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Close To The Ledge: Top Ten Suicide Songs

Posted by Billyjam, February 26, 2017 06:35pm | Post a Comment

First up, if you are currently feeling suicidal or simply need to talk to someone, call the 24 hour National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK [8255] where you will be forwarded to a counselor in your local area. Secondly this Top Ten Suicide Songs list (songs dealing with suicide from first and third person perspectives, and/or the mindset surrounding the subject), while intensely emotional, are in fact uplifting songs that have been known to both distract from and alleviate self-destructive feelings. Much like the power of blues music, these songs can similarly begin to lift those feeling low and depressed out of their deep funk.

As with any limited music list that attempts to cover a wide range of recordings on a specific topic, this top ten does not include a lot of great/worthy songs on the subject of suicide. A Top 50 list would have included many deserving songs that unfortunately were omitted in this top ten. Hence I have referenced these "honorable mention" songs in the honorary mentions paragraphs below as well as throughout the text of this Amoeblog. But please post any other worthy songs not included in the comments section, thanks.

I chose the Amoeblog title "Close To The Ledge" because of the fact that so many songs about suicide reference, both literally and figuratively, the ledge that people jump to their death from. This recurring theme appears in such songs about suicide as Frank Turner's "Song For Josh" and Stacy Barthe's "My Suicide Note  (both in top ten below), the Paul Westerberg penned "The Ledge" by The Replacements from their 1987 album Pleased To Meet Me (also on vinyl/LP),  Third Eye Blind's deceptively peppy sounding 1997 hit "Jumper" with the refrain "I wish you would step back from that ledge my friend," and The Dead Ships' "Citycide." The title track off the LA band's 2015 album Citycide refers to the ledge of the San Francisco side of Golden Gate Bridge that singer Devlin McCluskey, who lost his best friend to suicide, was referring to upon learning that the majority of jumpers off the GGB (the subject of the dark but nail-bitingly engaging 2006 documentary The Bridge) "jumps off the City side."

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Kick Off Your Weekend with New David Bowie Reissues

Posted by Amoebite, February 10, 2017 03:46pm | Post a Comment

David Bowie Reissues

It's always a good day when new versions of classic David Bowie records hits our shelves, so with the release of six newly gussied up reissues, today is twice (um, make that six times) as nice! These releases are the latest in Parlophone's Bowie reissue campaign, featuring remastered audio on both CD and 180-gram heavyweight vinyl versions. Last fall, the three studio albums due today were included as part of the comprehensive Who Can I Be Now? [1974-1976] vinyl box; this is the first time the remastered versions have been available as individual LPs. Here's why each one is essential in its own special way.

Diamond Dogs

Diamond Dogs (1974)

An album Bowie himself described as "very political," Diamond Dogs was the artist's last stand in the arena of glam rock, and the first LP recorded and released after the retirement of his Ziggy Stardust persona. Also available on CD.

New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Young The Giant

Posted by Amoebite, January 23, 2017 06:56pm | Post a Comment

Young The Giant What's In My Bag? Amoeba Music

We were stoked to have Orange County indie rockers Young The Giant perform a special live set at Amoeba Hollywood recently in celebration of their new album, Home of the Strange. The quintet went record shopping before the show and we got a chance to check out their cool picks which included some of their old favorites, as well as some new ones. "This is something that I recently stumbled upon, even though it's from, like, the late '80s," says lead singer Sameer Gadhia, referring to Talk Talk. Gadhia picked up two reissue LPs from the band - Laughing Stock and Spirit Of Eden - whose similar tones and characteristics he compares to Radiohead's Kid A and Amnesiac albums.

Young The Giant Home Of The Strange Originally known as The Jakes, Young The Giant was founded in Irvine, CA by a group of longtime friends. The current lineup of Sameer Gadhia, Jacob Tilley, Eric Cannata, Payam Doostzadeh, and Francois Comtois crystallized in 2010; the band spent that year finishing up their self-titled debut with legendary producer Joe Chiccarelli (Morrissey, The Strokes, Frank Zappa) at Sunset Sound Studios in LA. The album's first single, "My Body," peaked at number five on the Billboard Alternative Songs chart and led to an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live!.

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An Other 'Best Music of 2016' List

Posted by Rick Frystak, December 31, 2016 01:45pm | Post a Comment

 


by Rick Frystak


Here in The Choice Bin, the wealth of superior new music that I get to be exposed to is just staggering.
The wealth of music around this whole planet is astounding, limited only by one's desires, with each new release or deep-dug reissue a shiny object for us to be drawn to. Walk into an Amoeba, an indie record store or check into some genre-specific internet radio and real college radio and you'll know what I mean. And this year was no exception for those who actively seek out new and old sounds and enjoy doing so.

As a youth I was glued to my AM and then FM radio, listening to Rock, Soul, Jazz and 20th Century Classical revelation. Some hosts would even compare hi-fi gear live on the air, using the latest LP cuts. We waited impatiently for stuff we'd heard to arrive at the 3 or 4 record stores in the vicinity. Then I rode to the record shop and bought my favorites, back then in mono for $1 cheaper, and later driving into Westwood for some small-label LP or expensive import that was a must-have. 

With the passing of many of our heroes so devastating, each moment of immersing oneself in their language and legacy is a precious one. And of course, there are the highly talented younger artists that bring a fresh, but well-informed element to their work and sometimes usher in new eras. Compelling, unfamiliar music seems to be discovered by me daily. Then to hear someone say, ''...nothing's happening musically now'', just sounds goofy. 

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Top 20 Vinyl Reissues of 2016

Posted by Amoebite, December 19, 2016 12:28pm | Post a Comment

Top 20 Vinyl Reissues of 2016

2016 was a strong year for reissues, with many now classic LPs getting dusted off and spiffed up as vinyl releases. Some of these releases were remastered, some have been out of print on vinyl for awhile, and some are just straight up excellent tributes to our late, great, favorite artists. From R&B to rock and even one very special television soundtrack, join us for a look back at our biggest sellers for the year and what makes each one essential listening.

Kiss Me Kiss Me Kiss Me

20. The Cure - Kiss Me Kiss Me Kiss Me

The Cure's seventh studio LP was their first album to break into the Billboard Top 40. Featuring beloved tracks "Just Like Heaven," "Hot Hot Hot!!!" and "Why Can't I Be You?," this recent 2-LP reissue is pressed on 180-gram vinyl.

Kill 'Em All

 19. Metallica - Kill 'Em All

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