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Oakland Museum of California's May Schedule To Include Los Rakas Concert, Turf Feinz Dance Set & Movie, and Punk Rock Bike Tour

Posted by Billyjam, May 4, 2017 08:42pm | Post a Comment

The Oakland Museum of California (OMCA) continues its dedication to local culture (including music and dance) with events for its May calendar to include a turf dancing (concert & film) event, a performance by Panamanian/Oakland duo Los Rakas, and a punk rock bike tour. OMCA's punk rock bike tour of Oakland, which  will take place on Sunday May 21st at 10am, is billed as a "special tour focused on the punk rock scenes of The Town" with "the history of anti-establishment Oakland, from DIY to music, art to activism." A free all ages event, it is the first in hopefully many of a new innovative series that could easily expand to include Oakland's next door neighbor Berkeley with its deep punk rock roots. More info.

Most of the other music related events are connected to the new Spring series of Friday Nights @ OMCA.  An outdoor and indoor event, that's spread across the sprawling Oakland museum, the Friday night series focuses on local music, art, and culture including food (including a variety of food trucks). There's a lot going on Fridays in May beginning  tomorrow (May 5th) when the La Pelanga DJs will begin their month long residency at Friday Nights @ OMCA. Similarly there'll be square dancing lessons with accompanying acoustic folk music tomorrow and each upcoming Friday this month. Next week, May 12th, performers will include Baba Duru and Joaquin Ramos playing traditional rhythms of the African diaspora, plus a concert by Fito Reinoso y su Ritmo y Harmonia.On Friday May 26th Phillip Montalban and the Bluefields Sound will be among the entertainers.

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The Beatles' Sgt. Pepper Anniversary Reissues Coming Soon

Posted by Amoebite, May 3, 2017 02:25pm | Post a Comment

Beatles Sgt Pepper Anniversary Reissues

The Beatles' legendary Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band LP turns 50 this June! To celebrate, Capitol is reissuing this legendary LP on May 26th in four different anniversary edition releases that are really something special. After all, this is the first Beatles album to be remixed and expanded since 2003's Let It Be... Naked. This new version of Sgt. Pepper features new mixes by Giles Martin and Sam Okell in stereo and 5.1 surround audio, conducted at Abbey Road Studios. Even more exciting is the fact that the reissues include 34 previously unreleased recordings, including early takes from the sessions. Each reissue features Martin's new stereo mix, which was sourced from the original four-track session tapes and guided by his father, George Martin's mono mix. They are all now available to pre-order on Amoeba.com and they'll ship FREE to the U.S.!

Here's what to expect from the four different versions.

Beatles Sgt Pepper CD

Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band [Anniversary Edition] CD

Four Rather Awesome Two-Player Tabletop Games

Posted by Amoebite, May 3, 2017 01:55pm | Post a Comment

Tabletop Games

- By Chris Curtis

With apologies to Nilsson, one isn't always the loneliest number when it comes to tabletop games. Sometimes two can be as bad as one because so many games hit their stride at three or four players. Party and social deduction games need even more participants. But there are times when it’s just you and your friend, lover, or family member and you two are both up for some gaming goodness. That’s where dedicated 2-player titles come in! Here are four great games we carry at Amoeba Hollywood that I’ve tried and enjoyed recently. All of my opponents enjoyed them too (especially because they usually kicked my butt). Each game has simple rules, is optimally designed for re-playability and fun strategic options, and is small enough to go along on road trips or any getaway. Though these titles all could have been themed differently, the designers have chosen subject matter that integrates well with the game mechanisms. And the international themes allow us to take trips to faraway, magical places in the mind’s eye!

