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Digging in the Crates of OMCA's Vinyl: Sound & Culture of Records Pt 4: Sylvie Simmons, David Katznelson, & Rachael Aguirre

Posted by Billyjam, July 26, 2014 10:00am | Post a Comment


If you haven't already made your way to the ever-popular, Amoeba Music sponsored, excellent exhibit Vinyl: The Sound and Culture of Records at the Oakland Museum of California's (OMCA) which opened three months ago on April 19th (Record Store Day) at the downtown Oakland museum in its Great Hall exhibition area don't fret as you still have some time - well not much, but some - since it is open through tomorrow Sunday July 27th. To mark the end of this wonderful hands on exhibit, that paid homage the joys of analog and vinyl with lots of local Bay Area folks (including many Amoebites) offering their input on the subject, today Saturday July 26th will be the final weekly Talk & Play program of the three month long exhibit in which experts in specific areas of music/records informally chat to a museum audience while dropping the needle on the records that they are referencing in their talk/lecture.

Today - from 1:30 pm to 2:30 pm in the Great Hall - the Talk & Play session will be David Katznelson (record producer, and president of Birdman Recording Group) and friends who will be presenting a Talk & Play they call Every Record Has a Story. David's co-hosts will be Steven Baker (former president of Warner Brothers Records), Britt Govea (Folk Yeah Productions founder), and Josh Rosenthal (founder of Tompkins Square Records)  - all of whom will share  their favorite music/records and tell stories and secrets related to collecting said records. David Katznelson is among the many record collecting musicologists who have curated crates (that museum goers can personally play on provided turntables) at the Vinyl exhibit. For this final fourth installment in the Digging in the Crates of OMCA's "Vinyl: The Sound and Culture of Records" Amoeblog series I have included David's crate: The influence and genius of the Velvet Underground, along with those of two other contributors: Sylvie Simmons whose crate is Grrl Power - women in rock from pop to punk, 1960-1980, (she also curated Sylvie Simmons the Americana crate), and the museum's own Rachael Aguirre (Administrative Assistant & OMCA Lab - Curatorial and Experience Development) whose crate is titled Sound track for Dungeons and Dragons: Onyx Discs of Epic Sound: A Dungeons and Dragons Soundtrack. Meanwhile the photos in this blog are either provided by OMCA or James Mak of Joysco Photos who kindly shot this photos on behalf of the Amoeblog (thank-you James!).

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New Vinyl Releases at Amoeba Hollywood 7/24 - DVS1, Demdike Stare, Lowtec and more

Posted by Oliver / Matt / Jordan, July 26, 2014 09:00am | Post a Comment

Klockworks 13

DVS1

Klockworks 13

Klockworks

The Minneapolis phenom with his third release on Ben Klock's label. The title track is gorgeous, deep melodicism, based around a soulful set of synth chords which come into greater definition over the course of the track's 6 and a half minutes. Each percussive moment feels huge, no snare, just a well-timed 909 clap. That clap reappears on the more minimal but slightly swung "Creeping". "Spying" is late night techno gear, a bright piano figure creates a perfectly illicit vibe

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Demdike Stare - Test Pressing 005Demdike Stare

Testpressing 005

Modern Love Demdike Stare are really taking it there with the Test Pressing series. This might be the most punishing issue yet. "Procrastination" starts like a cantankerous engine, slowly. Eventually, a comically heavy beat and bassline are issued in by a lion's roar. No joke. "Past Majesty" is more of a head-down deathrock thing, interrupted by blasts of noise. The track bears the influence of Albini's gnarly units Big Black and Rapeman.

