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Joe Henry Comes to The GRAMMY Museum Aug. 27

Posted by Billy Gil, August 15, 2014 11:24am | Post a Comment

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The GRAMMY Museum presents THE DROP: Joe Henry Aug. 27 at 8 p.m. Amoeba is proud to be a sponsor of the event.

Joe Henry will appear for a live performance and interview moderated by Scott Goldman, VP of The GRAMMY Foundation and MusiCares.

The critically acclaimed singer/songwriter has a reputation for drawing from country, blues, jazz and folk with his varied albums and deftly exploring the human experience with his lyrics. He has collaborated with such celebrated artists as T-Bone Burnett, Daniel Lanois, Van Dyke Parks, Don Cherry, Ornette Coleman, Brad Mehldau and Bill Frisell, and has produced records for Bonnie Raitt, Hugh Laurie, Lisa Hannigan, Elvis Costello and Solomon Burke, among others. His latest record, Invisible Hour, has been incredibly well-received, with an 80/100 score on review aggregator Metacritic. His 13th album includes guest appearances by The Milk Carton Kids and Lisa Hannigan.

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Hip-Hop Rap-Up, Week End 08.15.14: G-Eazy, Shabazz Palaces, Madlib, MF Doom

Posted by Billyjam, August 15, 2014 10:51am | Post a Comment

G-Eazy "I Mean I (feat Nemo)" (2014)

Amoeba San Francisco Hip-Hop Top 5 Chart Week Ending 08:15:14

1) Shabazz Palaces Lese Majesty (SubPop)

2) G-Eazy  These Things Happen (BPG)

3) Madlib Pinata Beats (Madlib Invasion)

4) MF Doom Special Herbs, Vol. 5 & 6 LP (Nature Sounds/Fat Beats)

5) JJ Doom Bookend EP (Lex Records)

The number one selling hip-hop album at the San Francisco Amoeba Music store this week is the experimental hip-hop album Lese Majesty (also available in LP format) from Shabazz Palaces who just did a very well received in-store at the Haight Street store a couple of weeks ago (July 29th) in celebration of the new album by the Seattle based group fronted by Ishmael Butler (formerly known as Butterfly with Digable Planets) and multi-instrumentalist Tendai ‘Baba’ Maraire. The recently released Lese Majesty is the group's second  studio album and follow up to their critically acclaimed 2011 debut Black Up. And so far the new 18 track album, whose title is the French term for criminally insulting or offending a head of state, has been garnering rave reviews like its predecessor did including high praise from the Amoeba site which lauded the 45 minute new album for "challenging and expanding the hip-hop landscape, taking it to the moon and beyond.....like a galactic sonic roller coaster." 

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New Vinyl Releases at Amoeba Hollywood 8/15 - Tambien, Head High, Four Tet and more!

Posted by Oliver / Matt / Jordan, August 15, 2014 10:30am | Post a Comment

Tambien - Der Elf

Tambien

Der Elf 12"

ESP Institute

Tambien's two EPs for ESP Institute are adorned with totally generic art portraying themselves as a ""polite trio from Bavaria." Their music, on the other hand, is unruly and odd. The a here is an acid jam with wild female vocals of unknown origin, while the B, "Are You In Touch", veers closer to the highly musical yacht house you'd expect from Andrew Hogge's label. Cool!

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Panthera Krause - LaikaPanthera Kruse

Laika 12"

Riotvan

Super melodic, slightly off-kilter house EP from Panthera Krause. The weirder the better with this guy. Things start to heat up with "If", which has an odd swing over a big, funk influenced breakbeat. Some euphoric chords bring it home. "Dubcek" also contains a slightly psychedelic edge, but fits more neatly alongside other modern house. It sounds like PK is trying to score a car chase.

