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Neil Aspinall, R.I.P.

Posted by Miss Ess, March 25, 2008 05:39pm | Post a Comment
One of the central figures in The Beatles' lives and career died yesterday. 

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Neil Aspinall went to school with Paul McCartney and George Harrison and he remaineneil aspinall apple paul mccartney beatlesd a trusted confidante until the end.  Neil worked as a personal assistant and road manager to the Beatles throughout their rise to fame and became an indispensable member of their inner circle.  When the boys formed Apple in 1968, they made Neil Chief Executive.  I remember readneil aspinall brian epstein beatlesing somewhere that Neil had no idea what that meant or what precisely he was supposed to do, but in the halcyon days of the late 60s, it was anything goes and he managed to make it work as best he could, though Apple Corps is known to have leeched money from the get-go.

Nonetheless, Neil remained at Apple until last year.  He must have figured out the way to run the company successfully because he saw Apple through the breakup of the Beatles all the way to the lawsuits against Apple Computers and Steve Jobs.  He was behind the fantastic Beatles Anthology series, and contributed his own set of interviews to the documentaries, which was one of the few times he allowed himself to be seen on camera talking about his career.

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Laserdisc Blowout Ending Soon

Posted by Eric Brightwell, March 25, 2008 05:07pm | Post a Comment


Right now there's a raging Laserdisc blowout occurring on the mezzanine here at Amoeba Hollywood. The big, shiny discs with the high mass are blowing out at low, low prices.


Most kids today, when they see a laserdisc, assume that they're silver vinyl soundtracks but some of us remember the extinct format, especially if we're Japanese.


Laserdisc technology was developed in the late 1950s and demonstrated for the public in 1978. Laserdiscs were first sold in Atlanta, possibly because of its reputation as "The City Too Busy To Hate." The first title available was, ironically, Jaws, a low budget monster film about a shark with nothing to do but hate.


Over the next 12 years, dozens of titles were released on the format. Common complaints against Laserdiscs were the limited catalog and high prices ($89.99 for Honey I Blew Up the Kid). Also, you couldn't tape your stories on 'em and you had to flip them over just when the kid is growing into a giant! The most common rejoinder I've heard for the latter gripe is, "That's when I get up and get a beer!" There's a lot of "You too, I thought I was the only one" moments in the laserdisc section, which is one of the great things about the medium. Also, you can freeze frame and get a clear picture, maybe glimpsing some naughty bits on a cartoon character snuck in by a frustrated Disney animator.

Barbarasteele's Farewell Gig Tonight @ Cafe Du Nord

Posted by Miss Ess, March 25, 2008 02:36pm | Post a Comment
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Tonight's a special night for many of my nearest and dearest.

It's the farewell show for long-standing local band barbarasteele.

The band has had many different incarnations throughout its many years of existence, and tonight at Cafe Du Nord, all former and current members will perform in a climactic send-off for Nero Nava's barbarasteele. 

Nero has lovingly created The Barbarasteele Mixtape, including demos, premixes, live cuts and rare stuff, which will be offered to all attendees of tonight's show free with admission. 

It has been a year since key 'steele member Mike Jilali died, forcing a sudden but, due to the circumstances, inevitable end of the road for barbarasteele.  In addition to being the final night to hear barbarasteele songs performed, the show will function as a celebration of Mike's life.


Here's the official line up for tonight -- show starts at 9pm and costs $8:

Nero Nava and the Invitation to Love
Sexx
Ultraset

and performances by Jacqui Elliott & Marc Perry, Goliath and Relise

After tonight, Nero will continue with his new project The Invitation to Love, so keep your eyes peeled for future gigs.  Hope to see you there tonight. 

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out today 3/25...hercules & love affair...

Posted by Brad Schelden, March 25, 2008 01:11pm | Post a Comment

I have been really obsessed with Antony & the Johnsons since I moved to Los Angeles. I'm not really sure why. I did first listen to him when I initially moved to Los Angeles in 2001, so maybe I have him attached to Los Angeles in my mind. I was immediately in love with him. He was like a stretched out version of Marc Almond-- a bit more intense and not as flamboyant. I guess he had a different kind of flamboyance. He's also incredibly interesting and completely engaging. I wanted to know more about this man. My love for him grew after I eventually moved back to San Francisco. After recently finding myself living back in L.A. once again, I inevitably began listening to all his albums. I listened to them over and over again as I unpacked and rearranged my new apartment. I even broke out a live bootleg album that a friend of mine had made for me. I normally stay away from the live albums-- I would rather physically be there at a live show-- but I even became obsessed with this live album and soon had all his comments to the crowd memorized as if they were part of the album. So of course I was excited to find out that Antony would be featured on a new album coming out this year. Hercules & Love Affair just released their self titled album in the U.K. on DFA Records. You might have to wait a couple months for a domestic release, but in the meantime it is more than worth the import price for this amazing new debut album. You will find Antony on the vocals for four of the ten songs. He also sings some back up on an additional song.

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