Seagram "The Ville" (from The Dark Roads)
Today marks the eighteenth anniversary of the death of talented Oakland rapper Seagram who on July 31st, 1996 was shot and killed on the streets of East Oakland. Seagram Miller was only 26 years old with two albums to his name (his third would be released posthumously) and had not yet reached his artistic potential nor had he gotten the full level of appreciation that he deserved. A smart, intelligent, articulate wordsmith whose way ahead of its time debut album (The Dark Roads on Rap-A-Lot) addressed the realities and consequences of the gangsta life that he was unapologetically a part of right up to his tragic death - a violent shooting murder that was reported by the San Francisco Chronicle at that time as such: "Oakland police Sgt. Gordon Melera said the two men had just exited a van in the 1900 block of 24th Avenue, an area in East Oakland known for violence and drug trafficking, when they were fired upon Wednesday night." That same article also noted how three years previously Seagram had escaped an assassin's bullet writing that, "Police said Miller's song about a rival gang in 1993 angered an Oakland drug kingpin, which led to an attempt on Miller's life. Miller escaped injury in that shooting, but a San Leandro police officer was wounded" but that OPD would not speculate whether his fatal shooting, in which Seagram's rap associate Gangsta P was seriously shot but not killed, was related to the earlier 1993 attack. Even 18 years after that fatal night in East Oakland the murder is still unsolved. Also of note from a Bay Area hip-hop historical perspective is that in that same year of 1996 two other Bay rap greats were also shot and killed: Tupac Shakur in Las Vegas two months later, and Mr Cee of R.B.L. Posse who was killed in San Francisco on New Year's Day of that year.
Saturday, August 2, 2014 // Midnite // Tickets
Prepare to save the universe with the King of the Impossible! Alex Raymond’s timeless comic strip blasts to life in the sci-fi adventure of the ‘80s: a candy-colored cult confection of out-of-this-world SFX, wild costumes and interstellar design — along with legendary rock heroes Queen providing some of the greatest tunes ever committed to celluloid. When our intrepid hero is unwittingly rocketed off Earth towards planet Mongo, he must face cruel ruler Ming the Merciless (an astounding Max Von Sydow, in a role he was born to play), fight a prince, ride a rocket cycle and hang out with bearded Hawkmen to get the girl, redeem himself and rescue mankind. Packed with propulsive energy and spectacular thrills like the best cliffhanger serials, Flash Gordon’s also intentionally campy to the max, with a script by Lorenzo Semple, Jr. (a driving force behind the ‘60s TV Batman) and produced by Dino De Laurentiis as an unforgettable live action comic book filled with colorful characters, memorable dialogue and non-stop entertainment. Plus, a pre-James Bond Timothy Dalton, Fiddler on the Roof’s Topol, Italian beauty Ornella Muti and Playgirl centerfold Sam Jones as Flash!
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TV on the Radio front man Tunde Adebimpe is one busy singer. In addition to TVOTR getting ready to release, Seeds (Harvest Records) this fall, Tunde has been rocking with his side project, Higgins Waterproof Black Magic Band. In 2012, the singer gathered up a few friends and soon after released a self-titled EP on their own ZNA Records label. Ryan Sawyer (Lone Wolf/Thurston Moore), Josh Werner (Lee "Scratch" Perry, CocoRosie) and Alex Holden (Big Numbers) round out the band.
Tunde and his cohorts stopped in at Amoeba Hollywood for another cool episode of "What's In My Bag?" With a name like Higgins Waterproof Black Magic Band, you can guess these cats are influenced by all kinds of music! The vinyl they dig for is proof not only of their varied influences, but also the depth of their tastes. The guys jump right in with some serious stuff for Jazz lovers, Eric Dolphy's Out To Lunch LP. They follow that up with two re-issues of rare African records from Mali's Super Djata De Bamako. This is a good listen for funky guitar and awesome drumming. From religious Santeria Afrocuban music to the modern electroclash of the Liars' Mess, HWBMB dig up lots of cool records. Check out the entire episode below to see what else they found!
The GRAMMY Museum’s Drop program next month features country singer Billy Joe Shaver Aug. 7 at 8 p.m. Amoeba is proud to be a sponsor of the event, in conjunction with The Americana Music Association and 88.5FM KCSN. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased here.
Shaver comes to the museum’s Clive Davis Theater just two days after the release of his new album, Long in the Tooth. He’ll be at the theater for an interview, hosted by VP of The GRAMMY Foundation and MusiCares, Scott Goldman, followed by a performance.
Texas-born Shaver worked as a songwriter in Nashville, writing for the likes of Waylon Jennings, Kris Kristofferson and Elvis Presley. His own solo career launched with 1973’s Old Five and Dimers Like Me, a classic of outlaw country. His songs have continued to be performed by others throughout his career, from Patty Loveless to Willie Nelson. Long in the Tooth is his first album of new music in seven years.