Amoeba Music’s 3rd Annual Art Show Meets Warhol’s Factory

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, March 10, 2009 04:04pm | Post a Comment

Not only are the Amoeba employees masters of arcane musical knowledge, but a number of them are gifted visual artists and musicians too. After a long day of helping customers locate rare Do-wop 45’s, determining the going rate of an early 80’s Axe album, and stock-checking the Watchmen soundtrack, many Amoebites rush home to paint, film, draw, compose, sculpt, and, of course, go to band practice.

For the last couple of years, Amoeba Music has thrown annual art shows to exhibit and celebrate the creative works of its multi-talented staff members from all three Amoeba locations. For the Third Annual Amoeba Art Show, which took place on Friday, March 6, 2009, Amoeba transcended the “art show” format and went straight for an outright “happening” with the Andy Warhol-inspired Factory Party. Collaborating with the East Bay Express, OFFSpace, and contributing sponsor the de Young Museum, Amoeba turned the 44,000 square foot Hero Arts warehouse space in Emeryville, California into a teeming hotspot of live art, film, musical performances, and theatrical art forms.

On the evening of Friday, March 6th, after weeks of preparation, the doors were thrown wide to over 4,000 attendees, revealing a labyrinthine network of rooms packed with Amoebite art, beautiful revelers, and a staggering number of Andy Warhol and Factory “Superstar” look-alikes. The East Bay Express devoted one massively large room to recreating Warhol’s Factory, complete with silver-foiled walls and reproductions of the now-iconic red couch and mirrored disco ball table (built by East Bay Express Sales & Marketing Director Terry Furry). Screen printing demonstrations were held by Jesse Hazelip and Tim Belonax, and the room featured an homage to Warhol’s Brillo Boxes built by Jason MacDougall and screened by Philip X. Diaz.

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Rootbeer Please!

Posted by Smiles Davis, March 10, 2009 11:16am | Post a Comment

Ever listen to the same song on repeat for like 2, 6, 9 hours straight? It happens; music is intoxicating like that sometimes and everyone’s heard a song that spoke directly to him or her at one time or another. Maybe it moved you deeply and in return you treasured it dearly and barked hysterically at anyone who tried to interrupt the connection between your ears and the speakers. At that moment in time for you, the listener, that song is like the ninth wonder of the world. Subsequently, without proper headgear, for an innocent bystander catching all those repeated listenings, it is considered intolerable cruelty. Since I didn’t put anyone through that type of torture and utter misery I’ll rest easy tonight. Although there is this obnoxious ringing ear thing I’m currently suffering from due to listening to the same track today at an inappropriately loud volume for an inappropriately long amount of time.

The track I just couldn't get enough of: “Girlies” by the Cornerstone signed super rapper/producer/hipster duo Rootbeer. Their EP, Pink Limousine, drops today, March 10th. Tuesday, if you need a calendar, 2009 if you need a clue…just here to help. Their sound is light hearted, back to basics hip hop: simple, common man, catchy street talk, irresistible hooks laced with a side of cotton candy, and head bobbing beats to make you scream bananas, have your chocolate cake and eat it too. It’s like the brilliant wit and playfulness that was Kid n' Play or Will Smith and DJ Jazzy Jeff on their debut, Parents Just Don’t Understand, blended with the indisputable freshness that was Young MC and Tone Loc. So, go cop Rootbeer’s EP cause they’re bringing the goodness. Put me in a better mood than my very disappointing water pressure did this morning.  

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Amoeba Music's Third Annual Art Show

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, March 10, 2009 11:05am | Post a Comment


Posted by Billyjam, March 10, 2009 09:30am | Post a Comment

The history books show, as recently as the early nineteenth century women in the United States were considered second-class citizens, subservient to men, and whose existence was limited to the interior life of caring for the home and children. Not only did women not have the right to vote, but after marriage they did not have the right to own property, maintain their wages, or  even sign a contract.

Of course, things have changed radically since then, especially in this country, and in 2009 we like to think everyone is equal regardless of gender, color, race, age, religion, or sexual orientation. But let's be real: we still have a ways to go for true equality. And you have to look no further than at hip-hop for proof that gender inequality exists-- the ratio of female to male artists is totally uneven, in favor of men. Flip through the CD or vinyl hip-hop aisles at Amoeba Music and odds are the ratio of female to male artists will be 1 to 10 at best or 1 to 20 at worst. Why is that? There are many reasons that I will explore in later installments of this Women In Hip-Hop Amoeblog series for Women's History Month. But for now I just want to celebrate some of the great female hip-hop artists, starting off with this Amoeblog focusing on the female emcees featured on the recent Soul Jazz release Fly Girls! B-Boys Beware: Revenge Of The Super Female Rappers!

A highly recommended tribute to the fly girls of hip hop, this CD and limited vinyl pressing, which has been selling well at Amoeba since its late January release date, is a wonderful historic overview of some of the funkiest female tracks from the 70's through the 80's and into the 90's. Of course, with just twenty tracks this snapshot only scratches the surface of the history of women in hip-hop, but considering that, it still does a hell of a job and unless you have been avidly collecting hip-hop over the years you need this for your collection.

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24 Fact-Based Films Celebrate Women's History Month

Posted by Eric Brightwell, March 10, 2009 01:06am | Post a Comment

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