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Leon Bridges and Rhye Perform at the Hollywood Bowl July 5

Posted by Amoebite, June 19, 2019 04:22pm | Post a Comment

Leon Bridges Rhye Hollywood Bwol

One of our favorite summer activities is catching a show at the iconic Hollywood Bowl. We're especially excited to be at the Bowl for a night that's sure to make us all swoon and dance and sing. Amoeba Music is proud to sponsor an evening with Leon Bridges and Rhye at the Hollywood Bowl on Friday, July 5th! We'll be there giving away Amoeba gift certificates, tote bags, and other goodies. Be sure to stop by our booth and say hi on your way in to the show!

Leon Bridges emerged in 2015 with his fantastic retro-soul debut, Coming Home. He has rapidly evolved to become one of the most versatile artists around and earned four Grammy nominations along the way. His latest album, Good Thing, features Motown harmonies, jazz grooves, and his stirring Southern delivery layered on top of crossover-friendly modern R&B. His charismatic live performances are a tour-de-force of musical showmanship not to be missed.

Rhye, the project of velvet-voiced singer Mike Milosh, creates deeply romantic, impressionistic ballads and slinky, sophisticated soul-pop. Rhye will open the show performing songs from their two full-length albums -- 2013's Woman and 2018's Blood -- as well as the new Spirit EP, an eight song piano-based project, which was released this year. 

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Top 40 California Albums Released in 2013

Posted by Billy Gil, December 10, 2013 03:31pm | Post a Comment

Through my Weekly Roundup series every Thursday (returning in 2014), I listen to a lot of stuff from California-based artists. Here’s a list of 40 great albums that were made by artists based in this great state. There were lots more, so just consider this my own personal list, and let me know if there’s anything I missed!

 

40. FRONDSFRONDS

Epically beautiful seafaring pop from the dude formerly of The Mallard.

 

 

 

 

 

39. Kisses Kids in LA

The cute electro-pop duo get dancier with freestyle sounds on their second album.

 

 

 

 

 

38. Tyler, the CreatorWolf

The Odd Future kingpin digs deeper into his defensive and strange world on Wolf.

 

 

 

 

 

37. Ty SegallSleeper

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My Picks for the 50 Best Records That Came Out in 2013

Posted by Billy Gil, November 29, 2013 04:26pm | Post a Comment

Doesn’t end-of-year-list time always sneak up on us? It’s the time to reflect and realize that a lot of really great music did come out throughout the year. Here is my list of 50 best records that came out in 2013. I limited it to albums that were physically released. But it’s only the end of November, so feel free to leave a comment and tell me why I’m dumb for leaving out such-and-such record and I’ll give it a listen!

50. Jagwar Ma Howlin’

Just ’cause these guys ripped off the Madchester sound isn’t any reason to write them off. Listen to Howlin’ and try to get these songs out of your head.

49. Julianna Barwick Nepenthe

Non-verbal cries echo out into infinity and give life to your unconscious while listening to Nepenthe. She’s like our generation’s Enya, only a million times cooler (actually Enya is kind of rad, nm).

48. Sky Ferreira Night Time, My Time

What if Kelly Clarkson really dug My Bloody Valentine and dated the dude form Diiv? What if Taylor Swift shot up heroin, posed nude for some crazy German director and actually ended up making interesting music? Night Time, My Time seeks to answer these questions you never knew you had. Even though Night Time, My Time couldn’t possibly live up to all the blog hype/hate/press Sky Ferreira got this year, it’s still a great, if fragmented pop record.

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My 10 Favorite Albums of 2013 So Far

Posted by Billy Gil, July 2, 2013 11:15am | Post a Comment

Plenty of great music has been released in 2013 already. It’s always staggering to look back at the halfway point and realize what has come out, what you need to give another listen to, and so on. This is a list of my personal faves that also have garnered substantial critical acclaim. I know there are lots of other great albums from this year, so why don’t you comment and tell me about them huh?! If you really want to know what else I thought was great for some reason, click through to my album picks for each week’s releases.

 

Kanye WestYeezus

This has to top my list, as I’m sure it does for many others. Despite its numerous problems in the lyrics department, namely a badly used Nina Simone sample, its industrial grind and Kanye’s manic delivery trump all. There’s just no other music like this around — now or ever.

 

 

My Bloody Valentinembv

We can debate all day whether this was worth the wait. But that’s just the thing. I’ve had so many hourlong (well, maybe five-minute or so) debates about this album, that’s already proof enough to me that mbv is a work of art. Would you have wanted My Bloody Valentine to come back with a watered-down, poppier version of Loveless? That would have been the greatest disappointment. Instead, we have this difficult yet rewarding album that challenges your notions of songwriting and listenability — much like Isn’t Anything and Loveless did years back. What now sounds normal to us once sounded alien and still does to fresh ears on those album. This is just readjusting to Kevin Shields once again rewriting the rules of music.

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Albums Out March 5: Youth Lagoon, Rhye, How to Destroy Angels and More

Posted by Billy Gil, March 5, 2013 10:16am | Post a Comment

Album Picks:

Youth Lagoon - Wondrous Bughouse

CD $12.98

LP $19.98

Youth Lagoon aka Trevor Powers at only 22 was the precocious new kid on the indie block with 2011’s The Year of Hibernation. Though a strong debut, the album could get a bit precious as one would expect when listening to a 22-year-old’s debut indie pop album. But if The Year of Hibernation was sugary, Bughouse is coated with codeine syrup. It’s a woozy collection of psychedelic pop, as eccentric as it is rousing. “Mute” sprawls with epic grandeur in its first minute before breaking down into spiraling sounds of broken-down toys and keyboards. Powers’ vocals climb to the top of his manic creation, which gradually becomes a psych rocker with a gorgeous guitar solo. “Attic Door” is prime Syd Barrett in Wonderland weirdo psychedelia, while “Pelican Man” takes a similar notion to Sgt. Pepper’s-style pop heights. As Wondrous Bughouse progresses, it seems to grow more assured, as mid-album cut “Dropla” makes for the album’s catchiest moment — an eyes-wide-open pop song in the vein of Mercury Rev and Flaming Lips’ finest, built on the naïve, repeated couplet “you’ll never die.” True to its Strawberry Alarm Clock title, “Raspberry Cane” is a beautiful slice of acidic sunshine pop that moves from esoteric to a crowd-pleasing refrain that marks Powers’ most classic pop moment to date. It’s a wondrous thing to hear, indeed.

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