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Happy birthday, Hokusai! - 誕生日おめでとう、北斎

Posted by Eric Brightwell, October 31, 2012 02:49pm | Post a Comment
Self-Portrait of Hokusai - 1842
Self-portrait of Hokusai from 1842

Today is the date traditionally recognized as the birthday of one of my favorite Japanese artists, 葛飾 北斎 (Katsushika Hokusai). Without a doubt he is one of (if not the) most famous Japanese artists of all time. His best known work is the ukiyo-e woodblock print series 富嶽三十六景 (Thirty-six views of Mount Fuji), published around 1831. The collection includes his single most recognized work, The great wave off Kanagawa.

The Great Wave off Kanagawa
The great wave off Kanagawa


Hokusai was born in the Musashi province of Edo (now Tokyo) in 1760. The exact date of his birth is somewhat uncertain although it is often said to have been the 23rd day of the 9th month of the 10th year of the Hōreki era, which would be the 31st of October in the Gregorian calendar. His adoptive (and likely biological) father was Nakajima Ise, mirror-maker to the shogun. Since Hokusai wasn’t named as his heir – it is sometimes assumed that his mother was a concubine. Hokusai’s childhood name was
姓は川村氏 (Kawamura Tokitarō). He later went by 鉄蔵 (Tetsuzo), 中島八右衛門 (Nakajima Hachiemon) and about thirty other (usually quite colorful) noms d'artiste.

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Electronic Artist Thavius Beck Talks to Amoeblog Before Nov. 2 Performance

Posted by Billy Gil, October 31, 2012 02:30pm | Post a Comment

Thavius BeckMinneapolis transplant Thavius Beck has been making music here in LA for the past 15 years or so, first as Adlib, rapping and producing for hip-hop collective Global Phlowtations and releasing several solo albums as Adlib before releasing his first album as Thavius Beck, Decomposition, in 2004, while working at Amoeba Hollywood. His glitched-out hip-hop sound led him to production work for the likes of Saul Williams and Busdriver and a remix for Nas. He’s worked alongside Trent Reznor and Zack De La Rocha and released several more albums over the years, the most recent of which is the instrumental electronic record The Most Beautiful Ugly. Thavius Beck returns to Amoeba Hollywood this Friday Nov. 2 at 6 p.m. to perform. I spoke to Beck a bit before his performance.

Thavius Beck The Most Beautiful UglyPST: It’s impressive that you produced a full album and then had a mixtape of outtakes that was also both strong and coherent as its own set. About how much music do you typically produce before whittling it down for an album?

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New York State of Mind Amoeblog #6: The Post Hurricane Sandy Blues

Posted by Billyjam, October 31, 2012 12:30pm | Post a Comment

As New York City slowly pulls itself up by its bootstraps in the wake of Hurricane Sandy and the swath of devastation it spread all over the five boroughs, bringing this normally bustling city "that never sleeps" to a grinding halt for an unprecedented period, it is difficult to report on fun, happy events in the Big Apple. Most New York City venues are still closed (or just now today, Wednesday, reopening) and a large percentage of scheduled NY concerts and events for this week have been canceled. For example, the big NYC Halloween Parade in the Village scheduled for this evening that I wrote about here last week. This is unheard of in the parade's four decade history. Similarly, this weekend's WFMU Record Fair (which happens in that same vicinity of downtown Manhattan) was also canceled (details below). Indeed it will take some time before the effects of the “storm of the century” that claimed lives, caused major destruction including destroying homes and businesses, shut down the subway, JFK and LaGuardia airports, and the NY Stock Exchange (until this morning), and left millions without power, are behind us.  Hence for this New York State of Mind Amoeblog I am going to do an overview of some of the impact of Sandy on NYC and a run down of some of the events that have been canceled or postponed as well as ones that are going ahead, along with some ways you can help (scroll down to end of text) plus some basic post Hurricane info and links related to NYC.

First up, check the YouTube clip below video-taped and uploaded Tuesday afternoon by the NY MTA (New York's Mass Transit Authority). It shows the devastation caused to two of the downtown Manhattan subway stations (Ferry Plaza and Whitehall Street - two of the seven subway stations with severe flooding) and will give you an idea of the intensity of the flooding caused by Sandy. While the NYC buses are back in service today, the subway system remains down and may not be back and running in full service for several days due to the damage caused by the salt water to the electrical system on the tracks. Additionally,  all the water has to be pumped out of flooded stations like the ones in the video. However the MTA did announce that limited subway service would resume on November 1st at 6am but not below 34th Street or from Manhattan to Brooklyn.

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The Art Of The LP Cover- Halloween 2012 Pt. 4 (Happy Halloween!!)

Posted by Mr. Chadwick, October 31, 2012 09:30am | Post a Comment

(In which we... Wait... Did you hear that? Hold on and AAAAAAAAHHHHHH!!!)

Posted by Job O Brother, October 30, 2012 01:10pm | Post a Comment

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"What you should be scared of is Romney's plan for those of us in the working class!"


It’s been just long enough since last year’s Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup hangover to allow me to look forward to another Halloween. Assuming I will have learned nothing from previous celebrations, I’ll undoubtedly be purchasing an extra big bag of candy under the pretence of preparing for trick-or-treaters, knowing full well that, in the five years I’ve lived here, I’ve gotten exactly one caller.

Let me tell you though – that one trick-or-treater made me so excited I gave him three huge handfuls of candy; enough that both he and his mother looked a little concerned; there was almost certainly an after-hours comb-through to search for pins and poison in the hoard I’d bestowed.

I’m digressing here, but why hasn’t anyone invented candy pins? Am I alone in thinking that would be neat?

poison labels
Still better than Necco Wafers!

Every year I assemble folks to watch horror films and eat candy. I don’t yet know what we’ll be watching (last year it was Susperia) but I am ready with a playlist of atmospheric Halloween music, some of which I’ll share with you…

First, nothing fills out a Halloween playlist better than a hearty dose of organ music by the baddest mutterficker of baroque: Johann Sebastian Bach.

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Albums Out 10/30: The Soft Moon, Neil Young, Killing Joke and More

Posted by Billy Gil, October 29, 2012 07:00pm | Post a Comment

Album Picks:

The Soft MoonZeros

The Soft Moon ZerosCD $12.98

LP $15.98

Slightly more pop than his first release but still dark enough to scare off the uninitiated, the second album from The Soft Moon improves upon Luis Vasquez’s one-man goth factory sound with a bit more muscle and increased emphasis on hooks and (somewhat) intelligible vocals. Vasquez’s sound — one part Dario Argento soundtrack, one part post-punk mastery — remains relentlessly bleak throughout Zeros, creating a sort of shut-in listening experience during which no light enters or escapes. The result isn’t alienating though; rather, Vasquez carefully builds the album up and keeps it chugging smoothly, from an almost M83-like synth-epic opening, to the short ‘n’ creepy “Machines,” to the title track, the first song we get of several that fulfills the promise of his earlier work. The title track and “Insides,” which immediately follows, sees Vasquez allow his voice to step out of the shadows a bit as he gives an impassioned scream in the title track’s buzzing climax, and on single “Insides,” he sings a discernable yet ghostly melody over a Pornography-era Cure backdrop of a looping guitar riff and bassline and mechanical beats. That breathy whisper that opens the song grabs you, but Vasquez seems to know he can’t offer only atmosphere forever, and his singing, emotional and buried, is a highlight across Zeros when it pops up. On “Dire Life,” which revs its synths before kicking off with a yelp, Vasquez drives listeners down a grim autobahn. Even better is “Want,” in which Vasquez cries “I want it…you have it” over clattering, afrobeat-esque drumwork that sounds like nothing else he’s done. It’s touches like this that keeps Zeros from being a one-note album, and though he doesn’t completely step out from the shadow of his influences, on Zeros Vasquez comes dangerously close, while scratching a very specific itch for immaculately constructed goth pop.

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First Glimpse: Amoeba's Icon Series Begins with Louis Armstrong

Posted by Amoebite, October 29, 2012 02:37pm | Post a Comment

Here is a first glimpse of Amoeba’s Icon Series, artists we consider to be the greatest and most important musicians of all time.

Louis Armstrong Amoeba IconWe’re starting with Louis Armstrong, indisputably one of the finest and most influential musicians ever. We’ve put together and remastered his lifework from thousands of difficult to find sources and we’ll be making his entire catalog of over 4,000 unique performances available on Amoeba.com soon. Amongst these are many performances that most people have never heard or had access to, particularly in beautifully remastered form.

For now, here is a sampling of Louis’ material from the '20s. We have remastered all these songs from pristine original 78s generously made available from the collections of some good friends of Amoeba including Terry Zwigoff, Sherwin Dunner, and Robert Crumb.

The remastering was done by our sound team headed by the renowned Shai Fishman. The team has spent countless hours doing a truly masterful job of bringing forward the warmth, clarity, and resolution of these sides.

Here is Louis as you’ve never heard him before. All songs are available in MP3, M4A (ALAC), and WAV. We hope you enjoy these! There are many more to come.

Hurricane Sandy Soundtrack

Posted by Billyjam, October 29, 2012 12:45pm | Post a Comment

New York City, Monday, October 29th 3:45pm: Here in New York City and other parts of the Northeast Coast including New Jersey and Rhode Island we are already feeling the strong winds and rain but are still awaiting the brunt of Hurricane Sandy to hit sometime later today. The massive storm with such a friendly name is expected to wreak havoc here on the Northeast over the next day or more with the worst of it hitting later tonight/early tomorrow morning, according the National Weather Service. Already winds are up near 100 MPH on the Jersey Shore and here in Queens, where I am, some trees have been blown down. Hurricane Sandy, which is arriving  in conjunction with a separate severe cold weather system a couple of days shy of Halloween, has  been dubbed "Frankenstorm" by the media who are always, it appears, delighted to have some potential apocalyptic disaster to report upon. Most folks here in New York and New Jersey that I know are hoping for the best but preparing for the worst. NYC buses and subways have been out of service since last (Sunday) evening and both JFK and La Guardia airports are shut down with flights cancelled through tomorrow (Tuesday) evening. For up to the minute news on the storm YouTube is live streaming The Weather Channel,  while Weather.Com is doing live updates online that you can get on your mobile devices.

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For the Love of Halloween Mixtapes!

Posted by Kelly S. Osato, October 29, 2012 11:37am | Post a Comment
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One of the many reasons I look forward to Halloween each year is that it truly is the holiday what inspires the best mix tapes. Also they're usually the most fun sort of mix to compile as the novelty encourages limitless experimentation. For the last thirteen years I have made and exchanged Halloween mix tapes with a dear friend and kindred spirit thus becoming a Halloween tradition that means as much to me as pumpkin carving, inventing the best costume for the day, and impaling candy corn on my canines.

Naturally, we here at Amoeba Music make the most of live-mixing music for our Halloween festivities (see DJ Teen Wolf, pictured right) and this year shall surely be no different so, by all means, do come out and join us! Remember to dress to distress, bring your little dogs too and, since we close early at 7pm so that we may all celebrate Halloween right frightfully, feel free to consider ours a warm up to your Halloween party plans -- I know i do! In fact, I'll be manning the decks this year!

Now, if you're into making a Halloween mix but as yet haven't attempted your own here follows some seasonably solid Halloween mixtape advice from some reasonably seasoned compilation enthusiasts, highlighting some of the content that made the cut for my own mixer this year. What the heck, let's call it seven hot tips for Halloween mixtape success -- it's been a while since I've listed anything.

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Halloween mixtape hot tip #1
: When culling content for a Halloween mix never discount an entire genre as seasonally inappropriate as fear knows no formal bounds. I'm talking about Country, y'all. Famed Country and Western convoy outlaw C.W. McCall's "Night Rider" from the recently reissued Wolf Creek Pass (on Omni) is some great C&W for Halloween what with its odd moog-a-delic reverberations and badass Rap-esque delivery droning on and on about driving at night and stuff. While not as frightening and perfectly Halloweeny as, say, Porter Wagoner's "The Rubber Room" it is an entirely appropriate track for a diverse, genre-spanning Halloween compilation in that it provides a departure from the more standard, obvious fare. That, and the fact that most songs about driving at night are cool.

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Music History Monday: October 29

Posted by Jeff Harris, October 29, 2012 11:06am | Post a Comment

Music History Monday

 

To read more Behind The Grooves, go to http://behindthegrooves.tumblr.com.

Remembering legendary guitarist Duane Allman (born Howard Duane Allman in Nashville, TN) - November 20, 1946 – October 29, 1971.


Born on this day: October 29, 1944 - Singer/songwriter and guitarist Denny Laine (born Brian Frederick Arthur Hines in Birmingham, West Midlands, UK). Happy 68th Birthday, Denny!!
 


On this day in music history: October 29, 1902 - The Dinwiddie Colored Quartet, a jubilee vocal group from Dinwiddie County, VA will become the first African American group to record for a major record label. The group will record six sides (including "Down On The Old Camp Ground," "Steal Away," and "Gabriel's Trumpet") for the Victor Talking Machine Company in their studio in Camden, NJ. The group will form in 1898 as the Old South Quartet before changing their name. The Dinwiddie Colored Quartet will disband in 1904. Though the group are not the first African American vocalists to be commercially recorded (The Unique Quartette will record several wax cylinders for the New York Phonograph Company in December 1890), they will make their mark in history with their recordings among the earliest surviving documents of black musicians on record.
 

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Gower Gulch and the sort of beginning of Hollywood

Posted by Eric Brightwell, October 27, 2012 01:40pm | Post a Comment

The Hollywood neighborhood emerged as a small village in the late 19th century and was incorporated as its own municipality in 1903. But for most people in the world, “Hollywood” is synonymous with the commercial American film, which established itself there first in an area that came to be known as "Gower Gulch."

Gower Gulch lunch wagon

Before Hollywood emerged as a film-making hub, various companies produced films around the country – especially in Chicago, FloridaCalifornia and especially New York. In Los Angeles, the first filming was done by Thomas Edison’s company around 1898 on South Spring Street, in Downtown.In 1909, William Selig and actor director Francis Boggs moved their company, Selig Polyscope Co, to the Edendale neighborhood (in what’s now Echo Park). Bronx Films, Fox Film Corporation, French & Forman, Keystone Studios, New York Motion Picture Company, Norbig Film Company, The Pathé West Coast Film Company, Reaguer Productions, Western Arts, Westwood Productions, and other studios followed, in the process turning Edendale into the capital of American film production, taking the title from New York City in 1915.

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The 90s...the best albums of 1992...

