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Cheri Knight: overlooked Queen of Alt. Country

Posted by J. Mark Beaver, December 31, 2008 07:15pm | Post a Comment
blood oranges corn riverBy all measures, 1990 was a pivotal year for country-rock, or what we came to call "Alt. Country," or even "No Depression," the latter term being the title of the debut album released that year by a country-infused trio out of Belleville, IL., called Uncle Tupelo. I 'm sure I don't need to spend too much time elaborating on the merits of this band that re-awakened a slumbering genre with enough force to have that genre thereafter associated with its debut.

I will say, however, that I own a good number of t-shirts with their name emblazoned on them, as well as t-shirts for the band Son Volt, formed, after Uncle Tupelo's break-up, by Jay Farrar. Out of all proportion to any of my other band T's (and I own many), these Uncle Tupelo and Son Volt t-shirts almost without fail find me being stopped by strangers telling me how much they love those bands.

Now to my real point...

Mining similar material and existing through the same arc of time, a much lesser known band, steeped in bluegrass but pulling it into the 21cheri knight knitterst century by its fiddle-strings was rockin' its way out of northern New York State. The Blood Oranges featured singer/songwriter/mandolinist Jim Ryan, guitarist Mark Spencer, singer/songwriter/bassist Cheri Knight and drummer Ron Ward. The Blood Oranges were a really, really good band, good enough that Steven Mirkin in a June 1994 Rolling Stone said that they, "...find ways to make country-rock fusion seem like an idea with unlimited potential." They followed their 1990 debut, Corn River with 1992's Lone Green Valley and The Crying Tree in 1994. All of them strong albums and all of them more or less greeted with apathy by the record-buying populace. Then they called it quits.

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A Year in the Life of Amoeba Berkeley

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, December 31, 2008 05:33pm | Post a Comment
Over at Amoeba Music Berkeley, 2008 has been a year full of thrilling instores and special events. Keep reading to check out about some of the hand-picked highlights:

In February, hyperactive punk band the Black Lips stopped by for an energetic instore appearance. You can see all the pictures from this event on our website here. You can also watch an interview and performance from their Amoeba Hollywood appearance right here.

black lips at amoeba

February also saw an instore by Bay Area favorites the Drive By Truckers, who brought a little twang to the Berkeley store on Valentine's Day.

drive by truckers at amoeba

In honor of Record Store Day at the Berkeley store, Pam the Funkstress of The Coup brought it on the ones and twos, several other DJs had sets and gift certificate giveaways occured throughout the day.

pam the funkstress of the coup

In the Spring, the store was treated to the pastoral, golden-toned sounds of local faves Vetiver. You can check out an exclusive interview with frontman Andy Cabic right here and see more pictures from the show here!

Future-Kill Saturday Midnight At The New Beverly

Posted by phil blankenship, December 31, 2008 10:17am | Post a Comment

Amoeba Music and Phil Blankenship are proud to present some of our film favorites at Los Angeles’ last full-time revival movie theater. See movies the way they're meant to be seen - on the big screen and with an audience!

Saturday January 3



Future-Kill (1985)


New Beverly Cinema
7165 W Beverly Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90036
Midnight, $7

Once In A Lifetime Theatrical Screening!



AMOEBA MUSIC ANNUAL HIP-HOP ROUND UP 12:31:08

Posted by Billyjam, December 31, 2008 02:02am | Post a Comment
atmosphere
Amoeba Music 2008 Hip-Hop Top 90 Chart


1) Atmosphere When Life Gives You Lemons, You Paint That Shit Gold (Rhymesayers)

2) Gnarls Barkley The Odd Couple (Atlantic)

3) The Roots Rising Down (Def Jam)

4) Lil Wayne Tha Carter III (Cash Money/Universal)

5) T.I. Paper Trail
 (Grand Hustle/Atlantic)

It's the end of another great richly diverse and prolific year in hip-hop music and time to look back at what hip-hop was hot at Amoeba Music during 2008. Hence, here is the Amoeba Music 2008 Hip-Hop Top 90 Chart (above & below) which represents what people were buying this year in hip-hop at Amoeba's three lil wayne tha carter iiistores. This list is compiled from the weekly hip-hop charts submitted to the Amoeblog during 2008 by the hip-hop departments in the three Amoeba stores. Special thanks to Luis at Amoeba San Francisco, Tunde at Amoeba Berkeley, and Marques at Amoeba Hollywood for taking time to calculate & submit these weekly top five charts which they based on hip-hop CD album sales in their resepctive stores.

To determine this final annual chart, all of the Amoeblog published weekly top five charts were added up and sorted and configurated by both the number of times each release appeared on weekly charts and what position(s) were reached each time(s). While this annual chart is a good guideline to what hip-hop CDs sold at Amoeba's three stores during 2008, it is by no means an exact science nor an exact representation of precise sales figures, but more of a overview of the titles that were popular at the stores in 2008. the roots rising downFurthermore, due to the fact that the weekly charts officially began after three months into 2008, there may be some worthy album titles absent from this chart. Meanwhile, some new releases that were still selling well after the last Top Five chart was complied may not chart exactly as expected. But like I said, it ain't perfect but it is a good overview of much of what was been sought & bought at Amoeba Music in hip-hop in 2008.

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A Year in the Life of Amoeba San Francisco

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, December 30, 2008 07:18pm | Post a Comment
It's been yet another eventful year here at Amoeba San Francisco, our 11th here on Haight Street! Below is a sort of best-of, a bunch of the highlights from the year for us, from instores to holiday events-- read on to celebrate the end of 2008 with us!

Going back to January 2008, we kicked off the new year with a groovy instore from Devendra Banhart.

devendra banhart at amoeba

January also saw the second annual Amoeba Art Show, held at the Space Gallery here in San Francisco. Many of Amoeba's employees, you see, are also fantastic artists, and so a huge gathering of pieces created by said employees from both the Berkeley and San Francisco Amoeba stores was shown, and the event also included some music, drinking and general hobnobbing. The art below was created by Amoeba Berkeley's Zak Wilson. More info about the event can be found here.


Then, in February, Vampire Weekend hit the stage for a HUGE and thrilling performance. You can go right here for a review and all the photos from that show.

Unitarded: 20 Questions with the multi-talented Borts Minorts...

Posted by Kelly S. Osato, December 30, 2008 01:55pm | Post a Comment
Borts Minorts relaxes with the classics
A few years back I went to my first Borts Minorts show in San Francisco. I'm still not sure how to describe what I saw, how it happened or why I'll never forget it; It was, plainly speaking, singularly awesome, like nothing I had seen before! I laughed, I danced, I marveled -- I had an amazing time. Since that initial exposure I have come to hold Borts Minorts in high esteem as an artist, musician and uber-performer. He seems fearless, knows no limits and appears physically capable of accomplishing any feat no matter how extraordinary the act. In short: there is no telling what his next move will be, ever. It's not for nothing that he's been nominated twice for SF Weekly's Best Experimental Music award. One thing I know for sure is that anyone who can get their butt out to the Hemlock Tavern this Wednesday night, -- that's right, New Year's Eve -- will be in for a rare (Borts, alas, has relocated to New York) treat, as Borts Minorts will be showing you how he likes to party, performing live on the last and first night(s) of the year(s). I am so pleased he agreed to play 20 Questions with me:

1. How old is Borts Minorts?  It is thought that I am now 38,000 years old.

Leigh Bowery 2. Where does Borts come from? Borts Minorts comes from the past and future simultaniously and only actually exists in this world when on stage.

3. What are your musical/artistic influences? The artistic collaboration of Michael Clark, Leigh Bowery and the Fall would possibly be my biggest influence. The movie Legend of Leigh Bowery changed my life artistically. Leigh Bowery was an incredible artist. Also, when I was a kid I saw Klaus Nomi on SNL and it scared the shit out of me. That always really stuck with me. Then when I saw Nomi Song and saw what he did on stage in the early days it REALLY inspired me to cBorts Minorts performing livereate something new and different.

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Books on Film: J. R. R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings

Posted by Kelly S. Osato, December 30, 2008 12:07pm | Post a Comment
Elijah Wood as Frodo Baggins in Lord of the Rings
At the end of every year the urge to take in several hours of epic cinema storytelling never fails at filling my darkest mid-winter nights with adventure. What better way is there to spend all that spare "holiday season" time than enjoying a bit of movie magic? Ever since my childhood I've been romanced by the otherworldly wiles of fantasy films, being always at my most vulnerable around Christmas with an easy schedule and a heightened desire to escape into the imagination I possessed as a little girl where I could be as Grace Jones-crazy (Conan the Destroyer), Tanya Roberts-sexy (Sheena), Nigel Terry-valiant, Nicol Willamson-wise (King Arthur and Merlin, respectively, in John Boorman's Excalibur) and Brigitte Neilsen fierce (Red Sonja.) Surely I needn't mention how easily I took to playing Dungeons and Dragons in my teens or how largely Led Zeppelin figured into my lifelong playlist -- anyone who can claim the feeling of being partially raised by fantasy and sci fi flicks takes to rock 'n' role-play like a good sword to a well-oiled sheath. However, I would like to point out how deeply one Englishman, who was recently voted the 92nd "greatest Briton," John Ronald Reuel Tolkien, has irreversibly influenced contemporary popular culture foFrodo lives buttonrever by writing faerie stories to entertain his children. Being a big Tolkien nerd myself, I count him in the topmost of my top ten "greatest Britons," after a handful of musicians, writers and and that Arturus Rex guy.

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(In which Job & Corey cuddle with comedy & cookies.)

Posted by Job O Brother, December 30, 2008 12:06pm | Post a Comment
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The author & his beloved celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ.

It’s been a leisurely day, hanging at my boyfriend’s house. We’ve both been productive in our way; I’ve been souping up my new iPhone while he’s busied himself by setting people on fire and yanking things out of the bodies of little girls. It’s called Bio-Shock, and it’s a video game – don’t go calling the cops on my boyfriend. He almost never does those things in real life.

You know how human bodies are 55% to 60% water? I think, by now, my body is like 65% cookies. My holiday has been overwhelmed by cookies. I think I might hate them now. I’ve been bringing them to Amoeba and pushing them on our customers. If you want cookies, brother, come to the jazz room information desk at Amoeba Music Hollywood. I’ll help you find Pink Martini only if you first eat four peanut blossoms.

cookie

Lately, when my boyfriend and I go to bed together these winter nights, we’ve been doing the same thing.
...

…Er… Okay. I’m going to give you a moment to enjoy your imagination.

Okay, dear reader, if you’re quite done, I’ll tell you what we really do.

Curled beneath the covers, we’ve been watching sketch comedy on his laptop. It’s the perfect way to pass the time as you wait for the melatonin to kick in. And much more relaxing than our previous habit of watching Taliban executions and/or Carol Channing musicals. (It’s interesting to note that both will give you the same, horrific nightmares.)

(((6))) this Sunday @ Echo Curio

Posted by Mr. Chadwick, December 30, 2008 10:42am | Post a Comment

JAMOEBLOG'S TOP 50 ALBUMS OF 2008

Posted by Billyjam, December 30, 2008 08:13am | Post a Comment

1) Paris Acid Reflex (Guerrilla Funk)

2) DJ Quest Questolous (Zebra Quest Records)

3) NaS untitled (Def Jam)

4) Mochipet MICROPHONEPET (Daly City)

5) Atmosphere When Life Gives You Lemons, Paint That Shit Gold
(Rhymesayers Entertainment)




6) Azeem Air Cartoons (Oaklyn)

7) J-Live Then What Happened? (BBE)

8) Large Pro Main Source (Gold Dust)

9) Raashan Ahmad The Push (OM)

10) Madlib the Beat Konducta, WLIB AM: King of the Wigflip  
(BBE/Rapster)




11) Steinski Steinski: What does it all mean: 1983-2006 Retrospective (Illegal Art)

12) dan le sac VS scroobius pip Angles (Strange Famous)

13) Ill Insanity Ground Xero (Fat Beats)

14) Jake One White Van Music (Rhymesayers)

15) Mighty Underdogs Droppin' Science Fiction (Definitive Jux)




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A Year in the Life of Amoeba Hollywood -- Year of Sanitation, the Potato, the Frog, the Planet Earth, Languages, Intercultural Dialogue & the Rat

Posted by Eric Brightwell, December 30, 2008 01:33am | Post a Comment
Baby New Year Foundling 

2008 The Year in Review

silent running poster jason x poster lake house poster
movies set in 2008

Well, first of all, I’d like to point out what 2008 wasn’t. I mean, probably 2000 and 2001 are the most famous years of the oughts in speculative fiction. However, 2008 also piqued the imagination of Science-Fictionalists. Silent Running didn't resemble my 2008 much, although something kept knocking the ficus in my back yard over which did make me angry. I didn't hear about anything that fit in with the prophecies offered in Jason X. But perhaps no speculation about what 2008 would be like was the 2006 film, The Lake House. I mean, come on. They really thought that in just two years we'd have magic mailboxes that would allow us to send love letter to the past. People get real!

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Cassandra moaning about something                                                                  I don't know

FREDDIE HUBBARD R.I.P.

Posted by Billyjam, December 29, 2008 04:00pm | Post a Comment
Freddie Hubbard
Legendary jazz trumpeter Freddie Hubbard, who had been hospitalized since suffering a heart attack and multiple organ failure a month ago, reportedly died earlier today (12/29) in Sherman Oaks, CA according to several sources including Billboard magazine, AP, and Jazz Chronicles. Hubbard was 70 years of age.

Born in Indianapolis, Hubbard moved to New York in the late fifties where his career took off soon after. Known primarily for playing in the bebop, hard bop and post bop styles from the early 60s onwards, Freddie Hubbard has played with such jazz greats as John Coltrane, Ornette Coleman, Eric Dolphy, McCoy Tyner, Art Blakey, Sonny Rollins, Bobby Hutcherson, Quincy Jones, Wayne Shorter, and Herbie Hancock during his illustrious career.
Freddie Hubbard Red Clay
Hubbard worked with Hancock on five albums over a dozen years, including on Hancock's 1964 Empyrean Isles which also featured Ron Carter on bass and Tony Williams on drums. The ever-prolific Hubbard played on more than 300 recordings, including his own solo output which included his acclaimed 1970 soul/funk influenced hard bop album Red Clay, marking a change in his style and a promise of what was to come from the artist who continued to record through the 80's and into the beginning of the 1990's. In 2006 Hubbard was bestowed with the National Endowment for the Arts' Jazz Masters Award.

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Amoeba Hollywood Cuban & Salsa Best Sellers

Posted by Gomez Comes Alive!, December 29, 2008 02:25am | Post a Comment
1.The Buena Vista Social Club -Live At Carnegie Hall
2. Omara Portuondo-Gracia
3. Candido Y Su Movimiento - Palos De Fuego
4. Willie Colon- El Malo Vol. II: Prisioneros Del Mambo
5. Jose Lugo-Guasabara
6.Tabaco Y Su Metales-Grandes Exitos
7. Pachapo-El Super Tumbao
8. Tony Rojas-Introducing Tony Rojas
9. The Buena Vista Social Club-S/T
10. Bebo Valdes/Javier Colina - Live At The Village Vanguard

Once again The Buena Vista Social Club franchise ruled the Christmas charts, coming in at number one, two and nine. Live At Carnegie Hall is the full concert that you see towards the end of the Buena Vista Social Club movie. Omara Portuondo's latest came with much hype from NPR, which fueled her sales.  The Buena Vista Social Club is usually a safe bet at Christmas time.The movie was a great and all the stories behind the musicians involved are quite triumphant. However, if you want something a little more modern, there are releases from Willie Colon and pianist Jose Lugo (not to be confused with the Seattle Mairiner pitcher with the same name), which round off the top five. Colon’s El Malo Vol. II: Prisioneros Del Mambo is Willie’s first album in eleven years and Jose Lugo's effort has many special guests from Bobby Valentin to Gilberto Santa Rosa. Fans of modern day Hard Salsa should love this.

