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Amoebadog Blog Part IV: Music Videos Starring Dogs

Posted by Billyjam, May 31, 2011 06:55pm | Post a Comment
         
Swedish House Mafia "Save The World" (2011)


There's a reason why so many viral videos feature cats and dogs. People love their pets and can relate to videos featuring animals that remind them of their feline or canine buddies. And this is the reason, I believe, that's fueled the phenomenal popularity of the Swedish House Mafia's latest music video for their pop-dance track "Save The World" which, since it was uploaded just twelve days ago (May 19th), has racked up an astonishing nine plus million YouTube views. The engaging video for the average song stars a cast of hero dogs of varying breeds who race to defend the attacked humans (save the world) as seen in the clip above.

After watching this video I started thinking of all the other cool music videos starring dogs and have compiled a selection of them here including Atmosphere's "Just For Show" from the Rhymesayers act;s recently released album The Family Sign and OK Go's ever popular "White Knuckles" video which has tallied over 10 million views since it was uploaded on YouTube last September. Also,below are such dog themed classics as Snoop Doggy Dogg's Dr Dre produced "Who Am I? (What's My Name?)" in which the Dogg famously morphs into a dog (impressive in 1993), Baha Men's one hit wonder from eleven years ago "Who Let The Dogs Out," and Sublime's "What I Got."

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12 Song Soundtrack for Memorial Day BBQs & The Kick Off of Summer 2011

Posted by Billyjam, May 30, 2011 03:20pm | Post a Comment

With the smell of BBQs in the air this Memorial Day weekend and the kick off of the summer season that gladly brings with it the time to relax & kick back with family and friends, music steps up its role in playing a central theme in our lives. Hence this (subjective) summer song playlist culled from the literally thousands of great songs out there that celebrate summertime and  just hanging out in the sunshine in the park or backyard, or at the beach.

Here are a dozen personal faves (lots of classics) from the rap and pop categories culled from over the past several decades including Len's "Steal My Sunshine" (1999), Jazzy Jeff & Fresh Prince's "Summertime" (1991), Raewkon's "Ice Cream" (1995), The Foo Fighters' "Barbeque Song" that they did for an MTV special (2007), Mac Dre's "California Livin'" (1992), Dove Shack's (with Warren G) "Summertime in the LBC," and dating back to 1966 with The Lovin Spoonful's summertime classic "Summer In The City."

                           
Main Source feat Nas, Joe Fatal, & Akinyele "Live from the BBQ" (1991)


           
Foo Fighters "Barbeque Song" (2007)


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Heavy World Rock, Funk & Blues Available On LP

Posted by Gomez Comes Alive!, May 29, 2011 01:07pm | Post a Comment
Persian FunkV/A-Persian Funk

The latest release from Secret Stash contains more pre-Ayatollah Khomeini madness from Iran. Although there are a few repeats from the excellent Finder’s Keepers release, Pomegranates as well as the Rak Rak Rak compilation, Persian Funk focuses on rare soul and Disco cuts and less on the psychedelic rock. The Middle Eastern Percussion and string arrangement separate itself from the pack of eastern groups doing western influenced dance music, in fact, on can argue that western artists were trying to get that Middle Eastern sound in Disco but couldn’t nail it, but that’s another argument for another time. Nevertheless, drop some of these tracks at your next party and watch everyone on the dance floor go, “Ruh?”

LP release only

Jokers Iran Psychedelic BluesJokers-S/T

Speaking of Iran, this gem of Iranian psychedelic blues comes from a 1972 recording with just a few mics and no overdubs. Originally, no one wanted to touch this sludge feast so it’s only now that this album is seeing the light of day. The four songs that make the Jokers album are heavy; in fact, calling this release “heavy” is not doing it justice. Only 500 LPs were made and on most websites they are out of stock, but we have a few left. For fans of Blue Cheer, MC5, Stooges and Jimi Hendrix. Also available on CD

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Rest in Peace Gil Scott-Heron

Posted by Billyjam, May 29, 2011 12:10am | Post a Comment
              
Gil Scott Heron with Brian Jackson "The Bottle"


Widely thought of as the godfather of hip-hop, Gil Scott-Heron, who will always be best remembered for his 1970 recording "The Revolution Will Not Be Televised," died Friday May 27th at a New York City hospital shortly after returning from a trip to Europe.  So far the exact cause of the revolutionary poet & musician's death is not known but it was widely known that he had been fighting a serious addiction to drugs (mainly crack), which brought with it other health issues, for many years.  He was 62. In honor of the man above and below are two of his greatest works: "The Bottle" with Brian Jackson and the aforementioned "The Revolution Will Not Be Televised." There is also a 1990's interview with the artist talking about "The Revolution"


             


                   


The Art of the LP Cover- Amusements

Posted by Mr. Chadwick, May 28, 2011 02:15pm | Post a Comment

Debut Carletta Sue Kay Album Coming in August

Posted by Miss Ess, May 28, 2011 01:45pm | Post a Comment

carletta sue kay incongruent

You heard it here first, kiddies! SF treasure Carletta Sue Kay will release her debut album August 2 on Daddy Pony Records! Details below:

Artist: Carletta Sue Kay
Album: Incongruent
Release Date: August 2nd
Label: Daddy Pony

Tracklist:
01 Riding Around
02 Just Another Beautiful Boy
03 Pas le Meme 
04 For the Birds
05 Sloppy Kisses
06 Joy Division
07 Some Famous Landmarks
 08 Pretty Inside
09 Cruel, Cruel Man
10 Bonnie Parker or Eleanor Roosevelt
 
Bonus! Here's the video for "For the Birds:"

Is The Hip-Hop World Ready For Kreayshawn & The White Girl Mob?

Posted by Billyjam, May 27, 2011 09:12pm | Post a Comment
       
    Kreayshawn "Gucci Gucci" (2011)

If the response to the trash-talking, dank smoking, young white, Bay Area female rapper Kreayshawn's hotly buzzed, self-directed & edited music video above for her latest catchy track "Gucci Gucci," which has racked up over 1.1 million views since it was uploaded on YouTube eleven days ago, is anything to go by then the video maker turned rapper's White Girl Mob show tonight (with Lil Debbie & V Nasty) at the modest sized SF  SOM Bar on 16th Street will certainly be a sold-out affair.

But for all the accolades that Kreayshawn, who counts Diplo, Das Racist, and Soulja Boy as among her biggest fans, has accumulated during her relatively short rise to fame, the diminutive but far from meek white female artist has also been attracting a lot of hate. An awful lot of hate in fact. "LOL ignorant ass hood rat bitch turned ignorant hipster hood rat bitch. What is hip-hop nowadays?" wrote one non-fan in response to one of her online video interviews, while another wrote, in response to the "Gucci Gucci" video, "Jesus Christ this is atrocious."

As for the haters out there, Kreayshawn appears to be taking it all in her stride; even with a seemingly mischievous sense of delight. It's almost like she knows how to press peoples' buttons (especially older hip-hop heads) and gets a real kick out of it. She is to staid rigid hip-hop ("the four elements man" school of thought) what the Sex Pistols were to established 70's rock. In one interview she rightfully ranks herself in the don't-give-a-fuck new school of rap alongside such other young buzz-worthy acts of this digital age as Odd Future (who she's "homies with") and Lil B (who she's produced videos for). But with each interview she gives and with each music video she unveils Kreayshawn manages to simultaneously win new fans and alienate many hip-hop heads.

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SF Benefit for Kelly Malone Featuring Carletta Sue Kay, Royal Baths and More

Posted by Miss Ess, May 27, 2011 05:21pm | Post a Comment

out this week 5/17 & 5/23...det vackra livet...brendan perry...robin guthrie...

Posted by Brad Schelden, May 27, 2011 01:49pm | Post a Comment
det vackra livet
I finally got a copy of the new album by Det Vackra Livet. It has actually only been out for a couple of weeks now but I have been dying to hear this album! I fell hard for the Mary Onettes a couple of years ago when they released their second album Islands in 2009. Things sure seem to happen in cycles. The last Mary Onettes album came out about the same time as the first Cold Cave album and another Morrissey compilation and now all 3 have releases this month again! Maybe Morrissey just releases too many albums...but I don't think there really could ever be enough. Some might say that the debut self titled Mary Onettes album from 2007 is even better than Islands, and I go back and forth on which I like better but they are both essential albums that you should own. The band is from Sweden, which is reason enough to fall in love with the Mary Onettes! I am telling you, I just love Sweden. They mix an 80s sort of Ultravox and Pet Shop Boys sound with maybe somedet vackra livet Sigur Ros and the twee sounds of Belle & Sebastian.

The two brothers from The Mary Onettes have just released a new album in their native tongue -- Philip and Henrik Ekstrom are now known as Det Vackra Livet for this new project. It has all of the elements that I love from The Mary Onettes, just without the English. This is beautiful stuff. I have been really loving this new album which was released on the same excellent label that released The Mary Onettes albums, Labrador... which of course has my name right in the middle of it, so of course I was going to love this label! They have put out some of my favorites over the last decade from artists like The Acid House Kings, who also just released a fantastic new album, as well as my favorites Radio Dept. and The Legends. And Pelle Carlberg! And Club 8 and The Sound of Arrows! This label can seriously do no wrong. They have been so consistently awesome that I really don't even understand how they do it. But I thank them for it. Please do yourself a favor and check out this new album from Det Vackra Livet. You will not regret it.

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Michael Hurley's Lost Album, Fatboy Spring

Posted by Miss Ess, May 27, 2011 01:12pm | Post a Comment

Folk legend Michael Hurley has written a short piece exclusively for us about two of his old bands, Automatic Slim & the Fat Boys as well as Sheriff Mocus & the Deranged Cowboys, his time living in central Vermont in the 70s and how he got into fiddlin'.

