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Wild Indonesian Rock & Fantasy Flicks

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, May 30, 2019 07:39pm | Post a Comment

Indo-Rock

By Kai Wada Roath
Ambassador of Confusion Hill and host of the Super Shangri-La Show

Resting your feet up on your ottoman (with rips repaired by duct tape), you strike a match to light your The Tielman Brotherscalabash pipe as you take a pause reading Bernard Heuvelmans' On the Track of Unknown Animals, contemplating if the small humanoid ape-creatures named the Orang Pendek on the island of Sumatra could in fact truly exist? Just then, your cat dips its tail into your tropical concoction you poured in an old Mr. Bali Hai mug. Indonesia seems to be in the air...so why not take it a little further this evening as I offer you some interesting appetizers from the "Emerald of Equator."

The Tielman Brothers are perhaps the most famous Indonesian rock band and are considered the pioneers of rock and roll in the Netherlands. This is due to Indonesia once being a Dutch colony, creating a unique cross-over of Indonesian and Western music called Indo-Rock. If rare international surf music "surfaces your submarine," you may have already heard their hit "Java Guitars" on the amazing bootleg surf album, Guitar Mood, still seen sealed new from time-to-time at Amoeba.



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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Duff McKagan

Posted by Amoebite, May 30, 2019 05:35pm | Post a Comment

Duff McKagan - What's In My Bag? Amoeba Music

Guns N' Roses bassist, singer, songwriter, and author Duff McKagan visited Amoeba Hollywood recently for a What's In My Bag? episode and impressed us all with his musical knowledge, storytelling ability, and ardent curiosity. McKagan has been on a mission lately to restock his vinyl collection that has largely disappeared over the years. He came in looking for some classic punk LPs and wound up sharing stories abut the first album he bought with his own money, the Prince record that gave him the courage to move to Los Angeles, and the music that scares him.

Duff McKagan started his first band, Vains, when he was fifteen. In 1980, he became the drummer for pop-punk band The Fastbacks. He performed with a handful of punk bands before moving to Los Duff McKagan - TendernessAngeles in 1983 and forming Road Crew with Slash (guitar) and Steven Adler (drums). In March 1985, he became the bassist in Guns N' Roses. Two years later, the band released their debut LP, Appetite for Destruction. In 1991, GNR embarked on the Use Your Illusion tour and released the Use Your Illusion I and Use Your Illusion II albums. In 1993, the band released an album consisting largely of punk covers, "The Spaghetti Incident?", and McKagan released his first solo LP, Believe in Me.

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The 3rd Annual Mid City Arts & Music Festival Saturday, June 8 in Los Angeles

Posted by Amoebite, May 29, 2019 12:46pm | Post a Comment

Mid City Arts & Music Festival 2019

The third annual Mid City Arts & Music Festival is Saturday, June 8th in Los Angeles on Washington Boulevard between Vineyard Ave and Rimpau Blvd. Enjoy live music on two stages, artists painting live, delicious food trucks, local vendors, a beer garden featuring locally crafted beers, kids activities & more from 12-7pm. Plus, we'll be there with a booth and the Amoeba prize wheel

Music on the main stage kicks off at 12:30pm and will feature The Pharcyde's Fatlip & Slimkid3 with DJ Cee Brown and special guest 2Mex, KCRW's Anthony Valadez, The Delirians, DJ Battlecat, Rocky Dawuni, Novena Carmel, and a live illustration battle with Secret Walls

This festival is free and all-ages, although you must be 21+ to enter the beer garden. 

Check out the full schedule of events here.

Mid City Arts & Music Festival 2019

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Hip-Hop Weekly News + Top 5: Bay Area DMC DJ Battle, Biggie Street, Hiero Day, Blu & Exile, Wordsworth/Pearl Gates, DJ Babu, DJ Muggs

Posted by Billyjam, May 27, 2019 09:49pm | Post a Comment
Not released until next month, The Stage EP from the triple threat of  Curren$y, Smoke DZA,
and Harry Fraud can be pre-ordered from Amoeba now in advance of its June 7th release date.
The 26 minute 12" vinyl release features four vocal tracks on Side A and their
accompanying instrumental versions on the B-side.


