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California Fool's Gold Episode Guide

Posted by Eric Brightwell, September 23, 2014 08:33pm | Post a Comment
California Fools Gold by Eric Brightwell

I thought that it might be useful to publish an "episode guide" of my California Fool's Gold pieces here on the Amoeblog. I've also been invited to speak about them for a class on diversity in Los Angeles at Emerson College so this goes out to the students in Professor Oliver's class. 


 
Sonic Youth - "Eric's Trip" (off Daydream Nation)


If you're a fan of this sort of thing (or you're just temporarily mesmerized by the computer screen in front of you) you might also enjoy my column over at KCET called Block By Block in which I explore our vast Southland without the use of a car whether by foot, bike, bus, train, subway, ferry or otherwise. As with Eric's Blog, Block By Block also often feature my maps which I create as Pendersleigh & Sons Cartography

Spoken Word Artist Andrea Gibson in San Francisco

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, September 23, 2014 05:40pm | Post a Comment
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Amoeba Music is a proud sponsor of CIIS Public Programs & Performances' event with spoken word artist Andrea Gibson on Friday, October 17th at the Nourse Theater in San Francisco.

Andrea Gibson is not gentle with her truths. It is this raw fearlessness that has led her to the forefront of the spoken word movement -- the first winner of the Women's World Poetry Slam -- Gibson has headlined prestigious performance venues coast to coast with powerful readings on war, class, gender, bullying, white privilege, sexuality, love, and spirituality.

Her work has been featured on the BBC, Air America, C-SPAN, Free Speech TV and in 2010 was read by a state representative in lieu of morning prayer at the Utah State Legislature.

Now, on her fifth full-length album, FLOWER BOY, and her second book, THE MADNESS VASE, Gibson's poems continue to be a rally cry for action and a welcome mat at the door of the heart's most compassionate room.

Get your tickets for this very special show HERE.

You can also catch her at Creativity Talks: A conversation with Andrea Gibson, Facilitated by Ahmunet Jordon on Thursday, October 16th at the San Francisco LGBT Community Center. Tickets HERE.

Sunday at the Monterey Jazz Festival: Jon Batiste & Stay Human, Marcus Miller, Charles Lloyd, and More

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, September 23, 2014 05:03pm | Post a Comment

The 2014 Monterey Jazz Festival came to a close on Sunday at 11pm, but the music and fun lives on in our memories and newly-expanded music collections! Besides getting to experience our jazz superheroes play live, the greatest thing about the Monterey Jazz Fest is discovering new favorites. Sunday at the Mini-Amoeba tent, we had a wonderful mix of legends and soon-to-be legends signing for fans.

Jon Batiste & Stay Human brought their inspiring high-energy and humor to the Amoeba tent directly jon batiste & stay human monterey jazz festfrom playing the Jimmy Lyons Stage (and San Francisco's Great American Music Hall just two days prior). Peerless artistry combined with old fashioned showmanship is at the heart of Jon Batiste's musical vision, which he calls Social Music. Social Music is also the title of his full-length debut with his musical collective, Stay Human. Both the title of the album and the name of the band are telling. Virtuosic pianist Batiste transcends music genres with his modern take on American music, reviving the roots of jazz, blues and so much more yet playing it in a way that is fresh, accessible and engaging. Check out Jon Batiste & Stay Human at Hardly Strictly Bluegrass on Saturday, October 4th in San Francisco.

Two-time GRAMMY-winner Marcus Miller joined us after playing the Jimmy Lyons Stage to sign his latest album, Renaissance. Miller is a multi-instrumentalist, but is primarily a world-renowned electric bassist who has worked with everyone from Dizzy Gillespie to Kathleen Battle to Billy Idol. Always gracious with his fans, Miller even signed one fan's bass with visible joy.

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Album Picks: Aphex Twin, King Tuff, The Growlers, The Drums, Perfume Genius

Posted by Billy Gil, September 23, 2014 12:15pm | Post a Comment

Aphex Twin - Syro (LP, CD, Download)

aphex twin syro lpIn a rare double-blessing, the last two years have given us not only a new album by My Bloody Valentine but another artist iconic of the ’90s, Aphex Twin. Syro plays as a collection of just about everything Richard Davis James does best, fusing jungle beats to gorgeous ambient tapestries on stunning opener “Minipops 67 [120.2][Source Field Mix],” taking us through dense synth explorations on tracks like the 10-minute “Xmas_Evet10 [120][Thanaton3 Mix]” and vibing off hip-hop and synth funk on “Produk 29 [101].” Vocals appear now and then (from James and his family), offering skewed, incomprehensible chatter that adds to the liveliness of “Produk 29 [101]” and giving “Minipops 67 [120.2][Source Field Mix]” its grabbing human element, pulling you into the rest of the album. Though he used some 138 pieces of equipment and shifted his set up every few minutes while recording Syro, that seems to have had an energizing effect on James, and the result is a sharp, if varied piece of work that hangs together beautifully, flowing from scenic but heady pieces like “4 Bit 9d Api+E+6 [126.26]” to hard-hitting bass tracks such as “180db_ [130].” There aren’t many shocking moments on Syro like, say, “Come to Daddy’s” shrieking wail, nor does it push listeners to their extreme limit like the challenging Drukqs did, but accessibility doesn’t mar Syro. Rather, even despite their straight-off-the-hard-drive titles, tracks like “Papat4 [155][Pineal Mix]” are really breathtaking pieces of music, designed for immersion rather than to filter listeners out. Just like mbv, we had no right to expect Syro would be this good, much less that it would be released at all, which makes it all the better. Simply put, it’s one of the most instantly enjoyable collections of music James has ever released.

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Hear Marianne Faithfull's "Late Victorian Holocaust," Written by Nick Cave

Posted by Billy Gil, September 23, 2014 10:37am | Post a Comment

marianne faithfull give my love to londonAs distinctive as Marianne Faithfull's voice is, perhaps the most remarkable thing about it is how it has melded to such varied songwriters over the years, from Beck to Billy Corgan and PJ Harvey.

On her new single, Faithfull teams with Nick Cave, and the results are predictably brilliant. Faithfull delivers a devastating, detailed account with a tinge of Cave's cadence over a wintry orchestration. Hear the song below:

The song comes from Give My Love to London, her 20th studio album, which is out Nov. 11 on Easy Sound. The album was produced by Rob Ellis and Dimitri Tikovoi and mixed by Flood, and features appearances by Adrian Utley (Portishead), Brian Eno, Ed Harcourt, Warren Ellis and Jim Sclavunos (The Bad Seeds), with songwriting contributors from Cave, Roger Waters, Steve Earle, Tom McRae and Anna Calvi and lyrics largely by Faithfull.The tracklist is below:

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