Indiana rapper Freddie Gibbs is back to gift us another album. Gibbs' new release, Shadow of a Doubt, was dropped with his label ESGN, but it might not be what you’d expect if you’ve only heard his last project.
Gibbs' last album, Pinata, was released in 2014 and made just about every music reviewer’s albums of the year list. Produced by Stones Throw super-producer Madlib, Pinata has a more traditional hip-hop sound with brilliant and soulful sampling. Pinata received unanimously positive reviews, but Gibbs is not softening up in the slightest for his most recent release.
Shadow of a Doubt comes across as a more contemporary hip-hop album with its fairly ‘trap’ style production. Shadow of a Doubt features beats from Boi-1da, Tarentino of 808 Mafia, and KAYTRANADA, all of whom are considered popular and reputable producers this year. Gibbs is one of the few rappers out with the prowess to excel in many different styles. This album exemplifies Gibbs’ capability to do what all of mainstream hip-hop is doing, but simply do it better.
Haven't decided how to ring in the New Year? Well, look no further because OAKNYE 2016 has three elaborate events planned and each will be a celebratory musical experience to remember.
|Sinkane: Ahmed Gallab|
The evening starts with EPIC DINNER & PARTY AT OZUMO (2251 Broadway). Co-sponsored by Amoeba Music and Uber, Epic Dinner is an all-you-can-eat Japanese feast from 7:30pm - 10pm, followed by a party (10pm - 2am) featuring a Sinkane DJ set! Sinkane frontman Ahmed Gallab has worked with musical titans like Damon Albarn, David Byrne, The Lijadu Sisters, Money Mark, Hot Chip, LCD Soundsystem, The Rapture, Blood Orange, Caribou, Of Montreal, YeaSayer, and many others. Also on deck are DJ Proof (Sweater Funk, Massive Selector, Wonder-Full SF, Soul Slam SF) and DJ Wazir, who has been a mainstay of the Bay Area underground house scene.
By Brett Stillo
Diabolik, international super-thief, jetsetter, and iconic anti-hero of the Fumetti (aka Italian comics), is coming to town for a rare one night screening at San Francisco’s historic Balboa Theatre on Wednesday, December 16th at 7:30 pm, thanks to Super Shangri-La Show.
Danger Diabolik is an all-out assault of 1960s pop art/comic book pulp from the legendary master of B-movie exploitation-as-art, Mario Bava. Picture a 105-minute episode of the old Batman TV series, but the “Special Guest Villian” ends up being the guy you root for. John Philip Law’s Diabolik is the ideal cinematic scoundrel, a cooler-than-cool criminal mastermind fighting the system and breaking the bank for his own personal kicks. Diabolik has it all: money, cars, a swingin’ underground pad, and an ultra-sexy accomplice played by the stunning Marisa Mell.
Danger Diabolik was a low-budget production (the film had a $400,000 budget in 1967 dollars), but Bava makes it all look like a multi-million dollar epic. He keeps the action twisting and turning at a steady pace on curving Italian roads, creating a visual world that jumps off the screen like panels out of a comic book filled with heists, explosions, jaguars, gangsters, and submachine guns. The action is accented by a supercool soundtrack by the one and only Ennio Morricone. It’s silly, sexy, sleek, and stylish! In an era known for spoofs and romps, Diabolik out-romps them all.
By Brett Stillo
Horror Express, which will be screened at San Francisco’s historic Balboa Theatre on Monday, December 14 by Super Shangri-La Show, is a grimly fiendish artifact of old-school European horror from the early 1970’s. It's the kind of movie you would stay up late to watch on the Saturday late-night Monster Movie on your local TV station.
Horror Express (1972) was a Spanish production, but it took its cues from the Technicolor macabre of the Hammer films of the era. Indeed, Hammer’s two greatest stars, Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing (who usually faced off at opposite ends of a crucifix and a wooden stake), are teamed up here as rival Edwardian scientists up to their sideburns in skullduggery aboard the Trans-Siberian Express at the turn of the century. The train is packed with intrigue, sinister mustaches, and an ancient cosmic evil unleashed upon the unsuspecting passengers. Throw in Telly Savalas in an over-the-top super-cameo as a Cossak with a New York accent and you have an old-fashioned horror-adventure that combines elements of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Agatha Christie with Lovecraft-inspired pulp straight out of a moldy old issue of Weird Tales.
Noir City once again offers the dark gift of film noir for the holidays. Our friends at the Film Noir Foundation present Noir City Xmas, their 6th annual holiday double feature, on Wednesday, December 16 at San Francisco's historic Castro Theatre. This year's dark holiday greetings come in the form of a double dose of Noir Noel: Max Ophuls' The Reckless Moment (1949) at 7:30 and Henry Hathaway's Kiss of Death (1947) at 9:30. Both films will screen in 35mm. Tickets for this exceptional event are only $12 for the double bill (that's less than the cost of a single holiday eggnog at any bar in town).
|The Reckless Moment|
|Kiss of Death|
In addition to a seasonally themed double bill of vintage noir films, host Eddie Muller will be revealing the complete schedule (and scorching new poster!) for the eagerly anticipated NOIR CITY 14. They will also sell NOIR CITY 14 Passports (full series passes) at the theatre along with some brand new official Film Noir Foundation merchandise, so you can catch up on holiday gift shopping.