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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Okkervil River

Posted by Amoebite, April 24, 2017 06:31pm | Post a Comment

Okkervil River What's In My Bag? Amoeba Music

"There's something so beautiful and defenseless about a man singing in a really high voice with other men singing in really high voices," says Will Sheff, lead singer and songwriter of Okkervil River. "There's something so masculine/feminine about that sound." Sheff is talking about the album Don't Turn Around by the '70s R&B group Black Ivory, whose title track features some sweet falsetto harmonizing. Don't Turn Around was one of the many records Sheff bought when he visited Amoeba Hollywood, where he found a very eclectic mix of goodies and shared some his musical influences, both present and past.

Okkervil River AwayNamed after a short story by Russian author Tatyana Tolstaya, American indie rock band Okkervil River formed in Austin, TX, in 1998. The band started attracting attention off the strength of their self-released debut album Stars Too Small to Use, which led to a series of successful SXSW appearances, greater notice from music media, and eventually, a deal with Jagjaguwar. Their first album for the label, Don't Fall in Love with Everyone You See, landed in 2002. Further critical acclaim came with the release of their third LP, 2005's Black Sheep Boy.

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New Vinyl Reissues from The Beatles, Nirvana and More

Posted by Amoebite, December 3, 2015 07:19pm | Post a Comment

Vinyl Reissues

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This week's vinyl reissues include heavy-hitters The Beatles and Nirvana. We snuck in a few CD reissues from Fleetwood Mac and Bruce Springsteen just for good measure. Here are the reissue highlights for December 4, 2015.

Beatles 1 vinyl reissue

The Beatles1 LP
[180gm Vinyl]

This gatefold double-vinyl reissue features all twenty-seven of the Beatles’ number one hits, with new stereo remixes by Giles Martin, son of the Fab Four’s legendary producer George Martin. The release comes on 180 gram vinyl and includes extras like a poster of Beatles 7” inch sleeves from around the world and four art cards.

1 was also recently reissued in multiple CD formats including a single-disc CDCD/Blu-ray and CD/DVD with a disc of 27 promo videos; and deluxe edition CD/2-Blu-ray and CD/2-DVD with an additional 23 videos.

out this week...5/3 & 5/10...zombi...okkervil river...gang gang dance...lonely island...morrissey...

Posted by Brad Schelden, May 20, 2011 06:00pm | Post a Comment
I have been obsessed with zombies for as long as I can remember and I am not really sure why, but I just can't get enough of them! Not the band -- we're talking actual zombies here! Not that zombies actually exist...but you know what I mean. When I found out there was a band named Zombi, I figured I had to at least check them out and I soon became obsessed with Zombi as well. Zombi are a sort of prog space instrumental rock sort of band from Pittsburgh. You could compare them to Tangerine Dream, Klaus Schulze, Goblin, Giorgio Moroder, Yes, Rush, and the soundtracks of John Carpenter. I actually first got into Zombi by listening to Majeure, the project of Zombi drummer A.E. Paterra, which has one album from 2010, Timespan. I was hooked and immediately got all of the Zombi albums that I could find, starting with their last album, Spirit Animal, from 2009, and now I couldn't be happier to have a brand new Zombi album in my life, Escape Velocity, on Relapse. And it is just as good as their last -- dark and spacey. Everyone needs some Zombi in their life.

I didn't really become an Okkervil River fan until Black Sheep Boy in 2005. Not sure what took me so long but there are a lot of bands out there! It just took me a while to devote some time to them. I already talked about them a bunch in two blogs so I won't waste too much more time on them here. Here I talk about The Stand Ins in 2009. And here I talk about The Stage Names in 2007. I don't want to end up repeating myself but I do still love Okkervil River. And yes, they are still putting out great albums! The new album is called I Am Very Far. I just can't get enough of Will Sheff's voice.

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Best of a Rapid Decade: One per year plus a few too good to not mention...

Posted by Mark Beaver, January 6, 2010 04:00pm | Post a Comment

In recently trying to fill in a friend on what I'd spent the last year or two listening to, I realized that my personal taste tends to gravitate towards some element of either Folk form (any hint of hill-folk finger-pickin' or Ozark/Appalachian melancholy and I'm in), Psychedelia or the tendency to extend a theme for a good long jam (a category in which I include a lot of the Jazz that I like), or just a great, funky groove.

With those qualifiers in place, the following is a year by year review of the last decade which somehow got past me with out noticing it. I mean, really?!! 2010?!!!  I didn't see it coming: 

2000: Album of the Year

Air's enjoyable and wacky Moon Safari had been on the decks for a couple years before they contracted for the soundtrack to Sofia Coppolla's Virgin Suicides. The resultant score is absolutely sublime and marked the French electronauts as contenders to watch.

For myself, it was the defining sound of the millennium's new year.
















Shelby Lynne released a killer country-soul gem, I Am Shelby Lynne, that echoed early material from the likes of Bonnie Raitt. Thinking that it was a brilliant debut from a talented 32yo unknown, I was eventually shocked to find that it was her 6th album. I listened to it for months.

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out today 9/9...okkervil river...

Posted by Brad Schelden, September 11, 2008 11:37am | Post a Comment
I can't believe that it has already been a year since the last Okkervil River album. The last album came out last August in 2007 and it seems to somehow already be September in 2008. I was going through my big Okkervil River phase back then and really liked their last album, The Stage Names. I talked about it in my blog last year and you can read it here. There's something totally comforting about moving back to the part of the world you grew up in. Now I know why people stay in the same small town they grew up in for their entire life. I can't imagine living in a small town and still living in a small town, but I guess that is because I grew up in a very large town-- a large city in fact! If you asked me a year ago if I thought that I would ever end up back in Hollywood I would have never thought it possible, but here I am back in Hollywood in the middle of summer. It has been over 6 months now so I think I am starting to feel at home again. I may not totally be in love with the summer weather in Los Angeles, but it does feel normal and comforting. My body is accustomed to it. So back to Okkervil River...The new album out this week is called The Stand Ins. I quickly fell in love with that last album and this new one is just sort of an extension of that last one. It could have easily been recorded at the same time -- one year is really not that long of a time. The artwork is still fantastic. The lyrics are still great and make you feel like you are listening to a fantastic book on tape. The album is not boring and drawn out. It just has that literary feel to it.

These last two albums, The Stage Names and The Stand Ins, were meant to come out as a double album. It makes sense. The artwork is actually connected, not just because it is the same artist and uses the same color scheme: You can actually put The Stage Names above The Stand Ins and it makes a completed picture of a skeleton man reaching his hand out from the bottom of a lake or possibly a river. I know all albums usually have some sort of a theme, but I like when themes actually connect two albums together. This just makes the albums more like novels. It makes you look forward to the next album to see how the story continues. I sort of wish the story could continue the trilogy on to another novel type album, but I think this might be the end of this particular story.

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