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New Electronic CD Releases 8/14/09

Posted by Oliver / Matt / Jordan, August 14, 2009 05:47pm | Post a Comment

DREHER & SMART
Wandertag
3000 GRAD RECORDS (GERMANY)

"There is for sure no lack of electronic music producers in the German capital, but in contrast to most of their colleagues, Dreher & Smart were really born in Berlin, which becomes obvious already after the first verbal exchange. In the beginning of February they left their urban sphere and headed towards day. Through snow-covered forests and past frozen lakes, they finally arrived at the cozy Dacha on the ground of Fusion festival where the Fortschritt3000 crew welcomed them very heartily. Little by little, more and more guests arrived and the evening became more and more frisky and social. And so, Dreher & Smart soon unpacked their music machines and serenaded the audience. They set all the experiences from their eventful day to music and so also the recording became very entertaining and exciting. On a continuously forcing groove, varied sound constructions unfold, which lead from trippy-minimal deepness over hypnotic melodies and through huge reverb rooms to distinctive percussive take offs. The unobtrusive reactions from the dance floor mixed into confer Wandertag its authentic live atmosphere and increase the anyhow very strong pressure of this recording." - 3000˚


IAN SIMMONDS
The Burgenland Dubs
MUSIK KRAUSE (GERMANY)

Relocated from Wales to Jena, Germany, Ian Simmonds (aka Juryman) is responsible for pure innovation on the electronic scene. He left London in 2005 and began a new chapter in the East German province of scenic Jena in Thuringia, recording The Burgenland Dubs in the old Castle Wendelstein in the middle of the vineyard region in Unstrut Valley in Burgenland Saxony-Anhalt. Working in an environment with faulty heating, rotting old windows, and two hard winters that set ice crystals in his beard, Simmonds toiled in his castle like a sorcerer in his spiritual craft, revealing an album filled with maritime dimensions, rhythmic, lyrical moments, dramatic beat wizardry, and orchestral presence. This album also demonstrates a swinging, acoustic flight of traditional instrumentation paired with modern electric sonic culture. He also doesn't shy away from soul and jazz, and possesses a smooth British breakstep sense and even the depths and straight lines from Detroit. His sound began on the bass with the extraordinary combo, Sandals (1992-1994), whose proliferation anticipated British-isle club innovation. As Juryman, Simmonds began to merge modern music with traditional. From there came unbeatable productions in the form of 12" remixes, albums on renowned labels like SSR, Ntone, Studio-K7!, Pussyfoot, G-Stone, Compost, and more. The Burgenland Dubs is pure beat-fiddling sound research plus orchestral radiance and moving, warm peak-time brush-strokes for the home or club.

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Jay Reatard Amoeba Instore Tour!

Posted by Amoebite, August 14, 2009 02:29pm | Post a Comment
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Join us for Jay Reatard's Indie Record Store Tour! He will be appearing at all THREE Amoeba stores next week!

Hollywood - Tuesday, August 18 6pm
San Francisco - Saturday, August 22 6pm
Berkeley - Sunday, August 23 6pm

These appearances are in support of his new record Watch Me Fall, out August 18th! Also, get a limited edition silkscreen poster designed by Jay with purchase of Watch Me Fall, on the day of the in-store onlywatch me fall jay reatard and while supplies last!

“It takes ten times longer to get rid of your reputation than it does to make it.”  - Jay Reatard

As we approach the August 18, 2009 release of Watch Me Fall, Jay Reatard’s 90-somethingeth release since dropping out of 8th grade to pursue this game, you might ask, who is this guy?

