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Interview With Damon Krukowski

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, May 14, 2019 05:24pm | Post a Comment

By Jon LonghiDamon Krukowski

Damon Krukowski and his wife/partner Naomi Yang have been making music together since the late nineteen eighties. Their bands Galaxie 500 and Magic Hour were two of the most influential groups of the dream pop movement, and the two have kept making music ever since as the duo Damon and Naomi. Their music is frequently described as either psychedelia or psych pop. The two share an uncanny chemistry as musicians. Damon's guitar blends perfectly with Naomi's keyboards and their vocal harmonies are just heavenly. At their show at The Lab in SF on April 17th, Damon said he's seen their music make even the toughest bouncers at bars they've played start crying. It's beautiful, heartbreaking music. Check them out. Everything they've ever recorded is excellent. Damon stopped by Amoeba SF on April 18th and we got to ask him a few questions.

Amoeba: So you're on a book tour with some Damon and Naomi shows?

Damon: Yes I'm doing a book tour for my new MIT Press book, Ways of Hearing, and we're doing a couple shows along the way. We just played at The Lab last night [4/17]. Tonight [4/18] I'm doing a book event at City Lights Bookstore at 7pm. Come check it out.

Amoeba: What's the book about? I've heard it's a very visual interactive experience that almost reads as a graphic novel.

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New Performance Video from Dean Wareham of Galaxie 500 and Luna

Posted by Amoebite, August 7, 2014 05:43pm | Post a Comment

Dean Wareham at Amoeba Hollywood

Dean Wareham

 Dean Wareham perfected hazy dreampop over the course of his years with Galaxie 500 and Luna, but his recent self-titled solo debut album sees him taking a gentle turn in the direction of Americana. It's perhaps no surprise, then, to learn that the album was produced by My Morning Jacket's Jim James, and that the atmosphere when Wareham hit the stage at Amoeba Hollywood this past spring was cozy, familiar, and just a bit wistful.

Wareham was joined on stage by his band, including wife and musical partner Britta Phillips (Luna, Dean & Britta), and in between songs, he read one of his favorite fan letters to the crowd. After touring extensively this spring, Wareham's only upcoming scheduled dates are a string of nights from November 6-8 at the Brooklyn Academy of Music.

Check out "Holding Pattern" in the video below or watch the full set here.

Happy 4th of July

Posted by Eric Brightwell, July 3, 2012 10:24pm | Post a Comment






   




  



Bruce Springsteen

 




Toby Keith

 




 



U2

 




 



Galaxie 500





 
Bruce McCulloch


Fourth of July cube gif













*****


Allah-Las Talk New Album, Play Moon Block Party and FYF Fest

Posted by Billy Gil, June 20, 2012 05:35pm | Post a Comment

This year is turning out to be a good one for Allah-Las. This week saw the announcement that the L.A.-based band, who weave strains of ’60s Nuggets-style garage rock with ’80s Paisley Underground jangle and au currant surf rock swagger, would be releasing their self-titled debut album Sept. 18 on Innovative Leisure. Additionally, Allah-Las were announced as part of the FYF Fest lineup this week, taking place Sept. 1-2. And the band also is playing this weekend at Moon Block Party in Pomona Saturday June 23.
 
Allah-La's debut album was recorded at the Distillery Studio, a Costa Mesa-based haven for analog recording, and was produced by label mate and local rock hero Nick Waterhouse. The band, which consists of bassist Spencer Dunham, singer/guitarist Miles Michaud, guitarist Pedrum Siadatian and drummer/singer Matt Correia, already has released a video for the album cut “Tell Me (What’s On Your Mind),” a jangly powerhouse that calls to mind Them’s garage classic “Gloria,” but relaxed instead of manic, resplendent in its analog sheen and laid-back cool.
 
 
I checked in with Dunham, a fellow South Bay native, to ask about the new album and what it was like for 3/4 of the band to work together at Amoeba.
 
PST: Has it been difficult to capture the exact sound you've been looking for on record?
 
Dunham: We tried recording a bunch of ways with different people but were never really satisfied until we went to the Distillery.
 
PST: What has recording with Nick Waterhouse and at the Distillery afforded the band in terms of sound and direction?
 
