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Harmonizing Siblings The Belle Brigade Play Amoeba SF and Hollywood This Week

Posted by Billyjam, March 24, 2014 11:30am | Post a Comment

The Belle Brigade - Belt of Orion (Live at Amoeba Hollywood, 2011)


Over the past several decades in popular music there's been frequent reminders that bands featuring siblings usually offer a special musical synchronicity, a flawless fusion of two signing voices - perfectly in sync with one another on a musical level. Examples of brothers, or sisters, or brothers and sisters together in bands over the years include The Kinks, Tegan and Sara, The Everly Brothers, The Bee Gees, and The Belle Brigade who play two Amoeba in-stores this week (tomorrow Tuesday at Amoeba San Francisco, and Thursday at Amoeba Hollywood) in support of their brand new album Just Because (also available on LP format). It will not be the first time that the LA brother-sister duo, comprised of Barbara Gruska and Ethan Gruska, graced Amoeba with their irresistible melodic rock and pitch perfect harmonies. Check the video above from Amoeba Hollywood from a few years ago, around the time of the release their critically acclaimed self-titled debut The Belle Brigade featuring such sunny and satisfying slices of pop rock as "Belt of Orion" above (see the full May 18th, 2011 Amoeba Hollywood in-store here).

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Kylie Minogue's New "Sexercise" Video Goes Viral

Posted by Billyjam, March 19, 2014 05:25pm | Post a Comment

Kylie Minogue "Sexercise" from the Australian artist's brand new album Kiss Me Once (2014)


Kylie Minogue's brand new video for "Sexercise" has gone viral, having racked up over half a million views since the video was published to YouTube earlier today. The Will Davidson directed music video above is presented as "the sexiest workout ever" (note, with parental warning) and features Minogue getting her sexercise on in stilettos and leotard.
The song is culled from the Australian pop sensation's brand new 11 song album Kiss Me Once that arrived in Amoeba yesterday and features such other tracks as "Sexy Love," "Million Miles," "I Was Gonna Cancel," and "Into The Blue."  The Into The Blue Remix EP featuring four different non-album versions of the song preceded this release by a few weeks. Meanwhile Kiss Me Once is Minogue's first official new studio album since 2010's Aphrodite but her first full length release since 2012's The Abbey Road Sessions.
 

New York State of Mind Amoeblog #72: The Beatles Exhibit, Billy Joel @ MSG, Macaron Day NYC, SWV, G&E, Warpaint + more

Posted by Billyjam, March 19, 2014 08:21am | Post a Comment

Billy Joel "New York State of Mind (Live @ Tokyo Dome)" (2006)

After much publicity Billy Joel finally kicks off his new monthly residency at the cavernous Madison Square Garden (MSG) this Friday (March 21st) and once a month thereafter up until tickets stop selling for the "Piano Man." So far the first seven months of this Las Vegas type series of  Billy Joel shows are officially sold-out or near sold out. Hence there are some tickets still available for this week's show when seats range from $64.50 to $124.50 per ticket. Each show promises to be a Billy Joel Greatest Hits styled showcase (Joel sure has an arsenal of hits to draw from!) with the Bronx NY born artist making his "New York State of Mind" a highlight: maybe the finale song of each show. Above is Joel performing that song in Japan eight years ago. The next scheduled monthly Billy Joel at MSG concert will be April 18th. Tickets and more info.

SWV, the popular nineties soul/r'n'b female singing trio whose name stands for Sisters With Voices are back keeping busy, and performing this weekend in New York. The group, who released the return album I Missed Us and star in the surprise hit reality TV show SWV Reunited, play B.B. Kings on 42nd Street on Friday night. 21+ Tix $35 to $40. 8pm show. More info

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Hip-Hop History Tuesdays: With Help from World's Famous Supreme Team & Others, Malcolm McLaren Created A Hip-Hop Classic

Posted by Billyjam, March 18, 2014 08:00am | Post a Comment

    


A true sign of any album qualifying as a classic in its respective genre is when, even 31 years after its initial malcolm mclarenrelease, it still packs the same punch it did upon first listen. Such is most definitely the case with Malcolm McLaren's hip-hop and world music 43:36 minute classic album Duck Rock that was originally released in January 1983 on Island Records in the US and on Charisma in the UK. Presenting divergent styles of music from round the globe, most notably hip-hop and African and all interspersed with NYC hip-hop radio show snippets from the World's Famous Supreme Team radio show,  Duck Rock featured such timeless hits as "Buffalo Gals" and "Double Dutch." And while British impresario Malcolm McLaren, who was perhaps best known then and now as the former manager of the Sex Pistols, is credited as the album's creator or main artist, that was not technically the case. The maverick McLaren was really more of a hands-on executive producer with a knack for unearthing new trends long before they broke and repackaging them for public consumption. And for this intuitive gift McLaren, who died four years ago, has been praised for discovering new artists/genres while alternately been criticized for exploitation. McLaren has also (rightfully) been accused of routinely giving himself more much credit than he may have deserved. In the case of Duck Rock he is listed as the artist on the record while there are numerous artists on there - with McLaren, who sings and kind of raps throughout Duck Rock (like when he does the talkover in "Double Dutch"), being just one contributing artist. McLaren is also credited as "producer" along with (post Buggles / pre The Art of Noise) Trevor Horn who actually did the majority of the music production; perfectly melding together divergent styles and sounds that included South American, Caribbean, and down home Americana roots. Thomas Dolby was also a musical contributor.

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The Strypes, Liam Geddes with Class A'z, Rubberbandits, Jinx Lennon, RiRa, Sultans of Ping F.C. and Other Irish Music, New and Old

Posted by Billyjam, March 17, 2014 08:45am | Post a Comment

The Strypes "Hometown Girls" from the Irish band's debut album Snapshot

Tomorrow is the Stateside release date of Irish rock group The Strypes' 12 track debut album Snapshot, featuring such tracks as "Hometown Girls" above. To date only the September 2013 import version of Snapshot has only been available from Amoeba. The young retro styled rock quartet from Cavan,  who Sir Elton John scooped up and signed to his Rocket Music Management, is currently on tour in the States including three gigs at SxSW. And with their stellar debut album Snapshot been released this week in the US - already available to pre-order from Amoeba - you should expect big things from the Strypes Stateside in 2014. They play Bottom of the Hill in San Francisco on March 29th and the El Ray Theatre in LA on March 31st.

The other clips below include a random array of different genre music videos - both new and old - from Ireland. Included immediately below is the brand new music video for the soon-to-drop, Irish single "Lifeboat" by Ireland's 2007 Irish Idol champ Liam Geddes and featuring members of the talented Dublin rap crew Class A'z with production by John Gibbons and Scimon Tist.   "25 O'Clock In The Mornin" is the track below by RíRá - the supertalented veteran Irish emcee who came to fame two decades with pioneering Irish hip-hop crew Scary Eire. The track was single on All City single and an album track on the artist's 2008 album Horses Work For Donkeys Wages (Maddaxxe). For their latest The Rubberbandits (the Limerick absurdist comedy/rap/hip-hop duo who rocketed to fame 3 years ago when their "Horse Outside" Republic of Telly skit went viral) take things to the darkside with their compelling latest, , "Dads Best Friend."

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