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FINDING BEAUTY IN THE CONCRETE STRUCTURE OF FREEWAYS

Posted by Billyjam, March 28, 2008 10:11am | Post a Comment
       

While certainly not the same form of beauty as found in nature, there is undoubtedly something beautiful to behold in the shapes and forms of freeway and highway structures - especially elevated ones.  Aerial views of these intricate freeway interchanges, commonly found in major urban areas such as the MacArthur Maze in the East Bay, can often be as breathtaking (to some eyes) as some sights in nature, such as looking at a river meandering its way down a mountain side towards the sea.  Equally satisfying is the view looking up from below at these giant concrete creations.

I thought of this recently as I cycled the dirt track along the railway tracks under the elevated merging 580 and 880 freeways in a desolate (except for the overhead rumble of traffic and the occasional homeless encampment) part of Oakland and Emeryville - not far from where that oil tanker burst into flames and screwed up the freeway structure about a year ago.  From the relatively peaceful vantage point, directly below this network of connector ramps that merge the East Bay's major interstate freeways and highways, one can, without being bothered, take in the engineering beauty of the concrete roadways as they wind and meld together overhead.

    

       

       


       

Ch-Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes!

Posted by Gomez Comes Alive!, March 28, 2008 03:07am | Post a Comment
Tuesday night found some of us working after hours at Amoeba Hollywood for our latest change. I'm going to go through these changes quickly, so pay attention!

Most music DVD's  (Rock, Hip-Hop, Soul, Reggae, Country, Oldies & World) are now located where the posters and books used to be, behind the information desk. Jazz, Pop Vocal, Classical & Opera DVD’s remain in their sections.
Posters have moved where the World Music DVD's were once located
(along the stairs)

AND

to Aisle 7, which once housed Experimental music.

Experimental Music and 78's have moved into our Jazz Room.
 
Books and Magazines are now located behind the Country Music.
 
All cassettes are now located against the west side wall.

The move allows the DVD movie section to expand. Blu-Ray Movies are now along the west wall which once housed the Black and Latino Cinema.  There is an expanded clearance movie section and all other movie genres have expanded as well.

Downstairs, the Goth, Black Metal, Reggae and Electronica have a little more room the breathe. Whew!

Confused? I don't blame you. I'm a little myself.

This is the best solution I could think of:

You’ll just have to come in and check it out yourself. What better time than Friday, March 28th at 7 p.m., just in time to check out Tita Lima’s DJ set. Tita released an Amoeba Hollywood favorite, entitled 11:11, back in 2006. She comes from Brazilian Rock royalty (she is the daughter of Os Mutantes' bass player) and has performed with such prestigious Brazilian artists such as Bocato, João Donato, Luz de Caroline, Núcleo and Dori Caymmi.

My suggestion? Listen to Tita spin her favorites and check out the many changes we have made in our store for yourself.

Personally, I like it. The changes make sense for all us non-collector types.

Tobe Hooper's The Funhouse Saturday At The New Beverly !

Posted by phil blankenship, March 28, 2008 12:59am | Post a Comment

Amoeba Music and Phil Blankenship are proud to present some of our film favorites at Los Angeles’ last full-time revival movie theater. See movies the way they're meant to be seen - on the big screen and with an audience!


Saturday March 29

A RARE screening of the '80s horror classic!

Tobe Hooper's
The Funhouse

New Beverly Cinema
7165 W Beverly Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(323) 938-4038
Midnight, $7

www.newebeverlymidnights.com

 


April - Joe Dante Month!
Apr 5 Piranha
Apr 12 Gremlins 2
Apr 26 The Howling

May - New Beverly's 30th Anniversary!
May 3 Burnt Offerings
May 10 Smokey And The Bandit
May 24 Creature From Black Lake
May 31 Zardoz

Friday May 2 Special Premiere!
THE MULTINAUTS

From the creators of Dungeon Majesty, Telefantasy Studios presents The Multinauts, an all new adventure saga set in an intergalactic post nuke universe. www.dungeonmajesty.com


THE ORIGINAL RECORDED SONG, NEW CASSETTE TECHNIQUES

Posted by Billyjam, March 27, 2008 07:44am | Post a Comment

There is a really interesting article in the Arts section of this morning's (Thursday, March 27) New York Times about newly uncovered research that challenges the belief that Thomas Edison was the father of recorded sound. This new research claims that even before Edison had recorded his first sounds a French man named Édouard-Léon Scott de Martinville recorded a ten second sound bite of a female vocalist singing a French folk song (Au Clair de la Lune) back in 1860. However, it was not recorded onto a record but rather on a "phonautograph" or "phonautogram" (as seen in photo left) which was in turn recently made playable - by converting the written images on the paper into sound - by scientists at the Lawrence Berkeley National Library.  If you click on the NYTimes story, not only can you read about this amazing discovery in detail, but they also have an MP3 sound file of this historic 10-second 1860 recording.
                                                                                                                                                                                                 
When you stop and think about it, it is truly amazing how far we have come in the advancement of music recording and playback in the short time span (relatively in the history of mankind) since Thomas Edison (pictured right) first invented the phonograph in 1877 and unveiled it a year later to an amazed public.

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Gold Records

Posted by Mr. Chadwick, March 26, 2008 11:15pm | Post a Comment
















      Aaah, nothing says class like a little gold embossing.  Starting with a trio of the Chairman and
                                       ending with Mr. Q, here's a solid  gold cover gallery...





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