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Shovels & Rope Bring "Evil" to Amoeba Hollywood

Posted by Amoebite, May 15, 2015 05:59pm | Post a Comment

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Fans of all ages came out to watch Charleston, South Carolina-based husband-and-wife duo Shovels & Rope play a passionate set of songs on the Amoeba Hollywood stage to celebrate the release of Swimmin' Time. Cary Ann Hearst and Michael Trent brought down the house with their alternative country rock. Everyone was so excited for the new album, even Elvis Costello got in on the action. He showed his support by picking up a copy on vinyl before the in-store and then posed for a quick pic. 

Shovels & Rope's latest album, Swimmin' Time, is the follow-up to their acclaimed 2012 album O' Be Joyful. "Birmingham" (the number one song on American Songwriter's year-end list) and the rest of O' Be Joyful put Shovels & Rope on a larger stage, leading to an appearance on the Late Show With David Letterman, an acclaimed set on PBS' Austin City Limits and festival slots at Coachella, Bonnaroo, Sasquatch, Newport Folk Festival, Lollapalooza and ACL. Mojo noted that  "their thrilling music rooted in old country with touches of blues and gospel can't help but remind you of Jack and Meg and Johnny and June." You can catch the band as they criss-cross the country playing summer tour dates.

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King Tuff Rules the Next Red Bull Sound Select Show May 28

Posted by Billy Gil, May 15, 2015 04:38pm | Post a Comment

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Glam-rockin’ garage dude King Tuff will headline the next Red Bull Sound Select show in Los Angeles May 28 at the Del Monte Speakeasy.

This 21+ show is just $3 with an RSVP and $12 at the door. (RSVP does not guarantee you entry, so plan to arrive early.) It’s curated by our friends at Flood Magazine.

L.A.’s King Tuff first hit big with his 2012 self-titled debut, a rollicking collection of lo-fi pop rock jams about how awesome it is to be “Alone & Stoned,” among other subjects. He followed with 2014’s heavier and headier Black Moon Spell, which looks to proto-metal titans like Blue Cheer and Black Sabbath for inspiration while still retaining his signature pop hooks and catchy riffs. Watch the video for “Black Moon Spell” below for a taste.

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Odd Nights at the Autry Promises Hip Flea Market Experience

Posted by Amoebite, May 15, 2015 04:19pm | Post a Comment

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Amoeba is proud to sponsor the hippest new entry to the L.A. flea market scene, Odd Nights at the Autry, taking place May 22 at the Autry National Center.

Odd Nights will feature more than 200 vendors, including 18 gourmet food trucks, a beer garden, custom handmade jewelry and live bands and DJs. It’s curated by Phillip Dane, who is behind such local markets as Dodger Stadium Flea, Downtown Flea and Melrose Flea.

The event takes place from 6 to 11 p.m. across two-and-a-half acres in the heart of Griffith Park, with ample parking. Odd Nights is FREE, all-ages and there will be special promotions for anyone new to the Autry Museum.

See a full list of vendors here.

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Scarf Down Tacos From More Than 80 Vendors at Tacolandia June 6

Posted by Amoebite, May 15, 2015 03:11pm | Post a Comment

tacolandiaLA Weekly presents the next edition of its Tacolandia gourmet taco festival on June 6 at El Pueblo de Los Angeles from 3 to 6 p.m.

The fest will feature more than 80 taco vendors, curated by famed food blogger and the “world’s first tacorrazo,” Bill Esparza. We’ll be on hand with the Amoeba booth and our prize wheel, so if you’re attending, come by and give it a spin to win some cool swag!

The entry fee allows you to sample tacos from any of the vendors. As it’s a 21-and-over event, there will be a cash bars with beer, wine and cocktails, and you can also expect to hear live mariachi music at the event.

The best tacos will be awarded in various categories, presented by The Vendys. Featured vendors will include All Flavor No Grease, Amor y Tacos, Aqui es Texcoco, Bistro LQ, Cielito Lindo, C-V-Che, Chichen Itza, Chef Katsuji Tanabe, Coni’Seafood, Corazon y Miel, Don Chente, Gish Bac Restaurante, Guerrilla Tacos, La Flor de Yucatan, La Guerrerense of Ensenada, La Monarca Bakery, Las 7 Regiones de Oaxaca, Loteria Grill, Mariscos Jalisco, Mexicali Taco & Co., Petty Cash, Pez Cantina, Revolutionario LA Food, Rincon Oaxaqueno, Rocio's Mole De Los Dioses, SoHo Taco, Sol Cocina, Taco Maria, Tacos Kokopelli of Tijuana, Taco Punta Cabras and Tamales Elena, among others.

