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Contemporary DIY Bay Area Show Flyers Continue Basic Design of Earlier Decade

Posted by Billyjam, June 27, 2015 07:55pm | Post a Comment



After grabbing the above sampling of flyers for punk and indie rock music shows in the Bay Area this week, it made me think that it's like 1982 all over again, flyer-wise at least. Back then this basic cut and paste collage style of basic, no-frills, black and white Xerox flyers with ransom note lettering was the most prevalent. The only difference (besides the bands and venues changing) is that back then they were mostly 8" by 10" size flyers whereas the ones above are all quarter page scale - that way you get four times the amount for your buck, plus people are less likely to fold them and not read them again.

The above flyers are for what should be some good shows too including Wednesday (July 1st) at El Rio in SF with Party Force, Lucky Boys, and The White Barons ($7, 21+ Info), and tonight (June 27) at the Stork Club in Oakland with Beast Fiend, TV Static, The Connies, The Wastedeads, and Fuzz Attack. ($5, 21+ Info). The other two flyers include one for new downtown Oakland music bar the Golden Bull on 14th (near Broadway) where this upcoming Friday, July 3rd, five acts are booked including CCR Headcleaner, Ubu Roi, Means End, Sselxes, and Rays ($8, 21+ Info). The other show flyer is for the Knockout on Mission in San Francisco on July 8th when Maximum RnR along with Thrill House present a punk show with Quaaludes, Piss Test, Rays, and Sloppy Kisses. ($7-$10, 21+ Info)

Hip-Hop Rap-Up: Top Five, Wiz Khalifa, Kool Keith & L'Orange and Qbert, DJ Shadow & Cut Chemist

Posted by Billyjam, June 26, 2015 07:31pm | Post a Comment

Hip-Hop Top Five Albums Chart: Week End 06:26:15


1) A$AP Rocky At.Long.Last.A$AP  (RCA)

2) Drake If You’re Reading This, It’s Too Late   (Republic)

3) Various Artists  Furious 7 Soundtrack (Atlantic)

4) Nicki Minaj  The Pinkprint (Cash Money) 

5) Major Lazer  Peace Is The Mission  (Mad Decent) 

The latest hip-hop albums chart is care of Billboard charts and represents the highest selling hip-hop albums in the country for the past week. The chart includes some that have been out for a minute such as Nicki Minaj's The Pinkprint that originally dropped at the end of last year, and Drake's If You’re Reading This, It’s Too Late that was released back in April. Out since March but still selling strong is the various artists' Furious 7 Soundtrack  that includes the current megahit single by Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth "See You Again"  (video below) that is dedicated to the late Paul Walker from the movie franchise, and a diverse array of album contributors including Sage The Gemini, Mos Def and DJ Shadow, and Kid Ink, Tyga, Wale, YG, and Rich Homie Quan whom all team up together for the opening track "Ride Out."  Chart entry new releases that arrived this month include Major Lazer's  Peace Is The Mission which is the third LP from Diplo and friends. Vinyl collectors make note that Mad Decent will release an LP version in early August.

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Best Friends Animal Society Holds Pet Adoption Event Over July 4 Weekend

Posted by Amoebite, June 26, 2015 02:24pm | Post a Comment

best friends animal adoption

Best Friends Animal Society is putting on the #Freedom100 Adoption Marathon over the July 4 holiday weekend, with the aim of finding homes for 100-plus cats and dogs.

From July 3-5, Best Friends and NKLA will hold the event in two locations. Pet adoptions will be given for $10 for the first 100 pets adopted at Best Friends’ Mission Hills location, and NKLA’s West L.A. location will have $10 for kittens and cats and $25 for select dogs for 100 pets.

In addition, every pet comes spayed or neutered, microchipped and vaccinated. Adopters will receive a free bag of food and one month of free pet insurance, and there’s an on-site boutique to pick up the essentials for your new pet.

Best Friends Animal Society is an animal welfare organization dedicated to ending the killing of healthy, adoptable pets. NKLA (No Kill Los Angeles) is a coalition of such organizations as well as city shelters and individuals, which is led by Best Friends for the same cause. You can see their adoptable cats here and dogs here.

