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Weekly Roundup: together PANGEA, New Bums, Pyramid Vritra, Allah-Las, Warm Soda, Cass McCombs, Bart Davenport & More

Posted by Billy Gil, January 17, 2014 10:24am | Post a Comment

Whoa too much music released this week. Here we go …

 

together PANGEA “Badillac”

together pangeaThe new album by L.A. garage greats together PANGEA is called Badillac, which is amazing. And so is the song, a more laid-back song for the band showing off their melodic side. Get excited for Badillac, which is due next week, Jan. 21, on Harvest (they’ll be at The Smell that day, too). Hear it at Soundcloud.

 

 

 

 

 

New Bums – “Black Bough”

new bumsBen Chasny is a busy guy, having released scores of music as psych-folk act Six Organs of Admittance, with acid-rockers Comets on Fire and others. Now he’s teamed up with Donovan Quinn of Skygreen Leopards as New Bums. The first taste, “Black Bough,” is a beautiful little ditty with some orchestral brushes and amazing acoustic guitarwork. Voices in a Rented Room is due Feb. 18 on Drag City.

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Weekly Roundup: Damaged Bug, POW!, Yell For Help, Cherry Glazerr

Posted by Billy Gil, January 9, 2014 10:36am | Post a Comment

Damaged Bug – “Eggs at Night”

damaged bug amoebaWelcome back, Weekly Roundup! How I’ve missed you. Did you miss me? I hope you had a great holiday and New Year. I have some sad news, which is that the most rollicking, prolific garage band in SF, Thee Oh Sees, are no more (at least for now), frontman John Dwyer recently announced. The good news is that Dwyer, never one to sit idly for more than a few moments, has a new solo album due under the moniker Damaged Bug. And it doesn’t really sound anything like Thee Oh Sees, but it does sound very good. According to promotional material, Hubba Bubba, due Feb. 25 on Castle Face, was made with “synthesizers, drum machines, and assorted hand-made electronics.” That’s certainly what it sounds like on this first taste, “Eggs at Night.”

 

POW! – “Hope Dealers”

pow! amoeblogSpeaking of Castle Face, on Jan. 14 they’ll release High Tech Boom by the SF band POW! The spaced out menace of “Hope Dealers,” which hurls forth on nervous post-punk riffs and overflowing sci-fi synths, seems to spoof the bougie, techy side of SF with its retro-futuristic slant. It feels exhilarating to hear some angry youths from up there. Check it out on BrooklynVegan.

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Gap Dream's Gabe Fulvimar Talks 'Shine Your Light,' Shia LaBeouf

Posted by Billy Gil, December 26, 2013 05:13pm | Post a Comment

gap dream amoebaGap Dream emerged from the Burger Records pack with an excellent record this year called Shine Your Light. It's main man Gabe Fulvimar’s second record in two years, and Fulvimar, who lives at label-and-record-store Burger Records in Fullerton, Calif., has solidified a brilliant sound for his band across two records, full of vintage synthesizers, glam-style guitar glissandos and repurposed bargain-bin-record sounds. I sat down to speak with Fulvimar about the Shine Your Light, living in a record store and nightmare scenarios.

 

 

 

Hey man, how’s it going?

Fulvimar: Right now I’m sitting in my room, listening to the Halloween II soundtrack. Just another day at Burger!

This is actually my last interview of the year.

Fulvimar: Oh no shit! I hop it’s a good one.

Everyone always talks about how you live in Burger Records. What’s the story there, is it just cheaper, easier or do you really like living there?

gap dream shine your light amoebaFulvimar: I’ve been here for a year, so it was kind of an easy way to move to California and not encounter too many hardships that would come along with a move, being from Ohio. I was working as a busboy before I was doing this, so I don’t have a trust fund or anything. (Label co-founders) Sean [Bohrman] and Lee [Rickard] … just invited me to live here until I found a place to live. I moved in, and it’s been great. It’s pretty easy to deal with. We don’t have showers, which kind of sucks. I’m trying to find one today.

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Top 40 California Albums Released in 2013

Posted by Billy Gil, December 10, 2013 03:31pm | Post a Comment

Through my Weekly Roundup series every Thursday (returning in 2014), I listen to a lot of stuff from California-based artists. Here’s a list of 40 great albums that were made by artists based in this great state. There were lots more, so just consider this my own personal list, and let me know if there’s anything I missed!

 

40. FRONDSFRONDS

fronds fronds lp amoebaEpically beautiful seafaring pop from the dude formerly of The Mallard.

 

 

 

 

 

39. Kisses Kids in LA

kisses kids in la amoebaThe cute electro-pop duo get dancier with freestyle sounds on their second album.

 

 

 

 

 

38. Tyler, the CreatorWolf

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VUM Plays December Monday Residency at The Echo, Talk 'Psychotropic Jukebox'

Posted by Billy Gil, November 26, 2013 12:08pm | Post a Comment
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Photo by Angel Ceballos

L.A.'s VUM create a dawn-to-dusk soundtrack of moody organ tones, dirty drum machine sounds and Jennifer Pearl's deep, ghostly voice on their new album, Psychotropic Jukebox (vinyl out Dec. 3). To celebrate the release of the album, the trio, made up of Christopher Badger and Amoeba alumn Pearl and Scott Spaulding, is playing The Echo in Echo Park every Monday in December. The residency shows are free and start at 8:30 p.m. The shows will run as follows:

12/2 with The Parallelograms, HOTT MT, Conway

12/9 with Lo-Fang, Globelamp (Member of Foxygen), Galaxy Electric

12/16 with Fang Moon, The Present Moment, Black Mare

12/23 with Death Valley Girls, DJ Mahssa (Mount Analog)

12/30 with Intimatchine, Net Shaker

We caught up with Pearl prior to VUM's residency to talk about their terrific new album.

How did your approach to making this record differ from your previous recordings?

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