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10 Ways to Celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Posted by Amoebite, January 12, 2016 06:20pm | Post a Comment

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Monday, Jan. 18 marks Martin Luther King, Jr. Day this year, which falls near the civil rights leader’s 87th birthday on Jan. 15. If you’ve got the day off, there are great opportunities to celebrate the day by hitting up some museums you’ve been meaning to check out or engage in other relevant cultural experiences. Whether you’re in L.A. or the Bay, we’ve got you covered.

LOS ANGELES

-The California African American Museum holds an annual “Cake for King” celebration from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The free, family-friendly event, held at the museum in Exposition Park, includes an art workshop, documentaries, storytelling, face painting, documentaries and a slice of homemade cake, while it lasts.

-The 31st Annual Kingdom Day Parade is the largest parade in the United States celebrating Dr. King. It starts on Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard at Western Avenue and runs down Crenshaw Boulevard to Vernon Avenue. The parade will feature marching bands, drill teams and tons of floats. Free to attend. It runs from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

-LACMA is free day on MLK, Jr. day and will offer bilingual tours, a family sketching activity, and live music by Dixieland blues/swing band The California Feetwarmers and the California Feetwarmers Dancers at 12:30 p.m. and 2:45 p.m. It opens at 11 a.m.

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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with French-Cuban Duo Ibeyi

Posted by Amoebite, January 12, 2016 05:02pm | Post a Comment

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Ibeyi means "twins" in Yoruba, the language spoken by the Nigerian ancestors of musical twin sisters Lisa-Kainde and Naomi Diaz. Born in Cuba but raised in Paris, the duo fuse elements of jazz, electronica, Afro-Cuban, and French music. Naomi plays traditional Spanish/Cuban percussion instruments cajon and Bata drum while Lisa-Kainde plays piano and serves as the group's main vocalist, with lyrics in English and Yoruba.

IbeyiFollowing the death of their father, legendary Cuban percussionist Anga Di­az (Buena Vista Social ClubIrakere), the sisters began performing around Paris while still in their teens. In 2013, Ibeyi signed to XL Recordings for the release of their debut EP, Oya. Their self-titled full-length was released in February 2015. You can catch them performing at Coachella and the Sasquatch Music Festival this spring.

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New Year, NxWorries

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, January 11, 2016 06:58pm | Post a Comment

NxWorriesBy Double Ay

Together, Anderson Paak and Knxwledge are NxWorries. Singer Anderson Paak and producer Knxwledge deliver one of Stones Throw Records’s final releases to close out 2015 and it may be what we’ve been waiting for all year. Their EP Link Up & Suede is a must hear.

Anderson Paak and Knwxledge are artists that ought to be on your radar in 2016. Both had big years in 2015; Anderson Paak, a soul singer out of Oxnard, California, was featured on four of the 16 tracks on Dr. Dre’s newest album, Compton, and Stones Throw producer Knwxledge landed production on Kendrick Lamar’s 2015 album, To Pimp A Butterfly. Individually, both artists are pounding out music; Paak is constantly giving us new content on his SoundCloud while Knxwledge has released over 60 projects on his Bandcamp in the past five years. All of their material has been noteworthy, but the two of them coming together for Link Up & Suede has to be some of their best work yet.

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Amoeba's Favorite David Bowie Albums

Posted by Billy Gil, January 11, 2016 06:50pm | Post a Comment

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There are few artists who unite music fans like David Bowie does. News of his passing hit us hard at Amoeba. As we're all still reeling and grieving the loss of this immeasurably influential and beloved artist, we've been sharing stories with each other about the first time we heard Bowie, and what his music and persona meant to us each individually. We've compiled anecdotes from some of the Amoeba staff about our favorite Bowie albums, and we hope you'll share with us your Bowie memories in the comments.

KAREN: It is nearly impossible to pick a "favorite" bowie record. He has always been in my life, and each new record would make me stop and listen. 
 
When i first took notice, it was probably the Hunky Dory record. I had seen his name and the albums in the record store before: Space Oddity, The Man Who Sold the World. I was 10 years old and already haunted record stores almost daily. That record was one in my collection amongst The Jackson 5's ABC, Simon & Garfunkel's Sounds of Silence, Marvin Gaye's What's Going On, Cat Stevens' Tea for the Tillerman, Rod Stewart's Gasoline Alley, Badfinger's Straight Up, The Beatles, Elton John, Aretha, The Who, Velvet Underground. He was part of the wallpaper of images and sounds that I was gobbling up voraciously. Exploring all of it.
 
But I would have to say Ziggy Stardust was the one that got me. I already felt like an outsider. I didn't know yet that we ALL did. And he spoke to that part of us. He gave that unique, creative, brave spirit inside of us a voice. A deep voice. A fearless, shocking, exhilarating, comforting voice.

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David Bowie [1947 - 2016]

Posted by Billyjam, January 11, 2016 04:49am | Post a Comment
David Bowie, who turned 69 on Friday, died yesterday from cancer. "David Bowie died peacefully today surrounded by his family after a courageous 18-month battle with cancer," said a statement released late last night via social media that requested privacy for his family during their time of grief. His death came as a shock to fans far and wide who had no idea of his battle with cancer.
 
"The nearly 70-year-old artist is showing no signs of slowing down. Far from it," the Amoeblog's own Billy Gil wrote on his 69th birthday, just two days before his passing, when he released his 25th studio album Blackstar (also available on vinyl). With the release of the new album, Bowie had been getting a lot of mainstream and social media attention over the past few days so when the totally unexpected news of his death first began to circulate late last night the general reaction was one of disbelief, many thinking it to be a hoax. Sadly it is not, although so far the type of cancer he died from is not known.
 
Bowie has always been one of my favorite artists and his was the very first rock concert I ever attended as a young kid (Southampton Civic Centre, England, June 1972, Ziggy Stardust tour). He was many others' favorite too, and today tributes are being paid to Bowie all over the world including at the Hollywood Walk of Fame where he is immortalized with his own star. Below is a ten music video tribute (newest to oldest) to the incredibly talented and highly influential British artist who defied categorization and whose musical (and fashion) styles were constantly evolving and changing. Rest in peace David Bowie!


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