Dunham: Nick grew up in Orange County and has known the owner, Mike, since he was about 16. Mike loves to tinker with weird electronics to create one-of-a-kind instruments and effects, like microphones that go through record player needles. Sometimes those kind of things can be very complicated and time consuming, so it was really helpful to have two people working together to set up strange reverb tracks and whatnot.
 
PST: Can you talk a bit about working at Amoeba and how that affected the formation of the band and development of its sound? And what did you do while working at the store?
 
Dunham: Pedrum, Matt and I all used to work upstairs in the warehouse as “case switchers,” which is where you take bins of used CDs and put them in fresh jewel cases. You get a CD player and a hold box and basically just listen to music all day. It's pretty mundane work, but you get to see a lot of unusual albums, and we were all exposed to a lot of new music.
 
PST: In addition to the screaming girls and whatnot, have you had a lot of older “Nuggets” fans and people like that be into you guys? Have you had any particularly strange fan experiences so far?
 
Dunham: We definitely have a healthy contingency of garage fans, but our main audience remains American Apparel models. Not too many strange fan experiences yet, but Patrick Campbell Lyons from the ’60s band Nirvana (UK) befriended us after hearing our old radio show on KXLU a while back.
 
PST: I was never really that into the punk and stuff that a lot of other kids from the South Bay were into. Were you guys always attracted to more of the rock n roll stuff compared to what the area is known for? Were you exposed to it by parents, older siblings etc.?
 
Dunham: I used to listen to punk and it will always have a place in my heart, but in high school we mostly listened to a lot of classic rock: Hendrix, Who, Rolling Stones etc. We also used to hang around Scooter’s, which was a legendary Hermosa Beach record store owned by Uncle Tim, who hosts my all time favorite radio show, “The Bombshelter,” on KXLU. His shop was about the size of a closet, and while the majority of it catered to the punk scene, he also kept an eclectic selection of rock and got us turned onto stuff like The Velvet Underground and early Moody Blues.
 
PST: Can you give me a top five garage rock and paisley underground list of records you're particularly fond of?
 
Dunham: Here's a mix of classics and current jams:
 

The Rain Parade - Emergency Third Rail Power Trip
 










Simla Beat - 70/71
 





















clap
Clap - Have You Reached Yet
 









zombies i love you
The Zombies - I Love You
 









galaxie 500 on fire
Galaxie 500 - On Fire
 










Allah-Las Tracklist:
Catamaran   
Don't You Forget It   
Busman's Holiday   
Sacred Sands   
No Voodoo 
Sandy   
Ela Navega   
Tell Me (What's On Your Mind)   
Catalina   
Vis-A-Vis   
Seven Point Five  
Long Journey

The '80s List: Part 10

Posted by Amoebite, September 2, 2011 12:46pm | Post a Comment
Wipers One day at Amoeba Hollywood I proclaimed that Aztec Camera's 1983 release High Land, Hard Rain was one of the best records of the '80s. This single statement eventually led to over 200 Amoebites ranking their top 10 favorite albums from the ‘80s.

From the beginning we realized that it was impossible for most of us to condense our favorites from all genres into a tiny top ten list. So, we limited our lists to Rock/Pop and its sub-genres like punk, metal, goth, and new wave. Even so, it was a difficult selection process because not only are there hundreds of amazing records to consider, there is also the added dynamic of time.

The '80s were a long time ago and the music has had many years to gestate. We have a deep sense of nostalgia and sentiment with these albums as our fondest memories are associated with them. These are albums we LOVE.

- Henry Polk

P.S. We'll be posting new additions to the '80s list project from Amoeba staff members on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. See all entries in our ‘80s list series.

P.P.S. The '80s List Book is available for sale at Amoeba Hollywood.


Heather Long

Pixies Doolittle (1989)
Husker DuZen Arcade (1984)
Judas PriestBritish Steel (1980)
X – Los Angeles (1980)
PretendersPretenders (1980)
The Cure – Disintegration (1989)
The ClashLondon Calling (1980)
Duran DuranRio (1982)
Iron MaidenThe Number Of The Beast (1982)
Adam And The AntsKings Of The Wild Frontier (1980)

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