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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

17 Songs To Shake Off That June Gloom

Posted by Amoebite, June 9, 2015 05:55pm | Post a Comment

17 songs to shake off june gloom

Close out the spring with this eclectic mix of dance-pop gems, hot hip-hop tracks and indie-rock favorites.

Crocodiles - Boys


Crocodiles - “Peroxide Hearts” from Boys

On the fifth album from the Boys from San Dog, this great krautgaze dreampop duo gives more of what you love -- tough, taut, fuzzed-out, soaring, unstoppable gems, a little bit Primal Scream, a little bit J&MC, but with plenty of their own energy and oddball vibe.

 

Peaking Lights - Cosmic Logic


Peaking Lights - “Hypnotic Hustle” from Cosmic Logic

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Weekly Roundup: Chelsea Wolfe, De Lux, Cayucas, Crocodiles, Talk in Tongues, Foxygen

Posted by Billy Gil, May 1, 2015 11:59am | Post a Comment

Chelsea Wolfe – “Iron Moon”

Chelsea Wolfe has talked of the influence of black metal on her music, but until now, that was more in spirit than in sound. “Iron Moon,” the first single from her new album, Abyss (due Aug. 7 on Sargent House), lives up to its metallic name with crushing chourses of heavy detuned guitar, while the song’s verses are sparely orchestrated and ethereal. As to those extreme dynamics, Wolfe told Rolling Stone the record is supposed to evoke “the feeling of when you're dreaming, and you briefly wake up, but then fall back asleep into the same dream, diving quickly into your own subconscious.” You can see live Amoeba videos with Wolfe here and read an interview I did with her here.

 

De Lux – “Someday Now”

De Lux released an awesome debut album called Voyage that stood apart from other disco-leaning rock bands with its dense layering of ideas and expert execution by its two young but extremely talented players. Now the duo, who’ve been compared to LCD Soundsystem and Talking Heads, have a new one on the way called Generation, due June 22 on Innovative Leisure. Like previous De Lux songs, the gleaming electro-pop of “Someday Now” skimps neither on hooks nor the sheer amount of them stuffed into one song, yet it all sounds smooth and goes down easy, thanks to some warm, analog-friendly production. Listen via Line of Best Fit. Check out a video of De Lux live at Amoeba here.

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Weekly Roundup: Thee Oh Sees, HEALTH, KNXWLEDGE, Crocodiles, Camera Shy

Posted by Billy Gil, April 24, 2015 12:02pm | Post a Comment

Thee Oh Sees – “Withered Hand”

thee oh sees mutilator defeated at last lpThis is exactly what we needed this week—some brain pummeling riffs from John Dwyer and Thee Oh Sees. It’s the second track (after “Web”) that they’ve premiered from Mutilator Defeated at Last (out May 18 on Castle Face) and it’s just one of the most exciting songs they’ve ever put out, an all-guns-firing guitar assault with a gorgeous solo. Listen via Pitchfork. Just in case you thought he ever slept, Dwyer also is releasing another electro-rock solo album under the Damaged Bug moniker called Cold Hot Plumbs, due June 1 on Castle Face.

 

 

 

 

 

HEALTH – “New Coke” video

health death magic lpRemember when coke was the devil, and every time someone took it on TV or in movies they died or something awful happened to them? Glad we’ve progressed beyond that—aside from the whole slow-motion projectile vomiting thing in this new HEALTH video. Right, there is a lot of post-party barfing in the video below, so beware. The booming electro-noise-pop track comes from the L.A. band’s just-announced new album, DEATH MAGIC, due Aug. 7 on Loma Vista.

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Weekly Roundup: Kelela, Thee Oh Sees, Crocodiles, Bouquet

Posted by Billy Gil, March 6, 2015 11:36am | Post a Comment

Kelela – “A Message” video

kelelaL.A. electro-soul singer Kelela put out a mesmerizing mixtape in 2013 called Cut 4 Me that ended up on many year-end lists. Now not only is Cut 4 Me getting a physical release (due April 7 on Fade to Mind), she’s announced a new EP called HALLUCINOGEN, out May 5, as well as an official debut album in the fall. HALLUCINOGEN is produced by Arca, who you may recall also co-produced Bjork’s Vulnicura and FKA Twigs' LP1, and whose otherworldly stamp can be heard on “A Message,” on which Kelela sounds like a bizzaro world Janet Jackson, navigating romantic complications amid a jagged landscape of icy electronics and sudden space. “A Message’s” Japanese animation-style video is directed by Daniel Sannwald. HALLUCINOGEN also includes “The High,” a track she unveiled last year.

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