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Interview With Damon Krukowski

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, May 14, 2019 05:24pm | Post a Comment

By Jon LonghiDamon Krukowski

Damon Krukowski and his wife/partner Naomi Yang have been making music together since the late nineteen eighties. Their bands Galaxie 500 and Magic Hour were two of the most influential groups of the dream pop movement, and the two have kept making music ever since as the duo Damon and Naomi. Their music is frequently described as either psychedelia or psych pop. The two share an uncanny chemistry as musicians. Damon's guitar blends perfectly with Naomi's keyboards and their vocal harmonies are just heavenly. At their show at The Lab in SF on April 17th, Damon said he's seen their music make even the toughest bouncers at bars they've played start crying. It's beautiful, heartbreaking music. Check them out. Everything they've ever recorded is excellent. Damon stopped by Amoeba SF on April 18th and we got to ask him a few questions.

Amoeba: So you're on a book tour with some Damon and Naomi shows?

Damon: Yes I'm doing a book tour for my new MIT Press book, Ways of Hearing, and we're doing a couple shows along the way. We just played at The Lab last night [4/17]. Tonight [4/18] I'm doing a book event at City Lights Bookstore at 7pm. Come check it out.

Amoeba: What's the book about? I've heard it's a very visual interactive experience that almost reads as a graphic novel.

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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Greg Anderson of Sunn O)))

Posted by Amoebite, December 12, 2016 06:40pm | Post a Comment

Sunn O))) Greg Anderson What's In My Bag? Amoeba Music

What was the first thing Sunn O)))'s Greg Anderson picked up during his recent visit to Amoeba Hollywood? That would be the super deluxe edition of Black Sabbath's seminal sophomore album, Paranoid. "This is (an) incredibly important band and album," says the guitarist and co-founder of Southern Lord Records, who also comments "everything kind of starts and ends" with Sabbath for him.

Sunn O))) Kannon Amoeba MusicSunn O))) formed in the late ‘90s, becoming legendary figures in the metal scene through their innovative incorporation of elements from doom, drone, ambient, noise rock, and black metal. Founders Stephen O'Malley (Khanate, Burning Witch) and Greg Anderson (Goatsnake, Engine Kid) originally teamed up as a Los Angeles-based Earth tribute band before honing their unique sound and releasing their debut full-length ØØ Void in 2000 via Hydra Head. The duo’s next offering was 2002’s 3:Flight of the Behemoth.

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Three Essential Melvins LPs To Be Reissued June 24

Posted by Amoebite, June 15, 2016 03:08pm | Post a Comment

Melvins Vinyl Reissues

When the Melvins burst onto the Washington music scene in the early '80s, they were making music heavier, slower, and sludgier than anyone else had before. The impact made by key members Buzz Osborne and Dale Crover cannot be understated; Melvins' uncompromising sound influenced many of the now legendary Seattle grunge bands (Nirvana were huge fans and supporters) and much of the existing canon of stoner rock/sludge/doom bands, including Boris, Sunn O))), and Earth. In fact, after a string of indie releases, it's in large part due to interest in the Seattle scene that Melvins was picked up by major label Atlantic Records in 1993 -- a partnership that would lead to the release of three of the band's classic albums, Houdini, Stag and Stoner Witch. Oddly, considering their importance, all three LPs have been out of print on vinyl for over two decades.

But no more! Jack White's Third Man Records is reissuing each album on 180-gram vinyl with gatefold sleeves. Pre-orders are available now from us (and they'll ship FREE to the U.S.), with the LPs set for a June 24 release. Here's what to look out for on each album.

Mlevins Houdini

Houdini

Ten reasons why last year didn't suck: another Best Music of 2011 list

Posted by Kells, January 1, 2012 12:00pm | Post a Comment
2011, what can I say? A great year for music if not for anything else. So without further ado, I'm pleased to present my very own "Best of 2011" list, because listing is fun (unless, of course, you're on a ship in danger of capsizing). Let's sail on shall we, beginning with the top of the best, old Mr. Natural himself:


Little Wings

Black Grass
Rad

This apple made a monumental leap from the tree in that it was many years in the making. It seemed that Kyle Field, the man behind the Little Wings mystique, had gone on hiatus only to return on his own terms with this juicy bramble of soft melodies, surf-salted served with a side of Lil Wayne-influenced folk-rock jammage. Field spins wooly yarns that sound like a conversation gone unspoken in the moment regaining shape in memory, voiced to oneself longingly. It's introspective almost to a fault, but the overall sound and vibe offers enough volume and warming to light even the darkest reaches of your keep and stay the ghosts of Black Grass' pasts at bay. Without a doubt the best new record and best instore performance of the year.

Little Wings - "Black Grass"



The Sandwitches
Mrs. Jones Cookies
Empty Cellar

If there is one other record that, like the above, remains forever locked in my can't live without it file, it's this little wonder from local SF girl group The Sandwitches. Sounding simultaneously like girls-in-the-garage "golden oldies" and new rock Americana aging backwards in filigree, these ladies cast a lasting spell the likes of which their lo-fi, sun-bleached reverb-drenched contemporaries cannot compete with. Their harmonies are a dream, their melodies artful and unpredictable, often culminating in surprise endings and the lyrics are the stuff "my gournal" dreams are made of.

