Lana Del Rey and How Symbols are Sometimes More Important than their Meaning

Posted by Billyjam, March 14, 2012 10:45am | Post a Comment

In this fast paced online information age - with its non-stop constant overload of new facts (and fiction) been Tweeted and shared in some digital fashion every single micro-second of the day - it is often hard for individuals to get beyond that condensed 140 characters version of a particular story. But yet, based solely on that short (often editorialized) synopsis of a much longer in-depth story many will embrace that opinion put forth and jump on the bandwagon of popular thought on said topic. A case in point I believe was back in mid - late January when singer Lana Del Rey suddenly trended (around the time of fellow trending items as Rick Santorum and Jeremy Lin)  as one of the most talked about individuals of that week or so. The trend was all related to her reportedly bombing on Saturday Night Live during her January live concert performance on SNL.

However her presentation on SNL was is secondary though since most folks who joined in the public mud throwing at this new pop star did so without having seen the actual TV show. Some did (mostly after the fact and in edited form) but a great many of these self-appointed critics who joined in the cacophony of critique (haterism?) hadn't even seen her SN: bit at all.  But that didn't stop them from joining in and critiquing the artist for such things as appearing stiff and nervous and just standing still as she sang during her SNL performance. They also echoed the other criticisms leveled against the artist  to such as she came from a privileged background, or that she changed her name and her image in her makeover bid of becoming a pop star.

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Children of Paradise: Life with The Cockettes, Photographs by Fayette Hauser

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, February 23, 2012 06:30pm | Post a Comment

Cockettes Fayette Hauser San Francisco Canessa Gallery

"It was complete sexual anarchy. You couldn't tell the men from the women. It was really new at the time, and it still would be new."
-- John Waters, San Francisco Chronicle, 2002

It can be said that we San Franciscans inherited our gender-bending theatricality from The Cockettes,Cockettes San Francisco Fayette Hauser the flamboyant ensemble of late-'60's SF hippies -- gay, straight, and undecided -- who performed in glittery drag of all sorts in a series of legendary, over-the-top midnight musicals at the Cockettes San Francisco Fayette HauserPalace Theater in North Beach. Founded by Hibiscus (real name, George Harris, Jr.) in 1969, the troupe enacted their own outrageous counter-culture parodies of show tunes (and some originals) and gained an underground cult following that eventually led to mainstream exposure. With titles like Gone With the Showboat to Oklahoma, Hell's Harlots, and Pearls over Shanghai, these extravaganzas featured elaborate costumes, rebellious sexuality, and exuberant chaos. They were soon pinned as the cutting edge of Freak Theatre and appeared in Rolling Stone, Paris Match, and Playboy. The group disbanded in 1972, after attempting a tour to New York.cockettes san francisco fayette hauser

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Lana Del Rey at Amoeba San Francisco

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, February 10, 2012 03:00pm | Post a Comment
San Francisco got a taste of Lana Del Rey madness Thursday night as the bewitching singerLana Del Rey Steve Wozniak Amoeba San Francisco celebrated the release of her debut album, Born to Die, at Amoeba Music.

Fresh from her successful performance at Amoeba Hollywood Tuesday night, Lana Del Rey arrived to the San Francisco store at 2:30pm and took the time to greet deliriously happy fans out on Haight Street (even greeting a friend of a fan's through his cell phone) before heading up to the Amoeba green room to get ready for her 6:00pm show. To say the show was well attended would be an understatement as the store's capacity was reached sometime around 5:30pm. With the store packed full of admirers and a line of hopefuls down Haight Street (and around the block), it would be safe to say that over 1,500 fans turned out to see the new voice of their generation.

Overhyped media controversy aside, Lana Del Rey was a vision of perfection to her supporters Thursday, who were focused on her sultry voice and angelic presence. If Madonna held the most expensive and entertaining satanic ritual ever created in the history of the world at the Superbowl, then Lana Del Rey held the biggest Love-in in the Haight since 1967. As she descended upon the Amoeba stage at 6:00pm, the crowd exploded at a deafening level of glee that one would only expect to follow the words, "Ladies and gentlemen, The Beatles." Her gracious response to the overwhelming crowd was: "I only sing for you."

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Noir City's Eddie Muller Recommends His Favorite Noir Classics and Tells Us What's In His Bag!

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, January 17, 2012 04:49pm | Post a Comment
The "Czar of Noir" Eddie Muller is an author, filmmaker, film noir historian, and a San Francisco native.eddie muller noir city foundation amoeba Muller is also the founder and President of The Film Noir Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicating to preserving film noir movies. In 2003, Muller and the Film Noir Foundation held the first Noir City film festival, which is now the largest Amoeba Berkeley noir selection dvd eddie muller noir city foundationnoir-specific event in the US! This year, Noir City celebrates its 10th anniversary with a 10-day festival at the Castro Theatre January 20 - 29th. Read all about it on the Amoeblog!

In honor of the big festival, Amoeba San Francisco and Amoeba Berkeley have set up displays of selections from Muller's Top 25 Noir Films list! If you're going to trust anyone's taste in film, it's this guy's! Come on down to either Bay Area location and browse this terrific selection. You won't be dissapointed!

Additionally, Muller had the chance to stop by Amoeba San Francisco for a little shopping recently and talked with Amoeba's Audra about what was in his bag! 

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RAP NEWS Tells Us What to Expect in 2012 (with Guests Noam Chomsky & Anonymous)

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, January 3, 2012 12:42pm | Post a Comment
Like your rap long, ponderous, and downright hilarious? Thanks to RAP NEWS (written and createdAnonymous, occupy, #occupy, occupy wall street, Rap News, 2012, Noam Chomsky by Hugo Farrant and Giordano Nanni in a home-studio in Melbourne, Australia), there's a constant stream of socio-politically relevant musical commentary addressing the global issues of today. Oh, and they wear funny wigs.

Their latest installment (episode 10) discusses the big one: 
What will happen? Will we see the poles shift or a paradigm shift? Will a rogue Sumerian planet smash into our solar system, plunging us into serfdom under the iron fist of a race of gold-hungry aliens? Or are the aliens already here? 

Bringing out the big guns -- Noam Chomsky and even an embodiment of Anonymous -- RAP NEWS crams in as many theories and arguments as possible about our impending end of days. Happy New Year!

-- Audra
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