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Amoeba Helps Pay Tribute to Elliott Smith

Posted by Billy Gil, July 25, 2013 03:15pm | Post a Comment
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Elliott Smith performing live at Amoeba SF, 1998

In commemoration of what would have been his 44th birthday on August 6th, several of Elliott Smith's musician friends are coming together for a series of benefit shows for various organizations. Amoeba is proud to take part in the event through donations to nonprofit organization Free Arts For Abused Children.

During the month of August, Amoeba will be donating a portion of the proceeds from sales of any of Elliott Smith’s catalogue (including digital) to Free Arts.

Amoeba has Elliott Smith's entire catalog available, including every album and rare singles available as a download. See our stock of Smith albums below:

Albums:

Roman Candle (1994)

Elliott Smith (1995)

Either/Or (1997)

XO (1998)

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Free Screening of "A Band Called Death" Documentary in Los Angeles June 20

Posted by Amoebite, June 5, 2013 01:37pm | Post a Comment

A Band Called Death posterWe are proud to present a free advance screening of a new rock documentary, A Band Called Death, at The Cinefamily in Los Angeles on June 20! The documentary, released by Drafthouse Films and hitting theaters nationwide on June 28, is 42 years in the making.

In Detroit, 1971, three teenage brothers, Bobby, Dannis and David Hackney, dabbled in playing funk music, but after attending an Alice Cooper performance, they transformed into an entirely different band...a band called Death. Their sound was tight, compelling and formidably unique, but they were rejected by record companies until eventually someone reached out to the group with an offer...if they agreed to change their name. They declined. Years later the band sold their instruments and disbanded, with their recordings collecting dust in an attic. Then in 2008, their songs were released online, unbeknownst to the band, and fans went crazy for it.  This is one of the most unlikely true stories you’ll ever hear, and one of the greatest triumphs in rock history.

Death albums have been picked by numerous bands in our What's In My Bag? series. See what the Crystal Antlers and Steve Agee (from The Sarah Silverman Program) said about Death in their videos. 

To attend the advance screening at Cinefamily, RSVP here. You may RSVP for up to 2 tickets. Please note that RSVP does NOT guarantee entry, as seating is available on a first come, first served basis. Please arrive early to secure your seats.

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The Piano Van on the Streets of LA

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, May 20, 2013 06:16pm | Post a Comment

Bay Area transplant Chris Stroffolino is a former Silver Jews member, a Ph.D.-holding Shakespearean scholar, published chris stroffolino piano vanauthor of eight books of poetry, AND a one-time Amoeba Music Home Grown Artist of the Month. Now in Los Angeles, Stroffolino and his rescued, upright piano reside and perform in his 1980’s Ford Econoline van. The van serves as his part-time stage, rehearsal space, recording studio, and full-time living quarters. A prolific singer/songwriter, a chalkboard paint-covered sliding van door announces his influences: Indie, Punk, Brill Building, Motown, and Velvets.

This guy is the real deal and he's mobile. You can catch him playing wherever the van takes him -- Griffith Park, outside a Trader Joe's, in parking lots of music venues -- but we suggest following him on Twitter at @Piano_Van to get updates on his next coordinates.

Jeff Feuerzeig, the director of the documentary The Devil and Daniel Johnston, is recording a series of videos with Stroffolino. Here's the latest, his infectious interpretation of Toby Keith's "I'm Just Talkin' About Tonight."

Los Angeles's Secret, Foreign Language Movie Theater Scene

Posted by Eric Brightwell, May 7, 2013 01:18pm | Post a Comment

Los Angeles is a film town -- maybe the film town. Like the Hollywood district contained within it, the name "Los Angeles" a metonym for American film industry in the minds of many. "La La Land," "The Entertainment Capital of the World" and all that. I love movies; however, in my mind, the Hollywood film thing actually ranks pretty low in the long list of what makes Los Angeles the greatest city in the world. This is possibly (probably) shocking to hear/read if you're a cog in the blockbuster factory or a celebrity worshipper but better you find that out now than never. Luckily, Los Angeles doesn't just make movies, it also shows them. There are few cities in the world with as robust a film culture as Los Angeles.

For those who love celebrity-driven, gazillion dollar CGI superhero franchises you're in luck; there are multiplexes in every mall and Redboxes at every 7-11. Thankfully for other varieties of cinéastes, there's a lot more to Los Angeles’s mise en scène than that. There are architecturally beautiful picture palaces, romantic drive-ins, dingy dollar theaters, high profile revival houses, low profile smut houses, and actual art house chains. Additionally there are all sorts of special screenings and festivals that take place every week of the year.

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15th Annual Festival of Film Noir, Final Week at The Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood!

Posted by Mr. Chadwick, April 15, 2013 01:10am | Post a Comment


The Mrs. and I were fortunate enough to catch three of last week's showings, including the fantastic Saturday night tear jerker Chicago Calling.  Unfortunately we'll be gone for the final week of the festival.  Hopefully some of you will make it out as there are some stellar pictures being offered!

Wednesday brings the powerhouse all star combo of Cry of the City and The KIllers.  The Cry cast includes Richard Conte, Victor Mature, Shelly Winters and most importantly Hope Emerson KIllers stars Ava Gardner and Burt Lancaster at their most ravishing and William Conrad at his creepiest.

Thursday brings a pair of lesser knowns in Undercover Man and So Dark The Night.  So Dark has quite a cult following and could prove to be a goodie.

The Native Son and No Way Out combo on Friday should be spectacular.  No Way Out is a gritty, racially charged classic, featuring Sidney Poitier, Richard Widmark, Ossie Davis, Ruby Dee and Harry Bellaver.  The criminally underrated Bellaver, best known as Detective Frank Arcaro from the Naked City TV series, is great as the deaf/mute brother of Ray Biddle, Widmark's maniacal, psycho racist.  Richard Widmark throws his whole self into character and really summons up some demonic forces in this film.  Native Son is an Argentinian/French production based on the well known Richard Wright novel.  Directed by Pierre Chenal of Le Dernier Tournant (1st adaption of Postman Always Rings Twice) fame, this is a very rare screening and is well worth the price of admission.

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