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San Francisco Concerts Just Announced: Chrome, Reckless Kelly, Treepeople, Caifanes, Atilla, Allen Stone + Nick Waterhouse

Posted by Billyjam, April 11, 2018 11:42am | Post a Comment

Upcoming San Francisco shows just announced by concert promoters Goldenvoice, with tickets going on sale today or on Friday, are a bunch of upcoming Spring/Summer shows that include legendary San Francisco band Chrome who will play a hometown show at the Great American Music Hall (GAMH) on June 11th. Tix avail today for the show by this influential act whose many great releases include Techromancy (also on vinyl/LP). Other just announced shows include Austin-based, Idaho country group Reckless Kelly whose most recent release is 2016’s Sunset Motel. They'll also be at the O'Farrell Street GAMH venue on July 25th (tix on sale Friday).  The recently reformed Seattle-based, Boise late 80’s/early 90's alt-rockers Treepeople (aka Doug Martsch's pre-Built to Spill band) who broke up back in '94 but reformed last December will play Slim's June 15th. (Tix on sale today).

Other SF shows just announced include Atlanta Georgia metalcore favorites Atilla whose last/seventh album Chaos that dropped in late 2016 is due a follow-up and reportedly is coming sometime this year following recent studio sessions with Matt Good (From First To Last). Atilla will play The Regency Ballroom on August 25th (tix on sale Friday). Meantime revered rock en español band Caifanes are scheduled to play The Warfield September 13th with tix going on sale Friday and expected to sell out fast for the popular Mexico City rockers. Not happening until mid October but tix on sale this Friday is the just announced Regency Ballroom show with Allen Stone  and special guest Nick Waterhouse (see video of the LA artist and band's Amoeba Hollywood in-store from May 2012). Tix for this October 13th show go on sale Friday this week. For more Goldenvoice concert & ticket info go here, while below are live concert videos of Chrome, Treepeople, and Caifanes.

17 Releases to Look for on Record Store Day

Posted by Amoebite, April 10, 2018 06:27pm | Post a Comment

17 Record Store Day Releases to Look For

It's wish list time! The good people behind Record Store Day have outdone themselves this year, with a bumper crop of limited edition, long out of print, colored vinyl, and just plain cool exclusives hitting our shelves on Saturday, April 21st. Old favorites receive a celebratory nod. Unreleased tracks by classic acts will be unleashed upon the world. Impressive new works shine in the RSD spotlight. There's something for everyone, whether your interests lean towards classic R&B, dreamy indie, psychedelic tropicalia, and everything in between. Read on to discover the new releases we're excited about this Record Store Day.

Mark your calendars: RSD happens April 21, 2018. Watch this space for info to come on the most exciting store happenings, sales, and special events taking places across all three of our stores in honor of the indie record store industry's biggest day.

Aaliyah Back & Forth

Aaliyah - Back & Forth (12") 

This reissue of Aaliyah's debut single is out on opaque purple vinyl, featuring the original version as well as five dance mixes. An RSD exclusive release.

Arcade Fire Arcade Fire Record Store Day

Arcade FireArcade Fire EP (LP)

A Moving Tribute to Studio-Ghibli co-founder Isao Takahata (RIP)

Posted by Kelly Sweeney Osato, April 9, 2018 10:22pm | Post a Comment
isao takahata grave of the fireflies studio ghibli

Famed Animation juggernaut Studio Ghibli is best known for the work of two of its directors, Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata. Both masters of the medium, the two legendary auteurs seem to challenge and inspire each other's creative output by employing contrasting aesthetic styles and work ethics, as much as their collective works consistently trounce the increasingly unimaginative box office bloaters made in, well, let's just say California. Their efforts are the stuff timeless, enduring classics are made of.

