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Nejla Ates: the Exquisite Turkish Delight

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, April 27, 2017 08:48pm | Post a Comment

Nejla Ates

By Kai Wada Roath
Ambassador of Confusion Hill and host of the Super Shangri-La Show


Nejla Ates"She had a ruby on her tummy and a diamond big as Texas on her toe
She let her hair down and she did the hoochie-coochie real slow
When she did her special number on the zebra skin
I thought she'd stop the show…"
~ "Little Egypt" by The Coasters

If you have flipped through Middle East or Belly Dancing records, you most likely have seen her…for she is hard to miss. As Sandra Warner was the enchantress for Martin Denny’s album covers, Nejla Ates, “the Turkish Delight,” was the “Honk-honk, hubba-hubba, Ee chee wa waa!” album cover model of Middle Eastern records in the 1950s.

A fellow Pisces, born March 7, 1932, Nejla lived a life of wild seduction, exotic belly dancing, and love drama. (If you are a Pisces too, join the Bay Area Pisces Power group on Facebook!) Dancing at night clubs around the world in the 1950s, Nejla was said to have "left a trail of broken hearts from Istanbul to the Bronx, with stops in Paris, Miami, and Las Vegas.”

Princes, oil tycoons, famous singers, and actors would fall madly in love with her, knowing full well that her side-hobby was stealing taken men, even from Zsa Zsa Gabor.

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The Afghan Whigs Publish Video For "Oriole" From "In Spades" (Sub Pop) Out May 5th

Posted by Billyjam, April 26, 2017 12:26pm | Post a Comment

Today The Afghan Whigs published the music video for "Oriole" which offers another preview of the anticipated forthcoming new May 5th full-length release, In Spades, from the Cincinnati, Ohio band that first formed (and since broke up and reformed) three decades ago. To be released by Sub Pop in CD and 180 gram vinyl/LP formats, In Spades will be the first new album since 2014's return album Do to the Beast  (also avail in vinyl/LP). That album was their first since 1998's 1965 which was the last recording before they broke up in 2001. The band reformed twice since then, most recently right before Do to the Beast with mainman/singer/rhythm guitarist Greg Dulli and bassist John Curley (also known for the band Wussy) reuniting the band.

Interest in the Whigs has never waned and in the past couple of years the group's classic older albums have been reissued in expanded edition formats: 1993's Gentlemen  (also avail in LP/vinyl) and 1996's Black Love (also on LP/vinyl). In the years that The Afghan Whigs had been inactive mainman Greg Dulli has worked in such projects as The Twilight Singers and The Gutter Twins.  Dulli wrote and produced all of the new album In Spades that was recorded over a period of time in studios in New Orleans, Los Angeles, Memphis and Joshua Tree.

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Happy Mother's Day: Serial Mom on Blu-ray!

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, April 25, 2017 02:40pm | Post a Comment

Serial Mom

By Brent James

Just in time for Mother’s Day, John Waters’ 1994 wistful tale of a suburban supermom turned mass Serial Mom Blu-raymurderer, Serial Mom, is hitting the shelves May 9th in all of its remastered Blu-ray glory! Don't want to wait until then? Pre-order it now on Amoeba.com (and it'll ship to U.S. addresses for free).

Although not the trashiest of Waters’ films, Serial Mom takes the dark comedy route and steers it in all the filthy right places. We see Beverly Sutphin (portrayed by the ever amazing Kathleen Turner) send her kids off to school, with packed lunches and all, and then promptly march upstairs to conduct a series of obscene phone calls to her next-door neighbor -- all because she was cut off in the parking lot of Joann Fabrics.

It’s this immediate brilliance that sucks us into Beverly’s world. You see, she doesn’t pick her victims at random but rather targets the people that have caused her or her family grief. Selectively killing for not rewinding video tapes (it WAS ‘94 after all), or wearing white after Labor Day. In her eyes, she’s a superhero. It’s the ultimate love of a mother, only one that has crossed the lines that most of us never even step to. We think about it, but we don’t do it. Beverly Sutphin does it.

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2017 DMC Bay Area Regional DJ Battle: Illustrated Report by Photojournalist James Mak @ Joysco Photos

Posted by Billyjam, April 25, 2017 01:08pm | Post a Comment

Frequent Amoeblog contributor, photojournalist James Mak of Joysco Photos provides all of the images  for this illustrated report on the 2017 DMC Bay Area DJ Battle that took place over this past weekend at
The Uptown in Oakland. The annual regional battle, for which the winner goes on to represent the Bay Area against DJ from all over the US in the national DMC US Finals during the summer, was won by Ichy The Killer. The hard working, talented turntablist is pictured above during his winning set and also in winners pic left after the battle results were announced in which he is pictured center with second place contestant DJ LazyBoy (left) and runner up/third place battle DJ Mike Cee (right).  The many photos below, for which you can scroll over for additional text data, include various Bay Area battle DJ contestants, guest performer DJ Traps, battle host  BAS-One, US DMC boss Christie Zee who flew out from NYC for the battle, judges including DJ Cue, Quest, Pos Red, Shortkut, Vin Roc, Snayk Eyez, Mista B, and Teeko, and event attendees including DJ Marz, Davey D, and DJ Daryl of 415 and No Limit and producer of 2Pac's "Keep Your Head Up" fame. These wonderful photos by James Mak capture a night that was more than simply a 2017 DJ battle, but also an historic gathering of different generations of Bay Area hip-hop DJs, tracing this rich regional cultural movement all the way back to the early 1980's. Thanks to photojournalist James Mak of Joysco Photos for sharing his work with the Amoeblog.  For more on the upcoming 2017 DMC battles watch this space and visit the official  DMC DJ Champs website.

New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Okkervil River

Posted by Amoebite, April 24, 2017 06:31pm | Post a Comment

Okkervil River What's In My Bag? Amoeba Music

"There's something so beautiful and defenseless about a man singing in a really high voice with other men singing in really high voices," says Will Sheff, lead singer and songwriter of Okkervil River. "There's something so masculine/feminine about that sound." Sheff is talking about the album Don't Turn Around by the '70s R&B group Black Ivory, whose title track features some sweet falsetto harmonizing. Don't Turn Around was one of the many records Sheff bought when he visited Amoeba Hollywood, where he found a very eclectic mix of goodies and shared some his musical influences, both present and past.

Okkervil River AwayNamed after a short story by Russian author Tatyana Tolstaya, American indie rock band Okkervil River formed in Austin, TX, in 1998. The band started attracting attention off the strength of their self-released debut album Stars Too Small to Use, which led to a series of successful SXSW appearances, greater notice from music media, and eventually, a deal with Jagjaguwar. Their first album for the label, Don't Fall in Love with Everyone You See, landed in 2002. Further critical acclaim came with the release of their third LP, 2005's Black Sheep Boy.

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