Digging in the Crates of OMCA's "Vinyl: The Sound and Culture of Records" Pt 3 featuring Dan the Automator

Posted by Billyjam, July 19, 2014 01:31pm | Post a Comment

With just a little over one week left to the wonderful Amoeba Music sponsored record / vinyl themed exhibit Vinyl: The Sound and Culture of Records at OMCA this is part three in the Digging In The Crates Amoeblog series dedicated to some of the curated crates that are currently on exhibit (but only through next weekend, Sunday July 27th) at the Oakland Museum of California as part of its excellent interactive Vinyl exhibit which has been there for three months and is well worth checking out. For this installment we focus on (scroll down to see) San Francisco producer Dan Nakamura - aka Dan the Automator - who coincidentally later today (July 19th) will be doing a free outdoor show at 7pm at Prospect Park in Brooklyn, NY along with  fellow Deltron 3030 members Kid Koala and Del The Funky Homosapien plus the Deltron 3030 Orchestra.

For his curated crate picks (which overlaps a bit with his above Amoeba WIMB? clip) at the OMCA Vinyl exhibit the prolific producer chose a combination of some of his all time favorite releases such as Eric B and Rakim's Paid In Full and The Beach Boys'  Pet Sounds (his number one top pick), as well as many of the countless releases that the prolific producer has been personally involved in over the years such as Cornershop's  When I was Born for the 7th time on which he is the producer, Handsome Boy Modeling School of which he is one-half along with Prince Paul, The Gorillaz whose first album he produced, Jamie Cullum's Catching Tales on which Nakamura does beats and programming, Kasabian's West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum that he produced, Lovage which is the producer along with Mike Patton and such other collaborators as (again fellow Deltron 3030 member) Kid Koala, and Jennifer Charles, and Anaïs' The Love Album via Polydor France released in 2008 that he also produced and is in the same musical vein as his forthcoming latest project, Got A Girl along with vocalist Mary Elizabeth Winstead, that will be arriving in Amoeba this coming Tuesday (July 22nd, 2014) via his long running San Francisco based label Bulk Recordings. What's crazy is that he didn't even get to include one of his best (and earliest) releases - one that I included in the crate I curated at the OMCA exhibit - his 1989 early breakbeat/battle record Music To Be Murdered By.

Among the many highlights of the OMCA Vinyl exhibit have been the weekly Talk and Play sessions in which various local musicologists have hosted informal record playing talks with audience participation. The final Talk and Play session, entitled Every Record Has a Story, will take place on Saturday, July 26, 2014, from 1pm to 2:30pm. The panelists will include David Katznelson (Record Producer, President of Birdman Recording Group), Steven Baker (former president of Warner Brothers Records), Britt Govea (founder of Folk Yeah Productions), and Josh Rosenthal (founder, owner and president of Tompkins Square Records) who promise to "unlock some of the biggest secrets behind some of the greatest albums of our time." More info here.   


Dan “The Automator” Nakamura's OMCA Vinyl Crate Curated Picks

1.    Pet Sounds - The Beach Boys

2.    Melody Nelson - Serge Gainsbourg

3.    Saturday Night Fever Various Artists

4.    All and All  Earth Wind & Fire

5.    Mantronix  Mantronix The Album

6.    Yo! Bum Rush The Show - Public Enemy

7.    Do you like scratching EP- Malcolm McLaren 

8.    Critical Beatdown - Ultramagnetic MCs

9.    Criminal Minded -Boogie Down Productions

10.    Paid In Full - Eric B and Rakim

11.    London Calling - The Clash

12.    "Sympathy for the Devil" The Rolling Stones

13.    Os Mutantes

14.    Ege Bamyasi - Can

15.   Dusty in Memphis - Dusty Springfield

16.   Sex Machine - James Brown

17.    Dr. Octagon

18.    Cornershop - When I was Born for the 7th time

20.    Handsome Boy Modeling School

21.    Gorillaz - Gorillaz

22.    Deltron 3030

23.   Jamie Cullum - Catching Tales

24.    Kasabian - West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum

25.    Anaïs - The Love Album

26.    Lovage

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