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Hip-Hop Talent Lending Itself to Oakland Mayoral Candidate Cat Brooks’ Campaign Part of 2018 Reactionary Political Movement

Posted by Billyjam, September 18, 2018 03:10pm | Post a Comment

Ras Ceylon, Alia Sharrief and Kev Choice, who are among the Bay Area hip-hop artists lending their talents to Oakland Mayoral candidate Cat Brooks’ campaign, including tonight’s fundraiser at downtown Oakland’s SoleSpace at 1714 Telegraph, are further evidence of the reactionary positive byproduct of America in 2018 under 45. In the latter years of the Obama era, Democrat leaning voters became so comfortably complacent that the majority of them didn’t even bother to participate in the 2014 midterm Senate elections. That complacency and non participation resulted in the GOP gaining the upper hand and setting the stage for what was to come; the current regressive reality of America under the Orange administration.

But that radical shift in the national political climate was the smack in the face needed to wake and motivate many into action. One particular noticeable result of this new reality has been the significant increase in more grassroots involvement in the political process with more community grounded representatives entering the political arena; many continuing Bernie Sanders' political beliefs and many repping previously underrepresented groups.

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New Stereolab Reissues Coming Soon

Posted by Amoebite, September 18, 2018 02:23pm | Post a Comment

Stereolab reissues

Thoroughly entrancing English/French electronic band Stereolab's career lasted almost two decades and yet it still seems like they left us too soon. Fusing elements of '60s French pop, lounge, and krautrock music, the band won over a legion of fans through their avant-pop take on swinging sounds and propulsive Motorik beats with the vocals of Lætitia Sadier and the late Mary Hansen weaving a gorgeous, spellbinding sense of atmosphere. The band went on hiatus in 2009 but their influence on such disparate genres as post-rock, electronic, indie, and hip-hop can still be felt today. Luckily for fans, Duophonic is releasing a series of reissues on September 28th. You can pre-order them now on Amoeba.com or visit our stores on 9/28 to snag them in person.

Here's what to watch for in each.

Switched On

Switched On [Clear Vinyl] (1992)

The first of three remastered clear vinyl LPs, this early career compilation includes the group's first three releases. The name is a nod to Switched-On Bach and other synth-heavy '70s era easy listening comps.

New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Fu Manchu

Posted by Amoebite, September 17, 2018 07:08pm | Post a Comment

Fu Manchu - What's In My Bag?

Southern California stoner rock legends Fu Manchu celebrated their new album with a killer in-store performance at Amoeba Hollywood. Before the show we had a chance to sit down with the group and check out what caught their eye at the shop. Lead singer and founding member Scott Hill kicked off this What's In My Bag? episode with The Expression of Power by the Santa Cruz punk band Bl'ast!, saying that he "probably listen(s) to this record, or Black Flag's Damaged more than any record ever." He also recounted seeing the group for the first time in 1985. Describing the show as the "best thing I've ever seen," it even changed the way he thought about his own music. 

In 1985 Fu Manchu began life as a hardcore punk group named Virulence. Over the course of several albums and tours, the band's current lineup began to coalesce; vocalist/guitarist Scott Hill was a Fu Manchu - Clone Of The Universefounding member, vocalist/bassist Brad Davis signed on in 1995 with guitarist Bob Balch following in 1996. Sunshine and Smile drummer Scott Reeder joined in 2001. Fu Manchu has attracted a loyal following, thanks in part to their loud, heavy stage shows and tours with the likes of Kyuss, Monster Magnet, White Zombie, Marilyn Manson, Clutch, and Corrosion of Conformity.

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Having A Movie Moment With Jon Longhi: Doctor Who Season One & Jack the Giant Killer

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, September 16, 2018 07:16pm | 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. Both of these Blu-rays came out in the past three months.

Doctor Who: Tom Baker - Complete Season One, BBC Video:
These are the episodes that first introduced the Doctor Who franchise to the American public. The series Doctor Who Season Onehad already run for more than a decade in England where the venerable Doctor had long been considered a national icon and a variety of stars had already played the role of the Doctor, but Tom Baker is the face and personality that made him beloved by legions of North American fans. So it makes perfect sense that these would be the first episodes of the long running series to get a deluxe Blu-ray upgrade here in the US. These were originally shot on video so there has been a lot of handwringing online about how good these would look due to the low quality of the original source materials. Many fans have questioned whether it is worth upgrading from DVD to Blu-ray. Well, as soon as I popped in the first disc of this and saw the beautiful sharp picture quality and heard the flawless sound, I realized this was a total no-brainer. This set is a huge improvement over the DVDs and possibly the best restoration I have ever seen of something that was originally shot on video. The image quality is flawless. Once in a blue moon there is a weird lighting artifact that the restoration couldn't cover up, but these are few and far between. Yes, this does reveal many of the shortcomings of the special effects. Now you can see like never before that all the monsters are made of bubble wrap and paper mache, but that is actually half the fun of this set. The production budget for these shows was comparable to what you would see for a local high school play. The special effects crew did the best they could with what they had and there is a funky low-fi style to their effects, which looks charmingly nostalgic in the harsh naked light of this Blu-ray.

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