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Mash-Up Of The Week: Wax Audio's Whole Lotta Sabbath, a Led Zeppelin vs Black Sabbath Mash-Up

Posted by Billyjam, September 14, 2010 04:04am | Post a Comment

Wax Audio "Whole Lotta Sabbath" Led Zeppelin vs Black Sabbath Mash-Up

This latest Mash-Up of the Week is a refreshing change from the usual mash-ups being produced these days. Typically mash up producers base their tracks off of either solely contemporary pop songs, or else Wax Audiocurrent pop hits mixed with an older era pop tune (such as Lady GaGa + Kei$ha with Michael Jackson). But "Whole Lotta Sabbath" works exclusively off of classic hard rock sources -- namely Zeppelin and Sabbath.

The audio/video mixer of this mash up is Wax Audio out of Australia, who has been creating mixes for the better part of the past decade. I first learned about him six years ago during the Bush administration when, like myself and the DJs of Mass Destruction crew (DJ Pone, Dawgisht, DJ ALF), he was also doing remixes of George W. Bush speeches. One of Wax Audio's greatest pieces was his remix of John Lennon's "Imagine;" retitling it "Imagine This," he chopped, word by word, Bush saying each lyric of the song and matched it over an instrumental.

I caught up with Wax Audio earlier today (later today in Australia), who told me that the "Whole Lotta Sabbath" video is indeed brand new but that the audio track has been done for a minute. "To be honest, my main motive to make the mix at the time was just to get a real classic rock/metal mash-up out there," he told the Amoeblog. "I'm a big fan of the old bands and there didn't seem to be too many mashes of them at the time. But once I started, I thought the concept was really cool. Sabbath singing about the evil of men and war and Zeppelin praising women and love. The track is entirely comprised of the original Zeppelin and Sabbath tracks ("War Pigs" and "Whole Lotta Love") but there's also plenty of other Zep samples in there too -- "Dazed & Confused" mostly, but a few other bits and pieces. The video shows footage from the Vietnam and Iraq wars and also shows Sabbath performing from both those eras, which is interesting. There's also stuff of the Hindenburg disaster, which relates to the Zeppelin name and a photo of a Celtic Cross I took in Scotland (relating to Sabbath and their penchant for crosses)."

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Five Reasons To Go See Shonen Knife Play Amoeba San Francisco at 2pm Today

Posted by Billyjam, September 12, 2010 09:19am | Post a Comment
Shonen Knife "Daydream Believer" (1998)

There are dozens of reasons why you should go see Shonen Knife play an instore at Amoeba Music San Francisco at 2pm today. Here are five of those reasons.

1) Shonen Knife is always great in concert (many say even better than on record), as the Japanese trio deliver their infectious retooling of classic American pop, such as their cover of the Carpenters' "Top of the World" (below) or the Monkee's "Daydream Believer." (Above is the promo video for the song that appeared on the all female band's 1998 album Happy Hour, which also featured "Banana Chips," below).

2) They are a musician's band. Kurt Cobain, who had good taste in music, was among their many admirers. So who knows what famous musicians might show up at Amoeba this afternoon to check em out?

3) The three members are adorable people both on and off stage and today's instore may present an opportunity to meet them briefly in person.

4) It's free. This concert will cost you nothing to attend.

5) It's an afternoon show so you will still get home to see the VMA's (spoiler alert -- Lady Gaga will win near everything, the Jersey Shore crew will say something memorably stupid, and  Kanye West will shock by not doing anything shocking).

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Community Activist General Jeff Talks About Lost Angels, a Documentary About Los Angeles' Homeless

Posted by Billyjam, September 11, 2010 05:05am | Post a Comment
Lost Angels trailer (2010)

If you live in LA you've no doubt driven or walked past the city's thousands of homeless people, especially if you pass through the downtown area known as Skid Row, where an estimated 11,000 homeless men and women dwell. But unless you've stopped and taken time to talk to these unfortunate individuals who call the streets home, you may not be able to humanize these men and women and their stories. 

The Thomas Napper directed film Lost Angels, which premiered in June at the Los Angeles Film Festival, screens for free tomorrow evening as part of the Downtown Film Festival. The film can help give a better understanding of LA's homeless. With narration by Catherine Keener, Lost Angels puts a human face on these so readily dismissed individuals that inhabit the Skid Row area. The excellent documentary's subjects (as seen in the trailer above) include a former Olympic runner, a transgendered punk rocker, and an eccentric animal lover and her devoted companion. It respectfully tells their individual stories of what led them to this point in their lives.
 
