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So Many Wizards' Nima Kazerouni Talks Being in Four Bands Before Performance Jan. 29 at Amoeba Hollywood

Posted by Billy Gil, January 28, 2015 03:17pm | Post a Comment

so many wizards amoebaSo Many Wizards frontman Nima Kazerouni is easily one of the hardest working guys in the L.A. music scene. Other than SMW, his long-running indie-pop project, he has another full-time band, Crown Plaza, and two more new ones. I asked Kazerouni about how he keeps it all straight before So Many Wizards’ show at Amoeba Hollywood Jan. 29 at 6 p.m. They’re handing out a split 7” at the show with Tennis System, as part of Converse Rubber Tracks’ free recording sessions for up-and-coming artists. They’ll also be signing their previous 7”, Night Chills, at the show.

So I heard you started a new band, Nectarine, and now you have GNTLMN, too, bringing the total to four (I think). Is that just to try out different directions, play with different people or something else?

Yeah, totally. Nectarine is a super fun new band that started with homegirl Allie Bumsted. We would just jam together and write songs on the fly in her Long Beach garage while drinking beers and coffee. It turned into a thing pretty naturally. GNTLMN, which is now officially called Others, is a two-piece electronic dream-pop project created with S.F. transplant and homegirl Natalia Rogovin. The two are totally different sounds, and I play different roles in each band. It’s a lot to juggle four bands, yes, but whatever, I love them all.

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Amoeba Presents Rubber Tracks In-store Series With Tennis System, So Many Wizards, Windham Flat, Cocktails

Posted by Billy Gil, January 2, 2015 10:12am | Post a Comment

rubber tracksAmoeba is teaming up with Converse Rubber Tracks to host in-store live show series with cool local bands and giving away limited split 7” to celebrate the shows.

tennis systemFirst up on Jan. 15 at 6 p.m. is Tennis System at Amoeba Hollywood. The first 500 people will get a free limited edition 7” including a track each by Tennis System and So Many Wizards.

Composed of frontman Matty Taylor, drummer Hector Gomez and bassist Zach Bilson, L.A.-based shoegazers Tennis System put out their excellent second album, Technicolor Blind, in 2014. They’ve played with the likes of Ty Segall, Wavves, Japandroids, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, Mark Gardner (Ride) and Beach Fossils, to name a few. And they’re favorites at local post-punk night Part Time Punks.

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New Avi Buffalo Video

Posted by Amoebite, December 15, 2014 06:14pm | Post a Comment

Avi Buffalo at Amoeba Hollywood

Long Beach-based rocker Avi Zahner-Isenberg and his band Avi Buffalo performed a few songs from their Avi Buffalo At Best Cuckoldsophomore album, At Best Cuckold (Sub Pop), recently at Amoeba Hollywood. The new album finds Avi Buffalo building on the sound and aesthetic they crafted on 2010's self-titled debut. The first record found the young 19-year old Zahner-Isenberg and his cohorts writing songs filled with age appropriate context while showing signs of a true songwriter. Four years later and Avi Buffalo have grown up, just a little. At Best Cuckhold digs deeper into their West Coast brand of indie rock and you can hear the experience of a well oiled band seeping through the speakers. The songs are well structured and the production quality is great. You get the sense that Avi Buffalo are acting like responsible adults and then Zhaner-Isenberg reminds you not to take it too seriously with songs like, "Can't Be Too Responsible." 

In support of At Best Cuckold, Avi Buffalo played to an excited audience at Amoeba Hollywood. Watch the teaser below and check out more from this performance on Amoeba.com.

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Show Recap: Jhene Aiko at Amoeba Hollywood

Posted by Billy Gil, September 12, 2014 04:48pm | Post a Comment

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For an artist who was essentially just releasing her first LP, Jhene Aiko certainly came across as a star when she performed at Amoeba Hollywood Sept. 10.

Aiko, of course, is not unknown; she has guested on numerous hip-hop tracks, perhaps most notably singing the heartfelt opening to Drake’s “From Time,” off of one of the biggest albums of the past couple of years. Still, despite her apparent rolodex of big-name artists, Aiko herself has remained curiously in the shadows.

Until now, that is. Her first full-length LP, Souled Out, is an elegant collection of breathy L.A. soul with just the right hip-hop touch. It’s an album that puts her front-and-center, unlike her .sailing soul(s). mixtape and Sail Out EP, which drew on such high-profile guest stars as Kendrick Lamar and Kanye West. This time, save for a last-minute guest spot from Common, Aiko’s pretty much sailing alone. That seemed just fine with the line of fans who stretched around the block at Amoeba for the chance to see her:

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New Video from Welsh Singer/Songwriter Cate Le Bon

Posted by Amoebite, August 28, 2014 02:21pm | Post a Comment

Cate Le Bon

Cate Le BonDressed all in black (as was her backing band) with a black Fender Telecaster in hand, Wales native Cate Le Bon took to the stage at Amoeba Hollywood on April 30, 2014 in support of her latest release, Mug Museum (Wichita Recordings). Le Bon performed a set of beautiful melancholy songs pulled from the new album. Fans packed the aisles at Amoeba and were treated to a signing after the show. 

The new album finds Le Bon crafting gems in the wake of her paternal grandmother's death. By no means is Mug Museum a dark, sad production about mourning, although what's a Cate Le Bon album without themes of death and mortality? The album is a well-rounded work of art, at times channelling '60s psych, with organ droned sonics making it both dirty and pretty all at the same time. Le Bon's vocals are front and center like never before and some critics may argue Mug Museum is the best release in her catalog.

Watch Cate Le Bon performing "Are You With Me?" from Mug Museum live at Amoeba Hollywood:

Cate Le Bon - Are You With Me? (Live at Amoeba)
 

Watch more from this set here.

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