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Nothing But a Man, a Film Review by Aiah Samba

Posted by Amoebite, January 27, 2014 12:10pm | Post a Comment

"They don't sound human, do they?" - Duff Anderson

When I was a kid, movies took up a big slice of my daily routine. I was an introverted introvert with nary a friend to call my own. Pop's wasn't around so that left my mom, sister and our RCA television to raise me. I was devouring movies at such an alarming rate my mother began to worry. But that's what mothers do; they worry about their children - especially African mothers. (How will she ever get a grandchild from someone who prays to a TV set?) By the time I was seventeen, I was a self-proclaimed film buff. (Not like I had anything else going for me.) I openly mocked peers with my cinema prowess, brandishing pithy one-liners and pop culture references to put them in their place. But one of those underlings asked an interesting question: "What was my favorite film on African American life?" It made me ponder how much Black cinema I've actually seen. The answer startled me. Now, outside of John Singleton, the Hughes Brothers, some Blaxploitation movies and the occasional Spike Lee joint, there weren't that many I was exposed to. I blamed it on the fact that compared to others, African American movies were far and few between. Heck, I saw more movies from Alfred Hitchcock than all the directors I named above combined. But that was lazy and actually quite inaccurate. There was plenty of gold to be had. So I started to dig. 

Nothing But a Man

Nothing But A Man was one of those gems I discovered. Now this may come off as hyperbolical fluff but I honestly believe this is not only one of the best films on African American life, but American life, period. I never liked the distinction between the two anyway. It's rare to see a film on this subject handled with such tact and elegance - a quiet, sensitive piece with the delicacy and finesse of a Swiss watch.

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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode With John Wiese

Posted by Amoebite, January 22, 2014 02:37pm | Post a Comment

John Wiese is a prolific experimental electronic-noise composer. He has released over 100 7-inches on various international labels including his own imprint, Helicopter. John Wiese is known all over the world for his work in LHD and Sissy Spacek, including collaborations with Sunn O))), Wolf Eyes, Evan Parker, No Age and C.Spencer Yeh just to name a few. 

John Wiese recently visited Amoeba Hollywood to pick up some super interesting music and share it with our What's In My Bag? crew. He first grabs the trippy experimental/dubby Persuasive Barrier LP by Three Legged Race. Wiese then finds a copy of a book he hadn't heard of before, Erewhon Calling: Experimental Sound In New Zealand. It's nice to know he discovered this book at Amoeba! He also supports his long time buddies in No Age by picking up their latest album, An Object. Watch the full episode below and check out the awesome 7" art piece he digs up!

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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode With British Singer/Songwriter King Krule

Posted by Amoebite, January 14, 2014 06:41pm | Post a Comment
King Krule

Known to his mum as Archy Marshall, the South East London native is known globally to his fans as the baritone crooner King Krule. What started with humble beginnings beatmaking in his bedroom, alone on a malfunctioning laptop, is now a full-fledged music career at the tender age of 19. And the kid is really good. Pop mega star Beyonce and underground Hip Hop phenom Earl Sweatshirt have both voiced their praises for King Krule. A recent tour stop in Southern California saw back to back sold out dates at The Echo. Despite not having a radio hit, King Krule has already garnered major buzz. 

king KruleAlthough he first cultivated a cult following via free digital downloads, Archy Marshall prefers the hiss and dust of vinyl over the digital format. Most teenagers have little to no knowledge about music pre-MP3 or digital download. Few know what it's like to go digging for vinyl at a local record store, but King Krule is the exception. Raised on Jazz, R&B, Rock and Hip Hop, Archy Marshall has all the makings of an old school musician. His debut album, 6 Feet Beneath The Moon, was released on his 19th birthday. 

On a recent trip to Amoeba Hollywood, King Krule hung out with our cameras for another awesome episode of "What's In My Bag?" This is definitely a must-see video, with King Krule showing off a very deep and wide musical palette. Given his selections it is no wonder why his music is winning fans all over the world. He kicks off things with a very cool picture disc of The Damned's Live In Newcastle. A huge fan of soul music, Marshall picks up Donny Hathaway's Extension of A Man and The Singers Unlimited's Just In Time. All of his selections are on wax including Talking Heads' Remain In Light and the Pixies' Doolittle. Kudos to King Krule for keeping the vinyl alive!

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Fly The Good Day Blimp

Posted by Amoebite, January 8, 2014 01:22pm | Post a Comment

Good Day Blimp

A clever crowdfunded project to get the Good Year Blimp to Fly "ICE CUBE'S A PIMP."
You know.... for charity...  https://gooddayblimp.crowdhoster.com/good-day-blimp

New "What's In My Bag?" Episode With Billy Bragg & Wayne Kramer

Posted by Amoebite, January 7, 2014 04:32pm | Post a Comment

Billy Bragg

In the world of politically charged rock and roll, Billy Bragg and Wayne Kramer are iconic in their own right. The two musician/activists came together in 2009 to form Jail Guitar Doors, a non-profit organization that provides musical instruments and opportunities to help rehabilitate prisoners. Their name comes from a 1977 song by The Clash called "Jail Guitar Doors," which detailed the imprisonment of their hero, the MC5's Wayne Kramer.

Mr. Bragg and Mr. Kramer recently brought their Jail Guitar Doors show to Amoeba Hollywood. For their charity work, the two were presented with a certificate of recognition from the city of Los Angeles. Needless to say, they rocked the house. After their performance, the two sat down with our crew for another episode of What's In My Bag?.

Billy Bragg kicks off his "shit you can't find in England" list with Valerie June's Pushin' Against A Stone and Neko Case's The Worst Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You. Kramer picks up some Jazz with Grant Green's Grantstand record and drops a fun fact about Grant's love for the classic B3 organ. The two have some great picks from Bob Dylan's Bootleg Series Vol. 10  to soulstress Merry Clayton's Best Of compilation to Cliff Martinez's Only God Forgives soundtrack. These are two cool guys, who on their own would have entertaining episodes, but we were lucky enough to get them together, making it a must see for any fan. Enjoy! 

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