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MuFTA Presents The Wall: A Tribute to the Legendary Album, 11/16

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, November 8, 2019 06:22pm | Post a Comment

November 2019 marks the 40th anniversary of Pink Floyd's iconic album, The Wall. On Saturday, November 16, Music For The Apocalypse (MuFTA) performs the album live, cover-to-cover at The Chapel in San Francisco! MuFTA will be joined by an all-star cast of musicians, singers, and drag performers to create a compelling piece of political theater.

In this new version of The Wall, the year is 2025. The human race sits at the precipice of Apocalypse. Fascism, endless war, and environmental catastrophe plague a planet on the edge of an epochal shift that we have no certainty of surviving. Sound familiar? This performance touches on themes of fascism, war, and the police state; environmental and climate change; immigration and refugee rights; reproductive rights and body autonomy; and technology, depression, and isolation.

MuFTA is comprised of Diogo Zavadzki (guitar, vocals), David Walker (drums), and Lysol Tony-Romeo (bass, vocals), and they will be joined by guest musicians Brendan Getzell (keys, vocals), Kat Robichaud (vocals), and many more. Guest drag performers include Roxanne Redmeat, Raya Light, Trixxie Carr, Andy Arcade, and more.

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Leonard Cohen's Legacy Grows Stronger With New "Thanks For The Dance" LP (Nov 22) + SF Leonard Cohen Festival (Nov 8-10)

Posted by Billyjam, November 7, 2019 11:25am | Post a Comment
Pre-order Nov 22 Leonard Cohen album Thanks For The Dance on CD and LP/vinyl

Three years following Leonard Cohen’s November 2016 passing at age 82, interest in the Canadian poet/author/singer/songwriter has continued to steadily grow with his legacy getting stronger with each passing year. Current proof of this lies in the popularity of the recently closed five month “Leonard Cohen: A Crack in Everything” exhibit at NYC’s Jewish Museum, anticipation for the upcoming new Cohen album Thanks For The Dance on CD and LP/vinyl (Nov 22nd), and wide interest in this weekend’s San Francisco Leonard Cohen Festival (SFLCF).

With headliners Conspiracy of Beards plus fellow Cohen inspired acts Ali & The Thieves and Kugelplex, the SFLCF will take place on November 8th, 9th and 10th at the Swedish American Hall and Cafe Du Nord  that share the same building on Market Street but with separate entrances. TIX + INFO.

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Portland Cello Project's Purple Reign: A Tribute to Prince, 11/12

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, November 6, 2019 06:25pm | Post a Comment

Portland’s premier alt-classical group Portland Cello Project returns to the JCCSF to pay tribute to one of the most talented rock stars of all time on Tuesday, November 12th at 7pm. With Purple Reign: A Tribute to Prince, the cellists marry their deep textures to the harmonic landscape of Prince’s catalog, while also paying tribute to music influenced by The Purple One. Don’t miss this one-of-a-kind performance only at the JCCSF.

Get your tickets HERE now and use the code AMOEBA50 at checkout for 50% off!

Oaktown Jazz Workshops: 25th Anniversary Celebration at Yoshi's Oakland, 11/12

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, November 5, 2019 04:30pm | Post a Comment

Amoeba is proud to be a sponsor of the Oaktown Jazz Workshops: 25th Anniversary Celebration at Yoshi’s Oakland on Tuesday, November 12th from 8pm – 10pm. Performances will feature saxophonist and Oaktown Jazz Workshops (OJW) instructor Richard Howell, pianist and MC Kev Choice, seven-time Grammy nominated percussionist John Santos, and pianist Marco Diaz, plus outstanding OJW Alumni Elé Howell, Jesse Levit, Ian McArdle, Tim McKay, Ranzel Merritt Jr., Erika Oba, Rafa Postel, Ruthie Price, and the Oaktown Jazz Workshops’ Youth Performance Ensemble. All proceeds from this benefit concert will support OJW’s music education for youth across the Bay Area.

Formed in 1994 by the late jazz trumpeter Khalil Shaheed, Oaktown Jazz Workshops is a non-profit community-based organization dedicated to passing on the tradition of jazz music to young people through music instruction and educational presentations. Located in Jack London Square, OJW continues to promote, preserve, and present jazz music so that youth develop a sense of ownership and pride in this uniquely American cultural and artistic heritage.

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Weird Wednesdays this November at the Alamo Drafthouse New Mission

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, November 4, 2019 07:27pm | Post a Comment

Amoeba Music and Alamo Drafthouse New Mission in San Francisco team up for another month of mammoth movie hits with this November's Weird Wednesdays! Join us at the Alamo's beautiful movie palace in the Mission District for these weird, wacky, and wild classics:

TAMMY AND THE T-REX (1994, 4K RESTORATION)
Wednesday, November 6. 10pm
Directed by Stewart Raffill (Mac and Me), Tammy and the T-Rex is a love story as old as time. This post-Jurassic jam stars Denise Richards (Starship Troopers, Wild Things) and the late Paul Walker (The Fast and the Furious) in an unprecedented mishmash of rom-com tropes and R-rated horror thrills. When Paul's mauled by the local zoo’s toothier residents, his love affair with Denise doesn’t cease — even after his brain is transplanted into an ancient animatronic predator. Oh, and did we mention “Bernie” from Weekend at Bernies’ is the villain? Originally filmed as a gorefest with impressive splatter by SFX guru John Carl Buechler, Tammy’s only minimal release back in the day was cut to PG-13, funneled straight-to-video, and inexplicably marketed as a kids’ film. Thanks to the intrepid efforts of top-notch archival pals Vinegar Syndrome, this gonzo gem is fully restored and ready to scorch your ganglia into dust!

