Marissa Nadler’s latest is one of her best yet, adding a little warmth to her haunting rendition of goth-Americana. Whether she’s playing vague with evocative line, as in “Divers of the Dust” (“the waves were screaming/city streets/you look out the window to see/seven lines of stunted trees”), or singing directly, as in “Katie I Know” (“it’s hard to know when to let go/cause I can bury this heart of mine”), Nadler’s words and voice cut deep. Musically, Strangers is a blend of old and new sounds, but the mixture works. “Hungry Is the Ghost” effuses spectral beauty, with slowcore guitars and swelling cosmic sounds, balancing out a song like “Skyscraper,” which is full of spare acoustics and medieval flutes. Though the feel is wintry as per her usual style, “All the Colours of the Dark” is actually one of the sweetest sounding songs Nadler has put to tape, full of genteel fingerpicking, Southern sounding strings and layered organ and piano. Wading through the album’s melancholia, which is pleasurable in its own way, it gives way to the sighing steel guitars of the title track, as well as perhaps her best song yet, “Janie in Love,” in which her swooping, birdsong voice calls out in shudder-inducing beauty, “you’re a natural disaster, and I am watching you blow up everything, you touch and the earth will crumble.” Though bleak, Nadler’s previous albums have never been short of stunning. This time, the music offers not just commiseration but light at the end of the tunnel.
Noise Pop has been championing independent music & culture for over 24 years. Sure, you know they produce the Noise Pop Festival, Treasure Island Music Festival, 20th Street Block Party and more, but did you know they also produce the twice-monthly Noise Pop Podcast?!
The Noise Pop Podcast showcases noteworthy and soon-to-be-buzzing new music. This is required listening for all connoisseurs of new music.
Tune it at noisepop.com/podcast and listen for a special Amoeba.com discount code starting with the May 19th episode!
In the May 19th episode, the Noise Pop podcast takes a look at the glaring absence of female-fronted headliners at Summer music festivals. Guest Alyssa Pereira of SFGate joins host Adrian Spinelli to discuss what mechanisms are in play that continue to prevent female-fronted acts from gracing the tops of festival bills in both US and Europe. What solutions are there to address this issue? What specific female artists could potentially headline major festivals? Listen in to this episode of the Noise Pop Podcast and find out at noisepop.com/podcast.
Mykki Blanco "High School Never Ends (feat. Woodkid)" (2016)
This week the always amazing artist Mykki Blanco unveiled the video piece for the track "High School Never Ends (feat. Woodkid)" off the artist's anticipated upcoming debut album release this summer. Directed by Matt Lambert the video showcases the uniquely talented, all encompassing artist who effortlessly embraces various mediums. "No one has seen this side of Mykki Blanco yet, and though The Mykki of "High School Never Ends' is a character, it is the closest to who I actually am and I felt a trust in director Matt Lambert to portray this," said the diversely talented 30 year old artist born Michael David Quattlebaum Jr. Musician, activist, performance artist and experimentalist are among the descriptions given Mykki Blanco back when the artist was first profiled on the Amoeblog in October 2014. Entitled Mykki Blanco's Gay Dog Food, the piece profiled the Gay Dog Food mix-tape project that was about to drop later that month. That album included such other artists as Cities Aviv and Riot Grrrl Kathleen Hanna whom Blanco cited, along with such others as GG Allin and Lil Kim, as a major musical influence. That previous Amoeblog, which included Blanco's 2012 music video for "Wavvy," also noted how his anticipated official debut album Michael would be released in the following Spring of 2015 release. That didn't happen but the anticipated album is finally coming this summer. The video above was shot in Germany, where Blanco's lived for the past four years, is described as story about outsiders and forbidden love, a "tableaux of love and sexuality explored amid a landscape of migration and community in crisis."
The winners of our Radiohead lottery for the band's extremely limited "Burn the Witch / Spectre" 7" have been notified via email. For privacy's sake, we have not disclosed their full names here.
Winners have until the end of the day on Thursday, May 19th to return to Amoeba and purchase their 7" in person. Per rules set by Radiohead and XL Recordings, this 7" can only be sold in-store and cannot be sold online. If the 7"s are not purchased by the deadline, we will pull another winner and contact them directly via email.
Fans who pre-ordered A Moon Shaped Pool in-store at Amoeba for this lottery can pick up their copy of the new album at Amoeba Hollywood, San Francisco or Berkeley starting June 17th. Be sure to bring your receipt and ID with you. Please note, if you pre-ordered the album online at Amoeba.com, it will be shipped to you like usual.
AMOEBA HOLLYWOOD LOTTERY WINNERS:
|Chazz H.||Jonathan S.||Nicole P.|
|Elaine C.||Jose H.||Ryan T.|
|Hillary M.||Joseph G.||Sarah G.|
|Howard B.||Ken L.||Tim D.|
|Israel A.||Michelle P.||Thomas H.|
What happens when Tim Heidecker and Foxygen's Jonathan Rado buy records for each other? Turns out they get a lot of the same stuff. Like Bruce Springsteen's Darkness on the Edge of Town. The only difference? Rado opted for the cheaper, used copy with "some wear" on it, while Heidecker picked out a brand new copy for his partner.
Actor, writer, director, and musician Tim Heidecker is probably best known as one half of the comedy duo Tim & Eric. Alongside his musical partner Davin Wood, he has written lyrics and sang on songs featured on Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!. The two teamed up as the '70s soft rock inspired duo Heidecker and Wood, releasing the albums Starting From Nowhere (2011) and Some Things Never Stay the Same (2013). Heidecker and his band The Yellow River Boys also released the album Urinal St. Station on Drag City Records in 2013. In 2016, Heidecker announced his latest album, In Glendale (out May 20) would be released through Jonathan Rado's Jagjaguwar imprint, Rado Records.
1: Homeboy Sandman Kindness For Weakness (Stones Throw) (avail as LP)
2: Open Mike Eagle & Paul White Hella Personal Film Festival (Mello Music) (LP version)
3: ElZhi Lead Poison (Glow 365)
4: Aesop Rock The Impossible Kid (Rhymesayers Ent.)
5: ELUCID Save Yourself (Backwoodz)
With so much amazing music from bygone eras in hip-hop's rich history to listen back to and/or catch up on for the first time, it's easy for hip-hop fans in 2016 to ignore all the new music being made. But to do so is to miss out on some incredible ground breaking music in the still unfolding genre. Simply put contemporary hip-hop is in an incredibly healthy state right now! This I can confirm from recently listening to a stack of new albums, mostly releases of the past few weeks such as the ones listed in the above top five list. On each the production is dope, but it is the emcees who truly blew me away. Each effortlessly display innovative forward-thinking lyrical finesse coupled with top notch mic delivery skills.
The last First Fridays of the season happens June 3 at the Natural History Museum in Los Angeles, featuring indie-rock bands HEALTH and YACHT. Amoeba is proud to be a sponsor, and we’ll be on hand with goodies and $20 gift certificates for $10 (limit two per customer).
Tickets for the event are on sale now for $20. Being that this is one of the most high-profile First Fridays this year, you’ll want to get your tickets early!
Headlining the show are L.A. noise-pop band HEALTH, who rose from the breeding grounds of the scene surrounding The Smell in the ’00s and gained notoriety through various remixes of their songs, including “Crimewave,” as included on Crystal Castles’ first album. The band also scored the video game Max Payne 3. Their latest album, Death Magic, is their most palatable yet, taking their chaotic aesthetic to festival-stage proportions. Watch the hedonistic “New Coke” video below.