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Reissue Report: Deluxe Edition of Rolling Stones' 'Sticky Fingers' Coming in May

Posted by Billy Gil, March 31, 2015 05:23pm | Post a Comment

the rolling stones sticky fingers lp reissueTo coincide with its North American tour this Spring, The Rolling Stones will reissue one of its best-loved albums, Sticky Fingers, in a deluxe edition May 26.

Like those recent Led Zeppelin reissues, Sticky Fingers will come in a variety of LP and CD editions, Rolling Stone reports. The deluxe edition will include a version of “Brown Sugar” with Eric Clapton, unreleased versions of “Bitch,” “Can’t You Hear Me Knocking” and “Dead Flowers,” and an acoustic take of “Wild Horses,” plus five live tracks from a performance at London’s Roundhouse in 1971, including “Honky Tonk Women” and “Midnight Rambler.”

The super deluxe edition will include all that and Get Yer Leeds Lungs Out!, a 13-track disc of the band’s March 1971 performance in Leeds, plus a 120-page book with new liner notes, previously unpublished photos, a print and postcard set and a cover that updates the original iconic album image with a real working zipper.

The band’s tour starts with a May 24 show at San Diego’s Petco Park. Watch a trailer for the tour below:

Visit Us at the Amoeba Pop-Up Shop at Ace Hotel's Desert Gold in Palm Springs During Coachella

Posted by Amoebite, March 31, 2015 04:06pm | Post a Comment

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If you’re headed out to the desert for Coachella this April, check out the Amoeba Music Pop-Up Shop at Ace Hotel & Swim Club in Palm Springs.

During 2015's Coachella week April 9-20, Ace hosts its own mini-fest of vendors, 7th Annual Desert Gold. We’ll be on hand at The Co-op retail space near the pool with vinyl from the artists performing at Coachella, plus T-shirts and loads more, from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. Friday through Sunday each weekend. RSVP to Weekend One and Weekend Two here.

They’ll also feature L.A.-based web radio collective dublab radio, broadcasting live from the hotel and swim club every day during Desert Gold; DJs from Sunday party people The Do-Over, elixirs from Venice-based holistic drink shop Moon Juice and food from New York-based Five Leaves, who have recently redone the food at Ace’s King’s Highway diner. New York-based artist MOMO will helm the annual Communal Wall mural.

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Hip-Hop History Tuesdays: The Bay Area's Dangerous Dame

Posted by Billyjam, March 31, 2015 02:00pm | Post a Comment

This week's Hip-Hop History Tuesdays Amoeblog celebrates veteran Oakland rapper Dangerous Dame. The East Bay hip-hop, born Damon Edwards, ranks up there amidst the select early Bay Area hip-hop era artists to make it in terms of putting out records in the 80's, getting commercial radio airplay, and landing a major label record deal - and all while still a teenager! However, as is often the case in the ever-fickle music biz, that success was relatively short-lived despite affiliations throughout his career with such high profile artists as Too $hort, Master P, and Mac Dre. Nonetheless Dangerous Dame is a very important figure in the history of Bay Area hip-hop whose career was most notable from the late 80's through the late 90's with the first few years being the most significant. He was also an artist that grabbed rap fans attention with his unique flow and penchant for forever shouting out his hometown of Oakland, CA  born and proud rapper.

Dangerous Dame got into rap early in life, kick-starting his career while barely into his teens. At the young age of thirteen he was writing his own rhymes and within two years was onstage performing them at local talent shows.  Not long after that the talented teen was teaching himself how to make beats and produce his own music; thanks to his always supportive father James who purchased him his first drum machine along with some other basic recording equipment, and who would later fund and personally release his son's debut "Jumpin" (featuring DJ Dopecut on the scratches). Hence why the label name incorporated his pops' name; James Edwards Sr. Enterprise.  Released at the beginning of 1989 this underground, cassette-only release was truly a homegrown, low-budget affair. It's cover art,  a low-grade photo of Dame and his DJ posing by an Oakland city sign with their two names scribbled on with a sharpie and the album title oddly appearing in quotes, looked like it was sloppily slapped together as an afterthought.  Regardless the tape inside offered seven powerful tracks that showcased both the young Dame's solid writing skills and his unique delivery; a rough & rugged but shrill vocal style that was distinctly Oakland and somewhat derivative of Too $hort but never duplicating him in either flow or content.