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Weekly Roundup: Roses, Death Valley Girls, White Arrows, Babes, Myron & E

Posted by Billy Gil, July 25, 2014 10:05am | Post a Comment

Roses – “It’s Over” video

roses bandL.A. dream-pop trio Roses recently released “It’s Over” as a single from their upcoming Dreamlover EP, out Aug. 5 on Group Tightener (you can preorder it now). Now they’ve got a video for the track, directed by Cassandra Hamilton, that sees the band along with friends in bands like Susan playing in the California countryside with oversized cartoon guitars amid neon butterflies and gorgeous wildflowers. Reminds me of classics like Smashing Pumpkins“Today” and Blind Melon’s “No Rain” in its sunny, carefree optimism and casual absurdity. Roses are playing the next Red Bull Sound Select show with Tanlines Aug. 20, curated by Amoeba Hollywood. More info on that coming soon!

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The 25 Best Hip-Hop Movies

Posted by Billyjam, July 24, 2014 06:15pm | Post a Comment

Best Hip Hop films

The definition of "hip hop movies" is pretty darn wide as it covers a broad range of types and styles of films - not to mention differing levels of quality since, let's face it, some have been downright low-budget jenky (bad meaning bad). The hip hop movie genre as a whole encompasses such varieties as concerts films (EG 1995's The Show or 2005's Dave Chappelle's Block Party); documentaries about specific parts of the genre or individual artists (e.g. Scratch or Freestyle: The Art of Rhyme or Beats Rhymes & Life: The Travels of a Tribe Called Quest); bio-pics like Notorious or the semi-biographical Eminem acting vehicle 8-Mile; and straight up pure celebratory flicks that show love for some or all of hip hop's four elements (EG Wild Style, Juice, Beat Street, and Breakin').

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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Deltron 3030

Posted by Amoebite, July 24, 2014 04:02pm | Post a Comment

Deltron 3030

After over a decade in orbit, interplanetary alternative hip-hop supergroup Deltron 3030 have descended from space, rocking concert halls across America and preparing for a fall jaunt to Europe. Del Tha Funkee Homosapien, Dan the Automator and Kid Koala joined forces once more on last year's Event 2, a star-studded followup to their 2000 self-titled debut, featuring the likes of Damon Albarn, Zach De La Rocha, Mike Patton, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Amber Tamblyn, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, David Cross, and the Lonely Island. (And that's only a partial list.)

Dan the Automator and Del Tha Funkee Homosapien took a break from the constant struggle against our galactic overlords to sit down with the What's In My Bag? crew at Amoeba Hollywood. The Automator explores some of his cinematic inspirations, kicking us off with the 2012 sci-fi flick Looper. Next up Del shares his love for Black Flag's Damaged and My War. The picks keep coming fast and furious with the Automator's next selection, Shaun of the Dead, and with Del repping little known funk group Apple and the Three Oranges.

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Win Tickets to See Jenny Lewis Live at the Wiltern Aug. 9 and a $100 Amoeba Gift Certificate

Posted by Billy Gil, July 24, 2014 03:02pm | Post a Comment

Jenny Lewis The Voyager Mural at Amoeba Hollywood

If you've driven by Amoeba Hollywood recently you may have noticed a mural on the Cahuenga side of the building for Jenny Lewis’ new album, The Voyager. (That's Ms. Lewis in front of the mural during its painting.) 

To celebrate The Voyager, Jenny is giving away tickets to see her in Los Angeles at the Wiltern Aug. 9, plus a $100 Amoeba gift certificate! All you have to do is take a photo of yourself in front of The Voyager mural and share it on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook using the hashtag #AmoebaVoyager to be entered to win! You can find Jenny Lewis on Twitter @jennylewis and we're @amoebamusic.

The winner will be contacted August 4, so get to sharing!

Check out the making of The Voyager mural with this new video for Jenny's single “She’s Not Me.” Watch it below:

Last week Jenny Lewis released a video for “Just One of the Guys,” starring Anne Hathaway, Kristen Stewart and Brie Larson. The Voyager comes out Tuesday, July 29 and is up for pre-order on LP and CD.