Amoeba Hollywood Latin Rock & Pop Best Sellers

Posted by Gomez Comes Alive!, December 29, 2008 01:22am | Post a Comment
These are the top selling Latin Rock & Pop titles at Amoeba Hollywood from the dates of November 28th through December 28, 2008. Maybe you were lucky enough to get one of these releases as a gift. If not, maybe you can buy it for yourself!
 
1. Aterciopelados-Rio
2. Rodrigo Y Gabriela-Live In Japan
3. Calle 13-Los De Atras Vienen Conmigo
4. V/A-Arriba La Cumbia
5. Ricardo Arjona-Quinto Piso
6. Eydie Gorme Y Los Panchos -Cantan En Español
7. Juana Molina-Un Dia
8. Monica Naranjo-Tarantula
9. Juanes-La Vida Es Un Ratico En Vivo
10. Manu Chao-Clandestino

Aterciopelados' newest release took the top spot. Released in early November, it didn’t sell that well upon release but it picked up steam as the gift giving days approached. The same went for the live Rodrigo Y Gabriela. For the most part, live releases don’t do too well but Rodrigo Y Gabriela are known for the intense live shows and this made a great gift for anyone who went to their shows or hopes to see them live in the future.

Calle 13s latest is good but it’s hard not to compare it their previous releases. It’s not that Los De Atras is a bad album, it's just that they set the bar so high with last year’s Residente o Visitante that anything they would have done would be considered a drop-off. Still, there are plenty of great tracks on the album and Calle 13 continues to be one of the most original groups around.

BEST, WORST & MOST OVERRATED FILMS OF 2008

Posted by Charles Reece, December 28, 2008 07:35pm | Post a Comment
~ THE BEST ~

If You Disagree On These Two, You'd Be Wrong

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For Some Realism

For Some Comedy

burn before reading posterin bruges posterrocknrolla poster

For Some (More) Fantasy

let the right one in posterfall poster

~ YOU KIDDIN' ME? ~

milk posterwall-e posterwrestler poster

~ LOW FIBER STOOL CONTENT ~

wackness posterjcvd posterreligulous posterlakeview terrace poster

~ MOST SOUL-DRAINING TRAILERS ~

doubt postercurious case of benjamin buttons posterrevolutionary road posterfrost nixon poster

~ MASTERFULLY FULFILLED WORTHLESS INTENTION ~

slumdog millionaire poster

The Wiz Kid

Posted by phil blankenship, December 28, 2008 01:55pm | Post a Comment
The Wiz Kid starring Martin & Gary Forbes  The Wiz Kid on Vidmark Entertainment

The Wiz Kid plot synopsis

Vidmark Entertainment VM5804

Dangerous Game

Posted by phil blankenship, December 27, 2008 01:36pm | Post a Comment
Australian thriller Dangerous Game video cover  Dangerous Game vhs on Academy Entertainment

Die Hard In A Department Store

Dangerous Game plot synopsis

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Songs Are Like Tattoos: Blue by Joni Mitchell

Posted by Miss Ess, December 26, 2008 06:15pm | Post a Comment
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Speaking of Wintertime, another album that always calls to me when the skies turn grey and the temperature drops is Joni Mitchell's Blue -- maybe because the song "River" is the best Christmas-themed song ever, maybe because the chill in the air always makes me feel more introspective, maybe because it's one of the best albums through and through...I inevitably put it on the turntable as the holidays approach.

Each song is a confession, a poem, a truth. Although I love the whole record, side two is really where my heart lies, starting with "California" and running through "Last Time I Saw Richard." All in all, the tracks capture the whole heady feeling of falling in love-- the anticipation and longing, the obsessive and insatiable qualities of it all. "River" is a break from that falling, looking back on ajoni mitchell david crosby relationship failure with loss and regret. After jumping right back into love with "A Case of You," side two then winds down with "Last Time I Saw Richard," a song about the bitterness of one who has found and lost love and understands its mechanics, countered by the unstoppable dreamy hope of a romantic still searching. Even though this album is celebrated by music fans world-wide and has been for decades, I somehow always feel like it was written just for me every time I put it on. That's how the best albums always feel, I think.

Even though the December sky has turned grey, I can still see touches of blue out there.

Emmet Otter's Jug Band Christmas

Posted by Miss Ess, December 26, 2008 05:21pm | Post a Comment
Somehow since I wasn't allowed to watch much TV when I was little, I missed ever seeing what has now become my favorite Christmas-themed special: Emmet Otter's Jug Band Christmas.

emmet otter's jug band christmas

I realize it's kinda late, seeing as Christmas was yesterday, but this little movie is so extraordinary and unique, it really could be watched any time, year-round. It was created in 1977 by the much missed Jim Henson, features his imaginative and irresistable puppetry and sets, and was based on a children's book by Russel and Lillian Hoban. The special also features music by the inimitable Paul Williams, including such classics as "When the River Meets the Sea." If you've never seen it before, you can get a great idea of what the production and characters look like by watching this YouTube video which features clips from the special edited together with Emmet and Ma Otter (plus John Denver, who does not appear in any form in Emmet Otter's Jug Band Christmas but who covered the song with the Muppets on their Christmas album -- A Christmas Together!) singing "When the River Meets the Sea":


The storyline focuses on the simple but happy lives that Emmet Otter and his Ma lead in their small home by the river. They have no money because Pa died a few yeaemmet and ma otterrs back, but they remember the good times and still find meaning and joy in life despite the loss. Each have odd jobs to make ends meet: Emmet does carpentry work and Ma is a laundress. They long for more security and both love music. When they hear about a talent contest in a neighboring town, Ma and Emmet both scramble to compete independently of one another. They each want to win the $50 prize in order to buy one another special Christmas presents. But they each have to sacrifice mainstays of one another's job to have a chance at winning: Emmet needs Ma's washtub to make his washtub bass for his Jug Band and Ma needs to sell Emmet's tools to buy fabric for a new costume. They put everything on the line in order to hopefully bring some Christmas happiness to one another. But what if they both lose?

Rorret

Posted by phil blankenship, December 26, 2008 01:46pm | Post a Comment
Italian thriller Rorret vhs cover  Rorret on New Yorker Video

Rorret plot synopsis

New Yorker Video NYV55892

The Feast of Stephen

Posted by Eric Brightwell, December 26, 2008 11:30am | Post a Comment
giotto's St. Stephen Children on Boxing Day Wrenboys or Strawboys also known as mummers

Happy Holidays. Today's the big day -- that one day we eagerly await as soon as the Halloween decorations are taken down -- the Feast of Stephen or Boxing Day or Wren Day.


St. Stephen lived in the first century and was stoned to death c. 34 AD by a mob led by Paul (when he was still Saul). In Acts it says:

     Then they secretly persuaded some men to say, "We have heard Stephen speak words of 
     blasphemy against Moses and against God." So they stirred up the people and the elders and the
     teachers of the law. They seized Stephen and brought him before the Sanhedrin. For we have heard
     him say that this Jesus of Nazareth will destroy this place and change the customs Moses handed
     down to us."

Since Stephen was the first martyr, he's referred to as a protomartyr which is a word we only get to use once a year.

"Good King Wenceslas" is the one, certified banger/club carol of St. Stephen's Day. The tune was originally written for the song, "Tempus Adest Floridum" ("It is time for flowering"), a 13th-century spring carol first published in 1582's Swede/Finn co-production, Piae Cantiones.

VERY LAST BROADCAST OF KUSF'S BEATSAUCE

Posted by Billyjam, December 26, 2008 10:48am | Post a Comment
gang starr
Further proving that old saying that nothing good lasts forever, the wonderful, long-running KUSF radio weekly hip-hop show Beatsauce will air its last ever broadcast on 90/3FM this weekend.

The show, which hosts/DJs J-Boogie, Raw-B, and DJ Wisdom (formerly known as Winnie B) have been tirelessly producing since 1994 on Sunday evenings from 6PM to 8PM, was a staple for local hip-hop fans to tune in to every weekend to hear all the latest quality hip-hop releases, great DJ mixes, and interviews with a long list of hip-hop acts both local and national. Recently a fourth DJ/host, DJ Diversify, joined the Beatsauce fold. The good news is that while Beatsauce will no longer be broadcast live weekly on KUSF, it will continue in another format, as a bi-monthly podcast hosted by Brooklynradio.

During its fourteen year tenure on KUSF 90.3FM, Beatsauce gained a devoted following, threw parties and events, and won both a SF Bay Guardian’s “Goldie Award” and a SF Weekly “Best Hip-Hop Radio Show” award. During that same time its countless hip-hop guests (many busting out freestyles or doing DJ sets) included the likes of Peanut Butter Wolf, Rob Swift, KRS-One, Jay-Z, DJ Quest, Common, Eminem, Black Eyed Peas, Gang Starr, EPMD, Outkast, Jurassic 5, Jungle Brothers, Zion I, Mobb Deep, Lyrics Born, Blackalicious, Company Flow, Slick Rick, Conceit, J-Live, Jeru the Damaja, Prince Paul, Hieroglyphics, Bas-1, Bored Stiff, Crown City Rockers, Breakestra, Brown Fellinis, and Dre Dog (before he became Andre Nickatina), to name but a handful.

And they're off...Santa Anita opens today

Posted by Mr. Chadwick, December 26, 2008 08:32am | Post a Comment

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Antonio Aguilar cantares rancherosBloodstone unreal lp coverLeif Garret & horse
Black Oak Arkansas Race With The Devil lp coverlove and kisses how much, how much i love you lp coverblue oyster cult some enchanted evening lp cover
Alan Tew Orchestra magnificent westerns lp coverdaniel santos lamento borincano lp coverglen campbell a satisfied mind lp cover
We're heading to Vegas today, but if we were staying home we could just hop over to Arcadia and bet on the horses...I bet ya a wooden nickel that you don't know the most valuable record in this gallery...
johnny palamino hard ride lp coverantonio aguilar rancheras de siempre lp coverojitos chinitos lp cover


Eartha Kitt 1927 - 2008

Posted by Whitmore, December 26, 2008 07:47am | Post a Comment

Orson Welles
once called her "most exciting woman in the world;" Eartha Kitt, the singer, actress, sex kitten and cultural icon has died in Connecticut on Christmas Day of colon cancer. She was 81. Her flirty, sexy rendition of “Santa Baby” from 1953 has become a holiday standard, but that was just one part of a career that spanned more than six decades.

Her success extended far beyond the music world into stage, television and film. Just last year Kitt won two Emmys for her role in The Emperor's New School; previously she had been nominated for several Tony and Grammy Awards. In 1966, she made a guest appearance on an episode of I Spy which brought Kitt her first Emmy nomination. But her most famous role is probably that of the sexy villain the Catwoman in the 1960’s hit television series Batman. Kitt had replaced Julie Newmar who originated the role.

She is probably equally as famous for her anti-war comments on the Viet Nam conflict, especially since the most notorious words were spoken at the White House as she attended a luncheon held by Lady Bird Johnson. She adamantly stated, "You send the best of this country off to be shot and maimed, they rebel in the street, they don't want to go to school because they're going to be snatched off from their mothers to be shot in Vietnam."

Needless to say, she spent several years being investigated by the FBI and CIA, and for most of a decade she seldom performed in the U.S. That is, until 1978 when Kitt was invited back to the White House by President Jimmy Carter.

December 25, 2008

Posted by phil blankenship, December 25, 2008 05:37pm | Post a Comment
Marley And Me movie ticket stub
AMC Burbank 16 on Christmas day

Merry Christmas!!!

Posted by Mr. Chadwick, December 25, 2008 01:50pm | Post a Comment
Ho Ho Ho! price tag
Cheech and Chong LP with Cool Yule stickerSuperfreinds exciting christmas stories LPhave a jewish christmas lp coverAndrew Ridgeley last christmas 12" cover
merle haggard's christmas present lp cover
Dynamite's Soul Christmas LP coverthe Sounds of Christmas lp coverswitched on santa lp cover

Joyeux Noël!

Posted by Whitmore, December 25, 2008 08:06am | Post a Comment

HOLIDAY YULE LOG FIREPLACE

Posted by Billyjam, December 25, 2008 03:31am | Post a Comment


Above is your very own holiday yule log fireplace -- one of many posted on YouTube for those without a fireplace or a TV to watch it on a local channel. This one, which comes with its own soundtrack which you can replace with your own music, runs for about six and a half minutes, but you can loop it to keep it going. And if you cannot enlarge it to fit your whole computer screen from above, then just click directly on the YouTube site stream of it and enlarge by clicking in the lower right corner. Peace for the holidays!

New Year's Evil Saturday Midnight At The New Beverly

Posted by phil blankenship, December 24, 2008 10:27am | Post a Comment

Amoeba Music and Phil Blankenship are proud to present some of our film favorites at Los Angeles’ last full-time revival movie theater. See movies the way they're meant to be seen - on the big screen and with an audience!




Saturday December 27



New Year's Evil (1980)


New Beverly Cinema
7165 W Beverly Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90036
Midnight, $7




January
January 3 Future-Kill
(In the future, the Mutants rule!)
January 10 Footloose
(All He Wanted To Do Was Dance! 25th Anniversary! New Print!)

January 17 80s Sword & Sorcery Festival
AN EPIC EVENT FOR THE AGES featuring Conan The Barbarian, Deathstalker II (Theatrical Premiere of the 1987 Jim Wynorski Classic!), Yor The Hunter From The Future (Sony Archive Print!) & MORE

January 24 Targets
(Written & Directed by Peter Bogdanovich! Paramount Archive Print!)

January 31 Basic Instinct
(Beyond Desire... Is Something Beyond Control.)

February
February 7 10 Things I Hate About You
(10 Year Anniversary & Heath Ledger Tribute!)

February 14 She's Out Of Control
(20th Anniversary! Girls go wild, boys go crazy, and dads go nuts!)

Glam & Glitter Christmas

Posted by Eric Brightwell, December 24, 2008 10:15am | Post a Comment

 Marc Bolan Santa Claus

I'm not
sure what it is about Glam Rock and Christmas but I've always appreciated how many contributions to the Christmas song canon have big drums, fuzzy sax and '50s via the '70s Yuletide vibes.


My vote for the best Glam Rock Christmas song goes, hands down, to Slade with their never-tiresome-no-matter-how-many-times-you-hear-it classic, the misspelling free "Merry Xmas everybody."



 

Sadly, there's no proper footage of T. Rex's "Christmas bop" but you can just imagine Marc and Gloria Jones frolicking in the... snow.


 

No doubt eager to cash in on the success of Wizzard and Slade's Christmas successes, the less-inspired but still enjoyable Mud give us this Showaddywaddy-esque version of "Lonely this Christmas."

