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BBC CELEBRATING BEATLES WEEK WITH LOTS OF GREAT CONTENT

Posted by Billyjam, September 8, 2009 10:45am | Post a Comment
The Beatles, BBC documentary

Just as the Amoeblog has been doing here on the West Coast, over in the UK the BBC is also celebrating the Fab Four with its ongoing Beatles Week that includes lots of rare footage and interviews. One of the many highlights of the week, which began on Saturday, is the great seventy minute documentary The Beatles: The First US Visit, which follows John, Paul, George, and Ringo during those infamous two weeks in 1964 when the Beatles invaded America. They were filmed by David and Albert Maysles, who were granted an intimate behind the scenes view of the group in varied settings..
Beatles
Over their fortnight of filming, the director brothers captured Beatlemania as it rapidly took hold of America, thanks in great part to their appearance / performance on The Ed Sullivan Show, which reached 73 million television viewers (something that could never happen nowadays with the media pie cut up into so many more pieces).

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New 12" Electronic Releases at Amoeba Hollywood - 09/11/09

Posted by Oliver / Matt / Jordan, September 7, 2009 03:26pm | Post a Comment


New Electro/Techno 12"s Coming This Weekend:

Antislash
VERTIGES EP 12"
FRANKIE047

"LENDEMAIN DE FETE" is a shaky tool, with deep atmoshperes and a nice flip mid-track to get lost in. Bleepy and trippy stuff. Sick arrangements on the b-side with killer snares and sounds that are weird and twisted. Not your run of the mill techno-tech house here.  
 
  
Ninjasonik
SOMEBODY GONNA GET PREGNANT WHITE LABEL 12" PR01

White label 12" on the hipster club tip. Includes “SHOOT THE LAZER,” a raunchy club tune that jacks the opening to a certain animated movie classic, and “DAYLIGHT,” a bootie remix of the MATT AND KIM song by the same name. Rounding out the 12” is “STIR,” a minimal dancefloor tune with stuttering, drunken style vocal takes.    

A-Skillz INSANE BANGERS #8-N.THAYER 12" INSANE008

Big Pimp Jones 
BAD BAD JIMMY RUCKUS LP FSRLP058

Various 
REGROOVED SERIES 9 12" GG18 

Bent 
ALWAYS 2009 REMIXES 12" GAE010

Coldplay 
LIFE IN TECHNICOLOR-JTV RMX 12" LITJTV1

Dr. Stereo 
HEAR THE DIFFERENCE 7" JTP019 

Florence Trapp 
LOVE CAME INTO MY LIFE 7" SOUL7009 

Jahcoozi 
NAMEDROPPER 12" BB3

Keisa Brown 
DANCE MAN 7" JM071

New Mastersounds 
SAN FRANTICO 7" ONR7006

Pilocka Krach DELUSIONS OF GRANDEUR 12" STD102    



New House/Disco 12"s Coming This Weekend:

Drivetrain
TRAGEDY PARK 12"
YORE002LTD

You can tell that Detroit's DRIVETRAIN has a soft spot for 70s Philly soul and funk. Includes "THE RAIN," the SERENITY mix of "ANGEL," and the title cut. There's everything from jacking to deep techno on this EP, with dub-influenced house pulses, and sweet soulful rhythms. 
   


Retro-Grade
MODA 12"
RETROGRADE1

Modern Italo disco done by SERGE SANTIAGO and his pal TOM NEVILLE. A ltd edition (500) taster for a RETRO-GRADE album due in 2010. Synth laden Italo disco grooves.
  

Chaz Jankel I COME ALIVE 12" CJ001

Various 
TRIBE SESSION SAMPLER TWO 12" TRIBEEP002

Aaron Carl 
RAIN (FT. ERICA LA FAY) 12" WMAC29

Adam Kesher 
CONTINENT 10" DP31

Ali Nasser 
STARS OF RA-LEON REMIX 12" SWS003

An-2 
FROM NOW ON 12" THEOM011

Cevin Fisher 
THE FREAKS COME OUT #2 12" SUB112TR

Filsonik 
DAY THREE-ALEXANDER ROSS 12" TD03

Floating Points 
VACUUM EP 12" EGLO002

Grant Nelson 
BRAVE NEW WORLD 12" CITY1081

Invasion 
SPELLS OF DECEPTION 10" THISIM015

Magik Johnson 
THE FEELING EP 12" HYS1819

Roe O vs Monk One 
EXTRA SPECIAL CATEGORY 7" DP005

Soul Purpose 
KEY ISSUES VOL.2 12" SP011

Steve Bug 
THE LAB 02 SAMPLER 01 12" LAB002A

Tiefschwarz 
TRUST REMIXES 12" SOUVENIR020    



New Dubstep/Jungle 12"s Coming This Weekend: 

Others 
KING PIN 12"
DP030

This ultra-wobbly, big bassbin beast is gonna rock the dubstep dancefloors hardcore, while "SPLINTER IN MY SOUL" is a much softer side of these artists, with delicate keys swirling around a beautiful melody.

Trolley Snatcher 
THE FUTURE 12"
DP031

The title cut & B-side "SCATTAH" are both strong in the vein of wobbley dubstep beasts.

