at the Light Rail Studios space where DJs like Irwin (who presents the popular Sleeves on Hearts music show and who was active in the protests that took place back in 2011)  have been broadcasting from since getting unceremoniously booted off the USF campus back in  2011.

Saturday's (August 29th) twelve hour event, that starts at 10 in the morning, will offer non stop fun and entertainment that will include a variety of food trucks, a record fair, SFCR  DJs spinning live at the event, and many great bands playing including San Francisco alt music vets Chantigs whose success was due in large part to the former 90.3FM radio station. The frequency still exists on the dial but nothing else resembling the former great station that was such an integral part of the fabric of the local San Francisco music scene for so many years.





That day KUSF was booted off the air was a traumatic one for people associated with the station and one they will never forget. "We were forced out by the SFPD while on air.  This was January 21st, 2011," recalled Brian this week, adding how, "We only languished for about 3 months until Light Rail was chosen as our best venue to make an online stream.   The University has asked us to stop using KUSF, basically anything with USF in it.  They did retain the rights to "KUSF" as a brand.   They really only sold the right to transmit on the 90.3 frequency.    Upon the onset, we established that we would be SFCR, San Francisco Community Radio, which is the name of our 501c3."   The university even hung onto KUSF's famed annual record fair.  "The university retained all rights to the Rock and Swap and the brand and income, obviously," Brian told me. Meanwhile at the record fair part of the Yard Show on Saturday there will be several vendors with records to sell plus SFCR who have their "own girth of records to sell off" said Brian who noted that record sellers can still get a six foot table for $20.  "Email me at BrianJSpringer@Yahoo.com for a table, I can accommodate more." 

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FOALS Listening Party at Amoeba SF, Friday 8/28

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, August 25, 2015 07:38pm | Post a Comment

Foals

Oxford, England's FOALS release their fourth full-length album, What Went Down, this Friday (8/28) andFoals, What Went Down we at Amoeba San Francisco are gonna celebrate the momentous occasion with a free, all-ages album listening party at 4:00pm, and you are all invited!

Besides getting to hear What Went Down in its entirety, you will also get a free FOALS poster with purchase of the new album (only while supplies last) and partake in some yummy FOALS cake! But that's not all! Making the scene at this very special event will allow you to enter to win a fabulous FOALS gift pack containing a limited edition hand-stamped cassette, a portable cassette player, and both What Went Down and Holy Fire on vinyl! The only way to enter is to come on down. See you there!

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