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Dj Vinnie Esparza's Best of 2009 List

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, January 6, 2010 03:21pm | Post a Comment
Vinnie Esparza works in reggae & jazz for our SF store. For the most part, his interest in music stops at 1983.

1. V/A - African Boogaloo - Honest Jons
The best 70s African Latin comp I have ever heard. Stellar.

african boogaloo


2. V/A - Panama! 2 - SoundWay
Outstanding collection of cumbia, funk and even calypso from Panama's golden years.

Panama! 2


3. Edan - Echo Party - Five Day Weekend
Edan outdoes himself with this continuous mix of original party rocking beats. Killer.

Edan - Echo Party


4. Junior Murvin - Police & Thieves (expanded edition) - Island UK
One of reggae's greatest albums gets the deluxe treatment with a second disc of rare bonus material.

junior murvin


5. V/A - Light: On the South Side - Numero Group
Phenomenal compilation of rare, mostly funky blues 45s from 1970s Chicago. Comes packaged with an amazing photograph book that places you right back on the scene. Vinyl only.

light: on the south side

MC PAUL BARMAN AMOEBLOG INTERVIEW

Posted by Billyjam, January 6, 2010 02:14pm | Post a Comment
MC Paul Barman "Owl Pellets" from his new album Thought Balloon Mushroom Cloud

New Jersey born, New York City based MC Paul Barman first caught the attention of the hip-hop world a decade ago when he arrived (seemingly out of nowhere) with his Prince Paul (Stetsasonic, De La Soul, A Prince Among Thieves, Handsome Boy Modeling School, Souls of Mischief etc.)-produced It's Very Stimulating EP, which won critical praise and instantly cemented his place as an unabashedly nerdy hip-hopper. A most clever wordsmith, he was labeled by some as a thinking man's emcee. And while his unique lyrical style may not have been every rap fan's cup of tea, he won respect for not fronting, just being himself, and for MC Paul Barmantackling topics not addressed by your average rapper.

He also won the respect of many hip-hop artists and over the years has collaborated with such acts as MF DOOM, Deltron 3030, Masta Ace, and has toured with such acts as Blackalicious and Del tha Funky Homosapien, who is one of the many guests on his new album, Thought Balloon Mushrooom Cloud (Househusband). The album, which touches on such topics as sampling, owls, AIDS, and circumcision, is the self-described "Jewish atheist'"s first official release since 2002's album Paullelujah!. I recently caught up with the artist to talk about Thought Balloon Mushroom Cloud and some of the new rhyme styles unveiled on this recommended new album.

New Oxford American Dictionary Word of the Year for 2009

Posted by Whitmore, January 4, 2010 10:20pm | Post a Comment
2009 Word of the year

Once again we’ve reached that wonderful time of the year, time when several Dictionaries announce their Word of the Year. We’ll start with the New Oxford American Dictionary's typically imaginative selection, whose picks are as often jeered by skeptical wordsmiths as they are lauded by sexy lexicographers throughout the English speaking world.
 
Drum roll please: The 2009 Word of the Year is:
 
Unfriend (verb), “to remove someone as a ‘friend’ on a social networking site such as Facebook or Myspace.” Personally, I always preferred the term “destalking” ...
 
Some of the other new words considered by the New Oxford American Dictionary for the 2009 Word of the Year were:
 
Hashtag  - a # [hash] sign added to a word or phrase that enables Twitter users to search for tweets (postings on the Twitter site) that contain similarly tagged items and view thematic sets
intexticated  - distracted because texting on a cellphone while driving a vehicle
netbook - a small, very portable laptop computer with limited memory
paywall - a way of blocking access to a part of a website which is only available to paying subscribersunfriend
sexting - the sending of sexually explicit texts and pictures by cellphone
freemium - a business model in which some basic services are provided for free, with the aim of enticing users to pay for additional, premium features or content
funemployed - taking advantage of one’s newly unemployed status to have fun or pursue other interests
zombie bank - a financial institution whose liabilities are greater than its assets, but which continues to operate because of government support
birther - a conspiracy theorist who challenges President Obama’s birth certificate
choice mom - a person who chooses to be a single mother
death panel - a theoretical body that determines which patients deserve to live, when care is rationed
teabagger - a person who protests President Obama’s tax policies and stimulus package, often through local demonstrations known as “Tea Party” protests (in allusion to the Boston Tea Party of 1773)
brown state - a US state that does not have strict environmental regulations
green state - a US state that has strict environmental regulations
ecotown - a town built and run on eco-friendly principles
deleb - a dead celebrity
tramp stamp - a tattoo on the lower back, usually on a woman