The Sandwitches - "Lightfoot"




Various Artists
Delta Swamp Rock
Soul Jazz

You gotta hand it to Soul Jazz, they do compilations so right they ought to write the book on how it's done. None of the music is new on this here two-disc collection of "sounds from the South: at the crossroads of rock, country and soul" but it is essential in that as it has been proven in several Amoeba households to make meal preparation and completion more enjoyable as well as addig to the overall success of dinner party enjoyment. I'd include more than one taste of this damn good comp if I could, but Barefoot Jerry deserves the spotlight. Best comp of the year!
Barefoot Jerry - "Smokies"




Blaze Foley
Clay Pigeons
Secret Seven

Emotionally speaking, this vinyl-only, career spanning collection of studio, home and intimate live recordings made between 1976 - 1988 is the exhumed backwoods treasure release of the year in my opinion. From the lauded likes of Townes Van Zandt, Lucinda Williams and Merle Haggard it seems that Blaze Foley's honeyed voice, though largely unheard far and wide, has resonated within the hearts of all who have been lucky enough to have known his music. Thanks to the good folks at Secret Seven there's a little more country to love - I can't hear "Clay Pigeons" or "If I Could Only Fly" without shivering in my skin. Breathtaking!
Blaze Foley - "Clay Pigeons"





Boris
New Album
Daymare

For a band that always earns a lot of attention for their innovative and experimental heavy rock forays, this album, along with the two others they released this year (in the same week!), received mixed reviews due to a shift in sonic leaning toward a more high-impact, electro J-pop aesthetic. While some might be quick to call it pussy, there is no question that Boris maintain a technical stranglehold on their medium as they splash out in new directions. This record is a definite slow-growing ember burning up a myriad of genres.

Boris - "Spoon"




Sun Araw
Ancient Romans
Sun Ark/Drag City

Ever had the urge to take a stroll through a Casio forest, plodding lazily alongside a meandering data stream? Sun Araw's imagineer of epic soundscape mit cosmic dub vibeage Cameron Stallones conjures up this year's, which is to say last year's, most gravity bong worthy heavy hitter, rivaled only by Peaking Light's 936 in my opinion. Still, at the rate this guy keeps slicing off chunks of shaman-level soundtracking for his listener's inner space explorations, administering mind-altaring substances aurally will be trending at an all time high, man.

Sun Araw - Ancient Romans




Little Roy
Battle For Seattle
Ark

And you thought the award for novelty album of the year sould have gone to Loutallica's Lulu - shame on you!

I cannot explain exactly why but this album of reggae covers of Nirvana's patent grunge sounds just fucking works. Hear me now and believe me later when you check it out below.




Little Roy - "Sliver" / "Dive"




Grace Sings Sludge
Last Year's Friend
Secret Seven

From one of the minds that conjures magic as the Sandwitches comes this cassette only, limited release offered by Secret Seven - a collection of home recordings and folksy warblings that ramble freely within their sonic confines like so many wild mares briefly harnessed within innocent fences. The layers Grace achieves on each track, be it quiet chiming, a little harmonica or spectral harmonies, add a gossamer of mystery and are pleasure to peek through as each song unfurls its fabric, some of which are apparently cover tunes. Here's hoping for a reissue.

Grace Sings Sludge - "Last Year's Friend"




Various Artists
West Indies Funk
Vols. 1- 3
Trans Air

The only other compilation to really get my steel drum fetish all hot and bothered this year was in fact a series of three comps put out by Trans Air sailing under the banner West Indies Funk.
Not only are all three of these little gems packed front to back with blazing soul and funk cover jams all rummed-up and sun-soaked but they also feature some deep cuts ripe for a right good airing on your hi-fi. Add to that the bonus Disc 'O' Lypso comp and you can bet your ass you've got a sweaty boogie party goin' on!


The East Side Symphony - "Hot Pants Road"




Veronica Falls
Veronica Falls
Slumberland

I fell pretty hard for this band while compiling material for a Halloween mixtape I make every year for a dear friend of mine - it was the single "Found Love in a Graveyard" that did it. They've got a certain sound that's all kinds of been heard before but in their case "heard it" never sounded so good. In short, they make bucking-the-trend seem so very passé. Plus, they manage to keep their broken-hearted cemetery pop jangly with just enough tambourine behind the barely there girl/boy vocal harmonies that make the whole affair, super 8 video and all, worthwhile.

Veronica Falls - "Found Love in a Graveyard"

Celebrate Amoeba's 20th Anniversary! Part 4 - Some of Our Most Memorable Instores

Posted by Amoebite, November 12, 2010 01:06pm | Post a Comment

This month we are celebrating 20 years of Amoeba! It's our anniversary! And one of the ways we wanted to celebrate was by highlighting here for you some of our best, most memorable instores of all time! We have been so lucky over the years -- we've hosted shows, signings and events with Paul McCartney, Queens of the Stone Age, The Shins, Flight of the Conchords, John Waters, The Gossip and zillions more. You can find video footage and interviews from many of our instores right here! Read on to find out what three of our most seasoned instore reviewers thought were some of our very greatest.

But first, get further immersed in our 20th Anniversary! To check out our first Anniversary blog post, with testimonials from some of our favorite customers,
click here! Our second Anniversary post is an interview with co-owner Marc Weinstein about getting the Berkeley store off the ground all the way back in 1990 and what Amoeba means to him. Read it right here. Our third Anniversary post includes Top 10 lists from some of our old skool employees -- click here to check out their favorites in music and movies from the past 20 years!

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