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Catching Fever at Los Globos

Posted by Billy Gil, June 26, 2012 11:21am | Post a Comment
For anyone lamenting the dearth of places to dance in L.A., Fever is your savior. LA Record’s Daiana Feuer recently started the monthly night at Los Globos in Silverlake, hosting a dance party for electronic music that doesn’t fit a specific genre, from psychedelic dance music to alien disco and any number of in betweens. This Tuesday sees performances from heralded local acts LA Vampires and High Places.
 
“Fever is about avant-garde disco, auditory illusions, garage dub tronica, theatrical, ethereal pop, just forward-thinking weird dance music that's almost unclassifiable,” she says.
 
Feuer is the executive editor of LA Record, which since 2005 has ably documented the LA music scene. Fever is just the latest bit of fun from the Cal Arts grad, who also runs The New L.A. Folk Festival, which puts on shows featuring new folk weirdness around the Los Angeles area, including The New LA Folk Fest, the latest of which takes place Aug. 4 at Zorthian Ranch in Altadena.
 
Feuer says her roots are in dance music, having grown up in Florida, but acquired a taste for experimental, psychedelic music experiences while living in California. The aim of Fever is to create a space where the two can live simultaneously, finding a middle place between underground and above ground, she says.
 
“I like music that makes me want to shake my tailfeather but also stirs up my brain,” Feuer says. “I’m really interested in creating experiences. I want people to let loose like children yet also perceive this as conceptual art.”
 
The night involves not only music performances, but also art installations, performance and video art, DJs, confetti, souvenirs, party favors, costumes and toys. Thus far, Fever has involved local talent (musical and otherwise) such as Thelma Houston & Janitor, Busdriver, Pharaohs, Nite Jewel, Hecuba, Dreamers, Butchy Fuego, Moomaw, Young Adults, Diva, PDA, Mor Elian, Alia Penner, Future Eyes, Gifted & Blessed and Captain Ahab. Feuer hopes to open the night to travelling artists and more nights than just one Tuesday a month at Los Globos.
 
This particular evening is exciting for a number of reasons. First of all, LA Vampires put on an insane show. You can even read all about when they opened for Zola Jesus last year in my review of that show.  High Places I’ve also seen a number of times, and their shows and records just get more and more entrancing — can’t wait for their new record, Original Colors, which is set to come out in October on Thrill Jockey. I like the idea of this paring, the cerebral beats of High Places with LA Vampires’ visceral take. Plus, Sodapop from local underground hip-hop label Anticon will be DJing at 10, and I’ll be DJing with Feuer between sets. What could be better than that!

LA Vampires feat. Matrix Metals - Make Me Over from Not Not Fun on Vimeo.


Download the Mansions on the Moon EP FREE

Posted by Billy Gil, February 15, 2012 01:07pm | Post a Comment

mansions on the moonL.A. indie pop/electronica band Mansions on the Moon have released a new EP, Lightyears, and have made it available as a free download for the time being. All you have to do is like it on Facebook. I did this, and I like it in real life, too, especially the second song, "Leaves Fall," which is just as serene and pretty as you might guess from its title. And it's executive produced by Pharrell Williams! Download it while it's hot. They'll have a full-length out later this year, and they play L.A.'s The Mint March 9.

The Choice Bin's Choice-y-er Buy Counter Scores of 2011

Posted by Rick Frystak, December 18, 2011 07:08pm | Post a Comment
As the year 2011 flies to a close, I've gathered some of my favorite scores from the past year together to reflect upon how much great stuff gets traded in at our used buying counter. All this art came in over Amoeba's trade-in counter but didn't make it past my "gotta check this out" sensors-in-overdrive...lots of stuff maybe not have been released in 2011 but plucked from the ocean of "keepers" and brought ashore, as the relevance and quality make it so, and the joy of reconnecting with a reissue or another format.  Our "Insurance Return" policy keeps the good stuff coming in as well.  And I've forgotten more titles than I've remembered...

