Rob Hatch-Miller Discusses His Documentary "Syl Johnson: Any Way The Wind Blows" [California Premiere During Noise Pop 2016]

Posted by Billyjam, February 17, 2016 06:29pm | Post a Comment

"A lot of people may not know the name of this man, Syl Johnson, but they know his music," accurately notes RZA in the engaging documentary on the highly influential and widely sampled, yet little known, soul legend. Syl Johnson: Any Way The Wind Blows is the new Rob Hatch-Miller-directed film that makes its California premiere this weekend as part of the Noise Pop 2016 festival's Film Series, co-presented by Amoeba and the SF IndieFest, when it screens at the Roxie Theater. Tickets for the Saturday, Feb 20th, 7pm screening, that is followed by a Q+A with the film's subject and its director, are available here.

The  Wu-Tang Clan's RZA, who's sampled the artist's records for the various Wu tracks, is among the many Syl Johnson devotees interviewed in the film. Others include Prince Paul, Peanut Butter Wolf, Jazzy Jay, and (45s king) DJ BreakBeat Lou, each of whom have nothing but the highest admiration for this prolific yet largely slept-on musical great.

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Hip-Hop Rap-Up, Week End 11.23.12: Too $hort & E-40, 9th Wonder & Buckshot, RZA + more

Posted by Billyjam, November 24, 2012 10:00am | Post a Comment
Amoeba Music San Francisco Hip-Hop Top Five Chart Week Ending 11:23:12

1) Kendrick Lamar Good Kid M.A.A.D City  (Aftermath)

2) E40 & Too $hort  History: Function Music (Heavy On The Grind)

3) 9th Wonder & Buckshot The Solution (Duck Down Records)

4) E40 & Too $hort History: Mob Music (Heavy On The Grindl)

5) RZA The Man With The Iron Fists Score (Soul Temple Entertainment)

If you have not already been over to Amoeba Music (Hollywood, Berkeley, or San Francisco) this Black Friday weekend (through Sunday 25th) be sure to do so to avail of the many great deals and bargains like turntables on sale, the exclusive Black Friday RSD releases, and all of the releases on this latest hip-hop chart from the San Francisco Amoeba store.  These include Kendrick Lamar's phenomenally popular Good Kid M.A.A.D City which is selling equally well in its DeLuxe CD format (bonus tracks) of the Dr. Dre presented release on Aftermath that has put Compton back on the music map. Meanwhile across the country in NYC Duck Down Records, who have had both a very prolific and successful year to date, are back in the charts again this week with the 9th Wonder and Buckshot collaboration that finds the producer and emcee as the perfect match. The 12 track album includes a couple of guest spots on two different tracks: "You" with Dyme-A-Duzin, and "Shorty Left" with a nice feature from North Carolina female rapper Rapsody who is signed to Wonder's label.  Scroll down below to see the video for this track.

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N.A.S.A.:The Spirit of Apollo Documentary Screens at Roxie Theater in SF, 11/16

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, November 7, 2011 05:24pm | Post a Comment
POP/ROX (Noise Pop + Roxie Theater) present a screening of the rockumentary N.A.S.A.:The Spirit ofNASA Apollo at the Roxie Theater in San Francisco on November 16th at 7:30pm and again at 9:30pm.

The filmmakers and the band will be there in person for a post-show party DJ-ed by N.A.S.A.!!! 

A look behind the making of N.A.S.A.’s globetrotting debut album, The Spirit of Apollo, featuring a truly staggering array of talent: David Byrne, Karen O, Tom Waits, Kool Keith, Nick Zinner, Lykke Li, M.I.A., Kanye West, George Clinton, Chuck D, Seu Jorge, and the RZA. The movie features design and animation collaborations by Syd Garon, Shepard Fairey, Splunny, Sage Vaughn, Marcel Dzama, The Date Farmers, Logan, Didiu Rio Branco, Three Legged Legs and Lorenzo Fonda.


Posted by Billyjam, July 3, 2009 11:30am | Post a Comment
Amoeba Music San Francisco Hip-Hop Top Five Chart: 07:03:09
The Jacka
1) The Jacka Tear Gas (SMC)

2) Big Rich Heart of the City (3 Story Muzik)

3) Raashan Amhad Soul Power (Crown City Rockers)

4) Wu Tang Chamber Music (KR Urban/KOCH)

5) Dead Prez + DJ Green Lantern Pulse Of The People (Turn Off The Radio Vol. 3) (IMG)

Thanks to Luis at the San Francisco Amoeba Music for this week's Hip-Hop Top Five Chart, which is  60% homegrown Bay Area talent this week, including the number this week at the Haight Street store: The Jacka and his latest full-length, Tear Gas. The album from the Mob Figaz member is doing well on the Billboard charts too. It debuted at #4 on the music trade magazine's Rap Charts, #12 on the R&B Charts, #13 on the Indie Charts, and at #93 on the Top 200 albums chart, 

With studio assistance from a dozen different producers, this follow up to The Jacka's popular 2008 mixtape, The Street Album, is the hard working Oakland-born/Pittsburg-raised rap artist's most diverse sounding release to date. Tear Gas features mic guests from far beyond the Bay, including Houston's Devin The Dude and Philly's Freeway. Of course, the Mob Figaz member is also joined by some of his Raashan AhmadYay Area peeps such as Mistah F.A.B., Andre Nickatina, and Zion I. Converted to Islam, The Jacka lets his faith be known on the album via lyrics such as "in Allah we trust, I try to purify my heart, because I’m a slave to my thoughts. I’m a monster out here, because I change when it’s dark" in the song "They Don't Know," on which he is joined by Freeway, who is a fellow Muslim.

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(In which we witness love and marriage and indegestion.)

Posted by Job O Brother, May 4, 2009 01:29pm | Post a Comment


The boyfriend and I just returned from a weekend in the great country of Texas – Houston, to be exact. We went there to celebrate the marriage of some neat humans.

The boyfriend was Best Man at the wedding, so I spent a lot of time in the chapel entertaining myself as he practiced marching down the aisle, handing over rings, smuggling in tequila shots and body-blocking any attempts the bride might have of going “runaway” – you know, typical Best Man duties.

Having been raised in a church, I know how to find all the best hiding spots, and I felt immediately at home. Curled in a cool, dark alcove between the pipe organ and a wood-carved dove of peace, I listened to music on my iPhone and surfed the World Wide Web – reading The Guardian, watching this and this, and wondering why Facebook suggested I be friends with Bill Murray (who I still haven’t forgiven for dog-earing my copy of Dubliners).

Rice Memorial Chapel, the house of God in question, is tucked centrally on the campus grounds of Rice University. It’s a lovely, small chapel, decorated with gold tile and royal blue carpeting. It is noticeably lacking in denominational iconography – a single, movable, wood cross sat off-stage – which is to be expected, I suppose, from a University that specializes in applied sciences. Stained glass glorifying Dr. Willem Kolff healing the crippled with Jarvik-7’s and panels depicting various stages of the Scopes “Monkey” Trial would not have seemed out of place.

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