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Dream Boys Usher in Fall with Autumnal Debut

Posted by Billy Gil, October 1, 2013 03:31pm | Post a Comment

dream boys los angelesThere’s nothing to signify the leaves changing color the wind getting crisper than some cool jangly rock ‘n’ roll. L.A.’s Dream Boys deliver that in spades on their self-titled debut (check it out on CD or LP). Songs like “Sometimes” breeze through with shimmering guitars and sweet, swoony harmonies, calling to mind a post-punk Byrds or Southern Californian Stone Roses. Few bands dig into this sound so thoroughly, with a wonderfully patient, languid quality, making Dream Boys a standout record even among a crowded field.

I sat down for a minute to talk to these dreamy So. Cal. boys about their somnambulist sound.

PST: It’s hard to find out much about you guys from the Internet! Why don't you just tell me in brief about yourselves—when did you form, why did you form, who does what in the band, and are you native Angelenos or from other parts?

Wayne Faler: We formed a little over a year ago. There are three songwriters. Band members are Wayne Faler and Wallace Meek on guitars and vocals, Will Ivy on bass and vocals, and Mike La Franchi on drums. Mike is from the Northern California. Wallace is from Scotland, Wayne is from Michigan, and Will is a Southwest guy via San Francisco. We formed the band after meeting while playing in other bands. We wanted to combine a certain set of influences that really spoke to us and present them in a more modern way.

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Amoeba Sponsors The Drop: Linda Thompson at the Grammy Museum Oct. 15

Posted by Billy Gil, September 30, 2013 05:52pm | Post a Comment

linda thompsonAmoeba Music is proud to be a sponsor of The Drop at the Grammy Museum featuring folk legend Linda Thompson on October 15th at 8 p.m. Tickets are $20 and are available here.

Thompson rose to prominence in the mid-’70s with a run of albums recorded with her then-husband, former Fairport Convention member Richard Thompson (recorded as Richard & Linda Thompson). Following the dissolution of their marriage, Thompson was diagnosed with a rare condition known as hysterical dysphonia, causing her to lose her voice. She returned in 1985 with the solo album One Clear Moment, then largely disappeared from the public eye until returning in the early 2000s with a pair of solo albums. In 2007 she released Versatile Heart, with guest appearances by Martha Wainwright and Antony Hegarty of Antony and the Johnsons, among others.

Her latest album, Won’t Be Long Now, will be released on October 15th, the same day as her appearance at the Grammy Museum, where she’ll appear with vice president of The GRAMMY Foundation and MusiCares Scott Goldman to discuss her music and the new record.

Album Picks: Haim, Justin Timberlake, Yuck

Posted by Billy Gil, September 30, 2013 10:16am | Post a Comment

HAIM - Days Are Gone (CD or LP)

haim days are gone lpL.A. sister trio HAIM have seemingly been around so long, it’s hard to believe Days Are Gone is only their debut LP. That’s due to the band trickling out singles throughout the year that that have gotten better and better, all of which are included here. “Falling” moves on an echoing drum pulse and middle sister Danielle Haim’s husky, breathy vocals, falling somewhere between Christine McVie and Fiona Apple, and careful, creeping guitar riffs. “Forever” moves on an ’80s R&B shuffle, while the sisters’ back-and-forth vocal aerobics and harmonies employed Este, Danielle and Alana Haim showcase their greatest strength—the inborn chemistry fostered by playing in a band together since childhood. Their best song yet, “The Wire,” is bold enough to get called a Shania Twain knockoff by Portishead’s Geoff Barrow—they must be doing something right. Its Gary Glitter strut allows Danielle to really vamp and play the relieved ex-lover with glee, while youngest sister Alana steals the show with her swaggery second verse. The rest of Days Are Gone isn’t as strong as that dynamite opening, but even when the songs feel overstuffed, the sisters’ boundless energy makes the entire thing such an entertaining ride that you won’t mind the occasional whiplash. The details really make it worthwhile—the way the guitars pulse like they’re emulating synthesizers on “If I Could Change Your Mind,” the crazy, warped Miami Sound Machine-style vocals on the title track. We haven’t had a pop band like this in years, one with both the smarts and technical capability to call to mind classic pop acts from Fleetwood Mac through Destiny’s Child in one feel swoop. And Days Are Gone will no doubt make young women everywhere ask for guitars and pull their sisters into jam sessions. For that alone, we’re thankful for HAIM.

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Weekly Roundup: Michael Vidal, Tropic of Cancer, Cold Beat, Turbo Lightning, Wymond Miles, Spaceships

Posted by Billy Gil, September 26, 2013 05:45pm | Post a Comment

Michael Vidal – “Dreams (Come Back to Me)” – Free Download

michael vidal dream centerThe members of L.A. darkwave rockers Abe Vigoda have recently been focusing on other projects, including dream pop bands Roses and Dunes. Now lead singer Michael Vidal has unveiled a gorgeous collection of songs called Dream Center. “Dreams (Come Back to Me)” hums along on muted guitar and Vidal’s swooning baritone, sounding a bit like a Christine McVie-led Fleetwood Mac track until the groove goes full-tilt with a gleaming guitar rush at the end. Download it free from Amoeba.

 

 

 

 

Tropic of Cancer – “Plant Lilies at My Head” video

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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 contest@amoeba.com 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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