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Music Videos of Ten Gay Club/Dance Classics

Posted by Billyjam, June 30, 2012 10:29pm | Post a Comment

As this year's LGBT Pride Month comes to a close here is one last installment in the series of Amoeblog specials celebrating the occasion It is ten music videos of gay disco/dancefloor favorites culled mostly from the 70's & 80's / disco/new wave eras (some 90's too) - and compiled from various lists and playlists drawn up by music fans and DJs.

Naturally it only scratches the surface and doesn't include a ton of great songs/videos. So feel free to post in comments any ones you think that should be added. But it does have some classic gay dancefloor staples in there including such ever popular ones such as the Village People's "In The Navy" and the Pet Shop Boys' later decade single/video cover of the Village People's "Go West."

Also included is Diana Ross' 1980 hit single "I'm Coming Out" which song producer Nile Rodgers reportedly got the idea for the track after noticing at some discos drag queens dressing like Ross. Of course the song, which was a disco and mainstream radio hit, was perceived on different levels by different people. For Ross herself it was her signature concert entrance opening theme as in the video below from her 1981 Great Western LA Forum show (note the clip also includes her doing "The Boss").

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June 30, 2012: Magic Mike

Posted by phil blankenship, June 30, 2012 10:14pm | Post a Comment

dineLA Restaurant Week is Coming!

Posted by Billy Gil, June 30, 2012 06:02pm | Post a Comment

Foodies, heads up: dineLA Restaurant Week is upon us, taking place July 16-27. Some of L.A.’s best restaurants feature reduced prices on lunch and dinner, priced from $15-$45. Amoeba is providing Rolling Stone LA and Susan Feniger’s STREET with $10 Amoeba gift certificates to give out to the first 15 dineLA patrons July 16. Ask for certificates while supplies last. Cheap, good food and discounted records — a dream come true.
 



Check out some pics to whet your appetites:


Tasty looking spread from Rolling Stone LA




Fried chicken from Susan Feniger's STREET!

Back In Stock On Vinyl at Amoeba Hollywood...Glass Candy...Chromatics...Desire

Posted by Brad Schelden, June 30, 2012 11:25am | Post a Comment

We just got these Limited Edition Color LPs from Italians Do It Better back in stock at Amoeba Hollywood and Amoeba.com!

Pick them up before they are gone again...



Glass Candy
Beatbox

[Pink Flamingo Colored Vinyl]
$22.98 LP





Chromatics
Night Drive

[Muted Blue Colored Vinyl]
$24.98 LP





Desire
II

[Dreamy Ivory Colored Vinyl]
$22.98 LP






We will have copies of the latest Chromatics album Kill For Love on LP very soon...
 

June 29, 2012: Ted

Posted by phil blankenship, June 29, 2012 09:45pm | Post a Comment

Poster Sale at All Amoeba Stores, June 30th - July 4th. 25% Off!

Posted by Amoebite, June 29, 2012 07:18pm | Post a Comment
All three Amoeba locations are having a giant poster sale and you are invited! All posters will be 25% off June 30th through July 4th. Poster sale is for in-store purchases only and does not apply to online posters. 

If you've ever walked into an Amoeba store, one of the first things you notice is how much STUFF there is to look at. Every inch of the walls is covered with something cool, colorful, and eye-catching. If it's not vinyl hanging on the walls, it's probably poster art. All Amoeba stores carry an amazing selection of vintage and modern concert posters, as well as movie posters and reprints from all music genres including jazz, rock, R&B, opera and more.

Types of Posters We Carry
Vintage · Blacklight · 3D · One-Sheets · Cult · Head Shop · German Subways · European · Concert · Mexican Film Prints · Historical Reprints · Fillmore · Goldenvoice · Avalon - Autographed · Framed · Limited Edition & Collectible

Sample Poster Artists We Carry
Kozik · Emek · Coop · Tara McPherson · Randy Tuten · Darren Grealish · Wes Wilson · Bonnie MacLean · Chuck Sperry · Shepard Fairey

Poster Sale at Amoeba


Posters at Amoeba
Posters on the rock wall


Signed Dark ess poster at Amoeba
Signed by The Darkness

out this week 6/12 & 6/19 & 6/26...DIIV...Sleep...Mount Eerie...

Posted by Brad Schelden, June 29, 2012 04:20pm | Post a Comment
I have been patiently waiting for this new album by DIIV for the last couple of months. It is finally out this week! DIIV is the band formerly know as Dive. Dive released a couple of 7"s on Captured Tracks before deciding to change their name. DIIV is Zachary Cole Smith of Beach Fossils. I have loved almost everything Captured Tracks has released the last couple of years. However I didn't really fall for that Beach Fossils ablum like I did the others. I loved Craft Spells, Wild Nothing, Soft Moon & Blouse. Even though I did not love the Beach Fossils album I really do love this new DIIV album. I might need to go revisit the Beach Fossils. I am not alone I am sure in my love for DIIV. Billy already mentioned his love for it earlier this week on his blog.So I don't want to bore you too much with my endless love for all things Captured Tracks. But this new album does deserve your time. Any fan of all things jangly dream pop and shoe gaze will love this album. It came out on CD this week. The official regular LP will be out on 7/10. But at Amoeba Hollywood we just got some copies of the limited edition blue vinyl! We don't have that many left. So I suggest picking it up now if you want it. I do love that colored vinyl. I just like to take it home and stare at it.

We also just got the new reissue of Dopesmoker by Sleep on vinyl. This is a limited edition green vinyl 2LP reissue. If you are fan of stoner doom metal and Sleep then you need this album. It is on green vinyl! Our friends at Southern Lord have just put this fine album out on vinyl once again! This album was originally released in 2003. The album is basically one track and is about 63 minutes long. This 2LP reissue also includes "Holy Mountain" Live (11:54) and "Sonic Titan" Live (9:36).

We also still have copies of the brilliant new album by Mount Eerie. Clear Moon is out on LP only. And it is beautiful clear vinyl! But don't worry. The LP comes with a digital download card. I never really paid that much attention to The Microphones or Mount Eerie. I am not really sure why though. I have been missing out! Phil Elverum has been making music for the last 15 years or so. He ended his old band The Microphones and started working as a solo artist under the name Mount Eerie. He has put out mostly vinyl only releases over the last couple of years on his own label P.W. Elverum & Sun, Ltd. Clear Moon was just released a couple of weeks ago. And it is amazing. He may have created his lo-fi slowcore masterpiece. Imagine Low mixed up with Slowdive. This is the kind of album that I wish Mark Kozelek was still making. I have been really obsessed with this album lately. I am still listening to that Mirrorring album a couple of times a week. But now this new Mount Eerie has become the album that I go to every day. The best thing about this album is that there will also be a whole new album out later this year to go along with it! Ocean's Roar will be another vinyl only release out on September 4th. Maybe I will wear out Clear Moon by then. Phil Elverum is from Anacortes, Washington. And Mount Eerie is of course an actual mountain in the area. It makes sense. He really has managed to create one of the most beautiful albums of the year. You seriously need this album in your life. It might be a bit of a downer for some people. But I really can't get enough of it. I am glad I gave this album a chance and let it into my life. It has been too long that I have been neglecting Mr. Elverum. 

out 6/12...






Black Is Beautiful
by Dean Blunt & Inga Copeland












Blow Your Pants Off
by Jimmy Fallon










In Our Heads
by Hot Chip











Red Night
by The Hundred In  The Hands











Quarantine
by Laurel Halo











Ruler Of The Night
by Magic Trick











Synthetica
by Metric











Pop ETC
by Pop ETC 











+
by Ed Sheeran











There's No Leaving Now
by The Tallest Man On Earth







out 6/19...






Idler Wheel
by Fiona Apple











Rhythm & Repose
by Glen Hansard











Lucifer
by Peaking Lights











Totem
by Ryat











Oceania
by Smashing Pumpkins







out 6/26...






Julian Plenti Lives
by Paul Banks











In Cool Blood
by Chain & The Gang











Oshin
by Diiv











The Flaming Lips & Heady Fwends
by The Flaming Lips











Worship
by A Place To Bury Strangers











Slaughterhouse
by Ty Segall Band












Dopesmoker
LP by Sleep


Local Stuff: New Albums Coming From The Fresh & Onlys, Lavender Diamond

Posted by Billy Gil, June 29, 2012 01:14pm | Post a Comment

The Fresh & OnlysSan Francisco’s The Fresh & Onlys have announced the title, Long Slow Dance, and tracklist for their new album, as well as tour dates for a West Coast tour. For anyone who loved 2010’s Play It Strange, and there were plenty of us, the news of a new album from The Fresh & Onlys is exciting stuff. From the sound of “Yes or No,” they’ve ditched a lot of the reverb for a more straightforward shimmery rock sound. I say all the better; “Yes or No” is the best thing I’ve heard from them yet, unafraid to hide its gorgeous melody in the garage. The album comes out Sept. 4 on Mexican Summer.
 
 

Tour dates:
 
07/21 San Francisco, CA Phono Del Sol
08/05 Big Sur, CA Woodsist Fest / Henry Miller Library
09/05 Santa Ana, CA Constellation Room *
09/06 San Diego, CA Soda Bar *
09/07 Los Angeles, CA The Echo *
09/08 San Francisco, CA The Independent *
09/09 Santa Cruz, CA The Catalyst Atrium *
09/11 Sacramento, CA Ace of Spades *
09/13 Portland, OR Mississippi Studios *#
09/14 Bellingham, WA The Shakedown *
09/15 Vancouver, BC The Media Club *
09/16 Seattle, WA Crocodile *
 
* = with Terry Malts
# = with Grass Widow
 
 
Tracklist: 
 
1. 20 Days and 20 Nights
2. Yes or No
3. Long Slow Dance
4. Presence of Mind
5. Dream Girls
6. Fire Alarm
7. Executioner's Song
8. No Regard
9. Euphoria
10. Foolish Person
11. Wanna Do Right By You
 
 
 
I’m a huge fan of L.A.’s Lavender Diamond. There are few artists you can say are truly “special,” and Lavender Diamond and their frontwoman, Becky Stark, truly are. This week they released the first song, “Oh My Beautiful World,” from their upcoming new album, Incorruptible Heart, due Sept. 25 on Paracadute. On releases like Imagine Our Love and The Cavalry of Light EP, Stark and co. constructed grandiose folk-rock songs that relayed a disarming, unforced naivete. “Oh My Beautiful World” has glorious harmonies, sounding somewhat like Stark’s other musical project, The Living Sisters, but producer David Fridman (Flaming Lips, Mercury Rev) ups the girl group quotient with big “Be My Baby” drums and acidic breakdowns partway through. I never would have thought to pair Fridman with Lavender Diamond, and I can’t wait to hear what else they come up with.
 

 
Tracklist:
 
1.     Everybody's Heart's Breaking Now
2.     Dragonfly
3.     I Don't Recall
4.     Just Passing By
5.     Teach Me How to Waken
6.     Come Home
7.     Forgive
8.     Light My Way
9.     Oh My Beautiful World
10.  Perfect Love
11.  Everybody's Song
12.  All The Stars
 

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Hip-Hop Rap-Up, Week Ending 06.29.12: Amoeba Poster Sale, Top Five, Oh No + MF Doom, EL-P, Battle & Scratch DJ News + more

Posted by Billyjam, June 29, 2012 08:00am | Post a Comment
The Beastie Boys, Run DMC, LL Cool J, Whodini, and Jam Master Jay solo set all on the one bill? Wow! What a line-up that was for that historic hip-hop show at Philly's Spectrum Stadium back in July of 1986. This cool collectible item (a reproduction poster 14" by 22" that is printed on heavy cardboard) is just one of the many posters for sale from Amoeba - both in store and online from the Amoeba.com shop. Click here to find out more about purchasing it and click here for listings of more posters to buy from Amoeba's online store. The numerous posters on sale at Amoeba include rare, vintage, and current posters and include many genres of music including lots of rock and soul.

Rap/hip-hop artist posters at the online store include a cool 2Pac 1971 - 1996 poster, a 2Pac and Snoop poster, a Drake poster, an NWA The World's Most Dangerous Group poster, and both a Notorious B.I.G. commemorative poster and a BIggie Ready To Die poster. Please note that the amount of hip-hop posters online at Amoeba.com is relatively few in comparison to the range available in the three Amoeba stores.

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June 28, 2012: Rock of Ages

Posted by phil blankenship, June 28, 2012 11:06pm | Post a Comment

Top Albums of 2012 So Far

Posted by Billy Gil, June 28, 2012 05:27pm | Post a Comment
It’s that time of year again — time for best of music lists. No, it’s not December yet, but I don’t care. It’s Thursday and I want to make a list. Pick up all of these if you haven’t yet.
 
beach house bloom
1. Beach House - Bloom
 
Song for song, Beach House’s Bloom is the most consistently great album that’s been released this year. The band sounds more energized than ever, grasping the pop brass ring with songs like “Lazuli” and “Other People” that match hookiness for sheer beauty. If Beach House are this generation’s Cocteau Twins, this is their Heaven or Las Vegas.
 







fiona apple the idler wheel
2. Fiona AppleThe Idler Wheel
 
Fiona Apple is no less mad or maddening than before on The Idler Wheel…, but her venomous lyrics have a new sting, her vocals are more accomplished than ever, and her arrangements are as bravely tangled and unafraid of ugliness as her lyrical content.
 








Death Grips The Money Store
3. Death GripsThe Money Store
 
A relentless noise assault against all things staid, boring, tucked-in, Death Grips laugh in the face of hip-hop, post-punk, dubstep or any other describer you could lob at them. Nothing fits and nothing should with something this wild and individualistic.
 








Grimes Visions
4. GrimesVisions
 
Visions is easily the best Pop with a capital P album of the year, but Grimes is way too weird and intriguing to be written off as just this year’s indie pop starlet. With a couple of albums already under her belt, Visions still seems like just the tip of the iceberg for what Claire Boucher will continue delivering. She dares to be grating and inscrutable (the fucking insane “Eight”) while still widely appealing on catchy club-friendly tracks like “Genesis,” “Oblivion” and majestic goth showcase “Nightmusic.”
 




ty segall slaughterhouse
5. Ty SegallSlaughterhouse
 
How does something that’s been out for two days make this list? It’s that ferocious, just a pure blast of sludgy rock, wicked riffs and Segall’s melodic songwriting chops.
 









Chromatics

6. ChromaticsKill For Love
 
On an almost overwhelmingly massive album, Chromatics don’t make things easy with Kill For Love. Unlike their friendlier labelmates Glass Candy, their catchiest songs are buried amongst extended Dario Argento soundtrack-style jams, and even then they’re delivered with such a cool demeanor, you’re the one who has to reach out to connect to these songs. Thank God, cause Kill For Love’s nighttime mystique and seedy club jams keep me coming back and uncovering something new every time.



 

Lotus Plaza Spooky Action at a Distance
7. Lotus PlazaSpooky Action at a Distance
 
The second release from Lotus Plaza is a bit of a coming-out party for Deerhunter’s Lockett Pundt, often relegated to righthand man to Brandon Cox. Spooky Action’s gauzy, sun stroke pop proves beyond a doubt that Pundt is crucial to the sound and success of that band, and that in addition to being a remarkable guitar player, Pundt is an exceptionally strong (if somewhat shy) songwriter and performer in his own right.
 




Killer Mike RAP Music
8. Killer MikeR.A.P. Music
 
Probably like a lot of people, the first thing that grabbed me about R.A.P. Music were its catchy Southern rap tracks like “Go!” and “Southern Fried,” but the astute social and political commentary buried within his wordplay are just as remarkable as all the fast rhymes and cool weird sounds — see “Reagan” and “Ghetto Gospel.”
 







Japandroids Celebration Rock
9. JapandroidsCelebration Rock
 
Like the Replacements before them, Japandroids’ scuzzy, screamy rock ‘n’ roll has a big old beating heart underneath the din, not to mention hooks for days. This album and the Ty Segall one just make me want to shotgun a beer and smash it to my forehead.
 









10. Lower Dens - Nootropics
 
Jana Hunter’s husky, powerful vocals soar and dive through extended guitar soundscapes. It’s layered and murky, yet Hunter makes the emotional heft of songs like “Propagation” feel like a sucker punch.
 








What are your favorites of the year so far????????????????
 
 

BPos Celebrate "Pos Tapes the Album" with Party at The Showdown in San Francisco

Posted by Billyjam, June 28, 2012 12:45pm | Post a Comment
BPos may not (yet) be a household name but the hardworking Bay Area, hip-hop crew, whose name stands for Be Positive sure deserve to be. And this just might happen with the release of their tight new album Pos Tapes the Album released this week on their own One League Entertainment label. Comprised of DJ Johnny Venetti and emcees/lyricists Goodword, Khafre, & D-Wiz (who also produces) this San Francisco diehard hip-hop quartet's new joint is their strongest release to date: a 17-track collection culled from Pos Tapes Vol. 1-3, a trilogy of self-produced “mix tape” digital albums released by the group over the past two years and featuring guest spots from Z-Man, Pep Love, Equipto, and others. 

In celebration of their latest release, which is available at Amoeba Music, BPos are throwing a record release party tomorrow Friday (June 29th) at The Showdown on Sixth Street in San Francisco. In addition to performances throughout the night from BPos the record release party will also include DJ sets from Inkfat, Aspect McArthy, and Johnny Venetti - who as well as being the group's DJ is also the owner of the downtown San Francisco venue. This past week I caught up with the DJ and the other members of BPos to ask them about their hip-hop musical journey to date, the new album, and their personal fave Bay Area hip-hop artists. That conversation follows below the brand new video for the album BPos track "Live Ya Life" 
 


BPOs "Live Ya Life" (2012)

Amoeblog: Can you give a brief overview of the legacy/history of BPos for those who may not know - including exactly when you first formed and the total number of recordings / releases to date?

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Huge Vinyl Collection to Hit Amoeba Hollywood on 7/21. Eastern European Classical Gems Galore!

Posted by Rubin Meisel, June 28, 2012 12:40pm | Post a Comment

We were lucky enough to buy a huge collection of vinyl from a well-known collector who lived in Kew Gardens in the New York Borough of Queens and collected a bit of every thing. My task is to describe what, in my 39 years of experience, is the most eclectic collection of classical music I have ever seen.

Normally, when one sees a large collection of classical, you see Beethoven, Mozart, Bach, and so forth, performed by world renowned artists. But Ed (withholding his last name) collected mainly 20th-century composers from every European country and a lot of American music that has been unjustly forgotten.

