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San Francisco International Film Festival Features Cibo Matto Live & More

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, April 14, 2015 05:12pm | Post a Comment

The 58th San Francisco International Film Festival runs April 23 – May 7 at multiple theaters in SF and at the PFA in Berkeley. This year, SFIFF features some amazing musical events and films along with the nearly 200 films and live events. Here are three not-to-be-missed musical films and events co-sponsored by Amoeba Music.

CIBO MATTO (USA, 2014, 120 min)
May 5, 8:00pm, Castro Theater
Cibo Matto’s hip-hop infused, electro pop burrowed deep into our collective earholes throughout the 1990s, becoming a symbol for the new post-genre musical cool. Experts at establishing mood and always up for an experimental challenge, the duo has developed new musical soundtracks to a number of wild and abstract short movies to be played in this one-time-only performance. Anchoring the screenings are two rare presentations of films made in 1970. First is Yoko Ono's incredible Fluxus epic Fly, which features a fly roaming a woman's body. Second is a modern re-staging of celebrated Bauhaus artist Oskar Schlemmer’s Triadic Ballet—a movie that will blow your mind with its campy costumes, weird choreography, and sheer delight.

LOVE & MERCY (USA, 2014, 120 min)
May 1, 6:15pm, Sundance Kabuki Cinema
May 4, 2:00pm, Sundance Kabuki Cinema
This powerful musical biopic tells Beach Boy Brian Wilson’s dramatically compelling story in—to use ancient recording jargon—two tracks. In the 1960s as the band rides surf music onto the charts, a creatively restless Wilson (Paul Dano) writes the songs that will become Pet Sounds, but alienates himself from other band members. The 1980s Wilson (John Cusack) is a shell-shocked man trying to emerge from an overmedicated isolation with the love and mercy of a good woman.

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Hip Hop History Tuesdays: Young MC

Posted by Billyjam, April 14, 2015 12:04pm | Post a Comment

Scoring a top ten hit single might seem like any recording artist's greatest fantasy come to life. However the reality is that a hit single can become a stigma for an artist, particularly if it is the only hit single that an artist scores in their career since it will relegate them to that "one hit wonder" pile. Such, unfortunately, was the case for late-80's rap star Young MC whose 1989 breakout crossover single "Bust A Move" was his only big hit - one that has been featured on VH1's "100 Greatest One-Hit Wonders." But even before that, eight years after his hit had topped the charts, Young MC himself seemed resigned to the fact that he was indeed already a one-hit wonder. That was in 1997 when he released the poorly received comeback-attempt album unapologetically entitled Return of the 1 Hit Wonder.  Too bad since Young MC was a good rapper whose career deserved to go further than that one hit.

British by birth, Marvin Young  was born in the Wimbledon suburb of South West London, England before his family crossed the Atlantic to where he would be raised in Queens, New York City. There he graduated from Hunter College, soon-after moving west across the States to attend the University of Southern California.  It was at USC where he not only earned a bachelors degree in economics but also earned the friendship of two students with a bright music biz future ahead of them. Michael Ross and Matt Dike were the founders of the then fledgling Delicious Vinyl Records label. The meeting of these two and Young MC would be a most important one. Thanks to signing the unknown but soon to be hugely successful Young MC to their new upstart label as Delicious Vinyl's first artist - they made a grand entrance into the rap music business. The signing would also in turn launch the career of their next crossover pop rap artist Tone-Loc for whom Young MC co-write both the 1989 top-ten, Tone-Loc mega hit  "Wild Thing"  as well as Loc's hit "Funky Cold Medina" - both from Tone-Loc's debut hit album Loc-ed After Dark. Many have rightfully noted that Young had pershaps foolheartedly given away some of his best material to Tone-Loc.

