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Lots of New Hip-Hop Releases at Amoeba Music for the 2010 Holiday Season

Posted by Billyjam, November 30, 2010 11:11am | Post a Comment
Flo Rida
Now that we are officially into the holiday shopping period there are more new hip-hop releases than ever arriving on the Amoeba Music shelves. Some are brand new recordings while others are older (slept-on or forgotten) musical material that has been remastered and/or repackaged. As reported in the most recent Amoeba Weekly Hip-Hop Rap Up, new hip-hop releases last week included Kanye West, Nicki Minaj, Gangrene (Alchemist & Oh No), Shady Nate, and Messy Marv, to name but a few. 

This week's new releases, which are at Amoeba now (Tuesday, Nov 30th), include albums from two of today's more popular, high-profile rap artists: Flo Rida and Soulja Boy. Soulja Boy (aka Soulja Boy Tell Em) drops his fourth studio album, The DeAndre Way (Stacks on Deck/Interscope), which, in addition to the regular ten track CD, comes in a deluxe edition that features four bonus tracks plus a DVD. Meanwhile, Flo Rida's latest Only One Flo (Part 1) (Poe Boy/Atlantic) is the Florida artist's third studio album and the follow up to last year's full-length, R.O.O.T.S. Only One Flo (Part 1). (Note Part 2, which was supposed to drop simultaneously, has been postponed until 2011.) The new record clocks in at less than half an hour and features guest appearances from Akon, Kevin Rudolf, Ludacris, and Gucci Mane and includes the singles "Club Can't Handle Me" and "Turn Around (5, 4, 3, 2, 1)." Black Eyed Peas

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The Late, Great Leslie Nielsen

Posted by Charles Reece, November 29, 2010 09:45am | Post a Comment
 
Leslie Nielsen dead at 84. Clip from Forbidden Planet (1956).

Crunchyfest: A Benefit for Jose "Crunchy" Espinoza

Posted by Gomez Comes Alive!, November 29, 2010 08:51am | Post a Comment

I have been blessed to know Jose “Crunchy” Espinoza for about fifteen years. He is one of Los Angeles' finest musicians in a town of many great talents. You probably don’t know him by name but you have heard his work through the music of Ozomatli (he was one of the co-founders of the group) and The Salvador Santana Band. He has also done plenty of session work with the likes of The Black Eyed Peas, Blackalicous and Money Mark, just to name a few. Crunchy, a multi-instrumentalist who plays sax, flute and percussion, has been leading various Jazz groups in recent years. One of the groups is the monstrous, Cuban Funk inspired Ubalaye, which has the sickest collection of L.A. based musicians in one band. He took some time off from touring to finish his masters degree in Afro-Latin Music at Cal State L.A. Since then, besides recording and gigging, he has been teaching music for grade school students as well as raising his own kids.

This year has been tough one for Jose. He has been fighting cancer most of the year and has gone through stretches where the doctors have advised him not to play. Still, Crunchy continues to write music and you can hear some of his pieces on Sunday, December 5th at a show entitled “Crunchyfest” at the California Institute Of The Arts (CalArts). On The bill will be The Cal Arts Salsa Band, Cava, Salvador Santana, Sono-Lux and Crunchy-led Umbalaye. The event is free but donations will be accepted to help Crunchy with his medical expenses. The show is from 12 pm to 6pm. For more info please click here.

Difficult Interviews

Posted by Charles Reece, November 28, 2010 09:30pm | Post a Comment
I've made the mistake of dealing with Barthes, Debord and a bunch of other pretentious prattle to analyze a little movie that few probably saw or will see. So while all of that's working itself out in my noggin, here are two good interviews with difficult subjects that I recently enjoyed at Amoeba.com.

My pal Heidi takes on Ozzy:


My pal Kyle takes on Michel Gondry:


Cruise to Mexico: Part 6

Posted by Job O Brother, November 28, 2010 05:20pm | Post a Comment

A monument to early transportation in Puerto Vallarta


Day 5 (Part 1)

Thursday. September 16, 2010

PUERTO VALLARTA


I was awake early and enjoyed my morning coffee looking out over Puerto Vallarta, which was far more clean and money than our previous ports. It kind of looked like San Diego, but with less boring people.* There was even a Costco, which, in the context of the local language, I realized was male.

By this time I was having some World Wide Web withdrawals, and the only thing that kept me from utilizing the Internet lounge was the fee of $826,044 per millisecond they were charging. I realized how addicted I’ve become to researching any little thought that came into my head. Questions such as:

“What’s in gooseberry pie, anyway?” (Hint: not geese.)

“Exactly how many bands has Stephin Merritt been in?” (roughly 826,044)







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Price Tag Gallery 17- The Holiday Shopping Season Begins!

Posted by Mr. Chadwick, November 27, 2010 02:30pm | Post a Comment

This Week At The New Beverly: Roger Corman directs Vincent Price, Hatchet I & II w/ special guests, tributes to Tony Curtis, Arthur Penn & Dede Allen plus MORE!

Posted by phil blankenship, November 26, 2010 11:26pm | Post a Comment
This Week At The New Beverly

Our full upcoming schedule is available online:
www.newbevcinema.com/calendar.cfm



Friday & Saturday, November 26 & 27

Tribute to Tony Curtis

Sweet Smell of Success
1957, USA, 96 minutes
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0051036/
directed by Alexander Mackendrick; screenplay by Clifford Odets and Ernest Lehman; original music by Elmer Bernstein; cinematography by James Wong Howe; starring Burt Lancaster, Tony Curtis, Susan Harrison, Martin Milner
Fri: 7:30; Sat: 3:10 & 7:30, Watch The Trailer!

Warpaint Live Session

Posted by Amoebite, November 26, 2010 12:45pm | Post a Comment
warpaint

LA's own Warpaint recently stopped in the studios at the UK's Guardian and played "Warpaint," explaining how they wrote it! They also answer the question we've all been wondering about -- why does the song have the same name as the band? You can watch the beautiful performance and find out right here.

Throbbing Gristle's Sleazy Dead

Posted by Amoebite, November 26, 2010 12:31pm | Post a Comment
peter sleazy christopherson

Many of you have no doubt already heard that Throbbing Gristle's Sleazy passed away Nov 24th in his sleep in Bangkok.

His fellow Throbbing Gristle members posted the news: "Our dearest beautiful Sleazy left this mortal coil as he slept in peace last night. Words cannot express our grief."

He was also a member of the bands Coil and Psychic TV.

Hip-Hop Rap Up 11:26:10: Black Friday Edition Feat. New Music from Kanye West, Nicki Minaj + Much More

Posted by Billyjam, November 26, 2010 11:30am | Post a Comment
Amoeba Music San Francisco Hip-Hop Top Six Chart: 11:26:10

Kanye West
1) Kanye West
My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
(Roc-A-Fella)
     
2) Cee-Lo Green The Lady Killer (Elektra)

3) Curren$y Pilot Talk 2 (DD172 LLC)

4) Eligh Grey Crow (Legendary/Alpha Pup)

5) Nicki Minaj Pink Friday (Cash Money/Universal)
  
6) Damu the Fudgemunk Supply For Demand (Redefinition Records)
     
For someone who has actually done hardly any interviews, Kanye West seems everywhere lately, including atop the latest Amoeba Music hip-hop chart with his critically and commercially acclaimed and recommended newest release, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, whose album cover art (above) comes in five alternate versions. One cover was so controversial with its racy imagery that many outlets refused to display it or else show a pixelated version. But of course Kayne is no stranger to controversy -- far from it; he simply seems to bounce from one well-publicized controversy to the next. And while sometimes it might seem like his erratic outbursts look to cost him fan support, the artist always seems to come out okay in the end. In fact, the timing of these controversies seem to nicely play into his grand (marketing) scheme -- assuming he subscribes to the "there's no such thing as bad publicity" school of thought.

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out this week 11/9 & 11/16 & 11/22...kanye west...nicki minaj...the national...wild nothing...blank dogs...

Posted by Brad Schelden, November 25, 2010 03:00pm | Post a Comment

The year is quickly winding down. Somehow Halloween is over and today is Thanksgiving. Both of these holidays just make me think of Roseanne. Most things I can somehow relate to some TV program! Roseanne is known for some fantastic Halloween episodes but they also have their share of great Thanksgiving episodes. I got to watch two of them last night before I dozed off to sleep on Thanksgiving eve. They showed the episode with the brilliant Shelley Winters as Roseanne's Grandmother. Her character pretends to be senile but everyone is on the joke except for her daughter, played by Estelle Parsons. Darlene gets out of coming home by pretending to have to go visit her boyfriend David, even though she is secretly already living with him. Jackie is about to have her baby and her mom is playing tricks on her by pretending to dislike the father of her baby so she might decide to date him. Dan is mad at Becky's boyfriend Mark for marrying his daughter when she was so young. We also find out a secret in this episode -- that Roseanne's mom got pregnant before she was married. Roseanne was one of those shows with an amazing supporting cast. I can't get through the holidays without my Roseanne. I really thought they would give us a Roseanne DVD box set by now but looks like I have to wait another year. We did get the Golden Girls box set this year, so I shouldn't complain. I still haven't decided if I need a replica of Sophia's purse in my DVD collection...but it might be too hard to resist! Happy Thanksgiving, everybody! Hopefully your families are as hilarious and welcoming as the cast of Roseanne and The Golden Girls. But if not, you always have TV to escape into.

The year may be quickly approaching its end but there are still a ton of new albums out in these last couple of weeks. Not a whole lot coming out after this week but there has been some great stuff to finish off our year. I really fell in love with Captured Tracks this year. The label is run out of Brooklyn, New York. They have managed to release two of my favorite albums of the year -- the debut album from WIld Nothing came out a couple of months ago. I fell in love immediately with Gemini. Aaron Detroit beat me to the review back in June. Gemini will most likely be my album of the year but it does have some tough competition. There really have been some great albums this year. You will have to check back in a couple of weeks for my full top 50 of the year! Wild Nothing has also given us the perfect holiday gift; I would have been perfectly content with Gemini -- I really could have waited until next year for anything else from them, so it was a nice surprise when I found out a new EP called Golden Haze was coming out this month. It really is almost a whole new album with 6 new tracks. Golden Haze is the perfect title for an album like this. You will find more of the shoegaze style, dreamy & gloomy songs that you found on his debut album. It maybe was too warm when that first album came out. The super chilly months of winter are much more appropriate for an album like this. Fans of The Cure and New Order should not pass up these albums.





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the album Golden Haze by Wild Nothing






I was a big fan of the Blank Dogs last year. They put out the album Under & Under on In the Red Records. It ended up as #50 on my top 50 last year but this doesn't mean that I like the other 49 albums so much more. It really is impossible to rank all those albums. I work hard on figuring out my top ten but after that I really am just making sure I have my other top 40 in there somewhere. I am not paying too much attention to where they go. It is sort of funny that Blank Dogs might be in the #1 spot this year. This album also seemed to come out of nowhere. The new album, Land & Fixed, came out a couple of weeks ago. It is also on Captured Tracks and it really is that good -- I can't stop listening to it. Some of my favorites this year have a sort gloomy shoegaze sort of sound to them. This album isn't too different from the new Abe Vigoda. The album manages to sound like some early 80's neglected new wave album but at the same time they don't sound dated or retro. They sound like something completely new and fresh at the same time as sounding like one of your old favorite cassettes. Blank Dogs is basically Mike Sniper. He is the man behind what may be my favorite album of the year. I don't expect everyone to fall in love with this album. I don't think Blank Dogs will ever get as popular as bands like The National or Interpol, but they really should. It is not an easy thing to make an album that is both super dark and gloomy but also super catchy and pop sounding. The songs are like a mellowed out lo-fi version of a really good Cure song. Maybe with some Joy Division mixed in there. I do really love this record. I can't stop listening to it. It is just like I couldn't stop listening to the latest Ariel Pink album. I always want to keep listening to albums over and over again when they are this good.






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the new album Land & Fixed by Blank Dogs






The National already released the fantastic High Violet earlier this year but the new expanded version is out this week. The band is hoping to turn Black Friday into Violet Friday with the release of this album. You can get it for only $7.98 at indie stores across the country. The crazy cheap price is available for one week only. The deluxe version comes with a whole bonus disc with alternate versions, live tracks, b-sides, & new songs. I am still not sure this band will ever be able to equal the brilliance of their album The Boxer but you really should also own this new album if you don't already. You can also buy it on our website for this price for the week only.




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the new Expanded Edition of High Violet by the The National for only $7.98







This has also been a big couple of weeks for Hip-Hop and Soul music. I am still a bit disappointed with the new Rihanna album but Kanye West and Nicki Minaj have given us two amazing new albums to get us through the holidays. I have always loved Kanye West. I think I even liked him more when he tried to take away Taylor Swift's VMA. OK, he didn't actually try to take it away...but it would have been brilliant if he snatched it out of her hands and told the world that she has no real talent. Still, I think Kanye knew what he was doing. He knew how far he could push it. Not everybody loved his last album from 2008 but I was a big fan of 808's & Heatbreak. I do actually think that Kanye deserves to be as popular as he is. I wouldn't say that about very many popular artists. His new album, out this week, is called My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. The cover artwork for the album is really one of my favorites. At first you just see a sort of classic painting of a ballerina. It looks like it could be the new album by Joni Mitchell or Paul Simon. But then you realize the ballerina has a moustache and looks a bit surprised. Maybe embarrassed to be caught wearing a tutu. Is Kanye's dark fantasy that he wishes he could dance with Tom Selleck in a tutu in The Nutcracker or Swan Lake? The deluxe version of the album looks like a fancy Christmas card with a little window in the front. I think the album's cover is actually kind of classic and I can't stop looking at it. I knew I would probably be liking this Kanye album before I even first heard it. I really have liked everything he has done and I was excited to hear the album after his amazing performance on SNL a couple of weeks ago. You either like Kanye or you don't. I don't think this album will really sway the people who don't already like him but I am glad to have a new Kanye record in my collection. I need to go spend some quality time with it and really get to know it.






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the new album My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy by Kanye West






The new Nicki Minaj album is also finally out this week. As much as I am liking the new Kanye album, this Nicki Minaj album is also really good, just full of catchy songs. You really can't not love Nicki Minaj...at least I can't. I have been hearing a lot about her for a while now but I was patiently waiting for the album to come out to get my first introduction to her. I've always been a fan of Eve, Missy Elliott and Lil' Kim so it is no surprise that I will be loving this new album. The new Kanye West, of course, features Nicki MInaj and the new Nicki Minaj features Kanye West. (A bit more surprising is that the new Kanye West features Bon Iver.) Nicki Minaj was born in Trinidad & Tobago but was raised in New York. At first look you might think you are going to get an album like Lady Gaga or Katy Perry but this is not what you should be expecting. In honor of Black Friday, she has named her album Pink Friday. Black Friday is tomorrow and both The National and Nicki Minaj are hoping that everyone buys there new albums. All of these albums are already selling well but the new Kanye West album will for sure be the best selling album of the weekend here at the Hollywood Amoeba. Nicki Minaj is offering him some tough competition though! We really have needed a Nicki MInaj for a while now. There really hasn't been a huge female Hip Hop star in a while now. It will be a novelty for some but I really do love this album. It will be hard to resist singing along with these songs in your car. Or at least in my car!





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the new album Pink Friday by Nicki Minaj







We have been working hard on AMOEBA.COM for a while now. Next year we will have a whole new sort of site for you to browse and buy stuff from. But for now, in honor of Thanksgiving and Black Friday we are giving you a new buy stuff section! There will be new stuff added on here every day. And yes...we finally have used albums listed on our website! Aaaaand yes...you can finally browse by genre! You can find the new Kanye West, Nicki Minaj, Wild Nothing and Blank Dogs and you can also find a used copy of the Suspiria Soundtrack by Goblin on vinyl! Go enjoy your day off with family and food and TV, and tomorrow if you feel like staying home and avoiding the craziness of retail, you should check out our new section. Buy Stuff!


also out 11/9...






Tour of the Universe by Depeche Mode











Police Water by Gary War











**** by The Greenhornes











Pyramid of the Sun by Maserati











Industrial Complex by Nitzer Ebb











Strychnine Dandelions by The Parting Gifts











Shore Obsessed by Soft Circle











Sometimes the Blues is Just a Passing Bird by Tallest Man on Earth











Sports by Weekend







also out 11/16...






Tapes by Big Pink











Heart Ache & Dethroned by Jesu












Promise by Bruce Springsteen











Not Music by Stereolab







also out 11/22...






Broken Dreams Club by The Girls











Pretty Hate Machine (reissue) by Nine Inch Nails









Coals to Newcastle by Orange Juice











Senior by Royksopp











Innerspeaker by Tame Impala



November 25, 2010: Burlesque

Posted by phil blankenship, November 25, 2010 01:41pm | Post a Comment

(In which we wish you a happy Thanksgiving.)

Posted by Job O Brother, November 25, 2010 08:52am | Post a Comment



New 12" Releases 11/24 @ Amoeba Hollywood - Ulysses, Reel By Real, Dirt Crew, Shackleton, Welcome Stranger, Martyn & More

Posted by Oliver / Matt / Jordan, November 24, 2010 03:09pm | Post a Comment

ULYSSES
Gibson In E/Love Hangover 12"
Internasjonal

Elliot is Ulysses, also known as half of Neurotic Drum Band together with John Selway on Wurst or as debuted for Internasjonal Spesial, Filipsson & Ulysses (together with Holmar Filipsson). "Gibson In E" played on Beats In Space radio in March 2010 to much positive feedback. Lovely Kraut-y doodlings on a spaceship. For the B-side, we're treated you to Ulysses' personal rendition of Diana Ross ballad-goes-disco classic "Love Hangover."



REEL BY REAL
20 Years Surkit Part A/B 12"
A.r.t.less

A.r.t.less presents a retrospective by Detroit techno veteran Martin Bonds aka Reel By Real in two parts. Some of these tracks are now seeing a proper release for the first time, due to the fact that they had been only released as a limited white-label on Interface Records in 1990 and 1991. This first 12" is packaged in a limited handmade artwork cover to house both records. All tracks restored by Don Williams and remastered by Redshape.

Listen to "Surkin" here:



Shackleton
MAN ON A STRING 12”
Woe To The Septic Heart

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Jay Silverheels - Happy American Indian Heritage Month

Posted by Eric Brightwell, November 24, 2010 02:00pm | Post a Comment

Jay Silverheels was a Kanien'kehá:ka actor born Harold J. Smith on May 26th, 1912. He was born on the Six Nations of the Grand River First Nation reservation, the most populous First Nation in Canada, and the only nation in which all six Iroquois nations live together. He was the third of eleven children born to Major George Smith, the most decorated Native American soldier in the Canadian Army, who served in World War I.




Harold began going by the name Jay and was given the nickname Silverheels when he played on the lacrosse team, the Mohawk Stars, at sixteen. He later moved across the Niagara River to play lacrosse on the North American Amateur Lacrosse Association team, the Rochester Iroquois. He also boxed and in 1938 placed second in the middleweight section of the Golden Gloves tournament. He lived for a time in Buffalo, where he had his first son, Ron, with Edna Lickers.

