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Akounak: Purple Rain in the Sahara at Oakland's Starline Social Club, September 9

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, August 21, 2017 05:42pm | Post a Comment

Akounak: Purple Rain, Mdou Moctar

The MATATU performance series presents Akounak: Purple Rain in the Sahara on Saturday, Akounak: Purple Rain, Mdou MoctarSeptember 9th at 7:30pm at Oakland's Starline Social Club. Nigerien musician Mdou Moctar and his band perform following a screening of his film Akounak Tedalat Taha Tazoughai, also known as the Tuareg Purple Rain! A director's talk follows with filmmaker Chris Kirkley, plus the La Pelanga dance party!

In the somewhat crowded scene of Tuareg guitarists, Mdou Moctar stands apart from his peers. One of the few original singer/songwriters willing to experiment and push the boundaries of the genre, his unconventional styles have won him accolades both in Niger and abroad.

Mdou Moctar hails from Abalak, in the Azawagh desert of Niger. He taught himself the guitar at a young age on a homemade instrument. Inspired by returning Ishumar, Mdou traveled the road to Libya where he traveled and worked odd jobs. As chance had, he would meet some of the now famous guitarists and further his musical studies. He returned home with a guitar and a dream.

Rising to the status as local celebrity, in 2008 he traveled to Nigeria to record his first album Anar – a psychedelic electronic album of Tuareg guitar, which became an instant success throughout the mp3 networks of West Africa. “Tahoultine,” one of the standout tracks, was later featured on the compilation Music from Saharan Cellphones.

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Prince Fans Finally Get To View Late Artist's Music Videos Online

Posted by Billyjam, August 8, 2017 12:40pm | Post a Comment


Following years of it being almost impossible to locate virtually any of the late great Prince’s music videos online, such as “Purple Rain,” “Let’s Go Crazy” or “Controversy,” over the past month all these videos and 20 more have been posted to YouTube, VEVO, and other associated accounts by the official Prince website. [Scroll down to view many of these great clips with links to their respective albums].

Posted to the recently established official Prince account, since its launch a month ago, they’ve been uploading Prince videos every Friday: mostly official music videos but some live concert ones, too. The first Prince videos posted on July 7th were a batch of Purple Rain era videos, the 1984 album/movie soundtrack that coincidentally was re-released a couple of weeks earlier in various versions: Purple Rain Picture Disc LP, 180 gram vinyl LP), Purple Rain Deluxe CD + Purple Rain Deluxe Expanded CD. As noted upon their recent release by Amoeba the Deluxe version boasts the official 2015 Paisley Park Remaster of the original tapes overseen by Prince himself in addition to a new “From The Vault & Previously Unreleased” disc with 11 unheard gems from the storied vault.

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New Soundtracks Releases for the Summer

Posted by Amoebite, June 28, 2017 01:20pm | Post a Comment

New Soundtrack Releases For Summer

It's heating up outside, which means the multiplexes are cranking the air conditioning and cueing up the ol' reel-to-reel. That's right: summer movie season is upon us. This year, perhaps the only thing hotter than the flicks themselves are their soundtracks. And fortunately, a lot of our favorite films, new and old, are getting special new releases. How special, you ask? 

Well, a lot of these are out on high-quality 120-gram+ vinyl. Others are ready to slide right into your tape deck. Some are remastered. Some are back in print for the first time in decades. Others feature special bonus tracks or new art. And, of course, there are some pretty rad colored vinyl options, as well. Read on to find out what we're cranking now and what we're looking forward to spinning.
 

OUT NOW

Baby Driver

Various Artists - Baby Driver

This upbeat, excellently curated collection of tunes from Edgar Wright's new film, Baby Driver, is destined to be one of the year's best soundtracks. Out now on CD and 150-gram double vinyl with gatefold packaging.

Celebrate the Music of Prince with Purple Rain Reissues

Posted by Amoebite, May 16, 2017 04:37pm | Post a Comment

Prince Purple Rain Reissues

One of the greatest albums of all time (and the soundtrack to one of the best ever movies about music, too), Purple Rain, is getting reissued on June 23rd. Originally released in 1984, it's the first Prince album to feature his backing band, The Revolution. The following year, Purple Rain took home two Grammys -- one for Best Soundtrack and the other for Best Rock Performance -- as well as an Oscar for Best Original Song.This iconic album will be hitting shelves in four different versions, each of which offers something special. All four reissue versions are available to pre-order now on Amoeba.com and they'll ship FREE to the U.S.!

Here's why we're digging each one.

Prince Purple Rain


Purple Rain [Deluxe Edition] (2CD)

The Deluxe Edition is the baseline Purple Rain reissue of this batch, featuring (as do the other releases) tracks transferred from the Paisley Park stereo masters and remastered in 2015 by Bernie Grundman, the mastering engineer for the original LP. The second disc in this two-disc set includes a treasure trove full of previously unreleased tracks.

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First Anniversary of Prince's Death Coincides With Release Of Several Prince Vinyl Exclusives For Record Store Day

Posted by Billyjam, April 21, 2017 01:46pm | Post a Comment

Exactly one year ago on this date, April 21st, beloved prolific artist and pioneer of "the Minneapolis sound" Prince Rodgers Nelson died at age 57.  Just as they did on that sad day last year, all over the world today fans of the musical legend have been honoring the occasion and the man's legacy generally by playing his music sharing memories of the influential funk/pop multi-instrumentalist. Even late last night fans were already honoring the anniversary as they gathered at Paisley Park, the late artist's home and studio in Minneapolis, as part of Celebration 2017 which is four days of concerts honoring the musician. And today radio stations all over have been playing music from Prince's deep back catalog including by the many other artists that he wrote and produced for.

That Prince catalog will expand some tomorrow, Record Store Day 2017, when a slew of exclusive, limited edition vinyl Prince special issues will be unleashed in record stores including Amoeba where only one copy per customer is allowed.  The 2017 Record Store Day Prince vinyl will include a 7" 45 RPM double A-sided single, picture disc of "Little Red Corvette" / "1999" (pictured above). Another of the several Prince Record Store Day exclusives sure to have fans fiending for tomorrow is a 12" single vinyl pressing of "Pop Life" via Warner Brothers, the label that Prince released perhaps his most popular work on and who issued a bunch of LP vinyl reissues back in February as reported on the Amoeblog.

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