Back in 1993 an unknown in the music business named Herm Lewis would have a major impact on San Francisco Bay Area indie street rap with the release of his pioneering San Francisco rap compilation Herm: Trying to Survive In The Ghetto. Featuring such hometown artists as RBL Posse, I.M.P., JT Tha Bigga Figga, Rappin' 4-Tay, Cold World Hustlers, G.R.P., Young Cellski (aka 2Took), and Fly Nate the compilation was a virtual blueprint of the SF rap music that defined that period in Bay Area hip-hop history. [Scroll down to see the original "one-sheet" for the local Bay rap record that was produced via Oakland's defunct Music People and distributed via San Rafael's City Hall Records]
Further the Hunters Point, San Francisco community activist's compilation was bookended by his positive powerful messages of peace and unity that garnered a lot of attention and resulted in him being invited to give talks at countless community events at the time. The compilation, that had a slow but major build selling all over the country, had two major effects. Firstly it introduced audiences in faraway places like Detroit and Kansas to an entire unknown subgenre of hip-hop - one that had been mostly a regional sound til then. Secondly its success kick-started the whole Bay Area rap compilation movement that lasted many years.
Amoeba Music sponsors four nights with Japanese-born contemporary jazz pianist Hiromi and her Trio Project at SFJAZZ Center, September 24th - 27th.
Hiromi is an utterly original improviser and composer who turns each piece into a thrilling ride. Her powerful Trio Project features electric bass master Anthony Jackson and drummer Simon Phillips, whose resume includes stints with Brian Eno, Jeff Beck, Stanley Clarke, Toto, and The Who. Despite their obvious musical firepower, what’s most impressive about this band isn’t their matchless instrumental technique; it is instead their cohesive group approach in which no instrument is confined to its traditional role.
“I want to treat the three instruments as three pieces of an orchestra, and extend the sound,” says the pianist. She worked with Jackson on her first two albums and had long thought about bringing him into the studio again. After playing several shows as a trio, she knew Phillips was the right drummer for her this incredible trio. “He’s got a very diverse, very unique sound,” Hiromi says. “He has an amazing understanding of all kinds of music, the same as Anthony, and that’s what I was looking for.”
We were saddened to hear that acclaimed horror director Wes Craven died over the weekend, succumbing to brain cancer at the age of 76. In honor of the director, whose intelligent horror films are forever burned into the minds of kids born from the ’70s through the ’00s, we’ve compiled our 10 favorite Wes Craven movies. Check out these movies at Amoeba, rewatch your old favorites or catch up on any you haven’t seen.
10. Shocker (1989; out on Blu-ray Sept. 8)
Craven’s attempt to start a new horror franchise following “Nightmare” didn’t quite pan out, but his film about a serial killer sent to the electric chair who becomes a being of pure electricity capable of possession still retains a certain cult cache. The upcoming Blu-ray includes a new commentary track and new interviews, among them with members of bands included on the soundtrack, such as Kiss, Dangerous Toys, Alice Cooper and Megadeth.
Dam-Funk is a modern funk musician, vocalist, producer and DJ signed to Los Angeles-based label Stones Throw Records. A Pasadena native, Damon Riddick began his career working in the studio with artists such as Master P and and MC Eiht before remixing Baron Zen's cover of The Gap Band's "Burn Rubber" in 2007 under the Dam-Funk moniker. The remix built a buzz and soon thereafter Dam-Funk recorded two 12"s for Stones Throw, 2008's Burgundy City and Let's Take Off (Far Away). In 2009, he compiled a five-volume LP set of unreleased material called Toeachizown, which was eventually turned into a two-CD set later in the year.
Over the course of his career, Dam-Funk has collaborated with a variety of artists, including Animal Collective, Nite Jewel, Ariel Pink, Peaking Lights and Hudson Mohawke. His album with Steve Arrington of SLAVE, Higher, and his album with Snoop Dogg, 7 Days of Funk, both came out via Stones Throw in 2013. Dam-Funk's third solo studio album and his first in six years, Invite the Light, is out this Friday, September 4 via Stones Throw.
The San Francisco Great Society presents Gathering of the Tribes Festival, an epic one-day psychedelic happening that is bringing local bands, artists, vendors, and fans together at Public Works on September 13th. Between the hours of 12pm and 12am, 18 bands including The She's, The Gentle Cycle, The Spiral Electric, LSD and the Search for God, Down and Outlaws, Cellar Doors, and many more will perform continuously on two stages with visuals provided by Mad Alchemy, White Light Prism, and Andy Puls.
Works by local artists Yasamine June (who designed this amazing poster), Galine Tumasyan, Robert Quinn, Doug Rhodes, and Matt Leunig will also be on display as well as the wares of many far out vendors.
This be-in is going to be the ultimate sonic and visual experience. We can't think of a better way to celebrate being in San Francisco.
Get your tickets now!
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