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4/18 Novoscene Weekend

Posted by novoscene on April 18, 2008

4/19 National Record Store Day

Believe me I know-downloading music is great. There’s nothing like being able to listen to anything from Amy Winehouse to Dead Kennedy’s to Merzbow with just a little point and click. And since it’ so damned easy-and with everyone and their momma offering free and $.99 downloads-so damned cheap, there’s no harm in spending some time on your tush grabbing tunes.

But ya know what else is great? Record stores. And not those super music warehouses, but the mom and pop shops, the small hole in the walls presided over by dusty old farts and geeky music lovers since the dawn of acetate. You know the ones: where your first picked up James Brown’s “Funky Drummer” and realized there was rhythm before hip hop, where you found that $2 copy of “Dark Side of the Moon” that caused you to spend the rest of the summer blissed out on the floor of your room, where you fell in love with the girl behind the counter and decided you really, really needed to be in a hard core band. Remember those stories, hear those sounds.

Well those sounds are getting closer and closer to extinction as music lovers log on more than they walk in, and brick and mortar music retailers around the country are struggling to keep their doors open.

Enter Saturday, April 19th-National Record Store Day. The day is the brainchild of a collective of store owners around the country hoping to halt a steady slip in sales as more and more people go digital. All around the country indie stores are hosting in store appearances, giveaways, listening sessions and parties to get you off your ass and in the place.

Shops around the bay are participating with Amoeba’s Berkeley and San Francisco locations throwing the biggest bashes. Beginning at noon tomorrow, there’ll be performances by J-Boogie, Pam the Funkstress, DJ Kitatay (KLAX) and (Re)Search Lab’s V. Vale among others. And if you have any burning questions you’ve been dying to ask an old school political punk rocker, former Dead Kennedy’s frontman Jello Biafra will be staffing the info desk at Amoeba’s SF store from 4-5pm.

Some of the participating stores are below and check the website for a complete list. There’s also a history of the event and tons of quotes from famous people gushing over the beauty of the indie. I think Nick Hornby’s quote sums it up best.

“Yes, yes, I know. It’s easier to download music, and probably cheaper. But what’s playing on your favourite download store when you walk into it? Nothing, that’s what. Who are you going to meet in there? Nobody. Where are the notice boards offering flatshares and vacant slots in bands destined for superstardom? Who’s going to tell you to stop listening to that and start listening to this? Go ahead and save yourself a couple of quid. The saving will cost you a career, a set of cool friends, musical taste and, eventually, your soul. Record stores can’t save your life. But they can give you a better one.”

Start your better life this Saturday.

National Record Store Day
Participating stores
1-2-3-4 Go! Records Oakland
Amoeba Records, Berkeley,
Amoeba Records, San Francisco
Creative Music Emporium, San Francisco

For more info go to www.recordstoreday.com

Friday, April 18

Opening Reception: Burn the Breeze/Posture

Tonight Swarm hosts a reception tonight for their newest exhibit with works by Sarah Smith and Kevin E. Taylor.

“Sarah’s fascination with antique objects and the look of old things has led to a series of drawings and cut wood assemblages which present themselves like hazy portals to moments of instant nostalgia. Her compositions unfold like mythical landscapes where sick, dying or dead animals act like the protagonists in a fragmented, out of scale world of shrinking natural habitats. Decorative Baroque style scrolls and flourishes appear to be instigating this out of balance, off-kilter feeling.
Using imagery, Kevin attempts to expose the animal within. Much of that which is assumed to be chaotic and incomprehensible within the human paradigm can be clarified through the observation that we, like all organisms are bound first and foremost by natural law. Over time, civil responsibility has ordered physical detachment from nature, however a deeper mental architecture remains instinctively intact. It is this power play with which we struggle internally. Kevin takes interest in formulating a parody, amplifying an analysis, and offering visual depiction of this all at once grotesque, lovely, and hilarious production.”-Andrea Antonaccio

Opening Reception: Burn the Breeze/Posture
Swarm Studios + Gallery
560 Second St., Oakland

Saturday, April 19

Obama Rally

On Saturday, April 19, 2008, just before the April 22nd primary in Pennsylvania, Obama supporters from around the country are gathering to show their love for the candidate votest most likely to put a foot in the ass of the system. Judging from the performer lineup and the response at the last Obama gathering, Frank Ogawa Plaza will be overflowing with Change, Change Change tomorrow at noon. Oakland soulstress Goapele, whose “Change it All” should be the official campaign theme, headlines the event along with performances by Martin Luther, East Bay Church of Religious Science International choir; Daughters of Yam and KEV CHOICE with speakers including Lawrence Lessig, Founder of Change Congress; Obama surrogate Tony West; Reverend Elouise D. Oliver; Council Woman Nancy Nadel and Council member Tony Thurman.

