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Chuy Gomez: The Post KMEL Interview

Posted by Billyjam, August 31, 2013 06:16pm | Post a Comment
Chuy Gomez's Top 5 Favorite Things About His 20 Years At KMEL

1) Being able to be at the People's Station when that meant something.

2) All the Chuy Klause Christmas and being able to help!

3) Being able to work with John London, Renel, and Rick Chase and all the other folks
that made up [the] original Family

4) Being able to put so many people on.

5) Summer Jams and meeting so many artists

Two weeks ago KMEL fired beloved longtime DJ/radio personality Chuy Gomez. After 20 long radio years' service on the popular Bay Area hip-hop and R&B radio station located at 106.1 on the FM dial the powers that be fired their most popular DJ with no explanation or apology. Yes as is typically the case in the cold world of the corporate radio business no forewarning was given to this loyal dedicated employee of two decades. Nor, upon being let go, was even a reason given to Chuy for his sudden, unexpected dismissal. Insiders say it was merely a calculated cost cutting move by the Bain Capital owned media empire where the bottom line is the almighty dollar - not music or people. Simply put Chuy's unceremonious dismissal was another case of business as usual in the halls of the Clear Channel radio station where pleasing shareholders and maintaining advertising revenue rules above all else. In the eyes of corporate radio execs on-air "personalities" are not viewed as persons but merely interchangeable cogs that can be replaced with increasingly cheaper labor. On the very day (August 16th) they let Gomez go the Clear Channel radio station deleted the Chuy in the Morning profile page from its website with the intent of erasing any association of him with the station.

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Happy Birthday, Gildy -- The Great Gildersleeve debuted on this day in 1941

Posted by Eric Brightwell, August 31, 2013 04:20pm | Post a Comment
The Great Gildersleeve was a radio sitcom and one of the first spin-offs. It was tremendously popular in the 1940s and led to four feature films and three 78 records.

The Great Gildersleeve (1942) movie poster

The series centered on Throckmorton Philharmonic Gildersleeve (nicknames included "The Great Man" or just "Gildy"), a lovable windbag who first appeared on Fibber McGee and Molly in 1939. OnGildy's Blade Fibber McGee and Molly he was McGee's antagonist armed with a catchphrase ("You're a haaard man, McGee!"). He was originally expertly played by Harold Peary.

Gildersleeve was so popular that he soon got his own show, The Great Gildersleeve, which debuted on NBC on 31 August, 1941. It was sponsored by Kraft Foods whose advertisements promoted their Parkay margarine -- a weird, oily yellow spread that people turned instead of butter during the Great Depression but strangely continued to eat after butter was affordable again). On The Great Gildersleeve, the titular character retained some of his pomposity and general man-childishness but was made more likeable. And whereas he had a wife on Fibber McGee, on his own he was a lifelong bachelor and much of the plot revolved around his awkward romantic pursuits.

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Hip-Hop Rap-Up, Week End 08.30.13: Amoeba Hollywood Top 5, Hiero Day in the Bay, 33 RPM @ Radio Bar, Stones Throw Soul Tour + more

Posted by Billyjam, August 30, 2013 08:00am | Post a Comment
The big hip-hop event in the Bay Area this weekend is the second annual Hiero Day with a stellar lineup that includes performances from the longtime Oakland hip-hop ensemble The Hieroglyphics themselves along with an impressive array of their friends including Latyrx, Murs & Fashawn, Strong Arm Steady, The Bangerz, Mystic, LuckyIam, Dan The Automator, Erk Tha Jerk, CMG, and Nate The Great to name but some of the scheduled acts (see flyer left for the others). The event, that will include food and drink (lots of beer), takes place on Labor Day, Monday September 2nd from 11am to 6pm but not where it was last year for the premiere event (Oakland's Uptown district near the New Parish). This year it will be held at the (comparatively smaller) space owned by Linden Street Brewery at 95 Linden Street in Oakland - which is within walking distance of both the Jack London Ferry Terminal and the West Oakland BART (good to know since there is no parking on site).  The day is listed as an "all ages, free" event but this week the Hiero Day website has  been listing it as "sold out."  Huh?

Heavy Midnites: COOL AS ICE at Cinefamily w/ Kristin Minter IN PERSON

Posted by phil blankenship, August 29, 2013 05:42pm | Post a Comment
Cool As Ice


COOL AS ICE
Friday, August 30, 2012 // Midnite

Co-star Kristin Minter in person!
Drop that zero and get with the hero. In the annals of star-fueled vanity projects, few have more hypercolor intensity, badass B-Boy attitude or straight-up white-boy funk than Vanilla Ice’s feature film debut. A rap-centric cinematic progeny of Marlon Brando’s The Wild One, Cool As Ice features our man as Johnny Van Owen: a freewheeling, motorcycle-riding rebel-with-a-heart-of-gold who stops in a small town, falls in love and has to battle both jealous boyfriends and brutal kidnappers, all on his way to the next gig. But first he’s gonna have to deal with one mighty pissed-off dad (Family Ties’ Michael Gross), and a crew that just don’t understand. It’s a full-on neon ‘90s invasion into backwoods Americana, disowned by the director, nearly abandoned by its studio and lensed by future cinematography Hall of Famer Janusz Kamiński (who would go on to win an Oscar for Schindler’s List just two years later.) But it’s also a raging good time, and a reminder of what it is to be young. Did we also mention the killer soundtrack, featuring “4 new songs” by the man himself?
Dir. David Kellogg, 1991, 35mm, 91 min.

$12, Free for Cinefamily Members
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Cinefamily // 611 N Fairfax Avenue // Los Angeles // 90036

From the Vault: Julia Holter

Posted by Billy Gil, August 29, 2013 05:18pm | Post a Comment

julia holter live at amoebaI interviewed performer Julia Holter a while back, last year when she played at Amoeba Hollywood upon the release of her album, Ekstasis. Now the CalArts-bred experimental pop artist is back with a new album, Loud City Song (available on CD or LP), and it’s one of the year’s best, combining cerebral electro-pop and neo-classical orchestration, with a piano-based, singer-songwriter heart. Read our conversation below about Joni Mitchell, TLC and the vastness of L.A. Make sure to check out Loud City Song and see photos from her performance here.

 

Me: Were you always able to sing growing up, and who were some of your singing idols?

Holter: I didn’t sing much until I was—well I sang in secret—and when I was like 15, I started listening to Joni Mitchell a lot, like her later stuff that’s really cool, not just the early, folk stuff, but the weirder stuff.

Me: Like her jazz records?

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Looking at the Bay Area in a New Light Thanks to OMCA's Above and Below: Stories From Our Changing Bay

Posted by Billyjam, August 29, 2013 05:05pm | Post a Comment

Students of the Bay Area's history, its inhabitants, geographic make up, and its gradual transformation over the past several thousand years should enjoy the new exhibit opening at the Oakland Museum of California (OMCA) this weekend including the free First Sunday (Sept 1st). Titled Above and Below: Stories From Our Changing Bay the curators at the downtown Oakland museum say it unveils the quirky stories of how people and nature together have shaped the San Francisco Bay Area over the last 6,000 years. It's a large scale exhibit spread across all three of OMCA’s galleries (Art, History, and Natural Sciences). The multi-media exhibition, that will employ oral histories, community voices, and interactive as it highlight historic and contemporary place-based stories about the Bay, hopes to engage exhibit viewers in discussions about the Bay’s future and topics such rising sea levels, wetlands restoration, invasive species, earthquake preparedness (or lack thereof), and the general changes to the land and water of the greater Bay Area. The opening weekend of the exhibit begins this evening (August 29th) with a preview and reception for donor forum members. Tomorrow, Friday August 30th, OMCA members will enjoy a preview before a public sneak peek during a pirates-and-mermaids-themed Friday Nights @ OMCA, featuring Off the Grid food trucks, live music, a costume contest, and more in the museum's ongoing fun community driven events. Then on Saturday, August 31st, the exhibition officially opens to the public.  Free First Sunday is this weekend, September 1st, when it is completely free. More info.
 

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Want To See Nine Inch Nails Live at the Troubadour in LA Sept 3?

Posted by Amoebite, August 29, 2013 04:37pm | Post a Comment

NIN at the TroubadourEnter a raffle to win tickets for you and a guest to see Nine Inch Nails perform an incredibly intimate release day show at The Troubadour in West Hollywood on Tuesday, September 3! Amoeba Hollywood will have raffle tickets for the show starting Monday, September 2 at 10pm. No purchase necessary to receive a raffle ticket, just come on down to Amoeba. Limit one raffle ticket per person.

Online registration of the raffle ticket is required at tour.nin.com/troubadour by 9:00 AM Pacific on Tuesday, September 3 (day of the show). Winning raffle ticket numbers will be tweeted by @nineinchnails by 10:00 AM Pacific that same day. Keep your raffle ticket in your possession. Do not lose it!

You can purchase the new Nine Inch Nails album, Hesitation Marks, starting at 10pm on Monday night at Amoeba Hollywood. It's available on CD, Deluxe CD (which includes a hardcover book packaging and 3 bonus tracks) and on 180gm vinyl.

If you purchase Hesitation Marks on Monday night, you'll get a free item (while supplies last) from Coolhaus, which will be parked outside Amoeba with delicious treats, including a custom NIN flavor ice cream sandwich. We'll also have NIN button packs as a gift with purchase of the album (while supplies last).

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Weekly Roundup: Banks, SISU, Superhumanoids, Death Grips, Coachwhips

Posted by Billy Gil, August 29, 2013 02:17pm | Post a Comment

Banks – “Waiting Game”

banks singerL.A. singer Banks makes longing sound sexier than the main event with “Waiting Game.” The song is produced by Sohn, who throws a nice, thick digital shroud over the whole thing partway in. Banks’ drowned-out vocals and style are reminiscent of The Weeknd, with whom she’s touring, and it reminds me a bit, too, of a grimier cousin to L.A’s Rhye. Best line: “I wanna lean on your shoulder.” Sweet.

 

SISU – “Harpoons”

sandra vuIt seems like everyone in the Crystal Stilts/Dum Dum Girls/Vivian Girls vortex of great noise-pop bands has a side or solo project. The lastest is Dum Dums’ drummer Sandra Vu, whose solo project, SISU, sounds like a fun splatter of caustic pop judging by “Harpoons,” which gets its shuffling chorus lodged into your head only after hitting it with a little chaos, as softly pounding drums and light oscillating sounds accompany Vu’s sing-speaky vocals in a kind of creepy sound collage. Hear it on Soundcloud. She’ll be at Part Time Punks at La Cita Aug. 30 with Whirr and Nothing at 7 p.m. Look for her Light Eyes EP at Amoeba, and her first full-length, Blood Tears, is due Sept. 17 on Mono Prism.

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New 12"//LP/CD Releases at Amoeba Hollywood 8/28 - Sandwell District, Four Tet, Greg Beato, Moonraker and more!

Posted by Oliver / Matt / Jordan, August 28, 2013 10:42pm | Post a Comment

Moonraker - Lowjit Bandits

Moonraker

Lowjit Vagrants 12"

Trilogy Tapes

Substantial 30-minute ep from the Philly crew, presented as shadowy associates of MetaspliceMoonraker proves just as willing to take it out as their associates. Oronimbus begins with scratchy Drexiciyan synths and ends with new age influenced tones which wander like comets. Cyan Lean's implied reference to Houston hip-hop is not for naught, the slowed down track  is reminiscent of Actress' creeping remix of Legowelt's  Elementz of Houz Music.

Buy Lowjit Vagrants 12"

 

Greg Beato - ApronGreg Beato

Apron EP 12"

Apron

Stunning warning shots from the teenage Miami producer. Beato throws the rule book out the window. Instead of the typical 16-bar intro/bass line/pad structure, Beato flips the script on opener Respect the 78. The track begins with a nasty, ping-pong arpeggio but is eventually reduced to just the beat and lo-fi ,hooverish bass. Let Em Know  is ominous, sun warped house. bears the record's prettiest moment - a distant theme park piano over heavy lo-fi drums. Small repress on Funkineven's Apron records - sure to disappear soon.

