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Experience An Entire Musician's Career In One Weekend with Oakland's Women's Rock Camp

Posted by Billyjam, April 10, 2014 11:35am | Post a Comment


Bay Area Girls Rock Camp
- the wonderful Oakland-based music education non-profit whose sole mission is to empower girls (ages 8 to 18) via the power of music - is presenting the cool sounding, three day Women's Rock Camp for its older sisters (ages 19 +)  coming the first weekend of next month. May 2nd, 3rd, and 4th is when, through music education, creation, and performance, when women with absolutely "no musical experience" whatsoever necessary (but note "all skill levels welcome") can sink themselves into an intensive weekend long music (and life) learning project in which they will learn a musical instrument including the standard guitar, drums, bass and then on the evening of Sunday May 4th, day three get to perform with their newly formed bandmates/friends on stage at Oakland's New Parish club - all the while adhering to the excellent organization's mantra of "music, community, power."

Tuition for Women's Rock Camp (WRC), which will be held at the Malonga Casquelourd Center for the Arts at 1428 Alice St. in downtown Oakland and the nearby New Parish in the Uptown district, is on a sliding scale from $300 to $500. The camp will provide instruments for the entire weekend, so participants just have to show up ready to partake, learn, and have fun. They even provide all meals. All proceeds raised by the WRC weekend to directly to support the youth programs at Bay Area Girls Rock Camp (BAGRC) that allows girls from low-income families to attend their summer camp and after school programs. You may recall BATRC did a thing at Amoeba a couple of years back that was part of a fundraiser that culminated in a December 2011 concert when four all teenager member bands - part of BAGRC's Advanced Music Program - performed onstage one fun afternoon at Amoeba Berkeley. 

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New York State of Mind Amoeblog #76: NYC Sports Events, After Midnight, Crooklyn, The Havana Film Festival New York, + more

Posted by Billyjam, April 9, 2014 11:29am | Post a Comment


Even if you are not a sports fan it is always fun to attend a baseball, football, or basketball game while in New York City where there is always some major sports event going on and visiting a sports center like Yankee Stadium is a memorable good time, even for non diehard sports fans. Tonight (April 9th) for example at Yankee Stadium, which is in the Bronx just across from upper Manhattan (Harlem), the New
York Yankees host the Baltimore Orioles. Game starts at 7:05pm. Tomorrow (April 10th) at the same location at 7pm the Yankees, who compete in Major League Baseball in the American League's East Division, will host the longtime rivals the Boston Red Sox in the first of three games (Thursday, Friday, Saturday). And since it is baseball likely these games will run for several hours - allowing time to wander the stadium and check out everything including the concession stands where you can buy home team hats and swag that double as NYC souvenirs, not to mention that, compared to football, tickets are far more affordable. Right now for example you can tickets for Saturday's 1pm Yankees/Red Sox game for about $40. Tickets here

Rest in Peace to Iconic 70's Photographer Leee Black Childers (Drag Queens, Rent Boys, Pick Pockets, Junkies, Rock Stars, & Punks)

Posted by Billyjam, April 7, 2014 08:15am | Post a Comment

Legendary New York underground photographer Leee Black Childers, whose iconic 1970's photos were captured in his 2012 published book Drag Queens, Rent Boys, Pick Pockets, Junkies, Rock Stars, and Punks, has died in LA. The folks from Lethal Amounts in Downtown LA had recently flown Childers out to Los Angeles for a showing of the photo exhibition of the book photos, that opened on March 22nd and is scheduled to run through April 19th, which Amoeba Music was one of the sponsors of.  In conjunction with that photo exhibit Amoeba Hollywood obtained two of signed Childers’ prints (one of David Bowie and another of Patti Smith) to have for sale in the LA store.

The Kentucky born Childers, who worked for Andy Warhol in both NY and London was among the earliest photographers to capture the burgeoning glam scene and the early NYC underground punk scene, was also at one time involved in the business management of both Johnny Thunders (New York Dolls) and David Bowie (he was the tour manager for the Ziggy Stardust tour). Childers' photography was featured in the cover art of Bowie's Diamond Dogs album and Thunders' Born Too Loose - among others. Childers' Factory era photos of Warhol, his countless pics of the Hotel Chelsea denizens including lots of drag queens, and his photos from the Stonewall era NYC had made made him  a milestone historic chronicler of both gay and rock cultures.

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Hip-Hop Rap-Up, Week End 04.04.14: CunninLynguists, Kev Brown, 9th Wonder, Zion I, Slum Village, Mobb Deep, DJ Shortkut

Posted by Billyjam, April 4, 2014 10:08am | Post a Comment
       


Amoeba Music Berkeley Hip-Hop Top Five: Week Ending 04:04:14


1) Freddie Gibbs, Madlib Pinata (Madlib Invazion)

2) CunninLynguists  Strange Journey Volume Three  (MRI)

3) 9th Wonder Jamla Is The Squad (Jamla Records/Empire Dist)

4) MindsOne & Kev Brown Pillars (Ill Adrenaline/Fat Beats)

5) Mobb Deep The Infamous Mobb Deep (Infamous Records)

Thanks to E-Lit at the Berkeley Amoeba Music store for running down all the new hip-hop releases this week that include the latest from North Carolina super-producer  9th Wonder Jamla Is The Squad on his Jamla Records label. Jamla is the Squad is a compilation featuring the singles "Be Inspired," "No Competition" and "15 Minutes of Fame" and, in addition to Jamla acts, showcases guest features from such non-label talents as Pete Rock, Phonte, Talib Kweli, and BJ The Chicago Kid. Real good album worth picking up as is the brand new one from Maryland  emcee / producer Kev Brown with MindsOne Pillars on Ill Adrenaline via Fat Beats that features such underground burners as "Equinox" (see music video below).

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Wu-Tang Clan's $5 Million Album Personifies Music Industry's Unpredictable, Ever Shifting New Business Model

Posted by Billyjam, April 3, 2014 02:37pm | Post a Comment
"Wu-Tang Clan ain't nuthin ta fuck with" - those famous well-worn, two-decade old Wu-Tang Clan lyrics are proving to be most accurate with the latest news on the Staten Island (aka Shaolin) hip-hop crew who last week announced that for their next album (The Wu — Once Upon a Time in Shaolin) that they would only be manufacturing one single (physical) copy of the album.

That sole physical LP copy, to be released in addition to the later unlimited digital download version of this brand new album that was recorded in secrecy, would be auctioned off for what they hoped would be a final bid of a million dollars or more. The 31-track, 120 minute album will be a double vinyl set and reportedly packaged in a hand carved nickel-silver box designed by British-Moroccan artist Yahya. Most intriguing is the ambitious figure of a million dollars or more that the group said they hoped to get. That was last week and I thought it was outlandish and unrealistic amount of money that in no way would they ever get. But I was wrong - very wrong.

As reported by Billboard magazine yesterday the Wu got offered a lot more than one million dollars. "Offers came in at $2 million, somebody offered $5 million yesterday," the group's RZA told the music magazine. "So far, $5 million is the biggest number," he continued. "I don't know how to measure it, but it gives us an idea that what we're doing is being understood by some. And there are some good peers of mine also, who are very high-ranking in the film business and the music business, sending me a lot of good will. It's been real positive." Real positive is an understatement. That's absolutely incredible and a hell of a lot more money (provided this is not some hoax) than the Wu-Tang would ever make from selling an album via the traditional channels of releasing it via a major label like RCA who distributed Loud Records - their original label on which they released their hip-hop classic, 1993 landmark debut Enter The Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)

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