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Weekly Roundup: Cass McCombs, Glasser, Obliterations and More

Posted by Billy Gil, September 19, 2013 04:16pm | Post a Comment

Cass McCombs – “Brighter” (feat. Karen Black)

cass mccombsActress Karen Black died from cancer last month. Before she passed, she recorded this great song with singer Cass McCombs, who also dueted with Black on the memorable “Dreams-Come-True-Girl,” the opener to 2009’s Catacombs. In this song from the upcoming Big Wheel and Others, Black takes the lead, her voice sounding lively and wild. For fans of Black, this posthumous release is a beautiful gift. The 22-song Big Wheel and Others is due Oct. 15 on Domino, listen to “Brighter” below and “There Can Only Be One” here. McCombs will be at Pappy & Harriet’s in Pioneertown Nov. 12, L.A.’s The Echo Nov. 14 and S.F.’s Great American Music Hall Nov. 15.

 

Glasser – “Design” video

glasser interiorsThe video for the second single from L.A.-based Glasser’s upcoming Interiors album (preorder on CD or LP) features Glasser’s Cameron Mesirow in a futuristic Mad Men dress dancing with an animated sculpture. It reinforces the message: This is electro-pop fit for a museum, not just the dancefloor. Interiors is due Oct. 8 on True Panther/Matador.

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Album Picks: Julia Holter, Earl Sweatshirt, Zola Jesus, No Age, Ty Segall, Crocodiles

Posted by Billy Gil, August 20, 2013 09:15am | Post a Comment

Julia Holter - Loud City Song

julia holter loud city song lp amoebaReading about the construction of a Julia Holter album is a bit like reading an art student's honors thesis — one album was built around a Greek tragedy; this one's loosely built around the musical Gigi. Listening, however, is another matter, and Loud City Song might be Holter's most transcendent statement yet. Her voice can come off as icy and ethereal, but on "World," it's firmly grounded and comes through with stunning clarity as she sings of urban melancholia — "what are you wearing? ... I live on the 5th floor of the apartment building ... what am I looking for in you? How can I escape you?" It feels like listening to snippets of phone conversations and thoughts from miles of anonymous citydwellers, while lush horns and harpsichord craft blankets of sound around her. "Horns Surrounding Me" begins with what sounds like someone being chased while she whispers paranoia before launching into a cold, pulsating orchestral pop number. Each of Loud City Song's pieces feels purposeful; you could write at length about each one, like how "He's Running Through My Eyes'" soft movements curl in unexpected ways, or how "In the Green Wild" counters its seemingly carefree, scat-like delivery and standup bass with dread-inducing strings and dark, descending backup vocals. Holter creates her own galaxy on Loud City Song, with each of its songs a strange, spinning planet of sound.

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Burger Boogaloo Festival and Amoeba Berkeley In-Store Pre Festival Warm Up

Posted by Billyjam, July 2, 2013 10:30am | Post a Comment
           

Just days left to go to the July 4th weekend and the anticipated two-day Burger Boogaloo music festival (Saturday and Sunday: July 6 & 7th) at Oakland's Mosswood Park, of which Amoeba Music is a sponsor  and will be hosting/producing the kickoff party the day before (Friday July 5th) with an Amoeba Berkeley free in-store, pre Burger Boogaloo warm-up concert with sets by both awesome, retro sounding Gravy's Drop (an Amoeba Music Home Grown act) and hot new LA pop punk outfit Pangea. Catching these two talented Burger Records acts at Amoeba Friday evening is the perfect way to get in the groove and get a taste of whats to come for the weekend long (noon to 9pm on both Saturday and Sunday) rock oriented music festival that, as well as Pangea and Gravy's Drop, will feature anticipated sets from such others acts as Jonathan Richman, Red Kross, The Oblivions, and LA punk legends The Zeros.

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Weekly Roundup: Victory, Tera Melos, The Little Ones, Wax Idols, Ty Segall, Julia Holter, Papa, Houses

Posted by Billy Gil, January 17, 2013 05:25pm | Post a Comment

Whew, there was a ton of crap released this week. I’ll have to make this snappy.

 

Victory – “Play It” video

VictoryI have never heard of Victory before, but he’s LA-based multi-instrumentalist Robert Fleming and he makes really catchy, well-produced lo-fi pop. His video for “Play It” is similarly minded with its VHS vibes. It’s not just more ’80s worship, though — there are some serious psych waves moving through that fuzz bass. His self-titled EP is out now; his first full-length record is due April 23, just after SXSW! That’s kind of coming up, guys, we’re into 2013.

VICTORY - "Play It" from Victory on Vimeo.

 

Tera Melos – “Tropic Lame”

Tera MelosSacramento-based Tera Melos have a new album called X’ed Out coming April 16 via Sargent House. “Tropic Lame” is streaming now via RollingStone. I’m such a sucker for this tasteful, shoegazey alt-rock via Sonic Youth, Dinosaur Jr. but also lesser-known bands like American Analog Set, Lilys and Ides of Space. “Tropic Lame” is not lame. It seriously rocks.

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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

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