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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 CatNekopan, and Nyan Cat, to name but a few.

Top Ten Snoop Dogg Collaborations

Posted by Billyjam, September 30, 2014 03:13pm | Post a Comment
Love him or hate him you can't avoid him. Snoop Dogg is everywhere at all times it seems. Whether the Long Beach CA artist born Calvin Broadus, who began his rap career a quarter of a century ago, is in the studio or on stage somewhere Snoop Dogg is an ever present, highly visible pop culture figure.

Over the weekend he was the man of the hour as host of the big 2014 BET Hip Hop Awards. Meanwhile his studio output is a non stop laundry list of releases that boasts countless collaborations with anyone from indie rappers to pop stars. A couple of weeks ago I heard the new track he collaborated with Bay Area female vocalist Goapele on (a remix of the Oakland singer's disco-throwback styled single "Hey Boy"). Around that same time I heard excerpts from his fifth and latest in the Thats My Work mix tape series with Tha Dogg Pound (Kurupt and Daz Dillinger, along with production from DJ Drama). Then over the weekend I was reading somewhere that he recently confirmed that he's got a collaborative full length project in the works with Pharrell (with whom he has done one off tracks with before including the 2004 hit single "Drop It Like It's Hot").

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Chromeo Get Down With HAIM and Jon Heder in "Old 45's" Video

Posted by Billy Gil, September 30, 2014 12:01pm | Post a Comment

chromeo white women lpChromeo's new video for "Old 45's" (from White Women) stars the band's Dave 1 in a dance-off vs. some roadhouse waitresses. Look for cameos from HAIM and Napoleon Dynamite's Jon Heder. The video is a collaboration with SSENSE, who did the fashion and styling, including clothes from Chromeo's new fashion line with Surface to Air.

White Women is out now. Watch the booty-shakin' video below:

 

 

Toro y Moi's Bassist Cavorts Around California in a Giant Mask in Cloud Nothings' New Video

Posted by Billy Gil, September 30, 2014 11:50am | Post a Comment

cloud nothings now hear in videoCloud Nothings have a new video for their Here and Nowhere Else track "Now Hear In." Toro y Moi touring guitarist Jordan Blackmon directs Toro Y Moi bassist Patrick Jeffords on a trip through various California locales as the song gets more manic, from the Hollywood Walk of Fame (hey, that's just down the street!) to the beach, bro, while wearing a middle-aged man mask. There's also some sort of B-movie sci-fi/lo-fi stuff happening, and Blackmon describes it as "a loose cyclical theme of identity and ego-birth/death."

Watch it below via Pitchfork. The critically acclaimed Here and Nowhere Else is out now.

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