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Hold Back the Night: Amoeba San Franciso's annual all Carolina Beach Music live DJ set!

Posted by Kelly S. Osato, July 9, 2012 12:10am | Post a Comment
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Here we are, three weeks into summer and come this July 11th we've got only one thing on our minds: free Slurpee day at 7-Eleven, right? Well, get ready to double down on your summer-fun pleasure index for this Wednesday July 11 marks the return of the annual Carolina Beach Music live DJ spectacular at Amoeba Music in San Francisco from 6-9pm. DJ Flip-Flop Mode and myself will be breaking off hit after hit of classic sunny oldies, boardwalk soul b-sides, and rhythm & blues shuffles what you can Shag to (no, not that kind of shag you cheeky monkey). 

What is Carolina Beach Music?
 

Like other regional Oldies/Soul sub-genres, think Lowrider Oldies or Northern Soul, Carolina Beach Music (or just plain Beach Music if you're in Carolina, nothin' could be finer) developed from various musical styles of the 40's, 50's, and 60's that became closely associated with a fancy, footwork-heavy style of dance known as the shag, or the Carolina shag (which, fun fact, is also the official state dance of both North and South Carolina).carolina beach music show poster vintage the drifters tempests catalinas

Prior to the Civil Rights Act of 1964, white youth in the Jim Crow South could not easily access the compelling music of primarily black R&B artists in their home towns and, in some communities, this remained in effect even after racial integration was implemented in the region. But the kids, as kids are always wont to do, found ways of flocking to the bars and band shells of the Carolina beaches where the shag was the fad and R&B ruled the jukeboxes and R&B artists sometimes performed live (see: Bo Diddley's Live Beach Party Album, recorded live in concert in July 1963 at the Beach Club in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina). Those college students and vacationing teenagers of Beach Music's early years went on to ween their young'uns and their young'uns young'uns on the The Tams, The Embers, The Drifters, The Tymes, The Platters, Ernie K-Doe, Bob & Earl, General Johnson & The Chairmen of the Board, and Major Lance just to name a few.

Quite often the most popular carolina beach music 45 7" even inch vinyl single freda payne band of gold oldies soul r&b ripete records label record reissue pressing shagBeach Music jams were discovered on the flip-side of a chart-topper and some of the original acts made famous by the Beach Music phenomenon maintain a popular following today having scored crucial Beach Music hits, besides b-sides, on through the 70's and 80's. With several radio stations in the Carolinas dedicated to broadcasting Beach Music and Beach Music only nowadays, if you find yourself rockin' your digital audio files north or south of the Carolina border this summer let me not be the first to declare: not only are you doing it wrong but you're dealing the season a disservice. And if you're rocking a hi-fi at home, take it from me: many of the best Beach Music gems can be exhumed from the bargain bin in Amoeba Music's extensive collection of 45s and it's worth puttin' in the time mining them out. Here's a hint: pretty much anything on the Ripete label is legit Beach Music fare (even if they are all re-pressings, Ripete reissued a ton of hard to find Beach Music platters for the greater good).
 

In other words: Beach Music is a guaranteed party, people! So get to fixin' this Wednesday, July 11, by hittin' up your local S'leven, secure your Slurps and come on up to Amoeba Music SF from 6-9pm for Hold Back The Night 2012: a proper Beach Music get down spun by two genuine Carolina Girls, I suwannee!

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With Liberty, Saggeth and Prizehog for All!

Posted by Kelly S. Osato, July 4, 2012 10:49am | Post a Comment
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If a house is not a home without a pot to piss in then surely a city is not a cosmopolitan cultural destination without a local, world-class cover band. In the case of San Francisco we have Bobb Saggeth - the best Black Sabbath tribute act on earth what plans performances in concert with major calendar celebrations!
SO! If you're in San Francisco and you want to celebrate America's birthday splash into independence in style this July 4th get on down to the Elbo Room and be there by 9m if you wanna catch the album release show of SF's own sludge-rockin' skull-crushing trio Prizehog. $8 at the door --- when was the last time the promise of hard partyin' patriotism presented itself at cost far below the price of a severed limb?

Plus, they always play "A National Acrobat" which is not only the greatest song Sabbath ever birthed but a song held high in the ranks of contenders for the inter-continental championship title for  greatest song ever!

I shot this little vid a couple of Hallowe'ens ago at Bobb Saggeth's debut show. I'd apologize for the footage being muggy and more than slightly unstable composition-wise but those atmospheric aspects really only attest to how great a rock show these five put on:

"OH! What a WONDERUL Kiki!"

Posted by Kelly S. Osato, June 23, 2012 12:47pm | Post a Comment
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O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave, so gallantly streaming the June rainbow flags wave! This month we celebrate all the gifted, marvelous people who have made and continue to make America a land worth defending and yet have never really held their own rights to living open and free in the homeland.

I would hope that we could finally see a close to the racial, sexual, and social divides that plague the Union within our lifetime. Every June we look back in remembrance with a mind to looking ahead for progress -- I say we keep them love lights burning all year long!

And if anything gets in your way, follow the example found on Magic Hour, the Scissor Sister's latest record, and have yourselves a right proper kiki. What on Earth is a kiki? The Videodrome Discotheque presentation that follows, featuring the Scissor Sisters' "Let's Have A Kiki", is stacked front to back with instructive ideas for your next kiki super-sesh whether it be your first kiki or your final frontier. Be on the lookout for examples sampled from some of the best camp 'n vamp cult classics!


Grass Widow New Music Video Phones Home from the "Goldilocks Zone"

Posted by Kelly S. Osato, June 8, 2012 02:22pm | Post a Comment
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Given all the attention paid to happenings in sky of late (Venus in transit and eclipses 'n things) it seems only fitting that SF wundergirl trio Grass Widow would take the magic of their melodic, DIY post-punk harmonies to the final frontier in their new video for "Goldilocks Zone" from their new album Internal Logic (out on Grass Widow's own HLR label) Directed once again by Grass Widos bassist, vocalist and visionary auteur  Hannah Lew the video's aesthetic channels low-budget sci-fi flicks of yore with a fondness reminiscent of some of Mystery Science Theater 3000's better space jams (this one in particular).

 
 

If you're a Grass Widow completist,  like me, contact your local Amoeba Music to check out our range of new and previously played Grass Widow offerings and don't forget that you can request a mail order via Amoeba.com to shop our selections from any corner of the globe. Every bit of everything these ladies have recorded makes for bomb-ass home listening, especially when playing friends. If you need to get your Grass Widow fix ASAP here's a parade of marvelous music videos to get your motor runnin'.

3 Leafs & A Syrian Wedding Singer: Live!

Posted by Kelly S. Osato, May 31, 2012 12:09am | Post a Comment
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It's been almost a year since I first experienced the magic of Omar Souleyman's Syrian wedding party zone stylings, a right sweaty body-rockin' that I'd thankfully pay good money to re-live any day. As luck would have it the time is nigh! Souleyman once again takes the stage at the Mezzanine in San Francisco this coming Friday night and this time SF's very own warlocks of guru-level womb-rock, 3 Leafs, will be opening up this can of intergalactic whoop-ass. Get your tickets here and don't forget to get up, and get down down down...shoulders out. Need a visual? Feast your eyes:
 
 
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