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San Francisco's Switchboard Music Festival, April 4

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, March 12, 2015 08:30pm | Post a Comment

Kitka Switchboard Music Festival

The eighth annual Switchboard Music Festival returns to San Francisco's Brava Theater on April 4th from 2-10pm. The eight-hour showcase of innovative music from the Bay Area and beyond features 13 sets of music, including the Real Vocal String Quartet, Kitka, Brass Magic, and the premiere of In C Re-Do -- a re-imagining of Terry Riley’s In C featuring contributions from over 50 composers.

In C Re-Do celebrates the 50th anniversary of Terry Riley’s In C, which is comprised of 53 individual cells of music that are performed by a malleable group of musicians who move through the score at their own pace, creating a slowly evolving soundscape. The In C Re-Do will start and end with Riley’s original cells, with each of the 51 remaining cells contributed by Switchboard artists past and present plus other members of the Switchboard community, including Glenn Kotche, Greg Saunier (Deerhoof), Zoe Keating, Carla Kihlstedt, Fred Frith, Pamela Z, Samuel Adams, and all three Switchboard co-directors.

Here's the non-stop line-up for April 4th:

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Sin You Sinners: Joe Sarno's Civilized Sexploitation

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, March 9, 2015 05:18pm | Post a Comment

Sin In The Suburbsby Rebecca Burgan

In the wake of the new wave art house boom of the 1960s, sexploitation films and art films mimicked each other’s aesthetics to market to a wider audience. American auteur Joseph W. Sarno (1921-2010) produced a prolific catalog of softcore films in the '60s and '70s. Hoping that the hardcore genre was short-lived, Sarno found his niche in the arty sexploitation world, where dramatic lighting, complex sensitive characters, and female sexuality dominated. His technical skills and quick production time set him apart from other directors in the genre, whereas those with a comparable technique would have gone on to mainstream films. He directed his actors to express their anxieties and passions through realism, capturing gritty sexual emotion in its immediacy. He was a master of sexual cinematic verisimilitude.

Sarno’s films emphasize women’s relationships and women’s pleasure, whereas the men are more objectified as instruments to help achieve the female orgasm—a fairly fresh feminist notion at the time. Visual focus during orgasm was often directed at facial expressions rather than a tight zoom on some tight penetration. The sincerity of the sexual experience is revealed more intimately by the face. Gustav Machaty's 1933 Czechoslovakian art film, Ecstasy, starring Hedy Lamarr, was still pre-Code but was banned in America and in Germany by Hitler. Audiences watched Lamarr’s titillating nude body traipse through the woods and skinny dip in the lake, leading up to a moment of sexual ecstasy revealed only through a close-up on her pained face. The director employed an inspired technique of realism to achieve the right expressions from her—poking her rump off screen with a safety pin. The film was banned because of her scandalously debauched motivation for pleasure: cheating on her gross old husband. The censors decreed, you had to be married to revel in such pleasure and make faces like that. More intimate and revealing than a nude bathing scene, the close-up disturbed the Production Code censors in America, who considered even a safer, morally balanced edit of the film to be too indecent for audiences. The film was basically buried, and Lamarr was only allowed to work again if she cleaned up her act.

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Amoeba Joins RBMA's San Francisco Broadcasts

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, February 25, 2015 05:39pm | Post a Comment

RBMA is the radio station of the Red Bull Music Academy and is now broadcasting live from San Ceiling EyesFrancisco, straight from their studio in the Mission District, every day from 2pm to 10pm 'till Mar 11th. Guests include Kevin Saunderson, Wooden Shjips, Honey Soundsystem, Amoeba music's own superstars, and many others.

Tune in to RBMA on Tuesday, March 3rd from 2-3pm to hear Amoeba presents Ceiling Eyes live! With their debut album First Lust Encounters, Ceiling Eyes unleashed their esoteric dreamworld on the masses. No two of their experimental ambient performances are ever alike.

Then on Tuesday, March 10th from 6-7pm, hear Amoeba's tribute to 1980's Sunset Strip with Lip Service (aka Brent James & Kells Bells). Spandex and hairspray reign supreme on the outside, but you might be surprised to see what lies beneath as Lip Service spins old favorites and deep cuts from the debauchery that was Hollywood in the late '80s. Listen with fondness or recoil in horror, but be prepared to get rocked to the foundation!

Tune it to RBMA HERE!

Amoebapalooza SF In Pictures

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, February 18, 2015 07:02pm | Post a Comment

On Sunday, February 15th, we celebrated another epic year of musical mayhem with Amoebapalooza SF at Brick & Mortar Music Hall in San Francisco. The all Amoeba employee-powered night of entertainment raged until early in the a.m. with eight musical acts, the enigmatic MC stylings of a masked Brent St. James, dance rave-ups on vinyl with DJ Ken Kubala, and a lot of Mardi Gras cheer.

Enjoy these amazing photos of the night taken by Lauren Clark.

     
Nicki Jizz
Aaron Araki & Guests (Joe Goldmark on the left, Sean Murphy on the right)
Joe Goldmark of Aaron Araki & Guests
Pretty Poisonous Predators
The Chocolate Cake Incident
RE: Lover
Bears & My Body
The Mingy Stingees
Shenobo

...and an encore performance with Nicki Jizz.

Love City PsycheCircus Presents Mac Sabbath, Spindrift & More, 3/5

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, February 13, 2015 02:49pm | Post a Comment

mac sabbath, love city psychecircus

Join Love City and Amoeba Music on March 5th at 715 Harrison for an art and music showcase like you've never seen before. It's the Love City PsycheCircus featuring six mind-blowing bands, live painting, and (wait for it)...$2 draft beer all night!

Leading the charge in the musical merriment that night is psychedelic Western cinematic rock ‘n rollers SPINDRIFT and everyone's favorite drive-thru metal band, Mac Sabbath! You gotta see these guys to believe em. Also featuring garage rockers Coo Coo Birds, Renaissance man Bill Baird, soulful power pop with Joshua Cook & The Key of Now, and heavy psych with OUTLAW.

Plus, feast your eyes and soul on the live painting by Zachary Sweet and Justin Herbst.

Tickets are available now at www.lovecitysf.com.

mac sabbath, Photo by Alex Loftus
Mac Sabbath. Photo by Alex Loftus.

 

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