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Time(s): 6:00 pm
Address: 6400 West Sunset Boulevard
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Baths celebrates the release of the new album, Romaplasm (out now on Anticon) with a live performance and album signing at Amoeba Hollywood Tuesday, December 12th at 5pm.
"On the latest Baths album, Will Wiesenfeld launches his beats and synths into the realm of vibrant fantasy. Of all his releases, it’s the one most rife with pure pleasure." - Pitchfork
- For signing after performance, limited to purchasers of Romaplasm from Amoeba Hollywood (no online/phone orders). Space is limited.
- Performance is free/all ages, signing event is limited to purchasers of new album only.
Comfort can be a crutch or a conduit for a creative breakthrough. For Baths, it’s led to a level of artistic confidence and stability that’s allowed him to produce his finest work. Enter Romaplasm, a profoundly emotional record steeped in the at-home obsessions of LA’s Will Wiesenfeld.
“I’m not as emotive with real world things as I am when I’m neck deep in anime, video games, books or comics…” Baths says. “I wanted to be honest with myself that this is where my heart lies and where I get the most emotion out of life. I wanted a record that mirrors those emotions but in an indirect way.”
In his own singular style, Baths has created his own post-modern take on Romanticism. Romaplasm bears a similar emphasis on emotion and individualism. You can see the hallmarks of the movement’s stress on awe—and like many of the great Romantic artists, he confronts the gnawing chaos of life with a focus on beauty and the sublime. As the German painter, Caspar David Friedrich once affirmed: the artist’s feeling is his law.
“That’s where my head is at right now,” Baths says. “Anime and fantasy overdoes that too. It’s about taking ideas as far as you can even if they don’t work out. I’m trying to capture feelings that might be more obscure when translated to music, but always seem to resonate with me.”
For as long as Will Wiesenfeld has been Baths, he’s been trafficking in perfect—or, more often and more interestingly—near-perfect pieces of pop. After attending Hamilton High School’s vaunted music academy, the classically trained singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist, first emerged in 2009, after a stint as [Post-Foetus] and the birth of another, still-active project known as Geotic.
His music, which merged the glitchy, punishing gloom of L.A.’s beat scene with sunnier melodies and vocals that often drifted into falsetto, was an instant sensation. It was as experimental as it was comforting, a warm blanket made from the rarest linens. Publications like Pitchfork heaped praise on his debut album, 2010’s Cerulean, which codified the sound; Obsidian, which followed three years later, in part chronicled Wiesenfeld’s recovery from a ghastly illness, and was even more well-received.
Romaplasm exists in the emotional crevices that are left unexplored in polite company or at stilted cocktail parties. Less outwardly grim than the darker half of Obsidian—but twice as bittersweet—this LP reimagines approachable pop songs as pieces of scaffolding that can be lived in, expanded and retracted, or torn down entirely.
The opener “Yeoman” could slide into Top 40 radio rotation, except for how tactilely you feel each component part, like Baths is constructing the record right in front of you, in real time; “Superstructure” marries an earnest and straightforward vocal to a track that’s glitchy and propulsive and could soundtrack the climax of a gritty art film.
As with any artist who toys with name and identity, Wiesenfeld’s nods to a life that is truly personal (rather than persona) are given extra weight, extra attention. When he sings, on “Human Bog,” “Queer in a way that’s failed me / I’m not enough of anything,” it’s dripping with the sort of despair that’s won only through years of lived experience. Wiesenfeld is an artist who, through his work as Geotic, has carefully deconstructed songwriting into its basest parts; as Baths on Romaplasm, he reassembles the pieces of his musical and personal lives in the most piercing ways imaginable.
As always, Baths is unafraid to run counter to his surroundings: delicate when others are posturing, gripping and visceral where others drift into the digital morass. But this record is not about contrarianism, or about rejecting the status quo. It’s about centering the things that are important to you, and doing so in the most honest way possible, even if that means fucking things up a bit along the way.
“In making this record, I wanted to be as self indulgent as possible. To not think too hard about what I was doing stylistically as much as honing in on what material felt inspired and felt really good to make,” Baths says. “Those were the only things that I wanted to pursue.”
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709 N La Brea Ave Los Angeles, Ca 90038 At Melrose - Only In L.A. Could A Hot Dog Stand Become A Celebrity. Pinks Has Been Serving Up Chili Dogs Since 1939 And People Stand In Line For Them Day And Night. Personally I've Had Better. The Standard Chili
UPRIGHT CITIZENS BRIGADE THEATRE
5919 Franklin Avenue, Hollywood, 90028 323.908.8702 - The Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre Is The Home For All Things Comedy In Los Angeles. We Have Affordable, High Quality Shows Seven Nights A Week. All Shows Are $8, $5 Or Free And All Shows Are All A ....
THE HOLLYWOOD MUSEUM
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CATALINA JAZZ CLUB BAR & GRILL
6725 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, Ca 90028 Entrance Is On Mccadden Place 323 466-2210 - Supper Club And Jazz Venue In The Heart Of Hollywood. Full Bar And Menu. They Are Also Open For Lunch Mon-Fri. See Their Website For Current Performance Schedule.
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DEARLY DEPARTED - A TRAGICAL HISTORY TOUR
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RED LINE METRO HOLLYWOOD/VINE STATION
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RED LINE METRO HOLLYWOOD & HIGHLAND
Underneath The Hollywood & Highland Complex At The Corner Of Hollywood & Highland - The Metro Station Is Directly Below The Shopping And Entertainment Complex At Hollywood And Highland Where You Will Find Upscale Shops, Dining, Nightlife And The Kodak Theatre (Home To The Annual Osc ....
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