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What you neighbors know about the Dirty South? -- A South County primer

Posted by Eric Brightwell, July 31, 2013 04:44pm | Post a Comment
YES, THE STEREOTYPES, THERE MUST BE MORE TO LIFE

Most of us know the stereotypes and are familiar with the frequent characterizations of Orange County. It’s supposedly culture-less and even somehow history-less. Anyone who’s spent any time in Los Angeles has no doubt heard the same hollow, bafflingly ignorant observations made of about that richly cultured city yet sadly, many Angelenos (who ought to no better) still nevertheless cling to the dated, and increasingly disconnected stereotypes about their neighbors to the south.


Pendersleigh & Sons Cartography's map of South Orange County
Pendersleigh & Sons Cartography's map of South Orange County

Of course anyone who’s spent any time in Orange County knows that the popular images of that County have as little in common with reality as the prevailing stereotypes of Los Angeles do. I'll acknowledge that there’s a degree of truth to some of them but as Orange County grows more urban, more diverse, more liberal, and more interesting, spreading them reveals more about the vastness of the spreader's ignorance than their insight or knowledge about the subject.


As of 2012 roughly 31% of Orange Countians were registered Democrats whereas 42% were registered Republicans so neither corporate political party can claim the majority (for now although the percentage of the former grows whilst the latter declines). Of all Orange Countians, 45% speak a language other than English at home. With a population that is 44% white*, 34% Latino**, 18% Asian, 2% black, and 1% Native American, there is no racial or ethnic majority. Forbes magazine recently placed Orange County above Los Angeles County in its list of the most diverse communities. Orange also has the third largest county population in California, just behind that of San Diego. But Orange’s population density is contained much higher. 1,472.3/km2 versus San Diego’s is 260/km2,making it more than five times as dense as the second biggest county in the state and therefore hardly a big, sleepy suburb.

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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Two DJ Legends, Jazzy Jeff & Z-Trip

Posted by Amoebite, July 31, 2013 04:37pm | Post a Comment

Jazzy Jeff and Z-Trip at Amoeba

Only at Amoeba Hollywood would you find two iconic turntablists digging for records. From producing platinum and gold selling albums to acting alongside music cohort Will Smith in Fresh Prince of Bel-Air to touring the world making people dance, DJ Jazzy Jeff has done it all! 

Z-Trip is easily the Jimi Hendrix of turntbles. Widely known as the "godfather of mashups," he practically invented the genre and brought it to the world. Z-Trip has remixed some of music's biggest stars including Michael Jackson, Nirvana, Bob Marley, Daft Punk and the Beastie Boys, just to name a few. Not only has Z-Trip designed his own signature Rane mixer (Rane Sixty Two), but he was also voted "America's Best DJ" in 2009.  

What's In My Bag? caught up with Z-Trip and DJ Jazzy Jeff when they were in Los Angeles for the Red Bull Thre3Style national competition and dance party. The two, along with DJ A-Trak are judges for the competition. They took time to dig for records and tell us all about their findings. From Soul 45 box sets, to early '80s rap twelve singles, Z-Trip and Jeff find some really cool stuff. Take note of the disco break Z-Trip points out on 'the 70s blue eyed soul record.

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New 12"/LP/CD Releases at Amoeba Hollywood 7/31 - Todd Terje, Vakula, Fred P, Split Secs and more!

Posted by Oliver / Matt / Jordan, July 31, 2013 04:27pm | Post a Comment

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Strandbar 12"

Olsen 

Todd's first solo release since the world-beating Inspector Norse . This set, a friendly volley to a music critic's dismissal of Inspector as "Strand" or "Beach" bar music, starts with an a-side length Samba version, buoying an insistent piano house progression with nuanced live percussion. When the progression changes to a sublime four-chord vamp it's just as massive a moment as anything on Inspector Norse - this time relying on pure musicianship rather than Arp 2600 acrobatics.

Buy Strandbar 12"

 

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Bandura 002 12"

Bandura

Excellent new material from the prolific producer, the second white label release on his own Bandura. Vakula channels jazz influences here, with opener "D The Man" playing two relatively ornate piano/rhodes lines against each other. "Evening Breeze" is similarly busy, this time relying on cosmic synth interplay for a boogie-prog sound. "Fifth Experiment" is more traditional, by Vakula's standards that is, it's excellent underwater deep house. "4 G Lady" once again leans on heavily processed jazz chords and even an accomplished vibes solo. All winners, move quick.

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Say Hello to Amoeba at the LA Weekly Pancake Breakfast

Posted by Billy Gil, July 31, 2013 02:45pm | Post a Comment

la weekly pancake breakfastWhat if you were just surrounded by people giving you pancakes? What if they were all the best pancakes, selected by someone who really knows their stuff?

That dream is a reality! LA Weekly celebrates its third annual Pancake Breakfast Aug. 11 from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. The event will be held at former cathedral church Vibiana, in Downtown L.A., and is curated by Evan Kleiman of KCRW’s “Good Food.”

Amoeba will be on hand with a booth handing out goodies (non-edible goodies, we’ll leave that to the experts).

For $30, you get unlimited beverages from the bar (including alcoholic beverages for the 21+ crowd), samplings from more than 20 restaurants, entertainment and a free coffee cup! Tickets are on sale here.

Vibiana is located at 214 South Main St.

New York State of Mind Amoeblog #42: Ultimate DJ Battle Weekend (DMC + Gong Battles), Free Outdoor Movies + more

Posted by Billyjam, July 31, 2013 02:00pm | Post a Comment

        Brooklyn Bridge, with tarps covering sections, from East Side of Manhattan this week

With July winding to a close today we are now approximately around the half way mark of summer in the city. And as anyone who visits here will tell you New York City is so abuzz with summer activity everyday of the week: so much so that there is physically no way any one person could take advantage of all the entertainment on tap throughout the city - and most of it is free too! As usual for this New York State of Mind Amoeblog (#42 in the ongoing weekly series) I will merely scratch the surface but still present a decent amount of choices out there in the Big Apple with a focus on free outdoor movies in New York City.
Free outdoor movies are a staple of most major cities every summer (EG the Bay Area has many wonderful series to chose from) but New York City has an incredible amount that range in genre of film as well as type of screening location: parks, plazas, beaches, and rooftops. On Tuesday (Aug 6th) on the rooftop of The Roosevelt Hotel on 46th Street Manhattan the classic gangster movie Goodfellas (a movie you can re-watch hundreds of times) screens as part of the ongoing Summer Movie Nights at mad46 series. More info.  Going for many years and truly a NYC tradition are the HBO sponsored free Monday night Bryant Park Summer Film Festival series. This coming Monday (August 5th) at dusk on the parks lush lawn will be a screening of the 1979 film Norma Rae starring Sally Field about a young single mother / textile worker who, in the face of adversity, helps  unionize her mill. Bryant Park is located at 42nd and Sixth Ave. More info here. That same night over in Brooklyn and down on the beach at Coney Island as part of the Coney Island Flicks On The Beach summer series last year's superhero/action film starring Robert Downey Jr., The Avengers, will screen at sundown. More info here.

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Amoeba Holds Depeche Mode VIP Contest, Attends Depeche Mode Convention

Posted by Billy Gil, July 31, 2013 11:00am | Post a Comment

depeche mode amoebaLots of news for Depeche Mode fans. The classic new wave band is appearing Sept. 29 at Staples Center, and you can win a pair of VIP tickets through Amoeba. Enter at our contest page starting Aug. 6! You can also buy tickets for that show here.

But there’s more, Depeche-heads. On Aug. 11 there will be a Depeche Mode Convention at The Avalon in Hollywood. The all-ages event takes place from 7 p.m.-2 a.m. Famed new wave DJ Richard Blade hosts, and the event will feature live music from DM tribute band Strangelove and guest DJs, in addition to collectibles, videos, contests, prizes and dancing. The Avalon’s restaurant, Honey, also will be open for the event, and the venue has six full bars and bottle service.

depeche mode delta machineAmoeba will be on hand from 7 p.m. to midnight with lots of items for sale. Amoeba Hollywood also has tickets on sale to the event for $20 (plus a $2 service fee).

Don’t forget to check out the band’s excellent, recently released Delta Machine, as well.

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July 30, 2013: Stranded

Posted by phil blankenship, July 30, 2013 10:15pm | Post a Comment
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Ashes To Vinyl, Dust To Discs, and Other Interesting Ways to Recycle Human Ashes

Posted by Billyjam, July 30, 2013 02:01pm | Post a Comment

I have long been aware of records, especially 12" vinyl, being transformed into other things  including a lot of artists using them as the basis of their work, and have even written about some of vinyl artists on the Amoeblog (here and here). I have also been well aware of many innovative folks who use other materials besides vinyl, such as wood or cardboard, to make a record with grooves on it to spin and play sounds. However taking ashes - as in the ashes of human remains - and flipping them as material for pressing up records was a total surprise to me. But, as reported last month by BloombergBusinessweek in the Lifestyle section and consequently picked up by such other sites as The Strut, there is a company over in the UK called Vinyly that for the past four years have been making records out of the ashes of human remains mixed in with vinyl. This they do sprinkling a deceased person's ashes into raw vinyl at the record pressing plant - the vinyl ratio has to outweigh the ashes for practical purposes. Then they press up a record with music/sounds either from supplied audio tracks or this unique record making company will bring in session musicians to record a customized track as specified by a client. Noteworthy though is the high cost in comparison to regular vinyl pressing. It's kind of costly at a tag of approx $5000 for a run of 30 copies of one record. Then  original artwork by the company is not cheap either amounting to an extra $4000 or more. But Vinyly is no ordinary record company. In fact they even offer product distribution to select “reputable vinyl stores worldwide.” From visiting the Vinyly website, where they sell some related merch, I saw that they will also recycle your pet's ashes into records. Read the full report from Bloomberg here  and find out more or to contact the UK's Vinyly click here.

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Album Picks: Hiatus Kaiyote, Alela Diane, Raw Geronimo

Posted by Billy Gil, July 30, 2013 10:51am | Post a Comment

Hiatus Kaiyote - Tawk Tomahawk

hiatus kaiyoteYou'd be forgiven for scratching your head upon first listen of Hiatus Kaiyote's Tawk Tomahawk. The Australian band doesn't really sound like anyone else, although there are signposts — the vocal swoops and glitched-out organic sounds of Bjork; the the otherworldly soul of Erykah Badu; the atmospherics and layering of Radiohead; and the psychedelic beatwork of J Dilla. Yet Hiatus Kaiyote take what could be a coiled mess of influences and stretch them into something unique and memorable on Tawk Tomahawk. Though things are largely pleasant and ethereal on songs like the stunning "Mobius Streak," frontwoman Nai Palm gets jazzy and raspy on "The World It Softly Lulls" and goes deep and dark on "Malika," while the beats get distorted and aggressive on "Ocelot." Lounges of the future may be spinning Tawk Tomahawk and calling it a classic of forward-thinking soul.

Hiatus Kaiyote Tawk Tomahawk CD $10.98

Hiatus Kaiyote Tawk Tomahawk LP $16.98 [out 9/17; preorder here]

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SPRiNG BREAKERS: Spring Break 4 Ever!!!

Posted by Kelly S. Osato, July 29, 2013 01:02pm | Post a Comment
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Spring Breakers, the name says it all. For all intents and purposes it is the what, when, why, where, and who of Harmoy Korine's latest youth culture thesis -- a 94 minute non-stop Girls Gone Wild-esque Dubstep rager that prudently substitutes a copiousness of style for a seemingly decided lack of dramatic substance, inter-cut with super slo-mo beach bosoms and bottom biscuits jiggling at a hypnotizing rate of frames per second. it doesn't make a much sense, but whatever. It's summertime and this movie rules!

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It seems to me that the real juice of the Spring Breakers fruit has little to do with cautionary tales, innocence lost or questionable actions, but rather it has everything to do with James Franco's cornrows. That is, soaking up the the overall look of the film, which seems to be inspired if not full-on endorsed by Vice Magazine sponsored American Apparel type fad-mongering marketing strategies, is as good as this movie gets.
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It shouldn't go without mentioning, however, that that highly skilled costume designer Heidi Bivens'  hot-neon, day-glo accented beach wear, DTF sweatpants, and pink unicorn ski masks really transport viewers into the hyper-surreal world of Spring Breakers to the point of outmoding the efforts of the aforementioned houses of haute hipsterwares for the trending-now crowd. Indeed, the joint efforts of Bivens and Korine, not to mention the talents of cinematographer Benoît Debie, seem to signify an extremely creatively driven approach to fully realizing this project, but the commercial element Spring Breakers presents is most definitely a fashion force to be reckoned with, whether the message translates as what to buy or what not to buy. For me, I couldn't suppress the urge to indulge in a cinematic marathon of summer fashion features after practically gagging on Spring Breakers.

Music History Monday: July 29

Posted by Jeff Harris, July 29, 2013 12:05pm | Post a Comment

To read more Behind The Grooves, go to http://behindthegrooves.tumblr.com.

Born on this day: July 29, 1953 - Geddy Lee (born Gary Lee Weinrib in North York, Ontario, Canada), bassist and lead vocalist of Rush. Happy 60th Birthday, Geddy!
 


On this day in music history: July 29, 1967 - “Light My Fire” by The Doors hits #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for three weeks. Written by Robby Krieger, John Densmore, Ray Manzarek, and Jim Morrison, it is the biggest hit for the L.A.-based rock band.  Composed mainly by guitarist Krieger, it will be credited to the entire band when he brings the unfinished song into the studio for the other band members to expand upon. The nearly seven-minute-long track is edited down to under three minutes for single release when it receives heavy airplay as an LP cut. The edited mono single version will also present the song at its originally recorded speed. The more commonly heard stereo LP version was mixed at a slightly slower speed due to an error made during the mixing process. Released as the second single from the bands’ self-titled debut album, it will quickly become a radio staple. Entering the Hot 100 at #93 on June 3, 1967, it will reach the top of the chart eight weeks later. “Light My Fire” is certified Gold in the US by the RIAA.
 

