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Happy Birthday Gábor Szabó!!

Posted by Whitmore, March 8, 2010 09:22pm | Post a Comment
Gabor Szabo 
According to legend -- and we always print the myth around here -- while growing up in Budapest, the Hungarian born jazz legend Gabor Szabo was inspired to pick up the guitar after seeing a Roy Rogers singing cowboy feature. He started playing at about fourteen and at the age of twenty, on the eve of the anti-Communist uprising, he and his family escaped the Iron Curtain for sun saturated California.
 
After attending Berklee College (1958-60), he joined Chico Hamilton’s celebrated quintet featuring Charles Lloyd. Gabor Szabo would develop into one of the most original guitarists to emerge in the 1960s, crafting a singular and distinctive sound. From about 1966 on he would lead his own bands (that year alone he released four albums including the stellar Spellbinder and Jazz Raga -- with one of the coolest looking album covers ever printed!). Unlike most every jazz guitarist of the day, Szabo almost always played an acoustic guitar, specifically a Martin Dreadnought guitar, usually the D-45 or the D-285. I suspect Szabo, for the most part, was never taken as seriously as he would have liked in the jazz world, what with his mixing of jazz, commercial rock and pop, folk, Hungarian and gypsy music, it just didn’t fit the program. But Gabor Szabo was always the iconoclast. You can still hear his influence on modern guitarists today.
 
Szabo’s career was relatively brief. He died just short of his 46th birthday back in Budapest in 1982 from liver and kidney disease while on a visit there. Today would have been his 74th birthday. Happy birthday Gabor Szabo!





New Batch Of Collectible LPs Hit Amoeba Hollywood!

Posted by Mr. Chadwick, March 8, 2010 09:31am | Post a Comment
We've recently done a huge overhaul of our walls so there's tons of fresh top shelf LPs. Jazz, 20th Century/Avant Garde, Indie, Punk, 60's Rock, Psych, Prog, World, Folk, Metal, Goth and more! All of the LPs pictured are either up for sale now or will hit the walls soon.

Oscars 2010 Results: meh.

Posted by Charles Reece, March 7, 2010 08:14pm | Post a Comment

58% Correct

The results were worse than I had predicted (Avatar for cinematography! Precious for best adapted screenplay!). Blue is for my predictions, red for what I got wrong:

Leading Actor

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Jeff Bridges, Crazy Heart

Cinematography

Barry Ackroyd, The Hurt Locker  


Mauro Fiore, Avatar

Foreign Language Film

Ajami (Israel)


El Secreto de Sus Ojos (Argentina)

Sound Editing

Christopher Boyes and Gwendolyn Yates Whittle, Avatar    

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Sparklehorse's Mark Linkous Commits Suicide

Posted by Billyjam, March 7, 2010 04:13pm | Post a Comment
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Mark Linkous
of renowned alt rock act Sparklehorse committed suicide today (3/7) according to a statement from his family to Rolling Stone that was also published today on Sparklehorse's website. In the prepared statement Linkous' family said of the Virginia born singer/songwriter, "It is with great sadness that we share the news that our dear friend and family member Mark Linkous took his own life today. We are thankful for his time with us and will hold him forever in our hearts. May his journey be peaceful, happy and free. There's a heaven and there's a star for you."

According to another report by the New York Times, Linkous, who was 47, shot himself in the heart outside of a friend's home in Knoxville, Tenn and died instantly. Linkous famously "died' once before back in 1996, the year after Sparklehorse (which was basically a one man band) released the acclaimed debut Vivadixiesubmarinetransmissionplot when he was on tour supporting Radiohead. He then technically "died" for two minutes after ingesting a deadly mix of antidepressants and Valium. He was lucky to come back to life but was left in a wheelchair for six months before he finally recovered.

As Sparklehorse Linkous went on to release three more albums, including Good Morning Spider (1999), It's A Wonderful Life (2001), & Dreamt for Light Years in the Belly of a Mountain (2006). Reportedly Linkous was busy finishing up Sparklehorse album number five, a collaboration with Danger Mouse, to have been released this summer on Anti.

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(In which we bid a tearful goodbye.)

Posted by Job O Brother, March 7, 2010 01:06pm | Post a Comment
Today marks the final shift of one of my most favorite Amoebites of all time, the glamorous and enigmatic “Smithy.”

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Dearly departed Smithy (artist's depiction)

Smithy is not her real name, though it is one of her nicknames, and that’s about as close to “the facts” as most of us are likely to get. Smithy shrouds herself in mystery, and even if all her acquaintances pooled their knowledge of her past, it would scarcely be enough information to provide a decent Wikipedia entry, to say nothing of a biography. I keep the snippets of personal detail that I’ve acquired in the past four years of working with her like a jealous secret; a precious baseball card that I never remove from its protective plastic.

I don’t even know what she’s going to be doing after she leaves Amoeba Music Hollywood. For all I know she’s gotten a job lion taming, apprenticing to a witch doctor, or going deep undercover for the CIA in Beijing. All seem possible; all would hold some amount of appeal for her.

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See: Craigslist > job opportunties

One thing we, her co-workers, have been privy to is what she’s keen on in music and film. Even someone as secretive as Smithy has dorked out with the best of us music store geeks when the conversation’s turned to our product. This blog entry will be a brief exposé of some of Smithy’s pop culture paramours. In considering them, we may perhaps glean a little insight into this unknown soldier, but even if not, we’ll still get to hear some perfectly ginchy tunes.

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