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Cocktails Talk SF Music Scene and Power-Pop Before Show at Amoeba SF Jan. 31

Posted by Billy Gil, January 23, 2015 02:17pm | Post a Comment

cocktails bandCocktails play a whimsical, harmonic, fuzz-and-synth-laced brand of power pop with boy/girl harmonies that harkens back to bands like Imperial Teen, The Rentals and that dog. They bring the catchy, garagey goods in healthy doses on their debut album, Adult Life, which is out now. Catch the band live at Amoeba SF Jan. 31 at 2 p.m. and get a FREE Converse Rubber Tracks split 7” with Windham Flat, who recently played Amoeba SF as well.

We took a minute to speak with Patrick Clos, frontman for Cocktails:

Have you guys seen the nature of the SF music scene change along with its changing demographics? Are kids still coming to rock shows?

Patrick Clos: For sure. There definitely used to be a lot more like local, scuzzy guitar rock/garage/psych type bands playing around and such, but you know how it goes—there’s no longer rooms for like $500/month and such. But still, between here and Oakland, there’s no shortage of rock bands.

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Free Tickets To A Private Annie Lennox Performance January 28 In Los Angeles

Posted by Amoebite, January 23, 2015 12:14pm | Post a Comment

Annie Lennox

UPDATE 1/24/15: We are now sold out of tickets to this event.

Annie Lennox is performing a special private concert in Los Angeles on Wednesday, January 28th for a taping of NOSTALGIA to be aired on PBS’ Great Performances. Purchase your copy of Nostalgia on CD in-store at Amoeba Hollywood and you and a guest can attend the show! Quantities are limited.

Details:
Come into Amoeba Music in Hollywood to purchase a CD copy of Nostalgia starting now and recieve a free ticket for you and a guest to attend this special show on Jan. 28. 

Quantities are limited to first 100 purchasers of the Nostalgia CD. You will recieve admission for two (you + a guest).

All sales final for Nostalgia CD purchases.

This will be a onetime live performance and taping of Nostalgia by Annie Lennox. This live taping is for an upcoming episode of Great Performances on PBS. 

Show info:

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Weekly Roundup: Jack Name, Tobias Jesso Jr., Vetiver, DVA Damas, Spirit Club, Hundred Waters, Sarah Bethe Nelson

Posted by Billy Gil, January 23, 2015 10:36am | Post a Comment

Jack Name – “Waiting for Another Moon”

jack nameLast week we shared noisy space-rocker “Watcher Talk,” from L.A. lo-fi maestro Jack Name’s new album, Weird Moons, which came out this week via Castle Face. Sample another track via The New York TimesT Magazine, featuring Name’s weary vocals singing existentially about the cycle of life, death and boredom over trumpeting synths. Check it out and the rest of Weird Moons if you’re into the likes of Ariel Pink, John Maus and older White Fence (of which Name was once a member).

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tobias Jesso Jr. “How Could You Babe”

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Weekly Hip-Hop Rap-Up: Joey Bada$$, A$AP Yams, J-Dilla, Lupe Fiasco, Sadat X, Boosie Badass, Drew Dave, Too $hort, Rae Sremmurd

Posted by Billyjam, January 23, 2015 08:30am | Post a Comment

Lots of videos in this week's hip-hop rap up including KALX DJ/Amoeba Music employee at the Berkeley store E-Lit doing a nice overview of the new and recent CD and LP hip-hop (and related) releases to arrive in store lately and make up the two new top five hip-hop charts below - divided into CD and vinyl sections since there is so much more vinyl coming out these days - new and reissues like the 180 Gram reissue of Too $hort's 1980's classic Born To Mack. But first we send out our condolences to the family of A$AP Yams (pictured above and left with the A$AP crew) who died over this past weekend.

One of the founding members of New York City's very successful A$AP Mob collective it was first widely rumored via social media on Sunday that he had passed away as the result of a drug overdose. However associates of his in the collective insisted that those rumors were untrue and totally unfounded. As of now no official cause of death is known but what is known is that Yams' roommate in Brooklyn called 911 after finding laying down unconscious.



