(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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Posted by Mr. Chadwick, February 9, 2009 10:35am | Post a Comment
doo wop diner record label
There's a theory out there that a picture of a cool car on the cover of an otherwise uninteresting LP will increase its saleability. Maybe that phenomena crosses over to record label design, but I doubt it.
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rob halford record label
The Whittier records design pretty much rules this set, but I've always had a soft spot for the Roadshow label. I picked up quite a few 45's back in the late 80's simply based on their label design and I remember buying a BT Express record with this design. That van drawing just made the record feel like that much more of a party.
earl king and roomful of blues glazed black top record labelthule la jamais contente record labelbeach blvd. posh boy records label
hank de mano flyin' fluegel horn freeway records labelchuck wagon & the wheels country swings, disco sucks record labelbeach blvd. record label posh boy
For some reason the blue Beach Blvd. label always struck me as particularly evocative. There's nothing to the design, but staring at the label while the Simpletones are blaring just transports you to the OC circa '80.
B.T. Express non-stop roadshow records labelorange juice record labelroadshow records enchanment once upon a dream
jackson browne lawyers in love record labelC. J. & Co. Devils Gun westbound records labeleddie cochran a legend in time suprise!! records label

In Which Gomez Only Writes About One Grammy Category

Posted by Gomez Comes Alive!, February 9, 2009 12:38am | Post a Comment
I figured I can only write about what I know. I couldn't tell you what deserved album of the year, record of the year, song of the year, best rap/singing vocal or most anything nominated, because truthfully, I never bothered to listen to 99% of the albums nominated. There, I said it.

When I went down the list, there was only one category in which I had heard every album that was nominated, "Best Latin Rock Or Alternative Album," so here's what I thought:

Jaguares is one of those legendary Spanish Rock bands that is painfully dated. So dated that their Grammy winning album, 45, sounds like they finally tried to modernize. Now they sound like they reached deep into the future…to the year...1994! Dated or not, this is the first Jaguares record I could finish all the way through. This album reminds me of U2’s back to the basics, How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb, from a few years back. Better than previous releases, but more like a lifetime achivement award for Saul Hernandez. It wasn't quite a Jethro Tull winning over Metallica. It was more like Saul Hernandez, The Color Of Money.

I thought The Nortec Collective would give Jaguares a fighting chance. Their Tijuana Sound Machine album was in many top ten lists of 2008 (mine included) by both Anglo and Spanish press. Plus, they had the best plea to the academy to vote for them. With all the violence that has been happening in their hometown of Tijuana, MX, Nortec felt that winning a Grammy would be good for the image of Tijuana.

Locos Por Juana
was the token Latin fusion group, a mixture of Spanish Reggae, Cumbia, Dancehall and lots of fun…and that’s why they had no chance. Doesn’t mean you can’t have yours though. They are playing this Thursday at AfroFunke at Zanzibar.

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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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