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Kick Off Your Weekend with New David Bowie Reissues

Posted by Amoebite, February 10, 2017 03:46pm | Post a Comment

David Bowie Reissues

It's always a good day when new versions of classic David Bowie records hits our shelves, so with the release of six newly gussied up reissues, today is twice (um, make that six times) as nice! These releases are the latest in Parlophone's Bowie reissue campaign, featuring remastered audio on both CD and 180-gram heavyweight vinyl versions. Last fall, the three studio albums due today were included as part of the comprehensive Who Can I Be Now? [1974-1976] vinyl box; this is the first time the remastered versions have been available as individual LPs. Here's why each one is essential in its own special way.

Diamond Dogs

Diamond Dogs (1974)

An album Bowie himself described as "very political," Diamond Dogs was the artist's last stand in the arena of glam rock, and the first LP recorded and released after the retirement of his Ziggy Stardust persona. Also available on CD.

The Return of Dr. Octagon with 20 Year Anniversary Box Set + CA Concert Dates feat. Kool Keith, Qbert, & Dan the Automator

Posted by Billyjam, February 9, 2017 06:53pm | Post a Comment

Since the announcement yesterday of a return of veteran NYC emcee Kool Keith's Dr. Octagon alias (the alter ego he had killed off years ago) with two surprise California concert dates next month with the former Ultramagnetic MCs emcee along with the Octagon project key collaborators, producer Dan the Automator and fellow San Francisco artist DJ Qbert, there has been quite a buzz.  Tickets for the two CA dates, scheduled for March 6th and 7th at San Francisco's The Independent and Los Angeles' The Teragram Ballroom respectively, have been selling briskly with both the SF and LA dates already sold out (although tix can be still found on StubHub). The in-demand concerts, which act as a primer for the upcoming 20th anniversary, limited edition box set release of the Dr. Octagon project Dr. Octagonecologyst by Traffic and Universal, prove just how popular the mid-nineties Kool Keith alter-ego high-concept character and accompanying project remains even two decades later. Note that the forthcoming 2017 anniversary edition release will be just the latest in a series over an extended period of reissues and variations, including the popular non vocal Instrumentalyst via Octagon Beats, of the nineties Dreamworks release of the  Dr. Octagonecologyst album that was most recently reissued in 2014 by Geffen as the 2LP pressing of Dr. Octagonecologyst.

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OMCA's Black Panther Exhibit Continues Through Black History Month 2017

Posted by Billyjam, February 6, 2017 09:18pm | Post a Comment

Fittingly the Oakland Museum of California's (OMCA) 50 year anniversary retrospective on the  Black Panthers, that opened a few months back in October 2016, will continue through this month of February: Black History Month 2017.  Entitled All Power to the People: Black Panthers at 50 the popular exhibit's final day will be will be just a couple of days shy of the month's end on Feb. 26th when there is a special closing night party for OMCA members. If you have not already checked out this exhibit on the history of the homegrown Oakland revolutionary group you really should do so over the upcoming three weeks. Additionally be sure to read Rickey Vincent's insightful book Party Music on the Black Panthers little known house band The Lumpen who only released one record: the single “Free Bobby Now." Most likely for sale in the OMCA gift shop/book store, the 2014 published book and its author were profiled here on the Amoeblog three years ago during that year's Black History Month.  Meanwhile for their ongoing exhibit, OMCA's curators have set about presenting a balanced, fair, contemporary view of the Panther Party and "its aims to serve oppressed people and fight injustice." This they accomplish with an engaging gallery exhibit that portrays Black Panther members of both genders  with a variety of historical pieces on display. These include many very rare historical artifacts, never-before-seen photographs, first-person accounts from former Panthers, scholars, and community members, and contemporary art show how the Party continues to influence culture and activism locally, nationally, and internationally.

