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Interview With Tony Thaxton of the Bizarre Albums Podcast

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, March 24, 2020 06:55pm | Post a Comment


 

Tony Thaxton by Brian Keith Diaz
Tony Thaxton by Brian Keith Diaz

By Audra Wolfmann

If you're at all like me (and I have a strong suspicion that you, dear record collector, might be), then you enjoy a deep dive into the dark corners of music history AND you also love a good Novelty album. You grew up cherishing your Dr. Demento collections and World Wrestling Federation LP, but you also burned with questions about that Leonard Nimoy album your parents had next to the hi-fi in the living room. Well, there's a place for us and, of course, it's on the internet in the form of a podcast called Bizarre Albums. Hosted by drummer Tony Thaxton of Motion City Soundtrack, Bizarre Albums serves as a sort of VH1's Behind the Music for the novelties, oddities, and the just plain strange in the wide world of weird records. Since nothing could be farther up Amoeba's alley than celebrating the unexpected vinyl find, we tracked down Tony and asked him about his show and his own record collection.

Amoeba: What makes an album “Bizarre” by your standards?

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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Orville Peck

Posted by Amoebite, November 6, 2019 03:25pm | Post a Comment

Orville Peck - What's In My Bag?

It was a pleasure having Canadian country singer/songwriter Orville Peck visit Amoeba Hollywood recently. He looked through the record bins and shared some of his favorite albums, movies, and artists, including country singer Bobbie Gentry. "I feel like a lot of people don't know about Bobbie Gentry, which is crazy to me," Peck lamented. "She was this incredible singer/songwriter, kind of folksy country musician." He grabbed a vinyl copy of her album Fancy, whose title track is one of his favorite songs of all-time. Though a more famous version was recorded by Reba McEntire, Peck loves Gentry's "beat poet style" of singing. All in all, Peck had an eclectic collection of killer records and films, which made for a sincere and fun What's In My Bag? episode. 

Orville Peck - Pony - Amoeba MusicThe enigmatic Orville Peck is known for wearing a fringed Lone Ranger mask when he performs, which makes him both immediately recognizable yet deliberately obscures his true identity. Although Peck's identity is not known, he has stated that he has toured extensively with punk bands in the past. 

His music fuses velvet-voiced classic country with elements of goth, indie, and punk genres. He counts legends like Merle Haggard and Dolly Parton among his stylistic influences. Peck's first song, "Dead of Night" was released in 2017. This was followed by a series of duets with artists like King Tuff and Mac DeMarco. In 2019, Orville Peck released his debut album, Pony, via Sub Pop, which was longlisted for Canada's 2019 Polaris Music Prize.

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Cops Vs. Aliens: An Evening of Rock & Roll Film with CRIME 1978 & Ziggy Stardust

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, November 1, 2019 06:47pm | Post a Comment

CRIME 1978

San Francisco’s First and Only Rock’n’Roll Movie: CRIME 1978, a short documentary film about the legendary punk band and Amoeba favorite CRIME, will screen at the Victoria Theatre in SF on Thursday, November 14th at 7pm, followed by everyone's favorite rock & roll alien concert flick, Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars (1973)! Introducing the event are CRIME 1978 producer Henry S. Rosenthal (aka Hank Rank of CRIME) and filmmaker Jon Bastian. There will also be live music by The Legendary Stardust Cowboy, Ron “The Ripper” Greco (original CRIME bassist), and CRIME WAVE (CRIME tribute band with members of Egrets on Ergot, Cheap Tissue, The Richmond Sluts), plus a Ziggy Stardust lookalike contest!

The “rock verite” footage of CRIME was filmed entirely in 1978 by Larry Larson for his local cable Crime 1978access program In Review, and is newly edited by Bastian. Larson found a unique experience in the burgeoning punk scene taking place at the Mabuhay Gardens, a Filipino restaurant and bar-gone-gritty nightclub on Broadway in North Beach. The booker Dirk Dirksen regularly landed local punk and New Wave acts at the club, including the Avengers, The Nuns, The Dils, Pearl Harbor & the Explosions, and CRIME. CRIME’s 1976 single of “Hot Wire My Heart” (backed with “Baby You're So Repulsive”) is credited as the first single released by a U.S. punk act from the West Coast. Like some of their punk contemporaries, they took on individual personas and built a group image, wearing police uniforms and billing themselves as "San Francisco's First and Only Rock 'n' Roll Band." The members of CRIME in 1978 were Johnny Strike (Gary John Bassett) on vocals and guitar, Frankie Fix (Marc D’Agostino) on vocals and guitar), Ron The Ripper (Ron Greco) on bass, and Hank Rank (Henry S. Rosenthal) on drums.

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Interview With Cheetah Chrome Of Dead Boys

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, July 3, 2019 07:59pm | Post a Comment

By Jon Longhi

The Dead Boys are one of the most iconic bands of the punk era. They only put out two albums in the late seventies, but both of them are hallmarks of the genre. Young, Loud, And Snotty is a perfect punk slab of vinyl that includes songs like "Sonic Reducer," which may be one of the five best punk tunes ever written. We Have Come For Your Children is another legendary album with classic anthems like "Third Generation Nation." Their live shows were infamous for their violence and rowdiness, and even featured lead singer Stiv Bators cutting himself up on stage. Guitarist Cheetah Chrome's ferocious leads are like a slashing force of nature. Few groups captured the spirit of the New York punk scene better than the Dead Boys. The owner of CBGB was even their manager for a while. Over the years, the band has re-formed on a number of occasions and their latest incarnation will be playing at Burger Boogaloo on Saturday, July 6th. (More on Burger Boogaloo HERE!)

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With Pennywise, Suicidal Tendencies, English Beat, Turnstile, Aquabats + more, Rancid's September Tour Like Mini Punk/Ska Festival

Posted by Billyjam, June 18, 2019 12:31pm | Post a Comment

Rancid’s just announced upcoming September ten-date North American tour, with a lineup featuring Pennywise, Suicidal Tendencies, The English Beat, Turnstile, Aquabats, Iron Reagan and Angel Du$t, reads more like a punk/ska themed mini-festival a la the Warped Tour; in some cities more so than others.  The recommended tour by the headlining legendary California punk act, that takes place in the second half of September (9/14 - 9/28), features most but not every aforementoned act at each concert stop. While Pennywise do share every bill, not each of the other aforementioned bands do.

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