Emily Anderson

The Artistic InfluenceBefore the beginning, before ‘The Last Poets’, was a genius toaster  whose natural conversation always had rhythm and rhyme.  Jalal Mansur Nuriddin was the influence of our influences on rap.  He is a storyteller with flare and purpose using intrinsic linguistic connections with a purpose beyond what is considered ‘dope’ today.  The documentary is an authentic perspective of Jalal and how his work influenced our current music influences.  The film itself has a poetic flow driven to inspire future artists by referencing his work and the revolution that followed..  Jalal’s last album ‘Hustler’s Convention’ was pressed and release 1973 world wide.  It was a time when poets were the educators.  Jalal, aka Lightn’ Rod, as most influential people, spoke on untouchable topics.  Ideas and Events that were known but never to be discussed.  It was the use of words as bullets and his mouth as a gun with style and purpose that generated a spark.  The spark that created an artist revolution.   And even to this day, Jalal remains a timeless influential lyrical inspiration.

Interview with Film Hustler’s Convention Executive Producer – Lathan Hodge: [read the whole post]

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Once again Noise Pop delivered a entertaining variety of outstanding artists.    The concert series for me  started off with Lord Huron and the Super Humanoids at the Fillmore.  Then  Bottom of Hill for Wild Moth, who reminded me of  an alternative version of the Ramons;  Vir, high energy and fun;  Bottomless Pit, well harmonized balance of fun.  Friday at 1015 Folsom,  I was generally surprised by Kelela with her captivating mix of pop and blues in acapella and followed by Majical Cloudz, who boosted the high energy of the venue even higher.  One can easily understand why they are an European favorite.

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Super Humanoids

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Wild Moth

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Dr. Dog

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Moses Sumney was a sentimental surprise as he kicked off the evening.  His emotional acoustic and soulful balladry lifted everyone to the smiling, smooth side of  R&B.   His performance gave an opening emotional dynamic to the show by allowing a vulnerable, emotional connection to what was yet to come.

Just prior to Dr. Dog was Saint Rich.     Saint Rich, a New Jersey skateboarding enthusiast, had an eccentric life stage performance.  Complimented with the musical harmony but not to duplicate Dr.Dog.

Closing the exciting Noise Pop Festival was – Dr. Dog.    When their fans packed the Warfield,  Dr. Dog knew exactly how to respond with current favorites  “The Truth” and “Lonesome” while blending in a favorites from the past such as “These Days” and “Oh No”.

Dr. Dog certainly has a loyal fan club in the Bay Area.  The simple reason is, each of their albums sequentially build on the one before while remaining true to the original unique sound.   Each performance enhances an appreciation of their vintage harmonizing sound.  Still true to the east coast vibe; yet, unique enough to remain unclassified from the common pop and indie trend.  Just one of many reasons Dr. Dog will remain a Bay Area favorite.

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Olympus

Director:  Antonie Fuqua

Writers:   Creighton Rothenberger, Katrin Benedikt

Stars:        Gerard Butler, Aaron Eckhart, Morgan Freeman, Angela Bassett

MPAA:       R – Strong Violence and Language [read the whole post]

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Film Review: Sound City

by Emily Anderson on February 1, 2013

Dave Grohl, director of the new documentary Sound City.

Dave Grohl, director of the new documentary Sound City.

Directed By: David Grohl

Written By: Mark Monroe

Starring: Trent Reznor, Tom Petty, Mick Fleetwood, and a cast of musical legends

The movie ‘Sound City’ started as a movie about a location but evolved into the raw internal disclosure of the emotional soul of a musician and the music industry. It allows a peek into the behind the scenes non-glamorous side of an album recording, opening insight to the controversy of analog verses digital methods.

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Ben Gibbard is called out by Bob Mould at Noise Pop

Closing the Noise Pop festival with solo acoustic shows from Ben Gibbard and Zach Rogue was the right choice. People flew in from Europe, skipped the Oscars, even skipped church for an a relaxing evening at San Francisco’s Great American Music Hall. The young crowd was a mix of experienced Noise Pop festival attendees and those that made last night’s show their select choice. [read the whole post]

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Show Review: Rondo Brothers with Oona, King Midas in Reverse and Matthew Hansen at Slim’s, 8/26/2010

August 30, 2010

On Thursday night, Slim’s hosted a dynamic range of Bay Area music.  Opening with R&B, eased into alternative rock, Pop with soul, then jumped into Hip Hop and ended with fans twirling to Electric Trance. Contrary to logic, the various of styles had a smooth transition from one band’s music flavor to another, which was […]

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