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AMERICAN LIFE: THE BAY TO NYC, EXHIBIT/BROADCAST ON SATURDAY

Posted by Billyjam, April 17, 2008 02:07pm | Post a Comment

As recently Amoeblogged about, the Upper East Side of New York City a has a new micro-powered radio station; one that originates from the Bay Area but is temporarily broadcasting for a three month engagement in NYC. The radio station (broadcast & streamed online) is the Bay Area's Neighborhood Public Radio (aka NPR), who feel that the real  NPR is failing at what they are supposed to be doing -- providing community radio for the American public.

Click here to read the Amoeblog interview with Neighborhood Public Radio's Lee Montgomery (pic below) and Jon Brumit, which talks about the current temporary radio station set up in storefront studios at 941 Madison Ave -- a space (formerly an upscale women's shoe shop) owned by the Whitney Museum who (after curators visited one of their SF installations last year) commissioned the Bay Area traveling broadcast audio arts collective and their current piece, "American Life," to be a part of the ongoing Whitney Biennial 2008.

Since running that blog I did a broadcast on NPR and am doing another one -- with a bunch of other       folks -- again this Saturday (4/19) from 2-6PM, which is 11AM to 3PM PST. So if you are not attending the big Record Store Day at one of the Amoeba branches, tune in online or better still, if you happen to be in NYC, stop by. Everyone's welcome to get on the mic and on the air.  This collaboration with NPR will be about fourth or fifth one I will have done, since myself and my (Hip Hop Slam) crew have been down with NPR since they formed four years ago.  We've done installments back in SF at spots such as ATA on Valencia and Southern Exposure Gallery in the Mission.  At that latter one we had an art exhibit too, while in the radio part we had scratch DJs on a line of turntables, plus I was mixing in sound samples and also -- off a scanner -- live police-radio signal broadcasts from SFPD's nearby Mission District station.

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out today...4/15...m83...

Posted by Brad Schelden, April 17, 2008 12:05pm | Post a Comment

I really enjoy when the big time artists have to battle it out on street date. It is like presidential elections or the Olympics. I just really love myself some serious competition. But I don't really like sports events... maybe I secretly do down deep somewhere and just let myself enjoy them every 2 years for the Olympics. Only a couple months to go until august and the summer Olympics will be here before we know it. Let's just hope China can become a little bit nicer by the time that rolls around. Every once in a while two big releases come out to compete against each other for sales, but it really seems that most days there is always an easily predicted winner. Of course, the top seller at Amoeba and the top seller around the country are rarely the same. Belle & Sebastian or Living Legends might be our number one record while Carrie Underwood and Clay Aiken take the lead across the nation. Last year Kanye and 50 Cent battled it out for the number one spot.  I was really hoping for a battle between Madonna and Mariah Carey this year. I tried to persuade Madonna's label to bump the release date up a couple weeks like they had for Gnarls Barkley -- that way Madonna could have battled Mariah for the number one spot somewhat handicapped, without as much time for promotions and advertising. But it didn't happen. We just get Mariah this week. It does sort of amaze me that she is still relevant and making hit singles. I thought she would have gone the way of artists like Taylor Dayne and Jody Watley at this point in music. They all had huge top singles and albums at one point but quickly fell off the charts. They may still put out albums and play the gay pride circuit but they just don't have that crazy staying power that Madonna and Mariah have. I also find it hard to believe that Mariah Carey has the most number one singles of any solo recording artist. Even if you are not a fan of these ladies you got to give them respect for surviving this long in the business and still putting out singles and albums that drive their fans crazy. Other than a new Mariah there is not a whole lot out this week, but I am excited I get to finally talk about my favorite album of the year. I have had a couple but this new album for sure takes over as the best of the year. The band is called M83. Please join me in loving them. They are fantastic.

Just in case you were wondering  what an "M83" is, it is an intermediate spiral galaxy approximately 15 million light years away, also known as the "southern pinwheel galaxy." But it also a fantastic band from France. Saturdays=Youth is the fifth album by M83. They put out an ambient album last year called Digital Shades Vol. 1, but I have yet to hear that one. The last real album was Before the Dawn Heals Us, which came out in 2005. Mute is the brilliant label that brings us these great albums. Like most electronicy "bands" there is one main person doing most of the work. M83 is basically Anthony Gonzalez. He parted ways with his past collaborator Nicolas Fromageau for this new album. The music is of course a shoegazing sort of sound, which seems to be all that I am listening to lately.

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Joe Dante & Roger Corman Thursday at the New Beverly !

