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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.

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2013 Treasure Island Music Festival in Pictures

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, November 7, 2013 02:49pm | Post a Comment

This year’s Treasure Island Music Festival (10/19 - 10/20) was another great weekend of music held in the picturesque San Francisco Bay. Saturday consisted of more electronic-leaning artists, while Sunday featured mostly hard-lined rock acts. There were plenty of cool interactive features at Treasure Island including silent disco, art installations, and local merchant booths. Although it reached pretty cold temperatures, that didn’t stop the bands from putting on fantastic performances.

Amoeba San Francisco's resident photographer Lauren Clark captured the magic with her breathtaking photography, including shots of Major Lazer, Holy Ghost!, Lord Huron, Real Estate, Japandroids, Sleigh Bells, and more! Check it out:

treasure island music festival 2013 ferris wheel

 

treasure island music festival 2013 major lazer

Major Lazer

treasure island music festival 2013

Tickets on Sale at Amoeba Hollywood in September

Posted by Amoebite, September 10, 2012 11:12am | Post a Comment

Tickets at AmoebaAmoeba Hollywood has started regularly selling tickets to local shows, with the added bonus of charging low service fees (if you're into saving money and who isn't really?).

All tickets can be purchased at the registers (while supplies last) for a $2 service fee. We take cash and credit cards for all ticket sales.

Please note that on the day of the show, we will stop selling tickets for that show at 5pm.

If you have a question about whether we've sold out of a specific show, please call the store at 323-245-6400.



JUST ADDED SHOWS:
Saint Etienne at the Fonda

Saint Etienne
The Fonda Theatre 
November 3
Paul Banks at the Fonda

Paul Banks
The Fonda Theatre
December 5
Father John Misty at El Rey

Top Albums of 2012 So Far

Posted by Billy Gil, June 28, 2012 05:27pm | Post a Comment
It’s that time of year again — time for best of music lists. No, it’s not December yet, but I don’t care. It’s Thursday and I want to make a list. Pick up all of these if you haven’t yet.
 
beach house bloom
1. Beach House - Bloom
 
Song for song, Beach House’s Bloom is the most consistently great album that’s been released this year. The band sounds more energized than ever, grasping the pop brass ring with songs like “Lazuli” and “Other People” that match hookiness for sheer beauty. If Beach House are this generation’s Cocteau Twins, this is their Heaven or Las Vegas.
 







fiona apple the idler wheel
2. Fiona AppleThe Idler Wheel
 
Fiona Apple is no less mad or maddening than before on The Idler Wheel…, but her venomous lyrics have a new sting, her vocals are more accomplished than ever, and her arrangements are as bravely tangled and unafraid of ugliness as her lyrical content.
 








Death Grips The Money Store
3. Death GripsThe Money Store
 
A relentless noise assault against all things staid, boring, tucked-in, Death Grips laugh in the face of hip-hop, post-punk, dubstep or any other describer you could lob at them. Nothing fits and nothing should with something this wild and individualistic.
 








Grimes Visions
4. GrimesVisions
 
Visions is easily the best Pop with a capital P album of the year, but Grimes is way too weird and intriguing to be written off as just this year’s indie pop starlet. With a couple of albums already under her belt, Visions still seems like just the tip of the iceberg for what Claire Boucher will continue delivering. She dares to be grating and inscrutable (the fucking insane “Eight”) while still widely appealing on catchy club-friendly tracks like “Genesis,” “Oblivion” and majestic goth showcase “Nightmusic.”
 




ty segall slaughterhouse
5. Ty SegallSlaughterhouse
 
How does something that’s been out for two days make this list? It’s that ferocious, just a pure blast of sludgy rock, wicked riffs and Segall’s melodic songwriting chops.
 









Chromatics

6. ChromaticsKill For Love
 
On an almost overwhelmingly massive album, Chromatics don’t make things easy with Kill For Love. Unlike their friendlier labelmates Glass Candy, their catchiest songs are buried amongst extended Dario Argento soundtrack-style jams, and even then they’re delivered with such a cool demeanor, you’re the one who has to reach out to connect to these songs. Thank God, cause Kill For Love’s nighttime mystique and seedy club jams keep me coming back and uncovering something new every time.



