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Early 80's NYC Post-Punk Pioneers Bush Tetras Going Strong in 2018 with "Take The Fall" EP & Shows inc. Bay Area: May 12 & 13

Posted by Billyjam, May 12, 2018 02:23pm | Post a Comment
 


Formed in New York City in 1979 influential post-punk band the Bush Tetras blew up with their first record; the 1980 7" EP "Too Many Creeps" (99 Records) that would transport them from NYC club favorites to US college radio staples. "Too Many Creeps" (1980 video above) defined the group's distinctive funk-laden, dance-driven, post-punk style (hence drawing comparisons to Gang Of Four, Au Pairs and Talking Heads) with a commanding take on post-punk that drew equally from funk as much as it did from punk. Although the Bush Tetras broke up in 1983 (they've reformed since); they made quite a mark in their original few intense years.  

[LEFT: Bush Tetras Take The Fall (also on vinyl/12") (Wharf Rat, 2018)]


The Bush Tetra's best known song "Too Many Creeps" (video above) remains both a classic of the era and a perfect exemplification of the band's sound;  striped down funk baselines coupled with ragged percussive rhythms that make one wanna dance.   The legendary group, who've reformed twice since their initial split 35 years ago, are enjoying a productive 2018. Following the March release of the five song EP Take The Fall (also on vinyl/12") they've been performing shows in select locations. Last weekend they were in Florida. This weekend they're in the Bay Area for their first NorCal shows in three and a half decades; Saturday (May 12th) at the recently opened Oakland Elbo Room and Sunday (May 13th) at the original San Francisco Mission District Elbo Room on Valencia. 
With a strong rep for putting on tight live shows The Bush Tetra's current lineup is pretty much same as back when they formed four decades ago. It includes original three 1979 founding members Cynthia Sley (vocals), Pat Place (guitar) and Dee Pop (drums) along with new bassist Val Opielski who joined in the past couple of years.

Three Essential Wire Albums Getting Remastered and Reissued

Posted by Amoebite, May 1, 2018 05:58pm | Post a Comment

Wire Reissues

It's impossible to overstate the influence of English four-piece Wire on both the nascent punk and post-punk scenes. Steadfastly underground, the band has been churning out reliably innovative, under-the-radar releases for several decades since the release of their legendary debut, 1977's Pink Flag. Over the course of their first three albums, the band rapidly evolved from propulsive hardcore punk to moodier, dark post-punk, and into even more experimental art rock territory. Each album is a gem in its own right and in honor of the 40th anniversary of Pink Flag last year, the band is remastering and reissuing their early catalog with a handful of excellent extras. 

On the reissue docket are standard vinyl and CD releases, plus a special deluxe edition CD version of each album that will include an 80-page book with rarely seen pictures from photographer Annette Green, lyric sheets, and text by music historian Jon Savage and English writer Graham Duff. Of course, there's bonus material aplenty, including singles, b-sides, never-before-released demos and alternate takes. The deluxe CD editions will be released on May 25, 2018 and the standard CD and LP versions are out June 22, 2018. All are available now for pre-order on Amoeba.com.

Here's why each one is a must-have for fans of atmospheric, intense rock 'n' roll.

Pink Flag

Pink Flag

Peter Murphy Residency at The Chapel, 1/23-2/16

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, December 21, 2017 07:51pm | Post a Comment

Peter Murphy at Amoeba SF

UPDATE: The 1/23 & 1/24 shows are being moved to 2/1. Read more HERE.

Amoeba Music, (((folkYEAH!))), and The Chapel proudly present a unique career-spanning residency with the “Godfather of Goth,” Peter Murphy, at San Francisco's The Chapel, January 23rd through February 16th! Murphy will join SF audiences for 16 nights, performing legendary albums in their entirety from throughout his career in this internationally exclusive event.

