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DJ Zita Interview About Queendom: Fly Ladies Reppin The 4 Elements Of Hip Hop At La Pena Saturday, March 13th

Posted by Billyjam, March 12, 2010 07:38am | Post a Comment

In celebration of Women's History Month, tireless Bay Area artist DJ Zita of B.A.S.S./Bay Area Sistah Sound, in conjunction with La Pena, has organized the first in an annual all female artist hip-hop showcase that pays tribute to each of the genre's four elements: MC'ing, DJ'ing, breaking, and graffiti. Artists scheduled to appear include DJ Pam the Funkstress, Conscious Daughters, Deeandroid & Celskiii, Josie Stingray, Aima The Dreamer, Tendaroni Crew, Bodirock Culture, De La Femme, Slide, Dime, and Lucha E.S.P.

Titled Queendom: Fly Ladies Reppin The 4 Elements Of Hip Hop, this all ages show, which takes place at La Pena in Berkeley at 9pm tomorrow (Sat 3/13), is also a benefit for A Safe Place, which provides invaluable domestic violence services for women. Admission is just $10 and $8 for students. They are even giving out goodie bags at the show.

DJ Zita, along with Pam the Funkstress (of The Coup fame, who spun at Amoeba Berkeley's Record Store Day two years ago), will soon be celebrating the two year anniversary of their ever popular, female-run SF party Everlasting Bass. I was aware that DJ Zita had wanted to do an event like Queendom for some time, so yesterday I caught up with the hard working promoter/DJ, who will also be spinning at tomorrow's event, to ask her a bit more about this exciting new annual hip-hop women's event.

Amoeblog:
How did the idea for this event come about?

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This Week At The New Beverly: March 12 - 18

Posted by phil blankenship, March 11, 2010 08:02pm | Post a Comment
This Week At The New Beverly

Our March / April calendar is now online!
www.newbevcinema.com/calendar.cfm


Friday - Wednesday March 12 - 17


Exclusive LA Run of the NEW 35mm Print!

House
1977, Japan, 88 minutes
http://us.imdb.com/title/tt0076162/
dir. Nobuhiko Obayashi, starring Kimiko Ikegami, Kumiko Ohba, Yôko Minamida, Ai Matsubara, Miki Jinbo, Masayo Miyako
Watch The Trailer!

How to describe Nobuhiko Obayahshi's 1977 movie House? As a psychedelic ghost tale? A stream-of-consciousness bedtime story? An episode of Scooby Doo as directed by Dario Argento? Any of the above will do for this hallucinatory head trip about a schoolgirl who travels with six classmates to her ailing aunt's creaky country home, only to come face to face with evil spirits, bloodthirsty pianos, and a demonic housecat. Too absurd to be genuinely terrifying, yet too nightmarish to be merely comic, House seems like it was beamed to Earth from another planet. Or perhaps the mind of a child: the director fashioned the script after the eccentric musings of his eleven-year-old daughter, then employed all the tricks in his analog arsenal (mattes, animation, and collage) to make them a visually astonishing, raucous reality. Never before released in the United States, and a bona fide cult classic in the making, House is one of the most exciting genre discoveries in years.

Idiomatic Improv Rock Night In Oakland Friday with Shudder, Lost Planet, & the Ava Mendoza Quartet

Posted by Billyjam, March 11, 2010 02:07pm | Post a Comment
Ava Mendoza
Improvised rock music that doesn't adhere to any rules or normal rock music expectations (beyond whatever the musicians themselves feel like making at that moment) can be experienced tomorrow night (Friday, March 12th) firsthand at the Idiomatic Improv Rock night at 21 Grand in Oakland, CA. Shudder, Lost Planet, and The Ava Mendoza Quartet are all playing live in an all ages, affordable night of entertainment.

The opening act Shudder, who is substituting for rock band PG13, is described as "less idiomatic" than the other two bands, but most intriguing, nonetheless, with a lineup that includes the two reed players Phillip Greenlief and Kyle Bruckmann, guest guitarist John Shiurba, and electronic instrumentation by Lance Grabmiller. They are expected to start playing sometime shortly after the 8pm showtime.

At 9pm Lost Planet, who "improvises compositions using a vocabulary of idioms," will take to the stage. Their line-up includes (Amoeba) Marc Weinstein on drums, shoehorse emergingDavid Slusser on sax, keys & electronics, Len Paterson and Steve Clarke on guitars, and all four artists sharing bass duties. Lost Planets' members have been playing together for 27 years now under various names. In the early 1990's they achieved brief notoriety as Pluto, with the 1994 CD Shoehorse Emerging (Rastascan).

Keep on Music New Wave and '80s Reunion Party - The Vietnamese New Wave Revival

Posted by Eric Brightwell, March 9, 2010 07:19pm | Post a Comment



Van Rooster

Last November, Keep on Music threw a New Wave + ‘80s Reunion at Bleu in Westminster. This isn’t new wave in the sense that a lot of people use the term, but rather a mix of Italo, Eurodisco and other ‘80s dance music that notably found considerable popularity with Asian-Americans in the 1980s. I was only turned onto the scene four years ago, by Ngoc Nguyen, who is a Vietnamese New Wave super fan (especially of Sandra).

Flash forward to the present and near future: March 27th. On that day, Keep On Music’s having a second New Wave + ‘80s Reunion at the Can Asian Entertainment Bar in Garden Grove. Unlike last time, I won’t miss this one and neither should you! Luckily for us newbs and the uninitiated, some key figures of the new wave scene graciously agreed to sit down with me and answer some questions about the Asian/Vietnamese new wave scene for Eric's Blog

Little Boots Celebrates Stateside Release Of Her Debut Album Hands At Amoeba San Francisco Today

Posted by Billyjam, March 9, 2010 09:50am | Post a Comment
Little Boots - "Earthquake" (from the album Hands)

little boots

Blackpool, England artist Little Boots, who will be making a special in-store appearance and signing copies of her acclaimed brand new debut at Amoeba Music, San Francisco today at 6pm (Tuesday, March 9th), is a most promising electropop artist with a somewhat familiar yet new & unique sound. Already a star in her homeland, where her singles-heavy debut album Hands was released nine long months ago, this former member of Dead Disco saw her Warner Elektra album finally released Stateside last Tuesday (3/2).

Little Boots' sound is new while simultaneously rooted in electronic pop's past, with that past including the not too distant 1980's techno pop of such artists as Gary Numan / Tubeway Army and The Human League. Fittingly, Philip Oakley from the Human League appears on the early eighties sounding album track "Symmetry" -- a track that Amoeblogger Brad cites as one of the dozen track album's best songs. Traces of Kraftwerk surface in the fat synth opening of "Stuck On Repeat," a song that, once it kicks in, is somewhat reminiscent of Kylie Minogue.

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Little Boots - "Symmetry" (feat. Philip Oakley)

Predictable but unfair comparisons will, and have already been made to Lady GaGa,Little Boots with whom Little Boots unarguably shares a knack for crafting a catchy dance pop tune with global appeal. Little Boots wore a GaGa-ish costume in concert in New York on last Tuesday at the Highline Ballroom that included a gold lame face mask. This penchant for highly dramatic clothing certainly doesn't help in distinguishing her from the omnipresent GaGa, but the UK artist born Victoria Christina Hesketh is different in sound.

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