The previous year he'd begun working in film, as an extra in the musical comedy, Make a Wish. He married his first wife, Bobbi, and they had a daughter named Sharon. They divorced in 1943. Over the next few years he appeared, usually uncredited, as a stuntman or extra in The Sea Hawk, Too Many Girls, Hudson's Bay, Wester Union, Jungle Girl, This Woman is Mine, Valley of the Sun, Perils of Nyoka, Good Morning, Judge, Daredevils of the West, The Girl from Monterrey, Northern Pursuit, The Phantom, I Am an American, Raiders at the Border, Passage to Marseille, The Tiger Woman, Haunted Harbor, Lost in a Harem and Song of the Sarong.

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Free Talib Kweli Concert @ Roxy in LA Tonight

Posted by Billyjam, November 24, 2010 11:46am | Post a Comment

Tonight, the eve of Thanksgiving, Talib Kweli is throwing a free concert for hip-hop fans in Los Angeles at The Roxy club. All you have to do to attend this MySpace Music-sponsored event is bring with you a canned food good or a blanket for the needy -- both of which will be donated to a local LA area shelter for Thanksgiving.

At tonight's all-ages, free show Talib Kweli will reportedly be premiering new material from his forthcoming album, Gutter Rainbows, which will arrive in Amoeba Music on January 25th. Also on the bill tonight is LA-based Stones Throw act Strong Arm Steady, as well as Tunji & Jayson Rose with DJs Luxerbrown, Uncle Pauly and Jay-P.

The Roxy is located at 9009 West Sunset Blvd in West Hollywood. Doors are at 9pm but be advised to arrive early, as a lot of fans are expected to show up. For more information on the club, including driving directions, click here. And meanwhile below, view one of the Talib Kweli's previous free LA shows -- an amazing instore at the Hollywood Amoeba back in August 2007. You can also view images here from an even more recent Amoeba instore when he performed along with Hi-Tek (collectively known as Reflection Eternal) at the San Francisco store in May of this year.

Ariel Pink and Os Mutantes Hit SF Nov 30

Posted by Miss Ess, November 24, 2010 11:27am | Post a Comment
This show is sure to be amazing -- all the Ariel Pink debauchery you can handle, plus Brazil's greatest export, Os Mutantes?! Wow! Sure to shake you out of your post-Thanksgiving hangover and rush you right into yet another! Tickets here.

Who is Harry Nilsson (And Why is Everybody Talkin' About Him?)

Posted by Miss Ess, November 23, 2010 01:39pm | Post a Comment

How could i have forgotten how amazing Harry Nilsson is? His brilliance was buried in my psyche for a few years but now after watching the new documentary Who is Harry Nilsson (and Why is Everybody Talkin' About Him?) I have been reminded and won't soon forget his particular brand of genius again.

Nilsson was a fascinating, sentimental tunesmith who moved to Los Angeles in the '50s to begin a fabled career. Over the years, through success and failure, he covered his serious insecurities with his intense need to be the life of the party. And party he did, with all the entertainment industry luminaries, most notably John Lennon (especially during Lennon's "Lost Weekend") and Ringo Starr (best man at Harry's third wedding). He also wrote lastingly great songs like "One" (on a night when he was listening to the busy signal of his telephone), created his most famous album, Nilsson Schmilsson, and the music and concept for the cartoon The Point (which includes my favorite Nilsson tune, "Think About Your Troubles").


There are so many interesting interviews in the film with members of the creative community like Terry Gilliam, Brian Wilson, Van Dyke Parks, Al Kooper, Derek Taylor's widow, Mickey Dolenz, Paul Williams, May Pang, Yoko Ono, Robin Williams, Randy Newman and many more. Each has a different story to tell about Harry, but most all of them comment on his big heart and, from the mid 70s onward, his being hell bent on self destruction. It's still so upsetting for songwriter Jimmy Webb to talk about Nilsson's eventual self-induced vocal ruin that he gets a rash and tears up. The trajectory of Nilsson's life brings many high highs and low lows, and this film chronicles them all.

Here's the trailer for the film:


Interview with Florian Gaag, Director of Graffiti Feature Film Wholetrain

Posted by Billyjam, November 23, 2010 06:15am | Post a Comment
WHOLETRAIN trailer

Today both the DVD and the soundtrack for the critically acclaimed, award-winning and Florian Gaag directed fictional graffiti-feature film WHOLETRAIN are being released via RykoDisc. The film was shot in Poland and is in German with subtitles in English and 13 other languages. The English language hip-hop soundtrack includes all original songs (over beats produced by the film's director) from all American artists including KRS-One, Freddie Foxxx, O.C., Planet Asia, Afu-Ra, Grand Agent, Akrobatik, Tame One, and El Da Sensei. Both the film and its soundtrack are highly recommended for anyone, not just graffiti fans.

The film's title, WHOLETRAIN, comes from the graffiti writers' goal of spraypainting every inch of an entire train. Although the film's young cast will be totally unknown to American audiences, it is dramatically gripping, with a solid story-line, plus a most impressive display of all new graffiti art. Colorfully shot on the trains and walls, throughout the film this graffiti was all tirelessly commissioned by the first time director himself, who is clearly a major graffiti fan. For these beautiful pieces he brought in such established graffiti artists as NEON, PURE, CIEL, WON, and CEMNOZ to do the art work.
Back in February, when the film screened in LA and San Francisco at the Goethe-Institut in each city, I reviewed it for the Amoeblog. I also interviewed the director at that time. He told me about the challenging process of making this film, including the overwhelming obstacles he faced due to making a film that includes an illegal art form, and how WHOLETRAIN turned into a six year project. That interview with director Florian Gaag follows below.
Florian Gaag

Amoeblog:
WHOLETRAIN is a great film and what's most impressive is that it is your first full-length film. So had you done short films or videos before this?

Florian Gaag: Yes, I´ve done a couple of short films, mostly short documentaries though, because that´s where I´m coming from.

California Fool's Gold -- Exploring Garden Grove, The City of Youth and Ambition

Posted by Eric Brightwell, November 22, 2010 07:00pm | Post a Comment


Downtown Garden Grove

This Southern CA-area episode is about Garden Grove, which I journeyed to with Garden Grove native Tita Ortega. To vote for other Orange County communities to be covered on the blog, vote here. To vote for Los Angeles County communities to be the subject of future entries, vote here. To vote for Los Angeles neighborhoods, vote here


Pendersleigh & Sons' Official Map of Orange County

Garden Grove is is located in North Orange County. In fact, it was whilst living in Garden Grove in 1888 that R.Q. Wickham launched the political movement that would lead to the formation of Orange County. Garden Grove is bordered by Cypress, Stanton and Anaheim to the north; Orange to the east; Santa Ana to the southeast; Westminster to the south; Seal Beach to the southwest and Los Alamitos to the west.

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(In which we tackle Thanksgiving issues the Food Network won't.)

Posted by Job O Brother, November 22, 2010 05:01pm | Post a Comment

Let’s just say, theoretically, that some of your family is in town visiting for Thanksgiving weekend and, theoretically, your 72-year-old mother brings you a few gifts, like freshly dried seaweed, homemade hummus (green with pureed parsley), and a circus clown tin full of Mexican Wedding Cakes laced with greenbud marijuana, which, theoretically, you eat two of and the next day you are crazy hung-over and all you want to do is lay in bed and watch old re-runs of Leave It To Beaver but you have to write this blog you’re now reading. Theoretically.

What music do you listen to?


The munchies!

Frankly, the whole scenario is a bit far-fetched, and I’m not sure why you’re even bringing it up. Certainly nothing like this is what I’m going through right now, because marijuana is illegal and I’ve never even heard of it.

But, if I were in such a ridiculous situation, I suppose the sort of thing I would enjoy listening to would be this…

The Ahmad Jamal Trio makes wherever you are feel like the inside of a soothing bubble bath. With Epsom salts. It’s especially good music when you’re fatigued but don’t want to be, because it relaxes the entire environment, and suddenly your slow pace and barely functioning mind don’t seem so out-of-place. You’re no longer fatigued – now you’re just a cool, kick-back cat with no tick-tock countdown to the ringer, dig?

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Where Would Music Be Without Gwen McCrae?

Posted by Smiles Davis, November 22, 2010 02:48pm | Post a Comment

Gwen Mosley was born December 21st, 1943, in Pensacola, Florida. Like most young black kids of that era, she sang in the church choir. Mosley met a sailor named George McCrae, also a singer, at the tender age of 20 and married a week later. She took his last name and the pair decided to collaborate and grace the world over with some baby making tunes. Now for you studious music lovers, George McCrae would later make classic solo hits like “I Get Lifted” which would go on to be sampled by numerous hip hop and R& B artists like Keith Murray, Pete Rock, Eric B, and Snoop Dogg, just to name a few.

Nearly 4 years after the dynamic duo crossed paths, Betty Wright discovered the pair and got them signed to Henry Stone's Alston Records. Yes, the same Betty Wright responsible for hits like “Clean Up Woman” written by Clarence Reid. There is a point to all this, I swear. You may know Clarence Reid by his alias, Blowfly. As Reid he wrote songs for other artists like the ones aforementioned as well as Sam & Dave and KC and the Sunshine Band. As Blowfly he would flip popular R & B songs into sexually explicit works of pure genius comedy. The first Blowfly “party record” came out in 1971, which many consider a form of primitive rapping. When the Sugarhill Gang released “Rapper’s Delight” in 1979, Blowfly followed with his own profane version called “Rapp Dirty" or "Blowfly’s Rapp." The song was a hit and helped his album, Blowfly's Party, reach #26 on Billboard magazine's Black Albums chart and #82 on the Billboard Top 200 in 1980.

Six years prior to the success of Blowfly, his pals Harry Wayne Casey and Richard Finch of KC and the Sunshine Band wrote and produced a song for their then demo that neither one could lay the vocals for. They approached Gwen with the opportunity to give the song the lift it needed with her immaculate high vocal range. Although she happily accepted the offer, she showed up late to the recording session. George had been there standing by, patiently waiting along with everyone else for his wife to grace them with her presence. When she didn’t show he stepped in and knocked the ball out of this century, as the single “Rock You Baby” went on to sell over 11 million copies world wide and reached #1 on the charts in 51 countries in 1974. So you see, Clarence Reid is worth mentioning for obvious reasons, but manly because he is the glue that binds them all, since he worked with KC, George, Betty and Gwen and had a long standing relationship with Henry Stone’s TK Records. TK Records was the label most notable for the early rise of disco; it was the label that put out most of their hits too, including Gwen’s reply record to “Rock You Baby,” titled “Rockin’ Chair.

Gwen and George would find it hard to maintain a healthy marriage after the two came into separate successes and would divorce in 1976 after recording their duet single “Winners Together, Losers Apart.” After the collapse of TK Records in 1981 Gwen would go on to record hits like "Funky Sensation" for Atlantic Records. George would later record uncredited vocals for the KC and The Sunshine Band hit “Queen of Clubs.” George recorded “I Get Lifted” one year after the explosive “Rock You Baby” and KC and his band would cover it before the demise of their relationship.

How would history differ had Gwen showed up on time to that famous recording session? Well, for starters she wouldn’t have released a reply record, one of the greatest love songs ever made, “Rocking Chair.” Now, if I had to assume I’d bet my money that she made this record out of spit, maybe not directed at her husband, but possibly at herself for dropping the ball and missing out on that golden opportunity. Guess the early bird really does get the worm. I can honestly say I’m glad she fumbled cause the classic follow up may never have been recorded. Or what about “90% of Me is You?” What if she had become the lead vocalist of KC and the Sunshine band and they had forced her to change her name to something overambitious like Star or Wild Child? Kinda like Gwen Dicky of Magic Wand… or better known to most as Rose Norwalt of Rose Royce. Had Gwen McCrae’s story to prominence been different, who knows, The Coup may never have been able to sample “The Rub” for “Fat Cats, Bigga Fish;Main Source may never have found a sample for “Just Hangin’ Out;” or Big Daddy Kane may never have finished “Brother Brother.” Oh, how history writes itself. So after all that, thank you Gwen McCrae for gracing us with your love and opulent talent all these years. 'Till next time...

Trent Reznor's New 2010 Remastered Version of Nine Inch Nails' Pretty Hate Machine

Posted by Billyjam, November 22, 2010 10:04am | Post a Comment

Today, November 22nd, is the release date of the CD version of Trent Reznor's remastered version of his group Nine Inch Nail's groundbreaking 1989 debut Pretty Hate Machine (the double vinyl version of this remastered  version follows in two weeks on December 7th). This remastered version of the 21 year old industrial rock album, fittingly retitled Pretty Hate Machine: 2010 Remaster, should not be confused with another reissue of the same album from five years ago by his old label (now out of print).

That 2005 version was not overseen by the ever meticulous Reznor, who completely wrote, arranged, programmed and performed the original album and who oversaw the new digital remastering from the newly unearthed original tapes with NIN engineer Tom Baker. The new remastered version (now an eleven song album) includes a bonus track, NIN's version of Queen's "Get Down Make Love." This song, as any true NIN fan will tell you, was originally the B-side to the single version of the album track "Sin" and was produced by Al Jourgensen under the alias Hypo Luxa. This brand new NIN remastered re-release follows Reznor's recent success at scoring, in collaboration with Atticus Ross, the soundtrack for David Fincher's popular movie The Social Network. But what makes this remastered version of Pretty Hate Machine worth getting, especially if you own(ed) the original, is that Reznor has totally cleaned up and revamped the sound. It's now louder and sparklier, with the vocals and instrumental mix sounding more clean and cohesive than ever. I say go to Amoeba and get it, or wait two weeks for the vinyl version to be released. Meantime, here is NIN doing a supercharged version of the album track "Sin" live at Woodstock 1994.

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In Honor of the Full Moon

Posted by Billyjam, November 21, 2010 04:00pm | Post a Comment
Ramones "Howling At The Moon"

In honor of the full moon today, Sunday, November 21st at 5:28pm, here are some moon themed songs, including the infectious Ramones single "Howling At The Moon" above. Hopefully these tracks can act as an accompanying soundtrack for the lunar phase that only happens when the Moon is on the opposite side of the Earth from the Sun, or more specifically, when the geocentric apparent longitudes of the Sun and the Moon differ by 180 degrees.

It is only during a full moon, which occurs approx every month, or 29.53 days, that the opposite hemisphere of the Moon, which is not visible from Earth, is completely unilluminated. Below are the songs "Moon Over Marin" by Jello Biafra and the Dead Kennedys, "Red Hot Moon" by Rancid, and "Bad Moon Rising" by John Fogerty's Creedence Clearwater Revival. Feel free to add your favorite "moon" themed song in the comments below. Also below is a guide to upcoming full moon dates and times for the next 13 months through the end of 2011.

Dead Kennedys "Moon Over Marin"

Upcoming Full Moon dates 2010 + 2011

Laterna Magica: Green Lantern (2011)

Posted by Charles Reece, November 20, 2010 11:56pm | Post a Comment


Hal Jordan



Fist of Will



Sinestro



Abin Sur



Kilowog



Tomar-Re



Hector Hammond


The trailer. Odd that the human is the one who looks most like an action figure. And I'm reminded of Howard the Duck. Otherwise, not too shabby.

Ray Mala - Hollywood's First Native American Star

Posted by Eric Brightwell, November 20, 2010 06:30pm | Post a Comment

   

Ray Mala was an Inupiat actor born in Candle, Alaska on December 27th, 1906. In 1925 Mala made his way to Edendale and got a job as a cameraman with Fox Film Corporation, which relocated the following year to Movietone City, in modern Century City.

    

In 1932, Mala was featured as an actor in Edwin Wing's "documentary," Igloo, which was distributed byUniversal and became a hit. The following year, he appeared as "Mala the Magnificent" in the big budget MGM film, Eskimo. The pre-code film titillated audiences with displays of wife-sharing and co-stared, as Mala's second wife, Japanese-Hawaiian actress, Lotus Long. An enormous success, it led to his becoming the first Native star of the Hollywood Studio Era

In 1935, he rejoined Lotus Long, returning the cultural casting favor playing a Pacific Islander with her in Last of the Pagans (1935). He went on to play mostly Pacific Islanders and Native Americans in Northerns like Robinson Crusoe of Clipper Island and The Jungle Princess (both 1936). June 2, 1937 he took as his bride Galina Kropotkin, a Russian Princess sometimes known as Galina Liss. He then took the year off from acting. 



He returned the following year with Call of the Yukon, The Great Adventures of Wild Bill Hickok and Hawk of the Wilderness (all 1938); Union Pacific, Mutiny on the Blackhawk and Coast Guard (all 1939); Green Hell, Zanzibar, Flash Gordon Conquers the Universe, Pago Pago, Girl from God's Country and The Devil's Pipeline (all 1940); Hold Back the Dawn and Honolulu Lu (both 1941); Son of Fury -The Story of Benjamin Blake, The Mad Doctor of Market Street, The Girl from Alaska, The Tuttles of Tahiti and Sgt. Koovuk (all 1942).


At that point, Mala also spent a considerable amount of time behind the camera as a cinematographer. He worked with Joseph LaShelle on many pictures including Shadow of a Doubt (1943), Laura (1944), The Fan (1949), Meet Me After the Show (1951) and Les Misérables (1952). He and his wife had one son, Ted, around 1949.


Mala appeared in front of the camera in one more film, Red Snow (1952). He died after suffering a heart attack on a Hollywood set on September 23rd, in 1952, just 45 years old. His granddaughter, Galina Mala Liss, is a model/actress who has appeared on CSI - Miami, among other titles.

Red Wing and Young Deer, the First Couple of Native American Silent Film

Posted by Eric Brightwell, November 20, 2010 04:00pm | Post a Comment

Cast and Crew Members at Inceville in Santa Monica, circa 1915

Before the emergence of Hollywood and the studio system, moviemaking was something of a free-for-all, open to anyone that could afford it. In the US, that privileged group was almost exclusively white and male. Roles for minorities were usually crudely stereotypical, minor, and liable to be played by a white actor in yellowface, brownface, blackface or redface. As a result, some minority figures attempted to start their own alternatives. In 1916, Oakland resident Marion Wong made the first example of Asian-American Cinema with The Curse of Quon Gwon. A few years later, Anna Mae Wong and Sessue Hayakawa began making films. In 1918, John Noble invented Black Cinema with Birth of a Race. He was soon joined in his endeavor by Oscar Mischeaux.

In the Land of the Head Hunters movie poster 

True Native American cinema beat them both by almost a decade. The mainstream view of Natives at the time was generally less murderously hateful than those of contemporary Asians and blacks (or the Natives' ancestors). In fact, Natives were widely adored and fetishized, what Frank Chin would later term “love racism." Natives, regardless of reality, were reduced to mere metaphors and symbols… for stoicism, honor, strength, &c. Edward S. Curtis's 1914 In the Land of the Headhunters and Robert Flaherty's 1922 Nanook of the North have little to do with reality, but did reflect well-meaning white men’s attempts to portray their subjects with some respect, even if it meant they had to fictionalize and stage everything.