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Win Tickets to a Police Documentary Screening in LA or SF + Signed Andy Summers Memoir

Posted by Amoebite, March 31, 2015 12:11pm | Post a Comment

Win Tickets to a Police Documentary Screening + Signed Andy Summers Memoir

We are giving away three pairs of tickets each to San Francisco and Los Angeles screenings of Can't Stand Losing You: Surviving The Police as well as a signed copy of the Police guitarist Andy Summers’ memoir, One Train Later, and three posters signed by Summers. 

San Francisco contest:

One grand prize winner will win a signed copy of Andy Summers’ memoir, two tickets for any screening of the film at San Francisco’s AMC Metreon 16 after it opens April 10 and a signed movie poster. Two runners up will win a signed poster and two tickets each to the any screening of the film at San Francisco’s AMC Metreon 16. Contest ends 4/7/15. Enter here for the San Francisco contest.

Los Angeles contest:

One grand prize winner will win a signed copy of Andy Summers’ memoir, two tickets to the April 4 screening of Can’t Stand Losing You at the Laemmle Royal (time TBD) with a Q&A with Summers to follow, plus a signed movie poster. Two runners up will win a signed poster and two tickets each to the April 4 screening. Contest ends 4/2/15. Enter here for the Los Angeles contest.
 

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Album Picks: Sufjan Stevens, Lower Dens, Death Grips, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, The Soft Moon, Male Gaze

Posted by Billy Gil, March 31, 2015 11:30am | Post a Comment

Sufjan Stevens - Carrie & Lowell

sufjan stevens carrie lowell lp“Death With Dignity” opens Carrie & Lowell as a touching elegy to Sufjan Stevens’ mother, yet it also could describe his relationship to his own music. “I don’t know where to begin,” he sings, and “I’ve got nothing to prove” over a familiar bed of bluegrass-inspired folk. Stevens was like the A-plus student of indie pop, turning out album after album of perfectly manicured orchestral folk-pop, but I felt like he lost his way a bit with The BQE, an album and project that felt unwieldy, as well the hectic electro-folk of The Age of Adz. Carrie & Lowell, by comparison, is one of his most stripped-down albums to date. That’s not to say it doesn’t have his trademark fixation on detail— songs shift halfway through, like “Should Have Known Better’s” turn into stuttering, laptoppy acoustics and choral touches, or “Drawn to the Blood’s” extended string finale; “you checked your text while I masturbated,” he sings casually, telling a girl she looks like Poseidon in the sexually turbulent “All of Me Wants All of You.” Lyrically and musically, Stevens remains a curious tinkerer, but Carrie & Lowell never feels busy in the slightest. It’s an intensely focused work, one that places Stevens’ voice and songcraft over bells and whistles. Whereas locations and history seemed to hold Stevens’ interest in the past, here he’s death-obsessed (and still spiritual as ever). “Fourth of July” feels romantically morbid and carries the happy refrain “we’re all gonna die,” and on “The Only Thing,” he sounds stricken with grief to the point of barely being able to keep going on. Stevens’ way with language, drawing on mythology and Christian imagery, and ascendant voice keeps the songs from wallowing too deeply, even as they describe an immense sense of loss, allowing those moments when he does break—“No Shade in the Shadow of the Cross’” “Fuck me, I’m falling apart”—to land all the more effectively. Without the filter of a state’s history or the heavy religiosity of Seven Swans, Carrie & Lowell finds Stevens turning his studious eye inward to fully explore his own grief, and the results are never short of breathtaking.

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