The Art of the LP Cover- All For One Pt 2.

Posted by Mr. Chadwick, July 30, 2011 02:10pm | Post a Comment

Another batch of matching outfits and / or hairdon'ts.
Check out my 2009 gallery here.

Attack The Block Tonight With Edgar Wright & John Boyega

Posted by phil blankenship, July 30, 2011 10:15am | Post a Comment

Tonight at Arclight Cinemas Hollywood catch THE BEST movie of the year with a special Q&A with producer Edgar Wright (Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, Scott Pilgrim vs. The World) & electrifying new star John Boyega following the 6:10 Saturday screening! Get your tickets HERE!

July 29, 2011: Attack The Block

Posted by phil blankenship, July 29, 2011 11:01pm | Post a Comment


Posted by Amoebite, July 29, 2011 03:52pm | Post a Comment

Hundreds of people lined up early as early as 4am Thursday near Hollywood & Highland in the hopes of getting just a glimpse of Lady Gaga. The Amoeba Army was there too, having a blast and giving out goodies in the proce

The pop diva, along with her two guitarists and several dancers, performed live on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Show and gave the thousands that later turned out a show of shows. 

Gaga played five songs from her new release Born This Way.

Helicopters swarmed, lights flashed, police circled and fans went completely crazy for this once in a lifetime event right around the corner from Amoeba
Hollywood, and we were happy to be a tiny part of it!

            Here are just a few of the many photos we snapped last night. Enjoy!!

Hip-Hop Rap Up 07:29:11: DJ Khaled, Shady Nate, Koncept & Tranzformer, Moe Green, Illus, JR Mint, L PRO + more

Posted by Billyjam, July 29, 2011 04:19am | Post a Comment
Amoeba Music Hollywood Hip-Hop Top Five: Week Ending July 29, 2011

1)   DJ Khaled We The Best Forever (Cash Money/Universal)

2)   Tyler the Creator Goblin (XL Recordings)

3)    Eminem Recovery (Aftermath) 

4)    Aesop Rock  Labor Days  (Definitive Jux)

5)    Lil Wayne I Am Not A Human Being (Cash Money/Univ.)

The top selling hip-hop release at the Amoeba Hollywood store this week is the fifth studio album and the major label debut from DJ Khaled. This latest from the established DJ/producer/radio personality is titled We the Best Forever - so titled after his own label We The Best - and it features some of the best known in the rap game these days. The album's packed guest list includes such heavyweights as Kanye West, Nas, Jay-Z, Fat Joe, Chris Brown, Keyshia Cole, Cee Lo Green, Rick Ross, Birdman, Lil Wayne, T.I., Akon, Drake and Nicki Minaj. The first single "Welcome to My Hood" which features cameos from Rick Ross, Plies, Lil Wayne and T-Pain became a major radio hit and grabbed everyone's attention when it dropped earlier in the year to help build anticipation for this release which debuted at number 5 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart this week. This anticipation for We The Best Forever has been further fueled by the other 3 singles (yes four singles total for the album that is only just out!); “I’m On One”  featuring Drake, Rick Ross, and Lil Wayne, “It Ain’t Over Til It’s Over”  featuring Mary J. Blige, Fabolous, and Jadakiss (video below), and (the fourth and latest, about to drop) single “Legendary” featuring Chris Brown, Keyshia Cole, and Ne-Yo.

Continue reading...

July 28, 2011: Attack The Block

Posted by phil blankenship, July 28, 2011 11:15pm | Post a Comment

Shock & Awe (Banned Cover Art)

Posted by Amoebite, July 28, 2011 06:06pm | Post a Comment
I'm diggin' this list of Banned / Removed / Altered cover art. A subject that comes up every once in a while on the floors of Amoeba. (Totally in chronological order, 52 so far!) view the full list here!

via Matador Records /WFMU
Beautiful South Moby Grape

#41 - The Beautiful South - Miaow - 1994

Evidently The Beautiful South were threatened with a lawsuit by HMV for this cover for using "their dog".  The cover was replaced by a cover of 4 alsation dogs stranded in a lifeboat in the middle of the ocean.

#4 - Moby Grape - S/T - 1967

Columbia realizes too late that a certain middle finger is showing.  Efforts to airbrush out the finger don't quiet the controversy.

#6 - The Bob Seger System - Ramblin' Gamblin' Man - 1969

Looks like somebody lost a bet...

Posted by Amoebite, July 28, 2011 05:26pm | Post a Comment
..for i can offer no other explanation.

Too $hort To Headline Benefit For Cancer Stricken Bay Area 2 Year Old Juliana Pena

Posted by Billyjam, July 28, 2011 12:18pm | Post a Comment
Props to Too $hort and all the other Bay Area rappers who are volunteering their collective talents and time to an upcoming benefit concert to aid cancer-stricken South San Francisco toddler Juliana Pena. Back in April, right after celebrating her second birthday, the young girl (pictured left) was diagnosed with neuroblastoma - a rare form of cancer that arises in immature nerve cells and affects mostly infants and children. Juliana is in stage 3 as the tumor has spread in her body. She has already undergone five rounds of chemotherapy, surgery, and numerous hospital stays. Next she will have to have a bone marrow transplant - all part of the costly twelve to fifteen months of treatment the young girl will need to undergo. Then, even after all that treatment, Juliana’s faces a 40% to 60% odds that the neuroblastoma will not reoccur.

After getting word of her devastating (and costly) plight Too $hort and fourteen other Bay Area hip-hop artists, including Hugh EMC, San Quinn, Rappin 4-Tay, Big Rich, Roach Gigz. Equipto, Napalm, Gold Toes, Baldhead Rick, Voice, Young Mind, Gullie, DJ Lazy Boy, Epicenter Sound, and  CoBlooded the Great, all agreed to perform in a special benefit concert on the Labor Day Weekend to raise money for Juliana's rising health care costs. Luckily her father, Jesus Pena, is good friends with SF rapper CoBlooded the Great who took it upon himself to organize and produce this worthy benefit concert. “When I saw the pain she was suffering and the toll on the family, I knew I had to help,” CoBlooded said, noting how, despite the bad rep that rap artists so often get, that this is another example of positivity within the Bay Area rap world. “We can show you that these rappers are doing positive things in the community,” he said of the benefit show that is the Labor Day Shakedown and will take place at Space 550 in San Francisco.

Continue reading...

out this week 7/19 & 7/26...pictureplane...prurient...

Posted by Brad Schelden, July 28, 2011 11:10am | Post a Comment
picutreplane thee physicalI became obsessed with Pictureplane about two years ago. I had not planned on it. It just sort of happened. His lastt album, Dark Rift, came out in August of 2009. I didn't really know what to expect. But I loved the album. It was not the kind of album that everyone would love. This guy will never be extremely popular. But he obviously loves what he is doing. And so do I. Pictureplane is Travis Egedy. He mixes up the styles of 90s dance music into his own unique sound. Imagine Radiohead ministry with sympathymixed up with Taylor Dayne. The Girls mixed up with some Atari Teenage Riot. It is that good. Or that bad. Just depends on the listener. I just sort of figured that he wouldn't be making a second album. But I knew I would always have his first and possibly only album to go back to. So I was pleasantly surprised to learn of his new album. Lovepump United has just released Thee Physical. They also put out his last album. The artwork is simple and perfect. It could easily be the cover of a Soft Cell 12". It also reminds me of the great Ministry album With Sympathy.

I didn't think that I could actually like this new album as much as I did that last album. Another one of my favorites from a couple of years ago was the debut album from The Teenagers. I am still waiting on that second album. It has been way too long. But I sort of doubt that it can really be as fantastic as that first album. I do love the new album by Pictureplane. The new album might even be a little more accessible than the last album.. It is still weird and all mixed up. But the songs seem to flow a little better. I am posting the video for "Post Physical" below. This is one of the best tracks on the album. Another one of my favorite songs on the album is "Trancegender." The song features vocals by the great Zola Jesus. If you have not already checked out the amazing albums of Zola Jesus. I suggest that you do so now. These are the kind of records I love for the summer months. They are still dark and weird. But they are also fun and dancey. This is pop music. Just not your normal pop music. I am very happy to have Pictureplane back in my life. This album is helping me get through the summer.

check out the video for "Post Physical" by Pictureplane from the new album Thee Physical...

check out the video for "Real Is A Feeling" by Pictureplane from the new album Thee Physical...

I also recommend that you check out the new album by Prurient. I am not usually a fan of noise records. I really was not even a fan of this band. But they just released Bermuda Drain on Hyrdrahead. And I kind of love it. It reminds me of Skinny Puppy or Front Line Assembly and all the industrial bands of the 80s and 90s. I imagine that this new album might not be liked by fans of the earlier Prurient albums. But they now have me as fan. Prurient has taken the direction of Cold Cave and managed to create a beautiful sort of dark synth album. Don't worry too much. There are still some noisy and obscene parts of the album. But there are also some beautiful moments. My favorite track on the album is probably "There Are Still Secrets."

Check it out below if you want....

also out 7/19...

Again & Again
by Brilliant Colors

Two-Way Mirror
by Crystal Antlers

Timez are Weird These Days
by Theophilus London

Black Static
by Lost Sounds

by Imelda May

Thee Physical
by Pictureplane

Bermuda Drain
by Prurient

also out 7/26...

by Bohren & Der Club of Gore

Cerebral Ballzy
by Cerebral Ballzy

Ritual Union
by Little Dragon

Come Back To Us
by Release the Sunbird

July 27, 2011: Larry Crowne

Posted by phil blankenship, July 27, 2011 11:35pm | Post a Comment

Tim Smooth, pioneering and influential New Orleans rapper, has passed away

Posted by Eric Brightwell, July 27, 2011 03:00pm | Post a Comment
Pioneering New Orleans rapper Tim Smooth died yesterday (Tuesday 26th 2011) at the young age of 39, after a long battle with cancer.

Though not a household name outside of New Orleans and circles of New Orleans Rap fans, he was one of the undisputed pioneers in the city's scene. Like a hip-hop Zelig he seemed to exist in the eye of the city's musical storm, never to break out nationally but always respected by musicians around him. In a violent era that saw many of New Orleans' musical talents cut down at a young age, Smooth collaborated freely and frequently with members of warring camps, always appreciated and always relevant. It was with especially cruel irony that Smooth, a rapper gifted with both lyrics and flow, was felled by cancer of the mouth and tongue.

Tim Smooth was born Timothy Smoot west if New Orleans in the Kennedy Heights area of Waggaman, on the West Bank in Jefferson Parish. He took the title “the Knight from Kennedy Heights.” and began

rapping as a student at Marrero's L.W. Higgins High School. In the '80s, rap from anywhere but the east and west coasts was a regional thing. New Orleans produced Ninja Crew, New York IncorporatedWarren Mayes, MC J' Ro J', 39 Posse and Tim Smooth. When labels were interested, it was usually other southern labels like Dallas's Yo! Records and Ft. Lauderdale's 4 Sight. If the major labels were aware of southern rap, they certainly kept quiet about it.

Continue reading...

It Will Stand: Carolina Beach Music and the Dirty Dance

Posted by Kells, July 27, 2011 01:49pm | Post a Comment
While putting together selections for the Carolina Beach Music set I and my southern kin contribute every summer to Amoeba SF's in-house DJ series we like to call MANDALA! I suddenly got all misty-eyed for the Swayze and his winsome ways. Though it's been almost two years since his untimely passing, his performance as Dirty Dancing's heart-throbbing, summer fling mambo outlaw Johnny Castle will always have my heart. Whether it's been a while since or you've never basked in the glow of this, one of the best sound-racked coming of age summer flicks, tempt your senses with a trailer re-cut in the style of David Lynch by clicking here and come on out to the Amoeba SF stage tonight from 6-7:30 to kick off your shoes and dance with me while I spin choice cuts of pure Carolina Beach Music realness.

When I Go To The Beach - Songs/Videos For These Down-At-The-Beach Summer Days

Posted by Billyjam, July 27, 2011 11:15am | Post a Comment
There's a ton of great music out to there to compile your own personal beach mix-tape style compilation soundtrack for a summer's day down at the shore - songs like the Embers' beach music classic "I Love Beach Music" or the Beach Boys' "Surfin USA." Below are a bunch of randomly chosen videos of songs for the beach (most of them - not all - shot down at the beach) including the aforementioned Beach Boys at a later career stage when they teamed up in the 80's with the Fat Boys for a rock/rap version of "Wipeout."

Also below are LA's brilliant Surf Punks and their song "My Beach" which had several video versions including the one in the 1982 music documentary Urgh! A Music War. The one below is the video that was shot a bit later in 1983 for the KABC Los Angeles' video show "Goodnight L.A." Other videos below include Swedish duo Air France's "Beach Party" (although only a small part shot at the beach), Washington DC's Slickee Boys' 1983 summer anthem "When I Go To The Beach," The Wavves' "King of the Beach" (unofficial fan made video by YouTuber CuppinNuggets), and one of two video versions of "Boys On The Beach" by UK satirical fictional (but very entertaining) rap character MC Devvo.

The Embers "I Love Beach Music"

I've also included the video for NorCal group the Surf MCs who were signed to Profile Records for a minute back in the 80's and marketed as a rap/rock surf/skater ensemble. This song and video, which could fall under the so-bad-its-good category, came out in 1987 and the video, while not shot at the actual beach, conveys the feeling of being down at the beach on a summer's day like today.

Continue reading...

July 26, 2011: Friends With Benefits

Posted by phil blankenship, July 26, 2011 10:50pm | Post a Comment

California Fool's Gold -- A South Bay primer

Posted by Eric Brightwell, July 26, 2011 07:15pm | Post a Comment

Although the nickname "The Bay" is often employed (rather self-centeredly, I might add) is often used by North Californians in reference to the San Francisco Bay, California actually has many bays, including Anchor Bay, Bodega Bay, Emerald Bay, Estero Bay, Granite Bay, Half Moon Bay, Meeks Bay, Morro Bay, Soda Bay, San Pedro Bay… you get the idea. And I'll admit, in Starship's "We Built this City," when the DJ says "the city by the bay, the city that rocks, the city that never sleeps," as a naive teenager in Tampa I thought they were celebrating Tampa Bay… the city that was built by Death Metal - God's honest truth.

       Pendersleigh & Sons' Official Map of LA County                 Pendersleigh & Sons' Official Map of the South Bay

OK, I'm getting sidetracked. LA's South Bay refers to the region bordering the Santa Monica Bay south of LA's Westside. The Harbor borders to the southeast and north of thought, along most of the South Bay's easter edge is the Westside of South Los Angeles. It's one of the most ethnically, economically and racially diverse regions in LA County. The population is roughly 40 % white (mostly Canadian, English, German, Irish and Persian), 27% Latino (mostly Mexican), 16% black and 14% Asian (mostly Filipino, Indian, Japanese, Korean and Taiwanese).

Historically the vast sweep of rolling hills (which get more rolling on the Palos Verdes Peninsula in the southern end) was home to the sea-faring Tongva, whose Tovangar homeland included the Bay area villages of 'Ongoova'nga, Kingkingqaranga, Toveemonga, Chowinga, Xarnah'nga, Ataavyanga, Kingkenga, Xoyuunga and Maasunnga… I may've spelled some of those incorrectly (the writing on the map is too small). After Europeans conquered the aborigines, the area was covered with fields of gold… barley. And people grazed sheep.

NTB: In a move that's bound to be more controversial than it should, I'm excluding some communities sometimes considered to be part of the South Bay. I'll be covering the land-locked Alondra Park, Del Aire, Gardena, Hawthorne, Inglewood and Lawndale in a future entry about South LA. They don't border the bay… to me they're South LA's West Side but feel free to disagree… just don't let it drive you crazy.

and now for the neighborhoods:



Much as NWA put Compton on the map, El Segundo reached global conscience when Tribe Called Quest rapped about losing his wallet there. The city was named after Chevron's second refinery, "El Segundo" (obviously). Today the 'Gundo's economy is still centered around petroleum-related industries and aviation. The beach is a popular place to watch planes coming and going from adjacent LAX. El Segundo's Dockweiler Beach is also one of the few area beaches on which you can enjoy a beach fire. It's all very Lost Boys - minus the sweaty sax guy. The population is 78% white (mostly German, Irish and Canadian), 10% Latino and 7% Asian (mostly Indian).


Hermosa Beach is one of the South Bay's three "Beach Cities." The Hermosa Beach pier, at the end of Pier Avenue, is one of the community's main and shopping, eating and partying areas. In the late 1970s punk bands Black Flag and Descendents formed there. In the 1980s, Pennywise followed. The population is 85% white (mostly German, Irish, Canadian and English), 7% Latino and 5% Asian.


Lomita is Spanish for "little knoll". It's home to the Lomita Railroad Museum, which was opened in 1966 by Irene Lewis. The population is 54% white (mostly German), 26% Latino (mostly Mexican), 12% Asian (mostly Korean) and 4% black.


George H. Peck owned a lot of the land that became part of the north section of Manhattan Beach. Supposedly, a coin flip decided the town's name. Around 1902, the beach suburb was named "Manhattan" after the developer's home town, Manhattan Beach, New York. Residents have informally divided the city into several distinct neighborhoods, including "The Village," "Sand Section," "Hill Section," "Tree Section," "Gas Lamp Section," Manhattan Heights," "East Manhattan Beach,"Liberty Village," "Poet's Section" (Shelley, Tennyson and Longfellow), and El Porto (North Manhattan). It's home of the wealthiest population of the beach cities. The populace are 86% white, 6% Asian and 5% Latino.


Palos Verdes Estates, on the Palos Verdes Peninsula, was master-planned by the noted American landscape architect and planner Frederick Law Olmsted Jr. One of the popular landmarks is La Venta Inn, built in 1923 and the first known building structure on the Palos Verdes Peninsula after the Tongva era. Today the population is 75% white (mostly English and German) and 17% Asian (mostly Taiwanese and Japanese).


Playa del Rey's people are 73% white (german, Irish, Persian, English), 10% Latino, 8% Asian, 4% black. Playa del Rey lies beneath the Del Rey Hills, also known as the Westchester Bluffs on a flood plain (until 1824, the mouth of the Los Angeles River) which slopes gradually uphill north to the Santa Monica Mountains. The rolling hills are the result of ancient, wind-blown, compacted sand duneswhich rise up to 125 feet above sea level, with one prominent, steep dune running parallel to the coast, from Playa del Rey, all the way south to Palos Verdes. The northern part was originally wetlands, but the natural flooding was halted by the concrete channel which contains Ballona Creek.


