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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.

Happy 58th Birthday Morrissey: Amoeba Music Celebrates Date With Instore 20% Sale Today On All Morrissey and The Smiths Items

Posted by Billyjam, May 22, 2017 10:17am | Post a Comment

Amoeba Music wishes a very happy birthday to Morrissey who turns 58 today: May 22nd, 2017. In recognition of the celebratory occasion, Amoeba is throwing a 20% off sale on all Morrissey solo and The Smiths releases, as well as on all related items. Happening all day today the sale includes all formats (CD, vinyl, cassette, DVD etc.) and extends to any merch (T-shirts, posters, etc.) for Morrissey or The Smiths. [Note: This 20% off The Smiths / Morrissey sale is during business hours all day today, May 22nd, in each of the three Amoeba stores: Berkeley, San Francisco and Hollywood. Also note that there will be two other birthday related 20% sales later this week: Wednesday for Bob Dylan who turns 76 and Friday, May 26th, for the late Miles Davis]

On May 22nd, 1959  Steven Patrick Morrissey was born with "Irish Blood, English Heart" in Lancashire, England.  The uniquely talented singer/songwriter, known affectionately as Moz, first came to wide fame and acclaim between 1983 and 1984 with singles like "Hand In Glove," "This Charming Man," "What Difference Does It Make," and "Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now." All of these were iconic singles by The Smiths: the short-lived band he formed in 1982 with guitarist Johnny Marr, bassist Andy Rourke and drummer Mike Joyce. And although the band would break up in 1987 after only five years together their popularity never faltered over the years/decades since thanks to a combination of the influential indie band's solid back-catalog and Morrissey's consequent prolific solo career.  Scroll down to see both The Smiths and Morrissey's discographies. Also below are a series of videos capturing  highlights of the careers of The Smiths and of Morrissey solo as artist and as public figure: one known for his advocacy of such issues as animal rights and vegetarianism, and for never been afraid to speak his mind.

Hip-Hop Top Ten: 05:21:17: Damu The Fudgemunk, DJ Rhettmatic, Dorrough, Dr. Octagon, Funky DL, Artifacts, Paul Nice +

Posted by Billyjam, May 21, 2017 10:33pm | Post a Comment

As outlined in the top ten list below and heard in the video clips by scrolling even further down, there's a real nice diverse offering of new hip-hop releases to arrive into Amoeba Music this past new release date: Friday May 19th. Incorporating various formats (LP, CD, cassette) in both brand new and new reissue edition releases there's lots to chose from with Topping the anticipated 3LP, 20th Anniversary Edition version of Dr Octagon's Dr Octagonecologyst 3LP 20th Anniversary Set.topping the top ten. Featuring veteran NYC emcee Kool Keith's Dr. Octagon alias (the alter ego he had killed off years ago) with project producer/mastermind Dan the Automator plus San Francisco turntablist legend DJ Qbert (also DJ Shadow in there) this new package celebrates the 20th anniversary of the hugely popular, critically acclaimed mid-nineties release. Technically 20+ years since its 1996 release, the album featuring Dan's deep quirky production and Kool Keith's absurdist alter-ego / high-concept character, upon its mid nineties release  Dr. Octagonecologyst stood apart from other hip-hop at the time and managed to additionally appeal to non rap music fans.

New Third Season Episodes Of "Better Call Saul" Prompt Revisiting "Breaking Bad"

Posted by Billyjam, May 21, 2017 10:01am | Post a Comment


SPOILER ALERT for Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul: The current exciting third season of Better Call Saul (Mondays on AMC: 10/9c) has been rapidly kicking into full gear, especially the past two episodes of the Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould created show. A spin-off prequel of Gilligan's Breaking Bad, this latest season of Better Call Saul has picked up speed and come full circle in catching up to the plot lines and characters from the iconic TV series that inspired it.  Hence many diehard fans like myself have been trying to remember exact details from Breaking Bad, that first began airing nine years ago, regarding its characters and their roles including actor Bob Odenkirk's Saul Goodman who was the alter ego of Odenkirks' Jimmy McGill.

For example when did the temporarily disbarred lawyer McGill, whom we just witnessed morph into morally challenged lawyer to the criminals "Saul Goodman," first get introduced in the original Breaking Bad series? Answer: it was in Episode 8 of Season 2, that first aired on April 26th 2009, in an episode fittingly entitled "Better Call Saul." That episode's opening scene unfolded with the not-so-smart drug-slanging character Brandon "Badger" Mayhew, played by actor Matt L. Jones, been busted at an Albuquerque bus-stop bench. As seen in photo still above that bus-stop bench was coincidentally emblazoned with a "Better Call Saul" banner ad. [Breaking Bad began airing on AMC back in January 2008 and would run for 62 episodes over five series through September 2013: available as Breaking Bad: The Complete Series]

Hip-Hop Rap Up 05:16:17: The Automator & Qbert in SF, NYC Honors Scott La Rock, New Music: P-Lo, B.o.B., Stik Figa, Quelle Chris

Posted by Billyjam, May 16, 2017 05:10pm | Post a Comment

Fresh off their recent Dr. Octagon 20th anniversary reunion shows with Kool Keith (note new special Get On Down 3LP reissue of Dr Octagonecologyst coming this week, May 19) the two San Francisco talents of producer Dan The Automator andDJ Qbert are back collaborating sharing a hometown bill this week at the music meets live art event RE:CREATION. A joint presentation of Thud Rumble and Euphonic Creations and powered by (the wearable tactile audio technology) SubPac, also on the bill will be Qbert's longtime collaborator and fellow Invisibl Skratch Piklz member DJ Shortkut who'll be spinning an early eve all 45's set from 8pm to 10pm. 

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