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August 31, 2011: The Devil's Double

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The '80s list: Part 9

Posted by Amoebite, August 31, 2011 06:58pm | Post a Comment
Talking Heads

One day at Amoeba Hollywood I proclaimed that Aztec Camera's 1983 release High Land, Hard Rain was one of the best records of the '80s. This single statement eventually led to over 200 Amoebites ranking their top 10 favorite albums from the ‘80s.

From the beginning we realized that it was impossible for most of us to condense our favorites from all genres into a tiny top ten list. So, we limited our lists to Rock/Pop and its sub-genres like punk, metal, goth, and new wave. Even so, it was a difficult selection process because not only are there hundreds of amazing records to consider, there is also the added dynamic of time.

The '80s were a long time ago and the music has had many years to gestate. We have a deep sense of nostalgia and sentiment with these albums as our fondest memories are associated with them. These are albums we LOVE.

- Henry Polk

P.S. We'll be posting new additions to the '80s list project from Amoeba staff members on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. See all entries in our ‘80s list series.

P.P.S. The '80s List Book is available for sale at Amoeba Hollywood.


Tim Latham
The Smiths – Strangeways Here We Come (1987)
The Jam Sound Affects (1980)
Specials More (1980)
The Cure – Disintegration (1989)
Erasure – The Innocents (1988)
English Beat – I Just Can't Stop It (1980)
Minor Threat – Out of Step (1983)
Dexy's Midnight Runners – Searching For The Young Soul Rebels (1980)
Joy Division – Closer (1980)
Morrissey – Viva Hate (1988)

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Major Issues Facing Bay Area Rap Benefit Concert For Cancer Stricken Two-Year-Old

Posted by Billyjam, August 31, 2011 05:48pm | Post a Comment
Last minute cancellations of artists on promoted concert bills is never a good thing. But a last minute cancellation of the venue is even worse. And when said canceled concert is a benefit for a cancer stricken toddler, it's ten times worse. Such is the scenario playing out right now with the charity concert planned this week for two year old South San Francisco girl Juliana Peña, who a few months ago was diagnosed with an advanced phase of neuroblastoma. The benefit show (Amoeblogged about here a month ago) was to feature a ton of local rap artists donating their time and talent including Too $hort, Hugh EMC, San Quinn, Rappin 4-Tay, Big Rich, Roach Gigz. Equipto, and event organizer / rapper  CoBlooded the Great. Three months ago the venue, Space 550 in San Francisco, was booked for this Friday (Sept 2nd) to hold the charity concert.

But last week CoBlooded, whose real name is Cochise Thomas and who is a close friend of the little girl's family, was issued word that the show would not take place at Space 550. The reason? Apparently an internal dispute between the outgoing management company and the new incoming management company of the venue located just off the Cesar Chavez exit from 101 in San Francisco. According to Thomas the new management claim that they were not given notice of the previously booked event by the outgoing management firm and hence it was not their responsibility to honor the booking.

Join Amoeba For Coastal Clean-Up Day: 9/17

Posted by Amoebite, August 31, 2011 04:02pm | Post a Comment
Coastal Cleanup DayJoin Amoeba and the Santa Monica Baykeeper for Coastal Clean-Up Day at Dockweiler Beach on Saturday, September 17 from 9:00am to noon.

Coastal Cleanup Day is the largest volunteer day on the planet! Thousands of volunteers around the world will come together to help pick up trash along our coasts.

California's coast and waterways have historically been collecting spots for annual accumulations of trash and debris. This debris, if not removed, can be harmful and even fatal to all manners of marine wildlife, can damage the state's economy, and can even become a human health hazard. Coastal Cleanup Day is a great way for families, students, service groups, and neighbors to join together, take care of our fragile marine environment, show community support for our shared natural resources, learn about the impacts of marine debris and how we can prevent them, and to have fun!

To sign-up to volunteer in the clean-up, visit http://ccd2011.eventbrite.com, email [email protected], or call 310.305.9645, ext. 105.

coastal clean-up day dockweiler beach santa monica baykeeper

Ooh La L.A.! The 3rd Annual French Music Festival: 9/29 – 10/1

Posted by Amoebite, August 31, 2011 03:23pm | Post a Comment
Ooh La L.A., the 3rd Annual French Music Festival in Los Angeles, runs September 29th through October 1st!  

This year's festival features Nouvelle Vague, Tinariwen, Hindi Zahra, Hugh Coltman, DJ Cam, Birdy Nam Nam, and more! Presented by Goldenvoice and KCRW 89.9, all shows take place at the El Rey Theater. More info and tickets HERE.

In conjunction with the Ooh La L.A. festival, Amoeba Hollywood is proud to present a special in-store showcase with acclaimed “Touareg” band Tinariwen on September 29th at 6pm! Find out MORE!



Check out this free download of "Tenere Taqqim Tossam" by Tinariwen featuring Kyp and Tunde from TV on the Radio.



The Soft Pack Are Back, and Saxier Than Ever

Posted by Billy Gil, August 31, 2011 12:51pm | Post a Comment
The Soft Pack were set to play Sunset Junction last weekend. That didn’t happen, but the L.A. by way of San Diego band did set up for a surprise backyard show in Highland Park with Devon Williams in an awesome D.I.Y. way that made Sunset Junction’s absence less of a bummer. With the addition of a saxophone player that also played on their upcoming new album, The Soft Pack sounded stronger and more focused than ever before, honing their garage rock into perfect-summer-day surf rock. I chatted with drummer Brian Hill about the changes the band has made over the years, from their first album, as The Muslims, to 2010’s self-titled album, to now. Bonus: Free download of "Extinction" by The Soft Pack recorded live at Amoeba.

PST: Your guys’ transition from the Muslims to The Soft Pack across the two albums saw you guys employing a cleaner sound with more hi-fi production. What can you tell me about the new recordings so far?

Hill: So far, we've got a little more than half of the new record written and recorded. We went into a nice studio again, so the hi-fi sound is still a factor. We've gotten a lot more into doing actual tricks and production as well, overdubbing a lot of cool keyboard, sax and percussion tracks. That's kind of been the coolest part for us this time around.

PST: Are you playing any of the new songs live? What are some new songs we should look for in your live sets?
 
Hill: Actually, the new set is going to have about six or seven new songs in it. We're trying to get them down, so they don't sound like utter garbage. Also, we'll be bringing our friend Tony out on the road with us to help play sax, keys and extra guitar. We're trying to step up our game as much as possible for the next record. You gotta keep yourself entertained as well.

PST: How complete is the new album? Do you already have a name for it?

Hill: We don't have a final name or real concept behind the new album yet. Matt, our singer, really likes the word “Flamingo,” and that might make an appearance somewhere in there. It's a great word, phonetically speaking, so I'm in. We still need to write and record maybe four tracks, but we've all been working both independently and together on the writing for this one.

PST: I really liked the song “Mexico” on the last album. Was that song sort of a diversion, or does it point to a new direction?

Hill: "Mexico” is one that I love playing. Stylistically, it was so weird to us to put that on the record at first, but now it seems like no big deal. We've come to the realization that no matter how "weird" we think we're being, we aren't that weird at all when it comes down to it. I guess it felt like a bit of a risk because it's so much more mellow than the rest of the songs. We're definitely interested in getting deeper into that territory though. Fear not though, there are riffs for days on the horizon.

PST: Explosions in the Sky still gets shit about their name. Do you guys still get bugged about having been called The Muslims?

Hill: Yes. We seriously have gotten asked why we changed our name in 99% of all interviews we've done since we became The Soft Pack. It has become a bit of a burden, but I suppose it'll always just be part of being in this band. We've now been Soft Packers way longer than we were called the Muslims, but I doubt we'll ever fully shake our checkered past.

PST: You guys came along at a time in which people were sort of done with garage rock or rock ‘n’ roll. Now it seems to be doing quite well again, at least in the underground sense. Do you guys stay aware of those kind of trends or have you just tried to do your own thing?

Hill: Garage rock has certainly become a thing again within the last couple of years. Personally, I feel like our last album was a departure from that world. Our new stuff is getting even further away from the garage sound as well. I feel like we've always been inspired by different stuff, so we try to do our own thing with whatever we write. Trends don't really inspire the output of the band, in my opinion. We like to know what's going on around us though simply as dudes who are obsessed with music.

PST: Aside from your hilarious Twitter, I found precious little about you guys online since the release of your last album. Do you guys try to go with a "less is more" approach to releasing music and making indie headlines, or was there just not much to report?

Hill: Matty, our guitarist, is responsible for about 95% of the Twitter stuff. I'll pass along the compliment (laughs). I've gotten really into posting dumb YouTube videos of guys who did too much ketamine and silly junk like that lately. For the majority of this year though, we've just been quietly writing and recording. Not too much exciting stuff to report. Certainly nothing scandalous to report either. I feel so boring (laughs). Controversy doesn't really seem to follow us. I guess that's a relief. We might make some videos with the remainder of the year and hopefully do some cool stuff that will keep people (and ourselves) entertained.

PST: For the last album, you guys did a rash of shows all over the area, including at local record stores. Any such plans in the works for the next album?

Hill: I really want to figure out a way to outdo the 10 shows in one day. Sean Carlson is the idea man behind that event, so we'll hit him up again, I'm sure. Whatever it involves, I hope nobody dies.

Upcoming Soft Pack tour dates:

-Aug. 31
Cellar Door
Visalia, CA

-Sept. 1
Crepe Place
Santa Cruz, CA

-Sept. 2
Bottom of the Hill
San Francisco, CA

-Sept. 4
El Dorado
San Diego, CA

-Sept. 7
Detroit Bar
Costa Mesa, CA

-Sept. 8
Velvet Jones
Santa Barbara, CA

-Sept. 9
Pappy and Harriet’s
Pioneertown, CA

Gary Clarke Jr's "The Bright Lights EP" Proves That The Austin, Texas Artist's Got Soul & Truly Feels The Blues

Posted by Billyjam, August 31, 2011 08:42am | Post a Comment
        

Before even hearing Gary Clark Jr.'s music any artist whose musical influences range from John Lee Hooker and Curtis Mayfield to Snoop Dogg is definitely deserving of one's attention. And in the case of this 27 year old Austin, Texas blues singer, songwriter, and guitarist that attention is more than deserving as witnessed by his numerous recent soulful performances such as the concert video below of "When My Train Pulls In" at Bardot Hollywood (not too far from Amoeba) earlier this year) or the above rendition in of "Bright Lights" live from Dave Matthews Band Caravan in Chicago just last month.

The artist's recently released major label debut EP of the same name, The Bright Lights EP on Warner, was released three weeks ago and is self-produced with the exception of the title track which was produced by Rob Cavallo (Green Day, Dave Matthews Band, etc). Leaving you longing for more this all too short EP release is essentially a teaser for the young bluesman's (who has been accurately compared to a "Frosty" era Albert Collins)  full-length Warner album debut that is expected to drop sometime in the Spring of 2012.



Gary Clark Jr. "When My Train Pulls In" (Live at Bardot Hollywood) (2011)


W.R.E.A.M. (Wu Rules Everything Around Me)

Posted by Billyjam, August 30, 2011 05:41pm | Post a Comment
Wu rules everything around me, or so it seems of late since the legendary Wu-Tang Clan appear to be everywhere these days between their own popular recently released album, Legendary Weapons which dropped a month ago on eOne Music; the WU's distinctive presence on the ongoing Rock The Bells tour where they host the 36 Chambers stage; the proliferation of Wu-Tang mashup projects such as the recently Amoeblogged-about Wugazi: 13 Chambers project; plus the seemingly endless amount of cameos on other artist's projects that the ubiquitous Wu Tang members have been making of late. Indeed, there seems to be no end of the amount of guest spots that the numerous members of this influential Staten Island (aka Shaolin) NY crew (who redefined hip-hop with their landmark 1993 debut Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)) have been making lately. Even though their latest album is noticeably missing GZA, not to mention Masta Killa, it still became a fave with both critics and fans.


Anything Wu Tang do seems to command widespread attention. Case in point was when, a few weeks ago, within hours of their NYC offices posting an ad for an unpaid intern position, the ad went viral and got picked up and repeated by endless online, print, and TV outlets. Meanwhile, the popular official Wu Tang Facebook fan page has close to one and half million avid followers and appears to be increasing at a steady pace, undoubtedly spurred on by the Wu members' inclusion on this year's Rock The Bells. On the tour, numerous Wu soldiers perform, including Raekwon and Ghostface doing Only Built For Cuban Linx and GZA/Genius performing Liquid Swords. Indicative of their draw, the festival includes the WU's own 36 Chambers stage on which crew members and Wu Tang-endorsed acts like Mobb Deep perform.  At this past Saturday's Rock The Bells stop in the Bay Area at the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, Rae and Ghost's set was one of the festival highlights and proved why these vets can still command such a dedicated following two decades later.

Ladytron Listening Party at Amoeba Berkeley: 9/13

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, August 30, 2011 02:57pm | Post a Comment
Swing by Amoeba Berkeley between 5:00pm and 6:00pm on September 13th to hear the new Ladytron album Gravity the Seducer!

If you buy the album during the listening party, you will receive a free DVD (while supplies last) and be entered to win prize packs including a limited edition flexi disc featuring the song "White Elephant," posters, postcards, a free copy of Gravity the Seducer on vinyl, or Ladytron's full catalogue of releases on CD

Also, don't miss the Ladytron DJ set & signing at Amoeba San Francisco on September 25th at 2pm!

Free download
Free download of "White Elephant" by Ladytron.


Ladytron Gravity the Seducer flexi disc

O Zone @ The Oakland Museum of California: 9/30

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, August 30, 2011 02:12pm | Post a Comment
Oakland Museum California O Zone Ozone

Celebrate the eco-active spirit of California that John Muir helped to establish in our great state with O Zone, September 30th, when the Oakland Museum of California (OMCA) will come alive with an evening of food, cocktails, music, performances, and eco-friendly activities that will inspire you to take action to save the environment. Learn how making small changes can have big consequences on conserving our natural world and discover ways to empower the adventurer/explorer/eco-pioneer in you. 

Don't miss the Mustache and Beard Contest! OMCA is in search of the "Best John Muir Beard in the Bay!" Amoeba will be on hand with all sorts of giveaways and a Beard & Mustache Photobooth!

ALSO: get down to the beats of DJ Platurn who's spinning crucial tunes before headliner The Coup performs! Catch Whiskerman in an Oak Street Plaza acoustic set! Get in the gallery for an acoustic set with Conspiracy of Beards!  

The Coup Oakland Boots   Whiskerman Oakland

The '80s List: Part 8

Posted by Amoebite, August 29, 2011 02:32pm | Post a Comment
OnJoan Jette day at Amoeba Hollywood I proclaimed that Aztec Camera's 1983 release High Land, Hard Rain was one of the best records of the '80s. This single statement eventually led to over 200 Amoebites ranking their top 10 favorite albums from the ‘80s.

From the beginning we realized that it was impossible for most of us to condense our favorites from all genres into a tiny top ten list. So, we limited our lists to Rock/Pop and its sub-genres like punk, metal, goth, and new wave. Even so, it was a difficult selection process because not only are there hundreds of amazing records to consider, there is also the added dynamic of time.

The '80s were a long time ago and the music has had many years to gestate. We have a deep sense of nostalgia and sentiment with these albums as our fondest memories are associated with them. These are albums we LOVE.

- Henry Polk

P.S. We'll be posting new additions to the '80s list project from Amoeba staff members on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. See all entries in our '80s list series.

P.P.S. The '80s List Book is available for sale at Amoeba Hollywood.


Kristen Frederick
The Dream SyndicateThe Days Of Wine & Roses (1982)
The Clash London Calling (1980)
The SmithsThe Smiths (1983)
Roxy Music Avalon (1980)
Ultravox – Vienna (1980)
The WaterboysA Pagan Place (1984)
Echo & BunnymenPorcupine (1983)
The Psychedelic FursTalk Talk Talk (1981)
New OrderPower, Corruption & Lies (1983)
OMD – Architecture & Morality (1981)

Beach Goth Blues: The Growlers Invade Amoeba Hollywood

Posted by Amoebite, August 29, 2011 02:15pm | Post a Comment
From the mezzanine level of Amoeba Music in Hollywood, one could count over 400 damp heads (itThe Growlers Amoeba Hollywood was unfairly hot in L.A. this past Saturday) eagerly awaiting a performance that could get even the most dehydrated youngster dancing. The Growlers, a band formed in Long Beach in 2006, performed a last minute in-store show after the cancellation of Sunset Junction, where they were originally scheduled to play.

Dressed in suspenders, jeans, sneakers, and oxfords, the six-piece group leaped into action and opened up with the song “Drinking the Juice Blues.” The full playlist was comprised of 11 songs that ranged across their first album, Are You In Or Out?, the 10” EP Hot Tropics, and their Record Store Day 7” Gay Thoughts. As hundreds sang along to favorites such as “Something Someone Jr.” and “Wandering Eyes,” the group matched the enthusiasm of the crowd with excellent chemistry and seamless effort.

If you were close enough to the stage, you could admire their unabashed and quirky offness: a large mass of foil draped over the drum kit, a hand-painted image on a guitar, a rustic pair of conga drums that had been spray-painted. To top it off was the charming vocalist Brooks Nielsen, dancing and swerving without shyness as one might do when they’re alone in front of a mirror. The group’s lo-fi sound, a blend of surf and garage with psychedelic nods, clash rewardingly with their lyrics, which reference displacement, morbidity, and the strangeness of the self.

Killer Soul Collection Hits Amoeba.com

Posted by Mr. Chadwick, August 29, 2011 09:20am | Post a Comment

An amazing batch of 7"s just hit Amoeba.com. With an emphasis on northern soul, this collection features obscure artists such as Fatback Brother Bill Curtis and Ila Van, along with well-knowns such as Gloria Jones, Ike & Tina Turner, and Big Maybelle. Collectors of Roulette Records will find a nice grip on rarities. There are also 45s on Sue, Revue, VJ, and many small and private press labels.  Also scattered in are doo wop, rockabilly, and funk collectibles.

Here is just a sampling of some of the goodies you can find for sale on Amoeba.com:


Janice
I Thank You Kindly / I Need You Like A Baby (7")
Roulette Records
$100


Awesome and hard-to-find Northern Soul single on Roulette in orange wheel logo label sleeve.  Labels are orange wheel logo with "Roulette" written in blue. 
 






Patti LaBelle & the Bluebells
Trustin' In You / Suffer (7")
Atlantic
$25


Early Northern Soul classic by Ms. LaBelle on Atlantic with red/white/black label sleeve.  Labels are red & white, with "Trustin' In You" listed as the "Plug Side."    







Cool Sounds
Boy Wonder (Who Made Good) / Free (I'm Coming Home) (7")
Warner Bros. Records
$80


Rare Northern Soul single on Warner Bros. with olive green labels in generic sleeve. 








The Invincibles
Wonders Of Love / Can't No One Man (7")
Ciray Records
$120


Northern Soul nugget on Ciray with reversed labels in generic sleeve. Red, white and yellow labels.  








Wilson Pickett
My Heart Belongs To You / Let Me Be Your Boy (7")
Verve Records
$40


Classic Northern Soul with blue & silver Verve labels. In generic sleeve. 








Check out the rest of the collection in our Buy Stuff section on Amoeba.com.

Mighty White of You: Cowboys & Aliens (2011)

Posted by Charles Reece, August 29, 2011 02:49am | Post a Comment
In the realm of categories, black is always marked as a color [...], and is always particularizing; whereas white is not anything really, not an identity, not a particularizing quality, because it is everything -- white is no color because it is all colors. This property of whiteness, to be everything and nothing, is the source of its representational power.
-- p. 127, Richard Dyer's "White" from The Matter of Images


Reading Dyer's above quoted essay reminded me of the classic Saturday Night Live skit where Eddie Murphy went undercover as a white man to discover what whiteness is really like. He receives a free newspaper, gets cash from a bank without any credit and, once the city bus is free of minorities, the whites have a party. Instead of whiteness being the default or normative position from which every other ethnicity is otherness, Murphy's blackness is the norm and whiteness is seen as excess.

A less ironic and more recent example of what Dyer's getting at is the colorizing of Marvel's superheroes: Nick Fury is black in the films and Ultimate line; the Ultimate version of Peter Parker was killed off and replaced by a half black, half latino kid named Miles Morales; Kingpin was played by a black man in the Daredevil film; and more controversial among the Aryan supremacists was the decision to make the Norse god Heimdall black in the Thor film. The difference here between whiteness and otherness is that Peter Parker isn't first marked as white, second as Spider-Man, but Miles Morales is foremost a mixed ethnicity and secondly a superpowered human. If he were to live with his aunt at a near poverty level, that would be part of his ethnic narrative, whereas it's not really a part of Peter's being white. For Peter, those are qualities which merely help the audience sympathize with his struggle as an individual (they aren't anything but dramatic attributes within a particular narrative). The white narrative, through its dominance, seen as normative, is hidden, only revealed by contrast with what falls outside, or underneath.