I think I know my composers, but there were a number of them in this collection that I have never heard of and whose existence is scantly documented in reference books that are in the English language.

One of the few sanguine effects of Eastern European communism was that each country had it’s own state-run record label that methodically recorded the music of every prominent living composer.

Here are a few examples:

 

COUNTRY LABEL
 Soviet Union  Melodiya
Romania  Electrocord
Bulgaria Balkaton
Hungary Hungaroton
Czechoslovakia Supraphon
East Germany Nova












I could go on but, suffice to say, even Slovenia is represented

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Bangles' Founding Member Susanna Hoffs Performs at LA’s Grammy Museum, 7/16

Posted by Amoebite, June 27, 2012 06:15pm | Post a Comment
On July 16th, the day before her latest release Someday hits stores, join us as we welcomeSusanna Hoffs singer, songwriter, musician, and founding member of the Bangles Susanna Hoffs to The Clive Davis Theater at LA’s Grammy Museum.

Hear Hoffs speak about the creation of the new album, as well as reflect on her impressive body of work. After the interview, moderated by GRAMMY Museum Executive Director Bob Santelli, Hoffs will take audience questions and perform a selection of songs accompanied by a band led by Someday producer Mitchell Froom. She will also sign copies of the release.

More info HERE!


Outfest 2012: Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Film Festival, July 12-22!

Posted by Amoebite, June 27, 2012 04:43pm | Post a Comment

“More than just a FILM FESTIVAL, it's a full-on HAPPENING."
Los Angeles Times

Amoeba Music is pleased to sponsor Outfest on their 30th Anniversary! Outfest is the oldest continuous film festival in Southern California. Since its founding in 1982, Outfest has presented more than 4,500 films and videos for audiences of over half a million people.

Check out Outfest's full line-up of amazing films HERE, and dont miss this one-of-a-kind evening brought to you by Amoeba Music.

Friday, July 20: Jobriath A.D. screening & Ann Magnuson Live Performance: Bowie Cabaret and The Jobriath Medley

Few today remember the story of Jobriath, the brilliantly talented rocker who Elektra Record marketed to glam rock fans as an authentically gay American David Bowie. But what could have been a turning point for music instead became a cautionary tale as 1970s audiences and critics rejected the flamboyant performer. Director Kieran Turner painstakingly traces Jobriath's fascinating life from his childhood to his untimely death, using rare archival footage and interviews with the singer's closest friends. 

Directed by Kieran Turner, 2012, USA 103 min.

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Get a Life - The Complete Series is coming!

Posted by Eric Brightwell, June 27, 2012 03:40pm | Post a Comment


Get a Life
is finally coming to DVD (and Blu-Ray?). For those that don't know, Get a Life was a sitcom that aired on FOX between 23 September, 1990 and 8 March, 1992. It also may very well be the best thing that ever aired. 



The show starred the comedic visionary Chris Elliott as a 30-year-old man-child paperboy named Chris Peterson who initially lived about his parents' garage. His father was unmistakably played by his real-life father, Bob Elliot of radio's Matinee with Bob and Ray and TV's The Bob & Ray Show. Peterson later moved in with a cranky misanthrope named Gus (played by Brian Doyle Murray) after his parents filled his bedroom with cement to prevent his living there further. 




The show was created by Elliott, fellow Late Night with David Letterman writer, Adam Resnick; and writer/director David Mirkin. Its writers included, among others, Charlie Kaufman and Bob Odenkirk. After the phenomenon of Twin Peaks had occurred, networks seemed to be willing to allow for a greater degree of quirkiness in shows (e.g. Northern Exposure, Eerie, Indiana, Picket Fences, David Lynch's On the Air, &c) but Get a Life was (with the possible exception of On the Air) the most bizarre of the bunch. For a protagonist, Peterson was extremely irritating, stupid  and there was very little continuity from episode to episode -- Peterson died in twelve of them.




Most of the suits at FOX hated it -- describing the show as "disturbing" and Chris Elliot's character as "insane." The first time I saw it was when it premiered -- with the episode "Terror on the Hell Loop 2000." I hated it. The second time I saw it was a re-run of the same episode but something about it made me want to watch it again. I loved it. It quickly became the ONLY show I got excited about airing and, working at the time at Blimpie (and later, Hardee's), I always tried to make sure I had the night off. It was cancelled in 1992 (even as Parker Lewis Can't Lose and Herman's Head survived the axe). I used to look at the Nielsen listings and it was almost always near or on the bottom.




Despite it's unpopularity, I long suspected there was a dedicated cult following for the show and that seemed to be verified in 1999, when Dan "Dan the Automator" Nakamura (Gorillaz, Dr. Octagon, Deltron 3030) and Prince Paul (Stetsasonic, De La Soul, Gravediggaz) teamed up as Handsome Boy Modeling School, a reference to the series' second episode, "The Prettiest Week of My Life." Their debut album, So... How's Your Girl?, was filled with samples and references to Get a Life.

 
A year later, in 2000, Rhino Home Video stingily released a DVDs with a mere four episodes on it. I bought it. One of the nice special features, however, was the option of watching the show without a laugh track -- which added a whole, new dimension. In 2002 they released another DVD with just four episodes. I didn't buy it. Since there were only 35 half hour episodes, I figured that someday a proper "complete series" release would happen. In the mean time I watched Cabin Boy, Get a Life on Youtube and read and re-read his tell-all autobiography, Daddy's Boy -- A Son's Shocking Account of Life with a Famous Father. I pretty much watched anything Elliott appeared in (thankfully, most of it was good). In 2007, I went to a taping of his series, Chrissy Plain & Simple, which didn't get picked up.


Get a Life - Complete Series - Shout Factory


Ten years of waiting are about to pay off. On 18 September, 2012, Shout Factory is releasing the entire thing in a 5-disc set. Break out your copy of Bent Fabric's Alley Cat and scream like you did when they cancelled Manimal!


*****


Win a Pro-Ject Debut III Turntable at Amoeba Berkeley in July

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, June 27, 2012 12:58pm | Post a Comment
During July 2012, purchase at least $75 worth of vinyl at Amoeba Berkeley and you could win a white Pro-Ject Debut III Turntable! The Pro-Ject Debut III is a high quality manual turntable with great sound quality. We'll give you an entry form for our turntable giveaway raffle at the registers with qualifying purchase. One entry per transaction. Enter as many times as you wish!

Winners will be announced at the end of July.
Update: Congrats to Mollie Downs, who won the Pro-Ject Debut III! 

Need more info about which kind of turntable is right for you? Check out our trusty Turntable FAQ.

Win a Pro-Ject Debut III Turntable

Noise Pop Record Collective Vinyl Parties Continue to Rock SF & Oakland in July

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, June 27, 2012 12:13pm | Post a Comment
Because we know that you can't get enough vinyl, Noise Pop and Amoeba Music continue the biweekly Noise Pop Record Collective
vinyl party Noise Pop Record Collective in July! Fans are invited to bring their own record for the carefully selected celebrity host DJs to play over the course of the evening. When you come, just check your records in at the DJ booth with the Record Collective Librarians and you'll be all set to party. 

July's series starts in San Francisco on July 10th at Churchill with Andy Cabic of Vetiver, and on July 24th at The Night Light in Oakland with Jim Fairchild (Grandaddy, Modest Mouse) and Van Pierszalowski (Waters, Port O'Brien)!

Be sure to RSVP for 7/10 HERE and for 7/24 HERE, and get an exclusive Record Collective coupon for $5 off vinyl at Amoeba Music San Francisco and Berkeley!

No "Sshhh, Be Quiet" at the Libraries in Monterey County this Weekend: Scratching by DJ Quest & Other Hip-Hop DJs

Posted by Billyjam, June 27, 2012 10:12am | Post a Comment

Generally libraries are one of the last refuges in today's high decibel world to find peace, solace, and a quiet environment to just sit, read & study, completely undisturbed - a place where stereotypically silence is enforced with noise offenders been shut down with glares of "Sshhh, be quiet" from irritated librarians. But that will not be the case over the next few days at the libraries in Monterey County, CA where, as part of the Monterey County Free Libraries' (MCFL) Summer Reading 2012 program, several branches will host scratch/hip-hop DJs in both turntable performances and Q+A seminars - presented by a series of DJs headed by longtime friend of Amoeba DJ Quest.

"The library system's goal is to reach out to the teenage group in Monterey County, utilize the library's resources as offered, and to also get numbers up for funding due to increasing budget cuts. They have Summer Reading Program performances each summer featuring clowns, theatre, storytelling, singers, but this year is the first time MCFL will feature scratch DJ's. We are really hoping to touch as many audiences and just keep this art alive for the younger crowd. Though geared toward teens, it is open to all age groups," said Jeoanne April Martinez who was instrumental in kick-starting this wonderful free public program during her 3 1/2 years working for MCFL. Recently relocated to Las Vegas, NV Martinez continues to work in a support capacity with the Central Coast California libraries.  "DJ Quest and I worked for about three months on a self-published Beginner's Handbook which will be first released for free during this tour," she said.

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The Art Of The LP Cover- Food Pt. 2

Posted by Mr. Chadwick, June 26, 2012 11:15pm | Post a Comment

Check out the first food gallery from 2009 HERE!

Sidewalk Sale at Amoeba Hollywood June 30

Posted by Amoebite, June 26, 2012 06:10pm | Post a Comment
SidewalkSaleVisit Amoeba Hollywood on Saturday, June 30 from noon-5pm for our next sidewalk sale! Pick up some awesome deals on CDs, vinyl, DVDs, box sets and more all at great savings.

For those who can't make it out to the sale, shop our Clearance section online for some sweet finds.

All sidewalk sales are final. Store credit cannot be used to purchase items from the sidewalk sale
.

Sidewalk Sale at Amoeba Hollywood

Sidewalk Sale at Amoeba    Sidewalk Sale at Amoeba Hollywood

Making Percussion Driven Music With Just Household Items + Imagination

Posted by Billyjam, June 26, 2012 06:09pm | Post a Comment
       

If you have eleven minutes to spare or even just 3 minutes now and 8 minutes later do yourself a favor and sit back and watch & listen to this wonderful Swedish, music-driven, short film, titled Music For One Apartment And Six Drummers from 2001. Directed by Ola Simonsson and Johannes Stjärne Nilsson and featuring the drummers Johannes Björk, Magnus Börjeson, Marcus Haraldson, Fredrik Myhr, Sanna Persson, and Anders Vestergard it is the simple story of these six creative percussionists (a drum gang) who patiently sit in their Volvo outside the apartment home of strangers, patiently waiting for them to leave so that they can break and enter and then make sweet rhythmic music utilizing numerous household items (plus imagination) as they go from room to room - with ten minutes to commit their drum crime. Nice!

Album Picks: Ty Segall Band, Diiv, Flaming Lips, A Place to Bury Strangers

Posted by Billy Gil, June 26, 2012 06:09pm | Post a Comment
ty segall band slaughterhouseSo much great stuff was released today. First of all, Ty Segall Band's Slaughterhouse is blowing my mind right now. When I talked to Ty Segall earlier this year, he said he’d be releasing an album with his backing band that would sound like “totally heavy, fuzzed-out Sabbath, Blue Cheer-like noise rock kinda stuff.” Turns out that was no bullshit; Slaughterhouse, the second of three planned releases this year from Segall, is a pure blast, and might be his best record yet. Opener “Death” starts out with squealing feedback like Nirvana’s “Radio Friendly Unit Shifter” or The Vaselines’ “Son of a Gun” before tearing into a yes, very Nirvana-esque blast of heavy, melodic guitar pop. You’re just going to want to track back and listen again the second it’s over. It’s just so much fun to listen to because Segall knows just when to unleash, firing furious riffery at the very end of “I Bought My Eyes.” His keen sense of what works and what does extends past the concepts of hooks and choruses, as the minute-and-a-half screamery of the title track is one of the most memorable pieces on the album. But you’ll still be humming the weird melodies of songs like “Tell Me What’s Inside Your Heart” and “Muscle Man” because they find something fresh within seemingly well-worn territory. (The CD is out now; preorder the LP, due July 17, here.)

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Catching Fever at Los Globos

Posted by Billy Gil, June 26, 2012 11:21am | Post a Comment
For anyone lamenting the dearth of places to dance in L.A., Fever is your savior. LA Record’s Daiana Feuer recently started the monthly night at Los Globos in Silverlake, hosting a dance party for electronic music that doesn’t fit a specific genre, from psychedelic dance music to alien disco and any number of in betweens. This Tuesday sees performances from heralded local acts LA Vampires and High Places.
 
“Fever is about avant-garde disco, auditory illusions, garage dub tronica, theatrical, ethereal pop, just forward-thinking weird dance music that's almost unclassifiable,” she says.
 
Feuer is the executive editor of LA Record, which since 2005 has ably documented the LA music scene. Fever is just the latest bit of fun from the Cal Arts grad, who also runs The New L.A. Folk Festival, which puts on shows featuring new folk weirdness around the Los Angeles area, including The New LA Folk Fest, the latest of which takes place Aug. 4 at Zorthian Ranch in Altadena.
 
Feuer says her roots are in dance music, having grown up in Florida, but acquired a taste for experimental, psychedelic music experiences while living in California. The aim of Fever is to create a space where the two can live simultaneously, finding a middle place between underground and above ground, she says.
 
“I like music that makes me want to shake my tailfeather but also stirs up my brain,” Feuer says. “I’m really interested in creating experiences. I want people to let loose like children yet also perceive this as conceptual art.”
 
The night involves not only music performances, but also art installations, performance and video art, DJs, confetti, souvenirs, party favors, costumes and toys. Thus far, Fever has involved local talent (musical and otherwise) such as Thelma Houston & Janitor, Busdriver, Pharaohs, Nite Jewel, Hecuba, Dreamers, Butchy Fuego, Moomaw, Young Adults, Diva, PDA, Mor Elian, Alia Penner, Future Eyes, Gifted & Blessed and Captain Ahab. Feuer hopes to open the night to travelling artists and more nights than just one Tuesday a month at Los Globos.
 
This particular evening is exciting for a number of reasons. First of all, LA Vampires put on an insane show. You can even read all about when they opened for Zola Jesus last year in my review of that show.  High Places I’ve also seen a number of times, and their shows and records just get more and more entrancing — can’t wait for their new record, Original Colors, which is set to come out in October on Thrill Jockey. I like the idea of this paring, the cerebral beats of High Places with LA Vampires’ visceral take. Plus, Sodapop from local underground hip-hop label Anticon will be DJing at 10, and I’ll be DJing with Feuer between sets. What could be better than that!

LA Vampires feat. Matrix Metals - Make Me Over from Not Not Fun on Vimeo.


Summer Nights at Oakland Museum of California, Fri. 6/29!

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, June 25, 2012 04:45pm | Post a Comment
Summer Nights Oakland Museum OMCA

Join Amoeba Music and the Oakland Museum of California for the latest installment of Summer
Guess who's coming to dinner Nights at OMCA on Friday, June 29th!
 
Held on the final Friday of each month from Friday, April 27 through Friday, October 26, Summer Nights features special evening hours and half-price Museum admission after 5pm! With classic '68 film screenings in Oak Street Plaza, Amoeba Music DJs spinning '60s-inspired sets, and sizzling special activities throughout the Museum, you won't want to miss Summer Nights!

On Friday, June 29th, Amoeba's own DJ Marty (of the band Subtle) will be spinning the best of the best and you can watch this classic 1968 film under the stars at Oak Street Plaza:

Guess Who's Coming To Dinner
Starring Spencer Tracy, Sidney Poitier, and Katharine Hepburn!

Showtime is at sunset! 

Remembering Michael Jackson Three Years Later

Posted by Billyjam, June 25, 2012 10:26am | Post a Comment


It was exactly three years ago today, on June 25th 2009, when Michael Jackson died. Everywhere around the world, the shocking news of the death struck a deep nerve with fans of the "King of Pop." As I reported back then when I was over at the San Francisco Amoeba Music store on the day Jackson died,  "As I made my way from downtown over to the Haight Street Amoeba Music store, everyone was talking MJ. Down on Market near Powell, I overheard at least four conversations -- mostly people getting out of work, talking aloud on their cell phones -- clearly uttering those two words: Michael Jackson."

And every store I walked by or every car that drove by seemed to be blasting Jackson's music. A little later, when I stopped in to Escape From New York Pizza just down the block from Amoeba SF for a slice, the young woman behind the counter commented to her co-worker, "It's amazing how many other great Michael Jackson songs there are that I didn't even know about," as the speakers blasted an MJ megamix from some radio station. Fellow Amoeblogger Miss Ess reported that Thursday evening, "From my apartment in the Castro, I could hear cars going up and down 18th Street blasting Michael Jackson."

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June 24, 2012: Phase IV

Posted by phil blankenship, June 25, 2012 12:28am | Post a Comment

DMC NYC Regional & US Supremacy Titles Won by DJs Precision & Esquire, but the Real Star of the Show was Host Lord Finesse

Posted by Billyjam, June 24, 2012 08:41pm | Post a Comment
At last night's prestigious DMC Battle at Le Poisson Rouge in New York City, DJ Precision was the winner of the DMC NYC Regional DJ Battle while DJ Esquire took the 2012 DMC US Supremacy Battle title. But as hip-hop legend/DJ icon, /creator of the scratch Grand Wizzard Theodore noted during his brief onstage appearance on mic last night, "All the DJs are winners" considering the endless amount of time each puts into tirelessly prepping for DJ battles like yesterday's in the Big Apple. "It's one thing to be a DJ in the comfort of your own home," added host of the night Lord Finesse, stressing the difficulty of trying to remain calm and repeat that same routine in a packed club/battle setting. That statement was one of the few completely serious ones made at the DMC by Lord Finesse who was the real star of the day-long DJ event that ran from 2pm until almost 10pm. The host had the crowd cracking up with his ever-entertaining, quick-witted on-mic banter. The DITC member/hip-hop legend, who has a career awaiting him as a stand up comic if he wants it, was cracking jokes at a rapid rate and keeping the battle moving along nicely even during the down moments of the event. On top of this, Finesse - known as both emcee and DJ (he has a new solo album dropping in late August) - broke out an impressive, impromptu scratch routine at one point in the evening.

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June 24, 2012: Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter

Posted by phil blankenship, June 24, 2012 12:26pm | Post a Comment

"OH! What a WONDERUL Kiki!"

