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Weekly Roundup: Crystal Antlers, OFF!, Dum Dum Girls, Wax Children

Posted by Billy Gil, January 24, 2014 09:19am | Post a Comment

Crystal Antlers – “We All Gotta Die” (Scientist remix)

crystal antlers amoebaDub legend Scientist has tripped-out the song “We All Gotta Die,” taken from Crystal Antlers’ latest release, the melodically ripping Nothing is Real (available on CD or LP). Hear them play songs from that release at Amoeba Hollywood next Thursday, Jan. 30, at 6 p.m.

 

OFF! – “Void You Out”

off! amoebaHardcore superground OFF! (including members of Circle Jerks, Burning Brides, Redd Kross and Rocket From the Crypt) have unveiled the first song from their upcoming Wasted Years album, due April 8 on Vice. “Void You Out” has all the qualities we’ve come to expect and appreciate from OFF!—serrated, hooky riffs, shouted vocals and a less-than-two-minute running time.

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Amoeba Presents OFF! Live at the Fonda Feb. 8

Posted by Billy Gil, January 30, 2013 05:27pm | Post a Comment

Off! Amoeba FlyerAmoeba, Goldenvoice and FYF are presenting punk supergroup OFF! live at the Henry Fonda Theatre Feb. 8, with Negative Approach, Bad Antics and a special guest. Tickets are $17.50, plus a $2 service fee.

Tickets are limited to quantities on hand, until they sell out. Amoeba stops selling tickets for a show at 5 p.m. on the day of that show. Please call the store at 323-245-6400 for current availability or to purchase/hold.

See a full list of tickets available for sale at Amoeba Hollywood here.

Amoeba Off!Off! was formed in L.A. in 2009 by punk vets Keith Morris (of Circle Jerks/Black Flag) on vocals, Dimitri Coats (Burning Brides) on guitar, Steven McDonald (Redd Kross) on bass and Rocket From The Crypt/Hot Snakes drummer Mario Rubalcaba. The band released a series of EPs, corralling them into the First Four EPs release in 2010 before releasing their official first album in 2012. The widely acclaimed releases each consist of 16 lightspeed hardcore punk songs at about a minute long each.

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Local Roundup: Videos from United Ghosts, Off!, Touche; Songs from Main Attractionz, Incan Abraham

Posted by Billy Gil, October 12, 2012 12:15pm | Post a Comment

United GhostsUnited Ghosts – “Unhypnotized” video
 
L.A.-based dream poppers United Ghosts today premiere their video for the song “Unhypnotized” exclusively on the Amoebablog. The song features lovely female/male vocal interchange over a film-noir-inspired riff, while the video sees the band seeming to de-brainwash a bunch of nerdy cult members with their extremely cool sound. Ironically, the whole thing’s pretty hypnotic. They’ll play a video premiere party at the Bootleg Theatre in LA next Wednesday! Download "Unhypnotized" free here.

 

 

OFF!“Wrong” video

So what’s the “right” way (UGH!) to make a video out of a 49-second hardcore song? Get Jack Black to star in a fake ’70s grindhouse/daytime action movie scene. The hardcore supergroup of L.A. punk greats Circle Jerks/Black Flag singer Keith Morris, Burning Brides’ Dimitri Coats, Redd Kross bassist Steven McDonald (read my interview with him here) and Rocket From The Crypt/Hot Snakes drummer Mario Rubalcaba released a bracing self-titled album this year. This video reminds me of that scene in Anchorman where all the fake news dudes fight. I hope Anchorman 2 is good!

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Redd Kross' Steve McDonald Talks to Amoeba About "Researching the Blues"

Posted by Billy Gil, August 16, 2012 04:02pm | Post a Comment

redd krossRedd Kross have been the quintessential underground band for the past three decades. The band has nearly always eschewed both pop and indie convention by staying true to its sound, likely angering as many pop fans with its snottiness and random references to Tatum O’Neil and Shonen Knife as they would indie purirsts with its insistence on lacing its acidic songs with undeniable pop hooks.
 
