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Cool Ghouls to Play The Smell on June 8th

Posted by Billy Gil, June 4, 2013 04:16pm | Post a Comment

cool ghoulsWith the glut of great garage rock bands in San Francisco, Cool Ghouls have their work cut out for them. Luckily for us, the young lads have tunes and energy for days, pouring out of their recently released self-titled debut in the form of country-rock licks, hippie harmonies and an infectious, sunny attitude. These aren’t poseurs trying to seem laid-back; songs like “Ballin’” are packed with little whiskey-soaked riffs and suddenly harmonic choruses, while “Natural Life” features subtle horns that give its summertime vibes added depth. Recorded by The Fresh & Onlys’ Tim Cohen, it’s a more-than-worthy entry into the S.F. psych-rock/garage rock canon. The band comes to L.A.’s The Smell Saturday June 8, with L.A. faves Dirt Dress, Santoros and Them Howling Bones. Additionally, they'll be at Phono Del Sol in S.F. July 13 and San Francisco Psych Fest Aug. 3. I quickly caught up with the band, made up of Pat Thomas (bass), Ryan Wong (guitar), Pat McDonald (singer/guitar) and Alex Fleshman (drums), all between the ages of 21 and 24, as they gathered around the phone in their Oakland home.

PST: Let’s start with the name. Was it a joke, is there a specific meaning?

McDonald: We got the name from a live DVD of Parliament Funkadelic playing sometime in the '70s. That’s how George Clinton addressed the crowd.

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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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In Honor of the Full Moon

Posted by Billyjam, November 21, 2010 04:00pm | Post a Comment
Ramones "Howling At The Moon"

In honor of the full moon today, Sunday, November 21st at 5:28pm, here are some moon themed songs, including the infectious Ramones single "Howling At The Moon" above. Hopefully these tracks can act as an accompanying soundtrack for the lunar phase that only happens when the Moon is on the opposite side of the Earth from the Sun, or more specifically, when the geocentric apparent longitudes of the Sun and the Moon differ by 180 degrees.

It is only during a full moon, which occurs approx every month, or 29.53 days, that the opposite hemisphere of the Moon, which is not visible from Earth, is completely unilluminated. Below are the songs "Moon Over Marin" by Jello Biafra and the Dead Kennedys, "Red Hot Moon" by Rancid, and "Bad Moon Rising" by John Fogerty's Creedence Clearwater Revival. Feel free to add your favorite "moon" themed song in the comments below. Also below is a guide to upcoming full moon dates and times for the next 13 months through the end of 2011.

Dead Kennedys "Moon Over Marin"

Upcoming Full Moon dates 2010 + 2011