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December Album Picks: Charli XCX, D'Angelo, Nicki Minaj

Posted by Billy Gil, December 23, 2014 03:30pm | Post a Comment

December often doesn’t have the same number of big new releases as other months. But in this age of Beyonce-ing albums at the end of the year, there are still a few winners that slip into the end of the year.

 

D’Angelo Black Messiah (CD, LP out 2/10)

d'angelo black messiah cd lpThe long-awaited Black Messiah caps off 2014 as the year’s best soul album. But to call it soul or R&B would be reductive. Even more so than D’Angelo’s previous two albums, the excellent Brown Sugar and neo-soul masterpiece Voodoo, Black Messiah eschews any preconceived notions of what R&B, pop, music in general should be. Black Messiah draws upon a rich history of black music, notably blues, jazz and gospel and funk, and blows them out into billowing, smokey jams that seep under your skin, work their way into your veins. “Ain’t That Easy” rides hard on The Vanguard’s hip-hop beat and raunchy funk chords, while D’Angelo delivers an impassioned vocal and conciliatory lyrics like a sleek modern-day update of Al Green’s “Let’s Stay Together.” “1,000 Deaths” lays out Black Messiah’s other theme, starting with a powerful passage by an African American preacher that rails against the presentation of Jesus as a white savior. Over The Vanguard’s stuttering, skronking beat, D’Angelo’s multitracked vocal paints a harrowing picture but makes its most memorable couplet a rallying cry for the oppressed (“A coward dies a thousand times/But a soldier only dies just once), ending in an ecstatic, Prince-worthy cry and Hendrixy guitar explosions. Like Erykah Badu’s New Amerykah albums, or (aesthetically) like Kanye West’s Yeezus, Black Messiah is remarkably adventurous throughout. “The Charade” shuffles along a beat reminiscent of Radiohead’s “There, There,” dazzles with springs of sitar and builds to a thick climax. Similarly, “Back to the Future (Part I)” and “II” breaks up a future-funk suite about breaking up, keeping you engaged with its heady groove. Black Messiah’s more accessible moments make for some of the loveliest songwriting D’Angelo’s put to tape, with lush devotionals like “Till It’s Done (Tutu)” and “Really Love” and the jaunty alien jazz of “Sugah Daddy” making for perfect mixtape material. D’Angelo definitely kept us waiting a while for this one, but his remarkably consistent catalog to this point shows that the best things come to those who wait. Truly, Black Messiah is a densely layered soul masterpiece.

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Tickets on Sale at Amoeba Hollywood in July

Posted by Amoebite, July 1, 2013 12:35pm | Post a Comment

Tickets at AmoebaAmoeba Hollywood regularly sells tickets to local shows, with the added bonus of charging low service fees (if you're into saving money and who isn't really?).

All tickets can be purchased at the registers (while supplies last) for a $2 service fee. We take cash and credit cards for all ticket sales. Store credit and coupons cannot be applied to ticket sales.

Please note that on the day of the show, we will stop selling tickets for that show at 5pm.

If you have a question about whether we've sold out of a specific show, please call the store at 323-245-6400.

JUST ADDED SHOWS:

Gogol Bordello at the Fonda

Gogol Bordello
Fonda Theatre
October 7-9

Tom O'Dell at El Rey

Tom O'Dell
El Rey
October 9

 

Here is a full list of tickets we currently have for sale at Amoeba Hollywood:

