It Will Stand: Carolina Beach Music and the Dirty Dance

Posted by Kelly S. Osato, July 27, 2011 01:49pm | Post a Comment
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While putting together selections for the Carolina Beach Music set I and my southern kin contribute every summer to Amoeba SF's in-house DJ series we like to call MANDALA! I suddenly got all misty-eyed for the Swayze and his winsome ways. Though it's been almost two years since his untimely passing, his performance as Dirty Dancing's heart-throbbing, summer fling mambo outlaw Johnny Castle will always have my heart. Whether it's been a while since or you've never basked in the glow of this, one of the best sound-racked coming of age summer flicks, tempt your senses with a trailer re-cut in the style of David Lynch by clicking here and come on out to the Amoeba SF stage tonight from 6-7:30 to kick off your shoes and dance with me while I spin choice cuts of pure Carolina Beach Music realness.

Joanna Newsom set to reissue Milk-Eyed b-side

Posted by Kelly S. Osato, July 15, 2011 03:05pm | Post a Comment
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Ladies, breathe deep against your whalebones for this July 17th marks the release of yet another gorgeous offering of tangible media from Drag City: the reissue of Joanna Newsom's eloquent "bring our troops home" treatise "What We Have Known", the long-playing b-side to the Milk-Eyed Mender's "Sprout and the Bean" single, providing something of a missing-piece link between the material showcased on Newsom's debut release and her epic sophomore effort Ys. This single, pressed into 12" vinyl with what promises to be nothing if not an artfully precious etching on the reverse side, comes housed in a "Civil War-styled jacket" because, well, just because! Get yours at Amoeba asap~!

Bjork beach-readies her Biophilia summer jam!

Posted by Kelly S. Osato, June 21, 2011 04:45pm | Post a Comment
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Though an official release date has yet to be confirmed for Bjork's upcoming "meditation on the relationship between music, nature and technology" a.k.a. Biophilia, anticipation builds for the eventual drop as teasers trickle out via iPad apps and YouTube vignettes like this latest emergence featuring Omar Souleyman and co. in the studio remixing "Crystalline" --- the assumed lead single from the album and just-add-tanlines summer jam. This record cannot come out too soon with "Crystalline" in its entirety promised by the end of June and a live debut of Biophilia during a specially conceived three week residency at the Manchester International Music Festival

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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