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Opening Night at the Monterey Jazz Fest: Cecile McLorin Salvant and Melissa Aldana & Crash Trio

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, September 19, 2014 11:00pm | Post a Comment

Amoeba Music is back at the Monterey Jazz Festival with the Mini-Amoeba tent full of CDs and vinyl, t-shirts, books, posters, and spectacular signings with some of the shining stars of this year's festival line-up. Every day of the festival (September 19 - 21) brings a new and exciting schedule of talent to our tent.

Tonight was opening night and we were honored to welcome singer Cecile McLorin Salvant in between cecile mclorin salvanther sets on the Jimmy Lyons Stage and the Night Club. It was Cecile's Monterey Jazz Fest debut, but she is well-known to the fans who flocked to the Mini-Amoeba for her signing for her unique interpretations of unknown and scarcely recorded jazz and blues compositions. She also composes music and lyrics, which she sings in English, French, and Spanish. In 2012, Cecile recorded WomanChild for the Mack Avenue label with Aaron Diehl, Rodney Whitaker, Herlin Riley, and James Chirillo. WomanChild was nominated for the 2014 Grammy Award for Best Jazz Vocal Album.

Just as Cecile had to dash to her next performance, we welcomed another MJF newbie, Chilean melissa aldana crash triosaxophonist Melissa Aldana and the other two members of the Crash Trio - bassist Pablo Menares and drummer Francisco Mela. They had just wowed the audience at the Garden Stage and continued to charm their fans as they signed copies of their self-titled debut album for Concord, which features originals written by all three band members and two covers – the Harry Warren classic “You’re My Everything” and Thelonious Monk’s “Ask Me Now.”

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Aphex Twin Listening Party at Our Stores Sunday, Sept 21

Posted by Amoebite, September 19, 2014 07:27pm | Post a Comment

Come down to any Amoeba store on Sunday, September 21 at 3pm to hear the new Aphex Twin album, Syro, in its entirety before it's officially released Tuesday, 9/23 on Warp Records! Syro is the first new album by Richard D. James in 13 years and is one of the most anticipated new releases this fall. While you're soaking in the new album at our listening parties, be sure to pick up some free Aphex Twin goodies (while supplies last, of course).

Syro is also available for pre-order here on Amoeba.com and it'll ship FREE to the U.S.!

Aphex Twin listening party at Amoeba

New Vinyl/CD Releases at Amoeba Hollywood 9/19 - Randomer, Don Papa, Marcellus Pittman and more!

Posted by Oliver / Matt / Jordan, September 19, 2014 05:34pm | Post a Comment
Randomer - Russian Torrent VersionsRandomer
 
Russian Torrent Versions 12"
 
Russian Torrents
 
Randomer's been on a bit of a tear lately. His outings for Clone and L.I.E.S. have been unique and uniformly functional. His techy drum programming fits in with both Hessle and the unwashed barbarians of the lo-fi techno scene. Here we have three tracks and nary a dull moment. "Side Crack Lung" is a brilliant techno tool propelled on by some cheeky vocal samples. "Odd" gets more hypnotic, using circular piano patterns and basslines.
 
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Don Papa - Rock My TempoDon Papa
 
Rock My Tempo 12"
 
Sex Tags Mania
 
Laidback dub-dance experiments from Moss, Norway's hip-hop legend (your guess is as good as mine). This material's been culled from recordings made between 1997 and 2003 and runs the gamut from spliffed-up electro dancehall, distorted 'Mo Wax style experiments and most notably "Done (Piano Mix)", a chilled out psychedelic piano house with some odd dub screech around the edges and nonchalant raps up top. That's the one!
 
