Betty White, Who Celebrates Her 89th Birthday Today, Shows No Signs of Slowing Down

Posted by Billyjam, January 17, 2011 09:52am | Post a Comment
Betty White
Everyone loves Betty White, and for good reason. The actress/comedian/author, who celebrates her 89th birthday today (Jan 17th), is a cool, no-nonsense lady with a sharp sense of humor and a work ethic that would be admirable for someone half her age, or even a quarter her age. White, who had an incredibly busy & productive past year (including her Emmy winning hosting of SNL, starring on Hot in Cleveland, and her hilarious cameo on Community -- see video below), is a role model to all and a reminder that age should not slow anyone down one bit. It sure ain't nothing but a number to White! This year, between select acting projects, she will be working on two autobiographical books that will recount her illustrious career.

And what a career the seven time Emmy award winner (20 time nominated) has had; from playing such memorable roles as Rose Nylund on The Golden Girls and Sue Ann Nivens on The Mary Tyler Moore Show, to being a game show host, to too many cameo & recurring roles in other TV shows to include here, plus all of her recent era accolades! Oh, and the books she's written! White's two forthcoming books, following a deal she inked with G.P. Putnam's Sons in August, follow several earlier career books she's penned. The new books reportedly will include what White has learned over her decades-long Hollywood career including life, love, sex and celebrity, and will also spend more time on her recent career accomplishments. 
Betty White

White's busy 2010 would fill a book all by itself. In the past year she starred as Elka Ostrovsky in the TV Land sitcom Hot in Cleveland, turned in such an amazing guest-hosting role for SNL last May that she both boosted ratings for the show and won herself a Primetime Emmy Award, made appearances on a slew of talk shows, and launched her own clothing line with all profits going to animal charities. But my favorite of all Betty White moments of the past  year was in September when she starred on the first episode of the second-season of NBC's already brilliant comedy Community as an anthropology professor. Below is the closing credits clip from that episode with her along with Troy (Donald Glover) and Abed (Danny Pudi), doing their hilarious "Anthropology Rap" in a reworking of the 1983 hit "Africa" by Toto.

LA Punk Rock Supergroup OFF!'s First Four EPs 7 inch Box-Set Is a Must-Get

Posted by Billyjam, January 15, 2011 08:14pm | Post a Comment
OFF!With great attention to detail and an obvious respect for the music, the lovingly assembled OFF! First Four EPs seven-inch box set, recently released by Vice Recordings, is a must get collectable set (featuring Raymond Pettibon art + booklet). But even more importantly, OFF!'s music kicks some serious ass. "Pure punk rock" is how the band was accurately described by Karen P at Amoeba Hollywood, where OFF! had a most memorable instore a few months back. Drop the needle on any of this box set's eight sides and OFF! will instantly remind you of all the reasons you loved punk rock in the first place; provided, like me, you appreciate that loud, raw, fast, angry manic punk that harks back to the original hardcore SoCal sound. And no wonder -- that is where and when the core of OFF! hails from.

"The collective history of this band equals the power packed in Einstein's E=mc theory," wrote Thrasher of OFF! who are literally a "supergroup." Comprised of Keith Morris (Black Flag/Circle Jerks), Dimitri Coats (Burning Bridges), Steven McDonald (Redd Kross) and Mario Rubalcaba (Earthless/Hot Snakes/Rocket From The Crypt), this LA punk rock group, whose impressive individual histories you can read about on their website as well as in the booklet that comes with the box-set, have somehow managed to sustain the wild aggressive, confrontational energy all these years later, as they continue (in the true original punk aesthetic) to crank out short, simple-but powerful, rebellion & alienation themed punk rock masterpieces.