Posted by Brad Schelden, October 26, 2012 06:00pm | Post a Comment
1992 was a big deal for many reasons. This was my last year of High School. The year I turned 18. My last year living at home. It was also my first year at college. My first year living away from home. And another year that I got even more obsessed with music. And it all happened 20 years ago! Hard to believe. By 1992 I had really worn out my copy of Disintegration by The Cure. So I was ready for the new Cure album. Wish was released in March of 1992. It would really become the album that I most associate with 1992. I can remember listening to it for the first time. It became the album that I would listen to most throughout the summer and well into 1993. I was still primarily listening to cassettes at this point. I don't think I got a CD player until 1993. I held out for a while for some reason. The Cure was one of the first bands whose catalog I upgraded to CD as soon as I got a CD player. 1992 was also the year that I discovered Lush, Curve & Pale Saints! The year I discovered Bjork & The Sugarcubes. The first time I heard PJ Harvey and Red House Painters. These bands would all become a huge part of my musical life throughout the 90s. I became a lifelong fan of both PJ Harvey and Red House Painters. And I seriously can't imagine my life without these guys. I was still listening to a lot of radio in 1992. KROQ was starting to become a bit annoying this year though. It seemed that every other song was Pearl Jam, Red Hot Chili Peppers or U2. I didn't like any of those bands and had to constantly change the station whenever they came on. But KROQ still played a lot of Morrissey & The Cure. It is where I first heard Lush, The Sugarcubes, The Lemonheads, James, Cause & Effect, Catherine Wheel, Soup Dragons, St. Etienne, Curve & Utah Saints. So I did still manage to listen to it quite a bit. I also watched 120 Minutes every Sunday. Dave Kendall was the host until 1992 when Lewis Largent took over. 1992 was also the first year of Alternative Nation on MTV. I became a big fan of this show and its host Kennedy! She probably annoyed most people. But I loved her. And I loved being introduced to new bands by watching their videos. 120 Minutes was always cooler though. There was too much Pearl Jam and Red Hot Chili Peppers on Alternative Nation just like on KROQ. Just to give you an idea of what was being played on KROQ in LA here is their top 20 songs of 1992...

1. Red Hot Chili Peppers - Under the Bridge
2. Pearl Jam - Jeremy
3. The Cure - A Letter to Elise
4. Nirvana - Come As You Are
5. U2 - One
6. Toad the Wet Sprocket - All I Want
7. Shakespear's Sister - Stay
8. Pearl Jam - Even Flow
9. Morrissey - Tomorrow
10. R.E.M. - Drive
11. James - Born of Frustration
12. Sugarcubes - Hit
13. The Cure - Friday I'm in Love
14. Temple of the Dog - Hunger Strike
15. L7 - Pretend that We're Dead
16. Peter Gabriel - Digging in the Dirt
17. The Charlatans - Weirdo
18. Cause & Effect - You Think You Know Her
19. Annie Lennox - Why
20. Alice in Chains - Would

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List: 10 Creepy Recent Albums

Posted by Billy Gil, October 26, 2012 02:12pm | Post a Comment

OMG you guys, it’s Halloween! Kind of. Halloween is next Wednesday — read all about the puppy antics Amoeba Hollywood has in store here — which means it’s kind of like it’s Halloween for the next six days. Besides your requisite scary movies, here are some recent creepy albums to get you through the next week, and a few upcoming ones to look out for.

Godspeed AllelujahGodspeed You! Black EmperorAllelujah! Don’t Bend! Ascend! (CD or LP)

This one’s kind of obvious. This is a band that made an album ostensibly about the end of the world, and the post-rock outfit’s latest release starts with a 20-minute opus of crashing sound named after a war criminal. But Allelujah! Don’t Bend! Ascend! pairs its noisy parts with moments of unnerving beauty, as in the spectral “We Drift Like Worried Fire.”

 

 

 


Swans The SeerSwansThe Seer (CD, Deluxe CD, LP or Download)

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Hip-Hop Rap-Up, Week End 10.26.12: Kendrick Lamar, Styles Of Beyond, Vinnie Paz, Action Bronson + more

Posted by Billyjam, October 26, 2012 01:28pm | Post a Comment
Amoeba Music Hollywood Hip-Hop Top Five Chart Week Ending 10:26:12

1) Kendrick Lamar Good Kid M.A.A.D City CD (Aftermath)

1) Kendrick Lamar Good Kid M.A.A.D City Deluxe CD (Aftermath)

1) Kendrick Lamar Good Kid M.A.A.D City LP (Aftermath)

2) Vinnie Paz God Of The Serengeti (Enemy Soil)

3) Macklemore The Heist (Macklemore, LLC.)

4) Styles Of Beyond Reseda Beach (Dirty Version Records)

5) Karriem Riggins Alone (Stones Throw)

Just how popular an item is the brand new Kendrick Lamar album Good Kid M.A.A.D City  at Amoeba Hollywood? So popular that the SoCal artist's release, which arrived in Amoeba on Monday this week (Oct 22nd), is in a three way tie with itself for the number one chart position. That is the three formats it comes in: regular CD version, the Deluxe CD version, and the LP version of Good Kid M.A.A.D City all tying for that coveted number one slot in the latest Amoeba Hip-Hop Top Five chart. I think of this album as Straight Outta Compton Version 2012 aka the return of the West Coast. XXL magazine has dubbed it "a future classic" while Ameoblogger Billy Gil called Good Kid M.A.A.D City "the sound of extraordinary promise achieved" and  "as intricate, strange and thoroughly addictive an album as anyone could have hoped to hear" citing as part of the reason for the artist's major label debut's success as Kendrick's list of accolades such as his acclaimed Section.80 mixtape from last year and his work with such icons as Drake and Dr. Dre. In fact it is Dre's Aftermath label who released the artist's twelve track major-label (via Universal) debut featuring the popular lead single "Swimming Pools (Drank)" (see video below) that Dr. Dre both executive-produced and mixed. Clocking in at one hour, eight minutes both the regular CD and the LP versions offer twelve tracks while the (much longer) Deluxe CD version contains an extra five bonus tracks.
 

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Show Report: Kim Free at Amoeba Hollywood

Posted by Billy Gil, October 26, 2012 12:27pm | Post a Comment

Kim Free live at Amoeba HollywoodKim Free started her set at Amoeba Hollywood Oct. 24 with a quick violin piece before leaving it to loop while she picked up the bass to play “I Don’t Know Why,” from her album Angel Shadow. Free builds the song beginning with its simple, Cure-style bassline, allowing that to loop while she sings hauntingly over it and adds harmonic bass notes here and there. Her “Breaking Spells” recalled the close intimacy of early Liz Phair, sans the snark and loaded with romanticism. Upon that song, she left her bass standing to unload exquisite violin, teaching a master class in the power of looping as she built towers of melody standing alone. She smiled as she quickly faded the song into a wintry violin piece, at once aching and dreamy, building a shuddering backdrop upon which she could solo with emotional precision, before fading it to a deep pool of bass and whispery vocal. The song shifted back to violin for its stunning conclusion. She then played “Ease Into Piece,” a lighter oceanic piece that allowed her to mellow out without having to shift to violin until the song's baroque climax. She closed the set with a quick, heartfelt song, the composition of which showcased one of the most endearing features of Free’s music — its combination of immediate simplicity with Free’s classical training as a violinist. See more photos of the show here; read my interview with Free here.

Weekly Roundup: Vinyl Williams, Christopher Owens, 100s

Posted by Billy Gil, October 25, 2012 06:53pm | Post a Comment

Vinyl WilliamsVinyl Williams – “Higher Worlds”

Like Ariel Pink’s krautrock cousin, LA artist Vinyl Williams makes bleary lo-fi dream-pop with Can-inspired beats and basslines. The real kicker here is the smeared-over chorus. I had to check to make sure my computer wasn’t playing two songs at once; I was glad to hear it wasn’t, and that Vinyl Williams’ music is that dynamic and layered to cause you to want to dive in headfirst. His Lemniscate album is due Nov. 12 on No Pain in Pop.

 

Christopher Owens – “Here We Go”

Christopher Owens broke our hearts with Girls, then broke them again when he broke up his band this year. Now he has a solo album coming out Jan. 15 called Lysandre (out on Fat Possum). Here’s the first single from it, the delicate “Here We Go.”

 

100s ice cold perm100s – “Brick $ell Phone”

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Oakland Museum Says Final Farewell to Summer & Hello To Halloween with Summer Nights Finale

Posted by Billyjam, October 25, 2012 03:33pm | Post a Comment

With Halloween less than a week away and Christmas / holiday decorations already on sale at most stores it is almost time to say goodbye to summer. Almost meaning after one last summer fling event (Summer Nights Finale - which Amoeba has been supporting since the series began) that takes place tomorrow (Friday, Oct 26th) at the Oakland Museum of California from 4pm until 11:45 pm.

This special multi-faceted OMCA event not only offers museum goers a nice farewell to summer but also a hello / early taste of Halloween with what the curators at OMCA promise will be an eclectic evening featuring Days of the Dead tours, monster books, home movies, and a cult horror cinema classic - and some of it interactive too.

          

                                      HearHere from Hear Here on Vimeo.

The myriad of educational fun for all ages that is Summer Nights Finale includes a tour of Forgotten Stories, Remarkable Lives: Días de los Muertos 2012 and a meet-and-greet with the artists responsible for the exhibition (5pm in The Great Hall), an almost all ages event dance class to learn the moves for Michael Jackson's "Thriller" for ages 4 and up (7:30pm to 8pm at the OMCA Gift Shop), and a sneak peek of the (currently closed to the public) Gallery of California Natural Sciences with artist Helena Keeffe on hand to give a guided tour of the fort exhibit that she co-created with Oakland YMCA families.

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John Sinclair Talks to the Amoeblog Before Performing at Amoeba SF

Posted by Billy Gil, October 24, 2012 05:35pm | Post a Comment

Harry Duncan’s Roots and Rhythms Series returns to Amoeba SF Saturday Oct. 27 from 2-5 p.m. To hear a sample of the music Duncan spins, listen to In The Soul Kitchen with DJ Harry Duncan on KUSF In Exile Tuesdays from 7 to 9 p.m. Listen to past shows here.

John SinclairThis Saturday’s show will include a rare appearance by legendary poet and activist John Sinclair. Sinclair was once the manager of Detroit proto-punks MC5 and lead anti-racist and pro-marijuana efforts in the 1960s. He was imprisoned in 1969 for the possession of two joints of marijuana, which spawned the John Sinclair Freedom Rally in Ann Arbor, Mich. in 1971, which featured John Lennon, Yoko Ono, Allen Ginsberg, Abbie Hoffman and another of other luminaries from the time. He was soon after released, and the Michigan Supreme Court ruled the state’s marijuana law was unconstitutional. He was charged with two others in the 1972 Supreme Court case United States v. U.S. District Court, which upheld that warrantless domestic wiretaps were illegal.

Sinclair is now based in Amsterdam, where he continues to write and record poetry, which is often accompanied by blues, jazz and rock musicians. He hosts a radio show at RadioFreeAmsterdam.com where he plays jazz, blues, R&B and other music, and maintains a blog, Fattening Blogs For Snakes. I caught up with Sinclair over the phone as he was working on a documentary in Healdsburg, Calif.

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Celebrate Halloween at Amoeba Hollywood + 2nd Annual Pet Costume Contest

Posted by Amoebite, October 24, 2012 03:11pm | Post a Comment

Halloween at AmoebaHalloween is a week away and that means it's nearly time for our second annual Pet Costume Contest!! Bring your spooky pooch in costume to Amoeba Hollywood on Wednesday, October 31 at 4pm and you might win the grand prize gift basket from Catts & Doggs or other cool treats. Plus, we'll have creepy DJ sets 2-4pm with DJ FANG FACE and DJ LEW SIFFER, candy for the kids and lots more fun.

Amoeba Hollywood will also close at 7pm, so be sure to get your shopping in early.

 

Need some inspiration? Check out a few of the contestants from last year's inaugural competition:

Pet Costume Contest

 

Halloween poster

New York State of Mind Amoeblog #5: MoMA + PS1 for free, JKL! in NYC, B-Boy/B-Girl Summit, Halloween in Manhattan + more

Posted by Billyjam, October 24, 2012 11:16am | Post a Comment

MoMA (and PS1) for free, Jimmy Kimmel Live! in NYC, B-Boy/B-Girl Summit, Halloween in Manhattan,  and the best views of Manhattan are among the items covered in this fifth installment in the New York State of Mind - the Amoeblog series on music and other entertainment and happenings in the Big Apple for both visitors and residents of New York.  As seen from the photo above (taken last Friday evening) of the view of an overcast Lower Manhattan from Jersey City, New Jersey, some of the best views / photo opportunities of Manhattan are from outside of Manhattan - be it over in New Jersey, in Brooklyn, on Roosevelt Island between Queens and the island Manhattan, or out on the NY Harbor on a boat.

In the week ahead (October 29th through November 2nd) Jimmy Kimmel, who normally tapes his nightly talk show Jimmy Kimmel Live! at El Capitan Theatre on Hollywood Blvd not far from the Amoeba Hollywood store, is taking his popular ABC late night show on the road to the East Coast for the first time and will film five shows at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) in Fort Greene. Brooklyn is where Kimmel grew up, so he will be visiting some old neighborhood spots on the NYC series. Additionally, his line-up of guests (many from Brooklyn) for JKL! in NYC will include Chris Rock, who grew up in Crown Heights and Bed-Stuy, Tracy Morgan, Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert, and David Letterman to name just a few along with musical performersAlicia Keys, Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, Vampire Weekend and the Brooklyn Philharmonic. Over the past few weeks on the air JKL! have been giving away tix to tapings of the upcoming New York shows. But you can also try and get (free) tickets by visiting www.1iota.com or calling 1-866-Jimmytix.

Moon Block Party's Beyond The Witching Hour at The Echoplex Oct. 26

Posted by Amoebite, October 23, 2012 07:24pm | Post a Comment

Moon Block Party's second annual Beyond The Witching Hour Halloween extravaganza is nearly upon us. Get your Halloween on early at The Echoplex Friday, October 26 for a night of music featuring Peaking Lights, Lumerians (and many more across 3 stages!), live art, installations, and costume contests, all meant to be experienced in Crystal Vision (the organizers have partnered with Future Eyes, an LA based prismatic eye wear company, to create crystal goggles which transform whatever's in front of you into a kaleidoscopic wonderland).

Come dressed up and you could win tickets to Desert Daze 2013, an Amoeba Gift Pack, a pair of Future Eyes and other goodies.

If you're hungry, feast at food trucks (The Urban Oven Pizza, Texas Chili Pie, Sweet Wheels). If you're thirsty, everyone's favorite festival libations purveyor, Sailor Jerry, will be on hand with drink specials.