Red Wing, Young Deer and cast members

However, beating them to the punch was a member of the Ho-Chunk nation, James Young Deer. Red Deer was born in Dakota City, Nebraska in an unknown year. He was already a showbiz veteran by the time he got into film, having previously performed with the Barnum and Bailey circus and the Miller Brothers' 101 Ranch Wild West Show. In 1909, the New York Picture Company established their western imprint, Bison Motion Pictures, in the Los Angeles neighborhood of Edendale, then the center of west coast film production. Fred J. Balshofer was put in charge and Young Deer directed the first Native American film with 1909’s The Falling Arrow. Young Deer also co-starred in the picture, along with his wife, Red Wing.

  

Red Wing was born Lillian St. Cyr on February 13th, 1883 on Nebraska's Ho-Chunk Reservation to a white father and a Ho-Chunk mother. When Lillian was four years old, her mother died. Red Wing and two of her siblings were sent off to pro-assimilation schools. Red Wing went to Carlisle Indian Industrial School; her siblings Julia and David attended Hampton University in Hampton, Virginia. On April 9th, 1906 she married James Young Deer. Working together behind and in front of the camera, the couple began working on films that addressed racism, assimilation, miscegenation and cultural clashes between whites and reds. That year, they also worked on For Her Sale; or, Two Sailors and a Girl and Red Wing's Gratitude (both 1909). 

France’s Pathé Frères, in a bid for greater authenticity, hired Red Wing and Young Deer in 1910. They worked primarily in New Jersey until Red Deer became head of Pathe's West Coast studios. In Los Angeles, they were also in demand as actors. Cecil B. DeMille chose Red Wing to star in 1914’s The Squaw Man, the first feature-length picture shot in LA. 

In the 1910s, the moviemaking landscape was changing. William Selig moved from Edendale to Lincoln Heights and opened a zoo. Nestor Studio opened in Hollywood. Over the next two years, so did more than a dozen other studios. Red Wing continued acting, appearing in over 35 films between 1909 and 1921. 

Young Deer continued to direct and act. He directed White Fawn's Devotion: A Play Acted by a Tribe of Red Indians in America Under Both Flags, The Red Girl and the Child, A Cheyenne Brave, An Indian's Gratitude, Cowboy Justice and The Yaqui Girl (all 1910); Red Deer's Devotion (1911); The Squaw Man's Sweetheart and The Unwilling Bride (both 1912); The Savage (1913); Who Laughs Last and The Stranger (both 1920); and Lieutenant Daring RN and the Water Rats (1924).


He acted (often for Balshofer) in The True Heart of an Indian, The Mended Lute, Red Wing's Gratitude and Young Deer's Bravery (all 1909); The Ten of Spades; or, A Western Raffle, Young Deer's Gratitude, The Cowboy and the Schoolmarm, The Indian and the Cowgirl, The Red Girl and the Child and Young Deer's Return (all 1910); Red Deer's Devotion and Little Dove's Romance (both 1911); The Unwilling Bride (1912); Against Heavy Odds (1914); Under Handicap (1917); and Man of Courage (1922).

Red Wing and Young Deer's film careers were mostly over by the 1920s. Young Deer worked in France, making documentaries between 1913 and 1919. Red Wing worked as a college lecturer and civil rights activist. During the 1930s, Young Deer worked occasionally as a second-unit director on B-movies and serials. He died in New York City in April 1946. Red Wing died on March 13th, 1974.
  
Of the young, minority cinemas, only Black Cinema continued to prosper through the rise and fall of Hollywood, in part because there was a large black film-going audience who craved an alternative to Hollywood’s viciously demeaning portrayal of their people. With much smaller audiences, depictions and roles for Native Americans, like Asians, were completely co-opted by Hollywood for the next 50 or so years. For half a century, Natives in Hollywood existed almost exclusively within westerns, with rare exceptions like The Exiles (1961) and Through Navajo Eyes (1972).


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Hip-Hop Rap Up 11:20:10: Cee-Lo Clean vs. Dirty Versions, Gaslamp Killer @ House of Blues, Best Use of a Joni Mitchell Sample, Scratch DJ Marching Band, Souls of Mischief, Fist Fam + More

Posted by Billyjam, November 20, 2010 10:35am | Post a Comment
Amoeba Music Hollywood Weekly Hip-Hop Top Five Chart: 11:20:10


1) Cee-Lo Green
The Lady Killer (Elektra Records)

2) Kid Cudi Man On The Moon 2: The Legend of Mr Roger (Universal/Motown)

3) Eligh Grey Crow (Legendary Music/ Alpha Pup)

4) Eminem Recovery (Aftermath, Interscope, Shady)

5)  Drake Thank Me Later (Young Money, Cash Money/Universal)

As Cee-Lo Green's runaway hit of a new album The Lady Killer (Elektra Records) continues to dominate charts all over the globe, including the latest hip-hop top five from Amoeba Music Hollywood this week, radio DJs everywhere debate whether playing the sanitized / FCC friendly version of the album's popular online song and video "Fuck You" is worth playing at all. As you know, in its airplay-ready version it becomes "Forget You" with all swear words getting changed or edited. So is it worth playing? I say a good song is a good song, and "Forget You" is a great song. And if you had never heard the other (real) version you would enjoy it thoroughly. It reminds me of back in '94 when listeners heard "Mack Of The Year" by Dru Down being played on KMEL long before they heard the original, much nastier version, "Pimp Of The Year," by the Oakland rapper. However, once you have heard the original Cee -Lo song, the radio version sounds like it is missing the main ingredient. Below are both versions for you to be the judge of. Please post your opinion in comments below. Thanks!

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Arcade Fire's New Spike Jonze-Directed Video

Posted by Amoebite, November 19, 2010 11:13am | Post a Comment
This morning, all anybody's gabbing about here on the internets is the new Arcade Fire video directed by the illustrious Spike Jonze for "The Suburbs," the title track from their latest album. Word is that it was filmed in Texas this past April. With no further delay, here it is now for your viewing pleasure!

The Art of the LP Cover- Roots Of Jersey Shore Pt. 2

Posted by Mr. Chadwick, November 18, 2010 10:30pm | Post a Comment
If you happened to miss the first gallery click here.

This Week At The New Beverly: Michelangelo Antonioni, Disney Fantasies and More!

Posted by phil blankenship, November 18, 2010 01:47pm | Post a Comment
This Week At The New Beverly

Our full upcoming schedule is available online:
www.newbevcinema.com/calendar.cfm




Thursday, November 18

Absolutely GORGEOUS 35mm prints of both CAR WASH and USED CARS! Used Cars director of photography Don Morgan will introduce the screening & take questions following the film, schedule permitting.

Car Wash
1976, USA, 97 minutes
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0074281/
directed by Michael Schultz, starring Darrow Igus, Otis Day, James Spinks, Antonio Fargas, The Pointer Sisters, Richard Pryor, George Carlin
Thurs: 7:30, Watch The Trailer!

Interview with Disco Nihilist

Posted by Oliver / Matt / Jordan, November 18, 2010 01:35pm | Post a Comment

Mike Taylor aka Disco Nihilist creates beautiful, raw jacky house music and has made quite an impact with just a few releases under his belt. Mike took some time out to answer some questions for us at Handsomeclub.

Tell us, who is the man behind the Disco Nihilist moniker?

That would be me.

Do you work a day job?

No, I don't have a job.

Do you DJ as well as produce?

Yeah, I have a pretty decent record collection. I used to work at Backspin Records in Austin; I picked up a lot of good records and learned a lot about digging while I worked there.

What were your early influences in house music?

There are a lot of things going on in my music. I have been around dance music for 15 years now and I have listened to a lot of different music over the years. One of the big things with the vinyl jocks in Austin was the expectation that you could cover a lot of ground, and that you could do it in a single set and make it work. I think a lot of that had to do with Merrick Brown's approach to DJ'ing. He definitely set a standard for mixing.

If you were to look through my dance collection, you would find disco, italo, boogie, electro, garage, Chicago house, acid, Detroit techno, dubby techno, deep house, ghettotech and ghetto house... I am interested in a lot of different music. The last thing I want to hear is two hours of any particular dance genre; I want to hear a bit of everything.

Would you care to share some memorable record store experiences both as a customer and/or employee? Maybe a digging story where you struck gold?

Oddly enough, I have had the best digging of my life in Maine. I went to a college radio record show about a year ago and I got a bunch of good stuff, some old acid stuff, a couple of Supertronics records, some boogie, some old Detroit house and the best find was a mint original test pressing of "Magic Mandrake" by Sarr Band on Unidisc. Before the reissue, that Sarr Band record was going for $85 a pop; I spent $22 on the whole lot.

The second thing was a fellow who opened up a record store out here after moving back to Maine from NYC. He worked for an old man who owned record stores in New York for years. The owner decided to get out of the business this year and sell off all of his back stock. Over the years, this owner had purchased a used dance record store and a dance distributor and the distributor's warehouse. The distro went bust sometime in 1996 because that was the point where the white labels and onesheets stopped. So this collection sat in a warehouse gathering dust for 14 years and then the owner decided to liquidate everything to the guy in Maine for dirt cheap. Three van-fulls of records were driven from NYC to Maine.

Listen to "Magic Mandrake" here:


The owner of the record store in Maine let me dig through this collection and everything was $2 a pop. The digging was ridiculous. I think I spent around $500 at $2 a pop in the space of a few weeks there. He had disco, boogie, Chicago shit, Detroit shit, NYC shit, you name it, he had it. It was the kind of digging where every six to eight inches I had to restrain myself from doing touchdown dances around the record store. I can't even tell you how big the collection was, there must have been at least 60-80 crates in this little shop. It was completely bananas; I don't think I am ever going to come across a situation like that again in my life.

As far as working in stores, Backspin was a real learning experience. It was the kind of thing where they specialized in dance, hip hop, and soul music. I got to dig through a lot of music while I worked there. I knew 95% of what was going through that shop and had first dibs on it. The records had to be cleaned before they went out on the floor, so I would listen to everything that looked interesting before it hit the floor while I cleaned them. It isn't a glamorous job, but nothing gets past you when you clean the used records.

Eric also let me take over ordering dance records when he started to get tired of doing it himself. That was nice because it meant that I was getting all the sales lists from the distributors and checking everything that was coming though the American distributors. If you want to keep tabs on what's happening in the dance market, ordering records is the best way to do it. I sincerely miss working at Backspin Records. That place was the best thing about living in Austin. It really allowed Austin to become a home.

How would you describe your music for those who may not have heard it?

That is a hard question to answer because what I hear as a musician is different from what the people buying the records hear. Ten people can look at the same tree, and they can agree that it is a tree, but they all see that tree in a different way.

The short answer is that I make raw, stripped down American house music specifically for underground vinyl DJ's.

The longer answer is that certain threads have emerged over the last few years and there are the weird, slow spacey tracks, there are the heavy Chicago bangers, there are the more conventional deep house tracks, there are the acid DJ tools... I am not really interested in pinning myself down to just one thing. The perverse thing about my creativity is that I can't do just one thing-- the music is best when I just let things happen. When I try to work to an established template, it never works as well.

My long term goal for Disco Nihilist is to have enough variety on the releases so that you could listen to an 80 minute mix of the different records and it wouldn't be like listening to variations of the same track over and over again. You would hear acid, jack tracks, deep house, weird abstract tracks, some dubby tracks, some techno...

What have been some of the most influential clubbing experiences in your life?

I grew up in a suburb of Detroit and was religiously into dancing from about 1995 onward. That set of experiences is what I measure everything else against. It was a magical time to be young and into music.

I think Austin was a bigger influence in the long run. It wasn't the dance scene that was influential, it was the lack of a scene. We just got the records and we had to construct our own world out of that music. Very few touring acts came through Texas, so it was just about local DJs playing in small marginal venues. We were so far removed from the trends, and the people that were attempting to be trendy were so shallow and aesthetically rotten, that you just kind of kept to yourself and did your own thing. It was a case of finding something that spoke directly to you on a personal level and just getting on with it.

Is Construction Paper your main outlet for releasing music?


I don't really think about it in those terms. Construction Paper is a label that is run by a couple of good friends of mine from Austin. Working with them is comfortable; I like them as people, they allow me free rein on the creative side of things, and we see eye to end on the business as well. They need music to release and I need someone to finance my releases. It works out...

In 2010, the music business is so screwed up that there isn't much advantage to putting out records on other small labels. I would rather stick with my friends and help them build their label up than license my music to 5 different labels and not build anything new. As it stands, I sell more on Construction Paper than most small labels sell with more established names.

That being said, I am not avoiding working with other labels. I have a couple things in the pipeline with other labels for 2011.

Do you press the Construction Paper releases here in the States? It's rare these days for a US label to actually be based in the US anymore.

The records are cut in Chicago, plated in New Jersey, and pressed in Detroit.

I don't know that it is rare for US labels to be based in the US. There are a lot of great things happening right now in the US. What's happening in the American dance underground doesn't spark the same levels of verbal onanism in journalists like "witch house," but things are definitely happening.

Steven Tang from Emphasis and Specter from Tetrode are doing things in Chicago; Marcellus Pittman from Unirhythm is doing his thing in Detroit; Santiago Salazar is popping with Ican and Historia y Violencia in LA; Jason Letkiewicz and Ron Ziti are doing good stuff with L.I.E.S. and Speculator has releases good music on W.T. in NYC; Tom Cox is has a string of records lined up for Love What You Feel in Pittsburgh; Mark Cullen and Chloe Harris are doing good things with Further in Seattle; and Kuri Kondrak and Shawn Kralism are getting ready to start a new label called Night Gallery in Seattle.

These guys are just a drop in the bucket -- America is doing better than people think. I would love to beat my chest and say that I am the only one holding it down for the US, but that wouldn't be fair to all the other people doing great things around the country.

The problem is that we don't have the same dance music business infrastructure as Europe. There are a handful of smaller US distributors, but they mainly just resell American product to European distributors anyway. We haven't had any real muscle since Watts and Syntax closed.

Also, we don't have a strong retail network in the US at the moment. The mom and pop stores have been closing on a pretty regular basis for the last ten years. That is where the real problem lies; we don't have enough of these little shops for regional DJ's and producers to cluster around. The community fostered by those stores is every bit as important at the records themselves.

That is what really breaks my heart about the music business currently. I genuinely love independent record stores. I love knowing the clerks, I love running into friends at stores, I love finding dusty old records in used bins.

How do you counteract the current US infrastructure or lack thereof?

You just have to work with the resources that are available to you. There are still record stores, and people who buy and play records in America. In fact, if there is one thing I learned from Texas, it's that you would be surprised at the things that happen in this country that go completely unrecognized.

So the trick is finding the stores that are still there, and selling to those stores directly. The thing that people don't understand about vinyl is that it can be both cheap and profitable for everyone involved. There is no reason why you can't sell a 12" single for $9 retail and have both the label and retailer making about $3 dollars on the deal. The thing that kills vinyl is pressing it in the US, tacking on two bucks a unit to ship it to Europe, two more bucks for the distributor's cut, and then tacking on another two bucks to ship the record back to America. That is how you wind up with $14 import records.

I think the main thing is to make an effort not to penalize people for playing vinyl. Part of that means selling directly to small shops, part of it means selling direct on discogs for a reasonable price, part of it means hollering at people on your social network and letting them know that they can buy direct for cheap. There are ways to make it work in 2010.

Are you taking your live show on the road? Any memorable performances so far?

I haven't been doing the live thing recently. My studio hardware isn't meant for gigging, so I don't want to drag it out to play shows. At some point I am going to buy some hardware specifically for a touring live set. In the meantime, I travel with records.

Any gigs you're particularly looking forward to?

Not really. I hate to say it, but I haven't really been pushing the performance angle too much recently. At some point I will start touring, but I don't know when.

Has your studio set up changed much since the release of your first few 12"s? Recording process?

Not really. I have gotten a couple of new drum machines, and a keyboard or two, but that's it, really.
I don't worry about gear too much. I am more interested in figuring out new things to say with the gear I already have.

What should we expect next on the release front?

I have a couple of releases coming out on European labels next year, but I would like to keep the details under my hat until they hit the stores. Hopefully things will come together next year and I will be able to start my own label.

How do you feel your music has evolved since your first release?

That is really hard to say. I am a mature artist with defined personal style, so the changes are gradual and subtle. I find that I do new things in the studio and find new ways to say the same things, but that is kind of hard to communicate in an email interview with a limited word count.

It's not like I can say I was mnml, then I went dubstep, then I went deep house and now I make purist Berghain techno.

Your music is currently not available digitally, is this intentional?

Basically, the only reason I do the Disco Nihilist thing is that I like making music and I like putting out records. I only do what I like, and if I don't like it, I won't do it.

I don't like press shots of goofballs with scarves and stupid haircuts, so I don't do press photos.
I don't like shopping for music online or seeing people DJ on laptops, so I don't do digital distribution.
I don't like making music on a computer, so I have a tape deck and a room full of old drum machines.

The only thing I worry about is if I am happy with my work. I don't worry too much about pleasing everybody. I think if you are honest with yourself it comes through in the music and people respond to it. You get in trouble when you hide yourself and water things down in order to appeal to people. It might work in the short run, but it catches up to you in the long run.

Top 10?

Ten things I dig in no particular order:

1. Being able to stream the American version of Robotech on Netflix.

2. Paul Simpson

3. Breakfast Tacos from Tamale House in Austin, Texas.

4. The giddy feeling I get when I dig through the dollar bins at used record stores.

5. Carl Craig's use of the Prophet 600 on his early recordings.

6. Armando Gallop

7. Philip K. Dick novels from the late 60's.

8. Throbbing Gristle

9. Hearing a test pressing of a new record for the first time.

10. Sean Connery's red leather loincloth in Zardoz.


Disco Nihilist's latest release, It's Grim Up North, is now available on Amoeba.com for $8.98.

Black Lips, Oh Sees to Play Free Show in SF

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, November 18, 2010 10:52am | Post a Comment

This show is guaranteed to be poppin! Those of us at the SF Amoeba will perhaps never forget the Black Lips spitting up into the air and catching the spittle again in their mouths during their instore. Interesting chaps. Click here to RSVP for free tix. And click here to watch a video of the Black Lips' Hollywood instore a few years back!
 

Rah Digga Returns With a Classic

Posted by Billyjam, November 18, 2010 09:54am | Post a Comment
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New Jersey female emcee Rah Digga is back after a decade long absence from the hip-hop world with a killer new album, appropriately titled Classic (Raw Koncept Media Group/Traffic). Early on in her rap career (mid 1990s) the artist born Rashia Fisher was part of the NJ based crew called The Outsiders. Even earlier (during the Das EFX era), she was known as Rah Diggity before settling on the rap name Rah Digga. Up until now, she had not been heard from since her acclaimed debut album, Dirty Harriet, dropped in 2000. 

Formerly the First Lady of the Flipmode Squad, and known by many for her collaborations with that collective's main man, Busta Rhymes (she first appeared on his second solo record, 1997's When Disaster Strikes), Rah Digga's career actually dates back some years before that connection.

For her long delayed sophomore album, which was released in mid September, she enlisted the production skills of Nottz, who had produced five tracks on Dirty Harriet. On Classic he handles all the production duties and in so doing brings out the very best in the Brick City (Newark , NJ) emcee on tracks such as the lead single "This Ain't No Lil Kid Rap." The video for this song is below and you can also listen to a remix version of the song featuring Redman right here.

