100 Famous Rock Guitar Riffs Offers Concise History of Rock N' Roll

Posted by Billyjam, July 17, 2012 10:00am | Post a Comment

Rock music has way too many incredibly memorable guitar riffs to limit a best of list to just one hundred, but the 100 riffs that guitarist Alex Chadwick of The Chicago Music Exchange came up with for the above video performance ain't half bad, and it is a nice informal overview of the history of rock n' roll. Sure it's a subjective selection that includes a lot of mega hits of the genre, and no doubt every rock fan could come up with their own unique list of a hundred best guitar riffs. But I like what Alex has done: from his playing to his choices of riffs, and from how he segues from song to song, to how he plays it on his 1958 Fender Strat all in chronological order. Below is that list of songs and artists in order with the artist names that are blue highlighted linking back to the Amoeba Online Store. where you can find their respective music (CDs, LPs, DVDs) including (in near all cases) the song played by Alex.


1 "Mr. Sandman"  Chet Atkins
2 "Folsom Prison Blues" Johnny Cash
3 "Words of Love"  Buddy Holly
4 "Johnny B Goode"  Chuck Berry
5 "Rumble"  Link Wray

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Your Tuesday night planned... Echo Park or Little Saigon -- what's it going to be?!

Posted by Eric Brightwell, May 11, 2012 07:43pm | Post a Comment
So I'm slated to DJ at the Short Stop in Echo Park on 15 May, 2012 (this coming Tuesday unless you're pulling this from the archives). I'll be splitting the music slanging chores with Joe Skyward (Sky Cries Mary, The Posies, Sunny Day Real Estate, Jean Jacket Shotgun), Jimmy James and Greene Candy Machine

DJ Flier

Of my comrades I only know Joe but I don't even know what kind of music he's planning on DJing. As for me, he only told me "No techno!" so I'll ignore anything '80s Detroit just to be safe. I do plan on focusing on the '80s, however -- chiefly Baggy, Bass, Bounce, Electro, Eurodisco, Freestyle, Garage, Italo, Spacesynth, SynthpopVietnamese New Wave -- that sort of thing. 

New Reissues Out Today: Nirvana & Pink Floyd

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, September 27, 2011 03:26pm | Post a Comment
It's a big day for reissues, folks! Look what you can get on today...and with free shipping to the U.S.!

Nevermind [Deluxe Edition] (CD)
2-CD Deluxe Edition 20th Anniversary reissue.

There’s a lot to devour on this deluxe edition of Nevermind. The clues to Nevermind's development are riveting to sift through, from early sessions with producer Butch Vig to the “Boombox Rehearsals” in which drummer Dave Grohl was brought onboard to give the songs that extra sonic uppercut that landed these songs all over the pop atmosphere. The sound quality of those recordings vary, but the way in which it shows the band developing through such a crucial phase makes it a must-listen for any fan of the band, while BBC session recordings see some of the songs fully formed and recorded well in a live setting. With songs that have been repeated so endlessly on radio, TV and throughout pop culture, it’s wonderful to have a remastered version of Nevermind and these new versions of its songs, which allow listeners to relisten to the landmark album in a new context and hear what was going on leading up to and after its release.

*Gift with purchase: a 4-postcard set of 12" art replicas (Smells Like Teen Spirit, In Bloom, Lithium, Come As You Are). While supplies last.


Posted by Mr. Chadwick, March 13, 2010 12:00pm | Post a Comment
OK, I cheated and added a couple of chairs and even a Captain in his PJ's because I felt that they added a little flavor to the collection.

New Batch Of Collectible LPs Hit Amoeba Hollywood!

Posted by Mr. Chadwick, March 8, 2010 09:31am | Post a Comment
We've recently done a huge overhaul of our walls so there's tons of fresh top shelf LPs. Jazz, 20th Century/Avant Garde, Indie, Punk, 60's Rock, Psych, Prog, World, Folk, Metal, Goth and more! All of the LPs pictured are either up for sale now or will hit the walls soon.
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