Worldwide stardom hasn't softened M.I.A. one iota; if anything, it's made her resolve to be the planet's most provocative pop star that much stronger. Following the all-over-the-map Maya, by comparison Matangi is laser-focused, utilizing harsh industrial noise much in the same way Kanye West's Yeezus did, though she fuses it with a worldbeat touch and heavy EDM nods. Most of all, Matangi succeeds because it sounds like an M.I.A. album, even if it's been digitally chopped up and reassembled more so than previous releases. Her opening tracks come on hard, dropping names of wartorn nations in the title track amid a digital grenade of atonal sounds, while "Warriors" drills with a minimalist hip-hop beat. "Come Walk With Me" starts like a love song, quiet with a reggae sway, before jumping off the rails with a hyperactive dancehall-house beat. Though these tracks touch on her typical subject matter of empowering the global masses, she's also having a great time, rapping like a cocky hip-hop star and subverting the formula. And the second half of Matangi is loaded with ass-shakers. "atention's" twisted beat makes it one of her sickest dance songs since "World Town." The previously released "Bad Girls" makes an appearance in all its bhangra-beat glory, and "Bring the Noize" is the album's instant classic, unleashing a brutal beat that makes most EDM sound like kid's music as M.I.A. pulls off sounding disaffected while spouting rhymes at an impressive tick. Matangi is a welcome comeback after a troubling period for M.I.A., proving her once again to be one of the most forward-thinking pop music entities around.
On Saturday, November 2, Matt Besser and Ian Roberts from Upright Citizens Brigade brought the goods and the guffaws with their dry wit and nutty antics. It was mayhem and mirth on the Amoeba Hollywood stage stage as they helped raise the bids up! Several customers were overheard saying they didn't know what the hell was happening, but it sure sounded exciting.
The Upright Citizens Brigade is a comedy improvisational troupe founded in LA by Matt, Ian, Matt Walsh and Amy Poehler. The UCB Theatre is dedicated to fostering both an appreciation and education of the arts through affordable and high quality comedic performances and classes. Their new book, The Upright Citizens Brigade Comedy Improvisation Manual, was borne out of years of work by the authors to provide the first step-by-step instruction manual for the art of comedic improvisation.
Matt and Ian shot several zingers into the crowd as they drove the bids up and up...
"Not bidding today is just like kicking a homeless person as you walk down the street!"
Our November charity auction beneficiary is our neighbors, Food on Foot. Since 1996 they have provided the poor and homeless of Hollywood with nutritious meals, clothing, job opportunities, and assistance in the transition to employment and life off the streets.
As always, Amoeba matches all winning bids and 100% of auction funds go straight to the charity.
Amoeba Hollywood regularly sells tickets to local shows, with the added bonus of charging low service fees (if you're into saving money and who isn't really?).
All tickets can be purchased at the registers (while supplies last) for a $2 service fee. We take cash and credit cards for all ticket sales. Store credit and coupons cannot be applied to ticket sales. Limit 4 tickets per person.
Please note that on the day of the show, we will stop selling tickets for that show at 5pm.
If you have a question about whether we've sold out of a specific show, please call the store at 323-245-6400.
JUST ADDED SHOWS:
Here is a full list of tickets we currently have for sale at Amoeba Hollywood:
|Show Name||Venue||Show Date||
(fee not included)
|12th Planet||Fonda Theatre||12/01/2013||$20.00|
|The Aquabats||Fonda Theatre||12/07/2013||$19.50|
|Ryan Beatty||El Rey||11/29/2013||$22.00|
|Brand X||El Rey||12/19/2013||$17.00|
|Cat Power||El Rey||12/02/2013||$30.00|
|Sharon Corr||El Rey||02/26/2014||$37.00|
|Crystal Method||El Rey||01/16/2014||$25.00|
|Dale Earnhart Jr. Jr.||El Rey||02/28/2014||$20.00|
|Robert DeLong||El Rey||01/31/2014||$17.00|
(Show postponed to Feb 7, 2014.
All tix for 11/15 will be honored.)
|The Dismemberment Plan||Fonda Theatre||12/12/2013||$27.50|
|Dillon Francis||Fonda Theatre||12/27 & 12/28||$27.50|
|High on Fire & Kvelertak||El Rey||12/12/2013||$20.00|
|Jagwar Ma||El Rey||12/13/2013||$17.00|
|John Butler Trio||Fonda Theatre||02/21/2014||$35.00|
|Paul Kalkbrenner||Fonda Theatre||12/13/2013||$25.00|
|King Krule||Fonda Theatre||12/18/2013||$22.50|
|Less Than Jake||Fonda Theatre||11/30/2013||$25.00|
|London Grammar||El Rey||03/25/2014||$22.00|
|Lord Huron||Fonda Theatre||03/01/2014||$22.50|
|Lucent Dossier||Fonda Theatre||12/21/2013||$30.00|
|Mad Caddies||El Rey||02/04/2014||$17.00|
The Maine & Anberlin
(Show postponed from 10/8 to 12/11.
All tix for 10/8 show will be honored.)
|Colin Meloy||Fonda Theatre||01/16/2014||$28.50|
|Mikal Cronin / Redd Kross||El Rey||12/03/2013||$20.00|
|Morbid Angel (SOLD OUT)||Fonda Theatre||11/29/2013||$22.50|
|John Newman||El Rey||01/15/2014||$17.00|
|Parquet Courts & White Fence||Fonda Theatre||01/17/2014||$17.50|
|Skinny Puppy||The Mayan||03/05/2014||$35.00|
|St. Lucia||El Rey||02/11/204||$18.50|
|Dave Stewart||El Rey||01/30/2014||$25.00|
|Suicidal Tendencies||Fonda Theatre||12/20/2013||$32.50|
|El Ten Eleven||El Rey||12/14/2013||$17.00|
(Show postponed from 12/9 to 3/3.
All tix for 12/9 show will be honored.)
|Trombone Shorty||El Rey||01/25/2014||$27.50|
|Volcano Choir||Fonda Theatre||01/18/2014||$26.00|
|Washed Out||El Rey||01/27/2014||$29.00|
To read more Behind The Grooves, go to http://behindthegrooves.tumblr.com.
On this day in music history: November 4, 1970 - The Man Who Sold The World, the third album by David Bowie is released. Produced by Tony Visconti, it is recorded at Trident Studios and Advision Studios in London from April 18 - May 22, 1970. Following his breakthrough success in the UK with the single and album Space Oddity in the Fall of 1969, David Bowie will return to the studio in the spring of 1970 to record the follow up. The album features musicians that form the nucleus of the Spiders From Mars Band, which include guitarist Mick Ronson and drummer Mick Woodmansey, and also marks the birth of the glam rock movement. The title track will become one of Bowie's best known and loved songs. It will be influential on numerous musicians including The Cure, Siouxsie And The Banshees, Gary Numan, Nine Inch Nails, and Kurt Cobain of Nirvana.Cobain will record a cover version on their MTV Unplugged in New York album in 1993. The Man Who Sold The Earth's original cover photo featuring Bowie wearing a dress will not be issued in the US, and is replaced with a cartoon drawing. The album will peak at #26 on the UK album chart and #105 on the Billboard Top 200.