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Bad Meaning Really Bad is Theme of "Bad Movie Night" At The Dark Room, SF

Posted by Billyjam, April 12, 2014 08:14am | Post a Comment

Conspiracy Theory screens this week (April 13) at Bad Movie Night as part of the Mel Gibson series


I recently had online access to view any new movie released in the past year. From that experience what struck me most, besides the sheer volume of movies released that I had never even heard of or that made it to your local cineplex, was just how really bad the majority of movies being made these days are. Most are awful lackluster affairs with bad acting and poor unbelievable story-lines that are simply unwatchable. To sit through these bad movies would be pure torture unless you somehow turned these lemons into lemonade by poking fun at them and having a laugh at their expense. Such is the idea behind the Bad Movie Night Sunday night series at San Francisco's The Dark Room on Mission Street this April the theme is bad movies starring Mel Gibson and next month it will be "Legendary Flops" bad movie month, while June will be bad George Lucas films.

"It's pretty simple: we show movies. The hosts talk back to the screen. So do you. And we all laugh," state the organizers of Bad Movie Night who have been "desecrating art since 2005" and whose irreveratant approach to movie screening is done in the tradition of MST3 (Mystery Science Theater 3000) whereby intently watching the film on screen and seriously following its storyline is out the window in favor of purely poking fun at this projected waste of money. "Will this movie suck?" ask Bad Movie Night presenters. "Yes it will. But we blow back," they assure audience members who make it to their weekly screenings. Held each Sunday eve at 8pm, April 13th's bad movie will be Mel Gibson's Conspiracy Theory, next week's will be Lethal Weapon 4, and the following week is Hamlet (1990). And bad as these are, there are even worse movies such as their scheduled June 1st Bad Movie Night screening of George Lucas' Howard The Duck (1986) that on Rotten Tomatoes got only a 15% Tomatometer critics rating. But the worse the movie the better the talk back to the screen promises to be.
 

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Hip-Hop Rap-Up, Week End 04.11.14: Chuck Inglish, Madlib, Triple Threat DJs, Stones Throw Records, and more

Posted by Billyjam, April 11, 2014 10:41am | Post a Comment
        
Chuck Inglish "Easily (featuring Ab-Soul & Mac Miller)"


Amoeba Music Hollywood Hip-Hop Top Five: Week Ending 04:11:14


1) Chuck Inglish Convertibles (Federal Prism)

2) Freddie Gibbs, Madlib Pinata (Madlib Invazion)

3) Quasimoto Planned Attack / Talkin' Shit [Picture Disc] (7") (Stones Throw)

4) YG My Krazy Life (Def Jam)

5) Kendrick Lamar  Good kid, m.A.A.d city (Aftermath)

Once again this week at Amoeba among the popular recent hip-hop releases is the Freddie Gibbs, Madlib collaboration Pinata that is in the number two slot on this week's new Amoeba chart from the Hollywood store. The album, that appears on Madlib's Madlib Invazion label,  continues to also sell well at both Bay Area Amoeba Music stores. No doubt the duo's recent, reportedly excellent Bay Area concert helped boost interest in the new album. Another Madlib related release on this week's chart is the Quasimoto 7" picture disc "Planned Attack" and "Talkin' Shit" on Stones Throw Records. Other new Amoeba Hip-Hop chart entries include YG's My Krazy Life on Def Jam, Kendrick Lamar's unstoppable Good kid, m.A.A.d city on Aftermath, and the number one album this week: the brand new Chuck Inglish album Convertibles on Federal Prism (note there will be a vinyl LP version dropping on April 29th).

