"I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character" - MLK
"I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal." - MLK
These two above famous American history quotes, each from the same speech from 54 years ago, take on a renewed relevancy in January 2017 on this Martin Luther King Jr. holiday in the current uncertain political climate. No doubt the 1963 March On Washington, at which MLK gave his famous speech to a sea of peaceful protesters, will be in the minds of those participating in this weeks Women's March on Washington.
Taking place on Saturday January 21st 2017, the post inauguration day protest organizers announced that, due to the swelling number of confirmed participants, that they are now expecting 200,000 people at this weekend's march which is the same number that marched back in 1963 when MLK spoke. Similarly with the 1963 March on Washington, which King stressed was about equality for all, the message of the Women's March is about rights for all with the motto is "The RIse of the Woman = The Rise of the Nation."
At Amoeba's three stores you'll find various collections of speeches by Martin Luther King Jr. And / or visit the online store's Martin Luther King Jr. section where you'll find such collections as In Search Of Freedom (9 track CD includes "I Have A Dream" and "Police Brutality Will Backfire"), the Wisdom of Martin Luther King Jr. 2 CD set, and The Martin Luther King Jr Tapes that is another collection that includes the historic "I Have A Dream" speech from August 28th, 1963. Also found at Amoeba are artists who either dedicated music to the legacy of MLK or artists who sampled his speeches in their music. Besides the content of his speeches, as a great orator who spoke in perfect rhythm, makes for a perfect speechmaker to sample over beats.
Recently a dark cloud has been hanging over Amoeba Music Berkeley since the sad news of the passing of longtime Amoeba family member Jim Kaiser who died last week at age 46. Experimental music fanatic, talented and ever creative experimental music artist, and universally beloved guy Jim, who moved west to the Bay two decades ago, had worked at Amoeba Berkeley since 1997. In the years since he made quite an impression on those he met. "He was an incredibly special human being. [That's] why so so so many of us are in mourning," said Gregory Scharpen who performed with Jim in Thomas Carnacki, one of a few local experimental ensembles Jim had been a member of. Among those who worked alongside him at the Telegraph Ave. record store was Amoeba Music co-owner Marc Weinstein who today recalled how, "Jim was at once an uncompromising artist and a sweetheart of the highest order; everybody loved him. As a buyer at the front counter for over 15 years, he got to know a huge percentage of our customers. And as our experimental music buyer and expert, he was an unparalleled resource for people interested in unusual sounds. We will all miss him greatly."
Former Amoeba Berkeley employee Sam Lefebvre wrote an insightful and touching tribute to Jim in the current East Bay Express. Under the heading Jim Kaiser: Eccentric Champion Of Incredibly Strange Music Dies At 46 the article, which you can read here, noted how Jim's various experimental instruments included playing a bicycle wheel ("lithely bowed contact-mic'd bicycle spokes to absorbing effect") and how he had released limited edition solo recordings such as Blood Has Taste and Swept Through & Nullified on mini CD format via the Oakland Petit Mal label. In the comments of that EBX piece Steve Cain, an old friend of the artist's from his Kansas City days, wrote how: "He was the guy at the record store that could get me anything I wanted. Always a kind soul, almost always had a smile, even when things were rough. …He was a unique soul, one the world will miss." Below and above are a series of photos of Jim, courtesy of Amoeba's Lori Katz, taken in the store and at a bunch of different Amoeba events over the years with various co-workers and friends. Rest in peace Jim Kaiser.
Legendary West Coast producer / DJ Crazy Toones passed away earlier today from a heart attack as confirmed by several sources including Ice Cube. The artist born Lamar Dupré Calhoun, who was the brother and collaborator of WC (WC and the Maad Circle and Westside Connection) came to national fame initially via his membership of WC and the Maad Circle (along with Coolio, Chilly Chill, Big Gee, Sir Jinx, and his sibling WC). Crazy Toones had additionally worked with such other key 90's West Coast hip-hop figures as Kurupt, Mack 10, Daz Dillinger, Coolio, MC Ren, and Xzibit. But the DJ/turntablist and producer was perhaps most associated with both WC and Ice Cube and Cube's Lench Mob Records whom he and his brother worked extensively with. Further the talented turntablist was Ice Cube's tour DJ in recent years.
Four different Stooges studio outtakes including one of "Lost In The Future," the David Bowie mix of Iggy and the Stooges'."Gimme Danger," plus tracks from Iggy Pop's pre-Stooges bands The Iguanas and the Prime Movers Blues Band are among the tracks included on the upcoming soundtrack for Jim Jarmusch's Iggy/Stooges documentary Gimme Danger. Announced today by Rhino Custom, who recently released the colored vinyl version of The Stooges (left) for Black Friday/RSD, the new soundtrack will be released first on CD and then in LP format. The CD version of the soundtrack will arrive in Amoeba on February 24th with the LP vinyl version following it on April 7. Scroll all the way down to see tracking of each format. The shorter slightly truncated LP version features Stooges songs and has a selection of tracks previously only available on CD or digital formats, such as the aforementioned "Lost In The Future" studio outtake.
Meanwhile the CD version of the soundtrack will include 14 songs that focus on the group's first three studio albums: The Stooges, Fun House (also on LP vinyl), and Iggy and The Stooges' Raw Power (also on vinyl): featuring Iggy Pop, Ron and Scott Asheton, Dave Alexander, and James Williamson. As noted in the previously published Amoeblog theatrical preview of Gimme Danger, which will be released on-demand and in various formats beginning at the end of this month, Iggy was instrumental in Jarmusch making the film when he told the director nine years ago, "I wish someone would make a good movie about the Stooges, and I wish it was you." Read Amoeblog on film and view trailer below plus soundtrack track listing for CD and LP versions.