Described by the band's Senon Williams as their "most challenging record to date" the bassist explained the new musical terrain covered by the band, now in their second decade together as a group, as them wishing "to explore some ideas we’d experimented with in the past to try and capture a more expressive sound. Musically we went with a more raw approach while vocally Chhom Nimol came through with her signature power, intimacy and passion." The ten track LP will include such songs as "Deepest Lake on the Planet," "Still Waters Run Deep," and "Taxi Dancer." Dates for a corresponding tour for The Deepest Lake will be announced later this month. Meanwhile below is a video of Dengue Fever performing live at Amoeba Berkeley back in June of 2008.
Dengue Fever live at Amoeba Berkeley (2008)
"I backed up all my pictures on my iCloud
So you can't see me when I die,
I left my body somewhere down in Mexico,
Give Find My iPhone app a try."
Ariel Pink "What's In My Bag?" (2012)
"This year Halloween fell on a weekend" famously rapped Bushwick Bill in the Geto Boys classic 1991 hit single "Mind Playin' Tricks On Me" (found on their album We Can't Be Stopped). Weekend Halloween years are always the best. With Halloween falling on a Friday this year, there are tons of parties and late night Halloween themed events. This post is a sampling of some of the many things happening today and tonight for Halloween 2014 in the Bay Area, LA, and NYC. First up Amoeba Music is celebrating Halloween once again with a pet costume contest at Amoeba Berkeley at 2pm today. Meanwhile Amoeba San Francisco's varied Halloween festivities begin at 2pm today while 2:30pm is when Halloween festivities kick off at Amoeba Hollywood in a day that includes a charity auction with Jimmy Pardo at 4pm. Check this Halloween @ Amoeba 2014 post for full details on each of the three stores. And if you need assistance in compiling a Halloween soundtrack to listen to, check out Billy Gil's 13 Albums That Are Perfect for Halloween or go back to last year's great guide to Halloween vinyl by Kelly S. Osato: Horror On Wax: Halloween Vinyl Picks.
San Francisco's Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (YBCA) presents the retro hip-hop event Clas/sick Hip-Hop: 1993 Edition for two nights only on November 7th and 8th. This event takes it back to what most consider to be the final year of hip-hop's so-called Golden Era (1988 to 1993) - a time before hip-hop became hugely and crassly commercialized.
Under the curation of YBCA's Chief of Programs and Pedagogy Marc Bamuthi Joseph, this new show continues the theme of his 2012 Clas/sick Hip-Hop series. One of my personal favorite years in hip-hop history, 1993 produced incredible hip-hop releases from such artists as A Tribe Called Quest (Midnight Marauders inspired the poster for the YBCA show), Ultramagnetic MC's, Tha Alkaholiks, The Coup, Black Moon, KRS-One, Wu-Tang Clan, Poor Righteous Teachers, Diamond D, Lords of The Underground, ONYX, De La Soul, Masta Ace Inc., Jeru the Damaja, Digable Planets, Volume 10, Cypress Hill, Brand Nubian, and Del the Funky Homosapien and his fellow Oakland Hiero crew mates Souls of Mischief who released their landmark debut 93 Til Infinity that year.