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Weekly Roundup: Courtney Love, Ariel Pink, The Sandwitches, Pure Ground

Posted by Billy Gil, May 22, 2015 09:27am | Post a Comment

Courtney Love“Miss Narcissist”

courtney love miss narcissistCourntey Love has a new single out on Nathan Williams of WavvesGhost Ramp label. Scoff if you want, but it’s not half bad, signaling the notorious singer may be on the road to musical recovery after a rocky past decade and a half or so. Love’s been more public as of late, speaking about the Kurt Cobain documentary she helped authorize, Montage of Heck, and appearing on shows like Empire and recording music for that show’s soundtrack. Her music’s usually been more interesting than her antics, and “Miss Narcissist” shows she’s got plenty of tunes left up her sleeve. Look for the vinyl 7” of “Miss Narcissist” and B-side “Radio Killer” this summer.

 

Ariel Pink – “I Need a Minute”

ariel pinkAriel Pink has released a new song from the film Heaven Knows What, the new cinema verite/narrative film about a heroin addict who finds love in New York City (it’s showing this Saturday at Cinefamily). Pink created more than 45 minutes of music for the film, but “I Need a Minute” ended up being what was used. The vocally warped synth ballad will be released as a 7”. Listen via Pitchfork, and watch the trailer for Heaven Knows What below. The film is directed by Josh and Benny Safdie, stars Arielle Holmes and is based on Holmes’ forthcoming memoir, Mad Love in New York City.

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Hip-Hop Rap Up: E-40 & Ariel Pink, Alchemist & Oh No, NYC Regional DMC Battle, Killer Mike, G.A.T.S., N.W.A Movie, SF DJ Block Party

Posted by Billyjam, May 22, 2015 07:07am | Post a Comment

E-40 with Ariel Pink? Tangerine Dream with The Alchemist and Oh No?  Yep as unlikely as both those musical pairings might sound each are exactly what you get on the recently released Welcome To Los Santos diverse collection. The album, that is also available in vinyl version, is the new Alchemist and Oh No composition done in partnership with Woody Jackson and Tangerine Dream. Welcome To Los Santos from Mass Appeal Records and Rockstar Games is a multi-genre 14 track compilation of music "based on and inspired by the original soundtrack to Grand Theft Auto V" (cover above) that includes the aformentioned E-40 track ("California") which, in addition to Ariel Pink, features also Dam-Funk. Other contributors include Killer Mike, Freddie Gibbs, Little Dragon, and Tunde Adebimpe of TV On The Radio - to name but some. 

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Show Recap: Tanlines at Amoeba Hollywood

Posted by Billy Gil, May 20, 2015 05:18pm | Post a Comment

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Tanlines have always stood out among the crowded field of electro-pop bands. Their 2012 debut, Mixed Emotions, was clever without being pretentious, cute without being cloying, and hooky as hell to the point that we'd go see them play live years after the fact and without a new album.

tanlines highlights lpNow, with a sturdy new album finally under their belts, the reliably fine live band came out to Amoeba Hollywood May 19 to play a set from the just-released Highlights. The duo (live, a quartet) launched into their first-ever Amoeba set with countryish ballad “Invisible Ways,” a bold choice since it’s one example of how Highlights hops genres and strays from the electro-pop mold, but it’s also one of the album's best songs and a chance for singer Eric Emm to do his best Bryan Ferry over jangling chords.

“We’re not used to seeing this many CDs in the audience,” bassist/keyboardist/percussionist Jesse Cohen said before diving into the surf-rocky new wave of “Slipping Away.” “I love that song!” he said as they tended to their sound and intro’d Mixed Emotions’ “Brothers,” awash with synth and ratcheting forward on live electronic drums. The moody “Bad Situations” followed, again nicely featuring live electronic drums and Emm’s breaking croon.

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French Electronic Pop Outfit Yelle Publish Video For Completement fou's "Ba$$in"

Posted by Billyjam, May 20, 2015 02:19pm | Post a Comment

Yelle "Ba$$in" video published today

In support of their current album  - Complètement fou that was released by Kemosabe Records back in September in both CD and vinyl formats - the irresistible French electronic pop dance group Yelle today published the perfect accompanying music video (above) for the album track "Ba$$in" - the second cut on the recommended thirteen track full-length.  The colorfully vibrant, unique and surreal retro-feel video was directed by the production pairing of music video maker to the stars Diane Martel (Nicki Minaj, Miley Cyrus, Beyonce etc.) with Geoffrey Lillemon who is one of the leading artists of the net.art movement. As such Lillemon bases his work on the interplay between the digital and the physical world - an area described as where the real and the imaginary interact. Together, drawing direct influence from music videos of the the decade when MTV was new, they've produced a video that perfectly compliments Yelle's sound and vibe.

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New "What's in My Bag?" Episode With Sylvan Esso

Posted by Amoebite, May 20, 2015 12:18pm | Post a Comment

Sylvan Esso

Sylvan Esso is an indie pop duo from Durham, North Carolina. Singer Amelia Meath (of Mountain Man) and producer Nick Sanborn (formerly of Megafaun) joined forces in May of 2013. Two months later the duo were performing live on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. Their self-titled debut was released May 12, 2014 by Partisan Records, reaching #39 on the Billboard 200 and #7 on the Independent Albums chart, and selling over 39,000 copies. Paste Magazine named Sylvan Esso's song, "Hey Mami" the #1 song of 2014. The duo's buzz is continuing to grow as they tour across the United States, including playing Coachella in April, and upcoming dates in Europe. 

Amelia and Nick recently stopped by Amoeba Hollywood to do a little shopping. Nick kicks things off with Lateness of Dancers on vinyl by hometown favorite, Hiss Golden Messenger. Amelia digs up a limited 10" copy of alternative hip hop group cLOUDDEAD's Number Five (Mush). They are both big hip hop fans, and Nick particularly loves instrumental hip hop, including Madvillainy Instrumentals. From electronica to sea shanties and from hip hop to experimental, Sylvan Esso definitely have eclectic taste in music! 

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