I recently caught up with Rah Digga to ask her about her career, including why the long gap between her two albums and why she is making a comeback at this time. "Well, for me, I never really stopped recording but I was recording more at my leisure. And as the dawn of the ten year anniversary of Dirty Harriet started approaching I just started reaching out to different producers that I had worked with on the first album," she said. She ended up working with Nottz, with whom she says she has "a great chemistry" and notes, "Our chemistry is so crazy that once we got in the studio I basically just stayed there. And so the Rah Diggawhole album was recorded in just two weeks."

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Amoeba Marc Remembers The Avenue on This 20th Anniversary of Amoeba Music on Telegraph in Berkeley

Posted by Billyjam, November 17, 2010 05:32pm | Post a Comment
DoseOne + Pam the Funkstress
It was exactly twenty years ago today, November 17th, 1990, when the first Amoeba Music store opened its doors in Berkeley, CA. And, as you well know, all three Amoeba stores have been celebrating the anniversary of this joyous occasion all this month, culminating in the big, all day 20th Anniversary party event at the original Telegraph Avenue Amoeba this past Sunday with cake (of course), giveways, incredible sales, plus non-stop live entertainment from such talents as Pam the Funkstress, DoseOne (both pictured left), and Lyrics Born. Check this recent Amoeblog with lots more photos and a nice run down on Sunday's wonderfully fun event.   

As Amoeba's Marc Weinstein noted in the recently posted Amoeblog interview, the lead up to that November 1990 opening took many long months of hard work. That Amoeblog interview was just one of two that Amoeba Marc did on the topic of Amoeba's rich past. I also talked with him about additional Amoeba history, including what Telegraph Ave was like in the decade before Amoeba first opened and Marc's own personal record store history.

"I worked at Rasputin's in 1980/'81 and then I went traveling to buy records back East so I still worked for Rasputin's through '83 but not back in the Bay. When I came back from being back East I worked in San Francisco at Streetlight Records from '83 to '90," recalled Amoeba Marc. "I remember the Avenue [Telegraph] been completely packed with all types of people. The variety that was represented and the businesses that kind of catered to those people on Telegraph was so thick," he said. "It was so good in its heyday; great record stores, great book stores, great used clothing stores. We closed Rasputin's at 11pm so we could go next door to Universal [long gone Berkeley record store] which was open til 12 and Universal always had little shows or things going on. We could shop for records til midnight every night and go see bands and never really leave the Avenue. You can't really do that kind of thing anymore."

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Amoeba Returns to Unique LA Dec 11 & 12

Posted by Amoebite, November 17, 2010 05:10pm | Post a Comment

unique la

The 3rd Annual UNIQUE LA Holiday Show! The largest independent design show in the country returns to the California Market Center Penthouse in downtown LA on December 11 & 12 from 11am-6pm.

Shop from over 300 hand-selected designers and artists and be sure to make a stop at the Amoeba Music Pop Up Shop for some great deals in vinyl and CDs! Buy local and support LA’s economy, discover great design and deals, join in community, and have a blast! More info here.

unique la

Come See Keith Morris, Jonathon Gold, Ceci Bastida and Christian Linder Speak About What They Do in LA

Posted by Amoebite, November 17, 2010 05:00pm | Post a Comment



This is Your Library! The Library Foundation of Los Angeles announces a new series of afterhours events happening downtown at the historic LA Central Library. The program highlights well-known (and not so well-known) Angelenos talking about what they do, how they do it and what it means to be doing it in LA.

Amoeba is proud to sponsor the December 9 event which will feature Keith Morris (lead singer, Circle Jerks, Jonathon Gold (a Pulitzer-Prize winning food critic), Ceci Bastida (a Latin Grammy nominee), Christian Linder (blogger and NY Times best selling author) and more! The evening begins at 8pm with a DJ, full bar, and food trucks! More info here.

Mansions On The Moon Live In Stereo

Posted by Smiles Davis, November 16, 2010 10:20pm | Post a Comment

So, remember I did a post on Mansions On The Moon a few back? You know, the cool new kids on the block like everyone's into. Well looks like they'll be playing live at the Harvelle's in Santa Monica on December 2 for "The Koffee House Sessions: Industry Showcase Series." Sounds cool. You should go. I'll be there with my moon boots on. Just kidding.

If you have your heart set on going, purchase your tickets in advance cause there's a pretty good chance it will sell out. Here's how it works:

Mansions On The Moon LIVE: Limited amount of FANCLUB tickets available for MOTM Santa Monica Show on Dec 2. 

Once the allotted amount are sold, tickets will be available on a first come basis at the door night of show. 
Tickets available here

Harvelle's
$10 or $7 w/flyer
1432 4th Street
Santa Monica 90401

See ya at the show. Till next time, chew the corners off.

Legends of the Canyon

Posted by Miss Ess, November 16, 2010 05:13pm | Post a Comment



If you're looking for an enjoyable romp through the late '60s/early '70s Laurel Canyon scene, Legends of the Canyon is the film for you. Photographer Henry Diltz narrates, and his photos and footage are used throughout, along with enlightening interviews with folks like David Crosby, Ahmet Ertegun, Van Dyke Parks, Michelle Phillips, David Geffen, Stephen Stills, Dallas Taylor, plus some great talk from Graham Nash, and many more.

There's an easy intimacy in the interviews, no doubt because Henry was involved in the process and he has known and been friends with these people for decades. Stephen Stills reveals how he was completely intimidated by Joni Mitchell, Michelle Phillips touches on how vulnerable Gene Clark was, Dallas Taylor talks about what made Graham Nash cry, and Graham Nash speaks of Neil Young's total devotion to the music, among many other stories. There's interview extras on the disc as well, a sweet inclusion.


California Fool's Gold -- Exploring Los Feliz, The Mideast Side's Pill Hill

Posted by Eric Brightwell, November 16, 2010 12:00pm | Post a Comment


Pendersleigh & Sons' Official Map of Los Feliz

Los Feliz is a neighborhood in Los Angeles' Mideast Side and Hollywood area, neighbored by Beachwood Canyon, Griffith Park, Atwater Village, Silver Lake, Franklin Hills, Sunset Junction, Little Armenia, Thai Town and Franklin Village. To vote for other Los Angeles neighborhoods to be covered on the blog, vote here. To vote for Los Angeles County communities, vote here. To vote for Orange County communities, vote here.

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We're 20 Years Old, So We Threw A Party!

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, November 16, 2010 11:08am | Post a Comment

Photos by Kaitlin Layher
Words by Spenser Russell-Snyder


In this week 20 years ago, the first Amoeba Music opened on Telegraph Avenue in Berkeley, CA! I'm sure none of you need a history lesson, but just in case you do, head over to our "History" page and educate yourself on all that is Amoeba Music! On Sunday, November 14th, Amoeba Berkeley had a birthday blowout celebration featuring in-store performances, DJs, prizes, cookies, and a 20% off used item sale! Here are some pictures from throughout the day:

Kicking off the day at noon was Amoeba Berkeley floorperson Kyle, who spun old time rock 'n' roll, garage, blues, and soul records.

The Berkeley store's Grace had people spinning the prize wheel all day! Also at the prize table, we held an hourly raffle, with all proceeds going to The Berkeley Free Clinic. Prizes from the raffles included "Lunchbox" amp from ZT Amplifiers, a year's worth of Peets Coffee, a $100 Amoeba gift certificate, plus other rad items!

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(In which the author recounts another November, long ago...)

Posted by Job O Brother, November 15, 2010 07:52pm | Post a Comment

Happy Thanksgiving!

At age 17, while most of my friends were either studying at high school or studying how to get high at school, I spent leisurely days brainstorming new and creative ways of annoying our local Sheriff and his deputies.

Living in a tiny Gold Rush town tucked in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains – a quaint dot on the map named Nevada City, California – with a population of less than 3,000 people and a downtown district that could be circumnavigated in a brief jog, the only trouble a teenager could get into was trouble he made himself.



Nothing's changed. Except the colors are brighter now.

I had a partner in crime – the prettiest girl in town and my best friend, Autumn. We were soul-mates, mutual muses, and best of all, we were both enrolled in the independent studies program, which meant our actual campus time was reduced to a single 20 minute session a week, leaving the rest of our schedule open for adding to our collection of abandoned lawn ornaments, inventing new kinds of candy, and devising “experiments” to test the moods and reactions of our fellow man. Some people called us practical jokers, but we fancied ourselves social anthropologists.

It was late September and very hot. Autumn and I lounged in a swimming pool, which was conveniently located in the middle of her upstairs bedroom. In a moment of brilliance fueled by heat-stroke, we constructed the pool there so we could watch TV or toast bagels while we soaked. We drank water from margarita glasses, snacked on Joy-Pops (an unpleasant tasting but texturally exciting confection we assembled from parts of Almond Joys, Pop Rocks and wasabi), listened to polka music and played Trivial Pursuit.

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New World LP Releases & The Politics of Digging

Posted by Gomez Comes Alive!, November 15, 2010 09:00am | Post a Comment

I can’t say that I’m the greatest digger. You won’t hear of me flying to Colombia or Angola to dig through long lost piles of LPs and seven inches that are piled from floor to ceiling in a mold-infested basement. However, at home or when I travel, chances are that I will find where the records are and spend some hours searching through bins trying to find gold in piles of crappy records. Then again, what I consider garbage is what others might consider gold. We all have different taste and that's what keeps record collectors constantly digging.

Not much bothers me when it comes to collecting. All the new people buying vinyl because it’s the cool thing to do now don’t bother me. Chances are, if they are only doing it to be cool, soon the trend will pass and they will stop. The next time they have to move or need money, those records will be sold or donated and they will end up back in the hands of people who really want them. Digital downloading and MP3 have been great for collectors -- so many great collections by name DJ’s have ended up back in the stores! Buying online doesn’t bother me. If you are willing to pay a hundred dollars for a rare LP on EBay, then more power to you. The person who sold it to you had more patience, found it in a thrift store and bought it for a buck. For their effort, they made ninety-nine bucks off of you.

If you find me on the floor at Amoeba, I have no problem with customers who ask the question, “What’s good in the vinyl section?” Sure, it's a vague question and you'll have to be prepared to be asked a barrage of questions by me such as, “Well, what do you like?” and, “What styles do you like?” and on and on until we can find you vinyl bliss. However, I do have a problem with the diggers that want me to hand them records. Doesn’t that defeat the purpose and joy of digging? I’ll lead the horse to water but I’m not going to pour water in its mouth. I’ll show you where the Cumbia records are; the rest is up to you. Keep digging and make magic happen.

So this is what is good in the World Vinyl section right now. Remember, the process of digging starts with someone buying it new first. Most new LP releases are extremely limited. If you aren't the digging type, you may want to get these now.



Cold Storage: A Hazy Recollection of My Sick Days

Posted by Charles Reece, November 14, 2010 11:55pm | Post a Comment
I've had a horrible cold, and when I'm sick I lie around, sleep through DVDs and aimlessly look about the Web for things to entertain me. Here's some stuff that occupied my time:

"A hero to most," including me, I guess:


Ideological analysis as occasionally practiced on this blog can be tricky. One thing I don't like about so called culture studies (if I can make a blanket statement about a blanket term) is that while it's helped open the possibility of thinking seriously about pop culture, the aesthetic content of its subjects is often lost.  Notions of evaluation are either dismissed or ignored, treated as if they're otiose and old-fashioned. Contrariwise, I'd suggest that even if, in their respective times, both Frank Sinatra and Katy Perry served parallel functions in Ideological State Apparatuses, one shouldn't reduce them to the same level of aesthetic quality. There's something about art, even popular art, that's not reducible to the Culture Industry. Some commodities are constructed better than others. Now, usually I feel like I'm bungling my way through the history of ideas obtained from half-read books which I don't quite understand or explain properly, but when re-reading an old discussion I participated in a few years back, I actually (now from a distance) agree with the thought I was attempting to formulate. So, for posterity, here 'tis: 

Elvis was far more successful at doing rock & roll than his black predecessors. That's in large part because of the cultural context -- racism, in particular -- and how it shaped the music industry's expectations of what would sell and what wouldn't to a "mass" (read: white people with some disposable income) audience. Acknowledging (or analyzing) such reasons as his whiteness and male beauty shouldn't be a substitute for his very real and obvious talent. It wasn't merely because his music came in a readily digestible package (though it did), nor merely because he was more "iconic" or "mythic" than Big Mama Thornton (which is just another way of stating he was more easily commodified than a fat black woman in the 50s). The culture industry was what it was, but Elvis was what he was, too. [...] Lomax could've recorded Elvis on a porch in the hills and that talent would still be there.
-- from a thread on a comic book messboard in 2007

In other words, Chuck D was wrong to reduce Elvis' appeal to racism only. I had a lot of fun reading that discussion again. It's the kind of saltatory debate that could happen only after geeks began forming subcultures on message boards. Maybe it's just me, but with blogs now having taken over, you don't quite get the same level of wild rancor in tête-à-têtes between rival geek ideologues.

Herzog hates hippies:

   Brad: "Hey! Stop meditating, okay; open your eyes! Look, this is the river! This is
reality! We want people to think, come up with a coherent argument."


If I were to list my dream cast of living actors, it would be almost identical to that featured in Werner Herzog's latest, My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done (2009): Michael Shannon (Brad above), Udo Kier, Grace Zabriskie, Chloë Sevigny, Willem Dafoe and Brad Dourif. Really, each of them tweaks certain pleasure centers in my brain, making it impossible for me not to love this film. It's the story of an academically inclined actor, Brad, whose grasp on reality begins to dissolve, resulting in a murder and then a hostage situation. Told mostly in flashbacks, it feels like a series of lunatic comedy sketches, done with that really dry style Herzog has. I'm not sure whether he's becoming more like David Lynch or vice versa, but the latter's company "presents" the film, and there's definitely a kindred spirit on display. The scene quoted above is one the best, encapsulating Herzog's coldly Darwinian view of nature that was the basis for Grizzly Man. Rather than being one with nature, either through anthropomorphizing bears or meditating our consciousness into the Oneness, there's always going to be an otherness that demands our respect and fear. 

The Art of the LP Cover- Roots of Jersey Shore Pt. 1

Posted by Mr. Chadwick, November 14, 2010 06:20pm | Post a Comment
Bridging the gap between Tony Manero & The Situation, this gallery features covers from the mid 80's to early 90's with focus on the dance pop / freestyle genres. Special thanks go to Chris Matthews for fishing most of the collection out of our vast 12" section.

Amoeba Berkeley's 20th Anniversary Celebration Today with Pam the Funkstress, Lyrics Born, and Much More!

Posted by Billyjam, November 14, 2010 07:19am | Post a Comment
The Coup's DJ Pam the Funkstress (one of the many performers at Amoeba Berkeley today)

If you are in the Bay Area today put a stop at Amoeba Music in Berkeley at the top of your to-do list! DoseOneAll day today, Sunday, November 14th, the famed East Bay Amoeba store that opened 20 years ago this month is celebrating with a big sale and non-stop entertainment. In addition to 20% off all used items and lots of other enticing store bargains and goodies (EG gift bags for customers who purchase over $20 + Amoeba Prize Wheel with fabulous prizes such as a collectible lunchbox amp from ZT Amplifiers or limited edition Amoeba 20th Birthday T-shirts) there will be non-stop music by DJs and other performers.

DJs include party rocker and turntable wrecker DJ Pam The Funkstress of The Coup, who, as you can see from the concert clip above, is an amazing DJ to witness live. Her set begins at 3pm today. Other spin masters today include two current Amoeba Berkeley staffers JoNasty (noon) and DJ Inti (at 1pm he will spin an exclusive "dollar bin" set), and two former Amoeba Berkeley staffers, DJ Platurn (6pm is when the famed Oakland Fader DJ kicks off the day's closing set) and DoseOne. Anticon's DoseOne (born Adam Drucker and a renowned emcee) is such an incredibly gifted & multi-talented individual. His DJ set starts at 2pm and is followed by a Lyrics Bornmeet/greeting/signing session. In concert with his groups Themselves and Subtle he often simultaneously raps as he plays synth, sampler, and/or keyboard.

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Magnetic Fields Documentary Hits SF This Week

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, November 12, 2010 03:42pm | Post a Comment
stephin merritt magnetic fields

So many of us here in the Bay Area have been wooed by the particular charms of Stephin Merritt and his Magnetic Fields! Luckily for us, the new documentary film about the band, Strange Powers, is coming to the Roxie Theater in San Francisco starting today and running through Nov 18. Check out the trailer below.

New 12" Releases 11/11 @ Amoeba Hollywood - Roman Flugel, Christopher Rau, Stefan Goldmann, Dj Sprinkles, SCB & More...

Posted by Oliver / Matt / Jordan, November 12, 2010 03:30pm | Post a Comment

ROMAN FLUGEL
How To Spread Lies 12"
DIAL

The many faces of Roman Flügel (aka Eight Miles High aka Soylent Green aka ½ of Alter Ego) have always been one of the main influences of the eclecticism of Dial Records. Besides his inspiring DJ sets, which were always steps ahead of their time, Flügel's productions have been the key to a better world in modern music. Whether it was techno, house, jazz or ambient, Flügel's research into sound and structure has always been an overwhelming experience.




BJORKE & BARFOD
Superbacon 12"
MIRAU

Copenhagens Tomas Barfod and Kasper Bjørke hardly need introducing… for over a decade, they have been making music, together and separately, with releases on some of the most respected labels around. Still, their first release under their new moniker, Bjørke & Barfod -- their first 12″ together in years -- has a new sound perhaps best described as symphonic disco-trance and definitely marks a turning point in their collaboration. Maybe it`s the fact that they have had a few years' break from working together in the studio, while taking time to focus on solo outputs and, in Barfod's case, band life with WhoMadeWho; or maybe it's because they discovered some ancient herb in the tent of some hippie at Roskilde Festival after they played a marathon this summer; in either case, Superbacon EP has a genuine freshness to it that has already gotten some serious hype. Superbacon is an epic bigroom track, still with enough livedrums and sexy house elements to make it work in smaller clubs as well. In other words -- a stealth “debut” release on Mirau.The remix of Cauliflower comes from Brooklyn's finest, Runaway (DFA), that brings rave back in a big way. The EP is named after the new party concept that Bjørke & Barfod take to the clubs around the globe representing the finest from the Danish clubscene… Because as you all know, crispy pork is the prize export of Denmark.

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edgar wright vs. the world...

Posted by Brad Schelden, November 12, 2010 02:05pm | Post a Comment
I have had a long love affair with zombies. Since I can remember I have always been obsessed with them. There is just something about the undead! I have been a long time horror fan and zombie movies have always been my favorite within that genre. They are a bit scary but I always thought they were a bit hilarious as well. The original Dawn of the Dead by George Romero was released in 1978. The movie is nothing short of brilliant. It combines my two favorite things...shopping malls and zombies! It remains my favorite of all time. There were many great zombie movies throughout the 70s and 80s but I had pretty much given up on the zombie movie in recent years... That is, until Edgar Wright came around and released the brilliant Shaun of the Dead in 2004! This was my first introduction to Edgar Wright but he had already created the amazing British TV series Spaced. I highly recommend that you check out this DVD -- it is really some amazing stuff -- but Shaun of the Dead is really Edgar's masterpiece. I still don't think I have met anyone who doesn't love this movie. I just don't know how you can't. Comedy zombie films don't always work but Edgar Wright just got it perfect. I really can't ever get enough of this movie and I usually laugh throughout the whole thing! The movie stars Simon Pegg and Nick Frost. This was also my first introduction to them as well. Edgar's take on the buddy cop film came out a couple of years later in 2007. Hot Fuzz was highly anticipated for me. I couldn't wait to see what Edgar would come up with next. It was amazing, just as I had hoped. You can read my review of the Hot Fuzz DVD from a couple of years ago right here.