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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Daedelus and The Gaslamp Killer

Posted by Amoebite, February 6, 2017 06:31pm | Post a Comment

Daedelus and The Gaslamp Killer What's In My Bag? Amoeba Music

"It's really hard to have a focused thought nowadays, right? There's a lot of stuff going on," says LA-based producer Daedelus, sitting on the Amoeba Hollywood couch with friend and fellow DJ/producer The Gaslamp Killer. Daedelus is praising electronic legend Aphex Twin on his new EP, Cheetah, which he describes as a "very focused thought." Daedelus and The Gaslamp Killer both grabbed healthy stacks of records on their recent visit to the shop, but they employed two very different strategies: digging for unknown treasure and upgrading known favorites to vinyl.

The Gaslamp Killer and Daedelus are driving forces in the LA alternative hip-hop and electronica scenes. The two first collaborated on a 2010 7" by The Gaslamp Killer which featured the Daedelus-starrer "Impulse."

The Gaslamp KillerOriginally hailing from San Diego, The Gaslamp Killer was born William Benjamin Bensussen. After cutting his teeth in the bars of the city's Gaslamp District, he relocated to LA and co-founded the legendary Low End Theory club night. His profile as a producer grew with the release of a handful of EPs for Flying Lotus' Brainfeeder label. His 2012 debut full-length, Breakthrough, featured appearances from GonjaSufi, Daedelus, Samiyam, Shigeto, and Miguel Atwood-Ferguson. His studio follow-up, Instrumentalepathy, was released in November 2016.

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Recap: Charity Auction for the ACLU with Cameron Esposito & Rhea Butcher

Posted by Amoebite, February 6, 2017 05:15pm | Post a Comment

Cameron Esposito & Rhea Butcher Amoeba Charity Auction

Comedians Cameron Esposito and Rhea Butcher hosted our bimonthly charity auction at Amoeba Hollywood last Saturday, February 4th with proceeds going to the ACLU and their work to ensure that lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people can live openly without discrimination and enjoy equal rights, personal autonomy, and freedom of expression and association. Sponsored by our friends at LA WEEKLY.

For almost one hundred years the ACLU has worked to defend and preserve individual rights and liberties guaranteed by the laws and the constitution of the United States. The ACLU has a long history of defending the LGBT community. They brought their first LGBT rights case in 1936 and founded the LGBT Project in 1986. Today, the ACLU brings more LGBT cases and advocacy initiatives than any other national organization does. They are dedicated to making progress both in the courts of law and in the court of public opinion. 

The brilliant and quick-witted Cameron and Rhea gave our auction a real shot in the arm with their brand of dry, high comedy. The two of them held the audience rapt and drove the bids up with their pithy banter, all the while reminding us how important it is to keep vigilant and to keep working to protect our civil liberties. A great time was had by all and we thank them so much for hosting our auction!

Some of the auction highlights:

  • Mickey Mouse Cruiser Turntable + Mickey Mug + Vintage Mickey Button $90.00
  • Dinner at Oliver’s Prime Steakhouse at the Grafton on Sunset along with a Ukulele and harmonica ("to serenade your fellow restaurant-goers!") $120.00
  • $50 Urban Outfitters gift card $65.00
  • Women's March posters designed by Shepard Fairy, Ernesto Yerena & Jessica Sabogal, plus women positive stickers and buttons! $200.00!!
  • Grateful Dead prize pack $35.00
  • Tickets to The Internet's SOLD OUT show March 19th at the Fonda Theatre $50.00
  • Tickets to see Galactic February 17th at the Fonda Theatre $35.00
  • Tickets to see Cloud Nothings February 22nd at the Teragram Ballroom $25.00
  • Amoeba VIP in-store pass + Trader Joe's Gift Card and Lunchbox $100.00
  • IMPOSSIBLE Polaroid Camera and Film $75.00
  • Barry Manilow calendar from 2013 ("the good old days...) and a Barry Manilow tour book $35.00
  • Lemmy and Motorhead pack $35.00
  • Cameron and Rhea Signed Record and Pin!! $130.00!!

All together the audience bid $1,065.00, and with Amoeba's match that means $2,130.00 will go directly to the ACLU and their work with the LGBT community.

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