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Show Recap: Fat Tuesday at Amoeba Hollywood With ORGONE

Posted by Billy Gil, March 7, 2014 12:18pm | Post a Comment

Amoeba fat tuesday parade

This year's Fat Tuesday celebration March 4 at Amoeba Hollywood kicked off with DJs playing all manner of funk, soul and zydeco from New Orleans or influenced by its rich musical history. Our resident emcee Gomez asked trivia questions, such as the difference between "cajun" and "zydeco" (one's a culture, the other's a type of music).

orgone amoebaLos Angeles' ORGONE took the stage offering a flurry of horn blasts, funkadelic guitars and plenty of cowbell. Singer Adryon de Leon commanded with a soulful performance fronting the eight-piece band. "Don't Stop" sounded particularly alluring, with its rubbery bassline and lush, classic soul sound. They effused warm vibes perfectly suited to the day, singing "love is the answer" to a dancing crowd.

Amoeba's annual Mardi Gras parade began to prepare as the band played the funky "Say Goodbye." Meanwhile, ORGONE's bongos player had hips shaking, and the band got the audience to participate in a soul clap as de Leon channeled Donna Summer. As if the drum-fueled extended jam at the end of their set didn't already cement the fact that this band has chops, they helped out with a great, impromptu rendition of "When the Saints Go Marching In" as the parade started, with marchers wearing masks and playing instruments and its floats featuring an edifice of the late Lou Reed.

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The Good Times Rolled at Amoeba SF on Fat Tuesday

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, March 5, 2014 01:55pm | Post a Comment

On Fat Tuesday, Amoeba San Francisco let the good times roll with our Mardi Gras DJ extravaganza! WeFat Tuesday Mardi Gras Amoeba San Francisco had an eclectic melange of music with our own DJ Kelly-O and DJ DJ (also of Afrofunk Experience), plus a special appearance from DJ Shona's Dad (KPFA Programmer Joel Sachs) who played non-stop New Orleans party classics!

Amoeba employees enjoyed some authentic Louisiana cooking with Jambalaya from the Outer Sunset's Cajun Pacific and traditional King Cake too.

We urge you to recreate the fun at home with some of these amazing New Orleans recordings as your soundtrack. But we're not sharing that Jambalaya recipe!

 

Fat Tuesday Mardi Gras Amoeba San Francisco DJ Kelly
DJ Kelly-O
Fat Tuesday Mardi Gras Amoeba San Francisco DJ David James
DJ DJ
Fat Tuesday Mardi Gras Amoeba San Francisco DJ Trae
DJ DJ & Trae
Fat Tuesday Mardi Gras Amoeba San Francisco DJ Shona's dad
DJ Shona's Dad
Fat Tuesday Mardi Gras Amoeba San Francisco
Shona & Suzanne dish it out
Fat Tuesday Mardi Gras Amoeba San Francisco king cake
King Cake!

 

Recap: March Charity Auction at Amoeba Hollywood to Benefit New Orleans

Posted by Amoebite, March 5, 2014 11:51am | Post a Comment
Brently Heilbron at Amoeba Hollywood charity auction

Amoeba Hollywood was the place to be on a rainy Los Angeles afternoon in March. Our pal, Brently Heilbron, made for the most hilarious stream-of-pop-consciousness hour ever! And it was all for a cause that has special meaning to us as we were raising money for two New Orleans charities.

tiptina's and NOMAF logosOur March charity auction benefitted the ongoing work still needed in New Orleans via two amazing organizations, Tipitina's Foundation and the New Orleans Musicians Assistance Foundation (NOMAF). Their services grew even more vital out of the damage done during Hurricane Katrina and they both continue to do great work with and for the musicians in New Orleans. The rich musical and cultural heritage of New Orleans is a unique part of the core of American music--from Jazz to Rock and Roll; from Country to Hip-Hop. We encourage you to learn more about what they do and the musicians they've helped. 

Mr. Heilbron, the original host (and originator) of our charity auctions, made a triumphant return appearance at our auction on Saturday, March 1, sending the rain-drenched onlookers into peels of laughter with his random delightful musings. Musings about such things as the political and social impact of the greatest movie of all time (Goonies) and the best band of all time (Spin Doctors) and everything in between. His encyclopedic knowledge of music and pop culture made for grins and giggles as he regaled the crowd and hyped up a slew of wonderful items. The crowd ate it up!

