1) Homeboy Sandman Hallways (Stones Throw)
2) Dilated Peoples Directors Of Photography (Rhymesayers)
3) Slimkid3 & DJ Nu-Mark self titled (Delicious Vinyl)
4) Souls of Mischief There Is Only Now (Linear Labs)
5) Busdriver Perfect Hair (also in LP format) (Big Dada)
Sego – “Wicket Youth” video
These Utah-via-L.A. Kitsune signees immediately get me for referencing Wicket the ewok from Return of the Jedi. Even if that’s not what they’re referencing, that’s not the point—“Wicket Youth” touches on familiar ’80s influences without really sounding like they’re retreading, instead infusing refreshingly plainspoken lyrics about nostalgia for youth with sparkling synth-pop flourishes. And it’s got a very ’80s, handrawn-style video to match. The Wicket Youth EP is out Oct. 27.
Cool Ghouls – “What a Dream I Had”
Here’s the third track from the forthcoming Cool Ghouls album A Swirling Fire Burning Through The Rye, out Nov. 11 on Empty Cellar. It’s perhaps the most impressive track they’ve debuted yet, built on a slow, steady jangle and “Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds” harmonies. Cool Ghouls keep the dream of San Francisco alive with songs like “What a Dream I Had.” Stream the track via Wondering Sound, and read my interview with them here.
Four decades into a career of being a voice for the oppressed Jello Biafra (Dead Kennedys) keeps the good fight going strong when tonight, along with author/educator/activist Dr. Michael Parenti (Against Empire, Assassination of Julius Caesar) and others, he will volunteer his talents to co-present a night of politics, spoken word, and poetry at La Pena in Berkeley in a fundraiser event for the Pro-Rent Control Slate for the Berkeley Rent Board. Other performers on tonight's bill include Berkeley City Council member, poet, and political activist Kriss Worthington, Berkeley poet and political activist Bill Bogert, and Gary Hicks of the Revolutionary Poets Brigade. "In these times of spiraling rents, tenants are at the mercy of rapacious large landlords, and small landlords are at the mercy of foreclosure-hungry banks- but the Berkeley Rent Board fights to keep a level-playing field for tenants and landlords," organizer Jesse Townley (aka Jesse Luscious of Blatz, Criminals, and KALX radio) told the Amoeblog adding of tonight's show that, "It's a history-making night. The first time Alternative Tentacles spoken word artists Jello Biafra and Michael Parenti will appear on the same stage." This worthy fundraiser takes place tonight, Thursday, October 16, from 8:00pm to 10:00pm (doors @ 7:30) at La Pena Cultural Center located at 3105 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA - near the Ashby BART station. If you can't make it but want to donate to the cause do so here. And in keeping with tonight's theme and the legacy of Jello Biafra I leave you with the Dead Kennedy's "Kill The Poor" which can be found as the opening track on the DK's album Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables.
Walker's last release was 2012's widely acclaimed, offbeat Bisch Bosch on 4AD that Amoeba's Aaron Detroit rated as his number one favorite album of that year of which he accurately described as, "an Absurdist's symphony. Melody is eschewed for repetition, but you still walk away with the damned thing in your head. E-bows, machetes as percussion and disturbing (as well as amusing) scatological metaphors are some of the unlikely ingredients that make up this terrifying (and weirdly infectious) beauty. There's really nothing else like it." Bisch Bosch, that was six years in the making since Walker's 2006 album The Drift, made many other year-end top ten music lists too. Likely so too will his score for the forthcoming The Childhood of a Leader and the (sooner to be released) collaborative full-length album Soused with Sunn O))) that will be released by 4AD next week (October 21st). You can pre-order it now from Amoeba in both CD and LP formats.
The band’s new album was recorded in Atlanta and was the band’s first to be produced by Ben H. Allen III, who was worked with everyone form Kaiser Chiefs and Animal Collective to Cee-Lo and Gnarls Barkley. It follows a round of B&S vinyl reissues from Matador, including the recently reissued If You’re Feeling Sinister, which had some of us around here feeling nostalgic; Tigermilk; Fold Your Hands Child, You Walk Like a Peasant; The Life Pursuit; and Dear Catastrophe Waitress, along with The Boy With the Arab Strap, which comes out on vinyl Nov. 4.