Christmas Eve

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still more christmas records

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more christmas records you may have missed

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Hot T-Shirts

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Hot T-Shirts vhs front cover  Hot T-Shirts directed by Chuck Vincent

Hot T-Shirts plot synopsis

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SLEEVEFACE: BE THE VINYL PUTS NEW SPIN ON ALBUM COVER ART

Posted by Billyjam, December 23, 2008 06:30am | Post a Comment

Over the last few decades there have been many fine books publsihed that present album cover art but, good as they are, they have all typically been presented in a one dimensional fashion, showing the front sleeveface: be the vinyl(sometimes the back too) of the record album cover art with maybe some data on the cover artist and the recording artist within the cover. But the recently published hella fun book of album art Sleeveface: Be The Vinyl by Carl Morris & John Rostron (Artisan) breaks the mold by presenting album covers in sight gags in which music fans pose with their fave album covers (like the ones below), with the covers covering their faces (hence: "be the vinyl" subtitle).

The art contained in Sleeveface: Be The Vinyl, which just about any music collector will find irresistable, is one of those things that many of us have done at some time with one or more album covers, but no one (until now) had thought of presenting in a nicely packaged book form. In fact, since the book was published last month it has inspired countless individuals to do their own "Sleeveface" and forward them to the official Sleeveface website to be posted, including the Christmas themed one above and the ones below. Also on the site is the how-to-sleeveface guide (see video immediately below) which informs curious readers about how to blur the line between album sleeve and reality. The 192 page book, which contains over 200 sleeveface images of mostly album covers you are already familiar with, sells for approx $13.00.

Happy Hanukkah

Posted by Mr. Chadwick, December 23, 2008 12:01am | Post a Comment







(In which Job noshes nog.)

Posted by Job O Brother, December 22, 2008 09:04pm | Post a Comment
egg nog
Okay – I just took my first sip of egg nog. Laced, as it is, with a healthy dose of Maker’s Mark, we shall see what, if any, impact it has on my blog writing.

Today has been devoted to wrapping gifts and last-minute shopping. Guess where I went for the shopping.

If you guessed Amoeba Music, you guessed correctly. Point for your team. If you guessed the Lost City of Atlantis, you’re not only wrong, but your grasp on reality is tentative, to say nothing of your lack of knowledge of where to find bargains. No one ever saved money exploring the depths of the Atlantic Ocean. You can quote me on that.

*second sip of egg nog*

Anyone knows that Lemuria is where the good sales are.

*third sip of egg nog*

I’ve worked at Amoeba Music Hollywood for over four years now, but when I shop there, it still feels new and thrilling and yes, sometimes overwhelming, though in the same way that Disneyland is overwhelming. You know – so much fun to be had + if only I could use a bulldozer to get through these swarms of people!

I can’t tell you what I found because I was shopping for my boyfriend Corey who, for some ridiculous reason, actually reads my blog. Probably to make sure I don’t tell you about his embarrassing habit of biting fingernails. Not just his own fingernails. Anyone’s. He’ll gnaw your digits as soon as look at you. It’s a problem, and has gotten us kicked out of more than one function.


One night, while attending a performance of Puccini's "La Bohème" at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, we were escorted out right in the middle of one of my favorite arias, "Sì, mi chiamano Mimì" (which, loosely translated means "Yes, my fingers taste like chocolate bunnies") because Corey was so swept away by the music and the sentiment that he unconsciously began nibbling on the pinky of the elderly woman next to him. As we were exiting, I was so humiliated that I walked ten paces behind Corey, trying to remain inconspicuous, which was hard because of what he'd done.

Cinema of Mali

Posted by Eric Brightwell, December 22, 2008 08:36pm | Post a Comment
Backrground of Mali

Ghana Empire Mali Empire  Sonhai Empire

            750 - 1076                                   1230 - 1600                                              1340 - 1591

Historically Mali was part of three Sahelian Kingdoms. The Soninke-dominated Ghana Empire, the Mali Empire (which established Timbuktu and Djenne as major cities) and the Songhai Empire. These kingdoms controlled Trans-Saharan trade of gold, salt and other precious comodities. It collapsed following an Imazighen (aka Berber) invasion. When the European nations established sea routes for trade, the Trans-Saharan trade economy collapsed. To make things worse, the region grew increasingly desertified. France invaded the weakened nation and occupied Mali from the early 1800s until independence in 1959. Today, Mali is economically one of the poorest countries in the world.

Malians outside a cinema
Malians outside a cinema

Culturally, however, it's quite rich. Like its West African neighbors, it's also highly diverse. Most of its people are Bamana. There are also large populations of Soninke, Khassonke and Malink are all Mandé. There are smaller numbers of Peul, Voltaic, Songhai, Taureg, Bozo, Dogon, and Moor.  Altogether, more than 40 languages are spoken. 

JESSE LUSCIOUS TOWNLEY'S PUNK ROAD TO POLITICAL OFFICE

Posted by Billyjam, December 22, 2008 06:40am | Post a Comment
Last Monday (Dec 15) was an important day for both Jesse "Luscious" Townley and the City of Berkeley. It was the date when, immediately before the first Rent Board meeting since the November 4th election in which Townley got elected to office, that the punk rocker-turned-politician got sworn in to his new position as City of Berkeley Rent Board Commissioner. One of five elected to this position, Townley stands out because of his rich and colorful background and unprecedented deep rooted commitment to Berkeley and its citizens.

Townley, who migrated to Berkeley from Philadelphia back in 1989, initially came out West to attend the San Francisco Anarchist Gatheriing -- but he liked it so much in Berkeley that he never left. From 1989 to 1990 he published the punk zine Berkeley Sucks. Over the years he has volunteered countless hours at 924 Gilman Street. He has also played on the stage at Gilman as a member of such East Bay punk bands as Blatz, The Gr'ups, The Criminals, and most recently The Frisk (who appeared on the Amoeba Music Compilation series). Over the years Jesse has also gained invaluable experience putting in time at local punk labels. He has worked at both Lookout Records and Alternative Tentacles (where he still works) and for a time, along with his partner Kamala, ran his own label Zafio Records.

Christmas Records You Might have Missed

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Serpent's Lair

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Serpent's Lair starring Jeff Fahey  Serpent's Lair video cassette on Repulic Pictures

Serpent's Lair plot synopsis

Serpent's Lair vhs

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Visions

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Visions plot synopsis

Monarch Home Video 7438

CHRISTMAS AT GROUND ZERO + THE POWER OF WORDS

Posted by Billyjam, December 20, 2008 08:31am | Post a Comment

Reading the recent Amoeblogs about new words being incorporated over the past year into the everyday English/American vocabulary got me thinking about a word or expression that got dropped in all but one context, hence losing its original meaning -- those two words together that make up the expression "ground zero," which up until September 11th 2001, simply referred to the scene of a nuclear explosion or a place where some disaster of some kind took place. But after 9/11/01 everything changed.

Back in 1986 when Weird Al Yankovic recorded the above song "Christmas At Ground Zero" it did not have the same connotation it has post 9/11. In fact, so powerful a punch does the term "ground zero" pack (summoning images in most media-fed minds of the smoldering World Trade Center) that the song above -- once a staple at radio stations during Christmas time -- got abruptly dropped from playlists forever. Likewise, the song that Weird Al loosely based this song on, Fishbone's "Party At Ground Zero," also got dropped like a hot potato.


Hear Bonnie Prince Billy and Bros Cover Trad Folk Songs

Posted by Miss Ess, December 19, 2008 03:43pm | Post a Comment
The most exciting thing that's happened to me today so far is the discovery of Bonnie Prince Billy and Captain Anomoanan's 2006 NYC Joe's Pub shows in MP3 form on the Aquarium Drunkard site.

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Photo by Natasha Tylea

The shows consist of three Oldham brothers: Will (Bonnie Prince Billy) along with Ned and Paul. Ned and Paul were in Palace and Palace Brothers with Will and one or more of them often accowill oldhammpany Will on tour, playing in his band. These two nights at Joe's Pub are fabled in part because they are simply the three brothers together, singing onstage by themselves with acoustic guitars, and also because their sets consist almost completely of traditional folk songs, songs that cannot be heard as done by the Oldhams anywhere else to my knowledge. The backstory here is that the Oldhams' father had very recently died and they dedicated the shows to him and his memory. I'd imagine the set consists of songs they heard at home in their youth. Listening carefully, the songs themselves are touching and well-chosen, and knowing that the Kentucky-born Oldhams are singing to their father makes them all the more so.

The song selections reflect both death and rebirth, sadness and hope, from "We Will Understand It Better By and By" to "Next Tibonnie prince billy is it the seame the Sun Comes Around" and "We Shall All Be Reunited" to "Goodbye Dear Old Stepstone." The singing is all ramshackle harmonies, very Oldham-esque and yet traditional. I really recommend checking these songs out. You can hear them here. Note that one set from the four shows over two days is missing.

Li'l Bit #7

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AMOEBA MUSIC WEEKLY HIP-HOP ROUND UP 12:19:08

Posted by Billyjam, December 19, 2008 12:14pm | Post a Comment
Amoeba Music Hollywood Hip-Hop Top Five: 12:19:08

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1) Kanye West 808s & Heartbreak (Roc-A-Fella Records)

2) Evidence The Layover EP (Decon)

3) Q-Tip The Renaissance (Motown/Universal)

4) Ludacris Theater of the Mind (Disturbing tha Peace/Def Jam)

5) Scarface Emeritus (Rap-A-Lot/Asylum)

Special thanks to Ray for the top five selling hip-hop albums chart in the Hollywood Amoeba Music store this week, with new albums from the ever popular artists Kanye West, Ludacris, and Q-Tip all holding strong after been out for a number of weeks. New entries to the chart include the recent recommended CD The Leftover EP from rapper/producer Evidence (aka EV) of solo and Dilated Peoples fame, which may only have ten tracks but all are excellent. The other new release on this chart is Emeritus from Houston rap legend Scarface who first came to fame twenty years ago as part of the Geto Boys. This new album is Scarface's ninth (and supposedly last) solo album. He says he is going to retire from the rap game. But who knows? A lot of rappers have trouble quitting when they are still popular and Scarface has a dedicated fan base who appreciate his raw delivery, and tell-it-like-it style. He don't pull no punches when it comes to talking about the cops or his rivals. The video below of the new album song "High Powered" is directed at his rival Lil Troy who he implies is a snitch. In the interest of fairness, in interviews, Lil Troy claims that Scarface is a snitch. Of course in rap all of this heated rivalry and controversy only makes for good music.

1979 UK DISCO DANCE FINALS

Posted by Billyjam, December 18, 2008 10:10am | Post a Comment

For this final Dance of the Day is the excerpt from the 1979 UK Disco Dance Finals, which is pretty impressive for several reasons. For starters all the dancing is really good. And even though it was a "disco" contest note all of the breakin' (also known as break dancing) moves used, especially by the first contestant. What is noteworthy about this is that hip-hop dance and music still came under the broad disco umbrella back in '79. At that time in the late seventies although hip-hop was most definitely in existence the truth is that no one used the term "hip-hop" to describe it.

Another interesting historical point about this clip is that at this same time over in the states disco was already suffereing the thinly veiled macho, racist, homophopic backlash of the disco-sucks movement, something that would soon follow suit in the UK. And finally of note about this clip is that the second contestent in it is a young 20 year old (Downtown) Julie Brown from Wales who would later migrate to the US to get hired as a VJ by the fledgling MTV.

Li'l Bit #6

Posted by Job O Brother, December 18, 2008 09:25am | Post a Comment
I'm a well-adjusted, happy guy, with a deep spirtuality that allows me to put the joys and sorrows of humanity into a context which promotes my own growth and sense of peace.

That being said, when I watched these videos this morning, a small part of me did suddenly contemplate suicide. I won't, because I have to be at Amoeba Music Hollywood in less than an hour, but it won't be without a scar on my brain.

Saturday Midnight: Jingle All The Way

Posted by phil blankenship, December 17, 2008 09:49pm | Post a Comment

Amoeba Music and Phil Blankenship are proud to present some of our film favorites at Los Angeles’ last full-time revival movie theater. See movies the way they're meant to be seen - on the big screen and with an audience!





Saturday December 20



Jingle All The Way(1996)

starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sinbad, Phil Hartman & Jake Lloyd


New Beverly Cinema
7165 W Beverly Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90036
Midnight, $7



Jem of Local Bay Area Band Jean Marie Chats

Posted by Miss Ess, December 17, 2008 07:17pm | Post a Comment
Jean Marie's songs are warm and cozy; they kinda feel like curling up fireside and dreamily gazing out a glowing window. Thus, their music is perfect for the winter chill we are currently experiencing! What better time than now, when we are besieged by hail and frigid winds, to tap into lead Jean Marie-er Jem's brain to bring on the warmth and find out what and who inspires her? Read on to find out about her love of Riotgrrl, the East Bay, and...Mariah Carey!?

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Miss Ess: What made you want to play music? How did you get started?


Jem: My mother has a love affair with music and is an amateur singer, so she sacrificed and saved to give my brother and I piano lessons, music lessons, etc, so there would be music in the house. She did this with the intent that we would simply appreciate it as a pastime, but as adults, we both chose to follow music as our path...which means, rich happy hearts, but sad empty pockets.courtney love

I started writing my own songs in high school. I was really inspired by the Riot Grrl movement and especially Courtney Love. I was just starting to play guitar when I saw Hole perform at a radio-sponsored Christmas show in 1994. Courtney was beautiful, dramatic, and absolutely enthralling. Her guitar playing and her singing was basic and sloppy, but because of that, revolutionary. It didn't matter what the chords were or where you placed your fingers or whether you sung in tune or not -- what mattered was that your voice and story was being told.

Christmas in Japan

Posted by Kelly S. Osato, December 17, 2008 04:23pm | Post a Comment
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A few nights ago while watching an old VHS copy of Santa Claus is Coming to Town I began to wonder about this whole Christmas thing. The legend of Santa Claus, according to this stop-action, puppet laden, mind-bending slice of classic holiday TV programming, is a bit dodgy in parts and down-right unsettling as a whole (and hilarious when paired with the right kind of holiday spirits). How on earth did a story like this, the story of Santa Claus, ever so increase in popularity as to reach the mutated, lofty, legendary status it entertains today? It boggles the mind! But then Christmas is just plain weird and, ultimately, up for interpretation and reinterpretation given the varied spiritual, social, economic, geographic and educational contexts that embgodzilla christmas in japanrace it. That said, I'd like to explore Christmas the way the Japanese do it, as I believe it is a phenomenon that most Americans know little of unless you've had the pleasure of spending Christmas (or the New Year's festivities for the matter) in the biggest little archipelago on the Pacific Rim. 

Recently I asked one of my good buddies, an ex-pat who lives and works in Japan, if he'd be coming back to the good ol' U. S. of A. come Christmas. Sadly he won't be, but he assured me that his absence wouldn't hinder his warm wishes and memories of spending christmas in japan colonel sanders as santa clausthe holidays stateside with friends (and family too I suppose). One thing that he disclosed that has been sticking in my head is, "I have to fend off the almost daily, 'What's Christmas really like in the States?' question." What I'd give to know how he chooses to answer this question; "Oh it's like a weeks-long shopping fiasco that claims the sanity and lives of the over-worked and underpaid temporary workers of my country," I imagine him explaining to a wide eyed and wistful looking クリスマス enthusiast before losing their interest by then expounding upon the glory of salt-cured ham, home-made egg nog and football. I know my friends in Japan are missing out on some of the traditions and seasonal cheer they enjoyed growing up with, but if you ask me, they've got plenty to be merry about being so far away for the holidays. 