 

Lotus Plaza Spooky Action at a Distance
7. Lotus PlazaSpooky Action at a Distance
 
The second release from Lotus Plaza is a bit of a coming-out party for Deerhunter’s Lockett Pundt, often relegated to righthand man to Brandon Cox. Spooky Action’s gauzy, sun stroke pop proves beyond a doubt that Pundt is crucial to the sound and success of that band, and that in addition to being a remarkable guitar player, Pundt is an exceptionally strong (if somewhat shy) songwriter and performer in his own right.
 




Killer Mike RAP Music
8. Killer MikeR.A.P. Music
 
Probably like a lot of people, the first thing that grabbed me about R.A.P. Music were its catchy Southern rap tracks like “Go!” and “Southern Fried,” but the astute social and political commentary buried within his wordplay are just as remarkable as all the fast rhymes and cool weird sounds — see “Reagan” and “Ghetto Gospel.”
 







Japandroids Celebration Rock
9. JapandroidsCelebration Rock
 
Like the Replacements before them, Japandroids’ scuzzy, screamy rock ‘n’ roll has a big old beating heart underneath the din, not to mention hooks for days. This album and the Ty Segall one just make me want to shotgun a beer and smash it to my forehead.
 









10. Lower Dens - Nootropics
 
Jana Hunter’s husky, powerful vocals soar and dive through extended guitar soundscapes. It’s layered and murky, yet Hunter makes the emotional heft of songs like “Propagation” feel like a sucker punch.
 








What are your favorites of the year so far????????????????
 
 

Local Stuff: Videos From Poolside, Best Coast, Kitten

Posted by Billy Gil, June 15, 2012 11:30am | Post a Comment

Poolside – “Slowdown”
 
(Sally Struthers voice) Do you like watching scrawny L.A. hipsters swim and sing catchy tunes that sound like hip-hop without the rapping? Sure, we all do.
 
Poolside’s big summer single bowed yesterday on Pitchfork, along with its trashy summer vibes video. This thing was made to soundtrack the Ace and Standard hotels, all easy beats and lush synth hooks. Scoff if you must; this sort of thing is rarely done as well as it is here. Their nicely titled Pacific Standard Time album comes out July 9.




Best Coast – "The Only Place" video and KCRW performance
 

Best Coast
debuted a super cute video for “The Only Place,” from the album of the same name, this week where Bethany Cosentino and Bobb Bruno run around L.A. and give viewers a tour of the “real” L.A.: tacky souvenir shops, backyard pools, bikes, our gross but awesome river. And lots of Bobb! It’s as sweetly low-key and breezy as the song.
 







 
 
Also, Best Coast had an awesome Morning Becomes Eclectic performance this week, really displaying Cosentino’s growth in confidence with her voice, particularly on their cover of Fleetwood Mac’s “Storms” from Tusk, which I coincidentally picked up on vinyl yesterday.

 
Kitten – “Cut it Out” video
 

A couple of weeks ago, I talked about the awesomeness that is the shoegazey pop of L.A.’s Kitten an their single “Cut It Out,” from the forthcoming EP of the same name, due Aug. 28. Kitten and singer Chloe Chaidez vibe Britney Spears and My Bloody Valentine with equal glee, sort of along the same lines as School of Seven Bells. Now they’ve got a video for it that reminds me of somewhere between Smashing Pumpkins “1979” and Jimmy Eat World’s “The Middle.”
 




 
Shows This Weekend:
 
Friday: Tonight’s a tie! Either Jesus and Mary Chain at Hollywood Park ($10 before 8:30, $20 after) or Japandroids at the Echoplex (8:30, $13-15). Really can’t go wrong either way.

Saturday: Make Music Pasadena — it’s free, it’s all ages, it’s all day and features Grimes, Cults, The Chain Gang of 1974, and locals like Dam-Funk (see photos of his Amoeba DJ set), Electric Guest, Dengue Fever, Grouplove, So Many Wizards, The Lonely Wild, NO, The Happy Hollows and more.
 
In the evening, there’s How to Dress Well at the Echo (6-10 p.m., $12-14)
 
Sunday: Part Time Punks at the Echo (10 p.m., $8-10) with RØSENKØPF, Bestial Mouths and Vex Ruffin