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Oh, Thank the Seven: Game of Thrones is Back!

Posted by Kelly S. Osato, March 31, 2012 03:30pm | Post a Comment
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Is this the real life, is this just fantasy?
Seeing as Game of Thrones returns to the small screen this Sunday I'd say that so-called real life is about to be injected with a dose of weapons-grade fantasy so sweet that even the most pragmatic of my must-see TV-viewing colleagues are welcoming the series' second season like a Stark previsions winter. As an avid fan of both the books and the nighttime telly adaptation I've been gagging in anticipation with each trailer, character featurette and behind-the-scenes peeks HBO has released, like so many ravens sent to tease the bannermen. I'm so chuffed to bits about the premier this Sunday I've got to channel my excitement before I lose my head! Read on for a list of people, places and things I'm looking forward to as Game of Thrones once again takes to the sky (now with more dragons)!

Haven't read the books? That's okay (though, as is the case with most adaptations, the books are better) - taken out of context these prospects are unloaded and weightless. That is, expect mild spoilers at best.

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John Snow + Ygritte = "You know nothing"

Zou Bisou Bis...aagghh! Make It Stop!

Posted by Kelly S. Osato, March 31, 2012 01:38pm | Post a Comment
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Hey you! Tortured much by that little Gillian Hills ditty "Zou Bisou Bisou" sung by Megan Draper (Jessica Pare) in the Mad Men premier last week? Never fear mes amis, exorcise that demon by purchasing the super slick 45 rpm 7" vinyl single of "Zou Bisou Bisou" (sung by Miss Pare herself as heard in the show) with the RJD2 Mad Men theme on the b-side. What really floats my boat is the fact that one may spin this sweet baby at 33 & 1/3 speed to hear the super spooky "alternative" versions of these modern pop sensations. I have a feeling the theme's electro beat will translate oh so deliciously when played at the slower speed. In other words: get your goth night on cats and kittens! See the song and scene below!


En Fuego: Iron Maiden's latest LIVE album/DVD drops today!

Posted by Kelly S. Osato, March 26, 2012 12:00pm | Post a Comment
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I know a lot of folks will be stopping by to pick up Madonna's new record MDNA today (which I recommend doing as it is packed front-to-back with sweaty Ray of Light meets Confessions on a Dancefloor energies), but - sorry Madge - M is for Maiden and that's good enough for me. Iron Maiden that is, and today's double live CD (or double LP) plus DVD concert release En Vivo! showcases a very indefatigable band from a very fan oriented perspective filmed live during the Final Frontier World Tour at Santiago, Chile's Esatdio Nacional. The extras, especially the 88-minute Behind the Beast documentary, are boss and the artwork rules inside and out. Celebrate En Vivo! day with "The Wicker Man" and Behind the Beast trailer below, click here for everything Iron Maiden available via Amoeba.com. Up the irons!!!





Juggalo Family Values

Posted by Kelly S. Osato, March 25, 2012 01:02pm | Post a Comment
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I believe in "Miracles", I really do. And I know what fun is, or at least I know what fun is supposed to look like. I mean, still have jingles from Saturday morning commercial bumpers still stuck in my head. Like most modern Americans I've had my brain beaten in by mass-marketed programming since my senses acknowledged personal taste as an option and though media feeding and regurgitation has come a long way I still respond to images of glowing, day-to-night bright colors, the hypnotic blur of carnival rides in motion and slo-mo vignettes of teens splashing around a swimmin' hole in high summer. In short, I never expected a mini documentary about the subculture of Juggalos (hardcore Insane Clown Posse devotees) and their annual summer homie hoedown, The Gathering of the Juggalos, to move me so. Honestly, watching this akin to riding an emotional Scrambler, a real stunner in the way that a beautifully-shot and framed social commentary should be. Nothing quite defines or celebrates the compound word "alternative-lifestyle" like Sean Dunne's American Juggalo. Talk about magic all around you, imagine yourself just a "fuck it! I'm going!" away.

Plus, I can't think of anywhere else one might get the "you should never put spray paint on your face" life lesson. Check it:


Psychopathic Records have announced that the Gathering will be held at the usual Cave-In-Rock location and the family reunion will have a fifth day added to the annual outing: details and more for all those curious can be found here. And be sure to peep the list of ICP titles available via Amoeba.com here and other ICP/Juggalo-related Amoeblog posts here.
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Remembering March 11, 2011: For What It Is Worth

Posted by Kelly S. Osato, March 8, 2012 12:34pm | Post a Comment
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Everyday I think about what it would mean to suffer the panic of a disastrous earthquake. Sometimes the thought is latent, residing somewhere in my metal recesses. But at other times, like a few mornings ago when a magnitude 4 earthquake centered a few miles away literally shook me out of bed at 5:33am, it glows at the front and center in my mind like a warning fire. Can anyone ever really be ready for a seismic shift of any size? How does one prepare for the aftermath? Is there a price you wouldn't pay for hindsight?

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It has been almost a year since the Tōhoku earthquake, tsunami and subsequent nuclear crisis and during that time there has been a great deal of giving, in terms of fundraising and charity, so that those in Northern Japan affected by the calamity may bolster their hope and know whatever relief may reach them while muster the strength to move forward and rebuild their communities. This Sunday, March 11 marks the one year anniversary of the natural disaster and I urge everyone to seek out and participate in local memorial events that honor those whose lives were claimed while maintaining awareness and providing support for organizations that continue in their effort to provide relief to survivors still striving to carve out an existence in the wake of such a catastrophe. For example, I will be heading to San Francisco's Japan Town for the community remembrance fundraising events featuring live performances and street sale (the Rise Japan booth will have all kinds of artwork on sale, including totes by Kelly Tunstall) then afterwards to Sushi Zone where owner, chef and Amoeba Music regular customer Kimiyaki Aoyama will have the restaurant open from 1-5pm -- mind you, they are never open before 5pm or on Sundays -- selling sake, beer and sushi with all profits to benefit the Fukushima Network for Saving Children from Radiation. However, you can make a contribution and score some new vinyl at the same time.

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If for no other reason than to acquire some beautiful music, Kazu Makino of the band Blonde Redhead has recently released a charity compilation on her newly founded Asa Wa Kuru label (meaning "Morning Will Come" in Japanese) with proceeds to benefit the Japan Society Earthquake Relief Fund and Architecture For Humanity (a list of these and other groups, individuals and institutions active in the disaster hit areas in Northern Japan can be found here). The vinyl-only compilation, titled We Are The Works In Progress, features some of the most hauntingly 4AD-esque broken-yet-crystalline pop-synth clarion calls to be heard of all the relief offerings put together by musicians with a mind to support Japan's post-tsunami healing process. The collection, spread over two LPs, features Blonde Redhead of course, plus an impressive array of singular artists like Four Tet, Ryuichi Sakamoto teamed up with David Sylvian, Broadcast, Deerhunter, John Maus, Interpol, Terry Riley, Pantha du Prince and many more - it is available for purchase through Amoeba Music here. Simply put, it is a gorgeous effort created to further a worthy cause - one that shouldn't provoke a pause to contemplate the value of music, but rather the value of hope.

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