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Marcel Dettmann - Planetary Assault Systems Remixes

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Weekly Roundup: Youth Code, The Growlers, The Skygreen Leopards, Superhumanoids, Girl Tears, Death Valley Girls

Posted by Billy Gil, August 15, 2014 09:30am | Post a Comment

Youth Code – “Consuming Guilt”

youth codeIndustrial/EMB duo Youth Code are really firing on all cylinders on the first song from their next EP, “Consuming Guilt.” Or rather they’re firing dirt and smoke into your face and then spitting on you to clean yourself up. Industrial filth hasn’t felt this good in a long while. It’s from the A Place to Stand EP, due Sept. 23 on Dais.

 

The Growlers – “Good Advice”

the growlersA whirling farfisa organ drives this garage-pop ditty from SoCal’s Growlers through a subtly twisting arrangement and square into your cranial region. “There’s nothing as depressing as good advice,” Brooks Nielsen sings in a bittersweet rasp, adding, “Nobody wants to hear how to live their life.” Maybe the best thing we’ve heard from the band yet! Chinese Fountain is out Sept. 23 on Everloving. Preorder it now on LP or CD.

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BPos' Goodword On "Positive Beings" - The Concept Album From His San Francisco Hip-Hop Crew

Posted by Billyjam, August 14, 2014 11:23am | Post a Comment

BPos "Higher" from Positive Beings (One League Entertainment, 2014)


Bay Area hip-hop crew BPos live up to their name of BPos [be positive] with their latest release Positive Beings which has been selling well at the two Bay Area Amoeba stores since its recent release. The new album, whose theme is all about choosing the positive path in life and working towards living life a positive human being -rather than a negative one. It is the expanding San Francisco based hip-hop's crew (now five members strong) fifth full-length release, featuring new member female rapper/vocalist Gyrl Ab'Strakt.

Their strongest to date it is once again released via their own indie label One League Entertainment.  Positive Beings is BPos' first ablum in two years and the first release since their critically acclaimed  Pos Tapes: The Album. In addition to its overriding theme of positivity that the album delivers the new release is also constructed like a radio broadcast from a fictional station with mic breaks (drops) throughout from longtime Bay Area hip-hop DJs like Kevvy Kev and this Amoeblogger. The group say that anyone who even casually listens to their new album, which since its recent release has also been garnering airplay across the country, will hear its message loud and clear- that "We are all positive beings." This week I caught up with the BPos' Goodword to have him give the Amoeblog some more insights into his group's latest release that includes a hidden track featuring none other than Masta Ace and others.

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Limited Edition Totes and Tees at Hot August Bikes LA August 17

Posted by Amoebite, August 13, 2014 05:07pm | Post a Comment

Hot August Bikes

Passionate about bike culture? Well, you'll soon be able to literally wear your heart on your sleeve with the extra special limited edition T-shirts from Golden Saddle Cyclery and tote bags from Lumi at our Hot August Bikes event in the Ivar parking lot at Amoeba Hollywood Sunday, August 17 12-5pm. A portion of all proceeds from Hot August Bikes will go to support the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition.

Full service Silver Lake bike shop Golden Saddle Cyclery will be on hand at the event with their very own line of limited edition T-shirts. 

DTLA-based Lumi will harness the awesome power of the sun to create photo transfer prints that develop in sunshine, creating a cool, one-of-a-kind canvas tote. You can choose from various photo print designs for your tote, or demo the ink/process and get a kit to use for at-home DIY printing projects. Either way, you'll be able to show off a killer bike-themed design, AND your appreciation for the wonders of nature, modern printing technology and eco-conscious tote bags.

Check out the fantastic designs created specially by Lumi for Hot August Bikes! If you can't make it to the event, but wish to purchase one of the negatives, Lumi has made them available online at the links below.

Amoeba Hollywood exterior Lumi bicycle
Buy Amoeba Hollywood negative Buy Vinyl Farthing negative
Lumi Albert Einstein quote Lumi Amoeba
Buy Keep It Moving negative Buy Amoeba Hot August Bikes negative.


