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Essential Records: Portishead's 'Dummy'

Posted by Amoebite, October 27, 2014 04:24pm | Post a Comment

Essential Records Portishead Dummy

During the summer of 1996, I became obsessed with Portishead. Dummy had been released two years earlier, so generally speaking, I was late to the game, but in the suburban town where I was about to start high school, I was definitely way ahead of the game. Because when it came to underground music, culture or film, there was no game.

I was just about to turn fifteen and leave all the friends I'd known for nearly a decade to attend the state's largest high school on my own. It was a deeply mopey time. At the same time, I was starting to realize that the music on Top 40 radio made me feel like something was missing, that musically-speaking, there must be more out there. So, I started tuning into the local alt-rock station after school, alone in my room, and that's where I first encountered Portishead's "Sour Times."


Portishead - Sour Times
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I hated this song. I thought it was irritating and abrasive. Singer Beth Gibbons would wail "Nobody loves me/it's true/not like you do" with her '60s jazz influenced vocals and I would get pissed off that I'd have to sit through it for the next three or four minutes. (For some reason I never went as far as actually turning the radio off.) Every time I heard it, I would get angry at it, angry that I had to sit through it, angry that the station's Music Director had poisoned the rotation with this grating, slightly terrifying few minutes of song. 

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Portishead to Reissue Seminal 'Dummy' LP

Posted by Billy Gil, August 12, 2014 09:32am | Post a Comment

portishead dummy lpPortishead will celebreate the 20-year anniversary of their debut record, the trip-hop classic Dummy, by reissuing it on 180 gram heavyweight vinyl. The band should be announcing a release date via their website this week.

The first 1,000 copies of the album will be on blue vinyl, defaulting back to black vinyl after that. It will also come with a download card of the original album. Dummy won’t be seeing a remaster or additional songs added to the original tracklist.

Even more great news in the Portishead world is word that the band is headed back to the studio soon to work on the follow-up to 2008’s Third, band member Adrian Utley told The Quietus in February. Given how amazing Third was, we’re on the edge of our seats in anticipation.

Watch the video for "Glory Box" from 1994's Dummy below:

 

New "What's In My Bag?" Episode With The Glitch Mob

Posted by Amoebite, April 10, 2014 01:15pm | Post a Comment

The Glitch Mob

With two proper albums, five mixtapes, one EP and a slew of singles, The Glitch Mob are LA's beat scene rulers. The electro champions have remixed everyone from Daft Punk to The White Stripes to TV On The Radio. Their most recent full-length, Love Death Immortality, came out in February of this year on their own imprint, Glass Air. A quick look at their tour schedule and it's easy to see the Mob is in high demand. You can catch them performing out in the desert at Coachella April 11 & 18.

The Glitch Mob stopped by Amoeba Hollywood recently for some record digging. The guys picked up some really cool Drum & Bass, Hip Hop and Dub albums, kicking things off with Portishead's 1997 self-titled classic on vinyl. They follow it up with Aphex Twin's Selected Ambient Works Vol. 2 and ATLiens by Atlanta's biggest Hip Hop export and fellow Coachella artist, Outkast. They also share some of their influences, including DieselboyKing Tubby, and Nine Inch Nails. Check out the full episode for all their picks.   

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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode With BEAK>

Posted by Amoebite, September 11, 2013 01:08pm | Post a Comment


Beak

Portishead founder and producer Geoff Barrow is always busy making music. In 2009, Barrow teamed up with Billy Fuller (Fuzz Against Junk) and Matt Williams (Team Brick) to form the Krautrock trio, BEAK>. The group has since produced two full length albums, Beak> and Beak II, with the latter being released on Barrows' own Invada imprint.

Beak The band's named is stylized using the "greater than" symbol (>) with their second album featuring two greater than symbols on the cover (pictured right). Long live Krautrock!

Barrow and his cohorts caught up with our cameras at Amoeba Berkeley for another awesome episode of "What's In My Bag?." Right off the bat Billy pulls out a Frank Sinatra vinyl! Who would have thought the Kraughtrockers were into ol' blue eyes? Very cool! Matt picks up a CD that has a musician playing a "hurdy gurdy" on the cover, about which he says, "it just sounds amazing, it sounds like a drowning violin." Who doesn't love the sound of drowning violins? Geoff tells a great story about being sampled by the legendary hip hop producer J.Dilla and manages to dig up the soundtrack to the 1971 cult classic, Psychomania.

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20 Essential Records You Need on Vinyl

Posted by Billy Gil, April 10, 2013 09:21am | Post a Comment

Use the promo code vinyl10 to get 10% off any new and used vinyl on Amoeba.com.


In honor of the upcoming Record Store Day 2013, I decided to make a list of 20 records I think everyone should own on vinyl. Take this Record Store Day to build a nice foundation for your record collection. I picked this list based on pretty arbitrary criteria, including what critics generally think are great, what I think is great, what I think particularly sounds good on analog-warm vinyl, and what you won’t have to pay $100 for or scour for (e.g. no hard-to-find ’90s vinyl or things out of print). I also left it to one album per artist. These aren't in any particular order. Send any omissions to this list to idontcare@makeyourownlist.com. Or just leave a comment!

 

The BeatlesRevolver

The Beatles RevolverIn my mind, The White Album is the greatest Beatles album, but you can’t beat the utterly perfect one-disc punch of Revolver. It should go without saying that every Beatles album is essential and is worth owning on vinyl yadda yadda, but if you have to start somewhere, do it here. Their catalog was recently reissued on vinyl in stereo mix, so you should have no trouble finding them if you’re just starting out — and you should have no trouble finding quality replacements, if your old Beatles LPs are worn out.

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