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Interview With Blag Dahlia

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, June 9, 2019 07:30pm | Post a Comment

Blag DahliaBy Jon Longhi

The Dwarves have been slicing a deep wound in the cultural landscape since the eighties. Their live shows are notorious for violence, on-stage sex, self-mutilation, drug taking, and other forms of disreputable behavior. Many of their shows have lasted less than fifteen minutes thanks to physical injuries caused by audience members. They're never boring, that's for sure. Their albums are the sonic equivalent of their live shows and feature songs so tasteless and politically incorrect that there's something in them to offend almost anyone, and that's kind of the point. The band wholeheartedly embraces their "turd in the punch bowl of punk" legacy. Albums like Blood, Guts, And Pussy are some of the most definitive statements in the history of the entire punk movement. They've been around for 35 years and have never taken any prisoners. You can see a hilarious history of everything they've done at their website: www.thedwarves.com. This July, they're one of the headliners at the Burger Boogaloo festival in Oakland. I recently caught up with lead singer and founding member, Blag Dahlia, and got to ask him some questions about the Burger Boogaloo show and the history of the band. (More on Burger Boogaloo HERE!)

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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Habibi

Posted by Amoebite, February 27, 2019 12:28pm | Post a Comment

Habibi - What's In My Bag?

Rahill Jamalifard and Leah Fishman from Brooklyn psych rock band Habibi went digging through the racks at Amoeba Hollywood recently and shared some of their favorite records for our latest What's In My Bag? episode. The bandmates and avid record collectors spotted The Paragons' rocksteady/reggae LP On The Beach at the same time, but Jamalifard grabbed it first. "I have been listening to 'When The Lights Are Low,' just over and over," she said. Noting that that the record was in the wrong section, Fishman joked, "I feel like you planted that." It was evident that the musicians and occasional DJs had very eclectic taste, including pysch, Persian pop, soul, garage, punk, and cumbia.

Taking their name from the Arabic word for "my love," Habibi fuses '60s girl Habibi - Amoeba Musicgroup sounds with psych rock. The band was formed in 2011 by Detroit natives Lenaya Lynch (guitar/vocals) and Rahill Jamalifard (vocals), who teamed up with New York musicians Erin Campbell (bass/guitar/vocals), Karen Isabel (drums), and Leah Beth Fishman (guitar/vocals). After touring with King Tuff and earning buzz at SXSW and CMJ, the band signed to Born Bad Records for the release of a self-titled 7".  In 2014, Burger Records put out the band's eponymous debut full-length. Habibi teamed up with La Luz for a split EP in 2015. The five-piece released the Cardamom Garden EP in 2018, featuring two songs sung largely in Farsi. 

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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Death Valley Girls

Posted by Amoebite, January 16, 2019 04:23pm | Post a Comment

Death Valley Girls - What's In My Bag?

LA psych/garage rockers Death Valley Girls sat down with us at Amoeba Hollywood to talk about some excellent music, movie, and book discoveries in our latest What's In My Bag? episode. It was a pleasure having the band here, especially guitarist Larry Schemel, who is a former Amoebite. Death Valley Girls fuse elements of garage, psych, and post-punk in their own music, and their picks definitely reflected that. Schemel, along with lead singer Bonnie Bloomgarden and drummer Laura Harris, explored punk, psych, and garage rock with assistance from Numero Group and Soul Jazz compilations, Wayne Kramer's memoir, and a groundbreaking documentary.

Founded in 2013, the current DVG lineup Death Valley Girls - Darkness Rainsconsists of vocalist/multi-instrumentalist Bloomgarden, guitarist Schemel, bassist Alana Amram, and drummer Laura Harris. Their first release, 2014's Street Venom was a cassette-only album put out via Burger Records. Their sophomore LP, Glow in the Dark (Burger Records), landed in 2016. In 2018, Death Valley Girls released their brooding third LP, Darkness Rains via Suicide Squeeze. The album features a rotating cast of guest artists, including Shannon Lay, Laura Kelsey plus members of The Make-Up, The Shivas, and Moaning. The video for single “Disaster (Is What We’re After)” featured the legendary Iggy Pop eating a hamburger. Death Valley Girls are set to embark on a lengthy UK and European tour starting in February 2019.

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Exotic Adrian Street and the Pile Drivers

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, April 30, 2017 07:15pm | Post a Comment

Exotic Adrian Street and the Pile Drivers

By Kai Wada Roath
Ambassador of Confusion Hill and host of the Super Shangri-La Show

Adrian Street"I can break a door down with one hand behind my back,
I can crush a grizzly till its bones begin to crack,
I eat a dozen T-bones for an early morning snack,
So imagine what I could do to you, Mmmm..."

- Adrian Street

So, you have “Classy” Freddie Blassie’s "Pencil Neck Geeks" on your copy of Dr. Demento’s Greatest Novelty Records Of All Time Volume IV, a scratched up 45 of "The Crusher" by the Novas, you unfortunately still own The Wrestling Album released from WWF in 1985 (with “Mean” Gene singing "Tutti Frutti"), and you have a burned CD loose somewhere in the back of your car’s glove compartment with Kamala the Ugandan Giant singing his Casio keyboard truck-driving love songs, but your rock n’ roll wrestling music collection is still missing one priceless record: a diamond in the rough…the supposed treasure of Oak Island’s Money Pit…Exotic Adrian Street and the Pile DriversShake Wrestle ’N’ Roll album!

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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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