Ari Up of The Slits Died at Age 48

Posted by Amoebite, October 21, 2010 12:12pm | Post a Comment
On Wednesday, October 20, 2010, Ari Up, the charismatic and energetic frontwoman of influential punk band The Slits, died at age 48.

John Lydon posted this message on his website:

Ari Up
Arianna RIP

John and Nora have asked us to let everyone know that Nora's daughter Arianna (aka Ari-Up) died today (Wednesday, October 20th) after a serious illness. She will be sadly missed.

Everyone at and PiLofficial.Com would like to pass on their heartfelt condolences to John, Nora and family.

Rest in Peace.

The Slits are one of the most influential bands to emerge from the initial British punk rock explosion, and are known for combining punk with reggae, world music, and experimental sounds. Although their lineup has changed over the years and has included men (Bruce Smith and Budgie), they are primarily identified as a female band and had a significant impact on the Riot-Grrl movement of young female-fronted bands in the 1990s.
The Slits formed in England in 1976 when a 14-year old Ari Up and her friend Palmolive decided to start an all-girl band together. Palmolive had already been the drummer in a short-lived band, Flowers Of Romance, which included other early punk luminaries Sid Vicious, Keith Levine, and Viv Albertine. They were soon joined by guitarist Kate Korris and bassist Suzy Gutsy. Gutsy left to form the band The Flicks, and was replaced by Castrators' bassist,Tessa Pollitt. Palmolive originally asked her old bandmate Viv Albertine to join them on second guitar, but by the time Albertine joined, original Slits guitarist Korris had left to forSlits- Cutm her own band, Mo-Dettes.

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New Best Coast Video

Posted by Amoebite, October 19, 2010 09:48am | Post a Comment
Even here in Indian summer-happy San Francisco, the sun has finally faded and we are unmistakably headed into fall. For a tiny taste of that heat again, check out this new video from one of the most indisputably sunny bands out there, Best Coast. Here's "Boyfriend":

Amoeba at Long Beach Flea Market This Sunday

Posted by Amoebite, October 13, 2010 09:06am | Post a Comment
The Amoeba Clearance Outlet is coming to the Long Beach Antique Show & Flea Market!

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Pack up the car and head down to Veterans Stadium on Sunday, October 17 for what Good Housekeeping calls "The Best Flea Market in the US." Look for the Amoeba booth at space C-653 and pick up some great finds in vinyl, CDs and DVDs in all genres at rock bottom prices! Hours are 5:30am-2pm, admission is only $5 and parking is free! Click here to find out more!

Die Antwoord's New Evil Boy Video

Posted by Amoebite, October 6, 2010 09:48am | Post a Comment

The fine folks at Pitchfork have kicked off our morning with this insane brand new video from South African internet sensation Die Antwoord for their song "Evil Boy," which will be on their Oct 12 released album $0$

Perfect timing, because the rave rappers will also be performing live at Amoeba San Francisco Friday, October 15th at 6pm and we feel confident they are gonna pull out all the stops! You will not want to miss it.

And to get in the mood further, click here to check out what the crew bought at a recent visit to Amoeba Hollywood!

Friend to Steve Albini's Electrical Audio Studios Trying to Pay Off Mortgage

Posted by Amoebite, October 5, 2010 03:25pm | Post a Comment
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Legendary engineer and head Shellac player Steve Albini's Electrical Audio studios has a friend in Tim Midgett. The fan launched an effort asking others to help pay off the mortgage on the studio. Apparently there's still $189,689-ish to pay, and it has brought in about $40,000 already!

According to the message on the site left by Midgett, "Your pledge is only taken if the goal is MET. So it’s not like you’re throwin’ money down a hole." Midgett apparently started the campaign to find out how many people find the studio as important to music as he does.

Staffer Greg Norman clarifies: "We are doing fine financially. There is no threat of us missing payments, or any other money calamity. We would feel awful if someone pledged money for charitable reasons. Tim started this, it appears as a collective gift, and that is an awfully generous gesture. None of us at Electrical Audio knew about this until the campaign launched, and have nothing to do with this."

If you are so inclined, you can give here.
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