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Set Times Announced for This Weekend's FYF Fest in LA + Tix Still Available at Amoeba

Posted by Rachael McGovern, August 29, 2012 02:07pm | Post a Comment
FYF Fest released set times for this weekend's festival in downtown LA. Download the pdf version to help plan your days (and get damp in your sweaty pockets). Still don't have tickets? Get 'em while you can at Amoeba Hollywood! They're $89 +$4 fee and you can pay with cash or credit card.

FYF Fest set times

The 17th Central Avenue Jazz Festival

Posted by Eric Brightwell, July 31, 2012 03:05pm | Post a Comment
THE CENTRAL AVENUE JAZZ FESTIVAL


Central Avenue Jazz Park 


Every year for the past 17 years, during the last weekend in JulyLA residents and visitors are treated to the preeminent jazz event on the West Coast with The Central Avenue Jazz Festival. It’s free and open to the public – last year, 35,000 attended. The focus, of course, is live music but there are also craft and food booths. I've been meaning to check it out in the past and this I year finally did.


LOCATION OF EVENT

The Dunbar Hotel
The Dunbar in 2012 and Central Ave - A Community Album


A BRIEF BIT OF BACKGROUND ABOUT SOUTH CENTRAL


Malcolm X Way - South Central, Los Angeles Jazz Mural - South Central Los Angeles
          Intersection of Malcolm X Way and MLK                                A Jazzy mural at Alondra's Bakery

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Radio Icon Joe Frank Returns to KCRW

Posted by Billyjam, July 20, 2012 02:49am | Post a Comment
Friend of Amoeba Hollywood, public radio station KCRW welcomes American radio icon Joe Frank back to the Santa Monica radio station's airwaves later today (July 20th) when he will present a special production of UnFictional - the KCRW Independent Producer Project that features captivating stories of real life told by writers and performers.  Today's special production of UnFictional, that airs at 730pm, is titled Dreamers and addresses questions regarding time and mortality. It includes "stories about a family’s tragic visit to Palestine, a man who attends a dinner party after learning he might be dying, and a contemplation of different perspectives on time,” said Frank in a prepared statement.

The most-unique & influential radio artist was previously at the station for sixteen years when he created several radio programs beginning in 1986 with the one hour Joe Frank: Work In Progress. Of Joe Frank, KCRW's Bob Carlson said that, "Listening to one of his stories is a mesmerizing and disorienting experience. If you’ve never heard one before, you’re in for a trip.”

Dreamers will air live today Friday, July 20th at 7:30pm PST on 89.9 FM in the greater Los Angeles area and will also stream online at kcrw.com. If you miss it today it will rebroadcast on KCRW on Tuesday, July 24 at 2:30pm or you can grab it online later today here to download, stream and podcast.

Gil Scott-Heron Tribute to be Held at Grand Performances Downtown

Posted by Billy Gil, July 12, 2012 10:31am | Post a Comment
gil scott heronLegendary soul/spoken word artist Gil Scott-Heron will be honored July 20 with a tribute in Downtown Los Angeles at 8 p.m. at California Plaza (350 S. Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90071) as part of Grand Performances. The "Peace Go With You, Gil" celebration will feature performances by Scott-Heron’s longtime collaborator Brian Jackson, Amoeba Music staffer Jimetta Rose Smith, Carlos Nino, Jeremy Sole, and more. The celebration is said to explore “the soul, vitality, power, humor, social activism, humanity and dynamic messages” of Scott-Heron through a musical and artistic experience. Amoeba will be there with a booth, so come check it out.
 
Amoeba also has several Gil Scott-Heron albums available in store, including the harrowing I’m New Here, released in 2010, and its remix album with Jamie XX from moody Britpop duo The XX. I recently picked up Reflections on vinyl, it's awesome. Check out all the releases in stock here.

Grand Performances Fountain

Los Angeles's AM radio -- a welcome alternative to FM's Radio Ga Ga

Posted by Eric Brightwell, July 9, 2012 05:46pm | Post a Comment
REMEMBER RADIO?

Frank Sant'Agata's Remember When We Listened to the Radio
Frank Sant'Agata's Remember When We Listened to the Radio

If you're at all like me, when you're in the mood to listen to music, radio is one of the least likely places you turn. There was a time (1983 till around 2000) when the radio was the primary source of my exposure to new music. When I moved to LA in 1999, I flipped around the FM dial stopping whenever I heard something I liked. Before the introduction of Shazam, I had to rely on memorizing snippets of lyrics and then looking them up since it seemed like DJs rarely announced what they were playing. That’s how I discovered B.G.Los DandysDuncan Dhu, Enanitos Verdes, Los Freddys, Juvenile, Lil' Wayne, Mikel Erentxun, Mystikal, Los Prisioneros (among others).

Dating a Vietnamese New Waver, Napster, and Pandora all provided new avenues of exposure and I pretty much gave up on FM radio except for usually music-less public radio. When I've been subjected to FM radio in the past few years, the playlists seem to have somehow been whittled down to approximately four incredibly overplayed "classics" that serve as bumpers between hour-long blocks of commercials -- or pop music meant to make 12-year-old girls feel like 16-year-old princesses (and anyone else nauseated).

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