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Music History Monday: September 22

Posted by Jeff Harris, September 22, 2014 10:16am | Post a Comment

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Born on this day: September 22, 1958 - Rock legend Joan Jett (born Joan Marie Larkin in Wynnewood, PA) of The Runaways and Joan Jett & The Blackhearts. Happy 56th Birthday, Joan!
 


On this day in music history: September 22, 1969 - Sly & The Family Stone appear on the debut episode of the short lived TV series The Music Scene on the ABC television network. The band will perform a medley of their hits including "Everyday People," "Dance To The Music," "Hot Fun In The Summertime," "Don't Call Me Nigger, Whitey," and "I Want To Take You Higher." The weekly show (hosted mostly by comedian David Steinberg) will run for only 17 episodes until January 12, 1970 when it is canceled.
 



On this day in music history: September 22, 1969The Band, the second album by The Band, is released. Produced by John Simon, it is recorded at 8841 Evanview Drive in West Hollywood from early - mid 1969. Issued as the follow up to their acclaimed debut Music From Big Pink, The Band will decide on a dramatic change of scenery to work on their next release. The album is recorded in a rented home in the Hollywood Hills owned by entertainer Sammy Davis, Jr.. The home's pool cabana will be converted into a recording studio for the duration of the sessions. It will yield a number of the band's classics including "Up On Cripple Creek" and "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down." The LP cover, featuring a sepia photo of the band by photographer Elliot Landy, will become known as "The Brown Album" by fans for the brown colored border around the front and back of the album jacket. The Band will peak at number nine on the Billboard Top 200 and is certified Platinum in the US by the RIAA.
 

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Music History Monday: June 30

Posted by Jeff Harris, June 30, 2014 07:11am | Post a Comment

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On this day in music history: June 30, 1973Fresh, the sixth album by Sly & The Family Stone is released. Produced by Sly Stone, it is recorded at The Record Plant in Los Angeles and Sausalito circa 1972 - Spring 1973. After the release of There's A Riot Goin' On in late 1971, Sly & The Family Stone will see their first personnel changes with the departure of bassist Larry Graham and drummer Gregg Errico, both having left under acrimonious circumstances. Sessions for the band's next album will begin in early 1972. The new album will introduce new band members bassist Rusty Allen and drummer Andy Newmark to the fold, though many of the tracks feature Sly playing all of the instruments himself. During the nearly 18 months that he works on the album, Sly will constantly remix and re-record several of the songs, resulting in different versions of the material. The album will spin off two hits, including the band's last million-selling single "If You Want Me To Stay" (#3 R&B, #12 Pop). When the album is first released on CD in the early '90s, alternate masters using the wrong mixes will initially be released until it is withdrawn and replaced with the correct version. This version of the album will become a sought after collector's item among Sly fans. The album's cover photo is taken by famed photographer Richard Avedon (The Beatles). Fresh will spend three weeks at number one on the Billboard R&B album chart, peaking at number seven on the Top 200, and is certified Gold in the US by the RIAA.
 

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Cyber Monday on Amoeba.com: Special Online Deals Today! 20% Off Everything, Including Pre-Orders!

Posted by Billyjam, December 2, 2013 05:30am | Post a Comment

For those of you not fortunate enough to live within traveling distance to one of Amoeba Music's three retail stores - Berkeley, San Francisco, and Hollywood - and to have taken advantage of Black Friday Record Store Day, today you can make up for it with Amoeba's Cyber Monday deal: 20% off everything you purchase online. Just use the special code CYBER20 today, December 2nd, to get your discount.

That 20% off discount is applicable across the board on all online purchases today, including vinyl reissues such as Sly & The Family Stone's Higher

The deal also includes 20% off on pre-orders so you can get the big discount on albums that are coming soon! These include anticipated releases such as Lady Gaga's upcoming anticipated album ARTPOP that drops on December 24th and features guest spots from  Too $hort, Twista, and T.I.

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Giving Thanks For Music

Posted by Billyjam, November 22, 2012 01:10pm | Post a Comment
Between celebrating today's Thanksgiving holiday with loved ones I take a break to give thanks to all the great music in my life; for if it were not for that music my life to date would be a whole lot emptier. Come think of it my home would be a hell of a lot emptier too since it is packed (literally) with a life filled with record, tape, and CD collecting. But regardless of the square footage my physical music collection may take up I am so grateful to have had all this music in my life that has helped get through the bad times, and enhanced the good times. And so for this Thanksgiving blog I want to play a few loosely themed give thanks to music songs/videos - all on the classic soul/funk tip - below and all available at Amoeba. See you tomorrow, Saturday, or Sunday at one of the three Amoeba stores - Hollywood, Berkeley, San Francisco - for this special Thanksgiving Record Store Day / Black Friday Weekend @ Amoeba 11/23 - 11/25. Thank-you!


Sam & Dave "I Thank You"


The O'Jays "I Love Music"


Sly & The Family Stone "Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin)"

The 12 Days of Coachella: 6 San Franciscans

Posted by Amoebite, April 15, 2010 06:35pm | Post a Comment
"One man's attempt to dissect the method to 3 days of madness in the desert"
  - By Scott Butterworth


On the 3rd weekend of April my Coachella will give to me.....
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12 DJ's DJing.....11 Angelenos....10 Duos Duet-ing....9 Debut Albums....8 Don't I Know You From Somewhere?.....7 Artists Reuniting....

....and 6 San Franciscans:  

Faith No More
Sly & The Family Stone
Kaskade
Girls
Les Claypool
Street Sweeper Social Club

Coachella line up San Franciscans

Both coasts of the United States are indented with bodies of water larger than a cove, and smaller than a gulf. Still, when someone refers to "The Bay," it only means one thing....San Francisco -- more specifically the San Francisco Bay Area. The Bay Area is the birth place of these six artists, who represent diverse communities and "scenes" far and wide throughout the Bay Area. But more importantly, they have all been a very influential part of San Francisco's internationally respected music scene, past and present, and have been ingrained in our popular culture along the way. If you're not in love with San Francisco...first off, what's wrong with you!?!....and second, after watching these videos, you'll fall in love in no time.


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