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Rest In Peace Soul Legend Bobby Womack

Posted by Billyjam, June 28, 2014 06:56am | Post a Comment

Bobby Womack "Across 100th Street" on Soul Train (1973)

 
Following several hours of unconfirmed online reports yesterday, it was finally confirmed in the early evening by his publicist that soul legend Bobby Womack had died Friday at the age of 70. What makes this news all the more shocking is that Womack had just performed two weeks ago at the Bonnaroo Music Festival. Although no exact cause of death was announced, the soul-singing great, who will be remembered for such hits as his own "Across 110th Street" and The Rolling Stones' hit "It's All Over Now" (which he wrote), had suffered numerous ailments in recent years including colon cancer, pneumonia, diabetes, and Alzheimer's disease.

The Ohio-born Womack, who five years ago was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, had enjoyed a long career with a resurgence in popularity that began thanks in large part to fan Quentin Tarantino choosing the 1972 hit "Across 110th Street" as the opening theme song for his film Jackie Brown. For those who don't already have any Bobby Womack in their collections, recommended releases by the artist include the 2012 reissue release Across 110th Street-40th Anniv (CD) and the 11 track Icon series collection release Icon - The Best Of Bobby Womack (CD) that includes such gems as "Woman's Gotta Have It," "That's The Way I Feel About Cha," and "Across 100th Street."
 

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Digging in the Crates of OMCA's "Vinyl: The Sound and Culture of Records" Pt 1 featuring Marc Weinstein

Posted by Billyjam, June 27, 2014 11:35pm | Post a Comment


Since it opened two months ago (fittingly on Record Store Day, April 19th), the Oakland Museum of California's (OMCA) ongoing exhibit Vinyl: The Sound and Culture of Records has been resoundingly popular and is attracting museum visitors of vinyl, the sound and culture of records at oakland museum of californiaall ages and generations, from those who grew up with records to those too young to have ever seen vinyl firsthand or had opportunity (until now) to put down the needle and experience playing vinyl in all its analog glory.

The exhibit, which runs through July 27th, is sponsored by Amoeba Music who supplied nearly all of the vinyl for the hands-on exhibit. The action is in OMCA's Great Hall alongside another cool exhibit scheduled for the same run: Eric Nakamura's  SuperAwesome: Art and Giant Robot exhibit.

As well as supplying nearly all of the records on exhibit and featuring a window display at the Berkeley Amoeba store dedicated solely to the OMCA exhibit, several Amoeba staffers have contributed to the exhibit by way of curating the numerous crates that dot the cavernous exhibit hall. These include Gail Todd, Marc Weinstein, Lori Katz, and myself who are among numerous other contributing music nerds -- such as avid local rap collector 12 Man Rambo, noted San Francisco producer Dan the Automator, and author Denise Sullivan -- who each drew up lists of 33 records per crate (some more, some less).
 

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Current SF Exhibit By Bay Area Music Photographer Timi D... Spans Two Decades of Hip-Hop

Posted by Billyjam, June 25, 2014 10:44pm | Post a Comment

With an invite from DJ Toph One who holds down Vintage - the weekly weekend warm-up parties at South of Market San Francisco club F8 Friday evenings from 5pm to 9pm - longtime Bay Area photographer Tim Devlin (aka Timi D…) recently launched an historic hip-hop themed B+W and color photo exhibit of his work spanning the years 1992 to 2011 and including lots of Bay Area icons of the genre with a focus on DJs/turntablists. "There are a lot of classic locations for the time and the era such as KUSF, which is no longer there, and San Francisco's long gone Justice League [currently The Independent] on Divisidaro with all the great Twist [artist Barry McGee] pieces visible in the background," the photographer said a couple of weeks ago at F8 on Folsom and 8th Street shortly after completing hanging all of the current exhibit photos that just scratch the surface of his vast body of work. A few hours later that evening an in an informal opening party the club would feature J-Rocc and VinRoc and other DJs. Coincidentally VinRoc is among the many DJs featured in the photography exhibit. Others include VinRoc's fellow Triple Threat crew member DJ Apollo. In turn Apollo's fellow former ISP (Invisibl Skratch Piklz) crew members Qbert and Mix Master Mike are also among the turntablist subjects of the exhibit.

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New York State of Mind Amoeblog #86: Local Project in Long Island City, NYC Daily Life in the 1950's, Met Opera in Brooklyn Bridge Park

Posted by Billyjam, June 25, 2014 11:53am | Post a Comment

The talented aerosol artists / muralists, whose vibrant colorful work adorned the walls of the recently displaced (evicted) 5POINTZ graffiti arts mecca in Long Island City (LIC) Queens to make way for the impending construction of luxury condos, were not the only victims of the late 2013 shutdown of the globally revered outdoor public arts space. The long-running, local, non-profit, underground arts organization LP (Local Project Arts Space), who were housed inside the Long Island City 5POINTZ complex, were also unceremoniously evicted. Luckily they found a new home just several blocks away but now they have the challenge of meeting the higher rents in this once run-down industrial section of Queens which, like so much of New York City, is undergoing a gentrification makeover - read: driving out the artists and working folks who can no longer afford to exist there.

In the case of LP whose mission statement has always been to provide local artists a platform to show their work, under the shrewd guidance of its Chilean born director Carolina Penafiel (see Amoeblog interview above), it has come up with creative ways to pay the rent and exist (subsist?) in its new home on 44th Road. These include preparing to sublet out some of its space as small office cubicles and also, in the short-term to cover the rent for the immediate two months, a 30-day Kickstarter campaign that will end on July 12th. Tied into that campaign this Friday, June 27th 2014, they will have a sign-up donation station for visitors to contribute to the organization (in turn they get a brick in the wall with their name engraved on it), as part of a photography art show entitled The Bad, The Good, The Beautiful, The Ugly Pt 2. There will also be spoken word artists and DJs  including myself (doing a live WFMU broadcast) on Friday evening. For more info on LP and this Friday's exhibit visit their website, and click link for more info on their current Buy-A-Brick Kickstarter campaign  and/or peep video below.

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Four Decades Later, KISS Still Rules

Posted by Billyjam, June 24, 2014 09:58am | Post a Comment
KISS on the streets of New York City: June 24th, 1976

Above is a classic KISS photo shot on the streets of New York City exactly 38 years ago to the day (June 24th, 1976) when the hard rock band were still in their relative infancy - having formed only three years earlier in January 1973 out of the ashes of the NYC group Wicked Lester that was co-founded by Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley. Fast forward on four decades to just last night, June 23rd, 2014 (see video below shot by KISSonline's Keith Leroux) when KISS kicked off their 2014 summer, 40-date tour in Salt Lake City, Utah and performed, among other fan favorites, their amazing "King of the Night Time World" which opened their headlining set. The intense nine-week cross-country tour, on which Def Leppard are joining them as opening co-headliners, is already mostly sold out and proves that KISS - even four decades (technically 41 and a half years) later - still command a loyal large following. The SLC show reportedly delivered what KISS fans have come to expect from their cult heroes - loud rock'n'roll from the cartooned costumed KISS members with lots of stimulating grand scale visual effects accompanying such hits as "Shout It Out Loud" off their 1976 album Destroyer. The tour, which finishes in Texas on August 31st, will be rolling through California for several dates/locations in the beginning of July including July 3rd in Wheatland, July 5th at Irvine Meadows, July 6th at Sleep Train Amphitheatre in Chula Vista, and July 8th at The Forum in LA.  In the meantime check out KISS' impressive five page, back-catalog online at the Amoeba store.

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