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Weekly Roundup: OFF!, Antwon, Best Coast, Electric Flower Group

Posted by Billy Gil, March 28, 2014 08:56am | Post a Comment

OFF! Collaborate With Shepard Fairey on Record Store Day Cover

off! shepard faireyHardcore supergroup/purveyors of awesome minute-long songs OFF! have collaborated with artist Shepard Fairey (who did the Obama “Hope” poster, if you’ve been living under a rock inside a cave on a deserted island) for the cover of their Record Store Day 7” Learn to Obey. True to form, it’s fast, furious and over before you know it. It’s out on RSD, April 19. Read more about how this whole thing came together via Esquire—it should be no surprise that Fairey, who got his start as a street artist from the skateboarding scene, is a hardcore fan.

 

Antwon – “Rain Song” featuring Lil Ugly Mane, production by Shawn Kemp

antwon rain songAntwon’s goth-rap track “Rain Song” builds its dusky mood over a full minute before he or cohort Lil Ugly Mane deliver a single rhyme. Antwon, who used to be raps about devotion, temptation and increasing paranoia while Shawn Kemp’s cathedralesque production drips all over everything. Antown and co. recreate the feeling of being trapped, whether that’s physically during a rainstorm, or mentally (“He built up a wall to have somewhere to hide but anxiety’s coming from somewhere inside”). Heavy Hearted in Doldrums is due May 6.

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Join Us at the Pasadena City College Flea Market and Record Swap April 6

Posted by Billy Gil, March 26, 2014 04:23pm | Post a Comment

We’re back at one of the Southland’s biggest and best record swap meets.

The Pasadena City College Flea Market and Record Swap takes place on Sunday, April 6, from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Visit our booth in the Bonnie Street parking structure (Lot 5) on the third level for great deals on vinyl, from dollar LPs to collectible records. Admission is FREE, with parking available for $2 in student lots on the corner of Hill and Del Mar.

The PCC Flea Market boasts more than 400 vendors selling records, antiques, collectibles, tools, clothes, toys, food and more. LA Weekly has called it “the best source for used records in all of Southern California.” Come out and hang out with us!
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Join Us For First Fridays April 4 With Mikal Cronin and Tijuana Panthers

Posted by Billy Gil, March 26, 2014 03:33pm | Post a Comment

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Amoeba is once again sponsoring First Fridays at the Natural History Museum April 4 from 5 to 10 p.m.

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Mikal Cronin at Amoeba SF May 28, 2013

This time we’ll be treated to performances by power-pop dude Mikal Cronin and garage-rockers Tijuana

Panthers. Mikal Cronin’s MCII ended up on many year-end lists last year with its fuzzy pop gems reminiscent of bands like Teenage Fanclub, such as the effervescent “Shout It Out.” Tijuana Panthers play a doo-wop inspired brand of surf rock on albums like last year’s Semi Sweet; you can read my interview with Tijuana Panthers from a little while back here.

Bands will start at 8 p.m. Before that, there’ll be tours on tracking and trapping L.A.’s wildlife starting at 5 p.m. with Beth Werling, Collections Manager of NHM History Dept., and a discussion at 6:30 p.m. on what evolution tells us about modern life, with with Dr. Marlene Zuk. And KCRW DJs Anthony Valadez and Raul Campos will kick things off spinning tunes in the DJ lounge starting at 5:30 p.m.

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Album Picks: Future Islands, Lavender Country, Liars, Caetano Veloso

Posted by Billy Gil, March 25, 2014 09:23am | Post a Comment

Future Islands - Singles (LP, CD, Cassette or Download)

future islands singlesIt’s a gutsy move to call your album Singles, but in the case of Future Islands, their fourth album and first for 4AD, it’s appropriate. The album is packed with songs that are both immaculately written and catchy as hell, as Future Islands mine new wave and pop-rock for all they’re worth. Just as lead singer Samuel Herring’s dynamite performance style and swingin’ dance moves have won people over (David Letterman, famously), the band gives it their all on songs like “Seasons (Waiting On You).” Herring’s emotional, throaty tenor, which can warp into a growl in an instant, is given the perfect backdrop of stargazing new-wave rock that should bring together fans of everyone from Bruce Springsteen to The Cure to The Killers with lighter-waving glee. The synths of “Spirit” bring up memories of B-Movie's “Nowhere Girl,” but Herring’s unique voice keep Future Islands from ever veering into purely nostalgic territory. “A Song For Our Grandfathers” is dreamy yet packs an emotional punch. Herring seems to get more and more insistent over the sprightly “Light House,” almost completely out of step with the band, yet it works so much better than it would have if he played it straight, getting in your face and making it impossible to merely have the song on in the background. On “Like the Moon,” a sexy, pulsating groove gives Herring the chance to kill it vocally, crooning romantically. But his best vocal performance comes next, on “Fall From Grace”—over a simple waltz, Herring goes deep into the bowels of his voice to deliver a performance somewhere between Tom Waits, The National’s Matt Berniger and a black metal singer. Charisma like his doesn’t come around all the time, and as a band, Future Islands are smart enough to stay out of the way while crafting terrific songs that stand on their own. Before you know it, you’ve listened to Singles like five times and still can’t wait to hear it again.

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Amoeba Holds Sidewalk Sale April 5 From Noon to 5 p.m.

Posted by Billy Gil, March 24, 2014 06:24pm | Post a Comment

amoeba sidewalk saleAmoeba Hollywood is holding another great Sidewalk Sale this April 5 from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Just outside the store on Sunset Blvd., we’ll have deals including:

-Comic books at four for $1

-DVDs for $3, or buy three get one free (excluding DVD box sets)

-DVD box sets at $7, or two for $10

-Classical CD bargains

-Blu-rays at three for $12

-And more!

Don’t worry about getting too hot outside—Hubert's Lemonade will be on hand with free lemonade for thirsty shoppers. 

See y’all there!

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