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New York State of Mind Amoeblog #34: Weed and the City, Wheelchair Sports Camp in NYC, Park Jam, Governors Ball Fest, Tony Awards +

Posted by Billyjam, June 5, 2013 09:10am | Post a Comment


Welcome to installment number 34 in the weekly New York State of Mind Amoeblog. This past week here in NYC witnessed the first non-stop, uninterrupted week of hot weather (finally), the launch of the wonderful new CitiBike bike share program to mostly positive feedback (more on this in a future NY Amoeblog), new NYPD released statistics that the subways are safer than ever with robberies on the mass transit system (typically iPhone grab and runs by opportunist thieves) down 30% from this time last year.  And while this past week's tabloid news of Amanda Bynes getting in trouble for weed smoking and bong tossing in New York City dominated most headlines, on Monday up in the state capital of Albany the New York State Assembly passed a medical marijuana bill (for the fourth time) that would allow medical marijuana, passing with a 95-38 vote.

If this new medical marijuana bill makes it through the Senate New Yorkers with "severely debilitating or life-threatening conditions" can be legally prescribed weed by their doctors. As it stands now the difference in attitude towards weed (medical and recreational) in NYC and such California cities as Los Angeles or Oakland is like night and day and has been such since the early 90's. It is radically different here with the NYPD enforcing a zero-tolerance towards any public weed activity. It has been this way ever since the reign of Republican Mayor Rudy Giuliani who initiated the "broken window" theory which meant that that small crimes like weed smoking in public (once a common non-issue thing in NYC) were now an arrestable offense. People get arrested in NYC and thrown in jail for the weekend over half a joint and many of these are young black and Latino males who fall into the net of the NYPD's controversial, often illegal 'stop-and-frisk' program whereby the cops randomly stop someone for no reason other than they fit a profile, have them empty their pockets, and arrest them for small amounts of pot.

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Paul McCartney & Wings' Remastered & Reissued new "Wings Over America" Deluxe Edition Is The Ultimate Fan Box Set

Posted by Billyjam, June 3, 2013 08:36am | Post a Comment

Paul McCartney And Wings "Silly Love Songs" (Wings Over America/Rockshow)


Just got done checking out the new reissue of Paul McCartney and Wings' 1970's triple disc live set Wings Over America that was reissued last week by Concord Music Group and comes in three versions: the two CD remastered set, the triple vinyl version, and the ultimate fan box set Deluxe version. Originally released 37 years ago Wings Over America was Macca and Wing’s ambitious triple live LP concert set release of the group's 1976 US tour that, due to its length of six LP sides, allowed time to shine a spotlight on all the band members' individual musical chops.

The December 1976 release by the former Beatle was the first time that McCartney looked back on his famous Liverpool group and remade/rerecorded such Fab Four classics as “Blackbird” that he wrote. All of these original tracks are here (remastered at Abbey Road) plus there is lots more new bonus material on the new Wings Over America. Although it is pricey the Deluxe version is something that all McCartney fans will feel the need to own since it is just so darn extensive and comprehensive in its inclusion of just about everything a Macca fan could possibly fiend for - and more.

Wings Documentary ROCKSHOW, One Night Only at Balboa Theatre in SF!

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, May 8, 2013 05:21pm | Post a Comment

paul mccartney wings rockshow san francisco Rockshow, the concert film featuring Paul McCartney and Wings taken from the 1975 - 1976 tour “Wings Over America,” screens one night only at San Francisco’s Balboa Theatre on Thursday, May 16th at 7:30pm.

Filmed at the enormous Kingdome in Seattle, Rockshow was not premiered until November of 1980 in New York, April of 1981 in London and, until now, never in San Francisco!

Don't miss your chance to see this special film! Get your tickets HERE!
 

 

12-12-12 The Concert For Sandy Relief Stream

Posted by Billyjam, December 13, 2012 04:04am | Post a Comment
    

In case you missed the live stream of last night's big 12-12-12 Sandy Relief Benefit concert from Madison Square Garden in New York City that benefited the Robin Hood Relief Fund to continue their aid to the victims of Sandy, above care of Fuse TV is the non US encore / replay stream of the concert highlights.  Included are Billy Joel (yes his set included the classic "New York State of Mind") Alicia Keys, (the only woman performer of the night), Michael Stipe (last minute surprise performer), Chris Martin (who joked about been one fourth of Coldplay since it was well past boy band One Direction's bedtime)  Bruce Springsteen (whose set suffered sound issues), The Who Eric Clapton, Paul McCartney (whose late set, with the surviving members of Nirvana, included rousing renditions of the Beatles' "Helter Skelter" and "I've Got A Feeling"), Bon Jovi, Roger Waters, and The Rolling Stones. Unfortunately, in addition to some sound issues during the show, about halfway through the event the 12-12-12 website crashed and the phone lines got so overworked that they could not connect. Consequently many folks could not get through to donate. However anyone can now via the info in above video or directly via the Robin Hood Relief Fund website.

Music History Monday: December 10

Posted by Jeff Harris, December 10, 2012 10:30am | Post a Comment

michael jackson paul mccartney say say say music history monday To read more Behind The Grooves, go to http://behindthegrooves.tumblr.com.

Remembering R&B legend Otis Redding (born Otis Ray Redding, Jr. in Macon, GA) - September 9, 1941 - December 10, 1967.

Also remembering Ronnie Caldwell, Carl Cunningham, Jimmy King, and Phalon Jones of The Bar-Kays.


On this day in music history: December 10, 1966 - “Good Vibrations” by The Beach Boys hits #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for one week. Written by Brian Wilson and Mike Love, it is the third number one single for the Southern California based band. The song will have its origins in a conversation that Brian Wilson has with his mother during his childhood; she will tell him that dogs bark at people depending on the "vibrations" they sensed from them. Wilson tells this to his bandmate Mike Love and Love will come up with the title "Good Vibrations." Initially, Wilson will collaborate with lyricist Tony Asher on the song. Not entirely pleased with the lyrics, Love will completely re-write them. "Vibrations" will be recorded in 17 sessions over a period of six months in four different studios. The song will incorporate a number of instruments not typical for a pop song including cellos and a electro-therimin.  At an approximated cost of over $50,000, it is the most expensive single record ever produced (at the time), with the final version being edited together from various sections recorded over the lengthy sessions. The song’s innovative production and structure will make it an immediate smash on both sides of the Atlantic, stoking demand for the band’s next album Smile, which is currently in the works. The album itself will not surface in its intended form until nearly 45 years later in 2011.
 

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