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2018 Death of The Moody Blues Founder Ray Thomas Follows A Year Of The Passing Of Too Many Music Greats

Posted by Billyjam, January 9, 2018 03:59pm | Post a Comment


The passing of The Moody Blues founding member Ray Thomas, whose Jan 4th death was announced two days ago, follows an intense year in which we lost too many other music greats; many of whom are saluted in this Amoeblog. In 1964 flute player and vocalist Ray Thomas formed the British rock band The Moody Blues who would go onto to worldwide fame with such hits as "Go Now" (their 1965 breakout #1 hit single), "Nights in White Satin,” "Tuesday Afternoon,"  and "Question.” Coincidentally the Moody Blues will be inducted into Cleveland’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in April. 

In addition to Thomas, others who’ve already died in the first week of 2018 include iconic French pop singer France Gall, actor/singer Jerry Van Dyke, Black Sabbath and Judas Priest producer Chris Tsangarides, producer/songwriter Rick Hall of FAME Studios, and founding member of the Juilliard String Quartet, influential violinist and composer Robert Mann who died at age 97 one week ago on New Year’s Day. Also deceased on January 1, 2018, was 1960's soul singer Betty Willis whose tragic end, as a homeless person in Southern California, been murdered from strangulation following an attempted rape by a homeless man.

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Saluting the Legacy of Steely Dan In Recognition of the Passing of Co-Founder Walter Becker Who Died Today at Age 67

Posted by Billyjam, September 3, 2017 01:16pm | Post a Comment


According to Walter Beckers official website the 67 year old guitarist/songwriter and Steely Dan co-founding member with Donald Fagen died today. The sudden death of the revered Queens, NY artist comes on the heels of a serious operation he underwent in recent months. That hospital operating theater visit resulted in him having to cancel his participation at the last minute in Steely Dan's “The Classic West” performance at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles on July 15th and another one in New York around the same time this summer.

In a more recent Billboard magazine interview with Donald Fagen, the NJ born Steely Dan fellow founding member spoke vaguely on Becker’s medical status. But he was quoted as saying that, "Walter's recovering from a procedure and hopefully he'll be fine very soon.” That was just one month ago (August 2nd) and now this morning (Sept. 3rd) news breaks of Becker’s tragic passing, and still no specific cause of death announced.

In honor of the late great Walter Becker, as well as his surviving musical partner Donald Fagen, this Amoeblog salutes the indelible legacy of Steely Dan via briefly tracing their history and embedding (scroll down) a series of videos from the band’s illustrious back catalog with links to their corresponding albums. Highlighted by such five star albums as Countdown to Ecstasy (1973), Pretzel Logic (1974), Katy Lied (1975), and The Royal Scam (1976) Steely Dan’s music has long enjoyed an appreciation from a wide cross section of music fans: from 70’s classic rock collectors, to jazz & jazz-fused rock fans, and the countless hip-hop lovers (and producers and DJs) who were introduced to “the Dan” via their numerous samples in hip-hip songs over the years. These many examples include “Peg” sampled by De La Soul (with Prince Paul), “Black Cow” sampled by MF Doom, “Kid Charlemagne” sampled by Kanye West, and “Do It Again” sampled by deadmau5. And let's not forget the 1983 Club House produced 12" single, early era mashup / medley that pitch-perfectly blended Steely Dan's "Do It Again" with Michael Jackson's hit of that same year, "Billie Jean" from the album Thriller. Another endorsement of Steely Dan's coolness was the Minutemen's cover of the Katy Lied track "Doctor Wu" on the early 80's SoCal punk trio's album Double Nickles On The Dime.

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10 Albums You Should Know Before Going to Coachella

Posted by Billy Gil, April 7, 2015 03:08pm | Post a Comment

10 albums you should hear before going to coachella

Like Tame Impala? Nuts for Drake? Sure, they're great. But a big part of Coachella also has been the chance to see legendary bands reunite and take the stage, as well as long-established artists alongside the newcomers. Here are 10 great albums by reunited or established artists you should know before heading to the desert next weekend.

AC/DC Back in Black

ac/dc back in black lpThe album that started the Brian Johnson era of AC/DC (following the death of lead singer Bon Scott) is their biggest and has many of their best-loved hits, including “You Shook Me All Night Long” and the title track. It’s good to know the rest of the songs, even if you’re not especially sober by the time AC/DC goes on (which is probably how they’re best heard anyway).

 

Ryan Adams Heartbreaker

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Coachella 2015 Lineup Announced; AC/DC, Jack White, Drake Headline

Posted by Billy Gil, January 6, 2015 11:45am | Post a Comment

The lineup for Coachella 2015 has been announced, and there are some surprises in there.

First up, we've got AC/DC headlining day one (Friday April 10 and 17). (Day one gets even more "dad rock" when you notice that Steely Dan is also playing.) Jack White headlines day two (April 11 and 18) and Drake is on top day three (April 12 and 19). 

Other highlights include a recently reunited Ride and Drive Like Jehu. See the whole lineup below, and check out some Amoeba videos from the artists playing the show.

coachella 2015 lineup ac/dc drake jack white

 

Lykke Li - Live at Amoeba Hollywood, Aug. 25, 2008

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20 Dad Rock Albums To Check Out For Father's Day

Posted by Billy Gil, June 6, 2014 05:27pm | Post a Comment

20 Dad Rock Albums for Father's Day

Father’s Day is just a few days away. To celebrate, we’re gathering some of our favorite “dad rock” albums. What is “dad rock,” you might ask? We’re talking about those staples your parents owned on vinyl, the ones that weren’t cool enough for you to discover on your own—no Black Sabbath, David Bowie or The Doors here—but that nonetheless are essential albums in rock history. Listen to one of these ol’ classics this Father’s Day and think about how your dad was right all along—“Hotel California” is pretty far out. Here they are, in no particular order:

 

fleetwood mac rumours lp

Fleetwood Mac - Rumours (1977)

Now Fleetwood Mac are cool again, but there was a long period when they weren’t. You don’t make one of the biggest albums of all time without some backlash. But after a Smashing Pumpkins cover, a high-profile reunion special and extensive touring, the Mac came back into public favor, and you can see their influence in a huge way these days, especially in young, female-fronted rock bands like Best Coast, Haim and Beach House. Anyway, Rumour kicks ass and pretty much every baby boomer owns it.

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