With these bands, Hurley created the lost album Fatboy Spring, which includes unreleased tracks from the mid-70s and will be issued by Secret Seven/Mississippi Records this summer. Read the piece below by Mr. Hurley and check out an exclusive track called "Automatic Slim & the Fat Boys" here!
 

michael hurley automatic slim and the fat boys


*******
 

Automatic Slim & the Fat Boys
Formed: Vermont 1972

They lived in dwellings along the Lost Nation Valley Road, barns, sugar shacks, partially collapsed and low rent or no rent houses. Or; they built their own house. None of the Fatboys were actually fat. I had michael hurley fatboy springthought we might make a better stage presence if we all put pillows in our shirts while performing and I furnished the down pillows which we tried wearing for the first few gigs but we found that you soon get overly warm performing with a big old down pillow in your shirt and eventually the pillows would be removed and after a while all of them had been forgotten at the venues where we played. We played ski lodges and seedy taverns, the Bearcat Snowmobile Club and bar-b-cues and house concerts.

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Peaches Christ Presents Sleepaway Camp June 4 in SF

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, May 27, 2011 11:31am | Post a Comment

sleepaway camp

Midnight Mass with Camp Counselors Peaches Christ & Martiny present Sleepaway Camp Saturday, June 4 at the Bridge Theater in SF! One of the best summer movies ever, and a Horror clas-sick if there ever was one, make sure you’re here for this RAREST of screenings of one of the truly legendary films of ‘80s cult cinema!

Bust out your polyester short shorts, bring that old bag of marshmallows crammed in the back of your cupboard, unfurl that moldy sleeping bag, and don’t forget about the extra batteries for your flashlight, as Peaches Christ is going to give you an indoor night of camping-out you’ll never forget… if you survive!

$15 in advance / $13 with Peaches Christ fan-club code. To buy tickets and join the fan club, go to www.peacheschrist.com. Doors open at 11 and the show begins, of course, at midnight!
 
*Ultra Rare 35mm Screening!
*Camp songs with rock band Citizen Midnight
 
PRE-SHOW CAMP ACTIVITIES INCLUDE PRIZES FOR BEST CAMPERS COMPETING IN:
*Naked Sleeping Bag Races
*Curling Iron Peepshow
*Short Shorts Fashion Contest
*S'mores Speed-Eating Contest
........& s'more!
 
 

sleepaway camp

Michael Yonkers Playing Amnesia SF June 14

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, May 27, 2011 10:07am | Post a Comment

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Hip-Hop Rap Up 05:27:11: Tyler the Creator, Beastie Boys, Blu & Exile, RZA & WU, Mobb Deep, Skratchpad, DaVinci, Digable Planets

Posted by Billyjam, May 27, 2011 09:26am | Post a Comment
Amoeba Music Hollywood Weekly Hip-Hop Top Five Chart: 05:27:11
 


1) Blu & Exile Below The Heavens Re-Issue (Sound In Color)

2) Beastie Boys Hot Sauce Committee Part Two (Capitol)

3) Tyler the Creator Goblin (XL Recordings)

4) Blu Her Favorite Colo(u)r (Nature Sounds)

5) Neek The Exotic Still On The Hustle (Fatbeats)

Two of the top five on this week's hip-hop chart are from LA emcee / producer Blu and both new chart entries are actually reissues from the artist, who is now signed to Warner Brothers and busy working on his major label debut, due out later this year. The 30 minute remastered Her Favorite Colo(u)r, care of Brooklyn's Nature Sounds, was formerly a free mixtape, and is now being released officially for the first time. The other is a reissue of the long out of print acclaimed collaboration of Blu with Exile, Below The Heavens. This 2007 release was the artist's first full length album and was widely acclaimed by many as one of the best hip-hop albums not just of its year but of the decade. In fact, so in demand was the album that since it went out-of-print, much sought after copies sold on eBay for $100 to $200 a pop. Obviously, the new reissue is considerably cheaper, but be forewarned, it is a limited edition pressing, so get yours now before it's too late.  

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Ranking Aronofsky’s Films

Posted by Chuck, May 27, 2011 07:34am | Post a Comment
Darren Aronofsky

With Black Swan, Darren Aronofsky has now directed the requisite number of films (five) that he can be mentioned peripherally among the likes of his most major influences—David Lynch, Stanley Kubrick, Roman Polanski and (I could swear) the Beelzebub himself. Here is a look how I’d rank the Aronofsky canon, and why you might want to check out these darkly existential films.

Requiem for a Dream

1) Requiem For A Dream (2000) – Ellen Burstyn is phenomenal (she was nominated for an Oscar in this role as Sara Goldfarb) in this film that centers on addiction and spiraling delusion of four linked characters played by Burstyn, Jared Leto, Jennifer Connelly and Marlon Wayans. I’ve said it before: though it’s labeled a drama it’s actually one of the better horror films released in the last decade, and I remember Aronofsky himself saying it was a roller coaster ride that crashes into a brick wall — like that was most moviegoers' idea of fun! Burstyn’s palsied declaration, “I’m going to be on television,” with the refrigerator coming after her is indelible stuff. Each character ends up in the fetal position.

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May 26, 2011: The Hangover Part II

Posted by phil blankenship, May 27, 2011 12:18am | Post a Comment
The Hangover Part II movie ticket stub

Bootsy Collins Reports That George Clinton Was Hospitalized This Afternoon

Posted by Billyjam, May 26, 2011 01:45pm | Post a Comment

According to a post from about an hour ago by Bootsy Collins on the funkateer's official Facebook page, his brother in funk, George Clinton, has been hospitalized. Bootsy, who played with Clinton in Parliament-Funkadelic in the early seventies, wrote on his Facebook page early this afternoon (May 26th): "Okay funkateers, our Captain of the Mothership has been hospitalized. I need y'all to send up smoke signals, love vibes, prayers whatever you got, because our great Dr. Funkisien needs us all right now, so stop what you're doing and lay your hands on the radio and let the vibes flow through.The funk not only moves, it Re-Moves, Dig! Thanks! Bootsy!!!"

The famed funk bassist also wrote a similar update on Clinton on his Twitter account this afternoon. The cause for Clinton's hospitalization was not pinpointed but apparently Clinton is in a Los Angeles area hospital and likely will not be released in time to play the scheduled Parliament-Funkadelic show on Saturday (May 28th) at the B.O.M.B. FEST in Hartford, CT. Clinton and the group are also scheduled to play a series of Bay Area shows in early July at Yoshi's Oakland and SF. For updates on the well being of the "Godfather of Funk"  follow Bootsy Collins' Twitter & Facebook accounts.

Chillin' Productions' 13th Anniversary on Saturday Melds Art, Dance Music, and Fashion

Posted by Billyjam, May 25, 2011 10:58pm | Post a Comment

Dance music, art, and fashion are all on the bill. Now in its thirteenth year, the Bay Area's art-meets-fashion venture Chillin’ Productions presents its most ambitious event this Saturday night, May 28th @ 8pm, when they unveil their multi-participant celebration at downtown San Francisco club Mezzanine that will feature a total of two hundred artists & eighty fashion designers. Additionally, the action-packed six hour event will feature music from a variety of dance DJs, plus live painting & video installation. The work of the live painting artists, Daryoush Bahar, Jasper Thomas, and Milan Felice's Evje, will be staggered throughout the night while screen-printing, provided by San Franpsycho, will be continuous. The guaranteed to be thumping dance music will be delivered by DJ Dirtyhertz, DJ Duserock, DJ FelinaDJ Irene Hernandez-Feiks, DJ Kramer, and DJ Russell Vargas. But what makes this event most unique is that all the artists and fashion designers showcasing their work are Bay Area based talents. Doors at 7:30pm. Showtime 8pm until 2am. 21+ $10 at the door. More info on the event here.

May 25, 2011: Limitless & Go For It

Posted by phil blankenship, May 25, 2011 05:21pm | Post a Comment
Limitless movie ticket stub
Go For It movie ticket stub

Imbibing "Rummy 4" (In Which the Spiritus of Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides is Deemed Grog-Worthy)!

Posted by Kelly S. Osato, May 25, 2011 04:10pm | Post a Comment
pirates of the caribbean four on stranger tides johnny depp captain jack sparrow drinking rum hawaii drunk
Like any cinematic guilty pleasure worth weathering, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides is more than just an overblown, summer  swashbuckler expressed by as yet untapped, stay-puft and plunging poet-shirted, scally-wag stereotypes. Nay, this flick be an opportune seaworthy vessel for a cine-booze cruise. Having veraciously enjoyed the film myself, I offer here some possible guidelines for dissolving that fourth wall of Disney imagineering with the real spirit of the eighteenth century --- RUM! --- an endeavor that'll surely have you listing near to scuppers or otherwise passed out in the bilge by journey's end: be ye warned!

First off, the obvious: 1 drink whenever anyone drinks, cheers matey. This is a pirate movie after all, savvy? (Make that a sip for every "savvy" uttered as well.)
pirates of the caribbean 4 on stragner tides disney king richard griffiths uncle monty withnail dirty teath nasty grill
1 drink for every instance of weird religious undertones. Hear me now believe me later, there is enough missionary madness and religious righteousness invoked here to warrant suspicions as to the possible narrative of Rummy 5.

1 drink when Richard Griffiths flashes his nasty, royal grill!

1 drink for every "Aye!" Geoffrey Rush's pirate turned privateer, Captain Hector Barbossa, delivers.

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Where the Deer and the Antelope Play - An Antelope Valley Primer

Posted by Eric Brightwell, May 25, 2011 02:00pm | Post a Comment
THE ANTELOPE VALLEY

Antelope Valley California

The Antelope Valley
is a large region located in the western edge of the Mojave Desert situated between the Tehachapi and the San Gabriel Mountains. It is neighbored by the regions of Kern County/The Central Valley to the north, Northwest Los Angeles County to the west, Angeles Forest to the south and San Bernadino County/The Inland Empire to the east. Historically it was home to the Kawaiisu, Kitanemuk, Serrano and Tataviam people. Spaniards invaded in the 1770s and conquered the land.

Pendersleigh & Sons Cartography's map of the Antelope Valley
Pendersleigh & Sons' Official Map of the Antelope Valley

Antelope Valley's name comes from the pronghorns which populated the area until the 1880s. Though more closely related to giraffes and okapi, the are wrongly but commonly referred to as "pronghorn antelopes."

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New Matt Bauer Video and Album

Posted by Miss Ess, May 25, 2011 12:36pm | Post a Comment

matt bauer jessamine county book of the living

Matt Bauer will have a new album out June 7 called The Jessamine County Book of the Living with some production work by local knob turner Nigel Pavao. Read more about the record here.

Here's the new video for the lead single, "When I Was a Mockingbird:"


What Are LPs Really Worth?

