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From "Festering Sore" To Civically Honored Cultural Institution: Berkeley's 924 Gilman

Posted by Billyjam, March 31, 2017 09:59am | Post a Comment


The City of Berkeley had one of those "Wow, how things change!" moments this week. It happened Tuesday evening at a Berkeley City Council meeting during which longtime punk mecca 924 Gilman  got officially honored for its 30 years of cultural contributions with a stamped Proclamation from the City. [Scroll down to see proclamation and its content] Signed and bestowed by Berkeley Mayor Jesse Arreguin to longtime Gilman collective members Jesse "Luscious" Townley and Kamala Parks, the irony of the ("wow") moment was because back in its formative years that very same (now globally revered all ages, all inclusive, performing arts) venue had been labeled a "festering sore" by a City of Berkeley official. "It's pretty insane to think about the travel from being called a "festering sore" by a Zoning Board member 25 years ago to being honored by the City Council now," Townley told the Amoeblog.

A true renaissance man including punk musician, whose many bands have included  Blatz, The Gr'ups, The Criminals, and The Frisk, Townley stressed how he was speaking on behalf of himself and not the collective. "Thanks to volunteers like John Hart, who is a veteran of the People's Park controversies, my generation of Gilman volunteers learned how to navigate local politics, and we've passed that knowledge on to successive generations of Gilman volunteers. Whether dealing with overzealous beat cops who rotated through our area or DiCon Fiberoptics trying to get us shut down because we weren't important enough to talk with, we were able to use these skills to survive long enough to be recognized by mainstream Berkeley as a valuable community institution," said Townley whose own experiences at Gilman inspired him to get into local politics and go on to become a commissioner elected to the Berkeley Rent Stabilization Board.

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Punk & New Wave 7” Collection Arrives at Amoeba Hollywood February 25

Posted by Amoebite, February 20, 2017 02:02pm | Post a Comment

Punk/New Wave Collection

We just acquired an incredible collection of punk and new wave 7" records here at Amoeba Hollywood. Starting Saturday, February 25th you'll get the chance to peruse around 1,000 choice pieces of collectible wax when this collection is rolled out onto our stage for your shopping pleasure. Expect to see lots of UK pressings and a handful of Japanese pressings; most of what you'll find is a first pressing or an early pressing. This is the good stuff, people!

Although most of these 45s fall under the punk or new wave genre headings, we've also got some pretty rad crust, powerpop, and hardcore releases. If you're lucky, you'll be able to snap up some coveted releases from The Nerves, Misfits, Germs, Buzzcocks, Sex Pistols, Ramones, The Plugz, Generation X, The Rotters, Avengers, and X-Ray Spex. We've also got plenty of stuff for fans of The Jam, The Zeros, 999, The Clash, Sham 69, Dead Kennedys, The Damned, Devo, Cockney Rejects, The B-52s, and the Dangerhouse label.

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Celebrating The Misfits Reunion

Posted by Billyjam, May 12, 2016 11:23pm | Post a Comment

Certain band reunions are a big deal, a real big deal. The surprise return of legendary New Jersey punk band the Misfits with co-founder Glenn Danzig back in the lineup after 33 long years, is one of those big deal band reunions. Hence the excitement upon the announcement that this September the pioneering horror punk band will reunite to play the 2016 Riot Fest in both Chicago and Denver. 1983 was when the group's mainman Glenn Danzig, along with bassist Jerry Only and guitarist Doyle Wolfgang von Frankenstein all played together as the Misfits. Most of the iconic band's legions of diehard fans had given up hope that they ever would get together again in their original lineup. That assumption is totally understandable considering the seemingly iirreconcilable rift between Danzig and former bandmates, especially Only. After Danzig had moved on with Samhain and then band the group Danzig, he and Only were embroiled in drawn out legal battles and law suits that spanned many years, one as recently as just a couple of years ago.

One key legal battle that Only won was being granted the right to perform under the name the Misfits. This he and the band's ever changing lineup did for the past two decades. But, as any true blue Misfits fan will tell you,  it was not really the Misfits without Danzig. Note that a decade back Doyle had joined Danzig during a number of 2004 and 2005 concerts to perform half hour sets of early Misfits songs, something that most figured would be the closest they'd ever experience of a Misfits reunion show.  Hence the excitement among fans upon the announcement that the original Misfits will be back this September with Danzig, Only and Doyle together once again. So far the word is that the surprise reunion of the iconic punk outfit, upon the urging of festival organizers, will be those two Riot Fest dates only, both of which they'll headline. But there's always a change that they do additional shows or maybe even tour.  Regardless diehard fans of  the band are ecstatic with this news and planning trips to the two Riot Fest cities in the first half of September. More info on Riot Fest Denver (Sept 2/3/4) and Riot Fest Chicago (Sept 16/17/18). And below, in celebration of the upcoming Misfits reunion concerts, is a 1983 Misfits show in Boston, MA: the last year of the Misfits original line-up with Glenn Danzig.

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Bleached 'Welcome the Worms' Up For Preorder

Posted by Billy Gil, January 18, 2016 10:03am | Post a Comment

Bleached

 

Photo by Nicole Anne Robbins

L.A. punk-power-pop band Bleached have announced their second album, Welcome the Worms, will be released April 1 on Dead Oceans. You can preorder the album now on LP and CD.

Bleached features sisters Jessie and Jennifer Clavin at the helm, formerly of punk greats Mika Miko. Their first album, Ride Your Heart, was a blast of fizzy guitar riffs and sugary, snarling melodies. This time around, they've teamed with engineer Joe Chiccarelli (Morrissey, The Strokes, Elton John) and co-producer Carlos de la Garza (Paramore, YACHT) and added bassist Micayla Grace to the fold.

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Cerebral Ballzy Headline Red Bull Sound Select Show Oct. 22

Posted by Amoebite, October 13, 2015 05:34pm | Post a Comment

cerebral ballzy red bullcerebral ballzyGutter punks Cerebral Ballzy bring their hardcore thrash to the Del Monte Speakeasy in Venice Oct. 22 at 8 p.m. for the next L.A. Red Bull Sound Select show.

The show is 21-and-over, and it’s $3 with an RSVP or $12 at the door. An RSVP doesn’t guarantee entrance, so plan to arrive early.

Brooklyn-based Cerebral Ballzy churn out quick, serrated punk songs influenced by the likes of Bad Brains. The band are known for putting on “arresting” live shows. Hear the minute-long “Speed Wobbles” from last year’s Jaded and Faded below.

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