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Amoeba Presents Gurrumul in Los Angeles at the El Rey May 6

Posted by Amoebite, March 19, 2015 03:43pm | Post a Comment

gurrumulAboriginal folk singer Gurrumul brings his angelic voice and stirring, spiritual acoustic music to LA's El Rey Theatre on May 6. Amoeba and Goldenvoice are proud to co-present. You can buy tickets at Amoeba Hollywood with a low service fee or online here.

Gurrumul (real name Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu) has been called “Australia’s most important voice” by Rolling Stone. Gurrumul was born blind and a member of Gumatj clan on Elcho Island. On his self-titled debut album, Gurrumul sings in a mixture of Yolngu and English about such subjects as his love for his country, spiritual connection with the land, the death of his father and difficulty of living as a blind man.

Beyond his homeland, Gurrumul has performed for President Barack Obama and the British Royal Family, and Gurrumul won several ARIA Awards (Australia’s version of the Grammys), including Best World Music Album.

Hear the inspiring “Wiyathul” in the video below:

 

Amen Dunes' Damon McMahon Talks Trying Not to Be Cool On New Album 'Love'

Posted by Billy Gil, June 13, 2014 06:16pm | Post a Comment

Amen Dunes Damon McMahonDamon McMahon has been making lo-fi psychedelic folk under the Amen Dunes moniker over the past decade. Several tours, a stint living in China and a few records later, and Amen Dunes are having a breakthrough moment with the recently released Love, a cleaner, more precise album and perhaps one of the best of the year thus far, full of swirling, melancholic folk-rockers with carefully considered experimental touches.

I’ve read that in the past you recorded a lot of things on your own onto tape. What made you want to go for a more produced sound on this record?

I think I’ve always wanted to make records that sounded really good, but I didn’t have the means to do so. It’s always been a solitary process, it never really worked for me in studios, but I’ve always wanted to make a record that sounded really good but I never really had the ability to do that. I had specific visions for this record. I had this idea of imagining what a songwriter record would sound like if it was backed by Pharoah Sanders. I was really obsessed with this Pharoah Sanders record called Karma, I have been for a long time. I wanted to make a record that production-wise was reminiscent of that. And I couldn’t really do that with a TASCAM four-track.  

Was it important to keep some of the immediacy of your earlier work? I’m thinking of a song like “I Can’t Dig It,” which has almost a live feel to it.

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Amoeba Presents The Drop: Mary Gauthier at the GRAMMY Museum

Posted by Billy Gil, April 7, 2014 11:38am | Post a Comment

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Amoeba is proud to present The Drop: Mary Gauthier at the GRAMMY Museum April 21 at 8 p.m. Doors are at 7:30, and tickets are $20; get them here.

As part of The Drop’s new Americana music series, folk artist Gauthier will appear for an interview, moderated by vice president of The GRAMMY Foundation and MusiCares, Scott Goldman, after which she’ll perform a set of songs.

Mary Gauthier’s throaty, world-weary voice, gothic-country acoustic guitar playing and detailed storytelling have won her praise from the likes of Bob Dylan and Tom Waits. Though she’s a stoic persona, Gauthier’s music packs an emotional wallop.

mary gauthier trouble & love cd amoebaHer story goes back to being an adopted child and teenage runaway. Gauthier first found shelter amongst drug addicts and drag queens. Though she eventually came to be a chef with her own restaurant, a crippling heroin addiction threatened her success and led to her arrest.

Now sober, Gauthier traded her chef’s apron for a guitar—she didn’t write her first song until her mid-30s, for all you late bloomers out there—and the six albums she’s released have been critically acclaimed, with 2005’s Mercy Foundling garnering the Americana Music Association's New/Emerging Artist of the Year distinction, and 2011’s The Foundling being named the No. 3 Record of the Year by the Los Angeles Times.

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Joanna Newsom and the Magical Tour of 2004

Posted by Kelly S. Osato, March 21, 2014 04:20pm | Post a Comment
Joanna Newsom with Kevin Barker, Old Ironsides, Sacramento CA, July 10, 2004. Photo by Alissa Anderson. The Family Jams 2004 tour documentary devandra banhart vetiver new album 2014 harp freak folk nevada city california
Joanna Newsom with Kevin Barker at Old Ironsides, Sacramento CA, July 10, 2004. Photo by Alissa Anderson.

Once upon a time, or nearly ten years ago, a couple of bands combined their like-minded pursuit of music, travel, and kindred jamming and took to the road for what would later be known as the "Magical Tour of Two Thousand and Four" or The Family Jams, as revealed in Kevin Barker's tour documentary of the same name. Perhaps a more accurate description of the happening would be to say that it was an extended jaunt comprised of artists caught in Devendra Banhart's orbit at the time -- an Earthbound constellation of celestial talents that, for better or for worse, birthed the term Freak Folk. Though the documentary captures intimate performances and would-be private moments of many hearts and artists, the camera focuses mainly on Banhart, Vetiver, and Joanna Newsom.

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Amoeba Presents Run River North at The Troubadour March 3

Posted by Billy Gil, February 12, 2014 03:17pm | Post a Comment

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Amoeba will present the SoCal folk-rock band Run River North at the Troubadour for their album release show March 3.

Tickets for the show are $15. They're currently sold out, but there will be day-of tickets at $17.

run river north amoebaThe show starts at 8 p.m., and doors are at 7.

The Korean-American band formed in 2011 and grew to prominence with the help of massive exposure on the "Jimmy Kimmel Live" show. Recently, the band had a residency at notable L.A. folk venue The Hotel Cafe. Their self-titled debut album is due Feb. 25.

"We get Asian-Mumford because of the acoustic guitars and harmonies and us being pretty Asian," lead singer/guitarist Alex Hwang has said of the band's sound. "... Our only hope is that the music we make is personal enough to stay genuine and honest."

Check out our recent interview with Run River North to learn more about the band.

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