BLACK FAG & BLACK FLAB KEEP BLACK FLAG'S LEGACY ALIVE

Posted by Billyjam, December 17, 2008 06:00am | Post a Comment

And the best current Black Flag tribute band award goes to Mimosa Beach, CA based Black Fag who are currently in the midst of their state-wide I Caught Henry Kissing Santa Claus tour with dates this week including at The Exit in Fresno on Thursday, Thee Parkside in San Francisco on Friday, 924 Gilman Street in Berkeley on Saturday, and Downtown Brew in San Luis Obispo on Sunday.

At these shows Black Fag, who are comprised of Liberace Morris (vocals), Greg Streisand (guitar), Cher Dykeowski (bass), and Robo Simmons (drums), will be doing enthusiastic covers of such Black Flag classics as "TV Party," "Six Pack," and "Wasted." And perhaps they will be joined at some of these shows by their backup dancers: Raymond Pettiboner, Joe CarGucci, and Bugger.

According to Black Fag's pink backdrop MySpace, their story began back in the small town of New Hope, PA. "Singer Liberace Morris was raised in neighboring Doylestown, but found a home among New Hope's thriving gay community. He worked at a vintage clothing/toy store while pursuing musical theatre at the Bucks County Playhouse at night. One night after Pippin rehearsal, Liberace came home to find his boyfriend in bed with another man. While drowning his sorrows at the local watering hole, The Raven, Liberace started singing and playing Black Flag's "Nervous Breakdown" on the piano. The rest of the bar simply ate it up until the end of the song, when Liberace stood up and started hblack faghaphazardly hurling martini glasses around the place. He was permanently ejected from The Raven and convinced that his life was officially over." 

HOW TO DISCO DANCE C/O OF FINNISH PRO

Posted by Billyjam, December 17, 2008 01:40am | Post a Comment
                                
Today's Dance of the Day is a unintentionally funny how-to disco dance instruction from a Finnish pro who understands just how important movement of the hips is to being a proper disco dancer.

Ezra Feinberg of Citay Chats

Posted by Miss Ess, December 16, 2008 06:57pm | Post a Comment
Citay is one band of many sounds. It is also the brain child of one Ezra Feinberg. Here, Ezra shares the inspirations behind the fusion of sounds that make up Citay, how one U2 cover utterly changed his life and why the NYC scene is easier to appreciate for him now that he's a San Francisco resident. To hear songs by Citay, check out their Myspace page here. Citay's album Little Kingdom happens to be both fantastic and available at Amoeba Music.

citay

Miss Ess: How did you develop the sound of Citay? It sounds like many elements coming together seamlessly -- did you consciously bring together different sounds and influences, or is Citay more of an amalgamation of sounds you hear in your head, or something else entirely?

Ezra: Well I started by layering acoustic guitar chords in open tunings with harmonized electric guitar leads. I wanted it to have elements of spacier acoustic music with elements of heavier rock in the way that a lot of acid rock and early heavy metal bands did in the early 70s. But I'm really into vocal harmonies and pop songs, so I added those and it gave it an airier feel. I just ezra feinberg of citaystarted putting these elements together and the songs took on structure as I worked them through. I started working on Citay in the summer of 2004 and it's the same writing process now. I definitely think Citay is an amalgamation of sounds I hear in my head. It's basically my favorite aspects of my favorite music rolled into a new song.

Davey Graham 1940 - 2008

Posted by Whitmore, December 16, 2008 05:51pm | Post a Comment

The legendary English guitarist and a major influence on practically every fingerstyle acoustic guitarist for the past 50 years, Davey Graham, passed away on Monday of lung cancer which was detected only a few weeks ago. He was 68.

Born November 22nd, 1940 in Hinckley, Leicestershire, England, he took up the guitar at the age of 12. By the age of 19 Graham composed what would probably be his most famous piece, “Anji,” released on his debut 1962 EP, 3/4 AD, and later covered by the likes of Pentangle and Simon & Garfunkel.

Here in the United States, Graham perhaps wasn’t as well known as some of his contemporaries but he has been credited with single-handedly inventing the concept of the folk guitar instrumental in the U.K.-- simultaneous honors in the U.S would go to John Fahey, who was making similar innovations. Graham influenced a who’s who of British guitarists from Bert Jansch, John Renbourn, Richard Thompson, John Martyn, Nick Drake, Martin Carthy, and Jimmy Page -- Page’s instrumental "White Summer" was heavily based on Graham's "She Moved Thru the Bazaar/Blue Raga."

In 1959 Graham first made headlines with his attention grabbing performance of “Cry Me a River’ in the BBC television documentary Hound Dogs and Bach Addicts: The Guitar Craze, produced by Ken Russell. During the 1960s he played a major role in the British folk revival, releasing a series of eclectic solo albums that touched on a wide range of music, from jazz and blues to Indian and Arabic and gypsy. He introduced to many an aspiring young guitarist the DADGAD guitar tuning, whose chief appeal is the ability to improvise freely, yet maintain a solid underlying rhythm and harmony. But Graham's career was somewhat unpredictable; his concerts were often hit or miss. Much of his reputation was based on a couple of brilliant albums, both released in the same week of 1965, Folk Routes, New Routes in a duet with the folk singer Shirley Collins and Folk, Blues and Beyond, a mostly instrumental album that combined all his world music styles. His live playing was best captured and recorded in 1967 on an incredible album entitled After Hours, which was recorded in a student's dorm room on the campus of Hull University in front of an audience of about eight people. Nonetheless, and in many ways, even as impulsive as he may have been, Davey Graham was the first guitar hero … and certainly one of mine.

There will be a private funeral held for Davey Graham later this week. A public memorial service is being planned for January.


December 16, 2008

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Delgo end credits

(Wherein winter records receive writings.)

Posted by Job O Brother, December 16, 2008 11:32am | Post a Comment
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It’s finally chilly in Hollywood. I mean, I still have my French windows open wide, but it’s about as cold as it ever gets, with breezes blowing from my hometown in the north, Nevada City, where loved ones are covered in white blankets of snow. (That’s a metaphor – probably very few of them have bed-sheets constructed of crystalline water ice.)

My friends in Nevada City, Jaime, Alison and Dan made a snowman. I don’t get that pleasure here. I suppose I could make a clumps-of-dying-grass-cigarette-butts-and-dog-feces man, but who has that kind of time? I have a blog to write!

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Here's a picture of the snowman my friends made.
The best part will be watching him slowly melt over the next couple weeks.

My choices in music are always influenced by weather. When it’s hot city in the summertime, I’ll gravitate towards artists such as Stephen Malkmus, Thin Lizzy, or Sly & The Family Stone. If it’s a rainy day, you can bet some Siouxsie & The Banshees will be trilling from my stereo. I look out the window and see the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse trampling the Hills with all the fury of Heaven and Hell as they take the stage for a final battle in which every human soul will come to greet its eternal home in either the awesome glory of the Almighty God or the foul depths of Hell as lorded over by the king of wickedness, Satan, and more often than not I’ll play a little Burt Bacharach. Because it’s always a good time for a little Burt.

BRENTLY HEILBRON & THE AMOEBA CHARITY AUCTIONS

Posted by Billyjam, December 16, 2008 06:00am | Post a Comment
 

"A master recording comes along every once in a while," confides Amoeba auctioneer/standup comedian Brently Heilbron, tongue firmly in cheek, at one of the Hollywood store's ongoing Saturday afternoon fun fueled auction-for-charity events. Brently is holding up above his head the long out-of-print Canary Training Record, a limited pressing 7" EP released some years back "by Howard's Mountain Bird Seed Company," he informs the clearly amused crowd gathered at the store for this auction that is unlike any other auction.

The novelty item is just the latest from a stack of items on the Amoeba auction block being sold to make money for several worthy charities. Items sold range from the quirky, to rare record label promotional items, to collectable artist-signed CDs/records, to sought-after concert tix for the Hollywood Bowl, etc. The one-hour Saturday afternoon Amoeba auctions, which have developed somewhat of a following since they began back in September 2005, started out initially as a direct response to the devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina and a way to help the victims in New Orleans and the Gulf Coast in its aftermath. Since then the auctions have continued but the causes have broadened to benefit numerous other needy local and global relief efforts. Perhaps most noteworthy is the fact that Amoeba not only hosts these events and donates most of the items on the auction block, but additionally matches every winning bidder's donation, up to $1,000.

Black Orpheus Carnival Dance

Posted by Billyjam, December 16, 2008 04:45am | Post a Comment

Black Orpheus carnival dance, today's Dance of the Day, is from the legendary 1959 Marcel Camus film Black Orpheus which is based on the play Orfeu da Conceição by Vinicius de Moraes, an adaptation of the Greek legend of Orpheus and Eurydice. This film, which is set in the modern context of Rio de Janeiro during the Carnaval, is one of the greatest films of all time. I cannot recommend it highly enough. Look for the DVD or CD soundtrack (reissued some years back with bonus material) at Amoeba Music.

AMOEBA MUSIC WEEKLY HIP-HOP ROUND UP 12:15:08

Posted by Billyjam, December 15, 2008 08:16am | Post a Comment
Amoeba Music Berkeley Hip-Hop Top Five: 12:15:08

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1) Kanye West 808s & Heartbreak (Roc-A-Fella Records)

2) Q-Tip The Renaissance (Motown/Universal)

3) E40 The Ball Street Journal (Sic Wid It/Warner)

4) Akon Freedom (Konvict/Universal/Motown)

5) Ludacris Theater of the Mind (Disturbing tha Peace/Def Jam)

The top five selling hip-hop albums in this week's chart from the Berkeley Amoeba Music store include artists that are similarly popular at the San Francisco and Hollywood Amoeba stores, as well as on other charts. For example, the number one, Kanye West's Auto-Tune heavy 808's & Heartbreak, also debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 Pop albums chart on its first week of release. Q-Tip's critically acclaimed triumphant return with The Renaissance is also selling well across the country. The new album, which with the exception of one song produced by the late great J-Dilla was all self produced by Q-Tip, has been selling consistently since it was released last month. Meanwhile Akon's new album Freedom, which originally was going to be titled Acquitted, debuted at number 7 on the Billboard charts. It is number 4 at Amoeba Berkeley, where the other two entries are Ludacris and E40. Check out the brand new Earl "E40" Stevens video below for The Ball Street Journal autobiographical track "Earl."   

RONNIE & VICKIE ON THE WILBURN BROTHERS SHOW

Posted by Billyjam, December 15, 2008 05:28am | Post a Comment

Today's Dance of the Day is the wonderful clip above of Ronnie & Vickie on the Wilburn Brothers Show, in which the talented young VIckie does a cool go-go dance while Ronnie sings (and dances a little) a rendition of "Mohair Sam." This was featured on the long defunct Wilburn Brothers Show (1963 - 1974) and if you watch this clip til after the credits you will also see a little bit of the dancing moves of Loretta Lynn, whose career the WIlburn brothers (Doyle and Teddy) helped launch.

The State Of Reggae En Espanol - An Interview With Eric Vidal

Posted by Gomez Comes Alive!, December 15, 2008 12:53am | Post a Comment

Last year around this time we were asked to make predictions for the upcoming year. One of my predictions had to do with Spanish Reggae. The popularity of Spanish Reggae in 2007 led me to believe that 2008 would be its year. Sadly, to fans of the genre, more of the same happened. Good Spanish Reggae releases went under the radar with poor distribution and very little press. However, Spanish Reggae still boils in the underground. There were some solid releases by some groups and last summer witnessed one of the biggest Spanish Reggae and Ska festivals ever to hit Los Angeles, with groups coming all over Latin America to perform at it.

I spoke with Amoeba employee Eric Vidal, who works in Amoeba’s Reggae section, about what he thought about the current state of Spanish Reggae and where it’s heading.

So was this the year for Spanish Reggae?

EV: Yeah, more people are into it, not huge amounts of people, but more people than before.

What are the new people like?

EV: Definitely more Raza is into it, especially the younger conscious crowd. Older Spanish rock heads are into it, coming from artists like Manu Chao and Todos Tus Muertos, and Raza who are into hip-hop and obviously people who are into Jamaican Reggae.

Who were your favorite Spanish Reggae artists this year?

EV: Alika, for sure. The new Gondwana was pretty tight. I also like the CD from Riddim. Locally, bands like Quinto Sol, Pachamama and Umoverde held it together, mixing Reggae with like Cumbia and Salsa. It makes it easier for people who cannot identify with roots music unless it’s fused with music that Raza is familiar with.

Favorite Band Alert #3

Posted by Gomez Comes Alive!, December 15, 2008 12:16am | Post a Comment
Wil-Dog Abers, bass player and one of the O.G. members of Ozomatli, loves Mexican Banda music. He loves it more than most Mexicanos. So what to do with all that love of Banda music? Start your own Banda!

Here are some pics from the band's show at Anda!, a club I do once a month at Mal's Bar with fellow deejays Gazoo, Ray Ricky Rivera and Mando Fever. The show was a lot of fun and the banda blew the roof off the bar!

Wil-Dog Y Su Banda La Juvenil starts off the show with a banda version of Mr.Vegas' "Heads High."


Banda La Juvenil maybe young but they play like a banda twice their age.


The tuba player


They did everything from El Coyote to The Clash.


The audience dug it, of course.

Band La Juvenil gig all over town without Wil-Dog. Bandas make bank playing everything from large concerts to weddings. All of you who ditched your tuba after your band geek days lost your calling, and lots of money.

Music Latin Music Majors Don't Want You To Hear

Posted by Gomez Comes Alive!, December 14, 2008 08:41pm | Post a Comment
Every day there is another release by a Latin Rock artist that will not be released domestically. The Latin major labels, after a few great years of experimentation, have returned to their practice of repackaging greatest hits by their established artists or releasing god-awful pop artists. The public yearns for and deserves better. As I mentioned in past blogs, I feel that Amoeba is the great equalizer. This is the store where imports from groups as Zoë or Porter will outsell rejects from La Academia Nuevo Generacion, even with all their stadium tours and television time. The following are imports that Amoeba Hollywood carries that I feel that the majors should release domestically...That is, if they didn’t have their collective heads up their asses.

Austin TV-Fontana Bella

This instrumental band from Mexico D.F. are more akin to groups such as Slint, Joan of Arc and Sigur Ros than anything currently on Univision. This five piece rocked all over the U.S. this year, including an appearance at Coachella that had many people asking, “Who are these guys?” If Juana Molina can be successful on a label like Domino, there is no reason why a strong indie can’t do well with Austin TV. The fact that they are from Mexico is irrelevant for marketing this group. Would one market Can or Kraftwerk as German Pop? Didn't think so.