Big Bud CONNECTIONS 3LP FILMLP004

John & Jehn 
LOOKING FOR YOU 12" DUMB016DJC01

Ras G 
DESTINATION THERE EP 12" RAMP024

Rogue State 
LOGICAL REGRESSION 12" R8005

Rusko 
ACTON DREAD 12" DP009

Various Productions 
HOW CAN YOU STAND 7" BLAZE45168

White Lies DEATH - CHASE & STATUS RX 12" WHITE1    

A Starr is Reborn: Ringo Starr, Thespian

Posted by Charles Reece, September 6, 2009 08:30pm | Post a Comment
Not content with merely playing himself in Hard Day's Night (1964) and Help! (1965), Ringo Starr began to develop his acting chops over the next decade and a half, culminating in his masterpiece, Caveman. As a drummer, he was used to being in the background supporting others, and his acting style was such that he always made everyone else seem a little better. He was a chameleon, the rock and roll Peter Sellers. So here's a look back at some of his finest moments during those cinematic years.

Candy (1968)


As the Mexican gardener Emmanuel, Ringo goes toe-to-toe with Richard Burton in Terry Southern and Buck Henry's free love revision of Voltaire's Candide (based on Mason Hoffenberg's novel)

Magic Christian (1969)


Ringo's second Southern collaboration, an adaptation of the latter's novel of the same name. In this scene, Ringo can be seen with Sellers and a young John Cleese.

200 Motels (1971)

Beatles or Stones?... or Goth-Pop Beatles Covers!?

Posted by Aaron Detroit, September 5, 2009 12:50am | Post a Comment

Beatles Or Stones?” I’m one of those people who is definitely more Rolling Stones than Beatles. That’s not to say there aren’t Fab Four songs or albums I enjoy or even adore (White Album!), but The Stones suit my tastes and aesthetic preferences in music and art much more. The Stones have a classically debaucherous mythos attached to them and their vibe was always darker, nastier and convincingly Satanic compared to their Liverpool rivals.  True: The Beatles certainly had their more nefarious moments (“Helter Skelter,” “Happiness is a Warm Gun,” The Butcher Cover and Aleister Crowley's appeance on the Sgt, Peppers' album sleeve), but I’m definitely more “Paint It Black” than “Good Day Sunshine.”

However, some people still believe The Beatles held the keys to the infernal gates of Hell. Certainly several of my teenage Goth-Pop icons saw a dark thread in the Beatles' work (or maybe it was just their genius for unforgettable melodies – those do help bands cross-over!) Siouxsie Sioux’s devotion to the Fab Four turned out two great covers; first, an incendiary and punked-out “Helter Skelter” on the Banshees’ 1978 debut Scream:



...and the band scored one of their biggest International hits with their lush 1983 reading of “Dear Prudence.”


Banshees’ contemporary Daniel Ash (Bauhaus/Tones on Tail/Love & Rockets) displayed his shine for John, Paul, George and Ringo via a (now somewhat-dated) cover of “Day Tripper” on his 1991 solo album, Coming Down.


And the ultimate in Beatles gothic tribute/piss-taking is awarded to Slovenian Industrial-rock godfathers Laibach. In 1988 the group released a camp-yet-dry, near track-by-track cover album of The Beatles’ swansong Let It Be (strangely omitting the title-track). The band even scored a somewhat hit with their oddlly lovely rendition of “Across The Universe.”


The Beatles do ultimately get mega-points from me for saving their namesake and legacy from tarnish by disbanding before the 1970’s could force them into coked-out disco and before the 80’s could force them into ill-advised fluorescent suits and Aqua-net do’s, just like my preferred Stones.

With that said, I am genuinely excited about revisiting and reappraising The Beatles' Catalog when brand-spanking-new remastered editions (especially those limited Mono mixes!) are released on the ominous date of 9/9/09.

Sampling The Beatles In Hip-Hop Music

Posted by Billyjam, September 3, 2009 10:25am | Post a Comment

"The Grey Video" (Danger Mouse "Encore" Beatles meets Jay-Z)
 
Everyone loves The Beatles, including rappers and their producers, so it makes perfect sense that hooks, drum beats, high hats, stabs, guitar riffs, vocal soundbites, etc. etc. from the Fab Four's vast and varied Wu-Tang Clancatalog would provide an ample sampling source for hip-hop producers and remixers. RIght? Yes, but only if done legally-- provided that the owners of the copyrighted Beatles material were to give permission to the interested producer(s). And this is not something that happens easily. In fact, The Beatles' catalog is often referred to in hip-hop production circles as "the holy grail of samples," since it is so hard to get permission to sample the Liverpool lads' music for hip-hop songs. 

That's why it was such in 2007 when Wu-Tang Clan announced that they had secured the first fully legit sample of the Beatles' music. They reportedly got granted permission to sample the White Album's "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" for the Wu-Tang album 8 Diagrams. As it turned out, it Dhani Harrisonwasn't technically a Beatles sample clearance, but rather the go-ahead to replay the George Harrison penned Beatles tune with none other than George's own son Dhani Harrison (reportedly a major Wu-Tang Clan fan) playing the guitar bit on the track that also featured guest vocalist Erykah Badu.

Of course, The Beatles' music has been sampled many times in hip-hop (without permission) over the years, most famously on Danger Mouse's career-launching, incredibly popular (albeit totally illegal) 2004 release The Grey Album, where he liberally sampled the entire Beatles' White Album in a masterpiece mash-up that is beautifully blended with Jay-Z's The Black Album. The fact that it was an illegal recording didn't stop people from hearing it either. The album, which was sold as a bootleg, was traded and given Danger Mouse the grey albumaway in CD format and downloaded for free, thus making its way to countless iPods and music collections.

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