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My top 50 alternative songs of 1991...There's No Other Way

Posted by Brad Schelden, October 16, 2020 04:40pm | Post a Comment

Top 50 Alternative Songs of 1991...Part V #1-10

I am counting down my top 50 favorite alternative songs of the 90s! This is the final part of 1991. In case you missed the last entry you can find it here. Come join me as I continue my journey through the greatest decade in alternative music.

there's no other way

#10 Blur "There's No Other Way" (Food)

Blur seemed to come out of nowhere and into my life like something I never knew that I needed. "She's So High" had come out in 1990 but this was really the song that made me a super fan for life. I listened to this song a lot during the 90s and I never got sick of it. That perfect chorus was sassy and so British and everything I loved. The song really had me hooked. This was the second single from their debut album Leisure released this year. I wasn't full on into britpop until it really took over in the next couple of years but it all started with Blur. And you never forget your first love. I really always wanted to look like Graham and Damon and they had the best hair.

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#9 Teenage Fanclub "Star Sign" (Creation)

Crate Diggin' Pt 5 (Juice WRLD, Esoteric, NAV, Da$h +) and Amoeba Berkeley Reopening

Posted by Billyjam, October 12, 2020 01:20pm | Post a Comment
 

Crate diggers will be happy to know that Amoeba Berkeley, similarly to the San Francisco Amoeba store that reopened recently, is set to reopen this week (Thursday, October 15th) with the new retail business hours of 11am to 7pm Thursdays through Sundays and (of course) with City of Berkeley COVID health guidelines in place. 


Among the new arrivals in the hip-hop department is the posthumously released third studio album by Juice WRLD, via Interscope Records, Legends Never Die vinyl LP and CD. Tragically the artist died at the young age of 21 but, if rumors are true that the prolific recording artist left behind a couple of thousand unreleased studio tracks, fans can expect albums from the deceased artist to continue dropping for many years to come.


Boston emcee Esoterics Egoclapper vinyl LP via Fly Casual Records is on vinyl for the first time, originally been released as a CD only back in 2007. Da$h's 2020 release on CD 17 More Minutes from Next Records is another older album been reissued in a new format. It is the artist's 2015 album that previously was only available in digital download format. The 12-track album showcases his gritty 
underground sound over production from various studio technicians.

My top 50 alternative songs of 1991...Sing Your Life

Posted by Brad Schelden, October 9, 2020 12:55pm | Post a Comment

Top 50 Alternative Songs of 1991...Part IV #11-20

I am counting down my top 50 favorite alternative songs of the 90s! This is part four of five parts for 1991. In case you missed the last entry you can find it here. Come join me as I continue my journey through the greatest decade in alternative music.

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#20 Kitchens of Distinction "Drive That Fast" (One Little Indian)

Kitchens of Distintion were another sort of dream pop and shoegaze band from England. They never got as popular as they should of. But I really do love this song. They remind me of 80s bands like Echo & The Bunnymen or The Chameleons. Maybe mixed with the swirly shoegaze of 4AD bands like Lush and Cocteau Twins. It is easy to fall in love with this song. I love disappearing into it. "Quick As Rainbows" was the first single off their second album Strange Free World. But this was their second single off that album and I liked it a bit better. 

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#19 Electronic "Get The Message" (Factory)

Online Crate Diggin' Pt 4: Cypress Hill & Black Sheep 7"+ Skyzoo LP + Aloe Blacc + Paris

Posted by Billyjam, October 7, 2020 03:32pm | Post a Comment
 

Lots of must-have recent arrivals at Amoeba this past week including two golden era classic singles reissued on 7” by UK label Mr Bongo. Black Sheeps “Flavor of the Month” with the B-side “Butt in the Meantime” 7” vinyl was the Native Tongue collective duo’s (Dres and Mista Lawnge) lead single off their  mind blowing 1991 debut album A Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing. Technically new 45RPM pressing is not a reissue, at least in this format, since it was previously only on 12" single format and unavailable on 7”. Meanwhile the other Mr Bongo reissue of the week, Cypress Hill’s “Insane in the Brain" ( B: Insane in the Brain (Instrumental) 7” was previously only available on 7” single in the Philippines. The DJ Muggs produced track, as noted by Mr Bongo, was unbeknownst to many fans a diss track directed at Chubb Rock.

On vinyl LP format from Mello Music is Skyzoo’s Milestones vinyl LP (also avail on CD) whose theme is that of being a father (“dad rap”?). “The idea for this project came from me noticing the landscape of how fathers are represented in hip hop….the majority of the records in hip hop that speak on fatherhood have a negative connotation,” said the Brooklyn artist of his new 13 track album that sets about to change that stereotype. “There are a ton of others like me who are engulfed in hip hop and are also 24 hour a day dads, whose kids mean the world to them. I wanted to showcase that,” he said. Meanwhile RnB/soul artist down with hip-hop Aloe Blacc also reflects fatherhood and family life in his return album All Love Everything (BMG Rights Management).  

Note that while talented femcee Sa-Roc’s brand new album sold out fast at Amoeba (so is currently out of stock) that the new highly recommended Paris album Safe Space Invader vinyl LP (also on CD) is still available from Amoeba. Also note that Amoeba San Francisco store recently reopened with new hours of 11am-7pm, Thursday thru Sunday with COVID guidelines in place. 

Five Crucial Stepping Stones to the Disco Sound

Posted by Amoebite, October 5, 2020 05:00pm | Post a Comment

By Chris Curtis

Disco music is possibly the most maligned genre in the recording era’s history. Critics point to its alleged vapidity and superficiality, its repetition and focus on percussion, its diminishment of the rock-sacred guitar, and its supposed exclusivity and decadence. Certainly, by the late 1970s, the sound had become formulaic and hundreds of bandwagon-jumpers and Johnny-come-latelies poisoned the pool with unexceptional cash-in attempts. But it seems obvious that a scene dominated by people of color, gay men, and women would eventually suffer a racist, homophobic, and misogynistic backlash in the America of 1979, and sure enough, the “Disco Sucks” contingent was successful in creating negative stereotypes that persist to this day.

But disco had been around a long time before the post-Saturday Night Fever deluge and, significantly, disco culture had existed for several years before an identifiable sound developed. When discotheques emerged in the U.S. during the 1960s, they were often orientated to the Jet Set, and the music played was often almost an afterthought. The early '70s New York loft, club, and private party scene shifted to a more egalitarian approach to admission, and the musical selections and quality of the sound system became more crucial to the experience of dancers. Any music that would move butts was open to consideration, including danceable rock, uptempo soul, and African percussion records. DJs not only became more thoughtful in terms of their musical picks, but also in the transitions between tracks. Even those who were not adept in the developing beat-mixing techniques gave careful consideration to which record followed the previous one.

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