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INSPIRED SATIRE SIMULTANEOUSLY POKES FUN AT JOBS AND BUSH

Posted by Billyjam, August 26, 2007 12:47am | Post a Comment
Check out this really funny (but sadly true) Mad TV skit about the US foreign policy and the ongoing war. in it, Michael McDonald plays Apple founder Steve Jobs and introduces Apple's latest program -- the iRack! Take a few minutes and watch this brilliant satire that simultaneously pokes fun at Jobs and the Bush administration -- but mainly the latter.

Finally, A Real How-To Book for Bands: Tour Smart

Posted by Billyjam, August 25, 2007 10:31am | Post a Comment
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In his recommended new book Tour Smart and Break the Band, about the real deal of touring as a band or artist, longtime drummer Martin Atkins (PiL, Killing Joke, Ministry, Pigface, etc.) tells it like it is to be on the road in a rock band, or in any band for that matter.  These days the busy author runs a record label, invents new types of drums, books bands, and teaches a univeristy course in Chicago at Columbia College about the business of the arts! The 592-page book (which is in stores Sept. 1st but available online now) exhaustively explores every aspect of touring. The highly informative and entertaining how-to book is written and edited by Atkins, who invited about a hundred music biz experts (from bus drivers to bass players) to voice their tales and experiences of life on the road for touring artists. Topics include making contracts, sketching itineries, pros and cons of drug use on the road, the importance of merchandise, sound checks, and dealing with everything from club sound checks to handling radio interviews and driving a tour bus 330 miles in unfamiliar conditions at 4AM after just leaving a gig. Atkins' guest contributors include Henry Rollins, Steve Albini, and Kevin Lyman of the Vans Warped Tour. Lee Frasers of Sheep on Drugs describes the difficulty of being on stage tripping on acid and playing his guitar, which felt to him like it was made of sponge rubber, and trying to somehow keep in the (onstage) moment.

I recently caught up with author Martin Atkins via email, to ask him about the book and also the exhibit  entitled The Religion of Marketing that he just wound up in New York City at Fuse Gallery on 2nd Avenue. It featured items that are included in the illustration-heavy Tour Smart.
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AMOEBLOG: What exactly was at your recent exhibit in New York that tied in with the new book?

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muppets...season 2

Posted by Brad Schelden, August 24, 2007 09:23am | Post a Comment
I don't know if I have really explained how much I love the great late Mr. Jim Henson. I know I just talked about him and his great films Labyrinth and Dark Crystal. But there was also this amazing little show called "The Muppet Show." I don't really know where I would be without this show. I did watch a lot of Sesame Street. But it was the night time show "The Muppet Show" that really made me who I am today. It was one of those great shows that appealed to kids as well as their parents. So it wasn't like my parents had to make me watch the show. And they also never minded watching it along with me and my brother. It was hilarious and brilliant. Nothing really like it. And although some of the jokes may not be as relevant today, they are still hilarious. Season 1 of the Muppet show came out in August about 2 years ago. But this month, we get Season 2 of this great show.

The Muppet show was on the air from 1976 to 1981. It lasted 5 seasons. But it didn't get canceled or fade into obscurity. Jim Henson simply needed more time to devote to his feature films like Dark Crystal and Labyrinth. And his amazing trilogy of Muppet movies. The Muppet Movie (1979), The Great Muppet Caper (1981), and The Muppets Take Manhattan (1984). These were followed by more similar Muppet movies. But these early movies were the best. These movies only made me more obsessed with the muppets.

Each episode of the Muppet Show featured a guest star. And there was never the same guest on all 5 seasons. Season 1 featured Phyllis Diller, Paul Williams, Rita Moreno, Sandy Duncan, Ben Vereen, Jim Nabors, Florence Henderson, Joel Grey, Twiggy, and in one of my favorite episodes, Vincent Price. The list of season 2 guests is just as great. And the first episode features the amazing Don Knotts! Also featured in season 2 is Milton Berle, Judy Collins, Steve Martin, George Burns, Dom Deluise, Bernadette Peters, Elton John, Lou Rawls, Peter Sellers, Petula Clark, Bob Hope, John Cleese, and Cloris Leachman.

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Vanishing Point at the New Beverly Saturday Midnight !

Posted by phil blankenship, August 24, 2007 12:20am | Post a Comment
Amoeba Music & Phil Blankenship are proud to present the QUINTESSENTIAL counterculture car film:

Saturday August 25

Vanishing Point (1971)

From this week's issue of The Onion:
The barriers between exploitation and art began to erode in the late '60s and early '70s in the wake of the European New Wave's skillful appropriation of B-movie elements. In the U.S., that influence was reflected in films like Richard Sarafian's bizarre 1971 chase picture Vanishing Point, which stars Barry Newman as "the last free man on Earth" and "one of the last great drivers." When Newman offers to drive a new white Dodge Challenger from Denver to San Francisco in less than 15 hours, blind local DJ Cleavon Little makes him a counterculture hero as he reports on how Newman dodges the cops and hooks up with "the gentle people" along the way.

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

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Bert Jansch, Coming Soon To Your Town!

Posted by Miss Ess, August 23, 2007 07:53pm | Post a Comment
As if you needed an excuse to visit that loveliest of all the lovely San Francisco venues, the Swedish American Hall, this coming Sunday it will be filled with the music of Bert Jansch.

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Yes, that's right, Bert Jansch, oh -he- of- that- difficult- to- pronounce -last- name (last time I checked it was Yan-sh) will be making a rare-ish appearance here in our fair city.

bert jansch

Bert's one of those lucky people who came up in the U.K. in the late 50s/early 60s, so by the time he was a young man, he was in Swinging London's folk clubs impressing many a drunken lout.

My favorite records of his came out in the mid-to-late 60s:

Jack Orion
(1966)     bert jansch jack onion


and
Birthday
Blues
(1968)  birthday blues bert jansch




If you like your folk music straight up with just a slight twist of mournfulness, Bert's a guy fordevendra banhart noah georgeson you.  His voice is so rich and warm.  It doesn't sound like anyone else's ever.  He's had somewhat of a comeback lately, with a great record released last year called Black Swan, produced by Noah Georgeson and with requisite omnipresent guest Devendra Banhart, among others.  From what I hear about his live shows, he's still got chops for miles.  Unfortunately, I can't make the show Sunday, so some of you will have to go for me and report back....Please?
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