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Xiu Xiu presents My Own Private Idaho at Cinefamily Los Angeles

Posted by phil blankenship, July 24, 2014 08:40am | Post a Comment
My Own Private Idaho

MY OWN PRIVATE IDAHO

presented by Xiu Xiu

Saturday, July 26, 2014 // Tickets

Xiu Xiu are a longtime favorite band around here, a unique blend of post-punk heartache and experimental ideals — so we’re excited that frontman Jamie Stewart is stopping by in the midst of a national tour, to present a film that’s deeply influenced his life and music. Gus Van Sant’s poetic 1991 road movie is truly affecting, traveling a sad, lonely and visually stunning path that beautifully evokes a state of drifting need and passionate longing. River Phoenix and Keanu Reeves star as young hustlers: Mike, a sensitive narcoleptic dreaming of the mother that abandoned him, and Scott, the wayward son of a rich family and the object of Mike’s desire. Navigating a volatile world of junkies, thieves and johns, they take a dreamy quest from the grungy streets to the open highways in search of home. But, don’t fear, it’s not a total downer; Udo Kier even sings and dances with a lamp. A pioneering American work filled with stylized flair, surreal imagery, Shakespeare references and two seriously sexy leads exploring their abilities, My Own Private Idaho helped take New Queer Cinema mainstream, cemented Phoenix’s legacy and still leaves an impact on everyone that watches it.
Dir. Gus Van Sant, 1991, 35mm, 104 min.

$12, Free for Cinefamily Members
www.cinefamily.org
Cinefamily // 611 N Fairfax Avenue // Los Angeles // 90036

Grand Performances Show Celebrates Civil Rights Movement With Les Nubians and More Aug. 2

Posted by Billy Gil, July 23, 2014 09:34am | Post a Comment

people get ready

Grand Performances, a series of free shows put on at California Plaza in Downtown L.A., will host People Get Ready: A Soundtrack of the Civil Rights Movement Aug. 2 at 8 p.m. Amoeba is a proud sponsor of the event. We’ll be on hand with a booth and our prize wheel, so come by and say hello.

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Les Nubians

The show features such artists as Les Nubians, Dwight Trible, Dexter Story, Ejyptian Queen, Godfrey at Large and more performing new renditions of anthems in a celebration of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The performance is produced by Jonathan Rudnick and Dexter Story, who previously produced Celebrations of Peace Go With You Gil for Gil Scott-Heron and Young Gifted & Nina for Nina Simone. It’s hosted by KCRW DJ Anthony Valadez.

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New York State of Mind Amoeblog #90: Las Bicicletas, NYC Restaurant Week, 37th Rock Steady Crew Anniversary, Coney Island

Posted by Billyjam, July 23, 2014 06:13am | Post a Comment

After closely dodging a major public transportation strike of the LIRR (Long Island Railroad) earlier this week (which would have trickled down to affect MTA buses and subways, thereby affecting all New Yorkers and not just those who commute into the city from suburban Long Island), folks here are still breathing a sigh of relief in this city where, it seems, nearly everyone takes public transportation. Speaking of which, the Citi Bike program has expanded its service to embrace more tourists by making it more accessible for casual one-off users. Compared to typical bike rental outlets Citi Bike's $10 for a 24-hour period seems like a deal. However the drawback is that is you only get the bike for 30-minute increments before having to re-check it out - or suffer heavy fines. More info here.

Continuing in the bike loving NYC theme, this month 122 metal bicycle sculptures (see below) have been rolled out around Manhattan and Brooklyn as part of a grand scale sculpture exhibit by 83-year-old bicycle-loving Mexico City artist Gilberto Aceves Navarro. He first created the cycle themed sculpture exhibit entitled "Las Bicicletas" in his hometown with the stated goal of celebrating both art and bike riding. Supported financially by the Parks Department and the DOT (Dept. of Transportation) the public art installation can be seen all over lower Manhattan and Brooklyn, with many strategically installed near the Citi Bike share racks. More detailed info.

