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New "What's In My Bag?" with Death Waltz Recording Company Founder Spencer Hickman

Posted by Amoebite, July 24, 2013 11:27am | Post a Comment

Spencer Hickman is the founder of Death Waltz Recording Company, a soundtrack label specializing in horror and cult films. A longtime record store veteran, Hickman is a former manager of Rough Trade Records in East London and is the Record Store Day UK coordinator. Spencer Hickman Hickman is also passionate about film and art, which is especially evident in the exclusive artwork and insert prints the label commissions for each release. The first two Death Waltz releases were classic cinema scores, John Carpenter’s Escape From New York and Fabio Frizzi’s Zombie Flesh Eaters. Originally intending to release soundtrack reissues, Death Waltz has moved into current films including Donnie Darko and Let the Right One In.

Spencer recently visited Amoeba Hollywood to feed his love for obscure horror film soundtracks and managed to dig up some cool vinyl favorites. Hickman's love for horror sounds goes back to his childhood. He was reminded of haunting neighborhood kids when he dug up vinyl copies of Chilling, Thrilling Sounds Of The Haunted House and Stereo Dynamics! To Scare Hell Out Of Your Neighbors. He reveals an old obsession with Skinny Puppy and admits to having the band tattooed on his leg! Check out what other cool horror films and vinyl Spencer picked up on his visit.

Spencer Hickman - What's In My Bag?
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out this week, 10/11 & 10/18: please please please let me get what I want...the smiths box set!!!

Posted by Brad Schelden, October 21, 2011 08:00am | Post a Comment
the smiths 1984I have been waiting for this week to arrive for a long time. The long awaited box sets by The Smiths have finally arrived. There are a lot of Smiths fans out there who have been counting down the days for these box sets to arrive. We all probably have about 4 or 5 all time favorite bands. Those bands that we love more than anything else. We collect everything we can by them. We have probably owned their albums on cassette, CD and LP. We have listened to their albums over and over again. We have watched the videos over and over again. We have read all we could about them. We have spent hours reading magazines and books about them. We then later spent years looking for articles and blogs on them online. Or spent hours and hours on message boards or chat rooms. We have seen them live in concert as much as we could afford to. Assuming the band actuallythe smiths toured when we could see them. These bands are usually the bands that you were really obsessed with in your late teens and early 20s. At least that is how it was for me. The bands that you discovered in junior high that you then became obsessed with in high school and college. The bands that your older siblings or cousins got you into. The bands that your friends that were cooler than you found out about first.  The bands that you can't imagine your life without. They are the soundtrack to our lives. We listened to them in our bedrooms late at night by ourselves. We later listened to them late at night with our best friends and girlfriends and boyfriends. We listened to them in the car with our parents and later with our friends. We listened to them on our first dates. We put their songs on compilations and mix tapes. We danced to their songs in our bedrooms by ourselves and later at clubs and parties and at friends houses. These are the bands that helped to create our favorite moments from our past. The songs that helped us to remember those memories.

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(In which pop eats itself.)

Posted by Job O Brother, February 20, 2008 09:11pm | Post a Comment


This is a video to a single from an album by Rough Trade called “For Those Who Think Young.” I’m pretty keen on the lead singer, Carole Pope; I dig her husky vocals and her facial expression when she sings. Her face often twists, ugly, and looks close to screaming in horror, then suddenly breaks into a plaintive sadness – a combination which reminds me of Joan Crawford before she was doped out on [insert any liquor here].

Interesting to note is that Carole Pope was lovers with another singer, Dusty Springfield.


That’s Dusty Springfield singing. I hope you already knew that, because it would mean you’re acquainted with her. If not, my sympathy lasts only long enough for you to rush out to the nearest Amoeba Music and find her out. Accompanying her on piano is Burt Bacharach. He’s the dude who wrote the music for the song.

Burt Bacharach, along with lyricist Hal David, also wrote “Walk On By” for Dionne Warwick. It was one of many collaborations between the songwriters and singer. She was their muse. Between them they released a dizzying amount of Billboard Hot 100 hits.

A lot of people from my generation (unfortunately) associate Warwick with two moments in her career: the schmaltzy #1 hit “That’s What Friends Are For” (which – laugh at it though you may – did raise a few million dollars for AmFAR) and her stint as co-host of infomercials for the Psychic Friends Network, along with celebrity psychic, Linda Georgian.

In the mid-1980’s, my sister Jacquie was Linda Georgian’s personal assistant and housemate. My Mom and I visited her at Linda’s house in Fort Lauderdale. When Linda wasn’t reading tarot cards for Liza Minnelli or casting out evil spirits from the summer home of David Hasselhoff, she liked to make her own jewelry, and she taught me how to string necklaces. She also read my aura and saw a lot of “lavender.”