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Check Out Karen O's New Video For "Rapt"

Posted by Billy Gil, July 29, 2014 12:15pm | Post a Comment

karen o rapt videoYeah Yeah Yeahs frontwoman Karen O has a new video for the song "Rapt," which will be on her forthcoming first solo album, Crush Songs. You can download the song now on Amoeba.com, and you can preorder the album on LP now.

Directed by her husband, Barney Clay, the gorgeous video shows Karen O underwater in slow motion, occasionally illuminated and sometimes obscured. I recommend pausing every now and then; each shot seemingly could be an impressionist painting.

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karen o crush songs lpThe acoustic, dreamy "Rapt" can be found on Crush Songs, which will be released Sept. 9 via Julian Casablancas' label, Cult. Read Karen O's description of her new album in a note she wrote below, via her website:

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Amoeba Music Curates Red Bull Sound Select Show With Tanlines, SISU and Roses Aug. 20

Posted by Billy Gil, July 29, 2014 11:41am | Post a Comment

tanlines roses sisu red bull sound select amoebaAmoeba Music is curating the next Red Bull Sound Select show in Los Angeles, featuring indie-pop acts Tanlines, SISU and Roses, at The Sayers Club in Los Angeles Aug. 20 at 8 p.m. The show is 21+ and tickets are only $3 with RSVP.

Brooklyn-based electronica duo Tanlines released their excellent debut record, Mixed Emotions, in 2012 to critical acclaim. The band is currently working on its new album, recording it here in L.A.

SISU is the shoegaze-pop project of Sandra Vu, the drummer for Dum Dum Girls. SISU released the dreamy Blood Tears last year. You can read my interview with SISU here.

Roses is the new project featuring Abe Vigoda guitarist Juan Velasquez, who release their first EP, the new wave-flavored Dreamlover, Aug. 5.

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Album Picks: Shabazz Palaces, Wildest Dreams

Posted by Billy Gil, July 29, 2014 10:00am | Post a Comment

Shabazz Palaces - Lese Majesty (LP, CD)

shabazz palaces lese majesty lpShabazz Palaces 2011 release Black Up is undoubtedly one of the best, most exciting hip-hop releases of the new millennium. So we waited with bated breath for this second release from Ishmael Butler (one of '90s alt hip-hop greats Digable Planets) and Tendai Maraire, and Lese Majesty does not disappoint. The album is a sweltering blur of chilled-out beats, sparkling synthesizer tapestries and spacey rhymes that echo through your head. The 18-track album has a prog-like massivity to it, making it fun to get lost in—you can listen to Lese Majesty three times in a row on repeat and never get sick of it, nor will you fail to discover something new. But if you need a good entry point into their weird, wonderful world, I'd recommend the bizarrely catchy beats that hook you in "They Come in Gold" or the funny and fast-paced "#CAKE," with its layers of vocals and strange diversions. Now all I'm gonna do with the rest of my day is eat cake and listen to Shabazz Palaces. I wish! Back to work ... but honestly, this is one of the best things anyone's put out this year. Shabazz Palaces play Amoeba SF tonight at 6 p.m.!

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New Performance Video from Post-Disco Dance-Punk Band De Lux

Posted by Amoebite, July 28, 2014 06:32pm | Post a Comment

De Lux live at Amoeba Hollywood

File local dance punks De Lux between Liquid Liquid and LCD Soundsystem in your record collection -- if you don't care about proper alphabetization, that is. The duo of Sean Guerin and Isaac Franco make the kind of smart disco that pays tribute to their progenitors, nodding to the glittering, sequin-bedecked past, while keeping the dance floors of today groovin'.

Which is exactly what happened when the lads stopped by Amoeba Hollywood earlier this spring. With a full band backing them, Guerin and Franco unleashed some seriously seductive, summery vibes. De Lux has been ruling the streets of LA this summer, with performances at Echo Park Rising (August 15) and Pacific Fest OC (August 16) in the works. Their debut full-length, Voyage, is out now on Innovative Leisure.

Check out two songs from De Lux's excellent set below or watch the full performance here

De Lux - Live at Amoeba
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UK Inmates Allowed String Guitars Thanks To Campaign Led By Billy Bragg

Posted by Billyjam, July 28, 2014 04:15pm | Post a Comment

Billy Bragg "A New England (live at Amoeba San Francisco: October 2013)"

As reported today by British media outlets including the NME (New Music Express) UK inmates will finally be allowed use of string guitars thanks to a campaign led by Billy Bragg and including such other musicians as Johnny Marr, Dave Gilmour, and Radiohead's Ed O'Brien and Philip Selway. The political campaign which was kick-started by Cardiff West MP Kevin Brennan, with Bragg leading the musicians in the crusade for prisoners' rights, set about overturning the long-standing ban on steel-string guitars in British prisons. According to UK prison authorities, the guitar ban was based on fear of their parts being used as weapons. "This is a victory for common sense and I'm pleased after months of campaigning the UK Government has listened," said the Cardiff West MP upon hearing news of the lift of the ban.

"The power of music to help prisoners to rehabilitate is well documented. I started the campaign after prisoners wrote to me explaining how they had saved from their small prison wages to buy guitars and how therapeutic learning to play the guitar had been for them before the ban," added the MP. Billy Bragg noted upon news of the lifting of the ban that prisoners being allowed use of steel string guitars, "can really help the atmosphere on a prison wing." A long time champion of the underdog and with a history of fighting against civil injustices, Bragg founded the Jail Guitar Doors rehabilitation initiative to try and overthrow the ban against ban arguing that guitar playing helps greatly in the rehabilitation process of inmates.

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