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Watch a Blazing Performance by Tijuana Panthers at Amoeba Hollywood

Posted by Amoebite, October 1, 2014 07:02pm | Post a Comment

Tijuana Panthers

Despite flying under the mainstream radar for almost a decade, employing the DIY strategy so many do, the Tijuana Panthers are finally poised for a breakthrough. Much like their Innovative Leisure labelmates Hanni El Khatib, Nick Waterhouse, and the Allah-Las, the Tijuana Panthers have been crafting their own brand of alternative surf rock while tucked away in sunny Long Beach, California.

In 2010, the band self-released their debut, Max Baker, following it up with Semi Sweet (Innovative Leisure) in 2013. The latter is a lo-fi rock-pop record at times reminiscent of '50s era doo wop with puppy love themes. For their latest effort, Wayne Interest (Innovative Leisure), the Panthers teamed up with producer and Black Keys touring bassist, Richard Swift. The lo-fi production style is still very intact and guitarist Chad Wachtel's surf licks rock with authenticity. The band shows off their punker minimalism, while still delivering catchy melodies backed by echoey drums.

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New Performance Video from Post-Disco Dance-Punk Band De Lux

Posted by Amoebite, July 28, 2014 06:32pm | Post a Comment

De Lux live at Amoeba Hollywood

File local dance punks De Lux between Liquid Liquid and LCD Soundsystem in your record collection -- if you don't care about proper alphabetization, that is. The duo of Sean Guerin and Isaac Franco make the kind of smart disco that pays tribute to their progenitors, nodding to the glittering, sequin-bedecked past, while keeping the dance floors of today groovin'.

Which is exactly what happened when the lads stopped by Amoeba Hollywood earlier this spring. With a full band backing them, Guerin and Franco unleashed some seriously seductive, summery vibes. De Lux has been ruling the streets of LA this summer, with performances at Echo Park Rising (August 15) and Pacific Fest OC (August 16) in the works. Their debut full-length, Voyage, is out now on Innovative Leisure.

Check out two songs from De Lux's excellent set below or watch the full performance here

De Lux - Live at Amoeba
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Interview: Hanni El Khatib

Posted by Billy Gil, May 7, 2013 11:02am | Post a Comment

hanni el khatibThere’s a fuck-all attitude to Hanni El Khatib’s music that makes his relatively straightforward garage rock so enjoyable. Maybe it’s that his songs are really catchy, pairing rock ‘n’ roll swagger with actual hooks. Or that he actually seems like a really cool guy, which I learned he is after interviewing him. Check out his second album, Head in the Dirt, produced by The Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach, which is out now on Innovative Leisure. He’s at S.F.’s Fillmore May 17 and L.A.’s Mayan Theater May 21, both with The Black Angels and Wall of Death.

PST: There’s a hint of desperation to the lyrics to some of these songs. I’m thinking of how “Family” starts with the lyric “I wanna be somebody else today” or the lyrics of songs like “Nobody Move” and “Pay No Mind.” Where do you get your lyrical inspiration?

hanni el khatib head in the dirtEl Khatib: Most of my lyrics are written in a very spontaneous way. Total stream of consciousness that I try to loosely connect to an underlying mood or theme. They usually reflect the mood I’m in at the moment, and since the record was written and recorded in such a short time-frame, I guess that’s just the place I was at.

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Amoeba Presents First Fridays at the Natural History Museum of LA With Allah-Las!

Posted by Billy Gil, February 21, 2013 01:48pm | Post a Comment

Amoeba’s ongoing sponsorship of First Fridays at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles continues March 1 with Allah-Las and The Babies. We’ll be at a table near the entrance selling Amoeba swag, $20-for-$10 Amoeba gift certificates (limit two per person) and more. There's also a tour of the museum and discussion with Dr. Lucy Jones starting at 5 p.m., discussing the history of seismology in LA and what might be in its future — yikes! The band performances run from 8 to 10 p.m., with KCRW DJs Anthony Valadez and Travis Holcombe spinning from 5:30 to 10 p.m. in the DJ lounge, where you can buy drinks as well. For $18 you get a presale ticket and museum admission (with a guaranteed spot in the concert hall), or museum admission with access to the discussions and DJ lounge but not the concert hall for $12. The event starts at 5 p.m. Get tickets for the show here.

allah-lahsThis show is extra special because it features Allah-Las, who met while the members were working at Amoeba. Since forming, the band, which filters surf rock, ’60s garage rock nuggets and ’80s jangly paisley underground rock into a cool, collected whole, has become one of the biggest young bands in Los Angeles. Produced by another local favorite, ’50s-flavored songsmith Nick Waterhouse, their self-titled debut record, released in 2012 on Innovative Leisure, was one of the most buzzed-about L.A. records of the year and has helped launch the band globally. We’re proud of our boys and we hope you check them out March 1! Read my interview with the band here.

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