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Top Ten Songs About Cycling

Posted by Billyjam, March 1, 2017 05:17pm | Post a Comment

This is a list of the top ten songs about cycling: mostly ones on the joys of cycling as either a mode of transportation or a healthy pastime. It is not to be confused with a top ten list of songs geared to cycle to. Such a list would thematically be more abstract, to even include non-vocal/instrumental tracks, and with a focus on the BPM (beats per minute) to accompany a cardio cycling workout song playlist: IE a spinning music top ten list. In contrast this list could apply to any cyclist from the casual fixie (fixed wheel, one gear) bike rider who rides just to the corner store and back, all the way up to the 2020 mile long Tour de France participant. Like any top ten it's a subjective music list that not everyone will agree with.  Hence the comments section below and the honorary mention list included in this Amoeblog. In some cases the songs chosen were based on the appeal of their accompanying videos (or lack of a video)

Number one has to go to Kraftwerk's timeless 1983 single "Tour de France." It's a song that can be filed under rock, electronic, electro-pop, and hip-hop. Featured in the 1984 movie Breakin' the song is a staple of hip-hop: having been both sampled by hip-hop producers and utilized by a generation of breakers to do their b-boy moves to. "Tour de France" is a true celebration of cycling: recorded with electronics mixed with samples of various bicycle sounds by the German "krautrock" artists who reportedly were avid competitive cyclists. A single, released in numerous different mixes, and years later followed by a full length album of the same title Tour de France was, of course, so named after the famed annual three-week French bike race that dates back to 1903. Taking that same bicycle race title but flipping it on its ear with the song lyrics "Sharing my aggression is what I do, every day I'm riding the 'Tour de Fuck You'" is the Sons of Science's hilarious  "Motherfucking Bike" with an equally inspired accompanying video. Anyone who cycles round a city like San Francisco on the regular cannot but love this song (#2) and all its accurate observations.

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New "What's in My Bag?" Episode with Blonde Redhead

Posted by Amoebite, April 18, 2016 06:56pm | Post a Comment

Blonde Redhead Amoeba Music What's In My Bag?

Do you love Ennio Morricone? Well, so do the members of Blonde Redhead! On their last west coast tour, the New York trio stopped in at Amoeba San Francisco and picked up a couple of the legendary composer's film soundtracks. One, L'Istruttoria E Chiusa Dimentichi, they had never heard before, while all three now own a copy of the other, The Sicilian Clan. Of course, Morricone wasn't the only artist they found at Amoeba, and as you could expect from a band as eclectic as they are, their picks were pretty interesting.

Blonde Redhead BarraganFormed in 1993 after Italian undergraduate jazz students Amedeo and Simone Pace met Japanese art student Kazu Makino at an Italian restaurant in New York, Blonde Redhead fused noise-rock and shoegaze to create their own style of dream pop and rock. Their self-titled first record was produced by Steve Shelly and released in 1995, which has been followed by a steady stream of releases since. In 2004 Blonde Redhead released Misery Is a Butterfly, their first for the 4AD record label. 2014 saw the release of Barragan, their ninth, and most recent, studio album. The band will be on the road again this spring with a stop at San Francisco's The Independent on May 24 and two shows in Los Angeles at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery, May 26-27.

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New What's in my bag? with Trans Am!

Posted by Amoebite, May 14, 2013 02:44pm | Post a Comment

 

Trans Am

 

Heavy electro rock pioneers Trans Am have been bringing the heat since the early 90s. Music fans and critics alike hail the group as the originators of  "post-rock."  Their sound lies comfortably between the synth driven sonics of Kraftwerk and the robotic vocal production of  Daft Punk. With 9 studio albums to date, Trans Am has enjoyed a lengthy career with all their albums being released by  Thrill Jockey Records.

trans am liveTrans Am continue to push the envelope both live and in the studio. Their live show consists of all three members taking on double duty alternating between synth, bass, guitar, vocals and drums. The group does a great job at replicating their electronic tsunami of sound on stage. Be sure and catch them live if you get the chance!

                                                               Trans Am came by Amoeba Hollywood to do a little digging. From the iconic hip hop record illmatic by Nas, to Wooden Shjips' psychedelic offshoot Moon Duo, Trans Am dig up some great pieces. 

