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10 Albums to Pick Up for Valentine's Day

Posted by Billy Gil, February 7, 2014 05:21pm | Post a Comment

Hey you! Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. Like it’s next week. We’ll leave the chocolates and stuff to you, but we’ve got your music covered. Pick up any of these releases to help you seal the deal. Or to just enjoy quietly on your own with some white wine. That sounds great, actually.

Tina TurnerLove Songs

This compilation CD was just released and features some of Turner’s best songs, focusing on her comeback from 1983’s Private Dancer and on. Songs include a cover of Al Green’s “Let’s Stay Together,” “What’s Love Got to Do With It,” “The Best” and more.

 

 

SadeThe Ultimate Collection

I mean, c’mon, duh. You can’t go wrong with any Sade album, but this readily available collection has all the hits, including later period songs like “Soldier of Love.”

 

 

WarpaintWarpaint

Of course, if your taste skews newer (or if you’re all stocked up on Sade), you could try a newer band. Warpaint’s latest album is sly, nuanced and sexy as hell, moving from moody declarations (“Love is to Die”) to heated post-punk (“Disco // Very”). See also: Rhye and their singer Milosh, who is kind of like the modern-day Sade, or there’s always nighttime neo-classic the xx.

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In Memoriam: 2012

Posted by Billy Gil, December 26, 2012 03:15pm | Post a Comment

As the year comes to an end, we pause to remember those who have passed this year. Click on the photos to see our bloggers’ tributes earlier this year.

 

Austin Peralta, pianist/composer

 

 

Whitney Houston, singer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

    

 












Ravi Shankar, musician

 

 

 

 

 

 

 




















      

Donna Summer, singer

 

Adam Yauch, rapper/musician (Beastie Boys)

 

 

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Queen of Disco Donna Summer Dies at 63 of Cancer

Posted by Billyjam, May 17, 2012 10:10am | Post a Comment

Donna Summer "I Feel Love"

Donna Summer, who was the reigning "Queen of Disco" during that dance genre's pop era, died earlier today following a long battle with cancer according to a recent report from the Associated Press. She was 63 years of age. During her incredibly successful career (mostly in the '70s but into the '80s too), the Boston-born singer scored Grammy awards, and ruled the radio and dance floors with such hits as "I Feel Love," "Love To Love You Baby," "Bad Girls," "On The Radio," "Last Dance," "Hot Stuff," and the "She Works Hard For The Money." That latter 1983 hit been one of her few '80s chartbusters.

Arguably her best and most successful work was with producer Giorgio Moroder and Pete Bellotte. Among the disco diva's followers was a large segment of gay fans who took offense when rumors circulated that she had made negative statements about gays. See my article (The "Gay Myth" that Still Haunts Donna Summer)  on the Amoeblog on this topic, posted four years ago before Summer was about to play in San Francisco. Of the numerous albums and collections of Donna Summer's music released over the years, ones available from Amoeba online include Bad Girls, The Wanderer LP, the Once Upon A Time.... CD collection, and the Disco Queen DVD collection released four years ago. But if you head into one of the three Amoeba stores and dig in the vinyl and CD crates, you will find many more including tons of Various Artists disco and dance compilations featuring hits by the artist who was only 63...too young to go.  Rest in peace Donna Summer!

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(Wherein Spring Fever takes over the jukebox.)

Posted by Job O Brother, March 28, 2011 04:25pm | Post a Comment

Well my little dreamlets, we’re ten days into Spring, and it’s already clear to me what music is going to carry me through into Summer – it’s all about synthetics. Synthpop, that is, of the late 70’s and early 80’s variety.

This amuses me, because for much of my life I detested a lot of the music I’m going to celebrate here. A lot of the hatred stemmed from being so unhappy in the 1980’s; by association, the music “sounded” like unhappiness. Think of it this way: When was the last time you were taking a shower and felt like listening to the soundtrack to Psycho? Exactly.

Some say that synthpop began when Giorgio Moroder teamed up with Donna Summer and created the hit single "I Feel Love." Calling this the “start” of synthpop is convenient, but an over-simplification, because so much came before that informed it. What can be said is that the song was influential, both in terms of inspiring artists who would go on to develop the synthpop genre, and give mainstream audiences a taste for it.

What follows are some synthpop songs that bring me joy. Many can be claimed by other sub-genres of music, but they're all related. Some are guilty pleasures – the sonic equivalent to a Snickers bar, in that they are bad for me, but make me feel great for the duration I’m imbibing – and others I stand by as solid accomplishments. I’m also putting a spell on them: listening to these songs will make you feel a little ticklish in the deepest part of your brain, which will result in your not hating your fellow man as much (even though they totally deserve your hate). Enjoy!

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Cruise to Mexico: Part 5

Posted by Job O Brother, November 8, 2010 12:58pm | Post a Comment

Okay.


Day 4

Wednesday. September 15, 2010

MAZATLÁN


I awoke to a beautiful view of balmy, tropical islands along the starboard side of the ship. It proved the perfect backdrop to my morning coffee and obsessive playing of Scrabble on my iPhone.

“I wonder what the poor people are doing?” I mused to myself, thrilled at having played the word adz on a triple word score.

This question was answered when I ventured to the ship’s port side, which revealed a congested, smoldering-oil-scented labyrinth of tarnished industrial structures. The smog was enough to make L.A. seem like a beach on Oahu.

“Oh!” I said.


YOU WERE HERE

We had docked at Mazatlán. While the sight of such a gritty urban landscape was intimidating and caused one to question whether the most “green” thing to do was simply encourage the extinction of the human race, I was hopeful. As stated before, I’m a poor audience for the show of safe, tourist-friendly spectacles cruises contrive, and seeing some real estate that was teeming with real people (sorry, employees of Cabo Wabo) made me eager to disembark and explore.

Furthermore, I had a goal. I wanted to rendezvous with saucy barmaid extraordinaire, Spice, whom the boyfriend and I had chatted up at one of the many bars. She had promised, if I found her at the “old marketplace” to reveal unto me the secrets of making Oil Down, and I wanted to hang out with her and the ship’s staff out of their work environment, where they could treat me sincerely without fear of being locked into the dungeon I’m certain must be hidden on the bottom level of those cruise ships (it’s just past the roller-coaster, past the sperm whale holding tank, to the left of the secret blood diamond mine/Mai Tai cabaña).

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