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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Necrobutcher of Mayhem

Posted by Amoebite, June 7, 2018 03:46pm | Post a Comment

Necrobutcher of Mayhem What's In My Bag? Amoeba Music

What does black metal legend Jørn "Necrobutcher" Stubberud go shopping for when he's at Amoeba San Francisco? The Mayhem bassist proved to have ecclectic tastes as he shopped before his in-store signing of his book, The Death Archives: Mayhem 1984-94, grabbing records like INXS' KickBringing up singer Michael Hutchence's unexpected death, Necrobutcher told us, "It's a different thing before and after the artist dies." 

Mayhem De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas Alive

Mayhem are no strangers to death, as not only did early singer Pelle “Dead” Ohlin take his own life in 1991, but Mayhem's bass player at the time, Varg "Count Grishnackh" Vikernes aka Burzum, murdered founding member Øystein “Euronymous” Aarseth in 1993.

Necrobutcher is now the only remaining original member of Mayhem. As one of the founders of the band, he served as Mayhem's bassist from 1984-1991 and contributed to the 1987 Deathcrush EP. After the tragedies that struck the band between '91-'93, Necrobutcher reformed Mayhem in 1995, with a new lineup. His next studio release with the band was 1998's Wolf's Lair Abyss EP. He has since appeared on Mayhem's Grand Declaration of War (2000), Chimera (2004), Ordo ad Chao (2007), Esoteric Warfare (2014) and A Season in Blasphemy (2016). Live recordings include Live in Leipzig (1993), Dawn of the Black Hearts (1995), Mediolanum Capta Est (1999), Live in Marseille (2001), Live in Zeitz (2016), and De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas Alive (2016). Necrobutcher has also performed with L.E.G.O., Kvikksølvguttene, Bloodthorn, and Checker Patrol. 

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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Wooden Wand

Posted by Amoebite, December 27, 2017 03:14pm | Post a Comment

Wooden Wand at Amoeba Hollywood

"I'll probably take some guff for this," predicted singer/songwriter Wooden Wand (aka James Toth) as he pulled out Windham Hill: The First Ten Years from his Amoeba shopping bag. He went on to explain how he gets into arguments with other guitarists about the mostly acoustic, instrumental music label, considered by many to be an early proponent of "new age" music. "I think William Ackerman and Alex de Grassi made some incredible, incredible guitar records. In some ways every bit the equal - obviously very different - but every bit the equal of Robbie Basho and Fahey's early records." What was not up for debate was Toth's extensive music knowledge, as he went shopping for a wide range of genres, happily giving his personal take on each record in our latest What's In My Bag? episode.

Wooden Wand Clipper ShipFreak folk artist James Jackson Toth, better known as Wooden Wand or sometimes just WAND, first made his name as a member of the early and mid-'00s era New Weird America scene of psych, folk, and indie artists. Since then he has continued to evolve and experiment as an artist, dabbling in outlaw country, free jazz, acid folk, noise rock, and Americana-influenced rock 'n' roll. The prolific Toth has put out an eclectic mix of self-released singles, CD-Rs, cassettes, compilation albums and more traditional studio albums.

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Watch The Buttertones Perform Live at Amoeba Hollywood

Posted by Amoebite, July 14, 2017 06:50pm | Post a Comment

The Buttertones Live at Amoeba Music

Amoeba Hollywood was excited to have local garage rockers The Buttertones live on stage performing songs from their latest record, Gravedigging, which is out now on Innovative Leisure. The quintet drew a rapt crowd as they tore through their surf and psychobilly influenced tunes.

The Buttertones GravediggingFirst up was "Pistol Whip," a mid-tempo, night-stalker of a song showcasing vocalist/guitarist Richard Araiza's David Byrne/Bryan Ferry-like vocals. Next was the manic "Sadie's A Sadist," featuring a Cramps-y guitar groove and some killer saxophone trills. "A Tear For Rosie," a dark ballad with staccato guitar and organ hits followed third, and ending the set was the titular track, "Gravediggin'" which begins with a chaotic muted "Peter Gunn" by way of "The Twilight Zone" guitar riff which suddenly drops down to a subdued groove with chilling, falsetto-accented vocals, before spinning back into the riff-y vortex.

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The Buttertones - Live at Amoeba Hollywood
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Smithsonian Should Acquire CBGB Awning At Sotheby's Auction & Loan To Grammy Museum's Ramones "Birth of Punk" Exhibit

Posted by Billyjam, December 2, 2016 02:31am | Post a Comment

The awning from bygone punk mecca CBGB's, to be auctioned off next week by Sotheby's, deserves to remain in the public domain. Rather than go to some private collection, it would be wonderful if the historic  315 Bowery club awning were  acquired by the Smithsonian Institution. In turn it could then be loaned out to exhibits such as the ongoing Ramones exhibit "Hey, Ho! Let's Go: Ramones and the Birth of Punk" at the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles through March 2017. More than any other act closely associated with CBGB's in its 70's heyday (Television, Patti Smith Group, Talking Heads, Blondie, Dead Boys etc.), The Ramones most epitomized the legendary punk/new wave club whose initials stood for stood for Country, Bluegrass and Blues. The late great quartet of Joey, Johnny, Dee Dee and Tommy Ramone were like the house band in the beginning.

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Happy Thanksgiving! 21 Songs to Show Your Gratitude

Posted by Billy Gil, November 24, 2015 05:32pm | Post a Comment

thanksgiving music list

Led Zeppelin – “Thank You”

 

Big Star – “Thank You Friends”

 

Andrew Gold – “Thank You for Being a Friend”

 

Drake – “Thank Me Now”

 

Otis Redding – “I Want to Thank You”

 

ABBA – “Thank You For the Music”

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