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New York State of Mind Amoeblog #77: Snow in mid April, Earth Day, Record Store Day, Holly Golightly, Patti Smith & Other NYC Concerts + more

Posted by Billyjam, April 16, 2014 12:06pm | Post a Comment

Odyssey "Native New Yorker" (1977)


The above video for Odyssey's timeless 1977 hit "Native New Yorker"  - written by Sandy Linzer and Denny Randell and also recorded by Frankie Valli, Esther Phillips, and Black Box - incorporates alongside the performance footage some cool shots of New York City's skyline and streets from back in the mid seventies. 

Meanwhile today in NYC climate change is on peoples' minds. Yes, with Earth Day NYC 2014 coming up Tuesday, April 22nd, the topic of climate change will be unavoidable since starting late last night (April 15th) and continuing this morning there was an unexpected snowfall - in mid April!  Sure it was just a light dusting of snow overnight but considering this is Spring when typically high temps are in the 70's and sunscreen, not snow gear, is what New Yorkers are packing before leaving the house this is highly unusual and another reminder that climate change is very real and very serious.

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Chat with Artists including Sky Ferreira, Dan Croll & Joey Bada$$ Ahead of Record Store Day

Posted by Rachael McGovern, April 15, 2014 04:20pm | Post a Comment

Record Store Day Amoeba Takeover

Amoeba's Google+ page is being taken over by a handful of artists this week leading up to Record Store Day! We're hosting a series of live chats Thursday, April 17 and Friday, April 18 where you can submit your questions and vote up the ones you want answered. If  you can't tune in live, you can watch them on our YouTube channel after the events.

 

Thursday, April 17 - Dan CrollDan Croll Sweet Disarray
12pm PT / 3pm ET

Watch it here.

English singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Dan Croll will chat with fans and take your questions live on Thursday, April 17 at noon PT. On Record Store Day, Croll will be releasing a limited 10" with two new songs.

As a teenager Croll learned to play guitar, bass, piano, the drums, and trumpet and studied at Liverpool's Institute for Performing Arts. But over time his music has become increasingly electronic and now incorporates both acoustic and electronic elements. His debut album, Sweet Disarray (Capitol), was just released in the States on April 1.

Dan Croll Record Store Day 2014

Dan Croll
Hello My Baby 10"

'American Idiot' Returns to the Stage in L.A., Amoeba Auctions Off Tickets

Posted by Billy Gil, April 15, 2014 03:56pm | Post a Comment

american idiot

The Tony-nominated production of “American Idiot,” the play based on the concept album of the same name by Green Day, comes to L.A.’s Pantages Theatre next month.

The limited one-week engagement runs from May 13 through May 18. Amoeba Hollywood will be auctioning off two tickets to the opening May 13 show at our May 3 charity auction. The tickets also include a meet-and-greet with the cast after the show.

We’ll also have merchandise from the show available to bid on, so head to Amoeba that day for a chance to win. The charity auction goes to benefit Sweet Relief, a non-profit that provides a fund for musicians in medical and financial need.

american idiot dance“American Idiot” tells the story of three childhood friends looking for meaning in a post-9/11 world. The musical features the music of Green Day and lyrics by frontman Billie Joe Armstrong, using hit songs from the album like “Boulevard of Broken Dreams,” “Wake Me Up When September Ends” and “American Idiot,” as well as songs from Green Day’s 2009 album 21st Century Breakdown and the unreleased Green Day song “When It’s Time.” The show’s Grammy-winning soundtrack is available now.

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Hip-Hop History Tuesdays: Hip-Hop Power Duo EPMD's 1988 Debut Album "Strictly Business"

Posted by Billyjam, April 15, 2014 12:34pm | Post a Comment
In hip-hop history 1988 was a pretty darn incredible year for landmark releases. Like 1987 it was another landmark time in the development of the genre - an era when hip-hop had shifted from its old-school second phase and had arrived into its new so-called "golden era" that would last through to 1992/1993.  A hip-hop group and album that personified this perfectly was and the power duo of EPMD and their flawless debut album Strictly Business.

Released in August of 1988 on Sleeping Bag Records Strictly Business (not to be confused with the 1991 movie of the same name with an LL Cool J song of the same name on its soundtrack) was the debut album from infamous New York hip-hop duo EPMD whose name stands for  "Erick and Parrish Making Dollars" and who are comprised of the emcee/production power pair of Erick Sermon and Parish Smith (aka PMD).  The album was reissued last year as Strictly Business 25th Year Anniversary Edition CD with five bonus tracks.

Although only ten songs in length the hip-hop styles displayed on Strictly Business - cool laid back rhymes over smooth funky beats that sampled an infectious blend of funk, soul, and rock - remain influential to this day and personify the creme de la creme of hip-hop's much celebrated "golden age" - something that EPMD kept going on their second album, Unfinished Business, the following year as well as on later releases (all in the "Business" titled series). Unlike albums of today, which tend to be smothered in guest emcees and producers, with the exception of DJ K La Boss (who added his turntablist skills to album track that bore his name), Strictly Business was purely the talents of Erick and Parish who both rapped in a similarly almost lazy-sounding, rolling, lyrical flow.

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Album Picks: Thee Oh Sees, Woods, The Both

Posted by Billy Gil, April 15, 2014 11:05am | Post a Comment

Thee Oh Sees - Drop (LP or CD)

thee oh sees drop lp amoebaThee Oh Sees’ perhaps final LP encapsulates what the band has done so well for the past decade while still forging new territory. The album balances songs that thump around in dark corners with those that bang out brilliantly. “Penetrating Eye” explores spacey moog sounds even as it unleashes an unholy howl of Sabbath guitars. “Put Some Reverb on My Brother” has a terrifically snarling little riff and sneering performance by John Dwyer, with saxophones that add extra pop. The title track has great, big Who-style guitarwork, making it one of the band’s most all-embracing rock tracks yet. “The King’s Noise” tries on some regal riffs and strings for a bit of proggy psychedelia. But for all of Drop’s catchiness, it’s the band’s ability to warp garage-rock guitars into something truly strange and unnerving that gets us every time, as on the spacey, scary “Transparent World.” If this is truly the end of Thee Oh Sees, they’ve gone out with a bang on one of their strongest albums yet.

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