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Annie Lennox Discusses Making the Classic American Songbook Her Own at Amoeba Hollywood

Posted by Amoebite, March 4, 2015 11:13am | Post a Comment

Annie Lennox

With a career spanning over three decades, Annie Lennox has amassed numerous awards, including earning the destinction of "most successful female British artist in UK music history." Known as the "Brit Champion of Champions" Annie Lennox is a living legend. First gaining fame in the '80s as one half of the Eurythmics with bandmate Dave Stewart, the duo led the "Second British Invasion" by way of MTV and their mega hit, "Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This)." That song propelled the band to global stardom and is still a staple in any '80s themed club, DJ set or playlist today. In 1992, Lennox embarked on a solo career and has gone on to release six studio albums.  

Annie LennoxIn support of her latest release, Nostalgia, Lennox visited Amoeba Hollywood to meet fans and sign copies of the new record. Nostalgia finds Lennox reinterpreting classic American Jazz standards and although these songs have been around for decades, it's uncharted waters for the veteran crooner. During this year's GRAMMY Awards broadcast, Lennox joined singer Hozier on stage for a mashup of "Take Me To Church/I Put A Spell On You." The latter is a song by legendary Rhythm & Blues singer Screamin' Jay Hawkins and is featured on Nostalgia. Lennox stole the show with an astounding, powerful performance which earned her a standing ovation from the GRAMMY audience. At 60 years old, Lennox is still a fine tuned singer and an incredibly talented artist.  

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"It's Hard Out Here For A Gimp" - Kalyn Heffernan of WheelGrabbers

Posted by Billyjam, March 4, 2015 11:00am | Post a Comment

On the powerful new track "It's Hard Out Here For A Gimp" - found on the just released WheelGrabbers self-titled album - Denver emcee and front-person of Wheelchair Sports Camp, Kalyn Heffernan holds no punches. Over the song's head-nodding beats she unleashes a litany of  witty reactionary rhymes to a lifetime of being treated like some freak. This she ably does via enlightening engaging lyrics that, while consistently hard-hitting, are all good humored and never mean-spirited. "No matter where I go, all eyes on me. Everyone stop what you're doing; the human's movin'" - raps the wheelchair using, three and a half foot tall woman, who suffers from the brittle-bone disability Osteogenesis Imperfecta (OI) - three factors of her life that total strangers will unabashedly  bring up upon crossing paths with her. "They're God blessin' me and I didn't even sneeze. On their knees questioning me excessively. Wanna know my life expectancy. Like it doesn't get to me?" she rhymes while exposing the less than tactful questions posed by the parade of patronizing people that she encounters on a daily basis out in public.

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KCRW Curates Next L.A. Red Bull Sound Select Show With Niia and Phantoms March 25

Posted by Amoebite, March 4, 2015 10:32am | Post a Comment

niia red bull sound selectThe next L.A. edition of Red Bull Sound Select’s ongoing band showcases is curated by our friends at KCRW and will feature the sultry pop stylings of Niia. The show takes place at Hollywood venue The Sayers Club on March 25 at 7 p.m. and is only $3 with an RSVP ($12 at the door). The show is 21+, and it’s first come, first serve, so even if you RSVP, plan to arrive on time.

Niia Bertino is a classically trained pianist and singer who folds elements of jazz and soul into a modern indie-R&B sound. She appeared on Wyclef Jean’s 2007 single “Sweetest Girl (Dollar Bill)” and has released covers by the likes of Tears for Fears, Jai Paul and Nancy Sinatra. In 2013, she self-released her first single, “Made for You,” and in late 2014 released her debut EP, Generation Blue, featuring production work by Rhye’s Robin Hannibal. Stream the track "Body" below:

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Bjork's 'Vulnicura' Has Insane New Cover Art

Posted by Billy Gil, March 3, 2015 02:00pm | Post a Comment

Bjork can always manage to surprise us. After Beyonce-ing her new album, Vulnicura, online earlier this year, she's just revealed the cover art for Vulnicura's upcoming physical release on March 24, and it's a doozy.

Designed by Bjork and Andrew Thomas Huang, the image still has the open heart featured on the album's digital release, but instead of looking like the Rubber Man from "American Horror Story," now the figure on the cover (I'm guessing it's Bjork) looks more like a victim from Pompeii, frozen in ash while doing yoga.

Bjork's albums have a history of looking pretty badass, especially the Alexander McQueen-designed cover for her masterpiece Homogenic. Speaking of that album (and all of her others), they're also due on LP reissue this month.

Check out that back bend below! You can also preorder Vulnicura now on LP and CD.

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Hear "Black Lake," the harrowing centerpiece to Vulnicura, below:


Reissue Report: Metallica Reissues Early Demo Tape 'No Life 'Til Leather'

Posted by Billy Gil, March 3, 2015 01:38pm | Post a Comment

metallica no life til leather tapeAs Record Store Day looms on April 18, reports of what to expect should start trickling in, along with the official announce of RSD titles next Tuesday March 10 at Rough Trade in New York.

Metallica has announced they’ll reissue their debut demo tape from 1982, No Life ‘Til Leather, as a limited edition cassette April 18. Expanded CD and LP editions will come in the summer, the band told Rolling Stone.

No Life ‘Til Leather saw Metallica in their early incarnation of singer/guitarist James Hetfield, lead guitarist Dave Mustaine (who would go on to play in Megadeth), bassist Ron McGovney and drummer Lars Ulrich. Just one song from the tape, “The Mechanix,” didn’t make it to their debut LP, Kill 'Em All, and the tape maintained its cache as an underground tape traded amongst metal fans. The expanded versions will contain more demos from the era, but there’s no word yet on which tracks those will be.

Metallica also has more reissues planned, as the band owns its own remasters and runs its own label now, Blackened Recordings.

Hear the original version of “The Mechanix” below:

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