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Author, Musician & Lifelong Anarchist Mick Farren Died Onstage During Deviants Concert

Posted by Billyjam, July 29, 2013 07:40am | Post a Comment

Over the weekend British author, political observer, career anarchist, party animal, journalist, and musician Mick Farren - best known as the leader of the '60's counterculture rock band The Deviants - died on Saturday night (7/27) after collapsing onstage during a concert with his longtime band at London's Borderline club. He was 69 years of age. Pre-dating the British punk movement by a decade, The Deviants have been accurately described as the first true anarchist rock band. Following close in their footsteps were The Pink Fairies - the band that The Deviants spawned when formed by three other members in 1970. The Deviants, who first formed in 1967 and broke up in 1969, would get back together intermittently over the decades. There is a great quote by Mick Farren that has been circulating online since news of his passing surfaced in which he famously told an audience, "This is British amphetamine psychosis music and if you don’t like it you can fuck off and listen to your Iron Butterfly albums!"

Always a master of words Farren turned most of his energies to writing about music and culture back in the early '70s sometime after releasing his solo album Mona – The Carnivorous Circus, which included his version of "Summertime Blues" (below). He never gave up music completely but focused on writing primarily, contributing to such British underground, counterculture publications as The International Times, as well as (later) for such music mags as the NME and The Trouser Press. He has written dozens of books over the years including both fiction (fantasy lit been his forte) and non-fiction, including several books on Elvis Presley and his entertaining autobiography Give The Anarchist A Cigarette.  Up until recently Farren had lived in Los Angeles, where he wrote for the Los Angeles CityBeat from 2003 to 2008, before returning back to his English homeland a few years ago.

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Aceyalone Lives For His Art As Proven By Last Night's Brooklyn Concert By The LA Hip-Hop Legend

Posted by Billyjam, July 28, 2013 02:45pm | Post a Comment
"I feel like I'm at the Good Life," the clearly happy Aceyalone complimented his audience during last night's fun concert at Brooklyn's Knitting Factory. Despite the fact that most in attendance at the Saturday night Williamsburg show would have been only toddlers or pre-teens when the legendary West Coast emcee and Project Blowed co-founder was putting it down at the short-lived but influential Good Life Cafe in South Central Los Angeles didn't seem to matter one bit. They all obviously understood the reference made by this revered hip-hop lyrical force known for his pivotal role in the early LA underground hip-hop scene, his membership of the hip-hop groups Freestyle Fellowship, Haiku D'Etat and The A-Team, and the prolific artist's impressive solo catalog of recordings including the brand new album Leanin' On Slick (Decon Records on both CD and LP) that he and album producer BIONIK, who backed him on stage last night, included some songs from in their all-too-short but energetic set that featured mostly abbreviated versions of songs.

In addition to the title track of Leanin' On Slick Aceyalone and BIONIK, who drummed live as well as dropping beats and sound effects and providing backing vocals, ran through some other select album tracks from this soulful funky new album including "Workin' Man's Blues" (that features Cee Lo Green) plus a variety of other songs. These included treating the New York audience to a couple of brand new, unreleased, never performed live tracks that were atypical of Ace's work to date: more on the contemporary bass-heavy tip with more simplified lyrics, and complete with trap-style drum patterns and booty-shaking rhythms. Of Leanin' On Slick (the great cover of which above was photographed on a recent trip to Cuba where the video for the title track - below - was filmed) the artist said, "It is a part of a series that I am continuing throughout my career." Aceyalone told me this when I met him the day before the concert at WFMU radio in New Jersey where we chatted both on the air and off about such things as his beginnings in hip-hop in LA at a time when gangsta rap was the predominant flavor of the genre. "Heavy gang culture in the 80's" influenced a lot of the LA rap around the time," he told me of the early days of Freestyle Fellowship and Project Blowed. "But we always tried to keep it artistic with the jazz and reggae influence and of course the funk. That was a part of our focus; to not be so cliche as to be what everyone expects of West Coast - at the time"

As for The Good Life Cafe Aceyalone enthused, "Oh man the intensity there just climaxed from the moment it started all the way up to the top when it kinda exploded." Of the legendary open mic sessions he recalled how, "We started there the first week and it just kinda went on and on and on. It got better and better. The competition got better. And before you knew it record execs started coming down there. Hundreds of people were packing the place. And it only last for three and a half, maybe four years. And if you really want to see a history of it, there's a movie out called This Is The Life" he said recommending the Ava DuVernay directed 2008 documentary.

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July 27, 2013: Only God Forgives

Posted by phil blankenship, July 27, 2013 10:19pm | Post a Comment
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Summer Jams: Turnstyle's "Riding A Wave"

Posted by Kelly S. Osato, July 26, 2013 11:59pm | Post a Comment
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I don't know about you, but I'm not back on my quest for fresh cuts to flesh out my latest Summer Jams digest, I'm still on it! Though, "fresh" might be a less-than-ideal descriptive word for this latest discovery as it was very much exhumed from Amoeba's oldies bin during a protracted dig. Nevertheless, Turnstyle's "Riding A Wave" has become a favorite of mine over the last week, with many thanks to British music journalist John Reed -- a man I hold in high esteem for the compilations he has produced, namely Hot Smoke and Sassafras: Psychedelic Pstones Vol. I. I highly recommend this collection, but I digress...
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There's not a lot of information out there about the Turnstyle but that probably has everything to do with the fact that this act didn't last long at all. The band formed in 1968 by 17-year-old drummer and songwriter Mark Ashton and went on to record the somewhat edgy, average pop-psych single "Riding A Wave" (b/w "Trot") for Pye Records. Within six months after the release of the 45, Turnstyle supported the Nice for a few live dates before calling it quits without issuing any further recordings. Ashton, his wave riding days behind him as it were, took to the sky with progressive rock unit Rare Bird.
But wait, there's more!

As with my last Summer Jams post, spotlighting Nick Nicely's "On The Beach", some awesome kindred spirit in the universe has created a music video utilising some gnarly vintage film footage of surf, beaches, and bad boy surfers to accompany Turnstyle's "Ridging A Wave" in a such a way that I cannot help but fall in love with this addition to my Summer Jams 2013 mixtape all over again.

Show Recap: Raw Geronimo at Amoeba Hollywood

Posted by Billy Gil, July 26, 2013 05:40pm | Post a Comment

raw geronimo amoeba hollywoodL.A.'s Raw Geronimo began their July 25 set at Amoeba Hollywood with a stampede of drums as frontwoman Laena Geronimo cooed breathily over spacey guitar. That quickly ended as the bad went full bore into a heavy post-punk jam. Geronimo whipped her hair and flailed around between belting, eventually landing on the floor during the song's dreamy outro.

raw geronimo dream feverThe three-girl, three-guy band's next song roared right out of the gate, its two drummer set-up eliciting tribal moves and its other members offering B-52's style backups. For their next number, the guitarist played a looping Arabic riff while Geronimo intoned overhead, calling to mind Siouxsie and the Banshees circa "Arabian Nights."

Their next song had a dark surf jangle, highlighting a full-band assault of over Geronimo's theatrical presence, though her huge vocal swoops came in at exactly the right times, just as the band was letting loose. At no point did any of the six members seem to sit very still, but the band still made it seem effortless, clearly showing mastery as a live band — they casually changed out a keyboard when it malfunctioned, saying they had a backup. Geronimo's voice backed up for a moodier song, which was punctuated by Asiatic melodies. They turned it back up for a loud and jangly one and let out into a wild groove on the following song, probably the most intoxicating one on a purely musical basis. On their last song, single "Magnetic Love," they slowed down for a '50s style ballad made more powerful through huge drums and volcanic guitar work. It proved the band capable of whisking together various genres and eras of inspiration yet still coming out sounding like its own band.

See more photos from the show here. Pick up Dream Fever on LP now!

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Hip-Hop Rap-Up, Week End 07.26.13: U-God, La Femme Deadly Venoms, Lady Fingaz, Chill Moody, Hieros, Young Gully

Posted by Billyjam, July 26, 2013 10:10am | Post a Comment
Amoeba Music Hollywood Top Five Week Ending 07: 26:13

1) Jay-Z Magna Carta Holy Grail (Def Jam)

2) Kanye West Yeezus (Def Jam)

3) U-God Keynote Speaker (Soul Temple)

4) Dr Dre The Chronic (Interscope)

5) MF Doom  Mm. Food? (Rhymesayers Ent)

As well as the universally popular new joints from Jay-Z and Kanye West  (Magna Carta Holy Grail and Yeezus respectively), popular sellers at Amoeba Hollywood this past week have included some older, classic releases including Dr Dre's two decade old and still going strong, landmark, influential album The Chronic and MF Doom's ever amazing almost full decade old recording Mm. Food? which never gets old. Meantime the brand new addition to the top five above from the LA store is U-God's Keynote Speaker.  Most fans agree that U-God may not be the strongest member of the Clan known as Wu-Tang that he co-founded but the artist born Lamont Jody Hawkins is still most definitely a very talented artist with more depth than many often give him credit for. And Keynote Speaker, released this week on RZA's Soul Temple Records, instantly proves this point with a sound that is sure to satisfy longtime fans of the Wu-Tang who fiend for something new from the Staten Island hip-hop legends. This thirst is further satisfied with album guest shots from Wu members Method Man and Inspectah Deck. Other U-God album guests include Elzhi and Styles P. But for the best idea of what Keynote Speaker sounds like check out the brand new video below of the album track "Skyscraper" that includes lots of great aerial and street shots of New York City from Times Square down to the still under construction Freedom Tower. Also below is the brand new video from Chill Moody for his song "Chains."

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July 25, 2013: The To Do List and The Purge

Posted by phil blankenship, July 26, 2013 12:52am | Post a Comment
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Help Produce Magical Chanteuse Jill Tracy's Haunting New Video

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, July 25, 2013 07:30pm | Post a Comment

We here at the Amoeblog are big fans of the San Francisco-based noir cabaret singer/pianist/storyteller and jill tracyone-time featured Amoeba Music Homegrown Artist Jill Tracy. Her beautifully chilling cinematic music, sophisticated lyrics, old-world glamour, and curious passion for strange tales has garnered her much attention and many awards over the years. With six albums to her name, Tracy’s music has appeared on CBS, NBC, PBS, numerous independent and feature films (including Jeremy Carr's surreal thriller Ice Cream Ants), and her song "Evil Night Together" was used to promote the last season of Dexter! What a delightfully macabre match!

Now this "femme fatale for the thinking man” (said the San Francisco Chronicle) who has elegantly carved her trademark style of glam noir music is raising funds via Kickstarter to finish a beautiful video for her song "Pulling Your Insides Out," directed by Jeremy Carr. Shot on location in Red Hook, Brooklyn (once home to legendary horror icon H.P. Lovecraft), the video features eerie cobblestone alleys, and an authentic NYC thunder and lightning storm which happened suddenly in the midst of shooting! See some sneak-peek footage from this lush video below and donate to the cause HERE!

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Weekly Roundup: Youth Code, Chelsea Wolfe, Crystal Antlers and More

Posted by Billy Gil, July 25, 2013 04:44pm | Post a Comment

Youth Code – “Carried Mask”

youth codeL.A. dark synth music duo Youth Code has unveiled another song from their upcoming self-titled debut album, which will be released Sept. 3 on Dais. It’s a throbbing number reminiscent of industrial/EBM music pioneers like Ministry and Skinny Puppy, with a taut dance beat to match its grind and screeched vocals. It makes me want to go to Das Bunker and dance to darkwave all night. Can’t wait for this album!

 

Boardwalk – “I’m to Blame” video

boardwalk bandNostalgic, dreamy stuff from new L.A. duo Boardwalk. Fans of Beach House and Mazzy Star should feel right at home within the folds of this organ-fueled blanket of lo-fi dream pop. Surprisingly, their debut album will find a home on L.A.-based Stones Throw Records, which has grown and diversified from its beats-driven roots. Boardwalk is due Oct. 15.

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Amoeba Helps Pay Tribute to Elliott Smith

Posted by Billy Gil, July 25, 2013 03:15pm | Post a Comment
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Elliott Smith performing live at Amoeba SF, 1998

In commemoration of what would have been his 44th birthday on August 6th, several of Elliott Smith's musician friends are coming together for a series of benefit shows for various organizations. Amoeba is proud to take part in the event through donations to nonprofit organization Free Arts For Abused Children.

During the month of August, Amoeba will be donating a portion of the proceeds from sales of any of Elliott Smith’s catalogue (including digital) to Free Arts.

Amoeba has Elliott Smith's entire catalog available, including every album and rare singles available as a download. See our stock of Smith albums below:

Albums:

Roman Candle (1994)

Elliott Smith (1995)

Either/Or (1997)

XO (1998)

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Mistah FAB & Honor Roll's Tap.10 Play Free SF Concert @ GAMH Tonight With Open Bar

Posted by Billyjam, July 25, 2013 10:43am | Post a Comment

Mistah F.A.B. "Ghost Ride It" (2007)

Bay Area folks can check out Oakland rapper Mistah FAB (aka Mistah F.A.B. - the Yellow Bus Ridah) plus a DJ set by Tap.10 of the Honor Roll Crew playing a free show tonight (Thursday July 25th) as part of the MGD Get Fresh Tour at the Great American Music Hall on O'Farrell Street in San Francisco - thanks to the sponsorship of an American beer company who are offering tickets to those to RSVP in advance (I.E. right now) by visiting MGD.com/getfreshtour and logging to Facebook and saying you like their beer. You can tell a lie too about liking the beer or, if by chance you never tasted it, you can at the accompanying open bar with free booze all night at tonight's event. While North Oakland rapper Mistah FAB, who was one of the key players in the Bay Area hyphy movement some years back, may not be near as hot a commodity as he once was back in the mid to late 2000's (many blame the delay in his major label national release to his fall from popularity), he is still a talented artist with a fat back-catalog of songs to draw from such as "Ghost Ride It" above or the Traxamillion produced hit he made with Too $hort "Sideshow" (below) from that same period - at the peak of the short-lived Bay Area hyphy movement. Insiders have also been tipped FAB to make a bit of a comeback with his music being included in the soundtrack to the new movie Fruitvale Station about the killing of Oscar Grant. Doors for tonight's show are 8:30pm but show up early as a line is expected to form before then. The Great American Music Hall is located at 859 O Farrell Street (near Polk) in San Francisco, CA 94109. More club info here. And to ensure admission to tonight's show RSVP here now.

