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Psych-Rockers Heron Oblivion Chat Before Amoeba SF Performance March 4

Posted by Billy Gil, March 1, 2016 06:14pm | Post a Comment

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You may not have heard of Heron Oblivion yet, but that’ll soon change.The psych-rock band recently signed to the venerable Sub Pop label, despite only having publicly played live just a few times prior, and have now toured with stoner-rock troubadour Kurt Vile. Part of that has to do with the band’s pedigree — guitarists Ethan Miller and Noel Von Harmonson played in brain-fryers Comets on Fire, with Von Harmonson also playing in Sic Alps and Six Organs of Admittance and Miller in Howlin’ Rain and Feral Ohms; Charlie Saufley played in the similarly minded Assemble Head in Sunburst Sound; and singer/drummer Meg Baird has played in psych-folk band Espers as well as solo.

The rest has solely to do with the sheer power of their debut, self-titled album. Over seven songs, the bands’ axes clash like fighting wolves, tangling like the brambles and branches that adorn the album cover. Keeping all this Crazy Horse-style madness reined in is a grounded rhythm section and the heart-stopping vocals of Baird. Her voice can simmer low and quavering like a classic British folk singer and then rise to seemingly unattainable heights on songs like the climactic "Your Hollows."

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Seth Bogart Talks L.A. Losers, S&M Songs and New Self-Titled Album

Posted by Billy Gil, February 18, 2016 08:21pm | Post a Comment

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Photo by JJ Stratford

Seth Bogart made a name for himself calling out lame boys who don’t like rock ‘n’ roll with bubblegum garage-pop gems in Hunx & His Punx. Since taking a break from releasing music (his last was Street Punk in 2013), Bogart has kept plenty busy. He moved to Los Angeles from the Bay Area in 2012 to focus on his visual art and open a store based on his own clothing line — if you’ve driven down Sunset Blvd. in Echo Park, you’ve probably seen Wacky Wacko, an explosion of bright pinks with a Pegasus head that looks like it’s screaming adorning the top.

But at the same time, he’s also still been recording music. For this outing, Bogart hooked up with longtime friend and producer Cole MGN, who’s also worked with such fine folk as Julia Holter, Ariel Pink and Dam-Funk. Bogart’s first solo release under his own name, out this Friday on Burger, mostly ditches the guitars for deliberately chintzy synths and drum machines on a weird, wild glitterbomb of an album, with help from friends like Chela, Cherry Glazerr’s Clementine Creevy and Tavi Gevinson. Check out the video for the song “Forgotten Fantazy” that was released today, which features Bogart dominating himself (!) in a hot clip that puts that “50 Shades” bullshit to shame.

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James Supercave Chat Before Amoeba LA & SF Performances

Posted by Billy Gil, February 9, 2016 03:33pm | Post a Comment

james supercaveAfter a few years of hype in the L.A. music scene, indie-pop band James Supercave are finally ready to drop their debut album, Better Strange. After breaking through onto local radio with the song "Burn" in 2014, the band (yes, it's a band, not a guy), which consists of frontman Joaquin Pastor, keyboardist Patrick Logothetti and guitarist Andres Villalobos, set about recording their debut. But perfection, particularly that of Pastor, meant that it took a couple of years, as the band told Noisey.

Now that it's finally here, Better Strange proves to be worth the wait. Songs like the title track roll along taut disco grooves and dreamy synth tones. Pastor’s highwire vocals can go from delicate to glammy in a heartbeat, calling to mind Marc Bolan and Jeff Buckley as his voice bounds through the hairpin turns of pounding indie-rocker “The Right Thing.” The band seemingly uses influences like LCD Soundsystem, Radiohead, The Shins and Brian Eno as a grab bag without taking too much from one place — at times the record is evocative, but it never lingers in one place. It's more focused on hooks than homage, and while the album is plenty catchy, its attention to detail is also immediately apparent and rewards on repeated listens.

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Michael Vidal Talks 'Dream Center' Before Amoeba Hollywood Performance June 18

Posted by Billy Gil, June 16, 2015 05:10pm | Post a Comment

michael vidal amoeba hollywoodMichael Vidal is the thoughtful kind of songwriter and human being you don't encounter very often. Compared to his previous band, L.A. noise-rockers Abe Vigoda, his Dream Center EP is full of introspective tunes built on carefully constructed, textural guitars that build on where that band was headed on its last LP, the darkwave-inspired Crush. Vidal has been playing live shows now with a three-piece band as Dream Center has been recently reissued on LP and CD by Couple Skate. He'll be at Amoeba Hollywood for a performance June 18 at 6 p.m. I caught up with Vidal before the show to find out more about his writing process, Instagram art and the new album he's working on.

Are these mostly newer songs or did you originally write them with the intention of using them for Abe Vigoda? Is there a difference to how you wrote your parts of the songs with Abe and solo?

Vidal: The songs on Dream Center were all written for this new project, but many of them were written in this period of limbo and I wasn’t really sure what this new project was. It was kind of unclear what was going on with Abe Vigoda, but I had to keep writing and playing out. I knew these songs were different and were for me. The writing process of Abe Vigoda was extremely collaborative, incidental and kind of chaotic. I can’t write that way on my own. I write slowly and carefully now, which sounds boring but is actually way more fun.

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LA Font Chat With the Amoeblog Before Their Amoeba Hollywood Performance April 23

Posted by Billy Gil, April 22, 2015 10:35am | Post a Comment

la fontLos Angeles trio LA Font play a brand of nervy power-pop with melodies that wrap their wires around you before you know it. The band is playing Amoeba Hollywood April 23 at 6 p.m. in support of their new EP, Hangtime Vol. 1, out April 28 on Fleeting Youth Records. We’ll also be giving out FREE split 7”’s with Roses (who play Amoeba Hollywood May 7) as part of Converse Rubber Tracks, a series of releases in which Converse gives up-and-coming bands studio time and releases the results as 7” records.

We took a minute to speak with singer/guitarist Danny Bobbe, who leads the band along with Harlow Rodriguez (drums) and Greg Katz (bass), before the band’s performance.   

Tell me a little bit about the LA Font story. How did you guys meet, where are you from and when did you start playing together?

Bobbe: Seven years ago, I hung fliers across town looking for a drummer. I hung one in Amoeba in the stairwell next to the other fliers. I was worried mine would get taken down or covered up so I stood up on the handrail and taped it to the ceiling. I came back three years later and it was still there. I felt very proud. It's since been removed.

What can you tell us about the Rubber Tracks recording you guys did?

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