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First Fridays Returns May 2 With Holychild, Groundislava Featuring Rare Times

Posted by Billy Gil, April 23, 2014 05:03pm | Post a Comment


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The next First Fridays series show hits the Natural History Museum May 2 from 5 to 10 p.m. with Holychild and Groundislava featuring Rare Times. Amoeba is a proud sponsor of the event. Tickets are $18 for museum admission and a guaranteed spot in the concert hall.

The bands runs from 8 to 10 p.m., with Holychild at 8 and Groundislava at 9:15. Peppy electro-pop duo Holychild have released the EP Mindspeak, featuring the upbeat, irresistible “Happy With Me.” Electronica producer Groundislava has worked in an 8-bit style on albums like 2012’s Feel Me (featuring the Chrono Trigger and Troll 2 sampling “Cool Party”) and appears at the Natural History Museum with electro-soul duo Rare Times. DJs Anthony Valadez and Daddy Kev will be tunes all night, starting at 5:30 p.m.

First up are tours starting at 5 p.m. on “Tracking and Trapping L.A.’s Wildlife,” with Aisling Farrell, collections manager, and Gary Takeuchi, assistant collections manager, at Rancho La Brea Department. There are three half-hour tours with a 15-person capacity each, limited to first-come, first-served. Afterwards there will be a discussion with Dr. John Harris on “Back to the Future: The Scientific and Cultural Importance of Rancho La Brea,” covering the fossils found at the La Brea Tar Pits and what they tell us about early life in California.

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Amoeba Holds Charity Auction Saturday May 3 With Gustavo Arellano

Posted by Billy Gil, April 23, 2014 03:33pm | Post a Comment

Our next charity auction will be hosted by OC Weekly’s Gustavo Arellano on Saturday, May 3 at 4 p.m. at Amoeba Hollywood, after which he'll spin records for a "Tres De Mayo" DJ set.

sweet reliefBid on concert tickets, gift certificates, collectibles and more. Proceeds will go toward Sweet Relief Musicians Fund, which provides financial assistance to career musicians struggling to make ends meet while facing illness, disability or age-related problems. Amoeba will match winning auction bids up to $1,000.

Some of the items in the May 3 auction will include:

-Two tickets to Tacolandia, the taco fest happening June 28 in Downtown L.A.

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Liars

-Two tickets to American Idiot, the play based on the Green Day album of the same name, plus water bottles, T-shirts and other Green Day stuff. Read more about that show here.

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Album Picks: Fear of Men, Kelis, Iggy Azalea, Future

Posted by Billy Gil, April 22, 2014 09:37am | Post a Comment

Fear Of Men - Loom (LP or CD)
fear of men loom lpFear of Men pull some of the best bits of shoegaze and alternative together to create a slick (but not too slick) and immensely enjoyable debut record. Singer Jessica Weiss has a smooth, exacting voice that calls to mind ethereal singers of yesteryear, from Cocteau Twins’ Elizabeth Fraser to The Cranberries’ Dolores O’Riordan. The band plays muscular indie-rock that can move in graceful lockstep (“Tephra”) or set a pretty, yet never sappy backdrop over which Weiss can breathily intone, as on the lovely “Seer.” On the album’s most thrilling moments, Weiss will stretch her voice into territory that goes beyond the expected, singing into a lo-fi mic on the gorgeous “Descent” or looping into dizzying layers on standout “Waterfall.” There’s still a bit of room for Fear of Men to come into its own, but it’s difficult to argue with their sound when Loom sounds so immaculate. It’s definitely one of the most promising debuts of the year, and sets up Fear of Men as a band to watch this year and long after.

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20 Great Stoner Movies to Celebrate 4/20

Posted by Billy Gil, April 18, 2014 11:20am | Post a Comment

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Dazed and Confused

Stoner CinemaHappy 4/20 everyone! Here’s a list of 20 of our favorites that you can enjoy in whatever state of mind you happen to be in, though “freeing your mind” certainly helps. We tried to keep the list fun (no David Lynch or Natural Born Killers) but also not too dumb (Half Baked). Light up and enjoy. And if you’re in the store, check out our Stoner Cinema section within our Comedy section of DVDs.

Yellow Submarine

Let’s start with just about every Beatles movie, particularly this one. Besides being the best Beatles movie, Yellow Submarine is also the most psychedelic, as the Beatles try to save fantastical paradise Pepperland from the music-hating Blue Meanies in a magical yellow submarine, set to the album of the same name. It’s nonsensical fun no matter what your state of mind is.

 

Fantastic Planet

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Stream Songs From Record Store Day Releases Before They Come Out

Posted by Billy Gil, April 17, 2014 09:27am | Post a Comment

Record Store Day is this Saturday, April 19. You can see all of the records that will be available here, and be sure to check out my 10 to watch blog. To whet your appetite further, check out these songs that will be released on Record Store Day but that you can stream now. And be sure to come to Amoeba stores on April 19—read about what we’ll have going on in-store here.

Ex-Cult – “Ties You Up”

ex-cultWhile this track will be on the upcoming Midnight Passenger album, this version (not found on the album) is produced by garage-rock wunderkind Ty Segall, giving it that extra oomph.

 

Lust for Youth – “Illume”

lust for youth sacred bonesWe’ve been fans of Sacred Bones signees Lust for Youth for some time now, but they seem to really be coming into their own with the cleaned-up and poppy “Illume.” It’ll appear on their new album International (out June 10), but before that, you can pick it up on Sacred Bones’ compilation Todo Muere Vol. 4, with other gothy goodies from Zola Jesus, Marissa Nadler, David Lynch and more.

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