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The Coral Castle of Love

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, June 28, 2018 08:36pm | Post a Comment

Coral Castle

By Kai Wada Roath
Ambassador of Confusion Hill and host of the Super Shangri-La Show

"Built a moon,
For a rocking chair,
I never guessed it would
Rock her far from here.
Oh, oh, oh..."
~ "Sweet Sixteen," lyrics by Billy idol

In the land of Key lime pies and conch fritters, there is a little plot of land where Edward Leedskalnin Coral Castlewould mysteriously and single-handedly sculpt his rock castle from 1923-1951. Some folks claimed Ed used reverse magnetism and even supernatural mental-powers to move the giant stones...the very same powers that were perhaps used to build the pyramids of Egypt and erect the ancient megaliths of the British Isles (I wish I had these powers just to take out my trash cans Monday nights). Edward's creation would become known to all as the Coral Castle.

It is said that before leaving his home country of Latvia for the Sunshine State, Edward (who was was 26 at the time) was ditched at the alter by Agnes, his 16-year-old fiancée. Ed would reminisce about her for the rest of his life, always referring to her as his "Sweet Sixteen." In 1986, Billy Idol would write his tragic love song, "Sweet Sixteen," inspired after watching "The Castle of Secrets," an episode of Leonard Nimoy's In Search Of, based on Edward and his Coral Castle. If you still do not own the In Search Of DVD box set with all six seasons, then that is a shame. Go forth and invest in that treasure box, for it is pure wisdom!

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NightLife Live Featuring Com Truise & The Seshen, July 12

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, June 28, 2018 07:30pm | Post a Comment

Com Truise
Com Truise

San Francisco's California Academy of Sciences celebrates their fifth annual NightLife LIVE summer music series. NightLife LIVE pairs emerging bands and musicians with cutting-edge visual artists in an immersive intersection of science, music, and art. The only museum in the world to combine an aquarium, planetarium, natural history museum, living rainforest, and live performances on an outdoor stage transforms the Academy into one of SF’s most unique live music venues in the heart of Golden Gate Park.

The series kicks off on Thursday, July 12 with the “mid-fi synth-wave, slow-motion funk” of Com Truise and local R&B/synth-pop/electro group The Seshen. And don't miss DJ sets from the Chulita Vinyl Club DJ collective.

Make sure to try out the NightLife signature cocktails and browse local vendors as you take in cutting-edge exhibits and 38,000 live animals in the world’s greenest museum! Visit us at the Amoeba Music pop-up shop, which will be stocked with loads of quality vinyl.

Get your tickets HERE, and RSVP and invite your friends on Facebook HERE.

Public Enemy's "It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back" Remains A True Classic 30 Years After Its June 28th 1988 Def Jam Release

Posted by Billyjam, June 28, 2018 04:03pm | Post a Comment
"From a rebel it's final on black vinyl. Soul, rock and roll comin' like a rhino. Tables turn, suckers burn to learn. They can't disable the power of my label, Def Jam tells you who I am: The Enemy's Public - They really give a damn"  - Chuck D ("Rebel WIthout A Pause")
On June 28th, 1988  Public Enemy released their iconic second album It Takes A Nation of Millions To Hold Us Back (reissued many times since including on new pressing LP/vinyl, CD Deluxe version, and 2 cassette set). Now exactly thirty years later listening back to this pitch perfect production and lyrical masterpiece, it's instantly clear that not only was Nation the pioneering political hip-hop group's best album of their three-plus decade career but one of the powerfully engaging albums of hip-hop and any other genre; a true modern American music classic.

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Oakland's Art Deco Landmark Paramount Theatre Begins Summer Throwback Thursday $5 Movie Series With “Independence Day”

Posted by Billyjam, June 28, 2018 11:54am | Post a Comment

With tonight’s 8pm screening of Independence Day at Oakland’s  Paramount Theatre the historic art deco auditorium will officially kick off another summer of its popular Throwback Thursday Movie series. As in years past this lovingly restored national historic landmark building in downtown Oakland has dedicated one Thursday evening each summer month to screen modern classic American movies; and all for the ever affordable price of only $5.

Next month on Thursday July 26th they'll screen This Is Spinal Tap, August 16th it will be the 40th anniversary screening of National Lampoon's Animal House, and on September 20th the 2018 summer series will conclude with John Hughes' 1985 film The Breakfast Club.   Scroll down to view movie trailers and read descriptions of each film as well as links to DVD/BluRay versions and their accompanying soundtracks (all available from Amoeba).

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Andy Jenkins' 2018 Spacebomb Debut "Sweet Bunch" Manages To Sound Refreshingly Familiar Yet Completely Original

Posted by Billyjam, June 27, 2018 01:26pm | Post a Comment

Andy Jenkins "Sweet Bunch (feat. Matthew E. White)" from Sweet Bunch (Spacebomb Records)

Standout 2018 new indie rock artist Andy Jenkins' remarkable album Sweet Bunch  on Spacebomb Records is one of those rock rarities that simultaneously manages to sound both refreshingly familiar yet completely original. Examples of this abound throughout the Richmond VA singer-songwriter's just released nine track, 40 minute debut on such songs as "Let's Get Illuminated," "Ascendant Hog" and the Sweet Bunch title track. On that blues infused lead single (music video above) Jenkins is joined by Spacebomb label head / founder Matthew E. White who also produces the album that looks destined to make many 2018 year-end best new artist lists.

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