Free Screening of John Waters' "Hairspray" At San Francisco's McCoppin Plaza

Posted by Billyjam, September 30, 2015 05:04pm | Post a Comment

Tomorrow, Thursday October 1st at 8pm, the folks at SF Indie Fest are hosting a free screening of John Waters' classic Hairspray at San Francisco's  McCoppin Plaza (located at Valencia and McCoppin streets). The 1988 romantic musical comedy's story line is accurately summarized by the Amoeba website as, "with huge hair, a big grin, and all the right moves, Tracy Turnblad (Ricki Lake) becomes the queen of Baltimore's number one TV dance party." The movie that stars such other actors or musicians turned actors as Sonny Bono, Debbie Harry, Jerry Stiller, Ruth Brown, Ric Ocasek, and Pia Zadora is available from Amoeba in BluRay and DVD formats, and you can also find the recommended various artists Hairspray soundtrack that features such artists as The Flares, The Ikettes, and The Ray Bryant Combo who do that killer dance track "The Madison Time" (as heard in movie trailer below). 
Renaissance man Waters, whose memorable 2007 Amoeba Hollywood interview can be seen here, earned the tag "the Sultan of Sleaze" for his earlier, far edgier films like Female Trouble and Pink Flamingos (both starring Divine who stars in a total of six Waters films including Hairspray), found mainstream acceptance with his bigger budget 1988 film. Further the movie that introduced to the world to future talk show star Ricki Lake, was turned into the long running Broadway musical Hairspray that in turn was adapted into a second Hairspray film - the 2007 film Hairspray starring John Travolta, Michelle Pfeiffer, Christopher Walken and others. Note that the songs from the Broadway musical written by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman, that are featured in the 2007 film along with some newer ones by same composers, are featured on the 2007 Hairspray film soundtrack -and are totally different from the 1988 Hairspray movie soundtrack. With food trucks set up the free San Francisco, October 1st screening is at 8pm but people are advised to arrive at least a half hour earlier. More info here.

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Trailer for "Northern Soul" Movie That Opens in US This Week + Soundtrack

Posted by Billyjam, September 28, 2015 09:24pm | Post a Comment

Billed as the story of a youth culture that changed a generation and influenced songwriters, producers, DJs, and designers for decades to come, the new film Northern Soul, made by photographer/director Elaine Constantine and starring Steve Coogan and Lisa Stansfield, will be opening in select US theaters this Friday (October 2nd), including at Los Feliz 13 in Los Angeles,  the Elmwood in Berkeley, Sundance Cinemas in Seattle, and the Empire 25 in New York City. The film's highly recommended 27 track soundtrack features artists such as Edwin Starr, Don Thomas, and The Tomangoes, and is already available for download through Amoeba at this link.

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The Simpsons Parody of Beatles Album Covers Continues Animated Sitcom's Recurring References To The Fab Four

Posted by Billyjam, September 28, 2015 08:29pm | Post a Comment

In continuation of the long-running animation show's sporadic but recurring references to The Beatles, the opening sequence of last night's (27th) season premiere of The Simpsons, in which Homer and Marge have a trial separation, the creators of the animated Fox TV show featured a series of five Beatles album cover parodies. Those mock album covers (see above and below) included Meet The Simpsons (Meet The Beatles), A Hard D'oh's Night (A Hard Day's Night), Rubber Pants (Rubber Soul), Flabby Road (Abbey Road), and The Yellow Album (Sgt. Peppers), with the latter being an actual Simpsons album cover. The long awaited follow-up to 1990's The Simpsons Sing The Blues, 1998's The Yellow Album on Geffen was the second official album by the cartoon TV show characters. Its title was a play on both Yellow Submarine and the Beatles' self titled 1968 double LP known commonly as The White Album, while its cover was an homage to the frequently parodied 1967 Beatles album Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, which has been copied/parodied dozens upon dozens of times over the years.

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Hip-Hop Rap-Up: New Releases, Bay Area Vibez, Del in Denver, Psalm One, Goodword + Tahaj the First, Stretch & Bobbito + more

Posted by Billyjam, September 26, 2015 11:46am | Post a Comment

New and recent hip-hop album releases to arrive in Amoeba Music's three retail outlets and on the online Amoeba store include Mac Miller's GO:OD A.M. on Warner Brothers, Glasses Malone's GH2: Life Ain't Nuthin' But...  on Blu Division Music, Michigan rapper/filmmaker Prozak's We All Fall Down on the Tech N9ne co-founded Strange Music Inc. record label, and Young Dro's The Reality Show on E1 Music - the first album in two long hip-hop years from the Atlanta artist who released High Times back in October of 2013. Other recent releases include Scarface's Deeply Rooted on BMG from the Geto Boys star, and the popular new joint from Motor City hip-hop favorite son Guilty Simpson, whose latest full-length Detroit Son is released via Peanut Butter Wolf's Stones Throw Records in both CD and vinyl formats as well as a download version of the recommended new 17 track release. Meanwhile, soon-to-drop upcoming releases will include Rhymesayers artist/Chicago femcee Psalm One (aka Hologram Kizzie) whose been on the road recently, including at Riot Fest 2015 in her hometown (see video below) and at Hiero Day earlier this month in Oakland, as pre-promotion for her soon-to-drop P.O.L.Y. album.

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DJ Qbert Interview on Maker Faire NY, new Invisibl Skratch Piklz LP with Shortkut & D-Styles + new Mix Master Mike collaboration

Posted by Billyjam, September 26, 2015 08:44am | Post a Comment

Late yesterday afternoon, within an hour of landing at JFK following a long flight in from Japan where he was at the big Red Bull World DJ Championship week-long event, DJ Qbert showed no signs of jet-lag but was in surprisingly good form as he pulled his compact suitcase across the grass grounds of the New York Hall of Science in Queens where this weekend the World Maker Faire NY 2015 takes place. The hard working, pioneering turntablist who has been the leading ambassador of skratch music for the past two decades, has had one of his busiest years to date. Still satisfying fans' demand to hear and see him perform tracks live from his acclaimed new album Extraterrestria (and its spinoff GalaXXXian), the San Francisco DJ born Richard Quitevis has been on a seemingly non-stop globetrotting trek of concerts and showcase performances. Now, back on US soil this weekend along with his fellow Thud Rumble crew of forward thinking tech gear designers (Yogafrog, Hard Rich, Charles Angeles Jr.), he is at the big Maker Faire NY.

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