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New Video from Saintseneca

Posted by Amoebite, August 21, 2014 05:40pm | Post a Comment

Saintseneca at Amoeba Hollywood

When folk rock band Saintseneca stopped by Amoeba Hollywood recently, they brought with them a strong dose of Appalachian inspired harmonies, an odd, three-stringed instrument called a Strumstick, and a very appreciative crowd. Columbus, OH-based bandmates Zac Little, Maryn Jones, Steve Ciolek, Jon Meador took the stage for a short set that saw them moving from rollicking, upbeat sing-a-long choruses to melancholy, introspective moments to post-punk style reverb-drenched breakdowns.

Saintseneca's first album on ANTI- Records, Dark Arc, came out this past spring, and the band have basically been on tour ever since. This fall, they're touring all across America, with a Los Angeles stop on October 9, at the Bootleg Theatre. Check out the band's lively, foot-stomping take on traditional American music below.

Saintseneca - Live at Amoeba
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Peaches Christ's Night of 1,000 Showgirls Returns this Saturday to SF's Castro Theatre

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, August 21, 2014 04:13pm | Post a Comment

Saturday, August 23rd marks Peaches Christ's 17th Annual summer screening of Paul Verhoven's 1995 Showgirls peaches christmasterpiece-of-trash, Showgirls! I'm sure you're familiar with the classic story: a young woman, Nomi Malone (Elizabeth Berkely), dreams of being a Las Vegas dancer but a run-in with superstar Cristal Conners (Gina Gershon) proves there's only room for one star on the marquee. It's a must-see for connoisseurs of camp everywhere.

Celebrate Peaches Christ's NC-17th annual screening with a spectacular pre-show called NIGHT OF 1,000 SHOWGIRLS. This pre-show includes the first ever Showgirls Game Show with prizes supplied by Peaches Christ Productions and the evening’s co-sponsors. Also, the triumphant return of Peaches' long-time sidekick Mariny (the most flawed and tragic drag queen in all of San Francisco) and "FREE LAP-DANCES W/ EVERY LARGE POPCORN" from Peaches’ legion of live "dude-girls" are also promised. Tradition!

This one-of-a-kind San Francisco experience begins at 8:00 pm at San Francisco's Castro Theatre. Get your tickets HERE!

Pop Singer LP Comes to GRAMMY Museum for The Drop

Posted by Billy Gil, August 20, 2014 08:07pm | Post a Comment

lp singerPop-rock singer LP will appear at The GRAMMY Museum for The Drop, featuring a performance as well as a discussion with the artist. Amoeba is proud to be a sponsor of the event. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased here. The show starts at 8 p.m.

New York-born Laura Pergolizzi is known for her shock of dark, curly hair, androgynous glam style and, most of all, a powerful set of pipes that leave most of her pop contemporaries in the dust. LP cut her teeth writing songs for other people, such as Rihanna’s “Cheers (Drink to That)” and Christina Aguilera’s “Beautiful People,” while also driving a van around the country, playing 250 shows a year. A number of previous major-label debuts didn’t pan out, but LP persevered and released her first EP, the live release Into the Wild: Live at EastWest Studios, in 2012. Now she’s finally released her debut LP, the upbeat, charming Forever For Now, produced by GRAMMY-winning producer and Warner Bros. Records chairman Rob Cavallo.

A performance will be accompanied by a discussion moderated by VP of The GRAMMY Foundation and MusiCares, Scott Goldman.

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Yuna Comes to Grand Performances For Free Concert Sept. 6

Posted by Billy Gil, August 20, 2014 06:39pm | Post a Comment

yuna nocturnal lpMalaysian-born pop singer Yuna will appear at Grand Performances in Downtown L.A. Sept. 6 at 8 p.m. The show is free. Amoeba is proud to be a sponsor of the event. It’s hosted by KCRW’s Raul Campos. Come say hi at our booth and spin our prize wheel.

Yuna combines worldbeat touches with stunning acoustic guitar and Western pop melodies on albums like Nocturnal. Hear Yuna’s voice soar over a clap-along beat on “Rescue” for a taste:

Oh, and she does a killer cover of one of the best songs in recent years, Frank Ocean’s “Thinkin Bout You”:

Grand Performances is a nonprofit that puts on free shows that aim to reflect global culture and inspire community among the people of L.A. They take place at California Plaza at 350 South Grand Avenue.

Amoeba Sponsors the 57th Annual Monterey Jazz Festival, September 19-21

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, August 20, 2014 05:46pm | Post a Comment

Monterey Jazz FestivalWe are very proud to once again be an official sponsor of the Monterey Jazz Festival and to be on-site with a Mini-Amoeba store! Every year we have an amazing time meeting jazz fans and seeing the world's best talent. This year's line-up is going to be one of the best yet!

The 57th annual Monterey Jazz Festival welcomes more than 500 artists performing nonstop on eight stages for three nights and two days! Come see live sets from Herbie Hancock, The Roots, Michael Feinstein, and so many more!

Swing by the Mini-Amoeba between sets for tons of rare, collectible, and out-of-print CDs and LPs for sale from our vaults. Plus, look for a host of artists who will be signing copies of their albums at our booth after their performance. Please check back for updates to our signing schedule and further coverage!

Also, check out out interviews and coverage from last year's festival HERE!

