Savages take all the nonsense that comes with being a much-hyped buzz band and pummel it into the ground on their intense sophomore album. Love and its various manifestations fuels these songs — “if you don’t love me, don’t love anybody,” androgynous frontwoman Jehnny Beth sings over a grinding riff on “The Answer.” The jagged post-punk groove of a song like “Husbands” returns on “Evil,” though it’s darker and more drawn out, as the band knows it can command attention without having to shake it out as it once did. Though many of these songs go for the jugular, restraint serves the band well on “Adore,” a slow-burner that clears the way for a Beth’s singular refrain, “I adore life,” a statement of purpose that drives the band into a fearless crescendo. It takes that kind of conviction to overcome the bullshit of being in an all-female band and both held to an unfair standard and knocked down by anyone tired of the hype — as if the breathless coverage of the band’s live shows and prior album, Silence Yourself, was at all their fault. It doesn’t matter, anyway —the band’s follow-up album is endlessly intriguing and, despite lacking obvious hooks, grips you the more you listen. Simply allow the band to exist on its own terms, and you won’t be disappointed by Adore Life. Watch their episode of "What's In My Bag?" below.
Last week we had an experience at Amoeba Music that was about as different as it gets for us. Clothing designer Stella McCartney presented her upcoming Autumn 2016 line at the store at an exclusive party that drew some of the biggest names in Hollywood.
|I hate to use the word "fierce," but how else do you describe Carrie Brownstein here?|
Needless to say, it was something new for us, but we were game. Who’s to say we at Amoeba can’t rub shoulders with starlets and models?
It was definitely a thrill to see people as famous as Gwyneth Paltrow, Quincy Jones and Kim Gordon stroll into Amoeba on the black carpet while bulbs flashed and journalists got into it about who was wearing what. I got the chance to chat with Emilia Clarke (“Game of Thrones”), who revealed to me that her first album was Aqua (I assured her mine was no cooler with Ace of Base). I spoke with fashion icon Rachel Zoe, who told me her first concert was U2. And I share a moment with Mary J. Blige, although I mostly just mumbled some nonsense because she is awesome and looked like an angel.
Rhino Records, which is known for reissuing cult classic albums and films, is releasing a bunch of LPs for Vinyl Tuesday on January 19. And we’re giving away free Rhino calendars to go along with a purchase of any Rhino release at our stores that day, while supplies last. (The calendars are a gift with purchase in-store only.)
Tomorrow the label will release The Cars’ The Cars on translucent blue vinyl, Devo’s Freedom Of Choice on red, white and blue starburst vinyl, The Velvet Underground’s Live At Max's Kansas City, The Replacements’ Let It Be, Hootenanny, Sorry Ma, Forgot To Take Out The Trash and Stink, the Jackie Brown soundtrack on yellow vinyl, Grateful Dead’s Shrine Exposition Hall, Los Angeles CA, 11/10/1967, Bad Company’s Rock 'N' Roll Fantasy - The Very Best Of Bad Company, The Monkees’ Cereal Box Records Set and more.
Photo by Nicole Anne Robbins
Bleached features sisters Jessie and Jennifer Clavin at the helm, formerly of punk greats Mika Miko. Their first album, Ride Your Heart, was a blast of fizzy guitar riffs and sugary, snarling melodies. This time around, they've teamed with engineer Joe Chiccarelli (Morrissey, The Strokes, Elton John) and co-producer Carlos de la Garza (Paramore, YACHT) and added bassist Micayla Grace to the fold.
It’s not just new albums that we’re excited about. Check out this list of reissues we’re looking forward to spinning in the new year.
Does all this cold, wet weather makes you want to listen to classic proto-metal on vinyl? Well, you’re in luck. Black Sabbath’s classic first three albums are coming to us on deluxe edition 180-gram two-LP sets. (Seriously, turn the volume all the way up for the full effect of this video.)