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This Year Halloween Fell On A Friday

Posted by Billyjam, October 31, 2014 10:53am | Post a Comment

"This year Halloween fell on a weekend" famously rapped Bushwick Bill in the Geto Boys classic 1991 hit single "Mind Playin' Tricks On Me" (found on their album We Can't Be Stopped) which applies this year. And with Halloween this year falling on a weekend night - especially a Friday - that means there are even more parties and late night Halloween themed events than when it falls on a weekday when there's work/school the next day. So this Amoeblog is a sampling of some of the many things happening today and tonight for Halloween 2014 in the Bay Area, LA, and NYC. First up Amoeba Music is celebrating Halloween once again with a pet costume contest at Amoeba Berkeley at 2pm today. Meanwhile Amoeba San Francisco's varied Halloween festivities begin at 2pm today while 2:30pm is when Halloween festivities kick off at Amoeba Hollywood in a day that includes a charity auction with Jimmy Pardo at 4pm. Check this Halloween @ Amoeba 2014 Amoeblog for full details on each of the three stores. And if you need assistance in compiling a Halloween soundtrack to listen to check out Billy Gil's recently posted Amoeblog 13 Albums That Are Perfect for Halloween  or go back to last year's great guide to Halloween vinyl by Kelly S. Osato Horror On Wax: Halloween Vinyl Picks Amoeblog.

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Weekly Roundup: Cherry Glazerr, Jack Name, White Dove, Steppe People, Silk Rhodes, The Mantles

Posted by Billy Gil, October 31, 2014 10:08am | Post a Comment

Cherry Glazerr – “Tiptoe Through the Tulips”

Here’s a good one for Halloween. L.A.’s Cherry Glazerr turn in an eerie version of “Tiptoe Through the Tulips,” a traditional pop song made popular in cartoons and by Tiny Tim. The band recorded it for the trailer to Insidious: Chapter 3, as the song reoccurs throughout the films. Hear the band go from quietly creepy to roaring in the track below:

 

Hear it in the Insidious: Chapter 3 trailer below:

No word yet on if/when the track will be available. Cherry Glazerr’s Haxel Princess is out now. The band also recently released a 7” called Had Ten Dollaz, featuring two new songs.

 

Jack Name – “Running After Ganymede”

jack nameL.A. lo-fi pop wunderkind Jack Name released an excellent, underrated album in January called Light Show, and he’s already got a new one planned called Weird Moons, due Jan. 20 on Castle Face. This is another great one for Halloween, an eerie space-groover with faint howls in the background and vocals like a vampire in love. Check it out via Death and Taxes. He’s on tour right now with Thee Oh Sees and comes to S.F. Dec. 4-5 at The Chapel.

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YBCA's "Clas/sick Hip-Hop: 1993 Edition" Takes It Back To The End of The Golden Era

Posted by Billyjam, October 30, 2014 03:50pm | Post a Comment
Happening at San Francisco's Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (YBCA) for two nights only next week, November 7th and 8th, the retro hip-hop presentation Clas/sick Hip-Hop: 1993 Edition takes it back to what most consider to be the final year of hip-hop's so-called golden era (1988 to 1993) - a period before hip-hop became hugely and crassly commercialized with the mainstream music of the genre becoming less conscious and more gangsta in nature.

Under the curation of YBCA's Chief of Programs and Pedagogy Marc Bamuthi Joseph, who oversaw the SF cultural arts mecca's 2012's  Clas/sick Hip-Hop series, this new show continues the theme with a focus on '93. One of my personal favorite years in hip-hop history 1993 was a year with incredible hip-hop releases from such artists as A Tribe Called Quest (hence their 1993 album Midnight Marauders iconic album cover themed poster - above - for the YBCA show), Ultramagnetic MC's, Tha Alkaholiks, The Coup, Black Moon, KRS-One, Wu-Tang Clan, Poor Righteous Teachers, Diamond D, Lords of The Underground, ONYX, De La Soul, Masta Ace Inc., Jeru the Damaja, Digable Planets, Volume 10, Cypress Hill, Brand Nubian, Del the Funky Homosapien and his fellow Oakland Hiero crew mates  Souls of Mischief who released their landmark debut 93 Til Infinity that year.

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Essential Records: Led Zeppelin's 'IV'

Posted by Billy Gil, October 29, 2014 04:26pm | Post a Comment

Essential Records Led Zeppelin IV

Too much has been written about Led Zeppelin’s untitled fourth album. Its songs have so permeated every pore of popular culture that it’s nearly impossible to think of it with a clear head. But its ubiquity should not count against it.

Led Zeppelin IV is as wonderful and album to revisit on its new reissues as it is to discover for the first time. It is the sound of four of the greatest rock musicians of all time at the height of their powers. People who don’t listen to this are depriving themselves of rock ‘n’ roll’s greatest thrill ride.

led zeppelin iv lpI remember hearing it for the first time when I was 12. My dad bought us the tape to listen to in the car on the way to guitar lessons with my brothers. (Yes, my dad was very cool for getting me and my brothers guitar lessons, but it was his way of making peace with us after he made us move from Southern California to Florida—FLORIDA.)

My older brother was 15 or 16 at the time and immediately fell in love. I didn’t. He was at the right age to appreciate. I liked it all right, but I kind of shrugged. Led Zeppelin sounded so old to me, and too boyish. It was 1994, and I was too busy listening to Green Day, The Cranberries, Nirvana and Stone Temple Pilots, my taste leaning toward punk-influenced grunge and female-fronted bands. My brother played that tape incessantly in the car, and we didn’t get along too well at the time, as teenage brothers often don’t, so I kind of hated it sometimes, to be honest. And there Led Zeppelin remained for me, a relic to be vaguely appreciated but not loved.

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Amoeba Sponsors Nils Frahm's U.S. Tour This November

Posted by Amoebite, October 29, 2014 03:24pm | Post a Comment

Nils Frahm

Amoeba Music is proud to sponsor the US tour for modern classical pianist Nils Frahm. His exceptional tenth album, Spaces, is out now on Erased Tapes. Make sure to catch Frahm, who has incorporated a Juno synthesiser, Rhodes and tape delay to his live set, in Los Angeles at the El Rey November 13 with guests Dawn Of Midi.

Tickets for the El Rey show are on sale now at Amoeba Hollywood. (See the full list of tickets we have for sale here.)

Nils Frahm Spaces Tour Poster

 

Nils Frahm - Says (Official Music Video)
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