Obama Rally
12 noon
Frank Ogawa Plaza
Front of Oakland’s City Hall

Art Primer Lecture Series: Inside the Art World

Art Primer’s popular lecture series, Inside the Art World, is a series of talks and panel discussions featuring art world professionals. The series, hosted by OAG, offers insight into the day-to-day activities of curators, gallery owners, museum administrators, art critics and other professionals whose professions directly impact working artists.
A published art critic since 1977, Jeff Kelley has written for Artforum, Art in America, Arts Magazine, Artweek, Vanguard, and the Los Angeles Times, among others. He has also contributed catalogue essays to publications for the Centre Pompidou in Paris, the Mudima Foundation in Milan, Italy, the San Jose Museum of Art, the Des Moines Art Center, and the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, DC. Kelley’s book on Allan Kaprowss Happenings was published in October 2004 by the University of California Press. He has recently written catalogue essays about contemporary Asian art for Urs Meile Gallery, Beijing, and the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco. Kelley has also produced essays about the Bay Area artists Lucy Puls and Deborah Oropallo and has written about public art. In his lecture at Oakland Art Gallery, Kelley will discuss his interests as a critic, describing the aesthetic, philosophical and institutional factors that influence his writing and his choice of subjects.

Art Primer Lecture Series: Inside the Art World
Oakland Art Gallery
199 Kahn’s Alley, Oakland

Zydeco w/Tom Rigney & Flambeau

Violinist-fiddler-composer and singer Tom “Rigo” Rigney’s East Bay quintet Flambeau plays traditional Cajun and zydeco two-steps and waltzes, along with low-down blues and New Orleans R&B. What sets the band apart is Rigney’s fresh musical takes on Cajun and zydeco, and other styles he loves to play from rock to classical, creating a Cajun/Zydeco celebration of life through dance. The tight ensemble of virtuoso musicians – which also includes guitarist Danny Caron, keyboardist Caroline Dahl, bassist Steve Parks, and drummer Brent Rampone – plays mostly original material, highlighting Rigney’s arrangements.
Rigney and Flambeau feature tunes from the new CD/DVD, “Live at the Throckmorton Theater” (in Mill Valley), as well as the recent “Off the Hook,” where original compositions by Rigney and guitarist Joe Paquin (Rigney’s oft-times music partner since their Sundogs years) mingle with Cajun classics by D.L. Menard and Canray Fontenot and a swinging treatment of the Righteous Brothers’ “My Babe.” As always, Rigney and Flambeau emphasizes dance tunes from all of their CDs, as well as selections from Rigney’s solo release, “A Blue Thing,” including “St. Louis Blues” and “Lunch with Satan’s Grandma.”

Zydeco w/Tom Rigney & Flambeau
$13/$10 Students
Doors at 7:30 p.m.; Cajun/Zydeco dance lesson at 8:00 p.m.; Show at 8:30 p.m.
1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley

Sunday, April 20

New Reading Series: Eileen Myles & Michael Nicoloff

Formerly known as the New Brutalism Series, then the New Yipes! Series, 21 Grand’s monthly reading series welcomes it’s new curators, Alli Warren and Brandon Brown, and a new name, the New Reading Series, a new time, and a very special reader.
Eileen Myles has been called “the rock star of modern poetry” by Bust Magazine and Holland Cotter in The New York Times describes her as “a cult figure to a generation of post-punk females forming their own literary avant garde.” She has been a professor of writing at UCSD since 2002. Michael Nicoloff is the author of the chapbook “‘Punks'” which was put out in print form by Taxt Press in 2007 and can now be found on the website Deep Oakland. His poetry and reviews have appeared in such fine publications as The Recluse, Mirage #4/Period(ical), The Orgasm Zine, and Traffic. Born and raised in Olympia, WA, he has hopped between coasts for the last several years.

New Reading Series: Eileen Myles & Michael Nicoloff
21 Grand
416 25th St.
Oakland, CA 94612


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