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Close To The Ledge: Top Ten Suicide Songs

Posted by Billyjam, February 26, 2017 06:35pm | Post a Comment

First up, if you are currently feeling suicidal or simply need to talk to someone, call the 24 hour National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK [8255] where you will be forwarded to a counselor in your local area. Secondly this Top Ten Suicide Songs list (songs dealing with suicide from first and third person perspectives, and/or the mindset surrounding the subject), while intensely emotional, are in fact uplifting songs that have been known to both distract from and alleviate self-destructive feelings. Much like the power of blues music, these songs can similarly begin to lift those feeling low and depressed out of their deep funk.

As with any limited music list that attempts to cover a wide range of recordings on a specific topic, this top ten does not include a lot of great/worthy songs on the subject of suicide. A Top 50 list would have included many deserving songs that unfortunately were omitted in this top ten. Hence I have referenced these "honorable mention" songs in the honorary mentions paragraphs below as well as throughout the text of this Amoeblog. But please post any other worthy songs not included in the comments section, thanks.

I chose the Amoeblog title "Close To The Ledge" because of the fact that so many songs about suicide reference, both literally and figuratively, the ledge that people jump to their death from. This recurring theme appears in such songs about suicide as Frank Turner's "Song For Josh" and Stacy Barthe's "My Suicide Note  (both in top ten below), the Paul Westerberg penned "The Ledge" by The Replacements from their 1987 album Pleased To Meet Me (also on vinyl/LP),  Third Eye Blind's deceptively peppy sounding 1997 hit "Jumper" with the refrain "I wish you would step back from that ledge my friend," and The Dead Ships' "Citycide." The title track off the LA band's 2015 album Citycide refers to the ledge of the San Francisco side of Golden Gate Bridge that singer Devlin McCluskey, who lost his best friend to suicide, was referring to upon learning that the majority of jumpers off the GGB (the subject of the dark but nail-bitingly engaging 2006 documentary The Bridge) "jumps off the City side."

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Amoeba's Greatest Record Store Day Moments

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, February 24, 2017 04:58pm | Post a Comment

Record Store Day 2017

It’s hard to believe, but it was just ten years ago that Record Store Day was conceived in 2007 at a gathering of indie record store owners and employees as a way to celebrate and promulgate the unique culture of record stores. The first Record Store Day was held nation-wide on April 19, 2008, and all three Amoeba Music locations were joyously mobbed for special limited edition releases and all-day festive events.

With RSD 2017 on its way (April 22!), we look back at the nine we’ve celebrated at our stores and pick our favorite moments. We hope they were your favorite too.

April 19, 2008, Amoeba SF – The inaugural Record Store Day was certainly one to remember at Amoeba SF as we invited several local luminaries to DJ on the Amoeba stage throughout the day, including V. Vale of RE/Search Publications, Aaron Axelson of LIVE 105, and more. Then we asked Jello Biafra (Dead Kennedys, Alternative Tentacles) to work at our Info Counter where he signed many an autograph!

V. Vale and Jello Biafra

April 18, 2009, Amoeba HollywoodWendy & Lisa of Prince's '80's lineup of The Revolution played a DJ set in support of their new album, White Flags of Winter Chimneys, while also simultaneously schmoozing with fans and babysitting several children. In a last-minute development, the legendary KISS guitarist Ace Frehley decided to swing by and hang out, so we set up a signing table!

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10 Vinyl Releases Still Available From Record Store Day 2016

Posted by Billy Gil, April 18, 2016 02:40pm | Post a Comment

Shop Remaining RSD Releases

Did you miss Record Store Day this weekend? You can read about the day’s activities here. As far as releases go, we still have several titles available in limited quantities. These are available in-store at Amoeba Hollywood and online as of the time of this writing, but as quantities are low and demand is high, you should act fast if you want anything on this list!

Big Star Complete Columbia: Live at University of Missouri 4/25/93

big star complete columbia lp record store dayOne of the great cult bands of all time, Big Star reformed for a live show 20 years after burning out after two fanatical student DJs from University of Missouri asked them to. The lineup consisted of original singer/guitarist Alex Chilton and drummer Jody Stephens with The Posies’ Jon Auer and Ken Stringfellow. It’s the first time the performance has been commercially available and has been mastered from the original tapes, adding five performances to a 1993 release. Limited to 4,000 copies total.

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Album Picks: Diiv, Lucinda Williams, Rihanna, Cavanaugh, Lissie

Posted by Billy Gil, February 12, 2016 09:41am | Post a Comment

I missed last week since I was on vacation, so here are my picks for the past two weeks!

DiivIs The Is Are

diiv is the is are lpBrooklyn’s Diiv are back after four years with an album that delivers on the promise of their debut, Oshin. Musically, Zachary Cole Smith and co. still dole out shimmering guitar-pop nuggets that surf on waves of reverb and atmospheric distortion. Songs like “Under the Sun” offer a pure rush of new wave beats and summery melodies, even as Smith’s lyrics delve into his struggle with addiction. It follows one of The Cure’s best tricks: sounding lively even at their bleakest. Songs like “Dopamine” are far from numbed out — Smith’s jaunty vocal is as close as he’d let himself get to Tom Petty, while still encased in a fog of reverb. Is The Is Are is a bit sprawling at 17 tracks, and after a dynamite opening, some of its shorter tracks in the middle don’t sink in, compared with the relatively taut Oshin. But that also gives Is The Is Are room to roam and the feeling of some alt-rock record of yore, like a Guided By Voices or Sonic Youth album (speaking of the latter, Smith’s girlfriend, Sky Ferreira, shows up to play Kim Gordon on the breathy “Blue Boredom”). Smith also should get credit for expanding his guitar palette while keeping things trim and stylistically consistent, adding My Bloody Valentine-style bends and distortion to his crisp, Felt-ish tones only when necessary. As layers of heavily distorted riffs close out “Waste of Breath” like interlocking corroded piping (epic by Diiv standards at nearly six minutes), Smith’s talents are firmly re-established.

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10 Albums to Look for in 2016

Posted by Billy Gil, January 1, 2016 11:05am | Post a Comment

10 albums to look for in 2016

Now that the year's over, it’s time to look ahead into 2016. There are already several exciting releases announced for the new year, so here’s your preview of what’s coming out in the next couple of months.

David Bowie Blackstar
Out Jan. 8

david bowie blackstar lpDavid Bowie’s upcoming 25th album will be released on the venerable artist’s 69th birthday. It’s a seven-song release featuring a few extended tracks, like the nearly 10-minute electro-orchestral opus that is the title track, which also is being used as the opening song for the TV series “The Last Panthers.” So far, we’ve also heard “Lazarus” and “Sue (Or in a Season of Crime),” all of which are fueling anticipation for this being one of the best albums of Bowie’s later career.

 

Chairlift Moth
Out Jan. 22

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