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Krip-Hop Artist Fezo May Be Retiring From Music, But Not Activism - by guest Amoeblogger Leroy F Moore Jr.

Posted by Billyjam, May 28, 2015 08:15pm | Post a Comment
Below is the latest in an ongoing series of featured articles, spanning several years, on the topic of Krip-Hop written by guest Amoeblogger Leroy F Moore Jr. Leroy is both a pioneer of that hip-hop sub-genre as well as the founder of Krip-Hop Nation; the umbrella group that links hip-hop artists with disabilities from all over the globe. For this article the artist/activist/author discusses fellow Krip-Hopper Fezo (aka Fezo Da Mad One), his brand new and final album, and retirement from hip-hop. Leroy is currently finishing up his soon to be published book The Black Kripple Delivers Poetry & Lyrics (Poetic Matrix Press).



Fezo "Alter Ego" (2008)

Keith Jones, the artist known as Fezo, and I first met in person at the Democratic National Convention in Boston, MA back in 2004.  The Missouri born, Sacramento based Krip-Hop artist and I instantly bonded. That was probably because we have so much in common. We are both Black men with cerebral palsy, and are both of the same age.  At that time eleven years ago we were both in our mid thirties. Furthermore we are both poets, both activists, and we each share a passionate love of music.  After taking over the Disability Caucus at the DNC by organizing Black disabled advocates to bum rush the Caucus to make sure diverse voices were being heard, Fezo and I made our way to a music studio to drop some songs and to talk more about Krip-Hop Nation. As we got our headphones on Fezo shared some news with me, made all the more dramatic by the fact that, due to his mic being turned on, was amplified throughout the studio. "Leroy, Hip-Hop is not ready to face its ableism so I have two albums left before I retire from Hip-Hop," he announced to my disappointment.  Upon hearing this my mind screamed "NO!" because for once I had met a Black disabled activist/artist whose raps spoke to me, and whom I fully understood because of my own experience as a poet, activist and founder of Krip-Hop Nation. I could relate firsthand to all the shut doors he had faced.

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PINS Reveal "Molly," Play Amoeba SF June 16

Posted by Billy Gil, May 28, 2015 09:07am | Post a Comment

pins bandOn this new track from PINS called “Molly,” the four Manchester ladies drum up a narcotic girl-group sway, perhaps a comedown from the title in question. Singer/guitarist Faith Vern sings of “wild nights with Molly” while Anna Donigan (bass), Lois Macdonald (guitar) Sophie Galpin (drums) & Kyoko Swann (synths/guitar) create a rockabilly-influenced backdrop. Listen via Stereogum.

pins wild nights lpIt’s the latest from the band’s upcoming sophomore album, Wild Nights, due June 9 on Bella Union. To kick off the album’s release, the band plays Amoeba SF on June 16 at 6 p.m. before hitting the Rickshaw Stop that night.

The other tracks revealed from the album have shown a variety of moods and styles, include the stomping “Young Girls” and brooding “Too Little Too Late.” Check out those videos below. “Young Girls” is particularly haunting, with its Jawbreaker meets The Craft in the English suburbs vibe.


Ennio Morricone Feature Documentary In The Works

Posted by Billyjam, May 27, 2015 12:00pm | Post a Comment

Ennio Morricone's score for Sergio Leone's "Once upon a time in the West"

Good, it's about time! - that seems to be the general reaction by fans of Ennio Morricone to the news that there will be a feature documentary on the iconic Italian composer/orchestrator whose vast body of work spans writing music for 500 plus films and TV shows, in addition to countless contemporary classical compositions. His Amoeba online store page offers almost 200 titles! [Note that there have been pieces done on Morricone, such as the 1995 BBC TV documentary, but never a full feature scale documentry].

As recently reported by Deadline director Giuseppe Tornatore, who first worked with Morricone on Cinema Paradiso, will begin shooting in two months for the documentary on the life of the legendary prolific 86 year old composer for a unique documentary structured to reportedly, "highlight a side of Morricone that has never been revealed."  
As a fan I cannot wait for this documentary on the man whom his Amoeba.com biographer J.Poet so accurately noted; "Ennio Morricone is one of the few musicians to have invented a new genre. His soundtracks for a series of Italian western films by director Sergio Leone, many starring Clint Eastwood, created “spaghetti Western” music by mixing surf guitar, classical, pop, rock, electronic, avant-garde, and Italian music and sprinkling it with samples of birdcalls, gunshots, footsteps, animal noises, and whistling. The sound became as popular as the films they were part of." Note that there have been pieces on Morricone, such as the 1995 BBC TV documentary, but not a full feature scale documentry]

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Beach House's 'Depression Cherry' Up for Preorder

Posted by Billy Gil, May 27, 2015 09:47am | Post a Comment

beach house

Baltimore dream-pop duo Beach House have announced a new album, Depression Cherry, which will come out Aug. 28 on Sub Pop. You can preorder it now on LP or CD.

Beach House’s fifth album, the follow-up to 2012’s Bloom, was recorded and produced by band members Victoria Legrand and Alex Scaly with Chris Coady at Bogalusa, Louisiana's Studio in the Country, according to Pitchfork. Also, the album sleeve will be made from red velvet (!).

beach house depression cherry lpThe album sounds as though it will be a return to the more stripped-down sound of early albums such as their self-titled debut and second album, Devotion, with more electronic drums than live ones, according to a statement from the band:

“In general, this record shows a return to simplicity, with songs structured around a melody and a few instruments, with live drums playing a far lesser role. With the growing success of Teen Dream and Bloom, the larger stages and bigger rooms naturally drove us towards a louder, more aggressive place; a place farther from our natural tendencies. Here, we continue to let ourselves evolve while fully ignoring the commercial context in which we exist.”

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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode With Strand Of Oaks

Posted by Amoebite, May 26, 2015 05:07pm | Post a Comment

Strand Of Oaks

Strand Of Oaks is the brainchild of singer-songwriter/producer Timothy Showalter. The Philadelpia-based Strand of oaksmuscian crafts anthemic stadium ready choruses drawing inspiration from classic folk-rock while making his own unqiue brand of modern Americana. Now signed to the the Dead Oceans label, Showalter finds himself in great company with the likes of Akron/Family and Bishop Allen, to name a few. For his label debut, Showalter manages to take folk-based song ideas and turn them into rock gold. Pulling from personal life woes, Showalter uses his self pitty and pain of a failed marriage to create a well-produced record filled with classic pop characteristics. He's got big drums, big hooky choruses and just the right amount of distortion. Strand Of Oaks' HEAL is out now on LP and CD.  

Timothy recently visited Amoeba San Francisco and picked up some great albums. He first digs up a vinyl copy of Security by progressive rock icon Peter Gabriel. He follows that with Boston folk singer Marissa Nadler's July and Future Islands' In the Evening Air. A true fan of great songwriting, Timothy digs far and wide. He also picks up albums by Nick Cave and Kurt Vile and talks about some nostalgic music from his childhood. Watch the full What's In My Bag? episode below for all his awesome picks.

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