Tomorrow's Downtown Film Festival free screening of this documentary, which takes place at Gladys Park on a big 50 foot outdoor screen, is special because it is being screened in the heart of Skid Row, where the film was shot and where many of its subjects live. Los Angeles community activist General Jeff, whose last name is Page and who I met recently at Amoeba Hollywood during the KRS-ONE lecture, is a key person behind this unique screening of Lost Angels. Being on the Board of Directors for the Downtown Los Angeles Neighborhood Council and a resident director with Central City East/ Skid Row, Jeff works closely with LA's homeless and has firsthand insights into their plight. I caught up with the man to ask him about Lost Angels and its importance.

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Hip-Hop Rap Up 09:10:10: Nate Dogg's G-Funk Mix, Fabolous' Pre Album Mixtape, Power to the Peaceful Festival, Too $hort Unplugged, Del & Mixmaster Mike Free Show, QBert Voted Best US DJ, Bootie SF's iPad DJ + More

Posted by Billyjam, September 10, 2010 05:05am | Post a Comment
Amoeba Music Hollywood Weekly Hip-Hop Top Five Chart: 09:10:10

NATE DOGG
1) Nate Dogg G-Funk Mix (Thump Records)

2) DJ Muggs vs Ill Bill Kill Devil Hills (Fat Beats)

3) KRS-One & True Master Meta-Historical (Fat Beats)

4) Fabolous There Is No Competition 2: The Grieving Music Mixtape (Def Jam)

5) Madlib Madlib Medicine Show #8: Advanced Jazz (Stones Throw)

Thanks to Michael at the Hollywood Amoeba Music for this week's hip-hop top five chart, which includes new releases from both Fabolous and Nate Dogg. Well, technically Nate Dogg's CD is a new release but it is actually all classic material from the Long Beach, CA legend who suffered a stroke three years ago. In his prime the singing/rapping Nate Dogg was kind of like the T-Pain of his day and this dozen track collection features most (but not all) of his G-Funk era classics. Included in this guest-heavy collection are "Friends (feat. Snoop FabolousDogg & Warren G.)," "Bag O' Weed (feat. Tray Deee)," "Me & My Homies (feat. 2PacNancy Fletcher)," "Sexy Girl (feat. Big Syke)," and "First We Pray (feat. Kurupt)." Def worth copping if you don't already have the 1998 2CD Nate Dogg release G-Funk Classics, Vol. 1 & 2.

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Amoeba.Com's Videos Offer Incredible Quality Concert Clips Plus Unique Behind the Scenes Footage

Posted by Billyjam, September 9, 2010 09:18am | Post a Comment

Tegan & Sara @ Amoeba Berkeley

For many years now Amoeba Music has been presenting must-see, free instore events spanning all types of music. For the past several years the folks at the Amoeba website have been diligently recording the majority of these unique instores, and then systematically uploading most of them to our website's Fang Islandimpressive Video Gallery where they are neatly sorted into New Videos, Featured Videos, Browse All Videos, and Upcoming Videos, which tracks which ones are being coded, edited, and/or awaiting approval.
The Amoeba videos are great on many levels. It's fun just to go back and re-watch an Amoeba show you attended and to be able to it see from new angles, and, of course, it's even better to be able to catch up on shows you wanted to attend but couldn't make. Sometimes we will even have a live video stream cast of certain instores that you can watch in real time from anywhere in the world!

In addition to the high quality (both video and audio) of these Amoeba instore concert clips, what sets them apart from typical YouTube fare is that they are not limited time wise to ten or so minutes in length. For example, the Tegan & Sara video at Amoeba Berkeley (above) runs 41 minutes and includes five full songs plus an intro with fans outside the Telegraph Ave store. You can also check out an interview video with the ladies right here. Another wonderful aspect of these Amoeba videos is that they also often include behind the scenes interview clips like the Aceyelone concert video below (including the songs "All Balls Don't Bounce," "Anywhere You Go," "My Fantasy," "Rappers Rappers Rapper...," & "Hardship"), which is accompanied by another ten minute piece in which the knowledgeable Luis from the Haight Street store sits down and chops it up with the famous LA emcee.

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