Posted by V.B., May 25, 2011 10:13am | Post a Comment
To check out extensive LP label and price guides, head to the Vinyl Beat website!


The easy answer is, whatever the market bears. The real answer is that it depends on how you choose to sell them. There are about four or five ways to value a collection.

Let’s say Bob has a collection of 4000 LPs, and he specializes in ‘70s soul and funk, but also has some other related genres. He’s made an effort to buy minty records, upgrade the lesser copies, keep his records in plastic sleeves, and has a decent turntable. In other words, he has a quality collection.  Bob is a realistic guy and thinks he knows what records are worth. In his mind, his collection prices out at around $100,000. He’s figured this out because he did a random price sampling on eBay and Popsike of 200 of his albums and the average price per record was $25. He then multiplied this times his 4000 and voila, $100,000. And you know what? On the surface he’s right. 

If Bob sold his entire collection piecemeal on eBay he would net that amount. However, it would take him at least twenty hours per week over a year’s time to photograph, list, process, pack and mail his records out. Then he’d have to pay eBay and Paypal fees (10%?), and pay income tax on his earnings (20%?). So his target number is shrinking. Plus, you have to figure that Bob’s time is easily worth $10 per hour, so subtract another $10,000. Now he’s really made $60,000. It doesn’t mean that his collection isn’t worth $100,000, it’s just that even taking the best monetizing trail, you end up with a 3/5 payout. He might also have to factor in a therapist, because what condition is Bob going to be in after spending a year selling his prize collection?

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Pasadena City College- Flea Market & Record Swap

Posted by Amoebite, May 25, 2011 09:59am | Post a Comment

On Sunday, June 5, Amoeba makes its debut appearance at Pasadena City College's Flea Market and Record Swap, one of the Southland’s biggest and best record swap meets. Look for the Amoeba booth located in the Bonnie St. parking structure (Lot 5) on the 3rd Level, and come by and say hello. We’ll have a great selection of vinyl for you to sift through. The LA Weekly calls the show “the best source for used records in all of Southern California.” Come on out and enjoy your Sunday with us! More here.

Make Music Pasadena- June 18

Posted by Amoebite, May 25, 2011 09:55am | Post a Comment

Southern California's largest free music event, Make Music Pasadena, happens June 18 with four main stages and hundreds of spontaneous performances! It promises to be one of this summer’s most eclectic festivals! We’re pleased to sponsor the afternoon featuring a plethora of great artists performing indie rock, world music, jazz and more!  Key performances include sets from Best Coast, Ra Ra Riot, Ben L’Oncle Soul, The Morning Benders, and more! Look for the Amoeba booth! More info.

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O Zone at OMCA - GOLD! Friday, June 10

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, May 25, 2011 09:53am | Post a Comment

Everything's gold at OMCA's June OZone! Discover Gold in the Galleries of Art and History with Audio Angel & Mr. Lucky at 8pm & 9pm. Miner's photo opp at the Photo booth. Gold panning with live music from The Log Rollers from 6 - 8pm. Happy Hour drink specials in Blue Oak cafe. Musical Entertainment provided by Amoeba Music featuring DJ Inti spinning solid gold hits (7pm-10pm). Special music headliner Diego's Umbrella 10pm-Midnight. All this and MORE included with Museum admission! More info.

 oakland museum of california

Soul Slam SF VI: Prince & Michael Jackson on June 11

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, May 25, 2011 09:49am | Post a Comment

Amoeba is proud to sponsor Soul Slam SF VI: Prince & Michael Jackson at SF’s Mezzanine on Saturday, 6/11. It's the ultimate tribute to pop music’s biggest icons!

This year’s event is dedicated to the life, memory, and music of the King of Pop, Michael Jackson, and the 53rd birthday of Prince! New York's DJ SPINNA headlines. Representing the Bay Area are DJs Hakobo, Marky, and King Most. Since 2005, Soul Slam has been the premier event for Prince and MJ fanatics alike.

New Gillian Welch Album Coming in June

Posted by Miss Ess, May 25, 2011 09:09am | Post a Comment

Finally! After an 8 year wait since Gillian Welch's last album, Soul Journey, it's been announced that a new record, The Harrow & The Harvest, will be released June 28! Check out tons o' tourdates here.

the harrow and the harvest gillian welch

Cake's "Showroom of Compassion" Was Worth the Seven Year Wait

Posted by Billyjam, May 24, 2011 11:02pm | Post a Comment

Cake "Sick Of You" from the Sacramento band's current album Showroom of Compassion

I'm a little late in getting round to fully listening to Cake's newest album, Showroom of Compassion on Upbeat Records, which was released back at the beginning of this year, and can't believe I waited this long to listen to this LP. Wow! What a really great album it is -- one that deservedly went to number one on the Billboard Top 200 chart upon its release back in mid January. But chart positions have really never been something that this unique, longtime, Sacramento-based alternative rock band has ever been obsessed with -- far from it. Since Cake formed in the early nineties they have always done things their own way and always gone at their own pace, placing the music they create before everything else...Hence the long 7 year wait for this sixth studio album.

This album, which is completely self-produced, transcends its "alt rock" tag since it boasts so much more than the stereotypical alt-rock outfit. But, to me, what makes this album and Cake themselves so great is their passion for the music and the fact that first and foremost they make the music for themselves. As the band's lead vocalist/songwriter & multi-instrumentalist John McCrea says in the interview piece below: "We hope people like it. But if they don't, it's ok because we like it." And right there, that is the key to any good art!


Cake interview about
Showroom of Compassion

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New 12"s @ Amoeba Hollywood 5/24 - Gene Hunt, Mark E, J.T.C, Mythical Beasts, Vakula & More

Posted by Oliver / Matt / Jordan, May 24, 2011 01:36pm | Post a Comment

Gene Hunt

Chicago Dance Tracks Pt 1 DLP
Rush Hour

Part one of two 2LPs of never-before-released tracks from the archives of Gene Hunt -- rare, newly-unearthed Chicago house barn-stormers from the '80s. Gene Hunt shares his ancient treasures with us -- up to now, this stuff resided only on reels! Featuring a truly all-star line-up. TIP! The tracks included here are all rough, uncut versions, oftentimes homemade drum computer jams that never made it to final production at a professional studio. They represent early output of the artists involved, some tracks dating back as early as 1982-1983. Besides unreleased tracks by Mr. Fingers, Steve Poindexter, Farley J.M.F. and Steve Hurley, the compilation also includes reworks and original versions that were never properly released, like Ron Hardy's original version of "Sensation" or Mike Dunn's rework of Gherkin Jerks' (Larry Heard) "Acid Indigestion." The vinyl release holds seven tracks, all presented in their original length and includes one vinyl-only bonus track, Steve Poindexter's "Betsy Smithe." All tracks have been restored and remastered from the original, first generation reel-to-reel tapes. The artwork shows original Chicago flyers and the release comes with an insert with artist interviews, a Gene Hunt interview by Jackmaster Farley and original photos from back in the day.

Purchase Chicago Dance Tracks Pt 1 here


Mark E
Stone Breaker 2LP
Spectral

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Happy 70th Birthday, Bob Dylan

Posted by Miss Ess, May 24, 2011 11:36am | Post a Comment

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In celebration of Zimmy's 70th today, a few choice tracks...

"One More Cup of Coffee" from Desire



"It Takes a Lot to Laugh It Takes a Train to Cry" from Highway 61 Revisited



"Visions of Johanna" from The Bootleg Series Vol. 4: Bob Dylan Live 1966 the "Royal Albert Hall" Concert



"When I Paint My Masterpiece" covered by the Band from Cahoots



"Mississippi" from Love and Theft



"Sara" from Desire



"Forever Young" from Planet Waves

The Late, Great Randy Savage

Posted by Charles Reece, May 22, 2011 11:25pm | Post a Comment

The metaphysics of the Macho Man. He died of a car crash resulting from a heart attack.

Kylie Minogue's Aphrodite Tour Invades San Francisco Tonight

Posted by Billyjam, May 21, 2011 06:30pm | Post a Comment


Kylie  fans in Guadalara, Mexico earlier this week before the Aphrodite tour crossed back to US

As part of her current successful Aphrodite world tour last night Kylie Minogue played the Hollywood Bowl to wild applause and tonight (May 21st) the Australian born global pop star will perform to a packed house at San Francisco's Bill Graham Civic Center. In all the stops on the tour to promote her new Aphrodite album on Astralwerks, which is being documented in YouTube clips by her website (see the clip from Guadalajara, Mexico earlier this week), the audience will include a large gay ratio.  Long a gay icon, Kylie has enjoyed an increased gay fan base since, ten years ago on British TV,  she and singer Geri Halliwell, another gay icon, kissed as a public statement, they said, "to end prejudice." Additionally, Minogue is widely admired by fans for her victory in beating cancer. In 2005 she was diagnosed with breast cancer which lead to the much publicized sudden cancellation of of her  Showgirl – The Greatest Hits Tour, and soonafter she underwent chemotherapy treatment, something she later described as like "experiencing a nuclear bomb."

Most notable is that Minogue was widely praised for the influence she had by openly addressing her cancer diagnosis and treatment. In fact, France's Cultural Minister was quoted as saying, "Doctors now even go as far as saying there is a 'Kylie effect' that encourages young women to have regular [cancer] checks." While Minogue is a major star here in the US, in her native Australia and also in Britain (in the UK she is considered an "adopted Brit") she is an even bigger star. And last year a British marketing research study dubbed her the "most powerful celebrity in Britain."

The Art of the LP Cover- Oh Captain!

Posted by Mr. Chadwick, May 21, 2011 03:25pm | Post a Comment
Curiously, I'm missing Captain & Tenille & Count Basie. I promise to include them the next time I cover this theme!

out this week...5/3 & 5/10...zombi...okkervil river...gang gang dance...lonely island...morrissey...

