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The Best Albums of 2016

Posted by Amoebite, December 19, 2016 03:01pm | Post a Comment

Best of 2016

With the holiday season fast approaching and 2016 drawing to an end, we decided to take a look back at some of our favorite releases for the year. Staff from all three of our stores --  in Hollywood, San Francisco, and Berkeley -- shared their picks for the year's best music and movies and told us a little about what made them so awesome. So hop in the Amoeba sleigh with us, won't you, as we go on a magical holiday journey through the early months of 2016 till now, adventuring from world music to rock 'n' roll and everything in between, savoring the most memorable works from some of our most beloved artists. (It might even give you a few swell ideas for record-shaped stocking stuffers.) 

Best of 2016 - rock

Anohni Hopelessness

ANOHNI - Hopelessness

I have been a fan of Anohni (formerly known as Antony & the Johnsons) for a long time now. She has another one of those distinctive voices that there is no confusing for someone else. Another great album produced by the amazing ANOHNI. The words in the songs are so full of emotion and power it is almost too much to handle sometimes. This album somehow feels like it is in the future. The songs are very set in the present. But the music really takes me to the future. Or at least makes me feel like we will be OK as long as we have ANOHNI to help guide us through the uncertain future. - Brad, Hollywood

Album Picks: PJ Harvey, Kevin Morby, Cate Le Bon

Posted by Billy Gil, April 15, 2016 11:57am | Post a Comment

PJ Harvey The Hope Six Demolition Project

pj harvey the hope six demolition project lpPJ Harvey’s ninth album was recorded in sessions that were open to the public at the museum Somerset House in London. Exhibit attendees could see Harvey creating the album with producers Flood and John Parish through a one-way mirror. The results continue in her tradition of excellence, producing songs that sound lush and layered, yet loose and free, with a strong social commentary running through on songs like “The Wheel” (“Now you see them, now you don’t,” she sings of disappeared and killed children around the world). Harvey wrote these 10 songs after she traveled to Kosovo, Afghanistan and Washington, D.C., for inspiration, and the kind of oppression and suffering she witnessed fuels her songwriting, as she sings of “the pain of 50 million years” on “The Orange Monkey” and in “The Community of Hope,” in which her criticism of rebuilt housing projects that displaced residents who could no longer afford it drew the ire of D.C. politicians. Though the composition of Hope Six is certainly interesting and proves Harvey continues to be a firebrand, ultimately the final product is what matters most to fans. Thankfully, the music is as powerful as ever. As can attest the muscular guitars that back songs “The Ministry of Defense,” the wailing sax that tears through “The Ministry of Social Affairs,” the rousing choruses her band delivers throughout the album and Harvey’s soulful vocals that close out the album on “Dollar, Dollar,” The Hope Six Demolition Project more than delivers on its premise.

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New Video from Welsh Singer/Songwriter Cate Le Bon

Posted by Amoebite, August 28, 2014 02:21pm | Post a Comment

Cate Le Bon

Cate Le BonDressed all in black (as was her backing band) with a black Fender Telecaster in hand, Wales native Cate Le Bon took to the stage at Amoeba Hollywood on April 30, 2014 in support of her latest release, Mug Museum (Wichita Recordings). Le Bon performed a set of beautiful melancholy songs pulled from the new album. Fans packed the aisles at Amoeba and were treated to a signing after the show. 

The new album finds Le Bon crafting gems in the wake of her paternal grandmother's death. By no means is Mug Museum a dark, sad production about mourning, although what's a Cate Le Bon album without themes of death and mortality? The album is a well-rounded work of art, at times channelling '60s psych, with organ droned sonics making it both dirty and pretty all at the same time. Le Bon's vocals are front and center like never before and some critics may argue Mug Museum is the best release in her catalog.

Watch Cate Le Bon performing "Are You With Me?" from Mug Museum live at Amoeba Hollywood:

Cate Le Bon - Are You With Me? (Live at Amoeba)
 

Watch more from this set here.

See Thee Oh Sees, Cate le Bon and More at Deserted At The Palms May 17

Posted by Billy Gil, May 2, 2014 06:30pm | Post a Comment

deserted at the palms

Festival season continues with a new one called Deserted At The Palms, happening at The Palms bar May 17 out in Wonder Valley.

Where's that, you might ask? You may have heard of Pappy and Harriet's over in Pioneertown and the suddenly hip town of Joshua Tree, but just past those places, off Highway 62, is the even more remote Wonder Valley, home to the surreal Palms bar. It's a dusty, friendly saloon with an outdoor stage owned and run by the band The Sibleys, who also play at every show at the bar.

thee oh sees
Thee Oh Sees

Sound cool? You haven't even heard what bands will be playing yet. It's a doozy of a lineup—prolific Bay Area garage rockers Thee Oh Sees; Welsh songstress Cate le Bon, who just graced our own little stage; lo-fi greats White Fence; surrealist pop duo Prince Rama; dark disco diva Nite Jewel; jangle-pop maestros Dream Boys; minimal wave lady Geneva Jacuzzi, who will DJ at Amoeba Hollywood May 30 at 8 p.m.; wild folk band Bloody Death Skull; and so much more, including Chrome Canyon, Rainbow Arabia, Amanda Jo Williams, Hott MT, Alex Lilly, Gun Outfit, Sex Stains and, of course, The Sibleys. The show is put on by L.A. Record's Daiana Feuer and Jessica Espeleta, the latter of whom will be DJing here Friday May 23 at 8 p.m.

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Show Recap: Cate le Bon at Amoeba Hollywood

Posted by Billy Gil, May 2, 2014 06:00pm | Post a Comment

cate le bon amoeba hollywoodCate le Bon’s songs have a ragged glory, spare, yet intricate and propulsive like Television and Patti Smith Group before her, with a world-weary soul cutting through via le Bon’s swooping vocals. Backed by her sturdy, three-piece band, they launched into the clockwork shuffle of “No God,” from her most recent release, 2013’s excellent Mug Museum, at Amoeba Hollywood April 30.

Le Bon shifted gears from icy to sultry for single “Are You With Me Now,” which has the feel of a classic reggae ballad covered by a CBGBs band. The set picked up for album opener “I Can’t Help You,” its interlocking post-punk guitars and le Bon's sultry voice moving into a snarling chorus while le Bon's nimble-fingered guitarist doubled as keyboardist, playing jaunty synth organ to balance the songs jagged edges. They got playful for “Duke,” a song whose singsongy melody ends in a banshee wail from le Bon.

Her set moved from le Bon’s most immediate songs to some of her most challenging ones. “Sisters” started harmlessly enough with an upbeat jangle but ended in atonal guitar jabs and a ping-ponging bassline. “Wild,” Mug Museum’s heaviest rocker, saw some of le Bon’s wildest guitar playing as the song ended in a krautrock freakout. And for anyone not new to the le Bon fold, she pulled out Cyrk’s “Fold the Cloth,” its ornate arrangement balancing Mug Museum’s directness and ending things with eerie harmonies and spurts of carefully orchestrated guitar noise.

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