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Two New Videos Today: Lana Del Rey's "Ultraviolence" and Janelle Monae's "Electric Lady"

Posted by Billy Gil, July 30, 2014 09:43am | Post a Comment

lana del rey ultraviolence videoTwo of our more exciting pop stars released new videos today.

Lana Del Rey has unveiled a video for the title track to her recently released Ultraviolence. Like the album itself, "Ultraviolence" hushes critics by revealing new layers to her gangster Nancy Sinatra sound, piling layers of Lana over gorgeous orchestration to paint a beautiful tapestry. Perhaps the Crystals-reffing lyrics are a bit silly—"give me all of that ultraviolence" isn't a particularly appealing line—but they sound good coming out of her mouth, and the music itself is immaculate. In this video, Del Rey engages in a soft-focus, Instragrammable wedding. It's typically campy but also sweet—the lone titillation comes from Del Rey licking her soon-to-be hubby's fingers, pretty tame by her standards. Check it out below:

 

janelle monae electric lady videoMeanwhile, Janelle Monae also released a video for the title track to her last album, the still-great Electric Lady. In it, Monae is hosting a party with like-minded ladies including Esperanza Spalding (who collaborates with Monae on the album's "Dorothy Dandridge Eyes"), Kimbra, T-Boz, Monica and Estelle. Rapper T.I. also makes a cameo. I don't see her cohort in this song, Solange—maybe she's still trying to lay low after that whole Beyonce/Jay Z/elevator thing. Still, looks like a fun party for a great tune. Anyone else need (not want) that skull record player?

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Weekly Wednesday Steal Debuts at Amoeba With Boards of Canada's 'In a Beautiful Place'

Posted by Billy Gil, July 29, 2014 02:12pm | Post a Comment

boards of canada in a beautiful place out in the country lpThis week Amoeba is debuting its Weekly Wednesday Steal, in which we’ll have some awesome product for only $10 on Amoeba.com.

This first week we’ll have Scottish electronica duo’s Boards of Canada gorgeous In a Beautiful Place Out in the Country for $10 on July 30. The EP is considered one of Boards of Canada’s best releases, if not its best ever.

A new item will be featured on Amoeba.com every Wednesday for $10. As always, there’s free shipping on all music and movies you buy on Amoeba.com throughout the United States.

Watch a fan video for In a Beautiful Place’s “Amo Bishop Roden” below:

'Hot August Bikes' Gets Moving Aug. 17 at Amoeba Hollywood

Posted by Billy Gil, July 29, 2014 01:00pm | Post a Comment

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hot august bikes amoebaOn Sunday, Aug. 17 from noon to 5 p.m., Amoeba Music is holding its first ever Hot August Bikes event at the Ivar parking lot, just down a half-block from the store.

The event will feature DJs, food and drinks, bicycle-related workshops, a prize wheel and raffle tickets for prizes from Sole Bicycle, Bern Helmets and more! We’ll be celebrating bike culture in partnership with the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition (LACBC), which works to raise awareness about the proposed bike lanes on Hollywood Blvd. LACBC will also provide bike valet service, and you can sign up to become a member on site.

The bike-a-licious prizes we’ll be raffling off include a grand prize of the beautiful Sole Bicycle pictured below, plus cool Bern helmets, limited edition bike gear, $100 Converse gift certificates, gift certificates to local restaurants and Amoeba, concert tickets and more.

Hot August Bikes at Amoeba Hollywood

Look out for free treats from Hubert’s Lemonade, Roots Hummus, Ice Cream Ian, Hollywood Farmer’s Market, Pure Luck Vegan and Bicycle Coffee.

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Check Out Karen O's New Video For "Rapt"

Posted by Billy Gil, July 29, 2014 12:15pm | Post a Comment

karen o rapt videoYeah Yeah Yeahs frontwoman Karen O has a new video for the song "Rapt," which will be on her forthcoming first solo album, Crush Songs. You can download the song now on Amoeba.com, and you can preorder the album on LP now.

Directed by her husband, Barney Clay, the gorgeous video shows Karen O underwater in slow motion, occasionally illuminated and sometimes obscured. I recommend pausing every now and then; each shot seemingly could be an impressionist painting.

Check out the video below:

karen o crush songs lpThe acoustic, dreamy "Rapt" can be found on Crush Songs, which will be released Sept. 9 via Julian Casablancas' label, Cult. Read Karen O's description of her new album in a note she wrote below, via her website:

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Amoeba Music Curates Red Bull Sound Select Show With Tanlines, SISU and Roses Aug. 20

Posted by Billy Gil, July 29, 2014 11:41am | Post a Comment

tanlines roses sisu red bull sound select amoebaAmoeba Music is curating the next Red Bull Sound Select show in Los Angeles, featuring indie-pop acts Tanlines, SISU and Roses, at The Sayers Club in Los Angeles Aug. 20 at 8 p.m. The show is 21+ and tickets are only $3 with RSVP.

Brooklyn-based electronica duo Tanlines released their excellent debut record, Mixed Emotions, in 2012 to critical acclaim. The band is currently working on its new album, recording it here in L.A.

SISU is the shoegaze-pop project of Sandra Vu, the drummer for Dum Dum Girls. SISU released the dreamy Blood Tears last year. You can read my interview with SISU here.

Roses is the new project featuring Abe Vigoda guitarist Juan Velasquez, who release their first EP, the new wave-flavored Dreamlover, Aug. 5.

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