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DJ Zita Interview About Queendom: Fly Ladies Reppin The 4 Elements Of Hip Hop At La Pena Saturday, March 13th

Posted by Billyjam, March 12, 2010 07:38am | Post a Comment

In celebration of Women's History Month, tireless Bay Area artist DJ Zita of B.A.S.S./Bay Area Sistah Sound, in conjunction with La Pena, has organized the first in an annual all female artist hip-hop showcase that pays tribute to each of the genre's four elements: MC'ing, DJ'ing, breaking, and graffiti. Artists scheduled to appear include DJ Pam the Funkstress, Conscious Daughters, Deeandroid & Celskiii, Josie Stingray, Aima The Dreamer, Tendaroni Crew, Bodirock Culture, De La Femme, Slide, Dime, and Lucha E.S.P.

Titled Queendom: Fly Ladies Reppin The 4 Elements Of Hip Hop, this all ages show, which takes place at La Pena in Berkeley at 9pm tomorrow (Sat 3/13), is also a benefit for A Safe Place, which provides invaluable domestic violence services for women. Admission is just $10 and $8 for students. They are even giving out goodie bags at the show.

DJ Zita, along with Pam the Funkstress (of The Coup fame, who spun at Amoeba Berkeley's Record Store Day two years ago), will soon be celebrating the two year anniversary of their ever popular, female-run SF party Everlasting Bass. I was aware that DJ Zita had wanted to do an event like Queendom for some time, so yesterday I caught up with the hard working promoter/DJ, who will also be spinning at tomorrow's event, to ask her a bit more about this exciting new annual hip-hop women's event.

Amoeblog:
How did the idea for this event come about?

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Idiomatic Improv Rock Night In Oakland Friday with Shudder, Lost Planet, & the Ava Mendoza Quartet

Posted by Billyjam, March 11, 2010 02:07pm | Post a Comment
Ava Mendoza
Improvised rock music that doesn't adhere to any rules or normal rock music expectations (beyond whatever the musicians themselves feel like making at that moment) can be experienced tomorrow night (Friday, March 12th) firsthand at the Idiomatic Improv Rock night at 21 Grand in Oakland, CA. Shudder, Lost Planet, and The Ava Mendoza Quartet are all playing live in an all ages, affordable night of entertainment.

The opening act Shudder, who is substituting for rock band PG13, is described as "less idiomatic" than the other two bands, but most intriguing, nonetheless, with a lineup that includes the two reed players Phillip Greenlief and Kyle Bruckmann, guest guitarist John Shiurba, and electronic instrumentation by Lance Grabmiller. They are expected to start playing sometime shortly after the 8pm showtime.

At 9pm Lost Planet, who "improvises compositions using a vocabulary of idioms," will take to the stage. Their line-up includes (Amoeba) Marc Weinstein on drums, shoehorse emergingDavid Slusser on sax, keys & electronics, Len Paterson and Steve Clarke on guitars, and all four artists sharing bass duties. Lost Planets' members have been playing together for 27 years now under various names. In the early 1990's they achieved brief notoriety as Pluto, with the 1994 CD Shoehorse Emerging (Rastascan).

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Little Boots Celebrates Stateside Release Of Her Debut Album Hands At Amoeba San Francisco Today

Posted by Billyjam, March 9, 2010 09:50am | Post a Comment
Little Boots - "Earthquake" (from the album Hands)

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Blackpool, England artist Little Boots, who will be making a special in-store appearance and signing copies of her acclaimed brand new debut at Amoeba Music, San Francisco today at 6pm (Tuesday, March 9th), is a most promising electropop artist with a somewhat familiar yet new & unique sound. Already a star in her homeland, where her singles-heavy debut album Hands was released nine long months ago, this former member of Dead Disco saw her Warner Elektra album finally released Stateside last Tuesday (3/2).

Little Boots' sound is new while simultaneously rooted in electronic pop's past, with that past including the not too distant 1980's techno pop of such artists as Gary Numan / Tubeway Army and The Human League. Fittingly, Philip Oakley from the Human League appears on the early eighties sounding album track "Symmetry" -- a track that Amoeblogger Brad cites as one of the dozen track album's best songs. Traces of Kraftwerk surface in the fat synth opening of "Stuck On Repeat," a song that, once it kicks in, is somewhat reminiscent of Kylie Minogue.

