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Saluting Rock And Roll Pioneer Chuck Berry [1926 - 2017]

Posted by Billyjam, March 18, 2017 11:16pm | Post a Comment

One of rock n roll music's pioneers/creators Chuck Berry died this afternoon at his Missouri home. The influential guitarist/writer/singer born Charles Edward Anderson Berry, who had been performing up until a couple of years ago, was 90 years of age. Earlier today his family posted via the Chuck Berry Facebook page that: "We are deeply saddened to announce that Chuck Berry - beloved husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather - passed away at his home today at the age of 90. Though his health had deteriorated recently, he spent his last days at home surrounded by the love of his family and friends. The Berry family asks that you respect their privacy during this difficult time."  

Chuck Berry's death comes in advance of his recently announced first studio album in 38 years (Chuck to be released later this year) and just three weeks following the release of the wonderful tribute to the artist's legacy: Rock And Roll Music! The Songs Of Chuck Berry.  That recommended 24 track collection that was carefully compiled by Ace UK Records, features his most famous songs being covered over the years by such artists as Elvis Presley, Buddy Holly, Jerry Lee Lewis, MC5, Marty Robbins and The Beach Boys. Including such classics as "Roll Over Beethoven," "Johnny B. Goode," "Maybellene," "Sweet Little Sixteen" and "Little Queenie" (to name but a few) it is not only a a virtual history lesson in rock n roll music but a testament to the vital role that Chuck Berry played in the powerful popular new musical movement of the second half of the 20th century. Most of Berry's biggest rock and roll hits can be found on such artist collections as Chuck Berry: The Complete Chess Singles A's & B's 1955-1961 and the vinyl/LP collection Chuck Berry: Rock n Roll Masterworks.

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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Lars Ulrich of Metallica

Posted by Amoebite, February 3, 2017 02:00pm | Post a Comment

Lars Ulrich of Metallica What's In My Bag? Amoeba Music

"Jazz is a big thing in my life, and a big thing in my kids' life, and also in my dad's life," says Lars Ulrich, drummer for the legendary metal band Metallica. Holding a copy of The Jazz Image: Masters of Jazz Photography, he brings up his father's days growing up in Copenhagen, Denmark, and being around the European Jazz scene. "Some really cool, atmospheric portraits," he comments, "lots of people smoking. Don't smoke at home, kids, it's bad for you." Ulrich had lots to say about his varied, interesting, and sometimes unexpected picks on his recent visit to Amoeba Hollywood.

Metallica formed in 1981 when Lars Ulrich posted a "musicians wanted" ad in a Los Angeles area newspaper and vocalist/guitarist James Hetfield responded. The group's first LP, 1983's Kill 'Em All, brought them underground attention but it wasn't till their third LP, Master of Puppets (1986), that Metallica won commercial success. The band's first major label release, Puppets charted at number 29 on the Billboard Top 200 and was the first thrash album to be certified platinum. Metallica received their first Grammy nomination in 1989, for their fourth studio album, ...And Justice for All.

Metallica Hardwired... To Self-Destruct Two years later, Metallica released their highest-selling album, a self-titled LP often referred to as "The Black Album." On their next release, 1996's Load, Metallica moved away from their thrash roots and towards a hard rock aesthetic; the album immediately landed at number 1 on the Billboard charts and stayed there for four weeks. Their follow-up LP, Reload, also debuted at position number 1 on the Top 200. The band continued to tour and record regularly. In 2011, Metallica teamed up with Lou Reed for Lulu. After a lengthy break between Metallica studio albums, the band released Hardwired...to Self-Destruct in 2016.

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New "What's in My Bag?" Episode with Tim Heidecker & Jonathan Rado

Posted by Amoebite, May 16, 2016 06:47pm | Post a Comment

What happens when Tim Heidecker and Foxygen's Jonathan Rado buy records for each other? Turns out they get a lot of the same stuff. Like Bruce Springsteen's Darkness on the Edge of Town. The only difference? Rado opted for the cheaper, used copy with "some wear" on it, while Heidecker picked out a brand new copy for his partner.

Tim Heidecker In Glendale

Actor, writer, director, and musician Tim Heidecker is probably best known as one half of the comedy duo Tim & Eric. Alongside his musical partner Davin Wood, he has written lyrics and sang on songs featured on Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!. The two teamed up as the '70s soft rock inspired duo Heidecker and Wood, releasing the albums Starting From Nowhere (2011) and Some Things Never Stay the Same (2013). Heidecker and his band The Yellow River Boys also released the album Urinal St. Station on Drag City Records in 2013. In 2016, Heidecker announced his latest album, In Glendale (out May 20) would be released through Jonathan Rado's Jagjaguwar imprint, Rado Records.

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Bruce Springsteen Runs Food Drive at Los Angeles Shows

Posted by Amoebite, March 9, 2016 04:14pm | Post a Comment

bruce springsteen the river colletion cdBruce Springsteen is asking fans to donate to the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank at his shows at the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena for the River Tour on March 15, 17 and 19.

In addition, the Food Bank is holding the Bruce Springsteen Fan Volunteer Day Saturday, March 19, the day of his last L.A. show. You can help the organization with such activities as sorting, boxing and repackaging donated food to be directed where it's needed most. The Food Bank will be pumping great music from Bruce & the E Street Band all day, so it's a great chance to connect with other fans as well!

Spots are limited; sign up here using the password “Bruce2016.″ Sign up before 12 p.m. PST Friday, March 11, and you'll be entered in a drawing to win free tickets to see The Boss at his March 15 or 17 show.

The Los Angeles Regional Food Bank has distributed more than 1 billion pounds of food to the needy since starting in 1973. Find out more and donate here.

Bruce Springsteen's most recent release was a 35th anniversary collection of his classic album The River, which includes the album, plus unreleased tracks, interviews and performances from the era on a CD/DVD or CD/Blu-ray set called The Ties That Bind: The River Collection.

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New Vinyl Reissues from The Beatles, Nirvana and More

Posted by Amoebite, December 3, 2015 07:19pm | Post a Comment

Vinyl Reissues

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This week's vinyl reissues include heavy-hitters The Beatles and Nirvana. We snuck in a few CD reissues from Fleetwood Mac and Bruce Springsteen just for good measure. Here are the reissue highlights for December 4, 2015.

Beatles 1 vinyl reissue

The Beatles1 LP
[180gm Vinyl]

This gatefold double-vinyl reissue features all twenty-seven of the Beatles’ number one hits, with new stereo remixes by Giles Martin, son of the Fab Four’s legendary producer George Martin. The release comes on 180 gram vinyl and includes extras like a poster of Beatles 7” inch sleeves from around the world and four art cards.

1 was also recently reissued in multiple CD formats including a single-disc CDCD/Blu-ray and CD/DVD with a disc of 27 promo videos; and deluxe edition CD/2-Blu-ray and CD/2-DVD with an additional 23 videos.

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