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Mariee Sioux Chats

Posted by Miss Ess, October 9, 2008 04:34pm | Post a Comment
Mariee Sioux's songs are some of the most intricate and evocative I have ever had the pleasure of hearing. Her lyrics are often stream of consciousness-like and flooded with images of nature and Native American symbolism, part of Mariee's heritage. She has a way of weaving together beautiful melodies with impressionistic words and creating incredible songs. I highly recommend Mariee's debut album, Faces in the Rocks, which came out last year on Grass Roots Records. You can hear some of the songs from the album and check out her tour dates here, and you can see images from Mariee's Amoeba instore from a while back right here. Read on for our chat about her middle school musical tastes and the French, among other things...

mariee sioux

Miss Ess: When did you start writing songs?

Mariee: When I was about 18 I wrote some songs with some friends in a little girl band we named "Gale Music"...then after that they just started flowin'. But I've always written things, whether it was journals, weird stories as a kid or even weirder poems as a kid. Then I went on this trip to Patagonia and brought my mom's guitar and just started writingjeff mangum some tunes down there.

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out today 10/7...antony & the johnsons...

Posted by Brad Schelden, October 9, 2008 12:15pm | Post a Comment
antony & the johnsons
So we have to wait until January of 2009 for the new full length album from Antony & The Johnsons. That did seem really far away a couple of months ago, but Halloween is quickly approaching, followed by that little holiday called Christmas, so all of a sudden January is almost here. That will mean that I have been back in Los Angeles for a year already! I can hardly believe it. I have been looking forward to a new album by Antony since the day after his last album, I Am A Bird Now, came out back in 2005. That seems like an awfully long time for us to wait, but I love his last album so much that I never really got sick of it. I have been listening to it more this year than I think I even did back in 2005. Antony is nice enough to give us a little sneak peak of the album by releasing a new EP this week. Another World is a nice little gift for his fans, but it really is too short. It seems to end just after it starts. I need more Antony! It is almost cruel just to give us only this. He also really sort of made it hard to make anything better than his last album. How can you compete with the brilliance of I Am A Bird Now? I don't really know what he could have done to make a better collection of songs. The Crying Light will come out on January 21st in 2009. I am hoping that he has kept some of hantony & the johnsons another worldis brilliant and magical new songs for this full length. I am sure he has. I do really like this EP but it just does not really compare to his albums...or maybe it is just too new for me right now. I have listened to it a bunch already and often just start it over once it stops. I might just need some more time for it to fully grow on me.

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MISSION ACCOMPLISHED FOR SF LOVEFEST 2008

Posted by Billyjam, October 8, 2008 10:47am | Post a Comment
     

"A free parade that celebrates music, love, diversity, tolerance, dance, and community is something... America needs now more than ever," stated the organizers of the big annual San Francisco LoveFest,  the annual electronic music festival which celebrated year four on Saturday. "We know that in a culture awash in conflict, materialism, superficial concerns and greed, an event of this kind can lift the spirits and the hopes of those who surrender to its power. The power of dance. The power of music. The power of community." That statement was made before Saturday's big fourth annual parade and party. And having attended both the LoveFest Parade and the mega party it morphed into after parking at Civic Center Plaza, I can confidently say that it was mission accomplished for the LoveFest. The event kicked off around 12:30PM as a colorful parade from 2nd Street down Market and ended up as an all day outdoor dance party awash in tens of thousands revelers grooving to all strains of throbbing electronic music.

Saturday's upbeat SF LoveFest 2008 came after a week of downbeat, depressing news headlines. So it was the perfect antidote to the reality of the gloomy world outside where the economy is in the toilet and the future doesn't look bright from any angle. For the approximately 100,000 dancing bodies that packed the Civic Center Plaza to move to the various music booming sound system floats lined up across the large city center plaza, the SF LoveFest truly offered up pure unadulterated escapism -- if only for the day. Of course, there were reminders of the presidential election, with Barack Obama images everywhere. But Obama -- hung round as an image of hope -- never distracted; rather, the images only seemed to reinforce the good vibes that hung in the air all day up until the party wound to a close at around 8PM. Check out the SF LoveFest website for more images and info, plus an amazing bird's eye view video looking down on Civic Center Plaza on Saturday afternoon.

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Horror Hits The New Beverly !

Posted by phil blankenship, October 8, 2008 10:31am | Post a Comment
New Beverly Cinema

Warn your friends !

October 15, 16 - The final night of the "Sitting In The Dark With Patton Oswalt" festival brings two horror classics to the big screen: Jacques Tourneur's Night of the Demon (1957) & F.W. Murnau's Faust (1926) !

October 18 - ALL NIGHT HORROR SHOW ! 100% Movie Mania! New Bev Fundraiser! 12 Hours Of Movies, Fun & ?? Featuring Dario Argento's rarely screened Creepers (the US theatrical cut of Phenomena!), The House on Sorority Row (25th Anniversary!), the award winning short In The Wall, Lucio Fulci's Zombie (the Italian gut muncher!), a TOP SECRET SURPRISE MOVIE, Teenage Mother (the live birth exploitation classic!), The Power (unjustly overlooked 80s aztec doll terror!), and the New Bev return of the ultimate crowd pleaser: RAW FORCE! Plus classic trailers & more! Schedule subject to change.

All films presented in glorious 35mm! All proceeds go towards New Bev upgrades & repairs! Tickets available NOW at the New Beverly box office or online (HERE) through PayPal.

October 19, 20 - A Hammer Films double bill of Taste of Fear (1961) & Terence Fisher's The Revenge of Frankenstein (1958)!

October 21 - Grindhouse Film Festival with Bigas Luna's 80s cult hit Anguish & Kent Bateman's The Headless Eyes!

October 22, 23 - Two by William Castle! There will be a special FRIGHT BREAK during the showing of Homicidal. Can you heart stand the challenge when the clock starts the COUNTDOWN! Followed by the Joan Crawford camp classic Strait-Jacket! WARNING! 'Strait-Jacket' vividly depicts ax murders!

October 25 - Midnight screening of the 80s fan favorite The Wraith! Special guests TBA!

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Little Armenia - Լիթլ Արմենիայում

Posted by Eric Brightwell, October 7, 2008 01:13pm | Post a Comment
Map of Little Armenia
Pendersleigh & Sons' Official Map of Little Armenia

In the Los Angeles Neighborhood poll, right behind Morningside Circle is Little Armenia. To vote in the Los Angeles County Community poll, go here.


Pendersleigh & Sons Cartography's Map of Hollywood
Pendersleigh & Sons' Official Map of Hollywood

When I first moved to Silver Lakefrom Chino I got a job in nearby Burbank. I drove through Glendale and noticed that the population of both cities was largely Armenian. The signs were written in that unique Armenian alphabet that kind of looks like broken bits of elbow macaroni glued to croquet hoops. I think that, at the time, I had only the vaguest notion of where Armenia was. (For the record, at Amoeba we file it in the Middle East, to the consternation of many since it's a Christian nation in South Eastern Europe).

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