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Remembering Jimmy Ruffin

Posted by Billyjam, November 20, 2014 07:28am | Post a Comment
Since the sad news broke yesterday of the passing of Motown great Jimmy Ruffin - who died earlier this week at age 78 following the announcement last month of him being seriously ill - I've been going back and digging up some of the popular recordings by the man (scroll down to see/hear select videos). While he may not have been quite as famous as his younger brother David Ruffin (the lead singer of the Temptations) he was an incredibly talented artist. Born in Mississippi Jimmy Ruffin moved to Detroit in the early sixties to connect with Berry Gordy's Motown Records - or rather initially Motown's Miracle Records imprint. There he recorded his biggest hit in 1966 with "What Becomes of the Broken Hearted."

Other Ruffin songs that enjoyed success over the years included "Gonna Give Her All the Love I Got ," "I've Passed This Way Before," and the 1980 hit "Hold On To My Love." Ruffin, who relocated temporarily to the UK in the 1980's where he recorded with such artists as major soul music fan Paul Weller, continued recording up until two years ago when he released his final album, There Will Never Be Another You. Below are a few select videos featuring the man that Berry Gordy called "truly underrated." Check for his music at Amoeba including his 1969 album Ruff'n Ready, the 20th Century Masters collection The Best Of Jimmy Ruffin - The Millennium Collection, and the duet full-length I Am My Brothers Keeper  that he recorded with his late great brother David who died 24 years ago. Hopefully the two Ruffin brothers are reunited in the afterlife and singing sweet soul music together again.

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Fight For Your Right: A Beastie Boys Tribute Night at the SFJFF

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, November 19, 2014 05:38pm | Post a Comment

Exercise your right to party with the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival in celebration of the original American Jewish rappers, the Beastie Boys! It all goes down on the second night of Chanukah, Wednesday, December 17th at Public Works at 8:30pm. Come get on up ‘n’ get on down with live music from Bay Area bands Felonious, Jazz Mafia, and DJ Cylcofunk, who will be spinning rare Beasties B-sides, remixes, and other hip-hop surprises all night long.

Landmark music videos featuring early directorial work from Spike Jonze, Tamra Davis, and of course, the dearly departed Adam "MCA" Yauch, will be projected all night, providing a visual aid to your sonic illuminations. Put on your best club wear or dress as your favorite Beastie Boy for a chance to win SFJFF tickets and an original painting of the Beasties by local artist Chris Fabbri.
 

Fight For Your Right: A Beastie Boys Tribute Night at the SFJFF
Wednesday, December 17
Doors at 8:30PM @ Public Works SF, 161 Erie St.
$10 advance tix | $15 door.

Show Recap: Joel Jerome at Amoeba Hollywood

Posted by Billy Gil, November 19, 2014 02:53pm | Post a Comment

joel jeromeJoel Jerome brought his seven-man band to Amoeba Hollywood Nov. 18 for a set of songs from his excellent new solo record, Psychedelic Thrifstore Folk, as well as his catalog of songs from his days fronting dios.

They started with the “Everybody Wants Somebody,” jangling forth on a Kinksy arrangement until it slowed down for an extended sunlit singalong chorus. The band layered jangling acoustics, steel guitar, horse-clopping percussion, chimes, saxophone into a perfectly orchestrated mass, showing Jerome’s ability to dress these songs in whatever he sees fit and still have them come through as well-written songs to the core. Jerome introduced singer/songwriter Miguel Mendez for the next song, the Mendez-written “You Got Me All Wrong,” off the first dios album, which was also included on one of The O.C. mixes back in the day. The band faithfully tore through “You Got Me All Wrong” and went into another Mendez song, Thrifstore’s dreamy “I’m Dumb After All,” with Mendez taking lead and Jerome singing backup and snaking country licks around lines like “I wanna die with the radio blasting.”

Thriftstore’s cool, Doors-tinged opener “Stay in Bed” came next, followed by “Tell Me Thing,” off the third dios album, We Are Dios. The song was the set’s show-stopper, its sexy opening riff grabbing you and setting the stage for Jerome’s spine-tingling lead vocal and killer psych-rock solo. They finished the set with a new song he said would be on an upcoming album he hoped would be out next year, a glam-blues stomper that left us excited for whatever the prolific Jerome is up to next.

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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode With Unknown Mortal Orchestra

Posted by Amoebite, November 19, 2014 01:16pm | Post a Comment

Unknown Mortal Orchestra What's in My Bag

Unknown Mortal Orchestra is the brainchild of New Zealander Ruban Nielson (formerly of the Mint Chicks). After relocating to Portland, Oregon, Nielson met future bandmates Jacob Portrait (bass) and Riley Geare (drums). In 2010, Nielson released a self-produced home recording of the track "Ffunny Ffriends" on the music site Bandcamp. With virtually no info on the band or music, bloggers and digital music diggers started sharing the song and word of the band started to spread. In the summer of 2011, the band released a self-titled album on Fat Possum Records. Check out what Lou Barlow (Dinosaur Jr, Sebadoh) had to say about UMO's debut album in his "What's In My Bag?" episode here. In 2013, Unknown Mortal Orchestra signed with the Jagjaguwar label and released the album II . 

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Weekly Wednesday Steal: Screaming Trees' 'Last Words'

Posted by Amoebite, November 19, 2014 09:01am | Post a Comment

screeming trees last words lpThis week's Weekly Wedensday Steal is Screaming Trees' final LP Last Words: The Final Recordings, regularly $19.98 and on sale for $10 on vinyl.

Fronted by gruff-vocaled Mark Lanegan, Washington's Screaming Trees were among the forefront of the grunge movement, scoring the alternative rock hit "Nearly Lost You." Last Words consists of recordings the band did in 1998 and 1999 right before the band broke up. The album wasn't offically released until 2011 and now constitutes the last Screaming Trees album. Meanwhile, Lanegan has had a successful post-Trees career as a solo artist, recently releasing the fine Phantom Radio LP, and as a collaborator with the likes of Queens of the Stone Age.

A bit about our Weekly Steal: A new item is featured on Amoeba.com every Wednesday for $10, while supplies last. It's limited to one per customer, and the deal is only available on the website. As always, there’s free shipping on all music and movies you buy on Amoeba.com throughout the United States.

Hear the album's "Last Words"below:

 

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