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Cops Vs. Aliens: An Evening of Rock & Roll Film with CRIME 1978 & Ziggy Stardust

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, November 1, 2019 06:47pm | Post a Comment

CRIME 1978

San Francisco’s First and Only Rock’n’Roll Movie: CRIME 1978, a short documentary film about the legendary punk band and Amoeba favorite CRIME, will screen at the Victoria Theatre in SF on Thursday, November 14th at 7pm, followed by everyone's favorite rock & roll alien concert flick, Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars (1973)! Introducing the event are CRIME 1978 producer Henry S. Rosenthal (aka Hank Rank of CRIME) and filmmaker Jon Bastian. There will also be live music by The Legendary Stardust Cowboy, Ron “The Ripper” Greco (original CRIME bassist), and CRIME WAVE (CRIME tribute band with members of Egrets on Ergot, Cheap Tissue, The Richmond Sluts), plus a Ziggy Stardust lookalike contest!

The “rock verite” footage of CRIME was filmed entirely in 1978 by Larry Larson for his local cable Crime 1978access program In Review, and is newly edited by Bastian. Larson found a unique experience in the burgeoning punk scene taking place at the Mabuhay Gardens, a Filipino restaurant and bar-gone-gritty nightclub on Broadway in North Beach. The booker Dirk Dirksen regularly landed local punk and New Wave acts at the club, including the Avengers, The Nuns, The Dils, Pearl Harbor & the Explosions, and CRIME. CRIME’s 1976 single of “Hot Wire My Heart” (backed with “Baby You're So Repulsive”) is credited as the first single released by a U.S. punk act from the West Coast. Like some of their punk contemporaries, they took on individual personas and built a group image, wearing police uniforms and billing themselves as "San Francisco's First and Only Rock 'n' Roll Band." The members of CRIME in 1978 were Johnny Strike (Gary John Bassett) on vocals and guitar, Frankie Fix (Marc D’Agostino) on vocals and guitar), Ron The Ripper (Ron Greco) on bass, and Hank Rank (Henry S. Rosenthal) on drums.

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Hip-Hop Rap-Up: Top 5 Albums + News: Apollo Brown, Boots Riley @ OMCA, Ben Merlis' Cold Chillin book, Camp Flog Gnaw Carnival + more

Posted by Billyjam, November 1, 2019 12:22pm | Post a Comment
Amoeba Top 5 Hip-Hop Top Albums


#1:
Apollo Brown  Sincerely, Detroit (Mello Music)

#2Homeboy Sandman Dusty (Mello Music)

#3: L'Orange & Jeremiah Jae Complicate Your Life With Violence Vinyl LP  (Mello Music Group) (also avail on CD)

#4: Big Shug The Diamond Report  (Brick Records)

#5: Billy Woods Terror Management (backwoodz)

Brand new release in the Amoeba new arrivials this week, via the unstoppable independent hip-hop label Mello Music, is Detroit producer Apollo Brown’s excellent new full-length Sincerely, Detroit. A hip-hop homage to the producer’s hometown, the one hour and 19 minute new album is a Detroit centric, compilation-like album as much as a single artist release. The talent-packed 79 minute album’s 21 tracks feature a long list of guest collaborators from Detroit, acting as yet another reminder of just how much incredible hip-hop talent the Motor City has given and continues to give the world!  Artists joining Apollo Brown include elZHI, Slum Village, Phat Kat, Guilty Simpson, Chris Orrick and Clear Soul Forces. Among the too many great tracks to mention are the upliftingly soulful "God Help Me (feat. Black Milk, Ketchphraze & DJ Los)" and "The Backbone (feat. Guilty Simpson, Fat Ray & Melanie Rutherford)" (scroll down to see the song's accompanying music video).  Order Sincerely, Detroit  HERE

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15 Years After Mac Dre's Murder, Popularity Of Beloved Bay Area Rapper Continues To Grow [includes Mac Dre Top 10 Amoeba Guide]

Posted by Billyjam, November 1, 2019 09:01am | Post a Comment
Mac Dre Ronald Dregan: Dreganomics 2LP reissued on vinyl by Thizz Nation example
of the ever-growing wave of interest in the rapper who was murdered 15 years ago on
November 1st 2004, just 3 & a half months after the release of this album.


Today, November 1st, 2019 marks the 15th anniversary of the murder of beloved Bay Area rapper Mac Dre who, a full decade and a half after his tragic demise, is far from fading from memory. Instead the charismatic super-talented  rapper born Andre Hicks, whose career began in the 80’s and who at the end of the following decade was leading the charge as one of the chief ambassadors of the Bay Area’s blossoming, hyphy movement, has exponentially grown in popularity with each passing year since his 2004 murder. Today Mac Dre (an artist under appreciated in his lifetime) is widely viewed as an iconic figure in hip-hop history. He ranks up there along with  2Pac and J-Dilla; two other hip-hop greats taken too young from this world while in the prime of their careers.

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