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To see my home in East Pasadena

Posted by Eric Brightwell, July 24, 2013 09:29pm | Post a Comment
EAST PASADENA

East Pasadena sign


This neighborhood exploration is about tiny East Pasadena. Despite its name, East Pasadena is an independent community and no more a part of the city of Pasadena than are South Pasadena or Altadena. Historically it was a much larger community but through many annexations it has shrunk to a small area that also includes the neighborhoods of Michillinda Park, a portion of Chapman Woods, and several numbered tracts.


Pendersleigh & Sons Cartography's map of East Pasadena
Pendersleigh & Sons Cartography's map of East Pasadena


South Pasadena is neighbored by Pasadena to the north and west, San Marino to the west, East San Gabriel to the south, and Arcadia to the east. Though an independent community, many of its businesses have Pasadena addresses.  East Pasadena is a small but diverse As of the 2010 census, the population was just 6,144 and 52% white, 35% Latino of any race (mostly Mexican), 23% Asian (mostly Chinese and Filipino), 3% black, and 1% Native American. Though the fastest growing population in the last ten years was Asian-American, it still has a ways to before it reaches a plurality and thus joins its neighbors in "The Far Eastside." Whatever East Pasadenans' ancestral origins, it is heavy on the American Flags... and USMC flags... and one Colombian one.

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New York State of Mind Amoeblog #41: A Night At The Museum, Beats On The Water, Bam's Record Collection, Free Movies + more

Posted by Billyjam, July 24, 2013 03:00pm | Post a Comment

The above photo of the fountain in Washington Square Park in Greenwich Village was taken mid-afternoon this past weekend when New York City temperatures reached around 100 degrees which, combined with high humidity levels, made for unbearably hot weather. Hence why many jumped into the fountain to cool off and obtain some respite from the NYC weather that this week has leveled out and returned to a relatively cooler state with temps hovering around 80 degrees today and humidity at only about 50%. This is outdoor weather for sure and NYC in the summertime offers an abundance of things to do out in the street, in the parks, and by and on the water. This New York State of Mind Amoeblog #41 will take a look at some of these events and happenings, including one of the many great boat parties that take place off Manhattan. On any given summer evening/night along the Hudson waterfront - especially from midtown down to lower Manhattan - you will inevitably hear the strains of electronic, hip-hop, reggae, salsa, rock or other music wafting in over the water from one of the countless boat parties that slowly drift by with booming speakers out on the waterways on weekends and week nights too. These are a great way to catch some music (live bands or DJs) and do some sightseeing at the same time.

This Friday (July 26th) is a recommended dance music boat party that sets sail from midtown on the West Side. It's the WAVs Hudson River Tour with an impressive lineup of DJs including UK producer Switch (formerly of Major Lazer), Grandmaster Flash, Octo Octa, Neon Indian (DJ set), Cousin Cole, and Roxy CottontailAdvance tickets available here are just $30 to $40 depending on how soon you cop them - not bad for a 4 hour cruise with good music. Boarding starts at 7pm for 8pm departure from 7pm from Pier 81 at West 42nd Street @ 12th Ave.

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New "What's In My Bag?" with Death Waltz Recording Company Founder Spencer Hickman

Posted by Amoebite, July 24, 2013 11:27am | Post a Comment

Spencer Hickman is the founder of Death Waltz Recording Company, a soundtrack label specializing in horror and cult films. A longtime record store veteran, Hickman is a former manager of Rough Trade Records in East London and is the Record Store Day UK coordinator. Spencer Hickman Hickman is also passionate about film and art, which is especially evident in the exclusive artwork and insert prints the label commissions for each release. The first two Death Waltz releases were classic cinema scores, John Carpenter’s Escape From New York and Fabio Frizzi’s Zombie Flesh Eaters. Originally intending to release soundtrack reissues, Death Waltz has moved into current films including Donnie Darko and Let the Right One In.

Spencer recently visited Amoeba Hollywood to feed his love for obscure horror film soundtracks and managed to dig up some cool vinyl favorites. Hickman's love for horror sounds goes back to his childhood. He was reminded of haunting neighborhood kids when he dug up vinyl copies of Chilling, Thrilling Sounds Of The Haunted House and Stereo Dynamics! To Scare Hell Out Of Your Neighbors. He reveals an old obsession with Skinny Puppy and admits to having the band tattooed on his leg! Check out what other cool horror films and vinyl Spencer picked up on his visit.

Spencer Hickman - What's In My Bag?
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Cyberpunk Action Film The Matrix Live With The Don Davis Conducted SF Symphony

Posted by Billyjam, July 23, 2013 03:40pm | Post a Comment

Bay Area fans of the cyberpunk action film The Matrix are in for a treat this Saturday (July 27th) evening in San Francisco there will be a unique presentation of the acclaimed 1999 Sci-Fi film when Don Davis - the musical score composer of the film (and the others in The Matrix series including The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions) - will conduct  the San Francisco Symphony in  a live accompaniment of a screening of the popular film starring Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, Carrie-Anne Moss, Joe Pantoliano, and Hugo Weaving on a giant screen at Davies Symphony Hall.  Reportedly it is an incredibly engaging new way to experience the film as composer Davis guides the SF Symphony through his carefully crafted score. Known for its atonality Davis has said in interviews of the composing The Matrix film score that he based a lot of the musical structure on directors The Wachowski Brothers' frequent use of reflected, mirrored images throughout the film, such as the reflections of the blue and red pills seen in Morpheus's (Laurence Fishburne) glasses, combining full orchestrated sweeps of music with electronic synth components plus vocal choral elements. Note that Davis' score is separate from The Matrix soundtrack that features music from such artists as Rage Against the Machine, Ministry, Meat Beat Manifesto, and Marilyn Manson.

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Album Picks: Weekend, Hunx and His Punx, Fuck Buttons

Posted by Billy Gil, July 23, 2013 10:02am | Post a Comment

Weekend - Jinx

weekend jinx lpWeekend’s second album of neo-shoegazing rock ‘n’ roll seems to hit every right note. From the get-go, on “Mirror,” we’re thrust into a dark tunnel of dreamy and distorted sounds, with a killer bass line. While their first album, Sports, was a cool update of Jesus & Mary Chain-style noise, the San Franciscans up the breathy, atmospheric beauty on songs like “Oubilette,” as well as the hookiness, as on the industrial pulse of “It’s Alright,” which sounds like the marriage of classic Nine Inch Nails with shoegaze titans Ride. They still have a bit of a ways to go before establishing an identity all their own, but for now, Weekend are perhaps the best band around at doing what they do. No sophomore album “jinx” here — Weekend’s latest is killer.

 

Weekend Jinx CD $12.98

Weekend Jinx LP $20.98

 

 

Hunx & His PunxStreet Punk

hunx and his punx street punk lpHunx once wrote ’50s-style laments for the lonely rock ‘n’ roll-loving gay guy. Now he and his crew, including Shannon Shaw of Shannon and the Clams, are tearing it up hardcore style on Street Punk, which bears all of the sass of its predecessors with added sneer and fuzz. It’s a kick to hear Hunx scream “I feel really fucked up!” at the album’s outset, or to hear Shannon tell everyone to fuck off on the brief “Everyone’s a Pussy (Fuck You).” Whereas Hunx previously traded in scrappy, candy-coated odes to heartbreak, his songs here are more self-possessed — the title track is a great Stooges-style song about being a square peg, while Shannon has a great time decrying the “fabulousness” attributed to so many gays on “Don’t Call Me Fabulous.” However, Hunx can’t help but keep things tuneful, as on “Born Blonde,” a funny jam about embracing your inner airhead. Hey cutie in the Crass shirt — Hunx wants your number.

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Music History Monday: July 22

Posted by Jeff Harris, July 22, 2013 11:40am | Post a Comment

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On this day in music history: July 22, 1966Blue Breakers With Eric Clapton by John Mayall & The Blues Breakers is released. Produced by Mike Vernon, it is recorded at Decca Studios in West Hampstead, London in March of 1966. The album will initially be planned as a live recording, but the recordings are scrapped and the band will record in the studio instead. It will be released to great acclaim upon its release in the UK, further cementing Eric Clapton's reputation as a brilliant lead guitarist, and is regarded as one of the quintessential British blues recordings. Clapton will use his newly acquired (and now legendary) 1960 Les Paul during the sessions. The album's now famous cover photo features the band posed together looking at the camera, with Clapton eyes averted reading a "Beano" comic book. In 2006, Universal Music Group will release a 2 CD Deluxe Edition of the album featuring a remastered version of the original album with the original stereo and mono mixes, with the second disc featuring live recordings made for and originally broadcast on the BBC radio program Saturday Club Sessions as well as the stand alone single "Lonely Years" and its original B-side "Bernard Jenkins." Blues Breakers With Eric Clapton will peak at #6 on the UK album chart.
 

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'Z' for Zionist? The Horror in World War Z (2013)

Posted by Charles Reece, July 22, 2013 09:30am | Post a Comment
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To me, about the only interesting aspect of the latest zombie film, World War Z, is how it dealt with a certain notion that it shares with all post-apocalyptic narratives, namely that the politics we (many liberals and leftists, at least) find iniquitous in the real world might find a moral purchase in the dystopian fantasy. (The film itself is arranged like a video game, where Brad Pitt goes from scenario to scenario, completing each mission, only to be told by the Side Character Who Knows that the possible solution lies at the end of another mission set in another context with its own set of possible actions.) That actions can produce different moral outcomes depending on context shouldn't be all that surprising, though, since most everyone is surely familiar with the adage about how even the most heinous of political systems might at least keep the trains running on time. That is, if you simplify the public good enough, like the purpose a junkie finds in addiction, one can find an advantage to any system. In the context of a zombie apocalypse, the desideratum is, of course, surviving one more day from the undead plague.

So, one thing a totalitarian regime like North Korea is ably suited for is to marshall all of its forces into closing off its borders and making sure none of its citizens is able to spread the disease should he or she become infected. Ideally, the advantage to martial law is to circumvent time-consuming debate during an emergency. This automatically gives an advantage to a totalitarian regime over a democracy, since only the latter has to bother calling for martial law, the former having already been operating under a military state preceding the emergency. Likewise, because North Korea recognizes no inalienable rights to selfhood, current Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un can put his state apparatus to efficient use by removing all the teeth from his entire citizenry. Not that infection was all that probable, since the country was living in a bubble at the time of the outbreak.

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Hard French Presents Rye Rye on August 3rd in SF!

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, July 21, 2013 07:57pm | Post a Comment

Our favorite party people over at Hard French welcome Baltimore’s 22-year old emcee Rye Rye to Public rye ryeWorks on Saturday, August 3rd!

According to the 2013 BET Awards, Rye Rye is one of the reigning queens of hip-hop. Rye Rye’s Bmore beats and sharp lyrical stylings have attracted collaborators like MIA, Drake, Robyn, and the Scissor Sisters. Her BET nomination came in the middle of a stint (following in the footsteps of fellow rap diva heavyweight Lil Kim) making the A-list queer party circuit. Her recent gigs have included LA’s Mustache Mondays and New York’s Westgay.

For her opening act on August 3rd, Hard French has tapped Bay Area queer rapper Micahtron, who has held down party cyphers for years on the strength of her dope, lyrics-forward stage presence. The two are joined by DJ sets from Hard French (Carnita, Brown Amy), queer hip-hop monthly up-and-comers Swagger Like Us (Boyfriend, davO), and long-running dance party Mango’s Olga T.

Get your tickets HERE!
 

Noise Pop's Musical Pursuit Night, Tuesday July 23rd in SF

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, July 21, 2013 06:16pm | Post a Comment
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Ready to show off your mad music trivia skills? Join Noise Pop and Amoeba Music this Tuesday, July 23rd at 1772 Market Street for the launch Musical Pursuit, a night of music trivia -- both contemporary and vintage. This free monthly event, sponsored by Drambuie, will challenge music nerds, industry professionals, and anyone who wants to explore their musical knowledge while enjoying some great food, drinks, and music.

Come early and make it a music-fueled evening! Enjoy dinner starting at 6pm, with trivia starting at 8pm hosted by SF impresario Parker GibbsMusic for the evening will be provided by Jamie Jams of DEBASER and Last Nite.

Music knowledge is rewarded handsomely at Musical Pursuit! Check out these prizes for July's event:

GRAND PRIZE 
Two-day GA tickets to Treasure Island Music Festival (October 19-20). The winning team will receive one ticket per team member, up to 8 tickets total.

RUNNER UP
$10 WillCall credit for each team member (up to 8 credits)

Your team will also have the chance to win concert tickets, rounds of drinks and shots, and food! Oh, and bragging rights, tons of bragging rights.

Hip-Hop Rap-Up, Week End 07.19.13: E-Lit, Slum Village, Murs, Ugly Heroes, Hieros, Rav.P feat Skyzoo, Radioinactive + more

Posted by Billyjam, July 19, 2013 10:50pm | Post a Comment


Amoeba Music Berkeley Hip-Hop Top Five Week Ending 07:19:13


1) Hieroglyphics The Kitchen (Hiero Imperium)

2) Slum Village Evolution (Ne'Astra Music)

3) Jay-Z Magna Carta Holy Grail (Def Jam)

4) Radioinactive The Akashic Record (Flying Carpet Studios)

5) Billy Woods & Blockhead Dour Candy  (Backwoodz Studioz)

Thanks to E-Lit at the Berkeley Amoeba store for his latest video report on new hip-hop releases and the accompanying new top five hip-hop chart (both above) for this special video-only weekly hip-hop rap-up for the Amoeblog that, as well as corresponding videos for some of the new releases referenced by E-Lit, are new hip-hop videos from such artists as  Rav.P featuring Skyzoo, Murs' audio track to accompany new comic book project, - the sequel to the first chapter of the comic book featured here two weeks ago, Ugly Heroes' (featuring Apollo Brown, Verbal Kent, and Red Pill) new video for "Desperate," and new Bay rap from The Jacka & Dubble-OO with a feature from J.Stalin on the new track “Time Standing Still.”