Posted by phil blankenship, April 17, 2008 01:13am | Post a Comment
New Beverly Cinema:

On April 17, Mr. Dante's festival brings us two directed by Roger Corman, The Secret Invasion and The Tomb Of Ligeia!

Joe Dante will appear with Roger Corman on Thursday evening!!

Joe Dante's film notes on this double bill follow:

"April 16 + 17 The Secret Invasion and Tomb of Ligeia!
This scenic WWII epic, shot in Yugoslavia in 1964, is one of Roger Corman’s least-seen yet most
accomplished films, with essentially the same plot as The Dirty Dozen -- which wasn’t made until
three years later! Stewart Granger, Mickey Rooney, Edd Byrnes, Henry Silva and Raf Vallone are felons recruited for a mission to rescue an Italian general from behind enemy lines. Roger used this story idea in his first movie, Five Guns West. I haven’t seen this since it came out!

Tomb of Ligeia was the last of Corman’s popular series of Edgar Allan Poe adaptations, but unlike the others it has many beautiful English countryside exteriors and mostly departs from the stylized stage-bound unreality of its forebears. Robert Towne (Chinatown) wrote the script in a more romantic vein, thinking Richard Chamberlain would play the lead--but AIP intervened and sure enough, Vincent Price took over."

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Into The Wild - It's Not a Herzog Film

Posted by Miss Ess, April 16, 2008 04:54pm | Post a Comment
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I watched Into the Wild last night.  Sean Penn directed it.  It's beautifully filmed-- I could tell great pains were taken to capture each shot.  The film focuses on the true story of Chris McCandless, an upper into the wild emile hirschmiddle class kid who decides to "reject" society and live off the land in Alaska.

I thought it was interesting that the filmmaker chose to make McCandless something of a heroic character, through the overdramatic score and numerous reverent shots.  I just didn't see him that way, so it was kinda tough going through the two and a half hours.  Into the Wild just reeks of earnestness, and though I suppose there's nothing wrong with that in and of itself, I just didn't take to its subject.

For a more realistic and complex portrait of a human being living in "the wild," I much prefer Werner Herzog's Grizzly ManGrizzly Man is a documentary about Timothy Treadwelgrizzley man werner herzog timothy treadwelll, a dude who decides to go live in Alaska with grizzly bears, who he thinks of as his trustworthy friends.  It's completely bizarre and compelling.  It's famous in part because it was compiled and cut together by Herzog from footage Treadwell shot himself during his time in Alaska, footage that was left behind when he was eventually and inevitably killed by his "friends."  This footage is intercut with interviews with friends and family.  This film takes a hands-off approach to its subject.  Treadwell is presented in all his humanity and it is left to the viewer to decide if he is a complete nut or a just a well-meaning but ultimately foolish idealist.

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Gossip Girl - Yet Another Guilty Pleasure

Posted by Miss Ess, April 16, 2008 02:52pm | Post a Comment
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There's something about writing this blog that gets me to freely admit to all my trashiest pleasures.

I found a new one last week...it's Gossip Girl.  Geez, I know.  But it's so much fun to watch!  It's all scandal and drama, unfolding at an addictingly breathtaking pace.  In a refreshing move away from the oversaturation of shows about high schoolers in Southern California, Gossip Girl takes place on the Upper East Side of Manhattan.  It's about smart, bratty uniformed kids at a prep school and their sensational, overwrought lives.

This show is surprisingly good in all the ways that new "women-friendly" shows like Lipstick Jungle and Cashmere Mafia are not.  It's exceedingly well-cast, with pretty rich boys and perfect princess girls.  More importantly, the cast noticeably gels together instantly-- from the first episode they fit together and are believably friends, unlike the aforementioned Sex in the City ripoffs, which seem shallogossip girl leighton meesterw and awkward.  This show zips along, understanding its subjects effortlessly; a major portion of the show is the oh-so-2008 spread of gossip through cell phones.  Something scandalous happens and every character knows instantly -- it's already been texted to them, or they have checkgossip girl chace crawford nathan ed westwick chucked out the Gossip Girl blog, where the unnamed narrator of the show presides over regular posts about certain 'in' prep school kids' every move.  This all creates an accelerated feeling of excitement -- most soapy nighttime dramas slowly unfold their drama over weeks of overly fraught and extensive close-ups. This show smartly recognizes that the nature of technology has brought us to the point where if a school mate is buying a pregnancy test and anyone happens to see it, within 2 minutes everyone not only knows, but has a damning picture of the event taking place thanks gossip girl penn badgely to their handy cell phone.  Thus, the action on Gossip Girl is pleasingly quick, sort of instantly thrilling and constantly moving on.

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