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HG Lewis Grindhouse Fest January 22

Posted by phil blankenship, January 17, 2008 12:03pm | Post a Comment
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The Grindhouse Film Festival is presented by Brian Quinn and Eric Caidin at the New Beverly Cinema in Los Angeles and features the screening of rare 35mm prints of cult and exploitation films from the 1960s through the 1980s, many of which have not been publicly shown since the drive-ins and inner city grindhouse theaters faded away twenty years ago. For one low price attendees get two rare films, a reel of rare exploitation trailers, a free raffle, and very often appearances by the directors, cast and crew of the films being shown.

Tuesday • January 22nd, 2008

NEW BEVERLY CINEMA
7165 Beverly Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(323) 938-4038
Admission: $8.00


7:30pm THE WIZARD OF GORE (1970)
Directed by Herschell Gordon Lewis

10:00pm SCUM OF THE EARTH (1963)
Directed by Herschell Gordon Lewis

See Herschell Gordon Lewis' original GORE Classic in 35mm!
Plus, Biker Babes & Hellcats of the Road!

BAY AREA HIP-HOP TRIO 40LOVE BRING UNIQUE SOUND TO AMOEBA

Posted by Billyjam, January 17, 2008 10:34am | Post a Comment

Tomorrow, Friday, Jan 18th @ 6PM at Amoeba Music, San Francisco -- the promising new Bay Area hip-hop trio 40Love, who recently dropped their strong & well-rounded debut album Advantage, will be performing as part of Amoeba's Homegrown in-store series.

I recently caught up with emcee G-off from the group, who also works at Amoeba Music on Haight Street in addition to putting in time across town at the A&R department of San Francisco's OM Records, to ask help introduce the uninitiated to 40Love.
 
AMOEBLOG
: Can you give a brief history of your group for those who don't know?

G-OFF: 40Love is a hip hop group from San Francisco which features emcee/vocalist Haze, producer & emcee MIkos, and myself, an emcee, G-off. Our first album Advantage features Jern Eye of Lunar Heights, The Genie, plus Malik of Aquarius and HBO Def Jam Poetry. In early 2007 we were signed to a two year deal with DJ Qbert's manager and even had a track with DJ Qbert on the album. However, because we are 19 and new to the industry, they wanted us to hold back on the release of the album to a later date. This resulted in us opting out of our contract to follow the infamous Bay Area tradition of being completely independent artists.

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A Great American Next-Door Neighbor: Mr. Conservative, Goldwater on Goldwater (2006)

Posted by Charles Reece, January 16, 2008 02:57pm | Post a Comment
Now, I'm liberal, but to a degree
I want ev'rybody to be free
But if you think that I'll let Barry Goldwater
Move in next door and marry my daughter
You must think I'm crazy!
I wouldn't let him do it for all the farms in Cuba.
-- Bob Dylan, I Shall Be Free, No. 10
Back when I was living in Detroit, I had a philosopher friend who was as smart as they come, but as bugfuck crazy a right-winger as they come (well, the right-wing can get pretty goddamn insane, so maybe I exaggerate a bit for rhetorical effect, but he was a good deal nutty, regardless).  He was an atheist with a militant libertarian streak whose silver tongue could convince you of the rational basis for just about any right-wing position if you didn't have every 't' crossed and 'i' dotted in your own arguments.  Over drinks, we'd see who could one-up each other in our beliefs of how many freedoms a person should be permited.  I'll save our conclusions for the faint/pc of heart, but suffice it to say that his ideas for what should be socially permissible (at least, by law) might make the most ardent ACLU attorney blush.  On social issues, having his view in ascendancy in the political world would only make for what I would consider a much better society.  But, then again, he'd also proclaim his admiration for dipshits like Jesse Helms. 

To this day, I find it odd that such libertarians tend to side with right-wing extremists while holding civil views much more in line with my own.  I suppose it comes down to some radical belief in states' rights -- as if a state is any less bureaucratically unfair to its citizens than the federal government -- and seeing businesses as individuals possessing the same rights as, well, actual individuals.  That last belief tends to ignore the long history of businesses being prime real estate where those in power freely piss on the rights of those not in power.  The former tends to tie the more radicalized libertarians, at least, with certain egregious unreconstructed Southern apolegetics regarding the Civil War (as the recent brouhaha over Republican candidate, Ron Paul, demonstrates [1]).

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Plutonium Baby

Posted by phil blankenship, January 16, 2008 11:54am | Post a Comment
 



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TEENS MORE TECH SAVVY THAN ADULTS & OTHER ONLINE TRENDS

Posted by Billyjam, January 16, 2008 09:25am | Post a Comment

As reported recently by the ever insightful Pew Internet & American Life Project who are constantly doing studies and surveys on the online activity of all age, economic, and societal groups, an estimated 64% of those ages 12 to 17 have created some form of online content -- which is much more than adults have. For example, when it comes to creating a blog, only an estimated 8% of adults have created one while 28% of teens have created a blog. 

And as more and more individuals, especially younger ones, get wired in 2008, this figure will undoubtedly go up. And regarding the gender breakdown of this teen online activity, the Pew Project has determined that teenage girls are much more likely than boys to create blogs, post items online,  or to have joined a social  networking group like Facebook.

Speaking of Facebook the word "facebook" (as a verb) came in second place in 2007, behind the online gaming word "w00t" as examples of technology-based words that have been appearing quite often in Merriam-Webster's annual "word of the year" list (see Whitmore's Amoeblog from recently for more on this topic). "Blog" was the word of the year in 2004, while "google" (as in the verb to google) came in second place in 2006. 

And speaking of  "to google," in the Pew Internet Project's recent Digital Footprints report they have determined that people searching for information about themselves online (googling their own name) has increased dramatically over the past five years, from 22% to 47%. The same study also reports that 74% of those who google themselves have only checked their search results once or twice.

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