Hip-Hop Rap Up 01:14:11: T.I., Saigon, J-Live, Steinski, Beans, Cypress Hill, NAMM + More

Posted by Billyjam, January 14, 2011 08:19pm | Post a Comment
Amoeba Music Hollywood Weekly Hip-Hop Top Five Chart: 01:14:11

1) Kanye West My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy (Roc-A-Fella/Def Jam)
2) Diddy-Dirty Money Last Train To Paris (Bad Boy Records / Interscope)

3) Nicki Minaj Pink Friday (Cash Money/Universal)

4) Cee Lo Green The Lady Killer (Elektra Records)

5) T.I. No Mercy (Grand Hustle/Atlantic)
Thanks to my man Burgess (of Healamonster & Tarsier fame) for this week's Hip-Hop Top Five Chart from the Hollywood Amoeba store that includes many of the already high-profile major releases of the past month or more. Kanye West, Cee Lo Green, Nicki Minaj, and Diddy (with his in-demand new dancefloor driven project Dirty Money) are all once again included here, as is the latest release from T.I., No Mercy on Grand Hustle via Atlantic Records,

Released on December 7th, the long overdue No Mercy is T.I.'s seventh album and his first new release T.I.since 2008's popular Paper Trail. For this release he pulled out all the stops, with guest appearances from some of today's hottest names, including Kanye, Eminem, The-Dream, Christina Aguilera, and Chris Brown, who is featured on the single "Get Back Up." Meanwhile, production duties are spread out among studio masters such as Danja, who produced "My Love" & "Knock You Down;" Dr. Luke, who produced "Magic" & "Right Round;"  and Jim Jonsin, who worked his magic on "Whatever You Like" & "Lollipop." Note that in addition to the regular version of this CD there is also a Deluxe version that offers two bonus tracks as well as special packaging.

Enter to Win Tix to Cat Power's Anticipated Feb 6 Hollywood Show

Posted by Billyjam, January 13, 2011 11:47pm | Post a Comment
Below is some fan footage of Cat Power performing a blend of Jackson Browne's "These Days" and her own "Song to Bobby" (off her otherwise mostly covers album Jukebox from 2008) in Las Vegas in October at the big Matator at 21 event which celebrated Matador Records' 21 years in the record industry. Since she is always full of surprises, who knows if Chan Marshall will perform these two songs (which she also did at last summer's Outside Lands fest in SF) in a few weeks when she plays the Music Box in Hollywood. Anticipation is high for the concert, since she is expected to be playing songs off her much delayed, still in the making, new solo album. Titled Sun, it will be her first album of all original material since 2006’s The Greatest.

Already written and ready to go a few years ago, the artist switched up the playlist for Sun in the meantime and stalled on releasing it. Initially the album was going to be recordings of these older songs she had written some years back but now it reportedly will include all newer material by the artist. Before the Hollywood show she will do a short tour of Australia starting in a week. Tickets for her Australian dates sold out fast, so you would be advised to buy tickets for her Feb 6 Hollywood Music Box show asap. Better yet, win tickets to the show courtesy of Amoeba Music. Click here to register to win, and visit the Hollywood Music Box site for full info on the show!

Bay Area Artist Mochipet Will Make Dinner for Winner of Unique Cover Art Contest

Posted by Billyjam, January 12, 2011 12:00pm | Post a Comment

the always innovative San Francisco electronic music artist and head of prolific Bay Area indie label Daly City Records, came up with a novel idea for getting the cover art for his next single "Whompa-Saurus-Sex." He is holding a Have Mochipet Make you Dinner! contest in which whomever makes the artwork chosen for the new single (listen to it here) can either have the artist come over and cook them dinner or lunch, or have Mochipet go to their house and DJ their party, or else have the artist send them a purple custom made dino suit (his trademark outfit to perform in) so that they can make their own Mochi themed Dino Party!

Earlier this week I caught up with Mochipet, who was interviewed on the Amoeblog a few years ago, to ask him about this contest, which he just launched in conjunction with the small netlabel Peppermill.  "I've always wanted to do a cover contest but never really knew how until I came up with this concept," he told me. "I wanted to do something different. I wanted to do something fun. And I wanted to do something personal. And what's more personal than cooking for someone? Right? I honestly love to cook but never get a chance to so this is a good chance for me to get out the utensils and go to town!"

"If the winner chooses to have me DJ their house party I will not take requests. If what they want are requests then I will happily hand them an iPod and tell em to go to town. They don't need me for that," he said with a laugh. Note that the DJing and dinner making part of the contest are only available if Mochipet comes to the winner's town on tour or is based in the Bay Area. Listen to the song that the cover art will be for here. For complete contest details click here and then you can click here to get officially registered via Peppermill.

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