Amoeblog

Ten Questions For Amanda Diva

Posted by Smiles Davis, June 17, 2009 09:52am | Post a Comment

The first roommate I had here in LA was completely out of her mind. We’re talking a real nut. I won’t go too far into details, but I will say skydiving without a parachute would have been more pleasurable than living with that woman. Her little sister, on the other hand, who used to frequently visit from NY, was the polar opposite; she was well read, sociable, easy to please, giggled perpetually, she didn’t steal my stuff, and she found enjoyment in sharing things. One thing she shared with me was here love for a local emcee from her hometown, Amanda Diva. I was unaware of her at the time, but completely open to discovering new music. She played this track for me called “40 Emcees,” and my head spun.


It was like seeing a unicorn for the first time. It was such a breath of fresh air, since, for the most part, female emcees -- female performers, period -- at that time, had been reduced to floss, glitter and stilettos, to say the least. Not exactly my meat and potatoes. But, I digress. Amanda Diva is the TRUTH, and she comes fully equipped with a Master’s degree, bubbling personality, mad lyrical flow, wit, charm, the gift of gab and crazy talent.

Now, nearly three years after my first encounter, I see and hear Amanda Diva almost everywhere, from her show on her YouTube spot, Diva Speak TV, to here guest appearance on Q-tip’s album, to her blog, to The Roots, to Floetry. I tracked Miss Diva down to chat her up about female emcees, the First family, the Internet and her new EP Spandex, Rhymes, & Soul.

What is a diva to you?


Continue reading...

Big Boy Records

Posted by Eric Brightwell, June 16, 2009 08:53pm | Post a Comment
For several years in the '90s, before Master P moved to New Orleans and gobbled up most of the talent Big Boy Records logoof the legendary Parkway Pumpin, Big Boy Records was one of the main creative and commercial rivals to uptown's fledgling Cash Money. Over the course of the next few years, they released some of New Orleans' indisputably finest (and under-recognized) bounce and rap music. They also got caught up in all-consuming rivalry with Cash Money that raged in tit-for-tat diss songs while at the same time many of their stars departed for bigger labels. When Cash Money and No Limit signed multi-million dollar deals with major labels, Big Boy floundered, only to be reborn years later on a smaller scale,

Big Boy Records
was founded by Charles "Big Boy" Temple and the talented producer, Leroy "Precise" Edwards, who was responsible for most of the varied but always warm, solid and organic sounds. Others involved in the production were " David "D-Funk" Faulk and Brian "Big Bass" Gardner.

1993
Big Boy's first signee was pioneering New Orleans raper Sporty T (Terence Vine). The Gentilly resident had previously been a founding member of The Ninja Crew -- New Orleans's first rap group to record. In the early '90s, inspired by hits by Juvenile and Everlasting Hitman's bounce hits, he moved in that  direction as well. The label's first single was "Sporty Talkin' Sporty." Though bounce, it had an uncharacteristically heavy sound for the genre. After it sold 4,000 copies, Big Boy sought out more talent.

Continue reading...

June 16, 2009

Posted by phil blankenship, June 16, 2009 08:12pm | Post a Comment
Terminator Salvation movie ticket stub Mann Chinese 6
Mann Chinese 6 marquee Terminator Salvation

Terminator Salvation Now Showing

(During which the author suspects ruin is imminent.)

Posted by Job O Brother, June 16, 2009 01:15pm | Post a Comment
school

The "homework feeling." That’s what I’ve got.

It started when I was a kid. It would be after school, and I was finally at home. The sense of relief was huge, because I hated school. Every school day was something to survive – forget about excelling.

Not that I attended schools that were innately dangerous, mind you. In fact, my Ma made sure, humble means or no, that I went to private, reputable institutions. But my antipathy was unconditional. I have the test scores to prove it.

Having finished a day of school there still remained, however, a most evil of responsibilities: that heinous curse, homework.

It haunted me every hour I didn’t do it. Whether I was watching You Can’t Do That On Television, or making my culinary invention – Sweet, Scrambled Pancakes* – or writing cry-for-help puppet shows, there was always that voice in the back of my mind reminding me in a chiding tone that I had homework.


I pretty much never did homework. No amount of privileges revoked, respect lost, or threats of future failure could convince me to do a sheet of fractions. Heck, the homework could have been to sit in a chair and clap twice – I would have found a way to avoid doing it.

To this day, most any time I’m not actively doing something responsible and productive, I feel guilty, or like I’m forgetting something important and, as a result, my life will be sent into a furious, downward spiral. I know it’s neurotic, but all it takes is two hours of enjoying listening to music and daydreaming for me to worry that I’ll be living in a rotted cardboard box by Tuesday.

R.I.P. BOB BOGLE OF THE VENTURES

Posted by Billyjam, June 16, 2009 10:13am | Post a Comment

Guitarist Bob Bogle, who co-founded the Ventures (known for such hits as "Walk, Don’t Run” and “Perfidia”) died on Sunday after suffering for several years from Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma. The Vancouver, The VenturesWash resident was 75. As a part of the Ventures, the legendary instrumental rock band with a distinctive guitar sound that were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in March 2008, Bogle leaves behind quite a legacy.

The Tacoma, WA garage-rock band formed in 1958 by Bogle along with Don WIlson who both shared a strong passion for guitars. In 1960 they scored their first hit with an inspired instrumental remake of the Chet Atkins song “Walk, Don’t Run” (above) with Bogle on lead guitar.

The Ventures' version would go on to become one of the most influential songs in rock history and not only launched their long successful career but also helped lay the ground for what became known as "surf music," although they are not technically a surf band. The Ventures' guitar playing has influcenced guitarists in bands for generations, ever since their first hit almost fifty years ago. The prolific group has sold 100 million albums and they still perform to this day. Bogle had stopped playing some years ago due to his illness. R.I.P. Bob Bogle.

BACK  <<  1397  1398  1399  1400  1401  1402  1403  1404  1405  1406  1407  1408  >>  NEXT