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I REMEMBER JOHN ABERCROMBIE, 1944-2017

Posted by Rick Frystak, September 4, 2017 02:12pm | Post a Comment


-photo Doug Proper

by Rick Frystak

Guitarist John Laird Abercrombie passed away of heart failure last week at the age of 72, too young an age for an artist who had so many more years of creativity left. John was one of my all-time favorite guitarists, one of only a handful of unique, tasteful ''jazz-rock'' guitarists who managed to create his own style and mature with it for all the years that he was active and making records.

John's playing had a swing, a lilt, perhaps a swaying effect that was captivating and had me eagerly anticipating his notes to see where he would go with a tune or a solo. His songs were quite often effectively moody and dark which I loved, but alternately funky, and always a good melody but left room for discovery. When he really let go, as he soon highlighted on his early solo records and the Billy Cobham big band records he could bring the house down. But when he turned inward, it was like telling a secret or a heartbreaking whisper. And his compositional directions were such an amalgamation of the old standard beauty and a new, ear-bending edginess.

I first heard John on the small, independent Oblivion label album, Friends, featuring Marc Cohen playing a searing electric alto sax, inspiring John to higher highs of energy I'd rarely heard outside of heavy rock, the whole group developing music that would be years ahead of it's time. Then came his first of a 43-year ECM Records relationship, the immortal, iconic Timeless, with Jack DeJohnette  and Jan Hammer (fresh out of Mahavishnu Orchestra and Billy Cobham's fantastic Spectrum album),which took the heaviness and beauty and made some of the most intense trio jazz since Tony Williams' Lifetime. He excelled in the trio format, and in his group with Peter Erskine and Marc Johnson they swung hard, burned.  He released his last ECM record this year, Up And Coming, which would be, as the press kit notes, his first album played without a pick, just using his fingers. This sound seems more buttery and lyrical, perhaps like a fine scotch,  the tempering of John's later-career approach and character.

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Concert Tickets Available at Amoeba Hollywood September 2017

Posted by Amoebite, September 4, 2017 12:10pm | Post a Comment

Concert Tickets For Sale at Amoeba HollywoodAmoeba Hollywood regularly sells tickets to local shows. Get physical tickets from us and skip the high fees!

All tickets can be purchased at the registers (while supplies last) for a $3 service fee. We take cash and credit cards for all ticket sales. Store credit and coupons cannot be applied to ticket sales. Limit 4 tickets per person. 

We have a new partnership with Teragram Ballroom, an intimate venue in downtown LA. We are the only place in town to buy physical tickets (aside from the venue itself). We'll have a small amount of tickets for every Teragram show available the day they are announced on a first-come, first-served basis with our low $3 ticket service fee.

For The Novo (formerly Club Nokia) and Shrine Expo Hall shows, we only carry general admission tickets. If you wish to purchase reserved seating at The Novo (where available), you can buy those tickets online here. If you wish to purchase reserved seating at Shrine Expo Hall (where available), you can buy those tickets online here.

Please note that on the day of the show, we will stop selling tickets for that show at 5pm.

Tickets are limited, so please call the store first to make sure they are available: 323-245-6400.
 

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Dead Prez. Ras Kass, Lil B, Bun B, G Perico, DJ Quik, Triple Threat DJs, CunninLynguists + more: Hiero Day 2017 Preview (Video Version)

Posted by Billyjam, September 4, 2017 10:57am | Post a Comment

If you already have plans to attend today's annual Oakland hip-hop festival, Hiero Day 2017, or are on the fence about going this video version Amoeblog, featuring many of  the acts playing today, is designed as a preview teaser of what to expect at today's all day event: 11am to 7pm in West Oakland at 18th and Poplar streets [Note new location this year].  Described as an outdoor festival, concert, food, and block party where thousands come to celebrate all that is good about Oakland, this year’s lineup once again offers a wonderful cross-section of artists. In addition to the hometown producers of the peaceful and uplifting event that bears their name (they always close out the concert event), that is now in its sixth successful year, there is a diverse lineup of emcees and DJs planned for the various stages today.

