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Top Ten List From When Bruce Willis Had Hair - by MC Azeem (Band of Broken Puppets)

Posted by Billyjam, September 16, 2014 08:08am | Post a Comment
Upon hearing the excellent new Band of Broken Puppets track "When Bruce Willis Had Hair" and viewing its accompanying video (see below) - both published last week - I invited MC Azeem, who along with Ancient Astronauts makes up the Band of Broken Puppets, to draw up an Amoeblog Top Ten List From When Bruce Willis Had Hair. The talented NJ born, NY based, former Oakland resident poet/emcee happily complied with the top ten list below - several of which cross reference the song's engaging lyrics that take a look back at the not too distant yet very different decade - a seemingly simpler time in retrospect.

When asked how and when the song came about the Azeem answered, "When a subconscious burst of clarity lands like a cement block and announces itself as a superior truth from beyond, one must be prepared. This was  no ordinary moment. I burst into the barbershop and asked for a pen then ripped off a piece of an old tattered New York Post and wrote When Bruce Willis Had Hair, the world made A LOT  more sense.  I knew I was onto something." Below are ten examples by the consistently socially and politically conscious emcee followed by the video for the song that can be downloaded for free here.


    Azeem's Top 10 From When Bruce Willis Had Hair

Trannyshack Presents Kylie/Katy Folsom Street Fair Weekend Celebration, 9/19

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, September 15, 2014 07:02pm | Post a Comment

This Friday, September 19th, San Francisco's biggest and most fabulous drag performance night club, Trannyshack, celebrates Folsom Street Fair weekend with a tribute to Kylie Minogue and Katy Perry at DNA Lounge. Special guest star Pandora Boxx (RuPaul's Drag Race) joins the party. Come out and start Folsom weekend early!

Get your tickets HERE.

 

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New Kevin Seconds Performance Video

Posted by Amoebite, September 15, 2014 11:51am | Post a Comment

Kevin Seconds live at Amoeba

Kevin Seconds founded and fronted the legendary 7 Seconds punk rock band in the early '80s. The straight edge group is one of the longest running bands from the early California punk scene. After signing record deals and releasing several albums with 7 Seconds, Kevin kickstarted a solo career in 1989 opening for Dramarama. Seconds has since toured the United States and Europe exstensively, sharing the stage with the likes of Elliott Smith, Bouncing Souls, Bob Mould, Bad Brains and Chuck Ragan, to name just a few. After five solid albums, compilation apperances, multiple 7 inch releases and performing with his wife's project, BagOKittens, Kevin Seconds returned with his sixth studio album, Off Stockton (Rise Records), in February 2014. 

In support of his current release, Kevin Seconds recently treated fans to an acoustic performance at Amoeba Hollywood. Backed by a percussion player and a backup singer (his wife), Seconds expertly delivered his well-crafted songs. Watch him perform "My Recollection" off of Off Stockton below or watch the full set here.  

Music History Monday: September 15

Posted by Jeff Harris, September 15, 2014 10:23am | Post a Comment

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On this day in music history: September 15, 1962 - "Sherry" by The Four Seasons hits #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for five weeks, also topping the R&B singles chart for one week on October 6th. Written by Bob Gaudio, it is the first chart-topping single for the Newark, New Jersey-based vocal quartet. Originally written as "Jackie Baby" in honor of then First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy, the title will be changed several more times before it is recorded. Gaudio will write the song in just 15 minutes on the way to a band rehearsal. The Four Seasons were first known as The Four Lovers, recording an album and several singles for RCA Victor, and scoring their first chart record with "You're The Apple Of My Eye" (#62 Pop) on Epic Records in 1956. The group will go through numerous line up changes before 1961 when they change their name to The Four Seasons. Entering the Hot 100 at #65 on August 25, 1962, the single will quickly rocket to the top just three weeks later. "Sherry" is certified Gold in the US by the RIAA.
 


On this day in music history: September 15, 1965Otis Blue: Otis Redding Sings Soul, the third album by Otis Redding, is released. Produced by Jim Stewart, Isaac Hayes, and David Porter, it is recorded at Stax Recording Studios in Memphis from April 19 - July 10, 1965. It features covers of three songs by Redding's idol Sam Cooke, as well as originals "I've Been Loving You Too Long" (#2 R&B, #21 Pop) and "Respect" (#4 R&B, #35 Pop). The album will also become a big hit in the UK both through word of mouth and a now-legendary tour that features Redding backed by Booker T. & The MG's. In time it will be acclaimed as a landmark R&B album, and one that will help to define the "Memphis Soul" sound. In 2008, Rhino Records will release a remastered version of the album featuring both the stereo and mono mixes along with non-LP B-sides, alternate takes, and tracks from his live albums In Person At The Whisky A Go Go and Live In Europe. Otis Blue will spend one week at number one on the Billboard R&B album chart on October 30, 1965, peaking at number 75 on the Top 200.
 

New Zealand Indie Rock Icon Peter Gutteridge (The Clean, The Chills) Has Died

Posted by Billyjam, September 15, 2014 09:45am | Post a Comment
Sad news for fans of legendary and influential Kiwi rock bands The Chills and The Clean: as reported yesterday by New Zealand music blog Off the Tracks the founding member of both bands Peter Gutteridge died over the weekend. No cause of death has been reported so far but, according to Flying Nun, he was in his early fifties. In addition to being instrumental in creating of the unique sound of the Clean and the Chills, the guitarist/singer-songwriter was also a force behind the NZ bands Snapper, (Clean offshoot band) The Great Unwashed, and The Puddle. All were a part of the Flying Nun Records label family. The prolific Gutteridge, who coincidentally just in the past month made his first visit to the US for a concert in Brooklyn, only recorded one solo album; Pure which was initially released in 1989 by Xpressway as a cassette tape release but was re-released late last year by 540 Records on vinyl and CD. It was this album that he drew extensively from during his recent US concert. Both the Chills and the Clean were among the top ten artists included in the recently published Billy Gil Amoeblog 10 Classic New Zealand Albums post. Below is a track off Gutteridge's sole solo album Pure.

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