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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode & Charity Auction with Comedian Kurt Braunohler

Posted by Amoebite, August 28, 2013 06:46pm | Post a Comment
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Who starts a Kickstarter campaign to raise money to tell a joke? The super hilarious Kurt Braunohler does! Braunohler asked fans and supporters to help him raise $4,000 so he could skywrite the sentence, "How do I land?" above Los Angeles.  What a genius way to have people be in on the joke! Not only did he rasie over 4k, but the video of the plane skywriting the message went viral. The real genius might be the fact that Braunohler's debut comedy album is titled, How Do I Land? and the cover is a photo of the skywriting joke. Who needs a publicity campaign with a stunt like that? Kudos to Kurt for finding a way to market an album while simultaneously having fans help him tell an awesome joke!

Join us at Amoeba Hollywood on Saturday, September 7th for our monthly charity auction hosted by Kurt Braunohler. This is one big special day! Not only will Kurt be hosting and celebrating his debut comedy album, but prcoeeds from the auction will benefit Free Arts For Abused Children - a volunteer organization that has brought arts programs to abused, neglected and homeless children for 30 years. But that's not all, to help commemorate what would have been singer/songwriter Elliott Smith's 44th birthday, Amoeba will be donating a portion of the proceeds from sales of any of Elliott Smith’s catalog (including digital) to Free Arts for Abused Children for the month of August. So, come out for a great cause, funny jokes and lots of good music!Elliot Smith benefit at Amoeba

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Congratulations to the Winner of Our Depeche Mode Contest!

Posted by Billy Gil, August 28, 2013 06:12pm | Post a Comment

Congrats to our latest contest winner, Kyle Watson. He won a pair of VIP tickets to see Depeche Mode at Staples Center Sept. 29, courtesy of Razorgator. They’ll be playing in support of their latest album, the terrific Delta Machine.

Don’t forget to sign up for our other contests — right now, you can win a signed copy of the new Nine Inch Nails LP, Hesitation Marks. Their eighth studio album (and first since 2007’s Year Zero) is due Sept. 3; you can win an autographed two-disc, 180 gram vinyl copy. Enter here now; contest ends Sept. 3!

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You can also win tickets to see the Pet Shop Boys Oct. 12 at the Shrine Auditorium here (contest ends Sept. 16) and tickets to see Vampire Weekend at the Hollywood Bowl Sept. 28 here (contest ends Sept. 20). Make sure to always check our frequently updated Contests page to see what we have going on.

New York State of Mind Amoeblog #46: Second Avenue Subway, Louis Armstrong House Museum, New York Public Library + more

Posted by Billyjam, August 28, 2013 04:55pm | Post a Comment


Above is a recent photo of the ongoing, long-term construction of the Second Avenue Subway (SAS) - the subway line that has been on-and-off again over several decades due to lack of funds. As of last year, SAS was back in construction mode with Phase I (consisting of two miles of tunnel and three stations) work underway, all underneath Second Avenue on Manhattan's East Side. According to the MTA, two contracts have been finished with two more to be completed  by the end of the year. More will follow over the next few years with a projected completion date of 2016. Fans of abandoned subway stations and never-completed ones should check out this map on the subject care of WNYC.

As the summer's official end quickly approaches, the deluge of free park concerts and other outdoor events begins to slow down with Labor Day weekend being the last run of most (but not all) park events. The two-decade strong tradition of Bryant Park Monday night movies summer series wound up its run on Monday of last week with (despite some light rainfall) a packed lawn of moviegoers assembled on the midtown public space to view ET.  Some other series are finishing this week including at the Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy where they exercise true democracy this week.  The Park Conservancy, along with their co-sponsors Syfyinvited the public to vote on the last film of the summer, which will screen tomorrow (August 29th) in the Brooklyn park.

Tour de Fat Rolls into San Francisco on 9/21

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, August 27, 2013 05:40pm | Post a Comment

If you like dressing freaky, riding bikes, listening to great bands, and drinking beer, then don’t miss Tour de Fat! New Belgium Brewing, maker of Fat Tire Amber Ale and other award-winning beers, is bringing the 14th annual Tour de Fat back to San Francisco on Saturday, September 21st in Golden Gate Park and it's FREE.

Yes, you will enjoy eclectic entertainment and stellar beer, but you will also be helping local bicycle nonprofits (San Francisco Bicycle Coalition and Bay Area Ridge Trail Council) raise funds. The event is free, yet all proceeds from beer and merchandise sales and donations from parade participants will help make San Francisco a better place to ride a bike. Last year, approximately 5,000 people came to the festival and raised more than $32,600 for local nonprofits.

To properly kick-start the festival, Tour de Fat begins with a giant bicycle parade that weaves through city streets. Each parade route is designed for people of all skill levels; everyone is welcome and colorful costumes are encouraged.

For the rest of the afternoon, the stages in Golden Gate Park heat up with world-class acts. Headlining is the Oakland-bassed, genre-fusing Beats Antique, as well as the one and only The Moth – True Stories Told Live! Check out the full schedule HERE!

Kids of all ages can ride funky bikes, eat delicious fare, relax in the grass, and participate in games and activities such as the Thousand Person Dance Contest, which will determine the winner of a 2013 New Belgium Cruiser Bike. Everyone 21 and older can sample new and classic favorites from New Belgium.

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Show Recap: Foy Vance at Amoeba Hollywood

Posted by Billy Gil, August 27, 2013 04:40pm | Post a Comment

foy vance amoebaIrish singer/songwriter Foy Vance played to a rapt audience Aug. 22. He showed how his voice could stretch and fill space on “You and I,” a song that features Bonnie Raitt on his recently released album, Joy of Nothing. He created ghostly guitar noise using a bow and copious reverb on the outset of that album’s title track to breathtaking effect, while his high-end, slightly raspy voice sent shivers during the chorus. He paused every so often to chat with the audience, asking questions like, “Is the plural of synopsis ‘synopsises’?” [My inner grammar geek was screaming “SYNOPSES!!!”] He sat and played piano for his Elton John moment on single “Closed Hands, Full of Friends,” saying the song was the catalyst for writing the album. Before performing album closer “Guiding Light,” he made it seem as though Ed Sheeran was about to come out and perform with him as he does on the album, sending the girls in the audience into a tizzy before revealing it was a joke. Even without Sheeran, “Guided Light” started a sing-and-clap-along that got virtually everyone there involved — a little girl in front of me adorably clapped and dance to her own beat. It was a sweet moment that showed what makes Vance so special to his dedicated following, who seemed to hang on his every word. See and download photos from the show here.

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Hip-Hop History Tuesdays: What Ever Happened To Hip Hop?

Posted by Billyjam, August 27, 2013 03:10pm | Post a Comment
       

The above Sonali Aggarwal directed documentary with the self-explanatory title What Ever Happened to Hip Hop? poses that eternal question among diehard hip-hop followers about however did hip-hop get from point A (IE the more conscious, thought-provoking and lyrically loaded music of decades bygone) to point B (today's more hook driven popular rap). Even though the little viewed documentary was made a few years ago and on a limited budget it is well worth watching and raises some important points especially on the topic of the commodification of the music by major corporations. Most intriguing are the revelation about the artist no-play list that exists at BET, and the points raised about the consumption of popular rap via exposure to airplay with the theory that what we think we like is what is familiar and recognizable - something repetitive airplay will result in.

Also impressive with this documentary is its list of interviewees including KRS-One, Jean Grae, MC Lyte, Afrika Bambaataa, Busy Bee, Slick Rick, and Kool Keith who jokes about coming up with the basis of a pop rap hit. Although, as with many interviews with well-meaning longtime hip-hop fans on their beloved subject, the conversation sometimes takes on an elitist tone with some old school heads dismissing everything new as "shit-hop" or "hip-pop." I hear where they are coming from but cannot fully agree as the state of hip-hop - now or anytime before in its 40 year history - is not just black and white issue. It's a lot more complex than that with a lot of grey in between with hip-hop continually evolving and incorporating new elements and nuances.

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Album Picks: AlunaGeorge, Belle & Sebastian, The Dodos, Franz Ferdinand

Posted by Billy Gil, August 27, 2013 09:15am | Post a Comment

AlunaGeorgeBody Music

alunageorgeAlunaGeorge’s combination of The xx’s nighttime vibes with the coolness and precise beatwork of Aaliyah’s collaborations with Missy Elliott and Timbaland might seem like a mess on paper, but Body Music plays out more enjoyably than a thousand breathless, hypey articles could’ve predicted. Early singles “You Know You Like It” and “Your Drums, Your Love” appear here and are as silky smooth as ever, but the rest of Body Music impresses as well — I’m partial to the skittering R&B bounce of “Lost & Found.” Aluna Francis’ vocals are unassuming enough to pull of lines like “your body is like music, baby,” and George Reid’s production is plugged into modern trends — some vocal manipulation here and there, washed out ’80s synths aplenty — but he skillfully calls to mind late ’80s/early ’90s new jack swing in cadence and feel, without ever really appropriating those sounds, something easier said than done. And what’s more, Body Music comes off as pretty effortless and sexy, not cold and calculated. It’s is a rousing success, innovative and intriguing while remaining thoroughly pleasurable.

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5th Annual Mission Creek Oakland Music & Arts Festival

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, August 26, 2013 04:30pm | Post a Comment

Mission Creek Oakland (MCO) returns in September for a month-long festival packed with shows featuring dozens of local bands and showcasing fifteen venues such as the Uptown Nightclub, The Stork Club, Children’s Fairy Land, and all-ages spaces Rock Paper Scissors and the 25th Street Collective.

The Uptown Nightclub hosts the official opening party in conjunction with First Friday on September 6th, with Naytronix, Clipd Beaks, YNGBNS, and Safeword.

Highlights of the month include a film night at Book Zoo with shorts by local animators, a comedy night at Good Bellies Cafe, and Experimental Notations -- an art installation of sound and its corresponding graphic notation held at Adobe Books and Rock Paper Scissors.

MCO will also be hosting an all-day, all-ages block party in conjunction with the Art Beat Foundation and the East Bay ExpressThe block party will feature open galleries and businesses throughout the block, a full day of music held at the 25th Street Collective warehouse, and a delicious collection of area food trucks. 

Check out the Mission Creek Oakland website for more events and updates!

MCO collaborates with local venues and artists to create unique events and provide a platform for up-and-coming East Bay talent. MCO is a volunteer-run extension of San Francisco’s Mission Creek Music and Arts Festival and is co-produced by the East Bay Express. The festival is sponsored by Amoeba Music, Deli Radio, The B on Broadway, Art Beat Foundation, Sapporo, and Refraction Studios.

Music History Monday: August 26

Posted by Jeff Harris, August 26, 2013 02:13pm | Post a Comment

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

On this day in music history: August 26, 1964 - "You Really Got Me" by The Kinks is released. Written by Ray Davies, it is the first major hit for the North London based rock band. Having released two previous singles that fail to make an impact, The Kinks will be pressured by their UK label Pye Records to deliver a hit record or be dropped from the label. After Davies writes "You Really Got Me," he and the band will try the song with a number of different arrangements before finding the right one. The Kinks will record the track with American producer Shel Talmy at IBC Studios in London in July 1964. The single's trademark distorted guitar sound is achieved by lead guitarist Dave Davies slicing the speaker cone of his guitar amp with a razor blade. It will also be one of the first rock songs to feature power chords (perfect 5ths and octaves) rather than major or minor triads. This will lay the template for the hard rock and heavy metal music genres that will follow in the years to come. The song will hit #1 in the UK and #7 on the Billboard Hot 100 on November 28th. One of the records that will help define the '60s "British Invasion" era, "You Really Got Me" is inducted into the Grammy Hall Of Fame in 1999.
 


On this day in music history: August 26, 1967 - "Ode To Billie Joe" by Bobbie Gentry hits #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for four weeks. Written by Bobbie Gentry (birth name Roberta Lee Streeter), it will be the biggest hit for the Mississippi born singer/songwriter. The cryptic story song about a young man committing suicide for unknown reasons is an immediate smash. Recorded at the Capitol Tower in Hollywood on July 10, 1967, the track will be completed in less than an hour of studio time. Arranger Jimmie Haskell will add the song's crowning touch by overdubbing violins and cellos to the spare arrangement. The unedited version runs over seven minutes and it pared down to just over four minutes. Originally issued as the B-side to her debut single "Mississippi Delta," DJs will very quickly favor the flipside. "Ode To Billie Joe" will enter the Hot 100 at #71 on August 5, 1967 and it will rocket to the top of the chart just three weeks later. The song will also send Gentry's album (also titled Ode To Billie Joe) to #1 for five weeks (unseating The Beatles' "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band"), and winning her two Grammy Awards for Best New Artist and Best Female Pop Vocal Performance.
 

