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My year in music - confessions of a grumpy old man

Posted by Eric Brightwell, January 9, 2009 10:24am | Post a Comment

According to Billboard, the top artists for 2008 are Chris Brown, Lil Wayne, Rihanna, Alicia Keys, Taylor Swift, Leona Lewis, Miley Cyrus, Jordan Sparks, Jonas Brothers, T.I., Coldplay, Flo-Rida, Carrie Underwood, T-Pain, Josh Groban, Colbie Caillat, Ne-Yo, Kanye West, Katy Perry and Mariah Carey.

At Amoeba, the top sellers were Radiohead, MGMT, Vampire Weekend, Portishead, Coldplay, M.I.A., Fleet Foxes, Beck, Flight of the Conchords, The Raconteurs, Sigur Ros, She & Him, Santogold, Crystal Castles, Black Keys, Lil Wayne, Cat Power, Kings of Leon, Amy Winehouse, Bon Iver.


Haveing not heard of most of the Billboard stuff, I can only assume that it's mostly autotuned, oversung, expendable American Idol/Disney Channel/Nickelodeon R&B/pop/Rap sung by sexualized children -- which gives me hives. I definitely would rather, if forced, take the Amoeba package, although I am surprised that I have never heard of four of the top sellers there either.

My friend Lars, who gave up on new music a long time ago, was surprised to read news about Radiohead and Nine Inch Nails and asked, "Is that what people are still listening to? Bands from when we were in high school?" It is kind of strange. I mean, the Beatles and the Doors weren't dominating the charts in the '80s. So it is kind of strange to see a figure like Mariah Carey on the charts, who I remember as a adult-contemporary VH1 staple whose vocal runs I used tape onto VHS to send myself into fits of laughter when needed. Kanye I've listened to and can, without exaggeration, say it was some of the most unpleasant music I've ever heard. When interviewed about Kanye West for the Defamer, I expressed my dislike and someone commented that, to be fair, asking a white thirty-something music store employee is like asking someone in the inner city about bluegrass. Yeah, because Kanye West is "urban" music. Seriously? If you go to Watts or Compton, the Norteño has a lot more in common with Bluegrass than Kanye. Hollywood nightclubs and the suburbs is where rap flourishes... welcome to the '90s, dude.

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Amoeba Hollywood World Music Best Sellers

Posted by Gomez Comes Alive!, January 5, 2009 12:04am | Post a Comment

1. V/A-Roots Of Chicha: Psychedelic Cumbias From Peru
2. V/A-Nigeria Special
3. V/A-Nigeria Rock Special
4. V/A-Nigeria 70: Lagos Jump
5. Manu Chao-Clandestino
6. Eydie Gorme Y Los Panchos-Cantan En Espanol
7. Manu Chao-La Radiolina
8. V/A-Nigeria Disco Funk
9. Jorge Ben-Jorge Ben (1969)
10. Orchestra Baobab- Made In Dakar
11. V/A –African Scream Contest
12. Nortec Collective Presents: Bostich + Fussible-Tijuana Sound Machine
13. Serge Gainsbourgh-Les Annes Psychédéliques
14. Julieta Venegas-MTV Unplugged
15. V/A-Brazil 70-After Tropicalia
16. Lila Downs-Shake Away
17. Ethiopiques-Very Best Of Ethiopiques
18. Hector Lavoe-A Man And His Music
19. Suen Kuti & Egypt 80-S/T
20. V/A-Victrola Favorites
21. Rodrigo Y Gabriela-S/T
22. V/A- Give Me Love: Songs of the Brokenhearted - Baghdad 1925-1929
23. Toumani Diabate-Mande Variation
24. V/A- Love's A Real Thing - The Funky Fuzzy Sounds of West Africa
25. Heroes Del Silencio-Tour 2007

A Year in the Life of Amoeba Hollywood -- Year of Sanitation, the Potato, the Frog, the Planet Earth, Languages, Intercultural Dialogue & the Rat

Posted by Eric Brightwell, December 30, 2008 01:33am | Post a Comment
Baby New Year Foundling 

2008 The Year in Review

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movies set in 2008

Well, first of all, I’d like to point out what 2008 wasn’t. I mean, probably 2000 and 2001 are the most famous years of the oughts in speculative fiction. However, 2008 also piqued the imagination of Science-Fictionalists. Silent Running didn't resemble my 2008 much, although something kept knocking the ficus in my back yard over which did make me angry. I didn't hear about anything that fit in with the prophecies offered in Jason X. But perhaps no speculation about what 2008 would be like was the 2006 film, The Lake House. I mean, come on. They really thought that in just two years we'd have magic mailboxes that would allow us to send love letter to the past. People get real!

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Cassandra moaning about something                                                                  I don't know