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Show Recap: Pretty Lights at Amoeba Hollywood

Posted by Billy Gil, July 19, 2013 11:45am | Post a Comment
Pretty Lights Amoeba Hollywood

The kids came out in full force to see Pretty Lights at Amoeba Hollywood July 18. A decidedly young crowd enthusiastic about the rising EDM star lined every row of the store. It was tough to even get around the kids dancing in every empty space available to them.

Pretty Lights aka Derek Vincent Smith started out by playing “Yellow Bird,” the prettiest and mellowest of songs from his latest album, A Color Map of the Sun. From there, the energy to his nearly hourlong show seemed to grow exponentially.

pretty lights a color map of the sunThough his music squelches and booms like Skrillex, the methods he employs to get there are anything but simple. He composed each part to the new record and had them recorded before sampling and manipulating those sounds. Live, he played with a laptop and series of samplers, not going too crazy on them like Flying Lotus but instead focusing on getting the audience pumped, dancing and encouraging fans to raise their hands, employing judicious breaks to call out to the audience and get them riled up.

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Amoeba Presents Haunted Summer Live at the Satellite Aug. 1

Posted by Billy Gil, July 19, 2013 08:20am | Post a Comment

haunted summerL.A.’s Haunted Summer make intoxicatingly beautiful music. The duo of John Seasons and Bridgette Eliza Moody craft music that waltzes and sways in the summer sun, as Moody’s lilt and soft orchestration carries you through unfolding dreamscapes. Fans of Beach House, Mazzy Star and Twin Sister will find themselves getting lost in the band’s upcoming Something in the Water EP, due in September.

Amoeba Hollywood is proud to sponsor the band’s music video premiere show at The Satellite Aug. 1. Amoeba has a free ticket to the show to the first 10 people that buy their self-titled EP at the store while supplies last. The show starts at 9 p.m. and also features Tashaki Miyaki, yOya and The Eagle Rock Gospel Singers. You can grab the first single from their EP, "All Around," as a free download from Amoeba.

I sat down with John Seasons and Bridgette Eliza Moody to discuss their exciting new project.

PST: How did the two of you start playing together?

Seasons: Bridgette and I were friends for eight years, I admired her as a fellow musician and friend for that period. We fell in true love last year and started making music together shortly after.

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Weekly Roundup: Earl Sweatshirt, Lawrence Rothman, Raw Geronimo and More

Posted by Billy Gil, July 18, 2013 03:27pm | Post a Comment

Lots of new videos this week!

Earl Sweatshirt – “Hive (featuring Vince Staples & Casey Veggies)” video

earl sweatshirtThe third single from Odd Future member Earl Sweatshirt’s upcoming debut LP, Doris (out Aug. 20 on Tan Cressida/Columbia), is another winner, full of woozy, spacey effects, and a slowed-down beat to match Sweatshirt’s laid-back flow. It’s not as flashy as “Whoa” or “Chum,” but it’s no less hypnotic.

 

Lawrence Rothman – “Montauk Fling” video

lawrence rothmanMaybe it’s because I just rewatched Mulholland Dr. for like the fifth time, but this new video from L.A.’s Lawrence Rothman is really doing it for me. The song is a kind of electro-symphonic ode to yearning, and the video’s decayed Hollywood mythologizing feels like a drag-performance-art version of Sunset Boulevard. Rothman appears decked out like a young Elizabeth Taylor, cooing “can I be your boyfriend?” while mirror-imaged women writhe around in leotards and 1950s-style underwear. The occasional creepy footage of an L.A. freeway or the Hollywood Tower (I think?) makes the video by Floria Sigismondi (David Bowie, The White Stripes, Marilyn Manson) an expertly crafted example of how subtly unsettling Hollywood imagery can be. The single’s out digitally and on 7” Aug. 6 from Mamaroma, Sigismondi’s label.

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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode With FIDLAR

Posted by Amoebite, July 18, 2013 02:44pm | Post a Comment

FIDLAR

What's more punk rock than living by the mantra, "Fuck it Dog, Life's a Risk?" That's exactly what the acronym FIDLAR stands for. FIDLAR, a hardcore, surf rock and pop-punk band from Los Angeles, is made up of Zac Carper (vocals, guitar), Brandon Schwartzel (bass), and brothers Elvis Kuehn (vocals, guitar) and Max Kuehn (drums). Max and Elvis' father is Greg Kuehn, guitar player for Long Beach punk legends T.S.O.L.

FIDLAR CD

Earlier this year, FIDLAR played to a packed house at Amoeba Hollywood in support of their full length, self titled debut. Watch their full performance. The band's message comes across very loud and very clear on songs like "Max Can't Surf" and "Cheap Beer." FIDLAR is packed with 16 tracks that stay true to the band's "Fuck it Dog, Life's a Risk" mantra. Our own reviewer called it a "Pabst-soaked party record with strong songwriting anchoring its punk attitude." 

We caught up with FIDLAR for another awesome What's In My Bag? episode. From classic Violent Femmes to '70s iconic soul man Curtis Mayfield to '80s film soundtrack Repo Man, these guys are strictly vinyl. Check out some of their other favorite punk and rock records they found while digging at Amoeba!

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3rd Annual San Frandelic Summerfest With Vincent Gallo, August 3rd

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, July 18, 2013 12:16pm | Post a Comment

Amoeba Music is proud to co-present the 3rd annual San Frandelic Summerfest on August 3rd at Thee Parkside in San Francisco! Summers in SF may be notoriously foggy, but this all-day rawk revival is sure to melt the fog and more.

This year, the San Frandelic Summerfest welcomes actor, director, and musician Vincent Gallo in what will be his first show in five years, as well as bands Spindrift, OUTLAW, Djin Aquarian (of Ya Ho Wa 13), Greg Ashley, The Groggs, Wild Honey, Meat Market, Cool Ghouls, Virgin Hymns, and MoonFox.

But that's not all! There will be great DJs too with Joel Gion of The Brian Jonestown Massacre, The Duke of Windsor, and Smile's Neil Martinson.

Get your tickets NOW as this is sure to sell out!vincent gallo san frandelic

 

New 12"/LP/CD Releases at Amoeba Hollywood 7/17 - Cliff Lothar, Azymuth, Claudio PRC, Black Deer and more!

Posted by Oliver / Matt / Jordan, July 17, 2013 02:20pm | Post a Comment

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White Savage 12"

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Mysterious emanations from the Hague. The four tracks hear are heavy on Boss-drum machines, meandering live basslines, odd samples and Detroit-electro influence. Despite the reliance on classic analog modules, the material sounds fresh and will be of equal interest to the working dj and studio hermit. 

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Gerd - Luv ThangAlden Tyrell  

Luv Thang 12"

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Nice late night bomb from 4Lux proprietor Gerd and Alden Tyrell. The duo recruited Jessy Allen to lend "Luv Thang" her insouciant lyrics. The instrumental version draws attention to the track's adroit 909 workout.  "Girls Can't Swim" is a harder big room techno-tool

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Blue Aconite 12"

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"Fruitvale Station" Is A Must-See Movie, Especially For Those In The Bay Area

Posted by Billyjam, July 17, 2013 01:54pm | Post a Comment


Fruitvale Station
- the award winning film about Oscar Grant that opened over the past weekend in select US city theaters and opens nationwide next week - is a highly recommended, really well made movie that anyone anywhere should enjoy viewing. But for those from the Oakland/Bay Area where the film's storyline is set (and filmed) the Ryan Coogler written and directed independent film will be particularly enjoyable, albeit sad and emotionally charged, since the storyline strikes so close to home. "Based on a true story" and capturing the final 24 + hours of the ill-fated life of the 22 year old African American, Hayward resident, who was famously shot and killed by BART police officer Johannes Mehserle in the early hours of New Year's Day 2009 in the BART station that carries the film's title, Fruitvale Station needs no spoiler alert. Unless you were living under a rock for the past four and a half years you know exactly what went down on that fateful day. Besides the film both opens and closes with the fatal shooting of Oscar Grant - the beginning done in that hand held phone/video style that most round the world saw on YouTube and the end in film style.  Like any really good film where you already know the outcome of its storyline Fruitvale Station is such a well written, acted, and perfectly paced film that even knowing exactly how the story will unfold audiences were still silently glued to the screen - truly a testament to the skill of first time director/Richmond CA resident Ryan Coogler.

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New York State of Mind Amoeblog #40: Free Kayaking, Met's Opera Summer Recital Series, Brooklyn Bridge Park + more

Posted by Billyjam, July 17, 2013 07:15am | Post a Comment
     


In addition to a rundown on free kayaking in New York City (video interview above and text overview down below) this 40th New York State of Mind Amoeblog weekly report from the Big Apple will take a look at some of the many events and concerts happening in New York City this mid July where the weather has been extremely hot and muggy of late. Considering that then a good place to be on these hot New York summer evenings is out in the park down by the river such as the Brooklyn Bridge Park where this week the fun summertime Syfy Movies with a View series, that kicked off last week and runs through late August on each Thursday night, continues tomorrow with a free sreening of the Bruce Lee classic  Enter the Dragon. There is also an opening short film, Catnip: Egress to Oblivion by Jason Willis, plus music spun by DJ Hahn Solo earlier in the evening to get the mood going as folks gather before dusk at the Brooklyn Heights district park. No cover. All ages. DJ starts spinning at 6:00pm and the movies begin at sundown. Bring a blanket and a picnic. More info here.

This week the annual Metropolitan Summer Opera Recital Series kicked off last night in Central Park and will continue over the next couple of weeks with a total of six concerts that will take place in each of the five boroughs. The second concert will be on Friday, July 19th at 7pm, in  Brooklyn Bridge Park, Brooklyn where the recital will feature  Erin Morley (soprano), Isabel Leonard (mezzo-soprano), Stephen Costello (tenor), and Bradley Moore (pianist). Next week the series will travel up to Crotona Park in the Bronx  on Tuesday and over to Clove Lakes Park in Staten Island on Thursday where, on both dates, the performers will be Ying Fang (soprano), Mario Chang (tenor), Brandon Cedel (bass-baritone), and Bradley Moore (pianist). Free. All ages. For full details on these and the other upcoming Met Summer Recital Series visit the Metro Opera website.  Also outdoors and free in New York City this week is Arriba! - the series of community dance parties with locally themed Latin music, that begins on Friday July 19th, on the High Line. More info.  Large scale rock, rap, and pop concerts in NYC this week include the big Justin Timberlake and Jay-Z concert show at Yankee Stadium on Friday and Saturday (July 19 + 20th). Tickets range in price from $49 up to $279.50. More info here. On Monday and Tuesday (July 22nd and 23rd) friends of Amoeba Tegan and Sara perform at Hudson River Park's Pier 26. Tickets are $42.50.

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Charity Auction at Amoeba Hollywood for Smile Train, August 3rd

Posted by Amoebite, July 16, 2013 05:00pm | Post a Comment

Join us at Amoeba Hollywood on Saturday, August 3rd as our special guest host, comedian Jimmy Pardo, auctions items including concert tickets, gift certificates, collectibles, and so much more!

Proceeds from this auction go to Smile Train, an international charity that provides free cleft surgery to children from desperately poor families, giving them not just a new smile, but a new life. To date, Smile Train has performed over 850,000 surgeries. Amoeba matches all winning bids up to $1,000.

Jimmy Pardo is the host of the top-rated podcast "Never Not Funny" and "The jimmy pardoPardo Patrol" on TeamCoco.com, has his own half-hour "Comedy Central Presents" special, hosts monthly nights at the Upright Citizen's Brigade Theatre, and tons more cool stuff. Jimmy stands at the very center of the comedy world. That's not only because he's the ultimate "comic's comic," (as he's often called), but also because he represents where comedy is going, and everybody wants to come along.

"He can be brutally honest and he's not afraid to make fun of me. For that, I both love and despise him.” – Conan O’Brien

Follow Jimmy on twitter @NeverNotFunny.

Album Picks: Soft Metals, Guantlet Hair, Pet Shop Boys, Tig Notaro

Posted by Billy Gil, July 16, 2013 09:54am | Post a Comment

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L.A. duo Soft Metals continue to turn out excellent, icy synth-pop on their second album. Single “Tell Me” starts out minimally and coolly, featuring Patricia Hall’s ethereal, melancholy vocals and an ever-so-slightly menacing beat before a meaty synth hook comes in and makes it a great dark party jam. Similarly, the sexy tension of a track like “Hourglass” should find fans of likeminded, italo disco-influenced music like Chromatics and Glass Candy. Great for post-midnight dance parties.

Watch the unofficial video for "Tell Me" below, with footage from Killer Clowns From Outer Space!

Soft Metals - Tell Me from Violent Success on Vimeo.

 

Gauntlet Hair - Stills

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July 15, 2013: Pacific Rim

Posted by phil blankenship, July 15, 2013 10:12pm | Post a Comment
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Toy Love Song

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, July 15, 2013 07:25pm | Post a Comment

A 1980 interview with a bunch of new bands based in Auckland by the old New Zealand rock mag Rip It toy loveUp posed the question, "How would you most like the audience to react to your music?"

All the bands interviewed answered that they liked it best when the punters hit the dancefloor...except Chris Knox, the peripatetic vocalist for Toy Love. His response? "We'd rather stun them..."

Done and done. Over their all too brief two-year life, the South Island band were the best in the country by a long shot, packing pubs and slaying the hundreds of people who packed in to see them.

The band put out three singles and one LP before splitting up in late 1980. Their impact was monstrous in NZ, directly influencing the formative years of the country's premier indie label in the '80s, Flying Nun.

