Electronic pop acts Baths, Wrestlers and OOFJ will play the show, with L.A.-based Australian band Wunder Wunder hosting. The show is 18-and-over and is $3 with an RSVP and $12 without, though an RSVP doesn't guarantee you entrance, so plan to arrive early.
Baths is the project by SoCal native Will Wiesenfeld, who plays a mellowed-out blend of electronica and dream-pop with indie-rock and hip-hop influences poking through. He has released three albums under the Baths name, the most recent of which was 2013's critically acclaimed Obsidian. In 2014, he released the Ocean Death EP, featuring the title track as heard below:
The free, all-ages show takes place at 8 p.m. at California Plaza in Downtown Los Angeles. Stop by our booth to spin our Prize Wheel.
Funk-jam band Dumpstaphunk incorporates jazz, soul, blues and rock 'n' roll into their eclectic sound. They're also rock royalty, with Ivan Neville on vocals and his cousin, Ian Neville, on guitar — Ivan is the son of R&B singer Aaron Neville, and Ian is the son of Art Neville, who was in The Neville Brothers with Aaron. Together with bass players Nick Daniels and Tony Hall and drummer Nikki Glaspie, the younger Nevilles have evolved from what was once Ivan's side project to being called "the best funk band from New Orleans right now" by The New York Times.
Hear a taste of the band's music with the tune "Dancin' to the Truth" from the album Dirty Word below:
Ireland's current poor economy may not be in quite as dire a state as that of some of its fellow European nations such as Spain or Greece where current unemployment rates are 22% and 25% respectively, compared with Ireland's (still high) 10% unemployment rate. But with constant economic cutbacks, diminishing public programs, and increasing living costs including the controversial proposed water charges that drew huge protests in the nation's capital, Ireland is far removed from its bygone economic boom years the so-called Celtic Tiger. Long gone are those lush years of its economic growth when everyday conversations focused on purchasing second and third homes. Nowadays austerity is the word you're more likely to hear along complaints about the Irish government and politicians in general who, along with bankers that got rich off the short-lived boom years, are disliked by so many in the Emerald Isle. Tapping into and perfectly articulating that national feeling of contempt for the elite powers (government and corporations) is Irish rapper Tommy KD whose latest single "Satan's Government" (video below that was shot in part during the aforementioned water-charge protests) vents the feelings felt that so many in Ireland and across Europe. The powerful single - his follow-up to "Bag Of Gear" (also produced by Hazo) previously featured on the Amoeblog - contains the chant along refrain "The Goverment I hate them. They belong to Satan. Everything the people own; they've gone out and taken. And we are all forsaken at the hands of these greedy statesmen." Mincing no words he also raps "Fuck them in The Dail [Irish government] and "Fuck the Mayor and the President." Elsewhere he offers that, "No political party will bring about change until we change the system" and how, "The government rebuke every promise they make and doctor the truth…and they say fuck the working class, no hopers……..The good old days of the Celtic Tiger are over!" Via email, with assistance from his Anam Recordings label rep Patrick Neary, I caught up with the artist born Thomas Kiernan Dunne earlier today from Ireland to ask him what he sees (if any) as a possible solution to the current political/economic situation in Ireland? "[It] should be an emphasis on community spirit, affordable housing, and an outright change to a system where people come before profit," he replied. Observing the impressive turnout for the recent water-charge protest in Dublin (where part of the video for "Satan's Government" was shot) I wondered what Tommy KD felt it takes to get the people of Ireland to sit up and protest effectively? "The more they enforce these world wide austerity programs the more people will unite and protest," he replied, adding that, "It may just reach, or need to reach, a tipping point like the ongoing events in Greece where everyone will have had enough!"
Every Sunday in July our stores are having a different 20% off sale.
On Sunday, July 12, it is 20% off shirts and posters. July 19 take 20% off books, comics, mugs and toys; and on July 26, enjoy 20% off all used DVD and Blu-ray.
If you haven't been to Amoeba in a while, it's a great excuse to come out and pick up fresh merch, get some new movies, or peruse our new toy sections in LA and SF. See some of the products we have for sale in the photos below.
We hope to see you every Sunday this month!