"Hey, Ho! Let's Go: Ramones and the Birth of Punk" New 2016 Exhibit (NY + LA) Celebrates Legacy of Punk Pioneers

Posted by Billyjam, April 7, 2016 05:07pm | Post a Comment

Joey, Johnny, Dee Dee and Tommy Ramone may be each be sadly gone from this earth, but they are by no means forgotten. These four founding members of The Ramones, whose landmark self-titled debut album (also on LP/vinyl) was released forty years ago back in April 1976, are being honored with a new 2016 bi-coastal exhibit opening in their New York City home borough this weekend, and then later this year in Los Angeles.  "Hey, Ho! Let's Go: Ramones and the Birth of Punk" opens this weekend at the Queens Museum in Flushing Meadows, Corona which coincidentally is just a few miles from the Queens neighborhood of Forest Hills where The Ramones started out their illustrious career. In an introduction to the then new group, wrote the late Tommy Ramone: "The Ramones all originate from Forest Hills and kids who grew up there either became musicians, degenerates or dentists. The Ramones are a little of each." Taken from the legendary group's very first press release, it is among the hundreds of engaging items in this new exhibit that opens Sunday April 10th and runs through August, 7th 2016 in NYC. It will open in California at the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles on Sept. 16, 2016, running through March 2017. As well as covering the years of the late great original Ramones members Joey (1951–2001), Johnny (1948–2004), Dee Dee (1951–2002) and Tommy (1949–2014), the new exhibit also includes the later Ramones members Marky, Richie, Elvis and CJ.

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HipHopForChange Celebrates 3 Successful Years Of Utilizing Hip-Hop As Tool of Empowerment

Posted by Billyjam, April 2, 2016 04:42pm | Post a Comment

Bucking hip-hop's dominant negative image as fictionalized one-dimensional music merely celebrating materialism and misogyny, HipHopForChange refreshingly reminds us that hip-hop is a deep meaningful culture with a history rooted in positivity and empowerment. "The mainstream music industry sells sexism, drug abuse, homophobia, materialism, and gang violence as if these problems represent the cornerstones of hip hop culture" is how HipHopForChange articulates it on their website. Through their website and workshops for youth and recording studio and visible representation at various community events, HipHopForChange has been consistently educating and entertaining (edutaining) for three dedicated years in the Bay Area. Tonight at The Uptown in celebration, HipHopForChange will present a Bay Area hip-hop showcase with sets from Opio, BPos, Kev Choice, 2nd Floor Samurais, and DJ Ren the Vinyl Archeaologist. $10 8pm. Info

Odds are if you've gone out to hip-hop shows in the Bay Area over the past three years you'll have noticed the name HipHopForChange associated with many of them, especially conscious hip-hop.  The non-profit Oakland based organization believes in presenting a platform for hip-hop artists with empowering social justice messages.

More significantly HipHopForChange also goes out to schools around the Bay Area  to present and produce workshops and classes for youth. These interactive workshops introduce these kids to hip-hop culture and its deep history. They also demonstrate how hip-hop interacts with issues of social justice. These much needed workshops have traveled to high schools all over including in Bayview/Hunters Point, El Cerrito, and West Oakland.

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Team Wino's Toph One and DJ Marz Present "April Drools Party" @ Elbo Room To Raise Needed Funds for AIDS/LifeCycle

Posted by Billyjam, April 1, 2016 02:33pm | Post a Comment

DJs and cyclist-enthusiasts Toph One and DJ Marz are the organizers behind tonight's AIDS benefit concert at the Elbo Room in San Francisco that will feature sets by Bullet Proof Space Travelers / Scratch Hamsters (DJs Quest, Cue, Marz and MC Eddie K), Mista B, Luke Sick & Brycon, Lady Fingaz, B.Cause, DJ Baysik, and DJ Ewock of The Morph Life. Hosted by Blag Dahlia of The Dwarves (SF punk group that Marz is sometime member of), the night will also include standup comedy from Frankie Quinones  and Mike Evans Jr. plus live painting by Snow Monkey (Lords Crew) and Chris Micro (Trash Life). All of these artists will donate their time and talent for free. There'll be a raffle too tonight with prizes including an Amoeba gift certificate. The requested minimal $5 donation for admission go toward the upcoming annual AIDS/LifeCycle that takes place from June 5th to June 11th when 3,000+ cyclists will take on the long bike ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles to raise funds for the life-saving services offered by San Francisco AIDS Foundation and the Los Angeles LGBT Center

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"Ever Get The Feeling You've Been Trumped?" GOP Front Runner's Shocker That Presidential Run Was "Huge Prank For New Reality Show"

Posted by Billyjam, April 1, 2016 11:53am | Post a Comment
"I will officially be dropping out of the presidential race on Tuesday. The whole thing was a huge prank for my new reality TV show Ever Get The Feeling You've Been Trumped which will air this summer. It'll be huge, bigger than any other TV show ever," said Donald "Punk" Trump today in an Amoeblog exclusive (read full interview below). The GOP front runner admitted that his entire faux campaign from day one was merely a ruse for his producers to gather footage for this new reality show ("Most of the footage we didn't even have to shoot. The media did it for us for free! We must have 10,000 hours already from cable news alone!").

The admittance was made by Trump, who insisted "Punk" be added to his name while sporting a mohawk and citing both Ashton Kutcher's reality show punk'd and punk rocker Johnny Rotten as inspiration. Trump said his new show title is based on the Sex Pistols breakup announcement in San Francisco in January 1978 when Johnny Rotten famously, before dramatically dropping the mic, howled at the crowd. "Ah hah hah. Ever get the feeling you've been cheated? Good night!" (video below) In his Amoeblog interview Trump also claims hat he was behind that famous moment in rock and roll history. 

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Famous Bay Area Rap Battles: Too $hort vs. KMEL

Posted by Billyjam, March 31, 2016 05:57pm | Post a Comment
Along with such legendary rap battles as Saafir vs. Casual, another one of Bay Area hip-hop history's most notorious public feuds was the mid-1990's battle in which radio station KMEL foolishly went head to head with the "Godfather of Bay Area Rap" Too $hort by banning his music on their airwaves, and stating that he hadn't had a hit in years and was at his career's end. Last Saturday at Oakland's Fox Theater the veteran Bay Area rap artist celebrated 30 years in the rap game. His show featured many surprise guests plus a smoldering hot live funk band backing him, along with opening acts Zion I, The Grouch & Eligh and DJ Fresh. Always a fan of funk and funk played live, the artist born Todd Shaw's live band included Kev Choice on keyboards while his many mic guests of the evening included Freddy B, E-40, Richie Rich, Silk-E, Mistah F.A.B., Lil Eazy E, and Raphael Saadiq who joined him on such songs as “The Ghetto” with Saadiq supplying the chorus part that was done by Gerald Levert on the original 1990 Too $hort version of the Donny Hathaway inspired hit single. Note that tonight's (March 31) added second show was cancelled at the last minute. Refunds at point of purchase.

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