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Surf's Up

Posted by Miss Ess, January 30, 2008 08:48pm | Post a Comment

This clip fairly wraps up my mood this week.
 


Agh. Brian Wilson kills me. Absolutely kills me.  I'll just be in my sand box over here.

Gene Clark - A Tragedy In Two Parts: Part One - No Other

Posted by Miss Ess, January 30, 2008 08:14pm | Post a Comment

Once, on the long long long orange lit drive home from L.A., crap-o car stereo blaring, my better half asked me almost incredulously, "Why is this album pretty much the best album ever made?!" 

Why indeed? Sometimes writing about music is a real drag. Gene Clark's No Other truly is one of the most lasting and perfect albums I've ever heard.
 

gene clark no other

On a tip from a coworker (I am almost certain it was Shayde), I bought No Other around four years ago. I liked Gene's previous album White Light, so I was ready to hear more. I popped in No Other and liked it immediately, but ultimately it was over time that this album became more and more haunting. Like, Igene clark couldn't get it out of my head ... like, for years. Seriously, waking in the night with just this one little moment of "From a Silver Phial" tinkering through my mind.

I read the liner notes earlier today from the cd reissue and someone describes Gene's sound as achieving the "Cosmic American Music" feeling Gram Parsons had once sought. I guess that's a fairly apt way to describe a fairly indescribable album.

Usually heavy prodgene clark liveuction freaks me out. No Other was released in 1974, when it was all production -city all the time, unless you were Carly Simon or something, but let's not go there. The production work on this album is so layered, dense and, actually, perfect. There's wah wah guitar, backup singers, crazy piano licks. The best of L.A.'s session musicians were hired to play at the recording and they play the hell out of these songs, adding gravity to what was already great. The other thing that makes this album killer is that there is a theme and a thread that works its way through each of the songs and connects them, so as you listen closely to the album over and over again, it all becomes more and more clear and transporting.

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M/R/X & Wolfpack this Sat. Feb 2nd

Posted by Mr. Chadwick, January 30, 2008 06:51pm | Post a Comment


DEATHROCK.GOTH.HORROR.PUNK
IN THE MAIN ROOM
WITH DJS
ERIC DEAD
TONY-X
GUEST DJ STEVE FROM SCARLET'S REMAINS

IN THE SIDE ROOM
MINIMAL.ELECTRONIK.WAVE.SYNTH.PUNK.GOTH
WITH DJS
ADAM XVI
JOB LEATHERETTE
GUEST DJ CHADWICK (((6))) SECRET SOCIETY OF THE SONIC SIX
&
NYDECAY WITH GIVEAWAYS FROM MUTANT TRANSMISSIONS RECORDS
AND DROP DEAD MAGAZINE N.Y.
..WWW.MUTANTTRANSMISSIONS.COM

..WWW.MYSPACE.COM/MUTANTTRANSMISSIONSRECORDS

..WWW.MYSPACE.COM/DROPDEADMAGAZINE


@
ROBERTO'S
686 NORTH SPRING ST.
TAKE ELEVATOR TO THE SECOND FLOOR
CHINATOWN, LOS ANGELES

2 DANCE FLOORS=YES
SMOKING PATIO=YES
BAR=YES!
ART FAG VISUALS=YES
THE BEST MUSIC THAT OTHERS DON'T PLAY=YES!!!

ONLY $6.00 BEFORE 10:30 $10 AFTER

18 PLUS=YES!



...AND REMEMBER

M / R / X
NEVER...EVER PUTS OUT!
SEE YOU THERE!!!!!!

Jaws 2 This Saturday At Midnight !

Posted by phil blankenship, January 30, 2008 06:24pm | Post a Comment

Amoeba Music and Phil Blankenship are proud to present some of our film favorites at Los Angeles’ last full-time revival movie theater. See movies the way they're meant to be seen - on the big screen and with an audience!


Saturday Feb. 2

30th Anniversary !!

Jaws 2

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

http://www.newbevcinema.com


Upcoming:
Feb 9 Dirty Dancing
Feb 23 Commando
Mar 8 Streets Of Fire
Mar 15 Can't Hardly Wait (10th Anniversary!)
Mar 29 The Funhouse


 

Amoeba Music's Second Annual Art Show

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, January 30, 2008 03:28pm | Post a Comment

Friday, January 25th brought San Francisco a rain storm of biblical proportion. The incessant downpour superseded “dogs and cats” within the first few hours of daylight and went straight for much larger mammals – blue whales and pre-historic beavers? Believe me, it was bad.

Given that Californians aren’t known for their hardiness in torrential rains, it was a pleasant surprise – perhaps even an artistic triumph over nature – to find San Francisco’s sleek and urban Space Gallery packed that night with art connoisseurs, Amoeba employees, and friends for the Amoeba Music's Second Annual Art Show’s reception.

It’s apparent to anyone who has perused the stacks at any of Amoeba Music’s three locations that it’s much more than just a record shop. A friend of mine actually admitted that he refers to Amoeba as the “Wish Store” because he always finds whatever rarity it is that he’s been obsessing over. There is a magical aura of sonic wish fulfillment radiating from Amoeba, and the employees (from cashiers to managers and owners) are responsible for creating this musical wonderland on a daily basis.

It can be of no surprise that these same employees possess multiple talents beyond mastery of arcane musical knowledge. The 112 works on display at the Space Gallery from January 22nd through 26th proved that the staff is a formidably gifted team. The selection offered a wide range of formats, emotions, and influences, as well as levels of experience -- a variety befitting a cross section of the Amoeba crew.

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