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Amoeba Co-Presents Opening Night of 'Everything is Festival'

Posted by Billy Gil, August 6, 2013 03:10pm | Post a Comment

Everything is FestivalAggregators of all the stupid things people have taped Everything is Terrible! along with L.A.-based film organization Cinefamily are hosting their fourth "Everything is Festival," and Amoeba is co-presenting the opening night screening of Rewind This! Aug. 12.

Amoeba will be on hand with a booth selling rare, cultish and collectible VHS tapes, for those who want to get their own "Everything is Terrible!" on at home.

In the spirit of the website of its namesake, which includes found footage from infommercials, public access TV and other odds and ends, Everything is Festival IV: The Dreamquest will feature made-for-TV movie melds, esoteric documentaries, footage from forgotten, strange video games and more. Documentary Rewind This! covers the life (and afterlife) of VHS, including early, cheaply made direct-to-video features. It starts at 10 p.m., and tickets are $12; buy them here. Before that, at 7:30 p.m. the festival will screen Final Cut: Ladies and Gentlemen, a film stringing together clips from classic films into a new narrative; tickets for that are available here.

Watch the trailer of Rewind This! below.

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Album Picks: Pond, Minks, Pop. 1280, Blondes

Posted by Billy Gil, August 6, 2013 08:30am | Post a Comment

Pond - Hobo Rocket

pond hobo rocketBadass Zeppelin riffs barrel through guitar wash on "Whatever Happened to the Million Head Collide," the opening song on Pond's psychedlic, thrilling Hobo Rocket. Three members of fellow Aussie psych poppers Tame Impala and a revolving cast of others make up the amorphous pool that is Pond. The freewheeling nature of these songs reflects an obvious decision on the part of Pond's members to let loose and have a good time, but Pond's songs aren't messy or showy. "Xanman" is as catchy as anything in Tame Impala's catalog, those volcanic riffs burning into your skull as Nick "Paisley Adams" Allbrook screams about the guy who visits you in your sleep and other trippy ephemera. Though they touch on the psych greats of the past — "O Dharma" is a bit of Beatles fun circa Maharishi — the album doesn't feel too derivative. And anyway, Pond is more about the performances. The guitarists harmonize their notes like angels in the dreamier moments and duel like titans when they go full-bore, while Allbrook can coo like MGMT's Andrew VanWyngarden and screech like a Norse black metal singer. Even while seeming like the recordings of a bunch of friends hanging out for a bit and having some fun, Hobo Rocket is one of the best psychedelic rock releases of the year.
 
Pond Hobo Rocket CD $11.98
Pond Hobo Rocket LP $18.98

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Amoeba Music Co-Presents Cinespia Salon

Posted by Billy Gil, August 2, 2013 08:10am | Post a Comment

sublime frequencies

Presented by Cinespia and Amoeba Music, Cinespia will be holding an event to celebrate cult record label Sublime Frequencies on Aug. 6 at the Silent Movie Theater.

“Cinespia Salon: A Sublime Frequencies Celebration” starts at 7:30 and features a performance by Alvarius B. aka Alan Bishop of experimental rock heroes Sun City Girls and head of Sublime Frequencies. In addition, the films The Divine River: Ceremonial Pageantry In The Sahel and Vodoun Gods on the Slave Coast will screen. Following the screenings will be a party on the Silent Theater’s patio with hot tea, African snacks and Sublime Frequencies DJs spinning rare global tunes.

Tickets are available here.

Launched in 2003 by Bishop and Hisham Mayet, Seattle-based Sublime Frequencies has focused on releasing music little-heard in the United States from all over Southeast Asia, North Africa and the Middle East. From field recordings to international folk and pop, the label has released nearly 70 CDs, LPs and DVDs of obscure world music.

sun city girls
Sun City Girls

Bishop got his start with Sun City Girls in 1979 in Phoenix, logging more than 50 releases that touch on free improvisation, cult and spiritual music, and other esoteric forms of music. Combined with their performance art aesthetic, with ornate costumes and kabuki-style makeup, the group has remained a critical and cult favorite for years. The band ended in 2007, with the death of drummer and founding member Charles Gocher. The Aug. 6 event marks a one-off performance for Bishop.

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Weekly Roundup: The Goldberg Sisters, Daedelus, Haim, Roses

Posted by Billy Gil, August 1, 2013 02:52pm | Post a Comment

The Goldberg Sisters – “It Can Get You Down”

adam goldberg the goldberg sistersThe Goldberg Sisters are Adam Goldberg of acting fame (Dazed and Confused, Entourage etc.) and his sister, songwriter Celeste Goldberg. Only she’s his imagined twin a la Adaptation (I think). In any case, this first song from Goldberg’s third record is a nice bit of California bedroom pop that feels like waking up in a not unwanted haze, reminiscent of fellow So. Cal. bands like dios (malos) and Beachwood Sparks. Adam Goldberg’s beard (which also would’ve been a cool band name) seems more appropriate than ever, given the hippie vibes of “It Can Get You Down).” Stranger’s Morning is due Aug. 20 on apologymusic. Listen here.

 

 

 

 

Daedelus – “Paradiddle”

daedelusL.A. producer Daedelus aka Alfred Darlington has a new one coming out called Drown Out on Anticon Sept. 17. I listened to this while reading a terrifying story about a couple who had Googled pressure cookers and backpacks and were allegedly visited and questioned by police. The twisting and unpredictable nature of Daedelus’ synths and beats seemed to fit just well, full of paranoid-sounding tones and woozy movements. These are troubling times, indeed; luckily we have people like Daedelus soundtracking them for us.

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Say Hello to Amoeba at the LA Weekly Pancake Breakfast

Posted by Billy Gil, July 31, 2013 02:45pm | Post a Comment

la weekly pancake breakfastWhat if you were just surrounded by people giving you pancakes? What if they were all the best pancakes, selected by someone who really knows their stuff?

That dream is a reality! LA Weekly celebrates its third annual Pancake Breakfast Aug. 11 from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. The event will be held at former cathedral church Vibiana, in Downtown L.A., and is curated by Evan Kleiman of KCRW’s “Good Food.”

Amoeba will be on hand with a booth handing out goodies (non-edible goodies, we’ll leave that to the experts).

For $30, you get unlimited beverages from the bar (including alcoholic beverages for the 21+ crowd), samplings from more than 20 restaurants, entertainment and a free coffee cup! Tickets are on sale here.

Vibiana is located at 214 South Main St.

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