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Remembering Michael Jackson Three Years Later

Posted by Billyjam, June 25, 2012 10:26am | Post a Comment


It was exactly three years ago today, on June 25th 2009, when Michael Jackson died. Everywhere around the world, the shocking news of the death struck a deep nerve with fans of the "King of Pop." As I reported back then when I was over at the San Francisco Amoeba Music store on the day Jackson died,  "As I made my way from downtown over to the Haight Street Amoeba Music store, everyone was talking MJ. Down on Market near Powell, I overheard at least four conversations -- mostly people getting out of work, talking aloud on their cell phones -- clearly uttering those two words: Michael Jackson."

And every store I walked by or every car that drove by seemed to be blasting Jackson's music. A little later, when I stopped in to Escape From New York Pizza just down the block from Amoeba SF for a slice, the young woman behind the counter commented to her co-worker, "It's amazing how many other great Michael Jackson songs there are that I didn't even know about," as the speakers blasted an MJ megamix from some radio station. Fellow Amoeblogger Miss Ess reported that Thursday evening, "From my apartment in the Castro, I could hear cars going up and down 18th Street blasting Michael Jackson."

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SOUL SLAM SF 7: Michael Jackson & Prince at the Mezzanine, 6/9

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, May 10, 2012 06:12pm | Post a Comment
Soul Slam SF 

A Bay Area summer dance tradition returns! SOUL SLAM SF 7: Michael Jackson & Prince rocks the Mezzanine in San Francisco on Saturday, June, 9th with DJ SPINNA spinning the best of both Michael Jackson (and his Royal Clan: Jackson 5, Janet Jackson, Jermaine, Rebbie, MJ covers, and more) and Prince (and all his Disciples: Sheila E, The Time, Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis, Alexander O'Neal, Vanity 6, Apolonia, Morris Day, and more).

While it's not a "battle," DJ Spinna plays MJ and Prince back to back to see who reigns supreme on the dance floor. Whether you're a Michael Jackson fanatic or a Prince afficionado, your feet will be begging for mercy on the dancefloor during SOUL SLAM!


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"How I Got Here" series Part II with Dave Paul of Bomb Hip-Hop

Posted by Billyjam, February 28, 2012 09:47am | Post a Comment
Last month kicked off the new guest Amoeblog series with Dave Paul called How I Got Here with the first profile piece; an interview with Robbie Kowal of SunsetSF promotions company.  Upcoming in this this eight part 2012 guest series, which profiles various folks in the entertainment industry from doormen, DJ’s and promoters to venue owners, managers, and booking agents, will be such folks as DJ Z-Trip, Ren Salgado of True Skool (San Francisco), Traci P of R.A.W. Entertainment in Las Vegas, Mike Maietta of CEG Presents in New York, and Dave Paul himself who is profiled in this second part of the series. San Francisco born and raised Paul, who is a regular to the Amoeblog having been interviewed or quoted here several times in the past - usually about music, talks here specifically about his appoach to the industry from starting out as a DJ to running both the Bomb Hip-Hop Magazine and record label of the same name to,, more recently, club DJ & promoter producing his Prince and Michael Jackson themed dance parties in SF and around the country for the past nine years.


Amoeblog: When did you begin DJing and was there any particular Bay Area DJ(s) that inspired you?

Dave Paul: I started DJing in 1984. There were a couple of DJ crews that inspired me liked Ultimate Creations and Nitelife Sensations. Also there were master mixers like Michael Erickson and Cameron Paul on KSOL radio. And of course Bobby G from Soul Disco records. He was a real mentor to the hip-hop community during that era.

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Michael Jackson: The Experience

Posted by Amoebite, September 18, 2010 04:17pm | Post a Comment
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For those who just couldn't get enough of Michael Jackson's MOONWALKER (1989), you're in luck. A new Michael Jackson video game is about to be released. Wired magazine reports that Michael Jackson: The Experience is set to be released some time this year in November.

Personally, I cannot wait to grab a little jesus juice and shamon in the privacy of my own home.

Read more at Wired.
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Two SF Promoters Throw Michael Jackson Birthday Tribute Parties a Day Early

Posted by Billyjam, August 28, 2010 11:00am | Post a Comment
Michael Jackson - Jackon 5 Medley, Live Mega Video Mix

Tomorrow, August 29th, may be the date that would have been Michael Jackson's 52nd birthday, but two Dave PaulSan Francisco party promoters & fans of the late, great pop star are celebrating a day early with MJ themed parties in both SF and the Midwest. The ever-successful traveling and San Francisco founded mash-up party Bootie will be celebrating tonight with an MJ themed mash-up event at the DNA Lounge! The playlist will include the mash-up of Michael Jackson and Nirvana -- "Smells Like Rockin Robin." Bootie begins at 9pm tonight at the DNA Lounge. First 100 get a free MJ CD. Click here for all the info!

Meanwhile, BOMB HIp-Hop's Dave Paul, who has been throwing his Prince vs Michael Jackson parties for over seven years now, will travel all the way to Chicago tonight for his MJ birthday themed Prince vs MJ party. Booked at the Windy City's Beauty Bar, Paul will be getting busy mixing album cuts, remixes, rare tracks and classics from his extensive Prince and Michael Jackson music collection. The party starts at 9pm tonight at the Beauty Bar. Click here for more info.

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