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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Tommy Stinson

Posted by Amoebite, November 7, 2017 01:41pm | Post a Comment

Tommy Stinson What's In My Bag Amoeba San Francisco

Alt-rock/punk icon Tommy Stinson visited Amoeba San Francisco recently to show us some of his favorite records and share memories of his experiences listening to them. Holding up Bob Dylan's seminal 1966 double LP, Stinson says, "Blonde on Blonde is my go to record when I'm trying to get lyrical things happening in my head." When he's looking for inspiration Stinson puts the record on and "just kinda let(s) it seep in," saying it reminds him "of all the different things that (Dylan) was able to put into a lyric to describe a moment, a sound, a day, and place." Stinson had many anecdotes about his picks, which makes for a very interesting and fun What's In My Bag? episode!  

Tommy Stinson began his career playing bass for The Replacements while still a teenager. Trafficking in hardcore during the early '80s, the band released their debut LP, Sorry Ma, Forgot to Take Out the Trash in 1981, followed by the Stink EP in 1982. By their second LP, 1983's Hootenanny, The Replacements were experimenting with other rock subgenres and moving towards their definitively raw alt-rock sound. That same year, Stinson dropped out of tenth grade for the band's first US tour. He stayed with the band until their dissolution in 1991, appearing on classic albums Let It Be, Tim, Pleased to Meet Me, and Don't Tell a Soul.

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Warbringer Talks Death Metal, Black Metal & "What's In My Bag?"

Posted by Amoebite, August 7, 2017 04:00pm | Post a Comment

Wabringer What's In My Bag? Metalology Amoeba Music

Burzum versus Death? Possessed versus Mayhem? Just what is the difference between black metal and death metal? Perhaps to metalheads the question is elementary, or even insulting, but to the metal novice an explanation is useful. Thankfully, our recent "What's In My Bag?" interview with Warbringer spawned an impromptu lesson. Having many a descriptive thing to say about their music and movie choices, the guys from the Newbury Park thrash metal band had no trouble enlightening us about the differences between the two sub-genres.

"Fundamentally it's this: the objective is different," starts lead singer John Kevill. "Death metal wants to basically crush shit," he says. "Black metal's this more cathartic, emotional thing."

We loved the band's "metalology" lecture so much that we turned it into its own video. In it they break down the technical, emotional, and geographical differences between the two sounds, and the different sub-genres that subsequently stem from them.

Watch Warbringer's lesson on black metal and death metal below:

Black Metal vs Death Metal with Warbringer
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The Beach Boys' Pet Sounds 50th Anniversary Reissues Out June 10

Posted by Amoebite, May 23, 2016 12:31pm | Post a Comment

Beach Boys Pet Sounds 50th Anniversary Reissue

Wouldn't it be nice to hear Pet Sounds for the first time again? Well, next month you can experience the next best thing. In commemoration of the monumental album's 50th anniversary The Beach Boys and Capitol Records are re-releasing it in four different editions, some of which include studio outtakes, alternate mixes, and unreleased live versions. What's more Brian Wilson is now on a world tour playing the album in its entirety. Catch him in Los Angeles at the Hollywood Bowl, Jul 10 and in San Francisco at The Masonic, Oct 12-13.

When Pet Sounds was released May 16, 1966 its reception was mixed. The 11th album for the already popular group garnered little critical and commercial success in the States, while in England it was hailed by the music press and hit the number 2 spot on the Top 40 charts. One Mr. Paul McCartney was so impressed with it the album became the main influence on his band's next record, a little thing called Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band

Beach Boys Pet Sounds 50th Anniversary Amoeba MusicWhile it may be a little hard to imagine today, the radical arrangements, un-rock-like orchestrations, and wildly inventive production coupled with subject matter that was less cheery and more introspective than your average pop album of the day, was a lot to take in for some who were just looking for the next fun surf track to dance to down at the beach shack. However Pet Sounds paved the way for the idea that a rock album could be more than a mere collection of singles, but a cohesive piece of art. Brian Wilson's production on the album would open up creative possibilities we take for granted now, would influence all kinds of musical genres, and would bring the concept of production into the mainstream consciousness as an essential part of an album.

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Coachella 2009 30/30 Initiative: My Bloody Valentine

Posted by Amoebite, April 7, 2009 11:04pm | Post a Comment
127 Bands, 5 Stages, 3 Days and 1 Mean Sunburn.

"Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival - April 17-19th, 2009 or: How I Learned To Stop Worrying and Find 30 Reasons To Love a Weekend in the Desert."

- By Scott Butterworth
Coachella Lineup     My Bloody Valentine

Day #22 - Artist #22 - My Bloody Valentine:
My Bloody Valentine
My Bloody Valentine formed in 1984 in Dublin, Ireland, and spent a few years of metamorphosis working out the kinks with lineup changes and varying musical output before developing their innovative sound. It wasn't until 1988 that the "caterpillar" became a "butterfly," with the band releasing a pair of EPs and their first album Isn't Anything on Creation Records (future home to Oasis). My Bloody Valentine became the torchbearers of the Shoegaze style of music popular in the late '80s/early '90s that sent sparks into the alternative revolution of the 1990s. Unfortunately, by 1993 the band would unravel into a "lost period" of scrapped recording sessions by songwriter Kevin Shields (similar to Brian Wilson/Beach Boys and Axl Rose/Guns N' Roses) that lasted until the band's reunion in 2008.