Vinyl
LPs


John Adams

Harmonium

ECM 1984

I've owned this on a compact disc for ages, and then I see the magnificent film, "I Am Love" with the great Tilda Swinton and I see a vinyl copy of it and my head goes, "BUY THIS"!  This record was cut up and used as the score in such a wonderful, effective way, swooning, tilting and fanfare-ing the scenes making the picture so much more intense and sentimental. Bravissimo. The wax sounds amazing, too, as is the ECM tradition.



Havergal Brian

Complete Piano Music
Cameo Classics 1981

Amazing moods and very sound writing for piano. Think Debussy, Copeland, Ravel, Mozart, Haydn, Bryars and Gershwin and all this rolled into one fellow born in the U.K. in 1876. The great sound on this disc makes it so enjoyable, and being a wonderfully produced U.K. pressing with a brilliant performance by Peter Hill seals the deal.



Forrest Fang

Migration
Ominus Thud 1986

Ambient textures, muti-sonic trips of electronic and real instrument sounds compostition taking me somewhere...there. Fang manufactures mucho sonance to capture and stamp his own sound and style into this rich, alluring pressing on very nice vinyl. Many listens await. Ominus Thud Records? WTF? Almost non-existent.



Hindemith 6

In Musica

EMI ODEON  1975

Chilean chamber-jazz with bassoon (!), flute, vibes, piano and a rhythm section perform sort of a Third Stream style from South America. How this came to into Hollywood is a mind-blower, but great music hath no boundary. The capitol-O-obscure funk monster "Descuadradito" is worth it's weight in gold, and the chops and sensitive playing on this is mesmerizing. Silver foil cover (with masking tape here) is so hip I couldn't believe it. A reissue of this is mandatory.



Jimmy Giuffre 4

Quasar
Soul Note 1985

Jimmy gets it again on this sensitive jazz/rock-'sorta-fusion...HIS fusion, as it's unique and appealing. Synths, electric bass and drums plus Jimmy on the licorice stick and flute deliver a cool, avant-melodic writing style that crosses genres and time periods. I guess this is a CD, as Soul Note stuff has been around digitally. Digitotally.



Aeoliah

Light Of Tao Thru Aeoliah
Narada 1984

2 side-long echo-y keyboard ambiences, with mood aplenty. Trippy motifs and haunted melody make it sound like treated synths, with backwards processing and reverb. Starts out like cheesy DX7 patches, but becomes enchanting soundspectacle as the spirit grabs this guy Aeoliah. Probably subliminal hypnosis and backmasking.



Sambrasa
Trio
En Som Maior
Disco Som Maior 1965

Airto and Hemeto Pascoal made this trio LP with bassist Humberto Clayber back in '65. These guys are great, this being no exception even as their careers were beginning, and I have acquired much of their musics elsewhere. Grooving, skittering bossa-jazz with sounds beyond. I've heard this on CD, but this vinyl reissue is terrifically punchy and present. I'm digging a lot of these Brazilian reissues. Which leads us to...



Milton Banana Trio

Milton Banana Trio
Odeon 1965

I think this is the original Brazilian issue of this amazing trio's LP, with a thin glossy cover and flipback package. 1965 seems to have been a great year for piano trios in Brasil, and this drummer Banana played with the best of the best musicians around... then and afterward. Awesome syncopation and natural feel always present, with his propellant energy infecting everybody, especially pianist Walter Wanderley.



Ghostwriters

No Mans Land
Zero Records 1980

Very nice synthesizer and concrete sounds LP from Philadelphia. Buchla electronics and creative composing/writing/improvising make this a top-drawer piece that's really hard to find. Really weird cover makes it hard to figure out what this is, but I took a long look and then the needle-drop did it.



