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A Brief But Groovy Journey Into the History of Colored Vinyl

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, September 12, 2016 06:20am | Post a Comment

A Brief History of Colored Vinyl

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Columbia Royal Blue Records

A lot of folks are saying colored vinyl is back and they're right. From the smoke-colored indie exclusive version of the Stranger Things soundtrack to the latest round of Black Sabbath re-issues in red, blue, green, orange, purple, white, and combinations thereof, colored vinyl is adding collectible and aesthetic value to new releases and re-issues alike these days. But if it's making a comeback, where did it come from in the first place? What was the first slab of colored wax? Was it some far-out blotter-inspired psychedelia from the late '60s, an organ-fueled exotica LP from the '50's, a Disney 78 from the '40s? The actual answer may surprise you.

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Summer Book Blockbusters: New & Upcoming Reads

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, July 12, 2016 06:10pm | Post a Comment

Summer Book Blockbusters

We still have plenty of summer left this year, which is good news for sun worshipers, stone fruit enthusiasts, and voracious readers. Thanks to summer, we can participate in our favorite solitary hobby of being completely absorbed by a good book in the great outdoors -- and we can do so longer and later thanks to daylight savings time! So many great books have come out this summer or are on their way to bookshelves near you. Here's our guide to some of the highlights we've enjoyed and are looking forward to.

Never A Dull Moment: 1971 The Year That Rock ExplodedMusic:

Kanye West Owes Me $300: And Other True Stories from a White Rapper Who Almost Made It Big by Jensen Karp (out now)
This is the hilarious and true story of Jensen Karp's wild ride as "Hot Karl," the most famous white rapper you've never heard of, who got his start performing at his friend's bar mitzvah and eventually signed to Interscope Records.

Never a Dull Moment: 1971 The Year That Rock Exploded by David Hepworth (out now)
Examines the music scene starting with the day after The Beatles broke up and the world was reshaped by David Bowie, Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, and Joni Mitchell.

In Love With These Times by Roger Shepherd (out now)
Flying Nun Records founder Roger Shepherd's memoirs reach back to the early days of the New Zealand label, dreamt up in the back rooms of a Christchurch record shop in the early '80s.

The Smiths by Nalinee Darmrong (out now)
This huge collection of photos by Nalinee Darmrong chronicles The Smiths during their peak years, 1985–1986, when Darmrong traveled with the band for the Meat Is Murder and The Queen Is Dead tours. See many previously unpublished photos of the band backstage and onstage, set lists, handcrafted promo materials, letters, clothing, and much more.

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10 Limited Edition Soundtracks Out On Record Store Day That You Can't Live Without

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, April 12, 2016 04:16pm | Post a Comment

10 Record Store Day Soundtracks

Record Store Day is almost here! On Saturday, April 16, 2016, independent music stores everywhere will unite to celebrate record store culture and to bring YOU fabulous limited edition releases! Download a PDF of those exclusive RSD releases right HERE.

This year RSD has several special vinyl soundtracks in an assortment of tasty colors in store for the film hounds among you. Here's our 10 favorite from those being offered:

Dark ShadowsDark Shadows by Bob Cobert
Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the vampiric day-time soap opera Dark Shadows with this special re-release pressed on purple 180 gram vinyl, complete with the original poster from the 1966 version. Kick back in your velvet-lined coffin and dream of the 175-year-old vampire Barnabas Collins, mortal governess Victoria Winters, and creepy old Collinwood Mansion as you enjoy hits like “Shadows of the Night (Quentin’s Theme)” and "Opening Theme." There's good reason this album remains one of Billboard’s Top 10 selling television soundtracks of all time!

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An Easter-Time Movie List For All

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, March 27, 2016 04:07pm | Post a Comment
Killer bunny? From Gorleston Psalter, 14th Century.
Killer bunny? From Gorleston Psalter14th-century manuscript.

Happy Easter! Even though I grew up Jewish and had no idea what a Resurrection was, I knew I liked bunnies, chocolate, treating eggs like an art project, and finding buried treasure in foliage. I was sold on the whole Easter thing. As I matured at some point in the not too distant past, I realized that there was a whole lot more to Easter than baskets full of candy and huge hats. I learned that it was also about birth and rebirth. The symbolism of eggs, Jesus's triumphant return from the dead, and bunnies multiplying like, well, bunnies all lead us to appreciate the foundation of it all: Spring Equinox, the renewal of life on earth. I'm not sure where the chocolate fits in, but I'm not going to question a good thing.

In honor of everyone who can appreciate longer and brighter days, the rejuvenation of all life on earth, and deadly killer rabbits, I bring you this non-denominational Easter-time movie list for all...

Rebel Without A Cause

Nicholas Ray's 1955 magnum opus of teen angst is considered by most to be the first sensitive and Rebel Without A Causerealistic look at troubled, misunderstood youth. Would we have those heart-breaking scene's of Bender (Judd Nelson), Claire (Molly Ringwald), and the gang discussing their troubled home lives in The Breakfast Club without Rebel Without A Cause? I think not. The opening scene in Rebel is set in a police station on Easter night where three high school kids -- Jim Stark (James Dean), Judy (Natalie Wood), and Plato (Sal Mineo) -- meet and an unlikely friendship is born. Much drama and generation gap struggles ensue, ultimately leading to one of the character's death by the hands of the police. Rebel remains James Dean's most celebrated film. It was released a month after his death at the age of 24, thus immortalizing him as a beautiful youth forever.
 

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Talent Show: The Creepy Podcast

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, February 17, 2016 06:32pm | Post a Comment

For the Amoeblog's third installment of Talent Show, a place to show off new projects and acts that will The Creepy Podcastundoubtedly change life as you know it, we bring you The Creepy Podcast. If you love to hate and hate to love the user-generated horror ramblings of Creepypasta sites, fanfiction, and the like, you need to follow DJ4AM’s prolific The Creepy Podcast, which both mercilessly skewers and pays homage to this puzzling literary phenomenon. Listen to The Creepy Podcast on Bandcamp or Youtube.

DJ4AM (aka Jason Nevermind, aka Jason Chavez) has been an active DJ and musician for over 20 years. Formerly a member of Octavius and San Francisco indy band Black Fiction, he is currently a member of Dopestyle 1231, The Beta Macs, and Opal Heights. However, for his latest project this life-long cratedigger, storyteller, sound engineer, and aficionado of the obscure sample has funneled his numerous talents into a new and heretofore uncharted format: the comedy horror podcast. DJ4AM sources amateur tales of horror from Creepypasta sites and gives them the MST3K treatment, which is to say he furnishes them with simultaneous running commentary, over his original genius soundscapes. Sometimes he adds special guest readers/commenters to the mix and it feels like you’re trying to watch a movie with your funniest friends. Don’t be surprised if you find yourself jumping in with commentary of your own.

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