Both Hot Fuzz and Shaun of the Dead are also now available on Blu-ray. I am huge fan of the director's and actors' commentaries. It was one of my favorite things about DVDs when they first started adding them to the releases, although some are, of course, better than others. Shaun of the Dead has an amazing commentary from Edgar Wright and Simon Pegg together. I could really listen to this without even watching the movie! You will learn a lot about this movie but mostly you'll just laugh along with them as they laugh at each other. The Hot Fuzz ultimate edition Blu-ray actually comes with 5 commentaries! Both these movies are two of my favorites of the decade. I just can't express my love of Edgar Wright enough! I love horror movies and the buddy cop action movies of the 80s and Edgar Wright somehow managed to reinvent both of these genres and make them his own. He ended up creating two of the most hilarious dark sort of comedies of the decade. I really was not sure what Edgar could have done next to impress me. I was waiting in anticipation for his next move for what seemed like forever...

Until, of course, Scott Pilgrim Vs. the World. This movie is Edgar Wright's take on the super hero / comic book / video game / fantasy film. It is a movie about a nerdy guy who must destroy his new girlfriend's seven evil exes. The movie is cast perfectly. It stars Michael Cera and Mary Elizabeth Winstead as the happy couple. The evil exes are played by Chris Evans, Jason Schwartzmen, Mae Whitman, Brandon Routh, Satya Bhabha, and Keita & Shota Saito. Kieran Culkin plays Scott's cool gay roommate Wallace. Anna Kendrick is Scott's sister. Johnny Simmons plays his band mate, Young Neil, and Mark Webber plays his other bandmate, Stephen Stills. Finally, the brilliant Aubrey Plaza plays Julie Powers, Stephen Stills' ex-girlfriend. I fell in love with this movie right away. There had been attempts at video game type movies before but nothing like this. The movie is full of pop culture and video game references. It also has one of the best portrayals of a gay character that I have ever seen. Kieran's version of Wallace is probably one of the most normal characters in the movie. The gay character doesn't always have to be the silly or tragic character in the film! They can also be the sort of normal, down to earth character as well.

Scott Pilgrim Vs. the World is based on the comic book of the same name. The movie is a super fun journey to watch. I am not really sure how you can't like this movie, either. It has already become a sort of cult classic -- Edgar already has a rabid fanbase and this movie quickly developed a devoted fanbase as well.

We had the pleasure of doing an instore with Edgar Wright and the cast of Scott Pilgrim Vs. the World at Amoeba Hollywood last night!They were signing copies of the recently released DVD and Blu-ray. I couldn't imagine a better group of people. This is now officially my new favorite instore of all time! They were like a big, happy extended family. We had 12 actors at the signing! Edgar Wright was joined by the creator of the comic, Bryan Lee O'Malley. Joining both of them were 10 members of the cast: Michael Cera, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Aubrey Plaza, Mae Whitman, Anna Kendrick, Jason Schwartzmen, Brandon Routh, Satya Bhabha, Johnny Simmons & Mark Webber. Michael Cera is, of course, Michael Cera! Everyone knows Jason Schwartzmen from Rushmore and Brandon Routh from Superman Returns. You might remember the beautiful Mary Elizabeth Winstead from Final Destination 3. Anna Kendrick is, of course, from the Twilight movies and Up in the Air. My favorites of the group were Mae Whitman and Aubrey Plaza. Both Michael Cera and Mae Whitman were in the brilliant Arrested Development. Michael Cera played Jason Bateman's son and Mae Whitman played Michael's girlfriend. Aubrey Plaza can be seen in Parks & Recreation with Amy Poehler. And watch out for the adorable Satya Bhabha! I think we will be seeing more of him soon.

Over 300 fans got their stuff signed. The fans were the hardcore loyal fans of the movie and Edgar Wright. Most people had their Blu-rays and DVDs signed but a large group of others were getting their poster or Scott Pilgrim Soundtrack LP signed. There were a couple Hot Fuzz and Shaun of the Dead DVDs in the crowd as well. Some people brought their comic books too! One girl even had a purse that she had made that all of them signed. Another girl just had a piece of paper. My favorite fan had her little artbook -- she had sketched a little drawing of each of the 12 people and then had them sign under their picture. I think I might actually like the movie even more now, after this event. The New Beverly is showing 2 more screenings of the movie tonight and tomorrow night at midnight! I will be there tonight enjoying the film with other members of the cult of Scott Pilgrim. The movie is not for everyone, I guess -- if you don't like video games or appreciate a fun and silly movie than you may not like the movie, but it really is a whole lot of fun! Now, once again, I just can't wait to see what Edgar Wright will come up with next!

Please check out all the pictures from our fun signing last night right here!

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Celebrate Amoeba's 20th Anniversary! Part 4 - Some of Our Most Memorable Instores

Posted by Amoebite, November 12, 2010 01:06pm | Post a Comment

This month we are celebrating 20 years of Amoeba! It's our anniversary! And one of the ways we wanted to celebrate was by highlighting here for you some of our best, most memorable instores of all time! We have been so lucky over the years -- we've hosted shows, signings and events with Paul McCartney, Queens of the Stone Age, The Shins, Flight of the Conchords, John Waters, The Gossip and zillions more. You can find video footage and interviews from many of our instores right here! Read on to find out what three of our most seasoned instore reviewers thought were some of our very greatest.

But first, get further immersed in our 20th Anniversary! To check out our first Anniversary blog post, with testimonials from some of our favorite customers,
click here! Our second Anniversary post is an interview with co-owner Marc Weinstein about getting the Berkeley store off the ground all the way back in 1990 and what Amoeba means to him. Read it right here. Our third Anniversary post includes Top 10 lists from some of our old skool employees -- click here to check out their favorites in music and movies from the past 20 years!

out this week 10/25...11/2...bryan ferry...brian eno...

Posted by Brad Schelden, November 12, 2010 11:45am | Post a Comment
roxy music avalon
My first introduction to Roxy Music was Avalon, their last album as group from 1982. The title track, "Avalon," was actually played on adult contemporary stations, so I probably first heard it in my mom's car while she was dropping me off somewhere. Some of my favorites bands were near the end or their musical careers when I first heard them. It all just depends what age you are when you first hear a band. You can't help what year you are born and many of us end up liking music from past musical decades. Much of my favorite music comes from the 80's and early 90's but there is a good amount of music that I like that was being made when I was 3 years old back in the 70s too. I imagine it must be a little weird for somebody who is now 20 to only like 70s or 80s music -- music that was made well before they were born. A 20 year old could have been born in 1990! But I guess this is not any different than someone in the 80s being only into early soul music, or the millions of people who only listen to jazz or classical music made decades before they were born. By the time Roxy Music put out Avalon, I am sure they had lost many of their fans, or at least the fans of their earlier albums were not exactly jumping up for joy for the band's new softer, more adult contemporary sound. But I was not among them -- I loved Avalon. I loved the album cover. I loved the songs. When I was younger I was really drawn to album covers. They were much more important back then. It was often what first made me pick up certain albums. A really good album cover was really all that I needed to convince me to pick up an album. I probably didn't first pick up this album until the late 80's. The cover reminded me of some of my favorite movies at the time like Clash of the Titans or Ladyhawke. I was intrigued. Years later I would go back and discover the genius of early Roxy Music. The self titled album from 1972 and For Your Pleasure from 1973 are two of my favorites, and "Love is the Drug" from the 1975 album Siren remains one of my favorite songs of all time.

Bryan Ferry
would go on to a very long solo career after Avalon and I have been obsessed with him ever since. Boys and Girls and Bete Noire are two of my favorite albums of the 80's. Brian Eno, on the other hand, worked on the first couple of Roxy Music albums but he has had an amazingly long career as a solo artist as well. Bryan Ferry has just released a new solo album called Olympia. This was initially going to be a new Roxy Music album and it really still sort of is one, even if it is credited just to Bryan Ferry. Former Roxy Music members Brian Eno, Phil Manzanera, and Andy Mackay are all featured on the new album. It features "You Can Dance," which I think is one of the best Bryan Ferry songs in a while. I actually heard it on the radio for the first time. I thought it was kind of appropriate since this is how I first discovered Roxy Music so many years ago. I am always excited to have Bryan Ferry back in my life. The man has an awesome voice and I can never get enough of him. He is one of those singers that I think can appeal to a teen into new wave music and a suburban housewife into Michael Bolton. There is really nobody like him and there is never any mistaking a Bryan Ferry song!

Brian Eno has also released a new solo album. He has found a new home with the label Warp Records, which is perfect for him. The new album is called Small Craft on a Milk Sea. I have been listening to this album a lot that last couple of weeks. It is mostly a typical Brian Eno ambient sort of record but there are also some darker and more intense moments than you might expect -- imagine some Tangerine Dream and Klaus Schulze mixed up with some Aphex Twin. Brian Eno is clearly one of the most brilliant musicians around, but I really didn't know what to expect with this new album, and it turns out it's really fantastic! I always need an album like this -- it balances out all the other music I listen to. It sort of grounds me and mellows me out. The album has some typical ambient songs that could easily be movie score stuff and would fit into a Twin Peaks episode but it also has some darker, more Aphex Twin type moments. \

also out 10/25...






Special Affections by Diamond Rings











Bureaucratic Desire for Extra-Capsular Extraction... by Earth











Olympia by Bryan Ferry











Effective Disconnect by Brian McBride












New Chain by Small Black










Fast Trains & Telegraph Wires By Trembling Blue Stars











The Fool by Warpaint






also out 11/2...






Small Craft on a Milk Sea by Brian Eno











All Night by Houses











Love Remains by How To Dress Well











Sidewalks by Matt & Kim











Nothing by N.E.R.D.











An Introduction to... by Elliott Smith











Death to False Metal by Weezer






Hip-Hop Rap Up 11:12:10: N*E*R*D, Cee-Lo, Kid Cudi, Cage, Lil Wayne, Lyrics Born, DJ Inti, DJ Platurn, Amoeba 20th Anniversary, Big B, 4AM, Eligh, Madlib, Brother Ali + More

Posted by Billyjam, November 12, 2010 11:05am | Post a Comment
Amoeba Music Berkeley Weekly Hip-Hop Top Five Chart: 11:12:10

N*E*R*D1) N*E*R*D Nothing (Star Trak)

2) Madlib Medicine Show No.10-Black Soul (Stones Throw)

3) Cee-Lo Green
Lady Killer (Elektra Records)

4) TIE: Lil Wayne I Am Not A Human Being (Cash Money/Universal)
Kid Cudi Man On The Moon 2: The Legend of Mr Roger (Universal/Motown)

5) Eligh Grey Crow ( Legendary Music/ Alpha Pup)

N*E*R*D's great new album Nothing on Star Trak, which was written about in last week's Hip-Hop Rap Up, is number one at the Berkeley Amoeba Music this week, followed  by Madlib's tenth release in his ongoing twelve part series on Stones Throw. Medicine Show No.10-Black Soul finds crate digger extraordinaire Madlib serving up a mix (although it Madlibshould be noted not all are mixed together) of some rare soul from the mid to late 70s right when the music, as Stones Throw notes, was giving way to disco, when the groove was on its way to the boogie, when funk was on its way to fonk. Released on Tuesday is the brand solo release from Cee-Lo Green (of Goodie Mob and Gnarls Barkley fame); the album Lady Killer on Elektra Records got a very positive review on the day it dropped by Smiles Davis in the Amoeblogger's post Get Off Farmville and Go Get Cee-Lo's Lady Killer that raved, "this may very well turn out to be the best album of 2010." 

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Fiery Furnaces' Matt Friedberger to Release 8 Solo Albums in 2011; Pre-Order Here!

Posted by Amoebite, November 12, 2010 10:53am | Post a Comment
Matt Friedberger of the Fiery Furnaces has about 8 solo records in the womatthew friedbergerrks, to be released in limited quantities on vinyl only, and he wants you to be able to snag all of them from Amoeba!

The albums will be released every two months starting in January 2011 (Jan, March, May, July, Sept, Nov). The first album, entitled Napoleonette, will feature the piano as well as Matt singing. This album ships to you in January 2011. The second album will feature the guitar. The last album will ship to you with 2 exclusive full-length bonus albums featuring Matt and special guests on each. Subscribers will also get an old-style "Tip On" LP box matthew freidberger thrill jockeywith a hand mounted photo in their last shipment. This edition is strictly limited to 700 subscriptions and will not be available digitally or on compact disc in its complete form.

You can read an interview with Matt detailing even more about the releases right here.

Please go here to place your order and hear a track from the first release!

*You will only pay the subscription price once and get the LPs shipped to you 6 times throughout the year.
*Price includes shipping.
*Domestic orders only.

Mash-Up Of The Week: Elvis Fantasay 2001 + Voicedude Mash Up Series

Posted by Billyjam, November 11, 2010 03:42pm | Post a Comment
Elvis The King and The Queen of Pop Lady GaGa: "Let Me Just Dance"

The guys who make up Elvis Fantasay 2001 + Voicedude specialize in making audio & video mash ups of Elvis Presley's music mixed with either a variety of contemporary pop acts or alternately remixing / mashing up Elvis with himself. They keep churning out new mash ups at a most impressive rate, and then posting them up on YouTube with mp3 download links embedded usually. Their very latest is Elvis Fantasay + Voicedude: "Suspicious Minds Mash Up Blu Ray" and others also created in the past two weeks include their HD live remix of Elvis Fantasay + Travis Ledoyt "I'm In Love (All Shook Up)" (below) and, from a couple of months ago, their mash up of The King with Lady GaGa (above). To see all of their video mash ups go here.

Elvis Fantasay + Travis Ledoyt "I'm In Love (All Shook Up)" HD Remix Live

This Week At The New Bev: John Cassavetes, Scott Pilgrim, Samurai classics, Car Wash & Used Cars, Grindhouse Film Fest & More!

Posted by phil blankenship, November 10, 2010 11:27pm | Post a Comment
This Week At The New Beverly

Our full upcoming schedule is available online:
www.newbevcinema.com/calendar.cfm



 
Thursday, November 11 - Final Night!

Two Starring Marilyn Monroe

Cinephiles, especially those who frequent the New Beverly Cinema, may come to feel after a while that they've seen it all, or have at least come close to it. But that claim doesn't hold up if you haven't seen Jane Russell and Marilyn Monroe as just two little girls from Little Rock (and if just that idea doesn't slay you, you need to cheer up!). You're in need if Russell knocking "Ain't There Anyone Here for Love" out of the park while surrounded by a gym full of muscular and hilariously, um, indifferent dancers is a musical number you have yet to witness. And certainly if you haven't gazed upon Monroe completely owning "Diamonds Are a Girls' Best Friend" on the big screen, then your cinematic education is sporting a gaping Technicolor hole. But it's your lucky week! There's a brand-new print of Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953) in town ready to fill in that hole - The New Beverly's got it, and it's a must-see. Hawks stages and films the musical numbers with a dazzling confidence, which makes all the more room for the cast's terrific chemistry and comic timing. Russell is the tart in the blend, while Monroe serves up the cream, and the two go together splendidly. But superb supporting help from the likes of Charles Coburn, Elliot Reid and little George Winslow, whose dry delivery makes it even easier to steal the scenery right out of Monroe's clutches, make for the very best diamond-encrusted cherry on top.

Benefit for Local Sound Engineer Kim Greiss

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, November 10, 2010 10:38am | Post a Comment
We were shocked to recently learn that local sound engineer Kim Greiss, who has helped out by running the boards during instores at Amoeba SF for many years now, has recently been diagnosed with Stage 3 breast cancer. She's a freelancer at clubs like Bottom of the Hill, Slims and Great American Music Hall, which means she does not have insurance. She has already begun rigorous treatment, so the kind folks at Bottom of the Hill are staging a benefit for her this Thursday night!

The bands that will be on the bill are Taxes, Fake Your Own Death, and Kill Moi!

There will also be a huge raffle and a silent auction. Items you can win include two tickets to any NoisePop show, two $25 Amoeba gift certificates, two tickets to any show at the Fillmore and a night at the Kubuki Hotel, and much, much more! Get the full list here.

Please come out and enjoy a fabulous show while helping a crucial member of SF's creative community!

kim greiss

Special Black Friday Releases

Posted by Amoebite, November 10, 2010 09:28am | Post a Comment

record store day


Record Store Day on Black Friday? It's true, Record Store Day, which usually occurs in April, will be celebrated AGAIN with a very special encore on Black Friday, November 26th! Swing by any Amoeba location and pick up some great exclusive and limited edition CDs and vinyl! Some of the many titles include: The Black Keys Brothers LP, Iron & Wine Walking Far From Home CD and 12", a Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings I Learned the Hard Way 45 Box Set, a Bruce Springsteen "Save My Love"/"Because the Night" 7", a Gaslight Anthem "Tumbling Dice"
7 " and much more! Quantities will be very limited so shop early for the best selection! More info.

Here's a full list, and more will be added, so keep your eye on the Record Store Day website:

Anthrax                        

Get Off Farmville and Go Get Cee-Lo's Lady Killer

Posted by Smiles Davis, November 9, 2010 07:10pm | Post a Comment

Tuesday is always album release day. Today, however, is an exceptionally exciting release day. Cee-Lo Green’s new album Lady Killer hit shelves this morning. There were quite a few highly anticipated albums this year; Lady Killer is one of many, and Erykah Badu was another; Yeasayer, Onra, Theophilus London all hit the spot too. Come to think, it’s time for a top 10 albums so far list, but I digress, we’ll save that for another post. Let's focus on this gem with production by Salaam Remi, ELEMENT, The Smeezingtons, Fraser T. Smith, Paul Epworth, and Jack Splash. I might be a little biased cause Cee-Lo is so tight, but this may very well turn out to be the best album of 2010. Haven’t heard the whole thing yet, but like I said, may be a little biased. Mr Green dropped a little birdie on us last month and the world went nuts for it. Then some chick with a Ukulele covered it and stirred the pot once more over before the Eagle even landed. Now here it sits in all its glory waiting patiently just for you. The sooner you get it the better. Then you'll be sure to avoid those awkward moments when all your friends, peers and co-workers won't stop talking about it while you sit timidly twiddling your thumbs without making a peep. Can we spell i-m-p-e-r-a-t-i-v-e? You must move fast, like trying to catch the ice-cream truck man before he turns the block fast. Btw, I caught a snippet of “Please,” the track on the album that features Selah Sue -- it’s AMAAAZINNNNNG! Enjoy this teaser. Then run to Amoeba, get the album and wish us a Happy Birthday!


