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Album Picks: Daughn Gibson, Thundercat, Whirr

Posted by Billy Gil, July 9, 2013 10:24am | Post a Comment

Daughn Gibson - Me Moan

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Daughn Gibson’s truck-drivin’, girlfriend-stealin’ persona comes out in full force on his second album, Me Moan. Carrying with it All Hell’s country-noir ambiance, Me Moan presents Gibson with bigger, brighter production, offering steady electronic beats on “Phantom Rider,” over which spectral guitars, synths and Gibson’s ubermasculine baritone seduce. Gibson’s voice is an unusual instrument, unleashing unrelentingly deep tones through clenched teeth, calling to mind an unholy blend of Nick Cave and Johnny Cash. He curls around consonants and adds even more atmosphere to the proceedings on songs like “The Pisgee Nest” — just the way he says “state trooper’s daughter” elicits a sort of middle-of-nowhere, middle-of-the-night elicit affair, like something out of Twin Peaks. Musically Gibson keeps things fascinating throughout, using warped vocal samples on “You Don’t Fade” and electronic beats that keep a foot in the physical world via snaps and handclaps, while guitarists from Baronness and Brokeback echo rockabilly, horror soundtracks and classic country. Even while pulling from quite disparate genres and eras, Me Moan is a remarkably cohesive listen, as Gibson’s distinctive tone splits the difference between tracks as different as the upbeat, country janglin’ “Kissin’ on the Blacktop” and the black-as-night electrobilly of “The Sound of Law.” It's a great accompaniment for whiskey swirling or night driving.

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Amoeba and Moheak's Song of the Week: Eleanor Friedberger's 'Stare at the Sun'

Posted by Billy Gil, July 8, 2013 09:00am | Post a Comment

moheakAmoeba has entered into a partnership with L.A.’s Moheak Radio to provide the Amoeba Song of the Week every week for a recorded segment to air on Moheak’s online radio station.

This week it's "Stare at the Sun," from Eleanor Friedberger's new album, Personal Record. The onetime Fiery Furnace indulges in the kind of hyperliterate lyricism she's built a career upon here, but with a rhythmic pulse and rock abandon that makes its verbal assault merely one instrument in her arsenal. Friedberger, who works with John Wesley Harding on this album, through imagery both mundane and mythic details an attempted breakup through the mania that ensues of trying and failing to stay away. Fessing up to fried corneas never sounded so alluring.

eleanor friedberger personal recordA bit about Amoeba’s Song of the Week: Every week we’ll provide a song hand-selected by our own staff to Moheak Radio for a recorded segment that will run four times a day (at around 8 a.m., 1 p.m., 5:45 p.m. and once overnight). Besides hearing what our expert staff is into, you’ll get the chance to win prizes from Amoeba Music. The giveaways will happen once a week with announcements at least once every four hours leading up to the giveaway, which will take place on Moheak’s Facebook page. Check it out, support local/online radio and win some prizes along the way.

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Weekly Roundup: Nedelle Torisi, Ras G & the Afrikan Space Program, Chelsea Wolfe, The Mantles

Posted by Billy Gil, July 4, 2013 10:40am | Post a Comment

Nedelle Torisi – “Double Horizon”

nedelle torisiThis is a great song that needs no introduction, but it has an interesting one anyway — singer/songwriter Torisi, who’s also played with Sufjan Stevens and Chris Cohen’s Cryptacize, was living with Kenny Gilmore of Ariel Pink’s Haunted Grafiti. They could hear each other working on their individual music through the walls and eventually ended up working together. The result is sort of a beautiful, bleary digital polka, with the sorts of synths you’d find in an Ariel record and Torisi’s beautifully yearning vocals, which call to mind Neko Case a bit. Anyway, enough with the name-dropping — just listen and you’ll be digging for more from Torisi. Her self-titled, self-released album is due Sept. 3.

 

Ras G & the Afrikan Space Program – “All Is Well...”

ras gBeautiful, brain-frying stuff from L.A. producer Ras G, who put out a cassette on Leaving already this year and has a new album due Aug. 13 on Brainfeeder called “Back on the Planet.” Nice electronic Sun Ra vibes on this one.

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Amoeba Hollywood to Hold a Mayer Hawthorne Listening Party July 12

Posted by Billy Gil, July 3, 2013 03:33pm | Post a Comment

mayer hawthorne where does this door goAmoeba Hollywood will be spinning the new album by retro-soul star Mayer Hawthorne, Where Does This Door Go, Friday, July 12, at 7 p.m. The album will be released July 16 by Republic Records.

Amoeba will be giving away posters and holding a giveaway of a signed and framed Where Does This Door Go LP. Come by to listen and enter to win!

Following two successful albums, 2009’s A Strange Arrangement and 2011’s How Do You Do, Where Does This Door Go sees Hawthorne getting production help from Pharrell Williams, who’s on a roll lately, following his inclusion in Daft Punk’s Random Access Memories. The album also features production by Jack Splash (Alicia Keys, Kendrick Lamar) and Oak of Pop & Oak (Nicki Minaj, Kanye West).

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My 10 Favorite Albums of 2013 So Far

Posted by Billy Gil, July 2, 2013 11:15am | Post a Comment

Plenty of great music has been released in 2013 already. It’s always staggering to look back at the halfway point and realize what has come out, what you need to give another listen to, and so on. This is a list of my personal faves that also have garnered substantial critical acclaim. I know there are lots of other great albums from this year, so why don’t you comment and tell me about them huh?! If you really want to know what else I thought was great for some reason, click through to my album picks for each week’s releases.

 

Kanye WestYeezus

kanye west yeezusThis has to top my list, as I’m sure it does for many others. Despite its numerous problems in the lyrics department, namely a badly used Nina Simone sample, its industrial grind and Kanye’s manic delivery trump all. There’s just no other music like this around — now or ever.

 

 

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