God Bless You Mister Vonnegut

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, April 12, 2007 08:07am | Post a Comment

... and so it goes.

Crank Sturgeon / PCRV Live @ Pehrspace

Posted by phil blankenship, April 12, 2007 01:08am | Post a Comment
Tonight I caught the epic Crank Sturgeon & PCRV tour as it hit Los Angeles.

I'm a bit tired after a night of so much noise so I'll leave you with a few videos I was able to catch:

Crank Sturgeon:


Moment Trigger:


Moth Drakula:

The Employee Interview Part II: M. Nero Nava

Posted by Miss Ess, April 11, 2007 05:32pm | Post a Comment
The Employee Interview
Second Edition: M. Nero Nava
3 + years at Amoeba
Floor Gent

Q: What was the first music you remember hearing as a kid, before you had a choice?

M.N.N: The first song I remember was Blondie's "Heart of Glass."

Q: How have your parents' musical choices affected your musical tastes?

They affected me a lot because my dad likes blues music, which got me into R&B, and my mom used to be a goth chick, so my aesthetic leanings were more towards post punk and all that stuff.  But of course I rebelled as a teen and I listened to hip hop.

Q: What has been the biggest musical influence on your life?

Probably my mom. She laid the foundation with bands like the Cure, David Bowie, Lou Reed.

Q: What is your favorite record to get down to?

Probably Marvin Gaye, the I Want You album.

Q: What is your musical guilty pleasure?

All those R&B chicks that have one good song and they have one name: Kelis, Aaliyah, Ciara, Amerie.

Q: What's the last concert you went to? What was the first concert you went to?

First concert: Jefferson Starship at Great America.
                                   Last concert: I saw Prince for my 46th time.
Q:  When did you start playing music and why?

When i was 16 I started playing keyboards, then I sold my sampler and bought a guitar when I was 18. I wanted to play because girls like that and I'm funky.

Q: What's your favorite venue to see a show at here in the bay area? Great America?

The Great American Music Hall.

Q: What's the best show you've been to this year?

The best show I went to was a Prince show in Las Vegas. I was in the front row and Prince noticed me making fun of an audience member onstage. Prince told the guy to get off stage. He cued the band to stop playing and he said, "What about you, godfather, why don't you get onstage?" I ducked and hid so I wouldn't have to get onstage and one of his dancing girls grabbed me and pulled me onstage. I walked up to him and I said, "Prince, why are you doing this to me?" and he said, "Stand over there and dance!" and I danced with the twins [ed. note: Prince has twins he uses as dancers and backup singers] and I flashed my cufflinks at him. He critiqued my dancing and my outfit. I was wearing a black and white pinstriped suit with matching Stacy Adams shoes and I was wearing my Tiffany cufflinks that are engraved with my initials. He told me he liked my dancing cause it didn't look like I was gonna break a sweat and he liked my cufflinks. I was onstage for about 15 minutes and when I was done I bowed and threw my hanky into the audience and I jumped into the first row. When I hit the first row he said, "I see that guy all the time, and I don't know about him. He's a mix of the godfather and Count Dracula but he dresses clean." [ed. note: true story!]

Q: What's the furthest you have traveled to see a show and who was it you were going to see?

I went to Georgia to see Prince. He was playing in a small club for about 500 people.

Q: What is your favorite section of the store?

The soul section.

Q: Best find in Amoeba?

I found Vanity 6 on cd, which has been out of print since 1985.

Q: What is your favorite Prince song?

"She's Always In My Hair." It's rock, it's funky, it's the revolution.

Q: What is your favorite part about working here at Amoeba?

I like talking to the customers.

Thank you for your time.

my love of the love of diagrams

Posted by Brad Schelden, April 11, 2007 05:09pm | Post a Comment
also out this week...

the full length album by the Love of Diagrams "Mosaic."
I love this album! Ever since I first heard their ep a couple of months ago, I have been obsessed. And patiently waiting for the release of the full length. While this is their first album out in the US, they have one previous in their native Australia, "The Target is You."  But it is all about Mosaic.

Love of Diagrams have been around since 2001, but are finally making their way to a US audience. The band is made up of two awesome ladies, Monika Fikerle and Antonia Sellbach, and one dude, Luke Horton. I don't know what it is, but I love bands with both dudes and ladies singing back and forth at each other. It just makes the songs more interesting by combining two different perspectives.

You can easily mistake them for a late 70s/early 80s no wave band. They have the post punk sound of similar bands like Erase Errata. Bands like these often do not hide their influences, it seems to have gotten to a point where bands are torn apart for being too obvious with their influences. But I really think it has almost reached a point where everything has been done. Every band name has been taken and every sound reinvented. But I don't really care about any of this.

Love of Diagrams simply makes me wanna dance and gets me more excited than most bands have the ability to do. It 's the kind of album I want to start over before it's even finished the first time. They have a great raw energy on this album, similar to early Siouxsie albums. You seriously need to go check out this album. You can always start with the ep, if you a scared to commit to an entire album.

Sloe Poke - LA's Resident DJ

Posted by Gomez Comes Alive!, April 11, 2007 11:47am | Post a Comment

There are three things you need to know about DJ Sloe Poke: 1. He doesn’t mess around with any of the artsy stuff. 2. You won’t hear him tactlessly scratching and 3. He goes to a club to rock it.
What makes Sloe Poke one of L.A. ’s best DJ’s is that he can spin several styles of music with ease. Sloe Poke attributes his skills to the years of spinning for people with diverse tastes, ages and cultures. Most DJ’s can spin two or three different genres of music but get lost when it comes to Latin music. This is where Sloe Poke excels. He’s the kind of DJ that can entice the older generation to go out on the dance floor and put a younger crowd to shame. He can mix a Salsa classic like Joe Arroyo’s “Rebelion” with Celso Pina’s Sonidero hit, “Cumbia Sobre El Rio,” then follow those songs with Thalia’s poppy, “Piel Morena” and Frankie Cutlass’ club fave, “Puerto Rico,” making it all flow together somehow.

Because of Sloe Poke’s range, he can spin almost anywhere in the city. Besides being a resident DJ at places like Little Temple and the Rhythm Lounge, he spins at clubs like Sonido, playing Dub, Dancehall & Lover’s Rock. At the Root Down on Thursday nights he plays funk alongside some of L.A. ’s best funk DJ’s. At ¡DESCARGA! Sloe Poke keeps the floor moving with Salsa, Merengue & Cumbia. When he’s DJing at The House of Blues in San Diego, he compliments whatever act is headlining. He has opened for shows as diverse as Mos Def, David Lee Roth, Yellowman & Jaguares. It really doesn’t matter who or what genre Sloe Poke is spinning for -- he always has the perfect mix.

Catch Sloe Poke on Saturday, April 14th @ ¡Descarga! Along with Resident DJ’s—Loslito (The Root Down/The Rebirth/Kajmere Sound), Bobby Soul (Soul Hustlers), Azul (213/ Firecracker/Bridges), Mexican Dubwiser (Chicle/Dubwise Sessions) & Mando Fever (From The Soul Recordings)

Also performing will be Gabrielito (Quetzal, Sonora Santanera) with his all-star group performing original music & classic salsa jams.

¡DESCARGA! CLUB @ LITTLE TEMPLE every 2nd Saturday, is located at 4519 Santa Monica @ Virgil (Silver Lake); April 14th - $10 all night. Doors 9pm-2:00am. 21 + over.
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