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Amoeba Berkeley Warms Up for Record Store Day (Sat April 17th) with Party Tonight at Oakland's Uptown Nightclub

Posted by Billyjam, April 14, 2010 03:23pm | Post a Comment
Record Store Day
It may be still a few more days until this year's Record Store Day (Saturday, April 17th), during which all three Amoeba Music stores will be joining other independent record stores from all around the world in celebrating, but tonight the Amoeba Berkeley will get a head start on the festivities with a free Pre-Record Store Day Party at Oakland’s Uptown Nightclub at 1928 Telegraph Ave. Tonight's no-cover dance party, a co-production with the East Bay Express that runs from 9pm to 2am, will feature employees from Amoeba Berkeley, 1-2-3-4-Go! Records, Mod Lang, and Dave's Record Shop (2634 San Pablo Berkeley), all spinning music to groove your butt to.

Then, come Saturday, a thousand independent record stores from eighteen different countries will simultaneously celebrate Record Store Day 2010 with special events such as instore performances and special sales, and exclusive releases from tons of fabulous artists and labels!

Amoeba Hollywood's celebration
will include live silk-screening to benefit Pablove Foundation, a Smashing Pumpkins pre-order event, a Slash CD signing (sold out -- sorry), and a DJ set by Spinderella of Salt-N-Pepa fame. 

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Interview With Dave Tompkins About His New Book - How To Wreck A Nice Beach: The Vocoder From World War II to Hip-Hop, the Machine Speaks

Posted by Billyjam, April 13, 2010 04:50pm | Post a Comment

"Ever since the first bored kid threw his voice into an electric fan, toked on a birthday balloon, or thanked his mother in a pronounced burp voice mutation has provided an infinite source of kicks," writes author Dave Tompkins in his just published new book How To Wreck A Nice Beach: The Vocoder From World War II to Hip-Hop, the Machine Speaks (Melville House/Stop Smiling). The recommended hardcover Dave Tompkins How To Wreck A Nice Beachbook is an exhaustive in-depth study of the history of the vocoder (and other voice mutating and vocal altering technology) that the author, who has been obsessed with the sounds and effects emitted by vocoders ever since he first heard "Scorpio" by Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five and "The Raven" by the Alan Parson's Project, spent a full decade researching and writing.

The result is a unprecedented historical study of the vocoder that should appeal equally to music fans, tech heads and also history students. Currently on the road promoting the book, Tompkins will be doing a lecture and slide show and playing music tonight in San Francisco at SOM Bar at 2925 16th Street along with hometown DJs B-Cause, Centipede, and Freddy Anzures. His set is at 10pm and on Thursday he will be at the HotWax party at 222 Hyde St. in San Francisco. Earlier today I caught up with the author to ask him about his book and the obsession that led him to write it.

Amoeblog: What inspired you to write this book?

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Happy Birthday Joe Pop-O-Pie! Legendary 1980's SF Punk Music Figure Celebrates His 51st Birthday by Reforming the Pop-O-Pies on a Bill with Faith No More, the Group With Whom He Was the Original Singer

Posted by Billyjam, April 12, 2010 05:55pm | Post a Comment
Pop-O-Pies
Today, April 12th 2010, is Joe Pop-O-Pie's 51st birthday. And to celebrate the occasion, the key figure behind the legendary SF punk outfit The Pop-O-Pies, who formed in 1981 and disbanded sixteen years ago, decided to reform the group and perform on a bill at the Warfield in San Francisco tonight (they play tomorrow & Wednesday also), along with another recently reformed SF group -- Faith No More. Coincidentally, Joe was an original member of Faith No More!

Besides being a unique way to celebrate his birthday, another reason Joe chose this time to reform the group was that he recently found himself with a lot of free time on his hands and needed to fill that void. "This is what recessions are good for. If you get laid off and you've got nothing to do, you gotta do something," laughed the long time San Francisco resident, speaking by phone a few days ago from his new home in Reno, Nevada.

