Friend to Steve Albini's Electrical Audio Studios Trying to Pay Off Mortgage

Posted by Amoebite, October 5, 2010 03:25pm | Post a Comment
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Legendary engineer and head Shellac player Steve Albini's Electrical Audio studios has a friend in Tim Midgett. The fan launched an effort asking others to help pay off the mortgage on the studio. Apparently there's still $189,689-ish to pay, and it has brought in about $40,000 already!

According to the message on the site left by Midgett, "Your pledge is only taken if the goal is MET. So it’s not like you’re throwin’ money down a hole." Midgett apparently started the campaign to find out how many people find the studio as important to music as he does.

Staffer Greg Norman clarifies: "We are doing fine financially. There is no threat of us missing payments, or any other money calamity. We would feel awful if someone pledged money for charitable reasons. Tim started this, it appears as a collective gift, and that is an awfully generous gesture. None of us at Electrical Audio knew about this until the campaign launched, and have nothing to do with this."

If you are so inclined, you can give here.

Belle and Sebastian Write About Love Contest

Posted by Amoebite, October 5, 2010 02:32pm | Post a Comment
In the wake of this past weekend's epic Matador at 21 shindig, it was announced today that Belle & Sebastian will be having an amazing, unprecedented Write About Love contest!

When you buy their new album, coming out October 12 and aptly titled Write About Love, there is a special code inside. Enter the code here and write to them about what and who you love, and you can win a day hanging with the band during which they will write a song about YOU! And who you love! The song will be released on a 7" sometime next year. Wowza! A very cool opportunity. All details are here.

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Insanity vs. Rock: Everybody Wins! Amoebapalooza Hollywood 2010!!!

Posted by Amoebite, October 1, 2010 07:10pm | Post a Comment
words by Daniel Tures
photos by Pia Alvendia

As it does every Autumn, the peculiar form of mental instability known as Amoebapalooza descended again upon the employees of Hollywood’s finest record emporium! Once again, the results splattered out upon the King King stage in glorious 3-D scream-o-rama for the delight/bafflement of drunken spectators! Did you have to be there? Yes, you did. Will reading this chronicle and perusing these photos do? For now, it must and shall.

Amoebites are, as you may know, an incorrigible, shameless breed of rockers, and they love nothing better than for their employers to enable this addiction by engaging the King King for the night of musical mayhem known as Amoebapalooza. On this night, Amoebites may strut the stage, tread the boards and wail out their rock & roll demons, which often take the form of a bunch of crazy tribute bands. Every year there is eye-popping rock insanity onstage, wailing guitars, felonious wigs, Goodwill glamour and crazy silver stuff taped all over one’s jeans. Was this year any different? A bit more rockalyzing, a bit more crazy, but in essence, about the same as hanging out with a bunch of Amoebites any night of the week, plus a lot more Manic Panic hair dye and big amps! Did I remember every little thing? No, my own vodka intake did not allow that, so if I leave anybody out, forgive me, and let me just say now that it was all completely awesome. And you’re probably in the pics!

The whole mad affair was kicked off with the tuff rock sound of the Cigarette Bums, helmed by Amoeba’s own Steven Carrera but dominated by the wild sax stylings of whoever that guy was.  Little did he know that he was lighting the match that would send the whole Amoebapalooza shithouse up in flames over the next few hours!

Sade to Tour For First Time in 9 Years

Posted by Amoebite, October 1, 2010 05:57pm | Post a Comment
Sade will be bringing her baby making music to an ampitheater near you sometime in 2011! This will besade her first tour in 9 years. Tickets will go on sale for some cities Oct 16 here, with the rest on sale soon after and more dates to be announced in the near future.

Here are the confirmed shows thusfar:

Thursday, June 16 - Baltimore, MD 1st Mariner Arena
Sunday, June 19 - Philadelphia, PA Wells Fargo Center
Tuesday, June 21 - Uniondale, NY Nassau Coliseum
Friday, June 24 - East Rutherford, NJ Izod Center
Tuesday, June 28 - Toronto, ON Air Canada Center
Thursday, June 30 - Montreal, QC Bell Centre
Wednesday, July 6 - Boston, MA TD Garden
Friday, August 5 - Chicago, IL United Center
Friday, August 19 - Los Angeles, CA Staples Center
Tuesday, August 30 - Anaheim, CA Honda Center

Related: I still can't get this song out of my head, even though it was released almost a year ago! AND, does this woman ever age? Good lord, she's luminous!

Matador at 21 Fest Streaming Live Online This Weekend

Posted by Amoebite, October 1, 2010 04:34pm | Post a Comment
If you are missing Matador's 21st Birthday Par-tay in Vegas this weekend, fret not! You can catch all the action streaming online on Matador's myspace page! Ah, technology. The three day fest stars Sonic Youth, Pavement, Cat Power, Kurt Vile, Yo La Tengo, Cold Cave, and many more. The sets will be repeated again the morning after.

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Here's the schedule:

Chavez: 8:30 pm – 9:10 pm
Fucked Up: 9:35 pm – 10:15 pm
Sonic Youth: 10:40 pm – 11:30 pm
Pavement: 12:00 am – 1:00 am

Girls: 4:40 pm – 5:20 pm
Come: 5:45 pm – 6:25 pm
Perfume Genius: 7:55 pm – 8:15 pm
Cat Power: 8:15 pm – 8:55 pm
Superchunk: 9:20 pm – 10:00 pm
Spoon: 10:25 pm – 11:15 pm
Belle & Sebastian: 11:45 pm – 1:00 am

Shearwater: 6:30 pm – 7:10 pm
Ted Leo + The Pharmacists: 7:35 pm – 8:15 pm
New Pornographers: 8:40 pm – 9:25 pm
Liz Phair 9:50 pm – 10:10 pm
Guided By Voices: 11:30 pm – 1:00 am

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