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10 Bands We'd Like to See Reunite

Posted by Billy Gil, January 29, 2014 11:11am | Post a Comment

Two of our favorite bands of all time — OutKast and Slowdiveare officially reuniting. OutKast announced it a couple weeks back, with news that the Southern rap legends will headline Coachella and play Governernor’s Ball in New York, though it seems likely we’ll see another Big Boi album before a new OutKast album (and we’re OK with that!). Meanwhile, shoegaze titans Slowdive yesterday confirmed rumors (that they themselves flamed) that they’d reunite, playing Primavera in Barcelona in May and “a couple of gigs,” including a show at Village Underground in London May 19 (better book your tickets now!), in order to raise funds for a new LP.

With those two reunions locked down, we thought we’d turn our attention from bands we liked that reunited to bands we’d like to see reunite.

Talking Heads

talking heads amoebaThis one seems a no-brainer. They exactly been quiet since they first broke up in 1991, from briefly “reuniting” onstage in 2002 to play three songs for their Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction, to David Byrnes solo career (including a one-off album with St. Vincent), to the other members’ activity, including The Heads and Tom Tom Club. And the band seems more popular and prescient than ever. So, everyone’s still alive and working.

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The Bands That Ruin Your Lives

Posted by Gomez Comes Alive!, October 21, 2013 12:10am | Post a Comment
The Stooges FunhouseI finally got my 18-year niece who is living with me to clean up her room.

As she is doing it, she is listening to music through Spotify, which most people her age do rather than download or buy physical product. She is playing The Stooges “I Wanna Be Your Dog” I can hear it through her door from the adjacent kitchen as I wash dishes. She repeats the song. When it was over, she repeats it again, then again. I finally knock on her door and say, “You know, there are plenty of great Stooges songs besides that one!” She opens the door, looks at me slightly embarrassed but then defends herself. “I’m listening to the Iggy Pop anthology and this is the only song I like. The rest of it is too poppy, like The Ramones”

I slightly gasp. Not that she couldn’t be any more wrong about The Stooges but she based her opinion from Iggy Pop's Anthology? It’s like basing a writer's’ entire work on  CliffsNotes. I told her to listen to the entire Funhouse album from beginning to end. I remember that album scaring me. It was so raw, so bluesy, so primal,  that I knew by listening to it that my life would never be the same. I was right. It was like a hex or voodoo, maleficio, a Fukú, something, was put on me once the first notes of that album played on a cassette player in my friend’s car. I remember listening to Iggy's guttural screams, Ron Asheton's complete mutilation of his guitar, the unrelenting trance that was the rhythm section and thinking, "Wow" Not to mention the free jazz sax on some songs, altogether it was a mind-blowing experience for my young head.

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2013's Fun Fun Fun Festival Boasts The Austin Event's Best Lineup To Date

Posted by Billyjam, October 7, 2013 03:15pm | Post a Comment

Now in its eight year the aptly named Fun Fun Fun Festival - Austin's annual Fall music/comedy/skate/food festival - will present its traditionally diverse and most satisfying lineup to date when it takes place in the Texas city over three days next month - November 8th, 9th , and 10th at the Auditorium Shores. That's when and where, on different stages catering to indie rock, hip-hop, electronic, punk, metal and comedy will present a refreshingly cool mix of well known and unknown (but all good) acts that will include RJD2, Melt BananaTelevision, Flag (members of Black Flag), Big Freedia, Patton Oswalt, The Walkmen, Daniel Johnson, Jurassic 5, The Descendents, MIA, Slayer, Ice-T, Death Grips, Serengeti, Kurt Vile & The Violators, Johnny Marr, Sparks, Action Bronson, Snoop Dogg, and Unlocking The Truth. The latter is the duo comprised of Malcolm Brickhouse and Jarad Dawkins: the young African American NYC metal loving pals who wowed audiences at the recent Afro Punk Festival in their home borough of Brooklyn last month. Below is an interview video with the passionate pair of young metal heads, along with a series of other music videos by a select few of the numerous amazing acts booked to play at Fun Fun Fun.  Usually festivals have some acts I really want to see and others that I could take or leave. But this festival personally appeals to my taste 100% with a lineup that I would like to see all of the acts perform. Hence am seriously considering how I can manage to take a trip to Austin next month to attend. Festival tickets are $79 per day or $179 for the three day weekend (or upgrade to $325 for the "ultimate smooth pass" which comes with some extras). Advance tix available to purchase here and more general Fun Fun Fun Festival info here or in the flyer above with all the amazing lineup included.

