R.I.P. Herschell Gordon Lewis, the Godfather of Gore

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, September 26, 2016 08:02pm | Post a Comment

Today Something Weird Video broke the news that Herschell Gordon Lewis -- “godfather of gore,” Herschell Gordon Lewis“sultan of splatter,” and direct marketing guru -- passed away. He may have been 87 years old or he may have been 90 years old, he may have been a genius or he may have been a highly creative hack (he'd probably say, what's the difference?), but one thing is certain -- the world of cinema was changed forever when the former English professor-gone-ad exec-gone nudie cutie filmmaker decided to combine his interests in exploitation film, marketing, and bloody Grand Guignol-style theater with 1963's Blood Feast (made with his business partner David F. Friedman).

Considered the first American gore film, Blood Feast follows the adventures of Fuad Ramses as he Blood Feastmurders young women in order to create an "Egyptian feast" for the goddess Ishtar. A tongue is cut out, legs are cut off, brains are removed, and the viewing audience got to see it all in all it's bright red Technicolor glory. Like any forward-thinking writer/ad man/smut peddler, H.G. Lewis understood his market and his market was made up of the horny kids at the Drive-In. Lewis went on to make countless more works of gory art in quick succession, including Two Thousand Maniacs (1964), Color Me Blood Red (1965), A Taste of Blood and The Gruesome Twosome (1967), She-Devils on Wheels (1968), The Wizard of Gore (1970), and The Gore Gore Girls (1972), just to name some of the most memorable. Some years he released five to seven films, often designing the poster and hitting the booking market before making the film.

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Numero Reissues First Two Blonde Redhead LPs as 'Masculin Feminin'

Posted by Amoebite, September 26, 2016 01:45pm | Post a Comment

Blonde Redhead Masculin Feminin

Over the course of their more than twenty years as a band, Blonde Redhead has evolved from raucous noise rockers to purveyors of shoegaze, dream pop, and alternative rock. Now the fine folks over at Numero Group have compiled the NYC trio's earliest works into a box set called Masculin Féminin, available soon as both a four-LP vinyl and two-CD release.

This new release features the band's first two albums, Blonde Redhead and La Mia Vita Violenta, originally released on CD via Sonic Youth drummer Steve Shelley's Smells Like label. But it also includes some of Blonde Redhead's early radio performances, demos, and singles, plus a book of essays and previously unpublished photos.

The box set hits our stores September 30th, but you can pre-order them now online at (and they'll ship FREE to U.S. addresses).

Pre-order Masculin Féminin 4-LP and Masculin Féminin 2-CD.

Treasure Island Music Festival, October 15-16

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, September 25, 2016 07:50pm | Post a Comment

Treasure Island 2016

Treasure Island Music Festival returns to the Bay to celebrate its 10th anniversary on Saturday, October 15th - Sunday, October 16th Treasure Island 2016with performances from Ice Cube, Sigur Ros, James Blake, Purity Ring, Mac Demarco, Glass Animals, Tycho, Hinds, and many more. With Bay Area cuisine, no overlapping sets, and the gorgeous, panoramic views of the San Francisco Bay serving as the festival’s backdrop, Treasure Island Music Festival is like no other festival experience in the U.S.

Two-Day, Single Day, and VIP tickets are available HERE!

Additionally, Treasure Island presents their Night Shows, happening at venues around San Francisco. It all starts on October 13th with Dan Deacon at Treasure Island's pre-party at NightLife at California Academy of Sciences. Then you can hang with Pantha Du Prince at The Independent on October 14th, followed by Deerhunter at Mezzanine on October 15th, and Kero Kero Bonito capping things off at the Swedish American Hall on October 16th. 

USA DMC Champ DJ Traps @ DMC World DJ Championship Finals 2016 In London with Bay Area DJ Primed To Take New World Title

Posted by Billyjam, September 23, 2016 03:13pm | Post a Comment

Skilled Bay Area competitive turntable artist DJ Traps, who won last month's 2016 USA DMC Finals at the New Parish in Oakland (scroll down for full review), is now consequently over in London, England for tomorrow's big 2016 DMC World DJ Championship Finals. There he will represent the USA in the prestigious global DJ competition against the national champions from seventeen different countries including Japan, Russia, Australia, New Zealand, China, Brazil, Canada, and the hosting UK. Despite some stiff competition, Traps is considered a favorite. He possesses all the necessary qualities for winning the new DMC World title.

Another California DJ representing the USA, will be LA's Etronik who won the 2016 DMC US Supremacy Champion title. Also in from Cali will be the Invisibl Skratch Piklz' D-Styles, Shortkut, and Qbert. The Bay Area DJ trio will be doing a headlining performance of their new LP The 13th Floor,  like they did at Amoeba Berkeley recently. The Sept 24th day long (2pm - 11pm) event takes place at The Forum on Highgate Road in  Kentish Town where it will be hosted by Inja and Billy Biznizz. Among the day's many performers will be Killa Kela & The Spitkingdom Soundsystem, and ever creative UK DJ Woody who'll be previewing tracks off his upcoming album The Point Of Contact. Woody will also join DJ Fong Fong in teaching a DJ Workshop. Other hip-hop workshops will include a PopMaster Fabel curated one on popping and locking by the visiting Rocksteady Crew legend. More DMC World DJ Championship Finals info here and / or see flyers below.

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"Idiocracy" Screening in Echo Park on 9/24 and New Amoeba Hollywood Window Art!

Posted by Amoebite, September 20, 2016 10:48pm | Post a Comment

Amoeba’s customers can save $4 on General Admission tickets to the MakeAmericaSmartAgain x EatSeeHear Present: Idiocracy screening this Saturday, September 24th in Echo Park with the promo code AMOEBA, while supplies last. Purchase tickets at

#MakeAmericaSmartAgain was created to get people to engage in deeper thought and dialogue about issues, and be less apathetic by participating in democracy. This movement is non-partisan to promote awareness and education, not to align with or disparage candidates. Please join us for this special outdoor screening of the Mike Judge cult film IDIOCRACY.

Join special guests Mike Judge, Terry Crews, and Dax Shepard for this 10th anniversary screening!

#MakeAmericaSmartAgain with Shepard Fairey's Studio Number One created an amazing window display at Amoeba Hollywood to inspire us all to engage and participate in the voting process. Come check it out.

Shepard Fairey at Amoeba Hollywood, by John Tracy

Shepard Fairey at Amoeba Hollywood. Photo by John Tracy.

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