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Country from other countries

Posted by Eric Brightwell, October 23, 2008 06:57pm | Post a Comment
Country Music

In the American South, traditions from Celtic music, folk, blues, gospel and mountain music melded together into what was originally known as Hillbilly music. Hillbilly produced some incredibly popular artists like Jimmie Rodgers, who sold over a million records in the '20s, back when there were probably like 2 million people in the country.

In 1949, Billboard started referring to it as Country, since many Hillbillies began to feel like they were performing some kind of minstrelsy for urban, northern audiences who'd stick some straw baies on the stage to make these noble savages feel at home.

Anyway, it wasn't just popular at home. There are seemingly more fans of country outside of the U.S. than in it. Before long, other countries were producing their own Country, influenced by the original but occasionally tailored to their own traditions.

Canadian Country

Canadian Cornfield

It shouldn't really come as a surprise that Canada, our kid sibling to the north, would have their fair share of Country musicians. in fact, outside of the U.S., Canada is the Countryest country. Originally it developed out of their heavily Celtic Maritime Provinces. Most Country, however, mirrors the U.S.'s and many Canadian Country artists have infiltrated Nashville unsuspected and undetected, capable of producing Pop Country as bland as our indigenous experts. Most Canadian Country musicians sing about Tennessee this and Kentucky that, happy to not reflect their own backgrounds. Those that do have a more distinctly Canadian tone often have an elevated Folk aspect to their music.

Canadian Country artists include Shania Twain, Adam Gregory, Hank Snow, Paul Brandy, Wilf Carter, Tommy Hunter, Stompin' Tom Connors, Corb Lund, George Canyon, Don Messer, Anne Murray, Lucille Starr, Marg Osburne, Ian Tyson, Mercey Brothers, Maurice Boyler, Gordie Tapp, Carroll Baker, Bob Nolan, Stu Davis, Gene MacLellan, Myrna Lorrie, Ray Griff, Ronnie Prophet, Colleen Peterson, The Good Brothers, Terry Carisse and Prairie Oyster.

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AMOEBA'S GUITAR HERO WORLD TOUR PREVIEW PARTY AT BLAKE'S

Posted by Billyjam, October 23, 2008 02:42pm | Post a Comment
 

In case you haven't already heard this, Saturday night at Blake's in Berkeley Amoeba Music is throwing a very special Midnight Sale and Preview Party for the brand new Guitar Hero World Tour game whose official release date is Sunday (Oct 26th). This brand new Guitar Hero (for Wii, PS3, and Xbox360) will be sold at Blakes by itself as well as along with the bundle pack, according to Amoeba's Tarin Muir. 

From all reports, this anticipated new Guitar Hero is sure to be a big hit, especially for the upcoming holidays. Guitar Hero World Tour comes complete with new wireless six-piece drum set with fan-like cymbals, a slap-strum pad on its 25% larger sunburst guitar, an impressive 86 master recording track list, plus lots of new features such as Wii Freestyle (scroll down to video below poster to learn more about this Wii-only mode).

The no-admission Amoeba Guitar Hero World Tour Midnight Sale & Preview Party at Blake's on Telegraph Ave starts at 10PM Saturday night, October 25th. Note that even though the party is a 21+ event, there will be window sales for anyone underage to pick up the game. 

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out today 10/21...gang gang dance...

Posted by Brad Schelden, October 23, 2008 12:55pm | Post a Comment
gang gang dance saint dymphna
I have been anxiously awaiting the new Gang Gang Dance album since hearing their excellent EP from last year. I fell in love with Gang Gang Dance in 2005 when God's Money came out, but the EP RAWWAR totally blew me away last year. It was only 3 tracks but they seem to pack the greatness of a whole album into that little EP. I still listen to the second track whenever I get a chance. "Oxygen Demo Riddim" is just an instrumental track but it became one of my favorite songs of the year. Gang Gang Dance is now back with a new album called Saint Dymphna. This band has always beengang gang dance rawwar somewhat of a mystery to me. I have never really done any research on them and have never read a review of them or their albums. I know they live in New York, but that is pretty much where my knowledge of them begins and ends. I have no idea what they look like and I have no idea how others have described them. It makes them more interesting to me. The music just basically exists in my head and I have made my own little personal set of stories about them. I have not yet had the opportunity to see them live -- maybe that will clear up some of my questions about them. I do have a chance coming up soon. They are playing November 15th at the El Rey gang gang dance dvdin Los Angeles. I really do know one thing about Gang Gang Dance: I love this new album and I love Gang Gang Dance. They don't really sound like anything I have ever heard before, yet the music somehow speaks to me. The songs are often intense sort of musical collages -- lots of instruments and sounds seem to interfere with each other but end up creating some beautiful music when all put together.

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AMOEBA MUSIC WEEKLY HIP-HOP ROUND UP 10:23:08

Posted by Billyjam, October 23, 2008 08:00am | Post a Comment
                                   Amoeba Music San Francisco Hip-Hop Top Five: 10:23:08

1) Jake One White Van Music (Rhymesayers)

2) Mighty Underdogs Droppin' Science Fiction (Definitive Jux)

3) MF Doom Operation Doomsday (Traffic)

4) Micheal Franti & Spearhead All Rebel Rockers (Anti)

5) Devin the Dude Landing Gear (Razor & Tie Music)

Thanks to Luis at Amoeba Music San Francisco for this week's top five, which includes super talented Seattle producer Jake One and his guest-heavy (over two dozen emcees!) album White Van Music on Rhymesayers in the number one slot. Also with many guest shots, but not near as many as Jake One's record, is the Bay Area supergroup the Mighty Underdogs (Lateef the Truth Speaker, Gift of Gab, & Headnodic) and their recent Def Jux release Droppin' Science Fiction which is the number two top selling hip-hop album at the Haight Street Amoeba this week. As is the case over at the Berkeley Amoeba, the Bay Area's much loved Michael Franti and Spearhead's new album All Rebel Rockers on Anti is also selling well in the San Francisco store. Others on the hip-hop top five include Devin the Dude's Landing Gear and the MF Doom album re-release of Operation Doomsday courtesy of Traffic Entertainment. 

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THIS (AC/DC COVERS) BAND WILL NEVER BREAK UP

Posted by Billyjam, October 23, 2008 07:58am | Post a Comment

                

The above video of a one-man AC/DC covers band was posted on YouTube a month ago by deathwish808. The one-man band, who gets no ID, although he does look a bit like Jack White, proves that a single man (or woman) can do it all, even if they do mess up a bit on the vocals.

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