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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Shepard Fairey

Posted by Amoebite, August 6, 2019 03:32pm | Post a Comment

Shepard Fairey - What's In My Bag?

Acclaimed street artist, graphic designer, and social activist Shepard Fairey (Obey Giant) did some shopping recently at Amoeba Hollywood and sat down with us for a What's In My Bag? episode! He shared some of his favorite records and album covers, and talked about how The Clash's London Calling is the embodiment of punk, the way graphic design serves as a visual parallel to what's happening in the music, and the pleasurable inconvenience of vinyl.

Shepard Fairey is the American street artist, activist, and graphic designer behind the iconic Obey Giant and Obama "HOPE" designs. He first became active in the early '80s, sharing his artwork on t-shirts and skateboards while still a teenager. While attending the Rhode Island School of Design in 1989, Fairey created his first instantly recognizable work: the André the Giant Has a Posse sticker campaign, which later evolved into the Obey Giant. After graduating from RISD, Fairey opened Alternate Graphics, a small printhouse that produced his t-shirt and sticker designs. In the late '90s, Fairey opened guerilla marketing firm BLK/MRKT Inc.; during this time, he designed Mozilla's red dinosaur logo. Fairey launched the OBEY Clothing company in 2001 as a way to bring activism to everyday design. He and his wife Amanda Fairey founded the Studio Number One design agency in 2003. Highlights of their work include the poster for the film Walk the Line, plus album covers for The Smashing Pumpkins (Zeigeist), Led Zeppelin (Mothership), and Flogging Molly (Whiskey on a Sunday).

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Interview With Derv Gordon Of The Equals

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, June 23, 2019 10:40pm | Post a Comment

The Equals

By Audra Wolfmann

Often credited with being one of the first interracial rock groups in the U.K., The Equals also bear the Derve Gordondistinction of being a truly international band with an inclusive sound that revolutionized rock, bringing Jamaican and African touches to British beat. The Equals seamlessly integrated R&B, soul, and ska to bubblegum long before The Specials, Talking Heads, and The Clash (who covered The Equals). Formed in 1965, the original line-up consisted of Guyanese immigrant Eddy Grant on lead guitar, Jamaican brothers Derv and Lincoln Gordon on vocals and bass (respectively), and native Brits John Hall on drums and Pat Lloyd on rhythm guitar. Their album covers stood as a testament to a brave new integrated world, one that was just within sight in mid-60’s London. Surely, if anything could bring humanity together through our differences, it was dance music. The Equals first charted in 1968 with "I Get So Excited," “Baby, Come Back,” and "Softly Softly" – infectiously danceable songs that they are still well-known for to this day.

Front man Derv Gordon will be performing at Burger Boogaloo in Oakland on Sunday, July 7th at 2pm with an all new line-up of talented young musicians, also known as the Oakland-based band SO WHAT. I had the honor to speak with Mr. Gordon on the phone about 1960’s London, changing attitudes about race and national origin, what it’s like to be back out on the road, and the upcoming Burger Boogaloo festival. (More on Burger Boogaloo HERE!)

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Weird Wednesday at The Alamo Drafthouse New Mission

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, June 20, 2019 07:45pm | Post a Comment

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Amoeba Music joins Alamo Drafthouse in presenting Weird Wednesday at the New Mission Walkertheater in San Francisco! Weird Wednesday is a weekly celebration of movies that are too outrageous for prime time. This is a head-first dive into an ocean of genre oddities, a one-way ticket to the edges of reality where imagination and commercial excess dance on the graves of common sense and decency. No decade or sub-genre is off-limits and every ticket is a chance to see something wild, wonderful, and fun!

The line-up for July gets a fittingly epic launch on July 3rd at 10:15pm with the Alex Cox (Repo Man, Sid & Nancy) film Walker (1987), starring Ed Harris, Peter Boyle, and Marlee Matlin. The story is loosely based on the life of William Walker, an American commissioned by Cornelius Vanderbilt to set up a banana republic in Nicaragua who then ends up declaring himself president of that country. The film is scored by Joe Strummer (The Clash), who even has a cameo role. Screened on 35mm!

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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Vic Mensa

Posted by Amoebite, February 5, 2018 06:51pm | Post a Comment

Vic Mensa What's In My Bag? Amoeba Music

Chicago rapper Vic Mensa visited Amoeba Hollywood recently and picked up records by some of his all-time favorites, including two legendary bands of the UK punk scene: the Sex Pistols and The Clash. "The energy captivated me as a kid," he said of the album Never Mind the Bollocks Here's The Sex Pistols. Mensa pointed to The Clash as one of his favorite bands, saying, "I feel like The Clash is the punk band." Having picked up their Live At Shea Stadium LP he said, "the live version is gonna have all of this fresh musicality that I haven't heard before."

Vic Mensa, born Victor Kwesi Mensah, began his career in the indie band Kids These Days before releasing his debut mixtape, Innanetape, in 2013. Featuring appearances by Chance the Rapper, Vic Mensa The Autobiography Ab-Soul, Rockie Fresh, and BJ the Chicago Kid, the mixtape was universally acclaimed. Not long after, Mensa signed up to support J. Cole and Wale on the What Dreams May Come Tour. He was included in XXL's Freshman Class of 2014, winning over new fans with the release of "Down on My Luck," the first single from his debut EP, Street Lights.

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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Corey Taylor

Posted by Amoebite, October 31, 2017 02:17pm | Post a Comment

Corey Taylor What's In My Bag? Amoeba Music

"I love aggressive shit. I love being able to feel a lot of attitude," says hard rock vocalist Corey Taylor about the Wu-Tang Clan during his recent What's In My Bag? interview. "You wanna talk about just getting a bunch of geniuses together and just letting them fucking unleash. It doesn't get much better than that first album." In addition to the Wu-Tang Clan, Taylor picks up albums by Electric Light Orchestra and The Clash, and recalls growing up with The Rocky Horror Picture Show, speaking eloquently and passionately about all of his picks.

Corey Taylor is an alternative metal singer, musician, and songwriter known for his work with Stone Sour and Slipknot. In 1992, he formed Stone Sour in his native Des Moines, Iowa. Several years later, he was invited to join Slipknot as a replacement for their original vocalist. Slipknot's 1999 self-titled debut LP peaked at number one on the Billboard Top Heatseekers chart, eventually going double platinum. The band's followup, 2001's Iowa, soared to number three on the Top 200 charts and became a number one album in the UK. With each album they made, Slipknot continued to climb the charts. Vol. 3: (The Subliminal Verses) landed at number two while All Hope Is Gone (2008) was the band's first number one album in the US.

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