Brooklyn label Captured Tracks has just released a vinyl document of Toy Love's recorded output, toy lovean eponymously titled double LP comprising the best of the LPs and singles, along with other recorded material and demos. Your writer was an unabashed fanatic; I saw all but one Toy Love show in Christchurch, and a bunch at other places around the country.

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The Flaming Lips' Wayne Coyne and Run DMC's Darryl "DMC" McDaniels Both Get Into Making Comic Books

Posted by Billyjam, July 15, 2013 05:53pm | Post a Comment
The Flaming Lip's frontman Wayne Coyne will be among those comic book creators contributing to  Comic-Com 2013 later this week. Coyne's new adult-themed comic book The Sun Is Sick will be unveiled at the ever popular annual event that takes place at the San Diego Convention Center Thursday through Sunday this week (July 18th - 21st). The Sun Is Sick, which is the multi-media artist's first ever comic book, is a forty-page, limited print run edition, adult comic that is sized 6 ½" x 8 ½" in "full-color psychedelic fantasy in classic comic book form" according to its maker. Before it goes on sale Thursday at Comic Con it will be previewed online by  Paste Magazine who will sneak preview it a day earlier (July 17th) on their site with a feature by Coyne on the making of his work. After Comic Con the comic book will be sold exclusively on the Lips' website. Coyne and his band are currently on tour in support of their recommended new album The Terror that arrived in Amoeba in mid April. Tonight (7/15) they play Wallingford, CT at the Oakdale Theatre and tomorrow they play Pittsburgh, PA's Stage AE with Spiritualized as support act for both shows. Their next advertised California date is July 31st when the Flaming Lips play Costa Mesa's Pacific Amphitheatre. However their website and their label promise "additional West Coast tour dates" to be announced shortly and advise keeping an eye on the Flaming Lips website for future details on this.

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Laguna Beach -- a weary rover's dream

Posted by Eric Brightwell, July 15, 2013 02:45pm | Post a Comment
Laguna Beach Postcard

INTRODUCTION 

Laguna Beach panorama

Laguna Beach is an quirky, affluent community in South Orange County. The city is the third oldest in Orange County, after San Juan Capistrano and Anaheim. It is widely known for its vibrant arts scene and environmental treasures.

It's long seemed to me that dated and inaccurate stereotypes of Los Angeles often get transferred by Angelenos who should know better to Orange County, particularly South County. Perhaps as a whole they apply more accurately to the overall suburban, right wing-leaning and WASPy southern end of the county but Laguna Beach is a lesson in why we should only make broad generalizations with caution (or not at all). In Laguna Beach there are more registered Democrats there than Republicans. By the largest majority in the county, Laguna Beach residents voted for marriage equality. There seems to be a consensus that Laguna Beach, especially South Laguna Beach, is Orange County's gay mecca. Its hilly neighborhoods look almost nothing like those in, say, Irvine. And even though I think that there's a lot more culture in Orange County than haters give it credit for, even the most stubborn denier would have to except Laguna Beach.

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Last Day To Win Tix to Rancid and Transplants in SF and LA + Hear new Tim Timebomb & Friends feat. Jesse Michaels

Posted by Billyjam, July 15, 2013 12:29pm | Post a Comment
Today, Monday July 15th, is the last day for a chance to win tickets to see Rancid and The Transplants in concert (care of Amoeba Music) when they play the Palladium in LA (near Amoeba Hollywood) on July 26th (Friday of next week) on a bill with The Interrupters, and at The Warfield on Market in San Francisco on Friday, August 2nd on a bill that also features Harrington Saints. Currently on tour that is this week up in Canada The Transplants and Rancid are bands that each feature Tim Armstrong.
Armstrong recently surprised many longtime fans when news surfaced that he and fellow former Operation Ivy member Jesse Michaels had patched up old differences to record a track together (no one expected this to happen and it is their first collaboration in over 24 years). The song "Living in a Dangerous Land" that is a 7" single for the Hellcat label and was uploaded to YouTube (check below) on Friday (7/12) features Armstrong under his Tim Timebomb moniker and it is the latest in the Tim Timebomb and Friends series.. Meanwhile as a member of The Transplants Armstrong last month released that group's latest album In A Warzone. To win tickets from Amoeba for the Rancid/Transplants show in SF and LA enter here. But do it now as today (7/15) is the last day. Must be 18+ and only one entry per person allowed.

       

Music History Monday: July 15

Posted by Jeff Harris, July 15, 2013 10:50am | Post a Comment

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On this day in music history: July 15, 1967 - "I Was Made To Love Her" by Stevie Wonder hits #1 on the Billboard R&B singles chart for four weeks (non-consecutive), also peaking at #2 on the Hot 100 on July 29th. Written by Henry Cosby, Lula Mae Hardaway, Sylvia Moy, and Stevie Wonder, it is the third R&B chart topper for the then 17-year-old Motown star. Staff producer and songwriter Sylvia Moy will come up with the initial idea for the song, drawing upon her own family background while growing up in Arkansas. She will collaborate with producer/songwriter Henry "Hank" Cosby along with Stevie Wonder and his mother Lula who will also contribute lyrics and melody lines to the song. The track is cut at Motown Studio A in Detroit on March 11, 1967 with The Funk Brothers providing the instrumental backing. The strings (played by members of the Detroit Symphony) are added on March 21st, with Wonder recording his lead vocal on March 30th. The background vocals are recorded on March 31st. Released in May of 1967 after a number of mid-charting singles on the pop charts, it will fully restore Wonder to commercial prominence.
 


Born on this day: July 15, 1944 - Singer/songwriter Millie Jackson (born Mildred Jackson in Thomson, GA). Happy 69th Birthday this pioneering R&B vocalist! We ♥ you Millie for always keeping it real!
 

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July 14, 2013: Killing Season

Posted by phil blankenship, July 14, 2013 08:09pm | Post a Comment
Killing Season movie ticket stub

Trannyshack: Michael Vs. Janet Jackson Tribute With Special Guest Jinkx Monsoon! 7/19

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, July 14, 2013 06:22pm | Post a Comment

Trannyshack, San Francisco's biggest drag club night, presents a tribute to Michael & Janet on Friday, July 19th at the DNA LoungePlus, special guest Jinkx Monsoon (season five of RuPaul's Drag Race) joins the fun along with performances by Heklina, Raya Light, Bea Dazzler, Miss Rahni, Holy McGrail, and more!

General admission starts at 10:30pm, but get your tickets now for a special 9pm meet and greet with Jinx Monsoon!
 

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Hip-Hop Rap-Up, Week End 07.12.13: Jay Z, Myron & E, Billy Woods, Opio & Equipto, Kanye West, + more

Posted by Billyjam, July 13, 2013 01:40pm | Post a Comment
     


Amoeba Music Berkeley Hip-Hop Top Five Chart: Week ending July 12, 2013


1) Jay-Z Magna Carta Holy Grail (Def Jam)

2) Kanye West Yeezus (Def Jam)

3) Myron & E Broadway (Stones Throw)

4) Opio & Equipto Red X Tapes (Solidarity)

5) Quasimoto Yessir, Whatever (Stones Throw)

Thanks for the above top five chart and accompanying video run-down of all the latest hip-hop releases to E-Lit at Amoeba Music Berkeley who has already chosen his favorite album of the year so far:  Billy Woods' new collaborative project with producer Blockhead Dour Candy that dropped a week ago and features guest spots by Aesop Rock, Moka Only, Open Mike Eagle, and Elucid. In the new hip-hop videos below is the new Billy Woods/Blockhead album track "Cuito Cuanavalenavale." Check it out for a nice taste of the album.  Other videos below of music referenced by E-Lit include Opio and Equipto live at the Ruby Room in San Diego earlier this year doing something off the Bay Area pair's 2011 collaborative effort Red X Tapes on Solidarity. Also featured in the videos below is "On Broadway" by Northern Cali based duo Myron & E recorded live at Bedrock Studios in Echo Park, CA in which they were backed by a full band with brass and strings. Myron & E, whose new Stones Throw album Broadway  is available from Amoeba, play The Legionnaire Saloon in Oakland tonight (the new Oakland club, on Telegraph at 23rd, to be profiled on the Amoeblog next week).  Also below is the audio only video for Jay-Z's controversial new single -  "SOMEWHEREINAMERICA" in which he famously disses Miley Cyrus' recent twerking escapades - taken from the famous rappers brand new album, and number chart entry at Amoeba,  Magna Carta Holy Grail on Def Jam. Elsewhere on the new album in the track "Heaven" Jay Z addresses the rampant Illuminati accusations thrown at him over the past several years. Jay-Z's response is that the accusations were manufactured by those who refuse to believe that black people can be as successful as whites in America and hence deemed to be part of some secret society.

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Weekly Roundup: Widowspeak, Johnathan Rado, FUZZ and More

Posted by Billy Gil, July 12, 2013 10:59am | Post a Comment

Lots of stuff this week!

widowspeak the swampsWidowspeak – “True Believer”

Howdy, pardners! We were big fans of Widowspeak’s dusky, dreamy last album, Almanac, which was released last year. Now they’ve got more goodness on the way in the form of The Swamps EP, with hints of a third album on the way. The EP is out Oct. 29 on Captured Tracks, and you can hear the Mazzy Star-in-a-ghost-town-style “True Believer” now.

 

johnathan rado foxygenJohnathan Rado – “Hand in Mine”

More rootin’, tootin’, country-flavored indie pop on the way from Foxygen’s Johnathan Rado. As if his band’s effing fantastic We Are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace & Magic wasn’t enough for one year (one of the best of the year so far, I’d say), California native Rado has a solo album, the awesomely titled Law and Order, due Sept. 3 on Woodsist. “Put your hand in mine, it will excite you” says the Nancy Sinatra counterpart to his Lee Hazlewood. Cute ‘n’ seductive.

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With "Shaka Zulu," Chicago Emcee F.Stokes Compares His City's Southside to "An African Jungle"

Posted by Billyjam, July 11, 2013 06:00pm | Post a Comment

F.Stokes "Shaka Zulu" (2013)

New Chicago emcee F.Stokes, who plays the Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival previewed on the Amoeblog yesterday, proves that there's hope for hip-hop with his powerful new song/video "Shaka Zulu" (above). The video for the track that was published today, which is taken from the Windy City wordsmith's recent album Fearless Beauty - produced by Doomtree member Paper Tiger, is set with a grainy, grimy backdrop of the Southside of Chicago deliberately. "Location was everything," said the artist of the video that, "was inspired, physically, by the landscape of my neighborhood, and how aesthetically and habitably the Southside of Chicago relates to an African jungle.  I had to show the world the faces of those babies on the Southside of Chicago. I thought some of the closeups gave a reminder to the globe that even though the cloud of violence lingers, innocent resonates through the eyes of these young soldiers."

Show Recap: Heloise & the Savoir Faire at Amoeba Hollywood

Posted by Billy Gil, July 11, 2013 01:00pm | Post a Comment

eloise savoir faire amoeba hollywoodElijah Wood aka DJ Jamie Starr began the July 10 set at Amoeba Hollywood playing obscure disco and funk beats from the likes of Benis Letin, Kiki Gyan and Betty Padgett (thank god for Shazam), throwing in a little bit of The Jets and ESG to round it out. Heloise came out dressed in head-to-toe leopard print wrapped in a pink sequined fabric, sounding great despite singing along to just a backing track on “Perelandra,” from her excellent alt-pop album Diamond Dust. “Are you wearing comfortable shoes?” she asked before performing to jagged disco song “Dancefloor Destroyer.” “elijah wood amoeba hollywoodLet the music move you” she sang on the Kylie-ish "Dive In," shimmying around like the alternative diva she is, cooing in exotic ways and then played along on an iPhone-based electric organ — no one rocks an app-based instrument like Heloise! On the last song, “Vibezz,” she whipped around her microphone wire to the song’s slow synth chords and pumped her fist when the beat picked up, belting over the backing track and owning the stage with her one-woman show.

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Shop 45s, DVDs, Posters, & More at Amoeba Hollywood's Sidewalk Sale, 7/20

Posted by Amoebite, July 10, 2013 07:39pm | Post a Comment

Amoeba Hollywood's next Sidewalk Sale is Saturday, July 20th from noon - 5pm! We'll have a ton of sale items, including...

  • A new batch of used 45s (all genres) priced at just $1 each!
  • DVDs 3 for $10!
  • DVD Box Sets for $7 or 2 for $10!
  • Clearance CDs buy-one-get-one-free!
  • Posters, both modern and vintage, at $5 or 3 for $10!

and lots more!

All sidewalk sales are final. Store credit cannot be used to purchase items from the sidewalk sale. Prices apply to sidewalk sale stock only and this offer is only while supplies last.

New York State of Mind Amoeblog #39: Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival, Latin Alt. Music Conf., NY Philharmonic Park Series + more

Posted by Billyjam, July 10, 2013 01:35pm | Post a Comment

On any typical week in New York City there's an amazing about of entertainment happenings to choose from but in the summer months that number expands to an almost overwhelmingly number of choices due to all the additional summer only NYC concerts/festivals/events that are typically outdoors during the hot New York summer months. [Note: this week the temps are hitting 90 degrees or more everyday]. In this 39th New York State of Mind (NYSOM) Amoeblog I will give a rough guide to some of the many events happening for the week ahead, including the Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival and the Latin Alternative Music Conference, in the Big Apple. The above photo is of the Downtown Boathouse at Manhattan's Pier 40 where you can go kayaking for free. More info here on this wonderful summer resource that I will fully feature with interview in next week's NYSOM.

This evening (Weds July 10th) at 6pm in Central Park Panama by way of Oakland duo Los Rakas (who I interviewed for the Amoeblog in a previous visit they made East) will perform for free  at the Central Park SummerStage on a bill along with NYC rapper Fat Joe, and Cuarto Poder from Venezuela. The concert is one of the many during the Latin Alternative Music Conference (LAMC) that began yesterday and runs through the weekend. Other LAMC concerts include Mima at Joe's Pub tomorrow, and  Astro, Helado Negro, and American Royalty all at SOB's on Sunday (July 14). For more information on the concerts and the actual conference and panels visit the LAMC website.

