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Recap: RIDE ON! Bike Day at Amoeba

Posted by Billy Gil, May 6, 2015 06:19pm | Post a Comment

Bike Day at Amoeba

Bike riders and pedestrians alike came out our second annual RIDE ON! Bike Day at Amoeba, which took place Sunday afternoon in the backlot of Amoeba Hollywood.

bike day amoebaMore than $500 in raffle tickets, prize wheel donations and memberships were raised for local bicycle advocacy group Los Angeles County Bike Coalition, who handled bike valet services for the day and signed up new members.

Attendees lined up for vegan jackfruit tacos and BBQ sandwiches from Pure Luck, coffee from Bicycle Coffee, free tangerines from the Hollywood Farmers Market, free lemonade from Hubert’s Lemonade, free treats from KIND Healthy Snacks and free ice cream from our friend, Ice Cream Ian. And Oh! Snap Studios joined the fun taking free pics of attendees. The good folks from Rotelli Cyclery were also on hand with their bespoke bike gear and answering bike questions and giving tune-up advice to attendees.

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Amoeba Selling FYF Fest Tickets, Show Features Morrissey, Frank Ocean and Many More

Posted by Billy Gil, May 6, 2015 01:28pm | Post a Comment

fyf fest lineup

FYF Fest has revealed a stellar 2015 lineup, with headliners Frank Ocean on Saturday, Aug. 22, and Morrissey on Sunday, Aug. 23.

Tickets for FYF Fest go on sale starting Friday, May 8 at 12 pm. Amoeba Hollywood will have general admission 2-day passes only. They’ll be $185 total. Limit two per person. Store credit cannot be applied to concert ticket sales.

A purchase gets you a wristband, which will be shipped to Amoeba for pickup in August. 

The full lineup is below:

Saturday, Aug. 22

Sunday, Aug. 23

Frank Ocean

Bloc Party

Chet Faker

The Jesus & Mary Chain

Purity Ring

Run the Jewels

Deerhunter

Album Picks: Mikal Cronin, Best Coast, Hiatus Kaiyote, Metz

Posted by Billy Gil, May 5, 2015 10:11am | Post a Comment

Mikal CroninMCIII

mikal cronin mciii lpPower-pop wunderkind Mikal Cronin’s new album is a significant leap forward for the singer/songwriter. While just as hooky as its preceding albums, MCIII is more heartfelt and intricate, boasting a six-song suite that has some of the album’s best melodies. “Turn Around” starts the album out with a somber tune nestled amid a flurry of electric guitars, violins and pianos. “Made Up My Mind” blasts off with a rocketship riff, while Cronin’s voice breaks under the weight of a breakup. Flourishes like horns, strings and acoustic guitars help give the album a sense of unified orchestration, while dynamics in songs like “Say,” full of cool, bass-driven breakdowns, make each song stand out. But the suite that makes up the last half of the album is its masterstroke. It moves from the spare and aching “i) Alone” to the heavy guitars of “ii) Gold,” through its outro played on the Greek stringed tzouras and into punk and singer/songwriter territory. Each song moves into the next beautifully and makes MCIII feel like Cronin’s Abbey Road. We’ve known Cronin has chops since playing bass with Ty Segall and could entertain freely on his first two albums, but MCIII is his first that feels like his own classic. Watch the just-released "Turn Around" video below, starring comedians Kurt Braunohler and Kristen Schaal.

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R.I.P. Ben E. King

Posted by Billy Gil, May 1, 2015 12:45pm | Post a Comment

ben e. king obituaryBen E. King, legendary soul singer behind such hits as “Stand By Me,” has died at the age of 76.

The Telegraph reports he died of natural causes on Thursday. King hadn’t be publicly reported to be battling illness and was playing shows as recently as last year.

King was born Benjamin Earl Nelson in 1938 in North Carolina and grew up in Harlem. He originally sang for The Drifters, scoring numerous Top 10 hits such as “This Magic Moment” but left that band in 1960 over a contract dispute, changed his name to the more marketable Ben E. King and went on to have more than 20 hits chart on the Billboard Top 100 as a solo artist, including “Spanish Harlem,” co-written by Phil Spector, and “Stand By Me,” which King co-composed and was been named one of the RIAA’s top 25 songs of the century.

King is survived by his wife, Betty, three children and six grandchildren. Below is a selection of King’s hits:

Weekly Roundup: Chelsea Wolfe, De Lux, Cayucas, Crocodiles, Talk in Tongues, Foxygen

Posted by Billy Gil, May 1, 2015 11:59am | Post a Comment

Chelsea Wolfe – “Iron Moon”

chelsea wolfe amoebaChelsea Wolfe has talked of the influence of black metal on her music, but until now, that was more in spirit than in sound. “Iron Moon,” the first single from her new album, Abyss (due Aug. 7 on Sargent House), lives up to its metallic name with crushing chourses of heavy detuned guitar, while the song’s verses are sparely orchestrated and ethereal. As to those extreme dynamics, Wolfe told Rolling Stone the record is supposed to evoke “the feeling of when you're dreaming, and you briefly wake up, but then fall back asleep into the same dream, diving quickly into your own subconscious.” You can see live Amoeba videos with Wolfe here and read an interview I did with her here.

 

De Lux – “Someday Now”

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