Album Picks: Kisses, Protomartyr, Alex G

Posted by Billy Gil, October 9, 2015 12:02pm | Post a Comment

KissesRest in Paradise

kisses rest in paradise lpKisses continue to make smart, chilled-out disco-pop on their third album, stripping back some of the atmospherics of previous releases and upping the grooves. Spareness reveals how lovely Jesse Kivel’s voice and melodies are on a song like “Sun,” as Kivel moves from singing over a solo beat into a falsetto over romantic synth touches. Freestyle and ’80s synth R&B inform tracks like “Control” without them being mere homages. Most of Rest in Paradise sits comfortably as headphone-friendly electro pop, but a track like “A Groove” also gets your blood pumping with its high-hats, rubbery bassline and pure disco strings and guitars. Rest in Paradise is perhaps the L.A. duo’s best and boldest album yet, building on their easy appeal while delivering the disco jammers in spades.


Protomartyr The Agent Intellect

protomartyr the agent intellect lpProtomartyr make no-bullshit indie rock. Guitars are as in-tune as when they pick them up. Joe Casey’s vocals are declarative and fierce, eschewing melody in favor of direct emotion, spitting “I will make them feel the way I do” on surging opener “The Devil in His Youth.” This isn’t to say Protomartyr are sloppy. Everything on The Agent Intellect feels finely honed, drawing from bands like Husker Du, R.E.M. and Guided By Voices to distill bile-ridden diatribes into taut, nihilistic post-punk. Protomartyr’s tunneling rhythms and mangled notes aren’t particularly pretty, but The Agent Intellect feels true and cathartic. “Tell me how you really feel” might be one of the most annoying phrases in the English language. Protomartyr answer in kind.

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Weekly Roundup: Kisses, Tijuana Panthers, Flesh World, Vaguess, Pearl Charles, Creeping Pink

Posted by Billy Gil, June 26, 2015 09:30am | Post a Comment

Kisses – “A Groove”

kisses bandKisses are no longer as pregnant as this press photo shows—the real-life couple of Jesse Kivel and Zinzi Edmundson have a new baby boy, as Kivel told Hit City USA. But if you think parenthood would mellow the electronic pop project, think again—“A Groove” is as funky as anything the band has done. Kivel’s vocals dance around a relatively spare disco bassline and beat, coming in with some sunbaked guitars and synths for an ear-caressing chorus. It’s from their upcoming third album, Rest in Paradise, due later this year.


Tijuana Panthers – “Front Window Down” video

tijuana panthersTijuana Panthers have unveiled a video for their great new-wave surf song “Front Window Down,” along with details about their new album. Poster will come out Aug. 28 via Innovative Leisure. And this week we premiered our latest episode of “What’s In My Bag?” with the band. Watch both videos below.

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Weekly Roundup: Crocodiles, Deerhoof, Bloody Death Skull, Kisses

Posted by Billy Gil, June 6, 2013 06:30pm | Post a Comment

Crocodiles Stream New Song ‘Teardrop Guitar’

crocodiles crimes of passionShoegaze guitar fans, rejoice — San Diego’s Crocodiles have a new album coming out. Following last year’s fine Endless Flowers comes Crimes of Passion, due Aug. 20 on Frenchkiss. They’re already premiered “Crimes of Passion,” and now comes the melodic rush of “Teardrop Guitar,” a perfectly named slab of classic shoegaze, vibing early Verve and Ride while maintaining their own sense of scrappy rock ‘n’ roll grandeur. It’s streaming now at NPR.






Deerhoof Releases ‘Breaking Songs’ Video

deerhoofS.F.’s Deerhoof has released a video for its track “Breakup Songs” from the album of the same name. It at first seems like a huge bummer — I worry that “Breakup Songs” is code for the band breaking up, though they’ve had an incredible run — and the video features a crow man seeming to bring death to plague-invested peasants. How this leads to a dance party? You’ll just have to watch.

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Weekly Roundup: Classixx, IO Echo, Kisses, GRMLN, The Ross Sea Party, Sonny & The Sunsets, Thee Oh Sees, and more

Posted by Billy Gil, April 25, 2013 03:36pm | Post a Comment

Classixx Releases ‘All You’re Waiting For,’ Featuring LCD Soundsystem's Nancy Whang

classixxClassixx’s recent singles in advance of Hanging Gardens, the L.A. act’s upcoming debut LP due May 14 on Innovative Leisure, have gotten their fair share of press, but now they’ve gone and dropped their best jam yet, featuring cool as F vocals from LCD Soundsystem’s Nancy Whang. Here’s your early summer jam.


IO Echo Unveil Interactive Video

io echoI’m already a fan of L.A. group IO Echo and their recently released shoegazey electro-pop album, Ministry of Love. Now they’ve released a cool interactive video for the title track that just makes them that much cooler. Wow. Why don’t more bands do stuff like this? And more importantly, do I win something if I rearrange singer Ioanna Gika correctly in the beginning? Check it out on VICE’s Noisey blog.

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Check Out Amoeba at First Fridays on 4/5 and Pick Up a Discounted Gift Certificate

Posted by Billy Gil, April 4, 2013 03:30pm | Post a Comment

This Friday, April 5, Amoeba will be on hand at First Fridays at the Natural History Museum in Los Angeles. We’ll be selling $20-for-$15 gift certificates (limit four per person) and giving away other goodies. The first 30 people who come to our table and say “boogaloo” get a free Amoeba T-shirt!

The show this Friday features electronic composer Dan Deacon and art-rockers Japanther, as well as talks on the periodic table, with hands-on activities and discussions as to how the periodic table relates to the arts, history and mythology. The discussions start at 5 p.m. and run until 7 p.m., while the performances go from 8-10 p.m. Meanwhile the DJ lounge will feature KCRW’s Anthony Valadez and a DJ set from L.A.-based indie pop duo Kisses from 5:30-10 p.m.

Pre-sale tickets for this event are sold out, but a limited number of  tickets will be available at the Museum’s South Entrance the day of the event starting at 5:00pm.

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