Best Friends Pet Adoption Center is located at 15321 Brand Boulevard in Mission Hills; their phone number is 818-643-3989. NKLA Pet Adoption Center is at 1845 Pontius Avenue in Los Angeles; their number is 424-208-8840.

LA Street Food Fest Brings Delicious Bites to the Rose Bowl July 11

Posted by Amoebite, June 26, 2015 11:47am | Post a Comment

la street food festThe LA Street Food Fest is back at the Rose Bowl on Saturday, July 11 for its sixth annual Summer Tasting Event from 3-8 p.m. We’ll be on hand with our Prize Wheel, so come by and give it a spin!

The festival boasts bites and drinks from world-class, award-winning top chefs and restaurants, gourmet trucks, street stands and carts and more. Tickets are $60 (plus a $4.29 service fee) for general admission entry at 5 p.m.; VIP early admission at 3 p.m. is $90 (plus a $5.94 service fee). Entry gets you unlimited food and drink, while supplies last. Use promo code amoeba15 and save $5 on tickets now!

The fest will feature artisanal treats from the likes of Boba Bear, La Sriracha Macha and Unbaked a Cookie Dough Bar; mixology drinks from such places as 1933 Bars, Cliff’s Edge and The Church Key; and food from spots like Bling Bling Dumpling, Diablo Tacos, Loteria Grill, Mama Masubi, One Veg World, Poke 2 Go, Spitz and The Pho Burger. There’s also an ice cream social, iced coffee lounge & donut zone, tequila tent, craft beers, wine tasting and more. See a list of all the more than 130 vendors that will be at the festival here.

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Weekly Roundup: Kisses, Tijuana Panthers, Flesh World, Vaguess, Pearl Charles, Creeping Pink

Posted by Billy Gil, June 26, 2015 09:30am | Post a Comment

Kisses – “A Groove”

kisses bandKisses are no longer as pregnant as this press photo shows—the real-life couple of Jesse Kivel and Zinzi Edmundson have a new baby boy, as Kivel told Hit City USA. But if you think parenthood would mellow the electronic pop project, think again—“A Groove” is as funky as anything the band has done. Kivel’s vocals dance around a relatively spare disco bassline and beat, coming in with some sunbaked guitars and synths for an ear-caressing chorus. It’s from their upcoming third album, Rest in Paradise, due later this year.

 

Tijuana Panthers – “Front Window Down” video

tijuana panthersTijuana Panthers have unveiled a video for their great new-wave surf song “Front Window Down,” along with details about their new album. Poster will come out Aug. 28 via Innovative Leisure. And this week we premiered our latest episode of “What’s In My Bag?” with the band. Watch both videos below.

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How To Clean Your Records

Posted by Joe Goldmark, June 24, 2015 06:47pm | Post a Comment

Head to the Vinyl Beat website to check out extensive LP label guides and wild cover galleries!




I.  Use 90% proof isopropyl alcohol, which can be bought at any drug store.  Don’t get rubbing alcohol as it contains oil.

A.  Fill a spray bottle with the isopropyl alcohol.

B.  Spray alcohol on a soft washcloth or microfiber cloth.

 
II. View your record under a 100 watt desk lamp in an otherwise dark room to see the vinyl.  
 
You don’t want any ambient light because it masks the true condition.  Hold the record with one hand without touching the grooved surface and use your chest as the anchor.
 
 
III. Wipe the record and don’t be afraid to rub fairly hard to clean off fingerprints and smudges.
 
A. This works for vinyl LPs and 45s.
 
B.  Don’t ever use alcohol on 78s, as they’re made from shellac.  To clean 78s, use a damp soapy wash cloth, then rinse.  Try to keep the water off the labels as much as possible.  Stack in a dish rack to dry.
 
 
IV. What about record cleaning products?
 
A. Amoeba sells them and they’re fine, but not as thorough or as inexpensive as this method.
 
B. Record Washing Machines, such as the VPI, are definitely a step up, but are more for audiophiles.  They are generally expensive, time consuming and cumbersome, but they do a better job of sucking dirt out of the grooves.
 