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Upcoming Satyajit Ray screenings in Los Angeles, London, and Vienna

Posted by Eric Brightwell, August 26, 2013 11:56am | Post a Comment
Satyajit Ray

Satyajit Ray
fans have cause to celebrate with several upcoming film events coming up involving a large body of his film work. Satyajit Ray was a Bengali film director from India who is widely considered to be one of the world's greatest filmmakers. During his life (1921-1992) he directed 36 films, including features, documentaries, and shorts. Nineteen of his films have been restored by the Academy Film Archive and are being shown in screenings taking place in Los Angeles, London, and Vienna through a partnership between the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the British Film Institute (BFI), the American Cinematheque, and the Austrian Film Museum (Österreichisches Filmmuseum).

Ray co-founded the Calcutta Film Society in 1947. He began filming Pather Panchali, his debut, in 1952. After its completion and theater debut in 1955, he was immediately widely acclaimed. His second film, Aparajito, won the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival. Akira Kurosawa later said of his films, "Not to have seen the cinema of Ray means existing in the world without seeing the sun or the moon." 

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August 25, 2013: The World's End

Posted by phil blankenship, August 25, 2013 02:24pm | Post a Comment
The World's End movie ticket stub

August 24, 2013: In a World... & Ain't Them Bodies Saints

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In a World... and Ain't Them Bodies Saints movie ticket stubs

Saluting Linda Ronstadt

Posted by Billyjam, August 24, 2013 10:33am | Post a Comment
Following the sad news published yesterday that Linda Ronstadt, one of the most successful singers of the 1970's, has been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease and hence will never be able to sing again* I thought it only fitting to showcase here on the Amoeblog some of the female vocalist great's music; an artist of whom Dolly Parton once so famously said, "There's really only three female singers in the world: Streisand, Ronstadt and Connie Smith. The rest of us are only pretending."

I went digging in the crates of Amoeba, where you will find the 67 year old, eleven time Grammy and two time Academy of Country Music awards winner filed under such categories as rock, country rock, pop, adult contemporaryand Mariachi, to revisit some of the singer's, who once dated California Gov. Jerry Brown,  finest musical moments - mostly from the seventies.  Following below in video format these include her with her first group in 1967 singing the Mike Nesmith penned song "Different Drum" found on The Stone Poneys Featuring Linda Ronstadt / Evergreen Vol. 2 (CD), "You're No Good" (the lead single off her 1974 album Heart Like A Wheel) that was a rock interpretation of a Clint Ballard Jr. song (many of her most famous songs were written by others), a live version of her singing "Long, Long Time" on the Johnny Cash Show in 1970, her version of Roy Orbison's "Blue Bayou" from 1977, and her version of the Motown hit by The Miracles "Tracks Of My Tears." Of course these selections just scratch the surface since counting all of her own solo albums (of many genres) along with the literally dozens of ones by other artists she has guested on (such records as Neil Young's 1972 album Harvest on which, along with James Taylor, she sang back up vocals on "Old Man" and "Heart Of Gold") the total number of albums featuring Ronstadt's voice clocks in at over 120! Look for them throughout the three Amoeba Music stores and online at Amoeba.com

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Amoeba Music Sponsors the 56th Annual Monterey Jazz Festival, September 20-22

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, August 23, 2013 03:39pm | Post a Comment

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Amoeba Music is proud to once again be an official sponsor of the Monterey Jazz Festival and to be on-site with a Mini-Amoeba store!

The Monterey Jazz Festival celebrates its 56th year with more than 500 artists performing nonstop on eight stages for three nights and two days! See live sets from Diana Krall, Bobby McFerrin, Wayne Shorter, Dave Douglas, and so many more!

Swing by the Mini-Amoeba between sets for tons of rare, collectible, and out-of-print CDs and LPs for sale from our vaults. Plus, look for a host of artists who will be signing copies of their albums at our booth after their performance.

We have confirmed signings with these stellar musicians at the Mini-Amoeba:!

FRIDAY SATURDAY SUNDAY
Roberto Fonseca  8pm
Gregory Porter – 9:15pm
California Honeydrops – 3:30pm
Claire Daly – 4:15pm
Big Sam’s Funky Nation – 5:30pm
The Relatives – 7:15pm
Ravi Coltrane – 9:45pm
Joe Lovano – 2:30pm
Along Came Betty – 4pm
David Sanborn/Bob James – 4:30pm
Tammy Hall – 5:30pm
Davina & The Vagabonds – 7:30pm

Please check back for updates on our signing schedule and further coverage!

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Strange Talk Shops with Lucky Winners at Amoeba SF & LA

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, August 23, 2013 01:30pm | Post a Comment

The Australian electro-pop group Strange Talk is currently on tour in anticipation of the release of their strange talk amoeba elyseupcoming album, Cast Away. [Pre-order the album HERE!]

A contest was held in both the Hollywood and San Francisco Amoeba stores with a dream prize for any Strange Talk fan – a $100 Amoeba gift certificate to spend while shopping with the charming members of Strange Talk!

On Thursday, August 22nd, the San Francisco lucky winner Elyse got to browse that stacks and chat with Strange Talk front man Stephen Docker and producer/DJ/bassist Gerard Sidhu. As an avid electronica fan and a veteran shopper, Elyse was thrilled to win. As you can see in the video below, Stephen promised to set her up with some “sweet beats” and Gerard recommended one of his favorite collections, the Ed Banger Records compilation.
 

 

Hip-Hop Rap-Up, Week End 08.23.13: Earl Sweatshirt, A$AP Ferg, BPos, Masta Ace, Casual/Hieros, PBW & Stones Throw

Posted by Billyjam, August 23, 2013 10:00am | Post a Comment
Amoeba Music Hollywood Hip-Hop Top Five Week Ending 08:23:13

1) Earl Sweatshirt Doris (Columbia)

2) A$AP Ferg Trap Lord (RCA)

3) Jay-Z Magna Carta Holy Grail (Def Jam)

4) Kendrick Lamar good kid, m.A.A.d city (Aftermath)

5) JJ Doom Key To The Kuffs (Butter Edition) (Lex Records)

Holding down the top two slots on this week's Hip-Hop Top Five chart from the Hollywood store are artists from hip-hop's two leading contemporary collectives repping each coast; Earl Sweatshirt represents Los Angeles' Odd Future while A$AP Ferg represents NYC's A$AP crew - and both have brand new albums out this week that offer a nice slice of what young hip-hop in 2013 sounds like. Number one and representing the Left Coast is the brand new album Doris from Earl Sweatshirt who most got familiar with his 2010 debut mixtape, Earl. Fast forward three years and  you have the artist's major label (Columbia/SONY) distributed official debut with an impressive array of guest artists from within his crew and beyond including  Domo Genesis, Frank Ocean, Vince Staples & Casey Veggies, Tyler, The Creator, Mac Miller, and RZA. Doris is accurately described by the Amoeba website as "moody, angry yet not quite aggressive" and "self-deprecating tales that subtly hook their way into your subconscious….a brilliant debut that was more than worth the wait — if anything, the time and anticipation has ensured that Doris defies expectation." Below, among the various new hip-hop music videos, is the dark moody Earl Sweatshirt video for the new album track/single "Hive (feat. Vince Staples & Casey Veggies)" that has been out for a few weeks now.

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August 22, 2013: You're Next

Posted by phil blankenship, August 23, 2013 09:15am | Post a Comment
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Weekly Roundup: together PANGEA, Soft Metals, Wax Idols, Johnathan Rado, Chelsea Wolfe, Wymond Miles

Posted by Billy Gil, August 22, 2013 06:21pm | Post a Comment

I’m back after a lil’ break! Here are some of my favorite local SF/LA area songs and videos of the past couple of weeks:

together PANGEA – “Snakedog” video

together pangeaWe’ve been waiting for some time for the next full-length from this band (who are now calling themselves “together PANGEA” rather than just Pangea, I guess to avoid confusion with other similarly named acts?). Still waiting on when that album will come out, but for now we’ve got the first new taste from the L.A. band, the slithery rocker “Snakedog.” Sounds like one of those dumb SyFy Channel movies! But it’s even better than that! I love these guys, can’t wait to hear more. The Snakedog 7” is out now on Harvest Records, and they’re on tour this fall, hitting Bardot in Hollywood Sept. 9.

 

 

Soft Metals – “Lenses” video

soft metalsI know I write about these guys a lot, but they seriously have the corner marked on slightly detached yet totally engaging synth pop. “Lenses” is a dreamy title track from their excellent recent release, and since their last video was such a sexy treat, I thought I’d post this one too. Watching it and listening to it sort of feels like being completely wasted and high at some weird after hours place where you start seeing things and you’re not sure what’s going on.

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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with New York Pop Duo MS MR

Posted by Amoebite, August 22, 2013 04:20pm | Post a Comment

MS MR is the New York based indie-pop duo who craft excellent produced electronic-coated candy for your ears. If you have yet to hear what the Internet hype is about, then you are definitely missing out. MS MR hit the scene last year with their debut single, "Hurricane," a dark love story with plush vocals backed by deep drums and dreamy synths. The Internet loved it. Vocalist Lizzy Plapinger often draws comparisons to Florence Welch of Florence + the Machine for her "raspy" vocals. Not a bad comparison at all! With Max Hershenow at the producer helm, MS MR are quickly gaining props in high places from the likes of Jay-Z and Usher. Looks like pop stardom is not too far away.

Early this year, MS MR dropped their major label debut with Secondhand Rapture (Colombia Records). The entire album was produced and written by the dynamic duo, including the handling of the album's art direction and design. The release is chock full of what is quickly becoming MS MR's signature dream pop arrangements: layered synths, big tight programmed drums and lavishly polished vocals. The twelve song release makes for a very ear pleasing experience. 

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Join Us at Pasadena City College Flea Market & Record Swap on Sun, Sept. 1

Posted by Amoebite, August 22, 2013 03:57pm | Post a Comment

Amoeba returns to one of the biggest and best record swap meets in the LA area, the Pasadena City College Flea Market and Record Swap, on Sunday, September 1, 2013. With over 500 vendors, the Flea Market features antiques and collectibles, records, tools, clothes, toys and much more, not to mention food and good company. And admission is always free!

The Flea Market and Record Swap is from 7am-3pm. Look for the Amoeba booth located in the Bonnie St. parking structure (Lot 5) on the third level. We always have a great selection of vinyl, from dollar records to collectibles in every genre. Come out and enjoy your Sunday with us!

The LA Weekly calls the show "the best source for used records in all of Southern California."

More info HERE.
 

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New 12"/10"/LP/CD Releases at Amoeba Hollywood 8/21 - Cromie and Sage Caswell, Helena Hauff, Iasos, Marcel Dettman and more!

Posted by Oliver / Matt / Jordan, August 21, 2013 10:47pm | Post a Comment

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Vines 12"

Peach

First time on wax for two rising LA house producers. It's a big one. "Vines" comes off as a more euphoric, less serious Hyph Mngo , with angelic vocal samples and delayed chords ringing over insistent, human drums. Pyrex retains the drum snap, yet succeeds with a deeper, head down sound. Kyle Hall provides an amazing remix of Vines, introducing lo-fi percussion elements and modifying the bassline into a swinging, filtered monster. Ghosts on Tape aims for the floor with his read on Pyrex, cutting up diva vocals for a thoroughly modern take on the King Street template. A promising first release on the NYC-based Peach imprint, and hopefully the first of many from some new house talents.

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Helena Hauff - Actio ReactioHelena Hauff

Actio Reactio 12"

Werk Discs

Uncompromising first release from the Hamburg Golden Pudel resident, who has already built her name on freewheeling dj sets mixing acid techno, new beat and industrial sounds. The title track is an epic 10 minute polyrhythmic beater, with liberal application of Roland cowbell and clap, and nary a melody to hang onto. Break Force is similarly austere, while beatless closer micro manifesto is a crunchy  take on post-punk synth music.

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New York State of Mind Amoeblog #45: Afropunk Fest 2013, Charlie Parker Jazz Festival, VNova, MTV VMA's, Ken Fury + more

Posted by Billyjam, August 21, 2013 06:06am | Post a Comment

This weekend the two-day Afropunk Festival in Brooklyn promises to be not just the best line-up in the ten year history of the annual festival born out of the documentary of the same name that showcases the best of African American made music on the punk/alternative music side of things - but also one of the best events in NYC in the week ahead. And the festival that as well as music features films and food is totally free! It is also one of the most diverse lineups with more hip-hop related acts than in previous years.