At last night's dual 2019 DMC DJ battles, held at the Uptown in Oakland, the winner of the 2019 US Scratch Finals battle was DJ Prolifix from Los Angeles. Pictured left with his award (photo c/o Christie Zee), last night's DMC USA Scratch Champion title is in fact the second for the talented SoCal turntablist. Runners up in that battle included Lou Short and Don Don. Meanwhille in the 2019 DMC Bay Area DJ Battle, for which contestants can be from anywhere in the US, the winner was TyHandswell from Severn, MD. Runners up in that category were DJs LazyBoy and Dayvers. Check back here on the Amoeblog for a full detailed review of these two 2019 DMC battles in Oakland and a preview of the upcoming US and World DMC 2019 battles.  Read Amoeblog review of last year's US finals here).

2019 DMC US Scratch Finals & Bay Area DJ Battle, Oakland May 26 w sets by DJs Shortkut, Quest, Traps, Teeko + MC Bas-One

Posted by Billyjam, May 24, 2019 01:05pm | Post a Comment


Dual DMC DJ battles will take place this Memorial Day weekend at the Uptown club in downtown Oakland where, on Sunday, May 26th from 6pm to midnight, both the 2019 DMC Bay Area Regional DJ battle and the national 2019 DMC US Scratch Finals are scheduled to take place. In addition to these two anticipated turntable showdowns, to be hosted by MC of the night BAS One, there;ll also be showcase sets by DJ Quest, DJ Teeko and DJ Shortkut.

Speaking of Shortkut note that the widely revered Beat Junkies and Inviisibl Skratch Piklz member, who is pictured left at Amoeba Berkeley during his Record  Store Day in-store performance last month with his daughter in tow, boasts a back catalog that includes the recommended battle break/DJ tool Mini Wheels 7" single.

In addition to Short, Quest and Teeko's short but intense six minute turntable sets, another celebrated Bay Area turntablist DJ Traps (pictured above left in flyer) will do a much longer, extended party-rocking set for the Memorial Day holiday weekend crowd Sunday who don't have worry about work the next day.
For Sunday's 2019 US Scratch Finals the contestants will include DJ E Money (Boise, ID), Platinum Floyd (Wheat Ridge, CO), DJ Xcaliba (Stockton, CA), The Beat Molester (Seattle, WA), and (previous US DMC Scratch Champion) DJ PROLIFIX from Los Angeles.

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2019 SF DOC-FEST’s Schedule To Include Music Documentaries On Ska Music’s Second and Third Waves #MoviesMusic

Posted by Billyjam, May 23, 2019 09:51am | Post a Comment
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Jamaican derived ska music’s second wave and third waves are each the subjects of a double-feature in the upcoming two-week long  2019 SF DOCFEST with the June 9th screenings of Dance Craze: The Best of British Ska...Live! and Pick it Up! Ska in the 90s at San Francisco's Roxie. As such they are among several music history themed documentaries scheduled for the 18th annual San Francisco Documentary Film Festival (May 29 - June 13) that also include a revisionist look at the impact of MTV in the 80’s (scroll down for details). For Bay Area movie goers, a region with historically strong ties to ska, it likely will be the ska documentary double feature that should be of most appeal, especially considering that so many California bands including the East Bay’s Dance Hall Crashers and Fresno’s Let’s Go Bowling are among the subjects of one of the documentaries.

Ska music was born in Jamaica in the 50’s and popularized by the early 60’s with a unique sound that melded elements of calypso and Caribbean mento (Jamaican folk) along with American rhythm & blues and jazz. Among its earliest purveyors were The Skatalites who defined this since called “first wave” of ska. Their album Ska Authentic is a recommended intro to this landmark group.  It is also important to note that, like later ska wave’s links to such political movements as Rock Against Racism, the original first wave of ska was historically linked to the 1962 independence of Jamaica from Great Britain.

