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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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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Ethan Hawke

Posted by Amoebite, December 4, 2018 03:20pm | Post a Comment

Ethan Hawke - What's In My Bag?

We had the pleasure of sitting down with actor, writer, and director Ethan Hawke at Amoeba Hollywood recently to discuss some of the albums and movies that had a particular place in his heart, including the outlaw country documentary Heartworn Highways. "I'm really grateful for this opportunity you've given me to talk about this movie," he told us. "It slices like a razor blade through your body and you open up, in a good way. There's something about it that really moves me." Hawke had much to say about all of his picks, both heartfelt and entertaining, making for a genuine and educational What's In My Bag? episode.

Blaze movie

Ethan Hawke has been nominated for four Oscars and a Tony. In 1989, Hawke had his breakthrough performance in the role of Todd Anderson in Dead Poets Society. His star continued to rise with the release of slacker comedy Reality Bites (1994), Before Sunrise (1995), Gattaca (1997), and Great Expectations (1998). Hawke accrued critical accolades thanks to his work in Waking Life (2001) and Training Day (2001). Along with co-writers Julie Delpy and Richard Linklater, Hawke received his first Academy Award nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay for his work on Before Sunset (2004), the sequel to Before Sunrise. The third film in The Before Trilogy, Before Midnight (2013), garnered the trio another Best Adapted Screenplay nomination. Another collaboration with Linklater, 2014's Boyhood, was nominated for five Golden Globes (winning three), five BAFTA awards (winning one), and six Academy Awards (winning one). 

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Top 20 Songs About Heroin

Posted by Billyjam, November 25, 2014 03:00pm | Post a Comment

Upon hearing the incredible, engaging new single "Bag A Gear" from the Dublin, Ireland-based rapper Tommy KD (formerly known as Man & The Machine) on the topic of his former heroin habit that he is grateful to have finally kicked, I was reminded of the numerous songs tackling the topic of the highly addictive opiate.

I have put together a Top 20 Songs About Heroin list - some seemingly pro but most definitively con. These songs (with accompanying videos) are culled from different genres and different eras but all share views on the same topic - one that has destroyed way too many great musicians' careers and lives over the decades. Just as there are countless terms and nicknames for heroin (horse, smack, H, skag, junk, dirt, brown sugar, golden girl, hell dust, white nurse, thunder, etc. etc.) there are also seemingly endless songs about the drug. This subjective top twenty list could easily be extended into a Top 100 or Top 200 list, so feel free to post any songs on the subject of heroin that you think should have been included. Since I tried to keep it down to 20, I had to cut out duplicates by artists included and did not include such greats as "Ain't it Fun" by both The Dead Boys and Guns N' Roses.

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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode With VEEP's Timothy Simons

Posted by Amoebite, November 13, 2014 02:04pm | Post a Comment

Tim Simmons

Timothy Simons is an actor best known for his role as Jonah Ryan on HBO's Veep. Ryan is a self-proclaimed "go to guy" as the White House liaison to the Vice President's office. Much to the annoyance VEEPof the Veep staff, character Ryan takes great pride working for the President and not the Vice-President. Ironically, the President cannot stand Ryan, which makes for great comedy. 

Timothy Simons studied theater at the University of Maine and developed his chops with the Chicago-based theatre group, Hypocrites. In 2008, he and his wife relocated to Los Angeles and just two years later, Simons made his television debut on Veep

Simons recently hosted a charity auction at Amoeba Hollywood and saved some time to do a little shopping and film an episode of What’s In My Bag?. He has a bunch of great picks, including several films, as you might expect from an actor who takes his work seriously. Simons starts off with a copy of Puplhead, a collection of essays written by John Jeremiah Sullivan. He makes a point to talk about Blow Out, the 1981 thriller by director Brian De Palma and starring John Travolta as a sound effects technician. Simons also finds the classic Charlie Chaplin film, Modern Times, and picks up a little country music with Doc Watson’s Definitive Collection and John Prine's In Spite of Ourselves.

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