From Hawthorne, Calif. and based around the duo of brothers Jeff and Steve McDonald, Redd Kross first released music in 1980 with a self-titled EP, after opening for Black Flag as teenagers for its first gig. Other musicians came and went as the band released records throughout the ’80s and ’90s, hitting their stride with 1987’s Neurotica and 1990's Third Eye. Following 1997’s Show World, the band all but disappeared, with its members occasionally surfacing for other projects — Steve McDonald famously added bass parts to The White StripesWhite Blood Cells, redubbing it Redd Blood Cells, which saw thousands of downloads and press hubbub. The brothers McDonald separately produced albums by other artists as well.
 
researching the bluesThe elusive band returned in 2006 to play a set at REDCAT in Los Angeles covering the band’s entire catalog, featuring the Neurotica-era lineup of the McDonalds, Robert Hecker and Roy McDonald. They toured and played a killer set of the entire Born Innocent album opening for Sonic Youth, who played all of Daydream Nation (I was there! Yessss.), at the Greek Theater in L.A. In 2008 they played Coachella, among numerous other festivals and appearances over the past few years. Now, finally, Redd Kross have released an album of new material, entitled Researching the Blues. The album has seen some of the band’s best reviews, garnering an 81% on reviews aggregator Metacritic, and it’s not hard to see why, hearing the enlivened swagger the band displays on songs like the title track (download free here), while maintaining the dynamism that has always set the band apart, also including shimmering power-pop ballads like “Dracula’s Daughter” and “Winter Blues.”

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OFF!'s Amoeba Berkeley In-Store Show Yesterday Was OFF! The Hook

Posted by Billyjam, May 13, 2012 09:41am | Post a Comment
Just as OFF!'s Amoeba Hollywood in-store was back in October 2010, yesterday afternoon's (May 12th) energized set by the SoCal punk rock super-group at Amoeba Music Berkeley was equally off the hook (pun intended) with a sound mix that was perfect, a set list that included lots off the recommended new album (OFF! avail on LP and CD), and between song banter by Keith Morris that was at once entertaining and enlightening.


Check out the official Amoeba Music photos HERE.

As lead singer and former member of the influential and iconic West Coast punk outfits Black Flag and Circle Jerks, Keith Morris has done in the past, again at Amoeba Music yesterday he reiterated how he and his bandmates [Dimitri Coats (Burning Brides), Steven McDonald (Redd Kross), and Mario Rubalcaba (Earthless/Hot Snakes/Rocket From the Crypt)] like to distance themselves from the term "punk" but rather consider themselves simply "human." He made that statement right before OFF! jumped into another five song set of high-energy, fast delivered, short n satisfying punk rock sounding songs. He even made a joke about how their songs are so short, typically one minute in length (like on their new 16 minute, 16 track album), that five songs take five minutes to play.

Yesterday's in-store show was more packed than I have ever seen one at Amoeba Berkeley (easily at, or close to, the 300 maximum capacity mark) and was made up of a wonderful cross-section of people of all ages from new younger teenaged/20 something fans to folks who were followers of Black Flag and the other bands OFF! were in from when they first started out - many of them bringing their kids along with them. Knowing how loud an OFF! show can get parents of some of the kids came prepared by placing muffler headphones (like the guys guiding planes at the airport wear) over the little ones' ears. This became fodder for Keith Morris in one of his many entertaining between song mic breaks when, before he would curse out loud some oppressive power, he advised parents to cover their kids' ears so as not to hear the "FUCK" word. "Oh I see they already have their ears covered," he quipped, pointing to the headphones kids in photo above. Morris, who in his October 2010 Amoeba interview noted that the band's name means "Get the fuck OFF! my back," spoke out against many issues including how the US government needs to stop policing the world and stay the hell out of other countries' political problems and wars (to applause). He had no good words to say about Republicans, but the current administration didn't fare much better either. He admonished Barack Obama, even if he is "a good guy" he said, noting how rather than working on saving the country the prez was busy down "in Studio City hanging out" with Hollywood celebrities for fundraising purposes solely.

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