Murphy ends his skit with a warning, that he and his black friends have a lot of makeup, so beware, the white face we trust just might be black underneath. What would've J. Jonah Jameson and his readership made of a black man underneath the mask of Spider-Man? The webslinger might've been maligned as a public menace, but he wasn't a black menace. It was the decade of black empowerment and radical politics, after all. This fear of contamination, or corruption of status quo values, is most obvious and dangerous in racialist movements' desire for purity (cf. Norwegian mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik's manifesto), but when it appears in alien invasion films (in which I'd include demonic possession, such as The Exorcist, alongside the existential substitution in The Invasion of the Body Snatchers) it can serve as a thought experiment on whiteness (or dominant power structures, which tend to be white in these stories). In these fantasies of contamination, the dominant power is reconfigured as a minority one. There are exceptions, such as District 9 and Starship Troopers (both of which draw a parallel with the aliens and currently existing minority powers), but the primary conceit is placing the dominant power into the role of its other under threat of extinction by a more powerful alien race or presence. Two such fantasies that deal explicitly with whiteness have popped up recently, Jon Favreau's Cowboys & Aliens and Joe Cornish's Attack the Block. The first treats whiteness as race, the second as class. Both are intended as diversionary summer entertainment foremost, with the former a particularly comforting illusion for whiteness as the normative structure. 


EW: So the idea of visiting an indigenous culture, invaders who in the Westerns would be the pioneers and settlers, is it reversed in this story? Are the cowboys essentially the natives and aliens are like the conquering Europeans?

JF: Yeah, in the frustration of not having the technology to allow you to prevail. It’s always the low-tech culture that feels powerless when faced with an enemy that has technology on their side. And of course the culture with technology on their side feels like it’s manifest destiny: They’ve been granted this gift by the divine and intend to use it. So yes, it is a bit of a flip, because the cowboys find themselves as the low-tech culture. And what’s also fun is it allows the cowboys and Native Americans to come together, which would be impossible had there not been a greater common enemy.

Cowboys & Aliens takes place in 1873, Arizona, when it was a territory and Geronimo's campaign against both Mexican and U.S. troops was underway (he surrendered in 1886). Many of the post-Leone western tropes appear (without his panache, unfortunately): a gunman without a name (he's amnesic), a town ruled by a cutthroat capitalist (the law is bought and paid for), and a tough-minded beauty who's able to take care of herself (except when the no-name anti-hero needs to show that he's not a complete bastard). What's new here is, of course, the insertion of aliens. They're more of the clickety-clack bug type that's overwhelmed the genre of late. I suppose it helps convey the infestation motif, but it would be nice to see a species modeled on fish or birds. Aliens rarely, if ever, invade our water supply (The Man Who Fell to Earth was too polite to be called an invader) and Hitchcock demonstrated the potential danger of birds. Anyway, the gunman is revealed to be a notorious outlaw Jake Lonergan who's wanted for, among other things, stealing a bunch of gold from the rich cattleman Colonel Woodrow Dolarhyde (the aforementioned capitalist). 

The plot isn't all that important (although it took five writers to adapt some shitrag comic): the aliens are equal parts evil, pragmatic and really stupid. They capture the townsfolk to experiment on them for no apparent reason (it looks like torture for torture's sake, but maybe our puny Earthling brains can't comprehend the greater good -- but, really, the torture is there to make sure we know who not to identify with). They harvest gold for energy so that they might return home and bring more of their kind. And when fucking with the humans, they do stuff like leave one of their high powered, alien techno gauntlets on a nearby table so that the hero can escape with it on his wrist, but when it comes to fighting the humans, they choose to mostly use their swordlike appendages against enemy rifles rather than the laser cannons at their disposal. Had the European settlers chosen to use only knives after introducing the Indians to rifles, there might be some parallel here.

Because everyone has lost a loved one to the aliens, the people decide that they have more that unites them than divides (the enemy of my enemy ...). This includes the Chiricahua Apache, who at first believe the white men responsible for the disappearance of Indian women, but are disabused by the Colonel's adopted Apache assistant with his tales of the Colonel's great warrior deeds. In return, the Colonel learns respect for the Apaches when he discovers that his assistant is more of a real son than his own layabout flesh and blood. The inclusion of the Apache is problematic for Favreau's stated goal of inverting the white settlers as their other, since the Indians are already occupying that minority position. The set-up is, in fact, closer to the Apache making a Faustian deal with the U.S. troops to fight the more longstanding threat from the Mexicans. A more interesting version would've had the Apache siding with the aliens to wipe out the white settlers, the equally imperialist Mexicans and then going on to slaughter the remaining Comanche (who'd played a large part in the Apache's dwindling numbers), resulting in control over the whole Southwest region. Only then could whiteness be fantasized as a minority power. What we get instead are criminals, capitalists, the law and the American other all coming together to ensure that the symbolic order is restored for a happy ending. That the order is structurally white is forgotten (forgiven) by all, as are Jake and the Colonel's evil deeds; the town is appropriately named Absolution. Underneath, the film suggests, aren't we all really the same, i.e., as Dyer put it, "no color," aka "white." Would Geronimo have found this film a pleasant respite from the Arizona heat? I kind of doubt it, but he'd probably enjoy, as I did, the AC.

Next up: Attack the Block, a much more entertaining film.


Geronimo is on the far right.

Passes to David Guetta Screening in LA

Posted by Amoebite, August 28, 2011 05:45pm | Post a Comment
Starting Monday, August 29 at Amoeba Hollywood, buy the new David Guetta album Nothing But the Beat and get a pair of tickets for admission to see a screening of Nothing But the Beat - The Fire Within hosted by David Guetta.
David Guetta Screening
 
Event Details: 
Tuesday,  August 30th
 Egyptian Theatre
6712 Hollywood Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90028

Doors at 7pm – film starts at 8pm. Seating is first come, first served.

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..."I cannot look at myself in the mirror if I do not give 100%. My ambition is new each day, I have so much to learn and so much to achieve." - David Guetta

Earlier this year burn announced a partnership with legendary French music producer and DJ David Guetta. As part of this exciting collaboration, burn productions has created a full-length film that gives fans unique insight into Guetta's life, career and meteoric rise from underground house DJ to one of the world's most sought-after DJ/producer/collaborators.

Nothing But The Beat - The Fire Within features in-depth interviews with some of the amazing artists David has worked with including Will.i.Am, Kelly Rowland, Snoop Dogg, Ludacris, Taio Cruz and Usher, as well as insights from dance music legends Norman Cook aka Fatboy Slim, Laurent Garnier, David Morales & Pete Tong.

Win a Pair of VIP Passes to Treasure Island Music Fest!

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, August 28, 2011 03:44pm | Post a Comment

The Treasure Island Music Festival celebrates its fifth year with an incredible two-day lineup of the hottest indie acts around!

The weekend of October 15th and 16th, Death Cab For Cutie, Empire of The Sun, DFA 1979, Beach House, The Hold Steady, Cut Copy, and many more will play on the island in the middle of San Francisco Bay. Along with two stages of music and its signature Ferris Wheel, the festival will also have art installations, food vendors, and tons of local independent merchants

Enter to win a pair of VIP passes for the festival ONLINE or enter to win at either Amoeba San Francisco or Amoeba Berkeley!

Green Patriot Posters: Your Chance to Promote Climate Change Awareness Through Art

Posted by Eric Brightwell, August 28, 2011 01:42pm | Post a Comment
 



Silver Lake-based filmmaker and social activist Susannah Tantemsapya is the founder and executive director of Creative Migration, an inspiring non-profit organization that produces documentaries that promote various art projects which relate to social activism and change.

 
Right now Susannah is raising funds for her latest project, Green Patriot Posters, a documentary about… Green Patriot Posters - an art project that employs progressive poster art to raise environmental awareness. It you live in San Francisco or visited it in the winter of 2010, you may've noticed these striking posters adorning bus shelters around town. They've also graced billboards, museums and appeared in various media.

The project was initiated by Edward Morris, co-founder of the Canary Project and Green Patriot Posters, and Dmitri Siegel, director of marketing for Urban Outfitters. They partnered with Loudsauce, the first crowd-funded media buying platform that allows art and social causes to take their messages to the streets, replacing the normal slew of soul-crushing advertising with something both interesting and societally beneficial.

 
 

The film includes interviews with Shepard Fairey in Los Angeles, DJ Spooky and Michael Bierut in New York City, Mathilde Fallot in Paris, as well as people who encounter the posters on the streets. Green Patriot Posters is  the only American film that's been invited to participate in Project Green, held in Stockholm, Sweden in October 2011. Help do us proud by contributing to this inspiring project. The deadline is is 11pm PST on Monday, August 29th. (Click here to contribute).

 

All kinds of cool rewards including film credits, cool stickers, posters, copies of the Green Patriot Poster book, autographed copies of the book, signed prints from Shepard Fairey and more! Seriously, as a human being, protecting the environment is the MOST patriotic action you can take.

*****

August 26, 2011: A Genuine Tribute To Edgar Wright

Posted by phil blankenship, August 27, 2011 11:18pm | Post a Comment

18 Year Anniversary of the Death of Def

Posted by Billyjam, August 27, 2011 01:15pm | Post a Comment

Exactly eighteen years ago on this date, the word DEF was officially laid to rest. It was that day when Rick Rubin - who initially was a part of Def Jam but later broke away and set up his own Def American Records label, which in turn morphed into American Records -- supposedly officially layed the dated hip-hop slang word to rest. This he did via an extravagant funeral service and even went so far as to get a legal death certificate, buy a real life size casket, secure a plot at the Hollywood Cemetery (which is still there to this day), and hold a faux solemn, funeral ceremony with Rev Al Sharpton acting as officiator.

Rap music industry vet and author Dan Charnas worked for Rick Rubin at Def American's headquarters in LA at the time and in his recently published book, The Big Payback: The History of the Business of Hip-Hop, he dedicates some space to the topic of the death of "def." This week I caught up with Charnas via phone from his New York home office to ask him about this date back in 1993 when the word "def" was laid to rest.  Charnas, who had already been working a couple of years for the brilliant (but oft quirky) Rubin, recalled how, back as early as 1991, his boss had told him, "Eventually I am going to change the name of Def American to just American. And eventually I am going to bury it. I am going to have a funeral." Charnas said that then Rubin asked with a laugh, "And then what's Russell gonna do?"  Charnas recalled of Rubin, "It struck his Bud Abbott-esque need to prank Russell [Simmons of Def Jam]," and that the death of def was combined with other factors. "It was the fact that he wanted a divorce from his past. The fact that there was some consumer confusion. The fact that he could prank Russell a little. The fact that the word was very much out of style," said Charnas. "So he wanted to do a grand piece of performance art."

And The Winner in the Messy Marv vs. Too $hort Rap Battle Is...

Posted by Billyjam, August 26, 2011 05:46pm | Post a Comment
And the winner is......Too $hort in the ongoing beef / rap battle between Too $hort and Messy Marv who, as instigator, is indeed messy - not to mention foolish to take on the respected "Godfather of Bay Area rap." That's my personal opinion but already it seems that most other Bay rap fans are similarly taking the side of $hort in this seemingly mean spirited & uncalled for attack by Marv - an undoubtedly talented rapper but one known for starting beefs with others.  This battle (essentially an attack) began recently on Twitter by Marv but $hort did not take the bait and respond, at least initially. Soon after the beef escalated from online to the studio where Messy Marv., a couple of weeks ago, recorded "Class of 84 (Fuck Too $hort)" in which his main gripes with  Too $hort seem to be that he was not born in the Bay, that he has not helped other artists enough to Marv's liking, and that he is "old." Note that at thirty something (his self-penned bio says he's 31 but some say he's closer to 40 than 30) Marv is not exactly a young cat himself in this rap game.



Messy Marv - "Class of 84 (Fuck Too Short)"

  VS. 
 
                              
Too $hort "Where You At? (Messy Marv Diss)"


out this week, 8/16 & 8/23: the war on drugs...css...active child...the muppets...

Posted by Brad Schelden, August 26, 2011 04:41pm | Post a Comment
In case you have not noticed, we are currently in the middle of Summer. It was like a billion degrees yesterday and it is a billion degrees today. I do love LA weather but I do also love complaining about the Summer. I love our mild Winters down here. And I do absolutely love the summer nights in Los Angeles. But I could do without the crazy hot summer days. I do know that as a planet we need the sun. So I have come to learn to love it over the years. But the goth in me still usually shields myself from the sun. More importantly I love all the things associated with Summer. I love the big summer blockbusters in the movie theater. I love the months of October through January and all the holidays associated with those months. And I love all these summer and fall albums coming out. August through November is an amazing time for music releases. All the labels are rushing to get albums out before the holidays. Just like the movie studios are rushing to get their best movies out at the end of the year for the Oscars. I guess it always depends on what you are into musically. But for me, there is a ton of my favorite bands putting out new albums in these next couple of months.

Secretly Canadian has just released the new album by The War on Drugs last week. It is called Slave Ambient. I am still working my way around this album. There is no denying it is a great album. But I just have not had been able to give it the time that it deserves. This is the former band of the amazing Kurt Vile. But they are most certainly still a band without him. I am still not done with his most recent album Smoke Ring For My Halo. It is one of my favorites from the first half of the year. I will warn you. The album is a downer. But sometimes you need that kind of album to get your through the day. The new Tame Impala album Innerspeaker was also finally released domestically on CD and LP last week. There is also a 2CD Collector's Edition coming out next week on the 29th. This will be the first time that this deluxe edition is available. The most recent album by Hercules & Love Affair was also released domestically last week. It is called Blue Songs. Their first self titled album featured vocals by Antony Hegarty. It is probably what helped to make the album as popular as it was. It ended up being my favorite album of 2008. But you should not be worried that Antony is not featured on this new album. The album is just as good as their first album. Plenty of electro jams to help get you through the end of Summer. I really love these guys and so should you. Maria Taylor has also just released a new album. You may know and love Maria Taylor from the band Azure Ray. This is her fourth official solo album. 

Out this week 8/23 is the third album from Brazil's CSS. Their last album was Donkey from 2008. They have left Sub Pop, the label of their first two albums. The new album is called La Liberacion. It is officially my current favorite summer album. This band is so fun that I sometimes just can't handle it. Try and imagine a less dark and less gothy Ladytron. It still has the dance and electronic elements. But replace the dark with fun. They have more in common with Justice than a band like Fever Ray. A Brazilian version of The Donnas. It also reminds of the album by Ladyhawke from a couple of years ago. If you already love CSS than you know what to expect from this band. If you are not a fan of CSS than you should probably stay away from this album.

There is also a new collection out this week from Stephin Merritt of The Magnetic Fields. A new collection from Patti Smith. Another solo album from Stephen Malkmus. And an amazing album from Active Child. The album is called You Are All I See. The singer has one of those voices like Antony Hagerty or Jonsi from Sigur Ros. He is the modern day version of Jimmy Sommervile from Bronski Beat. I keep wanting to watch that movie Orlando every time I listen to this Active Child album. Jimmy Sommervile is featured in some of the music and appears as an angel in Orlando in case you forgot. I really was obsessed with that movie when it first came out. Tilda Swinton is amazing. Please watch this movie if you have never seen it before. You will suddenly realize why people are obsessed with Tilda Swinton. I have been listening to this Active Child album on repeat for a couple of days now. 


And that is not all that is out this week. The Hits are For Squares LP only record store day release by Sonic Youth is now out on CD. New 12" from Radiohead. I believe this is the 4th in their 12" series. New DVD from Mark Kozelek. I have not had a chance to pick this up yet. But I imagine it is fantastic. Mark Kozelek live is a magical thing. There are also four new 12"s from Bjork out this week. These are super limited. The new Bjork album is out 9/27. And we just got the newest of the Flaming Lips 12"s. This one is a split with Lightning Bolt. There is also a new Game album out this week. The Deluxe Edition of the new Jay-Z & Kanye West album Watch The Throne is also out this week.



New Muppets album this week! Yes you heard me right. This is a music inspired by kind of album. It is called The Muppets: The Green Album. These songs will not actually be in the new movie. It is sort of like that music inspired by The Nightmare Before Christmas album. This new album features Muppet songs covered by Andrew Bird, My Morning Jacket, Weezer, and OK Go. The new Muppets Movie is out November 23rd! I have been a fan of The Muppets since I can remember liking anything. I would watch the Muppet Show every week. And was always obessed with the Muppet movies. The Muppets Take Manhattan and Muppets From Space have both been just released on Blu-ray. The original Muppet Movie (1979), The Great Muppet Caper (1981), and the Muppets Take Manhattan (1984) are quite simply three of the best childrens movies of all time. But The Muppets were always for adults as well. When I was a kid I had no idea who Joan Rivers, Dom DeLuise, Madeline Kahn, Bob Hope, Diana Rigg, Charles Grodin, James Coco were until I first saw them in The Muppets. Allthe muppets these stars and many more turned up in the TV show and in these three first movies. I still think these movies are hilarious. I am not always happy when one of my favorite movies or cartoons from my childhood is made into a huge blockbuster movie. Sometimes it does not work out. In the case of Transformers, The Smurfs and G.I Joe it did not really work out so well. Not that the movies don't do well. But the original fans are usually not satisfied. I was a big fan of the Star Trek reboot. And I also really liked Tron: Legacy. Although I am sure many would disagree with me there. And I think we all can agree that the new Batman movies are amazing and they satisfy the new and old fans.



I have high hopes for this new Muppet movie. It is not a remake. It is just a new Muppet story. I am hoping it appeals to fans of the old movies like me. And also a whole new generation of kids that can appreciate the magic of puppets. The new movie stars Jason Segel, Amy Adams, Mila Kunis, Zach Galifianakis, Neil Patrick Harris, Rashida Jones, Danny Trejo, Whoopi Goldberg, Kathy Griffin & Ricky Gervais. I don't see how you can go wrong with that cast and The Muppets. I could deal without Katy Perry and Selena Gomez being in this movie. But you have to appeal to the kids somehow. I am just happy that Tim Allen, Jeremy Piven or Kevin James did not somehow sneak into the cast. I might not be able to see it if that was the case. I am excited. I seriously can't wait. 




There are also a ton of albums coming out over the next couple of weeks. Almost too many to handle. Here is a breakdown of what I am looking forward to....

out 8/29...

next weeks 8/30 street date is moving to Monday 8/29.
You can preorder these new releases out next week now on amoeba.com...

Rip Tide
by Beirut on CD and LP
I'm With You by The Red Hot Chili Peppers on CD only for now
Badlands by Dirty Beaches on CD (LP is out 9/20)
Shangri-La by Yacht on CD and LP



also out next week are three Black Lips LP reissues from In the Red...
Los Valientes Del Mundo Nuevo, Good Bad Not Evil, & 200 Million Thousand.


also out 8/29 are albums by Lil Wayne, Hella, Balam Acab, Blood Orange
Blood Orange, Male Bonding, Jacuzzi Boys
, and John Doe. The Deluxe Edition of the new Tame Impala is also out next week. This new Blood Orange album is amazing. This is Devonte Hynes from Lightspeed Champion. Blood Orange is his new project. The new album is called Coastal Grooves and is out on Domino. I was a big fan of Lightspeed Champion but this Blood Orange album is amazing. Devonte is just a fantastic songwriter. He can do no wrong. And this new album is another beautiful album of little pop songs. Another great summer album.





The Coen Brothers Collection is out on Blu-ray on 8/30. This box set includes four of the best films of the last couple of decades. Fargo, Blood Simple, Miller's Crossing and Raising Arizona!



out 9/6...

Wu Lyf
The Rapture
Lindsey Buckingham
Grace Jones


out 9/13...
girls










The Drums

Girls
Neon Indian
Primus
Blitzen Trapper
The Kooks
The Mates of State
St. Vincent
Wild Flag
Ladytron
Memoryhouse
Toro Y Moi
Slow Club
Human League
Blondie
Wooden Shjips.

The Conan O'Brien Can't Stop tour movie is out on DVD and Blu-ray this week as well. This week is one amazing street date. New albums by The Girls and The Drums would be enough to get me through the end of the year. But these St. Vincent and Wild Flag albums are also going to be amazing. At least that is what I am hoping them to be.

out 9/16 (Special FRIDAY street date)...



Star Wars: The Complete Saga
and The Original Trilogy and Prequel Trilogy are all out on Blu-ray!

out 9/20...


Jens Lekman
Jayhawks
Tori Amos
Weekend
Steve Reich
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah


out 9/27...

teen daze










Wilco
DJ Shadow
Blink 182
Seth McFarlane
Dum Dum Girls
Blink 182
Jane's Addiction
Gem Club
Teen Daze
Frankmusik
Big Troubles
Twin Sister
Plaid
Bjork
2CD deluxe edition of Nevermind by Nirvana


pink floyd immersion

The soundtrack to go along with the new Conan O'Brien movie is also out this week.
Pink Floyd
albums are all remastered and reissued on 9/27. Deluxe Editions of Dark Side of the Moon and some crazy box sets of all the albums.



out 10/4...