Rancho Palos Verdes is an affluent suburb of Los Angeles. Sitting atop the Palos Verdes Hills and bluffs of the Palos Verdes Peninsula, it is known for expansive views of the Pacific Ocean. 63% white (English and German), 25% Asian (Korean and Japanese) and 6% Latino.


Redondo Beach is home of the the poorest average citizen of the three Beach Cities. The primary attractions include Municipal Pier and the sandy beach. The western terminus of the Metro Rail Green Line (the so-called "Train to nowhere") is in Redondo Beach. The population is 70% white (mostly German and Irish), 13% Latino (mostly Mexican) and 10% Asian (mostly Japanese).


Rolling Hills is home to the wealthiest and oldest neighborhood population in the South Bay. It's a gated community located on the Palos Verdes Peninsula. If you cruise down Vermont (one of the best drives in LA), it ends down there and gets dark at night. That's because the city maintains a ranch character with no traffic lights. There are also wide equestrian paths along streets. The population is 76% white (English and German), 14% Asian (Korean) and 5% Latino (Mexican).


Rolling Hills Estates is another bucolic and equine community on the Palos Verdes peninsula. The population is 70% white (mostly English and German), 20% Asian (mostly Japanese and Korean), 6% Latino.


Almost landlocked, T Town has a 1.5 mile long beach. The Del Amo Fashion Center, at 232,000 m², is one of the largest malls in the US. In the early 1900s, real estate developer Jared Sidney Torrance and other investors saw the value of creating a mixed industrial-residential community south of Los Angeles. They purchased part of an old Spanish land grant and hired landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted Jr. to design a new planned community. Historically the El Nido neighborhood was home to many European immigrants, mainly Dutch, German, Greek, Italian and Portuguese people. They were soon joined by Mexican immigrants and today the population is 52% white (mostly German), 29% Asian (mostly Japanese and Korean) and 13% Latino.


Westchester is home to Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), Loyola Marymount University (LMU), and Otis College of Art and Design. It's located in the eastern part of the Del Rey Hills aka the Westchester Bluffs. The population is 52% white (mostly German and Irish), 17% black, 17% Latino (mostly Mexican) and 10% Asian (mostly Filipino). It's the hometown (neighborhood) of folk-rock cult band, The Roosters.

And so South Bay fans, to vote for any towns in the South Bay or any other Los Angeles County communities to be covered on the blog, vote here. To vote for Los Angeles neighborhoods, click here. To vote for Orange County neighborhoods, vote here. Yea South Bay!


Follow Eric's Blog and check out more episodes of California Fool's Gold

Mashup Of The Week: "Wugazi: 13 Chambers" Cleverly Pairs Fugazi with Wu Tang Clan

Posted by Billyjam, July 26, 2011 04:04pm | Post a Comment
Some things are great only in concept while others work perfectly both in concept and in practice. Such is the case with the Wugazi mashup project which melds the music of legendary DC post-hardcore band Fugazi with the music of iconic Staten Island hip-hop crew The Wu Tang Clan. The inspired rock/rap mash-up project which is titled Wugazi: 13 Chambers is described by its two producers, Cecil Otter and Swiss Andy, as "a labor of love" and involved the pair spending a full year hard at work "cutting up every imaginable Fugazi record and trying out every Wu-Tang acapella" that they could get their hands on.  

The project's title is a combo of Fugazi's 1990 album 13 Songs (the cover art resembles it too) and the Wu's 36 Chambers. It includes such Wu Tang acapellas as "C.R.E.A.M." (aka "Cash Rules Everything Around Me") from their aforementioned landmark 1993 debut album Enter The Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) which becomes "S.C.R.E.A.M." as in "Sleep Rules Everything Around Me." And it also includes solo Wu member acapellas too such as Ol' Dirty Bastard's "Shimmy Shimmy Ya" which becomes "Forensic Shimmy." Both songs, as well as "Suicide Surprise," are below to play back. For more info and to download Wugazi: 13 Chambers visit the Wugazi website.

Wugazi - "Suicide Surprise" (2011)

Wugazi "S.C.R.E.A.M." (2011)

The Art of the LP Cover- Sports

Posted by Mr. Chadwick, July 25, 2011 10:40pm | Post a Comment

For all you jocks, sports fans and closet sports fans.

Hit Us With Your Best Shot! Enter to Win a $50 Amoeba Gift Certificate

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, July 25, 2011 04:06pm | Post a Comment
Amoeba Music and SF Station have teamed up to offer a $50 Amoeba gift certificate! 
Here's what ya do:
1. Just go to Facebook and “like” SF Station
2. Then post a picture of yourself taken at Amoeba San Francisco OR wearing Amoeba gear on your Facebook wall and tag @SF Station in the photo. 
The photo with the most “likes” by noon on Monday August 8th wins

One runner up will be chosen as “Best Of” as selected by Amoeba and SF Station, not by Facebook “likes.”
You can submit up to 5 entries. If you submit more than 5 you may be disqualified. 
The grand prize winner will be determined by having the most likes and following contest rules.  
Good luck and may the best photo win!

Read about the contest on the SF Station blog!

"Like" SF Station on Facebook:

5th Annual Treasure Island Music Fest Lineup Announced!

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, July 25, 2011 02:41pm | Post a Comment

Amoeba is proud to once again sponsor the Treasure Island Music Festival!

Head over to for full details
or buy your two-day pass HERE:

No Excuse To Miss Battles' Amoeba Hollywood Instore Set Tonight at 6pm (PST). It's Been Streamed Live

Posted by Billyjam, July 25, 2011 02:10pm | Post a Comment

Today, Monday July 25th at 6pm, the amazing group Battles will be doing a free, all ages performance at Amoeba Hollywood in support of their latest, recently released album by the trio, Gloss Drop which features collaborations from such artists as Gary Numan and  Matias Aguayo. In fact when the NYC group played in LA a couple of months back at Echoplex Aguayo jpined them onstage for a live rendition of the album track (and current single/video) "Ice Cream." I missed that previous LA show but heard from folks who went that it was off the hook. I caught them in NYC a while back and they totally lived up to their rep as a great live band. They were mesmerizing. Loved them! Naturally then today's Amoeba set at 6pm (PST) promises to be a goodie.  And if by chance you are not in the LA area or simply unable to make it to the Hollywood Amoeba store at that time today, the good news is that the special in-store set will be streamed live on  where you can also mail-order Gloss Drop for just $10.98 on CD and for $18.98 on LP version (both versions ship free to anywhhere in the US)

Venezuela's Bituaya Live At Tropical De Nopal 7/24/11

Posted by Gomez Comes Alive!, July 25, 2011 12:59am | Post a Comment

Bituaya’s first show in Los Angles wasn’t met with much fanfare. Roughly sixty people came to their show Saturday at Tropical De Nopal gallery, hosted by Eclectica deejays Reyes and Glenn Red. After their seventy five minute set briefly stalled by power outages and a complaining neighbor who called the police, I can gladly say that I was there to witness one of the best shows I’ve seen this year, if not in the last few.

Bituaya hails from Venezuela, a country known by most Americans more for their oil, baseball players and of course, their leader Hugo Chavez, who is overly hated by the right and overly loved by the left. Venezuela has a rich music history, from the Joropo music that reminds me of Mexico’s Son Jarocho, to Latin Pop stars Richardo Montaner and Jose “El Puma” Rodriguez. In recent years people all over the world have been getting down to the alterna-house sounds of the legendary Los Amigos Invisibles. Venezuela also has a rich history of great Salsa artists such as personal favorites, Oscar D’Leon, Federico y Su Combo, Los Dementes and La Dimension Latina. One cannot deny the influence of Caribbean music on Venezuelans or for that matter, on Bituaya as a band. Bituaya continues the trend of recent Latin America artists perfecting the mixture of Merengue, Salsa, Cumbia, Reggae, Hip-Hop and Electronica effortlessly and without sounding contrived.

The six -piece group consists of two rappers, a singer/multi-instrumentalist, a percussionist, keyboardist and one of the smallest deejays I have ever seen, no joke. This guy had to stand on a box just to use the deejay table! From their first song they got everyone up and started dancing, as they played tracks from their ElectroCaribe release. Right away you can tell that these guys are well trained in music. These aren’t guys stumbling through genres; these guys have studied the various styles they play. It’s not shocking to find out that Bituaya are linked to many community-based art programs in Venezuela. Each song seemed to get better than the next. I especially like the mixture of  Joropo and Hip-Hop, with Aquiles Rengifo playing the cuarto underneath the Dub Reggae samples the solid flow of Miqueas “Piki” Figueroa. It’s something that I hoped that Son Jarocho groups would do more of, but it seems to be met with a lot of resistance. Bituaya made it seem so easy. In fact, every song came out so easily. Their Salsa was pure, the Merengue pulsed and the Cumbia/Reggae hybrids felt natural, all with that electro-sheen and Hip-Hop mentality that makes the music relevant. The night ended with a long jam, which included Raul Pacheco from the O.G. genre-bending band, Ozomatli, on guitar along with various Venezuelan nationals joining in on percussion and flute.

I had the daunting task of following the group with a deejay set. I tried my best but with the sound turned down due to noise complaints and an audience exhausted by Bituaya, I couldn’t do much besides play background music to the people trying to talk to the band. I would have to if I weren’t behind the turntables. I really enjoyed the band. Sometimes when I witness a band that is that good, I want to leave the show halfway through so nothing tarnishes the feeling that I am having at the moment. Because of the deejay set I was forced to stay and I’m glad I did because Bituaya did nothing tarnished that feeling. I guarantee just by word of mouth of the people that were at that show that Bituaya will play to a larger audience the next time around.

Wanna get their CD, ElectroCaribe? It is now available at Amoeba Hollywood for the low, low price of 7.98!

90 Year Old Virgin: Captain America, The First Avenger (2011)

Posted by Charles Reece, July 24, 2011 11:47pm | Post a Comment

Joe Johnston's Cap is a symbol of America, but more of our foreign policy than domestic issues:

As Steve Rogers, he starts off small and frail ("a 90 pound asthmatic"), but unwilling to back down from bullies. One pummels him in the alley, but he just keeps getting up to be hit again until his virile buddy Bucky Barnes chases the bully off. Adolf Hitler is a bully, and Steve won't back down from him, either, nor should America. Thus, America is never the bully, only the bullied or the defender of the weak from the bullies.

Steve might be weak, but what's really important to his status as a hero is his heart and soul. Not just anyone could've been made into the superhero Captain America through the injection of the super-serum formula. It took someone with a truly good heart, intrinsically anti-bully, to wield all that superpower in the correct, moral direction. The Red Skull was injected with the same formula, but look how ugly he turned out. That is, America is a benevolent superpower (and better looking than our enemies), intrinsically deserving of our power over others, since it's not our nature to use force wantonly.

Steve repeatedly lies, but only for a just cause, to get himself in the military to serve his country and vanquish evil. Despite his 4-F status, he's sure that his country needs him to fight as a man, not as a scientist or with some other skill set that doesn't involve muscle. Dr. Abraham Erskine, the German inventor of the formula, recognizes the determination of Steve in his willingness to lie for a just cause and enters him into the super soldier program. Realpolitik might make lies necessary, but that's not a problem as long as you remain true to yourself and your cause is just. We lie for good reasons, our ends are justified, and we are necessary for those ends to be realized. When the time comes, we'll jump on the grenade to protect you.

Finally, Cap is pure and innocent. He's never had sex. Even when he's on a double-date with Bucky, all he really cares about is being able to fight. The girls will recognize his greatness once he's proven himself on the battlefield. And they do begin to recognize his sex appeal after he's rescued 400 soldiers from Hydra. The scientifically altered pecs probably don't hurt, either. Yet, he gets frozen before trying out his least utilized super-enhancement and wakes up 70 years later still a virgin. The others (women, foreigners) will recognize our rectitude in time, receptive of our truth. The film reassures us that this acceptance isn't purely a matter of power: the British agent Peggy Carter begins to fall for Steve even before he gets transformed, right around the time he falls on the aforementioned grenade.

Captain America is about as incompetent as big budget films get. Working for the Nazis (although there's barely a mention of them and no swastikas in sight), the Red Skull (never named that, just Johann Schmidt) is attempting to do something with the cosmic cube (again, never called that), such as powering a bunch of laser rifles that aren't any more effective than our boys and their rifles. He also plans on sending many airplanes that look like bombs to a bunch of the major cities in the States (which we know because they're labeled). Along the way he captures the Howling Commandos (never named) and tortures Bucky for no reason other than to give Cap something to do (how he knows where they're imprisoned is never explained). The action, when it occurs, is on a par with Chuck NorrisDelta Force. After waiting and waiting for Cap in costume, the majority of the fighting is told in a montage sequence to be filled in at a later date (i.e., flashback sequences in the sequels). You'd think that the one thing the special effects team could get right with CGI is the throwing of the shield, but mostly it flies off screen and re-enters as Cap captures it over his head -- Johnston isn't much for framing anything more than the characters on the screen. Thor throws his hammer, Hulk smashes, Iron Man flies and shoots out beams -- how hard is that to grasp? That's primary, everything else is just icing.

Probably the best thing about the film was the trailer for the new Spider-Man movie, which is a great example of the first person camera eye, which should only be enhanced by 3D.

New 12"s @ Amoeba Hollywood 7/22 - The Sight Below, Iron Curtis, Levon Vincent, Sven Weisemann, Justin Vandervolgen & more

Posted by Oliver / Matt / Jordan, July 23, 2011 09:46pm | Post a Comment
The Sight Below
Glider 2LP

There’s a beating heart buried in the cold landscape of Glider, a warm 4/4 pulse that enervates the album’s echoing, looped drones and pulls the listener swiftly through the snow. By pinning barely-there electronic beats to his wisps of guitar melody, the Seattle-based producer turns ambient music into a hybrid strain of breathtakingly intimate, small-scale dance music. There’s a separation of elements in The Sight Below’s songs that’s almost meteorological in nature: Tendrils of treated guitar trail lazy patterns in the sky like the Aurora Borealis (“At First Touch”), flicker in the distance like heat lightning (“Dour”), or expand and contract like time-lapse cloud formations (“Life’s Fading Light”); running along beneath, nearly obscured by the airborne phenomena, is an ever-present beat, which ranges from the mud-puddle throb in “Without Motion” to the tiny, insistent high-hats in “A Fractured Smile.” The tracks evolve at a deliberated pace, but as the tones overlap and the rhythms build, time oozes to a halt and hangs in blissfully frost-bitten suspended animation. With Glider, The Sight Below has created a work of vertiginous sonic depth and exquisite melancholy: techno music for a dark, brooding night.

Purchase Glider here:

Iron Curtis

Goma EP– San Soda / Mano Le Tough 12"

Johannes Paluka delivers this fresh soulful deep house EP where the title track holds a nice smooth groove with a pitched down vocal bit. To follow is a stunning remix from SAN SODA. On the flip, "YOU'RE (WAY MUCH MORE THAN JUST) MY CHOICE TONIGHT" is a downtempo number & gets a MANO LE TOUGH remix.

Purchase Goma here:

Levon Vincent
Man Or Mistress 12”
Novel Sound

Levon Vincent returns with another quality 3 track ep.  Limited vinyl only release "MAN OR MISTRESS", "MAKING HEADWAY" and "NO REGRETS" are all varied in style, typical LV bass heavy tracks sitting nicely between both house and techno.

Purchase Man or Mistress here:

John Beltran
Kassem Mosse & Sven Weisemann Selection Remixes 12"

In addition to John Beltran's Ambient Selections 1995-2011 (DSR 088CD) compilation, Delsin presents this special 12" featuring remixes by Kassem Mosse (with studio mate Mix Mup) and Sven Weisemann.

Purchase Selection remixes here:

Try To Find Me
Vol. 3 12”
Golf Channel

The 3rd installment in JUSTIN VANDERVOLGEN's "TRY TO FIND ME" series. "I'M A DANCER" is a huge peaktime club jam with big thundering drum beats and "more than a whiff of leather". B/w "NEEDS ENDING" a dreamy fx laden song with a whispery vocal that people are going crazy for.

Purchase Try To Find Me 3 here:

Facets EP
Modern Love

Miles' Facets EP brings together different ends of his production style, unifying elements of the house and techno he's most commonly released as MLZ together with the more broken production signatures usually reserved for Millie and the darkened tribalism of Demdike Stare. "Flawed" opens with a Linn loop from the archives, stretched and slowed down with an intoxicated aesthetic that's somewhere between house and dub, before "Lustre" re-configures source material originally keyed in by label-mate Andy Stott with a nice line in squashed percussion. "Primer" extends from a Demdike Stare outtake and veers off into an analog drum machine workout, before "On The Fly" ends the set with a recording made straight to mixing desk from an array of mis-wired and malfunctioning drum boxes, contact microphones and samplers. Thirty minutes long, mastered and cut at Dubplates & Mastering, Berlin. Limited to 700 copies for the world.

Purchase Facets here:

Snuff Crew

Basement Jams Pt.1 12”

These Berlin based producers have released music on labels like RUSH HOUR, GIGOLO, PLAYHOUSE, etc and now have landed onto SKYLAX! Here they bring 4 cuts of heavily influenced Chicago-style old school house. Includes "LIKE THE WIND", "DREAMER", "DO THE SNAKE", and "SIGNALS".

Purchase Basement James Pt 1 here:

Cos-Mes & Chida

12 Inches For Japan 12”
ESP Institute

In an effort to help friends in Japan, ESP INSTITUTE presents part 1 in a ltd edition red vinyl stash. COS-MES brings a triumphant theatrical vocal stomper w/ HEY YAH & ENE label boss CHIDA dropping a dark dubby pumper on the flip. Proceeds go to relief efforts. No repress.