You can buy a general admission ticket ($13 advance, $15 day of show) or a special package including your very own pair of Future Eyes glasses ($21 advance, $23 day of show). Get tickets here.
 

Moon Block Party LA

 

Set times:

ECHOPLEX STAGE:
Peaking Lights: 12:40AM - 1:25AM
Costume Contest: 12:00AM - 12:10AM
Lumerians: 11:20PM - 12:00AM
Dahga Bloom: 10:05PM - 10:45PM
JUJU: 9:05PM - 9:35PM
Cosmonauts: 8:00PM - 8:30PM


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Kim Free Plays Live at Amoeba Hollywood Oct. 24

Posted by Billy Gil, October 23, 2012 01:15pm | Post a Comment

Kim FreeKim Free produces spacious, dark pop marked by Free’s otherworldly voice, minimalist bass and keyboards, and her striking violin playing, for which she’s been employed on Zola Jesus’ recent tour. As a solo artist, she had a number of limited-run, lo-fi darkwave releases as Black Church before stepping out on her own this year with Angel Shadow, a more starkly naked collection of songs on which Free played every instrument, as she does live. Kim Free plays Amoeba Hollywood Wed. Oct. 24 at 7 p.m. I caught up with Free before the performance.

PST: The construction of your songs is really interesting. It feels very solitary, despite the presence of other instruments in the background. Did you want the songs and the record to have a sort of intimacy? Or is that just the way you play live, and you wanted to capture that on record?

Kim Free Angel ShadowFree: I didn’t really set out with any intentions for this record. I wrote all the songs in my bedroom, based on the instruments I happened to have at the time. When I wrote the record, I was living with a lot of people, and I would always retreat to my room to kill time between work and whatever else, and Angel Shadow is what came out.

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13th Annual San Francisco World Music Festival, November 8 - 11th!

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, October 23, 2012 11:55am | Post a Comment
The 13th Annual San Francisco World Music Festival, one of the most distinguished festivals in the United States dedicated to producing traditional masters from the San Francisco Bay Area and around the world, brings together the music of many cultures in a festival-commissioned world premiere called The Opera Project.

The Festival officially kicks off on November 8th at 8pm with a special film screening of INTANGIBLE ASSET NO. 82 by Australian filmmaker Emma Franz. The film features Korean p’ansori singer Bae Il Dong and Korean percussionist Kim Dong Won, and won Best Documentary at the Durban International Film Festival in South Africa, Best Sound in Documentary at the AFI Awards Australia, and was runner up for the Most Popular Documentary at the Melbourne International Film Festival.

On November 8th and 9th, catch FROM BAROQUE TO BEIJING OPERA SCHOOL SHOW at 10am and 12pm. This specially designed experience for youths, teachers, and schools of the Bay Area features world renowned master opera singers and musicians plus members of the Festival’s Youth Orchestra.

Then November 9th - 11th launches the premiere of THE OPERA PROJECT: VOICES FROM THE OTHER SIDE, a global opera integrating masters of Chinese Beijing Opera, Azerbaijani Mugham Opera, Italian Baroque Opera, Korean P’ansori Opera, and Tibetan Opera. THE OPERA PROJECT is
produced by Door Dog Music Productions, with artistic direction by Michael Santoro, music direction
by Jim Santi Owen, global music direction by Azeri kamancha master Imamyar Hasanov and Chinese erhu master Zhang Xiaofeng, with scenic and lighting design by Matthew Antaky.

Guns Don't Kill People. Not These Ones By Pedro Reyes. These Guns Make Music!

Posted by Billyjam, October 23, 2012 09:20am | Post a Comment

To answer that question posed in Edwin Starr's 1970 number one hit single "War: What is It Good For?"
I propose two things good about war: Number 1: all of the former military bases such as Governors Island in New York or Angel Island in the Bay Area, that have been transformed into state, city or public park lands. And number 2 all of the weapons (from the drug war) that have been magically altered and turned into musical instruments like the violin-like, string instrument pictured above that was ingeniously crafted out of four hand guns, the barrel of a shotgun, and some other parts taken off recycled firearms. This ingenious weapon into musical instrument transformation is the handiwork of Mexican artist Pedro Reyes who has crafted an entire orchestra's worth of instruments out of old guns for what he dubbed the Imagine project.

And Reyes doesn't simply make musical instruments out of old weapons. He is also making a strong socio/political statement about the out-of-control use of illegal guns and the high crime rate in his country; mostly connected with drug cartels' grip on Mexican society. For his unique project Reyes first began working with Palas Por Pistolas (shovels for guns) which was a gun exchange campaign geared towards the residents of the crime ridden western Mexican city of Culiacán.

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Show Report: Diamond Rings at Amoeba Hollywood

Posted by Billy Gil, October 22, 2012 06:33pm | Post a Comment

Diamond Rings Amoeba HollywoodDiamond Rings aka John O'Regan started his set at Amoeba Hollywood Oct. 18 with "Runaway Love," the heaviest song on his new album, Free Dimensional. The song sounded especially full and rocking live, backed by a band of Beastie Boy lookalikes. He dropped the butch guitar for some adorably goofy dance moves and rapping and on "Hand Over My Heart," giving him the chance to indulge his inner Chaka Khan. O'Regan's voice got deep for defiant single "I'm Just Me," which splits the difference between Diamond Rings' rock and Eurodisco leanings, though it definitely was heavier live. "A to Z" was one of the best-sounding songs of the set, with O'Regan's guitar cutting through like an Edge solo, while his vocals came through loosely and clearly. He played his previous hit "All Yr Songs," from his previous album, Special Affections, introducing it as one of the first songs he ever wrote. This kid in the front headbanged to the entire song, it was very cute. O'Regan closed the set with the hip-hoppy "Day & Night," which was a lot more fun live than on record, as some of O'Regan's eccentricities — his rapping, for one — translate better live. The set had the effect of punching up the songs from Free Dimensional and making O'Regan seem like the kind of artist who will take chances and do what he wants, while his attention to detail, from his band's glammy hip-hop look to his songs' nuanced electronic effects, ensure he'll entertain any audience while following his muse. See more photos of the show here!

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Oakland Filmmaker Shomari Smith Making Documentary About Souls Of Mischief's "93 'Til Infinity"

Posted by Billyjam, October 22, 2012 01:40pm | Post a Comment

Teaser for the in-production documentary on Souls Of Mischief's
93 'Til Infinity

The above trailer/teaser for the ongoing production of the documentary about the Souls of Mischief's album 93 'Til Infinity offers a nice taste of what's to come with the 2013 release of this in-depth documentary on the famed Hieroglyphics crew's landmark 1993 debut album. "I've conducted over 50 interviews with notable emcees, producers and DJs for this project," said Oakland filmmaker/lifelong Souls fan Shomari Smith who is still busily working on this film which will be a must-see for Hiero fans. For the documentary, in addition to interviewing the entire Hiero Crew, Smith has also interviewed such folks as A Tribe Called Quest's Phife Dawg (fellow Jive Records label-mate back at that time in the early 90's), Dante Ross (the highly respected A&R rep who signed Del and was involved with the Hieros development in their early years), and former KMEL DJ Sway (among the local Bay Area radio DJs to promote the Souls early on in their career). 

"The film is scheduled for release in September of 2013, exactly 20 years from the original release date for the album," director Shomari Smith told me last week noting that, "This documentary will show the Souls as you have never seen them before. They are discussing their early creative process while making the legendary demo. They share personal stories about each album track. They discuss the single “93 'Til infinity” and it’s longevity, and they talk about going independent and moving forward into the future." Indeed the Souls and the other Hieros (Del, Casual, Extra Prolific, etc.), who all got dropped by their respective labels all before they had an opportunity to fully shine, were among the early wave of hip-hop online pioneers in the mid nineties to adapt to the Internet as a means of distribution of their music.

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Noise Pop Record Collective Party with Glenn Jackson in Berkeley, October 23rd!

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, October 22, 2012 01:33pm | Post a Comment
Noise Pop and Amoeba Music continue the ever-popular and biweekly Noise Pop Record Collectivevinyl party Noise Pop Record Glen JacksonCollective on Tuesday, October 23rd hosted by producer and writer (XLR8RGlen Jackson! The party goes from 8pm till 11pm at Berkeley's Missouri Lounge.

Here's how it works: fans are invited to bring their own record for the carefully selected celebrity host DJs to play over the course of the evening. When you come, just check your records in at the DJ booth with the Record Collective Librarians and you'll be all set to party.

Be sure to RSVP for HERE, and get an exclusive Record Collective
coupon for $5 off vinyl at Amoeba Music San Francisco and Berkeley!

PS: Sorry young vinyl fans, but Record Collective is 21+ only.

Albums Out 10/22: Bat For Lashes, Kendrick Lamar, Titus Andronicus and More

Posted by Billy Gil, October 22, 2012 01:00pm | Post a Comment

Album Picks:

Bat For LashesThe Haunted Man

Bat for Lashes The Haunted ManCD $13.98

LP $22.98

From the get-go, Bat for Lashes aka Natasha Khan is grabbing for the brass ring on The Haunted Man, declaring "thank God I'm alive" on opener "Lillies." Though she still incorporates the inward-looking, intimate goth-tinged singer-songwriter sound of her first album and part of her second, on this third album she engages in embracing pop in a way she never has, save for on her breakthrough single, “Daniel.” “All Your Gold” is the kind of shivery, evocative pop that Kate Bush pioneered in the ’80s and which has netted a bevy of recent followers (from Florence + The Machine to Beach House), but Khan does it better than most of the pack for her impeccable use of unforced detail. As on her first single, “What’s a Girl to Do,” she sings of lacking affection for someone, this time because of past injury — “today I was a dead girl walking,” she sings creepily amid stuttering guitar and a heavy dance beat that sweeps you off your feet. Similarly, the stunning “Laura” details a fading beauty or diva with beautiful tragicomedy — “you’ll be famous for longer than them, your name is tattooed on every boy’s skin.” The song’s subject remains ever elusive, yet you feel for her out of the burning intensity in Khan’s voice. Khan shows a knack for memorable choruses across The Haunted Man, even as she can sound distant and lost, creating an intriguing push-and-pull, from “Laura’s” “you’re more than a superstar” to “Marilyn’s” grand pop moment of “turnin’ into a Marilyn, leaning out of your big car” amid that song’s slow-motion synth-and-drum-machine fireworks. Because of the album’s immaculate pacing, where these high points are broken up by headier moments, like the warbling “Oh Yeah” and orchestral flourishes of “Winter Fields,” that you come back to once some of the glory of the album’s singles wears off. It's altogether one of the most rapturous and addictive listening experiences of recent memory, surely one of the year’s best.

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Music History Monday: October 22

Posted by Jeff Harris, October 22, 2012 10:00am | Post a Comment

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Music History MondayOn this day in music history: October 22, 1969Led Zeppelin II, the second album by Led Zeppelin is released. Produced by Jimmy Page, it is recorded at Olympic Studios and Morgan Studios in London; A&M Studios, Quantum Studios, Sunset Sound, Mirror Sound, and Mystic Studios in Los Angeles; A&R Studios, Juggy Sound, Groove Studios, and Mayfair Studios in New York City; "The Hut" in Vancouver, BC, Canada; and Ardent Studios in Memphis, TN from January - August 1969. Quickly following the success of their self-titled debut, the album is written on the road and recorded in numerous studios in the US and UK on days off between tour dates. Led Zeppelin II will quickly surpass their debut in sales, cementing the bands' musical reputation as well as establishing a template in which countless hard rock and heavy metal bands will follow. It will spin off several classics that become rock radio staples including "Heartbreaker," Ramble On," and "Whole Lotta Love" (#4 Pop), the latter of which is issued as a single. The initial US pressing of the LP mastered by Bob Ludwig will be problematic for some as loud and dynamic passages on the record will cause it to skip on cheaper turntables of the day, initiating sizeable returns. Atlantic will be forced to remaster the album (this time by George Marino), with the bass and high end significantly rolled off. These original "loud cut" pressings of II will become sought after by collectors over the years. Led Zeppelin II will spend 7 weeks at #1 (non-consecutive) on the Billboard Top 200, and is certified 12x Platinum in the US by the RIAA.
 

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P.O.S. Cancels Tour Due to Health Issues

Posted by Billyjam, October 19, 2012 06:24pm | Post a Comment
       

Doomtree member and Rhymesayers recording artist P.O.S., whose new album We Don't Even Live Here, will arrive in Amoeba next week (Oct 22nd), announced today that he has been forced to cancel his entire fall tour due to need to have a kidney transplant. Check out the YouTube video above by the artist released a little earlier today in which he goes into detail on his medical status (and very good-humoredly too). Note that the Minneapolis will still do his Oct 26th hometown show at First Avenue. All tour ticket refunds will be available at the point of purchase.


Hip-Hop Rap-Up, Week End 10.19.12: K'Nann, Prince Paul, Rapsody, B-Pos, Mos Def + Mannie Fresh, Homeboy Sandman + more

Posted by Billyjam, October 19, 2012 12:37pm | Post a Comment
       
E-Lit @ Amoeba Berkeley overviews new Hip-Hop releases of the week ending 10:19:2012


Amoeba Music Berkeley Hip-Hop Top Five: Week Ending 10:19:12


1) K'Naan Country, God Or The Girl (Octane/A&M)

2) Zion I Shadow Boxing (Live Up Records)

3) Macklemore The Heist (Macklemore, LLC.)

4) Prince Paul & DJ P. Forreal Negroes On Ice (The Red Lion Group)

5) Rapsody The Idea of Beautiful (Jamla Records)

Thanks to the ever knowledgeable, hip-hop loving E-Lit at the Berkeley Amoeba store for taking time to do a run down of all the new and recent hip-hop releases at Amoeba both vinyl and CD. In the new top five chart the number seller is the brand new K'Naan Country, God Or The Girl on Octone/A&M. "Love is harder than war. I’ve had the chance to write about my experiences in a difficult and violent life. But when the suffering and the pain is something that comes from within me, it’s harder to react and to write about that," said the Somali Canadian multi-talent of the new album's content which features the lead pop-rap single that dropped several months back, "Is There Anybody Out There?" and features Nelly Furtado (see below). On Country, God Or The Girl is the internationally popular artist's attempt to, he says, address "the internal wars, rather than the external ones, which I'd been preoccupied with on my previous albums."

