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

Posted by Amoebite, November 21, 2016 06:04pm | Post a Comment

Grouplove What's In My Bag? Ameoba Music

"I lived in New York for 10 years... Every time I was having, like, a cool moment; cut my bangs, I got a leather jacket, Spoon came on," says Grouplove's Hannah Hooper during their recent What's In My Bag? interview. She's talking about Spoon's beloved fourth album Kill The Moonlight, which features the now classic "The Way We Get By." The vocalist/keyboardist wryly continues, "we're parents now so we need...a lot of leather jackets in our life."

Grouplove Big Mess Amoeba MusicLos Angeles indie rockers Grouplove formed in 2009 after the members met at the Ikarus artist commune in Crete. The band released a self-titled EP in 2010, heading out on tour as the support act for Florence and the Machine and The Joy Formidable that same year. Grouplove signed to Canvasback/Atlantic Records, who reissued the band's breakthrough EP in January 2011. Soon afterward, Grouplove embarked on a co-headlining tour with Foster the People and played Lollapalooza and Glastonbury.

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New Green Room Session with The Joy Formidable

Posted by Amoebite, July 29, 2016 03:37pm | Post a Comment

The Joy Formidable Amoeba Music Green Room Session

Welsh alternative rock group The Joy Formidable stopped by Amoeba Hollywood to play an intimate Green Room Session before their recent gig at The Roxy. While usually playing with an electrified drive behind their ethereal melodies, the trio stripped their songs down to the bare, acoustic essentials. Now located in London the band is comprised of Rhiannon Bryan, Rhydian Dafydd Davies, and Matthew James Thomas. 

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Starting with "The Greatest Light Is The Greatest Shade" The Joy Formidable turn the anthemic song mellow and cozy. Next up is the more driving "Little Blimp." With pulsating percussion and some fast and groovy lead guitar the band finds themselves in an infectious groove. With "The Last Thing on My Mind," off their latest album Hitch, Bryan and Davies get to show off their effortless and tight vocal pairing.

Catch The Joy Formidable October 27 at The Regency Ballroom in San Francisco and October 28 at The Wiltern in Los Angeles.

Watch The Joy Formidable's Green Room Session below:

Albums Out Jan. 22: FIDLAR, The Growlers, Toro y Moi and More

Posted by Billy Gil, January 21, 2013 08:55pm | Post a Comment

It’s the first big release date of the year, with tons of much-anticipated albums hitting shelves.

 

Album Picks:

FIDLAR - FIDLAR

CD $12.98

LP $19.98

FIDLAR’s long-awaited debut album is a Pabst-soaked party record with strong songwriting anchoring its punk attitude. Pulling from hardcore, surf rock and pop-punk, and with the immediacy of The Clash’s first record, the foursome, made up of singer/guitarist Zac Carper, Brandon Schwartzel (bass), and brothers Elvis Kuehn (guitar) and Max Kuehn (drums), sing about being young and dumb and getting fucked up in songs with names like “Cheap Beer” (the chorus of which consists of the shouted lyrics “I DRINK CHEAP BEER SO WHAT FUCK YOU!”). But all the funny lyrics in the world wouldn’t mean a thing if the songs themselves didn’t captivate you, and they do, across FIDLAR’s 14 tracks. There’s nary a hint of cynical sneer, and though they play with sloppy punk abandon, their hooks are tight as a six-pack ring. FIDLAR sing about who they are and what they do, whether that’s waking, baking, skating in mechanical hedonism on the ferocious “Wake Bake Skate” or reflecting that said young hedonism can “kind of suck,” on the exhausted-sounding closing track. That’s a telling moment — for all of FIDLAR’s gleeful celebration, the record’s honed hooks are the sound of very hard work, and it pays off in spades.

 

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50 Favorite Albums of 2011

Posted by Aaron Detroit, December 18, 2011 12:00am | Post a Comment

Aaron Detroit, Buyer at Amoeba Hollywood. As you may know, I've worked in Hollywood for 8 years, but started my time with Amoeba - way back in 1998 -  at the San Francisco store. This is my extensive list of 2011 releases that I fell in love with or had hot and heavy affairs with this year.

50 Favorite Albums of 2011



  1. Wild Beasts Smother

In 2008, Brit quartet Wild Beasts released their shaky-legged -but- stunning debut, Limbo Panto. In the four years since, the band has released two thoroughly dazzling masterpiece full-lengths of deceptively delicate indie rock, lyrically bent towards looking in the dark recesses of the heart and libido, largely sung by co-vocalist Hayden Thorpe in his trademark falsetto. Smother finds the band adding a new restraint to their arrangements that allows the tension in the lyrics to hit with hair-on-end chills. It is a singular LP by a singular band that I expect will eventually reach a Radiohead-level stratosphere. 

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out this week...5/4 & 5/11...delorean...the national...joy formidable...dead weather...

