Next up on our Record Store Day countdown... hot off their gigantic Heartthrob album, Tegan and Sara give you a mega 12" single of their hit tune "Closer," featuring 10 remix versions by Yeasayer, Ted Gowans, Morgan Page and many more. Super beat mania essential for indie dancefloors! See you at Amoeba on April 20 for this and hundreds more exclusive releases!
Tegan and Sara are releasing a new album, Heartthrob, Jan. 29, and Amoeba Hollywood is giving away tickets to see the band Jan. 31 on Jimmy Kimmel Live! Limit one guest list spot per album purchased (limit two per person). As these are guest list spots, you must have the name of the person attending the show at the time of purchase. This works with in-store Amoeba purchases only — sorry, no online orders or holds. The offer is good while supplies last — there are 100 guest spots available, so get your butt to Amoeba early if you want in.
Info for the show:
When: Thursday, January 31 – 5:45pm check-in
Where: El Capitan Theatre, 6838 Hollywood Blvd. Check-in located off Hawthorn Ave.
How: You'll be on the House Guest List and will get a wristband when you check in.
Details: All guests must be 16+ (must show ID at venue). No cameras or bags are allowed.
We've been getting so many great remixes offered as free downloads on Amoeba.com lately. It makes sense from a business standpoint: remixes raise awareness of an artist and their music through something generally unavailable on the album, while simultaneously helping to further interest in the studio versions. (This is my totally unscientific, un-researched hypothesis.)
One of the things I like about remixes is that they can bring new life into a track, make you hear it in an entirely different way. Remixes, like anything else, run the gamut and with the omnipresence of the remix these days there is a good chance of running into some crap ones too. But when they're good, they can be delicious. In fact, over the last few years I've come across a few remixes that I now prefer over their original tracks.
I'm in love with a new remix from LA/NYC band
Another example of a new remix I prefer over the original is a White Arrows remix of Active Child's "Johnny Belinda." The original track, from You Are All I See (Vagrant, 2011), has a completely different tempo and incorporates the faint stirrings of a choir of monks throughout. The remix maintains Pat Grossi's vocals, but alters the other elements completely. Download "Johnny Belinda (White Arrows Remix)."
The ever popular Canadian pop-rock duo of Tegan and Sara are about to release a really cool new DVD/CD pack on Warner Brothers in the coming weeks. Entitled Get Along the two disc set will arrive in Amoeba on November 15th where no doubt it will be a popular item with both customers and staff alike since the musical pair have built a strong relationship with Amoeba following many in-store performances over the years dating back eight years including ones at both Amoeba Berkeley and Amoeba Hollywood last year. Songs on the new set include "I Hear Noises," "Back In Your Head," "Divided," "Knife Going In," and "Not With You."
The DVD/CD package includes two mini-documentaries plus both audio and video footage of a live concert by the duo in their homeland. Recorded over two nights at The Warehouse Studios in Vancouver, BC for an intimate audience of 75 invited fans it is a seventy minute concert titled For The Most Part. Meanwhile the first of the two 30-minute documentary films follows Tegan and Sara on an American tour, focusing on their history tracing back to their early music-career beginnings plus a look at their close relationship with their fanbase - something that was quite evident at their Amoeba instores. The other documentary film is a 25 minute piece called India since it follows them on first-ever tour of India - as seen in the above trailer clip.
The word "DJ" can be a very ambiguous term. It can mean a turntablist, music producer, remixer, someone who curates music for an audience, an artist using electronic based instruments; also, some straddle the line of electronic artist and full on rock band, and any number of additional definitions. But for the purpose of this blog, the term "DJ" is going to mean the group of artists holding residency in Coachella's Sahara Tent, aka "The Dance Tent," and by any means necessary, they are are going to get your off your ass and make you dance.