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See Johnny Thunders Doc 'Looking For Johnny' in L.A. May 24

Posted by Billy Gil, April 30, 2014 11:15am | Post a Comment
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Johnny Thunders

Amoeba is sponsoring the Los Angeles debut of the documentary Looking For Johnny, about the tumultuous life of punk rocker Johnny Thunders, Saturday, May 24, at the Downtown Independent Theatre. Tickets are on sale now for $15 at Amoeba Hollywood (+$2 service fee) or online here. There are screenings at 8:45 p.m. and 10 p.m.

Thunders (born John Anthony Genzale, Jr.) got his start as a member of the influential New York Dolls, glam-rockers in the early ’70s who wore women’s clothing, played gleefully sloppy rock ‘n’ roll and influenced a generation of punk rock from The Sex Pistols to The Ramones to post-punk bands like The Smiths. The guitarist later formed the short-lived yet crucial punk band The Heartbreakers and after their demise embarked on a solo career, starting with 1978’s So Alone through 1988’s covers album Copy Cats. Thunders was last working with a band called The Oddballs in 1991 when he died under mysterious circumstances in New Orleans—though he officially died of drug-related causes, some have long suspected foul play.

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Album Picks: Wye Oak, Jack Ruby, Ought

Posted by Billy Gil, April 29, 2014 10:38am | Post a Comment

Wye Oak - Shriek (LP, CD, Download)

wye oak shriek lp amoebaSometimes you need a change. Baltimore duo Wye Oak have been at it for a few years, producing great albums like 2011’s Civilian, but touring for that album left the band exhausted, and they were living in different cities. With new synthesizers in the place of guitars and drums, Wye Oak’s sound is reimagined on the stunning Shriek. Jenn Wasner sounds revelatory on opener “Before,” singing over dreamy synth washes and retro computer loops. Every instrument seems to occupy its own perfect space on the title track, creating a lovely little syncopated groove, while Wasner sings beautifully with high-flying abandon. That gorgeous opening makes way for Wye Oak to experiment a bit. “Tower” sees the band employing an R&B-inspired, stuttering groove, drawing influence from the spacey krautrock of Can as well as Timbaland and Missy Elliott’s work with Aaliyah. The changes sound so thrilling because Wye Oak clearly thrive in their new territory, moving freely through the sexy, Fleetwood Mac-inspired “Glory,” in which they sound like wise, older siblings to recent pop group Haim. And in the album’s loungier second half, the band produces robotic, poolside glamour (“Despicable Animal”); intricate, jungly noise (“Paradise”) and lush, adult pop (“Logic of Color”). Playing new wave sophisticates suits Wye Oak quite well, giving them new life with brilliant results.

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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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