Enrique Bunbury-Hellville En Deluxe

Damned River

Posted by phil blankenship, December 14, 2008 04:51pm | Post a Comment
Damned River vhs cover  Damned River directed by Michael Schroeder

Damned River plot synopsis

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THE NEW NUMBER ONE: SHOES ATTACK ON BUSH CLIP

Posted by Billyjam, December 14, 2008 04:44pm | Post a Comment

And this just in -- the new number one video clip of 2008 will shortly become the above clip of the televised incident earlier today in which George W. Bush, during a press conference from his unannounced visit to Iraq, had a pair of Size 10 black leather shoes thrown at him by an Iraqi TV journalsit. Bush reacted instantly, ducking and avoiding being hit by either shoe, but clearly he was as surprised as everyone else in the room.

Now, if you have been watching TV or have been online on news sites over the past few hours you will undoubtedly have seen this gripping piece of footage, but over the next few days & weeks you can be sure it will fast become the number one most replayed video of 2008 online as well as on TV. I bet that during all the george bush and a shoeyear end wrap up shows on television it will upstage every other video clip of the past year -- one rich in symbolic eye catching stories, including even Sarah Palin's Thanksgiving Turkey clip. 

In the meantime it will no doubt fuel editorial rantings from the likes Bill O'Reilly on one side as well as the legions of Dubya haters on the other side for some time. Furthermore, this incident will forever mark or bookend the last days of the Bush presidency in the history books unless something else even more shocking happens to, or is brought about by, Bush before he leaves office.

Additonally, It will also undoubtedly inspire conspiracy theories galore. For starters, in Arab culture the sole of a shoe is the ultimate insult. The above picture, courtesy of the TImes in London, is of a Shia protester last month striking an image of President Bush with his shoe as an expression of contempt during a rally in central Baghdad. Plenty to go on there, but some will take it further. Some conspiracy theorists will dwell on the meaning of the size of the shoe or the color of the shoes or the order (left, right) in which they were thrown.

INMATES DANCE AS FORM OF REHABILITATION

Posted by Billyjam, December 14, 2008 12:08pm | Post a Comment

Today's Dance of the Day is the Filipino dancing inmates moving in unision to the piped in sounds of Flo Flo Rida LowRIda featuring T-Pain's "Low" (single released earlier this year by Poe Boy/Atlantic and available at Amoeba Music). The video is one in a series from the inmates at the CPDRC facility performing their unique monthly prison-wide group dance. This particular recorded dance is from June 28, 2008 and, like all of the group inmate dances at the Filipino CPDRC facility, is choreographed by Byron F Garcia, who has helped stage (and film) numerous other recorded mass inmate dance displays including one from February this year to Soulja Boy and MC Hammer

Although some (mostly non inmates) have critized this forced dancing on inmates as "cruel" or "inhumane," Garcia firmly believes that dancing is a postive force and hence a good tool in the rehabiliation of prisoners. I have to agree with him (the inmates all seem pretty uplifted from these dances) and I can't help but wonder what the results would be if a similar program were adapted in US incarceration facilities. 

OVERBITES, BELLIES & BIG BUTTS

Posted by Charles Reece, December 13, 2008 10:05pm | Post a Comment
One of my favorite comics artists, Dave Cooper, provides the artwork for a new music video, which looks great -- but I warn you, mute the sound:

Which came first, the love of comics or the big butt fetish? Anyway, comics work doesn't pay for shit, so Cooper now does illustration work and stuff like the above.

Here are his comics in the 'el' series, all of them as good as pop culture ever gets. They're perverse in the best sense of the word [click to enlarge]:
Note that body conscious David Cronenberg wrote an intro to Ripple, so that should tell you something about Cooper's brand of humor. Some of his oil paintings [click to enlarge]:



Here's his new website, which doesn't have much on it, yet, so here's his old site. And here's an interview with the man by Patrick McKeown, another great comics artist who rarely does comics.

VAN DAMME THAT DJ MADE MY DAY

Posted by Billyjam, December 13, 2008 03:02pm | Post a Comment

Today's Dance of the Day, which is also part fight, is of Jean Claude Van Damme busting a move or two on the dance floor in the 1989 film Kickboxer. In this action movie (available on DVD at Amoeba), J.C.V.D. plays van damme kickboxerthe younger brother of an unbeaten American kickboxer who hungers for some real competition and ends up going to the home of Muay Thai kick boxing: Thailand.

Van Damme was the subject of a wonderful recent Amoeblog by Charles Reece, where it was reported that the "Muscles from Brussels has finally starred in a film that's been getting some good critical response. JCVD is an attempt to explore the heart and mind of Jean-Claude Varenberg, the man behind the dissipating Van Damme legend." The new film on JCVD by director Mabrouk El Mechri is the film that is receiving rave reviews. From this engaging Amoeblog I learned that JCVD had a small role in the 1984 hip-hop movie Breakin'.

Secret Society of the Sonic Six live Friday 12.19.2008

Posted by Mr. Chadwick, December 13, 2008 12:55pm | Post a Comment
Secret Society of the Sonic Six Live in December

Yves Saint Laurent: His Life and Times

Posted by Miss Ess, December 12, 2008 07:49pm | Post a Comment
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One of the most interesting and endearing films I saw this year on DVD was 2002's Yves Saint Laurent: His Life and Times, a documentary covering the incredible life of the revolutionary designer. His Life and Times is followed by 5 Avenue Marceau 75116 Paris, in which we observe the entire process of the creation of Saint Laurent's final collection. In these films, Saint Laurent is noticeably shy and sweet, despite how luxurious and decadent his lifestyle became as his fashion house's stature grew over 40ish years. He discusses his family, his muses, his lovers, his struggle with his own sexuality, all in a humble and soft-spoken manner.

Saint Laurent began as the head of the House of Dior, appointed by Dior himself, when he was just 21 years old. After a traumatic, hazing-filled 20-day stint in the French Army fighting the Algerian War of Independence, Saint Laurent left the army only to find he had lost le smoking suit yves saint laurenthis job at Dior. The stress of it all led him to be committed to an asylum, where he received electro-shock therapy. When he got out, he started his own fashion house with his intrepid life partner Pierre Bergé, who is also interviewed in the documentary. Saint Laurent's Le Smoking tuxedo suit for women was a landmark and helped his popularity to explode by the mid-60s. Despite waxing and waning drug and alcohol addiction, hIs career continued with success and his House flourished and continues to have booming popularity, although sadly Saint Laurent died June 1, 2008.

Global Language Monitor's 2008's Top Word, Phrase, Name

Posted by Whitmore, December 12, 2008 04:19pm | Post a Comment

So far we have seen competing Dictionaries select “Hypermiling” and / or “bailout,” as the 2008 Word of the Year, but…
 
The Global Language Monitor not only selects the Top Word of the Year but also the Top Phrase and Top Name of the year… the whole shit and caboodle right here all the way from the fine city of Austin, Texas! Ladies and gentleman once again … the Top Word for 2008:
 
Change
 
The Top Phrase: “Financial Tsunami
 
And the Top Name: “Barack Obama
 
These results are from the annual survey of the English language from the Global Language Monitor. By the way, the estimated number of words in the English language now stands at 998,751. And English-speakers world wide now number about 1.58 billion people.
 
The analysis was completed using “GLM’s Predictive Quantities Indicator (PQI), the proprietary algorithm that tracks words and phrases in the media and on the Internet. The words are tracked in relation to frequency, contextual usage and appearance in global media outlets, factoring in long-term trends, short-term changes, momentum and velocity.”
 
The GLM’s top selections for 2007 were all ‘green’ oriented:  “Hybrid” was the Top Word, “Climate Change” was the Top Phrase, and the Top Name was Al Gore, who won the Nobel Prize for his efforts on Global Warming through his film An Inconvenient Truth.
 
So here are the Global Language Monitor’s Top Ten Words for 2008:
 
Change - The top political buzzword of the 2008 Presidential campaign.
Bailout - Would have been higher on the list but didn’t really appear in the media until September.
Obamamania - Describing the worldwide reaction to Barack Obama’s campaign and victory in the US presidential race.
Greenwashing - Repositioning a product to stress its Earth-friendly attributes.
Surge - Military and political strategy often cited as reducing violence in Iraq.
Derivative - Exotic financial instruments used to cleverly package junk-grade debt.
Subprime - Mortgages that were packaged as derivatives.
Foreclosure - The dead end-result of the sub-prime mess.
Phelpsian - Word coined to describe Michael Phelps winning eight gold medals at the Beijing Olympics.
Chinglish - The Chinese/English language hybrid that Beijing tried to stamp out before the Olympics began.
 
The Top Ten Phrases for 2008:
 
Financial Tsunami - Describing the worldwide financial apocalypse stemming from the subprime mortgage debacle.
Global Warming - The second most talked about buzzword in the Presidential Campaign.
Yes We Can - Yeah baby!
Lame Duck - The lamest, duckiest of all, but delicious in a sauce of ground cinnamon, allspice, ginger, garlic, chili powder with a tbsp soy sauce and honey on a bed of saffron rice.
Working Class Whites - Apparently code for whites who are working class. 
“It is, what it is” - This year’s “unfortunately, those are the facts ma’am.”
Lip Synching - From the little girl, Lin Miaoke, who didn’t sing the song the whole world saw her sing at the Beijing Olympics opening ceremony.
Price of oil - Today a barrel of oil was about $47.86 on the N.Y. Mercantile Exchange.
Super Tuesday - Super maybe, but not a hell of a lot got settled that Tuesday.
Suddenness Happens - Top Chinglish Phrase from the Beijing Olympics.
 
The Top Ten Names for 2008:
 
Barack Obama 
George W. Bush 
Michael Phelps
Hilary Clinton
Vladimir Putin 
Bono
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad 
Sarah Palin
John McCain 
Beyonce
 
And just for the hell of it, the Top Celeb Couple of 2008: Nicolas Sarkozy and Carla Bruni (replacing David Beckham and Posh Spice). The French President and his former supermodel wife were married on February 2, 2008.

Celebrating the 4th annual Christmas is the BEST holiday extravaganza!

Posted by Kelly S. Osato, December 12, 2008 03:28pm | Post a Comment
Christmas is the Best CD by Uni & Dr. Trucker
A couple of years ago some friends of mine, Uni (of Uni & her Ukelele fame) and Dr. Trucker (also known as Amoeba's AV master Gabe Wheeler), made their very own Christmas CD called Christmas is the Best! It's chock full of hits, literally with one song actually being titled "The Hit," and exciting original material that has come to be cherished and celebrated in the annual holiday showcase of the same name. This year we'll be cooling it down and heating it up with Uni and Dr. Trucker and frMariel a la Mode performs at Christmas is the Bestiends on Sunday December 14th at Annie's Social Club in San Francisco so get off the couch and come on down to see what all the fuss is about!

Beginning at 7pm there will be crafts and arts including popcorn and cranberry garland threading as well as countdown-to-Christmas paper chains and snowflake cut outs and face painting. Also, please feel free to bring any crap gift you've received for the "shitty re-gift exchange" and, if you can spare any, please bring a non-perishable food item for Mariel a la Mode, our near and dear (and very hungry) sassy, sweet burlesque darling who will also be performing in the show (if you bring something tasty you just might see her pasties). Other acts include the comic stylings of Amoeba's own Sean Murphy, Jumpin Justin of Apple Pie Hopes, Tippy Canoe, Dottie Lux, Ricky Berger, and the fun and unusual vocal duo Corvette Summer who promise to display creations of Christmas never before imagined. Joining the above of course will be Uni & her Ukelele and Dr. Trucker performing songs from their Christmas is the Best opus with Emily and Double DIPtheorya -- a dramatic dance team featuring yours truly. Expect a few surprises as well as an end of the night "smooth and sweaty" dance party to top off this once a year confection of holiday highs and Christmas, umm, thighs. Everyone wins! As Uni and Dr. Trucker would say, "It's Christmas Time -- I'm soooo EXCITED!" Do yourself a favor and come on out to the show, especially you Scrooge McHaters out there...at worst you'll have the best Christmastime of your life, I can guarantee it!
uni & dr. trucker perform it's christmas time!
uni & dr. trucker christmas is the best dance partyuni dances at christmas is the best
                                                                                                                                                                         Here is Uni & her Ukelele and Mariel a la Mode performing "All I Want for Christmas is U" with a special guest appearance by Nappi:

It's Getting Bleak Out There; Therefore, We Have Leonard Cohen

Posted by Miss Ess, December 12, 2008 01:45pm | Post a Comment
As the weather turns chillier and the sky is becoming both bleaker and darker and darker with each passing evening, I'm feeling more and more introverted in general and also more contemplative in my quieter moments. In these times, I turn to Leonard Cohen.

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His voice is macabre and deep as he delivers masterfully written lyrics, lyrics which slowly and delicately unwrap like layers of an onion, leaving the listener with a sombre, twisting, truth-filled puzzle to muddle and steep like a bag of tea in his or her mind. Here are two of his performances that I find particularly striking as the temperature drops.

First, "The Stranger Song" from Songs of Leonard Cohen.



Then, "A Singer Must Die." I apologize that there is no video for this one, but the song is so heavy and evocative on its own, I don't really think it needs one in the end. Each line contributes to the forming of a developing picture in the mind. The song is from Cohen's album New Skin For the Old Ceremony.

St. Lucy's Day (Sankta Lucia)

Posted by Eric Brightwell, December 12, 2008 10:28am | Post a Comment
Lucia by Carl Larsson 1908

Tomorrow is St. Lucy's Day, a holiday primarily observed in Northern and Central Europe, and the Upper Midwest. If it seems odd for Lutherans to observe a St. Day, it's because it sort of is. Then again, as with most Christian observances, the holiday's roots have nothing to do with saints or Christianity.

St. Lucy's Day begins with a young girl clad in white with a lit crown of candles positioned in her hair in a fir wreath (or lingonberry or whortleberry twigs). She leads a procession of candle-bearing girls with coffee, ginger snaps, glog and St. Lucia buns (lussekatter). Sometimes there are boys in conical hats known as "star boys." The children sing Lucia songs which provide a welcome break from Christmas Carols.

Legend of Santa Lucia

Falling near the longest night of the year, the symbolism of young maidens bearing light-bringing fire and bounty isn't too hard to figure out, but if you must know the official Christian version of events, then here you go. Officially, Lucia helped the early Christians in Italy who hid in the catacombs. In order to see, but needing to bring food in her hands, she contructed a wreath of candles. Yeah... right.

Lussi die dunkle kidnapping children

The truth is that before the light-bringing Lucy was invented, Germanic people and their neighbors observed "Lussi Night." The figure, Lussi die dunkle, was a dark, evil female spirit that came on the 13th of December to punish those with uncompleted tasks. Similar (and perhaps to related) to Lillith, the Mesopotamian storm demons, Lussi also preyed upon children. In fact, a whole mob of Lussiferda (Lisle-Ståli, Store-Ståli, Ståli Knapen, Tromli Harebakka, Sisill, Surill, Hektetryni and Botill) would go around an enter houses through chimneys to kidnap children. Sound vaguely familiar?

1997 INTERVIEW WITH CAMERA SHY BETTIE PAGE

Posted by Billyjam, December 12, 2008 06:14am | Post a Comment

Bettie Page, the eternally popular sexy 1950s pin-up model who died yesterday at age 85, conducted this TV interview eleven years ago. "I wouldn't want to see a model when she's old and out of shape. Who would?... I hate old age," said the Southern accented Page. Interviewed at age 74 in 1997 by Real Life entertainment reporter Tim Estiloz, she refused to be shown on camera. "I don't want to be photographed in old age," said the former model, who retired at age 34.

