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FINALLY, A FILM ABOUT THE REAL PIONEERS OF GRUNGE: TAD

Posted by Billyjam, January 29, 2008 08:00am | Post a Comment

They may never have made as big a splash commercially as some of the other "grunge" (a genre they pioneered) acts out of the Great North West, but Tad (named after band leader & ex-butcher Tad Doyle), who formed in 1988, sure made their mark in other lasting ways.

They were banned by MTV, sued by Pepsi, dropped by their label and got into heavy drinking and drugging, not to mention heavy situations, it seemed, wherever they went-- including landing in legal trouble over the found picture of a couple that they utilized (without permission) as an album cover.

Now finally there is a film about the long-defunct band Tad.  Titled Busted Circuits and Ringing Ears and made by Ryan Short and Adam Pease for King of Hearts Productions, it's planned for release on DVD on February 19th. Check out the clip above and visit the film makers' MySpace for more info on this documentary which looks like it will be pretty damn good.

Exactly twenty years ago, in early '88, Tad was formed by singer/guitarist Tad Doyle and bassist Kurt Danielson who recruited both Gary Thorstensen as guitarist and Steve Wied (formerly of Skin Yard) as their drummer. That was the original lineup and the band signed to the then new label Sub Pop, who released their debut album God's Balls in early 1989. The album track "Wood Goblins" was released as a single and video but was reportedly banned by MTV over content (scroll down to see the video).

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LIFE OF BRIAN: THE IMMACULATE EDITION DVD

Posted by Billyjam, January 28, 2008 09:30am | Post a Comment
Thanks to reading the resourceful Movies/New Releases section of this Amoeba Music website, I learned ahead of time that there will be a special new edition DVD reissue of the classic Monty Python movie Life of Brian being released tomorrow, January 29th, titled Monty Python's Life of Brian - The Immaculate Edition.

This new DVD release of the hilarious Terry Jones directed 1979 Monty Python film starring John Cleese, Graham Chapman, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, and many others, is not the first time it has been released on VHS or DVD over the years, but this new 2 DVD reissue includes some extra bonus "immaculate" additions not seen before.

Life of Brian is so worth watching if you have never seen it before or watching again if you have already seen it. Life of Brian is the Monty Python crew at their comedic very best with a film budget to really stretch out their already hilarious TV sketches. Basically the plot outline is that "Brian," who is a lot like Jesus, is constantly getting confused with JC. Brian, who was born on the original Christmas and in the stable right next door to the Messiah, ends up spending most of his life being mistaken for the messiah. 

The movie is chock full of memorable (and oft imitated) parts. The two clips below include the movie's crucifixion, ending when all break into song (always look on the bright side of life) and the hilarious scene where Brian, the reluctant messiah, is being chased by his devoted mob up the hill, where he encounters the holy man in the hole who has sworn to silence for 18 years.

Tomorrow (Jan 29th) the new Monty Python's Life of Brian - The Immaculate Edition will be available at Amoeba Music in the DVD section. Ask if you have any difficulty finding it.

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MARKETING FORMULA FOR RAMBO BOX OFFICE SUCCESS

Posted by Billyjam, January 25, 2008 06:00am | Post a Comment

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About a month ago when I first started seeing the poster (above) advertising the brand-new Sylvester Stallone Rambo movie, that opens in theaters today, my eyes were just drawn to its strong imagery.
I immediately thought to myself, Wow, what a really great poster, admiring its simple yet powerful, black-on-white stencil silhouette image of Rambo.

No clutter like most movie posters, just that burning image of our hero Rambo -- underneath the actor's last name spelled out in attention-grabbing bold red capital letters. Despite its basic retro simplicity, it was instantly memorable and for some reason seemed so subliminally familiar.

But how? Why?  Well, about a week ago I think I figured it out when I read an interview with Tim Palen from the marketing department at Lions Gate (fhe company banking on the film being a big hit). He stated as a matter-of-fact that the poster, which had been very shrewdly designed for the marketplace, was a carefully structured combo of familiar icons.

"We called it Che Guevara crossed with Jesus Christ by way of Andy Warhol,” he told the New York Times, adding about the Rambo character, that, “In a way, he’s all of those.” 

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WELCOME TO THE FOURTH WEEKEND OF 2008

Posted by Billyjam, January 25, 2008 05:04am | Post a Comment

We are only on day twenty-five and weekend number four of the new year and already Amoeba Music has kicked into full gear with quality in-store performances already underway. Last weekend talented local hip-hop outfit 40Love put on quite a show at the San Francisco Amoeba Music and last night Sia was scheduled to perform at the Hollywood store. And if you missed that show, don't worry -- Hollywood Amoeba has lots more lined up.

Tomorrow (Saturday) at the Hollywood Amoeba Music store Grace Potter & the Nocturnals are scheduled to perform a mid-afternoon show, starting at 3PM. Meanwhile on Sunday afternoon up in the Bay, Brooklyn's ever-pleasing, hook-laden, synth-driven, female trio Au Revoir Simone (see video above of the song "Fallen Snow" off their new album The Bird of Music) will play a 2PM show at the San Francisco Amoeba on Haight Street that I recommend you attend. 

And as always with Amoeba -- all of these cool-ass shows are FREE and ALL AGES. Such a deal! Oh yeah, it may be over three weeks away, but mark your calenders now for Feb 18th when legendary hometown group Flipper play the San Francisco Amoeba Music stage at 6PM.

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LETTERMAN SHOW POSTING YOUTUBER MANGOFACE247

Posted by Billyjam, January 24, 2008 01:20pm | Post a Comment
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If you go on YouTube and do a search under the Late Show with David Letterman, odds are that within the first few results netted in your seach will be a clip of the Letterman show posted by active YouTube member MangoFace247. One of several YouTube members who religiously post Letterman clips, MangoFace247 has been a member since last July when he began posting clips with the Letterman show as his specialty. Since then he has posted over 220 clips, an average of one a day, selectively choosing Letterman monologue, interview, and live performance clips to post on YouTube, which he will usually do within hours or by the following day of the actual TV broadcast. 

But it was one particular Letterman posting that catapulted MangoFace247 to fame (in YouTube land)  when on September 28th, 2007 he uploaded the Paris HIlton interview where Letterman grilled the pouting heiress on her jail stint (which she clearly did not wish to discuss). This clip (below), which he had posted on YouTube even before CBS, created a buzz and ended up getting well over four million hits-- even more than the original broadcast itself. (Note that on average Letterman TV broadcasts get 3.6 million viewparis hilton on lettermaners nightly.)

It also made MangoFace247 an instant YouTube celebrity. His name was linked to Paris Hilton's and he was mentioned in gossip columns in papers like the New York Post. I recently caught up with the anonymous "Mango" (who likes to remain incognito but did say that he lives in LA and works in the music business, and also that he sells T-shirts online) via YouTube messages and email to interview him for the Amoeblog.

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