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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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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

New "What's in My Bag?" Episode with Allah-Lahs

Posted by Amoebite, September 16, 2016 05:17pm | Post a Comment

Allah-Lahs - What's In My Bag? Amoeba Music

We recently had the pleasure of having modern garage rock band (and former Amoebites) Allah-Lahs here at Amoeba Hollywood. That's right, not only are they one of the coolest bands around town, but three of the four members are Amoeba alums! When asked what record he was always looking for while working at the store, drummer Matthew Correia answered, "I was always imagining the day when I was gonna find some original Spacemen 3 records." That day never came, but the guys did find some other great albums on their latest visit.

Allah-Lahs Calico Amoeba MusicAllah-Las consisit of vocalist/guitarist Miles Michaud, guitarist/vocalist Pedrum Siadatian, bassist/vocalist Spencer Dunham, and drummer/vocalist Matthew Correia. In 2011 the quartet released their first 7", "Catamaran/Long Journey," featuring production by old school soul-inspired singer and guitarist Nick Waterhouse. A year later, the band released their self-titled debut for Innovative Leisure, which was also produced by Waterhouse.

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Weekly Roundup: Death Valley Girls, Froth, Winter

Posted by Billy Gil, April 10, 2015 03:28pm | Post a Comment

Death Valley Girls – “Summertime”

L.A.’s Death Valley Girls get you ready for barbecue weather with this scorching slice of guitar rock. A simple loping riff doubles in size at the chorus and hits like a plume of smoke, while Bonnie Bloomgarden makes her cry of “I see you in the summertime” sound like a threat. Summertime is coming out April 12 on Manimal, and they’ll be at S.F.’s Knockout April 21 and Oakland’s Night Light April 22. Hear the track below via Noisey.

 

Froth – “Postcard Radio” video

froth bandL.A.’s Froth stand out from the L.A. garage-rock pack with their textured guitarwork and ’80s college-rock melodicism. “Postcard Radio” builds from a headlong rush into a catchy four-note riff with some nice shoegaze touches—it’s deceptively simple but perfectly made. Bleak, the follow-up to 2013’s Patterns, is out May 5 on Burger.

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Weekly Roundup: The Mantles, Spaceships, Ty Segall, Death Valley Girls, Deap Vally

Posted by Billy Gil, October 10, 2014 10:59am | Post a Comment

The Mantles – “Memory”

The Mantles’ Long Enough to Leave was a delightful traipse through New Zealand-style jangle pop, and now the Bay Area-based Slumberland band is coming back with a set of new recordings. They’re first coming out with the Memory 7” Dec. 2, featuring two new songs. Listen to the Felt-ish “Memory” now and get swept up in their sweet autumnal strums.

 

Spaceships – “Good Gradez”

spaceshipsNoisy L.A. duo Spaceships have a new self-titled EP coming out Nov. 4 on New Professor and we’ve got the first song now, called “Good Gradez.” It’s got the same distorted power-pop chords and snarled melodies of their debut LP, Cool Breeze Over the Mountains, with an ever-so-slightly cleaned-up sound to make sure Jessie Waite’s terrific vocals cut through clearly. I for one give this song an A+! Check out the interview I did with the band last week here.

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