Posted by Charles Reece, March 28, 2008 08:54pm | Post a Comment
After seventy years, Jerome Siegel’s heirs regain what he granted so long ago – the copyright in the Superman material that was published in Action Comics Vol. 1. What remains is an apportionment of profits, guided in some measure by the rulings contained in this Order, and a trial on whether to include the profits generated by DC Comics’ corporate sibling’s exploitation of the Superman copyright. -- Judge Larson

One for the little guys!

Grebo -- Spotlight on the spotty

Posted by Eric Brightwell, March 28, 2008 11:57am | Post a Comment
Grebo was the name given to a short-lived music scene/subculture in the late 1980s/early 1990s which was centered in England's Midlands region. Key bands in the scene were Pop Will Eat Itself, Ned's Atomic Dustbin, Carter USM and The Wonderstuff. Other bands associated with Grebo to varying extents include The Levellers, Zodiac Mindwarp, Crazyhead, The Bomb Party, The Hunters Club, Scum Pups, Gaye Bikers on Acid, The Senseless Things, Mega City Four and New Model Army. These musically diverse bands on the surface had little in common with one another but were united in their incorporation of (to varying degrees, given the band in question) musical influences taken from many of the more marginal scenes of the day such as heavy metal, alternative, dance, glam, hip-hop, punk and industrial. Though rarely, if ever, termed Grebo; Jesus Jones and EMF applied a strong pop sensibility to an undeniably Grebo-esque formula which carried them to considerable, though short-lived, heights.

Still, where there is little recognizable commonality to the musicologist, there is an undeniable vibe evident in their attitude, sartorial sense and Chaz's Grebo dance, which the subcultural anthropologist can recognize easily. The Grebo look often involved dreadlocks, topknots, crimped hair or otherwise unflattering, grubby coifs. The clothing often saw long-sleeved lumberjack shirts or Ts combined with shorts and heavy boots.  Skate brands and surplus were often topped off with odd hats which were popular in the early 1990s and will prove an essential, if unflattering, ingredient in any upcoming 90s revival. The result was deliberately ugly, comical and political, in keeping with most of the music.

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Posted by Billyjam, March 28, 2008 10:11am | Post a Comment

While certainly not the same form of beauty as found in nature, there is undoubtedly something beautiful to behold in the shapes and forms of freeway and highway structures - especially elevated ones.  Aerial views of these intricate freeway interchanges, commonly found in major urban areas such as the MacArthur Maze in the East Bay, can often be as breathtaking (to some eyes) as some sights in nature, such as looking at a river meandering its way down a mountain side towards the sea.  Equally satisfying is the view looking up from below at these giant concrete creations.

I thought of this recently as I cycled the dirt track along the railway tracks under the elevated merging 580 and 880 freeways in a desolate (except for the overhead rumble of traffic and the occasional homeless encampment) part of Oakland and Emeryville - not far from where that oil tanker burst into flames and screwed up the freeway structure about a year ago.  From the relatively peaceful vantage point, directly below this network of connector ramps that merge the East Bay's major interstate freeways and highways, one can, without being bothered, take in the engineering beauty of the concrete roadways as they wind and meld together overhead.






Posted by Gomez Comes Alive!, March 28, 2008 03:07am | Post a Comment
Tuesday night found some of us working after hours at Amoeba Hollywood for our latest change. I'm going to go through these changes quickly, so pay attention!

Most music DVD's  (Rock, Hip-Hop, Soul, Reggae, Country, Oldies & World) are now located where the posters and books used to be, behind the information desk. Jazz, Pop Vocal, Classical & Opera DVD’s remain in their sections.
Posters have moved where the World Music DVD's were once located
(along the stairs)


to Aisle 7, which once housed Experimental music.

Experimental Music and 78's have moved into our Jazz Room.
Books and Magazines are now located behind the Country Music.
All cassettes are now located against the west side wall.

The move allows the DVD movie section to expand. Blu-Ray Movies are now along the west wall which once housed the Black and Latino Cinema.  There is an expanded clearance movie section and all other movie genres have expanded as well.

Downstairs, the Goth, Black Metal, Reggae and Electronica have a little more room the breathe. Whew!

Confused? I don't blame you. I'm a little myself.

This is the best solution I could think of:

You’ll just have to come in and check it out yourself. What better time than Friday, March 28th at 7 p.m., just in time to check out Tita Lima’s DJ set. Tita released an Amoeba Hollywood favorite, entitled 11:11, back in 2006. She comes from Brazilian Rock royalty (she is the daughter of Os Mutantes' bass player) and has performed with such prestigious Brazilian artists such as Bocato, João Donato, Luz de Caroline, Núcleo and Dori Caymmi.

My suggestion? Listen to Tita spin her favorites and check out the many changes we have made in our store for yourself.

Personally, I like it. The changes make sense for all us non-collector types.

Tobe Hooper's The Funhouse Saturday At The New Beverly !

Posted by phil blankenship, March 28, 2008 12:59am | 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 March 29

A RARE screening of the '80s horror classic!

Tobe Hooper's
The Funhouse

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


April - Joe Dante Month!
Apr 5 Piranha
Apr 12 Gremlins 2
Apr 26 The Howling

May - New Beverly's 30th Anniversary!
May 3 Burnt Offerings
May 10 Smokey And The Bandit
May 24 Creature From Black Lake
May 31 Zardoz

Friday May 2 Special Premiere!

From the creators of Dungeon Majesty, Telefantasy Studios presents The Multinauts, an all new adventure saga set in an intergalactic post nuke universe.

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