This year's scheduled acts include Chuck D and DJ Lord, The Coup, Living Colour, Death, Saul Williams (right), The White Mandingos, Mykki Blanco, Jean Grae, Danny Brown, CX Kidtronik, Big Freedia, and many more as seen in posters above seen on the streets of Lower Manhattan earlier this week.  Afro Punk Fest 2013 happens in the Commodore Barry Park in Brooklyn's Fort Greene (between Nassau St. and Park Ave., and Navy Street and N. Elliot Place) from noon to 9pm on both Saturday and Sunday - August 24th and 25th. No cover. All ages. More info.

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Brooklyn Rapper Neno Best's Transparent Lyrics Lead To New York City's Largest Illegal Gun Bust

Posted by Billyjam, August 20, 2013 09:30am | Post a Comment

            
New York CitySome may say that kudos are in order for New York rapper Neno Best (above) for "keeping it real"  but it was the Brooklyn hip-hop artist's lyrical honesty and transparency that led to his arrest and the downfall of the interstate gun smuggling operation he was involved in - that was announced here yesterday by the NYPD. His lyrics, as heard by investigators in a YouTube clip, came under close scrutiny as part of their year long investigation into an illegal interstate gun trafficking ring. Those lyrics, which included the braggadocios line ‘packing more guns than the Air Force,’ are what led to his arrest and that of another 18 suspects plus the downfall of their south-to-north illegal gun trafficking operation. The cops seized over two hundred and fifty firearms that had been bought in North and South Carolina and other states with looser gun regulations that were then shipped  north to New York City which has some of the strictest laws in the country and hence can make a hefty profit on the street.

NYC Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, an advocate of strict no-gun laws and stop-and-frisk practices to stamp out illegal guns, was quite happy with yesterday's big bust calling the booty of 254 firearms "a lot of firepower” as he surveyed what was the largest gun seizure in New York City history. Much of the undercover year long investigation by NYPD took place at the 26 year old Neno Best's (born Matthew Best) rap/hip-hop music studio in Ocean Hill, Brooklyn where allegedly many of the illicit deals, which included large-caliber pistols and military-grade weapons that were sold for an average price of $750, took place. According to police the lyrics of Neno Best, who was charged with conspiracy, were what helped fuel their investigation - the ones where he rapped about ‘packing more guns than the Air Force.' Note that this Amoeblogger did a lengthy search of YouTube involving the artist could not locate said video that, am assuming, must have been taken down. What I did find were a deluge of disparaging YouTube comments, posted since news of the bust emerged, on the relatively unknown rapper's skills (or lack thereof) and unsavory speculation as to what lies ahead for him in prison life. 

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Album Picks: Julia Holter, Earl Sweatshirt, Zola Jesus, No Age, Ty Segall, Crocodiles

Posted by Billy Gil, August 20, 2013 09:15am | Post a Comment

Julia Holter - Loud City Song

julia holter loud city song lp amoebaReading about the construction of a Julia Holter album is a bit like reading an art student's honors thesis — one album was built around a Greek tragedy; this one's loosely built around the musical Gigi. Listening, however, is another matter, and Loud City Song might be Holter's most transcendent statement yet. Her voice can come off as icy and ethereal, but on "World," it's firmly grounded and comes through with stunning clarity as she sings of urban melancholia — "what are you wearing? ... I live on the 5th floor of the apartment building ... what am I looking for in you? How can I escape you?" It feels like listening to snippets of phone conversations and thoughts from miles of anonymous citydwellers, while lush horns and harpsichord craft blankets of sound around her. "Horns Surrounding Me" begins with what sounds like someone being chased while she whispers paranoia before launching into a cold, pulsating orchestral pop number. Each of Loud City Song's pieces feels purposeful; you could write at length about each one, like how "He's Running Through My Eyes'" soft movements curl in unexpected ways, or how "In the Green Wild" counters its seemingly carefree, scat-like delivery and standup bass with dread-inducing strings and dark, descending backup vocals. Holter creates her own galaxy on Loud City Song, with each of its songs a strange, spinning planet of sound.

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Hip-Hop History Tuesdays: Big Fun In The Big Town

Posted by Billyjam, August 20, 2013 01:13am | Post a Comment

      

"It's a shame what they did to it," says Schoolly D in the above mid 80's hip-hop documentary Big Fun In The Big Town in reference to how rock & roll had become soft and watered down. "I hope that rap don't go that same route,? where they take the rawness away and just then make it too pretty," said the renowned Philly rapper (who is considered the original gangsta rapper) three decades ago, predicting how hip-hop would get co-opted, commodified, and flipped into marketable pop. 

Welcome to the first in the new weekly Hip-Hop History Tuesday Amoeblog series. What better way to start than with the above Dutch TV documentary from 1986, which resurfaced recently after being unavailable for 25 years. Last month, it was released on DVD with lots of bonus material. Broadcast in 1986 for television viewers in Holland with Dutch sub-titles, the Bram Van Splunteren directed Big Fun In The Big Town offers a brief history of hip-hop up until that point in time as well as a general state of the art to those unaware of what hip-hop/rap was all about. Additionally, it acts as a time capsule of New York City at that gritty point, offering some insights into its financially challenged state that was reflected in the music.

At that time, most of hip-hop on the radar was still being made on the East Coast in NYC and nearby urban areas like New Jersey and Philadelphia where the aforementioned Schoolly D and his DJ Code Money, captured on film in the infamous NYC Latin Quarter club, hailed from. Other key players of the genre at this point in time that are profiled include Grandmaster Flash, MC Shan, Roxanne Shanté, Biz Markie, Run DMC, and the young newcomer L.L. Cool J.  Dutch documentary director Van Splunteren was a music journalist who was clearly a big hip-hop fan. With his film crew he spent a week in New York filming artists to try to get a handle on the relatively new genre of music for his viewers back home in Europe. By that stage in its history hip-hop had bypassed the "it's a fad" stage and proven that it was an unstoppable force - but Van Splunteren, nor anyone for that matter, could have projected just how far it would go as a global culture. This film is a documentary in the most literal sense; he documented his subjects in their own environments, allowing them to speak at length without editorializing. A short but comprehensive documentary, that shows hip-hop as seen through the eyes of an outsider, Big Fun In The Big Town, has some great performances and interviews and is a must-watch for any fan of hip-hop's history.

Morrissey 25: Live at Balboa Theatre, 8/29 & 9/3

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, August 19, 2013 06:34pm | Post a Comment

Just when it started to look like it may be near impossible to see a Morrissey concert, the Balboa morrisseyTheatre in San Francisco has come to the rescue with two screenings of the legacy concert film Morrissey 25: Live. Screening on Thursday, August 29th and Tuesday, September 3rd, both shows are at 7pm. You'll want to get those tickets HERE now!

Watch @AmoebaSF on Twitter Wednesday, August 21st for a ticket giveaway!

Filmed live during Morrissey’s most intimate gig in decades at the Hollywood High School in Los Angeles on March 2, 2013, this is the first authorized Morrissey film to hit theatres in nine years and celebrates 25 years of the solo career of one of the world’s most iconic and enigmatic performers.

The film opens with fan tributes; talking about their unwavering devotion to the singer and the unique appeal of this unusual venue – a striking contrast to the sold out arena concert at the Staples Center on the previous night. Tickets to the concert in the 1,800-seater school auditorium were sold out in 12 seconds and this now legendary concert became Morrissey’s penultimate performance on the US Tour. Morrissey was forced to postpone then ultimately cancel a large portion of his North American tour earlier this year, due to ongoing medical issues. The performance filmed for Morrissey 25: Live was among the singer's last, before an extended hiatus.
 

Peaches Christ Presents Night of 1,000 Showgirls at the Castro Theatre, 8/24

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, August 19, 2013 05:34pm | Post a Comment

It's time to dust off your glittery g-strings and “Ver-sayce” dresses for a special one night, interactive peaches christ showgirls nomi presentation of a NIGHT OF 1,000 SHOWGIRLS on Saturday, August 24th at the Castro Theatre in San Francisco with your hostess, Peaches Christ.

The annual celebration of the seminal, camp classic Showgirls will see Peaches and company kick off the night with the Volcanic Goddess pre-show and a Nomi Malone Look-A-Like Contest. And let's not forget the yearly tradition of a free lap dance with every large popcorn! (By the way, no one under 17 will be admited.)

Showgirls (1995, Paul Verhoven) tells the classic story of a young woman, Nomi Malone (Elizabeth Berkely), who dreams of being a dancer under the bright lights of the Las Vegas skyline. Catching the glittery eye of Stardust Casino’s showgirl, superstar Cristal Conners (Gina Gershon), Nomi sees an opportunity for her desire to become real. But there is only room for one star on the marquee as the battle of the showgirls begins.

This one-of-a-kind San Francisco experience begins at 8:00 pm. Get your tickets HERE!

 

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Noise Pop's Musical Pursuit Night, Tuesday August 27th in SF

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, August 19, 2013 03:01pm | Post a Comment
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Test your mad music trivia skills with Noise Pop and Amoeba Music this Tuesday, August 27th at 1772 Market Street for Musical Pursuit, a night of music trivia -- both contemporary and vintage. This free monthly event, sponsored by Drambuie, will challenge music nerds, industry professionals, and anyone who wants to explore their musical knowledge while enjoying some great food, drinks, and music.

Come early and make it a music-fueled evening! Delicious fast food "covers" from local chef and SF Burger Brawl winner Wes Rowe starts at 6pm. Trivia starts at 8pm, hosted by SF impresario Parker Gibbs. Music for the evening will be provided by Jamie Jams of DEBASER and Last Nite.

Music knowledge is rewarded handsomely at Musical Pursuit! Check out these prizes for August's event:

GRAND PRIZE 
An Amoeba gift bag stuffed with surprise goodies and a gift certificate!

RUNNER UP
$10 WillCall credit for each team member (up to 8 credits)

Your team will also have the chance to win concert tickets, rounds of drinks and shots, and food! Oh, and bragging rights, tons of bragging rights.

Music History Monday: August 19

Posted by Jeff Harris, August 19, 2013 10:30am | Post a Comment

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

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Born on this day: August 19, 1940 - Singer and songwriter Johnny Nash (born John Lester Nash, Jr. in Houston, TX). Happy 73rd Birthday, Johnny!!
 


Born on this day: August 19, 1943 - Singer Billy J. Kramer (born William Howard Ashton in Bootle, Lancashire, UK) of Billy J. Kramer & The Dakotas. Happy 70th Birthday, Billy!!
 


On this day in music history: August 19, 1967 - "All You Need Is Love" by The Beatles hits #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for one week. Written primarily by John Lennon and Paul McCartney, it is the fourteenth US chart topper for "The Fab Four. The Beatles will be asked to represent England as part of the first worldwide satellite broadcast "Our World." The only request that the organizers will make, is that the band come up with a song containing a simple message that the worldwide audience watching can understand. Having just released the landmark "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Band" two weeks before, the band will quickly begin work on the song. John Lennon will come up with and write the majority of what will become "All You Need Is Love," with Paul McCartney helping him complete it. The basic track is recorded at Olympic Studios in Barnes, London on June 14th. The band performs the song on the live television broadcast from Studio One at Abbey Road Studios on June 25th. Lennon will sing his lead vocal live on the program, but will also record it again following the broadcast. The program will be seen by over 400 million people in 26 countries. Rush released as a single on July 7th, it will enter the Hot 100 at #71 on July 22nd, leaping to #1 just four weeks later. "All You Need Is Love" and its B-side "Baby You're A Rich Man" (recorded on May 11, 1967) will both be included on the US LP release of Magical Mystery Tour when it is released in late November of 1967. "All You Need Is Love" is certified Gold in the US by the RIAA.
 

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Don't Knock the Rock 2013 is coming

Posted by Eric Brightwell, August 18, 2013 09:00pm | Post a Comment
Don't Knock the Rock is a film festival that's taken place now for ten years. Each year filmmaker Allison Anders (Gas, Food Lodging, Grace of My Heart, and Mi Vida Loca) and her daughter, Tiffany, curate probably the best film festival of its sort in Los Angeles, focusing on rare or new music documentaries about personality-driven cult bands and under-exposed music movements and scenes.

