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DJ AM Documentary Followed by Mix Master Mike Tribute/After Party @ SF Jewish Film Festival Today & Tom.

Posted by Billyjam, July 30, 2015 01:50pm | Post a Comment

During last year's San Francisco Jewish Film Festival (SFJFF), the curators of the festival presented by the Jewish Film Institute dedicated a whole event to "the original American Jewish rappers" the Beastie Boys.  The music theme continues this year during the upcoming 35th annual 2015 SF JFF (July 23 to August 9th)  when among the screenings will be the California premiere of the documentary on the tumultuous life and death of Adam Goldstein (better known as the late DJ AM) that is entitled As I AM: The Life and Times of DJ AM.  The bio-documentary tells the bittersweet tale of the life of the DJ/remixer/producer/musician's rise to fame as superstar DJ on the Vegas strip, his early tireless, crate digging days, his underground club DJing days in LA in the 90's, his self-destructive substance abuse problems that he had put behind him, and his later membership of  both Crazy Town, and of TRV$DJAM along with Travis Barker. Naturally the film spends time on the 2008 South Carolina Learjet 60 fiery plane crash that killed four passengers. That's the well publicized airline disaster that somehow Goldstein, along with the blink-182 member, miraculously survived. The tragedy of this tale is that, due to the post traumatic stress of the plane crash, that Goldstein lost his sobriety and, less than a year later, was found dead of a drug overdose in his NYC apartment. He was only 36 years old. Not to be confused with an earlier documentary on the same subject (Gone Too Far that aired on MTV back in the months following his death) this new documentary, which is directed by Kevin Kerslake (trailer below), draws its content from interviews with family and friends as well as, according to the filmmaker, "Goldstein's searing Alcoholics Anonymous confessions" [hmmm, so much for sacred anonymity of the 12 step program!] which Kerslake apparently  included to stress "the downward spiral" of his addict subject "who was always willing to help others but took little time to confront his own demons." 

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Weekly Roundup: Wax Idols, YG, Gardens & Villa, Dante Elephante

Posted by Billy Gil, July 30, 2015 09:15am | Post a Comment

Wax Idols – “Lonely You”

wax idolsOakland/L.A. post-punkers Wax Idols put out an excellent first album called Discipline & Desire on Slumberland in 2013. Now the band, fronted by the huskily voiced Heather Fortune, has unveiled the smoldering “Lonely You,” a wearily lovelorn ditty about letting go and looking up that sounds like a lost late-’80s goth-pop jam. It seems to say that sometimes you have to set everything on fire to see what’s left. American Tragic is due Oct. 16 via Collect.

 

YG – “Twist My Fingaz”

ygYG’s searingly honest tales of growing up in tough Compton were matched to catchy G-funk beats on his excellent debut, My Krazy Life. “Twist My Fingaz,” the first song revealed from the upcoming Still Krazy, has an awesome throwback feel without feeling limited, grooving effortlessly as YG does his thing, gets his drink and dance on and doesn’t sweat the trouble outside.

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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode With Death Cab For Cutie's Nick Harmer

Posted by Amoebite, July 29, 2015 06:11pm | Post a Comment

Nick Harmer of Death Cab For Cutie

Originally a solo project of guitarist/pianist/vocalist Ben Gibbard, indie rock band Death Cab for Cutie Death Cab For Cutie Kintsugiformed in Bellingham, WA in 1997. The band's debut, Something About Airplanes, followed in 1998, with their sophomore release, We Have the Facts and We're Voting Yes, appearing two years later. 2003's Transatlanticism saw the band achieving further success, with singles from the album receiving screen time on The O.C., Six Feet Under, Californication and CSI: Miami, as well as films Easy A and Wedding Crashers. In 2005, Death Cab made their major label debut with the Atlantic Records release Plans. Three years later, the band released Narrow Stairs, which would see them receive a Grammy nomination for the track "I Will Possess Your Heart." Codes and Keys hit stores in 2011, and in 2014 the band became a three-piece, consisting of Gibbard plus bassist Nick Harmer and drummer Jason McGerr. Death Cab released their eighth studio album, Kintsugi, in spring 2015.

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Hip-Hop History Tuesdays: Early '90s Hip-Hop Record Label Promo One Sheets To Radio DJs

Posted by Billyjam, July 28, 2015 11:59pm | Post a Comment








Plena Libre Comes to Levitt Pavilion Aug. 6

Posted by Amoebite, July 28, 2015 11:00am | Post a Comment

Plena Libre

Join Amoeba for a free show at Levitt Pavillion in MacArthur Park Aug. 6 to see Puerto Rican ensemble Plena Libre

The show begins at 8 p.m., and events begins at 6:30 p.m., with a kid zone and bites from D's Tacos, What's Cookin and CoolHaus. We'll be on hand before the show with the prize wheel, so come by and give it a spin!

Plena Libre has been moving audiences for more than 20 years, across 14 albums, including 2012 release Corazon. Combining traditional Puerto Rican styles, with bomba rhythms and the folk-derived plena style, the group has played with such acts as Poncho Sanchez and has received multiple Grammy and Latin Grammy nominations. Listen to "Bomba Pa'Ti" from Corazon below:

Levitt Pavillion is located in Macarthur Park at 2230 West 6th Street in Los Angeles.

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