If you know little about Bettie Page's career (which remarkably only lasted seven years but whose influence is felt to this day) this is a good primer. Page, who was also known as Betty, was placed on life support last week after suffering a heart attack in Los Angeles and never regained consciousness, as was reported by the AP. Apparently before the heart attack, Page had been hospitalized for three weeks with pneumonia.

As outlined in the above TV piece, her once risque photos included a centerfold in the January 1955 issue of then-fledgling Playboy magazine, as well as controversial sadomasochistic poses. Hugh Hefner, Playboy founder, told AP that "I think that she was a remarkable lady, an iconic figure in pop culture who influenced sexuality, taste in fashion, someone who had a tremendous impact on our society."

To read the full AP report on Bettie Page's death and often turbulent life go to the SF Gate website.

HOW-TO DO THE ADULATION JIGGITY-JIG

Posted by Billyjam, December 12, 2008 05:17am | Post a Comment

How-to do the adulation jiggity-gig, including such moves as the basic step, the full-body shimmy,  shoulder plunge, the jazz hands, belly rub, and of course, the overbite.

December 10, 2008

Posted by phil blankenship, December 12, 2008 12:30am | Post a Comment
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out this week 12/9...cat power...mark kozelek...welcome wagon...sufjan stevens...

Posted by Brad Schelden, December 11, 2008 11:21pm | Post a Comment
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Christmas
is so close that I can already feel it being over. Holidays go by so fast that they are always over before you know it. This whole year went by pretty quickly, but I guess it actually took the same amount of time as the year before. It just felt quicker is what I mean. But a lot did really happen this year, and if you thought there were not very many albums out this year you are simply wrong. You might've just had to look a little bit harder this year.

Since the year is quickly winding down, there's only a couple more street dates of releases. This week includes releases from two of my favorites. One of them is only avaialbe on vinyl and the other is just a new sort of collection, but they are still worth our time to talk about. Cat Power still remains one of my favorite singers and personalities. Some might have turned their back on her, while others are still discovering the genius that is the sad, sad voice of Chan Marshall. Chan Marshall is Cat Power, just in case you didn't know. I have had my ups and downs with her over the years, but I have always stood by her side and always been a fan. If you have not heard her albums yet, you should come on down to Amoeba and pick one up. It is never too late to become a Cat Power fan. Or if you already have her entire catalog, you will need to complete it with this album. There is no time like Christmas to listen to Cat Power. Might not seem like the obvious choice for Christmas music, and she doesn't actually have any Christmas albums, but I always like listening to her around the holidays for some reason. I guess for the same reason I like listening to The Carpenters' Christmas Album. I like mixing dark and intense music with such a festive and joyous time. I am actually one of those people that does love Christmas, but I like my Christmas a little darker thancat power chan marshall normal.

Carl Craig, Gamall, Jonah Sharp, & {KONTROL} DJs in SF

Posted by Billyjam, December 11, 2008 12:40pm | Post a Comment


If you are in the Bay Area there is one really great lineup at the Demon Days party at club Mezzanine in San Francisco tonight featuring legendary Detroit producer/DJ Carl Craig along with Gamall (Demon Days, NYC), plus the Bay Area's own longtime UK transplant Jonah Sharp under his Spacetime Continuum moniker featuring Nigerian drummer Sikiru Adepoju. And to top it off, local turntable crew [KONTROL] DJs featuring Alland Byallo, Nikola Baytala, Craig Kuna, and Sammy D will also be spinning throughout the night.

Carl Craig, accurately described as "the forefather of the second wave of Detroit techno," picked up where Juan Atkins and company started with that strain of electronic music in the Michigan city. In addition to being a super-talented, dedicated producer/DJ/remixer, Craig is also a committed cultural anthropologist and in 2000 was chosen as curator of the first Detroit Electronic Music Festival (something he since discontinued, as curator but not as a performer). As is evident in the above recent interview with the artist by UK based dollop, Carl Craig is always aware of and giving props to his city of Detroit and all the artists who have hailed from "the motor city" over the years including Kevin Saunderson, Bob Seger, Iggy Pop, carl craigand the White Stripes.

DIRTY BOOGIE DANCE FROM HAIRSPRAY

Posted by Billyjam, December 11, 2008 10:37am | Post a Comment


The dance of the day is the once phenomenally popular, albeit highly controversial, "dirty boogie" dance. This clip is from the classic John Waters' 1988 movie Hairspray, in which Ricki Lake's "pleasantly pluhairspraymp" teenaged character Tracy Turnblad and her peers are shaking their thing down in the aisles of Baltimore's small but packed Motormouth Records store in a racially tense America, circa 1962. 

The dance part is for the first minute or so of the above clip, which is a nine minute unedited excerpt from the recommended Waters movie which, as you know, was remade last year by director Adam Shankman with John Travolta, Michelle Pfeiffer, & Christopher Walken, etc. Personally I much prefer the original. Both versions are available on DVD @ Amoeba Music. Ask for help if you cannot locate. Note however that the CD/LP soundtrack of the 1988 Hairspray, also available at Ameoba, does not include the song featured during this dance. And if you missed it the first time around, peep the video below of the interview with John Waters below during his Amoeba Music Hollywood instore last year in support of his CD A Date With John Waters (New Line Records).

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The Merriam-Webster‘s Dictionary 2008 Word of the Year:

Posted by Whitmore, December 10, 2008 04:06pm | Post a Comment

You can call it the hedonistic hype of hyperbole, a mêlée or metaphors, the clash of colossal lexicons, but each year competing Dictionaries select a “Word of the Year,” so far in 2008 we’ve seen the New Oxford American Dictionary choose the word “hypermiling” … but today we listen in awe to a new utterance ...

Ladies and Gentlemen, in this corner! Weighing in at three consonants and four vowels … a Noun … The Merriam-Webster‘s Dictionary pick for the 2008 Word of the Year:

“Bailout”

Bailout is defined as "a rescue from financial distress."
Merriam-Webster’s Word of the Year selection began in 2003. In their freshman year they settled on, in my opinion, a slightly anemic choice: “Democracy.” However, number two on the list in ‘03 was “Quagmire,” a favorite word of mine and patron to my mindset and lifestyle. But in each year since, the Merriam-Webster selection has often proven to be excellent and playful. The 2004 word was “blog.” In 2006 the word of the year was “Truthiness” coined by Stephen Colbert on The Colbert Report, the definition: “Truth coming from the gut, not books; preferring to believe what you wish to believe, rather than what is known to be true.” And last year's surprise choice included a couple of zeroes in its spelling: “w00t,” meaning “An Expression of joy after triumph or for no reason at all."

Merriam-Webster picks its Word of the Year by considering the number of online searches for an unusual term and how much that word has slipped into everyday conversation. Bailout hit the top of the Google charts after this year’s unprecedented financial meltdown and apocalypse. $700 billion worth of “what the hell” compelled millions of web surfers to lookup the word within just a few weeks of the September Banking bailout announcement.

Several of the terms in the Merriam-Webster’s Top Ten were the direct result of the other big news story of the year, the Presidential campaign: “maverick,” “bipartisan,” “rogue,” “socialism,” and “vet.”

Here are Merriam-Webster’s Top Ten Words for 2008:

1 - Bailout (noun): a rescue from financial distress
2 - Vet (transitive verb):  to evaluate for possible approval or acceptance
3 - Socialism (noun): any of various economic and political theories advocating collective or governmental ownership and administration of the means of production and distribution of goods
4 - Maverick (noun): an independent individual who does not go along with a group or party
5 - Bipartisan (adjective): marked by or involving cooperation, agreement, and compromise between two major political parties
6 - Trepidation (noun): timorous uncertain agitation
7 - Precipice (noun): a hazardous situation
8 - Rogue (noun): a mischievous person
9 - Misogyny (noun): a hatred of women
10 - Turmoil (noun): a state or condition of extreme confusion, agitation, or commotion

The original Disco Dancers on Captain Planet

Posted by Billyjam, December 10, 2008 08:49am | Post a Comment

Shabarcs in India is to thank for today's Dance of the Day. Titled "The original Disco Dancers on Captain Planet," these nine dancers (eight in glittery tops, the main one in dark suit, all in sunglasses) display some not quite so synchronized moves -- but all are having an apparently really good time as they move to (of all things) the Captain Planet theme. Note how their freeform style even includes some country dance moves. "Captain Planet, he's a hero. Gonna take pollution down to zero."

December 9, 2008

Posted by phil blankenship, December 9, 2008 11:28pm | Post a Comment
Punisher War Zone movie ticket stub Graumans Chinese


After many, many trips to the Chinese theatre,
I finally fulfilled my dream of being the ONLY patron in attendance for a show.
I'm not talking about the smaller Chinese 6 next door
where I've been alone many times. The BIG Chinese.
Thank you Punisher: War Zone. 










ps. this is my 599th post!

The future of Blu-Ray

Posted by Eric Brightwell, December 9, 2008 09:05pm | Post a Comment

Batman
This town needs an enema
The Dark Knight was released today (December 9th) on DVD and Blu-Ray. It will, no doubt, be yet another enormously popular title on DVD -- but for Blu-Ray, it's being viewed by some as a make-it-or-break-it title. You may've noticed Blu-Ray commercials are beginning to sparingly pop up on TV. This is part of a curiously cautious, last ditch effort to boost the troubled format's fortunes. Last Christmas, sluggish sales of HD DVD resulted in that format's extinction the following spring. Some thought that Blu-Ray, as the victor of the so-called format war, would benefit from a sales boost from cautious buyers who'd been waiting to see what format triumphed. But instead Blu-Ray player sales dropped 40% in the first month of the year, then plateaued before dropping to less than half their peak sales not long after. Like LaserDiscs before them, Blu-Rays offer superior quality at a higher price but appeal only to a niche market. It remains to be seen if this market can grow sufficiently to keep Blu-Rays viable.

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Legendary Photographer Herman Leonard Visits Amoeba

Posted by Amoebite, December 9, 2008 05:08pm | Post a Comment

Herman Leonard Signing
Sunday December 14, 2008 - 4pm
Amoeba Hollywood

You may not know Herman Leonard's name, but you know his photographs. You know them intimately. Close your eyes, think of Jazz, and thank him.

With a camera as his backstage pass, Herman Leonard photographed the giants of jazz in their golden age, movie stars on set and on their travels to exotic places, the fashion world of Paris in the 1960s, and the inner sanctums of his beloved New Orleans.

His friendships with the jazz greats allowed him to vividly capture the magical moments of the Harlem and Paris jazz clubs in the 1940s and 50s, using his unique command of cinematic lighting to capture the essence of the time.

To Leonard, Dizzy Gillespie was a "monument to jazz . . . a pure soul." In Dizzy Gillespie, Royal Roost, NYC, 1948, Leonard aimed his camera diagonally, catching Gillespie in profile as he played his trumpet below an undulating, metallic ceiling.

"...I just loved the jazz and I would go to the clubs where I could see them." - Herman Leonard.

In the photograph Ella Fitzgerald with Duke Ellington and Benny Goodella fitzgeraldman Downbeat Club, NYC, 1949, the great lady of jazz sings to her adoring fans a few feet away. All look enchanted, but Duke Ellington, clasping his hands to his chin, is clearly the most enraptured.

New Oxford American Dictionary 2008 Word Of the Year

Posted by Whitmore, December 9, 2008 12:53pm | Post a Comment

Every year the New Oxford American Dictionary chooses the word of the year. Ladies and gentleman, your 2008 Word of the Year:
 
hypermiling.
 
The word “Hypermiling” was coined by Wayne Gerdes in 2004; he runs the website cleanmpg.com. “Hypermiling” or “to hypermile” is an attempt to maximize gas mileage by making adjustments to a car or driving habits by using more fuel-conserving techniques.
 
Hypermilers try to push their gas mileage to the extreme outer limits of the EPA ratings for miles per gallon. Most of the methods followed by hypermilers are pretty much just your common sense recommendations that’ll save you a few bucks on gas and car maintenance over the course of the year, such as: driving the speed limit, avoiding hills and stop-and-go traffic, maintaining proper tire pressure, not accelerating up to red lights and stop signs, not allowing your car to idle excessively, getting rid of excess cargo, parking so you don’t have to back out of a space. But typical of our American ethos and pushing anything sensible to the limits of reason, some hypermilering techniques may be a little oblique or even illegal, like rolling through stop signs or driving without shoes on -- the sensitivity of your foot on the gas pedal makes you more attentive, or 'ridge-riding' which is driving with your tires lined up with the white line at the edge of the road to avoid driving through water-filled ruts in the road when it’s raining or following close behind a larger vehicle so as to cut down on wind resistance, some call it drafting, others call it tail-gating. But here is an odd yet very true notion: if you want to get better gas mileage, listen to slower music. Fast paced music can make a driver more impatient, more aggressive and likely to put the pedal to the metal. Listening to slower paced music tends to reduce stress, is more relaxing and lends itself to safer driving. I’m not sure about the effect of talk radio on driving, I couldn’t find any data. Personally it makes me want to take public transportation or ride a bike… which I think is the best hypermiling idea anyway.
 
Meanwhile here are the runner ups for New Oxford American Dictionary 2008 Word of the Year:
 
frugalista – A person who leads a frugal lifestyle, but stays fashionable, hip and healthy by buying second-hand or swapping items such as produce, clothes or furniture and who might grow and maintain a garden, sew or cook at home and use a Flowbee to cut their own hair.
moofer – A mobile out of office worker who works away from a fixed workplace, via technology by using a laptop, Blackberry, etc., or a moofer is, as some have suggested, the 21st century equivalent of a slacker but with a better salary and health plan.
topless meeting -- A meeting in which the participants are barred from using their laptops, Blackberries, cellphones, or anything invented after 1977.
toxic debt -- Mainly sub-prime debts that are now burning down our banking system. They were parceled up and sent around the global financial system like toxic waste, hence the allusion, hence our economic oblivion.

SHAKE THAT GROOVE THANG

Posted by Billyjam, December 9, 2008 12:52pm | Post a Comment


For this Dance of the Day, visibly schooled disco dancers Bobby and Cissy from the Lawrence Welk Show, sporting some extremely eye-catching and colorful matching outfits, shake their collective groove thang to a Welk orchestrated version of "Love Will Keep Us Together." Yowsah! Yowsah! Yowsah!

(In which Job reveals holiday party hints.)

Posted by Job O Brother, December 9, 2008 11:25am | Post a Comment
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"Ho ho ho! Who needs a pancreas?"

It’s only December 9, and already my body is exhausted from all the sugar and booze it’s ingested. I know, oh my readers, why Santa is a fat man. Santa, in fact, is probably suffering with diabetes. It would explain last year when, as he was trying to stuff the life-sized, life-like Annette Funicello robot I had asked for into my San Francisco 49ers stocking (a last-minute purchase at Target – it was either that or a Hannah Montana stocking that had a glue-gun scar); Santa was working his magic but, in-between “ho ho ho” he was mumbling about polyuria, polydipsia and polyphagia in a manner not so jolly.

That last sentence was epic. Somewhere, the ghost of Proust just got a boner. Can I say boner on the Amoeblog? I’m not well.

