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Comment Archives: stories: Best of the East Bay: Arts & Culture

Re: “Best DJ

Rahiem's sound is exactly what I want to hear =) Deep and Soulful House!

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Posted by Eric Groove on 09/30/2011 at 1:16 AM

Re: “Best DJ/Drum Duo

i think you'd be hard pressed to find another project like this making such great music in California, and probably the whole country as well...
if any aspiring dj's want to get an education... look here and listen hard! it takes more that serato and a good collection... it takes years of work and a drummer like Max MacVeety!

Posted by Cikee C on 08/16/2011 at 12:16 PM

Re: “Best Band with Cross-Pollinated Roots

Real proud of the Memorials. Keep kicking aXX you all. Forget the haters. jh

Posted by joysprings3 on 08/14/2011 at 8:18 PM

Re: “Best Broadway-Star-Turned Folk Diva

Yes, indeed, she kills. She's our fabulous Choir Director at Plymouth United Church of Christ, also known as "the Jazz and Justice Church," and she kills -- every Sunday. That's us at Plymouth UCC -- "slain in the Spirit" as the old saints used to put it!

Posted by Marjorie Wilkes Matthews on 07/26/2011 at 11:41 PM

Re: “Best DJ

I have been playing with Rahiem for 10 years now and have always been impressed with his style and skill level! I hope I have an opportunity to continue playing music with him for the next 10 years!

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Posted by Martin Privat on 07/21/2011 at 10:02 AM

Re: “Best DJ

Been DJ'ing with this guy for 10 years. Have nothing but great things to say about Rahiem. I hope I have the opportunity to play another 10 years with him as well! Good job Rahiem way to bring Oakland back on the map of house music!!!

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Posted by Martin Privat on 07/21/2011 at 10:00 AM

Re: “Best DJ/Drum Duo

Ha Ha. Best DJ/Drum Duo. Like there are a lot of them out there. Skins and Needles rules.

Posted by OaklandEasy on 07/21/2011 at 8:23 AM

Re: “Best YouTube Celebrity-Turned-Theater Actor

It's a shame that the rumors about Rasputin, fabricated by the aristocracy, continue to be viewed as history. For a view of the real man, read "Rasputin and The Jews: A Reversal of History" (on Amazon). This book is a well-documented account of Rasputin as a healer, equal rights activist and man of God, and why he was so vilified by the aristocracy that their vicious rumors became accepted as history. For nearly a century, Grigory Rasputin, spiritual advisor to Russia's last Tsar and Tsarina, has been unjustly maligned simply because history is written by the politically powerful and not by the common man. A wealth of evidence shows that Rasputin was discredited by a fanatically anti-Semitic Russian society, for advocating equal rights for the severely oppressed Jewish population, as well as for promoting peace in a pro-war era. Testimony by his friends and enemies, from all social strata, provides a picture of a spiritual man who hated bigotry, inequity and violence. The author is the great-great niece of Aron Simanovitch, Rasputin's Jewish secretary.

Posted by Chana Dvora on 07/21/2011 at 7:13 AM

Re: “Best After-Hours Spot

The most unique, innovative and original offerings since the sixties.

Posted by Morgan Lim on 07/20/2011 at 9:44 PM

Re: “Best DJ

Yep, Rahiem is one of our best DJs. Also a terrific guy to be around- always has a smile on his face and ready to rock!

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Posted by bradelectro on 07/20/2011 at 8:47 PM

Re: “Best After-Hours Spot

Birdland is definitely the best of the best of the best. There's no place like it!

Posted by Le Go-Go on 07/20/2011 at 8:20 AM

Re: “Best After-Hours Spot

For a nice review by readers of Birdland Jazzista Social Club, read EBX article on Dayna Stephens and Birdland from last week. That's really what jazzistas are all about.… Jazzistas party to 3-4 bands deep fridays and saturdays now to support more local musicians.

Posted by paparayno on 07/20/2011 at 2:27 AM

Re: “Best Studio

I'm a Real Good Vocalist with a Golden Touch to My Pop/Rock Singing & I'm Looking for a Recording Studio to Make My CD & DVD & the LP So Please Give Me An Idea How Much You Charge for These Services. & Thanks! My Name Charlie Spangler {On-Stage>"RocknCowboy"}

Posted by Urban Cowboy on 05/30/2011 at 11:22 AM

Re: “Best Creative Music and Cocktails

Eric Leppo here - I'm the bartender mentioned in the article and thought I'd take the opportunity to explain why the experimental music series started. There is also a previous article in the East Bay Express written by Nate Seltenrich that is a bit more accurate about how the music series started at the ivy room. There is a link to that article at the end of this comment.
As an experimental musician myself, I saw the opportunity to bring in bands to play on Monday evenings b.c. on those nights the Ivy was basically empty besides myself and a random drunk wandering down San Pablo who just wanted to use the bathroom. I saw this emptiness as the opportunity to build a scene and to give some musicians that were pushing the limits a chance to be heard.
Some of the first bands I booked were Colin Jones, Aram Shelton, Andrew Conklin, Dogs Playing Poker, Lucio Menegon, Free Jazz Gospel Supreme 80, Wyatt Gurp and his whole crew, Quinn... and tons more great artists.
To keep bringing the crowds back, I asked the bands who got the most people to come out to do monthlies - Lucio was amazing at promoting and called his monthly the Hootenany - he and his crew made fantastic flyers for each month's event.
Wyatt Gurp and Harbour, Aram Shelton, and Andrew Conklin also all eventualy would orcestrate their own monthly line ups.
These groups are still going strong so do your ears and mind a favor and check em out. Shout out to Ken the current bar manager at the Ivy who's helped keep the music going at Ivy after my move to Los Angeles.
PREVIOUS East Bay Express link about this series:…

Posted by EricLeppo on 02/10/2011 at 8:21 PM

Re: “Best Tape Loop Manipulator

b E S T

Da links da links!

Loachfillet "Electric Pond: Solar Solution"

Posted by Threwup on 09/21/2010 at 5:35 PM

Re: “Best Bay Area Slang Nominated as Math Nomenclature

Mark my words: The International Committee for Weights and Measures WILL accept and approve 10^27 as "Hella-". They have no reason not to. And it makes sense that the DIAMETER OF THE OBSERVABLE UNIVERSE happens to be just about exactly 1 Hellameter. Coincidence? NO WAY. BayLuv all day.

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Posted by El Jefe Helluv on 07/26/2010 at 3:00 PM

Re: “Best Cloud Music

MOG rocks!

Posted by peacerocker on 07/17/2010 at 12:15 PM

Re: “Best Bay Area Slang Nominated as Math Nomenclature

"Yo" is not in popular usage in Northern California. A more likely sentence would be: "That concert was hella tight, bruh" (bruh being short for brother or bro). The PG-13 form, hecka, was not created by suburban teens, but by Bay Area native inner city kids whose parents won't let them say hell.

Posted by richdoggydogg on 07/17/2010 at 7:37 AM

Re: “Best Bookstore Events

We are thrilled and honored to be recognized as the bookstore with the best events... Our customers come first, and our bookstore is that other place they have adopted as their second home. We feel proud and thank you for this great gift. - Jerry Thompson/ Events Manager/ Alameda

Posted by booksinceventmgr on 07/15/2010 at 3:25 PM

Re: “Best Live Music in a Museum

Loachfillet ROOOWLZ!

Posted by Threwup on 07/15/2010 at 3:23 PM

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