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Raymond Pettibon's Ubiquitous Black Flag Logo

Posted by Billyjam, June 10, 2013 04:35pm | Post a Comment

Ever since  Black Flag's instantly identifiable logo first surfaced several decades ago it has remained a ubiquitous image in popular culture. The simple yet distinctive logo, consisting of of four black bars, was designed back in the late 1970's by Raymond Pettibon - Black Flag founder Greg Ginn's brother who also came up with the band name and who can be credited for most of their artwork. Pettibon's Black Flag logo, which he reportedly hand drew in a brief session,  has long being an iconic symbol of Black Flag and the American hardcore punk movement itself - one seen and recognized all over the world - on T-shirts, stickers, and tattoos (lots of them like the neck Blag Flag tattoo on guys' neck pictured left).

Many people have their own take on the logo; one of my favorites is by director and motion artist Matt Lambert who views the barcode like logo as "one of the strongest marks ever created is the four-barred, minimalist rippling flag captured…..the antithesis of the white flag of surrender, symbolized the riotous youth of the LA and US punk scene." Lambert also noted how the logo can, which can be easily transposed to a stencil, has been adapted and appeared in spray paint across the world over the years. 

As well as fans the logo has also been copied and appropriated by many bands, party promoters, organizations, and individuals including the selection shown on this Amoeblog that include the feline themed "Black Flag / Cat Flag," the Yak Flag, the Batman themed Bat Flag, the Obama Barack Flag, Drag Flag, and (my favorite) the Snack Flag. Then there is the unlikely Justin Bieber Black Flag T-shirt - among the oddest appropriations of the logo here and  the sort of use that no doubt led to the caption below "You don't actually like Black Flag....You just think the logo's cool."  And down the very end is the Undefeated fashion company logo which looks like the Black Flag logo with an additional/fifth bar drawn across it.
 

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Shopping for Black Flag, Black Sheep, and Black Sabbath on Black Friday

Posted by Billyjam, November 23, 2012 07:35am | Post a Comment
1) Black Flag       

2) Black Sheep

3) Black Sabbath

4) Black 47

5) Black Grape

6) Black Bug

7) Black Madonna


Inspired by the wonderful Black Friday appropriation of Black Flag's famous logo (above left) I started thinking that, in addition to all of the great exclusive releases issued for this Black Friday Record Store Day that you will find today and over this Black Friday weekend at Amoeba (through Sunday Nov 25), while in one of the three Amoeba stores look out for some of the numerous other bands/artists whose names begin with the word Black because there are a lot of talented artists in that category that span different genres. Along with the punk legends Black Flag (whose T-shirts as well as music you will find in the new Amoeba Hollywood Punk Section) these include hard rock pioneers Black Sabbath * (check for such other Sabbath items as their Sabbath Bloody Sabbath poster), and golden era hip-hop trailblazers Black Sheep. - especially their albums Non Fiction and Wolf In Sheep's Clothing.  Then there's the Irish tinged rockers Black 47 whose Home of the Brave is not half bad, 90's UK rock group Black Grape featuring former members of Happy Mondays, Black Bug who released the 7" "Shard of Glass" / "Police Helicopter" on Hozac Records last year, and Black Madonna who released the 12" "Alright This Morning" a month ago. And of course at Amoeba you could also pick up Steely Dan's album Katy Lied with the opening track "Black Friday."

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