Amoeba Berkeley Hip-Hop Top Five CD Albums Week end Jan 23 2015


1) Joey Bada$$ B4.DA.$$ (Cinematic)
   (also avail in vinyl - see other chart below)

Steampunk x Supernatural x Ballroom Blitz = New Collab Project from EDM artist Savant & Video Producer Mike Diva

Posted by Billyjam, January 22, 2015 12:27am | Post a Comment




Hot on the heels of his just released latest/twelfth album Zion, busy Norwegian electronic dance music producer/instrumentalist Aleksander Vinter aka Savant has now unleashed another stellar project - this one a collaboration with the award-winning music video director Mike Diva (Kill The Noise & The M Machine) who took Savant's 2013 track 'Kali 47' to make it the driving soundtrack for   a music video that takes the genre to the next level an intense short movie that incorporates many cinematic styles. In fact it is really a homage to such styles as Clint Eastwood spaghetti westerns and the work of Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez. There's horror, action, fantasy, shoot-outs, steampunks, and zombie type creatures delivered via using intense zooms and rapid camera movements. Just like a movie but only a few minutes in length, yet enough to pack in a lot of action and set changes etc. The video acts as the perfect visual counterpart to Savant's driving music which, he says, is inspired by literature, history, fantasy, and cinema. The piece reportedly took a couple of years to make since so much went into its production. For example the saloon had to be built completely from scratch just for this shoot. You can see the short film/music video in its entirety (all three minutes of it) above.

Robert DeLong Headlines Inaugural First Fridays Show of 2015 on Feb. 6

Posted by Billy Gil, January 21, 2015 02:38pm | Post a Comment

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Amoeba will be on hand for the opening show of First Fridays at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles Feb. 6. Tickets are $18 and can be purchased here.

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Robert DeLong live at Amoeba SF Feb. 20, 2013

The first show of the season will feature EDM artist Robert DeLong. We know from the livewire show he put on at Amoeba Hollywood that this isn’t a show to be missed, as DeLong trades between setting off various sequencers, playing the drums and getting the crowd riled up for his electrifying anthems. DeLong’s latest album is Just Movement.

Prior to DeLong’s performance, Tom Vek will take the stage. The British singer/songwriter uses post-punk beats and electronic noise for a unique sound on albums like last year’s excellent Luck. Also opening the show will be Southern California’s QUITAPENAS. The band combines Afro-Latin beats with tropical-psych guitars and Spanish-sung vocals for a SoCal-style mashup that feels natural and is a lot of fun to listen and dance to.

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Rest In Peace Big Chief Bo Dollis of the Wild Magnolia Mardi Gras Indian Band

Posted by Billyjam, January 21, 2015 11:26am | Post a Comment

Yesterday, Jan 20th 2015, the music world lost Bo Dollis of the Wild Magnolias who was one of greatest ambassadors of New Orleans style Mardi Gras Indian funk. He was 71 years of age. No exact cause of death has been announced but Dollis had been in poor health for past several years. Born Theodore Emile "Bo" Dollis in 1944, Dollis was the longtime Big Chief of the Wild Magnolias Mardi Gras Indians who as a young teen growing up in New Orleans joined the Golden Arrows Mardi Gras Indians, then after joining the Wild Magnolias as flag boy. But by the time he was 20 he had already risen in the ranks to that of Big Chief status. As such he was part of a whole new generation of Mardi Gras Indians to promote the culture in a positive light, focusing on the costumes (see above image of Dollis in full costume) more and and to turn away from violence, something strongly associated with and prevalent in previous decades. As such Dollis was pioneering in bringing the culture and sound of the Mardi Gras Indian culture to national awareness and acclaim. He was a trailblazer of the culture by recording the first commercial album of Mardi Gras Indian music  in 1970 best known by the single "Handa Wanda" that was a traditionally-rooted new Indian song written by Dollis (audio only video below). He was also a pioneer at that same year when along with Monk Boudreaux of the Golden Eagles Mardi Gras Indians and and a young Quint Davis he performed at the original New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. Fast forward four years and he would recording the acclaimed landmark album The Wild Magnolias that married funk sounds with Indian chants and hence  made it more palatable to more American ears. That album also featured Snooks Eaglin, Willie Tee, Uganda Roberts, Earl Turbinton, and Bo's wife Laurita Dollis. Four years ago he was honored with the prestigious National Endowment for the Arts' National Heritage Fellowship.

