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Top Ten Countdown of Moog Featured Songs

Posted by Billyjam, January 25, 2019 02:30pm | Post a Comment
 


In conjunction with the simultaneously published New Sirin Synthesizer + more @ Week Long "Moog House of Electronicus Pop-Up" in LA + New Arturia MicroFreak @ NAMM Amoeblog, this accompanying piece takes a look back at the past half-century of Moog-featured song in a top ten countdown. A subjective list, culled from the endless number of popular recordings recordings in different genres over the past five decades,; it focuses primarily on popular songs that prominently featured various models of the Moog.

With such a vast library of Moog featured songs to draw from, obviously many excellent contenders are not included in this list of of ten. Hence honorable mentions include the Beatles “Here Comes The Sun” off the White Album (avail in new Super Deluxe Edition), Parliament’s "Flash Light" from Funkentelechy vs. the Placebo Syndrome (1977) with Bernie Worrell playing synths, Portishead’s inspired interpretation of ABBA’s hit "SOS" featured in the 2016 film adaptation of J.G. Ballard's High-Rise, Nine Inch Nails"Head Like a Hole" off the Pretty Hate Machine LP,  the late great  Prince’s “I Wanna Be Your Lover” off his self-titled 1979 second album, and Herbie Hancock’s 1983 hit “Rockit” with both Hancock and synthesizer/drum machine programmer Michael Beinhorn on Minimoog. 

Then in the Moog rich prog rock field there’s such tracks deserving of honorable mention as Emerson, Lake & Palmer’s “Lucky Man” featuring Keith Emerson’s Moog synthesizer solo (reportedly recorded in one take) off their self-titled 1970 debut album,  “The Cinema Show” by Genesis off their 1973 album Selling England By The Pound (also on 180 gram vinyl LP) featuring Tony Banks on Moog, and Yes’ “Starship Trooper” from 1971’s The Yes Album (also on 2LP 180 vinyl) (Tony Kaye on synth) as well as “Wonderous Stories” featuring Rick Wakeman on Polymoog from the 1977 Yes album “Going For The One. (also avail on picture disc vinyl/LP)  Now onto the countdown with accompanying YouTube video clips.


New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with HAIM

Posted by Amoebite, January 9, 2018 01:40pm | Post a Comment

HAIM What's In My Bag? Amoeba Music

HAIM recently visited Amoeba Hollywood for a special album release event and made time for some record shopping while they were here. In this What's In My Bag? episode, the bandmates and sisters give us a peek into some of the music and movies from their childhood, including Donna Summer's Love To Love You Baby, which guitarist/keyboardist Alana explains was often played when they were washing dishes. "I have great memories of drying," she said, adding that she was never a washer. "It's a great drying tempo."

Los Angeles pop rock band HAIM features Este Haim (bass), Alana Haim (guitars/keyboards), and Danielle Haim (lead vocals/guitar). The sisters began their musical careers early, backing their HAIM Something To Tell Youparents Moti and Donna in a family cover band called Rockinhaim. Este and Danielle performed together in pop band Valli Girls in the mid-'00s, releasing tracks on soundtrack and comp albums before Danielle departed to tour as a guitarist with Jenny Lewis and Julian Casablancas. In 2012, the women formed HAIM, releasing the Forever EP and attracting attention through a series of buzzed about appearances at SXSW which led to a deal with Polydor and a management contract with Jay-Z's Roc Nation.

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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Xenia Rubinos

Posted by Amoebite, March 1, 2017 12:03pm | Post a Comment

Xenia Rubinos What's In My Bag? Amoeba Music

Xenia Rubinos, the Brooklyn-based songwriter/performer, went shopping at Amoeba Hollywood recently and let us in on some of the records that inspired her latest album, Black Terry Cat. "The first track off my record...was totally inspired by this song, 'Love To Love You.'" She is, of course, speaking of Donna Summer's disco classic, which was produced by the legendary Giorgio Moroder. "I just like how unhinged she is, and unapologetically sexy and powerful and ethereal," Rubinos says of Summer. Another artist who inspired her was the prolific jazz pianist and composer Mary Lou Williams. Speaking about Williams' solo piano recital at the Montreux Jazz Festival, Rubinos said, "Mary Lou really inspired me a lot...and she's, kind of, not as well known as she should be."

