Billed as the story of a youth culture that changed a generation and influenced songwriters, producers, DJs, and designers for decades to come, the new film Northern Soul, made by photographer/director Elaine Constantine and starring Steve Coogan and Lisa Stansfield, will be opening in select US theaters this Friday (October 2nd), including at Los Feliz 13 in Los Angeles, the Elmwood in Berkeley, Sundance Cinemas in Seattle, and the Empire 25 in New York City. The film's highly recommended 27 track soundtrack features artists such as Edwin Starr, Don Thomas, and The Tomangoes, and is already available for download through Amoeba at this link.
In continuation of the long-running animation show's sporadic but recurring references to The Beatles, the opening sequence of last night's (27th) season premiere of The Simpsons, in which Homer and Marge have a trial separation, the creators of the animated Fox TV show featured a series of five Beatles album cover parodies. Those mock album covers (see above and below) included Meet The Simpsons (Meet The Beatles), A Hard D'oh's Night (A Hard Day's Night), Rubber Pants (Rubber Soul), Flabby Road (Abbey Road), and The Yellow Album (Sgt. Peppers), with the latter being an actual Simpsons album cover. The long awaited follow-up to 1990's The Simpsons Sing The Blues, 1998's The Yellow Album on Geffen was the second official album by the cartoon TV show characters. Its title was a play on both Yellow Submarine and the Beatles' self titled 1968 double LP known commonly as The White Album, while its cover was an homage to the frequently parodied 1967 Beatles album Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, which has been copied/parodied dozens upon dozens of times over the years.
New and recent hip-hop album releases to arrive in Amoeba Music's three retail outlets and on the online Amoeba store include Mac Miller's GO:OD A.M. on Warner Brothers, Glasses Malone's GH2: Life Ain't Nuthin' But... on Blu Division Music, Michigan rapper/filmmaker Prozak's We All Fall Down on the Tech N9ne co-founded Strange Music Inc. record label, and Young Dro's The Reality Show on E1 Music - the first album in two long hip-hop years from the Atlanta artist who released High Times back in October of 2013. Other recent releases include Scarface's Deeply Rooted on BMG from the Geto Boys star, and the popular new joint from Motor City hip-hop favorite son Guilty Simpson, whose latest full-length Detroit Son is released via Peanut Butter Wolf's Stones Throw Records in both CD and vinyl formats as well as a download version of the recommended new 17 track release. Meanwhile, soon-to-drop upcoming releases will include Rhymesayers artist/Chicago femcee Psalm One (aka Hologram Kizzie) whose been on the road recently, including at Riot Fest 2015 in her hometown (see video below) and at Hiero Day earlier this month in Oakland, as pre-promotion for her soon-to-drop P.O.L.Y. album.
Late yesterday afternoon, within an hour of landing at JFK following a long flight in from Japan where he was at the big Red Bull World DJ Championship week-long event, DJ Qbert showed no signs of jet-lag but was in surprisingly good form as he pulled his compact suitcase across the grass grounds of the New York Hall of Science in Queens where this weekend the World Maker Faire NY 2015 takes place. The hard working, pioneering turntablist who has been the leading ambassador of skratch music for the past two decades, has had one of his busiest years to date. Still satisfying fans' demand to hear and see him perform tracks live from his acclaimed new album Extraterrestria (and its spinoff GalaXXXian), the San Francisco DJ born Richard Quitevis has been on a seemingly non-stop globetrotting trek of concerts and showcase performances. Now, back on US soil this weekend along with his fellow Thud Rumble crew of forward thinking tech gear designers (Yogafrog, Hard Rich, Charles Angeles Jr.), he is at the big Maker Faire NY.
The 40th anniversary of punk and the San Francisco punk renaissance is being celebrated this week at the San Francisco Public Library, where coincidentally Penelope Houston (The Avengers) works, with a special highlight today care of the San Francisco History Center and Book Arts & Special Collections in association with the Punk Rock Sewing Circle. This afternoon's panel discussion is entitled The Power of the Word: Fanzines and the Pioneering of Punk Rock Journalism, and will discuss the importance (in the pre-Internet age) of punk zines and the key role they played in getting out information to fans fiending for information on the then new cultural movement's soundtrack. Free and open to the public, today's panel moderated by Peter Urban will feature V. Vale (Search and Destroy), Mickey “Creep” (Creep), and Verna and Linda Wilson (Ripper) who will "discuss their experiences as pioneers in the punk rock scene and examine the pivotal function of fanzines" for the years 1975 through 1981. They will examine both the Bay Area’s "first-wave punk rock community as well as focus on the contributions to new music culture made by such periodicals as Sniffin’ Glue (London), Punk (New York), and Slash (Los Angeles.)" Free event, all ages, open to the public today until 430pm at the San Francisco Public Library Main Library - 100 Larkin St, San Francisco, California 94102.