Buy Rock My Tempo 12"
 
 
 
Marcellus PIttman - 1044 CoplinMarcellus Pittman/John Cannon
 
1044 Coplin/JC's Groove 7"
 
Unirhythm
 
Pittman's status as a distant third (or fourth) chair has lessened recently, mainly due to his reputation for joyful Detroit beatdown DJ sets. As such, it doesn't come as a complete surprise that he's turned in an ace boogie-funk 45, though the contrast with his previous stripped-down machine funk is notable. (To be fair, the "Do You Like Music 12"" from earlier this year saw MP headed this direction.) The groove is unstoppable, walking synth bass with just a bit of a 313 techno pulse. John Cannon comes correct as well with a slower, sexy synth jam.
 
Buy 1044 Coplin/JC's Groove 7"
 
 
Buy Deetroit - The Underground UnderstandsDeetroit
 
The Underground Understands 12"
 
UDR
 
These records are cool. They look like they sound, no-frills midwest dancefloor heat, faceless and functional. "Making It A Reality" is an adroit combination of a bittersweet piano riff and Juno bassline, the whole greater than the sum of their parts. Similarly, "Nipponese" gets even fancier with the Rhodes/bass interplay, like Moodymann was trying to make it to Carnegie Hall. The to-the-point title of the closer, "Reassuringly Analogue", tells you where this shadowy producer is coming from.
 
 
Buy The Underground Understands 12"
 
 
Peverelist - Roll With The Punches (Remixes)
Peverelist
 
Roll With The Punches 12"
 
Punch Drunk
 
Fascinating historical document of the Bristol dance scene. Originally released in 2007, Pev's spacious dubstep anthem would precipitate his migration to a hardware-heavy, but still low-end conscious techno released on his own Livity Sound. His partner in that label now attempts some historical revisionism. The Linear mix starts to mess with the reedy lead a bit but keeps the booming half-time drums relatively in tact. On the B, the lead is reimagined as beautiful, delayed ambience.
 
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Todd Osborn - Step OffTodd Osborn
 
Step Off 12"
 
Acoustic Division
 
The ingenious Ann Arbor producer returns with melodic jams which stand alongside his wistful self-title LP on Ghostly, Osborne. Jazzy chords and soaring leads abound, especially on "House 117", which is on some Midnight Express shit, such is Osborne's talent for melody. "November" cruises along like a loose, clanky house tool, before introducing some quiet storm piano chords, a perfect deep house B2.
 
Buy Step Off 12"
 
 
 
 
Ranier Truby - Slouse
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Slouse-Fishing In Slower Territories CD
 
Compost
 
The veteran Stuttgart producer reveals the direciton his tastes have been headed in recent years, slow, mellow house jams. It's most successful when it goes towards more hypnotic, "balearic" territory, with Moonstar's "C-Minus Particles" and Maurice Fulton's amazing mix of Alice Smith's "Love Endeavor" standing as obvious highlights. Elsewhere, things veer closer to the chill-out zone with lilting vocals fit for the after-after party as well as the coffee shop.
 
Buy Slouse- Fishing In Slower Territories
 
 
New this week:
 
TENAGLIA, DANNY: Balance 025 2CD 
CLAP! CLAP!: Tayi Bebba 2LP
SENNI, LORENZO: Superimpositions LP 
ROOTS PANORAMA (AKA DEETRON & RIPPERTON): Mars 12" 
PUSHKAREV, ANDREY: Three Roads EP 12" 
A: Cocoon Compilation - N CD 
FLUGEL, ROMAN: Happiness is Happening CD 
WRONG STEPS: Wrong Steps EP 12" 
BLACKHALL & BOOKLESS: Se7en EP 12" 
LV & JOSHUA IDEHEN: Islands 2LP 
TANABE, DAISUKE: Floating Underwater CD
KISH, KILO: Across LP 
PAGLIARA, MASSIMILIANO: With One Another 2LP
KAWASAKI, TOSHIYA: I'm Starting to Feel Okay Vol. 6 - 10 Years Edition Pt. 2 2LP 
HRDVSION: Hrdvsionremixes 12" 
KLINT, ANTON: Spritzer EP 12" 
RDG & HITMAN: Mercenary Ship EP 12" 
VA: New Jack Tribal 12" 
CLARIAN: Road to Recovery EP 12" 
DUMONT, DUKE: For Club Play Only 3 12" 
NICK THE RECORD: Under the Influence Volume Four: A Collection of Rare Soul & Disco 2CD