Watch this video about Lumi's DIY alternative to screen printing powered by the sun:

Flying Lotus Releases Video Preview of 'You're Dead,' New Album Up for Preorder

Posted by Billy Gil, August 13, 2014 03:05pm | Post a Comment

flying lotus you're dead lpL.A. beat maestro Flying Lotus has a new album out Oct. 7 on Warp called You’re Dead, and you can preorder it now on LP or CD.

FlyLo today released a video with audio clips from the album and visuals by manga artist Shintaro Kago. Sounds like lots of acid jazz rap insane beats paired with dead bodies exploding—but, like, in a fun, anime way. BTW, there are a lot of flashing lights, if you’re sensitive to that.

New York State of Mind Amoeblog #93: Jeff Koons, Shadow & Cut Chemist, Museum of Jewish Heritage, Subway Token Sucking +

Posted by Billyjam, August 13, 2014 12:13pm | Post a Comment


People seem to either love him or hate him (or are jealous of all the money he makes) but they all know who he is; American artist Jeff Koons whose instantly identifiable, simple-yet expensive, balloon-animal like, large scale sculptures made of stainless steel sell in the tens of millions of dollars. One of his pieces sold at a NYC auction last year for $58.4 million!  For a lot less money, now thru October October 19th, you can get to see his art up and close and personal and judge its value for itself for the ongoing Jeff Koons: A Retrospective at the Whitney Museum of American Art. With a total of 120 works by Koons on display this Whitney exhibit, which opened in late June, is the most comprehensive retrospective curated of the living artist to date (in fact there hasn't been a full show on his overall body of work in two decades) and as such is well worth visiting.  Spanning various mediums - not just sculpture - Koons work on exhibit includes such iconic works by the pop artist as the gaudy yet popular Michael Jackson and Bubbles (right), Balloon Dog, as well as the premiere exhibition of such new Koons pieces as the unveiling of his large scale Play-Doh that he's reportedly been busy working on for over twenty years. The Whitney Museum is open Wednesdays through Sundays from 11am to 6pm and is located at 945 Madison Avenue at 75th Street, New York, NY 10021. For general info click here. And for info on free tours here.

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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode With Cherry Glazerr

Posted by Amoebite, August 13, 2014 12:03pm | Post a Comment

Cherry Glazerr

Guitarist/vocalist Clementine Creevy started writing songs as a teen and found herself making demos in between studying for class and doing homework. After hooking up with schoolmate and drummer Hannah Uribe and recruiting bassist Sean Redman, Clementine's demos became the foundation for the newfound Cherry Glazerr.    

What exactly is a Cherry Glazerr anyway? Is it a quirky name for a trendy new craft cocktail on the menu at Mohawk Bend? The answer is so much cooler than that! Cherry Glazerr take their name from KCRW morning news anchor Chery Glaser. The irony is, 2/3 of Cherry Glazerr's members are not old enough to legally drink and the morning news is usually listened to by old responsible adults on their drive to the office. Sounds worlds apart right? Not too long ago, Clementine Creevy found herself tuned into the morning news as her mom drove her to school. Little did Chery Glaser know, not only was she informing folks about their traffic and weather, she was also influencing a budding rock star!

Fast forward a year or so later and Cherry Glazerr have already racked up some impressive gigs, opening for Hunx and His Punx, Redd Kross, Mikal Cronin and performing at South By Southwest. Their debut album, Haxel Princess  (Burger Records, 2014)is a fiery 10 song batch of fun goodness. Go get your Cherry Glazerr on and make sure to catch this awesome band live.

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Led Zeppelin Reissues 'IV,' 'Houses of the Holy,' Albums Out Oct. 28

Posted by Billy Gil, August 12, 2014 05:10pm | Post a Comment

Led Zeppelin Reissues

The next round of Led Zeppelin reissues (after the band reissued its first, second and third untitled LPs) are its classic 1971 fourth album (also untitled, but generally referred to as IV) and 1973’s follow-up, Houses of the Holy.

