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Emily Jane White's Immanent Fire

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, November 14, 2019 01:00pm | Post a Comment
Emily Jane White
Photo by Kristin Cofer.

By Matt Kramer

To describe Emily Jane White’s music as valuable would be an understatement. The Oakland-based Emily Jane White, Immanent Firesinger/songwriter has been creating and releasing poignant works of music since her debut with Dark Undercoat in 2007. Emily’s music has a distinct sonic flavor, easily dancing the lines between genres like so many melancholic waltzes. On November 15th, Emily’s sixth full-length studio album Immanent Fire will be released via French indie label Tailtres.

Throughout her career, Emily has created music crossing musical boundaries and exploring a variety of potent themes - politics, feminism, love, loss, suicide, mourning, family, and environmentalism. With Immanent Fire, she brings the best of her sound - a commanding yet soothing melancholic tapestry - and paints the themes so pressing to our contemporary world at the forefront.

“The word immanent means something having inherent value, essentially, because it exists,” Emily explains. “For example, there’s the immanent value of a river. A river has immanent value as an entity in and of itself, of nature. It’s of its own composition essentially.”

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Oaktown Jazz Workshops: 25th Anniversary Celebration at Yoshi's Oakland, 11/12

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, November 5, 2019 04:30pm | Post a Comment

Amoeba is proud to be a sponsor of the Oaktown Jazz Workshops: 25th Anniversary Celebration at Yoshi’s Oakland on Tuesday, November 12th from 8pm – 10pm. Performances will feature saxophonist and Oaktown Jazz Workshops (OJW) instructor Richard Howell, pianist and MC Kev Choice, seven-time Grammy nominated percussionist John Santos, and pianist Marco Diaz, plus outstanding OJW Alumni Elé Howell, Jesse Levit, Ian McArdle, Tim McKay, Ranzel Merritt Jr., Erika Oba, Rafa Postel, Ruthie Price, and the Oaktown Jazz Workshops’ Youth Performance Ensemble. All proceeds from this benefit concert will support OJW’s music education for youth across the Bay Area.

Formed in 1994 by the late jazz trumpeter Khalil Shaheed, Oaktown Jazz Workshops is a non-profit community-based organization dedicated to passing on the tradition of jazz music to young people through music instruction and educational presentations. Located in Jack London Square, OJW continues to promote, preserve, and present jazz music so that youth develop a sense of ownership and pride in this uniquely American cultural and artistic heritage.

Get your tickets HERE!

Holiday On The Moon Festival in Oakland, 9/28-9/29

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, September 10, 2019 07:44pm | Post a Comment

Dead Meadow

Holiday On The Moon Festival lands in Oakland at The Uptown nightclub for a weekend of psychedelic, Holiday on the Moon, Oaklandstoner & garage rock, September 28th & 29th. Catch sets from Dead Meadow, SPINDRIFT, Everyone Is Dirty, the California Raga Association, and many more, plus DJ sets from former Amoebite Joel Gion (The Brian Jonestown Massacre) and Omar Perez (Popscene/Leisure/Sixxteen/So What).

Check out this line-up!

SATURDAY, 9/28:
Dead Meadow
Down Dirty Shake
The Spiral Electric
Pets
The Love Dimension
Chief SF
Floored Faces
My Dallas Teens
California Raga Association
Special appearance and DJ set by Joel Gion
DJ Raul Sanchez (Cool As F*ck Happy Hour)
Main stage liquid light show by Mad Alchemy
Visuals by Astra Mori & New Oscillations

SUNDAY, 9/29:
SPINDRIFT
Everyone Is Dirty
The Spyrals
silent pictures
Fake Your Own Death
Coywolf
The Pleasure Routine
The Green Door
Tom Meade (synth performance)
Jason Simon (solo performance)
DJ set by Omar Perez
Main stage projections by White Light Prism
Visuals by Astra Mori & New Oscillations

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Hiero Day in Oakland, September 2nd

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, August 19, 2019 02:30pm | Post a Comment

The Hieroglyphics Crew is back for its 8th annual Hiero Day celebration this Labor Day, September Hiero Day2nd, in Oakland! The Hiero Day Music Block Party is an all-day, all-ages music event showcasing over 40 live performances on three stages by the best legendary, underground, and undiscovered artists in genres such as hip-hop, R&B, and more.

Oakland-based hip-hop collective, Hieroglyphics Imperium, has presented Hiero Day since its inception, using their influential force in the independent music scene to attract star-studded lineups. This year’s line-up continues to offer a diverse array of talent as they welcome hip-hop icons Little Brother, Scarface, Diamond D, Pete Rock & Yukmouth, Black Moon, Smif N Wessun and Spice 1 along with heavy hitters Benny the Butcher & Conway the Machine, Playrunners Association (AllBlack, Offset Jim, Kossiko, White Dave & Joe Wax), The Midnight Hour (fronted by celebrated composer Adrian Younge & A Tribe Called Quest’s Ali Shaheed Muhammad),and the Earthgang/Spillage Village affiliated songstress Mereba. The day will be hosted by a variety of local legends including Mistah F.A.B., Chuy Gomez, and Sway Calloway, and features a performance from the Hieroglyphics crew, fresh off of their Third Eye Vision Anniversary tour.

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Behind The Masks Of The California GO! Sound Of The Phantom Surfers

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, June 30, 2019 08:35pm | Post a Comment

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


"I have always wanted to travel to Antarctica, to see the giant tent in the middle of the frozen wasteland. There, inside this tent is a single banquet table; on the table is a single silver platter; and on the platter is a human head...or so I have read."
~ Michael "Daddy Love" Lucas, bass

Of all the bands I have seen over my existence, there are perhaps none more witnessed onstage than The Phantom Surfers. When I find out they are playing near me, I gain the same inner childhood excitement as receiving an "All-You-Can-Eat Shrimp" coupon from Sizzler in the mailbox. With album themes from slot car racing to x-rated parties, this band has truly taken instrumental music one step beyond, far into the the deep unknown (much like a Japanese bank or canned coffee commercial starring Tommy Lee Jones) .

But who are these masked men of reverb, you ask yourself?

Maz, a Gemini and lover of all vegetables, has been playing drums for the band since he was a young lad of 20. Learning to play the trumpet is still a dream for Maz, a man with whom I have had the pleasure of sharing a romantic sunrise while we sold our hoardings together at the swap meet. If a miniature toy train with sushi on board was going around a Japanese restaurant, Maz will always pick the Saba (mackerel) first, however his favorite meal is still a Pollo Asada Torta with extra jalapeños at El Farolito (which I still call I Fart-A-Lot-O). I will never forget the bizarre show in Ventura where The Phantom Surfers played with Fugazi (perhaps the strangest yin to yang I have seen), and afterwards going to the Hong Kong Inn for some scorpion bowls and watching Maz do the hula on stage with their Polynesian revue.

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