Amoeba Music recording artist Brandi Shearer, whose anticipated album Close To Dark on Amoeba's newly launched record label just dropped this week (8/28) and who just wound up a month of dates on the East Coast, will be doing a very special free instore performance at Amoeba Music Hollywood on Saturday afternoon (Sept. 1st) at 2PM sharp. Note that this return to the Amoeba Hollywood stage for Shearer will be streamed live online via audio and video feeds -- so just return here to this site on Saturday starting at 2PM PST. Other artists performing for free at Amoeba over the next upcoming days include Norwegian Prins Thomas, who will be bringing his "cosmic disco" sounds to the Amoeba Music Hollywood stage tonight (Friday August 31st) at 8PM. For more info on this talented artist and his Amoeba show click here. And on Tuesday at the San Francisco Amoeba Music there is a recommended free instore when the New Orleans group Galactic perform with special guests (the Quannum emcees who also make cameos on their new album-- From the Corner to the Block) Gift of Gab and Lateef the Truth Speaker. For more info on this Tuesday evening show at the Haight Street store, which starts at 7PM, click here. Update: the previously scheduled Amoeba Berkeley instore with Patton Oswalt for this coming week has been canceled.
IS THAT ANIMAL FUR YOU'RE WEARING? NO. IT'S MY DOG"S HAIR. AND IT'S MORE LIKE WOOL SINCE IT'S A SWEATER KNITTED OUT OF HIS FUR.
Knitting out of dog hair is the latest trend that shouldn't offend anyone but instead, please everyone since it wisely recycles dog hair into sweaters and other useful knitted items. I first learned of the trend upon reading a newspaper article yesterday about a woman in Germany who had made a bit of a splash in her immediate community when she recently began making sweaters and scarves for people out of their dog's hair. The woman got practice knitting dog hair when with her own pooches. "I regularly brush my dogs and keep the hair for processing," she said, noting that dog hair is "warmer than sheep's wool." Frankly, this was all news to me, so I went online to research it more and found that this is a trend and that there are even how-to books, including Knitting with Dog Hair, published in February this year, on the topic. Websites on the practice include Handspinning Dog Hair, which answers commonly asked questions such as "Will I smell like a wet dog if my dog hair sweater gets wet?" The answer, by the way, is NO, since the smell when a dog gets wet is mainly due to the oils that keep the hair in good condition. Properly deodorize your yarn, advises this helpful site.
And finally: authorities in New York City this week took a further step in taking a bite out of crime thanks to the K9 division's two pirated-DVD sniffing dogs Flo and Lucky (pictured left), who were instrumental in busting three DVD pirates this week in Queens, NY. The two black Labradors, trained to sniff out counterfeit discs, pounced on boxes of bootleg DVDs in raids at three stores in Jamaica, Queens. So how the hell do they train dogs to sniff bootleg discs? Well, actually, they don't smell fake discs, but find discs hidden in other materials by sniffing for polycarbonate or other chemicals.