Feist

Erasure
Talkdemonic


out 10/11...

Still Corners

Joe Jonas

out 10/18...

M83

out 10/25...

Nirvana Nevermind











Surfer Blood
Tom Waits
Super Deluxe version of Nevermind by Nirvana


out 11/17...

Florence & the Machine


And in case you are a fan of American Idol. Last seasons winner Scotty McCreery has his album out on 10/4. And the runner up Lauren Alaina has her album out the following week on 10/11. And season one winner Kelly Clarkson has her new album out 10/25.


the smiths box set




New box set by The Smiths out in October!


also out 8/16...






Blue Songs
by Hercules & Love Affair











Her Space Holiday
by Her Space Holiday











Out Of Love
by Mister Heavenly











Innerspeaker
by Tame Impala










Overlook
by Maria Taylor











Slave Ambient
by War On Drugs






also out 8/23...







You Are All I See
by Active Child










La Liberacion
by CSS











Mirror Traffic
by Stephen Malkmus











Obscurities
by Stephin Merritt











Outside Society
by Patti Smith











Hits Are For Squares
by Sonic Youth











Ancient Roman
s by Sun Araw











The Muppets: The Green Album




The '80s List: Part 7

Posted by Amoebite, August 26, 2011 11:04am | Post a Comment
Cabaret VoltaireOne day at Amoeba Hollywood I proclaimed that Aztec Camera's 1983 release High Land, Hard Rain was one of the best records of the '80s. This single statement eventually led to over 200 Amoebites ranking their top 10 favorite albums from the ‘80s.

From the beginning we realized that it was impossible for most of us to condense our favorites from all genres into a tiny top ten list. So, we limited our lists to Rock/Pop and its sub-genres like punk, metal, goth, and new wave. Even so, it was a difficult selection process because not only are there hundreds of amazing records to consider, there is also the added dynamic of time.

The '80s were a long time ago and the music has had many years to gestate. We have a deep sense of nostalgia and sentiment with these albums as our fondest memories are associated with them. These are albums we LOVE.

- Henry Polk

P.S. We'll be posting new additions to the '80s list project from Amoeba staff members on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. See all entries in our '80s list series.

P.P.S. The '80s List Book is available for sale at Amoeba Hollywood.


Kara Lane
The Smiths – The Smiths (1984)
Echo & The BunnymenPorcupine (1983)
The English Beat I Just Can’t Stop It (1980)
SpecialsSpecials (1980)
Love & RocketsExpress (1986)
PixiesCome On Pilgrim (1987)
Cocteau TwinsBlue Bell Knoll (1988)
The Cure – Boys Don’t Cry (1980)
XTC – Skylarking (1986)
X – Los Angeles (1980)

Hip-Hop Rap Up 08:26:11: E-Lit's Report, Rock The Bells, Illus, Apathy, Oddisee, Las Rakas, Larry Brite, Under Raps, Shock G, DJ Shortkut + more

Posted by Billyjam, August 26, 2011 07:51am | Post a Comment

E-Lit @ Amoeba Berkeley 8-26-11


Amoeba Music Berkeley Hip-Hop Top Five Week Ending 08:26:11


1) The Throne (Jay-Z & Kanye West)
   
  Watch The Throne Deluxe (Def Jam) 

2)  The Game The R.E.D. Album (Geffen)

3)  Elzhi & Will Sessions Elmatic (Over The Counter)

4)  Ski Beatz 24 Hour Karate School Pt II
     
(Dd172)

5)   The Cool Kids When Fish Ride Bicycles (Green Label Sound, C.A.K.E. Recordings) 

Thanks once again to E-Lit at the Berkeley Amoeba Music store for taking time to talk with the Amoeblog for this week's Hip Hop Top Five chart and also for running down (in video above) some of the cool new releases and recent arrivals in the Telegraph Avenue, Berkeley store. The new  Watch The Throne Deluxe  version of Jay Z and Kanye West's The Throne project now joins the original regular Watch The Throne CD version, both on Def Jam.  A close second place on the chart is the latest from Left Coast rapper The Game, The R.E.D. album, which is produced by Dr. Dre and Pharrell and features the the single cameoing Chris Brown --"Pot Of Gold."

Hello to this blog. Goodbye to Sunset Junction (for now). Hello to the Growlers at Amoeba.

Posted by Billy Gil, August 25, 2011 07:19pm | Post a Comment
First of all: hello! This is my blog. It's called Pacific Standard Time. I'm attempting to cover L.A. bands -- perhaps some you have heard of, some you haven't -- with show previews, record reviews, interviews, and such. It has nothing to do with this, although that's cool too and you should check it out. If you are in a band or promoting one, please email me at [email protected] to pitch me. YES!

Secondly, Sunset Junction will not be happening for the first time in its 31-year existence. While it's true that the festival that started as a way to bring together Silver Lake's Latino and gay communities had strayed pretty far from its roots, we're very sad to see this happen. For me, Sunset Junction was always something to look forward to before I lived in Silver Lake -- a reason to check out the area, a place I saw Sonic Youth play for next to nothing, an alternative gay festival. We're all sad to see it (hopefully temporarily) halted.

But in the absense of that, something pretty cool has happened, something that makes me all the more excited to start this blog and celebrate a music community not known to the outside world for its community-ness: L.A. is picking itself up by its bootstraps and putting on a number of musical events anyway, starting with Amoeba, who will host Long Beach's The Growlers for an in-store performance and signing of their Record Store Day vinyl at 5 p.m. on Saturday, August 25. The Growlers play a brand of dusty lo-fi rock that sounds like it could have been recorded at any given point over the past three decades. They touch upon elements of surf rock, Nuggets garage rock, reverby indie rock, and psych pop in a way that feels seamless and inviting. I've been listening to Hot Tropics (2010, CD) and Are You In Or Out? (2009, LP) on loop in preparation and can't wait to see these guys live again. (See Amoeba's post for more information).



Also, the Echo and Echoplex will be hosting some of the ousted bands including the Butthole Surfers, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Dios, and Craft Spells at and around their venues on Saturday and Sunday. Find out more at the Echo's site. Additionally, What Cheer? bar will be hosting bands like Black Apples and He's My Brother, She's My Sister on Saturday and Sunday. Check out the Facebook invite here.

Kreayshawn Gets Parodied In New "Fishy Fishy" Video

Posted by Billyjam, August 25, 2011 06:06pm | Post a Comment
Kreayfish "Fishy Fishy (Gucci Gucci Parody)" (August 2011)

You know you've arrived (or perhaps about to pass your peak) once you start getting parodied. Such is the case with white female rapper Kreayshawn and her extended Oakland crew, The White Girl Mob, whose recent viral meteoric rise to fame c/o her YouTube hit "Gucci Gucci" has been made fun of in the new video "Fishy Fishy (Gucci Gucci Parody)" by the artist "Kreayfish." The video, which was uploaded to YouTube by the LA-based LoudVillage just yesterday may only have a little over 300 views so far, but odds are that this number will snowball over the coming days as word trickles out on the funny parody.

Meanwhile, the original "Gucci Gucci" video (see below) is up to almost 13 million YouTube views in a little over 3 months. The artist, who was virtually unheard of back in early May, now boasts a $1 million deal with SONY/Columbia Records plus a nomination for an MTV Video Music Award for Best New Artist. The MTV VMAs are in LA this Sunday evening. Kreayshawn will be in the house and also outside on the red carpet where she'll host the network's Red Carpet Report for MTV.com.

Total Trash Fest 3 Wraps Up This Week With Kick Ass Shows @ San Francisco's Hemlock & Parkside

Posted by Billyjam, August 25, 2011 07:36am | Post a Comment

With 69 bands playing at a variety of the Bay Area's "dirtiest dives" spread out over three long weekends, this year's loud, rude, and fun Total Trash Fest 3, which is described by organizers as "the ultimate celebration of trash culture in rock and roll music," sadly comes to an end this weekend with some high energy, kick ass shows at both Thee Parkside and The Hemlock Tavern in San Francisco. Expect sets from such talented trash acts as Chicago duo White Mystery (pictured above), featuring Miss Alex White and Francis Scott Key White who headline tonight's (Thursday, August 25th) triple threat at the Hemlock along with Burnt Ones and Mrs Magician.

Tomorrow (Friday, August 26th) at Thee Parkside is the part one of this weekend's two-night Trash Fest with Traditional Fools, Outdoorsmen, Uzi Rash, The Shrouds, plus DJ Pops. Then Saturday night (August 27th, same venue) is a truly amazing lineup (get there early if you go - even before the 9pm start time) with The Dukes of Hamburg, The Legendary Stardust Cowboy, Rock N Roll Adventure Kids, Daddy Long Legs, The Shankers, plus DJs Stickerguy Dave and The Vinyl Avenger.  Admission for each Parkside show is $10.


The Dukes of Hamburg "Monkey, Monkey"

Sunday night (the final night of the fest) it's back to the Hemlock on Polk Street for two shows: a daytime show that starts at 2pm sharp with The Moonhearts, Pangea, King Lollipop, and Si Si Si (and all for just $7!), and the evening show (also $7 with an early start of 8:30pm) featuring Mikal Cronin, Mouthbreathers, and Cosmonauts.

Trip to Hawai'i: Part 4

Posted by Job O Brother, August 24, 2011 02:52pm | Post a Comment


The vaguely menacing charm of vintage postcards.


When on vacation, I am a social snob. It breaks down this way: If you are a resident of where I’m vacationing or its surrounding area, I’ll love to talk with you. Whether banal chit-chat, deep, psychological explorations, or wildly unfounded and ignorant political positioning, I love hob-knobbing with a local of Anytown, Planet Earth.

However, if you are a tourist like me, every second I spend in your presence is like chalk being scrapped down my gutted and exposed spine. Ever seen the movie Somewhere in Time? There’s a moment where the hero discovers a reminder of where he comes from, and it shatters the paradise he’s discovered. That’s what another tourist’s face is to me: a shinny penny sucking me into a loveless present where the only escape is death.

“What do I do for a living? Apparently, I suffer fools gladly. And you?”

Make no mistake: I am not proud of this. It doesn’t come from a sense of elitism, rather, a jealous and desperate need for freedom from the burden of self-identification. I am often exhausted being me, and vacationing offers a rare moment where I get to be a different fellow. If I’m constantly having to re-establish myself to others as “a writer from Los Angeles,” etcetera, it won’t matter that I’m fiendishly clever and dashingly handsome – I’ll still be sick of my effing face.

The boyfriend doesn’t have this problem. Though technically an introvert, according to the Keirsey Temperament Scale, he can navigate most any social situation with aplomb. A master at multi-tasking, he’s capable of satisfying endless rounds of small talk by using them as an opportunity to gather useful information and think about what he needs to do at the office the next day. I, on the other hand, am locked into whatever conversation I’m having, heart and soul – so if it’s small talk, I start to suffer from claustrophobia.

Longtime Bay Area MC Dub Esquire Talks About "Living The Struggle" And His Forthcoming Album, The Odyssey

Posted by Billyjam, August 24, 2011 02:15pm | Post a Comment

Dub Esquire "RapStarz (feat Dirt Nasty & Del the Funky Homosapien"


Dub Esquire (a.k.a. Dub Esq)
is one of those Bay Area hip-hop soldiers who has been quietly on the grind for two full decades.  Since the early '90s, the Oakland-born and bred emcee has been tirelessly putting his heart and soul into his favorite art form. He is one of those dedicated hip-hop heads who may not be known on a mainstream level but yet has been paying his proverbial dues since the early '90s when he first arrived on the scene in the long-defunct but oft-referenced underground Bay Area hip-hop group Misfitz Ov Stylz. More recently he's been getting props for his solo recordings -- recordings that often blur that division between so-called "rap" and "hip-hop" with the release of the album G-13 and the EP Rap Starz. However, soon both of these fine releases will be eclipsed when, in 2012, he drops his most ambitious project yet, his album The Odyssey with its impressive line up of guest spots that include such luminaries as The Grouch, Del the Funky Homosapien, and Sadat X.

Tim Cohen's Magic Trick album release party tonight!

Posted by Kells, August 24, 2011 02:00pm | Post a Comment
Tonight tonight tonight! (((folkYEAH!))) presents the latest aural conjurings from local pop-psych wizard (popsyzard?) and Fresh & Onlys brainchild/frontman Tim Cohen's sleight of band side-project Magic Trick in celebration of their latest release The Glad Birth of Love (out on Empty Cellar) -- a record consisting of only four songs clocking in at nearly forty-five minutes that finds Cohen coloring outside the lines, expanding upon his improvisational troubadour habit by exploring a limitlessness of epic, long-form composition most gallantly, with more than a few influential favors bestowed from Joanna Newsom tucked beneath his armor.

That Cohen continues to maintain an excitement about his rambles comes as no surprise as his previous works, given his Two Sides, Onlys, Black Fiction, Feller Quentin, Smif Carniverous et al, are as different as pineapples and peaches but remain each enjoyable to the last. And this newly-born Glad Birth of Love is no exception, for it is most definitely Cohen's most ambitious release to date and features several heavy-hitter guest appearances like John Dwyer of Thee Oh Sees, Grace Cooper of The Sandwitches, Diego Gonzalez of The Dry Spells and Citay, plus many more. The limited-to-100-copies edition “comes in an elegant old-style tip-on jacket” with an 11″ x 22″ poster featuring what one dear friend of mine declared to be "some scary-ass artwork."

Interested in seeing the who, what, and how these yarns play live? Well then get off the couch and get on down to the where? The Rickshaw Stop at 8pm tonight! Magic Bullets (last show ever!), Preteens, and Tambo Rays kick off the jam, plus a DJ set by (((folkYeah)))'s own Britt Govea is sure to set the mood mystic.

Happy demotion day, Pluto - Pluto and other Trans-Neptunian Dwarf Planets in animation, games and TV

Posted by Eric Brightwell, August 24, 2011 01:00pm | Post a Comment


Pluto

Today is the fifth anniversary of the demotion of Pluto from "planet" to "dwarf planet." 

PLUTO



Pluto was first discovered in 1930. Part of the reason it was accepted as a planet was due to the fact that despite some behavior not fitting a proper planet it was assumed to be larger than Mercury unti l1978, when its moon, Charon, was discovered, revealing that the mass of Pluto was much smaller than had been thought... roughly a twentieth the mass of Mercury. Two more orbiting objects, Nix and Hydra, were discovered in 2005. S/2011 P 1 (aka P4) was discovered in 2011. 



Reaction to Pluto's re-designation was controversial, especially among young nerds who failed to see how going from the smallest planet in the solar system to largest known object in the Kuiper Belt could be viewed as a positive move. The New Mexico House of Representatives and Illinois State Senate passed ridiculous anti-scientific resolutions to continue recognizing Pluto as a planet.

PLUTONIC CARTOONS




Of the Trans-Neptunian Dwarf Objects, Pluto remains the most popular, if not the largest. In animation it's appeared in Cowboy Bebop, Futurama, Galaxy Express 999, Roughnecks -Starship Troopers Chronicles, Space Battleship Yamato, Science Ninja Team Gatchaman, Super Dimensional Fortress Macross and The Magic School Bus.

PLUTO IN VIDEO AND COMPUTER GAMES



In games, Pluto has been depicted in Battlezone 2, Descent, Epch Star, Gyruss, Lenny Loosejocks in Space, Mass Effect, Star Control II and Starsiege.

PLUTO ON TV





According to my strenuous research, Pluto has never made it to the big screen - perhaps the result of our collective subconscious's acceptance of its diminutive stature. A better and more natural fit has been TV, where it's appeared in the Doctor Who episode “The Sun Makers”, Earth - Final Conflict, Space Odyssey - Voyage To The Planets, the Space Patrol episode “The Fires of Mercury” and X-Bomber.




The remaining known Trans-Neptunian Dwarf Planets are Eris, Haumea, Makemake, Orcus, Quaoar, Sedna and Varuna. If it's any consolation to the cognitive dissonance-suffering "Pluto is a Planet" crowd, none of them have shown up in any of these forms of entertainment. Nonetheless, each is interesting if not crying out for an appearance in science-fiction narratives. Eris is bigger than Pluto and yet no one is pushing any state resolutions to recognize it as a planet. Haumea (fka Santa) seems to be and ellipsoid. Makemake is unique among known KBOs for its lack of a satellite. Orcus seems to have a large amount of water. Quaoar is named after a Tongva god. 

*****

The 80s List: Part 6

Posted by Amoebite, August 24, 2011 07:41am | Post a Comment
Kate BushOne day at Amoeba Hollywood I proclaimed that Aztec Camera's 1983 release High Land, Hard Rain was one of the best records of the '80s. This single statement eventually led to over 200 Amoebites ranking their top 10 favorite albums from the ‘80s.

From the beginning we realized that it was impossible for most of us to condense our favorites from all genres into a tiny top ten list. So, we limited our lists to Rock/Pop and its sub-genres like punk, metal, goth, and new wave. Even so, it was a difficult selection process because not only are there hundreds of amazing records to consider, there is also the added dynamic of time.

The '80s were a long time ago and the music has had many years to gestate. We have a deep sense of nostalgia and sentiment with these albums as our fondest memories are associated with them. These are albums we LOVE.

- Henry Polk

P.S. We'll be posting new additions to the '80s list project from Amoeba staff members on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. See all entries in our '80s list series.

P.P.S. The '80s List Book is available for sale at Amoeba Hollywood.


Melody Hirose
Klaus NomiKlaus Nomi (1981)
Adam AntFriend Or Foe (1982)
GrauzoneGrauzone (1981)
Depeche ModeBlack Celebration (1986)
The ClashCombat Rock (1982)
Judy NylonPal Judy (1982)
Psychic TVPagan Day (1984)
Tones On TailPop (1984)
Fad GadgetFireside Favourites (1980)
ESG – Come Away With ESG (1983)

Jimmy Kimmel's Uncle Frank Dies at 77

Posted by Amoebite, August 23, 2011 07:39pm | Post a Comment

"Uncle Frank" Potenza, a security guard and regular on Jimmy Kimmel Live (and most importantly Jimmy's uncle), passed away today at the age of 77.

Before joining the cast of Jimmy Kimmel Live, Uncle Frank spent twenty years as a New York City police officer, ten years as a private security officer in Las Vegas (including a stint as Frank Sinatra's personal security guard at Caesars Palace) and another seven as an usher in Manhattan's world-famous St. Patrick's Cathedral. 

We had the privilege of interviewing Uncle Frank for a What's In My Bag? episode back in 2008.

RIP Uncle Frank.
 

Tom Waits Publicizes New Record, Privacy Policy

Posted by Kells, August 23, 2011 11:00am | Post a Comment
Mr. Waits certainly has his own way of getting his point across so don't take my word for it, find out for yourself by letting Tom indulge in a little of your time (engage below). The short of it is, kids, the tangible version of new joint Bad As Me hits the well-worn shelves of Amoeba on Tuesday, October 11 --- don't be a meanie, come get some!

 

August 21, 2011: Confessions of a Young American Housewife

Posted by phil blankenship, August 22, 2011 11:21pm | Post a Comment

The '80s List: Part 5

Posted by Amoebite, August 22, 2011 03:54pm | Post a Comment
Psychic TvOne day at Amoeba Hollywood I proclaimed that Aztec Camera's 1983 release High Land, Hard Rain was one of the best records of the '80s. This single statement eventually led to over 200 Amoebites ranking their top 10 favorite albums from the ‘80s.

From the beginning we realized that it was impossible for most of us to condense our favorites from all genres into a tiny top ten list. So, we limited our lists to Rock/Pop and its sub-genres like punk, metal, goth, and new wave. Even so, it was a difficult selection process because not only are there hundreds of amazing records to consider, there is also the added dynamic of time.

The '80s were a long time ago and the music has had many years to gestate. We have a deep sense of nostalgia and sentiment with these albums as our fondest memories are associated with them. These are albums we LOVE.

- Henry Polk

P.S. We'll be posting new additions to the '80s list project from Amoeba staff members on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. See all entries in our '80s list series.

P.P.S. The '80s List Book is available for sale at Amoeba Hollywood.


Aaron Aldorisio
Spacemen 3The Perfect Prescription (1987)
Sonic YouthSister (1987)
The Go-BetweensLiberty Belle & The Black Diamond Express (1986)
Felt – Forever Breathes The Lonely Word (1986)
The FrogsIt’s Only Right & Natural (1989)
The Stone RosesThe Stone Roses (1989)
The FallHex Induction Hour (1982)
Galaxie 500On Fire (1989)
Psychic TVDreams Less Sweet (1983)
The BatsDaddy’s Highway (1987)

Amoeba Music Sponsors The Monterey Jazz Festival!

