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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode With Reggae Band SOJA

Posted by Amoebite, August 6, 2014 11:52am | Post a Comment

No one ever thinks to connect Arlington, Virginia to the dreadlocked, rastafarian, blunt smoking genre of SOJAreggae. That is, of course, unless we're talking about SOJA. The eight-piece reggae/dub group has been releasing records for over a decade and touring relentlessley the entire time. The Virginia natives are now amongst the elite reggae bands in the world and have collaborated with the likes of Damian "Junior Gong" Marley, Collie Buddz and Michael Franti. SOJA will release Amid The Noise And Haste (ATO Records) on August 12, 2014, followed by a tour of the United States and Europe. You can pre-order it on CD or LP at amoeba.com now and it'll ship FREE to the U.S.   

Singer Jacob Hemphill, guitarist Trevor Young and sax player Hellman Escorcia shopped around Amoeba Hollywood for some records recently. The guys dig up some really cool finds, grabbing everything from jazz to world and rock music. Trevor starts off with the new Jack White LP, Lazaretto, a definite must have for White fans and vinyl collectors. The LP features dual groove technologies, hidden tracks that play at 78 and 45 rpm, making it a three speed LP! A huge Paul Simon fan, Jacob finds a 25th Anniversary edition of Graceland and shares a cool story about his childhood connection to the record. Hellman digs for some jazz classics, including Dexter Gordon's GO  off the iconic Blue Note label. They also tell a story about paying tribute to Jimi Hendrix at a concert in Monterey, burning a replica guitar on the exact spot on stage that he did.

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Music History Monday: May 5

Posted by Jeff Harris, May 5, 2014 10:02am | Post a Comment

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Born on this day: May 5, 1934 - R&B vocal legend Johnnie Taylor (born Johnnie Harrison Taylor in Crawfordsville, AR). Happy Birthday to this rhythm and blues great on would have been his 80th Birthday.
 


On this day in music history: May 5, 1962West Side Story - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack hits #1 on the Billboard Top 200 for 54 weeks (non-consecutive). Produced by Didier Deutsch, it is recorded at the United Artists Scoring Stage in Hollywood on August 9 - 10, 1960. Featuring songs written by Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim, it is the soundtrack for the film adaptation of the hit Broadway musical. The soundtrack album like the film itself will become an unprecedented success, with the album ascending to the top of the charts following the film's sweep of the Academy Awards, winning 10 of the 11 awards its nominated for. The West Side Story soundtrack will set a record for the longest run at #1 in the history of the Billboard pop album chart (unbroken to this day), spending a total of one year and two weeks at the top. The album will also spend a total of over five years on the Top 200 before falling off of the chart in 1967. It will win the Grammy Award for Best Sound Track Album or Recording of Original Cast From a Motion Picture or Television in 1962. West Side Story - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack is certified 3x Platinum in the US by the RIAA.
 

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10 Black Friday Releases to Look For

Posted by Billy Gil, October 22, 2013 01:02pm | Post a Comment

The folks at Record Store Day have just released their list of titles that will be either exclusive for Black Friday (Nov. 29, the day after Thanksgiving) or will be an early release on that day. Below I picked some highlights to look for; check out the whole list of Black Friday releases that will be available at Amoeba here (.pdf). Better line up early for these!

 

Bob Dylan Side Tracks (Black Friday Exclusive)

bob dylan side tracks lp

A compilation of Bob Dylan tracks that have never been released formally on an album, now released on a triple-LP set. Enough said.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Track list:

LP 1:
Baby, I'm in the Mood for You
Mixed-Up Confusion (Single Version)
Tomorrow Is a Long Time
Lay Down Your Weary Tune
Percy's Song
I'll Keep It with Mine
Can You Please Crawl out Your Window? (Single Version)
Positively 4th Street
Jet Pilot
I Wanna Be Your Lover
I Don't Believe You (She Acts Like We Never Have Met) (Live)

LP 2:
Visions of Johanna (Live)
Quinn the Eskimo (Mighty Quinn)
Watching the River Flow
When I Paint My Masterpiece
Down in the Flood (Live)
I Shall Be Released
You Ain't Goin' Nowhere
George Jackson (Acoustic Version)
Forever Young
You're a Big Girl Now
Up to Me

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Music History Monday: August 12

Posted by Jeff Harris, August 12, 2013 12:55pm | Post a Comment

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On this day in music history: August 12, 1968Cheap Thrills, the second album by Big Brother And The Holding Company is released. Produced by John Simon, it is recorded at Columbia Recording cheap thrills big brother & the holding company janis joplinStudios in New York City (studio tracks) and the Winterland Ballroom in San Francisco (live tracks) from March - May of 1968. Following the band's breakthrough performance at the Monterey Pop Festival in June of 1967, they will be approached by Clive Davis, then the head Columbia Records, who is eager to sign them. At the time, Big Brother is signed to independent label Mainstream Records, who will release their self titled debut album in August of 1967. It will take several months for the band to be extricated from their Mainstream contract and sign with Columbia, which will take place in early 1968. Once freed from their prior obligations, they will be paired with producer John Simon (The Band), and they will begin work on their second album. The initial plan is to record Big Brother in concert, producing an album that captures the band's electric live performances. When the results are lackluster, they will record much of the album in Columbia's New York recording studio, with the closing track "Ball And Chain" being recorded at Winterland in San Francisco (though the original release will erroneously credit it being recorded at the Fillmore East in New York). Originally titled Sex, Dope, and Cheap Thrills, Columbia Records will refuse to release it with that title, and make the band revise it. The album's iconic cover art by underground artist Robert Crumb (Zap Comix) is first intended to appear on the back of the LP jacket with a photo of Janis Joplin on the front. Joplin is so enamored with Crumb's artwork that it will be put on the front instead. Anchored by the hit single "Piece Of My Heart" (#12 Pop), it will be major success. When Columbia originally issues the LP along with the standard stereo version, the label will press a very limited amount of the mono version (an estimated 3,000 - 5,000 copies only), before quickly deleting it, turning it into a highly priced and sought after collector's item. The mono version of the album will be reissued in November of 2012 as a limited edition 180g vinyl LP pressing. Cheap Thrills will spend eight weeks (non-consecutive) at #1 on the Billboard Top 200, and to date has been certified 2x Platinum by the RIAA.
 

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Music History Monday: August 6

Posted by Jeff Harris, August 6, 2012 02:40pm | Post a Comment
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Remembering R&B/Funk legend Rick James (born James Ambrose Johnson, Jr): February 1, 1948 - August 6, 2004.


On this day in music history: August 6, 1965Help!, the fifth UK and tenth US album by The Beatles is released in the UK (US release date is on August 13th). Produced by George Martin, it is recorded at Abbey Road Studios in London from February - June 1965. Serving as the soundtrack to the bands' second film, the first side of the album features all seven songs included in the film, while the second side features seven additional songs including the classics "Yesterday," "It's Only Love," and "I've Just Seen a Face." The US version of the album will differ significantly from its British counterpart. Besides having different cover art, it contains only 12 tracks, which include the seven film songs and five tracks of orchestral score by composer Ken Thorne. The other songs will be parceled out on singles ("Yesterday" and "Act Naturally"), while the rest ("It's Only Love," "You Like Me Too Much," "Tell Me What You See," and "Dizzy Miss Lizzy") will turn up on the US compilation Beatles VI and the US version of Rubber Soul ("I've Just Seen A Face"). The album will spin off two singles including "Ticket To Ride" (#1 Pop) and the title track (#1 Pop). Help! will spend nine weeks at #1 on the Billboard Top 200.

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