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Album Picks: Earl Sweatshirt, Calexico, Pale Blue

Posted by Billy Gil, April 14, 2015 09:10am | Post a Comment

Earl Sweatshirt - I Don't Like Shit, I Don't Go Outside

earl sweatshirt i don't like shit i don't like to go outside lpOdd Future cohort Earl Sweatshirt can be forgiven for his claustrophobic album title. At only 16, he was plucked from his budding rap career by his mother, responding to his drug use and poor grades, and sent to a reform school in Samoa. Since returning, he’s talked about having a tumultuous time partying on tour and struggling to get his life and health back. The result of all that back and forth is I Don't Like Shit, I Don't Go Outside, and album that doubles down on the grim paranoia set forth by his last album, the excellent Doris. Earl has a way of expressing his pain honestly while keeping his rhymes engaging instead of seeming like a diary pour—“ Picked the road that got twists/I'm holding my dick and playing cautious,” he says on “Mantra.” On the grim “Faucet,” he raps about not knowing where to call home and who to call a friend (“I feel like I'm the only one pressin' to grow upwards”). The stunning “Grief” offers imagery of Earl facing panic attacks, grabbing for the Xanax bottle and reminiscing about drugs and girls on tour over a murky beat but ultimately coming out of the haze, finishing off with the lines, “I just want my time and my mind intact/When they both gone, you can't buy ’em back.” I Don’t Go Outside is focused nearly to a fault, but in keeping the album as variations on a theme, it helps further establish Earl as a compelling character—the tortured wayward son, reveling in and revolted by his own hedonism—crafting a potent statement in the process. The distilled paranoia of I Don’t Like Shit, I Don’t Go Outside easily makes for one of the most memorable hip-hop albums of the year.

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Irish Music Ambassador Ray Wingnut Archives His Nation's Thriving Indie Music Scene Via His Unique Record/CD/Tape Retail Business

Posted by Billyjam, April 13, 2015 06:25pm | Post a Comment


Since his teens growing up in Co. Cork, Ireland, Ray Wingnut has been an avid fan of all types of contemporary music, especially music made by artists from his native Ireland.  Consequently Ray Wingnut's destiny seemed set from the beginning - that he would end up working, in some capacity, with Irish-made music. However in what capacity precisely was the mystery. Five years ago that mystery was solved when the Galway based music fan was making one of his regular crate digging visits to his favorite hometown independent music store - Bell, Book, and Candle in the heart of the historic city where, along with selling books and candles, since the early 90's owner Paul Deacy has been selling albums and CDs with a focus on releases from the neighboring, musically rich West Of Ireland.

Ray recalls how he was hanging out, talking music and the failing music retail business - something that took a double wallop in Ireland where the financial crisis around the world was felt twice as severely in the post Celtic Tiger, economic collapse of the Emerald Isle. But while others saw despair, the innovative mind of Wingnut saw opportunity; an opportunity to push homegrown Irish music at a retail level - at a time when music shops around the country were closing at an even more rapid rate than their counterparts in the States or even over in nearby England.

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Join us for RIDE ON! Bike Day at Amoeba on May 3

Posted by Amoebite, April 13, 2015 01:52pm | Post a Comment

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On Sunday, May 3 from noon to 4 p.m., Amoeba Hollywood is hosting RIDE ON! Bike Day at Amoeba in our Ivar parking lot, just down a half-block from the store.

It’s the perfect way to kick off National Bike Month in May with a Sunday party at Amoeba!

The event will feature DJs, food and drinks, bicycle-related workshops, a prize wheel and raffle tickets for prizes from Sole Bicycle, Bern Helmets, Converse and Amoeba shopping sprees and more! JUST ADDED: We'll also have Bike Trivia at 3:30 p.m. with local cycling advocate Coolassmike Bowers!

We’ll be celebrating bike culture in partnership with the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition (LACBC), which works to raise awareness about the proposed bike lanes on Hollywood Blvd. LACBC will have on-site bike valet service, and special/cool incentives if you become a member that day. They will also have handy guides to events happening during National Bike Month in and around Los Angeles.

sole bikeThe bike-a-licious prizes we’ll be raffling off include a grand prize of a shiny, new Sole Bicycle, Bern bicycle helmets, cool-ass bike gear, $75 Converse gift certificates, gift cards to local restaurants and Amoeba, concert tickets and more. Can't make it to Bike Day? You can still buy a raffle ticket at Amoeba Hollywood starting April 24; ask at the register.

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