Lo Mato @ Amoebapalooza 2007 - Punk Rock Salsa?

Posted by Gomez Comes Alive!, August 15, 2007 02:53pm | Post a Comment

I never suspected Matt Polley to be a Hector Lavoe fan. He’s a kid from Indiana and well…he looks the part. So when he asked me to perform with him at this year’s Amoebapalooza covering Hector Lavoe and Willie Colon songs, I was a bit surprised. Amoebapalooza is fun as far as seeing your co-workers live out their rock and roll fantasies, but it’s usually just that -- rock band after rock band with a smattering of folk, experimental music and Electronica. Salsa at Amoebapalooza? I’ve always been a punk at heart, so playing Salsa at Amoebapalooza would be more punk rock than actually playing punk rock.

Matt and I talked about it for weeks before Amoebapalooza. We signed up as "Lo Mato" and then went combing the store for people who would want to perform with us. We found two people. Cashier Ricky Ray Rivera was down, as was Erick, who works in the Reggae and Hip-Hop section. Erick and Ray were to play percussion as well as sing the that meant me on bass, Ray and Erick on percussion and Matt Polley as Hector Lavoe.

Paul Vasquez, who works in the World Music section, wanted to get in on the action. He told Polley he had a trombone and although he hadn’t played in a while he would start practicing. He had not picked up a trombone since elementary school. For Paul to pull off the Willie Colon parts would be nothing short of a miracle! Most professional trombone players would find the task difficult. So it meant a rusty trombone player as Willie Colon.

Weeks went by and we hadn’t practiced once. Amoebapalooza was a week away and Matt was in a slight panic. He had found a piano player and a drummer and by then Paul had backed out, so we had no horns. I called my friend Pat Hoed to take over for me on bass. He is a huge Willie Colon/Hector Lavoe fan so he knew all the songs already. I switched to the keyboards and got my friend Jeremy Keller on guitar to help me play the horn lines. We learned the horn lines an hour before our first and only rehearsal.

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Posted by Billyjam, August 15, 2007 08:00am | Post a Comment

Afrika Bambaataa, Donald Glaude, The Chemical Brothers, DJ Icey, Sasha, DJ Dan, Lee Coombs, The Crystal Method, Ladytron
, and D:Fuse are all among the many, many acts slated for both this year's SF LoveFest (9/29) and the LoveWeek (Wednesday to Sunday) events leading up to it, all happening next month in San Francisco. The actual SF LoveFest 2007 parade (formerly Love Parade), the annual city party that celebrates dance music and culture, will again travel along Market Street, culminating in a big party at the Civic Center with Spundae and Skills hosting the official after party on the festival door step at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium. Meanwhile, for those with VIP and press passes, the party will move indoors inside the San Francisco City Hall building.

The actual celebrations of LoveWeek kick off on the Wednesday of that week, while the "Official Pre-Event" party, with The Chemical Brothers scheduled to perform, is set for the Friday of that week. For exact details it is best to visit the event's website, especially since it appears all the details are still being ironed out, with "daily updates" promised.
The event "is a testament to the fundamental community desire to come together and break down barriers, in peace and love through dance music," said SF LoveFest board president Joshua Smith, who noted that what makes the festival, which is now in its fourth year and last year attracted 65,000 revelers, extra unique is that it is attended by all ages of house and electronic music fans. It also caters to damn near all strains/sub-genres of electronic music -- of which, as you know, there are many.
The  DJs and artists that are booked to perform include Sasha, Ferry Corsten, DJ Dan, Gabriel & Dresden, the Crystal Method, Lee Burridge, Ladytron, D:Fuse, Baby Anne, Meat Katie, Afrika Bambaataa, Donald Glaude, Eddie Halliwell, DJ Rap, 16 Bit Lolitas, Three, Richard "Humpty" Vission, Sandra Collins, Vello Virkhaus, DJ Icey, Lee Coombs, Chris Fortier, Rogue Element, and many, many more. As I mentioned earlier, for full up-to-the-minute details (dates/times/places), best to check in with the SF LoveFest website.


Posted by phil blankenship, August 15, 2007 01:05am | Post a Comment

Charter Entertainment 90085

Family Guy vs a-ha

Posted by Billyjam, August 14, 2007 05:05pm | Post a Comment
In a short reworking of 80's group a-ha's unique and famous video for "Take On Me," the Family Guy producers do a clever remake of the Norwegian duo's 1985 synth-pop worldwide hit single. Check it out below and for the lyrics to the song scroll below the video screen.

"TAKE ON ME" lyrics

 Talking away I don't know what I'm to say
 I'll say it anyway today's another day to find you
 Shying away
 I'll be coming for you love O.K.
Take on me
Take me on
I'll be gone in a day or two
So needless to say I'm odds and ends
But that's me, stumbling away
Slowly learning that life is O.K.
Say after me It's no better to be safe than sorry.
Take on me
Take me on
I'll be gone in a day or two.
The things that you say
Is it live or just to play
My worries away
You're all the things I've got to remember
You shying away
I'll be coming for you anyway
Take on me
Take me on I'll be gone in a day or two.

Happy Creamsicles Day -- You got your margarine in my soap!

Posted by Eric Brightwell, August 14, 2007 03:36pm | Post a Comment
Creamsicles are made by Unilever, a company formed when British soap-makers Lever Brothers merged with Dutch margarine giant Margarine Unie in 1930.


At 5 cents a pop, it harldy seemed to matter that creamsicles tasted like Bayer chewable children's aspirin dipped in Triaminic.


Legend has it that if you you truly believe creamsicles taste good and you leave out creamsicle fudge, drinks or cakes on 13 August (The Eve of Creamsicles Day), Creamor the Snake will swing by your house in his creamsicle-colored Ford Mustang and leave you gifts in your creamsicle gloves which you've left by the driveway.

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