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Album Picks: Alvvays, La Roux, Common, White Fence, The Raveonettes

Posted by Billy Gil, July 22, 2014 09:40am | Post a Comment

Alvvays - Alvvays (LP, CD)

alvvays lpSomewhere between the sunny melancholia of Best Coast, earnest alt-rock of The Cranberries and the college rock of bands like Talulah Gosh lie Toronto's Alvvays. Their debut record is a delight of heartfelt naivete spun out in catchy indie-pop nuggets. Molly Rankin's lovably untrained voice pleads irresistibly on the charming "Archie, Marry Me" amid a four-chord, minor-key jangle. "Don't leave ... we can find comfort in debauchery" Rankin sings with the requisite mix of winking irony and legitimate feeling; taken with the songs lovely synth strings and gently rambling nature, it comes off like future nostalgia for a time that's currently being experienced. Youth may be wasted on the young, but Alvvays make young sadness sound pure and sweet on their debut.

 

La Roux - Trouble In Paradise (LP, CD)

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20th Street Block Party in SF, August 23

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, July 21, 2014 07:21pm | Post a Comment

Noise Pop presents the second annual 20th Street Block Party on August 23rd with two music stages, tons of delicious food and drinks, and on-going festivities from noon to 6pm. And it's FREE!

The 20th Street corridor will be transformed into a free party to showcase and celebrate a diverse neighborhood that blends modern ideas with community traditions to create a new San Francisco experience. Featuring music from Rogue Wave, Cayucas, Melted Toys, Tommy Guerrero & The Mattson 2 with Ray Barbee and more.

RSVP HERE.
More info HERE.

20th street block party noise pop

 

DJ Set For Peace Comes at a Much Needed Time

Posted by Billyjam, July 21, 2014 03:18pm | Post a Comment
Introduction to Peace One Day 2014

The upcoming DJ SetForPeace, scheduled for September 21st during Peace One Day, could not be better timed considering all of the unrest that is going on in the world right now with, sadly, no signs of slowing down. The informal yet well received global anti-war campaign that encourages "DJs uniting around the world to raise awareness of peace day" is a part of Peace One Day which was begun 15 years ago by Jeremy Gilley (see video above), whose goal was simple - how about peace for just one day out of the year? - with September 21st being that day of the year. Gilley's organization Peace One Day’s objective is to "institutionalize Peace Day" and he contends that its campaigns and activities have proven that the message of the day actually does carry weight and has had a positive impact with powers that be cooling off for that one day.

Akon will headline Peace One Day celebration at Goma International Airport on September 21st. Regarding the DJ SetForPeace role in the overall Peace One Day it is a coalition adding to the overall goal of the day. Not just DJs, but also producers, and MCs are encouraged to play a Set for Peace on Peace One Day, 21st September which this year falls on a Sunday - a good day for music, and for peace.  "In a club, at a festival, in a park or in your own home, you can use the power of music to bring people together in the name of peace," encourage the organizers. "By dedicating your set, you are telling the world about Peace Day and encouraging positive action in homes, schools and communities." To get directly involved click hereinfo on Set For Peace, and for general information click here.

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Spoon Bows 'Do You' Video

Posted by Billy Gil, July 21, 2014 11:37am | Post a Comment
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Spoon performing live at Amoeba Hollywood in 2005

Spoon’s well-received new single, “Do You,” has a hot new slow-mo video starring singer Britt Daniels that nicely matches his rambling lyrics and eerie rising and falling vocals. Spoon will play Amoeba Hollywood Aug. 6 at 6 p.m.!

In the video, which premiered at the Urban Outfitters blog for their UO Music Video Series, Daniels plays cabby to a pensive girl in what at first seems like a quiet, contemplative video. Then WTF at around the three-minute mark. I’ll not spoil it for you. You’re just gonna have to watch, and I recommend that you do. Remember MTV’s “breakthrough” videos? (Or any videos on MTV?) Spoon would be all over that shit with this clip, directd by acclaimed music video spoon they want my soul lp amoebaand commercial director Hiro Murai (who’s done videos for such artists as Childish Gambino, Queens of the Stone Age and Cults).

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More One Album Wonders

Posted by Eric Brightwell, July 21, 2014 10:00am | Post a Comment
The vinyl LP was introduced by Columbia Records in 1948 but the 45 inch single remained the primary market for the music industry until the dawn of the album era, which began in the mid-1960s. In that era, for any number of reasons, many fine musical acts released only one studio album. Here's Part II of a look at some of my favorite "one album wonders."



