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Weekly Roundup: Gardens & Villa, Kevin Morby, Gap Dream, Qui

Posted by Billy Gil, November 21, 2013 08:57am | Post a Comment

Gardens & Villa – “Bullet Train”

gardens & villaIt’s not too early to get excited for music in 2014. This new track from Santa Barbara’s Gardens & Villa is a winner, flying high on falsetto harmonies and a deep, thumping groove, like a hipper, more psych-oriented Hall & Oates. The band’s second album, Dunes, is due Feb. 4 on Secretly Canadian.

 

Stream ‘I Need You Bad’ and Preorder Now

i need you badSonny Smith’s curated compilation I Need You Bad collects some of the finest Bay Area bands and artists around, featuring local young guns like Warm Soda, Pure Bliss and Jessica Pratt. Listen to the whole thing here, and preorder the LP from Amoeba, due Nov. 25 from Polyvinyl.

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Participate in Amoeba's Charity Efforts this Holiday Season

Posted by Billy Gil, November 20, 2013 06:25pm | Post a Comment

We’ve had a great year for donations through our monthly charity auctions (the last one of the year is Dec. 7). But we’re not done yet.

san francisco food bankAt Amoeba San Francisco, we’re joining forces with the San Francisco Food Bank to collect canned goods and nonperishable items for singles and families in need through Dec. 23. Additionally, you can make a monetary donation to the San Francisco Food Bank online. For each $1 donated, the SF Food Bank is able to distribute $6 worth of food. The need is especially great now, as 1 in 4 residents of San Francisco and Marin County are in need of food assistance, and the need in both areas has grown by nearly 20% since 2008, according to SF Food Bank.

As a thank you for your donations, you will receive a coupon for $5 off a purchase of $25 or more at Amoeba SF.

SF Food Drive

 

five acresAt Amoeba Hollywood, we’ll be collecting holiday gifts for Five Acres, an organization that promotes safety and well-being for children by connecting them with permanent, loving homes. To donate, please bring in a new, unwrapped toy for a child age 4–16.

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Amoeba Presents Run River North at Hotel Cafe, Has Exclusive 7" From Band

Posted by Billy Gil, November 15, 2013 04:30pm | Post a Comment
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L-R: Alex Hwang, John Chong, Sally Kang, Daniel Chae, Joe Chun, Jennifer Rim. Photo: Eric Ryan Anderson.

L.A.-based folk-rock band Run River North are a model for self-made bands everywhere. The Korean-American septet, who make folk-based music with soaring vocals, intricate harmonies and the occasional electric guitar, have been garnering increasing notice not just locally, but globally, thanks in part to some industrious moves. The band recorded a version of its song “Fight to Keep” live inside one of the band members’ Hondas. The clip made it to Honda’s computer screens, and the company surprised the band by taking it to play live on “Jimmy Kimmel Live.” You can watch both the original clip and their appearance on “Kimmel” below.

 

The band is playing every Wednesday this month at acoustic music haven Hotel Cafe in Hollywood. Amoeba is proud to sponsor the residency. You can catch them Nov. 20, 27 and Dec. 4. Additionally the band's Fight to Keep 7” will be available exclusively at Amoeba Hollywood starting Nov. 27. The band’s self-titled debut album is due Feb. 25 on Nettwerk.

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Thank You For Supporting Our Charities!

Posted by Billy Gil, November 15, 2013 12:29pm | Post a Comment

We're dancing for joy over at Amoeba. With everyone who contributed to our monthly auctions, in-store donation jugs and off-site events, we have raised more than $60,000 this year!

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Our charity auctions, in which comedians, musicians and friends auction off concert tickets, prize packages and more, take place the first Saturday of every month at 4 p.m. at Amoeba Hollywood. Some of the people involved this year were Upright Citizens Brigade, Don Barris, Kurt Braunohler, Jimmy Pardo, Beth Stelling, Matt Ingebretson and Gustavo Arellano—thank you all for hosting and helping to raise funds for various charities!

Right now we are collecting donations for disaster relief in the Philippines. Monetary donations are being accepted at the registers for Doctors Without Borders' relief efforts in the Philippines. Find out more or directly donate at their website.

Find out more about the charities we're involved with below, or pick up a “How You Can Help” pamphlet at any Amoeba Music location:

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Weekly Roundup: Jack Name, Fuzz, Together PANGEA, Magic Trick, FRONDS

Posted by Billy Gil, November 14, 2013 01:47pm | Post a Comment

Jack Name – “Pure Terror”

jack nameYou may not know his name yet, but you know these names: Ariel Pink, with whom he’s worked; and White Fence, with whom he’s a touring guitarist. With those impressive credentials, check out L.A.’s Jack Name, a lo-fi pop wiz along the lines of the aforementioned, heavier on the psych-pop-rock side, with cool theraminny noises floating in the corners above a solid, classic arrangement. His debut, Light Show, is due Jan. 21 on Drag Citys God? imprint. Listen via Pitchfork.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fuzz – “You Won’t See Me” live

fuzz amoebaA while back I blogged about Castle Face’s new Live in San Francisco series, which began with White Fence’s Live in San Francisco, available now (CD or LP). The next edition, featuring Ty Segall’s aptly named Fuzz, hits Dec. 3. You can hear a cut from it now, which saw Segall and co. playing at famed gay bar The SF Eagle! Sludge rock and bears go together like actual bears and honey.

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