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Car Seat Headrest, Night Beats Headline Next First Fridays April 1

Posted by Amoebite, March 25, 2016 03:04pm | Post a Comment

Car Seat Headrest

The youthful noise-pop of Car Seat Headrest and psych-garage of Night Beats lead a night of entertainment at First Fridays April 1 at the Natural History Museum in L.A.

Live music starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are $18 for non-members. Amoeba will be on hand with our booth and $20 gift certificates for $10; stop by and pick one up! (Limit two per customer.)

With Guided By Voices’ disregard for fidelity and an uncommon wit, passion and tunefulness, Car Seat Headrest’s Teens of Style was a highlight of last year, a compilation of early tracks recorded by Will Toledo in the backseat of his family’s car in Virginia. His next album, Teens of Denial, is due this year. Hear “Something Soon” for an example.

night beats who sold my generation lpNight Beats’ maximum R&B is informed by the likes of The Rolling Stones, James Brown and definitely The Who — the name of the Seattle band’s latest album, Who Sold My Generation. But with attitude, soulful vocals and chops to spare, the band pulls off its retro sound exceedingly well. Check out “No Cops” for a taste.

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Watch a New Green Room Session with Folk Singer Aoife O'Donovan

Posted by Amoebite, March 24, 2016 03:43pm | Post a Comment

Aoife O'Donovan Green Room Session

Indie folk singer-songwriter Aoife O'Donovan recently visited Amoeba Hollywood to play a selection of songs from her latest album, In the Magic Hour (Yep Roc). In this intimate Green Room Session the Massachusetts native, backed by her band, sings her unique brand of American-tinged folk rock in a brief but stirring performance. With a crystal clear, dulcet voice and simple melodies, O'Donovan's live show calls to mind Alison Krauss, who is a fan and has previously covered a song by the young singer.

Aoife O'Donovan In the Magic HourO'Donovan starts her set off with the track "Detour Sign" before segueing into the bucolic beauty of "Magic Hour." Things take a turn for the upbeat on "Stanley Park" before she closes with "Hornets." O'Donovan's sparse, intriguing arrangements belie her special strain of songwriting informed by her Irish roots, American upbringing, and her time studying contemporary improvisation at the New England Conservatory. Take a listen; it's the perfect soundtrack to welcome in the coming of spring.

You can see Aoife O'Donovan on tour through July, including several summer folk and bluegrass festival appearances.

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Essential Records: 'Tinderbox' by Siouxsie & the Banshees

Posted by Amoebite, March 23, 2016 06:07pm | Post a Comment

Essential Records Siouxsie and the Banshees

The first time I heard "Cities in Dust," the lead single off Siouxsie & the Banshees' seventh studio album, Tinderbox (1986), I was hiding (once again) in my room from the horrors of being a weird adolescent in Midwestern suburbia and half-listening to a grainy distant college radio station. It was a Sunday afternoon, springtime, and I remember being in a good mood for once, because the weather outside was slowly turning into spring which meant that in another year or two I'd be on the verge of my long-planned escape to college in the big city.

The song starts off quietly, with what sounds like running water before segueing into some glittering yet ominous chiming. The drums pick up and that angular guitar attacks and Siouxsie starts singing some pretty obscure yet threatening lyrics which turn out to be about the destruction of Pompeii, if you look them up on the internet and then think about it for like, literally a second after watching the official music video. Some critics consider the song a harbinger of the band's still-to-come, more pop-center releases, but come on--this is still a deeply weird song, especially taking into account that it was a hit on the US Hot Dance Club Play chart.
 

Siouxsie & The Banshees - "Cities In Dust"

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Amoeba Sponsors Two Screenings at Indian Film Festival

Posted by Amoebite, March 22, 2016 04:07pm | Post a Comment

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indian film festival los angelesAmoeba is proud to sponsor two films at the 14th Annual Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles, which takes place April 6-10 at the ArcLight Hollywood. Tickets are $15 each, plus a service fee of $1.74. Pick them up here.

As part of our longtime support of this unique festival, Amoeba is sponsoring Ruchika Oberoi's Island City, which screens April 7 at 7 p.m. The film, which combines absurdist comedy and realist drama, explores three stories in the sprawling city of Mumbai: an office drone selected by his company for a day of “fun”; an oppressed wife and mother who finds solace in a popular soap; and a woman in a loveless arranged marriage who begins to receive love letters from an unknown source.

We’re also sponsoring IFFLA alum Kranti Kanade's CRD April 9 at 3:05 p.m. The experimental film is reminiscent of French New Wave as it tells the story of an aspiring young writer who enlists a group of misfits to act against his college’s official team.

IFFLA is a nonprofit dedicated to fostering the appreciation of Indian cinema and culture. The festival takes place each year at the ArcLight, just next to our store in Hollywood.

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New 'What's in My Bag?' Episode with German Techno Producer Rodhad

Posted by Amoebite, March 22, 2016 11:56am | Post a Comment

Rodhad Amoeba Hollywood What's In My Bag?

German DJ and label owner Rodhad was at Amoeba Hollywood recently and we got a chance to sit down with him and check out his picks. By hosting his own techno parties in the late '90s, Rodhad built a reputation in Berlin as one of the most exciting DJs in town. In 2009 he began hosting DYSTOPIAN, a series of regular club nights at famed Berlin venues such as Arena Club, the Tape Club, and Horst Krzbrg. Now, with his own label, also named DYSTOPIAN, he's an international DJ with multiple EPs and an album to his name, garnering accolades from such scene luminaries as Robert Hood, Jeff Mills, Marcel Dettmann, Ben Klock, Luke Slater, Dave Clarke, Laurent Garnier, and Sven Vath.

Though most of his picks are on the electronic side, Rodhad starts off with Kings of Leon's first album, Youth & Young Manhood, stating that in the case of most rock bands, "the first album's always the best." Next he picks up his own remix of Howling's Signs, which he himself never received a copy of, and talks about the challenge of remixing a track outside the techno world for the first time. He also finds himself in the movie soundtrack section where he grabs an LP of the It Follows score by Disasterpeace, as well as Lost Themes by director and soundtrack composer John Carpenter.

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