The cute video for Mikal Cronin's "Say," off his recently released, excellent MCIII album, stars Cronin and comedian/actors Jonah Ray, Nick Thune and Nelson Franklin in a recreation of Paul Simon's "You Can Call Me Al" video—plus some murder. Watch it via Funny or Die.
L.A. garage rocker wanders an arcade moping and singing while seemingly unwitting participants get roped in to this cinema verite-style video. Two cute girls playing Dance Dance Revolution serve as a particularly funny counterpoint to El Khatib’s bummed-out state. The song comes from his latest album, Moonlight, which is out now on Innovative Leisure.
Electronic music powerhouse Major Lazer will release their new album, Peace Is the Mission, June 1. To celebrate, they’ll be hold an exclusive album release party, and Amoeba Hollywood has your entry.
Pick up the new album on CD June 1 or 2 and get a free ticket to the show, while supplies last. It’s one ticket per CD purchased, with a limit of eight per person.
Major Lazer will be performing and DJing the event, which also includes free beer. It’s 21-and-over-only. The event is being held at a very cool secret location in L.A., and you can only get in through Amoeba, so don’t hesitate and get your ticket ASAP.
Lead by producer extraordinaire Diplo, Major Lazer is a DJ team who’ve released two previous albums that blend dancehall and electro house and have worked with the likes of Santigold, Pharrell Williams, Sean Pauland more. Their third studio album, Peace Is the Mission, includes collaborations with 2 Chainz, Elliphantand Ellie Goulding, among others. Hear the first single “Lean On,” a collaboration with DJ Snake featuring vocals by Danish singer MO, below:
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.
On 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.
It’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'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]