MICHAELANGELO - ONE VOICE MANY (1971)

Michaelangelo - One Voice Many


Michaelangelo were a Greenwich Village-based psychedelic folk-rock group led by Angel Petersen (but credited simply as “Angel”) who wrote the group's music and played electric autoharp -- an instrument popularized within the folk-rock scene by Lovin' Spoonful's John Sebastian. Rounding out the band were Michael John HackettRobert Gorman, and Steve Bohn. After attracting interest from producer Rachel Elkind and composer Wendy Carlos, what proved to be Michaelangelo's solitary album, One Voice Many, was released by Columbia. It incorporates a variety of influences that give the band a unique sound but one that might appeal to fans of Pidgeon and Renaissance (and not just because both used autoharps as well). Apparently the excellent album was poorly promoted which accounted for its poor sales and the group's subsequent disbandment. However, it clearly found its way to some fans over the years, as in 1992 the band Golden Smog included a cover of their song, 
"Son (We've Kept the Room Just the Way You Left It)" as the lead track on their EP, On Golden Smog. In 2009 it was released on CD by Rev-Ola.


Byrdsol Talks 'pierreponte,' Album Available to Download Exclusively on Amoeba.com

Posted by Billy Gil, July 21, 2014 08:25am | Post a Comment
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Photo: Aida Daneshvar Photography

The new album by byrdsol (aka Burgess Tomlinson) takes the artist’s electronic sound and infuses with a healthy dose of folk heart, giving pierreponte an intriguing duality. On one hand, the music is put together by digital means, beats are introduced halfway through songs and acoustic strums are cut up and mended, yet Tomlinson’s breathy croon and bedroom composition style keeps the music grounded and connected.

The album is currently available as a download exclusively on Amoeba.com, while Tomlinson has started an indiegogo campaign for a physical release. I took a minute to catch up with Tomlinson, who currently works at Amoeba Hollywood, about his latest release.

How long have you been making music? 

Most of my life. I guess I got serious in 9th grade. The music director at my high school put the budget to good use. He built a complete midi studio with an Ensoniq sampling, sequencing, keyboard workstation, and a few now vintage drum machines. You were allowed to sign up for time blocks on your breaks or lunch, as long as you were involved in at least one music class, which I was for four years. I was also taking piano lessons at home and playing a few Casio-type keyboards my dad got me way into the nights. In 10th grade my friends and I started a band called Swirl, in a music-friendly basement. We recorded thtree songs in a local studio and played some extremely high profile arcade gigs at the local mall. 

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Music History Monday: July 21

Posted by Jeff Harris, July 21, 2014 07:25am | Post a Comment

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

Born on this day: July 21, 1948 - Singer, songwriter, musician, and humanitarian Yusuf Islam (aka Cat Stevens, born Steven Demetre Georgiou in Marylebone, London, UK.). Happy 66th birthday, Yusuf/Cat!
 


On this day in music history: July 21, 1972The Slider, the seventh album by T. Rex is released. Produced by Tony Visconti, it is recorded at Rosenberg Studios in Copenhagen, Denmark; Château d'Hérouville in Paris, France; and Elektra Studios in Los Angeles from March - April 1972. Issued as the follow up to band's glam classic Electric Warrior, Marc Bolan and the band will begin recording at the Château d'Hérouville outside of Paris on the recommendation of his friend Elton John, while on tax exile from the UK. The basic tracks will be completed in only five days, before moving on to other studios in Denmark and the US to complete the overdubs and mixing. The album will spin off the hit singles "Metal Guru" and Telegram Sam." The album's iconic cover photo is taken by producer Tony Visconti (though on the original album cover it is erroneously credited to Ringo Starr who at the time is directing a concert film featuring Bolan and T. Rex titled "Born To Boogie"). The Slider will peak at number four on the UK album chart and number 17n on the Billboard Top 200.
 

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