 

Avi Buffalo Talks Recording 'At Best Cuckold'

Posted by Billy Gil, September 19, 2014 04:15pm | Post a Comment

avi buffalo amoebaAvi Buffalo has the feel of an old school indie rock band that's been around for years. When they took the stage at Amoeba Hollywood Sept. 17, confidently launching into the crisp "So What," from the band's new album, At Best Cuckold, it felt like seeing a veteran band working through a set of new tunes and old classics, despite that it was only the band's second album, and 23-year-old frontman Avi Zahner-Isenberg wasn't even old enough to legally drink when their first was released.

Of course, there are a few tell-tale signs of the Long Beach-born band's relative age—namesly, Zahner-Isenberg's boyish falsetto, sneaking naughty bits into otherwise mature-sounding songs ("my boner pressed up to your chest," it at least sounds like he sings over tasteful country-rock jangle on "Memories of You"). Off-color moments like this are scattered throughout the excellent At Best Cuckold, which has a more demure feel than its self-titled predecessor but whose lyrics are riddled with strange characters and surreal moments.

I caught up with Zahner-Isenberg to talk about At Best Cuckold, released four years after its predecessor, and his recording process in general.

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Five Year Anniversary of Passing of Pioneering DJ Grand Master Roc Raida

Posted by Billyjam, September 19, 2014 12:04pm | Post a Comment
On this date, September 19th, five years ago the hip-hop world was shocked to learn the tragic news that super-talented DJ Grand Master Roc Raida had died from cardiac arrest at age 37. The totally unexpected death, following a week of being hospitalized, was due to medical complications relating to an accident that the DJ encountered a few weeks previously while training in the contact combat self-defense system known as Krav Maga. Later today on my weekly hip-hop radio show on WFMU I will be honoring the legacy of the DMC world champion DJ who most got to know via his membership of the X-Men/X-Ecutioners but who, over his illustrious prolific career, worked with a wide array of artists that included MF Grimm, Big Pun, Pink, Linkin Park, Jungle Brothers, Nelly, Opio, The Beatnuts, Mike Patton, and Dilated Peoples.

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Weekly Roundup: Flying Lotus, Medicine, Cherry Glazerr, Tijuana Panthers, Allah-Las, Kevin Morby

Posted by Billy Gil, September 19, 2014 09:53am | Post a Comment

Flying Lotus – “Coronus, the Terminator”

flying lotus amoebaFor the latest unveiled track from Flying Lotus’ upcoming You’re Dead (out Oct. 7; preorder on LP or CD), FlyLo sets the stage with some backwards instruments and rain, moving into what sounds like a sultry Quiet Storm track. Singer Niki Randa gives the song that extra sumptuousness while Flying Lotus’ subtly detailed production demands repeat listens. From the sound of this and the other tracks he’s released, You’re Dead might already be the most accessible Flying Lotus album yet.

 

Medicine – “Move Along – Down the Road”

medicine bandL.A. shoegaze legends Medicine’s second run generated the terrific To the Happy Few last year, and impressively, they’ve already got another new one on the way. With the release of the “Move Along – Down the Road,” Medicine’s Home Everywhere (due Oct. 28 on Captured Tracks) is quickly becoming one of our most anticipated new albums of the year. It sounds like two ’60s pop songs fused together, sped up and filtered through eight kinds of distortion, threatening to tear apart but always coming back to some new riff or idea.

