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COULD SOMEONE DIRECT ME TO THE CROSSROAD?

Posted by Charles Reece, February 8, 2009 09:44pm | Post a Comment
I went down to the crossroad
fell down on my knees
I went down to the crossroad
fell down on my knees
Asked the lord above "Have mercy now
save poor Bob if you please"
-- Robert Johnson, "Cross Road Blues"
Corporate-manufactured popular music aka The Mainstream is like a ninja, everywhere and yet hidden to me. The best place to hide from my ears is on the radio, out in the open. Thus, out of curiosity, I caught a bit of the Grammy Awards tonight. (It's still on as I write this: Smokey Robinson is currently teaming up with Jamie Foxx).  Here's something that I saw:
I've never been a fan of Stevie Wonder. In fact, I hold him responsible for the moribund course R&B has been on since he first appeared -- all that meaningless vocal gyration that's called winning on American Idol.  Just when I thought his music couldn't get any less soulful, he surprised me with the above. That's little Stevie performing with Generation Next's version of the Hanson Brothers. I'm guessing the Jonas Brothers are some spin off from a NIckelodeon or Disney Channel show.  Why is it that the more famous and successful a star gets, the more likely he or she has no concern for artistic integrity? I can understand why some up and coming bar band would be willing to sell one of their songs to an ad agency, but a rich artist who doesn't need the money? Hell, a Grammy appearance probably doesn't even pay, rather it's about exposure -- as if Stevie fucking Wonder needed exposure!  Anyway, his appearance reminded me of an old essay by John Densmore, drummer for The Doors.  He wrote:
Apple Computer called on a Tuesday--they already had the audacity to spend money to cut "When the Music's Over" into an ad for their new cube computer software. They want to air it the next weekend, and will give us a million and a half dollars! A MILLION AND A HALF DOLLARS! Apple is a pretty hip company...we use computers.... Dammit! Why did Jim (Morrison) have to have such integrity?

I'm pretty clear that we shouldn't do it. We don't need the money. But I get such pressure from one particular bandmate (the one who wears glasses and plays keyboards).

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This Week At The New Beverly

Posted by phil blankenship, February 8, 2009 11:10am | Post a Comment
This Week At The New Beverly!



Sunday & Monday February 8 & 9

Two By Pier Palo Pasolini

Il Decameron
(1971)
http://us.imdb.com/title/tt0065622/
1971 Berlin International Film Festival Special Jury Prize Winner
dir. Pier Paolo Pasolini
Sun: 2:45 & 7:30; Mon: 7:30

Arabian Nights
(1974) 35th Anniversary!

http://us.imdb.com/title/tt0071502/
1974 Cannes Film Festival Grand Jury Prize Winner
dir. Pier Paolo Pasolini
Sun: 5:00 & 9:45; Mon: 9:45


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Posted by Mr. Chadwick, February 7, 2009 02:25pm | Post a Comment
Digging through some very dirty boxes of records, I came across this time warp. Los Angeles, early to mid 80's style.

steely dan aja lp coverbob marley & the wailers rastaman variation lp coversteely dan aja lp back cover
steely dan aja lp coverohio players ecstacy lp covercooley high soundtrack lp back cover
free style party has begun custom 12" covertoddy tee lost in space 12" custom cover"pretty" tony jam the box 12" custom cover with run dmc drawing

BOB MARLEY CELEBRATIONS IN DA BAY

Posted by Billyjam, February 7, 2009 10:50am | Post a Comment

Bob Marley + Wailers "Stir It Up"

Bob Marley, who would have celebrated his 64th birthday yesterday, February 6th, may be dead for three decades but his legacybob marley legend lives on and his legend grows through his timeless & universally loved music. Even in 2009 Marley remains the most widely known and loved reggae music artist of all time. Proof lies in the fact that the Bob Marley collection Legend seems to be in everyone's music collection. Released back in 1984 -- three years after his death -- it continues to sell well to this day.

And over the next week in the Bay Area there are several Bob Marley celebrations lined up. Tonight (Saturday, Feb 7th) at the Mezzanine in San Francisco the group Groundation with special guests Will Bernard and Leroy "Horsemouth" Wallace will present their Annual Tribute to Bob Marley. 9PM show. Tix $25 avail here. Tomorrow night (Sunday Feb 8th) at the Shattuck Down Low in Berkeley the weekly King of Kings Reggae Dance party is paying tribute to Bob Marley. And next Saturday, Feb 14th, Jah Love UniversalClub Dread present their Bob Marley Celebration with music by such renowned Bay Area sound selectors as Spliff Skankin, Brixton Hitman, Humble Lion, and General Patton. 9PM to 2AM. Tix $10. 21+ More info on Pier 23.

February 6, 2009

Posted by phil blankenship, February 6, 2009 11:22pm | Post a Comment
Fanboys movie ticket stub Mann Chinese 6

Mann Chinese 6 Marquee
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