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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Paloma Faith

Posted by Amoebite, July 10, 2013 11:53am | Post a Comment

Paloma

The amamazingly talented Paloma Faith recently visited Amoeba Hollywood to do a little shopping. Faith is known for her polished soulful vocal style and her outlandish stage show. Her exuberant personality and elegant aesthetic has led her to be cast in many film and TV roles. She sings, she performs and she acts! An all around talent who has great taste in music. While shopping at Amoeba, Paloma dug up some of her most favorite influences. She picked up the classic At Last! album by Etta James on vinyl, along with Nina Simone's Pastel Blues, also on vinyl. From '70s Chaka Khan to '80s Prince, Paloma Faith only digs for vinyl. She's a bonafide movie buff with eccentric tastes in directors. She took home Blue Velvet by David Lynch on DVD along with a copy of 2046 by director Won Kar-Wai.

She tells an awesome story about spending a weekend with Prince and performing on stage with Chaka Khan! Paloma also reveals that she owns the exact same record player as seen in Stanley Kubrick's A Clockwork Orange. She is serious about her vinyl! Watch this very entertaining episode of  What's In My Bag? with Paloma Faith.

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New 12"/LP/CD/Digital Releases at Amoeba Hollywood 7/10 - Omar-S, James Holden, Metro Area and more!

Posted by Oliver / Matt / Jordan, July 10, 2013 10:55am | Post a Comment

Omar-S - Thank YouOmar-S  

Thank You For Letting Me Be Myself Part 1 (LP)

Thank You For Letting Me Be Myself Part 2 (LP)

FXHE

Vinyl release of the sprawling full-length from Omar-S. The collection of 13 previously unreleased tracks feel suitably epic, the producer flexing his ability to tackle a diversity of styles with a hat tip to the album form. "Be Yoself" emerges as the first in a number of tracks that will be included among past FXHE classics, and has the producer laying thoughtful synth ambience over an massive bass line. "Let It Ride" could be a mission statement for the album - Omar-S is that rare producer who leaves well enough alone, in this instance lacing a tough groove with some virtuosic piano playing for nearly seven minutes. "Helter Shelter" sounds as corroded as a Huerco S. track, while the lack of melody and subtle drums of "Tardigrade's" recall Omar's oft-quoted admonition to lazy djs: "Yeah bitch, that’s all the record do. Yep your lazy ass needs to do some other shit with it."

The title track has Omar-S indulging his sensitive side to stunning effect. A subtle Rhodes chord and brief synth figure bring in a mid-track melodic line of heartbreaking optimism. Closer "It's Money In the D" looks back to the moody piano nostalgia of "Just Ask The Lonely". Another winner.

Buy Thank You For Letting Me Be Myself Part 1 (LP)

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Sonny Smith Discusses Excellent New Sonny & the Sunsets Record 'Antenna to the Afterworld'

Posted by Billy Gil, July 9, 2013 11:57am | Post a Comment

sonny sunsetsSonny & the Sunsets have been releasing awesome, diverse records for some time now. Though they often get lumped in with a generic “garage rock” tag that seems to envelop a number of disparate bands from SF or LA, each Sunsets record is quite a departure from the last, from the ramshackle rock of Tomorrow is Alright to the bubblegum-minded Hit After Hit to last year’s country-rockin’ Longtime Companion.

The latest album from Sonny Smith and his crew is his best yet. Antenna to the Afterworld finds Smith delivering surrealist lyrics about aliens and robots, yet they’re rooted in human emotion. “I come from the planet of dogs … And I walk on your streets ... And I can't wait to find/My little place in your weird world,” he sings in the brilliant opening track “Dark Corners,” over spage-age synths and a post-punky bassline. “Green Blood” finds Smith and bandmate Tahlia Harbour detailing Smith’s affair with an extra-terrestrial who is married to a vengeful cyborg. Even in our wildest imagination, reality creeps in.

sonny sunsets antenna afterworldThat combination of levity and realness is what makes Antenna to the Afterworld a remarkable record. Smith was inspired to ponder life and death after the murder of a close friend, and after a medium brought him into contact with another recently deceased friend (partially documented in the summer jam “Palmreader”). I recently discussed the record with Smith, and all its physical and metaphysical influences. And check out the band July 13 at the Echo!

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Album Picks: Daughn Gibson, Thundercat, Whirr

Posted by Billy Gil, July 9, 2013 10:24am | Post a Comment

Daughn Gibson - Me Moan

daughn gibson me moanCD $12.98

LP $17.98

Daughn Gibson’s truck-drivin’, girlfriend-stealin’ persona comes out in full force on his second album, Me Moan. Carrying with it All Hell’s country-noir ambiance, Me Moan presents Gibson with bigger, brighter production, offering steady electronic beats on “Phantom Rider,” over which spectral guitars, synths and Gibson’s ubermasculine baritone seduce. Gibson’s voice is an unusual instrument, unleashing unrelentingly deep tones through clenched teeth, calling to mind an unholy blend of Nick Cave and Johnny Cash. He curls around consonants and adds even more atmosphere to the proceedings on songs like “The Pisgee Nest” — just the way he says “state trooper’s daughter” elicits a sort of middle-of-nowhere, middle-of-the-night elicit affair, like something out of Twin Peaks. Musically Gibson keeps things fascinating throughout, using warped vocal samples on “You Don’t Fade” and electronic beats that keep a foot in the physical world via snaps and handclaps, while guitarists from Baronness and Brokeback echo rockabilly, horror soundtracks and classic country. Even while pulling from quite disparate genres and eras, Me Moan is a remarkably cohesive listen, as Gibson’s distinctive tone splits the difference between tracks as different as the upbeat, country janglin’ “Kissin’ on the Blacktop” and the black-as-night electrobilly of “The Sound of Law.” It's a great accompaniment for whiskey swirling or night driving.

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Music History Monday: July 8

Posted by Jeff Harris, July 8, 2013 02:30pm | Post a Comment

To read more Behind The Grooves, go to http://behindthegrooves.tumblr.com.

On this day in music history: July 8, 1950 - "Mona Lisa" by Nat King Cole hits #1 on the Billboard Pop Singles chart for eight weeks, also topping the Rhythm & Blues charts for four weeks on September 2nd. Written by Ray Evans and Jay Livingston, the song is featured in the film Captain Carey, U.S.A. starring Alan Ladd. Arranged by Nelson Riddle and with instrumental backing by Les Baxter & His Orchestra, Cole's version of the song is featured on the film's soundtrack. "Mona Lisa" will win the Academy Award for Best Original Song in 1951, quickly becoming a pop standard and is covered by numerous artists over the years, though Cole' version will be regarded as the definitive version. Nat King Cole's recording of "Mona Lisa" will be inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1992.
 


On this day in music history: July 8, 1957 - "(Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear" by Elvis Presley hits #1 on the Billboard Best Sellers chart, also topping the Country & Western chart for one week on August 5th and the Rhythm & Blues chart for one week on September 2nd. Written by Kal Mann and Bernie Lowe, it is the rock & roll icon's seventh number one single in just under 15 months. Songwriters Mann and Lowe (co-founders of Philadelphia based Cameo-Parkway Records) will hear of a rumor started (no one is certain where or by whom) that Elvis Presley collected teddy bears, leading his fans to send him thousands of the cuddly toys. That will provide the inspiration for the pair to write the song for Presley's second film, Loving You. The track is recorded at Radio Recorders in Hollywood on January 24, 1957 with Presley's regular band including Scotty Moore (guitar), Bill Black (bass), D.J. Fontana (drums), and The Jordanaires (background vocals). Entering the Best Sellers chart at #23 on June 24, 1957, it will pole vault to the top of the chart two weeks later. "Teddy Bear" will quickly sell over two million copies in the US, and is the third of four chart topping singles for Elvis during 1957. Presley will become the only artist in history to hold the top spot on the pop singles chart for 25 weeks, which he will do consecutively in both 1956 and 1957.
 

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Recap: July Charity Auction to Benefit Downtown Women's Center

Posted by Amoebite, July 8, 2013 12:53pm | Post a Comment

Beth Stelling at AmoebaWe were thrilled to have comedian Beth Stelling host our monthly charity auction at Amoeba Hollywood on Saturday, July 6. We were thrilled because she is damn funny! She is right at the top of the list of LA Comedy Acts to Watch in 2013, and she happens to be one of Patton Oswalt's favorite up and coming comics.

Beth was up early at 4PM on a holiday Saturday, so she was amped and ready to drive those bids up! Her deadpan yet sassy delivery proved to motivate people to bid and she helped raise a lot of money for LA's Downtown Women's Center. Nice.

Amoeba's monthly charity auctions happen on the first Saturday of every month. We began hosting charity auctions when Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans and over the years we've raised a ton of money ($450,000+) for New Orleans musician relief, green charities, animal charities, Doctors Without Borders and many local organizations. Amoeba also matches all winning bids and 100% of all auction bids go straight to the charity. This month's beneficiary, the Downtown Women’s Center, provides permanent, supportive housing, a safe and healthy community fostering dignity, respect, and personal stability, and advocates ending homelessness for women. 

Saturday's auction item highlights include:

  • Queen Latifah with Roy Ayers – Hollywood Bowl tickets -$30.00
  • Belle & Sebastian – Santa Barbara Bowl tickets - $35.00
  • Savages – El Rey tickets - $40.00
  • Amoeba VIP in-store pass to show of choice - $25.00
  • Beatles Special Pack (tote bag, t-shirt, mug, magnets, coasters, McCartney at Amoeba poster) - $35.00
  • Yo Gabba Gabba! signed poster and buttons - $20.00
  • Trader Joe's $50 Gift Certificate + vintage lunchbox - $47.00
  • Urban Outfitters $50 Gift Card - $40.00
  • Four passes to the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles - $35.00
  • Amoeba coffee mug and Coffee Bean Gift Cards - $12.00
  • Special wacky, crazy weird and wonderful promo surprise pack (Lady Gaga disco ball keychain anyone? They Might Be Giants fez) - $ 15.00
  • Signed book/CD/DVD from Josepsh Gordon Levitt’s HitRECORD collective - $30.00
  • Warped tour package (custom skate deck, water bottle, t-shirt/tote) - $40.00
  • Signed book and poster from Ric Ocasek (The Cars) - $20.00
  • World War Z movie poster (signed by composer Marco Beltrami) - $21.00
  • Madonna package (rare postcards and mug) - $7.00
  • Eric Andre Poncho - $3.00
  • Wine Tasting package - $53.00
Downtown Women's Center
All together the entranced audience bid $542.00 and with the Amoeba match it means $1,084.00 for the Downtown Women's Center in Los Angeles, an amazing organization.

Beth was quirky and charming, and she charmed the dolla bills right out of the hands of our holiday weekend shoppers. This auction had some awesome prizes and people scored some amazing stuff for a mere fraction. Score! It's great when you get to help a great cause AND score good stuff.

Tales of the Texas Rangers -- Police Procedural with a Lone Star Twist

Posted by Eric Brightwell, July 8, 2013 12:42pm | Post a Comment

It took me a while to discover the brilliant radio drama, Tales of the Texas Rangers. I inferred from its name that it was a juvenile Western -- possibly a derivative of The Lone Ranger. Even though The Tales of the Texas Rangers Dell comicLone Ranger provided my childhood introduction I have never been a fan of white hat vs. black hat shoot 'em ups. The fact that the Ranger Reid and his taciturn buddy, Tonto, are once again galloping onto the screens of multiplexes does absolutely nothing for me besides lodging Gioachino Rossini's William Tell Overture into my head on a loop.




Luckily for me, Tales of the Texas Rangers is almost completely unlike The Lone Ranger beyond the fact that the protagonists of both are (or were, in the Lone Ranger's case) members of the Texas Rangers. Tales of the Texas Rangers isn't even a Western, really, any more than Bottle Rocket, Office Space, Pee-Wee's Big Adventure, or any other film that happens to be set in Texas of the present day. Tales of the Texas Rangers is actually a police procedural, having more in common with Dragnet and the similarly-technology-fetishizing CSI franchise than even radio noir adult westerns like Gunsmoke. Like Dragnet, the episodes were supposedly based on actual cases handled by the rangers from the late 1920s to the then present. Also like Dragnet, after the apprehension of the criminal, the announcer would state the outcome of the case -- usually a sentence at Huntsville in place of San Quentin.

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MC Yasiin Bey (aka Mos Def) Endures Pain of Being Force Fed to Demonstrate Suffering of Guantanamo Bay Hunger Strikers

Posted by Billyjam, July 8, 2013 12:12pm | Post a Comment

Yasiin Bey (aka Mos Def) force fed under standard Guantánamo Bay procedure

As seen in the (warning) upsetting and unsettling YouTube video clip above, made by director Asif Kapadia and posted earlier today by the UK Guardian newspaper, MC Yasiin Bey (the hip-hop artist/actor formerly known as Mos Def) put himself into a position of physical pain to demonstrate the suffering that more than forty inmates at Guantánamo Bay currently endure, as part of an ongoing hunger strike, when they are force-fed by authorities there. Bey teamed up with the UK based human rights organization Reprieve to make this demonstration which vividly demonstrates what are standard operating procedures employed currently to force-feed inmates - based on exact practices in a leaked military handbook that shows inmates enduring similar force feeding techniques at Guantánamo.
 

Amoeba and Moheak's Song of the Week: Eleanor Friedberger's 'Stare at the Sun'

Posted by Billy Gil, July 8, 2013 09:00am | Post a Comment

moheakAmoeba has entered into a partnership with L.A.’s Moheak Radio to provide the Amoeba Song of the Week every week for a recorded segment to air on Moheak’s online radio station.