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"Kendrick Lamar Burton" Mixes 70's & 80's TV Show Themes With Kendrick Lamar Vocals

Posted by Billyjam, September 17, 2014 05:02pm | Post a Comment
Tired of sitting around waiting around for Kendrick Lamar to release the long overdue follow up to his universally acclaimed, monumentally successful 2012 album good kid, m.A.A.d city on Dr. Dre's Aftermath Records? Well fret no more since, even though there is a follow-up album from the Compton artist promised sometime in the near future with a lead single ("i") scheduled for release in a week, there is now a full-length Kendrick Lamar sequel of sorts from Oakland based Hiero Imperium producer Unjust who has taken the LA hip-hop artist's vocals and melded them with golden era TV soundtracks.

The prolific producer known for his work with Chosen Few, Opio and Pep Love, The Hieroglyphics, as well as his own instrumental album/movie Full Melt, has taken a break of sorts (well, a fun detour at least) with his just unveiled project: the free mixtape Kendrick Lamar Burton that innovatively mashes up the vocals of Kendrick Lamar with the instrumentals of familiar 1970's and 1980's TV show themes. 
Among the ten tracks included on Kendrick Lamar Burton are "Sing About MeGyver," "Trek It To You," "Kojak Lamar" and the lead single/video "She Reads Me" (see/hear below) which juxtaposes Lamar's "She Needs Me" with a reworked version of the Reading Rainbow theme.

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Check Out Amoeba's Blue Note Pop-Up Shop at Sonos Studio

Posted by Billy Gil, September 17, 2014 04:40pm | Post a Comment

In celebration of legendary jazz and blues label Blue Note’s 75th anniversary, Amoeba Music has partnered with Sonos Studio in Los Angeles and Blue Note Records to bring a Blue Note vinyl pop-up shop to Sonos’ “Born in Blue: Remixed and Reissued” exhibition.

Amoeba’s pop-up shop is open from 12 to 6 p.m. from Wednesday through Sunday and features Blue Note vinyl for sale along with listening stations. Amoeba’s shop represents Sonos Studio’s first ever “Records-in-Residency” program.

The exhibition, which began last week, will stay open through Oct. 24. It features Blue Note’s iconic album art remixed by Phil Bicker, Letman and Shadrach Lindo for Studio Lindo. The exhibition also featured a performance by Robert Glasper.

Check out some photos of the exhibition and the pop-up shop below (photos by Ralf Strathmann):


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Zola Jesus Reveals "Go (Blank Sea)" From Upcoming Album 'Taiga'

Posted by Billy Gil, September 17, 2014 03:53pm | Post a Comment

zola jesus amoebaZola Jesus’ upcoming new album Taiga promises to be something special, judging by what we’ve heard so far. Following the release of grandiose synth-pop track “Dangerous Day,” “Go (Blank Sea” is a little sultrier, built on a slower beat that swells into big, booming pop chorus and disintegrates into fluttering synthesizers, while Nika Roza Danilova’s voice rises and falls with soul and precision.

The lyrics reference “downtown,” which she told The Fader had to do with living in Downtown Seattle and being “in a sea of people, but at the same time you feel completely alone. It’s just this idea of being a human in a civilized world and how it doesn’t really mean anything. It still feels savage in a weird way.”

Taiga is out Oct. 7—you can preorder it now (LP, Marble Colored Vinyl or CD). Hear the track over at The Fader.

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Interpol Hits "Twice as Hard" in New Video

Posted by Billy Gil, September 17, 2014 03:37pm | Post a Comment

interpolInterpol’s new video for “Twice as Hard” has the feel of the training scenes in Rocky, as various boxers train and get into shape while Paul Banks sings “I give it right back to you … twice as hard.” It takes what we assume is a metaphor for the vocal sparring that happens in relationships and puts a more literal face on it

Banks himself directed the video. The song comes from the band’s excellent new release, El Pintor. Check it out below:

 

 

 

Amoeba Sponsors 3rd Annual Sunset & Dine Oct. 2 Hollywood

Posted by Billy Gil, September 17, 2014 02:46pm | Post a Comment

sunset & dineAmoeba Music is proud to be a sponsor of Sunset & Dine, happening Oct. 2 at the Taglyan Complex (1201 Vine St.) from 5 to 9 p.m.