Last year I attended the screening of Jobriath A.D. (2012). The year before I was at The Beat Is The Law: Fanfare For The Common (2010), the sequel to 2001's Made In Sheffield -- about the independent music scenes of Sheffield, UK. All screenings take place at The Silent Movie Theatre in Fairfax Village (on the border between the Fairfax District and Beverly Grove) and are hosted by Michael Des Barres of the TV series MacGyver.

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Over Ten Years Bootie SF Has Grown From Small Monthly Party Into The "Mecca Of The Mashup World"

Posted by Billyjam, August 17, 2013 04:50pm | Post a Comment

A lot has changed since San Francisco based promoters/DJs/remixers Adrian and Mysterious D (aka A Plus D) began their mashup party Bootie SF a decade ago as an intimate low-key monthly midweek gathering at the (now closed SoMa disctrict bike messenger-turned-lesbian bar) Cherry Bar in SF - a place for friends and fellow fans (plus those curious) of the then burgeoning mashup scene/culture to get together and dance to the latest mashups (melds of two or more songs together - often from disparate genres - and born out of the hip-hop production style of sampling and mixing). For starters most people didn't know what a "mashup" was. Another thing different back then was that people still bought a lot more CDs than they do nowadays (it was more troublesome to download mp3 files then too) - and hence were most appreciative of the free mashup mix CDs that  A Plus D generously handed out at every party back then, and still do to this day.

Another major difference between now and then was that back in 2003 and for two more years there was no YouTube - a place synonymous with remixers, from young aspiring bedroom producers to established major club DJs, showcasing their latest mashup productions. "You've got a whole new generation of kids coming up who aren't even aware that there was a time when "mashing up" songs or videos was looked at as something unique or weird. It's simply another way to consume music, and a way to put your own stamp on pop culture," A Plus D told the Amoeblog this week taking a break in their busy week from prepping for tonight's (August 17th, 2013) big 10 year anniversary show at the DNA Lounge in San Francisco, coordinating with the numerous Bootie satellite clubs in cities all around the world, updating their heavily trafficked website, plus getting ready for Bootie's upcoming annual trip out to Burning Man (it was at Burning Man in 2004 where the inseparable pair got married).  

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Sidewalk Sale at Amoeba Hollywood Saturday, August 24

Posted by Amoebite, August 15, 2013 06:00pm | Post a Comment

Sidewalk SaleAmoeba Hollywood's next Sidewalk Sale is Saturday, August 24 from 12- 5pm! We always have tons of great bargains just outside the store during our sidewalk sales and this one will be no different. (Of course there are some pretty stellar deals inside the store too, but you already knew that.) If shopping all of these awesome deals works up your thirst, the kind folks at Hubert's Lemonade will be on hand offering free lemonade to our lovely customers.

Sale items to look out for at this month's sidewalk sale include:

  • All DVDs are $3 and buy one get one free (excluding DVD box sets)
  • DVD box sets just $7 each or 2 for $10
  • Grab bags of ten 45s for only $3
  • 8-track blowout featuring various genres
  • Posters 3 for $10

All sidewalk sales are final. Store credit cannot be used to purchase items from the sidewalk sale. Prices apply to sidewalk sale stock only and this offer is only while supplies last.

Sidewalk Sale at Amoeba Hollywood

 

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New 12"/LP/CD Releases at Amoeba Hollywood 8/14 - Funkinevil, Vakula, Donato Dozzy, Osborn and more!

Posted by Oliver / Matt / Jordan, August 14, 2013 09:30pm | Post a Comment

Kyle Hall - Ignorant Funkinevil

Ignorant/In the Grid 12"

Wild Oats

An aggressive and chilled side from the formidable combination of Kyle Hall and FukinevenIntro is little more than a tweaked arpeggio with some vocoder boasts on top. Ignorant follows, a skeletal, nimble bass track. In the Grid is a deep, inward-looking house jam, the ride home to Ignorant's dark club. To extend that metaphor, Outro's beatless drones could accompany a cloudy drift to sleep.

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Vakula - You've Never Been to Konotop

Vakula

You've Never Been To Konotop (Selected Works 2009-2012) (LP) 

Firecracker

A massive set from the Ukranian purveyor of all things deep. As with most Vakula releases, the producer's adroit musicianship sits alongside an preternatural understanding of atmosphere. Jazz Mutants works a fusion bassline and comes off sounding like one of the instrumental asides from Eno's  Another Green World. The producer's piano chops are on full display on New Romantic, flexing neoclassical over a loping 303. In My Head sounds like early Theo Parrish and disintegrates into upward modular experiments. The impact of Amsterdam improv journeyman Juju and Jordash is felt, not least on which on the track dedicated to the duo. For Juju and Jordash reimagines the duo's  synth based psychedelia as a primetime detective show intro. A remarkably cohesive release in light of  the considerable time period covered.

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Thanks to Your Generosity, We're Sending $600 to Downtown Women's Center

Posted by Amoebite, August 14, 2013 09:22pm | Post a Comment

Pancake BreakfastOn Sunday morning, August 11, hundreds of hungry Angelenos descended upon the historic Vibiana downtown for the third annual LA Weekly Pancake Breakfast! Curated by Evan Kleiman, restaurateur and host of Good Food on KCRW, attendees were treated to samples from over 20 local restaurants. Amoeba was on hand with our prize wheel, making friends, passing out our own (non-edible, I'm afraid) goodies and raising money for the Downtown Women's Center.

Amoebite Michele'le was our pro behind the prize wheel, encouraging people to win "big money" and avoid the "whammy's." For only $1 a spin, folks could win gift certificates to the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles, Stella Barra (the yummy new pizzeria next to Amoeba), surprise gifts and more. For a $5 donation to DWC, people received a complimentary Amoeba tote bag or t-shirt. One amazing woman even donated $25! 

Prize Wheel at the Pancake Breakfast

It wasn't just about the food on Sunday. Country singer Lynda Kay stopped by after wooing her fans with a performance, posing for a few photos and signing autographs at our booth.

Lynda Kay at the Pancake Breakfast

Pancake Breakfast

New "What's In My Bag?" Video With Aussie Singer Clairy Browne

Posted by Amoebite, August 14, 2013 05:55pm | Post a Comment

Clairy Browne just might be the new "thunder from down under." The feisty songstress fronts the 9-piece Melbourne, Australia based group, Clairy Browne & The Bangin' Rackettes. The band is known for their retro-soul sound similar to that of Fitz and the Tantrums while drawing some comparisons to the late Amy Winehouse. Backed by three female vocalists, the ladies pull off some tight harmonies a la The Supremes. The rhythm section is super tight and funky, most definitely worthy of a James Brown co-sign. And do not forget that signature baritone sax! The kid can blow! Fresh off the US release of their debut, Baby Caught The Bus (Vanguard), Clairy Browne & The Bangin' Rackettes are quickly becoming the next big thing. Be sure to catch them when their live show hits the States.

Clairy Browne stopped by Amoeba Hollywood to do a little record shopping. This is one memorable episode with a great story of Clairy's "issue with misheard lyrics." Too funny! She picks out some really cool records like neo-soul pioneer Erykah Badu's New Amerykah Part 1 and contemporary R&B crooner Frank Ocean's Channel Orange. Clairy even declares that Outkast is "like my favorite band ever."  She's got great taste in hip hop! See which '90s female rappers Clairy loves to listen to. Not only does Clairy get down with the funk and soul, but she also rocks out to some heavy metal! She digs up
Black Sabbath's seminal record, Paranoid, which is highly regarded as the band's magnum opus. Clairy Browne knows good music!

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New York State of Mind Amoeblog #44: The 40th Summer of Hip-Hop

Posted by Billyjam, August 14, 2013 02:05pm | Post a Comment

New York City is the home, the birthplace of hip-hop and this past Sunday was the actual 40th birthday of this unstoppable global music and culture that was unceremoniously born at the Rec Room (a simple recreation room of an apartment building) at 1520 Sedgwick Avenue in the Bronx (aka the Boogie Down Bronx) back on August 11th, 1973 when Kingston, Jamaica born DJ Kool Herc (born Clive Campbell) had a party to celebrate his sister's (Cindy Campbell) birthday. The cost to get in was just 25cents (ladies) or 50cents (fellas) to help offset the basic costs. Fast forward 40 years to this past weekend and both Kool Herc and his sister Cindy celebrated this landmark with two big concert/parties in NYC at Summerstage in Central Park, Manhattan and at 5Pointz in Long Island City, Queens on Saturday and Sunday respectively. I already reviewed for the Amoeblog the Central Park 40th anniversary birthday concert party that included such legends as Coke La Rock, Soulsonic Force, Rakim, Big Daddy Kane, DJ Red Alert, Roxanne Shante, Grand Wizzard Theodore, and Marley Marl. In this latest/44th New York State of Mind Amoeblog I will review Sunday's party at the graffiti mecca of 5Pointz as well as preview some of the many other big hip-hop concerts / events in NYC that are all part of celebrating the 40th anniversary of the music and culture (DJing, MCing, B-boying, and graffiti) that ironically was once considered by so many as merely a passing fad. 
 

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Pick Up Some Hip-Hop & Other Cool Posters at Amoeba's Back To School Supersale This Weekend: August 18th & 19th

Posted by Billyjam, August 13, 2013 12:45pm | Post a Comment

For that back-to-school vibe, the above video featuring a very young Busta Rhymes along with
former LOTNS (Leaders Of The New School) members Charlie Brown and Dinco D rap about
their school’s PTA (Parent Teacher Association) from the 1991 album A Future Without A Past.


Hard to believe that the summer, which seems like it only just started a couple of weeks ago, is already winding down and it is almost -gasp - back to school time again. Time to make plans for hitting the books and adjusting to new class schedules. We here at Amoeba Music are trying to alleviate the pain associated with leaving the beach for the books, so to help make that transition from summer vacay into Fall semester a little smoother this weekend we are throwing our Back To School Supersale on Saturday and Sunday, August 17th and 18th, at each Amoeba Music location.

In his Back To School Supersale post, Amoeblogger Billy Gil suggested a variety of items on sale at Amoeba (and at hella good prices too) such as headphones, DVDs, music, and fashionable T-shirts. Billy also noted how Amoeba Hollywood will have DJs spinning, a caricaturist, balloons, and the famed Amoeba Prize Wheel in full effect.

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Album Picks: Washed Out, Jagwar Ma, Valerie June, Medicine

Posted by Billy Gil, August 13, 2013 10:55am | Post a Comment
Washed Out - Paracosm
 
washed out paracosmWashed Out's third album takes the poolside chillwave of Ernest Greene's previous releases and expands it into a psychedelic wonderland of sound. You can picture the paisley and swirling visuals of a song like "It All Feels Right" in its first bars, but Greene's songs aren't loaded with a generic '60s feel. They come to life with the intricate detail Greene slowly pours onto these songs like honey — "It All Feels Right" might be just a handful of chords and simple melody on the surface, but decayed samples, tremeloed vocals, bird chirps and hints of sitar make up a menagerie of sounds to tickle your ear. Songs like "Don't Give Up" return the hip-hop beats and lite funk bass to the mix. "Weightless" lives up to its name as slow-motion dream-pop in which emotions are suggested rather than felt directly, sounding a bit like an electronic version of a Julee Cruise song. The album pulls back into focus with "All I Know," whose jangling guitars and ascendant melodies carry the emotional uplift of U2 or recent M83 yet with Greene's traditional laidback stance, marking among Greene's best yet. Some of Paracosm gets a bit murky in its second half, but Greene is still an expert at pairing atmosphere with pop rooted in various eras and genres. Whether he's vibing '80s synth-funk, hippie-era sentiment or shoegazing solitude, Paracosm is miraculously seamless and enjoyable throughout.

Washed Out Paracosm CD $12.98
Washed Out Paracosm LP $19.98
 

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This Friday: Trannyshack Presents Depeche Mode vs Siouxsie Tribute Night!

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, August 12, 2013 07:18pm | Post a Comment

Break out your eyeliner, your guyliner, and your white jeans! Trannyshack, San Francisco's biggest drag club night, presents a tribute to Depeche Mode and Siouxsie Sioux on Friday, August 16th at the DNA Lounge! Be dazzled by performances by Heklina, Fauxnique, Raya Light, Lady Bear, Suppositori Spelling, and more! Plus do some spooky dancing of your own with the very special guest DJ Le Perv (Dark Room).

Get your tickets now!