This past Thursday Isao Takahata, 82, died of lung cancer in a Tokyo hospital. When I learned of his passing I experienced a strange, instant cold sweat pang of a panicked feeling a sudden realization sometimes triggers. Nobody lives forever, and I didn't know the man personally, but I sensed a grave pressure drop-like feeling like I had lost a loved one. What could I possibly say about what his work meant to me in my life other than the simple truth: movies are the best, and Isao Takahata's films are so fully fantastic I always feel emotionally spent and high on enchantment after watching them. I could go on plodding away about how I appreciate Takahata's freewheeling yet meticulous approach to working, never compromising quality in no matter how large the deadlines loom, and how his love of realism is reflected not only in his work, but also in that of Miyazaki, his former apprentice, and how I agree his critically acclaimed 1988 World War II drama Grave of the Fireflies is one of the most gut-wrenchingly film experiences worth enduring, but that wouldn't be as fun to digest as what I have in mind—an actual moving tribute to Takahata's works (via gifs).

The Red Baron In TV, Music, Film & Booze

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, April 9, 2018 02:56pm | Post a Comment

The Red Baron

By Kai Wada Roath
Ambassador of Confusion Hill and host of the Super Shangri-La Show
Red Baron pinball
"I never was good at learning things. I did just enough work to pass. In my opinion it would have been wrong to do more than was just sufficient, so I worked as little as possible."
~ Manfred von Richthofen
(Also me after four years of city college.)

Pre-flight check before take off...

Frozen Red Baron pepperoni pizza in the oven? - Check

Seagram's Red Baron cocktail from 1974 on crushed ice? - Check

Rewound VHS of the 1973 Japanese Tokusatsu series, Super Robot Red Baron? - Check

Well alright then, let's take off this airfield and shoot down some flying dog houses!

It was in my early 20s when I first became intrigued by Baron Manfred Von Richthofen and his colorful Flying Circus air squadron. With over 80 air-combat victories, the Red Baron was like the Miyamoto Musashi of WW1. The thought of knights jousting in the clouds with machine guns was how I wished I lived one of my past lives. Why is it a fantasy to want to face danger by yourself in the sky in a three-winged propeller plane?

I would soon play in a band named The Red Barons with my super-pals Mike "Tail Gunner" Cancilla, the Gas House Gorilla, and Sammy "Belly Gunner" (aka "The East Bay Snake," aka "Steak" Gutierrez of current Midnite Snaxxx fame and glory). Around that same time, I will never forget a night of smoking Cuban cigars and watching Los Rockin' Devils play at El Baron Rojo bar in Mexico City, one of my many adventures with Mike Lucas.

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Hip-Hop Top 5 [Video Version] + Vinyl / Upcoming Picks: Lil Xan, Dr. Octagon, E-40 & B-Legit, T-Nutty, Flatbush Zombies, Black Milk

Posted by Billyjam, April 8, 2018 11:47pm | Post a Comment

1: Lil Xan Total Xanarchy (Sony Music Group)

Back in 1988 DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince released the hit single "Parents (Just Don't Understand)" off their album He's The DJ, I'm The Rapper (also on LP/vinyl). The song, that would inspire The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, was a statement about the older generation not understanding youth culture including the then new genre of rap/hip-hop; a music typically dismissed by parents and older music fans as an annoyance and passing fad. Fast forward 30 years and things have not changed much except now the disapproving parents are hip-hop fans themselves; albeit from an earlier totally different era who hardly recognize how "their" music has mutated into its latest wave; the dreaded 'mumble rap' phase.  Epitomizing this new school of hip-hop is the equally loved/hated 21 year old rapper Lil Xan (as in Xanax, his once drug of choice, or Diego as he likes to be now called) whose debut album Total Xanarchy was released on Friday. And if his tattoos, general goofy appearance and drug induced indecipherable lyrics weren't enough to piss off parents and older rap/hip-hop heads, the fact that he dared call the revered 2Pac "boring" sealed the deal in his alienating those over a certain age. Meanwhile a young new generation seemingly love Lil Xan as proven by the 157million YouTube hits (and as many on Spotify) generated by the single/album track "Betrayed." In addition to the regular version of this song, the short (36 minutes) 16 track album also includes a "Betrayed Remix (feat. Yo Gotti and Rich the Kid)" in addition to such other tracks as "Slingshot" (another already popular track), "Tick Tock (feat. 2 Chainz)" and "The Man (feat. $teven Cannon)" (new video below) all of which most likely today's parents just won't understand.

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