Other releases on the new chart include the ever-popular Seattle, WA rapper Macklemore, who earned many new fans c/o his recent viral video for "Thrift Shop," legendary producer Prince Paul teaming up with DJ P. Forreal, and North Carolina female emcee Rapsody with her most impressive official debut The Idea of Beautiful on Jamla Records. The album on which she displays a sick flow again begs the age old question in hip-hop: how come there are still such a small ratio of female rappers to male rappers? Oakland duo Zion I's newest album, which is their eight to date, continues to sell as the pair of Zumbi and Amp Live continue their current tour. Other excellent new/recent releases include Homeboy Sandman's First of A Living Breed on Stones Throw (see video below for new album track "Not Really"), and the brand album which drops next week from Rhymesayers artist P.O.S. We Don't Even Live Here which takes hip-hop into whole new territory. Note the CD comes with real nice packaging with a great booklet with some strange but intriguing photo art.

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Chelsea Wolfe Talks 'Unknown Rooms' Prior to Amoeba Hollywood Performance

Posted by Billy Gil, October 19, 2012 09:33am | Post a Comment

Chelsea WolfeChelsea Wolfe released my favorite album of late with Unknown Rooms: A Collection of Acoustic Songs. True to its name, it’s a spare set of darkly beautiful tunes with little more than Wolfe’s voice, acoustic guitar and strings, offering a sound that’s at once hollow and spilling over with emotion. Wolfe spoke with me a bit about her latest album before her performance at Amoeba Hollywood Sunday Oct. 21 at 5 p.m.

PST: Why give the album a subtitle like “A Collection of Acoustic Songs”? Did you want to be honest about what to expect from the album, and did you worry that that would set up assumption about what the album would sound like?

Wolfe: I added that because the songs span a period of years; some were written five years ago, and some I wrote very recently for the album. I had planned on releasing a collection of recordings from the past, orphaned songs that I never released on an album, but I found myself writing new acoustic songs, so I decided to do new recordings of the older songs as well and approached them in a new way. I chose the songs I felt would live well together in this home of an album.

PST: I should say I think it’s your best album yet! Was part of the reason in stripping down the music to allow the quality of the songwriting and performances to come through clearly?

Wolfe: Thank you. I don't think about things like that, to be honest. I wanted to get back to my roots a little bit maybe. I love rock ’n’ roll, but I also have this folk side to me, to my music, and it was really a good time getting back into it. I look forward to touring with these songs, it will be a very different energy than how I've been playing the past couple of years.

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Weekly Roundup: Local Natives, Kendrick Lamar, The Coup, Kitten

Posted by Billy Gil, October 18, 2012 05:30pm | Post a Comment

Local Natives Live at AmoebaLocal Natives – “Breakers”

L.A.-based Local Natives have unveiled a new track from their forthcoming second album, Hummingbirds. It’s a bigger, more textured sound for the band, while retaining the rambunctious energy that made their first album such a delight. The band played Amoeba a while back as well — check out photos from that performance here.

 

 

Kendrick Lamar – “Backseat Freestyle”

Kendrick Lamar, of West Coast supergroup Black Hippy (Jay Rock, Schoolboy Q, Ab-Soul) and from our city of Compton, has dropped the first track form his upcoming first official album, good kid, m.A.A.d city (preorder here). “Backseat Freestyle” really does sound like he’s f-ing the world for 72 hours, as he says in the song. It’s tough and laid back and self-assured as its title would imply.

Show Report: Twin Shadow at Sonos with Q&A

Posted by Billy Gil, October 18, 2012 02:29pm | Post a Comment

Twin Shadow SonosTwin Shadow played a stripped-down set Oct. 16 at Sonos Studio in Los Angeles that highlighted his skills as a songwriter first and foremost rather than as a producer of ’80s-inspired indie pop. Appearing with just an electric guitar for the first few songs, Twin Shadow aka George Lewis Jr. ran through “The One” and “Run My Heart” from this year’s fine Confess album. On that album, Lewis Jr.’s dazzling production is a major draw, occasionally threatening to overshadow his honed pop songwriting and voice, which echoes ’80s pop stalwarts like Peter Gabriel and Phil Collins (but in a good way). Lewis Jr. only added minimal delay effects to the end of “The One,” and on “Run My Heart,” his voice grew truly transcendent for the song’s soaring choruses. He introduced keyboardist/singer Wynne Bennett as the “other” part of Twin Shadow, and she joined him for a slowed-down take on single “Five Seconds” which made it sound a bit like Berlin’s “Take My Breath Away” than it already does, given its throbby synths and romantic vocal. She continued to play with him through “I Can’t Wait,” a highlight from his brilliant first album, Forget, before Lewis Jr. return to a solo venture for a cover of Townes Van Zandt’s “The Highway Kind.” He took to the keys for the poptastic “Patient,” which sort of sounds like Prince covering Nelly Furtado (if that doesn’t sound like a great idea to you, we are just different people). He closed the show with the moody “I Don’t Care” before collaborating for a poetry performance with friend and artist Eric Green, who spoke verse while Lewis Jr. handled synth sounds. The two then engaged in a wonderfully oddball interview before screening the video for “Five Seconds,” which was based conceptually on a story written by Lewis Jr. and Green. Check out the interview below. Twin Shadow plays tonight at the Henry Fonda Theater with the lovely Haim. Amoeba Hollywood has tickets on sale for $22.50 plus $2 in service fees; inquire at the registers.

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Joel Selvin Talks About "Peppermint Twist" Book That Links The Mob With The Twist

Posted by Billyjam, October 18, 2012 11:50am | Post a Comment
      

To be published next month Peppermint Twist: The Mob, the Music, and the Most Famous Dance Club of the '60s, which links the mob to the famous sixties New York nightclub the Peppermint Lounge and the national dance craze that it fueled, is billed as "A bold new book that takes readers behind the scenes at the world's most famous rock and roll club in the Swingin' 60's" and "Tells the story of the gangster who secretly owned the club, Johnny Biello" back in a time period "when mobsters still ruled New York." 

The book, which is co-written by Joel Selvin and John Johnson Jr. who  got the inside story from Biello's son-in-law Dick Cami, covers a lot of history (and near history) such as "the night the Boston Mob almost put a hit on Ringo the night the Beatles came to the Peppermint Lounge." Almost? So what exactly happened? Rather than wait for when the book is published by Thomas Dunne Books on November 13th this week I reached out to co-author Joel Selvin (who was the chief pop music writer at the San Francisco Chronicle for many years) to ask him about this and other new facts unveiled in this new book.

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October 17, 2012: Here Comes The Boom

Posted by phil blankenship, October 17, 2012 08:10pm | Post a Comment
Here Comes The Boom movie ticket stub

New York State of Mind Amoeblog #4: The Met, RadioVision, CMJ, Penelope Houston, Radio City, Classic NYC album covers + more

Posted by Billyjam, October 17, 2012 11:48am | Post a Comment

CMJ Music Marathon, RadioVision Festival, PopSpotsNYC's revisiting of classic album covers, Radio City Music Hall, Penelope Houston on New York City, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and NYC-themed music videos by Robin Thicke and Sting  are among the items covered in this fourth installment in the New York State of Mind. This is the new Amoeblog series in which I report, from a New York City perspective, on music and other entertainment and happenings in the Big Apple.

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New Oakland Record Store Stranded Offers Vinyl Collectors A Place for Crate Digging and Live In-Stores

Posted by Billyjam, October 16, 2012 10:26am | Post a Comment
Unlike the fictional Oakland record store Brokeland Records from the new book Telegraph Avenue by Michael Chabon, the just opened Stranded is a very real Telegraph Ave., Oakland record store. Opened only in the past few weeks Stranded is already off to most impressive start.

Without a big advertising push but based purely on word of mouth and social networking updates this inviting new record store, located on Telegraph Ave. on the corner of 65th St. a block down from Alcatraz towards Berkeley in North Oakland, has already enjoyed a steady stream of vinyl diggers for its excellent diverse selection of new and used, rare and unusual records. Not only that but Stranded, which has some cool in-stores scheduled, has already produced and promoted a show with the impressive electronic line-up of Neung Phak with Dieter Moebius (Kluster/Harmonia) and Negativ(Wobbly)land that was held across the street at the White Horse Bar. This weekend, Saturday October 20th at 3:30pm Stranded will present the first of many in-store performances when Penelope Houston (The Avengers) will be playing music and Chris D. (Flesh Eaters) will be reading recent works.


Top Five Used Titles at Stranded (compiled by the owners)


Sensation's Fix
  Fragments Of Light (Polydor)

Felt  The Strange Idols Pattern And Other Short Stories
(Cherry Red)

Albums Out 10/16: Chelsea Wolfe, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Mac DeMarco, Pinback, Tamaryn and More

Posted by Billy Gil, October 15, 2012 07:00pm | Post a Comment

Album Picks:

Chelsea WolfeUnknown Rooms: A Collection of Acoustic Songs

Chelsea WolfeCD $9.98

LP $16.98

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The electric touches to Chelsea Wolfe’s doom-folk sound are nice window-dressing, but as Unknown Rooms shows, they’re not necessary — perhaps even a distraction — from conveying the gothic folk sound Wolfe built on her previous two albums. Stripped of nearly all else except acoustic guitar, exquisite violin and viola, and Wolfe’s arresting voice, Unknown Rooms is Wolfe’s strongest statement yet. In “The Way We Used To,” which Wolfe’s voice expresses the soulfulness always lurking in the shadows of her sound, harmonizing a simple vibrato vocal line to great effect as Wolfe’s voice gets higher (and more emotional) than she’s ever shown before. “Spinning Centers” takes a similar cue, using singsongy vocals in an ever-so-unsettling backdrop to create a beautiful kind of witchy music that suggests something ancient and beyond simple explanation. A song title like “Appalachia” would imply an exercise in Appalachian folk reverence, but in practice the song’s almost harsh, trudging nature makes it into a woodsy elegy. Her voice and delivery occasionally draw comparison to PJ Harvey, a tough comparison that could drag her down, but Wolfe ensures her music is distinctive enough that she’s considered more than merely a Harvey disciple. The distinctive quality of the incantations in “Boyfriend” and mandolin-esque vocals of “Our Work Was Good” alone make Wolfe sound like the leader of her own cult, one which will surely grow with the release of this excellent work. Chelsea Wolfe will be at Amoeba Hollywood Sunday Oct. 21 to perform at 5 p.m. Be there!

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The 90s...the best albums of 1991...

Posted by Brad Schelden, October 15, 2012 03:33pm | Post a Comment

Things had not changed much from 1990 to 1991. I was still obsessed with all things British. Still listening to a lot of Depeche Mode and The Smiths. Still very much living in the '80s. I had only just been introduced to Morrissey the year before. I listened to Viva Hate and Bona Drag all the time. I was a fan of Morrissey first since The Smiths had broken up before I even knew who they were. So it was fun to go back and discover The Smiths' albums for the first time. I started with Louder Than Bombs which was a fantastic way to introduce myself to the band. I then went back and discovered their studio albums one by one. Queen Is Dead, Meat Is Murder, Strangeways Here We Come and then The Smiths. I was hooked on Morrissey and The Smiths and there was no going back. I became a vegetarian in 1991. I started reading magazines more obsessively and trying to find out as much as I could about my favorite bands.

Both Morrissey and Erasure had new albums in 1991. These albums would both be a big part of my life that year. I can't really think about 1991 without thinking about Kill Uncle and Chorus. Nirvana released Nevermind in 1991. This album would change everything. Not everything exactly, but it did change a lot! I still remember my dad having the conversation with me about grunge. He asked me if I was "grunge." I probably answered "sort of." It was like me coming out of the closet. I also listened to so much Erasure in high school that I should have never really had to come out to my mom! I was still very much obsessed with my British bands. I was still into the goth, shoegaze, grebo and indie bands of the UK. But I also became a huge fan of Nirvana. I really had no choice. I didn't really notice Nirvana until Nevermind came out. But I listened to this album probably more than anything in 1991. Although I was probably still a bigger fan of my UK favorites then all the bands coming out of Seattle. Brit pop was just around the corner and would completely take over my life in the years that followed. But it was nice to actually be into a band from the US for a bit. Nirvana are actually one of three bands on my top ten of 1991 from the US. But the other two I actually always thought were British! They may have come from the US but they fit more into the British sound of the era. Nirvana sort of don't really fit in. But this album was too big to ignore and not put on this list. I couldn't deny its place on this list. I was quite obsessed with it. A lot of us were.

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Strangelove Celebrates Dia De Los Muertos, Nov. 2nd in SF

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, October 15, 2012 03:10pm | Post a Comment

On Friday, November 2nd, Strangelove honors those who have passed by celebrating Dia de los strangelove dia de los muertosMuertos - the Day of the Dead - at The Cat Club (Folsom and 8th, San Francisco).

In the back room, DJs Tomas Diablo (Villainy - R.I.P.) and Bryan Hawk (Asylum - R.I.P.) play the best of Dark Electro, Industrial, New Wave, and Goth. In the front room, enjoy spooky sounds and surprises from New York's Saint James (Limelight - R.I.P.) and local legend Andy T. (Covered Wagon - R.I.P.)

Of course, it wouldn't be a proper Day of the Dead celebration without macabre activities!

SKULL FACE PAINTING! Make-up artists will put a ghoulish grin on your face. It's FREE for everyone, though tips are always appreciated.

ALTAR TO THE DEAD! Bring a picture of a deceased loved one or celebrity to add to our altar. Please respect the altar and do not take anything from the ofrenda - items there are for the spirits.

PINATA! How often do you get to savagely swing a big stick in a nightclub (without getting arrested)? Whoever breaks it open will win a gift certificate from Amoeba Music, a Strangelove t-shirt, AND a pair of tickets to see The Birthday Massacre with Aesthetic Perfection at Slim's on Thursday, November 15th.

RSVP on Facebook HERE!

Sunshine Prevailed and Hip-Hop/DJ Culture Was Celebrated At Cue's Records Reunion BBQ in Daly City

Posted by Billyjam, October 15, 2012 12:25pm | Post a Comment
As anyone who has spent even a small amount of time in Daly City will confirm odds are that, regardless of whatever season of the year it might be, that the weather in this suburb south of San Francisco will  undoubtedly be foggy or overcast. But to everyone's pleasant surprise on Saturday, October 13th, seemingly in honor of the legacy of Cue's Records  the Weather Gods graciously lifted back every trace of fog and bestowed nothing but blue skies and glorious sunshine all day long!

That lucky weather break from the norm provided the perfect backdrop to the hip-hop reunion at Gellert Park in honor of Cue's Records Daly City store that closed a dozen years ago.

"I haven't seen most of these guys since the store closed back in 2000," commented Joe Quixx echoing a sentiment uttered many times on Saturday. Quixx was just one of the many Bay Area hip-hop DJs in attendance on Saturday with direct ties to the much missed record store/hip-hop meeting place. He was also just one of the countless DJs to jump on one of the four DJ set ups Saturday to spin and/or cut up some classic hip-hop.

