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Genesis P-Orridge (1950-2020) Rich Legacy includes Throbbing Gristle and Psychic TV

Posted by Billyjam, March 14, 2020 07:41pm | Post a Comment
Psychic TV "Godstar" (1988)

Legendary experimental musician, poet, multi-media artist and occultist Genesis Breyer P-Orridge, who was diagnosed with chronic myelomonocytic leukemia in 2017, died earlier today at age 70. Around this time last year and midway into a two-plus year battle against the disease the industrial music pioneer, who first came to wide acclaim as the founding member of Throbbing Gristle, had to be rushed into a NYC area hospital in what was reportedly a critical situation. “She was unable to breathe without oxygen” after her lungs became “blocked with fluid, which her doctors had previously attempted to remove with a suction needle,” wrote friend and associate of the artist Jason Louv at the time in an email to fans and friends of Genesis P-Orridge that also acted as both an update on the artist's health and a plea for help for the under-insured artist's GoFundMe page to combat ever escalating medical bills.  

The envelope pushing, notoriously prolific Genesis P-Orridge leaves behind a vast and impressive legacy.  Creating under a myriad of pseudonyms that have included Griselda, PT001Godstar,  DJ Doktor Megatrip, and Pearl Necklace, the British born Genesis P-Orridge (aka Genesis Breyer P-Orridge) had long been a provocateur.  The five-decade career of the long self-identified "third-gender" artist with the s/he and h/er preferred pronouns (although some still referred to the artist as "he" or "she") is most widely known for being the founding member of the seventies pioneering industrial music group Throbbing Gristle. 

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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with King Britt

Posted by Amoebite, May 30, 2018 02:37pm | Post a Comment

King Britt Amoeba What's In My Bag?

Philadelphia DJ, composer, and producer King Britt went digging for records to sample at Amoeba Hollywood and shared his discoveries in our newest What's In My Bag? episode. Not only did he find some unusual records like the Dog Training In Your Home LP (above), but he picked up some of his favorite releases, including a book by Cosey Fanni Tutti and Talk Talk's fourth album Spirit of Eden. Britt had lots of great insight into his eclectic picks, which made for a fun, interesting, and educational video.

King Britt is an American DJ and producer whose work fuses elements of house, downtempo, and acid jazz. While attending Temple University in the early '90s, he began producing his own tracks and met Ishmael Butler (aka Butterfly) of Digable Planets. King Britt would go on to join Digable Planets on tour. He and collaborator Josh Wink started the label Ovum Recordings in 1994. Their first release was the Supernatural LP, which featured the joint talents of King Britt and Ursula Rucker.

Fhloston Paradigm LiveIn '98, King Britt turned to neo-soul, releasing When The Funk Hits the Fan under the moniker Sylk130. He followed this LP with 2001's Sylk130 Re-Member's Only, with guest appearances from Alison Moyet, Martin Fry (ABC), Kathy Sledge, Grover Washington Jr, and De La Soul. A couple of years later, King Britt put out Adventures in Lo-Fi, which featured underground hip-hop heavy hitters like Madlib (as Quasimoto), and again, De La Soul. In 2005, he released King Britt Presents: Sister Gertrude Morgan, a reworking of the Depression era outsider gospel artist's recordings. Ever prolific, King Britt released a series of works under the name Fhloston Paradigm for Hyperdub throughout the mid-2010s. He continued this project in 2017 with the release of After... and most recently with Live On Star's End in January 2018.

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Three Classic Releases from Throbbing Gristle Coming Soon

Posted by Amoebite, November 2, 2017 11:27am | Post a Comment

Throbbing Gristle Reissues

The fearless and fierce sound of seminal English group Throbbing Gristle has been a defining influence on subsequent practitioners of envelope-pushing electronic, post-punk, experimental, and industrial artists. In honor of the 40th anniversary of the band's abrasive, antagonistic debut LP The Second Annual Report, longtime home label Mute Records is releasing three of TG's most important albums this month. The reissues will be available in two formats: on CD (due out Nov. 17th) and special edition colored vinyl (due the following week, Nov. 24th), both available for pre-order on Amoeba.com now. Fans of the band will be intrigued to hear this is just the beginning of Mute's reissue campaign; the label plans to release a whole slew of TG classics in the coming year.

Here's what you need to know about this first-round of releases:

Second Annual Report

The Second Annual Report

Originally released on November 4, 1977, Throbbing Gristle's debut album introduced the world to their socially and politically confrontational stance and their uniquely intense experimental sound. Available for pre-order on limited edition white vinyl or double CD.

13 Albums That Are Perfect for Halloween

Posted by Billy Gil, October 20, 2014 07:30am | Post a Comment

It’s hard to believe Halloween is just around the corner. Luckily, there are plenty of great new albums and classics for your Halloween party or just to carry you into scaresville.

 

Krzysztof Penderecki and Jonny Greenwood - Threnody for the Victims of Hiroshima / Polymorphia / Popcorn Superhet Receiver / 48 Responses to Polymorphia

You might not recognize his name, but Krzysztof Penderecki has soundtracked many a nightmare. The Polish, avant-garde composer was wildly inventive (and controversial) when his compositions first gained notoriety in the late ’50s, and thus his jarring compositions, featuring such innovative techniques as clustering tones, and such foreboding titles as “Threnody to the Victims of Hiroshima,” came to be used by wildly inventive and controversial film directors, from William Friedkin’s The Exorcist to Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining and David Lynch’s Wild at Heart and Inland Empire. Meanwhile, Radiohead’s Jonny Greenwood writes response pieces to both “Therenody” and “Polymorphia,” and his moody, solemn orchestral pieces serve as a terrific foil to Penderecki’s terror-inducing works.

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50 Essential Albums Released in 2012

Posted by Aaron Detroit, December 5, 2012 11:00am | Post a Comment

Aaron Detroit, Buyer at Amoeba Hollywood. I've worked in Hollywood for eight years, but started my time with Amoeba - way back in 1998 -  at the San Francisco store. This is my extensive list of 2012 releases that I fell in love with or had serious affairs over the past 365 days. 2012, for me, was a surprising and amazing year in music. Nearly all 50 releases here could have been a Top-Ten contender almost any other year, and the Top Ten is full of records that could easily have been #1.



50 Essential Albums of 2012


1.  SCOTT WALKER Bish Bosch (4AD) 

The 6-year-long wait was well worth it, as is usually the case with Walker. This isn't the latest indie background music du jour - It's an Absurdist's symphony. Melody is eschewed for repetition, but you still walk away with the damned thing in your head. E-bows, machetes as percussion and disturbing (as well as amusing) scatological metaphors are some of the unlikely ingredients that make up this terrifying (and weirdly infectious) beauty. There's really nothing else like it, so enjoy figuring it out for the rest of your life.  




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