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Amoeba's Fat Tuesday Celebration

Posted by Billy Gil, February 13, 2013 11:52am | Post a Comment

Dirty Dozen Brass Band Amoeba HollywoodA record number of people came to celebrate Amoeba Hollywood’s annual Fat Tuesday celebration. This year saw The Dirty Dozen Brass Band perform live and lead the annual Second Line Parade down the aisles of Amoeba.

The band brought New Orleans cheer to the store, getting the family-friendly audience dancing in the aisles with their influential funk-infused jazz style. Some attendees showed up in Mardi Gras costume, including a quartet of girls in white dresses spattered with fake blood — maybe it’s a True Blood thing, I’m not sure.

AMoeba HOllywood Fat Tuesday Mardi GrasWhile homemade floats, masks and beads floated around the audience, the extraordinary musicianship on display wasn’t lost on the audience. A sax solo introduced the band’s second song, breaking out into a drum solo before returning to the song and drawing huge applause. They got the audience clapping to what I thought was a standup bass but was actually DDBB’s tuba player playing a rubbery bassline. They thanked the audience and Amoeba as they capped off 36 years as a band before leading everyone through a parade while playing “When the Saints Go Marching In” up and down the aisles.

Amoeba is distributing The Congo Square Project Foundation: Sacred Ground Vols. 1 and 2, the first two of six planned volumes tracing the development of New Orleans music, with all proceeds of the sale benefiting New Orleans relief efforts. Additionally, a portion of all proceeds for the day (including sales on Amoeba.com) went to Tipitina’s Foundation, which seeks to preserve Louisiana and New Orleans’ musical heritage, and New Orleans Musicians’ Clinic, which is dedicated to providing affordable healthcare to New Orleans musicians. A total of $3,000 was donated from Amoeba's revenue Feb. 12, adding to the $1,400 raised through a charity auction held at Amoeba Hollywood Feb. 2 ($700 was raised from auction sales, with a $700 match from Amoeba), for a combined total of $4,400 sent to the two charities.

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Part Two of Interview with Fabian Jolivet of New Orleans Benefit "The Congo Square Project" Distributed Exclusively By Amoeba

Posted by Billyjam, February 3, 2013 02:41pm | Post a Comment
As outlined in the previous pre Fat Tuesday preview / Amoeblog interview with drummer Fabian Jolivet (the compiler and producer of the  Congo Square Project that Amoeba is exclusively distributing with all proceeds benefiting New Orleans relief efforts) Amoeba Music is wholeheartedly continuing its undying commitment to doing our bit in the still much needed recovery and rebuilding in the Gulf Coast area of New Orleans. Last week Amoeba unveiled the 14 track The Congo Square Project Foundation: Sacred Ground Volume 1 in the series and this week we are unveiling the anticipated sequel, The Congo Square Project Foundation:  Sacred Ground Volume 2.

And we are once again giving away a free download from this newest volume. Yes, even though we are practically giving away the full album for only $5.99 (Note: with all proceeds going to NOLA) we are also giving away completely free download tracks at no cost. Last week Amoeba gave away a free download copy of "Shallow Water" by The Young Guardians of The Flame off Vol 1, and this week we are offering for free download a copy of "Down by the Riverside" by Washboard Chaz.

This weekend, between studio sessions, I caught up again with Fabian to ask him specifically about these two free download tracks from the Sacred Ground Volumes 1 and 2 in the six-part Congo Square Project Foundation series being sold exclusively by Amoeba Music. Regarding the free download being launched this week, "Down by the Riverside" by Washboard Chaz, Fabian notes that this traditional gospel song, that was first published almost a full century ago but written many years before that, has also gone by such other titles as "Gonna Lay Down My Burden" and "Ain't Gonna Study War No More" and been recorded numerous times over the years by various artists. "One night I was walking the streets of New Orleans taking musical Polaroids, trying to do my best Alan Lomax impersonation, when I heard the colorful Washboard Chaz play his rendition of this Black gospel plantation classic singing, "I ain't go study war no more, study war no more, ain't go study oh war no more. Gonna lay down my sword and shield. Down by the riverside…" To Fabian these lyrics, sung by a Woody Guthrie type traditionalist, seemed perfectly in tune with the current political/economic climate. "I immediately invited him to come on-board the project," said Fabian, quickly noting how, "[I] wished politicians could learn to sing that wise song too!"

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