Posted by Kells, June 23, 2012 12:47pm | Post a Comment

O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave, so gallantly streaming the June rainbow flags wave! This month we celebrate all the gifted, marvelous people who have made and continue to make America a land worth defending and yet have never really held their own rights to living open and free in the homeland.

I would hope that we could finally see a close to the racial, sexual, and social divides that plague the Union within our lifetime. Every June we look back in remembrance with a mind to looking ahead for progress -- I say we keep them love lights burning all year long!

And if anything gets in your way, follow the example found on Magic Hour, the Scissor Sister's latest record, and have yourselves a right proper kiki. What on Earth is a kiki? The Videodrome Discotheque presentation that follows, featuring the Scissor Sisters' "Let's Have A Kiki", is stacked front to back with instructive ideas for your next kiki super-sesh whether it be your first kiki or your final frontier. Be on the lookout for examples sampled from some of the best camp 'n vamp cult classics!


What Are Those Schlocky Pop 78s Doing in My Blues Record Collection?

Posted by Sherwin Dunner, June 22, 2012 06:50pm | Post a Comment

Over the years I've shared my favorite vintage 78s with friends who are not part of the hard core 78 collector crowd. While we might share a taste for the same films, books and restaurants, we're not quite on the same page with music, at least not yet. Since I'm fondest of music from the 1920s and 1930s, and that's a long way from the 21st Century, it's a challenge to break in those who live with contemporary sounds. Not that I'm hoping to make full converts, but if I share some of my favorite 78s, maybe some will cross the accessibility threshold and they'll acquire a taste for more. Inevitably, when it comes to 1920s jazz, most fall flat – it all apparently sounds like cartoon music. With blues singers, the all too familiar refrain is that it's three chords and the same song over and over. Even though I always play those I consider "can't miss winners," in principle I can't totally disagree with them as I've spent many hours squirming my way through what I consider “formulated” blues 78s by lesser, second tier blues singers.

The great country bluesmen seldom recorded a formulated dud, but in acquainting myself with their body of work, I discovered that those few 78s where country blues singers chose to work their magic on popular tin-pan-alley hits were some of my favorite 78s. It was refreshing to hear the different tempos, more varied melodies, and new notes coming out of the instruments of these masters once outside the confines of the blues idiom. The best selling sheet music for these songs could be found sitting on pianos in middle class homes. Orchestras in every podunk town were playing stock arrangements of them at dance halls. And in a few rare cases, they made it onto “race” records by blues singers. Some of my purist blues collector friends pointed out with a sneer, those were POP records, eyeballing me like there was a cancer hanging over my blues collecting impulse, yet I prized these performances over many of the straight blues sides, and whenever possible I would swing a trade for some of these pop records by blues singers. So I'm of a different ilk, not strictly a blues collector, but a music collector who likes great blues singers, especially when they are not singing the blues.
 

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Local Stuff: Chelsea Wolfe, John Maus, Everest, Ariel Pink

Posted by Billy Gil, June 22, 2012 01:07pm | Post a Comment

Chelsea Wolfe – "Flatlands
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Chelsea Wolfe has a new, all-acoustic album due in October on Sargent House. Here’s the first track, a spare and haunting departure from the more densely layered, dark folk you’ll find on 2011’s Apocalypsis. The track features Andrea Calderón on violin, Ezra Buchla on viola and Ben Chisholm also on guitar.
 

 


John Maus – "Bennington"

 
John MausWe Must Become the Pitless Censors of Ourselves was a fun trip through the sort of cerebral art pop of Klaus Nomi or Kraftwerk but with goofy lyrics and sturdy hooks. “Bennington” is no different, boasting a raunchy synth groove and lyrics like “I miss those funky eyes.” A Collection of Rarities and Previously Unreleased Material, collecting 16 tracks recorded over the past decade or so, is slated to come out July 17 on Ribbon Music. He’ll be at FYF Fest Sept. 1 (tickets go on sale at Amoeba today at 5!). I never realized what a babe John Maus is till today.
 

 


Everest – "Raking Me Over the Coals"

 
Sometimes you hear about an artist enough and finally decide to get off your ass and listen to them and discover, what do you know, they’re really good. Such is the case with me and Everest, whom I’ve heard about plenty but hadn’t bothered to listen to until “Raking Me Over the Coals,” a gorgeous alt-country-ish ditty whose breathy vocals and dusky production makes it the perfect aural approximation of a June gloom day. They’re at the Troubador July 24, and their new album, Ownerless, is due June 26.
 

 

Ariel Pink
Ariel Pink Announces Tracklist, Tour Dates

 
Two weeks ago Ariel Pink debuted the first song, a cover of Donnie and Joe Emerson’s “Baby,” from his upcoming album, Mature Themes. (Preorder the album at Amoeba here.) Now he’s unveiled the cover art, seen on the left, as well as the tracklist. “Baby” will be released as a one-sided limited edition 12”, while Mature Themes is due Aug. 21. Both will be released by 4AD. Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti plays Bimbo’s 365 club in SF Oct. 1 and the Fonda in LA Oct. 5.



Tracklist:
 
1. Kinski Assasin
2. Is This The Best Spot?
3. Mature Themes
4. Only In My Dreams
5. Driftwood
6. Early Birds of Babylon
7. Schnitzel Boogie
8. Symphony of the Nymph
9. Pink Slime
10. Farewell American Primitive
11. Live it Up
12. Nostradomus & Me
13. Baby
 
 
Shows this weekend:
 
Friday: Liars at the Henry Fonda Theatre ($20.50, 9 p.m.)
 
Saturday: Fun garage pop times at the Heroes + Heroines record release show at the Echo with Babies on Acid (members of Dios/Dios Malos), The Orwells, Thee Mary Wells (members formerly of Thee Makeout Party) (Free, 5 p.m.)
 
Sunday: Part Time Punks Shoegaze Festival! I can’t go to this and it makes me want to shoot myself in the leg. But you should go and then tell me it was awesome and that I suck for not going. Mark Gardener of fucking Ride will be there, performing Ride songs with Sky Parade. Also performing will be Weekend, Lorelei, Half String, Astrobite, The KVB, Tropic of Cancer, Whirr, Moonbeams, Tennis System and a DJ set from Brad Laner of Medicine. Brad Schelden’s and my hearts just skipped a few beats. It’s at the Echoplex, it starts at noon, it’s $18 advance, $22 at the doors, and it’s all-ages. Go at noon if you want to see Mark Gardener.

Weekly Hip-Hop Rap-Up Video Version with E-Lit @ Amoeba, Kool Keith, Phonte, 4two7, Doseone, 14KT, Illus, A-Wax + more

Posted by Billyjam, June 22, 2012 03:13am | Post a Comment
            

Amoeba Music Berkeley Hip-Hop Top Five Chart: Week Ending June 22, 2012

1) Del & Parallel Thought Attractive Sins (Parallel Thoughts)

2) House Shoes Let It Go (Tres Records) (CDLP)

3) Kool Keith Love and Danger (Junkadelic)

4) Big K.R.I.T. Krit Wuz Here (Green Streets Int)

5) Phonte Charity Starts At Home (Hbd Label Group)

Thanks to E Lit for this week's (video version) of the hip-hop report with new videos by artists below (some on the chart, some not) and E Lit doing a run down of releases and upcoming shows in video above.



Phonte "The Life of Kings (feat. Evidence & Big K.R.I.T.)" from Charity Begins At Home (2012)


Win a Custom Silversun Pickups Electric Guitar from Amoeba!

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, June 21, 2012 04:43pm | Post a Comment
silversun pickups guitar contest giveaway enter to win

Wanna shred like a rock star?

Enter to win an Epiphone Coronet guitar custom-printed with Silversun Pickups’ Neck of the Woods album artwork!

Just ENTER HERE before end-of-day July 2nd. DO IT!


Pioneering SF Hip-Hop DJs Eddie Def + DJ Cue Travel to NYC for Series of Turntablist Performances

Posted by Billyjam, June 21, 2012 11:33am | Post a Comment
Today, Thursday, June 21st, pioneering Bay Area turntablist Eddie Def (pictured belpw), along with his fellow Bullet Proof Scratch Hamsters (later Space Travelers) founding member DJ Cue (pictured left), are both flying into New York City where, over the next few days, they will be performing at a series of DJ events, including this Saturday's big DMC DJ Battle for US Supremacy & NYC Regional DMC DJ battle at at Le Poisson Rouge where they will be the star showcase performers along with host/mc Lord Finesse. More DMC info here.

Upon their arrival today, the two veteran San Francisco turntablists/DJs will be heading directly to East Harlem where they'll be doing a special turntable performance at the prestigious and always fun Tools of War-produced annual summer True School Park Jams. This afternoon's Spanish Harlem Hop Park Jam (which is free like all the Park Jams) is in Spanish Harlem at White Park El Barrio located at Lexington and E. 105th Streets (NY, NY 10029) and is near the #6 Subway line (map it here). It runs from 3pm to 7pm with other scheduled DJ performances today by both Tony Touch and Lean Rock.  Then tomorrow (Friday June 22nd) at 7pm (EST) the two DJs, along with DJ ALF and other guest turntablists, will be performing live (a freestyle set) on WFMU on my weekly radio show Put The Needle On The Record.

The Late, Great Andrew Sarris

Posted by Charles Reece, June 21, 2012 08:26am | Post a Comment

Auteur theorist and Pauline Kael's former sparring partner, film critic Andrew Sarris has died.
Here's a lengthy audio interview with David Kurz from May, 2000.

Hiero Imperium Summer Tour Announced

Posted by Billyjam, June 20, 2012 06:52pm | Post a Comment
           

Add to your list of must-attend summer concerts the just-announced Hiero Imperium Summer Tour 2012, featuring performances by Souls of Mischief, Pep Love, Casual, plus special guests along the way. The four-week Western US tour, that kicks off July 19th in San Diego at the House Of Blues, will take them from Cali to Washington, Idaho, Montana, Colorado, and Nevada, winding up on August 18th at the Country Saloon in Las Vegas.  What makes this sixteen date tour worth attending is the fact that it is most prolific year yet from the two-decade old collective. Recently five of the Hieros have released solo albums - and they're real good too - including Casual (He Still Think He Raw), Pep Love (Rigmarole), Phesto Dee (Background Check), Opio (Vulture's Wisdom Vol. 2), and Tajai (Machine Language).

In addition to these new solo projects, they also have, as a crew, a grip of new songs to perform on this tour. "I'm looking forward to doing the new material the most, with the new albums from Pep, Casual, Opio, Phesto, and me," the Souls' Tajai said adding that of all the dates on the tour that their hometown show (the non nightclub stop on the tour and the only Bay Area show) on August 4th is one he is really looking forward to. "I'm excited to rock the hometown Art And Soul Festival. Oakland, USA!" For disappointed fans of Del The Funky Homosapien, whose name is noticeably absent from this Hiero tour line up, note that you can catch the most famous HIero in concert in the East Bay this weekend at the High Times 2012 Medical Cannabis Cup at the Craneway Pavilion at 1414 Harbour Way South. The event runs both weekend days but Del performs at the Saturday night party along with Smoke Dza, and others. For more info on the Cannabis Cup. And for more info on the Hiero Imperium Summer Tour 2012. 

Allah-Las Talk New Album, Play Moon Block Party and FYF Fest

Posted by Billy Gil, June 20, 2012 05:35pm | Post a Comment

This year is turning out to be a good one for Allah-Las. This week saw the announcement that the L.A.-based band, who weave strains of ’60s Nuggets-style garage rock with ’80s Paisley Underground jangle and au currant surf rock swagger, would be releasing their self-titled debut album Sept. 18 on Innovative Leisure. Additionally, Allah-Las were announced as part of the FYF Fest lineup this week, taking place Sept. 1-2. And the band also is playing this weekend at Moon Block Party in Pomona Saturday June 23.
 
Allah-La's debut album was recorded at the Distillery Studio, a Costa Mesa-based haven for analog recording, and was produced by label mate and local rock hero Nick Waterhouse. The band, which consists of bassist Spencer Dunham, singer/guitarist Miles Michaud, guitarist Pedrum Siadatian and drummer/singer Matt Correia, already has released a video for the album cut “Tell Me (What’s On Your Mind),” a jangly powerhouse that calls to mind Them’s garage classic “Gloria,” but relaxed instead of manic, resplendent in its analog sheen and laid-back cool.
 
 
I checked in with Dunham, a fellow South Bay native, to ask about the new album and what it was like for 3/4 of the band to work together at Amoeba.
 
PST: Has it been difficult to capture the exact sound you've been looking for on record?
 
Dunham: We tried recording a bunch of ways with different people but were never really satisfied until we went to the Distillery.
 
PST: What has recording with Nick Waterhouse and at the Distillery afforded the band in terms of sound and direction?
 
Dunham: Nick grew up in Orange County and has known the owner, Mike, since he was about 16. Mike loves to tinker with weird electronics to create one-of-a-kind instruments and effects, like microphones that go through record player needles. Sometimes those kind of things can be very complicated and time consuming, so it was really helpful to have two people working together to set up strange reverb tracks and whatnot.
 
PST: Can you talk a bit about working at Amoeba and how that affected the formation of the band and development of its sound? And what did you do while working at the store?
 
Dunham: Pedrum, Matt and I all used to work upstairs in the warehouse as “case switchers,” which is where you take bins of used CDs and put them in fresh jewel cases. You get a CD player and a hold box and basically just listen to music all day. It's pretty mundane work, but you get to see a lot of unusual albums, and we were all exposed to a lot of new music.
 
PST: In addition to the screaming girls and whatnot, have you had a lot of older “Nuggets” fans and people like that be into you guys? Have you had any particularly strange fan experiences so far?
 
Dunham: We definitely have a healthy contingency of garage fans, but our main audience remains American Apparel models. Not too many strange fan experiences yet, but Patrick Campbell Lyons from the ’60s band Nirvana (UK) befriended us after hearing our old radio show on KXLU a while back.
 
PST: I was never really that into the punk and stuff that a lot of other kids from the South Bay were into. Were you guys always attracted to more of the rock n roll stuff compared to what the area is known for? Were you exposed to it by parents, older siblings etc.?
 
Dunham: I used to listen to punk and it will always have a place in my heart, but in high school we mostly listened to a lot of classic rock: Hendrix, Who, Rolling Stones etc. We also used to hang around Scooter’s, which was a legendary Hermosa Beach record store owned by Uncle Tim, who hosts my all time favorite radio show, “The Bombshelter,” on KXLU. His shop was about the size of a closet, and while the majority of it catered to the punk scene, he also kept an eclectic selection of rock and got us turned onto stuff like The Velvet Underground and early Moody Blues.
 
PST: Can you give me a top five garage rock and paisley underground list of records you're particularly fond of?
 
Dunham: Here's a mix of classics and current jams:
 

The Rain Parade - Emergency Third Rail Power Trip
 










Simla Beat - 70/71
 





















clap
Clap - Have You Reached Yet
 









zombies i love you
The Zombies - I Love You
 









galaxie 500 on fire
Galaxie 500 - On Fire
 










Allah-Las Tracklist:
Catamaran   
Don't You Forget It   
Busman's Holiday   
Sacred Sands   
No Voodoo 
Sandy   
Ela Navega   
Tell Me (What's On Your Mind)   
Catalina   
Vis-A-Vis   
Seven Point Five  
Long Journey

Album Picks: Fiona Apple, King Tuff, Grass Widow, Liars

Posted by Billy Gil, June 19, 2012 07:27pm | Post a Comment
fiona apple the idler wheelToday Fiona Apple’s The Idler Wheel … was released. The first time I spun the album my jaw dropped. I grew up listening to Fiona Apple. She was one of my favorite artists in high school, and I’d followed her since the Tidal days, through her more “mature” albums When the Pawn … and Extraordinary Machine. I’d always still liked her, but my fervor had subsided a bit since those awkward teen years when her brand of super-confessional experimental pop really hit home. Well, this is something wholly different. As great as her previous three albums were, The Idler Wheel is the gutsiest thing she’s put out yet. Even more so than on Extraordinary Machine, Apple sounds uninterested in storming the radio with The Idler Wheel. She’s after something bigger here. Lyrically, she exposes her greatest wounds and digs at them with extraordinary candor and self-directed venom. “I root for you, I love you, you you you you” she sings on one of her lovelier tunes, “Valentine,” but even then, that devotion has a desperate tone that makes it hard to take at face value. Similarly, on “Jonathan,” lines like “I like watching you live” are accompanied by a fairly dissonant arrangement, deranged drumwork by collaborator Charlie Drayton and musique concrète that makes the whole thing sound like a ship coming apart. Vocally, Apple has never sounded stronger, scarier and more assured, frequently unleashing shiver-inducing cries, growling and singing with unchained vibrato within the same breaths, on songs like the searing “Left Alone.” And just when things get too grim, she closes the album with a jazzy, sexy ode to a guy who cuts through her like a “hot knife.” From start to finish, across its jagged edges and soaring heights, Idler Wheel is an exhilarating, simply astonishing listen.
 
king tuffI’m a big fan of garage rock but not necessarily of its sometimes limiting factors — guitars and vocals have to have just enough care balanced with slop, that sort of thing. So it’s nice to hear a couple of great up-and-coming albums from bands who subscribe to garage rock aesthetics but not “surf rock fun times” generic modes. King Tuff’s self-titled album is a real riot, from its opening track “Anthem,” which delivers perfectly delivered riffery the likes of which is pretty rare these days. Along with like-minded peers Ty Segall and the late Jay Reatard, King Tuff write songs first and foremost, and the ground covered here becomes more apparent upon repeat listens, which isn’t hard to do with an album that’s this much fun to listen to. “Alone & Stoned” has terrific ascendant vocal lines and a cool ’80s vibe under its garage veneer. “Unusual World” is a touching garage ballad that doesn’t shy away from varying its instrumentation, with synths and vibes adding nice touches to Tuff’s Marc Bolan-esque delivery. What I’m most taken with on King Tuff is that it delivers catchy garage pop tunes while refusing to adhere to one tempo and one sound like so many albums of a similar ilk. My personal favorite: the Vaselines-ish “Stupid Superstar.”
 
