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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
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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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Amoeba Presents The Belle Brigade at The Echo in February

Posted by Billy Gil, January 22, 2014 05:29pm | Post a Comment

belle brigade amoebaFolksy duo The Belle Brigade are taking over The Echo’s Tuesday night residency in February, playing free shows every Tuesday night in the month.

The duo, composed of siblings Barbara and Ethan Gruska, released their self-titled debut in 2011 to rapturous acclaim, drawing comparisons to Fleetwood Mac and Simon & Garfunkel. LA Times’s Randall Roberts said the album had “a dozen California pop gems,” while Newsday critic Glenn Gamboa said they had a “doe-eyed innocence … that makes their sun-kissed ’70s SoCal sound even more appealing.” The band’s second album, Just Because, is due March 25 on ATO. You can preorder the CD or LP from Amoeba now.

The band plays Feb. 4 with A House for Lions and Night Cruise; Feb. 11 with Fell Runner, Juliette Commagere and Syd Arthur; Feb. 18 with Alex Lilly and Clara-Nova; and Feb. 25 with Harriet and WATERS. (Click on each date to RSVP to the shows.) Each show is free and starts at 8:30 p.m.

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Psych Folk legend Eiichi Ohtaki dies at 65

Posted by Kelly S. Osato, January 10, 2014 04:01pm | Post a Comment
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Japanese singer-songwriter and producer Eiichi Ohtaki passed away at a hospital on Monday, December 30, 2013 after having collapsed at his Tokyo home while eating an apple, a piece which had apparently stuck in his throat causing him to choke. He was 65.

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Ohtaki's influential contributions to Japanese pop and folk rock music worldwide could not be more legendary. Born on July 28, 1948, he was perhaps most famous for being the singer/guitarist and founding member of Happy End (pictured left above),  a band he formed with fellow Japanese rock heavy hitters Takashi Matsumoto (Apryl Fool), Shigeru Suzuki and Haruomi Hosono (Apryl Fool/Yellow Magic Orchestra). From 1969 to 1972 the ensemble produced three studio albums that pioneered a highly revered heavy acid folk sound that made them Japan's most beloved and critically acclaimed classic rock bands of all time. More recently the ensemble won notoriety stateside when their song "Kaze wo Atusmete" was featured in the soundtrack for Sofia Coppola's 2003 film Lost In Translation.

Happy End - "Kaze wo Atsumete" from Kazemachi Roman (1971)

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