40th Anniversary of Punk and the San Francisco Punk Rock Renaissance Continues

Posted by Billyjam, September 23, 2015 02:13pm | Post a Comment

The 40th anniversary of punk and the San Francisco punk renaissance is being celebrated this week at the San Francisco Public Library, where coincidentally Penelope Houston (The Avengers) works, with a special highlight today care of the San Francisco History Center and Book Arts & Special Collections in association with the Punk Rock Sewing Circle. This afternoon's panel discussion is entitled The Power of the Word: Fanzines and the Pioneering of Punk Rock Journalism, and will discuss the importance (in the pre-Internet age) of punk zines and the key role they played in getting out information to fans fiending for information on the then new cultural movement's soundtrack. Free and open to the public, today's panel moderated by Peter Urban will feature V. Vale (Search and Destroy), Mickey “Creep” (Creep), and Verna and Linda Wilson (Ripper) who will "discuss their experiences as pioneers in the punk rock scene and examine the pivotal function of fanzines" for the years 1975 through 1981. They will examine both the Bay Area’s "first-wave punk rock community as well as focus on the contributions to new music culture made by such periodicals as Sniffin’ Glue (London), Punk (New York), and Slash (Los Angeles.)" Free event, all ages, open to the public today until 430pm at the San Francisco Public Library Main Library - 100 Larkin St, San Francisco, California 94102.

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Amoeba's Monterey Jazz Fest 2015 Wrap Up: Trombone Shorty, Nikki Hill, Dianne Reeves & More

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, September 22, 2015 09:27pm | Post a Comment

Amoeba tent at Monterey Jazz Festival, 2015It's been another amazing year of Jazz in the sun and stellar signings at the Mini Amoeba tent at the 58th Annual Monterey Jazz Festival. We couldn't have asked for a more exciting, action-packed schedule of signings with Jazz luminaries for our fifth year onsite at the prestigious and historic three-day festival.

This year we hosted 17 signings (incuding the surprise visit from The Brothers Comatose) in just three days! We are honored to have had the chance to work with these monster talents - all of them legends or soon-to-be legends - and with the gracious staff of the Monterey Jazz Festival.

On Friday night (September 18) we kicked off our all-star roster with a 9pm signing with pianist Geri Allen who arrived fresh from the Jimmy Lyons Stage where she had just presented “The Erroll Garner Project: Concert by the Sea.” This tribute performance marks the 60th anniversary of the recording of Erroll Garner’s Concert by the Sea.

Geri Allen

Glamorous French vocalist Cyrille Aimee joined us at 9:45pm after a smoldering set at the Night Club and signed her major label debut, It's A Good Day.

Cyrille Aimee

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Hip-Hop History Tuesdays: Early 1990's Record Label Promo Postcards [Outkast, Artifacts, Willie D, Insane Poetry, The Legion]

Posted by Billyjam, September 22, 2015 08:16pm | Post a Comment

Above and below are the two sides of the promo postcard from Big Beat Records from 1994 that was part of the Atlantic Records distributed label's big promotional push for The Artifacts' 12" single/maxi-cassette/CD release "Wrong Side Of The Tracks." That five star track was released in advance of and taken off the NJ duo's act's album, that was reissued on vinyl two years ago by Fat Beats, Between A Rock And A Hard Place. The postcard is one of several 1990's promo postcards featured in this Hip-Hop History Amoeblog that includes postcards from two decades ago from the first half of the nineties - the
golden era of rap/hip-hop label promotions. While indeed in the 1980's, record labels were releasing a good deal hip-hop singles (and to a lesser extent hip-hop albums) publicity and promotional departments had not yet been fully developed at most labels. The promotional push for '80's hip-hop, while certainly in existence, was sparse and limited to the select few major labels with rap acts and the larger majority of the field filled with smaller indie record labels. These small often regionalized rap labels typically released 12" singles only and as their respective promo pushes typically targeted retail outlets or their distributors, or the record pools that DJs were members of. The promo/publicity was usually advertisements in select trade publications while their promotional pushes would be aimed at DJs via record pools or sometimes radio stations. By the time 80's ended and 1990's decade began, the marketplace had changed dramatically with promo campaigns directed at retail, radio, and other media (print, video) becoming more commonplace. 

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See Amy Helm at the Grammy Museum Sept. 29

Posted by Amoebite, September 22, 2015 05:10pm | Post a Comment

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The Grammy Museum presents The Drop: Amy Helm on Sept. 29, sponsored by Amoeba.

Helm will appear in downtown Los Angeles at the Clive Davis Theater for a performance and discussion, hosted by Scott Goldman, VP of the Grammy Foundation. Tickets are $20, and doors are at 7:30 p.m.

amy helm didn't it rain cd

The bluegrass-inspired singer/songwriter comes from an estimable pedigree as the daughter of The Band drummer Levon Helm and singer Libby Titus. She has played with her father in the Levon Helm Band and served as a co-producer on his Grammy-winning 2007 album, Dirt Farmer. Now, Levon Helm is a featured drummer on her debut album, Didn’t It Rain, which was released earlier this year. The album features 12 mostly original songs and includes a version of Sam Cooke’s “Good News.”

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New "What's in My Bag?" Episode with The Walking Dead's Emily Kinney

Posted by Amoebite, September 21, 2015 06:46pm | Post a Comment

Emily Kinney is an American actor and musician, best known for playing Beth Greene on AMC’s The Walking Dead. The Nebraska native began her acting career with performances on The Big C and Law & Order: Criminal Intent. Her musical work is showcased on The Walking Dead: AMC Original Soundtrack, Vol. 1, on which she sings with her co-star Lauren Cohan on the track "The Parting Glass."

Emily Kinney This is WarKinney has released three albums: 2011’s Blue Toothbrush, 2013’s Expired Love (reissued in 2014), and her latest, This Is War. After leaving The Walking Dead, she has appeared on Masters of Sex, The Knick, The Flash, The Following and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. To celebrate the release of This Is War, Kinney will be playing the Troubadour in Los Angeles this Wednesday, September 23rd.

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