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February Events at Amoeba SF & Berkeley

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, February 1, 2017 01:48pm | Post a Comment

Now that you've experienced the New Year's high, the mid-January panic, and the late-January slump, it's time to get back to reality and gain equilibrium. February is that special month when things even out and go back to normal...usually. Well, we can't promise a complete return to sanity for everyone, but we can promise a month full of fabulous February sales and in-store happenings to keep you inspired.
 

Amoeba SF, Amoeba Berkeley, February

KRONOS FESTIVAL 2017 at SFJAZZ Center, February 2 - 4

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, January 30, 2017 05:20pm | Post a Comment

Kronos Festival 2017

Kronos Quartet
Kronos Quartet. Photo: Jay Blakesberg

San Francisco’s Kronos Quartet and their nonprofit Kronos Performing Arts Association will present KRONOS FESTIVAL 2017: Here and Now at the SFJAZZ Center, Thursday, February 2nd - Saturday, February 4th. With six concerts over three days, Kronos’ third annual hometown music festival will showcase the innovations of the Bay Area’s contemporary music community. With Kronos taking center stage for three evening concerts, as well as a Saturday morning family concert, performances will feature some of the region’s most engaging composers – from Minimalism pioneer Terry Riley to renowned Indian violinist Kala Ramnath – and transcendent guest musicians – from the breathtaking Persian singer Mahsa Vahdat to the ethereal sounds of traditional Vietnamese instrumentalist Vân-Ánh Võ.

This year’s festival will highlight the ingenious and arresting work of Iranian-American composer and San Francisco resident Sahba Aminikia, who will serve as the festival’s artist-in-residence. His work will be featured throughout the festival, as well as at an intimate afternoon survey that concludes with a conversation with the 35-year-old composer. “My music is inspired by human stories around me,” says Aminikia. “I am struck by generalizations about cultures unknown to us. We hear mostly about hardship and oppression, despite the fact that people of every nation find their own balance between hardship and pleasure. I would like to demonstrate a drop of the ocean of beauty that exists in every one of these cultures, including those in my home country. To make strong human connections and build understanding, I do this by telling stories. I am a storyteller. My compositions are, in fact, like One Thousand and One Nights: a human story within a human story within another human story.”

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Four Books to Read This Black History Month

Posted by Amoebite, January 30, 2017 03:10pm | Post a Comment

4 books to read this black history month

Celebrate Black History Month with a good read! These books don't flinch; they're powerful, motivating, and more important than ever. Our roundup includes one classic, two newer releases, and the must-read biography that inspired the Oscar-nominated picture everyone has been buzzing about; that's right, Hidden Figures. As they say, knowledge is power, so this February tuck into one of these excellent paperbacks -- maybe even surprise a friend or a family member with their own copy.

Hidden Figures

Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly

The non-fiction book that inspired the critically-acclaimed, box office-topping film starring Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, and Janelle Monae was written by Margot Lee Shetterly, herself the daughter of a scientist at Langley Research Center. This #1 New York Times bestseller goes into vivid detail about the groundbreaking, brilliant mathematicians who changed the world through their work on the space program.

Malcolm X

The Autobiography of Malcolm X: As Told to Alex Haley

"Product of Post Watts Rebellion" LA Rapper Threat's Early 90's Promo Material Adapted Creative Mug-Shot/Rap Sheet Style

Posted by Billyjam, January 28, 2017 05:00pm | Post a Comment


The 1993 record company publicity/promo shot of LA rapper Threat above and its accompanying one-sheet bio is an addendum to the recently published 1990's Promo Pics Amoeblog Part VI (see Amoeblog post on previous page). From that same era this more detailed post focuses on just one 1990's rap/hip-hop artist promotional package.  Mailed out in ye olde pre-Internet promo days of the early nineties via snail mail from the publicity offices of Mercury / Polygram Records on behalf of Da Bomb Records, the package accompanied the CD or cassette copies (by this stage vinyl was only mailed to DJs) of the SoCal rapper's 1993 debut album Sickinnahead. Threat had already built somewhat of a rep for been down with Ice Cube and other major players (many Ice Cube affiliated) on the burgeoning West Coast G-Funk scene back then,

The record label's novel promotional approach for this Los Angeles area rapper was to make his two panel (front and side) press photo look like a police mug shot while the accompanying bio/press release was styled to look like a criminal's rap sheet: even including what looked like a paper clip over a small photo on the top left of the page. Further creating this imagery it was cleverly broken into a little sections including one headed "Non Criminal Information" noting that the artist was born in Hawthorne California and was a "product of post Watts' rebellion LA" (note how it avoided the more controversial so-called "Rodney King riots" from a year earlier) with additional information "accusing" him of "collaborating with Yo-Yo, Eazy-E, King T, Tupac and [female rapper] Nefertiti.

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Controversial New President Sparks Hip-Hop's Newest Subgenre: Anti-Trump Rap

Posted by Billyjam, January 24, 2017 02:59pm | Post a Comment


To say that the newly inaugurated commander in chief is a less than popular figure with most hip-hop artists would be an understatement. So disliked by the hip-hop community at large is the reality TV star turned politician that he inspired a new subgenre of hip-hop: anti-Trump rap. Any newly elected president would have faced a challenge taking over office from America's "first hip-hop president" but Trump's divisive presidential campaign, that included his dissing and dismissing of the entire genre for being just "talking" and "lewd" (his response to Jay-Z and Beyonce's Hillary rally performance immediately before the election) reinforced an already negative view of the man among most hip-hoppers. Not only on his very day of inauguration earlier this week did a prominent hip-hop artist Joey Bada$$ release an anti-Trump rap: "Land of the Free" with lyrics including the line “Donald Trump is not equipped to take this country over," but long before he even took office negative songs were being written and recorded about Trump. Indeed in this unprecedented occurrence in the history of the American tradition of presidential protest music (EG: anti George W. Bush hip-hop and anti-Reagan punk rock),  long before Trump had even been nominated as the Republican candidate the new wave of protest music against him had already taken root.

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