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New James Brown Biopic "Get On Up"

Posted by Billyjam, July 10, 2014 02:35pm | Post a Comment

          

"Get On Up" Trailer - movie opens August 1st, 2014

While some diehard James Brown fans are already skeptical of Get On Up (the forthcoming biopic on the Godfather of Soul that opens in theaters everywhere in three weeks) because they say that the star Chadwick Boseman doesn't look much like the singer, I say that's crazy because he's a great actor and he sure sounds and moves just like him - as evidenced in the above trailer. Also based on this trailer, as well as on the other clips I've seen of this movie on the life of one of the greatest artists of all time, my bet is that this film, directed by The Help's Tate Taylor, is going to be off the hook.  Besides incredible music (it sounds like they used all of Brown's original recordings and not reworkings as is often the case in music biopics), Get On Up has a killer cast and drama - lots of drama - from James Brown's real life. It starts with him as a five-year-old boy ("just a street kid from Augusta, Georgia") with a tough childhood and follows him through all of his ups and downs, including incarceration where he organized and led the prison gospel choir, three marriages, and meeting his estranged mother years later after he had found major success.

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New York State of Mind Amoeblog #88: Crotona Park Jams, Outdoor Movies, Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival, 4 Knots Music Festival & More

Posted by Billyjam, July 9, 2014 02:12pm | Post a Comment

Summer is officially well underway here in New York City with proof being that there are simply too many things going on simultaneously to possibly attend them all -  a good thing because every day there is a myriad of fun events (mostly free, and mostly outdoors) to chose from ranging from music concerts of all genres, to films in fun locations, to dance productions, and art shows, etc. These include the must-attend annual summer tradition of the Tools of War grassroots hip-hop produced Park Jams which take place in parks in the Bronx and Manhattan over the three main summer months on either Tuesday or Thursday late afternoon/early evenings. Since it's now July that means that the Park Jams, with the focus on the DJs, are happening at Crotona Park up in the Boogie Down Bronx - bringing the phenomenon, that gave birth to hip-hop four decades ago, back full circle. 

Last week, up until the summer thunderstorm kicked in the last quarter of the four-hour event, those entertaining included 1980's DMC champ DJ Cheese, "forever" host Grandmaster Caz, and legendary hip-hop DJ Jazzy Jay who is pictured top care of Ignacio Soltero. (Soltero also took photo above from one of last month's Spanish Harlem Tools of War Park Jams at White Park). Tomorrow (Thursday July 10) at the Crotona Park, Bronx location at the same time (4pm-8pm) the lineup will include DJ Cash Money, DJ Jazzy Joyce, and DJ Looie Loo. For full listings see flyer below or click here.

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Digging in the Crates of OMCA's "Vinyl: The Sound and Culture of Records" Pt 2 featuring 12 Man Rambo & Lori Katz

Posted by Billyjam, July 8, 2014 05:33pm | Post a Comment



In the second Amoeblog dedicated to some of the curated crates that are currently on exhibit (through July 27th) at the Oakland Museum of California (OMCA) as part of the Vinyl: The Sound and Culture of Records we present selections from both the creates of Lori Katz  (manager at Amoeba Music which is the primary sponsor of this must-attend exhibit) and 12 Man Rambo. The exhibit includes weekly Talk and Play sessions where folks from the local music community stop by and chat informally with museum goers and play samples of records. Joe Colley will speak this week in the Talk and Play session on the topic of "experiments in sound" on Saturday July 12th 1pm-230pm. Photos in this piece are by permission of OMCA and James Mak for Joysco Photos.

Meanwhile for her crate’s selection Lori Katz explained that, "I dug through the $1.00 bins at Amoeba Music. The records that I chose are examples of what I was listening to when I was beginning to become aware of music. My first memories of listening to music are when I went away to summer camp. This was in 1975-1977. My camp counselors introduced me to Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, and so much great music of that time. Looking at these record covers brings back so many great memories."

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At Noon Today in Hollywood Ringo Starr Celebrates "Peace And Love" and his 74th Birthday

Posted by Billyjam, July 7, 2014 07:07am | Post a Comment
For Ringo Starr's annual "Peace and Love" themed birthday celebration (something he's been doing each for the past seven years when every July 7th at noon he invites everybody everywhere to put their fingers up in a peace sign and go, ‘Peace and love’) the surviving Beatle, born July 7th 1940, has chosen LA as the place to celebrate his 74th birthday today. Today at noon, within walking distance from Amoeba Hollywood where he celebrated the publication of his Photograph book back in October, in front of the Capitol Records building where inside the  main entrance of the landmark Hollywood building the walls are lined with Beatles gold and platinum records, Ringo invites everyone everywhere round the world (locally and globally) to join him at noon, their local time in the annual Peace & Love celebration and throw up the peace sign. According to his website those in LA should be over at the Capital Records building (1750 Vine St, Los Angeles, CA 90028) by noon today. It doesn't say when the event ends but am guessing will be approx half an hour. If you attend, a fun thing to do afterwards might be to go check out the 50 year celebration screening of The Beatles 1964 movie classic A Hard Day's Night - playing at such theaters as the Laemmie Playhouse.

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Spill A Lil On The Curb For The Memory of Mac Dre Who Would Have Turned 44 Today

Posted by Billyjam, July 5, 2014 12:58pm | Post a Comment
Were he still alive Bay Area rap legend Mac Dre would be celebrating his 44th birthday today. Born Andre Louis Hicks on July 5, 1970 in Oakland, CA - but raised in the North Bay town of Vallejo in the infamous Crest Side so often referenced in his music, the endlessly talented rapper was tragically killed ten years ago in Kansas City. But even now,  a full decade later, the much loved the world over Bay Area rap artist's legacy - along with the Thizz Entertainment empire that he kick-started - continues to grow and fans (both new and old) continue to track the countless releases from Mac Dre's ever prolific career. That career can be clearly divided into two distinct eras - before and after his five year 1990's incarceration for a crime he never committed (check video below of a 1992 interview I did with him for more on that). Personally I divide Mac Dre's two-part career into the Thizz half and the earlier Khayree (producer) half.  For releases from both parts of Mac Dre's rich back-catalog check out the bins at the three Amoeba Music retail outlets, or the Mac Dre section of the Amoeba Music online store where you will find such Mac Dre releases as Stupid Doo Doo Dumb, The Game Is Thick Vol 2, and Musical Life of Mac Dre Vol. 1. Meanwhile below are a few videos from the rapper's illustrious career. Rest in Thizz, Mac Dre!

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