Tickets are $25 with an early bird discount, and give you access to beer and wine, food samples from local restaurants, live music and children’s entertainment. Amoeba will be on hand with a booth and our prize wheel, so come by and say hello!

Some of the great local restaurants that will be featured include Beso, Cleo, Dillon’s Irish Pub, Doomie’s Home Cookin, Fabiolus, Field Trip at the Farmer’s Market, Greenleaf Gourmet Chopshop, Los Balcones, Magnolia, Shophouse and Village Pizzeria. Our friends at Los Angeles Film School as platinum sponsors are presenting live music by funk artist Alex Seling, which you can sample below:

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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode With The Dismemberment Plan

Posted by Amoebite, September 17, 2014 12:45pm | Post a Comment

The Dismemberment Plan

Taking their name from a phrase in the Bill Murray film Groundhog Day, The Dismemberment Plan are one of indie rock's defining bands. The band hails from Washington D.C., a city rich in music history, including birthing punk bands like Bad Brains, Minor Threat, Fugazi, soul legends like Marvin Gaye and Roberta Flackand one of the most prominent jazz musicians to ever tickle the ivory, Duke Ellington. Needless to say, D-Plan have been influenced by an array of great artists and it definitely shows up in their songs. On stage they employ high energy performances with a little punk angst to get mosh pits swirling. The D-Plan also give way to synth-pop nuances that show their dance music influences. Who can blame them? Washington D.C. is where Go-Go music came from! A little bit of funk, a little bit of punk and a dash of soul lives in the DNA of The Dismemberment Plan.

After a decade of recording and touring, The Dismemberment Plan broke up in 2003, but reunited for a few charity shows in 2007. They returned in 2013 to release a new album, Uncanney Valley (Partisan Records). The new record is packed with 10 cuts that give fans some of what they already love about The D-Plan and showcase the growth that has occured in the span of over a decade. 

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New York State Of Mind Amoeblog #97 of 100

Posted by Billyjam, September 17, 2014 06:47am | Post a Comment

Among the numerous music related events ongoing in New York City this week is the photo exhibit Grooving Years: The Photography of Josh Cheuse that opens Friday (Sep 19th) at the Morrison Hotel Gallery in SoHo. The mostly black and white photography exhibit by the New York City born and raised music photographer includes shots of The Clash (including the photo of the late great Joe Strummer above), Run DMC, Madonna, Lady Gaga, The Beastie Boys, Oasis, and The Black Crowes.  An avid photographer since age sixteen Cheuse, who has worked as art director at SONY Music for the past two decades, formed a lasting relationship with the Clash from early on in his career - a relationship that began back in 1981 as a teen when he famously used the payphone at his NYC high school to call The Clash at Electric Ladyland Studios in Manhattan and asked permission to photograph the band. To his surprise they happily complied with his wish. This introduction was instrumental in kick starting his career that included photographing the Clash, the band's Mick Jones' spinoff band Big Audio Dynamite, as well as  Joe Strummer solo on several occasions. And following Strummer’s sudden 2002 death Cheuse also directed a video tribute for the Strummer's version of Bob Marley's “Redemption Song.” Photo exhibit takes place at the Morrison Hotel Gallery located on the second floor at 106 Prince Street. All ages. Free admission. More info. And tomorrow (September 18th) in advance of the opening the photographer will be at the nearby SoHo Apple store (103 Prince Street) from 7pm to 8pm discussing his photo exhibit - free all ages event.

As if to make the point that, like vinyl records, books are still very much alive and well the annual Brooklyn Book Festival takes place this weekend at Brooklyn Borough Hall and Plaza for what will be its biggest ever event in its nine year history. Taking place on Sunday September 21st from 10am to 6pm the outdoor (rain or shine) festival will boast over one hundred panel discussions, readings, and other literary activities with authors to appear including Salman Rushdie, Lev Grossman, and Naomi Klein. In addition to novelists and non-fiction writers the festival will also include numerous poets, and also many graphic novelists including Paul Pope, Roz Chast and Julia Wertz. A free event, thanks to sponsorship by a phone company, the stated goal of the annual event is "spreading literacy and the joy of reading across the five boroughs and beyond." Just across from lower Manhattan the Brooklyn Borough Hall and Plaza (reachable by numerous trains) is located at 209 Joralemon Street, Brooklyn NY 11201. Sept 21 10am to 6pm. All ages. Free event. More info.