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DJ Qbert & Yogafrog's Thud Rumble Join Intel For New DJ/Tech Innovation, Showcasing @ This Weekend's Maker Faire in San Mateo

Posted by Billyjam, May 15, 2015 01:15pm | Post a Comment

Thud Rumble - the ever pioneering Bay Area-based DJ music/technology company co-founded by DJ Qbert and Yogafrog two decades ago - continues its ever-innovative streak with the unveiling and demonstration of its latest creation: computing embedded DJ equipment and a sensor activated turntable using IntelR technology. A collaboration with Intel, the new technology will be showcased at this weekend's Maker Faire in San Mateo where visitors can experience experimental samples and prototypes. For this new creation Thud Rumble staffers, including Hard Rich, Qbert, and Yogafrog, have taken the IntelR ‘Edison board (a computer module the size of a postage stamp that includes a CPU, MCU, memory, storage, and built-in WiFi) and paired it with three commonly utilized DJ and production instruments – a Stanton STR8-150 turntable, a Native Instruments Kontrol S25 keyboard, and a Maschine by Native Instruments.

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Weekly Roundup: So Stressed, Flesh World, Vince Staples

Posted by Billy Gil, May 15, 2015 11:57am | Post a Comment

So Stressed – “Apple Hill”

so stressed bandSeething Marshall static, desperate highwire vocals and rumbling drums come together on the Sacramaento post-hardcore group’s latest track from the band’s upcoming debut album, The Unlawful Trade of Greco-Roman Art. It’s out May 26 via Honor Press. Stream “Apple Hill” via Interview.

 

 

 

 

Flesh World – “Poolside Boys”

flesh world bandThis watery bit of C86-style shoegaze pop from S.F.’s Flesh World gurgles underfoot over a steady beat, letting its pained vocals and curdling guitars build like a slowly filling tank. An outgrowth from bands like queercore group Limp Wrist and noise poppers Brilliant Colors, Flesh World will release a new LP, The Wild Animals in My Life, June 2 on Iron Lung/La Vida Es Un Mus.

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R.I.P. B.B. King

Posted by Billyjam, May 15, 2015 06:19am | Post a Comment

"King of The Blues" B.B. King, the legendary American guitarist and singer/songwriter, died late last night at his Las Vegas home. He was 89 years of age and had enjoyed a prolific recording and performing career spanning seven decades. According to a report this morning by the Associated Press, who interviewed the blues icon's attorney Brent Bryson, King reportedly died "peacefully in his sleep at 9:40 p.m. PDT" last night (Thursday, May 14) with the local county coroner confirming the death, and that "funeral arrangements were underway" for the 15-time Grammy winner.

The son of sharecroppers, he was born Riley B. King on a Mississippi cotton plantation in 1925 but would go on to enjoy an illustrious lifelong career that  would include him performing at the White House in 2012 where the President of the United States would join him singing "Sweet Home Alabama." In that long legendary career, in which he got dubbed "the king of the blues" even though his music would transcend the blues, B.B. King recorded dozens of albums, won 15 Grammy awards, made his Gibson guitar a household name ("Lucille"), and introduced blues to a whole new audience in the '60s, all the while influencing a generation of guitar players, including a young Eric Clapton. He also earned a rep for working hard. Much like the late James Brown (aka "the hardest working man in showbiz") King had earned a rep for tirelessly gigging, typically between 250 days to 340 days out of the year. Although after turning 80 in 2005 he vowed to cut down to just 100 shows a year! In recent years poor health, mainly diabetes, had begun to take its toll on King who collapsed last October during a show in Chicago. Since then he had been in hospice care at his Nevada home.

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"Hardcore Architecture" Offers Revealing Peek At Where 1980's American Punk Angst Lived

Posted by Billyjam, May 14, 2015 03:00pm | Post a Comment


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s collection of photos of homes of the addresses of American hardcore punk bands of three decades ago offers a surprising and revealing peek at the actual locations where American 80's hardcore punk angst lived. And if, while browsing this engaging Tumblr page, that the addresses of these American punk bands would be mostly comfy looking middle-class suburban homes rather than say run down city squats, you would be right on point. For example the photo image above of the stately looking home is in fact the address Iowa punk band Pent Up Agression typed on the J-card cover of their 1985 cassette release Defining the Problem. They mailed the tape in hopes of review to MAMIMUMROCKNROLL (MRR) at the time who not only wrote a review but also published the band's contact address - which, three decades later, would provide the basis for the research of Hardcore Architecture's sleuths. Back in October 1985 in MRR issue #29 Tim Yohannan described Pent Up Agression's tape as packing "fast-as-hell, pissed political lyrics." To the late great punk ambassador Yohannan and his fellow MRR volunteers at the time back in eighties, no doubt, these typed or hand-written addresses on the cassettes that flooded their San Francisco PO Box would have been mostly just names of abstract locations. That was before the Internet. Hence why the current day Hardcore Architecture project involved simply inputting addresses via Google image searches to pinpoint the punk bands' matching addresses. Three decades later these homes, like the one above for  Des Moines' Pent Up Agression or below of fellow Iowa hardcore act Suburban Death Trip, have likely not changed too much.