Other DJs flexing their skills included DJ Quest (who also provided the big booming sound system), Quest's teenaged son DJ Train, Mista B, Shortkut, the Midnite Cru's DJ Chill and DJ Chino, DJ Marz, Kool DJ Rize, Myke One (Almighty DJs), DnZ, DJ Deeandroid, and VinRoc to name but some of the DJs who collectively played nothing but incredible music all day long (lots of old school electro and a sick ass Bay Area 90's set by Myke One). Add to all that great music, good food, special T-shirts for the reunion, live art by BIZR68, REBUKER, and HERMS (who did the cover art work for DJ Quest's last two albums),  and nothing but good vibes and conversation and you had one memorable Bay Area hip-hop reunion. One of the many highlights of the day was when DJ Shortkut, who later that night was DJing at Somar in Oakland to celebrate his birthday, stopped by with his young daughter in tow. Soon after arriving the Beat Junkies/Invisibl Skratch Piklz DJ proceeded to do a killer impromptu scratch routine all the while with his daughter happily sitting on his shoulders swaying back and forth to the beat. (see pic right)

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Music History Monday: October 15

Posted by Jeff Harris, October 15, 2012 08:30am | Post a Comment

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Music History MondayOn this day in music history: October 15, 1957Elvis' Christmas Album by Elvis Presley is released. Produced by Steve Sholes, it is recorded at RCA Victor Studios in Nashville and Radio Recorders in Hollywood from January - September 1957.  Presley's first holiday album consists of eight Christmas songs and four gospel songs (the latter previously released as the EP Peace In The Valley). The LP's lavish original packaging is designed to look like a photo album and contains a photo booklet with publicity stills from Elvis' latest film Jailhouse Rock. Upon its release, the album will be the subject of some controversy when songwriter Irving Berlin, the composer of the classic "White Christmas," objects to Presley's recording of the song, going as far as requesting that radio stations ban it from airplay. Some others will feel that Elvis recording gospel songs is "sacrilegious." One disc jockey will actually be fired for playing the album on the air. In spite of all this, it will become a classic and a perennial holiday favorite over the years, being reissued every year. After its first year, the albums' artwork will be changed for the first of several times before the original album packaging is restored in 1985 as part of RCA's reissue program (some vinyl copies are pressed on red or green vinyl) to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Presley's birth. Elvis' Christmas Album will spend four weeks at #1 on the Billboard Top Pop Albums chart, and is certified 13x Platinum in the US by the RIAA.

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Meridian Brothers-Desesperanza

Posted by Gomez Comes Alive!, October 15, 2012 07:38am | Post a Comment
Meridian BrothersAlmost two decades ago, David Hidalgo and Louie Perez from Los Lobos mixed experimental music with Mexican traditional music and the barrio East L.A. sound to make the excellent project, The Latin Playboys. They created a sound that was familiar yet somewhat skewed. It left me with a feeling of playing a warped gem of a record that had been abandoned in an East Los Angeles basement for years. The soul of the music on the record was worth the damage that it would have on the stylus, as would the wooziness one would get listening to a warped record.  That’s how great that first Latin Playboys’ album is.

Eblis Álvarez, a member of groups Frente Cumbiero and Ondatropica, is the brainchild behind The Meridian Brothers. When listening to Desesperanza, I got that same feeling, except the gem of a record was found in a basement in Bogota or Medellin.
Álvarez played and recorded everything himself. The experimental composer uses the contents of his native Colombia as his canvas, layering heavily “Ring-Modulated” keyboards and Caribbean guitar work that is African in nature. Vocals are usually sped up or slowed down rebajada style, giving the effect that this recording is older than it truly is. The bass and percussion come from the traditions of Colombian music. If Álvarez chose to play it straight, it would still be an accomplishment in itself as far as bringing back the old school Discos Fuentes sound.

A perfect example of what Álvarez accomplishes with The Meridian Brothers is on the song, “Salsa Del Zombie” The base of the song is a classic descarga what one would have heard on the dance floors of Colombia in the 60’s and 70’s. Layered on top are the spooky keyboards, pitched-down vocals and a killer African Highlife guitar solo. On top of that, the lyrics sound like something Peruvian singer/comedian Melcochita would have written.

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October 14, 2012: Argo

Posted by phil blankenship, October 14, 2012 08:34pm | Post a Comment
Argo movie ticket stub

The Art Of The LP Cover- Halloween 2012 Pt. 3 (Lucifer & Friends)

Posted by Mr. Chadwick, October 14, 2012 08:20pm | Post a Comment

Krazy Kat - One of the kolossal komics in the kontinuum debuted 13, October, 1913

Posted by Eric Brightwell, October 13, 2012 06:23pm | Post a Comment

INTRO TO KRAZY KAT

Krazy Kat

On 15 October, Google paid tribute to Winsor McCay's comic, Little Nemo in Slumberland, which debuted on that date in 1905. It was a beautiful tribute to one of the greatest comic strips of all time. Just two days earlier, though not celebrated by Google (I don't expect them to honor something every day), was the anniversary of another of my all-time favorite strips, Krazy Kat, which debuted in 1913 -- although some of the characters dated were introduced in George Herriman's earlier strip, The Dingbat Family.

IMMEDIATE IMPACT

Krazy Kat wasn't widley popular although it was hugely influential and afforded serious criticism as early as 1924, when Gilbert Seldes's article "The Krazy Kat Who Walks by Himself," was published. Fan and poet E. E. Cummings wrote the introduction to the first book collection of the strip.The Comics Journal placed it first on its list of the greatest comics of the 20th century. Charlie Chaplin, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Gertrude Stein, H. L. Mencken, Jack Kerouac, Pablo Picasso, and Willem de Koonig were also avowed fans of the groundbreaking series.

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Show Report: The Raveonettes and Melody's Echo Chamber; Diiv, Violens and Cold Showers; Grimes

Posted by Billy Gil, October 12, 2012 01:40pm | Post a Comment

Melody's Echo ChamberBack on Monday night, I checked out The Raveonettes’ show at The El Rey Theatre. Although I like their latest album, Observator, more than some critics did, I admit I mostly went to check out opener Melody’s Echo Chamber, my favorite new band of the moment. The young band came out quietly, two girls and two guys dressed in paisley apparel befitting their swirling psych sound, akin to Broadcast plugging in with Tame Impala, whose Kevin Parker produced their excellent self-titled record (as well as his own new album, the amazing Lonerism, seriously check out both of these albums now if you haven’t yet). They played most of their sole record, starting with standout “Endless Shore,” which reminds me of Lush as much as any other artist, putting them firmly in line with classic shoegazers. Even without a drummer, piping in those titanic drums found on the record, the quartet played through most of the record pretty flawlessly, once stopping a song when a loop didn’t come in right or something like that. While witnessing the music press try to make sense of this hot new band, I’ve realized that a lot of times describing a new female-fronted band becomes an exercise in naming other well-known female-fronted bands from the last 20 years — there are only so many, given the tendency for female artists to be presented as solo artists society’s favoring of male-fronted bands — and that tends to be limiting. Melody’s Echo Chamber are a very good band; they do sound a bit like Broadcast and Stereolab, and if you have a problem with that, you’re nuts.

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Local Roundup: Videos from United Ghosts, Off!, Touche; Songs from Main Attractionz, Incan Abraham

Posted by Billy Gil, October 12, 2012 12:15pm | Post a Comment

United GhostsUnited Ghosts – “Unhypnotized” video
 
L.A.-based dream poppers United Ghosts today premiere their video for the song “Unhypnotized” exclusively on the Amoebablog. The song features lovely female/male vocal interchange over a film-noir-inspired riff, while the video sees the band seeming to de-brainwash a bunch of nerdy cult members with their extremely cool sound. Ironically, the whole thing’s pretty hypnotic. They’ll play a video premiere party at the Bootleg Theatre in LA next Wednesday! Download "Unhypnotized" free here.

 

 

OFF!“Wrong” video

So what’s the “right” way (UGH!) to make a video out of a 49-second hardcore song? Get Jack Black to star in a fake ’70s grindhouse/daytime action movie scene. The hardcore supergroup of L.A. punk greats Circle Jerks/Black Flag singer Keith Morris, Burning Brides’ Dimitri Coats, Redd Kross bassist Steven McDonald (read my interview with him here) and Rocket From The Crypt/Hot Snakes drummer Mario Rubalcaba released a bracing self-titled album this year. This video reminds me of that scene in Anchorman where all the fake news dudes fight. I hope Anchorman 2 is good!

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Hip-Hop Rap-Up, Week End 10.12.12: MellowHype, Kanye, JJ DOOM, Xzibit + more

Posted by Billyjam, October 12, 2012 09:29am | Post a Comment
Amoeba Music Hollywood Hip-Hop Chart Week Ending 10:12:12

1) MellowHype Numbers (Columbia/3 Ent)

2) Far East Movement Dirty Bass (Interscope)

3) Kanye West Good Music Cruel Summer (Def Jam)

4) JJ DOOM Key to the Kuffs (Lex Records)

5) Xzibit Napalm (Caroline)

Odd Future continue their dominating streak at the Hollywood Amoeba with another number one with a bullet release on this week's chart in the form of MellowHype (the OFWGKTA duo of Hodgy Beats and Left Brain) whose sophomore album Numbers shot straight to number one since its release on Tuesday of this week. Although many are saying (and I agree) that this release is not as strong or as in-your-face adventurous as the MellowHype debut  BlackenedWhite, it is still a real good album with standout songs like "Monster," "Break," "GNC," "Monster," and the album's lead single "La Bonita. See that video below along with others from releases in the new Amoeba Top Five Hip-Hop chart including the heavy metal tinged title track from Xzibit's new album  Napalm that arrived in Amoeba this week.  Note that the Far East Movement album Dirty Bass is a chart re-entry of the album that dropped earlier in the summer.

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Patti Smith Performs Live at Amoeba Hollywood!

Posted by Billy Gil, October 11, 2012 08:15pm | Post a Comment

Patti Smith Live at AmoebaIt was hard to believe I was watching Patti Smith live at Amoeba today. She seems like the kind of artist who doesn't exist in real life, yet here she was sounding every bit as amazing as on her landmark first album, Horses, while launching into suicide story "Redondo Beach" at the beginning of her set. She danced and smiled her way through "April Fool," the gleeful first single from Banga, her excellent most recent album, released earlier this year. "You're so quiet ... it must be the hallowed ground of the record store," she teased the audience before launching into "Fuju-san." She introduced Banga's "This is the Girl" as being about Amy Winehouse, adding a darker shade to a beautifully rendered song about the girl "who yearned to be heard."

While her bandmates played acoustically, you could really hear Smith and how gracefully her voice has matured, sounding natural and unstrained on the newer material and projecting the wisdom of years onto her classics. She strapped on a guitar for a snarly rendition of "Banga" — but not before asking why AMC dropped The Killing. "I'll be back at 2 in the morning, we'll talk about really serious stuff," she quipped on the night of the Vice Presidential debate.

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Long Gone Daly City Record Store Cue's Records Celebrates Its Hip-Hop legacy with Reunion BBQ

Posted by Billyjam, October 11, 2012 07:20pm | Post a Comment
During its long gone and long missed lifetime 1990's Daly City record store Cue's Records, owned and operated by Frank "DJ Cue" Cuevas of the Bullet Proof Hamsters/Space Travelers, was more than simply a shop to cop that latest rap 12" single ,or battle record, or other DJ supplies from.

Rather Cue's was a cultural crossroads for hip-hop devotees: a place where Bay Area (and beyond) hip-hop fans, party DJs, and turntablists would gather in support of their shared love of records and all things hip-hop.

For six years up until 2000 Cue's Records, which sat atop that famous hill in Daly City across from what was once Steven Matthew David's heavily advertised electronics store, was the setting for many memorable events. And who would have expected anything less from a store owned and operated by a founding member of the Bay Area's legendary turntablist crew (along with Eddie Def and DJ Quest and later Marz and Eddie K) who were responsible for making the first DJ battle break record Hamster Breaks. In its time Cue's was revered and supported by DJs and hip-hop diehards; many of whom who would trek in from far outlying places like Stockton just to stop by Cue's. Indeed Cue's unique independent Bay Area hip-hop record shop, opened in 1994, quickly built a positive rep for having cool in-store sessions and holding DJ battles inside the store. And of course you could buy records that DJ Cue was himself directly involved in. That included the Cue's Hip Hop Shop volume one and two compilations that came out via Stray Records (DogDay Records' spinoff label).

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Celebrate Halloween at Amoeba Hollywood!

Posted by Billy Gil, October 11, 2012 01:16pm | Post a Comment

Amoeba pet costume contestOn Oct. 31 Amoeba Hollywood will begin its Halloween celebration at 2 p.m. with DJs, a dog costume contest and more.

From 2-4 p.m, Amoeba DJs DJ Fang Face and DJ Lew Siffer will spin cool scary tunes. And starting at 4 p.m., Amoeba will hold its 2nd Annual Dog Costume Contest. Bring your dog in costume and you can win a grand prize gift basket of dog-friendly treats from Catts & Doggs. Or just come and watch, if you can handle the unbearable amounts of cute. Just look at the photos from last year’s contest. Bat dog! Ramones dog! Can’t handle it.

Amoeba will also have candy on hand. The store will be closing on 7 p.m. that day, so come in early.
 

L@TE: Friday Nights at BAM/PFA with Peggy Honeywell, Ikue Mori, and More!

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, October 11, 2012 12:59pm | Post a Comment

Having already entertained multiple sold out crowds, The Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive have their L@TE season in full swing!

Throughout the Fall season the BAM/PFA continues to partner with Amoeba Music and other curators to bring the public extended hours, discounted prices, and avant garde performances within the museum's expansive gallery on Friday nights!

Highlights in the coming weeks include T.I.T.S. & Eric Lyle (10/19), Peggy Honeywell & Bill Daniel (11/16), and a special E@RLY performance from former DNA drummer Ikue Mori (12/2)!

The Friday night programs typically begin at 7:30pm in Gallery B. Doors open at 5pm with DJs in the lobby or Gallery B at 6:30pm. Admission is $7; free for BAM/PFA members and Cal students, faculty, and staff. Tickets are available exclusively to members, students, faculty, and staff until one week before each event, at which time tickets go on sale to the general public. If a show is sold out, rush tickets may be available at the door beginning at 8pm.


Read the full season schedule HERE!

T.I.T.S. Eric Lyle Iggy Scam

 

Peggy Honeywell

HALLOWEEN! The Ballad of Michele Myers, In SF October 19 - 31st.

