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Amoeblog Exclusive: Moogfest Dial Tones LA, Dec 20th with YACHT, Nosaj Thing, & RSVP for limited space Synth Workshop

Posted by Billyjam, December 14, 2015 05:29pm | Post a Comment

In following last week's Amoeblog report on the richly diverse lineup for the Moogfest 2016 happening in Durham, NC in five months, here's an Amoeblog exclusive on the related Moogfest Dial Tones event in LA. Taking place at the Downtown Los Angeles Ace Hotel on Sunday, December 20th, Moogfest Dial Tones LA will be curated by acclaimed LA producer Nosaj Thing and feature a DJ after party on the rooftop curated by YACHT, who are among the 100+ acts scheduled for next May's festival dedicated to creator Dr. Robert Moog. Left is cover art of YACHT's most recent and most ambitious release to date. The album Thought The Future Would Be Cooler (also available in white vinyl) first arrived in Amoeba in October.

A kind of warm-up to the Moogfest 2016, the international Moogfest Dial Tones series began a week ago with a kickoff event in Durham.  In partnership with Ace Hotels, the Dial Tones series is a refreshing balance of creative workshops and performances. Think daytime synth workshops and nighttime synth drone performances.

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New Vinyl Reissues from Spoon, Earl Sweatshirt, Gary Numan, The Pharcyde & More

Posted by Amoebite, December 11, 2015 02:08pm | Post a Comment

Vinyl Reissues

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This week's vinyl reissues include anniversaries from Spoon, Rush, and Rancid, as well as two albums by Earl Sweatshirt appearing on vinyl for the first time. Here are the reissue highlights for December 11, 2015.

Abattoir Blues/The Lyre of Orpheus Vinyl Reissue

Nick Cave - Abattoir Blues & Nocturama LPs
[180gm vinyl]

Nick Cave's 2003 release Nocturama and the 2004 double album Abattoir Blues/The Lyre of Orpheus are both now available on 180 gram vinyl. The vinyl transfer of Abattoir was overseen by Mick Harvey and cut at Abbey Road.
Gary Numan Pleasure Principle reissue Gary Numan - The Pleasure Principle, Replicas & Telekon LPs

Gary Numan, GZA, The Orb, ODESZA, Mad Professor, Sun Ra Arkestra & Laurie Anderson Among Announced Acts At Moogfest 2016

Posted by Billyjam, December 10, 2015 09:26pm | Post a Comment

The lineup for Moogfest 2016 (May 19 - 22) -- the annual tribute to Dr. Robert Moog that brings together music, art, and technology -- promises be a richly diverse one with performers including Gary Numan (whose first three albums are being reissued on vinyl this week) GZA, Mad Professor, and The Orb. Just announced in the video below by synth-loving comedic entertainer (and fest participant) Reggie Watts, Moogfest 2016's lineup of over one hundred musical acts will include ODESZA, Laurie Anderson, Oneohtrix Point Never, Daniel LanoisBlood Orange, Sun Ra Arkestra, DJ Harvey, Explosions in the Sky, sunn O)))Simian Mobile Disco, Ben Frost, Kode9, Lunice, Ryan Hemsworth, and YACHT. In addition to musical performances, Moogfest includes workshops, lectures, and masterclasses such as Reggae Hacker Soundsystem and Radio and the Radiophonic. Meanwhile, speakers and presenters will include former Hollywood Amoebite DJ Lance Rock (reppin' Yo Gabba Gabba!) and author Dave Tompkins (who discussed his book on the evolution of vocoders with the Amoeblog). There will also be art installations and a mini film festival. Moogfest 2016's keynote speakers will be virtual reality pioneer Jaron Lanier and "transhumanist activist/pharma tycoon" Dr. Martine Rothblatt.

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Gary Numan's 1979 "Cars" Is A Synth Pop Classic

Posted by Billyjam, June 2, 2014 06:16am | Post a Comment
     
     Gary Numan "Cars" (1979)


"Here in my car, I feel safest of all. I can lock all my doors. It's the only way to live, in cars" sang Gary Numan in his dark seductive, synth-pop hit single "Cars" off his 1979 solo album The Pleasure Principle which was released just months after  his (and band Tubeway Army's) album Replicas which spawned the artist's other  hit of that same year "Are Friends Electric." See video above for "Cars" which was a  big hit for Numan in both his native United Kingdom upon its release and the following year in the States. "Cars" is one of those classic electronic synth pop songs that just never seems to age.  When Numan arrived on the charts at the time many rightfully noted how his vocal style was somewhat derivative of Bowie and some other artists but it didn't really matter because he was so good at what he did and since he added his own robotic style to it. Plus he put his own unique stamp on the track and the album it came from in terms of instrumentation. For the Pleasure Principle there were no guitars at all unlike the first two Tubeway Army albums that preceded it. For the album Numan utilized for the synth sound a Polymoog.  And with "Cars" Numan became synthesizer pop's first big star. Human League's "Don't You Want Me" wouldn't be released until a two full years later. So big a hit was "Cars" for Numan, who has been busy performing and recording recently, that it remains the one song that, beyond his diehard cult following, the average fan will associate him with - despite the fact that he has consistently releasing albums over the years totaling twenty studio albums (and many additional reissues and live releases) including last year's  Splinter (Songs from a Broken Mind). Not only was "Cars" a hit for Numan in 1979, 1980 but would go on to become a hit again in both 1987 and 1996.

Bid on Tickets to See The National, Sharon Jones and More at Amoeba's Charity Auction March 1

Posted by Billy Gil, February 26, 2014 03:55pm | Post a Comment

brentley amoebaAmoeba’s monthly charity auction returns March 1 at 4 p.m. with comedian Brently Heilbron.

The comedian has previously worked for Amoeba, serving as emcee during our Paul McCartney and Mighty Boosh shows, among others. Check out a video of Heilbron’s work the last time he hosted one of our auctions in the video below:

This month we’ll have a number of concert tickets available to bid on as well as gift certificates and other goodies. The list of bid items is as follows:

Tickets:

 

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Franz Ferdinand

Gary Numan at The Mayan 3/6

The National at The shrine 3/25

Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings at The Wiltern 3/25

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