Along those same lines, I really can’t get enough of Grass Widow’s Internal Logic. Starting off with its lo-fi sci-fi opener “Goldilocks Zone,” Internal Logic is a perfect example of a band perfectly executing a much-missed particular sound while adding its own peculiar flair of cool nerdy girl chic. Not to be limiting, but the album in some ways plays like a master class in post-punk girl bands: the multiple harmonic voices of Stereolab; the out-of-step tempos of Kleenex and ESG and their progeny, like Erase Errata and Electrelane; and off-kilter charm of bands like The Breeders. Fun and clever without biting off more than it can chew, Internal Logic pretty much leaves me with a smile on my face from start to finish.
 
liars wixiwLast but not least, I hope the new Liars album doesn’t get lost in the shuffle ‘cause WIXIW is every bit as good as their previous few releases, in my mind. Thought it doesn’t quite reach the heights of Drum’s Not Dead, I’m digging this new, quieter yet just as paranoid edition of Liars. WIXIW is pop in the way the Silver Apples or Portishead’s Third are pop, equal parts sinister and beautiful, with a throbbing heart underneath its digital beats. “Octagon” is disturbing, atonal at parts, yet its whole is instantly memorable, sticking mean hooks into you that feel better than they should. “No. 1 Against the Rush” sends goth down the autobahn, playing out like a krautrock variation on The Cure’s “A Forest.” WIXIW has been compared to Radiohead’s Kid A, and, listening to the title track — which disintegrates eerily under waves of oscillators and comes pulsing back for a haunting chanted chorus — it’s not hard to see why.

FYF Fest Tickets on Sale at Amoeba Hollywood!

Posted by Billy Gil, June 19, 2012 06:30pm | Post a Comment
As you may have already heard, FYF Fest announced its lineup for this year’s fest, which takes place Sept. 1st and 2nd at LA State Historic Park in Downtown Los Angeles, and it’s incredible: M83, Dinosaur Jr., Atlas Sound, Beirut, Chromatics, Liars, The Vaselines and Yeasayer, just to name a few. That’s all not to mention local heroes like The Soft Pack, FIDLAR, Warpaint, The Growlers, Nick Waterhouse and a whole lot more.
 
Amoeba Hollywood will be selling tickets starting Friday, June 22nd, at 5 p.m. (tickets are $77, and service fees are only $4 when you buy at Amoeba). Amoeba will have ONLY general admission weekend passes (not VIP tix). There’s a limited number of tickets and they’re only available at that price for a limited time, so get them quickly.
 
LINEUP:

AA Bondy
Aesop Rock
Against Me!
American Nightmare
Atlas Sound
Paul Banks (Interpol)
Baroness
Beirut
Black Dice
Black Mountain
Ceremony
Chairlift
Chromatics
Cloud Nothings
Converge
Cursive
Dam Funk
Desaparecidos
Devin
Dinosaur Jr.
DJ Coco (Primavera Sound)
DJ Harvey
Doldrums
Father John Misty
FIDLAR
Fucked Up
Future Islands
Givers
Gold Panda
Health
Hot Snakes
I Break Horses
James Blake
John Maus
Joyce Manor
King Khan & the Shrines
Kishi Bashi
Liars
Lightning Bolt
M83
Moonface
Nick Waterhouse
Nite Jewel

PAPA
Purity Ring
Quicksand
Redd Kross
Refused
Sandro Perri
Simian Mobile Disco (Live)
Sleigh Bells
Tanlines
The Allah La's
The Field
The Growlers
The Men
The Pains of Being Pure at Heart
The Soft Pack
The Suicide of Western Culture
The Vaselines
Tiger & Woods
Turbonegro
Twin Shadow
Two Gallants
Tycho
Warpaint
White Arrows
White Fence
Wild Flag
Wild Nothing
Yeasayer



Wild Flag's "What's In My Bag?"




The Growlers Live at Amoeba




The Pains of Being Pure at Heart Live at Amoeba




Future Islands Live at Amoeba




Beirut Live at Amoeba




Dinosaur Jr. Live at Amoeba




The Soft Pack Live at Amoeba



Celebrate The Fourth of July With Amoeba!

Posted by Billy Gil, June 19, 2012 03:46pm | Post a Comment
 
Looking for something to do this July 4th? Amoeba Hollywood is hosting an event with DJs, a treasure hunt with golden ticket gift certificates around the store, food trucks by Dogtown Dogs (12-4pm) and The Good Times Classic Ice Cream Truck (12-2pm), and free caricatures for kids from 12-5 p.m.

The 4th falls on a Wednesday this year, so what else are you gonna do but come hang out, eat some yummy food, and shop for records? That’s what I thought.


  

If you need a quick refresher on the holiday (or want movie suggestions related to the 4th), Eric Brightwell posted this blog a few years back. I love “Macaronis were the Hipster douches of their day.” 

Also, all Amoeba stores also will be selling their posters for 25% off for the July 4th weekend (6/30 - 7/4). Take note that all Amoeba stores will open at 10:30 a.m. on the 4th but will close early, with SF and Berkeley shutting down at 6 p.m. and Hollywood closing its doors at 7.



Check out some of the posters Amoeba Hollywood has on display below:
 

New Irish Rock Band The Cast of Cheers Deserve Hype They've Been Receiving

Posted by Billyjam, June 19, 2012 03:25pm | Post a Comment

The Cast of Cheers "Family" (2012)

To my ears it's impossible not to get drawn in by the catchiness of new Irish rock band The Cast of Cheers' single "Family" (above) which is the title track off the much heralded band's forthcoming debut album c/o School Boy Error/ Cooperative Music - just released in continental Europe, and to be released in UK/Ireland next month, followed by Stateside a few weeks later in mid August. The track, which is also available as a 7" import on Rough Trade, conjures up the irresistible shiny pop/rock vibe of Andy Partidge's hook-driven XTC whose sound, among other bands including British indie rock bands Bloc Party and Foals, they're rightfully been compared to. In fact Foals' producer Luke Smith produced the new album Family for the quartet who take their name from the American TV show Cheers (popular in reruns on European cable television.) 

The band quickly a following based on live shows and their popular self-released underground first full-length 2010 release Chariot which led to the guitar band getting nominated for a prestigious Choice Music Awards. They didn't nail the award but the exposure helped spread their name, winning them a lot of positive justified press, as well as build anticipation for their new ten track album Family which includes the recent second single "Animals" (below) . For more on the band check out The Cast of Cheers website and also their Facebook page.

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Pendersleigh & Sons Cartography art opening at 1650 Gallery

Posted by Eric Brightwell, June 19, 2012 02:16pm | Post a Comment

In a recent poll of Americans conducted by Public Policy Polling, only 33% of respondents said that they view Los Angeles favorably whereas 40% view it negatively. 27% stated that they’re not sure. Of America’s largest five cities (New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Houston, and Philadelphia), LA is the only one with a higher negative response than positive. As someone who lives in and loves Southern California, this disappoints but doesn’t surprise me.

  

Growing up in other parts of the country, pop culture sculpted and skewed my perception of the Southland more than anything else. Living here I consider it to be the most misrepresented too. I’ve never been to Philadelphia but my experiences in other large American cities haven’t produced the same sort of glaring dissonance between my expectations and experience that LA has. And with LA the center of America’s pop culture machine, I have to wonder why the city doesn’t do a better job of showcasing its positive attributes instead of its negative – mainly conspicuous consumption, movie stardom and gang culture.

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Susan Tyrrell, 1945 - 2012

Posted by Job O Brother, June 19, 2012 08:41am | Post a Comment
Susan Tyrrell, R.I.P.
1945 - 2012


























June 17, 2012: That's My Boy

Posted by phil blankenship, June 17, 2012 05:03pm | Post a Comment

Co-Host of Eric & Charles DVD Review Show is LA's Hot Artist

Posted by Charles Reece, June 17, 2012 09:55am | Post a Comment

It's official -- so says that august emblem of journalistic credibility, the Los Angeles Times -- I recognize talent (at least, this is implied by omission). Joining the lofty, celebrity ranks of our other famous alumni, editor Eric Kench, my co-host to the legendary Eric & Charles DVD Review Show (a 100 spambots can't be wrong) and fellow blogger, Eric Brightwell, has now been acknowledged for his aesthetic brilliance. It's been said (or it will be once I've said it) that his cartography finds the sublime in the seedy byways of an oppressive Los Angeles sprawl. As the city of dreams and angels, this town has always prized the map over the mapped, which Mr. Brightwell captures on construction paper as our modern condition under the spectacle. The star-mapper has become the star, could Paris Hilton's boudoir be his next achievement?

June 16, 2012: Rock of Ages

Posted by phil blankenship, June 17, 2012 12:08am | Post a Comment

"The Monster Show" Headlines at "San Fransexual" Club Bootie SF's Pre-Pride Extravaganza Tonight at the DNA Lounge

Posted by Billyjam, June 16, 2012 02:24pm | Post a Comment
In celebration of this year's LGBT Pride Month and as a warm-up to next weekend's mega SF Pride Parade & festival celebrations the ever-active bookers at Bootie SF are presenting The Monster Show tonight at their DNA Lounge weekly party. "We are totally ready to get our gay on as Pride nears, and it doesn't get much gayer than The Monster Show," said the promoters of the popular, long-running weekly mashup party earlier this week.

At tonight's Bootie SF Pre Pride Party, in addition to the 11pm mashup drag extravaganza on the DNA main stage, Cookie Dough and the rest of the fun folks (who know how to party) from The Monster Show will also take over the upstairs area of the DNA when they will transform it into the Monster Electro-House Room. Described by the folks at Bootie as "unlike other drag shows, with breaks between the numbers, this is just one non-stop, mega-mixed show with a whole series of drag queens lip-syncing. You can watch the show and dance at the same time" The Monster Show at Bootie tonight should be hella fun.

Yesterday I reached out to The Monster Show's Cookie Dough to ask what to expect tonight at Bootie SF and for more insights into The Monster Show and its San Francisco history. "The Monster Show started in the Summer of 2004 at Harvey's in the heart of The Castro. At the time there were no other drag shows residing in The Castro, so we filled a much needed void of drag in The Pulse Of Gay Mecca," Cookie Dough told me. "What we have become known for are our non-stop continuous mixed shows; a sort of an assault-to-the-senses, created by co-founder and my DJ husband DJ MC2." Tonight DJ MC2 will be getting busy in the upstairs area of the DNA drawing from his three decades of turntable mixing history that Cookie Dough promised will be "a beat matched mix of house beats with some of todays hottest artists and remixers, along with a light show of lasers, fog, and dance lights moving with the energy of the room." Monster Party friend DJ Guy Ruben will also be spinning upstairs (set time 10:45pm to midnight). Meanwhile downstairs on the main stage from 11pm to 11:30pm, Cookie Dough said "We will give the Monster Bootie fans our 7th Annual Pride Show with Bootie; an in-your-face mash up of electrifying drag queens from all around San Francisco."

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Tupac Shakur's 41st Birthday Celebrated Today, 16 Years After His Death

Posted by Billyjam, June 16, 2012 11:29am | Post a Comment
Tupac Shakur may have left this earth a full sixteen years ago come this September 13th (the anniversary of his 1996 death - the result of that infamous/unsolved shooting in Las Vegas, NV) but the beloved NYC to the Bay iconic rapper/actor, also known as 2Pac, Pac and Makaveli, is still very much with us to this day whether it be via his music getting played on the radio, his continued album sales at stores like Amoeba Music (he remains one of the best selling artists of all time), or his much talked about recent hologram appearance at Coachella during Dr. Dre/Snoop Dogg's performance two months ago.

And with today (Saturday June 16th, 2012) marking what would have been Pac's 41st birthday, many are celebrating the occasion as if Pac himself were here to enjoy the festivities. All over parties and events are being thrown in his honor (expect to hear a lot of Pac on the radio today too) including a special one in San Francisco tonight at Yoshi's with a performance from Digital Underground; the Bay Area based group that he first came to fame through back in the early nineties when he started out as roadie, dancer, and later rapper. Also on the bill tonight is an appearance by Bobby Seale - the famed 75 year old co-founder of the Black Panther Party of which both Pac's parents were members. Note that tonight's 10:30pm show is a benefit for the National Alumni Association of the Black Panther Party (NAABPP). More info on Yoshi's San Francisco Tupac celebrations here.

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Special DJ Set At Amoeba San Francisco @ 2pm Today by DJ/Producer/Detroit Hip-Hop Ambassador House Shoes

Posted by Billyjam, June 16, 2012 08:25am | Post a Comment

Michael "House Shoes" Buchanan
, the noted Detroit DJ/producer & hip-hop mentor who plays a special DJ set at 2pm at Amoeba San Francisco today in celebration of his new album Let It Go (available in both CD and vinyl formats at today's Amoeba in-store in advance of Tuesdays June 19th release), has long been Detroit hip-hop's greatest ambassador. Most notably back in 1996, via his small but influential House Shoes Recordings label, he released J Dilla's (then known as Jay Dee) Unreleased EP.

House Shoes was also central in promoting a whole slew of other hip-hop artists from Detroit. This he has done over the past couple of decades both while he was living in the Motor City (he left in 2006) and since he moved to LA several years ago. In LA House Shoes was a part of the LA Fat Beats store right up to its closing events two years ago but wherever he goes, it seems he can't but rep his hometown city of Detroit which he travels back to frequently.

The long list of Detroit artists he has worked with include Guilty Simpson and Elzhi.  And no doubt today's Amoeba DJ set by House Shoes will include a lot of Detroit hip-hop - many of his own productions including tracks off his brand new anticipated, long overdue debut album. Note that he also recently released the 12" EP The Time which was a hot seller at the Hollywood Amoeba store - it went straight into the top five chart the week it was released. He has also released a couple of records two years ago - one via Dublin, Ireland indie label All City (profiled on the Amoeblog here). On Tuesday next, June 19th, Tres Records will release House Shoes official debut album Let It Go and today only at Amoeba San Francisco you can purchase advance copies of the album (and get them signed) at the in-store DJ set which begins at 2pm. More details here.

New 12"s @ Amoeba Hollywood 6/14 - Drexciya, Kowton, Paul Woolford, Norm Talley, Christopher Rau + more

Posted by Oliver / Matt / Jordan, June 15, 2012 06:17pm | Post a Comment


Drexciya

Journey Of The Deep Sea II LP
Clone Classic Cuts

Continuing this re-issue series for this hugely influential group DREXCIYA, CLONE CLASSIC CUTS drops this 2nd collection that includes both big tunes like "BANG-BANG" & "ANTI VAPOUR WAVES" along with lesser known cuts. Always raw, creative, and original. 14 tracks total plus mp3 download.

Purchase Journey Of The Deep Sea II here:









Kowton
More Games 12”
Livity Sound

Release of minimal, skeletal techno from PEVERELIST's LIVITY SOUND label.

Purchase More Games here:









Paul Woolford

The Lab 04 Sampler 12”
NRK

This British producer/DJ takes on the 4th installment of "THE LAB" series. Here on this sampler features 4 cuts by some amazing artists. This begins with a CHEZ DAMIER track & is followed by a mix of "RETURN OF THE SPEAKER PEOPLE". Hot SKUDGE remix on the flip with a DANIEL WANG cut. Clear vinyl.

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Local Stuff: Videos From Poolside, Best Coast, Kitten

Posted by Billy Gil, June 15, 2012 11:30am | Post a Comment

Poolside – “Slowdown”
 
(Sally Struthers voice) Do you like watching scrawny L.A. hipsters swim and sing catchy tunes that sound like hip-hop without the rapping? Sure, we all do.
 
Poolside’s big summer single bowed yesterday on Pitchfork, along with its trashy summer vibes video. This thing was made to soundtrack the Ace and Standard hotels, all easy beats and lush synth hooks. Scoff if you must; this sort of thing is rarely done as well as it is here. Their nicely titled Pacific Standard Time album comes out July 9.




Best Coast – "The Only Place" video and KCRW performance
 

Best Coast
debuted a super cute video for “The Only Place,” from the album of the same name, this week where Bethany Cosentino and Bobb Bruno run around L.A. and give viewers a tour of the “real” L.A.: tacky souvenir shops, backyard pools, bikes, our gross but awesome river. And lots of Bobb! It’s as sweetly low-key and breezy as the song.
 







 
 
Also, Best Coast had an awesome Morning Becomes Eclectic performance this week, really displaying Cosentino’s growth in confidence with her voice, particularly on their cover of Fleetwood Mac’s “Storms” from Tusk, which I coincidentally picked up on vinyl yesterday.

 
Kitten – “Cut it Out” video
 

A couple of weeks ago, I talked about the awesomeness that is the shoegazey pop of L.A.’s Kitten an their single “Cut It Out,” from the forthcoming EP of the same name, due Aug. 28. Kitten and singer Chloe Chaidez vibe Britney Spears and My Bloody Valentine with equal glee, sort of along the same lines as School of Seven Bells. Now they’ve got a video for it that reminds me of somewhere between Smashing Pumpkins “1979” and Jimmy Eat World’s “The Middle.”
 




 
Shows This Weekend:
 
Friday: Tonight’s a tie! Either Jesus and Mary Chain at Hollywood Park ($10 before 8:30, $20 after) or Japandroids at the Echoplex (8:30, $13-15). Really can’t go wrong either way.

Saturday: Make Music Pasadena — it’s free, it’s all ages, it’s all day and features Grimes, Cults, The Chain Gang of 1974, and locals like Dam-Funk (see photos of his Amoeba DJ set), Electric Guest, Dengue Fever, Grouplove, So Many Wizards, The Lonely Wild, NO, The Happy Hollows and more.
 
In the evening, there’s How to Dress Well at the Echo (6-10 p.m., $12-14)
 
Sunday: Part Time Punks at the Echo (10 p.m., $8-10) with RØSENKØPF, Bestial Mouths and Vex Ruffin

Hip-Hop Rap-Up, Week Ending 06.15.12: E-Lit, J Dilla, Oddisee, Oh No, Curren$y, Kool Keith

Posted by Billyjam, June 15, 2012 08:24am | Post a Comment
              

Amoeba Music Berkeley Hip-Hop Top 5 Chart: 06:15:12

1) J Dilla Rebirth of Detroit (Yancey Music Group)

2) Oddisee People Hear What They See (Mello Music)

3) Oh No Ohnomite (Traffic Entertainment)

4) Curren$y The Stoned Immaculate (Warner Brothers)

5) Kool Keith Love and Danger (Junkadelic Music)

Thanks to E Lit at Amoeba Berkeley for supplying both the new top five chart left and the video above in which he breaks down both the new chart entries and all of the brand new hip-hop releases this week at the East Bay music store where, as with the both the San Francisco and Hollywood Amoeba Musics, the new J Dilla release is the top item in demand. The anticipated latest posthumous release,  Rebirth of Detroit , from the late great, highly revered Detroit artist once known as Jay Day but widely known as J Dilla was overseen by his mom Ms Yancey, aka Ma Dukes, and is released via her Yancey Music Group. 

