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Misty Mountain Hop - Why I Love Black Mountain

Posted by Miss Ess, January 25, 2008 11:28am | Post a Comment
Just wanted to say that Black Mountain's new album In the Future is fantastic!  I love a real rock n roll band, especially these days, since so few exist anymore. 

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They have a heavy sound with tons of drums and lots of hot vocal vibrato.  Bands that have many different lead singers rule (i.e: The Beatles, The Band), and Black Mountain has the added bonus not-so-secretblack mountain amber webber weapon of Amber Webber and her super powerful voice.  The sheer confidence of her vocals remind me of none other than Grace Slick at times.  This gal won't bwayne's world wayne and garthack down and she knows how to wail! (Yeah, I just quoted Wayne's World, so sue me.)  I love how they trade off vocals during the songs.  It just adds to the overall intensity of the sound.  And it's intense, people, really.

The band is from Vancouver.  Don't we all just love Canadians? Well, I do anyway. Their first, self titled record really caught my ear a few years back-- catchy but loud as all hell crazy Zep-esque songs with  some kamikaze chops to boot!  It's truly a great record and I kept it in my cd player for months on end when it came out.  Hardly anyone puts out good effin' rock music, and these guys are tops as far black mountain steven mcbeanas those who are trying to keep it alive.  I think this new record cements that for me.

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January 25, 2008

Posted by phil blankenship, January 25, 2008 10:11am | Post a Comment

MARKETING FORMULA FOR RAMBO BOX OFFICE SUCCESS

Posted by Billyjam, January 25, 2008 06:00am | Post a Comment

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About a month ago when I first started seeing the poster (above) advertising the brand-new Sylvester Stallone Rambo movie, that opens in theaters today, my eyes were just drawn to its strong imagery.
I immediately thought to myself, Wow, what a really great poster, admiring its simple yet powerful, black-on-white stencil silhouette image of Rambo.

No clutter like most movie posters, just that burning image of our hero Rambo -- underneath the actor's last name spelled out in attention-grabbing bold red capital letters. Despite its basic retro simplicity, it was instantly memorable and for some reason seemed so subliminally familiar.

But how? Why?  Well, about a week ago I think I figured it out when I read an interview with Tim Palen from the marketing department at Lions Gate (fhe company banking on the film being a big hit). He stated as a matter-of-fact that the poster, which had been very shrewdly designed for the marketplace, was a carefully structured combo of familiar icons.

"We called it Che Guevara crossed with Jesus Christ by way of Andy Warhol,” he told the New York Times, adding about the Rambo character, that, “In a way, he’s all of those.” 

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WELCOME TO THE FOURTH WEEKEND OF 2008

Posted by Billyjam, January 25, 2008 05:04am | Post a Comment

We are only on day twenty-five and weekend number four of the new year and already Amoeba Music has kicked into full gear with quality in-store performances already underway. Last weekend talented local hip-hop outfit 40Love put on quite a show at the San Francisco Amoeba Music and last night Sia was scheduled to perform at the Hollywood store. And if you missed that show, don't worry -- Hollywood Amoeba has lots more lined up.

Tomorrow (Saturday) at the Hollywood Amoeba Music store Grace Potter & the Nocturnals are scheduled to perform a mid-afternoon show, starting at 3PM. Meanwhile on Sunday afternoon up in the Bay, Brooklyn's ever-pleasing, hook-laden, synth-driven, female trio Au Revoir Simone (see video above of the song "Fallen Snow" off their new album The Bird of Music) will play a 2PM show at the San Francisco Amoeba on Haight Street that I recommend you attend. 

And as always with Amoeba -- all of these cool-ass shows are FREE and ALL AGES. Such a deal! Oh yeah, it may be over three weeks away, but mark your calenders now for Feb 18th when legendary hometown group Flipper play the San Francisco Amoeba Music stage at 6PM.

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Elliott Smith by Autumn De Wilde

Posted by Miss Ess, January 24, 2008 02:14pm | Post a Comment

elliott smith autumn de wilde book photosOf course for Christmas I received the new Elliott Smith book by photographer Autumn DeWilde.  All I knew about this book previous to reading it was that it was a photo book of Elliott by Autumn, who photographed him for his Figure 8 cover and made the "Son of Sam" video. I knew it was gonna come with a CD of a Largo show.  But I really didn't have any expectations-- and now that I have read the book I'm so glad I didn't because turning each page brought a surprise.

Autumn included not only gorgeous photographs and theelliott smith figure 8 cover live CD, but also interviews with Elliott's friends.  His old friends.  The ones who truly knew him and cared for him.  Toward the end of his life, many of these friends either were left behind or had falling outs with Elliott.  As a fan, when I heard about this at the time I was wondering what the heck was going on, thinking things must have gotten really bad.  This book answers many questions.  It's not exploitative though, it's merely friends talking about a complicated person they love, in good times and in bad.

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There are many fantastic stories of Elliott in this book, many that even his biggest fans have not heard before.  The interviews were fascinating for me.  With each turn of a page, there was someone else I'd been waiting to hear from since his death.  The interviews cleared up some mysteries for me, like why he and Jon Brion had stopped talking in the years before his death, and what long time manager Margaret Mittleman was going through in dealing with a highly talented but also highly addicted client.

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