Wavemaker

Where Are We Captain?
Polydor UK  1975

Heavy synthesizer orchestrations and sequenced electrohappenings from the British electronic duo. One of the fellas was in the BBC Radiophonic Workshop, and the chops here indicate righteous pedigree. Some moody sine waves and pompous riffrock that goes together nicely if you like this kind of thing. Unique gem in this style.



Phil Woods European Rhythm Machin
e
Chromatic Banana
Inner City 1970

Woods finally takes it over the top on this scorcher fom '70, playing electric sax with Gordon Beck's Rhodes and piano and Texier and Humair on bass and drums. Really great energy and chops on a disc I've never seen on CD. Real furious and gnarly most of the time and always grade-A blowing from the fellas. Inner City's 2nd release.



Raul Garcia

Ayacucho
Sono Radio Peru 1968

Self-taught guitarist, lawyer and cultural figure, Garcia manifests the Peruvian sound via his deeply expressive guitar style on this rare LP. With total command of hammer-ons, slides and finger picking, he can communicate the sound of his country's music as a one-man band, portraying the breath of the panflutes and the strumming of the charango simultaneously to establish a terrific individual sound that is truly fascinating. This scratchy, much treasured copy became mine before it could be sent to the clearance bins.



 Compact Discs


Lama Gyurme & Jean Phillipe Rykiel

The Lama's Chants

Narada 1994-2004

I love the sound of a Bhuddhist monk chanting over a good synthesizer patch. So I  like this compilation 2-CD set of these fella's timeless pieces. Airy, minimal and deeply felt music and sound from a very deep-voiced man transmitting some heavy vibrations. Speaking of vibrations...



Beach Boys

Smile Sessions Box Set
Capitol 1966/67

(sobbing)...I love this record, and the sessions that produced the tracks are here in supreme aural ecstasy. Wilson, Parks and the other willing participants elevated themselves beyond what they did with Pet Sounds or any other works to make one of the greatest "rock" records ever conceived (sobs). I'm overjoyed that this finally came out legally, and the sound engineers and art director did a magnificent job...(sobbing...sniffling).



Bendan Perry

Ark
The End Records 2011

Perry's voice has co-driven Dead Can Dance's music, and here is a really nice record he just did, with a similar vibe yet different. He kinda sounds like Sinatra sometimes, and his range here is much wider than I remember on DCD recordings. Synthetic symphony and drum patches envelop the vox. Timely themes and timeless charm.



Edgardo Canton

Musiques Electroacoustiques
Creel Pone 2011

Keith F Whitman's label does it again with this discovery, a great electronic and concrete sound CD-R lovingly put together for fans of this stuff. Canton wrote some of the best of this genre in 1962-70, and I really like his studio sounds and  exotic compositional style. Beauteous bloop-bleep and ecstatic echo combine for a fascinating journey not of this earth.




Tim Hecker

Mirages

Alien Records 2011

Tim releases another fine disc of minimal processed-sound pieces that vibrate deeply into the psyche. Inspiration comes and fades into other dimensions, and these records always make me reflect on my emotions, with a sort of nostalgia built-in to the resonant frequencies somehow conjuring up the past and the future. Psycho-acoustic.




Pat Zimmerli

Modern  Music
Nonesuch 2011

Wondrous new collection of modern music for 2 pianos played by Brad Meldau and Kevin Hayes, featuring a great new piece by Zimmerli, whom I'd never heard of before. Also featuring music by Reich, Glass and Ornette, the Zimmerli work is the real star here, standing shoulder to shoulder with the other more famous composers' pieces. Quite a mover and groover I daresay.



Jordi Savall & Hesperion XXI

Lachrimae Caravaggio
Allavox 2007

My infinite love for Jordi and his clan is revived by this release, one I'd never seen before. A collection of superbly performed, enchanting and moving music from the 16th century with pieces written recently by Savall to complement and connect the music to make this an amazing and deep listening experience, quite unlike anything previous.



