Vinyl Reissues from Dead Can Dance Coming in July

Posted by Amoebite, June 17, 2016 11:30am | Post a Comment

Dead Can Dance Vinyl Reissues

Dead Can Dance are in the midst of reissuing their entire back catalog on vinyl, with the first three installments coming this July. Their longtime label 4AD is kicking things off with represses of the group's 1984 self-tilted debut, their sophomore album Spleen & Ideal, and their sixth album, Into the Labyrinth. Founded in Melbourne and featuring the core duo of Brendan Perry and Lisa Gerrard, the idiosyncratic Dead Can Dance quickly became 4AD's best-selling act, with a truly unique sound that takes reference points from medieval and world music, as well as goth rock and post-punk. Pre-orders are available now, with a July 8 release date set.

Dead Can Dance

Dead Can Dance

The band's self-titled debut LP placed them alongside their contemporaries in the UK post-punk scene, with comparisons drawn to labelmates Cocteau Twins, as well as The Cure. Sans the more worldbeat-oriented sound with which the group would soon become synonymous, Dead Can Dance's debut features a more sparse, dark sound and is unlike anything else in their oeuvre.

2 New "What's In My Bag?" Episodes with Future Islands

Posted by Amoebite, January 4, 2016 04:05pm | Post a Comment

Future Islands at Amoeba San Francisco

We're kicking off the new year and our 9th season of "What's In My Bag?" with two episodes from Future Islands! The Baltimore-based indie rock band consists of vocalist Samuel T. Herring, programmer & keyboard player Gerrit Welmers, and bassist/guitarist William Cashion. They met while studying art at East Carolina University in Greenville, NC, where they played together as part of the band Art Lord & the Self-Portraits. They signed to Thrill Jockey in 2009, releasing In Evening Air in 2010 and On the Water in 2011. Future Islands SinglesThree years later, Future Islands signed to 4AD and released the album Singles. The band made their network TV debut in 2014 on The Late Show with David Letterman, drawing attention for Herring’s onstage antics during their performance of "Seasons (Waiting on You)." Watch the band's 2010 performance from Amoeba Hollywood (below) to get a sense of just what kind of live show they put on. Herring did not let a leg splint slow his performance down...

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Albums to Get Hyped For: Grimes' "Art Angels"

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, November 5, 2015 06:04pm | Post a Comment

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Grimes, Art AngelsArtist, musician, producer, singer, and songwriter Claire Boucher, or better known as Grimes, is readying to release her new album. Grimes has been captivating the music community since 2010 and her fourth album, Art Angels, is a project to get excited about. It's been three years since her last album (Visions) and it's sounding like it has been well worth the wait.

Grimes performed two nights at the Fillmore in San Francisco on Halloween weekend and played a solid amount of her new album. Not only was her performance stunning, but her unreleased material sounded awesome. She played a banging new song with former collaborator Blood Diamonds and, to the say the least about what I heard from her new songs, her songwriting and instrumentation are a force to be reckoned with.

The development of Art Angels has had a few set backs in the making. In late 2014, Grimes released the track "Go" (featuring Blood Diamonds) and the song caused quite a stir throughout her fan base. The song is hard hitting and impressive, but many were put off by the more poppy sound of the song. To put it in perspective, Grimes even said the song was originally written to be sung by pop queen Rihanna. In an interview with the New York Times, Grimes explained that after releasing "Go" she scrapped an entire album before creating Art Angels due to how she was feeling about the sound. 

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Ariel Pink Unveils New Video For Latest Single off "pom pom"

Posted by Billyjam, January 26, 2015 11:51am | Post a Comment

Ariel Pink "Dayzed Inn Daydreams" from pom pom

Today (January 26th), Ariel Pink's video for the song "Dayzed Inn Daydreams" was published online. The song, culled from the LA artist born Ariel Marcus Rosenberg's acclaimed recent 4AD album pom pom, is the latest single off the album and the newest installment in the ongoing series of videos directed by LA-based filmmaker Grant Singer for Ariel's album.  It follows videos for the pom pom tracks "Put Your Number In My Phone" and "Picture Me Gone," and continues their themes of focusing on the stark and dismal mundane aspects of the everyday life of hard working Americans (lots of cigarette smoking too) with Rick Wilder (Mau Maus) playing the central character in the video (also features a brief cameo of Ariel bumming a ciggie).

"It's the story of a man, played by Rick Wilder, who was once the frontman of a band that existed decades ago. Through a series of scenes depicting his everyday life, we tell his story," explains the director the third installment in the pom pom series.

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Ariel Pink Unveils Brand New Single & Video for "Picture Me Gone" From Forthcoming 4AD Album 'pom pom'

Posted by Billyjam, November 4, 2014 02:00pm | Post a Comment

Ariel Pink "Picture Me Gone" (Nov 4th, 2014 - 4AD)

"I backed up all my pictures on my iCloud
So you can't see me when I die,
I left my body somewhere down in Mexico,
Give Find My iPhone app a try
Today, November 4th, friend of Amoeba Ariel Pink  unveiled his latest music video for "Picture Me Gone" which is the latest advance single from the Los Angeles artist's anticipated new album pom pom to be released via 4AD in two weeks on November 17th. You can purchase the track as of today as a download here from Amoeba.  The artist will follow the full-length release with a concert for hometown fans on Thanksgiving weekend at LA's Regent Theater on Friday November 28th (his official US tour in support of the album kicks off in San Francisco in early February, 2015 - following a series of sold out Australian dates in January). The second video collaboration with director Grant Singer, who worked with Aerial a couple of months back on the music video for the forthcoming album track "Put Your Number In My Phone" (see below along with Pink's WIMB? video from two years ago), this latest video was shot across fifteen LA locations and features the characters Pam, Candace and Heather "squeezing into their second lives within a latex skin, in pursuit of sexual encounters and inner content" according to the artist. Director Singer describes the story line of the video as one that "follows a day in the life of three men in Los Angeles in their search of meaning and happiness." To be released in various formats by 4AD on November 17th you can now pre-order the new 69 minute, 17 track Ariel Pink album pom pom in CD format and/or on record/ vinyl format. 

Ariel Pink "What's In My Bag?" (2012)

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