Till next time…

Celebrate Amoeba's 20th Anniversary! Part 3 - Top 10s of the Past 20 Years

Posted by Amoebite, November 9, 2010 02:10pm | Post a Comment
amoeba music 20th anniversary

Looking for something fantastic to listen to or watch? Continuing our constant, now over 20-years-long quest
to entertain your ears and eyes, we thought it might be fun to have some of our employees who have been here the longest come up with top 10ish lists (it's virtually impossible to get a record store employee to stick to just 10) of their favorite releases over the past 20 years that Amoeba has been around. Please read on for their recommendations!

Beyond these lists, get further immersed in our 20th Anniversary! To check out our first Anniversary blog post, with testimonials from some of our favorite customers, click here! Our second Anniversary post is an interview with co-owner Marc Weinstein about getting the Berkeley store off the ground all the way back in 1990 and what Amoeba means to him. Read it right here.

To get info about the Anniversary Events scheduled at the Berkeley store on Nov 13 & 14 with DJs, live performances from
Foxtails Brigade and Lyrics Born, and prize giveaways, click here! You can also get involved by entering our contest -- share ytoy love cutsour own Amoeba story for a chance to win a shopping spree and more! Read about it here.

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Interview with Erk Tha Jerk, Whose Debut Album, Nerd's Eye View, Arrives in Amoeba Music Today

Posted by Billyjam, November 9, 2010 01:42pm | Post a Comment
Erk Tha Jerk
The Bay Area has an incredible wealth of hip-hop talent, but out of the hundreds of artists from the Bay that release music each year only a handful manage to make a major impact on a national level. One artist that, over the past few years, has built quite a rep in his native Bay Area, but now looks set to take over the rest of the country (and beyond) is Richmond rapper/producer Erk Tha Jerk, whose official debut album, Nerd's Eye View, drops today on Red Planet/SMC.

I recently caught up with the artist to talk about his career to date and the new album. We met in New York, a "completely different" experience for him compared to being back in the Bay, where walking down the street everyone knows who he is, thanks in large part to the fact that KMEL radio has helped make him a high profile star. For several weeks last year his song "Right Here" was the Bay Area's leading urban radio station's most played (and requested) track on their playlist. He fully understands and accepts that to duplicate that kind of success outside the Bay in places like New York, where, so far, he has not gotten major airplay it's a matter of "starting all over with ground work. You've got to humble yourself and get back out there on the grind and start all over again," he laughed.

Erk Tha JerkBased on his track record, Erk Tha Jerk should have no problem taking over the rest of the country since he is both an incredibly gifted artist (producer, rapper, singer, writer, video director, etc) and a talented, hard-working business mind. Unlike so many artists, Erk knows how to focus on his music and work hard on getting it out into the right channels. "I've been making music and producing and doing features for the past five years," he noted. He has worked with numerous other Bay artists including Richie Rich, Balance, San Quinn, Big Rich, & Too $hort. He connected with the Godfather of Bay Area rap when he shared offices in the same building as $hort down by Jack London Square. There they literally crossed paths and that accidental meeting led to Erk producing the "Red Bull & Vodka" single for Too $hort's & Dwayne Wiggins' Town Bizness project. In return, $hort did a cameo on Erk Tha Jerk's 2009 track "Plane In The Air." "And now when I go to Atlanta I call up $hort and say, 'Yo, what's going on?' It's great. He's like a mentor to me," beamed Erk Tha Jerk.

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Neil Young Warehouse Fire

Posted by Miss Ess, November 9, 2010 12:56pm | Post a Comment
Early this morning a fire raged through a San Carlos warehouse that housed some of Neil Young's precious possessions.

According to the Chronicle, "Young kept guitars, paintings, vintage cars and cases of other memorabilia at the 10,000-square-foot warehouse. About 70 percent of the belongings have been salvaged or are salvageable." Despite that high percentage, they also reported that "The blaze caused at least $1 million in damage."

Hope there were no master tapes or unreleased songs destroyed! The music world can't afford to lose one bit of Neil's unparalleled output. No word yet on what caused the fire. [Update: the fire was evidently caused by a system error in Young's hybrid car.]

Kurt Vile at Rickshaw Stop in SF Tonight

Posted by Miss Ess, November 9, 2010 12:44pm | Post a Comment


The
show to be at tonight in the Bay Area is Matador's own Kurt Vile at the Rickshaw Stop in San Francisco. The guy is unstoppably good! Is it wrong to label his songs "bouncy?" They feel somehow bouncy to me... and have beautiful guitar work too. If you aren't in SF, over the next few weeks Kurt will continue his tour down through the South and back up to his hometown, Philly. Check out some songs and dates below.

"Freeway"




"Dead Alive" in Big Sur

Tue-Nov-09 San Francisco, CA Rickshaw Stop
Thu-Nov-11 Los Angeles, CA Echoplex
Sat-Nov-13 San Diego, CA Casbah
Sun-Nov-14 Tempe, AZ Trunk Space
Wed-Nov-17 San Antonio, TX The Korova
Thu-Nov-18 Austin, TX Emo’s (w/ Purling Hiss, The Young, Air Traffic Controllers)
Fri-Nov-19 Dallas, TX Club Dada
Sat-Nov-20 Little Rock, AR Whitewater Tavern
Sun-Nov-21 Memphis, TN Hi Tone
Wed-Nov-24 Washington, DC Black Cat (backstage)
Fri-Nov-26 Philadelphia, PA Johnny Brendas
Fri-Dec-03 Brooklyn, NY Knitting Factory (w/ Metal Mountains)

10/21-11/13, co-headlining with The Soft Pack
10/19-12/3, support from Purling Hiss

California Fool's Gold -- Exploring Costa Mesa, The Standing Ovation Capital of Orange County

Posted by Eric Brightwell, November 8, 2010 07:30pm | Post a Comment

This episode is about Cosa Mesa, which I journeyed to with photographer Jeanine Michelle and filmmaker Diana WardTo vote for other Orange County communities to be covered on the blog, vote here. To vote for Los Angeles County communities to be the subject of future entries, vote here. To vote for Los Angeles neighborhoods, vote here
 
 Pendersleigh & Sons' Official Map of Costa Mesa
 
Costa Mesa is a city in North Orange County, California, located on the coastal tableland above Newport Bay. It’s neighbored by Santa Ana to the north, Irvine to the northeast, Newport Beach to the south, Huntington Beach to the west, and Fountain Valley to the northwest. Originally an agricultural community, nowadays Costa Mesa’s economy is primarily based on retail, commerce and light manufacturing. There are a good deal of cultural events and centers for an Orange County town and Costa Mesa proclaims itself to be Orange County’s “Center of the Arts.” Nonetheless, it’s still Orange County and the biggest money maker is a mall; the largest employer is Mickey D's.
 
Costa Mesa skyline

Though long thought of as a purely suburban County, there are pockets of urbanization that have arisen since the 1970s, especially in North Orange County. Costa Mesa is probably the most urbanized city in Orange County. The two tallest skyscrapers in Orange County are located in Costa Mesa. The oldest, and third tallest building in the city is the 17-story Park Tower, completed in 1979. The tallest skyscraper in the city and county is the 21-story Center Tower, completed in 1985. It's part of South Coast Plaza. The second tallest building in the county and city is Plaza Tower, built in 1992 and also part of South Coast Plaza. Other skyscrapers include the two 15-story Comamerica Bank Tower and DiTech.com Tower (both part of Two Town Center), the17-story Westin South Coast Plaza, the 12-story Metro Center I and Metro Center II (both completed in 1988), and the South Coast Metro Building (completed in 1989).
 
The southwestern portion of the city is somewhat industrial in character. The area hemmed in by the 405, 55 and 73 is known as SOBECASouth on Bristol, Entertainment, Culture and Arts. The shopping area includes "anti-malls" The Lab and The Camp. Other areas include the
Theater & Arts District, the Metro Center, the City Center and the neighborhoods of Cliff Haven and Santa Ana Heights.
 
The duck-less Metro Center Duck Pond

 Yours truly giving a speech about Costa Mesa

The current population is roughly 69% white, 7% Asian and 32% of Latino. Although a minority, the Latino contingent reflects the browning of formerly lily white Orange County and some have exaggeratedly nicknamed the town “Costa Mexico.”

   Costa Mesa Estancia under normal conditions                           

   Costa Mesa Estancia on the day of our visit
 
At the time of the Spaniards’ arrival, the area now making up Costa Mesa was home to the Acagchemem, Payomkowishum and Tongva. The Spanish, of course, didn’t care and in 1801 granted a large portion of land to Jose Antonio Yorba. His Rancho San Antonio included the lands of modern day Costa Mesa, as well as Olive, Orange, Villa Park, Santa Ana, Tustin and Newport Beach. It was primarily used as pasture and in 1823, work on an estancia for vaqueros was completed. The structure later became known as the Diego Sepúlveda Adobe (after one of the inhabitants) aka the Costa Mesa Estancia aka the Santa Ana Estancia. It still stands and serves as a museum although it's undergoing restoration currently.
 
Fairview, Harper and Paularino


Fairview Hot Springs, 1909
 
 
The land was later part of Mexico until the US’s imperialist victory in the Mexican-American War. After newly becoming part of the US, settlers built the town of Fairview near the modern day intersection of Harbor and Adams. There was a church, a schoolhouse and a 25-room hotel to accommodate tourists visiting the nearby sulfur hot springs. Fairview was devastated in 1889 when a storm and flood ravaged the town and it soon reverted to farmland.
 

Harper-Fairview Grammar School c. 1920

To Fairview’s south, another town, Harper, had sprung up. It continued to function until three years of droughts at the dawn of the new century drove most families, including the Harpers, off the mesa. It slowly began to recover around 1908, when a new school opened at 17th and Newport. Harper also acquired its first commercial building, Ozment General Store, at the northeast corner of 18th and Newport. In 1910, the first commercial apple orchards were planted by George Waterman and George Huntington. A second schoolhouse (this one with two rooms!) opened at 17th and Orange. Tragedy again befell the residents of the mesa in 1916 when the Santa Ana River flooded the town.

Paularino was a sleepy lima bean farming community to the northeast. I don't have much info about it... and it doesn't seem like people thought it was worth photographing.
 
Costa Mesa
 
Perhaps wanting to signal a new start, on May 11th, 1920, Harper changed its name to Costa Mesa. Its character stayed relatively the same, however, with most of the economy based around growing sweet potatoes, corn, tomatoes, strawberries and apples. Eight years later, in 1928, Costa Mesans effectively fought off arch rival Santa Ana’s attempts to annex them. The discovery of oil brought new growth to the city and everything was hunky dory until the depression struck. Industries folded and Costa Mesa’s only bank closed.


Earthquake aftermath, Newport Blvd, 1933

Then, in 1933, the Long Beach Earthquake damaged most of what remained.
 
Costa Mesa soldiered on, getting a second start after the bombing of Pearl Harbor, when the government hastily established the Santa Ana Army Base nearby and the population of Costa Mesa grew considerably.


Ed Hardy fan in Ed Hardy's hometown

In 1945, Iowa-born Don Ed Hardy and his family also moved to Costa Mesa. He later went on to become a tattoo artist and founded one of the most loathed clothing brands (outside Orange County).


In 1949, Paul Clinton and Edward "Buddy" Grant opened Grants Surplus, which offered "1001 things you can't use” to a town otherwise mostly defined by feed barns, hardware stores and pharmacies. It is still in business today as Grant Boys.
 
Incorporation
 
On June 29th, 1953, Costa Mesa was incorporated as a city. The rest of the decade was fairly uneventful until scandal rocked the suburb when Miss Costa Mesa of 1958 was stripped of her grown after it came to light that she was a divorcee. The ‘60s were predictably more tumultuous.

In 1960, a more serious crime occurred when a man pretending to be interested in buying 29-year-old Nancy Haas’ house on Princeton Drive shot her to death (five times) in front of her three-year-old daughter, Heidi. Heidi’s testimony lead to the capture and conviction of Robert Elton Edwards, a 19-year-old from Modesto.

 

Newport Blvd. at 18th St. circa 1963

Four years later, a group of rowdy teenagers were involved in a fatal car chase when 19-year-old Costa Mesan Michael Madison saw his girlfriend, 16-year-old Sheri Lilly, in a car with 18-year-old Newport Beach resident Jerry Dale Kennedy. The incident ended with Kennedy being thrown from his car and dying.
 
 
In 1964, a group of theater students started Costa Mesa’s South Coast Repertory. Leading the way were two San Francisco Stage College graduates, David Emmes and Martin Benson, who opened their theater in Costa Mesa, convinced that there was a future for theater in Orange County. In 1972, South Coast Repertory launched a new branch, Actor’s Mime Theater. Sadly, that didn’t last (I’m not joking – I like pantomime) but the SCR is still active.


Newport Ave in the mid-1960s
 
In 1965, Chuck Smith, a leading figure in the “Jesus Movement,” established Calvary Chapel in Costa Mesa. It started with 25 members and now boasts 1,400. They church is responsible for radio broadcasts, and many live Christian music recordings on CD and DVD.


 
Costa Mesa was forever changed in March, 1967, when Harold T. Segerstrom and his cousin Henry T. Segerstrom opened South Coast Plaza on the site of their family’s lima bean field. Most malls that old have long since been demolished but Sout
h Coast Plaza just continues to grow and generates more than one billion dollars a year. In fact, it's estimate that if the female Vietnamese population used the money they spend at the plaza and instead sent it as remittances to Vietnam that it would elevate that country's economy to that of Dubai.
 
In more Christian Costa Mesa news, in 1970, Richard T. Coughlin established Costa Mesa’s All-American Boys Chorus. Coughlin had been moved to Costa Mesa from Boston by the pedophile-enabling Catholic Church after he was accused there of molesting young boys. Later, five members of the chorus would make the same accusations but Coughlin swore to the Almighty that he couldn’t remember anything.

 
In even more creepy Christian news, in 1973, the Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN) began. It’s headquarters are in Costa Mesa and it is the largest and most popular Christian network in the world. Occasionally TBN’s promotes “prosperity gospel,” promising viewers that if they give cash to the network, they will in turn be rewarded with money. If you've ever lived without cable and tried to pretend that there are more than enough free stations, TBN is the one where the pink-haired harlot, Jan Crouch, joins her husband, Paul, on the set of Praise the Lord where they sit on lavish thrones of gold.

In case you're the average Christian who's never bothered cracking open a Bible, here are some of Jesus's teachings on wealth. 
  • “I tell you the truth, it is hard for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven. Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.”
  • “If you want to be perfect, go, sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me."
  • “No one can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and Money.”
In other unholy news from the 1970s, in 1978, Costa Mesa witnessed the formation of the Nazi Lowriders gang.
 
Some say that Costa Mesa got back on track in the 1980s. In 1981, the Costa Mesa Historical Society’s Museum and Headquarters opened. In 1986, the aforementioned Orange County Performing Arts Center opened. However, not everyone was happy with the increasing cultural opportunities. A complaint was made by crotchety Costa Mesa resident John Feeney when he realized that South Coast Repertory was using city money to produce flyers supporting the NEA, which a conservative reactionary claimed amounted to “religious bigotry.” Chester priests vs. Robert Mapplethorpe...

 
In 1991, another shopping center, Triangle Square, opened in downtown Costa Mesa although over the years it's more like a ghostmall. That same year, game manufacturer Zono Incorporated was founded in Costa Mesa. They’re best known as the developer of Mr. Bones for the Sega Saturn. In 1995, The OC Weekly was founded in Costa Mesa and has somehow avoided completely going to s**t like the LA Weekly which has since been taken over by soulless – and worse, clueless -- Arizona-based media mega corporation New Times Media.
 

Music

 
In 2006, The Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall opened in Town Center.


From 1976 till 1981, the most famous music venue in Costa Mesa was Jerry Roach’s punk venue, Cuckoo’s Nest. The Vandals wrote a song about the infamous club, "Pat Brown." The club also claimed to be the birthplace of slamdancing and was documented in the 1981 film Urban Struggle.

Bands that were formed and musicians who were born in Costa Mesa include Bill Madden, Cowboy Buddha, Measles, Naked Soul, The Pressure and Xployt (aka Joe Public). Supernova was another band from Costa Mesa, who even wrote a song called "Costa Mesa Hates Me."
 
Movies & TV

 

Not a whole lot of films have taken place in Costa Mesa. Reflecting the punk rock past, Suburbia was filmed there, as was In the Shadow of the Stars.


Orange Coast College entrance circa 1960

Perhaps the first film shot in Costa Mesa was the Vincent Price-narrated, Chuck Roberts-starring recruitment film, Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa, California. Other films and television programs with scenes shot in Costa Mesa include Arizona, Convict, Big Momma's House 2 (the Deloitte & Touche Building), Entering the Student Body, Final Assignment, Hierarchy, Laguna Beach, The Newest Pledge, Quest for the Holy Ale, Stratagem, The Omega Code, The Sopranos and Time Changer.





There used to be a big drive-in theater too, the Paulo, but it was torn down in the name of progress.
 
Theater
 
Costa Mesa is home to the Theater & Arts District, a performing and visual arts campus. It included the Orange County Performing Arts Center (OCPAC), Segerstrom Center for the Arts (which comprises the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall and Samueli Theater), as well as the aforementioned South Coast Repertory.







Richard Sera's Connector, which you can step inside of (and make noise)

There’s also a large Richard Sera sculpture on the grounds, Connector, as well as works by Jean Dubuffet, Henry Moore, Joan Miro, Charles O. Perry and Isamu Noguchi’s California Scenario.
 
Events


Orange County Fairgrounds, 1950
 
 
Costa Mesa is home to the Orange County Fairgrounds which hosts the Orange County Fair each July. The fairgrounds were also featured in Tom Hanks’s directorial debut, That Thing You Do!. Regularly scheduled events in Costa Mesa include the New Years Eve Block Party at OC Fair and Event Center, Howl-idays at the Costa Mesa Bark Park and Food Truck Fare Thursdays. For fans of libido-destroying plastic surgery or atrocity exhibitions, there’s the Costa Mesa Streetlow Show Bikini Contest -- google at your own risk. Back in 1938, residents started the annual Carnival of the Scarecrows. By its second year, it drew 10,000 attendees. It ended with the US' entry into World War II. Maybe they should bring that back. 
 
Other Stuff To Do


Hidden behind some nondescript buildings is the California Scenario, a tranquil sculpture garden with trees, a stream, cacti, fountains and rocks.


There are also three libraries and 26 parks. The largest park is Fairview Regional, on the city’s western edge. It's a large park along the Santa Ana River with trails and the Talbert Nature Preserve.

 

In 2001, Fairview was the site of the grisly and senseless murder of sixteen-year-old Ceceline Godsoe on a hiking trail by a deeply-disturbed high school friend who was ultimately arrested after fleeing to Mexico and being arrested for beating his wife.



When we visited, it was a happier place. We saw Audobon Cottontails and a Red Tailed Hawk. The park is also inhabited by American Goldfinches, American Kestrels, California Groundsquirrels, Gopher Snakes, Southern Alligator Lizards, Western Fence Lizards, Western Flycatchers and Western Kingbirds.
 

And no stop to Costa Mesa is complete without a visit to the Pain Center, which includes Massage parlors, salons, a suit store and a liquor store to help make a visitor feel better.
 