Purchase 12 Inches For Japan here:

Chicago Skyway & Dcook -LAGER EP 12”
Kenny Hawkes/GREEN GRASS 12”
AFMB: In My Life (feat. Geraldine Roth) 12"
MITZI: Vinyl Versions 12"
JONA: This Time 12"
LOVEBIRDS/LEIF: The Beast/Almost Invisible 12"
FORMAT #1: Solid Session 12"
MANIK: Armies Of The Night Vinyl Sampler 12”
SAN PROPER, SAN: Shook 12”
RECLOOSE: Saturday Night Manifesto 12"
BRAILLE: The Year 3000 12"
MAXI MILL: To The Next/Sun Rays 12"
Colman Brothers/BREATHING WITH DG 7"
Dense & Pika/BAD BACK 12”
Funkineven/ROLAND'S JAM 12”
Excision & Downlink/HEAVY-SKISM RMX 12”
Jon Dasilva/LOVE IS ALL WE NEED 12”
Mat Chiavaroli/WAR OUTSIDE 12”
Johnwaynes/HOOMBA HOOMA 12”
Lord Of The Isles/HOT BLOBS EP 12”
Machinedrum/ALARMAA 12”
Various/10 YEAR ANNIVERSARY PT.2 12”
Istanbul 70/PSYCH DISCO EDITS VOL 2 12”
Istanbul 70/PSYCH DISCO EDITS VOL 3 12”
Tony Lionni/TAKE ME HIGHER EP 12”
Kastil/DUSTY EDITS VOL. 1 12”
Javeon McCarthy/LOVE WITHOUT A HEART 12”
Mighty Mocambos & Friends/ZULU WALK 7”
Tobor Experiment Disco Experience/ST LP
Subb-An & Anomaly Jonez/MISLEADING 12”
Randa & The Soul Kingdom/THINGS RMX 12”
Los Charlys Orch/THE GROOVE 12”
Sharmaji/HOW TO MOVE 12”
Alexis Raphael/KITCHENS & BEDROOMS 12”
Youandewan/1988 12”
Frankie Knuckles/I'LL TAKE YOU THERE 12”
Memoryman aka Uovo/SOUL DROPS EP 12”
Kuba Sojka/BERLIN NEWS 12”
Miguel Migs/RED & DREAD 12”

Rest In Peace Amy Winehouse

Posted by Billyjam, July 23, 2011 10:24am | Post a Comment
Amy Winehouse "Valerie (live)"

According to several sources published over the past hour Amy Winehouse has died. These reports are based on a press release from the Metropolitan Police in London who wrote earlier today that, "Police were called by London Ambulance Service to an address in Camden Square NW1 shortly before 16.05hrs today, Saturday 23 July, following reports of a woman found deceased. On arrival officers found the body of a 27-year-old female who was pronounced dead at the scene. Enquiries continue into the circumstances of the death. At this early stage it is being treated as unexplained." While sadly not a total surprise this is still such tragic news. Another great talent who never got a chance to reach her true potential and live her life. Only 27...damn! Rest in peace Amy Winehouse.

Hip-Hop Rap Up 07:22:11: E-Lit's Top 5, Gel Roc, A-Plus, KutMasta Kurt, Playdough, DJ Platurn & Too $hort, Boyz In The Hood on Blu-ray & More

Posted by Billyjam, July 22, 2011 06:30am | Post a Comment
Amoeba Music Berkeley Hip-Hop Top Five: Week Ending July 22, 2011

1)  Beastie Boys
          Hot Sauce Committee Part Two
(Capitol Records)

Claiming the #1 spot for God-knows-how-many-weeks and counting is the new Beastie Boys' album Hot Sauce Committee Part Two which continues to rope in old fans and new fans alike with its lo-fi old school aesthetic and prominent guest features.  About as popular as new rap records get, and pretty dang good to boot!

2)    Vakill Armor of God (Molemen Inc.)

Resurfacing after a 6 year absence from the game is one of Chicago’s finest MCs Vakill, who ropes in Jake One and his long-time affiliates the Molemen for his grand return.  Vakill is known for penning vicious punchlines so intricate that it takes the average listener more than three rewinds to figure them out, but  Armor of God finds Vakill mellowing out on the battle raps a bit and focusing more on stories of the street and hardships in the Chicago rap scene.  It’s the sound of a veteran who knows the streets of Chicago like the palm of his hand sitting back and examining the beauty and the tragedy of it all.  Strong album.

July 21, 2011: Project Nim

Posted by phil blankenship, July 21, 2011 10:23pm | Post a Comment

Live Evil Versus The Work Day

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, July 21, 2011 05:48pm | Post a Comment
live evil san francisco walk out to rock out mexican party bus laurent martini

Have you ever sat slumped at your miserable computer at your excruciating job, staring blankly at an Excel spreadsheet that mocks your very existence but really secretly hoping that a heavy metal band would come and whisk you away to a magical land of booze and Satan? Sure, we all have.
Thursday, July 21st, office drones of San Francisco had their rockin’ prayers answered as the band Live Evil drove throughout the city in their Mexican party bus named Lola, picking up stray souls from their jobs for the third annual Walk Out To Rock Out. Whether you call it a public service or a public nuisance, Walk Out To Rock Out is a load of fun and Live Evil is the musical equivalent of a barrel of monkeys. Frontman Laurent Martini (who comes across like the love child of Nikki Sixx and Serge Gainsbourg) and his band of merry party animals strive to be the earthly incarnate of the spirit of rock & roll. Turning private nostalgia into performance art, all Live Evil songs were actually written by Martini during his teen years. This band’s mission of prolonged adolescence brings home the message that rock & roll, at its very core, is about divine youth. That and we’re never too old to rock.
Live Evil’s party bus started at the bar Zeitgeist at 9:00am. From there they picked up people on street corners and from office buildings, stopping at Union Square’s historic Gold Dust Lounge for a spontaneous show full of mayhem, madness, and confused tourists. They departed the Gold Dust at 2:00pm for The Hotel Utah where they played till 8:00pm.
I caught up with Live Evil’s Walk Out To Rock Out at the Gold Dust Lounge. Enjoy the mayhem and get on the bus!

Why We Love Those Sad Songs So Much: Because It Feels So Good To Hurt So Bad!

Posted by Billyjam, July 21, 2011 01:20pm | Post a Comment

The Smiths "Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Today"

Why do we love those sad songs so much? What is It with songs that help us wallow in our misery? Those post break up anthems, or songs about loss and depression that just seep of sadness yet draw us like a moth to a flame. Why do people love Morrissey and the Smiths' sad songs about been miserable? Because - like hot tea on a hot day that fights fire with fire - so too do sad songs quell the sadness in our collective hearts. Some say that we like sad songs of others' tales of despair because we can indulge in their suffering from a safe distance. Like in the comic strip above we love/hate those sad songs so much we have to hit replay. "Please Mr Please" don't play B 17. I don't ever want to hear that song again," sang Olivia Newton John on the weepy Bruce Welch & John Rostill penned 1975 international hit - but you know she secretly indulged in hearing B17 again despite the sadness it aroused in her tortured soul.  Of all the pop hits over the past several decades Elton John's Bernie Taupin penned hit "Sad Songs (Say So Much)" sums up our need for sad songs: "It's times like these when we all need to hear the radio.`Cause from the lips of some old singer we can share the troubles we already know. Turn them on, turn them on. Turn on those sad songs when all hope is gone!" and the song's clincher line, "it feels so good to hurt so bad"

Unique LA: 1st Annual Summer Show, 7/30 & 7/31 in Santa Monica

Posted by Amoebite, July 20, 2011 05:53pm | Post a Comment

Amoeba is excited to help sponsor the largest independent design show in the country!

Attendees get the rare chance to meet and shop directly from over 250 hand-selected designers and artists. The exciting two-day shopping event makes it easy for you to buy local and support LA’s economy, discover great design and deals, join in community, and have a blast!

At the Barker Hangar (3021 Airport Avenue, Santa Monica, CA).

More info.

Pasadena City College - Flea Market & Record Swap, August 7th

Posted by Amoebite, July 20, 2011 05:00pm | Post a Comment

On Sunday, August 7, Amoeba makes a repeat appearance at one of the Southland's biggest and best record swap meets, Pasadena City College's Flea Market and Record Swap. With over 500 vendors, the Flea Market features antiques and collectibles, records, tools, clothes, toys and much more, not to mention food and good company. The Flea Market and Record Swap is from 8am-3pm. Look for the Amoeba booth located in the Bonnie St. parking structure (Lot 5) on the 3rd Level. We'll have a great selection of vinyl, so come out and enjoy your Sunday with us! 

The LA Weekly calls the show “the best source for used records in all of Southern California.” Come on out and enjoy your Sunday with us! More here.

MOCA's "Art In The Streets" Exhibit Continues With Some Special One-Off Events This Week

Posted by Billyjam, July 20, 2011 02:28pm | Post a Comment
WHOLETRAIN trailer (2010) the film screens Saturday @ MOCA as part of Art In The Streets
Art in the Streets - the engaging ongoing presentation of graffiti and street art on exhibit at Los Angeles' Museum Of Contemporary Art (aka MOCA) - that opened in April is drawing to a close in a couple of weeks but before its August 8th last day it still has some new special events planned, including some one-off events. These include an "art talk" by Chaz Bojorquez tomorrow only (July 21st) at 6:30 PM in which the legendary L.A. graffiti artist will discuss his rich body of work as he leads a group walk through MOCA where his art is currently on display. As he does will discuss his and LA's graffit in context of the overall global street art movement of the past several decades which is the theme of Art In The Streets which was fully previewed by the Amoeblog back in April. Bojorquez's lecture is free with general admission to the musuem and no reservations are required.

Then on Saturday (July 23) at 6:30 PM at the Geffen Contemporary at MOCA there will be a screening of the entertaining European feature film about the trials and tribulations of four young graffiti artists WHOLETRAIN. The German film's director Florian Gaag (a former graffiti artist turned filmmaker), who was interviewed by the Amoeblog last November when the film was released on DVD (look for it at Amoeba), said that it took him six years (five years longer than projected) to complete the film due to constant opposition due to its illegal art subject matter.

July 17, 2011: Tabloid

Posted by phil blankenship, July 18, 2011 01:48pm | Post a Comment

Omar Souleyman At The Echo 7/12/11

Posted by Gomez Comes Alive!, July 18, 2011 07:45am | Post a Comment
When I heard Omar Souleyman was playing in Los Angeles, I knew I had to go. Not only do I love his music but also how many times do you have a chance to see anyone from Syria perform in the U.S.? All those who cry about what a disappointment the Obama administration is can thank their liberal visa policies towards international artists. Do you know how many artists’ visas were denied during the Bush administration, especially if they’re from a country deemed a threat to the U.S.? 

Truth be told, there are many places you can hear music like Omar Souleyman across the Los Angeles area. In various Arabic restaurants in Glendale, Alhambra and the West Hollywood you can find someone like Souleyman’s collaborator Rizan Sa'id on a couple of keyboards playing behind a group of belly dancers or at a wedding reception. However, comparing Souleyman to those restaurant musicians is the equivalent of comparing Junior Kimbrough to some hack wearing a fedora playing slick Chicago-style blues. Sure, they both play blues music, but with Kimbrough, you felt the blues.

I had a feeling what an Omar Souleyman audience would look like: The hipster boys who travel to places like Indonesia and buy cassettes of local artists with their ambiguously ethic girlfriends? Check! Arabic people, mostly Syrian nationals, checking out a guy from their home country? Check! The “way too cool” musicians and deejays, who never say anything to you even though you see them everywhere you go? Check! Aging hipsters, still on the brink of discovering something new? Check! Ok, we can proceed.

From the first beat people were ready to dance. The Syrians and the new and older hipsters, all lost it when Soulyman hit the floor. Dabke, the Syrian party music in which Souleyman and Sa'id are famous for, is a mixture of high-energy Arabic music that sounds like gritty house music mixed with echoed vocals. Souleyman, dressed in jalabiya with sunglasses, looked like he stepped right out of the desert night and onto the stage. I wondered if he looked at the sold out crowd and thought, “What the f*^k? Who are these people?” Even the various Middle Eastern people, who went to dance on stage and spoke to him in Arabic, were far more westernized than they would like to think, at least compared to Souleyman.

In the end the show was perfect. Syrians may go all night but the L.A. audience just started to lose steam right about the time they stopped. This show reminded me of Konono No 1 first show in Los Angeles a few years back. A show that was mixed bag of Africans, hipsters and the aging World Music enthusiasts, all dancing till the very end, but barely hanging on compared to the Congolese who can go all night.

The Late, Great Sherwood Schwartz

Posted by Charles Reece, July 17, 2011 11:07pm | Post a Comment

I wasn't much of a fan of this other major creation, The Brady Bunch, but I wasted a whole lot of my summer
vacations watching Sherwood Schwartz's Gilligan's Island (for which he wrote the theme song's lyrics).
I just learned of his death. He was 94.

[email protected]: Friday Nights @ BAM/PFA Begins August 5th

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, July 17, 2011 01:45pm | Post a Comment

Programmed by George Chen, [email protected]: Friday Nights @ BAM/PFA is a three-part summer series is sponsored by Amoeba Music.

The series kicks-off on Friday, August 5th:

C. Spencer Yeh / David Horvitz
Friday, August 5, 2011
Doors 5:00 PM / DJ (Matt Thompson) / Performance 7:30 PM
Tickets available at the door - $7 

Join us for an evening of sonic exploration and social engagement with artists C. Spencer Yeh and David Horvitz. Brooklyn-based Yeh (who also performs under the long-running identity Burning Star Core) is a solo artist and improviser who uses violin, voice, and electronics. He has collaborated with Tony Conrad, New Humans with Vito Acconci, Thurston Moore, and Jandek among many others. Yeh will be performing solo improvisations on violin and voice utilizing the open space of BAM/PFA’s Gallery B. Horvitz, also based in Brooklyn, is a photographer and performance artist whose activities include the 241543903 project, A Wikipedia Reader, and guided food tours. In the prankster tradition, he stages surprising interactions that replicate the online experience. His absurdist social-practice approach to art making will take full advantage of BAM/PFA and the [email protected] audience.

More info:
Facebook invite:

July 17, 2011: Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows Part 2

Posted by phil blankenship, July 17, 2011 01:41pm | Post a Comment

Casual Chats About "The Hierophant," His Two Decades in Hip-Hop, His Famous Battle With Saafir + More

Posted by Billyjam, July 16, 2011 12:25pm | Post a Comment

"A Hierophant is a person who deciphers arcane knowledge. On this album Casual's wordplay demands your attention while his vocabulary inspires thought," is the accurate description of the word Hierphant that inspired the title of talented longtime Oakland emcee (and high profile Hieroglyphics member) Casual's highly recommended new album The Hierophant - according to the official website for the artist's latest release in a career spanning almost two full decades - releasing his debut album Fear Itself back in 1994 following hot on the heels of his much acclaimed, most impressive cameo appearances on albums by fellow Hieros Del Tha Funkee Homosapien and Souls of Mischief.
This 14 track brand new album, which will soon be out on CD and available at Amoeba but currently is available only as a digital release, is released jointly by F.B.M.G. (Fat Boy Music Group) and Hieroglyphics Imperium.  The album has that distinction of sounding new while simultaneously giving a refreshing throwback 90's Hieroglyphics vibe - thanks in great part to killer production by fellow Hiero DJ Toure who perfectly compliments Casual's flow - resulting in an album that will appeal equally to both longtime Casual & Hieroglyphics fans as well as new fans just now catching up on this mostly under-the-radar hip-hop talent. 

Casual "You Like That" from The Hierophant (2011) 

New 12"s @ Amoeba Hollywood 7/15 - Legowelt, NWAQ, Stereociti, Norm Talley, Tevo Howard & more

Posted by Oliver / Matt / Jordan, July 15, 2011 03:58pm | Post a Comment
Sark Island Acid EP

Always telling stories with his songs the prolific Danny Wolfers' latest offering the ''Sark Island Acid'' EP once again brings the listener into his shadowy world where the sounds of Chicago and Detroit meld with a demented dreamworld in which woodland creatures attempt space travel, lonely middle-aged men cast off by society perform circuit bending experiments in their parents suburban basement and autistic fans of late night talk radio call in from the outer-reaches to discuss world politics. Three tracks with the A-side being the bubbling, subduded and beautiful title track Sark Island Acid and the B-side containing the smudged out 808 ghetto compression of Backwoods Fantasies and the epic piano driven Sea of Nuhuhu. Strictly limited! 

Dead Bears 2LP

Reissue of the highly-acclaimed The Dead Bears double LP from Dutch producer Newworldaquarium, originally released in 2007. Covers a wide spectrum from obscure, ultra-fat discofied house tracks to spaced-out ambient soundscapes. Thick thick!! Enter the world of Newworldaquarium. Comes with lovely Delta artwork.


Joanna Newsom set to reissue Milk-Eyed b-side

Posted by Kells, July 15, 2011 03:05pm | Post a Comment
Ladies, breathe deep against your whalebones for this July 17th marks the release of yet another gorgeous offering of tangible media from Drag City: the reissue of Joanna Newsom's eloquent "bring our troops home" treatise "What We Have Known", the long-playing b-side to the Milk-Eyed Mender's "Sprout and the Bean" single, providing something of a missing-piece link between the material showcased on Newsom's debut release and her epic sophomore effort Ys. This single, pressed into 12" vinyl with what promises to be nothing if not an artfully precious etching on the reverse side, comes housed in a "Civil War-styled jacket" because, well, just because! Get yours at Amoeba asap~!

Hip-Hop Rap Up 07:15:11: BPos, Pete Rock & Smif N Wessun, Flash Bang Grenada , Dregs One, Kottonmouth Kings, Dolla Will & Too $hort

Posted by Billyjam, July 15, 2011 05:05am | Post a Comment
BPos "Dope" (2011)

Above is the Strive Films produced video for the new track "Dope" by underrated Bay Area hip-hop crew BPos which is dedicated to the late great Dub Star (aka Rick Flare/Kwanz/K-Dub) of Bored Stiff fame (fellow Bored Stiff member Equipto is among the many folks making cameos in the above video). "Dope" is the first of a series of music videos off of the San Francisco group's' brand new album Pos Tapes Vol. II. It is available as a free download but the crew's Vincente Goodword tell the Amoeblog that. "We will have some 45's in Amoeba for it in a couple months." And on Sunday, July 17th, BPos will be performing at Clux Six (60 6th st (@ Mission St.) at Hip-Hop, Hope & Harmony - the official SF AIDS Walk after-party! The $10 door ticket gets you both entrance to the event a copy of the benefit CD with proceeds going to SF AIDS Walk Foundation. General club info & ticket info for event and for general info on BPos including how to download latest free mix album.

