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Michael Hurley's Blue Navigator Released on 8-Track

Posted by Miss Ess, October 8, 2010 11:09am | Post a Comment
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Michael Hurley
is one of the largely unsung heroes of the original 60s folk movement, and he's still around and putting out great music. If you haven't ever heard his stuff before, there's bunches of it to choose from. Might I suggest Blueberry Wine or Snockgrass or Armchair Boogie?

For your perusal, here is one of his most famous songs, "Werewolf," a version of which appears on Blue Navigator:



You can listen to "Who Ever Heard of You," also from Blue Navigator, here.

But if you are a seasoned fan, and perhaps a bit of a luddite too, I have some news for you! Secret Seven Records in conjunction with Mississippi Records is exclusively releasing one of Hurley's best albums, the previously way outta print Blue michael hurleyNavigator, on 8-track! Yes, you read that correctly: 8-track. We do sell 8-tracks here at Amoeba! Apparently Hurley was at some point in his long career an 8-track repairman, so this seems quite apt. The record originally came out in 1984 and has been unavailable ever since, as a fire destroyed the original master tapes. It's sound is classic Hurley: saloon-type piano rags, fine pickin' and songs about women, wine and wolverines, all crafted to loopy perfection. For more info on the release, check out the Secret Seven blog.

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Wild Flag - A New Indie Rock Powerhouse

Posted by Miss Ess, September 22, 2010 11:01am | Post a Comment
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Merge has announced the existence of a new supergroup called Wild Flag and consisting of heavyhitters Carrie Brownstein, Janet Weiss, Mary Timony and Rebecca Cole! This is an amazing crew who have been in bands like Sleater-Kinney, Quasi, Helium, The Minders, Croissant Cocktail, Feeble Knees, Dogz, Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks, @@@, Asia, The Consortium and The Spells. Obviously they are top-loaded with talent and major skillz, and they will be recording an album for Merge shortly. In the meantime, you can check out more here, and they have also planned a quick tour for us lucky West Coasters:

Nov 10 Olympia, WA The Northern
Nov 12 Seattle, WA High Dive
Nov 13 Portland, OR Doug Fir
Nov 17 Sacramento, CA The Hub
Nov 18 San Francisco, CA Bottom of the Hill
Nov 19 Los Angeles, CA Spaceland
Nov 20 San Diego, CA Casbah
Nov 21 Pomona, CA Aladgins

Robyn Hitchcock and Joe Boyd @ Swedish American Hall Tonight

Posted by Miss Ess, September 22, 2010 09:40am | Post a Comment
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Tonight there will be a very special performance at San Francisco's fabulous Swedish American Hall -- Robyn Hitchcock will be covering songs that uber producer/Swinging London man about town Joe Boyd made famous throughout his storied career. Will Hitchcock play "Just Another Diamond Day?" Or "Way To Blue?" Thewhite bicycles joe boyd possibilities are tantalizing.

Said career was in fact storied officially in Boyd's amazingly entertaining book White Bicycles, which I highly recommend. Boyd produced artists like Nick Drake, Incredible String Band, Fairport Convention, Vashti Bunyan and many more, and was involved in the careers of Pink Floyd, The Move -- basically every good English rock or folk band or artist through the 60s.

At the event tonight, Boyd will read from his book, and will no doubt elaborate on some of his incredible stories, such as witnessing Dylan's controversial electric performance at the 1965 Newport Folk Festival from backstage, and dating Linda Thompson before she married Richard Thompson. Quite a life he's had, and tonight's show promises to be full of insider details about a fascinating time in music that's long since past but is constantly referenced by artists working today. This is the stuff of legends, people.

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Amandla! A Revolution in Four-Part Harmony

Posted by Miss Ess, September 17, 2010 04:26pm | Post a Comment
If your spirit is in need of some uplift, the documentary Amandla will do the trick.

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The film is about how the anti-apartheid movement in South Africa was propelled and buoyed by song. The stories told within by folks like Hugh Masekela and Miriam Makeba, among many others, are horrifying but the path toward freedom and the power in the songs that were (and still are) sung by the people marching forward toward a free South Africa are beyond moving. Proof that music is a most powerful medium, one that can unite, uplift and empower its listeners.

Check out the trailer here:

Rare Betty Davis Interview

Posted by Miss Ess, September 16, 2010 03:31pm | Post a Comment
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The incredible, brazen Betty Davis, onetime wife of Miles Davis, made four amazing and funky as hell records spanning the 70s that were instant favorites here at Amoeba when they were reissued by the fine folks at Light in the Attic Records over the past few years. Upon their original release, her albums failed to gain recognition or sales, and Betty retreated into her own life in Pittsburgh.betty davis

Thanks to a heads up from the label, you can now check out this rare interview with the "They Say I'm Different" singer right here about her own career, her influence on Miles and her relationship with him. Though her ex husband was undeniably a huge talent in his own right, Betty is also truly one of a kind, and an underrated gem of an artist.

Listen here:

"He Was a Big Freak" from They Say I'm Different



"They Say I'm Different" from the album of the same name


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