My boyfriend, Corey, and I just hosted our annual Christmas party. I was in charge of the food. I went for a “dip” theme. That is, rather than merely offer chips & salsa or chips & guacamole, our dips included:

•    Pumpkin pie & fresh whipped cream dip, served with cinnamon/sugar pita chips
•    NY Cheesecake dip, served with thick graham crackers
•    Chocolate fudge dip, served with fresh & dried fruit
•    Peanut butter / mustard / honey dip, served with pretzels
•    Red wine dip, served with Pfeffernüsse

Our pal Kamran also contributed queso & tortilla chips, because some of the guests were Texan, and I guess their tradition demands queso at every gathering, otherwise they… secede or something.

Warlords Of The Twenty-First Century

Posted by phil blankenship, December 7, 2008 03:47pm | Post a Comment
Warlords Of The 21st Century post-apocalyptic movie  Warlords of the 21st Century aka Battletruck

Warlords of the 21st Century plot synopsis

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I CAN'T BELIEVE IT'S NOT ANARCHY IN THE UK

Posted by Billyjam, December 7, 2008 10:53am | Post a Comment


Former Sex Pistols front man Johnny "Rotten" Lydon's recent TV commercial in the UK for Country Life Butter has had a mixed response by fans of the man's music. Some laugh off the ad (above) which was unveiled in October as just a bit of fun and a way for the musician to make some needed funds. Others, including JAMsponge, who made the song/video "I Can't Believe Johnny Rotten Has Done an Advert for Butter" below, are outraged by the former poster boy for anarchy in the UK who they accuse of "selling out." 

The Gadget Laid Bare: Some Rambling Thoughts On Quantum of Solace (2008), Liberalism, Montage, Stalin's Aesthetics and A.I.

Posted by Charles Reece, December 6, 2008 07:26pm | Post a Comment
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I'm not much of a James Bond fanatic; I can take him or leave him, and have tended towards the latter for the past 20 years of installments. I grew up on the Roger Moore version, but the problem with the Quantum of Solace upcoming posterfranchise started there, only getting worse with each new Bond film. Too many gadgets and too many one-liners were used to cover the fact that Sean Connery had been replaced with a bunch of pantywaists (except George Lazenby, but his reign ended after one film). Not that there's anything wrong with wit, it's just that in an action film it should be backed with the assurance of brawn. That's why Christian Bale makes for a better Batman than Michael Keaton or George Clooney. No matter how editing might be able to slice and dice the action sequences, there's always going to be an aesthetic flaw in any machismo-centered film where the physiognomy and somatotype of the lead don't meet the iconic demands of the hero. (Just consider two recent examples: fresh-faced fratboy Matt Damon playing a badass in the Bourne Trilogy and pipsqueak Freddy Rodriguez as a renegade secret ops soldier in Planet Terror.)

Night Terror

Posted by phil blankenship, December 6, 2008 01:56pm | Post a Comment
Night Terror horror movie  Night Terror directed by Michael Weaver & Paul Howard

Night Terror horror video on Magnum Entertainment

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PAUL McCARTNEY AMOEBA MUSIC LIVE RECORDINGS UP FOR GRAMMYS

Posted by Billyjam, December 6, 2008 12:07pm | Post a Comment
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Thanks to Amoeba Marc for linking to the recent BeatlesNews.com blog which noted that Paul McCartney got name checked twice on the Grammy announcements TV special on Wednesday night this week when the nominations for the 51st Annual Grammy Awards were announced. The former Beatle has been nominated for two Grammys for the tracks "I Saw Her Standing There" & "That Was Me" from his live record, Amoeba's Secret, which was recorded live at Amoeba Music Hollywood, last year. Click here to read full blog or here to see pics from that McCartney instore at the Hollywood location on June 27, 2007, and  click here to read about it in a past Amoeblog.

Ped-Antics

Posted by Mr. Chadwick, December 6, 2008 11:10am | Post a Comment
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Carly Simon the Boys in the Trees LP coverbilly joel streetlife serenade LP back coverPeabo Bryson Take No Prisoners LP cover
carly simon playing possum LP back coverRick James Come and Get It LP coverThe Graduate Soundtrack LP cover
Another round of exposed toes for all of you Elmer Batters fans out there. ..
Mark Radice ain't nothin' but a party lp coverTony Macalpine edge of sanity lp coverMark Radice ain't nothin' but a party lp  back cover
Jazzercise LP back coverLesley Duncan maybe it's lost lp coverGeorge Shearing New Look! LP cover
Mcguinn Hollman LP back coverTracy Chapman Crossroads Lp coverRobey, Falk & Bod Kentucky Gambler LP cover
Sea Level cats on the coast lp coverThe Surfadelics Lp coverPhillip & Lloyd the Blues Busters lp cover
the Castells So This Is Love LP coverThelma Houston Any Way You Like It LP coverBurt Kaempfert living it up LP cover

Tell Me That You Love Me

Posted by phil blankenship, December 5, 2008 03:27pm | Post a Comment
Tell Me That You Love Me directed by Tzipi Trope  Tell Me That You Love Me on Lightning video

Tell Me That You Love Me plot synposis

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Happy Repeal Day

Posted by Eric Brightwell, December 5, 2008 02:23pm | Post a Comment
Today marks the anniversary of the 75th anniversary of the repeal of prohibition in the US. From 1920-1933, hooch went underground because a bunch of Christofacists wanted to legislate morality. Proving that the church and state have never been terribly separate, these teetotalers decided that, even though Jesus liked to turn water into wine, what's good enough for the Messiah isn't good enough for us. Hollywood used the opportunity to make a lot of movies which focused on moonshining, bootlegging, rum-running and speakeasies. So, crack open a cold one and consider watching one of these flicks.

Thunder Road Baby Face MorganBugsy Malone
  Her Kind of Man

Incendiary Blonde Lucky Lady The Moonshine War
  Night World

Queen of the Night Clubs  Slight Case of Murder  This Earth is Mine

What, No Beer?

Milk: "If a Bullet Should Enter My Brain, Let That Bullet Destroy Every Closet Door in the Country.”

Posted by Miss Ess, December 5, 2008 12:38pm | Post a Comment
This past weekend both Brad and I had the chance to see Milk in theaters. It opened nationwide this week. We wanted to share our post-film conversation here for you, and hopefully start more conversations about this film and its much loved and admired subject.

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Miss Ess: Tell me about your movie-going experience seeing Milk! Where did you see the film? Was it a crowded screening? Did the audience react at all? What did you think of the film overall?
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Brad: I am still recovering from this movie watching experience. Seeing movies in theaters is for sure one of my all time favorite things to do. I can't imagine my life without it -- and it is movies like this that continue my obsession. Every once in a while I worry that I have already seen all the great movies of my lifetime -- like I will never see a film again as good as the ones that I have already seen. And I had really high hopes for this film. Gus Van Sant is one of my favorite directors. My Own Private Idaho is probably one of my favorite films of all time. I am staring at the poster in my bedroom right now. I saw this movie when I was 17 and it had a really powerful impact on me. River Phoenix died two years later, so I have those two events forever tied together in my memory. The film became even more powerful and tragic because of his death. It is as if his character has died with the actual actor. Even though he made a couple of films after Idaho this is the film I will always remember him for. And of course Heath Ledger died a couple of years after he made Brokeback Mountain. It is too weird how similar his life and career was to River Phoenix. It is also sort of like James Dean and Rebel Without Ariver phoenix my own private idaho Cause. Rebel was the My Own Private Idaho of its time. That is about as much of a gay story as you were going to get in 1955. It is sort of perfect that James Franco played James Dean in that James Dean movie and is now in the Milk movie. I just started thinking about this because of Milk too. Milk obviously ends with a real life tragedy and death. But hopefully Sean Penn will be around for many more decades to bring us many more fantastic films, both in acting and directing.

Krampus

Posted by Eric Brightwell, December 5, 2008 10:07am | Post a Comment
Last year I posted an entry about St. Nicholas and the rather unsavory company he keeps. Child murderers, demons and hags (oh my). Well, the Krampus proved very popular, earning me another nickname that has stuck around throughout the year.

The Krampus is a demon that, with the approval of kindly St. Nick, terrorizes bad children and apparently lusts after the ladies. His chief implements of torture seem to be a switch and a tongue which would embarass Gene Simmons. This is designed to frighten children into behaving well. Germanic peoples have always understood that the best way to rear children is by keeping them terrified of the consequences of bad behavior. My mother used to get on the phone to call "The Nanny," a character who rammed food down the throats of ungrateful children with her thorny stick. I credit my continued membership in the Clean Plate Club to these threats.

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If you've never read Der Struwwelpeter then you don't know what you're missing. It's a childrens book which uses stories and wonderful illustrations to suggest that misbehavior is likely to end in disaster and even death. It's a wonderful tool.

So, enjoy these Krampuses, have a happy St. Nicholas Day and behave or die!

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First Krampus scours the globe. With many means of travel available, hiding is futile.

AMOEBA MUSIC WEEKLY HIP-HOP ROUND UP 12:05:08

Posted by Billyjam, December 5, 2008 08:09am | Post a Comment
Amoeba Music San Francisco Hip-Hop Top Five: 12-05-08

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1) E40 The Ball Street Journal (Sic Wid It/Warner)

2) San Quinn From A Boy To A Man (SMC/Fontana)

3) Bored Stiff The Sad Truth (SolidarityRecords)

4) Kanye West 808s & Heartbreak (Roc-A-Fella Records)

5) Ludacris Theater of the Mind (Disturbing tha Peace/Def Jam)

Thanks to Luis at the San Francisco Amoeba Music store for this week's Hip-Hop Top Five chart. Three of these five best sellers are homegrown Bay Area rap talent, including E40's anticipated The Ball Street Journal which, according to Luis, has been "selling well since it was bored stiff the sad truthreleased last Tuesday." The other two Bay Area new chart entries are from longtime San Francisco hip-hop acts: the Fillmore's San Quinn, whose latest From A Boy To A Man is selling especially well at the SF Amoeba, and Bored Stiff, whose The Sad Truth features many guests joining the multi-member crew including The Grouch and The Jacka of the Mob Figaz. Check the video interview below with Bored Stiff to learn more about this slept-on longtime local act. 

Regarding the other two new chart entries Luis says he is feeling one more than the other although, he stressed, each are "good in their own right." What does he think of Kanye West's new album 808s & Heartbreak which many, myself included, have been disappointed in? "Yes, it is hard to listen to as a whole, but if you play certain tracks individually you can see why many people are liking it and buying it. It ludacris theater of the minddeserves checking out," insisted Luis. And to his credit Kanye West deserves praise for always trying something new, as well as always sticking to his beliefs. Even if I am not always a fan of the man's music I will forever give him props for his brave outspoken post Hurricane Katrina "George Bush doesn't care about black people" statement.

Paul Benedict (Jeffersons/Spinal Tap) R.I.P.

Posted by Billyjam, December 5, 2008 08:08am | Post a Comment
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As reported in the Obitiuaries section of this morning's LA Times, the actor Paul Benedict was found dead at his home on Martha's Vineyard. Benedict was best known to most as the actor who played the eccentric English neighbor Harry Bentley on the televiison sitcom The Jeffersons but he was also known for his small role in the movie This Is Spinal Tap as the "twisted old fruit" hotel desk clerk. See clip below. 

Unlike the neighbor character he played in the TV series, the actor  was not English. Benedict was 70 years of age. The cause of his death is still under investigation according to his brother, reports the LA Times.

M/R/X is back

Posted by Mr. Chadwick, December 4, 2008 10:35pm | Post a Comment

                        
                         M/R/X is happening this Saturday nite...Mark Lane will be performing...
                         Veronica from East Village Radio & Minimal Wave Records will be DJing...
                        


out this week 11/18 & 11/24...beyonce...the killers...belle & sebastian...

Posted by Brad Schelden, December 4, 2008 10:33pm | Post a Comment
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I don't really know what happened to November, but all of a sudden I woke up and it was Thanksgiving and now it is December. I sincerely apologize for not updating this blog in the last couple of weeks. I had that cold that everyone seemed to get and there really has not been a whole lot out in the last few weeks of November. So I am combining a couple of street dates of new releases here. Way back on 11/18 we had that big R & B album that I know you were waiting for by Beyonce. Well, I know I was waiting for it. Destiny's Child and Beyonce have always been one of my guilty pleasures that I don't really feel that guilty about. Ibeyonce still don't think

that solo Beyonce has topped the brilliance that was Destiny's Child, but she has put out some good songs over the years. It really was the Saturday Night Live skit a couple of weeks ago that made me fall in love with the new album. They spoofed a video shoot for the single "Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)." The new album is called I Am..Sasha Fierce. She made the album a double album even though it really is the length of a normal album. She just wanted one side of the CD the be the slow ballady album and the other the dancey Beyonce album. It is her idea of a concept album. Most people probably like to go out dancing to Beyonce or maybe drive around in their car. I just really like to do the dishes and fold the laundry to Beyonce. It works for me.



Beyonce I Am...Sasha Fierce BUY NOW

Ghostkeeper

Posted by phil blankenship, December 4, 2008 03:19pm | Post a Comment
Ghost Keeper horror movie on New World Video  Ghost Keeper starring Riva Spier

Ghost Keeper plot synopsis

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DAITO MANABE IS LITERALLY FEELING THE MUSIC

Posted by Billyjam, December 4, 2008 09:21am | Post a Comment

"I'm not feeling that music," are words that you probably won't hear uttered by Japan's experimental sound artist Daito Manabe in reference to the music he composed and is literally feeling in his ongoing electric stimulus to the face project. Above is part three, posted on YouTube, in the intriguing series by the Tokyo based artist/designer/programmer who programmed and composed with support on the stimulus device from Masaki Teruoka and Katsuhiko Harada and from Taeji Sawai with some of the sound. Click here to see videos of Daito's other interactive body/music stimulus experiments, including his cool electric sensor which is similar to what some other artists, including Amsterdam based sound artist EboMan, were doing several years back.

TVLP

Posted by Mr. Chadwick, December 4, 2008 09:20am | Post a Comment
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John Stewart Punch the Big Guy LP coverTony Randall and Jack Klugman the Odd Couple Sings LP coverSelecter Celebrate the Bullet LP coverJohn Stewart Punch the Big Guy LP back cover
Kelly Osbourne One Word Lp coverMeet Robert Clary Lp coverSuburbs lp covermara akate cover
Glen Campbell it's the world gone crazy lp coverVideo All Stars TV Jazz themes lp coverWho Hooligans LP coverGeorge Harrison Brainwashed Lp cover
Ian Matthews Spot Of Interference lp coverLegendary Stardust Cowboy LP coverRush Power Windows LabelJ Geils Band Flashback LP cover

HIP-HOP CLASSICS: EPMD, 1988 - 1992 SIX VIDEOS

Posted by Billyjam, December 4, 2008 07:55am | Post a Comment

EPMD
(aka Erick and Parrish Making Dollars), comprised of Erick Sermon & Parrish Smith, will forever remain one of the all time classic hip-hop acts. As proof, here are six music videos of some of the duo's best tracks from back in the day. From the years 1988 - 1992 these include the songs "Crossover," "The Big Payback," "So What Cha Sayin," "You Gots To Chill," the posse track "Head Banger" feat. Redman, K-Solo, and Das EFX,  "Strictly Business" -- culled from the duo's (always "business" themed) albums Strictly Business, Unfinished Business, and Business Never Personal.  Look for EPMD's music on vinyl and CD at Amoeba Music and next week (Dec 9th) check for their brand new album We Mean Business which will feature guest shots from Redman, Keith Murray, Method Man, KRS-One, Raekwon, Havoc, and others.