 
V.  After cleaning, store your records in a plastic outer sleeve.
 
A. Regular sleeves are fine.
 
B. Japanese resealable mylar sleeves not only look great but they seal up.  This protects your vinyl against one of its five natural enemies, which are: 
 
1. Fire
 
2. Water – Resealable sleeves can protect against water
 
3. Parties (scratching)
 
4. Theft
 
5. Sunlight (warping)

With Funding Support, SF Punk Renaissance 2015 Will Celebrate 40th Anniversary of Punk

Posted by Billyjam, June 24, 2015 03:23pm | Post a Comment

While it might seem like you can't check your inbox or social media these days without being asked to contribute to yet another crowd funding project - some which may not seem quite worthy of your hard earned cash - there are some really excellent and needy projects out there that could only happen with grassroots-level crowdfunding support. Such is the case with the recently launched GoFundMe drive for SF Punk Renaissance 2015 (Celebrating the 40th Anniversary of Punk) that happens in San Francisco in late September.

The event is overseen by the The Punk Rock Sewing Circlea volunteer group comprised of artists, musicians, and activists from the early days of punk rock in the Bay who organize art and music-based events to promote early punk culture and raise funds for social justice causes. Scheduled for a full week, September 20th to 27th, the SF Punk Renaissance 2015 is shaping up to be an eclectic week of "old school punk pop-up events celebrating the catalytic revolution of the first wave" and will incorporate concerts, spoken word shows, panel discussions, punk film screenings, and iconic punk art and photo gallery exhibits. While no bands have been named, "seminal bands of the era" that are promised to play during the week. There are so many incredible bands from that era, even if the lineups have changed, to draw from including The Mutants (whose music is featured in the GoFundMe video below) and The Avengers who, along with Jello Biafra, were among those at last week's the SF City Hall 100 Year anniversary.

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Zeke Thomas' "Blackness" featuring Chuck D and Jasiri X Addresses Key Issue of The Day

Posted by Billyjam, June 23, 2015 04:49pm | Post a Comment

Zeke Thomas "Blackness (feat. Chuck D & Jasiri X)" (2015)

If you ever despair that comedy seems to have eclipsed music's once key role as the lead thought-provoking voice, offering insights into the news making social and political issues of the day, Zeke Thomas's vibrant new track "Blackness" featuring Chuck D and Jasiri X will dispell that feeling. The song and its accompanying Charlie Zwick directed video above prove that popular music can still be political and central to the national dialog.  And right now that national dialog seems to be squarely focused on the topic of race in America. It is the also the one addressed by EDM producer Zeke Thomas — the club DJ / producer / son of NBA Hall of Famer Isiah Thomas on the track "Blackness" whose release could not have been more perfectly timed with its publication over the past week. On "Blackness" Thomas is joined by the always politically outspoken hip-hop voices of veteran rap revolutionary Public Enemy's Chuck D, along with contemporary political rapper (self-described "Raptivist") with some  in-your-face, social commentary. Reportedly it was longtime political activist Harry Belafonte who introduced the Thomas to both Chuck D and Jasiri X. The introduction came from his organization Sankofa that encourages "artists and performers of color to actively create art that may serve as a catalyst for positive cultural evolution" for the single that was released by Tommy Boy. My hope is that Thomas will release a hip-hop mix too. My other hope is that a new wave of political rap like when PE were at their peak 25 + years ago, with powereful outspoken songs like "Black Steel In The Hour of Chaos" off the album It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back (video below), will make a re-emergence in popularity.

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One Album Wonders Northside's Chicken Rhythms

Posted by Eric Brightwell, June 23, 2015 03:55pm | Post a Comment
NORTHSIDE - CHICKEN RHYTHMS (1991)

Northside

My introduction to the quartet named Northside came in my second year of college, I believe, a few years after the release of their only album, Chicken Rhythms. As a teenage fan of all things Madchester, I'd heard of them, of course, but it wasn't until Liz lent me a cassette that I was able to give it a listen. Although I was at first dismissive of what seemed to me to be by-the-numbers Baggy, over time the album unexpectedly grew on me.

