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Birthday Week Part 6: Siouxsie Sioux, Andre 3000, John Fogerty, Ramsey Lewis, Cilla Black, and Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes

Posted by Billyjam, May 28, 2017 01:25am | Post a Comment

John Fogerty
's (born May 28, 1945) 2013 solo album Wrote A Song For Everyone

For this sixth and final part in the Amoeblog Birthday Week series we salute six artists: John Fogerty who was born on May 28th in 1945 and the five others who were all born on May 27th including Siouxsie Sioux, Andre 3000, Cilla Black, Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes, and Ramsey Lewis. And below is a condensed overview / rough guide to their careers including their main releases, with one video from each, and including links to the artist pages on the Amoeba online store. Note you will find an even wider choice of releases on these (and all other artists) in each of the three Amoeba Music shops: Berkeley, San Francisco, and Hollywood. This final Amoeblog birthday week installment in the series follows the May 26th Miles Davis tribute, the May 25th Paul Weller tribute, the May 24th Bob Dylan one, the May 22nd Morrissey one, and the May 23rd one to Rosemary Clooney, Maxwell, and Robert Moog. Like the latter Amoeblog, today's also combines several different artists. Following a brief overview of these six artists are a series of videos representing one from each plus one album cover from each artist.

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Amoeba Music Celebrates Birthdate of Late Legendary, Influential Jazz Artist Miles Davis With 20% Storewide Sale

Posted by Billyjam, May 26, 2017 12:38pm | Post a Comment
Miles Davis' 1959 Kind of Blue (also on LP/vinyl) is a landmark album not just for jazz, but all music

"If you only get to own two Miles Davis albums? Hmmm: that's a hard one because he has so many essential collectables. I mean he's the greatest. But if only two Miles albums then I would have to narrow it down to Kind of Blue first. That's a given. And I think most would agree. But for the second MIles album I think would have to recommend  Sketches Of Spain. That was from that same period, released in 1960 a year after Kind of Blue," said Dick Conte when interviewed by the Amoeblog this week. The reason we reached out to the KCSM DJ, whose past radio stations include legendary bygone era Bay Area jazz radio station KJAZ (1959 - 1994), was because today is the birth date of Miles Davis who died at age 65 back in 1991.

The highly influential jazz trumpeter and composer Miles Davis was born on May 26th, 1926. And in recognition of the date and the jazz icon himself, all day today at all three Amoeba Music stores is a 20% sale on all Miles Davis releases and related product (LPs, CDs, cassettes, DVDs, posters, books etc.). This Amoeblog, the fifth in a weeklong series of celebrating important artists' birthdays, is a brief tribute to the man and his vast important back-catalog, and a sort of crash course in what to get by Miles Davis if you are only now beginning to build a collection of the legendary jazz artist's work.

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Happy 59th Birthday Paul Weller [Video Version: Solo, The Style Council, The Jam]

Posted by Billyjam, May 25, 2017 09:07am | Post a Comment

Born in 1958 on this date, May 25th, UK singer, songwriter, guitarist Paul Weller (aka The Modfather) today celebrates his 59th birthday. Happy birthday Paul and thank-you for providing the world with so much great music from your seminal days with The Jam (with Bruce Foxton & Rick Buckler)  through your years with The Style Council (with Mick Talbot etc.) and all your later solo work up to the present. As a fan of Weller's since 1977 when he arrived with his punk / mod revivalist / power-pop trio The Jam, I have always admired the artist for not just his musical skills, but his passion for all types of music from punk to funk to soul and jazz and house and, more importantly, his commitment to follow his heart and go with his gut. Weller has always been an artist who made the music that he wanted to, not what some record company exec dictated to him. And it is because of this insistence on sticking to his gut and soul, I believe, that Weller has been such a prolific artist. Even excluding the body of work with The Jam and The Style Council, Weller's released an impressive 20 + solo albums (studio, live, and compilations).  So in honor of this occasion, which is part 4 of this week's special Amoeblog Birthday Week series that began on Monday with Morrissey, below are over thirty videos from throughout Weller's long illustrious career. Spanning several decades and in chronological order, most are music videos or concert clips or TV performances (inc. Top Of The Pops) but also included is a cool music related interview from 2013 when Weller visited Amoeba Hollywood and took part in a What's In My Bag? (WIMB) episode. Whenever applicable the name of the album that a song is from is included with a link to the Amoeba.com shop page where you can order the album, most of which are vinyl pressings (Free Shipping anywhere in the USA). Thanks for checking out this birthday blog and be sure to view the others: May 22nd Morrissey, May 23rd Maxwell, Rosemary Clooney, & Robert Moog, May 24th Bob Dylan, and tomorrow May 26th will be Miles Davis.