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, October 11, 2012 12:24pm | Post a Comment
HALLOWEEN! The Ballad of Michele Myers Raya Light drag halloween san francisco


In San Francisco, we take Halloween seriously and what better way to honor ol' Samhain than with some seriously funny theater!?

HALLOWEEN! The Ballad of Michele Myers is musical parody of America’s obsession with slasher films and answers the age-old question, what happens when you mashup your favorite slasher movies with the scariest television show of all time...The Facts of Life!

Mrs. Skerritt chaperones four school "girls" up to the lake for a fun-filled Halloween dance over at the boys’ camp. But someone also invited crazed tranny killer Michele Myers to crash the party! Watch her slash through her victims to a disco beat! Do-si-do and try to evade her bloody gaze! Rock out with your cock out and it just might get snipped! Shriek in horror at her unmasking! Freddy, Jason, and Michael scared you breathless…now it’s HER TURN!

WHEN:
OCT 19-21, FRI-SUN at 8PM
OCT 26-28, FRI-SUN at 8PM
OCT 31, WED at 8PM

WHERE:
CounterPulse 1310 Mission Street San Francisco, CA 94103 (at 9th Street in SoMa)

Get your tickets NOW...or else!

Strange Talk Live in SF and LA This Week

Posted by Rachael McGovern, October 11, 2012 12:10am | Post a Comment

Strange Talk

My favorite new Aussie dance-pop band Strange Talk is doing a small US tour this week, with two dates in California and a few dates in New York around CMJ.

The band, which formed after a former classical violinist (Stephen Docker) and a DJ/Producer (Gerard Sidhu) met at a house party in Melbourne, released their self-titled debut EP on Neon Gold in 2011 and is working on their full-length album which is due out in 2013. In the meantime, they have released a few singles, most recently "Cast Away," and have been busy remixing tracks for other artists, including Foster the People, The Naked and Famous, and The Temper Trap. They also found time to record a pretty amazing version of "Roxanne" by The Police (listen here).

If you're in San Francisco, you can catch Strange Talk tonight at Rickshaw Stop (get tickets here). Or join me tomorrow in Los Angeles at The Echo (get tickets here). Don't forget to bring your dancing shoes!

They'll be in New York for a few dates too:

October 17 - Mercury Lounge (CMJ Windish Showcase)

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New York State of Mind Amoeblog #3: Concerts, Daily Show & Colbert tix, 5Pointz Graffiti Mecca, Nuyorican Cafe + more

Posted by Billyjam, October 10, 2012 05:04pm | Post a Comment

5Pointz graffiti mecca, The Nuyorican Poets Cafe, Morrissey, and other concerts in NYC this weekend, last minute tickets to television show tapings of The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and the Colbert Report, old NYC vs. new NYC, free boat ride of NY Harbor, and NYC-themed music videos by Ryan Adams and B.o.B. are among the items covered in this third installment in the New York State of Mind. This is the new Amoeblog series in which I report, from a New York City perspective, on music and other entertainment and happenings in the Big Apple in what is a kind of weekly NYC music/entertaiment report meets budget travel guide.

This week, as the NY Fall weather makes itself increasingly evident, there are hardly any outdoor events as compared to just a month ago. Public spaces such as the wonderful Governors Island in the harbor south of the lower tip of Manhattan and across from Brooklyn. It reopens in May of 2013 and is an amazing space with park areas and art exhibits that are all free with free ferry service to and from. But the closure of most outdoor spaces and events that raged all summer long in NYC merely means that the fun happenings have moved indoors.

Speaking of which, concerts this upcoming week in NYC include Morrissey at Terminal 5 on Friday and Saturday (Oct 12 + 13) with Kristeen Young opening, The Mountain Goats at the Bowery Ballroom on Monday (Oct 15) with Matthew E White opening, and Natureboy, Heart of Hearts, Easy Lover, and Sick Din all on a bill on Saturday (Oct 13) at the wonderful funky basement performance space of LES (Lower East Side) spot the Cake Shop, which recently faced danger of extinction but was save thanks to fan support.

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The Nature Boy and The Island-aire: Digging Exotica's Wild Roving Mystics

Posted by Kelly S. Osato, October 10, 2012 03:32pm | Post a Comment
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If there's one thing an appreciation of music micro-genres has taught me it's this: work in a record store long enough and you'll eventually get into everything. Being predisposed to an appreciation of all things nautical by nature and developing a fondness for "theme" restaurants during my formative years it was only a matter of time before I would incur an full-on addiction to Exotica. At first I admit I mostly overlooked the jazz elements inherent to the genre, however pleasantly tropical, but obsession has a funny way of broadening ones taste for the far flung and curiously obscure. While I cannot trace my collection back to one single acquisition I can proclaim without a doubt that this squaw has stalked the warpath for Exotica, in all it's varied and as-yet-unconfirmed aspects, for quite some time. I'm so hot for it I'm on fire and, with that admonition out of the way, I'm pleased to report that a vinyl reissue of Eden Ahbez's seminal contribution to the genre, Eden's Island: The Music of an Enchanted Isle (out on Moi J'Connais/Black Sweat via Mississippi Records), is once again gracing the selections in Amoeba Music's Lounge section at long last!

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A beach-bummin' beatnik guru by nature, Eden Ahbez was famous for three things: penning the pop/jazz standard "Nature Boy" (made famous by one Nat King Cole), looking a lot like Jesus (both on the original Eden's Island cover art, circa 1960 above on the left, as well as the updated screen-printed jacket housing the current reissue pictured above right), and thriving on a diet consisting of  raw fruit and vegetables, living outdoors with his family beneath the first L of the Hollywood sign in the grassy Los Angeles wilderness. His music is a strange arrangement of piano, flute, and exotic percussion instruments fused with nature sounds (rolling surf, the creak of a wood-masted sailboat, squawking birds, breezy gusts of wind), and features a mixed chorus or Ahbez's own cheesy vocal musings, waxing poetic about a snake-chasing mongoose, living in an old shack by the sea, fires on the beach, and knowing "the thrill of loneliness" -- charming, to the last.

Eden Ahbez - "Full Moon"


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Schedule Announced for Treasure Island Music Festival 2012

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, October 10, 2012 03:15pm | Post a Comment

This weekend's Treasure Island Music Festival is coming up, so it's time to start planning your stage circuit now. Check out the set times by stage/day below or visit the TIMF online schedule planner to customize your festival schedule.

Treasure Island schedule

 

The Art Of The LP Cover- Halloween 2012 Pt. 2 (Cemeteries, Tombstones & Coffins)

Posted by Mr. Chadwick, October 9, 2012 09:30pm | Post a Comment

Amoeba Has College Rock Radio Exclusive With We Are Scientists!

Posted by Billy Gil, October 9, 2012 07:05pm | Post a Comment

College Radio DayAmoeba has an exclusive We Are Scientists download, a live version of their hit “After Hours,” as part of its full-album download of College Radio Day – The Album.

While the album (and track) is available on CD ($14.98), only Amoeba.com includes the download of the We Are Scientists track, which comes on the limited edition CD. The entire album download is $9.98 on MP3, and also available on either ALAC or WAV file (that’s fancier fidelity, for non-audiophiles) — as opposed to $11.98 on iTunes in MP3 only, and without that bonus track. The sale is limited, so if you’re thinking about picking it up, do it soon!

The album is a two-disc set featuring songs from The Civil Wars, Umphrey’s McGee, Delta Spirit as well as a score of unsigned artists recorded live at college radio stations around the country. Proceeds from the album go toward the College Radio Defense Fund, putting money toward things like new equipment, repairing existing equipment, supporting promotional events and other much-needed help.

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Recap: October Charity Auction with Ryan Stout + Dog Adoption Day

Posted by Amoebite, October 9, 2012 06:33pm | Post a Comment

Ryan Stout at AmoebaOn Saturday, October 6 we held our monthly charity auction hosted by comedian Ryan Stout who did a fabulous job of inspiring and cajoling the audience into some great bids, all while making people laugh out loud. This month's auction benefited Beagle Freedom Project, an organization that rescues beagles used in animal experimentation in research laboratories. We also held a dog adoption event on Sunday, October 7 with Beagle Freedom Project and some pretty adorable dogs.

But back to the auction. Mr. Stout was quick, clever, personable and hard to resist.

"C'mon...It's for the dogs! Everyone cares about dogs. BEAGLES for chrissakes - AMERICA'S DOG! "

The bids started with a green tag DVD Season 2 of Flight of the Conchords (with poster) at $5.00 and then we were off and running.

Here are the rest of the highlights:

  • Herbie Hancock signed vinyl LP - $15.00
  • Flying Lotus tickets - $30.00
  • The XX tickets - $80.00 (!!)
  • Record Store Day grab bag - $115.00 (!!!!)
  • Trader Joe's gift card and lunchbox - $60.00
  • SBTRKT tickets - $60.00 (!!)
  • Darkness tickets - $25.00
  • P.I.L. tickets - $30.00
  • Bob Mould tickets - $30.00
  • Doctor Who Blu-ray - $10.00
  • Amoeba VIP in-store pass - $60.00
  • Social Distortion tickets - $60.00
  • Portlandia DVD signed by Fred Armisen (with Wallflowers tickets) - $45.00

All together Mr. Stout garnered $625.00 in bids which, with our matching, means we raised $1250.00 for the Beagle Freedom Project! It can be very challenging to get folks to bid big money on random things in a 30 minute window. You never know if that Social D fan will be in the house, or if that crazy Doctor Who fan will be nearby, but Ryan was able to get folks to bid and this month's auction was a great success!

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Happy Birthday, Simeon Solomon

Posted by Eric Brightwell, October 9, 2012 02:26pm | Post a Comment
Simeon Solomon was a Jewish Pre-Raphaelite painter. He was born 9 October, 1840 at No. 3 Sandys Street, Bishopsgate, London, England. Were he alive today he'd be turning 172.

Solomon was the eighth and last child Michael (Meyer) Solomon, manufacturer of Leghorn hats, and artist Catherine Levy. Two of his older siblings, Abraham and Rebecca, were also painters. It was Abraham, in fact, who first gave painting instruction to Solomon around 1850.

In 1852 he began attending the Royal Academy where, that same year, his sister's work was being exhibited. At the Academy, Solomon became friends with Dante Gabriel Rossetti, the other Pre-Raphaelites, their associates, and Dandy and Decadent poet, Algernon Charles Swinburne.

His first exhibition at the Academy took place in 1858 and, until 1872, he continued exhibiting -- also at the Dudley Gallery. The subject matter of his work was in many ways typical of the Pre-Raphaelites although also drawn from The Tanakh. In 1865 he contributed illustrations to Swinburne's posthumously-published pornographic novel, Lesbia Brandon. Some of his high-profile patrons included Eleanor Tong ColtartJames Leathart, and Lord Battersea.

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Sanae Ponce's Mother Lily's Passing Inspired "Graffiti Against Cancer" Benefit

Posted by Billyjam, October 9, 2012 06:05am | Post a Comment
The sad reality is that cancer is something that many of us can directly relate to; having either lost someone close to us to the deadly disease or else know of someone who has been diagnosed with or died from cancer in its many forms. This year in the US alone a total of 1,638,910 new cancer cases will be diagnosed with a projected 577,190 deaths from cancer predicted by the end of 2012!

Among those to die from cancer this year was 47 year old Beastie Boy Adam Yauch (aka MCA) whose death five months ago followed the artist's three year battle with salivary gland cancer. His shocking death further reminded hip-hop fans of the disease that can strike out at anyone at anytime. Four years ago 30 year old hip-hop artist Camu Tao died following his two year battle with lung cancer. This year his friend/musical collaborator El-P dedicated the acclaimed album Cancer 4 Cure on Fat Possum to Tao's memory. Two years ago Guru of Gang Starr died from cancer related causes. Everyone affected by cancer deals with it in their own way. In the case of San Jose writer Sanae Ponce, who lost her mother a few months ago to cancer, she decided to organize the Graffiti Against Cancer benefit series of fundraising events that will be happening at various galleries throughout the Bay Area later this month. For such a large scale project Ponce is not working alone. "Marito El Nicoya is my right hand man through all this. He's from Cali as well. His family is from Nicaragua. Mario Guitron is also a big part of this event, he's been helping us with the itineraries for these events," Ponce told me when I caught up with her this past week to ask her about her mother, the benefit series, and what folks can do to participate in this timely worthwhile event, that will pass along all proceeds to the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation.

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Albums Out 10/9: Tame Impala, Ty Segall, MellowHype, Django Django and More

Posted by Billy Gil, October 8, 2012 07:00pm | Post a Comment

Album Picks:

Tame ImpalaLonerism

tame impala lonerism

LP $19.98

DL $9.98

CD $11.98

Whereas Tame Impala’s awesome first album, Innerspeaker, was all about muscle, on Lonerism the Australian band tends to build its psych-rock songs more deliberately, more delicately. But they still kick ass, and hard. “Be Above It’s” titular refrain is whispered over a tumbling drumbeat until Kevin Parker takes off with a simple, Beatlesesque melody and he and his cohorts supply fuzzed out psychedelic flourishes. Thanks to Parker’s high, nasal voice, those comparisons to John Lennon keep coming, on songs like “Apocalypse Dreams,” where Parker’s vocals and melodies certainly are reminiscent of the Fab Four, but musically they’re no mere worshippers at the psych throne, more interested in squeezing strange, new sounds out of familiar territory and taking their arrangements through multiple tempo changes, broiling them through effects, laying moogs and synths over them and then looping back to the original melody like deja vu. Tame Impala also prove adept and producing the straightforward rock single on “Elephant,” which may draw comparisons to The White Stripes for more than just its title, but whose bass-heavy sound really pulls more from psych originators like Blue Cheer — just hookier. Parker, who produced the first Tame Impala record, as well as the recent, excellent release by Melody’s Echo Chamber, finds perfect sonic kinship in David Fridmann (Flaming Lips, Mercury Rev), who can be known for helping to dramatically change a band’s sound (Sleater-Kinney’s mindblowing The Woods, for instance) but who mostly seems to help Tame Impala sound even fuller, allowing the band’s punchiness to come through in tracks like the pop psychedelic wonder of “Music to Walk Home By,” but thickening it with layers of space-rock sound. The end result is that Lonerism hits hard but leaves a lasting impression, leaving the listener to wrap his or her head around all the wondrous sounds of the record and immediately wanting to track back and listen again.

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Trannyshack Halloween Party, October 26th in San Francisco!

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, October 8, 2012 05:27pm | Post a Comment

No one celebrates Halloween better than Trannyshack, San Francisco's biggest drag club night. And trannyshack halloweenguess what? October 26th marks their biggest Halloween show EVARRR! 