Posted by Brad Schelden, May 20, 2010 01:18pm | Post a Comment

I know very little about car models and brands. It is just something that I was never interested in. I never really enjoyed playing with model car kits or with hot wheels. Like most boys of the 80's though, I owned my share of toy cars. I didn't really choose my toys and I sort of just used my imagination. I much preferred the spaceships to cars, actually, and I really thought we would all be driving some sort of spaceship by now anyway. It is 2010! Remember when that seemed so far away? I guess it just seemed like the year you would turn 20 if you were born in 1990!...which is a bit crazy to me still. The children of the 90's are growing up too. Movies obviously played a big part of the way I thought about the future. They influenced us all, and often more than what we learned in the textbooks, although I do remember learning about the future in school a bit. I remember having to write an essay in elementary school about what I thought the future would be like. I had to "invent" something that would be commonplace in the future. I would kill somebody to get a hold of that essay! I still have most of my high school and college papers but I think in high school I decided I wasn't ever gonna need to read my papers on Harriet Tubman or the Challenger shuttle disaster that were from middle and elementary school. I think they have been recycled back into other paper products at this point. My essay on the future might have been influenced by the movie Back to the Future more than anything I had been taught in the classroom, but I do remember having a good imagination -- or maybe I just combined the movies Tron and Back To the Future in my mind. Back To The Future came out in 1985. Tron came out in 1982. I would like to think I wrote this paper in 1981, but it may have been a couple of years after that. Maybe my teacher actually took my paper and sold it to Hollywood and made off with a million bucks! I really need to find that paper. I was talking to one of my friends the other day about my first movie memory. Both Tron and Back To The Future are early movie memories. I can still remember the theater I saw E.T. in and where I was sitting. I can also remeber Empire Strikes Back, which I think is my first movie theater memory. Back to the paper... I wrote about these highways that were all tracks. You would just get in your car and tell it where you wanted to go and it would drive there for you. My invention was great because I remember that I claimed, "No more car accidents!" I think I drew pictures and everything. The cars looked more like miniature limos and they came with their own cassette tape boom box, of course. I guess I was not smart enough to invent the mp3 or the Ipod. Or maybe I did and I just don't remember. It was a long time ago.
delorean band
You are probably wondering how I got to be talking about all this if you are still reading along with my journey through my memories. I will relate it all to a new album I love very soon, don't you worry. I loved the Delorean in Back To The Future. And the car doors in my future highway that I designed opened up much like the Delorean in Back To The Future. So of course I was excited about a band named Delorean! It could have been some lame metal emo band that got to the name first, but I'm glad it was this Delorean, a band with a new album out on True Panther. The album is called Subiza. And yes, it does
sound like the future...or maybe some version of the future that I imagined in the 80's. It sounds a bit like a fun beachy Miami Vice soundtrack at times. Or what the hip grandchildren of the Golden Girls would have been listening to. It is also spacey and dreamy. Beachgaze dream pop! I love the new music coming out from bands like Washed Out, Best Coast, Surfer Blood, and The Drums. It's getting me excited for a new generation of musicians. I love the shoegaze so I am of course excited about all the nugaze coming out this last decade, but this band is not nugaze. They are more influenced or at least sound like 90's house and pop dance. They sound more like Pictureplane than Beach House. It's Marky Mark meets the Beach Boys. It's the KLF meets OMD. It's just good. They don't really need a category.  This is my first time hearing Delorean but this is actually this Spanish band's third album. It's a fun dancey album! You should love it. I am already in love!


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Another one of my favorites is the brilliant Joy Formidable. However, I have been loving this album for a long time now. I am so happy that it has finally made its way out domestically and with a much larger pressing on CD and vinyl. A Balloon Called Moaning came out originally in a very limited box set. I am proud to be the owner of one of the 500 boxes put out by a great little record store in England. However, I was worried that this band would disappear before they could be heard by everyone. I wantedeveryone to love them as much as I do. The album is just brilliant! It is short and perfect. It reminds me of the first time I heard Elastica or PJ Harvey. It really is that good. Led by a female singer, it is a more punk version of Brit pop. But they could have come out right along with Echobelly and Sleeper. And mix in some Throwing Muses and you might get a sense of what they sound like! I could not stop listening to this record -- I had to give it a break for a while but it is now gladly back in my rotation. It was in my top albums list of the year last year and I might just have to put it in my top albums list of this year too for its domestic release. Get it and love it! You really can't not fall in love with the Joy Formidable.


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the national high violet cd
The National
just released their new album last week. It is called High Violet. The National has been around since 1999 but this, their fifth album, might turn out to be their biggest album yet! Their first two albums were released on Brassland. Alligator came out in 2005 and The Boxer was released in 2007, both on Beggars Banquet. The Boxer was a really fantastic album. Many of us loved it and had high expectations for this new album, but I knew it would not just be another Boxer. It is just as good, it just takes some time to love. You've got to give the album a couple listens and let it get inside you. I have always love the dark and brooding men of indie rock -- the Tindersticks, Smog, and The Black Heart Procession are all some of my favorites, as well as the older Magnetic Fields albums, Arab Strap. All good stuff! I do love these guys and am happy to have them back in my life. This new album is on 4AD, which is a perfect home for them. I like the album packaging. I like the violet. I like the National. The songs are dark and there is no denying it. Some of the songs on this album are titled "Terrible Love," "Sorrow," Runaway," and "Afraid of Everyone." These are not happy songs, but everyone needs some music like this every once in a while. This band might help you explore the darker side of life, but hopefully it will help you through those dark times. Thank you, National.


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also out 5/4...






More! by Booka Shade












Forgiveness Rock by Broken Social Scene











MCMLXXX by Lazer Crystal












Together by The New Pornographers












Optimist by The New Young Pony Club












Baby Ouh! by Stereo Total












At Echo Lake by Woods







also out 5/11...






Sea of Cowards by Dead Weather












Relayted by Gayngs












Latin by Holy Fuck











No Singles by Japandroids












Nothing Hurts by Male Bonding













Warm Slime by Thee Oh Sees