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The Gift Of Coltrane

Posted by Rick Frystak, November 5, 2019 01:30pm | Post a Comment

 


Many has been the day when I would walk around the Amoeba store and try to figure out a gift for someone I thought or was told had everything, musically, and I would be at wits end trying to decide what would make a customer or `friend happy, which by the end of the search, would not be something I would always be proud to give. Of course, the stress of that would only make matters worse with the decision made harder! 


Without a doubt, record store employees are asked day in and day out to provide recommendations to customers of music, after a description of the gift-receiver’s taste, or a step up on a new or rare release. 
 
I’ve found that often times folks are delighted to receive something as a gift that they would never think to buy for themselves. Here’s where a person that lives around music all of their day can determine what might be the perfect idea for a customer searching for something new that would be the right choice.
 
So I’ve put together an idea for people who are harder to buy for, or folks that may not have terribly obvious musical taste. These could be new releases or new issues of music that has some special meaning to me. In any event, music that I would recommend without hesitation! John William Coltrane.
 
The amount of music that saxophonist John Coltrane must have recorded is staggering. Not that all of it was meant for release, but when these giants of their instruments were/are in the studio, oftentimes the recording is constantly going. The music that John Coltrane recorded is a great example: 1963: New Directions by the John Coltrane quartet, a big, five-record set with a gorgeous, heavy booklet by the same group that recorded ‘’A Love Supreme’’ and 7 other records. The complete box set, Coltrane '63, New Directions has a handful of vinyl-only of live tracks well worth the price.
 
Here are sessions that are not for everyone, though. The later-period ‘Trane was an explosion of ‘’free’’ jazz sheets of sound, but here it’s tamed it like wild horses. The riffs and runs are exceptional in their emotional depth and variety. Coltrane was truly experimental, and in 1963 he felt wide open in letting the feelings flow that were coming to him. He was playing what was coming through him, without choosing, without guiding them. The 1963 sessions are available in a complete box set or as a single disc.
 
Some of these takes were available in Japan as B-sides on CDs. These are fine remasters, crisp and articulate. If you or someone you love are a Coltrane fans, you’ll love these takes of a most interesting part of ‘Trane’s life.

Weird Wednesdays this November at the Alamo Drafthouse New Mission

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, November 4, 2019 07:27pm | Post a Comment

Amoeba Music and Alamo Drafthouse New Mission in San Francisco team up for another month of mammoth movie hits with this November's Weird Wednesdays! Join us at the Alamo's beautiful movie palace in the Mission District for these weird, wacky, and wild classics:

TAMMY AND THE T-REX (1994, 4K RESTORATION)
Wednesday, November 6. 10pm
Directed by Stewart Raffill (Mac and Me), Tammy and the T-Rex is a love story as old as time. This post-Jurassic jam stars Denise Richards (Starship Troopers, Wild Things) and the late Paul Walker (The Fast and the Furious) in an unprecedented mishmash of rom-com tropes and R-rated horror thrills. When Paul's mauled by the local zoo’s toothier residents, his love affair with Denise doesn’t cease — even after his brain is transplanted into an ancient animatronic predator. Oh, and did we mention “Bernie” from Weekend at Bernies’ is the villain? Originally filmed as a gorefest with impressive splatter by SFX guru John Carl Buechler, Tammy’s only minimal release back in the day was cut to PG-13, funneled straight-to-video, and inexplicably marketed as a kids’ film. Thanks to the intrepid efforts of top-notch archival pals Vinegar Syndrome, this gonzo gem is fully restored and ready to scorch your ganglia into dust!

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Cops Vs. Aliens: An Evening of Rock & Roll Film with CRIME 1978 & Ziggy Stardust

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, November 1, 2019 06:47pm | Post a Comment

CRIME 1978

San Francisco’s First and Only Rock’n’Roll Movie: CRIME 1978, a short documentary film about the legendary punk band and Amoeba favorite CRIME, will screen at the Victoria Theatre in SF on Thursday, November 14th at 7pm, followed by everyone's favorite rock & roll alien concert flick, Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars (1973)! Introducing the event are CRIME 1978 producer Henry S. Rosenthal (aka Hank Rank of CRIME) and filmmaker Jon Bastian. There will also be live music by The Legendary Stardust Cowboy, Ron “The Ripper” Greco (original CRIME bassist), and CRIME WAVE (CRIME tribute band with members of Egrets on Ergot, Cheap Tissue, The Richmond Sluts), plus a Ziggy Stardust lookalike contest!

