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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with New York Pop Duo MS MR

Posted by Amoebite, August 22, 2013 04:20pm | Post a Comment

MS MR is the New York based indie-pop duo who craft excellent produced electronic-coated candy for your ears. If you have yet to hear what the Internet hype is about, then you are definitely missing out. MS MR hit the scene last year with their debut single, "Hurricane," a dark love story with plush vocals backed by deep drums and dreamy synths. The Internet loved it. Vocalist Lizzy Plapinger often draws comparisons to Florence Welch of Florence + the Machine for her "raspy" vocals. Not a bad comparison at all! With Max Hershenow at the producer helm, MS MR are quickly gaining props in high places from the likes of Jay-Z and Usher. Looks like pop stardom is not too far away.

Early this year, MS MR dropped their major label debut with Secondhand Rapture (Colombia Records). The entire album was produced and written by the dynamic duo, including the handling of the album's art direction and design. The release is chock full of what is quickly becoming MS MR's signature dream pop arrangements: layered synths, big tight programmed drums and lavishly polished vocals. The twelve song release makes for a very ear pleasing experience. 

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Where My Ears Went in 2012

Posted by J. Mark Beaver, January 10, 2013 01:33pm | Post a Comment
sandro perri impossible spaces
SANDRO PERRI Impossible Spaces
(Constellation Records)

Easily the most confounding sound I heard this last year. In all truth, this record was released in late 2011, but I didn't find any indicators pointing towards it until this year. Perri is a multi-instrumentalist, vocalist, producer from Toronto, Canada who also creates electronica under the name Polmo Polpo. On Impossible Spaces, Perri presents a light, meandering soul in a voice that sometimes reminds me of Michael Franks, sometimes Antony, sometimes Christopher Cross. It's a strange tone to hear in 2012, but it is all couched and wrapped in, levitated and nudged along by a busy production of electronica, (fretless?) bass, warped keyboards and processed saxophone that keeps pulling my ear deep into its sheer inventiveness. Guaranteed to confuse.








MOUNT EERIE Clear Moon
((P.W.Elverum & Sun)  

One of this year's two "sister" releases (with Ocean's Roar), Clear Moon, is issued, as it should be, on clear vinyl. Phil Elverum, the creative force behind Mount Eerie and its former incarnation, Microphones, is a master of mood. His albums are for headphones, for closed eyes, akin to sitting alone (or with silent friends) in the forest or on some chilled rocky outcropping from where you can see no sign of civilization and yet always aware that its there.
mount eerie clear moon

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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Show Report: Twin Shadow at Sonos with Q&A

Posted by Billy Gil, October 18, 2012 02:29pm | Post a Comment

Twin Shadow SonosTwin Shadow played a stripped-down set Oct. 16 at Sonos Studio in Los Angeles that highlighted his skills as a songwriter first and foremost rather than as a producer of ’80s-inspired indie pop. Appearing with just an electric guitar for the first few songs, Twin Shadow aka George Lewis Jr. ran through “The One” and “Run My Heart” from this year’s fine Confess album. On that album, Lewis Jr.’s dazzling production is a major draw, occasionally threatening to overshadow his honed pop songwriting and voice, which echoes ’80s pop stalwarts like Peter Gabriel and Phil Collins (but in a good way). Lewis Jr. only added minimal delay effects to the end of “The One,” and on “Run My Heart,” his voice grew truly transcendent for the song’s soaring choruses. He introduced keyboardist/singer Wynne Bennett as the “other” part of Twin Shadow, and she joined him for a slowed-down take on single “Five Seconds” which made it sound a bit like Berlin’s “Take My Breath Away” than it already does, given its throbby synths and romantic vocal. She continued to play with him through “I Can’t Wait,” a highlight from his brilliant first album, Forget, before Lewis Jr. return to a solo venture for a cover of Townes Van Zandt’s “The Highway Kind.” He took to the keys for the poptastic “Patient,” which sort of sounds like Prince covering Nelly Furtado (if that doesn’t sound like a great idea to you, we are just different people). He closed the show with the moody “I Don’t Care” before collaborating for a poetry performance with friend and artist Eric Green, who spoke verse while Lewis Jr. handled synth sounds. The two then engaged in a wonderfully oddball interview before screening the video for “Five Seconds,” which was based conceptually on a story written by Lewis Jr. and Green. Check out the interview below. Twin Shadow plays tonight at the Henry Fonda Theater with the lovely Haim. Amoeba Hollywood has tickets on sale for $22.50 plus $2 in service fees; inquire at the registers.

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Tickets on Sale at Amoeba Hollywood in August

Posted by Amoebite, August 10, 2012 12:47pm | 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.


JUST ADDED SHOWS:
Gossip

Gossip

The Fonda Theatre 
October 12
All ages
 
tiger Army

Tiger Army
Tigerflame V
The Fonda Theatre
October 26
All-ages

Here is a full list of tickets we currently have for sale at Amoeba Hollywood:

Show Name
Venue Show Date
Ticket Price
(fee not included)
Afghan Whigs The Fonda Theatre 11/10/2012 $37.50
Ariel Pink The Fonda Theatre 10/05/2012 $22.50
Austra El Rey Theatre 09/15/2012 $19.00
Ben Howard The Fonda Theatre 10/06/2012 $25.00
Dan Deacon El Rey Theatre 10/20/2012 $17.00
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)
Gossip The Fonda Theatre  10/12/2012 $27.50
Grimes El Rey Theatre 10/10/2012 $20.00
Kimbra The Fonda Theatre 10/04/2012 $25.00
Owl City The Fonda Theatre 09/24/2012 $25.00
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
Thee Oh Sees El Rey Theatre 09/09/2012 $17.00
The Walkmen John Anson Ford 09/12/2012 $30.00
Tiger Army
(Octoberflame V)
The Fonda Theatre  10/26/2012 $28.00

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