Cancer hasn’t gotten Sharon Jones down. The lead singer of the slammin’ Dap-Kings has never sounded livelier or feistier than on Give the People What They Want—she’s still the hardest-working woman in show biz’, a spiritual successor to James Brown and Tina Turner. “Stranger to My Happiness” is a classic Dap-Kings groover along the lines of “Tell Me,” an ecstatic ode to moving on from whatever’s holding you back. Some of the band’s best songs have often focused on forward momentum and feminist sentiment, and that’s reflected in songs like the sassy, Led Zeppelin-esque kiss-off “You’ll Be Lonely.” But there’s almost unbridled optimism here, too, on the touching soul ballad “We Get Along,” an ode to enduring love and contender for the soundtrack to renewing your vows, if ever there was a song for that. “Making Up and Breaking Up” is classic Motown on the nose, and it’s great—you won’t be able to get it out of your head. Give the People What They Want truly lives up to its name. It’s just one jammer after another, and proof that adversity makes us stronger. Come get your copy of the album signed by Sharon Jones at Amoeba Hollywood Wednesday, January 15 at 6 p.m.!
Damaged Bug – “Eggs at Night”
Welcome back, Weekly Roundup! How I’ve missed you. Did you miss me? I hope you had a great holiday and New Year. I have some sad news, which is that the most rollicking, prolific garage band in SF, Thee Oh Sees, are no more (at least for now), frontman John Dwyer recently announced. The good news is that Dwyer, never one to sit idly for more than a few moments, has a new solo album due under the moniker Damaged Bug. And it doesn’t really sound anything like Thee Oh Sees, but it does sound very good. According to promotional material, Hubba Bubba, due Feb. 25 on Castle Face, was made with “synthesizers, drum machines, and assorted hand-made electronics.” That’s certainly what it sounds like on this first taste, “Eggs at Night.”
POW! – “Hope Dealers”
Speaking of Castle Face, on Jan. 14 they’ll release High Tech Boom by the SF band POW! The spaced out menace of “Hope Dealers,” which hurls forth on nervous post-punk riffs and overflowing sci-fi synths, seems to spoof the bougie, techy side of SF with its retro-futuristic slant. It feels exhilarating to hear some angry youths from up there. Check it out on BrooklynVegan.
The monthly showcase, which takes place in cities around the world, is curated by local luminaries. This month's show is presented in partnership with IAMSOUND.
The show is $3 with an RSVP here (Facebook doesn't count) and $12 without, at the door. There's no presale. The show is 21+ and doors are at 8 p.m.
Amoeba is curating the next L.A. Sound Select show in February. Check back at the Amoeblog to see details on that event soon!
The showcase aims to present emerging artists to the community in career-launching spots. All proceeds from the night go toward supporting the local artists who open the shows. Past artists in the series have included Diiv, Wavves, Yacht and local favorites like HOTT MT, Wildcat! Wildcat! and Incan Abraham.
Amoeba Hollywood is holding another Sidewalk Sale just outside the store, with lots of DVD and Blu-ray deals this time.
On Jan. 18 from 12 to 5 p.m., bargains will include:
- DVDs for $3 (or buy three, get one free, excluding DVD box sets)
- DVD box sets at $7, or two for $10
- Blu-ray Discs at three for $12
- Clearance CDs at buy one, get one free
- 45” grab bags at 10 for $3
- Deals on classical CDs and LPs
Additionally, look for deals on discounted LPs, cassettes, T-shirts and more!
All sidewalk sales are final. Store credit cannot be used to purchase items from the sidewalk sale. Prices apply to sidewalk sale stock only and this offer is only while supplies last.
Since Stephen Malkmus ditched the likely lucrative reunion of his legendary band Pavement to continue on with his Jicks project, which released their great album Wig Out at Jagbags this week, I thought it a good time to look back at the band reunions that have popped up this new millennium. Though these reunions have both delighted and horrified fans, sometimes at the same time, a few have been so solid that it’s like our favorite bands never left us. Now get on it, Cocteau Twins!
1. Dinosaur Jr.
Dinosaur Jr. frontman J Mascis and bassist/Sebadoh frontman Lou Barlow buried the hatchet in the 2000s, formally reuniting with longtime drummer Murph in 2005 to play on The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson and tour. They subsequently have released three terrific albums. If you were a fan of Dinosaur Jr. but haven’t checked out any of the albums from Dino. Jr. 2.0 (gross), do it now, as they’re as good as anything the band released during its heyday. 2012’s I Bet on Sky featured the kind of more chilled-out (yet still distortion-laden) songwriting you might expect from alt-rock elder statesmen, while 2007’s Beyond felt like lighting a match in a room full of gas, exploding with bottled up riffs and energy. Lou Barlow, whose own Sebadoh reunion also ranks as one of the better ones of the 2000s, makes his first contributions to the songwriting on these albums since 1987’s You’re Living All Over Me, and the band is better for it. Combined with their live shows, which are lessons in ear-splitting noise only bested by the next band on this list, it makes them the best reunited band of the new millennium!