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Show Recap: White Buffalo at Amoeba Hollywood

Posted by Billy Gil, September 13, 2013 06:18pm | Post a Comment

white buffaloFolk rocker White Buffalo took the stage at Amoeba Hollywood Sept. 11, performing songs from his recently released concept album, Shadows, Greys, and Evil Ways (on CD now or preorder on LP). In the vein of, say, Steve Earle, White Buffalo aka Jake Smith performs americana songs with a satirical bent. His latest album details the life of a young man as he meets a woman and settles down with her, only to head to war, be shot and sent home a changed man who can't cope.

He started with "The Getaway," a waltz detailing the album's two young lovers running away together. In the next song, "Joey White," the character "finds out it's pretty fuckin' hard out there," he said, as the man joins the military seemingly without another choice. Smith had some trouble with the guitar cable during the song, during which he jokingly implored to the audiene, "talk amongst yourself, quit lookin' at me." Unflustered, he started to perform the hard-hitting song acoustically before the power came back—actually, it sounded pretty cool as his guitar sound broke apart while playing, and if anything, it added to the sentiment of things falling apart for Smith's character.

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Show Recap: Haunted Summer at Amoeba Hollywood

Posted by Billy Gil, September 12, 2013 08:53am | Post a Comment

haunted summer amoebaL.A.-based dream pop band Haunted Summer cast their spell over Amoeba Hollywood Sept. 10, their autumnal music like a collective signifier of summer moving into fall. Their gorgeous “1996” saw them sending out cool waves of reverbed guitar while singer Bridgette Moody cooed an ode to nostalgia. The band moved from a four-piece to a duo of voice, guitar and synthesizers for a couple of hypnotic songs—including an even dreamier version of Animal Collective’s “Bees,” which they dedicated to the problem of honeybee colony collapse disorder—in which Moody’s voice would move from a whisper to a wail, occasionally masked with underwater effects. The band’s bassist and drummer came back for a couple more, plus their producer, who played a wicked theramin on their closing song.

Pick up their Something in the Water EP at Amoeba Music, and listen to or download “All Around” for free from Amoeba. See more photos from the show here, and read my interview with the band here.

King Krule to Play Free Show at Space 1520 in Hollywood Sept. 14

Posted by Amoebite, September 11, 2013 08:44am | Post a Comment

King KruleUPDATE 9/13 at 1:30PM: Amoeba Hollywood is SOLD OUT of wristbands for this show.

 

King Krule is in LA for 2 sold out shows at The Echo, but you can also catch him at a special all-ages show at Space15Twenty (across the street from Amoeba) on Saturday, September 14th at 2pm!

To get into the show, purchase Six Feet Beneath The Moon on CD or LP at Amoeba Hollywood starting on Friday, September 13th and you'll get you a pair of wristbands to the show. Limit one pair of wristbands per customer, while supplies last. Or follow @space15twenty on Instagram for additional details on attending the show.

Six Feet Beneath The Moon is the long-anticipated debut album from Southeast London's King Krule (aka Archy Marshall). He broke out in 2011, at the tender age of 16, with his eponymous EP released on True Panther Sounds. King Krule's sound, a hypnotic mixture indebted to working class British songsmiths like Billy Bragg as much as to NY No-Wave and hip hop, carries a maturity and depth far beyond his years.

King Krule at Space 1520

 

Recap: September Charity Auction to Benefit Free Arts

Posted by Amoebite, September 9, 2013 01:12pm | Post a Comment

Kurt Braunohler Amoeba AuctionOn Saturday, September 7 we had the amazing and suave Kurt Braunohler return to host our auction at Amoeba Hollywood and sign copies of his new comedy album, How Do I Land? – out on Kill Rock Stars.

Don't tell me you don't know about comedian Kurt Braunholer?? He's been seen on BUNK (IFC), Chelsea Lately, Bob’s Burgers (FOX), Delocated (Adult Swim), Comedy Central Presents, Jon Benjamin Has a Van (Comedy Central), The Heart She Holler (Adult Swim), Assy McGee (Adult Swim) and Human Giant (MTV). He can also be heard on the radio on This American Life, telling a story which he is currently developing for television for HBO.

Kurt was recently named one of Variety’s “10 Comics To Watch.” He’s also featured in Time Out New York's list of 50 Funniest New Yorkers, named as a "Comic to Watch" by Comedy Central, the New York Comedy Festival and TimeOut NY, as well as “Best Male Stand-Up” by the ECNY and “Best Unscripted Host” by the New York Television Festival. The man is funny!!

People came out to bid on concert tickets, gift certificates, collectibles, a special Kill Rock Stars “Kurt Pack” and so much more. The store was abuzz, and the heated bidding wars drove the temperature even higher than the record-breaking Los Angeles heatwave. Kurt is a natural at making people laugh while they dig deep in their pockets. Plus, he was a smooth criminal when it came to sliding the bids up and up and up...

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New Arcade Fire 12" Available Sept 9 at 9pm at Amoeba Hollywood, SF/Berkeley Sept 10

Posted by Amoebite, September 6, 2013 06:15pm | Post a Comment

Arcade Fire ReflektorArcade Fire is releasing a very limited 12" single from their upcoming album, Reflektor (due out October 29 on Merge Records). The "Reflektor" 12" will be available for sale at Amoeba Hollywood on Monday, September 9 at 9pm. Amoeba San Francisco and Berkeley will have it for sale starting Tuesday, September 10 at open (SF opens at 11am, Berkeley opens at 10:30am).

Quantities are very limited so it's first come first served, limit one copy per customer and you must be in the store to purchase it. No phone orders, online sales or holds allowed.

We'll also be playing the new single at Amoeba Hollywood on Monday, 9/9 at 9pm so come down to the store for a chance to hear the new track before anyone else.

In typical Arcade Fire, mum's the word when it comes to everything about the release and the 12" single. Artwork for the 12" has surfaced online, but we can't confirm yet that this is accurate. To further complicate the mystery, the back cover also features a track listing of 14 songs. But it is reportedly just another trick by the band. We'll all have to wait and see on Monday!

Arcade Fire Refektor

 

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