Amoeba SF's Holiday CD BOGO Blowout Sale, 12/20-12/22

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, December 13, 2019 07:55pm | Post a Comment

You've acquired the perfect presents, you found all the right festive foods...but what about your holiday soundtrack?! As far as joyous ambiance is concerned, it's more important than those snowman candles you bought. Fear not as there is still time to build up your merry collection!

Buy any red tag Holiday CD at Amoeba SF and get the 2nd one (of equal or lesser value) FREE, Friday 12/20 - Sunday 12/22! Make this year's celebrations one to remember.

Sale is valid in-store only at Amoeba SF.

Experiment in Twin Peaks

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, December 11, 2019 04:25pm | Post a Comment

Experiment In Terror

By Kai Wada Roath
Ambassador of Confusion Hill and host of the Super Shangri-La Show

The next evening you are heading through the Yerba Buena Tunnel on your way over the Emperor Norton Bridge to Baghdad By The Bay be sure to play Henry Mancini's all time slow-creeper hit, "Experiment in Terror," which is the theme from Blake Edward's outstandingly suspenseful crime movie of the same name.

The lead of the film, played by Lee Remick, is under the spell of fear from a psychotic killer played by none other than Ross Martin, who many of you may remember as Artemus Gordon, "Inventor" and "Master of Disguise" on the TV show The WIld Wild West (1965-69). Lee's character asks for the help of the FBI and is helped by an agent played by Glenn Ford. One of my favorite movies with Glenn Ford is Lust for Gold (1949) where he plays Jacob Waltz, the famous Dutchman who hides his gold in the Superstition Mountains. You've heard of the Lost Dutchman's treasure right? How about the famous Peratla Stones? Another film that I really enjoy that also involves Glenn Ford and hidden treasure is the 1953 crime-adventure Plunder of the Sun.

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Top 10 Hip-Hop Vinyl LPs: Gang Starr, Blu & Damu The Fudgemunk, Nolan The Ninja, NAS, Benny The Butcher, Shadow, Showbiz & A.G.

Posted by Billyjam, December 9, 2019 11:34pm | Post a Comment
Gang Starr "Family & Loyalty (feat. J. Cole)" from One Of The Best Yet LP/vinyl  (also avail on CD)


#1 Gang Starr
One Of The Best Yet LP/vinyl  (also avail on CD )

#2 Blu & Damu The Fudgemunk Ground & Water LP/vinyl (Redefinition/Fat Beats)

#3: Nolan The Ninja Illphoria 2  LP/vinyl (Mello Music)

#4: Benny the Butcher  Plugs I Met LP/vinyl (Next Records)

#5: DJ Shadow  Our Pathetic Age 2LP/vinyl (Mass Appeal)

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Rest In Peace Detroit Jazz Drummer Bobby Battle (1944 - 2019)

Posted by Billyjam, December 6, 2019 10:58pm | Post a Comment
  1980 Berlin Jazz Festival performance by Arthur Blythe Quartet with Bob Stewart (tuba), Abdul Wadud (cello) and Bobby Battle (who died today) on drums.

75 year old Detroit jazz musician Bobby Battle, known to many jazz fans as the longtime drummer with Arthur Blythe and frequent collaborator of Don Pullen's, passed away from heart failure today, as confirmed to the Amoeblog by his daughter Eboness Battle. Born on January 8th, 1944 Battle passed away at midday in Detroit’s Sinai-Grace Hospital where he’d been recuperating from surgery since last week. 

An ever active recording and performing jazz artist in the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s, Battle had retired in the last decade. He leaves behind a rich legacy that includes his extensive work with Arthur Blythe spanning two decades.  As well as his collaborations with Blythe and Pullen the hard working drummer’s career also included recording and performing with numerous other artists dating back to his formative years in the 60's when he relocated from Michigan to New York City to soon after play with Pharoah Sanders and Roland Kirk. The numerous other artists he worked alongside during his career included Charles Mingus, Sun Ra and Sarah Vaughan. Battle's diverse career also included working with such non jazz artists as Brook Benton and The Mighty Sparrow.

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Noir City Xmas, December 18

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, December 6, 2019 06:00pm | Post a Comment

La Otra

Join the Film Noir Foundation on Wednesday, December 18, 7:30pm at San Francisco's Castro La OtraTheatre for the annual Noir City Xmas. It will be a special evening of yule cruelty with a presentation of the dark Mexican holiday classic, La Otra (1946). The entire schedule for NOIR CITY INTERNATIONAL II, a program of noir from around the globe coming January 24-February 2, 2020, will also be revealed that night. Both events will be hosted by Eddie Muller, the Film Noir Foundation’s founder and president, as well as the host of TCM’s Noir Alley.

Dolores del Rio, one of the most beautiful actresses of all time, stars in the noir-laden thriller La Otra as identical twins: Maria, a manicurist who lives in near-poverty, and her sister Magdalena, who married the wealthy man Maria once loved. When the estranged sisters reunite at the funeral of Magdalena's husband, Maria can't help but imagine how different life would be if she could only trade places with her sister. Uh-oh. Take a guess where this is headed. Co-starring Jose Baviera, Agustin Irusta, and Victor Junco, with extraordinary cinematography by the great Alex Phillips. Del Rio enjoyed a successful career in Hollywood during the 1920s and 1930s before she returned to her native Mexico in the 1940s to claim her place as one of the nation's most renowned stars. La Otra is the first feature made under her own production banner, Mercurio. The film was also the initial collaboration between director Roberto Gavaldon and writer-activist Jose Revueltas, who would make eleven more films together becoming arguably the preeminent filmmaking team in Mexico.

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