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Weekly Roundup: The Skygreen Leopards, Craft Spells, Courtney Love

Posted by Billy Gil, May 9, 2014 10:36am | Post a Comment

The Skygreen Leopards – “Leave the Family”

skygreen leopardsS.F. psych-rock duo The Skygreen Leopards have a new album due July 8 on Woodsist called Family Crimes, and they’ve released the first song from it, “Leave the Family,” a bit of sunny-sounding psychedelia with goth lyrics—“you leave the family and you don’t come back,” goes one refrain over jangly 12-string guitar. Donovan Quinn, one of the two Leopards, is a busy guy—he also recently released a great record with Ben Chasny of Six Organs of Admittance under the moniker New Bums. In fact, that whole Woodsist gang seems to be bustling as of late, with Woods’ recent, excellent album having been released and the gang gearing up for new Woodsist Fests, one Aug. 5-6 in Big Sur and another Aug. 16 in Pioneertoown (featuring Skygreen Leopards, Woods, Real Estate and more). Thanks for keeping us chill w/your cool hippie vibes throughout the summer, guys!

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Weekly Roundup: Courtney Love, Trash Talk, tUnE-yArDs, The Donkeys, Zig Zags, Cold Beat

Posted by Billy Gil, April 25, 2014 10:41am | Post a Comment

Courtney Love – “You Know My Name”

courtney loveCourtney Love made news recently by announcing the mid-’90s lineup of Hole would reunite (along with Eric Erlandson, Melissa Auf Der Maur and Upset’s Patty Schemel), but that doesn’t seem to be happening for the time being. However, we do have a new double A-side due from Love, “Wedding Day” and this hardcore-inspired pop song. Her voice is sounding pretty cool again. It’s out May 4.

 

Trash Talk – “Cloudkicker”

trash talkSacramento hardcore band Trash Talk have unveiled the first taste of their upcoming fifth album, No Peace (due May 27 on Odd Future), the follow-up to 2012’s excellent 119. Perhaps unsurprisingly, it tastes like bile, whiskey and Molotov. Delicious!

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Music History Monday: February 24

Posted by Jeff Harris, February 24, 2014 09:00am | Post a Comment

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On this day in music history: February 24, 1973 - "Killing Me Softly With His Song" by Roberta Flack hits #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for five weeks, also peaking at #2 on the R&B singles chart on the same date. Written by Norman Gimbel and Charles Fox, it is the second number one pop single for the North Carolina-born singer, songwriter, and musician. Originally recorded by singer Lori Leiberman, the song is inspired by a poem she writes after seeing singer Don McLean ("American Pie") perform at The Troubadour nightclub in West Hollywood. She'll show the poem to her friend, lyricist Norman Gimbel, who will craft them into finished lyrics. Flack will see a picture of Leiberman in a magazine article about her and the song while flying from LA to New York. After hearing Leiberman's version, Flack will decide that she wants to record it herself. Her belief in the song's hit potential will be confirmed when she performs it live for the first time. In September of 1972 while appearing as Marvin Gaye's opening act at the Greek Theater, she'll perform "Killing Me Softly" during her encore and the crowd's reaction will be wildly enthusiastic. After her set, Gaye will tell her not to perform the song again live until she records it. Once in the studio, she'll spend nearly three months fine tuning the song before feeling that it's ready for release. Released as a single in January of 1973, it is an instant smash. Entering the Hot 100 at #54 on January 27, 1973, it will rocket to the top of the chart four weeks later. "Killing Me Softly With His Song" will win three Grammy Awards, including Best Pop Vocal Performance, Female and her second consecutive win for Record Of The Year. Gimbel And Fox will also win the award for Song Of The Year. In 1996, The Fugees will revive "Killing Me Softly," reaching #2 (for three weeks) on the Billboard Airplay Chart on June 22, 1996, and winning two Grammy Awards for their album The Score. Flack's version of "Killing Me Softly With His Song" is certified Gold in the US by the RIAA, and is inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1999.

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Hit So Hard hits San Francisco's Roxie Theater, 4/27 - 5/3! Schemel, Erlandson & Ebersole in Attendance!

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, April 22, 2012 04:40pm | Post a Comment
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Hit So Hard is the pull-no-punches portrait of the hell-and-back life of Patty Schemel, the drummer of Courtney Love’s seminal rock band Hole during its peak years. An unprecedented and unflinching look at one of the ‘90s most crucial and controversial groups, Hit So Hard (directed by P. David Ebersole) shows  Patty as a true Gen X survivor.  

Catch this one-of-a-kind documentary at San Francisco's Roxie Theater April 27th - May 3rd! Director P. David Ebersole, Patty Schemel, and Eric Erlandson (Hole) will introduce the 7:15pm and 9:30pm screenings on Friday, April 27 and Saturday, April 28! They will also hold a Q&A after the 7:15pm screening on both days!

Eric Erlandson of HOLE Performs and Reads from 'Letters to Kurt' at Moe's Books in Berkeley, 4/25

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, April 2, 2012 02:59pm | Post a Comment
Amoeba is proud to team up with Berkeley's Moe's Books for a reading and acoustic performance withEric Erlandson Hole Letters to Kurt Cobain Eric Erlandson! Eric will be performing and reading from his book Letters To Kurt on Wednesday,  April 25th at 7:30pm. 

Erlandson is best known as co-founder, songwriter, and lead guitarist of the band Hole, which he formed with Courtney Love. Their albums Pretty on the Inside, Live Through This, and Celebrity Skin achieved international recognition and success. Live Through This was named one of the top 100 albums of all Eric Erlandson letters to kurttime by Time magazine. Since the breakup of the band in 2002, Erlandson has been involved in a number of musical and literary projects including Letters to Kurt, an anguished, angry, and tender meditation on the octane and ether of rock and roll and its many moons: sex, drugs, suicide, fame, and rage. It's part Dream Songs, part Bukowski, Ferlinghetti, Ginsberg, and the Clash. Rants, reflections, and gunshot fill these fifty-two prose poems. They are raw, funny, sad, and searching.

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