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Album Picks: Avi Buffalo, Karen O, Tennis, Lemonade, Death From Above 1979

Posted by Billy Gil, September 9, 2014 11:11am | Post a Comment

Avi Buffalo - At Best Cuckold (LP, CD)

avi buffalo at best cuckold lpLong Beach’s Avi Buffalo comes back after four years with a great new album, At Best Cuckold. Opening track “So What” reveals gleaming guitars and casually brattiness that shows Avigdor Zahner-Isenberg and his band cleaning up some of the psych clutter from their still excellent debut in favor of a streamlined sound, but they’re still weirdos at heart. Serpentine lullaby “Memories of You” softly jangles with country-rock guitars, proggy touches and funny lyrics like “bitch I’m on fire…I’m a cheeseball on fire.” It speaks to the band’s ability to reference classic bands while putting out their own vibe. It’s hard to pull off a “Here Comes a Regular”-style vulnerable acoustic-guitar song like “Two Cherished Understand,” and Avi Buffalo does it by keeping it short, sweet and ultimately unique. Part of that uniqueness comes from Zahner-Isenberg’s way with a non sequitur—“I ran over two dogs, then I ate them after,” he admits amid a fizzy Western backdrop on “Think It’s Gonna Happen Again.” And he gives the best breakup line of the year on “Oxygen Tank,” singing, “A man carrying an oxygen tank is gonna come kill me and my family too if I don’t stop seeing you.” The Flaming Lips comparison still haunts them a bit, yet these songs still have personality for days, so who cares, ultimately. “These birds seem so fucking free/they're nothing compared to me” Zahner-Isenberg sings faux-sweetly on “Overwhelmed With Pride,” and it’s tough not to believe him. Avi Buffalo will be at Amoeba SF Sept. 12 at 6 p.m. and Amoeba Hollywood Sept. 17 at 6 p.m.

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Weekly Roundup: Flying Lotus, Foxygen, Useless Eaters

Posted by Billy Gil, September 5, 2014 10:01am | Post a Comment

Flying Lotus – “Never Catch Me” featuring Kendrick Lamar

flying lotus kendrick lamarA hopped-up Kendrick Lamar has no problem keeping up with Flying Lotus’ jazz-inflected twists and turns in this masterful slab of head-churning beatwork. Particularly when that steady beat comes in about a minute in, this thing is intense. It might be the most propulsive thing we’ve heard from FlyLo yet. It’s definitely got us even more excited for You’re Dead, which is due Oct. 7 (preorder on LP or CD).

 

Foxygen – “Cosmic Vibrations”

foxygenCalifornia-born psychedelic pop band Foxygen have unveiled another song from the upcoming And Star Power album (due Oct. 17, preorder on LP or CD), and it’s an eerie, slow-burning duet of sorts between frontmen Sam France and Jonathan Rado, who trade spacey observations over a low-key Western backdrop. Great, gloriously wasted stuff. Then that ending …

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De Lux Head Red Bull Sound Select Show Curated by 'Flood' Sept. 17

Posted by Billy Gil, September 3, 2014 06:42pm | Post a Comment
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De Lux

The next Red Bull Sound Select show in L.A. will feature local dance-rock band De Lux Sept. 17.

The show at Hollywood’s intimate Sayers Club is only $3 with an RSVP or $12 walk-up. RSVP here.

Flood Magazine are curating this time around, with local psych-pop Incan Abraham opening and monster-music garage rockers Isaac Rother & The Phantoms hosting and DJing.

L.A. duo De Lux (Sean Guerin and Isaac Franco) play a whole mess of instruments and record themselves, ending up with a glittering collage of disco, dance-punk and post-millennial electro-pop. Their debut album, Voyage, was released this year and kicks several asses. Check out “Better at Making Time” below:

 

Incan Abraham make bouncey new-wavey electro pop with a globetrotting sensibility weaved in, exemplified by songs like “Concorde,” from this year’s Tolerance, as heard below:

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Bid on Concert Tickets, Collectibles and More at Sept. 6 Charity Auction with Timothy Simons

Posted by Billy Gil, September 3, 2014 04:55pm | Post a Comment

timothy simmonsAmoeba Hollywood’s next charity auction will take place Saturday, Sept. 6 at 4 p.m. with guest host Timothy Simons.

Some of the stuff you’ll be able to bid on includes:

  • Samsung Galaxy Note 3 (AT&T)
  • VEEP goodies, including an autographed copy of Episode 309, for which Julia Louis-Dreyfus won an Emmy
  • Meet & greet backstage pass to Patton Oswalt’s 9/13 show at Largo
  • Gift certificates to cool places
  • Concert tickets, including Bob Mould at the Roxy, Alt-J at the Greek, Lily Allen at Palladium, Lykke Li at Palladium, Mac DeMarco at the Fonda, Blonde Redhead at the Fonda and Zola Jesus at the El Rey
  • Collectibles, oddities and much more!

lahsThis auction will go to benefit the Los Angeles High School of the Performing Arts' Theater Program. Amoeba matches winning bids up to $1000. LAHSA is a specialty school focusing on the performing arts that is open to enrollment for students within LAUSD. Find out more about the school here.

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Early L.A. Punk and Hardcore Scenes Explored in Edward Colver Photo Exhibit

Posted by Billy Gil, September 3, 2014 04:25pm | Post a Comment

lethal amounts edward colverCheck out pictures of punk and hardcore greats like The Germs, Black Flag and Dead Kennedys at IDLE WORSHIP: The Photography of Edward Colver at Lethal Amounts in Downtown L.A. from Sept. 20 through Nov. 22. Opening night is at 8 p.m. Sept. 20. Amoeba is proud to be a sponsor of this event.

Photographer Edward Colver captured emerging subcultures of the late ’70s and early ’80s in L.A., documenting every show he attended from 1978 to 1984 and photographing luminaries from movements such as hardcore, death rock, thrash, new wave, industrial, skate punk and more. His photos cover the aforementioned artists plus such bands as Christian Death, The Cramps, Circle Jerks, Youth Brigade, The Mentors, Lydia Lunch, Fear, Nick Cave, Siouxsie & the Banshees, PIL, Motorhead and more. His work has been shown at galleries and museums around the globe to the point that Colver is considered one of the premier punk photographers.

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