Hosted by Peaches Christ and Heklina at the DNA Lounge, the show will feature Exhibit Q., Elijah Minnelli, Raya Light, Skid Marks, Qween, Fade Dra, Sue Casa, Dulce De Leche, The Rice Rockettes, Aurora Switchblade, and special guest Alaska Thunderfuck (all the way from Pittsburgh)! 

And believe us, this is the best costume contest in all of San Francisco. Come and meet the fierce competition!

Get your advance tickets HERE!

 

What a wild, wild scene - A look back at Ditch Parties for Hispanic Heritage Month

Posted by Eric Brightwell, October 8, 2012 04:12pm | Post a Comment

INTRODUCTION TO DPS



Truancy is presumably exactly as old as education. Some 800,000 years ago in the Middle East, people learned how to start fires. Though an important skill and an entertaining subject, I’m sure that some frustrated student thought to her or his self, “Lame. I’m outta here.” Later truants organized parties during school hours. My research for this blog entry turned up accounts of actress Sharon Tate and Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa frequenting them in the 1960s. I myself -- though something of an advanced ditcher of high school -- only attended one organized ditching event (it wasn’t really a party. The drumline I was in all went to a restaurant and played tabletop shuffleboard. My punishment was having to work in the school library for a spell).

Street BeatIn the early 1990s, a ditch party scene emerged as a phenomenon on LA’s Eastside (for clarification: the region east of the LA River). That is the subject of this entry. DISCLAIMER: This post is not meant to glorify drug abuse nor truancy; neither is it meant to suggest that I’m an authority on the subject. I didn’t even move to Los Angeles until well after the scene had faded. 

I have searched for firsthand accounts of the “Old School Ditch Party” scene but, aside from a couple of blog entries, and scanned images from Street Beat magazine, almost all of the information in this post is derived from the sensationalistic and comically disapproving FOX Undercover stories from the era. So far only one of my friends has told me about her firsthand experiences with the scene. So this isn’t mean to be taken as anything remotely suggesting a serious study but rather an invitation for readers to share their memories and help fill out the picture of this seemingly scarcely documented but fondly remembered era.

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Music History Monday: October 8

Posted by Jeff Harris, October 8, 2012 10:53am | Post a Comment

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Music History MondayOn this day in music history: October 8, 1957 - "Great Balls Of Fire" by Jerry Lee Lewis is recorded. Written by Otis Blackwell ("Don't Be Cruel," "All Shook Up," "Return To Sender," "Handy Man") under the pseudonym "Jack Hammer," it will be the biggest hit for the Louisiana born rock & roll musician nicknamed "The Killer." The single is recorded at Sun Studios in Memphis, TN and is featured in the film Jamboree. Released on November 11th, the single is an across the board smash, peaking at #2 on the Billboard Best Sellers, #1 on the Country, and #3 on the Rhythm & Blues charts. The song will be regarded as one of the most important and influential songs of the early rock era, also being covered by numerous artists over the years. Jerry Lee Lewis's original recording of "Great Balls Of Fire" will also be inducted into the Grammy Hall Of Fame in 1998.

On this day in music history: October 8, 1964 - "She's A Woman" by The Beatles is recorded. Written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney (though primarily composed by McCartney), the song is recorded during the sessions for the band's next album Beatles For Sale at Abbey Road Studios in London. Featuring McCartney on lead vocals, the songs' vocal style is inspired by rock & roll pioneer Little Richard, one of the bands' earliest influences. The song will be issued as the B-side of the bands' next single "I Feel Fine" on November 23rd (UK date: Nov. 27th). Seven takes are recorded, but Take Six will be the released master version of the song. "She's A Woman" will peak at #4 on the Billboard Hot 100 on December 26, 1964.

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Homeboy Sandman Interview

Posted by Billyjam, October 8, 2012 10:07am | Post a Comment

As Homeboy Sandman ably displayed as guest writer for the Huffington Post last week (Attack of the Clones: How Lack of Topical Diversity is Killing Hip Hop and Its Listeners), in which the articulate hip-hop artist discussed the state of rap today, the NYC school teacher turned emcee is not your stereotypical pop rapper obsessed with fame and material things. This fact is further evident on the thought-provoking lyrics throughout Homeboy Sandman's recently released 14 track album First of A Living Breed which is the third of three Stones Throw Records releases (preceded by the two EPs Chimera and Subject Matter) released this year by the prolific artist who is currently on tour with Brother Ali. They play the Fillmore in San Francisco on October 25th, the Catalyst in Santa Cruz on October 26th, at El Rey in LA on Oct 27th, and at Velvet Jones in Santa Barbara on October 28th. A couple of months before heading out on the road I caught up with Homeboy Sandman at his East Village apartment to talk about the new album and the state of the world today.

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Peaches Christ & Heklina Present Death Becomes Her, October 20th

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, October 7, 2012 05:09pm | Post a Comment

This Halloween, Peaches Christ digs up a special 20th anniversary screening of the deliciously dark Death Becomes Her Peaches Christ Heklinashowbiz satire DEATH BECOMES HER. Starring two Oscar-winning leading ladies and sitting uncomfortably between the Back to the Future films and Forrest Gump on Robert Zemeckis’ filmography, Death Becomes Her is truly one of the most ghoulishly entertaining A-list campfests ever to tumble down the staircase from a major studio.

On Saturday, October 20th, the evening will blast off with a neck-twisting new pre-show featuring immortal frenemies Peaches Christ and Heklina in the roles they were born (a very long time ago) to play: undead Beverly Hills rivals Madeleine Ashton and Helen Sharp.

And don’t miss the opportunity to pay tribute to your dearest departed star with their Dead Celebrity Costume Contest!

Get your tickets NOW for this bitchy bonanza at San Francisco’s historic Castro Theatre! 



Enter to Win a Pair of VIP passes to Treasure Island Music Festival!

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, October 7, 2012 04:52pm | Post a Comment

On October 13th and 14th, The Treasure Island Music Festival splashes back into the San Francisco Bay for its sixth year! See The XX, Girl Talk, M83, The Gossip, Public Enemy, Best Coast, and many more on two lawn-side stages. PLUS, the festival also will have art installations, delicious food vendors, local independent merchants, and, of course, the iconic Ferris Wheel with sweeping views of San Francisco and the East Bay!

Monday, October 8th is the last day to enter to win a pair of VIP passes to this amazing two-day festival! Click HERE to enter!

 

The 90s...the best albums of 1990...

Posted by Brad Schelden, October 6, 2012 10:29am | Post a Comment

best of the 90sI have been thinking about the early '90s a lot lately. I graduated from high school in 1992, and that was 20 years ago! So I have been all sorts of nostalgic this last year about my formative music years. I was born in the '70s. But I really grew up in the new wave '80s. 1984 - 1986 were really the years that I first remember getting obsessed with music. These are the early years of MTV and the years I fell in love with new wave and all things British. The B-52's and Berlin were probably the only bands that I loved that actually came from the United States. Most of my favorite bands and albums throughout the '80s and '90s came from England.nme the sundays 1990
 

My favorite bands in 1984 are pretty much my favorite bands today. I can't imagine my life without New Order, Depeche Mode, The Cure, Siouxsie & The Banshees, The Smiths, Human League, Pet Shop Boys, Ultravox, Talk TalkBauhaus. These bands have been a huge part of my life. My British obsession would only get bigger over the years. I got deep into shoegaze and dream pop in the early '90s. Which then led me into Britpop and British dance music in the mid '90s.

pixies melody maker 1990I have been obsessively making lists and CD compilations of each year of the '80s and '90s. I have made a playlist for each year and a list of my 10 favorite albums from each year. I will slowly be sharing these with you over the next couple of months. I am going to start with the early '90s since these are the years that have been on my mind the most lately.

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"I Like Big Bird" - Happy Birthday, PBS, and Happy Teachers' Day

Posted by Eric Brightwell, October 5, 2012 04:30pm | Post a Comment

INTRODUCTION

Today is the birthday of PBS and also Teachers' Day. For any reader that might not know, PBS (Public Broadcasting Service) is a non-profit American public broadcasting television network headquartered in Arlington, Virginia. It was founded on this date (5 October, 1970), 42 years ago, in 1970, after the termination of its predecessor, National Educational Television (NET).

Watch 1969 Senate Hearings on PBS. See more from Mister Rogers' Neighborhood.

Many Americans share fond memories of watching children's programs like Sesame Street (which began on NET) and Mister Rogers' Neighborhood (which debuted on CBC). If your parents weren't unhealthily preoccupied with celebrity culture or car chases, you may've suffered as they turned commandeered the TV to watch PBS Newshour with it's in-depth coverage of "hard news."

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Hip-Hop Rap-Up Week End 10.05.12: E-Lit, Zion I, Kreayshawn, DJ Trinity, Matthew Africa, Mixmaster Mike, Typical Cats, + more

Posted by Billyjam, October 5, 2012 10:40am | Post a Comment

E-Lit @ Amoeba Berkeley with an overview of new hip-hop releases week ending Oct 5, 2012


Ameoba Music Berkeley Hip-Hop Chart Week Ending 10:05:12

1) Lupe Fiasco Food & Liquor II: The Great American Rap Album Pt. 1 (Atlantic)

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Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Carries On In Warren Hellman's Absence With A Stellar Lineup

Posted by Billyjam, October 4, 2012 10:10pm | Post a Comment

Despite the sad fact that Warren Hellman (lower right), the financier/music fanatic who created and fully funded the big San Francisco annual, free, weekend long Hardly Strictly Bluegrass festival, passed away last December at the age of 77 due to complications from leukemia, the wonderful festival in Golden Gate Park that he is responsible for lives on in his absence. And this year's Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, happening this weekend Friday to Sunday, Oct 5th to 7th, is one that Hellman would definitely have approved of.

This year's Hardly Strictly (the festival's twelfth year) boasts another rich and diverse lineup that includes such artists as Elvis Costello solo, Chuck Prophet & The Mission Express (Friday), The Chieftains, Jimmie Dale Gilmore & Butch Hancock, Les Claypool's Duo De Twang, The Cowboy Junkies (all on Saturday), Patti Smith and her band, The Knitters, and Doug Sahm's Phantom Playboys featuring Dave Alvin, Boz Scaggs, Steve Earle, Jimmie Vaughan, and Delbert McClinton (all on Sunday's lineup). That list of acts is amazing in and of itself. But the fact that those artists only amount to small fraction of the total number of acts scheduled over the three day fest at the six different stages between Hellman Hollow and Lindley Meadows makes it even more mind-boggling.

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Weekly Roundup: MellowHype, Trash Talk, Young & Sick, Devon Williams, King Tuff, Inc.

Posted by Billy Gil, October 4, 2012 07:16pm | Post a Comment

MellowHypeMellowHype – “Grill”

Here’s the next song from Odd Future’s MellowHype, which will be on their album Numbers, out Oct. 9. The duo’s warped hip-hop is on fine display on “Grill,” as their doubled vocals spell out their name and rap smoke circles around everyone else. Out next week, you can preorder Numbers here.

 

Trash Talk – “Exile on Broadway”

Speaking of Odd Future, sounds like OFWGKTA associates Trash Talk are trying to become the hardcore Rolling Stones with “Exile on Broadway” and the Exile on Main St. referencing album art for 119, which is out Oct. 9. Lofty goals, but you can’t argue with the quality and ferocity of a track like this. Stream “Exile on Broadway” here, and preorder 119 here.

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Flying Lotus Rocks Amoeba With Killer Set

Posted by Billy Gil, October 4, 2012 12:05pm | Post a Comment

Flying Lotus AmoebaThe subtleties of what goes into creating a Flying Lotus song could be seen when he took the stage at Amoeba Hollywood Oct. 1, the day before his new album, Until the Quiet Comes, was officially released. Fly Lo worked busily over a minimal setup of a couple of laptops and samplers/sequencers. He played bits from the new album, like the bass-heavy “Sultan’s Request,” but kept things moving quickly — much like his albums do — never lingering long on a particular sound or song before flowing it into the next. A large and very appreciative crowd head-bobbed furiously to the music (the beatheads’ equivalent to head banging) as Fly Lo worked the heavier side of his sound spectrum, unlike the mostly chilled-out quality of his latest album. He paused a minute from the beat assault and spinning bits of songs like Schoolboy Q/A$ap Rocky’s “Hands on the Wheel,” Jay-Z/Kanye West’s “Ni**as in Paris,” Frank Ocean’s “Thinkin Bout You,” Portishead’s “Machine Gun” and Beastie Boys’ “Intergalactic” to welcome the audience and later ask for Transformers 3 on Blu-ray — which he got, and held up with glee, before passing it off quickly to continue hyperactively turning knobs and setting off sequences. Watching Flying Lotus at somewhere like the Hollywood Bowl, it can be easy to dismiss the work he puts into everything. In closer quarters Flying Lotus appears as a virtuoso, animatedly hunching and bouncing over his machines and stroking them like a piano with ease. They don’t call him a beat maestro for nothing. Flying Lotus was joined by fellow artists from his Brainfeeder label Teebs and Jeremiah Jae, the latter of who released one of my favorite hip-hop albums this year, Raw Money Raps. See more photos from the performance and Flying Lotus’ signing session here!

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New York State of Mind Amoeblog #2: Homeboy Sandman, DUMBO, Experi-MENTAL, Film shoots, Dylan's NY, + more

Posted by Billyjam, October 3, 2012 12:53pm | Post a Comment

Welcome to both installment number two of New York State of Mind (the new weekly Amoeblog series that is a condensed NYC music/entertainment-report-meets-budget-travel-guide) and, more importantly, to the new and improved Amoeba website. As you no doubt already noticed this week here at Amoeba.com, there has been a major overhaul of the website with a whole new look and features in place. One key Amoeba.com addition is the new Amoeba digital download store,  where you can download music in high quality MP3, M4A (ALAC), and WAV formats. 

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Soulsavers' Rich Machin Chats and Films "What's in My Bag?" With Depeche Mode's Dave Gahan

Posted by Billy Gil, October 2, 2012 06:05pm | Post a Comment
Soulsavers' Dave Gahan and Rich Machin
Soulsavers' Dave Gahan and Rich Machin

Soulsavers are an English production duo who make dark, Cinerama-sized orchestral pop upon which singers such as Mark Lanegan have leant vocal and lyric duty, creating a sort of makeshift band for a made-up modern film noir. Their latest release, The Light the Dead See, features Dave Gahan of Depeche Mode fame, leading to their highest-profile release yet. On songs like the slowly growing epic of “The Longest Day” and gospel-tinged “Take Me Back Home,” Gahan’s deep drawl and lyrics, which filter love and eroticism through a religious lens (or vice versa), find a perfect fit in Rich Machin and Ian Glover’s deft hands. I spoke with Machin a bit over email as he and Gahan filmed a “What’s in My Bag?” section for Amoeba Hollywood, as you can now stream to your heart’s delight below.
 

