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GQ Style’s Vinyl Jazz Bundle

Posted by Amoebite, October 23, 2016 07:40pm | Post a Comment

In the Holiday issue of GQ Style (on newsstands now), photographer Christian Weber photographed ten of the greatest living jazz musicians for an epic portfolio. To celebrate, we’ve bundled this exclusive set of LPs representing every artist in the shoot. It’s 11 albums in total, all on speaker-melting vinyl. At checkout, enter the code GQSTYLE15 to receive 15 percent off the retail price of $305.78.

Chick Corea "Vigil" Chick Corea - Vigil (2013) [180 Gram Vinyl, 2 LP Set] - $36.98

With Flying Lotus and his ilk busy making fusion cool again, 2013 was a good time for Chick Corea to revive his flashy '70s aesthetic. The Vigil should've been a breakthrough that year: From its proggy, groove-driven themes right down to the unabashedly grandiose cover art—which depicts Corea as a questing knight much like the one that adorned Romantic Warrior, a 1976 album by his high-flying supergroup Return to Forever—the album feels like a rediscovered crate digger's treasure.
Roy Haynes "We Three" Roy Haynes - We Three (1959) - $24.98

Bay Area Record Fair, November 6

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, October 23, 2016 07:21pm | Post a Comment

This year the Bay Area Record Fair (aka BARF) brings together the best and brightest in local music from around the Bay Area to the Swedish American Hall on Sunday, November 6th. Their celebration of the local music scene and the people who help make it happen welcomes over 30 independent record labels (Alternative TentaclesMelters, Death Records, Fat Wreck Chords, Father/Daughter, Empty Cellar...just to name a few) providing hours of browsing and buying enjoyment for you! The event is FREE and starts at noon, but you can get a jump on the crate digging at 11:00am with an early bird ticket for just $5! Get those early bird tickets HERE.


Besides browsing the bins and kibitzing with local label folks, there will be guest DJs spinning throughout the day, plus two huge prize packs being raffled off including Different Fur studio time, a U-Turn Audio turntable, Vinyl Me, Please subscriptions, Meze Headphones, SF Guitarworks guitar setup, Pirates Press credit, and more! Check out your raffle ticket buying options HERE. See you at the Fair!
 

Bay Area Record Fair, BARF

Amoeba Hollywood Carries New Selection of Modern Board Games

Posted by Amoebite, October 20, 2016 06:43pm | Post a Comment

Amoeba Music, Board Games- By Chris Curtis

A home entertainment considered completely outmoded or obsolete by the mainstream public re-emerges after years of neglect into newfound popularity. Sounds like the story of the vinyl LP, right? Well, it is, but it’s also the story of an even older recreation that may seem passé in today’s high-tech world. The board game, which dates back at least to Ancient Egypt, has made a dramatic comeback in recent years. But in most cases, it’s not old games being revived. Rather, hundreds of new titles are being produced annually by both established companies and upstart indies, many via crowdfunding. It’s been said we’re living through the Golden Age of Boardgames, and while other artforms may have had their best days behind them, it’s inspiring to see a craft refining itself and getting objectively better.

The ball got rolling for modern games in the mid-'90s with a German game called Settlers of Catan. It gained worldwide popularity, and impressed many with its ease of play and elegant and efficient game mechanics. For Americans, who had grown up on luck-based roll-the-dice-and-move games, Catan and other “Eurogames” showed that gameplay could be more strategic yet still light and casual. Interest was stoked by word-of-mouth and the internet, and by the early 2000s American game designers and manufacturers were taking note, and responding with strong titles of their own. Designers from around the world increasingly jumped into the creative arena, with Japan especially producing many outstanding games.

What specifically makes modern games (or “Designer” games - so-called because the creator’s name is Amoeba Music, Board Gamesusually on the box) different than games we’re accustomed to? Very few function like Monopoly, where the player is constant victim to the whims of the dice and board, landing on a space and following instructions. Many have no dice at all and some involve only cards or tiles. Usually, players will have at least one meaningful decision to make every time their turn comes up, so strategy plays a greater role. Themes are often fanciful or historical, which can make the game more immersive, especially with well-designed components and artwork. Designer games are often less cut-throat and confrontational than games like Sorry. They avoid player elimination (i.e., you go bankrupt and must sit out the remainder of the game) and typically keep the running time under an hour or so with less downtime. Many games can be played in 20 minutes or less, which make them easier to fit into contemporary schedules.

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New Video for Kool Keith & MF Doom's "Super Hero" Collaboration from "Feature Magnetic"

Posted by Billyjam, October 20, 2016 04:12pm | Post a Comment

Kool Keith "Super Hero (feat. MF Doom) from Feature Magnetic  (Mello Music Group, 2016)

Today two of hip-hop's most innovative artists, Kool Keith and MF Doom (aka DOOM), published the music video for their excellent collaborative track "Super Hero." The booming bass track, which is produced by Kool Keith under the alias  Number One Producer, is found on his recent Mello Music Group release  Feature Magnetic (also avail in LP/vinyl format). Meantime the brand new accompanying music video above is directed by Kris Merc for Aardman Nathan Love Animation Studio, and interestingly does not include either of the artists in person in the production.  As such it is accurately described by its makers as a non-stop quick-mix cascade of,  "infinite GIFs, incredible models of DOOMs mask and Black Elvis wigs, Doc Oct surgeries, and space flights." The video's futuristic Sci-Fi visuals are the perfect match for Doom's persona and Keith's left-field, stream of consciousness, comic-book inspired lyrics that reference such things as drinking tea with the X-Men watching chicks with D-cups, eating shrimp, and driving monster truck Lamborghini's.

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Eclectic, Non-Commercial, Listener Supported, UC Berkeley Radio Station KALX 90.7FM Currently Holding Its Fall Fundraiser

Posted by Billyjam, October 19, 2016 05:32pm | Post a Comment
Casual radio listeners, conditioned to judging a station's format by whatever they hear upon first tuning in, sure must be dumbfounded if they ever stumble upon KALX at 90.7FM on their radio dial. Because at any given time you never know what kind of music you might hear on the eclectic, non-commercial, UC Berkeley listener sponsored radio station, currently holding their Fall Fundraiser.  For example in one freeform music hour over this past weekend the diverse music mix shifted through varying genres, decades and BPMs. Tracks off such new albums as De La Soul's recommended hip-hop release and the Anonymous Nobody...(also on LP) and LA rock-cellist Helen Money's (Alison Chesley) Become Zero on Thrill Jockey  got played alongside such previous era releases as the 2002 album Thought for Food (Tomlab) by "folktronic" duo The Books, and the early 1970's pop rock, doobie themed hit "One Toke Over the Line" by Brewer & Shipley. And it all flowed together perfectly thanks to the DJ on the air: Alisa, Queen of the Cowbell. It was the final hour of the always excellent and enlightening longtime KALX DJ's biweekly, Friday night, 9:30pm to midnight, slot that she alternates with Berkestir. Both are among the volunteer roster of gifted DJs on the East Bay radio station that has long championed eclecticism in its programming.

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