Would You Like A Cheese Puff?: The Art Of The RCA SelectaVision Videodisc CED

Posted by Mark Beaver, January 13, 2015 04:20pm | Post a Comment
 For a brief moment in time (1981-1986, to be exact) there existed a film delivery system based on needle/groove technology, just like a record player.

Launched by RCA and dubbed the CAPACITANCE ELECTRONIC DISC (CED), it was quickly supplanted by both commercially available VHS tapes and Laserdiscs, the precursor to the DVD, which read the information with light beams.

Ultimately, it was a clunky, inelegant technology prone to problems and RCA lost about $600 million on it, but there was a curious upside to its brief arc through the collective consciousness...the cover art.

For many of the CED packages, promotional artwork was commissioned for the face of the cartridge that was singular for the release of the RCA SelectaVision format. 

Below I have displayed a gallery of some of the cover art from that time, in most cases, different images than were ever seen on the more popular VHS, Laserdisc or DVD releases of the same films. 

Enjoy the beauty!

CED amityville horror josh brolin selectavisionboxcar bertha barbara hershey


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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode With Fred Armisen

Posted by Amoebite, June 13, 2013 04:45pm | Post a Comment

From music to acting, Fred Armisen does it all! Did you know Fred Armisen played drums for the '90s post-hardcore band Trenchmouth? Did you know he once played drums with the Blue Man Group? There is so much more to Fred Armisen than his SNL fame alludes to. He's a huge music buff and the Amoeba cameras caught up with Fred in our San Francisco store to take a look at what's in his bag. He's pretty eclectic in his musical taste and, of course, as a drummer he pays close attention to the beat. From world artist Joyce to oldies rockers The Turtles, Fred digs deep. Check it out!

Fred Armisen - What's In My Bag?
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Armisen is reportedly leaving Saturday Night Live, acording to the New York Post. But never fear - IFC just renewed Portlandia for two new seasons, so there will be plenty more sketch comedy to come from the actor. On May 18, Armisen's last night at SNL, he performed a musical number with his castmates Bill Hader, Jason Sudeikis, and Taran Killam. They were joined midway through by Portlandia co-creator Carrie Brownstein (Wild Flag, Sleater-Kinney), Kim Gordon (Sonic Youth), J. Mascis, Steve Jones (Sex Pistols), Aimee Mann and Michael Penn. Watch this amazing send off below:

New York State of Mind Amoeblog #23: Saturday Night Live, White Album Exhibit, NYC Concerts

Posted by Billyjam, February 26, 2013 07:30pm | Post a Comment

Radiohead on SNL - Lotus Flower (1) by nickmic

In previous NY State of Mind Amoeblogs I've written about how to go about getting tickets to be studio audience members for tapings of such television shows as The Late Show with David Letterman, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, and the Colbert Report.  Snagging tickets for each of these shows takes a fair bit of effort. But they do have standby lists and typically, at last minute, you can usually snag tickets to these coveted shows by putting in some time in line on the day of the taping.In comparison, getting tickets to NBC's long running, legendary, live comedy sketch show Saturday Night Live is the extremely tough - but not impossible. It just takes a degree of commitment and some time and effort if you are trying to get standby tickets. Advance tickets are only issued via an email lottery ( that accepts requests in the month of August for the following season. So unless you planned ahead, standby tickets are the best option...or knowing someone at NBC.
Saturday Night Live
For getting last minute standby tickets, plan on getting little or no sleep the night before so you can arrive by 7am on the Saturday morning of the show (note: if you arrive before 7am, you will not be allowed to jump the line) to the 49th Street side of 30 Rockefeller Plaza. If you are granted tickets, you may choose a stand-by ticket for either the 8pm dress rehearsal or the 11:30pm live broadcast. Aside from minimal, necessary breaks, all stand-by line members must remain in line at all times. And remember that getting in line does not guarantee you will get a ticket, especially when the host  and/or musical guest is a hot ticket like in May of 2011 when Lady Gaga was the musical guest with host Justin Timberlake, or when Radiohead paired with host Alex Baldwin in September of 2011 (video above), or earlier this month when Justin Bieber was the host.

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Remembering Phil Hartman

Posted by Whitmore, September 24, 2008 04:38pm | Post a Comment


Posted by Billyjam, November 7, 2007 07:00am | Post a Comment
chris rock
"Music kind of sucks. Nobody's into being a musician. Everybody's getting their mogul on. You've been so infiltrated by this corporate mentality that all the time you'd spend getting great songs together, you're busy doing nine other things that have nothing to do with art. You know how shitty Stevie Wonder's songs would have been if he had to run a fuckin' clothing company and a cologne line?" says Chris Rock In a wonderful new interview in Rolling Stone  (Nov 15, 2007 issue 1039) in which the magazine accurately notes that in this age of hip-hop it is more than common for most rappers to utter those words that we have heard a zillion times already: "I'm not a rapper, I'm a businessman." And Chris Rock responds, "That's whycb4 rap sucks, for the most part. Not all rap, but as an art form it's just not at its best moment."

The always articulate, observant and funny comedian/social satirist Rock has built a career on consistently poking fun at rap music in particular, from his SNL impersonations (including one of MC Hammer) to his hilarious lead role in the excellent 199chris rock bigger and blacker3 obviously NWA inspired, faux-gangsta rap group comedy CB4 as the fictional emcee Gusto, to such things as the cover art of his 1999 comedy album Bigger and Blacker which mocked the (at the time) predominant No Limit/Cash Money record labels' styled rap album cover art. Rock never misses a beat in taking shots at rap music and at the music scene, um business, in general.

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