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THE STATE OF HEAVY METAL '09? "HEALTHIER THAN EVER" - STEVIL

Posted by Billyjam, June 22, 2009 07:22pm | Post a Comment
Five Popular Audio & Video Metal Releases  @ Amoeba Music SF
Nyktalgia Peisithanatos
1) Iron Maiden Flight 666 DVD

2) Metallica Death Magnetic CD/LP

3) Mastodon Crack The Skye CD/LP

4) Metal: A Headbangers Journey DVD

5) Nyktalgia Peisithanatos CD/LP

If, like me, you suspected that heavy metal music had been going through a bit of a renaissance in recent years and that the decades old genre born out of hard rock in the late 60's/early 70's seems more popular than ever these days, you would be correct, according to longtime metal fan and Amoeba employee Stevil. "The state of metal is healthier than ever. Plus it is more diversified than it has ever been," confirmed Stevil, who works at the San Francisco Amoeba Music, and who has been a dedicated metal fan since the early 80's -- a time when the genre, while popular with certain crossover bands, was generally not nearly as widely accepted as today. "It's cool and acceptable to like metal these days. That's good," said Stevil. He recalled the bygone era when he first got into the genre, when it had a certain "excitement and camaraderie" due to being a relatively smaller and more insular scene. "It was like a huge worldwide gang," reminisced Stevil, noting that, "Nowadays there's a lot of bands, a lot more bands, but with more and more fractured sub-genres" beyond the once standard classic, thrash, and black metal musical divisions which remain his personal favorite types of metal. "A lot of bands have come over from the hardcore punk scene, so there is a whole new fanbase to it, a wider fanbase than ever."

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John Joseph Houghtaling 1916 – 2009

Posted by Whitmore, June 22, 2009 11:39am | Post a Comment
Put in a quarter
Turn out the light
Magic Fingers
Makes you feel alright.
- Steve Goodman from “This Hotel Room”

Maybe it wasn’t quite up there with jet packs and flying cars as what the future might hold but in the 1960’s the vibrating Magic Fingers bed was a sign that the future was here. And it felt kind of weirdly good.
 
John Houghtaling, inventor of the vibrating Magic Fingers bed, died this past week in Fort Pierce, Fla., of a brain hemorrhage after a fall. He was 92.
 
Probably the first significant hotel room amenity after the TV was the Magic Fingers bed, and in its time it was a veritable goldmine. The vibration system offered fifteen minutes of mild massage to the weary traveler for only a quarter. At the height of their popularity 250,000 machines were in service across the United States. With the average revenue of just $2 a week per machine, they generated approximately $2 million a month.
 
In 1958 Houghtaling had been hired to design a combination mattress and box spring with a pre-installed vibrating mechanism. Neither the beds, nor the concept, sold well. But later as he worked in his New Jersey basement he devised a small motor that attached directly to the existing box springs.Magic Fingers relaxation service! The brilliance of the idea was not in the motor itself, but the idea to install this simple mechanism in hotel beds across the country for a newly mobile culture.
 
Magic Fingers have become a popular reference point in American culture, frequently appearing in movies and television like National Lampoons Vacation, Planes, Trains and Automobiles -- which features a can of beer exploding on a vibrating bed, and an episode of The X-Files where Agent Dana Scully is seen dropping quarters into a Magic Fingers in her hotel.

Six String Sisters

Posted by Mr. Chadwick, June 21, 2009 11:35pm | Post a Comment
marshall chapman take it on home lp covertomcats record labeltret fure terminal hold lp cover
ellen mcilwaine everybody needs it lp coverjanis ian restless eyes lp coverbe-bop deluxe sunburst finish lp cover
pretenders get close lp coverblue rose lp covercindy bullens desire wire lp cover
my music lp coverray y lupita cominito de la sierra lp covergeorge martin london by george record cover
mariachi mexico de pep villa vol. 4 lp coverbill grant & delia bell lp coverlupita y ray falcon records cover
two nice girls 2 nice girls lp coverrattlesnake annie lp coverjeffrey ready or not lp cover
liona boyd spanish fantasy lp coverbonnie raitt nick of time lp coverorquesta villa caribe boomerang caliente lp cover

New 12" Electronic Releases at Amoeba Hollywood - 06/26/09

Posted by Oliver / Matt / Jordan, June 21, 2009 08:10pm | Post a Comment


New Electro/Techno 12"s Coming this Weekend:

Miss Kitten & The Hacker 
PARTY IN MY HEAD 12" BIZZ7

Fresh out of the traps and hot on the heels of MISS KITTIN & THE HACKER's "1000 DREAMS" springs "PARTY IN MY HEAD" -- one of their best. Also contains remixes from MR PAULI (CLONE/VIEWLEXX), THIEVES LIKE US, and KIKO. Hi-NRG, 80s indie electro party stompers on one 12".

Peak 
DARKSUITE-SOULTOURIST REMIX 12" ORN008 

New limited ORNAMENTS from PEAK! Three cuts of quality, dub-influenced deep house & techno, including a remix from SOULTOURIST (DRUMPOET COMMUNITY) and YOUANDME. Vinyl release ONLY, and even though we don't know for sure, it's probably pressed on marble wax. You know how ORNAMENTS does it.

Fort Knox Five FOUNDATIONS EP 12" FKXP000

Fort Knox Five RADIO FREE DC RMX #4 12" FKX017 

Medusa Edits REFLECTION SERIES #3 12" ME003

Rephrase CHASE YOUR TAIL 12" REPHRASE001

Rephrase JELLY JAM REMIX EP 12" REPHRASE003

Sly Players ARTIST SERIES 8 12" GG16 

Assembly Line FALLING BACK EP 12" CCR007

Beatstalkers MODERN STALKING EP 12" FFM002

Bonaparte VS Markus Lange ANTI ANTI 12" FMO0905 

Depeche Mode ACAPELLA ALBUM LP DMACCLP

Dimlite QUIZ TEARS 7" AC7X7X0 

Heavy FeeSASQUATCH EP 12" PASA050 

Kenny Larkin SKETCHES EP-SHLOMI ABER 12" BAO018 

Modernaire FAITES VOS JEUX 12" ROXOUR005   

Sally Shapiro MIRACLE 12" PERMVAC037 

Various ALL NIGHT LONG EP 3 12" AUS0921  
 
 
 


Hello It's Me

Posted by Gomez Comes Alive!, June 21, 2009 01:49am | Post a Comment
Todd Rundgren - "Hello It's Me"


Nazz - "Hello It's Me"


The Isley Brothers - "Hello It's Me"


Mark King Of Level 42 With Toots Thieleman - "Hello It's Me"


John Legend - "Hello It's Me"


Groove Theory - "Hello It's Me"


The Cast From That 70's Show - "Hello It's Me"

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