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Weekly Roundup: White Fence, Bleached, Warpaint, Wand, Music Go Music, Melted Toys, The Skygreen Leopards

Posted by Billy Gil, June 20, 2014 09:36am | Post a Comment

White Fence – “Like That”

white fenceIt can be a drag when artists who’ve previously recorded in lo-fi trade for something cleaner. But while the first song from Tim Presley’s fifth album as White Fence, For the Recently Found Innocent, was recorded in a studio and not the bedroom and features live drums, “Like That” isn’t some self-important statement or anything. It just better reveals the tunefulness that has always been prevalent in White Fence’s sprawling releases in a British Invasion-style subtle rocker. Ty Segall’s behind the boards this time—the last time these two got together to record, we got the collaborative album Hair, so we’re expecting great things this time around, too. For the Recently Found Innocent is due July 22 on Drag City.

 

Wand - "Flying Golem"

wand ganglion reef lpSpeaking of Ty Segall, the band he's touring with is pretty sick. They're L.A.-based Wand, and "Flying Golem" sounds like it's named after a Castlevania monster and rocks with a big, confident three-chord stomp. Ganglion Reef is due Aug. 26 on Segall's label, God?

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The Best Albums Made By Jack White

Posted by Billy Gil, June 18, 2014 04:15pm | Post a Comment

jack whiteJack White, he of many a blues-rock band, broke records this week when it was announced his second solo album, Lazaretto, sold 40,000 copies in its first week—on vinyl alone. That’s the biggest week ever for a single vinyl album since Soundcan began recording vinyl sales in 1991, according to Rollingstone. (Lazaretto also sold 41,000 CDs and nearly 57,000 downloads in its first week.)

To celebrate that achievement, both for White and for vinyl as a medium, which White has publically championed, we’re counting down the best albums written or co-written by Jack White. We’re leaving off those he produced, since there are so damn many of them, as well as Loretta Lynn’s excellent Van Lear Rose, which White produced and played on but only co-wrote one song of, and live releases. Let us know if you agree!

12. The Raconteurs Broken Boy Soldiers

the raconteurs broken boy soldiers lpThe first album made by White and his friends in The Greenhornes and Brendan Benson is a blast, albeit a green one, sounding like a record quickly made by friends that nonetheless had some gems, including the catchy “Steady As She Goes.”

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Amoeba Sponsors The Drop: John Fullbright At The GRAMMY Museum June 30

Posted by Billy Gil, June 18, 2014 11:55am | Post a Comment

john fullbrightOn June 30 The GRAMMY Museum’s Drop program will feature John Fullbright at 8 p.m., with a discussion and live performance with the artist. Amoeba is proud to sponsor the event. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased here.

john fullbright songs cdAt the young age of 26, Americana singer/songwriter Fullbright has already received a heap of praise since releasing his first albums, 2009’s Live at the Blue Door and 2012’s From the Ground Up (CD or LP). The Los Angeles Times called From the Ground Up “preternaturally self-assured,” and NPR has dubbed him one of their “10 Artists You Should Have Known.” Featuring Fullbright’s twangy vocals, soulful lyrics and roots-inspired guitar and piano work, From the Ground Up went on to be nominated for a Best Americana Album Grammy.

As part of The Grammy Museum’s Americana Music Series, the museum hosts Fullbright to celebrate the release of his most recent album, Songs, which is out now. Join The Grammy Museum for a discussion with Fullbright, followed by a performance at the museum’s Clive Davis Theater.

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Check Out Free Jazz at Hollywood & Highland in July

Posted by Billy Gil, June 18, 2014 10:15am | Post a Comment

The annual Wine & Jazz Summer Concert Series, presented by KJAZZ 88.1, kicks off July 1, giving jazz fans something fun and free to do every Tuesday in July from 7 to 9 p.m.

On July 1 the series will host Latin American percussionist Pete Escovedo. The jazz great has a celebrated solo career, having released solo albums since the late 1970s and having played with groups such as Santana.

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The event will also feature wines by Stella Rosa and food by Wolfgang Puck Catering. (There's a nominal charge for wine; proceeds go toward Project Angel Food, a non-profit that provides food to the seriously ill.) It takes place in the Central Courtyard (2nd Level) of Hollywood & Highland.

Next, on July 8, the series will host Brian Auger's Oblivion Express. Jazz and rock keyboardist Auger has been releasing albums solo and in collaboration since the 1960s, having played with the likes of Rod Stewart, Jimi Hendrix and Led Zeppelin.

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Album Picks: Lower, Brian Reitzell, Lana Del Rey, The Antlers, White Lung

Posted by Billy Gil, June 17, 2014 10:14am | Post a Comment

Lower - Seek Warmer Climes (LP, White Vinyl, CD, Download)

lower seek warmer climes lpLower may have the post-hardcore album of the year on their hands on Seek Warmer Climes. The band has been compared with fellow Danes Iceage, and like that band, Lower take hardcore punk to epic proportions not seen since the heyday of bands like Fugazi or ...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead. This isn't to say they can't be pithy; on rumbling opener "Another Life," their atonality is fist-pumpingly catchy and Adrian Toubro's wolf-like barks and cries keep you rapt, and "Lost Weight, Perfect Skin" shows us they know their way around a hooky riff. But Lower aren't looking to make friends. On centerpiece "Expanding Horizons (Dar es Salaam)," their dirtied guitars trudge through the wilderness for more than seven minutes as Toubro sings "we travel far, expand our horizon, but in the process I see that no horizon will ever benefit me." However bleak the worldview may seem on Seek Warmer Climes, the album is never a drag. It's a thrilling, lightning bolt of a record that loudly announces the arrival of yet another great band from Copenhagen's underground.

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