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Joe Goldmark's "Blue Steel" Out Now

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, May 6, 2018 07:24pm | Post a Comment

Amoeba SF's own steel guitar master, Joe Goldmark, has just released his most exciting album to dateJoe Goldmark, Blue Steel with Blue Steel. Mixing Americana, blues, and roots music, Blue Steel showcases a number of original songs, plus a diverse mix of cover tunes ranging from Jimmy McCracklin, Graham Parker, B.B. King, and Jeff Lynne, to Lefty Frizzell, Rufus Thomas, and Dallas Frazier. Best known for his honky-tonk country and Americana sounds, Goldmark has combined an extra component this time with the addition of blues/roots songs like “All Night Worker,” “The Wobble,” and “Beautician Blues.”

“My album cover is loosely based on an old Starday Records album by Arthur ‘Guitar Boogie’ Smith called Blue Guitar,” Goldmark says. “The artwork is blue, but the title Blue Steel actually reflects the R&B feel of the music on the album. Although the pedal steel guitar is considered a ‘country’ instrument by many, I’ve always placed it in other musical genres with excellent results. Blue Steel is colored by a soulful approach to all the tunes, especially on the handful of blues numbers.”

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May Events at Amoeba SF & Berkeley

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, May 6, 2018 02:11pm | Post a Comment

"Sweet May hath come to love us,
Flowers, trees, their blossoms don;
And through the blue heavens above us
The very clouds move on."
- Heinrich Heine, Book of Songs

Even those of us with allergies have to admit that there is something special about May. It's that last month before summer, school is just letting out, and even the foliage is celebrating. To add to the fun, join us for our May in-store events at Amoeba SF & Amoeba Berkeley this month.

May Sales at Amoeba SF & Berkeley

Oakland Public Conservatory of Music's "The Black Arts Movement" ArtsJam Soul Session

Posted by Billyjam, May 6, 2018 11:57am | Post a Comment



Today is the third and final in the highly commendable East Bay music-as-art series produced by the Oakland Public Converatory of Music; The Black Arts Movement arts/jam soul session that's billed as an, "interdisciplinary foray into Oakland's Music History." Free, all ages, open to the public and taking place at 3445 San Pablo Ave this afternoon/evening's "Black Arts Movement" portion of the series that already featured a "Blues" part and a "Latin Jazz" part [interestingly no hip-hop?!] promises to,

 

 "illuminate Oakland's rich musical legacy through workshops led by some of Oakland's most celebrated musicians, poets, and visual artists."

Today's event will open with a 2pm history talk on Oakland's Black arts movement given by historian Kim McMillon that will be followed by workshops from 3:30pm until 5pm. Then, as over the previous two weeks, today's edutainment gathering will finish with a big musical jam session that wil
l include (provided they are inspired to do so) participants from the musical workshops joining in the freestyle jam which, reportedly, are the most fun part of these events.Hosting today's 2pm workshop will be noted jazz guitarist / Black Jazz Records artist Calvin Keys whose catalog includes the 2013 album Electric Keys and whose rich resume includes collaborating with such greats as Ray Charles, Ahmad Jamal, John Handy, Bobby Hutcherson, and Pharoah Sanders.

People Under The Stairs @ Cornerstone in Berkeley tonight + Equipto & Brycon's The Watershed [Hip-Hop In The Park After Party]

Posted by Billyjam, May 5, 2018 02:09pm | Post a Comment

Couple of nights ago at the Fillmore in San Francisco legendary emcee Rakim (recently reunited and on tour with Eric B) proved that true hip-hop is timeless and will never die in a crowd winning set that included the classic  "I Know You Got Soul" off their 1987 landmark album Paid In Full. Three plus decades later and Rakim can still rock the mic, and the crowd. Overall though artists like this are a rarity in the often fickle world of hip-hop; a genre where acts so often come and go at a rapid rate, regardless of such things as levels of commercial success.

Meantime those acts that are dedicated to the art form always seem stay active and relevant. People Under The Stairs (PUTS) are another good example. The talented hip-hop duo of Thes-One and Double K, who formed in Los Angeles in 1997, have continually enjoyed a rich hip-hop recording and touring career; and all on their own terms.  20 years since their debut album The Next Step and they're still delighting fans;  bringing good hip-hop vibes to audiences all over the globe including in their beloved native Cali.

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DJ News: Shure Needles Discontinuation, 7" Battle Records Trend, New Visual-Vinyl 7" Series, Club DJ Guinness World Record

Posted by Billyjam, May 3, 2018 11:54am | Post a Comment

Dirtstyle classic DJ battle tool 100 MPH Backsliding Turkey Kuts now avail on 7"

A visit to Amoeba Music singles/seven inch sections will confirm the current trend of DJ battle records, traditionally a 12" format, being released in the smaller 7" record format such as the classic 1990's Dirtstyle battle DJ tool standard 100 MPH Backsliding Turkey Kuts pictured above. Leading the way in these seven inch reissues are the DJ Q-Bert related Dirtstyle and Thud Rumble labels who this past week reissued as a seven inch Baby SuperSeal Vol. 5. Dirtstyle classics that have already been reissued on the new smaller scale vinyl format include Bionic Booger Breaks and Toasted Marshmallow Feet Braxe. Even the Dirtstyle 25th Anniversary 12" LP was also released in a 7" format version. This new trend can be attributed in part to the popularity of the seven inch friendly Nu-Mark PT01 & PT01 Scratch portable/battery powered turntables.

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