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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode With London's Fat White Family

Posted by Amoebite, January 20, 2015 06:52pm | Post a Comment

Fat White Family

Some might say The Fat White Family is British rock & roll's final hurrah. On or off stage the South London rockers give it to you straight. No sugar coating, no beating around the bush, no gimmicks. Just Fat Whiteone hundred percent pure, unadulturated, in your face rock and roll. Their wild stage antics and blunt anti-elitist views excite fans and leave others confused. Unfazed by the lure of fame and the rock star status most indie bands dream of, The Fat White Family only care about staying true to their own beliefs, no matter how unconventional or far left they may come off. From squatting to couch surfing to befriending and shacking up with Sean Lennon, The Fat White Family have come a long way in a short amount of time.

After releasing their debut album, Champagne Holocaust (Fat Possum, 2014) and touring relentlessly, the band was recently named one of NME's "50 New Bands to Watch in 2015" and appeared on the cover with the headline "The Most Dangerous Band in Britain." The group is currently working on their second album in New York, with a little help from co-producer Sean Lennon. How many new bands can say they used John Lennon's gear on their record? Pretty freaking awesome.   

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Top Five State of the Union Songs

Posted by Billyjam, January 20, 2015 02:52pm | Post a Comment
At 9pm Eastern time and 6pm Pacific time today (Jan 20th, 2015) President Barack Obama is scheduled to give his State of the Union (SOTU) speech that can be viewed on various TV stations as well as via the White House website stream. His sixth SOTU address and his first State of the Union address since Republicans took control of Congress,  this evening's address is likely to touch on such topics as the rebounding economy, increased taxing of the wealthy, the latest developments with Cuba, and the recent subject of the push to make community colleges free for students - as well as references to the many specially invited citizen guests in the house.

For more SOTU info visit the White House SOTU website page or check out the video below of the interview Obama on what to expect tonight - "Behind The Scenes: Sit Down with President Obama" that was uploaded yesterday. But ahead of that video are the Top Five "State of the Union" video song list with lyric excerpts from each song to get take on where they're coming from that range from punk to classic rock to folk and dub.



Rise Against "State of the Union (Live)"


#1: Rise Against's "State of the Union" song, which was the opening track off the Chicago hardcore punk outfit's 2004 album Siren Song of the Counter Culture, was - as the intro to the live performance above indicates - a vehemently anti George W Bush and his war song; a fact further proven by such no holds barred song lyrics as: "Reads war torn country still a mess The words, power, death, and distorted truth Are read between the lines of the red, white, and blue Countdown to the very end Equality, an invitation that we wont extend Ready aim, pull the trigger now Its time you firmly secure your place in hell"

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Album Picks: Belle & Sebastian, Sleater-Kinney, Hanni El Khatib, Amen Dunes

Posted by Billy Gil, January 20, 2015 11:27am | Post a Comment

Belle & SebastianGirls in Peacetime Want to Dance

belle sebastian girls in peacetime want to dance lp

In the latter half of their career, Belle & Sebastian have consistently tried to balance the desire to appeal to a wider audience with more outward-facing pop songs alongside the bookish indie pop that netted them a cult of worshipping devotees in the first place. They’ve never done it quite as successfully as they have here on Girls in Peacetime Want to Dance. Opener “Nobody’s Empire,” with its marching beat, glowing synths and gospel choir backup vocals comes off like a statement of purpose: This will be a richly produced pop album (courtesy of Ben H. Allen III, who’s worked both with the indie-pop elite and hip-hop artists), so gear up. The band comes up with one of its most radio-ready singles to date on “The Party Line,” a disco-rock track with typically clever lyrics and a booming synth riff that won’t quit. The best Stevie Jackson-led song in years comes on the bittersweet beatnik funk of “Perfect Couples.” “Play for Today” is synthy and light, with ace guest vocals from Dum Dum Girls’ Dee Dee Penny. And it’s safe to say Belle & Sebastian have the only ABBA-esque synth-pop track that name-checks Sylvia Plath. But Belle & Sebastian want to do more than make us dance. Several tracks hue closer to their ’90s incarnation while still retaining the fuller production present on the album’s more immediate moments. The European folk-flavored “The Everlasting Muse” is rich with mandolin, horns and clap-along breakdowns. The slow-rolling, string-laden “Ever Had a Little Faith” is reminiscent of early B&S highlight “The Boys of Track and Field.” And Sarah Martin gets to sing lead on both the swoony “The Power of Three” and rollicking “The Book of You,” with some ripping guitarwork to boot. So it’s not the introverted Belle & Sebastian of yore. But this edition of Belle & Sebastian manages to help them evolve without losing what made them special. It’s a win-win for fans new and old, on one of Belle & Sebastian’s best albums in years.