Posted by Brad Schelden, May 20, 2011 06:00pm | Post a Comment
zombies
I have been obsessed with zombies for as long as I can remember and I am not really sure why, but I just can't get enough of them! Not the band -- we're talking actual zombies here! Not that zombies actually exist...but you know what I mean. When I found out there was a band named Zombi, I figured I had to at least check them out and I soon became obsessed with Zombi as well. Zombi are a sort of prog space instrumental rzombiock sort of band from Pittsburgh. You could compare them to Tangerine Dream, Klaus Schulze, Goblin, Giorgio Moroder, Yes, Rush, and the soundtracks of John Carpenter. I actually first got into Zombi by listening to Majeure, the project of Zombi drummer A.E. Paterra, which has one album from 2010, Timespan. I was hooked and immediately got all of the Zombi albums that I could find, starting with their last album, Spirit Animal, from 2009, and now I couldn't be happier to have a brand new Zombi album in my life, Escape Velocity, on Relapse. And it is just as good as their last -- dark and spacey. Everyone needs some Zombi in their life.

Listen to "Escape Velocity" by Zombi from their new album Escape Velocity...



okkervil river
I didn't really become an Okkervil River fan until Black Sheep Boy in 2005. Not sure what took me so long but there are a lot of bands out there! It just took me a while to devote some time to them. I already talked about them a bunch in two blogs so I won't waste too much more time on them here. Here I talk about The Stand Ins in 2009. And here I talk about The Stage Names in 2007. I don't want to end up repeating myself but I do still love Okkervil River. And yes, they are still putting out great albums! The new album is called I Am Very Far. I just can't get enough of Will Sheff's voice!

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You're My Love Song in the Flowers - Little India for Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

Posted by Eric Brightwell, May 20, 2011 05:00pm | Post a Comment
LITTLE INDIA

Little India Plaza

Little India is a small neighborhood within Artesia centered on Pioneer Blvd. However, since the population of Artesia surrounding Little India is more Mexican, Filipino and Chinese (not to mention home to smaller but significant number of Koreans and Vietnamese), the city council and mayor rather lamely compromised, officially designating it the "International and Cultural Shopping District." Catchy, huh? That silliness suggests a fundamental misunderstanding of what a designated ethnic enclave is... that is, a community that retains a cultural distinction from the larger community. Oh well, everyone knows it as Little India, whether it's official or not.

EARLY ARTESIA - DAIRYLAND

Artesia, named after the area's artesian wells, was primarily developed in the 1920s and '30s by mostly Portuguese and Dutch dairy farmers. Later came Dutch-colonized Indonesians. The character of Southeast Los Angeles became increasingly suburban after World War II and most of the homes in the immediate area date from the mid 1940s to the early '50s.

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Hip-Hop Rap Up 05:20:11: Tyler The Creator, Beastie Boys, Blu, Del The Funky Homosapien, & Bambu

Posted by Billyjam, May 19, 2011 10:00am | Post a Comment
Amoeba Music San Francisco Weekly Hip-Hop Top Five Chart: 05:20:11


1) Tyler the Creator Goblin (XL Recordings)

2) Beastie Boys Hot Sauce Committee Part Two (Capitol)

3) Bambu …Exact Change…Reloaded (Beatrock Music)

4) Blu Her Favorite Colo(u)r (Nature Sounds)

5) Del Tha Funky Homosapien Golden Era CD (Council)

Thanks to Luis at Amoeba San Francisco for this week's top five, which finds in the number one position the ever outspoken, no holds barred 20 year old Tyler The Creator of LA's much hyped collective Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All (aka OFWFKTA) with the major label follow up to his attention grabbing debut two years ago. As this website so accurately writes of this new release: "He goes all in for riveting rap polemics—misogyny, tomfoolery, psychiatric ranting, and general anti-PC entropy—but his one constant is simply thought provocation. The spitter of alt hip-hop act OFWGKTA dropped his basement recording Bastard in late 2009 like lyrical shrapnel, a shrink chair diatribe that endeared itself to lovers of cerebral rap. That one went boom. His major label debut Goblin magnifies in intensity and raw verbiage, and if you don’t believe it, check out the video of the single "Yonkers" and prepare to have your cage rattled." The video for "Yonkers" -- currently at almost 10 million YouTube views is immediately below.

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May 18, 2011: Hanna

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Hanna movie ticket stub

Dub Esquire's Ashkenaz Show Tonight with Baby Jaymes & Others Proves Bay Area Music Scene is in Healthy State

Posted by Billyjam, May 18, 2011 07:25pm | Post a Comment

Tonight's talent packed hip-hop show at Berkeley's the Ashkenaz with Dub Esquire (left), Mel Yel, Baby Jaymes, Westacy, Mic T., The Dime, DJ Tim Diesel and Dj Kool-C, is further proof that the Bay Area indie hip-hop scene is in a healthy state.

This afternoon I caught up with both Baby Jaymes and the night's headliner emcee Dub Esquire -- both Oakland artists -- to ask them about tonight's show and also their take on the state of the local Bay Area music scene. Do they agree that it is in a very healthy state right now? Dub Esquire, who cited Mel Yel, Dirt Nasty, The Bayliens, Mic T, & The Dime (all of whom are on his new album Rap Starz, which also features such talents as Del the Funky Homosapien and Living Legends' Lucky I Am) as among his fave homegrown talent to perform alongside, and who believes that the Bay scene is doing great pointed out that, "The hip hop scene in the Bay is ever changing. I would like to see more diversity instead of the same cats all the time. It's cool and all, but you gotta test yo' grit with all walks."

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Del the Funky Homosapien Discusses His New Album "Golden Era," Deltron 3030, Gorillaz, & the Change in Spelling of His Name

Posted by Billyjam, May 17, 2011 09:35pm | Post a Comment

Longtime Oakland hip-hop artist  Del the Funky Homosapien (the Hierogyphics member formerly known as Del tha Funkee Homosapien) has been making innovative, quality hip-hop music for over twenty years now.  And, as shown by the emcee & producer's impressive new album, Golden
Era
, he shows no signs of slowing down anytime soon.

Del's impressive discography dates back to his his 1991 major label debut I Wish My Brother George Was Here on Elektra. In addition to numerous other solo artist albums, such as No Need for Alarm (1993), Both Sides of the Brain (2000), and Eleventh Hour (2008), he has released collaborative project albums including the two with his longtime crew the Hieroglyphics (1998's 3rd Eye Vision and 2003's Full Circle) and the wonderful but slept on Parallel Uni-Verses (2009) with Tame-One of NewJersey's Artifacts fame.

On a wider scale, however, Del is perhaps best known for his work with Dan The Automator as Deltron 3030, who released 2000's acclaimed self titled album, and his brief but well-received work with Gorillaz, for whom he helped make the 2001 hit debut single "Clint Eastwood." Del's latest release, Golden Era (released last month by The Council), is a 3 CD set (for the price of one) that includes the all new Golden Era album plus two albums that previously were only available as special download formats, never in physical format: Funk Man (The Stimulus Package) and Automatik Statik, which were both released in 2009. I recently caught up with Del to talk to him about such topics as the new album, the anticipated next Deltron release, and why he changed the spelling of his name. This is what he told the Amoeblog.

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Betwixt the Blossom and the Bough - A Pomona Valley Primer

Posted by Eric Brightwell, May 17, 2011 04:35pm | Post a Comment
AN  INTRODUCTION TO THE POMONA VALLEY

Pomona Valley Panorama
 
The Pomona Valley is located on the far eastern edge of Los Angeles County -- actually straddling it and San Bernadino County. The towns of Montclair, Ontario, San Antonio Heights and Upland are all located across the San Antonio River, on the San Bernadino side, in the Inland Empire.

Pomona Valley postcard

Since I've yet to expand beyond writing about towns and neighborhoods of LA County (and Orange County, which was formerly part of LA County) to San Bernadino and Riverside Counties, this Pomona Valley primer is focusing only on the Pomona Valley communities within Los Angeles County: Claremont, Pomona and La Verne. (San Dimas and Diamond Bar, which straddle the border of the Pomona and San Gabriel Valleys, I've chosen to include in the San Gabriel Valley.)

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(In which we consider some swinging, singing sisters.)

Posted by Job O Brother, May 16, 2011 01:26pm | Post a Comment

boswell sisters  andrews sisters
WAR!
The Boswell Sisters vs. The Andrews Sisters


Last blog, we took a long, almost invasive and menacing look at one of my favorite harmonizing groups, The Ravens. This time, let’s meditate on two groups and the epic chaos that emerged from their earth-shattering battle for supremacy. Yes, we’re going to focus on the blood-thirsty Boswell Sisters and those daughters of doomsday, The Andrews Sisters. (This blog is not for the squeamish and will include death, destruction, and delightfully catchy melodies.)

Many people are already familiar with The Andrews Sisters, and because you, dear reader, are a person, I am including you in this assessment. What these same many people often don’t realize is that The Andrews Sisters actually based their act on another trio of singing siblings, The Boswell Sisters.

boswells

The Boswell Sisters were born in the first decade of the twentieth century and, in a show of musical savvy, they chose to be raised in New Orleans, the American music Mecca. By their teens, Martha, Connee, and Helvetia (they were given individual names to make communication in the house more efficient) began singing in movie theatres and on local radio shows, cultivating small celebrity and earning free popcorn.

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Azerbaijan's Surprise Win In 2011 Eurovision Song Contest Upset To Favorites

Posted by Billyjam, May 15, 2011 02:52pm | Post a Comment


Excerpt from Eurovision Song Contest 2011 Winning Entry by
Ell/Nikki, "Running Scared"

While it may have been far from the mind of the average American, last night's Euro mega TV event, the 2011 Eurovision Song Contest, was an extremely big deal to those on the other side of the Atlantic. Now in its 56th year and with 43 countries participating, last night's evening-long, live televised Eurovision Song Contest drew an estimated 100 million viewers, many of whom had bet money on this year's two hotly tipped favorites, Ireland and the United Kingdom, winning this year. Those gamblers lost when the small country of Azerbaijan took this year's Eurovision title! Nigar Jamal and Eldar Gasimov, who go by the name Ell/Nikki, earned the most points for their pop ballad "Running Scared."


UK entry in 2011 Eurovision Song Contest: Britain's Blue "I Can" came in #11

The Eurovision Song Contest is an American Idol like contest with a dash of soccer fan enthusiasm thrown in the mix. Unlike Idol, all songs are new original compositions. But like Idol and similar TV music contest shows, many in Europe are quick to dismiss the glitzy, much hyped pop music TV event as irrelevant "rubbish." Regardless, a hundred million devoted European viewers tuned in to last night's contest.  And it's been estimated that up to 600 million view worldwide in virtually every country but the US. Last night's contest was broadcast from a sold-out stadium in Dusseldorf (Germany hosted because they won last year with singer Lena's song "Satellite"), where 36,000 enthusiastic fans screamed along and proudly waved their countries' flags. Last night's final followed two weeks of festivities plus two semifinals and a kind of dress rehearsal, a jury final, on Friday evening.

