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Saluting Rock And Roll Pioneer Chuck Berry [1926 - 2017]

Posted by Billyjam, March 18, 2017 11:16pm | Post a Comment

One of rock n roll music's pioneers/creators Chuck Berry died this afternoon at his Missouri home. The influential guitarist/writer/singer born Charles Edward Anderson Berry, who had been performing up until a couple of years ago, was 90 years of age. Earlier today his family posted via the Chuck Berry Facebook page that: "We are deeply saddened to announce that Chuck Berry - beloved husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather - passed away at his home today at the age of 90. Though his health had deteriorated recently, he spent his last days at home surrounded by the love of his family and friends. The Berry family asks that you respect their privacy during this difficult time."  

Chuck Berry's death comes in advance of his recently announced first studio album in 38 years (Chuck to be released later this year) and just three weeks following the release of the wonderful tribute to the artist's legacy: Rock And Roll Music! The Songs Of Chuck Berry.  That recommended 24 track collection that was carefully compiled by Ace UK Records, features his most famous songs being covered over the years by such artists as Elvis Presley, Buddy Holly, Jerry Lee Lewis, MC5, Marty Robbins and The Beach Boys. Including such classics as "Roll Over Beethoven," "Johnny B. Goode," "Maybellene," "Sweet Little Sixteen" and "Little Queenie" (to name but a few) it is not only a a virtual history lesson in rock n roll music but a testament to the vital role that Chuck Berry played in the powerful popular new musical movement of the second half of the 20th century. Most of Berry's biggest rock and roll hits can be found on such artist collections as Chuck Berry: The Complete Chess Singles A's & B's 1955-1961 and the vinyl/LP collection Chuck Berry: Rock n Roll Masterworks.

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Kalyn Heffernan & Wheelchair Sports Camp Intentionally Included Mexico & Canada On "Wall To Wall" Tour - Tonight @ 924 Gilman

Posted by Billyjam, March 17, 2017 10:11am | Post a Comment

Artist/activist and regular subject of the Amoebllog Kalyn Heffernan along with her hip-hop live group Weelchair Sports Camp are back out on tour this month as they do each year around this time, typically with at least one date at the South By Southwest conference and festival (SxSW). But this year the politically themed Denver CO group, who recently released their official debut album No Big Deal, are skipping SxSW in Austin for their 2017 version of their Spring North American tour.  Instead Heffernan said that the band is making a point of including dates in their current West Coast "Wall to Wall" tour in both Mexico and Canada: something inspired by the current political climate.

"Nothing can stop free flow of music," said Heffernan. "Ideas in the digital age or anytime the desires of the people overwhelm the oppressors.  That's why at this precarious  juncture Wheelchair Sports Camp had to return to Mexico and Canada: two countries that have welcomed their Denver sound with giant open arms!"

The current Wheelchair Sports Camp tour, in support of the late Ikey Owens produced album No Big Deal album on the Sage Francis founded Strange Famous Records, kicked off in Kansas City earlier this month and has already included stops in Iowa, New Mexico, Nevada, California (including Low End Theory), and Mexico. They play Vancouver Canada next week (March 21st at The Cobalt). Tonight (Friday March 17th) at 7pm the band play 924 Gilman in Berkeley CA (all ages show - more info) and tomorrow they play Shea's Tavern in Reno Nevada when they're expected to play the new album tracks "Mary Had A Little Band" and "Hard Out Here For A Gimp." See the accompanying music videos for both album tracks below and click here for full tour schedule.

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Artists From Muslim Nations Unite @ SxSW's "ContraBanned #MusicUnites" Showcase and "Musicians & the Travel Ban" Panel

Posted by Billyjam, March 15, 2017 10:54am | Post a Comment


SxSW is far more than a new music and film festival and party gathering in Austin TX each March. Rarher the annual music, film, and interactive media festival, that began back in 1987, has steadily grown to become a relevant cultural and political gathering. Among this year's hot cultural topics is the new documentary Stranger Fruit. containing previously unseen security footage of Michael Brown, that premiered at SxSW over the past opening weekend of the ten day festival. Since that SxSW screening the controversial documentary has been grabbing news headlines and reviving discussion on the August 2014 fatal shooting in Ferguson that sparked the Black Lives Matter movement.

Another hot button political topic at this year's SxSW is the ContraBanned #MusicUnites concert showcase and panel discussion, happening Friday March 17th. Self-described as "artists from the diaspora of the banned nations," ContraBanned is the collective of artists (including Emmanuel Jal pictured above/interviewed below) that came into being following the January 27th Executive Order issued by the new White House administration's banning entry into the U.S. for ninety days by citizens from seven majority Muslim countries as well as to banning entry to Syrian refugees indefinitely.  Even though that controversial Executive Order from six weeks ago, that singled out the nations of Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen, had been temporarily suspended plans for the SxSW showcase this Friday (March 17th) remained firmly in place. Similarly even after the March 6th updated Executive Order that removed Iraq from the list of nations affected plus exempted lawful permanent residents and green card holders.

