Irish singer/songwriter Foy Vance played to a rapt audience Aug. 22. He showed how his voice could stretch and fill space on “You and I,” a song that features Bonnie Raitt on his recently released album, Joy of Nothing. He created ghostly guitar noise using a bow and copious reverb on the outset of that album’s title track to breathtaking effect, while his high-end, slightly raspy voice sent shivers during the chorus. He paused every so often to chat with the audience, asking questions like, “Is the plural of synopsis ‘synopsises’?” [My inner grammar geek was screaming “SYNOPSES!!!”] He sat and played piano for his Elton John moment on single “Closed Hands, Full of Friends,” saying the song was the catalyst for writing the album. Before performing album closer “Guiding Light,” he made it seem as though Ed Sheeran was about to come out and perform with him as he does on the album, sending the girls in the audience into a tizzy before revealing it was a joke. Even without Sheeran, “Guided Light” started a sing-and-clap-along that got virtually everyone there involved — a little girl in front of me adorably clapped and dance to her own beat. It was a sweet moment that showed what makes Vance so special to his dedicated following, who seemed to hang on his every word. See and download photos from the show here.
MS MR is the New York based indie-pop duo who craft excellent produced electronic-coated candy for your ears. If you have yet to hear what the Internet hype is about, then you are definitely missing out. MS MR hit the scene last year with their debut single, "Hurricane," a dark love story with plush vocals backed by deep drums and dreamy synths. The Internet loved it. Vocalist Lizzy Plapinger often draws comparisons to Florence Welch of Florence + the Machine for her "raspy" vocals. Not a bad comparison at all! With Max Hershenow at the producer helm, MS MR are quickly gaining props in high places from the likes of Jay-Z and Usher. Looks like pop stardom is not too far away.
Early this year, MS MR dropped their major label debut with Secondhand Rapture (Colombia Records). The entire album was produced and written by the dynamic duo, including the handling of the album's art direction and design. The release is chock full of what is quickly becoming MS MR's signature dream pop arrangements: layered synths, big tight programmed drums and lavishly polished vocals. The twelve song release makes for a very ear pleasing experience.
Amoeba Hollywood's next Sidewalk Sale is Saturday, August 24 from 12- 5pm! We always have tons of great bargains just outside the store during our sidewalk sales and this one will be no different. (Of course there are some pretty stellar deals inside the store too, but you already knew that.) If shopping all of these awesome deals works up your thirst, the kind folks at Hubert's Lemonade will be on hand offering free lemonade to our lovely customers.
Sale items to look out for at this month's sidewalk sale include:
- All DVDs are $3 and buy one get one free (excluding DVD box sets)
- DVD box sets just $7 each or 2 for $10
- Grab bags of ten 45s for only $3
- 8-track blowout featuring various genres
- Posters 3 for $10
All sidewalk sales are final. Store credit cannot be used to purchase items from the sidewalk sale. Prices apply to sidewalk sale stock only and this offer is only while supplies last.
Clairy Browne just might be the new "thunder from down under." The feisty songstress fronts the 9-piece Melbourne, Australia based group, Clairy Browne & The Bangin' Rackettes. The band is known for their retro-soul sound similar to that of Fitz and the Tantrums while drawing some comparisons to the late Amy Winehouse. Backed by three female vocalists, the ladies pull off some tight harmonies a la The Supremes. The rhythm section is super tight and funky, most definitely worthy of a James Brown co-sign. And do not forget that signature baritone sax! The kid can blow! Fresh off the US release of their debut, Baby Caught The Bus (Vanguard), Clairy Browne & The Bangin' Rackettes are quickly becoming the next big thing. Be sure to catch them when their live show hits the States.
Clairy Browne stopped by Amoeba Hollywood to do a little record shopping. This is one memorable episode with a great story of Clairy's "issue with misheard lyrics." Too funny! She picks out some really cool records like neo-soul pioneer Erykah Badu's New Amerykah Part 1 and contemporary R&B crooner Frank Ocean's Channel Orange. Clairy even declares that Outkast is "like my favorite band ever." She's got great taste in hip hop! See which '90s female rappers Clairy loves to listen to. Not only does Clairy get down with the funk and soul, but she also rocks out to some heavy metal! She digs up
Black Sabbath's seminal record, Paranoid, which is highly regarded as the band's magnum opus. Clairy Browne knows good music!
Sao Paulo, Brazil has always had a rich history in music. Some of Brazil's most engaging musicians were spawned in Sao Paulo during the 20th century, including Os Mutantes, who helped create the Tropicalia movement of the '60s, and Samba composers Paulo Vanzolini and Adoniran Barbosa, who wrote one of Brazil's most famous Sambas (see "Trem das Onze"). A late punk and garage scene grew in the '80s while the '90s gave way to a strong drum and bass movement. Fast forward to the 21st century and CSS carries the torch as Sao Paulo's leading purveyors of electronic-dance-rock. CSS exploded onto Brazil's burgeoning "new rave" scene in the early 2000s. Originally a six piece (5 ladies, 1 dude), CSS was one of the early bands to turn Internet fame into a full-fledged career.
Nearly a decade after they famously took their name (Cansei de Ser Sexy) from R&B diva Beyonce, after she declared she was "tired of being sexy," the women of CSS are back with their fourth album, Planta. TV on the Radio's Dave Sitek takes on producer duties and this time around CSS deliver a more polished production. Still full of electro-pop rock angst, CSS remain fun and loud despite losing main songwriter Adriano Cintra. The album's lead single, "Hangover," is a querky synth-pop jam that carries an upbeat feel. Lovefoxxx sings, "Living in Jupiter that spot is free / Martians??/ vampires and bees /
Everyone is floating together / Everyone is partying forever." Party on CSS!