From label executive to GRAMMY nominated producer to lifestyle icon, A-Trak rocks many hats. Literally. Most people in the pop culture world might only know him as Kanye West's personal tour DJ, but that is only one small piece to the multifaceted Alain Macklovitch. At the age of 15, A-Trak became the youngest (and the first Canadian) to win the coveted DMC World DJ Championship title. He holds the distinction of being the first DJ to win all three major DJ competitions (DMC, ITF and Vestax), and was the first to win five World Championships. He's basically the Michael Jordan of the DJ world.
Over the years A-Trak has toured extensively with Kanye West and has lent his skills to the likes of Jay-Z, Common, Lupe Fiasco and Drake. In 2007, he founded the Fool's Gold label and helped launch the careers of Kid Sister, Danny Brown and Kid Cudi. He also developed and published music notation for scratching. Today he's hailed as a go-to tastemaker and collaborates with major brands, lending his image to ad campaigns for Adidas, Grey Goose and Cadillac.
The GRAMMY Museum presents The Drop: OK Go on Oct. 29 at 8 p.m. Amoeba is proud to be a sponsort of the show.
The Chicago-bred band, now Angelenos, first came to prominence with their single “Get Over It” and the band’s accompanying, self-titled album in 2002. After that, the power-pop band distinguished itself with its funny, convoluted and massively populated music videos, like the treadmill moves of “Here it Goes Again” (from Oh No) and the Rube Goldberg machine of “This Too Shall Pass” (from Of the Blue Colour of the Sky). Their latest record, Hungry Ghosts, is out now, with production work by Dave Fridmann (Flaming Lips, Weezer, MGMT) and Tony Hoffer (Beck, Phoenix, Foster the People).
The acclaimed indie rock band was mostly active in the 1990s, putting out several records on Merge. 2000's Sweet Bird of Youth is one of their strongest albums, with a 4-star rating on Allmusic.com. Merge reissued the album this year, and the band has recently becoming active once again, touring this summer.
A new item is featured on Amoeba.com every Wednesday for $10, while supplies last. It's limited to one per customer, and the deal is only available on the website. As always, there’s free shipping on all music and movies you buy on Amoeba.com throughout the United States.
Hear the record's "Put It Right Out of Your Mind" below:
San Francisco’s historic Balboa Theatre continues their run of screenings of the most amazing rockumentaries of all times this Fall with Thursday Night Rock Docs.
This Thursday, October 16th, don't miss Martin Scorsese’s The Last Waltz, which was shot on Thanksgiving Day of 1976 at the Winterland Ballroom in San Francisco. Hailed as one of the greatest concert films of all time, this film commemorates The Band’s final performance (as a quintet) after 16 years on the road. Keep and eye out for Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Joni Mitchell, Emmylou Harris, Van Morrison, Eric Clapton, Muddy Waters, and Neil Diamond. Shot with multiple 35mm cameras by the likes of Vilmos Zsigmond (The Deer Hunter), Laszlo Kovacs (Easy Rider), and Michael Chapman (Raging Bull).
Musician Isaiah Randolph "Ikey" Owens has died at the age of 38.
It is with great sadness that we tell the world of the passing of the incredible musician Isaiah "Ikey" Owens. He will be missed and loved forever by his family, friends, bandmates and fans.
Ikey Owens was an astounding keyboard player in Jack White's backing band. He also played with Mars Volta, Free Moral Agents, and many other projects.
Out of respect for Ikey, the remaining shows of the Jack White Tour in Mexico have been cancelled.
We will all miss you Ikey. You were and are an incredible artist.
Owens has played with many L.A. and Long Beach bands over the years, first coming to prominence mainly as a keyboardist for such bands as Crystal Antlers, Long Beach Dub Allstars, El-P, Mastodon, Saul Williams and The Mars Volta, bringing explosive energy to the live shows of whatever band he was playing with at the time as well as on records like The Mars Volta's De-Loused in the Comatorium and White's latest record, Lazaretto. Owens also had his own bands, Free Moral Agents and Look Daggers.