New York State of Mind Amoeblog #94: AfroPunk Festival, DMC US Finals, Charlie Parker Jazz Fest, Outdoor Movie Screenings

Posted by Billyjam, August 20, 2014 12:38pm | Post a Comment

Back in 2007, I interviewed James Spooner, maker of the 2003 documentary Afro-Punk, about the  AFROPUNK Festival, which was directly inspired by his film. The director/producer told me that he never dreamed that his passionately produced, low-budget documentary would go on to  jump-start a burgeoning cultural movement, inspire the BAM (Brooklyn Academy of Music) annual arts festival, and name him as its co-curator.

"Afro-Punk was a film about being a black punk rocker in a white world. And we had a really good few screenings at BAM.... that escalated into doing a series with a bunch of other films that evoked the same feeling of black thinking or black rebellion all telling the 'other' black story," Spooner told me at the time, adding that the folks at BAM had the idea of building a whole festival out of it. Now in its tenth year, AFROPUNK Festival has grown exponentially into a much bigger and broader event with a lineup that is off the hook and transcends the subgenre that gave it its name.  





James Spooner's "Afro-Punk" 2003 documentary that inspired the AFROPUNK Festival


Among the myriad of diverse acts scheduled for this year's festival, are Bad Brains and Fishbone - both of whom were in Spooner's documentary - along with such others as  Meshell Ndegeocello, The Internet, Body Count, the Cro-Mags, CX KiDTRONiK, D'Angelo, The Bots, Trash Talk, SZA, Alice Smith, Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings King Britt, and tons more. The newly-expanded AFROPUNK festival includes, in addition to punk, lots of DJs and producers performing. This year presents a special Tribute to DJ Rashad - the  influential late Chicago footwork producer who died back in April. Performing will be members of Rashad's Teklife crew, Chicago footwork pioneer RP Boo, Dance Mania ghetto-house originator DJ Deeon, Lit City Trax founder DJ J-Crush, and The Era dance crew from Chicago.  Another sign of the expanding festival is the newly added AFROPUNK AFTER DARK, which organizers say, aims to transform the neighborhoods of Brooklyn into a captivating playground of music and culture events in venues starting at 10:00pm and including the Black Weirdo party and King Britt's celebration of Sun Ra's centennial, The Beautiful Noise.  The AFROPUNK Festival 2014 happens this Saturday and Sunday (August 23rd & 24th) at Brooklyn's Commodore Barry Park and other locations. For full listings and ticket information click here.

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Roses Chat With the Amoeblog Before Show at Sayers Club

Posted by Billy Gil, August 20, 2014 11:37am | Post a Comment

rosesL.A. trio Roses spin out gorgeous tunes that blur the line between dreamy introspection and new-wave pop abandon on their debut EP, Dreamlover. The band, which features ex-Abe Vigoda member Juan Velasquez on guitar with Marc Steinberg on vocals/keyboards and Victor Herrera on bass, will be at Sayers Club tonight for the next Red Bull Sound Select show, along with Tanlines and SISU, who we caught up with yesterday. The show is only $3 with an RSVP and starts at 8 p.m.; hope to see you there!

We spoke with Velasquez a bit about his new band and the recently released Dreamlover before the show.

You guys were friends for a while before becoming a band. Tell me a little bit about how you guys formed.

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The War on Drugs Release "Under the Pressure" Video

Posted by Billy Gil, August 20, 2014 10:53am | Post a Comment

the war on drugsThe War on Drugs have released a video for their song “Under the Pressure” that somehow visually conveys exactly what it feels like to listen to the band’s music. You can’t help but picture being driven through soft-focus sleepy Middle American towns and suburbs passing by as the band’s dream-pop version of AM radio jams filter through the speaker and you drift in and out of consciousness. I also love the shots of the band quietly playing in a room, as if capturing the moment when a song comes through from some unknown place and lands on your guitar.

“Under the Pressure” comes from Lost in the Dream, which has already been called one of the best albums of the year by a lot of people.

 

Los Angeles: Jet Li in Fist Of Legend (20th Anniversary!)

Posted by phil blankenship, August 20, 2014 10:04am | Post a Comment
Let Li in Fist of Legend

Attention Amoebites & Amoebloggers: I'm putting on a show!

FIST OF LEGEND

Saturday, August 23, 2014 // Midnite

Widely regarded as the greatest film of two legendary careers, Fist of Legend teams international superstar Jet Li with martial arts choreographer Yuen Wo-ping (Drunken Master, Kill Bill 1 & 2, The Matrix trilogy) for some of the most awe-inspiring fight sequences you’ll ever see. In this tribute to Bruce Lee’s classic The Chinese Connection (aka Fist of Fury), Li radiates sheer power and coolness as folk legend Chen Zen: a kung fu phenom living abroad who returns home to avenge the death of his master, and save his martial arts school. Shifting effortlessly among diverse fighting styles, Li battles blindfolded, wields his belt as a lethal weapon and more, as each action set piece raises the bar to unbelievable heights of art, beauty and precision. It’s a deadly ballet of skill, speed and agility; your jaw will hit the floor watching cinema’s pre-eminent kung fu badasses working at the pinnacle of human ability!
Dir. Gordon Chan, 1994, 35mm, 103 min.