Enter to Win Tickets to CBGB Movie Premiere and Afterparty

Posted by Billy Gil, September 25, 2013 05:11pm | Post a Comment

cbgbNow's your chance for you and a guest to attend a screening of CBGB October 1st at the Hollywood Arclight Theater as well as an afterparty with the cast and a special musical performance.

Enter to win at Amoeba, Hollywood (contest entry box is on the 2nd floor) or send an email to with your name and phone number included. The winner will be notified on September 30th by phone, so include your daytime/best contact number.

cbgb soundtrackCBGB covers the founding of legendary punk club of the same name in New York in 1973 and its run hosting many of the most important bands of the punk era. It stars Alan Rickman as CBGB founder Hilly Kristal, Malin Akerman as Debbie Harry, Taylor Hawkins as Iggy Pop, Mickey Sumner as Patti Smith, Rupert Grint as Cheetah Chrome and Caleb Broom Mc Cotter as Wayne County, among others.

The soundtrack, due October 8th, pulls classic cuts from 20 artists who performed at the venue (preorder on CD or LP from Amoeba). The first LP pressing from Omnivore will be a 2xLP pink vinyl release. Purchase the soundtrack at Amoeba Hollywood and get a free movie poster (while they last!).

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Win a Gretsch Guitar and More From Amoeba Music

Posted by Billy Gil, September 25, 2013 01:03pm | Post a Comment

gretsch guitarThis latest Amoeba Music giveaway is a doozie—are you ready for it?

Now through October 19th, enter to win a Gretsch Electromatic Club Jet "outfit" (a $1,000+ retail value) from Truetone Music, Gretsch, Amoeba Music and Lux Lives L.A.

The beautiful Gretsch G5425 is jet black, has a fully carved top-chambered body and is part of the newly revamped Gretsch line. Truetone Music is including a case, tuner, set-up, guitar cable, Gretsch strap and T-shirt, plus other extras. It's free to enter, and the winner will be announced at the Lux LivesLA event at the Redwood Bar on October 20th, celebrating the life and music of legendary garage punk band The Cramps with performances, a prize wheel, Cramps collectibles and more. Tickets are on sale for that event at Amoeba Hollywood for $20 (plus a $2 service charge).

Enter to win at Amoeba Hollywood through October 19th. While you're there, please consider supporting our friends at Best Friends Animal Society with a donation. Best Friends works to eliminate the killing of animals in shelters through implementing spay/neuter and trap/neuter/return programs, as well as its no-kill Best Friends Animal Sanctuary and working with a network of animal shelters and rescue groups. Ticket sales from Lux LivesLA will also benefit Best Friends. Read more about the organization at

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Albums Picks: Drake, Chvrches, Mazzy Star, Frankie Rose

Posted by Billy Gil, September 24, 2013 10:19am | Post a Comment
Drake - Nothing Was The Same (CD or Deluxe CD)

drake nothing was the same cdDrake has gone from sensitive Canadian kid actor to the most popular MC in hip-hop. The worst you can say about him is that he’s not the best pure rapper out there and lacks street cred; that’s still true. But as songwriters go, they don’t get much better. Drake is a new kind of hip-hop star, one less concerned with a hard image than he is with making interesting music. Barring the debatable “Wu-Tang Forever,” this is some of his best material yet. “Started From the Bottom” take a cue from his bud The Weeknd with a relentlessly bleak backdrop and a weary tale of success, like he’s reached the top of the mountain barely breathing—it’s a hell of a way to start a blockbuster album. “Hold On We’re Going Home” has been all over radio, with good reason, like a hip-hop version of Daft Punk’s latest album, all throwback funk and good time vibes, with Drake’s typically lovelorn lyrics. Despite the flak Drake gets for his rapping, Nothing Was the Same features some of Drake’s best rhymes yet, only including a handful of guest spots (2 Chainz and Big Sean add some welcome outside voices on “All Me”) and instead delving deep into Aubrey Drake Graham’s psyche and insecurities. “I hate that mom’s cooped up in her apartment, tellin’ herself that she’s too sick to get dressed up and go do shit” he says on the wrenching “Too Much.” Drake breathlessly delivers “The Language” in triplet cadence and lightens the mood (“She just wanna smoke ‘n’ f*ck, I said, ‘girl that’s all that we do’”). By the time he delivers the line “just give it time, we’ll see who’s still around a decade from now” on epic closer “Tuscan Leather,” Drake’s got little left to prove. If the haters provide fuel for his fire, haters keep hatin’ cause Nothing Was the Same is a beautiful smackdown.

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Show Recap: Valerie June Live at Amoeba Hollywood

Posted by Billy Gil, September 20, 2013 06:09pm | Post a Comment

valerie june amoeba hollywoodValerie June started her Sept. 19 set at Amoeba Hollywood with little fanfare, playing guitar steadily and humming hypnotically to a stripped-down version of the title track to Pushin' Against a Stone (on CD or LP), the title track to her fourth and breakthrough album. On record, it's a fuzz-guitar laden soul number; live, June appeared solo, strumming her guitar and allowing her voice to grow slowly over time, moving from low and earthy to high and keening like Joanna Newsom's. "I ain't fit to be no mother" she sang on "Workin' Woman Blues," the album's awesome opener. Though her playing style was rudimentary, she got her point across, playing rough blues riffs and strumming open notes for a droning effect.

valerie june pushin against a stone lpEven with a big name producer on her album like The Black Keys' Dan Auerbach, Valerie June isn't an artist who's been polished to a professional sheen. She still came off as an eccentric, saying little and hiding behind sunglasses. While she sometimes played furiously and sang her heart out, it seemed as though she was playing to herself, alone in a room—something that didn't hurt her performance, but rather made it all the more curious.

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Weekly Roundup: Cass McCombs, Glasser, Obliterations and More

Posted by Billy Gil, September 19, 2013 04:16pm | Post a Comment

Cass McCombs – “Brighter” (feat. Karen Black)

cass mccombsActress Karen Black died from cancer last month. Before she passed, she recorded this great song with singer Cass McCombs, who also dueted with Black on the memorable “Dreams-Come-True-Girl,” the opener to 2009’s Catacombs. In this song from the upcoming Big Wheel and Others, Black takes the lead, her voice sounding lively and wild. For fans of Black, this posthumous release is a beautiful gift. The 22-song Big Wheel and Others is due Oct. 15 on Domino, listen to “Brighter” below and “There Can Only Be One” here. McCombs will be at Pappy & Harriet’s in Pioneertown Nov. 12, L.A.’s The Echo Nov. 14 and S.F.’s Great American Music Hall Nov. 15.


Glasser – “Design” video

glasser interiorsThe video for the second single from L.A.-based Glasser’s upcoming Interiors album (preorder on CD or LP) features Glasser’s Cameron Mesirow in a futuristic Mad Men dress dancing with an animated sculpture. It reinforces the message: This is electro-pop fit for a museum, not just the dancefloor. Interiors is due Oct. 8 on True Panther/Matador.

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