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Check Out Amoeba at First Fridays on 4/5 and Pick Up a Discounted Gift Certificate

Posted by Billy Gil, April 4, 2013 03:30pm | Post a Comment

This Friday, April 5, Amoeba will be on hand at First Fridays at the Natural History Museum in Los Angeles. We’ll be selling $20-for-$15 gift certificates (limit four per person) and giving away other goodies. The first 30 people who come to our table and say “boogaloo” get a free Amoeba T-shirt!

The show this Friday features electronic composer Dan Deacon and art-rockers Japanther, as well as talks on the periodic table, with hands-on activities and discussions as to how the periodic table relates to the arts, history and mythology. The discussions start at 5 p.m. and run until 7 p.m., while the performances go from 8-10 p.m. Meanwhile the DJ lounge will feature KCRW’s Anthony Valadez and a DJ set from L.A.-based indie pop duo Kisses from 5:30-10 p.m.

Pre-sale tickets for this event are sold out, but a limited number of  tickets will be available at the Museum’s South Entrance the day of the event starting at 5:00pm.

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Amoeba Presents First Fridays at the Natural History Museum of LA With Allah-Las!

Posted by Billy Gil, February 21, 2013 01:48pm | Post a Comment

Amoeba’s ongoing sponsorship of First Fridays at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles continues March 1 with Allah-Las and The Babies. We’ll be at a table near the entrance selling Amoeba swag, $20-for-$10 Amoeba gift certificates (limit two per person) and more. There's also a tour of the museum and discussion with Dr. Lucy Jones starting at 5 p.m., discussing the history of seismology in LA and what might be in its future — yikes! The band performances run from 8 to 10 p.m., with KCRW DJs Anthony Valadez and Travis Holcombe spinning from 5:30 to 10 p.m. in the DJ lounge, where you can buy drinks as well. For $18 you get a presale ticket and museum admission (with a guaranteed spot in the concert hall), or museum admission with access to the discussions and DJ lounge but not the concert hall for $12. The event starts at 5 p.m. Get tickets for the show here.

allah-lahsThis show is extra special because it features Allah-Las, who met while the members were working at Amoeba. Since forming, the band, which filters surf rock, ’60s garage rock nuggets and ’80s jangly paisley underground rock into a cool, collected whole, has become one of the biggest young bands in Los Angeles. Produced by another local favorite, ’50s-flavored songsmith Nick Waterhouse, their self-titled debut record, released in 2012 on Innovative Leisure, was one of the most buzzed-about L.A. records of the year and has helped launch the band globally. We’re proud of our boys and we hope you check them out March 1! Read my interview with the band here.

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Anthony Valadez Visits With Amoeba

Posted by Billy Gil, June 7, 2012 01:27pm | Post a Comment
Anthony ValadezAnyone who's listened to KCRW late on Monday nights, coming back from some ill-advised beginning-of-the-week booze sesh, has been treated to Anthony Valadez's innovative DJ skills, spinning smooth combinations of soul and electronic music — in their words, "Broken beats, soulful key chords with guitar fuzz, combined with yesterday's dusty drums with tomorrows samples and sounds." Now Valadez is taking his turn at creating some of the same style of beatwork he regularly spins on his debut album, Just Visiting. Tracks like "Under Water" (featuring Mar) are impossibly smooth, layering beats and melodic vocals over percolating synth organs. "Walking Away" pours acoustic guitar arpeggios and Damon Aaron's sweet vocals over a jazzy, skittering beat.

In honor of his upcoming June 10th appearance at Amoeba Hollywood, where he'll be spinning records and signing copies of Just Visiting, I caught up with Anthony to find out how he got from spinning records to making music.

PST: Can you talk a bit about the genesis for these beats? How long have you been working on Just Visiting?
 
Valadez: This process has been in place for over two to three years. Often I use samplers to sample sounds or field recordings. Loops are the base of everything. Loops create the groove and aesthetic. I then call over friends to layer live drums, guitars, bass lines and then we create changes in the composition. We remove the samples and it becomes this totally new composition. 
 
PST: Did you always want to make music too, or was your goal more to DJ?

Worldwide Underground

Posted by Gomez Comes Alive!, June 12, 2008 11:54pm | Post a Comment

I am very proud to be a part of Amoeba Hollywood's very own World Music DJ series. Worldwide Underground starts this Sunday from noon to one p.m. Every Sunday we will explore a different sound from across the world. Most of the DJ's participating make their living spinning at various hot spots around Los Angeles. Worldwide Undergound is a chance for you to check them out playing music that is near and dear to their hearts. All of us participating will attempt to cross every musical & cultural border possible.

Below is a description of the series, the DJ's biographies, as well as links to their websites and the clubs they spin at.

Amoeba’s World Music DJ Series! Beginning on June 15th, Gomez Comes Alive! brings Worldwide Underground to Amoeba Hollywood! The sounds start at noon and include everything from Afro-Beat to Turkish Psychedelia to Reggae en Espanol and beyond. Special guests and surprises galore!


EVERY SUNDAY BEGINNING AT NOON
AT AMOEBA MUSIC HOLLYWOOD

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Gomez Comes Alive!, DJ Ant. Valadez & Kutmah

Posted by Gomez Comes Alive!, April 21, 2008 03:35am | Post a Comment
This was my first night at Footsies spinning @ Ant. Valadez's Odds & Ends. DJ Kutmah also joined in and along with Ant they simply rocked the place. Here are some photos of the evening festivities:


DJ Ant. Valadez with Sasha Ali & John Lee Hooker looking on.



DJ Ant & Amoeba's own Miguel.



Kutmah: ones and twos.



Raul y Daisy + friends.



Footsies ace bartender Jeanna.



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