Rest In Peace John Prine (1946 - 2020)

Posted by Billyjam, April 7, 2020 11:44pm | Post a Comment

John Prine's 1971 self-titled debut is filled with classics by the artist who died today [04:07:20]

American music legend John Prine died today at Nashville’s Vanderbilt University Medical Center from complications related to COVID-19. The 73-year-old Grammy-winning artist, who had been in intensive care for the past two weeks, was reportedly diagnosed with COVID-19 last month after returning to the US from a European tour. The influential singer/songwriter, who began his career in the early seventies and is categorized by Amoeba under such genres as Folk, Folk Rock, Singer/Songwriter, Country, Country Rock and Americana, leaves behind a rich legacy from a five-decade-spanning career. 

With his distinct raspy voice Prine possessed a penchant for writing engaging country-folk songs about the lives and struggles of the American everyman/woman. Vividly told with both compassion and wit and often from a first person perspective, these Prine classics include “Sam Stone” about a PTSD suffering, drug-addicted Vietnam vet, “Paradise” about the strip-mined hometown of his parents in Kentucky and  “Angel From Montgomery” about the dreams of a woman trapped in a dead end marriage. Incidentally, all three of these songs appeared on the artist's landmark 1971 self-titled debut album.  John Prine  also included such other timeless songs as "Donald and Lydia,"  “Illegal Smile,” “Spanish Pipedream,” and “Hello in There.” 

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In Appreciation of John Prine

Posted by Amoebite, March 31, 2020 07:07pm | Post a Comment

By Mark Beaver

By all means of measurement, 1971 was a monster of a year:

Idi Amin took power in Uganda, US-backed South Viet Nam invaded Laos, huge protests against the Viet John PrineNam War were taking place across the world ramped up by the New York Times publishing of the Pentagon Papers. The "troubles" of Northern Ireland were in full burn and earthquakes beat the heck out of Turkey, just to name a few of the struggles that world citizens were facing.

At the same time, great ideas were afoot and some of the most defining music of the decade was being released:

Led Zeppelin IV, Sticky Fingers by The Rolling Stones, All Day Music by WAR, Black Sabbath’s Master of Reality, The Who’s Who's Next, Electric Warrior by T.REX, Pearl by Janis Joplin, Van Morrison’s Tupelo Honey, Tapestry by Carole King, Blue by Joni Mitchell, Pink Floyd’s Meddle, Paul McCartney’s Ram, John Lennon’s Imagine, George Harrison’s All Things Must Pass, and outsider masterpieces bubbling below the charts from the likes of Nick Drake, Judee Sill, and Gil Scott-Heron.

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New Blu-ray & DVD Releases on, 3/17/20

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, March 17, 2020 08:25pm | Post a Comment

By Audra Wolfmann

We're all in the same boat right now and, although that boat feels like it's on fire and slowly sinking, we're going to be fine as long as we stay away from public gatherings, practice social distancing, and DON'T FREAK OUT. I'm not exactly an expert on not freaking out, but one surefire way I've learned to avoid panic, anxiety, and generalized freak-outs is the pleasure of escape into music, movies, books, and really any kind of art for that matter.

Luckily, the post offices are still making deliveries, and is open for business with free shipping on music and movies to the U.S. New releases continue to appear in the world, like freshly sprung sprouts after a destructive storm (or something like that), and I'll be here with you throughout this insanity, letting you know about the neat new titles that you can have delivered to your door.

Here's some new Blu-ray & DVD releases that came out today, Tuesday, March 17th:

Jumanji: The Next Level
A team of friends return to Jumanji to rescue one of their own but discover that nothing is as they expect. The players need to brave parts unknown, from arid deserts to snowy mountains, in order to escape the world's most dangerous game. Dwayne Johnson, Jack Black, and Danny DeVito will keep your head in this game.

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Hip-Hop Converges With The News Headlines: Coronavirus & the 2020 Presidential Campaign

Posted by Billyjam, March 6, 2020 03:47pm | Post a Comment
                            Public Enemy  Apocalypse 91... The Enemy Strikes Black 2LP (Def Jam)

In these challenging times with the daily news headlines typically troubling, be it the latest reports on the seemingly unstoppable coronavirus or the 2020 presidential campaign, for many hip-hop fans music offers a welcome escape from the stress-inducing reality of the increasingly scary world outside. However more and more it seems that hip-hop has become entangled with these news headlines, especially in this past week, when several news headlines have converged with hip-hop and thereby diminishing the music’s escapist/healing effects.

While on the more dorky end of the spectrum of political news and hip-hop colliding was former Democratic candidate Tom Steyer dancing with rapper Juvenile on stage a week ago, leading the political news meets hip-hop headlines was the story of dispute surrounding a Public Enemy supported Bernie Sanders rally in LA last Sunday that long-flakey PE member Flavor Flav wanted no part of, and resulted in the longtime revolutionary rap crew kicking him out of the group with the official statement that PE would be “moving forward without Flavor Flav.” Following the controversy of the ousting of Flav, PE main-man Chuck D took to social media this week to stress how it really had nothing to do with Bernie Sanders per se and that Flav’s decision to not perform (for no fee like all the other artists) was simply about money.

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