You can now preorder Led Zeppelin IV on LP, Deluxe LP, Super Deluxe LP, CD or Deluxe CD, and House of the Holy on LP, Deluxe LP, Super Deluxe LP, CD or Deluxe CD on Amoeba.com and they'll ship for FREE to the U.S. Both albums will arrive in stores October 28, 2014.

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This one's about the Blues, Pete Kelly's Blues

Posted by Eric Brightwell, August 12, 2014 01:40pm | Post a Comment

Today Jack Webb is best remembered for his portrayal of Detective Sergeant Joe Friday on the radio and television series Dragnet. Friday – a stiff, slouching, robotic cop who chain smokes as he rails against drug abuse – embodies for many folks the definition of a hypocrite and a square. However, the real Webb was also quite the hepcat, an amateur jazz musician with a massive collection of records. In addition to playing hard-boiled detectives, he also used radio to attack social injustices (on One out of Seven) and, with Pete Kelly's Blues, indulge his lifelong love of jazz and Chandler-esque noir.
 

Pete Kelly's Blues lobby card
Pete Kelly's Blues lobby card

Pete Kelly's Blues began as an unsponsored replacement series for The Halls of Ivy after a 13 February audition. It debuted on NBC on 4 July, 1951 and aired on Wednesday nights in most markets (Saturdays in others). It was created by Richard L. Breen, who'd previously worked with Webb on the wonderful and not-at-all dissimilar radio noir series, Pat Novak, for Hire, which Webb had left in 1947. Throughout the series' short run, Webb continued to star on both the radio version of Dragnet, which ran from 1949 until 1957, and the television version, which began a few months after Pete Kelly's Blues and continued to air until in its first run until 1959).

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Hip-Hop History Tuesdays: History of DJ (The DMC Story Part 2)

Posted by Billyjam, August 12, 2014 10:34am | Post a Comment
           
The History of DJ Part 2: The DMC Story (2014)

Just finished in production and finally published yesterday is the above anticipated second part/sequel to the excellent premiere in the The History of DJ and the continued story of the UK founded DMC as told by DMC founder Tony Prince - the former Radio Luxembourg DJ/founder of the British company that would become synonymous hip-hop DJ/turntablist battles - even if DMC initially (and still does) stand for Disco Mix Club. It was so named since initially it was all about the mixing end of the DJ but soon morphed into the scratch area of the DJ as is outlined in this second part of the documentary above when some participants in the contest took offense to the (then) new direction in the latter 80's that the battle was taken - upon its cue from the scratch-themed Superman battles at the annual New York City convention the New Music Seminar.  Tony Prince formed the "Disco Mix Club" in 1986 as an offshoot of his Disco Mix Club Show radio program that he began in 1981. The above second part is a great history lesson that covers a lot of ground in the history of both the DMC and of the DJ. It returns to some memorable moments such as Philly DJ Cash Money traveling to the UK in 1988 to reign supreme in the competition, 1989 DMC World champ Cutmaster Swift doing a live routine on the high profile Terry Wogan television program, and Germany's DJ David winning the world title in 1991 when, in the final dramatic 15 seconds of his six-minute routine, he wowed the judges with the ultimate body trick of palm-spinning his entire body around on top of one of his turntables. However many (justly) argued at the time that the judgement was unfair and based on his purely eye-catching, visual body trick rather than on his turntablist skills and that runner up DJ Qbert should have in fact won. But such are the debates surrounding any competition that carries as much weight as the DMC does. Upcoming in this year's DMC battles are the 2014 DMC US Finals taking place in NYC at Webster Hall on August 23rd (look for a full review of that battle here on the Amoeblog shortly after that date), followed by the 2014 DMC World Championships in London at the Forum on October 5th. Below is the video of the winning routine by last year's champion - DJ Fly from France.

