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Cate le Bon Chats With Us Before Her Performance at Amoeba Hollywood April 30

Posted by Billy Gil, April 28, 2014 06:24pm | Post a Comment

cate le bon amoebaWelsh singer-songwriter Cate le Bon produced one of our favorite, underappreciated (well, by those who didn’t hear it) albums of 2013 with Mug Museum. Blending the cool demeanor and husky voice of someone like Nico with jagged post-punk guitars and beats, Mug Museum sounds like a hard-to-place unearthed precious relic, like something whispered into your ear.

She’ll perform at Amoeba Hollywood April 30 at 7 p.m. Before the show, we caught up with le Bon, who recently moved to L.A.

What spurred your move from Wales to Los Angeles?

I have always been intrigued by Los Angeles ever since coming to the city to rehearse with Neon Neon way back when. When the opportunity presented itself to record an album out here, which has always been a dream of mine, it felt like it was time to bite the bullet. Money mouth etc. ...The weather is also a definite perk.

I read that you wrote most of the album in your home country, but I do feel a bit of SoCal sunshine poking through in Mug Museum. Do you think the new locale affected the sound of the album?

It has most definitely seeped into the album, but how, I am not able to say yet. I think that will become apparent to me when I listen back in many years.

cate le bon mug museum lp amoebaIt has to be a huge change. How do you feel playing and recording music here differs from doing so in the U.K.?

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Amoeba Curates Next Red Bull Sound Select Show in Los Angeles May 22

Posted by Billy Gil, April 25, 2014 05:08pm | Post a Comment

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We’re curating the next Red Bull Sound Select show in Los Angeles, and this one will feature a trio of electronic-rock bands led by Holy Fuck at The Roxy on May 22 at 8 p.m. RSVP here for $3 tickets to the show. The show is 18+, and it's $12 without an RSVP.

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Holy Fuck

Toronto-based Holy Fuck have released three albums of genre-pushing electronica, using unorthodox “instruments” such as film synchronizers and toy instruments in addition to electronic elements in order to create danceable beats and mesmerizing sounds. Their latest album is called Latin, and they’re working on a new one right now.

Supporting Holy Fuck at this show will be a couple of Los Angeles acts. James Supercave writes upbeat electro-pop with heartfelt vocals, as can be heard on his latest release, The Afternoon EP, which was just release last month. Wunder Wunder, an Australian, L.A.-based duo of producers who make shimmering, modern electronic pop with psychedelic touches, will open the show, followed by James Supercave and Holy Fuck.

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Weekly Roundup: Courtney Love, Trash Talk, tUnE-yArDs, The Donkeys, Zig Zags, Cold Beat

Posted by Billy Gil, April 25, 2014 10:41am | Post a Comment

Courtney Love – “You Know My Name”

courtney loveCourtney Love made news recently by announcing the mid-’90s lineup of Hole would reunite (along with Eric Erlandson, Melissa Auf Der Maur and Upset’s Patty Schemel), but that doesn’t seem to be happening for the time being. However, we do have a new double A-side due from Love, “Wedding Day” and this hardcore-inspired pop song. Her voice is sounding pretty cool again. It’s out May 4.

 

Trash Talk – “Cloudkicker”

trash talkSacramento hardcore band Trash Talk have unveiled the first taste of their upcoming fifth album, No Peace (due May 27 on Odd Future), the follow-up to 2012’s excellent 119. Perhaps unsurprisingly, it tastes like bile, whiskey and Molotov. Delicious!

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Amoeba Sponsors The Drop: Ian McLagan at The GRAMMY Museum

Posted by Billy Gil, April 23, 2014 06:12pm | Post a Comment

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Amoeba is sponsoring The Drop: Ian McLagan, a performance and discussion with the legendary keyboardist Tuesday, May 6 at 7:30 p.m. at The GRAMMY Museum. Tickets are $20.

Ian McLagan is a Rock and Roll Hall of Famer who began in the 1960s as a keyboard player for U.K. rockers The Faces and The Small Faces. Since then, he’s recorded with artists as diverse as The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Billy Bragg and Ryan Adams.

McLagan is releasing is first studio album in five years with United States, out June 17 on Yep Roc. Featuring McLagan on keyboards and vocals performing 10 new, original songs, United States is produced by Glyn Johns (The Faces, The Who) and is mastered by Bob Ludwig (Led Zeppelin, The Rolling Stones). McLagan has premiered the first song from the album, called “All I Wanna Do.”

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First Fridays Returns May 2 With Holychild, Groundislava Featuring Rare Times

Posted by Billy Gil, April 23, 2014 05:03pm | Post a Comment


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The next First Fridays series show hits the Natural History Museum May 2 from 5 to 10 p.m. with Holychild and Groundislava featuring Rare Times. Amoeba is a proud sponsor of the event. Tickets are $18 for museum admission and a guaranteed spot in the concert hall.

The bands runs from 8 to 10 p.m., with Holychild at 8 and Groundislava at 9:15. Peppy electro-pop duo Holychild have released the EP Mindspeak, featuring the upbeat, irresistible “Happy With Me.” Electronica producer Groundislava has worked in an 8-bit style on albums like 2012’s Feel Me (featuring the Chrono Trigger and Troll 2 sampling “Cool Party”) and appears at the Natural History Museum with electro-soul duo Rare Times. DJs Anthony Valadez and Daddy Kev will be tunes all night, starting at 5:30 p.m.

First up are tours starting at 5 p.m. on “Tracking and Trapping L.A.’s Wildlife,” with Aisling Farrell, collections manager, and Gary Takeuchi, assistant collections manager, at Rancho La Brea Department. There are three half-hour tours with a 15-person capacity each, limited to first-come, first-served. Afterwards there will be a discussion with Dr. John Harris on “Back to the Future: The Scientific and Cultural Importance of Rancho La Brea,” covering the fossils found at the La Brea Tar Pits and what they tell us about early life in California.

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