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Berkeley World Music Festival Returns To Telegraph Avenue, June 13

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, May 25, 2015 05:59pm | Post a Comment

The 12th annual Berkeley World Music Festival returns to Telegraph Avenue on Saturday, June 13th from Noon – 9pm. The Bay Area’s finest artists present a dazzling array of continuous music in Telegraph Avenue cafes and shops, and on the Amoeba Music-sponsored People’s Park stage from 1-6pm. This FREE Festival celebrates global unity, bringing together cultures as far-reaching as Middle Eastern Jewish, Arabic, Roma, Colombian, Asian, and African.

The all-star concert at People’s Park opens with Soji & the Afrobeat Band. Soji Odukogbe attracted acclaim originally as lead guitarist for the great Fela Kuti. Next up is The Georges Lammam Ensemble, led by a violin virtuoso presenting an all-Arabic show with exotic dancers. The final act is the Oakland-based Candelaria, who fuses Afro-Colombian, cumbia, and reggae into a spectacular new form that moves the South American cumbia phenomenon onto the world stage. People’s Park festivities also include a colorful crafts fair and an exhibition performance by the All Nations Singers at 12:30pm, which includes Native American social dancing that the audience can participate in.

A musical feast will be served throughout the day at various Telegraph Avenue venues. Safra opens the Festival at the Cafe Mediterraneum at noon with spirited music and songs of the Mizrahi (Middle Eastern Jews). Jesse Autumn & Shelley Phillips offer a Celtic and Scandinavian concert with woodwinds & double strung harps at Musical Offerings. Tres Meminas play Bossa Nova & Brazilian Jazz, transforming Remy’s Mexican Restaurant into an Iberian music hall. Moe’s Books provides a backdrop for Ultra World Duo’s bamboo flutes and Chinese zither. KPFA host Stephen Kent, the world’s premiere exponent of the didjeridu, performs trance music at the YWCA gym on Bancroft. Pakistani legend Riffat Sultana shares songs from Qawwali Sufi to Punjabi pop at Cafe Milano. Rumen Shopov & Edessa (Romani Balkan music) is the Festival finale at “The Village” (2556 Telegraph Avenue) led by multi-instrumentalist Shopov, one of the greatest living players of Bulgarian and Turkish tapan drumming.

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HBO Sitcom Silicon Valley's Guide To Sade

Posted by Billyjam, May 25, 2015 05:53pm | Post a Comment

Last night's episode of the HBO comedy series Silicon Valley had me cracking up and nodding my head in agreement when one of its lead characters offered a funny, succinctly accurate summation of Sade's musical output. Entitled "Adult Content" the episode was the seventh in the ongoing second season of the Mike Judge and Alec Berg created sitcom about the challenges of the fictional South Bay start up Pied Piper. The episode contained a scene in which T. J. Miller's always hilarious character Erlich Bachman (pictured above) is imparting some sage advice on setting the perfect sex inducing mood for a date. This is he telling to his nervous, lesser experienced roommate/co-worker Dinesh Chugtai (played by Kumail Nanjiani). The best music to play is Sade, he tells him. But he quickly clarifies not just anything from the British Nigerian singer's three plus decades long career that has spawned a string of  releases including six official studio albums. "Early Sade before her arrangements became too baroque," he further advises Dinesh. Later in the episode Sade's  "Sweetest Taboo" (off her 1985 second album Promise) is heard playing.  Look for Sade's music, including her debut album Diamond Life, at Amoeba where you will also find Silicon Valley: The Complete First Season at Amoeba on both DVD and Blu-Ray. See trailer below along with video for Sade's "Sweetest Taboo."  Meanwhile Silicon Valley, which was recently nominated for an Emmy and renewed  for a third season, airs Sundays at 10pm on HBO.

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One Album Wonders: Sonic Boom's Spectrum

Posted by Eric Brightwell, May 25, 2015 03:27pm | Post a Comment
 SONIC BOOM - SPECTRUM (1989)

For this edition of One Album Wonders we take a listen to Sonic Boom, who released one album, Spectrum, in 1989. 

Sonic Boom Spectrum

Sonic Boom 
is Peter Kember, an English musician born in Rugby in 1965. In 1982, whilst at Rugby Art College, he co-founded The Spacemen (later Spacemen 3) with Jason Pierce. After releasing two albums -- 1986's Sound Of Confusion and 1987's The Perfect Prescription -- Kember signed a deal with Silvertone Records for a solo album. On the resulting album, Spectrum, Kember's professed influences such as SuicideThe Velvet UndergroundThe Stooges, and early electronic music were all on display.

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Music History Monday: May 25

Posted by Jeff Harris, May 25, 2015 10:00am | Post a Comment

To read more Behind The Grooves, go to http://behindthegrooves.tumblr.com.

On this day in music history: May 25, 1968 - “The Horse” by Cliff Nobles & Co. is released. Written and produced by Jesse James, it is the instrumental version of the song “Love Is All Right,” with the non-vocal side being named after the popular dance. Though it is credited to Cliff Nobles, he does not actually appear on the instrumental side (being a vocalist only). The track features members of the rhythm section that will later become known as MFSB and is arranged by Philly Soul legend Bobby Martin. (The Manhattans, Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes, L.T.D.). Released on Philadephia-based Phil-La Of Soul Records (distributed by Jamie/Guyden Records), DJs will prefer the instrumental side of the single and it will rocket up the charts. “The Horse” will peak at number two on both the Billboard Hot 100 and the R&B singles chart in July of 1968. In later years, the song will become a staple of sporting events, most often being played by marching bands. "The Horse" is certified Gold in the US by the RIAA.
 

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Lyrics Born Discusses His Recently Released New Orleans Flavored Album "Real People"

Posted by Billyjam, May 23, 2015 11:52am | Post a Comment
 
"No, I never thought that one day I'd be working with the Preservation Hall Jazz Band. It's funny because I went to the Preservation Hall in the 90's to watch them play and I appreciated the music but my world was centered around hip-hop for a long long time," answered Lyrics Born when quizzed if he ever envisioned himself one day working with the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, as the longtime Bay Area emcee/Quannum co-founder/Latyrx member does on his just released latest solo album. Entitled Real People and released through his own Mobile Home Recordings label, it is the eight album (including solo and group) from the artist born Tsutomu "Tom" Shimura, and is available from Amoeba in both CD and digital download formats with a forthcoming vinyl version on the way. Mostly upbeat with just a few down-tempo tracks the 13 track, 44 minute album is a recommended uplifting funky fresh collection of New Orleans flavored hip-hop unlike any you've heard before that features, in addition to the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, such other NOLA heavyweights as Ivan Neville and Trombone Shorty, plus full production by the Big Easy's Robert Mercurio and Ben Ellman from Galactic. In addition to the full Galactic band (who join Lyrics Born on the killer cut "Rock-Rock-Away") other album contributors include Corey Henry, Corey Glover of Living Colour, David Shaw of The Revivalists, Billy Martin of Medeski, Martin & Wood fame.

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