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Hip-Hop Vinyl: Top 5 LPs + Pre-Order LP Pick of Week [Gang Starr, DJ Shadow, Blu & Fat Jack, Crimeapple, Pete Rock & Skyzoo +]

Posted by Billyjam, November 16, 2019 12:45pm | Post a Comment
Top Five Hip-Hop Vinyl/LP New Arrivals: Nov. 2019, First 2 Weeks


#1: DJ Shadow  Our Pathetic Age 2LP/vinyl (Mass Appeal)

The anticipated new DJ Shadow double-album Our Pathetic Age 2LP/vinyl is in stock at Amoeba as of its November 15th release via  Mass Appeal Records. Note the Our Pathetic Age 2CD version (also out 11/15) contains one additional track ("We Are Always Alone") not found on the vinyl version.

The follow up to 2016's The Mountain Will Fall LP and last year's Live In Manchester: The Mountain Has Fallen LP, all via Nas' Mass Appeal imprint, Our Pathetic Age 2LP/viny clocks in at 78 minutes and 22 tracks.  Amoeba reviewers describe this latest full-length from the NorCal artist born Josh Davis as “urgent, pleasurably menacing, and smart……..atmosphere is generally dystopian, with moments of light accentuating the shadows, and glimpses of beauty peeking through the intensity of Shadow’s subject matter.”

Having A Movie Moment with Jon Longhi: Ultraman Saves The Universe!

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, November 15, 2019 04:10pm | Post a Comment

Ultraman

By Jon Longhi

Welcome to this month’s Having A Movie Moment With Jon Longhi where I review recent Blu-ray releases. This month I get to review two of my all time favorite Blu-ray releases.

Ever since I was a child my two favorite TV shows have been Johnny Quest and Ultraman. Even though I am an adult, I still watch them regularly. In the past six months, both were released on Blu-ray in remastered high definition. I am now officially a happy camper. Sure, I watch plenty of "adult" shows like The Sopranos, The X-Files, or the latest HBO or Netflix series, but I only watch those once or twice and these are the shows I watch over and over. I have long been a fan of Mill Creek Entertainment's releases but not necessarily their production values. All that changed with these releases and their recent Mothra Steelbook Edition. Mill Creek has officially redeemed themselves. According to reports I'm reading on the internet, over the course of the next couple years Mill Creek plans to release the ENTIRE Ultraman franchise on Blu-ray. It will be over a thousand episodes and twenty movies. If you are an Ultraman or classic Kaiju fan, this is a dream come true. If these first two releases are any indication, fans can finally throw out those blurry internet bootleg DVDs and bathe in the glory of their favorite Japanese monsters in glorious remastered hi-def! This October, Mill Creek started with a bang by releasing the first two Ultraman series at once. These are the shows that started it all and while Ultraman is beloved the world over, Ultra Q will be more of a revelation to the uninitiated.

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Emily Jane White's Immanent Fire

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, November 14, 2019 01:00pm | Post a Comment
Emily Jane White
Photo by Kristin Cofer.

By Matt Kramer

To describe Emily Jane White’s music as valuable would be an understatement. The Oakland-based Emily Jane White, Immanent Firesinger/songwriter has been creating and releasing poignant works of music since her debut with Dark Undercoat in 2007. Emily’s music has a distinct sonic flavor, easily dancing the lines between genres like so many melancholic waltzes. On November 15th, Emily’s sixth full-length studio album Immanent Fire will be released via French indie label Tailtres.

Throughout her career, Emily has created music crossing musical boundaries and exploring a variety of potent themes - politics, feminism, love, loss, suicide, mourning, family, and environmentalism. With Immanent Fire, she brings the best of her sound - a commanding yet soothing melancholic tapestry - and paints the themes so pressing to our contemporary world at the forefront.

“The word immanent means something having inherent value, essentially, because it exists,” Emily explains. “For example, there’s the immanent value of a river. A river has immanent value as an entity in and of itself, of nature. It’s of its own composition essentially.”

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MuFTA Presents The Wall: A Tribute to the Legendary Album, 11/16

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, November 8, 2019 06:22pm | Post a Comment

November 2019 marks the 40th anniversary of Pink Floyd's iconic album, The Wall. On Saturday, November 16, Music For The Apocalypse (MuFTA) performs the album live, cover-to-cover at The Chapel in San Francisco! MuFTA will be joined by an all-star cast of musicians, singers, and drag performers to create a compelling piece of political theater.

In this new version of The Wall, the year is 2025. The human race sits at the precipice of Apocalypse. Fascism, endless war, and environmental catastrophe plague a planet on the edge of an epochal shift that we have no certainty of surviving. Sound familiar? This performance touches on themes of fascism, war, and the police state; environmental and climate change; immigration and refugee rights; reproductive rights and body autonomy; and technology, depression, and isolation.

MuFTA is comprised of Diogo Zavadzki (guitar, vocals), David Walker (drums), and Lysol Tony-Romeo (bass, vocals), and they will be joined by guest musicians Brendan Getzell (keys, vocals), Kat Robichaud (vocals), and many more. Guest drag performers include Roxanne Redmeat, Raya Light, Trixxie Carr, Andy Arcade, and more.

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Leonard Cohen's Legacy Grows Stronger With New "Thanks For The Dance" LP (Nov 22) + SF Leonard Cohen Festival (Nov 8-10)

Posted by Billyjam, November 7, 2019 11:25am | Post a Comment
Pre-order Nov 22 Leonard Cohen album Thanks For The Dance on CD and LP/vinyl

Three years following Leonard Cohen’s November 2016 passing at age 82, interest in the Canadian poet/author/singer/songwriter has continued to steadily grow with his legacy getting stronger with each passing year. Current proof of this lies in the popularity of the recently closed five month “Leonard Cohen: A Crack in Everything” exhibit at NYC’s Jewish Museum, anticipation for the upcoming new Cohen album Thanks For The Dance on CD and LP/vinyl (Nov 22nd), and wide interest in this weekend’s San Francisco Leonard Cohen Festival (SFLCF).

With headliners Conspiracy of Beards plus fellow Cohen inspired acts Ali & The Thieves and Kugelplex, the SFLCF will take place on November 8th, 9th and 10th at the Swedish American Hall and Cafe Du Nord  that share the same building on Market Street but with separate entrances. TIX + INFO.

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