Oakland Museum’s Winter 2018 Friday Nights @ OMCA Series Kicks Off January 12th

Posted by Billyjam, January 10, 2018 05:33pm | Post a Comment

This Friday evening, January 12th 5-9pm, the Oakland Museum of CA (OMCA) is set to launch its new 2018 Winter Season of Friday Nights @ OMCA. Expanding upon the concept of the once a month First Fridays into a weekly series, Friday Nights @ OMCA include  music (DJs include resident dION dECIBELS who specializes in hip-hop, funk, & soul), dance lessons, various food trucks, and additional art. That's in addition to the regular presentations at the East Bay museum which bills itself as "the museum of us" and is has built a rep for its interactive exhibits covering art, history and science. Even better is that Friday Nights @ OMCA offer half price admission (and free for ages 18 and under) so it’s a good opportunity to check out the downtown Oakland museum's ever changing exhibits. Currently on display is their latest; Take Root: Oakland Grows Food. More akin to a how-to class, this unique for a museum exhibit is a hands-on display that features tips from farmers and community growers on the health, environmental and economic benefits of DIY food provisions. This exhibit, like all of OMCA’s community themed presentations, is geared for all ages to learn constructive things from.

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Twelve Great Post-Rock / Psychedelic / Jazz / Avant-Garde / Experimental Albums That Are Perfect For Thinking About Life & Other Important Stuff

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, January 9, 2018 07:47pm | Post a Comment

By Michael Henning

This list is a bit eclectic musically, with a number of styles and genres represented. However, the albums here are held together by a common thread: they all contain music that is excellent for thinking. Sure, you can think while listening to pretty much anything, but these 2017 releases are guaranteed to take your mind on a journey through inner space. They will undoubtedly lead you to some interesting places, so check them all out and see where your mind goes... just close your eyes, relax, and float away on a cloud of sound.

Cornelius, Mellow Waves

12.  Cornelius - Mellow Waves (Warner Music Japan)

A triumphant return for this Japanese artist, his first new proper (non-soundtrack) album since 2006's Sensuous. As the title perhaps indicates, this new one finds him mellowing a bit, but his penchant for slightly skewed pop music is still here. Some odd time signatures lead to interesting places, and his distinctly Japanese sensibilities are on full display again. Overall, this is an enjoyable and pleasant ride through the universe of quirky electronic-tinged pop we are used to from him. Although it might not be his best record, it is a very strong effort, and it fares quite well when compared to his earlier masterpieces Fantasma and Point.
Do Make Say Think

11.  Do Make Say Think - Stubborn Persistent Illusions (Constellation)

Kitchens of Distinction Vinyl Reissues Coming Soon

Posted by Amoebite, January 9, 2018 04:27pm | Post a Comment

Kitchens of Distinction Vinyl Reissues

Cult favorite post-punk band Kitchens of Distinction burned fast and bright, releasing four excellent and atmospheric LPs between the period of 1989-1994. The band's first self-released single, "The Last Gasp Death Shuffle," landed them a deal with British indie label One Little Indian. Their first singles for the label -- "Prize" and "The 3rd Time We Opened the Capsule" -- made their way onto NME's 1992 list of the 100 Best Indie Singles Ever. Unabashedly political, the band were shoegaze before there was shoegaze, with an out-and-proud frontman. Although they didn't always get the props they deserved then, four new reissues coming January 19, 2018 should go a long way toward introducing the band to fans of swirling guitars, passionate vocals, and clever lyrics.

You can pre-order them now at and they'll ship for free to the U.S.!

Love Is Hell

Love Is Hell (1989)

2018 Death of The Moody Blues Founder Ray Thomas Follows A Year Of The Passing Of Too Many Music Greats

Posted by Billyjam, January 9, 2018 03:59pm | Post a Comment

The passing of The Moody Blues founding member Ray Thomas, whose Jan 4th death was announced two days ago, follows an intense year in which we lost too many other music greats; many of whom are saluted in this Amoeblog. In 1964 flute player and vocalist Ray Thomas formed the British rock band The Moody Blues who would go onto to worldwide fame with such hits as "Go Now" (their 1965 breakout #1 hit single), "Nights in White Satin,” "Tuesday Afternoon,"  and "Question.” Coincidentally the Moody Blues will be inducted into Cleveland’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in April. 

In addition to Thomas, others who’ve already died in the first week of 2018 include iconic French pop singer France Gall, actor/singer Jerry Van Dyke, Black Sabbath and Judas Priest producer Chris Tsangarides, producer/songwriter Rick Hall of FAME Studios, and founding member of the Juilliard String Quartet, influential violinist and composer Robert Mann who died at age 97 one week ago on New Year’s Day. Also deceased on January 1, 2018, was 1960's soul singer Betty Willis whose tragic end, as a homeless person in Southern California, been murdered from strangulation following an attempted rape by a homeless man.

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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with HAIM

Posted by Amoebite, January 9, 2018 01:40pm | Post a Comment

HAIM What's In My Bag? Amoeba Music

HAIM recently visited Amoeba Hollywood for a special album release event and made time for some record shopping while they were here. In this What's In My Bag? episode, the bandmates and sisters give us a peek into some of the music and movies from their childhood, including Donna Summer's Love To Love You Baby, which guitarist/keyboardist Alana explains was often played when they were washing dishes. "I have great memories of drying," she said, adding that she was never a washer. "It's a great drying tempo."

Los Angeles pop rock band HAIM features Este Haim (bass), Alana Haim (guitars/keyboards), and Danielle Haim (lead vocals/guitar). The sisters began their musical careers early, backing their HAIM Something To Tell Youparents Moti and Donna in a family cover band called Rockinhaim. Este and Danielle performed together in pop band Valli Girls in the mid-'00s, releasing tracks on soundtrack and comp albums before Danielle departed to tour as a guitarist with Jenny Lewis and Julian Casablancas. In 2012, the women formed HAIM, releasing the Forever EP and attracting attention through a series of buzzed about appearances at SXSW which led to a deal with Polydor and a management contract with Jay-Z's Roc Nation.

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