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, August 22, 2011 03:06pm | Post a Comment
Monterey Jazz Festival Fest lineup schedule 2011


This year marks the 54th annual Monterey Jazz Festival AND the very first to have Amoeba Music onsite with a Mini-Amoeba store and as a sponsor!

The Monterey Jazz Festival runs September 16 - 18 at the Monterey Fairgrounds (2000 FairgroundMonterey Jazz Festival lineup schedule 2011 Road in Monterey, California), which has been the site of the Festival since its inception in 1958!

This year's GRAMMY® Award-winning lineup includes headliners Sonny Rollins, Herbie HancockHuey Lewis & The News, Poncho Sanchez & His Latin Jazz Band featuring Terence Blanchard, James Farm featuring Joshua Redman, India.Arie & Idan Raichel, John Pizzarelli Quartet, An Afternoon in Treme with Dumpstaphunk, Soul Rebels, Kermit Ruffins & Glen David Andrews, Hiromi: The Trio Project featuring Anthony Jackson & Simon Phillips, Miles Davis/Gil Evans: Still Ahead Orchestra directed by Vince Mendoza and featuring Terence Blanchard, Peter Erskine & Miles Evans celebrating music from Miles Ahead, Porgy & Bess, and Sketches of Spain...and more.

Free Passes to Screening of Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life

Posted by Amoebite, August 22, 2011 01:34pm | Post a Comment
Gainsbourg A Heroic Life poster
The Fold, Amoeba Hollywood and Light In The Attic Records invite you to a sneak preview screening of Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life.

One ticket per person (admits 2) available at the Amoeba Hollywood info counter – while they last!


Screening Info:
Wednesday, August 24 at 7:30PM
Bootleg Theatre
2220 Beverly Blvd (Across from Brooklyn Bagel)
Los Angeles, CA 90026


Please arrive at least 30 minutes prior to the screening. Ticket will admit two to Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life. Pass and photo ID required for admission. Seating is strictly limited to theatre capacity. No rain checks; not exchangeable for cash.




**César Awards 2011 - Best Actor, Best First Film**

**Tribeca Film Festival 2010 - Best Actor**

Renowned comic book artist Joann Sfar’s Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life is a completely original take on one of France’s greatest mavericks, the illustrious and infamous singer-songwriter, Serge Gainsbourg (Eric Elmosnino). Born Lucien Ginsburg to Russian-Jewish parents, Gainsbourg evolves from a precocious child in Nazi-occupied Paris, to small-time jazz musician and finally international pop superstar. Along the way, he romances many of the era’s most beautiful women, including Juliette Greco (Anna Mouglalis), Brigitte Bardot (Laetitia Casta) and Jane Birkin (Lucy Gordon). With a witty surrealistic style and a soundtrack showcasing many of the musician’s greatest hits, the film is a sensual delight and a quintessential time capsule of the eras he enjoyed.

These Trails: Off the Beaten Path

Posted by Kells, August 22, 2011 12:00pm | Post a Comment

I suppose it should go without saying that we here at Amoeba Music thrive on finding hidden gems buried in plain sight, but I'm just gonna go 'head and reiterate said statement, kicking it off with a completely enthused, rustic expression. Oh my lands is the recent reissue of the lost recording/private press These Trails record ever the very boon of my acid folk dreams! Resurfaced, re-pressed and well regarded by the good folks down at Drag City (it seems like I'm always tipping my cap at them, with good reason) this enchanting collection of hallucinatory rambles (circa 1973) is redolent of paradisiacal psychedelia espoused with that patent sundazed acoustic folk sound that forever seems (to my ears anyway) second-nature to native Californian singer-songwriters. However, there is no question that this masterpiece of psych/folk ecstasy could have been conceived anywhere other than its Hawaiian birthplace thus making it a top, if lone, contender for best literal inclusion into one's "deserted island"  fantasy list of music must-haves. The second song on side A, "Our House in Hanalei" being one of the most mana-licious, check it out:

"Our House in Hanalei" - These Trails


With a voice that seems to echo from the same otherworldly well the likes of Melora Creager and Linda Perhacs draw from, Margaret Morgan's melody driven yet free-wheeling vocal style intoxicates as it harmonizes with the smokey vocals of These Trails co-conspirator Patrick Cockett, mixing with their heady, hallucinatory acoustic folk instrumentation - an odd/complex muddling of dulcimer, sitar, tabla, ipu, recorder, electric guitar and then state-of-the-art Arp synth - to spawn a crystal clear yet purple hazy sound-geography that feels all together edge-of-the-map exotic and humbly homespun.

"Garden Botanum" - These Trails


This handsome reissue is presented lovingly, housed in a heavy-weight, printed sleeve and comes complete with lyrics, photo insert and a well-written, juicy back-story explanation concerning this obscure recording which sheds some light on the dusky, nostalgic vibe that permeates the overall sound of the record - a regret-tinged sound that would have made it more of a bummer-days listen if it weren't for the fact that the recording also seems forever soaked with the blissful, raga-rainbow drones of countless noon-day Hawaiian sun showers. An instant classic for many a rare-treasure seeking staff member here at Amoeba Music, this reissue comes very highly recommended by many of us. There's really nothing out there quite like it out there.

"Hello Lou" - These Trails

The Art of the LP Cover- Kitchens Covered

Posted by Mr. Chadwick, August 21, 2011 11:35pm | Post a Comment

The Dumb Watchmaker: The Killing (1956)

Posted by Charles Reece, August 21, 2011 10:44pm | Post a Comment

Stanley Kubrick's The Killing just came out on blu-ray from Criterion. In addition to being the best looking version I've seen on home video, containing a hilarious interview with Sterling Hayden on the meretricious qualities of being a film actor and a barely promoted new high-def transfer of Kubrick's second feature, Killer's Kiss, there's an excellent essay from Haden Guest analyzing the formal virtues of what is undoubtedly one of the top 5 greatest film noirs (or heist films) ever made. For example:

The synchronized, semaphorelike movement of doors throughout The Killing suggests some sort of mysteriously vast machine, an intricate apparatus vaguely built around the horse race itself, whose very signal to begin is, after all, the precision opening of the multiple gates that simultaneously release the horses and trigger the robbery. The machine metaphor elaborated throughout The Killing is also closely tied to Ballard’s assertive camera movements and the remarkable extended tracking shots that follow characters with an unsettling fixity, as in the scene introducing Clay. Keeping exact pace with Clay as he ambles toward the anxious embrace of his winsome girlfriend, Fay (Coleen Gray), Ballard’s gliding camera cuts a neat cross section through a series of connected rooms in its path, transforming the apartment interior into a type of controlled tunnel that exactly describes and limits the possibilities of movement—a striking illustration of entrapment that subtly parallels the camera’s and actor’s “tracks” with those of the horse race. Indeed, a comparison between man and horse runs throughout the film, captured cruelly in the whinnying, equine look of Carey’s face as he is shot—after his car tire is punctured by a horseshoe, no less—in a distorted carnival-mirror reflection of the horse he himself has killed just moments before. In addition, during the long execution of the robbery itself, each member of the gang seems to be locked in an extended relay race, tracked by the mobile camera as they move across the screen, their actions closely commented upon by a stentorian voice-over narration echoing that of the horse race announcer.

Rather than seeing Kubrick as some cold, art-for-art's-sake formalist, Guest elaborates on the way form and content inform and determine each other in the film. The style expresses a metaphysics: in one film after another, man's attempt to dominate through rational planning is thwarted by a world filled with what appears as contingency to finite beings. In the present example, the real makes itself known in the form of a poodle. Hayden draws the parallel between Kubrick's characters and the director's own struggle to make art in the racetracks of genre and Hollywood money. Kubrick was a pessimist, but he clearly thought there was more than hubris in our attempt to find/construct order in the world around us. When receiving the D.W. Griffith Award from the Director's Guild, he said, "I've never been certain whether the moral of the Icarus story should only be, as is generally accepted, 'don't try to fly too high,' or whether it might also be thought of as 'forget the wax and feathers and do a better job on the wings.'" [p. 23-4, James Naremore, On Kubrick] There's something human about rationalizing monoliths and starbabies, axe-wielding husbands who talk to ghosts, and poodles. There's a love for humanity in his work.

If I have a problem with his essay, it's in giving cinematographer Lucien Ballard probably too much credit for the Kubrickian style. The director was already using single-source, natural lighting in his previous films, as well as in his photographic journalism, and his admiration for the camera movements of Max Ophüls was well established by 1956. It's been pretty well documented that Ballard fought Kubrick over the style of the film (what lenses to use, etc.), with the former not appreciating being strong-armed by some upstart (there's a bit of this in the included interview with producer James Harris and even more in the documentary Stanley Kubrick: A Life in Pictures). There's some irony here given how Kubrick fucked over Jim Thompson with an "additional dialogue" credit, which is discussed by Robert Polito in his included appreciation of the hardboiled writer.

Is there a better director than Kubrick? I don't think so. For every film genre he tried, he made one of the best examples of what the genre has to offer (well, maybe not family drama). 

Win a Signed Test Pressing of John Doe's New Album!

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, August 21, 2011 06:54pm | Post a Comment
John Doe signed test pressing printing Keeper contest

Amoeba San Francisco is celebrating the upcoming in-store with John Doe (that's happening this Friday, August 26th at 6pm, in case you didn't know) with a chance of a life-time!John Doe X Keeper in-store instore

Come into Amoeba San Francisco by August 29th to enter to win an autographed test pressing of John Doe's new album Keeper.

Not only is this slab of smoky red vinyl labeled and signed by the punk legend himself, but there are only 20 in existence! Now that's a limited edition!

Keeper doesn't hit stores until August 30th, but attendees of the in-store on August 26th will be able to purchase the album early and will have the chance to get it signed by Mr. Doe.

Rakim, EPMD, Lord Finesse, Jazzy Jay, & Cold Crush Brothers Among Those Doing Free Concerts In NYC's Parks This Week

Posted by Billyjam, August 21, 2011 09:57am | Post a Comment
The summer ain't over yet. Still lots good stuff happening in NYC. And sure, New York City in the summer can endure some extreme and unpredictable weather shifts that can unleash some unbearably hot and humid weather or thunderstorms that come out of nowhere, but that's all part of what makes it New York in the summer. Another defining factor is the jaw-dropping amount of amazing & free outdoor cultural events, especially all the music concerts in the parks. Of these there is no shortage of hip-hop free shows by legends of the genre such as the free SummerStage show in Central Park today (Aug 21) featuring Rakim, EPMD, and DJ Funkmaster Flex or the free Digger's Delight park jam on Tuesday evening (Aug 23) in St Nicholas Park up in Harlem with hip-hop icons Lord Finesse, GrandMaster Caz, Jazzy Jay, and Red Alert. Then on Wednesday evening of this week (August 24), there is a free concert by highly-influential and legendary hip-hop act the Cold Crush Brothers who will be downtown Manhattan on the bandshell in the East River Park.

Today's free SummerStage show, which starts at 3pm and goes til about 7pm, should be a goodie since it features Rakim, who many have called the greatest emcee in the history of the genre. It is also the 25th anniversary of Eric B & Rakim’s iconic album, Paid in Full which is considered to be among the top ten greatest hip-hop album of all time. EPMD's debut album, Strictly Business, is another golden-era hip-hop classic that makes many best of lists, as does their follow up Unfinished Business.  Funkmaster Flex will DJ at the start of the day and throughout the afternoon for which it is likely special guests will stop by. Last summer, I caught Public Enemy in the same spot. Earlier this summer, I saw Brazilian rapper Marcelo D2 on the same Central Park stage. Also this summer, I made it to two park jams at Queensbridge Park (another legendary spot in hip-hop's formative years) to see concerts from both N.O.R.E. and Kool Moe Dee. Each was really good, especially Kool Moe Dee. Then two weeks ago, I trekked over to Tappen Park on Staten Island to catch the Sugarhill Gang. While disappointing overall due to the fact that they spent most of their set doing covers of other old school acts, it was worth it to hear them do "Rapper's Delight" and it was free! Like today's Rakim & EPMD show, these were all part of the public funded City Parks Foundation Summerstage Series, which puts on a wide array of shows in the parks of each NYC borough every summer.

Now Entering Ninth Year of Their Successful Mashup Party, Bootie SF's Tireless Duo of A+D Show No Signs Of Slowing Down

Posted by Billyjam, August 20, 2011 01:54pm | Post a Comment


Last Saturday night at the DNA Lounge in San Francisco, the tirelessly hard-working duo of A+D (a.k.a. Adrian and Mysterious D - the DJs / promoters / remixers and producers of the ever-popular weekly mashup club Bootie SF and the myriad of similarly themed Bootie parties they oversee in numerous cities including New York and Los Angeles) celebrated their 8th year anniversary with a mega blow out party at the packed-to-capacity SF club.

In true tradition, the hardworking pair didn't simply play music for people to dance to at last weekend's party, but instead went above and beyond the typical duties of club promoters by putting on a huge production -- one that filled the club with festive streamersand NYE style balloons ready to drop, a full concert by their spinoff live mash up band Smash Up Derby (a bad ass six-piece featuring Adrian on lead vocals) whose mixedmedia set included an informative history of the mashup projected onto a largescreen, and600complimentary mashup compilation CDs pressed especially for the occasion. They also gave away pairs of their Bootie brand headphones.



Their DJ sets featured many mashups they produced themselves, including their inspired "Girl Power" mashup of Kreayshawn's "Gucci Gucci," which cleverly blends in Toni Basil, The Go Go's, Le TIgre, The Ting Tings, and The Trashwomen (Kreayshawn's mom's old band).  And when they dropped it into the mix at 1am, the new track set the packed dancefloor into a screaming frenzy. 
                           
                          
"Gucci Gucci Girl Power"  Kreayshawn vs Toni Basil vs Le TIgre vs The Ting Tings vs The Trashwomen  vs The Go Go's (A+D production)


Long Beach Funk Fest #3 with Fred Wesley, Steve Arrington + More Is Free & Happening All Day Today (August 20th) in the LBC

Posted by Billyjam, August 20, 2011 10:12am | Post a Comment

Fred Wesley & The New JB's "Soul Power" - They perform at 9:30pm tonite @ LBC Funk Fest

If you love the funk, have some free time today, and are anywhere in SoCal you should drive over to the city of Long Beach (aka the LBC) for the third annual, all day, free Long Beach Funk Fest with a constant flow of performances starting at 1pm and running through til 11pm tonight from such acts as Steve Arrington (formerly of Slave and recently collaborating with Dam Funk), and Fred Wesley & The New JB's. And best of all the festival is a free event!

Other performers today will include Ronkat Spearman's Katdelic, Zigaboo Modeliste of the Meters, Str8 Fonk feat. Patryce 'Choc'let' Banks, Delta Nove, Pinot, Lil Big Ups feat. Lonnie 'Meganut' Marshall, and The Big Ol' Nasty Getdown. Additionally the Sea Funk Brass Band will be parading throughout the festival today, and there will also be several dance performances, Kid's Zone of Funkativity activities and drumming, vendors, and other activities to keep all occupied. And all day DJs will be spinning in both the DJ tent and at the Armadillo stage. Official after party funk jam session starts at 11:30pm in the Rhythm Lounge at 245 Pine Avenue in Long Beach and goes til closing time.

NYC Gallery Exhibit of Punk & Post-Punk Memorabilia Captures Essence of Influential Musical Era

Posted by Billyjam, August 20, 2011 09:25am | Post a Comment
When recently in New York I was fortunate to catch a short run punk & post-punk themed gallery exhibit that included some wonderful posters, flyers, and other memorabilia of this music from the mid 70's through the early '80's. Titled Rude and Reckless: Punk/Post Punk Graphics 1976 - 82 this one-month only exhibit at the Kasher Steven Gallery on W 23rd St in the Chelsea district, that closes this week but is rumored to be coming to the West Coast sometime in the future, is a most engaging collection for anyone with even a passing interest in this influential time period in music. Simultaneously on display in the same space is the related Laura Levine: Musicians photo exhibit that overlaps some of this same period but whose timeline runs up to a decade later.

This photography section of the exhibit is credited exclusively to NYC music photographer Laura Levine who reportedly started out by talking her way into punk clubs and their backstage areas with a camera slung round her neck and a fake press pass in hand. Within no time she was a legit member of the press working as photographer for the likes of the The New York Rocker, Village Voice, and Rolling Stone. Many of her photos on display (nearly all black and white) intimately capture that famed early 80's Downtown New York scene; a world that included artists and musicians from all backgrounds and genres. Photos include Afrika Bambaataa, an early days 1982 Madonna, the Beastie Boys and Run DMC together in a group shot, John Doe and Exene Cervenka (during their X days), Joey Ramone, and The Clash.
 
Meanwhile the Rude and Reckless: Punk/Post-Punk Graphics, 1976–82 portion of the gallery includes two hundred plus items on display. As well as posters and flyers (there's a great one from the Mabuhay Gardens in SF that featured the DKs, Angst, Toxic Reasons, and the short-lived talented local band the Fried Abortions) are fanzines, flyers, clothing, stickers, and punk buttons/badges.

New Video by Strange Talk First to Feature Interactive Rewards

Posted by Amoebite, August 19, 2011 01:15pm | Post a Comment
Strange Talk EPAustralian electro-pop band Strange Talk only just released their debut self-titled EP (on Neon Gold Records) in May, but they're making a name for themselves with their innovative, interactive, and product-tied music video for the single, "Climbing Walls."

Cheer detergent sponsored the Strange Talk video as part of their "We Dig Color" campaign, creating a “Dig It, Get It” interactive music video that lets you click out of YouTube and into Facebook in order to win various prizes. This is the first time someone has created a video using Google Annotations technology to create embedded "clickable hotspots" in a YouTube video.

So what does that mean exactly? Click on something colorful in the video (Get the connection? Cheer keeps your clothes colorful) and you are taken to the Cheer Facebook page where you can register to win prizes ranging from flip flops to guitars to iPods. The prizes are apparently going fast (as of this posting they were gone for the day already). 

Facebook - Cheer Page


I first heard Strange Talk when we got their Free Download for "Climbing Walls" back in June. It's dancey, poppy, electro summer fun, satisfying my Cut Copy (another Aussie electro-pop band) meets Friendly Fires meets Phoenix cravings. (If you knew me, you'd know those cravings were pretty strong.)

The 80s List: Part 4

Posted by Amoebite, August 19, 2011 11:30am | Post a Comment
Grace JonesOne day at Amoeba Hollywood I proclaimed that Aztec Camera's 1983 release High Land, Hard Rain was one of the best records of the '80s. This single statement eventually led to over 200 Amoebites ranking their top 10 favorite albums from the ‘80s.

From the beginning we realized that it was impossible for most of us to condense our favorites from all genres into a tiny top ten list. So, we limited our lists to Rock/Pop and its sub-genres like punk, metal, goth, and new wave. Even so, it was a difficult selection process because not only are there hundreds of amazing records to consider, there is also the added dynamic of time.

The '80s were a long time ago and the music has had many years to gestate. We have a deep sense of nostalgia and sentiment with these albums as our fondest memories are associated with them. These are albums we LOVE.

- Henry Polk

P.S. We'll be posting new additions to the '80s list project from Amoeba staff members on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. See all entries in our ‘80s list series.

P.P.S. The '80s List Book is available for sale at Amoeba Hollywood.


Frankie Delmane
The WipersOver The Edge (1983)
Black FlagMy War (1984)
FangLandshark (1982)
The ClashLondon Calling (1980)
Redd KrossNeurotica (1987)
The ChillsBrave Words (1987)
The Go-BetweensLiberty Belle & The Black Diamond Express (1986)
Greg SageStraight Ahead (1985)
Celtic Frost Morbid Tales (1984)
The Lotus EatersNo Sense Of Sin (1984)

Hip-Hop Rap Up 08:19:11: E-Lit's Hip-Hop Report, The Cool Kids, Foreign Legion, BDP USB, The Coup & PE, BAPC, DJ Quest @ SF Street Food Fest, Raashan Ahmad & The 45 Sessions, Richie Cunning and more,

Posted by Billyjam, August 19, 2011 10:45am | Post a Comment
          
E-Lit @ Amoeba Berkeley

Amoeba Music Berkeley Hip-Hop Top Five Week Ending 08:19:11


1) The Cool Kids When Fish Ride Bicycles (Green Label Sound, C.A.K.E. Recordings) 

2) The Throne (Jay-Z & Kanye West)
   
  Watch The Throne (Def Jam) 

3)  Wu-Tang Legendary Weapons (Entertainment One Music)

4) Sole & the Skyrider Band Hello Cruel World (Fake Four)

5) Hassaan Mackey & Apollo Brown
     Daily Bread (Mello Music Group)

Thanks to the ever knowledgeable E-Lit at the Berkeley Amoeba Music store for taking time to talk with the Amoeblog for this week's Hip Hop Top Five chart and also for running down (in video above) some of the cool new releases and recent arrivals in the Telegraph Avenue, Berkeley store. I love both that BDP Criminal Minded USB stick, gun key-chain, and DOOM's PIL-packaging inspired, silver can, vinyl box set! One of the new local releases mentioned by E-Lit is the new solo joint, Ilyich on Solidarity Records, from San Francisco artist Equipto who is known for such things as his membership of longtime SF hip-hop crew Bored Stiff and his collaborations with Andre Nickatina. In support of this new album he did an instore performance at Amoeba San Francisco last week, August 11th. Click to see photos of the Equipto Amoeba instore.

