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Music History Monday: September 17

Posted by Jeff Harris, September 17, 2012 02:15pm | Post a Comment
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On this day in music history: September 17, 1967 - The Who appear on The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour on the CBS television network, performing "I Can See For Miles" and "My Generation" (taped on September 15th). It is the band's first US television appearance following their star-making performance at the Monterey International Pop Festival in June. Prior to the taping, drummer Keith Moon will pack one of his bass drums with an explosive charge to set off at the end of "My Generation." He fails to tell anyone that he has used several times the normal amount of explosives. When Moon detonates the charge, there will be a massive explosion that engulfs the stage in smoke, causing one of his drum cymbals to shatter, cutting him on his arm and leg when he is hit by the flying shrapnel. Guitarist Pete Townshend is closest to the blast when it goes off, singeing his hair and causing him significant hearing loss. Actress Bette Davis, one of the other guests on the show that night will pass out from shock backstage into actor Mickey Rooney's arms (also appearing on the show), after seeing how Keith Moon is injured in the blast.


On this day in music history: September 17, 1967 - The Doors make their first and only on The Ed Sullivan Show performing their recent #1 hit "Light My Fire." Executives from CBS' Standards & Practices (i.e. network censors) will ask the band to change the line "girl we couldn't get much higher" to "girl we couldn't get much better," feeling the original line might be offense to some parts of the viewing audience. Lead singer Jim Morrison will agree to sing the altered line but when the band performs the song on the live broadcast, Morrison will sing the line as it was originally written, even emphasising it the second time he sings it. This will infuriate Sullivan and the network who had planned to have The Doors make another six appearances on the show, are immediately cancelled. When a show producer tells them they'll never appear on the show again, Morrison reportedly tells him, "Hey man. We just did the Sullivan Show.

100 Famous Rock Guitar Riffs Offers Concise History of Rock N' Roll

Posted by Billyjam, July 17, 2012 10:00am | Post a Comment
      

Rock music has way too many incredibly memorable guitar riffs to limit a best of list to just one hundred, but the 100 riffs that guitarist Alex Chadwick of The Chicago Music Exchange came up with for the above video performance ain't half bad, and it is a nice informal overview of the history of rock n' roll. Sure it's a subjective selection that includes a lot of mega hits of the genre, and no doubt every rock fan could come up with their own unique list of a hundred best guitar riffs. But I like what Alex has done: from his playing to his choices of riffs, and from how he segues from song to song, to how he plays it on his 1958 Fender Strat all in chronological order. Below is that list of songs and artists in order with the artist names that are blue highlighted linking back to the Amoeba Online Store. where you can find their respective music (CDs, LPs, DVDs) including (in near all cases) the song played by Alex.

SONG/ARTIST PLAYLIST & AMOEBA SHOP LINK OF ALEX'S 100 GUITAR RIFFS (IN ORDER):


1 "Mr. Sandman"  Chet Atkins
2 "Folsom Prison Blues" Johnny Cash
3 "Words of Love"  Buddy Holly
4 "Johnny B Goode"  Chuck Berry
5 "Rumble"  Link Wray

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Hollywood Customer Trent Surprises Us with an Amazing Cake for our 10th Birthday

Posted by Amoebite, November 9, 2011 04:21pm | Post a Comment
Shortly before 3pm on November 9, 2011, a regular Amoeba Hollywood customer named Trent walked into the store bearing a white cake box. Inside were two cakes in the shape of a "1" and a "0" celebrating our 10th anniversary! Trent has worked for 20 years at Sweet Lady Jane bakery in Los Angeles and made the cakes himself. We were floored and totally blown away by this creative, unexpected, and delicious(!) gift.  

We had to take a few photos before it was devoured by our hungry staff. 

Trent with his cake

Cake close-up

Thanks Trent

Thanks for kicking off our birthday festivities with a sweet bang, Trent!

Cake's "Showroom of Compassion" Was Worth the Seven Year Wait

Posted by Billyjam, May 24, 2011 11:02pm | Post a Comment

Cake "Sick Of You" from the Sacramento band's current album Showroom of Compassion

I'm a little late in getting round to fully listening to Cake's newest album, Showroom of Compassion on Upbeat Records, which was released back at the beginning of this year, and can't believe I waited this long to listen to this LP. Wow! What a really great album it is -- one that deservedly went to number one on the Billboard Top 200 chart upon its release back in mid January. But chart positions have really never been something that this unique, longtime, Sacramento-based alternative rock band has ever been obsessed with -- far from it. Since Cake formed in the early nineties they have always done things their own way and always gone at their own pace, placing the music they create before everything else...Hence the long 7 year wait for this sixth studio album.

This album, which is completely self-produced, transcends its "alt rock" tag since it boasts so much more than the stereotypical alt-rock outfit. But, to me, what makes this album and Cake themselves so great is their passion for the music and the fact that first and foremost they make the music for themselves. As the band's lead vocalist/songwriter & multi-instrumentalist John McCrea says in the interview piece below: "We hope people like it. But if they don't, it's ok because we like it." And right there, that is the key to any good art!


Cake interview about
Showroom of Compassion

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