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Album Picks: Avi Buffalo, Karen O, Tennis, Lemonade, Death From Above 1979

Posted by Billy Gil, September 9, 2014 11:11am | Post a Comment

Avi Buffalo - At Best Cuckold (LP, CD)

avi buffalo at best cuckold lpLong Beach’s Avi Buffalo comes back after four years with a great new album, At Best Cuckold. Opening track “So What” reveals gleaming guitars and casually brattiness that shows Avigdor Zahner-Isenberg and his band cleaning up some of the psych clutter from their still excellent debut in favor of a streamlined sound, but they’re still weirdos at heart. Serpentine lullaby “Memories of You” softly jangles with country-rock guitars, proggy touches and funny lyrics like “bitch I’m on fire…I’m a cheeseball on fire.” It speaks to the band’s ability to reference classic bands while putting out their own vibe. It’s hard to pull off a “Here Comes a Regular”-style vulnerable acoustic-guitar song like “Two Cherished Understand,” and Avi Buffalo does it by keeping it short, sweet and ultimately unique. Part of that uniqueness comes from Zahner-Isenberg’s way with a non sequitur—“I ran over two dogs, then I ate them after,” he admits amid a fizzy Western backdrop on “Think It’s Gonna Happen Again.” And he gives the best breakup line of the year on “Oxygen Tank,” singing, “A man carrying an oxygen tank is gonna come kill me and my family too if I don’t stop seeing you.” The Flaming Lips comparison still haunts them a bit, yet these songs still have personality for days, so who cares, ultimately. “These birds seem so fucking free/they're nothing compared to me” Zahner-Isenberg sings faux-sweetly on “Overwhelmed With Pride,” and it’s tough not to believe him. Avi Buffalo will be at Amoeba SF Sept. 12 at 6 p.m. and Amoeba Hollywood Sept. 17 at 6 p.m.

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Join Us at Make Music Pasadena June 7

Posted by Billy Gil, May 19, 2014 06:30pm | Post a Comment

make music pasadena

Make Music Pasadena takes place Saturday, June 7 from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Amoeba will be on hand with vinyl, band T-shirts, 45s, Amoeba swag, Amoeba Happy Hour gift certificates and more. Stop by our booth and say hi! Plus, if you wear your Amoeba swag to the festival and stop by our booth, we'll give you an Amoeba gift certificate (while supplies last; items purchased at MMP on 6/7 do not qualify).

For a suggested $5 donation, you’ll get to see indie rock bands like Surfer BloodTennis and Saint Motel, international pop star Yuna, electro pop act Sylvan Esso, melodic acoustic band Run River North, local acts like So Many Wizards, Shirley Rolls, Bloody Death Skull and many more.

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Surfer Blood

A full list of the acts is here.

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Album Picks: M.I.A., Midlake, Connan Mockasin, Ducktails, The Fresh & Onlys, Tennis

Posted by Billy Gil, November 5, 2013 09:22am | Post a Comment

M.I.A. - Matangi (CD or LP)

m.i.a. matangi lp amoebaWorldwide stardom hasn't softened M.I.A. one iota; if anything, it's made her resolve to be the planet's most provocative pop star that much stronger. Following the all-over-the-map Maya, by comparison Matangi is laser-focused, utilizing harsh industrial noise much in the same way Kanye West's Yeezus did, though she fuses it with a worldbeat touch and heavy EDM nods. Most of all, Matangi succeeds because it sounds like an M.I.A. album, even if it's been digitally chopped up and reassembled more so than previous releases. Her opening tracks come on hard, dropping names of wartorn nations in the title track amid a digital grenade of atonal sounds, while "Warriors" drills with a minimalist hip-hop beat. "Come Walk With Me" starts like a love song, quiet with a reggae sway, before jumping off the rails with a hyperactive dancehall-house beat. Though these tracks touch on her typical subject matter of empowering the global masses, she's also having a great time, rapping like a cocky hip-hop star and subverting the formula. And the second half of Matangi is loaded with ass-shakers. "atention's" twisted beat makes it one of her sickest dance songs since "World Town." The previously released "Bad Girls" makes an appearance in all its bhangra-beat glory, and "Bring the Noize" is the album's instant classic, unleashing a brutal beat that makes most EDM sound like kid's music as M.I.A. pulls off sounding disaffected while spouting rhymes at an impressive tick. Matangi is a welcome comeback after a troubling period for M.I.A., proving her once again to be one of the most forward-thinking pop music entities around.

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My Top 50 Albums of 2012

Posted by Billy Gil, December 17, 2012 07:24pm | Post a Comment

50. Purity RingShrines

purity ring shrinesPurity Ring make Cocteau Twins­-style dream pop by way of Salem’s hard-hitting witchhouse on an album more notable for its smooth blending of related genres than for its actual songwriting, but they’ve got a sweet sound nonetheless.

 

 

49. Cold ShowersLove & Regret

Cold Showers Cold Showers’ short and sweet debut heralds the arrival of a great new L.A. band, beaming shoegaze guitars over darkwave synths and goth-style vocals. (Read my review of Cold Showers' show here.)

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Tickets on Sale at Amoeba Hollywood

Posted by Amoebite, July 3, 2012 06:30pm | Post a Comment
Tickets at AmoebaAmoeba Hollywood has started regularly selling tickets to local shows, with the added bonus of charging low service fees (if you're into saving money and who isn't really?).

All tickets can be purchased at the registers (while supplies last) for a $2 service fee.

If you have a question about whether we've sold out of a specific show, please call the store at 323-245-6400.



Here is a current list of the tickets we have for sale at Amoeba Hollywood:

Show Name
Venue Show Date
Ticket Price
(fee not included)
Aesop Rock
El Rey Theatre 07/13/2012 $18.00
Ariel Pink The Fonda Theatre 10/05/2012 $22.50
Austra El Rey Theatre 09/15/2012 $19.00
Be Good Tanyas Bootleg Theatre 08/17/2012 $20.00
Ben Howard The Fonda Theatre 10/06/2012 $25.00
Big Krit El Rey Theatre 07/30/2012 $22.00
Dan Deacon El Rey Theatre 10/20/2012 $17.00
Devil's Playground Dragonfly 07/20/2012 $20.00
Dr. Dog John Anson Ford 10/05/2012 $30.00
Easy Star All Stars El Rey Theatre 09/20/2012 $20.00
First Aid Kit The Fonda Theatre 10/16/2012 $25.00
FYF Fest Weekend Pass Historic State Park, DTLA 09/01 & 09/02 $89 (+$4 fee)
Grimes El Rey Theatre 10/10/2012 $20.00
The Kills The Mayan 08/14/2012 $35.00
Kimbra The Fonda Theatre 10/04/2012 $25.00
Mates of State The Echo 07/05 & 07/07 $13.00
Nick 13 El Rey Theatre 07/21 & 07/22 $18.00
The Raveonettes El Rey Theatre 10/08/2012 $25.00
Rodriguez El Rey Theatre 09/28/2012 $25.50
Swans The Fonda Theatre 09/11/2012 $30.00
Tennis El Rey Theatre 08/12/2012 $20.00
Thee Oh Sees El Rey Theatre 09/09/2012 $17.00
The Walkmen John Anson Ford 09/12/2012 $30.00


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