1) Vince Staples Summertime 06 (Def Jam)
2) A$AP Rocky At.Long.Last.A$AP (RCA)
3) Drake If You’re Reading This, It’s Too Late (Republic)
4) Slum Village Yes! (also in LP) (Nestra Music Group)
5) Pete Rock Petestrumentals 2 (Fat Beats) (also avail on vinyl)
One of this summer's signature hip-hop albums, especially for those in the same SoCal locale as its talented 22-year-old Long Beach creator Vince Staples, Summertime 06 continues to outsell every other new hip-hop album at Amoeba Hollywood this week where it's holding the number one slot. The Def Jam release, which had one of the year's most innovative rap videos for the album track "Senorita," just published another video from the album for track "Norf Norf." While a totally different style, it's another really great video from the rapper who deserves all the accolades he gets. The new music video (see below) perfectly matches the downtempo, moody, head-nodding beat-driven track. Throughout the video, as Vince raps the song's eerily repetitive refrain "I ain't never ran from nuthin but the police," he is seen being pushed and mistreated by the po-po, rapping from the back of the police car, and later down at the station as the cops shove his head into the ground. In a time when so many mainstream and major label artists tend to shy away from anything deemed slightly offensive to any group, Vince Staples is a breath of fresh air and an artist who will be around for a long time to come, I would bet.
Two veterans of the Bay Area shoegaze band Whirr make a wistful indie-pop record together that recalls the best of Sarah Records. Alexandra Morte’s vocals call to mind a young Bilinda Butcher of My Bloody Valentine, singing dreamily over acoustic guitars and light orchestral touches with cohort Nick Bassett. While it may not be the most original sound, Camera Shy’s eight songs are charming and sophisticated, emanating weary beauty on the rainy “Seemingly Ill” while charging through sunny environs on the jangly “Remember.” For fans of this kind of thing, Camera Shy are one of the best new bands around.
Patrick Stickles and co. return with an epic set of fist-pumping post-hardcore anthems. Centered around "Our Hero," The Most Lamentable Tragedy allows Stickles to remove himself to a degree from the narrative, and the result is that he sounds more liberated than ever, bellowing through self-effacing, existential tales of despair and coming out fighting. Despite its mammoth run-time and vague concept, The Most Lamentable Tragedy has plenty of scream-along moments, notably in the run of pub rock ballad "Mr. E Man" runs into the shake-you-by-the-shoulders fury of "Fired Up" and quick punk workout "Dimed Out" at the album's core. The only real tragedy here would be getting scared off by the album's length. It's at once an exhausting listen and one that leaves you feeling energized and ready to fuck shit up.
During last year's San Francisco Jewish Film Festival (SFJFF), the curators of the festival presented by the Jewish Film Institute dedicated a whole event to "the original American Jewish rappers" the Beastie Boys. The music theme continues this year during the 35th annual 2015 SF JFF (July 23 to August 9th) when among the screenings will be the California premiere of the documentary on the tumultuous life and death of Adam Goldstein (better known as the late DJ AM) entitled As I AM: The Life and Times of DJ AM. The bio-documentary tells the bittersweet tale of the life of the DJ/remixer/producer/musician's rise to fame as superstar DJ on the Vegas strip, his early tireless, crate digging days, his underground club DJing days in LA in the '90s, his self-destructive substance abuse problems that he had put behind him, and his later membership of both Crazy Town and of TRV$DJAM along with Travis Barker.
Wax Idols – “Lonely You”
Oakland/L.A. post-punkers Wax Idols put out an excellent first album called Discipline & Desire on Slumberland in 2013. Now the band, fronted by the huskily voiced Heather Fortune, has unveiled the smoldering “Lonely You,” a wearily lovelorn ditty about letting go and looking up that sounds like a lost late-’80s goth-pop jam. It seems to say that sometimes you have to set everything on fire to see what’s left. American Tragic is due Oct. 16 via Collect.
YG – “Twist My Fingaz”
YG’s searingly honest tales of growing up in tough Compton were matched to catchy G-funk beats on his excellent debut, My Krazy Life. “Twist My Fingaz,” the first song revealed from the upcoming Still Krazy, has an awesome throwback feel without feeling limited, grooving effortlessly as YG does his thing, gets his drink and dance on and doesn’t sweat the trouble outside.
Originally a solo project of guitarist/pianist/vocalist Ben Gibbard, indie rock band Death Cab for Cutie formed in Bellingham, WA in 1997. The band's debut, Something About Airplanes, followed in 1998, with their sophomore release, We Have the Facts and We're Voting Yes, appearing two years later. 2003's Transatlanticism saw the band achieving further success, with singles from the album receiving screen time on The O.C., Six Feet Under, Californication and CSI: Miami, as well as films Easy A and Wedding Crashers. In 2005, Death Cab made their major label debut with the Atlantic Records release Plans. Three years later, the band released Narrow Stairs, which would see them receive a Grammy nomination for the track "I Will Possess Your Heart." Codes and Keys hit stores in 2011, and in 2014 the band became a three-piece, consisting of Gibbard plus bassist Nick Harmer and drummer Jason McGerr. Death Cab released their eighth studio album, Kintsugi, in spring 2015.
