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Axl Rose Named 'Greatest' Singer Ever

Posted by Billy Gil, May 21, 2014 11:24am | Post a Comment

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There’s this thing going around the Internet right now saying Axl Rose is the greatest singer ever.

This list by something called Concert Hotels has actually done something really cool by showing the recorded vocal ranges of some of pop music’s most celebrated singers, taken from Rolling Stone’s 100 Greatest Singers of All Time list. The Guns N’ Roses singer came in at No. 1, meaning he has the widest recorded range.

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Axl Rose (center) in Guns N' Roses

It’s fun to see Bob Dylan, Tom Waits, Lou Reed, Iggy Pop and others represented pretty well on the list—did you know Lana Del Rey’s recorded vocal range is three octaves, dwarfing Taylor Swift’s two-and-change? Or that Eminem has a recorded range of more than three octaves?

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Album Picks: Plaid, Conor Oberst, The Roots

Posted by Billy Gil, May 20, 2014 10:49am | Post a Comment

Plaid - Reachy Prints (LP, CD)

plaid reachy prints lpBeloved Warp Records duo Plaid return with their eighth album, a perfect apotheosis of the IDM sound they helped pioneer. Plaid excel at extrapolating emotional material out of whirling synthesizer landscapes, thanks to a reliance on simple melodies beneath the surface of tracks like the melodic “Hawkmoth” or synth-poppy “Matin Lunaire.” Songs like “Nafovanny” and “Wallet” seem to tell a story as the band layers extensively over singular lead synths, perhaps inspired by their recent soundtrack work (including the anime Tekkonkinkreet), whereas songs like “Slam” create mini-epics of house-inspired beat work. Though Plaid never rose to the level of fame of contemporaries like Squarepusher, their remarkably consistency should encase their legacy as IDM greats, as their work on Reachy Prints is nothing short of inspired.

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Join Us at Make Music Pasadena June 7

Posted by Billy Gil, May 19, 2014 06:30pm | Post a Comment

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Make Music Pasadena takes place Saturday, June 7 from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Amoeba will be on hand with vinyl, band T-shirts, 45s, Amoeba swag, Amoeba Happy Hour gift certificates and more. Stop by our booth and say hi! Plus, if you wear your Amoeba swag to the festival and stop by our booth, we'll give you an Amoeba gift certificate (while supplies last; items purchased at MMP on 6/7 do not qualify).

For a suggested $5 donation, you’ll get to see indie rock bands like Surfer BloodTennis and Saint Motel, international pop star Yuna, electro pop act Sylvan Esso, melodic acoustic band Run River North, local acts like So Many Wizards, Shirley Rolls, Bloody Death Skull and many more.

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Surfer Blood

A full list of the acts is here.

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Matisyahu Stops By The GRAMMY Museum for The Drop June 4

Posted by Billy Gil, May 19, 2014 05:30pm | Post a Comment

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Reggae artist Matisyahu will perform and be interviewed June 4 at The Grammy Museum as part of their program “The Drop.” Amoeba is a sponsor of the event. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased here. Doors are at 7:30 p.m., with a discussion and susbsequent performance starting at 8.

Matisyahu first rose to fame in the mid-2000s for the sheer oddity of being an Orthodox Jewish rapper, performing in a yarmulke with a full beard and payot. But his music soon eclipsed most talk of Matisyahu (born Matthew Paul Miller; Matisyahu is his Hebrew and stage name) as a novelty artist, fusing alternative hip-hop and reggae music with Orthodox Jewish themes, on albums like his 2005 breakthrough Live at Stubbs.

More recently, Matisyahu has shaved off the beard and ditched the yarmulke, stating on his website in late 2011: “When I started becoming religious 10 years ago it was a very natural and organic process.  It was my matisyahu akeda lpchoice.  My journey: to discover my roots and explore Jewish spirituality—not through books but through real life. … I am reclaiming myself. Trusting my goodness and my divine mission. … And for those concerned with my naked face, don’t worry... you haven’t seen the last of my facial hair.” Despite the change in appearance (including dyed-blonde hair) he sported in videos for the 2012 album Spark Seeker, Matisyahu says he is still spiritually Jewish.

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Billboard Music Awards Wows (and Horrifies) Us With Michael Jackson Hologram Performance; See Who Won at the Show

Posted by Billy Gil, May 19, 2014 04:43pm | Post a Comment

Whoever greenlighted that Michael Jackson hologram thing knew what they were doing.

The Billboard Music Awards, which took place last night, haven’t always gotten the press the Grammys get. But last night’s show got people talking by taking the hologram performance concept that first gained notoriety in 2012 when a hologram Tupac performed at Coachella and applied it to none other than the late King of Pop.

I’m not sure how horrified to feel by this. The hologram looked pretty real, but at no point was I fooled into thinking that was Michael Jackson moonwalking across the stage, and judging by audience reaction in the video, I’m not alone. I think the hologram thing is a fluke that will go away. This notion that we’re gonna just replace dead rock stars or those who can’t be there with holograms and sell out arenas and tours is a little ridiculous—it’s a fad. At least “Slave to the Rhythm” is a pretty good song, from the better than expected posthumous release Xscape, although it’s not quite as good as “Love Never Felt So Good,” which should win “best song of 2014 that was mostly recorded in 1983” at some award show.

See a partial list of the Billboard Award winners below:

Top Artist: Justin Timberlake

Top Hot 100 Song: Robin Thicke feat. T.I. & Pharrell – “Blurred Lines” (off the album Blurred Lines)

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