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INMATES DANCE AS FORM OF REHABILITATION

Posted by Billyjam, December 14, 2008 12:08pm | Post a Comment

Today's Dance of the Day is the Filipino dancing inmates moving in unision to the piped in sounds of Flo Flo Rida LowRIda featuring T-Pain's "Low" (single released earlier this year by Poe Boy/Atlantic and available at Amoeba Music). The video is one in a series from the inmates at the CPDRC facility performing their unique monthly prison-wide group dance. This particular recorded dance is from June 28, 2008 and, like all of the group inmate dances at the Filipino CPDRC facility, is choreographed by Byron F Garcia, who has helped stage (and film) numerous other recorded mass inmate dance displays including one from February this year to Soulja Boy and MC Hammer

Although some (mostly non inmates) have critized this forced dancing on inmates as "cruel" or "inhumane," Garcia firmly believes that dancing is a postive force and hence a good tool in the rehabiliation of prisoners. I have to agree with him (the inmates all seem pretty uplifted from these dances) and I can't help but wonder what the results would be if a similar program were adapted in US incarceration facilities. 

VAN DAMME THAT DJ MADE MY DAY

Posted by Billyjam, December 13, 2008 03:02pm | Post a Comment

Today's Dance of the Day, which is also part fight, is of Jean Claude Van Damme busting a move or two on the dance floor in the 1989 film Kickboxer. In this action movie (available on DVD at Amoeba), J.C.V.D. plays van damme kickboxerthe younger brother of an unbeaten American kickboxer who hungers for some real competition and ends up going to the home of Muay Thai kick boxing: Thailand.

Van Damme was the subject of a wonderful recent Amoeblog by Charles Reece, where it was reported that the "Muscles from Brussels has finally starred in a film that's been getting some good critical response. JCVD is an attempt to explore the heart and mind of Jean-Claude Varenberg, the man behind the dissipating Van Damme legend." The new film on JCVD by director Mabrouk El Mechri is the film that is receiving rave reviews. From this engaging Amoeblog I learned that JCVD had a small role in the 1984 hip-hop movie Breakin'.

1997 INTERVIEW WITH CAMERA SHY BETTIE PAGE

Posted by Billyjam, December 12, 2008 06:14am | Post a Comment

Bettie Page, the eternally popular sexy 1950s pin-up model who died yesterday at age 85, conducted this TV interview eleven years ago. "I wouldn't want to see a model when she's old and out of shape. Who would?... I hate old age," said the Southern accented Page. Interviewed at age 74 in 1997 by Real Life entertainment reporter Tim Estiloz, she refused to be shown on camera. "I don't want to be photographed in old age," said the former model, who retired at age 34.

If you know little about Bettie Page's career (which remarkably only lasted seven years but whose influence is felt to this day) this is a good primer. Page, who was also known as Betty, was placed on life support last week after suffering a heart attack in Los Angeles and never regained consciousness, as was reported by the AP. Apparently before the heart attack, Page had been hospitalized for three weeks with pneumonia.

As outlined in the above TV piece, her once risque photos included a centerfold in the January 1955 issue of then-fledgling Playboy magazine, as well as controversial sadomasochistic poses. Hugh Hefner, Playboy founder, told AP that "I think that she was a remarkable lady, an iconic figure in pop culture who influenced sexuality, taste in fashion, someone who had a tremendous impact on our society."

To read the full AP report on Bettie Page's death and often turbulent life go to the SF Gate website.

HOW-TO DO THE ADULATION JIGGITY-JIG

Posted by Billyjam, December 12, 2008 05:17am | Post a Comment

How-to do the adulation jiggity-gig, including such moves as the basic step, the full-body shimmy,  shoulder plunge, the jazz hands, belly rub, and of course, the overbite.

Carl Craig, Gamall, Jonah Sharp, & {KONTROL} DJs in SF

Posted by Billyjam, December 11, 2008 12:40pm | Post a Comment


If you are in the Bay Area there is one really great lineup at the Demon Days party at club Mezzanine in San Francisco tonight featuring legendary Detroit producer/DJ Carl Craig along with Gamall (Demon Days, NYC), plus the Bay Area's own longtime UK transplant Jonah Sharp under his Spacetime Continuum moniker featuring Nigerian drummer Sikiru Adepoju. And to top it off, local turntable crew [KONTROL] DJs featuring Alland Byallo, Nikola Baytala, Craig Kuna, and Sammy D will also be spinning throughout the night.

Carl Craig, accurately described as "the forefather of the second wave of Detroit techno," picked up where Juan Atkins and company started with that strain of electronic music in the Michigan city. In addition to being a super-talented, dedicated producer/DJ/remixer, Craig is also a committed cultural anthropologist and in 2000 was chosen as curator of the first Detroit Electronic Music Festival (something he since discontinued, as curator but not as a performer). As is evident in the above recent interview with the artist by UK based dollop, Carl Craig is always aware of and giving props to his city of Detroit and all the artists who have hailed from "the motor city" over the years including Kevin Saunderson, Bob Seger, Iggy Pop, carl craigand the White Stripes.

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