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Robbery

Posted by phil blankenship, October 3, 2008 10:43am | Post a Comment
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AMOEBA MUSIC WEEKLY HIP-HOP ROUND UP: 10:02:08

Posted by Billyjam, October 2, 2008 06:08pm | Post a Comment

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                                  Amoeba Music San Francisco Hip-Hop Top Five: 10:02:08

1) Murs Murs for President (Warner)

2) Madlib WLIB (bbe)

3) T.I. Paper Trail (Grand Hustle/Atlantic)

4) People Under The Stairs Fun DMC (Gold Dust Media)

5) J.Stalin Gas Nation (Town Thizzness)

Thanks to Luis at the San Francisco Amoeba Music for this week's Hip-Hop Top Five selling albums chart -- all of which are all really strong & recommended new releases, and all brand-new, having dropped this past Tuesday, September 30th. Featured in the number one (with a bullet) top slot is the highly anticipated new major label release from much-loved Living Legends emcee Murs. Murs For President on Warner Brothers has been selling like crazy at the Haight Street as well as at the other two Amoeba Music stores including, of course, Hollywood Amoeba where Murs did a free in-store performance on Tuesday, the same day the new album dropped. Check out photos from his live performance on our website right here!

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"Eternal Flame"

Posted by Miss Ess, October 2, 2008 05:33pm | Post a Comment
The Bangles' "Eternal Flame" is so sugar-sweet it practically rots my teeth...but just like candy, I come back for more over and over again...

Actually, it is one of the many songs that intermittently play on repeat in my head. Seriously though, that song's been up there for years on a loop! Considering the title, the irony is not lost on me! "Eternal Flame" always comes back around somehow, and it's not like I am sitting around listening to Bangles records! Where does it come from?!


I'm really not quite sure why I still find it a moving song, why it stays up there in my brain, but in a way it is sort of comforting to know that when I hear the actual tune (or even just the version in my head), it has the the banglessame effect on me as it did when I was small. I never owned a Bangles album as a child and I haven't heard any of their other music probably since the 80s, but this song has just always stayed with me.

Now that I am fully revisiting it, I especially love how it gets all epic at the end with strings and the building vocals...the fact that the video includes fireworks is just too perfect (and 80s). Susanna Hoffs' vocals cannot be denied! Too bad the ladies didn't write this one themselves, but it's still a winner in my heart.

It will always remind me of being enveloped by a disco ball's mirrored reflections as I was roller skating at this tragically 80s rink and also playing in the basement at my cousins' house.

Oh...I guess I've carried it with me so I can conjure up that simpler time at any given moment in my constantly shifting adult life. Maybe I should go find myself a Bangles record after all...

Van Morrison to Perform Astral Weeks!

Posted by Miss Ess, October 2, 2008 04:40pm | Post a Comment
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I know I've mentioned it several times before but I just can't resist mentioning it again: Van Morrison's Astral Weeks.

I've just heard that he will be performing the album in full next month at the Hollywood Bowl! The dates are Nov 7 and 8. Wow, I am wishing I was an Angeleno right about now.

I'm interested to see what he does with the songs-- knowing Van's at times rather spotty live performances, and the expansive variation that he brings to his songs when he performs them, who knows? I bet he has not played a good portion of the songs off of Astral Weeks in a zillion years. Frankly, I am surprised he agreed to do this, but it's thrilling! He must be pleased that this album is finally getting its due and being praised by the masses, since it was fairly ignored back in 1968.

As a whole, Astral Weeks' improvisational nature makes it more akin to jazz than rock, really, and one thing I am sure of is that Van will bring his spontaneity and lack of restraint to his performances. If you want to read a bit more about the record, click here.

Apparently he is capturing it all on tape (or whatever more ephemeral substance they're using these days) for a DVD, so if you can't make it, rest assured you will be able to catch it at a later date in the comfort of your own home.

Here's a recent performance of "Madame George" -- sounds great to me!

Blame It On The Night

Posted by phil blankenship, October 2, 2008 04:18pm | Post a Comment
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