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Local Stuff: King Tuff, Kitten, and Upcoming Shows

Posted by Billy Gil, June 1, 2012 04:05pm | Post a Comment
King TuffKing Tuff has released a new record on Sub Pop, and all I can say is OMGGG. King Tuff is looking to be the garage banger of the summer. You should definitely pick this one up, and you can even preview it on YouTube for the time being. Check out a stream from Sub Pop below, and order the album here.
 

 

KittenUp-and-coming L.A. pop band Kitten is releasing a new EP called Cut it Out on Aug. 28th. Teenage frontwoman Chloe Chaidez sure sounds like a star in the making on this buzzy electro single, which has the post-punk feel of Metric while upping both the catchiness and shoegazey sonics. I feel like we’ll only be able to claim Kitten for so long before they move on to bigger and better things, so check them out while they’re still local!
 





Shows This Weekend

 
Nite Jewel One Second of LoveThis is a big weekend for local singer Nite Jewel, who recently released her fine album One Second of Love, which manages to be dancey (check out the title track) and cool, with atmospheric and experimental electronics throughout, while remaining classy, with Ramona Gonzalez’s sultry voice more reminiscent of classical pop singers like Barbra Streisand and Diana Krall. Tonight Nite Jewel headlines a krautrock-themed show titled “Krautrock Classics: A Night of German Cosmic Music,” presented by Dublab and the Goethe Institut. It will take place at the Ford Amphiteatre, with Nite Jewel performing a classic of the genre, Kraftwerk’s Computer World, with help from friends like Stones Throw Records’ Peanut Butter Wolf. The show also will include performances from the likes of Sun Araw, Dntel and Daedelus. Starts at 8, all ages, $15, get tickets online here.
 
Then, on Saturday, Filter Magazine holds its Summer Sessions series at the Original Penguin Store (8215 Melrose Ave.) from 2-6 p.m., featuring a performance by Nite Jewel. RSVP here.
 
Also on Saturday, California acts Cass McCombs and The Entrance Band play at the El Rey Theatre.
 
ViolensOn Sundays it’s usually hard to beat Part Time Punks at the Echo, and this Sunday is certainly no exception: Violens, whom fellow Amoeba-ite Brad also loves, will play alongside Capured Tracks band Catwalk and Surf Club, which features members of Craft Spells. Slumberland's Violens play blurry swoony guitar pop much in the same vein of their labelmates, but they stand out from the back with their strong melodic songwriting (check out the beautiful "Sariza Spring") and the fact that they bother to rock out once in a while (watch the "All Night Low" video below). Their album True is one of the best of the past couple of months. It's a whole lot of shoegazey, guitarry goodness for only 10 bucks. Get advance tickets here or in store at Ameoba.
            

MoMA announces "Kraftwerk-Retrospective 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8” for mid-April

Posted by Billyjam, February 15, 2012 12:17pm | Post a Comment
       
Kraftwerk "The Robots" (Die Roboter) from 1978's The Man-Machine


West Coast based Kraftwerk fans start checking now for cheap air tix to New York in mid April because the legendary German electronic music pioneers who heavily influenced hip-hop electro funk, techno, rock, pop etc. will be performing a special series of eight concerts starting April 10th, each one devoted to a specific Kraftwerk album, at NYC's Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) as part of the midtown Manhattan modern art museum's exciting sounding retrospective of the electronic music pioneers. The eight part Kraftwerk series, which is bound to sell out fast so plan on scooping up tix when they go on sale at noon (9am PST) next Wednesday Feb 22nd, is appropriately been titled Kraftwerk-Retrospective 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8.

Beginning on April 10th and continuing through the following consecutive nine evening  (April 10th to April 19th), the Kraftwerk album series will also feature performances of other non featured album music of the night. Done in chronological order Kraftwerk will perform their eight albums released between 1974 and 2003, starting with 1974's Autobahn and including such releases as 1977's Trans-Europe Express and 1981's Computer World. There will also be accompanying projected images for each night's performance. Only announced a short time ago already some are voicing criticism of the series from (rightfully) noting how Florian Schneider, who co-founded the group with Ralf Hütter in 1970, will not be present (he departed the group four years ago) and the fact that this music series ignores the band's pre-Autobahn catalog when they released the albums Kraftwerk (1970), Kraftwerk 2 (1972), and Ralf und Florian (1973).

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