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Weekly Roundup: Allah-Las, Gabriel Kahane, Evan Mellows, The Shoe, Matt Kivel, Painted Palms

Posted by Billy Gil, June 13, 2014 10:49am | Post a Comment

Allah-Las – “501-415”

allah-lasAllah-Las, who met while working here at Amoeba and went on to release an excellent self-titled debut two years ago, have a new one on the way called Worship the Sun, out Sept. 16 via Innovative Leisure, produced by Nick Waterhouse. “501-415” is both more stripped down and psychedelic than what we’ve heard before, with a country jangle and Pedrum Siadatian’s wandering vocal spiraling over a tremoloed guitar funked-out bassline. It’s an intriguing turn and leaves us hungry to hear what the rest of Worship the Sun will sound like. Allah-Las’ Miles Michaud recently came by Amoeba for one of our Sunday Spins sets presented by LA Record, which continue every Sunday at 5 p.m. this month. Check out an interview I did with them a while back.

 

Gabriel Kahane Releases ‘The Ambassador’

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Weekly Roundup: Zig Zags, EFG, The Cold and Lovely

Posted by Billy Gil, June 6, 2014 09:27am | Post a Comment

Zig Zags – “So Stoned” video

zig zagsL.A.’s Zig Zags have been steadily building steam by teasing out chunks destructive garage-rock with heavy doses of Sabbath and hardcore like this one, “So Stoned,” whose video is a glam-rock ode to getting stoned and watching YouTube videos. Ty Segall was behind the boards here, giving “So Stoned” that terrific feeling of barely being contained—too much rock! The trio’s self-titled debut album is due June 16 on In the Red.

 

EFG – “Singing Bridges”

efg singing bridgesThe new song by L.A.’s EFG (aka Electric Flower Group) starts as a lonely, spaced out Jesus & Mary Chain-esque pop tune before a throbbing bassline and absolutely corrosive guitars take over, sending the song into the stratosphere. The band’s fuzzed-out psych rock continues to develop nicely, so much so that the band is playing a plum slot at Chinatown Summer Nights on June 14, a free, outdoor fest once a month in Chinatown over the summer.

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Weekly Roundup: Woods, Tijuana Panthers, Cold Beat

Posted by Billy Gil, May 30, 2014 08:52am | Post a Comment

Woods – “Tambourine Light”

woods bandEven though they just released a new album, the excellent With Light and With Love, Woods already have a new, non-album single headed our way, the warm and luscious “Tambourine Light,” which will be paired with “Tomorrow’s Never Yesterday” (possibly a rejected James Bond movie title) on a single due July 8 from Captured Tracks and the band’s own Woodsist label. If you follow the whole Woodsist gang, you know they’ll be at Big Sur Aug. 5 and Pioneertown Aug. 16 for a pair of Woodsist fests, featuring Woods plus Foxygen, Skygreen Leopards and more.

 

Tijuana Panthers – “Nobo”

tijuana panthersI’m already a fan of the new Tijuana Panthers album, judging by their new-wavey first single “Cherry Street” and now this, a languid poolside rocker called “Nobo.” “Where do you get your money?” makes for an unexpectedly excellent chorus. Wayne Interest is due June 3 (preorder here) on Innovative Leisure, and the band plays The Roxy that night for free with Northern Tigers; they’re touring the West Coast with Fucked Up in August.

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Weekly Roundup: HT Heartache, Some Ember, Army Navy, Melted Toys, White Fence

Posted by Billy Gil, May 23, 2014 11:53am | Post a Comment

HT Heartache – “Cowboy Poetry” video premiere

ht heartache sundowner lpWe’ve got the premiere for the new video from HT Heartache, for the melancholy country-noir song “Cowboy Poetry.” Shot in stunning black-and-white in Joshua Tree, the video captures “Cowboy Poetry’s” sense of romantic yearning as well as a feeling of being purposefully lost. HT Heartache is the project of L.A.-based singer/songwriter Mary Roth, with help from multi-instrumentalist Christina Gaillard, who recorded the new album Sundowner over the past year and a half in Highland Park. It’ll be available at Amoeba Hollywood starting May 28, so check it out!

 

Some Ember – “The Thrashing Whip” and Album Stream

some emberNina Chase and Dylan Travis remember the other side of synthesized music, calling to mind the darkwave and coldwave momements of the 1980s without being overly referential or reverential. “The Thrashing Whip’s” light pulse beat is more reminiscent of an anxious heartbeat than a dance beat, its disintegrating synthesizers sounding like they’ve been sprayed with acid and Travis’ heartbreak croon traversing heady chord changes and ghostly sounds. However, Chase’s sweet backup vocals and the occasional glittering effect helps give the song a feeling of uplift through the gloom. Very intriguing. If you’d like to hear the rest of the California duo’s Some Ember LP (due May 27 on Dream Recordings), check it out on Stereogum.

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Weekly Roundup: Matt Kivel, The Fresh & Onlys, Big Search, Strange Babes, HIPS

Posted by Billy Gil, May 16, 2014 11:29am | Post a Comment

Matt Kivel – “Insignificance”

matt kivelBeginning with a sort of Sonic Youth-folk feel, Matt Kivel’s “Insignificance” reveals itself to be a graceful love song dirtied just enough with lo-fi grit. It’s the first thing we’ve heard from Days of Being Wild, the L.A.-based singer-songwriter’s new album, due July 8 on Woodsist. Kivel, who was in the indie-pop band Princeton with his brother, Jesse (also of Kisses), will be at Pappy & Harriet’s in Pioneertown Aug. 16 for the Woodsist Festival alongside Woods, Foxygen and …

 

The Fresh & Onlys – “Who Let the Devil”

fresh & onlys house of spirits lp…The Fresh & Onlys, who have just released the third track from their upcoming new album, House of Spirits, which is due June 10 on Mexican Summer. The album promises a lot of variety, judging by the minimalist beauty of “Bells of Paonia,” goth country-rock of “Animal of One” and now the rococo Americana of “Who Let the Devil.”

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