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LA Street Food Festival Comes to the Rose Bowl on June 29th

Posted by Billy Gil, June 4, 2013 05:08pm | Post a Comment

la street food festHope y’all are hungry — The LA Street Food Fest is back at the Rose Bowl June 29, from 3-9 p.m. Amoeba is proud to be a sponsor the stage this year, which will feature indie rock cover band Black Crystal Wolf Kids.

The fest features 90+ food vendors, beer gardens, wine tasting, cocktails, live music, a photo booth and more. VIP early admission is $75; general admission from 5-9 p.m. is $50. Get your tickets hereUse code AmoebaFan13 at checkout for discounted tickets.

Both tickets will get you unlimited food and drink. In addition VIP members get a $30 credit to ride service Uber, while general admission ticket holders will get $20 in credit to the service. Parking is FREE at the Rose Bowl for this event.

A sample of some of the restaurants, food trucks and other food vendors from L.A. and Baja, Mexico that will be at the festival: Indian gastropub Badmaash; German sausage purveyors Currywurst; L.A. dining institution Fred 62; L.A. Mexican chain Loteria Grill; makers of veggie tacos and other non-meaty goodness Plant Food for People; and the aptly titled Grilled Cheese Truck. This is in addition to coffee from such providers as Handsome Coffee Roasters; liquor from Greenbar Distillery; a Singha beer garden; ice cream from Chunk-n-Chip, among others; and lots more.

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Cool Ghouls to Play The Smell on June 8th

Posted by Billy Gil, June 4, 2013 04:16pm | Post a Comment

cool ghoulsWith the glut of great garage rock bands in San Francisco, Cool Ghouls have their work cut out for them. Luckily for us, the young lads have tunes and energy for days, pouring out of their recently released self-titled debut in the form of country-rock licks, hippie harmonies and an infectious, sunny attitude. These aren’t poseurs trying to seem laid-back; songs like “Ballin’” are packed with little whiskey-soaked riffs and suddenly harmonic choruses, while “Natural Life” features subtle horns that give its summertime vibes added depth. Recorded by The Fresh & Onlys’ Tim Cohen, it’s a more-than-worthy entry into the S.F. psych-rock/garage rock canon. The band comes to L.A.’s The Smell Saturday June 8, with L.A. faves Dirt Dress, Santoros and Them Howling Bones. Additionally, they'll be at Phono Del Sol in S.F. July 13 and San Francisco Psych Fest Aug. 3. I quickly caught up with the band, made up of Pat Thomas (bass), Ryan Wong (guitar), Pat McDonald (singer/guitar) and Alex Fleshman (drums), all between the ages of 21 and 24, as they gathered around the phone in their Oakland home.

PST: Let’s start with the name. Was it a joke, is there a specific meaning?

McDonald: We got the name from a live DVD of Parliament Funkadelic playing sometime in the '70s. That’s how George Clinton addressed the crowd.

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Album Picks: Camera Obscura, Splashh, Future Bible Heroes

Posted by Billy Gil, June 4, 2013 10:07am | Post a Comment

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It’s been four years since Camera Obscura released their last album and it feels like a lifetime ago when their brand of witty, winsome indie pop was the underground style du jour — does the world need another album from Camera Obscura? One listen to Desire Lines and the answer is a resounding yes, yes, yes. The time off has done them wonders, following a run of great albums that seemed to plateau at 2009's My Maudlin Career. Desire Lines is invigorated with a warmer sound, billowed by warm synthesizers and sultry horns, giving songs like “This is Love (Feels Alright)” a postmodern blue-eyed soul feel, like they’re updating what Roxy Music did on Avalon. Camera Obscura have always been able to do downtrodden-yet-upbeat well (see past singles like “Lloyd, I’m ready to Be Heartbroken”), and they take that winning formula to new heights on songs like the new-wavey “Troublemaker,” the sea-shanty-style “Every Weekday” and their good ol’ fashioned ’60s pop style “Do It Again.” Even when they slow things down, on songs like “William’s Heart,” whereas in the past they’d be charmingly bookish, Tracyanne Campbell sounds rapturous when dwells on the evocative line “to die in the arms of a 20-year-old.” Lyrically, she’s as strong as ever, and her delivery remains the perfect concoction of shy and snarky, singing self-deprecatingly of her “New Year’s resolution to write something of value.” The totality of Desire Lines would qualify as just that.

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Amoeba and Moheak's Song of the Week: Vampire Weekend's 'Diane Young'

Posted by Billy Gil, June 3, 2013 10:18am | 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 Vampire Weekend’s “Diane Young,” the lead single from the band's highly acclaimed third album, Modern Vampires of the City. The song sees the New York band performing their collegiate rock a Buddy Holly strut and matching their trademark wordplay with warped vocals, imbuing the song both an old-school, surf-rock rock shuffle and an otherwordly feel.

 

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A 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: No Age, Best Coast, The Mallard, Lumerians, Sonny and the Sunsets, Roses, Julia Holter

Posted by Billy Gil, May 30, 2013 10:41am | Post a Comment

No Age Announce New Album

no ageBeloved L.A. noise pop duo No Age are releasing a new album Aug. 20 called An Object (Sub Pop), their first since 2010’s Everything in Between. The new album was recorded by the band at Gaucho’s Electronics in L.A. with collaborator Facundo Bermudez. No song has been released from the album yet; we’ll have it up here as soon as they do!

The tracklist is as follows:

1. No Ground

2. I won’t Be Your Generator

3. C’mon Stimmung

4. Defector/ed

5. An Impression

6. Lock Box

7. Running From A-Go-Go

8. My Hands, Birch and Steel

9. Circling With Dizzy

10. A Ceiling Dreams of a Floor

11. Commerce, Comment, Commence

 

Best Coast Announces Tour

best coastBest Coast have announced a new tour, and true to form, they'll be playing with excellent bands such as Bleached, Lovely Bad Things and Guards. They'll hit the Fillmore Aug. 15, Big Sur's Henry Miller Library Aug. 16 and L.A.'s The El Rey Aug. 17, all with Bleached (the rest of Best Coast's tour dates can be found on their site.). They'll be debuting songs from their upcoming EP, which has no title or release date announced as of yet, but we'll keep you posted. If you were one of the lucky ones to pick up their recent "Fear of My Identity" b/w "Who Have I Become" Record Store Day 7", perhaps you'll hear those excellent songs too, in addition to those off last year's Jon Brion-produced The Only Place. Read my recent interview with Bleached here, last year's interview with Best Coast here, and check out Best Coast's entry into the Webby-winning "What's In My Bag?" below.

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