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Music History Monday: December 15

Posted by Jeff Harris, December 15, 2014 10:46am | Post a Comment

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On this day in music history: December 15, 1967The Who Sell Out, the third studio album by The Who, is released. Produced by Kit Lambert, it is recorded at Talentmasters Studios in New York City; IBC Studios, Pye Studios, De Lane Lea Studios, CBS Studios, and Kingsway Studios in London; and Gold Star Studios in Los Angeles from May - November of 1967. The band's third release is a concept album that includes songs interspersed with fake commercials and public service announcements, mimicking the British pirate radio station Radio London. The band will actually be sued by a number of companies whose real products are parodied on the album. It will spin off the classic "I Can See For Miles" (#10 UK, #9 US Pop). Original pressings of the album include a short instrumental cut in the runout groove. The first 1,000 copies of the original stereo and first 500 mono copies of the UK LP will come packaged with a psychedelic poster of a butterfly painted by artist Adrian George. The art had originally been intended for the album's cover, but is rejected. The rarity of these initial pressings have sold in recent years for more than $1,000 each or more on the collector's market. The album is reissued on CD in 1995 with ten additional bonus tracks including outtakes not included in the original release. It is reissued again in 2009 as a two CD Deluxe Edition featuring the original mono and stereo versions of the album, with 28 bonus tracks.The Who Sell Out will peak at number 13 on the UK album chart and number f48 on the Billboard Top 200.
 

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The Bay Bridged 2014 Fundraiser

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, December 14, 2014 07:58pm | Post a Comment

The Bay Bridged - the San Francisco-based non-profit that brings you both the Phono del Sol Music & Food Festival and The Bay Brewed: A Rock & Roll Beer Festival, plus an award-winning music blog and podcast series - is holding an online fundraiser through the end of December. All donations go towards helping them produce those amazing music festivals and enables them to continue to produce their quality stories and podcasts.

Every donation of $10 or more gets you a digital download of The Bay Bridged 2014 Holiday Compilation featuring songs from Everyone is Dirty, Cocktails, bAd bAd, Joseph Childress, Al Lover, Laura Weinbach (of Foxtails Brigade), and more. Donors of $50 or more will receive a number of additional benefits including discounted and free tickets to 2015 events and a chance to win some great raffle prizes such as an Amoeba gift certificate!

Donate today and continue to support local music!

Amoeba SF's Best In-Store Shows of 2014

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, December 14, 2014 05:28pm | Post a Comment

By Brent James, Amoeba SF Event Coordinator

When I took over the position of Event Coordinator for the San Francisco Amoeba store, of course I was more than thrilled to be able to work alongside many artists in the music business that i've admired for so many years. I was ecstatic to help promote and produce the amazing live shows that have become synonymous with Amoeba Music. Most of all, however, I was excited to discover new artists and acts. Things that otherwise might pass me by in the normal course of a day! The following list is compiled of the performances this year that most stood out to me. Sure, I was aware of a few of them, but for the most part I walked away from these shows with a fresh perspective of what they're trying to say and as a new fan. I'm already looking forward to writing this list next year...Cheers!


5. STRAND OF OAKS, Saturday August 30, 2014
At this very early-in-the-tour performance, SOA performed songs from their album Heal. The crowd watched with admiration as Tim Showalter and company preached with songs that were reminiscent of early Bob Seger or even Springsteen. Perfect show for a beautiful Saturday!

Strand of Oaks

4. THE DRUMS, Friday October 4, 2014
One of those days where we suddenly have a crowd of 400 screaming teenagers pogo dancing to their electronic idols! They knew all the words, they had all the records. Solid touring band, but the kids were there to see Jonny and Jacob and were NOT disappointed! The Drums worked the crowd into a frenzy and left them wanting more. Check out their newest LP, Encyclopedia.

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Slim Pickin's: the Best of the Amoeba SF Vinyl Clearance Section

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, December 14, 2014 02:30pm | Post a Comment

There's a new monthly DJ event happening in San Francisco and Amoeba SF is proud to be involved. DJ Johnnie WalkerThis is no ordinary DJ party. The brainchild of longtime San Francisco resident and DJ Johnnie Walker, Slim Pickin's is a celebration of Amoeba SF's Vinyl Clearance section! Viva la dollar vinyl!

Each month, two DJ's spin nothing but vinyl selections found in the vast Amoeba Vinyl Clearance section at the historic Murio's Trophy Room (1811 Haight Street), just two doors down from Amoeba, from 3pm to 8pm. Sounds easy and fun, right? Well, here's where it gets interesting: the DJ's have just an HOUR before the party to pick their aural offerings. Basically knowledge, intuition, and sense of humor will dictate the vibe and flow of that day's event. At the end of the day, each DJ will receive special prizes.

Slim Pickin's is set to happen on the third Sunday of the month, but please note that December's installment is TODAY (12/14). RSVP on the Facebook invite.

The event is free and 21 & up. Stop by to be considered for a chance on the wheels of steel!?

Catching Up With Wheelchair Sports Camp's Kalyn Heffernan on New WSC Album, Youth on Record Program, and More

Posted by Billyjam, December 12, 2014 02:01pm | Post a Comment

In her hometown of Denver, charismatic hip-hop artist/activist/educator Kalyn Heffernan is well known. She is also much loved and respected for her talents, her warm personality, endless energy, and the passion for everything she embraces in her life. She is also an instantly recognizable figure. She may only be three and a half feet in height, weigh less than sixty pounds, and need the use of a wheelchair to get around, but the ever-active Kalyn Heffernan (who has the brittle-bone disability osteogenesis imperfecta) is a commanding persona who always has words of wisdom and encouragement to impart with those who cross her path.

The always good-humored, weed-smoking, queer, hip-hop artist/front person of the live hip-hop group Wheelchair Sports Camp (WSC) counts among her many admirers music fans, fellow protesters in the Denver Occupy movement, and the recent anti-police demonstrations in the Mile High City as well as all the inner-city kids at the programs she tutors (when not on tour). She also has many fans in the LGBT community won over by her out, loud, and proud positive attitude as witnessed in the WSC song "Madd" with the lyrics, "Everyone here is mad / Everyone here is queer and perfectly glad!"

The Denver Colorado artist's accolades are lengthy. She's been featured in her hometown's The Denver Post a few times, been featured in Spin, Vice, and the Huffington Post, as well as gracing the cover of the NYC weekly The Village Voice in 2011 when she only had some demos and no album yet. In September she was among the contributors in the ten-day NYC arts festival Photoville where her video piece 4TheHomies (see below) was part of the exhibit. As a teacher/mentor she works in a couple of youth empowerment programs including Youth on Record at Youth Media Studios where various areas of music production are taught with an emphasis on hip-hop and its four elements (see video interview below that I conducted with her recently at the space).

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