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Watch a Blazing Performance by Tijuana Panthers at Amoeba Hollywood

Posted by Amoebite, October 1, 2014 07:02pm | Post a Comment

Tijuana Panthers

Despite flying under the mainstream radar for almost a decade, employing the DIY strategy so many do, the Tijuana Panthers are finally poised for a breakthrough. Much like their Innovative Leisure labelmates Hanni El Khatib, Nick Waterhouse, and the Allah-Las, the Tijuana Panthers have been crafting their own brand of alternative surf rock while tucked away in sunny Long Beach, California.

In 2010, the band self-released their debut, Max Baker, following it up with Semi Sweet (Innovative Leisure) in 2013. The latter is a lo-fi rock-pop record at times reminiscent of '50s era doo wop with puppy love themes. For their latest effort, Wayne Interest (Innovative Leisure), the Panthers teamed up with producer and Black Keys touring bassist, Richard Swift. The lo-fi production style is still very intact and guitarist Chad Wachtel's surf licks rock with authenticity. The band shows off their punker minimalism, while still delivering catchy melodies backed by echoey drums.

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Weekly Roundup: Flying Lotus, Medicine, Cherry Glazerr, Tijuana Panthers, Allah-Las, Kevin Morby

Posted by Billy Gil, September 19, 2014 09:53am | Post a Comment

Flying Lotus – “Coronus, the Terminator”

flying lotus amoebaFor the latest unveiled track from Flying Lotus’ upcoming You’re Dead (out Oct. 7; preorder on LP or CD), FlyLo sets the stage with some backwards instruments and rain, moving into what sounds like a sultry Quiet Storm track. Singer Niki Randa gives the song that extra sumptuousness while Flying Lotus’ subtly detailed production demands repeat listens. From the sound of this and the other tracks he’s released, You’re Dead might already be the most accessible Flying Lotus album yet.

 

Medicine – “Move Along – Down the Road”

medicine bandL.A. shoegaze legends Medicine’s second run generated the terrific To the Happy Few last year, and impressively, they’ve already got another new one on the way. With the release of the “Move Along – Down the Road,” Medicine’s Home Everywhere (due Oct. 28 on Captured Tracks) is quickly becoming one of our most anticipated new albums of the year. It sounds like two ’60s pop songs fused together, sped up and filtered through eight kinds of distortion, threatening to tear apart but always coming back to some new riff or idea.

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Weekly Roundup: Meatbodies, Allah-Las, Tijuana Panthers, Devon Williams

Posted by Billy Gil, August 1, 2014 09:15am | Post a Comment

Meatbodies – “Tremmors”

meatbodiesThe latest great garage-rock band from S.F. delivers an explosion of fuzz riffs and reverbed vocals that cut cleanly through like a scalpel on “Tremmors.” The song is heavy and huge, but it’s handled delicately—the solo could only be described as lightly demonic. I love the way the song switches up to a new fuzzed out set of chords two-thirds of the way through—it’s just icing on the cake. Meatbodies comes from L.A.-based Chad Ubovich, who was Mikal Cronin’s bassist and then guitarist as well as the bassist in Ty Segall’s Fuzz project. Segall previously released some of Ubovich’s home recordings under Chad & The Meatbodies, and now the simply titled Meatbodies album is due soon on In the Red. They’ll be at Echo Park Rising Aug. 16 and The Echo Aug. 28.

 

Allah-Las – “No Werewolf”

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Weekly Roundup: Woods, Tijuana Panthers, Cold Beat

Posted by Billy Gil, May 30, 2014 08:52am | Post a Comment

Woods – “Tambourine Light”

woods bandEven though they just released a new album, the excellent With Light and With Love, Woods already have a new, non-album single headed our way, the warm and luscious “Tambourine Light,” which will be paired with “Tomorrow’s Never Yesterday” (possibly a rejected James Bond movie title) on a single due July 8 from Captured Tracks and the band’s own Woodsist label. If you follow the whole Woodsist gang, you know they’ll be at Big Sur Aug. 5 and Pioneertown Aug. 16 for a pair of Woodsist fests, featuring Woods plus Foxygen, Skygreen Leopards and more.

 

Tijuana Panthers – “Nobo”

tijuana panthersI’m already a fan of the new Tijuana Panthers album, judging by their new-wavey first single “Cherry Street” and now this, a languid poolside rocker called “Nobo.” “Where do you get your money?” makes for an unexpectedly excellent chorus. Wayne Interest is due June 3 (preorder here) on Innovative Leisure, and the band plays The Roxy that night for free with Northern Tigers; they’re touring the West Coast with Fucked Up in August.

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Weekly Roundup: Thee Tee Pees, Pillar Point, Boardwalk, RedRedRed, Tijuana Panthers

Posted by Billy Gil, May 2, 2014 10:50am | Post a Comment

Thee Tee Pees – “Indian Bingo”

thee tee pees lpThee Tee Pees don’t have time for your fancy studios and multitracking. But they do have time to record “Indian Bingo” 20 times (if you believe the guy shouting “take 20!”) at the beginning of “Indian Bingo” just to get that perfect balance of slop and fury. The L.A. garage-punk band releases its self-titled debut in late May via Manglor, and it’s already sounding like the party rock record of the summer.

 

Pillar Point – “Cherry” (Music Go Music remix)

pillar point lp amoebaHow did I miss fawning over the Bay Area’s Pillar Point (aka Scott Reitherman) and his excellent, recently released self-titled dream-R&B album? I’m a dum dum. At least I had the wherewithal to be on it for this remix of “Cherry,” which strips some of the gauzy texture from the original and adds a funk shuffle that makes it into an absolute jam. Known mainly for his work with Throw Me the Statue, Pillar Point is someone we’re gonna have to watch from here on out. He’s at L.A.’s Echoplex May 5 and S.F.’s Elbo Room May 6. Listen to the original “Cherry” here; watch the video for the gorgeous “Dreamin’” here.

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