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New Fela Kuti Vinyl Box Set Announced, Curated by Brian Eno

Posted by Billy Gil, August 12, 2014 10:15am | Post a Comment

fela kuti box set vol. 3Knitting Factory will release their third set of vinyl reissues by Afrobeat legend Fela Kuti Sept. 29, assembled by Brian Eno.

This set will include the albums London Scene (1971), Shakara (1972), Gentleman (1973), Afrodisiac (1973), Zombie (1976), Upside Down (1976) and I.T.T. (1980). It will also include a 12-page booklet with an intro by Eno, song lyrics and contributions by Afrobeat historian Chris May, Pitchfork reports.

Vol. 1 of the Kuti sets was curated by The Roots?uestlove while Vol. 2 was curated by Ginger Baker.

Eno and Talking Heads famously used Afrobeat and Kuti as an inspiration for the classic Talking Heads album Remain in Light, which Eno produced. Watch Eno talk about his longtime enthusiasm for Kuti’s music in the video below:

Album Picks: FKA Twigs, Mirel Wagner

Posted by Billy Gil, August 12, 2014 09:53am | Post a Comment

FKA Twigs - LP1 (LP and Deluxe LP out 8/25, CD, Download)

fka twigs lp1FKA Twigs is the stage name of singer/songwriter Tahliah Barnett, who together with a team of some of the best producers working in pop music (Blood Orange’s Devonte Hynes, Clams Casino and Paul Epworth of Adele/Coldplay fame, among others) come up with one of the most brilliant debut records of 2014. What at first sounds like icy, alien R&B ends up feeling amorous, empathetic and intriguing to no end. Songs like “Lights On” at first sound not so out-of-time, fitting in nicely with the adventurous alt-soul stylings of The Weeknd or current Beyonce, but the songs are continuously chewed up and breathed back out into wondrous concoctions that bear little resemblance to anything else out there. Vocally, Barnett calls to mind someone working to effect change within the mainstream like Aaliyah once did as much as she does weirdos like Yma Sumac and Bjork (especially on the bold “Preface”), her airy voice warping into new dimensions yet latching onto reality on the touching “Two Weeks” and suddenly coming through clear as day as she pleads with sexual abandon through classic soul phrasings for a would-be lover amid analog-sounding robotic textures. As much as FKA Twigs is a product of a time in which introspective artists who allow for empty space to permeate their music are the norm, from The XX to How to Dress Well and James Blake, Barnett’s music feels more fun to listen to and not at all dreary, even if mostly downtempo. “How would you like it if my lips touched yours?” she suddenly entreats in the laser-streaked “Hours” and it’s hard not to think of some fantastical Janet Jackson comeback. “Video Girl” is more direct, asking “is she the girl from the video?” (Barnett has a background as a backup dancer in music videos) as Barnett goes on to prove she’s a lot more than that through stunning lead and layered vocals while the song’s lush, post trip-hop music sways and lurches sensuously. But “Pendulum” will no doubt be her entrée to most audiences, as the Epworth production literally knocks on your door with its stuttering beat and introduces a girl capable of delivering a Prince-level combination of heartache and confidence while keeping sly pop hooks on the backburner right until they’re ready to sizzle. It makes you happy to be listening to pop music in this day and age when something so exciting as this will bubble to the top.

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Portishead to Reissue Seminal 'Dummy' LP

Posted by Billy Gil, August 12, 2014 09:32am | Post a Comment

portishead dummy lpPortishead will celebreate the 20-year anniversary of their debut record, the trip-hop classic Dummy, by reissuing it on 180 gram heavyweight vinyl. The band should be announcing a release date via their website this week.

The first 1,000 copies of the album will be on blue vinyl, defaulting back to black vinyl after that. It will also come with a download card of the original album. Dummy won’t be seeing a remaster or additional songs added to the original tracklist.

Even more great news in the Portishead world is word that the band is headed back to the studio soon to work on the follow-up to 2008’s Third, band member Adrian Utley told The Quietus in February. Given how amazing Third was, we’re on the edge of our seats in anticipation.