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We Wish You a Merry Flag Day! And a Happy New Days that aren't Flag Days...

Posted by Job O Brother, June 14, 2012 03:07pm | Post a Comment


Flag Day, U.S.A.

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Grimes’ ‘What’s In My Bag?’ Premieres Ahead of Make Music Pasadena

Posted by Billy Gil, June 14, 2012 01:05pm | Post a Comment

This Saturday, Montreal pop enchantress Grimes will play the free show Make Music Pasadena in Old Town Pasadena, at 5 p.m. on the Playhouse District Eclectic Stage at 23 S. Madison Ave. (see the whole schedule here). She joins an impressive lineup, which this year includes indie pop stars Cults, psych-dance band The Chain Gang of 1974, and lots of local heroes like Dam-Funk (see photos of his Amoeba DJ set), Electric Guest, Dengue Fever, Grouplove, So Many Wizards, The Lonely Wild, NO, The Happy Hollows and more.
 
Grimes aka Claire Boucher stopped by Amoeba to pick up a few records and DVDs, and her choices aren’t necessarily what you’d expect. No K-pop and light on obscure electronica (save for Balam Acab’s Wander/Wonder), Boucher instead opted for guilty pleasures — a couple of Blink-182 and Justin Bieber DVDs, a T.A.T.U. record, that sort of thing. Having watched this thing a couple of times now, I’m most taken with Boucher’s ease and candor as she talks about really uncool music many of us secretly like.




Watch the Grimes video on YouTube.
 


Free download of "Genesis" by Grimes from her album Visions.

2012 Sunset Strip Music Festival Lineup Announced

Posted by Rachael McGovern, June 14, 2012 12:28pm | Post a Comment

Sunset Strip Music FestivalThe lineup for the next Sunset Strip Music Festival in Hollywood was announced this week. Marilyn Manson headlines with The Offspring, Bad Religion, Steve Aoki, De La Soul, Far East Movement, Black Label Society, Dead Sara, Das Racist, and The Mowgli's also performing.

Taking place August 16-18, the festival begins with a VIP event honoring The Doors. Details TBA but they're saying an-all star band will pay tribute to The Doors, and other bands playing the festival will cover Doors songs as well.

Saturday, August 18 is the main day for the festival, with Sunset Blvd closing down between Doheny and San Vicente. There will be two outdoor stages, beer gardens, autograph tent, VIP lounge, food trucks, and more music at participating iconic Sunset Strip venues - The Roxy, Whisky A Go Go, and Key Club. Those three venues, plus House of Blues and The Viper Room will have various shows on Thursday and Friday as well.

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Father... Yes son? I want to wish you a happy Fathers' Day

Posted by Eric Brightwell, June 13, 2012 08:11pm | Post a Comment


Father’s Day
(or occasionally, and originally, “Fathers’ Day"), is (of course) a celebration honoring dads and celebrating positive paternal roles. In most of the world it’s observe on the third Sunday in June (this year, 17 June).


Father’s Day was (rather tellingly) first celebrated a couple of years after the first Mother’s Day, in 1910… and the driving force behind its creation was a woman, Arkansan-born Sonora Louise Smart Dodd.


Sonora Louise Smart Dodd 


Her father, William Jackson was a veteran of the War Between the States who raised Sonora and five other siblings as a single father in Spokane, Washington. June was chosen because Dodd’s father’s birthday was 5 June.  A bill to make Father’s Day an official holiday was introduced in 1913 (the same year the first film called Father’s Day was released) and in 1916, President Woodrow Wilson visited Spokane and voiced his support. He’d succeeded in garnering official recognition for Mother’s Day in 1914 but, for whatever reason, recognition of Fathers’ Day met much more resistance and measures to do so were rejected several times by Congress through Wilson's and President Calvin Coolidge’s presidency.


In the 1920s, Dodd was preoccupied with her studies at the Art Institute of Chicago so her promotions of the holiday ceased and observation faded. When she returned to Spokane in the 1930s, she resumed promoting the holiday with the help of trade groups including tobacconists, tie makers, &c.

Beginning in 1938, the newly-created Father's Day Council (founded by the New York Associated Men's Wear Retailers) brought national attention to the holiday. Not surprisingly, many Americans took a jaundiced view of an observation of which the the popularity was clearly driven by commercial concerns.  


It wasn’t until 1966 that President Lyndon Johnson issued a national proclamation to recognize fathers on the day. President Richard Nixon signed it into law in 1972 – 58 years after Mother’s Day had been. Does this resistance and delay speak to men’s humility and aversion to gifts and attention – or perhaps to the number of fathers who don’t want to be honored for their familial contributions in the same way that mothers are? Whatever the reason(s),  we seem to have moved on and accepted that showing love for good fathers with a gift is a nice gesture for those that deserve it. Allow me, please, to plug my men's shop, here

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Although there are plenty of good films at least in part about fatherhood (Father of the Bride, To Kill a Mockingbird, Ladri di biciclette, In the Name of the Father, &c) – feature films specifically dealing with Father’s Day are harder to think of (although loads of short films hoping to exploit some kind of father-child poignancy seem to be fairly common).

Here is a list of Father's Day related feature films and documentaries you might like to watch if, say, you're just really into celebrating holidays by watching related movies... or maybe you're like me and -- your dad being a right bastard -- you'd rather look at other examples of fatherdom. Whatever the case may be, please let me know what Father's Day-relevant films I've missed.

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In Sins of the Children (1930), a German-American widower raises four children in a small town… then one of his sons is struck with tuberculosis. Waterworks ensue.


Isn’t It Romantic? (1948) concerns a veteran of the War Between the States whose daughter is courted by a slimy, city slicker; the town nutjob; and finally, an upstanding, good ol’ country boy. Though it stars the sultry Veronica Lake and is named after an ace Rodgers & Hart tune (that isn’t featured in the film), most of the reviews for it are fairly damning suggesting that poor-filmmaking ensues.


La Fête des Pères
(1989) is a French comedy about a gay couple  (played by Thierry Lhermitte and Alain Souchon) who meet a woman who agrees to bear a child for them – but only if they use natural methods. What ensues is [sing this part] AW-kward!



Stepfather III
(1992) is the final episode in the Stepfather series. In it, Stepfather has escaped from a madhouse after extensive plastic surgery (which explains why he no longer looks like actor Terry O’Quinn). He moves to Deer View, California where he assumes the role of a gardener albeit a murderous one and blood-letting ensues. The action partly takes place on Father’s Day – thus the subtitle on home video versions – “Father’s Day.”


In the German comedy, Irren ist männlich (1996), a successful lawyer’s mistress tells him that she wants children. A fertility test reveals that he’s infertile. So who is the father of the two children in his marriage? Teutonic hilarity ensues.


In the TV movie, Summer of Fear (1996), a family’s summer vacation in the country is threatened by a stranger. Corin Nemec (the actor who played Parker Lewis) ensues.


Ivan Reitman
’s Fathers’  Day (1997), starring Billy Crystal and Robin Williams as two guys who don’t seem to have much in common but are drawn together by an unexpected revelation. Features a cameo from the band Sugar Ray. Squirming ensues.


Mark Lipman
’s Father’s Day (2003) is a documentary about the filmmaker’s father, who committed suicide when Lipman was a teen. What begins as a memorial evolves into an examination of mental illness, suicide, death and their effects on family as grief ensues.




In Father’s Day (2011), a man named Ahab joins up with John and Twink to track down and kill a creature known as “The Father’s Day Killer” which is responsible for the death of Ahab’s dad. Troma ensues.




Father’s Day
(2012) is an Indian, Malayam-language film starring Shehin, Indu Thampi, Revathi, Lal and Shankar Panikkar. The plot concerns a mother who’s a rape victim and a boy in search of his mother. Bollywood-style musical numbers presumably do not ensue.

Happy Father's Day and...

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Noise Pop Record Collective Vinyl Party continues in Emeryville w/ Zach Rogue & Pat Spurgeon of Rogue Wave, 6/26.

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, June 13, 2012 08:10pm | Post a Comment
After the huge success of the first the Noise Pop Record Collective vinyl party in San Francisco Noise Pop Record Collectivewith Andy Cabic of Vetiver as DJ, Noise Pop and Amoeba Music are excited to announce the East Bay debut on June 26th at Prizefighter in Emeryville, with hosts Zach Rogue and Pat Spurgeon of Rogue Wave! The fun starts at 6pm and this is a 21+ party only.
 
Vinyl fiends and their friends are invited to bring a new or used record and Zach Rogue and Pat Spurgeon will play them over the course of the evening. When you come, check your records in at the DJ booth with the Record Collective Librarians and you'll receive a free Trumer beer!

Be sure to RSVP HERE and get an exclusive Record Collective coupon for $5 off vinyl at Amoeba Music San Francisco and Berkeley!

Check out the fun from the SF party on June 12th with Andy Cabic:

Andy Cabic Vetiver

Playlist:
01. Superfly, Curtis Mayfield - Pusher Man - Scott Crane
02. Culture Beat - Key To Your Heart - Joey Pangilinan
03. Dengue Fever - Sui Bong - Jason Fordley
04. Jamie XX & Gil Scott Heron - I'll Take Care of You - Chad Heimann
05. Youth Lagoon - Ghost To Me - Gregory Hill
06. Robert Palmer - Sneakin’ Sally Through The Alley - Travis
07. Scientist - Morning Glory - Travis
08. Flying Lotus - 1983 - 1983 - Haley Smith
09. Aretha Franklin - Baby, I Love You - Chad Heimann
10. The XX - Islands - Gregory Hill
11. St. Vincent - Northern Lights - Gregory Hill
12. Craft Spells - Gallery - Haley Smith
13. Harry Nilsson - Jump Into The Fire - Brooks
14. PAPA - I Am The Lion King - Kat
15. Tanlines - Real Life - Katie Carroll
16. Pattie Page - Tennessee waltz - Bailey Greenwood
17. King Khan & The Shrines - I Want To Be A Girl - Marissa Bobkowski
18. St. Vincent - Cruel - Gregory Hill
19. Jai Paul - BTSTU - Chad Heimann
20. Thee Oh Sees - Carrion Crawler - Emily Starubel
21. The Arcade Fire - Neighborhood #3 - Kara
22. Junior Senior - Move Your Feet - Robo

Bay Area Freshmen 10 Class of 2012 Announced

Posted by Billyjam, June 13, 2012 05:56pm | Post a Comment
The results of the Bay Area Freshmen 10 Class of 2012 have just been announced following a tough decision by the judges (a panel of 50 Bay Area journalists, DJs, & tastemakers of which I was one of) who had to carefully wade through & evaluate from a grip of very talented up-and-coming hip-hop artists from the greater Bay Area.

As reported here last month the annual Bay Area contest, that is overseen by Thizzler.com and DJ Amen of KMEL, may only be a few years young but already it has blossomed into a prestigious event to be associated with.  Previous Freshmen 10 have included Kreayshawn, Roach Gigz, Moe Green, and DaVinci.

And now (drum-roll) we can add to that list the brand new Freshmen 10 class of 2012 list that includes, in no particular order and with both the city in the Bay they represent (in brackets after their name) + the blue highlight over their name linking to their Twitter page so you can read.hear more on them): Kool John (Richmond), A-1 (San Francisco), Shady Blaze (Oakland), HBK Skipper (Richmond), HD (of Bearfaced) (Oakland), Priceless Da Roc (San Francisco), AkaFrank (Richmond), G-Mo Skee (Richmond), Smoovie Baby (Fairfield), and Hopie (San Francisco) - the female emcee formerly known as Hopie Spits Hard that was written about here on the Amoeblog about a year ago.

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Pasadena City College Flea Market and Record Swap, Sunday 7/1

Posted by Amoebite, June 13, 2012 05:45pm | Post a Comment
On Sunday, July 1st, Amoeba will be at one of the Southland's biggest and best record swap meets, the 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. And admission is always free!

The Flea Market and Record Swap is from 7am-3pm. Look for the Amoeba booth located in the Bonnie St. parking structure (Lot 5) on the third level. We always have a great selection of vinyl, from dollar records to collectibles in every genre. Come out and enjoy your Sunday with us!

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

More info HERE.

   

June 12, 2012: Crooked Arrows

Posted by phil blankenship, June 12, 2012 10:17pm | Post a Comment

Photos: Motion City Soundtrack

Posted by Billy Gil, June 12, 2012 09:00pm | Post a Comment
Pop-punk band Motion City Soundtrack blew through Amoeba Hollywood June 12th with one of the loudest and most well-attended shows I’ve seen here. The band plowed through songs from its recently released fifth album, Go, including second single “Timelines,” which the bands said it was performing for only the second time for a taped audience. More professional photos are here.



Bobby Womack Comes to Amoeba

Posted by Billy Gil, June 12, 2012 07:30pm | Post a Comment
Soul legend Bobby Womack is appearing this Friday, June 15th at Amoeba Hollywood at 6 p.m. where he’ll be signing copies of his excellent new album, The Bravest Man in the Universe, which is out today.

Produced by former Gorillaz and Blur frontman Damon Albarn as well as XL Recordings founder Richard Russell, on Womack’s first album of new material since 1994’s Resurrection, to say he sounds reinvigorated would be an understatement. Albarn, and Russell’s careful but not overly cautious production work helps Womack stand front-and-center over trip-hoppy beats and beatific synths. Womack cries out on “Sweet Baby Mine” like a man reborn. The title track, meanwhile, begins elegiac, as Womack extols the virtue of forgiveness, before breaking into a steady, string-laden groove that lets Womack do his thing with minimal distraction. A duet with Lana del Rey, “Dayglo Reflection,” is a bit of young-meets-old fun, but it’s still classy, with del Rey’s sultry voice breaks nicely complementing Womack’s rough hues. The headturner here, though, is closer “Jubilee (Don’t Let Nobody Turn You Around).” Womack is on fire as he sings in terrifying ecstasy over a big, nasty synth groove. The album is an excellent restatement from one of rock’s great survivors, and gives Womack a brilliant new palette from which to paint.

Bobby Womack Bravest ManWomack has a healthy discography of great material in addition to Bravest Man. Born and raised in Cleveland to a Baptist church family, where his father was both a minister and a musician, Womack began his career with the family band The Womack Brothers. After Sam Cooke discovered the band, signing them to his SAR Records, where they recorded gospel music before switching to secular soul and changing their name to The Valentinos. Womack co-wrote their 1964 hit, “It’s All Over Now,” which went on to be a No.1 hit as covered by The Rolling Stones. After Sam Cooke was shot and killed in December of 1964, The Valentinos broke up and Womack began his solo career.

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Latest Krip-Hop Compilation Addresses Police Brutality Against People with Disabilities

Posted by Billyjam, June 11, 2012 09:09am | Post a Comment

Profiling and police brutality are  topics very close to the hearts of those that contributed to the just released Police Brutality Profiling Mixtape - the new CD compilation of krip-hop artists that is now available at Amoeba Berkeley and will soon be in stock at Amoeba San Francisco. The new pro civil rights compilation is a joint production of 5th Battalion  Entertainment in Los Angeles and the Berkeley based Krip-Hop Nation that is headed by Leroy Moore who has been interviewed here on the Amoeblog in the past. 

Krip Hop Nation links hip-hop artists with disabilities around the globe and to date, under Moore's direction, has produced several previous compilations of krip-hop artists. But this one one is the first to thematically tackle the topic of the (mostly unspoken) often unhealthy treatment of people of color with disabilities at the hands of police. Moore says that discrimination by police, as well as violence, are all too common and hence the inspiration to put together this new collection. Album collaborator DJ Quad, who is a part of 5th Battalion in LA, is a person with a disability who frequently falls victim to profiling. A Latino who is confined to a wheelchair, DJ Quad (his name is inspired by quadriplegic) has had many unnecessary run-ins with the law that he explains on the new CD in both a spoken word track and a music track.

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Some Weak Stitching: What I Didn't Like about Prometheus (2012)

Posted by Charles Reece, June 10, 2012 11:56pm | Post a Comment

Finally, Ridley Scott returns to what he does best, science fiction. And Prometheus is the best looking and visually imaginative example of the genre since his Blade Runner. The writing is hackneyed, however, existing only as a cheap frame to support the spectacle. The film begins with a staple of classic SF, the extraterrestrial explanation of abiogenesis (borrowed from The Chariot of the Gods), which doesn't make a lick of sense, and ends with a cosmic duel to the death between the unstoppable penis and the unmovable vagina, which is about all I could ask of a movie. Going with the idea that literary SF is the "literature of cognitive estrangement," the "critical genre par excellence,Carl Freedman has expressed skepticism that -- with few exceptions that prove the rule (e.g., 2001) -- the cinematographic version will ever rival its written counterpart because of "an aesthetic hegemony of special effects that is fundamentally antithetical to the conceptual core of science fiction itself." However, if Prometheus says anything interesting, and I believe it does, it's mostly as an effects-laden spectacle, which I'll get to in my next post. For now, I'm going to focus on trying to make sense out the story, or, more accurately, question the nonsense. (I assume anyone reading this has already seen the movie, or doesn't care about spoilers.)

The origin of life -- or, at least, humanity as we know it -- in the prologue involves a hairless, bluish-white humanoid bodybuilder drinking some black goo, which causes his body to dissolve into a waterfall some time in Earth's distant past. The desolate, inorganic landscapes during the credits suggest a primordial world, but I'm not sure whether this scene is actually supposed to be the origin of all life (3.5 billion years ago), or if it's what gave the great apes the evolutionary advantage some 14 million years ago, or if it's what resulted in the modern human 200,000 years ago. Regardless, the genetic jumpstart occurred at least 200,000 years ago. This leads to a lot of problems in the script that shouldn't have been all that difficult to rectify had anyone in this $130 million dollar project bothered checking Wikipedia:

(1) When there's a DNA comparison later on in the film between humans and Engineers (as the father species comes to be called), it turns out to be a perfect match, even though there appears to be about as much difference between us and them as between us and apes. Surely merging the Engineer's DNA with the black goo and our ancestral gene pool would've developed some genomic differences, which would've led to the phenotypical differences on display in the film (e.g., they're completely hairless, have super-strength, are at least 2 feet taller, and their eyes are completely black). This becomes an even bigger problem if the evolutionary martyrdom sparked all of life, since we'd be about as genetically close to the Engineers as to the first single-cell organism.

