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Digging in the Crates of OMCA's "Vinyl: The Sound and Culture of Records" Pt 3 featuring Dan the Automator

Posted by Billyjam, July 19, 2014 01:31pm | Post a Comment
           


With just a little over one week left to the wonderful Amoeba Music sponsored record / vinyl themed exhibit Vinyl: The Sound and Culture of Records at OMCA this is part three in the Digging In The Crates Amoeblog series dedicated to some of the curated crates that are currently on exhibit (but only through next weekend, Sunday July 27th) at the Oakland Museum of California as part of its excellent interactive Vinyl exhibit which has been there for three months and is well worth checking out. For this installment we focus on (scroll down to see) San Francisco producer Dan Nakamura - aka Dan the Automator - who coincidentally later today (July 19th) will be doing a free outdoor show at 7pm at Prospect Park in Brooklyn, NY along with  fellow Deltron 3030 members Kid Koala and Del The Funky Homosapien plus the Deltron 3030 Orchestra.

For his curated crate picks (which overlaps a bit with his above Amoeba WIMB? clip) at the OMCA Vinyl exhibit the prolific producer chose a combination of some of his all time favorite releases such as Eric B and Rakim's Paid In Full and The Beach Boys'  Pet Sounds (his number one top pick), as well as many of the countless releases that the prolific producer has been personally involved in over the years such as Cornershop's  When I was Born for the 7th time on which he is the producer, Handsome Boy Modeling School of which he is one-half along with Prince Paul, The Gorillaz whose first album he produced, Jamie Cullum's Catching Tales on which Nakamura does beats and programming, Kasabian's West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum that he produced, Lovage which is the producer along with Mike Patton and such other collaborators as (again fellow Deltron 3030 member) Kid Koala, and Jennifer Charles, and Anaïs' The Love Album via Polydor France released in 2008 that he also produced and is in the same musical vein as his forthcoming latest project, Got A Girl along with vocalist Mary Elizabeth Winstead, that will be arriving in Amoeba this coming Tuesday (July 22nd, 2014) via his long running San Francisco based label Bulk Recordings. What's crazy is that he didn't even get to include one of his best (and earliest) releases - one that I included in the crate I curated at the OMCA exhibit - his 1989 early breakbeat/battle record Music To Be Murdered By.

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Get a Sneak Preview of Jack White's Ultra LP at Amoeba SF

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, June 2, 2014 05:21pm | Post a Comment

Jack White's Lazaretto Ultra LP is a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma in the middle of a jack white lazaretto ultra lp amoeba san franciscosonic quesadilla of awesome. Release date is June 10th (pre-order HERE), but starting Tuesday, June 3rd, you can come down to Amoeba SF and try it out for yourself! The good folks at Sony have provided us with a Third Man Records/Crosley Spinnerette Turntable so YOU can get a hands-on experience with White's latest creation. The listening station will be set up on the Amoeba SF stage.

Check out all the bells and whistles:

ULTRA LP FEATURES:
- 180 gram vinyl
- 2 vinyl-only hidden tracks hidden beneath the center labels
- 1 hidden track plays at 78 RPM, one plays at 45 RPM, making this a 3-speed record
- Side A plays from the inside out
- Dual-groove technology: plays an electric or acoustic intro for “Just One Drink” depending on where needle is dropped. The grooves meet for the body of the song.
- Matte finish on Side B, giving the appearance of an un-played 78 RPM record
- Both sides end with locked grooves
- Vinyl pressed in seldom-used flat-edged format
- Dead wax area on Side A contains a hand-etched hologram by Tristan Duke of Infinity Light Science, the first of its kind on a vinyl record
- Absolutely zero compression used during recording, mixing and mastering - Different running order from the CD/digital version
- LP utilizes some mixes different from those used on CD and digital version
 

Vinyl's Not Dead and Neither is Generosity: the Mysterious @HiddenCash Hits Amoeba SF

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, May 27, 2014 08:46pm | Post a Comment

San Francisco's Twitterverse is abuzz with the doings of an anonymous entity who goes by the handle hiddencash san francisco amoeba we are the world@HiddenCash. True to their name, this generous do-gooder hides envelopes of money around San Francisco and then leads the public to these hidden stashes of cash with clever Tweeted clues. Not much is known about the mysterious giver, but their Twitter profile relays a clear objective: "anonymous social experiment for good."

