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Music History Monday: February 17

Posted by Jeff Harris, February 17, 2014 09:30am | Post a Comment

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On this day in music history: February 17, 1962 - "Duke Of Earl" by Gene Chandler (Born Eugene Dixon) hits #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for three weeks, also topping the R&B singles chart for five weeks on the same date. Written by Bernice Williams, Eugene Dixon, and Earl Edwards, it is the biggest hit for the R&B vocalist. The song will originate as a vocal warm up exercise in the doo wop group The Dukays, in which Chandler and Edwards were both members. Entering the Hot 100 at #93 on January 13, 1962, it will leap to the top of the chart five weeks later. "Duke Of Earl" will become the first million selling single for Chicago-based independent label Vee-Jay Records. When Chandler performs the song live, he will often appear dressed in a black waist coat and tails with topped off with a matching black cape and top hat. The song will be covered numerous times over the years and will be sampled as the basis of Cypress Hill's "Hand On The Pump" in 1991. "Duke Of Earl" is certified Gold in the US by the RIAA.
 


On this day in music history: February 17, 1966 - The Beach Boys will begin recording the single "Good Vibrations" at United/Western Recorders in Hollywood. Written by Brian Wilson and Mike Love, inspiration for the song will have its origins in a conversation that Brian Wilson has with his mother Audree as a child, who will tell him that dogs will bark at some people and not at others because of the "vibrations" they sense coming from them. the initial recording session will have Wilson working with members of The Wrecking Crew cutting 26 takes of the instrumental track. Seventeen more sessions at three other recording studios will take place over the next six months as the song is refined. The end product will be generate over 90 hours of tape and cost an unprecedented $50,000. At the time of its October 1966 release, it will be the most expensive single ever recorded. First issued as a stand alone single, it is intended to be the cornerstone of the album Smile, which is originally scheduled for release in early 1967. However, Wilson's fragile emotional state, exacerbated by drug use and inner band conflict over the direction of the project will lead to the album being shelved until 2011. The Smile Sessions box set will include an alternate stereo mix of "Good Vibrations."
 

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Music History Monday: July 30

Posted by Jeff Harris, July 30, 2012 01:17pm | Post a Comment
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Born on this day: July 30, 1958 - Singer/Songwriter Kate Bush (born Catherine Bush in Bexleyheath, Kent, UK). Happy 54rd Birthday, Kate!!


On this day in music history: July 30, 1966 - "Wild Thing" by The Troggs hits #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for two weeks. Written by Chip Taylor (real name James Wesley Voight, brother of Oscar winning actor Jon Voight), it is the biggest hit for the UK rock band. The Troggs will record the song at Olympic Studios in London in early 1966 in just two takes. The record will break in the bands' native UK first following an appearance on the television program Thank Your Lucky Stars. When "Wild Thing" is released as a single in the US, it will be the subject of a dispute over its distribution rights. It will be released simultaneously on both Atco and Fontana Records, making it the only #1 single in Billboard chart history to appear on the chart on two different labels at the same time.


On this day in music history: July 30, 1968 - The Beatles begin recording "Hey Jude" at Abbey Road Studios in London, in Studio 2. Written by Paul McCartney, he is inspired to write the song (originally titled "Hey Jules") while driving over to visit bandmate John Lennon's five-year-old son Julian and former wife Cynthia. Paul begins writing the song to console Julian after his parents have separated and are in the process of getting divorced. McCartney will later state another inspiration for the song will be his recent break up with long term girlfriend actress Jane Asher. John Lennon will also feel that Paul is speaking (indirectly) to him in the song as he has begun his relationship with Yoko Ono at this time. The master take of the song will be recorded at Trident Studios in Soho the next day. It will become the bands' biggest single, spending nine weeks at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and selling over four million copies.

