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Grand Performances Welcomes Angelique Kidjo June 20

Posted by Billy Gil, June 11, 2014 06:37pm | Post a Comment

angelique kidjoWorld music legend Angelique Kidjo will appear June 20 at Grand Performances, the free music series at Downtown L.A.’s California Plaza. The show starts at 8 p.m. Amoeba is proud to be a sponsor of the show, and we'll be on hand with a booth and our prize wheel.

Born in Benin, the Grammy-winning Kidjo has been called “the undisputed queen of African music” by the Daily Telegraph, while NPR calls her “Africa’s greatest living diva.” On albums like 2014’s EVE, which is dedicated to the women of Africa, Kidjo blends influences from around the world, from Afropop and Carribena zouk to the soul and funk of American artists like James Brown, Nina Simone and Jimi Hendrix (the latter of whom she’s covered, singing Hendrix’s “Voodoo Chile”). Kidjo has collaborated with everyone from Alicia Keys to Philip Glass. She sings and speaks in four languages (Fon, French, Yoruba and English) and uses Benin’s traditional Zilin vocal technique, as well as jazz vocalese (a style similar to scatting, improvising by singing lyrics rather than scat syllables to pre-existing instrumentals).

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Get Your Grub on at Tacolandia June 28

Posted by Billy Gil, June 11, 2014 11:48am | Post a Comment

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Los Angeles really is a land of delicious tacos. Tacolandia seeks to highlight some of the city’s best Saturday June 28 at El Pueblo de Los Angeles in Downtown (125 Paseo De La Plz Los Angeles, CA 90012) from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Curated by Latin American food guru Bill Esparza and presented by LA Weekly, Tacolandia 2014 features 40+ taco vendors from both Los Angeles and Mexico, along with entertainment and tequila tasting. (Please note the event is 21+.)

Amoeba will be at the festival—stop by our booth and spin our prize wheel!

mariscos jaliscoTickets are $30 for general admission, plus $20 for access to the tequila garden, or $50 for a premium ticket that gets you both, plus five drink tickets and a VIP gift bag. Once you’re inside the fest, samples of tacos and tequila are free (up to 10 half-ounce samples for the tequila).

 

 

 

The taco providers include Ameca, Amor y Tacos, Aqui es Texcoco, Bistro LQ, Cielito Lindo, C-V-Che, Carnitas El Momo, Chichen Itza, Chef Katsuji Tanabe, Colonia Taco Lounge, Coni’Seafood, Corazón y Miel, Don Chente, EggSlut LA, FIG, Finca Altozano by Chef Javier Plascencia, Flor Del Rio, George's At The Cove,Gish Bac Restaurante Oaxaqueño, Guerrilla Tacos, La Flor de Yucatan, La Guerrerense of Ensenada, La Monarca Bakery, Las 7 Regiones de Oaxaca, Loteria Grill, Mariscos Jalisco, Mexicali Taco & Co., Mexicano, Petty Cash, Pez Cantina, Picca, Revolutionario LA Food, Rincon Oaxaqueno, Rocio's Mole De Los Dioses, SoHo Taco, Sol Cocina, Starry Kitchen, Taco Maria, Los Originales Tacos Arabes de Puebla, Tacos Kokopelli of Tijuana, Tacos Leo, Taco Punta Cabras and Tamales Elena.

Album Picks: The Fresh & Onlys, Craft Spells, Lust For Youth

Posted by Billy Gil, June 10, 2014 09:33am | Post a Comment

The Fresh & Onlys - House of Spirits (LP, CD)

the fresh and onlys house of spirits lpThe Fresh & Onlys continue to move away from the reverb-drenched garage rock of their early records and toward something more grandiose on House of Spirits. From the outset, it’s clear they mean business, with more precise songwriting and cleaner production than ever before. Tim Cohen’s lyrics take a darker turn—he sings like Rosemary’s Baby grown up on the rollicking “Who Let the Devil,” claiming Satan bottle fed him with blood, fitting in nicely with co-singer/songwriter Wymond Miles’ typically gothier songs, such as the country-Cure style “Animal of One.” The band turns in one of their loveliest songs ever with “Bells of Paonia,” a throbbing, fuzzed out shoegaze ballad with a dreamy romanticism that suits the band nicely. Mostly, these updates work for the band. Occasionally you miss the early rock stuff, though they go balls out on “Hummingbird,” and the lack of reverb reveals some weakness to the vocals. Still, I’ll take earnest and scrappy any day over easy or lazy, as the band leaps past the tired garage-rock moniker that has previously tailed the band and lands in exciting new territory.

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"Game of Thrones" Season 4 Episode 9: The Wildlings and the Wall

Posted by Billy Gil, June 9, 2014 10:40am | Post a Comment

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Warning: There Will Be Spoilers.

Even with last week’s thrilling fight that ended in the deaths of two characters and the fate of Tyrion Lannister looking grim, last night’s episode of “Game of Thrones” might have been the most exciting yet. Dramatically though, it’s a different story.

The episode began with Jon Snow and Samwell Tarly talking about love like it’s a damn Lifetime movie, not a TV show where people are regularly bludgeoned to death onscreen. Cheesy as it might have been, we knew it was just the calm before the storm. And what a storm it was—basically a Gallagher concert’s worth of blood sprayed onto viewers for about 45 minutes, with the occasional flick of storytelling thrown in the mix. Look! There’s Gilly, miraculously finding her way to Castle Black. Hey! Janos Slynt is kind of a wuss, hiding from the battle in the food cellar with her. And we were all waiting to see what happened with Ygritte and Jon Snow. But mostly it was just one big bloody battle.

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On one hand, the battle was a spectacle to behold. And for a fantasy show set in a place beset by constant battle, the show is surprisingly light on actual fighting (aside from, you know, major characters dying in terrible ways all the time). Barring the battle of the Blackwater in season two, this was the mother of all fights in the show on an episode that smartly eschewed the regular multitiered storytelling to keep us held in the grips of the battle. Truly stunning were the wildling giants riding on mastodons, terrifying and even seemingly realistic.

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20 Dad Rock Albums To Check Out For Father's Day

Posted by Billy Gil, June 6, 2014 05:27pm | Post a Comment

20 Dad Rock Albums for Father's Day

Father’s Day is just a few days away. To celebrate, we’re gathering some of our favorite “dad rock” albums. What is “dad rock,” you might ask? We’re talking about those staples your parents owned on vinyl, the ones that weren’t cool enough for you to discover on your own—no Black Sabbath, David Bowie or The Doors here—but that nonetheless are essential albums in rock history. Listen to one of these ol’ classics this Father’s Day and think about how your dad was right all along—“Hotel California” is pretty far out. Here they are, in no particular order:

Fleetwood Mac Rumours (1977)

fleetwood mac rumours lpNow Fleetwood Mac are cool again, but there was a long period when they weren’t. You don’t make one of the biggest albums of all time without some backlash. But after a Smashing Pumpkins cover, a high-profile reunion special and extensive touring, the Mac came back into public favor, and you can see their influence in a huge way these days, especially in young, female-fronted rock bands like Best Coast, Haim and Beach House. Anyway, Rumours kicks ass and pretty much every baby boomer owns it.

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