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Best Of The Summer Outdoor Concerts, Part 2

Posted by Gomez Comes Alive!, June 9, 2008 11:41pm | Post a Comment
Spanish Harlem Orchestra
July 10, 2008 7pm @ The Santa Monica Pier
Free

Spanish Harlem Orchestra
is one of the leading modern Salsa groups today. This night will be for the dancers. If you want to hear a really great Salsa group and see some incredible dancing, you shouldn't miss it. On top of that, Amoeba will have a booth set up in which we will be selling CD's and doing numerous giveaways. I'll be there as well, along with other Amoebites at the Amoeba booth. Come say hello!



Son de Madera & Nati Cano's Mariachi Los Camperos
July 11, 2008 8:00 PM @ Grand Performances (Downtown Los Angeles)
Free

Son De Madera are the Beatles of Son Jarocho music. They are very melodic and aren't afraid to experiment with a traditional genre. Their music is filled with improvisation, both lyrically and musically. Nati Cano's Mariachi Los Camperos are known as the group that backed up Linda Ronstadt during her Canciones De Mi Padre session and subsequent tours. On their own, they have put out many classic releases, including their last three excellent releases on the Folkways label.



Rachid Taha
July 12 2008, 8:00 PM @ Grand Performances (Downtown Los Angeles)
Free

Rachid Taha is a rock star everywhere except, you guessed it, The United States. The Algerian-born singer is not one to typecast himself. He can perform tradition Algerian music, but live would rather rock out on Clash covers and bombastic rock anthems. However, 2006's Diwan 2 was a return to his Algerian roots and one of my favorite releases from the year. Other than Manu Chao, no one mixes genres so well in a high energy show. Just don't let him get too drunk.

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FAVORITE BAND ALERT!!! #2

Posted by Gomez Comes Alive!, June 9, 2008 11:17pm | Post a Comment

I had the pleasure of seeing the band Mystery Hangup at Self-Help Graphics on Saturday. Mystery Hangup are three sisters from Orange County (plus a token guy bass player) that just rock harder than anyone I’ve seen in a while. Their sound and look come straight out of the classic 80’s L.A. Goth compilation Hell Comes To Your House with Sonic Youth and psyche rock influences. From my description, they may not sound all that original. I had the same feeling when I saw their first few songs. I figured it was just another young bilingual band heavily influenced by 80’s Goth and Punk. However, my attention was caught in the middle of the set when lead singer/guitarist Kat put down her guitar and played various percussion instruments as the rest of the band played a Birthday Party-like vamp with folkloric influences. Another thing that caught me by surprise was at end of the set, when the band launched into a full-on Cumbia. It wasn’t a modified Gothic Cumbia ala Caifanes, but a straight up keyboard/bass/drum/guitar Mexican style Cumbia like Los Dinners would have played in the 70’s. So, just to recap, Mystery Hangup is a bilingual Gothic Punk with Latin Music influences. If that was a sport (bilingual Gothic Punk with Latin Music influences), Mystery Hangup would be in the top three. It's not that I don't like the more rocking element of their sound, but it's with cultural influences that sets them apart from the rest of the bands.

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JAZZ ARTIST ESPERANZA SPALDING ON HER WAY TO THE TOP

Posted by Billyjam, June 9, 2008 04:41pm | Post a Comment

Jazz artist Esperanza Spalding is one of those rare talents that comes along every once in a while: an artist that when you first see and hear, you immediately sense is destined for bigger things, and deservedly so. 

The acoustic bassist/vocalist's recommended latest album Esperanza on Heads Up International, which dropped five weeks ago and is available at Amoeba Music, displays the impressive chops of this vocalist who sounds like someone far more mature in years.

Her music, while rightfully labeled jazz (she does a lot of standards including "Body and Soul"), sometimes subtly melds elements of soul and hip-hop, hence widening her appeal. And of course the fact that she is also a most beautiful woman doesn't hurt either.  Over the weekend she won over the crowd when she played at The Roots Picnic in Philly and likewise when she performed on David Letterman last week. 

Also below is a great clip of Esperanza and her band live in concert in Copenhagen (courtesy of STV) performing a variety of songs including "I Adore You," and "She Got To You." There is also a short interview with the New Jersey resident in this Danish TV video clip. Over the next two nights Esperanza will be in Los Angeles. Tomorrow (Tuesday, June 10th) she will be doing a show at the Catalina Bar & Grill and on Wednesday she is scheduled to perform on The Jimmy Kimmel Show.  On Thursday (6/12) she will be in the Bay Area when she performs at Oakland jazz club Yoshis down by Jack London Square.

For more information visit Eperanza Spalding's MySpace page and/ or check back here on the Amoeblog for an interview with the artist sometime over the next two weeks.

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June 8, 2008

Posted by phil blankenship, June 9, 2008 10:39am | Post a Comment



FAVOURITE SUMMER MOVIE SO FAR

Posted by Charles Reece, June 8, 2008 11:07pm | Post a Comment
What's the difference between North Korea and Heaven? You can at least die and escape North Korea.  A friend directed me to this debate from April 7th between Christopher Hitchens and his younger brother, Peter. I had a good time with the Hitchens family (as I always do), so I figured I'd pass the video along.

OPENING ARGUMENTS ON THE IRAQ WAR

Peter:


Christopher:


OPENING ARGUMENTS ON THE GOD PROPOSITION

Christopher:


Peter:


Those were, in order, parts 2, 3, 5 and 6. You can find the other parts here.
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