Take It To The Bridge, The Bay Bridge (Pre-Demolition Top Ten List)

Posted by Billyjam, November 12, 2015 10:32pm | Post a Comment

Following a one week postponement, this weekend the demolition of part of the old Bay Bridge is back on. Scheduled for this Saturday, November 14th, at approximately 1pm, the segment of the 77-year-old Eastern span of the Bay Bridge known as Pier E3 will be demolished. Via underwater implosion and lasting only six seconds, 400 explosives will be used to demolish a 268-foot concrete slab 165 feet in the Bay mud below. While this planned implosion of the old Bay Bridge, that was replaced back in mid-2013 with that shiny new Bay Bridge that you seem to see in every other new car commercial, may not be as dramatic as say the implosion/demolition in 1999 of San Francisco's Geneva Towers, it is still an anticipated event. Many individuals and groups are planning on viewing Saturday's implosion either in person (the Oakland side near 7th St. in West Oakland is a prime location) or online (CalTrans will stream it all live).

Fans of this upcoming event include those members of the Old Bay Bridge Demolition Facebook event page that was set up by the the San Francisco Bay Area Street Photography group.  One member of this group is longtime Bay Bridge fan and former San Francisco resident Aaron Hali who now lives in Sacramento. "I'm up here in Sac because the Bay pushed us out economically so we were not in a position to buy a house in the Bay Area," he told me of his and his wife's relocation reasons, adding that, because of the three hour round trip for a six second event, he will be among those watching the implosion stream online.

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Luke Sick's Music/Culture zine LET'S SIDE Rewinds to Simpler Pre-Digital Age Aesthetic

Posted by Billyjam, October 7, 2015 11:23pm | Post a Comment
10 Random LET'S SIDE Items culled from Issues #1 thru #8

1:  LUCKY 13 by Lord Toph
2: On That Town Shit
    Confessions of a Rap Nerd

3: "Resident gets a package of gorilla dung"  newspaper story
4: Memphis Murder Music
5: To Make D.M.T. In Your Kitchen
6: Five "rarish" Bay Area rap records
7: RBL Posse early 1990's In-A-Minute press photo
8: Break Science & The MC
9: Ocean Floor Records profile
10: 5 Random Grabs by DJ Eons One

You've got to love everything about DIY music and culture zine LET'S SIDE - the Bay rap-rooted, retro styled, DIY printed publication that is curated and published by longtime Bay Area underground hip-hop artist and label owner Luke Sick (Grand Invincible / Grand Killa Con) who, via his original hip-hop crew Sacred Hoop, initially came to fame in the 1990's. That same decade gets a lot of throwback love in the zine that Luke launched three years ago and has tirelessly been publishing ever since.  LET'S SIDE is a heartfelt homage to not just the nineties but that whole era of 80's/90's/early 2000's right before the Internet pretty much took over everything. His zine's stubbornly simple, pre-digital / analog aesthetics are similar to Luke's indie music label MegaKut - on which he releases extremely limited run cassette-only releases of typically a 100 copies total pressing. Similarly LET'S SIDE is a print only, quarterly zine, of which only a 100 printed copies are made. The zines are all handmade by Luke down at his local Xerox store - just like in the olden days before websites, blogs, and Instagram when information was limited and slowly disseminated. With a small talented crew of contributors, but no advertising or financial backing - just his passion for music and culture Luke delivers a wonderfully raw, unpolished, throwback style zine that is unlike any other. 

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Black History Month In The Bay Area

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, January 29, 2015 09:05pm | Post a Comment


In honor of Black History Month, the Amoeblog is proud to provide this sampling of Bay Area events that are not to be missed. Watch this space for new additions.

