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On this day in music history: January 20, 1964 - Meet The Beatles!, the second US album by The Beatles is released. Produced by George Martin, it is recorded at Abbey Road Studios in London from February 11 - October 23, 1963. Just after release of "I Want To Hold Your Hand," Capitol Records will quickly leap into action, rushing out the band's second US full-length LP, just ten days after Vee Jay Records releases Introducing... The Beatles. The twelve-track album consists nine songs from the band's second UK LP With The Beatles with "You Really Got a Hold On Me," "Devil in Her Heart," "Money (That's What I Want)," "Please Mister Postman," and "Roll Over Beethoven" removed and replaced with "I Want To Hold Your Hand" (#1 Pop), "I Saw Her Standing There" (#14 Pop), and "This Boy." The versions of "I Want To Hold Your Hand" and "This Boy" featured on the stereo pressing of the album will be presented in re-channeled "Duophonic" stereo, since no true stereo mixes had been made for either song. Both had been released as a stand alone single in the UK in mono only. The stereo mix of "I Saw Her Standing There" featured on the album differs from the one included on the Vee Jay Introducing...and the UK Please Please Me album. Capitol will also use the same cover photo (taken by photographer Robert Freeman), used for the With The Beatles album cover. Original mono and stereo copies of the album will be distinguished by the graphics on the front cover. Mono pressings (T-2047) will feature the band's name printed in tan or brown ink, with the stereo copies (ST-2047) featuring the "Capitol Full Dimensional Stereo" banner on the top, with the band's name also printed in tan or brown ink, with later copies using olive green ink. In spite of being a consistent seller over the years, Meet The Beatles will be deleted by Capitol (along with their other US compiled LP's) in 1987, when the band's original UK albums are issued in their place. The album will make its CD debut in November of 2004, when it is released as part of the box set The Capitol Albums, Volume 1. To commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of The Beatles arrival in the US, it will be reissued again as of the thirteen disc CD box set The U.S. Albums on January 21, 2014. Meet The Beatles will spend 11 weeks at #1 on the Billboard Top 200, and is certified 5x Platinum in the US by the RIAA.
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Ever since Amoeba fan/Simpsons creator Matt Groening recently paid tribute to Amoeba Music by including an Amoeba Music Hollywood fashioned building (renamed Protozoa Records) in the Season 24, Episode 7 Simpsons show titled "The Day The Earth Stood Cool" that aired in early December I have been scratching my head and wondering what if Homer Simpson were to stop into Amoeba for some music shopping? What would he buy? What would be included in a Homer Simpson's WIMB (What's In My Bag?) episode if he were to go crate digging at Amoeba Music? Based on the numerous songs Homer has cited (most well worn Top 40 pop/rock hits that the cartoon character supposedly grew up listening to) and have been featured in episodes in the long running animated series, now in its 24th year, this is my stab at what Homer's WIMB might look like.
Bear in mind that this list only scratches the surface since over the years Groening and company have incorporated such a long list of hit songs into The Simpsons. In fact the show must have racked up quite a bill in copyright fees to license all this popular music for the show. But it is worth it since music often plays such an important role in so many episodes of The Simpsons - especially the Homer related songs. For example, when Homer and Marge pop into the open house next door to them and he imagines buying the house and what it would be like living next door to himself, just how horrible that would be, as he visualizes himself always playing Journey's "Separate Ways" and at way too loud volumes.
The San Francisco International Film Festival returns From April 19th – May 3rd for two weeks of cinematic discovery. The International assembles world-renowned talent—such as awardees Kenneth Branagh, Barbara Kopple, and Pierre Rissient—for Bay Area audiences.
This year's innovative events include Academy Award nominee Sam Green's latest live documentary project The Love Song of R. Buckminster Fuller with live music by Yo La Tengo (5/1 at SFMoma), Merrill Garbus (tUnE-yArDs) with Buster Keaton shorts (4/23 at Castro Theatre), and so much more!
For a complete guide to films, venues, and tickets, visit festival.sffs.org, but here are a few more that we are excited about!
Bernie (Richard Linklater, USA, 2011)
Explaining the proper methods to superglue eyelids closed and adjust a corpse’s smile, Bernie Tiede (Jack Black) warns, “You cannot have grief tragically becoming comedy.” But can it be funny when someone dies and no one cares? A former evangelist who arrives in Carthage, Texas to take a job as an assistant funeral director, Tiede uses his magnetic personality, seemingly never-ending skill set and Harold Hill–style of confidence to become the most popular man in town. Tiede even manages to charm Marjorie Nugent (a maniacally frenzied Shirley MacLaine), the local rich widow whom everyone else despises and fears. Eventually, though, Nugent’s abuses become too much for someone in Carthage to take. Director Richard Linklater returns to the East Texas of his youth to showcase the strange heart of small town life, where, as one character puts it, “people will always suspect the worst, but they’ll also suspect the best.” Saturday, April 21, Sundance Kabuki Cinemas.
From the beginning we realized that it was impossible for most of us to condense our favorites from all genres into a tiny top ten list. So, we limited our lists to Rock/Pop and its sub-genres like punk, metal, goth, and new wave. Even so, it was a difficult selection process because not only are there hundreds of amazing records to consider, there is also the added dynamic of time.
The '80s were a long time ago and the music has had many years to gestate. We have a deep sense of nostalgia and sentiment with these albums as our fondest memories are associated with them. These are albums we LOVE.
- Henry Polk
P.S. We'll be posting new additions to the '80s list project from Amoeba staff members on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. See all entries in our '80s list series.
P.P.S. The '80s List Book is available for sale at Amoeba Hollywood.
The Smiths – The Smiths (1984)
Echo & The Bunnymen – Porcupine (1983)
The English Beat – I Just Can’t Stop It (1980)
Specials – Specials (1980)
Love & Rockets – Express (1986)
Pixies – Come On Pilgrim (1987)
Cocteau Twins – Blue Bell Knoll (1988)
The Cure – Boys Don’t Cry (1980)
XTC – Skylarking (1986)
X – Los Angeles (1980)
Yesterday was an orange day in San Francisco, a day worth putting responsibilities aside in order to get down there and be a part of it. Amongst fans who had cheered the Giants to their World Series victory in Monday night, fans who cheered the Giants through the post season, fans who had rallied the 2010 "misfits" team when they were playing to win, fans who chanted their names when they were playing like an "unbelievable" machine, fans who cheered our homeboys -- including a rookie named, of all names, Buster -- when they played like fools and lifelong fans who have been waiting for as long as they can remember to savor the sweetness of a 56-years-in-the-making world championship, I reveled in yesterday's parade and subsequent celebration knowing that the memory of it will bring smiles to faces in the city for a long time to come.
Donning a shirt I bought during the 2002 season (a #5 Tsuyoshi Shinjo shirt, the center fielder who hit the first Major League homer I ever witnessed in person at the then still new Giants ballpark and a player who went from "one to watch" to "hard to watch" in the span of just a few months) and hadn't worn or washed since game seven of that wretched "Rally Monkey" series, I headed out for the beginning of the parade route (four blocks from my Chinatown roost) to cheer everyone on our home team through the streets of the Financial District, only to make the journey across town to meet up with the frenzied masses again at parade's end in front of City Hall. Despite the fact that it was an unusually hot day in San Francisco, with hardly a breeze to speak of, my old Giants tee never felt so fresh or so clean (clean).