In the late 90s, 15-year-old Jay Lindsey, living right outside Memphis, played all of the instruments on a demo tape by his newly-minted performing moniker of “The Reatards.” This cassette was sent to Eric Friedl of the Oblivians, who had used the “Goner Records” imprint on a couple of releases. His next would be a 7” by The Reatards, followed shortly by a full-length LP, Teenage Hate (Goner, 1998). Remembers Jay:

“I read an article in Spin about ‘The Lo-Fi Revolution’ in the mid-90s, and I kept seeing ‘Four-Track’ ‘Four-Track’ ‘Four-Track’….and I didn’t know what one was, but I figured out that it was what all of those bands, Sebadoh, Guided By Voices, used to record their records. Before the internet, it was really hard trying to figure out what one cost, or how to find one in the first place, but I finally got one for Christmas. Before that, I recorded by using a karaoke machine with two tape decks hooked up to it.”reatards get up fucked up

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Bollywood Cover Gallery 1

Posted by Mr. Chadwick, August 14, 2009 01:50pm | Post a Comment
I've been sitting on this collection of Bollywood soundtrack covers for some time now and I figured that India's Independence Day would be a great time to launch the gallery. Bollywood soundtracks are always a great listen; my experience is that even the more average LP will have moments of brillance. The cover art is usually quite intriguing, even if on some it's just the fontage used for the titles. I've included some stellar youtube footage from a few of the featured movies.

ghungroo ki awaaz lp coverpavilhra gangaa

dus numbri 10 soundtrack lp covergaliyon kaa badshah soundtrack lp cover

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AMOEBA MUSIC WEEKLY HIP-HOP ROUND UP: 08:14:09

Posted by Billyjam, August 14, 2009 10:34am | Post a Comment
Amoeba Music Berkeley Hip-Hop Top Five: 08:14:09
DOOM

1) Mos Def The Ecstatic (Downtown)

2) Chali 2na Fish Outta Water (Decon)

3) DOOM Born Like This (Lex Records)

4) Cage Depart From Me (Def Jux)

5) Wu Tang Chamber Music (KR Urban/KOCH)

At the Berkeley Amoeba Music store this week the top selling albums are all ones that have been out for a few weeks or more but that are proving to be staples for the Summer of '09. Charting records include the latest releases from Mos Def, Wu-Tang, and Chali 2na, as well as DOOM's (aka MF Doom) recent Born Like This and Cage's Depart From Me, both of which are incidentally on Definitive Jux (aka Def Jux), the label co-founded by El-P that seemingly can do no wrong as it steadily builds a catalog of quality, lasting hip-hop in an era of the genre when there is so much clutter elsewhere.
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The OM 15 party is tonight! San Francisco based OM Records will be celebrating 15 successful years with a big show at the Mezzanine this eve (Friday, August 14) with Mark Farina, J Boogie, Whooligan and others. I just caught The Whooligan at the same venue a week ago when he was performing with 40 Love during the wonderful Amoebapalooza 2009.

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Ghostbusters at 25

Posted by Whitmore, August 13, 2009 11:23pm | Post a Comment

How the hell can Ghostbusters be 25 years old? I remember the first time I watched it, and I don’t think I was in grammar school ... shit, I’m getting old ...
 
Starting today, in honor of its silver anniversary, YouTube is hosting a weeklong showing of Sony's spooky comedy classic, Ghostbusters, starring Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis, Ernie Hudson, Sigourney Weaver, Rick Moranis, and Annie Potts.
 
The weirdest thing about this whole showing, is that even though the film will be playing for seven days on Youtube, technically it will be not be in your YouTube player. It will instead be deposited by way of Sony's Crackle player, which will then be embedded on Youtube. Sounds like a publicity stunt to me-- somebody’s making some cash off of this unholy union. Oddly enough, I might just be right for a change; rumor has it that Sony is currently developing a Ghostbusters 3 for a 2012 release. Spengler, Stantz, Venkman, and Zeddemore! ... I just hope it's better than the sequel, and I hope to hell all the original actors return. Who are you going to call but the original crew ... in fact I’ll take it a step further, I want Larry King, Joe Franklin and Casey Kasem making cameos again.
 
Ghostbusters on YouTube will appear in a 16x9 aspect ratio at "high quality" resolution (as opposed to YouTube's HD player) and it will feature as many as eight in-stream commercials. Enjoy!

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