 
Eats



Henry's, hot spot in the 1960s   

                                                                       Plums, the hot spot now

Especially prominent cuisines in Costa Mesa are Italian and Mexican but there’s a pretty good variety of cuisine represented across the city. I think that the first place I ever went to was a tragi-romantic meal at Scott's a couple of years ago. On the day of our visit, the crew ate at Plums, which was excellent. There's also Anjin, Anotello Ristorante, Arriba Baja Grill, Boudin SF, Bristol Palms, Champagne French Bakery Cafe, Corner Office Grill, Darya Fine Persian Cuisine, Diho Siam Restaurant, Finbars Italian KitchenDurty Nelly's Irish Pub & Restaurant, Fresca's Mexican Grill, Garduno's Ristorante Italiano, The Gypsy Den Café, Habana, Hamamori Restaurant Lounge, Hemingway's, Jerry's Famous DeliKarl Strauss Brewery, Kura Sushi, La Cave, Lawry's Carvery, Le Chateau Restaurant, Leatherby's Cafe Rouge, Marché Moderne, Marrakesh, May Garden Chinese Restaurant, Memphis Café, Mi Casa Mexican Restaurant & Bar, Nello Cucina, Newport Rib Company, Oki Doki, Old Vine Café, 118 Degrees, Onotria Wine Country CuisineOrchid Cuisine Grill & BarPark Privé, Pinot Provence, Quattro Caffé, Ristorante Mamma Gina, Royal Khyber Fine Indian Cuisine, Skosh Monahan's Steakhouse and Irish Pub, Soprano's Restaurant, Sutra Lounge, TerraNova, La Terraza Mexican Grill and BarValhalla TableWahoo's Fish TacoWestside Bar & GrillZ’Tejas and Zipangu.

   




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Cruise to Mexico: Part 5

Posted by Job O Brother, November 8, 2010 12:58pm | Post a Comment

Okay.


Day 4

Wednesday. September 15, 2010

MAZATLÁN


I awoke to a beautiful view of balmy, tropical islands along the starboard side of the ship. It proved the perfect backdrop to my morning coffee and obsessive playing of Scrabble on my iPhone.

“I wonder what the poor people are doing?” I mused to myself, thrilled at having played the word adz on a triple word score.

This question was answered when I ventured to the ship’s port side, which revealed a congested, smoldering-oil-scented labyrinth of tarnished industrial structures. The smog was enough to make L.A. seem like a beach on Oahu.

“Oh!” I said.


YOU WERE HERE

We had docked at Mazatlán. While the sight of such a gritty urban landscape was intimidating and caused one to question whether the most “green” thing to do was simply encourage the extinction of the human race, I was hopeful. As stated before, I’m a poor audience for the show of safe, tourist-friendly spectacles cruises contrive, and seeing some real estate that was teeming with real people (sorry, employees of Cabo Wabo) made me eager to disembark and explore.

Furthermore, I had a goal. I wanted to rendezvous with saucy barmaid extraordinaire, Spice, whom the boyfriend and I had chatted up at one of the many bars. She had promised, if I found her at the “old marketplace” to reveal unto me the secrets of making Oil Down, and I wanted to hang out with her and the ship’s staff out of their work environment, where they could treat me sincerely without fear of being locked into the dungeon I’m certain must be hidden on the bottom level of those cruise ships (it’s just past the roller-coaster, past the sperm whale holding tank, to the left of the secret blood diamond mine/Mai Tai cabaña).

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Even Aliens Do It: Monsters (2010)

Posted by Charles Reece, November 7, 2010 11:45pm | Post a Comment

Most alien invasion movies deal with the central idea in H.G. Wells' The War of the Worlds, a radical change in perspective. His Martians look upon us as we might look at microbes through a microscope. Humans are made to face the question of what our cumulative history (moral, social, etc.) amounts to in the presence of a superior, celestial other. Wells suggests there's hope for us, that we're not so insignificant, by having the Martians taken down by bacteria, which were no more significant to us than we were to the invaders. As it turned out, we should've had more respect for bacteria.


An optimistic response to our diminished ontological status would be Gene Roddenberry's Star Trek universe, where Earthlings get over their petty (in the cosmological sense) differences to work together in establishing our species' significance in an ever expanding world. The success of Earthlings in the Federation is because liberal humanism is taken to be an absolute, superior to all the alien moral alternatives found in the universe (Vulcans might be our intellectual superiors, but they don't possess our heart and good old common sense). The wish fulfilled here is that humans overcome all our cultural, socially constructed differences to prove the importance of what unites us, presumedly biology and whatever inalienable rights obtain therefrom (again, liberal humanism).


The more pessimistic spin is seen in Robert Wise's The Day the Earth Stood Still, which involves a representative, Klaatu, from a council of master races (not unlike the Federation) coming to Earth with a warning: do what you want to each other, but should you try any of that human-all-too-human bullshit with us as you travel into space, we have the technology to annihilate you. If we're to be united, it'll be through negation, all of us being fundamentally different from the other, causing us to cuddle together in fear. A similar togetherness led Earth to attack the bug planet in Paul Verhoeven's Starship Troopers, the bugs not possessing the technological power of Klaatu.


Even more cynical is Neill Blompkamp's District 9 that suggests if there is a unifying human instinct, it's bigotry. The alien arrival doesn't fundamentally alter class and racial divisions, but instead proves shit rolls down hill. The aliens are restricted to the poorest area where they're subjected to discrimination from the most discriminated of humans. Although biological alteration of the protagonist results in his empathizing with the alien plight, it's not biology per se that's the basis for moral insight (as it is in Star Trek), but rather being socially reconstituted as other in the eyes of his (formerly) fellow humans, particularly those from his bourgeois background.


Gareth Edwards' Monsters applies a similar socio-historical determination to extraterrestrial reception as District 9, where the invaders aren't seen as transcendent beings that defy our categories, but are instead reduced to extant concepts of class, nation-state boundaries and otherness. The octopoid aliens (a cross between those in The War of the Worlds and Watchmen) are quarantined in Mexico along with the majority of Mexicans. Fulfilling the Minuteman Project, there's a Great Wall now separating Central from North America. Regardless of the terror and destruction being inflicted on the resident population by the giant octopuses, the only immigrants allowed into the States are the wealthy. An interesting enough premise, but nothing much is made of it except as backstory for yet another bourgeois coupling.

Basically, all the suffering exists so that the two protagonists can find time to fall for each other. Andrew, a jaded photojournalist (you know he's jaded because he prefers to take pictures of dead, indigent children that'll make him more money than those of the still living), is forced to return Sam, his boss's daughter, back to the safety of the States. Mostly the film is a lot mumblecore-styled cooing behavior against background ruins, occasionally punctuated (and only very occasionally) by the appearance of a monster killing some Mexicans or being bombed by American jets overhead. It's not until Andrew and Sam witness two octopuses making out that they fully realize love is the only way out of all this destruction, the only thing that connects us all. That is, provided you're not poor or an alien who accidentally landed on the wrong planet. As the Christians would have it, some have to suffer for the rest of us to be saved.

Amoeba Hollywood World Music Top 10 For October 2010

Posted by Gomez Comes Alive!, November 7, 2010 11:25pm | Post a Comment

1. Shakira-Sale El Sol
2. V/A-The Roots of Chicha 2
3. Yann Tierson-Dust Lane
4. V/A-The Lost Cuban Trios of Casa Marina
5. V/A-Fania Essential Recordings
6. Jane Birkin-Di Do Dah
7. Natacha Atlas-Moungaliba
8. Seu Jorge-Seu Jorge & Almaz
9. Jane Birkin & Serge Gainsbourg-S/T
10. Spanish Harlem Orquestra-Viva La Tradicion

Without any surprise, Shakira’s Sale El Sol took the top spot on October’s chart. Likewise, I expected The Roots of Chicha 2 & Yann Tiersens Dust Lane to chart in the top five. The big surprise was The Lost Cuban Trios of Casa Marina at number four, which could have done better had the store not run out of stock so quickly. Fueled by a powerful PRI The World piece, this collection of unreleased music by forgotten Cuban boleros struck a chord with the NPR crowd and everyone seemed to be asking for it. We have been dealing directly with Ahi-Nama, the indie label who released The Lost Cuban Trios, for years. They mostly release modern Cuban music such as Timba, Cuban Reggaeton & Salsa, so it was a surprise to me that they released some vintage Cuban music. A nice surprise for us and I’m sure for Ahi-Nama as well.

At number six and nine are two Jane Birkin reissues by Light In The Attic Records, who are doing a fine job with reissues, including one of my favorite non-World Music releases, El Gusano’s Fantasia Del Barrio (review coming soon). Live shows in L.A. helped out Natasha Atlas (#7) and The Spanish Harlem Orquestra (#10). At number five is probably the best Fania Records compilation ever released for a DJ; Fania Essential Recordings, released by Strut Records is all bangers, no filler in the bunch! On both CD & vinyl, there is no reason to sleep on this one, unless you have all those collectible tracks already.

November 22nd will bring us the new Calle 13’s Entren Los Que Queiran, which has the group collaborating with all sorts of legends from around the world such as Toto La Moposina from Colombia, Maria Rita from Brazil, Susana Baca from Peru, Suen Kuti (son of Fela Kuti) and Mars Volta’s Omar Rodriguez-Lopez. You always have to expect the unexpected when it comes to Calle 13.

Out now is the AfroCubism release. This pairing of Cuban and West African musicians was supposed to happen years ago but was canceled when the West African musicians couldn’t get their visas into Cuba. With all that recording time booked, Nick Gold from World Circuit Records recorded a bunch of older Cuban musicians and made a little record called The Buena Vista Social Club. Now, almost fifteen years later, the project is finally completed and released. Buena Vista alumni Eliades Ochoa and his Cuarto Patria pair with the likes of West African musicians such as Toumani Diabate and Bassekou Kouyate. Should be worth the wait.

The Town Part V: Beer Revolution, the Punk Rock Beer Bar, Has Fast Become Oakland's Premiere Beer Tasting Room

Posted by Billyjam, November 7, 2010 12:46pm | Post a Comment


Oakland's Beer Revolution, located at 435 3rd Street @ Broadway down by Jack London Square, is all about beer, boasting a mind boggling choice of over 500 different brews, mostly bottled but also on tap.

But Beer Revolution, which is owned and operated by the lifelong punk rock husband & wife team of Fraggle (born Mark Martone) and Rebecca Boyles, is also all about celebrating music -- namely punk rock with an emphasis on 80's punk (especially West Coast punk), all of which acts as the perfect soundtrack to this one-of-a-kind beer tasting emporium.

"Music is very important to us and it's been a predominant part of both my husband's and my life forever, really," Rebecca told me. "I've been very much involved in the punk rock scene for pretty much my whole life and so has Fraggle. It's a part of our lives so we made it a part of our business too." Fraggle, whose passionate punk past includes putting in years as one of the crew of volunteers at 924 Gilman Street Project, confided to me, "It was at an MDC show that myself and Rebecca met."

Not surprisingly then, the legendary Austin, TX formed / SF based punk band MDC (Millions of Dead Cops) is a regular on the Beer Revolution's playlist. Other artists that you'll likely hear being blasted from the in-house sound system include Minor Threat, Fear, 7 Seconds, Operation Ivy (Fraggle was once roommates with the band's Tim Armstrong), GBH, Stiff Little Fingers, The Adolescents, D.I., Social Distortion, and La Plebe (one of the newer punk acts that Fraggle is into).

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Gina T is coming to LA!

Posted by Eric Brightwell, November 6, 2010 10:00am | Post a Comment

Gina T

Eurodisco star Gina T is performing Friday, November 12th at the Club 740 in Downtown, Los Angeles in a concert sponsored by Keep On Music (KOM), an organization committed to preserving and spotlighting Italo/Eurodisco -- often aka Vietnamese New Wave.

Gina T is a gold and platinum singer as well as songwriter for other artists. She was born Gina Tielman on October 24, in Bussum, Noord-Holland, Netherlands to Indonesian parents. Music runs in her family; a grandfather, an uncle and her father, Ponthon, were members at various times of The Tielman Brothers, an amazing Indorock band.

 

Her mother, Joyce, was also a famous singer and her brother Nino (aka Mr. Double T) was involved in T'N'T Partyzone, Die Kranken Schwestern and Culture Beat.

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November 5, 2010: The Expendables

Posted by phil blankenship, November 6, 2010 12:24am | Post a Comment


Celebrate Amoeba's 20th Anniversary! Part 2 - Interview with Co-Owner Marc Weinstein

Posted by Amoebite, November 5, 2010 02:53pm | Post a Comment

amoeba music 20th anniversary

We couldn't think of a better way to continue celebrating our 20th Anniversary this month than with an interview with Marc Weinstein, one of our founding owners, about Amoeba's inception, opening our first shop in Berkeley, what makes Amoeba special, some of his favorite memories thusfar, and more! Scattered throughout are some little-seen images of the Berkeley store before it opened as well as in its very early days!

Read on and check back for more additions over the next few weeks! To read our first Anniversary post, with testimonials from some of our favorite customers, click here! To get info about the Anniversary Events scheduled at the Berkeley store on Nov 13 & 14 with DJs, live performances from Foxtails Brigade, and Lyrics Born and prize giveaways, click here! You can also get involved by entering our contest -- share your own Amoeba story for a chance to win a shopping spree and more! Read about it here.

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Blonde Redhead 4AD Sessions

Posted by Amoebite, November 5, 2010 01:39pm | Post a Comment
Check out Amoeba favorites Blonde Redhead performing tracks from their latest album, Penny Sparkle, in the first ever 4AD Sessions to be filmed! Fabulous!

Amoeba Hollywood Vinyl Insider -- Collectible 7" Explosion

Posted by Mr. Chadwick, November 5, 2010 09:45am | Post a Comment

7" collectors have reason to rejoice today as Amoeba Hollywood overhauls what was once the oldies / doo-wop / country wall into to a much more diverse patch of records. We'll now feature funk, electro, northern and modern soul rarities alongside surf, garage, rockabilly and aforementioned genres. This round of rare discs includes the monster jam El Funky by Jimmi Mayes, scarce releases on the Stanson Records label including 45's from Ramsey 2C-3D & Sonny Craver, and Roulette Records rarities from early rock and roll to the electro era. There's also great picture sleeves from Annette Funicello, Yardbirds, Johnny Cash and Duane Eddy as well as promo items from Marty Balin, Collins Kids & the Surfmen.



Hip-Hop Rap Up 11:05:10: Celph Titled & Buckwild, N*E*R*D, Jneiro Jarel, Pitbull, Madlib, SF Giants, Roach Gigz, J-Live, DJ Shadow, Lil Wayne, Homeboy Sandman + More

Posted by Billyjam, November 5, 2010 05:05am | Post a Comment
Amoeba Music San Francisco Weekly Hip-Hop Top Five Chart: 11:05:10

Celph Titled & Buckwild
1) Celph Titled & Buckwild
Nineteen Ninety Now (No Sleep Recordings)

2) Madlib Medicine Show No.10-Black Soul (Stones Throw)

3) N*E*R*D Nothing (Star Trak)

4) Jneiro Jarel Fauna (Kindred Spirits)

5) Pitbull Armando (Mr. 305 Inc.)

Lots of new releases on this latest chart, care of Luis at the San Francisco Amoeba store, including in the number one slot Celph Titled & Buckwild's Nineteen Ninety Now on No Sleep Recordings. It finds the perfect pairing of the famed D.I.T.C. DJ & producer Buckwild with the Florida emcee Celph Titled (of the Demigodz and Army of the Pharaohs fame) and the results are most impressive. Killer production plus lots of tasty cutting and scratching (care of Mista Sinista of X-Ecutioners) perfectly compliment Celph Titled and the other emcees (many fellow D.I.T.C. folks) that guest throughout the 16 track CD, including Sadat X, Grand Puba, AG, Diamond D, Treach (Naughty By Nature), R.A. The Rugged Man, Apathy, Chino XL, and Vinnie Paz of Jedi Mind Tricks. Lyrically, Celph bears it all and tells it like it is (and was), even addressing his bygone beef with Cage from a decade ago.

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DJ AM Memorial Record Sale

Posted by Amoebite, November 4, 2010 05:17pm | Post a Comment

by Jon Lui

I met AM sometime in the late 90's. He was probably
already hooked up with Crazy Town, but I knew him in the context of a straight up hip hop dj, looking to battle another local for the use of the moniker he was going by back thedj amn and homies with underground cats like the High & Mighty.

Down through the years, as his star & skills ascended, he maintained his core character (which was probably the catalyst & determinant for his
success) and his passions, whether they were digging for the rarest vintage limited edition kicks, rocking any style of party with every style of sound, or using his hard-won wisdom to help out those still caught up in it.

On November 12th to 14th from 12 to 8 pm, at the Cobrashop (at Hollywood & Highland, 4th floor), AM's legacy will keep on serving the need & the needy. The DJ AM Memorial Foundation will be selling his record collection, all 12,000 or so pieces. All proceeds go to the DJ AM Memorial Foundation. Its mission statement:

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Urban Indians - Great Cities of Native America - Happy American Indian Heritage Month

Posted by Eric Brightwell, November 4, 2010 04:30pm | Post a Comment
It's not that surprising, given our Hollywood history of Native Americans, that the media feel it necessary to coin a term like "Urban Indians." Since Native Americans exist in popular culture as stewards of nature who spend their lives camping under the stars and measuring times in "moons," the fact that millions of Native Americans live in cities doesn't jibe with our media-reinforced notions of race as it corresponds to population density. Thus "urban" is shorthand for black and "suburban" means white. Any exceptions would be similarly worth qualifying, like "suburban blacks" or "country Asians" (e.g. Henry Cho).

So anyway, Natives have a long history of being "urban." Before being decimated by disease, warfare, slavery and famine, Natives were responsible for creating some of the biggest, most-populated cities of their day. Here are some of my favorite Native American urban centers...

ANCIENT CITIES OF NATIVE AMERICA

 

Caral 

Caral was inhabited between roughly 2600 BC and 2000 BC and covered 66 hectares. It's one of the oldest towns in the Americas in what's today Peru) and was home to more than 3,000 members of what is now known as the Norte Chico Civilization



  

Kuelap 

Kuelap was a fortress town built by the Chachapoyas, "People of the Clouds," originally to stop the expansion of the Inca Empire and later used to fight the Spaniards. It was built on the edge of a mountain in the 9th century CE (in what's now Peru) and included more than 400 homes, palaces and temples protected by a 70-foot-wall.



 

Chan Chan

Chan Chan was built by the Chimú in what's today Peru. Chan Chan covered 20 km² and was built around 850. At its height it was home to around 30,000 people. Chan Chan was the capital of their Chimor Kingdom which lasted roughly from 900 CE until 1470, when they were conquered by the imperialistic Inca.



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Strangelove's Dia de los Muertos Celebration

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, November 4, 2010 02:28pm | Post a Comment
This Friday, November 5th!

Strangelove's Dia De Los Muertos Celebration
@ The Cat Club
$6 or Free before 10 pm.

Win an Amoeba gift bag!
Skull Face Painting!
Altar to the Dead!
Featuring DJs: Tomas Diablo, Joe Radio, Fact.50, & Prince Charming!

http://www.strangelovesf.com/

strangelove

This Week At The New Beverly: Two starring Marilyn Monroe, Grindhouse Film Fest and MORE!

