Amoeba In-Store Shows for the First Half of October!

7 10 2009

A little on the lighter side for the first half of October, here’s your FREE,  all-ages Amoeba in-store performances. amoeba

Amoeba Hollywood
10/8 – Stewart Copeland Book Signing
10/9 – N’dambi
10/11 – Poncho Sanchez.

Amoeba San Francisco
10/9 – Damon and Naomi
10/10 – Stewart Copeland Book Signing

Amoeba Berkeley
10/7 – Home Grown Presents- The Super Cutes

For start times and additional information check out the Amoeba in-store calendar.

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Historics Cover Sub Society in Classic Homage to the Golden Age of Skateboarding

6 10 2009

Historics have a brand new video out for their cover of Sub Society’sA Lot Less.” The track is off their just-released debut album, “Strategies for Apprehension.

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The clip is a tribute to the original Matt Hensley part in “H-Street’s Hocus Pokus” video (1989) which features the original Sub Society version. It was directed by Patrick O’Dell and features the following skaters: John Rattray, Alex Olson, Braydon Szafranski, Andrew Allen, Heath Kirchart, Mike Rusczyk, Chris Pastras, Clint Peterson, Clark Hassler, Kevin Spanky Long, & Matt Hensley

Pretty sweet shit I suggest you check out!

Download a FREE mp3 of the track “Skin Orders” here, and peep the video for “Taverns” here.





Interview: Stefano Boscutti

1 10 2009

A couple days ago we highlighted a compelling Web site by the name of Boscutti.com. It delivers daily newsreels with a great selection of music as their soundtracks. The images are both good and bad and cover some pretty heavy world news.

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“Using the music to lift the emotions is the point.  I was watching a lot of news online without feeling a thing.  I wanted to feel again.”
~ Stefano Boscutti

Where you based out of?
Melbourne (that’d be the one in Australia).

What do you want to come out of these newsreels?
That’s an incredibly good question. World peace, individual respect, human dignity. Hopefully how everyone can make a difference. How we’re all connected. How we’re all one. That child in Africa is not some distant problem. That child in Africa is you. (Sorry to sound heavy or trippy or hippy. But I try to make a point of ending each newsreel with hope. Got to shine that light.)

How long you been doing this?
I’m a former journalist. I’ve been writing and making films for a while. But I only started making the newsreels from the start of this year. The whole newsreel archive to date is online at http://boscutti.com/boscutti-newsreel/index.html

How much time goes into each reel (you have a new one everyday!)?
Two hours a day, every day. Up at the crack of dawn, cup of cold coffee, 15 minutes of meditation, and we’re on.

Anyone helping you?
I get a lot of feedback. Which helps a lot. But I don’t have any assistants. Wait, maybe they’re hiding under the desk? Nahh, not even one. Just littl’ ol’ me.

Where do you get all the photos? Fair use?
Yes, fair use. They’re the same photos that land on the news desk of all the mainstream media. They just never use them because they favor sports shots or the latest pretty celebrity. They favor the inoffensive because really they’re just providing the context for advertising. They’re no longer really about providing news. Everything we see is so stage managed. I’m all for showing what we can’t see. Particularly when it comes to human rights. Nation states or corporations fucking over individuals really doesn’t work for me. I’m all for the one person that makes the difference.

How do you choose your music? You have a good ear.
Keep an ear out for new releases. Tend to favor slower, more evocative songs because they move me. If I lay them on the photos and I get a tingle up my spine, they’re in. Nope, not the most scientific selection process on earth. But hopefully the most authentic. Figure the more it moves me, the more it might move others.

Who are some of your favorite musicians?
Waxes and wanes. Currently it’s tunesters like Monsters of Folk, James Buckley Trio, Yo La Tengo, Joe Henry, A.A. Bondy, Vampire Hands, Portugal The Man, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, Eyedea and Abilities, Soulsavers, Fink,The Fiery Furnaces, The Rural Alberta Advantage, Memory Tapes, White Rabbits. Hmmm, and that’s just for starters. Throw in some strings and I’m in. I’m a sucker for strings. Also a little syncopation never goes astray.

Check out Boscutti.com now! Bookmark and make it a daily occurrence for your fix on real news, and real music.





