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11 Albums to Look For This Summer

Posted by Billy Gil, July 3, 2014 03:10pm | Post a Comment

Here are some of our most anticipated albums of the summer. Preorder to get your hands on them as soon as they come out.

La Roux - Trouble In Paradise (LP, CD)

la roux trouble in paradise lpOut July 22

English synthpop artist La Roux (aka Elly Jackson) broke through in a huge way with her 2009 self-titled album and its accompanying club hits like “Bulletproof.” Trouble in Paradise comes five years later, after Jackson says she was unprepared for fame and lost her voice due to anxiety and producer/collaborator Ben Langmaid left due to artistic differences. Jackson says the new album will be warmer and sexier, inspired by the likes of Grace Jones and Tom Tom Club.

Hear the smooth, downtempo “Let Me Down Gently” below:

 

Joyce Manor - Never Hung Over Again (LP, CD)

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Death Grips Done as a Band But Live On Through Great Albums

Posted by Billy Gil, July 3, 2014 10:52am | Post a Comment

death gripsDeath Grips have been one of the most important yet, to some, most frustrating bands to emerge during the 2010s.

The Sacramento band, made up of Stefan Burnett (aka MC Ride), drummer Zach Hill and producer Andy Morin (aka Flatlander), made aggressive industrial noise-fueled hip-hop with often little regard for fan expectation, acquiring a wider audience, their record label, physical media, basically anything and everything that wasn’t a Death Grip. And this made them one of the most exciting bands around from a non-musical perspective because you never really could chart where they were going to go next. One minute, they’re releasing their most widely appealing (and perhaps best) album to date, The Money Store, playing at Coachella and getting signed to Epic in 2012.

The next minute, they release their major label debut early, for free, over the Internet, with a dick pic as the cover and publish emails from Epic telling them to remove the downloads immediately. Apparently Epic wouldn’t release the album until a year later, pissing the band off and prompting the early release of the music. It was a weird thing where the record label didn’t look bad—not wanting to release an album in the same year as the band had already released another hardly seems like major label bullying, given the resources they’d put into promotion—but the band’s utter disregard for “the way things are supposed to be” (not to mention their own monetary stake in their art) seemed punk at a time when the concept had lost most of its meaning. And fans won by getting the music as soon as it was finished (harkening back to a time when bands releasing multiple albums per year wasn’t such a big deal), and those wanting a physical release got it when Universal eventually released the album. 

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Free Grand Performances Shows in Downtown L.A. Will Feature Tribute to Fela Kuti

Posted by Billy Gil, July 1, 2014 12:25pm | Post a Comment

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Amoeba is proud to sponsor a free, upcoming Grand Performances show at California Plaza in Downtown L.A. We’ll be on hand with our Prize Wheel at both shows, so come down to spin ‘n’ win. The show starts at 8pm. Bring a picnic and enjoy free live music under the stars!

On July 18, we’ll be at Chop and Quench, featuring The Fela! Band Broadway cast, including Tony-nominee Sahr Ngaujah. The show is a live performance of legendary African musician Fela Kuti’s ’69 Los Angeles Sessions album in its entirety. The album was recorded in 1969 while Kuti was living in Hollywood, performing six nights a week at Citidel de Haiti on Sunset Boulevard. The performers have worked on the Fela! musical, a show based on the life of Kuti that features his music and lyrics.

Grand Performances Chop and Quench

See a performance from the Fela! musical below:

Check out more shows happening at Grand Performances on their site all summer long.

 

Sea Wolf Headlines Next Red Bull Sound Select Show at Sayers Club July 23

Posted by Billy Gil, July 1, 2014 10:47am | Post a Comment

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Local folk-rockers Sea Wolf will headline the next Red Bull Sound Select show at The Sayers Club in Hollywood July 23. It’s $3 with an RSVP and it's 21+ only. The show starts at 8 p.m.

sea wolfSea Wolf is led by Alex Brown Church, first coming to prominence with 2007’s Leaves in the River album and its single, “You’re a Wolf.” Since then, Sea Wolf have released three more albums—White Water, White Bloom; Old World Romance; and this year’s Kickstarter-funded Song Spells, No. 1: Cedarsmoke, which is due for wide release this month.

As Red Bull’s shows aim to showcase underheard local talent, Sea Wolf will be joined by local electronic pop acts Rare Times and White Rainbow. L.A. duo Rare Times fuse loungey synthesizers and R&B and New Age touches on songs like “No One’s Looking Out.” White Rainbow is the project by L.A.-based Adam Forkner, who makes hard-hitting electro jams like “Be the Dancer, Be the Dreamer.”

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Album Picks: Beverly, Brian Eno & Karl Hyde

Posted by Billy Gil, July 1, 2014 08:34am | Post a Comment

Beverly - Careers (LP, CD)

beverly careers lpFizzy, alt-rock distortion, cooing, girlish vocals and surf-pop melodies make up this duo’s incredibly likable debut record. With Frankie Rose (of solo, Vivian Girls and Crystal Stilts fame) on board, Drew Citron’s delicate songs get just the right amount of rhythmic punch and fuzzy bite. The songs range from sweet and easy (“Honey Do”) to kind of creepy and menacing (“Planet Birthday”) in a quiet girl in the back of the class kind of way. It’s not the most original thing you’ve ever heard—you can easily pick out the Pixies/Breeders references on songs like “Madora”—but that shouldn’t curb your enjoyment, as these two are far from the first to pull from that well. They’re even better on songs like “All the Things,” which build from that mold but stretch into strange ways, blending melodies and chords into the grays in between the bright color bands. And the production is pure ’80s college rock heaven, sounding like remastered C86 tracks or early Rough Trade songs that hadn’t seen the light of day before. So, you may know what you’re getting with Beverly, but in the capable hands of these two, that proves to be a very good thing.

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