Amoeblog

10 More Essential Records from 2014

Posted by Billy Gil, December 8, 2014 06:20pm | Post a Comment

Last week, I posted my top 50 albums of the year. Cause 50 just ain’t enough, here are another 10 essential records from 2014:

Fear of Men Loom

Fear of Men imagine a world where The Cranberries stayed good, The Sundays really got their due and Belly didn’t flame out. Led by singer/guitarist Jessica Weiss, the band calls to mind alternative/dream pop bands of yesteryear, and Weiss’ vocals call to mind the ethereality of Cocteau Twins’ Elizabeth Fraser crossed with the heartiness of The Cranberries’ Dolores O’Riordan. The band’s muscular indie-rock can move in graceful lockstep (“Tephra”) or set a pretty, yet never sappy backdrop over which Weiss can breathily intone, as on the lovely “Seer.” On the album’s most thrilling moments, Weiss will stretch her voice into territory that goes beyond the expected, singing into a lo-fi mic on the gorgeous “Descent” or looping into dizzying layers on standout “Waterfall.” One of the most promising debuts of the year.

 

Cult of Youth Final Days

Continue reading...

25 Cassette Store Day Releases to Look For

Posted by Billy Gil, September 24, 2014 05:34pm | Post a Comment

The second annual Cassette Store Day is coming this Saturday Sept. 27! We’ll have just-released cassettes at the front sampler section at Amoeba Hollywood and in front at Berkeley and S.F. Plus, 15% off all used cassettes at Amoeba SF only. Here are some releases to look for …

1349 Massive Cauldron of Chaos

An early release by black metal greats 1349! Personally, I think the lo-fi aesthetic of Black Metal sounds amazing on cassette. The LP and CD come out Sept. 30 on Seasons of Mist.

 

The Adolescents - The Complete Demos 1980-1986

Consisting mostly of tracks recorded in 1980, The Complete Demos is kind of like the punk band’s unofficial first album.

 

Alvvays

Alvvays Alvvays; Fear of Men Loom

Fear of Men and Alvvays are great female-fronted indie-rock bands reminiscent of The Cranberries and The Sundays; two personal favorites from this year.

Continue reading...

New York State of Mind Amoeblog #78: SummerStage 2014 Schedule, Museum @ FIT, CitiBike, NYC Earth Cam Views, Concerts

Posted by Billyjam, April 22, 2014 12:07pm | Post a Comment

Above is a screenshot of the live Earth Cam stream of Times Square in the heart of Manhattan. This 24/7 live video cam is a cool URL to save just to check in and get a glance of how things are looking in New York City. Stationary for several minutes, the camera routinely does a pan of the area to settle into another vantage point from high up looking down a this "crossroads of the world" and, like all Earth Cam live video feeds, comes with current weather updates. The camera is one of several cameras around town that you can bring up on your computer to get a birds eye view of New York.

Just a fifteen minute stroll down Seventh Ave. from Times Square is the free and always interesting Museum at The Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT). It is the only museum in New York City dedicated solely to the art of fashion. Featuring ever-changing, innovative fashion exhibitions, the museum's Fashion Culture special programs happen all year long, Tuesday through Sundays, and include exhibition talks and tours, fashion conversations with major designers, lectures, and book signings. All ages. Free. Tues-Friday 12 noon to 8pm, and Saturdays 10am to 5pm. More info

Continue reading...

Album Picks: Fear of Men, Kelis, Iggy Azalea, Future

Posted by Billy Gil, April 22, 2014 09:37am | Post a Comment

Fear Of Men - Loom (LP or CD)
Fear of Men pull some of the best bits of shoegaze and alternative together to create a slick (but not too slick) and immensely enjoyable debut record. Singer Jessica Weiss has a smooth, exacting voice that calls to mind ethereal singers of yesteryear, from Cocteau Twins’ Elizabeth Fraser to The Cranberries’ Dolores O’Riordan. The band plays muscular indie-rock that can move in graceful lockstep (“Tephra”) or set a pretty, yet never sappy backdrop over which Weiss can breathily intone, as on the lovely “Seer.” On the album’s most thrilling moments, Weiss will stretch her voice into territory that goes beyond the expected, singing into a lo-fi mic on the gorgeous “Descent” or looping into dizzying layers on standout “Waterfall.” There’s still a bit of room for Fear of Men to come into its own, but it’s difficult to argue with their sound when Loom sounds so immaculate. It’s definitely one of the most promising debuts of the year, and sets up Fear of Men as a band to watch this year and long after.

 

Kelis - Food (LP, CD or Download)

Continue reading...