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New Green Room Session with Hatchie

Posted by Amoebite, November 30, 2018 04:30pm | Post a Comment

Hatchie - Amoeba Green Room Session

Austrailian dream-pop artist Hatchie (aka Harriette Pilbeam) and her band filled the Amoeba Hollywood green room with their shimmery, pillowy brand of shoegaze-y rock. The band played four of the five tracks off Hatchie's debut EP Sugar & Spice, which is out now on Double Double Whammy.

Hatchie Sugar & Spice

Starting with the title track, they fell into a mid-tempo groove, full of atmospheric tones. Continuing with "Sure," the band took a more sentimental approach with its inquisitive lyrics concerning a rekindled relationship. With its watery-shimmery guitar and intricate vocal melodies "Bad Guy" invoked the spirit of bands like Cocteau Twins, while the set closer "Try" porved to be an anthem full of longing. 

Hatchie returns to the States in Spring 2019 to tour with Girlpool. You can catch them in Los Angeles April 6th at the Regent and in San Francisco April 9th at the Independent.

Watch the whole set below:

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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Ride

Posted by Amoebite, June 14, 2018 12:07pm | Post a Comment

Ride What's In My Bag? Amoeba Music

Sometimes it takes a special moment to change your perception of a song you've never paid much attention to. In our new What's In My Bag? episode with the shoegaze legends Ride, bassist Steve Queralt recounted listening to music with Erol Alkan, the producer of their latest record, Weather Diaries. "One evening he decided to play 'Eagle' by ABBA, and cranked up the volume," Queralt told us, "and it just made you realize just how great ABBA are." The Oxford native grabbed ABBA: The Album, which features "Eagle" by the Swedish pop quartet, and explained, "now everyone kind of laughs at ABBA, but we all grew up with ABBA when we were kids. It's what my mum was playing all the time, so it's difficult to not like (them)."

English rock band Ride was formed in Oxford by longtime school friends Andy Bell and Mark Gardener, their college classmate Laurence Colbert, and Steve Queralt, the singles buyer at their local Our Price Ride Weather Diariesrecord shop. Inspired by loud art rock bands like My Bloody Valentine, The House of Love, The Stone Roses, and Sonic Youth, Ride became synonymous with the nascent shoegaze scene, although they tried to avoid any sort of label. The band made their live debut in 1988 at a holiday party hosted by North Oxfordshire College, where Bell, Gardener, and Colbert attended school. After Jim Reid of The Jesus and Mary Chain heard a track from their demo, the band piqued the interest of former JAMC manager Alan McGee, who signed Ride to his Creation Records label after they toured alongside The Soup Dragons in 1989.

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Kitchens of Distinction Vinyl Reissues Coming Soon

Posted by Amoebite, January 9, 2018 04:27pm | Post a Comment

Kitchens of Distinction Vinyl Reissues

Cult favorite post-punk band Kitchens of Distinction burned fast and bright, releasing four excellent and atmospheric LPs between the period of 1989-1994. The band's first self-released single, "The Last Gasp Death Shuffle," landed them a deal with British indie label One Little Indian. Their first singles for the label -- "Prize" and "The 3rd Time We Opened the Capsule" -- made their way onto NME's 1992 list of the 100 Best Indie Singles Ever. Unabashedly political, the band were shoegaze before there was shoegaze, with an out-and-proud frontman. Although they didn't always get the props they deserved then, four new reissues coming January 19, 2018 should go a long way toward introducing the band to fans of swirling guitars, passionate vocals, and clever lyrics.

You can pre-order them now at Amoeba.com and they'll ship for free to the U.S.!

Love Is Hell

Love Is Hell (1989)

Lush's 'Blind Spot' EP Is One of the Most Welcome Reunion Releases in Recent Memory

Posted by Billy Gil, April 20, 2016 04:54pm | Post a Comment

Lush in the '90s. Remember foam parties?


Reunions are a tricky prospect. For every Dinosaur Jr. that can miraculously pick up the pieces, overcome interband turmoil and release some of the best music of their careers, there’s a load of bands who succumb to that same ol’ conflict after wringing the festival circuit for all its worth.

Thankfully, Blind Spot, the new EP from reunited shoegazers Lush, follows the path set by Dino Jr. At just four songs, it cherry picks the best sounds of their three studio albums without feeling like too much of a rehash, leaning toward the sound of their earlier, stronger material. Sparse bits of keyboard and piano round out the band’s guitar-pedaled sound, adding a subtle new element that could easily expand things down the line.

On mid-tempo opener “Out of Control,” singer/guitarist Miki Berenyi’s voice still pairs uncannily with fellow singer/guitarist Emma Anderson. Jangly guitars casually spiral over the ebbing pulse provided by bassist Justin King and former Elastica drummer Justin Welch. The sound of it is reminiscent of Gala-era tune “Thoughtforms,” but it proves fertile ground to revisit.

“Lost Boy” reminds us of how unsettling and dramatic Lush’s songs could be, full of too-close, eerie melodies. But “Burnham Beeches” will likely be most people’s favorite, full of the kind of gleaming guitars found on classics like Split’s “Lit Up” or Lovelife highlight “Shake Baby Shake.” “Rosebud” is a slowly unfurling blanket of a ballad that coasts the EP to a stop.

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Stream the New Beach House Song "Sparks"

Posted by Billy Gil, July 1, 2015 04:43pm | Post a Comment

If you needed any convincing that Beach House is one of the best bands on the planet, their new song "Sparks" is a strong argument. Ever since their first of two masterpieces was released, 2010's Teen Dream, every new song and album by the Baltimore duo feels like an event. After announcing weeks ago that Depression Cherry, their fifth album and first since 2012's Bloom, would be released Aug. 28 on Sub Pop, we've been waiting with bated breath to hear a new song, and now we've finally got it. "Sparks" first premiered first on a Spanish radio show RTVE and has now been made available to stream via YouTube:

I keep listening to it over and over again to figure out what the hell is going on. That first blast of heavily saturated guitar and Victoria Legrand's layered vocals portend something special, which is just what we get with this gorgeous track. Legrand's organ and voice drone in perfect unison over a corroded digital beat, while Alex Scally's guitar's lay back and add small bits of texture, unleashing that volcanic noise again at select moments. Legrand's voice is more restrained than on previous singles, heavily breathy like My Bloody Valentine's Bilinda Butcher but with her same unmistakable husky tone, which comes through more clearly as the song progresses.The chorus is subtle but lovely, like Neil Young by way of Broadcast, but the best bits are the details—that skip in the beat right before the chorus, those high sliding guitar notes that sound like reverb-drenched shooting stars. It's somewhat long and amorphous but never outstays its welcome. You could listen for days and find new things to like about it.

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