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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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DIRTY BOOGIE DANCE FROM HAIRSPRAY

Posted by Billyjam, December 11, 2008 10:37am | Post a Comment


The dance of the day is the once phenomenally popular, albeit highly controversial, "dirty boogie" dance. This clip is from the classic John Waters' 1988 movie Hairspray, in which Ricki Lake's "pleasantly pluhairspraymp" teenaged character Tracy Turnblad and her peers are shaking their thing down in the aisles of Baltimore's small but packed Motormouth Records store in a racially tense America, circa 1962. 

The dance part is for the first minute or so of the above clip, which is a nine minute unedited excerpt from the recommended Waters movie which, as you know, was remade last year by director Adam Shankman with John Travolta, Michelle Pfeiffer, & Christopher Walken, etc. Personally I much prefer the original. Both versions are available on DVD @ Amoeba Music. Ask for help if you cannot locate. Note however that the CD/LP soundtrack of the 1988 Hairspray, also available at Ameoba, does not include the song featured during this dance. And if you missed it the first time around, peep the video below of the interview with John Waters below during his Amoeba Music Hollywood instore last year in support of his CD A Date With John Waters (New Line Records).

The original Disco Dancers on Captain Planet

Posted by Billyjam, December 10, 2008 08:49am | Post a Comment

Shabarcs in India is to thank for today's Dance of the Day. Titled "The original Disco Dancers on Captain Planet," these nine dancers (eight in glittery tops, the main one in dark suit, all in sunglasses) display some not quite so synchronized moves -- but all are having an apparently really good time as they move to (of all things) the Captain Planet theme. Note how their freeform style even includes some country dance moves. "Captain Planet, he's a hero. Gonna take pollution down to zero."

SHAKE THAT GROOVE THANG

Posted by Billyjam, December 9, 2008 12:52pm | Post a Comment


For this Dance of the Day, visibly schooled disco dancers Bobby and Cissy from the Lawrence Welk Show, sporting some extremely eye-catching and colorful matching outfits, shake their collective groove thang to a Welk orchestrated version of "Love Will Keep Us Together." Yowsah! Yowsah! Yowsah!

I CAN'T BELIEVE IT'S NOT ANARCHY IN THE UK

Posted by Billyjam, December 7, 2008 10:53am | Post a Comment


Former Sex Pistols front man Johnny "Rotten" Lydon's recent TV commercial in the UK for Country Life Butter has had a mixed response by fans of the man's music. Some laugh off the ad (above) which was unveiled in October as just a bit of fun and a way for the musician to make some needed funds. Others, including JAMsponge, who made the song/video "I Can't Believe Johnny Rotten Has Done an Advert for Butter" below, are outraged by the former poster boy for anarchy in the UK who they accuse of "selling out." 

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