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Final October Favorites

Posted by Mr. Chadwick, October 31, 2007 10:00pm | Post a Comment


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APPY    ALL    HALLOWS    EVE


OK, so the day has finally arrived...All Hallows Eve...Devils Night...So my final three suggestions for listening pleasures this wicked evening are here as well...

First, I'll break ranks and suggest a compact disc.  Not just a compact disc but a compact disc single, CD5, whatever...In 1997, the visionaries @ K-Tel came up with the idea to release a novelty single for the Halloween season by none other than Chubby Checker...Maybe they had seen his half-time extravaganza with the Rockettes back in '88 and, that being pretty scary, they thought he could pull of the Halloween thing. The tracks- Doin' The Zombie, House of Horror, The Twist, & Screams From Beyond rival the Fat Boys collaboration on the scare-o-meter (of course none of these tracks come close to the Fat Boys collaboration that the Beach Boys did, or worse yet Mike Love's "Rock n Roll Again" LP where he helps butcher some older songs...check out "Walk Away Renee" by the Association, Midi/Yamaha DX7 frights from hell...anyhow I digress)

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Happy Halloween! Halloween Picks for Angelenos

Posted by Gomez Comes Alive!, October 31, 2007 12:20pm | Post a Comment
Nothing beats a Halloween party with your friends. But in case none of your friends are having one (or you have no friends), here's a few suggestions:

Cinespia Presents: The Shining at Hollywood Forever Cemetery

A special screening of The Shining on Halloween night at Hollywood Forever Cemetery.
Gates open at 5:30 pm, film begins at 7:00 pm. First come, first serve for a $10 cash donation. You’ll be sitting on the cold, damp grass of a cemetery, so bring a blanket -- no tall chairs. Bring a picnic!

Check out a preview of the Halloween feel good movie of a lifetime:

 

Very Be Careful @ La Cita in Downtown L.A.

L.A.'s best punk rock Vallenato and Cumbia group plays at La Cita. The VBC is always a good time. Wear a costume and destroy it on the dance floor!

La Cita
336 S. Hill St
Los Angeles, California 90013
Cost: $8


Low End Theory @ The Airliner
Featuring: Themselves (Anticon), Daedelus, Nobody, Daddy Kev & others.

Check out a rare appearance from Themselves, featuring Dos One & Jel, and the onslaught of great DJ's. But the best thing about this show is the cover charge! This is from their website:

Now, be forewarned: THIS IS A COSTUME PARTY. We'll be charging $5 with costume, $100 without (yes, that's ONE-HUNDRED DOLLARS without a costume). No exceptions. And when we say "costume" we mean head-to-toe. A mask with pair of jeans and T-shirt will not cut the mustard. So please, take some time and get yourself a REAL DEAL costume for the occasion. Full nudity also welcome.

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HALLOWEEN FOR DOGS

Posted by Billyjam, October 31, 2007 11:38am | Post a Comment

Just now I walked in off the street after seeing not one, but two different dogs decked out in eye-catching Halloween costumes. One little pug had bat wings and another had some kind of crazy, colorful wig that flowed in the wind and got caught in his tiny legs. It got me thinking about the whole phenomenon of dressing up one's pet for Halloween, which seems to be growing in popularity each year.

So, in keeping with both the Amoeba Dog Blog posting I did earlier, and also with the theme of today, Halloween, and this semi-controversial trend of dressing up dogs-in-costumes, I am posting some video footage and still-picture collages of dogs decked out in a wide variety of Halloween costumes; it is something that seems to get a really mixed reaction from folks, with opinions being generally divided into either the "Oh, how cute that little doggie looks!" or the  "That is so unkind, to subject an animal to this kind of thing!"  

Regardless, it is a very popular thing to do. In fact, there are even annual Halloween dog costume contests such as the one below from last year in Nevada held by Lucky Dog magazine. And while other pets, including cats (a couple of whom snuck into the collage above), are also dressed up in costumes for Halloween, it seems that dogs are the most obliging of all animals to go along with the program.  Anything to add on the topic? Do so in the COMMMENTS box. Thanks!


The collage below was titled by its maker "Why Dogs Hate Halloween"

AMOEBADOG BLOG III - SUKI, STELLA, & CUGAT

Posted by Billyjam, October 30, 2007 11:31pm | Post a Comment

This is the third installment of the AMOEBLOG featuring Amoeba Dogs (dogs in some way closely connected to Amoeba Music -- usually the pets and best friends of Amoeba Music employees in the Hollywood, Berkeley, or San Francisco stores.) The three fine canines featured in this AMOEBADOG blog are Cugat and Stella (that is Stella pictured left), both of whom are the best friends of Oliver (Amoeba Music floor manager and electronic music buyer) and also Suki, who is the pet and best friend of Brandi Shearer, the Amoeba Music recording artist who recently released the album Close To Dark and who, you will recall from the last Amoeba Dog Blog Part II, knitted a doggie sweater for Amoeba Dog Melina.

I asked both Brandi and Oliver to talk a little about their respective pooches: the basics, such as what breed, age or weight the dogs might be and also how they originally got their canines (something that is often really interesting, I find). I also asked them both what their dogs really mean to them and if they have any significant impact on their lives.


CUGAT & STELLA

Oliver shared with the AMOEBLOG that Cugat (pictured right) should never be judged by his diminutive scale, warning, "Cugat at four years old may only weigh in at a mere 3.2 pounds, but [he] can scare you off just as much as any Pitbull.

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the untamed touch of unbounded evil

Posted by Whitmore, October 30, 2007 08:11pm | Post a Comment

I can state with ease, and it is a well established fact, I am something of a record geek. I prefer the term ‘record collector’ or even ‘music buff,’ but I can live with the ‘geek’ moniker.  Now I also know as a matter of fact, my wife wishes wholeheartedly I wasn’t such a collector/geek. See, there’s a particular and peculiar trait in people like me, and it’s called “the completist syndrome.” The definition: “somebody who collects a particular kind of thing and wants to obtain an example of everything available, even of inferior items.” I can’t just buy a CD of one of my favorite artists and be content, I feel compelled to collect everything in their discography … everything.

Let’s say I’m a Paula Abdul fan. I would have to collect, not just all her full length CD’s and Albums, but I would find it compulsory to track down every single variant of "Straight Up" or "Opposites Attract" in its many forms: 7” singles, CD singles, 12 inch singles, remix here, remix there…

side note: I ‘m not a Paula Abdul fan at all. In fact I can easily state, again as fact, I think she erred in not fulfilling her destiny as a Lakers Cheerleader. In fact, I believe her going into the music industry caused some kind of “butterfly effect,”  which might explain the personality of our chaotic American lives since the eighties. And to think, I always blamed everything on Ronald Wilson Reagan, (here’s one reason, just add up the letters, he’s President 666. Coincidence? There are no coincidences! Know what I mean ...)

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