Serengeti's anticipated new album, Family & Friends on Anticon, had its release date pushed back to August 9th when both CD and vinyl versions of this excellent album will arrive in Amoeba. Look for an Amoeblog interview with the unique Chicago area emcee on that same date. Also coming next month is a hot new collaborative project called Flash Bang Grenada which is the combined forces of LA alternative MC Busdriver and Low End Theory MC Nocando. Their 10 track album 10 Haters will drop August 23rd and should be a popular item with fans of underground hip-hop. As well as production from such Low End regulars like Nosaj Thing, Free The Robots, and Shlohmo there will be guest mic spots from Del the Funky Homosapien and Open Mike Eagle.

California Fool's Gold -- A Midtown Primer

Posted by Eric Brightwell, July 14, 2011 07:00pm | Post a Comment

A detail of Pendersleigh & Sons Cartography's map of LA County showing Midtown's location

Midtown is a small but bustling area of Los Angeles surrounded by the larger regions of Hollywood to the north, the Westside to the west, South LA to the south and the Mideast side to the east. As the crossroads of Los Angeles' population, the once whites-only region has long been one of its most ethnically and economically diverse areas, not only home to the largely Jewish Fairfax District and the ethnic enclaves of Koreatown and Little Bangladesh; it's also LA's only African-American enclave, Little Ethiopia.

Pendersleigh & Sons' Official Map of Midtown

The loosely-defined districts within Midtown include the areas of Mid-City, Mid-City West, Mid-Wilshire and Wilshire Center. Within them are numerous and distinct neighborhoods of varying sizes and character that collectively define Midtown's diverse nature. Sometimes Midtown is referred to as Wilshire, after Henry Gaylord Wilshire, the father of Midtown.


Wilshire, or "Gaylord" as he was known to most, was a developer/gold miner/farmer/socialist/publisher from Ohio. In the 1895, he carved Wilshire Boulevard across his barley field and made plans for development. At that time, Midtown was primarily agricultural although oil drilling had begun at the end of the 19th century. Wilshire remained unpaved west of Western until the 1920s, when developer AW Ross developed Wilshire Boulevard with a vision of a commercial corridor instead of district, targeted toward car operators rather than pedestrians -- a concept that architectural critic Reyner Banham called "the linear downtown."


After World War II, the lure of the suburbs slowly sucked out many of Midtown's residents. Some of the older, wealthier neighborhoods subsequently became home to up-and-coming black and Jewish families in the middle part of the century. However, in the 1970s, Downtown LA's Bunker Hill neighborhood was redeveloped as the premier commercial district of LA and many Midtown businesses relocated or floundered as a result.


The first Korean business, Olympic Market, had opened there in 1969.  After draconian measures were undertaken by South Korean dictator Park Chung-hee in 1972, around 70,000 Koreans re-settled in Wilshire Center. The 1992 riots were a setback, especially for Korean-American Angelenos, with 40% of looted businesses being Korean-owned.

Nowadays Midtown has largely recovered although still a region of contrasts. The eastern portion is home to high-rise apartments and one of the most densely populated areas of the Southland. The western portion tends to be comprised of single family homes with fairly large yards. It's one of the premier arts scenes as well, home to many galleries and several famed museums. There are great places to see movies like the CGV Cinemas and the Korean Cultural Center of Los Angeles. It also includes historic music venues including El Rey and the Wiltern. Though until recently beautiful and important structures were knocked down with regularity, today many of the architectural treasures are now protected. Now if only they could do something about the traffic!

now on to the neighborhoods…


Arlington Heights is a primarily residential neighborhood, mostly located within the larger Historic West Adams District whose residents are 57% Latino (mostly Mexican and Salvadoran), 25% black, 13% Asian (mostly Korean) and 5% white. Within its borders are several auto shops and bakeries as well as the Washington Irving Library and a pocket park. It's also home to the well-known Jewel's Catch One which opened in 1972 as the nation's first gay black disco


Beverly Grove is located in the northern corner of Midtown and is often lumped in with the Fairfax District that it borders. It's home to the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and people often offer alternative monikers for it including Beverly Hills Adjacent, Beverly-Fairfax, and Fairfax-Melrose although all are as subjective (and incorrect) as the next. It's Beverly Grove: learn it, live it, love it!


Brookside is a tiny residential enclave of just 400 homes, developed by the Rimpau Estate Company in 1920 as Windsor Crest (or Wilshire Crest, according to fewer sources). An economic slowdown in 1921 slowed down sales of the mostly-Colonial Revivals (and one Moorish and Scottish-influenced castle - The Chateau LeMoine) set on large lots and it became known as South Brookside (and later just Brookside) for the Arroyo de los Jardin de las Flores that runs through it. Since the 1930s, the privately-owned Brookledge Theater, located in the back of a home, has hosted magicians for entertainment. There's also an annual potluck with a petting zoo and carnival games.


Carthay Circle was developed in 1922, J. Harvey McCarthy as Carthay Center. Its most famous landmark was the Carthay Circle Theatre, from which the trapezoidal neighborhood takes its misleading name. The theater was built in 1926 in the Spanish Baroque style, a 1500-seat-theater designed by A Dwight Gibbs. The last performance was of The Shoes of the Fisherman in 1968. It was later demolished. Nowadays Carthay Circle is part of an Historic Preservation Overlay Zone.


Carthay Square was developed in 1933 by Spyros George Ponty, alongside the larger, adjacent South Carthay. It's primarily made up of two-and-three-family apartments with a couple of restaurants along the southern edge and the Little Ethiopia commercial district along it's eastern one.


From 1899 to 1905, the area that now makes up Country Club Park was home to the 1 km2 Los Angeles Country Club. After it moved, Isaac Milbank's Country Club Park Real Estate Company subdivided the area for residential development. Although originally whites-only, after the racist restrictive housing codes were abolished, it attracted many upwardly-mobile blacks including celebrities like  Hattie McDaniel, Mahalia Jackson, Lou Rawls, Lena Horne, Celes King of the Tuskeegee Airman and many others.


Faircrest Heights is a mostly residential neighborhood bounded by Pico Boulevard on the north, Fairfax Avenue on the east, Venice Boulevard on the south, and La Cienega Boulevard on the west. Most of the homes were built in the late 1930s and early '40s. As of the 2010 census its population was 52% black, 26% white, and 20% Latino. In 2004, Los Angeles Magazine named it one of the "10 Best Neighborhoods You've Never Heard Of". In 2013, Redfin listed it as the third most "up-and-comping" neighborhoods in the entire state.

One of its chief attractions is the Los Angeles Center for Enriched Studies (LACES) Recreation Center. Other attractions include Ciccero's Pizza, Hoagies and Wings, Hollywood Pies, The Mint, and Penguin Fish & Chips. 


Its series of nicknames, including Bagel District and Kosher Canyon, reflex the long-established Jewish character of the Fairfax District. Many Jews have since moved west and today the population is 85% white (Russian, Irish and Ukranian), 6% Latino (Mexican), 5% Asian. It's also home to The GroveThe Original Farmers' Market, CBS Television City and many Jewish organizations. The area immediately around Fairfax Avenue is known as Fairfax Village. To read more about Fairfax, click here.


Hancock Park is an upscale Midtown neighborhood developed in the 1920s by the Hancock family, who'd previously made a fortune from oil drilling. It was subdivided by George Allan Hancock who inherited the land (which included the La Brea tar pits) from his father, Major Henry Hancock. The population today is 71% white (mostly Irish and Russian), 13% Asian (mostly Korean and Filipino), 9% Latino and 4% black. It was at one time home to Nat King Cole, although his home was later seized by the FBI over unpaid income taxes (pictured above).


Harvard Heights is another Midtown neighborhood largely protected by its being within an HPOZ (that also includes part of West Adams Heights and Westmoreland Heights). Its historical architectural significance is in large part due to the many California Craftsmans built primarily in the first decade of the 20th century. It's also home to Southern California's oldest school, Loyola High. The population is roughly 66% Latino (mostly Mexican and Salvadoran), 16% black and 13% Asian.


Los Angeles is home to the largest population of Koreans and our Koreatown destroys the competition… and if that weren't enough, the OC has Little Seoul. Like many ethnic enclaves in LA, Koreatown is largely a Korean commercial district, although there are many newly-arrived and mostly poor Koreans living in the neighborhood… joining a population that's largely poor and mostly Latino. When Koreatown was officially designated in 1980, Koreatown was limited to Olympic Boulevard. However, as the Korean population and businesses have poured out in all directions, definitions have grown to include all of Wilshire Center and parts of neighboring districts, and not without controversy. To read more about Koreatown, click here.


Lafayette Square is a small, semi-gated neighborhood named after Marie-Joseph Paul Yves Roch Gilbert du Motier, Marquis de La Fayette consisting of eight blocks and centered around St Charles Place. Situated between Venice Boulevard and Washington Boulevard, its another of that part of Midtown's wealthy, black majority neighborhoods. It was developed in 1913 by George L. Crenshaw. In 1952, famed architect Paul R. Williams built a home for his family there (pictured above).


Larchmont is centered on tree-lined Larchmont Boulevard between Beverly Boulevard and 3rd Street - a portion known to many as Larchmont Village. A streetcar went up and down the boulevard until the 1940s and it, indeed, has a nice, village feel. It got a little less nice and a little less village-y when Village Pizza left for Yucca Corridor. It's still home to, and perhaps dominated by, the large Wilshire Country Club. Today the population of the neighborhood is 37% Latino (mostly Mexican and Guatemalan), 30% Asian (mostly Korean) and 25% white.


Little Bangladesh is centered around a short stretch of 3rd Street between Wilton on the west and Vermont on the east.  In the 1960s, many Bangladeshis came to the US on student visas and many chose to live in the northern portion of Wilshire Center for its cheap rents and its close proximity to LACC. After the Bangladeshi Liberation War broke out in March of 1971, there was one more reason to relocate. That same year the Los Angeles Bangladesh Association was created. To read more about Little Bangladesh, click here.


Although city signs indicate that it's official length is longer, Little Ethiopia is in reality a one block stretch along Fairfax between Olympic and Whitworth in the Carthay area. The smallest of the Southland's many ethnic enclaves it's also the only African-American one. It exists primarily as an Ethiopian commercial district as not many Ethiopians live in the area. To read more about Little Ethiopia, click here.


The romantically-named Longwood Highlands is a neighborhood in the Mid-Wilshire area. It’s a rather lush, green neighborhood, the streets of which are lined with mature magnolias, oaks and sycamores. A large number of the residences in the neighborhood are duplexes or, in fewer cases, quadraplexes. As I walked through the neighborhood, I was greeted by a diverse group of strangers, suggesting it might be more affordable than it's posh appearance suggests. To read more, click here


St. Elmo's Village (image source: Mural Conservancy of Los Angeles)
Although the term "Mid-City" is often used as a term for the larger midtown area, in its more specific use it refers to a neighborhood roughly bounded by Pico, Crenshaw, the 10 and Robertson. Historically largely black, it's the home of the well-known Nate Holden Performing Arts Center (home of the Ebony Repertory Theater Company), the Ray Charles Post Office, and the inspiring St. Elmo's Village, founded by two men from Missouri. Today the population is 45% Latino (mostly Mexican and Salvadoran), 38% black, 10% white and 4% Asian.


The Miracle Mile is a part of Mid-Wilshire that's also considered to be both its own larger district as well as a smaller, better defined neighborhood. Designed as a commercial district to rival downtown Los Angeles, there are a preponderance of commercial spaces often dating back to the 1960s. Due to the presence of museums, commercial high rises and high-density residences, it remains a vital neighborhood with a population that's approximately 34% white, 23% black, 20% Latino (mostly Mexican) and 20% Asian (mostly Korean).


Normally an "Olympic Park" refers to an accommodation built for the Olympic Games. In the case of LA's Olympic Park, however, it's a small Mid-Wilshire neighborhood bound by Pico to the south, Rimpau to the west, Olympic to the north and Crenshaw to the east. There is no entry on it in Wikipedia or the LA Times Mapping Project… oh well! It's also home of the Queen Anne Recreation Center.


Emil Firth’s Oxford Square Tract was subdivided in 1907. Originally the large subdivision stretched from Pico Boulevard to Francis Avenue on Windsor Boulevard and Victoria Avenue and included Windsor Village. Ironically, Firth was Jewish but even so, Jews were restricted from living in Oxford Square by racist, restrictive deeds at its inception.


Park La Brea is a unique Mid-Wilshire/Miracle Mile neighborhood comprised of more than 4,000 apartments built between 1944 and 1948, a time when development was dominated by single family homes. Due to their passing aesthetic similarity to Bronzeville, Chicago's Robert Taylor Homes and Queens's Queensbridge housing developments; Park La Brea was quickly nicknamed "The Projects." However, the inspiration was the innovative architecture of Le Corbusier and the streets are laid out in a Masonic pattern as a reference to the masonic heritage of the Metropolitan Life Insurance Company.


Park Mile is the eastern counterpart to neighboring Miracle Mile to the west. It refers to a stretch of Mid-Wilshire area and between Rimpau and Crenshaw to the east. There's also no entry for it in Wikipedia or the LA Times' Mapping Project. However, it's a culturally significant neighborhood that's home to the Ebell of Los Angeles, Helios Productions, La High Memorial Park and No. 1 Video as well as numerous auto shops and burger joints.


Pico del Mar is another obscure corner of Midtown, in this case bounded by La Brea to the east, Venice to the south, Cochran to the west and Pico to the north. It's home to the long popular black stand-up comedy venue, The Comedy Union. It's also home to several "soul food" establishments, including Chef Marilyn Soul Food Express and a location of Roscoe's House of Chicken. Although the original location is gone, it's home to one of the two locations of Oki Dog - famed in the LA punk scene. 


Pico Park is a tiny Mid-Wilshire neighborhood made up mostly of homes although (as with most of Midtown) home to a number of auto shops and Mexican restaurants. Maybe there was a park there once… but not now. In fact, however, there is a park named Pico Park  but it's in Pico Rivera. It is home to Saturn Street School, which sounds pretty amazing.


 "Picfair" refers to the corner of Pico and Fairfax. It was formerly the site of the Art Deco Picfair Theater, owned and operated in the 1940s by Joseph Moritz. It later became part of a four theater booking known as the Academy of Proven Hits, which played reissues that were in most cases Oscar winners. The theater was managed by James H. Nicholson prior to his forming American Releasing Corporation, which later became American International Pictures. Sadly, it was destroyed during the LA Riots of '92. 


Redondo-Sycamore is a Mid-Wilshire neighborhood named after two parallel streets within its boundaries. It also, like many mostly residential Midtown neighborhoods, has lots of auto body shops.


Although the name suggests a Scottish-American enclave, there are few, if any, Scottish-Americans in St. Andrews Square. The population of 3,579 people is, in fact, 40% Asian (mostly Korean and Filipino), 31% Latino (mostly Mexican and Guatemaltan) and 22% white (mostly German). It is traversed and presumably named after St Andrews Place, which bisects it. 


South Carthay is the main part of the southerly Carthay development begun in 1933. In the 1980s, South Carthay was designated for preservation in Los Angeles' Historic Preservation Overlay Zone program. It's number to several Jewish organizations as well as a Coptic Church

Sycamore Square is yet another Midtown neighborhood neglected by Wikipedia or LA Times Mapping LA entry. In its case its south of Hancock Park, west of Brookside and east of Miracle Mile. Despite its low profile it's officially represented by Sycamore Square Association, whose efforts led to official designation earlier this year. 


Victoria Park is a semi-gated Mid-City neighborhood West of Crenshaw, south of Pico, north of Venice and East of West. Its center is a loop formed by Victoria Park Drive and Victoria Park Place. Established in 1908, the Victoria Park neighborhood is one of only two neighborhoods in the entire city of Los Angeles where the homes are arranged on a circular street. Many of the homes serve as fine architectural examples of the American Arts and Crafts Movement. Along its outer edge there are several auto shops and a handful of restaurants. Although it's semi-gated and the pedestrian entrances have dumb, permanently locked chain-link gates, they're easily-hopped allowing Angelenos a chance to check out the neighborhood the predates the fences by about 90 years.

The boundaries of Vineyard are tough to pin down but it seems to be North of Venice, west of west, south of Pico and San Vicente and east of La Brea. Ballona Creek rises in its low hills and goes on to flow nine miles to the Pacific. Historically it was important as a transportation hub of the Pacific Electric trolley car lines. In 1913, the Vineyard Junction tragedy involved a trolley collision that killed fourteen and injured over 200. 


We-Wil is nicknamed after the intersection of Western and Wishire. It's home to CGV Cinemas, a new movie theater that primarily screens Hollywood blockbusters and Korean films. It's also home to the LA Institute of Architecture & Design and several restaurants -- mostly Korean. 


Wellington Square is hemmed in by the 10 to the south, Crenshaw to the east, Washington to the north and West to the west. It is presumably named after Wellington Road which bisects it. It's almost entirely residential with a car wash and gas station (separate). Wellington is the capital of New Zealand. It's a proposed HPOZ and hosts a farmers' market.


West Adams Heights is a small neighborhood in the Historic West Adams District, mostly surrounded by Harvard Heights. By the 1950s, most of the white population had left and many affluent blacks moved their and it became known, colloquially, as "Sugar Hill," after the posh Harlem neighborhood in New York City.


Western Heights is north of the 10, east of Crenshaw, south of Washington and west of Arlington Ave. Despite the suggestion of its name, it's rather flat and on the same level as most of Midtown. In addition to the residents it is also home to several upholstery and carpet stores as well as Korean and Mexican restaurants. It's home to homes built in the Queen Anne, Craftsman, Tudor Revival and Spanish Colonial Revival, designed by architects such as Myron Hunt and Paul Williams. For that its a proposed HPOZ.


Wilshire Center has historically been the largest neighborhood in Midtown. Contained within it are the smaller neighborhoods of Little Bangladesh and Koreatown. However, as Koreatown has effectively (and now officially) grown, Koreatown has come to dominate Wilshire Center rather than the other way around. However, it is still marked by neon signs and the population is mostly Latino, 54% -- mostly Mexican but with large numbers of Salvadorans, Guatemalans, Hondurans and Oaxacans. If Wilshire Center has a heart, it's Wilshire Boulevard, Reflecting the ethnicity of most of its inhabitants to the north, it's the site of The Consulate General of El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Bolivia and South Korea. The rest of the population is 32% Asian (mostly Korean), 7% white and 4% black. 


