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Prince

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, February 1, 2009 06:20am | Post a Comment
Prince Rogers Nelson is easily the most daring, inventive, and subversive pop star in contemporary music. He is just as much Cole Porter as he is James Brown. Using an R&B aesthetic base, he has interwoven punk rock, rock & roll, pop, jazz, blues, and new wave to carve out a sound that is American, uniquely African-American.

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His diverse background, varied music palette, and pop/showbiz mentality can be credprince rogers nelsonited to his Minnesota upbringing. Like Bob Dylan (also from MN), he balances spirituality and humanity with heartache and yearning. He is part spiritual leader, religious zealot, sensualist and priest of carnality. His work is visceral yet calculated, both frank and overt. This is all anchored by his genius for laying out a great tune. I mean, who princecaught the first time that "Raspberry Beret" was a tale of a person losing his virginity? With attention to detail draped in poetry and the abstract, the lyrics sound idiosyncratic and real as anything Joni Mitchell ever wrote. But songs like "Darling Nikki" expose a rawness and sexiness balanced in a tale about the love and loss found in a one night stand. So what is he about? What does it all mean?

Prince's music, story and career are so singular that many have tried to trace where this all comes from. The Minnesota link was a start; maybe it's his mixed African-American heritage. Who knows? But Prince has continued time and time again to break the mold of pop constraints, social uptight-ness, cold war hysteria, bible reading, and corporate rock greed. And through all of Prince's moods, phases, flings, mysteries and crusades, he has gotten us to wonder, follow and believe with one thing-- our own body. So where it "all comes from" is beyond us all, but where it goes is rapidly obvious -- we feel it in our bodies. There is no doubt he has moved us.  

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Dexter Gordon

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, February 1, 2009 06:16am | Post a Comment
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I recently rewatched the movie Round Midnight, for which Dexter Gordon was nominated for an round midnightAcademy Award. The story is taken from a nonfiction book on Bud Powell's life in Paris called Dance of the Infidels. In the 50s and 60s, many Americans took off to Europe. Many African Americans had extended stays because they were treated with more respect than they had been here in the USA. Like Bud Powell, Dexter Gordon also set up a base in Europe, but issuedexter gordond recordings made over there through the NYC located Blue Note label. He would also visit the states every once in a while to record. Each is recommended, including Doin' Allright,  A Swingin' Affair and One Flight Up.

Mr. Gordon finally returned to USA for good in 1976, and continued to record on a regular basis. One of the standout later recordings was made here in North Beach at the sadly long gone Keystone Corner. There's a jazz mural there now. Mosaic Records put out a budget priced three disc set of all the recorded material from that residency-- well worth a listen.

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Amoeba Art Show Seeks Warholians

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, January 21, 2009 06:27pm | Post a Comment
In collaboration with the East Bay Express and the de Young Museum, Amoeba will be presenting its 3rd Annual Art Show in Emeryville this coming March 6! While celebrating local artists and their work, the show additionally aims to pay homage to the renowned Andy Warhol.

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To this end, the East Bay Express, is hosting a special Warhol-inspired Film Festival, which will take place at the Art Show. The show is looking for submissions -- you can win $5andy warhol's factory00!

Here are the rules:

-Film must be edited to not exceed 15 minutes in length.
-Must be shot, acted and edited in the style and period of Warhol's films.
-Original script and film concept required.
-Scenes and dialogue from Warhol's films cannot be used.

You can submit final copies of your film on DVD by Feb 25 to:
East Bay Express
Attn: Sarah Hammill
1335 Stanford Ave, Ste 100
Emeryville, CA 94warhol's empire608

You could win:

-Grand Prize of $500
-Amoeba gift certificates
-Screening at the Art Show March 6
-Screening at the de Young on April 24
-Recognition in the East Bay Express
-Video hosting on EastBayExpress.com

So foil up your apartment, get your wigs out and your go go boots, and go crazy! Or just film one building. All day. 24 hours. It's all up to you and your own inspired creativity!


Animal Collective Listening Party

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, January 8, 2009 04:26pm | Post a Comment
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On Tuesday we had a Listening Party at the Knockout here in San Francisco to celebrate the release of Animal Collective's excitedly awaited new record, Merriweather Post Pavilion.

 
The packed crowd at the event bubbled with anticipation as they first took in local band French Miami's live set. Merriweather Post Pavilion was played next, and according to event hostess Tarin, "I didn't see anyone without a smile on their face." The record's play was followed by a live set from Maus Haus, while attendees continued to drink, laugh and dance.

The album came out this week, but only on vinyl. The CD will be out January 20th, but the vinyl is already out of print. We still have a very few copies left here at Amoeba SF, so if you're wanting the new Animal Collective on vinyl, the time is now -- hurry on down to Amoeba SF and grab it OR click here to mail order it from us!

In the meantime, check out some photos from the Listening Party, (mostly) taken by the fabulous DJ Gilmore, who can be seen below modeling the album:

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Merriweather Post Pavilion with DJ as your model.

A Year in the Life of Amoeba Berkeley

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, December 31, 2008 05:33pm | Post a Comment
Over at Amoeba Music Berkeley, 2008 has been a year full of thrilling instores and special events. Keep reading to check out about some of the hand-picked highlights:

In February, hyperactive punk band the Black Lips stopped by for an energetic instore appearance. You can see all the pictures from this event on our website here. You can also watch an interview and performance from their Amoeba Hollywood appearance right here.

black lips at amoeba

February also saw an instore by Bay Area favorites the Drive By Truckers, who brought a little twang to the Berkeley store on Valentine's Day.

drive by truckers at amoeba

In honor of Record Store Day at the Berkeley store, Pam the Funkstress of The Coup brought it on the ones and twos, several other DJs had sets and gift certificate giveaways occured throughout the day.

pam the funkstress of the coup

In the Spring, the store was treated to the pastoral, golden-toned sounds of local faves Vetiver. You can check out an exclusive interview with frontman Andy Cabic right here and see more pictures from the show here!

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