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Haim Release "My Song 5" Video Featuring A$AP Ferg, Ezra Koenig, Ke$ha, Grimes and Vanessa Bayer

Posted by Billy Gil, August 19, 2014 09:53am | Post a Comment

haim days are gone lpSister-pop trio Haim apparently opened the “famous people we know” tab on their address book and started dialing around when it came time to film a video for Days Are Gone’s “My Song 5.”

SNL’s Vanessa Bayer hosts a Sally Jessy Raphael-style talk show in which we see one of the Haims in love with mimes, Ke$ha in love with her cat and A$AP Ferg as a guest whose girlfriend has fallen for another woman. Hey look, there’s Grimes chilling in the waiting room. And there’s Vampire Weekend’s Ezra Koenig sitting in the audience. OK, it’s pretty much a game of spot the famous person, but still pretty fun!

Days Are Gone is out now and is still really good.

Album Picks: Electric Wurms, Music Go Music, Beach Day

Posted by Billy Gil, August 19, 2014 09:33am | Post a Comment

Electric Wurms - Musik Die Schwer Zu Twerk (LP, CD)

electric wurmsFor some bands, the weight of an estimable catalog can sometimes feel like a burden, and working with the same collaborators for years on end can be stifling. So artists turn to new projects for those ideas that don’t fit into the ideals of their main gig, or just to take a break. Like Thom Yorke indulging his dubstep fetish with Atoms for Peace, Electric Wurms sees psych-pop arena-fillers The Flaming Lips (that is, the band’s singer/songwriter, Wayne Coyne, and multi-instrumentalist Steven Drozd) have stepped away from the Lips for this collaborative EP (along with the modern prog band Linear Downfall) of acid-trip jams. It’s not much of a departure from the Lips sound, but there’s a freewheeling feel to this mini-album that’s been missing of late from the Lips’ increasingly difficult albums. Unexpected sounds gurgle out of every pore of songs like their cover of Yes’ “Heart of the Sunrise,” yet create a kind of cosmic, atmospheric beauty. Rock-based psychedelia that grounds songs like the insane “Transform!!!” and keep them (or you) from becoming completely unmoored. Musik Die Schwer Zu Twerk may scream “for fans only” on paper, but, as always with these guys, something that at first seems like a one-off ends up feeling well-considered and rewards repeat listens, given Coyne’s whimsical production and the obvious chemistry (in more ways than one!) that these guys generate. Really cool little release from Wayne Coyne and his Heady Fwends.

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Hot August Bikes Brings Cycling Fans Out to Amoeba Hollywood Sunday in Support of LACBC

Posted by Billy Gil, August 18, 2014 04:41pm | Post a Comment

hot august bikes

Amoeba Hollywood’s first ever Hot August Bikes event was a blast and brought bike enthusiasts and Sunday adventurers of all stripes out to the Ivar lot behind Amoeba for an afternoon full of fun, food, bikes and fundraising.

Between Amoeba’s prize wheel, raffle ticket sales and vendors donating a portion of their proceeds from the event, more than $1300 was raised for the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition, whose mission to build a better, more bike-able Los Angeles County. LACBC welcomed a number of new members and gathered more than 100 signatures supporting bike lanes in Hollywood as they ran the day's bike valet—congratulations!

And speaking of those raffles, here are the winning raffle ticket numbers as well as their corresponding prizes:

SOLE BICYCLE

152405

$100 Converse Gift Card

152401

$100 Converse Gift Card

Interpol Release "Ancient Ways" From Upcoming Album 'El Pintor'

Posted by Billy Gil, August 18, 2014 11:00am | Post a Comment

interpol el pintor lpInterpol has just released a new song, and it's a stunner. Over oceanic guitars, Paul Banks croons "fuck the ancient ways." Perhaps appropriately, the band pummels through a classic Interpol arrangement like it's the first time.

With a song like "Ancient Ways," we have high hopes El Pintor will be the return to form Interpol fans have been clammoring for. You can preorder the album now on LP. It's out Sept. 9 on Matador.

Hear the song below. Interpol will be at FYF Fest this Saturday.

Joe Henry Comes to The GRAMMY Museum Aug. 27

Posted by Billy Gil, August 15, 2014 11:24am | Post a Comment

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The GRAMMY Museum presents THE DROP: Joe Henry Aug. 27 at 8 p.m. Amoeba is proud to be a sponsor of the event.

Joe Henry will appear for a live performance and interview moderated by Scott Goldman, VP of The GRAMMY Foundation and MusiCares.

The critically acclaimed singer/songwriter has a reputation for drawing from country, blues, jazz and folk with his varied albums and deftly exploring the human experience with his lyrics. He has collaborated with such celebrated artists as T-Bone Burnett, Daniel Lanois, Van Dyke Parks, Don Cherry, Ornette Coleman, Brad Mehldau and Bill Frisell, and has produced records for Bonnie Raitt, Hugh Laurie, Lisa Hannigan, Elvis Costello and Solomon Burke, among others. His latest record, Invisible Hour, has been incredibly well-received, with an 80/100 score on review aggregator Metacritic. His 13th album includes guest appearances by The Milk Carton Kids and Lisa Hannigan.

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