Northside were formed in 1989 by Warren "Dermo" Dermody (vocals and United supporter) and Cliff Ogier (bass and City supporter). They were soon after joined by Michael "Upto" Upton (guitar) and Paul Walsh (drums). Upton was soon after replaced by Timmy WalshAll were residents of either Blackley or Moston, in Manchester's Northside. In August they recorded a demo at The Cutting Rooms, part of Abraham Moss College

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New "What's in My Bag?" Episode With Tijuana Panthers

Posted by Amoebite, June 23, 2015 02:10pm | Post a Comment

Despite flying under the mainstream radar for almost a decade, employing the DIY strategy so many do, the Tijuana Panthers are finally poised for a breakthrough. Much like their Innovative Leisure labelmates Hanni El Khatib, Nick Waterhouse, and the Allah-Las, the Tijuana Panthers have been crafting their own brand of alternative surf rock while tucked away in sunny Long Beach, California.

In 2010, the band self-released their debut, Max Baker, following it up with Semi Sweet (Innovative Leisure) in 2013. The latter is a lo-fi rock-pop record at times reminiscent of '50s era doo wop with puppy love themes. For their latest effort, Wayne Interest, the Panthers teamed up with producer and Black Keys touring bassist, Richard Swift. The lo-fi production style is still very intact and guitarist Chad Wachtel's surf licks rock with authenticity. The band shows off their punker minimalism, while still delivering catchy melodies backed by echoey drums.

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Music History Monday: June 22

Posted by Jeff Harris, June 22, 2015 09:36am | Post a Comment

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

Born on this day: June 22, 1948 - Singer, songwriter, producer, and musician Todd Rundgren (born Todd Harry Rundgren in Upper Darby, PA). Happy 67th Birthday, Todd!
 


Born on this day: June 22, 1947 - Turtles lead singer and one half the great background vocal duo Flo & Eddie, Howard Kaylan (born Howard Kaplan in New York, NY). Happy 68th Birthday, Howard!
 


Born on this day: June 22, 1953 - Singer and songwriter Cyndi Lauper (born Cynthia Ann Stephanie Lauper in Woodhaven, Queens, NY). Happy 62nd Birthday, Cyndi!
 


On this day in music history: June 22, 1968 - "This Guy's In Love With You" by Herb Alpert hits #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for four weeks. Written by Burt Bacharach and Hal David, it is the first chart-topping single for the co-founder of A&M Records. In early 1968, musician Herb Alpert will receive an offer from CBS to host his own network television special titled The Beat Of The Brass. Looking new material to perform on the program, Alpert will contact his friend, songwriter Burt Bacharach, and ask him if he has any old songs that haven't been recorded. Bacharach will find the lyrics and music to a song he and his lyricist partner Hal David wrote titled "This Guy's In Love With You." Alpert loves it and records it immediately. When The Beat Of The Brass special airs on CBS on April 22, 1968, the song will be featured in a segment where Alpert sings the song to his then wife Sharon on the beach in Malibu, CA. The day after the special airs, the CBS switchboard is flooded with thousands of calls from viewers asking where they can buy the record. A&M Records will rush release the single the following day. Entering The Hot 100 at #72 on May 18, 1968, it then streaks to the top of the chart five weeks later. The record is the first number one pop single for both A&M Records as a label, and for songwriters Bacharach and David, becoming one of their most performed and recorded songs. The success of "This Guy's In Love With You" will send the accompanying album The Beat Of The Brass to number one on the Billboard Top 200, becoming Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass' fifth and final chart-topping album. "This Guy's In Love With You" is certified Gold in the US by the RIAA.
 

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Zombies Descend on Amoeba SF In J.Morgan's Latest Video, "Human"

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, June 21, 2015 01:49pm | Post a Comment

The setting for local independent hip-hop recording artist J.Morgan's latest video, "Human," is, you J.Morgan, Humanguessed it, Amoeba San Francisco. Proving that zombies need to shop too, filmmaker Bryce Graven captured Amoeba SF and Haight Street during the zombie apocalypse. You mean 4/20? NO! These are real zombies and they want to eat brains and browse CDs. But J.Morgan keeps it human.

"Human" is the title track for J.Morgan's debut album Human, available online at his website.