Watch the video for "Glory Box" from 1994's Dummy below:

 

Trannyshack Presents Michael/Janet Jackson Tribute with Special Guest MILK, Friday 8/15

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, August 11, 2014 07:55pm | Post a Comment

This Friday, August 15th, Trannyshack, San Francisco's biggest and most fabulous drag performance night club, honors the two most famous Jackson siblings, Michael and Janet! This month, Trannyshack welcomes special guest star Milk (RuPaul's Drag Race)!

This soon-to-be legendary night will also feature performances by Heklina, Miss Rahni, Chaka Corn, Holy McGrail, Kegel Kater, Cookie Dough, Sugah Betes, Bea Dazzler, Mahlae Balenciaga, Gurleen, Bay Area Flash Mob, and more!

Get your tickets HERE!

 

Remembering The Late Great Robin Williams

Posted by Billyjam, August 11, 2014 04:56pm | Post a Comment

RIP Robin Williams

With the sad, sudden, and shocking news that the 63-year-old comedic actor Robin Williams was discovered dead of an apparent suicide (LA Times report) at his Tiburon home this morning, we present these clips of him at his best over the years. The first, produced care of WatchMojo, is a reprise of what they consider ten of his best acting roles including, of course, such classics as Good Morning Vietnam and Good Will Hunting. The second is an excerpt of his alcohol and marijuana bit from his famous A Night At The Met performance.

Robin Williams A Night at the MetScheduled for a December 2014 release in theaters, Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb  will be Robin Williams' posthumous release in which he (once again in the three part film series) plays the role of Teddy Roosevelt.

Rest in peace Robin Williams!

 



Robin Williams "Live At The Met - Alcohol/Marijuana"
 
 

Moon Block Party Features BRMC, Black Lips and More, Tickets On Sale Now for Oct. 18 Show

Posted by Billy Gil, August 11, 2014 03:11pm | Post a Comment

moon block party pomonaTickets for the annual Moon Block Party in Pomona are on sale now. Tickets for the Oct. 18 show start at $51 and can be purchased here.

Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Black Lips and The Black Angels (notice a pattern?) lead off the show's lineup. See the rest of the acts participating below:

Band of Skulls

Tinariwen

Unknown Mortal Orchestra

Metz

Shannon & The Clams

Cosmonauts

Deap Vally

Morgan Delt

Christian Bland & The Revelators

Dahga Bloom

Corners

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Leonard Cohen Likely to Release New Album 'Popular Problems' Next Month Around 80th Birthday

Posted by Billy Gil, August 11, 2014 02:56pm | Post a Comment

leonard cohenThe great, literary singer/songwriter Leonard Cohen celebrates his 80th birthday next month (on Sept. 21). What better way to do that than with a new album?

Popular Problems will likely be out sometime next month, Rolling Stone reports. Though Cohen’s representative could not confirm the album or a release date, it was hinted at during last week’s Cohen fan convention, Leonard Cohen Event 2014, and the album is listed on Amazon France with a Sept. 22 release date.

Here’s what Jarkko Arjatsalo, a Finnish accountant that runs Cohen’s official website, said about the album in the foreward of the event booklet:

“Leonard has worked hard on his next studio album of entirely new songs. He asked me to let you know that Popular Problems will be out at the end of September, shortly after his 80th birthday.”

No tour plans have yet been announced. Cohen’s last album was 2012’s Old Ideas, for which Cohen recorded songs that didn’t make the cut that could make it onto this album, he told RS in 2012:

“I rehearsed some other songs on the road—new songs that didn't make it onto the record. So I have a new record [after this one], at least two-thirds of it, anyway.”