Chris Watson

El Tren Fantasma

Touch 2011

Ex-Throbbing Gristler Watson makes an elegant and mesmerizing sound piece from train trip recordings in Mexico. He's made many field recording pieces but this one takes him into Musique Concrete territory and is every bit as good as many concrete' pieces of any era. Groovy old train photos adorn the textured cover.




Stefano Battlaglia Trio

The River of Anyder
ECM 2011

Stefano delivers a modal style, like a mini-raga, on his piano as this trio pushes and pulls around him to create a glorious coming-together of emotions. The nuance and attention to each sound give this music a unique, spellbinding style. 5-star sound



Roger Eno

Flatlands
All Saints 1998

The younger Eno sibling put forth this piece in '98, but I just noticed it this month, and it's a pleasant surprise in terms of the growth Roger has made from the 80's to the late 90's in his composing prowess. It's an ensemble piece that features piano and strings, and comes up as the best work of his that I've been exposed to. Modern composition of the melodic and contrapuntal variety, with delicious chords and sweet string sweeps dictating the direction. Very pleasant stuff, and I've played it multiple times to great inspiration.



Fennesz&Sakamoto

Flumina
Touch 2-CD 2011

Without a doubt the best piano/electronics collaboration that Sakamoto-san has made to date. I loved his Comica disc which set the pace for this direction, and his stuff with Alva Noto is cool, too. The two he's made with Fennesz before this pale in comparison to this deep, lush and savory set of soundwaves. Much more pensive and exotic piano activity characterizes the definitive stature of this set, and the two guys seem to be very comfortable with each other as they've been playing together with YMO and touring. Nice fold-out package with oceanic photography.



Patrick O'Hearn

Transitions
Patrick O'Hearn Music 2011

I like all of O'Hearn's music, the simpler the better, so anything he does gets me listening. Patrick has been doing his thing for almost 27 years, making big, deep glacially-moving synthesizer music. This new one is made up of very simple modes and chords leading into other chords and modes, with thick synth pads and shimmering tones that carry the chords around on their shoulders. Post-new-age music for the enlightened.



Ricardo Villalobos/Max Loderbauer
Re:ECM
ECM 2-CD 2011

An amazing record. The guys took titles in the ECM catalog, and cut them up and
sliced and diced them into new pieces of their own with only said ECM catalog as their sound sources. One of the best ambient or electronica records I've ever heard.



Keith Jarrett

Rio
ECM 2-CD 2011

Keith's in love, and he calls his sigificant other each night before he steps on stage.
It shows, as this is one of his best solo piano records he's ever played. ECM rushed it out so we could dig it and I do very, very much.



Vince Mendoza

Night On Earth
Horizontal 2011

Mr. Mendoza does it again, with his emotion-drenched, sensitive jazz writing, arranging and playing. Lovely dissonances hand-in-glove with bluesy guitar and 20th century strings make this another great piece in Vince's discog. Contempo cool.



Gary Husband
Dirty & Beautiful Volume 1
Abstract Logix 2011

Fantastic shredder from drummer/keyboardist Husband. Players like Jerry Goodman, Jan Hammer, Allan Holdsworth and John McLaughlin perform some magnificent guest soloing to deem this CD a keeper of the highest order. This jazz-rock music is truly alive and vital in their hands.



Herbie Hancock

Mwandishi (Japanese 24bit Mini-Lp Gold Disc)
WMG Japan 2007

The great Mwandishi album remastered in high definititon, plucked from Amoeba's Japanese mini-LP section, and what a great sound on this disc. I loved this record when it came out in '71 along with Crossings, and the music he invented here generated a new genre copied by scores of folks. I'm still finding the audiophile-quality reissues of some favorites right out of the bins, so they're there, just waiting to be snagged and enjoyed...again.



