Kelly's Choice Albums (and So Fourth) of 2014

Posted by Kelly S. Osato, December 30, 2014 03:15pm | Post a Comment
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This is it, we made it to the last Tuesday of 2014. With nothing but a new year's worth of new release days ahead, here's to looking back over the past three-hundred sixty odd days filled with sonic revelations and reverberations. With that in mind, I've complied my very own short stack of yummy black plastic pancake picks -- my favorite records released this year. Mmm, pancakes....

1. Once & Future Band - Brain EP
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Listening to this sprawling progressive precipice of a rock record for the first time was like slipping backwards over a ledge built by everyday mundanities and falling. Falling but never bracing for impact, maybe never touching Earth again. Just like "looking ahead with no backwards glancing," as vocalist/keymaster Joel Robinow puts it in the nearly nine minute eponymous opening track, I was besotted and entirely overcome with feels. I mean, as much as it urks my nerve when folks misuse and overstate things as "literally" being or doing this or that, I can state without hesitation that this record literally blew me away. Well, in a figurative sense. Add to that the fact that this sweet baby is obviously a passionate labor of love, deftly crafted by a couple of local backyard Bay Area wizards, and GAH! my esteem for this band couldn't be any more swollen. These guys are pretty much the best band around right now.

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50 Essential Albums Released in 2014

Posted by Aaron Detroit, December 5, 2014 09:20am | Post a Comment

Aaron Detroit, Buyer at Amoeba Hollywood. I've worked in Hollywood for ten years, but started my time with Amoeba - way back in 1998 -  at the San Francisco store. Here is my extensive list of new essential listening, released in 2014. There is a wide range of genres and artists represented here because musical passion should not be static.

1. Swans - To Be Kind (Young God)
To Be Kind, Swans’ 3rd LP since their 2010 reformation (and 13th overall,) is an unlikely triumph after 2012’s seemingly unmatchable masterpiece, The Seer. Any trepidation one might have about the sprawling triple-LP’s intimidating track lengths should evaporate under it’s hypnotizing ebb-and-flow of mental blues, super-honed grooves, manic clatter and hushed passages; all of which are eventually crushed by monolithic waves of majesty. Nothing short of classic.

 2. Carla Bozulich - Boy (Constellation)
Boy is Carla Bozulich’s (of Ethyl Meatplow, Geraldine Fibbers and Evangelista-renown) 3rd solo affair, but in a lot of ways it feels like her first. Bozulich pours her famed, devastating whiskey-voice into a cocktail of funeral country, death blues and industrial noise that sticks to your guts. Carla herself refers to this LP as her “pop record,” and if that's a true description, we could sure use a whole lot more “pop” albums like Boy. Don’t overlook this one.

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Bid on Concert Tickets, Collectibles and More at Sept. 6 Charity Auction with Timothy Simons

Posted by Billy Gil, September 3, 2014 04:55pm | Post a Comment

timothy simmonsAmoeba Hollywood’s next charity auction will take place Saturday, Sept. 6 at 4 p.m. with guest host Timothy Simons.

Some of the stuff you’ll be able to bid on includes:

  • Samsung Galaxy Note 3 (AT&T)
  • VEEP goodies, including an autographed copy of Episode 309, for which Julia Louis-Dreyfus won an Emmy
  • Meet & greet backstage pass to Patton Oswalt’s 9/13 show at Largo
  • Gift certificates to cool places
  • Concert tickets, including Bob Mould at the Roxy, Alt-J at the Greek, Lily Allen at Palladium, Lykke Li at Palladium, Mac DeMarco at the Fonda, Blonde Redhead at the Fonda and Zola Jesus at the El Rey
  • Collectibles, oddities and much more!

lahsThis auction will go to benefit the Los Angeles High School of the Performing Arts' Theater Program. Amoeba matches winning bids up to $1000. LAHSA is a specialty school focusing on the performing arts that is open to enrollment for students within LAUSD. Find out more about the school here.

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7" Fix: Blonde Redhead - 10 Feet High b/w Valentine

Posted by Kelly S. Osato, February 14, 2014 02:36pm | Post a Comment
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Wishing oceans of love --  sweet, fuzzy, flawed, moody, or otherwise imrov'd love -- to everyone on this Valentine's Day. For me, no other band embraces the tragic romanticism of the human condition quite like Blonde Redhead. Without a doubt one of the best live bands still playing today, their sound ever continues to strike the just right chords, conjuring intense feelings and visceral love vibes that have, over the years, served as both cause and cure, effectively igniting and extinguishing many a lovelorn soul's heartache symptoms at once. Their 1995 7" single "10 Feet High" features something of a playful antidote of a b-side in "Valentine" -- a meandering surge of Violent Life dissonance that literally has Kazu giggling in her lah-las before the song is even half finished.

Blonde Redhead - "Valentine"

Here's a pretty great live video from 1999 featuring songs from three of their first four albums La Mia Vita Violenta, In An Expression of the Inexpressible, and Fake Can Be Just As Good -- check it out!

Desert Daze 2014 Tickets Available Now at Amoeba Hollywood

Posted by Rachael McGovern, February 5, 2014 04:40pm | Post a Comment

The lineup for this year's Desert Daze festival was just announced this week, and it looks to be the biggest and best one yet! Blonde Redhead and The Raveonettes are headlining, plus Liars, Autolux, Vincent Gallo, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Allah-Las and many more will descend upon the Sunset Ranch Oasis (69-520 S. Lincoln St Mecca, CA 92254), just a few hours outside of Los Angeles, on Saturday, April 26.

Tickets are on sale now at Amoeba Hollywood for $45 (+ $2 service charge) or you can buy them online. If you want to camp while you're there, check out the ticket bundles (available online only) that include camping passes in addition to festival entry.

Desert Daze 2014


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