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Having A Movie Moment with Jon Longhi: Melies, Moles & Mantises

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, May 22, 2019 07:58pm | Post a Comment

By Jon Longhi

Welcome to this month’s Having A Movie Moment With Jon Longhi where I review recent Blu-ray releases.

Melies Fairy Tales In Color, Blackhawk Films/Flicker Alley:
I was less than halfway through my first viewing of this when I realized it was one of my favorite things I own. Many of these films have been released many times before. I already own a couple of restored Georges Melies collections and they look good, but they don't look anything like this. To begin with, my old collections are in black & white, but this new set is in COLOR! These weren't colorized by Ted Turner, no, each and every frame of these films was hand painted. Melies was a genius who just couldn't accept the shortcomings of technology. Sure, film had just been invented and was only silent and black & white, but Melies wasn't about to let those basic facts hold him back. So he had every frame of his movies painted with gorgeous color that reminds one of the French postcards that were contemporaneous to Melies' films. The director had fantastic images he wanted to show so he developed a variety of special effects to show them. Double exposures, substitution splices, time-lapse photography... Melies developed and did whatever it took to make his visions real and the results are just as jaw dropping now as they were a hundred and twenty years ago.

The films are surreal, complex, and fantastic, they create a unique world of magic and wonder. This set is worth it just for the restored version of A Trip To The Moon alone. Melies' loose and fanciful adaptation of Jules Verne's classic novel has long been considered one of the cornerstones of cinema. I've seen the film many times before but this new color version is like seeing it for the first time. The hand-painted frames make the fantastic lunar world even more stunning and psychedelic. But A Trip To The Moon is just one of thirteen films on this set, and others like The Kingdom Of The Fairies and The Impossible Voyage are equally surreal and amazing. There are scenes on this disc that you will find yourself watching over and over because the images are just so timeless and cool. The person who painted Melies' sets is one of the best painters I've ever seen. I kept freeze-framing the films just to stop and soak up the amazing details of his painted backdrops. Labyrinthine cities, dense tangled forests, haunted medieval towns -- his details were just spectacular. The hand-painted colors add another whole dimension to the films. Often they are more than just coloring and actually react to the action occurring on screen. Melies had an influence on every artist who came after him. At times, artists like Salvador Dali, Walt Disney, and Terry Gilliam just seem to be copying him. His influence on the surrealists especially is incalculable, but elements of his work exist throughout pop culture. Some of the most timeless images in film history are in this set. It belongs in every person's collection.

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Madonna’s “Crave” from forthcoming LP “Madame X” Redeems (Somewhat) The Pop Icon’s Eurovision Live Performance

Posted by Billyjam, May 22, 2019 02:43pm | Post a Comment
Madonna (with Swae Lee) "Crave" from forthcoming album Madame X, (pre-order CD2LP)


The brand new video for Madonna’s “Crave (feat Swae Lee)” from her forthcoming album Madame X, (pre-order CD2LP) unveiled and published to YouTube earlier today and seen above, proves that the 60 year old pop icon looks amazing, for any age! She also sounds great; albeit not really sounding exactly like her old pop singing self but rather like someone channeling the stylings of a contemporary Top 40 singer.  More importantly for the artist, who began her meteoric career back in the early 80’s but has endured a more rocky relationship with critics in recent years, today's unveiling of the catchy "Crave" both distracts and (somewhat) redeems Madonna's controversially disastrous Eurovision 2019 performance over the weekend.

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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Matthew Dear

Posted by Amoebite, May 21, 2019 06:59pm | Post a Comment

Matthew Dear - What's In My Bag? Amoeba Music

We were happy to have DJ, producer, and electronic artist Matthew Dear visit Amoeba Hollywood for a What's In My Bag? episode. The father of three children, Matthew was primarily shopping for albums to play at home. "I try to show [my kids] a lot of stuff that my dad showed me," he said, picking up LPs by Joni Mitchell, Townes Van Zandt, and the King of Western Swing, Bob Wills.