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May 14, 2011: Bridesmaids

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Bridesmaids movie ticket stub

May 13, 2011: Friday The 13th Part 8: Jason Takes Manhattan

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Jason Takes Manhattan movie ticket stub

Get Free Amoeba Eco Bag with Hollywood Hot Deals

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Amoeba Eco Bag
Celebrate 4th of July at Amoeba Hollywood! We've got cool DJs, a treasure hunt, poster sale and MUCH more!

Poster Sale July 4th Weekend! Amoeba carries an amazing selection of vintage and modern concert posters, as well as reprints from all music genres including jazz, rock, R&B and more. All posters will be 25% off July 4th weekend (6/30 - 7/4).

Get a free Amoeba eco bag! Offer redeemable at Amoeba Hollywood with a copy of the Hollywood Hot Deals email.

Gift is limited to one per person, copy of the Hollywood Hot Deals email from the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce required.

Free bag offer expires August 20, 2012.

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New 12"s @ Amoeba Hollywood - Morphosis, Palisade, Holger Czukay, Tin Man, Brawther, Linkwood, Floating Points, Dial, Juju & Jordash & more

Posted by Oliver / Matt / Jordan, May 13, 2011 04:34pm | Post a Comment
Morphosis
What Have We Learned
Delsin

This full-length from techno tastemakers Delsin is co-released by the man who made it, Morphosis aka Ra.H aka Rabih Beaini, on his own Morphine Records, as well as by close associate M>O>S. Beaini has been crafting away in the nether-regions of the techno underworld since the '90s. Initially as a DJ, it was a move to Italy in 1996 which proved the catalyst for him to start experimenting in the studio. And he really did experiment: few people craft the sort of emotional, imaginative techno as has Beaini for labels like M>O>S and Morphine Records. Keen followers of techno will already have heard some of the offerings from this album, as both "Androids Among Us" and "Dirty Matter" were remixed by T++ and Newworldaquarium for a limited edition white label. The excitement surrounding that release was palpable enough, but get lost in a full-length Morphosis experience and you enter a whole new world of techno excellence. Kicking off with the Redshape-channeling, misty, slo-techno march and buried percussive clatter of "Silent Screamer," the album builds through a plethora of grainy landscapes. They're sometimes dense with a dusty static, sometimes lit up by a female vocal or occasionally paired with a round house kick, but always sound rooted in some real (albeit far off and desolate) world. The hum and buzz of Beaini's bottom-ends have instruments and synths spiraling round as the only reference points in an otherwise engulfing sonic fog. Churning the listener round and round with his confident, assertive grooves, Morphosis' dark and long house and techno fusions explore -- like few others can -- engaging new ground with their every subtle turn. Influences range from Krautrock via new wave but, importantly, all are digested by Morphosis before being re-imagined as something wholly fresh and original which, in turn, stands up well to both dancefloor deployment and intense home listening. What have we leaned? That house and techno still have a lot to offer thanks to the likes of Morphosis.

Tonight Diesto, Prizehog and Attitude Problem in Oakland and SF

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, May 13, 2011 11:55am | Post a Comment


diesto prizehog

Hip-Hop Rap Up 05:13:11: Foreign Legion, Young Montana?, Blueprint, Beastie Boys, Equipto, Hopie @ Hip Hop in the Park, Skratchpad Moves to LA + More

Posted by Billyjam, May 13, 2011 08:40am | Post a Comment
Billy Jam's Top Five Hip-Hop Songs of the Week Ending May 13, 2011


1) Blueprint "My Culture" (Rhymesayers Entertainment)

2) Beastie Boys "Too Many Rappers (feat NAS)" (Capitol)

3) Foreign Legion "Son of a Gun" (Quality Control)

4) Equipto feat Mike Marshall "Heart and Soul" (Solidarity Records)

5) Young Montana "Sacré Cool" (Alpha Pup)

For this week's Hip-Hop Rap Up I am supplying my personal fave top five hip-hop songs -- new tracks that I am really feeling this week. These include, in the number one slot from the man who can do no wrong, Blueprint's "My Culture," taken from his highly recommended latest album Adventures in Counter-Culture on Rhymesayers Entertainment. At last Sunday afternoon's amazing Blueprint Amoeba Berkeley instore the MC/singer/producer/multi-instrumentalist delighted lucky fans like myself, Eligh and E-Lit to several tracks off this diverse album that redefines what hip-hop is in 2011. And for insight into what a cool guy he is, check out my Blueprint Amoeblog interview.

Since it came out last week I have fallen in love with the new Beastie Boys album Hot Sauce Committee Part Two on Capitol and in particular the song "Too Many Rappers (featuring NAS)" which, like the rest of this flawless release, has a killer throwback retro Beasties feel to it. An Instant classic! Another instant classic but on a much more down-tempo, laid back tip is Limerence on Alpha Pup, the debut from 21 year old Coventry, UK production wizard Young Montana? who, unlike the legions of J-Dilla wannabe copycats out there who fail at imitating their hero's sound, can do J-Dilla style production on the same level as the late Detroit great. Furthermore, that strain of instrumental hip-hop & electronica is only one style in this promising young producer's bag of tricks. The song "Sacré Cool" is pure awesomeness. Check it out below.

P-Town Stay Down - Historic Filipinotown for Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

Posted by Eric Brightwell, May 13, 2011 01:12am | Post a Comment
HISTORIC FILIPINOTOWN

Historic Filipinotown sign


This blog entry is about Historic Filipinotown. To vote for other Los Angeles neighborhoods to be the subject of a blog entry, vote here. To vote for Los Angeles County communities, vote here. To vote for Orange County neighborhoods, vote here.

Map of Historic Filipinotown
Pendersleigh & Sons' Official Map of Historic Filipinotown

Historic Filipinotown is a neighborhood in Los Angeles' Mideast Side boundried by the 101 to the north, Beverly to the south, Hoover to the West and Glendale to the East. Its neighbors are Silver Lake and Echo Park to the north, Angeleno Heights to the northeast, Temple-Beaudry to the east, Westlake to the south, and Wilshire Center to the west.

Love For Tha Sco: Hip-Hop Videos That Show Much Love For San Francisco City

Posted by Billyjam, May 12, 2011 03:16pm | Post a Comment

During the Bay Area's rich, three-decade strong hip-hop history, each city within the greater Bay Area has been fairly represented, from Oakland to Vallejo & from East Palo Alto to San Francisco and all other towns and spots in between. And with this music, more than any other popular genre, such as, say, rock, Bay Area rap/hip-hop has consistently presented an overwhelming sense of pride and recognition for its immediate surroundings. Neighborhoods or 'hoods are frequently name checked in rap songs. Listen to Bay Area hip-hop for any amount of time and you'll hear countless references or shout-outs to street names and specific blocks, to local landmarks and slang terms for areas such as "Valley Joe" (Vallejo), "The Town" (Oakland), and "Tha Sco" (San Francisco), aka "The SFC" or "San Fran Psyco" or "The 4, The 1, The Feev" etc. etc. In fact, San Francisco hip-hop in particular is renowned for displaying a huge amount of hometown pride lyrically as well as in the songs' corresponding videos.

So for this Amoeblog I've assembled ten (admittedly subjective, since there are so many to choose from) San Francisco themed rap videos that display both a love of San Francisco in their lyrics and also some great visual shots of the City by the Bay. Included is the very recently released, Dregs One directed "Heart & Soul" by Equipto featuring Mike Marshall, which is packed with references to San Francisco hip-hop artists from the past few decades plus tons of citywide landmarks (including Doggie Diner and Amoeba on Haight). "Heart and Soul" and many of the videos below include the SF Giants logo, gear or stadium shots. The SF Giants' success in 2010 brought additional pride to San Francisco hip-hop, as seen in the videos featuring SF rapper Roach Gigz below, along with San Quinn and others.

May 11, 2011: Passion Play

Posted by phil blankenship, May 11, 2011 07:37pm | Post a Comment
Passion Play movie ticket stub

The Late Phil Lynott Further Ups His Iconic Status with Dublin Exhibition Dedicated to the Thin Lizzy Legend

Posted by Billyjam, May 11, 2011 11:43am | Post a Comment

At any given time, diehard Phil Lynott fans can find good reason to visit Dublin, Ireland -- but recently the incentive to visit the late great Thin Lizzy singer's hometown has increased greatly due to the ongoing Philip Lynott Exhibition, an impressive, large scale and reverential expo dedicated to the iconic Irish rock figure.

Since his premature death 25 years ago Lizzy fanatics (and there are many) have been making pilgrimages to Lynott's grave in Saint Fintan’s Cemetery in Sutton (8 miles north of Dublin City centre on the Howth Peninsula) and placing flowers and sundry Thin Lizzy memorabilia by the singer's headstone which, fittingly, is designed by Irish artist Jim Fitzpatrick, whose traditional Celtic designs graced the covers of many Lizzy records such as Vagabonds of the Western World and Johnny The Fox.

Another major attraction in Dublin for Lynott/Lizzy fans is the life size bronze statue (above with temporary Amoeba sticker) of Lynott leaning on his guitar outside outside Bruxelles pub on Harry Street just off Grafton Street -- a high foot traffic Dublin city centre thoroughfare. Since it was erected six years ago the statue's draw has matched that of monuments and statues dedicated to key Irish historical figures. Similarly, Phil Lynott's figure at the Dublin Waxwork Museum is one of its most popular attractions. But it is the ongoing exhibit, which runs through next month, that has been the most rewarding shrine of all for the legions of visiting Lizzy/Lynott fanatics.

Glasser, aka Cameron Mesirow, Chats About Musical Creation, Her Must Have For the Road, and More

Posted by Miss Ess, May 11, 2011 09:58am | Post a Comment

glasser ring


Glasser
, aka Cameron Mesirow, has stormed the indie music scene with her debut full length, Ring. When the creative bug bit, this gal took musical matters into her own hands; she nabbed her Mac and layered sonic tracks and her beautiful, warm vocals and in the process created something totally her own and totally gorgeous.

