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Johnny Marr To Release First Ever Solo Album

Posted by Billyjam, November 6, 2012 06:08am | Post a Comment

Johnny Marr stops into Amoeba Hollywood and does "What's In My Bag?" (2011)

Influential British guitarist Johnny Marr, who originally came to fame as the backbone of The Smiths sound and songwriting partner to Morrissey, will be releasing his first ever solo album in the new year. To be titled The Messenger, the 12-song, self-produced album will be released by Sire/ADA in late February, 2013. The long-awaited solo release will follow years of Marr recording with such other artists, besides The Smiths, as The The, Talking Heads, Electronic, Pet Shop Boys, The Cribs, and as a member of the 2007 Modest Mouse line-up for the number one Billboard Top 200 hit We Were Dead Before The Ship Even Sank. Marr recently announced that he would join Dinosaur Jr. onstage at Terminal 5 when they play that NYC venue in early December for the 25th anniversary of You're Living All Over Me.

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The 90s...the best albums of 1991...

Posted by Brad Schelden, October 15, 2012 03:33pm | Post a Comment

Things had not changed much from 1990 to 1991. I was still obsessed with all things British. Still listening to a lot of Depeche Mode and The Smiths. Still very much living in the '80s. I had only just been introduced to Morrissey the year before. I listened to Viva Hate and Bona Drag all the time. I was a fan of Morrissey first since The Smiths had broken up before I even knew who they were. So it was fun to go back and discover The Smiths' albums for the first time. I started with Louder Than Bombs which was a fantastic way to introduce myself to the band. I then went back and discovered their studio albums one by one. Queen Is Dead, Meat Is Murder, Strangeways Here We Come and then The Smiths. I was hooked on Morrissey and The Smiths and there was no going back. I became a vegetarian in 1991. I started reading magazines more obsessively and trying to find out as much as I could about my favorite bands.

Both Morrissey and Erasure had new albums in 1991. These albums would both be a big part of my life that year. I can't really think about 1991 without thinking about Kill Uncle and Chorus. Nirvana released Nevermind in 1991. This album would change everything. Not everything exactly, but it did change a lot! I still remember my dad having the conversation with me about grunge. He asked me if I was "grunge." I probably answered "sort of." It was like me coming out of the closet. I also listened to so much Erasure in high school that I should have never really had to come out to my mom! I was still very much obsessed with my British bands. I was still into the goth, shoegaze, grebo and indie bands of the UK. But I also became a huge fan of Nirvana. I really had no choice. I didn't really notice Nirvana until Nevermind came out. But I listened to this album probably more than anything in 1991. Although I was probably still a bigger fan of my UK favorites then all the bands coming out of Seattle. Brit pop was just around the corner and would completely take over my life in the years that followed. But it was nice to actually be into a band from the US for a bit. Nirvana are actually one of three bands on my top ten of 1991 from the US. But the other two I actually always thought were British! They may have come from the US but they fit more into the British sound of the era. Nirvana sort of don't really fit in. But this album was too big to ignore and not put on this list. I couldn't deny its place on this list. I was quite obsessed with it. A lot of us were.

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New York State of Mind Amoeblog #3: Concerts, Daily Show & Colbert tix, 5Pointz Graffiti Mecca, Nuyorican Cafe + more

Posted by Billyjam, October 10, 2012 05:04pm | Post a Comment

5Pointz graffiti mecca, The Nuyorican Poets Cafe, Morrissey, and other concerts in NYC this weekend, last minute tickets to television show tapings of The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and the Colbert Report, old NYC vs. new NYC, free boat ride of NY Harbor, and NYC-themed music videos by Ryan Adams and B.o.B. are among the items covered in this third installment in the New York State of Mind. This is the new Amoeblog series in which I report, from a New York City perspective, on music and other entertainment and happenings in the Big Apple in what is a kind of weekly NYC music/entertaiment report meets budget travel guide.

This week, as the NY Fall weather makes itself increasingly evident, there are hardly any outdoor events as compared to just a month ago. Public spaces such as the wonderful Governors Island in the harbor south of the lower tip of Manhattan and across from Brooklyn. It reopens in May of 2013 and is an amazing space with park areas and art exhibits that are all free with free ferry service to and from. But the closure of most outdoor spaces and events that raged all summer long in NYC merely means that the fun happenings have moved indoors.

Speaking of which, concerts this upcoming week in NYC include Morrissey at Terminal 5 on Friday and Saturday (Oct 12 + 13) with Kristeen Young opening, The Mountain Goats at the Bowery Ballroom on Monday (Oct 15) with Matthew E White opening, and Natureboy, Heart of Hearts, Easy Lover, and Sick Din all on a bill on Saturday (Oct 13) at the wonderful funky basement performance space of LES (Lower East Side) spot the Cake Shop, which recently faced danger of extinction but was save thanks to fan support.

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out this week, 10/11 & 10/18: please please please let me get what I want...the smiths box set!!!

Posted by Brad Schelden, October 21, 2011 08:00am | Post a Comment
the smiths 1984I have been waiting for this week to arrive for a long time. The long awaited box sets by The Smiths have finally arrived. There are a lot of Smiths fans out there who have been counting down the days for these box sets to arrive. We all probably have about 4 or 5 all time favorite bands. Those bands that we love more than anything else. We collect everything we can by them. We have probably owned their albums on cassette, CD and LP. We have listened to their albums over and over again. We have watched the videos over and over again. We have read all we could about them. We have spent hours reading magazines and books about them. We then later spent years looking for articles and blogs on them online. Or spent hours and hours on message boards or chat rooms. We have seen them live in concert as much as we could afford to. Assuming the band actuallythe smiths toured when we could see them. These bands are usually the bands that you were really obsessed with in your late teens and early 20s. At least that is how it was for me. The bands that you discovered in junior high that you then became obsessed with in high school and college. The bands that your older siblings or cousins got you into. The bands that your friends that were cooler than you found out about first.  The bands that you can't imagine your life without. They are the soundtrack to our lives. We listened to them in our bedrooms late at night by ourselves. We later listened to them late at night with our best friends and girlfriends and boyfriends. We listened to them in the car with our parents and later with our friends. We listened to them on our first dates. We put their songs on compilations and mix tapes. We danced to their songs in our bedrooms by ourselves and later at clubs and parties and at friends houses. These are the bands that helped to create our favorite moments from our past. The songs that helped us to remember those memories.

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The '80s list: Part 9

Posted by Amoebite, August 31, 2011 06:58pm | Post a Comment
Talking Heads

One day at Amoeba Hollywood I proclaimed that Aztec Camera's 1983 release High Land, Hard Rain was one of the best records of the '80s. This single statement eventually led to over 200 Amoebites ranking their top 10 favorite albums from the ‘80s.

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.


Tim Latham
The Smiths – Strangeways Here We Come (1987)
The Jam Sound Affects (1980)
Specials More (1980)
The Cure – Disintegration (1989)
Erasure – The Innocents (1988)
English Beat – I Just Can't Stop It (1980)
Minor Threat – Out of Step (1983)
Dexy's Midnight Runners – Searching For The Young Soul Rebels (1980)
Joy Division – Closer (1980)
Morrissey – Viva Hate (1988)

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