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R.I.P. B.B. King

Posted by Billyjam, May 15, 2015 06:19am | Post a Comment

"King of The Blues" B.B. King, the legendary American guitarist and singer/songwriter, died late last night at his Las Vegas home. He was 89 years of age and had enjoyed a prolific recording and performing career spanning seven decades. According to a report this morning by the Associated Press, who interviewed the blues icon's attorney Brent Bryson, King reportedly died "peacefully in his sleep at 9:40 p.m. PDT" last night (Thursday, May 14) with the local county coroner confirming the death, and that "funeral arrangements were underway" for the 15-time Grammy winner.

The son of sharecroppers, he was born Riley B. King on a Mississippi cotton plantation in 1925 but would go on to enjoy an illustrious lifelong career that  would include him performing at the White House in 2012 where the President of the United States would join him singing "Sweet Home Alabama." In that long legendary career, in which he got dubbed "the king of the blues" even though his music would transcend the blues, B.B. King recorded dozens of albums, won 15 Grammy awards, made his Gibson guitar a household name ("Lucille"), and introduced blues to a whole new audience in the '60s, all the while influencing a generation of guitar players, including a young Eric Clapton. He also earned a rep for working hard. Much like the late James Brown (aka "the hardest working man in showbiz") King had earned a rep for tirelessly gigging, typically between 250 days to 340 days out of the year. Although after turning 80 in 2005 he vowed to cut down to just 100 shows a year! In recent years poor health, mainly diabetes, had begun to take its toll on King who collapsed last October during a show in Chicago. Since then he had been in hospice care at his Nevada home.

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"Hardcore Architecture" Offers Revealing Peek At Where 1980's American Punk Angst Lived

Posted by Billyjam, May 14, 2015 03:00pm | Post a Comment


Hardcore Architecture'
s collection of photos of homes of the addresses of American hardcore punk bands of three decades ago offers a surprising and revealing peek at the actual locations where American 80's hardcore punk angst lived. And if, while browsing this engaging Tumblr page, that the addresses of these American punk bands would be mostly comfy looking middle-class suburban homes rather than say run down city squats, you would be right on point. For example the photo image above of the stately looking home is in fact the address Iowa punk band Pent Up Agression typed on the J-card cover of their 1985 cassette release Defining the Problem. They mailed the tape in hopes of review to MAMIMUMROCKNROLL (MRR) at the time who not only wrote a review but also published the band's contact address - which, three decades later, would provide the basis for the research of Hardcore Architecture's sleuths. Back in October 1985 in MRR issue #29 Tim Yohannan described Pent Up Agression's tape as packing "fast-as-hell, pissed political lyrics." To the late great punk ambassador Yohannan and his fellow MRR volunteers at the time back in eighties, no doubt, these typed or hand-written addresses on the cassettes that flooded their San Francisco PO Box would have been mostly just names of abstract locations. That was before the Internet. Hence why the current day Hardcore Architecture project involved simply inputting addresses via Google image searches to pinpoint the punk bands' matching addresses. Three decades later these homes, like the one above for  Des Moines' Pent Up Agression or below of fellow Iowa hardcore act Suburban Death Trip, have likely not changed too much.

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Mystery Girl: The Most Romantic Rock Record?

Posted by Joe Goldmark, May 13, 2015 05:59pm | Post a Comment

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

Roy OrbisonIMO, Mystery Girl by Roy Orbison is the most romantic rock album ever. I pitched this theory to Diane, my wife, right after “A Love So Beautiful” had played and she had a different take on it. She said, maybe not romantic, but certainly passionate. Her rational was that the song’s relationship doesn’t work out. Semantics aside, we agreed that Jeff Lynne’s gorgeous production coupled with Roy’s amazingly tortured vocals make this album a heart-grabber.

Lynne was at the height of his powers with recent productions for The Traveling Wilburys, George Harrison, and his own brilliant Armchair Theatre. He succeeds at producing luscious rock music without being overly schmaltzy. We all know Roy Orbison’s early ‘60s rock operettas, which were rivaled only by Phil Spector’s paeans in their angst-filled grandeur. However, some folks haven’t heard his later work with The Traveling Wilburys and this album, Mystery Girl. Unfortunately, Roy Orbison died right before the album was released.

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Hip-Hop History Tuesdays: Number One Hip-Hop Singles of 1991

Posted by Billyjam, May 12, 2015 08:30pm | Post a Comment
1991 was one good year for hip-hop! Proof lies in this week's Hip-Hop History Amoeblog in which we rewind 24 full years back to the Golden Era hip-hop year of '91 for a nice cross section of the popular hip-hop/rap singles for that year via the number Billboard rap songs of 1991 with the single's corresponding music videos presented below [two of the 24 tracks are audio-only versions]. As you'd expect from that definitive year in the genre there are many true hip-hop classics included here such as the Main Source's "Looking At The Front Door" (Wild Pitch/EMI) from that year's full-length Breaking Atoms which, starting on March 23rd, 1991, clocked in for three consecutive weeks as the number one hip-hop single in the country, UMC's' "Blue Cheese," the Geto Boys' timeless "Mind Playing Tricks On Me,"  Public Enemy's "Can't Truss It," and A Tribe Called Quest's perfect track "Check The Rhime" - the first of three single's off their groundbreaking second album The Low End Theory. Add to this ED O.G & DA Bulldogs "I Got To Have It," 3rd Bass' "Pop Goes The Weasel," and EPMD's "Gold Digger" as well as such cross over hits as Naughty By Nature's "O.P.P." and LL Cool J's two hit singles "Mama Said Knock You Out" and "Around The Way Girl."     

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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode With Disco Funk Duo Tuxedo

Posted by Amoebite, May 12, 2015 06:29pm | Post a Comment

Tuxedo Jake One and Mayer Hawthorne

tuxedoRetro soul crooner Mayer Hawthorne came out of left-field in 2009 with his Stones Throw debut, Strange Arrangement. In no time he was getting props by A-listers like Justin Timberlake, Mark Ronson, and John Mayer. He's toured with Bruno Mars, Fitz and The Tantrums and collaborated with cats like Snoop Dogg and Daryl Hall of Hall & Oates. Like former Stones Throw artist Aloe Blacc, Hawthorne soon made the leap from indie to major label. After releasing two albums under Universal Republic, touring the world, and garnering a GRAMMY nod, Mayer Hawthorne returned to his indie home at Stones Throw for a super mash-up with Hip Hop go-to producer Jake One (G-Unit, Rhymsayers). Jake One is what you'd consider a producer's producer.

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