This week it's "Stare at the Sun," from Eleanor Friedberger's new album, Personal Record. The onetime Fiery Furnace indulges in the kind of hyperliterate lyricism she's built a career upon here, but with a rhythmic pulse and rock abandon that makes its verbal assault merely one instrument in her arsenal. Friedberger, who works with John Wesley Harding on this album, through imagery both mundane and mythic details an attempted breakup through the mania that ensues of trying and failing to stay away. Fessing up to fried corneas never sounded so alluring.

eleanor friedberger personal recordA bit about Amoeba’s Song of the Week: Every week we’ll provide a song hand-selected by our own staff to Moheak Radio for a recorded segment that will run four times a day (at around 8 a.m., 1 p.m., 5:45 p.m. and once overnight). Besides hearing what our expert staff is into, you’ll get the chance to win prizes from Amoeba Music. The giveaways will happen once a week with announcements at least once every four hours leading up to the giveaway, which will take place on Moheak’s Facebook page. Check it out, support local/online radio and win some prizes along the way.

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Summer Jams: Nick Nicely's "On The Beach"

Posted by Kelly S. Osato, July 7, 2013 03:45pm | Post a Comment
nick nicely summer jam on the beach psycotropia

It's Summer and, as always, I'm looking to add to and expand my cache of Summer Jams. Amoeba Music, being the kind of fertile treasure trove that it is -- a place teeming with immeasurable opportunities for finding the next big thing (speaking from personal, individual perspective rather than that of a taste-maker or trend setter) -- my ears perked up when I overheard an esteemed co-worker passionately waxing poetic about the psychedelic sounds of Nick Nicely (or, rather, nick nicely, always spelled in lowercase letters, a musical alias he adopted in 1973 when then Nickolas Laurien claims "one mate said 'give us a fag you sod', and another said 'why don't you ask Nick nicely?'"). After discussing nicely's conspicuously obvious influence on Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti and other contemporary Chillwave riders (or whatever else the hipster runoff calls it) I set out to further my travels down the rabbit hole with nicely's 1994 track "On the Beach" recommended as my point of departure.
And -- HOLY DIVER! -- what a flawless summer jam it is!

The below video pays proper tribute to the sensory vibes nicely's decidedly beach-y jam exudes, but I think that the ultimate factor qualifying "On the Beach" as an instant classic, timeless, enduring Summer Jam is the fact that this tune jives with the notion of a "beach sound" inhabiting a broad scope of meteorological conditions, a terrarium of ecological characteristics and pelagic spectrum of berm highs the likes of which Ariel Pink approaches on side A of The Doldrums (and perhaps nowhere else). Check it out:

Like Church For DJ's: Ego Crushen Interview With Brotha Reese

Posted by Billyjam, July 7, 2013 01:40pm | Post a Comment

On alternate Sunday afternoons the garage of the South San Jose home of longtime Bay Area DJ / music collector Brotha Reese becomes the live broadcast studios for his and his extended  crew's super-enthusiastic DJ oriented music webcast show Ego Crushen. Broadcasting live via audio and video since late 2011 Brotha Reese and his wife Norma Jean (the upbeat show's executive producer) have been opening their large, two car space garage, that is fully equipped with turntable set-ups, video cameras, a deep record collection, plus bright colorful graffiti, to both the Ego Crushen crew (residents DJ Ace, DJ Zoo, co-host/web-designer Mr. Tay, and occasional contributor Venom347) and the non-stop stream of visiting DJs to partake in the two and half hour show "where a DJ gets to be a DJ" - as the Ego Crushen motto proudly states. Today, July 7th from 4pm to 6:30pm, the studio guests will be the talented South Bay DJ trio of the Freshmen Crew with DJs Benofficial, VexOne, and DJ Traps. Since  December 2011 the show's many guests have included such Bay Area turntable talents as DJ Lex, DJ Goldenchyld, DJ Cutso (both of The Bangerz), the San Jose Gigantes crew, and DJ Toure (of the Hieros) - pictured above from a couple of months ago when he stopped by.

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Hip-Hop Rap-Up, Week End 07.05.13: Quasimoto, Deltron 3030, Pete Rock, Iamsu!, Celsius 7, Knuckle Neck Tribe, Murs + more

Posted by Billyjam, July 5, 2013 03:00pm | Post a Comment
Amoeba Music Hollywood Hip-Hop Top Five: Week Ending 07:05:13


1) Kanye West Yeezus (Def Jam)

2) Quasimoto Yessir, Whatever (Stones Throw)

3) J. Cole Born Sinner (Columbia)

4) Mac Miller Watching Movies With The Sound Off (Rostrum Records)

5) Wale The Gifted (Atlantic)

The above new hip-hop chart from Amoeba Music Hollywood includes five albums that have also been selling well at both the Berkeley and San Francisco Amoebas and (I'm guessing) will likely remain popular albums all summer long. These include DC area rapper Wale's guest heavy new album The Gifted,  Kanye West's much talked about latest full-length Yeezus, J. Cole's Born Sinner (Columbia), Mac Miller's Watching Movies With The Sound Off, and Quasimoto's Yessir, Whatever on Stones Throw which, while not brand new recordings, are new to most ears and well worth getting. As E-Lit at the Berkeley Amoeba store noted last week, the Yessir, Whatever cover was designed as a peel-off sticker design as pictured right.

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Weekly Roundup: Nedelle Torisi, Ras G & the Afrikan Space Program, Chelsea Wolfe, The Mantles

Posted by Billy Gil, July 4, 2013 10:40am | Post a Comment

Nedelle Torisi – “Double Horizon”

nedelle torisiThis is a great song that needs no introduction, but it has an interesting one anyway — singer/songwriter Torisi, who’s also played with Sufjan Stevens and Chris Cohen’s Cryptacize, was living with Kenny Gilmore of Ariel Pink’s Haunted Grafiti. They could hear each other working on their individual music through the walls and eventually ended up working together. The result is sort of a beautiful, bleary digital polka, with the sorts of synths you’d find in an Ariel record and Torisi’s beautifully yearning vocals, which call to mind Neko Case a bit. Anyway, enough with the name-dropping — just listen and you’ll be digging for more from Torisi. Her self-titled, self-released album is due Sept. 3.

 

Ras G & the Afrikan Space Program – “All Is Well...”

ras gBeautiful, brain-frying stuff from L.A. producer Ras G, who put out a cassette on Leaving already this year and has a new album due Aug. 13 on Brainfeeder called “Back on the Planet.” Nice electronic Sun Ra vibes on this one.

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"Restore The Fourth" Protests Planned For Today By Those Unhappy With Recently Revealed NSA Practices

Posted by Billyjam, July 4, 2013 08:00am | Post a Comment

Variable Unit "Under Surveillance (feat. Azeem and DJ Quest)"

Restore The Fourth is the very recently formed group, created to coincide with the significance (or irony) of today's US Independence Day holiday, who are vocally opposed to the unsettling revelations about the extent of the NSA's invasion of the average American's privacy. "A non-partisan, non-violent assembly of nationwide protests on July 4 demanding an end to the unconstitutional surveillance employed by the US government," is the mission statement and plan for Restore The Fourth who are planning a series of online protests strategically planned for 11am today the Fourth of July, aka Independence Day, when traditionally Americans celebrate their independence from things such as invasion of privacy.  The group, which is spearheaded by the Internet Defense Fund, was formed by members of several websites including Wordpress, Reddit, and Mozilla who were responsible for getting things moving first with the protest group plan after setting up the website StopWatching.us.

Amoeba Hollywood to Hold a Mayer Hawthorne Listening Party July 12

Posted by Billy Gil, July 3, 2013 03:33pm | Post a Comment

mayer hawthorne where does this door goAmoeba Hollywood will be spinning the new album by retro-soul star Mayer Hawthorne, Where Does This Door Go, Friday, July 12, at 7 p.m. The album will be released July 16 by Republic Records.

Amoeba will be giving away posters and holding a giveaway of a signed and framed Where Does This Door Go LP. Come by to listen and enter to win!

Following two successful albums, 2009’s A Strange Arrangement and 2011’s How Do You Do, Where Does This Door Go sees Hawthorne getting production help from Pharrell Williams, who’s on a roll lately, following his inclusion in Daft Punk’s Random Access Memories. The album also features production by Jack Splash (Alicia Keys, Kendrick Lamar) and Oak of Pop & Oak (Nicki Minaj, Kanye West).

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New York State of Mind Amoeblog #38: July 4th in NYC, CitibikeNYC Review by Jason Snyder, Goodbye to The Met Button + More

Posted by Billyjam, July 3, 2013 11:26am | Post a Comment

Pictured above, with removable Amoeba sticker, is one of the much talked about New York City CitiBikes that's part of the recently unveiled NYC bike share program - one of the topics covered in this latest (#38) New York State of Mind Amoeblog, with an in-depth review on the bikes by avid cyclist Jason Snyder. Scroll down to read what Jason had to say about the controversial new bike share program. Meantime, since it is the Fourth of July holiday tomorrow, there are numerous related events happening all around New York City to celebrate the occasion, including two big, free ones: Nathan's Famous Hot Dog-Eating Contest in Coney Island, and Macy's Annual Fourth of July Fireworks show. The Macy's event tomorrow night is THE fireworks show to see with a staggering total of 40,000 fireworks to be set off during the 25-minute show.

New York City Subway TokenLike the once familiar New York City subway token coin - years ago made redundant when it was replaced by the thin plastic MetroCard with now very familiar blue lettering on goldenrod - so too now goes the Metropolitan Museum of Art's (aka The Met) famous buttons. Yes, those instantly recognizable small round metal buttons with a big M on them, which for so long were given upon entry to the world's largest museum, were retired this week by the Met. Consequently, visitors to New York City (or anyone visiting the museum) no longer have an indestructible lasting souvenir of their visit. 

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New 12"/LP/CD Releases at Amoeba Hollywood 7/3 - Tom Trago, Nathaniel X Project, Tin Man, Psychemagik and more!

Posted by Oliver / Matt / Jordan, July 3, 2013 08:28am | Post a Comment

Nathaniel X Project - Supplement DeuxNathaniel X Project 

Supplement Deux 12"

Under Tones

Reliable deepness from Nathaniel X, whose "prequel" First Supplement moved 2,000 copies. More of the same in the best way possible, with two vocal tracks and two instrumentals. "Just A Dance" contains a narrative that will resonate with clubgoers who won't move to just anything. When the track's narrator moves towards the floor the music picks up with an inspired set of chords. Beautiful track. "Station X" and "You F O (Self)" are terrific NYC-style rollers, the former tastefully using a DX7 sax sounds and the latter cutting up a diva vocal to pleasing effect. "Pathematics" is the record's highlight and has Nathaniel X addressing epic themes of economic disparity, dropping the snare in on the 3 and 4 while strings, harp and percussive bass set the tone.

Buy Supplement Deux 12"

 

Neo - Global NetworkNeo  

Global Network LP

Emotional Response

Another bizarre piece of the Kevin Harrison puzzle, lovingly reissued by Soft Rocks' Emotional Response imprint. Global Network was made by Harrison and Peter Every in 1985, and though the My Life In The Bush of Ghosts and YMO comparisons hold water, this thing is deranged in its own way. Corroded dub horns and eastern melodies feature throughout. "Bete Noire" is creeping dub raga over an infernal stopwatch. "Subt(erranean) Culture" sounds like a midi take on the Suspiria soundtrack. Some of the record's most inviting tracks come later, with "Under the Sun" laying gregorian chant over chilled synth arppegiations. Essential listening for the Mutant Sounds set.

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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Thundercat

Posted by Amoebite, July 2, 2013 07:50pm | Post a Comment

Thundercat

Stephen “Thundercat” Bruner is an American bassist, singer, songwriter and producer. He is the son of jazz drummer Ronald Bruner, Sr. who played with the Temptations, Diana Ross, Gary Bartz and Gladys Knight, and he's the younger brother of Grammy Award winning drummer Ronald Bruner, Jr.

Bruner's first major gig came when he joined his brother Ronald as part of the L.A.-based punk band Suicidal Tendencies. Bruner, who was only 16 years old at the time, replaced bassist Mike Trujillo, who left the band to join Metallica. Also that year, Bruner toured with Stanley Clarke in Japan. Bruner became one of L.A.'s go to session players, working with Erykah Badu, J*Davey, Sa-Ra Creative Partners, Snoop Dogg and Miguel Atwood-Ferguson.

Thundercat Apocalypse
Thundercat - Apocalyse

In 2011, Bruner released his debut, Golden Age of Apocalypse (Brainfeeder), which was Executive Produced by Flying Lotus. The duo teamed up a second time to record and produce Thundercat's sophomore album, Apocalypse (Brainfeeder, 2013). Apocalypse came in the wake of the passing of Bruner's close friend and collaborator Austin Peralta, a young Brainfeeder musician who was the keyboardist/pianist on many of the songs on Golden Age of the Apocalypse. The new album delves deeper into the free jazz, modern soul/funk that Flying Lotus and Thundercat have been pioneering throughout the Los Angeles music scene, blurring the lines between pop, funk, electronica and prog rock. Thundercat is currently working on another album with Flying Lotus, as well as playing bass, singing, and writing for Wiz Khalifa, Syd (from The Internet), and Mac Miller.

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Somebody Knows and Wanted -- Golden Age Radio's great unsolved mysteries

Posted by Eric Brightwell, July 2, 2013 12:31pm | Post a Comment

In the wake of Dragnet's success for NBC (after having been rejected by CBS), radio audiences more and more craved authenticity from their crime dramas. Programs like Gang Busters (1936-1957) and This is Your FBI (1945-1953) claimed to be based on authentic cases, but were less realistic and adult in tone than the true crime series of the 1950s. Most of the scores of earlier hard-boiled detective shows were often utterly implausible, even when enjoyable. As they often did, in the summer of 1950, CBS and NBC went head to head with two similar programs that aimed to up the authenticity stakes, Somebody Knows and Wanted.
 