THE BOOK OF ELI & OTHER MOVIES OPENING THIS MONTH

Posted by Billyjam, January 4, 2010 12:07pm | Post a Comment
The Book Of Eli
When I first glanced at a version of the poster, left, advertising the new movie The Book of Eli, it was plastered on the side of a bus that whizzed by me on the street. Not knowing anything about the film, due to its layout, I wrongly assumed that it was an ad for some religious group and that Gary Oldman the actor must have become a born again Christian or something like that and was lending his name to this religious group.

Of course, soon after, I discovered that was not the case and that the movie (one of many opening this month), which also stars Denzel Washington in the lead role, is the latest film from the Hughes Brothers, Albert and Allen. Their past films include Menace II Society, Dead Presidents, American Pimp, and From Hell.  As you will gather from the trailer below for this movie, which was filmed in New Mexico, it is the story of a lone hero named Eli (Washington), who battles his way across the wasteland of a post apocalyptic America (circa 2043) in an effort to save a sacred book "that might hold the key to saving the future of humanity." Gary Oldman's character Carnegie -- as the tyrannical ruler of a small makeshift town -- is there to stop him from doing so. The Book Of Eli, which also stars Mila Kunis, opens Friday of next week, Jan 15th, 2010.

The Book Of Eli is just one of many new movies opening this month, and judging from the descriptions and/or the trailers advertising them, it looks like one of the best out of the new bunch. Below, along with the trailer for Eli, is a sampling of some of the other films opening this month that no doubt the Amoeblog's Phil Blankenship will be checking out the weekend they arrive in theaters. Some, such as Bitch Slap, which wisely is only opening in a limited number of theaters and is described as "three bad girls (a down-and-out stripper, a drug-running killer and a corporate powerbroker) as they arrive at a remote desert hideaway to extort and steal $200 Million in diamonds from a ruthless underworld kingpin," looks so, so bad (complete with really bad acting) that it's not even so bad it's good. Just plain awful. But you be the judge. Other trailers below include the futuristic vampire movie Daybreakers starring Ethan Hawke (no doubt Hollywood will run the vampire theme into the ground this year); the "emotionally charged thriller set at the intersection of politics and big business" starring Mel Gibson, Edge of Darkness; the drama Extraordinary Measures starring Harrison Ford, Brendan Fraser, and Keri Russell; and Youth In Revolt starring Michael Cera along with Steve BuscemiRay Liotta, which seems like one of the better of the new crop of mainstream movies opening this month. Not included, because even the trailer is painful to watch, is Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson's Tooth Fairy, opening Jan 22nd.

Lhasa de Sela 1972-2010

Posted by Gomez Comes Alive!, January 4, 2010 01:15am | Post a Comment

Singer Lhasa de Sela passed away on January 1st 2010, after a twenty-one month battle with breast cancer. Lhasa, as she was known, released three albums. 1997's La Llorona, 2003's The Living Road and her self-titled release in April of 2009. She also performed at Amoeba Hollywood in 2004 just before I started working here, and at the San Francisco store later that same week.

She was born on September 27, 1972, to a Mexican father and an American mother. She spent much of her childhood traveling back and forth through Mexico and the U.S. This nomadic lifestyle contributed to her creativity and by the age of thirteen, she started singing in restaurants. In 1997, La Llorona brought her much praise in Canada, where she relocated after moving out on her own. La Llorona was sung entirely in Spanish. The Living Road, her second album, made her an international star, as she sang in Spanish, French and English, easily flowing from one language to the next. 2009's self-titled release, Lhasa, was her first entirely in English, which, after reading the lyrics, I can only assume chronicled her bout with cancer.  Due to her sickness, Lhasa was forced to cancel her tour slated for last fall. She also planned to record an album of the songs of  Victor Jara and Violeta Parra, but died before the album could come to fruition.

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