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New Vinyl Reissues Out This Week from Joy Division, David Bowie & More

Posted by Amoebite, July 24, 2015 03:16pm | Post a Comment

Vinyl Reissues

There have been lots of vinyl reissues out lately, to mark anniversaries or to feature newly remastered audio on heavyweight vinyl. Here are the reissue highlights for July 24, 2015.

Air Moon Safari Vinyl Reissue

Air
Moon Safari  [180 Gram Vinyl]

A classic of downtempo electronica, the success of Moon Safari essentially launched the French duo’s musical career. Their debut LP has just been remastered on 180 gram vinyl, following last month's reissue of their four other studio albums and the 40th anniversary of The Virgin Suicides soundtrack. Please note, this item is delayed.

David Bowie Fame 7"

David Bowie
Fame [40th Anniversary Picture Disc] 7”

Gaby Moreno and Jorge Drexler Play a Free Show at Grand Performances August 7

Posted by Amoebite, July 23, 2015 07:00pm | Post a Comment

Join us Friday, August 7th as we proudly support another free summer concert at Grand Performances in downtown LA! The show, which features Latin American singer/songwriters Gaby Moreno and Jorge Drexler, starts at 8pm and we'll be there with our famous prize wheel. Stop by, say hello, and give the wheel a spin for a chance to win cool prizes.

Jorge DrexlerGrand Performances has become a staple for concert goers in Los Angeles. The award-winning series manages to curate top notch programming with artists not only from our city, but from around the globe.

Singing in both English and Spanish, Guatemalan singer/songwriter Gaby Moreno glides effortlessly between bossa nova, blues-rock and R&B. In 2013, Gabby took home a Latin Grammy for Best New Artist. This will definitely be a memorable night as Gabby is sure to convert any music fan within an earshot of her amazing voice.

Also performing is Oscar winner Jorge Drexler. A native of Uruguay, Drexler holds the distinction of being the first Uruguayan to win an Academy Award, which he took home for his composition, "Al Otro Lado del Rio" for the film The Motorcycle Diaries.

 

 

Rest In Peace Don Joyce of Negativland and KPFA's "Over The Edge"

Posted by Billyjam, July 23, 2015 02:30pm | Post a Comment

Yesterday Don Joyce of Negativland and KPFA's pioneering "Over The Edge" died at age 71. Today his longtime creative collaborator Mark Hosler posted the following touching and factually comprehensive tribute/obituary to the cut-and-paste /sound collage/culture jamming pioneer of the highly prolific Bay Area group:

"Words cannot do justice to the loss of Donald S. Joyce, Crosley Bendix, C. Eliot Friday, Omer Edge, Izzy Isn’t, Bud Choke, Leland Googleburger, Wang Tool and Dr. Oslo Norway, who all died yesterday in Oakland, CA of heart failure at age 71. Perhaps a loud, mournful squawk from Don's “Booper” feedback oscillator would better sum up the feelings of Negativland, his comrades and partners in art for 34 years, who are devastated. It was Don who coined the term “culture jamming”, and who devoted his life to the art of sound collage and his weekly live radio program, "Over the Edge," on KPFA FM in Berkeley, where it has continuously lived on the dial on Thursday nights at midnight since 1981, without interruption.

Don was a DJ at KPFA when a mutual friend, Ian Allen (who died this past January), introduced him to a group of Contra Costa County noise artists called Negativland, who entered the station one night armed with stacks of recordings and electronic gear, and immediately transformed Don’s “normal music show” into a free-form collage sound odyssey. It totally blew open his idea of what a radio program could be and what a DJ could “do.” And in Don Joyce (whose initials were conveniently also “DJ”), Negativland had found its “lead vocalist” without even realizing they were looking for one. It was Don who took the idea of reshaping previously recorded words – in a pre-sampling age – and ran with it to an extent and depth never before heard, and never equalled. “Recontextualization” became his weapon, with the 1/4” tape machine and razor blade his ammunition, and the radio “cart player" – an entirely forgotten piece of broadcast history using endless-loop tape cartridges, which he used until he death – his delivery system.

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#TBT To Earlier Era San Francisco Gentrification/Tech Invasion Backlash

Posted by Billyjam, July 23, 2015 01:19pm | Post a Comment

In keeping with the day's #tbt theme I flashback to late 1990's San Francisco -- an earlier era of the still-ongoing, unrelenting gentrification and tech invasion of the city by the Bay that has resulted in record high rents and driven out so many longtime SF residents (including lots of musicians and budget-conscious artists) who no longer can afford to live in a city that rivals Manhattan in cost of living.  In comparison to today, the late '90s version of San Francisco was still relatively affordable, albeit still a far cry from the inexpensive city of previous decades that attracted so many artists to relocate to the Bay. In 2015 it may be tech giants like Twitter and Google who are seen as among the main culprits of gentrification in San Francisco. Back in the late '90s it was seen by most as the "dot com" invasion of areas South Of Market, particularly the Mission District.

"I don't wanna be a slave to no dot com…Ain't no parking around my residence. I don't like the candidates running for president. All these dot coms make me depressed…I'm more concerned about paying my rent," rapped veteran San Francisco underground hip-hop artist Crack Emcee on his song "Babylon.com." This earlier era SF tech revolt anthem (hear below) was the opening track that set the tone for the Amoeba Music Compilation Vol. II. This compilation of indie artists (many in San Francisco) was subtitled "Just Payin' The Rent" because at the time of its release - late '90s into early 2000's - San Francisco neighborhoods like The Mission were experiencing first hand the negative fallout of the dot com boom including driving up housing costs and hence out-pricing long time residents including artists with little money to begin with.

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Mitty Collier - Unheralded Soul #3

Posted by Joe Goldmark, July 22, 2015 07:32pm | Post a Comment

Head to the Vinyl Beat website to check out extensive LP label guides and wild cover galleries!

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Mitty Collier came from the church, had a soul career for 10 years, and went back to the church to stay in 1972. She had the deepest, sexiest voice in soul music, but she still flew under the radar. Although she had many R&B hits, she was just too gritty for Top 40 radio. Mitty’s early career was with Chess Records in Chicago, but her best work was produced by Stax soul legend William Bell for the Peachtree label in Atlanta.  

Mitty Collier

I’d Like To Change Places – (Entrance)



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