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Mystery Girl: The Most Romantic Rock Record?

Posted by Joe Goldmark, May 13, 2015 05:59pm | Post a Comment

Head to the Vinyl Beat website to check out extensive LP label guides and wild cover galleries!

Roy OrbisonIMO, Mystery Girl by Roy Orbison is the most romantic rock album ever. I pitched this theory to Diane, my wife, right after “A Love So Beautiful” had played and she had a different take on it. She said, maybe not romantic, but certainly passionate. Her rational was that the song’s relationship doesn’t work out. Semantics aside, we agreed that Jeff Lynne’s gorgeous production coupled with Roy’s amazingly tortured vocals make this album a heart-grabber.

Lynne was at the height of his powers with recent productions for The Traveling Wilburys, George Harrison, and his own brilliant Armchair Theatre. He succeeds at producing luscious rock music without being overly schmaltzy. We all know Roy Orbison’s early ‘60s rock operettas, which were rivaled only by Phil Spector’s paeans in their angst-filled grandeur. However, some folks haven’t heard his later work with The Traveling Wilburys and this album, Mystery Girl. Unfortunately, Roy Orbison died right before the album was released.

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Hip-Hop History Tuesdays: Number One Hip-Hop Singles of 1991

Posted by Billyjam, May 12, 2015 08:30pm | Post a Comment
1991 was one good year for hip-hop! Proof lies in this week's Hip-Hop History Amoeblog in which we rewind 24 full years back to the Golden Era hip-hop year of '91 for a nice cross section of the popular hip-hop/rap singles for that year via the number Billboard rap songs of 1991 with the single's corresponding music videos presented below [two of the 24 tracks are audio-only versions]. As you'd expect from that definitive year in the genre there are many true hip-hop classics included here such as the Main Source's "Looking At The Front Door" (Wild Pitch/EMI) from that year's full-length Breaking Atoms which, starting on March 23rd, 1991, clocked in for three consecutive weeks as the number one hip-hop single in the country, UMC's' "Blue Cheese," the Geto Boys' timeless "Mind Playing Tricks On Me,"  Public Enemy's "Can't Truss It," and A Tribe Called Quest's perfect track "Check The Rhime" - the first of three single's off their groundbreaking second album The Low End Theory. Add to this ED O.G & DA Bulldogs "I Got To Have It," 3rd Bass' "Pop Goes The Weasel," and EPMD's "Gold Digger" as well as such cross over hits as Naughty By Nature's "O.P.P." and LL Cool J's two hit singles "Mama Said Knock You Out" and "Around The Way Girl."     

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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode With Disco Funk Duo Tuxedo

Posted by Amoebite, May 12, 2015 06:29pm | Post a Comment

Tuxedo Jake One and Mayer Hawthorne

tuxedoRetro soul crooner Mayer Hawthorne came out of left-field in 2009 with his Stones Throw debut, Strange Arrangement. In no time he was getting props by A-listers like Justin Timberlake, Mark Ronson, and John Mayer. He's toured with Bruno Mars, Fitz and The Tantrums and collaborated with cats like Snoop Dogg and Daryl Hall of Hall & Oates. Like former Stones Throw artist Aloe Blacc, Hawthorne soon made the leap from indie to major label. After releasing two albums under Universal Republic, touring the world, and garnering a GRAMMY nod, Mayer Hawthorne returned to his indie home at Stones Throw for a super mash-up with Hip Hop go-to producer Jake One (G-Unit, Rhymsayers). Jake One is what you'd consider a producer's producer.

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Essential Records: Mos Def & Talib Kweli Are Black Star

Posted by Amoebite, May 11, 2015 05:36pm | Post a Comment

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The '90s proved to be interesting times for Hip Hop. Early in the decade, the “golden era” produced countless classics, while the middle of the decade gave way to a highly publicized beef between East and West coast rappers. Gangsta rap came and went. “Bling bling” became a thing with rappers wearing chains so big MR. T was blushing. The entire Hip Hop community was shaken up by the untimely murders of Tupac and Notorious B.I.G., leaving a major void in the mainstream. Slowly, the tide began to shift and Hip Hop audiences started looking to the underground for what was to come next.

In 1996, with backing by James Murdoch (son of media tycoon Rupert Murdoch), Rawkus Records was established in New York City. The small label launched with Company Flow’s debut, Funcrusher Plus (1997), quickly establishing itself at the forefront of the new underground movement. Rawkus set the bar high by following up with two stellar compilations, Sound Bombing (1997) and Lyricist Lounge Volume 1. (1998). The latter featuring veteran emcees including De La Soul, Q-Tip of A Tribe Called Quest, Common and Black Thought of The Roots. Music fans and critics began taking note of the fledgling label and all the stars seem to align for what came next.

