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Check Out Amoeba's Blue Note Pop-Up Shop at Sonos Studio

Posted by Billy Gil, September 17, 2014 04:40pm | Post a Comment

In celebration of legendary jazz and blues label Blue Note’s 75th anniversary, Amoeba Music has partnered with Sonos Studio in Los Angeles and Blue Note Records to bring a Blue Note vinyl pop-up shop to Sonos’ “Born in Blue: Remixed and Reissued” exhibition.

Amoeba’s pop-up shop is open from 12 to 6 p.m. from Wednesday through Sunday and features Blue Note vinyl for sale along with listening stations. Amoeba’s shop represents Sonos Studio’s first ever “Records-in-Residency” program.

The exhibition, which began last week, will stay open through Oct. 24. It features Blue Note’s iconic album art remixed by Phil Bicker, Letman and Shadrach Lindo for Studio Lindo. The exhibition also featured a performance by Robert Glasper.

Check out some photos of the exhibition and the pop-up shop below (photos by Ralf Strathmann):


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Zola Jesus Reveals "Go (Blank Sea)" From Upcoming Album 'Taiga'

Posted by Billy Gil, September 17, 2014 03:53pm | Post a Comment

zola jesus amoebaZola Jesus’ upcoming new album Taiga promises to be something special, judging by what we’ve heard so far. Following the release of grandiose synth-pop track “Dangerous Day,” “Go (Blank Sea” is a little sultrier, built on a slower beat that swells into big, booming pop chorus and disintegrates into fluttering synthesizers, while Nika Roza Danilova’s voice rises and falls with soul and precision.

The lyrics reference “downtown,” which she told The Fader had to do with living in Downtown Seattle and being “in a sea of people, but at the same time you feel completely alone. It’s just this idea of being a human in a civilized world and how it doesn’t really mean anything. It still feels savage in a weird way.”

Taiga is out Oct. 7—you can preorder it now (LP, Marble Colored Vinyl or CD). Hear the track over at The Fader.

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Interpol Hits "Twice as Hard" in New Video

Posted by Billy Gil, September 17, 2014 03:37pm | Post a Comment

interpolInterpol’s new video for “Twice as Hard” has the feel of the training scenes in Rocky, as various boxers train and get into shape while Paul Banks sings “I give it right back to you … twice as hard.” It takes what we assume is a metaphor for the vocal sparring that happens in relationships and puts a more literal face on it

Banks himself directed the video. The song comes from the band’s excellent new release, El Pintor. Check it out below:

 

 

 

Amoeba Sponsors 3rd Annual Sunset & Dine Oct. 2 Hollywood

Posted by Billy Gil, September 17, 2014 02:46pm | Post a Comment

sunset & dineAmoeba Music is proud to be a sponsor of Sunset & Dine, happening Oct. 2 at the Taglyan Complex (1201 Vine St.) from 5 to 9 p.m.

Tickets are $25 with an early bird discount, and give you access to beer and wine, food samples from local restaurants, live music and children’s entertainment. Amoeba will be on hand with a booth and our prize wheel, so come by and say hello!

Some of the great local restaurants that will be featured include Beso, Cleo, Dillon’s Irish Pub, Doomie’s Home Cookin, Fabiolus, Field Trip at the Farmer’s Market, Greenleaf Gourmet Chopshop, Los Balcones, Magnolia, Shophouse and Village Pizzeria. Our friends at Los Angeles Film School as platinum sponsors are presenting live music by funk artist Alex Seling, which you can sample below:

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Album Picks: My Brightest Diamond, Allah-Las, Lia Ices, Beach Beach, Dream Boat, GRMLN

Posted by Billy Gil, September 16, 2014 10:20am | Post a Comment

My Brightest Diamond - This Is My Hand (LP, CD, Download)

my brightest diamond this is my hand lpOnetime Sufjan Stevens collaborator and now a formidable art-pop songstress in her own right, My Brightest Diamond (aka Shara Worden) pushes her songs further into accessibility with This Is My Hand. The sound of the record finds Worden singing over playful orchestrations, wielding her operatically trained voice slowly like a great and powerful weapon. “Pressure” begins with a drumline cadence and marching band horns, drawing soul out of her sometimes austere vocals and layering them over the song’s sexy strut “Before the Words’” huge, propulsive drum beat and jazzy bassline pair nicely with her hauntingly cooed vocals. Though she mines gold at playing the witchy vamp, it’s great, too, when she climbs out of her shell. “I am a lover and a killer” she sings with growing ferocity over a muscular groove on “Lover Killer,” finding inspiration in Prince and kinship in St. Vincent. “This is what love feels like!” she sings before unleashing a desperate wolf cry in “I Am Not the Bad Guy,” with a throbbing menace reminiscent of Radiohead, or a more friskier version of Third-era Portishead. Tracks with more open space, like “Looking at the Sun,” offer a chance for her divaesque vocals to come through beautifully, even as her words are foreboding (“wrestling with a double mine like two horses pulling both sides,” she sings creepily over Disney-level orchestration). “You never know minute to minute where I’m going” she sings tantalizingly on “Shape.” True. But that’s what makes listening to This Is My Hand so thrilling.

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