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Orgone - Live Friday night at Elbo Room

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, January 23, 2008 07:41pm | Post a Comment

LA's Orgone, easily one of the funkiest up-and-coming combos around, have received a fair share of publicity lately, enjoying comparisons to hot modern funk acts such as Sharon Jones and Amy Winehouse.

While the band is clearly rooted at the backbone of the modern funk sound, what makes Orgone's sound unique is that it draws as much from disco and afro-beat as it does from Memphis soul and New Orleans funk.


The results definitely shine through on their monstrous full length debut on Ubiquity Records, The Killion Floor. The album contains a solid collection of heavy hitting, organic soul grooves, including a stellar version of "Funky Nassau" and a killer cover of Isaac Hayes' "Do Your Thing," which feature the sultry vocals of Fanny Franklin.

Orgone's reputation has been growing steadily, as evident on their impressive resume that includes touring as the backing band for The Pharcyde and Plantlife, and backing the legendary Eddie Bo at the Hurricane Katrina benefit. Some of the band members have also performed and recorded with such acts as Breakestra, Dakah (the 30-piece hip hop orchestra), as well as The Lions and Connie Price.

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Heath Ledger

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, January 23, 2008 08:27am | Post a Comment
I can't even bring myself to post a picture here.  Tragedy and anguish for his family, senseless bewilderment for all who looked to him with respect to his talent and potential.  Confusing and inexplicable, especially to a 2 year old, who hasn't just lost her dad, but has to grow up in a world as cold and cruel as this one:

the papers:

Outside the Manhattan building on an upscale street, paparazzi and gawkers gathered, and several police officers put up barricades to control the crowd of about 300. Onlookers craned their necks as officers brought out a black bodybag on a gurney, took it across the sidewalk and put it into a medical examiner's office van.

As the door opened, bystanders snapped pictures with camera phones, rolled video and said, "He's coming out!"    (AP)


What is this? Who are we, and how dare any of us lay claim to be living in a civilized world? It has all gone so far past decency for me, that I can't imagine our society ever finding it's way back to common decency. I'm a fool to ever think anything else about this place. If there had been camera phones when M. Monroe died, the same situation would have unfolded. Years after I am gone, the same ugliness will happen. I never had humanity on a pedestal, but I certainly thought we were much better than yelling barbarians with cell phones taking pictures of a young father being taken out in a bodybag.

Something has gone terribly wrong with Evolution - in fact, for those like Presidential hopeful Huckabee, things are even more disturbing if you can call this Creationism. It matters not one bit how you look at how we got here: what matters is that there is something terribly, awfully wrong with how we have turned out.

                                                   - The Insomniac, still not sleeping

40Love hits the Amoeba SF stage

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, January 20, 2008 06:10pm | Post a Comment

The San Francisco Amoeba’s first in-store performance of 2008 - and what better way to set off the new year than with a live hip hop show?! (LIVE indeed…) It was just before six p.m. as I stood stage-side awaiting San Francisco based crew, 40Love’s set in support of their debut, full-length release: Advantage. This was my second opportunity to see them in action as my first, only a week prior, was to a packed house a the popular Milk Bar where they opened up for a duo of heavy-hitting out-of-towners. 

(Impressive…)

 


Soon after a quick opening set from SF natives, Dregs One and his crew, GMC, 40Love’s DJ Whooligan, local favorite and former Amoeboid… much love, stepped up to the 1’s & 2’s rockin’ a fat gold chain, which immediately etched a wide smile across my face. One by one the 40Love crew was introduced to the stage and the steadily growing crowd applauded the home team. They set it off with a real banger, just as they should, and (emcee) G-Off hits the beat runnin’ with a polished flow that packs a punch and doesn’t let up ‘til the show’s over. In fact… They ALL do. Fellow emcee, Mikos, who also takes on  the task of production for the trio, equally held his own on the mic -- something that so many have tried and failed at in hip hop. (Don’t front!)

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The Butcher Rests

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, January 19, 2008 09:22am | Post a Comment

Allan Melvin passed away this week, and regardless of the headline - he was far more than Sam the Butcher: he also was beloved in The Phil Silvers Show, All In The Family, appearances on Gomer Pyle, The Andy Griffith Show and The Dick Van Dyke Show. A lot of folks who remember Magilla Gorilla don't even realized that Magilla was voiced by Mr. Melvin.

Nonetheless ...  to many he will always be remembered as the love interest of Alice (Nelson), the maid on The Brady Bunch - played by Ann B. Davis. In this day and age, how many of us even know the name of our local butcher ... heck, how many of us still eat meat?

It's an era passing by, and I pause here to stand solemnly as it slides by us in the night, never to return.

Our respects and condolences go out to his wife and family.


           

Steroid abuse from baseball to ... music?

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, January 15, 2008 11:53am | Post a Comment
I'm reading today about how the District Attorney of Albany, N.Y., David Soares, is investigating allegations that 50 Cent, Mary J. Blige and "others" have been using steroids. (Thank you Digital Music News for the tip.)

Am I the only one who finds this to be absurd beyond comprehension?

Maybe I'm cynical, but hmmm ... they skipped right over the entire NFL (National Football League) in the 'steroid scandal.'

I have an idea! Here's the proud pigskin man of the NFL back in the early days:

 









- and here's a later shot of a steroids slammin NFL player:



....and they have skipped over every violent offender on their docket to go after soul singers? Rap dudes? Seriously?! Come in, american justice upholders! Come in! Are you there? Have you been abducted by Aliens? Should I expect Donald Sutherland to walk up and point at me now and make that horrible screaming noise?


Did someone slip some wacky juice into my cereal or is this a clear cut case of someone pathetically going after HEADLINES?

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