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Music History Monday: May 11

Posted by Jeff Harris, May 11, 2015 08:00am | Post a Comment

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On this day in music history: May 11, 1959 - "The Happy Organ" by Dave "Baby" Cortez hits #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for one week. Written by Cortez and Ken Wood, it is the biggest hit for the songwriter and musician from Detroit. Born Dave Cortez Clowney, he will begin playing piano as a child with aspirations to become a professional musician after seeing Duke Ellington & His Orchestra in concert. Cortez will relocate to New York when he joins a group call The Pearls as a keyboard player. Eventually he will strike out on his own, working as a studio musician, when he is signed to independent label Clock Records (distributed by Ember Records). He and fellow songwriter Ken Wood write a song initially titled "The Dog And The Cat" that also features lyrics. When Cortez finds that the song doesn't work in its original form, he will make it over as an instrumental, recording it with a Hammond Organ instead of a piano. Clock will release the song as a single just as Cortez leaves town to go on tour with Little Anthony & The Imperials. Entering the Hot 100 at #68 on March 16, 1959, it will climb to the top of the chart eight weeks later. Cortez will follow the song with the similiar  "The Whistling Organ," which peaks at #61 in July of 1959. Clock Records will soon fold in 1961 and Cortez will sign a deal with Chess Records, scoring another major hit with the single "Rinky Dink" (#10 Pop, #9 R&B). Cortez will chart several more singles on the chart through 1966, then makes his last chart entry with "Someone Has Taken Your Place" (#45 R&B) on All Platinum Records in 1973. "The Happy Organ" will also be featured in theatrical trailers for the film Tommy Boy in 1995. Dave "Baby" Cortez will record a new album in 2011 with Lonnie Youngblood and His Bloodhounds, his first new release in 39 years.
 

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Pete Rock Readies To Release PeteStrumentals 2

Posted by Billyjam, May 10, 2015 06:00pm | Post a Comment

Legendary hip-hop producer Pete Rock, who originally came to fame in the early '90s via the power duo Pete Rock & CL Smooth, will release  PeteStrumentals 2 next month via Mello Music Group. It is the long-awaited sequel to the 2001 BBE Records release PeteStrumentals, which compiled beat-driven compositions recorded over the previous decade.

The NY-born producer has just unleashed the music video for the album track "Cosmic Slop." The video captures the producer alone in a room, lost in the music as he creates magic with his MPC. "The video just gives you a lil' knowledge on the vibes I was feeling when I was making the track," said Pete Rock who did a memorable performance and interview at Amoeba Hollywood in 2008. He described the track as a beat he designed for creating the feeling of "cruising down the highway on a very nice day or night in the summertime seeing all kinda people outside enjoying themselves!"

Considering that the late great J Dilla credited Pete Rock as his key influence it only seems fitting that the 20 track Petestrumentals 2 features a  touching requiem to Detroit's favorite son via the touching song “Dilla Bounce (R.I.P)” in which Pete Rock pays tribute to his prodigy. Petestrumentals 2 will arrive in Amoeba Music on June 23rd in both CD and vinyl formats. In addition to the brand new "Cosmic Slop" video below is Pete Rock & CL Smooth's hip-hop classic "They Reminisce Over You (T.R.O.Y.)" off 1992's Mecca and The Soul Brother.

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Movies for Mother's Day

Posted by Eric Brightwell, May 10, 2015 08:02am | Post a Comment
Mary Cassatt After the Bath (circa 1901)
Mary Cassatt's After the Bath (circa 1901)

The American Mother's Day was invented by Anna Jarvis in 1905, when her own mother, Ann Reeves Jarvis, died. Her mother's death proved the inspiration for a holiday and by 1908 others joined her in this macabre celebration.

After five years of dedication to her obsession, Mother's Day was first observed in West Virginia in 1910. Although writing "I love you" on a post-it note would be more meaningful, by the 1920s consumers dutifully purchased pre-made Mother's Day cards from the Hallmark corporation. Disgusted by this perversion of her crazy vision, Jarvis unsuccessfully tried to kill Mother's Day. 

Whatever you do this Mother's Day, please don't spend $17.95 on a Spring Multicolor Floral Infinity Scarf, $24.95 on a Bronze Metal Birdcage Lantern Wall Decoration, or $29.95 on a Coral-inspired Jewelry Tree. Instead, take her on a hike, go for a swim, eat a type of cuisine neither of you've ever had before, go to the ballet... or watch one of these films.
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Mother (마더, Bong Joon-ho, 2010)


Psycho (Alfred Hitchcock, 1960)



Mildred Pierce
(Michael Curtiz, 1945)