To listen to Pharmakon is to stare the beast straight in the mouth. Margaret Chardiet’s latest album starts with heavy breathing, panting and a buzzing synth that sounds more like an electroshock therapy machine. “Intent or Instinct” builds deliberately with an atonal loop gathering strength until she unleashes a nasty banshee wail. Free of too much digitized effect, it sounds truly bloodcurdling. It’s also immensely cathartic. And “Body Betrays Itself” feels like it takes over your very being, her most powerful musical statement to date. Not everything in such harsh surroundings works—“Primitive Struggle” is about as inviting as it sounds, full of coughing, spitting and heaving along to a digital heartbeat. But Chardiet can really surprise you, too. “Autoimmune” actually nudges closer to something resembling pop, like the dirtiest Trent Reznor would ever let his hands get. And in the incantation of the title track, Chardiet’s actual, human voice can be heard, albeit echoed out into infinity, and the result is quite affecting, given how she shreds her voice across the rest of the record. So Bestial Burden isn’t for the faint of heart. Dismiss it and you might even get a laugh out of its relentless brutality. But give it your full attention, and it just might change you. So don’t be afraid. Dive in and let Bestial Burden swallow you whole. Note: If you like her records, you should probably see her live.
The talented, unique, and often provocative NY hip-hop artist Mykki Blanco transcends simple definition and is a lot more than an emcee or "a gay rapper" as Blanco is so often labeled. More descriptively accurate is the artist's own self-definition of being a musician, an activist, a performance artist, and experimentalist. Hence why the artist's forthcoming new 14 track project Gay Dog Food (to arrive in Amoeba on Oct. 28 via UNO NYC - his third release for the label) encompasses all aspects of the multifaceted individual that is Mykki Blanco. Gay Dog Food, which precedes Blanco's anticipated official debut album Michael by several months (slated for a Spring 2015 release), is an ambitious project that was recorded in studios in Eastern Russia, London, Berlin, and New York City and is a most diverse recording that goes way beyond the restrains of hip-hop to encompass such other genres as punk, noise, experimental, industrial, and Riot Grrrl.
Riot Grrrl Kathleen Hanna, whom Blanco counts as a major musical influence, collaborates on the album track "A Moment With Kathleen" for a spoken word collage. Other project collaborators include Chicago MC Katie Got Bandz, and Cities Aviv while producers include Sasha DZA, and Supreme Cuts. "You can choose to call me a gay rapper," said Mykki Blanco of himself in a prepared statement sent out today to announce the new release and who he is an (often misunderstood) artist. "I'm a punk, a creative punk and I'm going to continue to create and entertain without boundaries. Gay Dog Food is just the start of where I hope to go creatively and commercially, this moment now is really the beginning." Look for Gay Dog Food in Amoeba on October 28th. Meantime peep a preview of the album track Mykki Blanco "Moshin' In The Front (feat. Cities Aviv)" via Soundcloud. Below is the video for Blanco's 2012 track "Wavvy."
I will not make the argument that Columbus's arrival in the New World was insignificant merely because he was an absolutely awful person or because he didn't actually discover anything (which he himself maintained, claiming until his death that he'd merely found a different route to Asia). But think about this before you dismiss -- before Columbus, avocado, bell peppers, blueberries, cashews, cassava root, chili peppers, chocolate, cocaine, gourds, maize, peanuts, pecans pineapples, pumpkins, squash, tobacco, tomatoes, and vanilla were all unknown in the Old World and alcohol, apples, bananas, barley, cheese, coffee, mango, onions, rice, tea, and turnips, and wheat were unknown in the Americas. Imagine an existence without any of those and you can hopefully begin to get a taste of the importance of the Columbian Exchange. Imagine Italian cuisine without tomato sauce or gnocchi and you can't help but wonder if this is why Columbus is so dear to many Italians. Imagine, on the other hand, genocide, slavery, and old world diseases and you'll understand why he's even more hated by many others.
Join Amoeba Music and Book Passage in welcoming David J. Haskins to Book Passage in Corte Madera on November 7th at 7pm for a signing of his new book Who Killed Mister Moonlight?: Bauhaus, Black Magick, and Benediction!