Show Name Venue Show Date Ticket Price
(fee not included)
The 1975 Fonda Theatre 11/01/2013 $20.00
Acacia Strain Roxy Theatre 08/29/2013 $17.00
Alunageorge El Rey 09/12/2013 $20.00
Anthema & Alcest El Rey 10/03/2013 $22.00
Beats Antique Fonda Theatre 11/15/2013 $25.00
Best Coast El Rey 8/18 & 8/19 $25.00
Blonde Redhead El Rey 09/03/2013 $25.00
Boy Fonda Theatre 10/26/2013 $20.00
Charli XCX El Rey 09/05/2013 $22.00
Cimorelli El Rey 08/06/2013 $17.00
Cocorosie Fonda Theatre 10/29/2013 $25.00
Couer de Pirate El Rey 09/14/2013 $20.00
Crystal Fighters Fonda Theatre 10/24/2013 $20.50
Depeche Mode Convention Avalon Hollywood 08/11/2013 $50.00
(weekend pass)
Desaparecidos Fonda Theatre 11/14/2013 $30.00
Dodos El Rey 10/15/2013 $18.00
Sky Ferreira El Rey 09/29/2013 $20.00
Michael Franti Fonda Theatre 10/12/2013 $35.00
FYF Fest LA State Historic Park 08/24 - 08/25 $102.00
(+ $3 service fee)
Godflesh Fonda Theatre 10/27/2013 $30.00
Godspeed You! Black Emperor Fonda Theatre 09/12/2013 $25.00
Gogol Bordello Fonda Theatre 10/7, 10/8 & 10/9 $29.50
Gold Panda Fonda Theatre 09/20/2013 $20.00
Herbert Groenemeyer Fonda Theatre 09/28/2013 $42.50
HAIM Fonda Theatre 10/16/2013 $22.50
He's My Brother, She's My Sister El Rey 10/26/2013 $18.00
The Heavy Fonda Theatre 08/08/2013 $20.00
Hiatus Kaiyote (18+ show) Bootleg Theater 07/31/2013 $15.00
Peter Hook Fonda Theatre 09/21/2013 $24.00
Icona Pop Fonda Theatre 08/29/2013 $25.00
JJ Grey & Mofro El Rey 08/02/2013 $22.50
Man Man Fonda Theatre 09/29/2013 $17.50
Johnny Marr Fonda Theatre 11/02/2013 $27.50
Minus the Bear Fonda Theatre 09/10/2013 $25.00
Morbid Angel Fonda Theatre 11/29/2013 $22.50
Morgan & Liz El Rey 09/08/2013 $14.00
Morgan Heritage El Rey 07/31/2013 $22.00
Laura Mvula El Rey 09/17/2013 $20.00
Kate Nash Fonda Theatre 11/23/2013 $22.50
Nicholas David El Rey 08/14/2013 $20.00
Tom O'Dell El Rey 10/09/2013 $20.00
The Orb Fonda Theatre 09/19/2013 $25.00
Over the Rhine El Rey 11/21/2013 $27.00
Phosphorescent El Rey 10/01/2013 $20.00
Polica Fonda Theatre 11/20/2013 $22.50
Polyphonic Spree El Rey 08/22/2013 $22.00
Gregory Porter El Rey 09/25/2013 $30.00
Lisa Marie Presley El Rey 09/01/2013 $25.00
Purity Ring Fonda Theatre 08/27 & 08/28 $25.00
Ra Ra Riot Fonda Theatre 09/14/2013 $22.50
Marky Ramone Fonda Theatre 10/15/2013 $25.00
Katey Segal El Rey 09/15/2013 $25.00
Slackers El Rey 09/20/2013 $20.00
Smith Westerns El Rey 08/10/2013 $20.00
Somo El Rey 11/07/2013 $19.00
Souls of Mischief El Rey 08/16/2013 $20.00
Sparks Fonda Theatre 11/11/2013 $35.00
Stars El Rey 09/19/2013 $25.00
Stereophonics Fonda Theatre 10/10/2013 $30.00
Selah Sue El Rey 08/26/2013 $17.00
Superchunk El Rey 09/04/2013 $24.00
Surfer Blood El Rey 10/21/2013 $20.00
Switchfoot Fonda Theatre 11/06/2013 $29.50
Tricky El Rey 10/23/2013 $25.00
Frank Turner Fonda Theatre 10/14/2013 $22.50
Vaccines Mayan Theater 09/22/2013 $27.00
Casey Veggies & Travi$ Scott El Rey 08/01/2013 $23.00
Vintage Trouble El Rey 09/07/2013 $18.00
Yeasayer El Rey 08/11/2013 $25.00
You Me at Six El Rey 10/04/2013 $17.00
Waterboys El Rey 10/07/2013 $27.00
Wax Tailor El Rey 09/21/2013 $20.00
White Lies El Rey 10/10/2013 $25.00
Keller Williams El Rey 11/08/2013 $20.00
Woodkid Fonda Theatre 10/25/2013 $23.00