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MY INDIE-ROCK GUITAR HERO BLOG

Posted by Amoebite, October 29, 2008 11:40am | Post a Comment
by Daniel Tures
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Guitar Hero!

The expression conjures denim-y visions of long-haired axe '70s victims on stadium stages, tossing their ringlets while shooting out silvery torrents of liquid metal... Jimmy Page, Eddie Van Halen, Randy Rhoads, Ritchie Blackmore, Ted Nugent, Peter Frampton for God's sake... whammy bars whamming, wah-wahs wawwing, while the smokepots explode, the amps overload, the groupies squeal and the wastoids drool... THE GUITAR HERO. A mythical metal man with a Strat, stealing from the rich and shredding to the poor!

The great hard rock and heavy metal guitarists have been well-documented and complimented to death.  BUT DID YOU KNOW... there's another kind of guitar hero out there? Just as heroic, but more flannely?  More of a van- riding kind of hero, modestly sqwawking his stuff on the beer-soaked stages of the alternative landscape?  Not your ordinary guitar hero, I'm talking about.. the INDIE ROCK GUITAR HERO.

Yes, it's true, there are indie rock guitar heroes too! Dare I say it! We self-loathing, mumbling indie types have our own low-budget version of the big-rig metal demigod, and to my mind some of them are just as wanktastic and wailing as the big guys, and deserve a little blogspace. Now, once we get into this, there are gonna be opinions and opinions. I myself greg ginnam more of a fan than an expert, and I certainly suck at guitar, so I hereby humbly present to you my own biased and incomplete and endlessly revisable list of
indie rock guitar heroes.  Dispute these choices and add your own!

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Alien Nation 20th Anniversary!

Posted by phil blankenship, October 29, 2008 10:59am | Post a Comment

Amoeba Music and Phil Blankenship are proud to present some of our film favorites at Los Angeles’ last full-time revival movie theater. See movies the way they're meant to be seen - on the big screen and with an audience!

 



Saturday November 1


Alien Nation

1988, 91 min

director: Graham Baker

starring: James Caan, Mandy Patinkin & Terence Stamp


New Beverly Cinema
7165 W Beverly Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90036
Midnight, $7




November
November 8 The Stepfather
(Daddy's Home and He's Not Very Happy!)
November 15 Title TBA
November 22 Waxwork
(20 Anniversary! More fun than a barrel of mummies!)
November 29 Berry Gordy's The Last Dragon
(Now, when I say, "Who's da mastah?" you say, "Sho'nuff!")

 

December
December 6 Title TBA
December 20 Title TBA
December 27 New Year's Evil

PARIS UNLEASHES NEW ALBUM ACID REFLEX & TALKS TO AMOEBLOG

Posted by Billyjam, October 29, 2008 08:00am | Post a Comment
paris acid reflex
Yesterday (Oct 28th), with exactly one week to go before the most crucial presidential election in recent American history and at a time when the nation is in its worst economic state in many long decades, emcee Paris' new album Acid Reflex (Guerrilla Funk - Fontana - Universal) arrived in Amoeba Music and other stores across this troubled nation.

For the ever-politically outspoken Bay Area hip-hop artist, whose two-decade long career has been a series of confrontations with the establishment, the timing seems perfect to unleash this lyrically charged new album, the latest in a series of incendiary releases that include the post 9/11 Sonic Jihad and the 1992 album Sleeping With The Enemy, featuring the highly controversial song "Bush Killa" which resulted in him getting him booted off the Warner Brothers distributed Tommy Boy Records at the time.

The new Paris album, Acid Reflex, which tackles just about every issue and problem facing America today, is not only (in my opinion) the best, most lyrically engaging album of this year, but it is also one that parisharks back to a forgotten time in hip-hop when the genre was rich with high-profile artists who used the medium as a platform for social and political debate. I recently sat down with Paris to talk about the state of hip-hop today & his history as an artist, his label Guerrilla Funk, the economy, next week's election, and other issues addressed in the new album Acid Reflex, including the current trend in America of scapegoating immigrants.  Here's what he had to say.

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Milk Premieres -- My Red Carpet Moment with Sean Penn, James Franco, and Others

Posted by Miss Ess, October 28, 2008 08:53pm | Post a Comment
This is so Perez-y, I know, but it was exciting for me that a red carpet premiere -- of Milk, no less -- was going on tonight a few blocks from my humble home!

castro theater at milk premiere

Being a pop culture junkie, I was not gonna miss this. Castro Street was blocked between 18th and Market, and there was indeed an actual red carpet rolled out in front of the Castro Tharvey milkheater for the stars to walk. There were bunches of No on 8 supporters as well, shouting from behind the blockade, erupting each time an actor emerged from the motorcade. Milk stars Sean Penn, Josh Brolin, Diego Luna, Emile Hirsch, and James Franco, and they were all out in full force, and thisclose to me! The movie is a biopic of the beloved Harvey Milk, and many of his friends and supporters from back in the day were out on the red carpet as well, including my old landlord (!), Carol Ruth Silver, who was on the SF Board of Supervisors during Harvey Milk's time and was apparently also targeted by Dan White. She is even portrayed in the movie! This is all news to me! The most surreal moment was definitely seeing Carol Ruth, rail thin and in one of her ever-present hats, arm in arm with Diego Luna and Emile Hirsch, being photographed by the paparazzi. Also on the carpet were the gorgeous Diane Lane, Robin Wright Penn, T.R. Knigsean penn as harvey milkht and his nearly underaged boyfriend, and, of course, Gavin Newsom. I also spotted Phil Bronstein, former Chronicle editor, former husband of Sharon Stone, and one-time victim of a grisly Komodo Dragon attack.

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October 28, 2008

Posted by phil blankenship, October 28, 2008 06:54pm | Post a Comment
The Express movie ticket stub Mann Beverly Center
Mann Beverly Center marquee featuring The Express
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