(2) Speaking of which, why would this goo that transforms living creatures into larger, more complex living creatures turn the sacrificed Engineer into a bunch of single cell or smaller organisms? If his DNA was so close to our own, wouldn't he have transformed into an even stronger monster version of himself just like the contaminated geologist, Fifield, does later in the film? Also, the goo clearly doesn't have an effect on inorganic matter as demonstrated by David's handling of it on his finger. Thus, it couldn't be a true abiogenetic agent, turning the inorganic into the organic, meaning that the prologue takes place sometime after life began.

(3) In the film, the android David studies all the oldest languages in order to communicate with the Engineers, just in case our linguistic systems developed from theirs and their language hasn't changed any sense the dawn of man (a reasonable hypothesis, since language hasn't developed much on Earth in that time). Since the development of modern language in homo sapiens is estimated to have occurred somewhere between 50,000 to 100,000 years ago, that leaves a lot of lag time where the Engineers had to hang out on Earth waiting for us to develop to the point of handling their advanced syntax. Were they building all those advance Gigerian monuments that they leave on all the other planets? No, they were painting crude pictures on cave walls, or teaching our ancestors how to do it. Which leads me to the next problem:

(4) In order to have influenced these 35,000 year old cave paintings that the two lead scientists, Charlie and Elisabeth, discover are maps of a constellation that can only be seen with the advanced technology in the year 2093 AD, the Engineers must have been on our planet even more recently. Where are are all the technological remnants? They had space ships back in the prologue! They quite obviously build stations on every planet they colonize or terraform. They couldn't have raised the first ancestor of Giger in a hut somewhere to build an elaborate phallic monument? They obviously weren't hiding their existence, since they taught us humans where they came from (or, at least, where they keep their weapons) in order to paint it on cave walls all over the planet.

(5) They did teach us the technology of writing, since not only is David able to talk to the Engineer he meets, but he's also able to read all their symbols and use these symbols to control their spaceships based on a combination of ancient Sumerian and Egyptian scripts (because all that it takes to fly an American airplane is to know English orthography). And, now, we have the Engineers hanging out on Earth until around 3200 BC, because that's about the time writing began.

(6) Why did the black goo make such minor and gradual genetic changes resulting in homo sapiens? It's shown to create 3 feet long, face-fucking alien cobra snakes from itsy-bitsy meal worms and capable of impregnating an infertile woman with a squid creature that grows to room-sized proportions in a couple days' time! Shouldn't we have been able to pick up language, advanced technological skills, etc. in relatively short order? That is, if we're the Engineers' phylogenetic twins after the gooey transformation, why did it take so long to develop space travel when they were with us, presumedly teaching us stuff (like art, language and where they came from) for at least 150,000 years? On our own (as in not on the History Channel, but in the real world without any alien manipulation), we went from developing a writing system to the moon landing in around 5,000 years. If I were to ask the Engineers anything, it would be, "why does your educational system suck so bad?"

Along with the poorly thought out scientific ideas, there are just so many sloppy plot contrivances: There's the problematic tendency for characters to act in ways that don't fit who they are (e.g., although he's an archaeologist, Charlie goes on a depressive bender after finding proof for his theories in the nonliving remains of a superior species that brought humans into existence, because he wanted to talk to them -- this serves no purpose other than to set up a discussion between him and David about meeting one's creator); and characters mysteriously figure out needed information (e.g., the Prometheus' captain is sure they're on a WMD site for the Engineers, David somehow discovers that the Engineers were planning on destroying the Earth because he's seen their map, and Elizabeth is evidently a medical expert even though she's an archaeologist); or how about everyone always being right where they need to be for the plot to continue (e.g., Elizabeth just turning up at the room where old man Weyland is, or her immediately finding David's decapitated head in an alien ship that's been crashed landed and turned over); and the baffling failure or inconsistent use of technology (e.g., the advanced medical machine is only capable of operating on a man's body, despite the well-integrated work force on these ships, and Fifield and Milburn get lost so they can be first victims, even though they're in radio contact with people on the ship who are capable of pinpointing all movement within the alien terrain). ... Aargh, I must stop thinking about this.

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June 10, 2012: Safety Not Guaranteed

Posted by phil blankenship, June 10, 2012 06:42pm | Post a Comment

Moon Block Party Lands Again in Pomona, Saturday 6/23

Posted by Amoebite, June 10, 2012 03:10pm | Post a Comment
moon block party pamona

The Second Annual Moon Block Party is coming back to the Downtown Pomona Arts Colony on Saturday, June 23rd and Amoeba is delighted to be a sponsor!

The free and all-ages event starts at 2:00pm and runs till midnight with over 30 live acts including Fool's Gold, The Entrance Band, Sleepy Sun, Crystal Antlers, Allah-Las, SuperTall Paul, Dante vs. Zombies and more. The bands will be joined by tons of live artists, handpicked craft vendors, art galleries, large sculptures, and art installations. Plus, 5% of the proceeds will go to benefit the local School of the Arts and Enterprise, a public charter high school in Pomona.  

More info HERE!
RSVP on Facebook HERE!



June 9, 2012: Wallander - The Revenge

Posted by phil blankenship, June 9, 2012 10:33pm | Post a Comment

out this week 5/29 & 6/5...Ladyhawke...Lemonade...Sigur Ros...

Posted by Brad Schelden, June 9, 2012 01:10pm | Post a Comment

I could really not get enough of the first Ladyhawke album. Ladyhawke came out in November of 2008. I got a bit obsessed with the album and I think only finally stopped listening to it sometime in 2011. It has been a while but Phillipa "Ladyhawke" Brown has finally given us her second album. She was actually one of those artists that I seriously knew nothing about. I just listened to the album on repeat but never really took the time to even find out anything about her. In my head she looked exactly like Kristy McNichol circa 1982. And she actually does not look that different than Kristy McNichol circa 1982! Post Family but Pre Empty Nest. Phillipa is from New Zealand. She has actually been playing in bands for a while but finally just got some recognition for her Ladyhawke project. And yes Ladyhawke is named after the 1985 film with the same title. This is probably what peaked my interest at first to discover the music of Ladyhawke. I think her voice actually reminds me of Kristy McNichol singing in The Pirate Movie. I was a bit obsessed with Krisy McNichol when I was a kid. I guess it only made sense that I ended up gay and then found out that she was a lesbian. We were meant for each other I guess. I barely remember Family since it was on the air when I was really young. But I do love that the show featured two of my favorite TV lesbians. Kristy McNichol and Meredith Baxter Birney! Kristy McNichol went on to star in Little Darlings in 1980, The Pirate Movie in 1982, Dream Lover in 1986 and various other movies along the way. She then of course was in Empty Nest in the late 80s and early 90s. Her shining moment for me was of course The Pirate Movie. This movie might be a bit over the top and dated at this point. But I loved it so much when it came out. It is worth revisiting if you remember watching it when you were younger. But it might not be the same watching it for the first time. It is the 80s version of The Pirates of Penzance. It still holds a special place in my heart. I actually could not remember the name of it for years until I stumbled across a VHS copy before I upgraded to DVD. It is currently out of print. But it is actually getting reissued on DVD on July 3rd! I have not heard any plans for Blu-ray yet!

Ladyhawke has just released Anxiety. And it still reminds me of Christy McNichol! But she has gone a different direction from the first album. This is no 80s dance record. It has a bit more of a guitar oriented rock record. Maybe this is her 90s album! But this is still Ladyhawke. The songs are still catchy. She still has that sassy and angsty voice. I did have some high expectations for this record. And second albums are always the hardest. But I don't think I fell in love with that first album right away either. On repeated listens the songs are getting catchier. I am getting more addicted to this album as the days go by. "Sunday Drive" stands out among the tracks on this new album as the best so far. But you must start with her first album if you have never checked it out.

Check out the video for "Sunday Drive" from the new album Anxiety by Ladyhawke...



Check out Kristy McNichol singing in a scene from The Pirate Movie...Clealy the inspiration of Ladyhawke and her 80s tinged songs. It was 1982 and I was 8 years old after all. But I sure did love this song at the time!...




The new album by Lemonade has also just been released. This album really hit me by surprise. These dudes used to live in San Francisco just like me. But they now call New York their home. One of these dudes actually worked at Amoeba way back when in San Francisco. This is a super fun dancey record. Falling somewhere between bands like Tanlines, Thieves Like Us & Washed out. It has elements of 90s dance & house music and 80s dream pop and new wave. It has become my driving around the city album for the beginning of this Los Angeles Summer. True Panther Sounds had released the new album Diver. I seriously get more obsessed with this album the more I listen to it. This is some catchy music. It is an essential summer album.

Listen to "Softkiss" from the new album Diver by Lemonade...



Sigur Ros is finally back with a new studio album Valtari. Jonsi went the solo route with the last album. And they have released some live albums over the last couple of years. The last studio album was in 2008. Valtari is not going to hit you over the head like albums in the past may have. It has gotten to the point where Sigur Ros is just one of those bands that I just want to release new albums so they will tour and I will get to see them live again! These guys are one of the best live bands that I have ever seen. And I can't wait to see them again. I usually just give the new albums a couple of months to grow on me and sometime don't really get into them until I hear them live. I was a bit disappointed in the solo album by Jonsi from a couple of years ago. So I was happy the band was back together and recording. These guys seriously break my heart everytime I listen to them. I could never get enough of this band. So happy to have them in my life again!


out 5/29...






2:54
by 2:54











King Tuff
by King Tuff











Anxiety
by Ladyhawke











Diver
by Lemonade











Magic Hour
by Scissor Sisters











Valtari
by Sigur Ros











Unpatterns
by Simian Mobile Disco











Among The Leaves
by Sun Kil Moon











Heaven
by The Walkmen






out 6/5...






Aimlessness
by Dntel











Lex Hives
by The Hives











I Keep Myself In Pain
by Kelly Hogan











Celebration Rock
by Japandroids











WIXIW
by Liars











Banga
by Patti Smith











Temper Trap
by Temper Trap











Americana
by Neil Young




 

Hip-Hop Rap-Up, Week Ending 06.09.12: E-Lit, Big K.R.I.T., Curren$y, Casual, The Jacka, Premier & Pete Rock, & more

Posted by Billyjam, June 9, 2012 10:06am | Post a Comment
           

Amoeba Berkeley Hip-Hop Chart Week Ending 06:09:12

1) Big K.R.I.T. Live From The Underground (Island/Def Jam)

2) Curren$y The Stoned Immaculate (Warner Brothers)

3) Casual He Still Think He Raw (Hieroglyphics Imperium)

4) The Jacka The Sentence ( Siccness)

5)  El-P Cancer4Cure (Fat Possum)

As outlined in both the chart and accompanying video above with E-Lit at Amoeba Berkeley, the new number one on the Amoeba Hip-Hop chart is the major label Def Jam/Island debut from the phenomenally popular Southern mic wrecker Big K.R.I.T. Live From The Underground. The arrival of this guest heavy album, including the surprise guest spot by blues legend BB King, follows hot on the heels of a series of mixture reissues such as Return of 4Eva from the Mississippi MC that fans can't seem to get enough of. Another artist that commands a diehard following is prolific Bay Area rapper The Jacka who returns to the Amoeba chart this week with The Sentence, which as E-Lit notes, is the final/third part of his ongoing rap trilogy. 

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The Art Of The LP Cover- Feelin' It! (Part 2)

Posted by Mr. Chadwick, June 9, 2012 12:55am | Post a Comment

Another round of intensity...check out last year's post for more expressive album covers!

June 8, 2012: Prometheus

Posted by phil blankenship, June 8, 2012 06:24pm | Post a Comment

My Morning Jacket Calls Upon Fans to Curate Set List Using Twitter

Posted by Rachael McGovern, June 8, 2012 02:50pm | Post a Comment

My Morning Jacket announced two things this week: 1) new West Coast tour dates and 2) what they are calling the "Spontaneous Curation Series," an opportunity for fans to help determine which songs get played each night. MMJ will use their Twitter account before each performance to engage with fans and accept requests for that particular show.

What is a little unclear is whether Twitter fans are making suggestions for their encores or for their entire set. It may be vague because certain festival shows, particularly in Europe, can't accommodate their generally lengthy encores. But what is clear is that Fan Club members get an additional opportunity to help decide the opening song.



My Morning Jacket Spontaneous Curation Series

I really love this "Spontaneous Curation Series" idea for a few reasons. For fans who participate, it will make them feel involved in the performance far more than a "passive" attendee and each show will truly be special and unique. (Which may also drive ticket sales for fans looking to experience a different show each night.) From a social media perspective, it will strengthen their audience, certainly in terms of online engagement but also likely in total number of Twitter followers. That's akin to a social media slam dunk - reward and engage your core followers while attracting new ones in the process!

MMJ's "Spontaneous Curation Series" reminds me of a 2012 hi-tech version of Elvis Costello's "Spectacular Spinning Songbook." During his 1986 "Revolver Tour," Costello brought a game show style wheel with him on stage and let fans spin the giant wheel to decide the next song. Costello resurrected the concept in 2011 and recently released the Return of the Spectacular Spinning Songbook CD/DVD recorded over two nights in Los Angeles. Perhaps the MMJ "Spontaneous Curation" shows will lead to a live album as well...

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Grass Widow New Music Video Phones Home from the "Goldilocks Zone"

Posted by Kells, June 8, 2012 02:22pm | Post a Comment

Given all the attention paid to happenings in sky of late (Venus in transit and eclipses 'n things) it seems only fitting that SF wundergirl trio Grass Widow would take the magic of their melodic, DIY post-punk harmonies to the final frontier in their new video for "Goldilocks Zone" from their new album Internal Logic (out on Grass Widow's own HLR label) Directed once again by Grass Widos bassist, vocalist and visionary auteur  Hannah Lew the video's aesthetic channels low-budget sci-fi flicks of yore with a fondness reminiscent of some of Mystery Science Theater 3000's better space jams (this one in particular).

 
 

If you're a Grass Widow completist,  like me, contact your local Amoeba Music to check out our range of new and previously played Grass Widow offerings and don't forget that you can request a mail order via Amoeba.com to shop our selections from any corner of the globe. Every bit of everything these ladies have recorded makes for bomb-ass home listening, especially when playing friends. If you need to get your Grass Widow fix ASAP here's a parade of marvelous music videos to get your motor runnin'.

Here they are playing "Milo Minute" (from the 7" single by the same title) for gorillas Gigi, Kiki, Kira, Kimani, Kambiri and Kit, at the Franklin Park Zoo in Boston, Massachusetts --- tough audience!



Revel in the black & white beachy diamond wipes of this video for "11 of Diamonds" from Past Time




...and my personal favorite: "Fried Egg" also from Past Time (CD/LP on Kill Rock Stars)

Local Stuff: New Ariel Pink, Haim and Grass Widow Videos

Posted by Billy Gil, June 8, 2012 02:06pm | Post a Comment
ariel pinkHey y’all. Every Friday I’m gonna check in with what’s popping in the LA/SF area music scenes, plus my show picks for LA. This week Ariel Pink debuted a new song — well, a cover, really — called “Baby,” from his forthcoming album Mature Themes, due Aug. 21 on 4AD. The ultra-smooth jam features Dâm-Funk on a cover of a song by Donnie & Joe Emerson. It’s pretty great, as is the original — listen to the original here and check out the amazing record sleeve. They look like Scott Baio and Corey Haim if they were conjoined twins. Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti will be in SF Oct. 1 at Bimbo’s 365 Club and LA Oct. 5 at the Fonda Theatre.

 

haimSpeaking of Haim, the wonderful LA pop trio of singing sisters has a video for their summer jam “Forever.” I blogged a while back about how rad this song is, and now there’s a cool wheely-poppin’ video to accompany it. I need to find a pool right now.
 

 

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70's Pop/Rock Artist Bob Welch Departs this Life

Posted by Billyjam, June 8, 2012 11:40am | Post a Comment

Bob Welch "Ebony Eyes" (1978)

Is it just me or does it seem like the frequency with which we are losing artists has been rapidly increasing over the past year? It seems like every week word of some great musician who came to fame in the '60s, '70s, or '80s has passed on. The latest to add to that sad, long list is '70's rock artist Bob Welch, known for both his solo work and membership of Fleetwood Mac, who died yesterday at age 66. Unlike many of the other artists who have passed on recently due to natural causes, the singer/songwriter/guitarist whose career never quite reached its full potential, was the victim of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the chest.  As one of my fellow WFMU DJs noted following this tragic news, Welch qualified as a "classic tortured shoulda-been left-behind '70s artist."

  Welch recorded some timeless pure pop-rock perfection, including his hits "Hot Love, Cold World,” “Precious Love,” "Sentimental Lady" (originally recorded with Fleetwood Mac but then later reworked by Bob Welch), and 1978's "Ebony Eyes" (video above), which would be the biggest hit of his career.  But despite all of the successes Welch enjoyed, he never really reached the level of appreciation he deserved. He was unfortunate in that he had split Fleetwood Mac before they became hugely popular and then, on top of this, his own solo career stagnated back in the '80s. The two post-Mac groups he formed, Paris and Avenue M, never really took off and, as accurately noted in today's LA Times, his "early contributions [to Fleetwood Mac] helped pave the way for the sound the band is celebrated for today." Welch rarely gets much credit for those contributions.

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Otis Rush: Unheralded Blues Master!

Posted by Joe Goldmark, June 7, 2012 06:34pm | Post a Comment
To check out extensive LP label and price guides plus cover art, head to the Vinyl Beat website!

Otis Rush

In 1956, Willie Dixon was lured from Chess Records to be the musical director of the newly formed Cobra label.  He signed the relatively unknown Otis Rush, and the stage was set for some of the deepest Chicago blues ever recorded.  Otis had amazing pipes and played a mean left-handed blues guitar.  Perhaps more importantly, Willie Dixon was able to get an otherworldly sound on his singles.

 Otis Rush in a 1957 Cobra publicity shot.


All Your Love


Keep On Loving Me Baby


I Can’t Quit You Baby


Live in Berlin, 1968

The B.ay A.rea D.erby Girls Double Header, June 16!