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In Celebration of Bob Dylan Turning 76 + Amoeba's 20% Off Sale, A Career Overview & Guide To Building Essential Dylan Library

Posted by Billyjam, May 24, 2017 01:14pm | Post a Comment


Today's installment in this weeklong Amoeblog birthday series, which honors Bob Dylan's 76th birthday with an accompanying Amoeba Music instore 20% off sale today, is the series' most important and personal for me. The artist born Robert Allen Zimmerman in Duluth, Minnesota, on May 24th, 1941 has for me consistently ranked as among the most important artists of all time, of all genres. A dedicated fan since I was just a little kid too young to understand his deeply layered lyrics, when my dad introduced me to him via his repeated plays of the albums Bringing It All Back Home (also avail on 180 gram vinly LP and on 2LP MFSL reissue as cover above) and Nashville Skyline (also avail on MSFL reissue vinyl), I credit both my musically diverse late father and Bob Dylan's music for giving me an appreciation of American music from Woody Guthrie's protest folk era, to country music (including my intro to Johnny Cash) and most importantly preparing me for rap music, in particular the rhyming structure of hip-hop. So for this birthday week Amoeblog series on Dylan I will provide a random timeline of Dylan events: tracing such moments as his famous mid sixties press conference in San Francisco up to his 2016 Nobel prize in literature. Also included  in this piece are references to many key Dylan albums / a suggested rough guide to building the basic essential Dylan music collection. Naturally with such a deep body of work (the online Amoeba shop numbers 400 Dylan titles!) this piece will only scratch the surface. Note that all Bob Dylan product found at Amoeba (LP, CD, DVD, posters etc.) are on 20% off sale today and instore only at Amoeba's three locations: Berkeley, San Francisco, and Hollywood.

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Birthday Week Part 2: Rosemary Clooney, Maxwell, and Robert Moog

Posted by Billyjam, May 23, 2017 10:38pm | Post a Comment

In continuation of yesterday's Amoeblog tribute to Morrissey's 58th birthday and the Amoeba Music one-day storewide 20% off sale on all Morrissey and The Smiths product to celebrate the date, we continue the birthday theme today by honoring three diverse artists whose birthday fell on this date of May 23rd: Rosemary Clooney, Maxwell, and Robert Moog. In the case of the latter artist/creator, whose legacy was celebrated over this past weekend with the annual MoogFest in North Carolina, select music artists whose careers were influenced by the moog synth creator will also be celebrated in this second birthday week Amoeblog installment.   Note tomorrow Wednesday, May 24th, Bob Dylan's 76th birthday will be celebrated with both a tribute Amoeblog as well as  one-day 20% off instore sale on the artist's releases And then on Friday this week, May 26th: birth date of the late Miles Davis,  the jazz great's legacy will similarly be celebrated in this one-week series.
Born on this date in 1934 and died in August 2005 at age 75,  Robert Moog was the inventor of the Moog synthesizer five and a half decades ago and, as such, widely credited with being a pioneer of electronic music.  It was in 1965 when the Moog company rolled out the commercially available modular voltage-controlled analog synthesizer systems. The radical musical creation would alter and help shape the course of popular music over the next half century. His electronic synthesizer keyboard instrument, that originally cost $11,000, counted among its earliest owners The Beatles, Sun Ra, and Mick Jagger after its introduction at the Monterey Pop Festival in 1967. As noted by such academics as Cornell University professor of Science and Technology Studies, Trevor Pinch Moog's creation and his name are often mispronounced. Moog rhymes with "rogue" not with "fugue" as it has repeatedly been mispronounced dating back to its earliest usage.

Among the earliest artists associated with the history of the Moog synth included Walter Carlos (later Wendy Carlos), Diana Ross & The Supremes, The Doors, and The Byrds followed by such others as  Rick Wakeman of Yes, Keith Emerson, Kraftwerk, and Gary Numan. Another fan of using the Moog synth, although not often associated with the instrument, was Bob Marley, But it was the aforementioned Walter / Wendy Carlos provided many music fans first introduction to the Moog with 1968 release of the crossover classical album Switched-On Bach which reworked Bach's pieces on this then new instrument. But in terms of the first big pop hit for the Moog as the main instrumentation, that occurred a few years later with the 1972 international pop hit single "Popcorn" by Hot Butter (song below) which was actually a cover of the song Gershon Kingsley wrote and first recorded in 1969 for his album Music to Moog By and done by numerous other artists including Jean-Michel Jarre who was recently featured on the Amoeblog for his WIMB? appearance.

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