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First Fridays Brings Escondido and More to Natural History Museum May 6

Posted by Amoebite, April 27, 2016 04:06pm | Post a Comment

first fridays escondido

The next First Fridays at L.A.’s Natural History Museum happens May 6, featuring indie-folk band Escondido. Amoeba is a proud sponsor, and we’ll be there with our booth and $20 gift certificates for $10; stop by and pick one up! (Limit two per customer.)

Tickets to the show are $18, which grants you admission to the museum; the concert hall is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Escondido are a Nashville-based duo who have seen their music soundtrack shows like “Girls” and have been on “Conan” and ABC’s “Nashville.” Their latest album, Walking With a Stranger, is out now. Watch the video for the dreamy “Try” below.

 

korey dane youngblood lpOpening the show starting at 7:15 p.m. will performances by folk singer/songwriters Korey Dane and Paul Bergmann. Dane’s album Youngblood is available now from Amoeba. Hear samples of their work in the videos below.

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Lower Dens and Gardens & Villa Play First Fridays at L.A.'s Natural History Museum March 4

Posted by Amoebite, February 23, 2016 04:00pm | Post a Comment

Lower Dens

The Natural History Museum’s First Fridays series continues March 4 with acclaimed indie-rockers Lower Dens and Gardens & Villa. Tickets are $18.

The event starts at 5 p.m. with a DJ lounge featuring KCRW resident DJ Aaron Byrd and Val Fleury. Come early and swing by the Amoeba booth, where we’ll be selling $20 Amoeba gift certificates for just $10 (limit two per customer).

There’ll also be tours starting at 5 p.m. with the KT Hajeian, the museum’s collections manager of anthropology, on the bizarre props and rare specimens in their collection that inspire Hollywood blockbusters. And there will be a oceanographic discussion at 6:30 p.m. with Dr. Maddalena Bearzi, president of the Ocean Conservation Society, and Dr. Chris Thacker, NHM’s curator of Ichthyology (aka fish).

Baltimore’s Lower Dens play with deliberately retro synths and new-wave beats on their most recent album, Escape From Evil. But the songs are every bit as intricate and mysterious as those on their previous works, offering cinematic soundscapes for Jana Hunter’s elegant voice to wind in an out like a disintegrating reel. Hear “To Die in L.A.” for a taste.

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New Vinyl Reissues Out This Week from Red House Painters, The Weeknd & More

Posted by Amoebite, August 14, 2015 12:57pm | Post a Comment

Vinyl Reissues

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There have been lots of vinyl reissues out lately, to mark anniversaries or to feature newly remastered audio on heavyweight vinyl. Here are the reissue highlights for August 14, 2015.

Lower Dens Twin Hand Movement

Lower DensTwin Hand Movement

Ribbon Music reissues the difficult-to-find 2010 debut album from Jana Hunter, Geoff Graham, Abram Sanders and Will Adams. Also reissued on CD.

Orbital vinyl reissues Orbital
Brown Album and Green Album LPs [180gm vinyl]

Seminal English electronica duo Orbital’s debut album and its followup have been reissued as double LPs on 180 gram vinyl.

Album Picks: Sufjan Stevens, Lower Dens, Death Grips, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, The Soft Moon, Male Gaze

Posted by Billy Gil, March 31, 2015 11:30am | Post a Comment

Sufjan Stevens - Carrie & Lowell

sufjan stevens carrie lowell lp“Death With Dignity” opens Carrie & Lowell as a touching elegy to Sufjan Stevens’ mother, yet it also could describe his relationship to his own music. “I don’t know where to begin,” he sings, and “I’ve got nothing to prove” over a familiar bed of bluegrass-inspired folk. Stevens was like the A-plus student of indie pop, turning out album after album of perfectly manicured orchestral folk-pop, but I felt like he lost his way a bit with The BQE, an album and project that felt unwieldy, as well the hectic electro-folk of The Age of Adz. Carrie & Lowell, by comparison, is one of his most stripped-down albums to date. That’s not to say it doesn’t have his trademark fixation on detail— songs shift halfway through, like “Should Have Known Better’s” turn into stuttering, laptoppy acoustics and choral touches, or “Drawn to the Blood’s” extended string finale; “you checked your text while I masturbated,” he sings casually, telling a girl she looks like Poseidon in the sexually turbulent “All of Me Wants All of You.” Lyrically and musically, Stevens remains a curious tinkerer, but Carrie & Lowell never feels busy in the slightest. It’s an intensely focused work, one that places Stevens’ voice and songcraft over bells and whistles. Whereas locations and history seemed to hold Stevens’ interest in the past, here he’s death-obsessed (and still spiritual as ever). “Fourth of July” feels romantically morbid and carries the happy refrain “we’re all gonna die,” and on “The Only Thing,” he sounds stricken with grief to the point of barely being able to keep going on. Stevens’ way with language, drawing on mythology and Christian imagery, and ascendant voice keeps the songs from wallowing too deeply, even as they describe an immense sense of loss, allowing those moments when he does break—“No Shade in the Shadow of the Cross’” “Fuck me, I’m falling apart”—to land all the more effectively. Without the filter of a state’s history or the heavy religiosity of Seven Swans, Carrie & Lowell finds Stevens turning his studious eye inward to fully explore his own grief, and the results are never short of breathtaking.

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New End of the World Music!

Posted by Billy Gil, December 21, 2012 01:33pm | Post a Comment

Are you as sick as I am of seeing “It’s the End of the World as We Know It” quoted on Facebook? Here are some newer tunes inspired by the end of the Mayan Calendar.

Dent MayDent May – “2099”

Just released this week, Mississippi indie pop great Dent May has released a dance-pop track inspired by the end of the world — which will take place in 87 years, apparently (actually that seems sort of plausible). “Are you afraid of what tomorrow’s gonna bring?” he asks before declaring “If we all die by a nuclear war/We’re gonna go out on the dancing floor.” Dent May’s Do Things was released this year on Animal Collective’s Paw Tracks label, it’s great and super underrated, check it out!

 

 

Hunter HuntedHunter Hunted – “End of the World”

L.A. band Hunter Hunted have released this video to their KCRW-touted track “End of the World.” Despite its Road Warrior look, they make the apocalypse seem like a lot of fun. They’re at the Troubador Feb. 12.

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