These include Berkeley's Lil B The Based God, who donned dreads and innovative fashion at the recent VMA MTV music awards, has been in the news a lot lately for various things including his public beef with young b'ball talent Lonzo Ball who mistakenly called hip-hop legend Nas played out and no longer relevant unlike such current stars as Future.  Lil B, who is said to be working with Nas and his Mass Appeal, has been vigilant in his defense of the famous Queensbridge emcee. The audio-only video for Lil B's new track “Rawest Rapper Alive” off his recently unveiled Black Ken release is below along with a slew of other videos by many of today's performers.

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Saluting the Legacy of Steely Dan In Recognition of the Passing of Co-Founder Walter Becker Who Died Today at Age 67

Posted by Billyjam, September 3, 2017 01:16pm | Post a Comment


According to Walter Beckers official website the 67 year old guitarist/songwriter and Steely Dan co-founding member with Donald Fagen died today. The sudden death of the revered Queens, NY artist comes on the heels of a serious operation he underwent in recent months. That hospital operating theater visit resulted in him having to cancel his participation at the last minute in Steely Dan's “The Classic West” performance at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles on July 15th and another one in New York around the same time this summer.

In a more recent Billboard magazine interview with Donald Fagen, the NJ born Steely Dan fellow founding member spoke vaguely on Becker’s medical status. But he was quoted as saying that, "Walter's recovering from a procedure and hopefully he'll be fine very soon.” That was just one month ago (August 2nd) and now this morning (Sept. 3rd) news breaks of Becker’s tragic passing, and still no specific cause of death announced.

In honor of the late great Walter Becker, as well as his surviving musical partner Donald Fagen, this Amoeblog salutes the indelible legacy of Steely Dan via briefly tracing their history and embedding (scroll down) a series of videos from the band’s illustrious back catalog with links to their corresponding albums. Highlighted by such five star albums as Countdown to Ecstasy (1973), Pretzel Logic (1974), Katy Lied (1975), and The Royal Scam (1976) Steely Dan’s music has long enjoyed an appreciation from a wide cross section of music fans: from 70’s classic rock collectors, to jazz & jazz-fused rock fans, and the countless hip-hop lovers (and producers and DJs) who were introduced to “the Dan” via their numerous samples in hip-hip songs over the years. These many examples include “Peg” sampled by De La Soul (with Prince Paul), “Black Cow” sampled by MF Doom, “Kid Charlemagne” sampled by Kanye West, and “Do It Again” sampled by deadmau5. And let's not forget the 1983 Club House produced 12" single, early era mashup / medley that pitch-perfectly blended Steely Dan's "Do It Again" with Michael Jackson's hit of that same year, "Billie Jean" from the album Thriller. Another endorsement of Steely Dan's coolness was the Minutemen's cover of the Katy Lied track "Doctor Wu" on the early 80's SoCal punk trio's album Double Nickles On The Dime.

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Cheap Trick To Play Free Festival In San Francisco

Posted by Billyjam, September 2, 2017 01:59pm | Post a Comment

Cheap Trick, who play the Shoreline in Mountain View later today, will be returning to the Bay Area in a month to play a free gig in San Francisco as part of the upcoming, always free Hardly Strictly Bluegrass (HSB) music festival in Golden Gate Park, according to an inside source. Traditionally HSB, now in its 17th year, attracts three quarters of a million music fans to check out dozens of musically diverse acts across seven different stages. The annual free event (thanks to the generous funding of the late Warren Hellman) will take place this year from October 6th to 8th. Those dates were officially announced a couple of weeks ago. Since then HSB organizers have been unveiling online, short three-minute music medleys containing snippets of songs by artists on the upcoming that folks have to guess. These HSB Music Medleys of uncredited songs/artists (the third and latest on published four days ago) act as teasers for fans to guess some of the artists on the 2017 schedule. So far the medleys have included such artists as Randy Newman, Conor Oberst, Béla Fleck & Abigal Washburn, Gillian Welch, Rodney Crowell, Poncho Sanchez, Chuck Prophet and Sturgill Simpson. Not identified however in any of these three teaser medleys was Cheap Trick whose inclusion in the upcoming festival lineup is according to a reliable source within the organization who asked not to be identified. For more general 2017 HSB info  or here to volunteer @ HSB.

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