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Amoeba Sponsors La Santa Cecilia at The Grammy Museum March 5

Posted by Billy Gil, February 26, 2014 10:09am | Post a Comment

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Amoeba sponsors THE DROP: La Santa Cecilia at the GRAMMY Museum on March 5 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $20 and are available here.

The show will be hosted by Scott Goldman, vice president of The GRAMMY Foundation and MusiCares, and will include a discussion with the band in which they answer audience questions, as well as a performance of select songs.

Los Angeles-based Mexican-American band La Santa Cecilia have built a solid reputation on their thoughtful blend of many traditional Latino forms of music, from cumbia to bossa nova and boleros, with influences from American musicians like Janis Joplin and Led Zeppelin. Featuring the throaty, emotive vocals of lead singer Marisol "La Marisoul" Hernandez, the band is also known for their terrific live shows, having graced the stage of Amoeba Hollywood in 2012. You can watch the entire performanc here.

The band recently won the Best Latin Rock, Urban or Alternative Album Grammy for their first EP, Treinta Dias, released last year—they dedicated that win to the 11 million or so undocumented immigrants living in the United States, a subject they passionately cover in the video for their song "Ice El Hielo."  The band is set to release its first full-length Someday New March 3; you can preorder it on CD now. The album includes seven newly penned tracks plus new versions of older songs and covers, including a Spanglish rendition of The Beatles' "Strawberry Fields Forever."

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Join Amoeba at First Fridays March 7 With San Fermin, wild Up, Son Lux

Posted by Billy Gil, February 26, 2014 09:36am | Post a Comment

Join Amoeba Music for March's edition of First Fridays! Once a month, Los Angeles's Natural History Museum stays open late and features live music, excitingFirst Fridays, NHM, Natural History Museum, Los Angeles, LA scientific discussion, and behind-the-scenes curatorial tours as part of the First Fridays program. Amoeba is excited to sponsor this fabulous series of live music, discussion, concessions, tours, DJs and more.

Join us on March 7 from 5-10 p.m. for live performances from San Fermin, wild Up and Son Lux starting at 8 p.m., with DJs Anthony Valadez and DJ Wisacre starting at 5:30, and tours with Dr. Greg Pauly and Dr. Brad Shaffer and a discussion with Shaffer before the show!

Look for the Amoeba booth, where we'll be handing out free swag and selling Amoeba merch. Plus, we'll have Happy Hour gift certificates for sale at the booth. You know, our killer deal where you can buy a $20 Amoeba gift certificate for just $10 (limit 2 per person).

San Fermin is a New York-based orchestral pop band who released their self-titled debut last year, featuring the brilliant songwriting of Ellis Ludwig-Leone and powerful, operatic female vocals. They're paired with wild Up, a raw, neo-classical collective from Los Angeles, and Son Lux, aka New York-based Ryan Lott, who crafts alternative pop flavored with post-rock and hip-hop elements, exemplified on the recent Lanterns LP.

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Album Picks: St. Vincent, Schoolboy Q, Beck, Wild Beasts, Neneh Cherry

Posted by Billy Gil, February 25, 2014 10:30am | Post a Comment

St. Vincent - St. Vincent (LP or CD)

st. vincent st. vincent lp amoebaSt. Vincent’s absolutely breathtaking new album begins, as Annie Clark’s previous albums have, like some unearthly musical. Clark seemingly touches down from another planet, asking “am I the only one in the world?” on opener “Rattlesnake” amid all manner of alien guitar and strange percussive squelches. “Birth in Reverse” similarly paints a vivid picture, starting with the lines “Oh what an ordinary day …  take out the garbage, masturbate.” “Birth in Reverse” explodes into an extraordinary, paranoid chorus of restless glee. Clark’s way with words has never been more cutting, as on “Prince Johnny,” which manages to be strikingly specific while keeping its deeper existential meaning vague (“Remember that time we snorted/That piece of the Berlin Wall you extorted?” is her best rhyming couplet yet.) Even her ballads bite—“I prefer your love to Jesus” is a thoroughly loaded line repeated on “I Prefer Your Love,” giving depth and conflict to what’s on the surface a beautiful, Kate Bush-inspired love song. Musically, Clark employs everything from decaying choruses (“Prince Johnny”) to hip-hop synths (“Huey Newton”) to Prince-esque atonal funk (“Digital Witness”), but it’s a remarkably cohesive listen, as though each element has been thoroughly considered and sanded down to perfection. As implied by naming her fourth album simply St. Vincent, it’s an album that seems to be about truly knowing oneself—or the thrilling discoveries that come with a lifetime of seeking that knowledge.

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Show Recap: Sky Ferreira at Amoeba Hollywood

Posted by Billy Gil, February 21, 2014 11:11am | Post a Comment

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A line stretched around the block Feb. 19 to see Sky Ferreira play at Amoeba Hollywood. Walking out looking like some starlet from a Gregg Araki movie in a leather jacket, plaid schoolgirl skirt, sunglasses and sky ferreira night time my time lp amoebaa goofy cap, Ferreira exuded oddball, outsider charm as she lauched into a handfull of tracks from her excellent debut album, Night Time, My Time. She started with the Janet Jackson-meets-Zola Jesus style "24 Hours," a highlight of the album that perfectly captures her melancholy, hedonistic youth aesthetic. Following was "Ain't Your Right," with its gender-bending lyrics and industrial beat. "You're Not the One" let Ferreira show off her smoky, soaring vocals. Ferreira looked like she was having a great time, giggling and throwing a water bottle into the crowd, and decided to stay for one more song, pulling out a surprise with early breakthrough single "Everything Is Embarrassing," from the Ghost EP. For those of us who didn't get to see her open for Miley Cyrus, the show felt like a special treat, a glimpse of an emerging talent on the verge of exploding.

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Album Picks: Angel Olsen, Phantogram, New Bums

Posted by Billy Gil, February 18, 2014 09:24am | Post a Comment

Angel Olsen - Burn Your Fire For No Witness (LP, Colored Vinyl, CD or Download)

angel olsen burn your fire for no witness lp amoeba“If you still have some light in you, then go before it’s gone,” Angel Olsen sings on the harrowing “White Fire,” the slow-burning centerpiece of her stunning new album, Burn Your Fire For No Witness. Olsen doles out hard-won truths and tragicomic observances in a voice that splits the difference between Emmylou Harris’ sweet coo and Cat Power’s smoky drawl, sometimes coming through just above a whisper, though she can wake the dead when she wishes, reserving her power for choice moments, belting at the core of the Velvetsy “High & Wild.” The former member of Bonnie “Prince” Billys band seems to have poured every inch of herself into her breakthrough album, going for a full-tilt rock stomp on songs like “Forgiven/Forgotten,” referencing Hank Williams on gleeful ode to loneliness “Hi-Five” and virtually fading into the ether on beautiful songs like “Dance Slow Decades,” begging you to sit closely. Burn Your Fire For No Witness is one of the best albums of the year thus far, an emotional trip that leaves its mark.

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