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Vivian Girls Officially Break Up; Slowdive Getting Back Together?

Posted by Billy Gil, January 22, 2014 11:14am | Post a Comment

Vivian Girls AmoebaOne of our favorite modern bands, Vivian Girls, are officially breaking up. They'll play two last shows, one of them here in L.A. at Highland Park's new Church on York venue, on Valentine's Day, Feb. 14. You can get tickets here. Or if you're in New York, you can see them at Death by Audio March 1; tickets for that show are here. Both shows are all-ages.

I made this Vivian Girls Family Tree a while back to note the myriad other projects that spring from the band. As far as the members of the band go, Cassie Ramone will continue with The Babies, along with Woods' Kevin Morby; Katy Goodman will have a new La Sera album out later this year; and Ali Koehler continues with her new band, Upset. You can read interviews I've done with Goodman and Upset.

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Six Degrees of Vivian Girls

Posted by Billy Gil, October 9, 2013 04:06pm | Post a Comment

vivian girlsRemember the whole Pixies/Breeders/Belly/Throwing Muses web of bands many years back? Or, more recently, the Wolf Parade/Sunset Rubdown/Frog Eyes/Handsome Furs/Divine Fits band sprawl? And let's not even get into Broken Social Scene. Well, none of these band associations holds a candle to Vivian Girls and the myriad bands, collaborations, side projects and what-have-yous that spring from the New York noise pop band. In light of recent release from onetime-Vivian Frankie Rose and the upcoming release by Vivian girl Ali Koehler in Upset, I've attempted to make a Vivian Girls tree for y'all. I'm sure I missed like 20 bands, let me know if I have!

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Amoeba Presents First Fridays at the Natural History Museum of LA With Allah-Las!

Posted by Billy Gil, February 21, 2013 01:48pm | Post a Comment

Amoeba’s ongoing sponsorship of First Fridays at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles continues March 1 with Allah-Las and The Babies. We’ll be at a table near the entrance selling Amoeba swag, $20-for-$10 Amoeba gift certificates (limit two per person) and more. There's also a tour of the museum and discussion with Dr. Lucy Jones starting at 5 p.m., discussing the history of seismology in LA and what might be in its future — yikes! The band performances run from 8 to 10 p.m., with KCRW DJs Anthony Valadez and Travis Holcombe spinning from 5:30 to 10 p.m. in the DJ lounge, where you can buy drinks as well. For $18 you get a presale ticket and museum admission (with a guaranteed spot in the concert hall), or museum admission with access to the discussions and DJ lounge but not the concert hall for $12. The event starts at 5 p.m. Get tickets for the show here.

allah-lahsThis show is extra special because it features Allah-Las, who met while the members were working at Amoeba. Since forming, the band, which filters surf rock, ’60s garage rock nuggets and ’80s jangly paisley underground rock into a cool, collected whole, has become one of the biggest young bands in Los Angeles. Produced by another local favorite, ’50s-flavored songsmith Nick Waterhouse, their self-titled debut record, released in 2012 on Innovative Leisure, was one of the most buzzed-about L.A. records of the year and has helped launch the band globally. We’re proud of our boys and we hope you check them out March 1! Read my interview with the band here.

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Amoeba Presents Adam Green & Binki Shapiro and La Sera at Bootleg, January 29th

Posted by Amoebite, January 14, 2013 08:12pm | Post a Comment

Amoeba Music presents Adam Green & Binki Shapiro and La Sera performing live on Tuesday, adam green binki shapiroJanuary 29th at the Bootleg Theater in downtown LA.

Adam Green has been recording and releasing music since the age of 18. He has enjoyed critical and commercial success around the world, both as a member of the influential New York folk duo The Moldy Peaches and as a solo performer. Green gave away his experimental movie “The Wrong Ferrari” (his directorial debut starring Macaulay Culkin and filmed solely on iPhone) as a free download on his website in 2011. It was downloaded over 300,000 times. Adam will be releasing a new album in the Fall of 2012 with Binki Shapiro (Little Joy) entitled Binki Shapiro & Adam Green.

La Sera is also known as Katy Goodman (Vivian Girls, All Saints Day). She has released two full-length lps, the second being 2012's Sees The Light , which features ten new tracks of peppy break-up pop brimming with defiance and bitter sweetness. 

Get your tickets at Amoeba Hollywood! And come on down and look for us at the show. Event is 21+. More info HERE!

PUSSY RIOT Benefit Show Held at The Smell With Vivian Girls and More

Posted by Billy Gil, August 22, 2012 05:38pm | Post a Comment
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At some point in the past few weeks, Pussy Riot became the most important band in the world. They’re not “important” in the 9.0 review on Pitchfork kind of way. Rather, Pussy Riot is a band that reminds us that music can, and does, have a very real worldwide impact.
 
I won’t attempt to re-report the tons of great coverage the Russian feminist punk band has received since reaching international attention, but here’s a summation: the Moscow-based band has held public performances wearing colorful masks and clothing while playing songs that directly criticize Russian President Vladimir Putin as well as the politics of the Russian Orthodox Church. These quick concerts are filmed and then put online, having appeared in places like the band’s livejournal page. One such performance, at the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour of the Russian Orthodox Church in Moscow, on Feb. 21, 2012, landed three of the collective’s members in jail, and after a widely publicized trial, they were found guilty of hooliganism and inciting religious hatred against the church. 
 
The verdict has been widely criticized as overly harsh. The United States State Department, The U.S. Embassy in Russia, U.S. President Barack Obama, Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, among others, have expressed disappointment or disgust with the decision. Artists including Bjork, Madonna, Tim Minchin, Zola Jesus, Patti Smith, Paul McCartney and others have expressed public indignation over the decision, while on Aug. 16 a demonstration was held in New York, where actress Chloë Sevigny, writer Eileen Myles and others read writings and court statements from the detained members of the band — Maria Alekhina, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Ekaterina Samucevich. Vice Magazine editors got tattoos of the word “hooligan” in Russian to show their support. The Guaridan (U.K.) edited together a montage of Pussy Riot supporters with their song “Putin Lights Up the Fires.” Marches and protests have been held around the globe, with supporters donning similar attire to that worn by the band during its performances.

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