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Remembering Ennio Morricone, Malik B., Charlie Daniels, Judy Dyble And Others Who've Died In 2020

Posted by Billyjam, August 2, 2020 07:28pm | Post a Comment
The Fabulous Little Richard LP - a 2019 vinyl issue from the iconic artist who died this year

It may only be a bit past half way into the year but already it seems we’ve lost too many talentedmusicians in 2020. These include such artists as Little Richard, McCoy TynerKenny Rogers, Bill Withers whose Naked & Warm LP was recently released on 180 gram vinyl, Betty Wright, Florian Schneider of Kraftwerk, Bonnie Pointer, rapper Pop SmokeGenesis P-Orridge, Andy Gill of Gang of Four, Neil Peart of Rush and John Prine. Sadly Americana legend John Prine, whose upcoming vinyl reissue of D
iamonds In The Rough can be pre-ordered now, was just one of the many artists in 2020 to have died as a result of the coronavirus.  Others who tragically died due to the COVID-19 pandemic include jazz saxophonist Lee Konitz, African music icon Manu Dibango, Dave Greenfield of The Stranglers, gospel vocal star Troy Sneed, Adam Schlesinger of The Fountains of Wayne, 35 year old rapper Fred the Godson and 41 year old Broadway musical star Nick Cordero.

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Score Board: Soundtracks for Tabletop Games, Part Two

Posted by Amoebite, April 2, 2018 02:59pm | Post a Comment

By Chris Curtis

Howdy gamesters! Welcome to the second installment of an occasional series of articles on soundtracking your board game experiences. In part one I made the case that the right music can elevate your fun around the table as much as it can with any social gathering. The tricky part with tabletop game ambience, though, is that you’re generally avoiding lyric-centric music, which wipes out a huge swath of choices.

My search for appropriate gaming background music has led me to dig into some neglected corners of my own music collection. Lately I’ve been re-listening to some '90s electronic and ambient releases that have survived years of collection culling.

For a brief period, ambient or electronic listening music was being heavily hyped by the music press. During the height of the British house and techno scene, clubs had begun to offer a separate music room apart from the main dance floor where clubgoers could take a break from the unrelenting beats. Adventurous DJs played a mix of '70s electronic LPs, mellow psych and prog, sound and nature effects, NASA recordings, and custom samples, along with current beatless 12” mixes - a blend designed to sooth the savage breast of the ecstasy eater. These “chillout” or ambient rooms became quite popular, and after album releases dubbed “ambient house” by The KLF (Chill Out) and The Orb (The Orb’s Adventures Beyond the Ultraworld), a spate of similar releases surfaced, most on independent labels, and a new (sub)genre was born. The scene flourished for a couple years but ran its course by the mid-'90s. Truth be told, not a lot of the material holds up, and, arguably, only a handful of classic records emerged from the heyday years.

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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Eddie Richards and Steve Bug

Posted by Amoebite, January 2, 2018 07:00pm | Post a Comment

Eddie Richards and Steve Bug Amoeba Music What's In My Bag?

Influential house music DJs Steve Bug and Eddie Richards teamed up for an Othersound event in Los Angeles recently and, luckily for us, also stopped into Amoeba Hollywood for a What's In My Bag? video. The two mused over records that shaped their musical tastes and discussed how the DJ scene has changed over the years. "Nowadays everyone's just staring at the DJ, instead of listening to the music and getting into it," Bug lamented after finding a 12" single that reminded him of his first club experience in the late '80s. "At the time it was normal that people would dance facing each other," he continued. Richards shared the same sentiment, saying, "I'd prefer, actually, to be out of the way and for people to face one another." Between their stories and commentaries the two made for an interesting and educational interview.

British DJ Richards has been active in the dance scene since the 1980s and is sometimes referred to as the "godfather of house." At times going under the monikers Evil Eddie, Jolly Roger, and Kode, Richards became a prominent mover-and-shaker thanks to a residency at Camden Palace in London. He went on to perform at legendary events at Clink Street, Heaven, and Manchester's Hacienda. "Acid Man," released in 1988 under his Jolly Roger alias, reached number 23 in the UK charts and has become a club classic. He has released work via End Recordings, Hypervinyl, Matter/Form, SoCo Audio, Northern Lights, LHB, and through his own labels Lunar Tunes, dy-na-mix, and Storm. He spins regularly at London clubs Wiggle and Fabric.

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The Top 20 Soundtracks of 2017

Posted by Amoebite, December 19, 2017 06:58pm | Post a Comment

The Top 20 soundtracks of 2017

2017 has been one wild and weird year but fortunately, there's one thing we can all agree on: we got a bumper crop of amazing soundtracks. Works of art in their own right, the year's best soundtracks are atmospheric and evocative, heart-stirring and haunting. (Of course, some of 'em are also chock full of with non-stop-action party jams!) There really are some very strong mixes represented in our Top 20 picks that will appeal not only to fans of the films but to music heads looking for a well-curated collection of tunes. Read on to rediscover some recently-remastered and revitalized classics and to encounter some new and intriguing favorites, just in time for the holidays.

Read all of our Best of 2017 lists.

Fight Club

20. Fight Club (OST) - The Dust Brothers

Available on wax for the first time in fifteen years, the Fight Club soundtrack features legendary production duo The Dust Brothers serving up bleak industrial and dark techno. Available on pink vinyl.

New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with clipping.

Posted by Amoebite, March 13, 2017 06:34pm | Post a Comment

clipping. What's In My Bag? Amoeba Music

Looking for obscure classical, musique concrète, hip hop, noise, and film score recommendations? Luckily experimental hip hop trio clipping. stopped by Amoeba Hollywood and scoured the store for some pretty esoteric finds, including Dakota Hogback's Vicarious Sadism and Jean Schwarz's Erda / Suite N.

"The unusually experimental section of Amoeba Berkeley is the source of most of my music taste growing up," says William Hutson, adding, "underneath the experimental section, there's an experimental clearance section, which often has fantastic little gems or a weird CD-R." Hutson, along with fellow collaborators Jonathan Snipes and Daveed Diggs, had plenty of records to show us, most of which were off the beaten path.

clipping. Splendor & Misery Amoba Music The Los Angeles-based group consists of producers William Hutson and Jonathan Snipes plus rapper Daveed Diggs. In 2009, Hutson and Snipes began collaborating on power electronics and noise remixes of mainstream rap artists for fun. The trio became a serious project when Diggs joined a year later, writing his own verses for the tracks. They self-released a debut album, Midcity, in 2013. Although somewhat under the radar, the album attracted attention from Sub Pop, who signed the trio for their second album, CLPPNG.

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