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HAPPY THANKSGIVING & AMOEBA HOLIDAY TOY DRIVE REMINDER

Posted by Billyjam, November 26, 2009 08:00am | Post a Comment

Happy Thanksgiving, Amoeblog readers! Above is Gloria Gobbler's reinterpretation of "You Can't Hurry Love" from a turkey's perspective, with reworked lines such as, "You can't gobble me on Thanksgiving Day. Why not eat tofu? Feed yourself the vegan way." And if you enjoy Thanksgiving themed, turkey perspective song parodies done to animation, check out the reworking of MC Hammer's "U Can't Touch This" -- "U Can't Stuff This" or The Giblets' reinterpretation of Queen's "We Will Rock You" -- "We Will Eat You."  

And don't forget that tomorrow, Friday, November 27th, is when Amoeba kicks off its annual Holiday Toy Drive at all three Amoeba Music stores. When you come in to Amoeba over the next few weeks (cut off dates vary from store to store) we strongly encourage you to spread the love to those not as well off this year by bringing in a new, unwrapped toy for some needy child in your community.

And to help you feel even better about donating a toy for some poor kid, as a thank you for your generosity, Amoeba will give you a $2 coupon valid for any item over $3.99! All toys collected will be distributed to a local charity: Amoeba Hollywood will donate to Five Acres, Amoeba San Francisco will collect toys for Compass Community Services, and Amoeba Berkeley will provide toys to A Safe Place. For full details on the Amoeba toy drive run dates and the charities involved, click here.

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Replay: Thanksgiving's Thanksgiving (on Thanksgiving...)

Posted by Kelly S. Osato, November 26, 2009 06:30am | Post a Comment
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Happy
Thanksgiving everyone! It's early (just after six am) and I'm baking apple-cranberry-pecan pie while Thanksgiving's self-titled collection of home recordings emanates quietly from the little boom-box on the kitchen table. Good thing they thought to include a CD inside the oh-so-pretty triple gatefold packaging that houses the gorge three LP set on red, white and blue vinyl that is Thanksgiving's Thanksgiving; for this I give thanks. I can't imagine managing three records and a turntable while trimming pie crust and chopping nuts --- I can't go for that, no, no can do. Still, I count myself grateful for having made an impulse purchase of this gem of an album a few years back, for it has become precious to me. 
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I remember picking up my copy at Amoeba San Francisco on something of a whim and a whiff: obviously tangibly beautiful, it was in my hands and pricey but not too much so. The promise of lovely colored wax teased me into buying, along with the notion that I fancied the thing smelling of Elverum, for I was enjoying an all things Phil Elverum boom at the time (it's never really gone away, it ebbs and flows...). I would be a fool to pass it up, or so I thought. Though this crazed logic that plays the feeble minds of those swayed to swooning for pretty records and limited pressings once again held me rapt, I brook no regrets regarding this purchase because the songs are as excellent as the artwork they come packaged with. For this, again, I give thanks.

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New 12" Electronic Releases at Amoeba Hollywood - 11/24/09

Posted by Oliver / Matt / Jordan, November 24, 2009 09:31pm | Post a Comment
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STL
NEUROTRANSMITTING CLOUDS... 12"


Smallville's compilation series And Suddenly It's Morning (SMALL 002CD) begins and ends with these two tracks on this 12" split-release. On the A-side, STL brings back the magical moments to the dancefloor with a contemporary sound-design that meets funkiness at its best. Smallville owner Julius Steinhoff presents his first solo track "Something Like Wonderful" -- deeply-driving real house music.

KIKI - Immortal 12"

EROL ALKAN & BOYS NOIZE - Waves Rework 10"

PAUL KALKBRENNER - Berlin Calling Vol. 2 12”

VA - Mikado 12"


PETER KRUDER
Hard To Find 12"


Peter Kruder presents two tracks from his arsenal of techno and house dancefloor bombs with Hard To Find. The title track is influenced by Detroit techno circa the age of UR to North African hooks. The filter sweep, which serves as the drop/break, is a master-class in restrained modulation. "25 West 38th St." opens with the sound of ocean air, swiftly diving into a bass-driven groove, lush strings and a piano-led top-line -- rhythmic and atmospheric.

