Props to San Francisco Amoeba Music electronic music buyer and sometime Amoeblogger MikeBee (left), aka Mike Battaglia, who pens the Technophilia blog. He got a really nice one page write up in this week's SF Weekly in their special Listen Up issue dedicated to "local aficionados who help San Francisco navigate a brave new world."
Under the heading "Making a Buzz: DJ MikeBee keeps electronic connoisseurs on their toes," the article, penned by Toph One, gives much love to MikeBee, calling him "a true vanguard in the SF music community" and labeling him a "Renaissance man" for his long list of accomplishments that include being a club & radio (KUSF) DJ, journalist, and label co-owner. To read the article in full either pick up the current SF Weekly and flip open to Page 15 of the Listen Up supplement or read it online at sfweekly.com.
Monday, March 17th (aka Saint Patrick's Day) looks like it is going to be a good day at Amoeba Music for free music when Neon Neon (the group formed by Boom Bip and Gruff Rhys of Super Furry Animals) play a free instore at the Hollywood Amoeba Music (6PM showtime), while up north Peru Negro have an instore performance at the San Francisco Amoeba Music at 7PM. Speaking of free things from Amoeba Music: coming soon will the new issue of Music We Like, the booklet and online list of the music that folks who work at Amoeba are feeling (Top Five lists etc.). Meantime, check out the last Music We Like online.
Anyone who is a DJ, club or radio especially, for any length of time, has what are commonly called "DJ nightmares" - horrible, stress-driven dreams where the music on the air or at a party completely stops and they just cannot get it going again. Usually they are only bad dreams but occasionally they become an unfortunate reality, as was the case recently with a radio DJ over in England who for a full hour conducted his morning drive show unaware that he had failed to hit the "live" broadcast button and consequently wasn't on the air for sixty minutes. To read the full story click here on the BBC website.
Thanks to Amoeba Marc for forwarding this link to the fake but funny ad for "New Bush Coins (Change for the better)" Marc also found an interesting recent article from the Associated Press about how scientists are studying the brains of jazz musicians to help determine how the creative functions of the human mind work.
Attention artists! As recently announced by Global Inheritance, TRASHed - Art of Recycling, which premiered an exhibit at Coachella four years ago and have done stuff all over including a lot in the Bay Area, are currently rounding up submissions for the 2008 Coachella festival.
For an opportunity for artists to exhibit their recycled artwork at the upcoming festival, simply submit a sample of work or proposed idea written or sketched out to Coachella@globalinheritance.org. Artists who are chosen also receive tickets to the music and arts festival.