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21 Essential New Orleans Records for Fat Tuesday

Posted by Amoebite, February 8, 2016 04:01pm | Post a Comment

21 Essentisl New Orleans Records for Fat Tuesday

If you are just dipping your toe into the mighty muddy Mississippi-sludge sounds of New Orleans music, here is a list to get your mojo workin', courtesy of members of the Amoeba family who are lifelong New Orleans music fanatics.

KAREN: The New Orleans sound is that rare gumbo of musical complements: a meaty stew of blues, R&B, jazz, African rhythms, Cuban, French, country Cajun, hip hop and so much more. But what defines New Orleans music? That is the unanswerable question. You can say it's this or it's that — it's the syncopation or the bass or the raw, funky rhythm. But really it's the soul of the music — the undefinable "Get Down" or "Get On Up." This is the music that carries your soul down the block on a second-line funeral procession — and gets your feet dancing in a musky club on Frenchman Street. It is playful. Funky. Deep and swampy. Raw and dirty. Mournful. Plaintive. And everything in between. It isn't defined by a drum beat. Or maybe it is. You've just got to listen for yourself.

Here are my top picks for records you need to own. Essential New Orleans listening, in no particular order. This is my own Dirty Dozen:

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The Klezmatics at SFJAZZ Center, December 20

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, November 29, 2015 06:06pm | Post a Comment

The Klezmatics at SFJAZZ Center

Amoeba sponsors two shows with GRAMMY-winning Jewish klezmer superstars The Klezmatics at the SFJAZZ Center on Sunday, December 20th. Making their SFJAZZ Center debut just after the Festival of Light, The Klezmatics will perform seasonal music from their 2006 album Woody Guthrie's Happy Joyous Hanukkah, which sets lyrics by the late Woody Guthrie to their delightful original compositions.

Formed in the New York’s East Village in 1986, the Klezmatics led the resurgence of the nearly-forgotten klezmer tradition and contemporized it with an irreverent dose of punk rock attitude, and since their inception, have been one of most visible faces of today’s Yiddish culture. Enduring a number of personnel changes over the past two decades, the band has revolved around original members Lorin Sklamberg on lead vocals and accordion, trumpeter/keyboardist Frank London, and bassist Paul Morrissett. They have collaborated with violin virtuoso Itzhak Perlman, Pulitzer prize winner Tony Kushner, and Israeli vocalist Chava Alberstein, and have released eleven diverse albums including the GRAMMY-winning Wonder Wheel, their first session that set previously unused Woody Guthrie lyrics to their own original material. The group’s most recent release is 2011’s historic document Live at Town Hall and the concurrently released documentary film The Klezmatics: On Holy Ground

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Thousands of Louis Armstrong Exclusive Remastered Downloads Hit Amoeba's Vinyl Vaults

Posted by Amoebite, November 18, 2015 05:34pm | Post a Comment

louis armstrongAmoeba Music has painstakingly remastered thousands of tracks from jazz genius Louis Armstrong’s vast catalog, and you can now download them all at Amoeba.com’s Vinyl Vaults!

Here is Louis as you’ve never heard him. More than 600 sides have been expertly remastered from pristine original 78s that sound amazing—plus thousands of hard-to-find and undiscovered songs remastered from out-of-print and obscure vinyl sources not found elsewhere digitally!

Check out our beautifully restored rare Louis versions of “Ain’t Misbehavin’,” “Just A Gigolo” and many others. We have also remastered dozens of live shows, including the previously legendary, previously unheard “Live at Kitsilano High School” show from Vancouver in 1952—plus hundreds of lost radio and TV performances for your listening pleasure.

Here’s an example of the remastering we’ve done for these Louis Armstrong tracks on the song “Static Strut” from the original Vocalion 78 released in 1926. Hear the song change from the original to the Amoeba-remastered version at the 20-second mark.

Watch this performance below of Louis Armstrong live in Copenhagen in 1934 for another example of our remastering. Audio restoration begins at the 51-second mark. Songs include “I Cover the Waterfront” and “Dinah.”

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The Bad Plus Joshua Redman at SFJAZZ Center, December 10-13

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, November 17, 2015 05:17pm | Post a Comment

The Bad Plus Joshua Redman

Amoeba Music is proud to sponsor four nights of shows with The Bad Plus Joshua Redman at SFJAZZ Center from December 10 - 13.

Celebrating their new release, The Bad Plus Joshua Redman, iconoclastic trio The Bad Plus and modern saxophone giant Joshua Redman present an evening of sublime, spontaneous invention. The Bad Plus earned an unusually broad following among young music fans through poker-faced interpretations of beloved rock and pop tunes like Black Sabbath’s “Iron Man,” Blondie’s “Heart of Glass,” and Radiohead’s “Karma Police.” The collective trio still traffics in ingenious covers, but pianist Ethan Iverson, bassist Reid Anderson, and drummer Dave King are all dedicated composers. Possessing distinct and divergent aesthetics, they channel their music through a radically democratic group sound that erases traditional distinctions between soloist and accompanist. It’s an approach that rarely invites in outsides, but the Berkeley-raised Redman joined The Bad Plus for a European tour a few years back and quickly made himself part of their quirky Midwestern gestalt. He joins forces with the band again, though Anderson hesitates to call it a collaboration, noting that playing with the trio means “dealing with what the Bad Plus does, and Josh really got that and brought this incredible energy. It’s a lot of new personality for the music, but still The Bad Plus.”

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R.I.P. Allen Toussaint

Posted by Billy Gil, November 10, 2015 01:37pm | Post a Comment

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Legendary New Orleans pianist, songwriter and producer Allen Toussaint died today. He was 77.

Toussaint died this morning of a heart attack while in his hotel room in Madrid, The Associated Press reports. Toussaint had still been touring and performing at the time of his death.

Toussaint began performing in the 1950s and wrote hundreds of hits for other artists, such classics as “Working in a Coal Mine” for Lee Dorsey and “Lady Marmalade” as performed by LaBelle. His solo career blossomed in the 1970s with releases such as his 1971 self-titled album.

Toussaint was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1998 and 2009, and was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame in 2011. He has performed with everyone from Paul McCartney to Elvis Costello. Toussaint is considered one of New Orleans’ most celebrated artists and often performed as a headliner at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival.

Watch a performance of Toussaint in Madrid from from video taken yesterday below.

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