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Oakland's Ghost Ship Fire: List of Fund Drives & Bay Area Benefit Concerts

Posted by Billyjam, December 6, 2016 06:11pm | Post a Comment
The Ghost Ship

As everywhere across the Bay Area and beyond, we here at Amoeba Music are still reeling in shock from the news of the devastating, deadly Ghost Ship inferno. At this time our solemn thoughts are with the victims and their families and friends. Located in East Oakland's Fruitvale district the warehouse was described as a home, studio, venue, and safe space for local artists, filmmakers, painters, musicians, dancers, and their families. The tragedy at the space occurred late last Friday night, during the beginning stages of an all night electronic dance party that was a show for 100% Silk, the dance music imprint of the Not Not Fun record label. One of the record label's artists Cherushii (33-year-old San Franciscan Chelsea Dolan who was also a KALX Berkeley DJ) was among the victims of the fatal blaze. Tragically she was just one of four volunteers at the UC Berkeley radio station killed in the fire. The others were Griffin Madden (aka DJ Laura), Vanessa Plotkin, and Jennifer Morris.

Reportedly, the deadly fire broke out suddenly and rapidly spread throughout the below-code wooden structure, leaving few escape options for those trapped inside the fiery smoke-filled building. As of the time of posting this Amoeblog, the number reported dead stood at 36, mostly from smoke inhalation according to authorities. Many of the names have still to be officially identified, while many of the identified victims still have not been publicly announced out of respect for their families. Somewhat heartening  however was the announcement made earlier today by an Oakland Fire Dept. official that, even with 15% of the charred building remaining to be investigated, that they are hopeful and confident that the death toll figure will not rise much higher, if at all, above 36.

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2016's Top 25 Pop Singles Via San Francisco DJ Earworm's Annual Mashup Megamix: United State of Pop 2016 (Into Pieces)

Posted by Billyjam, December 4, 2016 06:00pm | Post a Comment

Bruno Mars
- 24K Magic( album with title track hit also avail in LP format)

Calvin Harris "This Is What You Came For (feat. Rihanna)"

D.R.A.M. and Lil Yachty  "Broccoli"

Desiigner "Panda"

DJ Snake "Let Me Love You (feat. Justin Bieber)" from Encore

DNCE  "Cake By The Ocean" from DNCE

Drake "One Dance ( feat. Wizkid & Kyla)" from VIEWS (also avail on LP)

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Smithsonian Should Acquire CBGB Awning At Sotheby's Auction & Loan To Grammy Museum's Ramones "Birth of Punk" Exhibit

Posted by Billyjam, December 2, 2016 02:31am | Post a Comment

The awning from bygone punk mecca CBGB's, to be auctioned off next week by Sotheby's, deserves to remain in the public domain. Rather than go to some private collection, it would be wonderful if the historic  315 Bowery club awning were  acquired by the Smithsonian Institution. In turn it could then be loaned out to exhibits such as the ongoing Ramones exhibit "Hey, Ho! Let's Go: Ramones and the Birth of Punk" at the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles through March 2017. More than any other act closely associated with CBGB's in its 70's heyday (Television, Patti Smith Group, Talking Heads, Blondie, Dead Boys etc.), The Ramones most epitomized the legendary punk/new wave club whose initials stood for stood for Country, Bluegrass and Blues. The late great quartet of Joey, Johnny, Dee Dee and Tommy Ramone were like the house band in the beginning.

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Top Ten Best & Worst Moments of Krip-Hop in 2016 by Leroy Moore, Krip-Hop Nation Founder [Hip-Hop Artists with Disabilities]

Posted by Billyjam, November 29, 2016 11:49pm | Post a Comment

In taking a look back at krip-hop music and culture in 2016, the Amoeblog invited regular contributor  Leroy Moore, the founder of Krip-Hop Nation [pictured above], to draw up his Top Ten Best and Worst Moments of Krip-Hop in 2016. That list below was assembled by ever busy artist/activist from his Berkeley CA home/office right before heading off to South Africa this week (Dec. 1st) for a Krip-Hop Tour. In looking back over the past year, one in which a certain president elect publicly mocked people with disabilities and in which civil rights overall seemed to take a step backwards, Leroy noted that despite continued obstacles and setbacks that, "Krip-Hop Nation in 2016 continued to plant seeds both internationally and here in the U.S. through interviews, and projects." Leroy further stressed how he and fellow members of Krip-Hop Nation monitored mainstream hip-hop and continually, "called out artists on their ableism." [discrimination against those with disabilities]



Top Ten Best and Worst Moments of Krip-Hop in 2016 by Leroy Moore



1) The film documentary with Emmitt Thrower, Where Is Hope, Police Brutality and Profiling Against People With Disabilities came out in January of 2016 after which we did a whole Bay Area tour of screenings of the film.

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Pauline Oliveros, Deep Listening Pioneer [1932 - 2016]

Posted by Billyjam, November 27, 2016 03:20pm | Post a Comment


Music lost another important figure in 2016 with the passing of experimental composer and "deep listening" pioneer Pauline Oliveros, who died Thursday (November 24th) at age 84.  Filled under such categories as classical, avant-garde, electronic, and experimental Oliveros was an artist, author, educator and humanitarian with strong ties to the Bay Area. She may not have been a household name like some of the other musical greats we've lost this year such as Bowie, Prince or Leonard Cohen. Nonetheless Pauline Oliveros' contributions to music history were no less significant: most notably her development of deep listening, the theory she summarized as "listening in every possible way to everything possible to hear no matter what one is doing."

With a career spanning six decades, Oliveros' diverse body of work included musical compositions themed on such subjects as African history of the 17th century. An author and prolific writer who penned papers on various aspects of musical theory, Oliveros was also a teacher at institutes including Oakland's Mills College. Beyond being a pioneer within music Oliveros was also an early ambassador for equality of women in the male dominated field of music. Decades before "women's music" became a thing and long before the mainstream would take notice of just how unbalanced the ratio of women to men was in every field of music from classical to pop, Oliveros was loudly advocating for gender equality in music on behalf of both composers and performers. 
 
Born in Houston, Texas where her introduction to music came by learning to play the accordion, the geographical locale that Oliveros is perhaps most associated with is the San Francisco Bay Area. Back in  the early sixies, along with such fellow forward thinking experimental composers as Terry Riley and Steve Reich, Oliveros was part of the nonprofit, cultural, educational entity the San Francisco Tape Music Center (SFTMC) that was founded by composers Morton Subotnick and Ramon Sender. Founded in 1962 the SFTMC was an outgrowth of the  San Francisco Conservatory electronic studio established a year earlier. It was founded by the improv group Sonics that Oliveros was a part of.
For an accurate example of the work of the SFTMC pick up Music From The Tudorfest San Fancisco Tape Music Center 1964 that features David Tudor John Cage, Toshi Ichiyanagi, as well as Pauline Oliveros.  In the latter 1960's the SFTMC would receive a grant to join the Mills Center for Contemporary Music with Oliveros as director. As time moved on Oliveras work morphed into studies and practices of rhythms and flow patterns of the human breath. But the school of thought she dubbed "deep listening" that would influence many generations of musicians will be her greatest legacy.

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