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MLK Jr Day Movie List

Posted by Billyjam, January 19, 2015 10:30am | Post a Comment

A good thing to do any day, but particularly appropriate MLK Jr. Day, is to view some Martin Luther King, Jr. and cicil rights related films and documentaries. There are many to recommend, beginning with Selma, which is the Ava DuVernay-directed dramatization of the Selma to Montgomery, Alabama voting rights marches of 1965 that were led by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Starring in an incredibly accurate performance of King, British actor David Oyelowo (pictured above) was famously snubbed by the Oscars in their recent 2015 nominations. Selma can be viewed in movie theaters today at no cost for students all over the Bay Area as well in other cities such as New Orleans, St. Louis, Baltimore, and Nashville. The free screenings, which have actually been taking place over the weekend at theaters including 11 in the Bay Area, are thanks to a fundraising drive by a nationwide movement called “Selma for Students.” This fundraising group believes that students (particularly African American) might not otherwise be fully informed about this moment in history captured in Selma and its parallels to the challenges that they face today. Bay Area theaters include Grand Lake Oakland, AMC Bay Street Emeryville, AMC Van Ness San Francisco, Century Hilltop Richmond, and Cinemark Daly City. Students just need to bring some form of ID to the theater in the cities participating in the program.

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Music History Monday: January 19

Posted by Jeff Harris, January 19, 2015 08:48am | Post a Comment

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Born on this day: January 19, 1946 - Country music icon Dolly Parton (born Dolly Rebecca Parton in Sevierville, TN). Happy 69th Birthday, Dolly!!
 


Born on this day: January 19, 1949 - Singer and songwriter Robert Palmer (born Robert Allen Palmer in Batley, Yorkshire, UK). Happy Birthday to this brilliant blue-eyed soul/rock vocalist on what would have been his 66th birthday.




On this day in music history: January 19, 1959 - "Smoke Gets In Your Eyes" by The Platters hits #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for three weeks. Written by Jerome Kern and Otto Harbach, it is the third and final chart topping single for the pioneering R&B/Pop vocal group fronted by lead singer Tony Williams.The song is originally written in 1933 for the musical Roberta, and is also sung by actress Irene Dunne in the film adaptation of the musical in 1935. The Platters will record their version in Paris in October of 1958. At first, Kern's widow will seek to file an injunction to block the record from being distributed, fearing that the group has turned her late husband's song into a "rock & roll record." One of Kern's colleagues, legendary songwriter Oscar Hammerstein II will intervene, not only convincing Mrs. Kern to drop her suit, but also publicly thanking The Platters and their producer Buck Ram for reviving the song and introducing it to a new generation of fans. Entering the Hot 100 at # 86 November 17, 1958, it will climb to the top of the chart nine weeks later. "Smoke Gets In Your Eyes" will be The Platters last major hit, after a public scandal a few months after the song's run on the charts results in the four male members of the group being arrested in Cincinnati, OH on drug and prostitution charges. Though the charges are dropped, the incident will do irreparable damage to their reputation resulting in radio stations dropping their past records from playlists and refusing to play subsequent releases. "Smoke Gets In Your Eyes" is certified Gold in the US by the RIAA.
 

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One album wonders: The United States of America's The United States of America

Posted by Eric Brightwell, January 19, 2015 06:23am | Post a Comment
 THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA - THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA (recorded 1967, released 1968)

The United States of America


During the Album Era (mid 1960s-mid 2000s), the LP was the dominant form of recorded music expression and consumption. Some bands recorded just one album during their time and, whether popular or not, they are the so-called one album wonders



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The focus of this edition of one album wonders is United States of America, a band formed and led byJoe Byrd Joseph Byrd for a couple of years in the late 1960s. Their sole album, United States of America, only reached 181 on the Billboard charts after its released but has in the years since achieved well-deserved cult status. 


Byrd was a composer born in Louisville, Kentucky and raised in Tucson, Arizona. In Arizona he’d played in various popcountry, and jazz ensembles before moving to California to attend Stanford University. At Stanford he met avant-garde composer La Monte Young. After relocating to New York, La Monte Young and Yoko Ono curated a series of performances, the Chambers Street loft concerts, which featured pieces by Henry Flynt, Jackson Mac Low, and Byrd -- part of the embryonic art scene which would eventually emerge as the Fluxus movement.