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An Other 'Best Music of 2016' List

Posted by Rick Frystak, December 31, 2016 01:45pm | Post a Comment

 


by Rick Frystak


Here in The Choice Bin, the wealth of superior new music that I get to be exposed to is just staggering.
The wealth of music around this whole planet is astounding, limited only by one's desires, with each new release or deep-dug reissue a shiny object for us to be drawn to. Walk into an Amoeba, an indie record store or check into some genre-specific internet radio and real college radio and you'll know what I mean. And this year was no exception for those who actively seek out new and old sounds and enjoy doing so.

As a youth I was glued to my AM and then FM radio, listening to Rock, Soul, Jazz and 20th Century Classical revelation. Some hosts would even compare hi-fi gear live on the air, using the latest LP cuts. We waited impatiently for stuff we'd heard to arrive at the 3 or 4 record stores in the vicinity. Then I rode to the record shop and bought my favorites, back then in mono for $1 cheaper, and later driving into Westwood for some small-label LP or expensive import that was a must-have. 

With the passing of many of our heroes so devastating, each moment of immersing oneself in their language and legacy is a precious one. And of course, there are the highly talented younger artists that bring a fresh, but well-informed element to their work and sometimes usher in new eras. Compelling, unfamiliar music seems to be discovered by me daily. Then to hear someone say, ''...nothing's happening musically now'', just sounds goofy. 

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The Top 20 Soundtracks of 2016

Posted by Amoebite, December 29, 2016 04:51pm | Post a Comment

Top 20 soundtracks of 2016

There were lots of soundtrack releases to choose from this year, with many limited edition color vinyl versions creating excitement and selling out fast. Soundtracks play an incredibly important role in films by directors Quentin Tarantino, David Lynch, and Nicolas Winding Refn, so it's no surprise that they each had two soundtracks appear on this list. Music from Star Wars films, new and old, made it on this list as well. Read on to see what made each soundtrack release so special.

Suicide Squad the Album

20. Various Artists - Suicide Squad: The Album

Although the movie was not incredibly well-received by critics, the soundtrack - which features Skrillex, Twenty One Pilots, G-Eazy, Panic! at the Disco, Eminem & more - landed it into our top sellers of the year.

Released on CD and LP.

Noir City 15: The Big Knockover, January 20-29

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, December 28, 2016 07:06pm | Post a Comment
Noir City

The Film Noir Foundation's world-famous and fabulous yearly NOIR CITY film festival returns to San Asphalt JungleFrancisco's legendary Castro Theatre for its 15th year anniversary, January 20-29. This year's theme is "The Big Knockover" and the fest delivers 24 exceptional films ranging from the late-1940s to today and from all parts of the globe. That's almost 70 years of heists, hold-ups, and schemes gone wrong.

NOIR CITY 15's lineup explores the desperate lengths to which people will go to beat the system and hit the big time, charting a veritable history of the heist film from black & white Hollywood classics such as Criss Cross (1949) and The Asphalt Jungle (1950) to stunning contemporary thrillers like El Aura (2005) and Victoria (2015).

"This year's focus on heist movies provides the perfect opportunity to venture beyond the 1940s and '50s to show how noir has expanded and transformed over the decades," said NOIR CITY festival producer and host, Eddie Muller. "To me, it's one of the most exciting programs we've ever done. The movies are terrific individually, but viewed as a 66-year chronological storyline, this program is a uniquely powerful experience."

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1990's Promo Pics Pt V: Guru's Jazzmatazz, Dove Shack, P.M. Dawn, Das EFX, Special Ed, Mac Vo, Prince Markie Dee + more

Posted by Billyjam, December 27, 2016 11:33pm | Post a Comment

GURU's Jazzmatazz Chrysalis/EMI 1996 promo pic by Thierry Le Goues


The above Jazzmatazz promo pic by Thierry Le Goues for Empire Management was sent out by the Chrysalis/EMI publicity department in 1996 as part of the press package for GURU's Jazzmatazz Volume II The New Reality. That was the side project by Gang Starr's GURU (Gifts Unlimited Rhymes Universal) in which he collaborated with over 20 different talented artists including Donald Byrd, Ronny Jordan, Freddie Hubbard, Chaka Khan, Ramsey Lewis and Kool Keith. It's one of eleven photos in this latest installment of the 1990's Promo Pics Amoeblog series. The series is a tribute to artists as well as the photographers and record labels responsible for sending them out at the time. The previous posts in this series (1990's Promo Pics Part I Part II, Part III , and Part IV)  included such artists as The Roots, Ras KassA Tribe Called Quest, Tha Alkaholiks, Big Daddy Kane,  Beastie Boys, DJ QUIK, The Beatnuts, O.C.Masta Ace Incorporated and Black Sheep.  This latest installment series, featuring mostly 1995 and 1996 promos shots, includes such artists, photographers, and labels as the Mercury Records photo of Blahzay Blahzay by Sue Kwon, Profile Records pictures of both Special Ed (by Micheal Benabib) and MT (by Tim Carter), Relativity's promo shot by B+ of Mac Vo, Gee Street's photo of P.M. Dawn by Chris Cuffaro, East West's pic of Das EFX by Butch Belair, and Prince Markie Dee of the Fat Boys fame pic for Motown. Others include Panther the Apache's pic by Brian Jahn for Boom Sonic Records, The Justin Warfield Supernaut's pic by Stephen Stickler for Quest/Reprise, and The Dove Shack for the Def Jam/Rush Associated Labels (RAL).



The Best "What's In My Bag?" Episodes of 2016

Posted by Amoebite, December 27, 2016 03:54pm | Post a Comment

The Best  "What's In My Bag?" episodes of 2016

Season 9 of What's In My Bag? kicked off with our first double feature - one episode featuring all the members of Future Islands and a second video with the lead singer, Sam Herring, devoted to his hip hop picks. And from there we barreled headlong into the first weeks of 2016 with several of our favorite episodes, including Savages, The Internet, and Flea & Amy-Jo Albany. We had a lot of fun this season and we were fortunate enough to talk to an electronic music pioneer, a celebrated film director, a Supreme, a Japanese artist and producer, a fashion designer, and many, many more. 

Here are our 15 favorite episodes from season 9. Enjoy and thanks for watching!!

 

The Internet

The six members of LA-based soul band The Internet definitely brought the fun while sharing a few of the artists and albums that impacted them growing up. Their lighthearted goofiness and easy dynamic was pure entertainment, but their picks were genuine and from the heart.

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