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Album Picks: Best Coast, Omar Souleyman, Black Hearted Brother

Posted by Billy Gil, October 22, 2013 10:56am | Post a Comment

Best Coast - Fade Away (CD, LP or Download)

best coast fade away lpBest Coast's new EP marks a confident start to a new era for the band. Their previous album, The Only Place, featured more mature songwriting as Bethany Cosentino grew more confident in her voice, yet Jon Brion's smooth production didn't always jibe well with Cosentino's rough around the edges approach to confessional pop. The first release on her own label, Jewel City, Fade Away takes back some of the reverb and distortion of her early material but keeps the assurance she displayed on The Only Place. The result plays out as the most refined version of Best Coast yet. Cosentino sounds pissed in opener "This Lonely Morning," a rocker about a dude who won't stick around. "I Wanna Know" is one of her best girl-group jams yet, all desperation buried beneath sunshine and "Be My Baby" drums. Several songs take on quarter-life crises ("Who Have I Become," "Fear of My Identity"), while her heartbreak songs are equally riddled with introspection, as on the great Mazzy Star-ish ballad "Baby I'm Crying." One of Cosentino's best tricks is sneaking existential dilemmas into songs and lyrics that are on the surface straightforward and simple. By the end of the seven-song Fade Away, you're emotionally exhausted, as Cosentino gives it her all throughout. With Fade Away, she's given fans more than just a stopgap release, and one that leaves fans hungry for what's next.

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Weekly Roundup: MellowHigh, Tera Melos, Best Coast, Upset, Mike Donovan

Posted by Billy Gil, October 17, 2013 06:01pm | Post a Comment

MellowHigh – “Extinguisher”

mellowhighThe Odd Future trio MellowHigh (formerly a duo known as MellowHype) are generating much salivation for their first, self-titled album. One listen to the old-school-flavored “Extinguisher” and it’s not hard to hear why. “Hip-hop is back” one of them says near the end of the song. No doubt. The album’s due on Halloween via Odd Future.

 

Tera Melos – Live at Amoeba video

tera melosNor. Cal.’s Tera Melos are one of the coolest guitar bands around, wrangling their guitar necks around each other with much interlocking riff mayhem. See how they do it with a video of their performance at Amoeba SF below. Read my interview with the band here, and check out their album X’ed Out.

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Join Us at The Great Escape Pet Adoption Drive October 20 in Hollywood

Posted by Amoebite, October 17, 2013 01:48pm | Post a Comment

October is Adopt-A-Shelter Dog month, and we're proud to sponsor Goldiepup Presents: The Great Escape Pet Adoption Dive in Hollywood on Sunday, October 20. The Great Escape brings together a collective of artists, friends, vendors, shelters and Angelenos with the common goal of finding homes for some of the many kitties and pups of Los Angeles. This event takes place at 6110 Hollywood Blvd (next to the Fonda Theatre), 10am-2pm on 10/20, and is free and open to all.

We'll be there with our famous prize wheel and other goodies, so be sure to stop by and say hello. All proceeds from the prize wheel benefit LA Animal Rescue (LAAR), a non-profit organization primarily focused on pet overpopulation and spay / neuter outreach.

The Great Escape Pet Adoption Drive

In addition to The Great Escape Pet Adoption Drive, Best Coast, Baby Alpaca, and Death Valley Girls are playing a benefit show for LAAR at the Fonda on Monday, October 21. Tickets are available now at Amoeba Hollywood or you can buy them online here.

Best Coast Baby Alpaca at Fonda

We are having our own Dog Adoption Day at Amoeba Hollywood the following Sunday, October 27 between 1-4pm. AND, we're also collecting donations for LA Animal Shelters throughout the month of October. If you bring in any animal shelter donation item to Amoeba Hollywood during October, we'll give you a $3 off coupon as a thank you.

Meet the Dogs and Cats of Amoeba

Posted by Billy Gil, October 10, 2013 06:10pm | Post a Comment

Amoeba is more than just pet-friendly. We're kind of nuts about animals here. Not only can shoppers bring in their pets any time, our staff's pets have become part of the family, wandering the halls of Amoeba and distracting us from our work with ridiculous cuteness.

October is Adopt-a-Dog Month, and we've got a number of activities planned. Amoeba Hollywood's annual Dog Costume Contest is on Halloween, Thursday Oct. 31, with DJ Foliero at 3 p.m. and the contest at 5 p.m. As well, Amoeba is accepting donations, including food, blankets and cleaning supplies, for a $3 off coupon, and Amoeba is sponsoring The Great Escape, a two-day (Oct. 20-21) pet adoption event happening at Fonda Theatre (6110 Hollywood Blvd.), a benefit show featuring Best Coast, Baby Alpaca and other pet-loving bands.

Amoeba SF on Halloween will have a DJ set of spooky tunes with DJ Kells Bells from 3-5 p.m., with a dog costume contest at 4 p.m.—enter for the chance to win an Amoeba gift certificate!

Amoeba stores close at 7 p.m. on Halloween. Read more about these events/efforts here.

Meet our dogs and cats below!

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Wilder
 
Owner: Kyle Blair-Henderson, Video Director
 
Wilder is a 4-year-old rat terrier/ladykiller. He'll snack on anything that Kyle's one-and-a-half-year-old daughter throws on the floor. He is aggressively affectionate. His superpower is his overactive tongue. Beware the mighty tongue of Wilder or you'll find yourself in a canine french kiss. His tongue is also a defense mechanism for any time he feels cornered. There is no situation he can't lick his way out of.
 
Fun Fact: Wilder is named after the great Billy Wilder and not as many have suggested Gene Wilder or Van Wilder.
 
 

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Six Degrees of Vivian Girls

Posted by Billy Gil, October 9, 2013 04:06pm | Post a Comment

vivian girlsRemember the whole Pixies/Breeders/Belly/Throwing Muses web of bands many years back? Or, more recently, the Wolf Parade/Sunset Rubdown/Frog Eyes/Handsome Furs/Divine Fits band sprawl? And let's not even get into Broken Social Scene. Well, none of these band associations holds a candle to Vivian Girls and the myriad bands, collaborations, side projects and what-have-yous that spring from the New York noise pop band. In light of recent release from onetime-Vivian Frankie Rose and the upcoming release by Vivian girl Ali Koehler in Upset, I've attempted to make a Vivian Girls tree for y'all. I'm sure I missed like 20 bands, let me know if I have!

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