Posted by Billyjam, June 19, 2009 07:00am | Post a Comment
Amoeba Music Berkeley Hip-Hop Top Five: 06:19:09

Mos Def
1) Mos Def The Ecstatic (Downtown)

2) J Dilla Jay Stay Paid (Nature Sounds)

3) Black Eyed Peas The E.N.D. (Interscope)

4) DJ Quik & Kurupt Blaqkout (Mad Science)

5) Eminem Relapse (Shady/Aftemath/Interscope)

Following two less than impressive albums (2004's The New Danger and 2006's True Magic) from an artist who has the skills to deliver more, Mos Def returns with his strongest release in many years, The Ecstatic on Downtown. This is the New York emcee's fourth solo release. The new 16 track album, this week's number one hip-hop release at Amoeba Music Berkeley, returns Mos Def to closer to the magic captured on his debut Black on Both Sides ten years ago and his earlier Black Star days than he has been in quite a while.

Maybe the renaissance man (who also has a successful active acting career, including the award nominated role he had in last year's movie Cadillac Records) was spreading himself too thin up til recently to deliver a solid hip-hop album like this one. Or maybe the fact that for this record he had, among others, Madlib, his younger Mos Def The Ecstaticbrother Oh No, Preservation, Mr Flash, and even the late J Dilla on production duties, all of whose beats and mixes perfectly compliment Def's smooth flow. J Dilla's production was for the song "History" featuring Talib Kweli, Mos Def's other half in the legendary hip-hop duo Black Star.

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This Week At The New Beverly!

Posted by phil blankenship, June 18, 2009 11:22pm | Post a Comment
This Week At The New Beverly

The full June Calendar is online, July available soon!

Friday & Saturday June 19 & 20

The Story Of Two Epic Rivalries

The Duellists (1977)
Beautiful Recently Made 35mm Print!
Ridley Scott's Feature Film Directial Debut
Cannes Film Festival Best First Work Award Winner Ridley Scott
dir. Ridley Scott, starring Keith Carradine, Harvey Keitel, Albert Finney, Edward Fox, Cristina Raines
Fri: 7:30; Sat: 2:55 & 7:30, Watch The Trailer!

The Duellists... may well remain one of the most dazzling visual experiences throughout all of 1978. The movie, set during the Napoleonic Wars, uses its beauty much in the way that other movies use soundtrack music, to set mood, to complement scenes and even to contradict them. Sometimes it's almost too much, yet the camerawork, which is by Frank Tidy, provides the Baroque style by which the movie operates on our senses, making the eccentric drama at first compelling and ultimately breathtaking. - Vincent Canby, The New York Times

New Electronic CD Releases 6/19/09

Posted by Oliver / Matt / Jordan, June 18, 2009 03:26pm | Post a Comment
Endless Forms
Crosstown Rebels

This is the debut full-length release by Berlin by-way-of Saint Louis Alphahouse label-head, Andrew Rasse, aka Butane. Endless Forms is the future of electronic music, exploring fresh directions and true experiments in sound, heralding the arrival of one of the more pioneering artists of our times. The title is a homage to Darwin, the true master of progress, and the discoverer of evolution. Butane took inspiration from Darwin's concepts, considering "all the complexity that surrounds us has developed from ultimate simplicity." Working from this notion, Butane has created a project that holds the beauty of simplicity, yet listen carefully, and you can hear the intricacy of its craftsmanship. "This Is Your Brain On Music" takes a sample from Daniel Levitin, a neuroscientist/musician, talking about his book and encapsulating the message of the album -- "that scientific and philosophic inquiry into the nature of things leads to new forms of artistic expression." Endless Forms drifts through the organic sounds of Butane's production in tracks such as "His Story" and "Mutation," each creating new patterns in the engineering of modern techno. "Transmit The Music In Me," "Almost Finished," and "Idle" further augment the atmosphere, where industrial beats encounter laid-back harmony. Taking influence from evolution, he embodies a wide musical range, encompassing anything from seamlessly-blended soul-led techno to warm, deep, cerebral house music.


Le Sacre Du Printemps
Macro Recordings


Posted by Billyjam, June 18, 2009 10:40am | Post a Comment

All these years later, music's king of parody "Weird Al" Yankovic is still doing his thing, as proven by his latest release "Craigslist" which is a parody of Jim Morrison and The Doors' "When The Music's Over." And if the music sounds really like the Doors, that's because The Doors' keyboardist Ray Manzarek is playing on the new Weird Al version. But Jim Morrison isn't the only musician Weird Al seems to be channeling on "Craigslist." Check out the video at the time point 3:12 to 3:14, when Weird Al says "No tip for you." Doesn't he sound exactly like Jello Biafra? I think he does. The video above was directed by Liam Lynch. For more info on Weird Al, visit his website or MySpace


Posted by Billyjam, June 17, 2009 08:00pm | Post a Comment
                                              Flipper "Ha Ha Ha" (1980 Live @ Flipper Berkeley Square)
In the two video clips, above and below, Flipper, one of the greatest bands of all time, play their timeless track "Ha Ha Ha," first in 1980 and then in 2009. The 1980 video clip shows the legendary and unique San Francisco punk band playing "Ha Ha Ha" along with the song "Oh Oh Ay Oh" at the long gone East Bay nightclub the Berkeley Square in July of 1980, about a year after the band had formed.

And below is a video of Flipper performing the song at a recent free in-store at Amoeba Berkeley in April 2009 with a line up that included Ted Falconi on guitar, Bruce Loose performing vocals, Steve DePace on drums, and Rachel Thoele on bass in only her second gig with the band. 

The in-store coincided with the group's classic albums being reissued on vinyl. A little over a year earlier, in February 2008, Flipper also did an Amoeba in-store when they played the San Francisco Amoeba Music store. For an interview with the band from their 2008 San Francisco Amoeba instore, click here.

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