Best Coast - Fade Away (CD, LP or Download)
Best 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.
Best Coast - Fade Away (CD, LP or Download)
MellowHigh – “Extinguisher”
The 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
Nor. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Remember 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!