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NightLife Live Featuring DIIV & Black Marble, October 12

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, October 1, 2017 07:44pm | Post a Comment

NightLife Live 2017 San Francisco

DIIV
DIIV

Join Amoeba Music at NightLife Live at San Francisco's California Academy of Sciences  on Thursday, October 12 as the summer music series that transforms the Academy into a 21+ oasis of music and art comes to a close for the season. With two great musical acts, art installations, craft projects, fantastic cocktails, and tons of fun, you don't want to miss this!

Local opener, Black Marble, will start the night off with their atmospheric sound fit to match the foggy night, followed by headlining band DIIV whose dreamy, fuzzed-out guitar rock is simply out of this world. But that's not all! Don't miss DJ sets from Chulita Vinyl Club, and night-worthy art installations in the West Garden including Lynn Byant's illuminated Parol and Quarso's SpaceWay. Also make sure you visit us at the Amoeba Music pop-up shop! We'll be bringing loads of quality used vinyl, so prepare to go crate digging.

Get your tickets HERE, and RSVP and invite your friends on Facebook HERE.

Pump Up the Jam: Songs to Jumpstart Your New Year's Resolution

Posted by Billy Gil, January 2, 2013 05:56pm | Post a Comment

I, like many others, engaged in the cliche practice of going to the gym the day after New Year’s Day (which is reserved for hangovers) in order to “start the new year right” and “get on the right track.” During this delusional first couple of weeks — or if you decide to actually stay with an active workout routine (good for you!) — you’ll need some tunes to get you through the slow crawl back to fitness. Here are some of my favorite workout jamz, most of which you can download at Amoeba.com.

 

Technotronic“Pump Up the Jam”

Despite its inclusion on questionable Jock Jams albums, this late ’80s banger is a brilliant slab of early minimalist house pop.

 

Prodigy“Smack My Bitch Up”

The only Prodigy song I ever liked. Its misogynistic overtone is unfortunate, even with the “shocking” video they used to try to counter that (which I think made it worse), but its mid-’90s MTV “Amp”-era beats surprisingly hold up.

 

LCD Soundsystem“Us V Them”

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20 Super Rad Free Downloads from 2012

Posted by Billy Gil, December 20, 2012 05:40pm | Post a Comment

Amoeba.com’s growing free downloads section had a ton of great stuff this year. Here are some highlights.

 

Sufjan Stevens – “Justice Delivers Its Death”

This delicate ballad comes from Sufjan Stevens’ latest Christmas opus, Silver & Gold, Songs for Christmas, though its delicate beauty would fit on any of Stevens’ early, more acoustic releases.

 

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Pissed Jeans – “Bathroom Laughter”

Pennsylvania punks Pissed Jeans’ latest album, Honeys, is due Feb. 12 on Sub Pop. The first taste from the album is a ferocious blast, with singer Matt Korvette scream-talking lyrics quickly as the band bashes out two-and-a-half minutes of hardcore bliss.

 

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Albums Out 10/9: Tame Impala, Ty Segall, MellowHype, Django Django and More

Posted by Billy Gil, October 8, 2012 07:00pm | Post a Comment

Album Picks:

Tame ImpalaLonerism

tame impala lonerism

LP $19.98

DL $9.98

CD $11.98

Whereas Tame Impala’s awesome first album, Innerspeaker, was all about muscle, on Lonerism the Australian band tends to build its psych-rock songs more deliberately, more delicately. But they still kick ass, and hard. “Be Above It’s” titular refrain is whispered over a tumbling drumbeat until Kevin Parker takes off with a simple, Beatlesesque melody and he and his cohorts supply fuzzed out psychedelic flourishes. Thanks to Parker’s high, nasal voice, those comparisons to John Lennon keep coming, on songs like “Apocalypse Dreams,” where Parker’s vocals and melodies certainly are reminiscent of the Fab Four, but musically they’re no mere worshippers at the psych throne, more interested in squeezing strange, new sounds out of familiar territory and taking their arrangements through multiple tempo changes, broiling them through effects, laying moogs and synths over them and then looping back to the original melody like deja vu. Tame Impala also prove adept and producing the straightforward rock single on “Elephant,” which may draw comparisons to The White Stripes for more than just its title, but whose bass-heavy sound really pulls more from psych originators like Blue Cheer — just hookier. Parker, who produced the first Tame Impala record, as well as the recent, excellent release by Melody’s Echo Chamber, finds perfect sonic kinship in David Fridmann (Flaming Lips, Mercury Rev), who can be known for helping to dramatically change a band’s sound (Sleater-Kinney’s mindblowing The Woods, for instance) but who mostly seems to help Tame Impala sound even fuller, allowing the band’s punchiness to come through in tracks like the pop psychedelic wonder of “Music to Walk Home By,” but thickening it with layers of space-rock sound. The end result is that Lonerism hits hard but leaves a lasting impression, leaving the listener to wrap his or her head around all the wondrous sounds of the record and immediately wanting to track back and listen again.