Wilshire Highlands is bounded by San Vicente to the north, La Brea to the east, Pico to the south and Redondo to the west. It is home to a well-known 24 hour joint, Lucy's Drive In. It's also home to Rogue Machine Theatre, Dr. Tea's Tea Garden & Herbal Emporium and The GAM Arts Center. The latter is a large silver-with-red-trim rehearsal hall and studio space for film and video production. 


Wilshire Park is a Mid-Wilshire neighborhood adjacent to Koreatown that that often gets lumped in with it (including by the LA Times). This is despite the fact that the neighborhood is made up mostly of single-family homes and few businesses, in contrast to high density and very commercial K-Town. In the silent era Wilshire Park was home to several famous actresses. One of homes was the Douglas home in the TV series, My Three Sons. To read more about Wilshire Park, click here


Windsor Square is a Mid-Wilshire neighborhood developed around 1910 by financier named George A.J. Howard and meant to have an English vibe. Several enormously expensive homes were designed by Paul Williams and A.C. Martin, among others. The mayor's residence is a home there, originally built for Oil baron John Paul Getty. The population is 42% Asian (mostly Korean and Filipino), 38% White (mostly German), 15% Latino and 4% black. 


Windsor Village's boundaries are Wilshire Boulevard to the north, Olympic Boulevard to the south, Lucerne Boulevard to the west, and Crenshaw Boulevard to the east. Many of the homes are from the 1920s and it's a newly designated historic zone. Naturally they now have a website.


Wilshire Vista is a Little Ethiopia and Miracle Mile adjacent neighborhood with several restaurants including El Compa Tacos and Burritos, Chic Rotisserie Chicken, CJ's Cafe and Pasquale's Cafe and Pizza. It's also home of The Black Dahlia Theatre as well as the usual array of auto shops. 


Wilshire Vista Heights is home to a couple of Caribbean joints -- Wi Jammin Carribean and Island Fresh. With three words in its name, Wilshire Vista Heights is tied with Park la Brea, Pico del Mar and St Andrews Square for "most words in the name of a Midtown neighborhood."


Well, hopefully that whet your appetite for blog entries about Midtown neighborhoods, so if you'd like to vote for them -- or other Los Angeles neighborhoods, click here. If you'd like to vote for Los Angeles County communities, click here. And finally, if you'd like to vote for Orange County communities and neighborhoods, click here. Until next time! 


Follow Eric's Blog and check out more episodes of California Fool's Gold

out this week 7/5 & 7/12...memory tapes...sons & daughters...washed out...

Posted by Brad Schelden, July 14, 2011 02:08pm | Post a Comment
I first heard Seek Magic by Memory Tapes at the end of 2009. I was immediately hooked. I suddenly couldn't imagine how I had lived my life without Memory Tapes. The album was that good. At least I thought so. Combining all my favorite elements of dream pop and shoegaze and electronica. This guy knew the way to my heart. Memory Tapes created some amazingly catchy pop songs for this album. He captured an early 90s sound but somehow made it refreshing and like nothing I had ever heard. I was in love with Memory Tapes. All you need to do is listen to the song "Bicycle." You will immediately fall in love with this song. There seriously must be something wrong with you if you don't like this song. Memory Tapes is Dayve Hawke of New Jersey. He had also released music as Memory Cassette and Weird Tapes. He decided to combine the two into Memory Tapes. His new album is called Player Piano. The second album is always risky undertaking. Especially when you really like the first album. When that first album plays a big part of your life and is listened to over and over again. It is sort of scary to first check out that second album. I worry that I will not like it. I really want to like it. I respect the artist and want to like where they are going with the second album. But it doesn't always work out. Sometimes you are just never going to have that same experience with a second album. The new Memory Tapes album does not disappoint. Another one of my favorites from the last couple of years is Washed Out. I really loved that first album. But the jury is still out on the new album released this week. I like it. But not sure if I am ready to fall in love. But I am not giving up on it yet. I fell in love with the new Memory Tapes album immediately. This new is worth your valuable time. 

You should of course start with Seek Magic if you are new to Memory Tapes. However sometimes it works better the opposite way. I know I have said this before. But sometimes it is good to start with that second album. If you end up liking the new album then you are guaranteed to love the first one. Sort of like reading a book before you see the movie. If the book is really good, then you may not end up liking the movie. Rarely can a movie be as good as a book. But if you love the movie first. You can often end up going back and loving the book second. But it is a great feeling to read a book for the first time. To be learning everything for the first time as you turn the pages. "Wait in the Dark" is one of my favorite tracks from the new album. It is the first real song on the album following a short instrumental introduction. My favorite track on the album is probably "Trance Sisters." The album flows together perfectly. It is all very dream like and could easily put you under its spell.

There have already been a ton of great albums this year. It is really turning out to be a great year for music. I hope you feel the same way. Maybe it is just me. But I feel like all of my favorite bands are putting out great albums this year. The year got off to a great start with awesome new albums from Wanda Jackson, Puro Instinct, and Adele. I am still loving the new albums from PJ Harvey, The Kills, Raveonettes, Explosions in the Sky, Okkervil River, Gang Gang Dance,  Black Lips, Zombi and TV on the Radio. Many of these albums will be competing in my top ten at the end of the year. Craft Spells, Holy Ghost, Cold Cave, Kurt Vile, Det Vackra Livet,  Acid House Kings, Bon Iver, and John Maus are all close to the top. The albums keep coming out too. The new Sons & Daughters album is awesome. I still think they are a very under-appreciated band. I really like that last album but this new one is really working for me. Mirror Mirror is out this week on Domino. Domestic versions of Tame Impala and Hercules and Love Affair are finally being released in the next couple of months. I am also liking the new albums by Zomby and SBTRKT. They are both new electronica albums released in the last couple of weeks. The new Crystal Antlers album is out next week on July 19th. And I don't like them just because they are from Long Beach. This new album is fantastic. And they just filmed an episode of What's In My Bag. So be on the lookout for that! New albums by The Horrors and Little Dragon are out July 26th. New Dom album 8/9. New Active Child & Stephen Malkmus albums out 8/23. New Beirut and CSS album out 8/30. New album by The Rapture out 9/6. New St. Vincent, Wooden Shjips, Teen Daze, and Wild Flag out 9/13. New Dum Dum Girls and Bjork out 9/27. There will be something for everyone. New M83 and Girls albums are also out this year! But what I am most looking forward to are those new albums that I don't even know about. They are just lurking around the corner waiting for us to discover. I can't wait...

Watch the video for "Bicycle" by Memory Tapes from the album Seek Magic...

Listen to Wait in the Dark by Memory Tapes from the new album Player Piano...

also out 7/5...

by Clams Casino

I Love You Dude
by Digitalism

Drums Between the Bells
by Brian Eno

Gardens & Villa
by Gardens & Villa

Player Piano
by Memory Tapes

by Pure X

Devil's Music
by The Teddybears

also out 7/12...

I Want That You
by Middle East

Mirror Mirror
by Sons & Daughters

Within & Without
by Washed Out

by Zomby

Amon Tobin, Moby, Quantic, & Ladytron Among Artists At 2011 Decibel Festival

Posted by Billyjam, July 14, 2011 01:55pm | Post a Comment
Amon Tobin will perform his latest piece/current album ISAM at this year's Decibel Fest in Seattle

The line up for this year's bigger and better, eight edition of the Decibel Festival (full name DecibelInternational Festival of Electronic Music Performance, Visual Art and New Media) happening at several venues around Seattle September 28th through October 2nd, has just been announced with advance tickets now available.

Performers in this year's ever expanding annual festival include Amon Tobin, who will be performing his latest piece/current seventh album ISAM (see concert trailer above) Moby, Ladytron, Bonobo, Zomby, Quantic, Mad Professor, Holy Fuck, Martyn, Motor City Drum Ensemble, DJ Krush, Green Velvet, Araab Musik, Ulrich Schnauss, Chateau Flight, Girl Unit, Bok Bok, Atlantic Connection, Egyptrixx, Blondes, Matthewdavid, Salva, and many more.

This year's expanded variety of venues will include The Paramount Theater, The Showbox Market, The Crocodile, Fred Wildlife Refuge, The Baltic Room, Sole Repair, and The Illsley Ball Nordstrom Recital Hall at Benaroya. For more details and tickets for the 2011 Decibel Festival, visit here.

July 13, 2011: Judy Moody And The Not Bummer Summer

Posted by phil blankenship, July 14, 2011 01:49pm | Post a Comment

Record Shopping in Hollywood 60 Years Ago With Mel Blanc at Wallichs Music City - Near Site of Amoeba Hollywood

Posted by Billyjam, July 13, 2011 02:57pm | Post a Comment

Recently uploaded on Facebook and YouTube under the description Want to buy a record with Mel Blanc at Wallichs Music City / "Vinage Los Angeles" on Facebook the above 1951 promotional film (half-hour in length) reportedly was never shown to the public until now, been used six decades ago for promotional use only among record executives. Check it out if you are an avid record collector or fan of the recording industry's history including the record pressing process, or if you are interested in seeing some classic Hollywood landmarks from sixty years ago including Capitol Records (the producers of thepromotional film) and Sunset Blvd. Amoeba Hollywood fans and regulars will recognize that the opening segment was shot about a block down the street from the current site of Amoeba Hollywood on Sunset.

As noted in the YouTube description Mel Blanc, "plays a record dealer who is desperately trying to sell anyone a record at the corner of Sunset & Vine streets in Hollywood, California while pestering several people, (including Yogi Yorgeson!!). Billy May approaches playing a regular guy walking down the street, Mel takes him into his record store, (Wallichs Music City) & proceeds to pitch everything in the store to him. In the end Billy won't pay the 85 cents for a record & Mel decides to show him exactly how records are made! They go over to the Capitol Records recording studios on Melrose Avenue & meet with Alan Livingston who takes them on a tour, here is where they run into several famous folks while getting into a little bit of mischief along the way! We get to see rare footage of Dean Martin in the studio actually recording one of his hit records! they run into Les Paul and Mary Ford, a vocal group, a country & western singer (Merle Travis?), and even Bozo the Clown!"

Mastodon's Anticipated Fifth Studio Album, The Hunger, To Be Released Later This Year

Posted by Billyjam, July 12, 2011 02:33pm | Post a Comment

Mastodon's anticipated fifth album The Hunter may not be released for several more months but the ever popular Atlanta heavy metal band's label Reprise/Warner have just unveiled the forthcoming album's arwork (above) which was by done by contemporary American folk artist AJ Fosik.  Still in production the band has announced that new album tracks will include the songs "Blasteroids," "All the Heavy Lifting," "The Octopus Has No Friends," "Stargasm," and "Curl Of The Burl." Slated for a late Summer/early Fall 2011 release  The Hunter is the follow up to their March 2009 studio album Crack the Skye and their CD/DVD live concert package Live At The Aragon  which was released in March this year.

The members of Mastodon are longtime fans of Aqua Teen Hunger Force. In 2007 they performed the opening song ("Cut You Up with a Linoleum Knife") of Aqua Teen Hunger Force Colon Movie Film for Theaters, and more recently they contributed to the Adult Swim the previously unreleased song "Deathbound." The song, which is from the Crack The Skye sessions, can be found for free download on  The Mastodon track as well as the video clip is part of the ten week, 2011 Adult Swim Singles Program. This summer the band is part of the Sonisphere Festival touring Europe. For more touring and general band info visit the Mastodon website.  And below is the just released official album trailer video featuring the new album track "Black Tongue."

July 10, 2011: The Ward

Posted by phil blankenship, July 12, 2011 01:49pm | Post a Comment

New Directors Section at Amoeba

Posted by Amoebite, July 11, 2011 02:49pm | Post a Comment
Amoeba Hollywood's new Directors Section, located on the mezzanine level, gathers directors from across the world in one convenient place. America, Latin America, Asia and Europe are all strongly represented by some of their most praised filmmakers. The genres captured there include horror, drama, comedy, action, cult, documentary, and animation, just to name a few. FDirectors Section 1rom A to Z you can find a everything available from director Woody Allen to Zhang Yimou, with cards that list their complete filmography.

We realized that people are more than just curious about the works of certain directors; some look to their work for a distinct and consistent vision that caters to their tastes and standards. In film criticism they call this the "auteur theory." Certain directors have developed a reputation and a prestige that transcends generations. Many see directors as a film's primary artist, using an assemblage of talented cinematographers, musicians and editors to bring their image to the screen. And while some may disagree with the concept, opting to praise a screenwriter or producer instead, who can deny the feeling one gets from a certain director's work? We recognize that film is a collaborative process, but we'd also like to recognize many directors whose technique and style has influenced more than just cinema.

SuspiriaFor horror aficionados there's plenty to discover and revisit. Saturated colors, Giallo influences and dizzy scenarios can be found in practically every Italian horror film. The Directors Section is home to many influential Italian horror directors who inspired several genres of film. Dario Argento is arguably the most popular among them. His films Suspiria and Deep Red were groundbreaking for '70s horror, and the violent surrealism of all his work remains a comparative staple in the genre. Mario Bava and Lucio Fulci are two other Italian directors who share a similar style, though Fulci has a heavy emphasis on gore and Bava, eroticism.

July 10, 2011: Zookeeper

Posted by phil blankenship, July 11, 2011 01:47pm | Post a Comment

The Autographed Bin Cards Of Amoeba Hollywood's Latin Section

Posted by Gomez Comes Alive!, July 11, 2011 07:37am | Post a Comment
There is a tradition in the Latin section that doesn’t exist in the rest of the store. It’s the autographed bin cards. The bin cards are the separators between the CDS, DVD, and LPS that help you find your favorite releases. When I started working at Amoeba Hollywood several years ago, there was only one autograph bin card. It was from Alex Lora from El Tri. Legend had it he came into the store before a show and some fans recognized him and started a mini-ruckus in the Latin Rock and Pop section. A former co-worker and Amoeba favorite, Joyanne Troutman, decided to get Alex to autograph the bin card. Although being mobbed, he thought it was funny to be asked to autograph his bin card, so he did. That’s how it started.

We now have over two-dozen autograph bin cards throughout the Latin section, most of them, acquired by Paul Vasquez, World Music employee since 2006. I asked him a few questions about why and how this happened.

What was the first autograph bin that you had signed?

It was Rodrigo Y Gabriela. They did an in-store performance and I thought they were so cool that I wanted an excuse to talk to them. By then we had a few autograph bins that Joyanne and other World Music employees have gotten so I told them it was a tradition, which it is now.

How do you get the autographs? Are they all from in-store performances?

Some are, but most of them come from the artists themselves shopping at the store or people they are with introduce us to them. For instance, a friend of Los Tres Reyes introduced the members to me while they were shopping at the store. I love their music but I wouldn’t have recognized them.

Was there anyone that refused to autograph the bin card?

No, but there were some awkward moments. When Enrique Bunbury came into the store, I tried my best to communicate our tradition but he looked at me blankly. I think it was a language barrier thing, with me not speaking Spanish and him not speaking English or maybe he thought I was a random fan jacking the bin card to get his autograph.

Speaking of which, has anyone ever stolen an autograph bin card.

Yes. We had and autograph bin card from Roco from Maldita Vecindad and someone stole it. Now we have security tags on all the autograph bins.

Has anyone ever offered money for the bin cards?

One guy offered me a hundred bucks for the Enrique Bunbury bin card. I had to tell them it was not for sale.

So why just the Latin Music artists? Why not other artist from other sections?

Partly out of tradition and partly that many of the touring Latin Music artists make a stop at Amoeba while on the road. Almost all the artists that sign the bin cards say how much they love the store and wish their was something like Amoeba in their home city or country.

Below are a few more autograph bin cards. Among others are Ozomatli, Gilberto Santa Rosa, Los Fabulosos Cadillacs, Benny Ibarra and many more.

The Art of the 12 Inch Die Cut Pt. 4

Posted by Mr. Chadwick, July 10, 2011 09:55pm | Post a Comment

Check out last year's gallery here.

July 9, 2011: Horrible Bosses

Posted by phil blankenship, July 10, 2011 01:51pm | Post a Comment

California Fool's Gold -- Exploring Huntington Beach

Posted by Eric Brightwell, July 9, 2011 08:00pm | Post a Comment

This blog entry is about Huntington Beach, a beach city in North Orange County. To Huntington Beach's southwestern edge is the Pacific Ocean. To its north are Seal Beach and Westminster. To the east is Fountain Valley. North and east is the Little Saigon area. To the southeast are the towns of Costa Mesa and Newport Beach.
     Pendersleigh & Sons' Official Map of Huntington Beach

It's the largest beach city in Orange County. Accompanying me on this installment was a mysterious new traveling companion and HB resident known only as Bao. As is usual, we being with a bit of history.


The area that now constitutes Huntington Beach was for thousands of years a border territory shared by the seafaring Tongva people to the north and the smaller Acagchemem nation to the south. At the time the area was an isolated mesa surrounded by a soggy expanse of bogs and shallow marshes fed by estuaries and artesian wells. At the western foot of the bluff was a large tidal lagoon.


After the Spanish Conquest, European settlement in the area began in 1784, when veteran Spanish soldier Manuel Nieto was granted the large 1,200 km2 Rancho Los Nietos. The main route through the ranch was a cattle trail that's now Beach Boulevard. After Mexico achieved independence from Spain in 1822, the ranchos were secularized and subdivided, including into Rancho Los Alamitos and Rancho Las Bolsas where Huntington Beach now is.. American immigrants began arriving. Two years after the US declared war against Mexico (in 1846), ownership of California was transferred and more Americans arrived in the area.


A trader named Able Sterns acquired Rancho Los Alamitos and then the Rancho Las Bolsas. In 1862 Sterns sold the ranchos to The Los Angeles and San Bernardino Land Company, an agency for which Sterns acted as realtor. The large ranches were then subdivided and sold in smaller parcels and sold to farmers. In 1894, Colonel Robert J. Northam (then-manager of the Stearns Ranchos Company) acquired seven parcels. Much of the area was drained and seeded with barley, alfalfa and later, celery. A small succession of communities arose in the area of modern-day Huntington Beach including Shell Beach, Smeltzer, Gospel Swamp (a tent city community of Methodists pilgrims from Long Beach), Fairview and Pacific City.

Pacific City pier scene in the 1980s

Pacific City was envisioned as a west coast rival to New Jersey's Atlantic City by Philip A. Stanton and Colonel H. S. Finley who in 1901 formed The West Coast Land and Water Company through which they acquired 1,500 acres.

