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my top 50 albums of 2016

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ondeadwaves#1 onDeadWaves -
onDeadWaves (Mute)
This is one of those albums that I fell in love with right away. Some albums take a while to grow on me. I have to listen to them multiple times before I know for sure that I am going to love them. But this album got deep inside me right away. I was in love after the first song. I am a sucker for dream pop or anything that reminds me of the 90s Mazzy Star or Julee Cruise. onDeadWaves are sort of like Mark Lanegan or the Tindersticks meets Mazzy Star or Galaxie 500. It is dark and dreamy but has a lightness to it that is hard to describe. It puts me in a good mood every time I listen to it. Just try and listen to the song "Blue Inside" and not fall in love with this album. I can't get enough of this album. It is always the best when an album like this seems to come out of nowhere. It makes it feel like destiny for it to find you and makes you feel all good inside.

merchandise#2 Merchandise - A Corpse Wired For Sound (4AD)
I really fell for these guys after their last album from two years ago. After The End was an album I spend a lot of time with in 2014. So I had high hopes for this new album. I just love the singer in this bands voice so much. It has got such a cool dark tone to it. Sort of like the cool British dudes I fell in love in the 80s and 90s from bands like Felt, Modern English, & Cindytalk. This is another album that I kept going back to this year. "Shadow Of Truth" was the song that really got me on this record. 4AD is the perfect label for this band. I could totally imagine them performing a song on one of the This Mortal Coil albums.

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Amoeba's Top 50 Favorite Albums of 2014

Posted by Billy Gil, December 29, 2014 04:24pm | Post a Comment

amoeba best of 2014

All we do at Amoeba is listen to music and talk about music. Take advantage of how nerdy we are with this comprehensive best-of list from the year, which compiles new records from the best albums of 2014 lists made by Aaron Detroit, Brad Schelden, Oliver/Matt/Jordan, Billyjam and myself (click to see invidividual lists).

 

1. FKA TwigsLP1

fka twigs lp1FKA Twigs LP1 was one of those cross-genre, unclassifiable albums that everyone seemed to love. Not only the best debut record of the year, perhaps the best, period.

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50 Essential Albums Released in 2014

Posted by Aaron Detroit, December 5, 2014 09:20am | Post a Comment

Aaron Detroit, Buyer at Amoeba Hollywood. I've worked in Hollywood for ten years, but started my time with Amoeba - way back in 1998 -  at the San Francisco store. Here is my extensive list of new essential listening, released in 2014. There is a wide range of genres and artists represented here because musical passion should not be static.





1. Swans - To Be Kind (Young God)
To Be Kind, Swans’ 3rd LP since their 2010 reformation (and 13th overall,) is an unlikely triumph after 2012’s seemingly unmatchable masterpiece, The Seer. Any trepidation one might have about the sprawling triple-LP’s intimidating track lengths should evaporate under it’s hypnotizing ebb-and-flow of mental blues, super-honed grooves, manic clatter and hushed passages; all of which are eventually crushed by monolithic waves of majesty. Nothing short of classic.



 2. Carla Bozulich - Boy (Constellation)
Boy is Carla Bozulich’s (of Ethyl Meatplow, Geraldine Fibbers and Evangelista-renown) 3rd solo affair, but in a lot of ways it feels like her first. Bozulich pours her famed, devastating whiskey-voice into a cocktail of funeral country, death blues and industrial noise that sticks to your guts. Carla herself refers to this LP as her “pop record,” and if that's a true description, we could sure use a whole lot more “pop” albums like Boy. Don’t overlook this one.

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Album Picks: Merchandise, Ty Segall, The Rentals, Ashrae Fax

Posted by Billy Gil, August 26, 2014 11:15am | Post a Comment

Merchandise - After The End (LP, CD, Download)

merchandise after the end lpIf you like post-punk music at all, your favorite new band will probably be Merchandise. With a bit of Pulp’s swagger, the Cure’s emotional yet economical guitarwork and the dramatic grandiosity of Morrissey’s solo work, Merchandise nail every nuance on their new album, After the End. Big, shimmering chords on “Enemy” announce their arrival with the kind of bravado that leaves you a little breathless, incredulous that this isn’t a song or band you’ve heard before. Singer Carson Cox’s throaty tenor fills the space that isn’t carved out by his bandmates nicely, on ballads like the stunning “Life Outside the Mirror.” It’s a solid listen, but After the End particularly shines on its singles, like “Little Killer,” the riff of which is catchy enough to leave you tracking back again and again to get that feeling all over again. While After the End is an immensely enjoyable album, the elephant in the room is that, however immaculately made, it’s not the most original thing you’ve ever heard—“Green Lady” is great, with its stuttering beat, big guitar riffs and sure, why not, some sitar, but it could easily be a Morrissey outtake. No matter. Originality will come in time. For now, Merchandise reach a very specific itch, that youthful feeling of discovering a new favorite band who just flat out gets it. No trickery, nothing too out of the ordinary, just some of the best pop music you’ve heard in ages.

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5 Under-the-Radar Albums to Check Out in August

Posted by Billy Gil, August 4, 2014 05:53pm | Post a Comment

5 Under-the-Radar albums

We’ve told you about the heavy hitters to check out in late summer, but there are always exciting releases bubbling just beneath the surface that are worth your attention as well. Here are five to look out for:

Twin PeaksWild Onion

twin peaks wild onion lpOut Aug. 5

Not that “Twin Peaks.” This one’s a kickass power-pop band from Chicago whose sophomore LP is full of smart, lean songs with a lot of heart. One taste of a song like the two-minute “Flavor” and you might be hooked for life.

 

David Kilgour & The Heavy Eights - End Times Undone

david kilgour heavy eights lpOut Aug. 5

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