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New York State of Mind Amoeblog #90: Las Bicicletas, NYC Restaurant Week, 37th Rock Steady Crew Anniversary, Coney Island

Posted by Billyjam, July 23, 2014 06:13am | Post a Comment

After closely dodging a major public transportation strike of the LIRR (Long Island Railroad) earlier this week, that would have had a major trickle down effect on the MTA buses and subways and hence affected all New Yorkers - not just those who commute into the city from the suburban Long Island part of New York, folks here are still breathing a sigh of relief in this city where, it seems, nearly everyone takes public transportation. Speaking of which the city wide Citi Bike program has expanded its service to embrace more tourists using the blue colored bikes with the logo of a major bank on them by making it more accessible for casual one-off users. Compared to typical bike rental outlets Citi Bike's $10 for a 24 hour period seems like a deal. However the drawback is that is you only get the bike for 30 minute increments at
a time before having to recheck it out - or suffer heavy fines. More info here.

Continuing in the bike loving NYC theme this month one hundred and twenty-two metal bicycle sculptures (see above) have been rolled out around the streets of New York (well Manhattan and Brooklyn) as part of a gra
nd scale sculpture exhibit by 83-year-old bicycle-loving, Mexico City artist Gilberto Aceves Navarro, who first created the cycle themed sculpture exhibit entitled "Las Bicicletas," in his hometown. Supported financially jointly by the Parks Department and the DOT (Dept. of Transportation) the public art installation, whose stated goal is to celebrate both art and bike riding, can be seen all over lower Manhattan and Brooklyn with many strategically installed near the Citi Bike share racks. More detailed info.

On Monday of this week New York City's annual Restaurant Week kicked off with hundreds of eateries across all five boroughs getting in on the festivities which include offering an opportunity to eat at some high end restaurants for substantially less than normal prices ("discount dining" is the expression normally used for 3 course lunch for $25 and 3 course dinner for $38 fixed prices). Although billed as a "week" NYC Restaurant Week runs for four weeks through August 15th. More info.

Album Picks: Alvvays, La Roux, Common, White Fence, The Raveonettes

Posted by Billy Gil, July 22, 2014 09:40am | Post a Comment

Alvvays - Alvvays (LP, CD)

alvvays lpSomewhere between the sunny melancholia of Best Coast, earnest alt-rock of The Cranberries and the college rock of bands like Talulah Gosh lie Toronto's Alvvays. Their debut record is a delight of heartfelt naivete spun out in catchy indie-pop nuggets. Molly Rankin's lovably untrained voice pleads irresistibly on the charming "Archie, Marry Me" amid a four-chord, minor-key jangle. "Don't leave ... we can find comfort in debauchery" Rankin sings with the requisite mix of winking irony and legitimate feeling; taken with the songs lovely synth strings and gently rambling nature, it comes off like future nostalgia for a time that's currently being experienced. Youth may be wasted on the young, but Alvvays make young sadness sound pure and sweet on their debut.

 

La Roux - Trouble In Paradise (LP, CD)

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20th Street Block Party in SF, August 23

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, July 21, 2014 07:21pm | Post a Comment

Noise Pop presents the second annual 20th Street Block Party on August 23rd with two music stages, tons of delicious food and drinks, and on-going festivities from noon to 6pm. And it's FREE!

The 20th Street corridor will be transformed into a free party to showcase and celebrate a diverse neighborhood that blends modern ideas with community traditions to create a new San Francisco experience. Featuring music from Rogue Wave, Cayucas, Melted Toys, Tommy Guerrero & The Mattson 2 with Ray Barbee and more.

RSVP HERE.
More info HERE.

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DJ Set For Peace Comes at a Much Needed Time

Posted by Billyjam, July 21, 2014 03:18pm | Post a Comment
Introduction to Peace One Day 2014

The upcoming DJ SetForPeace, scheduled for September 21st during Peace One Day, could not be better timed considering all of the unrest that is going on in the world right now with, sadly, no signs of slowing down. The informal yet well received global anti-war campaign that encourages "DJs uniting around the world to raise awareness of peace day" is a part of Peace One Day which was begun 15 years ago by Jeremy Gilley (see video above), whose goal was simple - how about peace for just one day out of the year? - with September 21st being that day of the year. Gilley's organization Peace One Day’s objective is to "institutionalize Peace Day" and he contends that its campaigns and activities have proven that the message of the day actually does carry weight and has had a positive impact with powers that be cooling off for that one day.

Akon will headline Peace One Day celebration at Goma International Airport on September 21st. Regarding the DJ SetForPeace role in the overall Peace One Day it is a coalition adding to the overall goal of the day. Not just DJs, but also producers, and MCs are encouraged to play a Set for Peace on Peace One Day, 21st September which this year falls on a Sunday - a good day for music, and for peace.  "In a club, at a festival, in a park or in your own home, you can use the power of music to bring people together in the name of peace," encourage the organizers. "By dedicating your set, you are telling the world about Peace Day and encouraging positive action in homes, schools and communities." To get directly involved click hereinfo on Set For Peace, and for general information click here.

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Spoon Bows 'Do You' Video

Posted by Billy Gil, July 21, 2014 11:37am | Post a Comment
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Spoon performing live at Amoeba Hollywood in 2005

Spoon’s well-received new single, “Do You,” has a hot new slow-mo video starring singer Britt Daniels that nicely matches his rambling lyrics and eerie rising and falling vocals.

In the video, which premiered at the Urban Outfitters blog for their UO Music Video Series, Daniels plays cabby to a pensive girl in what at first seems like a quiet, contemplative video. Then WTF at around the three-minute mark. I’ll not spoil it for you. You’re just gonna have to watch, and I recommend that you do. Remember MTV’s “breakthrough” videos? (Or any videos on MTV?) Spoon would be all over that shit with this clip, directd by acclaimed music video spoon they want my soul lp amoebaand commercial director Hiro Murai (who’s done videos for such artists as Childish Gambino, Queens of the Stone Age and Cults).

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