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New Taboo: Recent Vinyl Releases for Exotica Enthusiasts

Posted by Kelly S. Osato, August 31, 2016 10:32pm | Post a Comment
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Lounge lizard brothers and sisters, tiki torch-bearers, and any other Jazz/World/Oldies bin-combers craving an escape from the harsh realities of this cruel world: rejoice! A splash of freshly pressed exotic pu-pus for your easy listening pleasure platters has hit the shelves this Summer, with the quartet of new releases pictured above presenting an especially potent sonic swizzle of hi-fi reverie. So disable your rudder, lose the shoes, stir up a tipple or two and drift into the intoxicating lagoon of these "new" grooves.

An Exploration into the Exotic World of Taboo Vol. 1 stag-o-lee various artists lounge tiki arthur lyman
V/A - Taboo: An Exploration into the Exotic World of Taboo Vol. 1 (Stag-O-Lee)

The first of a series dubbed Journey To The Centre Of The Song (each volume celebrating a singular tune by exploring a sampling of various recorded versions), this 10" contains nine genre-spanning interpretations of the popular standard "Taboo" (or "Tabou" or "Tabu") composed by Cuban musician Margarita Lecuona, a lady also responsible for the classic "Babalou". From Charles Blackwell's raucous "Surf'stramental" opener to the brassy cha-cha of Tito Rivera, and from the island rhythms of Cyril Diaz to Sylvia Mora's noir popcorn grind, all these and more buttoned up nicely by Arthur Lyman's own sensual evocation, nothing feels forbidden about the magic of examining these songs altogether or individually. In fact, it feels great to have them all in one place.

Leroy Moore's Krip-Hop Nation Planning Anniversary Compilation, Book, Documentary, and Tour of South Africa

Posted by Billyjam, August 30, 2016 11:48pm | Post a Comment

The Krip-Hop Nation has a busy upcoming six month period ahead with a planned krip-hop book, a documentary, and a tour of South Africa all planned for late 2016 and early 2017. He also has a compilation of the best of the past decade of Krip-Hop Nation's music planned for sometime in 2017. According to artist/activist Leroy Moore, the founder of the Berkeley CA based international organization of hip-hop artists with disabilities, the first item on the agenda is the tour of South Africa. "Thanks to This Ability Newspaper and Simon Manda, we're going to be going to South Africa on November 5th through December 10th when we're going to do a whole South African tour," Moore told the Amoeblog recently in an interview conducted at his Berkeley apartment/office. "I am raising $8000 for the tour documentary and new book," he added of the recently set up Indiegogo crowd-funding campaign that will finance a documentary about the tour as well as a book by Krip-Hop Nation artists. He said that the network of krip-hop artists in South Africa, with whom he's been communicating closely with with for a while, are hooking up everything from the venues to play to places to stay." In addition to going toward the production expenses of making a documentary of the upcoming tour and the publishing of the future book (a collection of essays, poetry and lyrics by US and African krip-hop artists), the Indiegogo campaign will also fund equipment that will make the tour more accessible for wheelchairs etc.

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Amoeba SF Acquires Over 600 Vintage Jazz Magazines

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, August 29, 2016 08:02pm | Post a Comment

Jazz Review, Vintage magazinesAmoeba Music SF recently acquired over 600 vintage Jazz magazines, spanning from the late 1940s to the early 1990s! Titles include Down Beat, Metronome, Jazz Review, Jazz Journal (UK), CODA (Canada), and more. These issues are in great shape and you have to see them to believe them. Beautiful photography and design in both color and black & white grace the covers of these collectible time capsules of the Jazz scene. Come down to Amoeba SF and check them out in both the Magazines/Books section and in the glass collectors' case in the Jazz section.

Of particular note, we've got a complete run of Jazz Review (1958-1961), the monthly magazine started by Nat Hentoff, Hsio Wen Shih, and Martin Williams in New York, which features essays, articles, and reviews by Jazz musicians as well as by other notables such as LeRoi Jones and Harvey Pekar. We've also got pristine issues of CODA, the Canadian publication that featured less-mainstream artists than Down Beat (we've got Down Beat too from the late 1940s through the 1970s). Check out the complete volumes of Jazz Journal, which was like a British version of Down Beat that focused mainly on Blues and Jazz musicians. These are fascinating artifacts as they feature rarely seen photos of American musicians taken on tour in the UK and Europe, plus articles and photography by Paul Oliver and Valerie Wilmer, among others.

Metronome Magazine

 

New "What's in My Bag?" Episode with The Arcs

Posted by Amoebite, August 29, 2016 06:18pm | Post a Comment

The Arcs What's In My Bag? Amoeba Music

"For some reason it was difficult to get twelve people from Thailand to open for us for nothing," says The Arcs' singer/guitarist Dan Auerbach about Khun Narin Electric Phin Band. Apparently Auerbach was hoping to get the Thai psychedelic ensemble, who makes their own instruments, on board as an opening act to no avail. You may already know Auerbach from his other band The Black Keys, or from his 2009 solo record, Keep It Hid. Along with fellow Arcs members Leon Michels (Menahan Street Band), Nick Movshon (Menahan Street Band), Homer Steinweiss (Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings), and Richard Swift (The Shins), he's had a very busy year touring in support of their debut album, Yours, Dreamily. Avid record collectors themselves, The Arcs recently mined Amoeba Hollywood's varied genre sections and came out with an impressive and healthy score.

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Buy Nick Cave's "Skeleton Tree" at Film Screenings in Hollywood & Berkeley on 9/8

Posted by Amoebite, August 28, 2016 06:33pm | Post a Comment

Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds' 16th studio album, Skeleton Tree, will be released globally on Friday, Nick Cave, Skeleton TreeSeptember 9th, but the first opportunity anyone will have to hear songs from the album will be while watching One More Time With Feeling, a film directed by Andrew Dominik (Chopper, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, Killing Them Softly), on Thursday, September 8th.

Amoeba Music will be at two screenings of One More Time With Feeling on September 8th selling the album early! Attendees can purchase Skeleton Tree after the film lets out. Catch One More Time With Feeling and get Skeleton Tree on September 8th in Berkeley at Rialto Cinemas® Elmwood (2966 College Avenue) and in Hollywood with director Q&A to follow at The Egyptian Theater (sold out).

One More Time With Feeling evolved from a performance-based concept into something more complex as Dominik delved into the background of the writing and recording of Skeleton Tree. Interwoven throughout the Bad Seeds’ filmed performance of the new album are interviews and footage shot by Dominik, accompanied by Cave’s intermittent narration and improvised rumination. The result is stark, fragile, and raw, and a true testament to an artist searching for his way through the darkness.
 

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