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The 50 Best Scottish Bands of All Time

Posted by Eric Brightwell, September 16, 2014 03:12pm | Post a Comment
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By now you and I have heard the arguments for and against Scottish independence from the UK but as someone who has naturally bristled like a thistle when diasporic people argue passionately and ill-informedly about another country's political situations (which they are thankfully powerless to effect) I'll keep my political opinions to myself. What I will do instead is far more frivolous purposes -- that is list the best Scottish bands of all time.


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Pendersleigh & Sons Cartography's Map of Scotland

Given its small population, Scotland has produced a fairly shocking amount of great music. Sure, there have been occasional English bands of note -- almost always from the north -- but I've always taken Anglophiles' preference for all things (assumed to be) English over English language pop from anywhere else as proof of a terminal subcultural defect. It's not really fair to blame England for Anglophiles any more than it is to blame Nirvana for Puddle of Mudd but I suppose it's because so many of the helmet-haired horde mistakenly think that I am one of them that they so vex me. How could I not be an Anglophile when I drink more tea than the average North African, enjoy curry in all of its Asian forms, and my favorite writer is Irish

Album Picks: My Brightest Diamond, Allah-Las, Lia Ices, Beach Beach, Dream Boat, GRMLN

Posted by Billy Gil, September 16, 2014 10:20am | Post a Comment

My Brightest Diamond - This Is My Hand (LP, CD, Download)

my brightest diamond this is my hand lpOnetime Sufjan Stevens collaborator and now a formidable art-pop songstress in her own right, My Brightest Diamond (aka Shara Worden) pushes her songs further into accessibility with This Is My Hand. The sound of the record finds Worden singing over playful orchestrations, wielding her operatically trained voice slowly like a great and powerful weapon. “Pressure” begins with a drumline cadence and marching band horns, drawing soul out of her sometimes austere vocals and layering them over the song’s sexy strut “Before the Words’” huge, propulsive drum beat and jazzy bassline pair nicely with her hauntingly cooed vocals. Though she mines gold at playing the witchy vamp, it’s great, too, when she climbs out of her shell. “I am a lover and a killer” she sings with growing ferocity over a muscular groove on “Lover Killer,” finding inspiration in Prince and kinship in St. Vincent. “This is what love feels like!” she sings before unleashing a desperate wolf cry in “I Am Not the Bad Guy,” with a throbbing menace reminiscent of Radiohead, or a more friskier version of Third-era Portishead. Tracks with more open space, like “Looking at the Sun,” offer a chance for her divaesque vocals to come through beautifully, even as her words are foreboding (“wrestling with a double mine like two horses pulling both sides,” she sings creepily over Disney-level orchestration). “You never know minute to minute where I’m going” she sings tantalizingly on “Shape.” True. But that’s what makes listening to This Is My Hand so thrilling.

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Top Ten List From When Bruce Willis Had Hair - by Azeem (Band of Broken Puppets)

Posted by Billyjam, September 16, 2014 08:08am | Post a Comment

Upon hearing the excellent new Band of Broken Puppets track "When Bruce Willis Had Hair" and viewing its accompanying video (see below) - both published last week - I invited Azeem, who along with Ancient Astronauts makes up the Band of Broken Puppets, to draw up an Amoeblog Top Ten List From When Bruce Willis Had Hair. The talented NJ born, NY based, former Oakland resident poet/emcee happily complied with the top ten list below, several items of which cross reference the song's engaging lyrics that take a look back at the not too distant yet very different decade - a seemingly simpler time in retrospect.