California Fool's Gold -- A Westside Primer

Posted by Eric Brightwell, August 18, 2011 09:46pm | Post a Comment
JUST ANOTHER DAY IN WEST SIDE LA -- THE WESTSIDE


A view of the Westside from my dirigible
 


Around the world, the mere mention of the word "Westside" prompts people to throw up a "W" hand sign, in imitation of many west coast and west coast-affiliated (Tupac was, after all, a native of East Harlem) pop-rappers of the 1990s (to his credit, Snoop Dogg has always repped his Eastside, as does Compton Eastsider The Game). Within LA, the Westside refers to a wealthy, largely white region of the county (or alternately to South LA's Westside to much of LA's black population). It is bordered by the Santa Monica Mountains region to the northwest, the Pacific Ocean to the West, the South Bay to the south, the aforementioned South LA westside to the southeast, and Midtown and Hollywood to the east.


Pendersleigh & Sons Cartography's Official Map of the Westside


Though the Westside is one of LA's whitest regions, it's still only 63% white with a high degree of ethnic (for those who can accept the radical notion that white people have ethnicities too) variety and origins including large numbers of Canadian, English, German, Iranian, Irish, Israelis, Polish, Russian, South African and Spanish-descended Americans. The remainder of the populate is 16% Latino, 12% Asian and 5% black. It's also known for its wealth - Bel-Air, Beverly Hills and Holmby Hills (in Hollywood's Hollywood Hills) make up the ostentatiously-named Platinum Triangle.

It's often said around the city that "Westsiders are different." They're often recognizable in their "Ugh" boots, conspicuous consumption, creepy fake tans and propensity for erroneously referring to Mideast side neighborhoods like Echo Park and Silver Lake as "The Eastside" whilst "slumming it" at a dive bar full of other Westsiders in the Mideast Side (but rarely if ever venturing east of the LA River to the actual Eastside). For these reasons, Westsiders are commonly stereotyped as shallow, clueless, celebrity-obsessed, label-whoring, FOBy, tasteless, uneducated, culture-less, blue-blooded toffs.. As with most stereotypes, especially Angeleno ones, the reality is much more interesting.


The Westside is home to two unique ethnic enclaves, Little Osaka and Tehrangeles. It's the primary destination for those in search of delicious Brazilian, British, Indonesian, Jewish and Persian cuisine. It's home to several great revival theaters including The Aero, The Nuart and The Silent Movie Theater as well as many of LA's best museums. So I say to both ironic Westside-claiming wankstas and Eastside snobs alike, free your ass and your mind will follow.

And now for the neighborhoods:

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BEL AIR


The modest Bel Air home of the Beverly Hillbillies


The Fresh Prince's exhortation, "Yo holmes, to Bel Air!" on TV's The Fresh Prince of Bel Air introduced many NBC viewers to another posh westside community synonymous with affluence on par with Beverly Hills and Brentwood although its median household income is much higher than both of them. In fact, the Beverly Hillbillies' mansion is located in Bel Air. Part of its obscene opulence is preserved by a ban on multifamily housing. It includes the smaller neighborhoods of East Gate Old Bel Air, West Gate Bel Air and Upper Bel Air. It's also home to The UCLA Hannah Carter Japanese Garden. The population is 83% white (mostly Persian, Russian and South African), 9% Asian and 5% Latino.


BEVERLY CREST


The Beverly Crest neighborhood sign


Beverly Crest is located in the southern face of the Santa Monica Mountains between Beverly Hills and Sherman Oaks. It's home of the large Franklin Canyon Park and the Stone Canyon Reservoir. The mostly residential neighborhood's population is 88% white (mostly Russian, Persian and British) and 4% Asian.


BEVERLY GROVE


Canters Restaurant

Beverly Grove is a newly designated Los Angeles neighborhood that's often lumped in with the Fairfax District that it borders (and is still commonly felt to be part of by longtime residents who in most cases don't seem to be fans of Rick Caruso). Indeed, as the home of the Silent Movie Theater and Canter's Deli, it's an intrinsic part of the so-called Kosher Canyon, Fairfax Boulevard. It's also home to the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and realtors often refer to it as "Beverly Hills Adjacent." 


BEVERLY HILLS


Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills


Beverly Hills has long been, in the popular conscience, synonymous with wealth, a view perpetuated by its many appearances in film and TV including Beverly Hillbillies, Down and Out in Beverly Hills, Slums of Beverly Hills, The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, Beverly Hills Ninja, Beverly Hills Chihuahua, Beverly Hills Cop and Beverly Hills 90201 (to name a few). So symbolic is its name that other neighborhoods often employ it nicknames to reflect their own wealth, including the "Black Beverly Hills" (Baldwin Hills), the "Chicano Beverly Hills" (Hacienda Heights), the "Chinese Beverly Hills" (Monterey Park) as well as the Beverly Hills of Arizona, Las Vegas, England, Dubai, Mexico, The South, Chiwawa, Sydney, Singapore, Cewu and on and on. The population is 82% white (mostly Persian and Russian), 8% Asian (mostly Korean) and 5% Latino.


BEVERLYWOOD


A scene in Beverlywood


Largely residential Beverlywood is one of the main centers of Jewish residential life in Los Angeles. The population 80% white (Russian, Polish, Persian, Israeli), 7% Asian, 6% Latino and 4% black. It's population is the wealthier than the better known symbol of wealth, Beverly Hills, (and Beverly Grove), but not as wealthy as Beverly Crest - the wealthiest of the Beverlies.


BRENTWOOD


Brentwood


Now famous for its mostly wealthy residents, Brentwood was originally known for its avocado and soybean fields. It gained a higher profile and unwanted notoriety in 1994 when Nicole Brown Simpson, ex-wife of American Footballer/occasional actor OJ Simpson, and her friend Ronald Goldman were found stabbed to death outside her condo in a crime that was never solved. The population is 84% white (Russian, German, Persian and British), 7% Asian and 5% Latino.


CENTURY CITY


Century City at night


Century City was formerly a western backlot for 20th Century Fox. After a series of box office bombs, most notably Cleopatra, the studio sold 0.73 km2 of their property to developer William Zeckendorf and the Aluminum Co. of America, (Alcoa). The new Century City, its name a nod to it's former owners, was reimagined as a "city within a city." The first building, Century City Gateway West, was erected in 1963 followed by Minoru Yamasaki's Century Plaza Hotel -- two of the first skyscrapers erected in the area after the lifting of earthquake-related height restrictions. Today it's mainly a business center with numerous law firms and entertainment industry offices. The small population of around 6,000 residents is 83% white (mostly Russian, Persian and Canadian), 9% Asian and 4% Latino.


CHEVIOT HILLS


The Ropers in front of their Cheviot Hills residence (maybe)


Tiny Cheviot Hills is dominated by residences and Cheviot Hills Park -- the latter which includes the Cheviot Hills Recreation Center and the Cheviot Hills Tennis Courts. The population is 79% white (Russian and German), 9% Asian (mostly Japanese) and 8% Latino (mostly Mexican). It served as the location for the short-lived Three's Company spin-off The Ropers.


CRESTVIEW

Crestview is a neighborhood bounded by is bounded by La Cienega, Robertson, Sawyer and Pickford. Though mostly residential, it's also home to the Foods of Nature, La Cienega Grill CafeSt. Mark Coptic Orthodox Church, Seedling Organic CateringSikh Dharma, and the shopping center, La Cienega Plaza.


CULVER CITY


Downtown Culver City


Since the 1920s, Culver City has been a significant center for motion picture and later television production -- it was formerly home of MGM Studios.  National Public RadioWest and Sony Pictures now have headquarters in the city. The population is 48% white (German), 24% Latino (Mexican), 12% Asian (mostly Filipino) and 11% black. To read more about Culver City, click here.


DEL REY


Pretty self explanatory


Del Rey, situated on the banks of Ballona Creek, takes its name from the nearby Del Rey salt marshes. Del Rey is a largely residential area of 1950s single-story California bungalows. Del Rey has a notable but small Japanese-American population that moved to the area after the end of WWII internment as well as from Hawaii during the 1950s. Today it's 44% Latino (mostly Mexican), 34% white (mostly German), 14% Asian (mostly Filipino) and 4% black.


LA CIENEGA HEIGHTS
The neighborhood centered around Cadillac Avenue and Corning Street (roughly bounded by Culver City to the south, S La Cienega Boulevard to the east, Sawyer Street to the north, and S Robertson to the west), is known as La Cienega Heights. It's home to The Acrylic Museum, Bagel Factory, and Reynier Park.


LADERA HEIGHTS



A view of Ladera Heights - NB: gas prices may not be current


When Frank Robinson and other notable black sports heroes began moving to Ladera Heights in the 1970s, many other affluent blacks integrated into the neighborhood, which is adjacent to one of the wealthier parts of South LA, Baldwin Hills. In the early 1980s, the neighborhood became a mecca for wealthy black families, a rarity for the Westside. Today, even with LA's black population declining dramatically, the neighborhood is still 71% black (mostly West African and Trinidadian) and 19% white (mostly English, German and Canadian).


LITTLE OSAKA


An uncommonly calm street scene in Little Osaka


Little Osaka (小大阪) is a small district centered along Sawtelle Boulevard between Nebraska and Tennesee in the Sawtelle neighborhood of Los Angeles. In the 1920s and 30s, what's now Little Osaka was dominated by Japanese-owned nurseries. By 1941, there were 26 nurseries in the area. When Japanese-Americans were unjustly interred during World War II, the neighborhood went into decline. Today it retains a diminished but strong Japanese character (including several nurseries) and is a J-Town favored by trendy Japanese, foodies, otaku, hentai and nipponophiles. To read more, click here.


MAR VISTA


The view from atop Mar Vista Hill


Mar Vista is a westside neighborhood that includes the smaller neighborhoods of Westdale, Mar Vista Hill, the Gregory Ain Mar Vista Tract, McLaughlin and Culver West. The residents of Mar Vista are approximately 51% White (mostly Germanic), 29% Latino (mostly Mexican with a large number of Oaxaqueños in particular) and 13% Asian (mostly Korean). To read more about Mar Vista, click here.


MARINA DEL REY


Fisherman's Village in Marina del Rey


Marina del Rey is dominated by the Fisherman's Village boat harbor, which has nineteen marinas and room for 5,300 boats. The area was originally a salt marsh formed by Ballona Creek's flow into Santa Monica Bay. The population is 78% white (mostly English, German and Persian), 8% Asian (mostly Japanese), 5% Latino and 5% black.


PACIFIC PALISADES


The Eames House 


Pacific Palisades stands out even in the mostly-white Westside with a population that's 89% white (mostly English, German, Persian and Canadian) and 6% Asian, making it the least racially, if not ethnically, communities in the Westside. It's population is generally quite wealthy and residential. Some of the most noteworthy homes include the Eames House and the Getty Villa. It was repped by Tom Hanks's rapping son, Chet Haze, in his song "West Side LA" (from whence the title of this blog entry is derived).


PALMS


A view of my favorite Palms parking lot 


Palms was founded as its own community in 1886 and annexed by LA in 1915. Palms is fairly atypical for the Westside with a population that's both working class and very ethnically diverse -- 38% white (mostly Irish), 23% Latino (mostly Mexican), 20% Asian (mostly Korean) and 12% black. It's even home to multiple Brazilian and Indonesian restaurants. It's also home of the great Museum of Jurassic Technology


PLAYA VISTA


A view of Playa Vista from the Ballona Wetlands


Between Playa Vista and the Santa Monica Bay lie the Ballona Wetlands. The neighborhood lies at the foot of the Westchester Bluffs that was once a sacred Tongva burial ground. Long after the Tongva themselves were removed, their ancestors' remains were uncovered during development and relocated as well. Today the population is 35% Latino (mostly Mexican and Guatemalan), 32% white, 21% Asian (mostly Japanese) and 5% black.


PICO-ROBERTSON


The intersection of Pico and Robertson... in Pico-Robertson


Pico-Robertson is today the heart of LA's Jewish community. The population is 74% white (mostly Persian, Russian and Israeli), 7% Latino, 6% Asian 6% black. It is home to more than 30 kosher restaurants including not just Jewish food, but kosher Chinese, Italian, Mexican and more. It's also home to the largest women's mikvah in LA as well as four men's mikvahs and several Jewish schools. It's sometimes referred to as "South Robertson" which has given rise to the Scooby-Doo-sounding "SoRo Rillage," I mean, "SoRo Village."


RANCHO PARK


Rancho Park


Tiny Rancho Park was named by Bill Heyler, a real estate broker who established his office in the area in 1927. The population is 58% white (mostly German and Persian), 18% Asian, 16% Latino (mostly Mexican), 4% black. Its northwest corner, the intersection of Pico and Sepulveda, was the subject of a song, "Pico and Sepulveda," made popular in 1947 by Freddy Martin and his orchestra using the pseudonym, "Felix Figueroa."


SANTA MONICA


The Santa Monica Pier with downtown Santa Monica in the background


Sunny, coastal Santa Monica is the world's number one destination for British expats, who flock to the un-England like city by the thousands and turn into rosy red lobsters. The population is 71% white (mostly English and Persian), 14% Latino (mostly Mexican), 7% Asian and 4% black. Known as a haven for rich lefties, it's nicknamed the People's Republic of Santa Monica. It was also the first city in California with a Green mayor… and it was the setting for TV's Three's Company.


SAWTELLE 


A typical Sawtelle home with Japanese-inspired landscaping


Sawtelle was formerly recognized for its large Japanese-American population. After the forced internment of all Japanese, it lost most of that character although landscaping and sites here and there still reflect its Japanese past -- nowhere more so than in the tiny Japanese shopping district of Little Osaka which is also home to several nurseries and eateries. However, today Sawtelle's population is 50% white (mostly Persian), 23% Latino (mostly Mexican) and 20% Asian.


TEHRANGELES


A row of Tehrangeles stores with signs in Farsi


Tehrangeles is a small neighborhood along Westwood Boulevard that straddles Westwood and West LA. It's portmanteau name is a reflection of the many Persian-owned and targeted businesses along the commercial corridor as well as the large Persian residential population in the surrounding area.


VENICE


Downtown Venice

Venice is a coastal neighborhood (and former municipality) famous for its canals, Muscle Beach, Venice Beach and Ocean Front Walk  -- "the Boardwalk." Originally designed to attract tourists, it later became famous for its Bohemian music and arts scene. To read more, click here.


WEST HOLLYWOOD


West Hollywood's Sunset Strip at night


I know some people will take issue with my inclusion of WeHo with the Westside. Well the Beverly Hills adjacent city has to fit in somewhere and it feels a lot more Westside to me than the Hollywood region (which, unlike West Hollywood, is all part of Los Angeles). With a population that's 81% white (mostly Russian, German and Ukrainian), 9% Latino, 4% Asian and 3% Black it also looks like the rest of the Westside. It's also where the Sunset Strip begins, home to many famous venues including The House of Blues, The Key Club, The Viper Room, The Roxy, The Whiskey A Go Go… and The Troubadour just a few blocks south on Santa Monica Blvd.


WEST LOS ANGELES


A typical day in West LA


West LA, despite sounding like a large district of Los Angeles, is actually an officially recognized designation for a Westside neighborhood. The population is 77% white (mostly Persian, Russian and English), 11% Asian, 5% Latino. The large Jewish population is reflected in the restaurants. It's also home to Lazer Blazer, which rivals even mighty Amoeba with its selection of Blu-Rays, DVDs and yes, Laser Discs.


WESTSIDE VILLAGE


One of Westside Village's tree-lined streets


Westside Village is a small neighborhood that's sometimes claimed by Mar Vista and sometimes by Palms. It's home to one of the first housing tracts, developed in the 1930s and '40s by Fritz B. Burns.


WESTWOOD


Westwood with the so-called Millionaire's Mile in the background


Westwood is a neighborhood best known for being the home of UCLA. As such, it's also one of LA County's primary cultural centers with sites like Royce Hall, the Armand Hammer Museum, The Fowler Museum and numerous significant theaters. It also includes most of the small Tehrangeles neighborhood within it's borders. The population is 63% white (mostly Persian and Russian), 23% Asian (mostly Taiwanese), 7% Latino and 2% black.

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Pasadena City College - Flea Market & Record Swap, 9/4

Posted by Amoebite, August 18, 2011 06:08pm | Post a Comment

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On Sunday, September 4th, 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! 

We'll also be giving away coupons, gift certificates, and more!

The LA Weekly calls the show “the best source for used records in all of Southern California.” 

More HERE.

LastSundaysFest in Berkeley, 8/28

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, August 18, 2011 05:26pm | Post a Comment

LastSundaysFest hits Telegraph Avenue in Berkeley!

Sunday, August 28, 2011
11am - 6pm
Telegraph Avenue from Dwight to Bancroft 

Showcasing the best indie bands, chamber music, and Jazz, LastSundaysFest is Telegraph's vibrant free music street festival. It's all-ages fun with original jewelry, crafts, and street food galore. Experience a day on the Avenue as it’s closed for strolling and festivities (Telegraph will be closed to traffic from Durant to Dwight).

Check out the musical line-up for LastSundays Fest:
12pm: Classical Revolution String Quartet (Haydn String Quartet Op. 76 No. 2)  
1pm: UC Jazz Ensemble
2pm: Whiskerman
3pm: Fever Charm
4pm: Custard Pie (Led Zeppelin Tribute Band)
5pm: Foxtails Brigade (w/ songstress Laura Weinbach)

Plus: Street merriment with Buttons Ze Clown!

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Get more info HERE!

out this week, 8/2 & 8/9: Tig Notaro...the next great female comic...

Posted by Brad Schelden, August 18, 2011 12:15pm | Post a Comment
I have been a huge fan of strong female comedians since I can remember. My first memory is probably of Joan Rivers on the Muppet Show or in The Muppets Take Manhattan. If you have not yet seen her recent documentary A Piece of Work, you must do so right now. Amazing stuff.

I can't remember a time when I didn't love Bea Arthur. I was too young to watch Maude, but I was instantly in love with The Golden Girls. I think I honestly just wanted them all to be my grandmothers. How awesome would it be to go to Miami for the weekend to stay with Blanche, Dorothy, Rose, and Sophia. I am sure this was not every kids dream. But it was mine. I didn't have some Harold and Maude type fantasy. I was gay after all. But I just wanted to hang out. Talk about current events. Make fun of celebrities or people in general. I loved that sarcastic and humorous outlook on life. And The Golden Girls might have been the first show that I remember to feature gay characters. There were other shows of course. But not many. Dorothy's old friend visits and turns out to be lesbian and falls in love with Rose. Blanche's brother visits and comes out to her in his golden years. And of course the very first episode features a gay housekeeper. My favorite character was of course Dorothy, played by the amazing Bea Arthur. If there is one celebrity I could go back in time to hang out with or have dinner with, It would probably be Bea Arthur. She was hilarious and sarcastic. But also brutally honest and warm and sincere. She loved her friends and her family more than anything. But she understood a good joke and could never be mad at anyone for too long. She was sort of my role model. And she also got me in love with the female comic. Gay guys have always flocked to the female comic. There just are not that many out gay male comedians. At least there weren't in the '80s and '90s. So these comics were all we had to relate too. And honestly, they were a whole lot better than any of the gay male comics that I had seen or heard about. Female comics were sort of outsiders just like the gays.  Bea Arthur probably opened the doors for a lot of these women. At least the TV comic. There would probably be no Roseanne without Bea Arthur. I seriously can't imagine my life with either one of them.

What Bea Arthur did for the TV female comic, Joan Rivers did for the stand up comic. Joan Rivers was also brutally honest. Like Sophia on The Golden Girls, she never held back. She said what was on her mind. I don't think there could be a Kathy Griffin, Janeane Garofalo, Wanda Sykes, Sandra Bernhard, Margaret Cho, or Sarah Silverman without Joan RIvers.

