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New York State of Mind Amoeblog #43: Summer Streets, Sand Castle Contest, Bike Share Update, Lincoln Center Out of Doors

Posted by Billyjam, August 7, 2013 03:45pm | Post a Comment

Welcome to the latest installment in the weekly New York State of Mind Amoeblog from the Big Apple where - following some unbearably hot and humid weather just a few weeks ago - temperatures have been most pleasant for this past week. In fact a few nights ago, when temps dropped to the (gasp) 50's, many New Yorkers were complaining that it was "too cold" (a rarity in the summertime here). But while temps may have dropped, according to a new NYU report released this week, New York City rents have been steadily climbing with the current median rent / percentage share of monthly income going just to rent clocking in at 32.5% with the current rent in New York City averaging at a little over $3,000 a month. But despite these statistics about the high cost of rent and the reputation that NYC holds as being a most expensive place to live or spend time in, it should be stressed that New York City can also simultaneously be one of the cheapest / most affordable places to be (especially in the summer) with oodles of bargains, and free stuff, and good deals to chose from. Case in point is the CitiBike program that was reviewed here in this column a month ago by guest Amoeblogger Jason Snyder not long after the program had gotten underway. Since then the affordable ($100 a year for unlimited usage) bike share program has grown in popularity and, despite the wave of protests and negative response it endured before it even started, has proven the naysayers wrong and shown itself to be a most successful project.

Amoeba Hollywood's World Music Charts For September

Posted by Gomez Comes Alive!, September 28, 2009 12:24am | Post a Comment

1. Os Mutantes - Haih Or Amortecedor
2. Rodrigo Y Gabriela - 11:11
3. V/A - Panama! Vol.2
4. Nelly Furtado - Mi Plan
5. V/A - A Orillas Del Magdalena -- Coastal Cumbias From Colombia's Discos Fuentes (LP)
6. Mario Ortiz All Star Band - Mario Ortiz All Star Band Tributo 45 Aniversario
7. V/A - Black Rio Vol.2
8. V/A - Psicofasicos De Bolivia
9. V/A - Sound Of Wonder!
10. Ruben Blades - Cantares del Subdesarrollo

Fueled by a great instore performance, Os Mutantes' latest release, Haih Or Amortecedor tops Amoeba Hollywood’s World Music chart for September. Hot on its heels, though, was the latest by another group of former Amoeba instore performers, Rodrigo Y Gabriela. 11:11, Rod y Gaby’s new release, comes with a DVD of live performances and even some instructional footage for the up and coming Flamenco guitarist in you. Nelly Furtado's first all Spanish album, Mi Plan, is starting to pick up some steam as well, coming in at number four.

At number five is a vinyl only release from the Domino Sound label out of New Orleans entitled A Orillas Del Magdalena -- Coastal Cumbias From Colombia's Discos Fuentes. Domino Sounds goes a bit deeper in this compilation than Soundways' excellent Colombia! compilation (both labels licensed tracks from the Discos Fuentes catalog), adding personal favorites by the likes of Andres Landero and Nafer Duran. I highly recommend this LP for anyone who wants to know where the true roots of Cumbia come from.

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