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New Video from Welsh Singer/Songwriter Cate Le Bon

Posted by Amoebite, August 28, 2014 02:21pm | Post a Comment

Cate Le Bon

Cate Le BonDressed all in black (as was her backing band) with a black Fender Telecaster in hand, Wales native Cate Le Bon took to the stage at Amoeba Hollywood on April 30, 2014 in support of her latest release, Mug Museum (Wichita Recordings). Le Bon performed a set of beautiful melancholy songs pulled from the new album. Fans packed the aisles at Amoeba and were treated to a signing after the show. 

The new album finds Le Bon crafting gems in the wake of her paternal grandmother's death. By no means is Mug Museum a dark, sad production about mourning, although what's a Cate le Bon album without themes of death and mortality? The album is a well-rounded work of art, at times channelling '60s psych, with organ droned sonics making it both dirty and pretty all at the same time. Le Bon's vocals are front and center like never before and some critics may argue Mug Museum is the best release in her catalog.

Watch Cate Le Bon performing "Are You With Me?" from Mug Museum live at Amoeba Hollywood:

Cate Le Bon - Are You With Me? (Live at Amoeba)
 

Watch more from this set here.

New Video from Saintseneca

Posted by Amoebite, August 21, 2014 05:40pm | Post a Comment

Saintseneca at Amoeba Hollywood

When folk rock band Saintseneca stopped by Amoeba Hollywood recently, they brought with them a strong dose of Appalachian inspired harmonies, an odd, three-stringed instrument called a Strumstick, and a very appreciative crowd. Columbus, OH-based bandmates Zac Little, Maryn Jones, Steve Ciolek, Jon Meador took the stage for a short set that saw them moving from rollicking, upbeat sing-a-long choruses to melancholy, introspective moments to post-punk style reverb-drenched breakdowns.

Saintseneca's first album on ANTI- Records, Dark Arc, came out this past spring, and the band have basically been on tour ever since. This fall, they're touring all across America, with a Los Angeles stop on October 9, at the Bootleg Theatre. Check out the band's lively, foot-stomping take on traditional American music below.

Saintseneca - Live at Amoeba
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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode With Hip Hop Icon Chuck D.

Posted by Amoebite, August 19, 2014 02:49pm | Post a Comment

Chuck D.

Before Tupac, before Notorious B.I.G., before Jay-Z or Lil Wayne, there was Chuck D! In the mid '80s, Chuck D and his group, Public Enemy, signed with the rap label Def Jam. You know, that bedroom record label that discovered little groups like the Beastie Boys, LL Cool J and some thrash metal band Public Enemy It Takes a Millionsnamed Slayer. Ring a bell? With Def Jam's support and Chuck D at the helm, Public Enemy championed socially conscious rap music in America. With politically charged albums like It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back and Fear of a Black Planet  (the latter selling 1 million copies week of release), Public Enemy remains one of the most important rap groups in history. 

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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode With Cherry Glazerr

Posted by Amoebite, August 13, 2014 12:03pm | Post a Comment

Cherry Glazerr

Guitarist/vocalist Clementine Creevy started writing songs as a teen and found herself making demos in between studying for class and doing homework. After hooking up with schoolmate and drummer Hannah Uribe and recruiting bassist Sean Redman, Clementine's demos became the foundation for the newfound Cherry Glazerr.    

What exactly is a Cherry Glazerr anyway? Is it a quirky name for a trendy new craft cocktail on the menu at Mohawk Bend? The answer is so much cooler than that! Cherry Glazerr take their name from KCRW morning news anchor Chery Glaser. The irony is, 2/3 of Cherry Glazerr's members are not old enough to legally drink and the morning news is usually listened to by old responsible adults on their drive to the office. Sounds worlds apart right? Not too long ago, Clementine Creevy found herself tuned into the morning news as her mom drove her to school. Little did Chery Glaser know, not only was she informing folks about their traffic and weather, she was also influencing a budding rock star!

Fast forward a year or so later and Cherry Glazerr have already racked up some impressive gigs, opening for Hunx and His Punx, Redd Kross, Mikal Cronin and performing at South By Southwest. Their debut album, Haxel Princess  (Burger Records, 2014)is a fiery 10 song batch of fun goodness. Go get your Cherry Glazerr on and make sure to catch this awesome band live.

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New Performance Video from Dean Wareham of Galaxie 500 and Luna

Posted by Amoebite, August 7, 2014 05:43pm | Post a Comment

Dean Wareham at Amoeba Hollywood

Dean Wareham

 Dean Wareham perfected hazy dreampop over the course of his years with Galaxie 500 and Luna, but his recent self-titled solo debut album sees him taking a gentle turn in the direction of Americana. It's perhaps no surprise, then, to learn that the album was produced by My Morning Jacket's Jim James, and that the atmosphere when Wareham hit the stage at Amoeba Hollywood this past spring was cozy, familiar, and just a bit wistful.

Wareham was joined on stage by his band, including wife and musical partner Britta Phillips (Luna, Dean & Britta), and in between songs, he read one of his favorite fan letters to the crowd. After touring extensively this spring, Wareham's only upcoming scheduled dates are a string of nights from November 6-8 at the Brooklyn Academy of Music.

Check out "Holding Pattern" in the video below or watch the full set here.

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