Experience An Entire Musician's Career In One Weekend with Oakland's Women's Rock Camp

Posted by Billyjam, April 10, 2014 11:35am | Post a Comment

Bay Area Girls Rock Camp
- the wonderful Oakland-based music education non-profit whose sole mission is to empower girls (ages 8 to 18) via the power of music - is presenting the cool sounding, three day Women's Rock Camp for its older sisters (ages 19 +)  coming the first weekend of next month. May 2nd, 3rd, and 4th is when, through music education, creation, and performance, when women with absolutely "no musical experience" whatsoever necessary (but note "all skill levels welcome") can sink themselves into an intensive weekend long music (and life) learning project in which they will learn a musical instrument including the standard guitar, drums, bass and then on the evening of Sunday May 4th, day three get to perform with their newly formed bandmates/friends on stage at Oakland's New Parish club - all the while adhering to the excellent organization's mantra of "music, community, power."

Tuition for Women's Rock Camp (WRC), which will be held at the Malonga Casquelourd Center for the Arts at 1428 Alice St. in downtown Oakland and the nearby New Parish in the Uptown district, is on a sliding scale from $300 to $500. The camp will provide instruments for the entire weekend, so participants just have to show up ready to partake, learn, and have fun. They even provide all meals. All proceeds raised by the WRC weekend to directly to support the youth programs at Bay Area Girls Rock Camp (BAGRC) that allows girls from low-income families to attend their summer camp and after school programs. You may recall BATRC did a thing at Amoeba a couple of years back that was part of a fundraiser that culminated in a December 2011 concert when four all teenager member bands - part of BAGRC's Advanced Music Program - performed onstage one fun afternoon at Amoeba Berkeley. 

New York State of Mind Amoeblog #76: NYC Sports Events, After Midnight, Crooklyn, The Havana Film Festival New York, + more

Posted by Billyjam, April 9, 2014 11:29am | Post a Comment


Even if you are not a sports fan it is always fun to attend a baseball, football, or basketball game while in New York City where there is always some major sports event going on and visiting a sports center like Yankee Stadium is a memorable good time, even for non diehard sports fans. Tonight (April 9th) for example at Yankee Stadium, which is in the Bronx just across from upper Manhattan (Harlem), the New
York Yankees host the Baltimore Orioles. Game starts at 7:05pm. Tomorrow (April 10th) at the same location at 7pm the Yankees, who compete in Major League Baseball in the American League's East Division, will host the longtime rivals the Boston Red Sox in the first of three games (Thursday, Friday, Saturday). And since it is baseball likely these games will run for several hours - allowing time to wander the stadium and check out everything including the concession stands where you can buy home team hats and swag that double as NYC souvenirs, not to mention that, compared to football, tickets are far more affordable. Right now for example you can tickets for Saturday's 1pm Yankees/Red Sox game for about $40. Tickets here

Rest in Peace to Iconic 70's Photographer Leee Black Childers (Drag Queens, Rent Boys, Pick Pockets, Junkies, Rock Stars, & Punks)

Posted by Billyjam, April 7, 2014 08:15am | Post a Comment

Legendary New York underground photographer Leee Black Childers, whose iconic 1970's photos were captured in his 2012 published book Drag Queens, Rent Boys, Pick Pockets, Junkies, Rock Stars, and Punks, has died in LA. The folks from Lethal Amounts in Downtown LA had recently flown Childers out to Los Angeles for a showing of the photo exhibition of the book photos, that opened on March 22nd and is scheduled to run through April 19th, which Amoeba Music was one of the sponsors of.  In conjunction with that photo exhibit Amoeba Hollywood obtained two of signed Childers’ prints (one of David Bowie and another of Patti Smith) to have for sale in the LA store.

The Kentucky born Childers, who worked for Andy Warhol in both NY and London was among the earliest photographers to capture the burgeoning glam scene and the early NYC underground punk scene, was also at one time involved in the business management of both Johnny Thunders (New York Dolls) and David Bowie (he was the tour manager for the Ziggy Stardust tour). Childers' photography was featured in the cover art of Bowie's Diamond Dogs album and Thunders' Born Too Loose - among others. Childers' Factory era photos of Warhol, his countless pics of the Hotel Chelsea denizens including lots of drag queens, and his photos from the Stonewall era NYC had made made him  a milestone historic chronicler of both gay and rock cultures.

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