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The 25 Best Albums By California Artists Released in 2014

Posted by Billy Gil, December 17, 2014 03:50pm | Post a Comment

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From L.A. and S.F.’s garage rock scenes to Compton’s blossoming rap artists, California artists represented well in 2014. Here are 25 of our favorites from the year, in alphabetical order.

Allah-LasWorship the Sun

allah-las worship the sun lpOn Worship the Sun, L.A.’s Allah-Las get some dirt on their boots by scuzzing up their sunny surf-garage sound with some rattling guitar solos, stonery grooves (“Buffalo Nickel”) and head-spinning psych-rock tunes (“501-405”).

 

 

Cherry Glazerr Haxel Princess

cherry glazerr haxel princess lpCherry Glazerr had the debut record of the year for Burger Records, moving unstoppably on the strength of its garage riffs and singer/guitarist Clementine Creevy’s teenage caterwaul.

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Weekly Wednesday Steal: tUnE-yArDs' 'Nikki Nack' on Red Vinyl for $10

Posted by Billy Gil, August 5, 2014 11:23am | Post a Comment

tune-yards nikki nack red vinylAmoeba's new Weekly Wednesday Steal continues this Wednesday Aug. 6 with tUnE-yArDs' acclaimed new album, Nikki Nack, for only $10 (normally $19.98) on Amoeba.com.

The Wednesday Steal sees some awesome piece go on sale for only $10 on Amoeba.com every Wednesday (while supplies last). As always, there’s free shipping on all music and movies you buy on Amoeba.com throughout the United States. The offer is only online, not in stores.

On Nikki Nack, tUnE-yArDs’ Merrill Garbus take her highwire vocals and playful experimentation to more palatable pop songs. Check out the playground chants of "Water Fountain" below:

Album Picks: tUnE-yArDs, The Horrors, Lykke Li, PAWS, Elephant

Posted by Billy Gil, May 6, 2014 10:33am | Post a Comment

tUnE-yArDs - Nikki Nack (LP, Red Vinyl, CD, Download)

tune-yards nikki nack lp amoebatUnE-yArDs’ Merrill Garbus has always seemed outright phobic of sounding like anyone else, mangling her elastic voice, drums loops and kitchen-sink instrumentation into a cartoonish assembling of sounds that only slightly resembles other indie pop of its ilk. “On the one hand, there is what sounds good, on the other there is what’s true,” she sings on the relatively low-key “Look Around,” as if addressing any criticisms of her music head-on. However, Nikki Nack's strength comes from Garbus' ability to wrangle her wild ideas into instantly memorable pop songs that are still nonetheless really effing strange. Whether she’s inventing new hopscotch cheers with Busta Rhymes references on “Water Fountain,” skipping along cabaret-jazz vibes on “Real Thing” or creating alien freestyle jams like “Sink-O” and “Wait for a Minute,” Garbus remains definitely tuned to her own frequency. However, these songs are as rife with hooks as they are loaded with tangents and unstoppable energy. The songs that aren’t as concerned with rule-breaking on Nikki Nack are almost more striking in that they reveal the power of Garbus’ incredible voice and her ability to make even a seemingly straightforward song hauntingly unusual, as on songs like “Time of Dark,” which reveal themselves to be highlights upon repeated listens. tUnE-yArDs still isn’t for everyone—there’s a childlike reading called “Why Do We Dine on the Tots?” that’s a bit of groan-worthy performance art—but listeners who may have shied away from tUnE-yArDs bizzaro pop in the past will find lots to feast on here, as Nikki Nack is always more intriguing than off-putting in its otherness. Listening requires plenty of trust, but Garbus makes falling down the rabbit hole with her well worth it on Nikki Nack.

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Weekly Roundup: Courtney Love, Trash Talk, tUnE-yArDs, The Donkeys, Zig Zags, Cold Beat

Posted by Billy Gil, April 25, 2014 10:41am | Post a Comment

Courtney Love – “You Know My Name”

courtney loveCourtney Love made news recently by announcing the mid-’90s lineup of Hole would reunite (along with Eric Erlandson, Melissa Auf Der Maur and Upset’s Patty Schemel), but that doesn’t seem to be happening for the time being. However, we do have a new double A-side due from Love, “Wedding Day” and this hardcore-inspired pop song. Her voice is sounding pretty cool again. It’s out May 4.

 

Trash Talk – “Cloudkicker”

trash talkSacramento hardcore band Trash Talk have unveiled the first taste of their upcoming fifth album, No Peace (due May 27 on Odd Future), the follow-up to 2012’s excellent 119. Perhaps unsurprisingly, it tastes like bile, whiskey and Molotov. Delicious!

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Top "What's In My Bag?" Episodes of 2012

Posted by Rachael McGovern, December 19, 2012 04:48pm | Post a Comment

WIMBTrying to narrow down my favorite 2012 "What's In My Bag?" videos is a little bit like asking me to choose my favorite children. Each one is special and unique in its own way. But 'tis the season of "Best Of" lists, so here is my attempt at naming the top WIMBs from 2012, listed according to date posted because, really, picking 10 was hard enough.

 

 

 

 

Peanut Butter Wolf - January 3, 2012

We kicked off 2012 with a monster of a WIMB featuring DJ, producer, Stones Throw founder and Amoeba regular Peanut Butter Wolf, who had so many items he renamed the episode "What's In My Boxes." Missed some of his selections? Check out his full list here.

 

John Flansburgh - March 5, 2012

The guitarist and co-founder of They Might Be Giants, John Flansburgh, did a "show and tell" at Amoeba Hollywood, selecting reissues by The Zombies, Blossom Dearie, and The Hollies, plus California funk by Charles Wright & The Watts 103rd Street Band. After posting the video, we found out that half of John's picks from this Amoeba trip, and other records he'd picked up while on tour, were unfortunately burned in a trailer fire. See John's full list of picks here.

 

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