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Weekly Roundup: Vinyl Williams, Christopher Owens, 100s

Posted by Billy Gil, October 25, 2012 06:53pm | Post a Comment

Vinyl WilliamsVinyl Williams – “Higher Worlds”

Like Ariel Pink’s krautrock cousin, LA artist Vinyl Williams makes bleary lo-fi dream-pop with Can-inspired beats and basslines. The real kicker here is the smeared-over chorus. I had to check to make sure my computer wasn’t playing two songs at once; I was glad to hear it wasn’t, and that Vinyl Williams’ music is that dynamic and layered to cause you to want to dive in headfirst. His Lemniscate album is due Nov. 12 on No Pain in Pop.

 

Christopher Owens – “Here We Go”

Christopher Owens broke our hearts with Girls, then broke them again when he broke up his band this year. Now he has a solo album coming out Jan. 15 called Lysandre (out on Fat Possum). Here’s the first single from it, the delicate “Here We Go.”

 

100s ice cold perm100s – “Brick $ell Phone”

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Oakland Museum Says Final Farewell to Summer & Hello To Halloween with Summer Nights Finale

Posted by Billyjam, October 25, 2012 03:33pm | Post a Comment

With Halloween less than a week away and Christmas / holiday decorations already on sale at most stores it is almost time to say goodbye to summer. Almost meaning after one last summer fling event (Summer Nights Finale - which Amoeba has been supporting since the series began) that takes place tomorrow (Friday, Oct 26th) at the Oakland Museum of California from 4pm until 11:45 pm.

This special multi-faceted OMCA event not only offers museum goers a nice farewell to summer but also a hello / early taste of Halloween with what the curators at OMCA promise will be an eclectic evening featuring Days of the Dead tours, monster books, home movies, and a cult horror cinema classic - and some of it interactive too.

          

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The myriad of educational fun for all ages that is Summer Nights Finale includes a tour of Forgotten Stories, Remarkable Lives: Días de los Muertos 2012 and a meet-and-greet with the artists responsible for the exhibition (5pm in The Great Hall), an almost all ages event dance class to learn the moves for Michael Jackson's "Thriller" for ages 4 and up (7:30pm to 8pm at the OMCA Gift Shop), and a sneak peek of the (currently closed to the public) Gallery of California Natural Sciences with artist Helena Keeffe on hand to give a guided tour of the fort exhibit that she co-created with Oakland YMCA families.

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Celebrate Halloween at Amoeba Hollywood + 2nd Annual Pet Costume Contest

Posted by Amoebite, October 24, 2012 03:11pm | Post a Comment

Halloween at AmoebaHalloween is a week away and that means it's nearly time for our second annual Pet Costume Contest!! Bring your spooky pooch in costume to Amoeba Hollywood on Wednesday, October 31 at 4pm and you might win the grand prize gift basket from Catts & Doggs or other cool treats. Plus, we'll have creepy DJ sets 2-4pm with DJ FANG FACE and DJ LEW SIFFER, candy for the kids and lots more fun.

Amoeba Hollywood will also close at 7pm, so be sure to get your shopping in early.

 

Need some inspiration? Check out a few of the contestants from last year's inaugural competition:

Pet Costume Contest

 

Halloween poster

New York State of Mind Amoeblog #5: MoMA + PS1 for free, JKL! in NYC, B-Boy/B-Girl Summit, Halloween in Manhattan + more

Posted by Billyjam, October 24, 2012 11:16am | Post a Comment

MoMA (and PS1) for free, Jimmy Kimmel Live! in NYC, B-Boy/B-Girl Summit, Halloween in Manhattan,  and the best views of Manhattan are among the items covered in this fifth installment in the New York State of Mind - the Amoeblog series on music and other entertainment and happenings in the Big Apple for both visitors and residents of New York.  As seen from the photo above (taken last Friday evening) of the view of an overcast Lower Manhattan from Jersey City, New Jersey, some of the best views / photo opportunities of Manhattan are from outside of Manhattan - be it over in New Jersey, in Brooklyn, on Roosevelt Island between Queens and the island Manhattan, or out on the NY Harbor on a boat.

In the week ahead (October 29th through November 2nd) Jimmy Kimmel, who normally tapes his nightly talk show Jimmy Kimmel Live! at El Capitan Theatre on Hollywood Blvd not far from the Amoeba Hollywood store, is taking his popular ABC late night show on the road to the East Coast for the first time and will film five shows at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) in Fort Greene. Brooklyn is where Kimmel grew up, so he will be visiting some old neighborhood spots on the NYC series. Additionally, his line-up of guests (many from Brooklyn) for JKL! in NYC will include Chris Rock, who grew up in Crown Heights and Bed-Stuy, Tracy Morgan, Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert, and David Letterman to name just a few along with musical performersAlicia Keys, Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, Vampire Weekend and the Brooklyn Philharmonic. Over the past few weeks on the air JKL! have been giving away tix to tapings of the upcoming New York shows. But you can also try and get (free) tickets by visiting www.1iota.com or calling 1-866-Jimmytix.

Moon Block Party's Beyond The Witching Hour at The Echoplex Oct. 26

Posted by Amoebite, October 23, 2012 07:24pm | Post a Comment

Moon Block Party's second annual Beyond The Witching Hour Halloween extravaganza is nearly upon us. Get your Halloween on early at The Echoplex Friday, October 26 for a night of music featuring Peaking Lights, Lumerians (and many more across 3 stages!), live art, installations, and costume contests, all meant to be experienced in Crystal Vision (the organizers have partnered with Future Eyes, an LA based prismatic eye wear company, to create crystal goggles which transform whatever's in front of you into a kaleidoscopic wonderland).

Come dressed up and you could win tickets to Desert Daze 2013, an Amoeba Gift Pack, a pair of Future Eyes and other goodies.

If you're hungry, feast at food trucks (The Urban Oven Pizza, Texas Chili Pie, Sweet Wheels). If you're thirsty, everyone's favorite festival libations purveyor, Sailor Jerry, will be on hand with drink specials.

You can buy a general admission ticket ($13 advance, $15 day of show) or a special package including your very own pair of Future Eyes glasses ($21 advance, $23 day of show). Get tickets here.
 

Moon Block Party LA

 

Set times:

ECHOPLEX STAGE:
Peaking Lights: 12:40AM - 1:25AM
Costume Contest: 12:00AM - 12:10AM
Lumerians: 11:20PM - 12:00AM
Dahga Bloom: 10:05PM - 10:45PM
JUJU: 9:05PM - 9:35PM
Cosmonauts: 8:00PM - 8:30PM


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