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NYSOM #99

Posted by Billyjam, October 1, 2014 10:24am | Post a Comment
    

NYSOM #99 of 100: Earlier this month DJ Shadow and Cut Chemist kicked off their ongoing "Renegades of Rhythm" vinyl-only tour honoring Afrika Bambaataa's vast and influential record collection with two shows at NYC's Irving Plaza (after a stop in Boston) where my man Joe Conzo took the above photo of the two West Coast DJs who wore the perfectly appropriate matching T-shirts for the occasion with "DUMP" and "KOCH" emblazoned on the backs of them in a direct reference to the NYC era in which Bambaataa and hip-hop rose to fame in New York City. In keeping with this theme of that oft romanticized bygone era of a decidedly grittier and grungier New York City I've included a few other pics from NYC in the 70's and 80's in this second to final of a one hundred New York State of Mind Amoeblog series including one (left in 1981 taken by Bob Gruen) of The Clash when they visited NYC and (by the same wonderful photographer) one of The Ramones on the New York City subway. Others include one of the Beastie Boys from 1986 taken at Flushing Meadows Park in Queens by Sunny Bak. By the way the highly recommended ongoing records-only tour with DJ Shadow and Cut Chemist (whose t-shirts said "SURE" and "SHOT" on the other sides) will be stopping in the Bay Area this weekend with the tour when they play SF's Mezzanine on Saturday, October 4th. 

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Weekly Wednesday Steal: Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Posted by Billy Gil, October 1, 2014 08:28am | Post a Comment

captain america the winter soldierThis week's Weekly Wednesday Steal, is Captain America: The Winter Soldier for $10 on vinyl (regularly $26.98).

The acclaimed comic-book film from this year is the follow-up to 2011's Captain America: The First Avenger, both starring Chris Evans in the titular role. It also features several characters/actors from the "Avengers" films.

Directors Anthony and Joe Russo stopped by Amoeba Hollywood for a DVD signing in September, and who showed up but comic book legend Stan Lee! See photos from that event here.

A new item is featured on Amoeba.com every Wednesday for $10, while supplies last. It's limited to one per customer, and the deal is only available on the website. As always, there’s free shipping on all music and movies you buy on Amoeba.com throughout the United States.

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Stevie Nicks to exhitbit collection of bygone Polaroid self-portraits

Posted by Kelly S. Osato, September 30, 2014 11:50pm | Post a Comment
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Stevie Nicks
may have found fame in Fleetwood Mac, but at home and on the road she is her own star all alone. Determined to “learn how to become a photographer”, Nicks began creating late night Polaroid self-portraits for her own enjoyment during the mid-seventies. "Some people don't sleep at night - I am one of those people," she says of the sessions. "These pictures were taken long after everyone had gone to bed - I would begin after midnight and go until 4 or 5 in the morning. I stopped at sunrise - like a vampire... I never really thought anyone would ever see these pictures, they went into shoeboxes, where they remained. I did everything - I was the stylist, the makeup artist, the furniture mover, the lighting director. It was my joy - I was the model..."stevie nicks polaoid self portrait photography fleetwood mac 24 karat gold songs from the vault album exhibit art show

Of course, people do this sort of thing all the time now, but please don't call these Polaroids selfies.

Ms Stevie decided to share these
never-before-seen shoebox treasures while recording of her new solo album 24 Karat Gold - Songs From the Vault, an album comprised mostly of new recordings of old demos that, very much like these photos, date from the seventies and eighties. Though a selection of these  portraits, curated by Dave Stewart of the Eurythmics, will be blown up for very brief display in New York and L.A. only, a deluxe photo book edition of the new record with 48 pages of exclusive photos from Nicks’ personal photo collection is available for folks who, like me, are already gagging in delight over the small sampling of images released for the album promo parade.

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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Joe Begos and Josh Ethier

Posted by Amoebite, September 30, 2014 05:56pm | Post a Comment

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Almost Human Blu-rayFilmmakers Joe Begos and Josh Ethier are the definition of multi-hyphenates. Begos, a writer/director/producer/cinematographer/camera operator/actor teamed up with his longtime friend Ethier, an actor/producer/editor/sound designer/composer to film Almost Human. The sci-fi/slasher flick, set in the pair's native New England and inspired by classic 1980s horror films, premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival.

The pair stopped by Amoeba Hollywood to share some of their top picks for movies and music. Begos starts things off with Brian De Palma's Snake Eyes, which he says is "De Palma's best movie since the '80s." Ethier shows off the beautifully-packaged Death Waltz reissue of John Carpenter's soundtrack to The Fog. Begos talks about the Blu-ray version of William Friedkin's Sorcerer and Ethier discusses Ennio Morricone's score for Dario Argento's The Bird with the Crystal Plumage.

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9 songs about cats

Posted by Eric Brightwell, September 30, 2014 03:52pm | Post a Comment
Although LOLCat Bible literalists believe differently, people of science generally hold the view that 
cats first domesticated humans at least since 7500 BCE, when the inhabitants of a neolithic village on Cyprus gave a feline (not native to the island) a ceremonial burial. What we know call the domestic cat was more truly feral when it split off from the African wildcat (Felis silvestris lybica), much earlier, some 10,000 years ago. They likely enjoyed a symbiotic relationship with humans -- proving their usefulness to the Natufians of the Levant by preying on mice whilst ignoring (since they are obligate carnivores) the Natufians' mouse-attracting stores of grain. 


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African wildcats in the wild (image source: Seasons in Africa)

Eventually cats moved were promoted from rodent catcher to household members and even divine beings. In Egypt cats were sacred and associated with the goddesses Isis, Mafdet (also spelled Maftet), and Bastet (also known as Baast, Ubaste, and Baset). The Greek historian Herodotus wrote that when a cat died, Egyptians would go into mourning, shaving their eyebrows to mark the loss of a family member. Cats were famously mummified and afforded dignified (by human standards) burials in Egypt. In 1888 a farmer discovered a tomb outside Beni Hasan which contained the mummies of about 80,000 cats (and some other animals). 
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Neolithic grave with a human and a cat (left) and mummified Egyptian cats (right)

The reverence afforded to cats in ancient North Africa probably strikes most humans today as excessive and strange. However even the most insensitive amongst us usually react with repulsion, horror, and indignation when they learn that in places like Guangdong, Guangxi, Japan, Korea, Melmac, Mparntwe, Okinawa, Peru, Switzerlandcats have traditionally been eaten or used in medicine. It seems a bit rich to me when coming from people who think nothing of eating a fish, bird, cow, or pig.  

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Room 8 

In placs where felines are off the menu they have inspired artists like the 9th Century Irish monk who wrote, "Pangur Bán," Gioachino Rossini, T.S. EliotSakiHiroyuki Morita. Although there were famous cats before the advent of the internet (e.g. Room 8 of Elysian Heights), it might appear to aliens observing our planet that it was invented to honor them -- the modern incarnation of feline worship passed down from ancient Egypt. Our modern pantheon includes Ceiling Cat, Happy Cat, Grumpy Cat, Hipster Kitty, Keyboard Cat, Lil Bub, Maru, Missy the CatNekopanNyan Cat, and Snoopybabe, to name but a few.
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