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, June 7, 2012 06:10pm | Post a Comment
Join the B.ay A.rea D.erby Girls on Saturday, June 16th at the Craneway Pavilion in Richmond for another double-header with the San Francisco ShEvil Dead vs. the Oakland Outlaws and the Berkeley Resistance vs. the Richmond Wrecking Belles! Arrive early to grab the best seats, and cruise our vendor area for tasty food options and great drink specials!

The evening will be packed with action so arrive early to get the best seats. Doors open at 4:30pm! There will be plenty of local food vendors and drink specials too!

The Craneway Pavilion
1414 Harbour Way
South Richmond, CA

Get your tickets HERE!

Berkeley Resistance Oakland Outlaws
Berkeley Resistance Oakland Outlaws
Richmond Wrecking Belles
Richmond Wrescking Belles ShEvil Dead

Anthony Valadez Visits With Amoeba

Posted by Billy Gil, June 7, 2012 01:27pm | Post a Comment
Anyone who's listened to KCRW late on Monday nights, coming back from some ill-advised beginning-of-the-week booze sesh, has been treated to Anthony Valadez's innovative DJ skills, spinning smooth combinations of soul and electronic music — in their words, "Broken beats, soulful key chords with guitar fuzz, combined with yesterday's dusty drums with tomorrows samples and sounds." Now Valadez is taking his turn at creating some of the same style of beatwork he regularly spins on his debut album, Just Visiting. Tracks like "Under Water" (featuring Mar) are impossibly smooth, layering beats and melodic vocals over percolating synth organs. "Walking Away" pours acoustic guitar arpeggios and Damon Aaron's sweet vocals over a jazzy, skittering beat.

In honor of his upcoming June 10th appearance at Amoeba Hollywood, where he'll be spinning records and signing copies of Just Visiting, I caught up with Anthony to find out how he got from spinning records to making music.

PST: Can you talk a bit about the genesis for these beats? How long have you been working on Just Visiting?
 
Valadez: This process has been in place for over two to three years. Often I use samplers to sample sounds or field recordings. Loops are the base of everything. Loops create the groove and aesthetic. I then call over friends to layer live drums, guitars, bass lines and then we create changes in the composition. We remove the samples and it becomes this totally new composition. 
 
PST: Did you always want to make music too, or was your goal more to DJ?

Valadez: I always wanted to make music.  When I was young, I assumed I could make music 
on two turntables. Not really sure what I was thinking, but I began making beats on two cassette players trying to add more layers and layers. But I realized the more I added a layer, the more I added air noise — I would lose a generation of quality. Music and the creation has always been about exploring on my own. I'm afraid of technology and I'm afraid of change. So I stick with Pro Tools and I depend on 
musicians to manifest my ideas as a producer.   
 
PST: Were you exposed to lots of different kinds of music growing up, or was that something you had to seek out?
 
Anthony Valadez Just VisitingValadez: I must confess, every time I hear a person state they were exposed to all sorts of music via their parents, I become envious. My mother was into early Motown, and I heard a lot of that in the house at an early age, but when I became a teen, I began getting into music outside of the bounds of comfort, like The Smiths, Sleater-Kinney, Tricky and even the New York Dolls. Keep in mind my friends at that time were more into Jodeci, Keith Sweat and Ice Cube. I appreciated it all. And to this day I love me some Jodeci. But I'm still exploring for something new for the ears. 
 
PST: When it came time to find vocalists, did you have a wishlist, did you turn to friends or how did that turn out?
 
Valadez: Every vocalist on the album I am a fan of. I realize I have a show on the radio every week, but I approach everyone as a music fan first. Miles Bonny is an example of someone who I love. His voice and his music really puts me in a good place. I reached out to him expecting a no but got a yes! The same goes for every vocalist on this record. These vocalists are not just people I asked to be on this record just because. These people are talented, creative and each hustle hard to develop their brand and have something to contribute to material I sent them.  
 
PST: If the average person on the street asked what kind of music you spin, what would you say?
 
Valadez: I get this question a lot and its tough. I think my friend Mathieu Schreyer summed it up best once: "I'm a cultural selector." When I walk into a venue, club or gig, I never really prepare for a set. I try to read the crowd. I always engage with the crowd. It's really about their energy. I can take it to Cumbia and into Motown seamlessly. And Iove throwing in those curveballs of rare records I find and put into the mix.  

I spin to make people happy. I spin to make myself happy. We live in some shitty times due to the wars we are currently in and this economy. I try my best to help people forget that and just be positive and provide them with a musical escape.  

PST: What's the weirdest record you've ever heard? And what was the first that made you think you might want to spin records for a living?
 
Valadez: It's actually a 12" that Dublab put out with a side of music mixed by me and the other side by Kutmah. Dublab asked folks to submit obscure sounds, songs and speeches. Dublab then sent me the 45-plus songs and I mixed it all together. The 12" is out there floating around and I listen to Kutmah's 20 minute mix and mine and it's like a giant beautiful interesting tasting pasta!  
 
There was never a point where I decided I wanted to spin for a living. It some how took shape and form (similar to the recording process of the new record). Somehow the gigs just began coming in. I often wonder how amazing it must be to simply be home on a Friday or Saturday night and chill with the cat.  
 
PST: What are some albums or artists that you're playing a lot lately? Could you make us a list?
 
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1. Hiatus Kaiyote - Tawk Tomohawk
Amazing soul group of out of Melbourne.  A great mix of heavy percussions fused with one of the most interesting vocalists I have ever heard! 
 







Jessie Ware
2. Jessie Ware - "Runnin'" (Single) 
I predict Jessie might be a force in the future of pop music. She is friendly with the U.K. DJ/producer scene. Disclosure did an amazing remix of her track "Runnin" that I love to play out every now and then! 
 
 






Los Miticos Del Ritmo
3. Los Miticos Del RitmoLos Miticos Del Ritmo
Quantic's band from Columbia get down on the Cumbia tip with some great MJ and Queen covers! 
 







Meshell Devil's Halo
4. Meshell Ndegeocello - Devil's Halo
This one gets lots of play in the car. "Oysters" is the perfect song after a shitty day! 
 







Curumin Arrocha
5.  Curumin - Arrocha!  
This Brazilian beat maker and vocalist gets down and dirty with this new full-length on 6 Degrees. He has a unique ability to keep things gritty yet on point like only he can.  

Celebrate Pride with HARD FRENCH HEARTS LOS HOMOS 2012, Featuring Legend Sugar Pie DeSanto, SSION, and more!

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, June 7, 2012 01:20pm | Post a Comment
Hard French Pride Sugar Pie DeSanto SSion San Francisco

Hey Bay Area! June is LGBT Pride Month and in San Francisco that means it's time to party! Amoeba Music is a proud Pride sponsor of Hard French Hearts Los Homos Pride 2012 on Sunday, June 24thsugar pie desanto oakland san francisco bay area at the SOMArts Cultural Center in San Francisco. This year's celebration is an inter-generational extravaganza that pays homage to soul music and ushers in a new era of queer performance.

Featured on the main stage will be Bay Area's living  soul and rhythm legend Sugar Pie DeSanto, indie Queer electric darling magic weirdo SSION, and bounce magician BeyondaDoubt!

Throughout the day, groove to sets by some of the hottest queer DJ’s and parties from San Francisco and up and down the west coast. And plan on all the regular Hard French fixings like sweating it out to hours upon hours of your favorite 45s from our house DJs  Brown Amy and Carnita, smoking-hot dance moves from the Jiggalicious Dance Babes and Magic Capturing by notorious Photo Booth, which will be benefiting a local queer non-profit.  

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A Benefit for Big Sur's Henry Miller Memorial Library with Philip Glass and Joanna Newsom with Tim Fain, 6/25

Posted by Billyjam, June 7, 2012 11:44am | Post a Comment

Joanna Newsom (live on UK TV) who, along with Tim Fain & Philip Glass, will perform at the
Warfield in SF on June 25th in a benefit for the Henry Miller Library in Big Sur


It is always a good thing to support music and musicians, whether buying CDs and records at Amoeba or attending concerts and shows, but supporting good music when it benefits a needy, worthwhile cause makes you feel even better. Grab the perfect  opportunity with the recently announced benefit concert for The Henry Miller Library with Philip Glass and Joanna Newsom with Tim Fain at the Warfield Theatre in San Francisco on Monday, June 25th.

(((folkYEAH!))) and The Day & Nights Festival presents this impressive concert, planned out of a need to support the financially challenged Big Sur-based Henry Miller Library. The library, which operates exclusively on donations, is a financial pinch right now and needs to raise $140,000 in funds to cover the costs of construction upgrades that are been enforced by country regulation laws.

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(Wherein the author steers his fears and beers with queers.)

Posted by Job O Brother, June 7, 2012 10:11am | Post a Comment


Um... eek.


This weekend, Los Angeles celebrates its main Gay Pride festival and I plan on being there. This may not seem like a stunning “news flash” to many of you, dear readers, but those who know me well know that I have a phobia of parades and balloons, I will not wait anything over 10 minutes for a table at any restaurant no matter how piquant their comestibles, nor will I eat standing up (and certainly not in a crowd!) and I’m allergic to most forms of fun – all of these are features of such events (or so I'm told).

But here’s another fact about me: I’ve never participated in any Pride activities in any city, any year, ever – and that strikes me as, well… queer. So this is the year I’m remedy it. I'm coming out! (...of my safe and cozy home.)

I need to go buy bottles of water and sun-block with an SPF of pi, but before I do, I wanted to get some mood music from our rich, LGBT heritage (see below). Beats make me braver!

And if you plan on coming to LA’s Pride, look for me. I’ll undoubtedly be cowering in some dark corner, terrified of everything, but doing it with a rad attitude.

























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June 6, 2012: Hardflip

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For Ozoners Only -- On this day, in 1933, the first drive-in theater opened

Posted by Eric Brightwell, June 6, 2012 11:22am | Post a Comment
THE FIRST DRIVE-IN


An advertisement for the first Drive-In 

The first drive-in theater opened on 6 June, 1933 at 2901 Admiral Wilson Boulevard in Camden, New Jersey. It was the invention of Richard M. Hollingshead Jr, who'd began screening films outdoors at his home with a 1928 Kodak projector sat on the roof of his car. He applied for a patent for his "invention" on 16 May, 1933. The feature film shown at his theater was the British comedy, Wives Beware.


The world's first Drive-In Theater

Before long, drive-ins, or automobile movie theaters, were opening in other states. California's first drive-in was the Pico Drive-In at 10850 W. Pico Boulevard, which opened  West Los Angeles in September, 1934. It was demolished in 1947 and was replaced by the Picwood Theatre in 1948. The Picwood closed in 1985, was demolished and replaced with the Westside Pavilion -- which includes the Landmark Theatre.


The Pico Drive-In

DRIVE-INS' PEAK


Although Hollingshead's pioneering theater closed in 1936 after only three years of operation -- a victim of a battle with Paramount Pictures -- the idea was popular although blasting sound outdoors necessitated the theaters being placed in less-developed areas.A major drive-in innovation occurred in 1941, when RCA introduced in-car speakers. Popularity exploded and by 1948 there were nearly 1,000 drive-ins. By the end of the 1950s, drive-ins accounted for 40% of theater grosses. In California, the number of drive-ins peaked in the 1960s, reaching 220.

THE RISE OF HOME VIDEO AND DRIVE-INS' DECLINE




Drive-ins popularity plummeted in the 1970s with the rise of home video's popularity. Family nights out could now be family nights in for the low price of a rental and some microwave popcorn. Betamax was released in 1975. VHS was introduced in Japan in 1976 and the US in 1977. DiscoVision, a precursor to LaserDisc, was introduced in 1978. Our family got our first VCR in 1978, coincidentally the last year the family went to the drive-in that I remember (Rocky at the Circle 25 Drive-In in Lexington, Kentucky -- demolished in 1982).

DRIVE-INS TODAY - CALIFORNIA LOVE


Thou shalt support drive-in theaters!

Nowadays there are about 500 drive-ins operating in the US and California – where cars double as family rooms -- is home to more than any other state. In the Southern California, drive-in lovers have some options.










SOCAL'S DRIVE-INS


The HiWay, SoCal's oldest functioning drive-in

Devil's Night Drive-In
is sort of an improvised drive-in/outdoor screening that takes place in a downtown parking garage at 240 W 4th St and screens mostly '80s movies to car-goers, bike-goers and people seated on a patch of astroturf. On 28 October, 2012 it is scheduled to relaunch as Electric Dusk Drive-In.

The HiWay Drive-In opened in Santa Maria in 1959. Today it’s the only remaining drive-in in Santa Barbara County.

The Mission Drive-In opened in Montclair in 1956 as a single screen. The original screen was demolished and replaced by four smaller screens in 1975. It was later re-named The Mission Tiki Drive-In.

The Paramount Drive-In opened as The Roadium Drive-In in Paramount in 1947. The screen went dark in 1991 and it re-opened in 2014 as The Paramount Drive-In.

The Rubidoux Drive-In opened in Riverside in 1948, with a single screen and amusement park rides thrown in. In 1983, two more screens were added.

The Santa Fe Springs Drive-In opened in 1950 in Santa Fe Springs as the La Mirada Drive-In. In 1965, they added a permanent swap meet – now a common feature at drive-ins. In 1990, in fact, the screen went dark except for rare, special occasions but the swap meet continues.

The Santee Drive-In Theatre opened in Santee in 1958 as a single screen drive-in. Around 1964, a second screen was added.

The Skyline Drive-In opened in 1966 in Barstow and went dark in 1987. In 1996, it re-opened as a single screen and has since added a second.

Smith’s Ranch Drive-In opened in 29 Palms in 1954 and has a pretty small (330 car) capacity.

The South Bay Drive-In opened in 1958 and is San Diego’s last operating drive-in.

The Sunset Drive-In opened in San Luis Obispo in 1950 as a single-screen theater and remains largely unchanged today.

The Van Buren Drive-In Theatre opened in 1964 in the historic Arlington neighborhood in Riverside.

The Vineland Drive-In opened in City of Industry in 1955 and has four screens.

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If you've never been to a drive-in show, you really need to do yourself a favor by visiting one in the near future. Especially in SoCal, where you've got great weather, serious car love and a fair number of these treasures still operate.
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New San Francisco Queer Pop Duo Hussyclub Arrive Via 3-D Video "Straight Girl"

Posted by Billyjam, June 6, 2012 08:24am | Post a Comment

Hussyclub "Straight Girl" (2012)

In honor of this year's Pride Month, the Amoeblog is running a series of posts celebrating various aspects of the LGBT community. This one salutes the talented new Bay Area queer electronic-pop duo Hussyclub, comprised of singer Glitterus and producer Critical Akklaim, who recently produced and unveiled the above song and video "Straight Girl." The self-described "San Francisco Dark Pop Fantasy Group" tag this dark fun video, which was directed by the group's singer with cameos from Zoe Bender and East Oakland turf dancers Jeriel Bey, Slow Motion, and Bam Ba of the Architekz fame, as a "3-D 80's Queer Matrix Sex Dance Spectaculum!!!!--about unleashing our truest desire, no matter how 'straight' you appear." Meanwhile they describe Hussyclub as, "a place for everyone to grind; queers, breeders, freqs, straight girls, hopefully simultaneously and wrapped in aluminum foil."

Yesterday, via email, I caught up with the two members of Hussyclub find out more about their unique new group.

Amoeblog: I could only find the "Straight Girl" song/video for Hussyclub. Is there more music available or on the way?

Hussyclub: "Straight Girl" is but the first desperation love-story you'll hear at the Hussyclub. We have songs of porno dreaming, ass smackin, alimony, husband snubbing, and lady loving all coming your way.

Amoeblog: Do you have to wear 3D glasses to fully appreciate the video? 

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The Hives Lex Hives Hits Stores, Band Picks Out Records at Amoeba

Posted by Billy Gil, June 5, 2012 05:33pm | Post a Comment

The Hives Lex HivesThe HivesLex Hives is out today, and it’s maybe the band’s strongest effort since Veni Vidi Vicious. I remember being in college and all kinds of people were into The Hives during the short-lived so-called garage rock revival of the early ’00s. Mostly “Hate to Say I Told You So” was just better and louder than anything else on the radio at the time, back when people were still listening to mainstream radio to find new and exciting rock bands.
 
It’s great to hear them in good form again on Lex Hives, exuding the same bratty appeal that made them so much fun in the first place. The band continues to veer from the garagey punk of their debut toward both the new wave feel of Tyrannosaurus Hives, like the Devo-esque “Wait a Minute,” and scuffed up ’70s arena rock, especially on first single “Go Right Ahead,” which is like a punk version of E.L.O.’s “Don’t Bring Me Down.” There are still plenty of garage-punk cuts to be had, like breakneck-speed rockers “These Spectacles Reveal the Nostalgics” and “If I Had a Cent,” but it’s nice to see them mess with the formula a bit to keep things interesting — “Take Back the Toys” sounds like someone left a cassette of the band’s biggest hit out in the sun, baked into crispy lo-fi, while “My Time Is Coming” begins a blues-y dirge before tearing into it.
 
Pick up Lex Hives online or in-store, and check out their “What’s In My Bag?” below, in which the band digs into punk, blues, Neil Young and Mitch Hedberg. Frontman Howlin’ Pelle Almqvist is 34 this year, but still somehow looks 18. What do the Swedes know that we don’t?
 

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Heavy Hitter Midnites // Cinefamily, Los Angeles

Posted by phil blankenship, June 5, 2012 03:16pm | Post a Comment
   

I started a new programming residency/biweekly Friday film explosion at the Cinefamily in Los Angeles to bring you a carefully curated collection of pizza party classics, fist explosions, international adrenaline-pumpers, ‘80s funbombs, white-hot laugh factories, total freakazoids and more. This is a dedicated study of all that is, and can be, AWESOME.

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The series kicked off last month with a sold out screening of the Canadian sci-fi mindmelter BEYOND THE BLACK RAINBOW and now hits back in June with PREDATOR and DETENTION, and in July with NEVER TOO YOUNG TO DIE and ROLLING THUNDER.