 

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Music History Monday: August 12

Posted by Jeff Harris, August 12, 2013 12:55pm | Post a Comment

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On this day in music history: August 12, 1968Cheap Thrills, the second album by Big Brother And The Holding Company is released. Produced by John Simon, it is recorded at Columbia Recording cheap thrills big brother & the holding company janis joplinStudios in New York City (studio tracks) and the Winterland Ballroom in San Francisco (live tracks) from March - May of 1968. Following the band's breakthrough performance at the Monterey Pop Festival in June of 1967, they will be approached by Clive Davis, then the head Columbia Records, who is eager to sign them. At the time, Big Brother is signed to independent label Mainstream Records, who will release their self titled debut album in August of 1967. It will take several months for the band to be extricated from their Mainstream contract and sign with Columbia, which will take place in early 1968. Once freed from their prior obligations, they will be paired with producer John Simon (The Band), and they will begin work on their second album. The initial plan is to record Big Brother in concert, producing an album that captures the band's electric live performances. When the results are lackluster, they will record much of the album in Columbia's New York recording studio, with the closing track "Ball And Chain" being recorded at Winterland in San Francisco (though the original release will erroneously credit it being recorded at the Fillmore East in New York). Originally titled Sex, Dope, and Cheap Thrills, Columbia Records will refuse to release it with that title, and make the band revise it. The album's iconic cover art by underground artist Robert Crumb (Zap Comix) is first intended to appear on the back of the LP jacket with a photo of Janis Joplin on the front. Joplin is so enamored with Crumb's artwork that it will be put on the front instead. Anchored by the hit single "Piece Of My Heart" (#12 Pop), it will be major success. When Columbia originally issues the LP along with the standard stereo version, the label will press a very limited amount of the mono version (an estimated 3,000 - 5,000 copies only), before quickly deleting it, turning it into a highly priced and sought after collector's item. The mono version of the album will be reissued in November of 2012 as a limited edition 180g vinyl LP pressing. Cheap Thrills will spend eight weeks (non-consecutive) at #1 on the Billboard Top 200, and to date has been certified 2x Platinum by the RIAA.
 

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Jon Moritsugu Retrospective in Downtown Los Angeles plus his latest film, Pig Death Machine

Posted by Eric Brightwell, August 12, 2013 11:28am | Post a Comment
Pig Death Machine posterJon Moritsugu (click here to read an Amoebog interview) and Amy Davis's latest film, Pig Death Machine, is playing in Downtown Los Angeles for one week (9 August till 15 August).


For those that aren't familiar with him, Jon Moritsugu is an auteur in the proper sense of the word. From 1986's Mommy Mommy Where's My Brain till  to his latest, all films have all reflected a distinct, personal creative vision. He has his own section in Cult Cinema on the mezzanine of Amoeba Hollywood.


Here's a trailer and plot summary of his latest:


"Starring Davis as a nerdy, yet doornail-dumb hottie who eats undercooked, paraside-laden, pink piggy and is transformed into a dangerous genius, while across town, a punky-buxom-botanist eats the same meaty treat and ends up endowed with the supernatural ability to 'hear' her specimens."




"A sci-fi/psych-horror/screwball ride of chaotic, day-glo fever dreams and glitter-dusted nightmares, shot in the stunning wilds of New Mexico and featuring the music of Deerhoof, Dirty Beaches, Polvo, and industrial legend Monte Cazazza (Throbbing Gristle)."

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Review of Hip-Hop's 40 Year Anniversary Concert With Kool Herc and Other Icons at Summerstage in Central Park

Posted by Billyjam, August 12, 2013 10:54am | Post a Comment

On Saturday, August 10th, New York City (the city that gave birth to hip-hop culture on August of 1973 thanks to founding father DJ Kool Herc with the help of his sister Cindy Campbell in the Rec Room at 1520 Sedgwick Ave. South Bronx) held a big tribute concert at Summerstage in Central Park with DJ Kool Herc and a host of other icons from the genre all participating in what was a most uplifting musical celebration of the global culture of hip-hop. The following day -Sunday, August 11th - was the actual 40th birthday so Kool Herc continued the party over in Long Island City, Queens at graffiti mecca 5Pointz (I will report on that party in coming days here on the Amoeblog).

Saturday's event was the big official party/concert marking this momentous anniversary; it oozed love and respect for the genre and culture that was for so long dismissed by many as "just a fad." Of course, as we all know, hip-hop in its four core elements (DJing, MCing, B-boying, and graffiti/writing) has grown to become a universal language and a globally influential culture. To drive home this point on Saturday in Central Park, a display of flags from various countries round the globe adorned Kool Herc's onstage turntable set up. So did a big mounted poster of James Brown.

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August 11, 2013: We're The Millers

Posted by phil blankenship, August 11, 2013 02:48pm | Post a Comment
We're The Millers movie ticket stub

Summer Jams: R. Stevie Moore's "I Like To Stay Home"

Posted by Kelly S. Osato, August 10, 2013 04:05pm | Post a Comment
r. stevie moore contact risk i like to stay home lo-fi summer jams
Sometimes Summer jammin' isn't about where you go but where you hole up.

I've been on a heavy R. Stevie Moore bender of late and I reckon a good quarter slice of his massively prolific discography of eccentric DIY bedroom record-a-thons is fit for soundtracking the most sun-baked and faded of your high Summer adventures (especially if you find yourself going nowhere). We don't see a lot of previously played R. Stevie come in here at Amoeba, but I was lucky enough to cross paths recently with a used copy of Contact Risk on CD -- one of the many compilations that, what with its 21 tracks, decidedly employs a more-is-Moore approach to showcasing selected gems plucked from his cavernous catalog. But, get into this: Brooklyn based label Personal Injury has lately reissued a number of Moore's vinyl miscellany, notably Phonography (1978), Delicate Tension (1979) and Glad Music (1986), so if you're looking to go out by staying in with some old new music I can think of no better portal through which to channel your indoor summer exodus than this Glad Music banger right here: 

Happy 40th Birthday Hip-Hop - Today Big Concert In Central Park With Founding Father Kool Herc and Other Icons Of The Culture

Posted by Billyjam, August 10, 2013 10:43am | Post a Comment

Rapido - The History Of Hip Hop Part 1

Today, August 10th 2013, the 40th birthday of hip-hop - the culture born in the Boogie Down Bronx four full decades ago by Jamaican born, Bronx raised (from age 12 on) DJ Kool Herc - is being celebrated in New York City. (Note however that, according to Kool Herc the officially recognized founding father of hip-hop, that August 11th is the actual date that it all began but all summer in NYC including at 5Pointz hip-hop is enjoying a 40th birthday celebration with weekly events including one tomorrow - the actual birthday, August 11th). 

But today is the big hip-hop birthday bash when Kool Herc and many other icons will be celebrating this momentous occasion in a concert starting in about an hour here in NYC at Central Park's Summerstage.(near 72nd Street). Other hip-hop icons on the bill will include Grand Wizzard Theodore, Kool DJ Red Alert, Marley Marl, Rakim, Big Daddy Kane, DJ Premier, Roxanne Shante, and more. I am heading up there now and (provided I get into this sure to be well attended free show) will report on it here in the Amoeblog in the coming days. More concert info, that runs till 7pm EST, in flyer left or online here.
 
Meantime above and below are a series of "History Of Hip-Hop" video clips that honor the culture comprised of DJing, MCing, B-boying, and graffiti/writing that so many people, myself included, love with all our collective hip-hop hearts. Interestingly they were all made by non American producers - indeed like with jazz and blues before it hip-hop as an incredibly important culture gets the least respect in its homeland. Hip-Hop Central Park Summerstage.

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Hip-Hop Rap-Up, Week End 08.09.13: Jay-Z, Rich Gang, Kanye West, Kendrick Lamar, Dr Dre

Posted by Billyjam, August 9, 2013 04:30pm | Post a Comment
Amoeba Music Hollywood Top Five Week Ending 08: 09:13

1) Jay-Z Magna Carta Holy Grail (Def Jam)

2) Kanye West Yeezus (Def Jam)

3) Kendrick Lamar good kid, m.A.A.d city (Aftermath)

4) Rich Gang Rich Gang (Cash Money)

5) Dr Dre The Chronic (Interscope)

Among the latest top five chart entries at the Amoeba Hollywood store this week is the guest heavy Rich Gang compilation full-length that comes from from Young Money and Cash Money - aka rap supergroup the Rich Gang that was carefully assembled by Birdman. And it has been selling well since it arrived in the LA store on July 23rd ℅ Young Money Entertainment, Cash Money Records, and Republic Records. Young Money fans will already love it based on its contributors The album contains contributions from several label members as well as others - many others. Even as hip-hop features go (and there are a lot of artist albums inundated with guest feature spots) this album not only has numerous but they're a pretty diverse bunch too ranging from Limp Bizkit to Rick Ross, Busta Rhymes to Kendrick Lamar, Future to French Montana, Mystikal to Nicki Minaj,   R. Kelly to Bow Wow and more. With that "more" including Flo Rida, Chris Brown, Yo Gotti and Meek Mill Rich Gang is a virtual who's who of contemporary rap. Radio and club DJs have already been bumping the lead single "Tapout" for a couple of months. That video is below along with videos from the other current Amoeba Hip-Hop Top Five Chart entries including from Kanye West (Yeezus),  Kendrick Lamar (good kid, m.A.A.d city), and (return classic) Dr Dre's The Chronic. In place of something off of the ever popular new Jay-Z Magna Carta Holy Grail  is the artist's just unveiled Picasso Baby: A Performance Art Film.

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Back To School Super Sale, 8/17 - 8/18!

Posted by Billy Gil, August 8, 2013 11:35pm | Post a Comment

Get ready for Amoeba's upcoming ...

back to school

S U P E R S A L E

 

All three Amoeba stores will be holding sales on Saturday, Aug. 17 and Sunday, Aug. 18, featuring:

-25% OFF ALL Posters, T-Shirts, Headphones, and Select Turntables

-Bargain markdowns throughout the store!

AND AT AMOEBA HOLLYWOOD ONLY:

-Bargain Blu-rays at three for just $15 

 

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Skratchpad Celebrates Ten Year Anniversary With Big Skratch DJ Concert & Battle Tonight In San Francisco

Posted by Billyjam, August 8, 2013 02:04pm | Post a Comment
Tonight, Thursday August 8th, Skratchpad celebrates its ten year anniversary with a big scratch DJ party at Neck of The Woods at 408 Clement in San Francisco. Yes a full whole decade has passed since that unassuming foggy San Francisco night back in 2003 at Sublounge (20th Street off Third St in the Dogpatch district) when DJs Deeandroid and Celskiii and a group of fellow turntablist enthusiast DJ friends initiated  what would go on to become the leading (and only) regular  monthly DJ scratch session party in the entire San Francisco Bay Area. Been that the Bay Area, long considered the epicenter of the scratch DJ movement, was without any other regular club destination for those who love turntablism to go to perform at and/or enjoy others perform at soon solidified Skratchpad's reputation as being a very special place. Over the decade Skratchpad has relocated a few times around San Francisco venues - from  long gone Sublounge to Azul to The Cellar to its current location on Clement Street, Rockit Room, now known as Neck Of The Woods - all the while providing (and always no cover charge) an appreciated oasis for fans and participants of the scratch arts to gather and share in their somewhat marginalized hip-hop musical art form. Skratchpad is all done out of a shared love of the art form of skratch DJ as proven by the always free club's mission statement mantra of "No Cover, Just Culture"  plus a commitment to providing each month "Q & A Skratch Sessions// Party Rockin// Monthly Guest Showcases// Beats // with Prize Raffles & Giveaways."

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New 12"/LP/CD Releases at Amoeba Hollywood 8/7 - Hugh Mane, Innerspace Halflife, Dj Hell, Basic House and more!

Posted by Oliver / Matt / Jordan, August 7, 2013 06:43pm | Post a Comment

Hugh Mane - SpectrasoniceHugh Mane  

Spectra Sonics 12"

Running Back

Chilled out vintage house from the UK, circa 1990. The album's analog warmth and playful musicality place these dusty DAT recordings in good stead with current house releases. Back Life and Hard to Finish If Your Finish place  charming improvised leads over unstoppable square wave basslines. My Midi Is A Mess works in a more sequenced set of chords while exploring the sweet spot between The Music Box and The HaciendaTuff City Kids appear with a classy edit. Recommended.

