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BRENTLY HEILBRON & THE AMOEBA CHARITY AUCTIONS

Posted by Billyjam, December 16, 2008 06:00am | Post a Comment
 

"A master recording comes along every once in a while," confides Amoeba auctioneer/standup comedian Brently Heilbron, tongue firmly in cheek, at one of the Hollywood store's ongoing Saturday afternoon fun fueled auction-for-charity events. Brently is holding up above his head the long out-of-print Canary Training Record, a limited pressing 7" EP released some years back "by Howard's Mountain Bird Seed Company," he informs the clearly amused crowd gathered at the store for this auction that is unlike any other auction.

The novelty item is just the latest from a stack of items on the Amoeba auction block being sold to make money for several worthy charities. Items sold range from the quirky, to rare record label promotional items, to collectable artist-signed CDs/records, to sought-after concert tix for the Hollywood Bowl, etc. The one-hour Saturday afternoon Amoeba auctions, which have developed somewhat of a following since they began back in September 2005, started out initially as a direct response to the devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina and a way to help the victims in New Orleans and the Gulf Coast in its aftermath. Since then the auctions have continued but the causes have broadened to benefit numerous other needy local and global relief efforts. Perhaps most noteworthy is the fact that Amoeba not only hosts these events and donates most of the items on the auction block, but additionally matches every winning bidder's donation, up to $1,000.

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Black Orpheus Carnival Dance

Posted by Billyjam, December 16, 2008 04:45am | Post a Comment

Black Orpheus carnival dance, today's Dance of the Day, is from the legendary 1959 Marcel Camus film Black Orpheus which is based on the play Orfeu da Conceição by Vinicius de Moraes, an adaptation of the Greek legend of Orpheus and Eurydice. This film, which is set in the modern context of Rio de Janeiro during the Carnaval, is one of the greatest films of all time. I cannot recommend it highly enough. Look for the DVD or CD soundtrack (reissued some years back with bonus material) at Amoeba Music.

AMOEBA MUSIC WEEKLY HIP-HOP ROUND UP 12:15:08

Posted by Billyjam, December 15, 2008 08:16am | Post a Comment
Amoeba Music Berkeley Hip-Hop Top Five: 12:15:08

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1) Kanye West 808s & Heartbreak (Roc-A-Fella Records)

2) Q-Tip The Renaissance (Motown/Universal)

3) E40 The Ball Street Journal (Sic Wid It/Warner)

4) Akon Freedom (Konvict/Universal/Motown)

5) Ludacris Theater of the Mind (Disturbing tha Peace/Def Jam)

The top five selling hip-hop albums in this week's chart from the Berkeley Amoeba Music store include artists that are similarly popular at the San Francisco and Hollywood Amoeba stores, as well as on other charts. For example, the number one, Kanye West's Auto-Tune heavy 808's & Heartbreak, also debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 Pop albums chart on its first week of release. Q-Tip's critically acclaimed triumphant return with The Renaissance is also selling well across the country. The new album, which with the exception of one song produced by the late great J-Dilla was all self produced by Q-Tip, has been selling consistently since it was released last month. Meanwhile Akon's new album Freedom, which originally was going to be titled Acquitted, debuted at number 7 on the Billboard charts. It is number 4 at Amoeba Berkeley, where the other two entries are Ludacris and E40. Check out the brand new Earl "E40" Stevens video below for The Ball Street Journal autobiographical track "Earl."   

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RONNIE & VICKIE ON THE WILBURN BROTHERS SHOW

Posted by Billyjam, December 15, 2008 05:28am | Post a Comment

Today's Dance of the Day is the wonderful clip above of Ronnie & Vickie on the Wilburn Brothers Show, in which the talented young VIckie does a cool go-go dance while Ronnie sings (and dances a little) a rendition of "Mohair Sam." This was featured on the long defunct Wilburn Brothers Show (1963 - 1974) and if you watch this clip til after the credits you will also see a little bit of the dancing moves of Loretta Lynn, whose career the WIlburn brothers (Doyle and Teddy) helped launch.

THE NEW NUMBER ONE: SHOES ATTACK ON BUSH CLIP

Posted by Billyjam, December 14, 2008 04:44pm | Post a Comment

And this just in -- the new number one video clip of 2008 will shortly become the above clip of the televised incident earlier today in which George W. Bush, during a press conference from his unannounced visit to Iraq, had a pair of Size 10 black leather shoes thrown at him by an Iraqi TV journalsit. Bush reacted instantly, ducking and avoiding being hit by either shoe, but clearly he was as surprised as everyone else in the room.

Now, if you have been watching TV or have been online on news sites over the past few hours you will undoubtedly have seen this gripping piece of footage, but over the next few days & weeks you can be sure it will fast become the number one most replayed video of 2008 online as well as on TV. I bet that during all the george bush and a shoeyear end wrap up shows on television it will upstage every other video clip of the past year -- one rich in symbolic eye catching stories, including even Sarah Palin's Thanksgiving Turkey clip. 

In the meantime it will no doubt fuel editorial rantings from the likes Bill O'Reilly on one side as well as the legions of Dubya haters on the other side for some time. Furthermore, this incident will forever mark or bookend the last days of the Bush presidency in the history books unless something else even more shocking happens to, or is brought about by, Bush before he leaves office.

Additonally, It will also undoubtedly inspire conspiracy theories galore. For starters, in Arab culture the sole of a shoe is the ultimate insult. The above picture, courtesy of the TImes in London, is of a Shia protester last month striking an image of President Bush with his shoe as an expression of contempt during a rally in central Baghdad. Plenty to go on there, but some will take it further. Some conspiracy theorists will dwell on the meaning of the size of the shoe or the color of the shoes or the order (left, right) in which they were thrown.

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