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Music History Monday: September 1

Posted by Jeff Harris, September 1, 2014 10:34am | Post a Comment

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Born on this day: September 1, 1944 - R&B vocal legend Archie Bell (born Archie Lee Bell in Henderson, TX). Happy 70th Birthday, Archie!
 

 

Born on this day: September 1, 1946 - Singer, songwriter, producer, and musician Barry Gibb (born Barry Alan Crompton Gibb in Douglas, Isle Of Man, UK). Happy 68th Birthday, Barry!
 


On this day in music history: September 1, 1887 - German American inventor Emile Berliner files for a patent with the US Patent Office for the Gramophone, beating Thomas Edison to the punch. Berliner's invention will use flat discs rather than wax cylinders used by Edison's machine. One of the other major issues Edison's phonograph is consistent playback speed. While Berliner is developing the gramophone, he will enlist the help of engineer Eldridge Johnson who will design a low cost, clock-work spring-wound motor that spins the disc at a consistent speed. With a group of investors backing them, Berliner will start the Berliner Gramophone Company in 1895. By 1901, Berliner and Johnson will establish the Victor Talking Machine Company (later known as RCA Victor), marking the beginning of the modern music industry.
 

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Hiero Day 2014 Artists Preview

Posted by Billyjam, August 31, 2014 11:20pm | Post a Comment


Hiero Day 2014, happening Monday September 1st in Oakland in the blocks surrounding 95 Linden Street (Linden Street Brewery), may only be in its third year but already this ambitious annual, refreshingly non-mainstream, all ages East Bay hip-hop festival has quickly become the best Bay Area hip-hop festival of the year and with a distinct Oakland flavor. Hiero Day feature the extended Hieroglyphics hip-hop collective performing - they close out the day on the main stage - along with a slew of equally talented hip-hop friends (mostly Bay and Cali hip-hop acts) performing on the three different stages throughout the day.   I attended last year's Hiero Day and was so impressed with how fun and how peaceful this musically rich event was!

And Hiero Day is free and all ages, with a truly indie feeling and no nasty corporate overtones. In fact it is more like an expanded modern day continuation of the Living Legends' Unsigned & Hella Broke jams back in the day. Fittingly Mystik Journeymen are among those on the bill at Hiero Day 2014 - a day that will attract hip-hop appreciative fans in the thousands to enjoy great music, a variety of tasty food trucks, tables selling cool hip-hop clothing, a skate contest, and (for vinyl fiends and crate diggers) the beat swap meet. Three stages. Until 6pm. Doors open at 11am. Scroll all the way down to end to see schedule timetable for Hiero Day 2014.

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New Vinyl/CD Releases at Amoeba Hollywood 8/29 - Moire, Demdike Stare, Lee Gamble and more!

Posted by Oliver / Matt / Jordan, August 29, 2014 12:03pm | Post a Comment

Moire - Shelter

Moire

Shelter CD

Shelter LP

Werkdiscs

Deubt full from the "London techno" producer after some trippy 12-inches. Moire's East London is somewhat similar to smoke filled vision proferred by Burial. This is all tension and atmosphere, yet the young producer is demonstrating a melodic talent we haven't previously seen. "Infinity Shadow" and other tracks take a classic KDJ/Theo Parrish approach to chords - keep it deep and bittersweet and they'll be hooked. His slightly off the beat bass hits are just enough to keep the listener reeling without knocking the tracks fully out of dance context. Still this is as good a record for driving as it is warming up a crowd.

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Design A Wave - A.R.M. II

Design A Wave

A.R.M. II 12"

No Label (Rush Hour)

Design A Wave might be the best post-punk inflected improv dance band on Rush Hour's "No Label" imprint. That says a lot, considering  Aaron Coyes, Suzanne Kraft, Willie Burns, Torn Hawk an Secret Circuit have all put out that type of music on the label. A great, varied release which pulls together hazy Durutti Column-esque midtempo Balaeria and the case of "Auto-Resonance Machine", a bit of The Pop Group's jittery paranoia.

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Weekly Roundup: Zola Jesus, Tulips, Ruiins, Whirr, together PANGEA, Terry Malts, White Arrows, Babes

Posted by Billy Gil, August 29, 2014 11:21am | Post a Comment

Zola Jesus – “Dangerous Days” video

zola jesus taiga lpFor the video to “Dangerous Days,” from her upcoming album Taiga (out Oct. 7, preorder here), Zola Jesus and director Tim Saccenti take us into the literal landscapes that Zola Jesus’ music often evokes, from chilly arctic lakes to lush forests. It’s a gorgeous video that suits such an inspiring pop song. (Judging by the credits on YouTube, it looks like it was at least partially filmed in Washington’s Olympic National Park; guess we’ll have to book our tickets to go there ASAP.)

 

Tulips – “Hotspur” & “Wait”

tulips bandTulips are a self-described riotgaze trio from L.A. that trade off powerful female vocals over effected surf riffs and new wave beats, like if Lush were reborn as L.A. punks with a shit ton of attitude, or if Bikini Kill got hip to tremolo and reverb. They’ve got a two-song cassingle (!) out now, can you can hear both songs here. Look for it in the Amoeba cassingle section!  See 'em tonight at Pehrspace with Roses for their cassingle release party.

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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode With Against Me!

Posted by Amoebite, August 28, 2014 09:36pm | Post a Comment

Against Me

Long time Florida punk rockers Against Me!are back with their 6th studio album, Transgender Dysphoria Blues (Total Treble Music). Much like classic punk records of yesterday, Transgender Dysphoria Blues is Transgender Dysphoria Blues10 tracks and clocks in at just 28 minutes and 43 seconds. Short and sweet! The album powerfully conveys the experience of dealing with gender dysphoria following the band's singer and co-founder, Laura Jane Grace, going public about transitioning into a transgender woman. Although the album's theme pushes Grace's personal story to the forefront, Transgender Dysphoria Blues is less autobiographical, and more musically universal, using catchy hooks to ease the listener into an otherwise heavy conversation about self identity. Still fast, still punk, and still very Against Me! Fans who are here for the music will not be let down. 

Laura Jane Grace, James Bowman, Atom Williard, and Inge Johansson stopped by Amoeba Hollywood to do some shopping and our "What's In My Bag?" crew caught it all. The band kicks things off with Los Angelesthe seminal album by punk legends X. Laura Jane Grace picks up a DVD copy of Sleep Away Camp 3 and drummer Atom Willard follows that up with a copy of Bloc Party's recent Four album. From classic rock like The Doors to the newest album by Neko Case, Against Me! have a wide selection of picks and lots of fun stories about each one.

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