Born in Texas, Matthew Dear became inspired by the sounds of Detroit techno after moving to Michigan as a teen. He met Ghostly International founder Sam Valenti IV while attending a party at the University Matthew Dear - Bunny - Amoeba Musicof Michigan. Dear's first single for the label was "Hands Up For Detroit" (1999). His next releases, "Stealing Moves" and "Mouth to Mouth," were released via Ghostly's dancefloor-friendly subsidiary Spectral Sound. Around this time, he began performing and releasing records under aliases, including False, Jabberjaw, and Audion.

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Burger Boogaloo 2019: John Waters, The Jesus and Mary Chain, The Scientists, The Dead Boys, Shannon And The Clams & More!

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, May 21, 2019 01:17pm | Post a Comment

Burger Boogaloo

Burger Boogaloo returns to Oakland’s Mosswood Park on Saturday, July 6th and Sunday, July 7th for Burger Boogaloo and Amoeba a 10th anniversary shindig featuring The Jesus and Mary Chain, The Scientists, Shannon And The Clams, Sheer Mag, Derv Gordon (The Equals), and more! As always, the Boog is staying true to its roots with the return of the one and only Czar of Bizarre, John Waters, as the Mister of Ceremonies, and a lineup of historic punk rockers and young up-and-comers.

But wait, there’s more! The Burger Boogaloo staff has committed themselves to helping those affected by Oakland’s ongoing housing crisis and will host a series of fundraisers both before and during the festival to raise money for those in need. Additionally, staffers will be volunteering with the organization Punks With Lunch, including a Benefit Show with Shannon Shaw at The Uptown on Friday, January 18th with 100% of ticket sales going to the organization.

Burger Boogaloo has also been partnering with The Homeless Action Center, the only legal service program in the Bay Area that focuses exclusively on public benefits advocacy as a critical tool to reduce and end homeless. HAC provides legal advocacy that is no-cost, barrier-free, culturally sensitive, and non-judgmental.

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Our First Ever LIVE "What's In My Bag?" Episode Features Juana Molina

Posted by Amoebite, May 15, 2019 12:07pm | Post a Comment

Juana Molina - What's In My Bag? Live

We were honored to have Argentinian electronic / experimental / folk artist Juana Molina play selections and share stories in our first ever LIVE What's In My Bag? interview. Filmed in front of an Ableton Loop audience at The Montalban Theatre in Hollywood and moderated by Alejandro Cohen of LA's Dublab internet radio station, Molina gave us an intimate peek into some of the records that mean the most to her.

Juana Molina is a Buenos Aires-based singer, songwriter, and actress known for her experimental folktronica sound. Born to Argentine tango singer Horacio Molina and actress Chunchuna Villafañe, she began playing guitar at age five and recorded a Mother's Day song with her father, which was released as a single. Molina's television career began in 1988 when she landed a role on La noticia rebelde and then on El mundo de Antonio Gasalla. As her reputation as a skilled sketch comedy artist grew, she launched her own TV show, Juana y sus hermanas, in 1991. By this time she was one of Argentina's most famous comics but, feeling that she had strayed too far from her lifelong dream of being a musician, Molina canceled the show in 1994.

Juana Molina HaloIn 1996, she released her debut LP, Rara. The album was not well-received in her home country, where fans expected and wanted her comedy persona to perform instead. In 1998, Molina relocated to Los Angeles and began working on a sophomore LP, Segundo; she would return to Buenos Aires to produce the album, which was released via Domino. The LP raised her profile internationally. David Byrne bought the album, became a fan, and invited Molina to open for him on tour. Molina released albums consistently over the course of the next two decades, winning acclaim in Argentina and around the world. Her most recent release is 2017's Halo.