Rich Machin and Dave Gahan - What's In My Bag? at Amoeba Hollywood

 

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Cinefamily presents Nightmare City: A Video Nasties Celebration

Posted by phil blankenship, October 2, 2012 04:57pm | Post a Comment
VIDEO NASTIES WATCH-A-THON CONTEST!
30 banned horror films, 30 midnights, all on 35mm.

This month, as a precursor to Cinefamily's massive new horror festival Nightmare City, the theater is launching a horror screening series so perversely over-the-top and wondrously fun that we ourselves still can’t believe it: a series of 35mm midnight movie screenings every single night in October, all culled from the infamous list of “Video Nasties”. Video Nasties are the kind of sleazy horror flicks that infested video stores around the world -- movies with video covers so exploitatively gratuitous and repellent that an entire nation freaked out and banned them.

What exactly is a Video Nasty, you ask?

Back in 1982, a moral panic erupted in the U.K. under the iron fist of Margaret Thatcher and her cohorts in media censorship, who found it handy to blame all of society’s ills (and particularly its maladjusted children) on those nasty, nasty horror movies sitting on video shelves around the country. Using rigged data, trumped-up reports, yellow journalism and an easily frightened public, a number of gory films -- 72, to be exact -- wound up as official societal scapegoats.

This scandalous rundown of films ranges from bona fide classics (The Evil Dead, Possession) to top-tier trash (Evilspeak, Faces of Death) -- which, in England, were all either banned or reissued in drastically cut versions. When viewed through today’s lens, it seems that there was no true criteria for what landed a film on the Nasties list, other than that they should all be as awesome as possible.

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Will Yasiin Bey always be Mos Def to Fans?

Posted by Billyjam, October 2, 2012 03:00pm | Post a Comment
Ticket sales for Mos Def's current tour shows might not be as they should since the legendary Brooklyn MC/actor is being billed under his new assumed name Yasiin Bey which a lot of fans have still not yet gotten used to and, apparently, refusing to  adapt to. To avoid some of this confusion for many of his upcoming shows, including his October 4th stop at San Diego's 4th and B and his October 20th San Francisco stop at the Regency Ballroom, in local print publication ads and via online pre-publicity promotion the concert by Yasiin Bey carries in a smaller font "formerly" or "A.K.A." Mos Def. And then one online outlet selling tickets for the current tour had both the names "Mos Def' and "Yasiin Bey" listed but omitted any "AKA" or "formerly" which, if you didn't know who the artist was, might make it look like there were two completely different artists sharing the same bill.

Born Dante Terrel Smith the rapper began using the name Mos Def (which I think is a truly inspired hip-hop name that lyrically works on many levels) early on in his rap career which began two long decades ago. The name Mos Def has stuck with Smith. In fact even when he began his successful second career in acting it was his rap handle, not his given birth name, that followed him. If you go back and look at the credits for both Be Kind Rewind and The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy you will see him billed as "Mos Def." However the artist, who converted to Islam in his teens, has simultaneously since the late 90's been using the name Yasiin Bey but only among family and close friends. Then around this time last year he made the headline grabbing announcement of his decision to drop "Mos Def" altogether and replace it with Yasiin Bey (Yasiin is a name in the Qur'an's 36th surah) telling several interviewers at the time, including MTV and the Guardian UK, that the reason was simple: that he didn't want to have to deal any more with having any moniker or separation between the "self that I see and know myself as."
So what is the overall take on this name change by longtime Mos Def fans? Most don't care for it but they accept it or don't care so long as his music doesn't change too  but to the average fan, it appears, that the artist will always be "Mos Def". On an IGN message board started earlier this month under the topic heading What's your opinion of Mos Def's name change? responses included many of acceptance but overall people were not embracing of change. Comments ranged from "he's Mos Def whether he likes it or not" to "Yasin who?" to "I'm not going to judge his personal decision to change his alias. I'll just always call him Mos Def" and "I HATE it. **** that, he's always gonna be Mos Def. It's not even an logical change like Puff Daddy to P Diddy. Like if he wanted to go by Mos or something, it's like OK." These fans aren't alone in still thinking of & referring to the artist as Mos Def. Even his rap pal / musical collaborator Fat Joe listed him on the recently released guest-heavy single "Pride N Joy" as "featuring Kanye West, Miguel, Roscoe Dash, DJ Khaled, Busta Rhymes, Jadakiss and Mos Def.

As referenced above Puffy/Puff Daddy/P Diddy/Diddy is another artist who changed his name - one of numerous  who have undergone name changes in their careers. Others include Prince who became that love symbol, Cat Stevens who became Yusuf Islam, 2Pac aka Tupac [Shakur] who went by the name Makaveli, and most recently Calvin Broadus who switched from Snoop Dogg (having long dropped the Doggy part) to Snoop Lion. But how does an artist's name changing affect those responsible for filing their music? Do they get two different sections in libraries or at the record store? Of course Mos Def has not released a full-length album since his name change (his last solo outing was 2009's The Ecstatic) but where will his next album recorded under the name Yasiin Bey be filed at Amoeba? To answer this question today I talked with Ray Montano at Amoeba Hollywood who said that, while Cat Stevens is an exception to the rule whereby his music is filed under both Stevens and Yusef Islam, that "The general rule is to pretty much try and make it as easy as possible for customers to find the music. So we would file under the first name an artist went by," noted Ray adding that, "even if we have a well known band like say Depeche Mode and a member does a side project, then we will still file that release under Depeche Mode because it is easier to locate."

Albums Out 10/2: Moon Duo, Taken By Trees, Flying Lotus and More

Posted by Billy Gil, October 1, 2012 07:29pm | Post a Comment

Album Picks:

Moon Duo CirclesMoon DuoCircles
 
Echoes of Suicide, Silver Apples and Spacemen 3 emulate from Moon Duo’s big bad amplifiers, but the San Francisco band develops that into their own brand of psychedelia on Circles, their latest and finest release. The band, which consists of SF psych-rockers Wooden Shjips’ Erik “Ripley” Johnson on guitar as well as Sanae Yamada on keyboards, sounded great on previous releases when they let things fly into extended jam territory (as do Wooden Shjips), but they sound just as engaging in more bite-sized pieces, as on the darkly melodic “I Can See” and jangly title track, which lets just enough light in to help illuminate the rest of the album as a result. They still do motorized rock with Kraut beats like no other, as on songs like “I Been Gone,” but songs like the actually kind of dancey “Dance pt. 3” prove to be the perfect augment to their sound. Badass and no-nonsense, for sure, Circles captures Moon Duo at their best but allows them loosen up stylistically and have a little more fun at the same time.
 
taken by treesTaken By TreesOther Worlds
 
After leaving Swedish indie pop group The Concretes, Victoria Bergsman has straddled the line between conventional pop wisdom (her duet with Peter Bjorn & John, “Young Folks,” and covers of Animal Collective and Guns ‘N’ Roses) and more worldly aspirations. Other Worlds continues that tradition for Bergsman. Inspired by her travels to Hawaii, Other Worlds similarly concerns itself with one place, or one feel, rather than taking a pan-global approach (similarly to her last album, the Pakistan-influenced East of Eden), though Other Worlds doesn’t sound terribly Hawaiian as it does have a swaying, oceanic feel, like a dive captured in slow motion. “Dreams” beautifully floats into the ether on the strength of Bergsman’s nocturnal voice and chorus-heavy guitars. “In Other Words’” most notable feature is actually its country-inspired steel guitar, but the song’s slow jaunt and vaguely singsongy quality makes it feel like a codeine-fueled cover of a sea shanty. Thankfully Bergsman doesn’t allow her muse to overly rule or define her songs, and Other Worlds is quite distinct and varied, despite its understated island vibe. You forgive some of the seemingly cheesy elements of its theme, like the cutesy vibraphone and steel drums on “Pacific Blue,” because Bergsman weaves them into something unique and seamlessly ties them together with unrelated sounds. The album’s opening songs, for instance, build airy ballads over airy bedroom electronics and found sounds, which come back to the fore with the clanging “Not Like Any Other” and dubby beatwork of “Large,” both of which sound a bit like a chilled out Grimes. Like most of Bergsman’s work, Other Worlds is a feat of subtlety, but is nonetheless memorable, tuneful and easy to submerge yourself in.

Huge Jazz & Blues LP Collection Hits Amoeba SF this Saturday!

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, October 1, 2012 05:45pm | Post a Comment
Once again, we have hit the collectors' motherload as a huge Jazz & Blues LP collection has come into our hands at the Amoeba San Francisco store. We have hundreds of rare titlesmany Blue Note label LPs and DJ promo labels, and we are going to make them available for your browsing and buying pleasure this Saturday, October 6th





 

Endless Canvas' SPECIAL DELIVERY East Bay Art Exhibit Was Great While It Lasted

Posted by Billyjam, October 1, 2012 05:35pm | Post a Comment

If one dollar had been donated for every photo taken at the Berkeley warehouse street art exhibit Endless Canvas' SPECIAL DELIVERY enough money could have been generated to purchase the warehouse building that housed this wonderful, temporary grassroots art exhibit and to keep it open indefinitely - not just in pop-up form. The exhibit ended its all-too-short 3 weekend run yesterday with another extremely well attended day of photo-happy street art fans. For many the temporary nature of SPECIAL DELIVERY  only added to the vibrancy of this exhibit of revered but disposable art - and another reason to document it.

I stopped by yesterday - Sunday September 30th, the sixth and final day - to be simply blown away by the wonderful art on display. About a 100 pieces by such local artists as Swampy and Plant Trees graced near every available corner of this cavernous, two-level 36,000 square-foot abandoned warehouse space down on Fourth Street near Gilman.

Anyone I know who attended this event, like David Ford who worked at it or E-Lit from Amoeba Berkeley who patiently lined up on the very packed opening weekend three weeks ago, were equally impressed by SPECIAL DELIVERY - from the caliber of the art on display to the perfect location of the exhibit. Berkeley's Carbon Warehouse – down near the railway tracks at 1350 4th Street - is a funky and raw building with only natural light. (Hence the darkened, shadowy, shuttered downstairs art area takes a minute for your eyes to adjust to).

Happy Birthday, Compact Discs -- Reflections on the Format

Posted by Eric Brightwell, October 1, 2012 05:09pm | Post a Comment

Billy Joel 52nd Street


On this day (1 October) in 1982, the first album released on CD came out -- Billy Joel's 52nd street


Carmen RiveroOn the day of that occasion, I still hadn't really discovered music for myself yet. My dad played '50s, '60 and '70s jazz records on the rare occasions that he mustered the paternal energy required to make his children grilled cheese sandwiches. My mother was more likely to play Carmen RiveroJohann Sebastian Bach, Bill Monroe, Aretha Franklin or Otis Redding records that she'd purchased back in the ancient, vinyl 1960s. We also had a Victrola which was fun because you had to crank it if you wanted to rock out to some Earl Rogers or other shellac 78.

Not in Our Name: Dia de Los Muertos Concert with The John Santos Sextet, Oct. 27th in SF

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, October 1, 2012 04:40pm | Post a Comment

Amoeba Music and CIIS Public Programs & Performances present Not in Our Name: Dia de Los Muertos Concert with The John Santos Sextet on October 27thJohn Santos Sextet at the Brava Theatre in San Francisco.

"Perhaps the most innovative Latin Jazz group playing today outside Cuba...highly innovative, intimately explosive."


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Five-time Grammy nominee and USA Fontanals Fellow, John Santos, and his stellar Sextet shed light on the historical and cultural significance of Latin Jazz, as well as its aesthetic characteristics pertaining to instrumentation, rhythm, interpretation and improvisation. Organized in 2003, they specialize in educational presentations from lecture/demonstrations to detailed clinics focusing on any number of relevant subjects such as composition, arrangement, rhythmic development, stylistic interpretation, studio performance, etc. Their repertoire consists of exciting arrangements from Cuba, Puerto Rico, and the US, as well as original compositions. Their first CD, Papa Mambo, was released on John's Machete Records label in the summer of 2007. Their second CD, Perspectiva Fragmentada, was released in October, 2008. Equally at home with a dance or concert repertoire, the John Santos Sextet presents a wide range of styles and rhythms for audiences of all ages.
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Don't miss your chance to see this dynamic group! Get your tickets HERE!

Music History Monday: October 1

Posted by Jeff Harris, October 1, 2012 02:10pm | Post a Comment
On this day in music history: October 1, 1961Blue Hawaii, the 14th album by Elvis Presley is released. Produced by Steve Sholes, it is recorded at Radio Recorders in Hollywood from March 21 - 23, 1961. Issued as the soundtrack to Presley's eighth film, the album is an enormous success. The songs will underscore its story and tropical Hawaiian locale, also including cover versions of traditional "Aloha 'Oe" and "The Hawaiian Wedding Song." The soundtrack will spin off the classic "Can't Help Falling In Love" (#2 Pop), which will become one of Presley's signature songs and a live performance staple as the closing song of his shows during the '70's. Blue Hawaii will spend 20 weeks at #1 on the Billboard Top 200 and a total of 39 weeks in the Top 10, making it the second most successful movie soundtrack of the 1960's behind West Side Story. To date, the soundtrack has been certified 3x Platinum in the US by the RIAA.


On this day in music history: October 1, 1977 - "Star Wars Theme/Cantina Band" by Meco hits #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for two weeks. Written by John Williams, it will be the biggest hit for the classically trained musician from Johnsonburg, PA.  Musician and record producer Domenico "Meco" Monardo, impressed with composer/conductor Williams' score for the blockbuster film Star Wars, will re-arrange the entire score into a 15 minute long disco suite that is released on the album Star Wars And Other Galactic Funk (issued on Casablanca subsidiary Millennium Records). The track features a group of 75 musicians, including a number of first call studio players such as Steve Gadd, Will Lee, Marcus Miller, Anthony Jackson, Neil Jason, David Spinozza, John Tropea, Alan Rubin, Randy Brecker, Jon Faddis, Suzanne Ciani, and Gene Orloff. The main theme and "Cantina Band" are extracted from the extended track and edited down to 45 length. "Star Wars Theme/Cantina Band" will be certified Platinum in the US by the RIAA for sales of over two million copies.

The Art Of The LP Cover- Halloween 2012 Pt. 1 (Masks)

Posted by Mr. Chadwick, October 1, 2012 12:05pm | Post a Comment


This year I've got four Halloween themed galleries.  I'm kicking it off with this batch of masks!