A classic of downtempo electronica, the success of Moon Safari essentially launched the French duo’s musical career. Their debut LP has just been remastered on 180 gram vinyl, following last month's reissue of their four other studio albums and the 40th anniversary of The Virgin Suicides soundtrack. Please note, this item is delayed.
Born on this day: April 20, 1923 - Latin jazz and Salsa icon Tito Puente (born Ernesto Antonio Puente in New York, NY). Happy Birthday to this latin music icon on what would have been his 92nd Birthday. We love you, Tito!
Born on this day: April 20, 1951 - Legendary R&B singer, songwriter, and producer Luther Vandross (born Luther Ronzoni Vandross in New York, NY). Happy Birthday to this R&B music icon on what would have been his 64th Birthday.
On this day in music history: April 20, 1970 - McCartney, the solo debut album by Paul McCartney, is released (UK release date is on April 17, 1970). Produced by Paul McCartney, it is recorded at 7 Cavendish Avenue and Abbey Road Studios in London, and Morgan Studios in Willesden, UK from late 1969 - March 1970. Following the recording of The Beatles' Abbey Road, Paul McCartney will work on his first solo release while The Beatles are in the process of breaking up. He books studio time under an assumed name and also records at home on a Studer 4-track recorder set up in his living room. The home recordings will be done without the benefit of a mixing board, with McCartney literally plugging microphones directly into the back of the tape machine Though no singles are issued from it, the album will be very successful with the track "Maybe I'm Amazed" becoming a major airplay hit. Eight days prior to the album's UK release, advance copies of the album will be received by the press. Inserted into the album is a short Q&A written by McCartney that in effect announces the break up of The Beatles publicly declares his departure from the band the next day on April 10, 1970. In June of 2011, a remastered version of the original album is reissued, including a 2CD + 1 DVD archival boxed set, featuring previously unreleased material from the recording sessions. McCartney will spend three weeks at number one on the Billboard Top 200, number two on the UK album chart, and is certified 2x Platinum in the US by the RIAA.
On this day in music history: January 5, 1969 - Bayou Country, the second album by Creedence Clearwater Revival, is released. Produced by John Fogerty, it is recorded at RCA Studios in Hollywood in Late 1968. Sharp and fine tuned from heavy touring in support of their self-titled debut album, CCR will re-enter the studio in the Fall of 1968 to record their second LP. It will mark the start of an impressive run of hits for the El Cerrito-based band, spinning off the hit single "Proud Mary" (#2 Pop for 3 weeks), as well as the rock radio staple "Born On The Bayou" (the B-side of "Proud Mary"). The album is remastered on CD for its 40th anniversary in 2008, featuring four bonus tracks. Bayou Country will peak at number seven on the Billboard Top 200, number 41 on the R&B album chart, and is certified 2x Platinum in the US by the RIAA.
On this day in music history: January 5, 1974 - The Singles 1969-1973 by The Carpenters hits #1 on the Billboard Top 200 for one week. Produced by Jack Daughtery and Richard & Karen Carpenter, it is recorded at A&M Studios in Hollywood from January 1969 - April 1973. Their first greatest hits album, the 12-track compilation features hit singles from The Carpenters first four years on A&M Records. The album's unique sequencing includes musical introductions and segues between the tracks. Original vinyl LP pressings were packaged in a gatefold sleeve with a 12-page booklet featuring photos and song lyrics. It will become the brother and sister duos' biggest-selling album worldwide (also topping the UK album chart for 17 weeks). The Singles 1969-1973 is certified 7x Platinum in the US by the RIAA.
With 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?
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 Stratall 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):