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Avi Buffalo Talks Recording 'At Best Cuckold'

Posted by Billy Gil, September 19, 2014 04:15pm | Post a Comment

avi buffalo amoebaAvi Buffalo has the feel of an old school indie rock band that's been around for years. When they took the stage at Amoeba Hollywood Sept. 17, confidently launching into the crisp "So What," from the band's new album, At Best Cuckold, it felt like seeing a veteran band working through a set of new tunes and old classics, despite that it was only the band's second album, and 23-year-old frontman Avi Zahner-Isenberg wasn't even old enough to legally drink when their first was released.

Of course, there are a few tell-tale signs of the Long Beach-born band's relative age—namesly, Zahner-Isenberg's boyish falsetto, sneaking naughty bits into otherwise mature-sounding songs ("my boner pressed up to your chest," it at least sounds like he sings over tasteful country-rock jangle on "Memories of You"). Off-color moments like this are scattered throughout the excellent At Best Cuckold, which has a more demure feel than its self-titled predecessor but whose lyrics are riddled with strange characters and surreal moments.

I caught up with Zahner-Isenberg to talk about At Best Cuckold, released four years after its predecessor, and his recording process in general.

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New York State of Mind Amoeblog #95: Hip-Hop Celebrated, DJ Dwells Interview, West Indian American Day Carnival

Posted by Billyjam, August 27, 2014 03:00pm | Post a Comment

        

 

What a great week it has been for hip-hop in New York City! On top of the big 2014 DMC US Finals at Webster Hall in the East Village on Saturday (reviewed on Amoeblog here) and the following day's nearby Battle Ave DJ battle at Turntable Lab, there were clubs and concerts galore, an amazing True School Park Jam yesterday, the Harlem Hip-Hop Festival - part of Harlem Week - over the weekend, and first annual International Hip Hop Parade on Saturday. The parade took place in none other than the "Boogie Down" Bronx, the borough where hip-hop was born 41 years ago, with many legendary figures in attendance including the three grand marshals of the parade Melle Mel, Grand Wizzard Theodore, and Kool DJ Red Alert (who afterwards called the parade "a great event to recognize this unstoppable culture that was born in the Bronx."). The organizers of the parade, which took place along Bathgate Avenue to a positive response from onlookers, say that they plan to travel to a new location each year for the event, noting that their mission statement is one of, "showing the positive side of Hip Hop music through technology, education, and expression."  More info.  

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Roses Chat With the Amoeblog Before Show at Sayers Club

Posted by Billy Gil, August 20, 2014 11:37am | Post a Comment

rosesL.A. trio Roses spin out gorgeous tunes that blur the line between dreamy introspection and new-wave pop abandon on their debut EP, Dreamlover. The band, which features ex-Abe Vigoda member Juan Velasquez on guitar with Marc Steinberg on vocals/keyboards and Victor Herrera on bass, will be at Sayers Club tonight for the next Red Bull Sound Select show, along with Tanlines and SISU, who we caught up with yesterday. The show is only $3 with an RSVP and starts at 8 p.m.; hope to see you there!

We spoke with Velasquez a bit about his new band and the recently released Dreamlover before the show.

You guys were friends for a while before becoming a band. Tell me a little bit about how you guys formed.

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SISU Chats With the Amoeblog Prior to Show at Sayers Club Aug. 20

Posted by Billy Gil, August 19, 2014 12:05pm | Post a Comment
sandra vu dum dum girlsSISU aka Sandra Vu has been a favorite of ours since releasing her debut album, Blood Tears, last year. Whether singing and writing with her shoegaze-pop project or behind the drum kit for Dum Dum Girls, Vu doesn't seem to sit still for long. We caught up with her prior to her next show, along with Tanlines and Roses, Aug. 20 at the Sayers Club as part of Red Bull's Sound Select series. The show is curated by Amoeba Music and is only $3 with an RSVP.
 
Hi Sandra! I just have a few questions since we last spoke. I heard you're already writing and recording the follow-up to Blood Tears. How far along are you? What's the process been like for you?

It’s coming along but since I have to work in spurts, it’s been going slowly. I’m pretty sure I’m experiencing ‘second record’ jitters but I try my best not to think about it! I am playing around with some different gear (drum machine, synth, software), so there’s been that bit of learning curve, and seeing if these pieces stick. It can be like growing another limb. They’re not only just different sounds, they can change up your whole process. 

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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Deltron 3030

Posted by Amoebite, July 24, 2014 04:02pm | Post a Comment

Deltron 3030

After over a decade in orbit, interplanetary alternative hip-hop supergroup Deltron 3030 have descended from space, rocking concert halls across America and preparing for a fall jaunt to Europe. Del Tha Funkee Homosapien, Dan the Automator and Kid Koala joined forces once more on last year's Event 2, a star-studded followup to their 2000 self-titled debut, featuring the likes of Damon Albarn, Zach De La Rocha, Mike Patton, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Amber Tamblyn, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, David Cross, and the Lonely Island. (And that's only a partial list.)

Dan the Automator and Del Tha Funkee Homosapien took a break from the constant struggle against our galactic overlords to sit down with the What's In My Bag? crew at Amoeba Hollywood. The Automator explores some of his cinematic inspirations, kicking us off with the 2012 sci-fi flick Looper. Next up Del shares his love for Black Flag's Damaged and My War. The picks keep coming fast and furious with the Automator's next selection, Shaun of the Dead, and with Del repping little known funk group Apple and the Three Oranges.

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