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SF Sketchfest Presents Reggie Watts & John Tejada, Jonathan Coulton, Rhett Miller, The Milk Carton Kids & More

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, January 10, 2019 06:35pm | Post a Comment

SF Sketchfest

The San Francisco comedy festival SF Sketchfest is back for its 18th year and runs January 10-27th at venues around the City. Amoeba Music is proud to co-present five stellar musical events:

 
Jonathan Coulton. Paul & Storm.
Rhett Miller
Greg Behrendt
Milk Carton Kids
 

Wajatta: Reggie Watts & John Tejada, with Galen & Solar from Sunset Sound System
Friday, January 11 • 9pm @ Mezzanine (444 Jessie St, SF)
Tickets
Wajatta – the new group formed by beat-boxer/comedian/musician Reggie Watts and electronic music artist/DJ/producer John Tejada recently released its debut album, Casual High Technology. Presented as a cosmic collection of funk-infused techno, Casual High Technology is the culmination of decades’ worth of Watts and Tejada’s favorite electronic music shaped to fit a new dance sensibility. Wajatta (pronounced wa-Ha-ta), as the name suggests, is a mash-up of the artist’s last names. Having grown up with similar musical influences, Austrian-born Tejada and German-born Watts draw from their love of urban, electronic music. With an opening set by Galen & Solar from Sunset Sound System. $30, 21+

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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Reggie Watts and John Tejada aka Wajatta

Posted by Amoebite, June 26, 2018 12:15pm | Post a Comment

Wajatta (Reggie Watts & John Tejada) What's In My Bag?

Comedian/musician Reggie Watts and electronic artist and DJ John Tejada visited Amoeba Hollywood to do some record shopping and shared their deep knowledge and eclectic taste in our latest What's In My Bag? episode. The duo, whose new collaborative project is called Wajatta, dug through the bins and found some classic, obscure, and personally sentimental records.

Watts and Tejada met at an after-hours gig Tejada was DJing, their creative partnership culminating in their debut album, Casual High Technology, a soulful blend of classic house, Chicago footwork, and Balearic beats. After Wajatta - Casual High Technology a formidable career releasing music via electronic stalwarts like Kompakt, Pokerflat, Cocoon, Plug Research, Seventh City, Playhouse, Defected, and his own Palette label, this is Tejada's first release on the normally laughs-driven label Comedy Dynamics.

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New 12"s @ Amoeba Hollywood 9/14 - Ricardo Donoso, Silent Servant, John Tejada, Innerspace Halflife, Steffi, Pacific Horizons and tons more!

Posted by Oliver / Matt / Jordan, September 14, 2012 11:13am | Post a Comment

Ricardo Donoso
Assimilating The Shadow 2LP
Digitalis

In the time since Ricardo Donoso delivered his debut album Progress Chance, he's been pursuing his take on morning music even further. Informed by deep house, slowed-down trance and club influences, this new album unfolds to reveal elaborate sonic labyrinths that emerge out of the burning embers of dance music. Assimilating the Shadow has been designed to be consumed at sunrise, at the party's end. It assembles dark, carefully-considered sequences layered in a way that seems on first listen to be a fusion of opposites. Sacred geometry sets the stage for these intricate, emotional structures, illustrating tonal passages that appear divergent on first listen but which become coherent the further into the album you delve. It's an album that harks back to the beginnings of dance music but which somehow sidesteps the usual revivalist signatures that have become all too familiar in recent years, instead opting for a rhythmically complex variant that echoes early Jean Michel Jarre, Cluster, Manuel Göttsching and Speedy J but with a strange compositional quality quite unlike any of its influences. 2LP deluxe gatefold pressing limited to 500 copies. Mastered by James Plotkin and cut to vinyl by Lupo at Dubplates + Mastering, Berlin. Artwork by Lee Tindall. 

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Silent Servant
Negative Fascination LP
Hospital Productions

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New 12"s @ Amoeba Hollywood 3/21 - Panabrite LP, Monolake, Barker & Baumecker, John Tejada, Vakula, Conforce & more

Posted by Oliver / Matt / Jordan, March 22, 2012 06:55am | Post a Comment
Panabrite
Soft Terminal LP
Digitalis

Panabrite is the project of Norm Chambers -- not a household name to most people, but for those who have been reveling in his music for the last few years, he is absolutely adored. He is also, we should add, the man responsible for one of the most-loved synth albums of the last few years, although that's a journey he took incognito and we just aren't at liberty to divulge that identity quite yet. Some will be quick to chalk Soft Terminal up as just another Kosmische record, but that's just the surface dressing. There is something deeper happening here: vivid, liquid dreams are sculpted into intricate fantasy landscapes, each layer revealing another aspect of Chambers' production prowess. The thing with Chambers, is that he has an innate ability to write richly-textured, melodic compositions that have as much in common with vintage electronic library music as they do with minimal synth-pop and '70s prog. Soft Terminal opens with "Rainbow Sequence" and "Index Of Gestures." The former remains understated, moving simply and slowly while pulling open the curtain on the rest of the album. With "Index Of Gestures," Chambers opens up the sequencers and lets them fly. Dizzying passages resonate and when the piece finally feels like it will lift off, he tightens the reins and dives straight into an underwater sequence. But that's only a small part of the story. "Janus" opens with finger-picked guitar arrangements augmented with synth chords and rising leads. The guitars return on "Sound Softly" while Chambers' ghostly, robotic vocals float away unscathed. On "Beta Axis Terminal," pointillist tones flutter in and out before sharp, sequenced chord progressions overtake them. As the piece continues to build, vocoder hovers above thickened basslines and you feel lost in a dystopian sci-fi novel. But ultimately, Chambers' pop sensibilities are most evident on the mini-masterpiece, "Camembert Symphony." Pushed along by the constant thrum of a drum machine, multiple melodies are interwoven, wrapping themselves tightly around you. Each soaring synth glues the song deeper into your mind before fading away into the sonic ether. Cut to vinyl at Dubplates & Mastering, Berlin. Limited to 500 copies only.

