Ride rolls into the Warfield -- and their thirteen most massive tunes

Posted by Eric Brightwell, April 13, 2015 10:42am | Post a Comment
I'm currently down in San Francisco (well, Richmond actually) to see Ride play. Ride, for those keeping score, were the best of a crop of bands known way back in the early 1990s as shoegazers. Like most British bands that survived into those dark years of the mid-1990s, when a collective craze for slow motion guitar solos and untucked shirts overcome white Britannia, Ride too went horribly wrong (i.e. Britpop) in the end before calling it a day in 1996. They only released one bad album (and it was awful) but then Andy Bell formed Hurricane #1, a truly horrendous (way) sub-Seahorses audition for Oasis. Bell went on to play in Oasis and then that other Liam Gallagher band who can't have been all bad as they covered World of Twist's "Sons of the Stage." 

Ride band

This is all a roundabout way of saying that the prospect of a Ride reunion made me, understandably I think, rather nervous. They released a clutch of fantastic EPs, three great albums, and only one steaming, stinker -- but it was their final album, and a direction Bell pursued with his following bands so would he insist that Tarantula haters like myself got it wrong and try to prove his point by subjecting audiences to "The Dawn Patrol" and "Starlight Motel" or worse, "Just Another Illusion"? All of my fears were put to rest when I listened to them play a short set on KCRW's "Morning Becomes Eclectic," which included five songs from their brilliant debut, Nowhere, and its equally classic follow-up, Going Blank Again. They sounded great. I meant to dust off my old Ride T-shirt with the mud stains and holes but perhaps wisely forgot (it's really holey).
Ride band

Shoegazers were sometimes criticized for hiding their lack of songs behind walls of feedback... but listening to "Morning Becomes Eclectic" for the first time in fifteen years as I waited for Ride to play I was treated to a barrage of forgettable, tuneless, garblers in Native American headdresses singing whoa-oh-oh-y car insurance jingles (or at least that's what it sounded like to me). You know, Coachellacore or the stuff that plays during Spotify ads when sensible users remove their earbuds. Ride, on the other hand, wrote some of the tightest (I'll never use that word again to describe music, I promise) melodies, sang the pretties harmonies, channeled The Byrds, Love, and Buffalo Springfield, and then added a healthy squall of guitar noise that make me wonder why all the "nu-gazers" are so bland and limp (...oh yeah, Slowdive). 
Ride played at Coachella the other night, apparently. They're playing at the Warfield tonight. They're playing in Pomona at the Fox Theater tomorrow. 

Moon Block Party Features BRMC, Black Lips and Spoon, Tickets On Sale Now for Oct. 18 Show

Posted by Billy Gil, August 11, 2014 03:11pm | Post a Comment

Moon Block Party

Moon Block Party is happening at the Fairplex in Pomona on Oct. 18 from 12 p.m. to 10 p.m. It’s an all-ages show, and tickets are $45 (you can also buy them at Amoeba Hollywood with only a $2 service charge). Amoeba is proud to be a sponsor of the event—look for our booth!

Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Black Lips and The Black Angels (notice a pattern?) lead off the show's lineup, along with recently added headliner Spoon. See the rest of the acts participating below:

Band of Skulls


Unknown Mortal Orchestra


Shannon & The Clams


Deap Vally

Morgan Delt

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Moon Block Party Lands Again in Pomona, Saturday 6/23

Posted by Amoebite, June 10, 2012 03:10pm | Post a Comment
moon block party pamona

The Second Annual Moon Block Party is coming back to the Downtown Pomona Arts Colony on Saturday, June 23rd and Amoeba is delighted to be a sponsor!

The free and all-ages event starts at 2:00pm and runs till midnight with over 30 live acts including Fool's Gold, The Entrance Band, Sleepy Sun, Crystal Antlers, Allah-Las, SuperTall Paul, Dante vs. Zombies and more. The bands will be joined by tons of live artists, handpicked craft vendors, art galleries, large sculptures, and art installations. Plus, 5% of the proceeds will go to benefit the local School of the Arts and Enterprise, a public charter high school in Pomona.  

More info HERE!
RSVP on Facebook HERE!

Fundraiser to Help Keep Moon Block Party Pomona Free, May 26

Posted by Amoebite, May 24, 2012 12:13pm | Post a Comment
Moon Block PartyMoon Block Party hosts several music festivals each year and they need help raising money to keep their June 23rd event FREE. You can help out by joining them at a fundraiser on Saturday, May 26 at the Fox Theater in Pomona, CA!

Moon Block Party Fundraiser

Saturday, May 26, 2012
5pm - 2am
$5 (all proceeds will help keep the June 23 event free)

Fox Theater (on the rooftop)
301 South Garey Avenue
Pomona, CA 91766

9pm: Screening of Desert Daze, a short film by Anthony Ferrara

Live performances by:
Blackfeet Braves
Runson Willis (of Blac Jesus)
Mysterious Everything
...more TBA

Live art by:
Katherin Bingley
Corina Corrina
Charlie Banowetz

View the Facebook Event for the fundraiser.

Each Moon Block party event is curated and organized by a collective of musicians and artists from Pomona who strive to gather and enliven people through honest, thought-provoking music and innovative works of art. Check out the June 23rd Moon Block Party:

Moon Block Party Flier

California Fool's Gold -- A Pomona Valley Primer

Posted by Eric Brightwell, May 17, 2011 04:35pm | Post a Comment

Pomona Valley Panorama
The Pomona Valley is located on the far eastern edge of Los Angeles County -- actually straddling it and San Bernadino County. The towns of Montclair, Ontario, San Antonio Heights and Upland are all located across the San Antonio River, on the San Bernadino side, in the Inland Empire.

Pomona Valley postcard

Since I've yet to expand beyond writing about towns and neighborhoods of LA County (and Orange County, which was formerly part of LA County) to San Bernadino and Riverside Counties, this Pomona Valley primer is focusing only on the Pomona Valley communities within Los Angeles County: Claremont, Pomona and La Verne. (San Dimas and Diamond Bar, which straddle the border of the Pomona and San Gabriel Valleys, I've chosen to include in the San Gabriel Valley.)

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