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SOMEBODY KNOWS

Somebody Knows debuted on 6 July, 1950 as that year's summer replacement for Suspense (1942-Elizabeth Short1962). Through narration and dramatizations, the known facts of unsolved crimes were presented and listeners who provided information leading to the conviction of a criminal in one of the profiled cases would get $5,000 for their effort (more than $47,000 in 2013, adjusted for inflation). Unable to find a sponsor, independent series creator Jimmy Saphier put up $40,000 of his own money. In a promotional interview Sapphier stated, "I don't care if we only have one listener. As long as he's the guy who knows who did it--and will rat on his pals." 

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My 10 Favorite Albums of 2013 So Far

Posted by Billy Gil, July 2, 2013 11:15am | Post a Comment

Plenty of great music has been released in 2013 already. It’s always staggering to look back at the halfway point and realize what has come out, what you need to give another listen to, and so on. This is a list of my personal faves that also have garnered substantial critical acclaim. I know there are lots of other great albums from this year, so why don’t you comment and tell me about them huh?! If you really want to know what else I thought was great for some reason, click through to my album picks for each week’s releases.

 

Kanye WestYeezus

kanye west yeezusThis has to top my list, as I’m sure it does for many others. Despite its numerous problems in the lyrics department, namely a badly used Nina Simone sample, its industrial grind and Kanye’s manic delivery trump all. There’s just no other music like this around — now or ever.

 

 

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Burger Boogaloo Festival and Amoeba Berkeley In-Store Pre Festival Warm Up

Posted by Billyjam, July 2, 2013 10:30am | Post a Comment
           

Just days left to go to the July 4th weekend and the anticipated two-day Burger Boogaloo music festival (Saturday and Sunday: July 6 & 7th) at Oakland's Mosswood Park, of which Amoeba Music is a sponsor  and will be hosting/producing the kickoff party the day before (Friday July 5th) with an Amoeba Berkeley free in-store, pre Burger Boogaloo warm-up concert with sets by both awesome, retro sounding Gravy's Drop (an Amoeba Music Home Grown act) and hot new LA pop punk outfit Pangea. Catching these two talented Burger Records acts at Amoeba Friday evening is the perfect way to get in the groove and get a taste of whats to come for the weekend long (noon to 9pm on both Saturday and Sunday) rock oriented music festival that, as well as Pangea and Gravy's Drop, will feature anticipated sets from such others acts as Jonathan Richman, Red Kross, The Oblivions, and LA punk legends The Zeros.

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Album Picks: Kirin J Callinan, Zomby, After Dark 2

Posted by Billy Gil, July 2, 2013 08:33am | Post a Comment

Kirin J Callinan - Embracism

kirin j callinanCD $12.98

LP $18.98 [out 7/16]

Download $9.98

Kirin J. Callinan’s music defies easy explanation. It’s hard and corrosive, full of distorted guitars and grinding beats, while his serrated voice consistently sounds on the verge of collapse, on songs like the title track, with lyrics that fuck with gender, sexuality and social norms (“"A man can meet another man in a bar/On the sportsfield/At his place of work/Or in his own apartment/Or on the Internet right now!” he explains in a hilarious verse). It’s also full of towering beauty, as his voice reins in the terror but none of the drama for the glorious “Victoria M.” The Australian native is the rare, charismatic singer/songwriter who can keep us enthralled whether he glowering or swooning, like his Aussie forefather, Nick Cave. While his attempts at more global social commentary don’t always work — “Come On USA’s” jabs are a little hokey, despite the music’s fury, and “Way II War” is effective more for its extremely creepy atmospherics — his personal freakouts are always compelling, as “Love Delay’s” sexual outcry and hairpin turn halfway through will attest. The freewheeling Embracism loudly announces the arrival of a new, singular talent to watch — with any luck, Kirin J. Callinan is just getting fired up.

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July 1, 2013: The Heat

Posted by phil blankenship, July 1, 2013 10:35pm | Post a Comment
The Heat movie ticket stub

SOUL SLAM SF 8: Prince & Michael Jackson, July 20

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, July 1, 2013 06:08pm | Post a Comment
soul slam

The Bay Area summer tradition known as SOUL SLAM SF: Prince & Michael Jackson returns for its eight year! Amoeba is proud to join Keistar Productions, fresco, and Massive Selector as a sponsor of this celebration of two musical geniuses on Saturday, July 20th at Mezzanine

All the way from Brooklyn, the legendary DJ SPINNA will rock the best of both Michael Jackson (and his Royal Clan...The Jackson 5, Janet Jackson, Jermaine Jackson, MJ covers, and more) and Prince (and all his Disciples...Sheila E, The Time, Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis, Alexander O’Neal, Vanity 6, Morris Day, and more).

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Only Superman Forgives: Man of Steel (2013)

Posted by Charles Reece, July 1, 2013 12:50pm | Post a Comment
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I was recently working my way through Jonathan Hickman's run on Fantastic Four and it struck me how explicit the reference to the destruction of New York was made during the proceeding alien invasion storyline. Sue Storm (the super-mom of the group) demands that her fellow heroes move the battle with the invading Kree from the city's skyline to the ocean (why the ruler of the oceans, Prince Namor, has no problem with this is, I guess, because he's all googly eyed over Sue). And after the battle, the superheroes are shown helping rebuild the damaged city. This kind of real world destruction was so unimportant to superhero comics in the past that it became a central joke for a miniseries made back in the 80s called Damage Control about who actually does all the cleaning up. That's what the terrorists did to us, made it impossible to imagine a fantasy where real people aren't being hurt by collateral fallout from cataclysmic battles between superpowered beings.

Contrariwise, Slavoj Zizek has suggested 9/11 was a soporific, that it placed us in slumberland where American fantasies could take hold once again ("virtualization," he called it). The terrorists gave us real nefarious villains to which we could be safely opposed. The prominent media reaction, as he took it, like that of the typical superhero narrative, dehistoricized the attacks, setting them in the perpetual present of an endless comic book (or Hollywoodian virtual) world, where the action becomes one of pure villainy for villainy's sake, motivated by nothing but pure evil ("they hate our freedom," etc.). As Dan Hassler-Forest puts it in his book, Capitalist Superheroes:

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Tickets on Sale at Amoeba Hollywood in July

Posted by Amoebite, July 1, 2013 12:35pm | Post a Comment

Tickets at AmoebaAmoeba Hollywood regularly sells tickets to local shows, with the added bonus of charging low service fees (if you're into saving money and who isn't really?).

All tickets can be purchased at the registers (while supplies last) for a $2 service fee. We take cash and credit cards for all ticket sales. Store credit and coupons cannot be applied to ticket sales.

Please note that on the day of the show, we will stop selling tickets for that show at 5pm.

If you have a question about whether we've sold out of a specific show, please call the store at 323-245-6400.

JUST ADDED SHOWS:

Gogol Bordello at the Fonda

Gogol Bordello
Fonda Theatre
October 7-9

Tom O'Dell at El Rey

Tom O'Dell
El Rey
October 9

 

Here is a full list of tickets we currently have for sale at Amoeba Hollywood:

Show Name Venue Show Date Ticket Price
(fee not included)
The 1975 Fonda Theatre 11/01/2013 $20.00
Acacia Strain Roxy Theatre 08/29/2013 $17.00
Alunageorge El Rey 09/12/2013 $20.00
Anthema & Alcest El Rey 10/03/2013 $22.00
Beats Antique Fonda Theatre 11/15/2013 $25.00
Best Coast El Rey 8/18 & 8/19 $25.00
Blonde Redhead El Rey 09/03/2013 $25.00
Boy Fonda Theatre 10/26/2013 $20.00
Charli XCX El Rey 09/05/2013 $22.00
Cimorelli El Rey 08/06/2013 $17.00
Cocorosie Fonda Theatre 10/29/2013 $25.00
Couer de Pirate El Rey 09/14/2013 $20.00
Crystal Fighters Fonda Theatre 10/24/2013 $20.50
Depeche Mode Convention Avalon Hollywood 08/11/2013 $50.00
(weekend pass)
Desaparecidos Fonda Theatre 11/14/2013 $30.00
Dodos El Rey 10/15/2013 $18.00
Sky Ferreira El Rey 09/29/2013 $20.00
Michael Franti Fonda Theatre 10/12/2013 $35.00
FYF Fest LA State Historic Park 08/24 - 08/25 $102.00
(+ $3 service fee)
Godflesh Fonda Theatre 10/27/2013 $30.00
Godspeed You! Black Emperor Fonda Theatre 09/12/2013 $25.00
Gogol Bordello Fonda Theatre 10/7, 10/8 & 10/9 $29.50
Gold Panda Fonda Theatre 09/20/2013 $20.00
Herbert Groenemeyer Fonda Theatre 09/28/2013 $42.50
HAIM Fonda Theatre 10/16/2013 $22.50
He's My Brother, She's My Sister El Rey 10/26/2013 $18.00
The Heavy Fonda Theatre 08/08/2013 $20.00
Hiatus Kaiyote (18+ show) Bootleg Theater 07/31/2013 $15.00
Peter Hook Fonda Theatre 09/21/2013 $24.00
Icona Pop Fonda Theatre 08/29/2013 $25.00
JJ Grey & Mofro El Rey 08/02/2013 $22.50
Man Man Fonda Theatre 09/29/2013 $17.50
Johnny Marr Fonda Theatre 11/02/2013 $27.50
Minus the Bear Fonda Theatre 09/10/2013 $25.00
Morbid Angel Fonda Theatre 11/29/2013 $22.50
Morgan & Liz El Rey 09/08/2013 $14.00
Morgan Heritage El Rey 07/31/2013 $22.00
Laura Mvula El Rey 09/17/2013 $20.00
Kate Nash Fonda Theatre 11/23/2013 $22.50
Nicholas David El Rey 08/14/2013 $20.00
Tom O'Dell El Rey 10/09/2013 $20.00
The Orb Fonda Theatre 09/19/2013 $25.00
Over the Rhine El Rey 11/21/2013 $27.00
Phosphorescent El Rey 10/01/2013 $20.00
Polica Fonda Theatre 11/20/2013 $22.50
Polyphonic Spree El Rey 08/22/2013 $22.00
Gregory Porter El Rey 09/25/2013 $30.00
Lisa Marie Presley El Rey 09/01/2013 $25.00
Purity Ring Fonda Theatre 08/27 & 08/28 $25.00
Ra Ra Riot Fonda Theatre 09/14/2013 $22.50
Marky Ramone Fonda Theatre 10/15/2013 $25.00
Katey Segal El Rey 09/15/2013 $25.00
Slackers El Rey 09/20/2013 $20.00
Smith Westerns El Rey 08/10/2013 $20.00
Somo El Rey 11/07/2013 $19.00
Souls of Mischief El Rey 08/16/2013 $20.00
Sparks Fonda Theatre 11/11/2013 $35.00
Stars El Rey 09/19/2013 $25.00
Stereophonics Fonda Theatre 10/10/2013 $30.00
Selah Sue El Rey 08/26/2013 $17.00
Superchunk El Rey 09/04/2013 $24.00
Surfer Blood El Rey 10/21/2013 $20.00
Switchfoot Fonda Theatre 11/06/2013 $29.50
Tricky El Rey 10/23/2013 $25.00
Frank Turner Fonda Theatre 10/14/2013 $22.50
Vaccines Mayan Theater 09/22/2013 $27.00
Casey Veggies & Travi$ Scott El Rey 08/01/2013 $23.00
Vintage Trouble El Rey 09/07/2013 $18.00
Yeasayer El Rey 08/11/2013 $25.00
You Me at Six El Rey 10/04/2013 $17.00
Waterboys El Rey 10/07/2013 $27.00
Wax Tailor El Rey 09/21/2013 $20.00
White Lies El Rey 10/10/2013 $25.00
Keller Williams El Rey 11/08/2013 $20.00
Woodkid Fonda Theatre 10/25/2013 $23.00

 

Music History Monday: July 1

Posted by Jeff Harris, July 1, 2013 11:19am | Post a Comment

To read more Behind The Grooves, go to http://behindthegrooves.tumblr.com.

Born on this day: July 1, 1945 - Singer and songwriter Debbie Harry of Blondie (born Deborah Ann Harry in Miami, FL). Happy 68th Birthday, Debbie!
 

Born on this day: July 1, 1951 - The B-52's lead singer and songwriter Fred Schneider (born Frederick William Schneider III in Newark, NJ). Happy 62nd Birthday, Fred!
 


Born on this day: July 1, 1960 - R&B vocal legend Evelyn "Champagne" King (born in the Bronx, NY). Happy 53rd Birthday, Evelyn! (See pictures from Evelyn's in-store at Amoeba SF!)
 

Born on this day: July 1, 1971 - Singer/rapper/songwriter and producer Missy Elliott (born Melissa Arnette Elliott in Portsmouth, VA). Happy 42nd Birthday, Missy!!
 

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Amoeba and Moheak's Song of the Week: Sigur Ros' 'Brennisteinn'

Posted by Billy Gil, July 1, 2013 09:43am | Post a Comment

moheakAmoeba has entered into a partnership with L.A.’s Moheak Radio to provide the Amoeba Song of the Week every week for a recorded segment to air on Moheak’s online radio station.

This week it's "Brennisteinn," the stunning opener to SIgur Ros' new album, Kveikur. The song presents a re-energized Sigur Ros, as the song explodes with a off-kilter drum beat and distorted noise right out of the gate. Frontman Jonsi sings as expressively as he ever has, singing melodically through the verses and cooing with his otherworldy vulnerability through the song's more atmospheric second half. Throughout, Jonsi's bowed guitars moan in the background while bassist Georg Holm and drummer Orri Pall Dyrason keep the rhythm section huge, ebbing and flowing in and out of the song as needed for maximum emotional impact.

sigur rosA bit about Amoeba’s Song of the Week: Every week we’ll provide a song hand-selected by our own staff to Moheak Radio for a recorded segment that will run four times a day (at around 8 a.m., 1 p.m., 5:45 p.m. and once overnight). Besides hearing what our expert staff is into, you’ll get the chance to win prizes from Amoeba Music. The giveaways will happen once a week with announcements at least once every four hours leading up to the giveaway, which will take place on Moheak’s Facebook page. Check it out, support local/online radio and win some prizes along the way.

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