First emerging from the British underground in the late '70s, Murphy (along with bandmates Daniel Ash, David J, and Kevin Haskins) fronted the groundbreaking, iconic post-punk band Bauhaus, which spawned four seminal albums as well as keystone singles “She's In Parties,” "Silent Hedges,” and, of course, "Bela Lugosi’s Dead," before disbanding in 1983. Murphy launched a successful solo career with Should the World Fail to Fall Apart in 1986. His most-recent release, the live album Bare-Boned & Sacred, came out this year.

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All-Female Bands of the 1970s -- Happy Women's History Month!

Posted by Eric Brightwell, March 4, 2015 09:31pm | Post a Comment
All Female Bands of the 1970s

I wrote a post on all-female bands from the 1910s-1950s, and a post covering all-female bands of the 1960s -- here's my attempt at a conclusive A-Z (and other alphabets) of all-female bands of the 1970s. Details are often sketchy or non-existent and as always corrections and contributions are appreciated!
 

DIE ATZTUSSIS


Die Atztussis were an anarcho-punk band from the Kreuzberg section of West Berlin, active at least as early as 1979 when they played the Antifaschistischen Festival. The members were Cordula (vocals), Kiki (bass), Menusch (guitar), and Petra (drums).


‘B’ GIRLS

'B' Girls in 1977 (image source: Rodney Bowes)

Composer Carl Stone's Personal Record Collection For Sale at Amoeba Hollywood

Posted by Rick Frystak, October 3, 2014 01:01am | Post a Comment

Carl Stone LP Collection

Amoeba Hollywood has purchased one of the finest record collections that I have ever set eyes upon in my record store days (and that's about 13,870 days)!! Here we have obscure gems aplenty, many I've only seen perhaps once in my life, but here they are, side by side with records I've never ever seen before, and ones previously only legendary. In other words, a wonderful, rare collection!!!

Yes friends, I have negotiated a mutually satisfactory agreement that has allowed Amoeba to obtain the personal record collection of Mr. Carl Stone himself. Yes, THAT Carl Stone, composer and electronic sound artist extraordinaire, 21st-Century cultural icon, and truly a connoisseur of recorded sound in the left-of-center areas of many genres, and they are all here in the collection for sale in Amoeba's Hollywood store beginning the weekend of October 11 & 12: Avant Garde, Electronic, Musique Concrete, Experimental, Renaissance, Baroque, Medieval, Classical, New Music, World music, Jazz, No Wave, New Wave, Power Pop, Punk rock, Post-Punk, Industrial, and various "roots" musics.  All are original 1st pressings of mostly small, independent labels with loads of private pressings and imports.

Just, like, two words: mind blowing!!

This array of breathtaking LPs reflect Carl's usual pattern of being dead-center, ground zero, really at the apex of "what's happening" in music, never more true than in the pre-CD days of  this collection...a forward-thinking and quite wide-minded person's...one that doesn't come along very often. Don't think for a second that Professor Stone hasn't been feeding a constant, perhaps life-sustaining hunger to hear for himself the latest, most creatively interesting and challenging music (and in his case, even the sound of a big-piped sports car or machinery), from all over the world and across all genres. I presume he always has, and this collection of vinyl reveals that fact in every liner note and cover spine. Collectors like this are searchers, never quite satisfied with what is, what was, or even what "shall" be, barely trusting word of mouth and the writing on the walls. We collectors shake down anything that could offer that special chord combination, the emotional rush, the personal spirituality button pushed, or a memory bubbling over God-knows-how and why. Often these elusive platters make just a brief appearance in our airspace, only to become a faded memory, "Yeah, I saw that once at Amoeba…", or more likely, a 3 a.m.-tossing-and-turning-I'm-going-back-first-thing-in-the-morning-I-hope-it's-still-there angst-filled moment. Carl looked high, low, in, out and around for significant records. Carl got beaucoup promos sent to him. Carl had people hold things for him. Artists sent Carl their records out of the blue. Carl impulse-bought. Good record labels covered Carl. Carl special ordered records. Carl travelled the world and bought records as meals for his soul.

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