The Great Black North

Posted by Eric Brightwell, February 10, 2009 12:56pm | Post a Comment

One fact that’s widely overlooked during Black History Month is that it’s not only Black History Month in the US. Besides having the stated aim of highlighting the contributions to human history made by the entire black diaspora, BHM is simultaneously observed in Canada. People who've never been to Canada may not believe that black people live there. While it's true that the black Canadian population is minute compared to the black American populartion both in terms of numbers and percentage, black Canadians have contributed significantly to Canada's mostly overlooked music scene and their contributions are surely worth honoring (oops! ...honouring). [Special thanks goes to MuchMusic].

Dream Warriors - Wash Your Face in My Sink

Maestro Fresh Wes - Let Your Backbone Slide

Interspersed with exemplars of black Canadian musical contributions, allow me to ponder the controversies surrounding terminology used to discuss black Canadians and hopefully in the process shed a little light on history. No doubt we'll never come to a consensus on what's the most accurate/least offensive/least ridiculous terminology, but just thinking and talking about it is worthwhile far as I'm concerned... or at least fun.

Oscar Peterson - Waltz For Debby


Posted by Mr. Chadwick, February 10, 2009 12:05pm | Post a Comment
Sweaters were a big deal in the 80's. Obviously black artists did not have a monopoly on outrageous sweater covers -- see early 80's Cheap Trick for some serious sweater related catasrophes. However, I must say that there's a ton of soul, funk & R&B covers featuring various knit jobs. Bunny DeBarge takes the cake, if you ask me. How many of you could pull off a full skyline pattern???
Bunny DeBarge in love lp coverbill withers something that turns you on lp coverCameo word up lp coverBunny DeBarge in love back lp cover
eugene wilder lp covermauirice white lp coverisaac hayes u-turn lp coverthe best of johnny mathis 1975-1980 lp cover
patti labelle it's alright with me lp coverloose ends a little spice lp coverkool and the gang emergency lp coverpatti labelle it's alright with me lp insert
force m.d.'s love letters coverthe fit just havin' fun lp covermidnight star s/t lp back cover4 by four lp cover
Patti Labelle
looks like she's wearing a snuggie. I don't know which look I like better on the Force M.D.'s- the ultra preppy sweater vest action we have here or the giant fur coats they wear on the
Chillin' album.
dazz band on the one lp covero'jays love fever lp coverquincy jones purple sweater innner sleevetavares new directions lp cover

Blackboard Jungle

Posted by phil blankenship, February 9, 2009 08:23pm | Post a Comment
Blackboard Jungle starring Glenn Ford and Sidney Poitier  Blackboard Jungle starring Glenn Ford and SIdney Poitier

Blackboard Jungle facts from the vault

MGM / UA Home Video M205963

(In which the writer takes a break from writing to write.)

Posted by Job O Brother, February 9, 2009 08:02pm | Post a Comment
sick card

My baby’s been under the weather. And by baby I don’t mean a child I gave birth to; I mean it as a euphemism for “that one dude I smooch and go to Target with.” Baby is just much easier to say.

Anyway, when my baby’s feeling poorly, he likes to watch predictable films, like... well... anything you can come up with that stars Jennifer Aniston or Sarah Jessica Parker and ends with them proving that they really were destined for true love, after all. Normally I protest and suggest we watch something with more substance, such as The Killing of a Chinese Bookie or The Cranes Are Flying – y’know, something that provides perspective and/or promotes psychological examination, to which my baby will argue that he just wants to “be distracted and get lost” in a film, not be intellectually stimulated. I argue that it’s hard for me to “get distracted” watching a film that makes me want to stab a Phillips-head screwdriver into my left aortic arch.

It's like this:



Factory Party. Amoeba's 3rd Annual Art Show. 3/6/09.

Posted by Amoebite, February 9, 2009 05:09pm | Post a Comment

Factory Party
Amoeba's Third Annual Art Show
Music * Art * Film
Friday March 6, 2009

On March 6th, step into the world of Andy Warhol and his original 1960s New York City Factory. The Factory Party takes place in a massive warehouse space divided into nine distinct rooms where guests are immersed in a wide range of art mediums, as well as live art, musical performances and theatrical art forms.  

Several warehouse spaces in the Factory will be curated by Amoeba Music. Our third annual art show will feature work from over 30 representatives of Amoeba's three locations – San Francisco, Berkeley, and Los Angeles. The creativity and diversity of the accomplished Amoebites knows no bounds; look out for film installations and a dedicated graffiti/live mural room, in addition to more traditional formats.

A portion of this event features a re-creation of Andy Warhol's Factory, and is brought you by the East Bay Express; visitors entering the Factory will see live production of art in the style and process performed by Andy Warhol, including silk screening, filming, screen testing, and painting. A Velvet Underground Cover Band will perform, recreating sounds at the Factory.

Guests are encouraged to dress in their 1960s best, and are welcome to lounge in the Factory with "Warhol" and his "Super Stars."

Visitors are encouraged to bring a can of Campbell's soup for the Alameda County Food Bank. Each can of soup donated will enter donors to win prizes (museum passes, original art, local restaurant gift certificates, or Amoeba gift certificates).

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