Brightwell's Top 10: 1968

Posted by Eric Brightwell, September 15, 2015 10:54am | Post a Comment
In 1857, Frenchman Édouard-Léon Scott de Martinville patented his invention for recording sound, the phonautograph. Twenty years later, in 1877, someone first realized that his phonautograms could also play back recorded music. It was the same year, coincidentally, that Thomas Edison patented the phonograph and thus the age of recorded music began. In 2015, former Amoebite Matthew Messbarger posted an NME "Best of 1990" on my Facebook timeline and I decided to began reviewing the best songs of each year, from 1877 to the present, in random order.

May 1968 riots
May 1968 riots (source unknown)

The closest I came to experiencing 1968 was watching The Wonder Years, the first season of which was set in that year. From what I can tell it was a tumultuous year not just in the fictional Arnold household but throughout much of the world. There was the War in Vietnam, Black Power, Richard Nixon became president, the Prague Spring, Mai 1968, 68er-Bewegung, the Rote Armee Fraktion, the 日本赤軍, the Zodiac Killer, the Martin Luther King, Jr. assassination, the Robert F. Kennedy assassination, and the attempted assassination of Andy Warhol. In music both Red Foley and Frankie Lymon died prematurely; Hair debuted on BroadwayThe Beatles created Apple Records; and a whole lot of good music was released. 

Amoeba Hollywood's Top 100 Sellers of 2014

Posted by Billy Gil, January 6, 2015 02:42pm | Post a Comment

amoeba top 100 sellers

We've tallied up our top sellers for the year at Amoeba Hollywood and, including CDs, vinyl and downloads. Take a look below at what Amoeba shoppers picked up in 2014.

1. Arctic Monkeys - AM

arctic monkeys am lpArctic Monkeys megahit fifth LP from 2013 continued selling right into 2014 on the strength of hits like "Snap Out of It."








2. Jack White - Lazaretto

jack white lazaretto lpJack White's experimentally bluesy second album helped his legion of fans grow larger by the day.








3. Lana Del Rey - Ultraviolence

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New Pink Floyd Album 'Endless River' Is Coming Nov. 10

Posted by Billy Gil, September 22, 2014 11:57am | Post a Comment

pink floyd the endless riverPink Floyd has announced the release date and specifics about its new album, The Endless River, and you can preorder the album now!

First off, it's due Nov. 10, Rolling Stone reports. And check out that zen album cover!

It's a four-sided mostly instrumental album, with lyrics by David Gilmour’s wife, Polly Samson, on the song “Louder Than Words.” The music was largely culled from more than 20 hours of sessions recorded during the band's last album, 1994's The Division Bell, which was then reworked for this new album.

According to drummer Nick Mason, it's a tribute to keyboardist Rick Wright, who died in 2008. These sessions were the last recorded with Wright.

"I think this record is a good way of recognizing a lot of what he does and how his playing was at the heart of the Pink Floyd sound," he said. "Listening back to the sessions, it really brought home to me what a special player he was."

Roger Waters has no involvement with The Endless River project, and no plans to tour have been announced.
The tracklist is below:
1. "Things Left Unsaid"
2. "It’s What We Do"
3. "Ebb and Flow"
1. "Sum"
2. "Skins"
3. "Unsung"
4. "Anisina"     
1. "The Lost Art of Conversation"
2. "On Noodle Street
3. "Night Light"
4. "Allons-y (1)"                         
5. "Autumn’68"                         
6. "Allons-y (2)"                        
7. "Talkin’ Hawkin'"
1. "Calling"
2. "Eyes To Pearls"
3. "Surfacing"
4. "Louder Than Words"


Pink Floyd Will Release New Album 'The Endless River' in October

Posted by Billy Gil, July 7, 2014 10:12am | Post a Comment

pink floydPink Floyd will release a new album called The Endless River in October.

It’s their first in 20 years, since 1994’s recently reissued The Division Bell. Roger Waters won’t be a part of this one.

David Gilmour’s wife, Polly Samson, spilled the beans on Twitter this holiday weekend, as Spin picked up, adding that Pink Floyd backup singer Durga McBroom-Hudson revealed via Facebook that the album will have all new tracks. Still no word yet on what those tracks will be (or tour dates), but still, NEW PINK FLOYD.

Sing a song of eiderdowns

Posted by Eric Brightwell, March 26, 2014 05:12pm | Post a Comment
It's blustery and breezy in Los Angeles today. A barely measurable amount of precipitation fell which inevitably resulted in chaos on the county's concrete freeways. I climbed out of bed at 5:30, an act made almost Olympian due to the combination of pre-dawn darkness, drops and drizzle, and the warmth offered by my eiderdown. 

Little Nemo in Slumberland
Winsor McCay's Little Nemo in Slumberland

An eiderdown (according to the Collins English Dictionary) "a thick warm cover for a bed, made of two layers of material enclosing a soft filling" and thus not necessarily stuffed with the epidermal growths of the Common Eider for which the garment is named.

Eider Ducks
Eider duck female and chicks (with their eider down intact -- source: Thomas Reich)

As I fried hashed browns and veggie bacon in a wok and brewed coffee in the French press, my thoughts returned to eiderdowns, and to the songs which have celebrated... or at least mentioned them. "It's an eiderdown kind of day," as they say.

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