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Arp's Alexis Georgopoulos Chats

Posted by Miss Ess, March 21, 2009 06:15pm | Post a Comment
Alexis Georgopoulos has been a creative force in the San Francisco scene for many years, first making music with the band Tussle and then in his current incarnation, Arp. Arp's release In Light is a textural and warmth-exuding record that has added something new and welcome to the electronica section of Amoeba. Recently Alexis packed it up and moved to New York City where he plans to continue composing his balmy and atmospheric tunes while also working on a multitude of other projects, notably within the gallery scene there. Here, Alexis chats about those projects, his work in Arp, and also details what we can assume are just a few of his myriad influences and inspirations.

alexis georgeopoulos, arp

Miss Ess: How did you come up with your sound for Arp? What was your vision?


Alexis: After leaving Tussle, I started experimenting with analog synthesizers. Initally, Matthew Higgs (curator of White Columns gallery in Manhattan) asked if I'd do an installation for an exhibit he was putting together at New Langton Center for the Arts. When I learned it was a collaboration with an architect, I realized the music I'd justarp in light started making with analog synthesizers might work really well. So the first public Arp project, Cloud, was a modular room on wheels set up with a featherbed (just large enough for two people to lie down on or three to sit), two speakers and a few of my musical pieces on infinite repeat. I took the gallerists' sanity into consideration by picking pieces that I hoped could be heard again and again without driving them crazy.

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R.I.P. NEW ORLEANS PIANO GREAT EDDIE BO

Posted by Billyjam, March 21, 2009 02:19pm | Post a Comment
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Legendary New Orleans pianist, singer, songwriter and producer Eddie Bo (born Edwin Joseph Bocage) died of a heart attack on Wednesday. He was 79 years of age. One of the last great New Orleans piano professors, he was described by New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival producer Quint Davis as a "kind of a bridge between Professor Longhair and Allen Toussaint."

Known for an eclectic style that drew from jazz, funk, RnB, and rock 'n roll, Eddie Bo's 1962 hit "Check Mr. Popeye" inspired a dance craze at the time. Other notable hits by the incredibly prolific artist, who over the years released singles on a number of different record labels such as Ace, Ric, Apollo, Chess, and Bo Sound (his own imprint) included "Check Your Bucket" and "Hook and Sling," which was a Billboard Top 20 RnB hit in 1969.

The artist grew up in Algiers and the 9th Ward of New Orleans and graduated from Booker T. Washington eddie boHigh School followed by a stint in the US Army. Upon his return to New Orleans, he studied arranging and composing at the Grunewald School of Music, and soon after began his music career.

In addition to his own catalog and appearing (in recent decades) on albums with the Dirty Dozen Brass Band and George Porter Jr., Eddie Bo's music has been covered by many others, most notably Etta James, who had a hit in 1959 doing a cover of his song "Dearest Darling," and Little Richard, who adapted Bo's song "I'm Wise" to make it the song "Slippin' and Slidin." 

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Manhunt

Posted by phil blankenship, March 21, 2009 11:49am | Post a Comment
Manhunt starring Henry Silva  Manhunt directed by Fernando Di Leo

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Oh Bondage!

Posted by Mr. Chadwick, March 21, 2009 12:22am | Post a Comment
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house of commons patriot lp coverpaul hyde & the payolas here's the world for ya lp coverheaven 17 penthouse and pavement 12" cover
nelson slater wild angel lp coveryvonne fair the bitch is black lp coverchi-chi favelas rock solid  cover
miracle help lp covermartin circus coverthe gimmicks high heels 10" cover

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Coachella 2009 30/30 Initiative: Silversun Pickups

Posted by Amoebite, March 20, 2009 10:16pm | Post a Comment
127 Bands, 5 Stages, 3 Days and 1 Mean Sunburn.

"Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival - April 17-19th, 2009 or: How I Learned To Stop Worrying and Find 30 Reasons To Love a Weekend in the Desert."

- By Scott Butterworth
 

Day #4 - Artist #4 - Silversun Pickups:


What is a Silversun Pickup anyways? I know a pickup is the part of an electric guitar that translates the vibration of the strings into an electrical signal, but  naming your band after an accentuated part of your intsrument? Sounds like an idea that was originated by a circle of hippies sitting on a hill. Why not name it "Mother of Pearl Rosette" ($20 to the person that gets that pop culture reference)?

Well, I learned what a silversun pick up is about four days after moving to Los Angeles this past July.  Before living in Los Angeles, I had alway heard about the famed indie/alternative music scene in LA's Silver Lake nieghborhood. So the first week in town, my roommate and I decided to check out the first night of Eagle Rock band Princeton's residency at Silver Lake Lounge's legendary Monday night up-and-comers showcase. Between bands we ran across the street to grab some food/drinks at the convenience store on the corner of Silver Lake and Sunset Boulevards. While crossing the street back to the show, I was informed that I had just completed my first "Silver-Sun Pickup." And my roommate went on to explain that the most recent band to break out of Silver Lake with their 2006 album Carnavas dubbed themselves Silversun Pickups from their late night beer-runs to the same Silversun Liquors that we refueled at that night, on the corner of Silver Lake's Silversun Pickups two major boulevards.

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