Hanamikoji
HanamikojiRecently released in the States, this is a really beautiful and elegant Japanese micro-game. It’s named after the famed street in the Gion district of Kyoto, known for its traditional wooden merchant houses and tea shops as well as appearances from real Geisha (or Geiko), elaborately dressed and coiffed. Geisha means “artist” or “artisan” and in this game you are attempting to win the favor of at least four Geisha by presenting them with gifts (or “item cards”) related to their creative specialty. During each round, you will be given a hand of item cards picturing flowers, musical instruments, parchments, etc. Since there are only 20 cards in play and there is a designated number of each type of item, you can get a sense of which Geisha to turn your attention to. On your turn you are required to take one of four actions. Each action must be performed throughout the course of the round, but only once, and in any order you choose. You can save one card for later, eliminate two cards from the round, offer three cards to your opponent (they take one of them), or offer four cards (in two sets of two) to your opponent and he or she takes one of the sets. Trying to make the right choice on your turn can be agonizing! And of course you want to make it difficult for your rival to pick the most advantageous cards from whatever you present! The efficiency of this little wonder is quite mind-blowing - effectively a game of tug-of-war with simple yet fascinating tactics. The visual design and artwork of this title are simply gorgeous, measuring up to the innovative mechanisms. A typical match lasts 15 or 20 minutes.

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East Bay Punk Legends Rancid Announce New Album "Trouble Maker" (June 9th) with Music Video for "Ghost of A Chance" Out Today

Posted by Billyjam, May 2, 2017 02:49pm | Post a Comment


Longtime California punk icons Rancid today announced that  next month they'll be releasing an all new studio album Trouble Maker (Hellcat/Epitaph) featuring the lead track "Ghost Of A Chance" for which earlier today they published an accompanying music video (see below). Other tracks on the forthcoming 17 track album (19 for the deluxe version) will include such songs as "Telegraph Avenue," "An Intimate Close Up Of A Street Punk Trouble Maker," " Bovver Rock and Roll," and "All American Neighborhood." To arrive in Amoeba on June 9th, Trouble Maker will be Rancid's ninth studio album in their two and a half decade career and their first since 2014's …Honor Is All We Know.  Produced by longtime friend, previous collaborator, and founder of Epitaph Records, Brett Gurewitz, the new album will be released in CD and vinyl formats as well as digitally.

The Berkeley, California founded Rancid, born out of the remains of Operation Ivy, was formed by Tim Armstrong (vocals, guitar) and Matt Freeman (bass, vocals) back in 1991 and released their debut EP on Lookout in 1992. A year later, signed to Epitaph, they released their self-titled debut album RancidLars Frederiksen (vocals, guitar) joined shortly afterwards appearing on all albums since then including 1994's Let’s Go, 1995's ...And Out Come The Wolves (also avail on LP/vinyl), 1998's Life Won’t Wait, the 2000 eponymous Rancid release, and 2003's Indestructible. In the period between that album's release and 2009's Let The Dominos Fall drummer Branden Steineckert had joined the band to cement the quartet's current line-up as seen in the brand new video below. In that video, as well as in the new press photo above, you will likely notice how frontman / vocalist Tim Armstrong has altered his image by growing a thick beard.

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Nick Cave Supports Development of New ‘Kurdiji 1.0’ App To Battle High Suicide Rates Among Australia's Indigenous Communities

Posted by Billyjam, May 2, 2017 12:16pm | Post a Comment

Longtime Australian musician, author, and sometime actor Nick Cave has put his support behind the development of a compassionate new app designed to tackle Australia's ridiculously high suicide rate among its indigenous communities. Recent Australian social studies report that Aborigines, especially males in their teens and early twenties, are 400% more likely to commit suicide than that of their non-indigenous peers. In fact it has been reported that the young indigenous men of Australia are more likely to commit suicide than any other group worldwide. Those statistic translate into the sobering reality that currently every week in Australia an average of three aboriginal people die as a result of suicide. Longtime Australian artist Cave, who originally came to international fame via the critically acclaimed, influential post punk band The Birthday Party before in 1983 forming the long running Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, has thrown himself 100% behind the new Kurdiji 1.0 suicide prevention app, by endorsing the recently set up Go Fund Me campaign to finalize its development and launch. 

“With Aboriginal people committing suicide on an unprecedented scale, a group of elders are creating a suicide prevention app based on ceremony, story and law,” stated Cave in a press statement, further encouraging Australians and non Australians to get involved in, “fighting for the lives of young Aboriginal people and let’s show Aboriginal Australia we believe in them.”
The new app is named “Kurdiji" which translated from the Warlpiri language means "shield" as in shielding community members from such negatives as suicide. When launched it will reportedly use 3D in showing visuals of traditional dance, music and ceremony as a means of reaching the targeted demographic of young indigenous people of Australia who feel disenfranchised and isolated by mainstream Australian society.

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