Listen to "Mirrorage":




Miss Ess: What inspired you to start creating your own music?


Cameron: I was an avid art appreciator and I started feeling like I didn't really have a right to be so invested in other peoples' work if I wasn't mglasseraking some of my own. That's not necessarily a judgement I would pass on someone else, but for my own self it was right, because I knew that I was seeking vicarious thrills in order to satisfy my creative side, and eventually it wasn't satisfying anymore.

ME: How did your song writing process develop? Do you write the music first and then the lyrics or the other way around?

C: I can't really say that I always start one way or another. I hear a lot of melodies in my head and sometimes those yield actual songs, but mostly they're just forgotten. Sometimes I have a structural idea and sometimes I have a thematic idea, and sometimes I just let it rip and hope for the best!
gerhard richter tiger
Your music has strong crossover to the art scene -- who or what inspires you there?

The 8th Annual Berkeley World Music Festival- June 4th

Posted by Amoebite, May 11, 2011 09:21am | Post a Comment

berkeley world music festival

The Berkeley World Music Festival presents free and continuous performances by some of the finest world music artists, including Fito Reinoso y su Ritomo y Armonia and a host of others. On Saturday, June 4, from noon to 9pm, enjoy a wonderful mix of intimate performances at People’s Park as well as inside Telegraph Avenue cafes and shops. Swing by Amoeba Music on Telegraph for a special performance by Mamadou & Vanessa at 3pm! More info.

"Berkeley World Music Festival has some of our best world musicians who call the East Bay home...a wonderful event, an intimate mix of outdoor performances in cafes and shops and the best music People's Park gets each year along Telegraph Ave." - Larry Kelp, KPFA

Master kamale ngoni player Mamadou Sidibe is from the Wassoulou Region of Mali, West Africa. Twenty-five years ago Mamadou played a groundbreaking role in transforming the music of this region from its origins in hunters' sacred melodies -- played on six string donso ngoni (hunter's harps)-- to a music of philosophical observations, politics and daily life. Vanessa Sidibe, originally from New York, is an accomplished Afro- Cuban and Salsa musician. She has performed, recorded and taught in the San Francisco Bay Area and New York City for over fifteen years. She brings earthy depth and ethereal sensuality to all her vocals whether singing in English, Bambara or Spanish.

The 25th Annual JazzReggae Festival-May 29-30-UCLA

Posted by Amoebite, May 11, 2011 09:07am | Post a Comment

Held at UCLA’s Intramural Field over Memorial Day weekend, this year’s JazzReggae Festival marks the 25th anniversary of this historic celebration of music, culture, and community. The JazzReggae Festival is the largest entirely student produced and run event of its kind on the West Coast.

Enjoy live performances from Lupe Fiasco, Steel Pulse, Little Dragon, Lee Fields, Talib Kweli, Me’Shell Ndegeocello and more! Single day tickets are available at Amoeba Hollywood. More info.

 jazz reggae fest 2011

The 38th Annual Topanga Days Festival- May 28-30

Posted by Amoebite, May 11, 2011 09:03am | Post a Comment

Topanga Days is a 3 day Fair & Fund Raiser celebrating Music & The Arts. Bring the family for crafts, activities and lots of local and national music including sets from Lee Rocker, John and Maggie Mayall and The Fabulous Thunderbirds. It all happens at 1440 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd from 10am-7pm. Come on down and join us! More info.

 topanga days 2011

The Fairfax District - Happy Jewish American Heritage Month!

Posted by Eric Brightwell, May 10, 2011 03:17pm | Post a Comment
THE FAIRFAX DISTRICT

Fairfax District Panorama



The Fairfax District is a small Midtown neighborhood with a long history as one of Los Angeles' primary centers of Jewish culture. The boundaries, like many Los Angeles neighborhoods, aren't universally agreed upon but I place them as Melrose Ave on the north, N La Brea Ave on the east, W 3rd St to the south and N Fairfax on the west.
 

To vote for other Los Angeles neighborhoods to be the subject of future blog entries, vote here. To vote for Los Angeles County communities, vote here. To vote for Orange County communities and neighborhoods, vote here.

 

The Fairfax District
Pendersleigh & Sons' Official Map of the Fairfax District

Werner Herzog's Cave of Forgotten Dreams

Posted by Miss Ess, May 10, 2011 02:45pm | Post a Comment

cave of forgotten dreams
 

By now, wherever you are in your life, you probably already know whether or not you enjoy the films of Werner Herzog. The famed German director is quite the polorizing auteur; he is anything but subtle, and in my opinion, he is also quite possibly out of his mind. But in a good way.

His latest, The Cave of Forgotten Dreams, is a 3-D documentary exploring the Chauvet Cave in France and its incredible prehistoric paintings. No matter what your typical stance on Herzog films happens to be, this film is worth watching just to get inside this cave, a place only a handful of scientists are allowed to visit about once a year under strict rules. Herzog, fearless as ever, brings a crew of 4 deep inside the cavern to capture paintings that have decorated this dark place for over 30,000 years and were only re-discovered in 1994. Like many Herzog films, this one is also steeped in the meaning he lays on thick with his stark, accented narration.

Herzog draws his typical lofty conclusions, this time about the interconnectedness of the human race and the meaning of art itself. On the lighter side of things, throughout the documentary there are several humorous moments with the wonderfully idiosyncratic cast of characters that make up the scientific team. Even if you ignore the steady drone of narration, the images in the cave, preserved through tens of thousands of years against all odds, remain fascinating, haunting, and illuminating.

Eddie Richards Interview on DJ History

Posted by Oliver / Matt / Jordan, May 10, 2011 10:00am | Post a Comment

Eddie Richards became a key figure in a new music and cultural movement soon to explode worldwide. After playing at such influential and original underground clubs as Clink St. and Heaven in London and Manchester's Hacienda, he went on to headline the legendary UK pay parties Sunrise, Energy and Helter Skelter, among countless others. Remix and production work led to the release of club classics; "Acidman" in 1988, which hit National Top 20, followed by other chart topping remixes of Ralphi Rosario, Orbital and The Shamen. Since the mid 80s he has been included in virtually every book, documentary and film on the dance culture and sought after all over the world for his flawless mix of deep bass driven techno with soulful and tough tribal house, a format he has always maintained, and that has led him to be widely regarded as the pioneer of what is now known as tech-house.

In a recent interview with DJ History read all about the unsung hero from London's underground.

www.djhistory.com/interviews/eddie-richards

Some People Should Die: 13 Assassins (2011)

Posted by Charles Reece, May 8, 2011 10:05pm | Post a Comment
13 assassins poster

 
We want to glorify war -- the only cure for the world -- militarism, patriotism, the destructive gesture of the anarchists, the beautiful ideas which kill, and contempt for woman.
-- Filippo T. Marinetti, from The Futurist Manifesto

Takashi Miike
's 13 Assassins is a remake of Eiichi Kodo's 1963 jidaigeki of the same name, and bears the same relation to real people and events that The Exorcist does. I haven't seen the earlier version, but in addition to Miike's style, the previous work of scenarist Daisuke Tengan (e.g., Audition for Miike and Dr. Akagi for Shôhei Imamura, the writer's father) suggests that the film probably has its own unique qualities to offer. The story is simple, perfectly rendered and universal. At the tail end of the Edo period, when peace more or less prevailed and the samurai didn't have much to do, Lord Naritsugu, the despotic younger brother of the Shogun, is about to be promoted to a higher position that sets a path to his eventual rule. Not wishing to undermine the shogunate and bring chaos to the land by openly challenging the selection of Naritsugu, Sir Doi brings examples of the Lord's malevolent nature to the samurai Shinzaemon to convince him of the necessity of assassination.

Depicting evil as erotic brutality is where Miike really shines: An emaciated woman, missing all of her limbs after being kept as Naritsugu's play thing, explains what happened to her family by writing with a pen in her mouth -- for he removed her tongue, too. Miike shows her writhing and humming in pain while she cries blood and mucus just to get two words down, "total massacre." The other example is told in flashback by a man who's lost his son and daughter-in-law due to the Lord beheading the former in front of the latter just after he's raped her, which results in her slitting her own throat in anguish. Shinzaemon is convinced, trembling with the possibility of facing a noble death that he thought would be denied him. With eleven other cohorts (the titular thirteenth will join them on the road), he plans their suicide mission to stop Naritsugu from returning home to assume his new position.

Blueprint Killed It at Amoeba Berkeley Instore Today

Posted by Billyjam, May 8, 2011 05:51pm | Post a Comment

  Excerpt of "So Alive" by Blueprint at Amoeba Berkeley today

Just came from Amoeba Berkeley where I got to see/hear Blueprint up close and personal. An amazing Amoeba instore set from the Columbus, Ohio emcee/singer/producer, who is one of my favorite current artists and whose new album, Adventures in Counter-Culture, is among the top five best albums of the year to date. Currently on the Family Tour with Atmosphere headlining (they played the Greek Theater in Berkeley last night), Blueprint's set is so good that he has even been upstaging the main act along the way with his unique sound -- an effortless blend of hip-hop, rock and other sounds all engagingly delivered care of a backing duo of a bass player and DJ Rare Groove plus Print's own impressive multi-instrumentation (various keyboard instruments, an effects pedal & computer manipulation).

Two weeks ago when the Family Tour stopped in New York to play the cavernous Terminal 5 venue, I caught the show and was blown away by Blueprint's set. But at that packed, sold-out NYC show I was vying for a good view of the stage stuck behind about 3,000 excited bobbing heads -- not the best scenario. In direct contrast, this afternoon at Amoeba on Telegraph I was right up front with the perfect view and sound.

The Blueprint of Hip-Hop: Interview with Rhymesayers Producer/MC Blueprint

Posted by Billyjam, May 7, 2011 03:15pm | Post a Comment

The song "My Culture," found on Blueprint's highly recommended new album Adventures In Counter-Culture (Rhymesayers Entertainment), is one of the most accurately biting commentaries on the state of hip-hop culture today. In it, the ever-observant Columbus, Ohio producer & emcee shoots off lines at today's stereotypical rappers who "sound like broads rhymin' bout the clothes you got," warning them to "look around you. We livin' in some troublin' times"  and then rightfully observing, "So when those rappers only rap about a home or a broad [it's] coz they don't know what's happening at home or abroad."

