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Weekly Roundup: HT Heartache, Some Ember, Army Navy, Melted Toys, White Fence

Posted by Billy Gil, May 23, 2014 11:53am | Post a Comment

HT Heartache – “Cowboy Poetry” video premiere

ht heartache sundowner lpWe’ve got the premiere for the new video from HT Heartache, for the melancholy country-noir song “Cowboy Poetry.” Shot in stunning black-and-white in Joshua Tree, the video captures “Cowboy Poetry’s” sense of romantic yearning as well as a feeling of being purposefully lost. HT Heartache is the project of L.A.-based singer/songwriter Mary Roth, with help from multi-instrumentalist Christina Gaillard, who recorded the new album Sundowner over the past year and a half in Highland Park. It’ll be available at Amoeba Hollywood starting May 28, so check it out!

 

Some Ember – “The Thrashing Whip” and Album Stream

some emberNina Chase and Dylan Travis remember the other side of synthesized music, calling to mind the darkwave and coldwave momements of the 1980s without being overly referential or reverential. “The Thrashing Whip’s” light pulse beat is more reminiscent of an anxious heartbeat than a dance beat, its disintegrating synthesizers sounding like they’ve been sprayed with acid and Travis’ heartbreak croon traversing heady chord changes and ghostly sounds. However, Chase’s sweet backup vocals and the occasional glittering effect helps give the song a feeling of uplift through the gloom. Very intriguing. If you’d like to hear the rest of the California duo’s Some Ember LP (due May 27 on Dream Recordings), check it out on Stereogum.

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'Punk the Capital' Film Seeks to Chronicle D.C. Hardcore Scene

Posted by Billy Gil, May 21, 2014 03:10pm | Post a Comment

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A new documentary currently in production seeks to explore the fertile punk and hardcore scene of Washington, D.C. in the late 1970s and ’80s.

Filmmakers Paul Bishow and James Schneider are seeking funding for their documentary Punk the Capital, Straight from Washington D.C. via Kickstarter. The film is more than 10 years in the making and will explore how the hardcore movement began and why it has such staying power, focusing on the period from 1976 to 1985.

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Ian MacKaye

The filmmakers say they conducted more than 100 interviews with key figures in the hardcore movement, collecting more than 200 hours of archival footage along with flyers, pictures, zines and more paraphernalia from the time. The film includes interviews with and footage of such hardcore luminaries as Alec and Ian MacKaye (the latter from Minor Threat, Fugazi, The Evens, The Teen Idles and Embrace), Henry Rollins (Black Flag), Jeff Nelson (Minor Threat), Jello Biafra (Dead Kennedys), Tesco Vee (The Meatmen, Touch & Go), Cynthia Connolly (photographer, Dischord), Joe Keithley (D.O.A.), Sharon Cheslow (Chalk Circle) and more.

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Axl Rose Named 'Greatest' Singer Ever

Posted by Billy Gil, May 21, 2014 11:24am | Post a Comment

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There’s this thing going around the Internet right now saying Axl Rose is the greatest singer ever.

This list by something called Concert Hotels has actually done something really cool by showing the recorded vocal ranges of some of pop music’s most celebrated singers, taken from Rolling Stone’s 100 Greatest Singers of All Time list. The Guns N’ Roses singer came in at No. 1, meaning he has the widest recorded range.

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Axl Rose (center) in Guns N' Roses

It’s fun to see Bob Dylan, Tom Waits, Lou Reed, Iggy Pop and others represented pretty well on the list—did you know Lana Del Rey’s recorded vocal range is three octaves, dwarfing Taylor Swift’s two-and-change? Or that Eminem has a recorded range of more than three octaves?

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Album Picks: Plaid, Conor Oberst, The Roots

Posted by Billy Gil, May 20, 2014 10:49am | Post a Comment

Plaid - Reachy Prints (LP, CD)

plaid reachy prints lpBeloved Warp Records duo Plaid return with their eighth album, a perfect apotheosis of the IDM sound they helped pioneer. Plaid excel at extrapolating emotional material out of whirling synthesizer landscapes, thanks to a reliance on simple melodies beneath the surface of tracks like the melodic “Hawkmoth” or synth-poppy “Matin Lunaire.” Songs like “Nafovanny” and “Wallet” seem to tell a story as the band layers extensively over singular lead synths, perhaps inspired by their recent soundtrack work (including the anime Tekkonkinkreet), whereas songs like “Slam” create mini-epics of house-inspired beat work. Though Plaid never rose to the level of fame of contemporaries like Squarepusher, their remarkably consistency should encase their legacy as IDM greats, as their work on Reachy Prints is nothing short of inspired.

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Join Us at Make Music Pasadena June 7

Posted by Billy Gil, May 19, 2014 06:30pm | Post a Comment

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Make Music Pasadena takes place Saturday, June 7 from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Amoeba will be on hand with vinyl, band T-shirts, 45s, Amoeba swag, Amoeba Happy Hour gift certificates and more. Stop by our booth and say hi! Plus, if you wear your Amoeba swag to the festival and stop by our booth, we'll give you an Amoeba gift certificate (while supplies last; items purchased at MMP on 6/7 do not qualify).

For a suggested $5 donation, you’ll get to see indie rock bands like Surfer BloodTennis and Saint Motel, international pop star Yuna, electro pop act Sylvan Esso, melodic acoustic band Run River North, local acts like So Many Wizards, Shirley Rolls, Bloody Death Skull and many more.

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Surfer Blood

A full list of the acts is here.

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