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The Best Albums of 2014 So Far

Posted by Billy Gil, June 27, 2014 04:54pm | Post a Comment

sun kil moon mark kozelekmadlibst. vincentIt is now almost exactly halfway through 2014! It’s time to look back on the last six months and see what’s it’s had to offer music-wise. There’s already been a bunch of great records released this year, including a couple of excellent ones released just this week. If you haven’t checked these out, they’re all worth getting—pick ’em all up and catch up on what you’ve been missing.

Sun Kil Moon Benji

sun kil moon benji lpSome people write memoirs. Sun Kil Moon’s Mark Kozelek write songs crammed with details, from a brutal story about a distant cousin’s death by a freak fire to mundane details about Panera bread and sports bar shit on the walls, that somehow come together to form something called a life. Just when you feel like the songs are too stuffed to keep up, Kozelek will let his breathy “sadcore” folk open up and focus on a seemingly trivial line like “blue crab cakes” in the song “Ben's My Friend,” and in doing so perfectly captures the weird things that stick out in our heads when we reflect. Simply put, listening is like attending a master class in songwriting.

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New "What's in My Bag?" Episode With Katy Goodman of La Sera

Posted by Amoebite, May 28, 2014 11:04am | Post a Comment

La Sera

Katy Goodman went from bassist/back up vocalist of indie rock band Vivian Girls to lead vocalist/front woman of the dream-pop band La Sera. Three albums in and Goodman shows no signs of slowing down. In 2011 (while still gigging with Vivian Girls) Goodman moved back home for two weeks, bought a guitar, a tiny practice amp, and wrote some songs. A few weeks later, she realized she had "sort of written an album by accident." The result was a solid 12 track self titled record produced by longtime friend and Vivian Girls' video director, Brady Hall. In 2012, La Sera returned with Sees The Light (Hardly Art) and critics took note of Goodman's progress in songwriting and vocal delivery. Buzz around La Sera started to grow and hasn't stopped since.

La SeraLa Sera now completes the trilogy with Hour of The Dawn (Hardly Art, 2014). The new record finds Todd  Wisenbaker handling producer and guitar duties. Expect to hear songs that are faster, louder, and more aggresive than previous releases with lots of great catchy vocal lines. La Sera keeps evolving and Goodman is quickly becoming a master of her craft, creating songs that resonate with fans of Vivian Girls and new found La Sera die hards. Hour of The Dawn is a testament to Goodman's star power and her steady rise to the mountain tops of rock & roll!  

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Album Picks: Real Estate, Trust, Linda Perhacs, Axxa/Abraxas

Posted by Billy Gil, March 4, 2014 10:52am | Post a Comment

Real Estate Atlas (LP or CD)

real estate atlas lp amoebaIt should be no surprise that Real Estate’s third album is another impeccably crafted piece of beautiful guitar music. The New Jersey band has only made the necessary updates to their sound over the past few years, like polishing a statue into perfection. The album’s first few tracks offer everything we’ve come to love about this band, with sunny jangle-pop songs (opener “Had to Hear” and single “Talking Backwards”) butting next to nostalgic, minor-key songs about suburban splendor and decay—like being depressed about seeing a high school friend that never moved on, Matt Mondanile (also of Ducktails) sings “I walk past these houses where we once stood/I see past lives, but somehow you’re still here,” with perfect precision on “Past Lives.” Real Estate’s lyrics have often taken a back seat to their shimmering guitarwork, but here they’re a bit more prominent, shining a light on Mondanile’s minimalist approach—despite how lovely the music is, songs like “Crime” are pretty depressing when you get down to it, with lyrics like “I wanna die/lonely and uptight.” Musically things have expanded a bit, as the band throws in more overt nudges toward easy listening and ’70s singer-songwriters in “The Bend” and country tinges in the gauzy, pretty “How I Might Live.” Instrumentally, these guys are just top notch, as they make instrumental “April’s Song” an album highlight, even without Mondanile’s soothing vocals, allowing his tremoloed, romantic guitar lines to do the singing for him. Atlas is simply a stunningly beautiful piece of guitar pop.

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Noise Pop 2014: 2/25 - 3/2

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, January 23, 2014 05:47pm | Post a Comment

Now in its 22nd year, the Noise Pop Music Festival is San Francisco’s favorite indie music, arts, and film festival.

This year, the festival certainly earns that title by welcoming a crazy good line-up with Dr. Dog, Real Estate, Mark Kozelek, Bob Mould, Lord Huron, Throwing Muses, No Age, and so many more! The shows happen all over town and kicks off on Tuesday, February 25th.

Check out the full schedule of events HERE, where you can get individual tickets, General Festival Badges, or even Super Fan Badges!

Enter to win a pair of badges at Amoeba.com before 2/17!

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2013 Treasure Island Music Festival in Pictures

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, November 7, 2013 02:49pm | Post a Comment

This year’s Treasure Island Music Festival (10/19 - 10/20) was another great weekend of music held in the picturesque San Francisco Bay. Saturday consisted of more electronic-leaning artists, while Sunday featured mostly hard-lined rock acts. There were plenty of cool interactive features at Treasure Island including silent disco, art installations, and local merchant booths. Although it reached pretty cold temperatures, that didn’t stop the bands from putting on fantastic performances.

Amoeba San Francisco's resident photographer Lauren Clark captured the magic with her breathtaking photography, including shots of Major Lazer, Holy Ghost!, Lord Huron, Real Estate, Japandroids, Sleigh Bells, and more! Check it out:

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