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Happy Summer Solstice!

Posted by Kelly S. Osato, June 21, 2011 03:15pm | Post a Comment
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We couldn't ask for better weather this first day of summer here in the city by the bay, but half the world away on England's Salisbury plain druids don their dress whites and celebrate the summer solstice at Stonehenge, Britain's premier prehistoric monument, alongside fellow neo-pagans, new agers and a motley gathering of other crunchy hippie types (like poi dancers and hooping enthusiasts). The magic, mystery and mysticism associated with said sacred megalithic structure understandably commands a sense of awe and wonder among all walks of humankind, that is, when it isn't generating incredibly memorable jokes worth revisiting time and time again, like comedian Eddie Izzard's take on Stonehenge from his fabulous Dressed to Kill DVD (filmed in San Francisco no less) and Spinal Tap's staged shortcomings concerning their would-be comeback throwback hit as seen in the classic mock rockumentary This Is Spinal Tap.

Eddie Izzard educates all about Stonehenge from Dressed to Kill:


Spinal Tap tapping into Stonehenge:


have a happy and safe summer solstice ya'll!

Band Crush: Earth Girl Helen Brown

Posted by Kelly S. Osato, June 3, 2011 01:30pm | Post a Comment
Bewitched at the drop of a needle, "nomadic psychedelic folksinger" Earth Girl Helen Brown owns my heart...
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A customer turned me on to this jam as I was ringing up his purchase, the debut record from one of the fictitious artists associated with Sonny Smith's 100 Records project. Considering that more than a few of my favorite bands began as an inside joke (like the Sugarcubes) or some similar spontaneous venture (hello OOIOO) the scheme beneath Earth Girl Helen Brown's Story of an Earth Girl six song EP (on Forest Family) would be easy to miss if it weren't for the intergalactic, martian-love blues that color this collection of stellar musicianship --- a pleasant oddball mix of doo-wop, (earth) girls in the garage, Muscle Shoals soul, and a heady dose of feminine mystique.

"I Walked All Night" - Earth Girl Helen Brown


Captained by Heidi Alexander of the Sandwitches, with sandy sister Grace Cooper also on board along with a crew of SF local hitmakers (including Kelley Stoltz, John Dwyer and Sonny Smith, of course), this infinitely enjoyable record sets the bar way high for future endeavors. Limited to 500 copies on 10" white vinyl, Story of an Earth Girl dredges memories of some of my past loves and style crushes circa 80's (an obvious influence?), 90's (Meryn Cadell's "The Sweater"!!!) and all points beyond: xoxo!

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Omar Souleyman at the Mezzanine in SF this Tuesday June 7

Posted by Kelly S. Osato, June 2, 2011 02:19pm | Post a Comment
Syrian master of dabke and Iraqi choubi jams Omar Souleyman will be setting the sweaty boogie-party off this Tuesday in San Francisco at the Mezzanine! Come one, come all and join the one-third of the Amoeba Music SF staff that already hold tickets to this high-impact, calorie-shedding dance party --- hope they properly packed that keyboardist this time 'round: get your tickets here!
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check out this sweet vid below featuring "Leh Jani" --- the opening track from the Sublime Frequencies CD Omar Souleyman - Highway to Hassake: Folk and Pop Sounds of Syria:

Imbibing "Rummy 4" (In Which the Spiritus of Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides is Deemed Grog-Worthy)!

Posted by Kelly S. Osato, May 25, 2011 04:10pm | Post a Comment
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Like any cinematic guilty pleasure worth weathering, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides is more than just an overblown, summer  swashbuckler expressed by as yet untapped, stay-puft and plunging poet-shirted, scally-wag stereotypes. Nay, this flick be an opportune seaworthy vessel for a cine-booze cruise. Having veraciously enjoyed the film myself, I offer here some possible guidelines for dissolving that fourth wall of Disney imagineering with the real spirit of the eighteenth century --- RUM! --- an endeavor that'll surely have you listing near to scuppers or otherwise passed out in the bilge by journey's end: be ye warned!

First off, the obvious: 1 drink whenever anyone drinks, cheers matey. This is a pirate movie after all, savvy? (Make that a sip for every "savvy" uttered as well.)
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1 drink for every instance of weird religious undertones. Hear me now believe me later, there is enough missionary madness and religious righteousness invoked here to warrant suspicions as to the possible narrative of Rummy 5.

1 drink when Richard Griffiths flashes his nasty, royal grill!

1 drink for every "Aye!" Geoffrey Rush's pirate turned privateer, Captain Hector Barbossa, delivers.

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Kick Out the Tambs: An 'Extended Play' Interview with Joel Gion!

Posted by Kelly S. Osato, May 5, 2011 12:30pm | Post a Comment
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Although I can say I knew Joel Gion before I knew he was famous, his stardom seems so effortless and fitting that it never ceases to surprise me; he wears it so well. His recent solo release, Extended Play, further showcases his charisma and psychedelic savoir-faire above and beyond a warm "San Francisco Nights" degree. I caught up with him recently to chat about the new jams, future plans and his adventures as a modern tambourine man.
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How long was this record in the making? Have you been sitting on these tunes for long?

Joel Gion: I started writing for this in 2009, but recording was off and on because there was a lot of Brian Jonestown Massacre touring in that year and the year after. Originally I was going to do a full length album, then I wanted to do four 7 inch singles over the course of the year, but in the end I went for two 12 inch E.P.s. I have more tunes ready and I'm also working on new stuff for the next one. One of the things that made it fun doing this as a self-release was to be able to change my mind whenever I wanted because it's mine.

There are many folks out there familiar with you via Brian Jonestown Massacre; how would you explain the sound of this record to BJM fans?

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