EPMD "Crossover" (1992)


EPMD "The BIg Payback" (1989)


EPMD "You Gots To Chill" (1988)

EPMD "So What Cha Sayin" (1989)


EPMD "Strictly Business" (1988)

Jorn Utzon 1918 - 2008

Posted by Whitmore, December 3, 2008 06:09pm | Post a Comment

The architect who designed one of the world’s most recognizable buildings, the Sydney Opera House in Australia, yet never saw the completed project, Jorn Utzon, died of heart failure in his sleep in Copenhagen this last week. He was 90.
Born April 9, 1918 in Aalborg, Denmark, Jorn Utzon studied architecture at the Royal Academy in Copenhagen. After establishing his own practice in Copenhagen in 1950, he entered the 1956 international architecture competition to design the new Sydney Opera House. He spent six months designing the unique sail-like roofs, his nautical design is said to have been inspired by sections of an orange. Utzon triumphed over 232 other entries; he was just 38 years age and hardly known outside his native country. For the next five years he worked on the project from his office in Denmark until he moved his family to Sydney to oversee construction in 1962.
It would be Utzon’s greatest design, on which most of his architectural reputation is based. It is also Australia’s most famous landmark and one of the most celebrated, influential and iconic buildings of the 20th century.
The Opera House is surrounded on three sides by the waters of Sydney Harbour at Benelong Point. The five performance halls are housed under ten reinforced concrete shells, dressed in white tiles. The sail-like shells and the upturned ships’ hulls rise 60 meters high above a four-and-a-half-acre concrete and granite platform which was inspired by the ceremonial steps of Monte Alban in Mexico.
However in 1966, seven years before completion, controversy erupted. Utzon resigned and packed up his family, leaving Australia never to return. With only the shell of the Opera House done, Utzon found himself in the middle of a power struggle and at odds with local politicians, specifically Davis Hughes, the New South Wales minister for public works who criticized the cost overruns and delays. At a price tag of more than $100 million Australian dollars, the original project was budgeted at ridiculously low estimate of $7 million. After Utzon’s resignation, the Opera House was completed by Government appointed architects who finished the interiors by drastically changing the original layouts to the five theaters.
In recent years Australia had tried reconciling with Jorn Utzon. In 2002, he was commissioned to update the interior renovations, in an attempt to alleviate the acoustic problems and bring the building closer to its original vision. In 2003, Mr. Utzon received an honorary doctorate from the University of Sydney. And in October of 2004 the Utzon Room, overlooking Sydney Harbor, was officially dedicated.
In 2003 Utzon won what is considered architecture’s highest honor, The Pritzker. Frank Gehry, one of the jurors, said Jorn Utzon “… made a building well ahead of its time, far ahead of available technology, and he persevered through extraordinary malicious publicity and negative criticism to build a building that changed the image of an entire country.”
After leaving Australia, Utzon worked in Switzerland and Spain before settling in Majorca in the mid-1970s, where he would live and work for the rest of his life. Besides designing the Sydney Opera House, he designed the Bagsværd Church in Denmark (1968-76), the National Assembly of Kuwait, completed in 1983 and rebuilt in 1993, many private residences, and his own home in Majorca.
Jorn Utzon is survived by his wife of 66 years, Lis Fenger, three children, Jan, Kim, and Lin, five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Saul Bass' PHASE IV Saturday Midnight At The New Beverly

Posted by phil blankenship, December 3, 2008 11:06am | Post a Comment

Amoeba Music and Phil Blankenship are proud to present some of our film favorites at Los Angeles’ last full-time revival movie theater. See movies the way they're meant to be seen - on the big screen and with an audience!

 




Saturday December 6

 


Phase IV(1974)

dir. Saul Bass
starring Michael Murphy, Nigel Davenport & Lynne Frederick
Paramount Archive 35mm Print!


New Beverly Cinema
7165 W Beverly Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90036
Midnight, $7

 



YouTube Symphony Orchestra takes it to next level

Posted by Billyjam, December 3, 2008 09:45am | Post a Comment

 

How do you get to Carnegie Hall? Practice. But after first downloading music (by Tan Dun) and then uploading a video of you performing said piece of music. Hot on the heels of the recent big YouTube Live event out of San Francisco, the San Bruno based video sharing website continue in their bid for worldwide web domination with their next exciting project: the first-ever collaborative online orchestra that you (if you make music) can be a part of. The project is a collaborative effort by YouTube with the London Symphony Orchestra, Carnegie Hall, director of the San Francisco Symphony conductor Michael Tilson Thomas, composer Tan Dun, and pianist Lang Lang (now known as "The first YouTube Symphony Orchestra Ambassador").

This unique project, which began accepting applicants two days ago and will continue for the next eight weeks, is open to all: both amatuer and professional musicians who play any instrument, of all ages and in all locations are encouraged to audition for the YouTube Symphony Orchestra by submitting a video performance of a new piece written for the occasion by the renowned Chinese composer Tan Dun (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon). Offered online via YouTube are tools to help learn the music, rehearse with the conductor and upload appliants part for the collaborative video.

Finalists will be chosen by a judging panel and YouTube users to travel to New York in April 2009, to participate in the YouTube Symphony Orchestra summit, and play at Carnegie Hall under the direction of Michael Tilson Thomas. The deadline for all video submissions is January 28, 2009. Official details here.

Frank Cieciorka 1939 - 2008

Posted by Whitmore, December 2, 2008 03:33pm | Post a Comment

Just over a week ago graphic artist, art director, watercolorist and political activist, Frank Cieciorka died at his home in Alderpoint, Calif. at the age of 69. The cause of death was emphysema. Since the early 1980s he has gained recognition for his watercolors of Humboldt County landscapes, but it’s his 1960’s woodcut rendering of a clenched-fist that will secure him an indelible place in history.
 
Born in Johnson City in upstate New York in1939, Cieciorka moved westward to attend San José State College in 1957 to study art. After graduation in 1964 he became a volunteer in Freedom Summer, the civil rights campaign initiated to help African Americans register to vote in Mississippi, the same campaign and summer that saw the Ku Klux Klan kidnap and murder three Freedom Summer volunteers -- James Chaney, Andrew Goodman and Michael Schwerner. Cieciorka would become a field secretary for the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), which organized the campaign.
 
In 1965 Cieciorka returned to San Francisco and created a woodcut print inspired by his experiences in Mississippi; his image, simply entitled Hand, was initially printed as a poster and flyer for the 1967 Stop the Draft Week. The image quickly struck a chord with the civil rights and anti-war movements of the day; shortly thereafter the Students for a Democratic Society incorporated the image as their logo.
 
In 1966 Cieciorka also created an image of a black panther for the Lowndes County Freedom Organization, which was started by SNCC leader Stokely Carmichael to challenge the segregationist party in Mississippi. When Huey Newton and Bobby Seale formed the Black Panther Party in Oakland, they received permission from the SNCC to use the panther image, artist Emory Douglas re-designed a bolder, more streamlined image for the Black Panther’s publications.
 
Cieciorka would go on to create posters for labor movements, including the United Farm Workers and for many radical and underground magazines including Paul Krassner's The Realist.
 
Frank Cieciorka is survived by his wife, Karen Horn, his stepdaughter, Zena Goldman Hunt and his brother, James Cieciorka.

 

Shallow Grave

Posted by phil blankenship, December 2, 2008 03:05pm | Post a Comment
Shallow Grave directed by Richard Styles  Shallow Grave video on Prism Entertainment

Shallow Grave tagline

Shallow Grave plot synopsis

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(In which we consider Léon Theremin.)

Posted by Job O Brother, December 2, 2008 12:04pm | Post a Comment
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The other day, a customer at Amoeba Music stopped me and asked:

“Do you have the correct time?”

Long after I told him what time it was, I still pondered his specification of  the type of time he wanted. That adjective, correct. What had transpired in his days of life that he should deem it wise to emphasize that he didn’t want just any time quoted to him; he didn’t want me to make up a time (“Oh, it’s a quarter after eight billion o’clock”); he also didn’t want to fall trap to any inaccurate time, as perhaps others who’d come before me had given him. No, he wanted the correct time.

And while I would have – on this I vow – I would have given him the correct time regardless of whether or not he had made certain to choose that sort of information, I feel that, by both catering to his need and also not remarking on why I thought it odd he should make lengths to get only “correct” time, I have somehow contributed to his neurosis that, unless he asks for correct time, alternate times may well be offered.

What does any of this have to do with theremins? Very little, and for that, I apologize.

So, without further ado, please enjoy the following clip:
 

The woman is the above clip is the splendiferous Clara Rockmore, widely regarded as the finest theremin player of all time. A pupil of the instrument’s inventor, Léon Theremin, she remained a stalwart champion of the man even after he suddenly and mysteriously disappeared behind the Iron Curtain in 1938.

FIENDIN' FOR THE DIRTY SOUTH: NEW ORLEANS' FIEND

Posted by Billyjam, December 2, 2008 11:40am | Post a Comment

fiendReading yesterday's great Eric Brighwell Amoeblog about New Orleans rapper Lil Slim reminded me of another great and oft slept-on New Orleans rap artist -- Fiend, whom I first met back in the nineties when he initially hooked up with Master P's No Limit label, and with whom I last talked around this time last year when he released his recommended career retrospective CD on Priority Mr. Whomp Whomp: The Best of Fiend (look for it and other Fiend releases at Amoeba Music).

That best-of collection, which features collaborations from the likes of Master P, MIa X, Snoop Dogg, Mac, and Kane & Abel, ably displays Fiend's trademark gruff, growling, gravelly Nawleans rap drawl and the rapper's edgy lyrical style, coupled with his skill for creating killer hooks (often behind-the-scenes, fueling others' success including Silkk the Shocker, Snoop Dogg, and Master P for whom he heavily contributed to the runaway MTV/crossover hit "Make Em Say Uh").

Fiend initially earned his Rakim inspired name (as in "Microphone Fiend") coming up as a distinctive young hip-hop voice in both New Orleans' 3rd Ward and 17th Ward Districts.  Born Richard Jones, he grew up in what is known as the Hollygrove area, where, from his early teens onwards he spent any free time, "Making music whenever and wherever I could. I would record all over...at people's houses," he told me, citing as among his early the best of fiend mr whomp whompinfluences: Rakim, Con Funk Shun, Earth Wind & Fire, Stevie Wonder, Curtis Mayfield, Big Daddy Kane, and Public Enemy. However even more profound an influence on his craft and his life was the sudden death of his younger brother Kevin, who was killed when Fiend was only sixteen years of age.

November 30, 2008

Posted by phil blankenship, December 1, 2008 06:42pm | Post a Comment
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AMOEBA MUSIC WEEKLY HIP-HOP ROUND UP 12:01:08

Posted by Billyjam, December 1, 2008 03:25pm | Post a Comment
 Amoeba Music Hollywood Hip-Hop Top Five
q-tip the renaissance
1) Q-Tip The Renaissance (Motown/Universal)

2) Black Milk Tronic (Fat Beats Records)

3) T.I. Paper Trail (Grand Hustle/Atlantic)

4) Kurupt & Roscoe The Frank & Jesse James Story (Highpowered Entertainment)

5) DJ Babu Duck Season Vol. 3 (Nature Sounds)

Thanks to Marques at Amoeba Music Hollywood for this week's Top Five Hip-Hop albums chart where, as with the other two Amoeba stores, Black Milk's Tronic, DJ Babu's Duck Season Vol. 3, Q-Tip's The Renaissance, and T.I.'s Paper Trail are all selling well. Also on this new chart is the wild west themed The Frank & Jesse James Story from Kurupt along with his younger brother Roscoe, aka the James Brothers. Guests on this all West Coast rap offering include Too $hort, WC, and Daz Dillinger. Keeping in the brotherly (though not technically siblings) mode is new crew The Temper Twins. Check out the group's cool new video/song "Change It Up" below. The Twins, comprised of Jimmy Temper & Tim Temper plus Shotgun, are a new Hollywood (by way of the East Bay) group whose seeds were first sown 17 long years ago at an Oakland BBQ when mod squad people's parkthen newcomer to the local hip-hop game Sunspot "Tim Temper" Jonz, later of Mystik Journeymen/Living Legends fame, first crossed paths with Julian "Jimmy Temper" Brooks, MC and founding member of the psychedelic hip-hop pioneering duo The Mod Squad who got signed to TNT Records, and then picked up by Priority Records for a hot minute, scoring a buzz with 1992's People's Park.

Lil Slim

Posted by Eric Brightwell, December 1, 2008 03:15pm | Post a Comment
Lil Slim

Lil Slim was one of the first artists to be signed to Cash Money Records. After a series of underground classics, he parted ways with the label. A couple of years later, CMR signed a multi-million dollar deal with Universal and the label's star, Juvenile, carried the new roster to success whilst Lil Slim receded into the shadows.

Hollygrove

Lil Slim lived way out in the 17th Ward on New Orleans's western edge in Hollygrove, a small, lower middle class neighborhood that also was home to Big Boy (and later, No Limit) artist, Fiend. Representing the Apple and Eagle intersection, he brought his raps to audiences at Club 49, where he performed alongside UNLV and Soulja Slim. One day, Ziggler the Wiggler introduced them to Mannie Fresh, a young DJ from the 7th Ward who'd gained a measurable degree of local fame with rapper Gregory D. Shortly after, Lil Slim was introduced to Baby and Slim, brothers and co-owners of the fledgling Cash Money Records label. They signed Lil Slim and recorded his first album in Baby's kitchen.
The Game Is Cold
The album was The Game is Cold (1993). One highlight is "Hoes I U's 2 Sweat." Another is "Bounce Slide Ride," a Bounce classic in the vein of DJ Jimi and Juvenile's "Bounce for the Juvenile" which name-checked Juvie and echoed his taste for Reeboks and Girbaud. Lil Slim's style was sing-songy, reggae-informed, repetitive and heavy on chants -- somewhat similar to Pimp Daddy, UNLV and early Juvenile. One thing that set him apart was his exaggerated Yat accent, in which the familiar interjection "Ya heard me?" sounded like "Ya hoidz me?" Cash Money was then primarily a Bounce label and a good deal of the lyrics amounted to little more than calling out wards and projects. Expecting lyrical complexity outPowder Shop of Bounce is missing the point, however, and the album is emphatically danceable. Its Intro and Outro tracks allowed Mannie Fresh to cut snippets of Slim's already sparse prose and make them almost completely abstract.

His sophomore release, Powder Shop (1994) moved a bit more into a more narrative, Gangsta territory, creating a Gangsta/Bounce hybrid made popular by his labelmates, UNLV. Some of the highlights include "Eagle St. Bounce," "True to the Game" and "Powder Shop," the latter about a heroin operation. Like a lot of early-'90s New Orleans rap, heroin is the drug most often referenced -- which is a bit unsettling, especially when the rest of the rap world was melloThug'n & Pluggin' lil slimwing with Indo, Chronic and gin 'n' juice. I guess all that dope in the Grunge scene had to come from somewhere. Listening to it now, it's shocking how much Lil Wayne and, even more so, (Young) Turk owe to his sound.