To give Pacific City some legitimacy, several structures were moved there from nearby Newport Beach. Stanton sold his interest the following year to a group headed by J. V. Vickers. Vickers wooed railway owner Henry E. Huntington with enticements in exchange for an extension of the Long Beach line to Pacific City. Perhaps chief among the inducements was the proposed change of name from Pacific City to Huntington Beach. Huntington changed the name of his company from West Coast Land and Water Company to The Huntington Beach Company and agreed.


Huntington Beach was dedicated July 4, 1904 and the crowd of 50,000 witnessed the arrival of the first Pacific Red Car. The boom quickly died and by 1905, with the $126 purchase of an Encyclopedia Americana set, free parcels of land were given away. By then, celery and sugar beet cultivation dominated the economy. In 1906, the first school was built, Huntington Beach High School. The city of Huntington Beach was incorporated on February 17, 1909, under mayor Ed Manning.

Huntington Beach c. 1910


The original pier c. 1910

The original, wooden pier was destroyed in 1912. In 1914, the pier was replaced with a concrete one, primarily to support fishing. From 1910 to 1920 the small population of 815 more than doubled to 1,687. However, when Col. Northam dug a well to irrigate his alfalfa and struck oil in the Holly-Seacliff area, the economy of the sleepy seaside resort shifted focus.

Holly Sugar converted from processing beet sugar to oil refining. The Huntington Beach High School team changed their team name to The Oilers. The oil reserves were quickly depleted for the most part but numerous oil rigs still rhythmically bob (and there are several offshore rigs too). The last oil strike occurred in 1953. Growth came to an almost complete halt during the Great Depression.

In 1933, the Long Beach Earthquake struck - its epicenter was underneath Huntington Beach. 115 people were killed and $40 million worth of damage was done. In 1939, the Huntington Beach Pier was again destroyed and subsequently rebuilt. 

In the 1940s, growth in Huntington Beach resumed at a measured pace in the 1940s, with much of the city's land still devoted to oil production. The Huntington Beach Airport began operation in the mid-1940s, using as a runway a deposit of sediments left by the Flood of '38. It was still standing but had ceased operation by 1955. 
The East Long Beach Airport (later Sunset Beach Airport and finally Meadowlark Airport) was opened in 1947 by a nissei named Yukio "Dick" Nerio. It went public in the 1950s and continued operation until 1989. 
In 1957, Huntington Beach annexed a great deal of land between the original city and the proposed San Diego Freeway and the population growth reached a new peek during the decade.

In the 1960s the population increased almost tenfold, exploding from 11,492 to 115,960.


1970s serial killing creeps now rightfully rotting in prison

With most of the city by-then developed, population was slowed since the 1970s. During the decade, Huntington Beach (and nearby areas) were terrorized by a serial killer from Long Beach, Randy Steven Kraft, a pro-Vietnam War activist/Barry Goldwater-supporter and bartender at a Huntington Beach gay bar. In 1968 he joined the Air Force but was discharged the following year for being gay and he resumed bar tending. In 1970, Kraft gained the trust of a thirteen-year-old runaway he met on the Huntington Beach pier. After Kraft took him home, drugged and raped him, he went to work and the victim escaped. The victim led the cops to the apartment who found drugs and the victim's shoes… but since the search was conducted with a warrant, Kraft wasn't charged. In 1971, Kraft found work at a bottled water plant in HB. That year police found a decomposing body next to the freeway, believed to have been Kraft's first murder victim. For the next eleven years, dozens of men were murdered, mainly in North Orange County and The Harbor. After his arrest, police recovered a "death list" that claimed 67 victims, 22 of them not found. 

Huntington Beach was again rocked by violence when Rodney Alcala kidnapped and murdered a Huntington Beach twelve year old on her way to ballet class in 1979.


In the 1970s, Native activists began fighting for preservation of sites of historical importance, especially the Bolsa Chica Wetlands (near the dump site, coincidentally, of one Kraft's teenage victims). In the 2000s, the developers of the Brightwater Hearthside Homes subdivision began churning up bones and artifacts dating back up to 8,500 years. In 2006 the state approved continued reconstruction as long as the disturbed human remains were reinterred somewhere else. In 2008, the remains of 174 Tongva bodies uncovered by workers who've apparently never watched Poltergeist!

HB IN THE 1980s

OP Pro Riot

The 1980s seem to have ushered in even more lawless age in Hungtington Beach.  In 1980, half-sisters Gina Narano, 15, and Cynthia Chandler, 16, disappeared from Huntington Beach and were found the next day on the roadside, shot to death and raped by a former Navy admiral, Douglas Clark. The same year, an 18-year police veteran was jailed in HB after molesting numerous children. In 1981, Tommy Gomez was arrested on two counts for a gang rape of a Huntington Beach woman. In 1984, Elizabeth Hoffschneider was brutally raped, beaten and murdered in a case that took over two decades to solve. On Labor Day, in 1986, a massive disturbance happened downtown and near the pier which came to be known as the OP Pro Riot. In the late 1980s, there was a push from law enforcement and for redevelopment. The first obvious sign of a new age was the rebuilding of the pier in January, 1988. 
HB IN THE 1990s 

The 1990s began innocently enough. Tthe first notable local news item came when HB resident Gary Stewart set a new world record for pogo jumping in May, 1990, continuously bouncing for twenty hours and twenty minutes. However, the dark ages continued into the early 1990s.
Wayne Ichija Yoshisato of Huntington Beach was charged with murder in the July, 1990, for fatal beating of his girlfriend's 14- month old daughter which he committed after raping the mother. In August of the same year, 15-year old Tri Tue Thanh Kha murdered a gang rival at the Huntington Beach Boys and Girls Club. In 1991, however, a poll of Huntington Beach found that 98% of residents viewed their city favorably, despite pollution, traffic and crime. 
Though plagued by a troubling level of racially motivated violence (usually against blacks, Asians and Latinos), Huntington Beach seems to have regained peace from truly grisly crime during the latter part of the 1990s. There remain, of course, exceptions. In the 2000s, there was the case of Ian W. Allen, a 23 year-old self-professed Satanist who conspired with his teenage girlfriend to kill her mother by stabbing her over fifty times, stuffing her in a box and dumping it in Newport Harbor. Aside from that case, and still not-infrequent hate crimes and harassment, Huntington Beach has, like most of America, improved since the festering 1980s and early 1990s and remains lower than the national average. Today, the population of Huntington Beach is 77% white, 17% Asian/Pacific Islander and 17% Latino of any race. The top employers are Boeing, Quiksilver and Cambro


A large, beautiful marsh, the Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve, lies between Downtown Huntington Beach and Huntington Harbour and remains largely undisturbed. A $110 million restoration of the wetlands was completed in 2006. There is a small, free parking lot that should not be confused with the adjacent beach parking, which costs $15. Also, there is no crosswalk between the two. The flora and especially fauna change with the seasons and on the early summer day we visited there were pelicans, least terns, clapper rails, two black-necked stillts and maybe some western snowy plovers.

The waters are home to grey smoothound sharks, round stingrays but, most terrifying were the massive, revolting, capitvating slug-like California Sea Hares. There were also many birders snapping pictures. One was accompanied by his young son who carried a small bow and said, "ah juh shi! ah juh shi!" to me.  I've heard that before but was unsure of the meaning. South of Downtown are more, smaller marshes; the Talbert, Newland Brookhurst and Magnolia Marshes, which lie behind Huntington State Beach.


The northern and southernmost beaches, Bolsa Chica State Beach and Huntington State Beach, respectively, are state parks and only Huntington City Beach is maintained by the town. Camping and RVs are permitted and popular at Bolsa Chica, which is a sandbar separating the Bolsa Chica wetlands from the ocean. A portion known as "the cliffs" is home to a dog beach. Sunset Beach is maintained by Orange County and lies between the ocean and the city's marinas.

Huntington City Beach is popular with sand volleyball players, surfers and huge crowds of others. It also boasts the pier, which provides lovely views of the city, the oil rigs, the aquamarine-colored waves and the smokestacks in the distance. Huntington State Beach borders the southern marshes and ends at the mouth of the Santa Ana River.


With four beaches and a consistent surf, Huntington Beach has long been popular with practitioners of the sport. The first road large redwood board in the 1920s. In 1955, Gordon Duane opened the city's first surf shop, Gordie Surfboards.


In 1959, the first West Coast Surfing Championships were held in Huntington Beach. The Huntington Beach Surf Club was established in 1963 with over seventy members. Huntington Beach, in fact, has trademarked the nickname "Surf City." The U.S. Open of Surfing and Beach Games are held in Huntington Beach.

Huntington Beach is also home to the International Surfing Museum, which features the Surfers' Hall of Fame, surf-related exhibits and, on Sundays, the back lot hosts surf bands.

Duke Paoa Kahinu Mokoe Hulikohola Kahanamoku

On the day of our visit, we were treated to the sounds of Tower 21 and 3 Balls of Fire.

Statue of Duke Paoa Kahinu Mokoe Hulikohola Kahanamoku

Bao and the Huntington Beach Surfing Walk of Fame

Outside the museum is the Huntington Beach Surfing Walk of Fame honoring those who've contributed to surf culture.


By the 1980s, Main Street Huntington Beach had acquire a reputation as a haven for drug-dealing, prostitution and violent crime. In 1983, the city approved a redevelopment plan and condos and businesses began popping up in the years that followed. Tourists and locals descended on the revived district and in April of 2011, the LA Times reported that revenue for the area was by then twenty times what it had been in 1988.

The area is the site of many of Huntington Beach's local events. Every Tuesday, Surf City Nights includes food booths and live, free entertainment. In March, the Beachcruiser Meet showcases hundreds of classic cars in the Main and Pier parking lot. Miracle on Main Street is the name for the Main Street Christmas Tree lighting ceremony. The third Wednesday of every month there's the Huntington Beach Art Walk. Chili at the Beach is a chili cook-off which benefits the Children’s Hospital of Orange County (CHOC) and occurs during the Fathers' Day Weekend.

However, when the sun goes down the families go home and a three-block stretch of Main Street takes on a different character, that of the "Jersey Shore of the West." Although the alcohol sales help fuel the economy, Huntington Beach is ranked No. 1 in victims killed and injured in alcohol-involved traffic accidents among cities its size in the state. Even though the sun was still up on the day of my visit, I did witness an SUV packed with young men pumping their fists to trance, presumably in anticipation of the night's drunken debauchery (e.g. beer pong, more fist pumping, public urination). The cops even have a special code for drunks breaking into someone else's house to pass out because it's so common, a "Downtown 459."


Main street ends (or continues) onto the Huntington Beach Pier, the longest municipal concrete pier in California. It's another popular site for Huntington Beach events. Every year in May, the Sunset Wine Tasting at the Pier features wines from around California and raises money to benefit AltaMed's Huntington Beach Community Clinic, which serves thousands of uninsured and medically underserved patients. The following two days, the Annual Duck-a-thon is held in the water off the pier, a rubber ducky race.

On the day of our visit, the DJs in a booth representing KIIS FM hyped the crowd of four children.

At the mouth of the pier, Pier Plaza, street performers wowed the crowds and drum circle-types pounded away.


Huntington Beach was a very large, beautiful Central Park. The parking lot is landscaped with attractive xeric plants (nice!) and there are fairly developed forests with large Blue Gum Eucalyptus.

It's also the location of the Richard Neutra and Dion Neutra-designed Huntington Beach Public Library (which was closed on the day of our visit). A Concours d'Elegance (a prestigious car show) is held at Central Park in June and benefits the public library. On the other side of the street is the Huntington Central Park Equestrian Center.

On the day we visited there was a large crowd gathered for live music under an inflatable band shell.


In addition to the aforementioned events, Huntington Beach hosts a biathlon in July. A Fourth of July parade has been held annually since 1904. The Cruise of Lights Boat Tour is held in the Huntington Harbour neighborhood. The annual Kite Festival is held in late February. An informal "Donut Derelicts" car show occurs every Saturday morning at the intersection of Adams and Magnolia Street. Huntington Beach also hosts the National Professional Paintball League Super 7 Paintball Championships in March


There are two major shopping areas in Huntington Beach, Bella Terra and Old World Village. Bella Terra is a large, outdoor shopping center. In its amphitheater, live music is performed regularly. There are also regularly-held special events for kids. It opened in 1996 and was built on the ruins of the old, indoor mall, the Huntington Beach Center.

In the shadow of the Towers at Bella Terra, a group of tall business complexes, is the Old World Village… a much older outdoor mall with a German theme (that can feel, during slow times, like a Bavarian ghost town). The 50 buildings were built, I believe, in 1978.

It's just the sort of fading, charming simulacrum that I like. It hosts numerous events including Dachshund Races, classic car shows, RICO's Comedy Revival Show!, the Plum Festival, German Heritage Day and, biggest of all, Oktoberfest.

As I wondered the winding, shady streets I saw only one other soul… sitting still as stone on a bench… kind of creepy in an abandoned-theme-park kind of way ...and a total HB gem! Read my Block By Block post, Kitsch and Kultur: Exploring SoCal Bavaria, for more. 


For a city it's size, Huntington Beach has an insane amount of places to eat. The people love to eat and, not surprisingly, it hosts the annual  Taste of Huntington BeachPerhaps the most celebrated joint was the Golden Bear, which opened in 1929 and became a popular nightclub in 1963. It hosted the likes of BB King, Janis Joplin, Steve Martin, Charles Bukowski and Stevie Ray Vaughan. Unfortunately it was demolished in 1986.Especially well-represented are Italian, Mexican and sandwich joints seem to be especially well-represented but in the HB, eating, drinking, music, TV all seem to go hand in hand so here's a let of eateries and drinkeries of different stripes. We, nonetheless, ate at Bodhi Tree, a nice, tasteful and tasty Vietnamese joint.

Other options include: Adami, Alberto's, Aloha Grill, Aloha Hawaiian BBQ, An's Restaurant, Avila's El Ranchito, Aztecas, Bagelmania & Coffee House, Baci, Baci di Roma Trattoria, Baja Sharkeez, Basilico's Pasta e Vino, BBQ Bistro, Beach Burgers, Beach Pit BBQ, Beachfront 301, Bella Roma, Bhodi Tree Cafe, Black Bull Chop House, Big Chopsticks, Buffalo Wings 'N Things, Bukhara, Bun & Burger, Buon Gusto, Burtucci's New York Pizza, Cafe Enchante, Caffe Gazelle, Cancun,

Capones Italian Cucina, Casa Jimenez, Catalina Fish Kitchen, Catch of the Day, Cavallino Ristorante, Centerfield Sports Bar, Champa, Cherry On Top, Chicago Ribs, China Kitchen, Charo Chicken, Chronic Tacos, Coach's Deli, Coache's Mediterranean Grill, Cobantigua Cafe, Corner Bakery, Crabby's Boat House, Crivello Ristorante Italiano, Cucina Alessa, Daimon, Daphne's California Greek, De Simone Bakery & Delicatessen, Deli-licious, Deville, Digg's, Don Jose's Mexican Restaurant,

Don the Beachcomber, Don Ramon's, Dukes
Dwight's Beach Concession, East Winds Asian Cuisine, Eat at Joe's, El Chavito, Eggroll King, Endless Food & Fun, Esther's Place, Euro Market Bakery & Deli, Fiesta Grill & Catering, Fiesta Grill 2, Fish Camp, Fitzgerald's Pub, Five Guys Burger and Fries, Frank's Big O Pizza, Fred's Mexican Cafe, Fresca's, Fritzankotters, Fuji's Famous Burger, Gallagher's Pub & Grill, George's, Golden Chopsticks, Gong's Chinese Food, Good Day Cafe, Great Wok,

Green Rice Kabob, Hank's West Pizza, Harry's Cafe, Harvey's Steakhouse, Hashigo Sushi, Hero's Pub, Himalayan Grill, Honeybaked Ham Co, Hot and Spicy Thai, Hot Off the Grill, House of Brews, Huckleberry's Famous Sandwiches, Huntington Beach Beer Company & Restaurant
 Hurricane's Bar & Grill, In-N-Out Burger, Inca Gourmet, Irassae, Islands, Jan's Health Bar, Jersey Mike's Subs, Joe's Sushi, John's Philly Grille, Johnny's Saloon, Jon's Coffee Shop, Joy Sushi, Ka Shabu,

Kathy May's Restaurant, Kelly's Donuts and Burgers, Kiku Restaurant, Killarney Pub & Grill, King's Fish House, King's Pizza, Kirby's Surf City PizzaLa Brique Steakhouse, La Choza Restaurant, La Fontana Ristorante, LaRocco's Pizzeria, Lamppost Pizza, Las Barcas, La Capilla, La Casita, La Petite Baquette, Lee's Lucky Wok, Linda's Mexican Restaurant, Lino's Pizzeria, Longboard, Los Primos Cantina, Lotus Chinese Eatery, Lou's Oak Oven Barbecue, Lucci's Deli, Luggatti's,

Malibu Fish Grill, Mama's on 39, Mangia-Mangia, Mangiamo Gelato Caffe, Mario's, Mario's Fiesta Maya, Market Broiler, Marlin Bar and Grill, Massimo's Pizza, Matsu Restaurant, Mazara Trattoria, Mike Thai Bros Bistro, Minimex Everywhere, Mitasie 3, Molcajete Grill, Mona Lisa Italian Cucina, Monkey House Cafe, Mother's Market & Kitchen, Mr P's Espresso Italiano Caffe, My Place, Niya, No Ka Oi, Nonna Lucci's, Norm's, Normita's Surf City Taco, O'Connell's, OC Juice N Gyro, Ocean Pacific Market,

Oceans Sushi & Oyster Lounge, Oggi's Pizza & Brewing Company, Olive Pit, Old World German Restaurant, Pacific Coast Hot Dogs, Pacific Crust Sandwiches, Pancho Frijoles, Panda Palace, Park Bench Café, Pee Wee's Famous Hot Dogs and Hamburgers, Peet's Coffee & Tea, Pei Wei, Pelican Isle, Perq's, Perry's Pizza, Peruvian Rotisserie Chicken, Pete's Sunset Grille, Photastic!, Phuket Thai Restaurant, Pick Up Stix,
 Pizza D'oro, Pizzarito, Polly's Pies, Porky's PizzaRA Sushi Bar, Randazzo,

Rathskeller, Red Chair Lounge, Robek's Juice, Rockin' Baja Coastal Cantina, Rockin' Crepes, Rodrigo's, Sakura Shabu Shabu, Sakurai, Sammy's, Sancho's Tacos, Sandy's Beach Grill, Sango Sushi, Sea Siam, Sebastiani's Italian Bistro, 2nd Floor Food ART Drinks, Secret Spot, Shades, Shima, Shogun, Shooters Sports Bar and Grill, Silk Thai Cuisine, Slapfish Truck, Slow Fish, Soya, Spark Woodfire Grill, St George Pizza, Suds Surf City Sports Grill, Sugar Shack Cafe, Sullivan,

Sunny's Waffle House, Super Mex, Sushi on Fire, Suhsi Top, Sushi Ya, Sweet Elle Café
Sweet O Donuts, T'Kila, Tacone Flavor Grill, Tacos Jerez, Tacos el Chavito, Tacos Jerez, Taqueria Don Victor, Taste of France, Thai Gulf, Thai Pepper, Thai Wave, The Bread Crumb, The Californian, The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, The Corner, The Donuttery, The Firepit, The Gourmet Crepe Company, The Loft, The Orange Dog, The Seafood Zone, Three Monkies Japanese Kitchen, TK Burgers, Todai, Tokyo Deli,

The Wok Experience, Tower 15 Pizzeria, Tsunami, Tumbleweeds, Tuna Town, 25 Degrees
, Two Brothers Pizza, Valentino's, Vittorio's, Waba Grill, Wahoo's Fish Taco, Whata Lotta Pizza, Woody's Diner, Z Pizza, Zimzala and Zubies Dry Dock.