The show begins at 8 p.m., and events begins at 6:30 p.m., with a kid zone and bites from D's Tacos, What's Cookin and CoolHaus. We'll be on hand before the show with the prize wheel, so come by and give it a spin!
Plena Libre has been moving audiences for more than 20 years, across 14 albums, including 2012 release Corazon. Combining traditional Puerto Rican styles, with bomba rhythms and the folk-derived plena style, the group has played with such acts as Poncho Sanchez and has received multiple Grammy and Latin Grammy nominations. Listen to "Bomba Pa'Ti" from Corazon below:
Levitt Pavillion is located in Macarthur Park at 2230 West 6th Street in Los Angeles.
Amoeba Music has curated the vintage album exhibit “Salute to ’80s Vinyl We Love,” featuring cover art from across the decade. It will be on display at the Ninth Annual Leimert Park Village Book Fair on Saturday, Aug. 1, from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. at Baldwin Hills Crenshaw.
Featured albums includes Whitney Houston’s self-titled debut album (1985), Tina Turner’s Break Every Rule (1986), the Do the Right Thing soundtrack (1988), Jungle Brothers’ Straight Out the Jungle (1988), N.W.A.’s Straight Outta Compton (1988), Soul II Soul’s Club Classics Vol. One (1989), Janet Jackson’s Rhythm Nation (1989) and more.
Bigstorm – Living In Exile (1989)
Bigstorm were an Australian band comprised of Bjarne Ohlin (Guitar, Vocals), Don Miller-Robinson (Lead Guitar, Bass, Vocals), Huey Benjamin (Drums, Vocals), and Stewart D’Arrietta (Lead Vocals, Keyboards). They released on album, Living in Exile, on WEA in 1989.
The members of Bigstorm came from varied backgrounds. Ohlin had appeared as an actor in episodes of Bluey and Case for the Defence in 1976 and ’78 and played guitar with Divinyls from 1980-1986. Miller-Robinson had also acted, appearing in the 1982 film, Monkey Grip, and releasing one single as a solo performer, “There Was A Girl,” b/w “Ghosts Of Love” the same year. Benjamin had moved from Canberra to Sydney to play drums with G Force and later the Tasmanian band, The Innocents. D’Arrietta had released a solo album, Side Effects, in 1985 and had also been a member of The New Republic.
Never one to back down or shy aware from controversy, outspoken veteran Bay Area rapper Paris continues to stay true to both his revolutionary rap style and his core political beliefs. The controversial artist, who famously got dropped by his record label over political content early on in his career and has since stayed true to his often unpopular convictions, announced that September 11, 2015 will be the release date of his newest politically charged hip-hop album, Pistol Politics.
9/11 and what it symbolizes has been a topic close to Paris's heart since the history-changing 2001 event, and one that he has openly questioned in his music, being among the few hip-hop artists to label 9/11 an inside job. On his 2003 album Sonic Jihad, which showed on its original cover art a plane crashing into the Pentagon, he featured the "truth" music track "What Would You Do" (see video below) that addressed his theories on 9/11 as well as the Illuminati's agenda, asking listeners "Would you stand up for truth? Or would you turn away too? And then what if you saw All of the things that's wrong?"
Another funk-fueled production, the album (his eighth album since his 1990 debut The Devil Made Me Do It) was first announced seven months ago with the release of the single and video for the album track "Night of the Long Knives" that addresses police brutality, racism, and other issues (video below). It is being described by the artist as both a condemnation of society's ills and a celebration of its virtues, emphasizing themes promoting unity, progression, and community upliftment, and a "musical statement of solidarity" with a wide range of guest collaborators that include Chuck D, George Clinton, E-40, WC, Kam, Tha Eastsidaz, Dead Prez, T-K.A.S.H., and The Conscious Daughters that is "a much needed united front against oppression and institutional racism in an age almost devoid of meaningful commentary in urban entertainment."
This summer marks Peaches Christ's 18th Annual summer screening of the best movie ever made, Paul Verhoven's 1995 master-sleaze Showgirls, and in honor of such an important anniversary, Peaches promises an XXX-tra special Goddess Spectacular pre-show celebration!
Peaches Christ wants you to dust off your glittery g-strings for a special one-night, interactive presentation of"NIGHT OF 1,000 SHOWGIRLS" on August 8th at the majestic Castro Theatre in San Francisco with your hostess Peaches Christ. The annual celebration of the seminal, camp classic will see Peaches and company kick off the night with the "Volcanic Goddess" pre-show with XXX-tra special additions celebrating this 18th Annual screening. This pre-show stars the now-legendary Alaska Thunderfuck 5000 (RuPaul's Drag Race) in the part of Nomi Malone.
For those who can’t fathom the idea of eating brown rice and vegetables, grab that LARGE, buttery popcorn because with every salty purchase, audience members will receive a personalized lap dance by Peaches’ legion of "live dude-girls" to get you in the mood and make you feel like you’re back at the Cheetah strip lounge.
Showgirls is an MGM release that tells the classic story of a young woman, Nomi Malone (Elizabeth Berkely), who dreams of being a dancer under the bright lights of the Las Vegas skyline. Catching the glittery eye of Stardust Casino’s showgirl, superstar Cristal Conners (Gina Gershon), Nomi sees an opportunity for her desire to become real. But there is only room for one star on the marquee as the battle of the showgirls begins.