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Amoeba Music Co-Presents Cinespia Salon

Posted by Billy Gil, August 2, 2013 08:10am | Post a Comment

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Presented by Cinespia and Amoeba Music, Cinespia will be holding an event to celebrate cult record label Sublime Frequencies on Aug. 6 at the Silent Movie Theater.

“Cinespia Salon: A Sublime Frequencies Celebration” starts at 7:30 and features a performance by Alvarius B. aka Alan Bishop of experimental rock heroes Sun City Girls and head of Sublime Frequencies. In addition, the films The Divine River: Ceremonial Pageantry In The Sahel and Vodoun Gods on the Slave Coast will screen. Following the screenings will be a party on the Silent Theater’s patio with hot tea, African snacks and Sublime Frequencies DJs spinning rare global tunes.

Tickets are available here.

Launched in 2003 by Bishop and Hisham Mayet, Seattle-based Sublime Frequencies has focused on releasing music little-heard in the United States from all over Southeast Asia, North Africa and the Middle East. From field recordings to international folk and pop, the label has released nearly 70 CDs, LPs and DVDs of obscure world music.

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Sun City Girls

Bishop got his start with Sun City Girls in 1979 in Phoenix, logging more than 50 releases that touch on free improvisation, cult and spiritual music, and other esoteric forms of music. Combined with their performance art aesthetic, with ornate costumes and kabuki-style makeup, the group has remained a critical and cult favorite for years. The band ended in 2007, with the death of drummer and founding member Charles Gocher. The Aug. 6 event marks a one-off performance for Bishop.

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Weekly Roundup: The Goldberg Sisters, Daedelus, Haim, Roses

Posted by Billy Gil, August 1, 2013 02:52pm | Post a Comment

The Goldberg Sisters – “It Can Get You Down”

adam goldberg the goldberg sistersThe Goldberg Sisters are Adam Goldberg of acting fame (Dazed and Confused, Entourage etc.) and his sister, songwriter Celeste Goldberg. Only she’s his imagined twin a la Adaptation (I think). In any case, this first song from Goldberg’s third record is a nice bit of California bedroom pop that feels like waking up in a not unwanted haze, reminiscent of fellow So. Cal. bands like dios (malos) and Beachwood Sparks. Adam Goldberg’s beard (which also would’ve been a cool band name) seems more appropriate than ever, given the hippie vibes of “It Can Get You Down).” Stranger’s Morning is due Aug. 20 on apologymusic. Listen here.

 

 

 

 

Daedelus – “Paradiddle”

daedelusL.A. producer Daedelus aka Alfred Darlington has a new one coming out called Drown Out on Anticon Sept. 17. I listened to this while reading a terrifying story about a couple who had Googled pressure cookers and backpacks and were allegedly visited and questioned by police. The twisting and unpredictable nature of Daedelus’ synths and beats seemed to fit just well, full of paranoid-sounding tones and woozy movements. These are troubling times, indeed; luckily we have people like Daedelus soundtracking them for us.

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Say Hello to Amoeba at the LA Weekly Pancake Breakfast

Posted by Billy Gil, July 31, 2013 02:45pm | Post a Comment

la weekly pancake breakfastWhat if you were just surrounded by people giving you pancakes? What if they were all the best pancakes, selected by someone who really knows their stuff?

That dream is a reality! LA Weekly celebrates its third annual Pancake Breakfast Aug. 11 from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. The event will be held at former cathedral church Vibiana, in Downtown L.A., and is curated by Evan Kleiman of KCRW’s “Good Food.”

Amoeba will be on hand with a booth handing out goodies (non-edible goodies, we’ll leave that to the experts).

For $30, you get unlimited beverages from the bar (including alcoholic beverages for the 21+ crowd), samplings from more than 20 restaurants, entertainment and a free coffee cup! Tickets are on sale here.

Vibiana is located at 214 South Main St.

Amoeba Holds Depeche Mode VIP Contest, Attends Depeche Mode Convention

Posted by Billy Gil, July 31, 2013 11:00am | Post a Comment

depeche mode amoebaLots of news for Depeche Mode fans. The classic new wave band is appearing Sept. 29 at Staples Center, and you can win a pair of VIP tickets through Amoeba. Enter at our contest page starting Aug. 6! You can also buy tickets for that show here.

But there’s more, Depeche-heads. On Aug. 11 there will be a Depeche Mode Convention at The Avalon in Hollywood. The all-ages event takes place from 7 p.m.-2 a.m. Famed new wave DJ Richard Blade hosts, and the event will feature live music from DM tribute band Strangelove and guest DJs, in addition to collectibles, videos, contests, prizes and dancing. The Avalon’s restaurant, Honey, also will be open for the event, and the venue has six full bars and bottle service.

depeche mode delta machineAmoeba will be on hand from 7 p.m. to midnight with lots of items for sale. Amoeba Hollywood also has tickets on sale to the event for $20 (plus a $2 service fee).

Don’t forget to check out the band’s excellent, recently released Delta Machine, as well.

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Album Picks: Hiatus Kaiyote, Alela Diane, Raw Geronimo

Posted by Billy Gil, July 30, 2013 10:51am | Post a Comment

Hiatus Kaiyote - Tawk Tomahawk

hiatus kaiyoteYou'd be forgiven for scratching your head upon first listen of Hiatus Kaiyote's Tawk Tomahawk. The Australian band doesn't really sound like anyone else, although there are signposts — the vocal swoops and glitched-out organic sounds of Bjork; the the otherworldly soul of Erykah Badu; the atmospherics and layering of Radiohead; and the psychedelic beatwork of J Dilla. Yet Hiatus Kaiyote take what could be a coiled mess of influences and stretch them into something unique and memorable on Tawk Tomahawk. Though things are largely pleasant and ethereal on songs like the stunning "Mobius Streak," frontwoman Nai Palm gets jazzy and raspy on "The World It Softly Lulls" and goes deep and dark on "Malika," while the beats get distorted and aggressive on "Ocelot." Lounges of the future may be spinning Tawk Tomahawk and calling it a classic of forward-thinking soul.

Hiatus Kaiyote Tawk Tomahawk CD $10.98

Hiatus Kaiyote Tawk Tomahawk LP $16.98 [out 9/17; preorder here]

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