Boscutti’s Newsreels – World News With Killer Musical Scores

29 09 2009

I personally don’t like to watch the news. Not only does it depress me, but it’s sometimes a bit of a lie: hiding ugly truths and pulling the wool over our eyes to make us forget about issues of far more importance. Fuckin’ politics and media gate keepers … uggg

Check this shit out: Boscutti.com – transforming world news every day with newsreels and new music. Not only are they images of truth and actual issues that matter, but the music selections are hip and fuel so much emotion into these compelling images whether good or bad. My favorite is Sept. 16 featuring Mason Jennings’ “Blood of Man.”

Everyday a fresh newsreel goes up! Get your daily dose of truth while you listen to some cool tunes. Stay tuned for an interview with the creative mind behind these newsreels, Stefano Boscutti.

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What’s Going On This Weekend LA?

25 09 2009

Fall may be upon us, but the sun never stops shining in So Cal. It’s a great weekend for some outdoor action. One of skateboarding’s funnest contests is this weekend, the Vans Downtown Showdown. But before that, check out the wild ridonkulous action at the Red Bull Soapbox Races! As always, a shit load of good music in the City of Angels.

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Friday, Sept. 25, 2009

SHOWS

  • Bon Iver, Megafaun @ The Wiltern
  • Autolux, Mini Mansions @ El Rey Theatre
  • Rodrigo Y Gabriela, Rocco Deluca @ Orpheum Theatre
  • Rain Machine @ The Echo
  • Telefon Tel Aviv, The Race @ Spaceland
  • Soundlessons feat. J-Rocc @ El Cid
  • Portugal. The Man, Drug Rug @ Troubadour
  • DJ Quik @ House of Blues Sunset
  • Manic Street Preachers @ Avalon
  • Dead Man’s Bones @ Bob Baker’s Marionette Theater
  • “Ooh La L.A. Festival” w/ Brodinski, The Shoes, Jamaica aka Poney Poney @ Henry Fonda Music Box
  • Om, Lichens, Tweak Bird @ Echoplex
  • It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia @ Palladium
  • Lemon Sun, Red Arrow Messenger, Gavin Castleton, Gardening Not Architecture, One Trick Pony, Kelli Ruddick @ The Hotel Café
  • PROTECTME, Shark Toys, Woah Hunx, Pearl Harbour @ The Smell
  • The Faraway Places, Ramble Scramble, The Health Club @ Mr. T’s Bowl
  • Mike Watt & His Missingmen, The Pork Dukes, Disguster @ Redwood Bar & Grill
  • Iris DeMent @ McCabe’s Guitar Shop

Saturday, Sept. 26, 2009

SHOWS

  • Tarfest 2009 w/ The Deadly Syndrome, Eskimo Hunter, The Polyamorous Affair @ El Rey Theatre
  • Cotton Jones, Oliver Future, Quiet Life @ Spaceland
  • The Hills Are Alive With The “Sing-A-Long Sound Of Music” @ Hollywood Bowl
  • Cash’d Out @ The Mint (Johnny Cash Tribute)
  • Billy Talent @ Henry Fonda Music Box
  • Chris Dallman EP release, Jim Hanft, Wires in the Walls, Sara Azriel, Jared Goode and the Goods @ The Hotel Café
  • Common, The Roots, De La Soul, Ludacris and friends @ The Palladium
  • The Karabal Nightlife, Shirley Rolls, The Hard To Get @ Echo Curio
  • Cobalt Cranes record release @ L’KEG Gallery
  • Drool Brothers record release, Pom Pom, Heavy Water Experiments, Monogroove, The Thingz @ Mr. T’s Bowl
  • Miss Kittin & The Hacker, Alter Ego @ Avalon
  • Nocturnal Festival 2009 w/ The Glitch Mob, Paul Oakenfold, Christopher Lawrence, Treasure Fingers, Switch, Drop The Lime and many more @ NOS Events Center
  • Kid Koala @ Detroit Bar
  • Billy Squire @ The Wiltern

SKATE

WEIRD

ART

  • Tom’s Collaborative Canvas Collection: Brandon Boyd & Kristin Jai Klosterman @ Undefeated Silverlake

DANCE! DANCE! DANCE!

