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Music History Monday: May 18

Posted by Jeff Harris, May 18, 2015 07:50am | Post a Comment

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On this day in music history: May 18, 1959 - "Kansas City" by Wilbert Harrison hits #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for two weeks, also topping the R&B singles chart for seven weeks on May 11, 1959. Written by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, it is the biggest hit for the Charlotte, NC-born R&B singer, songwriter, and musician. Originally titled "K.C. Lovin,'" the song is first recorded by Little Willie Littlefield in 1952. Harrison will perform the song as part of his live act for several years before recording it himself in March of 1959. Re-arranging the song to a shuffle tempo and adding the refrain "They got some crazy little women there, and I'm gonna get me one" to the chorus make it an instant classic. Issued on Bobby Robinson's Fury Records (he would later be the founder of seminal Hip Hop label Enjoy Records) in early April of 1959, the record will be an immediate hit on both the pop and R&B charts upon its release. Entering the Hot 100 at #100 on April 13, 1959, it will quickly streak to the top of the chart five weeks later, making it the first single in Billboard chart history to enter at the bottom of the chart and go all the way to number one. "Kansas City" will be covered by numerous artists over the years including The Beatles, Muddy Waters, and James Brown. Wilbert Harrison's version of "Kansas City" is inducted into the Grammy Hall Of Fame in 2001.
 

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10 Record Store Day Releases to Look For on Black Friday

Posted by Billy Gil, November 17, 2014 12:09pm | Post a Comment

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Black Friday launches the holiday shopping season the day after Thanksgiving with lots of great deals. Instead of yanking someone by the hair off of that $10 barbecue set at Wal-Marts or whatever, you can come to Amoeba for a variety of deals on turntables, Blu-rays, gift certificates and more. Additionally, there will be nearly 140 Record Store Day exclusive Black Friday releases to choose from—see the whole list (.pdf) here. That’s a lot of records, bro/broette! Here are 10 that stood out to me.

David BowieSue (Or in a Season of Crime) 12”

david bowie sue or in a season of crime“Sue (Or in a Season of Crime)” is an unsettling new David Bowie track full of jazzy horns and creepy lyrics about a dissolving relationship that may end in murder. It’s backed on this 7” by another new Bowie song, “Tis a Pity She Was a Whore,” a fluctuating electro-rocker that shares its name with a play from the 1600s by John Ford. Both songs will also appear on the Bowie retrospective Nothing Has Changed, which came out today, but here’s your chance to get them separately from that. Hear both tracks in all their maddening glory below:

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Music History Monday: September 1

Posted by Jeff Harris, September 1, 2014 10:34am | Post a Comment

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Born on this day: September 1, 1944 - R&B vocal legend Archie Bell (born Archie Lee Bell in Henderson, TX). Happy 70th Birthday, Archie!
 

 

Born on this day: September 1, 1946 - Singer, songwriter, producer, and musician Barry Gibb (born Barry Alan Crompton Gibb in Douglas, Isle Of Man, UK). Happy 68th Birthday, Barry!
 


On this day in music history: September 1, 1887 - German American inventor Emile Berliner files for a patent with the US Patent Office for the Gramophone, beating Thomas Edison to the punch. Berliner's invention will use flat discs rather than wax cylinders used by Edison's machine. One of the other major issues Edison's phonograph is consistent playback speed. While Berliner is developing the gramophone, he will enlist the help of engineer Eldridge Johnson who will design a low cost, clock-work spring-wound motor that spins the disc at a consistent speed. With a group of investors backing them, Berliner will start the Berliner Gramophone Company in 1895. By 1901, Berliner and Johnson will establish the Victor Talking Machine Company (later known as RCA Victor), marking the beginning of the modern music industry.
 

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Trannyshack's Bowie Tribute with Special Guest Raja, July 18

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, July 10, 2014 04:02pm | Post a Comment

Friday, July 18th, Trannyshack, San Francisco's biggest and most fabulous drag performance night club, presents their salute to the original rock and roll chameleon, David Bowie, at the DNA Lounge! Trannyshack welcomes special guest star Raja (RuPaul's Drag Race) and make sure you dress to impress for the Hedwig/Bowie look-a-like contest!

Heklina's legendary nightclub will also feature performances by Fauxnique, Lady Bear, Raya Light, U-Phoria, Sugah Betes, Jordan L'Moore, Kegel Kater, The First Church of the Sacred Silversexual, and more.

Get your tickets HERE!

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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Director Edgar Wright

Posted by Amoebite, June 26, 2014 05:24pm | Post a Comment

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Patron saint of quirky, culty contemporary cinema, director/screenwriter Edgar Wright has put a distinctly English spin on the fanboy worlds of zombies, aliens, and comic book heroes. In the mid-'90s Wright got his start working on BBC TV comedies, but it wasn't till his feature film Shaun of the Dead hit theatres in 2004 that he began really making a name for himself on both sides of the Atlantic. The hits came in steady succession, with 2007's Hot Fuzz and 2013's The World's End making up the jokingly named Three Flavours Cornetto Trilogy, a nod to both influential Polish director Krzysztof Kieslowski's Three Colors trilogy and the British ice cream treat brand Cornetto.The Three Flavours Cornetto Trilogy

Wright swung by Amoeba Hollywood to share some of his favorite flicks with the What's In My Bag? team. The honor of being Wright's first and only musical pick goes to David Bowie, whose latest album The Next Day, gets a nod. Next up is Guillermo Del Toro's big budget spectacular Pacific Rim, an epic monster movie with amazing special effects--plus brains, beauty, and heart. Later on, he highlights Noah Baumbach's Frances Ha, a gem of a film starring the effervescent Greta Gerwig in a black-and-white film about being young, broke, and eternally hopeful in New York City. Next up, Spring Breakers, Harmony Korine's candy-hued fever dream (or is it more of a nightmare?) gets highly recommended. British horror anthology film The Monster Club shows up at the end, leaving viewers with the weird and wonderful proposition of watching Vincent Price try to fit in at a nightclub populated by monsters in extremely cheap-looking Halloween masks. Check it out in the full episode below.

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