There are obviously different styles of female stand up comedians. Most of the good ones end up with their own sitcom or talk show, which is sort of the goal -- a stable job that doesn't involve the crazy kind of travel needed to be a stand up comic. Sarah Silverman ended up creating one of the most brilliant shows ever. The Sarah Silverman Show, unfortunately, didn't last long enough. But she and Brian Posehn together is magic. Ellen DeGeneres and Rosie O'Donnell ended up with two of the most successful daytime talk shows. Whoopi Goldberg and Joy Behar ended up hosting The View. Joy Behar also has a nighttime news show. While I am not a huge fan of The View, I am a huge fan of the comedy of both Whoopi and Joy. Whoopi Goldberg has been in some of my favorite movies...at least some of my favorites of the '80s. She gave us Jumpin' Jack Flash in 1986, and Burglar and Fatal Beauty in 1987. Ghost in 1990. Sister Act in 1992.

Ellen DeGeneres was the star of a very successful sitcom and now that Oprah has left us, Ellen probably has the most successful daytime talk show. I was never really a fan of Kathy Griffin until her reality show started. I just didn't really know much about her, and I was not about to watch some sitcom starring Brooke Shields. But how can you not love somebody who is such a supporter of the gays? And so hilarious. I was hooked after the first time I saw her perform. Going back much further, I do have faint memories of Phyllis Diller -- probably from Scooby Doo or The Mad Monster Party -- but I did always love her. She got her start at the Purple Onion in San Francisco, so how can I not love that? I was also obsessed with Lily Tomlin. Two of my other favorite movies as a kid were 9 to 5 and The Incredible Shrinking Woman. Lily Tomlin was another stand up comedian that I just somehow related to.

I have also always loved the female comedians of Saturday Night Live. Tina Fey and Amy Poehler are two of the best comedians that show has ever seen. They now star in two of the best sitcoms on television, 30 Rock and Parks & Recreation. Kristen Wiig is one of the funniest people to ever exist and one of the main reasons to still watch SNL. She is already a movie star; please watch Bridesmaids if you have not seen it! I also see a TV show in Kristen Wiig's future, but maybe not for another ten years. SNL has also give us the brilliant Maya Rudolph, Rachel Dratch, Molly Shannon, Ana Gasteyer, Jane Curtain, Laraine Newman, Gilda Radner, Jan Hooks, Cheri Oteri, Nora Dunn, and Julia Louis-Dreyfus. Janeane Garofalo and Sarah Silverman may have not had the most successful careers on SNL, but they were both cast members that just happened to go to do amazing things afterwards. Some actresses went on to better things and some did not, but they have all done amazing comedic work at some point in their life.

The Vinyl Frontier #2 - Collecting Tex-Mex & Chicano Vinyl

Posted by Joe Goldmark, August 17, 2011 06:41pm | Post a Comment

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

Tex-Mex, the melding of rock and roll with Chicano music, started in San Antonio and L.A. in the late 1950s. It quickly spread to all Mexican-American communities throughout the Southwest. It wasn’t called Tex-Mex in L.A., but there was a similar aesthetic in all the Chicano communities and I’ll lump them together for the purposes of this article.

Some of the more famous bands in Texas were The Sir Douglas Quintet,Sunny & the Sunliners,Sam the Sham & the Pharaohs, Little Joe & the Latinaires, Freddie Fender, Rocky Gil, and The Royal Jesters. In L.A., it started with Ritchie Valens and Chris Montez, and the mid-‘60s saw the rise of Thee Midnighters, The Premiers, Cannibal & the Headhunters, and a host of lesser known bands.

Aloe Blacc Releases New Video & Announces Upcoming US Tour Dates

Posted by Billyjam, August 17, 2011 05:34pm | Post a Comment

Aloe Blacc "Green Lights" (2011)

Above is the brand new video from Aloe Blacc for his song "Green Lights," which is the latest single/video from the talented rapper/singer's album Good Things on Stones Throw Records. It's a popular item at Amoeba Music by the artist who has had a close relationship with the store for many years now, dating back to the time he played an in-store at the Hollywood Amoeba in August of 2006 in support of Shine Through.  He also performed an in-store at Amoeba Hollywood in November of 2010, soon after the release of Good Things - an album that's other singles and videos include his version of the Velvet Underground & Nico's "Femme Fatale." But it was another single, "I Need A Dollar," through which many new fans discovered the artist thanks to its inclusion as the theme song to the HBO series How to Make It in America, The artist has just announced dates for a new U.S. tour in September and October that begins Sunday, September 4th at The Jewish Mother in Virginia Beach, VA.

The 80s List: Part 3

Posted by Amoebite, August 17, 2011 04:31pm | Post a Comment
Black FlagOne day at Amoeba Hollywood I proclaimed that Aztec Camera's 1983 release High Land, Hard Rain was one of the best records of the '80s. This single statement eventually led to over 200 Amoebites ranking their top 10 favorite albums from the ‘80s. 

From the beginning we realized that it was impossible for most of us to condense our favorites from all genres into a tiny top ten list. So, we limited our lists to Rock/Pop and its sub-genres like punk, metal, goth, and new wave
Even so, it was a difficult selection process because not only are there hundreds of amazing records to consider, there is also the added dynamic of time. 

The '80s were a long time ago and the music has had many years to gestate. We have a deep sense of nostalgia and sentiment with these albums as our fondest memories are associated with them. These are albums we LOVE.

-  Henry Polk

P.S. We'll be posting new additions to the '80s list project from Amoeba staff members on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. See all entries in our ‘80s list series

P.P.S. The '80s List Book is available for sale at Amoeba Hollywood.


Alyssa Siegel
The ReplacementsTim (1985)
X –  More Fun In The New World (1983)
R.E.M. – Murmur (1983)
PixiesDoolittle (1989)
The FeeliesThe Good Earth (1985)
Rockpile - Seconds Of Pleasure (1980)
Nick HaeffnerThe Great Indoors (1987)
Chris StameyIt’s Alright (1987)
The Gun ClubFire Of Love (1981)
Tom Petty & The HeartbreakersHard Promises (1981)

Rare Tomy Vinyl Recorder Commands A Stratospheric Price

Posted by Amoebite, August 17, 2011 03:42pm | Post a Comment
Sick post from Retro Thing...

"Eric from miniorgan.com just gave us a heads up on an auction for a rare Tomy Voice-Corder. Released in 1972, this complicated and pricey toy allowed kids to record one-off dub plates on colorful plastic-covered cards which could be sent to friends and family as 33 RPM audio postcards." More Info...

Tomy Vinyl Recorder

August 16, 2011: Final Destination 5 in 3D

Posted by phil blankenship, August 17, 2011 03:12pm | Post a Comment

"Lost" Press Video of The Smiths Found?

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, August 17, 2011 02:46pm | Post a Comment

Thanks to Rhino UK, this "lost" for-press-only video documentary about The Smiths has been unearthed!


 

The rockin' archeologists over at Rhino say this promo video was probably commissioned in 1992 to support The Smiths’ Best… albums. What will they find next? Cave paintings of Bernard Sumner at Chauvet Pont d'Arc?

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The Ever-Prolific DJ Swamp Shooting New Music Video Today in Riverside, CA

Posted by Billyjam, August 17, 2011 10:00am | Post a Comment

DJ Swamp "Invasion of the B-Girls" (2011)


Ever since DJ Swamp first arrived on the music scene in 1996, when the unique long-haired turntablist with an affinity for setting his turntables on fire in his performances took the national DJ battle title of USA DMC Champion (his first year in the contest!), he has remained both an ever-engaging figure and a most prolific artist. Over the past dozen-plus years, the Cleveland-born/West Coast-based turntable artist/producer/vocalist has been mad busy consistently performing live (both solo and with others; many first got introduced to him as Beck's DJ) and recording a slew of solo projects, including his excellent Never Ending Drum & Bass Loops album series and many other DJ skratch tools vinyl releases (all self-released on his own Decadent Records label). DJ Swamp has also collaborated with or made cameos for a long list of other artists including the likes of his old touring mate Beck,  Kool Keith, RL Burnside, Devo, StickY fingaz, Kid Rock, Crystal Method, BT, Hanson, Richard Humpty Vission, The Bloodhound Gang, Morcheeba, Ill Kid, The Dandy Worhals, and Faithless.

Most recently, the DJ has been especially prolific cranking out music videos and, having released the new album Vinyl Disciple earlier this year, a new series of videos to accompany this rock-tinged, hip-hop/electro/breakbeat driven skratch album. Just last Friday, he unleashed the above video for the new album's song "Invasion of the B-Girls," which comes hot on the heels of numerous other music videos he made this year, including "Rock Rollin," the new album's title track, and "Pyro," which were all completed in the past few months. Today (Wednesday, August 17th) he is shooting yet another music video! This one is for "Feast of Flesh," also off the new Vinyl Disciple album.

Mission Creek Music and Arts Festival Comes to Oakland

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, August 16, 2011 02:20pm | Post a Comment

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The 15th annual Mission Creek Music and Arts Festival presents its third year of programming in Oakland, California!

MCMAF will rock Oakland throughout the month of September with a vast array of local musicians and artists in over 20 different shows at venues such as The Uptown, The Stork Club, Rock Paper Scissors, and Gamma Space! And it's sponsored by none other than Amoeba Music!

The festival will kick off at the The Uptown during Oakland Art Murmur on Friday, September 2nd with a free show featuring local favorites The Horns of Happiness, White Cloud, Mwah Ha Ha, and Field Trips. More info HERE!

MCMAF will also present Experimental Notations, an art exhibition split between two Temescal area galleries, The Royal Nonesuch and Macarthur B Arthur. Experimental Notations, curated by Mission Creek founder Jeff Ray, features visual and audio works by Bay Area artists and will be on view for hte entire month of September.

SHOWGIRLS: The Peaches Christ Experience Returns to the Castro Theatre, 8/27

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, August 15, 2011 07:06pm | Post a Comment

Peaches Christ Showgirls

After last year’s sold-out extravaganza, Peaches Christ again promises to blow the roof off the Castro Theatre. Peaches and her Midnight Mass minions invite you to slather yourself in glittery g-string goodness as the evening kicks-off with the legendary “Volcano Goddess” pre-show.

Feel the need to embrace your inner “showgirl” and “showboy?” Get your Vegas “Ver-sayce” couture ready to sparkle up the night, for as you compete for exclusive gifts and prizes the competition will rage to a soapy lather, and your daytime duds just won’t hold up. And leave the burger and fries for amateurs because with every large popcorn purchase you’ll be guaranteed a personalized lap dance by Peaches’ legion of live “dude-girls”!

Don’t miss this season’s event, as you will never know what special surprises Peaches will pull out of her feathered headdress.
 

SHOWGIRLS: THE PEACHES CHRIST EXPERIENCE
with the Midnight Mass Players and over 100 lap dancers!
Saturday, August 27, 2011
Castro Theatre, San Francisco
Doors open: 6:30pm for VIP ticket holders and 7:00pm for General Admission

Festivities begin: 8:00pm
Tickets available now at www.peacheschrist.com 

Bilal & Special Guest Rich Medina Perform at SF’s Mezzanine, 8/27

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, August 15, 2011 06:43pm | Post a Comment

Sake 1, fresco, and Amoeba Music are proud to host
Bilal on his Little Ones Tour with special guest Rich Medina
at the Mezzanine in San Francisco, Saturday, August 27th.

Bilal little ones tour rich medina autism marky massive selector mezzanine san francisco

Grammy Award nominee Bilal has been at the forefront of modern soul music. His Little Ones Tour is a collaboration with Autism Speaks; they will be providing information about the disorder as well as accepting donations and selling a limited “Little Ones Tour” t-shirt to raise money for the cause.

Rich Medina, one of the world's greatest living DJs and pride of Philly, will be there to helm the dance floor. Marky of Massive Selector will also be on hand.

The event will be hosted by Fran Boogie and Top Ten Social.

MEZZANINE
444 Jessie St.
San Francisco, CA 94103

9pm-2am, 21+.
Tickets: http://bilalmezz.eventbrite.com.

Bilal ''Levels'' from flying lotus on Vimeo.

The 80s List: Part 2

Posted by Amoebite, August 14, 2011 04:09pm | Post a Comment
The CureOne day at Amoeba Hollywood I proclaimed that Aztec Camera's 1983 release High Land, Hard Rain was one of the best records of the '80s. This single statement eventually led to over 200 Amoebites ranking their top 10 favorite albums from the ‘80s. 

From the beginning we realized that it was impossible for most of us to condense our favorites from all genres into a tiny top ten list. So, we limited our lists to Rock/Pop and its sub-genres like punk, metal, goth, and new wave
Even so, it was a difficult selection process because not only are there hundreds of amazing records to consider, there is also the added dynamic of time. 

The '80s were a long time ago and the music has had many years to gestate. We have a deep sense of nostalgia and sentiment with these albums as our fondest memories are associated with them. These are albums we LOVE.

-  Henry Polk

P.S. We'll be posting new additions to the '80s list project from Amoeba staff members on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. See Part One in the ‘80s list series

P.P.S. The '80s List Book is available for sale at Amoeba Hollywood.


Andrew Thompson
Jane’s Addiction Nothing’s Shocking (1988)
U2 - The Unforgettable Fire (1984)
The CureDisintegration (1989)
X - Los Angeles (1980)
AC/DCBack In Black (1980)
Peter GabrielSo (1986)
Nine Inch NailsPretty Hate Machine (1989)
Black SabbathHeaven & Hell (1980)
Gun’s N RosesAppetite For Destruction (1987)
The Jesus & Mary ChainPsychocandy (1985)

The Art of the LP Cover- Space, Pt 2.

Posted by Mr. Chadwick, August 14, 2011 11:20am | Post a Comment
Stars, planets, space suits, rocket powered synths & pen shaped spacecraft!
Check out my previous space themed gallery from 2009 here.

August 13, 2011: The Help

Posted by phil blankenship, August 14, 2011 09:20am | Post a Comment

Goodbye Kitty's - With Cabaret License Revoked, DJ Kitty Shutters Her Beloved Emeryville Music Bar And Heads To Brazil

Posted by Billyjam, August 13, 2011 08:20am | Post a Comment
Samba Guisse at Kitty's, Emeryville

 
It's goodbye Kitty and hello Brazil for the owner of  East Bay music bar Kitty's in Emeryville following this Sunday's final blow-out goodbye party when Kitty Faria (Kitty English) (aka DJ Kitty pictured below) will sadly shutter her beloved music bar that she co-owned with Bill MacBeath. But she won't waste time lamenting. Instead this independent-thinking, self-driven, business woman/avid music lover (and former KALX DJ) will head down south to Brazil to begin a new life, and likely a new bar down there - one that hopefully will not get stifled by the local bureaucrats who killed the Emeryville bar that bore her name.

Tucked in an off-the-beaten-track location on Hollis Street in Emeryville for the past five and a half years, Kitty's bar/music emporium was a most inviting East Bay destination to head out to and enjoy DJs (no cover) spinning funk, soul, hip-hop, roots reggae, dancehall, samba, and countless other cool genres. All were guaranteed to pack the dance floor. It was also a spot to go to hear and see live ensembles such as Samba Guisse with Fouta Toro delivering soulful percussive music from Senegal, West Africa (see above set from a couple of years ago). Kitty's also offered a nice patio for warm evenings and attracted a diverse crowd, typically in their 20s to 30s. Fun was had by (nearly) all.  But for the hundreds upon hundreds of fun-packed, music-loving, peaceful nights and afternoons at Kitty's, it was one unfortunate and widely-publicized night of violence earlier this year, when a big ugly fight broke out, that will forever blemish the positive image of the club and resulted in Kitty's cabaret license being revoked.

3Ball Pursuit - An LA Weddo in King Kumbia's Kourt

Posted by Eric Brightwell, August 12, 2011 04:58pm | Post a Comment
STUMBLING ONTO A SCENE


Three years ago I went to a party in Echo Park at a friend's home near the New Hope Mission Methodist Church. I don't remember what my friends were playing but outside the downstairs neighbors were bumping some amazing dance music. It was a variety of Cumbia, which I've always loved since being exposed to Carmen Rivero y su Conjunto's Cumbia LP as a child. I don't just like traditional Cumbia either; from the creative, unsteady "Cumbia Sobria el Rio" by Celso Piña, Control Machete, and Blanquito Man to the straight up cheese of groups like Los Temerarios, I like it all… and the album covers make me happy too.




Anyway, the DJ kept playing tune after amazing tune and, whilst three generations of friends and family danced, I was transfixed by the music. It was fast and almost completely synthesized. I don't think I had Shazam on my phone but I'd bet all of it would've come up unrecognized anyway. I figured I'd just go into Amoeba the next day and hit up the helpful folks in the World section. I was pointed in the direction of some hip Chicha collections which, though interesting, were not at all what I was looking for.



This music was fast like modern Merengue with the aggressive energy of Crunk… the kind of thing cultural watchdogs won't accept for another forty years. I tried to make a Pandora station but it just turned into the Baja Fresh soundtrack. I pretty much gave up until I caught a VBS.TV segment called "Mexican Pointy Boots" about Mexican dance crews and their favored impractical footwear. The soundtrack to the program was the music I'd heard years earlier and never since.




In the "suggestions" column were several videos described as being "Tribal" or "Trival" or "3ball." I was hooked. Mix after mix of amazing music that you can't find on the ridiculously over-hyped Spotify (which, as far as I can tell, is basically Youtube minus the videos and with about 3% of their catalog).


THE HISTORY AND ROOTS OF TRIVAL



 
The roots of the Trival scene stretch back to 2004, with Tribal House artists like Antoine Clamaran, Alma Matris, DJ Fist, Mario Ochoa (Drumma), Tribal Taranted, and Mats Tribal, who were popular in Latin America. A Mexican producer, Ricardo Reyna, had the idea of adding a pre-Hispanic influence to Tribal House and created the hit, "Danza Azteca." Around the same time a DJ then calling himself Tanke (and now going by Xookwanki) had a hit with his Tribal-Cumbia hybrid called "La Cumbia." Hits by DJ Sobrino, Mark Albardado, DJ Antena, Chilango Drums and others in a similar vein followed and came to initially be marketed as "Tribal Hispanic."



Toward the end of 2005, DJ Mouse and other Mexican DJs began incorporating the rhythms and bass lines of Cumbias and Guacharacas, creating what came to sometimes be known as "Tribal Guarachero" or "Tribal Guaracha." Early the following year, DJ Mouse and DJ Manuel Palafox released the Tribal Guaracha hits "Folklore," "El Sonida de Arpa," and "La Guitarra." Over the course of the year, Tribal Guaracha spread in popularity across the dance floors of southern Mexican states including Guerrero, Jalisco, Michoacán, Morelos, and Veracruz.

El Arcoiris MTY

Meanwhile, in the north, Tribal began being played in Monterrey's influential Arcoiris Club. The northern clubgoers, unfamiliar with the theretofore southern phenomenon and as unsure of what to call it as I was at the Echo Park party, simply began referring to it locally as "Musica Arko." Soon, other clubs around Nuevo León began spinning "Musica Arko" as well.



Back in the south, in 2007, "Tribal Costeño" was created by DJ Tetris, a DJ in Puerto Escondido, Oaxaca who incorporated elements of his region's traditional music. Examples of this style included "La Tortuga del Arenal Remix," "Revolucion Costeña," and "La Azteca Remix."



In 2008, DJ Mouse, DJ Manual Palafox, DJ Shaggy MTY, and DJ Alan Rosales took Tribal Guaracha in an increasingly electronic direction, replacing flutes with dinky synthesizers, and sampled African and Afro-Cuban vocals with their own -- often synthesized. Roberto Mejia's "Con La Mano Arriba Todos," DJ Shaggy and DJ Kokis's "Pompi Cadera & El Alacran," DJ Vampiro's "LA Culebritika," and LDS's "El Parrandero del Barrio" exemplified the new direction.



At the end of 2008 and beginning of 2009, Monterrey DJs DJ Erick Rincon (formerly DJ Shaggy MTY) and DJ Sheeqo Beat collaborated on Colectivo Tribal Monterrey (3Ball MTY), which mixed the style of Tribal Guarachero with earlier Tribal Prehispanic. Back in Oaxaca, DJ Tetris and DJ Remses had Tribal Costeña hits with "La Zandunguita," "La Tequita," and "Bailando y Gozando," while new southern talent including DJ Chombo and DJ Mando also joined the fray…



Today, newer Trival artists include DJ A.B., DJ Baldomero, DJ Gecko, DJ Guero, DJ Jezzy, DJ Lunyboy, DJ Tripa, and many more. So if you like Trival like I like Trival then head to Amoeba and ask them to get some for you. There's also Cumbia Trival page on Facebook where people frequently post videos and new mixes.