"My Culture" is just one of the fifteen great tracks from Counter-Culture, the acclaimed artist's long overdue follow up to his last solo outing, 2005's 1988. But Blueprint, who plays Berkeley's Greek Theater tonight and Amoeba Berkeley tomorrow afternoon, May 8th, at 3pm, has been far from idle. The artist born Albert Shepard is an integral part of the Columbus music scene. As well as being signed to Rhymesayers, he is also the founder and owner of Weightless Recordings. And in addition to being an accomplished solo artist, he is also one half of the group Soul Position with producer RJD2. Additionally, he is one half of the group Greenhouse Effect alon with Illogic. Last week, when Blueprint was in New York as part of the Atmosphere-headlined Family Tour, I met up with him in a cafe to ask him about his many projects, the new album, what to expect at tomorrow's Amoeba Berkeley instore and his views on the state of the USA today. Amoeba Berkeley's E-Lit contributed some questions to this Amoeblog interview and also supplied his personal favorite Blueprint top five track list in chronological order, which appears at the end of this post.

The Art of the LP Cover- Reflections

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out this week 4/19 & 4/26...explosions in the sky...holy ghost...craft spells...

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The releases just keep coming -- I seriously can barely keep up! One of my favorites is finally back with a new album: Explosions In the Sky! They have been around for over ten years now, which is hard to believe. They put out their first album, How Strange, Innocence, in 2000, and it has been 4 years since their last brilliant album, All of a Sudden I Miss Everyone. It would be very easy for you to have never heard of Explosions in the Sky because they are one of those quiet little bands that have managed to become very popular without anyone really noticing. Their fans are fanatical and devoted and they wait in the explosions in the sky take care take care take caresidelines patiently for each new album to come out. I don't want to bore you too much with my love for this band, so if you want to read more about them and my love for them...check out my blog about their last album, All of A Sudden I Miss Everyone, from 2007. The new album is called Take Care Take Care Take Care. Explosions In The Sky is an all instrumental group. You can call it post rock if you want, or post instrumental rock. They are one of the bands that I listen to alone, one of those bands I listen to when I need to think or process my life. Their music is my therapist, I guess, although sometimes all I can think about when I listen to them is how good they are! Check them out for yourself.

Paul McCartney to Wed Nancy Shevell

Posted by Amoebite, May 6, 2011 10:45am | Post a Comment

Beloved Amoeba pal Paul McCartney is set to wed again -- this time to his girlfriend of 4 years, Nancy Shevell. This will be McCartney's third marriage. The couple has been dating since 2007. Congrats!

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Brian Eno 1971 - 1977: The Man Who Fell To Earth @ The Roxie in SF

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, May 6, 2011 10:30am | Post a Comment

Check out the new documentary BRIAN ENO 1971-1977: THE MAN WHO FELL TO EARTH at The Roxie Theater in SF, Weds 5/11, 7pm. In celebration of Brian Eno’s 63rd (!) birthday a few days later, the film will be preceded by a video mix of performance clips and birthday surprises. Drop by and say hi at the Amoeba table! Presented by Noise Pop. 

Also, follow us on Twitter @amoebasf! We'll be giving away a few pairs of tickets this Monday!

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Hip-Hop Rap Up 05:06:11: Beastie Boys, Animal Farm, Shady Nate, REKS, Obama, Donald D + More

Posted by Billyjam, May 6, 2011 08:30am | Post a Comment
Amoeba Music Hollywood Weekly Hip-Hop Top Five Chart: 05:06:11


1)  Beastie Boys Hot Sauce Committee Part Two (Capitol)

2) DJ Quik The Book Of David (Mad Science Records)

3) Wiz Khalifa Rolling Papers (Atlantic)

4) Del Tha Funky Homosapien Golden Era CD (Council)

5) Eminem Recovery (Aftermath/Interscope)

The number one hip-hop album this week is the long overdue new Beastie Boys release Hot Sauce Committee Part Two, which went straight to number one at Amoeba Hollywood once it arrived on shelves there Tuesday. Back in 2009 was when Hot Sauce was originally slated to be released but due to Beastie Boy MCA (born Adam Yauch) learning the unsettling news that he had cancer in his salivary glands and had to have surgery, both the album and group's then pending summer 2009 concert tour were put on hold.

Vinyl in the Woods- Saturday, May 28

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Join us in Big Sur on Saturday, May 28 as we take part in the Vinyl in the Woods all day record fair! Amoeba will have a booth and will be spinning records! If you haven’t been to the amazing Henry Miller Library, this is a reason to come out! Sift through some great records, hear some great music and be a part of this one of a kind record fair! Here's more about the fest:
 
Magnus Toren had a vision.

Growing up in Sweden he became enamored by vinyl at an early age (John Mayall’s Crusade comes to mind.) It was a love that stayed with him his whole life, up until now, where he is the Executive Director of the Henry Miller Library in Big Sur, CA.

The Henry Miller Library is a non-profit art center that has live music (Arcade Fire, Animal Collective, Band of Horses), theater events, the Big Sur International Short Film Screening Series, writing workshops, and so much more. Check out their online schedule for the amazing events from now until mid-October here in your backyard.

Two years ago, Magnus envisioned bringing together the best vinyl dealers and independent collectors in California to Big Sur. He did. Vinyl in the Woods was born. And it ruled.

The second annual Vinyl in the Woods takes place on Saturday, May 28th, at the Henry Miller Library, which is located 30 miles south of Carmel on Rt. 1.

The event, from 10 am to 6 pm, is free to the general public. Come down early for an exclusive screening of the Wrecking Crew Friday night. (The holiday weekend also features sold-out shows with Chris Robinson and Gillian Welch.)

Kick Out the Tambs: An 'Extended Play' Interview with Joel Gion!

Posted by Kelly S. Osato, May 5, 2011 12:30pm | Post a Comment
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Although I can say I knew Joel Gion before I knew he was famous, his stardom seems so effortless and fitting that it never ceases to surprise me; he wears it so well. His recent solo release, Extended Play, further showcases his charisma and psychedelic savoir-faire above and beyond a warm "San Francisco Nights" degree. I caught up with him recently to chat about the new jams, future plans and his adventures as a modern tambourine man.
joel gion interview extended play solo record brian jonestown massacre tambourine
How long was this record in the making? Have you been sitting on these tunes for long?

Joel Gion: I started writing for this in 2009, but recording was off and on because there was a lot of Brian Jonestown Massacre touring in that year and the year after. Originally I was going to do a full length album, then I wanted to do four 7 inch singles over the course of the year, but in the end I went for two 12 inch E.P.s. I have more tunes ready and I'm also working on new stuff for the next one. One of the things that made it fun doing this as a self-release was to be able to change my mind whenever I wanted because it's mine.

There are many folks out there familiar with you via Brian Jonestown Massacre; how would you explain the sound of this record to BJM fans?

Singer, Emcee, Spoken-Word Artist & Author Dessa is a Musical Force To Be Reckoned With

Posted by Billyjam, May 4, 2011 07:16pm | Post a Comment

She may not be a household name (at least not yet) but Midwest singer, emcee, spoken word artist & author Dessa has been garnering some high praise of late, and from some well respected quarters. NPR likened her "old-fashioned high-quality singer-songwriter" skills to that of Joni Mitchell and Rosanne Cash while the Utne Reader lauded the sole female member of the  Minneapolis Doomtree hip-hop collective as "A one-woman powerhouse...with a literary sensibility and an aversion to genre clichés."

Of the artist born Maggie Wander, the Chicago Tribune wrote,  "Dessa sings, raps, rolls out rhymes like an accomplished poetry-slam veteran, thinks like the former philosophy student and published author she is, and commands the stage with the expressiveness of a performance artist."

Released early last year, her critically acclaimed debut full-length A Badly Broken Code became a staple at college radio and was a favorite with both Amoeba customers and staffers -- myself included. The aforementioned Chicago Tribune was among those to include her record in their 2010 year-end top ten albums list. The album was the artist's long anticipated follow up  to her attention grabbing 2005 introduction to the hip-hop world, the five-song Doomtree release False Hopes.  

The Sobbing Sea Lion... or Disney's Oceans as PSA

Posted by Chuck, May 4, 2011 05:00pm | Post a Comment

Disney's Oceans

If you were born in the 1970s, then there's more than a fair chance you're as deeply scarred/inspired by the “Crying Indian” commercial—the most effective public service announcement ever made—as I was. All the Earth Days in the world can't match what you knew at first glance watching that commercial... litterbugs are the worst sort of people and if you didn't give a hoot and went ahead and polluted, well... you'd make the Indian cry. (It turned out the tearful one was an Italian American named Iron Eyes Cody, now buried at Hollywood Forever Cemetery . . . oh well, them's the shits.)

These days people need more than a one-minute PSA to get the message about protecting the planet. Between the Discovery Channel, Animal Planet, and others, there are currently airing (as in, right this second) a zillion programs that relay the incredible diversity of life on Earth. Of course, the subtext for many is the nasty effect that we humans are having on it. Think it means anything? It does. But I personally still see people chucking things out of their car windows, or discarding plastic sacks directly onto the sidewalk, at which time violent atavistic urges course through me and I see that tear trickling down that sad, betrayed cheek. 

New 12" Releases @ Amoeba Hollywood 5/4- Laid, Panorama Bar 03, Axel Boman, Boddika, Christopher Rau, WAX & More

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Laid 11
Laid

Dial's sub-label Laid presents tracks by UK's Juergen Junker and Lowtec. Junker enters the Laid zone with two deeply-rooted house pieces. Lowtec has always been a main influence on the Dial/Laid family, and here he presents a dirty Rhodes stomper to hit the house floors again. Freaky alert!

Purchase Laid 11 here




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Panorama Bar 03
Ostgut Ton

This is part three in a vinyl series of exclusive tracks off of Panorama Bar 03 (OSTGUT 017CD), compiled and mixed by Prosumer. Hitherto unreleased, the three tracks on this 12" tick all the boxes that make Prosumer such a unique DJ: house in its various identities. Soundstore starts the triptych with frantic fever visions of Chicago's second wave. Steffi slows down the pace with some serious deep house. To close, Hunee teaches you a freestyle lesson.