New 12" Electronic Releases at Amoeba Hollywood - 10/23/09

Posted by Oliver / Matt / Jordan, October 19, 2009 03:38pm | Post a Comment
 
New Techno/Electronic 12"s Coming This Week:

DJ Koze
MINIMAL ELVIS & MIXIMAL MJ 12" 
LTD001

White label remix 12" from GET PHYSICAL's DJ KOZE. One side is his minimal smokey remix of ELVIS PRESLEY's cover of "FEVER" -- techno meets cafe jazz. The other side is a chopped up minimal remix of MICHAEL JACKSON's "BAD."


Aphex Twin
DUMB DAN REMIX 1-SIDED 12"
APX101 

1-sided remix of "ANALOGUE BUBBLEBATH" done by DUMB DAN (who also remixed JUSTICE vs NEW ORDER and DAFT PUNK recently). As an added bonus it's pressed on clear vinyl!    


Boys Noize JEFFER-MODESELEKTOR RMX 12" BNR038 

Excepter 
FRKWYS VOL. 2 EP 12" FRKWYS02

Flying Lotus 
WHOLE WIDE WORLD 12" RAMP016

Fever Ray 
IF I HAD A HEART REMIX 12" RABID38T

Fever Ray 
WHEN I GROW UP REMIXES 12" RABID40T 

MFA 
THROW IT BACK 12" 26BC      


New House/Disco 12"s Coming This Weekend:

Ronny & Renzo
ME, MYSELF, GOOD RMX 12" 
KKFR74005

The latest 12" from Belgium's KING KUNG FOO. Limited one time only pressing of 1000. Slow-mo Balaeric disco with a 9 min original mix on one side and a trippy "VOODOO RITUAL DUB" mix from QUIET VILLAGE on the flip. A song and 12" dedicated to the plight of the silverback gorilla. Full pic sleeve.



Idjut Boys 
DROID #3 12" 
DROID0309

Another deadly duo of cuts, taking basic raw drum track elements & twisting them into FX laden new shapes. Their patented dub ethic is woven into these club friendly tunes, hypnotizing and sporadic. Limited pressing, no repress on these, folks!
 


Art Of Tones CALL THE SHOTS 12" VIS189

Holger Czukay ODE TO PERFUME LTD. 10" C56014

Silicone Soul LANGUAGE OF THE SOUL 12" SOMA272

Smith & Mudd HVALA & ENOS 12" C56015

Various SPATIAL DISCO LP ETS007LP

DJ Sneak
HIT EM WHERE IT HURTS12" ROBSOUL78

Daniel Wang PRES. BALIHU YRS. PT 1 DLP RH108LP1

Daniel Wang
PRES. BALIHU YRS. PT 2 DLP RH108LP2

Eddie C MAKE A CHANGE 12" FB003

Jackpot RVNG OF THE NRDS #9 12" NRDS09

Jorge C MAS MUSICA EP 12" MATRIX21

Kink PSYCHE FUNK EP 12" UT03

Machine FUSE-AME & DIXON REMIXES 12" IV23

Spencer Parker YOU GOT ME 12" NRK153

T&K MUCHO SWASH 12" IDIB022

Timo Maas BITE THE DUST & PAYBACK 12" TIMORE001

W+L Black SOUL CLAP POP EDITS 12" WLB03

White Days GOSPEL DRUMS12" WHITEDAYS002

Wolf Music I WANNA SEE..EP-REVENGE 12" WOLFEP003



New Jungle/Dubstep 12"s Coming This Weekend:


Moody Boyz
FREEDOM (WITH PETE SIMPSON)12"
STUDR004


MOODY BOYZ (aka TONY THORPE) team up with soulful vocalist PETE SIMPSON for a bumpin' UK funky meets dubstep workout, with the dubwise mix on the flip.

Chasing Shadows
ILL 12"
HENCH011


Twisted beats, a punishing bassline,and sweeping atmospherics on this intensely nosiy dubstep effort from the HENCH label. B-side "AMIRAH" is equally dark & intense as well.