  • Bang! @ The Ruby

Sunday, Sept. 27, 2009

SHOWS

  • Bon Iver (sunsrise) @ Hollywood Forever Cemetery (Doors 12 am, Bon Iver at 6 am)
  • The Dodos, The Ruby Suns, Sian Alice Group @ El Rey Theatre
  • !!!, CHK CHK CHK, Indian Jewelry @ Troubadour
  • Chickenfoot (Sammy Hagar, Michael Anthony, Joe Satriani, Chad Smith) @ Gibson Amphitheatre
  • Abbot Kinney Music Festival w/ Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros, Eskimo Hunter, The Parson Red Heads, Chief, Dios, The Damselles @ Abott Kinney and Venice Blvd.
  • “Grand Ole Echo” w/ Tony Gilkyson, Dave Gleason @ The Echo
  • 2nd Annual Longhair Illuminati Arts & Music Festival w/ Tweak Bird, Warpaint, VOICEsVOICEs, Jel & Odd Nosdam, Living Suns, Blank Blue, 60 Watt Kid, DJ Nobody, Slang Chickens, Spirit Vine, Casket Salesmen, Green & Wood and more @ Knitting Factory
  • Kid Koala @ Key Club
  • Saint Motel @ Spaceland
  • Chickenfoot, Queensrÿche @ Gibson Amphitheatre

DANCE! DANCE! DANCE!

  • Underground (indie, UKPop, Electropop, Rock and Soul) @ The Echo




“Yo Gabba Gabba! Music Is Awesome!” Cool Music, For Cool Kids.

24 09 2009

YoGabbaGabba_MusicisAwesomeWant cool music for your kiddies? And no I’m not talking about Karen O’s “All is Love” for “Where The Wild Things Are.” Although I absolutely adore that song.

When I first got the press release and album advance for “Yo Gabba Gabba! Music Is Awesome!” I automatically thought it had something to do with The Ramones. To my surprise, “Yo Gabba Gabba!” is an award-winning, two time Emmy-nominated show on Nickelodeon. The series currently ranks as one of the most popular series on television with broad appeal among preschoolers, parents, teens and adults. Um, yeah, not quite the GrimyGoods material, I thought. But after I read on to see that “Yo Gabba Gabba!” features some of the hottest names in movies, television, music and sports, such as: Jack Black, Tony Hawk, Biz Markie, MGMT, The Roots, The Shins, Elijah Wood, and many more ― I took “Yo Gabba Gabba! Music is Awesome” for a spin.

The intro on the first track “Yo Gabba Gabba! Theme” tripped me out a bit as did the second track “Party In my Tummy.” They both have some psychedelic swirls of fun and sweet candy-coated electro beats. Moving on to “It’s Ok, Try Again” by The Shins, it’s a cute song with a deep repetitive hook that holds truth to us all whether you’re four or 29. Money Mark’s “Robob Dancing” had me swaying to his groovy beats while Biz Markie had me trying to lay down the perfect beat-box. The dreamy vocals and sweet melodies through out I’m From Barcelona’s “Just Because It’s Different Doesn’t Mean Scary” was pretty damn awesome. It’s going in my iPod.

It doesn’t end there though, you have The Roots, Of Montreal, The Little Ones, Weird Science, Yo Dazzlers and Mark Kozelek all on this AWESOME album. Screw that Barney crap, get your kids “Yo Gabba Gabba! Music is Awesome.” Finally, some bearable tunes that even you won’t mind listening to.

To Be Released October 20th Via FILTER US Recordings. Pre-order the goods here.





Fool’s Gold Release Official “Surprise Hotel Video”

24 09 2009

LA’s Fool’s Gold has come out with their official video to their amazingly awesome song, “Surprise Hotel.” It’s wet n’ wild and looks like heaps of fun! Especially for the old cheesy farts frolicking in the video with bikini clad babes.

Their vibrant dance anthem “Surprise Hotel” is almost five minutes of sheer delight and will have you wishing you were on the white sands of an exotic beach dancing the night away.

Their self-titled debut album drops Sept. 29 off of IAMSOUND. If you ever get the chance to see Fool’s Gold live, I highly suggest you jump on it. They put on an awesome live show full of movement and a plethora of instruments. Not to mention, they’re all pretty damn good looking!