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Posted by Brad Schelden, August 27, 2009 12:20pm | Post a Comment
where the wild things are
I spend most of my weeks looking for new albums to fall in love with. I try to listen to most albums at least once. This is a big quest since there are still a ton of albums out every week. I just wait and hope for those special little albums that get me excited and keep me looking for my new favorite. It keeps me going knowing that there are new fantastic albums out every month just waiting to be discovered. There are the obvious albums to get excited about. In a couple of weeks the Where the Wild Things Are soundtrack comes out. The movie looks amazingly fantastic. The trailer for the movie already made me cry. Spike Jonze is the perfect director to create a live action film out of this great children's book. And just when I didn't think it could get any better, I find out that Karen O from the Yeah Yeah Yeahs did the soundtrack. I mean, really! How could it possibly get any better? I am dying of anticipation to see the movie and hear the soundtrack! I have not even tried to listen to any tracks online. I just want to wait and hear the whole thing when it comes out. But I honestly think that I might just have to wait and experience the soundtrack for the first timewhere the wild things are spike jonze while watching the movie. That is always the problem with getting a soundtrack before you see the movie. I think it is best to experience it in the theater for the first time. Then you can go back and relive it and listen to the soundtrack. I seriously can't wait!

I am also very excited about the new Place to Bury Strangers. The new album called Exploding Head is not out for a couple of months. I know it will be one of my favorites. And it really is hard to compete with their excellent, amazing debut a couple of years ago. It was my favorite of the year back in 2007. This new album will easily be in competition for the number one spot this year. It is easy to get excited about the new albums from your favorite bands. But even more exciting is the new bands that seem to come from nowhere to deilver you their fantastic debut albums. Or the bands and artists that have been working for years that finally make it into your life somehow.black box dreamland

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BOB DYLAN'S CHRISTMAS IN THE HEART ALBUM

Posted by Billyjam, August 27, 2009 12:10pm | Post a Comment
Bob Dylan christmas in the heart
As he announced in the news page on his official website a couple of days ago, Bob Dylan has recorded a Christmas music album that he has scheduled to release this coming holliday season. To be titled Christmas In The Heart and released on Columbia Records, it will be availabe at Amoeba Music and other stores on October 13th.

The release, which will be the 47th album by the legendary musician born Robert Allen Zimmerman, will be Dylan's first Christmas themed release and will likely surprise some fans who never expected the artist, who came to fame as a protest singer, to cover such songs as "Winter Wonderland." Other songs to be featured on the album include “Little Drummer Boy” and “Must Be Santa.”

The album will not be the first time the 68 year old artist has done traditional Christmas fare though. Three years ago on his radio show, Theme Time Radio Hour series 1, episode 34, he did a reading of "Twas The Night Before Christmas" (video clip below). Dylan's Christmas In The Heart will be a benefit for various hunger-relief charities including the wonderful Feeding America organization.



The Beatles Part 3

Posted by Amoebite, August 26, 2009 01:00pm | Post a Comment

We are kicking off the celebration in honor of the digitally remastered Beatles reissues set to hit Amoeba September 9! Each Wednesday until September 2, we will present a segment of The Beatles' biography. Then, the week of September 2-9 will be marked here on the blog with a number of Beatles related posts with a huge variety of topics! You can begin with Part One of the fabled band's history if you missed it by clicking right here; then check out last week's Part Two right here. Now, we are on to Part Three:
 

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BEATLEMANIA HITS THE US

It was now Brian Epstein’s job to break The Beatles in America, the world’s largest music market. To date, it had beenintroducing the beatles vee jay a frustrating task. Capitol Records, EMI’s American arm, had declined to release the group’s records, pointing to US listeners’ historic indifference to English acts. The band’s material had instead been licensed to American independent labels – Vee-Jay, Swan, and Tollie – without any measurable sales.

But Epstein’s acumen and a propitious confluence of events reversed the band’s stateside fortunes. In November 1963, Epstein convinced Ed Sullivan, host of the top-rated TV variety show in the US, to book The Beatles for four appearances in early 1964, after Sullivan had witnessed a frenzied mob of Beatlemaniacs at London’s Heathrow Airport during a overseas trip.

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FRIEND OF AMOEBA ELVIS COSTELLO CELEBRATES BIRTHDAY

Posted by Billyjam, August 25, 2009 03:00pm | Post a Comment
Elvis Costello at Amoeba Music (2009)
Elvis Costello

Happy birthday to friend of Amoeba Elvis Costello -- born Declan Patrick MacManus on August 25th 1954 -- who celebrates his 55th birthday today. A renowned, longtime crate digging music collector with most diverse tastes, Elvis is not surprisingly a big fan of shopping at Amoeba Music.

"One of the things that makes Amoeba a stop for me is that you are going to go in there with the intention of buying one record and come out with an armfull of other things because you know you want to go into the area where the jazz artists are. But at the same time they're sitting next to the hillbilly records, or the opera records, or the show tune records, or the new groups that are coming up and the old groups that are still there," Elvis told Ameoba's Josh Pollock at the Haight Street store on June 22nd when the artist played packed houses at both the San Francisco and the Hollywood Amoeba Music stores on that same day.

Above is the full Elvis Amoeba interview, interspersed with some music, which includes Elvis talking with Josh Pollock about such topics as his new TV show Spectacle on the Sundance channel (where his guests have included Smokey Robinson, Diana Krall, Herbielvis costello secret, profane & sugarcanee Hancock, and Bill Clinton), and also how certain fans just want him to remain 22 forever and be making the same music that he was over three decades ago. Meantime, below is the Amoeba Music concert segment featuring Elvis and band doing the songs "Complicated Shadows," "Down Among The Wines &..," "Blame It On Cain," "Red Cotton," and "My All-Time Doll." Click here to purchase Elvis Costello's new album Secret, Profane & Sugarcane: Note that these videos are different from the famous Elvis Costello - Live at Amoeba YouTube video, which was culled from these videos. That video has racked up a quarter of a million YouTube hits since it was posted on there three weeks ago.

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The roots of jazz - ragtime

Posted by Eric Brightwell, August 24, 2009 04:48pm | Post a Comment
Although for most people the strains of "The Entertainer" and other rags now primarily evoke quaint, scratchy images of silent films projected at the wrong speed, when ragtime first appeared around the 1870s, it was the soundtrack of Missouri's whorehouses, parlors and gambling clubs.

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St. Louis in the 1870s

Ragtime was also one of the first truly and distinctly American musical forms. After cakewalk, ragtime was one of the first global music crazes. That Ragtime's cradle was the river towns of the Missouri Valley shouldn't be a surprise. Missouri, located at the center of the country, has long been and remains a crossroads of cultural exchanges. No state borders more than Missouri and noted ragtime musicians came from all the neighbors and spread to them (except Nebraska and Iowa, states whose people are known to be deaf to the joys of melody and dance). The character of ragtime -- drawing from folk, European and American marches, minstrelsy, spirituals and other forms -- connects Europe, Africa and North America, town and country, classical and popular, black and white.

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