With booze, karaoke and food mixing so readily, perhaps it should come as less of a surprise that there are far fewer clubs than bar & grills vying for nigh owls. There's the gay Ibiza Bar & Nightclub, the strip club Simply Seductive and, my favorite, the mostly Asian crowd-attracting Avec Nightclub, where Vietnamese New Wave is often played and danced to.


For a city as associated with surfing, it may come as a bit of a surprise that the surf music of the 1950s and '60s didn't produce any major acts that I'm aware of. It was mentioned, however, in "Surfer Joe" by The Surfaris as well as "Surfin' Safari" by The Beach Boys. Oh, and Ashlee Simpson's music video for "La La" was filmed in Huntington Beach. HB did produce a number of famous punk bands, however, including The Vandals, The Offspring and Reel Big Fish. There are also bands that drew upon punk as well as other genres including bands like The Dirty Heads, Hellogoodbye and Avenged Sevenfold. Huntington Beach-born musicians include Matt Costa and Keri Kelli. Other Huntington Beach bands include Millionaires and smaller acts. DJ Culture is Huntington Beach's primary electronic music store and Vinyl Solution is the main punk store.


The Surf Theatre was a famous and beloved theater located near the pier that showed independent surf films including Endless Summer and Fiver Summer Stories. It was owned and operated by Hugh Larry Thomas from 1961 until it was demolished in 1989.

Today, the SoCal Independent Film Festival takes place every September. The Southland's PBS station, KOCE-TV, is broadcast from the city's Golden West College Campus. HB was the subject of the TruTV series Ocean Force - Huntington Beach.

It's also served as a filming location for All that I Need, BoardRoom, Children of the X-Files, Convict, Frost/Nixon, Hallowed, Kate So Far, Lava Lounge, Locked In, Marmaduke, 90210, Pink Lemonade, Raspberry & Lavender, Rats & Bullies, Route 66, Slasher, Starsky & Hutch, Surf Nazis Must Die, The Born Losers, The Hog, The Legends of Nethiah, The Living Curl, The OC, The Plotters, Triangle Square and Waterworld.

HB is also the birthplace of actresses Amy Grabow and Bridgette Monet (born Dana Kunath Height).


One last note about my day in HB. When I returned to the CARDIS, someone had written in the dust on the rear window, "Jesus loves u... doubt it", "wash me" and "the power of Christ compels you." Huntington Beach has a history of "Jesus freaks" too. In 1968, when his mother died, her son David Berg took control of her tiny Christian and Missionary Alliance congregation and began recruiting hippie Teens for Jesus. In 1969, he changed the name to The Children of God and left Huntington Beach. By 1970, the Children of God were receiving guidance (via Berg) from Abrahim, a 13th century Bulgarian king. In the early 1970s, Berg started pimping female followers for Christ in a practice called "Flirty Fishing." They've since called themselves The Family of Love, The Family and now, The Family International… could this have been their work? or was it that Korean family who parked next to me… anyway, message received. Till next time, shaka brah!

To vote for other Orange County communities or neighborhoods, please click here. To vote for Los Angeles County communities, click here. To vote for Los Angeles neighborhoods, click here


Follow Eric's Blog and check out more episodes of California Fool's Gold

Books and Records Prove Resilient to Trends of the Digital Age As Witnessed By the Growth of the Vinyl and Book Sections at Amoeba

Posted by Billyjam, July 9, 2011 01:45pm | Post a Comment

We all know that vinyl was supposed to be long dead by now. But it ain't; far from it in fact. Neither CDs nor MP3s managed to kill off records like we were told that they would. Rather demand for, and sales of, vinyl has grown increasingly in recent years. The Nielsen Company reports that in 2010 US vinyl sales reached 2.8 million units while in 2006 they were only at 900,000 units - a significant increase that is continually growing. 

Just recently Nielsen reported that vinyl sales for 2011 are already up nearly 40% over the same time period for last year. Not surprising then Amoeba Music has been expanding its vinyl sections accordingly to accommodate this increasing demand for records. Recently the vinyl section at the Hollywood Amoeba store grew by about 20% to make room for both used collectible albums (a hot commodity) and the influx of new LP pressings and re-issues of older music.

Similarly to the misguided pronouncement of vinyl's demise, the more recent premature talk of how physical books are fast becoming an obsolete medium - replaced by Kindles and iPads and other digital devices to read E-Books on - is also proving to be an incorrect prediction. Yes it's true that, like with music before it, digital downloads of books are the preferred format for the masses. But, as with music in a physical format vs a digital one, the rapid growth of E-Books is actually helping create a new demand for books and a new smaller, specialized niche market for them; especially certain types of books like reference books, art books, music history books etc. - the sort of book that one likes to pore over its pages. Again Amoeba Music is responding to this new growing niche by slowly but steadily increasing its book sections. At the Hollywood Amoeba the book section (new and used) is gradually expanding and deepening its genres (art, culture, politics as well as music related books) and Amoeba is encouraging more of its customers to bring their cool music and art and film books to sell or trade for this growing new wave of book appreciators.

Hip-Hop Rap Up 07:08:11: Curren$y, Raashan Ahmad, Peanut Butter Wolf, Shabazz Palaces, San Quinn, Beats, Rhymes, & Life, Philthy Rich & Messy Marv, Headnodic, A-Plus + more

Posted by Billyjam, July 8, 2011 06:55pm | Post a Comment
Amoeba Music San Francisco Hip-Hop Top Six Week Ending 07:08:11

1) Curren$y Weekend at Burnie's (Warner Bros)

2) Shabazz Palaces Black Up (Sub Pop)

3) Pete Rock/Smif-n-Wessun Monumental (DuckDown)

4) Philthy Rich & Messy Marv Neighborhood Superstar Part 3 (Town Thizzness)

5) Matthew Shipp/Beans/William Parker/Hprizm Knives From Heaven (Thirsty Ear)

6)  Raashan Ahmad For What You've Lost (PID)

Big ups to Luis at Amoeba San Francisco for this latest hip-hop chart that includes in the number one slot the anticipated new release from one of hip-hop's most buzzed about (albeit under the radar) artists these days, New Orleans's underrated rap talent Curren$y and his sixth studio album, Weekend at Burnie's. The album, which is named after the 1989 comedy movie of the same name, is Curren$y's second full length for Warner since his exit from Def Jam. A fuill decade in the rap game Curren$y has the distinction of being simultaneously incredibly well known by a large segment of the hip-hop community (who've followed his career via the free mixtapes and official releases he's been dilegently cranking out) but relatively unknown on a mainstream level. This could all change with Weekend which packs a lot of crossover ready material.

Amoeba Field Trip to See Hall & Oates

Posted by Amoebite, July 8, 2011 06:47pm | Post a Comment
Around 6:30pm on an incredibly warm 4th of July a yellow school bus pulled up on the Cahuenga side of Amoeba Hollywood, ready to take about 40 Amoebites on our third field trip to the Hollywood Bowl.

Our first Amoeba field trip to the Bowl was back in 2007, also to see Hall and Oates, and it became the stuff of legend around the store. Hollywood BowlSee photos from that inaugural trip to the Bowl. Our second trip was to see Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings open for Feist in 2008 (kind of an odd pairing musically, but still a fun trip). This trip to the Hollywood Bowl was set for the 4th of July and included the LA Philharmonic and a fireworks spectacular. In other words, it was going to be a really fun Independence Day!

Amoebite Tuna brought some blue face paint to help us get into the 4th of July spirit. By the time the bus pulled up to the Bowl, most of us had shiny blue paint somewhere on our faces. An unintended, but pleasant side effect of the paint - it helped us identify each other in the sea of people entering and leaving the bowl. Look for the blue paint! Tuna even befriended the people in the rows around us, painting their faces blue as well.

Hall & Oates performed most of their classic hits, opening the show with "Maneater" and closing it with "Private Eyes" accompanied by the LA Philharmonic. We danced, we sang, and we danced some more.
Fireworks at the Hollywood Bowl
And then there was the fireworks show - most definitely a spectacular, as the Bowl promised. Set off directly behind and on top of the Bowl itself, everyone in the ampitheatre had a fantastic view of some pretty fabulous fireworks.

New 12"s @ Amoeba Hollywood 7/7 - John Beltran, Move D, Nicolas Jaar, John Tejada, Jason Fine & more

Posted by Oliver / Matt / Jordan, July 8, 2011 06:31pm | Post a Comment

John Beltran

Ambient Selections 1995-2011 3LP

Delsin is proud to present this best-of ambient compilation by one of their all-time producer heroes, John Beltran. The 16 tracks presented here include "Collage Of Dreams," as featured on HBO's Six Feet Under series, and other material from his sought-after albums originally released on Peacefrog and R&S. Beltran is a staple of the Detroit techno scene, releasing records on the Retroactive label that would later develop into his trademark contemplative, melodic style. Includes cuts from Earth & Nightfall (1995), Ten Days Of Blue (1996), Moving Through Here (1997), Going Home (2006), The Sky EP Series No. 2 (2000), his Placid Angles release The Cry (1997) his self-titled Indio release (1999), Americano (2002) and Human Engine (2006). With extensive liner notes from the artist himself.

Purchase Ambient Selections 1995-2011 3LP

Move D
Workshop 13

Crafty upbuilding disco.esquer house EP from the Hardwax camp.

Purchase Workshop 13 here:

Nicolas Jaar
Pépé Bradock & Dave Aju Remixes 12"
Circus Company

Here is the first volume in a series of remixes of tracks off of Nicolas Jaar's Space Is Only Noise (CC 009CD/CCS 055LP) album. Pépé Bradock presents two versions of "Too Many Kids Finding Rain In The Dust." His Blind Pig mix features Balkan strings while the "Train Fantôme Poke" version features grinding industrial scrapes and psychedelic whispers. Dave Aju turns the title track into a late '80s dancefloor workout Martin Hannett would have been proud of.

Purchase Nicolas Jaar remixes here:

Jason Fine
Menage At Trois / Jack Yo Bodda 12"

Jason Fine returns to Omar S’ FXHE label with two jackin’ house tracks

Purchase Menage At Trois here:

Virgo Four
It's A Crime Remixes 12”
Rush Hour

"It's A Crime" is taken from Virgo Four's Resurrection (RH 113CD/BOX) album, which is now available as a single with remixes from Caribou and Hunee. Caribou reworks "It's A Crime" into an 8-minute epic dancefloor bomb. His mix starts out with an intimate vocal groove, but before long it explodes into a monstrous, acid-driven workout. Hunee goes for a more classic approach. And then there is the original mix -- a Chicago classic that never was.

Purchase It's A Crime remixes here:

Love Edits Vol. 2 12”
Love Edits

Part 2 in this mysterious series of Love Edits.

Purchase Love Edits 2 here:

John Tejada
Parabolas LP

The Kompakt family welcomes one of America's most celebrated producers in dance music, John Tejada! Born in Austria, he relocated to his current home of Los Angeles at the age of 8 and, following a brief career in hip-hop, found his home in electronic music. If you're even the slightest fan of the genre, you'll be hard-pressed not to have heard his music over his decade+-long career. Whether on his own Palette Recordings, Poker Flat, or Plug Research -- plus a Fabric mix CD under his belt, it's thanks to a steady stream of massive releases that he remains a mainstay in the charts of Beatport and uncountable DJs. He is also half of the long-standing City Centre Offices act, I'm Not A Gun (together with Takeshi Nishimoto). As Tejada himself explains: "I wanted to experiment with some longer phrases again and to step away from the analog sequencers more and get back to using my hands to create the melodies. I also feel for the first time in quite a while I've made an album of songs for myself without worrying about the usual pressures." Kompakt presents his extraordinary new album Parabolas. Resident Advisor called Tejada "one of the most notoriously meticulous producers around" -- an unmistakable proof lies within these recordings. Genres collide and combine with an unraveling of blissful layers. The opening track, "Farther & Fainter," offers a musicality today's techno and house often lacks -- an accomplishment that resonates throughout the album. Tracks such as "Subdivided" and "Unstable Condition" reflect the wondrousness of Aphex Twin's Polygon Window project, something that could only be re-animated and brought to 2011's standards by Tejada. Parabolas is a true highlight in John Tejada's deep catalog -- bold words indeed for a producer who is known for unexpected variation and tremendous musical imagination.

Purchase Parabolas here:

DJ MADD: Dub Marine 12"
DJ MADD: Blank Space 2x12"
GUMMIHZ: Head Rush 12"
RADIO SLAVE: K-Maze (youANDme & Rhauder Rmxs) 12"
DJ PHONO: Welcome To Wherever You're Not 2LP
CARTE BLANCHE: White Man On The Moon 12"
JUSTICE: Civilization 12"
SAM A LA BAMALOT: A Bird's Leg 7"
GLENN, JEREMY: New Life 12"
TSHETSHA BOYS: Anidyi Nyama 12"
PANDA BEAR: Surfers Hymn (Actress Primitive Patterns Extended Mix) 12"
DOP: After Party 12"
COLUMBUS: Hubble 12"
ADA: Meine Zarten Pfoten LP + 7"
WOLFRAM: A Thing Called Love 12"
JIN CHOI: Full Range 12"
FURESSHU: Downstate 12"
JAMES BRAUN: Massacre 12"
CRACKBOY: Vivid Innocent 12”
JOAKIM: Forever Young 12”

The Gospel of Hip Hop Author KRS-One Abides By His Famous Saying "Hip Hop Is Something You Live"

Posted by Billyjam, July 7, 2011 04:12pm | Post a Comment
KRS-One at Amoeba Hollywood, July 2010


My interview with KRS-One this time last year at the Hollywood Amoeba has just recently been edited and uploaded (above) to the Amoeba video archives. The interview and audience Q+A session that followed at Amoeba was based around KRS-One's book The Gospel of Hip-Hop which you can buy in store or online from for just $9.99. The in-depth book, whose full title is The Gospel of Hip Hop: First Instrument presented by KRS One for the Temple of Hip Hop and is published by Powerhouse Books, was written over several years by the veteran hip-hop artist, activist, educator, and author. After spending even a short time in the company of KRS you quickly realize that the man lives and breathes hip-hop culture. His famous line, "rap is something you do, Hip Hop is something to live," are truly words that he lives by. In conversation he mentions Hip Hop (his spelling of the words) continually and clearly never stops thinking about it and its ramifications.

"I think Hip Hop is the savior of American society; Hip Hop itself brings cultures together because it gives people a chance to talk and to really see what the other guy is thinking and in a peaceful way," he told me when I asked about the real meaning of Hip Hop as a culture and a lifestyle in the six-part series of The Gospel of Hip Hop According to KRS- One Amoeblogs with him leading up to the in store interview above. A regular on the lecture circuit KRS-One was never a loss for words or opinion during the unique Amoeba instore (usually artists perform music not talk). And afterwards he stuck around for quite a while signing copies of his book, posing for photos and chopping it up with folks who wanted to talk to the man known as The Teacha. Below is the What's In My Bag video of KRS-One shopping for music with his son Lil Kris aka DJ/producer Predator Prime.  Pick up The Gospel of Hip Hop online for only $9.99 while supplies last.

Trip to Hawai'i: Part 1

Posted by Job O Brother, July 7, 2011 01:10pm | Post a Comment

Aloha, bitches! The boyfriend and I have just returned from a luxuriously lengthy leisure-time in Moku’āina o Hawai’i – specifically, the islands of Maui and Moloka’i. What will follow, over a course of weeks, is my travelogue. SPOILER ALERT: I survive to write this paragraph you’re reading.

Thursday. June 16, 2011.

Nothing makes me wistful for days gone by like traveling by plane. I’m old enough to remember a time when you could escape your reasonably comfortable seat for a small, smoking lounge and make small-talk with other passengers. Meals were included and expected, complimentary playing cards were practically forced on you, and bathrooms were more than one square inch larger than my skeleton.

Traveling by plane was a luxury, like taking a limo, pre-ordering a soufflé, or soaking in salt crystals made from blood diamonds. There was an implied dignity – it was something to look forward to: to be seated and be served.

Before the terrorists won.

Cut to: me and my boyfriend frantically racing to gut our backpacks and pockets of anything shiny and throwing them in large, grey tubs – Will my lip balm set off the alarm? Better throw it in, just in case…; stripping ourselves of shoes and spectacles, praying to a God that doesn’t exist we aren’t targeted to be put through the x-ray, knowing we’d refuse and have to succumb to the most unfulfilling massage imaginable; finally making it to our gate to find the two flights before us have been delayed since dawn, so the terminal is as absolutely packed with weary bodies, looking like some alternative concentration camp where people actually gained weight.

