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One album wonders: The Merry-Go-Round

Posted by Eric Brightwell, July 6, 2015 01:25pm | Post a Comment

ericbrightwell.com/2015/07/01/where-fools-fear-to-tread-a-montreal-snapshot/THE MERRY-GO-ROUND -- YOU'RE A VERY LOVELY WOMAN • LIVE (1967)

This week's One Album Wonder is the 1960s baroque pop band The Merry-Go-Round, who released their only album in October 1967. Although several members played in the band, few would challenge the claim that the ringleader of the band was a prodigious then-teenager named Emitt Rhodes

The Merry-Go-Round band photo

Emitt Lynn Rhodes was born 25 February 1950 in Decatur, Illinois. In 1955 the Rhodes family moved to Hawthorne, California, drawn by a job in the aerospace industry. When he was fourteen, Rhodes played drums in a high school dance band, The Emerals, with Bill Leeder, Dennis Troll, and three brothers from Montreal: Don, Dave, and John Beaudine, The Emerals split but Rhodes soon rejoined the brothers Beaudine alongside Chuck McLung, Mike Conley, and Don Grady (Don Agrati) in the decidedly Anglophiliac band, The Palace Guard.

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Music History Monday: July 6

Posted by Jeff Harris, July 6, 2015 09:00am | Post a Comment

Music History Monday

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On this day in music history: July 6, 1957 - John Lennon will meet Paul McCartney for the first time at the Woolton Village Fete in Liverpool. They will be introduced to each other by mutual friend Ivan Vaughn. The then 16-year-old Lennon is there with his skiffle band The Quarrymen, who are performing on a flatbed truck in the church garden. McCartney (15 at the time) will attend the fete at the invitation of Vaughn. Following the band’s performance, Lennon and McCartney meet. During this meeting, McCartney will sing and play the Eddie Cochran song “Twenty Flight Rock” (along with several other songs). He’ll also show Lennon how to properly tune a guitar. Impressed with McCartney's musical skill, Lennon will ask him to join The Quarrymen a short time later and he will accept. The first meeting between two teenagers will mark the beginning of one of the greatest songwriting partnerships and the genesis of one of the greatest rock & roll bands in history.

 
Photo credits: www.beatlesbible.com & www.bbc.com
 
On this day in music history: July 6, 1964 - The Beatles first film, A Hard Day's Night, will have its world premiere at the Pavilion Theatre in London. With thousands of fans jamming Picadilly Circus in London, the premiere will be attended by the band, and members of the royal family including Princesss Maragret and her husband Lord Snowden. Filmed for a modest budget of $500,000, the 90-minute-long black & white film (originally released through United Artists) also stars Wilfrid Brambell, Victor Spinetti, Norman Rossington, John Junkin, and Anna Quayle, and is a fictionalized "day in the life" account of The Beatles' lives. Written by screenwriter Alun Owen, produced by Walter Shenson, and directed by Richard Lester, the film will break new ground visually for its innovative camera techniques, jump cut editing style, and use of music throughout. Upon its release, it will be rapturously received by Beatles fans and critics alike, breaking box office records at the time. In June of 2014, the film will receive its first release in high definition when it is released on Blu-Ray disc by The Criterion Collection with it being fully restored from the original camera negative and fine grain interpositives. A Hard Day's Night will go on to become one of the most influential rock films of all time.

Hip-Hop Rap-Up: Main Attrakionz Amoeba In-Store, Top 5 Charts, Vince Staples, Billy Woods, Large Pro, Czarface, Apathy, Rob Swift

Posted by Billyjam, July 5, 2015 01:33pm | Post a Comment

Most everything it seems about Main Attrakionz, who played an extremely well received in-store at Amoeba Berkeley this past Tuesday (June 30), is atypical of the image one might have about Oakland rap and what it should sound/look like. For starters the young, longtime North Oakland rap duo comprised of Mondre M.A.N. (Damondre Grice) and Squadda B (Charles Glover) have just released their new album (808s & Dark Grapes III, that the Amoeba show was in support of) on Vapor Records which is the label owned by none other than Neil Young and whose releases to date feature such distinctly non-rap acts as Jonathan Richman and Pegi Young  (Neil Young, an Oakland rap fan! Who would've thunk?). Secondly the Pleasanton based production duo of Friendzone (James Laurence and Dylan Reznick), who produced the entire new album and joined them onstage at Amoeba this week, onstage at Amoeba may not have looked like they would have been paired with these two Oakland rappers - but the collaboration totally works! And thirdly I have never before witnessed an Oakland rap show where the act's former middle school mentor acts as their hype-person and gets on the mic to give a rousing introduction. But such was the case with new Vapor Records' act Main Attrakionz who were introduced by Marian Meadows who has known the pair for half of their lives literally, ever since she mentored them back when they first started seriously rapping at age twelve at North Oakland's Carter Middle School as pre-teens. Her glowing in-depth and informative intro that dated back to day one (literally) of when they started - before they started entering "the middle school talent show circuit" - included her stressing how they put in endless hours of practicing, referencing that old saying about hours of practice needed to master an art, noting that, "You know how they say when you've passed ten thousand hours? Well when you start when you're 12 years old, you've passed that 10,000 hours but are in the hundreds of thousands of hours!" Indeed, as noted in the Amoeblog interview conducted with Main Attrakionz before Tuesday's in-store, the duo have been incredibly prolific. While this new album may only be their second official album they've already released more like 15 albums worth of material. For Tuesday's Amoeba Berkeley concert, that ran about half an hour and got the loudly appreciative in-store crowd hyped, they focused on new album material. 808s & Dark Grapes III is available from Amoeba in CD format with LP vinyl version to follow in the near future. See the full Amoeblog profile/interview on Main Attrakionz here.