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Little Boots - "Symmetry" (feat. Philip Oakley)

Predictable but unfair comparisons will, and have already been made to Lady GaGa,Little Boots with whom Little Boots unarguably shares a knack for crafting a catchy dance pop tune with global appeal. Little Boots wore a GaGa-ish costume in concert in New York on last Tuesday at the Highline Ballroom that included a gold lame face mask. This penchant for highly dramatic clothing certainly doesn't help in distinguishing her from the omnipresent GaGa, but the UK artist born Victoria Christina Hesketh is different in sound.

Sparklehorse's Mark Linkous Commits Suicide

Posted by Billyjam, March 7, 2010 04:13pm | Post a Comment
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Mark Linkous
of renowned alt rock act Sparklehorse committed suicide today (3/7) according to a statement from his family to Rolling Stone that was also published today on Sparklehorse's website. In the prepared statement Linkous' family said of the Virginia born singer/songwriter, "It is with great sadness that we share the news that our dear friend and family member Mark Linkous took his own life today. We are thankful for his time with us and will hold him forever in our hearts. May his journey be peaceful, happy and free. There's a heaven and there's a star for you."

According to another report by the New York Times, Linkous, who was 47, shot himself in the heart outside of a friend's home in Knoxville, Tenn and died instantly. Linkous famously "died' once before back in 1996, the year after Sparklehorse (which was basically a one man band) released the acclaimed debut Vivadixiesubmarinetransmissionplot when he was on tour supporting Radiohead. He then technically "died" for two minutes after ingesting a deadly mix of antidepressants and Valium. He was lucky to come back to life but was left in a wheelchair for six months before he finally recovered.

As Sparklehorse Linkous went on to release three more albums, including Good Morning Spider (1999), It's A Wonderful Life (2001), & Dreamt for Light Years in the Belly of a Mountain (2006). Reportedly Linkous was busy finishing up Sparklehorse album number five, a collaboration with Danger Mouse, to have been released this summer on Anti.

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M.R.E.A.M = Madlib Rules Everything Around Me + GURU, Graffiti, Weezy, etc. - Amoeba Music Hip-Hop Weekly Round Up: 03:05:10.

Posted by Billyjam, March 5, 2010 07:07am | Post a Comment
Amoeba Music Berkeley Weekly Hip-Hop Top Five Chart: 03:05:10

Madlib
1) Freeway & Jake One The Stimulus Package (Rhymesayers Entertainment)

2) The Last Electro Acoustic Space Jazz Percussion Ensemble Miles Away (Stones Throw)

3) Madlib Medicine Show #2, Flight To Brazil (Stones Throw)

4) Madlib Medicine Show #1, Before The Verdict featuring Guilty Simpson (Stones Throw)

5) Strong Arm Steady In Search of Stoney Jackson (Stones Throw)

Once again, the ever prolific Madlib and his ubiquitous label Stones Throw dominate the latest Amoeba Music Weekly Hio-Hop Chart. This week the hardworking producer/DJ/MC (born Otis Jackson, Jr.) is behind four of the five chart entries at the Berkeley Amoeba store (every chart entry but Freeway & Jake One's The Stimulus Package). Both the premiere edition of Madlib's ambitious twelve part, once-a-month, 2010 Madlib Medicine Show CD series and the second installment made the list. This series, which is actually through Stones Throw on Madlib's own imprint, Madlib Invazion, is being released approximately every four weeks, with the odd numbers in the series being original productions by Madlib and the even numbers being mixtapes. The first part featured Guilty Simpson and acted as a kind of prequel to his anticipated upcoming release, while the recently released second part, Madlib Medicine Show No. 2: Flight to Brazil, is a one hour, twenty-minute Madlib mix of three or four decades of Brazilian funk, psychedelic, prog-rock and jazz. The CD comes with an eight page Madlibbooklet which the folks at Stones Throw describe as "containing anonymous liner notes that we have yet to make complete sense of." This is a CD only release. Meanwhile, Strong Arm Steady's In Search of Stoney Jackson, which has been selling well at each Amoeba store since it was recently released, is another Madlib production, with guest appearances joining the SoCal act including Talib Kweli, J-Rocc, Guilty Simpson, Little Brother’s Phonte, Fashawn and Planet Asia. This is one of those albums that will restore your faith in hip-hop if it had ever faltered.

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