Weekly Roundup: La Sera, Matt Kivel, James Supercave, Kneebody and Daedelus, Tulips, Painted Palms

Posted by Billy Gil, October 30, 2015 10:07am | Post a Comment

La Sera Music For Listening To Teaser

la seraPower-pop goddess Katy Goodman is coming out with a new one called Music For Listening To, due March from Polyvinyl. The album seems to follow suit with 2014’s excellent, punk-fueled Hour of the Dawn, recorded in just eight days by none other than Ryan Adams (in between his stints at this year’s Coachella), along with guitarist Todd "Totally Tod" Wisenbaker with drummer Nate Lotz. Read more via Rollingstone, and check out an album teaser below.


Matt Kivel – “Janus”

matt kivelL.A.-based singer/songwriter Matt Kivel has a new album on the way called Janus, out Feb. 5 on Driftless. His third album finds Kivel teaming with Alasdair Roberts on production duties to record in Roberts’ native Glasgow with local musicians. “Janus” is delicately rendered with Kivel’s creaking voice, fingerpicked acoustic guitar, and light piano and string accompaniment, yet its warm shades mask dark lyrics, as Kivel sings at one point, “I feel nothing close to comfort in you.” Listen via Stereogum.

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Weekly Roundup: Wavves, Painted Palms, Kevin Morby, Dirty Ghosts, Earl Sweatshirt, Cold Showers, HEALTH

Posted by Billy Gil, August 13, 2015 10:44am | Post a Comment

Wavves – “Heavy Metal Detox”

wavvesNathan Williams and co. have unveiled another new song from the upcoming fifth Wavves album. “Heavy Metal Detox” is a nervy bit of anxiety-laden power-pop, as Williams gets paranoid about all his bad habits, spends too long on WebMD and asks questions like “Have I lived too long? Why does my head hurt?” V is due Oct. 2, and you can preorder it now on LP and CD.


Painted Palms – “Refractor”

painted palmsThe next album by S.F.’s Painted Palms promises a sonic repertoire that includes shades of ’60s psych-pop, ’90s Creation bands and the minimalism of Southern hip hop. What! Well, for now we’ve got “Refractor,” a very good single that displays Painted Palms doing what they do best, which is crafting catchy little electro-pop gems that needle you into submission. Nothing too out-of-reach here, and that’s not a bad thing, especially if you’re needing a connector between Hot Chip and Cut Copy in your party playlist. Horizons is due Sept. 4 on Polyvinyl.

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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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Last First Fridays of the Season Will Host Unknown Mortal Orchestra, De Lux and More June 6

Posted by Billy Gil, May 30, 2014 09:39am | Post a Comment

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It’s the last First Fridays of Spring, and they’ve saved one of the best shows for last.

On June 6, the Natural History Museum will host New Zealand psych-rockers Unknown Mortal Orchestra with L.A. dance-rock band De Lux, synth maestro Tobacco and S.F. psych-pop band Painted Palms. The mini-fest of sorts will take place outdoors on two stages from 7:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. Tickets are $20 and can be bought here.

Before that, an indoor tour and discussion at the museum will cover “Tracking and Trapping L.A.’s Insects,” followed by the discussion “Urban Beekeeping in Los Angeles and Around the World” with Dr. Noah Wilson-Rich. And outdoors, KCRW DJs Anthony Valadez and Garth Trinidad will keep things moving throughout the night.

Unknown Mortal Orchestra has two albums out, their self-titled debut and last year’s II, which injected their lo-fi psych rock with classic soul stomp. De Lux just released their debut album, the excellent Voyage, the art-disco revivalism of which makes LCD Soundsystem’s departure easier to bear. Tobacco also just released a new album, the intoxicating, freaky synth-funk opus Ultima Massage II. And Painted Palms released their debut, Forever, this year, full of buoyant beats and spacey, Beach Boys-inspired melodies.

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Weekly Roundup: Thee Oh Sees, Local Natives, Haim, Painted Palms, Classixx

Posted by Billy Gil, February 14, 2013 12:15pm | Post a Comment

Thee Oh Sees – “Minotaur”

Thee Oh SeesS.F.’s Thee Oh Sees are at it again, with a new album out April 16 called Floating Coffin. As Pitchfork reports, the album comes from “the mindset of a world that's perpetually war-ridden.” The track is more ominous than anything the band has released thus far from the outset, carried through with somber strings that sound amazing in their lo-fi setting, making Thee Oh Sees sound like some zombie orchestra. John Dwyer’s vocals are appealingly deadpan throughout. With having just released Putrifiers II last year and Castemania and Carrion Crawler/The Dream both the year before, Floating Coffin sounds like it’ll continue their tradition of getting better with each release. Hear it at Pitchfork.


Local Natives – “Heavy Feet” video

Local natives amoebaLocal Natives have unveiled an almost painfully charming video for their song “Heavy Feet,” a standout on the excellent recently released Hummingbird. It’s one of the rare videos I’ve seen recently where I immediately thought of the glory days of MTV — this shit would’ve been buzzworthy fo sho. Something about talking sandwiches, cute old people painting planes and burying a cake. It reminds me a bit of the looney Michel Gondry videos of the ’90s, though not as manic. Read my interview with the band here; see photos of their amazing Amoeba performance here.

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