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Talent Show: David James's GPS

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, January 31, 2016 04:59pm | Post a Comment

David James's GPS

For the Amoeblog's second edition of Talent Show, a place to show off newer acts that will undoubtedly change life as you know it, we're keeping it very local to Amoeba San Francisco. All three of our Amoeba locations are brimming with talented staff members; from musicians to writers, from dancers to actors, from painters to comedians and everything in between, we span the arts more completely than just about any other workplace. At Amoeba SF, we have a buyer and manager who has dedicated his considerable talents as a guitarist, singer, and composer to the Bay Area music scene for nearly 20 years. I'm talking about David James, people.

Showing remarkable range, David James has played, toured, and recorded with the likes of Spearhead, David James's GPSThe Coup, Sila and the Afrofunk Experience (as well as the Afrofunk Experience, as it's now known), Thessalonians, and the Beth Custer Ensemble. His newest project, David James's GPS, pairs him with trombonist Alan Williams, Dina Maccabee on viola, Jan Jackson on drums, Lisa Mezzacappa on acoustic bass, and Beth Custer on clarinet. David James's GPS (the GPS stands for Good People, Son, of course) has just released their first album, Billionaire Blues, and it also happens to be the first album of music written solely by David James. Just like his musical resume, the album's sound is diverse showing off the sextet's technical chops and wide-ranging interests. Songs bounce from jazz to waltz to Reggae to blues to Afro-beat to Euro-beat. Why buy a round-the-world cruise when you can check in to Billionaire Blues for repeated listens?!

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Talent Show: The Francis Lau Experience Featuring Francis Lau

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, January 4, 2016 04:00pm | Post a Comment

Francis Lau

Welcome to the Amoeblog's inaugural edition of Talent Show, a place to show off videos from newer acts that will undoubtedly change life as you know it. For our first act we bring you ten-year-old keyboard wiz and '80s synth pop fan Francis Lau. His brand new video that will blow your mind...with lasers.

Francis has been studying the piano for five years now. That's half his life, folks. It's only fitting that this classically trained vintage electro fiend chose Devo's "Time Out For Fun" as his foray into music video land as that's exactly what he's doing as a student of Oakland's 3 O’Clock Rock after school music program. Now Francis and his three-piece white suit are ready to own the internet.

Catch The Francis Lau Experience this Friday, January 8th, at 924 Gilman in Berkeley where he will be opening for Psycotic Pineapple and The Phantom Surfers!! More info HERE.

Ladies and gentlemen, we bring you The Francis Lau Experience...

-- Audra

"Entertainment" Screens at SF's Roxie Theater with Live Performances from Neil Hamburger and Secret Chiefs 3

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, January 3, 2016 06:30pm | Post a Comment

Comedy fans rejoice! Director Rick Alverson (Comedy, New Jerusalem) has given the world the Neil Neil Hamburger, EntertainmentHamburger vehicle of a lifetime with his latest existential zinger of a film, Entertainment. Fans of Hamburger's performance-art-as-stand-up (or is it the other way around?), devotees of his output with the 1990's San Fran punk outfit the Zip Code Rapists (under his legal name, Gregg Turkington), and rabid collectors of his label Amarillo Records' limited releases have been waiting for this moment since the film showed at Sundance early in 2015.

In Entertainment Turkington/Hamburger Secret Chiefs 3portrays a down-and-out comedian on tour in the Mojave desert. He is a fractured man in search of happiness and his estranged daughter as we follow him through a series of novelty tourist attractions, third-rate venues, and volatile encounters.

Entertainment will have two very special screenings on January 8th and 9th at San Francisco's Roxie Theater, each followed by a live stand-up act from Neil Hamburger and music from Secret Chiefs 3!

October at Balboa Theatre: Vampires, Hell Houses, and Yokai Monsters!

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, October 11, 2015 06:37pm | Post a Comment

Yokai Monsters

San Francisco's Balboa Theatre and the mysterious forces at Super Shangri-La Show bring you an October to remember with three weeks of Wednesdays of super weird Halloweeny viewing!

Yokai MonstersThe fun starts Wednesday, October 14th at 7:30pm with Yokai Monsters: Spook Warfare (1968), the second in the Yokai Monsters movie trilogy. A Babylonian demon is awoken and flies to ancient Japan to take over the body of the local Magistrate. The small country yokai monsters must team up to defeat him. It's a classic little monsters vs. evil big monster scenario and is not to be missed! In Japanese with English subtitles.

What's a yokai? According to Wikipedia: "Yokai (ghost, phantom, strange apparition) are a class of supernatural monsters in Japanese folklore. The word yokai is made up of the kanji for 'bewitching; attractive; calamity' and 'apparition; mystery; suspicious.'" I'm sold. RSVP on Facebook for entertaining updates.

Wednesday, October 21st unleashes Mario Bava's 1965 sci-fi/horror classic Planet of the Vampires. This movie features two great tastes that go great together: space and the undead. Its a stylish adventure with hot Italian chicks in space suits, and many critics say that it inspired Ridley Scott's Alien. RSVP on Facebook, invite your friends and family.

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A Great Time For Weird At SF's Balboa Theatre: Starcrash & Korla

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, August 18, 2015 08:58pm | Post a Comment

Starcrash

If you've been thinking that you need more weird in your life, then I've got the next two Wednesdays planned Starcrashout for ya. You'll be spending a lot of time at a little theater at the edge of San Francisco's universe, the historic Balboa, which is just blocks from the beach in the fabulously foggy Outer Richmond district. A mysterious entity known only as Super Shangri-La Show (their Facebook page claims only, "Presenting Movies, Music & Magic Shows!") is presenting two screenings that are not to be missed.

On Wednesday, August 18th at 7:30pm, the super low-budget spectacular Starcarsh (aka The Adventures of Stella Star) graces the screen in all of its seedy glory. Released in 1978, this epic stars Marjoe Gortner, Caroline Munro, Christopher Plummer, David Hasselhoff, and Joe Spinell in roles of a lifetime. If you enjoy your space operas populated by robots and scantily clad sexy space amazons, then I'll see you there. Plus, there will be trivia and prizes, so start studying now!

Advanced tickets HERE. Facebook invite HERE.

On the following Wednesday, August 26th, the long-awaited Korla Panditdocumentary about the life of enigmatic Hollywood organist Korla Pandit shows at 7pm. Korla tells the amazing story of this spiritual seeker, television pioneer, and godfather of exotica music who took the world by storm in the 1950s. Who was this man of mystery? What were his origins? What's under the turban? Find out in Korla. One night only, folks! The filmmakers John Turner and Eric Christensen will be there for a live Q&A!

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