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A Little Patience: New folk-rock by Nagisa Ni Te and Karl Blau out now!

Posted by Kelly S. Osato, October 1, 2008 03:06pm | Post a Comment
Earlier this week while I was walking home from a night out with friends I was surprised by a stranger who randomly yelled out to me across an intersection, “How do you do this all the time?” I assumed by the question and the incredulous affectation that colored his shoAxel Rose and his Skateboardut that this fellow had to be the sort of out-of-towner used to strolling casually along level sidewalks, not straining to climb them. Living in San Francisco’s Chinatown for eleven years has provided me with plenty of street-side entertainment in the form of visitors struggling to get from point A to point B and these hapless pedestrians have become common fodder for egregious porchfront commentary among my friends and I, especially the drunk ones falling uphill. I offered the winded tourist no reply, but I began to sing to myself a song that hadn’t invaded my head space for some time, “all we need is just a little patience...

 

What W. Axel Rose and his Guns N’ Roses showed the world with their slowest, most patient song, "Patience," was a sensitive vulnerability, unrestrained by the tired power ballad format, that balanced out all the hollyweird, small-man anger their sleazier hits that flaunted to the top of the charts. "Patience" made it to number four in the US and I know for a fact that it continues to enjoy slurred and spirited karaoke renditions the world over, though, as a choice cut, it bodes ill for the novice due to its length and monotony (Kimberly Starling of The Karaoke Informer says it's one of the top 5 songs that tends to bomb: "It just eludes the average ear and when you get off key on this one it sounds to the ear like a turd in a punch bowl looks to the eye.") However, with "Patience" in mindYosuga by Nagisa Ni Te, I am reminded of two recent, overlooked releases that guild a gentle acoustic sound that is characteristically rock while also spiritually folk: Nagisa Ni Te’s Yosuga and Karl Blau’s Nature's Got A Way.

 

The Employee Interview Part XIX: John Garcia

Posted by Miss Ess, October 1, 2008 02:20pm | Post a Comment
John Garcia
Over 10 years employment, spread across all 3 stores!
New Product Buyer

Miss Ess: What is your pick for best release of 2008 so far?

 
John Garcia: Well, so far it is probably the rather weighty 4-CD box set on Rachel Unthank & The Wintersetthe Cleanfeed label that brought together multi-instrumentalist Anthony Braxton and guitarist Joe Morris together for the first time (Four Improvisations [Duo] 2007). Each disc is one solid uninterrupted hour of improvisation between these two masterful performers. They are both busy players that ironically have a keen sense of space, but they use that space very differently. Listening to them attempt to resolve those differences on the fly is big part of the fun of the album. The critic Whitney Balliett is credited with calling jazz "the sound of surprise." Under the best of circumstances, all great music has that quality somewhere.
 
Also, I am also still quite taken with the new album by the British folk group Rachel Unthank & The Winterset, Bairns. I wrote about it in the upcoming Music We Like (Fall 2008) and just as the Braxton/Morris album is complex and flitting, Unthank & Co. are relatively simple, slow-moving and austere. These qualities asoft machinere their strength, vocally and instrumentally.
 
Oh yeah, and that Soft Machine DVD, Alive In Paris 1970 is pretty remarkable visually, musically and historically. It documents a performance by the rare quintet version of the band recorded for a then-new half-hour French TV music series. They were the first band featured in the series. Their set was so popular that they aired a second show using the unused footage they shot for the first show. Most of the cameras are onstage and backstage, so some of the angles are unusually intimate and intense. It is only slightly marred by the occasional overdubbed cheers and applause that, apparently, were used to disguise some of the sound editing that needed to be done. At least they resisted using the "psychedelic" special effects that intrude on so much documentary and televised footage of the period.

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Steven Seagal is... HARD TO KILL !

Posted by phil blankenship, October 1, 2008 10:18am | Post a Comment

Phil Blankenship & Amoeba Music present

Saturday October 4


Steven Seagal is


Hard To Kill

1990, 96 min


director: Bruce Malmuth

starring: Steven Seagal, Kelly LeBrock & William Sadler


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



At Last: Antony and the Johnsons

Posted by Miss Ess, September 30, 2008 01:54pm | Post a Comment
I love the simplicity of this:


Finally, finally, after about 3 years of waiting, Antony and the Johnsons will be releasingantony hegarty an EP on Oct 7 entitled Another World. To celebrate the release, Antony is playing two US concerts, one in LA and one in Harlem, with full orchestration co-arranged by the brilliant Nico Muhly. Those dates are here. There will also be two dates in the UK. Antony's next full length, The Crying Light, will apparently be released on January 21, 2009.

If you somehow missed I Am A Bird Now, which won the Mercury Prize for Best Album of 2005, do yourself a favor and grab a copy. Or if you aren't in the mournful mood, you can check out Antony's flawless vocal contributions to Hercules and Love Affair's self titled album. This should get you up and dancing:


And if you wanna hear Antony singing "Knockin' On Heaven's Door," click here.

Grindhouse Film Festival Tribute To Linda Blair - TONIGHT !

Posted by phil blankenship, September 30, 2008 01:40pm | Post a Comment
The Grindhouse Film Festival returns to LA's New Beverly Cinema TONIGHT (Tuesday) with two more mindblowing films from the glory days of the grindhouses and drive-ins. For this special event we'll have an incredible Linda Blair double-feature from the 80's with rare 35mm prints of SAVAGE STREETS (1984) and CHAINED HEAT (1983). We expect to have a couple of special guests in attendance, and we'll also be celebrating the recent release of SAVAGE STREETS as a 2-disc special edition DVD by BCI Eclipse.


The event starts at 7:30pm, and admission for the two features plus a reel of rare exploitation trailers and our world-famous free raffle is still only $8.


For additional information and schedules for upcoming events, visit our MySpace page at
www.myspace.com/grindhouse.


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Tuesday • September 30th, 2008

NEW BEVERLY CINEMA
7165 Beverly Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(323) 938-4038
Admission: $8

7:30pm
SAVAGE STREETS (1984)
Directed by Danny Steinmann
Starring Linda Blair, John Vernon, Robert Dryer, Sal Landi, Johnny Venocur, Scott Mayer, Debra Blee and Linnea Quigley

10:00pm
CHAINED HEAT (1983)
Directed by Paul Nicholas
Starring Linda Blair, John Vernon, Sybil Danning, Tamara Dobson, Stella Stevens, Henry Silva, Edy Williams and Jennifer Ashley

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