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Monster Birds & Turkey à la King Rock n' Roll

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, November 22, 2018 12:40am | Post a Comment

Giant Claw. Happy Thanksgiving.

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

"Come on baby, I need gravy...
Gimmie, gimmie, gimmie, give me gravy tonight!"
~ Lyrics from Dee Dee Sharp's song "Gravy" (sequel to "Mashed Potato Time")

Are you already day-dreaming of gnawing on a turkey leg like a frenzied barbarian warrior like I am? We Giant Clawmay not be eating lobster, deer, ducks, clams, and berries like they did in 1621, but we now have Great Aunt Nora's famous oyster stuffing. If there is one holiday that my growling torso-cave desires yearly, it's the Day of Thanks. Did you get stuck watching the Macy's parade and listening to horrible dentist office digestive jazz at your Mother-in-Law's last year? Well, here are my suggestions to add some spice to the day if you are hosting this year...for he who controls the Spice, controls the Universe!

First, we need some big birds on the boob-tube playing all day long. I'm not talking about Follow that Bird (starring John Candy and Dave Thomas), I'm talking about THE GIANT CLAW! Let it be noted, that the producers of Rodanthe film originally planned to use a stop-motion model created by Ray Harryhausen, but they lacked the moolah at the last minute so they used this amazingly creepy marionette for the bird. Also, if you look closely, a flying saucer can be seen in Grand Central Terminal during the giant bird's attack on New York City, as they used stock footage from Earth vs. the Flying Saucers for this movie. I like to think both alien invasion and giant bird attacks happened at the same time. This 1957 classic should almost be played on repeat, much like Darby O'Gill and the Little People should be on Saint Patrick's Day, however I got a few more choice feathered flicks for you to add for this Super Feast Thursday.

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Concert Videos Salute To 15 Years Of Mezzanine: Latest SF Club To Fall “Victim To Corporate Greed & Commercial Development”

Posted by Billyjam, November 20, 2018 07:04pm | Post a Comment

Beloved Downtown San Francisco dance/concert club Mezzanine, a staple of the City’s nightlife for the past 15 years, today shared the bad news that it is being forced to close its doors due to its landlord refusing to renew their lease which ends in ten months in October 2019. “I was disappointed that the owners of the building didn’t give me an opportunity to renegotiate a new lease,” said Mezzanine owner Deborah Jackman in a prepared statement.

An independent business with 35+ employees, Mezzanine had the distinction of being the largest female owned music venue in San Francisco with an in-house all female talent buying team. With a passion for quality beat-driven artists from all genres, since 2003 the venue has hosted an endless list of talented performers (local, national and international) that have included DJ Shadow & Cut Chemist, Run The Jewels, Mos Def, Giorgio Moroder, De La Soul, DJ Q-bert solo and with Invisibl Skratch Piklz, DJ AM (RIP), Kool Keith, Ghostface Killah, Jimmy CliffDJ ZephAzeem, Katy Perry, Florence + The Machine, Lady Gaga, A-Trak, Afrolicious, Psychic TV, Doc Martin, The Pack, The Glitch Mob, LCD Soundsystem Equipto & Z-Man, Snoop Dogg, Tricky, Hudson Mohawke, The Faint, ABC, Front 242 and Big Freedia.

New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Waxwork Records Co-Founder Kevin Bergeron

Posted by Amoebite, November 19, 2018 05:46pm | Post a Comment

Kevin Bergeron - What's In My Bag? - Amoeba Music

We were pleased to sit down with Waxwork Records co-founder Kevin Bergeron at Amoeba Hollywood and check out his latest record finds. Since his label specializes in reissues of cult flicks, Bergeron couldn't help but recommend a couple of recent soundtracks, including the score to Good Time, by Oneohtrix Point Never. "I recently just found out about this composer," he told us. "I'm really impressed with people that can make an album like this...(and it's just one dude) because it's really, really good and really dynamic." It wasn't all soundtracks though for Bergeron, who had an eclectic collection of electronic, industrial, and punk records, making for a fun and educational What's In My Bag?

In 2013, Kevin Bergeron co-founded Waxwork Records with Suzy Soto. Fans of cult films and long-forgotten soundtracks, Bergeron and Soto launched the label to bring quality vinyl reissues of classic Waxwork Recordshorror scores as well as commercially unavailable, little-known finds to a loyal audience of collectors. The label's first release was the Re-Animator soundtrack; it set the template for the Waxwork Records approach, which involves giving each release the fancy reissue treatment, with recordings sourced from the original master tapes, liner notes from influential figures involved with the film, and new artwork from contemporary artists. 

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LP of Day: De La Soul 25 Year Anniversary Vinyl Reissue of 1993 Prince Paul produced "Buhloone Mindstate" - A True Hip-Hop Classic

Posted by Billyjam, November 18, 2018 05:31pm | Post a Comment
De La Soul Buhloone Mindstate LP (Tommy Boy)

Celebrating its 25th anniversary with this 2018 vinyl reissue, Buhloone Mindstate LP (Tommy Boy) is truly a hip-hop classic. No wonder then that this third album from De La Soul, originally released on September 21st 1993, is oft chosen by fans as the iconic Long Island hip-hop trio's greatest release of their illustrious three decade strong career, and routinely included in critics' all-time best hip-hop album lists. In addition to De La Soul's Posdnuos, Trugoy The Dove and Maseo (although minimally) this Prince Paul produced masterpiece includes features from the late great Gang Starr lyricist Guru, Biz Markie,  Dres from Black Sheep, Chip Fu from Fu-Schnickens, Busta Rhymes, female emcee Shortie No Mass and funk/jazz/soul saxophone legend Maceo Parker and others. All killer, no filler Buhloone Mindstate LP is worth the price if only for the two off-the-hook tracks/singles “Breakadawn” and “Ego Trippin' (Part Two)” (scroll down to see music videos for both songs).

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Hip-Hop Top Five 11:16:18: Swollen Members, SOB X RBE, Z-Ro, Black Eyed Peas, Apollo Brown & Joell Ortiz

Posted by Billyjam, November 16, 2018 11:34pm | Post a Comment
     Hip-Hop Top Five: 11:16:18

1: Swollen Members Live At The Fox Theatre (Battle Axe)
  
3: SOB X RBE Gangin II (SOB X RBE)
 
3: Z-Ro SäDISM (1 Deep Entertainment)
 
4: Black Eyed Peas Masters of the Sun Vol. 1 (Interscope)

5: Apollo Brown & Joell Ortiz Mona Lisa LP (already out on CD) (Mello Music)

Swollen Members drop via CD Live At The Fox Theatre on Battle Axe Records that was recorded at a sold-out packed show at the Fox Theatre in Boulder, Colorado during the Canadian hip-hop group's Black Magic Tour a dozen years ago. The first live album release from Swollen Members, its fourteen tracks include live versions of such songs as "Crunch," "Anthrax Island," "Bring It Home," "Fuel Injected," "Deep End," "Killing Spree," "Lady Venom," "Strength" and "Too Hot." The album cover art was created by Mr. 8 Legz who also designed the iconic Swollen Members skull logo. While  Live At The Fox Theatre is Swollen Members first album since 2014's Brand New Day, last year the group's Madchild released his most recent solo album; the highly recommended The Darkest Hour (Battle Axe) that featured such guest collaborators as Evidence, Alchemist, Domo Genesis, Oh No, and Fashawn.

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