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Is The Zombies "Odessey And Oracle" The Best Album at Amoeba?

Posted by Billyjam, December 2, 2014 03:40pm | Post a Comment

The best album in the store? Maybe. Well, that's what the sign above the 1968 Zombies classic Odessey And Oracle clearly reads, so it must be true. I spotted the sign and the accompanying classic '60's psychedelic rock album while roaming the aisles of music in the cavernous Amoeba Hollywood store yesterday. Seeing the album, which is the only proper album recorded by the short-lived supergroup, and its claim prompted me to dig up my own copy of the album once I got home and to throw it on the turntable to see if it lives up to the advertising. Maybe it is and maybe it isn't - for that's subjective and ever changing - but one thing is for sure; the album, which was overlooked upon its initial release but would years later become critically acclaimed, is one helluva rock album. I was glad to hear it again after not listening to it for several years.

The 12-track album, which includes the "surprise hit" single "Time Of The Season," has been released in over 30 versions over the years since 1968. The original album, recorded in a rushed fashion due to budget restrictions, was recorded in mono but had to be redone in stereo for the US release on Date Records - a CBS subsidiary label that released "Butcher's Tale" as the first single off the album in the US (“Care of Cell 44” was the first UK single off the album). Below are YouTube versions of the album tracks "Time of the Season," Beechwood Park," and a recent era rendition of the track "A Rose For Emily." Buy the Zombies' Odessey And Oracle at Amoeba's three stores or find it on Amoeba.com in various versions.

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Thin Lizzy, Cream, Nirvana: What Do They Have In Common?

Posted by Billyjam, November 29, 2014 08:13am | Post a Comment

What do Thin Lizzy, Cream, and Nirvana all have in common? Well beside such things as the fact that they each were kick-ass rockin' bands, or that each famously lost key members: Nirvana's Kurt Cobain, Thin Lizzy's Phil Lynott, and most recently Jack Bruce of Cream - each of these three legendary groups will be celebrated via tribute bands at the talent-packed Amoebapalooza 2014 tomorrow (Sunday November 30th) at the Dragonfly on Santa Monica Blvd. in Hollywood.

At Amoebapalooza 2014 - in post Black Friday, end of Thanksgiving weekend kick back and relax mode - the Amoeba Hollywood staff will take it  back to what matters most - the music -  via a non-stop array of bands (14 acts on evening's schedule) kicking out the jams. The night, that begins at 8pm and only five bucks to get in, will feature both original bands and the aforementioned one-off tributes that include Bad Reputation doing their homage to Lizzy.

As a Amoebapalooza 2014 primer for these three rock tribute bands (and for the Edith Piaf tribute act on the bill) below are music videos from each of these acts. See flyer above for full list of whose on the bill that will be hosted by MC Daniel Tures with a lil help from his friends. The show starts at 8 p.m. It's $5 for admission, and the show is 21+. The Dragonfly is located at 6150 Santa Monica Boulevard in Hollywood.

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He's Got 88 Hits From The Past Year But Only 7 Minutes To Mix Them In A Mega-Mashup

Posted by Billyjam, November 28, 2014 01:29pm | Post a Comment


Once again #AnDyWuMUSICLAND has produced his audio/video mashup megamix of many of the most notable pop hits of the past year. Billed as best of 2014 it is technically songs released from November 2013 up until recently (this way he gets a head start on those who wait til December 31st to do their best of the year mixes). The 88 song megamix, whose playlist is detailed below in alphabetical order by artist, includes many artists with more than one hit such as Ariana Grande with two ("Break Free" and "Problem (feat. Iggy Azalea)," Iggy Azalea, who also guests on Jennifer Lopez's sole entry "Booty," herself as artist has three hits ("Fancy (feat. Charli XCX)," "Work," and "Black Widow (feat. Rita Ora)"). [This week a deluxe edition LP version of her hit album The New Classic  arrived in Amoeba.] Meanwhile Katy Perry has a total of five hits on the above megamix that include "Dark Horse (feat. Juicy J)," "Unconditionally," "Birthday,"  "This is How We Do," and "Walking On Air" - culled from her late 2013 release Prism. Beyonce's self-titled 2014 album also rendered a string of hits including the duet with her husband - "Drunk In Love (feat Jay-Z)." Some have commented on this year's mix saying that it is not quite as good as last year's but if so, the onus is not on AnDy Wu musicland, who did an excellent job once again, but rather perhaps on the quality of pop music in 2014.

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Bay Area Political Rapper Paris Returns With Powerful Anti-Police Brutality Message

Posted by Billyjam, November 27, 2014 06:06am | Post a Comment

Paris "Night of the Long Knives" (2014)

It seems like longtime outspoken Bay Area political hip-hop artist Paris always shows up at key moments in America's socio-political timeline. Last time we heard from Paris was right before the presidential election six years ago at the end of two terms of George W Bush whose father he had written/recorded the controversial song about ("Bush Killa") that back in the early 90's had gotten him kicked off the Time Warner controlled Tommy Boy Records. That last time was when he released 2008's Acid Reflex and talked to me at that time (read Paris 2008 Amoeblog interview here) in which he had lots to say about the state of America. This time, right as the country is in upheaval in reaction to police officer Darren Wilson in the Michael Brown / Ferguson killing not being indicted by a grand jury, Paris returns with a no-holds-barred statement on the current state of the US as "police state" in which he views police brutality against minorities as the "increasing acceptance of black death" with the first single and video "Night of the Long Knives" (above) culled from his forthcoming album, Pistol Politics.

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Dub Club's Tom Chasteen Discusses New Release: "Natural Numbers In Dub" on Stones Throw

Posted by Billyjam, November 26, 2014 10:10am | Post a Comment
Recently the ever prolific and consistently diverse Peanut Butter Wolf headed Stones Throw Records label unleashed yet another great release: Natural Numbers' dub reggae Natural Numbers In Dub. The excellent album joins the label's reggae dub catalog that also includes such other Dub Club related releases as Gappy Ranks Meets Dub Club that was released earlier this month, This  Generation Dub (the Tom Chasteen remix of The Lions) from June, and the Dub Club presented compilation Meaning of Dub LP, featuring such artists as Tippa Irie, Josey Wales, and Dub Club, that Stones Throw released back in August.

Natural Numbers' Natural Numbers In Dub, which features members from Wilco and Mazzy Star, is the newest solo production from the same hard-working, highly revered Tom Chasteen from the ongoing party Dub Club in LA at The Echoplex - happening tonight (November 26th - see flyer below or click here for details). With the lead single "Dub and Blind" the full-length, ten track dub album follows a series of other Chateen produced dub releases under the Dub Club name. For this latest project by the skilled producer Chasteen pushes the envelope by stretching the musical boundaries beyond the usual reggae dub flavor and incorporating such other elements as Middle Eastern, African, and even some country music into his mix.

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