Weekly Roundup: Cold Showers, Double Duchess, JIM, Superhumanoids

Posted by Billy Gil, June 19, 2015 09:33am | Post a Comment

Cold Showers - "Plantlife"
cold showersWe were big fans of Cold Showers' debut record, Love and Regret, a rumbling, heavy run through gothy post-punk environs. The first thing we've heard from their new album, Matter of Choice, boasts bigger synths and cleaner production, pumping up the Highland Park band's sound till it's a hook-laden beast. On "Plantlife," Cold Showers reveal the pop heart that was always beating beneath the black shroud without losing an ounce of their estimable cool. Can't wait to hear the rest of this record, which is due Aug. 28 on Dais. Listen via Stereogum.

Double Duchess - "Bullshit"

double duchessThis terrific cover of a Grace Jones B-side comes courtesy of S.F.'s Double Duchess, a queer production/performance art duo who replace the music of Jones' glam-disco original with hedonistic house beats that seem to emit sweat and smoke from the speakers. But as long as we're talking about Grace Jones, check out this video of her (I think) lip syncing to the original—watch that businessman clap while she dances on his fucking table. Can she just own a room or what? Listen to Double Duchess' version below via Pitchfork. The duo is holding a release party for its debut album, All Eyes on Me, next Thursday, June 25, at SF Oasis.

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Weekly Roundup: Youth Code, The Growlers, The Skygreen Leopards, Superhumanoids, Girl Tears, Death Valley Girls

Posted by Billy Gil, August 15, 2014 09:30am | Post a Comment

Youth Code – “Consuming Guilt”

youth codeIndustrial/EMB duo Youth Code are really firing on all cylinders on the first song from their next EP, “Consuming Guilt.” Or rather they’re firing dirt and smoke into your face and then spitting on you to clean yourself up. Industrial filth hasn’t felt this good in a long while. It’s from the A Place to Stand EP, due Sept. 23 on Dais.


The Growlers – “Good Advice”

the growlersA whirling farfisa organ drives this garage-pop ditty from SoCal’s Growlers through a subtly twisting arrangement and square into your cranial region. “There’s nothing as depressing as good advice,” Brooks Nielsen sings in a bittersweet rasp, adding, “Nobody wants to hear how to live their life.” Maybe the best thing we’ve heard from the band yet! Chinese Fountain is out Sept. 23 on Everloving. Preorder it now on LP or CD.

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Weekly Roundup: Banks, SISU, Superhumanoids, Death Grips, Coachwhips

Posted by Billy Gil, August 29, 2013 02:17pm | Post a Comment

Banks – “Waiting Game”

banks singerL.A. singer Banks makes longing sound sexier than the main event with “Waiting Game.” The song is produced by Sohn, who throws a nice, thick digital shroud over the whole thing partway in. Banks’ drowned-out vocals and style are reminiscent of The Weeknd, with whom she’s touring, and it reminds me a bit, too, of a grimier cousin to L.A’s Rhye. Best line: “I wanna lean on your shoulder.” Sweet.


SISU – “Harpoons”

sandra vuIt seems like everyone in the Crystal Stilts/Dum Dum Girls/Vivian Girls vortex of great noise-pop bands has a side or solo project. The lastest is Dum Dums’ drummer Sandra Vu, whose solo project, SISU, sounds like a fun splatter of caustic pop judging by “Harpoons,” which gets its shuffling chorus lodged into your head only after hitting it with a little chaos, as softly pounding drums and light oscillating sounds accompany Vu’s sing-speaky vocals in a kind of creepy sound collage. Hear it on Soundcloud. She’ll be at Part Time Punks at La Cita Aug. 30 with Whirr and Nothing at 7 p.m. Look for her Light Eyes EP at Amoeba, and her first full-length, Blood Tears, is due Sept. 17 on Mono Prism.

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Weekly Roundup: No Age, Imperial Teen, Superhumanoids, Cold Showers, Hunx and His Punx, Soft Metals, Flaamingos

Posted by Billy Gil, June 13, 2013 11:26am | Post a Comment

No Age – “C’mon Stimmung”

no age an objectLast week No Age revealed the cover art and tracklist for the upcoming An Object, out Aug. 20 on Sub Pop — you can preorder the album now on CD or LP. Now we’ve got the stunning first song from the album, “C’mon Stimmung.” It seems to carry the relatively cleaned-up sound of their last album, Everything in Between, as drummer Dean Spunt’s vocals come through with more clarity and depth than before, while guitarist Randy Randall indulges in the sort of My Bloody Valentine-style guitar mangling that snags us every time. No Age have also announced an upcoming tour, which will come through L.A. July 25 when the band plays Santa Monica Pier. They’ll also be in Berkeley Aug. 23 at the Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, where they’ll appear with Sun Foot, Devin Gary & Ross.

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Check Out Make Music Pasadena on June 1

Posted by Billy Gil, May 15, 2013 04:37pm | Post a Comment

Make Music PasadenaMake Music Pasadena crowdMake Music Pasadena returns June 1, and Amoeba is proud to be a sponsor of the event. We’ll be on hand with music for sale, and we’ll be giving away swag at the Amoeba booth (near the Old Pasadena Indie Rock Stage, on Colorado Blvd. near Raymond Ave.) as well as at the LA Weekly booth on the other side of the event. Stop by to pick up a free fan — it’s hot in Pasadena.

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Robert DeLong performing live at Amoeba Hollywood

Make Music Pasadena is hailed as the West Coast’s largest free music event. There will be more than 150 bands, including electro-pop bands Yacht and Tanlines; indie-EDM star Robert DeLong; L.A. indie pop band Hunter Hunted; indie rock stalwarts We Are Scientists; world-folk band Taken By Trees (which features Victoria Bergsman of Concretes/“Young Folks” fame); local dream-pop acts Superhumanoids and Haunted Summer; afro-Mexican folk band Las Cafeteras; KCRW’s DJ Valida; experimental pop duo High Places; and more.

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