Upcoming July 16th LA Street Food Fest Expands Its Menu & Scale Since Last Summer

Posted by Billyjam, July 6, 2011 03:40pm | Post a Comment
If you plan on attending the fun & satisfying-to-the-palate, all day LA Street Food Fest - The 2nd Annual Summer Tasting Event, happening Saturday July 16th on the grassy fields of the Rose Bowl, do yourself a favor and don't eat beforehand. And when you arrive at this foodie's heaven, pace yourself as you taste your way through the cuisine of over 65 street food vendors of all styles and culinary delights. Presenting food from every corner of the globe there will be old school carts, hot gourmet food trucks & stands manned by both under-the-radar kitchen talents plus celebrity chefs from some of LA’s finest restaurants.
So popular was the premier summer LA Street Food Fest last year that they expanded it this year to include the Brookside Park space of the Rose Bowl to add on three soccer fields of additional space, and to include even more culinary specialists than last year. The $60 all inclusive tickets are actually very reasonable considering all you get for it. You get to taste unlimited fine food and drink including alcohol (so you could, if you wish, spend your day say at the Tequila Tasting Tent enjoying over a dozen different Tequilas) and spend the whole day with everything (even parking) included in the one time cost. All attendees need to bring is a picnic blanket and some sunscreen, oh, and an appetite. 

The day long (10am to 10pm) event also features several fun sessions throughout the day. These sessions include the all ages, family friendly Picnic in the Park and the Family Fun Day respectively from 10am to 1pm & 2pm to 5pm, and the 21+ Date Night from 6pm to 9pm. Each of these events are limited to 1500 attendees max to ensure a nice controlled environment. The Gourmet Trucks section will include the Border Grill Truck whose specialty is quinoa fritters, the Dim Sum Truck whose specialty is pork and shrimp shu mai + “baked potato” dumpling, and the Great Balls on Tires truck whose specialty is billed as "Ballywood Indian meatballs on rice."

Brian Eno Unleashes Another Sonic Soundscape Masterpiece: Drums Between the Bells - his collaboration with Rick Holland

Posted by Billyjam, July 5, 2011 02:14pm | Post a Comment
Brian Eno & Rick Holland "Glitch" from Drums Between the Bells (Warp, 2011) - released today

There are very few artists who four full decades into their careers are still consistently making riveting relevant music that still matters to fans old and new alike. Brian Eno is one of those rarities. Eno, who got his introduction to the music world at the start of the 70's as the keyboardist for Roxy Music before soon after going solo, has consistently evolved as an artist (and music theorist) singularly crafting new production styles and musical sounds (creating the genre of ambient music), as a producer (U2, Devo, Talking Heads, Coldplay), and selectively collaborating alongside with such notable artists over the years as Harold Budd, Robert Fripp, David Bowie, John Cale, and David Byrne. Even 30 years after its release Eno and Byrne's landmark My Life in the Bush of Ghosts sounds as fresh as the day it was released in 1981.

Not surprisingly Eno's artistic output and his approach to music continues to influence generation after generation of new electronic artists. So it makes sense that for Eno's latest release, Drums Between the Bells, that the electronic music innovator should again join forces with Warp Records - a label, since its formation 22 years ago has become known for always finding and advocating adventurous new electronic music. Last year Warp released Small Craft on a Milk Sea, Eno's excellent collaborative composition with Jon Hopkins and Leo Abrahams.

July 3, 2011: Terri

Posted by phil blankenship, July 4, 2011 01:44pm | Post a Comment

The Boys Are Back in Town: Hall Pass (2011)

Posted by Charles Reece, July 3, 2011 11:07pm | Post a Comment

I don't know why the Farrelly brothers' Hall Pass wasn't more successful. It's no worse than Kingpin or There's Something About Mary and is about the same thing: men trying to get it up. If you found the previous efforts funny, then there's a recommendation. It was, for me, like spending two hours with a couple of pot-bellied sports radio listeners in a Dallas elevator. Not that I have to like the protagonists in a story, but I do have to find them interesting in some way. And there's nothing interesting about the particular strain of the bourgeoisie know as the sports aficionado. I moved thousands of miles to get away from him. To their credit, I guess, the Farrellys have captured, with a cinéma-vérité authenticity, this khaki-clothed repressed memory of mine ("the 'Boys are back in town": shudder), and without ever explicitly discussing sports. They do, however, frequently turn the camera to old pictures of the leads, Rick (Owen Wilson) and Fred (Jason Sudeikis), in their glory days as high school football stars to reinforce the effects of domesticity on male potency: use it or lose it. The husbands aren't getting enough from their respective wives, Maggie (Jenna Fischer) and Grace (Christina Applegate), which regularly erupts in pornographic disquisitions on what they'd be capable of if not for the ball-and-chain.

After hearing their husbands natter on about sexual defilement one time too many, the wives grant them hall passes at the suggestion of a psychiatrist friend. For one week, the men can pretend not to be married without any repercussions for whatever might happen while the women are away on vacation. For most of the week, the husbands drink with friends and continue to dream about molesting young women while young men are actually flirting with their vacationing wives. If you've seen any romantic comedy about infidelity from the past 80 years, you'll recognize Hollywood's reduction of the hedonic calculus to a ratio: cheating isn't bad so long as (1) the betrayed lover is an asshole, (2) the jilted one is given a replacement, or, as in Hall Pass, (3) both parties are equally unfaithful. Marital bliss (a.k.a. love conquers all) is defined through parity: Rick and Maggie resist the temptation to cheat, while Fred and Grace both give in (but feel awful for doing it afterwards), with both couples renewing their vows by the end. What's perverse about this resolution is that it isn't some satirical undermining of romantic love using utilitarianism, but a moronic conflation of utilitarianism with romantic love. These couples are the libertarian base, supporting any candidate who romanticizes capitalism as naturally just.

The film is little more than a diversionary fantasy for the kind of man who can afford to have a mid-life crisis, so probably will. The comedy isn't based on any critique of the kind of fucked-up views that might lead to such crises (such as the strength of marriage bond being seen as the equality of each spouse's exchange value in the free market), but always in support of bourgeois ennui as being as good as it gets. We're supposed to root for Rick, laugh with him, not at him. Thus, his moment of self-realization comes when he tells off the bohemian barista at the local coffee shop. He points out that he might be square, but it's his type that owns the businesses, so good luck ever getting a job (a real job) with those counter-cultural views. He then goes on to steal the barista's object of desire, a hip, curvy blond co-worker with the line that she gets a chance to sleep with a married man. No, really, so appealing is his status that his kids' winsome, college-aged babysitter regularly tries to seduce him, too. The beatnik barista turns out to be a mama's boy (what else could a commie be living in capitalist abundance?) and homicidal, trying to kill Rick for taking his girl (sane people surely can't be skeptical of capital). Hell, even his wife decides not to cheat on him because there's just too much there to value (by other potential buyers). Just as Rick suspected: he could fuck young girls if he wanted, his wife is still hot enough to attract other guys, but chooses only him, and he has enough wealth that he should feel superior to cynical hipsters. What started off as a fear of impotency has now been reframed as freedom. Now, that's ideology.

(Sidenote: Surprisingly, I ran across one conservative, Carl Horowitz, who'd likely agree with me here, only with a positive spin: "Hollywood does have a reigning political sensibility.  It’s called libertarianism, or more accurately, individualist libertarianism." Anyway, it's a good essay.)

The Vinyl Frontier #1 - Collecting C&W Records

Posted by Joe Goldmark, July 1, 2011 03:49pm | Post a Comment

“It’s refreshing not to hear the juvenile whining that’s so prevalent in alt rock…”

To check out extensive LP label and price guides, head to the Vinyl Beat website!

I realize that country music doesn’t resonate with everyone. The primary reason for that is because mainstream country has been pretty vapid for the past thirty years. Country radio caters to the lowest common denominator, and insults our intelligence while abusing our musical standards. And if that isn’t enough, the twang of the older better stuff is difficult to deal with if you weren’t raised with it. I understand the barriers. In fact, when I was a kid my friends and I thought that “Buck Owens” was about the funniest name we’d ever heard.

All that withstanding, it was country rock music and steel guitars that caught my ear a few years later and lead me on a quest to find the “real” stuff. I found a goldmine. For some obvious starting points, try Haggard’s honky-tonk music, Bill Monroe’s bluegrass, Hank Williams country blues, Bob Wills’ western swing, George Jones’ white man’s soul and Ray Price, Patsy Cline and Waylon Jennings. If that works for you, delve a little deeper and dig Johnny Bush, Wynn Stewart, The Derailers, Wanda Jackson, Porter Wagoner, Laurie Lewis, Johnny Paycheck, The Texas Troubadours and many more. 

This is adult music with themes such as drinking, marriage break-ups and truck driving. It’s refreshing not to hear the juvenile whining that’s so prevalent in alt rock. There’s also hot picking, great harmonies and cool western attire. And as an added bonus, any idiot can dance the “two step” and join the party. For the uninitiated, this is not line dancing, it’s an easy couples dance. But, I digress.

Country records are extremely undervalued. Yes, there’s many rare records, but not too many people are looking for them. You can still build a nice low cost collection from finds at record stores, swaps, garage sales and thrift stores.

There’s also many sub genres to collect such as alt country, rockabilly, bluegrass, West Coast and Bakersfield, truck driving songs, western swing, Texas shuffles, and cowboy songs which were originally the “western” in C&W.

Happy hunting.

Hip-Hop Rap Up 07:01:11: Foreign Legion, Serengeti, Casual, Apathy, Moe Green, Prince Aries, Random Axe, Odd Future, & The Gods Must Be Crazy

Posted by Billyjam, July 1, 2011 03:46pm | Post a Comment
Foreign Legion "Travel Lite" (extended video version) (2011)

Care of the always self-effacinging funny rap duo of Foreign Legion (witty & talented Oakland emcees Prozack Turner and Marc Stretch) comes the above latest extended version video for "Travel Lite" from the pair's recommended current album Night Moves - on Hunger Strike Records/Quality Control and available at Amoeba Music.

Without even trying Marc and Zack are just naturally funny and, unlike so much of hip-hop these days, do not take themselves seriously by any means as they trade quips, one liners, and so corny they're funny jokes.  Included in the deliberately silly (including canned laughter) clip are such jokes as Stewardess: "Have you ever been in the Navy?"  Prozack: "Well.. I used to work at Old Navy." Ba-da-boom!

And below is the brand new video for "The Hex" by Random Axe, the latest outing from the rap supergroup comprised of Sean Price, Black Milk, and Guilty Simpson. The song is one of the many audio treats found on the new fifteen track CD simply titled Random Axe that is available at Amoeba and is featured in the new Hip-Hop Top Five found immediately below the video

. Random Axe "The Hex" (2011)

June 30, 2011: Thor

Posted by phil blankenship, July 1, 2011 01:45pm | Post a Comment

New 12"s @ Amoeba Hollywood 7/1 Conrad Schnitzler, Holger Zilske, Deadbeat, Omar S, Stefan Goldmann & more

Posted by Oliver / Matt / Jordan, July 1, 2011 01:17pm | Post a Comment

Conrad Schnitzler
Live ’72

Fantastic Live recording from the Cluster founder.
Beautiful handmade gatefold sleeve.

Purchase Conrad Schnitzler Live '72

Holger Zilske
Acid Test 04
Absurd Recordings

Part 4 in the “ACID TEST” series from ABSURD RECORDINGS drops from Berlin’s HOLGER ZILSKE. “A pure analog jam using just a 303, 101 and a 808″ its a slow pulsing bass heavy acid work out. Comes with remixes from JOHN TEJADA and Stockholm’s AXEL BOMAN. Initial pressing comes with download codes in handpainted sleeves.

Purchase Acid Test 04


Drawn And Quartered 2LP

Scott Monteith aka Deadbeat releases an album for his own label BLKRTZ. It has been 12 years since Monteith quietly launched his Deadbeat music project with an unassuming performance on the street outside a Montreal café as part of the first edition of the city's now internationally-lauded MUTEK festival. And while the venues and audiences have grown steadily and seriously in the years since, the crackling dub sonics, deep grooves, and rumbling bass which characterized that performance have remained a constant in his live and recorded work, and earned him a substantial number of devoted followers the world over in the process. Having worked with a virtual who's-who of the most respected labels in the industry over the last decade, Monteith now takes the plunge into the murky depths of labelhood, launching his BLKRTZ imprint with no less than a full album of new material. "When I received the news a few months ago that ~scape was officially closing its doors, I was incredibly sad to hear it." says Monteith from his new home in Berlin. "Though I hadn't worked with them in a few years, I always saw ~scape as the natural home for a very important part of my work. Not necessarily the more listening side of things per se, but certainly the most unconcerned with genre or function, from a creative standpoint the most free, I guess. Barbara and Stefan worked very hard to promote a great deal of quite marginalized material over the years and did a lot to help me and many other artists out personally who otherwise would have had a much harder time of it. Though I'll be concentrating on my own work for the first few releases, it's my hope that BLKRTZ can serve a similarly honorable purpose in the years to come." In celebration of the label's inaugural release, Monteith has teamed up with long-time friend and world renowned video artist, Lillevan, to create an immersive audio/visual performance quite unlike any other.

Purchase Drawn And Quartered

Anthony Collin
Don't Look Down Now 12"

This is Anthony Collins' fourth release on Curle already, if you don't count the Nina Kraviz & Los Updates remix EP. Fans of "Another Lonely Night" will most definitely also dig "Don't Look Down Now," although it's a little deeper and more minimal, maybe. But the surprise on this release is without a doubt the 9'+ remix from Roman Flügel. This release, my friends, is going to be a summer anthem.

Purchase Don't Look Now

Here’s Your Trance – Shadow Ray remix

Stellar remix from Shadow Ray of one 2011’s top tracks.

Purchase Shadow Ray remix

Marcus Worgull
Long Way/Coppa 12"

It has taken quite some time for Marcus Worgull to deliver his third EP for Innervisions. We won't blah blah about the music. You better just listen to it. But there is one piece of decisive information that shouldn't be withheld from those who never read the credits: "Long Way" has additional instruments, beats and even vocals (!) by Mr. Prins Thomas.

Purchase Long Way/Coppa

Sebastian Mullaert aka Minilogue
Älva EP 12"
Mule Electronic

Mule Electronic welcomes back more of Sebastian Mullaert's solo work. "Älva" is dubby, psychedelic house, sounding like a more techno version of Omar-S. This track will be a great DJ tool for everyone. On the B-side, "Lyssna Då Björkarna Viskar" is peaceful ambient house with the sound of birds singing, discordant piano, trippy synths, etc. -- perfect music for the morning in the club.

Purchase Älva EP

Stefan Goldmann
Emptying the Vaults Vol.1 12"

Number 1 in a series of 3 EPs unraveling unreleased classic house tracks by Stefan Goldmann. Victoriaville continues its research into Stefan Goldmann's sweet back catalogue with the world premiere of a triple vinyl series of never before released house material. Revisiting the years 2000 - 2005, Emptying The Vaults highlights the era of Stefan Goldmann's "UK years." Restored from the original master tapes and cut by D&M's Rashad, here's some startling evidence of how deep the roots of house actually were in Berlin years before the hype set in. "Cirque Mecanique" is a throbbing groove workout with a dark edge, while "Warm Rush" brings sweet AND pure deepness. "True Dub" is an unreleased alternative version to 2002's "True" single -- no vocals, just bass.

Purchase Emptying the Vaults 1

Art Department

Crosstown Rebels

"WE CALL LOVE" is a deviant classic for the futuristic age. ART DEPARTMENT collide with SOUL CLAP & OSUNLADE in an exclusive collaboration that brushes shards of early Chicago house with a magnetic pop infused sheen. Also has a synth house mix from DJ HARVEY & jazzy electro mix from DAPHNI.

Purchase We Call Love

Lovefingers & Nitedog
Black Disco

BLACKDISCO return with straight up fun party jams for 4 different moments in the night starting with LOVEFINGERS pumping macho disco "AMERICA". NITEDOG's "MARTIAL ARTS" is a mid-tempo bassline bobber. LOVEFINGERS "SLIM JIM" is a funky Eastern guitar stomp & "PRIMATES" a funky warm burner.

Purchase Black Disco 10

MARK E: The Day 12"
Inxec + Leks/HOW CAN I FEEL 12”
Proper Heat/THE MOVE 12”
RAMON TAPIA: Talk To Me 12"
RAY OKPARA: Abellio 12"
GEL ABRIL: Angola/Changes 12"
GREGOR TRESHER: Lights From The Inside Part One 12"
GREGOR TRESHER: Lights From The Inside Part Two 12"
MULLER, JURGEN: Science Of The Sea LP
AEROPLANE: My Enemy 12"
T.W.I.C.E: Dubbing Of My Soul 12"
ALEX JONES: Disappointing Dancefloors Since 2005 12”
AGORIA: Impermanence 2LP
VA: Kitsune Maison Compilation 11- The Indie Dance Issue 2LP
PUNKS JUMP UP: Blockhead 12"
THE SUBS: Don't Stop 12"
HIGHBLOO: Bro Code 12"
PETAR DUNDOV: Tenth Plateau 12"
SEUIL: Ultravision 12"
REMERC: Just A Bards Tale EP 12"
PHANTOM & HOLD: Glass Heart 12"
PHASE: Transantarctic 12"
ZZT (ZOMBIE NATION & TIGA): Zzafrika Remixes 3x12" BOX
Fracture & Neptune/CUSTOMTONE 12”
Joshua Moses & S Bengamin/PRETTY GIRL 7”
Disco Deviance/#20 ONUR ENGIN 12”
Benoit & Sergio/PRINCIPLES 12”
Shaolin Afronauts/FLIGHT OF ANCIENTS Heartbreak Sound/EP 1 12”
Ill Skillz/FACE THE MUSIC 12”
Various/MAGIC WAND VOL. 3 12”
Max Essa/HOW DO YOU FEEL 12”
Camo & Krooked/ALL FALL DOWN 12”
Bushwacka/WEST SIDE - ENERGY 12”
Dodge & Fuski/AEROPHOBIA 12"
Benton/HAVING FUN 12”
Cosmic Boogie & Andy Ash/THE FEEL IT 12”
J Majik & Wickaman/THE RITUAL 12”
Only Children/DON'T STOP DON'T STOP 12”
Soundspecies/BAMANA PROJECT 12”

The Art of the LP Cover- Keyboards

Posted by Mr. Chadwick, July 1, 2011 12:20pm | Post a Comment

Keytars, Organs, Moog, Casio, Roland, Sequential, Modular & More!

Rheingold "Fan, Fan, Fanatisch"