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New Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds 'Best Of' Collection Out May 5

Posted by Amoebite, March 14, 2017 04:13pm | Post a Comment

Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds Lovely Creatures

Curating and encapsulating 30 years of work into a single release from a band as prolific as Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds is no easy task, but somebody has to do it. Thankfully those "somebodies" are Nick Cave himself, and founding member Mick Harvey. On May 5, 2017 four different iterations of Lovely Creatures: The Best of Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds (1984-2014) will be released, each featuring their greatest hits and personal favorites, as well as rare photos and memorabilia from band members' personal collections, and a series of original essays.

All four versions of Lovely Creatures are available now for pre-order on Amoeba.com and they'll ship free to U.S. addresses.

Lovely Creatures CD

Lovely Creatures [CD]
2-CD

21 tracks across two CDs with a 24-page booklet featuring personal and rare photographs of the band.

Lovely Creatures LP

Lovely Creatures [Vinyl LP]
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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with clipping.

Posted by Amoebite, March 13, 2017 06:34pm | Post a Comment

clipping. What's In My Bag? Amoeba Music

Looking for obscure classical, musique concrète, hip hop, noise, and film score recommendations? Luckily experimental hip hop trio clipping. stopped by Amoeba Hollywood and scoured the store for some pretty esoteric finds, including Dakota Hogback's Vicarious Sadism and Jean Schwarz's Erda / Suite N.

"The unusually experimental section of Amoeba Berkeley is the source of most of my music taste growing up," says William Hutson, adding, "underneath the experimental section, there's an experimental clearance section, which often has fantastic little gems or a weird CD-R." Hutson, along with fellow collaborators Jonathan Snipes and Daveed Diggs, had plenty of records to show us, most of which were off the beaten path.

clipping. Splendor & Misery Amoba Music The Los Angeles-based group consists of producers William Hutson and Jonathan Snipes plus rapper Daveed Diggs. In 2009, Hutson and Snipes began collaborating on power electronics and noise remixes of mainstream rap artists for fun. The trio became a serious project when Diggs joined a year later, writing his own verses for the tracks. They self-released a debut album, Midcity, in 2013. Although somewhat under the radar, the album attracted attention from Sub Pop, who signed the trio for their second album, CLPPNG.

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Amoeba Sponsors the 15th Annual Indian Film Festival Los Angeles

Posted by Amoebite, March 13, 2017 05:18pm | Post a Comment

Indian Film Festival Los Angeles

We’re proud to be a sponsor of the 15th Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles (IFFLA), which will take place April 5-9 at Regal L.A. LIVE.

IFFLA is devoted to a greater appreciation of Indian cinema and culture by showcasing films, supporting Lipstick Underneath My Burkhaemerging filmmakers, and promoting the diverse perspectives of the Indian diaspora. The five-day festival is the premiere platform for the latest in cutting-edge global Indian cinema and bridges the gap between the two largest entertainment industries in the world – Hollywood and India. The festival will showcase more than 25 films from the Indian filmmaking community across the globe, host the highly anticipated Opening and Closing red carpet Galas, and the Closing Awards ceremony.

The Festival will open with Lipstick Under My Burkha and its impressive ensemble cast of Konkona Hotel SalvationSen Sharma, Ratna Pathak, Aahana Kumra, and Plabita Borthakur in a dramatic, but irreverent and vibrant film about women and faith. The festival closes with the Los Angeles premiere of Hotel Salvation, the debut feature of Shubhashish Bhutiani, whose 2013 short film Kush was shortlisted for the Live Action Short Film Oscar and won IFFLA’s 2014 Audience Award.

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Hip-Hop Cut-And-Paste Pioneer Steinski Evaluates Trump's "Soundbite Treasure" Of "Syphilitic Dementia" Sample Ready Quotes

Posted by Billyjam, March 12, 2017 06:05pm | Post a Comment

Hip-hop cut-and-paste master / pioneering producer Steinski has channeled his political feelings (both negative and positive) into powerful productions dating back three decades to his "Motorcade Sped On" audio music documentary on the Kennedy assassination. Recorded under the artist name Steinski & Mass Media and appearing on a 1987 NME magazine free 7" EP that track is among the artist's finest works that appeared on the 2008 Illegal Art released retrospective Steinski: What Does It All Mean: 1983 - 2006 Retrospective. The artist was interviewed by the Amoeblog back at the time on the topic of that release as well as his other work. During the Bush Sr. and Jr. and Obama administrations Steinski produced a handful of underground politically themed tracks and over the years he's sampled the voices of many presidential figures.. But since the election win of Donald J. Trump he's been noticeably busier than ever crafting some amazing songs that sample the "fearless leader" including the last month's "Orange Is The New President (Fearless Leader Is Watching)" and the December 2016 / pre-inauguration release of "Trump Inaugural Address Leaked By Russian Hackers" that contained many of Trump's best quotes including the infamous "grab em by the...." quote. Audio postings to SoundCloud of both tracks can be heard below.

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