After living in the deep and gritty heart of San Francisco for three decades, including having spent the past eighteen Pop-O-Piesyears in the Tenderloin, the New Jersey born and raised Joe Pop-O-Pie has embraced his recent move to Nevada. "One of the things that is so fantastic about Reno, NV is that cockroaches can't live up here. Yeah, the Tenderloin is just rife with cockroaches. It was such an amazing thing. Cockroaches can survive a nuclear war but they won't follow you up the mountains to Nevada," he said. Shortly after finishing college in NJ Joe packed up and moved west to the city by the Bay, where, in September of 1981, he formed The Pop-O-Pies. Labeled 'punk,' the Pop-O-Pies, which essentially consisted of Joe and an ever rotating list of musicians, were really a concept band. For the first two years of their existence at their live performances the band played only one song for their entire set, the Grateful Dead's "Truckin.'"

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Return Of The Wu, Saluting Malcolm McLaren, New Aloe Blacc: Amoeba Music Weekly Hip-Hop Round Up: 04:09:10

Posted by Billyjam, April 9, 2010 10:40am | Post a Comment
Amoeba Music Hollywood Weekly Hip-Hop Top Five Chart: 04:09:10

Wu Massacre
1) Meth, Ghost, Rae Wu Massacre (Def Jam)

2) E40 Revenue Retrievin'- Night Shift (Heavy on the Grind Ent.)

3) Madlib Medicine Show 3-Beat Konducta in Africa (Stones Throw)

4) E40 Revenue Retrievin'- Day Shift (Heavy on the Grind Ent.)

5) Jedi Mind Tricks presents Army Of The Pharaohs: The Unholy Terror (DCide Records)

For those disappointed by the recent Return of the Wu album on Gold Dust Media that sounded, by its title, like it would have been an all new Wu-Tang Clan album but in actuality was really a collection of recycled (mostly previously available) Wu related material mixed by Mathematics, two recommended new releases on this week's Amoeba Music Hollywood Hip-Hop Top Five Chart should nicely ease that disappointment. While neither are officially Wu Tang Clan releases, one features three original members of the legendary Shaolin crew on an album that is like a throwback to their brilliant mid 90's sound, while the other new release is perhaps the closest thing to a current day collective carrying on the legacy of the great Wu-Tang that you will hear these days.

Method Man, Ghostface Killah and Raekwon (aka Meth, Ghost, Rae) have joined creative forces to unleash Wu Massacre which, with the album's many producers including the Wu's RZA and Mathematics plus cameos from such other Wu alums as Cappadona and Inspectah Deck, is essentially a new Wu-Tang album -- and a really good one too, serving up such bangers as "Pimpin' Chipp" and the soulful 70's infused single "Our Dreams" (below) which is the only RZA produced song on the twelve track album. Mathematics handles the majority of the album's production with further contributions from Scram Jones, Emile, BT, Ty Fyffe and Digem Tracks Productions. While there is certainly no filler on Wu Massacre, it is over too fast, with the total running time of a little under half an hour, which leaves you thirsting for more Wu or at least Wu styled music.

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Interview with Sonny Smith About 100 Records, The Unique New Fictitious Record Cover Art Show at SF's Gallery 16

Posted by Billyjam, April 8, 2010 04:36am | Post a Comment
100 Records 16 Gallery exhibit piece  by Reed AndersonEver since the music industry tried to quietly kill off vinyl, it appears that the medium, complete with its accompanying cover art form, has triumphantly resisted eradication. In fact, not only have records, along with album & singles & ten-inch cover art, refused to die -- they've actually grown in popularity with a whole new generation of appreciative vinyl fans.

As we well know, these days vinyl sales are continually going up and it seems you can't go a week without encountering some wonderful new album cover art show somewhere. Not only are curators presenting classic album cover art on exhibition, but this week one most innovative individual is presenting an exhibit of all new & original record cover art by many different artists complete with all-new corresponding music -- fictitious songs for fictitious bands!

Bay Area artist Sonny Smith (of Sonny & the Sunsets) melds his love of both music and art in a unique new gallery show titled 100 Records that opens tomorrow (April 9th) at Gallery 16 in San Francisco. The diverse & tireless San Francisco artist, who just recently returned from SXSW in Austin, TX with the Sunsets (the band he formed three years ago with Tim Cohen and Kelley Stoltz and whose changing lineup now includes Ryan Browne, Tahlia Harbour and Zack Ehrlich), spent the past year meticulously piecing together the 100 Records show in which he created the names and song titles for 100 different fictitious bands.

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