*****

Hip-Hop Rap Up 08:12:11: Gucci & Waka, Jay-Z & Kanye, Haasaan Mackey & Apollo Brown, Pete Rock & Smif N Wessun, Beastie Boys, Trek Life

Posted by Billyjam, August 12, 2011 12:19pm | Post a Comment
Amoeba Music Hollywood Hip-Hop Top Five: Week Ending August 12, 2011


1)  Tyler the Creator Goblin (XL Recordings)

  2) MellowHype Blackenedwhite
                   (Fat Possum  Records)

  3) Hassaan Mackey & Apollo Brown
     Daily Bread (Mello Music Group)

 4) Gucci Mane & Waka Flocka Flame
        Ferrari Boyz (Warner Bros)

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

The ever ubiquitous Odd Future is holding down the two top slots on the hip-hop chart at Amoeba Hollywood this week with Tyler the Creator's Goblin in the number one position and fellow Odd Future's MellowHype in close second with the reissue by the duo of last year's mixtape Blackenedwhite, which Fat Possum shrewdly remastered and repackaged for those who missed it first time round.

Warrant Frontman Jani Lane Dead At 47

Posted by Kells, August 12, 2011 07:22am | Post a Comment

Jani Lane
(born John Kennedy Oswald), the flaxen-tressed former lead singer of 1980's hair-metal band Warrant, was found dead on Thursday in a hotel room in Woodland Hills, California.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, police found the body of Lane, 47, at a Comfort Inn, with no cause of death available at press time. Lane was best known for the Warrant hit "Cherry Pie," which he wrote and features a guitar solo by Poison's C.C. DeVille. The double entendre-filled video for the song — featuring a barrage of footage flaunting the accolades of Lane's future wife, celebrated Star Search spokesmodel champion turned video vixen, Bobbie Brown — quickly became a programming staple on MTV's Headbanger's Ball when it was released in 1990.

The singer was born in Akron, Ohio, on February 1, 1964. He began his career as a teenage drummer before moving to Florida and playing in a series of metal bands. Eventually he made it to Los Angeles with future Warrant drummer Steven "Sweet" Chamberlin in search of fame and a steady gig.

He was recruited to join Warrant in 1986 and the band released their major-label debut, Dirty Rotten Filthy Stinking Rich, in 1989, spawning the hits "Heaven" and "Down Boys" -- a vastly underrated song that, as far as I can tell, is about a wild child, looking cool on the cheap and ogling, i.e. "the way the street lights silhouette your thighs through your dress." But it was 1990's Cherry Pie that really put them on the map, selling three million copies and realizing their dreams of "making it" as hair-metal superstars. Supposedly, the title tune was written on the back of a pizza box, which can be seen on display at the Hard Rock Café in Destin, Florida.

The 80s List: Part 1

Posted by Amoebite, August 11, 2011 06:57pm | Post a Comment
We're unashamedly big music nerds here at Amoeba Hollywood, and we love to talk and reminisce about our favorite records with each other. We also like to debate their historical relevance. Sometimes these conversations can get pretty impassioned, as it did on the fateful date I exclaimedAztec Camera Aztec Camera's 1983 release High Land, Hard Rain to be one of the best records of the '80s.

Oops...that statement was met with mild laughter and ridicule from two of my co-workers. I realized pretty quickly that it was a very tall claim considering the wealth of great music that emerged over the course of that decade. The truth is, I was forced into justifying that statement by making a top-ten list of my favorite '80s records. It was a daunting task that took a fair amount of soul searching, but it was a lot of fun. It was also very infectious, and over the next couple of days a dozen other people made their top ten lists, and within a few weeks the number grew to over 100 Amoebites.

The '80s were witness to many divergent and popular styles of music, and from the beginning we realized that it would be impossible for most of us to condense our favorites from all the genres we like into a tiny top ten list. There's just too much good stuff out there. So, we limited this list to Rock/Pop and its sub genres like punk, metal, goth, and new wave. Even so, it was still a difficult selection process because not only are there hundreds of amazing records to consider, there is also the added dynamic of time.

Indie Labels & Artists Also Victims of the London Riots Following Destruction of the PIAS Distribution Warehouse

Posted by Billyjam, August 11, 2011 07:20am | Post a Comment

One of the most tragic victims of the past week's London riots, and one very close to our hearts here at Amoeba, was the devastating warehouse fire that resulted in the costly destruction of the PIAS distribution center warehouse, which housed the inventory of countless indie labels including WARP, Ninja Tune, XL Recordings, Beggars, Domino, Wall Of Sound, Sunday Best, Big Brother, and Finders Keepers (link to complete list of indie labels). The direct result of the arson of this sprawling 215,000 square feet warehouse, which was located in the Enfield district of outer London and was owned by SONY but occupied mainly by the indie collective PIAS, is that thousands upon thousands of independent label records, CDs, and DVDs (both brand new releases and classic titles still in print by these indie labels) have all been completely and senselessly destroyed, leaving the already-struggling labels and their artists high and dry.

What this fire means is that collectively all of these small, quality independent record labels have just taken a most incredible financial blow, resulting in the majority of their stock (source of income/cash flow) being wiped out overnight. What about insurance? Well it's likely that the individual small labels didn't have specific coverage for such an event. Meanwhile it looks like the PIAS warehouse is not covered either since, according to the British 1886 Riots (Damages) Act, if the damage is caused by a rioting mob (and it was; it was reported today by Billboard that three rioters were arrested for arson) then the insurers are not the ones liable but rather the police authorities. Hence the likelihood of getting compensated anytime soon, if at all, is slim. In other words these labels and the artists that they presented to the world are in serious trouble. Now most of these labels, especially the smaller ones, face being forced out of business forever and the artists on their rosters are equally screwed.
 
We at Amoeba ask you to consider any way that you might be able to help out these hard-hit, indie labels. You can either make donations to the labels or support the inevitable upcoming slew of benefit concerts and events. Formed over the past few days, the UK-based Label Love organization is both accepting donations on behalf of the victims of the fire, and listing many of these benefit events and other channels set up to directly help these labels. You can also reach this organization directly with any other ways you think you can help via ther email:  [email protected]

Serengeti talks about "Family & Friends"

Posted by Billyjam, August 10, 2011 09:38am | Post a Comment
For the past decade, unique and refreshingly quirky Illinois hip-hop wordsmith Serenegeti has been quietly amassing a large body of work (about sixteen albums worth) via a string of solo albums matched by an equally impressive series of collaboration projects with such other artists as Polyphonic and Hi-Fidel - not to mention a slew of memorable cameo appearances in verses on other emcee's albums. Clearly rarely idle this prolific Mid West artist recently found time to relocate west to Cali. He now calls Los Angeles home and for his just released latest (and perhaps most accessible to date) album,  Family & Friends released on CD and vinyl, he reconnected with the Cali based Anticon label through whom he also released the 2009 Polyphonic collab Terradactyl. He also recorded parts of it in Oakland, CA in Why? front-man Yoni Wolf's home studio.  The new album's other producer, Advance Base (otherwise known as Casiotone for the Painfully Alone) also has a knack for bringing out only the very best in this left-of-center lyricist. The result is Serengeti's best (and one of 2011's best hip-hop) albums to date.

For Family & Friends Serengeti delivers more of his trademark engaging stories (his albums are like books with the songs been character-driven chapters - this one an 11 chapter collection of short stories) delivered in a stream-of-consciousness sounding flow. As usual you know it's Serengeti the moment he opens his mouth and you hear his distinctive voice followed by these  lyrically rich, deep tales of complex characters - all personas (part fiction, part reality) that he adapts so convincingly that you are sure he is talking in first person, and from first hand experience.

Augumented Reality Advertising Takeover

Posted by Billyjam, August 9, 2011 02:55pm | Post a Comment

 Augmented Reality Advertising Takeover (AR | AD) from The Heavy Projects on Vimeo.



Augmented Reality is described by its creators as "the process of overlaying digital information onto the real world creating a hyper reality unavailable under normal circumstances." As seen by the above video clip that satirizes public advertising,  shot in recent weeks in NYC, the possibilities of this technology are endless since, once it expands beyond its current restrictions to internet enabled smart devices, to when ocular devices become commonplace. This project was undertaken recently by both the PublicAdCampaign and The Heavy Projects, with artists like Ron English,  PosterBoy, OX, John Fekner, and Dr. D all on board. Dubbed the AR I AD Takeover it took place in the thick of activity of New York City right in the heart of busy Times Square.

For this project the Augmented Reality Junaio channel used, according its creators, "5 separate ad campaigns to trigger their own replacement with the artwork of 5 of our favorite public space artists"  This arts group state that, "After challenging outdoor advertising's supremacy in public space for the past 10 years by illegally re-appropriating physical advertising venues, PublicAdCampaign has raised awareness but made little progress in our ultimate goal of completely removing outdoor signage from our shared environment. With the advent of Augmented Reality the rules are beginning to change as to who can claim ownership to public space and we are excited to be on the cutting edge of this new adventure to redefine the visual landscape of our shared public environment."

August 6, 2011: Rise of the Planet of the Apes

Posted by phil blankenship, August 9, 2011 09:50am | Post a Comment

Trip to Hawai'i: Part 3

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"But, are they organic?"


When I go somewhere, I like to linger for over a week in the same area – as opposed to globe-trotting – because experience has taught me it takes a good while to get one’s bearings. The first week in a new location is what I call the “expensive week”, because you end up spending a lot of money before you learn how to do things like a local. It’s important to plan ahead and be aware of this: no impulse buying for the first week, and remain flexible for meal planning and lounging locations; most importantly of all, ask as many locals in whatever location you are for where they go, what they eat, what they like; it never fails that, without emphasizing your interest in their preferences, you are going to be led to the same few tourist traps all outsiders are, and they'll be an expensive shadow of the real thing.

Here’s some red-flag words: plush, decadent, local-style, distilled, anything served on ‘skewers’. These are buzz-words that may alert you to the fact that you have been caught in a tourist trap. DON’T PANIC! If it’s too late to leave, just keep ordering down to a minimum (you can always eat again afterwards) and for the love of God, don’t buy anything you can wear (especially if the price tag looks ‘home-made’), or purchase anything you can clean/perfume your body with (beware of soap bars cut into irregular shapes!), or condiments that come in a tiny jar, i.e., raw honey with truffle, jasmine sugar pearls, or virgin priestess eyelashes candied in unicorn mustard.


Absolutely not.


Call me crazy, but unless there’s something vaguely suspicious about local sellers, I don’t buy. Yes, you read that right. If it’s jarred food, I need to think there’s a good chance it was prepared in a kitchen that isn’t up to code. Trinkets, crafts, homemade souvenirs – these should be sold by the person who made them, or their disinterested offspring, and if the maker describes them, they should do so in emotional terms, not technical terms:

“See how this one makes a face like he’s eaten something sour? I love that!” is good.

“It’s constructed with 10 inch wire, so it’s stable. And it’s secured with these brackets here,”  can often be translated as, “I didn’t make these, I took them of out a box shipped from Korea.” What’s wrong with that, you may ask. Well, it means that you yourself could order it from Korea, eliminate the middle-man at a savings to you, and use that savings to support true, local crafts and food. Just saying.

Four Inch Focus- Ladies Of The Labels Pt 4

Posted by Mr. Chadwick, August 7, 2011 11:40pm | Post a Comment

The Late, Great Conrad Schnitzler

Posted by Charles Reece, August 7, 2011 09:28pm | Post a Comment
"Fata Morgana" from Conrad Schnitzler and Wolf Sequenza's Consequenz (1981). Schnitzler died of stomach
cancer on August 4th. He
spread his DNA around the world via hair strands sent to friends. He also left behind
a mindboggling amount of great recordings. Brief interviews from 1980 and 1998.

DJ Vajra Took Title In Heated 2011 DMC US Finals DJ Battle in NYC Last Night

Posted by Billyjam, August 7, 2011 12:28pm | Post a Comment
          2011 US DMC champ DJ Vajra (this pic + all photos courtesy of Joe Conzo)

"How long you been practicing?" host Lord Finesse quizzed DJ Immortal at last night's 2011 DMC US Finals DJ battle before the talented turntablist launched into a six minute routine that could determine the path of his future as a DJ. "My whole life,"  said the Florida DJ born Jamie Keogh, qualifying that ever since he started DJing at age 15 he has dedicated every spare moment to honing his craft as a DJ/turntablist in preparation for an opportunity like last night's big battle.  As with each of the other anxious eleven contestants at yesterday's heated national DMC DJ finals, held at Santos Party House in New York City, (and all the other hard-working battle DJs who didn't quite make it as far as this final round) DJ Immortal, who earlier this year triumphed in the 2011 DMC New Orleans regional DJ battle, has spent literally thousands upon thousands of hours practicing the same moves over and over to the point of perfection so as to get to this stage. Indeed it is that level of love for the art, and that type of dedication/obsession that it takes to become a competing DMC battle DJ nowadays. 

California Fool's Gold -- A South Los Angeles Eastside Primer

Posted by Eric Brightwell, August 5, 2011 09:15pm | Post a Comment
STRAIGHT BILLIN' THROUGH THE EASTSIDE

In Los Angeles, usage of the term "Eastside" varies depending on the speaker. To most Angelenos -- especially Latinos -- "The Eastside" refers to a group of neighborhoods immediately east of the Los Angeles River: Boyle Heights, Brooklyn Heights, City Terrace, East Los Angeles, El Sereno, Happy Valley, Hillside Village, Lincoln Heights, Rose Hills, and University Hills


THE (HISTORICALLY) BLACK EASTSIDE


Pendersleigh & Sons' Official Map of South LA's Eastside

The other Eastside is in South LA. This Eastside was historically the main area that LA's black residents were required to live until the middle of the 20th century. It should be noted that when people speak of this region -- though they're implicitly referring to the East Side of South Los Angeles -- that reference to this area as "the Eastside" likely pre-dates the modern version of communties east of the river. Check out The Eastsiders, a documentary about South LA's Eastside between 1920 and 1965.


South LA's Eastside is neighbored by South LA's Westside to the west; The Mideast Side, Downtown and the Eastside to the north; Southeast Los Angeles to the east and The Harbor to the south. In South Los Angeles, the dividing line between Eastside and Westside was traditionally Main Street, which is still the dividing line between east and west street addresses. After the construction of the 110, which runs parallel a few blocks west of Main, this more dramatic physical distinction became the dividing line between east and west.


THE GATEWAY CITIES



For much of the early part of the Los Angeles history, The Eastside (along with Southeast Los Angeles and The Harbor) were lumped together as "The Gateway Cities." The region was a huge industrial region dominated by the Ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles in the southern end and many of the neighborhoods were built to house those involved in the warehouses and factories that popped up between the harbor and downtown.


LOS ANGELES UNDER SEGREGATION 



Gray areas showing black majority areas of Los Angeles in 1940

South LA's Eastside was home to two of the oldest black neighborhoods, South Central in the north and Watts in the south. Under racially restrictive covenants, blacks were allowed to own property only within the area hemmed in by Main, Slauson, Alameda and Washington, in Watts and a few other smaller areas like Oakwood in Venice.

SOUTH CENTRAL UNDER SEGREGATION 

In the 1940s, South Central gave rise to the West Coast's main jazz center. Numerous jazz and blues clubs and other black cultural institutions gave rise to people referring to it and neighboring Bronzeville to the north as "The Harlem of the West." Every year to this day, during the last weekend in July, The Central Avenue Jazz Festival is still held in South Central. 


WATTS UNDER SEGREGATION
 
Five miles south, around the same time, Watts became predominantly black, largely as a result of the Second Great Migration from the South during the same decade. Thousands of people came -- largely from from Louisiana, Mississippi, Arkansas and Texas -- to work in war-related industries. The large Nickerson Gardens, Jordan Downs and Imperial Courts housing projects were all built largely to house the newly arrived, working class immigrants as well as returning war veterans. 
 

SHELLEY v. KRAMER 

As a result of 1948's Shelley v. Kraemer, the Supreme Court banned the enforcement of racist restrictive covenants. As a result, in Los Angeles, the black population of and surrounding both areas began to pour out of their overcrowded confines. Resentful racist white gangs like The Spook Hunters formed to terrorize blacks with the hope of keeping them out of Compton, Lynwood, Huntington Park and Downey.

Gray areas showing black majority areas of Los Angeles in 1960

South Central was already home to several street gangs, including The MagnificentsThe Purple Hearts, 31st Street and 28th Street, who were engaged primarily in turf battles, pimping, theft and small time robbery. However, to counter the violence of the Spook Hunters, new black protectionist gangs like The Devil Hunters, The Slausons, The Businessmen, The Farmers and The Gladiators formed and combat their racist rivals. By 1960 the Spook Hunters were defeated and the black populations of South Central and Watts overflowed and met in the middle before began spreading into till-then-white Compton far to the south (as well as Midtown).


WATTS RIOTS & THE RISE OF GANGS 


In 1965, tensions, many racial, exploded into the Watts Riots. As a result, many of South Los Angeles' white residents moved away, most often to either Artesia, Bellfower, Norwalk or Paramount. In 1969, The Crips formed (as the Baby Cribs) in South Los Angeles' Eastside. Though initially inspired by black empowerment organizations like the Black Panthers and US, they quickly devolved into a violent street gang that mostly prayed on innocent black residents.

In 1972, a group of gangs including the Pirus, Lueders Park Hustlers, LA Brims, the Denver Lanes and the Bishops met and joined forces as The Bloods to counter the Crips' power. Gang violence escalated in the 1970s but reached a new level of violence when crack hit the streets in 1983. Violence explodedt and as a result, many long-established black families began to move to areas they perceived as more desirable.


GANGSTA RAP AND THE CRACK WARS 

Compton, which had till-then recently dominated South LA's music scene with a vibrant homegrown electro soon became known for gangsta rap in the 1980s, involving some of the same players (e.g. Arabian Prince and Dr. Dre). South LA's eastside produced Compton's Most Wanted, 2nd II None, DJ Quik and NWA. Together they painted a nightmare vision of South Los Angeles as a Crack War battleground contested by well-armed and sociopathic Bloods and Crips.


BLACK FLIGHT & THE RISE OF LATINOS 

Meanwhile, as much of the better off black population continued to move away, poor, newly arrived immigrants from Mexico and El Salvador began to fill the newly created void. By then, the South Central neighborhood was predominantly Latino although people were then accustomed to employing the name "South Central" as a racially-loaded catch-all for any black neighborhood south of the 10. Today, this mental colonialism is still evinced in the words of self-appointed hood experts who don't even live in South Central yet nonetheless claim it, denying their own neighborhood's equally unique and interesting histories in the process.

By the time of the Los Angeles Riots of 1992, which began in South LA's Westside, the Eastside was mostly dominated by LA's Latino majority, with only Compton and Watts still having predominantly black populations. After the riots of 1992, another wave of black families moved to more stable neighborhoods and today even Compton and Watts are mostly Latino cities.

THE EASTSIDE TODAY 

In 2000s, the Eighth District Empowerment Congress began the "Naming Neighborhoods Project" to identify and celebrate South Los Angeles neighborhoods with new designations, hoping to foster pride and community as a result. Three (Broadway Square, Century Cove and Century Palms) were newly-established Eastside communities. 

Today South Los Angeles is one of LA's least ethnically and racially diverse regions but I still think it's an interesting place. Except for West Compton, every neighborhood is dominated by the Latino majority (primarily of Mexican and Salvadoran origin) of 76% overall. The minorities are 20% are black, 2.8% are white and .7% are Asian.

Physically the region is a large, flat alluvial plane. The architecture, for the most part, is rather low-profile -- dominated by bungalows and lowrise apartment buildings. From the elevated sections of the Metro Blue Line one can see for miles a skyline that is only occasionally punctuated by structures like the Watts Towers and the taller, but less iconic, Mount ZionTowers, the Compton Courthouse, and near the edge of Downtown: the LA Mart, Bob Hope Patriotic Hall, and 155 West Washington Boulevard.

and now onto the neighborhoods:
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BROADWAY SQUARE 


First up, its position determined by the alphabet, is Broadway Square. Broadway Square was established by the the Eighth District Empowerment Congress's Naming Neighborhoods Project in 2008 but at least as many people know it by the more boring street-combo name, "Broadway-Manchester." It is unrecognized by the Los Angeles Times, Wikipedia, Nabewise and Wikimapia. The bedroom community is home to several fast food chains and the population is 59% Latino (mostly Mexican and Salvadoran), and 39% black. 


CENTURY COVE 

Century Cove
is another neighborhood established by the the Eighth District Empowerment Congress's Naming Neighborhoods Project in 2008. The Watts-adjacent neighborhood's residents are roughly 54% Latino (mostly Mexican and Salvadoran) and 44% Black. Presumably, the "Century" of the name refers to Century Boulevard.


CENTURY PALMS 


The last of the three neighborhoods established by the the Eighth District Empowerment Congress's Naming Neighborhoods Project is Century Palms. Though mostly residential, there are a large number of auto shops, churches and small markets. The population is roughly 59% Latino (mostly Mexican and Salvadoran) and 39% black.