Xenia Rubinos Black Terry CatXenia Rubinos draws inspiration from social issues, civil rights struggles, and her Afro-Latina heritage. After graduating from Berklee College of Music with a degree in jazz composition, Rubinos began her career by performing DIY shows in her apartment. Her debut album, Magic Trix, was released via Ba Da Bing! in 2013.

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New "What's in My Bag?" Episode with Giorgio Moroder

Posted by Amoebite, April 4, 2016 07:42pm | Post a Comment

Giorgio Moroder Amoeba What's In My Bag?

"There is America, there is England, and there is Sweden, and slowly they are taking over." You heard it here first folks: Sweden is taking over the US and England! Well, at least according to legendary producer/artist Giorgio Moroder, as he talks about the incredible musical talent coming from the Scandinavian country. Amoeba San Francisco, recently had the pleasure of hosting a signing of the disco/electronic-music pioneer's latest album, Deja Vu. Beforehand, the affable Moroder went record shopping at the store and shared his picks with us.

In 1966 Moroder began releasing singles under the name Giorgio, working in studios in Berlin and Munich before beginning a long and fruitful partnership with musician/producer Pete Bellotte and disco diva Donna Summer for her debut LP, Lady of the Night. A year later Summer's "Love to Love You Baby" became an international hit.

Giorgio Moroder Deja Vu

In 1978 Moroder began delving into film music, crafting original scores for FoxesAmerican GigoloCat People, and Scarface, among others. The following year he released his first solo album, E=MC². Over the course of much of the '90s and '00s, Moroder scored video games, films, and worked on assorted non-musical projects. In 2013, he contributed to Daft Punk's Random Access Memories album. His most recent album, Deja Vu, features guest vocalists Kylie Minogue, Britney Spears, Charli XCX, Sia, and Kelis. Moroder also DJs on the international circuit, with his next gig planned for summer 2016 in Paris.

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May the Fourth -- A Look at Star Bars and Deep Space Discos

Posted by Eric Brightwell, May 4, 2015 11:27am | Post a Comment



The original Star Wars had a huge impact on pop culture. As a child, nothing in the film had more impact on me than the cantina scene -- and judging from the changes in dance music and imitations that followed I wasn't alone. What better occasion to reflect on the film's impact than May the Fourth, also celebrated as Star Wars Day.




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Star Wars was released on 25 May 1977. I was probably three years old when I saw it in the theater because my fourth birthday followed a couple of weeks later and there were Star Wars dolls* emerging from the middle of a birthday bundt cake. After The Empire Strikes Back, George Lucas would increasingly strain to appeal directly to children by introducing cuddly aliens and increasingly relying on cartoonish CGI but for me and many other children, Star Wars was already deeply appealing, dark and sometimes frightening as it was. 


For comparative mythologist Joseph Campbell, the cantina scene was the "threshold crossing" in the "hero's journey." For me it was a bit like viewing an ethnographic bestiary -- or a Halloween party (in the 1970s, Halloween hadn't yet been hijacked by adults and turned into streetwalker cosplay). One of the cheif appeals of Star Wars was its mystery and world building -- something which the expansion of the franchise would later explain away with banal backstories -- but on full display in the cantina. Of all the characters, 
only
Greedo was addressed by a name. The rest of the assembled wore no pageant sashes, name tags, or hash tags and aside from the viewers' understandings of evolution there were few clues as to the conditions of their home worlds. 
 
LAX Theme Building

The Star Wars cantina was what I wish Encounter in LAX's Theme Building had been, and what it will be if they get it right when it's re-opened. What the cantina wasn't was every lame, uninspired hive of pretense and conformity which bills itself (despite having a liquor license) as a "speakeasy."  It wasn't illuminated by Edison bulbs, the wines weren't listed on a chalk board, there was no unfinished wooden sign on the building's exterior describing it as an apothecary, and it was probably cash only. The bartender wasn't a lumbersexual and he didn't spend twenty minutes rubbing herbs on a mason jar in the name of "mixology."

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