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His Name Is Alive Channel Afropop and Study Thin Lizzy For New Album

Posted by Billy Gil, September 25, 2014 11:10am | Post a Comment

his name is aliveHis Name Is Alive, the experimental music project by Warren Defever that had a remarkable run of records during the glory days of 4AD, have a new one coming out Oct. 28 called Tecuciztecatl, due from Light in the Attic.

As Pitchfork points out, the press release calls it a “psychedelic rock opera.” However, the lovely “African Violet Casts a Spell” suggests an Afropop vibe, so we’ll see:

 

While making the album, Defever and guitarist Dusty Jones made a study guide of sorts of every Thin Lizzy guitar solo recorded between 1971 and 1983. So we’re hoping for harmonic guitar glissandos aplenty on this one. Hear the whole hour-plus mind-melting Lizzathon below:

 

More details about the rock opera element are here:

The rock opera is imagined vaguely in the shape of a 1969 Hammer horror film: bloody, British, gothic, and brimming with beguiling and attractive vampires. The songs are written from the perspective of five characters: the mother, the doctor, the twins and the librarian whose side hustle is demon hunting. The story begins with a young woman getting an ultrasound who discovers she's pregnant with twins. Realizing something is going terribly wrong, "I think I'm missing something on the inside," she visits a local library for research. The librarian instructs the woman on how to kill the demon baby without harming the other twin, and together they carry out the various rituals necessary. Eventually one baby is born.

New Blood Diamonds Track "Phone Sex" Featuring Grimes

Posted by Rachael McGovern, May 31, 2012 02:28pm | Post a Comment
Blood DiamondsLA-based pop artist Blood Diamonds (a.k.a. Michael Diamond) has a new 12" coming out called "Phone Sex" featuring Grimes. Both artists are influenced by K-Pop and love big productions, and they decided to attempt the perfect summer pop anthem together during one long winter night in Vancouver. 

I noticed two things about the song right away: one, the sound of steel drums (which Diamond says are actually halo drums); and two, Grimes singing "hey daddy" over and over, which is a little disconcerting given her little girl voice and the fact that the track is called "Phone Sex," but maybe that's the point...Regardless, I like it.

The "Phone Sex" 12" will be out on transparent pink vinyl July 24th on 4AD.


Blood Diamonds and Grimes are at the Echoplex in LA on June 19 for Check Yo Ponytail 2 (18+ show). Or you can see Grimes for free at Make Music Pasadena on Saturday, June 16.

Lemonade Grimes at EchoPlex

Behind the Scenes of our "What's In My Bag?" Video with Grimes

Posted by Rachael McGovern, February 27, 2012 01:53pm | Post a Comment

Canadian songstress and bedroom beatmaker Grimes (a.k.a. Claire Boucher) stopped by Amoeba Hollywood for a What's In My Bag? shoot. I've been obsessed with her single "Genesis" and her recent album, Visions (4AD). She was in town for a sold out show at the Echo Friday night (coming to LA off of a sold out show in SF earlier in the week).

Here are a few pics to tide us over until the video is ready:
 

Grimes at Amoeba Hollywood

Grimes at Amoeba Hollywood   Grimes at Amoeba Hollywood



 

Just Added: Atlas Sound DJ Set at Amoeba Hollywood Feb 22!

Posted by Amoebite, February 21, 2012 05:39pm | Post a Comment
Atlas SoundWe just confirmed that Bradford Cox (Atlas Sound, Deerhunter) is doing a very special DJ set at Amoeba Hollywood tomorrow - Wednesday, February 22 - at 6pm! He's in Los Angeles for two sold out Atlas Sound shows at the Center for the Arts in Eagle Rock and we were lucky enough to snag him for a DJ set ahead of those shows.

Atlas Sound is the solo moniker of Deerhunter frontman/provocateur Bradford Cox, so named since 1994 when a sixth-grade Bradford made recordings on a karaoke cassette machine bearing the words "Atlas Sound." His latest album, Parallax, is out now on 4AD.



 

New Grimes Single "Genesis" From Forthcoming Album

Posted by Rachael McGovern, January 23, 2012 08:07pm | Post a Comment

I am thoroughly obsessed with the new Grimes single, "Genesis." I wasn't familiar with her until hearing this track and now I can't wait to hear the full album, Visions (out 2/21 on 4AD), to see if she can pull off what she has done so masterfully in this initial single - that is, combining the most seemingly disparate genres into one coherent piece of music and somehow making it work.

Grimes"Genesis" starts with this synthy piano bit that could come from an Enya album or something. Then her ethereal vocals kick in around the 0:39 mark. I can't, for the life of me, understand what she's saying, but it's beautiful. But then at 1:02 the track veers left into the world of electronic beats. Every time the track is over, I hit repeat to see if I can finally, finally make some sense of it on the next listen. So far, no dice. 

free download
Amoeba.com is offering a free download of "Genesis" by Grimes.

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Grimes is the project of Canadian Claire Boucher and Visions is her fourth release in two years (it's also her first for 4AD). 4AD and Arbitus Records describe the influences on her new album "as wide as Enya, TLC and Aphex Twin, whilst drawing from genres like New Jack Swing, IDM, New Age, K-pop, Industrial and glitch resulting in a record that is both otherworldly and futuristic." 

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