PREDATOR, June 8
A full-on macho heavyweight rager of intergalactic proportions! In a recent poll to determine the most (probably) scientifically accurate action blast, Scientific American unanimously announced the solid answer: John McTiernan’s amazing Predator. An all-star team of Arnold Schwarzenegger, Carl Weathers (Rocky, Action Jackson), Jesse “The Body” Ventura (plus Commando veteran Bill Duke and Lethal Weapon scribe Shane Black) venture to the jungles of South America to prove once and for all that “if it bleeds, we can kill it.” Big men, big guns, camouflage facepaint, torn limbs and Oscar-nominated (!) effects work by Stan Winston highlight this mandatory big-screen brawler, which still kicks your puny ass twenty-five years later.
Dir. John McTiernan, 1987, 35mm, 107 min.

DETENTION, June 22
From the director of the balls-to-the-wall Torque comes Detention, a genre-bent hyperkinetic smashterpiece that destroys every teen movie concept in an ambitious blink-and-you’ll-miss-it/WHAT THE FUCK AM I WATCHING?! brainscraper. Teen hunkapalooza Josh Hutcherson (The Hunger Games’ Peeta) headlines the students of Grizzly Lake High as they race to outlast a vicious killer ripped from their local multiplex, while making various stops for time-travel, BitTorrenting, body-swapping, costume parties and your not-so-typical teen romance. Visionary music video director Joseph Kahn (Brandy & Monica’s “The Boy is Mine,” Britney Spears’ “Toxic”) largely self-financed this ‘90s-obsessed, fast-paced alternate universe combination of pop culture mania and bizarre suburban landscape, only to have it abandoned by its distributor on a mere ten screens across the country (the lone L.A. area run was in fucking Burbank). We’re rescuing the film for one night only and in 35mm –- be the friend who saw it FIRST and ON THE BIG SCREEN. Writer/director Joseph Kahn joins Hollywood Reporter contributing editor Todd Gilchrist for a Q&A after the film!
Dir. Joseph Kahn, 2011, 35mm, 93 min.

NEVER TOO YOUNG TO DIE, July 6
Pack your bags and prepare for the RIDE OF YOUR LIFE, as gymnast heartthrob Lance Stargrove (a pre-Full House John Stamos!) avenges the death of his superspy father (former James Bond-er George Lazenby), meets-cute with the sexy Danja Deering (Prince protégé Vanity), and fights to save the world from hermaphrodite megavillain/sultry chanteuse Velvet Von Ragner (Gene Simmons of Kiss, in the role he was born to play.) The ‘80s pizza party masterpiece that you’ve waited a lifetime to discover, Never Too Young To Die delivers on its promise of outrageous action, radical style, loud tunes and big hair, while simultaneously re-examining gender roles in modern cinema. Not to be missed and not on DVD, this Reagan-era time-bomb is screening from what may be the only remaining 35mm print in the known universe!
Dir. Gil Bettman, 1986, 35mm, 97 min

ROLLING THUNDER, July 20
A blistering, slow-burn hook-handed revenge thriller/damaged psyche explosion from screenwriter Paul Schrader (Taxi Driver, Hardcore) and director John Flynn (The Outfit, Steven Seagal’s Out for Justice!). What happens when you return from war, and evil bastards take your wife, child, AND YOUR HAND? Hollywood has a long and frequent history of serving up how horrifying the Vietnam War and its aftermath were — but Rolling Thunder probes way, waaaay deeper into the plagued mind of the troubled Vietnam vet than any other film on earth. Influencing a generation of filmmakers (Quentin Tarantino famously named his releasing company after this one) and single-handedly levelling a decade of drive-in-goers, Rolling Thunder remains one of the most powerful films of the ‘70s. See William Devane and Tommy Lee Jones burn down the screen in 35mm!
Dir. John Flynn, 1977, 35mm, 95 min

 

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The Haley Butcher Organization Takes Over SF with Help from Amoeba Favs Shannon and the Clams, Grass Widow, Carletta Sue Kay & more!

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, June 4, 2012 07:30pm | Post a Comment
The Haley Butcher Organization is a non-profit that hosts music and art events for the benefit of terminallyHaley Butcher Grass Widow Carletta Sue Kay Shannon and the clams ill children. Named after Haley Butcher, who passed away at the age of 17 from an extremely rare blood disorder, the organization perpetuates her memory with live shows and events that raise money for other sick kids. They are usually based out of LA, but are venturing north to Haley's favorite city for an amazing show with some of Amoeba's favorite Bay Area musicians!

June 22nd
Verdi Club
2424 Mariposa St., San Francisco, CA 94110
21+, $12 at the door
8:00pm

With:
GRASS WIDOW
CARLETTA SUE KAY
HINDU PIRATES
NICOLE KIDMAN 
And a special DJ set with SHANNON AND THE CLAMS

RSVP on Facebook HERE!

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The Chop Tops, Rockabilly Guitar Legend Danny B. Harvey, The Strikers, Radio Threat, Lost Dog Found, The Struts, and Shake Me at Oakland Metro, 6/22!

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, June 4, 2012 07:00pm | Post a Comment
Join Amoeba Music, Charlotte's Web, and Peps X in welcoming The Chop Tops to the Oakland Metro OperaHouse on Friday, June 22nd where they will be joined by Rockabilly guitar legend Danny B. Harvey (member of Rockats and Headcat), The Strikers, Radio Threat, Lost Dog Found, The Struts, and Shake Me!

Get your tickets HERE!

RSVP on Facebook HERE!

6:30pm/7pm - $12/$15 - ALL AGES!!!! 
The Oakland Metro OperaHouse
630 3rd St. Oakland, CA

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Enter to Win Beach House's "Bloom" on Glow-in-the-Dark Vinyl! Only at Amoeba San Francisco!

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, June 4, 2012 05:42pm | Post a Comment

Head down to Amoeba San Francisco to enter to win Beach House's new album Bloom
on glow-in-the-dark vinyl!

Wowsa! This two-LP set is extremely limited! 
Beach House Glow in the Dark Record LP Vinyl Bloom

Berkeley World Music Festival Set by Fely Tchaco Confirmed Greatness of Amoeba Music In-Stores

Posted by Billyjam, June 4, 2012 01:37pm | Post a Comment

Amoeba Berkeley
's packed, high energy, and hella fun in-store performance by Ivory Coast singer Fely Tchaco on Saturday evening (June 2nd), proved just what a wonderful musical gift to the world the Amoeba Music in-stores are. 

And Saturday's extended concert, which was part of the larger Berkeley World Music Festival that ran all day Saturday in the Telegraph Ave/Peoples Park area, was extra wonderful. As the happy guy beside me at Amoeba on Saturday, in the aisle nestled between the reggae CDs and the used jazz vinyl, enthused at the one hour, five minute mark in the energetic show, "I've never seen any show at Amoeba Music that went for longer than an hour. This is unusual. And I come to Amoeba in-stores all the time. They're great!"  Indeed they are great and Saturday's show, that culminated in lots of audience members jumping up on stage to dance along with the band, was extra great since it ran for a full hour and a quarter which was especially long because it was part of the festival. Now in its ninth year the Berkeley World Music Festival included Peoples Park stage headliner Maria Muldaur and her Bluesianna Band whose set finished at 6pm. And afterwards many of the Muldaur audience exited the park & headed down the half block to filter into Amoeba and fill all the remaining open spaces in the aisles of the big record store to catch Fely's great set.

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Mediated Enjoyment: Michael Monroe at the Whisky a Go-Go

Posted by Charles Reece, June 3, 2012 08:30pm | Post a Comment

Michael Monroe plays an encore of "Taxi Driver" with guest Duff McKagan on bass. Has it really come to this,
filming my experiences rather than experiencing them? Ah well, it was a great show this past Saturday night. 

June 3, 2012: Battlefield America

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June 3, 2012: Chernobyl Diaries

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Hip-Hop Rap-Up, Week Ending 06.03.12: E-Lit, El-P, Killer Mike, J-Stalin, Cadence Weapon, B-Pos, Nio Tha Gift, Hieros, Dopestyle

Posted by Billyjam, June 3, 2012 09:30am | Post a Comment
         


Amoeba Music Berkeley Hip-Hop Top Five: 06:03:12


1) El-P Cancer4Cure (Fat Possum)

2) Killer MIke R.A.P. Music (William Street)

3) J Stalin The Body Snatchers (CR)

4) Cadence Weapon Hope In Dirt City (Upper Class Records)

5) BPos Pos Tapes Volume 3 (One League)

Thanks to E-Lit at Amoeba Music Berkeley for the latest Amoeba Hip-Hop Top Five chart and new releases overview that include the two El-P albums Cancer4Cure on Fat Possum which is his own first full solo length album in several years which as E-Lit notes in video above, is dedicated to his friend/lebel-mate/fellow band member the late Camu Tao who died four years ago at age 30 from lung cancer (hence the title), and the highly recommended album R.A.P. Music on William Street that El-P produced for Killer Mike - both of which are among the best albums released this year so far. Although technically mostly a collection of previous year releases that new Madlib Medicine Show The Brick box set with all 13 CDs (and nicely priced at $95) is another great new arrival in Amoeba that E-Lit outlines in the video above that compiles all of the super-talented producer's Medicine Show installments - the ambitious once a month release series he unleashed in 2010.  


J Stalin "Ball Hard" from The Body Snatchers (2012)


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June 2, 2012: Snow White and the Huntsman

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Amoeba Berkeley Celebrates the 9th Berkeley World Music Festival Today with Fely Tchaco In-Store Concert

Posted by Billyjam, June 2, 2012 08:09am | Post a Comment

Fely Tchaco who will peform at Amoeba Berkeley today at 6pm as part of the
all day, free Berkeley World Music Festival

Over at Amoeba Berkeley today is the big day where the ever-popular annual free Berkeley World Music Festival celebrates its ninth year with the Telegraph Amoeba store an integral part of the celebrations with a 6pm in-store performance from Ivory Coast-transplant vocalist Fely Tchaco (see video of the artist above). But the festivities begin six hours earlier at noon today (Saturday, June 2nd) with world music festivities and performances along Telegraph Ave. and in Peoples Park (behind Amoeba) where the main stage is set up and performers will include headliners Maria Muldaur and her New Orleans styled Bluesianna Band and Cuban music great Fito Reinoso. For full details on the event and all the happenings click here on the Amoeblog post and also the festival website  The festival runs until 9pm today in Berkeley.

June 1, 2012: Piranha 3DD

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Albums Due in June: A Place to Bury Strangers, Diiv, Fiona Apple, and More

Posted by Billy Gil, June 1, 2012 06:33pm | Post a Comment

It’s June! That means Summer is here (it isn’t, but who cares). Which means it’s time to pretend you don’t actually still have to work and have responsibilities and all of that and just spend all your money on records and all your time listening to them. It’s as good a time as any to do so, as there are a number of big releases coming down the pipe this month.

A Place to Bury StrangersFirst of all, there’s the new album from A Place to Bury Strangers, Worship, out June 26th. I’ve been a huge fan of these guys since frontman Oliver Ackermann formed Skywave in the early 2000s and have enjoyed their progression from an industrial-shoegaze band to augmenting their sound with elements of coldwave while retaining their core sound. There’s basically no better band from which to get your extra loud dream-pop guitar fix than APTBS. Check out the video for the album’s first single, “You Are the One.”
 


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There’s a lot of buzz around Diiv (formerly Dive), who release their debut, Oshin, also on June 26th, and why shouldn’t there be, as the band is fronted by Z. Cole Smith, who also is a member of Beach Fossils, who to me are easily one of the best guitar bands around. Similarly to BF, Diiv delivers intricate yet poolside-ready guitar goodness but also lacquers on some Creation Records era sound blankets. Just listen to “How Long Have You Known?” and tell me you’re not hungry for more.
 

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Local Stuff: King Tuff, Kitten, and Upcoming Shows

Posted by Billy Gil, June 1, 2012 04:05pm | Post a Comment
King TuffKing Tuff has released a new record on Sub Pop, and all I can say is OMGGG. King Tuff is looking to be the garage banger of the summer. You should definitely pick this one up, and you can even preview it on YouTube for the time being. Check out a stream from Sub Pop below, and order the album here.
 

 

Up-and-coming L.A. pop band Kitten is releasing a new EP called Cut it Out on Aug. 28th. Teenage frontwoman Chloe Chaidez sure sounds like a star in the making on this buzzy electro single, which has the post-punk feel of Metric while upping both the catchiness and shoegazey sonics. I feel like we’ll only be able to claim Kitten for so long before they move on to bigger and better things, so check them out while they’re still local!
 





Shows This Weekend

 
Nite Jewel One Second of LoveThis is a big weekend for local singer Nite Jewel, who recently released her fine album One Second of Love, which manages to be dancey (check out the title track) and cool, with atmospheric and experimental electronics throughout, while remaining classy, with Ramona Gonzalez’s sultry voice more reminiscent of classical pop singers like Barbra Streisand and Diana Krall. Tonight Nite Jewel headlines a krautrock-themed show titled “Krautrock Classics: A Night of German Cosmic Music,” presented by Dublab and the Goethe Institut. It will take place at the Ford Amphiteatre, with Nite Jewel performing a classic of the genre, Kraftwerk’s Computer World, with help from friends like Stones Throw Records’ Peanut Butter Wolf. The show also will include performances from the likes of Sun Araw, Dntel and Daedelus. Starts at 8, all ages, $15, get tickets online here.
 
Then, on Saturday, Filter Magazine holds its Summer Sessions series at the Original Penguin Store (8215 Melrose Ave.) from 2-6 p.m., featuring a performance by Nite Jewel. RSVP here.
 
Also on Saturday, California acts Cass McCombs and The Entrance Band play at the El Rey Theatre.
 
ViolensOn Sundays it’s usually hard to beat Part Time Punks at the Echo, and this Sunday is certainly no exception: Violens, whom fellow Amoeba-ite Brad also loves, will play alongside Capured Tracks band Catwalk and Surf Club, which features members of Craft Spells. Slumberland's Violens play blurry swoony guitar pop much in the same vein of their labelmates, but they stand out from the back with their strong melodic songwriting (check out the beautiful "Sariza Spring") and the fact that they bother to rock out once in a while (watch the "All Night Low" video below). Their album True is one of the best of the past couple of months. It's a whole lot of shoegazey, guitarry goodness for only 10 bucks. Get advance tickets here or in store at Ameoba.
            

Happy Birthday Alan Aldridge -- The Man with the Kaleidoscope Eyes

Posted by Eric Brightwell, June 1, 2012 04:00pm | Post a Comment

Today is the 69th birthday of English artist, graphic designer and illustrator, Alan Aldridge (click here to visit his site). His distinct airbrush work adorned numerous books and albums in the 1960s and '70s and helped define the aesthetic of the era -- equal parts whimsy and menace.

Aldridge appeals to me, in part, due to the way he draws upon older artists from very different traditions. The grotesque, fantastical characters echo the febrile visions of Dutch Renaissance painter Hieronymus Bosch. The invasive, sometimes threatening vegetation reminds me of the vegetable portraits of Italian Mannerist Giuseppe Arcimboldo. The soft, velvety folds and textures of clothing remind me of French Neoclassicist Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres's almost single-minded focus on mastering the technique of depicting textiles.
 
As a young child, when I was first exposed to Aldridge, I hadn't yet heard of any of those artists. I don't remember ever even asking who Alan Aldridge was, but it was clear even that his particular synthesis of influences and ability to simultaneously captivate and repulse was immediately recognizable as the work of one artist, whatever work it adorned.

     

Aldridge was born in East London in 1943. One of his first jobs as an illustrator was for The Sunday Times. He was hired in 1965 by Penguin Books' chief editor, Tony Godwin, to serve as art director after impressing them with his freelance covers. Examples of his work can be seen on numerous science-fiction revised editions c. 1967 and The Penguin Book of Comics (1967), and The Beatles Illustrated Lyrics (1969).

  

In 1968 he started his own graphic design firm, INK, who ended up designing a number of iconic album covers through the 1970s, as well as the graphics for Jane Arden's play, Vagina Rex and the Gas Oven in 1969.

 
My sister owned a copy of the picture book The Butterfly Ball and the Grasshopper's Feast (1973), an amazing children's book illustrated by Aldridge full of beauty and a creepiness that eludes description. My mother owned a copy of Elton John's concept album, Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy (1975). I gave it a few curious spins but his music never did much for me. The artwork, however, again the work of Aldridge, held me spellbound. Although I didn't realize it, when a couple third grade classmates and I attempted to provide a literal illustration of The Beatles' "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds," we were probably unknowingly influenced by Aldridge (and probably a bit of Heinz Edelmann and Milton Glaser) although it goes without saying that our results were slightly less accomplished.

The Who's A Quick One (1966), Andy Warhol   George Harrison's Wonderwall Music (1968) 

A few of the iconic designs Aldridge was behind include the cover for The Who's A Quick One (1966), Andy Warhol and Paul Morrissey's Chelsea Girls (1966), George Harrison's Wonderwall Music (1968), and later albums like Tears for Fears' Everybody Loves a Happy Ending (2004) and Incubus's Light Grenades (2006). 

    

He also illustrated The Ship's Cat (1977) and two sequels to The Butterfly Ball and the Grasshopper's FeastThe Peacock Party (1979) and The Lion's Cavalcade (1980).
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Celebrate National Doughnut Day with Dilla's Donuts

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J-Dilla "Last Donut of The Night" (off the Stones Throw album Donuts)

If today you notice a lot more people eating donuts than usual, you are not imagining things. Today is National Doughnut Day. And sure doughnuts (or donuts as they are more commonly spelled) may not the healthiest thing to eat all the time, but they are tasty and if there is only one day in the year you indulge in donuts... today is the day. This unofficial "holiday," which includes free donuts been given away from local donut spots and also national companies like Krispy Kreme and Dunkin Donuts, was established back in 1938 when The Salvation Army kickstarted this annual unofficial holiday that many credit for spreading the popularity of donuts in America.

National Doughnut Day, which for the past 74 years happens on the first Friday of each June, was initially created by the Salvation Army to commemorate all the early 20th Century wartime female volunteers who served doughnuts and coffee to troops during the First World War. The short video clip below briefly outlines the history. Also below are videos of the Swedish Chef of the Muppet Show's approach to getting the holes in the donuts and the famous "Donut Hell" clip from The Simpsons, featuring the number one donut fan Homer Simpson. Also below is a how-to bake doughnuts tutorial while up above is a video for the last track ("Last Donut of the Night") off the late great J-Dilla's excellent 2006 album Donuts - released (in two different covers - the "donut" and the "smile" covers) a few days before his untimely death. Made by Tuomas Vauhkonen and Jeremias Nieminen, the clip was the winning video in a contest held by Stones Throw Records last year.

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