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ROSTAM LIVE PERFORMANCE AND SIGNING - FREE AND ALL AGES!
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Grammy Award-winning songwriter and producer Rostam celebrates his new album, Half-Light (Nonesuch), with an in-store performance and signing at Amoeba Hollywood Thursday, September 14th at 6pm.
Purchase your copy of Half-Light in-store only at Amoeba Hollywood on 9/14 to attend the album signing after the show!
“Unfurls his vision of romantic bliss … [‘Bike Dream’] is the most delicately transporting thing he’s done since Vampire Weekend’s heyday.” – Rolling Stone
Rostam is known for his work in Vampire Weekend and produced each of their three albums. His kaleidoscopic debut album features fifteen songs that were written, produced, and performed by Rostam in his Los Angeles home studio.
“It wasn't until I had almost finished this album and was trying to decide what I should call it that I took the time to look up the word ’half-light’,” Rostam says of the album’s title. “That lyric, and a large part of that song Half-Light, had come to me in a stream of consciousness sitting in front of a piano years ago, captured in a voice memo on my phone. I had never stopped to figure out what that word meant exactly. But when I read its definition, and found that it had a double meaning—that it referred to both dawn and dusk—I started to think of how those times of day are part of so many lyrics on this album.
“I was also struck by the fact that it was a word with a double meaning. That felt important to this record. It made me think back to a friend in Japan who told me that the word ’double’ was becoming more and more popular than ’half’ for people to describe their split ethnicities. Any person growing up in America with immigrant parents experiences this dichotomy, of feeling both double and half. It's something a lot of us who identify as queer experienced growing up as well, slipping between straight and gay worlds, code-switching. I say experienced in the past tense because I don't know that that's the experience today's kids will have. Things are changing,” he continues.
“I think what draws me to dawn and dusk as a songwriter is that those are the moments where we feel change deepest in a day. Those are the moments where I seem to experience the onset of a realization and the strongest feelings of optimism about the future. With this record, I'm trying to share some of those realizations and some of that optimism.”
Grammy Award-winning songwriter and producer Rostam Batmanglij was born to Iranian refugee parents in Washington, DC in 1983. He attended Columbia University, where he studied classical music and simultaneously focused on songwriting, recording, and production in his own time. In his last year at Columbia, he began producing the first full-length album of his career, Vampire Weekend's self-titled debut. That album would be the first of the band’s three gold records with Rostam as producer.
Rostam announced his departure from Vampire Weekend in the beginning of 2016. By the end of that year he had contributed songwriting and production to several of the most important albums of the year—including Frank Ocean’s Blonde, Solange’s A Seat at the Table, and a collaborative full length with The Walkmen’s Hamilton Leithauser.
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PINK'S HOT DOGS
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
1660 N. Highland Ave, Hollywood, Ca 90028 In The Historic Max Factor Building (323) 464 7776 - The Hollywood Museum Is Located In The World-Famous Historic Max Factor Building. The Magnificently Restored Hollywood Regency Style Art Deco Landmark Building Is Located In The “Heart Of Hollywood
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
6603 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, Ca 90028 - - Dearly Departed Tours Is A Three Hour Tour Of Hysterical Proportions. 100 Locations Over 35 Miles Of Murder And Mayhem. See Where Hugh Grant Was Busted, And Reenact George Michael's Most Famous Momen ....
RED LINE METRO HOLLYWOOD/VINE STATION
6250 Hollywood Bl. Los Angeles 90038 60 Park/Ride Lot Spaces (Parking Fee) - What's There: Across The Street You'll Find The Pantages Theatre. Walk To Your Left As You Exit The Station To Vine Street. Walk Left On Vine Along The "Walk Of Fame" Toward Sunset Bl. At Sunset And
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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