The “rock verite” footage of CRIME was filmed entirely in 1978 by Larry Larson for his local cable Crime 1978access program In Review, and is newly edited by Bastian. Larson found a unique experience in the burgeoning punk scene taking place at the Mabuhay Gardens, a Filipino restaurant and bar-gone-gritty nightclub on Broadway in North Beach. The booker Dirk Dirksen regularly landed local punk and New Wave acts at the club, including the Avengers, The Nuns, The Dils, Pearl Harbor & the Explosions, and CRIME. CRIME’s 1976 single of “Hot Wire My Heart” (backed with “Baby You're So Repulsive”) is credited as the first single released by a U.S. punk act from the West Coast. Like some of their punk contemporaries, they took on individual personas and built a group image, wearing police uniforms and billing themselves as "San Francisco's First and Only Rock 'n' Roll Band." The members of CRIME in 1978 were Johnny Strike (Gary John Bassett) on vocals and guitar, Frankie Fix (Marc D’Agostino) on vocals and guitar), Ron The Ripper (Ron Greco) on bass, and Hank Rank (Henry S. Rosenthal) on drums.

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Hip-Hop Rap-Up: Top 5 Albums + News: Apollo Brown, Boots Riley @ OMCA, Ben Merlis' Cold Chillin book, Camp Flog Gnaw Carnival + more

Posted by Billyjam, November 1, 2019 12:22pm | Post a Comment
Amoeba Top 5 Hip-Hop Top Albums


#1:
Apollo Brown  Sincerely, Detroit (Mello Music)

#2Homeboy Sandman Dusty (Mello Music)

#3: L'Orange & Jeremiah Jae Complicate Your Life With Violence Vinyl LP  (Mello Music Group) (also avail on CD)

#4: Big Shug The Diamond Report  (Brick Records)

#5: Billy Woods Terror Management (backwoodz)

Brand new release in the Amoeba new arrivials this week, via the unstoppable independent hip-hop label Mello Music, is Detroit producer Apollo Brown’s excellent new full-length Sincerely, Detroit. A hip-hop homage to the producer’s hometown, the one hour and 19 minute new album is a Detroit centric, compilation-like album as much as a single artist release. The talent-packed 79 minute album’s 21 tracks feature a long list of guest collaborators from Detroit, acting as yet another reminder of just how much incredible hip-hop talent the Motor City has given and continues to give the world!  Artists joining Apollo Brown include elZHI, Slum Village, Phat Kat, Guilty Simpson, Chris Orrick and Clear Soul Forces. Among the too many great tracks to mention are the upliftingly soulful "God Help Me (feat. Black Milk, Ketchphraze & DJ Los)" and "The Backbone (feat. Guilty Simpson, Fat Ray & Melanie Rutherford)" (scroll down to see the song's accompanying music video).  Order Sincerely, Detroit  HERE

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15 Years After Mac Dre's Murder, Popularity Of Beloved Bay Area Rapper Continues To Grow [includes Mac Dre Top 10 Amoeba Guide]

Posted by Billyjam, November 1, 2019 09:01am | Post a Comment
Mac Dre Ronald Dregan: Dreganomics 2LP reissued on vinyl by Thizz Nation example
of the ever-growing wave of interest in the rapper who was murdered 15 years ago on
November 1st 2004, just 3 & a half months after the release of this album.


Today, November 1st, 2019 marks the 15th anniversary of the murder of beloved Bay Area rapper Mac Dre who, a full decade and a half after his tragic demise, is far from fading from memory. Instead the charismatic super-talented  rapper born Andre Hicks, whose career began in the 80’s and who at the end of the following decade was leading the charge as one of the chief ambassadors of the Bay Area’s blossoming, hyphy movement, has exponentially grown in popularity with each passing year since his 2004 murder. Today Mac Dre (an artist under appreciated in his lifetime) is widely viewed as an iconic figure in hip-hop history. He ranks up there along with  2Pac and J-Dilla; two other hip-hop greats taken too young from this world while in the prime of their careers.

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