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Join Us For First Fridays April 4 With Mikal Cronin and Tijuana Panthers

Posted by Billy Gil, March 26, 2014 03:33pm | Post a Comment

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Amoeba is once again sponsoring First Fridays at the Natural History Museum April 4 from 5 to 10 p.m.

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Mikal Cronin at Amoeba SF May 28, 2013

This time we’ll be treated to performances by power-pop dude Mikal Cronin and garage-rockers Tijuana

Panthers. Mikal Cronin’s MCII ended up on many year-end lists last year with its fuzzy pop gems reminiscent of bands like Teenage Fanclub, such as the effervescent “Shout It Out.” Tijuana Panthers play a doo-wop inspired brand of surf rock on albums like last year’s Semi Sweet; you can read my interview with Tijuana Panthers from a little while back here.

Bands will start at 8 p.m. Before that, there’ll be tours on tracking and trapping L.A.’s wildlife starting at 5 p.m. with Beth Werling, Collections Manager of NHM History Dept., and a discussion at 6:30 p.m. on what evolution tells us about modern life, with with Dr. Marlene Zuk. And KCRW DJs Anthony Valadez and Raul Campos will kick things off spinning tunes in the DJ lounge starting at 5:30 p.m.

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Album Picks: Future Islands, Lavender Country, Liars, Caetano Veloso

Posted by Billy Gil, March 25, 2014 09:23am | Post a Comment

Future Islands - Singles (LP, CD, Cassette or Download)

future islands singlesIt’s a gutsy move to call your album Singles, but in the case of Future Islands, their fourth album and first for 4AD, it’s appropriate. The album is packed with songs that are both immaculately written and catchy as hell, as Future Islands mine new wave and pop-rock for all they’re worth. Just as lead singer Samuel Herring’s dynamite performance style and swingin’ dance moves have won people over (David Letterman, famously), the band gives it their all on songs like “Seasons (Waiting On You).” Herring’s emotional, throaty tenor, which can warp into a growl in an instant, is given the perfect backdrop of stargazing new-wave rock that should bring together fans of everyone from Bruce Springsteen to The Cure to The Killers with lighter-waving glee. The synths of “Spirit” bring up memories of B-Movie's “Nowhere Girl,” but Herring’s unique voice keep Future Islands from ever veering into purely nostalgic territory. “A Song For Our Grandfathers” is dreamy yet packs an emotional punch. Herring seems to get more and more insistent over the sprightly “Light House,” almost completely out of step with the band, yet it works so much better than it would have if he played it straight, getting in your face and making it impossible to merely have the song on in the background. On “Like the Moon,” a sexy, pulsating groove gives Herring the chance to kill it vocally, crooning romantically. But his best vocal performance comes next, on “Fall From Grace”—over a simple waltz, Herring goes deep into the bowels of his voice to deliver a performance somewhere between Tom Waits, The National’s Matt Berniger and a black metal singer. Charisma like his doesn’t come around all the time, and as a band, Future Islands are smart enough to stay out of the way while crafting terrific songs that stand on their own. Before you know it, you’ve listened to Singles like five times and still can’t wait to hear it again.

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Amoeba Holds Sidewalk Sale April 5 From Noon to 5 p.m.

Posted by Billy Gil, March 24, 2014 06:24pm | Post a Comment

amoeba sidewalk saleAmoeba Hollywood is holding another great Sidewalk Sale this April 5 from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Just outside the store on Sunset Blvd., we’ll have deals including:

-Comic books at four for $1

-DVDs for $3, or buy three get one free (excluding DVD box sets)

-DVD box sets at $7, or two for $10

-Classical CD bargains

-Blu-rays at three for $12

-And more!

Don’t worry about getting too hot outside—Hubert's Lemonade will be on hand with free lemonade for thirsty shoppers. 

See y’all there!

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Weekly Roundup: Brian Reitzell, The Fresh & Onlys, The Donkeys

Posted by Billy Gil, March 21, 2014 11:00am | Post a Comment

Brian Reitzell – “Last Summer” Featuring Kevin Shields

brian retizellLet’s be honest, all I had to say was “featuring Kevin Shields” and your ears perked up. First, let’s talk about Reitzell. He’s served as the drummer for Air and Redd Kross, so already nice resume there. He has been a Hollywood music supervisor and composer, working with the likes of Sofia Coppola on The Bling Ring and Gus Van Sant on Promised Land, among others. Now the recuslive My Bloody Valentine frontman helps him out on the dreamily decadent “Last Summer,” which does have the feel of something from a Sofia Coppola soundtrack. That all makes sense—Reitzell is the guy who convinced Shields to do a song for her film Lost in Translation. Reitzell made the experimental Auto Music to sound like the drive from his home to his studio in Los Angeles, with all the small changes and evolutions of the journey represented in the music. The album’s out June 3 on Smalltown Supersound.

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Amoeba Sponsors the 12th Annual Indian Film Festival Los Angeles

Posted by Billy Gil, March 19, 2014 02:31pm | Post a Comment

Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles

It’s time for the12th annual Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles, taking place at the ArcLight Hollywood April 8-13. Amoeba is proud to be a sponsor once again!

The festival is devoted to Indian cinema and culture, and features critically acclaimed independent films from India, Bollywood kitsch, documentaries, film shorts and more. The IFFLA is showing 33 films in total this year. Fest passes are $100 for access to all screenings (excluding galas). Pick them up here. Individual screening passes are $14.

Check out all of the festival’s films and buy tickets here.

This year Amoeba presents the following films:

Writers (Sulemani Keeda)

Writers (Sulemani Keeda)

Thursday, April 10

9:15 p.m.

India/2013/90 min.

Sulemani Keeda, which means “pain in the ass” in Hindi street slang, is billed as a slacker bromantic comedy. Two writing partners want to shake up Bollywood but instead get rejected by producers and spend their time hitting on girls at bookstores and poetry slams. Things change when a drug-addled son of a B-movie producer hires them to write a salacious arthouse film. One of the writers meets a beautiful photographer, making him question his choice to sell out. Director Amit V Masurkar casts his friends in the film and shoots guerrilla style to keep things real.

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