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Amoeba Bloggers' 50 Favorite Albums of 2013

Posted by Billy Gil, December 31, 2013 02:20pm | Post a Comment

We've been compiling our Best of 2013 lists for a while now. Here's the combined efforts of Amoebloggers who submitted their favorite albums of 2013, compiled in a quasi-scientific fashion.

1. My Bloody Valentine - mbv

my bloody valentine mbv amoebaIt should come as no surprise that the favorite record of the year from a bunch of record store geeks was My Bloody Valentine's long-awaited return with mbv.

"A year heavy with vets, but no one had anybody more excited than My Bloody Valentine (this guy included.) The logical follow-up to Loveless – 22 years later – and it’s a total stunner. mbv is MBV doing what they do best, and quite certainly, it was worth all those delays and the epic wait. It has familiarity that’s instant, but still pushes guitar rock into new terrains like no one else can." —Aaron Detroit

 

 

2. The Knife - Shaking the Habitual

the knife shaking the habitual amoebaThe Knife's divisive fourth studio album was a favorite amongst those who were up for the challenge from the Swedish experimental duo.

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Top 40 California Albums Released in 2013

Posted by Billy Gil, December 10, 2013 03:31pm | Post a Comment

Through my Weekly Roundup series every Thursday (returning in 2014), I listen to a lot of stuff from California-based artists. Here’s a list of 40 great albums that were made by artists based in this great state. There were lots more, so just consider this my own personal list, and let me know if there’s anything I missed!

 

40. FRONDSFRONDS

fronds fronds lp amoebaEpically beautiful seafaring pop from the dude formerly of The Mallard.

 

 

 

 

 

39. Kisses Kids in LA

kisses kids in la amoebaThe cute electro-pop duo get dancier with freestyle sounds on their second album.

 

 

 

 

 

38. Tyler, the CreatorWolf

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2013 Mixtape: 21 Songs for the Time Capsule

Posted by Billy Gil, December 5, 2013 01:31pm | Post a Comment

Just about everyone could agree on “Get Lucky” and “Hold On, We’re Going Home,” but there were lots of other great singles and album cuts released this year. Here are 21 you can download from Amoeba.com right now. Pretty sure these could just top out a 120-minute cassette tape, if my high school calculations are correct. Check out my top 50 albums list, too!

 

kurt vile wakin on a pretty daze amoebaKurt Vile – “KV Crimes”

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Kurt Vile's Wakin on a Pretty Daze is a great, melodically hazy stoner-rock record, but "KV Crimes" hits hard, like a song Tom Petty would kick out in five minutes and decide he was too stoned when he wrote it and leave it on the cutting-room floor for some bullshit like "Free Fallin'." Kurt Vile is like our more enlightened Petty, one who knows that off-the-cuff tracks can be the best.

 

From the album Wakin on a Pretty Daze

 

 

savages silence yourself lp amoebaSavages – “I Am Here”

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Album Picks: Weekend, Hunx and His Punx, Fuck Buttons

Posted by Billy Gil, July 23, 2013 10:02am | Post a Comment

Weekend - Jinx

weekend jinx lpWeekend’s second album of neo-shoegazing rock ‘n’ roll seems to hit every right note. From the get-go, on “Mirror,” we’re thrust into a dark tunnel of dreamy and distorted sounds, with a killer bass line. While their first album, Sports, was a cool update of Jesus & Mary Chain-style noise, the San Franciscans up the breathy, atmospheric beauty on songs like “Oubilette,” as well as the hookiness, as on the industrial pulse of “It’s Alright,” which sounds like the marriage of classic Nine Inch Nails with shoegaze titans Ride. They still have a bit of a ways to go before establishing an identity all their own, but for now, Weekend are perhaps the best band around at doing what they do. No sophomore album “jinx” here — Weekend’s latest is killer.

 

Weekend Jinx CD $12.98

Weekend Jinx LP $20.98

 

 

Hunx & His PunxStreet Punk

hunx and his punx street punk lpHunx once wrote ’50s-style laments for the lonely rock ‘n’ roll-loving gay guy. Now he and his crew, including Shannon Shaw of Shannon and the Clams, are tearing it up hardcore style on Street Punk, which bears all of the sass of its predecessors with added sneer and fuzz. It’s a kick to hear Hunx scream “I feel really fucked up!” at the album’s outset, or to hear Shannon tell everyone to fuck off on the brief “Everyone’s a Pussy (Fuck You).” Whereas Hunx previously traded in scrappy, candy-coated odes to heartbreak, his songs here are more self-possessed — the title track is a great Stooges-style song about being a square peg, while Shannon has a great time decrying the “fabulousness” attributed to so many gays on “Don’t Call Me Fabulous.” However, Hunx can’t help but keep things tuneful, as on “Born Blonde,” a funny jam about embracing your inner airhead. Hey cutie in the Crass shirt — Hunx wants your number.

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Weekly Roundup: Weekend, White Dove, Bleached, Medicine

Posted by Billy Gil, June 27, 2013 05:25pm | Post a Comment

Weekend – “It’s Alright”

weekend bandIt’s better than alright, it’s downright RADICAL. Bay Areans-in-Brooklyn Weekend have unveiled another new track from their upcoming album, Jinx, which is due July 23 on Slumberland. Starting with an industrial beat, the song moves into a laid-back groove and dishes out the sort of heavily effected guitars and heavenly, ethereal vocals this band has become known for. It’s been a few years since their debut LP, Sports, was released, and it sounds like the band has progressed quite a bit in that time. In fact we know that’s true, given 2011’s excellent Red EP. Shoegaze fans, get ready to get Jinxed.

 

White Dove – “Sister”

white doveWhite Dove are a breath of fresh air for the L.A. music scene, producing lo-fi pop with hints of Low, Lower Dens and Cat Power. It’s rare to hear something this delicate and with such depth touted as a single from a cool new band (well, they were called Monster before) in a time when even the smallest bands seem to be jamming synths and dance beats into their sound, if they’re not going full garage. Such a nice, sweet surprise, with a sort of wavering trill to Alex Johnstone’s vocals that hint at deeper darkness. The Host, The Candle is due July 16 on RSRCH.

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