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Amoeba SF & Berkeley's 10 Best In-Stores of 2013

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, December 20, 2013 07:52pm | Post a Comment
As we all know (because we're living the history as it's being made), the music industry has changed
best coast amoeba san francisco
Best Coast plays Amoeba SF
dramatically in the past decade and continues to do so rapidly. Everyone still loves music, but the concept of ownership, collecting, and procuring music is constantly evolving for all of us. No matter how you prefer to get music -- in the cloud, on vinyl or CD, downloaded -- one thing hasn't changed; the best way to experience music is live and in the flesh. The Experience of being part of a live performance, giving energy from the audience to the musician while they play their hearts out, can't be stored on any device. You just have to live it. We here at Amoeba Music consider it paramount to continue to provide live entertainment in our stores and keep Experience alive.

Amoeba San Francisco and Berkeley were particularly blessed with great in-store performances in 2013. From legends like Nik Turner, Billy Bragg, and Camper Van Beethoven to new faces on the scene like Lissie and Bastille, each and every show was a fantastic reminder of how thrilling live music can be.  It was daunting to have to pick just ten of these shows, but here they are in reverse chronological order...Amoeba SF and Berkeley's ten best in-stores of 2013!
 
 
-- Lee Ranaldo In-Store Guitar Clinic, 12/11/2013, San Francisco
Sonic Youth's Lee Ranaldo amazed and mystified the audience with nearly a half-hour of continuous guitar mastery, at the end of which he finally looked up and asked, "Any questions?" Lee was in town with his project Lee Ranaldo and the Dust.

The 10 Best EPs of 2013

Posted by Billy Gil, December 19, 2013 10:33am | Post a Comment

Oft lost in the great “best albums of the year” rush are EPs, those unimposing 18-minute-or-so releases that artists release between albums, to try stuff out or to unload extra songs. While you don’t get the whole enchilada of a full-album statement, EPs are like a great appetizer that leave you wanting more, and 2013 was full of delicious bloomin’ onions. Here are 10 that I liked, in no particular order.

BurialTruant / Rough Sleeper

burial truant rough sleeper amoebaWilliam Emmanuel Bevan makes the kind of music Thom Yorke dreams about, dark, brooding electronic music that blends subgenres like dubstep (the good kind) while sounding like its own thing, future-seeking yet emotional and grimy. He hasn’t had a full-length album since 2007’s great Untrue, but he released several EPs this year, including the recent Rival Dealer 12” and, earlier this year, this release of two 10-plus-minute tracks, the first entrancing and inviting, the second morose and restless. 

 

 

Best CoastFade Away

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Top 40 California Albums Released in 2013

Posted by Billy Gil, December 10, 2013 03:31pm | Post a Comment

Through my Weekly Roundup series every Thursday (returning in 2014), I listen to a lot of stuff from California-based artists. Here’s a list of 40 great albums that were made by artists based in this great state. There were lots more, so just consider this my own personal list, and let me know if there’s anything I missed!

 

40. FRONDSFRONDS

fronds fronds lp amoebaEpically beautiful seafaring pop from the dude formerly of The Mallard.

 

 

 

 

 

39. Kisses Kids in LA

kisses kids in la amoebaThe cute electro-pop duo get dancier with freestyle sounds on their second album.

 

 

 

 

 

38. Tyler, the CreatorWolf

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Weekly Roundup: Dum Dum Girls, Best Coast, Bleached and More

Posted by Billy Gil, October 31, 2013 03:24pm | Post a Comment

Too much great stuff this week and it’s Halloween!

Dum Dum Girls – “Lost Boys and Girls Club”; Announce New Album

dum dum girlsWhoa, what’s going on with Dum Dum Girls? The band, started by singer Dee Dee in San Diego, began as a lo-fi post-punk project, like someone left their Supremes and Siouxsie & the Banshees records in the sun and spun the melted result. From there, they’ve gone more toward Pretenders territory, producing shimmery jangle-pop, but this first taste of their newly announced album, Too True, due Jan. 28 on Sub Pop, recaptures some of their early darkness with their newfound sheen intact, emanating darkness and sensuality with a slow-moving shoegaze pop throb. Uhh, it’s very sexy. Richard Gottehrer (who has produced Blondie and The Go-Go's) and The Raveonettes' Sune Rose Wagner, who both produced the band’s Only in Dreams and He Gets Me High EP, are back behind the boards. And way to go, H&M, for promoting your crappy clothes (which I buy) with actual cool music.

 

Best Coast – “I Don’t Know How” video

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Show Recap: Best Coast at Amoeba Hollywood

Posted by Billy Gil, October 23, 2013 09:59am | Post a Comment

best coast amoeba hollywoodBest Coast came to Amoeba Hollywood Oct. 22 for a set of songs culled laregely from their rad new EP, Fade Away. The band showed scrappy confidence in the new songs, which return to the heavier sound of best coast fade away epher first album, Crazy For You. Frontwoman Bethany Cosentino's emotive voice shone through the fuzz as girls shouted her name, singing along to songs of loneliness and mid-20s dread. Cosentino gushed about playing to a large crowd (who lined up around the block to get in) at a place she frequented as a teen, and urged fans not to knock over the CD racks. Though the band played most of the new seven-song EP, they threw in a few choice songs from the first two albums—"The Only Place," "Boyfriend" and "Crazy For You," featuring some J Mascis-style shredding from Bobb Bruno. The whole setlist is below. See more photos from the show here.

 

Setlist:

"This Lonely Morning"

"Who Have I Become?"

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