COMPTON 


Compton is an infamous city that is practically synonymous around the world with the South Los Angeles region of which it is part. Due largely to the mythologizing NWA and their gangsta rap followers, Compton has also become a byword for urban squalor and gang violence even though (not to make anyone feel old) nearly a quarter of a century has passed since the release of Straight Outta Compton. Naturally the city has changed a great deal in the time that saw Ice Cube go from rapping about rape and murder to starring in children's movies. To read more about Compton, click here.

EAST COMPTON (AKA EAST RANCHO DOMINGUEZ)


East Compton, also known as East Rancho Dominguez, is an unincorporated community surrounded by the city of Compton. In fact, Compton, which has in the past tried to annex East Compton but business and property owners in the area have successfully opposed their efforts. Today the population is 73% Latino (mostly Mexican and Salvadoran), 23% black. 


FLORENCE (LOS ANGELES) 

OK, rather confusingly (and not that atypical in a region where neighborhoods are so often nebulously) there are seemingly two adjacent neighborhoods which together form Florence. The Los Angeles one is a rather industrial area that's home to many Mexican restaurants, metal works, furniture factories, mini-markets. The population is 70% Latino (mostly Mexican and Salvadoran) and 28% black.

Florence is famous for its Crip history. Raymond Washington founded the gang (as the Baby Avenues) at Fremont High. When he was two years old, his family moved into their home near Wadsworth and E 76th Street. Florence is also where Washington was murdered in 1979, in front of an apartment building at 6326 S. San Pedro St.


FLORENCE-FIRESTONE

The other half of Florence is an unincorporated community in Los Angeles County. Along with Graham to the south, the two are sometimes referred to as Florence-Firestone, after the intersection.

THE FURNITURE AND DECORATIVE ARTS DISTRICT 



Signs for The Furniture & Decorative Arts District seem to include the entire neighborhoods of South Central, South Park, Florence, and Central-Alameda. I got my couch there at a place off Slauson so I can personally vouch for furniture being made there. There's also a huge chair, pictured above.


GRAHAM 

To the south of unincorporated Florence, sometimes lumped together as Florence-Firestone or Florence-Graham is the titular Graham. It's also sometimes referred to as Firestone Park for a tiny park in its northeast. Larger parks include Colonel Leo H Washington Park and Will Rogers Memorial Park
 


GREEN MEADOWS 

Although the Los Angeles Times once published an article, "Asphalt Jungle or Green Meadows" which gently mocked the 8th District Empowerment Congress's Neighborhood Naming Project, from what I've read, it seems Green Meadows is a pre-existing moniker that possibly dates back to the area's pastoral past. Today it's full of meat-dominated restaurants and baptist churches. The population is 54% Latino (mostly Mexican and Salvadoran) and 44% black. Despite it's bucolic name, Green Meadows is the second most violent neighborhood in the Eastside after Watts.  


HUNTINGTON PARK 

Eastside's Huntington Park was incorporated in 1906 as a streetcar suburb for workers in the rapidly expanding industries to the southeast of downtown Los Angeles. To this day, about 30% of its residents work at factories in nearby Vernon and Commerce. After the decline of American manufacturing in the area, many of the residents moved elsewhere too. The vacuum was filled almost entirely by two groups of Latinos: upwardly mobile families eager to leave the barrios of East Los Angeles, and recent Mexican and Salvadoran immigrants. Today the population is 95% Latino (mostly Mexican and Salvadoran) and 3% white.


LYNWOOD 


Though all of South Los Angeles has a reputation for crime, Lynwood is the second safest community in the region after sparsely-populated West Compton. Incorporated in 1921, the city is named for Mrs. Lynn Wood Sessions, wife of a local dairyman, Charles Sessions. It's the birthplace of actor/director Kevin Costner as well as "Weird Al" Yankovic, who released an album titled Straight Outta Lynwood. The population is 82% Latino (mostly Mexican and Salvadoran), 13% black and 3% white. It's home to the picturesque Plaza Mexico, a celebrated cultural and shopping center.


SOUTH CENTRAL 


In the 1930s and especially the '40s, South Central Avenue was the center of West Coast Jazz. At the time, even superstars like Duke Ellington who played around Los Angeles still had to stay in South Central. Although the most famous, the Dunbar, was located in South Park, there were numerous other jazz and blues clubs on South Central. After the restrictive housing codes were abolished, this Harlem of the West dissipated as the population dispersed, jazz declined in popularity, and the neighborhood fell into disrepair.

Nowadays South Central is 87% Latino (mostly Mexican and Salvadoran), 10% black, 1% white and 1% Asian. It's one of the more urbanized areas of the Eastside and, depending on where one draws the dividing line between Downtown and South Central (e.g. the 10 Freeway or W Washington Boulevard), its home to most of the iconic buildings in the region including Allied Architects Association's Bob Hope Patriotic Hall, the 13-story LA Mart, and the 14-story Art Deco 155 West Washington Boulevard building, built in 1927. To read more about it, click here.


SOUTH PARK 

South Park
is a neighborhood that lies directly south of South Central and is centered around a park of the same name. Before 1948 it was as far south as blacks were allowed to live (aside from Watts) with Slauson forming its southern border. Around 1952, the neighborhood saw the formation of The Slausons, a black gang which organized to protect blacks from attacks by racist whites hoping to keep them from moving south of Slauson. Most of the black population eventually moved elsewhere and today South Park is 79% Latino (mostly Mexican and Salvadoran), 19% black and 1% white.

South Park is also fairly devoted to small-scale industries such as machine shops, auto shops, upholsterers, medical suppliers, etc, much like the Furniture and Decorative Arts District to the east. Notably, it is home to the tallest structure in the region, the 12-story Mount Zion Towers, built in 1971. It's most famous building, however, is the famed Dunbar Hotel.

VERON 

The Villa Basque (image source: jericl)

Vernon has the smallest population of any incorporated city in California (although that might soon change). It's motto is "Exclusively Industrial" (take that City of Industry!). The motto isn't entirely true, Vernon has, after all, some 112 residents. It became industrial around 1919, when two slaughterhouses opened. Eventually it was home to 27 such on a blood-soaked strip of Vernon between Soto and Downey. Vernon is also home to La Villa Basque, a restaurant and beautiful relic of the 1960s (historically, aesthetically and culinarily) that has been used in Mad Men. Iniside it has an amazing Googie coffee shop, a martini lounge and a large dining room. Unfortunately, misguided efforts have been underway to "improve" it with disastrous consequences: loud, horrible music; a cheesy new name (Vivere) -- courtesy owner and disgraced former Vernon mayor, Leonis Malberg


WATTS 

In 1907, Watts was incorporated a its own city, named after Watts Station, then a major stop for the Pacific Electric Railway's Red Car line between Los Angeles and Long Beach. Most of the residents were white and Mexican traqueros who worked on the line.

Watts became mostly black in the 1940s, when southern blacks settled there in search of industrial jobs. In 1965, it was the epicenter of the Watts Riots which saw part of the city burnt to the ground and nicknamed "Charcoal Alley." It was plagued by gangs like the Watts Cirkle City Piru Bloods, Grape Street Watts Crips, Bounty Hunter Watts Bloods and PJ Watts Crips during the 1970s and '80s which contributed to black flight. Today Watts is 62% Latino (mostly Mexican and Salvadoran) and 37% black. Although there have been attempts to turn around the neighborhood's decline, it still suffers from the highest crime rate in the region.

It's famously home to the Watts Towers, built by Italian immigrant construction worker Sabato Rodia between 1921 and 1954, probably one of LA's five most recognized landmarks. Rodia himself named the structure "Nuestro Pueblo."  To read more about Watts, click here


WEST COMPTON 

West Compton is an unincorporated community west of Compton. Today, probably in part due to the negative popular associations with the Compton name, many refer to it as West Rancho Dominguez (a reference to Rancho Dominguez… a community which, unlike Compton, it does not lie directly west of). At the time of writing it's the only remaining black majority neighborhood in South LA's Eastside. The population is roughly 58% black, 36% Latino (mostly Mexican and Salvadoran), 2% Asian and 2% white. It also has the lowest crime rate. 


WILLOWBROOK 


Willowbrook
's name comes from the willow-lined shallow brooks and springs that covered the area up through the 19th century. It was still largely rural until the 1980s. Today it is mostly developed although less than most of the region. The population is 53% Latino (mostly Mexican and Salvadoran), 44% black and 1% white. Willowbrook is locally notorious as the home of the troubled Martin Luther King Jr Harbor Hospital. It's also home to the well-known Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science.

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And so Eastsidaz, to vote for any communities in the Eastside or any other Los Angeles County communities to be covered on the blog, vote here. To vote for Eastside neighborhoods or any other Los Angeles neighborhoods, click here. To vote for Orange County neighborhoods, vote here. Till next time, y'all know how we get down... 7 dizzles a wizzle, Bigg Bow Wiggle's, up in the hizzle, Fo' shizzle bizzle!
 

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Hip-Hop Rap Up 08:05:11: Wu-Tang, Teeko, San Quinn, MellowHype, Elzhi, Mista B, DMC, Buck 65, Tragedy

Posted by Billyjam, August 5, 2011 01:13pm | Post a Comment
Amoeba Music San Francisco Hip-Hop Top Five Week Ending 08:05:11

1) Wu-Tang Legendary Weapons (Entertainment One Music)

2) Teeko Light Up the Darkness (Mellow Orange)

3. elZHi  Elmatic (2 DopeBoyz)

4) San Quinn Can't Take the Ghetto Out A Niigga (Prominent House Records)

5) MellowHype Blackenedwhite (Fat Possum Records)

The Wu-Tang's anticipated latest, Legendary Weapons, dropped last week and since has shot to the number one position on the latest Amoeba Music San Francisco hip-hop chart, which comes courtesy of Luis at the Haight Street store. So is it a great album and does it live up to the Wu-Tang (formerly Wu-Tang Clan) legacy? Yes and no. No it doesn't top 36 Chambers - but then nothing will ever surpass that timeless, pitch-perfect, hip-hop masterpiece that the Shaolin crew burst onto the scene with eighteen long years ago. But yes it is a really strong hip-hop album from the Wu who, even though they appear here minus the major player Genius/GZA and the lesser Wu warrior Masta Killa, still deliver a kick ass album with Legendary Weapons whose production is handled by the production trio of Fizzy Womack, Noah Rubin, and Andrew Kelley who keep true to the RZA formula (RZA is credited as the "executive producer" which I assume means he popped into the studio here and there to look over the trio's shoulders and make sure they delivered that unique WU flavor.)  As well as the RZA on board for this release are Wu-Tang core members Ghostface, Raekwon, Method Man, Inspectah Deck, Cappadonna, and U-God as well as cameos from a variety of talents including AZ, M.O.P., Termanology, Trife Diesel, and Killa Sin. Below is a sample track from the album; "Never Feel The Pain," that features Inspectah Deck, U-God, and Tre Williams.

Billy Sprague's Collaborative Work Art Show at Forthrite Gallery in Oakland, CA

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, August 4, 2011 02:37pm | Post a Comment

Amoeba Berkeley's own Billy Sprague presents a collection of collaborative works made with friends and family. The show opens at the Forthrite Gallery in Oakland Friday, August 5th and runs for one month.

Collborators include: Marc Weinstein, Derek Weisberg, James Kirkpatrick, John Casey, Christopher Sprague, Tana Sprague, Travis Wyche, Rich Jacobs, Surge, Jeanne Lorenz, Delia Lehner, Cheryl Bently, Bigfoot, Hide Katsumata, Shawn Williams, Acamonchi, Thaddeus Phipps, HLG + MORE!

Opening party:
Friday, August 5 · 7:30pm - 9:30pm

Forthrite Galery
5857 San Pablo Avenue
Oakland, CA



Billy Sprague Forthrite Gallery Oakland Art
Collaboration with James Kirkpatrick & Derek Weisberg

The Golden Bowl - 3 Day Roller Derby Tournament : 8/12 - 8/14

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The Golden Bowl - 3 Day Roller Derby Tournament
August 12-14
Sponsored by Amoeba Music

The Golden Bowl will showcase the strongest level of competition the Bay Area has ever seen in Flat Track Roller Derby!

This three-day tournament, hosted by the B.A.D. Girls at the Oakland Convention Center in “The Big Room,” will be your only chance this year to see top teams from four states compete over three days of intense derby action.

Visiting Leagues will compete in a three-day Round Robin tournament with B.A.D.’s All Star team, The Golden Girls (#4 West), to determine who takes home The Golden Bowl trophy.

Read more about the event HERE!

BAD Bay Area Roller Derby

Jim Browskee's Overview of the San Francisco Fillmore District's Hip-Hop/Rap History

Posted by Billyjam, August 4, 2011 07:32am | Post a Comment
      
Rappin' 4-Tay "Players Club" (1994)


As a follow up to this week's Amoeblog on current attention-grabbing Fillmore rapper DaVinci comes this overview of the San Francisco district's rap/hip-hop past care of Amoeblog reader and longtime SF rap player Jim Browskee who has drawn up this list of Fillmore (aka Fillmoe, aka The MOE, aka Da Filthy Moe) rap acts exclusively for the Amoeblog. While, he admits, not completely inclusive of every rap act to come from this SF hood it does include all of its key players; both high-profile acts such as Rappin' 4-Tay (the Fillmore artist introduced to the world in 1988 by Too $hort on his Dangerous Crew compilation (with the song "She's Hooked") and later to be the first Fillmore rap act to international pop success with his huge 1994 hit "Players Club" (first on the indie label Rag Top Records and then picked up by Chrysalis/EMI) gain  and such lesser known acts as Click Clack Gang who some heard of via their appearance on The Free Messy Marv Movement CD compilation or maybe via San Quinn when they guested on his track "Fillmoe Nigga." 

August 3, 2011: Point Blank

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The Gourmet Music Carnival Grand Opening: 8/21!

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The Gourmet Music Carnival!

Make a beeline to the Gourmet Music Carnival as it makes its debut on Sunday, August 21st at the L.A. State Historic Park

Come early and stay late to enjoy nine indie bands, 200 crafters, and 25 food trucks!

Hours: 11am-7pm.
Tickets: $12 online/$16 at the door.
Free Parking.

Great kids area, beer garden, DJ David Anthony, and much more.

Proceeds benefit the Veteran Art Show

More info.


REL Song/Video "Public Transit" Addresses Violence & Abuse of Power By Police

Posted by Billyjam, August 3, 2011 12:12pm | Post a Comment

REL "Public Transit" (2011)


The brand new video for "Public Transit" by Bay Area producer REL (of the Drums & Ammo collective) revisits the still touchy topic among Bay Area residents of the fatal Oscar Grant shooting by BART police officer Johannes Mehserle on the Fruitvale BART platform in the early hours of New Year's Day, 2009. The instrumental (and sample based) track also addresses other Bay Area & Northern California incidents of fatal attacks on unarmed citizens on public transit by police. These include Ernesto Duenez, Jr. and, according to producer REL, "Charles Hill and Kenneth Harding, [who] have suffered a similar fate at the hands - and weapons - of Bay Police while utilizing the city's public transportation."

"The song and video were made to express the feelings of confusion, hurt, and anger in our community as a result of three police officer-involved shootings that have taken place on Bay Area public transit lines," shared REL who shot and directed the above video himself using just his iPhone while riding the BART; later editing in excerpts of YouTube clips of these recent police attacks. "The hardest part was being able to get across all of these emotions without any words at all," said REL of of the track that will appear on his forthcoming experimental instrumental album On My Way.



DaVinci is Latest In Long Line of Hip-Hop Talents From San Francisco's Fillmore District

Posted by Billyjam, August 2, 2011 12:54pm | Post a Comment

DaVinci  "Blame Game"


Geographically the Fillmore District of San Francisco may not be that large an area but, in terms of its influence on, and contribution to the Bay Area's rich rap/hip-hop legacy, it has played a major role. Since the late 1980's when rappers such as Hugh EMC and Rappin 4 Tay from the Fillmore (aka Fillmoe, or The MOE, or Filthy Moe) first broke on the Bay hip-hop scene, there has been a non-stop steady flow of rap talents coming out of this SF hood (check back in two days on the Amoeblog for Jim Browskee's list of Fillmore rap acts), which have included such notables over the years as San Quinn, JT The Bigga Figga, Andre Nickatina (formerly Dre Dog), Equipto, Big Rich, Roach Gigz, and the subject of this Amoeblog, DaVinci who has deservedly been winning accolades everywhere he goes of late including last year when KMEL radio voted him part of their prestigious Bay Area Freshman 10 list.

Since beginning his career less than a decade ago this super-gifted lyricist has released a series of singles/videos that have gotten play and props all over. Just recently DaVinci wound up production on his soon to drop Feast Or Famine EP. This EP release, which will include such winning tracks as "Pangea," will be the prequel to his forthcoming & highly anticipated, next "real" album The MOEna Lisa whose title is a loving nod to his SF neighborhood.  In fact, as a few listens to any of his music will quickly attest, the Fillmore is never far from DaVinci's heart or his thoughts, nor his lyrics. For example on last year's album The Day the Turf Stood Still  on songs such as "What You Finna Do?," which included a sample culled from a PBS documentary on the SF district, he lyrically examines the negative impact of the gradual gentrification of the area he grew up in. He accurately notes how, over the past few decades, longtime African American residents of the Fillmore are systematically being relocated to outer Bay Area suburbs - only to be replaced by more upscale, typically white, residents. "Down the corner of the street used to be the spot/Till they replaced all the liquor stores with coffee shops," raps DaVinci in the song - just one of many that focuses on his beloved Fillmore hood. I recently sat down with DaVinci to talk about San Francisco and his promising rap career. That interview follows below.

Better Than Something: Jay Reatard -- West Coast Premiere at San Francisco's Roxie Theater!

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Jay Reatard San Francisco Amoeba Music Instore better than something

POP/ROX presents Better Than Something, the feature documentary about the controversial and prolific garage rock icon Jay Reatard, plays at San Francisco’s Roxie Theater on August 17. This intimate portrait brings us incredibly close to his complicated punk-rock world in Memphis, Tennessee.

Shows at 7:30pm and 9:30pm, $10. Get tickets HERE

The film will be preceded by a screening of Ameoba Music’s What’s In My Bag video shot with Reatard just months before his death.




Jay Reatard San Francisco Amoeba Music better than something roxie theater

Trip to Hawai'i: Part 2

Posted by Job O Brother, August 1, 2011 01:28pm | Post a Comment

Waking up on a Hawaiian Island is pretty much the radliest, so I was happy to do it; happier still to begin my first full day on Maui. My brain was brimming with ideas for fun and adventurous activities I could postpone in lieu of doing nothing, but for this I first needed calories I wouldn’t burn.

They don’t make better calories than in Hawaii. It’s all about salty, sweet, and fat, with a side of the freshest, juiciest fruit you’ve ever had. Talk about mixed messages: Here you go, tummy, a meal of simple, raw, nutrient-rich papaya and pineapple. Oh, and also here’s some SPAM fried in noodles with sugar gravy, mayonnaise pork and buttery, buttered butter in butter sauce with butter butter salt butter salted sugar butter. Side of butter. (Salt.)

The boyfriend and I decided to put on some clothing (after repeated, negative breakfast experiences without it) and made our way to the buffet at our hotel. We found a table overlooking the Pacific. Between us and it was a walking trek that many people were using for jogging. How… insensitive. Didn’t they know I was trying to punch as many macadamia nut pancakes down my gullet as possible? And their obnoxious exercise routine was bumming my trip, man – reminding me I was a gross slob with nary a single definable “ab”. But this coconut syrup isn’t going to drink itself, people!

As the boyfriend went out in search of an iced soy latte (you can take the Angelino out of LA, but you can’t LA out of an Angelino), I drank my drip and marveled at the simple beauty of the double-rainbow that stretched from the middle of the turquoise water to the clouds above Kauai. How perfect… how poetic…

Finally Resolved: International Best Comics List

Posted by Charles Reece, August 1, 2011 09:35am | Post a Comment

Geeks being geeks, we make lists. The latest example is The Hooded Utilitarian's Robert Stanley Martin's attempt to nail down a top comics list in the style of Sight and Sound's one for movies that occurs every decade. He asked comics enthusiasts of all stripes to contribute our top 10 lists of what we "consider  [our] favorites, the best, or the most significant." Collation now done, the results are being revealed over this week. Contrary to many these days, I think there's something objective about the aesthetic best of some medium. For example, the problem lies within you if you don't like Kafka. On the other hand, there's a problem with simply picking what you think are the most significant works in order derive the best. Doing so will tend to merely recapitulate qualities others have previously thought made for the best, and they might be wrong (is The Seventh Seal really that great? -- it's not even Bergman's best). So I went with my favorites that sprang most readily to my present mind without a lot of brooding over how significant to the ages any of these comics might be. I also had to like reading the text involved, not just looking at the art (so no Steve Ditko, although he's one of my favorites -- Stan Lee, not to mention Ditko's own prose, is just tedious). Anyway, here's my list in alphabetical order:

    

    

    

    

  

July 30, 2011: Attack The Block

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