Since this question has pitched tent and perpetually inhibited my thinking space, I’ve officially decided to get it out and put it down on paper for good. So, in the future I can reference it and decipher what’s going to be my entertainment for the night in a utilitarian, more expedient manner. Well, I’ve made my list and checked it twice. Here, in no particular order, are my top 5 foreign picks (for now).
Y tu Mamá También
Directed by Alfonso Cuaron
One amazing reason to love this film:
Directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet
This is one film I have to watch at least once every other month. One of the many reasons to love this film:
Directed by Giuseppe Tornatore
One reason to love this film:
Directed by Julie Taymor
New Electro/Techno 12"s Coming this Weekend:
FOLLOW ME REMIX 12"
The "criminally infectious" followup to "FIRE" is a mix of disco, electro, Italo funk and more and comes with remixes from THE JUAN MACLEAN, BOTTIN, and France's OUTRUNNERS. The original version from the fierce and funky 4 piece (who rocked it at SXSW) is also included.
VOLUME 2 (PIC DISC) 12"
Slick edits and remixes of "GET DOWN," "R U GONNA GO MY WAY," "MASSIVE BLACK HOLE," and "KISS." This exciting DJ duo can be described as SASHA meets COLDCUT meets SOULWAX. Basically, they rule. Great fusion of rock, electro, & crazy party music on a limited edition picture disc.
Herve BASEBALL BAT (FEAT MARINA) 12" CHEAP08X
Ruckus Roboticus HERE WE GO REMIX 12" GR003
Tal M. Klein DISCO VILLAINY 12" ALG028
Wild Cookie DRUGS EP 12" HOMEGROWN010
Pedro FEAR AND RESILIENCE RMX'S LP MELO025
The last few days in LA have been kind of gloomy – gloomy by LA standards anyway. I mean, it’s still no place for Ian Brady and Myra Hindley to stage a killing spree, but the clouds have been thick, grey and low, and wet, cool swirls of breeze pour through my window as I write this.
This is a good thing. This is a great thing! I did not move to LA for the weather. My idea of perfect weather is something akin to a cemetery scene in [insert gothic horror film here].
Recently, I found myself at yet another pool party where Industry types multi-tasked by schmoozing while sunbathing, enjoying tropical cocktails and posing atop Danish-designed chaise lounges as the desert sun baked their copper hides; the air perfumed with herbal ointments, oils and extractions, occasionally flavored with dissipating puffs of cigarette smoke – sex was in the air and everyone was hoping to be noticed by someone they were pretending not to notice – and all I could think was, “I wish it would rain.”
Inspired as I am by the titillating tenebrous of today, what follows is some of the music I save for a rainy day. These ditties are safely tucked in a specific playlist for whenever the Sun’s obscured and the scent of moisture’s all around.
Siouxsie & The Banshees – "Dazzle"
This song takes me back to the appropriately dark days of the 1980’s. I had just dropped out of high school my sophomore year and the world was a new and wonderful playground of drugs and whimsical fashion choices.
Vietnamese New Wave artists come from a variety of scenes including Italo-Disco, (English, French and Swedish) Synthpop and (German and Spanish) and Eurodisco. Beginning in the some time around the mid-to-late '80s, these bubbly, infectious tunes found an unexpected audience in the Vietnamese diaspora who disseminated these gems through the aforementioned mixtapes, parties and bootleg mix CDs which you can still find in Little Saigons around the globe.
We carry many of these artists at Amoeba. Most are found in the Freestyle section. However, a lot are found in, erm... Rock. So ask at info if you can't find something.