Old Ideas was pretty great, so we're more than OK with that. Hear that album's opening track, "Going Home," below:

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Smashing Pumpkins Release Rick Rubin-Produced 'Let Me Give the World to You' From 'Adore' Reissue

Posted by Billy Gil, August 11, 2014 01:33pm | Post a Comment

smashing pumpkinsWhen Smashing Pumpkins released their beloved-in-retrospect fourth album, Adore, back in 1998, frontman Billy Corgan couldn’t resist talking a lot about a great song he left off the album called “Let Me Give the World to You.” Perhaps to preserve the nocturnal feel of the classic 4AD indebted Adore, the song wasn’t included on the album—the title alone promised a bombastic rock single in the vein of songs like “Tonight, Tonight.” But we got another version of the song later, on the digital-only Machina II, albeit in a different version that sounded quickly recorded in the best way, with gauzy, Cocteau Twins-inspired guitars and jangly pop feel.

Now Corgan has released the original recording, produced by none other than hip-hop producer extraordinaire Rick Rubin. So it’s that over-the-top “Bullet With Butterfly Wings” thing, right? The song is closer in feel to “1979,” with muted new-wave guitars and a level of restraint not typically seen with this band, yet its Beatles-inspired arrangement is, of course, heartfelt and grabbing. Though Adore is lovably imperfect as is, I can’t help but feel this recording would’ve slotted in nicely near the end of the album and perhaps provided a crucial breakthrough third single that could’ve changed the troubled history of the band for the better. Sigh.

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Weekly Wednesday Steal Aug. 13: The Doors' 'R-Evolution'

Posted by Billy Gil, August 11, 2014 12:23pm | Post a Comment

the doors r-evolution dvd sale amoebaThis week’s Weekly Wednesday Steal will be The Doors music DVD R-Evolution for only $10 (regularly $34.98).

The music film combines early appearances by the band along with what are basically music videos, as the band evolved creatively and had more input as to how they were portrayed on TV. This version also comes in a limited edition digibook, for you collectors out there.

The Weekly Wednesday steal is happening every Wednesday, in which we sell some prized piece on discount for only $10 while supplies last. We’ve so far sold records by Boards of Canada and tUnE-yArDs for only $10. Keep coming back every Wednesday to Amoeba.com to see what we have going on. As always, there’s FREE SHIPPING on Amoeba.com for music and movies in the U.S.

Watch a performance of "Touch Me" below, which is included on the DVD:

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Music History Monday: August 11

Posted by Jeff Harris, August 11, 2014 07:24am | Post a Comment

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On this day in music history: August 11, 1966 - John Lennon holds a press conference at the Astor Towers in Chicago to apologize for remarks he had made in an interview published five months earlier. The original interview with journalist Maureen Cleave is published in the British newspaper The Evening Standard on March 4th. During the interview, Lennon will comment on religion and what he feels is the decline of Christianity in modern times. The comments will make little to no impact in Great Britain. On the eve of the band's fourth American Tour, US fan magazine Datebook will reprint Lennon’s comments out of context causing a furor in the US bible belt with radio stations banning the band's music, burning their records, and The Beatles themselves receiving death threats. After Lennon’s public apology, the uproar will eventually blow over. Though it will mark the beginning of the end of The Beatles days as a touring band. They will quietly and permanently withdraw from the road when they play their final live date at the end of the month at Candlestick Park in San Francisco.
 


On this day in music history: August 11, 1969Barabajagal, the seventh album by Donovan is released. Produced by Mickie Most, it is recorded at Olympic Studios in London in May 1968 and American Recording Company in Los Angeles in November 1968 and May 1969. The album features musical backing by The Jeff Beck Group (on the title track) as well as background vocals from Graham Nash, Mike McGear (aka Michael McCartney), Rod Stewart, and Madeline Bell. It will spin off two singles including the double A-sided single "Atlantis/To Susan On The West Coast Waiting" (#7 Pop) and the title track (#36 Pop). The album will also mark the end of Donovan's long term collaboration with producer Mickie Most, with Most shifting his attention to his newly formed label RAK Records and signing artists such as Hot Chocolate, The Arrows, Smokie, and Suzi QuatroBarabajagal will peak at number 23 on the Billboard Top 200.
 

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