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New 12"s @ Amoeba Hollywood 7/7 - John Beltran, Move D, Nicolas Jaar, John Tejada, Jason Fine & more

Posted by Oliver / Matt / Jordan, July 8, 2011 06:31pm | Post a Comment

John Beltran

Ambient Selections 1995-2011 3LP
Delsin

Delsin is proud to present this best-of ambient compilation by one of their all-time producer heroes, John Beltran. The 16 tracks presented here include "Collage Of Dreams," as featured on HBO's Six Feet Under series, and other material from his sought-after albums originally released on Peacefrog and R&S. Beltran is a staple of the Detroit techno scene, releasing records on the Retroactive label that would later develop into his trademark contemplative, melodic style. Includes cuts from Earth & Nightfall (1995), Ten Days Of Blue (1996), Moving Through Here (1997), Going Home (2006), The Sky EP Series No. 2 (2000), his Placid Angles release The Cry (1997) his self-titled Indio release (1999), Americano (2002) and Human Engine (2006). With extensive liner notes from the artist himself.

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Move D
Workshop 13
Workshop

Crafty upbuilding disco.esquer house EP from the Hardwax camp.

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Nicolas Jaar
Pépé Bradock & Dave Aju Remixes 12"
Circus Company

Here is the first volume in a series of remixes of tracks off of Nicolas Jaar's Space Is Only Noise (CC 009CD/CCS 055LP) album. Pépé Bradock presents two versions of "Too Many Kids Finding Rain In The Dust." His Blind Pig mix features Balkan strings while the "Train Fantôme Poke" version features grinding industrial scrapes and psychedelic whispers. Dave Aju turns the title track into a late '80s dancefloor workout Martin Hannett would have been proud of.

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Jason Fine
Menage At Trois / Jack Yo Bodda 12"
FXHE

Jason Fine returns to Omar S’ FXHE label with two jackin’ house tracks

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Virgo Four
It's A Crime Remixes 12”
Rush Hour

"It's A Crime" is taken from Virgo Four's Resurrection (RH 113CD/BOX) album, which is now available as a single with remixes from Caribou and Hunee. Caribou reworks "It's A Crime" into an 8-minute epic dancefloor bomb. His mix starts out with an intimate vocal groove, but before long it explodes into a monstrous, acid-driven workout. Hunee goes for a more classic approach. And then there is the original mix -- a Chicago classic that never was.

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Various
Love Edits Vol. 2 12”
Love Edits

Part 2 in this mysterious series of Love Edits.

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John Tejada
Parabolas LP
Kompakt

The Kompakt family welcomes one of America's most celebrated producers in dance music, John Tejada! Born in Austria, he relocated to his current home of Los Angeles at the age of 8 and, following a brief career in hip-hop, found his home in electronic music. If you're even the slightest fan of the genre, you'll be hard-pressed not to have heard his music over his decade+-long career. Whether on his own Palette Recordings, Poker Flat, or Plug Research -- plus a Fabric mix CD under his belt, it's thanks to a steady stream of massive releases that he remains a mainstay in the charts of Beatport and uncountable DJs. He is also half of the long-standing City Centre Offices act, I'm Not A Gun (together with Takeshi Nishimoto). As Tejada himself explains: "I wanted to experiment with some longer phrases again and to step away from the analog sequencers more and get back to using my hands to create the melodies. I also feel for the first time in quite a while I've made an album of songs for myself without worrying about the usual pressures." Kompakt presents his extraordinary new album Parabolas. Resident Advisor called Tejada "one of the most notoriously meticulous producers around" -- an unmistakable proof lies within these recordings. Genres collide and combine with an unraveling of blissful layers. The opening track, "Farther & Fainter," offers a musicality today's techno and house often lacks -- an accomplishment that resonates throughout the album. Tracks such as "Subdivided" and "Unstable Condition" reflect the wondrousness of Aphex Twin's Polygon Window project, something that could only be re-animated and brought to 2011's standards by Tejada. Parabolas is a true highlight in John Tejada's deep catalog -- bold words indeed for a producer who is known for unexpected variation and tremendous musical imagination.

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DJ MADD: Dub Marine 12"
DJ MADD: Blank Space 2x12"
GUMMIHZ: Head Rush 12"
RADIO SLAVE: K-Maze (youANDme & Rhauder Rmxs) 12"
DJ PHONO: Welcome To Wherever You're Not 2LP
CARTE BLANCHE: White Man On The Moon 12"
JUSTICE: Civilization 12"
SAM A LA BAMALOT: A Bird's Leg 7"
GLENN, JEREMY: New Life 12"
TIYISELANI VOMASEVE: Votswelani 12”
TSHETSHA BOYS: Anidyi Nyama 12"
PANDA BEAR: Surfers Hymn (Actress Primitive Patterns Extended Mix) 12"
DOP: After Party 12"
COLUMBUS: Hubble 12"
BURNT FRIEDMAN: Zen'Aku 12"
ADA: Meine Zarten Pfoten LP + 7"
WOLFRAM: A Thing Called Love 12"
JIN CHOI: Full Range 12"
FURESSHU: Downstate 12"
JAMES BRAUN: Massacre 12"
CRACKBOY: Vivid Innocent 12”
JOAKIM: Forever Young 12”
MARCUS GEHRING: On A Trip 12”