Sunday, 2/1/2015, 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Racism and all that Jazz

Like Traditional Negro Spirituals and the Blues, Jazz evolved in the United States to survive the horrors of racism. Join Renaissance woman Phavia Kujichagulia (Griot, educator, & activist) on this journey into Jazz from Africa to America. She has performed and lectured extensively throughout the continental USA, the Caribbean, and England.
Koret Auditorium
Main Library
100 Larkin St.
San Francisco

Friday, 2/6/2015, 12:00pm -1:00pm
2015 Black History Month Kickoff : A Century of Black Life, History and Culture in San Francisco

Presented by San Francisco African American Historical & Cultural Society (celebrating its 60th anniversary).
City Hall Rotunda
1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place
San Francisco

Wednesday, 2/112015, 6:00pm - 7:30pm
African American Oakland: An Historical Overview

In this overview, Oakland History Room librarian Dorothy Lazard will share key and little-known stories of the social, cultural, economic and political contributions of African Americans in Oakland.
Main Library
Oakland History Room
125 14th Street

Friday, 2/13/2015, 7:00pm - 10:00pm
A Love Supreme

Join KQED, Impact Hub Oakland, and #1World1Family for a special evening celebrating Black History Month and the 50th anniversary of John Coltrane's album A Love Supreme with a night of film, music, performance, and conversation.
Jazz by the Angela Wellman Quartet
Spoken-word performance by Sonya Renee Taylor
Film Screening: Through a Lens Darkly
Join filmmaker Thomas Allen Harris with Rev. Dereca Blackmon, curator, Ashara Ekundayo and writer, Marvin K. White in conversation on radical love, spiritual practice, and next generation movement building such as the use of technology in the design of #BlackLivesMatter.
Impact Hub Oakland
2323 Broadway
RSVP required

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The Bay Bridged 2014 Fundraiser

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, December 14, 2014 07:58pm | Post a Comment

The Bay Bridged - the San Francisco-based non-profit that brings you both the Phono del Sol Music & Food Festival and The Bay Brewed: A Rock & Roll Beer Festival, plus an award-winning music blog and podcast series - is holding an online fundraiser through the end of December. All donations go towards helping them produce those amazing music festivals and enables them to continue to produce their quality stories and podcasts.

Every donation of $10 or more gets you a digital download of The Bay Bridged 2014 Holiday Compilation featuring songs from Everyone is Dirty, Cocktails, bAd bAd, Joseph Childress, Al Lover, Laura Weinbach (of Foxtails Brigade), and more. Donors of $50 or more will receive a number of additional benefits including discounted and free tickets to 2015 events and a chance to win some great raffle prizes such as an Amoeba gift certificate!

Donate today and continue to support local music!

Hip-Hop Rap-Up, Halloween Week 2013: E-Lit, Ensemble Mik Nawooj, Greenhouse (Blueprint & Illogic), Casual vs Eminem, Wolf Haley

Posted by Billyjam, November 1, 2013 09:09am | Post a Comment

Hip-Hop Top Five Amoeba Music Berkeley Week End Nov 1st, 2013

1) Greenhouse (Blueprint & Illogic)  Bend But Don't Break (Weightless Recordings)

2) Quelle Chris  Ghost At The Finish Line (Mello Music/Fat Beats)

3) Jon Wayne Rap Album One (Stones Throw)

4) Ohmega Watts Pieces of a Dream (Mellow Orange)

5) Jel Late Pass (Anticon)

Above is the latest Amoeba hip-hop top five chart plus video of Amoeba Berkeley's E-Lit in costume recorded last night (Halloween) before the store closed early for the holiday. As E-Lit noted the new Jon Wayne Rap Album One (as distinct from his instrumental output) is just out on Stones Throw Records and is available on vinyl too. Other new vinyl releases include LA based longtime Detroit hip-hop ambassador House Shoes who just released the two record set "based around J-Dilla" House Shoes Presents the King Jam Version: Chapter One Verses One - Four. Ohmega Watts, whose last albums were on Ubiquity, have just released Pieces of a Dream on Mellow Orange.  The number one album is the return of Greenhouse - Blueprint and Illogic's Bend But Don't Break featuring tracks such as "Microwave America" below. 

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