 

Buy Spectra Sonics 12"

 

Innerspace Halflife - 1000 Years of Acid

Innerspace Halflife

1000 Light Years of Acid 12"

Skudge White

Heady, substantial modern acid from the duo comprised of  Hakim Murphy and Ike Release. In a way similar to Convextion , the duo balances the more banging signifiers of the subgenre with cerebral synthwork. Open Electric Acid uses the classic 303 box in a traditional melodic context, presenting an oblique, banging bassline. Exosuit indulges more abstract modular exercises before introducing a spacious church organ. 

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New York State of Mind Amoeblog #43: Summer Streets, Sand Castle Contest, Bike Share Update, Lincoln Center Out of Doors

Posted by Billyjam, August 7, 2013 03:45pm | Post a Comment

Welcome to the latest installment in the weekly New York State of Mind Amoeblog from the Big Apple where - following some unbearably hot and humid weather just a few weeks ago - temperatures have been most pleasant for this past week. In fact a few nights ago, when temps dropped to the (gasp) 50's, many New Yorkers were complaining that it was "too cold" (a rarity in the summertime here). But while temps may have dropped, according to a new NYU report released this week, New York City rents have been steadily climbing with the current median rent / percentage share of monthly income going just to rent clocking in at 32.5% with the current rent in New York City averaging at a little over $3,000 a month. But despite these statistics about the high cost of rent and the reputation that NYC holds as being a most expensive place to live or spend time in, it should be stressed that New York City can also simultaneously be one of the cheapest / most affordable places to be (especially in the summer) with oodles of bargains, and free stuff, and good deals to chose from. Case in point is the CitiBike program that was reviewed here in this column a month ago by guest Amoeblogger Jason Snyder not long after the program had gotten underway. Since then the affordable ($100 a year for unlimited usage) bike share program has grown in popularity and, despite the wave of protests and negative response it endured before it even started, has proven the naysayers wrong and shown itself to be a most successful project.

New "What's In My Bag?" Episode With Brazilian Electro-Rock Band CSS

Posted by Amoebite, August 6, 2013 09:13pm | Post a Comment

CSS

Sao Paulo, Brazil has always had a rich history in music. Some of Brazil's most engaging musicians were spawned in Sao Paulo during the 20th century, including Os Mutantes, who helped create the Tropicalia movement of the '60s, and Samba composers Paulo Vanzolini and Adoniran Barbosa, who wrote one of Brazil's most famous Sambas (see "Trem das Onze"). A late punk and garage scene grew in the '80s while the '90s gave way to a strong drum and bass movement. Fast forward to the 21st century and CSS carries the torch as Sao Paulo's leading purveyors of  electronic-dance-rock. CSS exploded onto Brazil's burgeoning "new rave" scene in the early 2000s. Originally a six piece (5 ladies, 1 dude), CSS was one of the early bands to turn Internet fame into a full-fledged career.

Nearly a decade after they famously took their name (Cansei de Ser Sexy) from R&B diva Beyonce, after she declared she was "tired of being sexy," the women of CSS are back with their fourth album, Planta.css TV on the Radio's Dave Sitek takes on producer duties and this time around CSS deliver a more polished production. Still full of electro-pop rock angst, CSS remain fun and loud despite losing main songwriter Adriano Cintra. The album's lead single, "Hangover," is a querky synth-pop jam that carries an upbeat feel. Lovefoxxx sings, "Living in Jupiter that spot is free / Martians??/ vampires and bees /
Everyone is floating together / Everyone is partying forever." Party on CSS!

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Foreign Legion's Prozack Turner on His New Oakland Bar, The Legionnaire Saloon

Posted by Billyjam, August 6, 2013 05:30pm | Post a Comment

Zack Turner 
talks to the Amoeblog about his new Oakland bar The Legionnaire Saloon

With a name that triggers in your mind the name of his hip-hop group (Foreign Legion) and a storefront design that makes you think it's an Irish pub that's been there for years - Zack Turner's recently opened The Legionnaire Saloon on Telegraph Ave. between 23rd and Grand, also has the feel of a bar that's been there for years. However this latest Oakland music bar/club only opened at the start of March this year, in the space formerly occupied by gay bar Club Paradiso, but since then has taken off big time and established itself as an important component of the vibrant Uptown District nightlife scene of Oakland with entertainment (with a lot of love for the DJ including hosting The 45 Sessions) ranging from hip-hop to rock, comedy to burlesque, and (yes) even Irish traditional music nights.

The Legionnaire Saloon is the lifelong dream of Zack Turner (AKA talented hip-hop emcee Prozack Turner) the former co-owner of Oakland's Layover bar/club and member of longtime Bay Area hip-hop act Foreign Legion. In fact a few weeks ago he and Foreign Legion partner in rhyme Marc Stretch, along with current DJ Tim Diesel, performed upstairs at the venue during the premiere presentation of the monthly Blunt Club Oakland. Even though Zack and his wife just had their first born (a baby boy named Cassius) about a week earlier (Marc Stretch became a new dad a week later) Zack was full of energy and seemed like the happiest man on the planet or at least in the room. At the end of the above interview video is a short clip of Foreign Legion that night doing their 2002 single "Happy Drunk" which, with its references to drinking and partying in Oakland, seemed it was prematurely written as the theme song for Turner's new bar.  

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Amoeba Co-Presents Opening Night of 'Everything is Festival'

Posted by Billy Gil, August 6, 2013 03:10pm | Post a Comment

Everything is FestivalAggregators of all the stupid things people have taped Everything is Terrible! along with L.A.-based film organization Cinefamily are hosting their fourth "Everything is Festival," and Amoeba is co-presenting the opening night screening of Rewind This! Aug. 12.

Amoeba will be on hand with a booth selling rare, cultish and collectible VHS tapes, for those who want to get their own "Everything is Terrible!" on at home.

In the spirit of the website of its namesake, which includes found footage from infommercials, public access TV and other odds and ends, Everything is Festival IV: The Dreamquest will feature made-for-TV movie melds, esoteric documentaries, footage from forgotten, strange video games and more. Documentary Rewind This! covers the life (and afterlife) of VHS, including early, cheaply made direct-to-video features. It starts at 10 p.m., and tickets are $12; buy them here. Before that, at 7:30 p.m. the festival will screen Final Cut: Ladies and Gentlemen, a film stringing together clips from classic films into a new narrative; tickets for that are available here.

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Album Picks: Pond, Minks, Pop. 1280, Blondes

Posted by Billy Gil, August 6, 2013 08:30am | Post a Comment

Pond - Hobo Rocket

pond hobo rocketBadass Zeppelin riffs barrel through guitar wash on "Whatever Happened to the Million Head Collide," the opening song on Pond's psychedlic, thrilling Hobo Rocket. Three members of fellow Aussie psych poppers Tame Impala and a revolving cast of others make up the amorphous pool that is Pond. The freewheeling nature of these songs reflects an obvious decision on the part of Pond's members to let loose and have a good time, but Pond's songs aren't messy or showy. "Xanman" is as catchy as anything in Tame Impala's catalog, those volcanic riffs burning into your skull as Nick "Paisley Adams" Allbrook screams about the guy who visits you in your sleep and other trippy ephemera. Though they touch on the psych greats of the past — "O Dharma" is a bit of Beatles fun circa Maharishi — the album doesn't feel too derivative. And anyway, Pond is more about the performances. The guitarists harmonize their notes like angels in the dreamier moments and duel like titans when they go full-bore, while Allbrook can coo like MGMT's Andrew VanWyngarden and screech like a Norse black metal singer. Even while seeming like the recordings of a bunch of friends hanging out for a bit and having some fun, Hobo Rocket is one of the best psychedelic rock releases of the year.
 
Pond Hobo Rocket CD $11.98
Pond Hobo Rocket LP $18.98

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Brooklyn DJ Esquire Took US Title In Heated, High Caliber 2013 US DMC Finals DJ Battle

Posted by Billyjam, August 5, 2013 11:06pm | Post a Comment

DJ Esquire took the 2013 US DMC Finals title over the weekend in New York at a packed Stage 48  nightclub with DJs Spare Change and Ease taking second and third places respectively in an entertaining evening that featured inspired six minute sets by each of the 13 US contestants, event host Kool DJ Red Alert providing funny banter, great sets by the special guest performer DJs Rockin Rob, Johnny Juice, and DJ Izoh, plus a surprise moment of true turntablist romance when New Mexico contestant OHM proposed to his girlfriend.

New York City DJ Esquire became a hometown hero Saturday night at the Hells Kitchen district club when garnered the most votes to take the new title at the 2013 US DMC Finals following a heated, high caliber DJ battle featuring 13 turntable talents from all across the country,. This achievement, that he earned despite his needle breaking toward the end of his intense six minute routine, means that the Brooklyn DJ will travel to London, England to represent the US in the DMC World DJ Championship 2013 finals on October 5th. Saturday night's talent-packed battle presented somewhat of a dilemma for all the judges, myself included, since the talent was so great that it was incredibly tough in making that final decision of narrowing it down to just three DJs. Truth is that each of the other ten DJ contestants also delivered incredibly impressive sets and, it could be argued, that any one of them deserved to have ranked in the final three. I was not alone in this summation since, after the battle, talking to such fellow judges as Roli Rho, DJ Cheese, DJ Shiftee, and Snayk Eyez - all of whom had chosen different top threes - the consensus was that it was too challenging task to narrow it down to a top three. Snayk Eyez summed the battle and the content of the competitors up best when he noted how each competitor was 100% on their game with their skills down to perfection meaning that then, "It all came down to delivery, presentation, showmanship," said the visiting Bay Area DJ/judge. 

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August 5, 2013: The Spectacular Now

Posted by phil blankenship, August 5, 2013 09:38pm | Post a Comment
The Spectacular Now movie ticket

Recap: August Charity Auction to Benefit Smile Train One of Our Most Successful Auctions

Posted by Amoebite, August 5, 2013 02:38pm | Post a Comment

Jimmy Pardo Amoeba Hollywood AuctionOn Saturday, August 3 we had the hilarious and spot-on comedic patter of Jimmy Pardo guest host our monthly charity auction at Amoeba Hollywood. Jimmy hosts the hugely popular podcast Never Not Funny and The Pardo Patrol for Conan O'Brien, plus he hosts monthly nights at the Upright Citizens Brigade. No joke---HE'S FUNNY ! Jimmy has hosted our auctions before and he came with an experienced swagger to drive those bids up and UP and UP! He managed to create some electric bidding wars on collectible items, as well as concert tickets and fun one-off toys...

This month's recipient is Smile Train, the world's leading cleft surgery organization with thousands of partners and programs operating in more than 80 countries, including some of the world's poorest and most in need. Their mission is to help the millions of children in developing countries who are suffering from unrepaired clefts. And in addition, Smile Train trains doctors and educates families. The proceeds from this month's auction will help so many children live happy and healthy lives. Lives they would otherwise not had.

Smile Train

As has been said many times before Jimmy Pardo "always finds the funny" and he certainly did on Saturday. His quips and his live, free-flowing, stream-of-consciousness improv helped us raise one of the highest amounts in our recent auction history!!

Here are a few of the highlights:

Tickets for Sale at Amoeba Hollywood in August

Posted by Amoebite, August 5, 2013 01:18pm | Post a Comment

Tickets at AmoebaAmoeba Hollywood regularly sells tickets to local shows, with the added bonus of charging low service fees (if you're into saving money and who isn't really?).

All tickets can be purchased at the registers (while supplies last) for a $2 service fee. We take cash and credit cards for all ticket sales. Store credit and coupons cannot be applied to ticket sales. Limit 4 tickets per person.

Please note that on the day of the show, we will stop selling tickets for that show at 5pm.

If you have a question about whether we've sold out of a specific show, please call the store at 323-245-6400.

