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Amoeba and Moheak's Song of the Week: Atoms for Peace's 'Ingenue'

Posted by Billy Gil, May 13, 2013 06:30am | 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 Atoms For Peace’s “Ingenue,” from the band’s debut album, AMOK. Radiohead’s Thom Yorke, Radiohead producer Nigel Godrich, Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea, drummer Joey Waronker and bassist Mauro Refosco create a dark, throbbing jam built on looping minor-key synthesizers, a programmed polyrhytmic beat and eerie, scratching sounds in the background. Yorke’s inimitable voice makes the proceedings feel more human, singing cryptically romantic lyrics over the band’s robotic head trip.

atoms for peace amokA 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: Alexander Spit, The Mantles, Sic Alps, Alela Diane, Cool Ghouls, Burnt Ones

Posted by Billy Gil, May 9, 2013 03:29pm | Post a Comment

Alexander Spit Preps Instrumentals Mixtape, Releases ‘Valet Park, CA’

alexander spitAlexander Spit released a tantalizing debut LP earlier this year called A Breathtaking Trip to That Otherside. Now the West Coast rapper/prouducer has a mixtape coming out that could make even more waves than his debut, judging by the first taste, “Valet Park, CA,” a blissed-out track with warped vocals. I doubt Valet Park is less a real place and more of a pun, but the displaced, quietly melancholic vibe he summons here calls to mind so many nowheresvilles of California.

 

The Mantles Release Second Song From Upcoming Sophomore Album

The MantlesThe Mantles sound a bit like they’re from New Zealand (home of The Clean, The Bats etc.), but they’re from San Francisco, so hurray for us! This band hits all the right jangly notes, evoking The Byrds with their harmonic singing but in a perfectly disinterested way, while their guitars have swagger in addition to the jangle. “Hello,” indeed. Long Enough to Leave is due June 18 on Slumberland.

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Pick Up Tickets to The 27th Annual UCLA JazzReggae Festival

Posted by Billy Gil, May 8, 2013 05:04pm | Post a Comment

jazzreggae festivalOn May 26 and 27 (Sunday and Monday of Memorial Day weekend), UCLA hosts the JazzReggae Festival, featuring a diverse array of artists covering the pop, hip-hop, reggae and jazz arenas. Amoeba Music has tickets for sale to the event. Pick them up at the Info Counter before they’re all gone!

jazzreggae festivalTaking place at UCLA’s Intramural Field, JazzReggae Festival is the largest, entirely student-produced-and-run event of its kind on the West Coast. The festival is divided into two days: the Jam Day May 26 and the Reggae Day May 27. Performers on the Jam Day will include indie dancehall-pop star Santigold, rap hero Common, underground hip-hop crew The Grouch & Eligh, R&B singer Jhene Aiko, and G.O.O.D. music affiliate and artist/producer Ryan McDermott. Reggae Day features reggae star Ziggy Marley, reggae and dancehall artists Barrington Levy and Mr. Vegas, and "Queen of Reggae" Marcia Griffiths. In addition, art exhibits and craft projects by local artists and collectives will be featured at the festival.

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Molly Ringwald to Perform at the GRAMMY Museum

Posted by Billy Gil, May 7, 2013 05:33pm | Post a Comment

Remember Sixteen Candles? What if instead of being so passive about her thing for hunky Jake Ryan, Molly Ringwald’s Samantha Baker serenaded him with “Don’t You Forget About Me” until he succumbed to her wiles?

molly ringwald except sometimesYou can hear that song and more when Ringwald performs at the GRAMMY Museum for The Drop, sponsored by Amoeba Music, on May 20 at 8:00 p.m. The singer and actress recently released her debut record, Except…Sometimes, a collection of standards and well as covers done in a jazz style, with song selection ranging from standards like "The Very Thought of You" to Madonna's "Sooner or Later" (written by Stephen Sondheim) to Simple Minds’ classic song.

Though she’s primarily known for her run of ’80s flicks directed by John Hughes and as a member of the Brat Pack, Ringwald has been singing since childhood, releasing her first album at the age of 6 called I Wanna Be Loved By You, Molly Sings. Her father also was a Dixieland musician in The Fulton Street Jazz Band, inviting Ringwald to sing onstage at the age of 3. She also has continued acting, starring over the past few years in the TV show “The Secret Life of the American Teenager”

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Interview: Hanni El Khatib

Posted by Billy Gil, May 7, 2013 11:02am | Post a Comment

hanni el khatibThere’s a fuck-all attitude to Hanni El Khatib’s music that makes his relatively straightforward garage rock so enjoyable. Maybe it’s that his songs are really catchy, pairing rock ‘n’ roll swagger with actual hooks. Or that he actually seems like a really cool guy, which I learned he is after interviewing him. Check out his second album, Head in the Dirt, produced by The Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach, which is out now on Innovative Leisure. He’s at S.F.’s Fillmore May 17 and L.A.’s Mayan Theater May 21, both with The Black Angels and Wall of Death.

PST: There’s a hint of desperation to the lyrics to some of these songs. I’m thinking of how “Family” starts with the lyric “I wanna be somebody else today” or the lyrics of songs like “Nobody Move” and “Pay No Mind.” Where do you get your lyrical inspiration?

hanni el khatib head in the dirtEl Khatib: Most of my lyrics are written in a very spontaneous way. Total stream of consciousness that I try to loosely connect to an underlying mood or theme. They usually reflect the mood I’m in at the moment, and since the record was written and recorded in such a short time-frame, I guess that’s just the place I was at.

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