Amoeba has teamed with Goldenvoice to present a number of upcoming shows, starting with John Cale and Cass Mccombs at the El Rey Theatre Dec. 11. Tickets for that show are $30 (plus a $2 service fee). Then on Dec. 19, Amoeba presents Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs at the Fonda Theatre; tickets are $22.50 (plus a $2 service fee).
Tickets are limited to quantities on hand, until they sell out. Amoeba stops selling tickets for a show at 5 p.m. on the day of that show. Please call the store at 323-245-6400 for current availability or to purchase/hold.
See a full list of tickets available for sale at Amoeba Hollywood here.
John Cale at Amoeba Hollywood Oct. 26, 2005
Famed Welsh singer, songwriter, viola player and former member of The Velvet Underground John Cale is performing in support of his latest release, the adventurous Shifty Adventures in Nookie Wood. That album finds Cale trying on a number of new guises, occasionally augmenting his baritone voice with autotune and building out his futuristic love songs with electronic production and lyrics about vampires and other strange beasts. He’s also recently been playing songs off of his classic Paris 1919 record.
King Tuff has released a new record on Sub Pop, and all I can say is OMGGG. King Tuff is looking to be the garage banger of the summer. You should definitely pick this one up, and you can even preview it on YouTube for the time being. Check out a stream from Sub Pop below, and order the album here.
Up-and-coming L.A. pop band Kitten is releasing a new EP called Cut it Out on Aug. 28th. Teenage frontwoman Chloe Chaidez sure sounds like a star in the making on this buzzy electro single, which has the post-punk feel of Metric while upping both the catchiness and shoegazey sonics. I feel like we’ll only be able to claim Kitten for so long before they move on to bigger and better things, so check them out while they’re still local!
Shows This Weekend
This is a big weekend for local singer Nite Jewel, who recently released her fine album One Second of Love, which manages to be dancey (check out the title track) and cool, with atmospheric and experimental electronics throughout, while remaining classy, with Ramona Gonzalez’s sultry voice more reminiscent of classical pop singers like Barbra Streisand and Diana Krall. Tonight Nite Jewel headlines a krautrock-themed show titled “Krautrock Classics: A Night of German Cosmic Music,” presented by Dublab and the Goethe Institut. It will take place at the Ford Amphiteatre, with Nite Jewel performing a classic of the genre, Kraftwerk’s Computer World, with help from friends like Stones Throw Records’ Peanut Butter Wolf. The show also will include performances from the likes of Sun Araw, Dntel and Daedelus. Starts at 8, all ages, $15, get tickets online here.
Then, on Saturday, Filter Magazine holds its Summer Sessions series at the Original Penguin Store (8215 Melrose Ave.) from 2-6 p.m., featuring a performance by Nite Jewel. RSVP here.
On Sundays it’s usually hard to beat Part Time Punks at the Echo, and this Sunday is certainly no exception: Violens, whom fellow Amoeba-ite Brad also loves, will play alongside Capured Tracks band Catwalk and Surf Club, which features members of Craft Spells. Slumberland's Violens play blurry swoony guitar pop much in the same vein of their labelmates, but they stand out from the back with their strong melodic songwriting (check out the beautiful "Sariza Spring") and the fact that they bother to rock out once in a while (watch the "All Night Low" video below). Their album True is one of the best of the past couple of months. It's a whole lot of shoegazey, guitarry goodness for only 10 bucks. Get advance tickets here or in store at Ameoba.
Checking in on Friday once again, this week saw new videos from LA/CA acts Nick Waterhouse, Hanni El Khatib and Cass McCombs. Nick Waterhouse’s Time’s All Gone was released this week, it’s a soul-huggin’ good time of a record with pitch-perfect production. Check out the video for the rollicking “Some Place.”
Hanni El Khatib released a video for “Roach Cock,” a B-side to a limited edition 8” he did with a cover of The Cramps’ “Human Fly.” I think this song rocks harder than anything he’s done yet. Check out his album Will the Guns Come Out for more good times rock ’n’ roll.
Dusky singer-songwriter Cass McCombs released two excellent albums in 2011, Wit’s Endand Humor Risk. He follows that prolific output with a song and video inspired by alleged army whistleblower Bradley Manning. Domino has released a 7” of the song. Check out the video below.
Record Store Day is great for any number of reasons — supporting record stores and the music community, hearing DJ sets from the likes of Broken Social Scene’s Brendan Canning. But in the end it’s all about the exclusive and new releases. Here are 10 picks from the many releases coming out April 21. (Read a more comprehensive list here, and download the full list here.)
Animal Collective – Transverse Temporal Gyrus
Ripped from elsewhere on the Amoeblog: In March 2010, Animal Collective and visual artist Danny Perez put on an installation called "Transverse Temporal Gyrus" at the Guggenheim Museum in New York City. For the audio, each member of the band made individual sounds and songs. Over the course of two 3-hour performances, the basic tracks were fed into a computer program that randomized the track order, and sometimes randomly combined stems from one track with stems from another. The program also panned the music in various directions around a 36 channel surround sound system that ran through 36 speakers set up from the top of the Guggenheim's ramp to the bottom. The music on this 12" is a collage made consisting of the original tracks, as well as live recordings made inside the Guggenheim before the doors were opened to the public. It will be the only physical format on which any of the music will be released.
Plus it’s new Animal Collective!
Arcade Fire – Sprawl II
Arcade Fire’s Blondie-ish “Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)” was undoubtedly the highlight of The Suburbs and showed the band still has some tricks up its sleeve. The Soulwax remix included here tastefully gives it the dancefloor feel it calls for without just throwing a house beat over the song and calling it a day.