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(((6))) Tuesday Nite July 22nd @ Ding-a-ling

Posted by Mr. Chadwick, July 16, 2008 11:59pm | Post a Comment

Come on down to Ding-a-ling...A free, free for all at the bar formerly known as Cuffs (Yes, THAT Cuffs!), located in Silverlake @ 1941 Hyperion Blvd. Tuesday July 22nd, it's (((6))), Binary Field & Bran - Pos along with some amazing obscurities being hurled from the DJ booth courtesy of Don Bolles. It's a night guaranteed to make that anti-drum machine fellow cry...
                                    
Also, the Secret Society of the Sonic Six has two new singles out, including a split with ex-Subtonix and all around Amoeba legend Brandi Obsolete. Head on down to your local Amoeba and pick one or the other (or both) up. Click on the above link to check out the new trax and if you're nowhere near an Amoeba, order the singles on the band site as well...

Americans Wearing Khimar, Arabs Wearing High End Fashion

Posted by Gomez Comes Alive!, July 16, 2008 11:57pm | Post a Comment

I heard moans once Rachid Taha started his set. The distorted tone of the electric guitar pierced through the crowd and created a division in the ranks. Couples dropped their pitas with spicy chipotle hummus out of pure confusion. The West Hollywood women in their belly dancing outfits didn’t know how to dance to it. It was only rock and roll and they liked it…sort of. In other countries, Rachid Taha is a rock star. For America, Rachid Taha has to be marketed as an “eccentric world music artist” or something like "The Algerian U2." It's not that Rachid has ever denied his Algerian roots, but he brings his Algerian influences to the 21st century when America still wants to hear him sing in the style of the 19th century.

It’s somewhat understandable. Most of us drawn to any kind of alternative culture seek what is different from our own. The kids who dress like Cholos in Chiba, Japan and the Mexican kids who dress like American Emo kids do it for the same reason non Islamic American women wear a Khimar strictly for fashion, they just think it looks cool. In fact it was funny to see how many Non-Arabic people at the show dressed in Traditional Arabic clothes and to see the Arabic people dressed to the nines in high-end fashion.

It was only after performing "Ecoute-Moi Camarade," a song off his 2006’s brilliant Diwan 2, his “traditional album,” that the audience woke up. From then on it was a full-on dance party. Rock and traditional songs were equally appreciated by most of the crowd after that. Rahid’s line-up consisted of the basic elements for a rock band (guitar, bass, drum keyboards) with the addition of the tradition instrumentation (The Oud and Arabic percussion). Neither traditional nor modern instrumentation dominated; they blended together quite well, even in a live setting.

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Salsa Dancing In Chanclas

Posted by Gomez Comes Alive!, July 16, 2008 10:16pm | Post a Comment

As I watched The Spanish Harlem Orchestra blow the planks off The Santa Monica Pier last Thursday, I started to think about the degrees of dancing in the crowd. I was busy working at the Amoeba booth so I kept my thoughts to myself. Later, I overheard my co-workers George and Anel talk about exactly what I had been thinking.

George came up with the concept that there are three types of Salsa dancers. The first type is the “look at me” dancer-- those who took Salsa lessons and want to show off  every move they learned.

It may look great at a competition or even at a Salsa club, but on the packed Santa Monica Pier it looks a little awkward and out of place. Imagine a couple trying to dance in the middle of a busy airport terminal and that would give you an idea of what it looked like.

The next group is the Naturals. The Naturals are cool. They have been dancing to Latin music for years and it’s second nature. The Naturals tend to be the older folks or the younger generation who have been dancing since they were kids. Their moves are fluid and not showy, yet if one of the look-at-me’s called them on the dance floor they could hang with ease.

The last group consists of the rest of us: all the people who can’t dance, but try. Chanclas weren’t made for Salsa dancing and to watch the beach-goers give it a try in their flip-flops was nothing less than comical. I watched one couple try to do it. Not only were they wearing flip-flops, they were also dancing on a warped wooden pier while intoxicated, a trifecta for a potential disaster. Lucky for them, the only abuse suffered was my side hurting from laughing so hard.

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July 16, 2008

Posted by phil blankenship, July 16, 2008 06:05pm | Post a Comment
Hellboy 2 ticket stub

Grauman's Chinese Theater

Grauman's Chinese Theater Courtyard

Hellboy 2 Poster
 

July 15, 2008

Posted by phil blankenship, July 16, 2008 10:10am | Post a Comment
Hellboy 2 ticket stub

Grauman's Chinese Theater

Grauman's Chinese Theater Courtyard

Hellboy 2 Poster

Grauman's Chinese Theater

Grauman's Chinese Theater Courtyard

Hellboy 2 Poster
 
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