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Miley Crisis: Girl Gives Twerk a Bad Name

Posted by Kelly S. Osato, September 1, 2013 09:15pm | Post a Comment

Just when I thought I had naught to say regarding Mileygate...
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Okay, okay, okay Miss Miley. Girl can twerk, or whatever, and I take no issue with her preferred style of dance, even if she does resemble pinched trash wagging an imaginary honey stick when she does it. I have to admit, however, it bums me out that her dehydrated toungue n' tourettes performance at the VMAs last Sunday seems to have made "twerk" a household word or, at least, a generally accepted generic term for sexy ass-dancing, which, by the way, Cyrus wasn't really showcasing. Not on that night anyway. But, hey, that's fashion and my opinion matters little and weighs less when it comes to stomaching realities like this slice of Mileygate aftermath right here:




Really though, all this weak-ass sauce aside, I want to share, right here and now, some examples of real-ass twerking for anyone out there interested in gaining an understanding of why this manner of dancing could, should and has been elevated to a level of high art in expressive movement. Poppin', grinding, twerking, bounce, clap, stripper dance... check up on it and call it what you will, just don't promise chocolate milk if you're pouring watered-down Yoo-hoo. Here follows some of my favorite moments I've stumbled across in recent twerk-ish history:



 

The music video for Diplo' s "Express Yourself" (featuring Nicky Da B) has developed such a rich rash of "see Miley?" comments within the past week that it is worth over-looking the blurred lines (see what I did there) between twerking and the awesomeness that is Nola Bounce to include it here. Plus, as an added bonus, the vocal track practically acts as a literal how-to dance tutorial for those not overtaken by the sudden urge to, well, express themselves upon first listen.
 

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Amoeba and Moheak's Song of the Week: Major Lazer's 'Get Free'

Posted by Billy Gil, May 27, 2013 09:00am | Post a Comment

moheakAmoeba has entered into a partnership with L.A.’s Moheak Radio to provide the Amoeba Song of the Week every week for a recorded segment to air on Moheak’s online radio station.

This week it’s Major Lazer’s “Get Free,” from the latest Major Lazer album, Free the Universe. The collaboration between Diplo and DJs Jillionaire and Walshy Fire fuses dancehall and EDM into an irresistible, danceable whole. “Get Free” sees them slowing down for a cool, laid-back reggae pop jam featuring the aerobic vocals of Dirty Projectors’ Amber Coffman.

 

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A bit about Amoeba’s Song of the Week: Every week we’ll provide a song hand-selected by our own staff to Moheak Radio for a recorded segment that will run four times a day (at around 8 a.m., 1 p.m., 5:45 p.m. and once overnight). Besides hearing what our expert staff is into, you’ll get the chance to win prizes from Amoeba Music. The giveaways will happen once a week with announcements at least once every four hours leading up to the giveaway, which will take place on Moheak’s Facebook page. Check it out, support local/online radio and win some prizes along the way.

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Diplo + Benzi Present Mansions On The Moon

Posted by Smiles Davis, November 1, 2010 12:58pm | Post a Comment


Mansions on the Moon
, the new kids on the block. Literally! So fresh, so new I could hardly find any verbiage on them. But isn’t that how we like it? We music aficionados like to discover “virgin music,” untapped territory, music we can put our friends up on. That’s when digging becomes most rewarding, when you can share with friends who aren’t yet up on shit yet.

What Iittle I can tell you about Mansions on the Moon is they're an Echo Park formed trio; they sort of defy categorization, but if I had to pick one, I'd put a check in the "all above" box. Let's just say Mansions On the Moon is ridiculously awesome, a group your girlfriend will be into and her girlfriends and all their friends friends. So get hip, otherwise you’ll be left outta the loop, and the loop is so in right now. Watch this seed grow; Mansions on the Moon will one day be EPIC!

One fellow DJ who seems to have a tiny investment in this whole seed growing process is Diplo. He, along with Benzi, present this highly anticipated mixtape.They teamed up with some cool friends like N.E.R.D., Willy Joy and Xaphoon Jones (Chiddy Bang) to create pure goodness. Paradise Falls is their little bundle of joy, definitely worth a listen or two…or possibly 3. My personal favorite standout track is "Glimpse of The Future" with Xaphoon Jones. Melodically it reminds me of Sleigh Bells' "Rill Rill," which samples "Can You Get to That" from Funkadelic's Maggot Brain album, which I had on repeat all summer long. Peep this and look out for more things to come from Mansions on the Moon, including a debut album in 2011.

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The 12 Days of Coachella: 8 Don't I Know You From Somewhere?

Posted by Amoebite, April 12, 2010 05:58pm | Post a Comment
"One man's attempt to dissect the method to 3 days of madness in the desert"
  - By Scott Butterworth


On the 3rd weekend of April my Coachella will give to me.....
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12 DJ's DJing.....11 Angelenos....10 Duos Duet-ing....9 Debut Albums....

....and 8 "Don't I Know You From Somewhere?":  

Public Image Limited
She & Him
The Cribs
Perry Ferrall vs. Steve Porter
Major Lazer
Bad Lieutenant
Charlotte Gainsbourg
Owen Pallet


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Dance Music All Night Long

Posted by Smiles Davis, July 8, 2009 03:43pm | Post a Comment
Music, good music, is popping up everywhere and I’m loving every minute of it. Dance music in particular is really having the best year ever. I’m not just talking about house and techno, I’m talking about music that makes you wanna boogie, music that really makes you wanna get down with the get down and forget all your worries. I don't exactly know who to give credit to for putting the fun back in music but one thing is absolute: everything eventually comes full circle.

Back in the day—we’re talking the 70’s—there was disco, a little bit of hip-hop, some more disco, what was left of modern jazz, rock-n-roll, and a little more disco. The best thing about urban nightlife at that time was disco. And you didn’t hear none of that A.D.D. DJ we hear so frequently today, where the music selector changes songs every thirty seconds (thanks a lot DJ AM). No, none of that. The DJ’s at the discotheques usually played the long versions of songs, nearly in their entirety, to keep the feet on the dance floor all night long. Oh, how things have changed.

At that time, people weren’t up on hip-hop like that quite yet; it was still pretty underground. You had to know where to go to find a DJ spinning hip-hop. And chances are, if you knew about it, you knew it was the only spot in town where you could go to hear that type of music. Not to mention the fact that that one and only spot was probably members only. You had to be affiliated with a crew to gain access. If you weren’t a part of a tagging crew, a breaking crew, or one of the emcees or DJs, chances were you didn’t even know about it. But, back to disco. It started mainly on the east coast in the late 60’s. By the early 70’s disco had cross-pollinated and spread like wild fire all over the globe. Most popular soul and funk acts like Earth, Wind & Fire and The Bar-kays soon jumped ship and found themselves chin deep in the disco trend. Unfortunately, like most fads, disco was finished quicker than morning coffee and soon disappeared from the radar. For the most part, I think the public wanted it that way. Disco Demolition Night, a promotional event that took place on Thursday, July 12, 1979, at Comiskey Park in Chicago, Illinois, was in part to blame for the end of an era. However, industry folk and even many consumers talked about the decline of the genre long before this event took place.  

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