R.I.P. Willy DeVille

Posted by Mr. Chadwick, August 7, 2009 07:50pm | Post a Comment
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The former frontman of Mink Deville passed away yesterday from recently found pancreatic cancer; he was 55. Making his initial splash with Mink Deville during the mid/late 70's in the early days of the CBGB's scene. The band, like many of their contemporaries, got lumped in with the then-fashionable punk scene.  For Mink Deville this was especially ridiculous, as their whole schtick was about as far from the Dead Boys as you could get.

Their first LP, produced by Jack Nitzsche and called Cabretta, is an important piece of the late 70's NY puzzle. To me, it gives the listener a real street level glimpse of the time period that few other records from the era can match. Kill City by Iggy & James Williamson and Lou Reed's infamous ranting on Take No Prisoners cover similar bar sleaze territory, but Cabretta tempers all that with soothing background singers, classic pop songwriting and great percussion arrangements. Willie also brought to the mix a true believer's approach to mythmaking and storytelling that keeps songs such as "Venumink devilles of Ave. D" from falling into camp territory. I've spent many a drunken evening listening to him spin his street tough yarns on both Cabretta and its follow up, Return To Magenta, but I never acquired a taste for his more polished 80's & 90's work. "Spanish Stroll," featured on Cabretta, was a top 20 UK hit and his song "Miracles," featured in the Rob Reiner film the Princess Bride, was nominated for an Academy Award. Willy even performed it at the awards ceremony.  His live performances were legendary, pleading on his knees and pouring his soul into heartbreaking ballads.

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Posted by Billyjam, August 7, 2009 03:24pm | Post a Comment

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kool keith lost masters collectionusic San Francisco Hip-Hop Top Five: 08:07:09 - c/o Luis

1) Kool Keith Lost Masters Collection (Dmaft Records)

2) Solillaquists of Sound No More Heroes (Anti/Epitaph)

3) Poison Pen The Money Shot (Gold Dust Media)

4) Dorrough Dorrough Music (E1 Entertainment)

5) Dudley Perkins Holy Smokes (1 AM APPROACH)

Classic Hip-Hop Reissue of the Week:
Marley Marl In Control Vol. 1 (Traffic Entertainment)

Thanks to Luis, the hip-hop buyer at Amoeba Music San Francisco, for this week's top five, which includes in the number one slot the brand new triple CD release from Kool Keith, Lost Masters Collection. The record dropped on the Ultramagnetic hip-hop living legend's own Dmaft Records this past Tuesday. This 3 disc set (50 songs in total) is a must get for fans of the veteran, prolific, freaky-minded emcee. Also just released this past Tuesday is the full-length from popular Dallas native Dorrough, who previously scored anti no more heroesa hit with the song "Do Tha Muscle" as a member of the group Prime Time Click. Simply titled Dorrough Music on E1 Entertainment, the new album features the hot summer 2009 radio/club song and riding anthem "Ice Cream Paint Job" (see video below).

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Amoeba Berkeley Crosses The Bridge To Rock Your Pants Off!

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, August 7, 2009 11:20am | Post a Comment
By Spenser Cooper Russell-Snyder

This year's Amoebapalooza was yet another all out bash, but this year we joined the SF store at The Mezzanine for a gigantic morsel of audible chaos. The Berkeley store brought the rock this year, starting
with the ethereal and revving up the noise with each following act.

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First up for the Berkeley store was Stormy King and The Mad Switch. Plucking her 12 string acoustic guitar, Stormy and mad-switcher Matt opened the night with a great mix of electro-acoustic soundscapes.
With beautiful and almost eerie vocals, Stormy captivated the crowd and got us ready for the rest of the evening.

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After a San Franciscan band, B.B. & The Bop Guns hit the stage. The three-piece switched instruments with each song, yet was consistent in their blues-inspired garage rock. Headed up by Amoeba's Brenden, the band flooded the audience with cool attitude and hip songs to match.

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Next on the Berkeley roster was the group Erica Jong, which featured buyer Marty Dowers and his sister Danielle. With the Dowers siblings locked in, the band freed everyone's mind with odd meters and a combo including violin, keys, guitar, bass and drums.

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Posted by Billyjam, August 7, 2009 11:10am | Post a Comment

Jody Colley (EBX) talks to Amoeblog about today's big event

Once again this summer weekend in the Bay Area there are a wealth of wonderful happenings, many of them free. One of the biggest events is, of course, the mega, must-attend East Bay Express' (EBX) big annual Subcultures souls of mischiefBest Of The East Bay Party at the Oakland Museum of California featuring the Amoeba Music Main Stage with such acts as Goapele, Souls of Mischief, 7th Street Band, C U Next Weekend, Maldroid, Fracas, and Social Unrest. The above video is of Jody Colley, the tireless publisher of the independently owned and operated weekly, taking a break from setting up for this evening's big event to talk briefly with the Amoeblog about what to expect at the event that starts at 5pm sharp today (Friday August 7th).  That's exactly when, on the Amoeba Music Main Stage, The Thrill of it All -- the first of 13 acts scheduled to play on that stage -- will prompty begin. Social Unrest, the closing act, will hit the stage at 11pm for their half-hour punk rock set.

Same as last year's party, Amoeba Music will again have a booth set up (stop by and say "hi" to Naomi S. and the rest of the Amoeba crew) where you can spin the wheel of fortune and win goodies and get free stuff. But that is just the tip of the iceberg at this event, which, as Jody says in the above interview, is expected to draw 10,000 people. The diverse mix of entertainment includes a Kids Zone, Gearhead Garage, Professional Contact Sports, plus much more in the museum's outdoor garden area. Of course, the Oakland Museum's exhibits -- alone worth the trip -- are also all open to the public. As Jody stresses, since a lot of people are expected to be converging on the big, free party (especially after word about how dope last year's party at the same venue was), try to get there earlier rather than later to ensure admission and leave your cars at home (valet bike parking provided).

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Posted by Billyjam, August 6, 2009 04:30pm | Post a Comment
Trailer for John Hughes' Sixteen Candles starring Molly Ringwald

John Hughes, the filmmaker responsible for (to name but a few) such 1980's films as Sixteen Candles, The Breakfast Club, Pretty in Pink, Weird Science, Some Kind of Wonderful, She's Having a Baby, and Ferris Bueller's Day Off (all available on DVD at Amoeba), died earlier today after suffering a sudden heart attack during a walk this morning in Manhattan. He was only 59. Read the full report here.

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