JUST ADDED SHOWS:

Beach Ball Festival

The Beach Ball Festival
Santa Monica Pier
September 21 & 22
 

Primal Scream Fonda

Primal Scream
Fonda Theatre
October 13

 

Here is a full list of tickets we currently have for sale at Amoeba Hollywood:

Show Name Venue Show Date Ticket Price
(fee not included)
The 1975 Fonda Theatre 11/01/2013 $20.00
Active Child El Rey 11/23/2013 $19.00
Alunageorge El Rey 09/12/2013 $20.00
Anthema & Alcest El Rey 10/03/2013 $22.00
The Beach Ball Festival Santa Monica Pier 09/21 & 09/22 $20 per day or
$36 for weekend pass
Beats Antique Fonda Theatre 11/15/2013 $25.00
Blonde Redhead El Rey 09/03/2013 $25.00
Boy Fonda Theatre 10/26/2013 $20.00
Charli XCX El Rey 09/05/2013 $22.00
Cocorosie Fonda Theatre 10/29/2013 $25.00
Couer de Pirate El Rey 09/14/2013 $20.00
Crystal Fighters Fonda Theatre 10/24/2013 $20.50
Desaparecidos Fonda Theatre 11/14/2013 $30.00
The Dismemberment Plan Fonda Theatre 12/12/2013 $27.50
Dodos El Rey 10/15/2013 $18.00
Mike Doughty Fonda Theatre 11/08/2013 $25.00
Hanni El Khatib El Rey 10/25/2013 $20.00
EOTO Fonda Theatre 11/22/2013 $25.00
Sky Ferreira El Rey 09/29/2013 $20.00
Finch Fonda Theatre 12/14/2013 $27.50
Michael Franti Fonda Theatre 10/12/2013 $35.00
Godflesh Fonda Theatre 10/27/2013 $30.00
Godspeed You! Black Emperor  (SOLD OUT) Fonda Theatre 09/12/2013 $25.00
Gogol Bordello Fonda Theatre 10/7, 10/8 & 10/9 $29.50
Gold Panda Fonda Theatre 09/20/2013 $20.00
Gov't Mule Fonda Theatre 10/30/2013 $30.00
Griz Fonda Theatre 10/11/2013 $20.00
Herbert Groenemeyer Fonda Theatre 09/28/2013 $42.50
HAIM (SOLD OUT) Fonda Theatre 10/16/2013 $22.50
He's My Brother, She's My Sister El Rey 10/26/2013 $18.00
Peter Hook Fonda Theatre 09/21/2013 $24.00
Katatonia + Cult of Luna El Rey 10/06/2013 $25.00
Less Than Jake Fonda Theatre 11/30/2013 $25.00
The Maine & Anberlin Mayan Theatre 10/08/2013 $25.00
Man Man Fonda Theatre 09/29/2013 $17.50
Johnny Marr Fonda Theatre 11/02/2013 $27.50
Minus the Bear Fonda Theatre 09/10/2013 $25.00
Morbid Angel Fonda Theatre 11/29/2013 $22.50
Morgan & Liz El Rey 09/08/2013 $14.00
Laura Mvula El Rey 09/17/2013 $20.00
Kate Nash Fonda Theatre 11/23/2013 $22.50
Tom O'Dell El Rey 10/09/2013 $20.00
The Orb Fonda Theatre 09/19/2013 $25.00
Over the Rhine El Rey 11/21/2013 $27.00
Palma Violets El Rey 10/19/2013 $20.00
Phosphorescent El Rey 10/01/2013 $20.00
Polica Fonda Theatre 11/20/2013 $22.50
Gregory Porter El Rey 09/25/2013 $30.00
Lisa Marie Presley El Rey 09/01/2013 $25.00
Primal Scream Fonda Theatre 10/13/2013 $32.00
Ra Ra Riot Fonda Theatre 09/14/2013 $22.50
Marky Ramone Fonda Theatre 10/15/2013 $25.00
Savages Fonda Theatre 09/30/2013 $22.50
Savant El Rey 09/27/2013 $17.00
Save Ferris El Rey 11/01/2013 $25.00
Katey Segal El Rey 09/15/2013 $25.00
Slackers El Rey 09/20/2013 $20.00
Somo El Rey 11/07/2013 $19.00
Sparks Fonda Theatre 11/11/2013 $35.00
Stars El Rey 09/19/2013 $25.00
Stereophonics Fonda Theatre 10/10/2013 $30.00
Superchunk El Rey 09/04/2013 $24.00
Surfer Blood El Rey 10/21/2013 $20.00
Switchfoot Fonda Theatre 11/06/2013 $29.50
Tricky El Rey 10/23/2013 $25.00
Frank Turner Fonda Theatre 10/14/2013 $22.50
Vaccines Mayan Theater 09/22/2013 $27.00
Vintage Trouble El Rey 09/07/2013 $18.00
You Me at Six El Rey 10/04/2013 $17.00
Warpaint El Rey 10/12/2013 $25.00
Waterboys El Rey 10/07/2013 $27.00
Wax Tailor El Rey 09/21/2013 $20.00
White Buffalo El Rey 09/28/2013 $19.00
White Lies El Rey 10/10/2013 $25.00
Keller Williams El Rey 11/08/2013 $20.00
Woodkid Fonda Theatre 10/25/2013 $23.00

 

Music History Monday: August 5

Posted by Jeff Harris, August 5, 2013 11:30am | Post a Comment

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On this day in music history: August 5, 1957 - American Bandstand makes its national television debut on ABC. Hosted by former radio DJ and music entepreneur Dick Clark, the show is originally broadcast on local Philadelphia channel WFIL-TV Channel 6 in 1952 with original host Bob Horn (1952 - 1956), co-host Lee Stewart (1952 - 1955), and Tony Mammarella (1956 only). Clark will become the show's permanent host from 1956 to 1989 (returning briefly in 2002). The show will move from Philadelphia to Los Angeles in 1964, beginning color broadcasts in September of 1967. 3,000 episodes of the show will be taped over its 50 year history (though only 883 survive).

On this day in music history: August 5, 1969 - The self-titled debut album by The Stooges is released. Produced by John Cale, it is recorded at Russ Gibb's Grande Ballroom in Detroit, MI from October 30 - 31, 1968. Recorded in just two days with The Velvet Underground's multi-instrumentalist John Cale, the original mix of the album will be rejected by Elektra (four of the rejected mixes will be released on a reissue of the album in 2005). The released version will be remixed by frontman Iggy Pop and label founder Jac Holzman. Featuring such proto-punk classics as "No Fun" and "I Wanna Be Your Dog," it will become highly influential, providing the inspiration for the Punk Rock music genre in the '70s. Iggy Pop will be widely acknowledged as the godfather of the punk movement. The Stooges will peak at #106 on the Billboard Top 200.
 

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Upcoming outdoor film screening -- Monsoon Wedding

Posted by Eric Brightwell, August 5, 2013 10:58am | Post a Comment


Although summer movies are usually associated with blaring GCI spectacles playing throughout the world's multiplexes, in Los Angeles we're blessed with a popular alternative option -- outdoor screenings. Instead of Crows, Goobers, JujyfruitsRaisinets, and delicious but nauseating gallons of buttered popcorn a ttendees can in many cases pack a picnic basket or grab some proper grub from a food truck.

Now in its second year, The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences hosts a series of outdoor film screenings in Hollywood called, straightforwardly, Oscars Outdoors. So far this year they've shown Much Ado About Nothing (2012), Twenty Feet from Stardom (2013), National Lampoon's Vacation (1983), Peter Pan (1953), Vertigo (1958), LA Story (1991), Beetlejuice (1988), What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962), Groundhog Day (1993), Clueless (1995), King Kong (1933), Risky Business (1983), Point Break (1991), Short Term 12 (2013), Big (1988), Blazing Saddles (1974), Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (Mujeres al borde de un ataque de nervios - 1988), American Graffiti (1973), and Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953).

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August 4, 2013: Drug War

Posted by phil blankenship, August 4, 2013 09:07pm | Post a Comment
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August 3, 2013: Blackfish

Posted by phil blankenship, August 3, 2013 09:57pm | Post a Comment
Blackfish movie ticket stub

Hip-Hop Rap-Up, Week End 08.02.13: Crooked I, Tech N9ne, Pete Rock & Camp Lo, B-1, Ricky Rude, Z-Trip & Jazzy Jeff

Posted by Billyjam, August 2, 2013 11:56am | Post a Comment
Amoeba Music Hollywood Top Five Week Ending 08:02:13


1) Jay-Z Magna Carta Holy Grail (Def Jam)

2) Diplo & Tripledouble Aeiou Two (no label)

3) Tech N9ne Something Else (Strange Music)

4) J.Cole Born Sinner [DeLuxe version] (Columbia)

5) Crooked I Apex Predator (Empire Dist)

The above latest hip-hop top five chart from Amoeba Hollywood includes some current releases like Jay-Z's Magna Carta Holy Grail on Def Jam and the deluxe version of J.Cole's June release Born Sinner on Columbia. The re-entry from sometime back is Diplo & Tripledouble Aeiou Two.  The chart also include includes a couple of brand new releases including Slaughterhouse rapper Crooked I's solo album Apex Predator via Empire Dist. which fans seem to really digging since it dropped Tuesday this week. The album a real varied production sound too thanks to the numerous producers lending their talent including Cardo, Denaun Porter, Jonathan Elkaer, Luxe Beats, Sarom, Snaz, Street Runner, and Tabu - not too mention the guest mic wreckers that include K-Young, Tena Jones, and longtime Kansas City rapper Tech N9ne whose latest release Something Else (on the artists Strange Music label) is also among the new chart entries this week. The album features such tracks as the single "So Dope" with guest shots from Wrekonize, Twisted Insane, and Snow Tha Product. See the video below for this song along with a video trailer for Crooked I's album that offers a nice flavor of the recommended new release. Also below, along with a quickee review of the Pete Rock and Camp Lo mixtape release show in NYC the other night,  are a couple other new hip-hop music videos worth checking out that include B-1 (aka One) and Ricky Rude, as well as (in case you missed it) the must see latest What's In My Bag? video featuring DJs Z-Trip and Jazzy Jeff.

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Amoeba Music Co-Presents Cinespia Salon

Posted by Billy Gil, August 2, 2013 08:10am | Post a Comment

sublime frequencies

Presented by Cinespia and Amoeba Music, Cinespia will be holding an event to celebrate cult record label Sublime Frequencies on Aug. 6 at the Silent Movie Theater.

“Cinespia Salon: A Sublime Frequencies Celebration” starts at 7:30 and features a performance by Alvarius B. aka Alan Bishop of experimental rock heroes Sun City Girls and head of Sublime Frequencies. In addition, the films The Divine River: Ceremonial Pageantry In The Sahel and Vodoun Gods on the Slave Coast will screen. Following the screenings will be a party on the Silent Theater’s patio with hot tea, African snacks and Sublime Frequencies DJs spinning rare global tunes.

Tickets are available here.

Launched in 2003 by Bishop and Hisham Mayet, Seattle-based Sublime Frequencies has focused on releasing music little-heard in the United States from all over Southeast Asia, North Africa and the Middle East. From field recordings to international folk and pop, the label has released nearly 70 CDs, LPs and DVDs of obscure world music.

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Sun City Girls

Bishop got his start with Sun City Girls in 1979 in Phoenix, logging more than 50 releases that touch on free improvisation, cult and spiritual music, and other esoteric forms of music. Combined with their performance art aesthetic, with ornate costumes and kabuki-style makeup, the group has remained a critical and cult favorite for years. The band ended in 2007, with the death of drummer and founding member Charles Gocher. The Aug. 6 event marks a one-off performance for Bishop.

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Weekly Roundup: The Goldberg Sisters, Daedelus, Haim, Roses

Posted by Billy Gil, August 1, 2013 02:52pm | Post a Comment

The Goldberg Sisters – “It Can Get You Down”

adam goldberg the goldberg sistersThe Goldberg Sisters are Adam Goldberg of acting fame (Dazed and Confused, Entourage etc.) and his sister, songwriter Celeste Goldberg. Only she’s his imagined twin a la Adaptation (I think). In any case, this first song from Goldberg’s third record is a nice bit of California bedroom pop that feels like waking up in a not unwanted haze, reminiscent of fellow So. Cal. bands like dios (malos) and Beachwood Sparks. Adam Goldberg’s beard (which also would’ve been a cool band name) seems more appropriate than ever, given the hippie vibes of “It Can Get You Down).” Stranger’s Morning is due Aug. 20 on apologymusic. Listen here.

 

 

 

 

Daedelus – “Paradiddle”

daedelusL.A. producer Daedelus aka Alfred Darlington has a new one coming out called Drown Out on Anticon Sept. 17. I listened to this while reading a terrifying story about a couple who had Googled pressure cookers and backpacks and were allegedly visited and questioned by police. The twisting and unpredictable nature of Daedelus’ synths and beats seemed to fit just well, full of paranoid-sounding tones and woozy movements. These are troubling times, indeed; luckily we have people like Daedelus soundtracking them for us.

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July 31, 2013: Frankenstein's Army

Posted by phil blankenship, August 1, 2013 12:39am | Post a Comment
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