When asked how and when the song came about, Azeem answered, "When a subconscious burst of clarity lands like a cement block and announces itself as a superior truth from beyond, one must be prepared. This was no ordinary moment. I burst into the barbershop and asked for a pen then ripped off a piece of an old tattered New York Post and wrote When Bruce Willis Had Hair, the world made A LOT more sense. I knew I was onto something." Below are ten examples by the consistently socially and politically conscious emcee followed by the video for the song that can be downloaded for free here.

Azeem's Top 10 From When Bruce Willis Had Hair


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- Most albums were by groups. These groups inspired people and showed a coolness in unity.They worked hard and paid their dues while the world watched them make mistakes and grow. Today the mainstream is filled by only solo artist media manipulations serving as temporary stars and idols.

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Trannyshack Presents Kylie/Katy Folsom Street Fair Weekend Celebration, 9/19

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, September 15, 2014 07:02pm | Post a Comment

This Friday, September 19th, San Francisco's biggest and most fabulous drag performance night club, Trannyshack, celebrates Folsom Street Fair weekend with a tribute to Kylie Minogue and Katy Perry at DNA Lounge. Special guest star Pandora Boxx (RuPaul's Drag Race) joins the party. Come out and start Folsom weekend early!

Get your tickets HERE.

 

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New Kevin Seconds Performance Video

Posted by Amoebite, September 15, 2014 11:51am | Post a Comment

Kevin Seconds live at Amoeba

Kevin Seconds founded and fronted the legendary 7 Seconds punk rock band in the early '80s. The straight edge group is one of the longest running bands from the early California punk scene. After signing record deals and releasing several albums with 7 Seconds, Kevin kickstarted a solo career in 1989 opening for Dramarama. Seconds has since toured the United States and Europe exstensively, sharing the stage with the likes of Elliott Smith, Bouncing Souls, Bob Mould, Bad Brains and Chuck Ragan, to name just a few. After five solid albums, compilation apperances, multiple 7 inch releases and performing with his wife's project, BagOKittens, Kevin Seconds returned with his sixth studio album, Off Stockton (Rise Records), in February 2014. 

In support of his current release, Kevin Seconds recently treated fans to an acoustic performance at Amoeba Hollywood. Backed by a percussion player and a backup singer (his wife), Seconds expertly delivered his well-crafted songs. Watch him perform "My Recollection" off of Off Stockton below or watch the full set here.  

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Music History Monday: September 15

Posted by Jeff Harris, September 15, 2014 10:23am | Post a Comment

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On this day in music history: September 15, 1962 - "Sherry" by The Four Seasons hits #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for five weeks, also topping the R&B singles chart for one week on October 6th. Written by Bob Gaudio, it is the first chart-topping single for the Newark, New Jersey-based vocal quartet. Originally written as "Jackie Baby" in honor of then First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy, the title will be changed several more times before it is recorded. Gaudio will write the song in just 15 minutes on the way to a band rehearsal. The Four Seasons were first known as The Four Lovers, recording an album and several singles for RCA Victor, and scoring their first chart record with "You're The Apple Of My Eye" (#62 Pop) on Epic Records in 1956. The group will go through numerous line up changes before 1961 when they change their name to The Four Seasons. Entering the Hot 100 at #65 on August 25, 1962, the single will quickly rocket to the top just three weeks later. "Sherry" is certified Gold in the US by the RIAA.
 