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Interview With Damon Krukowski

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, May 14, 2019 05:24pm | Post a Comment

By Jon LonghiDamon Krukowski

Damon Krukowski and his wife/partner Naomi Yang have been making music together since the late nineteen eighties. Their bands Galaxie 500 and Magic Hour were two of the most influential groups of the dream pop movement, and the two have kept making music ever since as the duo Damon and Naomi. Their music is frequently described as either psychedelia or psych pop. The two share an uncanny chemistry as musicians. Damon's guitar blends perfectly with Naomi's keyboards and their vocal harmonies are just heavenly. At their show at The Lab in SF on April 17th, Damon said he's seen their music make even the toughest bouncers at bars they've played start crying. It's beautiful, heartbreaking music. Check them out. Everything they've ever recorded is excellent. Damon stopped by Amoeba SF on April 18th and we got to ask him a few questions.

Amoeba: So you're on a book tour with some Damon and Naomi shows?

Damon: Yes I'm doing a book tour for my new MIT Press book, Ways of Hearing, and we're doing a couple shows along the way. We just played at The Lab last night [4/17]. Tonight [4/18] I'm doing a book event at City Lights Bookstore at 7pm. Come check it out.

Amoeba: What's the book about? I've heard it's a very visual interactive experience that almost reads as a graphic novel.

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A CRY For CECIL TAYLOR, My Avant Gardfather, 1929-2018

Posted by Rick Frystak, May 8, 2019 07:57pm | Post a Comment

Cecil Taylor

Photo by unknown/illustration by Rick Frystak
 

Welcome back to The Choice Bin. It's 1973, UCLA's Royce Hall, a few notches up from what it is today satus-wise as there just weren't many halls to showcase serious music in '73. Big deal anytime or place, these artists in L.A. then, (like say, Stevie Wonder) so the town was abuzz. Cecil Taylor is here to play a solo piano recital. Lee has Rhino stocked. Lingerers linger. Jivers jive. Clowns clown. There's a festival vibe, it was called Newport Jazz Fest west or whatever. This night is just Cecil.

The concert begins. Each note, chord harmony, repetition, arpeggio, triad, cluster, question-and-answer; a sensation of logic and emotion. To some,''noise''. This man went to the New York Conservatory. Cecil is here in UCLA playing a huge 10-foot Bosendorfer piano and the paint is already coming off the walls. Folks are on the edge of their seats.

OMG, it's Cecil my main man, my idol in the ''out'' music. I have "all" his albums. I'm in the SAME ROOM with him! Tonight, Cecil has come from a whisper (he hadn't begun dancing out to the piano yet) to a brilliantly built mountain of sound.

It's getting more and more and more intense when all of a sudden, a man sitting almost dead-center STANDS UP,TAKES OFF HIS SHIRT and begins dancing and...YELLING!! I couldn't believe what I was seeing for a split second, but then that same feeling came over me, but I stayed in my seat. It was like a shot of adrenaline, more exciting than ANYTHING I'd ever heard, right then and there...the physical manifestation of the sounds we were hearing, driving us to yelling!

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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Shooter Jennings

Posted by Amoebite, May 7, 2019 05:03pm | Post a Comment

Shooter Jennings - What's In My Bag?

In our 600th What's In My Bag? episode, countrysinger-songwriter Shooter Jennings explored the laserdisc section at Amoeba Hollywood and picked up LPs by David Bowie, Hank Williams Jr., and Jaime Wyatt. "I went right for David Bowie," he told us. "I've been listening to a lot of David Bowie lately. Me and a friend of mine been working on something (and) we've just been plowing through Bowie. He's one of my favorites of all time."

The son of country music royalty Waylon Jennings and Jessi Colter, Shooter Jennings grew up on tour buses, sometimes playing drums in Waylon's band. He began playing drums at age five, studied Shooter Jennings - Shooter - Amoeba Musicpiano at age eight, and took up the guitar at age fourteen. Shooter moved to Los Angeles in 2001 and started the rock band Stargunn. He signed to the label Universal South Records in 2005 for the release of his solo debut Put the "O" Back in Country. Album single "Fourth of July" peaked at #22 on the Billboard Hot Country charts. That same year, Shooter took on the role of his father in the Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash biopic Walk the Line.

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