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Anything Can Happen On Halloween!

Posted by Kelly S. Osato, October 31, 2013 01:22pm | Post a Comment
 
Because Tim Curry finding his tambourine in The Worst Witch never, ever gets old. Happy Halloween!


Horror on Wax: Halloween Vinyl Picks for 2013

Posted by Kelly S. Osato, October 30, 2013 05:15pm | Post a Comment

On the prowl for some spooky/kooky records to soundtrack your All Hallow's Eve and Day of the Dead fetes? Then by all means creep up on these fresh-to-death platters of Horror-rific, fringe fantasy realness for your Halloween listening pleasure!

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The Rattles: Setting the "The Witch" and woods on fire for Halloween!

Posted by Kelly S. Osato, October 25, 2013 03:15pm | Post a Comment
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This coming Thursday I'll be spinning spooky tunes on the wheels of steel as a part of the Halloween festivities at Amoeba Music SF! Digging through my collection for seasonally appropriate, horrorific jams unearthed this far out number by German rockers The Rattles. Check out their video for "The Witch" below and join us on Halloween for batty beats, trick-or-treating, and our annual costume contest -- pets welcome!

Let the Music Dress You Up: Music-Inspired Halloween Costumes by Amoeba SF!

Posted by Kelly S. Osato, October 19, 2013 07:30pm | Post a Comment
 
Halloween is less than two weeks away! What are YOU going to wear?
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Embracing the spirit of the season, here's a look back at some of my favorite music-related/ inspired Halloween costumes created by the boys and gouls at Amoeba Music San Francisco....

Here's our own Grace Cooper channeling her uncle Alice:
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 Robert Smith will surely Cure any Halloween costume conundrum, as our Erin found:
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The Muscle Shoals Documentary: A Tale of Two Studios, One Sound

Posted by Kelly S. Osato, October 17, 2013 03:50pm | Post a Comment
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From Dave Grohl's Sound City to 20 Feet From Stardom there have been some really great music-related documentary films released recently, perhaps none so overwhelmingly transcendental as the story of a reliable hit-maker and an iconic sound rooted in a sleepy corner of Alabama called Muscle Shoals
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Between providing the most literal rendering of "I'll Take You There" and dabbling in discovering the metaphysical origins of what has come to be lauded as the "Muscle Shoals sound," Muscle Shoals blends reflective interviews of those who lived and tracked the music, bolstered by snippets and loops of the iconic sound itself, with layers of pastoral vistas and rustic rural vignettes of the surrounding countryside, playing like a gorgeous cinematographic back-mask. Combined with the fleeting highs and the tragic lows experienced by musician, songwriter and Fame Studios producer Rick Hall, his session players, The Swampers (who would later found a similarly nondescript recording studio across town in a former casket factory), among others still living in the glory of the Muscle Shoals nexus, the film also depicts the triumph of a phenomenon bigger than anyone can fully understand nowadays: the earthly crossroads of soul, country, funk and rock and roll at a time when "separate but equal" was the order of the day. 

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