Trannyshack: Stevie Nicks vs Kate Bush Tribute Night, 8/17 in SF

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, July 23, 2012 04:40pm | Post a Comment
Trannyshack, San Francisco's biggest drag club night, incorporates everything from low brow trash to high brow performance art and has become famous (or infamous) worldwide as the quintessential San Francisco experience. Amoeba music is proud to be a sponsor of the Trannyshack salute to not one, but two legendary women of rock: Stevie Nicks and Kate Bush! Join Heklina, DJ Omar (Popscene / Sixxteen), and a host of amazing drag performers on August 17th at the DNA Lounge for this momentous event! Get your tickets in advance HERE!

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Album Picks: Daniel Rossen, Julia Holter, The Men, Tanlines

Posted by Billy Gil, March 20, 2012 02:20pm | Post a Comment

daniel rossen silent hour/golden mileDaniel Rossen’s Silent Hour/Golden Mile EP came out today, and true to form for Grizzly Bear’s Rossen, it doesn’t disappoint. Though he’s perhaps the lesser-known entity of Grizzly Bear (the other being gravy-voiced Ed Droste), everything Rossen has released to this point, both within the band (his gorgeous “Deep Blue Sea," for instance”) or without it (as part of Department of Eagles) has born an unmistakable stamp. It’s a tribute to his talent that you can say that without being able to describe just what that stamp is. It’s a certain mysteriousness that is part of what makes Grizzly Bear so alluring, where you’re very much hearing folk-rock with a kind of doo-wop vocal delivery — sounds simple enough — but everything is curiously out of reach. Lyrics are more suggestive than descriptive, intimating nostalgia and loss without really being forthright about it, and arrangements tend to spiral out rather than circle back to where they’ve started. Silent Hour/Golden Mile is actually more direct than some of Rossen’s other work. “Up On High” wouldn’t be out of place on a Grizzly Bear album, while “Silent Song” and “Golden Mile” are relatively straightforward rock songs that still spin off from typical construction, with spindly guitars and high, cooing vocals that remind me a bit of mid-period Radiohead without actually sounding anything like that. Both songs also benefit from hummable moments — not something Rossen is always known for — as well as the kind of high, lap steel guitar lines found famously in Santo & Johnny’s “Sleepwalk” or George Harrison’s “My Sweet Lord.” At five songs, Silent Hour/Golden Mile leaves you wanting for much more, which I’m guessing we’ll get in the form of the next Grizzly Bear or Department of Eagles album, but the EP is far from a departure or indulgence. It’s more like a treat, an appetizer for something bigger.

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Kate Bush's "Wuthering Heights" regular version vs the looooooong version

Posted by Billyjam, March 10, 2012 08:24am | Post a Comment
          


Above is the recently extremely-extended remixed version of Kate Bush's big 1978 hit "Wuthering Hieghts" (an historic song because in 1978 when it topped the UK charts it was the first time a woman had a UK number one with a self-written song - and Bush was only 19 at the time) which has been stretched out to about nine times its original length - clocking in here at about 36 minutes. This remix method which takes the Chopped & Screwed remix style to a whole other level (that style, associated with the late great Texas DJ Screw, would slow down the BPM of rap songs to about half the original speed & add in various effects) slows down the original by stretching it out to six or eight times the original time. Hence why Kate Bush's song, which originally clocked in at about 4 and a half minutes, is now almost 36 minutes long in the "Ultra Slow" remix.

This stretched-style of remixing, which is pretty easy (and fun) to do, can make for some great remixes - although it is often hit and miss. I have personally done a bunch, using Peak Pro program and extending or stretching out the time to usually 8 times the original length, and come up with some good results. One that worked great for me was Joni Mitchell's "Blue" which, like the Kate Bush remix above, becomes transformed into this other-worldly mood-piece taking two minutes for MItchelll just to sing the opening five words of the song's lyrics - "Blue, songs are like tattoos." For those wishing to hear the original version of "Wuthering Heights" below is a 2011 remastered version of the Kate Bush recording which was number one on the UK charts in 1978. Look for it and Kate Bush's other music at the Amoeba online shop.

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