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Album Picks: Boards of Canada, Surfer Blood, The White Mandingos, Sonny & the Sunsets, Lust for Youth, Disclosure, Deafheaven

Posted by Billy Gil, June 11, 2013 09:59am | Post a Comment

Boards Of Canada - Tomorrow's Harvest

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Absence makes the heart grow fonder, the aphorism goes. For Boards of Canada, their absence from releasing music over the past seven years has left their fans rabid for something, anything from the band. Then it came — a series of codes released through various media that, when entered into a website, revealed the release of the duo’s fourth studio album. The long wait for new music and the duo’s willful obscurity about its release isn’t manipulation; it’s warranted, as part of the greater mysterious appeal of Boards of Canada, and for the fact that Tomorrow’s Harvest features some of the band’s greatest work yet. It begins sounding like the opening of a science film on “Gemini,” pointing to their early influence from Canadian nature documentaries, but “Reach for the Dead” directly follows with more epic, ominous tones. Boards of Canada have always been able to imbue their wordless music with just enough suggestion that listeners can invoke their own meaning from the music, and as such, one can’t help but think of countless awful news stories or meaningless status updates when listening to a track like “Sick Times,” which strings ghostly recorded samples of voices speaking in the background behind minor-key tones that hint at global dread. Tomorrow’s Harvest isn’t all doom and gloom, though. Even with a name like “Cold Earth,” it still the strong scent of nostalgia that carried such releases as the In a Beautiful Place Out in the Country EP to great heights, and their cut-up beatwork on tracks like “Jacquard Causeway” entrances. Tomorrow’s Harvest is long and loaded with great tracks, like the scenic “Nothing is Real” and pulsating “New Seeds,” which both appear in the album’s final stretch, making it the kind of record you want to spin again immediately when it’s over to let its finer points sink in. With luck we won’t have to wait as long for another Boards of Canada release, but Tomorrow’s Harvest is the kind of record you can pore over for years, rich enough to rank highly with the rest of the band’s estimable catalog.

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Amoeba and Moheak's Song of the Week: Alice Russell's 'For a While'

Posted by Billy Gil, June 10, 2013 11:11am | 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 Alice Russell’s “For a While,” from the British singer's fifth solo album, To Dust (available on CD, LP or digitally). The song's funky, stuttering electronic beat provides a perfect backdrop for the Russell to deliver neo-soul harmonies and sing with a nuanced intensity. Russell recently performed at Amoeba Hollywood. You can see photos of the performance here, and you can read my recap of the show here and watch a video of the performance below.

alice russellA 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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Show Recap: Quadron at Amoeba Hollywood

Posted by Billy Gil, June 7, 2013 12:00pm | Post a Comment

Quadron AMoeba HollywoodPerforming as a five-piece, Quadron began by starting the sutble groove of “LFT,” a highlight of their recently released Avalanche album. Singer Coco O emerged to give the song its ascendant melody. They quadron avalanchemoved into the funky “Favorite Star,” and Coco said it was a “dream come true” to be playing Amoeba. They kept things mellow, playing the sultry and emotional “Sea Salt,” one of the softer songs on Avalanche, which Coco said was one of her favorites on the album. They called out hero Michael Jackson for “Neverland,” possibly named after the King of Pop’s ranch home, while the music calls to mind smooth Jackson jams, such as “Man in the Mirror.” They finished the quick, soft set with “It’s Gonna Get You,” which nicely featured the band’s backup harmonies over the song’s mechanical groove. See more photos of the show here.

Weekly Roundup: Crocodiles, Deerhoof, Bloody Death Skull, Kisses

Posted by Billy Gil, June 6, 2013 06:30pm | Post a Comment

Crocodiles Stream New Song ‘Teardrop Guitar’

crocodiles crimes of passionShoegaze guitar fans, rejoice — San Diego’s Crocodiles have a new album coming out. Following last year’s fine Endless Flowers comes Crimes of Passion, due Aug. 20 on Frenchkiss. They’re already premiered “Crimes of Passion,” and now comes the melodic rush of “Teardrop Guitar,” a perfectly named slab of classic shoegaze, vibing early Verve and Ride while maintaining their own sense of scrappy rock ‘n’ roll grandeur. It’s streaming now at NPR.

 

 

 

 

 

Deerhoof Releases ‘Breaking Songs’ Video

deerhoofS.F.’s Deerhoof has released a video for its track “Breakup Songs” from the album of the same name. It at first seems like a huge bummer — I worry that “Breakup Songs” is code for the band breaking up, though they’ve had an incredible run — and the video features a crow man seeming to bring death to plague-invested peasants. How this leads to a dance party? You’ll just have to watch.

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Gorge on Tacos on Sunday, June 23rd at Tacolandia!

Posted by Billy Gil, June 5, 2013 06:12pm | Post a Comment

la weekly On Sunday, June 23, LA Weekly invites Angelenos to come out for Tacolandia, their first annual celebration of our city’s favorite food, at the Hollywood Palladium parking lot from 12-5 p.m.

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Amoeba's Prize Wheel

Amoeba is a proud sponsor of the event, and we will be on hand with free swag and our prize wheel — come by and give it a spin to win Amoeba swag and Amoeba gift certificates, as well as concert tickets and promo prizes.

Tickets are $20 for general admission, which includes sampling from more than 30 food providers, and $40 for VIP, which also gets you unlimited beverages. Get your tickets here.

The fest includes a selection of taco crafters from Los Angeles, Orange County and even some from Baja, Mexico, as curated by renowned food blogger Bill Esparza. In addition, there’ll be music, a tequila garden and more.

Food providers include Cacao Mexicatessen, Cafecito Organico, Loteria Grill, Mariscos Jaliscos, Mo-chica and more; see a full list of who will be on hand here. Music will be provided by Mariachi Los Reyes.

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