Posted by phil blankenship, November 4, 2010 11:55am | Post a Comment
This Week At The New Beverly

Our full upcoming schedule is available online:
www.newbevcinema.com/calendar.cfm



Thursday, November 4

Head down to the New Beverly Cinema this Thursday, November 4th, for a very special double-feature of vigilante and revenge films. For this special event we'll be starting off with our all-time favorite film in the genre, Bill Lustig's incredible VIGILANTE! Robert Forster stars as Eddie Marino, a hardworking family man whose life is shattered after an encounter with a vicious NY street gang. Abandoned by a system that doesn't care, he teams up with co-workers Fred Williamson, Richard Bright and Joeseph Carberry to rid the streets of the scum! A powerful film that always drives audiences wild, VIGILANTE also stars fan favorites Joe Spinell, Woody Strode, Carol Lynley and Steve James. As an added bonus, director Bill Lustig will be joined by stars Robert Forster, Fred Williamson and Frank Pesce for a post-film Q&A.

"You're not safe anymore... There's only one way to stop them..."

Following this we'll be showing the rarely screened TRACKDOWN starring Jim Mitchum, Karen Lamm, Anne Archer, Erik Estrada, Cathy Lee Crosby and John Kerry. When his younger sister leaves their Montana ranch to seek fame in Hollywood, Mitchum follows to keep an eye on her. He's too late, though, as soon after she arrives on the mean streets she is robbed, assaulted, kidnapped, and sold off to a pimp. Now it's up to Mitchum with help from social worker Crosby and Estrada to track her down and punish those responsible! As an extra bonus, co-star John Kerry (also seen as a cop in DOLEMITE and BLACK DYNAMITE) will be joining us and answering questions about working on the film.

New 12" Releases 11/4 @ Amoeba Hollywood - Goldwill, Tigerskin, Cosmin TRG, Idjut Boys, Magnetic Man, Cos/Mes, Ben Klock & More

Posted by Oliver / Matt / Jordan, November 4, 2010 11:42am | Post a Comment
GOLDWILL
Discooker 12"
Dessous

Berlin & Schwerin-based nu-breeds-de-jour Goldwill cook up a rather special release as Dessous teeters ever closer to its 100th release. Discooker is comprised of 3 original tracks on vinyl. Sauntering off into the night, "Nachtzug" delivers a tripped-out, jazzy jam that skips between off-kilter house and laid-back disco edit stations. A freaky, warbling synth tone becomes the main destination as skipping beats and warm, coal-fired beats pump throughout.
Listen to "Nachtzug" here:




PHONIQUE VS. TIGERSKIN
Longdrink EP 12"
Ladies & Gentlemen

Phonique and Tigerskin explore their passionate, freaky and funky sides on their Longdrink EP. Phonique throws us two hot ones with "Sandman" and "Longdrink." The former skips through tripping, tool-y and percussive territories while the latter goes all-out with a rolling bass and hedonistic synth passages. Tigerskin's "Loop Back In Time" grows from a rolling drum array into a disco-fueled killer, while "Tony's Riff" is a jazz-based jam with super-funky drums fused with deep house and cutting-edge techno.
Listen to "Tony's Riff" here:


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Raggamuffin Selah Sue

Posted by Smiles Davis, November 3, 2010 12:41pm | Post a Comment

There is something spellbinding about good music, that’s undisputable. Marvin Gaye, Otis Redding, James Brown, Nina Simone, they are all very different in their own right but the common denominator, aside from pure genius, is undeniable luminescence. Die-hard fans would give their first born to see musicians such as the ones aforementioned live. Today they’d just be considered “groupies.” I have a hunch that’s because to a certain degree most modern day music in general has been watered down, therefore fans and the people that follow the work of such artists tend to be diluted, or for lack of better words, not that smart. So often I feel as if I were born in the wrong era for music. There’s just so much crap to decipher these days that we don’t always have the opportunity to come face to face with that caliber of artistry. I do believe they exist and many times go without proper recognition. Then again, that sort of genius often comes with an innate desire to uphold anonymity. Where the hell is all the out of this world talent?

I decamped the proverbial fish bowl and stumbled upon some authentic shit the other day. A little Belgian belle by the name of Selah Sue came blaring through my speakers yesterday morning, stopped me dead in my tracks and made the hair on the back of my neck stand attention like a Queen’s guard. Then for about 72hrs straight I proceeded to play all her tracks in succession, one after the other, concurrently driving my husband into oblivion. It’s affirmative: Selah Sue is good music. 10-4, Roger that! She makes me want to rejoice. Damn, it’s good. Sue performs these dreamy, acoustic, Reggae- Soul sets that make you wanna go home to your lover or make you wish you had a lover.

Her first EP Black Part Love was released back in 2008 when she was a ripe 19 years young. She regularly notes having drawn inspiration from Lauryn Hill, M.I.A. and Erykah Badu. Oh, what do you know? Three of my personal faves; no wonder I love her so. Selah Sue, we have much in common, fancy tea sometime? Ok, fine, I’ll take the contributions you’ve made thus far to the wonderful world of music and cherish them while I enjoy tea by myself. I'll also enjoy Sue's appearance on Cee Lo Green's upcoming album The Lady Killer, which drops next Tuesday, November 9th. Yes, that is correct, mark your calendars kiddies.

Miss Sue can be seen performing around Europe; check her myspace for tour dates. I know I’m not alone when I say this, but madam, we’d love to see you stateside sometime in the very near future. But, until then go cop her second EP, Raggamuffin, which just dropped. You’d be a fool not to have it in steady rotation along with your Mansions On The Moon and other goodies. 



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till next time...chew the corners off!

Happy Birthday, Gustaf Tenggren!

Posted by Eric Brightwell, November 3, 2010 12:01am | Post a Comment
Today is the birthday of Gustaf Adolf Tenggren, a Swedish-American illustrator who worked on some of Walt Disney's most famous films. Had he not died in 1970, he would be 114 years old today.

    

Tenggren was born November 3rd, 1896 in  Magra Parish, in Västra Götaland CountySweden. His parents Aron and Augusta had seven children -- Gustaf was the second youngest. Gustaf 's father, Aron, was a painter and decorator, just like his father, Johan Teng, had been. After relocating the family to Göteborg in search of steadier support, he left the family and moved to the US.

  

Gustaf began working as a runner boy and as an apprentice by a lithographer's shop at eleven, to help support the family. After his artistic talent was observed, he obtained a scholarship in 1910 to, at only thirteen, attend the local art school, Slöjdföreningens skola.

In 1914 he received a scholarship at Valand, an art school in  Göteborg. His earliest subjects were Swedish through and through, illustrating Swedish folk and fairy tales for the annual Bland Tomtar och Troll, although their style was heavily indebted to Englishman Arthur Rackham's style. In 1918, he married his first wife, Anna Peterson. He first exhibited his work publicly in 1920. After that, he and his wife promptly moved to Cleveland, Ohio to join his sister. 

  

Two years later he moved to New York City. There, like fellow-future Disney employee Kay Nielsen, he began illustrating children's books, especially fairy tales, including Tanglewood Tales, A Wonder-Book for Girls and Boys and The Christ Story for Boys and Girls. At the same time, he began working for Milton Bradley, where he remained until 1939. In 1930, he also re-married another Swedish-American, Malin (or Mollie) Froberg.


In 1936 Tenggren was hired as chief illustrator and art director on Walk Disney's first feature-length animated film, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Although Tenggren was a natural choice for the Brothers Grimm adaptation, most of the fine detail characteristic of his illustrations was evident in the background paintings. In fact, most of his work for Disney would be as a background artist.


He worked as an uncredited inspirational artist on 1937's The Old Mill and on the conceptual designs on 1940's Pinocchio. However, my favorite work he did at Disney was the Night on Bald Mountain/Ave Maria segment of 1940's Fantasia. For it, he, Vladimir Peter "Bill" Tytla, Kay Neilsen and others based their visuals on the story of Modest Mussorgsky's 1867 piece, Ночь на лысой горе ("Night on Bald Mountain"). Mussorgsky first began work on the piece in 1858. It was originally set on St. John's Eve (June 23), a Midsummer holiday on which, since pre-Christian times, various Northern and Eastern Europeans burn massive bonfires. The witches came in in 1860. In the cartoon, Chernabog, a Slavic demon, summons demons, ghosts, skeletons, witches, harpies, and other monsters for a sabbat before it segues into Franz Schubert's Ellens dritter Gesang for, in my opinion, a much less memorable segment (that I don't remember).

Tenggren quit Disney in 1940. A year later, he was followed by Alfred Abranz, Basil Davidovich, Bernie Wolf, Bill Meléndez, Bill Tytla, Bob Wickersham, Claude Smith, Cornett Wood, David Hilberman, Ed Love, Emery Hawkins, Frank Tashlin, Grant Simmons, Howard Swift, Jack Bradbury, John Hubley, Kenneth Muse, Maurice Noble, Preston Blair, Ray Patterson, T. Hee, Ted Bonnicksen, Tyrus Wong, Virgil Partch, Volus Jones, Walt Kelly, Walter Clinton, William Hurtz, Zack Schwartz and others. His last work at Disney was as an atmosphere sketch artist on 1942's Bambi.


    

After leaving Disney behind, he left his established style behind too. From 1942 till 1962, he worked for  Little Golden Books, illustrating with his new look books like Tawny Scrawny Lion, Little Black Sambo and The Poky Little Puppy. The latter became the best-selling English Language hard cover children's book of all time. In the well-known story, the titular puppy is repeatedly punished for indulging in his curiosity and individuality. He did still tackle fantasy subjects, including Canterbury TalesKing Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table, The Giant with the Three Golden Hairs and Snow White and Rose Red.

Gustaf Tenggren died in 1970 at Dogfish Head in Southport, Maine. After his death, some Tenggren's art was donated to the University of Minnesota to be included in the Kerlan Collection of Children's Literature. In his memory, a nine-meter-tall bronze sculpture of Pinocchio, designed by artist Jim Dine, has been erected in Borås, a town near Tenggren's birthplace.

In Celebration of the Hard Rock Power Trio: 1968 - 1973

Posted by Billyjam, November 2, 2010 06:25pm | Post a Comment

In the latter half of the 1960s, thanks to the then-new technology of powerful amplifiers, rock and roll witnessed the emergence of the power rock trio. Its blues based "hard rock" music would pave the way for heavy metal, progressive (prog) rock, and other later strains of heavier rock. Sans keyboards, rhythm guitar or other instrumentation, and simply utilizing the basic guitar, bass, and drums (plus feedback), the power rock trio formula was born. Cream (comprised of Jack Bruce, Eric Clapton, & Ginger Baker) and The Jimi Hendrix Experience were among the early pioneers & ambassadors of this highly influential form of rock, and their combined influence was far reaching. Below are these two trios and several other late 60's into early 70's power rock trios spanning the formative half-decade Creamfrom 1968 to 1973.

Included are video clips of Cream doing their classic "Sunshine Of Your Love" from 1968 and The Jimi Hendrix Experience (with Noel Redding on bass & Mitch Mitchell on drums) doing "VooDoo Child (Slight Return)" live on the Lulu Show on BBC TV in 1969. From 1968 is renowned San Francisco band Blue Cheer with their classic interpretation of Eddie Cochran's "Summertime Blues" from a decade earlier. The band, who typically were on the more psychedelic hard rock end but are more hard blues rock leaning here, featured vocalist and bassist Dickie Peterson, guitarist Leigh Stephens and drummer Paul Whaley. "Summertime Blues" was recorded for their 1968 debut album Vincebus Eruptum.

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Celebrate Amoeba's 20th Anniversary! Part 1 - Testimonials

Posted by Amoebite, November 2, 2010 03:23pm | Post a Comment

Twenty years ago this month, Amoeba Berkeley opened its doors and we began this mystical journey that continues and has spread over the years to San Francisco, Hollywood and around the world! For the next few weeks, we will be celebrating here on the blog with various posts -- an interview with one of the store's owners, Marc, about opening Amoeba; pics of the Berkeley store while it was still under construction and in its first year; special top 10 lists from the employees who have been with us the longest; highlights of some of our most memorable instores; and today, we kick things off with testimonials from various fabulous customers -- including Adam from Doseone, Good Word of BPos, Yoni Wolf from Why? and more!

Read on and check back for more additions over the next few weeks! To get info about the Anniversary Events scheduled at the Berkeley store on Nov 13 & 14 with DJs, live performances from Foxtails Brigade, and Lyrics Born and prize giveaways, click here! You can also get involved by entering our contest -- share your own Amoeba story for a chance to win a shopping spree and more! Read about it here. You can also read Part 2 of this Anniversary series, an interview with co-owner Marc Weinstein about getting the Berkeley store up and running, what Amoeba means to him and more right here!
 

yoni wolf why

Yoni Wolf of Why?

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Genesis P-Orridge Calls Throbbing Gristle Quits

Posted by Amoebite, November 2, 2010 12:06pm | Post a Comment
Legendary cult band Throbbing Gristle lost a key member when Genesis P-Orridge sent out a round of emails recently, quitting the band.

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As a result, according to the band's website, "Cosey, Sleazy & Chris have concluded that once more, and for the time being, Throbbing Gristle has Ceased to Exist, at least as a live entity."

This is the second time the band has folded. It first formed in 1975 in England, and gained a reputation for challenging and disturbing audience members at their live shows. Thobbing Gristle broke up the first time in 1981, after a final show at Kezar Pavillion (right next to Amoeba SF's future site!). They came back together to successful reunion shows and recording in 2004, which they continued until last week.

The remaining members have regrouped as X-TG and will be performing live in Europe this week. It appears they intend to continue in this fashion from now on.

Sunday Bloody Sunday: Halloween at Amoeba Music San Francisco, 2010

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, November 2, 2010 10:48am | Post a Comment
by Audra and Tarin

On an uncharacteristically sunny Sunday in San Francisco, a skeletal hand released a needle onto the crackly ridges of Bauhaus’s “Bela Lagosi’s Dead.” Ghouls flocked from the far reaches of their cavernous haunt to the stage as the lights dimmed over the oldies section. The omnipresent CLACK-CLACK-CLACK of browsing slowed to a near stop. It could mean nothing else…it was time for Amoeba San Francisco’s annual Halloween employee costume contest!

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The festivities were led by the musical styling of DJ Tay the Ripper (also known as Security Taylor). Luckily, Tay the Ripper was able to take off time from his busy schedule of murder and mayhem to spin spooky songs all afternoon. The set was perfectly chosen to get everyone in the mood for a fierce costume competition. And fierce it was. Kaitlin, our mistress of ceremonies for the afternoon, rallied the ghoulish group together and brought them out one by one.


First up was Willie as "Beavis, from down the block."

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Mac Dre Anniversary

Posted by Billyjam, November 1, 2010 02:59pm | Post a Comment
Mac Dre
Today marks the anniversary of a sad occasion for Bay Area rap fans. On this date, November 1st, back in 2004, Vallejo rapper Mac Dre was shot and killed in Kansas City, Missouri after a car pulled alongside the van he was in and fired several shots, killing the rapper born Andre Hicks on the spot.

Mac Dre had performed at a concert in Kansas City that weekend and was on his way out of town on Highway 71 when the car pulled up alongside the vehicle in which Mac Dre was a passenger and opened fire. The driver of the van crossed over into the southbound lanes of the highway before crashing into a ravine. By the time medical help arrived on the scene Mac Dre was dead from a single bullet wound.

If he were alive today, Mac Dre would be 40 years of age and, no doubt, the traditionally prolific artist would have recorded and released at least a dozen albums and Treal TV DVDs over the last six years. In honor of Mac Dre, below are a few videos by the artist including two from the 1990s, from his pre-Thizz stage and before he spearheaded the Bay Area's hyphy movement. You're missed, Mac Dre.



Mac Dre "California Livin'" (1992)



Mac Dre "Rapper Gone Bad" (1999)



Mac Dre "Thizzle Dance" (2002)

Cruise to Mexico: Part 4

Posted by Job O Brother, November 1, 2010 01:22pm | Post a Comment
Day 3

Tuesday. September 14, 2010

CABO SAN LUCAS

 


The Glamorous Life

I woke up too full from the previous night’s dinner for breakfast.

Since the boyfriend likes to sleep-in until it’s time to go to bed for the night, I gathered up a few essentials: my book, spectacles, a Sharpie® brand felt tip marker, and my iPod; with these I made my escape from our darkened cabin and braved the outside world of the ship.

My goal was to find some nook, some cranny of the ship that wasn’t imbued with jolly, sunshine-soaked “good times” – a place where a second-generation Swede with deeply-rooted angst and a taste for Michael Gira side-projects could curl up and relax.

First and foremost, I was gonna need coffee, so I headed straight for the belly of the beast: the ship’s main mall. 

It really was a mall – a mall with upper stories that revealed people’s bedrooms; an odd combination of your local “galleria”, topped with layers of motel. You could sit outside the mock British pub next to the Ben & Jerry’s Scoop Shop and watch sun-burned, middle-aged people change into their fluorescent, flower-print swimwear. …If you’re into that sort of thing.

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Diplo + Benzi Present Mansions On The Moon

Posted by Smiles Davis, November 1, 2010 12:58pm | Post a Comment


Mansions on the Moon
, the new kids on the block. Literally! So fresh, so new I could hardly find any verbiage on them. But isn’t that how we like it? We music aficionados like to discover “virgin music,” untapped territory, music we can put our friends up on. That’s when digging becomes most rewarding, when you can share with friends who aren’t yet up on shit yet.

What Iittle I can tell you about Mansions on the Moon is they're an Echo Park formed trio; they sort of defy categorization, but if I had to pick one, I'd put a check in the "all above" box. Let's just say Mansions On the Moon is ridiculously awesome, a group your girlfriend will be into and her girlfriends and all their friends friends. So get hip, otherwise you’ll be left outta the loop, and the loop is so in right now. Watch this seed grow; Mansions on the Moon will one day be EPIC!

One fellow DJ who seems to have a tiny investment in this whole seed growing process is Diplo. He, along with Benzi, present this highly anticipated mixtape.They teamed up with some cool friends like N.E.R.D., Willy Joy and Xaphoon Jones (Chiddy Bang) to create pure goodness. Paradise Falls is their little bundle of joy, definitely worth a listen or two…or possibly 3. My personal favorite standout track is "Glimpse of The Future" with Xaphoon Jones. Melodically it reminds me of Sleigh Bells' "Rill Rill," which samples "Can You Get to That" from Funkadelic's Maggot Brain album, which I had on repeat all summer long. Peep this and look out for more things to come from Mansions on the Moon, including a debut album in 2011.


Check the Paradise Falls tracklisting:

01 Introduction (Coldwater)
02 Glimpse Into the Future (Xaphoon Jones Remix)
03 This Life (DJ A Mad Decent Remix)
04 Satellite w/ Deadmau5
05 Coldwater w/ Ced Hughes
06 Broken Paradise w/ Washed Out
07 Destroy Me
08 She Makes Me Feel
09 Lights Off w/ Junior Boys
10 Palm of Your Hand
11 Space to Breathe (Big Gigantic Remix)
12 Last Call (Benzi & Willy Joy Remix)