On this day in music history: September 15, 1965Otis Blue: Otis Redding Sings Soul, the third album by Otis Redding, is released. Produced by Jim Stewart, Isaac Hayes, and David Porter, it is recorded at Stax Recording Studios in Memphis from April 19 - July 10, 1965. It features covers of three songs by Redding's idol Sam Cooke, as well as originals "I've Been Loving You Too Long" (#2 R&B, #21 Pop) and "Respect" (#4 R&B, #35 Pop). The album will also become a big hit in the UK both through word of mouth and a now-legendary tour that features Redding backed by Booker T. & The MG's. In time it will be acclaimed as a landmark R&B album, and one that will help to define the "Memphis Soul" sound. In 2008, Rhino Records will release a remastered version of the album featuring both the stereo and mono mixes along with non-LP B-sides, alternate takes, and tracks from his live albums In Person At The Whisky A Go Go and Live In Europe. Otis Blue will spend one week at number one on the Billboard R&B album chart on October 30, 1965, peaking at number 75 on the Top 200.
 

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New Zealand Indie Rock Icon Peter Gutteridge (The Clean, The Chills) Has Died

Posted by Billyjam, September 15, 2014 09:45am | Post a Comment

Sad news for fans of legendary and influential Kiwi rock bands The Chills and The Clean: as reported yesterday by New Zealand music blog Off the Tracks, the founding member of both bands Peter Gutteridge died over the weekend. No cause of death has been reported so far. According to Flying Nun, he was in his early fifties. In addition to being instrumental in creating of the unique sound of The Clean and The Chills, the guitarist/singer/songwriter was also a force behind the NZ bands SnapperThe Great Unwashed, and The Puddle. All were a part of the Flying Nun Records label family. The prolific Gutteridge, who coincidentally just in the past month made his first visit to the US for a concert in Brooklyn, only recorded one solo album, Pure, which was initially released in 1989 by Xpressway as a cassette tape but was re-released late last year by 540 Records on vinyl and CD. It was this album that he drew extensively from during his recent US concert. Both The Chills and The Clean were among the top ten artists included in the recently published Billy Gil Amoeblog 10 Classic New Zealand Albums post. Below is a track off Gutteridge's sole solo album Pure.

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Is Survival Always the Best Option? Pessimism, Anti-Natalism and Bloodchildren

Posted by Charles Reece, September 14, 2014 09:35am | Post a Comment
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If we count not only the unusually severe harms that anybody could endure, but also the quite routine ones of ordinary human life, then we find that matters are still worse for cheery procreators. It shows that they play Russian roulette with a fully loaded gun -- aimed, of course, not at their own heads, but at those of their future offspring. – David Benatar, Better Never to Have Been, p. 92

Benatar’s anti-natalism is not likely to capture the popular imagination any time, soon; probably never, I’d wager. What kind of person accepts that it would be for the best should humanity stop reproducing? But a few metaphysical defeatists do indeed take some solace in it, at least by discovering a comrade in bleakness who attempts rational arguments for our shared existential plight – justifications that aren’t reducible to some mere psychological fracture.

The psychologistic dismissals of pessimism are widespread, most recently and disappointingly exemplified by writer Nic Pizzolatto in his TV series, True Detective. Disappointing, because Pizzolatto clearly shares my love for the most ontologically downtrodden horror author working today, Thomas Ligotti. Nevertheless, after 7 hours of episodes that dismantle straight guy Marty Hart’s ideas of family, hard work and law as delusional distractions which keep him from confronting the abyssal punchlines consistently delivered by pessimistic funny man Rust Cohle, and despite having the latter nearly quote Ligotti verbatim at times [1], Pizzolatto betrays all of this with a denouement that makes the show into little more than religious propaganda hidden in a blighted form. Rust has a metaphysical conversion in the finale after a near death visitation by his dead daughter and father: he begins to see little rays of hope peeking out of the darkness of the nighttime sky. Turns out it was the trauma of losing a child and of not having reconciled with his father – genetically, a future deadend and an unresolved past – that lead to those previously expressed dark thoughts, and not, say, facing the objective ramifications of the eternal perspective, or
sub specie aeternitatis
, which can only reveal an end to humanity, its concerns and all its artifacts. Rust and the audience need no longer worry about such ramifications with the hope of continuing as an immortal soul. Ligotti refers to such pessimistic flimflam as a “façade of ruins, a trompe l'oeil of bleakness.” (Ligotti, p. 147)