Show Recap: Peaches at Amoeba Hollywood

Posted by Billy Gil, October 2, 2015 04:30pm | Post a Comment

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You missed a wild one if you weren’t at Amoeba Hollywood Thursday evening.

peaches rub lpElectro-pop goddess Peaches lamented eating cheez-its as she emerged from backstage. Wiping her hands on her tasteful (by Peaches’ standards) green shirt-dress, the singer launched right into a short set of songs from her latest release, Rub, an album that aims squarely for the controversy button like a mosquito drawn to a bloody nipple (listen to Rub and you’ll understand why such graphic imagery is appropriate).

She whipser-rapped lyrics that swirl together the political with gender role play over a minimalist electro throb on the title track. She twerked over the lo-fi hip hop beat of “Dick in the Air,” swinging the mic and starting a dance party in the process. For her third and final track, Peaches invited a special guest onstage: Jarvis Cocker. (Or at least a cardboard cut-out of the Pulp singer.) With an Amoebite helping Jarvis dance his cardboard heart out, Peaches reveled in the raunchy “Vaginoplasty” and unleashed her powerful singing voice, an oft-overlooked tool in her arsenal. With that, Peaches was gone … but not without one final shock, pulling her pants down to reveal underwear fitted with a nipple.

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Album Picks: Deafheaven, Wavves, Girls Names, Shopping

Posted by Billy Gil, October 2, 2015 12:28pm | Post a Comment

Deafheaven - New Bermuda

deafheaven new bermuda lpDeafheaven’s fusion of black metal, shoegaze and post-rock continues to grow richer and bolder on their third album. Following the crossover success of their much-celebrated second album, Sunbather, it may have been tempting for the band to trim off their rough edges — namely, the black metal influence that accounts for a large part of their sound — to focus on the more accessible parts. The fact that they didn’t speaks highly of their integrity, sure, but it’s also ensured Deafheaven stays an original. With five extended tracks, New Bermuda feels like one massive, evolving piece, making it easier to point to moments rather than entire songs that speak to you — the way “Luna” folds melodic chords into its double-bass barrage and ends up in a scenic place as lovely as anything on Souvlaki or Agaetis Byrjun; or how “Come Back” clears the way for Kerry McCoy’s chugging power chords and harmonic descending scales and George Clark’s shriek from the depths; or “Baby Blue’s” heroic, Pumpkinsy wah-wahed solos. Any metal fan can extoll the genre’s ability to soothe not in spite of, but because of its brutality and decibel level. There’s something about the music’s capacity to overwhelm and obliterate outside noise, memories, anxiety and trauma that’s rather unparalleled. Deafheaven’s commitment to bringing that sound into an indie-rock setting and vice versa has helped make them the best and most important metal crossover act since Metallica. Whatever your preferred noise is in which to lose yourself, New Bermuda is a crucial meeting point.

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Kurt Cobain's 'Montage of Heck' Soundtrack Up for Preorder

Posted by Billy Gil, October 1, 2015 02:59pm | Post a Comment

kurt cobain montage of heck soundtrackThe soundtrack to the Kurt Cobain doc Montage of Heck, featuring a score of Cobain’s home demos, will be released on Nov. 13 on CD and Super Deluxe CD and Dec. 11 on double LP. You can preorder the soundtrack on now.

Montage Of Heck: The Home Recordings features short demos, experiments and snippets of tunes that would end up as songs on Nirvana albums according to Rolling Stone. The regular CD version has 13 tracks, while the deluxe LP version has 31.

The super deluxe CD version also includes a deluxe edition of the film, with 48 minutes of bonus interviews, as well as a 160-page hardbound book with interviews, a puzzle, movie poster, postcards and a bookmark. It’s the only way to get the 31-track version of the album on CD.

The regular Montage of Heck DVD and Blu-ray also come out Nov. 13. Also seeing release is a Cobain 7” featuring a cover of The Beatles“And I Love Her,” backed by an early demo called “Sappy.” You can pick up the 7” at Amoeba stores on Nov. 20. Meanwhile, Nirvana's self-titled greatest hits album will see release on a double-LP Nov. 13.

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9 Awesome Albums That Came Out This Week

Posted by Billy Gil, September 25, 2015 06:30pm | Post a Comment

This week was a huge one for new releases. Instead of doing my usual handful of album picks, I’m picking out nine that stand out.


Chvrches - Every Open Eye

chvrches every open eye lpScottish trio Chvrches made electro-pop gems splattered with emotion on their beguiling debut. For album No. 2, they just get craftier, creating songs that sound like the soundtrack to your wildest dreams. “Never Ending Circles” opens the album on a note of big, open-armed camaraderie, the kind of drinking song or team anthem that’s nearly impossible to pull off. That sense of momentum carries through song after song. “Leave a Trace” finds frontwoman Lauren Mayberry’s vocals at their strongest — hers is the kind of voice that makes it impossible to feel lonely or sad when you’re listening to it. “Keep You On My Side” is a hi-NRG-inspired jam that calls to mind the best of Erasure or early Depeche Mode with its fluttering synths, but its hard-hitting beat updates the sound for the EDM generation. Every Open Eye doesn’t quite have a song that lands with the same power as “The Mother We Share” or “Gun,” but The Bones of What You Believe was an album of peaks and valleys, whereas this one is a steadier ride, coasting on the band’s increased confidence. It’s life-embracing pop music of the highest order, something we all need from time to time.

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Weekly Roundup: Wavves, James Ferraro, Hazel English, The Mantles, Froth, Gun Outfit

Posted by Billy Gil, September 25, 2015 10:00am | Post a Comment

Wavves – “Pony”

wavvesThe third track we’ve heard from Wavves’ upcoming V is the catchiest of the pack, a lovelorn jam that sneaks soul-searching lyrics into its surging power-pop chords. V is due Oct. 2 on Ghost Ramp/Warner.


James Ferraro – “Skid Row”

james ferraroAs avant-R&B artist James Ferraro may have based his last album, the neo-brutalist NYC HELL 3am, on a bleak view of the NYC landscape, the first song off his new album pulls a similar feat with his adopted second home of L.A. “Skid Row” feels like an art-damaged, half-awake reading of our particular version of urban decay, of 7-Elevens and acid rain and hip-hop beats rumbling in the distance and something beautiful (or sinister) lurking in the hallway. Recorded in L.A., Skid Row is due Nov. 13 on Break World.

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