4 Hero PRESENTS EXTENSIONS DLP RCRLP03

Calibre
LET ME HOLD YOU 12" SIG015

Cluekid & LD
I DON'T WANNA CRY 12" CAS004

Digital & Outrage
RED LETTER 3LP CHANELD01LP

Emalkay
WHEN I LOOK AT YOU 12" DP034

FaltyDL
PARTY12" RAMP025

Goldie & Commix
ENVIOUS12" METH080

Junior Murvin 
NUMBER 1 SOUND (REMIXES)12" LIR01

Mungos Hi Fi 
INTERNATIONAL ROOTS (LD REMIX) 12" DP032

Sub Focus SUB FOCUS LP SAMPLER D12" RAMMLP13

New 12" Electronic Releases at Amoeba Hollywood - 10/16/09

Posted by Oliver / Matt / Jordan, October 12, 2009 02:54pm | Post a Comment


New Techno/Electro 12"s Coming This Weekend:


Etienne Jaumet
ENTROPY EP C.VANCE RX 12"
VER064

1st 12" from the ZOMBIE ZOMBIE keyboard player's album prod by CARL CRAIG!! "ENTROPY" is a meeting between ASHRA TEMPLE, CAN, LIAISONS DANGEREUSES, a TR808 & more vintage gear. Also included is a mental techno ride provided by way of a remix of "FOR FALLING ASLEEP" by CHRISTIAN VANCE.  

joakim watermelon bubblicious ep

Joakim
WATERMELON BUBBLICIOUS EP 12"
VER063

After some heavy remixes, JOAKIM is back with his own productions. "NEBULA LAUGHTER" is an epic journey influenced by italo & disco played live by his band THE DISCO. "WATERMELON BUBBLICIOUS" is the bangin electro cut for the dancefloors that rounds off his EP.


Beatfanatic ROBOTS & GUIDE EP 12" SCR018

Breakbeat Junkie 
ARTIST SERIES 10 12" GG19

Breakbeat Junkie 
ARTIST SERIES 3 12" GG09 

Da Wiesel 
BOOGALOO STOMP 12" GG04 

Funkanala 
BE THERE TOMORROW 12" HN002

Parker vs P-Zilla 
ARTIST SERIES 2 12" GG08

Pure-P 
ON MY NEW YORK SHEET-PART 2 12" GAMM056

Saag 
ROSE ROGUE 12" GAMM054 EXC 

Various 
REGROOVED 6 EP 12" GG07

Various 
REGROOVED 7 EP 12" GG10  

Crookers 
PUT YOUR HANDS ON ME 12" ECB199

Cru Jonez 
LTD ED 4 SEASONS SPRING 7" ORG7006 

Detroit Grand Pubahs 
BUTTFUNKULA RMX 12" DET10 

Kelpe 
CAMBIO WECHSEL DLP DC109LP

Lazer Sword 
GUCCI SWEATSHIRT 12" IL1001 

Munk 
BACK DOWN REMIXED-CUT COPY 12" GOMMADT004  

Snap 
2009 REMIXES 12" H2BDJS6P 

Who Made Who 
OUT THE DOOR REMIXES 12" GOMMA075



New House/Disco 12"s Coming This Weekend:


Sven Tasnadi
LOST IN CHAOS 12"
CARGO012 

"WHAT WE DO" is a classic house track, very deep and peppered with vocal cuts that hold the tension. On the flip is "AMOUR FOU," a track with a very compact rhythm, tied together by a reduced bassline & driving drum patterns that surprise.
       


Eddie C
YOU'RE WELCOME 12"
JISCO009

Groove Dis Exclusive! More copies back in stock. JISCO delivers the goods again with this three-tracker of smoked out disco edits from Canada based EDDIE C. Includes "YOU'RE WELCOME," "LET YOUR MIND BE FREE," and "MAKE IT BETTER."
    

2020 Soundsystem CAN'T STOP..REMIX 12" VIS14

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