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Re: “Jim Kaiser, Eccentric Champion of Incredibly Strange Music, Dies at 46

I am very sad, for Jim is one of the reasons Amoeba remains the best place I have worked for. Jim was always so interested in my music - Renaissance and Baroque lutes, unhip despite early music's self-appointed acronym - when I knew little of his, beside "experimental," and the high regard accorded him by classical musicians. Jim's was the all-inclusive mindset that every artist should strive for.
- Franklin Lei, Library Technical Services, UC Berkeley

Posted by Franklin C. Lei on 01/13/2017 at 11:54 AM

Re: “Jim Kaiser, Eccentric Champion of Incredibly Strange Music, Dies at 46

Jim was a sweet and kind soul. I am still reeling from this news and seeing this wonderful tribute in the paper finally released the floodgates. I just didn't want to believe that he could be gone. so sudden. So soon. His music was way out there, but also quite poignant and beautiful. And I actually think he might be amused that a piece of advertising spam is the first comment on here. He would find it ironic, I think.
But he was much more to me than the nice record guy at Amoeba. He was my boyfriend for five years and I will always love him. We remained friends after our break up and he helped me a great deal in the last several years. He was a source of great support in my chronic incurable illness. Doping things for me that I could not do for myself. This was not something he shared with anyone. He didn't need to be lauded for being a compassionate person. He just was.
Jim and I made a wonderful couple of pieces of music together; which we were going to release but I had been dragging my feet about. Being ill, I had little energy to devote to finishing the design of the cover and procrastinated. I really wish I hadn't; as now we'll never get the chance to release it together. But maybe I can find a way, as a tribute to him, to still do it.
If his passing has taught me anything, it is not to wait.
This isn't very eloquent, but I find that I have lost my eloquence with the sadness I feel at the world losing someone who was truly a good person in every sense of the word. The world lost a musician but many of us lost a dear friend. I imagine Jim is dancing with Baron Samedi, ( one of the Voodoo deities of death that he is dressed up as in the image above,) wherever he is now. I can imagine they would have a grand old time.

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Re: “Jim Kaiser, Eccentric Champion of Incredibly Strange Music, Dies at 46

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Re: “Jim Kaiser, Eccentric Champion of Incredibly Strange Music, Dies at 46

I met Jim shortly after moving to KC , he was the guy at the record store that could get me anything I wanted. Always a kind soul, almost always had a smile, even when thing were rough. After a while he and a few of our friends were playing together doing whatever came to mind, and he and a friend opened place called the Rhumba Box, hosted every outside sort of music from punk to ..well, just about everything. Somehow he got Beck to play 2 shows on his 1st tour there, when Loser was just beginning to hit the air. Those shows, and that someone had torn the sprinkler system out of the space he rented for it lead to the closing of it and his exit from KC at that point. As it was pre internet days, we lost track of one another until a few years ago. Even not having seen one another for over 20 years, the news of his passing has been a blow. He was a unique soul, one the world will miss.

Posted by Steve Cain on 01/10/2017 at 9:05 PM

Re: “The Top Sixteen Bay Area Music Releases of 2016

some awesome albums on here, thank you for shedding light on these sounds/songs from cool underground artists... we would ask that listeners, freaks, and mystics of subculture check out V.E.X. (Ventriloquest Ectoplasmold Xanaxax) who released two albums this year (2016 in the oppressors calendar) "Codex Hex" was released in spring, on cassette from Cool World Records (Los Angeles), and on CD from Fantasy 1 (Austin), and "insectsex" came out in fall, on cassette from Ratskin Records (Oakland), and on limited CD/DVD self release. Both albums currently streaming on bandcamp: https://xanaxax.bandcamp.com/

Posted by Lilith Lucifer on 12/21/2016 at 12:14 PM

Re: “Will Oakland Arts Organizations Find A Home at the Rehabilitated Henry J. Kaiser Convention Center?

Kent Lewandowski, It's a good question. According to the feasibility study, an additional convention center in Oakland wouldn't bring enough revenue; almost all convention centers in the country operate at a loss, the study says. The report also says the Kaiser fails to meet true convention center criteria, since it doesn't have enough "breakout rooms" and so on.

Posted by Sam Lefebvre on 12/01/2016 at 2:59 PM

Re: “Will Oakland Arts Organizations Find A Home at the Rehabilitated Henry J. Kaiser Convention Center?

I'm unclear why convention use is ruled out? With tech companies coming to town, they want and need space to host user conventions. Currently I believe the only space in Oakland is the Marriott Convention center.

Posted by Kent Lewandowski on 12/01/2016 at 2:22 PM

Re: “Will Oakland Arts Organizations Find A Home at the Rehabilitated Henry J. Kaiser Convention Center?

I remember as a child and young adult attending Oakland Symphony concerts in the Calvin Simmons Theater. The acoustics and sight lines are the finest in the Bay Area. I hope other Oakland Council members will support Rebecca Kaplan and that this wonderful venue can be brought back to life.

Posted by Martha Martin on 11/30/2016 at 3:56 PM

Re: “The Serious Jokes of Victor Vazquez aka Kool A.D.

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Re: “Sounds of the Town in Revolt: Music Enlivened Anti-Trump Protests — and OPD Noticed

Kevin Mulvey, Pleasanton police were present at the Oakland protest, per a mutual aid agreement, and one of their vehicles was damaged.

