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Haim Release "My Song 5" Video Featuring A$AP Ferg, Ezra Koenig, Ke$ha, Grimes and Vanessa Bayer

Posted by Billy Gil, August 19, 2014 09:53am | Post a Comment

haim days are gone lpSister-pop trio Haim apparently opened the “famous people we know” tab on their address book and started dialing around when it came time to film a video for Days Are Gone’s “My Song 5.”

SNL’s Vanessa Bayer hosts a Sally Jessy Raphael-style talk show in which we see one of the Haims in love with mimes, Ke$ha in love with her cat and A$AP Ferg as a guest whose girlfriend has fallen for another woman. Hey look, there’s Grimes chilling in the waiting room. And there’s Vampire Weekend’s Ezra Koenig sitting in the audience. OK, it’s pretty much a game of spot the famous person, but still pretty fun!

Days Are Gone is out now and is still really good.

Hip-Hop History Tuesdays: A Tale of Two Biggies (Biggie Smalls Vs. Biggy Smallz)

Posted by Billyjam, August 19, 2014 09:43am | Post a Comment
The tale of two Biggies is the tale of two rappers with the same name, and with one of them having to change his rap name. It dates to back to the early to mid 1990's when legendary Brooklyn rapper Biggie Smalls of Puff Daddy's Bad Boy Records fame first arrived on the scene to some confusion among hip-hop fans at the time who were familiar with the other existing rapper named Biggy Smallz who was Thug Life and 2Pac affiliated. That Biggy started out a bit earlier in his rap career, beginning in 1991 at a young age.

Both rappers had drawn inspiration for their names from the 1975 movie Let's Do It Again and its character Biggie Smalls that was played by Calvin Lockhart. So by the time the Biggie born Christopher Wallace arrived on the rap map the other Biggy Smallz was already out there releasing hip-hop singles including 1993's "Cruisin" which, like 1994's "Nobody Rides For Free," was also produced by Johnny "J" who was also producing for 2Pac - an affiliation that he is best known for.  Reportedly it was Tupac Shakur who asked Christopher Wallace to change his name from Biggie Smalls to avoid confusion with his Thug Life buddy Biggy. Hence Christopher Wallace officially became The Notorious B.I.G. before releasing his major label debut. Although since some have suggested that it was not Pac's request for the name change but rather fear of legal copyright infringement from the producers of the Let's Do It Again movie that was the real reason for Wallace changing his name. 

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Album Picks: Electric Wurms, Music Go Music, Beach Day

Posted by Billy Gil, August 19, 2014 09:33am | Post a Comment

Electric Wurms - Musik Die Schwer Zu Twerk (LP, CD)

electric wurmsFor some bands, the weight of an estimable catalog can sometimes feel like a burden, and working with the same collaborators for years on end can be stifling. So artists turn to new projects for those ideas that don’t fit into the ideals of their main gig, or just to take a break. Like Thom Yorke indulging his dubstep fetish with Atoms for Peace, Electric Wurms sees psych-pop arena-fillers The Flaming Lips (that is, the band’s singer/songwriter, Wayne Coyne, and multi-instrumentalist Steven Drozd) have stepped away from the Lips for this collaborative EP (along with the modern prog band Linear Downfall) of acid-trip jams. It’s not much of a departure from the Lips sound, but there’s a freewheeling feel to this mini-album that’s been missing of late from the Lips’ increasingly difficult albums. Unexpected sounds gurgle out of every pore of songs like their cover of Yes’ “Heart of the Sunrise,” yet create a kind of cosmic, atmospheric beauty. Rock-based psychedelia that grounds songs like the insane “Transform!!!” and keep them (or you) from becoming completely unmoored. Musik Die Schwer Zu Twerk may scream “for fans only” on paper, but, as always with these guys, something that at first seems like a one-off ends up feeling well-considered and rewards repeat listens, given Coyne’s whimsical production and the obvious chemistry (in more ways than one!) that these guys generate. Really cool little release from Wayne Coyne and his Heady Fwends.

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Hot August Bikes Brought the Summer Sizzle to Amoeba SF

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, August 18, 2014 05:28pm | Post a Comment
Amoeba San Francisco Storm Troopers Hot August Bikes

Amoeba San Francisco held their first ever Hot August Bikes on Sunday, August 17th, bringing in San Francisco Bicycle Coalitioncyclists (and those who love them) from all parts of the Bay. From noon to 5pm, the Amoeba SF stage and mezzanine were transformed into a bike-friendly fair featuring booths from Bay Guardian & SF Weekly, Hubert's Lemonade, Salsa Delfina, and the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition. Between salsa and lemonade tasting, guests could learn about the SF Bicycle Coalition and spin prize wheels provided by Amoeba and Bay Guardian for fabulous gifts.

A raffle was also held for two beautiful bikes: the adorable Creme Dutch style bike donated by American Cyclery and the sporty Ocean Front Walker donated by Sole Bicycles. Funds raised from this raffle will be donated directly to the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition. 

As if that wasn't enough, we had two celebrity guests. Yes, a Stormtrooper and a Biker Scout from the Golden Gate Garrison of the 501st Legion dropped in to share their love of bikes and record browsing!

And without further ado, here are the winning raffle ticket numbers:

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Hot August Bikes Brings Cycling Fans Out to Amoeba Hollywood Sunday in Support of LACBC

Posted by Billy Gil, August 18, 2014 04:41pm | Post a Comment

hot august bikes

Amoeba Hollywood’s first ever Hot August Bikes event was a blast and brought bike enthusiasts and Sunday adventurers of all stripes out to the Ivar lot behind Amoeba for an afternoon full of fun, food, bikes and fundraising.

Between Amoeba’s prize wheel, raffle ticket sales and vendors donating a portion of their proceeds from the event, more than $1300 was raised for the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition, whose mission to build a better, more bike-able Los Angeles County. LACBC welcomed a number of new members and gathered more than 100 signatures supporting bike lanes in Hollywood as they ran the day's bike valet—congratulations!

And speaking of those raffles, here are the winning raffle ticket numbers as well as their corresponding prizes:

SOLE BICYCLE

152405

$100 Converse Gift Card

152401

$100 Converse Gift Card

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