David J (bassist for the legendary groups Bauhaus and Love and Rockets) begins with the creation of Bauhaus’s seminal debut hit "Bela Lugosi’s Dead," and offers a no-holds-barred account of his band’s rapid rise to fame and glory in the late '70s, their sudden dissolution in the '80s, and their subsequent — and often strained — reunions. In between, he explores his work as a solo performer and with acclaimed trio Love And Rockets — culminating in the devastating fire that ripped through the sessions for their 1996 album Sweet F.A. He also delves deep into his exploration of the occult, drawing together a diverse cast of supporting characters, including William S. Burroughs, Alan Moore, Genesis P. Orridge, and Rick Rubin. Bristling with power and passion, music and magic, Who Killed Mister Moonlight? is a rock & roll memoir like no other.
Amoeba Music and CIIS Public Programs & Performances present The Toure-Raichel Collective on Saturday, November 8th at the Nourse Theater in San Francisco.
Israeli superstar Idan Raichel and Malian guitar virtuoso Vieux Farka Toure first met at an airport in Germany in 2008 while both were on tour. From this chance encounter an artistic kinship was born, culminating in an unscripted recording session that took place one afternoon in November of 2010 in a small Tel Aviv studio. Joined by Israeli bassist Yossi Fine and Malian calabash player Souleymane Kane, Idan and Vieux improvised a masterful selection of songs that capture the unbridled creativity and inspired collaboration of these four brilliant musicians. The Toure-Raichel Collective was formed and the songs they recorded are the foundation of the album The Tel Aviv Session.
Toure and Raichel's live performances reflect the natural spontaneity and free-form creativity of that fateful recording session in Tel Aviv, allowing audiences to experience firsthand the invention of sublime and transcendent music that crosses boundaries of country, culture and tradition. Also check out their latest recording, The Paris Session.
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On this day in music history: October 13, 1965 - "My Generation", the third single by The Who, is recorded. Written by Pete Townshend, he will take inspration from singer Mose Allison's song "Young Man Blues." The song's crowning touch will be provided by singer Roger Daltrey stuttering like a one of the band's mod fans on speed. Produced by Shel Talmy, the band will record the song at IBC Studios in London. Recorded on three track tape, the final mono master will feature a second guitar part overdubbed by Townshend (direct to tape while being mixed) that features the song's trademark feedback. Released in the UK on November 5, 1965 (US release date is November 20, 1965), the song is an instant smash in their home country peaking at #2. Though it will only peak at #74 in the US, it will go on to be one to be one of most influential rock singles of all time. "My Generation" is now part of the The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll, and was inducted into the Grammy Hall Of Fame in 1999. In 2002, "My Generation" will be mixed into true stereo for the first time from the original multi-track tape (though it is missing the additional guitar overdub from the mono mix), which has been in the possession of Shel Talmy, and appears on the Deluxe Edition of My Generation.
On November 12, Jimmy Page and Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell will explore the Led Zeppelin guitarist's personal archives in a special event at the beautifully restored Theatre at the Ace Hotel in downtown Los Angeles. Titled -- appropriately enough -- An Evening with Jimmy Page in Conversation with Chris Cornell, not only will the event serve as a publication party for Page's new photographic autobiography, it's also about as close as fans will get to sitting on a cozy old threadbare sofa with Page himself, drinking tea and looking through old photos together. In fact, it'll be even better than that because eventgoers will be able to view Page's personal collection of iconic photos, unseen memorabilia, and every single one of his passports all from the comfort of the plush theatre seating of the glamourous and historic Ace Hotel. Plus, everyone who purchases a ticket to the event will receive a copy of the book Jimmy Page by Jimmy Page (Genesis Publications).
Jimmy Page by Jimmy Page is the first ever autobiography by a member of Led Zeppelin. As the official photgraphic autobiography of Mr. Page, the book contains 600 photographs chosen by the man himself to tell the story of his remarkable life.
'I've been asked on a number of occasions to do a written book and I thought of the other side of the coin. I thought it would be unique to have an autobiography in photographs.' - Jimmy Page