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2019 SF DOC-FEST’s Schedule To Include Music Documentaries On Ska Music’s Second and Third Waves #MoviesMusic

Posted by Billyjam, May 23, 2019 09:51am | Post a Comment
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Jamaican derived ska music’s second wave and third waves are each the subjects of a double-feature in the upcoming two-week long  2019 SF DOCFEST with the June 9th screenings of Dance Craze: The Best of British Ska...Live! and Pick it Up! Ska in the 90s at San Francisco's Roxie. As such they are among several music history themed documentaries scheduled for the 18th annual San Francisco Documentary Film Festival (May 29 - June 13) that also include a revisionist look at the impact of MTV in the 80’s (scroll down for details). For Bay Area movie goers, a region with historically strong ties to ska, it likely will be the ska documentary double feature that should be of most appeal, especially considering that so many California bands including the East Bay’s Dance Hall Crashers and Fresno’s Let’s Go Bowling are among the subjects of one of the documentaries.

Ska music was born in Jamaica in the 50’s and popularized by the early 60’s with a unique sound that melded elements of calypso and Caribbean mento (Jamaican folk) along with American rhythm & blues and jazz. Among its earliest purveyors were The Skatalites who defined this since called “first wave” of ska. Their album Ska Authentic is a recommended intro to this landmark group.  It is also important to note that, like later ska wave’s links to such political movements as Rock Against Racism, the original first wave of ska was historically linked to the 1962 independence of Jamaica from Great Britain.

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Having A Movie Moment with Jon Longhi: Melies, Moles & Mantises

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, May 22, 2019 07:58pm | Post a Comment

By Jon Longhi

Welcome to this month’s Having A Movie Moment With Jon Longhi where I review recent Blu-ray releases.

Melies Fairy Tales In Color, Blackhawk Films/Flicker Alley:
I was less than halfway through my first viewing of this when I realized it was one of my favorite things I own. Many of these films have been released many times before. I already own a couple of restored Georges Melies collections and they look good, but they don't look anything like this. To begin with, my old collections are in black & white, but this new set is in COLOR! These weren't colorized by Ted Turner, no, each and every frame of these films was hand painted. Melies was a genius who just couldn't accept the shortcomings of technology. Sure, film had just been invented and was only silent and black & white, but Melies wasn't about to let those basic facts hold him back. So he had every frame of his movies painted with gorgeous color that reminds one of the French postcards that were contemporaneous to Melies' films. The director had fantastic images he wanted to show so he developed a variety of special effects to show them. Double exposures, substitution splices, time-lapse photography... Melies developed and did whatever it took to make his visions real and the results are just as jaw dropping now as they were a hundred and twenty years ago.

The films are surreal, complex, and fantastic, they create a unique world of magic and wonder. This set is worth it just for the restored version of A Trip To The Moon alone. Melies' loose and fanciful adaptation of Jules Verne's classic novel has long been considered one of the cornerstones of cinema. I've seen the film many times before but this new color version is like seeing it for the first time. The hand-painted frames make the fantastic lunar world even more stunning and psychedelic. But A Trip To The Moon is just one of thirteen films on this set, and others like The Kingdom Of The Fairies and The Impossible Voyage are equally surreal and amazing. There are scenes on this disc that you will find yourself watching over and over because the images are just so timeless and cool. The person who painted Melies' sets is one of the best painters I've ever seen. I kept freeze-framing the films just to stop and soak up the amazing details of his painted backdrops. Labyrinthine cities, dense tangled forests, haunted medieval towns -- his details were just spectacular. The hand-painted colors add another whole dimension to the films. Often they are more than just coloring and actually react to the action occurring on screen. Melies had an influence on every artist who came after him. At times, artists like Salvador Dali, Walt Disney, and Terry Gilliam just seem to be copying him. His influence on the surrealists especially is incalculable, but elements of his work exist throughout pop culture. Some of the most timeless images in film history are in this set. It belongs in every person's collection.

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Madonna’s “Crave” from forthcoming LP “Madame X” Redeems (Somewhat) The Pop Icon’s Eurovision Live Performance

Posted by Billyjam, May 22, 2019 02:43pm | Post a Comment
Madonna (with Swae Lee) "Crave" from forthcoming album Madame X, (pre-order CD2LP)


The brand new video for Madonna’s “Crave (feat Swae Lee)” from her forthcoming album Madame X, (pre-order CD2LP) unveiled and published to YouTube earlier today and seen above, proves that the 60 year old pop icon looks amazing, for any age! She also sounds great; albeit not really sounding exactly like her old pop singing self but rather like someone channeling the stylings of a contemporary Top 40 singer.  More importantly for the artist, who began her meteoric career back in the early 80’s but has endured a more rocky relationship with critics in recent years, today's unveiling of the catchy "Crave" both distracts and (somewhat) redeems Madonna's controversially disastrous Eurovision 2019 performance over the weekend.

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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Matthew Dear

Posted by Amoebite, May 21, 2019 06:59pm | Post a Comment

Matthew Dear - What's In My Bag? Amoeba Music

We were happy to have DJ, producer, and electronic artist Matthew Dear visit Amoeba Hollywood for a What's In My Bag? episode. The father of three children, Matthew was primarily shopping for albums to play at home. "I try to show [my kids] a lot of stuff that my dad showed me," he said, picking up LPs by Joni Mitchell, Townes Van Zandt, and the King of Western Swing, Bob Wills.

Born in Texas, Matthew Dear became inspired by the sounds of Detroit techno after moving to Michigan as a teen. He met Ghostly International founder Sam Valenti IV while attending a party at the University Matthew Dear - Bunny - Amoeba Musicof Michigan. Dear's first single for the label was "Hands Up For Detroit" (1999). His next releases, "Stealing Moves" and "Mouth to Mouth," were released via Ghostly's dancefloor-friendly subsidiary Spectral Sound. Around this time, he began performing and releasing records under aliases, including False, Jabberjaw, and Audion.

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Burger Boogaloo 2019: John Waters, The Jesus and Mary Chain, The Scientists, The Dead Boys, Shannon And The Clams & More!

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, May 21, 2019 01:17pm | Post a Comment

Burger Boogaloo

Burger Boogaloo returns to Oakland’s Mosswood Park on Saturday, July 6th and Sunday, July 7th for Burger Boogaloo and Amoeba a 10th anniversary shindig featuring The Jesus and Mary Chain, The Scientists, Shannon And The Clams, Sheer Mag, Derv Gordon (The Equals), and more! As always, the Boog is staying true to its roots with the return of the one and only Czar of Bizarre, John Waters, as the Mister of Ceremonies, and a lineup of historic punk rockers and young up-and-comers.

But wait, there’s more! The Burger Boogaloo staff has committed themselves to helping those affected by Oakland’s ongoing housing crisis and will host a series of fundraisers both before and during the festival to raise money for those in need. Additionally, staffers will be volunteering with the organization Punks With Lunch, including a Benefit Show with Shannon Shaw at The Uptown on Friday, January 18th with 100% of ticket sales going to the organization.

Burger Boogaloo has also been partnering with The Homeless Action Center, the only legal service program in the Bay Area that focuses exclusively on public benefits advocacy as a critical tool to reduce and end homeless. HAC provides legal advocacy that is no-cost, barrier-free, culturally sensitive, and non-judgmental.

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