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Let's play Guess That Concert with James Mollison's The Disciples!

Posted by Kelly S. Osato, June 27, 2013 02:40pm | Post a Comment

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Over three year period photographer James Mollison captured fans outside different concerts.  Fascinated by what he saw as "the different tribes of people that attended them, and how people emulated celebrity to form their identity" the project now known as his Disciples series began to see how the concerts became fellowship events where people could gather together in a sort of surrogate family, relive their youth for the span of a few hours or become part of a scene that thrived before they were born.The results are as inspiring as they are comical. A rad 128-page book documenting the project was published in 2008, but because I live for making fun out of fluff on the fly, I've assembled thirty-one images from the Disciples series below for Amoeblog perusers to play with. 

That's right kids! It's time to play Guess That Concert based on the super-fans' fashions (you'll find answers in the alt-text i.e. when your mouse cursor hovers over the image).

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Happy Birthday Amoeba Music San Francisco!

Posted by Kelly S. Osato, November 15, 2012 11:23pm | Post a Comment
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Today Amoeba Music San Francisco turns fifteen years old! Fifteen, that awkward age where all associations with mom make for endless trials of embarrassment and your kid sister's crack attempts at one-upping your status as "family favorite" are just, ya know, not cute.

To celebrate the occasion tributes were made and obligatory pizza pies and butter creme sheet cakes were enjoyed by staff and regulars, not a small number of whom contributed to an immensely successful pot luck style lunch comprised of porchetta sandwiches with cole slaw, eggplant mango sushi, wild rice and mushroom pilaf, vegetable curry, savory meatballs, chips and homemade salsa, cinnamon-y apple crisp, coconut milk rice pudding, ginger snaps, and succulent peanutbutter fudge. Although we refrained from transforming the info counter into a champagne fountain (there's always next year kids!) we managed to keep it classy and sassy for the greater good with plenty of good fellowship and cheer. Happy 15th Amoeba SF! Keep on truckin'!

New Oakland Record Store Stranded Offers Vinyl Collectors A Place for Crate Digging and Live In-Stores

Posted by Billyjam, October 16, 2012 10:26am | Post a Comment
Unlike the fictional Oakland record store Brokeland Records from the new book Telegraph Avenue by Michael Chabon, the just opened Stranded is a very real Telegraph Ave., Oakland record store. Opened only in the past few weeks Stranded is already off to most impressive start.

Without a big advertising push but based purely on word of mouth and social networking updates this inviting new record store, located on Telegraph Ave. on the corner of 65th St. a block down from Alcatraz towards Berkeley in North Oakland, has already enjoyed a steady stream of vinyl diggers for its excellent diverse selection of new and used, rare and unusual records. Not only that but Stranded, which has some cool in-stores scheduled, has already produced and promoted a show with the impressive electronic line-up of Neung Phak with Dieter Moebius (Kluster/Harmonia) and Negativ(Wobbly)land that was held across the street at the White Horse Bar. This weekend, Saturday October 20th at 3:30pm Stranded will present the first of many in-store performances when Penelope Houston (The Avengers) will be playing music and Chris D. (Flesh Eaters) will be reading recent works.


Top Five Used Titles at Stranded (compiled by the owners)


Sensation's Fix
  Fragments Of Light (Polydor)

Felt  The Strange Idols Pattern And Other Short Stories
(Cherry Red)

Deep Desert Dial-A-Song: Music From Saharan Cellphones

Posted by Kelly S. Osato, January 15, 2012 04:24pm | Post a Comment
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Music From Saharan Cellphones is not only the first record I have ever bought comprising of music culled from cellular phones but it's also the first to feature a tracklist what includes bitrate info in the notes.
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But that's not the only info packed into the incredibly informative insert, oh no. Included within are detailed explanations pertaining to each individual song along with notes on the instrumentation for each respective track and insightful remarks as to the personal relevance of these oft swapped compositions from both the collectors' and the musicians' points of view. Also, if you feared plunking down your hard earned cash for another mysterious, untold vinyl oddment be aware that the "behind the music" info-throwdown continues on the back of the tracklist wherein the demystification of this record begins and the essentialness of it's inception becomes fully realized and, in a sense, re-mystified. In short: Christopher Kirkley begot his sahelsounds label to capture an amazing collection of contemporary West African jammage that is nothing if not a true adventure in hi-fi for the 21st century. And apparently there's more to come.
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The songs that comprise Music From Saharan Cellphones were mp3s culled from memory cards of cellphones in West Africa where trading songs via wireless transfer was common before the word "smartphone" became an everyday term stateside. All of the songs presented on the LP are the spoils of an armchair musicologist, the aforementioned Kirkley. who based his immersion out of the Nothern Malian town of Kidal. While there Kirkley began gathering whole collections of MP3s and later got it together to track down the artists to collaborate on a commercial release (via Mississippi records) with sixty percent of the proceeds going directly to the artists themselves - I cannot even begin to imagine how difficult a task that was. The variance in musical style is curiously wild with traditional instruments mixing-it-up with the likes of Groovebox, Autotune,a myriad of synths and the seemingly compulsory presence of Taureg guitar with influences reminiscent of everything from Jil Jilala to Tupac Shakur, Algerian Rai to Mauritanian Jagwa.

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Over It: Foxtails Bridage Finds Beauty in Not Really Feeling Christmas, This Year

Posted by Kelly S. Osato, December 23, 2011 11:18am | Post a Comment
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It's Christmas eve eve and whether or not you're reeling in feeling the frenzy of the heightened excitement of the season there's always room for a little plaintive introspection. Local auteur/chanteuse Laura Weinbach and her chamber-pop ensemble Foxtails Brigade are among many who have released a special album for the holidays this year, but no seasonal tribute has ever so sweetly serenaded the ghosts of Christmas past quite like their single "I'm Not Really In The Christmas Mood This Year" from the album Time Is Passed. The song is a beautiful if painfully heart-tugging reminder that the Christmas monster needs taming, a glockenspiel and brush lullaby for the lovers of the true meaning. Plus, it comes perfectly packaged in a ruefully gorgeous, must-see visual medium, do check out the video below!

 
Merry Christmas all, even if you're not really feeling it, this year.
 
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