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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


Album Picks: Grimes, Sleigh Bells, Tennis, Frankie Rose

Posted by Billy Gil, February 21, 2012 05:37pm | Post a Comment
GrimesGrimes – Visions
 
GrimesVisions is the rare pop album that feels like you’re traversing through the private mind of its creator. Claire Boucher coos and chirps her way over synth loops and dance beats not unlike your average pop star, only her vocals and song construction are far more mysterious and dreamlike, almost like you’re seeing her thoughts before they’ve fully formed. Boucher rides sweetly over soft electronic seas in songs like “Genesis” and “Oblivion,” while “Eight” is the other side of the coin, with Boucher awesomely screeching over a Knife-style electro jam. Her visions may be strange indeed, but inviting; you won’t be able to get them out of your head.

sleigh bellsSleigh Bells – Reign of Terror
 
Did you think Sleigh Bells were gonna soften up for their sophomore album? Maybe trim the hair metal guitars and jock jam beats and turn out some slick dance-pop? Hell no! Reign of Terror sounds like the natural progression from 2010’s Treats — guitars that pummel even harder, courtesy of better production; skittering industrial beats; and Alexis Krauss’ awesome voice, which can go from Poly Styrene to Kylie Minogue in a heartbeat. “Comeback Kid” is their rallying cry for this album, with Derek Miller’s twisted arrangement showing increasing deviousness. “Leader of the Pack” could actually blow out your speakers — that’s not an exaggeration. Their “ballads” have grown a pair, too; whereas Treats’ “Rill Rill” got by on casual winsomeness, “End of the Line” is a genuinely emotional breakup song. Reign of Terror won’t necessarily prove naysayers — and there are plenty of them — wrong that their music is ridiculous, but it’s such a badass refinement of their sound that it’s nothing short of swift kick to the groin of anyone in their way.

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The Art of the LP Cover- Sports

Posted by Mr. Chadwick, July 25, 2011 10:40pm | Post a Comment

For all you jocks, sports fans and closet sports fans.