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Remembering Ennio Morricone, Malik B., Charlie Daniels, Judy Dyble And Others Who've Died In 2020

Posted by Billyjam, August 2, 2020 07:28pm | Post a Comment
The Fabulous Little Richard LP - a 2019 vinyl issue from the iconic artist who died this year

It may only be a bit past half way into the year but already it seems we’ve lost too many talentedmusicians in 2020. These include such artists as Little Richard, McCoy TynerKenny Rogers, Bill Withers whose Naked & Warm LP was recently released on 180 gram vinyl, Betty Wright, Florian Schneider of Kraftwerk, Bonnie Pointer, rapper Pop SmokeGenesis P-Orridge, Andy Gill of Gang of Four, Neil Peart of Rush and John Prine. Sadly Americana legend John Prine, whose upcoming vinyl reissue of D
iamonds In The Rough can be pre-ordered now, was just one of the many artists in 2020 to have died as a result of the coronavirus.  Others who tragically died due to the COVID-19 pandemic include jazz saxophonist Lee Konitz, African music icon Manu Dibango, Dave Greenfield of The Stranglers, gospel vocal star Troy Sneed, Adam Schlesinger of The Fountains of Wayne, 35 year old rapper Fred the Godson and 41 year old Broadway musical star Nick Cordero.

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My top 50 alternative songs of 1990...This Is How It Feels

Posted by Brad Schelden, July 29, 2020 05:28pm | Post a Comment

Top 50 Alternative Songs of 1990...Part III #21-30

I am counting down my top 50 favorite alternative songs of 1990!.This is part three in my series. So in case you missed the last entry you can find it here. Come join me as I relive the year that started the greatest decade in music.

 

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#30 Janes Addiction "Three Days" (Warner Bros.)

You could not avoid Janes Addiction in the late 80s and early 90s.  loved how weird and mysterious they were. There was something always sexy and dangerous about them. Perry Farrel was sort of like the cult figurehead of alternative music. He would go on to create the Lollapalooza festival the following year in 1991. The band released their third and "last" album Ritual De La Habitual in 1990. I knew who they were from their previous album but this was the album that really made me a super fan. "Been Caught Stealing" was always the bigger song but I loved "Three Days." It was over 10 minutes long and I listened to it on repeat many times.

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#29 Inspiral Carpets "This Is How It Feels" (Elektra)

My top 50 alternative songs of 1990...Half Life Remembered

Posted by Brad Schelden, July 27, 2020 03:09pm | Post a Comment

Top 50 Alternative Songs of 1990...Part II #31-40

I am counting down my top 50 favorite alternative songs of 1990!.This is part two in my series. So in case you missed the first entry you can find it here. Come join me as I relive the year that started the greatest decade in music.

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#40 Dinosaur Jr. "The Wagon" (Sub Pop)

Green Mind was the fourth album by Dinosaur Jr. But this was another new band for me in 1990. I was immediately hooked on this band the first time I heard this song on the radio. They were always somewhere between shoegaze and grunge. It was a sound that just not any band could pull off. But J Mascis always pulls it off. I'm not even sure how he gets that voice of his to sound appealing. But this band has consistently been in my life since 1990 and I could not be happier.

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#39 The Beloved "Hello" (Atlantic)

My top 50 alternative songs of 1990...The Fountain of Youth

Posted by Brad Schelden, July 20, 2020 03:13pm | Post a Comment

Top 50 Alternative Songs of 1990...Part I #41-50

I always live at least half my life in the past. I love nostalgia and music always brings me right back to that moment in time when I first heard a particular song. I can remember that feeling I got from seeing a video for the first time on MTV or hearing a song for the first time on KROQ. I grew up in Los Angeles and KROQ was my everything. I was way deep into new wave and r&b music throughout the 80s. But something changed around 1989. The music changed for sure. Alternative music had fully become a thing in 1990 and had taken over my life. I was already an anglophile because of all the new romantic and new wave music I had been into in the 80s. So that just sort of continued. But I was also excited to finally get into more music coming out of Los Angeles and New York and all over the United States.

I decided to go all the way back to 1990 to start my top 50 songs list. It is hard to belived that was 30 years ago! I had started high school and got a whole new group of friends in 1990. I listened to the radio whenever I could and made mix tapes off the radio. I listened to music often in my drama classroom during lunch with friends. I was in love with cassettes for some reason and also bought new ones whenever I could afford them from Tower Records or the Wherehouse in the mall. Some of my favorites from the 80s will show up on these lists of my favorite songs of the 90s. But so many new bands and artists would be entering my life for the first time. But they would stay there with me for the next 30 years. I never forget an album or song that I fell in love with. They really do stay with me forever. So I hope you can join me on this journey through the alternative music of the 1990s. I really did also enjoy a lot of other genres during these years. I continued my love of r&b throughout these years. These were also some of the best years for hip hop and r&B. These were also the years I got into dance and electronica music which would continue to be a part of my life in the next couple decades. These songs on this list might not be your favorites and you might not even remember them. Music is such a personal journey. But there is also nothing like that feeling when you share that love of a particular song or artist with a friend. It is a special kind of bond when you bond over music. First up is 1990. I will be posting 10 songs at a time starting with #50 so you will have to wait for my #1. Please post any songs you think I am missing in the comments. But I guess you won't know what I am missing until you get to the end!

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Having a Movie Moment with Jon Longhi: Coronavirus Comfort Food

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, June 14, 2020 03:40pm | Post a Comment

By Jon Longhi.

When you work at Amoeba, the world is your media oyster. A copy of pretty much any new DVD, Blu-ray, or CD shows up used within the first couple of weeks of its release. Employees are allowed to use Amoeba as kind of a library for used stuff. On an average week at work I watch anywhere from five to ten new release movies. Some are movies made that year, others reissues of films from decades past. It makes it really easy to write a new release column like this. Well, that spigot shut off three months ago along with the rest of human civilization. Sure, I’ve got a huge movie collection and have had no problems keeping myself entertained during the shutdown, but new releases? Well, I’ve bought one new Blu-ray since the shutdown. The supply lines are jacked. Titles have been delayed. The prices for them are expensive even on discounted sites like Amazon. I only have a couple of new releases left to review. So this column is less of an overview of things that came out this month and more a review of the last things I bought from Amoeba before the world collapsed. They were good movies for this time because all of them are FUN. They’re coronavirus comfort food and they helped get me through these dark times.

The Return of Ultraman, Mill Creek Entertainment:
I bought this the week before the shutdown. I wasn’t going to review this because I’ve already devoted a Return of Ultramanlot of ink to these Ultraman releases in previous columns but as I said earlier, the slush pile is pretty much gone these days. Mill Creek Entertainment’s official Blu-ray releases of Ultraman are some of my favorite releases of all time. I’ve bought this stuff on horrible overpriced bootlegs for decades and am overjoyed that I can throw all those old copies away. Some of those bootlegs didn’t even have subtitles but I watched them anyway. These Mill Creek Blu-rays are the official prints direct from the Toho and Tsuburaya vaults. They are gorgeous and the sound is great. I’ve watched these shows over and over and have been utterly entranced watching them because they are so sharp it is like watching each episode for the first time. Plus, since they are subtitled, I’m frequently actually understanding what is going on for the first time. Usually in the past when I reviewed a big TV box set like this, I had watched anywhere from six to eight hours of the set by the time I wrote the review. Well, I’ve actually watched all twenty-one and a half hours of this set as I’m writing this. It’s one of the things that’s been instrumental in helping me psychologically survive the past three months.

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