Amoeba and Criterion Hold Free Screening of Horror Classic 'The Brood' at Space15Twenty

Posted by Amoebite, October 12, 2015 06:23pm | Post a Comment

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Just in time for Halloween, Amoeba Music and Criterion Collection are hosting a special free, all-ages screening of David Cronenberg’s 1979 sci-fi horror film The Brood at Space15Twenty Oct. 29 at 6 p.m.

Dress in your scary best as there will be a Halloween costume contest, with prizes given away for the best costumes fromUrban Outfitters, Umami Burger, Criterion Collection and Amoeba! There will be complimentary popcorn at the event, and Umami will have a $5 bloody mary special for those who are over 21.

Cult classic The Brood is about the mystery behind the ominous Somafree psychological institute and its connection to a pack of murderous, mutant children. Watch the original trailer below.

Space15Twenty is located across the street from Amoeba Music at 1520 North Cahuenga Boulevard.

Amoeba Joins Wax Record Fair Oct. 24-25

Posted by Amoebite, October 12, 2015 05:43pm | Post a Comment

wax record fair

Amoeba Music will be on hand at Wax, a record fair happening just up the street from us at the Capitol Records Building parking lot on Vine Street October 24-25. We'll have records, accessories and our famous prize wheel—come by and give it a spin!

Tickets for the event start at $10 and are on sale now. The even starts at noon each day and runs until 6 p.m., but early access passes are available for purchase.

Vendors include such labels as Capitol, Harvest, Blue Note, Virgin, Caroline, Stones Throw, Astralwerks, Federal Prism, Innovative Leisure and more. Expect artist signings, DJ sets and moderated panel discussions on ever aspect of producing vinyl.

You can even take a tour of Capitol Studios and Mastering. Mastering and vinyl engineer Ian Sefchick will lead intimate, 30-minute demonstrations showing how vinyl is cut from analog tape on one of the Capitol Neumann lathes, which have cut albums from such artists as Pink Floyd, R.E.M., Red Hot Chili Peppers, Alabama Shakes and N.W.A. (Tour tickets are $40 per person and limited to 36 people per day; buy admittance to the tour as part of your ticket package.)

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New "What's in My Bag?" Episode with My Morning Jacket

Posted by Amoebite, October 12, 2015 04:51pm | Post a Comment

My Morning Jacket

My Morning Jacket are Louisville, Kentucky based roots rock outfit consisting of singer-songwriter & guitarist Jim James, bassist Tom Blankenship, drummer Patrick Hallahan, guitarist / saxophonist / vocalist Carl Broemel, and keyboardist / percussionist/vocalist Bo Koster. James founded the band in 1998. Their debut album The Tennessee Fire was released a year later, with only James and Blankenship present from the band’s current iteration. My Morning Jacket signed with ATO in 2002 and released their major label debut, It Still Moves a year later.

The WaterfallIn 2005, My Morning Jacket’s Z was released via Sony BMG. In 2006, they performed on The Late Show with David Letterman, accompanied by members of the Boston Pops, with whom they would play a handful of shows at Boston Symphony Hall later on. They have played at Lollapalooza, Coachella, Bonnaroo, as well as on Saturday Night Live and on CNN’s 2009 New Year's special. The band has hosted their very own festival, One Big Holiday, in Mexico. They released their seventh studio album, The Waterfall, in 2015, and are working on a 2016 release. My Morning Jacket will swing through Los Angeles for a show at the Shrine Auditorium tomorrow before a three night stint at The Masonic in San Francisco, October 15th-17th.

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Interview with Bay Area Hip-Hop Artist Turned Novelist Bret Alexander Sweet on "Among The Veils"

Posted by Billyjam, October 12, 2015 01:30pm | Post a Comment
Bret Alexander Sweet is the Bay Area hip-hop artist turned author who expertly channeled his writing skills as an emcee (Karma with Kemetic Suns, and Fundamentals) into being an accomplished author. This year Alexander Sweet, who works in mentoring inner city youth in entrepreneurship and is the son of prominent Bay Area civil rights attorney and social entrepreneur Clifford Charles Sweet, published his impressive first novel Among The Veils.  With a distinct musical backdrop to its storyline (references songs and musicians throughout) the work of fiction is clearly fueled by Alexander's love and broad knowledge of music. The book is the Oakland, CA resident's first in an ambitious five-part series of publications. Already half completed the author, who graduated from Berkeley High School in 1995, has scheduled the sequel to Among The Veils - to be entitled Sanctuary In The Veils - for a late 2016 planned publication date. 

As a hip-hop artist in the nineties Sweet was a founding member of Kemetic Suns, a member of Fundamentals, as well as founder of the underrated indie label House Kemetic Suns whose releases included the cassette The PatterFall Wars (scroll down to hear). As mentor/teacher Alexander was awarded Certified Teacher of the Year by the National Foundation for Teaching Entrepreneurship in 2004 which led to him a few years later founding the Dualism Group whose mission statement he outlined as an, "early stage venture capitalism firm and consulting arm geared toward helping underserved entrepreneurs launch and expand their companies in order to bring jobs to lower income communities."   Recently I caught up with Bret Alexander Sweet to find out more about his book and its inspiration.

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Introduction to Subcultural Anthropology: Kogal

Posted by Eric Brightwell, October 12, 2015 10:37am | Post a Comment
Even disregarding the sense having to do with bacteria, there are many definitions of "subculture." The longest that I've found is that of the The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition:

A group within a society that has its own shared set of customs, attitudes, and values, often accompanied by jargon or slang. A subculture can be organized around a common activity, occupation, age, status, ethnic background, race, religion, or any other unifying social condition, but the term is often used to describe deviant groups, such as thieves and drug users. ( See counterculture.)

No one will ever be able to document every subculture, or even agree upon what they are. With this series I will examine subcultures primarily organized around two things, music and clothing. That way I can largely avoid the can of worms which are gangs. For gangs, both music and clothing are of considerable importance but the engagement in of criminal activity is assumed to be their raison d'être. Also, I don't want to provoke a bunch of angry, misspelled comments written in all caps. 

This week's subculture: Kogal


The kogal (コギャル) subculture arose in Japan in the 1980s and became widely known in the Japanese mainstream after the airing of a 1993 television special, ザ・. コギャル NIGHT ("the Kogal night"). The subculture were further featured in the fictional 1997 film バウンス ko GALS ("bounce Kogal") (1997) depicted Kogals turning to prostitution to fund their insatiable materialism. In reality, many Kogals were apparently engaged in "paid dating" although for the vast majority that means involves little more than accompanying a man to karaoke in exchange for money and drinks. 

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