Reports from news sources such as KTVU and People.com claim @HiddenCash is a "he" and a "wealthy real estate developer" who feels he has the funds to spare. In the current economic climate of San Francisco where average folks are fleeing the city due to soaring rents and so many of our treasured establishments are being turned into condos for a steady stream of incoming rich tech workers, @HiddenCash is a bit of a welcomed miracle. Is it possible that he is doing the work of the collective unconscious conscience of the wealthy? Making amends for the mushrooming condo biz and its collateral damage?

Whatever the motives, it's pretty freaking cool and @HiddenCash decided to stash one of his famous envelopes at Amoeba SF this past Sunday. On May 25th at 6pm, he Tweeted the clue, "They say vinyl is dead, but it still lives here. On a street named the opposite of love. #WeAreTheWorld." Within 19 minutes, the cash was found by a lucky civilian in (drum roll please) the sleeve of a We Are The World LP! Our sources say the winner did not purchase the album, in case you were wondering.

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Led Zeppelin Bow 'Whole Lotta Love' Rough Mix Ahead of Reissues

Posted by Billy Gil, May 27, 2014 02:26pm | Post a Comment

Next week, rock greats Led Zeppelin will reissue their first three albums, the unimpeachable run of Led Zeppelin I, II and III. Ahead of those June 3 releases, the Zep have unveiled a rough mix of the classic "Whole Lotta Love," which will appear on the reissue of Led Zeppelin II. Give it a stream below:

Here's what the band had to say about the mix, via RollingStone:

"This version of 'Whole Lotta Love' is the mix down from the night that we recorded it, so it doesn't have any of the overdubs that everyone will be familiar with, because when they hear this they'll think, 'Oh yeah, that's the original' and all of a sudden they'll go 'No, it's not,'" Robert Plant said in a statement.

"You can see how songs grow," Jimmy Page said. "There must have been five or six other takes of that, which are not present. So the shaping of these things is very interesting and you can hear with this particular version that we haven't quite reached the point yet, and that it's very, very close."

Each of the three albums have been remastered, and their deluxe versions include bonus tracks. Led Zeppelin I will have a bonus concert recorded live in Paris in October 1969. II's bonus disc has this version of "Whole Lotta Love," plus a never-released song, "La La," and the backing tracks for "Thank You" and "Living Loving Maid (She's Just a Woman)." III has the instrumental that would become "Bron-Y-Aur Stomp," called "Jennings Farm Blues," plus and instrumental version of "Out on the Titles" (called "Bathroom Sound") and a blues medley of "Key to the Highway" and "Trouble in Mind."

You can preorder all three albums in various versions below:

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Remembering Music Man Murray and His Records Via Richard Parks' Short Film

Posted by Billyjam, May 25, 2014 05:39pm | Post a Comment



It's already a few years old but since a lot of people might have missed it first time around, and even if not, thought it was time to now post here on the Amoeblog the short but most enjoyable 22 minute documentary film on Music Man Murray in the West Adams district of LA following many years in Hollywood. Like the record store that bore his name music man Murray Gershenz, a former opera singer, was truly a treasure. Sadly both are no longer with us. The store closed two years ago and Murray died last August of a heart attack at age 91. But in his rich lifetime Murray was a passionate lifelong record collector whose vast personal collection would have put many self-respecting crate diggers/collectors to shame. In fact it got so large that half a century ago, following 25 years of simply collecting records, when he counted approx half a million pieces of vinyl in his collection, he decided to open his record store to unload some of these records, as well as stay close to records.  As well as running the store in more recent years he had a more lucrative second career as a bit-part character actor in TV shows and movies. As such Murray appeared in such recent film and television productions as The Hangover, I Love You, Man, Mad Men, The Sarah Silverman Program, and Modern Family. But in the film above, lovingly directed by Richard Parks, the ever likable Murray plays himself doing what he loved most in life- being surrounded by records and music.

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