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15 Albums To Look For In Spring 2019

Posted by Amoebite, March 13, 2019 12:30pm | Post a Comment

Albums To Look For Spring 2019

Spring 2019 promises a slew of records from buzzworthy newcomers and old faves. Bands like Priests and Ex Hex continue their ascendancy. The Drums, Jenny Lewis, and Vampire Weekend return after some time away, delivering star-studded casts, evolutions in sound, and instantly addictive singles. Then, of course, there are the latest laid back emissions from Mac Demarco, riotous live tracks from Ty Segall, and an emotionally compelling tribute from Steve Earle & The Dukes.

Read on to discover some of our must-have new releases. Your spring soundtrack awaits, with preorders available now.

Ex Hex - It's Real

Ex Hex - It's Real (out 3/22)

On their second LP, It's Real, Ex Hex builds on their garage/post-punk hybrid sound, evolving into a bigger, fuller, lusher sound. Experimental and intriguing, it will be available on standard black and limited edition magenta/blue swirl color vinyl.  

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New Green Room Session Video with FEELS

Posted by Amoebite, March 1, 2019 05:30pm | Post a Comment

Feels - Amoeba Green Room Session

We were super excited to have LA band FEELS in the Amoeba Green Room recently for a killer live set. Playing tracks off their new LP, Post Earth (out now on Wichita Recordings), the quartet was in top form, jamming and thrashing their melodic noise punk sound. 

Feels Post Earth

Starting off the performance was the spacy and textural "Sour," followed by the dirty punk ditty, "Deconstructed." Next up was the ethereal "Awful Need," while the set ended with the epic "Post Earth."

Be sure to catch FEELS perform with Ex Hex April 25 at The Teragram Ballroom in Los Angeles. Tickets are available at Amoeba Hollywood with low feesl!

Watch the full performance below:

Feels - Green Room Session
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Amoeba's Top 50 Favorite Albums of 2014

Posted by Billy Gil, December 29, 2014 04:24pm | Post a Comment

amoeba best of 2014

All we do at Amoeba is listen to music and talk about music. Take advantage of how nerdy we are with this comprehensive best-of list from the year, which compiles new records from the best albums of 2014 lists made by Aaron Detroit, Brad Schelden, Oliver/Matt/Jordan, Billyjam and myself (click to see invidividual lists).

 

1. FKA TwigsLP1

fka twigs lp1FKA Twigs LP1 was one of those cross-genre, unclassifiable albums that everyone seemed to love. Not only the best debut record of the year, perhaps the best, period.

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50 Essential Albums Released in 2014

Posted by Aaron Detroit, December 5, 2014 09:20am | Post a Comment

Aaron Detroit, Buyer at Amoeba Hollywood. I've worked in Hollywood for ten years, but started my time with Amoeba - way back in 1998 -  at the San Francisco store. Here is my extensive list of new essential listening, released in 2014. There is a wide range of genres and artists represented here because musical passion should not be static.





1. Swans - To Be Kind (Young God)
To Be Kind, Swans’ 3rd LP since their 2010 reformation (and 13th overall,) is an unlikely triumph after 2012’s seemingly unmatchable masterpiece, The Seer. Any trepidation one might have about the sprawling triple-LP’s intimidating track lengths should evaporate under it’s hypnotizing ebb-and-flow of mental blues, super-honed grooves, manic clatter and hushed passages; all of which are eventually crushed by monolithic waves of majesty. Nothing short of classic.



 2. Carla Bozulich - Boy (Constellation)
Boy is Carla Bozulich’s (of Ethyl Meatplow, Geraldine Fibbers and Evangelista-renown) 3rd solo affair, but in a lot of ways it feels like her first. Bozulich pours her famed, devastating whiskey-voice into a cocktail of funeral country, death blues and industrial noise that sticks to your guts. Carla herself refers to this LP as her “pop record,” and if that's a true description, we could sure use a whole lot more “pop” albums like Boy. Don’t overlook this one.

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Album Picks: The War on Drugs, Perfect Pussy, Black Lips and More

Posted by Billy Gil, March 18, 2014 10:14am | Post a Comment

The War on DrugsLost in the Dream (LP, Purple Vinyl, CD or Download)

the war on drugs lost in the dream lpThe War on Drugs’ dreamy country-rock music evokes slow motion, even as its songs move at a sprightly pace. The driving rhythm behind "Under the Pressure" is caked in heavily reverbed guitars and washes of synthesizer, even as real-life guitar solos and Adam Granduciel's vocals come through more clearly than ever before. Similarly "Red Eyes" is like some lost '80s collaboration between The Highwaymen and The Cure, effusing brilliant colors with its bright synths and yelping vocals, but the most stunning moment comes in the minute or so in the middle of the songs when a third of the sound is stripped away, leaving a gorgeous, introspective bridge before Granduciel's yelp brings everything crashing back, while the rhythm stays insistent as always. Lost in the Dream invites repeat listens—atmospheric pieces like "The Haunting Idle" keep things spacious, yet the band comes back for the Bruce Springsteen-vibing "Burning" in the albums latter half. As its title would suggest, it's an album to get lost in. It feels like seeing the entire open road ahead of you, coasting yet seemingly to move in place while the sun sets and middle-of-nowhere stations play Bruce and Tom Petty in the background.

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