Sapphic Musk Releases New "Kittenz" Single + Music Video

Posted by Amoebite, July 16, 2015 12:13pm | Post a Comment

Ever wondered what a crowd surfing feline looks like? Thanks to the newly released Sapphic Musk "Kittenz" music video you can see it happen!

The self proclaimed "homo-centric Euro-Nordic hard rock" band Sapphic Musk created something that is sure to set the blogosphere ablaze. "Kittenz," the latest single in the band's arsenal, is now available digitally via "Kittenz," produced by Bob Marlette (Rob Zombie, Black Sabbath, Alice Cooper), boasts heavy guitar riffs over big tight drums. It's the stuff that turns mosh pits into raging tornadoes! Tastefully produced and perfectly executed, the single definitely stands on its own. Just when you thought it couldn't get any better, the ladies of Sapphic Musk drop a gem of a video to accompany their feline fantasy. 

Shot at the famed DIY punk venue The Smell, the video opens with the meow of a cute and cuddly kitten just before Sapphic Musk unleashes a sonic assault of rock goodness. Complete with on screen explosions and cut-aways of little kittens, the video has subtle nods to cheesy old school editing that makes for a super entertaining watch. But don't let the cute kittens fool you. Vocalist Sara T. Russell, dressed in a horned headpiece sings, "claws like demon knives, they don't die they've got nine lives..."  A simple reminder that even the cutest of kittens can be the most demonic. Guitarist Mia Ferraro and bassist Christy Greenwood lay down some serious headbanging while drummer Tammy Germani channels her inner Black Sabbath a la Bill Ward as Sapphic Musk rocks out to a packed house of die hard fans. The end result is an awesome song with a tongue-in-cheek video that is well worth the watch... over and over again.   

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New "What's in My Bag?" Episode With Lightning Bolt

Posted by Amoebite, July 15, 2015 12:48pm | Post a Comment

Noise-rock powerhouse Lightning Bolt was founded by Rhode Island School of Design students Brian Lightning BoltChippendale and Brian Gibson in 1995. When the band first started, their shows were largely improvisational, until Load Records approached them with the idea of doing an album. In 1999, their self-titled debut appeared. In 2001, Load released Ride the Skies, the duo's second album. Two years later, the band's most accessible release, Wonderful Rainbow, came out. While touring intermittently, the band released Hypermagic Mountain (2005), Earthly Delights (2009), and Oblivion Hunter (2012). Their most recent release is 2015's Fantasy Empire, their first full-length for Thrill Jockey.

The dynamic duo dig deep and find some gems on our recent episode of What's In My Bag? The guys get started with Mystic Soundz From India, Lost Field Recordings (Lost In Space Records). Compiled from obscure and rare recordings from 1968-1979, this makes a great source for sampling or attempting to hypnotize yourself. Good stuff! Next, they pick up an awesome book of works by Austrian artist Friedensreich Hundertwasser. Produced by the innnovative German publisher, TASCHEN, this is a beautifully curated book that deserves to be on every art fan's coffee table. The guys also grab a copy of the highly acclaimed album, You're Dead!, by LA's beloved beat maker Flying Lotus. From instructional records to experimental classical to world music, Lighning Bolt search far and wide and find influence everywhere. Watch the full episode below to see all their picks. 

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Essential Records: Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds' Murder Ballads

Posted by Amoebite, July 9, 2015 12:55pm | Post a Comment

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Mute Records just wrapped their recent run of Nick Cave reissues, including the first-ever North American release of eleven classic albums on 180 gram heavyweight vinyl, dating back to 1984’s From Her To Eternity. Remastered by founding member of the Bad Seeds Mick Harvey, the rereleases started coming in December 2014 and continued on into spring 2015.

Nick Cave Vinyl Reissues

When you’ve spent years working in record stores, it’s almost impossible to answer the perennial question, “So, what’s your favorite band?” For a while I had about five bands I would answer this question with, then slowly (probably after finally realizing most people asking this had no idea who I was talking about) I refined my answer to, “I guess Nick Cave.” I “guess” this is because his songwriting is literate, dark, sometimes slyly humorous, and always fiery and unabashed. I “guess” it’s because his aesthetic concerns include haunted Southern Gothic imagery and brutal Revisionist Western stories—basically it’s like someone started writing music, films and books tailored entirely towards my interests. (According to the internet, he also shares my less intense beliefs in the importance of cat art and telling people to “just Google it.”) So in the mid ‘90s when the song “Red Right Hand” gradually lurked its way into my teenage consciousness through repeated exposure via The X-Files movie soundtrack and the approximately two dozen crappy teen horror flicks it was used in (ok, a quick internet search reveals that it was pretty much only Scream), my curiosity was piqued.

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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode With Producer Mr. Scruff

Posted by Amoebite, July 7, 2015 06:05pm | Post a Comment

Mr. Scruff

Mr. Scruff, the musical project of Mancunian DJ/producer Andy Carthy, burst onto the scene in the mid-Mr Scruff'90s with the release of several 12" singles for Pleasure Music. His biggest hit-to-date came via the release of his 1999 debut full-length, Keep It Unreal, which features the single "Get a Move On," an upbeat swing-styled number based around "Bird's Lament (In Memory of Charlie Parker)" by Moondog and featuring a sample from Shifty Henry's "Hyping Woman Blues." His official followup, Trouser Jazz, appeared in 2002. Two years later Scruff released his first ever DJ mix album, Keep It Solid Steel Volume 1. He has released albums steadily over the past decade, with 2014's Friendly Bacteria showcasing the constant evolution of his sound. Scruff is also known for his marathon DJ sessions, hand-drawn live visuals and album art, and his tea company, Make Us a Brew. 

Mr. Scruff recently visited Amoeba Hollywood rocking a really dope J Dilla (RIP) t-shirt, a small indication that he goes deep in the crates when digging for vinyl. He definitely found some classic gems in this episode of What's In My Bag?. Scruff first finds the early '80s modern soul album One Way Love Affair by Sadane. He often collects these records and hands them out as gifts to friends. A longtime fan of the Celluloid label, Scruff picks their newly released compilation, Haiti Goes Latin, which is a great album for any lover of World/Latin music. Watch the full episode below to see all his picks:

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Amoeba Curates Next Red Bull Sound Select Show in L.A. July 30 With Baths

Posted by Amoebite, July 7, 2015 12:01pm | Post a Comment

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Amoeba Music is curating the next Red Bull Sound Select show in Los Angeles, taking place at the Echoplex July 30.

Electronic pop acts Baths, Wrestlers and OOFJ will play the show, with L.A.-based Australian band Wunder Wunder hosting. The show is 18-and-over and is $3 with an RSVP and $12 without, though an RSVP doesn't guarantee you entrance, so plan to arrive early.

Baths is the project by SoCal native Will Wiesenfeld, who plays a mellowed-out blend of electronica and dream-pop with indie-rock and hip-hop influences poking through. He has released three albums under the Baths name, the most recent of which was 2013's critically acclaimed Obsidian. In 2014, he released the Ocean Death EP, featuring the title track as heard below:

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