Purchase Panorama Bar 03 here



Boddika

2727/Sometimes/Soul What/Rubba
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How Records Are Made

Posted by V.B., May 4, 2011 10:59am | Post a Comment
To check out extensive LP label and price guides, head to the Vinyl Beat website!


As you may have heard, vinyl is in the midst of a major comeback and is threatening to become more than just a niche phenomenon. VinylBeat.com took a virtual field trip to a pressing plant. We found that manufacturing records is a labor intensive, antiquated process that reached its zenith forty years ago.  However, since vinyl is still the best medium to hear music, the pressing plant lives on.



Watch a wonderful 1942 documentary here: Part 1 and Part 2.

How vinyl records are made - Part 1:



How vinyl records are made - Part 2:



Rainbo Records from Canoga Park:

May 3, 2011: Dylan Dog

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Stream the New Gang Gang Dance Album Eye Contact Here

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The new Gang Gang Dance album, Eye Contact, is now available for pre-order right here on Amoeba.com! It will be released on May 10, next Tuesday, but if you just can't wait that long, please stream the whole album below!

Happy Birthday, Tim Cappello (The Original Sexy Sax Man)

Posted by Eric Brightwell, May 3, 2011 01:05pm | Post a Comment

Tim Capello 1983

Tim (or Timmy) Cappello is heavily-muscled, oiled and pelvis-thrusting American saxophonist, whose saxual stylings can be heard on the Tina Turner tracks "We Don't Need Another Hero" and "One of the Living" from Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome, as well as his cover of "I Still Believe" from The Lost Boys.

Tim Cappelo

Cappello was born May 3, 1955 in Silver Lake, New York (as with LA's neighborhood of the same name, properly spelled with two words). Cappello not only plays the saxophone, but also the harmonica, guitar, keyboards and drums. His professional career began working with comedian/Oscar host Billy Crystal, providing musical accompaniment for Crystal's comedy stylings. 

In addition to playing in Tina Turner's band from 1984 to 1999, he recorded with Robert Kraft & Ivory Coast, The Flirts, Carly Simon, Eric Carmen, Peter Gabriel, Karen Carpenter and Ringo Starr. After appearing in the video for "We Don't Need Another Hero," Cappello embarked on an acting career, appearing in Miami Vice (1987), The Equalizer (1987), Hearts of Fire (1987), Tap (1989), and What's Love Got to Do With It (1993), but no role was as memorable as his cameo in The Lost Boys (1987). The scene of him covering a song by The Call on the beach was, to my mind, the most frightening part of the film.

Mother's Day is Fast Approaching and Amoeba Music Has Lots of Great Gift Ideas

Posted by Billyjam, May 2, 2011 07:09pm | Post a Comment

As you well know, Mother's Day 2011 is fast approaching (this Sunday, May 8th) and while flowers & chocolates or taking mom out to brunch are all wonderful things to do for this once-a-year occasion, don't overlook the equally excellent idea of the gift of music -- or movies -- from Amoeba! And should you feel stumped at choosing a specific CD or DVD for mom in the store, you can never go wrong with an Amoeba gift certificate, which is good at any of the three Amoebas at any time. Additionally, you can purchase items online directly from Amoeba's web store

Of course, if your mom is into live music you could always swing by Amoeba Music Sunday afternoon after brunch to catch some free live music as you browse the vast aisles of varied musical selections. In the Bay Area on Mother's Day there is a free 3pm instore set from progressive hip-hop artist Blueprint, whose sharp social consciousness & political awareness, as witnessed on the new Adventures In Counter Culture, will ring through with someone from any generation. Meanwhile, at Amoeba Hollywood at 5pm on Mother's Day Ceci Bastida, who the LA Weekly described as "Imbued with the gentle smokiness of Juana Molina and the swaggering edge of Nelly Furtado, or maybe M.I.A, her voice can be a rallying call or an invitation to listen closer," will perform in celebration of her debut solo album, Veo La Marea (I See The Tide). As with all Amoeba instores, both are free to the public.

(In which we consider The Ravens.)

Posted by Job O Brother, May 2, 2011 01:37pm | Post a Comment

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Last Saturday marked the end of my nearly eight years of employment at Amoeba Music Hollywood.

Okay – right away I can hear your breathing start to quicken and your heart-rate speed, so let me say right off that I will still be contributing to the Amoeblog. I struck a deal with management that, in exchange for writing my thoroughly researched and factually accurate lies and nonsense as I have been, I will be permitted access to the Amoeba Music break-room for all the free coffee I can drink from the hours of 4:30 pm to 5:45 pm, every Tuesday. Jealous?!?

A lot of people have been asking me what I’ll be doing now that I’ll no longer be working retail. My answer is simple.

Anyway, I want to share some of the sounds that have been weakening my knees for a while now; specifically, harmonizing vocal groups. (To be clear, I’m going to focus on more “popular vocal” groups of yesteryear – doo wop delights like The Flamingos and modern… err… marvels such as Color Me Badd will not be included.)

To start, let’s listen to one of my favorite harmonizing vocal groups of all time, The Ravens.

The Ravens
The Ravens
(...well, actually, it's just a picture of them on your computer)

"As If Richard Matheson Had Written a Terrence Malick Film": Stake Land (2011)

Posted by Charles Reece, May 1, 2011 11:55pm | Post a Comment
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Following last week's release of Kelly Reichardt's languorous westerner Meek's Cutoff, we get Jim Mickle's not quite as languorous (or, even, as) post-apocalyptic vampire film Stake Land. It has more visceral violence (and vampires, of course) than the former, but enough contemplative wide shots of trudging through dull colored landscapes to capture the imagination of the average boring-film cineaste -- the kind who uses terms like poetic realism and lyricism, and, when reaching for the sublime, suggests Terrence Malick (or, if really wanting to prove his or her bona fides, Tarr, Tarkovsky, or Bresson). Vampire films aren't exactly made for this type (excepting maybe Carl Dreyer's Vampyr), but Mickle tries by -- according to many reviews that dealt with his supposed literary precedents -- grafting the subgenre onto Cormac McCarthy's sci-fi bildungsroman The Road, an ideologically boring version of growing up after the apocalypse. To wit:
  • Now, it's perfectly true that the story of Stake Land is strikingly similar to that of The Road, the post-apocalyptic Cormac McCarthy novel that reached the screen last year by way of Aussie filmmaker John Hillcoat (except with that film's portentous, minimalist allegory replaced with an actual story). -- Andrew O'Hehir, Salon  
  • Fans of Cormac McCarthy’s The Road will find much to enjoy in this sombre and nerve-wracking post-apocalyptic horror film[.] -- Bruce Jones, The New Yorker
  • Add vicious, voracious bloodsuckers to Cormac McCarthy’s The Road and you have Stake Land[.] -- Maitland McDonagh, Film Journal International
The odd man out here is O'Hehir, who takes a stand for good old genre plotting over "minimalist allegory," which is another way of saying aestheticized tedium. As it happens, his evaluation is correct, but not because of plot always trumping boredom. I love minimalism too much to not believe in the aesthetic value of monotony. David Foster Wallace was on to something in detailing the drudgery of IRS accountants in his last, incomplete and posthumous novel, The Pale King: that even their work can be interesting and meaningful if one looks long enough. But others might suggest that the author's suicide before the book was finished calls into question the value of studying ennui (as Jonathan Raban says in the link, "a brute denial of all that he intended" the book "to stand for"). Nevertheless, Hillcoat's film adaptation of The Road lost a great deal by abbreviating McCarthy's longueurs. The hardship of a long travel through a barren wasteland feels more like walking a few miles, thereby betraying the meticulously constructed effect of McCarthy's desiccated habitus in which the post-apocalyptic bodies must endure. Much like Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings, the film leaves its audience with a focus on plot and action when neither is what is particularly important to the story being adapted. Contrary to O'Hehir, the problem with Hillcoat's The Road wasn't too little plot, but too much. Because Stake Land has more of a plot to focus on, it's a more successful film.

Where Mickle's film fails is in its overreliance on the generic contrivances of plot, which I guess is what some of the critics are getting at with their use of the Malick meme:
  • The Terrence Malick approach may be novel, but it probably isn't right for this material -- or at least not in the hands of this director. -- Josh Bellfilmcritic.com
  • An odd, ambitious and only partially successful fusion of Terrence Malick poetics and 28 Days Later viscera[.] -- Scott TobiasWNYC
  • It’s an ambitious hybrid, grafting the ethereal, landscape-driven, light-infused beauty and naïf narration associated with Terrence Malick onto a tale in which struggle against supernatural forces is just one challenge of coming of age[.] -- Karina LongworthThe Village Voice

Personally, with the exception of Badlands, I've not found Malick's works to be anything more than kitsch with some fetching tableaux. (He's begun two of his four extant feature lengths with twaddle about the beauty of savages living undisturbed by the sea, for example.) In place of Stake Land failing to live up to a vampire film directed by Malick (or McCarthy's novel), I'd suggest it fails to live up to its most obvious source material, Richard Matheson's I Am Legend. The story is set in Matheson's world with its zombie/vampire hybrids, only moved westward and in a time just prior to his novel when more humans were still alive. Matheson's book doesn't have any more of a plot than The Road, focusing instead on the daily routines of its protagonist, Robert Neville, trying to stay alive. There's an entire chapter (the best one, in fact) devoted to Neville's earning the trust of a dog, the only other non-vampire still alive in New York. Unfortunately, Matheson is filed in the horror section, McCarthy in literature, so mentioning the former doesn't carry as much cultural capital. Though both authors convey how routinization serves to constitute and retain a sense of humanity, no one asks what The Road loses by taking out the vampires (e.g., Matheson's dialectic between racial ideology and genetics in the allegorical struggle between the last remaining man against a new race). Likewise, I don't expect to see any critics wondering how much better Malick's films might be if scripted by Matheson. Stake Land was in the position to ask such questions, but reverts to another man against monster plot, which it manages to diminish further by giving it a personal revenge twist, saying not much about man, monster or the boy having to grow up in this milieu.

May 1, 2010: Deep Gold

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The Art of the LP Cover- Floaters

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May 1, 2011: Fast Five

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