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Amoeba and Moheak's Song of the Week: Rachael Cantu's 'Trailer Trash'

Posted by Billy Gil, April 8, 2013 09:00am | 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 Rachael Cantu’s entrancing cover of Modest Mouse’s “Trailer Trash,” from her new album, the aptly titled Covers. Read more about that release here, which is available at Amoeba.com. Despite being acoustic, Cantu’s version doesn’t soften Modest Mouse’s spare, biting original, putting lyrics like “eating snow flakes with plastic forks” front and center and making them feel like hard truths. “Trailer Trash” originally appeared on Modest Mouse’s excellent 1997 album, The Lonesome Crowded West.

Rachael Cantu Covers AmoebaA 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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Show Recaps: The Milk Carton Kids, Dirt Dress, Femme Soup

Posted by Billy Gil, April 7, 2013 12:36pm | Post a Comment

Milk Carton Kids AmoebaLots of shows in recent days. The Milk Carton Kids recently took the stage at Amoeba Hollywood, giving fans a healthy dose of their acoustic, Simon & Garfunkel-influenced story-folk. Though still relatively unknown, the band has cultivated a healthy following for the Eagle Rock-based duo, garnering fans of like-minded L.A. venues Largo and Hotel Cafe. Their soft, mellowed-out sound contrasts with their comedic, center-stage personalities, inviting you to come sit by their campfire and hear them spin a yarn and sing a tune. Milk Carton Kid Joey Ryan regaled the audience with the history of the ampersand, much to the delight of a few fawning girls in the front, proving that a cute guy with a guitar can literally discuss typographical history and young girls will swoon. They sang the countryish “Honey Honey,” with Kenneth Pattengale really going to town on his miniature acoustic guitar, with the top of it wrapped in a cloth napkin for maximum intimacy. Ryan bragged about his quick fingerpicking and delivered it with finesse on a bluegrass-colored song. He said the band grew up shopping for records at Amoeba, and it was now “quite an honor” to be playing at the store. Pattengale mocked Ryan’s consistently deadpan tone, saying, “Guys, I’m so f*ckin’ thrilled.” “That’s not a good impression,” Ryan quipped back. They sang a few morose tunes to close the set, joking that everyone thinks they’re from Michigan because of their melancholy folk sound. They’ll be at the Largo Theater May 8 and 9. See more picture of their performance here.

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Weekly Roundup: Weekend, Western Lows, Army Navy

Posted by Billy Gil, April 4, 2013 06:05pm | Post a Comment

Weekend Releases “Mirror,” Album Due in July

Weekend bandBay Area shoegazers Weekend have a cool album and couple of EPs under their belt, but they look to take it to the next level with their next release, Jinx. Contrary to their prior quick-hitting, Jesus & Mary Chain-inspired guitar squalls, the slow-burning “Mirror” takes more than a minute to get going and unfolds at a gentle pace, with vocals only appearing after two out of its five minutes. But it’s anything but boring; rather, it hypnotizes you from the outset with droning, ethereal synths so its nuances hit even harder, like that cool heavy-guitar chorus, eerie background synth and krautrockish beat and bassline. Increased depth and confidence go a long way here toward expanding and improving their sound without dramatically changing it. Jinx is due July 23 on Slumberland.

 

 

Western Lows Unveil “Icicles,” Album Due in June

Western LowsL.A. indie pop band Western Lows thankfully go for subtle on “Icicles,” a track from their forthcoming album Glacial, due June 4 on Jaxart. It’s the kind of song that doesn’t slam you with hooks or tricks but gradually gets under your skin, making it infinitely more intriguing than a lot of indie pop. The sound touches on shoegaze and new wave, with a Robert Smith-esque vocal delivery and a heavy, rolling bass, but they also seem intent on paving their own way and using the aforementioned genres as mere entryways. I’d say it was cool, if that wasn’t an accidental, awful pun. They’re at the Satellite April 15, The Redbury May 15 and the Jubilee Festival June 8.

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Check Out Amoeba at First Fridays on 4/5 and Pick Up a Discounted Gift Certificate

Posted by Billy Gil, April 4, 2013 03:30pm | Post a Comment

This Friday, April 5, Amoeba will be on hand at First Fridays at the Natural History Museum in Los Angeles. We’ll be selling $20-for-$15 gift certificates (limit four per person) and giving away other goodies. The first 30 people who come to our table and say “boogaloo” get a free Amoeba T-shirt!

The show this Friday features electronic composer Dan Deacon and art-rockers Japanther, as well as talks on the periodic table, with hands-on activities and discussions as to how the periodic table relates to the arts, history and mythology. The discussions start at 5 p.m. and run until 7 p.m., while the performances go from 8-10 p.m. Meanwhile the DJ lounge will feature KCRW’s Anthony Valadez and a DJ set from L.A.-based indie pop duo Kisses from 5:30-10 p.m.

Pre-sale tickets for this event are sold out, but a limited number of  tickets will be available at the Museum’s South Entrance the day of the event starting at 5:00pm.

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Tickets on Sale at Amoeba Hollywood to Red Bull Thre3Style: U.S. National Finals DJ Competition

Posted by Billy Gil, April 2, 2013 05:00pm | Post a Comment

Redbull competitionAmoeba Hollywood has tickets to DJ competition the 2013 U.S. National Finals, hosted by Red Bull Thre3Style. The 21+ show takes place Friday, April 5, at Hollywood club LURE, located just around the corner from the store. Tickets are available at Amoeba Hollywood for only $20 (with no service fee).

The competition will feature six acclaimed American DJs, will be judged by DJs Jazzy Jeff, Z-Trip and A-Trak, and will also feature a DJ set from producer and performer Mark Ronson after the competition. The winner of the competition will go on to represent the U.S. in the Red Bull Thre3style World Championship in Toronto, Canada, in November.

The DJs featured in the competition and their city of origin are as follows: Trentino (Chicago), DJ Phish (Philadelphia), Konflikt (Miami), Donnie Dee (Dallas), DJ Scene (Las Vegas) and Aroc (Orlando). Their sets will consist of one 15-minute performance apiece, with a minimum of three genres per set. DJs are judged based on track selection, creativity, mixing skills, stage presence and crowd reaction.

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