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New Fela Kuti Vinyl Box Set Announced, Curated by Brian Eno

Posted by Billy Gil, August 12, 2014 10:15am | Post a Comment

fela kuti box set vol. 3Knitting Factory will release their third set of vinyl reissues by Afrobeat legend Fela Kuti Sept. 29, assembled by Brian Eno.

This set will include the albums London Scene (1971), Shakara (1972), Gentleman (1973), Afrodisiac (1973), Zombie (1976), Upside Down (1976) and I.T.T. (1980). It will also include a 12-page booklet with an intro by Eno, song lyrics and contributions by Afrobeat historian Chris May, Pitchfork reports.

Vol. 1 of the Kuti sets was curated by The Roots?uestlove while Vol. 2 was curated by Ginger Baker.

Eno and Talking Heads famously used Afrobeat and Kuti as an inspiration for the classic Talking Heads album Remain in Light, which Eno produced. Watch Eno talk about his longtime enthusiasm for Kuti’s music in the video below:

Album Picks: FKA Twigs, Mirel Wagner

Posted by Billy Gil, August 12, 2014 09:53am | Post a Comment

FKA Twigs - LP1 (LP and Deluxe LP out 8/25, CD, Download)

fka twigs lp1FKA Twigs is the stage name of singer/songwriter Tahliah Barnett, who together with a team of some of the best producers working in pop music (Blood Orange’s Devonte Hynes, Clams Casino and Paul Epworth of Adele/Coldplay fame, among others) come up with one of the most brilliant debut records of 2014. What at first sounds like icy, alien R&B ends up feeling amorous, empathetic and intriguing to no end. Songs like “Lights On” at first sound not so out-of-time, fitting in nicely with the adventurous alt-soul stylings of The Weeknd or current Beyonce, but the songs are continuously chewed up and breathed back out into wondrous concoctions that bear little resemblance to anything else out there. Vocally, Barnett calls to mind someone working to effect change within the mainstream like Aaliyah once did as much as she does weirdos like Yma Sumac and Bjork (especially on the bold “Preface”), her airy voice warping into new dimensions yet latching onto reality on the touching “Two Weeks” and suddenly coming through clear as day as she pleads with sexual abandon through classic soul phrasings for a would-be lover amid analog-sounding robotic textures. As much as FKA Twigs is a product of a time in which introspective artists who allow for empty space to permeate their music are the norm, from The XX to How to Dress Well and James Blake, Barnett’s music feels more fun to listen to and not at all dreary, even if mostly downtempo. “How would you like it if my lips touched yours?” she suddenly entreats in the laser-streaked “Hours” and it’s hard not to think of some fantastical Janet Jackson comeback. “Video Girl” is more direct, asking “is she the girl from the video?” (Barnett has a background as a backup dancer in music videos) as Barnett goes on to prove she’s a lot more than that through stunning lead and layered vocals while the song’s lush, post trip-hop music sways and lurches sensuously. But “Pendulum” will no doubt be her entrée to most audiences, as the Epworth production literally knocks on your door with its stuttering beat and introduces a girl capable of delivering a Prince-level combination of heartache and confidence while keeping sly pop hooks on the backburner right until they’re ready to sizzle. It makes you happy to be listening to pop music in this day and age when something so exciting as this will bubble to the top.

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Portishead to Reissue Seminal 'Dummy' LP

Posted by Billy Gil, August 12, 2014 09:32am | Post a Comment

portishead dummy lpPortishead will celebreate the 20-year anniversary of their debut record, the trip-hop classic Dummy, by reissuing it on 180 gram heavyweight vinyl. The band should be announcing a release date via their website this week.

The first 1,000 copies of the album will be on blue vinyl, defaulting back to black vinyl after that. It will also come with a download card of the original album. Dummy won’t be seeing a remaster or additional songs added to the original tracklist.

Even more great news in the Portishead world is word that the band is headed back to the studio soon to work on the follow-up to 2008’s Third, band member Adrian Utley told The Quietus in February. Given how amazing Third was, we’re on the edge of our seats in anticipation.

Watch the video for "Glory Box" from 1994's Dummy below:

 

Moon Block Party Features BRMC, Black Lips and Spoon, Tickets On Sale Now for Oct. 18 Show

Posted by Billy Gil, August 11, 2014 03:11pm | Post a Comment

Moon Block Party

Moon Block Party is happening at the Fairplex in Pomona on Oct. 18 from 12 p.m. to 10 p.m. It’s an all-ages show, and tickets are $45 (you can also buy them at Amoeba Hollywood with only a $2 service charge). Amoeba is proud to be a sponsor of the event—look for our booth!

Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Black Lips and The Black Angels (notice a pattern?) lead off the show's lineup, along with recently added headliner Spoon. See the rest of the acts participating below:

Band of Skulls

Tinariwen

Unknown Mortal Orchestra

Metz

Shannon & The Clams

Cosmonauts

Deap Vally

Morgan Delt

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Leonard Cohen Likely to Release New Album 'Popular Problems' Next Month Around 80th Birthday

Posted by Billy Gil, August 11, 2014 02:56pm | Post a Comment

leonard cohenThe great, literary singer/songwriter Leonard Cohen celebrates his 80th birthday next month (on Sept. 21). What better way to do that than with a new album?

Popular Problems will likely be out sometime next month, Rolling Stone reports. Though Cohen’s representative could not confirm the album or a release date, it was hinted at during last week’s Cohen fan convention, Leonard Cohen Event 2014, and the album is listed on Amazon France with a Sept. 22 release date.

Here’s what Jarkko Arjatsalo, a Finnish accountant that runs Cohen’s official website, said about the album in the foreward of the event booklet:

“Leonard has worked hard on his next studio album of entirely new songs. He asked me to let you know that Popular Problems will be out at the end of September, shortly after his 80th birthday.”

No tour plans have yet been announced. Cohen’s last album was 2012’s Old Ideas, for which Cohen recorded songs that didn’t make the cut that could make it onto this album, he told RS in 2012:

“I rehearsed some other songs on the road—new songs that didn't make it onto the record. So I have a new record [after this one], at least two-thirds of it, anyway.”

Old Ideas was pretty great, so we're more than OK with that. Hear that album's opening track, "Going Home," below:

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