OLIVER TON - Hasta El Fin 12”

DONNACHA COSTELLO - Ten Thousand Hours 12"

GAISER - Flashed 12"

MARCEL KNOPF (FEAT. CAMARA) - Crazy About Skinny Bitches 12”

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Charles Darwin's On the Origin of Species

Posted by Whitmore, November 24, 2009 07:55pm | Post a Comment
Charles Darwin "On the Origin of Species" auction
Today in London, Christie's auction house sold a rare first edition of Charles Darwin's On the Origin of Species as part of the celebration of the 150th anniversary of its first publication. The book, one of only 1,250 copies first printed in 1859, was found on a shelf in a family's guest bathroom in Oxford. Christie's said they thought the book would likely sell for around $100,000, but an anonymous telephone bidder won the green bound, gilt-decorated tome for about $171,000. Darwin's Origin of Species outlined his theory of natural selection and is the foundation for the modern understanding of evolution.Charles Darwin "On the Origin of Species"
 
Of course, many fearful zealots thoroughly believe, and joyfully so, that Charles Darwin is now barbequing away, racked in hideous, throbbing pain, burning forever in the pit of hell for the rest of eternity because of his blasphemous thought provoking ideas, such as his belief that man evolved from lower forms of primates and random mutation.
 
Many of the least thinking biblical pundits and dim ostriches would like to blame Darwin and all his followers for the reason why this good christian nation is sliding into all things wicked. Any preacher worth his fear mongering salt will certainly lecture on the evil Stalinism these monkey loving evolutionists are shoving down the throats of the faithful joes and janes, taking society to hell in a hand basket with their flu shots, homosexuality, flag burning, pro-choice, science education, gun control, cunnilingus, hip hop, global warming, masturbating, MSNBC, health care reform.
 
Fear not creationists, god created Kansas just for you. Do I hear an amen!?
 
 

LADY GAGA IS LATEST TO ADDRESS HOMOPHOBIA IN HIP-HOP

Posted by Billyjam, November 23, 2009 05:01pm | Post a Comment

More than any other popular musical form, hip-hop is perhaps the most consistently (and often apologetically) misogynistic and homophobic genre in all contemporary pop music. This is something that Lady Gaga speaks about in the video clip above, taken from an interview with host Touré from on On The Record, that will broadcast later tonight (Monday, Nov 23rd at 9pm) on Fuse TV.  Of course, this is not exactly breaking news to anyone No Homowho listens to popular rap, but it is nonetheless refreshing to hear a high profile person address homophobia in popular rap music. This is something that encompasses recurring anti-gay lyrics in songs and also the whole "No Homo" obsession, popular within hip-hop circles for several years now, whereby the words "NO HOMO" are instantly said aloud by a person right after they utter  something that might possibly be construed as "gay sounding." This two word statement absolves them from the ultimate crime (of being perceived as "homo"). This "No Homo" subcultural movement even spawned its own fashion line that includes the "No Homo" baseball cap (pictured).

In her interview, Lady Gaga, as always, is very supportive and defensive of her large gay following. When pressed by Toure as to which high profile homophobic hip-hopper she is referring to, she won't say. Truth is that it could be a great many rappers out there. But more than likely it is 50 Cent who she is referring to, since recently on the Angie Martinez radio show Fitty in a mocking derogatory tone referred to the scheduled Lady Gaga and Kanye West Fame Kills tour as the "gay tour." (the tour got cancelled due to Kayne's VMA outburst combined with lackluster advance ticket sales). This is the same rapper who in Spin magazine a few years back opined, "In hip-hop, there’s certain standards of things you can’t do. Being gay isn't cool -- it's not what the music is based on." Of course, many, including anyone within the so-called "homo-hop" subgenre of hip-hop, would argue that such a notion is nonsense. But, despite the growing numbers of queer rap artists, this hip-hop subgenre remains mostly a totally separate (and underground) world, and one that does not generally crossover into popular rap. Simply put, while most of the rest of popular culture has at least superficially embraced gays, it looks like it is still a ways off before popular hip-hop will accept its first openly gaHeavy D & The Boysy rap star.

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