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out this week 2/7 & 2/14...A Place To Bury Strangers...The Twilight Sad...Black Marble...

Posted by Brad Schelden, February 16, 2012 11:00am | Post a Comment
I fell in love with the first A Place To Bury Strangers album back in 2007. It just seemed to come out of nowhere and hit me over the head. It ended up in the #1 spot in my top 50 that year. And it has remained one of my favorites over the last couple of years. They put out their second album in 2009 and I have been patiently waiting for the next album from them. I didn't think we would have to wait until 2012! But at least they have thankfully given us a new EP this last week. Onwards To The Wall is out now on CD and LP. This band blows me away every time I listen to them. I always forget just how much I love them until I listen to them again. It is like falling in love all over again. This EP of five songs was worth the wait. And it has got me very excited for the new album later in the year. You have to listen to A Place To Bury Strangers loud. There is no other way. It is never too late to become a fan of this band. They are made for fans of the louder side of shoegaze. Fans of The Jesus & Mary Chain and My Bloody Valentine. I love listening to these guys in my car. But it usually has to be dark out and preferably cold out. This is the perfect time of year for A Place To Bury Strangers. But there really is no bad time for A Place To Bury Strangers.

The Twilight Sad have just released their amazing new album No One Can Ever Know. It is also available on CD and LP. I have been a casual fan of these guys over the last couple of years. But they never quite made it into my favorites list. But this album has really changed my stance on The Twilight Sad. It really is a fantastic album. I was hooked after the first listen and have quickly fallen in love. I will be going back and giving their older albums another listen. I may have missed something back then. Or maybe this new album is just more amazing than the last two. They put out their first album Fourteen Autumns & Fifteen Winters back in 2007. Forget The Night Ahead came out in 2009. There is no mistaking that this band is from Scotland. They is no hiding that accent on these records. This album is just so good. I can't get over it. Another amazing winter album. This band are not too different from A Place To Bury Stangers. They explore many of the elements of shoegazing while maybe adding in some folk elements. Imagine My Bloody Valentine with some Leonard Cohen. I am a bit sad that it took me so long to become a fan of these guys. But I seriously had tried before. This new album is just so good. There was no way that I was not going to love it.

Another one of my recent favorites is Black Marble. They have just released Weight Against The Door. The new EP is available on LP only. The brilliantly fantastic label Hardly Art has released it. Hardly Art has turned into an amazing little label over the last couple of years. They really can do no wrong. Black Marble is dark cold wave styled synth music. I was going to like this band whether I wanted to or not. I had no choice. I can't wait to see what this band has next to offer. Hopefully a full length album will be out at some point this year. I really do love when bands put out their debut EPs. It is like a little teaser of what is to come. When you get obsessed with a new band you just really want to own something by them. And I really do love that most indie labels have been giving download codes with their vinyl. You can now own the album on vinyl and also get your digital download. I do love vinyl. But I can't listen to it in my car. It is just not portable. This new EP by Black Marble does come with a digital download. Black Marble have been playing some shows with Trust. Another one of my recent favorites. I am counting down the days until the new Trust album comes out. We currently have 12 days to wait until Trst is released on February 28th. February is turning out to be a great month for music. At least for me it is. The new album by Grimes is out next week. This album is gonna be one of my favorites of the year. Visions is released on February 21st. The new Frankie Rose is also out on the 21st. And the new Memoryhouse and School Of Seven Bells albums are also out the 28th. Also new albums out later this month by Hunx, Sleigh Bells, Cursive, Field Music, and Perfume Genius. And new albums in March by Tanlines, Xiu Xiu, Nite Jewel, Andrew Bird, The Magnetic Fields, VCMG, The Shins, Thieves Like Us, & The Mars Volta. And new Alabama Shakes and Spiritualized in April!

out 2/7...






Le Voyage Dans La Lune
by Air











Tension
by Die Antwoord











Blues Funeral
by Mark Lanegan











Six Cups of Rebel
by Lindstrom











Onwards To The Wall
by A Place To Bury Strangers











No One Can Ever Know
by The Twilight Sad











Songs of Robert Wyatt and Antony & The Johnsons
by The Unthanks











Tramp
by Sharon Van Etten







out 2/14...






Weight Against the Door
by Black Marble











Patience (After Sebald)
by The Caretaker











The Russian Wilds
by Howlin Rain











A Sleep & A Forgetting
by Islands











Underrated Silence
by Ulrich Schnauss











Animal Joy
by Shearwater











Young & Old
by Tennis











Voguing & The House Ballroom Scene In New York City 1976-1996












We Will Always Be
by Windy & Carl 











Melt
by Young Magic