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Album Picks: Boards of Canada, Surfer Blood, The White Mandingos, Sonny & the Sunsets, Lust for Youth, Disclosure, Deafheaven

Posted by Billy Gil, June 11, 2013 09:59am | Post a Comment

Boards Of Canada - Tomorrow's Harvest

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Absence makes the heart grow fonder, the aphorism goes. For Boards of Canada, their absence from releasing music over the past seven years has left their fans rabid for something, anything from the band. Then it came — a series of codes released through various media that, when entered into a website, revealed the release of the duo’s fourth studio album. The long wait for new music and the duo’s willful obscurity about its release isn’t manipulation; it’s warranted, as part of the greater mysterious appeal of Boards of Canada, and for the fact that Tomorrow’s Harvest features some of the band’s greatest work yet. It begins sounding like the opening of a science film on “Gemini,” pointing to their early influence from Canadian nature documentaries, but “Reach for the Dead” directly follows with more epic, ominous tones. Boards of Canada have always been able to imbue their wordless music with just enough suggestion that listeners can invoke their own meaning from the music, and as such, one can’t help but think of countless awful news stories or meaningless status updates when listening to a track like “Sick Times,” which strings ghostly recorded samples of voices speaking in the background behind minor-key tones that hint at global dread. Tomorrow’s Harvest isn’t all doom and gloom, though. Even with a name like “Cold Earth,” it still the strong scent of nostalgia that carried such releases as the In a Beautiful Place Out in the Country EP to great heights, and their cut-up beatwork on tracks like “Jacquard Causeway” entrances. Tomorrow’s Harvest is long and loaded with great tracks, like the scenic “Nothing is Real” and pulsating “New Seeds,” which both appear in the album’s final stretch, making it the kind of record you want to spin again immediately when it’s over to let its finer points sink in. With luck we won’t have to wait as long for another Boards of Canada release, but Tomorrow’s Harvest is the kind of record you can pore over for years, rich enough to rank highly with the rest of the band’s estimable catalog.

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San Francisco's Noise Pop Festival Celebrates 20 Years! Feb. 21 - 26

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, January 26, 2012 10:52am | Post a Comment
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Since 1993, the Noise Pop Music Festival has been celebrating the best in independent music and culture in the Bay Area. 2012 marks their 20th anniversary! That's 20 years of championing independent music, film, art, food, and literature.

Join Amoeba Music and Noise Pop from February 21st - February 26th for a toast to two decades ofDie Antwoord independent culture in the Bay Area. This year's musical lineup includes The Flaimin LipsBuilt to Spill, Archers of Loaf, Cursive, Die Antwoord, Bob Mould, Surfer BloodGrimes, Budos Band, The Fresh & Onlys, Release The Sunbirdand, so much more. But that's not all! Noisepop 2012 also boasts impressive art shows all around town, a rockin' film series with screenings at the Roxie and Artists Television Access (ATA) (read more about that HERE), a festive pop-up shop (located in The Bold Italic Headquarters at 34 Page Street) that's just brimming withevents, and the Culture Club happenings at Public Works.

With so many concurrent events, there's undoubtedly something for everyone every day of the festival. Events are continuously being added to their fantabulous schedule, so stay tuned for updates!

Florida Quartet Surfer Blood Release New "Tarot Classics" EP and Begin Tour With Pixies This Week

Posted by Billyjam, October 26, 2011 02:30pm | Post a Comment
Among the new releases to arrive in Amoeba Music yesterday was the Tarot Classics EP  (Kanine Records) by Surfer Blood. It is the first extended release from the West Palm Beach, Florida based rock quartet since they first arrived on the scene last year with their acclaimed debut album Astro Coast, also on Kanine Records. Also in 2010 they released the 7" single "Floating Vibes" which is still available at Amoeba. Their new EP, available on both vinyl and CD, features bonus remixes by several producers including San Francisco based Speculator, and Totally Sincere which is Connor Hanwick of the Drums and Peggy Wang of TPOBPAH.

The release coincides with the band's much coveted opening slot on the new Pixies (who influence their sound) US/UK tour which kicks off tomorrow the Wellmont Theatre in Montclair, NJ. No CA dates for Surfer Blood are included but you can pick up the new Tarot Classics EP featuring such tracks as "Drinking Problem" below.  And if you want to check out more tracks before buying it at Amoeba you can stream it in its entirety here care of Spin magazine. You can follow Surfer Blood on Twitter.

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Top Videos and Interviews of 2010

Posted by Amoebite, December 22, 2010 08:49am | Post a Comment
We can't believe 2010 is already drawing to a close! Thinking back over the year, we wanted to share with you some of 2010's best interviews and videos, What's In My Bags, and even some special downloads from our instores! Check out bands and artists such as Surfer Blood, Tegan and Sara, Neil Hamburger, Slash, Dave Rawlings Band, Crowded House and many more! AND we are sure to have a whole new slew of videos, interviews and instores in 2011! Happy New Year!


Slash Interview



Surfer Blood Interview - click here for the performance vid



Dave Rawlings Machine

Treasure Island Music Fest Artists Have Rocked Amoeba

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, October 12, 2010 04:02pm | Post a Comment
This weekend's Treasure Island Music Festival in San Francisco is sure to be quite the scene! Many of the bands on the bill, including Belle and Sebastian, Die Antwoord, !!!, Surfer Blood, Broken Social Scene and Wallpaper have rocked one or more of our stores. Read on for interviews, a What's in My Bag, performance videos and photos with these artists and more and get ready for a fantastic festival!

Die Antwoord What's in My Bag?



Surfer Blood Interview, and click here to watch their performance!

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