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FESTIVAL EXPRESS FREE SCREENING AT AMOEBA'S MONDAY MOVIES

Posted by Billyjam, August 31, 2009 11:04am | Post a Comment
Grateful Dead "Don't Ease Me In" from Festival Express, Toronto, June 1970

Last week kicked off the highly recommended free Amoeba's Monday Movies series in Hollywood, CA at Space15twenty with a screening of the Hurricane Katrina themed film Trouble the Water -- a Festival Expresswonderfully produced documentary, albeit with an unsettling subject matter. In contrast, tonight's screening of the fun, must-see music documentary Festival Express, which captures a magical slice of time and rock history from almost forty years ago, is much lighter in its content.

The film was shot in the summer of 1970 over a period of five days on a cool custom made train with some very talented passengers on board, including Janis Joplin, The Band, the Grateful Dead, Flying Burrito Brothers, Buddy Guy, and Sha Na Na. The train trekked its way across Canada from Toronto, to Calgary and to Winnipeg, with its crew stopping to perform concerts along the route.

What makes this film so unique and so endearing is just how candid everyone comes across in their intimate portrayals. I love this film and was so moved when I first saw it six months ago, especially by Janis Joplin's role. Her great performances  tragically would be some of her very last, since she died within a few months of this trans Canadian tour. I wrote an Amoeblog about Festival Express and Joplin back when I first watched the film.

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MICHAEL JACKSON'S BIRTHDAY INSPIRES MANY TRIBUTE PARTIES

Posted by Billyjam, August 29, 2009 01:24pm | Post a Comment
Napalm Clique: Unity & Trevor "Shining (Michael Jackson Hip Hop Tribute)" (2009)

Today, August 29th 2009, marks what would have been Michael Jackson's 51st birthday. To celebrate the date and the legacy of MJ and the King of Pop's music there are numerous parties planned for this day in various cities, including San Francisco, New York, and Los Angeles.

In LA tonight QuestLove of the mighty Roots (who killed it the one time I saw them play live at Amoeba Hollywood two years ago -- see pics here) is overseeing the Remember the TIme special MJ birthday party tonight with a three hour set along with DJs Vikter Duplaix, Rashida and Loslito at The Church in downtown LA. The party starts at 10pm and goes til 4am. 21+ $20 admission or $15 if you send an RSVP message here by 6pm. The Church is located at 606 E. 6th St. at the corner of Crocker, and one block east of San Pedro.

In San Francisco tonight at Yoshi's A-List Musiq Circle & Mohogany Events are presenting what they have dubbed "The Official Bay Area Michael Jackson Birthday Celebration" with music by Rick & Russ Show. The event is an after party for the sold out Mint Condition show also at Yoshi's.   Those with ticket stubs from that show get a $5 discount on the $10 admission tag. Doors 9:30pm. Party til 2am. Yoshi's is located at 1330 Fillmore Street. Also tonight at 9pm at The Madrone at 500 Divisidero in San Francisco there will be a screening of the new MJ tribute video above by Naplam Clique's Unity and Trevor that was directed and edited by Trevor Parham for Eklectyk Creative Media and includes the MJ eulogy speech by the Rev. Al Sharpton.

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DJ AM FOUND DEAD OF SUSPECTED O.D.

Posted by Billyjam, August 28, 2009 07:53pm | Post a Comment
DJ AM

Coming almost exactly a year after he was almost killed in a South Carolina plane crash in which he and Travis Barker survived but four others died, Adam Goldstein (aka DJ AM) was found dead in his SoHo apartment late this afternoon. According to news reports from New York it was a friend of Goldstein's,  concerned when the celebrity DJ hadn't been heard from for a couple of days and then didn't answer his door this afternoon, who alerted authorites to check up on Goldstein.

Reportedly when the police arrived inside the 36 year old DJ's downtown Manhattan apartment his dead body was found face down on his bed and he was surrounded by prescription drugs. Reportedly since the plance crash last September Goldstein had suffered a lot of pain and had been prescribed pain killers. 

Dramatically, his last contact with the world was on Twitter on Tuesday in which he tweeted the 1983 lyrics from Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five, "New York, New York. BIg city of dreams. But everything in New York ain't always what it seems." 

Amoeba Music Weekly Hip-Hop Round Up: 08:28:09

Posted by Billyjam, August 28, 2009 11:38am | Post a Comment
Amoeba Music Hollywood Hip-Hop Top Five: 08:28:09
Mr. Capone-E
1) Black Eyed Peas
The E.N.D. (Interscope)

2) Slaughterhouse
self-titled (E1 Entertainment)

3) Mos Def
Ecstatic (Downtown)

4) Dudley Perkins
Holy Smokes (1 AM APPROACH)

5) Mr Capone-E
Diary of a G (Hi Power Entertainment/KOCH)

Los Angeles rapper Mr. Capone-E's brand new release Diary of a G on his own indie HiPower Entertainment record label through KOCH is a hot new seller at the Hollywood Amoeba Music store this week, joining already popular summer releases from the Black Eyed Peas, Mos Def, Dudley Perkins, and the hip-hop emcee supergroup Slaughterhouse featuring Joe Budden, Royce Da 5' 9, Crooked I, and Joell Ortiz. Mr. Capone-E's new release is bound to further broaden his fanbase, especially with such radio & club ready songs as "Light My Fire." Scroll down a bit to peep the video for this Auto-Tune assisted track that features Snoop Dogg.


Amoeba Music Berkeley Hip-Hop Top Five: 08:28:09

1) Mos Def Ecstatic (Downtown)

2) K'Naan Troubadour  (A&M/Octone)

BOB DYLAN'S CHRISTMAS IN THE HEART ALBUM

Posted by Billyjam, August 27, 2009 12:10pm | Post a Comment
Bob Dylan christmas in the heart
As he announced in the news page on his official website a couple of days ago, Bob Dylan has recorded a Christmas music album that he has scheduled to release this coming holliday season. To be titled Christmas In The Heart and released on Columbia Records, it will be availabe at Amoeba Music and other stores on October 13th.

The release, which will be the 47th album by the legendary musician born Robert Allen Zimmerman, will be Dylan's first Christmas themed release and will likely surprise some fans who never expected the artist, who came to fame as a protest singer, to cover such songs as "Winter Wonderland." Other songs to be featured on the album include “Little Drummer Boy” and “Must Be Santa.”

The album will not be the first time the 68 year old artist has done traditional Christmas fare though. Three years ago on his radio show, Theme Time Radio Hour series 1, episode 34, he did a reading of "Twas The Night Before Christmas" (video clip below). Dylan's Christmas In The Heart will be a benefit for various hunger-relief charities including the wonderful Feeding America organization.


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