Posted by Darwin BondGraham on 11/21/2016 at 4:28 PM

Re: “Sounds of the Town in Revolt: Music Enlivened Anti-Trump Protests — and OPD Noticed

History repeats repeats repeats-- #1 When Occupy was shoved off the Plaza 5 years ago, a huge, huge crowd of everbody showed up to protest and march back there. Cops from 13 jurisdictions had been called to stop this community--all kind of folks--from getting there. Pleasanton then too. Then, #2 When we got to 14th and Broadway it was fenced and lined with cops in SWAT gear 20 deep. A mumble on the PA, teargas shot in every direction simultaneously. Parents with strollers and toddlers and dogs were a few feet away. Many of us ran to gather them up and pull them away--many of the people wanting to support Occupy were terrified, confused. And many were sick. Children included.

Posted by Cynthia Morse on 11/18/2016 at 7:06 PM

Re: “Sounds of the Town in Revolt: Music Enlivened Anti-Trump Protests — and OPD Noticed

Why are you showing a busted up Pleasanton cop car with a story about Oakland? Were Oakland cop cars vandalized?

Posted by Kevin Mulvey on 11/18/2016 at 3:10 PM

Re: “Dance with Your Arms Up at 'Hairy Pits'

<3 Thank you for this write up! <3

Posted by Tasha Yar on 10/20/2016 at 11:16 AM

Re: “Boycotters Accuse 924 Gilman St. Project of Ethical Backslide

Hey, I'm a very old Gilman person. I go back almost, but not quite as far as Kamala. I completely disagree with the approach that takes hold at Gilman from time to time of trying to correct the worlds problems by policing the bands on the stage.
I disagree with a lot of the more offensive things that Mike Avilez and Sammytown say. But they are songs, not actual criminal acts. Mike is someone I consider a friend. I've put on shows with him. And when his bands played certain fucked up songs, I called him out for it. I never pulled a stunt like cutting the the power to the PA or turning up the house lights. I told him to his face that I found a song offensive.

Mike is also someone who has put a ton of work into putting on shows all over the Bay Area. Many in bars like the Stork Club but also in underground venues like Burnt Ramen.
His bans invariably suck, but the boy has heart.

Punk is offensive. It is crude. It has ugly warty nasty parts. It always has. If you clean up all the bands so that they can't say or do anything offensive, you have a nice polite, staid situation, which is not what those originators of punk were ever about.
Could Patti Smith play "Rock and Roll Nigger" at Gilman?
Could The Dead Kennedys play "Kill the poor", "I kill children" or pretty much half of their songs on their first two records?

That said, gay, black, trans, women, latino, and asian people should feel welcome at Gilman. Punk is too often a bunch of white boys beating their brains out and acting like macho dorks.
In my interpretation of the Gilman rules we did not tolerate fascist, racist or homophobic bullying. But you can say anything you want.
Which as Jesse relates, often amounted to not allowing people with rebel flag patches in the door.

After all Gilman is mostly young teen age people, who are figuring out who they are. You might see a kid with a mohawk one week, skinhead the next week, and skater a month later. I don't think it''s right to be ordaining rigid rules and policies in very important meetings at what is basically the longest running cool kid clubhouse east of the Mississippi.

And seriously, it is just a dumb fucking clubhouse. Oh no, you might get 86-ed! I did!

Posted by Russ D on 10/08/2016 at 12:39 AM

Re: “Tim House Talks Hiero Day and How 'The Plug' Became His Nickname

Great article about a great guy. I won a meet and greet for the Berner show. Tim handled the entire meet/greet. He let me bring my crew and arranged for us to meet Kool John also. I mentioned I liked another Bay Area rapper and he faced timed right there on the street. Mad respect to this OG from this OG.

Posted by Celeste Vigil on 09/01/2016 at 3:38 PM

Re: “All Hail Jasmine Infiniti, the Self-Proclaimed Queen of Hell

And the queen of hell loves you all!

Posted by Jasmine Infiniti on 08/31/2016 at 12:51 PM

Re: “Reflections on the 15th Street Tragedy

Growing up in a setting of poverty and hopelessness can torture a person's psyche and make them feel like there's no way out but violence. But poverty didn't force these kids to pocket their pistols when heading out to the party. They made that decision. This was no accident.

This isn't a case of robbing a store to feed a starving family. This isn't a case of desperation or necessity. This is a case of hot-headed kids with guns they shouldn't have, whose value for human life has been crushed so low that being "disrespected" (or whatever other bullshit happened in that argument) is enough cause for them to murder without a second thought.

The gun-packing kids could probably be considered victims on a societal level and their social setting certainly helped to corrupt them this way—but there is also an inner evil here that must be considered if we ever hope to expunge it and end this random violence.

Posted by Max Chanowitz on 08/25/2016 at 11:42 AM

Re: “All Hail Jasmine Infiniti, the Self-Proclaimed Queen of Hell

My wife <3

Posted by Kim Smith on 08/05/2016 at 2:00 PM

Re: “Bay Area R&B Singer Illa Gets Ready to Boss Up

⭐ in the making!! I love this! Only up from here 😘

Posted by Jamese Victoriano on 08/03/2016 at 3:38 PM

Re: “Bay Area R&B Singer Illa Gets Ready to Boss Up

She seems like a cool fresh artist to check out. Dope article.

Posted by Tonithy on 08/03/2016 at 1:22 PM

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