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Top 40 California Albums Released in 2013

Posted by Billy Gil, December 10, 2013 03:31pm | Post a Comment

Through my Weekly Roundup series every Thursday (returning in 2014), I listen to a lot of stuff from California-based artists. Here’s a list of 40 great albums that were made by artists based in this great state. There were lots more, so just consider this my own personal list, and let me know if there’s anything I missed!

 

40. FRONDSFRONDS

fronds fronds lp amoebaEpically beautiful seafaring pop from the dude formerly of The Mallard.

 

 

 

 

 

39. Kisses Kids in LA

kisses kids in la amoebaThe cute electro-pop duo get dancier with freestyle sounds on their second album.

 

 

 

 

 

38. Tyler, the CreatorWolf

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Album Picks: Haim, Justin Timberlake, Yuck

Posted by Billy Gil, September 30, 2013 10:16am | Post a Comment

HAIM - Days Are Gone (CD or LP)

haim days are gone lpL.A. sister trio HAIM have seemingly been around so long, it’s hard to believe Days Are Gone is only their debut LP. That’s due to the band trickling out singles throughout the year that that have gotten better and better, all of which are included here. “Falling” moves on an echoing drum pulse and middle sister Danielle Haim’s husky, breathy vocals, falling somewhere between Christine McVie and Fiona Apple, and careful, creeping guitar riffs. “Forever” moves on an ’80s R&B shuffle, while the sisters’ back-and-forth vocal aerobics and harmonies employed Este, Danielle and Alana Haim showcase their greatest strength—the inborn chemistry fostered by playing in a band together since childhood. Their best song yet, “The Wire,” is bold enough to get called a Shania Twain knockoff by Portishead’s Geoff Barrow—they must be doing something right. Its Gary Glitter strut allows Danielle to really vamp and play the relieved ex-lover with glee, while youngest sister Alana steals the show with her swaggery second verse. The rest of Days Are Gone isn’t as strong as that dynamite opening, but even when the songs feel overstuffed, the sisters’ boundless energy makes the entire thing such an entertaining ride that you won’t mind the occasional whiplash. The details really make it worthwhile—the way the guitars pulse like they’re emulating synthesizers on “If I Could Change Your Mind,” the crazy, warped Miami Sound Machine-style vocals on the title track. We haven’t had a pop band like this in years, one with both the smarts and technical capability to call to mind classic pop acts from Fleetwood Mac through Destiny’s Child in one feel swoop. And Days Are Gone will no doubt make young women everywhere ask for guitars and pull their sisters into jam sessions. For that alone, we’re thankful for HAIM.

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10 Records You Need to Own in Fall

Posted by Billy Gil, September 3, 2013 04:08pm | Post a Comment

The WeekndKiss Land (preorder on CD or LP)

the weeknd kiss land lp

Out Sept. 10

Canadian indie R&B artist The Weeknd returns with a new album following his three mixtapes and their eventual compilation (Trilogy). Expect Kiss Land to live up to its name, judging by the sexy, Portishead-sampling “Belong to the World” heard below.

 

Sebadoh Defend Yourself (preorder on CD or LP)

sebadoh defend yourselfOut Sept. 17

The first album in 14 years from Sebadoh, the great indie rock band featuring Lou Barlow (also of Dinosaur Jr.), should be a hoot! Even if you’re new to the band, Barlow’s gritted-teeth delivery and brittle guitarwork are a thing to behold.

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Weekly Roundup: The Goldberg Sisters, Daedelus, Haim, Roses

Posted by Billy Gil, August 1, 2013 02:52pm | Post a Comment

The Goldberg Sisters – “It Can Get You Down”

adam goldberg the goldberg sistersThe Goldberg Sisters are Adam Goldberg of acting fame (Dazed and Confused, Entourage etc.) and his sister, songwriter Celeste Goldberg. Only she’s his imagined twin a la Adaptation (I think). In any case, this first song from Goldberg’s third record is a nice bit of California bedroom pop that feels like waking up in a not unwanted haze, reminiscent of fellow So. Cal. bands like dios (malos) and Beachwood Sparks. Adam Goldberg’s beard (which also would’ve been a cool band name) seems more appropriate than ever, given the hippie vibes of “It Can Get You Down).” Stranger’s Morning is due Aug. 20 on apologymusic. Listen here.

 

 

 

 

Daedelus – “Paradiddle”

daedelusL.A. producer Daedelus aka Alfred Darlington has a new one coming out called Drown Out on Anticon Sept. 17. I listened to this while reading a terrifying story about a couple who had Googled pressure cookers and backpacks and were allegedly visited and questioned by police. The twisting and unpredictable nature of Daedelus’ synths and beats seemed to fit just well, full of paranoid-sounding tones and woozy movements. These are troubling times, indeed; luckily we have people like Daedelus soundtracking them for us.

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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

 

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