Daniel Lopatin’s second release on Warp as Oneohtrix Point Never is hell-bent on defying expectations. A song like “Ezra” begins with cut-up, recognizable motifs but becomes destroyed by diversions into heart-pounding 16-bit synth chases and vocal snippets emerging from its distorted folds. “I Bite Through It” engages in pop-rock structure yet mocks it at the same time, its sharp notes arranged neatly in sets of eight, which are broken up by a hard-hitting beat and more scenic portions, its tones varying without rhyme or reason across the song’s taut three minutes and 17 seconds. Similarly, the guttural vocals and laser-beam synths exploding out of “Sticky Drama” achieve EDM-style release even as its brutal middle portion feels insanity-inducing. But the need to step away now and then only proves the album’s power. Part of Garden of Delete’s strength is its ability to temper its dislocating sense of confusion with clear reference points that help the listener find their balance. The smoky, hollowed-out beginning of “Freaky Eyes” gives way to pipe organs, sudden swells and noises that skitter around like beetles, making it feel like a horror movie soundtrack collage. “Lift’s” disembodied vocal bits and layered piano runs feel alien but are lovely nonetheless. The more pronounced vocals on “Animals” make it easily noticeable, but it would be a standout regardless, its tones disintegrating beautifully while a pitch-shifted vocal comes in and out of static in a way not entirely different from Radiohead. Oneohtrix Point Never is an acquired taste that occasionally feels like it needs Cliff’s Notes to fully grasp. But it’s undoubtedly some of the most intelligent, forward-thinking music being made today. Those willing to take the plunge will be duly rewarded.
If you've seen the N.W.A. bio-pic titled after their album Straight Outta Compton (CD and LP), the whole "Fuck The Police" controversy played a major role in the 2015 film that arrives at Amoeba on DVD/BluRay upon its January 19th release. "Fuck The Police" also played a major role in the pioneering gangsta rap group's career resulting in a not-too-happy FBI famously contacting the group's record label regarding the inflammatory anti-law enforcement anthem. But in a June 1990 interview, Ice Cube, after he had left the group and just released his debut solo album AmeriKKKa's Most Wanted (in CD and LP), told me that the controversy with the police and the FBI over the song was blown out of proportion. "They just sent us a letter," he said, which put fear into Priority Records - the label headed by Bryan Turner that before N.W.A.'s success had been known for putting out the non-offensive The California Raisins.
Following a one week postponement, this weekend the demolition of part of the old Bay Bridge is back on. Scheduled for this Saturday, November 14th, at approximately 1pm, the segment of the 77-year-old Eastern span of the Bay Bridge known as Pier E3 will be demolished. Via underwater implosion and lasting only six seconds, 400 explosives will be used to demolish a 268-foot concrete slab 165 feet in the Bay mud below. While this planned implosion of the old Bay Bridge, that was replaced back in mid-2013 with that shiny new Bay Bridge that you seem to see in every other new car commercial, may not be as dramatic as say the implosion/demolition in 1999 of San Francisco's Geneva Towers, it is still an anticipated event. Many individuals and groups are planning on viewing Saturday's implosion either in person (the Oakland side near 7th St. in West Oakland is a prime location) or online (CalTrans will stream it all live).
Fans of this upcoming event include those members of the Old Bay Bridge Demolition Facebook event page that was set up by the the San Francisco Bay Area Street Photography group. One member of this group is longtime Bay Bridge fan and former San Francisco resident Aaron Hali who now lives in Sacramento. "I'm up here in Sac because the Bay pushed us out economically so we were not in a position to buy a house in the Bay Area," he told me of his and his wife's relocation reasons, adding that, because of the three hour round trip for a six second event, he will be among those watching the implosion stream online.
Come hear the new album all the way through and pick up your copy of 25 on release date. And get a FREE Adele button and photo while supplies last!
Plus, anyone who buys the album that day will be entered into a raffle to win an Adele prize pack along with an Amoeba Gift Certificate.
Watch the video for the first single from 25, “Hello,” below.
Amoeba is proud to present “601 Photographs,” a solo exhibition of photography by Yeah Yeah Yeahs guitarist Nick Zinner at Lethal Amounts gallery in Downtown Los Angeles. The opening reception for the showing will be Friday, November 20 at 7 p.m., and it’s free.
Anyone who’s been to a Yeah Yeah Yeahs show is probably familiar with Zinner’s habit of snapping a photo of the audience in between shredding. Now you can see Zinner’s images from tours around the world, from his time touring with YYY’s and other projects around six continents for 15-plus years.
The show’s 601 images act as both voyeuristic and documentarian, capturing everything from hotel beds to intimate portraits and those infamous crowd shots. The exhibit has previously been shown in New York City, Mexico City, San Francisco and Tokyo.
Zinner is far from a dabbler in photography. Zinner has studied photography at Bard College with Larry Fink and Stephen Shore, and has published four books of his photography, the most recent one being Please Take Me Off The Guest List.
Lethal Amounts gallery focuses on subversive and counter culture themes throughout history, addressing the social and artistic value of underground movements while highlighting taboo topics. It is located at 1226 W 7th St. in Downtown L.A.